No Snow Snowman

Monday, 16 January 2017

Here's an idea for what to do when your little one wants to build a snowman and there's no snow!

So as usual there was a big build-up to a snowstorm last week which resulted in a small flurry which had all but gone by morning. Definitely not enough to build a snowman so a real disappointment for Little Miss A.

Therefore I thought we'd get creative and find an alternative way to build a snowman. Here's what we came up with!


I used an old duvet and some sheets to form the head and body. Then we tried to come up with ideas of what to use for his other parts. The hat and scarf were easy. Little Miss A went running off to raid the fridge for a carrot for the nose. I remembered that we had some wooden sticks in the car which we could use for arms (is it just me that always has at least one stick in the car that's been collected on a walk and won't be parted with?).

We were struggling with what to use for the eyes, mouth and buttons but then I thought I'd raid our recycling box for lids and these worked well and made our snowman quite colourful!



After the success of making our Snowman, Little Miss A asked for me to make her into the snowman! It was very amusing trying to keep the carrot in place!



Then of course it was my turn to become a snowman! I not only had the original items adorning me but Little Miss A decided to accessorise Mummy Snowman with a balloon and belt amongst other things. No photographic evidence of me I'm afraid!

It was such a fun activity to do with Little Miss A and she really got stuck in with adding all his different parts. I thought it would only take a few minutes, but we were playing around for ages together. The only real downside is that I had 'Do You Want To Build A Snowman' from Frozen stuck in my head all day!

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My Sunday Photo 15-01-2017

Sunday, 15 January 2017

This is my favourite picture of this week for #MySundayPhoto.


It was taken yesterday when I took the kids to the National Trust property - Erdigg. They have an Alice in Wonderland themed trail running at the moment and this is Little Miss A taking part in the Mad Hatters Tea Party! The whole trail was done brilliantly with so many different elements. Little Miss A was on great form and took part in all the activities.

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Siblings - January 2017

Joining up with The Siblings Project with these photos of Little Miss A and Baby R. 

These first ones were taken in the build up to Christmas. It was Baby R's first Christmas and he had no real idea what was going on. Whereas this year Little Miss A was really excited about it all as she started to understand that Father Christmas would visit and bring presents. It was such fun building up the magic of Christmas for her.


This next photo is special as it has the pair wearing items knitted by their Nana. Little Miss A wore the same cardi and hat for her first Christmas and it was lovely to see Baby R in them!


This picture was taken on Christmas morning. Little Miss A was thrilled with her stocking full of presents. So much so that when anyone asks about what she got for Christmas, she says 'A Hungry Caterpillar toothbrush' which was a small item in her stocking! Know what to buy her next year! Baby R just liked all the wrapping paper!


Lastly, there's this picture which just makes me smile when I look at it. Little Miss A is so good and patient around Baby R. Long may it continue! Little Miss A has always been talkative but she has become a major chatterbox recently. I wonder if Baby R will ever get a word in edge ways! Baby R is really losing his baby looks and now sits up so confidently. It's not going to be long until he's crawling as he rolls everywhere and gets up on his knees. He's really loving his Christmas present - a jumperoo!




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3 Year Blogiversary

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Happy 3rd Blogiversary to this blog!


Can't believe I've now been writing this blog for 3 years. From it's humble beginnings, it's provided me with such a great way to record what we get up to as a family and it's so nice to be part of the blogging community.

There are still so many things I'd like to do with the blog and I'm currently struggling a little bit to get on top of all the posts that I have in drafts. I want it to include all our family adventures so both the kids have them documented for the future. This is so important to me to record our memories together. So that's my main goal for the next month or so, to get all my draft posts published and to start creating new content for our new local area.

Similar to the previous year, some of my most popular posts this year have been the regular round-ups I write with local activities and events in the school holidays in and around Aylesbury. I will now have to change these round-ups and do them for my new local area this year! Also, these posts:
Meeting Father Christmas at World's End Garden Centre
Leighton-Linslade Children's Trail

Where I've let other content slip over the last year as other life events have taken precedence, I have managed to take part in 3 linkys consistently throughout the year: My Sunday Photo; the Me and Mine Project and now that we have two kids, I've loved joining in with the Siblings Project.

The blog has brought with it a few great opportunities. The best of which was a Bowling Party at Hollywood Bowl for Little Miss A and meeting Father Christmas at World's End Garden Centre.

I thought it would be good to have a record of my Social Media followers. They might not be big numbers compared to many fab blogs out there, but I'm surprised by how much the numbers have grown:
Mummy on a Budget on Facebook - 1,065 likes (637 in 2015)
@mummyonabudget on Twitter -  2,202 followers (1823 in 2015)
mummyonabudget on Instagram - 1,827 followers (887 in 2015)
Mummy on a Budget on Google+ - 69 followers (29 in 2015)

I was pretty amazed when I reached the milestone of 1000 likes on Facebook at the end of August. However, Instagram is still my favourite social medium platform. Just because it's so quick and easy to post a quick snap of anything and everything on Instagram. There really is a lovely community on there and it's a great place to get ideas for things to do and places to go.

I would love to take a much more active part of the blogging community but the interactions I have are always really nice. I do look on very enviously at those who have taken the leap to make blogging their full time occupation.

A huge thank you to everyone who reads and supports this blog. Mr MoaB continues to despair at me at how much time I spend on social media, but he knows the reasons I do the blog and does support me. Also, I have to thank the kids for putting up with me constantly getting the camera out. Sometimes Little Miss A isn't as co-operative as I'd like but other times she fully embraces it and poses away or asks to have her picture taken in a certain way! I really hope Baby R and her enjoy reading this blog in the future as much as I enjoy writing it.

As a family we had an incredibly tough year in 2017 with lots of major life events. So much has changed in our lives including where we live! So it's now time to start our new family adventure in Cheshire and see what this part of the world has to offer us!


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My Sunday Photo 08-01-2017

Sunday, 8 January 2017

This is my favourite picture of this week for #MySundayPhoto.


It was taken on a family walk up Helsby Hill, which is right on our new doorstep! It shows Little Miss A with her Daddy at the top. It's a fantastic view!

I usually just put one photo but thought I'd include the version that shows Baby R, the dog and I in the same spot!





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Me & Mine - December 2016

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Joining up with the Me and Mine Family Portrait Project with these photos of our little family for December.



These were taken at the Santa's Grotto at World's End Garden Centre when we were given the opportunity to visit to do a review.


We made the big move from Buckinghamshire to Cheshire this month. This photo was taken outside our old house as we left. I wanted to have a record of this house as the kids won't remember it, but it was their first home.

The month has been all about the move. There were times when I wasn't sure it was going to happen, or at least not on the dates we originally planned, but suddenly it all came together and we did it. It's taking us a while to get things sorted and unpacked. The task is so much harder with two small children around. We'll get there. The kids seem to have settled in to the new house really well which is a huge relief. I know we're going to be happy up here.

I am now undergoing treatment for my health condition. Therefore there have been lots more hospital appointments as my treatment has been transferred to a new health centre up here. Thankfully so far I am not having too many side effects but it's all very stressful.

It has meant that we didn't get to do as many festive things as I would have liked in the build up to Christmas but I tried to do as much as possible to get Little Miss A excited and it worked!

December Highs:
  • - Our visit to the Christmas Grotto and Winter Wonderland where Little Miss A and Baby R got to meet Father Christmas. Little Miss A had a lovely chat with Santa.
  • -  I enjoyed a rare evening out at our local NCT branch Christmas party. It was also my chance to say goodbye to these lovely ladies who I've volunteered alongside. I've been involved in some great activities and events with them and have some great memories.
  • - More goodbyes as I officially left my job, so had a lovely coffee and catch-up with my team. I wasn't there very long before I went off on maternity leave, but the whole team were so brilliant. I will miss them. 
  • - Our first venture out into the local area was to the Frodsham Christmas Tree Festival. A collection of 18 trees decorated by different community groups. We were there quite a while in the end as Little Miss A spent ages doing the free craft activities. 
  • - I'm starting to try out different playgroups to take the kids to. We've been to two so far, timing was great as we got to take advantage of the Christmas parties they had!
  • - I took Little Miss A long to a local church to their Nativity service. All the children came dressed up and were involved in the story telling. Little Miss A was a lovely angel. 
  • - This year Little Miss A really began to understand what Christmas is about. It was lovely to be able to start some new family traditions with her. We spent Christmas morning at home and then travelled to Mr MoaB's sister's for lunch. We were up there in under an hour - great to be so close to his family now - one of the reasons for moving up North. Lunch was lovely and Little Miss A had the best time playing with her older cousins - I didn't really see her the whole afternoon!
  • - Boxing Day was spent at Mr MoaB's other sister's house. More family, more food and more presents!
  • - Little Miss A went to her first pantomime - Jack and The Beanstalk in Lytham St Annes. She got really involved in the interactive parts which was great. 

Overall 2016 has been a terribly tough year filled with a lot of great sadness for our family. Baby R has been the greatest blessing of the year. It is him and his sister that keep us going and keep us smiling, as this round-up of photos for the year show. I'm so glad I have a monthly record of our family. They are my world and my everything. 



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My Sunday Photo 01-01-2017

This is my favourite picture of this week for #MySundayPhoto.


This is Little Miss A with her cousin after seeing her first pantomime. We saw Jack and The Beanstalk at the Lowther Pavilion Theatre in Lytham St Annes. Little Miss A really enjoyed the performance and got really involved in the interactive bits - shouting, singing and dancing along.



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