20 THINGS MUMS AND SONS SHOULD DO TOGETHER

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20 THINGS MUMS AND SONS SHOULD DO TOGETHER

20 THINGS MUMS AND SONS SHOULD DO TOGETHER

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Me & My Max

As your little boy gets older it’s not always ‘cool’ to be out and about with your mum. However, a mum and son relationships is a very special one and to keep your bond strong it’s important to spend one on one time together. Max is no different to any other 11 year old boy, he loves me a lot but sometimes I’m the most embarrassing mum ever. However, when it comes to lovely treats, deep down he loves having Mum and Max time x 

CINEMA & PIZZA DATE

IMG_1380You might not enjoy your sons choice of film as much as your daughters but there’s still nothing better than a cinema date with your boy, popcorn and pick ‘n’ mix preceded or followed by a meal at a pizza restaurant to have a good catch up. Boys can be a closed book sometimes so having a meal together is a great way to get his full attention and make him happy by filling his stomach!! Win win!!! 

 

A MARATHON MOVIE DAY AT HOME WITH POPCORN & SNACKS

As they get older, your once cuddly boy may not be as keen on giving his mum hugs any more, and certainly not when his mates are around. A movie day at home with blankets and lots of snacks is a great way to connect and enjoy new movies or old favourites together! IMG_4176.PNG

GO ON A ROAD TRIP TO SOMEWHERE NEW

What could be better on a free weekend than picking somewhere you’ve never been and taking a road trip together. New sights, new experiences, mum & son bonding times, good food and even better conversations as he’s away from all his electronic distractions. 

VISIT A BIG CITY

We had a great trip to New York this summer and Featured Image -- 1076it was fantastic exploring this amazing city together. You don’t have to go this far though, we have some great cities in the UK and Max & I have spent lots of time in Manchester & Leeds waiting for Isabelle whilst she was dancing and we’ve been to some great places. 

COOK & BAKE TOGETHER

This is a great bonding experience with an end product all the family can enjoy. You’re also teaching her a valuable skill. Max is enjoying cooking and baking at the moment and our new thing is for Isabelle & Max to cook the family tea on a Friday making a new dish each week to broaden their repertoire with me close by if they needs assistance. 

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GO ON A DOG WALK 

This is a great way to really talk with no distractions. Fresh air, being in touch with nature and not a computer or Xbox in sight. We all take out gorgeous dog Dora out for walks at different times but when we go together she absolutely loves it. 

VISIT NEW PLACES & ATTRACTIONS WHENEVER THERES A FREE WEEKEND

We love nothing more than a weekend free from work or planned activities so we can go somewhere we’ve never been to before such as a uk attraction or a mini break weekend. We’ve got a bucket list full of places we want to see and things we want to do. 

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GO TRAMPOLINING TOGETHER

One of Max’s favourite things do to however I don’t think I can keep up with an 11 year old on a trampoline so this is definitely an activity we’d invite one or more of his friends along. 

BE AUDIENCE MEMBERS ON A TV SHOW HE LIKES 

Last year I got tickets for us to be audience members on both Ninja Warrior and Sam & Mark’s Big Friday Wind Up. These were both fantastic, Max loved them and it was a great new experience for him. Tickets are free on ITV & BBC websites and it’s easy to apply for them with fingers crossed you get lucky. 

TAKE HIM TO A DIGITAL KIDS EVENT

If your boy likes Xbox & YouTube etc like Max does then this is the perfect day out. We took Max last year & I’ve just booked tickets again for this year for Max & a friend. He loved it last year and can’t wait to go again.          IMG_1382

TAKE HIM TO A SPORTING EVENT OF HIS FAVOURITE SPORT

It’s always fantastic to see your favourite team play either supporting local sports or going to bigger sporting events. Max goes to watch Huddersfield Town play from time to time and I’d love to take him to Wimbledon at some point. 

IMG_1381GO OUT FOR ICE CREAM

Simple, affordable and just good old fashioned tasty fun! 

GO ON A CYCLING TRIP

Another of Max’s favourite things to do. We have some lovely places to cycle near where we live but one of the highlights of our NYC trip was all of us cycling around Central Park for the day. 

GO BOWLING

Who doesn’t love an afternoon bowling! Good fun, a little competition, honing your bowling skills and quality time with no other distractions. 

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DO SOMETHING CHARITABLE

A few years ago Isabelle, Max and I set up a small charity called The Angel Tree. We ask people to buy just one extra Christmas gift for a child in care and we deliver them to The Salvation Army before Christmas. These are sometimes the only gift some of these children get and over the years we’ve donated hundreds of gifts. It’s something we really look forward to doing together every year. 

TAKE HIM OUT FOR PANCAKES FOR BREAKFAST

I had to add this as pancakes are Max’s absolute favourite breakfast. One of his favourite things to do on our New York trip was going out for breakfast and having a stack of pancakes IMG_1383

SPEND A DAY PLAYING BOARD GAMES/POOL/AIR HOCKEY/TABLE TENNIS

Good old fashioned fun shouldn’t be sniffed at and I find the days when electronics are put away and we play a board game or have fun playing table tennis, pool or air hockey some of the best family times to be had. Beware of them bringing out everyone’s competitive side IMG_1365though!!!! 

DO SOMETHING DARING

Max loves lots of outdoor activities especially water based ones so this is a fun one for him. We’re planning to go back to Florida next year and we hope to swim with the Dolphins, go snorkelling & have fun jet skiing. I loved all these things when I was travelling in my 20’s and I know Max will love them too and be glad he did it. img_6187

 

TAKE HIM CLIMBING/GOLFING/SWIMMING/GO KARTING ETC ETC

All of these activities are great to take your son to do during school holidays and weekends and are all fantastic places to have fun together and bond. They can be family times or you can invite friends but you can guarantee he’ll have a great time. 

IMG_1384GO TO THE WARNER BROTHERS HARRY POTTER STUDIO TOUR

This was a must with our family as Max absolutely loves Harry Potter. It was one of the best days out we’ve had and I’m taking him again for his next birthday as he loved it so much. 

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HELLO OCTOBER 2019

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HELLO OCTOBER 2019

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How are we already in October? My birthday month, cosy blankets, snuggles, candles, pumpkins, Autumn colours. There’s nothing nicer than a crisp Autumn day when it’s cold but sunny and your senses are awash with all the gorgeous Autumn colours and smells. Last month and the beginning of this month are extremely busy at work so I’m really looking forward to my birthday on the 24th when I’m having a bit of time off to relax and enjoy some family & leisure time. Bliss!!

FABULOUS THINGS THAT HAPPENED LAST MONTH

1. Isabelle & Max both settled back into school really well.

2. Masterchef, Bake Off & Strictly are all back. IMG_1329

3. Downton Abbey the movie!!

4. A lovely meal at Uno Cucina Italiano in Honley, Huddersfield with my gorgeous cousin and her husband

5. Buying a few new things for the house to make it feel Autumnal

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HELLO OCTOBER 2019

HELLO OCTOBER 2019

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How are we already in October? My birthday month, cosy blankets, snuggles, candles, pumpkins, Autumn colours. There’s nothing nicer than a crisp Autumn day when it’s cold but sunny and your senses are awash with all the gorgeous Autumn colours and smells. Last month and the beginning of this month are extremely busy at work so I’m really looking forward to my birthday on the 24th when I’m having a bit of time off to relax and enjoy some family & leisure time. Bliss!!

FABULOUS THINGS THAT HAPPENED LAST MONTH

1. Isabelle & Max both settled back into school really well.

2. Masterchef, Bake Off & Strictly are all back. IMG_1329

3. Downton Abbey the movie!!

4. A lovely meal at Uno Cucina Italiano in Honley, Huddersfield with my gorgeous cousin and her husband

5. Buying a few new things for the house to make it feel Autumnal

IMG_13306. I got my act together and started back at Pilates properly again

 

LIFESTYLE, LEISURE, PLACES & HOME

Putting some Autumnal touches to my home 

I always love a new season and I enjoy putting touches of the season into our home. Autumn is full of gorgeous colours and aromas and there’s something very comforting in putting the fire on, lighting candles and cozying up to watch your favourite to show. The first thing I always do is change my candles to fit the season and at the moment I’m loving Yankee Candle Autumn Pearl.IMG_1337

I also love to put a wreath up in my kitchen to suit the season. I love my Autumn one which is made up of lovely browns and oranges with seasonal leaves and flowers mixed with mini IMG_1331pumpkins.

Lighting is something that affects my mood greatly and I’ve recently replaced some of my lamps, ceiling lights and had wall lights fitted. The overall effect is much cosier in the living areas and the kitchen and bathrooms look much brighter and fresher.

Lastly I’ve replaced my cushions on my living room sofas for faux rabbit fur ones to give the room a warm softer feel and they’re also extremely comfortable.

BEAUTY, HEALTH & STYLE

Birch box

A friend recommended Birchbox so last month I subscribed for Isabelle and myself to share each month. IMG_1332 There’s always something exciting about waiting for a monthly subscription and knowing each month we’re able to try new brands and makes of makeup, skin care & hair care is lovely and I’m looking forward to reviewing some new products. The subscription is an initial cost of £.    Then £ monthly payments which you can cancel at any time etc etc etc

COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH

Apple & Gin Autumn Cocktail IMG_1333

50ml gin

100ml apple juice

25ml elderflower liqueur

25ml freshly squeezed lemon juice

Apple wheels and a lemon peel

Half fill a shaker with ice. Add the gin, elderflower, lemon and apple juice and shake until combined. Strain into an ice filled hurricane glass and garnish with an apple wheel and a thin twist of lemon peel.

FILM OF THE MONTH

Downton Abbey

To say I’ve been looking forward to this is a complete understatement! I adored the series and still miss it on a Sunday evening to this day. IMG_1334

Oh ‘Downton’ you really didn’t disappoint. It was everything I wanted and more. The sight of the beautiful castle on the big screen was simply stunning and the opening credits gave me goosebumps. I adored this wonderful film from start to finish, to see all the familiar characters back was so comforting and will put Downton lovers straight back into their ‘happy place’. Everyone’s storylines tied in beautifully and it was aesthetically stunning to watch.

I’m just desperate to go back and watch it again next week!

THIS MONTH I’M LOVING

Switching off with some of my favourite Autumn TV programmes when I’m so busy at work.

THIS MONTH I’M NOT LOVING

Not having much family and leisure time at the moment

THIS MONTHS FAVOURITES

1. Birchbox

2. Mint Aero chocolate bars IMG_1335

3. Balance Me Skin Bright Plumping Mist

4. The Confession’ the new ITV drama. Brilliantly acted and compelling viewing

5. Garnier Micellar oil infused cleansing water

6. 7 minute workouts on YouTube

THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH 

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50 Quick Beauty Tips & Tricks

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  1. Pillowcases in silk or satin are best for your skin and are less likely to cause wrinkles in the long term. These are also better for hair and helps avoid frizziness
  1. A dab of light eyeshadow in the inner corners of your eyes brightens them, even when you’re feeling exhausted
  1. Put your finger in your mouth and pull out when you’ve just applied lipstick to avoid any excess getting on your teeth
  1. Apply your foundation on your lips too so your lipstick has better staying power
  1. Apply one layer of lipstick, dab some pressed powder on top then apply another layer for longer lasting lipstickIMG_5211
  1. Keep a stock of cotton buds to correct any makeup mistakes
  1. A good dry shampoo is great for giving limp hair a boost in between washes
  1. Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream has multi uses including lip balm, a cuticle balm, a face highlighter & reducing…

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