Saturday, 21 January 2017

What Happened When the Family Headed to RAF Museum Hendon

Despite studying history to GCSE and learning a little Latin, history is not my strong point (too many deaths going on for my liking). The only date I can actually remember is 1066 (sorry hubby) and I do love trying to read the Latin inscriptions in churches. My husband on the other hand is really passionate about history that he loves surrounding himself with it. As our daughters grow up I feel it is important for them to immerse themselves in both of their parents passions and more.

Spotted at RAF Museum Hendon

So on Wednesday eldest was torn away from CBeebies and headed off on an adventure with her father and her granddad. Together they headed to RAF Museum Hendon where they delighted in seeing many aircraft and a rescue boat. Eldest had them well and truly entertained and as someone pointed out their hands full too.

A Mustang inside the museum

Here are a few things eldest got up to:

·        Looking out of an aircraft waving to her daddy
·        Laying down on a projected map
·        Appeared by the side of an American man’s lunch eyeing it up before having her own perfectly portioned child sized meal
·        Helped a lady cone off an area
·        Played with the toy aeroplanes
·        Walked into a perspex door accidentally as she thought you could enter the aircraft and didn't realise you couldn't
·        Looked down through a walk way on to the aircraft

Sadly it is not possible to see all the aircraft at present as many of them are being given a makeover in time for The RAF Centenary in 2018. So her granddad came away a little frustrated. Our daughter on the other hand was hungry again so a stop off at a huge supermarket on the way home was necessary.

Have you visited the RAF Museum in Hendon?

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Friday, 20 January 2017

Word of the Week: Presence

This week we had the pleasure of seeing one of our family members from France (Hubby’s Father). He came over for the week and stayed with different family members. Tuesday night saw us play host and my hubby talked late into the night with him in French.

Our Daughters and their Grandparents

This week has also seen (or rather heard) builders working on the property next door to us. They are getting it ready for the new tenants to move into. A tip appeared yesterday and the bath went into that. There’s been drilling, sawing and more going on. I'm surprised that the babies have been able to sleep through most of it. The previous tenant was an elderly disabled lady who passed away around Christmas.

How has your week been?

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

I am #Rocking Motherhood ....Here's why....

I always felt that when I met the one I’d want his children and it wasn't until I met my husband that things fell into place. We went down the traditional route of marriage first then children and at first I wasn't sure children were going to happen. Then two years after our marriage I had the eldest and she was soon followed by her sister.

I feel like I'm often spinning plates with one being awake and another asleep and then they swap. The only time they've both been asleep at the same time being in the car or it being night time. However, I would not have it any other way my life is a happier place for them being in it.

Rocking Motherhood Tag

I would like to thank Mrs Mummy Harris who recently tagged me in the #RockingMotherhood tag and here are my answers:

1.       I’ll wake you up in time for toddler group so you don’t miss it. I know how much the eldest loves it as she thought Daddy was taking her once and was disappointed when they went to the post office instead.

2.       I’ll give eldest choices. She has the option of what to have for meals, what to wear from her ever evolving wardrobe and the choice of walking or being pushed around in a pushchair.

3.       I’m happy for the eldest to run off and do her own thing at toddler group. While she gets stuck in and plays with other children. I’ll keep an eye on her and her little sister.

4.       I’m not too strict. I will allow her to choose the occasional juice over water outside of the house.

5.       Eldest has always loved music especially ‘Row, Row’. I attended a number of baby classes with the eldest and her baby massage classes included nursery rhymes. She also did Zumba Bump with me so this may have rubbed off on her as she loves to boogie.

6.       Eldest is really energetic and is like someone has found the key, wound her up, let her go a little crazy until she tires herself out and falls asleep on the sofa. I’ll pick her up and pop her to bed where she’ll sleep through the night.

7.       The girls not only are learning about the world in which they live but they are also teaching me about it too.

8.       I’m her cheerleader and we will high five each other.

9.       I have enabled her to have her independence as she can easily access her toys and bed.

10.    I’ll go along with her interests. Right now she is ‘Tommy’ (Thomas the Tank Engine) obsessed.  I’m happy for her to watch it and have her own trains.

Please note despite the fact I’ve mainly talked about my eldest daughter here. These will apply to my youngest too when she’s old enough to do things for herself and have her own interests.
I’m not going to tag anyone as I understand tags can be like marmite. Some bloggers love them while others hate them. However, if you’d like to take part and haven’t been tagged by anyone else then feel free to consider yourself tagged. 


1) Thank the blogger(s) who tagged you and link to their blog
2) List 10 things you believe make you a good mother (This is just a guideline, it can be more or less)
3) Tag 3-5 bloggers to join in the #RockingMotherhood Tag (ok so I broke the rule book here but I wanted people to feel involved)
4) Grab the #RockingMotherhood badge and add it to your post or sidebar
5) You can also tweet your post to me at @QueenofCollage and @whitecamelias who created the tag)

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Monday, 16 January 2017

Review: Quack and Field books Trampolining and Swimming

Over Christmas we were sent the first two lovely Quack and Field books Trampolining and Swimming written and created by Rob Foster. Despite the books being aimed primarily at the age of 3 to 7 my eldest daughter was instantly drawn to Jon Wotton’s lovely illustrations. Quack especially caught her eye leading to her announcing that she knew they were a ‘duck’. She listened intently to the stories Quack appeared in and I must admit that I too got carried away by the lovely characters and the amusing things that happened to them.

Quack and Field Books

The characters are introduced through lovely fact file form before launching into how they perform during the events. The stories teach our little ones that it’s not just the winning but the taking part in sports that count. I thought this was a lovely way in which to encourage little ones to take part in sport. Time will tell whether my children will be keen to take up sport when they are older but I'm sure these books act as a basis in which to get them thinking about it.

Page from Quack and Field Swimming

Why not put these books to the test yourself? The books are available for sale from Rob Foster’s website here and as an introductory offer cost £2.50 each or both for £4.00 and £1.50 p&p.(Normal price £6.99)

Do your little ones love sport?

Disclaimer: We were sent the first two lovely Quack and Field books Trampolining and Swimming in return for an honest opinion.

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Friday, 13 January 2017

How Organisation is Helping me with Direction in 2017

This week has been one of organisation. From considering the direction of the blog, to planning out what linky’s I’d like to join in more with and deciding on what outings we are going on with the children this year. You can read my words for the year and goal posts here

Having been unable to source a month to view diary in hardback form from a supermarket I decided to print out one from the internet. Sadly the one I chose seems to have been used in 2016 as well as destined for 2017 as some of the printed pages read last year on them while others read 2017! I'm hoping it won’t be too problematic.

My Stationery

I'm also considering printing out some blogging pages too and inserting them into the folder too. Everything’s Coming Up Rosie produced this post earlier on in the week so I've been looking through it and considering which one I should opt for. What do you think?

Finally, this week has seen our youngest trying to direct everything into her mouth including my hair! She’s also started to roll across the floor so the eldest has been trying to direct the youngest into crawling by showing her how it is done.

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Wednesday, 11 January 2017

What will ignite and excite you in 2017?

For the last couple of years I have decided to choose words to help me navigate my year. In 2015 I chose bliss and last year I opted for radiate. 

This year I really wanted to opt for something with energy. I've considered a word a month, or picking a word every three months. Considered words relevant to nature such as roots and grow and words like ignite and sparkle connoting fire. Below you can see the ones that jumped out the most.

As for the goals I'm aiming for this year then how about the following:


  • I'm considering getting a few books on blogging and have been reading up on recommendations.
  • I feel that my photography could do with improving and I would also like to make home videos of my little ones who are quickly growing up.
  • I’d love to do more of what I'm passionate about on the blog from reading books to arts and crafts, having adventures and review more.
  • Following my post on camping and caravanning here I am inspired to have more adventures outside. Puzzlewood in Gloucestershire looks particularly enticing and has been used in many films/tv series.
  • I’d also like to interact more in the blogging community and am happy to collaborate with others.

Health & Fitness:

  • Christmas has seen me eat one too many chocolates and mince pies. So I need to be more selective as to what I put in my body and as I'm no gym bunny have a look at alternative ways in which to get in exercise. I enjoy dance (particularly Zumba) and perhaps dancing to Youtube videos would help me stay in shape.


  • During the run up to Christmas we've been de-cluttering. We have been doing a spot of upcycling recently creating a place for the girls coats and decorating the bookcase doors. Father Christmas had no way of entering our house this year due to there being no fireplace entrance so we’d like to install one for next year.

By combining my goals and word choice I've come up with two words for this year which were cemented by Michelle Reeves recent class on Monday. Or did they come about because of my husband's love of setting alight the Christmas pudding each year you decide. This year I've decided to go with ignite and excite.


Which word will see you navigate 2017?


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Tuesday, 10 January 2017

First Tastes With Tommee Tippee

As a parent of two I have to have eyes in the back of my head sometimes. This morning my toddler decided that her little sister may like to try out yoghurt! She was just about to offer baby the yoghurt on a TommeeTippee spoon which is the perfect size for small yoghurts and little mouths when I jumped to the rescue of little one.

The Tommee Tippee Range

We love Tommee Tippee products in this house as you may have noticed from when we worked with them during the summer to promote their UltraGames. With the eldest turning two next month our spoons have been used hundreds of times while feeding her and now she’s old enough to feed herself with them.

So we were really pleased to receive a new set of spoons alongside other products by Tommee Tippee. Of course the spoons have been the first to come out of their packaging and both girls are enjoying tasting food via them.

These products are available at all good supermarkets.

Do you use Tommee Tippee products with your little one?

Disclosure: We were kindly sent the Tommee Tippee products in exchange for a review.  All words and pictures included in this post are my own. 

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