The Daddy Tag

I was just browsing in my Bloglovin’ feed. As you do being a blogger that I am. I stumbled across a new tag. I haven’t done one in a while now. I really love finding these things. I’d love to do one at least once a month. Anyway, this one is actually not about me this time. It’s called “The Daddy Tag”. It’s all about Daddy. Hubby knows how passionate I am about my blog and he is even a subscriber of my blog. Of course he loves joining in and having a post just about himself.

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Are you a Stay at Home Daddy or a Working Daddy?

I am a working Daddy

Would you have it any other way?

Would be ok with stay at home Daddy

Do you co-change dirty nappies? Even the very smelly ones?

I changed dirty nappies from day 1 that Matthew appeared, even very smelly ones.

A little fairy gives you the possibility of breastfeeding? Are you going for it or do you run away?

What? Run 10 miles away

What is the one must-have item for a daddy?

Books

How many kids do you plan on having?

We have 2 healthy and happy kids, very grateful having that, so on that basis no more.

Lads’ nights? How often do you have them?

Once a month if even!

Your children’s favourite achievement?

First time Matthew full crawled to me on the play mat and Chloe crawling for first time and Matthew seeing it and saying “Chloe’s movingggg

What is your best memory with your kid(s)?

The kids been born and the first time Matthew met Chloe in the green room, how he ran in ahead of me but was so shocked, he walked backwards into my legs as he didn’t know what this thing crying was lol

Name one thing you miss since being a daddy?

Maybe I miss the chilling time I had occasionally

Weight gain, before pregnancy, during, after and now?

Same weight as before the time Matthew came! A good achievement!

Dream holiday with your kids?

Disney Land when they are old enough to enjoy it of course

How has your life changed since having kids?

Yes, only for the better

Finish the sentence “It makes my heart melt when…”

I see the kids playing and laughing together

Favourite beers brands and football team?

Corona and Liverpool

Huggies or Pampers?

Pampers

Have you always wanted kids?

Yes

Best part of being a dad?

Watching the kids process the world in a completely different way from their parents

Feel free to copy the questions and get your other half to fill them in too.

A Day in a Parenting Blogger’s Life with Twin Mummy and Daddy

Welcome back to “A Day in a Parenting Blogger’s Life”. We are on week three. Can you believe it?

Today we have Emily from Twin Mummy and Daddy. Read below about a day in a life of Twin Mummy and Daddy.

1. First of all, tell me a bit about yourself.

I’m 29 and I live in Cardiff with my husband and four year old twin girls. I work part time, two days a week, in an office based job and then spend the rest of week looking after our children and blogging!

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2. How many times were you woken last night? 

Way too many! One of our twins had a cough and the other wanted cuddles! Our super king size bed was the best investment we ever made!

3. Do you co-sleep?

Yes. I wasn’t fussed to be honest. I like my sleep! I guess my husband kind of started it when he let one of our girls come into bed with us and it’s continued from there! We all sleep, so I’m not too bothered about it anymore!

4. What time do you normally wake up? Around 7am.

5. How much average sleep do you get a night? On the whole, I’d say six hours.

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

Oh no! What a question! I should say cuddle the kids and make breakfast, but in truth I go to the social media hub, also known as the bathroom so that I can schedule my tweets for the day in peace! Tut tut!

7. Tell me about your typical morning routine.

After scheduling my tweets, I’ll make breakfast for the girls and help them to eat it. If I don’t they’d still be sat at the table an hour later having not touched a thing! Then I’ll have a quick shower, get the kids and myself dressed, hair and teeth brushed. Then give the kids a quick snack before walking to school. Whilst the girls are in school I stay home and work on my blog. That’s when I’m not in my office job. I’ll pick the girls up from school, make them tea, usually play games with them and they’ll go to bed. When they’re in bed I usually blog some more in between watching TV!

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

I always cook. Not always the same thing as the girls like different things. One could have spaghetti and meatballs, whilst the other has chicken nuggets and chips, but one meal they do love is cheesy pasta! R has it with broccoli and M with sweetcorn.

9. What’s on the menu for lunch?

For me? Well, I’m trying to be good so at the moment tuna or chicken, with either veg or brown rice, maybe even cous cous and some spinach.

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

If they’re not in school, I like to go outdoors with them so usually the park, for a walk or the garden. On weekends maybe bowling or the cinema, or a day trip.

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

Kids usually eat first, then I’ll eat when my husband comes from work. We always sit down to eat together on a Sunday and have a traditional chicken dinner.

12. What do you do after dinner?

Play games, watch tv, hide in a cupboard and eat chocolate so I don’t have to share it with the kids!

13. What is your bedtime routine?

The girls will get pjs on around 6.20, have a bedtime story and then they’re usually asleep by 7pm.

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

I blog when I can. Usually when the girls are in school. I tend to sit at my dining table. I don’t have a schedule, but I’m organised and use to do lists to keep track of what needs doing.

Thanks for sharing a day with us Emily. Why don’t you check out her blog below and you can find her on several different social platforms.

Blog URL: http://www.twinmummyanddaddy.com

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Everyone loves a follower more. What social media platforms can we find you on?

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/twinmummyanddaddyourivfjourney
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Twinmumanddad
Instagram: http://instagram.com/twinmummyanddaddy
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/twinmummyanddaddy
Google +: https://plus.google.com/+EmilyMum/about/p/pub
Stumbleupon: http://www.stumbleupon.com/stumbler/ehiggins179/lists
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/twinmumanddad/
Bloglovin: https://www.bloglovin.com/people/twinmumanddad-2023866
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=212033039&trk=hp-identity-photo

If you would like to feature in my new blog series, you can do so by sending me an email to schnurri87@msn.com. I’d love to have you on board.

Halloween Costume Ideas Kids

We are at the end of September now which I think makes it ok to talk about Halloween already. In my opinion you can never start early enough to organise Halloween. The early the better. You are asking why that is? The middle of September is when all the stock is coming into the shops. You will be guaranteed to find what you are looking for other than starting to look in October. The products will be very limited then. I make this same mistake again every year. Of course there are certain shops who do half price just a few days before Halloween and they do some good articles left but generally I find with Halloween costume, you need to be the first in.

Over the last week I had a bit of a browse online to see what the different shops like Asda and Tesco have on offer for kids costumes. I was surprised. This year it seems there are way more choices. I gathered a few of my favourite outfits together for you. Maybe there is something on it you might fancy for one of your children.

I asked Matthew multiple times now what he wants to be this year (He was a vampire last year) and every time I am getting “a ghost”. That’s going to be a cheap Halloween so. White sheet, cut two holes in it and done. Knowing me I will buy him a proper nice costume online though. Matthew wants Chloe to be a witch. She was a Peppa Pig witch last year so I might get a different costume this year. Last year I created our own DIY Halloween photoshoot. You can read about it here.

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For the girls I found these dresses kind of cute. Either a Witch or a devil. Simplicity. A dress and that’s it with no mask or anything. I wouldn’t want to go over the top.
For the boys I really liked this pirate and vampire outfit. All costumes are pretty cheap. They come at a cost of 15 EUR. I generally don’t shop in Dunnes Stores but certain items are really handy and cheap to buy there.

Asda (George Clothing)

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Pretty basic costumes for the boys but very Halloweeny. A spider and a skeleton outfit. It couldn’t be any more Halloween themed than that. These days fancy dress falls under Halloween costumes as well. I still like the original and traditional way.
For the girls, and more than likely one of the outfits I will purchase for Chloe, I picked this cute cat witch costume and the ghost. A blushed face ghost on the front of the top makes it look adorable, doesn’t it? All these costumes are very affordable and start from £7.

Littlewoods

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Littlewoods Ireland is a bit more expensive so you will have to grab deeper into your pocket for these outfits.They range from 24 to 36 EUR. For the girls I picked a cow girl, a character from In The Night Garden and Spider Girl.
This year Star Wars was massive being out in the summer. For that reason I picked a Star Wars outfit for the boys. Also on the list is Paw Patrol’s Chase and Jake and the Neverland Pirates.

Another shop I am hoping that will get Halloween costumes in soon, is Heatons. Their costumes are always picked out very quickly. Last year I was way too late and there was only outfits left for babies.

Do you dress up your kids for Halloween? Where do you normally buy their outfits?

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Play Doh Printable Mats

With autumn showing and the days getting colder, we are going to spend more time indoors. It can be quite tricky to keep the kids entertained. We do spend a lot time in the house to be honest. Mainly because there is generally not much to do around where we live other than going to soft play, a walk in town or going to the beach which is weather permitting.

I brought you a review of the Play Doh ice cream machine yesterday. Over time the kids will get bored of it though. There is only so much fun you can get out of it. I was on Pinterest the other day again to look for some ideas. Not just crafts, in general really. Anyway, I stumbled across these Play Doh mats.There are basically images but unfinished. You have to finish them by using Play Doh and adding an arm, leg or eye for example.

I found two autumn themed play doh mats. They are actually class.

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Credit goes to Totschooling. What I like most about this play doh mat is, it actually tells you what you need to add. It is such a brilliant idea. You can download it in PDF format here.

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Up next we have another autumn/ thanks giving themed mat.This one is a bit more difficult. You need to let your imaginations flow. With the help of an adult it shouldn’t be a problem though. I found this one on This Reading Mama and you can download it here.

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Play doh can also be very helpful in pre school or school when it comes to learning the numbers or the alphabet. It is a good way of tracing it with Play Doh. As well as the numbers and alphabet, the shapes you find in life are also an important part of education. On Royal Baloo’s page you can find a good amount of traceable shapes. You can download them here. Four pages of it.

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You can teach your child the numbers by forming the mount of balls you need and placing them on the sheet. This lovely mat is being provided by Fun With Mama. You can download it here along with the alphabet one.

A little tip… of course it is up to everyone and you can certainly place the Play Doh on an A4 Sheet of paper when you have it printed off, but it might actually be easier when you laminate all the pages. That way they can be wiped off and can be used again at any time. It saves you a whole lot of paper as well if the kids want to do it again.

What Play Doh crafts do you do with your kids?

Play-Doh Swirl And Scoop Ice Cream Review

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I was never a fan of mess. I am trying to keep mess at a minimum in our house. Arts and crafts doesn’t really exist in our house, only up until recently. Not just from the mess side but also because I am not a big fan of arts and crafts. I do like to look up certain stuff for Halloween or Christmas and make it myself but generally it’s a “no no”. Thankfully though the kids get to do lots of arts and crafts in creche. I have a box full of stuff that I need to sort out.

Play Doh is one of those things that you will definitely clean up off the floor after the kids are finished it. The most annoying part is when it’s stuck the clothes or shoes. Despite all that, for Matthew’s fourth birthday, which was at the end of August, I decided to buy him Play Doh. A bit late to the party but I thought he will be old enough now to play with it properly. Plus, there are ads on the TV and he actually has been asking to get Play Doh.

As he loves playing with Play Doh in creche and he loves ice cream, I bought him the Play Doh Swirl and Scoop Ice Cream machine. It comes with 5 cans of Play Doh where 3 of them are Play Doh Plus compound. You have the option between dish or cone. The easy-squeeze handle makes it simple for little hands to use.

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I actually really enjoy playing with it. Matthew wants to pretty much make ice cream everyday. But the coolest thing of all, is all the different mould options you get around the ice cream machine. You can mould a strawberry, a gingerbread man, a banana, a heart, a present, etc.It’s great fun. You can then put them onto the ice cream as decoration. Make a Banana Split or a Strawberry Sundae.

On each sides there are two shelves. Use them to show off your masterpieces. You can make some serious looking creations with it. The set comes with two scoops as well. So you don’t have to just swirl.

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Honestly I am well impressed with this and I am sure we will have continuous fun with it.
Right now this ice cream maker is on sale for only €17.99 in Smyths if you fancy it for your little one or maybe an early buy as a Christmas present. It’s ok to mention the “C” word at the end of September, right?