Thursday, 16 October 2014

Trendy Tot Thursday 16/10

Last week I took Olivia to see the new Monster High film Freaky Fusion. She is a massive Monster High fan and she had been looking forward to this for a long time. So I thought I would get her a Monster High top I came across in Tesco's, the same shop featured in my last Trendy Tot post.

I actually paid full price for this top! No sale or bargain just normal rrp *shudder* but with all the other money I saved on the the other clothes I bought I thought why not!

  1. Monster High Top £7 Tesco age 11-12
  2. Scarf £1 Tesco
  3. Jeggings Blue Zoo at Debenhams £6 10-11
  4. Also worn with jeans (middle right) Tesco £4 age 11-12
Trendy Tot Thursday : ClearlyBex

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Trendy Tot Thursday 02/10

Update: This was supposed to be last weeks #TT_Thursday post but I didn't manage to link up so I thought I would link it this week instead.

This week I treated Olivia to some new clothes courtesy of a fabulous sale at Tesco's and you all know how much I love a good sale!

I am going to to pick my favourite one today as I am sure she will be wearing them all quite a bit in the coming weeks.

This is what I have chosen...............

Olivia's outfit
  • Top: Tesco F&F Age 11-12 Reduced from £10 to £5 comes with free headband too!
  • Jeggings: Tesco F&F Age 10-11 Reduced from £6 to £2
Alicia's outfit
  • Frozen Top Tesco F&F Age 12-18 months Reduced from £7 to £1.50
  • Jeggings Tesco F&F Age 12-18 months Reduced from £5 to £1
Some Fab bargains today in Tesco's not sure if I am glad I went or not yet.........  my bank manager certainly won't be impressed with today's spending oops!

Trendy Tot Thursday : ClearlyBex

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Monday, 29 September 2014

The Great Packed Lunch Issue

Yet again in the news there is another report of school clamping down on what parents are putting into their kids packed lunch.

In the age of promoting healthy eating and making sure we get our '5 a day' along with a balanced nutritious diet are schools taking it a step too far?

Today I read about the school using year 6 pupils to monitor what is in other children's packed lunches. Who in their right mind thought this would be a good idea? Then there was the case of the boy not being allowed to go to school in the big mini cheddar fiasco and I can't help thinking it's gone a little, well very extreme.

Shouldn't we as parents know what good for our kids? And shouldn't they be allowed a little treat once in a while? Because we all know the more you are told NOT to do something, well the more you want it right!

While I do agree with promoting healthy packed lunches schools need to concious of the fact that there is a line and it's a fine line. Is a child to go hungry at lunch because they don't agree with what parents have packed? Surely there must be a better way of promoting or even suggesting alternatives that are more suitable than others?

I always try to make sure Olivia has at least 2 portions of fruit/salad in her lunch box. She drinks water, takes a yoghurt and cheesestring of some variety and maybe a mini chocolate muffin/chocolate biscuits ie mini fingers. Her lunch box usually looks something like this:

  • Tuna Mayo Sandwich
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Fruit bag
  • Cheesestring
  • Frubes
  • Crisps/mini muffin/biscuits pack/pack of fridge raiders

Personally I feel like this is a suitable lunch for Olivia with all bases covered. Maybe a bit of a big lunch but fairly balanced and one I know she will enjoy. 

Personally I would fuming if the school ever told me she couldn't have certain things in her lunch box or if she came home telling me she wasn't allowed to eat certain things. 

They do tell us that no sweets/chocolate bars and the like are allowed in lunch boxes and I try to steer clear mainly as Olivia has mentioned kids have had items like this taken off them. 

So as a mum with a child taking a packed lunch to school I have a few ideas of how this issue could be approached. 

  1.  Free school meals for all problem solved!
  2.  Send out a specific letter letting parents know what type of foods should be in lunch boxes and what they should try to avoid. 
  3.  Advise parents on cheap and healthy alternatives are available. 
  4. Encourage kids to try new foods in schools ( this is a good way to get them to try new things especially if they are like Olivia who hates trying new things)
  5. Supply an alternative packed lunch as opposed to just hot dinners. Give parents the option of a school supplied dinner to vary what their child has to eat. 
What do you think? Have schools gone too far or is being strict on what pupils eat a good start in the battle against childhood obesity?

Friday, 26 September 2014

Sisterhood of the World - Blog Awards

blog awards

The lovely Sharon over at TeenTweenToddler has kindly nominated me for a Sisterhood of the World Blog Award! Awww isn't she lovely. Thank you so much I really appreciate it xx

So here we go, I will start of with the rules with are:

 1) Thank the Blogger who nominated you
2) Put the Logo on your Blog
3) Answer the 10 questions put to you by the Blogger
4) Nominate 10 Bloggers
5) Give the 10 Bloggers, 10 new questions

Here are my questions off Sharon,

  1. What’s your favourite season? Autumn, Not too hot, not too cold and such a beautiful season too.
  2. Dream holiday destination? Ever since I was younger I always wanted to go to Fiji not sure why I just think I liked the way it sounds! But now it would have to be Disneyland!
  3. Sweet or savoury? Sweet
  4. What is your favourite body part? Erm, I think I would have to say my eyes
  5. If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? Cry, probably go to work then sort out getting laser eye surgery!
  6. What was the last movie, TV show or book that made you cry or tear up? Oh god I literally cry at anything. Book would be The Way Back Home By Freya North, movie would be Twilight Breaking Dawn part 2 I cry every time I watch it and TV Show would have to be reruns of Friends when Chandler proposed to Monica! Who didn't cry at that!
  7. Favourite Disney film? Bedknobs and Broomsticks
  8. What’s your worst pet peeve? Oooh I'm not sure I can pick just one.......
  9. Do you shampoo first in the shower or soap? Shampoo
  10. What’s your favourite colour? Purple
The Blogs I am nominating are
  1. What did you want to be when you were younger?
  2. Favourite colour?
  3. Do you prefer to be too hot or too cold?
  4. Spender or a saver?
  5. Pepsi or Coke?
  6. If you could live anywhere in the world where would you live?
  7. Why do you blog?
  8. Who is your favourite Actor/Actress?
  9. Are you organised or a fly by the seat of your pants kinda person?
  10. What would you be doing right now if you weren't blogging?
I look forward to reading your answers x