Thursday, August 17, 2017

Deep

Well....still no crafting. How I long to get a crochet hook out or some knitting needles, or even get the material and sewing machine out. But, at least I have been able to paint a little bit. I am really into illustrations at the moment.

I have a few to share with you.

The prompt word for this week on my 52 week Illustration challenge is "deep" . 

The first thing that came to my mind was me, in a very deep hole, looking up and hoping someone would come and rescue me.

But.....that would have been boring, so, I then decided that deep also meant to me, way below in the ocean. So, I thought, mermaids....you know I am very partial to my favourite painting I ever did...my breast feeding mermaid with the little baby with its long hair.

So, here we have it.
It is painted in watercolour, then zentangled over the top with white posca pen. Then I drew and painted the rest, and collages them onto the background. I am quite happy with the result.

When You Wish Upon a Star



I then thought I would like to try something different, so, I got out my water colours and splashed on some bluey greens colours. They looked all lovely and oceany. They were left to dry overnight....

I then searched images of whales....these two are kind and baby ones, cross between a whole lot of whales, but I am thinking blue and sperm.

Such a fun process, and I am pretty happy with how these both turned out.









Feel like I have plans for some more....thinking killer whale and a sweet dolphin.

If you are visiting, thank you so much....would love for you to say hi. If you are from ppf, I am looking forward to visiting and checking out your work.

That's it for today....just so busy lately...need to spend time working with the kids...a little to catch up on...

Until next time
Lots of it
Mandy
x

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Update on my $50 challenge.

I almost made it to two weeks only spending $50 dollars each week. But, I spent $170 on Monday. I had too. We needed some meat, and some snacks for the workers, and some vegetarian patties and some cheese, and, well, you know, these things add up.

It was a challenge, but I am sure I could do it again in a month. Two weeks with only $100 to spend.

It did save me lots of money, so I think it was definitely worth it. We still have sooooo much in the cupboards it's not funny.

I have 00 flour, so I can make some fresh pasta.

I have tins of chick peas and bags of lentils, so there are still plenty of vegetarian meals to be made in that lot.

Now, onto the next money saving item.

I am planting potatoes in the garden soon.

Potatoes are no good when you partake in the paleo way of eating, however, it's only me doing that, so planting them will be very useful in this house, and you can cook and enjoy them so many different ways.

I will be using some wire in a circle to hold the soil in, then add soil to it as the plant grow.
I will also try them in the ground and see how they go. I have one packet of seed potatoes. Hopefully that grows into many.

We have been lucky this season to have loads of mandarins, oranges and lemons. They are still on the tree, and this has been such a saving to us as we don't need to buy citrus at the supermarket. It's so good and easy. Potential savings there for sure.


I mentioned above that I spent $170 
I spent a little of that on snacks, and I am not too happy that I bought them. They cost a little bit but also, they are processed. I haven't bought processed foods like that for a while ....I am crazy not o make them myself, sorom now on I will be.

I am thinking muffins, popcorn, maybe a healthy paleo slice, which I always have ingredients for.

What are your go to recipes for snacks? Would love to hear about them, or show me a link to a recipe.

What are some of your favourite ways to save money?

Until next time
Lots of it
Mandy
xxx

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Math Resources

I am forever on the look out for great resources.
Here are some that we use, and have used at home, and I have began tutoring so I will be using these resources for those children as well.

MAB blocks


Time/clocks


3D shapes and volume



Versa tiles have a variety of booklets for most subjects and many hades.


Unifix cubes



Place value discs. 

 

Dice...do not underestimate what you can do with these little gems






I am a firm believer that you also don't have to spend a whole lot of money on worksheets, in fact, many can be found free or really cheaply.

Here is the link to my MATHS HOMESCHOOL Pinterest page.  

Hope you find some useful links there.

We have also used many text book style books for maths as well.

These series of books have been one of the best.

The Understanding  Year __  Maths






If you have any questions about how we approach maths in our home schooling, how I have taught the children a particular concept, or any other maths related, program related question, I am happy for you to comment below.

Don't, forget, if you wish to follow me via email, just check the top right on my sidebar, and you won't miss a post.

Until next time
Lots of it
Mandy
xxx

Monday, August 14, 2017

Chicken and Vegetable Soup

This is the best recipe. No matter what I put into it, it always turn out delicious.



Last night, I was very lucky, and Miss Maddie cooked it.

It's the meal that really costs not a whole lot. We usually pop one whole chicken in.
It's always best when it is a free range, or free range organic. But it's up to you what you use.

It is the BEST way of cleaning out your fridge.
So the cost is more or less the chicken you buy.

You can use a whole chicken, like we do, or a couple of chicken breasts, although the bones tend to give it more flavour.

And here is the important part. You can throw in whatever vegies you have in the fridge and in the garden.

Last night Maddie used,

A soup pack which had a turnip and a swede
Celery, carrots, a potato and an onion
She added
Carrots, zucchini, a quarter of a cabbage,
And from the garden, some bok choy leaves

Some salt, and pepper, and a pinch of good quality curry powder, and a sprinkle of either vegetable or chicken stock powder.

Fill the large pot up with water until it covers the vegies and the chicken. Boil for a bout 1.5 hours
Before you serve, take the chicken out and take the meat off and pop it back into the soup.

To serve, a dash of soy sauce and a turn of cracked black pepper.

This made about 20 serves of the soup.

Until next time
Lots of it
Mandy
xxx

Friday, August 11, 2017

52 Week Illustration Challenge

I will be linking this to Paint Party Friday...the Link is to the right sidebar on the image.

I am totally loving this 52 Wekk Illustration Challenge Facebook Page. The place is inspiring to say the least. I am pretty sure I have always been drawn to children's illustrations. They make my heart sing, and Picture books are just about one of my favourites...so much can be said in a picture.

So, here are two that I have been working on for the Challenge.

The first one the prompt word was "secret".

This is watercolour and pigment ink pen. 





The next one is for the following weeks, and it has the prompt word "sadness".
I actually have wrecked it I think by adding the sky. 😥
Oh well, you live and learn.





I will be adding the "secret" painting to my etsy shop.
This was made specifically to fit into a small ribba ikea square frame.

You can find my etsy sales on the right hand sidebar link.

Thank you once again for joining me and popping by and saying hi, and every comment is greatly appreciated.

Until next time
Lots of it
Mandy
xxx

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Books

We have an incredible amount of books in our house.

Being a home schooler, and a mum to 6, I have always been a firm believer in having books on hand, for any moment, whether it be for a fun read, or to have access to instant information, or to spark an interest.

We have many boxes of books in the garage, and, we have a book shelf in our entry full of all our fiction books, and my beloved Harry Potter collection.



We also have 2 large bookshelves in our dining area. They are low book shelves so not so intrusive, and the large one has door s on it so it covers up the mess. These are mostly non fiction books I have
bought specifically for the kids home schooling.




I also have another large billy bookcase full of text books. I have purchased many, and I am currently selling off many of them because the kids are in year 10 this year, and we will no longer be needing them. (I will be adding them to my ebay sales so if you are after a bargain, look to the top left of my blog and you can go directly to my  ebay listings).

I have another's large billy bookcase that has a row of books. The billy bookcases are in our back room area, and I have one more bookshelf that has curriculum n it, which we are still using.

Miss Maddie has a bookshelf full of books.

I also have a bookshelf in our front room, well, I have 2, but one is filled with DVDs.


The boys once had a bookshelf full of books but they weren't and of having younger reader books and picture books in their bedroom so they are also i boxes in the garage.

You see, I have big plans to build a magical library one day.

I am going to paint a wall that looks like Gyffindor common room, and there will be original artworks by me up around the walls, with characters from favourite books.

That is why I am keeping many books. It's going to have some big comfy chairs in it, as one day I hope to have grandkids and sit in these comfy chairs and read to them.

But that is in the future.

I love books.

Do you?

How many bookshelves do you have around your home?

Until next time
Lots of it
Mandy
xxx


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

$50 Challenge Meals

Brekky was weetbix or porridge or toast with Vegemite and/or home made marmalade
Day 1
Toasted cheese and Pan fried sandwich
Thai chicken curry with rice
Day  2
Toasted cheese sandwich

Had sandwiches with meat and salad
Day 3
Toast with leftover meat
Spaghetti Bol
Day 4d.
Toasted sandwiches
Whatever night which included bacon, eggs, vegies etc...
Day 5
Toast
Leftover spaghetti
Day 6
Toasted sandwiches
This was the day that took us over the edge. The kids are sick and I am still trying to shake This flu, so I succumbed to takeaway.
Well, not me as I have my paleo meals,
Day 7, which is Tuesday(and I am writing. This entry today in preparation for tomorrow)
Kids hav sandwich for lunch
Dinner is tom yum soup


Saturday my meals took a turn. I ordered paleo FOOBER.  meals  for 5 days out of the next 7. However, the rest of the family will continue to eat what I have left in the house.

My meals were already paid and it is a continual thing, but 7 others are still eating in the house.

I spent just over $50 all up at the grocery store.
I also splurged with the take away on Monday night spending $26.
So yep, it was o the $50.
I think I still have lots of bits, way too many bits, left in my cupboard. How oh how do I use all that stuff up?
Much of it is baking  stuff.

So, for this week I am going to repeat the Challenge.
I have a kilo of good mince
1 kilo of wings
A couple of tins of salmon
Tins and tinsof chick peas
Lentils
A couple of rices
Vegies and herbs in the garden
5 pumpkins


Some meals I plan on making are


Marinated chicken wings with rice and vegies
I will use garlic, ginger and some soy sauce with olive oil for the marinnade

Spaghetti bol with spiralised zucchini
Some garlic, herbs onions and whatever vegies I have. Tin of tomatoes with a squirt of tomato paste an a passatta.

Lentil and spinach stew with brown rice
I will be trying THIS recipe

Pumpkin Soup with home made damper
I will just be adding a few spicy bits to make it tasty.
You can pop in whatever you like, usually onion, garlic and then to make it paleo a coconut milk, that is why it will taste better with a bit of spiciness to it.


Chickpea curry with rice and  pappadums
I will be using THIS

Salmon patties with chips and salad
For the parties I will be using THIS recipe


Hmmmm...I am sure can whip up another

I will make for snacks
- a paleo bounty slice using THIS recipe
- blueberry muffins paleo style using THIS recipe
- roasted flavoured chick peas using THIS recipe
- hommus dip using THIS  recipe
- and we have plenty of fruit.
Wow...that is some impressively list knowing I am only using what I have in the pantry fridge, and garden.

Is anyone else trying the challenge?
Would love to hear how you are going.

Until next time
Lots of it
Mandy
Xxx






English.

Getting the kids writing can be a real challenge.

When Mr J was smaller he used to write his own novels. There was nothing stopping him from sitting down for hours working on his novels.

But then....that stopped.

Even getting the kids to write extended responses now is like getting blood from a stone.

So, I have been on the look out for great English resources that will get their creative juices flowing.

There are quite a few links I could show you, with lots of lovely words to use in sentences, different proforma for different genre and lots more. So instead of linking them here I will link my pintetest Board.

I also have been on a little spending splurge to help creative thinking flow. You can't have a writing session without being able to think the creative sentences up. There is over 140 links to check out.


 Here are some of my purchases lately. All to create imaginative thinking.




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We are yet to use these in our home schooling, but the sentence builder will be used for grammar. The others will be used to inspire creative thinking and writing.

Hope this helps, and make sure you grab a cuppa before you go through my 
English Homeschool Pinterest 

Until next time
Lots of it
Mandy
Xxx





Monday, August 7, 2017

Blueberry Muffins Paleo Style Recipe

So, Monday means Recipe day.

I have recently started using Foober, which is a food delivery company that creates fairly decent meals for all diets, but I am having the paleo one. Ten meals for the week, and making food for the other nights.

So, being back on paleo again makes me feel good. I don't know why I digress from it, oh wait, I do actually, I miss cheese and bread and rice...lol...but at the moment I am trying to lose weight, so paleo works the best for me.

Which brings me to a the recipe. It is nice to have what feels like a treat every now and then.




So, a quick Google and a search of what I had in my cupboard and I came up with this recipe.

BLUEBERRY MUFFINS
ingredients
2 cups of almond meal
2 pinches of bicarbonate soda
1 pinch salt
Two eggs
One cup of tinned coconut milk
3 tablespoons of coconut syrup (honey or maple syrup would work I think )
3 tablespoons of melted coconut oil
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract or powder
Half a cup of dried blueberries

Method
Mix it all together and pop into 12 patty pans, or muffin pans.
I cooked for 25 minute snacks on 180 degree pre heated oven.
I also sprinkled slivered almonds onto the top before I cooked the,.

Let me tell you, they taste amazing.
I have frozen them. I will be giving my sister some as she is eating paleo style as well.

Let me know if you give them a try.
Oh, and yes, I am still using what I have at home. It's brilliant.

Until next time
Lots of it
Mandy

Friday, August 4, 2017

Paint Party Friday and 52 Week Illustration Challenge

This week I have been very busy. I haven't had a whole lot of time to get onto anything crafty, but I did get to draw and paint.

I have been so sick and still not great...a tad over it...

Anyway...the prompt this week was "tools" and immediately I thought of a beautiful time when Jacob went up the ladder and Raymond helped him fix the fence. I still may draw that one, but I then immediately thought is a baby and the hammer squeaky toy, which I drew and painted, but not as overly happy with it as I wanted to be, so I did another. The favourite one I did was of two sisters and one was doing the others hair. Tools being the tools of the trade for hair dressing.

Growing up in a family with 4 sisters and mum, we were always doing each other's hair, and now, miss Jess is a hairdresser, so it was really an obvious choice.










I was happy to see that my last weeks painting, home, was selected to be on the page owners blog, however, she does state, these are not necessarily the best, lol, but, I know they are not great, but the goal is to get better, and to create pieces that mean something to me and hopefully pull on a heartstrings of others.

I promise I will have some craftiness to share along with my illustration.

Thank you to all those who visit from paint party Friday. Your visit and kind words are greatly appreciated. I always love to look at everyone elses work as well.

Until next time
Happy weekend
Mandy
xxx

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Using Up What You Already Have Challenge

A day behind in posts....apologies...

Here it is. Personally, I think the most money spent by may of us is the money we spend at the grocery store. I spend a whole lot, it used to be much more, but now it's around a few hundred dollars a week...sometimes more, and not often less. I have an army to feed though. There are 8 of us, the youngest two being 16, so it's not hard to spend a few hundred per week.

Here is THE CHALLENGE.

See how long you can go making dinners, lunches and breakfasts with what you already have in your fridge, cupboards, freezer and pantry.

You will need to get creative.

And, in our house we always need bread and milk.

So, I am going to say you can have a float of $50.

I have such messy cupboards, and I have so many bits and pieces in the drawers, my pantry, for me, this will be helpful money wise as well as cleaning up the pantry.









I will post some recipes that I come up with, and I will keep you posted with how I go.

I would love to hear how YOU go....my BIGGEST questions is, how many days will that $50 last with what we already have.

I would LOVE to hear how you all go.
I am predicting lots of savings coming...

until next time
lots of it
Mandy
xxx




Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Novel Studies

For English, we have tried many text book type approaches. These haven't been overly successful if I am being truthful. We tried an American curriculum, which I purchased at rather a big expense, and we haven't actually finished it, but we have done bits and pieces in , and this one has been.

 The most successful one. It is called Lightning Literacy. It studies great classics, such as A Christmas Carol, To Kill a Mockingbird, and also the Hobbot. It looks at short stories and poetry to, and in looking at novels, and wonderful language, it teaches the kids about grammar, and the conventions of language.

I got the grade 8 set for the kids a couple of years ago. It is still relevant to them even in grade 10. It covers the same thing asthey should be covering for stage 5, and the literature is quality, and perfect for their learning.

Here's is a link to Hewitt Homeschooling.

https://www.hewitthomeschooling.com/Materials/mLLJrHigh.aspx

I am actually about to check out their senior school English curriculum....

The kids also select a novel they would like to read and do a bit of work on.

Maddie chose, "A Wrinkle In Time" . She is a huge fan of reading and at the moment has a list of 42 classic novels she has intentions of reading over the coming year. She will more than likely do it, being a fan of Dickens, Austen and the like really helps....

Jacob read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. He is not so much a fan of reading, and up until last year my kids enjoyed read alouds. I think I may start up reading aloud again. You are never too old to listen to someone read to you.

When the kids do novel studies, a quick google search will always come up with a brilliant unit of work and generally some great independent work for the kids to do.

Here is a link to the two that the kids used recently

A Wrinkle In Time

https://www.scholastic.com/content/dam/teachers/activities/migrated-files-in-body/a-wrinkle-in-time-bookfile.pdf

Scholastic is amazing for great, easy to follow independent research.

And this one has a pretty big list of novel studies too.

http://www.glencoe.com/sec/literature/litlibrary/midsummer.html

This next one I think you will be truly thankful for...
http://www.teachershub.com.au/resources/teacher-notes/



This one is a list of all Jackie French historical kid s books, with a list of the links to the Australian Curriculum, and related activities. It's a beauty too.

http://www.bookvibes.com.au/jackie_french/2014_History_Jackie%20French.pdf

A List Of great novels
https://cbca.org.au/short-list-2017

Walker books teachers notes


http://www.walkerbooks.com.au/Teachers/Classroom-Ideas

Pan Macmillan teaching notes


https://www.panmacmillan.com.au/teaching-notes/

 I really must stop.
Hope these are helpful. Let me know what you think, or maybe you have another great site you could share?
I will leave you with a photo of my favourite books...


Until next time
Lots of it
Mandy
Xxx











Monday, July 31, 2017

Thai Red Curry Recipe and Birthday Boy Connor

Today is Recipe day. I thought I would share with you a family go to, and it's a popular with all, except our vegetarian. It is such a simple one to make, and it's one of the first things the twins learnt to cook for food technology.

Here is the beauty of this one.

You can interchange whatever vegies you have, so utilise what you have left in the fridge, and use the produce you are growing in your garden.

Thai Red Curry
Chicken breast chopped
Onion
Thai red curry paste
Tin can of coconut milk or cream
Broccoli
Silverbeet
Book choy
Carrots
Sweet potato

Fry the chicken breast in some oil, either coconut or olive oil. I add the curry paste now.
Add the onion and stir for a few minutes.
Add the rest of the vegies and stir for a little. Pop the lid on and steam the vegies for a few minutes.
Add the coconut milk, pop the lid on, turn down low and cook until the vegies are to your liking.

We either have this with rice, I sometimes spiralised zucchini and fry them up with it, or, in this case, I didn't put the sweet potato into the curry. I sliced it and popped it into the microwave for 5 minutes with a splash of olive oil, and salt and pepper.

You may notice I don't have amounts. The beauty of this one is that you add what you have. You know how much meat you will need. And just use the vegies you have. I usually bulk this up with vegies, and I usually pop two tins of coconut cream or milk into it. It goes kind f like a soup, and it's one of our family's favourite dinners, yet it's so simple.

On another note. Today this gorgeous boy turns 18. Where has the time gone?
I still have the gown I had to buy for hospital. You see, I went in early because I was having trouble with my liver levels and other vitals were not behaving. I was in hospital for a couple of weeks before I had Connor. I was a pin cushion, as the specialists even didn't know what was going on.
I found out after Connor was born early, that I had a very nasty toxaemia called HELLP Syndrome. It made me very sick and is no picnic for the baby either. Usual treatment is instant delivery of the baby, but they didn't know what it was. It's well known in the hospitals now. I even had all these specialists coming to smell my breath on a regular basis. They also were doing blood tests every half an hour. I still have scars from the needles.

I digress. I am blessed to have this gorgeous human in my life. Such a placid nature, a sweet soul, a friend, and inspiration.

Happy 18th birthday Connor.

I love you so much.





Sunday, July 30, 2017

Chopping off My Nails

Seriously...I have never had my nails done. So, almost two weeks ago, I went to one of those mal places and had some acrylic nails put on, and hadn't black painted on my nails.

It cost $55 and thought, that's ok, just over $1 per year. I can handle that...hahaha

Well, before I had even paid for  them I had pulled my right thumb nail right back and it was on the verge of breaking.

My nails hurt so much. Who would have thought getting your nails done caused pain.

And, let me tell you....I COULDNT HANDLE HAVING LONG NAILS.

I went to get my bank card out of my wallet....and couldn't.

I went to sign my name for a parcel and couldn't hold a pen.

I wanted to draw but....Couldn't.

I couldn't wash my hands, nor put on my make up, nor do my jeans up nor put on a bra.

 Couldn't prepare food, nor type on my phone and iPad.

I couldn't Garden, and I had trouble turning on taps.

I felt like I had these alien things and the end of my hands and I didn't like it one little bit.

I thought you needed special scissors to cut them and I thought I needed to go back and for them to redo the polish before they cut them.

Just yesterday, as I was trying to draw, I had a little freak out attack, got a pair of scissors, and just chopped the damn things off. They are still longish, and they still feel like these little weird extensions that don't belong to me...but they are soooo much better.

I had the experience....I didn't like it...I won't do it again.

Here is an interesting article on the risks of getting your nails done

http://goaskalice.columbia.edu/answered-questions/safety-gel-and-shellac-nail-manicures.


Here s a link about safe nail polishes. We all know they have some harmful chemicals in them...what can I say?! I got carried away and forgot when I was getting mine done.

https://wellnessmama.com/17833/non-toxic-nail-polish/



Rather a random post I know....

Oh...and here are my first radishes ever...a little soft, but oh...how pretty is that colour....



Ok....well that's it from me

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Until next time
Lots of it
Mandy
Xxx

Friday, July 28, 2017

Newtons Laws (and birthday week)

 Have been a bit slack this week. It was my birthday on Wednesday, I had a busy weekend, headed to Sydney for my nieces hens night, medical appointments for my miss and just general life. So much to always do and I just couldn't find the spare time to get to my blog.
Check out the link to paint party friday to the right sidebar.

So, here is a catch up post.

For those visiting from Paint Party Friday, firstly thank you, and, here is my art for the week. A quick little pen and watercolour painting , with a prompt word of home. Home is wherever my kids are. This was inspired by a little photo I took of the twins and Connor many years ago.






Thanks for popping by and I can't wait to see everyone's art this week.


For those visiting for home schooling. A bit of annoying news. The wonderful atomic bond kit I was getting has been lost. I mean, it's lost without a trace. They offered to send it out again but I told them by the time its sent out it will be too late, so I got a refund. On two items actually.  Also, the DNA knex kit has gone missing too. I just don't get it. At least they have given me a refund.

I am always on the lookout for science kits that help the kids learn concepts through actively participating. I recently purchased a wonderful kit from Amazon that teachers Newtons Laws, which is one of the content recommendations of content in the NSW syllabus.



I love it when the kits come with great booklets. Takes much of the hard work away.

Here are some useful links on Newtons Laws.

Fairly high level worksheets.


http://www.sas.upenn.edu/~kennethp/nkdievid2.pdf 



A big unit with lots of reading and activities.

http://www.scuc.txed.net/webpages/pparris/pre-ap_physics_resou.cfm?subpage=42028


Another clear explanation of the Laws, and working samples.

https://www.bangor.ac.uk/ccm/GCSE/GCSE%20Science%20-%20Physics%202.pdf 

A simpler way to look at the Laws.
https://mnliteracy.org/sites/default/files/curriculum/unit2.10_review_newtons_laws__forces_final.pdf

A very simple explanation

http://www.physics4kids.com/files/motion_laws.html 

NASA site


https://www.grc.nasa.gov/www/k-12/airplane/newton.html


Another good site

http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Physics-Tutorial/Newton-s-Laws


Crash course on YouTube


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKKM8Y-

Hope these help.

I got some wonderful birthday presents off my family. I had a lovely birthday dinner with my sisters on Tuesday night. hey gave me some birthday money, and so far, I have bought these gorgeous Peter Alexander Toy Story pyjamas. Just so cute and so comfy. No idea what else I will buy with the rest money.


I also got these amazing David Bowie high tops.



Kids got me some gorgeous Harry Potter things, and socks and chockies and two bunches of flowers. A book, Down to Earth, by Rhonda Hetzel, and miss Maddie cooked my favourite dinner, rissoles, baked potatoes, corn and broccoli with gravy.

Jessica also came home from being in Europe for a month. It was so good to have her back home, and she is already planning her next visit.
She got me a fabulous Platform 9 3/4 hoodie. I think I have worn it every day.

I have been sick all week, with it now being the snuffles, but it did start out as a bit croupy, so I have been keeping well away from Jacob, and so far, he has stayed well. Think we are in the clear...yay...for those that don't know, Jacob has a thing where his airways get very narrow and almost close when he gets unwell. it still happens, and has been a real challenge. So colds in our house are not good.

Has anyone discovered the hilarity of snapchap filters.I am feeling considerably  miserable with this virus. Puffy eyes and nose, you know, the usual symptoms of a cold. Snapchat filters make you look hilarious, so, I will leave you with warped images of me, because honestly, playing with them always makes me laugh out loud.






Until next time
Lots of it
Mandy
Xxx