29 Mar 2015

Sunday Kitchen Disco No.2

Morning all and welcome to the second ever #sundaykitchendisco! This week I've been a bit slack so I'm only actually writing this *on* sunday whilst I recover from losing an hour of sleep  thanks to that whole clocks going forward thing *plus* a child who thinks it's fun to wake up in the middle of the night for a couple of hours.

So if you're wondering WTF#sundaykitchendisco, the short story is, it's a music themed linky I run every sunday. If you've enjoyed anything music related with your kids - be it dancing in the kitchen, going to a festival, singing along in the car, going to a class or group or just *anything* music related, then add your post(s) here. 

They don't have to be recently written *and* you can add more than one. For more information see here. Also here's last week's linky if you want to check it out. If you join up, don't forget to tweet me the link and add the #sundaykitchendisco badge to your post!



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So this week we have mostly been listening to....

The bloody Abadas theme tune. Yes, I don't know why either, but I've had multiple requests for it. Well, also Up-Down (!) Funk too as usual but yes, this is what we've had on a loop in this house



This week we also went to our last ballet class of the term. Toddler45 has been going to ballet since last September and he loves it. Well, mostly he loves his ballet teacher but he really enjoys singing and dancing. The class for his age group (18mo-3yo) is mostly just music and movement but he's progressed really well and can do the whole class with minimal help from me. He only has one more term before he moves up to the big class where mummies don't go in and he has to follow the teacher without help from me. I'm really interested to know how he gets on with this.

It's surprising how few boys do ballet. Admittedly there are *a lot* of little girls in pink tutus but ballet is widely recognised as being excellent training for the body in terms of core strength, posture and co-ordination. Whatever sport or exercise Toddler45 wants to go on to do, these classes are a really good beginning for him. For those who have expressed surprise that a BOY does ballet, then I just assume they've not seen Billy Elliot and have never actually watch a ballet in their lives!

So thats it for #sundaykitchendisco this week but feel free to add a link below and let us know what you've been up to!




26 Mar 2015

Some Juvenile Humour

Utterly random post but here are some cards from TaylorJayne in Reigate that made me laugh until I cried this week.  Can your pelvic floor cope with these?

Just couldn't stop laughing at this one. 


Yup, even nursery rhyme figures can be slut-shamed


Some might say the fanny falling off was a small mercy


Thank you! So when I talk about potty training all the time, *that's* because it's key skill!


Often with blog writing you have weeks where it's all killer and weeks where it's all filler.  I think you can tell which one this week has been.....

Thank you and goodnight,

Stupidgirl has left the building


25 Mar 2015

Top 10 Beauty Products

Time for something different - I'm not normally a reviews person but I've been using some beauty bits recently that are great and worth a blog post. Most of these products below cost less than £10, if not less than £5 and are available from your local Boots/Superdrug. Hope you like them as much as me! Also please note I have either gotten all these as gifts (hi there mother in law) or bought them myself, none were sent to me to review.

HAIR
If I could afford it, I would use Kerastase all day everyday. But like most people £20 for shampoo/conditioner is a bit much. So L'Oreal Extraordinary Oil shampoo, conditioner and hair oil seems to be the next best thing.


I have long, dry, curly, coloured hair, which is a bit of a tough call for any hair product, but this conditioner really brought my colour back to life, and the hair oil is light but effective, giving a lovely moisture boost and shine.

FACE
I've got combination skin - oily t-zone and then dry cheeks with a lovely collection of black heads and the odd "proper" spot at er, certain times. And also wrinkles are gathering apace around my eyes *sob*. Anyway the Soap & Glory Peaches + Clean 3-in-1 face wash has worked wonders on my skin - really clearing my pores and making it smooth and clear. 


I only use it every 2-3 days, applying with fingers and rinsing off with warm water and a flannel. For extra moisture I do it before my shower and then apply a thin layer of basic Nivea cream and leave it to sink in.

FEET
Yeah, I have hobbit feet. Or I did until I discovered Soap & Glory's The Scrub of Your Life and also their Heel Genius foot cream


After a couple of weeks of regular use most of my disgusting dead skin is gone and my nails look really clear and strong too. Almost good enough for the holy grail of pedicures - a french manicure! Roll on summer!

EYES
I love eyeliner, pencil and liquid. The best pencil liner I've found is Rimmel's Soft Kohl Kajal eyeliner pencil in black. It goes on nice and smoothly, easy to smudge and correct. I have super sensitive eyes and wear contacts and it's never irritated them. It's also easily removed with make up wipes.



The best liquid liner I've found is also Rimmel - Exaggerate Eye Liner. It's got a fibre tip like a felt pen, making it easy to be precise. I don't have the steadiest hand but I never make a mistake with this.

LIPS
I *love* lip gloss and have owned hundreds over the years. I love a lovely shiny flesh coloured gloss and my current favourite is Soap & Glory's Sexy Motherpucker XL Extreme Plump. (I'm not sponsored by Soap & Glory honest!).


It's a lovely pinky-nude colour with menthol in the gloss to literally plump up your lips. It gives a bit of a tickly-tingle but it works and it's moisturising too.

NAILS

I don't have much time to paint my nails, I want something that goes on quick, dries fast and doesn't chip. So the holy grail of nail polish. Well I've found it - Rimmel Salon Pro Nail colour with lycra. It's got an extra wide brush which seems to make it much easier to coat my nail precisely and avoid mess. 


I also rate their Finishing Touch Ultra Shine top coat. Even with washing up, fumbling for keys in my bag and an overactive toddler this stuff can last up to a week but usually a good 5 days without chipping.

So that's it - my best products. What are yours? Share them in the comments or tweet @stupidgirl45 and let me know!

Thank you and goodnight,

Stupidgirl has left the building

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Wicked Wednesday - Juice?

It's Wednesday again, *already*, which means it's time for @brummymummyof2 's Wicked Wednesday linky....

"I have some of your juice mama?"

Look at that cheeky glint in his eye, hmmmmmm. Needless to say, he finished my squash for me...

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22 Mar 2015

Sunday Kitchen Disco

Hi everyone and welcome to the very first #sundaykitchendisco linky!

Typically, starting with a bang, this week is more of a #sundaykitchenplaylist - because I do love a good list, especially a music related one! I thought I'd pull together a list of Toddler45's favourite songs to boogie, sing and cuddle to.  

For regular readers, in case you're wondering what's going on, a linky is an opportunity to share a post you've written with lots of other people on my blog. The theme is *music*. You can read all about the linky here but the basic idea is:
  • Add your post to the linky on the theme of *music*. So what your kids love to dance to, classes they attend, musical toys they love - anything.
  • Tweet me your post link + include #sundaykitchendisco so I can RT!
  • Comment on other posts in the linky + make new friends :)
  • Your post can be old or new, doesn't matter so feel free to dig out one from the archives!
  • The linky runs for a week from each Sunday
Fnally, don't forget to add the supercool #sundaykitchendisco badge to your post
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Anyway, here's our list SundayFundayKitchenDisco playlist :)

Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars
Not yet the most overplayed song of 2015, Toddler45 loves this one and cutely refers to it as UpDown Funk. He does a pretty decent imitation of the dance too and had a little go at breakdancing also!

All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor
Not sure if its the foxy ladies in this video that have Toddler45 mesmerized or the catchy tune. Either way I have been forced to watch this around 67,000 times in the last month alone "Bass Mummy? No tweble!"

Danger Zone - Kenny Loggins



If liking cheesy music is in your genes, then Toddler45 gets this one from me. As a *bump* he used to go crazy to this one. And he still loves it :) "I feel the need, the need for speed!"

Get Lucky - Daft Punk
The first song Toddler45 clapped to. I was a bit over-excited by this - I mean Daft Punk, how cool is my child (nowhere near as cool as his mother obviously...)

Happy - Pharrell Williams



I've yet to find a toddler who does not like running around my sitting room when this song is on. So up there on our regular playlist. And that's without the Despicable Me connections :)

Fifi + The Flowertots Theme Tune
I've deliberately not posted a video clip of this song. It will be an endless earworm for you. Toddler45 loves it and I have regular requests for "FEEFEE" - despite him never actually watching the damn show!

Hear You Me - Jimmy Eat World



I love this song and used to play it to my bump very regularly. As a newborn, it always calmed Toddler45 down. And even last week, he fell asleep on me listening to this song. So it's a bit special. Might make you cry though.

Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles
Again, a bump song, one that calmed my son down as a newborn and even now. It's such a lovely, cheery positive song. The lyrics are oddly reassuring!

A Thousand Years - Christina Perri



This song came out around the time Toddler45 was born and sappy though it is, the lyrics summed up a lot of how I felt about him, loving him for a thousand years etc. I remember spending many evenings, in my dimly lit bedroom, with this on the radio, watching him sleep or feeding him and feeling so blessed.

I hope you liked the list and it's inspired you to add your own post to the linky. Anything music related - an archive post or a new post is fine. Hope you'll join in - just click the link below to join and add your post.