Friday, 1 August 2014


Right Friday Followers, let's FriDad.

I've had one roller coaster of a week, more downs than ups and it's been tough. It's only now that I have really accepted that I'm in a sticky situation, which seems odd considering the situation I was in this Wednesday.

This Wednesday, I found a quiet moment with the family about to take a moment and post a video response on VoxPopMe (if you can, check it out I love it).
I used the nearest room, which was Max's and closed the door.
I posted two quick video responses then headed for the door.
Much to my surprise, the door was stuck. I was trying to turn the handle, but it wouldn't budge. Laura instantly rushed over and tried to open it, but couldn't.
After nearly 30 minutes of trying to unscrew the handle, force it open we had to call the fire brigade.
It took four firemen roughly ten minutes to pry the door open and push it open.

All the time this was happening I was calm. I was calm, because I realised something. Things were just right to be okay. I had no reason to panic, I was the one in danger, Max was safe and okay Laura was late for work, but everything was fine.
If the circumstances were different, I would have panicked a little more. What if Max was in there? What if I was in there and Max had no one? What if I was in there, Max was alone and I didn't have my phone?
That's the closest I've been in terrible trouble for...ages.

I truly believe that there are moments in life where you are thrown these little curve balls. We are given all sorts of trials and tribulations, and it's up to us to step up and behave the way we need to in order to resolve them. I feel that that incident I've been working towards, and I owe my patience all to parenting.

It's far too easy to snap and lose it whilst tired and weary. It's easy to give up (though, admittedly I'm working on it).

With practice, I've learned that my son relies on my toughness. Not physical, but mental toughness. He knows I mean business when I do and he knows that no matter what, I love him.

In doing so, I've been able to apply that patience in so many ways. Work, communication, writing and life opportunities.

Some day you'll face your locked room. Some of you may have faced one or two and many will face many locked rooms.

With confidence, you'll know not to panic, things will resolve, as long as you work at them.

That's all from me this weekend. Enjoy the weather and see you next week!

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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Summer 2014 Bucket List: 001

Our first check off the summer bucket list is building sandcastles. We headed down to Avon Beach, our local beach that is covered in sand and started to make sandcastles. Unfortunately the sand wasn't coarse or wet enough so with a bit of water we managed to make sand shapes, the castles were not that great!

Sunday, 27 July 2014

A Tale Of Three Tummies

Once upon a time there were 3 greedy people. They never understood what to really eat for breakfast so they always ended up eating too little or too much.

Mummy normally grabs a big glass of ice water and a banana and by 10:00 she's starving again. Max seems to wolf down a bowl of cereal (those ones that are packed full of sugars that we are told not to eat) followed by some fruit and a smoothie. Daddy sticks with cereal or toast and a river of coffee.

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, in fact it's been proven somewhere that eating breakfast will help you with energy, weight loss and getting out of bed. Let's just say these 3 people weren't great with breakfast. That is until along came some lovely boxes of All Bran.
All Bran have said that if you take their 5 day challenge then you can ease that bloated and sluggish feeling you normally get from other foods. Apparently 90% of your happy hormones come from your gut so eating right can really help especially the right amount of fibre as it can help everything from your gut to your toilet times!

So Mummy, Daddy and Max decided the best thing to do with their poorly tummies and the boys excess gas was to take part in this challenge and work out just how much All Bran could help them feel a bit happier. 

With three gorgeous flavours they all picked a favourite. Daddy loved the Red Berry Crunch soaked in milk with a big mug of coffee. Mummy loved Golden Crunch with sliced bananas and natural yoghurt or milk whilst Max loved Chocolate Wheats with milk and some juice. 

Mummy was initially worried that the portions were small and they wouldn't be full up but at the end of the bowls they all sat back and exclaimed that the tummies were full and hopefully happy.

After the first couple of days Mummy didn't notice much change but felt fuller until lunch. Daddy was definitely less bloated, less gassy and lost a few pounds and Max stopped eating everyone out of house and home. 

Mummy, Daddy and Max felt happier. With all the extra energy they spent more time out in the sunshine and with the happy feeling in their guts from the All Bran they ate healthier and changed the way they thought about meals. Thank you All Bran for coming into our lives and making us happier. And as the story goes, they all lived happily ever after. 

This post is an entry for the “Real Mums of All-Bran” Linky Challenge, sponsored by Kelloggs