A Day in a Parenting Blogger’s Life – Odd Socks and Lollipops

Welcome back to my blog series. I hope you all survived the storm Doris. We had a few broken down trees in the area and it was bin day yesterday which meant the estate looked like a mess. Thank god the weekend is close.

Today I introduce you to Jenni who blogs at Odd Socks and Lollipops.

First of all, tell me a bit about yourself.

I am Jenni, I am a 31 year old mum of one. My daughter is 3 years old. I have fibromyalgia and joint hypermobility syndrome and blog about our life in general. I live with my daughter Boo and my Danish husband.

How many times were you woken last night?

My daughter slept through last night.

Do you co-sleep?

No

What time do you normally wake up?

About 6.30am

How much average sleep do you get a night?

I am not sure, my illnesses mean I am up lots in the night due to them. But probably 5 or 6 hours.

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?

Have a good morning hug from my daughter.

Tell me about your typical morning routine.

We get up and get dressed. Then we go downstairs and we have breakfast together before my husband goes to work. I then get Boo ready for nursery, if she is going, and then take her to nursery.

When and how often do you prepare the family dinners? Give us a few examples what you would cook.

We have a family dinner together every night except Tuesday and Thursday – those nights it’s just my daughter and I as my husband is at university until 9pm. We have all sorts of things, my daughter’s favourites are lasagne and pasta based dishes.

What’s on the menu for lunch?

My daughter has a hot lunch at nursery on the four days she goes so I grab a sandwich those days. Other days we love having boiled eggs and soldiers!

What activities have you got planned for the day for the kids?

We go to the library it the afternoons after my daughter gets home from nursery, as we love reading together. We also do lots of jigsaws and we love painting and drawing, and my daughter loves playdough at the minute. My daughter goes ice skating on Saturday mornings with her daddy, and they go swimming most Sunday mornings too.

Do you generally eat dinner together as a family or get the kids fed first?

We all eat together (except when my husband is at university then he eats later)

What do you do after dinner?

We all load the dishwasher together and then we play games or do jigsaws until it’s time to start the bedtime routine.

What is your bedtime routine?

My daughter has a bath, and then we brush her teeth and we read her a story in our bed. Then she goes into her own bed and I turn her groclock on. We then sort her teddies out (she had about 7 of them she ‘needs’ in bed with her each night)  I tell her another story  and then she goes to sleep.

Most importantly, when and where do you normally blog in those 24 hours? Do you have a schedule?

I blog when my daughter is at nursery and then in the evenings once she has gone to sleep.  She is usually asleep for 7pm so I blog for an hour then. One of my blogging goals for the year is the reduce the time I blog to only when my daughter is asleep or at nursery.

And I thought my two year old was extreme with her teddies. She has four teddies that need to come to bed with her. It’s not a problem but it can turn into one when she is going to creche in the morning because they are not supposed to have any teddies unless they go for their nap. Thanks for giving us a day into your life, Jenni.

Blog URL: www.oddsocksandlollipops.co.uk

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Afternoon Tea in Killashee House Hotel

Last weekend my friend Sandra and I set off on another afternoon tea adventure. The last one was in September last year after all. God that feels like years ago. At the start of this year I published my afternoon tea bucket list.  One of the places we wanted to go to was Killashee House Hotel. And so we did.

My friend was so kind and bought me a voucher for my 30th birthday. What better present can you expect. We are afternoon tea junkies now at this stage and you might as well call us experts. Only  messing, but we do know our stuff after attending four in total to date.

On Sunday she drove all the way down from Sligo for some afternoon tea fun. I booked a table a few weeks in advanced just so we don’t have any disappointment. Killashee is only down the road from me where I live which is Naas. Afternoon Tea is served from 2pm to 4pm. As said above, it is advised to book a table in advanced. Like any afternoon tea, you have the option to go for the traditional one or the sparkle one which means you get a glass of champagne. We always go for traditional. The cost of a traditional afternoon tea is €25 per person.

The weather wasn’t the best at the weekend. It was drizzling. It just  meant we couldn’t explore the hotel gardens. We were about thirty minutes early. They directed us to the restaurant. We told them our booking and were leaded to our table, ready to get started. We were asked whether we wanted tea or coffee. Tea was the answer. The dishes were lovely China.

Shortly after they presented us with our afternoon tea tiers. I think it was very quick. I remember when we went to Kilronan Castle and we waited over an hour. As you do, we spent five minutes first to capture the whole lot on camera. I sent it onto hubby who was well jealous. He was only back from tennis then so he must have been starving.

We started from the bottom tier and made our way up to the last tier.
The bottom tier included a soft roll which was kind of like a brioche with beef in it. Then there was bread with egg mayonnaise on it, a baguette with hand carved ham and relish sauce and a wrap filled with salmon.

The second tier included a scone, a type of cake and a short bread biscuit with jam inside. We took the scone with us because I don’t think I would have made it to the top tier otherwise. On the side you got jam, butter and cream for the scone. In between the meal, we got more tea if it was required.

Last tier was the sweet tier.  Full of goodness. A raspberry flavoured macaroon, A round coconut biscuit with shortbread as the base, a profiterole filled with caramel cream, and a chocolate mousse covered with chocolate. I think my favourite one from that tier was the coconut biscuit. I am not a big fan of caramel in general. The chocolate mousse was nice too but very rich.

Overall we were really impressed with the experience. If I had to give  a score between one and ten, I would go for nine. I would definitely recommend it to other people.

Kids Prints – Creating a Funfilled Playroom

A few weeks ago I got the opportunity to review a set of wall stickers. This came in so handy. I still had to decorate the playroom because since the move, we only managed to get through our list of items that needed to be fixed or bought before it was onto decorating. We finally came to the end of the list and it is onto decorating all the rooms now. As I love the colour of the paint we have throughout the house, I didn’t want to change it in the playroom either, instead decorate it with stickers.

When Kids Prints got in touch to review one of their re-stickable wall print sets, I was more than happy to get involved. There are  multiple themes and scenes to choose from. They are so easy to remove and apply to the wall. And what’s best, if you made a mistake, you can remove them without any damage and reapply them. It’s so handy. I was positively impressed. Even the kids can get involved.

When the postman arrived, to deliver the print, I was greeted by a colourful triangle shaped package. That was pretty in itself I thought. Both my kids and I opened the box together. My oldest was particularly excited when he saw what kind of stickers they were. He loves construction vehicles, emergency vehicles. The typical boy basically.

When we decided what wall we wanted the scene on, I started sticking the road. We kind of found our own design what way the road is pointing. Matthew gave me directions for the last bend though. Then it was onto the vehicles. I started off with the construction site. The “concrete truck”, as Matthew calls it, had to be close to the construction site with the digger.

3 simple steps: 
Dry Wipe Clean
Peel and Stick
Rub down the graphic with a dry cloth

Then it was onto the rest of the vehicles which Matthew took off the sheet and he stuck some onto the road with me. There was a taxi, a police car, an ambulance, a fire engine and even traffic lights. It didn’t take long to do all this at all. But the perfectionist that I am, I wanted it to look 110%. The end result is amazing.

The prints come in three different sizes. Small, medium and large. The one I chose, is medium. Large means you get more road and one or two more vehicles. Of course it depends on the scene you are choosing. They range from dinosaurs, nursery, woods to zoo. Individual characters can also be purchased. The educational ones are actually too which include numbers and alphabet in shape of a house. I am planning to have stickers on another wall for Chloe that is girls themed. The price of the stickers start from £42.

Disclaimer:  I was sent the product for the purpose of this review. As always the opinion is my very own.

Living Arrows 8/52 Arts and Crafts

This weekend we had a lazy one. Daddy was off on a mini trip away at the weekend and had a tennis match on Sunday morning. The weather was not the best either. It was miserable. On Saturday it was constantly changing. We managed to catch a bit of sunshine and at least made it outside into the garden.

The other hours we spent inside the house playing, building, making, watching, messing.

Chloe loves playing with playdoh. We have this ice cream castle which comes with two spoons and she got a few more tubs off Santa. She spent a good bit of time scooping out the playdoh and putting it into her pan. Then her task was to match them and put the colours back into the right tub.

While Matthew is more into colouring in, he finished the book he already had. There was not much left of it. I picked up a new one from Finding Dory on Sunday then. He already has six pictures done in it. This boy is unstoppable. It’s the cutest when he is asking for a sheet of paper to draw a family.

Living Arrows

H&M and Primark Haul

Last weekend I went on a little shopping spree. I was only supposed to go for two things but you know the way it is. You always end up buying more. Plus I didn’t have the kids with me so of course you want to browse because you can browse in peace and don’t need to rush.

We have a few shopping centres not far from where we live. I decided to give Liffey Valley a go because it’s handy to get to and the parking is generally easier than Blanchardstown for example.

My first stop was H&. I was delighted when they announced last year that you can now shop online with them in Ireland. Up until that point it was a pain to get stuff because the closest store back then was Letterkenny which is nearly 2 hours away. Now I have these stores basically nearly on my door step which is so handy.

Matthew always needs loads of tracksuit bottoms. He wears these at the weekend because it’s the most comfiest for boys. He is playing a lot on his knees, as kids do so eventually there will be a hole in them. Not a big deal and nothing I can do other than keep buying more. I don’t like Primark ones because some of them are really thick but the ones from H&M are brilliant. I ordered more from Next yesterday because they come cheaper with a set of three for only €20.

Now that Chloe is two, she is slowly but surely moving into 2-3 size clothing. More Next than H&M but I bought a few new tops from H&M that are a bit more loose on her. You can always role up the sleeves.
I also picked up a new hat for her because the one she has is getting too small. It’s up to four years so it will last her a few more winters/ cold days.

Primark I find really good for Home decor etc. So this is where I went after. I picked up a cute cactus that is now sitting on the windows sill of our main bathroom. I also got two green chevron cushion covers. Our living room seems to have drifted into a green and grey theme. All we need now is curtains.

Take a look at my haul video below. Apologies for the bad lighting but I am only getting started on these videos, so go easy on me.