Saturday, 2 May 2015

12 ways you know your mum is a children's nurse...

1. The only reason she takes you to be weighed at the health visitors is so she can calculate a more accurate calpol dose than the one on the bottle.

2. You've never visited the GP. If you're not sick enough for A&E, you're not sick. 

3. The only reason she would take you to a GP is because you can't get antibiotics over the counter. 

4. If you do need antibiotics she tells them which ones to prescribe, and knows which ones taste of pure evil.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Knob review and competition

When I recieved an email a few weeks back from a lovely lady at Trinca Ferro I have to admit I was more than a little surprised. They said they had read my blog and thought my readers would be interested in their decorative knobs. Really??

I always work on the assumption that my readers are mostly my mum and people who like stories about how annoying having kids is. Where's the decorative knob/Cbeebies programmes cross-over?

So, as a joke, I asked the people who follow my Facebook page if I was wrong and they were in fact all mad keen on knobs.
Well I was as surprised as you will be to hear that people responded in their droves to say they ADORE decorative knobs. (Alright, 6 people). So here we are: 2boys1mum does knobs. And as a special treat, just for you my knob crazed readers, I'm running a Facebook competition in which you can win your very own set of 6 decorative knobs of your choosing!

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Bluestone Wales: Good even with Chicken Pox

There's no such thing as a free holiday. I learned this the hard way last month when I was given a free holiday... and my 15 month old son got chicken pox the day we set off. The lovely people at Bluestone (who actually are all lovely, not just because they gave us a free holiday) offered us a week's stay in a lodge in their 'free range' holiday destination in return for a review.

I'm afraid my reviewing opportunities were somewhat hampered by the pox, or more acurately, by the screaming miserable baby with a roaring temperature and the quarantine we had to place upon him, but I'll give it a go.

I want to tell you about the amazing swimming pool and the hours of fun the boys had on the permanent bouncy castle, playing in the indoor mini golf and letting off steam in the beautifully themed circus play room. I'd love to tell you about the restaurants, the spa and the babysitting service available for parents to enjoy a quiet night in the pub or going out for dinner. But I can't.

What I can tell you is that the Bluestone equivalent of room service is a 'take away' menu with a variety of food which came quickly and was hot and tasty. I can recommend the korma and rice for an easy 'one handed' dinner which you can eat while rocking a restless baby.

If long walks with a baby who won't sleep unless you keep moving the buggy are what you're after, Bluestone is the dream. There are lots of beautiful paths and my particular favourite, the boardwalk down to 'Camp Smokey' has spectacular views of the forest as well as a satisfying 'thuddud' sound when you walk on it.

The free wifi is good during the day for streaming endless episodes of Something Special on your laptop to try and distract an itchy infant from ripping their skin off and for uploading pictures of the gin you are drinking at 11am to Instagram.

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Thursday, 2 April 2015

40 things I felt when my kids had chicken pox

1. Surprise.
Oooh! Chicken pox! Really?

2. Mild excitement. 
Well, this is different and therefore less boring than a normal week! And everyone loves a trip to the big pharmacy for new medicines!

Saturday, 21 March 2015

The "Gender Neutral Parent" Book Review

You may have read previously that I have pretty strong beliefs that children are children and should not be forced into gender stereotypical behaviours or feelings. I've also written about my near-obsession with children's books. Well this post combines my 2 faves! It's about books about gender related stuff! (No one else in the world is excited by this are they?)

So this week I was asked to review a radical new book for children where a GIRL pretends to be a PILOT. I know, what is the world coming to? She doesn't even wear a skirt when she's flying the jumbo jet OR have the decency to defer to a man for help. In this post I will be reviewing the book I have been sent as well as 2 "gender neutral" books I bought myself. They are all available on Amazon but I do not recommend all 3. They turned out to be the good, the bad and the ugly of gender neutral children's books...