Morning Wins

The hour I leave myself between the alarm going off and the time we need to leave the house is the quickest hour in the day!

it’s also the most stressful!

Yes, I know that I could probably do with leaving myself a bit more time but I have a little rendezvous with my snooze button every morning that I just can’t give up.

It is the hour in the day where the munchkin runs on a complete go slow and miss places any listening and doing ability she usually possesses.

Usually I’m in work for 8:30 so the munchkin goes to breakfast club at school, she’s still going even though I’m on maternity leave, I didn’t want to disrupt her routine too much. It’s no easier now I don’t have to go to work & I now have the added complication of a 4 month old to deal with!

It’s the same rigmarole every morning, by the time we leave the house I’m like a coiled spring ready to explode.

What do kids have against brushing their teeth? Maybe it’s just mine, but oh my goodness I sound like a broken bloody record! ‘Brush your teeth,’ ‘Stop chewing the brush,’ ‘Stop watching the TV,’ ‘Please brush your teeth,’ ‘Have you not finished brushing your teeth yet?’ You get the picture.

Every so often a tiny miracle occurs, something happens to the munchkin during the night and she wakes up ready for the day which makes life that little bit easier.

I find myself nagging, rushing and stressing less. It’s only the little things. I’ll have got her uniform and bag ready before bed. We find her school tie and shoes straight away, I remember to put her water bottle in her school bag, the TV stays off, she gets dressed without me asking or after only 1 calm request,  we don’t fight over how she wants to wear her hair for school, I don’t have to ask quite so many times for her to brush her teeth, I get time to make a brew ’cause we’re ready with time to spare.

On good days I remember to give her something to eat before she leaves the house to put her on, the belVita breakfast biscuits are handy and tasty for something quick to eat, knowing she’ll get cereal and toast when she gets to school, she thinks she’s the bees knees when I let her have biscuits for breakfast.

There’s 3 new flavours we’ve been lucky enough to try, Hazelnut, Chocolate Chip and Apricot. We were like the 3 bears in our house with which one was our favourite. Mummy Bears favourite was apricot, Daddy liked hazelnut and the munchkins was of course chocolate chip! All 3 flavours were really tasty.

I know at some stage I really should give up my addiction to my snooze button, I know it would make mornings much easier, but really where’s the fun in that!



This post is an entry for #MorningWins Linky Challenge with Britmums

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We were lucky enough to receive some belVita Breakfast biscuits to try

All words & opinions on the biscuits are our own.

The Dinosaur that Pooped (Review)

I seem to spend quite a bit of my time asking the munchkin not to fart in her daddys direction and not to tell or laugh at poop jokes or just generally not to be silly about poo. In public anyway! She’s a cheeky little thing and finds anything pip-pop or poop related hilarious! What kids don’t?!

When the opportunity came up to review The Dinosaur that pooped books with Mumsnet, I jumped at the chance knowing it would score me some major cool mummy points. It had absolutely nothing to do with it being written by those lovely McFly boys, nothing at all! Knowing they’ve written a catchy song or two I really looked forward to seeing if the books they’d written were any good! I wasn’t disappointed.

We were sent The Dinosaur that Pooped a Planet and the Dinosaur that Pooped the past. The munchkin has been learning about space at school and insisted on taking it in to show her class. The Dinosaur who Pooped the Past is the latest book in the series and introduces 3 mini characters, hopefully setting up the next story.


These books are brilliant! They tell the story of a little boy, Dans’, pet dinosaur who gobbles up everything around him, getting them in a sticky situation. He then has to, well, poop out everything he’s eaten in order to save the day!

The stories rhyme, which we always love to read and gave the story a really nice pace. The pictures are bright and colourful and really add to the tale, even the poo pics which they munchkin couldn’t stop giggling at! Before  the dinosaur poops the same line is in both books, which I thought was really clever for a series to tie them together, although the munchkin didn’t really notice!


More than anything these stories are silly, fun and very funny. They made us say eww a couple of time but they really made us giggle. The munchkin actually looked forward to reading them together again, sometimes she’s a little difficult when it comes to sitting and reading. She really enjoyed them and you can’t ask for much more than that from a kids book.


These would make a great addition to any child’s book collection, the munchkin now wants The Dinosaur who Pooped Christmas, I can’t wait to get it to read and if any more are released I’ll get those too. Both stories, although similar in plot, managed to stay diverse enough to keep the munchkin engaged.

Who better to tell you what they thought, than the munchkin herself:

We were lucky enough to be sent the books for review.

all words & opinions are our own.

Project 365, Week 40

I can’t believe we are up to week 40 already, we’ve had another baby photo heavy week!

Here is my week in pictures

Day 271


We went out with friends to the park as it turned out to be such a lovely day. The kids rode their bikes and scooters and then played football. We finished the day with yummy ice cream!

Day 272


Just a pottering around day for me and this little munchkin

Day 273


We took a little trip to the shops. Not something I usually do but it was nice to get out of the house,

Day 274


Another pottering day for us

Day 275


I wasn’t sure sweets before bed was a great idea, luckily the munchkin loves to sleep!

Day 276


We didn’t make it to baby group today. This little one fell asleep and I didn’t want to move him. He woke up in a great mood!

Day 277


Mr C was in a grand final with his amateur rugby league team. They won! Which was fantastic!

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