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A good year for me and my expanding family!
-What did you do in 2009 that you have not done before?
1. Started work in a care Home (well residential home) and its the best job move i've made (yes i'm only 20 so there hasn't been that many job moves but enough to judge this one)
2. Living in a bungalow haha, it's great no more going upstairs and forgetting what i've went up for (been pregnant twice in the last 2 year, and it's given me constant 'mummy' brain!)
-Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes!! Me!! in September to another gorgeous little boy!
- Did anyone close to you die?
Thankfully not! A couple of people at work did though :(
- What countries did you visit?
None this year or the year before (2008), stayed in sunny England all year!! Poor me :( Well what with being pregnant I couldn't really and I don't really like the thought of taking young babies into hot climates which they aren't used to. I don't cope well myself if it is TOO hot, I hate being too hot. Oh and the fact we are all very fair skinned and I am practically allergic to the sun (prickly heat instantly!) Plus I wanna take my boys on holiday when they will benefit from it a little more!
- What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
Oooh.... I don't feel like I lacked anything in 2009, it was a pretty good year for me, another gorgeous little boy, nice new bungalow in a gorgeous location, new job which I love, Fiance which I love and a healthy happy family!!
I would like my first son to start talking, if that counts, as i'm starting to get a little worried about him :S
-What days will you remember from 2009?
The day my second son was born, oh and christmas- Sam's first and Joshua's second but the first one he kind of understood and could open his own presents.
-Did you suffer illness or injury?
No not really, apart from little colds and the odd kick in the shin from a resident at work.
-What was the best thing you bought?
New house, and things to go in it.
-Whose behaviour has merited celebration?
I would say mine, I was quite proud with myself at one point of the year (as described below) I stayed calm-ish and managed to get good from a bad situation!
-Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
When the ladlord of a house we were renting chucked us out as his friend needed somewhere to live, bearing in mind I had been home 2 days with our new baby!! Also, when we moved in he told us he wanted long term tenants which was ideal for us as we needed security with 2 small boys! We later found out his friend didnt need a house he was knocking the house into 2 houses so he could get more rent, he had this planned all along and only had us in 6 month so he could collect our rent which helped him pay for his little plan!!!!
I could rant on about this but i'll stop now before I get nasty haha
-Where did most of your money go?
Other than to an idiot of a landlord... Nappies, baby Milk etc etc
-What did you get really excited about?
Again, new baby, new house
-What song(s) will you remember from 2009?
'You've got the love' by Florence and the machines (such a great version of a great song)
-Compared to this time last year, are you happier, fitter or more productive?
-What do you wish you had done more of?
This is a hard one... exercise more
- What do you wish you had done less of?
This one is a little easier, Spend less, eat less and had to move house less (moved 3 times in 2009!!! But not moving anymore found our perfect house/location!!)
-What was your favourite TV programme?
To be honest I wasn't really into tv as much as previous years, probably because I have two small boys to fill up all my time and work too... Eastenders & Coronation Street
- Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate last year?
Hate is a very strong word but I dislike very much a certtain landlord with no morals!
Whats been the best book of 2009?
Like Tv I haven't had time for reading, even less time for reading than tv.
-What was your greatest musical discovery of 2009?
That I quite like the Beatles... I like alot of their songs. Actually, I didnt even know they sung the songs I like!
-What did you want to get in 2009?
A new job direction, which I got. A house that feels like a home, which I got. Another baby, which I got :)
-What is your favourite film of the year?
I didn't have much time for tv and definately didnt have 2/3 hours to spare to watch films... I have sometimes had films playing in the background but not paying 100% attention. I think I will have to go with 'Skellig' I was so excited about this book being shown as a film. I read the book oh about 20 times when I was younger and it was good to watch the film, needless to say it was very different to the 'film' my imagination made from the book, but still very good, not sure if it was better than my version though haha
-What did you do on your birthday and how old were you?
I turned 20 in September! but the only thing I did was worry about a c section I was having 2 days later and of course looking forward to another little bundle of joy!
- What political issue got you the most stirred?
To be honest I had more important family issues, I don't really care much for politics, I know I should probably pay more attention to politics but i don't really have time. I would have to say the MP's expenses scam!
-Who was the best person you met?
Probably my new work mates, well I say new, they aren't so new now. There is such an array of personalities at work, all of which I like. A couple of examples is a girl a couple of years older than me that is such a laugh and is great to work with, we are both into the same type of stuff, we both work the same (which is quite important in my job) and we have the same physical shape and view about it, this may sound strange but there is a skinny girl who works there who is always saying how fat she is, we are like 3 times bigger than her so it causes a little bit of friction as she only does it for everyone to say no you have such a nice figure, however, we don't and it serves her right to be honest.
Then there is a older lady who I also get on very well with and can talk to very well, she has recently lost her husband in a car crash when he was driving her back from work just before xmas!!
She is an inspiration, she has got on with her life, she was back to work a week later (she was also in the crash) and has coped amazingly well...
-Tell us a valuable life lesson you learnt in 2009?
Life has a way of working itself out but also you don't know what is around the corner so take every oppurtunity it throws at you and make sure your loved ones know how you feel about them... an example is my amazing work mate, she thought it was a normal day and she was going home after work like she normally does but 2 streets away from her home in a second her life was turned upside down !
I don't really want to leave this on such a negative topic as the year for me has been overall a good one but for others maybe not and lets hope for them 2010 is a better one!!!
It's so fun!I bought the full beatles band in a box and this game was included. It's great and such a laugh! There is a good list of songs (even though one of my favorites is missing but i'll come to that later).Reading up about the game, the official website explains that the game is compatible with most music game hardware, whether it it the 'rockband' instruments or the 'band hero' instruments, with I think its great as you won't have to only stick the the brand you bought.The main part of the game lets you progress through the music industry just like the beatle did, which is fun and interesting to watch/ experience. You can also have play it against each other or just practicing, freestyle or even online.The tracklist is good too,
I got a Geotech Blutooth Headset free in a 'online essential pack' with my playstation 3 and tested it out almost immediately.
It is very clear in both direction, that is you can hear the sound/voice very well and the other person that you are talking to can hear your voice very well too. As it describes, it really does have amazing sound quality.
It is wireless too, which is a great fact about playstation 3 and the gadgets to go with it. Instead of having wired headphones and maybe even a separate wired microphone (or a 2 in 1 headphone and mic) you become 'stuck'. You can hardly move your head without getting tangled in wires, the last thing you want when playing a game! With this wireless headset you have none of that! you can go and make a cuppa without taking it off your ear and because I live in a small house I can carry on talking to the other person even when I do go and make a cuppa. Bluetooth technology has around 10 metres range meaning you dont have to point it at the receiver or stay reallly close to it.
Another thing I tried was to connect it to my phone, I wasn't sure it would work as it says Playstation3, but it worked!! I didnt have one of these for my mobile phone but now I do! I love gadgets that have different uses and this one does i can use it for my phone or my playstation 3! I don't know if it would work with all mobiles but I can't see why not as long as your phone has the bluetooth technology.
Overall, I think this is a really good product, in style (even if you do look like your from star wars), comfort, quality and price! As I said I got mine free but I would definitely pay £20 for this if I hadn't!
Having my baby boy, in June 2008, was the best thing i've ever done! I'm only 19 (18 when I had him) and I feel that i'm coping very well. So contrary to many peoples beliefs, age doesn't matter, not in all cases anyway!
The description to this 'thread' asks for 'sound practical advice about being a parent'. So my advice is... take other peoples advice but only if you want it! Also, don't compare your little one's to other peoples!!
When you have a little one, it is quite overwhelming and the amount of do's and dont's and peoples opinions/advice is probably even more overwhelming!
I say only take the advice YOU (and/or your partner) feel is right for you!
Take breastfeeding for example, theres alot of pressure into breast feeding but for some people it just isn't convenient or just can't happen, therefore it can lead to alot of guilt and heart ache but I was once told 'a happy mummy = a happy baby'! If you're not happy about something but you still do it, your baby won't be happy about it either!
Another example is bedtime, I got told different opinions about this. Some people said babies should be cuddled/comforted to sleep and some said they should be put down and left to go to sleep on their own. There isn't really a right or wrong answer, its YOUR baby after all!
Listening to everyone's opinions can be useful but it can also cause confusion, guilt and even uneccessary heart ache. Really, the decisions you make are your own, yes use advice and facts etc but make sure YOU are happy with the choices you make!
Comparing your little one to other peoples is another bad thing. Of course you need to make sure they are reaching their development stages but if it takes your baby a few weeks longer than, lets say your friends' baby, don't worry! Every baby develops at different rates!
Obviously if your baby gets to say 6 month and hasn't had their first smile, get them checked out. However you hear people say oooh he should be sitting by now, so you start to worry but there isn't a point really, you end up getting frustrated trying to get your little one to sit up and when they won't do it, you get even more frustratedwhich isn't the ideal conditions for teaching your baby to do something.
There is guidelines as to when your baby should be doing certain things, but don't take them too exact. If you read somewhere your baby should be doing X and y between 6-9 months, don't think that on the day they turn 6 months they should be doing it! Every baby is different! Some take longer than others and some don't even do certain things, like crawling, some take a little longer but don't bother with crawling, they get up on their feet and pull themselves around.
Just enjoy your baby! They aren't babies for very long! Yes its great seeing them reach their goals but don't rush them into it or worry they aren't doing it because they are 'a week late'! People may comment about things you do or your child doesn't do but don't take the comments to heart too much, it's YOUR child after all!
A Happy Mummy= A Happy Baby!!!
Playpens are a god send! They can provide a safe environment for a young child to play in and for parents to know where the child is and no harm can come to them. That is of course only suitable toys are in with the child and the child isn't able to climb out!
I have a travel cot which I use as a playpen, it is a mothercare basinette, travel cot/playpen. I find it really useful for my child to play and take naps in. It all folds up into a bag which is great for travelling or taking with you to a friends ro family house. It came with a changing mat that fits on top, and for babies who are aged from birth to around 3 months, there is a netted section which fits on so that they baby isn't right in the bottom of the cot. Its all very easy to put together and really handy!
Playpens come in all different shapes and size and some aren't suitable for naps and some are only suitable for certain ages.
I would recommend anyone with a young child or expecting a baby to purchase a playpen or a travel cot/playpen as when yor child gets to the age of of rolling/crawling etc it is a very useful tool so that you know where they are! You can turn your back for 2 seconds and your baby has dissapeared from the spot where you placed them and they have rolled across the room !!!
Obviously the playpen isn't a childminder and your child shouldn't be left in it all day everyday and of course you should keep checking in on them! I knew someone who used to get up, feed their baby, plonk them in the playpen and that was it, no stimulation or anything, just got the little one out to feed and change. Obviously your child still needs love, attention, interaction and stimulation to develop properly but they also need to learn to play on their own for little periods of time.
My mum still likes to believe I believe in Sant Claus, even though i'm 19 and it was my parents fault I found out he wasn't! Still, every year my Mum tells me a story of when she 'seen santa fly past the moon in his sleigh' and she once 'heard santa's sleigh bells and reindeer footsteps on the roof' etc etc.
Well when I was younger we left out quite alot for santa claus, knowing he wa quite fat and had alot of reindeers, I liked to know I was being generous enough. Before I went to bed, on the mantle peice, I put out Two oranges, a glass of Brandy (or whisky or Baileys or whatever my Mum or Dad fancied to drink before they went to bed!), of course a sweet mince pie or maybes two and I sometimes used to leave a little thankyou note. Some years we would put the gingerbread house, that me and my Mum made every year, by the fire to let Santa Claus see our creation.
I used to wake up in the morning, wake up my parents, wait until they had been to the toilet and got their dressing gowns on etc and I ran down the stairs to see if 'Santa had been'.To my amazement every year he set out my presents neatly on the settee and my two brothers and everyone elses. He had also 'eaten' the mince pies, 'drank' the Brandy/Whisky/Baileys and 'taken' my note and the oranges!
When I was around 9 years old, I began to hear rumours about Santa not being real so to prove to my friends that he was, the next year i decided to count the oranges and mince pies before we put them out and again the next day. And thats when I realised santa wasn't real! I realides the oranges were put back in the fruit bowl and the sweet mince pie, back in the fridge ( as i was the only person who really liked them in our household and they couldnt ask me to eat it!). I was horrified! Of course my parents tried to say 'santa musn't have been hungry' and had put it back but I knew that wasn't true!
I think santa claus is a lovely belief and makes christmas very magical and special.
So my advice to anyone leaving something out for Santa this year, eat the oranges and mince pies!!! hahaha it will save alot of tears! Of course you'll drink the Brandy or whatever you leave out but dont forget the food! even if it is 2 o'clock in the morning and you couldnt possibly eat 2 oranges and a mince pie... do it for your kids!
P.s- you can buy fake snow in a pack with a foot print template, I've seen them on various websites. I'm definitely going to buy a kit next year for my little one, this year he'll only be 6 months old and wont really understand. But wouldn't that be magical? especially if it isn't snowing outside, snow from Lapland!!!!
This gives you a really luxurious feel when you use it.
The packaging is dark green and gold and even by looking at it, it immediately makes you think of luxury, elegance and and relaxation. Very emotive colours and packaging !
As soon as you open the lid of the bottle the most beautiful smell escapes, the smell does not diminish when you add the 'jelly' to your bath water, instead, the smell fills the bathroom, its gorgeous!!!
You can easily have a long bath with this added to your water, you dont feel like getting out very quick, instead you feel relxed, pampered and it leaves your skin very soft.
When you do decide to get out of the bath, you still carry the smell of the bath 'jelly' and you feel very refreshed and revitalised and so does your skin (especially if you use the body wash whilst in the bath!). Plus another great thing is that you dont have to add huge amounts to the bath, a little bit goes a long way, which is great as the bottle lasts longer :)!
You can also buy badedas as shower gel (which is 3 in 1 wash, shampoo and conditioner!) , bath oil, bath cream and body wash which are just as revitalising and again smell gorgeous!!!
You can buy Badedas in most main toiletries shops such as boots and superdrug.
A 750ml of the Badedas gelee is around £10
A 300ml of the Bededas gelee is around £3
A 200ml of the Badedas shower gel (3 in 1) is around £2/£3
A 300ml of the Badedas bath cream is around £5/£6
I really reccommend badedas to anyone who enjoys a long relaxing soak in the bath. Badedas really gives the bath and bathroom a really relaxing atmosphere.
I have a fisher price swinger for my little one and he loves it.
The swing has 2 speeds of which it swings and you can have the music either on or off either loud or louder (but there isn't much volume control which I find quite handy on childrens toys!) .
The seat detatches from the frame which is great for my little one just to sit in to be fed, when he is older he can use it as a rocking chair (hence the name rocker swinger) and there is a bar that folds out from underneath the seat to tip it back a little and stop it rocking and makes it a reclined chair.
We paid around £80 for the swing but its great! It helps my little one drift off if he is tired or he loves to sit in it and watch how it works!!!
The cover on the seat can be fully removed which is great as it can get dirty quite quickly especially is you use it to feed your baby in. It is quite easy to take off and put back on.
The swing also comes with a toy arch and two removable toys which can be hung on the arch on taken off and played with separately.
The swing frame also folds so that the legs are together making it much easier to store.
The functions that the swing has does drain the batteries very quickly and they are the dear sort, the biggest round ones (sorry cant think of the code).
Out of all the baby swings I have come across, I would say this is the best one but if I were able to improve anything, it would be to make more volume control available (instead of LOUD or LOUDER!) and I would somehow improve how easy it is to store, making it folds in different places etc. as it is quite big even when folded.
I have recently had my second child and I have started putting him in it and loves it just as much as my first son! and it still works as good as when we first got it!
This is a really good coffee machine especially for its price!
I bought this coffee machine around three months ago in Wilkinson and snapped it up at only £7-50!!! I thought it was a mistake on the shelf's label but no sure enough when I got to the till, it came up with the same price, £7-50!
Obviously at £7-50 it hasn't got any really extravagant functions, no LCD displays or anything that but it make coffee and thats all I wanted really. It also, fits in really well with my other kitchen appliances and my preference of Black and Silver style, It looks very modern and is very easy to use.
However, when i purchased my coffee machine, the glass jug had a small air bubble in the bottom of the glass, I maybe should have taken it back but I was too eager to test it out and decided it would be fine so I didnt bother. A few weeks ago once it had finished making the coffee, I poured a cup and I immediately filled it with cold tap water and it cracked along the bottom, i'm not sure if it was something to do with the air bubble causing it to be a little weak or if it was just weak glass and the sudden change of temperature caused it to crack. Anyway, I contacted Sabichi askin where i could buy a replacement jug from and they replied sayin they could send me one for around £12!!! I replied explaining i bought the whole machine for less than that, so now I am just waiting for my next trip to wilkinsons! Definitely worth the money!- (even though it cracked but it was probably my fault!)
The coffee machine has a 'keep warm' plate which works quite well but doesn't keep it steaming hot, but hot enough to drink.
It has an easy to clean 'filter holder' which is removable. It has a water measuring gage n the front which goes up to 10 but this must be small coffee cups as I fill it up to 4 for 2 cups of coffee. The on/off switch lights up when pressed which is good as you know if its turned on or not very easily. It also states it has a non- drip function but it does still drip but just a little bit!
Overall, for £7-50 the coffee machine is well worth the money but it hasnt got lots of special features, if you are wanting a basic coffee machine which makes nice coffee, I would reccommend this but if you are after a swanky machine this isn't the one for you.
* I thought i'd add, i've just been back to Wilkinsons to buy this machine again and its still the same price, i've checked and this one hasn't got any air bubbles in it, thankfully. I'm keeping it as part of my partner's christmas presents as he was more gutted about the last one smashing than me! *
This pc game was around £15.00 when I bought it and it is well worth the money!
The game is rated with a 12+, according to the box this is because of the violence that is contained in the game, I think it is because its a war game and does obviously entail killing people etc.
The game I bought does say it it compatible with only windows XP but i've recently upgraded to windows vista and it installed and runs with no problems, which i'm very glad of as some of the other 'XP' games does run well.
To play the game you use a keyboard and mouse and controlling the game is very easy.
The game can be played online as well as offline. The online game is a tournament in which you compete with people worldwide trying to proceed through the ranks.
The Battle For The Middle Earth 2 is a strategy game in which you can create your own hero for online and skirmish battles, and you can also choose the skills they have.
The main differences between The Battle For The Middle Earth and The Battle For The Middle Earth 2 are:
On the first one, you wrre limited as to where you could build your base. Whereas, on the second game, you can build your base anywhere on the map.
On the first one, you couldn't create your own hero. On the second one you can create your own hero and choose their skills.
Also, the second game has a couple of new options, for example what 'race' you want to play and play against. Race being the type of creature eg. Elves and Humans.
On the second game there is 'War Of The Ring' mode which is a little different to the actual game, rather than your aim being to kill your opponent, you aim is to claim as much land as you can on the map.
Overall, this game is well worth the money and is very addictive, personally I would say it is more for the men but maybe some women will really enjoy it. You can also buy the expansion pack for this game which is called The Rise Of The Witch-King.
This game was aroun £15.00 when I bought it.
This is a role playing game and you can endlessy modify the character you play the game. The characters are from 10 races, thes include: Argonians (reptiles), Breton (good at magic and healing), Dark Elf (Elf), High Elf (Elf), Imperial (person), Khajiit (cat like animal), Nord (warriors), Orc (heavy armoured being), Redguard (person/warrior) and Woodelf (elf). Each race has specific skills and you choose which race at the beginning of the game and modify it to you preference.
The game is rated 15 as it 'contains moderate violence'. Which it does as you have to attack most things that you meet.
To play the game you use a keyboard and a mouse, the controls are quite easy to pick up and if they aren't to preference, they can be easily changed.
The aim of the game is complete the main quest which is to find the lost hier and relight the dragon fires to stop the gates of oblivion. However, you can make this game last forever just by exploring and trying different things, which you can't get easily bored of as there is so much to see and do. When you are wandering round, you can collect things to make spells and potions which help you with the quests.
It is a game where each time you play its different, and isn't easy to get bored with.
Overall, it was well worth the money!
The game is a really addictive game, the game has stunning graphics and really good game play.
At the moment the game is priced at around £14.99 in GAME.
If I won the lottery I would scream or probably pass out first of all then I would probably go straight onto the internet and find a nice house to buy. Then I would pay someone to move us in or most probably buy all new stuff! After we had moved in and tested the swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi and cinema room (haha) i would book a well deserved holiday for all of my family.
When we returned from the holiday i would probably give some of the money to various member of my family.
I would then put the remainder if the money into a bank and live of the interest that it made.
I wouldnt go to overboard with spending the money a nice little cottage somewhere of my own would suffice. After all material goods are nothing compared to people, My family and friends would come before the money any day!!!
I have a Black Toyota Yaris T-Spirit, 1.0, 3 dr, 04 reg. I find this car really easy to drive and easy to park.
Toyota cars are known to be a reliable make and from my experience with them i agree. I haven't had any problems with my car (touch wood) so far (except from someone pinching my toyota badge of the front argh!). It is economic to run with it having a small engine and no garage bills...so far anyway!
My Yaris is fitted with a cd player, electric windows, power steering, air conditioning and has a great 'secret' tray under the passenger seat, along with plenty other storage space inside the car. The boot however, isn't a very big storage space but the rear seats can be pulled forward, still in the upright position, creating less leg room but more boot room.
If you are wanting a flash racy car, this isn't the car for you but if you are after a nice, smal and reliable car that gets you safely and efficiently from A to B then this is the car for you. I couldn't reccommend them enough. They also make a great first car, stylish enoguh, sporty-sih with a spoiler etc and really efficient. I am only 19 and this is my second car I bought a Renault Clio first but I wish i'd just bought this one straight away!
overall, i am very pleased with my car in general and i feel it is a great little car .
This is a really good washing machine, its smart and its clever!
It has alot of wash presets such as hand wash, soaking and the dial to change the wash type is a very nice, smooth turner and not like the conventional clicky 'timer' like dial which turns around as the wash progresses. This one stays at the same place.
The washing machine is economically friendly as it weighs the size of the load and judges how much water to use throughout the wash cycle. It also only utilises cold water which also adds to the eco- friendliness.
The washing machine is extremely easy to use and you can even delay the washing by up to 9 hours in increments of 3 hours, 3 hours, 6 hours and 9 hours. This is really convenient as you can set it on a night time or before you go to work and it will be freshly washed when you return/ get up.
The washing machine also has a lighty up time gage which tells you how long the wash you are running has left until it is finished!
When my partner and I bought this machine from the co-op around a year ago, it was very cheap, it was around £190!!! And for what it does and the smart little extra's I feel that is a bargain and a half, especially comparing it to other washing machines!
It is a very sensitive subject to debate but this is my opinion....
In my opinion Breastfeeding is best for your child however i dont think it should be so frowned upon to bottle feed. I had my little boy in June 08 and would have loved to breast feed, but it just didnt happen for us. He did suckle for the first time but he just wouldn't after that. I tried everything expressing included but nothing worked. In the end my baby went without food for 2 days which i kept being told was fine but he was crying because he was hungry and so i decided to give up and bottle feed.
By some of the midwives this was frowned upon, but luckily there was one who was very supportive and helped me get over feeling guilty. She said a happy mother equals a happy baby... i will never forget this. I was really upset he wasnt feeding and worried he had went without food for a couple of days as well as feeling guilty i couldnt breast feed. But he got the 'gold dust' as the supportive midwife kept telling me, he got the first most important stuff.
When i changed to bottle feeding i was much happier and so was my baby! So in my opinion i think its a personal choice, obviously it is better for you and your baby if you decide to try to breast feed but in alot of cases it doesnt work out so dont feel guilty if this happens! There is a lot of pressure out there to breast feed but its your baby at the end of the day.
A happy Mother equals a happy Baby!!!