Temper Tantrums of a Six year old

Temper Tantrums of a Six year old

Temper Tantrums

Wowsers in the last couple of week’s we’ve seen a huge change in Isabelle.

I don’t know whether it’s the aftermath of Christmas and getting back into the routine of early mornings and long days at school but things have taken a turn for the worse.

If she doesn’t get her own way the waterworks start in the most dramatic and forceful way.

I’m talking sobbing, snot drool and arms and legs flailing all over the place.

She hates us!

She wants to leave this family!

She’s totally unconsolable until she’s raged enough so that you can grab her in a hug and she sobs into your arm’s until she can calm herself down.

She learnt flouncing and door slamming ages ago thank’s to having a teenage brother.

Today she had a melt down which went a little bit like this.

Isabelle: “Mummy can I have some chocolate?”

Me: “No, it’s nearly dinner time”

Isabelle *with a raging face* “I’ve had a bad emergency today, and you’ve made it badder now. I hate you!”

Me: “You can have some after dinner if you want”

I left her on the sofa whilst she kicked, screamed and produced snot bubbles and waited for it to subside.

It turns out that she’d fallen out with her best friend at school today and they ended up not playing together for the rest of the day. So she’s really upset about this.

I keep saying that she’s tired as a reason for these mega tantrums, but speaking to some of her friends mums they seem to be behaving the same. Once she’s finished crying and it’s over, she goes about like nothing has happened.

Maybe it’s a girl thing.

Ryan never had these mega tantrums, but of course had moments of his own.

These sorts of tantrums seem to happen more if she’s been watching Youtube kids which she obsessively watches the unboxing of *American accent* ‘Blind bags’.

It could be that time of day which a lot of mums call the ‘witching hour’.

What do you do to overcome the temper tantrums?

I use to use distraction techniques when she was little but things have changed since then.

These day’s we just have to let her have her ‘meltdown moment’ and wait for the raging to stop before scooping her up in a cuddle.

It’s exhausting!




The Bedtime Tag: My Routine

The Bedtime Tag

The Bedtime Tag

The Bedtime Tag: Here’s how I wind down ready for bed in the evening’s. Probably not something to be envious of or strive to achieve but it is what it is.

First of all a big thank you to Gorgeous George’s Mama for tagging me.

Describe your usual bedtime routine.

Things have changed a bit around here with Daddy changing his job so the bedtime routine is mostly me these days. Isabelle goes to bed at 7pm but this can be between 7pm – 7.30pm dependent on her and my mood. Brushing teeth is possibly the worst part of my day by far. Isabelle doesn’t like the taste of toothpaste and on any given day she doesn’t like the toothbrush so we have several. Once this drama is over we always read to her. At the moment we’re reading the Julia Donaldson Mirror Belle series which is the first chaptered book we’ve read to her and she’s loving it.

Once Isabelle is in bed I set to work. I work on my laptop most if not every evening so I start to wind down at around 10pm – 10.30pm which is usually brought on by a combination of dry eyes and overwhelming tiredness. I usually get ready for bed and then we usually watch an episode of something which is Lost at the moment which we totally missed the boat on when it first showed.  I’m quite bad at falling asleep on the sofa which is really naughty I know but I’m gone before I know it. I probably should go to bed before I do but following a bit of TV I go up to bed, check my social media (tut tut) and then read my kindle for a while. I’m a big fan of chick-lit so it’s always really lighthearted

What are your favourite pyjamas?

I don’t think I have a favourite pair of pyjamas, but I do like comfy and warm bedtime clothes. I have a soft fleecy dressing gown which I love to wear, but I don’t get ready for bed until all work is finished. I think it’s a weird mindset thing, but as soon as my PJ’s are on my brain starts to shut down.

What is your current bedtime reading?

Always a soppy chick-lit book. I used to really like crime/murder books, but I totally went off them and now prefer to read about finding Mr Right and all the drama that come’s with it with a nice happy ending.

What would I find on your bedside table?

My bedside table has a small basket full of lovely goodies that I got for Christmas such as hand creams, facemasks, soaps, bath bombs. It’s my treat basket. I also have a glass of water, and my contact lens paraphernalia as well as my kindle. Oh and my phone. How can I forget that! I check it last thing at night and first thing in the morning. I have to have it there as I use it for my alarm clock. Tee hee!

What scent makes you sleepy?

I LOVE the smell of freshly washed bedding.

What is your usual bedtime and wakeup time?

I usually go to bed at around 11pm and wake-up at 5.30 for work. I should probably alter this so I can have more sleep but for now it’s ok.

What are your top three bedtime products?

I would love to say that I have a really good bedtime routine that sets me up for a great nights sleep, but mostly I slope into bed in a slovenly way as I barely have the energy to keep my eyes open. I have to take my contact lenses out so I use my contact solution. I’ve also started using cocoa butter vaseline as I have really dry lips, eye drops to combat dry eyes and hand cream (from my treat basket).

What is your most common sleeping position?

I like to curl up in a ball in the foetal position. I thought I would google this to see if it has any meaning and apparently it means that I have a tough exterior but am sensitive inside. Conscientious and ordered, but prone to worry and overthinking. Yep I’ll take that.

Do you have anything you like to take to bed with you?

Erm well apart from my man, not really. I’ve just had a flash back to when Isabelle was a baby and before I had a kindle. I used to take a torch so that I could read under the covers without waking Isabelle up who was usually laying sprawled out between the two of us. Ha ha.

What is your worst bedtime habit?

Eek confession time: I don’t take my make-up off. I know. I know. I know I should and it wouldn’t take me long but like choosing my clothes at night instead of scrabbling around in the dark in the morning, I can’t be bothered. Moving on!

This is possibly the first time that I’ve actually thought about my bedtime routine in depth. I may have to make some changes with the top of the list adding make-up remover wipes to my beside table which I promise I will do.

The Bedtime Tag

I’m going to tag a few fellow bloggers so that you can read about their Bedtime Routines.

Tag you’re it:

Ready for a Cuppa 

Mums the Nerd 

Something About Baby

Cups of Charlotte 

Chic Geek Diary

Once you’ve done it give me a shout @babynotincluded or hashtag #thebedtimetag and I’ll pop over for a read

The ten questions for my nominees to answer

  1. Describe your usual bedtime routine.
  2. What are your favourite pyjamas?
  3. What is your current bedtime reading?
  4. What would I find on your bedside table?
  5. What scent makes you sleepy?
  6. What is your usual bedtime and wakeup time?
  7. What are your top three bedtime products?
  8. What is your most common sleeping position?
  9. Do you have anything you like to take to bed with you?
  10. What is your worst bedtime habit?

The rules of the Bedtime Tag are included them:

Step 1: Thank the person who nominated you, and link back to their blog.
Step 2: Display the Bedtime badge; which you can find at the top of this post. (save the picture)
Step 3: Answer the ten questions included above.
Step 5: Nominate between three and five fellow bloggers to take part, and set them the questions.

Lisa x

Breakfast Mash-up

Breakfast Mash-up.

It’s that time of the month when the big shop is due so all you’ve got left is odds and ends. This is the time when having a kitchen know-it-all comes in handy.

I look in the fridge and see nothing.

Chris looks in the fridge and then hey presto we’re eating something scrummy and he’s basking in his culinary expertise.

Looks pretty good doesn’t it!

Breakfast Mash-up

This is what he used:

Chorizo cut into small pieces
4 New potatoes cut into small pieces
A pack of bacon lardons
1 Tin of Baked Beans
1 Tin of Chopped Tomatoes
1 Clove of Garlic, chopped
4 Spring Onions (sliced, separating the white from the green)
5 Eggs
2 Teaspoons Smoked Paprika
Salt and Pepper
Barbeque Sauce

Cook the bacon lardons in a frying pan (no oil needed) and set to one side.

In the same pan cook the chorizo and then put to the side with the bacon lardons.

Add to the pan the cubed new potatoes, garlic with a sprinkly of thyme and salt and pepper. Once fried off remove from the pan with the rest of the cooked bits.

Breakfast Mash-up

Put the white spring onion, tomatoes and the baked beans into the pan and heat through. Season to taste.

Breakfast Mash-up

Add in the paprika, a squirt of barbeque sauce and a sprinkle of oregano.

Add in all the cooked items and keep on the hob for a few minutes, mixing through.

Put in a large oven proof dish and make some wells where you will crack in the eggs and add the green of the spring onion.

Crack the eggs and season again (I know).

Bake in the Oven for about 15 – 20 minutes or until the eggs are cooked.

Breakfast Mash-up

We served ours with hash browns and mushrooms.


It was totally scrummy!




Goodbye 2016

Goodbye 2016

New Year’s Eve was a quite one for us as usual with games, a film (we watched Paddington Bear), a lovely Chinese take-away, a slushie for Isabelle and some nice fizzy stuff for us. Ryan ditched us to go to a party os he was out for the night!

Goodbye 2016

Goodbye 2016

I made Isabelle my own version of a slush puppy in her new alien jar mug which she was over the moon with.

We ordered Chinese which was absolutely lovely and filled us to the brim and some.

The dog went crazy for the prawn crackers and we topped it off with a chocolate trifle whilst we watched Paddington Bear.

Goodbye 2016

Goodbye 2016

We played a few games, but as we left it until after the food and around Isabelle’s usual bed time so it didn’t end in a good way. Having said that Kerplunk which we’ve never had before has got to be the most annoying game. Putting all those stick in the holes takes an age, and some fall out. It takes longer to stick all the sticks in than it does to play the game.

Isabelle doesn’t fair very well when she’s tired. She’s not a child to get all sleepy and cuddly. Instead she gets silly and shows off which most of the time results in tears.

She did however last until midnight!

Ok it was 10.30 but hey she can’t tell the time yet so we did the countdown and as there were fireworks going on outside we completed all our ‘Happy New Year’ hugging and kissing and not long after she was more than ready for bed.

Goodbye 2016

We finished off the evening by watching Robbie Williams which was okay. How rude of him to not hide the fact that he was using anti-bac gel after mingling with the crowd – ON STAGE. Clearly the riff raff and commoners that had paid all that money to see him sing on New Year’s Eve weren’t up to scratch in the hygiene stakes.

We watched the London fireworks (on the telly of course) and again I said “we really should go to London one New Year’s Eve”. I think I say this every single year and we’ve yet to do it.

And then we went to bed.

It’s New Year’s Day as I write ( I know I should be in holiday mode still) and it’s fair to say that 2016 was a pretty bad year for us.

We had my parents round for dinner today. My mum doesn’t really drink but my step-dad regaled his story of his all night bender last night (at 70 I might add) before getting home at breakfast time.

I so hope I grow old disgracefully!

There was a massive pause in my writing as I sat with my mouth wide open at the ridiculous death scene of Ronnie and Roxy on Eastenders (WTAF).

So what are we expecting from 2017?

I’m not entirely sure, but I do know that from this point forward we’re going to make the most of every day (especially the weekend’s).

We need to laugh more!

We need to be more spontaneous!

We need to chill out more!

We need to explore more!

We need to do stuff minus the kids more!

I don’t make New Years Resolutions as I think that most people who do set themselves up to fail, but I am going to plan ahead.

In true Bank Holiday/Christmas/New Year’s Day style lets raise a glass to the start of a New Year.

Here are our #2016bestnine Instagram pics.


Lisa x



#365daypennychallenge Money Saving Challenge



So last year we looked at ways we could save money without noticing it so much so we started the #365daypennychallenge. You can see our original post here.

We bought one of those tins that you have to open with a tin opener so that nobody would be dipping into it for carpark change or money for the kids lunches.

Isabelle really enjoyed putting the coins in, and we did really great with it.

However, I might do things a bit differently this year as with many people we don’t tend to keep that much cash on us anymore and towards the end of the challenge the amount was far greater so not everybody has that amount to put away.

So I’ve created a downloadable PDF that you can print off and keep next to your saving jar and tick off as and when you do it.


What I thought I might do is around pay day I will pay the higher amounts and then other times I can pay a smaller amount. As long as you tick off the amount that you put in you will still end up with the saved £667.95.

If you have any other great ways of saving money or tips then do pop them in the comments below.

Happy saving!



Powder Beauty Drawer Box – I got one!

Powder Beauty Drawer Box.

As a big social media fan I’ve been drooling over the many subscription boxes that are available on the market. My daughter is now subscribed to the toucanBox craft box for kids which is fantastic and totally affordable even on a tight budget.

There are various subscription boxes available including beauty, stationary, tea, sanitary products (too cute as they even include chocolates at that time of the month when you NEED it), craft and books. Actually there’s probably a subscription box for anything you can think of – just google it and I’m sure you will find it.

I’ve been coveting several subscription boxes for quite a while and have left many a hint at the OH at certain times of the year and nothing so far had emerged.

The subscription boxes that I would be most interested in having are either beauty of stationary. I’m not particularly high maintenance but I do like nice perfume and make-up that has a bigger appeal if it comes in lovely packaging. I love face-masks and nice shower/bath stuff and creams oh and stuff for my frizzy wizzy hair as well.

My stationary obsession is very similar. I like prettily presented stationary with stickie notes, cute folders, pretty diaries and notebooks. This has rubbed off on Isabelle who is absolutely obsessed with Smiggle at the moment.

Before Christmas I saw an advert (full magazine page) for the Powder Beauty Drawer Collection which isn’t technically a subscription box, but they produce four a year and you can be notified if you want to by email when they are available so there’s nothing tying you into buying it.

I wasn’t quite so subtle this year and just shoved the magazine in Chris’ face and got him to take note of the website. Hint hint!

I wasn’t very hopeful as they had such an amazing Bumper Christmas Box that it was featured on the Money Saving Expert Website so I knew it was going to be selling fast.

Well surprise surprise I got myself a Beauty Box from my lovely little Isabelle.

It wasn’t the Christmas Bumper one as I was right on it being sold out, but I got the Secret Santa Edition which was full of loads of lovely stuff.

This is what I got:

Powder Beauty Box

You get a booklet which tells you about each of the products that are in the box.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Cleanser – This is a full sized 200ml bottle which I’ve started using already. I really like foaming face washes as I don’t really feel like my face is clean without adding water. I haven’t used this one before but it makes your skin squeaky clean when you’ve used it which is great.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Cleanser Facial Wipes – This handy pack is great for putting in your bag for a night away. For all you pregnant mummy’s reading this post, these would be great for your hospital bag even if you don’t wear make-up.

Scwarzkopf Live Pastel Spray – Hmm this one is a bit of a random one for me as it’s not something that I would choose myself. I have the Apricot Sunrise which is for blonde hair and can be used just on the ends to create an ombre look. Isabelle is keen to give this one a go so I might save it for a ‘rainy day’. Memories are coming back of when I decided that I might like to dye my hair red and ended up with a really awful streaky pink effect.

Popbands – A set of two in gold and navy. These are perfect for tying your hair back without stripping your hair. Although I have almost shoulder length hair I put it up in the mornings and most days when I get home from work so these are perfect for keeping on the end of my brush for those times.

DKNY Be Tempted – This is a little 1.5ml spray. I haven’t tried this one before but absolutely love perfume and am already a fan of the Be Delicious one.

Roger & Gallet Replenishing Body Lotion – This smells divine and absorbs really well leaving a lovely smell. Definitely one to wear after a long soak in the bath.

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolour – Devotion – This is a really lovely colour and something that I would wear during the day to work. It’s a matt colour and it stays on for ages which is really great for me since I’m a lip biter so lipstick doesn’t usually last that long.

Bee Good Honey & Propolis 2 in 1 Cream Cleanser – This comes with a little muslin cloth and is very similar to the Liz Earle Hot cloth cleanser. I’ve used this on Christmas Day morning as it only takes about 10 minutes to do and makes your face feel really clean and soft. This again as a Mum can be a lovely treat that you can easily manage to fit into a hectic life

Fruit Loop Soap from Bomb Cosmetics. This soap is infused with essential oils and this one is  a citrus one so great to give you that extra boost of a morning.

Hydraluroni Moisture Boosting Mask – This is one of those masks that have eye and mouth holes in them. This one takes 15 minutes and is great to give winter skin that much needed hydration.

Rimmel Rita Ora Sweet Retreat Nail Polish – This is a cute bright pink which I will use when my nails have regrown following the pre-Christmas stressy period. I’m not much of a pink girl so this might be a toenail colour for me.

So there you have the lowdown on what I got in my box.

I think I’ll definitely be keeping my eye open for the next box as it’s really exciting opening it to find out what lovely goodies are inside.

Warning – I will be posting again when the next box comes out!

I hope you got some lovely goodies for Christmas as us mums need a bit of pampering.





The Nightmare before Christmas

The Nightmare before Christmas. 

Christmas is a lovely time and we all get caught up the merriment of meeting up with friends, nights out, eating too much and the hustle and bustle of present buying. 

This is the great part of Christmas, but behind closed doors it’s also a time where the kids turn into little terrors. 

We’ve crammed in loads of fun things to do, but that very second that you stop, the famous ‘I’m bored’ can be heard from every crevice of the house. It drives me nuts that Isabelle can’t seem to entertain herself for longer than 30 seconds. 

So we’re able to get anything done (like normal housey stuff) we’ve armed ourselves with kids YouTube and Christmas films. 

The fridge door may as well be a revolving door as the boredom also means rummaging for food a hundred times a day. 

We’ve taken Isabelle shopping a few times which was ok but we get caught off track as we get sidelined into the sections that she wants to look at, and then when she spies something she wants. Her attempts at blackmailing us into buying her things with a promise that she will be good if we buy it (sneaky but clever tactic).

And then there’s the trips to the toilet. 

Hands up if you’re kid uses ‘I need a wee’ line when you’re trying to choose parent presents (i.e. Not in the kids section) so that you have to immediately stop what your doing and mentally locate the nearest loo before coming back and starting the process again. 

Queuing is boring for us adults but when you’re six it’s an impossible ask. 

Isabelle really can’t stay still. I know a lot of parents say that, but never have I met a child (or anybody) who cannot stay still. Walking down a street we have to constantly tell her to keep her arms and legs in as she waves them about for fear that she will kick or hit somebody. I must point out that she’s not intentionally trying to hit people she might just be practising a dance or pretending to be a Disney princess. 

All of her current toys are boring unless of course we were to have a clear out and then they’ll all be her favourites. 

We’re sat here on Christmas Eve morning watching a Christmas episode of Spongebob Square pants. 

We’re going to try and have a chilled day by walking the dog, watching films together, eating and maybe later we’ll pop to our local pub for a Christmas Eve drink. 

Have a fab time guys! 

Here’s hoping that there are no household appliances waiting under the tree for us tomorrow.

Lisa x


Cheesy Baked Egg Toast

Cheesy Baked Egg Toast.

Cheesy Baked Egg Toast

I think everyone gets bored of the usual breakfast offering of cereal, toast, fruit and yoghurt so I’ve been having a little search around for some great brekkie ideas which are quick but tasty.

What you will need:

  • Crusty White Loaf
  • Grated cheese (enough to top as many slices of bread you want to make)
  • Butter
  • Salt and Pepper (optional)
  • Eggs

How to do it:

Slice the bread into nice thickish slices.

Using a spoon or knife press the middle of the bread down to form a square that will hold the egg.

Cheesy Baked Egg Toast

Season the bread to your liking (lots for Daddy).

Butter the non-flattened edges of the bread and add the grated cheese to the edges.

Cheesy Baked Egg Toast

Season the top.

Bake in the oven at gas mark 5 for about 15 – 20 mins.

Breakfast is ready!!

Cheesy Baked Egg Toast




Ps – I have to confess that my earlier attempts at this were a major fail as I put them in the pan which resulted in the bottom of the bread burning and the egg not cooking so I flipped them over and this is what I got!



Theatre Royal Plymouth – The Emperor’s New Clothes

Theatre Royal Plymouth – The Emperor’s New Clothes by Stuff and Nonsense.

The Emperors New Clothes

As part of the Blogger Programme for the Theatre Royal we were invited to go and watch The Emperor’s New Clothes.

This is a story that I was told when I was little and I was going to get a copy of the book to read to Isabelle before we went, but I thought I would leave it as a surprise.

We did watch the clip on the Website which Isabelle really enjoyed.

The show was in the Drum which is a more intimate setting which is great for kids.

The Emperors New Clothes

The Emperor’s New Clothes is about an Emperor who has a fantastical wardrobe of clothes but doesn’t have a single thing to wear for his upcoming birthday. Thank goodness that two Fashion Designers learn of this and offer their services to make the Emperor a new outfit to wear to his birthday parade.

Little does the Emperor know that the Fashion Designers are two crooks (Claude and Hugo) hoping for a bag of gold by tricking the Emperor into wearing ‘no clothes’ and parade through the town on his horse.

The Emperor’s New Clothes is performed by Toby and Jenny as well as a whole host of really cool puppets.

The performance had very little in the way of props with the main prop being a wardrobe which they slept in, was the Emperor’s Palace and Claude performed some acrobatic’s in as well.

The show interchanged between people and puppets in a very fun way and it was easy to forget that there were only two performers on stage with lots of fun opening doors and drawers.

All the children (and adults) joined in with the performance with clapping and shouting.

And then there was the part of the parade where the Emperor paraded through his Kingdom wearing NO CLOTHES! Isabelle thought this was so funny and had her hand over her mouth laughing as the Emperors bottom stuck out of a window!

The show lasts an hour which is great for little one’s who get restless. As well as watching the show I love watching Isabelle’s reactions as she watches a performance and she smiled, laughed, clapped and interacted the whole way through.

The Emperor's New Clothes

We both really enjoyed the show, and we were super excited to meet the cast including some of the fab puppets.

We met both Jenny and Toby who told us a bit about the background behind Stuff and Nothing and how long it takes to put together a production like this. Jenny and Toby have both had lots of training including going to ‘Clown School’ and Jenny is skilled in acrobatics.

Stuff and Nonsense is based in Bridport, Dorset and you can keep up to date with their performances by checking out their Facebook Page.

I loved the fact that they test all of their ideas on children to gage their reactions to see if it works. What better way to have the critical eye of a child who would boldly point out if they thought something was pants or not.

We got to hold some of the puppets which was quite awesome. I had a hold of Molly but I couldn’t work out how to keep her head up and Isabelle had a got with Molly’s pet pig which she loved as it was her favourite character. She mastered the mouth quite well.

The Emperor’s New Clothes is running at the Theatre Royal Plymouth until the 14th January so there’s still plenty of time to go and watch. It is recommended for 2 years + but they have some information available for you to read so you can work out if you think it would be suitable which you can read here. I would have taken Isabelle to see this at two though.

The Emperor's New Clothes

Isabelle had already eyeballed the Fairy Wands that were on sale for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and quickly rushed over to buy one before we left the theatre.

We then had a wander around the Christmas Market before getting the train home which finished off the day perfectly.

The Emperor's New Clothes