Friday, 26 September 2014

Peppa Pig's Big Splash!

With Christmas just around the corner, it's time to start looking into booking our annual Christmas pantomime trip. Each year I take Spud to the theatre to watch a child related show which is normally Christmas themed of some sort, even if the characters just have a Christmas tree!

As many of you know, I love my nephews, all five of them equally, I just spend more time with Paula's two children - Baby Boo and Little Big Man both of whom are Autistic (Little Big Man has his diagnoses, whilst Baby Boo is currently going through the process of being diagnosed as we speak). I don't only help my sister out whenever I can, but I also ask to have the boys, they're Spud's closest cousins, and although they squabble they get along really well most of the time.

I've done lots with Little Big Man and Spud this year, including trips to the fun-fair, cinema and town, however I've not done as much as I'd like to of done with Baby Boo. Baby Boo is a big Peppa Pig fan so I'm so pleased that right before the Christmas rush (and because I'm not sure I could watch two children's theatre shows in one month) Peppa Pig's Big Splash is touring around the UK this upcoming October.

The Show:
The nursery roof is leaking and Peppa and her friends need to fix it - quick! As they set up a fete to raise the money for the repairs, they'll need your help to make sure everything goes smoothly. Join Peppa, George, Mummy and Daddy Pig, as well as Danny Dog, Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep as they have fun putting up bunting, running stalls and organising a great day out. There's also a Champion Puddle Jumping competition judged by Mr Potato where everyone gets wet and Peppa needs to find her Golden Boots!

The Venues:
Woking -- 1st - 2nd October.
Bristol -- 7th-8th October.
Southampton -- 10th-11th October.
Bournemouth -- 15th-16th October.
Clacton-On-Sea -- 18th-19th October.
Nottingham -- 25th-26th October.

The Accommodation:

Sometimes, we have to travel a little way or a big way from home to get to see one of these excellent shows, therefore, I suggest maybe sorting out a hotel for the night. If you're visiting Woking ((which is the closest to me, but not close enough to travel there and home all in one day!) there's the Holiday Inn Farnborough, and if you visit the Southampton venue, you're quite spoilt for choice really with Holiday Inn Southampton, Holiday Inn Eastleigh and Holiday Inn Fareham just a stones throw (not literally) away. 

The Price:

Ticket prices vary depending on the venue you wish to visit, tickets start at as little as just £13.50 with discounts available for families.

The Final Result:

A few pounds lighter, or maybe a bit more, however you're small children will have a fantastic time interacting and singing along with Peppa and the rest of the cast! You're child/children will most probably not stop talking about it for a few days after, will wish to go again and will also say you're the best person ever! Here's me hoping Baby Boo says I'm his favourite auntie!

Have you been to a recent Peppa Pig show? I'd love to hear any tips you have ahead of the big auntie and nephew day!

Until next time,
Jada x

How to Make a Fun Filled Bedroom for Your Child

Sometimes decorating your child’s room can be real headache. Juggling practicality, creativity and outright fun is a difficult task, and one that many parents find difficult. Although having your child’s input into the decorating process can be enlightening, the fun, open ended and wonderful minds that we love and adore can often throw forth some rather impractical ideas, especially if you’ve only got a small budget. To help out the process of decorating, here are some fun, interesting ideas you can employ in your next diddy DIY project!

Image Credit: - Flickr

When it comes to furniture, it’s not difficult to balance the fun with the practical. Lots of children love bunk beds; having a high up point of view is something children usually lack, so perhaps this is why bunk beds, allowing kids to sleep and hang out in more vertical surroundings, are high up on kids’ lists when it comes to decorating. With these, you can either go for the traditional wooden, flat pack bunk beds, easy and often cheap, especially from online bed specialists; or go all out, crafting a bespoke bunk bed that is built into the room itself. Both former and latter have the potential to allow you to inject style into the room, whilst keeping your child very happy indeed!

Image Credit: Phil Manker - Flickr
Having ‘centerpieces’ within your children’s rooms that can act as modes of play, or as general furnishings, can also make rooms fun and sensible. Take the above image, where a climbing ladder, affixed to heavy duty fixtures running across the ceiling, brings physical fun, plus a style and colour scheme that works great with the surrounding room and d├ęcor. If you want to encourage your child to read, or they already have the reading bug, a suspended hanging chair can be a great bedroom addition, both modern and allowing for educational development.

Image Credit: Clarkston SCAMP - Flickr

Decorating the walls of your child’s room is an aspect of design where practicality really needs to shine through; they’re not going to be that young forever, and as such gaudy, incredibly child friendly colours and designs will come back to haunt you when you have to redecorate for your teenager in the future. In the above image, vibrancy and fun is created using bedspreads, furnishings and posters, leaving the modern and rather subdued tan walls acting as more of a canvas for continual, piecemeal change that need not signal a huge redecoration in the future. Whites, tans, greys and pastels will all work great for your child’s room.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Dressing Cheryl Cole

It's no secret I'm a fan of reality television, if you're a friend or family member, you know how much I love Joey Essex from the Only Way Is Essex, and you'll know I'm a fan of X Factor along with both Big Brother and Celebrity big brother!

X Factor is the UK's biggest singing talent show, talented, and not so talented folk audition for the show in front of the four judges Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini (formally Cheryl Cole from the girl band Girls Aloud), Melanie Brown (aka Mel B from the girl band Spice Girls) and Louis Walsh. If the applicants get through to the next round, they're called back to audition again, this time in front of thousands of watchers in the audience, and the four judges yet again.

So far, I've not took a dis-liking to any of the four celebrity judges this year, I never use to be a huge fan of Simon and I suppose I'm still not, but he knows his business after being in the music industry for so long, again this applies with Louis. I love Cheryl, her behaviour, her smile, her personality, her look, her style and her voice but I'm not so sure on Mel B! I think I'll always have a soft spot for Dannii (Minogue) and Sharon (Osbourne), however I've not seen enough of Mel to make a final decision!

After taking a quiz on the Radio Times website to see what X Factor judge you are, I was pleased when my results showed up as Cheryl! I do feel like I can relate to what Cheryl has been through with personal and intimate relationships, I know the pain she dealt with after it came to light about her ex husband Ashley Cole.

With the new season fashion trends entering every clothing retailer within the last week, I thought I would design an outfit for Cheryl on a high street budget. In the past, Cheryl's kept it no secret that she loves the high street stores, and why shouldn't she? Some of the high street collections are fabulous, so much so, you only dream of having the money in the bank to buy them all!

Cheryl is very lucky to suit every colour, I however, personally think she really does stand out that extra mile in red! So I've made the main feature in this collage a red jumpsuit, with a tiny belt for added detail, along with a killer pair of heels, but Cheryl walks in them like they're flats, a cute clutch bag and a matching necklace and bracelet!

Jumpsuit: Newlook
Heel Boots: Schuh
Black Clutch Bag: Debenhams
Accessories: Dorothy Perkins

Total Cost: £151.49!!!

 The total cost to us, may seem infuriating, however, Cheryl is a celebrity who has the cash to splash out. A designer item would cost around ten times as much as the total price for just a decent bag, that's not including the jewellery, shoes and outfit!

I've made a special little bet this year on who I'll think the winning mentor will be, and I have gone with Cheryl even though I don't know her category yet! Cheryl's been that person auditioning on stage, she knows the struggle of getting through each stage of the show, that's surely a bit of extra help for the contestants!

Have you took the quiz to find out what judge you would be? Have you got any good feelings about the winning mentor this year? Or maybe even the winner of the show?

Jada x

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Call The Papers, I've Just Swore!

Sometimes, I want to get lost in the screen, I love to write, I love to read.

Sometimes, just sometimes, I want my emotions to really run free, like really, no barriers, no stops.

There's always something stopping me.

I worry of getting judged because of my age, is it good for a mother to swear at any age when she is not around her children? Most probably not, that's what the prestige, high on their horses folk will say as they sip on their Prosecco for lunch. However, it's more than likely more acceptable for a mother of my age to swear at life if her children are babies.

Sometimes, we do need a rant. Children rant don't they? They have them ferocious burst of naughtiness quite a few times in their young year's, we call them tantrums don't we? Can we not have tantrums? It's okay for the lady from the television advert to do it, but she's just copying her son, throwing herself on the floor and screaming, just like her son - who can't get his own way.

Why's it half acceptable for a child to have a tantrum, a outburst and a cry? Why can't anyone above a certain age do the same and have an outburst? Not a full on child like tantrum, no need to pull our hair out, hold our breaths, scratch our faces and scream until we have the whole world looking, and is there really any need to throw ourselves on the floor to dirty our hour old clean clothes?

Can't we just say to the world we need five minutes, can't we just go and cry? Can't we let our emotions run wild in the ways we best deal with them? Not really, not comfortable at least. If I wan't to rant about the horrid child who's picked on Spud for the last few years, then I will - only it comes at judgement.

Oh don't be so silly Jade, it's childlike!!!

Oh really?

See, I wasn't brought up like that, if we done wrong to another child, or anyone of any age, then we would be told off and made to apologies, we'd also lose privileges and so we knew not to do it again! When I say done wrong to another child, it was always bickering between us siblings, hiding one another's favoutite toy or movie, knowing it would annoy them, but not thinking of the consequences of loosing our favourite toy or movie for the day - of course until it happened, then we would do it again. That's childlike isn't it? Annoying one another, winding each other up and playing pranks.

Making a child scared and upset to go to school is not childlike!

My Spud would never hurt a spider, literally! He's not a fan of them, but he won't kill or even hurt them in any way, he's such a softie. I'm not complaining, if he was vicious, horrid and wild, I'm pretty sure I'd want a good child, and I'm blessed because I have one.

There is just one thing that I would change about Spud if I could, and that's a characteristic. I want him to stand up for himself, stand up against these bullies. If he lets alcoholic low life parents children bully him now, and not say a word in self defense, how is he going to cope with the adult bullies in the world when he's an adult?

It's easy to say ignore them, but when they're hurting you, you shouldn't ignore them - because you're ignoring your own feelings.

I'm not afraid to name and shame, I'm lucky I come from a large family, and sibling fights both physical and verbal was a near every day occurrence - it's childlike isn't it. I can give as good as I get, and I know how to stand up for myself.

I'm opinionated and not coward enough to not say it. I won't follow the other sheep and wear the latest coat in fashion. I'll wear that multi-coloured dreamcoat if it suit's me, and when I say suit, I don't mean my appearance I mean my mood.

I really don't understand how people could be proud of their rotten children? How good do you feel knowing you've done such a shit job your child is the most evilest brat every other child hates? Do you get a kick out of getting called into the school every time I report your spawn of satin? Do you know you're a monster yourself, for allowing this shit to happen?

Do you know how angry you make me, when my child comes out of school at least once a week telling me yet another detailed event of an occurrence between him and your evil child at school? I send my son to school for his education, I think that's important - unlike you.

I'm very proud of the family I come from. Apart from my 12 year old sister, we all work and it's only been me who's had the longest stint on benefits. We're hard working and we don't expect the state to pay for the finer thing's in life. I pay for your child's free school meals and most probably his school uniform too.

I pay for your cigarettes and I pay for your clothes - which reminds me, do you not think your child bullies because maybe children make fun of him? They usually say a bully is getting bullied. You dress your child in ankle swingers, the dirties and greasiest of tops. He has longer hair then the Victorian homes curtains and to say you could fry a egg on his head, well....

That's an understatement.

I really want to insult you, not assault - insult, unlike your brat who think's its okay to continuously terrorise my boy. I'd love to do it every day, and if I could get away with it, I'd love to throw my hands around the way your child does to mine.

They say two wrong's don't make a right, but you can't let the world and it's chewed up gum spit on you.

You've clearly not tried talking to your son, like you promised too, well over a year ago! You've most probably encouraged it with the smirk you try to throw over every now and again.

I think you need to look around and notice that no one talks to you, which is a shame. You come to the school late, quite a few of us started speaking to you, not on a very personal level, just the usual playground routine chat - you know the chat you didn't know existed until your child started school?

Which reminds me, I must find out if the Romans made a script of that... Ohh wasn't it cold last night, did you see that fat alley cat chasing that owl, how was your chicken and stew. The weather forecast didn't mention any rain (do you now realise we live in England already!?), and the shape and colour of them potatoes are normal, unlike you otherwise suggested, they're rudolph potatoes, and no - they've not been imported on the back of an illegal immigrant filled lorry.

I don't actually think it's life shitting on us any more, it's humans, fellow beings of our sort. Dangerous and vindictive. Callous, cold and hungry.

A wise man once told me, there are two types of people in this world;

1 - You get eaten.
2. You eat them.

I know who I am.