My Mum is there – Perfect read for Mothers Day

My Mummy surprised me this morning with two new books, the first book being My Mum is  there by Martin Thomas and illustrated by Ag Jatkowska.

This book is about you mum! Can we read it please, please…

The book is about a mummy elephant and a baby elephant. Mummy elephant is always there for the baby…just like my mum is for me. The mummy elephant is there to help baby learn, mummy elephant is always there when baby wants to explore, read books and look at stars. Baby is always learning new things and mummy is always there.

I really like the picture of the mummy elephant holding the baby elephant on the front cover, it makes me feel happy and loved. Every page my mummy read and turned I gave her a big kiss and hug because I know my mummy is there to help me learn and tuck me up in bed at night. This book really made me feel happy and  I loved the drawings of the moon and stars.

Mummy’s thought’s

This book was well written and beautifully illustrated. The book kept the attention of my son and I got lots of kisses and hugs from my little on as we read. A must have book for Mothers Day!

Reviews done on behalf of Primary Times.

 

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Hello 2016! How I spent my New Years Eve!

Good morning 2016!

So as you all know I’m a recovering alcoholic so drunken nights and partying are a thing of my past. New Years Eve is still a pretty hard day/night for me and I do feel I get quite moody and short with people…I don’t mean to do it. I think how I grew up New Years celebrations were about getting wasted and New Years day was the hangover day.

I have found that over the last few years I have noticed this moody behaviour around New Years celebration’s so I tend to avoid parties and going out New Years Eve night. I would much rather take my children out for New Years eve day instead.

This year we went to Cardiff Winter wonderland and New Years Fayre.

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We had been to winter wonderland every year before but this year was different. We went on the ice! My 3 year old had never been ice skating before so I was a little worried about him falling over…and me for that fact.

We got our tickets and ice skates on ready to have some fun. The hubby decided to look after our LO so didn’t have a go on the ice.

Ethan was sliding everywhere so we had to hire a penguin pal for him to hold on to this made it easier for us to skate around the open ice rink.

After skating…and not falling lol we bought some hot drinks and had a look around the fayre. E went on some rides alone and  I joined him on some other because I really am just a big kid at heart. Baby H went on one too and he really loved it.

My hubby is not into the rides so he opted for the shooting game which he won E a minion toy. I was really surprised that he didn’t miss a shot! Never knew he could shoot like that haha.

After our fun at the fayre we went for a Mc Donald’s lunch and headed home.

We all really had such a great day, so much better than going out on the town New Years Eve night and waking to a new year hung-over and tired.

I woke this morning fresh-faced happy and ready to say…

Hello 2016…what’s in store for us this year!

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Christmas Party!!

Been so busy with Christmas I forgot to write a post about Recovery Mummy’s Christmas party!

The Christmas Party marked the first Mummy and Me play group meeting at Inroads on Neville Street.

Mummy and Me play-groups are aimed at pregnant women, parents and family members who have been affected by addiction or disorders we also welcome parents and children who have not been affected as we are trying to stamp out the negativity most recovering parents feel.

I was overwhelmed with the amount of parents and children that turned up. I was also surprised and thankful that two lovely ladies wanted to volunteer to help me put the buffet together and clean up after.

We had music, food and watched Frozen on the big screen whilst playing with toys. Santa (My Husband) popped in and gave the kids some sweets. We all had a great time from 15 months to adults there was something for everyone and we all had fun.

A documentary photographer was also at the Party taking great shots, she will be following Recovery Mummy around for a while so updates will follow.

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My sons Nativity!!

On Tues I went to my first ever school Nativity as an adult and I was very blessed that it was my 3 year olds Nursery Nativity!

E hadn’t given much away in the run up to the play, the teachers had let us know that it was going ahead and that costumes would be provided. I asked E a few times…what part do you play in the Nativity and he would just say ‘jingle bells’

I wondered if it would be a traditional Nativity as a few of my friends  who have older children said that schools usually put on an alternative version to the traditional Baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph story.

I did however have my suspicions that it would be a traditional Nativity as E kept telling my friends, family and strangers that he does not want to go back in his Mummy’s tummy.

So the day of the Nativity and my Husband, Mum, Sister and Brother in law decided to come with us too. The play was to be out in the garden by the stable but because of the rain the play was performed in the school hall.

The school did a great job decorating the stage. The hall was packed full of parents and family members all excited to see the show.

My E was a cow from the stable and he looked like he really enjoyed himself. He was singing and dancing and had the biggest smile ever on his face when he saw that everyone had come to see him perform.

I was so proud of my little man, I actually had tears of joy watching him on stage dancing away.

Well done to my sons nursery teachers for getting all the kids to perform so well, that must of been a hard job. The songs were great and we all enjoyed ourselves. I would like to wish my sons school a very Merry Christmas.

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Juniors Family – Friendly dining

If you have not been to café junior after dark then you really are missing out.

As evening draws in Café junior is transformed into a welcoming restaurant that anyone would want to dine at, however if you have children this place really is the place to be.

We have all been there, wanting to have a nice relaxing meal with the other half or simply going out with friends for a meal and not being able to get a babysitter…why not try Juniors Family-Friendly Restaurant located within Café junior on Fanny Street in Cathays.

With it being Christmas my husband and I decided to go out for a meal with our friends Samantha and Karl. We also wanted our children to come out for our Christmas meal so we all decided to try Juniors.

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As we entered the restaurant we were welcomed by our waitress for the evening Nicola, Nicola very politely asked us what we would be drinking and dashed off to get the drinks. Juniors have an Alcohol licence so my husband had a glass of red, Karl and I had a cola, the kids had a jug of squash and Samantha had a glass of Prosecco which came in a champagne flute along with a strawberry …very posh indeed.

Our table was very festively decorated, we even had Christmas crackers!

Our children ran off to play in the play-zone as we looked at the menu and decided on what to eat. The children were in eyes view so we all could relax and enjoy some adult conversation without the worry of the children not being safe.

The menu really has so much choice and there is also a Christmas menu you can view online. If you would like to order off the Christmas menu then it is best to call ahead so the chef knows. We decided to go for the regular menu as we all fancied a burger meal.

The kitchen is run by Gareth who has been working in the hospitality industry for over 20 years he is also a business partner of Café Junior . Gareth has help from May who also has over 20 years kitchen/food experience.

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Gareth and Me

 

All burgers are 100% Angus beef, they are served with a brioche bun with chunky potato wedges and roasted vine tomatoes.

My husband had the Blue burger which was topped with onion rings and covered in a creamy blue cheese melt.

My friend Samantha had Hunters burger which was topped with smoky BBQ sauce, crispy bacon and melted cheese…you could have this with the 100% Angus beef or with chicken breast.

My friend Karl had the all the same as the Blue burger but with regular cheddar cheese melt instead.

I am the fussy eater of the group and I asked Gareth if he could do me a skinny chicken burger…no oil, no dressing just salad, chicken and a bun. He said no problem and this is what I had.

My meal was beautifully presented, it was fresh, hot and smelt so good! Its quite rare for me to get a meal that isn’t covered in oil after I specifically asked for none, so when I received my meal I was pleasantly surprised that it was exactly what I asked for. The chicken burger was mouth watering good, the brioche bun was soft and tasted so much nicer than a sesame seed bun. The vine tomatoes were cooked to perfection, sweet and very moreish. The salad was by far the best salad I think I’ve ever had! It was crunchy, the lettuce leaves had life (unlike other places) everything was fresh as the day bought. My salad had onion, cherry toms, onions, beetroot, avocado and even pomegranate! So delicious I even tried the balsamic sauce that was in a separate container and again that was beautiful too.

My three year old had Toddler Tapas as he never sits still so I though this would be the perfect meal as its a selection of finger foods and small bites. He had cheese tortilla chips, tortilla chips with tuna mayo, strawberry, avocado and chicken bites amongst other healthy finger foods.

My friends son Carter-Jay had spaghetti Bolognese with hidden veg and my friends other son Martin had Sausage and chips even though it was not on the menu, again Gareth showed us he was very versatile when it come to our meals.

My 15 month old had a bit of everyone’s and he particularly enjoyed the Spaghetti Bolognese and Toddler Tapas.

Our meals were so filling we didn’t get a dessert we just sat back, relaxed and planned a family holiday for next year whilst our children tired themselves out in the play-zone.

I really do urge parents to try Juniors Family-Friendly Dining, its nice to enjoy a meal without worrying what your children are up to or if they are safe. If you do decided to book a meal at Juniors you can do so by booking online, calling or going into Café Junior.

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I wrote this review as I truly think Juniors Restaurant really is a great friendly place with really good food.

Santas Grotto…Cafe Junior

Christmas is upon us and Santa’s are out in force but where to take my boys this year?

Well I tried to book us tickets to see the big man himself at Cardiff castle but when I called the hotline to book our tickets I was surprised to find they had already sold out, I then asked would they be adding anymore dates to which they told me they already had…this was the beginning of November.

I don’t have the biggest budget in the world so wanted somewhere that was fun and enchanting for my child but easy on my purse. I looked at Hamleys and was gobsmacked at the £25 per child price tag. I’m not saying its not worth it and I’ve read great reviews about it but for me personally you have got to be mad to spend that much especially if you have more than one child.

Two years ago we went to Santa’s Grotto on Queen Street, it was nicely decorated but it just seems to be after your money. You can’t take your own pictures, the pictures they take are poor and overpriced. You only get 5 minutes with Santa and a gift that breaks before you get home…so unhappy children too.

So back to my search for Santa, there are many craft fairs and school fairs that will put on a Santa’s Grotto, only problem here is the time you get to spend with Santa can be limited.

I was very nearly about to go to Penylan community centres Santa’s Grotto, we went there last year and for £5 the kids loved it but then I saw a tweet from Café junior saying they were putting on a grotto and it was only £2 per child.

We arrived and straight away my boys knew where we were. I then told them that Santa was visiting and if they were lucky they could meet him too! Once inside my eldest son forgot about Santa and started to play, my LO joining in. There was Christmas tunes playing and a craft table was set up, lovely Nicola (Staff) was helping the children make Christmas cards.

The atmosphere was great, everyone was enjoying the music and coffees, many families were enjoying meals and drinks…it really was a joy to be there.

My youngest was a little scared of Santa but that was to be expected he’s only 15 months. My three year old was amazed by Santa in his Grotto, he sat next to Santa and said what he would like for Christmas. Santa gave my boys a present and some sweets. We were in the Grotto for some time and took many photos even my mother, sister and brother-in-law got to see my little ones visiting Santa.

After our meeting with Santa, he came out of the Grotto and started dancing to the Christmas songs everyone joined in and even Olaf and Elsa was there dancing too. We all had such an amazing time and didn’t want to go home. Café Junior made everyone feel welcome and provided a great Santa’s Grotto.

So to sum everything up, I really don’t think you have to spend a fortune taking the little ones to see Santa… they are just happy to meet him, whether that be at a lavish or expensive venue or in a supermarket. Santa is Santa and every child deserves to meet him.

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