A Day in a Parenting Blogger’s Life – Blondie Mommy Stories

It’s FRIYAY!! I actually can’t wait for the weekend to start. I was off sick at the beginning of the week and I don’t think it’s still not quite right. I’ll have a busy weekend ahead though because hubby is going on a mini trip. But on Sunday afternoon I am going for afternoon tea with my friend. Have to tick off my afternoon tea bucket list after all.

Today we are going international. It’s Oana who lives in Romania and blogs at Blondie Mommy Stories.

First of all, tell me a bit about yourself.

Hi everyone! First of all, I want to tell you how happy I am to take part of this Blog Series. Thank you, Janine!

I’m the mother of a 4 year old boy and live in Bucharest, Romania. I found motherhood so challenging, that I tried to be a parent in my own way, making it easy for me (at least trying).

How many times were you woken last night?

None.

Do you co-sleep?

I’m not a big fan of co-sleeping. My son never slept with me or my husband. As a newborn, he slept in his own crib in our bedroom, and since five months old he sleeps in his own bedroom.

What time do you normally wake up?

That depends… If it’s a weekday and my son needs to go to preschool my alarm clock is set to 7:45 a.m. My son needs to be until 8:45 a.m. at preschool, since at 9:00 a.m. they serve breakfast.
In weekends (or in the day that he’s sick with flu, which happens a lot) I wake up when he wakes up. Around 9 a.m.

How much average sleep do you get a night?

6-7 hours. And that’s because I stay up late at night.

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

I hit the Snooze button.

Tell me about your typical morning routine.

I wake up after hitting the Snooze button for at least three time. I wake my son up, and begin my morning marathon. Brushing teeth, getting dressed and driving to preschool.

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

I cook dinner almost every day. Sometimes, I cook something that we can eat for 2 days.
I’m kind of new to kitchen… As my husband used to say, “I’m not getting along with our kitchen”. So I try and cook simple dinners, but I also try and cook some sophisticated meals.
I love cooking duck breast with orange sauce. I just love it since I’ve eaten it at the restaurant. It’s pretty easy to cook, since it must lay several hours in the oven.
I also want to try and cook some chicken breast with peaches and cheese. I’ve seen this somewhere, and it just appealed to me.
The easiest recipe, and the one that my son just loves, is spaghetti with tomato sauce. Pretty simple one, right?

What’s on the menu for lunch?

I cook lunch only for weekends and when my son is staying at home and not going to preschool.
Usually our lunch consists of some kind of soup and something else… I don’t always cook the second dish.

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

I do a lot of puzzles with my son. He just loves them. He also loves Lego and, most importantly, cars. I’m on the way of teaching my son to play by his own. He’s searching for constant attention and doesn’t like to play by himself. So, I can’t do anything else, when I’m with him.

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

We always eat dinner together. I like to teach my son what family really means, and this includes eating together. Of course, there are some occasional exceptions.

What do you do after dinner?

Play or watch TV. We usually eat one or two hours before bed.

What is your bedtime routine?

Sometimes we read a story, but not always. I like laying down with my son until he falls asleep, hugging him. After he falls asleep, I gently get out of his bed, trying not to wake him up and go to my blogging and freelancing routine until 12 p.m. or 1 a.m.

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

I don’t have a schedule. It’s one of my 2017 goals to be more organised. I try and blog while my son is at preschool and when he sleeps. Sometimes, also when he’s awake, since I try and teach him to play by himself, because mommy has to work.

Thanks Ooana. I can relate to the constant attention. My first born was really independent from a very young age but my second is the complete opposite.

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Siblings in February

Another month has passed and it’s time again to see how brother and sister have been getting on the last month.

The month of February started off with a celebration. It was Chloe’s second birthday. We had a small party for her at the weekend and had cousin’s over. The weather was on our side and they were playing outside half the time.

The last month was actually very quiet. We have been very lazy and neglected the outside walks a bit. It’s coming close to spring now which means, well I am hoping, the weather will pick up again and we can go and explore the local area. There are a few things on our list. First is probably to find an outdoor playground. We haven’t been to a playground in months.

Above photo was taken in the living room. Matthew wanted the tunnel out to watch some Transformers. He’s obsessed with super hero’s bit particularly Transformers. This is only the cartoon version of it but I think I might have you watched the actual Transformers movies with him. I’m sure he will love it. Chloe was crawling around him watching him, annoying him, crawling into the tube.

I thought this one was adorable. I can’t remember what they were watching at the time but it might have been Mickey Mouse. They had their snacks in a bowl which was grapes and both sat down on the sofa together with the cushion on their knees.

Chloe is copying everything Matthew is doing lately. Including the crying… we definitely need to work on Matthew’s behaviour. He doesn’t listen a lot of times and that applies to creche too. I want him to be the best boy when he enters big school in September. Chloe must be the tidiest girl in her room. She’s so good cleaning up after herself. As soon as she sees me coming to collect, she goes into tidying up mode and only then she wants to leave.

The Me and Mine Project

Ireland’s #Hiddendrives

When  my friend comes over for a visit from Germany, we always do a day of exploring around Ireland. Generally around the region of Sligo. She hasn’t been to visit me since we moved to County Kildare. Can you imagine how much we have to explore here? It would take us days, if not even weeks. We only live at the border of County Dublin and everything is so easily accessible once you have a car with an up to date insurance ie. Chill.

But back to Sligo… We never really have a destination when we explore Ireland. We take one road and that’s it. Who knows where it is leading us to. That way we have found some amazing and beautiful gems. Some that I would like to share with you and maybe you might even want to explore yourselves in the near future.

Streedagh Beach, Co. Sligo

This beach is located outside of Sligo on the way to Bundoran/ Donegal. It’s actually near Mullaghmore which is off the main road. We discovered this beach randomly. This was sometime in  May and the weather was nice enough to walk around. I used to be a big climber when I was a child but not so much now. The view from one of the cliffs on Streedagh Beach is incredible though. Definitely recommended to all photographers out there.
On the way you can even visit Mullagmore. It is famous for its dolphins and I think you can even take a boats tour depending on the weather. There is a pub beside the hotel which does delicious fish and chips.

Lissadell

Another place we explored together is Lissadell and its beach. To get to Lissadell, you have to take the road to Bundoran/ Donegal again but turn off in Drumcliffe. For this adventure I also took Matthew with me. He loved all the running around on the long beach. He is a huge fan of the beach in fact. We haven’t been to the beach in quite some time now. It is a bit further away for us now but we can make a day trip out of it.
We didn’t go into Lissadell House. I can’t remember if it was even open at the time because I know it was closed for a while but it has since reopened and they have exhibitions running.

Caves of Kesh

This was probably the most adventurous experience we have done. I would recommend to wear good boots. Hiking shoes would be more appropriate. It involves a lot climbing and you certainly get your work out from this. Located on the outskirts of Ballymote, Co. Sligo is a little village called Kesh. It’s in the middle of nowhere but the caves from the top give you the most beautiful view.

Knocknarea

It wasn’t the brightest day when we decided to climb up Knocknarea in Strandhill, Co.Sligo. In fact it was in January. Not the nicest weather to be expected in that month, especially in the west of Ireland. We walked it anyway. Not too long they opened a new nature trail called Queens Maeve Trail. They’ve designed a set of wooden stairs to go around the mountain. We didn’t have the time to do the whole lot as it will take you around two hours.

Have you explored any of these hidden gems before? 

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What exactly is Tea?

“What are you going to have for tea?”, “For tea Chloe had…” and it goes on and on. But what exactly is tea? I never had to deal with the word tea until my kids entered the world of crèche. I got really confused. You see for me the meal times are as follows:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

And because they are kids, between all those meals they have a little snack. I had no idea what tea was and what it is referring to. Is it a snack, is it a dinner? If you think about it, it has been crossing my way for almost four years.

For me meal times are straight forward. Breakfast is anytime between 8 and 10am. Then you have lunch time which is between 12 and 2pm. Before I had kids, it was 1pm but now I stretch it out a bit, generally when they had a late breakfast for example. And then there is dinner time… For me dinner is between 6 and 7pm. I could never have my warm meal earlier than that. It probably is a German thing.

So I went online and done a bit of research on the whole tea situation.

Tea is a one name for the evening meal. It is associated with the working class and is typically eaten between 5 and 7pm. In the North of England, North and South Wales, the English Midlands, Scotland and in rural and working class areas in Ireland, people traditionally call their midday meal dinner and their evening meal tea. (served around 6pm) Are you confused already? Whereas the upper social classes would call the midday meal lunch or luncheon and the evening meal (served after 7pm) dinner or suppoer. This differentiation in usage is one of the classic social markers of British English.

(source Wikipidea)

Not sure if I am wiser now. But it seems to be a thing in Ireland and the UK. Sometimes I think they are getting too much to eat in crèche when I look at their sheet for the day. It’s very detailed but I’d say they are probably not big portions, considering how many kids are in the facility. But to have a snack at 2pm and “tea” at 3.30pm is very close together in my opinion.

Before we moved, I have always been wondering why they don’t eat their dinner. Once I came home from work, I cooked them dinner everyday because we only lived 5 mins from work and crèche at the time. Sometimes they didn’t want it. It’s because they had that “tea”.

When we moved, I changed the whole cooking situation. Mainly because work is now 20 minutes away and with traffic it can be even more sometimes. For this reason they now get “tea” (DINNER!) at 3.30pm in crèche. If that was me, I would move it to 4 or 4.30pm at least but I am not going to mess with the crèche’s schedule when this is the case for all rooms. The only thing I find, since we have put this in place, as soon as we come home all I hear from my oldest is “I want something to eat”. That makes me wonder, does he need bigger portions? Generally he gets a fruit bowl and a yoghurt after that but he is looking for more. So there is me running up and down between living room and kitchen the whole evening.

How do you deal with “tea” time? Do you call it tea or dinner?

A Day in a Parenting Blogger’s Life – Amy Treasure

Happy Friday everyone. Friday means it’s time to feature a parenting blogger again with a day in their life.

Today it’s Amy from Amy Treasure. I am following her blog for quite some time and got some great blogging tips off her blog. Over to you Amy.

First of all, tell me a bit about yourself.

Hi! My name is Amy and I am a 36 year old mum of three. I’ve been married to Justin for 11 years, our three children are: Lewis, 17, Holly, 16 and Rose, 3. I’m a full time blogger and freelancer and we live in Bristol.


How many times were you woken last night?

Twice which is actually not bad going for us!

Do you co-sleep?

Not intentionally anymore but we did until Rose was 2. We have tried (and failed) to get her to sleep in her bed all night and it is inevitable that there will be an extra body in with us 9 times out of 10!

What time do you normally wake up?

6.30am because we have to leave the house by 7.30am to do the school run. On a weekend I would happily
languish until gone 9am (if my children let me!)

How much average sleep do you get a night?

6 or 7 hours.

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

Make a cup of coffee

Tell me about your typical morning routine.

Up by 6.30am, have a coffee with my husband. Wake the kids up. Let the smallest watch tv in our bed. Do my make up and get dressed. Get smallest dressed while checking middle daughter is getting ready, by this time my oldest, Lewis, will have left for work with Justin. Us girls then usually grab breakfast which is usually toast or fruit and take it into the car. Holly gets dropped to the bus stop where she normally has to make a run for the bus (while Rose and I cheer her on from the car!) I then take Rose to school and on a good day I will be home by 8.45am.

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

I love to cook! I cook fresh every night, could be anything from a homemade curry to a more simple pasta dish. Last
night we had crab linguine but I didn’t tell my older ones it was crab until after they’d eaten it because I knew I’d face objection! They actually all really enjoyed it. We tend to eat out on the weekend though or will have something easy like a pizza.

What’s on the menu for lunch?

I’ve got pesto pasta today.

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

Well my oldest is working today, Holly has college and Rose has school. On the weekends we do things like go to the beach, the park, soft play or museum for the youngest if it’s raining.

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

I try and make sure we all eat together.

What do you do after dinner?

Homework then a bit of tv time and before long it’s time to start getting ready for bed.

What is your bedtime routine?

Same every night for the youngest: Bath, book, bed which is my husband’s job. The older two sort themselves out
which is nice!

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

I blog during the day and try and stick to ‘office hours’ unless I have a deadline and then I can be found burning the midnight oil! I do have a schedule but tend to prioritise work in order of importance.

Thanks Amy. Sounds like a very organised mum.

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