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Half-term song

Hello all, So after a few days off I thought I’d share with you all what we have been up to over the half term, some I may even make into blog posts….. Extra stress on the MAY as I’m sure you’re still awaiting the rest of my experiment… cough…. cough, never set goals, you’ll only feel like a failure when you don’t succeed.
Anywho, given that there’s less 8 weeks till Christmas I thought I’d break into song…

For the half-term holiday the Macdonald family (had)

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11 cups of coffee
10 dirty nappies
9 home-made cupcakes
8 loads of washing
7 hours Ikea-ing
5 days off work
4 calved pumpkins
3 lie ins
2 days in Bristol
And a fast trip to A and E

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Slummy Chic

Half term is rapidly approaching and I can’t wait, here’s why

  • I can spend some quality time with the eldest
  • I can spend some quality time with the hubby (who doesn’t work school holidays)
  • I also have the week off of work
  • I can (fingers crossed) have a lay in at some point next week, bliss
  • I won’t have to do the school run: Yay extra jammie time
  • Halloween is just around the corner
  • Hubby has offered to decorate one room of my choosing..

It’s this last one which has got me in a spin, one room, any room (bar the family room, which is open plan living/dining room/kitchen and will no doubt be in use) I can chose either mine or Scott’s office, one of the toilets, our bedroom or one of the children’s. So here’s the dilemma, which do I chose? Being a ‘Slummy Mummy’ means I have my own unique way of decorating, this usually involves the following:

  • Buying candles (lots of candles, purely ornamental mind you)
  • Buying picture frames (lots of picture frames)
  • Purchasing those mini paint tester pots (You know the ones, where you paint a stripe on each wall and it they sits there for 3 years while you decide which colour you prefer)
  • Buying cushions (lots of cushions)
  • Collecting paint supplies (we have a range of different tapes, overalls, dust sheets, brushes and rollers)
  • Hours of internet research with Google images
  • Hours of internet research with Pinterest
  • Hours of internet research with DIY stores
  • Hours of wandering around show homes, department stores and the home sections of supermarkets for inspirationhome final

So with all this, how many rooms have I decorated in the last ten years? Let’s think, 5 homes, er 0 complete rooms:

Home 1, a flat, no point decorating, this is a pit stop

Home 2, all neutral anyway, I painted a wall of the kitchen bright pink, only to have it all crumble and fall off during the winter, that was a coooold house, I did put up some stickers in the hallway and begin my candle collection though.

Home 3, painted a previously hideous brown wall: green, got cushions, used testers, added to the candle collection…. Painted H’s room and put up a border…. (I lie, I met my husband that year, and he did that for me)

Home 4….. Paid a decorator to do our downstairs and My husband painted our larder door, I then stripped the wall paper in our bedroom, got bored, fell pregnant (not cos I was bored) and stared at a half done wall for a year.

So here we are home number 5!!!! I’m pleased to say, this is our 10 year house…. So when you think about it, there’s no rush to decorate really….. maybe I’ll get some new cushions

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Let them eat cake (providing you don’t burn it)

Confessions of a ‘Slummy Mummy’ is one week old today yay! Thanks to you wonderful lot we have had 500+ hits. I reckon we should celebrate with cake, what do you think? I thought I would share with you all some baking highs and lows of mine in the hope that you will understand why I’m such a pioneer of the shop bought variety.

Never let it be said that I’m lacking in imagination, in fact I have big plans whenever there’s a family celebration on the horizon. As the day rolls closer I somehow convince myself I’m a cake maker extraordinaire. I Google images and ideas, view the odd YouTube tutorial and purchase far more ingredients, decorations and equipment than humanly necessary. In fact, each cake I set out to create inevitably hits the £30+ spending mark, somewhat counterproductive don’t you think?

Especially when I then have visions of others being so overwhelmed by my talents that I’m obliged to open my own bakery in order to cater for their demands. I must confess now however, that no one has ever asked me to bake them a cake and I’m pretty sure I hear a little groan escape my husband each time I mention I’m going on a baking spree (I’m sure he’s thinking about the washing up though….. I’m an artist Darhhhling, I do not wash dishes….. yes, I could put them in the dishwasher but, once again, like always, its full of clean stuff!!)

I may have the er… physique of a baker, I may have the imagination of a baker; I may even have these cool metal icing nozzles and piping bags like a baker. But, I’m afraid to say, I AM NO BAKER……mergy

The idyllic image

What you see here may look idyllic, but like all good bloggers I edited my life slightly,

My cupboards are in fact a mess, every cake has a story and I’d like to share the truth with you…..

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This is what my cupboard really looks like!! and while the outcome of the other two pictures seems good (burger cake), id like to point out that this took 3 days, 3 attempts, £40 and tasted like rotten turkey……. shhhhhh don’t tell though

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Fancy dress

With Halloween just around the corner I’ve been musing about children’s costumes recently

Before the ‘big move’ I sent my daughter to a school who’s PTA were somewhat lacking in imagination. Not only did I lose count of the number of fancy dress days she was required to take part in, I also exhausted the dressing up box by the end of the second term….

Now, there are four types of costume mums out there….

  • The ones who go all out with the sewing machine in a bid to outdo each other
  • The ones who go all out with the wallet in a bid to outspend each other
  • The (arguably sensible ones) who send their children in the same spiderman/Disney princess outfit every time regardless of theme (Yes spiderman is from a nursery rhyme, yes Cinderella is a farm animal).
  • And us slummies….. who want to make something spectator yet cost efficient and inevitably the night before following 3 glasses of wine

Thankfully I’ve only had two glasses of the old Rose this evening,

Wear all of one colour, Wa-La Jelly baby

Wear all of one colour, Wa-La Jelly baby

Why go out to buy a costume?(that means washing your hair) £20 for what is basically a pillowcase made of polyester, with stitching which you just know will unravel after its first wash, when you have a wardrobe (wash basket) full of kids clothes….. ?

Add a mask and...... animal? vegetable? or mineral? (ok mineral might be pushing it but you get the idea)

Add a mask and…… animal? vegetable? or mineral? (ok mineral might be pushing it but you get the idea)

Back in the dark ages, when Ed the duck brought us quality TV shows from the broom cupboard, we thought nothing of prancing about in dads old shirts with a tea towel on our head…. and neither will our children. Here are some examples from our family collection……. Can you spot

The pillow case

The curtain

The blanket

                                                  The tea towel

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