Monday, 13 November 2017

Captains orders

So recently at our Chatterbooks club our theme for the week was Pirates, We had lots of colouring and crafts and a story too but the favourite of all was the game, Captains Orders.

Captains Orders is a game for a group of 5+ Players ... its a little like Simon says, one person/group leader gets to be the Captain, the captain then shouts out orders to the crew (the rest of the players) like ' captain says, scrub the deck' , 'captain says, row the boat' ect.. the players have to act out the order but only if the captain says 'captains orders' at the start.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

How I Kicked My Depressions Butt!

So if you don't know I suffer with depression, I have for a very long time and after I had my second child I gradually got worse, my children were my safety and I woudn't be without them for fear of the worst!

Summer came and I saw a poster at my local library for volunteers for the summer reading challenge, I was just in the right age category and managed to push myself to apply, the library has always been one of my favourite places to take my children as its so calm but also so fun to explore so I knew that I would be kind of relaxed there and not so uptight or anxious, my application took a week or so then I was ready! I was nervous and anxious about leaving my children and meeting new people but I knew I had to push myself because one day id be going back to work.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

LogoJoy Review

So Its Time for a change, a new logo to be specific and what better place to go than LogoJoy.
The site is so easy to use and the designs are absolutely amazing and all customisable too! Honestly this site took me by surprise on how easy it is to use, not like all those other complicated sites, its simple and easy, just what I like!

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Bird House Calligraphy Review

birdhouse calligraphy
Ever want a card or a gift personalised?, Too expensive or not personal enough?
Well BirdHouse Calligraphy has you totally covered! From Hand drawn quotes to cards and even gift tags its all there!
Louise, the owner and artist of BirdHouse Calligraphy is so talented, she hand draws and designs every single piece she sells and commissions and they look amazing!

birdhouse calligraphy

With her handmade to order, personalised cards you can request whatever you like for a birthday card or even just a quote to hang on the wall of your home. Created using high quality 180gsm card that is perfect for framing, and a variety of inks and pens too you'll have the perfect piece to brighten up any room!

birdhouse calligraphy
Louise has a variety of designs available including pets, love, positive quotes and coffee (which is always relevant for a tired mummy like me) But if you cant think of one you want personalised off the top of your head just take a look at what she already has but beware they're all so good it will be hard to choose and you'll probably end up buying quite a few!!

birdhouse calligraphy

Christmas season is just around the corner and Louise had just started a range of gift tags and card to celebrate, as I mentioned above they are ALL handmade and individually drawn because Louise believes its more personal and unique to the customer which I think its very sweet and a lovely touch.
birdhouse calligraphy
Plus she has Harry Potter designs!!! I have ALOT of friends who absolutely adore Harry Potter so ill be getting some of these and the tags too! I cant wait now this has got me mega excited for Christmas :D

So the quotes are endless and they will all be a one of a kind gift, get your orders in quick before her books fill up AND... get an extra 10% off your order using code: THANKS10 

Don't forget to take a look at her shop BirdHouse Calligraphy on Etsy and follow her on Facebook and Instagram too for more beautiful designs!

Ill defiantly be getting some in time for Christmas!

Much Love 

*I was asked to review this website and give my true and honest opinion, all words are my own and all photos are credited to Louise at BirdHouse Calligraphy* Lucy At Home

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Whats On October half term?! - Great Yarmouth

Don't know what to do this half term? Came around a bit quicker than you thought? Yeah me too!
Aside from volunteering during the week and running a group I'm a bit stuck on what to do this half term so I've been researching and came up with a few activity's and events to do with the kids!!

  • Great Yarmouth Library: 23 October 2017 16:30 - 17:30
    The Art and tradition of the Ninja for children aged 8 plus. Free first session then small fee. With Sensei Nando. More Information : 
  • Great Yarmouth Library: 23 October 201710:30 - 11:00
    Weekly fun with songs, rhymes and books for parents and carers with children up to pre school. NO need ot book, no charge.
  • Great Yarmouth Library: 25 October 2017 14:00 - 16:00
    Drop in Crafting for families. All resources provided. Under 8's must always be accompanied by an adult.
  • Great Yarmouth Library: 28 October 2017 11:00 - 13:00
    Free drop in crafts for all the family every Saturday 11am-1pm. 
whats on half term

  • Gorleston Library: Bounce and Rhyme: 23 October 2017 13:30 - 14:00
  • Story Café: 25 October 2017 10:00 - 11:00     
  • Fancy making some new friends, or just to have a good old chat? Then come along to this FREE drop in session. Have a good old fashion chatter with a cup of tea and biscuit Gorleston Library Every Thursday 10:00-12:00 26 October 2017     
  • DVD SALE AT GORLESTON LIBRARY STARTS SATURDAY 28TH OCTOBER. Will continue until stock depleted so customers can come in the week and browse. 9:30 - 16:00
    28 October 2017
  • Friday 27th October 17: Chatterbooks Book club for under 16s - library fun, puzzles, books and games, fun by myself and other volunteers :D

  • Great Yarmouth South Beach, South Beach Parade, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2EN  Wed 25 Oct 2017 Come along to South Beach for an amazing fireworks display! See the fireworks light up the skies at 7.30 pm. Kindly funded and organised by Pleasure Beach, Wellington Pier Complex, Merrivale Model Village, HJ's Diner & Sara's Tearooms
  • The Lion King Cinema Screening at St. George's Theatre Great Yarmouth : Sat 21 Oct 2017 13:00 Children welcome
  • Anton ghoul juggling show Market Gates Shopping Centre Thu 26 Oct 2017 11:30, 15:30 Children welcome, Free entry

And finally on the 31st October - Halloween itself Gorleston Library will be running a spooky story session for those who don't like to go trick or treating or anyone who wants to come along, its £1 per child and they receive a hot chocolate and get to do some cool crafts too!
Gorleston Library

And that's about all I can find for this half term, let me know in the comments if you know about anything else, I hope you have lots of fun :) 

Much Love
Ooooh and just a reminder that Firework displays are also on the menu to herald the start of late-night Christmas shopping and the Christmas Lights Switch On in Great Yarmouth town centre on Friday 24 November 2017 and the Christmas Lights Switch On event in Gorleston High Street on Sunday 26 November 2017.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

My favourites this week!

I've been so busy this week with having my birthday yesterday and running my groups ect its been a bit hectic! But none the less I've had some fave moments that I just had to share with you :)

1) My Birthday!
Yesterday was my birthday, Me, Lilli and my friend Katie and her son Riley went to Hopton holiday village to go swimming, we got there and had a play on the park then sat down and had some food and a drink too! We had a little visit to the arcade and got a few tickets to get some sweets.
Lilli had so much fun with her friend and then it was time to go into the pool!! we absolutely loved it and loved the big slide too! the kids had loads of fun and we relaxed too! We got home and I stuffed my face with birthday cupcakes tat Katie had made for me and had a glass of wine and a bubble bath too!!

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Blogtober17 - #11 - Kitchen

Welcome back to blogtober17, Sorry I've missed a couple I've been so busy and I did warn you!!Todays theme is Kitchen, Now I don't really spend too much time in my kitchen, in all honestly mike does more as he cooks and cleans the kitchen as he's such a babe! Anyway I only really ever do baking in my kitchen as I love to make cakes and treats with the kids, so this post is going to be about my fave cake recipe :) Hope you enjoy!

So you've often got those black mushy bananas about in your kitchen that the kids beg you to buy and then don't eat right? Well this is gonna make use of those! Chocolate Banana Bread!!! Its completely dairy* free and wont cost u a lot either :) *only if you use dairy free butter such as vitalite*

Chocolate Banana Bread:

  • 200g plain flour 
  • 200g caster sugar 
  • 50g butter, softened  *this is where I use vitalite to make it dairy free*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 
  • 1 egg 
  • 3-4 very ripe bananas
  • Currants if you want to add them or Diary free chocolate buttons crushed SAVE SOME FOR TOPPING!
  • Betty Crocker chocolate fudge icing (YES ITS DAIRY FREE!!) FOR TOPPING!!
Mix all ingredients together make sure the bananas are well mashed or use an electric mixer.
Bang it in a loaf tin lined with baking paper and cook on 160-180c/gas mark 3/4 for around 40 minutes checking half way through.
Leave to cool for 30 mins or until cool then use the fudge icing on top and decorate!
Serve with a lovely cuppa and enjoy :)

Hope you liked my recipe and don't forget to look out for more Blogtober posts too!!


Much Love 

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Blogtober17- #8 - Holidays

Welcome back to Blogtober17! Todays post is all about holidays, and funnily enough we just got back from one about 4 hours ago!! So here goes!!


Hopton Holiday Village Review:

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Blogtober17- #7 - Goals

Welcome back to Blogtober17 :) Its day 7 so its been a whole week of October already!!
Todays theme is Goals, and I'm going to talk about all my goals and my family goals too!
Don't worry no football goals involved lol none of my boys like football so its all good!!

So we'll start off with my goals, not life goals but say the next 3 or so years goals :)

Friday, 6 October 2017

Blogtober17- #6 - Flowers

Welcome back to Blogtober17 Day 6 :)  Todays theme is all about flowers but I'm not really much of a flower person, aside from my daughter Lilli name resembling a flower she wasn't actually named after it she was named after Walt Disney's wife Lillian Disney :)
Anyway, I'm not a lover of flowers but we do however love Autumn Treasures! 

Autumn Treasures are what we like to call things like Conkers, pinecones, acorns and pretty leaves.
We love to collect these during the autumn months, conkers keep away the spiders if you put them in your windowsills which is brilliant if you like me and hate the little buggers! :) We Love to collect pinecones and cover them in paint and glitter and also leaves to make crayon rubbings and pretty pictures of them too!

Lillis favourite are conkers because they come from trees and come in little sells until they are ready and then fall! she loves to learn about the cycle of the tree too :)
We love the autumn months, crunching through leaves, jumping in puddles and snuggling in fluffy coats and scarves :) And Soon it will be Christmas and we can put up the best tree of all <3

Let me know in the comments your favourite Autumn Treasure?


I'm sorry this post was very incredibly short but I really struggled with the topic today!
Much Love

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Blogtober17- #5 - Education

Hey and welcome back to day 5 of Blogtober17! Thanks for sticking around :)
Today is all about education, so I'm gonna go through how Lilli is getting on with school and how Olli is progressing with his learning too!

So we'll start with Lilli, She's now at big school!!! Its so exciting she had been progressing so much and so fast too! Writing me letters and drawing pictures to bring home from school its so sweet, she's loving the time at school and is always so eager to go back the next day! Lilli can now count up to 50 by herself and can write her name, my name and kind of her brothers name but gets the spelling a little jumbled bless her. She hasn't told me too much about her new friends but I'm sure she has made loads as well as loving playing with some of her old friends from nursery too :)