Sam and I are very lucky to be able to have our days off together, I know some families that barely see their other halves due to work commitments but thankfully for two full days a week we can spend time together as a family. We are in the process of selling our home and purchasing another so as you can imagine the purse strings are a little tighter than usual. However, we still want to enjoy our days together so have been thinking of different things we can do each week with Dexter.
Prepare for more action-packed adventures in Treetopolis as superhero Tom returns this spring with the launch of a new DVD collection from Tree Fu Tom, the hit CBeebies animated series featuring the vocal talents of Mark Bonnar and Sophie Aldred.
Tom may look like a normal boy but when he puts on his magic belt and performs a series of magical moves (known asTree Fu) he transforms into a tiny but mighty, magical superhero.
Tom, Twigs and woodland friends have lots of amazing adventures around Treetopolis but when trouble strikes it’s up to him to save the day! With viewers help Tom can make Big World Magic and tackle anything from warbling Warble Weeds to stopping those naughty Mushas make mischief! Tree Fu Go!
The DVD features six action-packed episodes:- Ranger Tom: Super Helper, Tom and the Warble Weeds, Super Squirmtum, Ranger Tom: Fun Guy, The Golden Spore, Twigs’ Tall Tale.
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Teaching your baby to talk is such an exciting developmental stage! Dexter has not long turned 18 months old and already his vocabulary is extensive! I was reading something the other day saying that between 12 and 18 months your baby will have a vocabulary of between six and twenty words. Really for such a small person that's a lot of words, have you ever thought how many words we actually know? I'd have said Dex can probably say around 50 words - not all of them are pronounced correctly but you know exactly what he means and everyday he learns a new word, it's amazing to see. Yesterday's words of the day were "rude, sunny and bright".
For a few months now Dexter has been using two to three word sentences such as "Mummy there" when he wants me to put something in a certain place or "Mummy that again" when he wants more of something. I hadn't really thought about how difficult it was for him to learn new words because they seem to come so easily when really it must be such a challenge. I know myself how difficult it is to learn a new language. I am fluent in both English and Welsh but have in the past tried and failed to learn Spanish, I just couldn't grasp the language at all although they do say it gets harder the older you get.
Due to work commitments I don't actually get to spend that much time with Dex but whenever we are together we read a lot of books, sing nursery rhymes and generally just have a chat. I love teaching him new words and listening to his speech develop. It's interesting how he will repeat any word you say to him except for "I love you" he just seems to ignore that sentence completely no matter how often we say it to him - which is a lot!
I can't wait to watch Dexter grow and change even more over the next couple of months, he's already repeating some words from the nursery rhymes we sing so it might not be long until he is singing them to me!
We were recently contacted by Chemist Direct and asked to review their website and ordering process. I'm sure my Husband would agree that I spend far too much time and money online so naturally I jumped at the chance to review the website and products they have to offer. I have purchased everything from groceries to washing machines and most things in between but I hadn't ever used an online pharmacy. I'd never really thought about an online pharmacy if I am honest, normally I buy any medicines or health products from a well known supermarket. However, after using Chemist Direct I will most definitely be doing yet more shopping online.
How lovely is this photo I snapped on my phone this evening? I love my little family - I have never been happier!
Welcome to the end of my #Slimfastchallenge and to be fair it was quite a challenge. I am really grateful that I was given the chance to be a part of it. At the beginning the idea of going on a diet was quite scary. I have to be honest, I love food......I really love food and the idea of completely changing my diet and replacing items I know and love with a set diet of Slim Fast products was all a bit alien. I haven't really attempted diets before, I have normally just eaten whatever I fancied at the time and over the years my waistline has shown that for all the world to see. So when I was offered the chance to take part I jumped to it!
Everyday I spend with Dexter just brings me so much happiness, I never stop giggling with him....and sometimes at him. This morning for snack time I gave Dexter a bowl of fruit and tub of raisins. He also asked for his Duplo so I got the box down and popped it on the floor unopened. After nipping into the kitchen to put some washing on I came back to little Mr sat in his Duplo box, watching Mr Tumble whilst having a picnic - this child cracks me up.
A few weeks ago I was asked to take part in the two week #Slimfastchallenge. At first I wasn't too sure about it, I have always eaten whatever I fancied and never really been on a 'diet' as such only slightly changed my eating habits. Between the age of 16 and 26 I stayed the same size and didn't really fluctuate on the scales. However, when Dexter cam along I went up just over a stone in weight and a whole clothes size! Since then I haven't really been able to shift the baby weight - not that I have tried very hard mind. Therefore I thought the #Slimfastchallenge would be the perfect thing to get me motivated.
Writing has been difficult recently. Working, looking after Dexter, selling our home and extreme tiredness are all factors stopping me from doing something I love.
I wish I had some sort of magic power allowing me to stop time so I can finish all of those bloody "To Do" lists I've started. The worst part of it all is the guilt I feel for working so much and missing out on my little boy growing up. Don't get me wrong he's a happy little sole and really enjoys spending time with his grandparents but in a blink of an eye he's 17 months old. Being away from him for 50+ hours a week is so hard and I keep missing the little things.
So where do I go from here? Hubby has made a huge decision to move on and take a new job. He'll be working 10 hours a week less for about the same money (just a little bit less). It's great for him because he will get to spend more time with Dex and also learn something new. It's not so great for me because we have worked together for almost 10 years give or take a few months and to not have him there will be very strange. So do I move on too? Do I look for something new with less hours, more pay? I know that money isn't everything but when you're looking to invest into property that's a lot more expensive it's definitely something to consider. I'd love to be able to work from home or better still be a SAHM but that's just a dream.
I guess I have a lot of thinking to do.....What would you do? Have you ever been in this situation?
Hi, My name is Kelly and I'm the author of Life's Little Treasures. I'm a Restaurant Manager, Tea Drinker, Wife to my wonderful Husband and Mummy to Dexter. Here's our story........
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