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Throwback Thursday #2

Throwback Thursday

My guest blogger for Throwback Thursday number two is – Ruth Cartwright, teacher and blogger over at craftwithcartwright!

So; think back to when you were a teenager and answer these questions!

  1. What was your favourite band?
    My Favourite band was Nirvana, I had all the albums and even scrapbooked about them.
  2. What was your favourite movie?
    Truly, Madly, deeply. I’m still a big weepie fan now.
  3. What stereotype would you say you fitted into? (Emo,Chav,nerd..etc)
    I was a grunge queen!
  4. Tell us a funny story about something that happened!
    I once re dyed my hair peroxide blonde and it went blue instead. Had to have all my hair shaved off to be allowed back into school.
  5. Is there anything you regret that you did back then?
    Kissing the boy who gave me glandular fever, my health was a slippery slope downhill after that.
  6. What was favourite drink?
    Hooch and 20/20. I don’t know how I drank them, they were gross. I don’t drink now.
  7. Did you think you were cool?
    Of course!
  8. Is there any T.V show you watched that you wish they still showed?
    Buffy the Vampire slayer.
  9. What did you want to do when you grew up?
    I wanted to be a marine biologist. I should have stuck to sciences rather than the arts.
  10. Share a picture of you then and now!

    I’m the one with the pink buzz cut in the middle.

Ruth Cartwright, mother, teacher, designer, blogger. Full time tea drinker.
My blog craft with cartwright is a lifestyle blog, with recipes, reviews, crafts and tutorials.

www.craftwithcartwright.co.uk


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I hope you enjoyed Ruths answers! I really did!
Nirvana & Buffy the Vampire Slayer were right up my street then too!
-WeeOhana x

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Throwback Thursday #1

Throwback Thursday

I thought I would start something new for a bit of fun on my blog! I hope you enjoy and if you want to get featured leave a comment and I will get the questions sent out to you! =]

First up is Cheryl from mummyof5miracles.com

Think back to when you were a teenager and answer these questions!

  1. What was your favourite band?
    I was full blown into cheesy pop ( who doesn’t love a bit of cheese!) So I would say Steps, I loved their dance moves, I’m loving the fact they’re back and with the dances to learn!
  2. What was your favourite movie?
    Clueless ! No idea why I just loved it, I think its cuz she was everything that I never have been and never will be! Haha
  3. What stereotype would you say you fitted into?
    (Emo,Chav,nerd..etc) Ermm I really wasn’t one…. If I had to put myself into a catergory it would probably be Girl-next-door with a tiny touch of little shit.
  4. Tell us a funny story about something that happened!
    My bestfriend and I were quite frankly a bit nuts, we both had older boyfriends with cars ( we were at school! For the record Ellie my darling almost that age daughter its not big nor clever and they just break your heart 😉 ) Anyway back to the story , We went out in the cars I can’t remember where we went but we were drinking thunderbirds ( me and the bestie not the lads driving) , My mate threw the bottle up in the air and it landed on one of the bonnets and dented it, as you can imagine they weren’t thrilled but we found it hilarious!
  5. Is there anything you regret that you did back then?
    Not ignoring the bullies and concentrating on myself instead. Due to being bullied I never wanted to go to school and this in turn meant I slipped from a grade A student to just scraping by. I should have kept my head down, who knows where I would be now if I had.
  6. What was favourite drink?
    Alcoholic or Soft? Alcoholic was something girly like Reef, although I had been known to drink white lightening ( ewww) Soft drink would be Lilt
  7. Did you think you were cool?
    Not even a tiny bit cool! I was a bit of an inbetweener. I wasn’t a geek but I wasn’t a cool kid either I was just there.
  8. Is there any T.V show you watched that you wish they still showed?
    There was a programme on cbbc that nobody else seems to remember but it was called The Biz and was all about a stage school with a rather hot looking Paul Nicholls in it.
  9. What did you want to do when you grew up?
    I wanted to be an entertainer in holiday parks, I wanted to be on stage and for people to love being around me. I did that job too! For a few years and loved it. I loved it even more after a careers advisor told me it was very unlikely I would get the job and I should probably go for a ‘real’ job
  10. Share a picture of you then and now!
    I’ve attached 2 pictures, the one in the black and red top on the first pic is me, the one on the right is me on the more recent pic. Unfortunately we aren’t like Ant and Dec so don’t stay on the same side haha. I probably could have found more flattering pics but wanted to show the friendship still there if that makes sense.

www.mummyof5miracles.com is my blog. I blog about anything and everything, it could be about a baby or a teenager, a recipe or health it really depends on what’s going on at the time. I like to think all of my post are either entertaining or relevant to the subject.
Twitter link – www.twitter.com/mummyof5miracle  … there is no S on my twitter account because it wouldn’t fit!
Facebook link- www.facebook.com/mummyof5miracles
Instagram Link –www.instragram.com/mummyof5miracles

I hope you have enjoyed Cheryls answers!
I’m interested in to how the dented car ended!! Did you see the guys again and were they not really mad?!

WeeOhana x

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Traditional Sweets!

Sugar Mice! These little sweets full of sugary goodness hold some great memories for me! When I saw a recipe for them in my daughters magazine I knew that I just had to make them! When I looked at the recipe I was amazed at how few ingredients they actually required! With it coming up to my dads birthday I decided that I would make them for him, seeing as he loves them and they seem to be one of the few sweets he eats!

The memories that they hold for me are greatly linked to my dad too! He loves rugby, he is a very huge rugby fan! Hence the present I have got him (WRU polo shirt!) So, anytime that went to a rugby match over in Wales, we used to get a bus in from my aunties house, then walk from the stop we always got off at, through a little market and he would always go into this little old sweet shop that had the sweets in the big jars, and sugar mice! He would come out with one each for all of us, we would then thoroughly enjoy eating them then,then carried on the walk to the rugby ground!

Now, onto the recipe!

Ingredients! (Makes 12)

  •  1 Egg White
  • 1 Tsp Lemon Juice
  • 500g Icing Sugar (Sifted)
  • Pink Food Colouring
  • Small Chocolate Sprinkles (or something small for eyes)
  • Thin String (strawberry laces also work!)
  • Baking tray, lined with baking parchment

Recipe!

  1. Put the egg white into a bowl and whisk until it turns foamy
  2. Slowly add in the icing sugar and stir as you are doing it. It will turn into a dough!
  3. Divide the mixture into two bowls and add some pink food colouring and kneed it into the dough type mixture.
  4. Break off conker sized pieces and then roll them into a cone shape. The narrow end will then be the mouses nose.
  5. Pinch little cute ears on to the mouse, then use whatever you have chosen for the mouses eyes and push them in.
  6. Cut a length of the string and then push it into the dough at the back.
  7. Use the Pink food colouring to add a little nose.
  8. Repeat until you have used all of the mixture and then leave them on the baking tray to dry out for at least 12 hours!
  9. ENJOY! =D

It is a lot harder to make that little mouse shape than it looks to be honest! I would love to see if you guys have made these and how you found it! My little girl tried to help make these and she just ended up getting annoyed at it! She decided to just make a “Mouse squish” .. basically just crushed the mixture! lol!

Have you ever had these before? If not, you really should try them out! =]
Any other traditional sweets that you used to have?

WeeOhana xx

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Deforestation.

Today we went for a walk, in a lovely forest that we have been too on several occasions. We normally walk around this forest looking for birds,foxes, badgers, squirrels, rabbits and lots of other furry creatures. Sometimes we have seen the Gruffalo hiding in the trees too! Today we were excited to see what lovely creatures we could find, and if we could spot the Gruffalo lurking about in the trees again!

IMAG4493This was our happy and excited faces! All full of fun and a great love for the outdoors.. until we came across a rather upsetting image! = [

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The trees where we used to love getting lost in, where we would have great fun trying to find animals, we would stand for ages looking into trying to find wonderful animals and making shapes .. all gone, destroyed.. and every corner we turned around there seemed to be more and more tree.. gone! It was just horrible. Trying to explain it to my little girl was rather, challenging! I explained it by saying; “imagine if you were sitting in your house with mummy, daddy & Dylan then someone just appeared with a big digger and knocked it down, you would have to forget all of your toys and everything in the house and just run away and try and find somewhere safe, hoping that they wouldn’t come again!” How would you have described this to your little ones? She seemed down right devastated by the idea, asking all sorts of questions about the wildlife.. where would they go, what if they didn’t get out, are they sad, where will they live.. and every other question under the sun! If only I could provide all the answers! I don’t think I’ll be going back there for a walk anytime soon!

Though on a funny note, going out to nanny’s my little girl decided she needed protection from the rain!

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Swimming goggles are always the best thing to wear in the rain.. you know, just in case there is a urgent requirement to swim through a puddle!

What do you guys think about Deforestation? It made me pretty sad to see a place where 1. we have plenty of lovely, happy family memories in this beautiful forest looking for animals and the such! 2. All those poor little animals! =[

Have your children done/said anything funny recently? My little girl is such a chatter box and is constantly asking questions she shouldn’t be, or coming off with the most randomest of ideas!

Please do let me know! I love a good old giggle!

Weeohana xxx

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Ulster Folk Museum

This is a lovely place just outside Holywood! I would highly recommended giving it a little visit if you live near, or come here on Holiday! It is a little old village from the early 20th century, kept just how it was, with the old types of streets, houses, churches and even has a little old bank, police station and many more! One of my favorite places is the little old sweet shop, it is just fantastic, all in jars with loads of different sweets! They also use the old weighing scales which really adds to the experience, especially for little ones! We left the sweet shop with far to many sweets.. though they were all simply delightful!

We all had a fantastic day out! My daughter was amazed by all that they had to offer! She was constantly quizzing us about everything that she could see and asking the famous “why?” question! We tried to explain everything the best we could and explained it in way that she would understand! For example when looking at the bed rooms we explained saying that “thats where mummy and daddy would have slept and that where you would have slept” this seemed to help her understand things a lot easier! After a few houses she would then be asking “is this were I would have slept/ate/went to the toilet” and such forth! She really couldn’t get her head around the idea of having to go to the toilet outside or in a pot! It is a great place, lots of open space to run about and a great place to help little ones brains grow and be educated! We got to explore in an old bank, coal bunker,police station, and then after we had explored enough and needed a little break there was an adorable little cafe!  My little girl and hubby had stew, which they both adored & a fantastic big thing of chips, they were particularly tasty chips!

Yummy Strew!

Yummy Strew!

We then carried on with our journey! There is a walk there that they say takes 2-3 hours! we were going to attempt it, but after we had walked about 15 minutes my little girls legs just wouldn’t carry her any further, do we decided to turn back and we would go one day and just go for the walk rather than going round all the houses first! We had walked around the houses for about 3 hours mind you, so for a mini me.. thats pretty long! Especially when its all so exciting!

In the police station she had great fun going into the cells and seeing what it would be like if you had done something bad! They also had a little museum type idea up the stairs which had lots of information about the police back then, how they got about and what they had to wear! She particularly liked looking at the penny-farthing! Amazed by how anyone could get onto them!

Trying to escape from the jail!

In one of the old houses they also had things to show you how they washed the old clothes and dried them! She tried out how they used to dry them.. then said “mummy you could have done this” … Thanks chick!!

After all the exploring and learning we found a big hill, and she got to have a new experience… one that I’m sure a lot of us did when we were little! Rolling down it! She didn’t quite get the whole idea of it, or how to do it, but she did have great fun trying to do it and so did daddy! They are a great pair! ❤

It was a fantastic day out and we cant wait to go back and do the big walk, and also to go to the transport bit of this museum! We took her whenever she was a lot younger, but she loved it then so I’m sure she will love it whenever we get to go to it again! It has old cars, trains, buses, emergency, carts, boats and lots of other fun things! It is great because you get to get onto the trains and explore them and pretend to drive them! My little girl has a fantastic imagination and role playing is one of her favorite things.. so I am sure we will spend a very long time there!

WeeOhana :]

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Project life, January

I made a start on my project life the other day … and my oh my, isn’t it addictive! I now have about 10000 bits of card laying about the house in two different sizes and many different patterns.. and I still want to buy more! They are just all so dam adorable, cute or beautiful that it is to hard to resist! At least I have my sister to swap the with .. it reminds me of when we were younger and we used to collect trading cards and you would swap them with your friends a siblings!

This is my album which I got from here. They have a great selection of albums, but my favourite was;

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I ordered my cards for in it from amazon and ebay … just be carful when looking on these sites for them, it is far too addictive and they are all just so pretty and lovely! I already have more coming in the post, but this is my collection already, which I think could fill several folders with!

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So I did my first page and my January page the other day… I never realised quite how many pictures I took.. trying to choose just a select few was a pretty challenging task! Though it was really nice to look back through all my pictures from January and pick a few! I always take loads of pictures but would only really look through them whenever I took the notion or remembered a moment and wanted to have a nosey at what pictures I had took!

For my first page, well here is a picture;

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Just plain and simple really I suppose, has 2015 as that is the year and I plan to do these for a good few years so thought that would be nice and easy to see which is which. the quotes around it is because well, so that it reads “hello 2015, you are simply wonderful”.. I know 2015 is going to be wonderful because I have my perfect little family and I can’t wait for my little man to start to grow & learn, My little girl is going to love whenever he can sit up, play, laugh and everything else that little ones do! A quote from Winnie the pooh

You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

I love this little quote and I think it rings true for most people, so its a little feel good quote thats at the front! The pictures are; my whole little family being silly & beautiful as always! Then my two precious little ones who are crazy in love, I couldn’t do this without them, they are just fantastic! ❤

My second page, which is for January & is a double page which I will be doing for each month, or special days etc;

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So obviously, includes pictures from January which include; Charlie Simpson, Me & one of my best friends, my family and so forth! Just pictures that I took in January that made me giggle and had plenty of happy memories along with them! Also a little card where i have written what we did & what the pictures are linked too etc! =]

I hope you guys like them! Do you guys have any pictures of your project life you would like to share? what do you think about this blog post? Like it or lump it? Be honest ;]

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Project Life

I am super excited to start doing a Project Life folder. My sister (http://daydreamingfoodie.com) introduced me to it! She sent me a picture of her first page on whats app, and I instantly knew that I had to do this too! So last night I spent a lot of money buying all these awesome things to do this project life! I am now going to be eagerly awaiting the postman everyday for the next week to get all of my bits for it, then I can get started!

Basically its a thing where you can put pictures, quotes, anything at all that you can think of! I’m going to use mine for a bit o everything and to just keep memories in it, be it quotes, photos, flyers or anything at all!

I thought it would be a lovely thing to do, not only for myself but for my kids too, Whenever they are older they will be able to look through it and see all of the fun things that we did whenever they were little. I think that I am going to do a double page spread for ever month.. but knowing me it will probably end up being a double page for each week!

I got myself this pretty little pink 12″x12″ album, I am super excited for it to arrive, but knowing my luck all the other little bits will come first! Unfortunately I couldn’t order it all of the same website otherwise I would have and then I would know I could get started as soon as it arrives, though I suppose it is good it is all coming from different websites as it means that I can get new bits everyday in the post and enjoy the prettiness day by day rather than all at once!

I have ordered rather a lot of the little cards, because… well I just couldn’t help myself once i had seen all the beautiful options!! who could!

At this rate I’m going to need my own little study to put all my paper cutting things in and all this project life stuff that I have flying its way towards me in the post!

I’m really exited to be able to share my project life with you all whenever I have got it all and have made a little start! Do any of you do/have done a project life thing? I would love to see them if you have! Inspiration is always fab! Also what things would you guys recommend to make mine extra pretty or just things that you guys enjoyed using/putting in yours?

WeeOhana xxx