Friday, 13 October 2017

10 things that prove you are a school run mum.

10 things that prove you are a school run mum

1. You will have to make packed lunches for years!!!

2. You will be responsible for book bags, reading records, pe kits, swimming bags, homework, signing multiple letters, remembering bake sales and charity mufti money.

3. If you forget any of the above you will be a terrible mother.

4. You will curse homework projects such a making a model fire engine or volcano.

5. Unless you are the uber mum everyone is jealous off and makes a stunning Pinterest inspired creations with ease.

6. You will dread and love parents evenings in equal measures. The rush, speed dinner/snack and double school run! But the happiness of a good report. Pat on the back all round.

7. The daily 'Get your shoes on' conversation/shout.

8. You feel like a cart horse rather than human as you juggle coats, book bags, lunch boxes, must have trip letter and your own things! Heaven forbid a child can carry their own stuff.

9. You will love the Christmas nativity and out of tune carols. Even though the hall is 25 degrees, you can't really see and the chairs are made for tiny infants.

10. You finally get the need for multiple school holidays and breathe a sigh of relief on the Friday afternoon pick up when no school runs stretch ahead. RELAX. Who am I kidding? Relax, you now have to entertain the kids but at least you don't need to set the alarm or make bloody pack lunches.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Fireworks in Northamptonshire 2017

Billing Aquadrome
4th November 8pm to 11pm
Food available at the venue.

Santa Pod Raceway Firework Frenzy
NN29 7XA
4th November 2pm to 8pm
Live action including Podzilla the Monster Truck, Stunt Display, Drifting, Huge Bonfire, Fun Fair, catering and bar facilities. Price is per car max 5 people. £25 on the gate and £20 in advance.

Wicksteed Park
4th November 5pm to 11pm
£5 on the night £4 online
Free disco on the pavilion after the fireworks

Silverstone Fireworks and Stunt Show
Sunday 5th November 5.30pm to 8pm
NN12 8TN
Your tickets will include:
- Roving seating in Luffield and Woodcote grandstands
- Free parking
Adult tickets are £12 and children aged 15 & under can attend for free. Get your tickets now:

Rushden Hall Park 50th Firework Display
NN10 9NG
Saturday 4th November 4pm to 6pm
Family fun at Nene Valley Scouts 50th firework event. Live music, competitions and a firework extravaganza to amazing music and light display.

Superhero vs Villians NB's
Duston Mill, NN5 5HS
£5 per ticket
Fairground attractions, Hog roast, Live music.

Flore Fireworks
Brodie Lodge Playing Fields
Friday 3rd November 3pm to 6pm
Raising money for Flore Scout Group.

Boughton Pocket Park Bonfire Night

Saturday 4th November - Gates open 4.30pm Fireworks 5.30pm
Food, beverages and glowsticks sold in aid of the Boughton Pocket Park. Tickets available from 15th October.
£3.50 in advance £5.00 on the gate
Please E-mail

Parklands Community Annual Fireworks
Saturday 11th November
The fireworks will be going off at 7pm. Doors will open at 5. There will be fair rides, food, refreshments and we have flashing novelty lights for sale. The bar will SHUT while the fireworks are on and open again when they finish. Free event donations welcome.

Hollowell Bonfire Night
Saturday 4th November 5pm to 11pm
£1 per person. Bonfire lit at 7pm and fireworks at 7.30pm. No sparklers due to field usually being used for sheep. Small funfair, beer tent and food available plus some steam engines.

Northampton Council 
Saturday 4th November
FREE event 
LED glow and fire show at 5.45pm, with live music. The fireworks display will follow from 7pm and the event will close around 8pm.

So you want to be a teaching assistant?

So you want to be a teaching assistant. Here's the good, the bad and the ugly!

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  • Obviously you get loads of holidays!!!
  • Every day is different.
  • You can be creative.
  • The days whizz by as you are so busy.
  • Fab teachers and support staff.
  • The hours.
  • The feeling you are helping.  Be it teaching the children to read, spell, add or just to be more confident and happy.


  • No days off when you fancy.  So no afternoons off for a hairdresser appointment or shopping trip.
  • Days are set to a timetable so might be strange if you are used to planning your own day/time.
  • The pay Boo!


  • Happily not much at all. Hurrah!
  • Holiday in term time costing the earth......It's not fair.  We should be entitled to a discount card.
  • Whispers *the odd annoying child* Not really they are all angels!
Emma xxx

Thursday, 21 September 2017

London with kids - My top tips

London with the kids - My top tips

  • Plan your visit. Have a rough idea of what you want to do & order. We knew we were visiting the Tower of London so I found a hotel within a few minutes walk from there. 
Raven's at The Tower of London

  • Don't worry. I thought the children might find the rush & tube daunting but they were totally unfazed.

  • Rest. There's so much to do you can have the tendency to squeeze everything in but this just results in tired/grumpy children & no fun for anyone.

  • Premier Inn offer free breakfasts for children & have loads of locations with family rooms. We stayed at London Bank (Tower) hotel.

  • If you are able stay on a Sunday most hotels offer a better rate on this day.

  • A hop on hop off bus is a good way to see lots in a short space of time and save tired little legs.
Trafalgar Square
Big Ben (Elizabeth Tower)

View of the London Eye

  • Check for voucher codes at restaurants.  We went to Zizzi and saved £15 with an offer on their own website.  Can definitely recommend great kids menu and lovely food.
Lego Store - Leicester Square

National History Musuem

  • Rememeber there's loads of free activitiesHyde park with the Diana memorial fountion, play area and Serpentine.  The National history museum, Museum of London Docklands, The science museum, for Harry Potter fans visit Platform 9 3/4 at King's Cross Station. Visit Covent Garden to see the street performers and watch the Changing the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace or simply stroll around taking in the sites,my son was thrilled to see Big Ben in real life.

Emma xxx