Monday 27 August 2012

Scrapology Scraplift Challenge

I'm trying to get my scrappin' mojo back and thought I'd try a scraplift challenge...   I'm quite pleased with the results...

Anyone else that wishes to enter can do so here!


Saturday 25 August 2012

Scary stuff!

Considering my current OU module is no where near finished, I was a little surprised and more than a little scared to see what arrived this morning...

I'm going with the fact that I may need to do a  little light reading before my next course starts in October!


I believe I can fly...

For lee's birthday pressie LAST year, I bought him an indoor flying experience which we finally got to do yesterday and it was soooo worth the wait!

It was a 2for1 offer so I got to go too, and we took Alex with us to be the official photographer...

 Being the excited little kid he is, lee went first and he thoroughly enjoyed himself.

My biggest fear was initially jumping into the wind tunnel, but I got over that and had a fabby time "flying".

I can totally recommend it to anyone who likes something a little different and kids from 4 can do it too - the boys are up next!!


Tuesday 21 August 2012

Ding Dong - Avon calling...

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If you're looking to earn serious money in the run up to Christmas, now is the the time to join my Team! I can offer FREE books for your first TWO campaigns, full training and on-going support to build your business. 

I cover most local areas such as Shoebury, Thorpe Bay, Southend, Westcliff, Leigh, Eastwood, Rayleigh, Benfleet, Wickford and Baildon - Contact me now to start earning!!!


Monday 20 August 2012


Have just managed to sort out a pic of the wonderful freebies we got from Live Your Dream.
The 3 new fragrances, the new eye products, lipsticks and jewellery and not forgetting the bag and scarf.  

Thank you Avon!


Sunday 19 August 2012

Week 4

I'm on the ball this week - already blogging week 4's activities..

Monday saw us over at Southchurch Park with some other Mum's, although we didn't stay long as I had to get over to Janine's to get on route up to Birmingham for Avon's Sales Leader event, Live Your Dream.

Bless Mum, she'd agreed to have the kids for me each day whilst Lee was at work, so they weren't booked into anything, just got to spend some quality time with Nannie.  They were all alive and kicked when I got home, so either the "serious talking to" I gave them all worked or Mum did indeed put them in the cupboard!!

I thoroughly enjoyed LYD, but got back really late Wednesday night, so didn't see the kids until Thursday morning when we were off down to Adventure Island with Dawn, Tara and the kids.  Was a great day and Alexander even went on The Rage!!!  Brave boy!!

That evening I went to see Dreamboats and Petticoats at the Cliffs Pavillion with Mum - just my thing, a show with all 50's and 60's music!

Friday was just a catch up day for me and a chill out play on the wii day for the boys whilst Cassie was at nursery, although in the evening I popped over to Charmaine's to her mini pamper evening in celebration of her and her friends qualifying as nursers after 3 years of training.

Saturday was a glorious hot day and we'd planned to go to the beach, but decided that it was just too hot to be with no shade on the beach, so the garden it was, with the paddling pool out, water table and water guns.  Karen and Ash spent the morning here with us whilst Sam was at football with Nicholas and they stayed for lunch when the boys got back, and to play.  Alex and Ash had great fun with the water ball I'd bought last week at the bootsale!

On Sunday, Lee went off up to London on his walk-around photo shoot whilst Mum had Nicholas and Cassandra and I took Alex to his Pokemon tournament.  Considering it was his first ever tournament and he was the youngest player there, he came 6th and got through to the semi-finals, winning a booster pack of Pokemon cards!  So, so proud of him.  He had a great day...

Week 5 tomorrow!!!!!!!


Friday 17 August 2012

Live Your Dream!

As most people will know, I'm very much into my Avon at the present time.  I've worked really hard this year and was rewarded by being invited to "Live Your Dream" a special event for the elite, the best of the best Sales Leaders in the country.

The event was held at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in Birmingham whcih played host to 800 Avon Sales Leaders...  After introductory tea & coffee, the first event was lunch on Tuesday..

Lots of recognition was done and in the afternoon we had a motivational speaker - Richard McCann - he is the son of the first woman to be murdered by Peter Sutcliffe - the Yorkshire Ripper.  He had me in tears at one point, but is definately an inspiration as despite his tough start, he has turned his life around and now has a loving wife and 2 kids.

Dinner was the main event and dress up wasn't in it - the dresses, the shoes - it was all fabby.

Vanessa Wright and I were sharing a room and we had such a laugh!

Dinner took far too long though for my liking (still sitting there at 10.30pm) but one of Avon's ambassador's Alesha Dixon put in an appearance, so worth the wait!

After dinner was the much anticipated disco and thanks to Vanessa I managed to last the distance and was still booging the night away at 1am!

An early start on the Wednesday and a lovely treat was that all the Area Manager's within Sparta Division joined us for lunch.  Although I'm Area 583 (Sarah), I recruit into Area 580 (Sara) so managed to sit with both managers :)

The afternoon did drag on a bit, and I finally got home just before 10pm - rather tired to say the least.  Still, it was worth it for the fabby goodies we were all given!

Many, many thanks to my Mum for having the kids for a couple of days as without her I wouldn't have been able to attend :)


Week 3

I'm running a little late with week 3 activities as I started blogging, then never finished and have just tried to find another 10 mins in my day to finish off...

Well, the kids are alive and kicking - just.  These Mum's that I hear of (although I've never personally spoken to one) that LOVE the 6 LONG weeks school hols just amaze me.  Either that or they just put their kids in a cupboard and lock it!

Anyway, Monday saw us over at Wat Tyler, meeting up with a few other Mum's, although we didn't end up spending the day there as planned as the kids were just knackered and whinny to go home.  So we did and they spent the rest of the afternoon zonked out in front of the TV...

On Tuesday, I'd booked for the boys and I to go to "family pottery" at Swayne School in Rayleigh (thanks to Mum for spending quality time with her grand daughter) and they had a rather good morning creating lots of things out of their air drying clay...

Nicholas was particularly pleased with his fish!

The afternoon saw us spend time with my good friend Karen and her boys Ash & Sam.

Nicholas has football camp over at Soccer Hub on Wednesday and Cassandra had nursery, so some well needed 1:1 time with my eldest.  His choice and after breakfast (toast and chocolate cake) at Stop the World cafe in Leigh, he wanted to go down to the beach.  A grand session of crabbing then ensued - very proud of my big man for his efforts!

That evening we went over to the in-law's to visit their new addition - Oscar the kitten and he was well and truly fussed over!  Yummy Shephards Pie for tea too :)

Cassandra had Little Steps Gymnastics with her bud James Goff Thursday morning whilst I bombed over to Chelsmford with the boys for my 2nd follow up to my laser eye treatment.  All good so a trip to "The Entertainer" toy shop, saw the boys get some lego for all their gem work so far...  Quite impressed when we got home as they actually built it and played with it!

Dinner on the boys was the agenda for Friday after dropping Cassie at nursery as we all went to King Edmund school in Rochford for "Family Cookery".  Alex has shown an interest for a while now in becoming a chef, so I thought it would be fun....  Whilst what we cooked was great the arguments between the boys over who was chopping/stiring/cutting/mixing/layering etc etc was not so great.  Sometimes I wonder why I bother doing stuff with them....

The weekend saw Lee on his final two days of  FA coaching - his assessment days - pleased to confirm that he did indeed pass with flying colours, whilst I took all 3 kids down to Kent to Lennon's football party.  Both the boys had been invited and they both had a great time.

Sunday I got the best bargain at Neverdon's bootsale a double buggy for Cassie for £1.00!  I was very pleased.  And of course she had to get ANOTHER baby doll to go with it and of course she had to go and show her friend Jacob over the road.

The boys got bits and pieces that they saw and wanted, that they didn't really need, but at least they did all come home and play with them. 

Half way through....


Monday 6 August 2012


Mum won a scrapbook lift competition this week - way to go!


Sunday 5 August 2012

Week 2

Well, week two is done and it wasn't all bad :)  I'm even on the ball and blogging Sunday night - get me!!!

Last Monday saw us meeting up with some other Mum's from school over at Promanade Park in Maldon.

It was touch and go whether we actually went or not due to the weather, but it held out for us and we all had a fun time.

Tuesday saw Alexander at Mad Science camp being held at school.

Alex loves his science and whilst it's quite expensive, it one of the few things Alex is really interested in and he goes every summer for a day or two.  Today was all about chemistry....

That left Nicholas, Cassandra and I to amuse ourselves for a bit until the afternoon when Mum came over for tea and to babysit as Lee and I went to see Batman - The Dark Knight Rises.

Lee has been looking forward to this film for what seems like forever and the wait was worth it.  I have one word.... FANTASTIC!!!!!

On Wednesday, Alexander was back at Science camp and Cassandra was at nursery - so although a day with just Nicholas and I, I had my Avon delivery to sort, so I invited Jack Duce over to play and I never really saw either of them for a good couple of hours!  The two boys play so nicely together it's great.  I'm so pleased they are both in the same class next year....

After Science club, I picked Alexander up and drove him to Mum's for a 2 night sleep over - I alwasy try and schedule one in each holidays - Mum and Alex just love spending time with each other and now Alex is getting older, they can do so much...

Thursday morning, I had an appointment at our house to sign up a new rep to my Avon team ..

Then just after lunch, Nicholas had been invited to play in a friendly football tournament for Soccer Hub who he trains with on a Wednesday.

So along we went only to be told the team they were supposed to be playing had cancelled that morning, so they were going to just play the kids who were at soccer school that day.  Great - not.  The Soccer Hub elite beat the other kids 9-1!!!!

Nichols then went over to Charmaine's for his first "other-than-Nannie's-house-sleep-over" with Jack and I didn't hear or see him until 9.30am the next morning!  Was very very strange with only Cassandra in the house that evening though.....  I actually missed my boys :)   LOL!

Friday was the big day - after dropping Cassandra at nursery, collecting Nicholas from over the road and dropping him at Soccer Hub for training, I meet up with Mum and Alex and we all went off to Lakeside to see if we had a "go" for my laser eye surgery that's already been deferred 3 times...

After hanging around for over an hour and having had various tests I got the all clear and before I knew it I was in and it was done!  Terrifying wasn't the word, don't get me wrong, it's not like you're sitting there and can see this red laser about to zap you, but it's rather scary, just glad it's all over very quickly!

I was a bit teary afterwards and it was hard to keep my eyes open, so I simply went home and went to bed - leaving the 3 kids in the capable hands of Mum and then Lee.

I felt lots better in the morning and my eye sight is amazing.  I can see what everyone else can without my glasses!  Optical Express do a referral scheme to, so if anyone is thinking about it, let me know as I have vouchers that can get money off the treatment!!!

Saturday Lee was on his FA Coaching course so it was just me and kids, thank the Lord for Mum who came over and played taxi to dropping Nicholas and Sam to football training (that Richard Knight - Freddie's Dad) was taking this week, and then driving me into town to have my aftercare appointment.  All good, so we came home and just played.

In the evening I took the kids and Mum to my friend Debbie's Dad's 90th birthday party she had organised - more of a tea party than a rave, but she's done it brilliantly - a real British theme with lots of teapots and china teacups, plates of biscuits and an old timer singing away.

Whilst Lee was on his coaching course all day again, today saw us over at the Tudor Day at Southchurch Hall park with my good friend Rachel and her two kids Calum and Niamh.  Everyone was dressed up and was giving a good history lesson.  They all had fun finding the clues to the quiz, listening to a guy play the era's musical instruments, making crowns and having a go at archery.

McD's for lunch and then back to ours for a play (due to the rain) rounded off the day.

or, so I thought, until Lee got in and we all went down to the seafront to skim stones and have an ice cream - Rossi of course!

A great end to the week and almost into Summer Hols week 3!!!!