Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Head Lice, Words Every Parent Dreads

Most weeks since the school started back in January have we had a letter advising that head lice are rife in school and we should be on the look out for them.

I have always used a Tea Tree or Lavender based shampoo on my son and thus far we have not had any.

However I am sure now i've said that out load it won't be long, there are so many treatments out there and although I haven't had to try them yet it is good to know about the ones that do exists and the methods you can use to get rid of them as well as preventing them.

This fab chart from Lyclear is really useful and has just about as much information as it is possible to cram onto a page, so I hope you find it as useful as I did.

PS Sorry if this has got you itching, just the thought of those little nasties gets me going.


NB: I have received no payment for this post, it was something that was of interest and I wanted to pass on to my readers :)



Monday, 14 April 2014

Mental Health and Me

Last week I spoke to someone from the Let's Talk team in Nottingham, having suffered with unexplained pain for the last 8-9 months it has taken it's toll. There is no fuse anymore not even a short one, I lose my temper over silly things quite quickly and worry about everything, from the bee on the floor dying to sending my son to school with a grape in case he chokes.

I have no idea why I am this way or have started with these fears and feelings, but something is obviously wrong so I have been referred for CBT (Cognitive Behaviroual Therapy).

I saw a counsellor when I was at school and after the birth of my son a Perinatal Mental Health Nurse came to see me to help me with my PND.

So I guess I am predisposed to mental health problems but what with the diagnosis of Fibromyalgia (although this is something that can never be 100% diagnosed) it has just gotten to much, thoughts and feelings that I shouldn't be having are there again.

Day's, although that is all they are, where the darkness sets in and I feel close the edge of a pit I know only too well.

Staring at the ever further away light at the end of the tunnel, but I know I need to be better for my children.

I used to use my blog to post about my feelings but it got a little like I was talking to myself, but maybe that is who I need to talk too.

More to come on my journey with some CBT and Fibromyalgia and if anyone has been through CBT I would love to hear more about whether it helped or not.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Newstead Abbey - History and Exploring

This last few weeks have seen illness in The Mummy Diary house so I haven't been up to writing much.

So with the sun shining and the family together (hubby has been away for a week) we decided to head out to the Car Boot followed by a trip to Newstead Abbey, we haven't been here with the kids before so it was a lovely place to take them.

I love the imposing facade of the Abbey (which wasn't actually ever an Abbey apparently) it was simply stunning against the blue skies.


First we walked down to the waterfall, you can walk behind it and it is a lovely experience for the children.


View out from behind the waterfall, I like to wonder who might have stood looking out from here.


Lots of space to run....and run!


The back of the house, beautiful with the blue backdrop.


Lots of lovely peacocks, loved this one walking up the stairs


The gorgeous walled garden, stunning blossoms and hedges


I love finding out brickwork and gates, so beautiful.


Looking into the pond, no fish just pond skaters...


The rose garden was beautiful...


Next, to the Japanese Gardens, these stunning gardens are all laid out presumably to make for wonderful features to paint, images to think and write about, you can see how this would have been  inspiration.




Next, to the rock garden, up and down the rockery


And finally into the woods to do a bit of exploring and bug finding...


We only found a few woodlice...


Finally a quick walk along the path ledge and off take part in the easter activities, my son decorated a cake and my daughter made an easter themed plate.


We had a wonderful few hours at Newstead, it is a wonderful place steeped in history and magnificent  decoration and architecture.

Linking up to Country Kids over on Coombe Mill

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Monday, 31 March 2014

Weekend in the Sun

This weekend has been just gorgeous, as we had a free weekend we decided to make the most of the sunshine and head out to Rufford Abbey and Sherwood Pines with a spot of gardening when we got home.

We visit Rufford a lot throughout the year, but I don't think we have been on such a spectacular day before, sun shining I donned my Sun Jellies and headed out into the sun.

It is hard to believe that less than a hundred years ago this was a lavish and beautiful house, now it is a ruin in places.



The cellar was really beautiful and the abbey is said to be haunted...


This tree was supposedly planted by Charles II, if you remember your history then Charles II was overthrown by Oliver Cromwell.


On to the playground, lots of tubes and places to run, jump and hide.



Onto the sensory garden, with lots of musical instruments made out of natural objects and things to run around, through and to see.



There is a tiny house with windows and in each window is a different object, I loved this foot.


 Running across the lawn


Further into the park is a section where you can watch cars driving through the ford, always lots of people watching and even at 21+10 I still enjoy it. We got the chance to drive through the ford the next day as we visited nearby Sherwood Pines, the kids loved it in the car as much as, if not more than watching ;)


Sunday we visited Sherwood Pines, there is lots to do. First we had a picnic and a kick of the football, then the children found some pinecones and sticks to make stickmen with.


We found this area where you could build dens, loads of logs to build up against the trees.


There are also lots of these houses in the woods which are perfect for chasing each other in and around.


Finally after a spot of gardening and therefore trees to get rid of we had an impromptu fire in the garden and of course marshmallows.


Overall the sun has been most welcome this weekend and what a lovely weekend it was, spending it just the four of us.

Linking up to Country Kids on Coombe Mill and Magic Moments on The Olivers Madhouse.

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Saturday, 29 March 2014

Weekend Box Review

We were recently sent a Weekend Box to review, a life saver on a rainy afternoon.

The box comes addressed directly to the child, so it is an exciting bit of post especially for them to open.



Although I am not sure if it was just my ineptness but without ripping the box it was a little difficult to get into, maybe just ‘super’ glue.

However once in the box is an endless treasure trove which I can see a child looking forward to opening every month with something to something to Cook, something to Make, something to Explore and, something Green.




With stickers, pictures and activities all beautifully colour coded in paper bags (great as everything is recyclable) it is a wonderful box of fun for children of all ages (even us grown up children).


First of all we made the our rocking springy birds, we ended up using an extra piece of card to the one supplied in the box so the children could make one each, but with everything included even glue you don’t need to worry about making sure you have anything in (only slight issue was the glue had gone all jelly like and wouldn’t actually stick but this isn’t a problem with the Weekend Box more the supplier of the glue).







Simple and easy to follow instructions guided us through the making process, my son was able to follow them on his own and he is almost six.

I think you’ll agree these are rather cute…



Next up was the sound explorer activity, a fun activity getting the children to make sounds like animals and match the animal to the sound.




Next we attempted to make the Robot Voice box and with practice, I am sure we will get it to work but as the video states it does take a little practice, the video itself was really interesting and informative and was certainly great to find this, I have even made a note of it to pass on to school as it was so interesting.

The whole idea behind the box is great, although we like to get creative and craft it is sometimes difficult to think of things to do and to get the children interested in the actual craft at hand, however with the aid of the stickers and characters from the box it was much easier to get them to work through to the end.

Each activity has a card and a bag which is colour coded, perfect for older children who can work through the box themselves if they want.



A subscription would make a great gift for a child either at Easter, Birthday or Christmas and I am sure this would be appreciated by both child and parent.

It fits through the letter box so there is no need to worry about being out and the bright colourful packaging is easy to see and something for children to look forward too.


It only costs £7.50 (inc P&P) which I think for a weekend of activities I think this is reasonably priced, and it doesn't have to be limited to rainy days, get out in the garden with a blanket on the grass and make in the sunshine.

Best of all the lovely people at The Weekend Box are offering my readers their first box free with code ELLIE28 so what have you got to lose? Why not pop on over and try this fantastic box of activities, perfect for your own children, grandchildren or if you just fancy a treat for the children a month.

NB We were sent this box to review, however all opinions and pictures are my own.