Friday, 27 February 2015

Cervical cancer survivor

Last year I wrote this post, I was full of emotion having just discovered a friend with two small children had cancer.

It was a new diagnosis with the severity unknown but I was heartbroken & so was she. We cried then pulled ourselves together and talked. I will always remember that day. I listened to her talking about plans for the security of her family in the event that she wasn't around and it wasn't easy to hear. It wasn't easy and it certainly wasn't fair!

I researched every day to send her a survivor story and there were times when these were hard to find. It doesn't mean there aren't any, it means people are living life after surviving cancer. 

My sister recently had a scare following a smear test and her thoughts turned to the what if's. We automatically think of the worst when it comes to cancer but today I have some brilliant news to share.

Today as I was stood in the sweet shop waiting for the lady to count my sons sweets I had text message. After a very quick glance at my phone these few words bought tears to my eyes. 'MRI shows tumor is gone.'

This is a cervical cancer stage 2 survivor story! She had 6 weeks of chemo & radiotherapy at the same time and the tumor has gone.

She is amazing, she had both her boys birthday parties in the midst of treatment and she looked stunning as always. An inspiration, a great mum and a great friend who has beat cancer! 

Review - Disney Mickey Mouse Potty System

After seeing my post about the young one potty training TOMY kindly sent him the Disney Mickey Mouse Potty System to review. 

When it arrived both boys were eager to try the flush which is shaped like Mickey's hand. It plays a little tune which the boys loved so they kept flushing which can get annoying like all noisy toys. The flush comes with 2 AAA batteries included.

It is a good size with a small black bowl to hold the waste which can be removed easily for disposal and cleaning. The red and yellow insert act as the seat for the potty but can also be used together for a trainer seat for a normal toilet.

I found the trainer seat didn't fit that well on our toilet and even with the normal toilet seat up there was still a gap which I didn't like. It must have been comfortable though as the young one refused to use he normal one preferring the foam yellow ring.

Once the lid is down it can be used as a step which is really good as it actually takes a good weight (22.7 kg) so the boy can use it too.

So would we recommend it? Yes but not for the trainer seat. As the young one had already potty trained himself it's hard to say if the novelty of the musical flush helped him on the way but I'll pass it onto friends who are just starting their potty training journey and see what they say.

Discloser: We were sent the potty for the purpose of this review. All opinions are honest and my own.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

That sinking feeling

Well the title says it all & you may have noticed a lull period on the blog front. I had started to feel like all the balls I've been juggling have been falling to the ground. 

Being a mother trying to balance work, working from home, managing the husbands business, cooking, cleaning, washing & general daily stuff is fine when nothing goes wrong. 

Throw in a child being sick at midnight the day before I'm due in the office, a sick mother in law & a toddler who can poo 5 times in one hour, a husband with a slipped disc along with year end and things start to fail. 

January is my busiest time of year at work and it didn't help that I had let the husbands accounts slip so I needed to do his self assessment too.

I've been too distracted to play with the young one on my days off as I try desperately to catch up with work. The housework, blog & washing are the victims as I concentrate on work & the boys and even then I feel like I'm doing a crap job at both.

I feel like Sarah Jessica Parker in 'I don't know how she does it' with the exception that at least she gets to travel! Something has to give so here's the plan.

I've welcomed my sisters offer to help with the husbands business, we've made time to sort the storage in the boys new play room even though it still needs to be decorated. I've worked until 2am and Sunday's to catch up at work. My filing is clear at work & nearly at home. 

I've started putting my phone in a different room after school so I can concentrate on the boys and I'm starting to feel like these balls are gliding through the air once more.

It could be because I've been making sure the house is tidy before going to bed and its put me in a different mindset? The time we spend out and about after school or simply because I know I'm not behind? 

Either way I'm not complaining and I'm enjoying the time with the boys without constantly worrying about work. We've even made it to the beach after school to play in the waves.

Monday, 23 February 2015

Review - Big Scoop John Deere Excavator

When TOMY offered to send the boys a Big Scoop John Deere Excavator sand toy they were so excited at the thought of a new digger. When it arrived it didn't disappoint either - it's huge.

It was easy to unpack with only cardboard twine holding it in place. 

The boys had great fun with the big scoop John Deere Excavator moving their gem stones, marbles and farm animals around and scooping them into the trailer of the John Deere tractor the young one got from Santa.

The young one was looking for buttons to see if it would make a sound like his tractor but it didn't distract from his enjoyment when he couldn't find any.

O likes that the body of the excavator turned so he could scoop from one side & dump on another without moving.

The handle on top of the scoop arm works well & you need to physically scoop your chosen material and turn the scoop up so it doesn't fall out yourself. The handle works well to move the arm once the scoop is filled.

As we regularly spend a lot of time at the beach the boys were keen to take the Big Scoop John Deere Excavator along with us on our next visit. It certainly attracted a lot of attention from other families that were also enjoying the half term sunshine and it's not hard to see why.

The boys used it to load up their tipper & wanted to bury it in the sand. The wheels moved freely on the sand.

The big scoop is marketed for ages 18 months to 3 years old but the boy at 5 still loved it and wouldn't leave it alone. 

They boys have loved playing with the big scoop & despite the fact that not all the sand came back out of the digger (a small amount escaped in to a tiny hole) we will continue to use it inside as well as at the beach for many years to come.

Disclosure: We were sent the Big Scoop John Deere excavator for the purpose of this review. All views and opinions are honest and my own.