Monday, 21 November 2016

Its never greener on the otherside! My home life

The last few months have been draining on me, I am tired all the time, I get up early everyday even on my days off, I go to bed late.   On occasion I work a 10 days stretch, I would get 4 days off however it feels so long.  

But its my home life that is hard, there is always something to do at home.  The cleaning, laundry, general house work never ends.  I feel like I am burning the candle at both ends, without the hardcore booze and fun.  The weeks, months have flashed by recently.  

I think how do other parents cope, surely not everyone is super beings.  I try to encourage my boyfriend to help more at home, hope it may lighten my load of chores at home.  Gentle encouragement comes across as a nagging misses!
He looks at me like I am taking the piss out of him.  Don't get me wrong, he helps and does his share.  He picks up the kids, walks the dog, makes them dinner, collects me from work.  I still expect him to do more, I always want more, 'whatever he does is never good enough'  His words not mine.  But it's true, I just want things done my way, done to perfection.

When I come home from work, its usually messy everywhere, my living room resembles a crime scene most nights but nothing has been stolen.  I continual repeat myself to my sons, 'Put your toys away, take your plates to the kitchen, put your uniforms away.'  The pair of them have deaf ears and their dad is blind to the chaos they cause at home.

I spend my days off work, cleaning, ironing, putting everything back in its place, it's exhausting.  I feel like I'm wasting my time.

My youngest is now insisting on sleeping in my bed every night, he wakes-up, walks into my bedroom and stands over me, waking me up, wanting to get in my bed.  Then I march him back to his bedroom and tuck him back in his bed.  
Bless him, if there was a world record for someone saying I love you.  I think he has won it.  He looks at me with sadness, I know he isn't coping well either.  I think the only way he can express himself is to say he wants to be with me all the time.  I feel guilty but I cant change me working and he cant sleep in my bed. 

On the plus side, I come home to hugs, kisses, even my dog is glued to my side.  Everyone wants, actually they all need attention, cuddles and kisses, they all want me.  Even when I am tired and feel like some me time or privacy, we have no rules, they smother me with affection, I cant even go for a pee with someone walking in, including the pooch, wanting a bum scratch.

Jeez my miss my family, being able to wake on the weekend without having to rush off somewhere is a luxury, currently I have no time for family and friends, my social life to zero.  

I am finding life such a struggle, I have to plan everything we do, everywhere we go, what we do, making sure the boys have clean clothes for Monday, their pack lunches ready, even clean cut nails,  et cetera, et cetera, et cetera!

We went into London to visit my family this weekend, it's the first time in 6 weeks I have seen my sisters and nieces.  Let me mention I haven't even seen my parents for months.  Both are physically unable to visit me.  I miss everyone very much.


But deep down inside my heart, I feel gutted, we live so far from my family, I have no support from them or friends.  We all live very different lives.  It's dawned on me how difficult my life is and how hard life is going to be.     

On our way home my oldest son looked in my eyes and said, mum you look so tired, your eyes are so puffy.  I had to explain I have bags.  It was funny, trying to explain that to him.  He hugged me and told me to sleep and that he would wake-up me when we reached our destination.

If you are lucky enough to be home with your children, treasure these moments.  These are truly the best times of our lives. 


I know there are million of parents, just the same as me.  If you are a super being, how do you cope? I wanna be like you.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Become the next Carol-oke super star and enter to win a Nick Jr Goody Bag!



Do you love XFactor? Do you reckon you have rhythm? Can you Sing? Would you like to be the next Pop Star sensation? I hear you say yes!

The super cool people at Nickelodeon what you to upload your little cherubs singing their heads off to 'Deck the Halls' with the possibly to appear on TV! 




There will be 5 winners every week, the winning children will feature as an On-Air promo, during the run up to Christmas.

Competition details 
here>> Carol-oke with Nick Jr << ENTER HERE





Please make sure you read all the rules... unlike us we broke all the rules!! 

• Videos must be more than 10 seconds and under 30 seconds
• No branding – including toys and clothes
• Only one child per video
• No background music

Prize detail:
The chance to appear on Nick Jr.

UK and Eire residents aged 18+ only, children appearing must be aged between 2 and 7. Entries to be received between 18/11/2016 and 09/12/16. 5 winners will be selected every week. See www.nickjr.co.uk/carol for full terms and conditions.



As a thank you everyone can enter to win a super Nick Jr Goody Bag!


Goody List
1.       My Nick Jr. Crayon set
2.       My Nick Jr. colouring Book
3.       Nick Jr. umbrella
4.       Nick Jr. Ready steady dough set
5.       Nick jr. Bag 



 

  Please follow the 5 steps:

T&Cs: Leave a comment on my blog
Follow me on Twitter @LondonBirdLucy
Visit my Facebook fanpage; Its a London Bird Thing
Follow @NickJrUK  on Twitter
Subscribe to my YouTube channel and leave a comment
Ends 9th December 2016
Open to UK residence only
Only open 18+ (If you are younger please ask a parent to enter)
 - Winner contacted soon after and details made public on my social media sites. 

Thanks for stopping by, Good luck and I look forward to seeing the winner over at Nick Jr UK! :) 

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Tuesday, 15 November 2016

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Monday, 14 November 2016

Fuel Your Dreams with tasty Sun Pat! Enter their competiton today!

  
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We all have dreams, ambition, desire to achieve and better ourselves.  Some of us achieve our goals,  lots of us keep on the changing the goals posts, the rest of us hope with lots of hard work and tweaking there is hope to move in the right direct. 

I have a dream, its been the same one I have had for years, it has changed sightly over the years however its still achievable.  I hope to go to Bolivia with my family one day.  My mothers place of birth, I had been there when I were baby with my mum and dad.  It would be awesome to take my children and share this experience.  Its a beautiful land, steeped in history, its mystical.  A magical place to explore full of adventure.


Now I have my own family, I feed my sons with them positive words, tell them they are great, this is their world and get them to use there imaginations.  Whatever their desires maybe, I might not be able to give them all the answers but I will try to do my best.  We start the days with good food, love and cuddles, talking about their dreams.  


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Sun Pat Peanut butter is a great way to keep my little stars on the right path to achieving their dreams, its filling their little tummies up, keeping their energy flowing until lunchtime.  My sons both tuck into two slices of toast covered in Sun Pat smooth peanut butter.  It tastes great, packed with peanut which both my sons love.  Its tastes so good, we eat it all the time. #SpreadTheEnergy 




Liam is very keen on animals, for the last 6 months he has asked for a pet. We do have a Dog at home, but Tyson isn't good enough.  He has asked for the following...
A Hippo, Turkeys, Parrots, rabbits, gerbil, fish, hamsters and a puppy.

He has a massive heart when it comes to animals, he is very interested in learning about animals.  He isn't scared of them even the creepy crawlies.



He already has a desire to work with animals, when he was 4, he wanted to be a dog walker.  Then he shifted his sights to being a Vet, for obvious reasons, he just wants to care for peoples pets.  Then 6 months ago, our last visit too our local zoo, he went bonkers, he wanted to be a Zoo Keeper.  Looking after Penguins is now at the top of his list.

James being a little older, well he is keeping sights open, a policeman, footballer has been mentioned a few times.  He has even spoken about going to work with his dad and he his has a love for cooking and helping in the kitchen.  However his joy is computer games.  We have had a few discussions on who and how these games are made, his mind is working in over time how could this happen.
We also watched a documentary about Lego recruiting, well this is also a possibility for him.

What is your dream? Checkout the other Dreamers on Twitter #SunPatDreams
  
So whatever your dreams are, I hope you enter Sun Pats great giveaway and maybe create some new dreams of your own.  Don't forget to share your dreams :)

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Sunday, 30 October 2016

Emirates Airline, London only Cable car and Aviation Experience - fun for London, the Review.


Flying high through London.  Can you imagine in this day and age... I can't drive.  Being a Londoner I have never needed too.



No matter where I need to go there is always a bus, tube or train ready to take me there.  Over the years London Transport has got better and better, adding new options.



As a family, I take my sons with me everywhere on public transport.  They are well travelled tubers and enjoy adventure, people watching and goofing on the buses.  
During the half-term I took them on the Emirates Air Cable and to the Aviation Experience at Greenwich.   

There are 2 departure points you can join at either North Greenwich also Royal Docks.  Both can be reached via the DLR Line.

Travel is cheap, using your pay as you go Oyster card, Fares: Adult £3.50 and children £1.70.  It is possible to travel one way, return journey or purchase a round trip tickets discovery pass that include entry to the Aviation Experience. 

James and Liam were excited as we headed towards the cables cars, we could see them flying in the sky in the distance.  

We did not need to queue, as we reached the cable cars, they passed us by like a conveyor belt.  The car door opened and we had a few minutes to jump aboard, before the doors closed and our journey started.

The cars are comfortable and clean inside, I felt safe inside however I asked the boys not to jump around as the swinging sensation churned my stomach.

The view is truly breathtaking, when you think what you're actually doing.  I could hear the boys taking to each other, picking places out, things of interest to them. The DLR rail whizzing by below and committing on how small everything looks, Liam called it a Toy Town. 

They both love looking out of the massive windows, there is so much to see, roads, buildings old and new, partial built buildings too, The River Thames, boats, people, people working, people walking everything so far away below us.  Both boys on their knees, waving at the other cables cars coming towards us all filled with people taking the trip in the opposite direction.  While we travelled upwards we could see the highest point (90 metres).  A single trip can take upto 10 minutes from end to end. 

We didn't have crystal blue sky, I'm guessing we could see a 5 mile radius but it was enough for me.  Once we reached the other side James and Liam didn't want to leave the cable car.  

There is a photo booth at North Greenwich, you can pick your destination as a photo backdrop and the booth takes three photos of you, you can pick your favourite, best out of three.  This is emailed over to your inbox.


As you exit there is the Emirates Aviation Experience.  We met a huge life size Rolls Royce Trent 900 aeroplane engine, this is massive, the boys were very intrigued now.





Liam wanted to wonder around everywhere. James was very patient and we took our time exploring.  Its not a huge exhibition, however I really like it. James is 8 he could read all the stations, mostly everything is interactive and he found this very engaging.  It was a pleasure watching him really enjoy himself and not getting distracted because the stations were taking too long.

The cost of the entrance to the experience is £5 for adults, £3 for children (under 12).
What is really special about this aviation experience is you can take to the sky's, there are 4 simulators for public use.  2x A360 and 2x B777.  These are aimed for 9+ year old's, there is a lot of instruction to follow, the experienced staff are available to advise you on what to do, take-off, landing and flying.  We choose the airport you want to depart/land on and take-off. The simulation lesson lasts for 30 minutes, costing £60 per person or a 2 person session will cost £90.  


This is something my dad would love to do, he flies gliders and is a geek when it comes to Engineering.  

On the way out there is a little gift shop and a large coffee shop area.  Perfect for ponding your next move.

Overall we had a very entertaining afternoon, lots to take-in and very educational too.  James loved being a Captain and found it incredible funny when he crashed the plane! 

If you are looking for something fun, educational, new and different and super engaging go to Emirates Aviation Experience. 

Disclaimer: I was invited for this entertaining day out, for a honest review!    

 

Friday, 28 October 2016

We Sing #OwnTheStage, So much fun to be had with this new game!


I am sure we are all guilty of singing our faces off, either in private or with friends.  

I sing all the time, mostly when I am happy, but when I am sad too, I turn up the music and it lifts my spirits.  However my voice doesn't compliment my true enthusiasm, truth be told, I am tone deaf! My family do suffer.

My sisters, my nieces and my sons do love a party and a good sing along is a great laugh.    We have been known to sing the house down.

I was chuffed to be invited to WE SING... Yippee!  

We headed of to Lucky Voice in Soho, a perfect venue to play this awesome Game, it's smack bang in the middle of London, easy to find.  The rooms are spacious lots of space for dancing. 

Now is was time to show off my my rather not so tuneful voice.  We had warm welcome, then shown to our singing booth, with blow-up mics, wigs, sparkly bowler hats and bright pink blow-up guitars.



After a quick briefing about the game it was our time to play.  We had lots of fun, my singing is terrible, I really need the particle and this was a great excuse to go for it.  One thing is for sure I can't rap and my sons and laughed at me trying.  However we had a great time.  I found this a great interactive game for all of us to to do something entertaining together.






The the playlist is awesome!


With 30 banging tracks, including 26 numbers ones, this is the best We Sing to date. Including some of the world’s biggest artists including Abba, David Bowie, Rita Ora, Pharrell Williams and Sia.  Lots of variety of all ages, keeping the whole family and all of our friends entertained, everyone will be singing and dancing to this one. 
  

With this We Sing all the current official HD music videos are also a new feature while you are singing, its the complete package.


 We Sing launches for a new generation of Xbox One and PlayStation fans later this year following on the from the success of the original We Sing games on the Nintendo Wii.



Available on Pre-Order - RRP £24.99 game only, £44.99 including 2 micro phones.  
There is an app you have down load and turn your mobile phones into microphones too. 
So get your orders in, this is going to make the perfect Christmas Present, release on the 22nd November.

Disclaimer: This is an unsponsored post.  We were asked to pop on down to have some singing fun!

Don't be shy, come and sing HELLO or HI! 






Thursday, 27 October 2016

This October Half Term, visit London’s South Bank, so much to experience for a Halloween adventure


This October Half Term, families visiting London’s South Bank are in for a ‘spellbinding Halloween adventure’, from a ‘Slice of Pumpkin Eye’ at the London Eye, to scary fun at the true ‘Home of Halloween’ at the London Dungeon, to ‘Spooky Seas’ at SEA LIFE London Aquarium!


With something for everyone – families, teens, couples and first-time visitors to London – there’s plenty of ‘tricks, treats and spookiness’ to celebrate the season.
Half term Halloween is covered at London’s South Bank with four fabulous attractions all offering a spook-tacular range of events.
 
This October Half Term, families visiting London’s South Bank are in for a spellbinding Halloween adventure. Whether it’s the ‘Slice of Pumpkin Eye’ activity trail at the Coca-Cola London Eye, getting a dose of scary fun at the true “Home of Halloween” at the London Dungeon, or having a wickedly witchy time with the Spooky Seas being brought to life at SEA LIFE London Aquarium, there’s something for everyone. For those who fancy something completely different, enjoy a bright and beautiful trip to Far Far Away and meet Poppy and Branch from DreamWorks Animation’s latest release, Trolls, at Shrek’s Adventure! London.
  Merlin Entertainments is bringing all the aspects of Halloween fun to life in the heart of the capital.  With something for everyone - families, teens, couples and first-time visitors to London will be able to explore the South Bank for a range of tricks, treats and spookiness to celebrate the season. 
 I took the boys on the London Eye last year and they really enjoyed seeing London on the Eye.  I was a little worried at first. But they felt safe and secure and couldn't get enough of this new experience, just on our door step.  Such a fabulous way to see the sights and a real talking point!
Top Half Term Halloween Attractions:
Coca-Cola London Eye
Squashing everything “Pumpkin” into the Coca-Cola London Eye, families will be able to pick up a fun Halloween pumpkin activity pack, where kids can hunt for letters spelling out PUMPKIN from the amazing London landmarks seen from the Eye.



As well as learning Halloween-tastic facts about London, families will be able to carry on the Halloween adventure when they get home by carving some London Eye themed pumpkins with templates provided in their packs. They will then be able to post pictures of their creations on social media to enter our “gourd-geous” competition. The event will run from 22 to 31 October.

 Home of Halloween: London Dungeon
The London Dungeon (situated next to the Coca-Cola London Eye) is for the month of October home to a dark coven of witches, with three witch-related scary shows. Chilling witch hunts, curses and accusation - the fingers could be pointed at anyone…so guests should take heed! Guests brave enough to join the witch hunt will come face-to-face with the seventeenth century Matthew Hopkins, known as the Witchfinder General.
Those who do managed to escape from the clutches of the evil Hopkins will have plenty more tricks…and wicked treats in store as the London Dungeon unleashes 1000 years of London’s dark history in 19 shows, featuring some of history’s greatest rogues and villains, two thrilling rides and plenty of edge-of-the-seat surprises.  
SEA LIFE London Aquarium
This ‘Hallow-marine’ guests will have a chance to witness a daily dive while spotting some of the scariest creatures in the ocean. Visitors can keep their eyes peeled for ‘spooky sea’ clues around the attraction revealing where some of the strangest bogey-fish lurk!
Each day of the Halloween Half Term, a different spooky character will dive into the largest tanks whilst getting up close and personal with our range of marine creatures from our Sand Tiger Shark to Green Sea Turtles. Daily dives will take place between 11am and 2pm. See our experienced staff. And on Halloween day itself (31st October), the Fish Witch will be making a special appearance. This scaly, green marine crone only comes out on Halloween to cook up a cauldron full of spooky fun for visitors!
For those feeling particularly brave, there is also the exclusive ‘Sharks in the Dark’ snorkelling experience offering would-be divers the chance to come face-to-fin with over 15 magnificent sharks, after hours. The evening experience – with limited slots offered between 27th – 31st October ONLY – will see participants submerged beneath the water in a mesh divers’ net, equipped with explorer-style red light torches to spot six species of shark in the eerie darkness.
DreamWorks Tours: Shrek’s Adventure! London
Those who want to brush off the Halloween cobwebs and find their happy place can head to Shrek’s Adventure! London. Sing, dance and have lots of fun as the wild-haired stars of DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls will be taking over Shrek’s Adventure! London. 
From 22 October, guests will be able to meet Poppy and Branch and step into the vibrant world of Trolls Village exclusively at DreamWorks Tours Shrek’s Adventure! London. Think rainbow colours, feel-good songs and plenty of celebrations.
With characters voiced by the likes of Justin Timberlake (Branch) and Anna Kendrick (Poppy) the film is brought to you by DreamWorks Studios, creators of other legendary hit film franchises such as Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda. The coiffured co-stars will be joining Shrek at the end of the adventure to meet guests, take pictures and share the unbeatable fun. 
The Southbank has become a true heaven for sight seeing, there is so much to see and do.  I have plenty of of thing to still do on my wish list.