Donna from What The Redhead Said has a weekly post called Living Arrows which encourages people to link up and post a photo or 2 from the week just gone with a bit of a backstory. I love the idea and have been attempting to get involved for a little while now.

You are the bows from which your children as Living Arrows are sent forth” – Kahlil Gibran

Now that the blurring in my left eye seems to be getting slightly better and I am getting back to feeling a little more human, I am trying to be a bit more on the ball. So, here it is. Living arrows!

Moose was poorly for 2 days last week. We spent the time curled up on the sofa just relaxing and watching television (with me praying that he wasn’t about to upchuck on me at any given moment, obviously). After his sickness bug had passed he was a little more active but to be honest not much.

This photo was taken on Sunday. It’s not the best photo I have ever taken, granted. Moose seemed to snap out of his lethargy at about 2pm and suddenly wanted to play. He went up to his bedroom and chose a toy to play with. He calls this toy “Auntie D2”.

I don’t correct him

It’s a cute little Moos-ism and I love it. He has others. I know I could set him right but it makes me smile everytime I hear it and god knows it will be corrected soon enough by the world outside our doors without any help from me.

Living Arrows

Home improvement shows will often have you believing that the money you spend on DIY projects will be returned to you in the form of a higher sale price when you come to sell your home. Unfortunately it doesn’t always work that way. Here’s a list of the worst home improvement decisions you could make in terms of their return.

Luxury Bathrooms

According to experts and real estate agents, bathrooms never help you get more from your house as you sell them. Upgrading bathrooms is necessary but the upgradation must not be expensive. There is no need to invest a lot of money just in bathrooms to make them look like luxury bathrooms.

Swimming Pool

Everyone loves to have a perfectly designed swimming pool with some cool and innovative design ideas. Nowadays, pools have become of great significance because people want to enjoy with their friends, colleagues and do parties. However, their improvement should be justified. You should be careful while spending your money in swimming pool renovation.

Wall to Wall Carpeting

Everyone who buys a new house or gets it on rent tries to have everything in order. This includes carpets and floors as well. When you are renovating your house, try to choose some decent laminate flooring and carpet colors that look appealing and may give a great look to the rooms. Moreover, you should not extend the carpets to the wall corners or even sometimes people believe wall to wall carpeting. This may prove expensive.

Upgrading Kitchens

High-end upgradation of kitchens yields no particular results except the aesthetic views. Kitchen, bathrooms and or master bathroom are the areas with least interaction of the visitors and even residents. These areas need upgradation but it must not be expensive. You can choose some nice colors, wallpapers, themes and ideas for the kitchen in order to upgrade in the minimum amount and investment.

High-End Landscaping

Landscaping is an integral part of home renovation. They make a house look more attractive and appealing. Whenever you do any renovation work, calculate its impacts on the property value. As you may need to sell or rent out the house any moment, you should consider this aspect. High-end landscaping seems to be a bad option and may destroy the beauty and aesthetic value of the whole building.

Quirky Decoration

This refers to the personalized decoration of the house. We understand that every person who owns a house has a particular choice when it comes to house decoration. But that doesn’t mean it should be weird or strange. There is always the element of selling the house so such designs and ideas are not practical. If you do such decorations, you may lose the real value of your house when it is to be sold.

Detailed Maintenance

Home improvement is all about smart tweaks instead of detailed renovation and maintenance. Many people, having enough money, make the mistake of doing detailed renovations where they replace old items with new ones. This is good if you want to keep the house for next five or more years. But it may prove expensive if you have to sell the house at any moment. So be careful and always try your best to do the smart maintenance instead of detailed and expensive renovation works.

I love Halloween. I know it’s not for everyone and there is much talk about it being an unwelcome American import but that’s not how I see it.

Granted, there are certain rules which I believe must be observed to make it fun for everyone but when that happens. Well, when that happens Halloween is an opportunity to make the street where you live feel like a community. How can that be a bad thing?

I really enjoy helping my children to get dressed up and go trick or treating. We are very strict on 2 things when we are trick or treating

  • No decorations or lit pumpkin means no knocking.
  • You must always remember your manners.

Something I have become increasingly aware of though as the children have grown older is that people have very differing views on the age at which it is considered okay for kids to trick or treat.

I was standing in the queue at the supermarket yesterday while picking up a few bits and some people were chatting about this. I say chatting, they were having a good old moan.

“Well I think primary school age is the only ok age to trick or treat at” one lady said. The other agreed “I don’t want great big teenagers at my door”.

I silently took their point and considered where I stood on the matter. I was undecided.

As it happens I was forced into hopping off my Halloween fence when my daughter asked me this morning whether she would still be allowed to trick or treat tonight.

Bess is 12. My middle child. 12 (I have decided) is an awkward age. 1 year younger and you are in definite child territory in terms of gift buying and 1 year older and BAM, she is a bona fide teenager.

I thought carefully before replying to my daughter’s question but this is where I have decided I stand on the matter.

There is no “too old” for trick or treating

As I said previously, the rules must be obeyed of course but in a society where we are forever bemoaning the fact that our children are not staying children for long, how can we take this away?

Until Bess tells me that she doesn’t want to take part in Halloween (or any) activities then she will be included. I don’t want to have to tell her she is too old for anything, especially something fun!

If a teenager wants to knock on my door to trick or treat then he or she (as long as they observe the rules) will always be welcome.

I think we should encourage our teens to embrace their youth and get involved in events rather than viewing them as potential troublemakers.  What do you think?

Happy Halloween!

Recently we received a parcel for Moose. When he opened the parcel he let out an audible squeal. Inside the box he found a Smashers series 2 GROSS Sludge bus playset and a set of 8 Smashers.

The series one ZURU Smashers were red balls, this time around they are eyeballs! With Halloween and Half term just around the corner I felt like this change was very fitting.

What is a Sludge Bus?

Glad you asked. The Sludge Bus is a bus with space up top for storing up to 50 of your Smashers collectible figures. It folds out into a pretty gross bathroom playset featuring a springboard from which you can launch your figures into a toilet. Yes, a toilet. It also comes with a (plastic) poo which you can press to reveal 2 worms. Moose found this part hilarious.

As soon as he had finished guffawing at the toilet playset and plastic poo, Moose was very keen to get smashing. In case you have never owned or seen Smashers before, you just smash the smashball to release one of the characters inside. There are more than 100 to collect!

In this series, there are ‘Ooze Dudes’, ‘Icky Insects’, ‘Odd Bodies’ and so many more and like many collectables, there are rare, ultra-rare, exclusive and see-thru characters to collect. Moose was very excited to find that he had a slime covered one!

I really like that the Sludge bus playset doubles as a way to store the collectible figures and Moose loves how disgusting the little characters are!

The characters seem to be really well thought out and I like that you are able to reassemble the eyeball smashers so they can be used again and again!

 

Be sure to check them out over on the Zuru.com and you can also find them in stores, such as; Argos, Smyths Toys, Entertainer & Tesco.

Half term seemed to creep up really quickly and then be over just as fast! I mean, ok Moose didn’t actually start school until the third week of September so it was a really short half term for him but still!

I made absolutely zero plans for this half term holiday and usually I hate that because it leaves me often feeling guilty for not providing much entertainment for the children. Bored children (as any parent knows) doth not a happy half term house make.

Luckily my sister, Jo from The Knight Tribe did the same thing. This meant that our children got to catch up with some of their cousins!

We didn’t go very far afield. The beauty of having cousins to play is that they basically entertain themselves. We spent days playing at Jo’s house, we ventured to soft play on one day and we took them all to our local country park on the last day.

We brought along our Beagle, Fudge and Jo brought their Labrador, Rosie. Despite Fudge usually being a very grumpy old lady (she is 13) she seems to get along really well with Rosie and we had a lovely day!

It’s so important to me that my children grow up with a good relationship with their cousins. My siblings are all people who I love dearly and watching our children play together is one of my absolute favourite things to do.

My sister and I managed to have 2 sets of babies quite close to each other

Bess and Leo were born 9 days apart and Moose and Emily were 18 days apart. Both pairs have always been really close. During that first half term of school Moose really missed Emily so he was really excited to spend lots of time together over the holiday.

So, although our half term didn’t really include any expensive activities or a lovely beach holiday (maybe next year, MrG?), we spent it doing something valuable. Taking time to reconnect with each other.

I am thankful for the family my children have around them and I am grateful that after such a lovely day we made it back to the car before the rain started to fall!

 

 

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