My Mum Guilt Over Spending Time With Our Second Child


For a long time, it was just me and Kye-two little besties-a Mother and her Son-the two of us spending every day together while Daddy worked.
We attended playgroups, met up with other Mummy’s and their little ones, and most importantly-we made incredible memories that will stay with me forever.


Personally, I look back on time with Kye and also remember how he got me through my darkest days-at 18 months old, unbeknown to him, his Mummy was going through the first of three miscarriages, and I can honestly say, I know I’d have fallen apart without him. Continue reading

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Making Your Blog A Success-Top Tips From Fellow Bloggers

So often, I find myself shaking my head in exasperation, at the lack of help available for new bloggers, trying to find their way in the blogging world, but unable to get answers to basic questions.

Making a blog successful isn’t easy, so I decided to take it into my own hands, and give you newbie bloggers, a little insight into what my fellow blogger friends, think is important to grow a successful blog.

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Elf on the Shelf-Day 23

Good Morning Elf Fans!

So today marks the penultimate day of our Elves mischief making!  Tonight they will leave all the things the children need for Christmas Eve, and a letter saying goodbye.
We’ve already had sad faces from Olivia when we explained they would need to go back to help Santa, so I’m unsure how tomorrow evening will go!

This morning however, the children woke to find the elves playing with finger puppets!!!









They’ve had a lovely morning playing with them!  Kye does a very good impression of Santa!!!


So!  That’s it from the “normal” antics!  Tomorrow’s will be a later blog post, because I’ll be adding the reaction video from the morning, plus a video of them leaving their things out for Santa, and saying goodbye to Jingles and Jangles.  I’ve got a feeling it’s going to be emotional!

Until tomorrow-lots of love Elf fans!

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Elf on the Shelf-Days 21 & 22 (and pig-gate!)

Good Afternoon!!!

Massive huge apologies for not blogging about our elves antics yesterday!

I’ve been a little under the weather, and had to go out late last night with my Mother-In-Law, to get my Christmas food!!!  I didn’t get in until late, and once it was all unpacked, put away and I managed to drag myself to bed, it was just too late to write up the days events!

Anyway, nothing will be missed in today’s blog, and, starting with Day 21 (Tuesday) this is what the children woke up to!


The video reaction to this one was only small (quite like the antic really)-but they’ve just had so many treats and crazy mornings, we thought we’d dull them down a tad for the last few days, especially as Christmas Eve is always a massive one!

Moving on to Day 22 (today), and my lovely husband was already setting this one up while I was shopping last night.  Its entitled Elves Do Jurassic Park, and he was super proud of himself!



As you can see from the following video, the children pretty much loved this one, although the moment was overshadowed slightly by Olivia, and her pet pig (see below for the story behind the pig).


So, back to the pig…….
Yesterday, the hubs went shopping first thing to get my Christmas presents, and on his way back, needed to grab a couple of things from the shop.  He called me to ask if I wanted a special Christmas themed sandwich, consisting of pigs in blankets and stuffing.  I said no thank you, but he didn’t hear because of his signal, so instead I text him.  During the messaging the children questioned me on what Daddy had wanted on the phone, so I quickly filled them in.  Except Olivia either didn’t listen, or completely misheard, because she convinced herself that Daddy was bringing her home a pet pig for Christmas!

She even waited at the front door, full of excitement, asking him if he’d got her pig.  We had to explain to him why she thought that was happening, and he had to let her down as gently as possible.  She looked so sad when she realised he wasn’t bringing her one, AND me and Kye found it hysterically funny.
Fast forward to last night, pre-food shop, and I nipped to the toy shop and bought a toy pig.  This morning, Daddy redeemed himself by giving her the pig, and as you can see from a very special video reaction below, she was thrilled!


So that’s all that’s been happening here over the last two days, all quite normal (pig-gate aside).
Tonight is the last normal antic before the Christmas Eve box etc gets left, how crazy is that!  Only two more Elf Blogmas blogs to go!!!!
So tonight we’re leaving festive puppets out for the children-they love puppets and role play, so I’m really looking forward to this one!


Until tomorrow, and our penultimate Elf on the Shelf Blog-Toodaloooooooo!

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Elf on the Shelf-Day 20

I cant believe its Day 20!!!  Christmas is SO soon, and even sooner is the Elves return home-something I have not planned in the slightest this year!  Last year we did a North Pole Breakfast as their goodbye, but this year we’re going out for breakfast, so we have no idea what we’re going to do.

Last night however, the elves left some magic Skittles for the children to make Skittles rainbows with!

Kye had heard all about it at school, so he knew what to do-although I was still a little concerned something so simple wasn’t going to work…..but it did!

As you can see the children loved it!



Soon it was time for school,and Kye had been chosen to be in the school choir this morning, singing for the community coffee morning-he was soooo cute-and as a reward, his teacher let them have a biscuit….although, as you can see, he didn’t actually go with a biscuit!!! Anyway, as usual he made me super proud, and we’re completely on countdown for him to finish tomorrow now-just hoping this horrible norovirus going around won’t get him!



Anyway, there was me talking about not having any ideas for Christmas Eve, but I’ve got to find an idea for tonight first!!!!!


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Elf on the Shelf-Day 19

Soooooooo sorry this is such a late one!

After an afternoon consisting of a meeting in Canterbury, Mummy duties back home, then phone calls and rather irritating messages that threw me out this evening, I’m a little behind!!!

As I mentioned, I went to the beautiful town of Canterbury today, for a meeting with a lovely lady called Sarah, who works at the Marlowe Theatre.
I couldn’t resist a sneaky photo of the beautiful building as it came into view when I turned the corner!




Back to this morning……and the children woke to find Jingles and Jangles had left a gingerbread house for them to build!



Now, as you will see from the video below, I did say about making it once Kye had finishes school.  What I hadn’t planned on was being late home from my meeting, then having other things to do with the children that took priority!

So there’s no photo of a beautifully made gingerbread house tonight-because a) my children don’t make beautiful gingerbread houses anyway, and b) because we haven’t even started to make it!

So here’s the video of the children’s reaction from this morning-do note the unbelievably cute “Thank You’s” from Olivia!!!!

Tomorrow, the plan most definitely is to make the house!!!

And tonight, the elves are leaving Skittles, to make the Skittles Rainbow!!!!!

Come back tomorrow to see how that went (but lets not hold our breaths shall we….)


Until tomorrow……….Elf you laterrrrrrr

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Elf on the Shelf-Day 18 (With Added Festive Panto-ness!)

WARNING: There are more video’s than paragraphs in this blog!


Today, the elves brought the laptop back from the North Pole they took their last night, with video messages on from Santa (via the PNP app).

As warned, there are LOTS of videos (partly because I only wanted to video the important bits, and also because I wasn’t sure my rubbish phone would record both 6 minute videos without filling up on storage!).


So there you go!  They were both thrilled with their messages-and even more thrilled that they’re both on the Nice List!!!!


This afternoon, in keeping with the festive excitement, we went to the Theatre Royal in Margate to see Peter Pan!!!!  It’s one of Olivia’s favourite films, so we knew this was the perfect one to take her to-as it’s also her first one!  Every year, myself, Kye and my mother in law go, but this year, my husband, father in law, and Olivia joined us!

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If you know Olivia, you’ll know she’s a rather “challenging” child, and couldn’t even sit through Kye’s school play the other day for half an hour, so, knowing this panto was over 2 hours, we were a little concerned.
She didn’t fuss once.  She was in awe  of all the singing and dancing, and got into all the heckling and yelling at the cast on stage.
The very lovely Jan from the theatre managed to get one of the cast to give the children a shout out too-including a nod to the fact it was Olivia’s first Panto!


All in all, a lovely afternoon with the family, and I’m actually really sad to be sending Kye to school tomorrow, because the hubs is now off until after Christmas, it just feels wrong to not have Kye home too!

Counting down now to Wednesday!!!!!


Until Tomorrow……. Night night Elf-ers!

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Elf on the Shelf-Day 17

Today feels like I’ve hit a wall-which I think is natural to go from one or two blogs a week, to one a day over the whole of d=December!

Still, we crack on every day, and without this I do think I’d have blagged the elf antics some nights!

Last night, we set up the elves on the dining table, with our advent calendars completely open and spread chocolate round their mouths to make it look like they’d eaten every single chocolate!

We did debate doing the kids ones but it just seemed too cruel!

We agreed to act pretty outraged by the entire situation, and sad that we had no chocolates left, and, during today, Olivia told me as I was a girl she would share her advent calendar with me!  Kye on the other hand responded that it didn’t mean he had to share with Daddy just because he was a boy!

Tonight, I’ll be watching Saturday night TV and making the children’s videos from Santa at the North Pole with the PNP app on the laptop, then when the children wake up tomorrow and click the ‘on’ button, the video’s will be ready to play!


Until tomorrow……elf love to you all!!!!!

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Elf on the Shelf-Day 16


After not having anything planned once again, we ended up deciding, for last night’s elf on the shelf antics, to basically piss the kids off and get all their colouring books out, and let the elves wreck them!

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Fast forward to this morning, and their little faces when they opened the door were priceless!  Olivia was VERY cross with Jangles!!!!!


Also today we went to see our beautiful boy in his last Christmas play at his current school!  He was AMAZING closing the show with his narrator lines!

We took his sister with us too so she could see her brother and she sang and danced along making everyone laugh (and then kicked off-making mummy and daddy annoyed-just to keep us on our toes!)

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Back to the elf business-we’re getting to the end of supplies a little now, not a large amount of treats left in the elf bag upstairs, and I’m running out of ideas of things to do!!!!!  With another 8 more antics to think up-I’m getting a little drained by the constant conversations between me and my husband about what we should do each night!

I need inspiration-so I’m off to find some ready for tonight’s antics!


Until tomorrow…… Elf Antic Finders-Away!

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