Addressing all Things Dressing Up

Anyone who has children at nursery or at school will understand that throughout the school year parents and carers find themselves and their calendars at the mercy of the school newsletter. This powerful piece of paper heralds news including your class cake bake sale and similar.

I am that mother who calls her mother (or sisters) when the cake sale note comes round because while I cook brilliantly (even if I do say so myself) I’m a rubbish baker. What I make tastes fine but always looks uneven, lopsided or down right just strange.

Who though do you call  though when it comes to dress ing up days? I now have two boys at school and with alarming regularity throughout the terms we seem to have non-uniform / dress up days where the children come as certain special characters. Today for example is Superhero day. After many tears and tantrums I managed to borrow a onesie for one child, find a t-shirt for another and to be fair they looked pretty good. This is rare. Poor Kieran (my eldest) went for the Magna Carta day in a plain tshirt with an A4 sticker featuring a shield stuck to the front (that I printed off). Some parents simply aren’t meant to make costumes and I am one of them.

Superhero, costumes, Children in Need costumes

After spending all week stressing and worrying about what they would wear I now wish I’d bought something to be honest as at least then they could be used for other events and for home play, particularly for the 4 year old. This is what I will be doing from now on (and I’m guessing other parents have been doing for a while as I’ve seen very little panic over costumes on the school yard). One day soon I will have a dress up boy that is the envy of all my school parent chums!

I was recently introduced to Tickled Pink Fancy Dress and was rather chuffed to say the least to see not only the range of outfits they offer but also the price! Taylor (the 4yr old) especially loves to dress up and with his nativity around the corner and Christmas creeping up their Xmas range of fancy dress costumes is bound to be a life saver. In the past my biggest bug bear about costumes has not been finding them, it has been paying for them. With costumes such as this Boy’s Santa Costume available in three sizes including jacket, hat, belt and trouser for just £5.99 I really can’t complain. I’m thinking actually this might be fun to wear for the Christmas lights switch on event in town……

TP Costumes, Santa costume

Costumes are a part of most parent’s lives, whether they planned it that way or not and my friends, family and school yard companions will have heard many times before now that I haven’t ever planned properly for fancy dress or school costumes. That said now that I can see that there is an easier (and cheaper) way (so no more embarrassing Pinterest costume fails) which would be also reusable they might find me much less ranty of a Wednesday when the newsletters come out.



Winding Down After a Busy Day 

This weekend (the first May bank holiday weekend) has been suitably manic on the busy-scale, as per usual. I took Kieran to Code Club and we did the library while Roy and Taylor did suitably blokey stuff (Roy showed him how to play the ukulele). Kieran had a party with a friend and onto the local fair, we’ve been walking, hit the park, there was ice cream for the fellas, we had people around on Sunday for the afternoon… it was busy but great fun.

Sometimes when you’ve had a busy day or a busy weekend you find yourself craving a bit of “me” time. I work from home full-time and so you’d think that when work is done, the kids are tucked up and what not that I’d be desperate to get out and about. Honestly, the complete opposite is true.

You see, I’m a home bod. I love my house and don’t feel the need to leave it of an evening unless we have to or have something particularly special planned. Indeed once the kids are in bed you are most likely to find me tucked up in my PJs and slipper boots. Not the look of a gal going out on the town!

Here are my top five ways to unwind after a busy day – please feel free to add more via the comments, I’m always looking for activities that are fun and don’t require summoning up extra energy!


An oldie but a goodie. I love to read and devour books. I’m also someone who will read from pretty much any genre. For those looking for inspiration in the last week alone I have read Hidden Treasures by Fern Britton (I’ve read a few of hers and they have all been excellent), Hide Her Name by Nadine Dorries and Trail of Broken Wings by Sejal Badani (I struggled to put this one down!).

A must read!


Bear with me on this one! I love to be organised, I am a self-confessed and publically recognise stationery tart. I love being a bit creative. I’ve managed to merge these loves into a hobby of sorts which is not entirely unlike scrapbooking. I have an Erin Condren planner which I had shipped from America. if you could love a diary/planner then I’d happily state I love this one. I offers everything I need for work, family AND home and even better, I get to spend time making it pretty.


A Bit of Bingo

I was ever so sad when the Regent Bingo Club here in Thirsk closed down. The building was made into apartments and a swish cocktail bar (which has be closed for a couple of years now – what a waste!). I now get my bingo fix online, and why not? I set a budget, curl up on the sofa in my PJs and thoroughly enjoy a little flutter. Next on my hit list to explore is the Bingo EXTRA website, I might even win big and treat myself to some new PJs and slipper boots!


I am not a baker. I’ll bake with the boys and fill the scone tin up from time to time however my true passion lies in cooking savoury dishes. I adore having the opportunity (and peace!) to turn on the radio, close the door to the kitchen and just create. I’ll often do this of an evening and freeze my efforts for easy meals during the week.


Netflix / Sky

We (Roy and I) record certain TV shows and watch them together, such as Game of Thrones. I also have my regulars such as Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, Good Wife, Madame Secretary and we both enjoy trawling Netflix for now (and old) films and seasons to enjoy. We’re both waiting for the new Orange is the New Black to start!

How do you wind down at the end of the day?

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