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If there’s one thing that will keep the 11 year old quiet for ages, it’s anything to do with different countries and places.

We went abroad on holiday to Mallorca last month, and as it was the first time out of the UK for him much excitement ensued as we flew across foreign landscapes.

As England fell away, and we soared over the sea and then France, all his previous trivia questions and games he’d played turned into reality as the different countries lay out beneath us.

Yes, we spend many an hour on quiz game sites here taking geography quizzes and seeing how many countries of the world we can name, or what country borders such and such ones.

We’re getting very good now.

I myself named every single country of the world within the 15 minute time frame the other day. (Go, me! :-) ) geek

We’ve also discovered a website that you can track planes on in real time and watch them take off and fly to their destination, and land. Pretty fascinating seeing and knowing where they’re going, and wishing we were off on our holidays too.

All in all, you might gather we’re a bit geography mad. Which we are.

Map wallpapers have some amazing wallpapers of all different places, which is just our thing.

My first thought was “oh cool! We NEED map wallpaper.”

We’d probably get nothing else done, as we’d be too busy looking at it all day.

I think one of these on the children’s wall would be a great idea, as not only are they pretty and come in different colours you can get maps of different continents to broaden knowledge there too. I love the fact they’re educational, as well as brighten up the place.

We’ll be unbeatable at any pub quiz game at this rate. We already rule when it comes to the Pointless TV show.

Bring it on.

Do you think you could beat us with random country names that no-one else can think of?!

This post is in collaboration with Wallpapered.

We’re quite unusual in this household that we only have the one TV, and that’s the family one in the living room.

If you want to watch television, if it clashes with somebody else’s viewing time, you have to either forgo the programme or set the dvd to record.

Pretty old school, really.

Which is why, sometimes I think that we should drag ourselves out of the dark ages and think about getting another television for another room.

Maybe one in the kids bedroom, or one in ours?

It would be kind of nice to watch a bit of telly in bed before going to sleep. If it was in the children’s room though, it would have to be off at a certain time to make sure they went to bed at a reasonable hour and weren’t up watching things at silly o’clock.

(Not that they would, oh no.)

I’ve been looking at different devices lately, and to a technophobe like myself there’s some pretty amazing models out there.

It’s not just a case of buy a big boxy shaped telly that takes up half the room, some of those on the market are fantastic, with features such as ultra high definition for extra picture clarity.

With all this in mind, I was looking at some Panasonic ones and this 4K Ultra HD TV in particular jumped out at me. Click here to see which one I’m on about.

I could definitely see one of those in the bedrooms, they’d be perfect.

Maybe then we might have a chance of all getting to watch what we want without the bickering and arguing starting!

How many TV’s do you have? Just the one like us, or more?

This post is in collaboration with Panasonic.

For some, Facebook is just somewhere to keep up with friends and family, and see what’s going on in their lives.

For others, it’s a place to have a rant, post selfie after selfie of yourself posing into a mirror, or tell the world what you’re having for your tea.

So imagine the surprise this poor unfortunate got when one of her so called ‘friends’ took umbrage to all the cooing baby posts on there and sent an anonymous letter saying “She crawls off the mat – WE DON’T CARE!”

Charming. Come on it’s what Facebook is all about surely?! I for one am a nosey mare at the best of times and love to see what everyone else is doing.

People with blank walls are boring. Where’s the fun in that?! I’d have thought the clue was in the name – SOCIAL media.

Be sociable, people.

If baby coos and whatnot are so offensive and annoying, there’s always the option of the hide button so you’re blissfully unaware of what they’re blithering on about today without going the frankly nasty and cowardly poison pen letter way.

What would Facebook be without any of these?! Get the finger flexing on the hide button for any of these (or the popcorn out and settled back for fun if you’re that way inclined like myself)

Top 10 Facebook No – No’s

1) Passive aggressive statuses. “If you have something to say, say it to my FACE!”

Um, quite. Ironic.

2) “So upset right now.”

cue…

friend 1- “What’s up hun?”

friend 2 –  “you OK?!”

original poster “I can’t say on here, sorry.

SO WHY BLEEDIN’ POST THEN?! Dear me.

3) “I’m having a friend cull! If you can still see this later then you’ve made the cut.”

Ok, bye then. No need for the announcement. Just chop people already without the fanfare. Jeez Louise.

4)”I’m out of lives on Farmville! Can you send me one?!”

No.

5)

This is a picture of my breakfast. This is a picture of my lunch. This is a picture of my tea. Hashtag nom yum food in my tum.

Eat it already, it’ll be going cold.

6)

Text speak.

“Hyy bbe hows u? I lyk ur pikkies of ur babbies. Gawjus hun.”

Come again?

7)Daily fitness app updates.

“I’ve just ran 95 miles with the occasional stop for a few lunges and squats.”

That’s nice. I’ve sat on my arse and eaten some biscuits. Does lifting arm up to mouth count as exercise?

8) “Toddler just done his first poo in the potty!”

I’m sure he’ll LOVE reading about that when he’s older. Cheers, mum.

9)

“It’s wine o’clock!”

What again? You alky. You’ll be progressing to the park bench with your brown paper bag next.

10)

Cryptic status updates that turn into a bout of virtual fisticuffs and hair pulling.

Poster:

“I wish I’d never spoken to a certain someone today. They proper do my head in.”

friend 1 – “That me you’re talking about?”

friend 2 – “NO, she must mean me. Biatch, come here and say that.”

friend 3 – (quivering behind keyboard having internal panic) “oh Gawd, it’s me isn’t it? She must mean me.”

friend 1 – “Nope, she deffo means me. Silly slag bag.”

You’ve got to love Facebook really, and before anyone starts on me I’m guilty of several of these and am probably already hidden for being an annoying git who updates 10 times a day with inane shizzle that no-one really cares about.

Oops.

The hide button, people – it’s your friend. Although it’d be a quiet and boring place with no drama or baby poo on there…

The sun’s beating down today, so for the first time this year we’ve taken the picnic basket out of hibernation and headed to the local park.

There’s something a bit special about having your dinner on a picnic blanket, surrounded by grass and bathed in sunlight.

It doesn’t matter if it’s bog standard sandwiches, or strawberries and cream, eating al fresco always livens the meal up and today, heralds the start of warm weather and summertime.

Whatever you’re eating, it seems more of an occasion if you have a proper wicker basket that you can lay out on a blanket.

Here’s ours, that we picked up brand new in a local charity shop for £5. Bargain! :-) There’s even a little wicker basket inside that holds two picnic sized wine glasses, if you want to have a dead posh party on the grass and crack open the fizz.

Not to mention some plates and a knife and fork.

picnic on grass3

Now, what to put in the basket for that all important lunch? Good, inexpensive items that everyone likes is always a good bet. Never mind all the Marks and Spencer and Waitrose luxury items, you can have a great grass party for a lot less.

In our picnic basket today we had:

– a mixture of ham and tuna sandwich rolls

– a tub of chopped cherry tomatoes

– scotch eggs (picnic staple!)

– bag of crisps

– apples

– bottle of water each.

Other great foods would be breadsticks, sausage rolls, a cereal bar or biscuit. Little pots are always good to take along too, such as mini pots of hummus or salsa to dip said breadsticks in. Or chopped fruit such as strawberries or banana slices.

A football is always a good thing to take along too, as if there’s anywhere with a stretch of grass my two love nothing better than a good game of football to let off steam which suits me fine as I can get five minutes with my newspaper in peace

Next time the sun’s out, take your lunch out too. What do you put in your picnic baskets?

The world famous fashion designers, Dolce and Gabbana, caused outrage yesterday by voicing views denouncing same sex parenting.

The fashion powerhouse claimed in an interview entitled ‘Long Live The Traditional Family’ that they were against gay people using IVF  in order to create babies, and claimed that “children need both a mother and a father.”

The internet’s gone into meltdown, Elton John’s hit the roof, gone on the attack and there’s now a rapidly gaining momentum “Boycott Dolce and Gabbana” campaign taking off.

Twitter is full of outrage too.

All of this kind of makes me uneasy, as there’s so much vitriol being spouted their way just for daring to express an opinion that goes against what is thought of as ‘right on’.

Are people not allowed a differing opinion any more? I’m not saying here I agree, but I DO think that they are entitled to hold their beliefs and should be entitled to express them without people trying to sabotage their business and boycott their stuff.

(Although I doubt they’ll be crying TOO loudly into their designer handkerchiefs at the thought of bankruptcy.)

Just because they believe in a family with a mother and a father both present, doesn’t make their opinion any less valid.

Just like it doesn’t make same sex parenting wrong either – there’s no ‘wrong’ way.

Both are families.

All it means is that people have differing views, and as such should be able to express them without fear of the backlash they’re getting.

They are entitled to their opinion after all, just like you’re entitled to yours…

Another day, and it’s another shout of protestation from disgruntled parents crying because their child has been sent home from school for wearing an incorrect piece of clothing.

This time, it’s an academy in Middlesborough that’s had to send home 11 pupils for not attending school in the ‘correct footwear.’

The correct footwear being a pair of plain black shoes and nothing else. Some parents though, it seems, have decided to interpret their own meaning of this and have come to some misguided conclusion that Kickers shoes are all black and plain and can therefore be worn.

Mindfully and artfully ignoring the little colourful label that sticks out on the aforementioned shoes rendering them not plain at all, really.

So should they really be so surprised when their children are sent home for not following the rules?! Plain is plain. It’s not rocket science.

I don’t get the whole bleating to the press with a sob story when you’re blatantly seen to be taking the widdle and stretching points just to see if you can get away with it.

School uniforms are universal to everyone. They’re laid out what you are and aren’t supposed to wear. Gaily coloured labels on the side of your foot, however unobtrusive, doesn’t constitute a plain black shoe as required whatever you may think.

Get your child respecting the rules and following them, instead of pooh poohing them and running crying to the media in the hope of a bit of sympathy.

Nope, not going to wash. Get some plain shoes next time. Proper ones.

What do you think?

School bans black Kickers as part of uniform article

We’re a big fan of the written word here, and with several bookcases full of books you’re never far away from a good book to get stuck into.

Whatever your age.

It doesn’t matter how old you are, you’re never too young to get interested in books.

With the two children of the house, they’ve been ‘reading’ books since they were about 6 months old, and now at 7 and 11 years old they love to pick up a book and read to themselves.

Yes, from 6 months old. Admittedly, they don’t do much actual reading at that age, and just prefer to gum the book instead and use it as a teething ring, but the act of picking up a book and looking at the pictures is still a good habit to instil.

To save soggy paper, cloth books are the best bet here! You can get cloth versions of the classic kids books such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar so they can chew as much as they like. :-)

When they get to around a year old, they can sit on your knee and try and turn the pages over as you’re reading for extra fun and games.

Try a bath version of the books as well with a waterproof one.

You can even buy little books that attach to the side of your pushchair as well called Buggy Buddies.

These were a godsend when out and about in town as it would keep them amused for ages in the pushchair, and there was no chance of losing them as they couldn’t throw them out as they were firmly attached by a plastic twirly clip.

Genius.

Nowadays, they have a bookcase full of books, are strong readers and pick up a book for fun. Just the way it should be. Current favourites at the moment for the 11 year old are any David Walliams book, and the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

The 7 year old prefers the Horrid Henry series.

As for me, I read everything and anything too – including the children’s classics. Like I said, you’re never too young or old to read, and escape into a fantasyland….

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