O loves going to see the chickens. He happily wanders around the enclosure with his little cup of mixed corn and grains scattering it about while I get on doing the things I need to. He’s even happy to sit and let all the chickens gather round him close, I thought he might freak out a little when the cockerel got right up to him but they just eyed each other up and Stampy got on with pecking about!
Recently a mysterious package arrived at our door. A parcel so dangerous it needed the word CAUTION written on it yet inside was, what can only be described as the perfect toy for any child!
These new collectables, called Fungus Amungus, are icky, sticky, germy, gooey little creatures that are sure to elicited ‘yucks’ and ‘ewws’ of joy when they are squished or splatted against any surface. The Funguys are a collection of germs, spores, bacteria, moulds and more – some are creepy, some are gross but they are all super sticky and sure to be a hit with any child!READ MORE »
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Last year I wrote about O’s tummy troubles and him being put on a dairy, soy and wheat/gluten free diet. At that time he didn’t have a specific diagnosis as we were waiting for blood test results. Eventually, over five months after having bloods taken we were finally given the results (how ridiculous is it to have to wait that long!?!) and a diagnosis…
Two of the blood tests were for coeliac disease. One, a genetic test, the second an antibody test. The genetic test came back as positive, meaning simply, that he has a genetic predisposition to develop Coeliac disease at some point in his life.
Many people are genetically predisposed but may never actually develop coeliac disease in their entire life.
His antibodies test came back negative. Meaning that his body isn’t creating antibodies to fight the gluten in his system. Meaning they can’t diagnose Coeliac disease.
We were told that he probably has a non-coeliac gluten intolerance alongside the dairy and soya and to keep him off all three for at least a year, when they would then look at slowly introducing each back into his diet one at a time. Obviously by that point he was already not eating gluten so they couldn’t retest but she made it clear that they wouldn’t have anyway.
I left that appointment a bit flumoxed and unsure of what to do next, or what to say when asked why he can’t eat certain foods.
That old saying ‘if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck….’ kept popping into my head.READ MORE »
Yup, that’s right we own chickens, 21 of them in fact! Now we had planned on getting some (as in about 8) chickens down the allotment at some point this year but little did we know that it would end up being quite so many and happen so early on!
So how did we happen to end up with a fully established flock of 20 hens and a cockerel? READ MORE »
I’ve heard people talk about the January blues before but I’ve never had it myself. That is until this year. Personally I don’t do New Years Resolutions but I do see a new year as a fresh start. Wiping the slate clean so to speak. But this year I just feel deflated.
I had an extended break over Christmas as Lee was off work, the kids were home and I just needed a rest after the hectic excitement of the run up to Christmas. It was so lovely to spend time with everyone home all together, but to be honest I think that break, alongside the horrendous weather and seemingly endless darkness is what broke me!
For over two weeks, I barely switched on my phone or opened a web browser other than to dive headlong into the vacuum that is facebook or to watch some TV shows. I knew the latter was a really bad idea as soon as I had watched the entire first season of Medium in just a couple of days.
The only TV we can watch here is through the internet. I rarely watch television shows apart from some on BBC iplayer like QI or Doctor Who. But I know too well that starting to watch something, especially when there are eight complete seasons right there in front of me, is going to suck the life, and my brain power, right out of me, I’m like an addict. And yet I still started!
Once everyone went back to school and work I tried to get back into my normal routines but I have been in a complete funk. I’ve had no desire to do anything other than watch TV in my spare time, all my creativity seems to have dried up and I’m filled with this overwhelming feeling of being unfulfilled, like I am in limbo while the world is rushing past at break neck speed.
Now I just feel blue.
The recent change in the weather has been nice, we have had some positively lovely days, which has really helped. I’m much happier to wrap up against the biting cold than I am to getting windswept and soaking wet every time I step out the door. We have also had snow forecast over the next few days. We all love geting out and playing on sledges, building snowmen and going for walks. I’m really hoping this is what I need to help blow away the cobwebs and finally get my braincells kick started again. If not I’m going to have to give myself a swift kick up the backside.
And I promise not to start any new TV series’ once I’ve finished the ones I watching!
Sunday Stars Linky
Being at home with kids means I can often pick and choose when I need to go outside. Some days, apart from venturing out for the school runs, I can stay inside in the warm and dry all day if I want. Lee isn’t quite so lucky. Being a HGV mechanic means he is out in all weather and until his job switch last year, all hours of the day and night.
This time of year he is usually completely layered up under his overalls because he can’t wear a thick coat over the top while he’s working. This means that he is often soaking wet and freezing cold by the time he come home.
A little while ago Lee was sent a Scruffs Expedition Tech Jacket from Scruffs Hardware to try out and although he can’t wear it while he’s actually working on a vehicle it has been a great jacket for travelling to and from work. He has also worn it when he’s been out shooting, walking or any time he’s likely to get muddy (which is fairly often!).
The jacket is lovely and warm, but not too bulky at the same time. The material it’s made from is very tough, exactly what you would expect from heavy duty work wear, and feels like it would last a long time, no matter how hard it is used. Yet it still manages to look stylish and like a ‘normal’ coat.
In my experience, workmen seem to come home with pockets full of ‘stuff’ be it random bits of metal, screws, tools or just pieces of paper. This jacket has plenty of pockets to store all these vital bits and pieces. But there are other little features that make this jacket really great.
Lee loves that there is a really bright LED torch in it’s own little compartment on the left breast pocket. It is really bright, ideal for dog walking, there is a bulb on the end too, which means it can be taken out and used like a standard torch.
The taped seams make it completely waterproof, yet the material is still breathable so you don’t get too sweaty like some waterproof coats.
Lee also likes that the hood can be tightened without having to faff around with toggles when his fingers are freezing cold and oily as there are self locking elastics which hold it firmly around his face, they are easy to loosen too.
We would recommend that you buy a size bigger, especially if you will be wearing layers underneath like Lee does, as it feels like a snug fit. Overall though, Lee is very impressed with the Scruffs Expedition Tech Jacket and it has kept him warm and dry on many occasions.
You can visit the Scruffs website to buy this jacket, or to view the other great items in the Scruffs Hardwear range.
***We were sent the Scruffs Expedition Tech jacket in return for this review. All views and opinions are honest and our own***
The last of my Christmas gift guides for 2015 is for women. These presents are much more exciting than the go to wine and chocolates and are all things that I would love to receive this Christmas morning (hint hint Lee!).
Personalised Family Recipe Print
I just adore these personalised prints that are created by the lovely Caro from The Twinkle Diaries. You give her all the tiny bits of information that are personal to your family and choose from the 32 different colour options. You get sent a digital proof so you can check it over and within 3 weeks you will receive your beautiful print.
Elephant Hot Water Bottle
What woman doesn’t like cuddly toys or hot water bottles? You can be sure that this cute little elephant will be gratefully received on Christmas morning, the fact that it can also be warmed up in the microwave to keep you warm is just an added bonus for the cold winter evenings.
Her Royal Highness Gift Box
Okay, this is a silly one, but every woman would love to be treated like royalty for a day. This gift box contains a royal highness mug and some crown jewels(gummy rings). There is also an inflatable crown, just so no one forgets there is a queen in the house!
Beauty-Licious Gift Basket
Full to the brim with pampering treats, smellies and various bath and body care products, as well as plenty of chocolates and marshmallows to indulge on. Just add a long hot bath and your favourite tipple for a truly indulgent evening.
Calligraphy Craft Kit
Ever fancied learning calligraphy? This kit contains everything you need to learn. There are tags, cards and bookmarks to practice on, four different coloured inks, the pen and a paintbrush to help bring your creations to life.
Jord wood watch
Chunky watches and jewellery are the in thing at the moment and this Sully watch in red sandalwood & maple (affiliate link) could easily be mistaken for a pretty bracelet rather than a timepiece. There are a lot of models and colours to choose from, you could even get ‘his n hers‘ matching watches as joint Christmas gifts.
I’ve partnered with JORD to giveaway a limited quantity of e-gift cards worth $25 each! If you’ve had your eye on one of these lovely wood watches, entering is easy; simply click the link below – it will ask you for your email and your favourite JORD watch once you hit enter, your code will be emailed directly to you!
I hope you all have a great Christmas and new year with family and loved ones.
***Disclaimer: I was sent the Jord wooden watch to add to this gift guide but all thoughts and opinions are honest and my own***
Wood watch from Jord *affiliate link*
Some people may see a watch as an unnecessary item nowadays, after all owning a mobile phone means you will always have something on you that can tell the time, right? Well not necessarily! For starters phones run out of batteries, a lot, there are also plenty of occasions and places where you can’t use a mobile phone at all. A wood watch from Jord takes owning a watch to a whole other level, they are highly decorative and even though they are chunky they are very light. This Delmar in dark sandalwood & blue cobalt is a very stylish watch that any man would love to find under the Christmas tree.
Immerse Virtual Reality Goggles
Compatible with most smart phones up to 5.7″, these goggles immerse you fully into the world of virtual reality. You can watch 3D movies and also take advantage of many of the interactive virtual reality apps and games that you can download. To get the full experience plug in a set of headphones to be completely immersed in the virtual reality experience.
Haynes Zombie Survival Manual
Haynes manuals have come a long way since they were first published back in the 60’s. This zombie survival manual is full of diagrams, step by step instructions and techniques for everything you will need to know from preparing your home, zombiology and moving safely around a zombie invested area. This manual is a must for any walking dead or zombie fan or anyone who believes that a zombie apocalypse is just around the corner!
Black Waxy Leather tab Wallet
Every man needs a good wallet and this smart one from the designer Jasper Conran is bound to be gratefully received on Christmas Morning. It is fashionable yet functional with plenty of space for cards and also features a coin pocket and a fold out ID wondow.
A puzzle is always on my list for a small stocking filler type gift. Lee loves Rubik’s cubes and sudoku so this Sudokube brings the two together nicely, making one very addictive challenge that will bring hours of fun. I’m pretty sure everyone else in the house will be trying to have a turn too.
Christmas is a time when most people get a few days off work and get to sit back and relax for a few days. This thoughtful hamper contains everything a man will need to chill out of an evening from beers to savoury snacks, cheese and sweets. Hopefully he will even let you share!
So there you have it six fantastic gifts for men that I have found online. Come back tomorrow for a selection of gifts any woman would love!
***Disclaimer: I was offered the Jord wood watch to add to this gift guide, all thoughts are honest and my own. If you choose to click through the link and make a purchase I will get a small commission.***