Dear So and So letters

My Dear so and so letters this week are not only to other people who I have met but to objects and life in general

Dear Green Park Underground Station

On Sunday, whilst I was travelling through from your station, I took my toddler of 3 years to the toilet. He said that he didn’t want to go, but as a Parent I know that he wouldn’t be able to hold himself on the train and end up wetting himself, so I though it would be best that he went before we boarded the train. I was relieved to see the toilet sign and rushed him quickly in the direction of the toilets. I was utterly disgusted to see this…….

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50p for a wee! Seriously! I’ve heard of going to spend a penny but 50 of them! AND of course I only had £1 and the machine doesn’t give change so it cost me double just for my little 3-year-old to go to the toilet. How can you even think of charging that much for someone to use the toilet?

From a not very happy PISSed off Mummy

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Dear Son,

I was so proud of you on Sunday when I saw you on the big screen, running in the Westminster Mile. Ok, you didn’t beat last years time and You were a little upset about the time that you got, but just remember that your family are very proud of you and just your sheer determination and courage to run in such a big race is enough to make us very proud of you

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You managed to finish with a time of 6:10 and came 22nd out of 43 boys. I look at you and still see the tiny, fragile little baby boy who was handed to me in the hospital bed at a few seconds old. I find it hard to believe that twelve years have passed, and that I nearly have a teenager boy. You make us proud in everything that you do.

Love Mummy

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Dear Ironing Pile,

You sit there in the Corner of the kitchen, Mr high and mighty. You feel a little hard done by as no-one has given you any attention for days. The family walk by you, ignoring the look that you are giving out. I’m sick to death of you, the way that you just wait there staring at me, wanting my attention. Well let me tell you, I have a lot more important things in my busy life to deal with than giving you a few hours of my day. How am I going to find the time to fit you in. I’m a busy person you know!

From a worn out Mum

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Dear Underground worker at Goodge Street,

Thank you so much for your help!

Whilst walking along the platform after getting off of the Northern Line train, a big gush of wind came along and blew my youngest son’s hat off of his head. I wasn’t quick enough to grab it as I was holding both my sons hands, all we could do was watch it fly onto the tracks. It landed in between the rails. We went up to the ticket office, where we bumped into you on our way through the turnstile. I thought that it would be a good idea to tell you about the hat, not thinking that we had a chance to get it back, but to warn you incase it caused any trouble with the track. You took down my number nad said that you would ring me if they managed to get it back at the end of the day.

I didn’t expect to receive a call an hour later from you telling me that you had managed to pick the hat up with a grabber stick and that it was waiting for me at the station. We picked it up on our way home, all the staff were waiting there to hand it back to my little man.

You really did make a little boy very happy, he thought that he had lost it forever.

Thank you

From a very thankful Mum

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Summer crafts with YellowMoon

My younger boys love to craft, for one it keeps them busy and out of mischief and for another it is fun and they love to see their final finished product, of which they are proud of.

YellowMoon have 1000s of craft products online ranging from creation packs, themed activities, scratch art, fun with wood and fabric and all of the craft essentials you will need to create a masterpiece.

We was recently sent a box full of YellowMoon goodies to try out, we received:

 

  • Bring the joys of the seaside into your home with these wonderful wooden wind chimes. Each pack comes with four assorted designs – yacht, beach hut, lighthouse and a bucket and spade. Each windchime is already supplied with metal chimes which are attached via some cord.

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We painted our wind chimes with normal kids craft paint and then drew on them using sparkle decopatch pens.

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A fun craft activity that make colourful hanging displays in and around the house and garden

  • The Boat ceramic money boxes come in a box of 4, ready to be decorated with paint, pens or even sequins.

These little boats, approx 12cm come with a removable plastic stopper and are a fabulous way to encourage children to save money.

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The boys enjoyed getting messy with this activity and as soon as they boats were dry they were placing them on the sideboard and filling them up with coins that they pinched from my purse :-) They now have their own little individual saving banks and whats great is that they know what one is theirs as they decorated it themselves.

  • Create some fabulous pieces of art with sand or glitter with these Sand & Art picture sheets. The pack comes with 8 assorted designs – Fish, Boat, Flower, Robot, Butterfly, Spaceman, Rainbow and a Dinosaur. Each sheet is 21cm x 15cm. Whats great about this activity is that the sheets are pre-cut revealing a sticky surface, no gluey mess or sticky hands!

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We used the Glitter shakers to create our little art masterpieces. They come in 6 assorted colours in a 15g pot, they can be poured or sprinkled.

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  • Become a master of disguise with these Star Hero foam masks, they come in a pack of with assorted designs. Each kit comes with foam masks already with the elastic attached and self adhesive shaped stickers.

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The instructions are easy to follow and even my youngest who is three found it easy to peel off the backing from the stickers. Every child loves to act out being a hero and these kits are ideal for role play. The foam is strong and sturdy making them perfect for play outside and in.

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We even made a moshi heroes from the kit

  • The mermaid peg dolls were fun to make but the youngest found it a little difficult as they are quite small and fiddly for his little hands, he still gave it a go. The kit comes with 4 assorted colours – Green, Blue, Purple and Pink. Each kit includes wooden pegs, foam pieces, wool and self adhesive pearls and felt pieces.

I wasn’t sure if my boys would enjoy making the mermaids but I was wrong, they concentrated on following the instructions and created their own little wooden peg dolls.

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using his peg to keep Dads papers together

  • These little gnomes are very cute and an ideal introduction to sewing for the little ones. My son loved this activity, it really helped with his concentration. He picked up the sewing really quickly and was so proud of what he had produced. Each contains 2 assorted designs, each with pre-punched felt shapes, self adhesive felt pieces, wool, plastic needle and stuffing. The Gnome cushion size is 24cm.
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The pack

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What the pack contains

My son enjoyed the sewing part as much as he enjoyed stuffing the gnome.

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Decorating the gnome was easy as you had pre-cut self adhesive stickers to use and the instructions were easy to follow. The instructions have no words, but just pictures which makes it ideal for younger ones to follow

Oliver woth his final gnome creation

Oliver with his final gnome creation

Hope you like reading this post, pop on over to YellowMoon and see what other crafts they have to offer.

No payment has been received for this post. We received the crafts to do at home as part of being a Yellowmoon blogger

 

Muffin Omelettes perfect for pack lunches

Muffin Omelettes are made in a muffin tray making them the perfect size for pack lunches and picnics.  I use two chicks egg whites as they make omelettes taste very light and fluffy.

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You will need:

  • A silicone muffin tray
  • 200ml two chicks egg whites
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • grated cheese
  • Omelette fillings – we used bacon lardons, chopped cherry tomatoes, half of chopped garlic, 1 spring onion sliced
  • Salt and Pepper

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven at 180
  • Mix the Egg whites and the milk together adding in some salt and pepper to taste. At this point you could add any herbs that you would like.
  • Add in your omelette ingredients to the muffin tray cases.
  • Top with some grated cheese

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  • Pour on the egg mixture, to just near the top.

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  • Place in the oven for 10-15 minutes, keeping an eye on them as they cook. You want them to be a little brown on top. I used my top oven so it took a little longer

Et Voila!

Cute little omelettes that are very fluffy and tasty.

 

Dear So and So…..

Dear so and so are letters to strangers, things you want to say to someone but never got round to.

Dear lady on the underground train,

Thank you so much for offering my children and I your seat, you must have seen how stressed and exhausted I looked. Travelling on the tube with young children is taxing enough, but travelling with 3 children plus luggage isn’t easy. I saw the compassion in your eyes. I really did appreciate it, but I declined and I hope that you understand why! We was only staying on the train for two stops and I would have had arguments from the two youngest of who would have sat in the seat. Plus we had two small suitcases to move and it was busy. The offer of your seat was kind and enough to make me smile for a moment, I looked at  my boys and saw the delight in their eyes. They was excited in travelling on the train. As we stood up on the moving train, for the next two stops, we played eye spy and had fun. I forgot about being tired, your offer gave me a boost of energy.

Thank you

A very grateful mum

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Dear Parkdean Holiday Park,

We recently stayed at one of your parks down on the south coast, Hayling Island. Such a lovely place. We was very happy with our caravan, it was clean and very comfy. You don’t know how much relief it is to arrive at 8:00 pm in the evening and to find that the beds are all made up ready for the children to rest their weary heads. As soon as we pulled up infront of the reception in the taxi, we was greeted by your security staff who were very polite and friendly. The children and I were helped with our luggage and directed into the main building where we was to pick up the keys to the caravan. The security man behind the reception desk was very helpful and chatted away to the boys, who were running around with excitement at seeing the arcade and rides. We never had a problem with any of your staff over the two days that we stayed with you, we found them to be polite and accommodating. The caravan was lovely and very comfortable. I would like to say Thank you for a wonderful restful weekend, the boys absolutely loved staying there an I am sure we will be back again soon. We even had tears on the way home, because they didn’t want to leave.

Thank you again

A very happy holidayer

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Dear Man on the Funland Ride,

It’s not easy having children who are small for their age, especially when it comes to riding on the funfair/theme park rides. The boys had spent most of their tokens up on the rides and was having a ball going on all the rides. There was one particular ride that the two youngest wanted to go on, a roller coaster. It was 3 tokens per person but we only had 6 left, that would have been ok if Oliver hadn’t been just under 0.9 metres he could have gone on with his older brother, but he was under the measurement line. As I was just about to explain to him, you called us over and said I could go on with him without paying. You must have seen his animated face and how excited he was. You made his day. He screamed with delight when the roller coaster went fast round the bend.

Thank you for making a little boy very happy

A happy customer.

 

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Dear So and So at Mummy from the Heart
 

If you could say something to a stranger, what would it be?

 

Dear 3 year old

I love you dearly, and not a second goes by where I don’t think how lucky I am to be your Mummy.

BUT…………..

You really know how to push my patience to the end of the line, to the point where I could literally pull my own hair out and scream at the top of my lungs. Every time you throw a tantrum/hissy fit in public you know Mummy can’t do much about it. There is no step to sit you on for 3 minutes silence nor can I take away your tablet as punishment as we don’t have it with us.

You know that if you hang on my arm as we are walking, that I will just have to pull you along! You will bounce away on your little feet and try your hardest to wriggle your tiny little fingers out of my grip as I try to hold your hand as we walk. But I will not give in, no matter how many times you fall on the floor on purpose, or if you tell me that my grip is hurting you.  You see, my dearest little boy, you are only 3 and If I let you walk along on your own it could be dangerous. Yet, you don’t understand danger just yet as you are so young. Your answer to everything at the moment is Why?

You know how to wind Mummy up by rolling around on the train floor, even though I have asked you nicely to sit still on the seat. As you roll over other people’s feet, I see your cheeky little face looking at me with that twinkle in your eye. I apologise to the passengers. But they just look at me rolling their eyes. I know what they’re thinking, obviously I can not control my child. And I can’t! I’ve tried to hug you to stop, I’ve tried to take your mind away from misbehaving on purpose by playing games with you, but you are bored and tired and at 3 years old you find it hard to control your feelings. I find the best thing to do is to ignore you. This seems to work as you get up and come and sit next to me. Another thing you do on the train is to stand up on the seat and shout. I’ve noticed that you don’t do this when it’s just you and I on our own, so I know it’s just to get my attention away from your siblings.

Why do you have to hold in your urine until the point that you wet yourself? I have asked you a number of times if you want to go to the toilet but you just say ‘No’. I know what the sign is now, you see I can see you knocking your knees together. I know why you can’t sit still. It drives me mad. I feel like I am stuck on a roundabout, going round and round. I’m sick of washing four lots of clothes and bedding every day. You know what you are doing, as you wouldn’t laugh at me when you tell me that you have had an accident.

Why do you have to hit out at me when I tell you off for doing something wrong, these melt downs can last up to 10 minutes and it’s hard work. It upsets me and you make me cry. Your only 3 but your kick can really hurt. It’s not just me that you hit, it’s your brothers too. They let you do it but I can see in their eyes that they have had enough. I know your tired. Why don’t you just tell me that you want to sleep, I will hold you in my arms and cradle you until your eyes close. I will hold you there until you’ve had a rest. But please, stop with the hitting and kicking. Close your eyes and give in.

Where does all your energy come from? You’re so little but you have an abundance of drive. I believe you could run the marathon and still have tons of energy left.

You make me feel like a failed mother. I struggle to control you and your temper. I guess I have failed.

I hug you every night to sleep. I kiss you every morning as you wake. I wipe away your tears when you are upset. I teach you new things every day. I try my best to be a good Mum.

You are not my first-born, you are my third! So I have been here before but just not like this. This type of behaviour is new to me.

NO matter how far you push me, I vow to be the Mummy that you need. I will always be here for you, but please meet me half way.

Love your tired out Mummy

Make Your Own Bugs From Nestle Cereal

Nestle Cereals embarks on a nationwide tour, with a giant 10ft Cereal caterpillar –  made from Shreddies, Shredded Wheat and Nesquik. This is to highlight the challenges parents face in ensuring that their children get the vitamins and minerals they need.  The huge creation was created by food artist Prudence Staite to show how nutritious cereal can be.

According to new research from Nestlé Cereals, 47% of children have munched on creepy crawlies from the garden, yet 71% refuse to eat a plate of greens! Bugs that topped the list included: worms, caterpillars and snails.

Jak tasting a BBQ bamboo worm

Jak tasting a BBQ bamboo worm

And whilst bugs do indeed contain vitamins, minerals and fibre (!), the #CerealCaterpillar shows that a bowl of Nestle Breakfast Cereals is an easier way for children to get the good stuff they need.

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We have been set a challenge to get creative with the children and make our own bug sculptures at home, made from crafts and cereal.

The boys decided on creating a butterfly and a ladybird.

To make a Cereal Butterfly, you will need:

  • A selection of nestle cereal – we used Cheerios and Golden Nuggets
  • Food dye – however many colours that you desire
  • A Big Cereal Box – to cut the shape out
  • Glue
  • Zip lock bag
  • Black paint
  • Glitter
  • Googly eyes and pipe cleaners
  • Scissors

First we used a cereal box to cut out a butterfly shape and painted it black. Then we sprinkled some gold glitter on it whilst it was still wet. Leave to dry.

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Then we used the zip lock bags to dye the cereal. Place some cereal in the bag along with some food dye, close and shake. Once the cereal is covered, lay them out onto a baking sheet to dry.

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Now its time to decorate the butterfly

All ready to decorate

All ready to decorate

Add glue to where you want the cereal

Add glue to where you want the cereal

Finish the butterfly with googly eyes and pipe cleaners

Finish the butterfly with googly eyes and pipe cleaners

We added some crunched up chocolate shreddies to the body. Leave to dry. You now have a colourful Cereal Butterfly to hang in your window.

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We had lots of the colourful cereal left which the boys had for their breakfast, they loved seeing the milk change colour.

Next my son wanted to make a ladybird that he could eat.

To make a Marshmallow Ladybird, You will need:

  • Nestle Cheerios
  • Red food dye
  • Marshmallows
  • Butter
  • Pan
  • Spoon
  • Icing sugar
  • Black food dye

First we melted 40g butter in a pan with some red food dye and added in a bag of marshmallows

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In a bowl, pour in the marshmallow mixture and add in some Cheerios, Stir until all the Cheerios are covered.

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Now you need to mold the mixture into oval shapes, for the shape of the ladybird body. Place in the fridge to set.

Make up some black icing and add some decoration onto the ladybird body.

Leave the dry and then they are ready to eat

We had lots of fun creating our Cereal Bugs, they may not be as big as the Cereal Caterpillar but we think that they are just as cute!

What do you think of out Cereal Creations?

We was sent some boxes of Nestle Cereal and a craft pack to create our Cereal bugs, no payment has been received. This post is our entry into the Nestle Creepy Crawly Campaign, along with a selection of other bloggers to win a £100 voucher