Friday, 29 April 2011

A double entry (!)- ohhh errr Super Amazing and Manic Mums Peeping Tom MEME!!!


Well hello everyone!

Right, it is spring, and along with the lambs a leaping and the (b*st*rd) birds at 4am a tweeting, Manic Mum and I are about to spring a new idea on you all too. We have had to go in on this one together, pool the effort, as our brain/inspirations/effort/will to live are rather depleted with 7 kids between us, at an all time low, you may say. But we say HA! Watch us work some magic together...

Anyway, here is how it works (we're keeping it brief like my husband's undies, he'll kill me when he reads that!)


We are asking you to write your real life true love story you have the next 2 weeks to do it-the linky will be open for 2 weeks.
*Here’s the ‘meme’ name, and the instructions-so get your marigolds on, (or don’t, totally your choice) and get typing, include a picci if you can, so we can all see your beautiful faces.
* The meme name is ‘Peeping Tom’
* Cut and paste the html for the badge onto your blog, or copy the badge picture, and do it that way if you prefer.
* Link up to the linky thing below, so we all get to read it, and obviously write your very own true love, real life story.
* Then write either http://superamazingmum.blogspot.com/ or http://manic-mums.blogspot.com/ a 'comment' on this blog, to let us know you've joined in,
* OR you can 'twitter' us @superamazingmum, @manicmum4 to let us know.

This is all very new, and we are 'going with it' to see where you/it takes us...

We are already just too excited to read this first one we are giving you the title for 'my real life, true-love story' you can see Tamsyn's @ http://manic-mums.blogspot.com/2011/04/my-real-life-true-love-story.html , and don't forget to watch out for mine on the 1st May which just so happens to be my wedding anniversary!!!


There you go, that's it- now it's down to you guys, may the force be with you...!

See you all soon,

Love SAM and Manic mum. xxx








How to save money the Super Amazing Mum way!!!

I’m trying to win an iPad 2 in the iSave, iWrite, iPad competition from PlayPennies.com!

Eight years ago, I had a huge salary, drove a convertible and dined out in the best restaurants.  Then I had kids and my world changed.  I gave up a career I loved in order to be a SAHM and although the pay was 100% less, the rewards were 100% more. 

HAW left a very well paid job in 2005 to set up his own business.  With his change of career came the loss of huge bonuses so we have really had to watch the pennies in order for me to have the luxury of being a SAHM. 

Here are my top 10 tips for saving the pennies without sacrificing on quality whilst still enjoying life!


1) Make your food go further.  We used to cook a chicken, eat the breast and then throw the rest away!  Now a whole chicken is used for a roast and then I boil up the carcass with root veg and herbs which makes a lovely stock which is then used as the basis for soup/risotto.  




2) Buy cheaper cuts of meat - I refuse to feed my children intensively farmed meat that is full of hormones.  We go to our local responsibly sourced butcher and by buying cheaper cuts of good quality meat we get amazing quality at a good price.   Good cuts to try are Pork Belly (amazing crackling), Beef Shin, Lamb Breast (I roll this with sausagmeat, rosemary and thyme for an amazing roast) and Oxtail.  Beef Rib trim and cheeks are also great buys.


3) Charity Shops.  I have picked up some amazing bargains from a brand new black Joseph crochet full length cardigan (£25, original ticket of £400 still on!) to lots of lovely bits for the kids.  The better the area, the better the quality of charity shop.   Give the kids £1 to buy whatever they want.  This means I get to look in peace whilst they weigh up the merits of a naked action man for 30p vs the 50p spaceship.  It keeps them occupied and teaches them a valuable lesson at the same time about being frugal!

4)Car Boot Sales.  Now the idea of this fills me with dread, but financial reward spurs me on.  I honestly can't believe what people buy at these things and very soon you'll be counting out the hundreds (yes hundreds!) of pounds profit.  Everything from baby baths to old clothes.  It soon adds up!


5)Parenting websites - Try www.nappyvalley.com and www.mumsnet.com where not only can you get impartial (sometimes!) advice but you can use the for sale/wanted boards.   I have bought and sold several things in this way.  I adore Mountain Buggies (upward of £800 new but got a second hand one for £200 which I then re-sold 2 years later on ebay  for £260 - bargainlicious!).  Another great source when starting out is the NCT.  Their sales are legendary!

6) http://www.saynoto0870.com/ I can't abide companies that charge you a premium rate to contact them.  This website is great as it lists all the offenders and gives you their alternative numbers - but not at a premium!

7) Always, google for a discount code.  The majority of companies will have an introductory offer or free P+P.  A quick shout out on twitter recently enabled me to get 25% off an internet shop.  Use social media to your advantage, I complained about a year old faulty printer and the company responded by sending me a brand new one.  I was VERY impressed.

8) Market Research – Giving your opinion and getting paid for it is a great way to discover news things and earn a bit of cash. If you blog then then offer reviews on your blog. I do a few each month for things I am interested in and love doing it!

9) Be a canny shopper!

This sounds boring I know, but I have saved hundreds by budgeting and planning.  Rather than aimlessly wandering around waitrose picking up £12 bottles of olive oil (without realising) I now check the price ticket (how obvious) and see if it fits within my budget.  Shop daily as it means you can get the daily bargains and consequently waste less.  Yesterday I popped into Waitrose and got a rib of beef for £7 (down from £24) this will make an amazing roast with lots leftover for sandwiches and a stirfry for all 5 of us. 




10) Enter competitions....(you never know I could win an ipad just for writing this post, I'll keep you updated if I do!!).  Some people are serial compers, I say get a life and enter ones you fancy as and when.  I LOVE blogger competitions as not only do you discover new bloggers you could win something by just doing so!


Peace and Love

S.A.M xxxx


Thursday, 28 April 2011

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

It's all about ME.....

 
One of my most favourite bloggers in the whole wide world is the gorgeous Tamsyn over at Manic Mum.  She is a kindered spirit and makes me laugh, a lot.  Go check her blog out people..............
 
Anyway, she has tagged me in an interview....so without further ado let the interview commence......
 
If you could go back in time to relive one moment, what would it be?
 
Oh for goodness sake, why do these questions have to be so "deep".  It would be far easier if you could ask me what my favourite chocolate bar was!!  Now, let's see,  HAW and I were in a secret romance for a while and I gatecrashed a boys holiday to Ibiza.  We were staying in the most fabulous bohemian villa in the hills and had a wonderful moment in the swimming pool (not *that* sort of moment, get your minds out of the gutter purlease) where we just connected.  We both knew at that moment that fate had something in store for us. 
 
However the best weekend of my life was our wedding weekend (yes weekend, it started Friday lunchtime and finished Sunday teatime).  It was a real rock and roll affair in the country with lots of late night singing, laughing and fabulous memories were created.  It was amazing even if I do say so myself,  but then I was Bridzilla and planned it in military fashion! 
 
 
 
 
I would LOVE to go back in time as it was such a special time.

If you could go back in time and change one thing, what would it be?
I wouldn't change a single thing....things happen for a reason, you are the master of your own destiny and you need to learn from your mistakes and grow.  A wise person once told me that you have 2 ears and one mouth so you should listen twice as much as you speak. I like that a LOT.  The same wise person also told me that there is nothing wrong in making mistakes but there is something wrong if you can't admit them and learn from them.  I also like that a LOT as well!

What movie or TV character do you think you resemble most in personality?
 
If you mix all of these into the gene pool you'd get me:

Monica from Friends
Marmalade Atkins
Miss Piggy
Goldie Hawn


Which TV or movie character would you like to be?
No question about it, I would love to be Linda Carter.  I *was* her when I was younger don't you know......


 

If you could push one person in the whole world off a cliff and get away with it, who would it be?
That would be telling..................shhhhhh

Seriously, I wouldn't have the balls to do that, would anyone?!!  I would just stand on the edge, faffing about and then chicken out.....but if I really could muster up the balls to do so it would be the bastard (excuse my french) who attacked me and 2 friends years ago on our first ever holiday without grown ups.  It ruined a lovely friendship and traumatised me for a long, long time.

Name one habit you want to change in yourself.
I wish I could stop picking the kids tea - my waistline would thank me for it.
Describe yourself in one word.

Serendipitous


Describe the person who named you in this MEME in one word.

She is amazing, makes me laugh a lot and we have lots and lots in common.

Why do you blog? Answer in one sentence.

Because my memory is appalling! 

Name at least 3 people or more to send this MEME, and then inform them.

I choose the following:

@nickie72

@mummymummymum

@katetakes5

@insidethewendyhouse

@mummybarrow

@fastandluce

@mostlyyummy

@motherventing

@cafebebe

Love and Peace

S.A.M xxx

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Potty Training - The Slattern's Way!!

One of my real life friends is Choc0range .  In fact, we spent New Years Eve dancing on tables and quaffing champagne until 5am at Kensington Roof Gardens.  It was a great night with lots of laughs and very sore heads the next day!  Her gorgeous little boy and my gorgeous little girl are very close in age and we have both embarked on potty training at the same time.

You can read about her attempt here Day One - Chocorange which is Gina Ford based.  Firstly, let me tell you that I am a massive fan of Gina Ford - her routines have been golden for all 3 of my children and Pixie still sleeps 2 hours in the day which is magic for me. 

When I was potty training Beansy 6 years ago, I followed Gina to the tee (a la Chocorange) and he was on and off that potty every 15 minutes, with star charts and treats.  I was housebound for the week  (cancelled all trips out) but by heck he got it and after 5 days he was totally dry through the day and night......

Bobo was next up and 3 years ago it was his turn - I followed Gina Lite for him, quite simply because I had a 4 year old that was at nursery and I was also pregnant with Pixie so couldn't be chained to the house.  Guess what? It worked and he was also dry day and night after 5 days.

Now for my little Pixie, I just can't be bothered with the potty on every floor of the house (3) one in the bedroom, one in the loo, one for the car, one for buggy, one for the garden, I can't be bothered to make a star chart, sit her on the potty every 15 minutes, ask her every 10.....so guess what?! I haven't.............

She has been a superstar (go Pixie!) I quite simply told her yesterday that she is a big girl now and that big girls wear knickers.  She totally accepted that and has only had 1 accident in 2 days and this is her 2nd night without a nappy. 

We went out to a friends house this morning no spare knickers, no spare clothes, no potty and she got on the loo and did her business.  So, there is an alternative - save yourself the bother of star charts, numerous pottys and being housebound!!

I am meeting up with chocorange tomorrow for a play date so no doubt Pixie will show me up by curling one out on the lawn!!!


Peace and Love

S.A.M xx


Saturday, 23 April 2011

No half term is complete without a trip to A+E right???!

I don't remember going to hospital much as a child, so either I have accident prone kids, we have more medical knowledge as parents or I am far more cautious as a parent than my mum ever was (probably a bit of everything actually). 

Over the past 8 years I have been up to A+E several times either in the middle of the night or on dr's orders for various ailments including very high temperatures, suspected urine infections, split lips and a huge gash on Beau Bo's cheek that required plastics to stitch up (he now has a very cool action man stylee scar).

On Thursday we met friends in the local park for a picnic lunch, we steered clear on the swings and instead went to the huge meadow/field in order to the kids could just run, play, explore.  They built camps, went hunting for mini beasts, played tennis, football and rugby and rolled down the hill several times.   The children ranged from 7 years old to 8 months and it was just lovely to watch them all interacting and having good old fashioned fun. 

It got to about 4pm and I was just packing up to go when Beau Bo cried out, he then started to scream and I knew instantly that he was hurt.  I ran over to where he was and his foot was covered in blood (yes they were all barefoot as were we) the cut was quite deep and so I thought we needed to go to the Dr for it to be cleaned up. 

A lovely lady gave me a tea towel to stem the blood and off we set (thank goodness I had the car).  We got to the Dr's who sent us straight to A+E which was something I was hoping to avoid as I didn't have the buggy and Pixie was overtired, Beansy was hungry and poor old Beau Bo was in pain and I wanted him sorted ASAP.

Luckily for us we were seen quite quickly, he was x-rayed, steri stitched and given strict instructions to not put any pressure on his foot for 48 hours and to keep it clean, dry and raised.


Here's the boy - in heaven as it means I have let him play Wii for hours and hours!!!!!  Donkey Kong rocks although he is getting a wee bit frustrated now.  We are back on Tuesday to see if it has worked.  He is definately my wounded soilder, he now has 3 scars at the age of 4 - His action man one, one on his lip from when he split his lip at school on a milk crate and now this one on his foot.  Please God, no more!|

Happy Easter Everyone!

Peace and Love

S.A.M

Friday, 22 April 2011

Dinosaurs....Rah!!!!

We were lucky enough to get a sneak preview on Wednesday of the new Age of the Dinosaur exhibition at the Natural History Museum.  We LOVE the Natural History Museum and have spent many a happy hour just wandering around so we were all looking forward to seeing this new exhibition.

Here's what they have to say:

"Travel back 65 million years to Jurassic swamps and Cretaceous deserts. Meet life-size, moving animatronic dinosaurs and other strange creatures among the smells and sounds of prehistoric lands"


We arrived and were taken up to the entrance of the exhibition, where my boys embarrassed the hell out of me by squealing "Look mum, juice and biscuits and it's all FREE, FREE mum, did you hear that FREE?" as they then processed to scoff more biscuits than their own body weight.

We then entered the exhibition to be greeted by a replica T-Rex footprint which measured 81cm by 74cm and dates back 67 to 65 million years. The original was found in New Mexico.


We then went on a dinosaur discovery journey that was both informative and fun.  There were lots to keep the boys amused and I was particularly impressed by the interactive activities that captivated the boys, they were easy to use and offered lots of variety.

Moving on, the lights dimmed as we entered the Dinosaur Zone, we had heard roars and the boys were thrilled to come face to face with real life, moving dinosaurs.  Pixie on the other hand was terrified and spent the whole time in her buggy hiding under her blanket. 



The animatronic dinosaurs are great, very realistic and the highlight was definitely the Tarbosaurus (which we initially thought was T-Rex) which we watched for about 10 minutes.  At the end of the exhibition you can then build you own dinosaur scrap book on the interactive console and by scanning in your ticket you are able to retrieve this once you are at home.  We are yet to do this (due to a visit to A+E yesterday but watch this space!).

The only negative thing about this exhibition is that the exit (like many attractions) is into a dinosaur gift shop.   I really wish that attractions wouldn't do this as it spoils a perfectly lovely day by putting the pressure on to buy a souvenir. At £5 for a pen (!) or £15 for my three kids, this was something that most of us can't afford to do.  Please take note NHM and offer small pocket money gifts resulting in happy kids and happy parents!!   

The exhibition runs from 22nd April - 4th September 2011 and costs £10 per adult, £6 per child or £28 per family.  Under 4's are free, usual concessions apply.

Sunday, 17 April 2011

My interview with the Guardian

I have been tagged by the lovely Nickie over at I am Typecast who has tagged me as her own personal "Gok with cocktails".  Mmmnn cocktails, now who am I to argue?!

The idea originated over at Mrs Lister's (another lovely blog) who likes to spend her Saturday's eating poached duck eggs and reading the Guardian in bed (lucky, lucky her).  So without further ado, here is my interview a la Guardian.............



Which living person do you most admire, and why?
I have thought and thought and thought about this far longer than any of the other questions, the trouble is, I admire lots of people, so I can't single it down to who I most admire most.  I can find admiration in so many people.

When were you happiest?
On a beach in South America, drinking cocktails, watching the sunset and HAW asking to marry me, was a truly funny (note to self, must blog about it) romantic and special moment!

What was your most embarrassing moment?
It has to be my DISCOCUNT moment. (note to self, must blog about that!)
Aside from property, what’s the most expensive thing you’ve bought?
My first car, I worked my proverbial nuts off as wanted a convertible....Got myself a mark 2 GTI and boy did that car go...spent many a happy time in that with the roof down, shades on, pimping the music and winking at boys!  It rocked (literally, ha ha)
What is your most treasured possession?
I love my rings, what they symbolise and also the fact they are so darn gorgeous!  Aside from that it would have to be my collection of photographs that I have in a suitcase.  They represent ME through different years/eras....I just wish I knew how to scan them in!! 

Where would you like to live?
So many places....definitely somewhere warm.  Definitely by the beach but close to a big town....Barca maybe??  Actually, scrap that it would have to be The Hamptons....or maybe somewhere in Thailand?  Heck I can't decide!!
What’s your favourite smell?
My babies when they are all in their jammies, clean faces, clean hair and still warm from the bath.

Who would play you in the film of your life?
I would play myself, I fancy a bit of hollywood action, the closest I get is the Hollywood Bowl!
What is your favourite book?
The Bible.  It's the only book I go back to again and again and find inspiration from.  I don't read it per se but I just open it on random pages and always find something that makes me think.

What is your most unappealing habit?
I am a fire dragon (according to the kids) I shout.  A lot.  I was never going to be a "shouty" parent but I just can't help myself.  Get your shoes on please x 4 then turns into "GET YOUR SHOES ON NOW WE ARE LATE FOR SCHOOL".  I also have shouty kids which drives me insane but unless I change they aren't going to (sorry to my future daughter in laws for that one). 
What would be your fancy dress costume of choice?
Would always. always be wonderwoman.  I had a girl crush on Linda Carter for a long time.  In fact, I still do!  Love the costume, love the girl power!
What is your earliest memory?
When I was three I ran into a lamp post whilst having a race with my cousins.  I don't remember that but I do remember my Aunty trying to stop the blood pouring out of my head whilst I sat on her washing machine.  I don't remember going to hospital and getting stitched up either.  I find that bizarre.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Trash TV.  There, I said it.  Give me TOWIE, ANTM, BNTM and I am happy! I think it's because I can "watch" whilst doing other things, like tweeting and still get what is going on!
What do you owe your parents?
An apology.  It takes becoming a parent to realise how difficult being a parent can be.  I was a little minx during my teens and even though we laugh about it now (and they really do) I can see I gave them so much heart ache.  I was very strong willed and know every trick in the book. (My kids have NO chance)
To whom would you most like to say sorry, and why?
I met a guy called Mark in Rhodes in 1995.  He fell in love with me, moved from North Yorkshire to London to be with me and I was a total and utter cow.  I really broke his heart and treated him so badly and yet he still stayed with me.  When I called it off he was devastated.  He was a lovely guy and I wasn't ready for commitment.  Mark, if you ever read this, I am truly sorry.  I hope you found love, peace and happiness.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My family - HAW, the angels with dirty faces, my parents, my brother.  My grandparents whom I dearly miss and my Ipad/Louboutins/birkin

What does love feel like?
Imagine a really cold day, walking along a wind swept beach then coming in to a hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows.  That's what love feels like...the rough with the smooth.
What was the best kiss of your life?
I love kissing, it's the knee trembling ones I remember fondly.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
"Right, that's it.  I've had enough, I'm selling you all to the Gypsies".  I even have a picture of the King of the Gypsies on my phone that I pretend to call - OOOHHH I am a mean mummy ;-) 
What is the worst job you’ve done?
Peeling veg on a Kibbutz in Israel.  So, So boring.

If you could change one thing from your past, what would you change?
If you could edit your past, what would you change?
A boat on the Thames around 12 years ago.  I should have said Yes instead of No.
However, I am a massive believer in Karma.  My manta is "It's all about the Karma baby".

What is the closest you’ve come to death?
My first ever girls holiday aged 17.  I am not ready to talk about that yet but will do so one day.  Just admitting that has made me feel funny.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Aside from my amazing children who will always be my greatest achievement it has to be setting up my own business last year http://www.halolifestyle.com/ and getting into profit within 2 months. 

When did you last cry, and why?
Yesterday reading this so inspiring, so wonderful, so humbled by the kindness of strangers and so proud to be a part of it.

     How do you relax?
Lying on my bed with either a good book (currently reading Chanel's autobiography) or just faffing with my ipad.
What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
If I was 100% healthy, I have an underactive thyroid and metabolism of a 70 year old.  Am on meds but still overweight, constantly knackered and weepy at times as a consequence of this.  I am amazed at how hormones affect the human body and just want to be back to myself again.


What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
It's most definitely all about the Karma Baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
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I am tagging the following:
@dulwichmum
@fastandluce
@manicmum4
@bangsandabun
@bigfashionista
@mummyandbeastie
@jaynecrammond
@iheartmuthahood
@swhittle
@mummymummymum





















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Saturday, 16 April 2011

Saturday Song



Guest Blog Post from Stephy @isaac_elijahmum

Foreword: Stephy is an amazing mum who is battling cancer.  I wanted to get her an ipad to make her life easier, my goal was to do this by her next round of 3 weeks of radiotherapy on the 3rd May.  We did this in less than 2 days, which was amazing, people who didn't even know Stephy donated and all of your words of support and encouragement have been sent to her.   You can read about how we did that Here and Here .

This is truly the power of social media!

Here is what Stephy has to say:

Hi this is Steph from @isaac_elijahmum.

I read these posts again last night and it takes a lot for me to cry but I did. I was very emotional and cannot believe you have all done this for me. I'm not special, I'm just me, an ordinary girl from North Wales fighting a stubborn stinky disease called Cancer.
I am totally overwhelmed and taken aback by your generosity, support, beautiful kind words of encouragement and I was left utterly speechless. The post you have written Sophie is also beautiful and that too made me cry especially what you had written about my Isaac. He does truly believe He's Buzz Lightyear and has an imaginary laser arm (left) and Ben 10 special powers on his right arm! He has indeed been trying to magic my hair back !:) He thinks my hair will grow back to how it was prior to chemotherapy over night. Honestly, I kid you not! I have a few follicles sticking up at the front and back now, I'm very pleased with this but no not Isaac! He still thinks I resemble a Man!:))

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank every single one of you so so so so much. My lap top is actually on it's way out too as it's quite old and I don't think it has much longer left to live at all. Thank you very very much indeed. This is such a Lovely, thoughtful and kind thing to do for both Isaac and myself. We will never forget this.

I also promise I will never stop fighting and will continue to get better and beat this disease.
THANK YOU.
XXXXX

Friday, 15 April 2011

Freedom or Stupidity???

I have a dilemma and I don't know what to do. 

Beansy is a few months shy of 8 (that amazes me in itself that I have a nearly 8 year old!) and for the last few weeks has been badgering me to let him walk to the corner shop on his own.

It is 50m away, no roads to cross and we know everyone on the street and in in the shop.  However, the shop is out of my sight.

I am really wavering as to whether or not to let him go for the odd pint of milk, newspaper etc.

At his age I was cycling round the block to the letter box and can really remember the feeling of freedom, a sense of responsibility that doing a job for mum meant.

However, times have changed and I am not so sure what to do.  I know the chances of anything happening are slim but they are still there in the back of my mind.

When I discussed this with my mum she said "absolutely not, no way he is too young" and despite my reminder that she used to let me cycle around the block, she is still adamant that this is to dangerous to even contemplate.

However, I am not so sure, I don't want to wrap my children up in cotton wool, I don't want them to be scared of their own shadow and I want them to have a sense of responsibility.

So, if you were in my shoes, what would you do????

Peace and Love

S.A.M xx

9FH98QAANWGF

Thursday, 14 April 2011

An ipad for Stephy - we did it!!!!!!!!!

WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW...........................

In less than 2 days we have managed to raise the funds to buy an ipad for Stephy.  You can read my pledge to get her an ipad here An ipad for Stephy .

We did it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you so much to everyone who has pledged, what I need you to do now is donate.  Another twitter friend @mummybarrow has kindly agreed for us to use her paypal so please go to http://www.paypal.com/ and pay your pledge to tanyabarrow@hotmail.co.uk (please be advised it will come up as her business Southern Home Management).   Please leave your twitter/blog id so we know you have paid and any message of support for Stephy as she has asked me to print of so she can look back on this in years to come!

Can you please, please do this ASAP as we would like to get Stephy her ipad sooner rather than later.  If we get anything above the amount, then we are going to buy toys for Stephy's 3 year old son "Buzz Lightyear".

Thank you so very much to everyone who has donated and a very special thank you to Baukjen who is the co-founder of Isabella Oliver  home to the most beautifully, stylish maternity and daywear.  (I am secretly coveting the Gold Sequin Blazer ) and who made up the difference meaning I don't need to keep hounding everyone.

WOW WOW WOW again

Peace and Love

S.A.M  xxxxx

Nip + Fab Frown Fix Competition!!

I am so, so excited to tell you about my latest competition.  I am a massive fan of the newly launched and gaining cult status brand Nip + Fab which is the latest beauty launch from Maria Hatzistefanis who is also the owner behind the premium body sculpting brand Rodial.   

While not everyone can afford the high-end price tags attached to the Rodial products, this new NIP + FAB line targets more budget-conscious shoppers as everything is less than twenty pounds and promises to deliver measurable results at prices that don’t cost the earth. 
I already love Clean Fix an oil based facial cleanser that dissolves even the most stubborn mascara and I worship at the altar of their Tummy Fix which has melted the fat away from my tummy!  In fact, the whole range does what is says on the tin and so it was with much excitement that I waited for the launch of Frown Fix
This miracle in a tube should come with a health warning as it is highly addictive and more to the point effective!  You really can see miracle results almost instantly and if you are anything like me, you'll keep applying and applying throughout the day!  Move over lip gloss addiction, there is a new bad boy on the block!!
The pen applicator (think touche eclat) makes it really easy to use as all you need to to do is twizzle the end to release the cream and then brush on to any of life's experiences (wrinkles, frown lines, crows feet).
You can see visible results after just one use, but be warned, you be become hooked!

I have been using this for over a week now and my expression lines are plumped and smooth.  People have commented that I look "different" and even HAW can see a difference, in fact I caught him having a go...
I have five (yes 5!) of these bad boys to give away so if you want in then all you have to do is the following:
1) Follow my blog using google friend connect (button on left) and leave me a comment telling me you have done so (1 entry, mandatory)
2) Head on over to Nip and Fab Facebook and like (1 entry, mandatory)
3) Whilst you are there, also like my facebook page Super Amazing Mum Facebook (1 entry, mandatory)
4) For an extra entry, please RT "I have entered to win the amazing Frown Fix with @nipandfab and @superamazingmum" (1 extra entry)
5) Comment on another blog post on my blog (1 extra entry) and tell me below what one
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The competition will close on the 15th May 2011 at midnight.  If you can't wait that long, then Frown is priced at £10:25 and can be bought from Harvey Nicks and Boots. 
Peace and Love
S.A.M (wrinkle free, well almost!)

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

The Gallery - Tomorrow

I haven't participated in The Gallery before as I always see everyone's entries too late in the day.  This week, I am still in with a shot of getting something up and it's just my luck that the theme is difficult.  The word is "tomorrow".

Having a scan through my photo gallery, it sort of came to me.....here we go (and I can't believe I am posting this!)

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This is me, heavily pregnant with our Pixie at a surprise party I had organised for my amazing parents to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary.  It was such a stressful time for me as the boys were 4 and 2 and trying to keep this a surprise and co-ordinate forty people was tricky to say the least!  The party was amazing, we took over a Georgian Country House and my parents had the most wonderful night.  I was nervous for another reason................here is the tomorrow part!



The very next day we welcomed our gorgeous little Pixie into the world!  What a lovely tomorrow that was!

Peace and Love

S.A.M xx




Girls in Valencia

Last weekend I was in Valencia for a much needed, long overdue weekend away with five of my bestest girlfriends.  We have known each other for years, have been there through the highs and lows the laughs and tears but mostly we have just laughed and laughed and laughed.

We are an eclectic bunch, a real mish mash of personalities and although we don't get together as often as we really should due to family/work commitments, when we do get together we slot back into place like bacon into a butty.

We met at Gatwick and after much faffing going through security (someone, ahem) had to much make up, products, not enough plastic bags and then we were through!!  Someone (ahem) had to be called for the flight as was getting just a "little" carried away in duty free.  A little lesson to be learnt here, we were flying easyjet (so no flatbeds, champagne or molton brown products, tee hee) and at the gate a well dressed business women was having "words" about putting her handbag into her case.  As she walked off, she mumbled the word "bitch" under her breathe and was hauled off the flight for abusing the check in staff!

We landed in Valenica and arrived at our gorgeous pied a terre (3 beds, 2 bathrooms, lovely exposed brickwork).  We had a wee snoozy then pumped up the tunes, titivated and had a drink (or 3) before going out for Tapas at 10pm.  We were all a bit giddy and ended up with these:



Before having a SHITE tapas.  We then went to a lovely bar before getting home and chatting until 4am. 

The next say was Saturday and feeling rather tender (ahem, sick) headed off to the beach for a paella.  But not before we did a bit of shoe shopping (guess who?!).  There are SO many restaurants to choose from on the beach that try and get a recommendation if you can.   The paella was OK, the service was SHITE and by this stage we were giggling like loons at the appalling food experiences we were having. 

We hung out on the beach for a bit, playing the ridiculously childish but highly amusing game of "YOURS".  It was just so, so lovely to hang in the sun, gossip and laugh!

That evening the pressure was on to find an amazing restaurant and we struck gold by going to Tacita which was an absolute delight that I can highly recommend!  We headed home around 2ish (I think!) for more late night chats and crazy dancing!

Sadly, the weekend went all to quickly and we flew back to normality on Sunday, I had an amazing time and feel so lucky to have such loving, caring wonderful friends!

Until next time amigos!!!!


Love and Peace

S.A.M xx

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

An ipad for Steph

This is a post that I am dedicating to the wonderful, beautiful, inspiring Stephy who tweets at @isaac_elijahmum.  I have never met Steph, I didn't even know her until a few months ago, but the wonderful world of twitter threw us together and we have been tweeting for a while now. 

For those of you that do not know Steph, she has cancer.  Three weeks ago she was fighting for her life in intensive care and her twitter feed was updated by her friends and family who knew that many, many people had been touched by Steph and were worrying about her.   I have been humbled by Steph's take on life, her fight against the dreaded cancer and her sense of humour as she battles on.  She is so considerate of other people and I want to do something for her to help ease the boredom/stress/pain/ she has to go through. 

She has an old clunky laptop that she takes everywhere, she has said to me and others that reading blogs and tweeting keeps her going, the messages of support spur her on.  I have tried using a laptop in bed, it's a nightmare and it got me thinking that if every single one of Steph's tweeters gave just a 50p donation, we could very quickly raise enough to get her an ipad which would make her life so much easier. 

Steph has a gorgeous little boy that we know as Buzz Lightyear.  He is a typical cheeky three year old who Stephy loves very much.  He tries to make her hair regrow by using his special Ben 10 powers, he doesn't understand why her hair won't grow back overnight.  She treasures each moment she has with him and you can just tell from her tweets that her heart is breaking everyday she is away from him in hospital.  If we raise enough to get her an ipad, she can Skype with her gorgeous little boy.

Step is at home for Easter and looking forward to it, she is however back at the hospital on the 3rd of May for 3 weeks of radiotherapy.  I would dearly love to have raised the funds and have her ipad delivered to her by then.

I have no idea how to collect the money - I am aiming for £500 which will enable us to get Steph her ipad.  I am going to start the pledging below, if you want to help, then please leave a comment with the amount you pledge.  I am sure that someone will come along and tell me how to collect the money online!

Thank you for reading this, I have to also say that Steph knows about this as I couldn't not tell her.  She was worried that people would think she was a "charity case".  Stephy, you are far, far, from that and we all wish you the very best in your fight against cancer.

Peace and Love

S.A.M xx

The MAD blog awards 2011

The blogging community is awash at the moment with people talking about The Mads which is a celebration of all things blog related. Not for one nanosecond did I think that I would be nominated for anything as I am not a prolific blogger and my blogging style is somewhat erratic.  I lurch from post to post like a drunken chav at the races and you will see me posting a recipe for Prawn and Asparagus Risotto one day and talking about My top 5 shags if I could, I would the next.

Sometimes I blog six times a week and others only one, there is no rhyme or reason to my blogging, I do it as and when I fancy it or if something amusing happens.

Therefore, to have been nominated for not one, not two but three (WOW)  categories really is AMAZING!

The first category is the MAD Blogger of the Year which is the one that has surprised me the most.  That someone thinks my blog is worthy of this blows my mind away, especially when there are so many wonderful blogs out there - thank you, whoever you are!  I'll be dining out on that one for a long time "Oh I was nominated as blogger of the year don't ya know".

The seconds category is for the best new MAD blogger.  I am again humbled that someone thinks my witterings are worthy of a nomination as a newcomer.  I have only been blogging since the end of October and so am still finding my feet (and html code grr).

The final category is for the MAD post of the year. I cannot believe that some cruel person/s have voted for  Pigeon Porn in this category.  If this wins, then the whole of cyberworld will have to hear my sorry tale and I will never live down the shame of being *that* woman who the pigeon jacked off on.  Gee, Thanks for that!!

Nominations are still open so head on over to The Mads to cast your vote for your favourite blogs this year, I voted last week and it took me forever and a day to decide on my finalists.

Good Luck Everyone!!

Peace and Love

S.A.M xx