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Friendly Friday #9

It's a Friday Blog Hop & Link Up but it runs all weekend so you have plenty of time to get your links up and meet some other lovely bloggers. You can post just about anything, but please remember mine is mainly a parenting blog so please keep your posts reasonably family friendly. I wont block you for a bit of swearing but posting anything really offensive will get you the boot. It's not fair to others who follow the rules.


The Rules!Follow your Host at CharlieBeth aka Mumma Walkerand Mumma Walker Tries for a GirlFollow the Featured Blogger (below)Check out & link up / follow as many other bloggers as you can it only works if you remember to follow others. Please don't just link up and leave. When you read a post by someone else that you like make sure you click "like" on the hop! Each "like" is a vote and the post (or posts) with the most likes gets to be the FEATURED BLOGGER on the next hop!Not a rule, but a polite request: It would be fab…

Cala Gran Holiday Park Fleetwood Review

This has to have been the BEST bank holiday weekend we've EVER HAD! As well as going to Sea Life Centre Blackpool and Blackpool Zoo, we stayed at Haven's Cala Gran Caravan Park. It is Perfectly situated for anyone who wants a holiday to Blackpool without having to stay in the heart of the resort with all the hen and stag do's which - lets face it - aren't that family friendly. Cala Gran is in Fleetwood and only 20 minutes away from the prom by car. Perfect! You could even ditch the car and get a tram, which is something I promised the kids we would do next time we go (oh, yes, there will be a next time! It was that good!)

We stayed in a luxury 3 bed caravan, ideal for our increasingly large family. The bigger boys shared a twin room, Georgie got a room to himself - the staff there took out one of the twin beds in his room to make room for the travel cot, and we got a nice double room with it's own en suite toilet. It was spacious and clean, had it's own parkin…

My Birthday at Blackpool Zoo

Do you know one of the awesome things about having young kids? You have a perfectly valid reason to go to the zoo ON YOUR OWN BIRTHDAY without getting funny looks from folk. Seriously, it's a great excuse!

Earlier in the holidays I'd asked the kid which zoo they wanted to go to, Blackpool, or Dalton. It's always a tough choice.... Dalton has the lemurs running round free, but Blackpool has elephants, and the spider monkey enclosure where they can - and usually do - come right up close and try to pinch things off you! The boys pondered it for a good while, but in the end they chose Blackpool. They love both zoos equally, but Jack had been to Dalton with school during the summer term. And since we've been over this way anyway it was a perfect fit!

As we piled in we chose which animals we each wanted to see the most. For Hubby is always the elephants, Jack wanted to see the penguins, Tom wanted the flamingos, Georgie loves any kid of birds, and tigers, I wanted to see the…

Sea Life Centre with the Octonauts!

I'm guessing by now most of you know that I love Blackpool!

And so do the kids!

Everywhere we've been this summer, like supermarkets, play areas, etc they have been giving away "kids go free" tickets for the Sea Life Centre, and once we saw that the Octonauts were going to be there too the kids were begging to go! It would have been heartless to refuse them!

Georgie is getting to the stage now where he does not want to be in his push chair any more. So we thought we'd risk letting him roam free this time! Last time we went (last summer) Georgie was only a few weeks old and in no position to get involved. This time he wanted to be part of EVERYTHING! He was clambering up the sides of the tanks and displays trying to get a closer look at the fish and marine animals, and laughing like mad every time anything moved!

Jack was loving the quiz challenge going round the Centre. He was gutted when mummy got a question wrong (baaaaad mummy not knowing which oil spills are…

Cooking With The Kids #3 - Chicken Drumsticks with BBQ Sauce

It's been a busy few weeks, what with the school holidays and everything. For some reason I had convinced myself there would be loads of time to do cooking with the kids 2-3 times a week. I was kidding myself! With trips away, day trips, and me working almost every day in between to pay for it all there's been hardly any time to cook WITH them (more a case of quickly whip something together before they start eating the furniture!)

BUT! I've managed to do SOME! Tom chose Chicken Drumsticks! Which luckily is a nice a quick meal without too much fuss. Perfect for a hungry 3 year old (and his brothers)

Chicken Drumsticks with BBQ Sauce Serves: 4 | Prep Time: 10 mins | Cooking Time: 30 mins
Ingredients
8 Chicken Drumsticks Oil Salt & Pepper 1 tsbp Paprika 4 tbsp Lemon Juice
Sauce:
4 tbsp White Wine Vinegar 4 tbsp Soy Sauce 5 tbsp Ketchup 2 tbsp Soft Brown Sugar 1 tsp English Mustard Powder 1 tsp Paprika 1 pinch Crushed Chillis Salt & Pepper
Method Pre heat the oven to GM…

Friendly Friday #8

It's a Friday Blog Hop & Link Up but it runs all weekend so you have plenty of time to get your links up and meet some other lovely bloggers. You can post just about anything, but please remember mine is mainly a parenting blog so please keep your posts reasonably family friendly. I wont block you for a bit of swearing but posting anything really offensive will get you the boot. It's not fair to others who follow the rules. The Rules!

Follow your Host at  CharlieBeth aka Mumma Walker and Mumma Walker Tries for a GirlFollow the Featured Blogger (below)Check out & link up / follow as many other bloggers as you can it only works if you remember to follow others. Please don't just link up and leave. When you read a post by someone else that you like make sure you click "like" on the hop! Each "like" is a vote and the post (or posts) with the most likes gets to be the FEATURED BLOGGER on the next hop!Not a rule, but a polite request: It would be fab…

Asking for Clomid

I went to see the doctor today in the hope that I might be able to get some more clomid, since I was given some after having my first baby and my cycles not returning properly.



Sadly she said no.

It seems that since I last asked for it back in 2009 the regulations have changed. Why? Because too many people had abused clomid and the sued when things went wrong.

The thing with clomid, as my doc explained to me 4 years ago, is that you can only use it for a short time. It does stimulate the ovaries to release eggs, but it also thins the lining of the womb. The longer you take it, the thinner the lining, the less likely a fertilised egg is to be able to implant securely resulting in increased chances of early miscarriage or chemical pregnancy. I was told to take it for just 3 cycles, then wait a minimum of one but ideally three cycles to try again. I was lucky and caught on the third cycle.

Too many people apparently don't do this and continue taking it with out a break, miscarry and …

Wordless Wednesday - Old Holly Farm

My 1000th Post!!!!

I've been very quiet over the weekend. I was hoping that I might be able to make a special announcement as my 1000th post, but as anyone who follows my 2nd blog knows, that wasn't meant to be. So I have been at a bit of a loss at what to talk about.....
So I thought I'd let YOU do the talking! Welcome to the Favourite Post Of All Time Party! Share your favourite posts, your most popular posts, your best posts!
They can be ANYTHING from ANY TIME just so long as you LOVE THEM!

Want to be a featured blogger on the  10th Anniversary Party  on 16th September? a Rafflecopter giveaway
This raffle is posted at the bottom of my blog until 0:00 (gmt) 9th Sept so you can keep on entering after this party ends
Lets Party! By participating, linkers agree to be added to the Hop's email newsletter list, but don't worry, I wont spam you! I'll just email you invitations to the hop and announce Featured Bloggers. You can opt out at any time!

Testing day!!!

Well..... That's a negative pregnancy test. No doubt about it. Not even a hint of a line, not even an evap.
I'm supposedly 17dpo, and on cycle day 32. I do sometimes have 32 day cycles but even if that we're the case I should have had a visit from Aunt Flow by now and she's a no-show.
So now I am wondering (but not worrying) about my cycle... Maybe it simply isn't sorted yet. It did take a very long time after having my first. In the end I was given clomid to get my cycles working again. And it worked! We got Tom as a result.
I've taked it over with Hubby and this is our plan. If AF still has not turned up after the weekend I am going to get myself an appointment with the doctor and see if they will give me clomid again. Hopefully, because I have had it before, it will just be a formality. I'd prefer not to have to have all the scans again to rule out PCOS and other issues. I was given the all clear last time and I'm not suffering any of the symptoms. …

Friendly Friday #7

It's a Friday Blog Hop & Link Up but it runs all weekend so you have plenty of time to get your links up and meet some other lovely bloggers. You can post just about anything, but please remember mine is mainly a parenting blog so please keep your posts reasonably family friendly. I wont block you for a bit of swearing but posting anything really offensive will get you the boot. It's not fair to others who follow the rules. The Rules!

Follow your Host at  CharlieBeth aka Mumma Walker and Mumma Walker Tries for a GirlFollow the Featured Blogger (below)Check out & link up / follow as many other bloggers as you can it only works if you remember to follow others. Please don't just link up and leave. When you read a post by someone else that you like make sure you click "like" on the hop! Each "like" is a vote and the post (or posts) with the most likes gets to be the FEATURED BLOGGER on the next hop!Not a rule, but a polite request: It would be fab…