We have turned from Shrek into the Fresh Prince with help from Weleda! 

The fourteen year old has finally stopped dodging soap!  It is all because of this little Weleda miracle.   

It might cost me a fortune, in comparison to the Aldi own brand shower gel that my husband has on the shopping list. I think I paid about £7 but at the moment I just don’t care.  We’ve gone from smelling Shrek like, all oniony to a citrus smelling beauty.

He says ‘it makes me feel bright awake and fresh’. That works for me! Lets hope he keeps up the good scrub and that darling eleven year old shortly follows in his footsteps!

I have noticed that’s it’s currently reduced to £5.00 in Holland & Barrett – Little note to self: best stock up!

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I love this boy he is flipping mental

My little longlegs is getting bigger by the week. This little game has kept him amused for 20 minutes. Drove me potty but he was enjoying himself do had to share.

I think maybe I will get one of those skateboard things that mechanics use to go underneath cars and we can race!

Tweenager anyone?

A Tweenager or Two

The term tweenager is all new to me. I thought I had made it up, like the word joggage but no I found out it is actually a real word.

Definition:   child of approximately eight to fourteen years of age according to the Collins English dictionary.

Great that means I have a pair of Tweens!  How am I going to cope?

The youngest tween (Legs) is eight.  I would say he is the hardest one to cope with.  Throwing tantrums, shouting and generally being horrid. Legs favourite coping mechanisms seems to be growling, shouting and slamming doors.  Not eating and not sleeping .  Such Fun!

Moe is eleven and actually is very sensitive and caring and in the next breath could be so stroppy and arm swinging in fact much like Harry Enfields ‘Kevin’.   Moe’s talks louder and faster the angrier or excited he gets.

It’s going to be difficult as both  are very spoilt but I need to reign them in before they are bigger than me.  I need the control.

Both boys are fully IT literate, via IPads, IPhones, laptops etc.   Which is great if I want some peace and quiet but my problems come when I unplug them!  Especially the youngest I am sure he thinks he belongs in the Matrix.

So now I have my tweens what am I supposed to do with them?

Slightly disappointed as no handbook came with them so its a sort of trial and error process.  Are both boys going through hormone surges, possibly and they both seem to be getting taller by the day.  But it seems to me that by this time in your child’s lives, health visitors have disappeared and the only source of information is other parents who are going through or have already been through this stage.

I know I was a bitch when I hit about sixteen (maybe I still am)  but I can’t remember before this. Selective memory. I believe this is called.  I know I was horrible to my sisters as they constantly remind me so this must be normal.  One minute the boys want to do things together and the next they can’t stand the sight of each other.

Moe is now at Secondary school which is an all boys school.  My husband finds it slightly odd but there has always been a girls school and a boys school here and I understand that soon (been waiting 7 years so far) there will be a mixed secondary school.  Moe seems to be getting on really well at the School and I believe that their SEN team are working very hard to give Moe the help he needs.  His Christmas report was amazing for a boy with Dyslexia he was hitting or should I actually say smashing his predicted marks already.  Science he was getting a level 5.  I am very proud of him.

What comes next?

They Strop – waving arms, stomping round, slamming doors.

They Irritate – back chatting, bitching, telling tales.

They Smell – oh the Onion Smelling kid smell is enough to turn the hardiest of stomach.  Lanky hair.

Then there are the Girls – I thought this would be a while off but yes already. Mum, I think I have a girlfriend!

So cupboards are stocked with deodorants, shower gel, shampoo.  Hot chocolate and marshmallows for our chats.

I just need a straight jacket and maybe some Valium.

Thank you  for taking your time to read my blog. If  you have any advice on issues or coping strategies for  looking after our tweenage kids as they hit epic  hormone levels please leave your comments below and maybe we can make our own handbook.

Pets – fur,feather or scales?

I wish my kids could have the pets that they really want!

They are desperate for a dog but I am allergic to mostly everything.  Yes, really!  So that means the only  pets we can have are fish or reptiles and then only reptiles that are veggie as I couldn’t have dead chicks or mice in the house.

We do have a fish tank which currently is home to an Angel fish and two clown loaches.  We can’t have anything else as the Angel fish just hunts them and kills them.  We could get rid of it but I think her temperament fits well in our household.

Leo had  some money for his birthday and really, really, really wants a hamster. We had the conversation about responsibility and looking after animals and Leo at the tiny age of 8 decided that he is responsible.  I have managed to persuade him to have a small fish tank which he can have in his room rather than a snake or gecko.

At the pet shop we chose a starter kit with a 14 litre capacity discussed which type of fish we should get once the tank was set up and ready. This took the best part of a hour!

Now this evening we have the tank ready and will be counting down the sleeps until the fish can be purchased.

5 Sleeps and counting…….


Birthday Parties – Something different?


This year the boys wanted something other than the usual football/bouncy castle leisure centre birthday party.  So I trawled the net for other more appealing options and found a fantastic alternative.

In July my eldest had been away with school for a week in Wales and whilst they were away he did rock climbing, canoeing, abseiling and the like.  He came back full stories of the activites he had taken part in. So from here I started my hunt to see what options were available for his birthday party.

My brother recommended contacted Youlbury, which I knew as a Scout camp. I found their page and contacted Kathy for ideas of prices.  I was expecting to pay a fortune!  £££££ and was pleasantly surprised that actually it wasn’t.

The pack arrived by email and hesitantly I scrolled through the information to find the prices and was very pleasantly surprised. £9 for one activity of 1.5 hours or £15 for two which equated to 3 hours – yes 3 hours of activities and most of them are qualified instructor led!

Joe’s was the first party we held at Youlbury this took place in July and it was hot, hot, hot.  The boys who were all 11  and attempted the aerial trekking and archery.

Arial trekking was so high I was dizzy just looking up, they had to scale the climbing wall to the top and then complete the aerial course and then come down  the other side.  The boys had two instructors and my brother also helped out.  then they attempted the archery. Whilst the boys did archery my sister and brother built a fire and cooked their sausages.


Leo’s was the  most recent party, which took place on Monday 28th October (yep the day of the potential 2012 storm which was supposed to rival 1987). Luckily, for me they didn’t cancel and we arrived with 8 boys aged 7 and 8 in tow.

The boys were very excited and attempted the archery using bows that looked massive in comparison to them.  They were led for both activities by Beth who had just passed her Level 2 assessment the day before enabling her to lead even more activities.   She controlled the boys so well I was very impressed. Safety talks and instructions were all listened to before the activity started.  Leo loved it and a couple of the boys managed to hit the bullseye!

 After a quick break for a wee, sandwich and a drink the boys were strapped into their harnesses for the crate stacking.

Beth advised that due to the weather if the crates were blowing over she would have to stop the activity.  Luckily the weather was sort of in our favour, the wind piped down but we did have a heavy shower but the boys did not fret and fuss they just cracked on and really enjoyed the adventure.  We did have one child who got upset and was adamant he  did not want to do the crate stacking activity.  All the boys had been strapped into their harnesses and as Beth was leading the safety briefing he decided that actually he may want to try so we strapped him up and  off he went.  It was decided that as they boys were small and as it was windy that 10 crates high would be adequate for them to attempt.  The child that was not so keen wanted to be the  second pair to attempt the stacks and he  loved it,  and wanted to do it again and again.  Such a turnaround!

Such a fab day yet again, even the weather didn’t put a downer on it and all the boys want to go back again.

We arrived at the camp at 9.30 and left just after 1pm. Definitely value for money.

In fact I am  thinking of having my 40th there and trying to encourage my work place to do a team building event there as it is great!

Here are the details of Youlbury Scout Camp.

Website:  http://www.scoutactivitycentres.org.uk/locations/youlbury/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Youlbury-Scout-Activity-Centre/109254055802828

Youlbury Email:  Katharine.Jolley@scouts.org.uk