Saturday, 22 April 2017

Teeth Whitening at home

Recently in Superdrug I purchased this "1 Week Tooth Whitening Kit" by the brand Brilliant

It was on offer with a 1/3 off the original price, so I thought I would give it a try. As someone who suffers with weak enamel and dull coloured teeth I thought it was worth a shot! On the box it states that the "Enamel friendly formula" can get your teeth "4 shades whiter in 1 week", so as of today (Saturday 22nd April) I will be giving this a try. Next week I will do a full review, with before and after photos and my honest opinion of the product and how it worked. Keep an eye on this blog and my Instagram page.

Mrs H x

Friday, 21 April 2017

The Mum Tag

So here is the mum tag. 20 questions about the kind of mum that I am.

1. How many children do you have? 3, two sons one daughter.

And how old are they? 8, 5 and 16 months old.
2. What are your proudest and most frustrating moments as a parent? I couldn't possibly pick one moment where I've been most proud. They make me proud every day! Most frustrating moments are when they just don't listen.
3. How do you discipline your child/children? I take things away eg no treats or computer time
4. Do you co-sleep? not intentionally. If one of my children cant sleep and they get in my bed then that's fine.
5. What is your one MUST HAVE piece of baby equipment? A dummy. All 3 of my children have had them, none have teeth problems or had problems getting rid of them.
6. Name one thing you bought before you had your baby and you never ended up using? Top and tail bowl.
7. Have you always wanted kids? How many more do you plan on having? No more for me. I always wanted four but they are too expensive lol.
8. Do you think your relationship with your spouse has changed since you had children? Better or worse? Completely changed.
9. Date night? How many nights (or days) per month? Hardly ever.
10. How is your relationship with friends since having a child? Still really good. we have dinner once a week.
11. How many cars does your family have? 1
12. Dream vacation with your kiddos AND one without the kiddos? Disney with the kids and a city break without
13. Where do you shop for your kids? Usually Next or the supermarket brands
14. Favourite mommy makeup and skin care products? Estee Lauder double wear foundation and body shops vitamin e range.
15. Since becoming parents, do you notice you act more like your own mother (for mom) / father (for dad)? Definitely. Its like a switch that's gone off haha.
16. Piercing a baby’s ear: do or don’t? My view on this has completely changed. My first two children had them pierced and my first son took his out at 3 and never put it back in. My daughter pulled hers out a month or so later and never went back in. I wouldn't even dream of taking my 3rd to get that done and tbh I don't know what I was thinking doing it the first 2 times!!
17. Bath or shower? (for you and child/children) bath for me and baby, shower for older kids.
18. Is mom back to her pre baby weight? HAHA NO!
19. College dreams: Do you expect your kids to go to college? Or would you let them decide for themselves? I will let them decide for themselves ultimately but I do have big dreams of college and university for them all.
20. Finish these sentences: “you know you’re a mom when you___ can function on broken sleep for years!!

I  would love to read other peoples answers to these questions. I'll add them in the comments below. Please let me know if you decide to do this yourself!

Mrs H x

Friday, 7 April 2017

What is happening to Carshalton Ponds?

For a while now, I have noticed the water level in our beloved local ponds getting lower. I kept thinking to myself it couldn't have been from rain levels. I mean I know we are having a lovely spring so far but a drought, in April, is just unheard of!
This week my 3 children and I ventured in to Carshalton as we do weekly to burn off some energy in Grove park and feed the ducks and squirrels. As we got to the river, we noticed that the water was down by at least 2 foot. The birds were literally walking through sludge. Smaller ones able to float, just about, but the geese were just wading in the mud. It was hard to watch I have to admit. So we took a walk up to the main pond, which may as well be called Carshalton Puddle at this moment in time. It was empty! Apart from the small amount of water in the centre, it was completely drained. Birds that should be nesting were without their home, some sat on concrete ledges and a lot of them huddled together on the Wilderness Island.
I cant believe the state that the pond is in at the moment and it is so sad to see the wildlife suffering like this in their natural surroundings. I for one, hope this gets fixed as soon as it possibly can be. Those ponds are the heart of Carshalton, one of the few things left around here that holds the village's heritage and history.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Coffee Shop Mums

What is it about coffee shops and mums with babies and young children? You know the type, a new mum with her hair pinned back, jeans and converse on and a teeny tiny newborn sleeping in the pram next to her. Or the mums that meet up there and have toddlers or multiples in tow sharing croissants, ellas kitchen snacks and babychinos. Any coffee shop you go to you will find these Mums. I know, because I am one! A "coffee shop mum". Costa is my local haunt, but I'm not afraid to stray. From the moment I had my first son I became one of these women. I remember (8 years ago now) I would time his second feed with the time I would get to the local Starbucks. For one, I had found a new love for coffee, and lets be honest, every mum needs her caffeine fix, but for two, it made me feel slightly normal again. In the whirlwind that is early motherhood, a trip to the coffee shop in the morning really helps when you are on your own with no adult conversation for long periods of time! Its nice to get out of the house for a start, and honestly baby groups once or twice a week is more than enough! I could have shares in almond croissants and Costa coffee now and 3 kids down the line I am as much of a coffee shop mum as I was then!

Whos with me? Lets cheers our Lattes, and clink our mochas to the "coffee shop mums!" HAng in there ladies.

Mrs Hx

Monday, 13 March 2017

Making your own destiny

There comes a point in life when you realise that living life day by day gets you nowhere. It doesn't take you any place different than where you are at that very moment. I have lived my life day to day for a very long time, just seeing where life takes me. Guess what? I'm still here, in the same situation as I was then. Yes I have 3 beautiful children, and I am in no way talking about them, as I would never change them for all the riches in the world. But there comes a point in life when you want more. More for them, more for me, more for us. It is time for us to move on to the next chapter in our lives and I need to work out which route I am going to take. I want bigger for my children, biggest that I can possibly give them. I want to know how to drive and live in a bigger house and earn money and take them places and learn new things. Its time. I don't want to keep living my life day to day just seeing what happens anymore. I have plans and dreams and I'm going to make them happen.
Some people may read this post as negative but in actual fact it is nothing but positive. I have inspired myself, and it is a great feeling. No one is in charge of your life but you. You make your own destiny.

Mrs H

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Living Arrows.

Ok so I've been rubbish and missed the last 2 weeks worth of Living Arrows. Because of this I have decided not to number my posts anymore as it will get confusing. Life has been busy. Kids have had numerous birthday parties to attend and I have had a lot on with college and general mum life.

Last week Tyler had his school disco. I always get a bit emotional when he has a school disco as its a sure sign he's growing up. They have 1 disco per term and each time he goes he looks that little bit older. We were offered the chance to volunteer and I didn't as I was worried he wouldn't act like he usually would if I wasn't there. Sometimes he gets embarrassed about dancing and stuff. I wish I had though, maybe next time.

Here's my Jaxon looking super cute in his baseball cap. Little dude. We were off to see family over from America that day and he really took strange to them all, he cried the whole day for his daddy!!

Sophie has been poorly this week and has needed lots of mummy snuggles. She is back to school now though, little princess.

"You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth." Kahlil Gibran.

Living Arrows

Thursday, 2 March 2017

World Book Day Outfits

World Book Day has fast become my favourite day of the school year. Some people moan about it but I really like it. It's so lovely to see all the children in school dressed as different characters and people go to so much effort in our school, its fab! I have to admit, I am not very crafty at all so my children always have a shop bought outfit, but they always look great and go in to school excited.
Over the past 5 years of schooling we have had
  • Fireman Sam
  • Peter Pan
  • Horrid Henry
  • Harry Potter
  • Buzz Lightyear
  • Belle from Beauty and the Beast
  • Doc Mcstuffins
and this year we had...
Red, the pokemon trainer (and woody the photobomber of course)

and Princess Elsa of Arundel!

Do you enjoy World book day as much as me? What did your kids dress up as?