Susan K Mann https://www.susankmann.com Award Nominated Mummy & Parenting blogger. Blogging about the highs and lows of being a working mother of two princes & princess, living out our own fairytale in Scotland. Sat, 22 Sep 2018 22:55:39 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://www.susankmann.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/cropped-icon-32x32.jpg Susan K Mann https://www.susankmann.com 32 32 115109339 Collecting Leaves, Family Dinner And Blustery Days Our Weekly Photos – Week 38 https://www.susankmann.com/2018/09/collecting-leaves-family-dinner-and-blustery-days-our-weekly-photos.html https://www.susankmann.com/2018/09/collecting-leaves-family-dinner-and-blustery-days-our-weekly-photos.html#comments Sat, 22 Sep 2018 22:55:39 +0000 https://www.susankmann.com/?p=20446 Collecting LeavesFamily Dinner

Watching Leaves

Double Rainbows

Last weekend was actually quite a tough one, tougher than normal. Mainly football related, but we will get to that in a second. Last week I left you with my weekly post it was all about football and the first game in the Scottish Cup. Unfortunately, they didn’t win. They played well, but it wasn’t meant to be. It was sad and hard as that is them out, but for the club that Robert runs, it was a huge milestone and one that can never be taken away from them. The other thing I mentioned was about the cat, well,  it is no longer here with us. Sad, but it had a good life. My mum is ok too.

Saturday, was a bit of a wash out with the game. Lots of cheering up were needed. I had my newfound Morrisons online shop delivered early Sunday morning so we could make the most of the day. We didn’t have any football. Robert was finding things difficult, blaming himself for the loss and both teams run of bad luck. It’s not, but he takes it personally and Lucas has been having a few football related issues when trying out for things and again, he took it to heart. I felt everyone needed to get out and do something fun, together as a family. We needed to step away from the football cloud. It does get a bit much when Robert coaches 4 nights a week, runs the club, so everything that goes with it and two games at the weekend. He loves it and it is incredible what is does. I’m so proud of him and support him, but sometimes it’s hard. We were going to go ice-skating, but it was really busy. So, we did a spot of shopping, oldest got his very own house key and then we went for an early dinner. It was just what we needed. We chatted, ate food, laughed and enjoyed being together. It was great and we were all happy. You can see Aria and Tyler were having fun doing a spot of shopping in the photo above.

Monday, was back to work, school and the usual week. Lucas is up super early for his school bus, Robert is pretty knackered so he’s skipped the 6 am gym session and it’s all go. Work is busy and school is full on. Tuesday saw me being off work so I did the school run, then I had my first ever dental treatment. Not so good. I had to get two teeth filled as I’d cracked the sides due to clenching my jaws. I did not enjoy the experience I can tell you and my jaw is still sore, but it’s done. After that, I did some writing for a bit and watched some This is Us and Chesapeake shores before picking Aria up from school. We walked home and picked up some leaves to make a leaf collage. If there was ever a girl who was made for autumn it was her. A girl after my own heart. She loves the leaves, the colours and the conkers. Plus, let’s face it, she is the colour of autumn, isn’t she? I just love that photo above. Once we’d done our picture and homework it was time to go back to school to get Tyler from school football team. He got picked to play in the festival for the team next week so that is exciting. While we were out, Lucas came home. Homework for the boys and then a yummy dinner together before Robert and Tyler were out to football training.

Wednesday was back to work, my jaw is still aching. It was the super windy day and watching lots of gusts of wind and rain outside the window wasn’t fun. But a stormy day means a pretty sky. Just look at that double rainbow I captured on the way out of work? It is worth that rain. All the kid’s activities were cancelled including a football that evening. So, we got a night off. We watched some tv, Aria and I are liking Muppet Babies and read some books before bed.

I’m at that in-between stage of books just now, I finished a really good book that I didn’t want to end. When this happens I struggle to get back into another. I hate leaving the characters and world behind. Tell me I’m not alone?

Thursday was our Friday. It was dressed down day for the little ones which make it all the most exciting to go to school. I didn’t have a uniform so it was like dress down day every day at school for me. I was busy at work. When I came home Twilight was enjoying watching the leaves blow about and we got some conkers from the tree for the boys, but they weren’t quite ready. I am actually typing this tonight, which is Thursday. Yes, it’s early, but I have a busy weekend planned and it’s not because of football as it’s a bank holiday weekend here, so we have no football. Tomorrow we are all off on for a weekend away with Robert’s family. It’s a surprise, but it’s still in Scotland. The kids love it as the cousins all get on and Lucas is in their year at high school anyway, but it’s nice to be away. I am heading down a little later, however, as I am going to see Shania Twain in concert with my friend. I cannot wait and booked the ticket last year. I am a huge country fan and Shania was always one of my Dad and my favourite. I am really looking forward to it and seeing my friend. I will be up with the family after it. We are spending Friday to Monday there, it will be nice to have some down time. Spend time as a family and it’s always a laugh. I’m sure there will be many a fall out between Robert and his sister over a board game. It is lovely to see a sibling relationship as I don’t have that.

Anyway, I should probably pack, keep up to date on twitter, I am still old school. we have quite a few busy weekends coming up on top of football, so I am hoping to get some pretty pictures and fit in some writing which I am feeling happier about, another story for another time. How is your week been? I hope you have a great weekend.

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Hasbro My Little Pony Twilight Sparkle Magical School of Friendship – Review https://www.susankmann.com/2018/09/hasbro-my-little-pony-twilight-sparkle-magical-school-of-friendship-review.html https://www.susankmann.com/2018/09/hasbro-my-little-pony-twilight-sparkle-magical-school-of-friendship-review.html#comments Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:13:50 +0000 https://www.susankmann.com/?p=20357 My Little Pony Twilight Sparkle Magical School of Friendship Box

I am a huge fan of My Little Pony, as is my little girl, who wouldn’t be? I remember back in the day spending hours with my My Little Pony stable and now I can share that love again with Aria. Back to school is in full swing and what a great set Twilight Sparkle Magical School of Friendship is. Perfect for this time of year. It is suitable for ages 3 and up so it would make a great back to school or starting school gift.

My Little Pony Twilight Sparkle Magical School of Friendship Front

Upon opening the box, you will see that the castle comes in parts and you have to piece it together. Now, the instructions are clear and so clear in fact that I left my 5-year old while I made the dinner, telling her I’d help when it was ready. I came back into the living room and she’d built the entire thing herself. Can you believe it? 15 minutes or less and she’d build the entire thing. The instructions have pictures on it which help massively.  I only helped her with the stickers and the batteries. I do like to make sure the stickers are on the right place and not squint. Anyone with me on that?

My Little Pony Twilight Sparkle Magical School of Friendship Back

There are lots of different sections to explore in the set. it is a total of twenty-two inches and has three layers. Each one has a different area to explore with your My Little Pony. This is the back of the castle and above the front.

Twilight Sparkle

There are a few different My Little Pony’s to collect, but the My Little Pony Twilight Sparkle Magical School of Friendship comes with a 3-inch Twilight Sparkle. She also has her own accessories.

Accessories

The set comes with 24 additional accessories ranging from a pony mannequin, books, costumes, crowns and much more. Allowing their imagination to soar.

Scroll Light up

Once the batteries are in place, there are lots of different sections that bring this school of friendship to life. The scroll in the middle of the school, when turned it lights up displaying various different images of My Little Pony Friendship adventures.

Mannequin

Our favourite feature is when the mannequin or a My Little Pony figure is placed on the carousel with the chandelier and it lights up, cascading patterns on to the pony’s and costumes below. It really does look magical.

My Little Pony Twilight Sparkle Magical School of Friendship Lit up

The My Little Pony Magical School of Friendship has lots of different parts that create lights, sounds and music. When the doors are opened, a pony stands at the entrance to the school whole things lights up and the My Little Pony tune plays along with some magical sounds. It is a lot of fun and really brings the imagination to life.

Light Up

The different Ponies can stand and be dressed up and spin around. There is also a lift to take them up to the higher part of the school. There are other My Little Pony’s which work with this playset and can be purchased separately, but we used a few we already had around the same size and they worked well. But, I know the ones that go with the school are high on the Christmas list.

Playing

We love the My Little Pony The Magical School of Friendship it is a great playset which is fun and encourages kids to expand their role-playing and imagination.

Dress up

I love the dress up section that is like a wee fashion design station for pony’s it’s so cute and they even have a tiny sewing machine, ribbon and thread. The attention to detail is fantastic.

My Little Pony Twilight Sparkle Magical School of Friendship

We are huge fans of this set. It has a lot of features that keeps Aria going back for more and the lights and sounds add to the excitement. There are lockers at the back of the castle which you can keep the little pieces within. Plus you can expand for the set. With an RRP of £59.99, it’s not the cheapest playset, but there is a lot you can do with this and it is My Little Pony after all. A brand that has been about since I was a little girl. We have enjoyed playing with this set and it’s one that gets continued use. It would make a great Christmas gift for a little fan.

Disclaimer:- We were sent the My Little Pony set for the purpose of this review, but all words and opinions are my own. 

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Football, Kitty, Books And Bouncing Balls Our Weekly Photos – Week 37 https://www.susankmann.com/2018/09/football-kitty-books-and-bouncing-balls-our-weekly-photos.html https://www.susankmann.com/2018/09/football-kitty-books-and-bouncing-balls-our-weekly-photos.html#comments Sat, 15 Sep 2018 22:55:40 +0000 https://www.susankmann.com/?p=20358 Bouncing BallsBooks

football

Kitty

 

 

Nothing new here, but it’s been a busy week. Work, school, football and just life in general. It feels like I am meeting myself going backwards so to speak. Please, tell me I’m not alone? Last week I left you with my weekly post I was talking about my mum’s cat and Lucas and his football. Well… that’s still there. My mum got some medicine for the cat, it’s still ok, but unlikely to still be here on next week’s post. Sad, but it’s had a good life and hopefully, I’ve gotten through to her this time. Lucas and his football story, this kind of his to tell one day. For now, it’s all about training and helping him best we can.

Last Saturday we went to Tyler’s match, it was dry and it was good to watch. Nothing exciting on Saturday afternoon, the food shop got delivered from Morrisons, which may have changed my life these last few weeks and the kids had some fun playing outside with it being dry. We had my favourite Saturday evening with a takeaway, some suits on the tv and spending some time with Robert. Sunday saw Lucas and Robert headed further afield for a football match. It was pouring from the heavens so Aria, Tyler and I made our excuses and stayed dry indoors. We didn’t just laze about however, we baked, made some space crafts, did some chores, coloured in and read books with Aria. As you can see above, she is loving being an independent reader and as a five-year-old, I am impressed. Lucas and Robert came home freezing and soaking. After some food and warming up, he got to work on his homework. It is certainly different from primary school. He was telling me all about the different subjects and what he’d been learning. I have found Lucas to be much more talkative and enthused by his days at high school than he ever was at primary. It’s really lovely. Much more challenging for all of us, but so far it’s encouraging.

Monday was a long day. Busy both with work and when we got home.  I’ve found it quite difficult this week with some news from other people not being the best. I wish I could fix how people feel, but I can’t. I can only be there. I have found this week a bit trying with one thing and another, so wasn’t on twitter and Instagram as much as I have been recent. Football training in the evening and bedtime reading with the younger two. It’s tough as Robert doesn’t get in until after 9 from training so we have dinner then and the boys have supper.

Tuesday, I worked shorter hours to drop the kids off at school and pick them up. Aria and I did her homework and we played with a bouncy ball while we went to pick Tyler up from school football. I managed to capture a great shot of her catching a ball. I love it. Then, I took Tyler, a few other boys and Aria to Tyler’s training. Normally Robert does it, but he had a committee meeting for a football thing. it was funny to year them all carrying on. It was pouring down, I really don’t know how these boys still come out after running around for an hour dripping with rain and still a smile on their face.

Midweek and we are closer to the weekend. Work is busy and just some stuff going on. I did watch Great British Bake Off with Tyler, he loves it. We are always a day behind due to his training, but it’s our thing once Aria is in bed. He asked me if I could do what they made. I told him I wasn’t sure. He said I should go on Nailed it! I said, thanks Tyler. For those who’ve not watched Nailed it, it’s funny, it’s on Netflix and it’s the opposite of the Great British Bake Off. Tyler tried to remedy it by telling me I’d win obviously. Hmmm.

I captured the photo of Twilight on Thursday. Wouldn’t the life of a cat be simply bliss?

I had Friday off work. Nothing exciting, I had to wait in for the gas engineer. I did have a breakfast with Aria’s friend’s mum which was nice after Aria fell out the door on the route to school and got a stone stuck in her hand. Not the best start to the day. I got it out and all was good. The gas engineer needs to come back, but we still have heating and hot water, so it’ all good. I’ve been quite emotional today, things just getting on top of me, kids, writing, just everything really. We all get that way I’m sure. Tomorrow, Saturday, Lucas and Robert have their first ever Scottish cup game. It’s a huge deal for them and I know Robert is very nervous. Lucas not so much, he’s off out ice-skating. How things have changed. Fingers crossed for tomorrow.

Hope you are all good, had a good week and have a good weekend.

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Space Crafts For Kids https://www.susankmann.com/2018/09/space-crafts-for-kids.html https://www.susankmann.com/2018/09/space-crafts-for-kids.html#comments Fri, 14 Sep 2018 07:00:24 +0000 https://www.susankmann.com/?p=20359  

Space Crafts

I have really enjoyed creating this month’s Tots 100 #BostickBlogger craft which is based on the theme space. It’s a theme I actually enjoy and you can check out last year’s space crafts I created too for extra ideas.  I hope you like these crafts. Let me know what you think of them. 

Button Moon Craft Items

Space Crafts For Kids – Button Moon Craft

 

What you’ll need:-

  • Bostik Fine & Wide Glu Pen
  • Yellow Buttons
  • Stick on Stars
  • Black Card
  • Sequence

Starting Moon

 

Step 1

I loved Button Moon as a child and this inspired my craft. Take your black cardboard and draw your moon outline.

Draw Moon

Step 2

Once you have the moon outline. It’s time to start adding your buttons.

Use Bostik Glu

Step 3

Use the Bostik Fine and Wide Glu stick to stick on buttons.

Stick on Buttons

Step 4

We felt since it was a moon it was best to do it with yellow buttons, but it’s your own choice.

Moon Shape

Step 5

Add your yellow buttons to the full moon shape.

Keep Sticking

Step 6

Continue to add to the moon shape yellow buttons.

Button Moon

Step 7

Once you have all the buttons filled in, it makes the moon shape.

Fill in with Sequence

Step 8

Add the sequence to the spaces in between the buttons.

Moon

Step 9

The moon taking shape.

Add Stars

Step 10

Add sticky stars to your cardboard to add an extra effect to your moon.

Button Moon Craft

Step 11

Our button moon craft. I cannot wait to make more of these in different options.

Space Crafts For Kids – Window Star

Window Star Craft Item

What you’ll need:-

  • String or ribbon
  • Lolly-pop sticks
  • Cellophane
  • Bostik Glu Foam Pads

Lolly-pop Sticks

Step 1

Take your lolly-pop sticks and stick them together using Bostik Sticky Pads.

Create the star

Step 2

Stick the sticks together in the shape of a star.

Outline Star

Step 3

Create your star outline.

Adding Cellophane

Step 4

Next, add cellophane to the star.

Cut to size

Step 5

Start to cut it to the size for the star.

Add cellophane using Bostik Glu Dots

Step 6

I found that the Bostik Glu Dots worked better at holding the cellophane in place. Cut the cellophane into the triangle shape of the star.

Add cellophane

Step 7

Keep adding the cellophane until all the triangles are covered.

Once cellophane is done

Step 8

Turn over it should look like this.

Add String

Step 9

Add the string to your star for hanging up.

Window Star Craft

Step 10 

Hang up on a window and see the light change through it. We think these would look great with a lot of them together.

 

 

Space Crafts For Kids – Galaxy Slime

Galaxy Slime Craft Items

What You’ll Need:- 

  • Bostik White Glu
  • Contact Lens Solution
  • Bicarbonate Soda
  • Stars and glitter
  • Food Colouring
  • Tub

Add bostik glue

Step 1

Add a small amount of Bostik Glu to your tub.

Add Bicarb

Step 2

Add a quarter of a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda to the glue.

Stir

Step 3

Stir until dissolved.

Add food colouring

Step 4

Add a small amount of food colouring. We used gel food colouring and chose purple to make it galaxy style.

Add stars and glitter

Step 5 

Add stars and glitter to your glue.

Mix

Step 6

Mix all together.

Add Contact lens solution

Step 7

Add 4 drops of contact lens solution. The solution must contain boric acid to react with the bicarb.

Mix it together

Step 8

Mix the solution altogether. It should start to go spider web-like. If it still really sticks add a few more drops of contact lens solution.

Knead

Step 9

You want to knead the slime for about twenty minutes and it will start to get less sticky and more slime like. If it’s too sticky you can add some more solution, however, add too much and it will start to snap.

Galaxy Slime Craft

Step 10

Galaxy slime stretching. What do you think? It’s easier and less messy than you think.

Pin for later. 

 

 

 

 

Space Crafts for Kids Pin

There are our space crafts. I do love button crafts, so I might do more of these. Would you like to see more? We’d love to know if you make any of them.

Disclaimer:- We were sent a box of craft materials from Craft Merrily as part of being a Tots100 #BostikBlogger

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Bowling Fun For All The Family At Hollywood Bowl in Dunfermline https://www.susankmann.com/2018/09/bowling-fun-for-all-the-family-at-hollywood-bowl-in-dunfermline.html https://www.susankmann.com/2018/09/bowling-fun-for-all-the-family-at-hollywood-bowl-in-dunfermline.html#respond Thu, 13 Sep 2018 14:21:53 +0000 https://www.susankmann.com/?p=20332 Hollywood Bowl

We are big fans of days out at the weekend or during the holidays as a family. Both my husband and I work a lot and the boys have a lot of football, so we like to make the most of the days together. One of our favourite days out is to ten pin bowling. Not only is it a lot of fun, but it is great for all ages of the family. We range from 11-5 and it’s great for all of them. So, when the new Hollywood Bowl opened out in Dunfermline, we couldn’t wait. It’s not our closest one, but it was worth the travel. Plus we get to cross the big bridge so that’s always fun.  

Screen

When you arrive at reception you check in or book in if you haven’t booked online in advance. It is well worth doing, especially at the weekend or holidays when it can be busy. It is simple to book in, then you got to your lane and enter your details on the screen. One of the great options here is that you can choose whether or not to have the bumper up depending on the player. This is ideal for a variety of ages playing. The two younger kids had the bumper up and the other three didn’t. It does it automatically and helps a lot when they are getting used to bowling. Wearing flat shoes means that you don’t need to wear bowling shoes any longer unless you are like me and always in heels. I had to wear the two colour bowling shoes.

Bowling Balls

Next up is choosing the correct bowling ball. I just love all the colours, they look so good and shiny. There are various different sizes of weight and hole size. There are loads at the end of the lanes too if you don’t find the one you like.

Bowling Skills

It can be a little tricky with little ones, but it is advisable to get an adult to help out and support when carrying the ball. There are stands that younger bowlers which allow them to roll it down without having to support the weight of the ball. I’d still recommend an adult helps them with this. Also, make sure you don’t cross over the yellow line onto the lane. It’s slippy and it is classed as a foul.

Hollywood Bowl Lanes

There is plenty of room between lanes and the booths have two sides for two bowling parties to use, but means you are not encroaching on each other. I think it looks fab and it’s not too noisy either.

Hollywood Bowl tweens

The object of the ten pin bowling is to knock all the pins down with each of your 10 opportunities per game to get a strike. If you throw a strike, woohoo, then you have knocked down all your skittles. If you only manage to knock some of the pins, you get a second chance to try and get the rest. If you get them all down in the second shot, it is a half strike, again woohoo.

Hollywood Bowl Kids

The kids just love it and with it can get a bit competitive when hubby is around. The kids just enjoy the fun of it.

Drinks

Another perk of Hollywood Bowl is having drinks delivered to your table. There is a wide range to choose from and it can be quite thirsty work ten pin bowling.

Stickers

When you don’t win, stickers make everything seem better.

Winner

And the winner was Tyler. There were a few strikes, a few half strikes and a lot of laughs. The staff were wonderful and helped with any issues and answered any questions we had. The even gave all the kids balloons too.

Diner

After bowling, we headed to the diner for a spot of food. It looks great. I’d definitely head here for a night out, maybe with work or something. There are pool tables, lots of different types of cocktails and the food looked great.

Menu

Following on with the Hollywood theme, the diner is kitted out to style. The food ranges from burgers to salads and there is a kids menu to suit everyone. They even do bunless burgers for those watching carbs or gluten-free diets like my husband.

Burger

The pulled pork burger that Lucas ordered was very tasty. He loved it, although he did give me his salad. He likes to share that way.

Hot Dog

The kids hot dog was very impressive and both Aria and Tyler enjoyed there’s as well as the veggie sticks which was a nice addition.

Salad

I had a delicious superfood salad which was very tasty and filling. We all thoroughly enjoyed our meals and they were good value for money.

Exciting

As you can see these two had a great time. We would highly recommend you visit Hollywood Bowl in Dunfermline if you are in the area. The staff were fantastic, the place is great, it’s so much fun and we had the best time. We will be back again soon.

Machines

We finished off our day with a few shots on the arcade and slot-style machines. They aren’t in your face as much as they are elsewhere, but it was a nice way to finish it off. A wonderful day out was had by all.

Disclaimer:- We were given a game of bowling and food for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own.

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Sunrise, Siblings, Selfies And A Future Dream Our Weekly Photos – Week 36 https://www.susankmann.com/2018/09/sunrise-siblings-selfies-and-a-future-dream-our-weekly-photos.html https://www.susankmann.com/2018/09/sunrise-siblings-selfies-and-a-future-dream-our-weekly-photos.html#comments Sat, 08 Sep 2018 22:55:46 +0000 https://www.susankmann.com/?p=20302 FutureSiblings

Sunset

Selfie

So how are you all? The weather has certainly changed and gotten chilly here, looking forward to those crisp mornings of autumn. Last week’s weekly post I had been chatting out our week, football, work, etc. How has your week been?

Friday night was a bit of an eye opener into the teenage life when after Lucas went to 1 to 1 football training, home showered and out the door to ice-skating with friends. His cousins were there too, so his Aunt took him and picked him up for me, meaning I didn’t need to take Aria out late. Robert was at a work event. Lucas strolls in high as a kite at 10:30. Honestly, he’s a better social life than me. It was all good and he was safe and had fun. It’s nice to see him having a bit of independence and wanting to do these things, he never would have before. High school, so far, has been good for him and all those weeks of worrying, seem to be slowing easing.

Saturday morning was Tyler’s football match. Robert was coaching the other team in Tyler’s group, but we all went to support. It was a dreich day, but football is what it’s all about. When we came home, Lucas had been telling us all about a bakery he went to before school. He told us we had to go and have a roll and square sausage and a cake. That was just what we did and do you know what, he was right. Poor Robert, had to have something else, as they aren’t gluten free. He did get a gluten free cake to make up for it.

On Sunday, it was Lucas turn for his team’s football match. He’s playing his first year of 11’s and it’s very different with the bigger pitch, flags and a referee. Robert has had many a sleepless night over the up and coming season. He does an amazing job running the club and coaching, as do the other coaches. I really take my hat off to them all. Neither game went their way, but they played well and didn’t lose by much. If they have a smile on their face coming off it’s worth it. After football, we’ve had a few things that broke in the house, a flood under the sink as well as a broken dishwasher, all related. Robert, Mr non-diy replaced all the pipes and got it working. What a star.

During the week has been filled with work, school, football training and looking after my mum’s cats. I’ve been watching Chesapeake shores on Netflix, and re-watching some Charmed.

I asked Aria to draw a picture of what she wanted to be in the future. I expected a fairy, unicorn or rainbow, but instead she said she wanted to be a mummy justs like me. She drew herself with a little baby that has the same colour of her she does. How sweet is that?

Tuesday was such a long day and I had parent council in the evening. It was a long meeting as it was the agm too. Wednesday I captured a beautiful sunset.  It’s been fun watching Aria playing outside with some friends that live on the street. Tyler has been missing his brother with him being away earlier in the morning, getting home later and doing different things, but he did bring them both home little treats from the shop he went to after school. I didn’t really realise how much it would affect him as I’d been so worried about Lucas starting school, I never thought about the adjustment Tyler was going to have to make. He misses his best friend, probably more than he knows too. He’s still his sweet, caring self and loving watching The Great British Bake Off with me. It’s his favourite show.

Friday was a busy day. I had the day off to catch up on some stuff and I got a fair bit of re-writing done on my novel. I am still plodding away at that even if I’ve not mentioned it here for a while. I picked the little two up, went to the shop and then we went to watching Lucas try out for the high school football team. There was loads of kids trying, so time will tell. Aria took a selfie of us both in the car while we waited. She’s pretty good at it, much better than I am. Lucas then had 1 to 1 training. He’s still going strong.

My mum’s been away on holiday, so we’ve been feeding her cats and one is poorly.  Tomorrow, she needs to take it to the vet for the ultimate decision. Sad, but it is 18. She’s taking it badly as it was one of my Dad’s cats. But, he’ll look after her in the sky. The rest of the weekend is filled with…  you guess it, football. And possibly a spot of baking. What about you? Have a good week.

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Jumping Fun with Flip Out Glasgow – Review https://www.susankmann.com/2018/09/jumping-fun-with-flip-out-glasgow-review.html https://www.susankmann.com/2018/09/jumping-fun-with-flip-out-glasgow-review.html#comments Fri, 07 Sep 2018 07:00:01 +0000 https://www.susankmann.com/?p=20307 Flip Out

We were invited to have some jumping fun at Flip Out Glasgow just before we headed back to school. We haven’t been before, so the kids couldn’t wait to go as they’d heard so much about it. It is much bigger than any trampoline park I have been to before and has a few different things to offer than the norm. It’s simple to find just over the motorway and plenty of space to park. it is quite busy, so I’d recommend you book before you go. Simple to do online and you can fill in your details, meaning you don’t need to do it when you arrive.

Flip Out Jump

When you arrive, you are promptly booked in and handed special Flip Out socks. These have special grips at the bottom. You can bring your own pair back rather than buying them again. There are lockers for your shoes which are £1 which is returned. Then it’s time for the safety video. It’s short, sweet and a few questions answered. Next, it’s time for the good bit. We were booked in for an hour, which I think it right for our first time, but it does go really quickly. I think you can book 2-hour slots too. It’s not easy to capture pictures when they are jumping. In Flip Out there are over 200 trampolines, it really is a lot when you see it. There is also a ninja warrior course which is very cool, a soft play style climbing area, a bungee run and much more. It is decorated with graffiti-style art and has various Glasgow iconic landmarks, like the Duke of Wellington which is a really nice touch.

Flip Out Football

There is a fantastic and huge football area that the boys loved and played alongside many other boys enjoying a kick about. I can’t take these boys anywhere and they are wanting to play football. They loved it though.

Flip Out Goal

The goal area has the trampoline and the boys bounced about trying to save the football. It was a lot of fun. There is the area’s around the trampoline area where parents and carers can sit while watching the kids burn off some energy or why not take part yourself? There is a wide range of ages there and loads for adults to do too.

Flip Out Basket Ball

Football isn’t the only sport they cover at Flip Out, there is also basketball as demonstrated by Aria. There is dodgeball too, which looks fun. The ninja warrior course has an easier one and a difficult one. Both looked impossible to me. Robert and the boys tried each of their levels and did well, but certainly didn’t complete it. A few more trips before they can try out for the tv show.

Flip Out Wall Climbing

There are a few areas which look a bit like mini soft play areas, with slides, ball pits and climbing walls for younger ones.  Aria loved this area and had fun trying to climb up. With a few different events on at different times, Flip caters for everyone. From parent and toddler sessions to autism-friendly sessions. There are even some adult flip fit classes. Or why not have a birthday party for the kids there?

Flip out Jump Pit

There are several different foam pits throughout the arenas. There is one for younger jumpers and as you can see you can jump right off the trampolines into this. There are rules beforehand about only one being allowed in at a time. Safety personnel are never far from where you are, who are happy to answer questions and make sure the safety of the bouncers has adhered too.

Flip Out Foam Pit

A lot of fun being had and the smaller one like this is much easier to get out of than the larger one.

Flip Out Big Foam Pit

Aren’t great colours they? Lucas jumped off the large trampoline right into the large foam pit. He didn’t find it quite so easy to get out of but managed it. Each child has a band, for the group they are in when they need to go out and also one for their height is appropriate. This allows staff to determine which sections each child can go on quickly and easily.

Flip Out Climb Over

There really is something for everyone and at every level too. You can do forward flips, to just bouncing. As long as you follow the rules, the kids or adults will have the best time and sleep well that night.

Flip Out Falling

I would highly recommend Flip Out Glasgow for the young to the old. There are loads of different activities to do there. Lots of rooms for parties and various different classes to book. The staff were helpful and friendly and the safety guidelines are around the park as well as in the video. Glasgow also has a cool looking VR Arcade, which we didn’t do, but hope to in the future. This is an additional option and cost to the trampoline park. With a cafe and a seating area, it’s a great day out for all the family. The cost for an hour is £11 per child. There are gift vouchers which would make a great Christmas gift. I think it’s good value for money, not an every week thing, but a treat and a great way to get some exercise in. Do make sure you give it a go too.

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Disclaimer:- We were invited along for a free session for the purpose of this review, but all words and opinions are my own.

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Sleeping Better With A Leesa Mattress – Review And Discount https://www.susankmann.com/2018/09/sleeping-better-with-a-leesa-mattress-review-and-discount.html https://www.susankmann.com/2018/09/sleeping-better-with-a-leesa-mattress-review-and-discount.html#comments Wed, 05 Sep 2018 07:00:31 +0000 https://www.susankmann.com/?p=13745 Leesa Mattress

It’s widely known here, social media and with my family that I don’t sleep great. My oldest has never been much of a sleeper, plus I suffer from migraines. I think a lot of that is caused by neck stiffness and sitting at a pc too long. Do you find this? When I was younger and much fitter, I never really thought much about my bed and mattress, it was just something in my room. As I got older and then had kids, my bed was a place to relax, recharge and rest. Since changing to a Leesa Mattress, I wish I’d done it sooner. It is the comfiest mattress I have ever come across and I never knew how lumpy, bumpy and uncomfortable my current one was until now. If you need more rest and relaxation in your life, you need one of these mattresses.

Leesa Mattress Stripe

The Leesa Mattress comes in a huge big box delivered by a courier, so there is no going round shops or trying to fit it in the car. It has a protective covering over it and once rolled out and cut off, the magic happens. You place it on the bed and watch it grow. It really does. Into a huge cloud on your bed. It happens within minutes and it’s ready to go. I couldn’t wait to lie down on it and when I did, it was as if it was hugging my body. The next morning there was no dragging myself out of bed, I got up in less pain than ever before.

Leesa Mattress Comfy

Sleep is definitely one of the things you take for granted until you don’t get enough sleep. You become grumpy, irritable and sometimes it makes you ill. I know that’s what it does to me. A great quality mattress really does make the difference. The Leesa mattress combines three layers of high-quality foam, which is why it just hugs your body instead of you feeling like you are sinking into it or just laying on top of a rock. The design helps prevent overheating or rolling into one another as you sleep.

Trying out the mattress

Someone else couldn’t wait to try it out. She even put her pj’s on. It was only 2 in the afternoon. I really couldn’t wait to go to bed that night. I love nothing more than lying in bed reading, so we both brought in some books to read before I put on the bedding. It looks too pretty to cover up in bedclothes I thought.

Leesa Label

The Leesa mattress is firm when you first lie on it, but I didn’t find it too hard. I sleep on my side and in the past, I’d wake up with pain on my hips and should due to the sheer pressure I’d put it under when lying. With the Leesa mattress, I woke up pain-free. My back feels so much better since sleeping on this. You don’t get the lumps and bumps, it really is like the mattress cradles you in its arms. Even after many nights, I have been the same. We have been trialling it for a month now and it’s been the best thing I have ever tested, no kidding. My only gripe was the initial smell or the new mattress, not a bad one, but different. After one night it was gone. I use pillow mist anyway, so it didn’t bother me, but if this is my only gripe, it’s a huge win.

Bed

I think it looks too pretty to have covers on it, but I couldn’t just sleep on the mattress. We have a king size mattress and it fits the bed perfectly. It’s heavier than my previous one which means that it doesn’t move about on the base that it did. The Leesa Mattress really is comfortable, it seems to keep me cooler than before and less throwing covers off and I have to say I have slept much better. I really didn’t think I would, I thought it’s just a mattress, but I have to eat my words and say it really has. I won’t ever get back and now the kids want one for their Christmas. Can you believe they put it on their lists? The pillow is going on my Christmas list. I think after trialling the mattress and noticing the difference, the pillow might just cure my headaches altogether. Fingers crossed, Santa reads my blog.

Honestly, you need to try the Leesa mattress. You won’t regret it and you will thank me for the best night’s sleep you’ve had in ages. Now, I know a good mattress isn’t the cheapest, but it’s an investment in your wellbeing, so I have a £100 off discount code below for you to use. Plus, there is a 0% interest finance option if that helps. Do check it out.

Discount

Get a £100 discount off your Leesa mattress by using the code ‘SUSANKMANN’ You’ll benefit from their 10-year warranty and 100-night guarantee – if you decide within those 100 days that you’re not a fan, just contact Leesa and they’ll arrange for it be returned, and your money refunded.

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A Heart, Skipping And Sunrise Our Weekly Photos – Week 35 https://www.susankmann.com/2018/09/a-heart-skipping-and-sunrise-our-weekly-photos.html https://www.susankmann.com/2018/09/a-heart-skipping-and-sunrise-our-weekly-photos.html#comments Sat, 01 Sep 2018 22:55:10 +0000 https://www.susankmann.com/?p=20249 Heart

Skipping

Kitty Cat

Sunrise

Last week I left you at the end of my weekly post where I had been ill, so ill. I am feeling much better, but still very tired and weak. Getting there though. The renal clinic went as well as it could, just need to wait for my results. I wasn’t great being out that first day, but it got better.

Last Saturday we had Tyler’s football match. It was dry and the sun was shining first thing, so Aria skipped her way down to the pitch as you can see in the photo above. The game didn’t quite go their way, but Tyler played well and they all had a great time. His Aunt and cousins came to see him too. This was the first time I’d  In the afternoon Aria had a party, I went with her and picked up her bestie and her mum. Watched them jump about on a bouncy castle and eat some cake. They had a great time. While I was there, I found out that Morrisons do home delivery and it’s free. I thought I’d give it a go since I really wanted to rest rather than shop. When I got home I booked a slot and had 3/4 hour to do my shop for delivery Sunday. Got it done in time and was looking forward to it coming.

Sunday was Lucas football game, the three of us baled as it was pouring and freezing. I did the nice thing and put the heating on for Lucas and Robert coming home soaking wet. I made some popcorn, we watched Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The shopping arrived and they even brought some cookies. It was fab and much needed with how exhausted I was feeling.

Monday morning always comes round so quickly and it was back to work and school. Lucas is still coming home from high school and enthusiastically filling us in on his day, which is amazing and long may it continue. Work was busy as I had lots of interviews this week that I’d cancelled with being off sick.

Tyler and Aria are fine and enjoying being back to school. Well, Aria is at least. We were glad when it got to Friday and as you can see, she tried her little heart shape.

Wednesday morning, showed a drop in the temperature and there was even some dew on the grass. I captured a beautiful sunrise. It certainly feels a tad autumnal these days. There’s a nip in the air and I am sure Jack Frost will be rearing his head shortly. It is my favourite season. Gorgeous colours, beautiful blue skies and less rain. Do you like autumn?

Twilight has been having some fun with pipe cleaners, it is the simple things. Lots of things been going on with my mum away on holiday, we are looking after her cats. Friday, saw Robert and me at his Aunt’s funeral. Lucas at one to one training and then he headed off to Friday night ice-skating. He is certainly getting into the tween spirit. Aria is loving playing outside in the evenings with friends, but the darker nights are creeping in.

I am grateful for the sickness to have stopped and although I’m drained, I am much better. Now to get back to some writing. I am getting there with that, albeit slowly.

How has your week been? What have you been up to?

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A Butterfly, Sky View And Glasgow Our Weekly Photos – Week 34 https://www.susankmann.com/2018/08/a-butterfly-sky-view-and-glasgow-our-weekly-photos.html https://www.susankmann.com/2018/08/a-butterfly-sky-view-and-glasgow-our-weekly-photos.html#comments Sat, 25 Aug 2018 22:55:03 +0000 https://www.susankmann.com/?p=20228 Butterfly

Sky View

Glasgow

This is going to be a super quick update this week. I have been sick, sick and well sick. Leaving me so weak, typing is a chore right now. Last week I left you at the end of my weekly post where we were just getting into the swing of things with our first two days back to school.  Which was going so well.

Tyler’s first game of the season was very wet. It didn’t go their way, but they had fun and played well. I went into Glasgow in the afternoon to meet up with some fellow writers and we had our first ever Glasgow critique meeting. I was very nervous, but it was really nice and got lots of good feedback on my work. I took the photo of the wonderful Duke of Wellington Statue while I was in Glasgow. He always brings a smile to my face. I love that he always has the cone on his head and today he had two cones. Only in Glasgow.

Sunday, we spent time together. Played some games, watched a film and ate dinner together. It was nice. Sometimes, you just need these days, we rarely get to have them at the weekend.

Monday, we were all up early and back to the school grind. Lucas is getting used to leaving super early for the bus and off to high school. He comes home so excited which was great. The other two had a great day too. I didn’t have such a great day at work as I started to become quite ill. I got through the day and went home to my bed.

During the night, Lucas didn’t feel well. Sore, head, temp and feeling sick. We kept him off Tuesday. He was gutted not to go to school, but we didn’t know if he had what I had. Thankfully, he didn’t and was fine in a few hours. So, he got to go back to school Wednesday. Me, on the other hand, spent the entire day being sick and night.

While the kids went off to school, I had to stay home sick from work, I’ve not been off sick in forever. But, I couldn’t hold anything down. So, so sick. I stayed in bed all day and the same thing happened Thursday. I hate being this ill when I can’t just get on with things. I do when my kidneys are playing up or migraines, I can at least still do things. With this, I couldn’t. I did capture a lovely sky from my sick bed above.

The kids and Robert have been great. Robert has been making packed lunches, taking the kids to school, when it should have been me. He’s even running me to the hospital as I shouldn’t be driving on the few tea biscuits I’ve eaten all week. Lots of hugs from the kids, especially Tyler and my little butterfly up the top there. My mum helped before she went on holiday and Robert’s parents have helped too. I have the renal clinic today, Friday, so not sure how that is going to go with how ill I’ve been. My kidneys don’t take too well to my lack of hydration.

I don’t remember being this sick. It’s horrid. Let’s hope things have started to pass and improve. The weekend I can rest and recover. Both boys have matches and Aria has a party. Hope you are all good and have a good weekend. project-365-2017-badge

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