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Brushing teeth 1

Why is it my Jen hates brushing his teeth? He tries all kinds of excuses for why he shouldn’t and sadly his dentist wasn’t much help. When I said in his last appointment “Jen refuses to brush his teeth most days” she replied with “don’t worry these are still just the milk teeth” to me and later to Jen “your teeth are looking great, well done”. Not well done, they have big tartar lines along them. I was less than impressed. Luckily the folk at Oasis have been in touch and sent Jen some charts and stickers and sugar free lollipops as rewards.


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Printables – half term crafty ideas 2

So it’s half term in most places, so these printables might come in handy for some “rainy day” fun. Click on any of the images to get the printable files. All images, except the last one (reef 2) are Copyright of Tiny Me. How about Valentines printables? I know, I’m a couple of days late on this one, sorry! Or if you’ve got some crayons and lolly sticks, make some finger puppets?


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Hair looks for 2014 4

The lovely Sarah has a blogger challenge competition on. I love these type of competitions, where ideas and writing them can win me nice things. Well this one caught my eye as an ex-hairdresser – £125 worth of hair kit. Count me in. For this post I am going to experiment with Polyvore, which I have never used before. So pretty please ignore any rookie/noob PV errors I might make? I think that imperfect plaits and messy flowing hair with head bands will be big. Hair ideas by julie-roo I also think that slightly crazy colourings may come back. If I was more body confident I would try the rainbow stlyes, but I also adore pastels. So a pastel rainbow could be perfect for me. Online there are lots of bright and tacky multi coloured wigs, avoid avoid, avoid!  If you like this style but want to start with a […]


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Ideas to Make Your Home Lighter 1

The obvious answer is turn some lights on, but that’s not what I’m going for in this post. If you are in rented accommodation it does limit your options somewhat but use mirrors as much as you can. I have a huge mirror on the chimney breast, it has retro advertising on it and I think it looks cool but it also bounces more light in to the room. Mirrors at the top of stairs are also great, especially if you hang it angled downward as it can bounce extra light down your stairs.


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Volcano Nail Polish 2

I decided I wanted funky nails, but find false nails uncomfortable. After a lot of gardening recently my nails were a bit of a state. They needed hiding. So I was in Poundland having a nosey at the make up. They often have some top brands in little plastic packages that hang on those metal stock spikes. I rummaged through…. Some Rimmel, Max factor, Sally H, Opi and some W7. I had seen W7 crackle polish before in other shops but had been put off by the price at around a fiver a bottle. Sometimes you are really lucky in Poundland and you’ll get two branded make up items per pack, and I did indeed get a steal of a bargain, a bright red and a deep purpley red crackle polish in one package. Thats 50p each! Deal, sold.


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Budget Bucket List 3

Money supermarket have another blogger challenge competition running. The budget bucket list. Well I heard about this and wanted to join in. I intended to write this post before my skydive, as the MSM logo for this challenge shows a happy, calm skydiver. Skydiving could have been on my bucket list, but not anymore! I’ve done it, I really did it.   So new ideas! Extravagant I would love to swim with dolphins. In Australia. I went to Aussie a few years ago and I utterly fell in love with the place. One of the things we were meant to do was go swimming with Dolphins, near Adelaide. The day before we were due to go out on the boat, a horrible note was pushed under the hotel door, and under the doors of the rest of the group we were with. It said that as bad weather was reported for the next […]


Other Parents Children At The Park 7

Today was pretty much the last straw. A child I’ll called Jamie (because it’s the only unisex name I can think of right now) follows my sons and I everywhere. It’s not just following, Jamie bosses us around, *do this, I want to do that, put my on the ride*. Sounds ok, now imagine you’ve waited ten minutes for both swings to be empty because your youngest wants to “race mummy on the swings” and the second we sit down Jamie appears “my turn.” trying my very best to stay calm I say “My son and me are playing, please wait” so Jamie just asks again and again and a-flipping-gain! I have to walk away, we go to a different toy, a climbing wall. Guess what, yup! Jamie tries to push in and tells me “lift me up” so I suggest to my lad we do the zip wire, yes, […]


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#MMskydive – Why Am I Skydiving For The Lullaby Trust? 2

The last few days Team Matilda Mae have been busy talking about ideas for fundraising and I realised I’ve not really explained why I want to do this. Why am I willing to jump from a plane for a family I’ve never met? Why should I even care? Well here goes, I care simply because I am a Mum too. I saw the tweets from Jennie about Matilda Mae and all my sympathy, and thoughts were with her, I wanted to fix this. Hoped so hard it was a mistake, that She might wake up. I cried reading my screen, Jennie was not just words on a screen, she was a real lady, sharing her real emotions, and I needed to fix it, to help, to listen. But I can’t fix it, there is nothing anyone can do to bring Matilda back, but by doing something mad for The Lullaby Trust charity […]


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How About an Online Raffle for #MMskydive ?

Righty, I am thinking of ways to help with the skydive sponsorship for the Team Matilda Mae jump and I have a cunning plan. I offered advertising space on MRB to small companies in return for donations to my just giving page, but I have not yet had any takers. (If you are a blogger, or a business and this sounds tempting there is a link explaining it all on my left sidebar along with the Skydive badge) I’ve had an idea… What I am thinking is I try to source a few prizes to giveaway on MRB and I do an online raffle. So companies could donate a prize and I would link to the company’s website from my blog, MRB readers could enter to win prizes by making a donation on my just giving page, or by TextGiving by texting “JSKY99 £1″ to 70070. (The minimum donations that are set by […]


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A Few Fathers Day Gift Ideas 1

Firstly, I know it is only May but it is time to get thinking about Father’s Day. It will be upon us before we know it. The best plan, as with Mother’s day and Birthdays is to buy early and avoid having to buy a petrol station greetings card and a bunch of scruffy flowers. I often forget important days, which is where the calendar app in my Android is so helpful. This year I am informed it falls on Sunday 16th of June. So stick it in your diaries ladies and jellybeans. Here are a few ideas, in no particular order… A personalised Thanks Dad poster, it is unframed but Wilkos sell cheap frames. Thanks Dad!! Image from paperthemes.co.uk If Dad is a gamer-geek then a new controller might be right up his street. A Tardis coffee mug, “ohhh yes!” Tell him that “It can hold more coffee on […]


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Planting in Unusual Places, Crazy Containers

As it is Spring now, I’ve been outside planting containers. Now for most gardeners that would mean flower pots or rectangular tubs, but today I did something a teeny bit more quirky. As I didn’t have an old toilet bowl, or a non-seaworthy wooden boat I decided on mugs, shoes and tin cans. I have previously used a toy box as a planting tub, I kept the lid so in winter I pop the lid back on to protect the bulbs inside, clever huh? I wanted to plant some handbags and wellies but the charity shops had nothing I liked the look of today. Everyone has seen planted willies but I liked the idea of hanging handbags like bizarre little hanging basket dangling from my cherry tree… that would have been cool, but no such luck today. Ready to get going… I have here some mixed seeds, some cute mugs […]