Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Twinkly Tuesday | Featuring Strength and Sunshine



Hello and Happy Tuesday to you all!  I hope you've had a good few days.  After a week of sickness for myself and E, we're now in a little puppy bubble over here as Buddy is finally home and whilst its been busy, our first weekend as a family of 7 has also been lovely.  

On to this week's Tuesday Twinkler!  I don't know about you but my 'fall back' food is peanut butter. It always has been.  If I've not got anything else in the house, I always have peanut butter. Only bread in? Peanut butter sandwiches or peanut butter on toast.  Needing a quick snack? Rice cakes with peanut butter! Strength and Sunshine has shared a recipe for gluten free peanut butter and jelly (jam to us Brits!) waffle sandwiches which sound scrummy! Not sold on the idea of peanut butter and jam? Seriously - try it, its the perfect hit of savoury and sweet.



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Monday, 18 June 2018

Buddy : Our First Weekend as a family of 7


Finally! Saturday morning saw us collect Buddy! In the end, if was just T and I that went to collect him. T was awake at the crack of dawn with excitement but unfortunately E was still poorly with a sickness bug so she was nowhere near as enthusiastic and had to stay at home with Daddy.

We picked him from C, our breeder, who told me to stick to any plans I had and emphasised just how important it was that we becomes socialised from a young age. With that in mind, the first thing we had to do was take him to the pet shop to find him a collar. Luckily the staff were super helpful and we managed to find an extra small one to fit, as well as a lead to go with it.  I think whilst he's so young we might be better with a harness so we'll be heading back shortly to find one. It was funny whilst out, we were warned about people stopping us and didn't really think too much of it but everyone wants to look and fuss him.  


Once we got him home, he was immediately exploring and playing with his new toys. The cats were interested in him but weren't overly bothered by him. Mango wanted to investigate and Ed looked on from a distance whilst Buddy barked at him, which is how it has mostly stayed. I'm sure they'll get better as time goes on but if not, I'm not too worried as the cats can easily get out of his way. We spent Sunday at home before heading to my in-laws, where he soon found himself having a fuss with everyone. My brother in law brought his dog along, a cavalier king Charles spaniel, who despite being a tiny dog, looks like a giant next to Buddy. It turns out Buddy is quite feisty and showed her who was boss, it was fun to see!



I thought he would be really unsettled being taken away from his siblings but it doesn't seem to have worried him at all. I was also a little concerned about sleep and the potential lack of it but honestly, he's been a dream. I thought I'd follow his lead and see how he responded but once he's been out in his cage, within a few minutes he's settled down and gone to sleep for the night.

A few things I've learnt over the weekend:

I can put as many puppy pads down as I like, he would rather chew them than do anything else on them. 

Likewise, I can stand outside for 10 minutes without doing anything and within a minute of being inside, he'll have done it on the floor. 

He likes to sit on the sofa and will bark at it until I let him on there.  

He would rather sit with me than anyone else. He wouldn't go near D at all Saturday, unless it was to chew his socks.  

He loves being wrapped up in a blanket!

His ears are velvety soft.

Going anywhere takes an age as everyone wants to stop you to fuss him and talk about him.

He doesn't like the wind. 

So, so far, so good.  I'm absolutely loving having him around and only wish we could have done it sooner.  


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Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Twinkly Tuesday | Featuring The Next Best Thing to Mummy


Hello everyone, happy Tuesday to you all!  Did you have a lovely weekend? I had a little lesson in checking party invitations yesterday. I had to take both girls to a birthday party yesterday and I really wasn't looking forward to it. As a general rule, I never take both of them to a party together, unless I have someone with me. So I was already a little anxious before setting out and this wasn't helped by it being in a small town about 20 minutes away that I barely know.  We set off, heading to the town hall and what I thought was the venue, only to get there and find it was locked.  On phoning D to check the party invite, it turned out I got the town right and location wrong! Didn't I feel an idiot walking back down the road to the car.  We had an invitation to a party at the town hall a few weeks ago and for some reason I obviously had that stuck in my mind.  We eventually found the correct venue and gave everyone a good laugh at us turning up at the wrong place! 

Anyway, enough rambling from me and on to this week's linky and Tuesday Twinkler!  Karen at The Next Best Thing to Mummy has written about being inspired to learn sign language and her experiences with it as a child minder.  Unfortunately my experience of sign language is limited to a few words from Something Special (Mr Tuuuuuuuuumbble).  I can definitely remember how to sign Mr Tumble but the rest is a little hazy as it was guaranteed quiet and a hot coffee. I would love to learn a little in the future, how about you?



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Monday, 11 June 2018

Monthly Roundup : May 2018


Here's what we've been up to in May:

Early in the month, we took the girls to do the Highway Ray trail at Thetford Forest. They loved it! It was quite warm though and none of us are great in the heat so we didn't stay for more than a few hours. That said, it was long enough for them to run around in the park and wear themselves out.  

I had an appointment with the consultant regarding my stomach and was booked in for an endoscopy at the end of May, on a Saturday, which surprised me. It sounds silly but I never really think of appointments happening on a Saturday. Anyhoo, I had the appointment and wrote about it here




I've been desperate to get outside in the garden and add some colour and now that the weather has perked up I've been making the most of it.  Its this time of year when our conservatory is particularly handy as its so warm in there, I set my seeds and line them up in there.  Most of them have taken but disappointingly the delphiniums didn't.  I have purchased some marigolds from the garden centre and popped those in some planters and they're coming along really well. I love marigolds because they're so bright and cheery, they're easy to look after and grow quickly.  Talking of plants growing quickly, I purchased some wisteria last year via Groupon and they didn't seem to be doing too much. How wrong was I, they seem to have gone wild in the last couple of weeks and I can't wait for the flowers to show. 

We took the girls to see Dinosaur World Live at the theatre and we loved it. I didn't have high expectations - I'm not a dinosaur fan -  but I think it was one of the best shows we've seen. If its on in your area, try to see it!

We had a birthday party at soft play. They last soft play party we had was a year ago and what a difference - I barely saw E!  I wasn't particularly looking forward to it (early start and a bit of a drive!) but it was really quite nice in the end. 

Mum and my Stepdad were up here camping for the half term week.  Amongst other things, we went to the local carnival were E was dancing with her dance group, we took a trip to Welney and Mum took the girls to the cinema.  



We met Buddy. Finally, the day I had been waiting for! He's such a beauty and I really can't wait to bring him home - its not long now!


May was a good month for decluttering. I took 5 bags of clothes to the charity shop and managed to get a number of items listed on eBay.  I've been ruthless and started clearing out clothes in smaller sizes because if they do ever fit me again, I'm not sure I'd still want to wear them.  I've also so

Here's to June (although we're already part way through!), when we bring Buddy home!  Can. Not. Wait. 

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Sunday, 10 June 2018

Silent Sunday




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