The Best and Worst of This Week w/e 15/10/2011

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The Best……..

The best thing to happen this week is that I won a competition!  LissyLou will be the proud owner of this princess bed! If you want one, you can buy them HERE

The Worst…..

The worst thing this week has been a terrible night with C last night which ended up with me sleeping on the camp bed in his room so that I didn’t have to get out of bed everytime he woke up! Believe me it was worth it, he woke up about 10 times! Bless him, he did have a temperature and he does have a chesty cough.

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The Best and Worst of This Week w/e 08/10/2011

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The Best……..

The best thing this week has been my little man and his successes with potty training. After lots of fits and starts over the last 6months or so he seems to finally be getting it. It just proves what I have always been told and always believed that children will be easy to potty train when they are ready to do it. We’ve gone from not being able to get him to wear underpants at all to a little boy who is excited to wear his underpants, takes himself to the potty, pulls his pants up and down himself etc. Yes we have had accidents but a lot less accidents than successes and finally we seem to be getting somewhere! I’m taking it slowly and making sure that we do it properly. I want him to be confident and happy through the process so hopefully this time will work!

The Worst…..

The worst things this week has been potty training. Yes, it’s going really really well but it’s hard work, the constant “Do you need a wee?”, the up and down the stairs with the potty to dispose of the contents and cleaning up after the accidents. All this while chasing after a newly mobile baby is actually quite tiring! Who knows, maybe next week the best thing will be potty training related weight loss for mummy!

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Christmas Gift Ideas

Did you know there are only 84days to Christmas? Well I have been busy researching all the best Christmas Gift Ideas to suit different budgets and different people, from food to toys there is something for even the most discerning member of the family. Keep your eye on the blog over the next week or so for some AMAZING gifts, services and products. You will not be disappointed.

If you have any particular gift questions then please let me know because I will try and find something that might be of use. Just comment below with your Christmas Gift Ideas question!

What does this Indian Summer mean for the world’s climate?

Right now I know we are enjoying an Indian Summer. It’s hot, I mean seriously, 27 degrees plus in October? How often can you take pictures like this in October?

In fact the record today has been 29.5 degrees, recorded in Gravesend. This beat a 26year record of 29.4degrees.

But does this late burst of heat and sunshine really indicate climate change and a shift in the worlds climate? The experts are telling us that it doesn’t! Apparently most spells of unusual weather are simply that – unusual. They have happened before and they will happen again.

But that doesn’t change the fact that we still hear a lot about climate change and global warming. We are told to save energy and recycle. Use public transport instead of our vehicles and ‘offset’ our carbon footprint. I still find all these things so alien. When I was a child this sort of thing was just starting to happen. We recycled cans, bottles and newspapers, but you had to drive to your local supermarket to tip these things into large bins. I knew to turn the tap off when I was brushing my teeth to save water and to turn lights etc off when I wasn’t using them but really that’s as far as it goes.

Yes, I know that it’s really important to care about the world we live in, to save water and energy, to recycle etc but I disagree with things being forced upon you. I don’t think that I should be forced to recycle, or use public transport, or follow eco-friendly advice. I’d rather do things under my own steam, in ways that work for me and my family. We turn off lights, switch tv’s off instead of using standby, reuse carrier bags, walk where possible etc.

But will all these small measures actually have any effect on climate change? Well there are lots of little things that we can easily do that involve no effort and I was surprised by some of them so here are a few you can easily do!

1. Turn off electrical items when not in use

2. Turn your thermostat down by 1 degree

3. Boil only as much water as you need to use

4. Conserve water (we use a lot of energy processing water to make it fit to drink, if you waste water you are in fact wasting energy!)

5. Buy energy efficient appliances

6. Wash your clothes at 30degrees

7. Don’t put hot food in your fridge/freezer

8. Try to have an energy free hour every week either at home or at work

I’m trying to get more into the eco-friendly camp as I have realised that C and LissyLou are going to be more eco-conscious as they grow up than I have had to be. I am starting with the energy free hour, except we are going to make sure we have an energy free hour every day if we can. If we all can adopt something new then hopefully we can do our bit to help slow climate change for generations to come