Project 365 and Diary Update Week 30 2014

Wow, week 30!! I think we all do this every week… go on about how astonished we feel at how fast the year is flying by!

The weather has been fab this week, as I mentioned in my Summer post yesterday but the highlight of the week had to be last Sunday when I took all four of my children to a fantastic event to celebrate the launch of Top Trumps, the London edition. As part of the event we were treated to a trip up the tallest building in Europe, The Shard, in the heart of London. It was amazing.

The kids finished school on Tuesday, phew.. so glad. I need the rest (hehe) as do they!!!

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Day 201 – Sunday 20th July – Our trip up the Shard. I loved it, the views were breathtaking!

Day 202 – A trip to the park after school

Day 203 – Me and little O in the sun

Day 204 My daughter had her friend over to stay and we went to the park then for a milkshake!

Day 206 – On Thursday we enjoyed a hot day at the Lido. So much fun and feels like being on holiday.

Day 207 – All my children plus Teen’s girlfriend. She had been over all day and they were all chilling in the garden.

Day 208 – Saturday was spent in London at the NOW TV launch with Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. Fab day out with friends afterwards too!

I love the school holidays and this week has been particularly busy. Next week I’m hoping for things to be a bit more relaxed :)

 

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Summer is here!!

The weather has been gorgeous this week so we’ve been out and about a fair bit. My youngest three children didn’t finish until Tuesday and I was working on Friday but we definitely made the most of the weather! We’ve been to the park at least three times and on Thursday we made a trip to a nearby Lido which was fantastic!

I love the warm weather and usually by this time of year I have sunbathed a fair bit but up until this week I hadn’t sunbathed once, been too busy I guess! But this week, at the Lido, I had a whole day of blissful sun!!

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My boys loved running around in the open space

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 My daughter and her friend in bare sweaty feet walking down the slide 

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Wheee… down the firemans pole at a different park

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 Cooling off in the gorgeous cool pool

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The summer holidays have now officially started (woohoo!!) and families all over the country are busy planning their days out here and there with the kids. Looking forward to visiting their favourite places whilst the weather is (hopefully) nice!

One of our favourite places to visit locally is Willows Farm. I’ve written about it many times but I can’t help being a huge fan, it’s a fabulous place to be.

You don’t have to be local to it though, it’s one of those places that’s worth travelling to! There is so much to see and do, you could easily spend all day long there so it’s easily worth the effort and the entrance fee, which isn’t expensive I might add!

We will definitely be visiting once or twice over the summer holidays and the annual A_-MAIZE_-ING Maze has returned again this year which we absolutely love!

This year, two year old Alina Maisie, from Chesham planted the seeds of summer at Willows Farm and they are now ready for the Summer Spectacular event at which began the 19th July.

With her wheelbarrow and trowel in hand, Alina sowed the seeds for a maize maze that will span acres of land, with a little help from Farmers Anna and Andrew of course. Farmer Andrew said ‘Our A-maize-ing Maze is a firm family favourite but this year we wanted to do something extra special. Parents often describe their children as “shooting up” so we wanted to plot our maize maze’s growth against little Alina Maisie’s growth!’

But Alina Maisie may be on the back foot as the A-maize-ing Maze is set to grow to be 6 feet tall by the height of summer. Alina’s Mum, Katharina, said ‘We’re so pleased to be involved in the planting of the maze at Willows, and seeing how tall Alina Maisie will grow compared to the maze. “We’ve been invited back to visit so Alina Maisie can track the maze’s progress – I can’t wait to see her face when she sees the maize seeds she planted towering over her!”

As well as Maisie’s A-maize-ing Maze, Willows will also have a jam-packed programme of activity for visitors to enjoy during Summer Spectacular! Visitors can take a punt on Billy No Mates or Kid Me Kate as they compete to win on the goat racing track. They can then go for gold themselves in the summer sports day races- who will be the fastest on the space hoppers or the quickest to navigate their wheelbarrow around the cones? Plus, find all the family favourites like Woolly’s Workout Agility Play Trail, Tristan the Runaway Tractor and under cover play at JCB Little Learners and Woolly’s Jumpers Indoor play barn throughout the summer season.

We can’t wait to go!

Summer Spectacular is at Willows from 19 July to 31 August 2014, for more info visit the Willows Farm website.

Here at Mummy Endeavours though I am giving away a family ticket for Willows and I want YOU to have it… so enter now via Rafflecopter, it’s ever so easy….

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Project 365 and Diary Update Weeks 28 and 29 2014

Ok. So I have been slacking of late with the Project as it’s been a manic July, what with the Christmas in July’s and other events, plus end of term shenanigans it’s been non stop. But I am still taking photo’s and one day I might be organised enough to get my WEEKLY Project 365 post up on a Saturday rather than a two weeker whenever I get round to it!!

Project 365 is of course, a year long project of taking a photo a day, every single day for a whole year! Up to 200 days now so over half way now!

This post is for weeks 28 and 29 (obviously, the title gave it away!)… dates between Sunday 6th July and Saturday 19th July!

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Day 187 – Our Lollibop boat trip. You can win tickets for the actual big event next month on my blog here. It’s a fantastic day out!

Day 188 - After school my twins usually pick some flowers for me in the school field. They usually consist of weeds or daisy’s but I love it, it’s so sweet!

Day 189 - One of the twins, this is H. He’s in my bed in the morning and don’t little ones always look so damn gorgeous when they’re sleeping?

Day 190 - This is one of the displays at the Lakeland Christmas in July event, they had some gorgeous products on show! I wanted them all!!

Day 191 - On a networking mission in Londons West End going on a Big Red Bus Tour!! It was an interesting evening…..

Day 192 - On Friday I was invited to a beauty event. I was knackered and wasn’t going to go as it was in the West End again but I made the effort and I’m so glad I did. They were a great bunch of people with some lovely products that I cannot wait to try out!

Day 193 - With my lovely blogging friend Afra from Mad Mum of 7 on our way to a ‘secret project’ meet up with Tots 100, all will be revealed in due course!

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Day 194 – At the Pudsey Movie Premiere

Day 195 – My little O playing at the park after school

Day 196 - I was at the Argos Christmas in July event and met the lovely Emma Bunton for the 2nd time this year! Practically bessie mates now ;)

Day 197 – At the Amazon Christmas event… this little fella was highly entertaining.

Day 198 – Last but not least (I must be mad) I flew past the House of Fraser Christmas event, I had Teen with me on this day as he had already finished school. I can’t say he enjoyed it but they had some lovely products on show, I loved this perfume, it smelled divine and is exclusive to House of Fraser. It’s part of the AW2014 collection.

Day 199 – Matching mother and daughter shoes! Out jelly JuJu’s! I love mine, in white and my little girl has the sparkly transparent pair! Too cute!

Day 200 – Enjoying the weather in our pool at home!

Phew! Another two weeks have past in my life. It’s almost time to do week 30 but I didn’t want to bundle three weeks together in one post so this is a very late to the table two weeker!

I shall be back very soon with the next instalment!

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Pudsey The Movie – A Premiere

In case you weren’t already aware, Pudsey the dog… remember him? That gorgeous little talented dog that won Britains Got Talent a few years back? The one that Simon Cowell fell in love with and subsequently took under his wing? Yes, that one, well he’s made a movie!!!!

And it opened in cinemas nationwide yesterday, 18th July.

We were very lucky to be invited to the Premiere in Leicester Square last Sunday and my children had been looking forward to it all week (as had I), we couldn’t wait. It was so exciting, I mean, seeing celebrities, being on the red carpet and soaking up the atmosphere… it’s not something you do every day!

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In Leicester Square.. the home of movie premieres, the paparazzi were poised ready for us the stars to arrive and we made the most of photo opportunities! Of course, the only ‘star’ my kids wanted to see was Pudsey himself!

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My daughter spotted these two very talented young ladies – Opera singers Lucy Kay,  (this years Britains Got Talent runner up) and Charlotte Jaconelli (of Jonathan and Charlotte, also BGT runner up!) They very kindly posed for this photo!

 

Once inside the cinema we were also treated to a pre-film party, whereby we ate Pudsey related party food and all sorts of entertainment was laid on.. then when we had taken our seats in the auditorium, Pudey and trainer Ashleigh (who looked stunning) came in to introduce the film and say a few words about their amazing story! Ok, well Ashleigh spoke, Pudsey barked!

 
The film has been billed as “A heart-warming, quintessentially British adventure for all the family”. And that’s exactly how I would describe it too.

The first thing I noticed as soon as the film started was that Ashleigh wasn’t in it! Not surprising considering she’s not an actress, but I hadn’t given it a thought beforehand! Instead, Pudsey in the film is a stray London dog who finds love in the form of a family who are moving to the countryside! Que lots of fun and capers and lots of London landmarks and British countryside! It’s sure to appeal to cinema goers overseas! Pudsey is actually filmed in Hertfordshire where I live.. I recognised lots of familiar places which made it very exciting for us!

My children LOVED the film and Pudsey was amazing in it! It really is a feel good film, it’s simple but entertaining, all my children were mesmerised from start to finish.

I would recommend everyone go and see it, especially if you have children.. they will absolutely LOVE it! And if you haven’t, it’s still worth seeing.. there are some laugh out loud moments and the odd tear jerking moment too. There’s something for everyone.

I would definitely go and see it again.

Teachers Presents

We have come to the end of another school year.

I cannot believe my twins have completed Reception. It’s been a tough year for us all, emotionally, with my boys being the youngest in the year group. I felt they weren’t ready for school at all. I’ve written about it many times and I’ll write a more detailed post soon about how they have managed.

But right now it’s all about their teachers who, I have to say, have been utterly amazing this year. Both their main teacher, who is wonderfully animated and brilliant, and their classroom assistant especially who I know they have grown to love. Really. They actually cuddle her, it’s blatantly obvious to anyone how much she has done to help them this year.

So this morning, we presented the teachers with the presents and cards that us parents had put in the collection for. It was lovely, but equally sad because we know our children won’t be having them next year.

I want to buy separate presents though, from the boys. These teachers have been too special and have played too much an important role to not do this. I want to get them something that shows how much I, for one, have appreciated all their efforts.

But what?

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I thought maybe something personalised. I perused the world wide web and came across this fabulous website.. Born Gifted. It sells all sorts of gifts, not just for a teacher, but lovely gifts for many different occasions and they’re a little bit different from some of the samey stuff I’ve seen.

Born Gifted is an award winning family business which began life way back in 2002 and has since grown into one of the major players for online toys and gifts. I love the fact that there is FREE delivery on all orders, not many stores provide THAT!

After scouring, I have opted for this mug. It’s a lovely design and I love the message, it’s so sweet and perfect for their teacher…..

Personalised Female Teacher ‘Books’ Mug

The message reads: Dear… Thank you being my wonderful teacher love….

I also love this card..

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There are so many nice things, I want more… might get this too because let’s face it, all teachers love chocolate, right?

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My children don’t break up from school until next week so I’ll be just in time with these gifts but if your children have already finished, please do check out the Born Gifted website as they have so many lovely things that are ideal to give as presents, or to simply decorate your home.

I’m loving this personalised light up canvas for my daughters room…

Or how about this cute little egg cup?

Born Gifted have a lovely 1st birthday range too…. I’m sure even the little Prince George who has a first birthday coming would love a few items from it!! They have a very extensive toy section for children of all ages as well as babies.

I’m sure my twins teachers are going to love their special gifts we have chosen for them, I think it’s much more personal to choose gifts separately. Baking cakes is another nice gesture for that special teacher in your childs life!

Hope your children have enjoyed their school year. Did you join in with a class collection for your teachers or do you prefer to buy your own gift?