Cosy Coats for Autumn/Winter

I love Autumn, especially days like today as I’m sitting here with the sun streaming through the window. It’s not really cold but it’s getting that way. The mornings are a lot fresher so we do need coats or at least big cosy cardigans to throw on now.

I like to be warm. I’m not one to suffer the cold gladly. In the Winter I’m layered up… camisoles, long sleeved tops then a jumper, in fact this year I’m thinking of buying thermals! Yes I’m turning into a granny but I hate being cold. No shivering for me I’m afraid!

Right now I’m looking for those all important warmer clothes for the school run. Standing on a school playground or outside a classroom is no fun when the wind is howling, the rain is lashing and you’re not wearing the correct attire! I want a new coat. I have smarter coats but they’re more suited to days out, not the school run. What I need more than anything else right now is a nice warm coat that I can just throw on and off easily, but I don’t want something scruffy, I want it to look good too.

While looking online I came across website Esprit, a clothing brand I HAVE heard of but never shopped in. Not sure why really, I guess with so many clothing websites all fighting for our attention some can get lost. Or we tend to shop in the highly advertised stores, but Esprit had some lovely coats for all occasions, I was impressed… here are some of my favourites…

espirit coat

How cosy does this look? If this had a hood I’d be buying it immediately! I like it’s longer length.. I bet it’s like wearing a duvet!

coat espirit

Love this tweed coat, the shades of green and blue would look especially lovely with jeans. What you can’t see too well in this pic is the glittery thread running through. Although fab for dressing up, this is not what I’m looking for for the school run. Not cosy enough.

cosy winter coat espirit

I NEED cosy and warm and definitely need a hood as I don’t do umbrella’s…. not on the playground anyway! Considering all my requirements, I want to go for this one (above)… it’s pretty perfect and ticks all the boxes. It has some great features like the belt, which can give me a nice cinched in waistline. The all important hood.. this one is soft and furry which is what I want. I’m also loving the buckle on the collar, this will be perfect when it’s freezing, windy and I want to feel all snug! I love it. It is quite pricey at £125 but for me, I will wear a coat for years so it’s a good investment.

I have a coat which I go back to year after year that I’ve owned for about 16 years! That sounds crazy doesn’t it? There have been years when I haven’t worn it so I guess it’s had a rest here and there and I’ve bought loads of coats since, but nothing really compares. It’s the warmest coat I own, without a doubt. A classic black, smart, brushed suede style and I just love it so much. But it doesn’t have a hood.

I wonder if the above coat, if I buy it, will take over in the favouritism stakes? I think it could give it a good run for it’s money!

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Fright Nights at Thorpe Park 2017

thorpe park fright nights

I’ve been going to Thorpe Park’s popular Halloween Fright Nights now with my eldest pretty much every year since he was old enough to go! First time was for his 13th birthday (the recommend age for this event) which happens to fall at this time of year. I took him and some friends and we were hooked from then on!

He will be 19 this year and for him/us it’s a definite must do in the yearly calendar!

As a Thorpe Park Ambassador, I was lucky to attend this years’ press/launch for Fright Nights 2017 and I took my Teen (of course) and his girlfriend along with me! Press nights at Thorpe Park are quite big in the celebrity calendar too so there’s lots of opportunity to spot a famous face! Not that I’m a groupie or anything, but Chris and Olivia from Love island were there and I did get a little bit excited! I know, it’s rather sad for a grown woman but hey, if you watched the smash hit summer TV programme then you’ll understand! If you didn’t, then you’ll probably think I’m mad! But Chris and Olivia were my faves and I just HAD to get a photo with them!

chris and olivia love island thorpe park fright nights 2017

It wasn’t easy though, I did have to stalk them for a while to get this one….. ;)

So what else did we do at the launch apart from chase celebrities round? Well, we soaked up the creepy atmosphere… macabre music is played into the park on Fright Nights and the lights (like this green in the photo above) really create the mood. It’s incredibly eerie.

Running throughout weekends during October, then all week in half term, Fright Nights are especially popular, growing in popularity each year as people get wind of how good it is. The park is open as usual in the morning then around 3pm (12pm midday during half term) as the sun starts going down, the scariness starts. Zombies infiltrate the crowds and the horror mazes open! The roller coasters light up and you can ride them in the dark, which is a whole new experience if you haven’t done that before! The park stays open till 10pm and it seems to get creepier and creepier the later it gets! Are you brave enough to stay?

thorpe park fright nights

First up we headed to one of the rides…. Nemesis! This is one of my favourites, not AS scary as some of the others but one I love going on… we did front row seats too! After that exhilaration we headed to our first maze. There are two brand new mazes this year from The Walking Dead TV series, to coincide with the launch of season 8 on FOX this October, as well as the landmark 100th episode.

We did The Living Nightmare first! I haven’t seen the programme but I’d heard that the inside of the maze looked exactly like The Walking Dead filming sets. You are taken in groups (survivors) around different, blood spattered rooms in the iconic scenes, where you will be on the brink of death at the mercy of the notorious Negan. Thorpe Park have gone all out to ensure fans of the series won’t be disappointed! There is no expense spared in all the mazes and it really does pay off!

There are moments of nervous giggling from the group as well as screams and the covering of eyes as we all huddle around almost clinging to each other as we walk from room to room. There was a little light in this maze, compared to some which are very dark, so we could hold on to the reality slightly that this wasn’t real! Sounds odd I know but the actors throughout the whole park, not just inside the mazes are brilliant and really know how to get under your skin…. with their erratic behaviour, the suspense, the speaking quietly before suddenly stamping and screaming, the hiding, moving suddenly to make you jump out of your skin!

I challenge anyone not to be slightly unnerved!

There are two mazes from The Walking Dead, the other being Sanctum! Guests can experience a live-action outdoor maze that pays tribute to Terminus, the safe-haven with a twist. Follow in the footsteps of survivors again, experiencing first-hand how to stay alive in the face of several obstacles placed in their paths. The aim is to navigate past the roaming walkers or risk being captured.

Next we went to the maze Platform No 15! I was a little reluctant to go for this one as it was there last year and I didn’t find it very scary. The sets were amazing, as always, but I think it dragged and there wasn’t enough fright factor! However, this has been improved massively for this year with a whole huge new addition towards the end which made it brilliant!

thorpe park fright night 2017 platform 15

Walking along a disused railway line in the woods… yes this maze is partly outside in the trees in the dark, with only a scary station master and the odd ghoul for company… we are led to a deserted, haunted train. From there, we are ushered into a tunnel… pitch black and very narrow, then, all in a line holding onto the shoulders of the person in from of you, we were told to keep walking. Believe me when I say this is pitch black, you literally can’t see the person in front of you. Teen was at the front of the line leading the way! My brave boy! Our line broke up somewhere along the way and I found myself at the back… not a place you want to be… the middle is best where you feel a tad safer…. because we then we had to CRAWL through a small tunnel and of course one of the scary characters crept in behind me and scared me to death!

I was so glad to get out of there I can tell you! It was really good!

I do recommend checking out your map which you’ll be handed upon entry to the park, because once it goes dark, some of the mazes are tucked away and not always obvious to spot. You don’t want to walk around aimlessly back and forth which is very easy to do!

And plan your visit. There are SIX horror mazes in total and the queues do get ridiculously long, so unless you have fast tracks (recommended) then you may want to find the mazes you definitely want to experience the most and queue for those first!

We decided to head to Derren Brown’s Ghost Train next. I know this is here all year long but there have been a lot of changes made to it since I went on it last and I thought, well it IS Fright Night and this IS a scary ride, I wanted to go on it!

ghost train thorpe park fright night

This is the virtual reality ride although there are some action parts to it too. I was nervous about this because in all fairness, I found the first edition scary so I wasn’t sure how I was going to take this! The verdict? It was brilliant! It’s definitely more chilling and realistic than before, needing me to lift the virtual reality headset up once or twice just to make sure I was where I should be haha! The only thing was, it was super hot inside the train carriage and when it was over I felt slightly disorientated. Weird…. maybe it was all part of the game…… The changes were well worth it though and I’m really glad I included this in my visit.

After a couple of roller coasters and the SAW maze, which is here all year round, so realistically it’s best to do this one before all the others open….we were running out of time.

Time certainly does fly…..

We decided we had to make a last ditch run for The Big Top! This was at Thorpe Park last year and by far I found it the most terrifying.

fright nights 2017 thorpe park

There’s complete darkness, there’s strobe lights which blind you and make you unable to adjust to the darkness. In fact these flashing strobes make you completely confused and delirious! The maze itself is made from cages of some sort and it’s VERY difficult to find your way out! Oh and there’s frightening clowns. Lots of them. Trying to get you!

Aargh!

I told my Teen to not let go of me in here as I got separated from him last year for a few moments and it was horrible! Of course this happened again because you literally don’t know where you’re heading at all, there’s left and right turns all over the place and you’re having to feel your way around…. think I grabbed some random couple nearby so I wasn’t alone till Teen located me ha!

That is one maze you really are glad to get out of! Utterly terrifying!

So that was it. Our night was over, unfortunately. We always feel as though we want to do more but we’re hoping to get back for another day before the event finishes on 31st October.

If you’re looking for a mega fun, seasonal day/night out with plenty of thrills, then look no further. I would recommend it to anyone!

You can book online here!

Choosing the right car for Kids

Being a parent can be stressful at the best of times. You find yourself acting as a permanent taxi driver between school and ballet lessons, your car is now full of crisp and juice wrappers and you’ve also got to factor in the time it takes to wrestle with a baby seat. So is it time to say goodbye to your much-loved run around. In fact, choosing the right car for your kids doesn’t mean you have to wave goodbye to style and elegance, or even sex appeal. There are a range of vehicles on the market that offer practicality and sense at a price that won’t blow your budget out of the water.

You may have one child or be looking for something to use with your brood, don’t be daunted by the options available on the market. Choosing the right car for you, and the kids, need not cause you sleepless nights. Just be sure to take several factors into consideration before making your choice.

New versus Used

There might be nothing nicer than the smell of a brand new car, but do you realistically need to buy one when a used option will do? Even if you manage to get a great deal, consider how much of your monthly budget are you able to use on car loan repayments. Used cars, while a good option, should also be considered with care. Make sure you do your research online to find the best make and model for you. When going to look at your chosen vehicle, take time to go for a test drive and give the car a full inspection – you don’t want to miss any wear and tear that could cause future problems. You can take the risk out of buying used by visiting a dealership such as Mercedes Coldstream who approve the cars they offer in their range of used and new cars to help keep both you and the kids happy.

Running Costs

It might be the most beautiful car you’ve ever seen but how often will you need to keep filling up the tank? Running costs, such as fuel and part replacements can soon add up in larger models. Understand what journeys you need the car for, and be realistic about that you can expect your running costs to be.

Factor in the Family

Your little darlings are also your passengers, so taking their safety and comfort into consideration should be top of your list of priorities. Do you have space for that cumbersome child booster seat? Is the boot big enough for your weekly shop? Be practical and honest – after all this car is for your family, rather than just for you.

Before you start looking for a new car, identify what you need from the car. Your needs go beyond just needing transport. Consider comfort, safety and practicality to make sure that you buy a car that will take the kids into their teenage years.

Roald Dahl Happy Readers at McDonald’s

A few years ago McDonald’s introduced books for the first time into their Happy Meals instead of toys. This pleased plenty of parents who, if they’re anything like me, have an abundance of plastic and furry McDonald’s toys filling up toy boxes at home.. thought it was good to get something different AND educational as well. My children enjoyed the books just as much as the toys I have to say.

Then along came the Roald Dahl collection of books which proved incredibly popular so now, to celebrate what would’ve been Roald Dahls 101st birthday, McDonald’s have introduced an exclusive series of his stories in books featuring his fantastical characters!

mcdonalds roald dahl books

Instead of the major stories like last time, the emphasis here is on one of the characters from the stories instead, like ‘Marvellous Miss Honey’ from Matilda, or ‘Lucky Charlie Bucket’ from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! I think it’s so creative and gives the popular stories, which most children are familiar with anyway, a whole new twist!

There’s an excerpt from the original story which children can read but as well as this, and here’s the exciting bit, the books also have lots of fun little activity sections and stickers too, as well as a handy book mark that can be taken out and used to keep their places when reading!

There are eight books in total and my boys have already got started on some of them, which they are loving!

roald dahl books at mcdonalds

Mcdonalds happy readers

Peter Andre launched the campaign and can be seen in this cute Facebook video talking about the books with his children Princess and Junior, who are big Roald Dahl fans…

https://www.facebook.com/PJAndre/videos/1432272750220085/

Having the books in mini format, small enough for the littlest hands, can really reignite your child’s interest in reading again. Sitting down with them and showing some enthusiasm as a parent, we could get even the most reluctant reader excited!

The books can be found at all McDonald’s restaurants with a Happy Meal, in a brand new fun box, for the next few weeks so be sure to try and grab them all!

roald dahl books mcdonalds campaign

McDonald’s Happy Readers is a partnership between them and Penguin Random House Children’s UK, the Roald Dahl Literary Estate and the National Literacy Trust.

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6 Ways to Improve a Renovation Time

A home renovation project can be time consuming. Homeowners will therefore want to speed up the process so they can quickly enjoy their new design. However, a project can often range from a few weeks to a few years. We’re therefore offering six ways to improve a renovation time.

Provide Clear Instruction

The speed of the process can often be determined by a homeowner’s decisiveness, as well as how a renovation pro interprets your chosen brief. It’s therefore vital to provide clear instruction, so you’ll achieve a desired result in the fastest possible time. You must therefore provide as much detail as possible, so a designer, builder or architect will have a greater understanding of your vision.

Gain Planning Permission

A lack of planning permission can slow or shut down your home renovation project. It’s therefore essential to identify if your project will require planning permission as soon as possible. You must then apply to the relevant local planning authority, and it could take up to three months to receive permission.

Consider Your Neighbours

It only takes one disgruntled neighbour to slow down your home renovation project. They may also make an objection during the planning process, which could mark the end of the project before it has even started. Speak to a builder, architect or designer before you get started, as they will have experience anticipating potential problems. You can also prevent friction down the road by simply informing your neighbours of your renovation plans, which will allow you both to discuss any objections and possibly come to an agreement that suits everyone.

Set a Realistic Budget

A spiralling budget can often halt a home renovation project. We therefore recommend setting a realistic budget to keep a tight grasp on your finances from start to finish. Provide a builder, designer or architect with details on how much money you have available to spend, and provide an amount you feel comfortable spending on the project. You may think, ‘I’ll never finding an affordable builder near me’, but it’s easier than you’d think if use the internet, and it could help you make great savings. A builder will also have the knowledge and experience to advise you how to invest your money for the best result for your home.

Understand When Key Decisions Need to be Made

It’s not a builder’s responsibility to source a kitchen, flooring, bathroom fitting or tiling. It’s therefore advisable to speak to a contractor about the critical dates for decision making. The interior design materials will need to be selected by you in advance and ready for installation upon the builder’s request.

Add Time in the Schedule for Bespoke Items

Custom-made items will take a longer lead time in comparison to standard items. We encourage you to order bespoke items, such as full height doors, in advance to ensure they arrive on schedule. So, order the items as soon as possible to provide extra time for delivery.

Are you set to embark on a home renovation project? Share your plans by writing a comment below

Bring Your Holiday Home with James Villas

james villas holidays

Last week I was asked along to a special Mallorcan themed event in London with James Villas Holidays, for a day of Mediterranean crafting! It was to celebrate the real essence of holidays and what makes them so memorable… be it the weather, the food, the culture, the simply getting away from it all…. and how you can capture some of that special magic and bring it home!

Held in the back room of lively cafe Drink Shop Do in the heart of bustling King’s Cross, it was the perfect location for an intimate gathering of some wonderful Bloggers, all ready to get their craft on! I couldn’t have been happier to see the lovely faces of what I consider to be some of the ‘original’ bloggers that I remember from when I started… especially Marianne from Maris World who I haven’t seen in such a long time.. absolutely wonderful to see her! There was also Penny who writes Parentshaped, Joy from Pink Oddy, Penny from Being Mrs C, super craft blogger extraordinaire Maggie from Red Ted Art and last but not least, my lovely friend Ruth from Rocknrollerbaby!

I couldn’t make the first session of the day which was weaving, as I was working, but that looked fab and everyone made some gorgeous creations! You can’t help but think of rustic little Mediterranean streets and local people sat spending hazy days making these very same products! Beautiful!

I manged to get there for the second session.. taking my daughter with me after the school run because she absolutely loves coming to events and I knew she would like this one a LOT! I arrived just at the right moment because everyone was tucking into some wonderful Mediterranean food, which was delicious…. and let’s not forget, food is a major part of being on holiday and can even influence where we go. It’s also one of the best ways to bring that holiday feeling back home! We all like to hunt out that special little eatery while we’re away, a place to return to time and time again that cooks up the most amazing dishes… then recreate those same dishes back home…. instantly taking you back there. The smell, the tastes…. you could even buy some traditional cookware and serving dishes to make it even more authentic!

For OUR crafting session, we were making Espadrilles! I was actually very excited about this! I’m not a crafter in any way so this was something completely out of my comfort zone but hello? Making a pair of actual SHOES that I could wear? How cool is that? I couldn’t wait to get started!

james villas crafting espidrilles

All the vibrantly coloured fabrics were laid out on the table and we rummaged around for our correct shoe sizes, hoping they came with our preferred fabric choice! But really, I wouldn’t have cared which pattern I had as they were all equally fabulous! I chose the yellow and blue ones (below), picked out my thread, then it was time to get started!

Making espadrilles is a lot harder than it looks… Getting the fabric in the right place around the toe section was tricky and had to be pinned first. The needle and thread was quite stiff to push in and pull through the sole of the espadrille, making way for very sore fingers! Luckily we had a teacher on hand… we definitely needed one let me tell you, and she came in the form of Ota, from sewing and craft shop Luchi & Ota in EdgwareShe was great fun! Full of encouragement as she swept around the room like a bubbly whirlwind, sharing entertaining stories and helping us get our stitching right! She was such a jolly character and great company, I hope to take my daughter and twins along to her shop at some point in the future as it isn’t that far from me!

james villas espadrilles making craft

red ted art

As well as us bloggers, a few members of the James Villas team joined in with the crafting and they were super lovely! The atmosphere was relaxed and easy, we laughed and talked and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We sniggered at some of the sewing skills around the table, especially mine… although they weren’t as bad as Gary’s from James Villas… his were terrible ;) For the most part, everyone did a grand job. It’s a pity we ran out of time…. it really did fly by… so we didn’t manage to finish our creations but we vowed to complete them at home, which I will, just haven’t got round to it yet! My daughter’s espadrilles, meanwhile, were beautiful! I couldn’t believe how lovely and neat they were, considering she’s only just turned 12, she certainly put mine to shame!

james villas espadrilles summer holidays

James Villas were the perfect hosts and this event was perfectly timed… the end of the summer when everyone is trying to come to terms with Autumn drawing in but at the same time, not willing to put away that holiday feeling just yet. With that in mind, making the effort to do things like our Mallorcan crafting is another way we can really bring the holiday home… reminding us of those special times. As can things like souvenirs. I don’t know if it’s just me but people don’t seem to buy souvenirs as much anymore do they? I remember when it was the done thing to visit the local shops when on holiday, even if it was in the UK, to buy little gifts for family and friends… but now I think we just buy the occasional thing for our own homes. Something authentic is best, like a hand sewn cushion or some beautifully painted ceramics. James Villas has a lovely post on their blog with some great ideas… They also suggest making a Smash Book to keep all those awesome holiday memories alive. A cross between a travel journal and a scrapbook, making one of these is an activity the whole family can get involved in.

Lastly, I think talking about our holidays, reminiscing with family and looking through photo’s, is probably the nicest way to remember holidays. I love to do this and it always puts a huge smile on my face. Or brings a tear to my eye, depending on how I’m feeling… a reminder of how much the kids have grown. We haven’t had a proper holiday for a few years now so I’m a bit fed up of looking at old photo’s, however wonderful they are. I want some new ones. Some new memories. I’m craving some sunshine, some fun and some relaxation. I want to hear my children squealing with delight as they jump in and splash around in a swimming pool all day. I want to explore somewhere brand new and lay on a beach feeling the hot sun on my skin… without a care in the world.

I NEED a holiday!

Ever since the event I’ve been browsing the James Villas website and flicking through their free magazine, wishing I could jump into the pages. I’ve always imagined they were expensive, don’t know why because I’ve haven’t looked but there are so many options for every taste and budget. It’s impossible not to find something you love. I’m wondering why we haven’t considered them before. We usually stay in hotels… with the all inclusive option, believing that to be best so we don’t need to worry about food and cooking and constantly buying drinks for the kids. But actually, staying in a hotel like that can be incredibly restricting and can become quite tedious. I haven’t stayed in a villa before, EVER… But I’m coming round the idea. I rather fancy the idea now of the seclusion that only a villa can give. Having my own little kitchen to prepare food and eat when we feel like it. Not having to worry about other people or timings. Enjoying that outdoor space and pool! Sounds idyllic doesn’t it?

I need to book something now, for next Summer so I have something to look forward to! If it’s booked, we’re going. No way I’m leaving it to the last minute like we did this year, then end up not going anywhere!

We need to create some brand new holiday memories to bring back home!

A big thank you to James Villas for a wonderful, inspiring day.

Teenager’s First Holiday with Friends & being Grateful for Social Media

teenagers first holiday

So the time has come. My 18 year old son has gone off on his first holiday abroad.

When children are small, you can’t imagine them doing something like this. Nor can you imagine EVER allowing them to… the thought of it is just too much.. so scary and worrying and it’s like they’ll never be old enough to even consider it anyway….. Our babies being in a foreign land without us to look after them and make sure they’re safe? No way!

I know we’ve heard it before but feelings don’t change just because children grow up. I still see my gorgeous, precious baby boy when I look at Teen. I still worry about him every waking moment… now more than ever! At least when they’re small we know where they are all the time! When they’re out there in the big wide world it’s scary for us parents!

But we have to let go. Unfortunately.

Teen is an actual adult now. Not that he acts like one you understand. He’s still incredibly stupid at times and does silly things.. I could write a post as long as my arm listing daft things he’s done and situations he’s got himself into…. he drives me nuts!

The day before his holiday he bleached his hair! It turned a lovely (not) shade of yellow which made him look like a right weirdo but he thought it was brilliant, and of course he’s right when he says it’ll grow out in a matter of weeks! He likes to push boundaries in all aspects of life and I guess when we were young, we all did crazy things too… it’s all part of growing up!

Eminem springs to mind!

At the same time though, Teen can be sensible when he needs to be and can certainly look after himself, as well as anyone else. So I’m hoping he has this sensible hat on most of the time (hmmm) he’s away and keeps his wits about him because being on holiday with a load of mates, drinking and most likely going a bit crazy… I do worry, a LOT!

He’s gone to Outlook Festival in Croatia. Not just a holiday then, A FESTIVAL!!! There’s been boat parties booked and DJ’s lined up that he can’t wait to see… there are loads of people going that he knows, girls and boys, not just his little group, which makes me feel a bit better… safety in numbers and all that… but it DOES sound like it’s going to be one long, alcohol fuelled, insane week of paryting! (I’m a bit jealous, ha!).

He’s been so excited about it! He wanted to go to this particular festival last year but he wasn’t old enough. Had to be eighteen. Not sure I would’ve been comfortable with that though, he seemed so much younger last year…. but he didn’t go so that’s ok! This week I spent my time making sure he had everything he needed, all his clothes were washed and ironed (I spoil him), and he’d packed everything. I’d made lists for him so he didn’t forget stuff and generally fussed around, feeling anxious.

His flight was very early in the morning and he was staying at a friends house the night before as they were all getting a taxi from there. I have to admit to not sleeping a wink, worrying that he’d forgotten something, but, and this is certainly a plus side to having social media…. I was checking his SnapChat continuously and could see he’d got to the airport, checked in and was eating the obligatory airport fry up for breakfast! Phew!

He messaged me from the plane when he got on to let me know they were taking off and then when they landed, bless him. I was glad of this. How parents coped in the past with no mobile phones is beyond me!

I’ve been keeping up with everything so far via his SnapChat and Instagram. I’ve seen inside their villa, the beach, the DJ’s, the amazing looking festival at night and the drunk friends haha! Feeling thankful for social media right now…. it’s such a godsend in times like these. When teenagers start going out and about, no matter where it’s to, just being able to see some kind of update somewhere means that they’re ok. Peace of mind. We’ve also been messaging here and there and I can confirm he’s having a great time!

Of course he ran out of money fairly early on…. I’m annoyed that he hadn’t budgeted at all but I’m not surprised one bit. I received lots of nice phone calls and Face-times that day, buttering me up so he could ask me to transfer him some money!! Teenagers are REALLY good at this! I got the ‘But I can’t buy any food and I’m starving’ spiel and the ‘I’ll pay you back I promise’ line that I hear more times than literally any other sentence known to man! Again, technology comes to the rescue in the shape of banking apps on our mobile phones, so I was able to transfer some money to him instantly and he could immediately see it in his account. A friend of mine used to work in a travel agency years ago and she said the most common thing that happened in her store was parents coming in to send money to their teenagers who were on holiday!!!! At least I didn’t have to leave the house! He WILL be paying me back though ;) Famous last words!

Anyway, he’s due back soon. Thank goodness! Not sure I could afford for him to stay out there any longer hehe! I’ve been keeping up with Outlook Festival hashtag itself on Insta, Snapchat and Twitter… it’s funny seeing lots of random people who I know will be there with, or least in the same vicinity as my boy, giving me some great insight. I just wish I had all his mate’s Snapchat accounts so I could nosey at those, ha… a bit stalkery I know but that’s what you need to resort to as a parent of a Teen….  I used to insist on knowing his passwords when he was a younger teen but they get to a certain age and you obviously can’t do this any longer… they do need their privacy, much to my dismay! Of course I would never add his mates on social media…. they would laugh in my face and probably think I was creepy!

I can’t wait to see him upon his return and give him a big squeeze and kiss! He’ll be so happy to be back home but will probably need to sleep for a week… meanwhile I’ll be ploughing through his washing! I don’t care though, we’ve all missed him so much and all I want is for him to be home safe and sound.

I know we’ve heard it before but feelings don’t change just because children grow up. I still see my gorgeous, precious baby boy when I look at Teen. I still worry about him every waking moment… now more than ever! At least when they’re small we know where they are all the time!

Another milestone reached and passed in my son’s life!

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