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As we live in a smallish house with not much outdoor space, it came as a bit of a surprise when the 10 year old said “can we have a dog?!”

He’d never expressed an interest in owning any pets before, so it was a bit out of the blue.

I think all children at some point love a pet of their own to look after, and he’s obviously no exception.

I remember having a goldfish called Goldie when I was little (very original name, there!)

After pointing out that maybe a dog wouldn’t be practical in our house as they need more room, we thought about other pets that would be a better option.

As children who have never owned a pet before, we thought of ones that would be easier to manage than big dogs who would take a lot of looking after (walking every day, pooping it’s scoop :-) ) etc.

Which is where I mentioned my childhood goldfish.

I used to love sprinkling fish food in for little Goldie and watching him swim round his bowl.

We thought fish may be a good first pet, as they could easily help to look after them, and even small children could help feed the fish.

You’d need a good tank or bowl to keep them safe in, and if you did want to go down the little fishy route, All Pond Solutions  have some great ones especially for children with a seahorse or surfing design.

There’s something quite therapeutic about watching fish swim round and around, too. I may have to try sitting in front of  fish tanks and watching the fish swim round next time they’re winding each other up.

“Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming along…..”

 

This post is in collabation with All Pond Solutions.

 

 

 

The school holidays are fast approaching, and if you’re anything like me you want to be out and about in the fresh air with the kids this summer.

Let’s face it, they have a habit of going stir crazy if they’re cooped up in the house for too long. Either that or they’d get square eyes from looking at their ds consoles too much.

No, we’d much rather be outdoors where it’s (hopefully!) nice and sunny.

One of our favourite activities in the summer is filling a picnic basket with sandwiches and juice cartons, picking up a football on our way out of the door and heading off to the local park.

Not only is it a free activity, food always seems to taste best when it’s eaten outside. Plus, they get to work at a big appetite with all the running about, and going up and down slides!

Tree climbing is also a great favourite. They’re always happiest when they’re climbing things here. Find yourself some nice sturdy roots and huge branches, and get climbing. A traditional children’s activity that never gets old.

tree climbing

One other thing that we’d love to do is go camping, and feel a night under canvas might be on the agenda these summer holidays.

What better way to drift off to sleep than looking out at the twinkling  stars?

Whatever you decide to do in the great outdoors, it’s always wise to make sure you’re prepared for the elements. (I mean, the weather’s not exactly been predictable lately, has it?!)

E-outdoor has a great range of clothes and equipment for your chosen activities, from suitable kids clothing, to climbing gear, to tents and sleeping bags for your camping adventure.

Not forgetting cooking equipment such as stoves and cook boxes.

After all, every camping trip needs sausages and beans eaten out of a tin, followed by a sing song to make it authentic and add to the fun.

Now, I say roll on the summer holidays and lovely, sunny weather…

 

 

Disclosure: This post is in collaboration with E-outdoor.

It’s now June, which means  it’s that time of year again when school children troop out onto their playing fields in their P.E kits to skip rope and race each other.

(Not competitively you understand. Oh no.)

This is also accompanied by the school’s annual request for helpers, where they need suckers willing parents to help herd the children onto the fields, show them what they should be doing, and generally just make themselves useful.

The request always brings me out in a cold sweat and I can usually find a shoelace to tie or something urgent and/or interesting outside that needs my immediate attention.

Don’t  get me wrong, it’s not that I don’t WANT to help. It’s just the thought of being in charge of a whole team of small people and being a RESPONSIBLE ADULT brings me out in hives.

Heck, I can just about manage to organise me and my lot, without a whole army of other small people to contend with.

They’d probably call me Mrs So and So as well. Which would be another whole level of freak out, as I’m not old enough to be a Mrs So and So.

That’s the mother in law’s name, not mine.

Eeek.

No. I’d much rather be on the sidelines, cheering on instead from my own little comfort zone.

How about you?

It’s been a week of two halves with the weather, with it not being able to make its mind up whether it’s actually summer or not.

Hot and humid, so the washing has gone out on the line only for it to properly pour it down approximately 10 minutes later. (I swear it does it on purpose.)

Not knowing whether to boil to death if you take your raincoat out with you, or look like a drowned rat if you leave it at home and get caught in the inevitable downpour that waits until you’ve left the comfort of your own home and stepped out of the front door.

So with this in mind, I’ve chosen today’s Mixtape Monday song due to its appropriate title.

 

 

 

Let’s hope this upcoming week’s weather is less unpredictable.

 

This post has been added to the Mix-tape Monday link up.

 

 

 

castle steps

When I got a text message from school earlier this week asking pupils not to bring in loom bands, I had the sudden realisation I was old when I realised I didn’t have a frigging clue what a loom band WAS.

That’s the epitome of being old,isn’t it? Not knowing all the newfangled crazes , and what the kids are collecting this week and next.

Or what, or indeed who (pop bands) they’re into.

I had to ask the small people when they came out of school what they were. I’m still none the wiser. Something to do with interlocky band things that you can make pretty plastic coloured wristbands with. Or something.

I wouldn’t know. It’s all Panini World Cup album stickers in this household. Or Match Attax cards.

It doesn’t matter what decade you were born in, it seems there’s always some trend or craze to participate in.

When I was at primary school, it wasn’t loom bands. I remember these. Yes, and I’m fully aware I’m going to reveal my age now. Oh well.

 

Grolsch bottle tops

Remember these? If you were a Bros fan, you used to glue Grolsch bottle tops to your Doc Martens. We went to Haven last week. At the 80’s music  quiz, the Funstar announced the answer pronounced as “It’s Broh’s. I think. Don’t remember them.” No. It really isn’t. Good grief. You know you’re old when the Funstars are about 15 years younger than you and they know bog all. Sheesh.

 

Garbage Pail Kids

 

Who remembers collecting these? They were all the rage in the primary playground, and I can remember taking them in to swap. They had charming names along the lines of Puking Pete, or Adam Bomb.

They were far more up my street and appealed to my sense of humour.

garbage pail

 

So I suppose whatever age you are there’s always going to be something you collect and drive your teachers loopy with. For us, it was Garbage Pail card swapping in the middle of the playground.

Today, it’s apparently Loom Bands. Whatever they are.

What did you collect?

 

 

 

 

The World Cup’s about to kick off this week, and I’m about ready to go into hiding for the duration while the football mad members of the household talk about nothing else.

The 10 year old wants to know whether he can stay up and watch all the games. Yes, son. You can stay up and watch the ones that are on at a reasonable time, but as some of them are on about midnight due to the time difference, that would be a big fat NO and get yourself to bed.

There’s still school to go to, and the zombified look from being up all night won’t be conducive to a good learning environment.

I’ve resigned myself to the fact that every other word uttered over the next few weeks is going to be a football related one. so apart from hiding in another room while football’s on and commiserating with all the other football widows online, I’ve decided I might as well try and make it a bit more fun.

Just to make life a bit more bearable and stop myself from glazing over whenever the ‘f’ word is mentioned.

For example:

 

Whenever your home country is playing (in our case, the United Kingdom) theme your dinner to whichever team you are playing against.

So, for example, if England are playing against Italy, then you have yourself an Italian themed feast. Pizza, pasta, gnocci, etc.

 

It’s also an excuse for me to find lots of yummy recipes and ideas on Pinterest for inspiration.

 

World Cup party ideas board

 

Italian Food board

 

See, I can find the bright side of weeks of football tedium.

Are you a football widow?

Share your tips for making it more fun in the comments box below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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