This is a review post. We were supplied with an Epic Straw set for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.
A few weeks ago I signed us up with Britmums to become Cravendale #EpicStraw inventors. Well, they arrived a few days ago, we stocked up on Cravendale milk and we’ve been having fun with them ever since.
The blurb said”Prepare to become a milk magician right in front of your family’s eyes. Cravendale’s #EpicStraws turn the simple act of drinking milk into fun, creative experiments. It’s time to invent your own Epic Straws creations and let the slurping begin!”
It really was fun. We started with the design on the packet and then created our own. Below is our best attempt. It took a LOT of sucking to get the milk through that invention, particularly because at one point it split and had to go two ways.
We had a huge amount of fun and giggles though and when Littlebit finally managed to suck hard enough to get any milk she found it so funny she spat the lot all over me.
We did spring a leak too, one of the pieces came loose but she was merrily sucking away giggling that we didn’t notice, until I felt a puddle at my feet.
You could get the whole family involved and create as many weird and wonderful shapes as you possibly can. Have wacky milk races and see who makes it disappear first!
Find out more about how to get an Epic Straw of your own by clicking here.
A mummy friend of mine said to me the other day that she wished she could get out more with her little one, who is about the same age as Littlebit, but as she has no car and no money she felt stuck for things to do.
I asked her two things:
1. do you have a park / large green space within walking distance
2. do you have a picnic blanket
Her answer to both was “yes”.
So I suggested “a picnic”.
“But I have no money for a picnic” she answered.
I said “If you’re at home you make lunch, no?”
“Yes” she answered.
“Then take whatever you’d eat at home, even if it’s a simple jam sandwich and a packet of cheesy puffs”.
“Oh, I could do that couldn’t I?”
I love a picnic. We often pop down to the park on a sunny day and eat our sandwich lunch down there. We’ve even been know to take soup and cheese sandwiches on not so warm days. Littlebit hops into her Bumble Bee Smart Trike and off we potter down the road.
I especially love doing this if we have a totally free day with no toddler groups or play dates. It means we get out and get some fresh air and Littlebit can have a play on the swings and slide before we eat.
My friend asked if I felt foolish sat there on my own with a nearly 2 year old. I don’t. Not at all. Littlebit is a person so, one of the funniest and most entertaining I know, so I’m not on my own (and even if I was I wouldn’t care less). I enjoy doing anything and everything with her.
Picnics are one of my favourite things in the world. From posh picnics (with champagne and music) to frugal picnics (jam sandwich and cheesy puffs), winter or summer, picnics in the car because the weather is “broken”, even an indoor picnic can be a lot of fun.
I’m linking up to Britmums blogging prompts with this post. What’s your best ever picnic? Or like me do you just love them all?
And as Saturday is Caption Day I’m also linking up to that beautifully crazy lady that is Mammasaurus’ #satcap with this too.
Terrified. I mean have you seen who I am up against.
So blooming chuffed!
It feels so indescribably amazing to have been nominated, let alone short listed. The email I received states “Out of over 12,000 nominations, your blog made the shortlist because of the many nominations it received from other bloggers and readers. The Brilliance in Blogging awards celebrate brilliant blogging in the UK (including British bloggers living overseas). Well done on being brilliant!”
That means that there’s a few of you out there that think what I do here is good. Maybe even better than good. That makes me feel fantastic. When I started this blog it was for me. It was also meant to raise a little bit of awareness for Bliss and premature babies, but mainly it was for me. To vent, to diarise and to get some free therapy to help me work through what had happened to us. I am just so very pleased that other people, by that I mean people other than me and my little community of friends and family, read me!
I’ve also just found out that I have been nominated in the MAD Blog awards “Most Inspiring!” category too. Humbled doesn’t begin to cover it.
I am so grateful to my readers. The comments you leave make my day. Every time I see one ping in my tummy turns over. It’s you guys that keep me blogging. Not stats or nominations or awards. Though I cant deny that it has given me a little boost. OK, OK, a MASSIVE boost!
Now this is the bit that makes me uncomfortable. I’m not going to beg you to vote for me. But if you read my blog and get something from it please do consider popping over to the BiBs voting form which can be found from this page. But do consider the other blogs there too and most definitely vote in more than my category.
You could also nominate me for a MAD if you’re really keen.
I am up against some tremendous bloggers. Not least Kylie at Not even a bag of sugar who you will know is one of my Blog Goddesses. Thank you Kylie for helping me to get where I am now. You will never know how much you have impacted on little old me and my blog. You KNOW you have my vote!
I don’t for one moment expect to win, not when you consider the other blogs on that list. I am just so totally chuffed that I was nominated and then short listed.
I love my blog. I love what it brings me. I love sharing my life with others. I love that I might just help someone. I love you lot. Thank you readers.
The meme rules: on the third Thursday of every month I blog about ten things I am thankful for. I used to then tag three (note the t’s) people in the meme to pass it on. However, I’m changing the rules. I can, because it’s my meme. Because the meme has a tight timeline (i.e. it should be posted on or around the third Thursday) I think that’s putting people off joining in. Either that or you’re just a rude lot, hahaha! So, I’m not tagging anyone, but if you come across this and want to join in, please do. Just let me know on twitter @pinkwellies79 if you join in. That would be ace!
So here we go…ten things I am thankful for this Thankful Third Thursday:
1. The number of people who love Littlebit and would bend over backwards for her, and us. We are very, VERY lucky to have a large family and friend network who are there at the drop of a hat when we need them. I couldn’t work without my Mum having Littlebit a couple of afternoons a week. We wouldn’t get any quality time just me and hubs without our fab friends Amy and Mark offering to babysit once a month just so we can go out on a date. And the in laws are always there if we need them too. We are very lucky and I am very thankful.
2. Our renewed attitude to family time. Hubs works, all the time. If he’s not away at his full time job he’s always got other work to do at home. His office is the place where he spends the majority of his time. However, we have made a change this year and we pencil “family time” into the diary. This was a really good move as it ensures we get quality time. Littlebit is thriving on it and turning into a proper Daddy’s girl.
Littlebit and I do baby sign language. The sign she is doing here is “where”. Honestly, this was cute the first hundred times but that day she must have said it well over 500 times!
3. Living in the Midlands. With the above we’re trying to “do” something on these family days. Because of where we live we are about an hour away from some fantastic tourist attractions. A lot of which are free too.
4. Our beautiful friends Tim and Erin. They got wed last weekend. Erin is American so it’s not been the easiest to arrange, what with visas and having to fly the American contingency over here etc. But the day went off without a hitch, well that’s how it seemed anyway, I hope they don’t correct me on that. It was beautiful, personal and just lovely. We’re so happy for them and thankful that Tim, Littlebit’s Godfather, has found his true love.
5. This blog. It truly is therapy.
6. Flowers. Even when I’m feeling down I just need to look at a beautiful bunch of flowers, or something relatively simple like a posy of daffodils and it lifts my mood.
7. Our house. We were talking recently about how awesome it would be to win the lottery and be able to buy the house of our dreams. Don’t get me wrong, there are things that the house where we live now doesn’t have, mainly a huge kitchen that can be the heart of my home. But we quickly realised that actually if we never move from here we are really happy with that. It’s really liberating to be “happy with our lot”. Still putting those tickets on the lottery though
8. Baby sign language. I have alluded to this above but I am so grateful we started this all those months back. It’s only very recently that Littlebit has started signing back to me. I did think she’d never do it. But it just shows that something is going in and I’m sure it’s really helping her to communicate her needs to us where she can’t yet with language.
9. While I’m on the subject of language, Littlebit seems to have had another burst of words and sounds. She’s added Papa, more and bath to her repertoire in the last week.
BritMums Live 2012 is coming and tickets are still on sale now (click here if you haven’t got yours yet).
For those, like me, unsure of who is who and who will be there on the big day Stepford Wifey is hosting a ‘meet and greet’. It is really helpful to put blog names to faces. So if you want to join in simply write a short bio about yourself and/or put a picture of yourself on your blog and then add your name to the linky.
Hiya *big waves* I’m K and here is my meet and greet:
Likes: Blogging, Cake, Chocolate, Littlebit (my daughter), Scotland, Campaigning for a better future for preemies, My family, Cheese and chutney, Grow your own gardening, Not on the high street.com, My lovely home, Pink, Shopping, Penny Pinching, Twitter, Facebook, WordPress, The Cotswolds, Travelling, People who are just themselves – nothing more, nothing less.
Dislikes: Bigots, Racists, Mustard, Pickle, People who try to be something they’re not.
This is me and my little family, hopefully by the time I meet you all I’ll be a little bit slimmer, maybe not unrecognisable but still…