What an experience 

I promised you all that I would write about my sound bath so here goes. 

Why did I want a sound bath? Just recently I’ve had a lot of stress in my life, with all of my white goods needing replacing within a month, my car constantly breaking down then dying and the landlord selling my house. I’ve been completely stressed and overwhelmed at finding extra money to replace things whilst trying to save to move house. 

I arrived at Earth Tones Sound Therapy and answered a few questions, those questions were used to find the best type of therapy for me. The wonderful Mahala decided that a gong treatment would be best. 

I have to say I was a little sceptical and honestly didn’t know what to expect. 

As the treatment began I started to relax, I’ve never experienced sound in such a way. I’ve never been very good with sound, I can’t pick out different parts to a song so thought the treatment wouldn’t work. How wrong was I? I didn’t need to pick out parts but the sound travelled through my body, I could feel it. It made my whole body tingle, goosebumps appeared. In a word exhilarating. 

I finished the treatment after what I thought was ten minutes, I was informed it was actually 45! 

This blog is honestly the best I can muster to explain what happened, I would highly recommend you try it for yourself! 

Another day, more bad news

Tuesday my car died and I found out that it was uneconomical to get it fixed baring in mind I’ve only had it 10 months! 

This morning I get a phone call from some guy that wants to take photos of the house to list it for sale, the estate agent didn’t even bother to let us know! 

This afternoon another call asking if someone can view the house next week. Ok so I ask if they are a potential new landlord apparently not. The landlord has given permission to sell the house to anyone despite telling us he wants to sell it with us as sitting tenants! The person coming to view the house is looking to buy it for themselves so we will need to move. According the estate agent I don’t have to panic and these things take time etc between 8-12 weeks which takes us right up to Christmas! 

I’m going to be homeless with 2 small children at Christmas. Are these people real?! So I’m house hunting. I hate the fact he lied to me, I hate the fact he’s going to swindle out of giving us our deposit back. I will not let this beat me! 

They say things come in threes I don’t know what else they can throw at us at this point but whatever it may be I’m ready 💪🏼

Another day another breakdown 

Yesterday we had an amazing day at Eureka! The Child’s Muesum. 

It was a long journey but totally worth it for the amount of fun the kids had. I had kids aged 3-9 and there was something for all of them to do. If you haven’t been yet I highly recommend going, plus you pay once and can go back for the rest of the year for FREE. 

After a great day we headed home as we left the M62 to join the M1 my car decided to die. I went from first to second and CLUNK the car stopped. It kinda felt like the car had stalled but it wouldn’t turn on again. So another call to the AA 17:52, shortly after his call the police pulled up to check we were ok and told me he was going to ring the AA and ensure we were a priority as a lone female with 4 small children. It’s a good job he did ring because they had got my location wrong 😫

Here was our ‘safe spot’. I got a text saying a truck would be there to pick us up by 18:55 he was there 18:25! Super impressed I thought yes. Still get home at a reasonable time and this won’t have tainted the day too much. 

The guys loads us up and off we go…….or so I thought. About 5 minutes into our rescue journey the guy tells me he’s just had notification from his HQ that he has to take us to the nearest services and we have to wait for an actual AA truck, the reason he can’t take us home is he can only drive 50 miles and we lived 53 so he needs permission to take us that far which was denied. It’s ok we will at least be safe and we can grab some food and wait for the next truck. He drops up off at 18:44 and we go grab some food. After eating an hour had passed so I just give them another call to find out what’s actually happening. The caller tells me that they haven’t even allocated us a truck yet, at which point I’m kinda losing the will to live, the kids were getting bored and running around being loud and more than anything we were all tired. Another text – a truck will be with us by 20:10. I decide to take the kids outside and back to the car, as we walk outside there’s a recovery truck with some AA stickers on so I go over and hope he’s our ride home. Turns out he wasn’t but again he rang the AA for us and tried to hurry us a ride home. 

Just after 8 the AA truck arrives whoop!! Home time…….nope the kids seats won’t fit in the truck and he is t allowed to take us without them 😫 so he informs me that he will have to call us a taxi to take us home and he will follow with the car. 21:18 the taxi finally arrives and we set off for home with our eta as 10:01 a whole 3 hours later! 

We still have no idea what’s wrong with the car and the heap of scrap metal is just plonked outside the house! Until next time 😂🤣

Supporting friends 

Over the last few months I’ve been trying to buy from my friends and support their businesses. 

I’m so lucky I’m surround by amazingly talented people and those inspire me. 

I had this amazing picture painted. 

The wonderful Samantha did this for me ❤️

I then had this drawn 

Anime style portrait for the OH’s birthday was drawn by Zoe

This book has certainly made me smile! Grab yourself a copy from Amazon

I’m also booked onto do a Sound Bath too. I will write a whole new blog on that experience. 

There are some friends I haven’t got round to supporting yet and I promise to try my best to get to you all! 

There are some friends that I won’t be able to support because you do or make things that I wouldn’t use or need and I’m sorry but that doesn’t mean I love you guys any less. 

As I’m getting older I’m realising the value in handmade items they aren’t always the cheapest but they are certainly worth every penny, because every penny goes to that person not some big shot CEO. It goes towards the small things like putting food on someone’s table. Please if you can support your friends it will mean the world to them! 

Perals of Pokémon hunting 

J is Pokémon mad, it’s all he talks about! 

If you aren’t a Pokémon geek I wouldn’t read any further 😉

I found out that they had released the regionals and Unown but only in a few big cities, one of those being Birmingham. After working a full on Saturday night at work. I dragged my sorry tired self out of bed and packed us all in the car and we headed off to Brum! Let’s catch us some rare Pokemon! 

We get on the M6 to find the junction we want is closed so we head to the next one to get into the city centre. Here’s where the problem started. On the slip road B noticed smoke coming from the engine. Stop the car and boom 💥 we have coolant leaking everywhere. 

As I took out an AA membership after my last 4 hour stint on the motorway. 

I rang the AA at 13:21 to be informed we were a priority as we had stopped in a dangerous place (let’s not forget the 5 & 3 year old in the back) I was informed someone would be there within the hour. A few minutes later I got a text stating a patrol would be there at 2:40. Ok we can make this work! 

At 13:33 I got a call saying the patrol would be about 20 mins away and did we need anything. Wow now that’s service. 

20 mins later still no yellow van 😩 another call this time from the man in the van himself, saying he had gone to our location and we weren’t there! He’d gone to the slip road on the other side.  He informed me it would take 20 mins for him to turn around as he had to go up and back around (fair enough that’s the way that motorways work) so it’s now 15:15 almost 2 hours after my call. 

Phone rings again (15:48) he’s saw us and drove past and would need to turn around again (another 20mins) well this was the straw that broke the camels back. I had lost all paitence. We had been sat on a very busy slip road for 2 1/2 hours 

Finally I see a yellow van (15:53) he sprays carb cleaner on and gets me to drive round the corner to a safer location. 

Turns out the intercooler has been rubbing on the veins and it has a hole in it, because some muppet has left 2 bolts out (that’s a different rant though) Eventually he adds radweld and can finally start making our way home. 

17:51 we were free. 4 1/2 hours later. 

This is as close as we got to the city centre. Until next Birmingham it’s been emotional! 

This won’t stop us trying for those Pokemon maybe next time we will get a coach 😂

Little Herbert Shoe Shop

This quirky little shop is in Southwell but don’t worry you can get your hands on a pair of shoes as the have an online Shop too. 

The owner is a lovely lady that has many years of experience fitting shoes and knows her brands inside and out. I love to try and support local independent shops whenever I can (I also vowed never to buy from Clarkes again, but that’s a whole different story)

Most of the brands she sells are barefoot friendly with flexible soft soles and wriggle room for toes. Barefoot is really good for healthy development of the feet and spine. 

But let’s forget the shoes just for a second and let’s talk about the service. You are always greeted with a smile and feel totally welcome. The shop is extremely child friendly with toys for them to play with while you’re waiting 

She’s so patient and kind to the children, you don’t feel rushed or obliged to buy in fact when we went today we only came away with shoes for one child, she wouldn’t sell me shoes for the other because they didn’t fit his feet right 😳 wow right? She wouldn’t sell me shoes just for the sake of sale, she actually cares about the health and development of children’s feet and overall happiness of the child. 

Today J tried on a pair of trainers that he’s currently had 4 pairs of but today he said they felt weird so he ended up with a lovely pair of Froddos 

So if the kids need new shoes pop along she has all sorts in, plus she has a sale on 😉

Summer Safety Show 

I’m grateful I have a lovely relationship with my local library as each year they invite me to have a stand at their Summer Safety Show. 

The event promotes being safe over the summer so there are lots of different people from surestart (providing crafts and talking about sun screen) to car safety, fire brigade etc. I’m honoured to be part of such a great event. 

Slings are also fantastic in the summer months when the children are off school and you have those extra little ones to entertain all day. Slings give you the opportunity to have a smaller child attached safely to you while you run after the other one! 

I took a bag of slings with me just containing the basics so people could see and feel the different kinds of slings. 

The postman was also kind to me this morning delivering me 2 brand new demo dolls 

All in all we had a fantastic day helping people and promoting the library that’s right on their door step. 

Baby carrying basics 

When you first start carrying your (by your I mean child, grandchild, adoptee etc) baby. There are so many different kinds of slings, stretchy ones, woven wraps, ones with buckled straps, straps that tie, some have rings the list goes on. We aren’t here to talk about those though.  Regardless of what you use to carry you need to ensure it’s safe. 

There are lots of different babywearing safety tips and tricks. I just want to spend a moment to talk about these. I did a quick search on google and so many things come up! 
As you can see the T.I.C.K.S rules come up a few times so let’s talk about that for a minute. 

The T.I.C.K.S were originally formed by The Consortium of UK Sling Manufacturers and Retailers. 

The only problem with it is that most of it isn’t safety it’s more about comfort. 

The next one I want to mention is ABC 

ABC was made by babywearing international. The A is safety and again B&C are comfort. 

Both of these are wonderful tools and infograms, but they are so big, and not that easy to remember. I know many people that have been in the baby wearing world a long time and still wouldn’t be able to tell me what T.I.C.K.S stands for and that’s ok. 

I believe we need something that is quick and easy and simple to remember. So I wrote you a limerick. I hope you like it and that it helps you remember the important safety measures you need. Here goes…

Before you carry your bambino

There’s a few things you need to know

Make sure their airway is clear

You can put your hands in the air 

And boom you’re ready to go. 

Trying to get fit! 

This is a boasting blog. 

Yesterday my activity tracker (my watch) told me I burnt the most amount of calories ever in a single day. 

I’m proud of myself but also slightly annoyed, as I upped my daily move goal from 330 calories to 400 (even though my watch wanted me to have it as 540 😳). If I had not up my move goal then I would have tripled my goal. I will achieve that badge! 

So yesterday I did 2 classes 

The HIIT class I did was Boogie Bounce if you aren’t familiar it’s a trampette with a handle 

You have to do different bounces etc to the music. It’s really fun and is a great cardio workout and it’s really good for balance! 

I then went to an Aerial Hoop class 

Learning moves like this^ Aerial is a great strength workout, it works every part of your body, especially arms and core. 

I really enjoy both these classes and it’s a challenge each time which I need to keep me interesting and going back. 

Slingababy Consultant 

So today was the last day of my 4 days training with the oh so lovely Lorette (roll that r 😉) from Slingababy

I’ve had a wonderful time learning, learning new skills and techniques. But more than that I learnt to never judge, you will meet all kinds of people that want to carry their baby/ toddler/ grandchild/ child mindee etc, people carry for all kinds of reasons. Whatever that reason or however they carry it should be celebrated. In the western world we live in we have become so accustomed to putting baby down and not making them ‘clingy’. You CANNOT spoil your child with love ❤️. 

It was really important for me to go and remind myself why I run a sling library. This gave me the chance to reconnect and be around people that love slings and love carrying. 

I look forward to empowering people in making the right choices about the way they carry their baby’s. 

From the bottom of my heart Lorette thank you ❤️❤️