Monday, 16 December 2019

Christmas Carol Service

I love December and all the festive things it brings. One of these things is the carol service at Matilda’s school. 

Monday, 25 November 2019

When should a child walk to school alone?

Matilda is in year 5. She is really starting to grow and wants more independence. One of the things that has been mentioned is her starting to walk to and from school by herself.

Monday, 11 November 2019

Joining GirlGuiding

This month marks the 10th anniversary of me joining Girl Guiding. I joined Girl Guiding on the 5th November 2009 and over the last decade I have really grown as a person thanks to my volunteering. 

Monday, 4 November 2019

My trip to the Lego store

Last weekend me and Matilda took a trip to London. As we were in London, I told Matilda she would go to the Lego store in central London. This made her day as she loves Lego!

Monday, 21 October 2019

Halloween at London Zoo

This weekend me and Matilda had an early start as we visited London Zoo. The zoo opens at 10am so we decided to get there for 10:30 and armed with our map we headed into the zoo. 

Monday, 7 October 2019

Is it time for secondary school already?

 It seems like only yesterday when Matilda was a baby. I remember walking Matilda to school for her first day and now we are looking at secondary schools. Where has the time gone? 

Monday, 30 September 2019

Have you played Gutterhead?

In the last few years board games that are aimed for a more adult audience have become more and more popular. I don't normally play these games as in our house we tend to play more family based games but I have recently been introduced to an adult board game I have enjoyed called Gutterhead.

Saturday, 14 September 2019

Competiton Time

Autumn is finally here. The nights are getting longer, the leaves are becoming golden and there is a slight chill in the air.

Friday, 6 September 2019

Always Keep an Eye on Your Underwear

Last week we had some very warm weather. It had previously been starting to get more chillier as we came into autumn but we suddenly have a very hot few days

Friday, 30 August 2019

Taking the Brownies to Wildwood

During our Brownie Holiday we took the girls to Wildwood. This is a wildlife park based in Herne Bay that only includes animals native to Britain. We got to see many animals including wolves, foxes, squirrels and owls.

Friday, 23 August 2019

Alice and the Hatter Tea Shop

This week was Brownie Holiday as always it was a week of fun, laughter and noise. Lots and lots of noise! We filled the week with many activities, some which we do every year, some which were new. One of the new activities was a visit to Alice and the Hatter. This is a tea shop themed around Alice in Wonderland.

Monday, 5 August 2019

My tour of the Principality Stadium

I absolutely love watching rugby. I watch the six nations religiously every year and although I mainly support England, I will cheer on any home nation.

Monday, 22 July 2019

My Mystery Trip to Cardiff

Last weekend me and my family went on a mystery holiday. Me and Matilda knew we were going somewhere by National express but we didn’t know where.

Monday, 15 July 2019

A Year with the New Brownie programme

Where has the year gone? It seems like I have blinked and suddenly we are in July! How? This means it’s been a year since the new Girlguiding programme has been introduced. 

Friday, 28 June 2019

Who doesn’t love camping.

When I was a child we would go camping all the time. It was a cheap and cheerful holiday and although we all had a good time, part of me was glad when Matilda arrived and camping became impractical.

Monday, 17 June 2019

Starting my Leadership Qualification

I have been volunteering for Girlguiding now for almost 10 years and I have finally started the adult leadership qualification. 

Monday, 10 June 2019

Baking time.

I love to bake. I love baking goodies such as cakes and biscuits. I am not very good at it, my bakes are normally simpler recipes and don’t always look as pretty as I hoped but they are always edible and normally taste good. 

This week I decided to make some cupcakes. I liked the idea of attempting a like with layers of different colours. Matilda was excited about helping me and I thought why not?  

Monday, 27 May 2019

What a View

During my trip to London last week, me and my mum visited the viewing platform of the Shard. This was not my first time up the Shard but this time the weather was so much better then my last visit.

Monday, 20 May 2019

My Birthday Meal at Gordon Ramsay’s cafe

This week I celebrated my birthday. It wasn’t a significant one so I didn’t have any big plans until mum reminded me that for Christmas she had brought me a Red Letter Day Voucher for day out in London and my birthday was the perfect opportunity to use it. 

Monday, 6 May 2019

I have had my cut!

For the last few years I have been growing out my hair. I loved having long hair and was reluctant to cut it however this week it has all come off. 

Monday, 29 April 2019

Thank you ASDA

My Brownie group is not run for profit. We set the cost of subs based on our outgoings such as hire of the hall, cost of badges and cost of supplies. We try to go for cheaper versions of crafts using Poundland goods or buying bits when we see them on offer. In the 15 years since I was a Brownie the weekly cost has gone up by only 50p (although we may need to increase the subs in September).

Monday, 8 April 2019

Monday, 25 March 2019

Matilda's School concert

This week was Matilda’s spring concert at school. As it was on my day off, I went along to watch.

As a member of the PTA, I had offered to help with the refreshment stall so arrived a little earlier to set up. The concert was due to start at 6 and by 5:45 when they opened the doors the queue to get in went from the school door to the next street over! Luckily I had put my coat and bag on a chair on the front row to ensure I had a good seat.

There was an amazing turn out. The kids had been practicing their performances within class and as a result 131 of the 350 kids of the kids turned up. As the concert was mid week and started at 6pm no one really expected such a high turn out.

The concert started with a group number before all the kids came up in their year groups to sing their song. Matilda’s year sang ABBA’S Mamma Mia. All the kids sang well and you could tell the effort and preparation that had gone into it.

After everyone had sung, we had an interval where i helped with the refreshment stall. We overestimated the amount of coffee that would be sold and had loads left over at the end but we made quite a bit of money selling cakes and biscuits that people had brought/ made and donated to us.

The second half of the concert started and it was time for the trumpets. Matilda’s year had only been practicing the trumpet for a few months and had only recently started using brass trumpets rather then plastic.

I was very impressed with Matilda and her year they played well and with such confidence. It certainly wasn’t the best trumpet I have heard. It was noisy and difficult to work out what they were playing at first but Matilda loves the trumpet and it’s nice to watch her enjoying something.

Because of the height number of children attending, it took them longer to get the kids up to the front and back again and as a result, the concert went on for longer then expected. But all the parents enjoyed it and the kids loved performing to their parents. They are already planning about another concert but may need a larger location.

Monday, 18 March 2019

Matilda's Birthday

It has been a busy weekend this week as a special someone celebrated her 9th birthday.

Sunday, 10 March 2019

I'm Back

I'm back! It has been a few week since I blogged as I have had a lot going on and the last few weeks have been so busy. Why is it that everything always happens at the same time!

Friday, 15 February 2019

Helping at the School Cake Sale.

A few weeks ago my mum went to a PTA meeting at Matilda’s school. Sadly I couldn’t attend because of work but I soon got a text telling me she had volunteered me to help on the upcoming cake sale!

Saturday, 9 February 2019

Making the Brownies Run.

As you may know I am Brownie Leader. Every week I help to plan and carry out activities for the girls. I absolutely love it as I work with an awesome team and the girls always bring a smile to my face (when they aren't making me pull my hair out!). However this week we found another use for the Brownies.

Friday, 1 February 2019

Falsh Eyelash Giveaway

As we reach the end of January, we can hopefully wash those January blues away. We all struggle in January, the weather is colder, money is tight after Christmas and we all have to go back to work and school after enjoying some time off.

Monday, 21 January 2019

My Top 7

I have been nominated by Vicky over at Miss Tilly and me to take part in the top 7 tag. Here I will look at my top 7 blog post of 2019, top 7 things I loved about 2018 and 7 things I am looking forward to in 2019. overall 2018 was a good year, and I am hoping 2019 will be just as awesome.

Sunday, 13 January 2019

Back to Brownies

Last week it was back to school which also meant back to Brownies. As normal, the first meeting back in a new term is a very chilled out meeting. We normally spend the time playing games and asking the girls what they want to do this term so we can plan the next 12 or so weeks of meetings. We like to ease the girls (and us) back into a routine.

Thursday, 3 January 2019

My New Years Resolution.

I don’t normally do New Years resolutions. Every year I think about making New Years resolutions but quickly realised I am rubbish at keeping them. I have very little willpower and normally within a few weeks I have either given up or completely forgotten.

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