Monday, 11 April 2011

Mummy is a nominated MAD

Today has been a little stressful to say the least, working through the pain of having an irritating stomach ulcer isn’t my idea of fun (but it could be worse).  Any after a quick trip to Chester I came home to a message on Facebook.

It made me smile straight away, it was from my lovely Boss and Friend @Beckicklesie she had told me that I had be nominated for a MAD Blogger award.  My heart did a 365 degree flip, I raced over to find out it wasn’t just the one, it was an amazing FIVE!

Best Family Life Blog, Best New Blog, Best MAD Blog Writer, Blogger of the Year and Most Inspiring Blogger 

Don’t get me wrong I don’t expect to even receive an award; just to be nominated means the world to me.

I have always been very protective over my blog; it’s like an extension of my family.  You could say it was another one of my kids. 

I remember the first day I started blogging; my first post was the 9th May 2010.  So not even being 12 months old we have achieved a lot, and to even be nominated for a MAD Blogger award means a lot.

I have come a long way in 12 short months, from starting my blog to now being a writer for          Brew Drinking Thinkings .  So a massive thank you goes out to everyone who believed in me and the Missions.

I would also like to say a MASSIVE Thank you to the lady who gave me the biggest opportunity of my life @Beckicklesie who is editor and chief behind the amazing Brew Drinking Thinkings and to the team behind @HandPickedMedia who showcase my blog on their wonderful site.

I also write with the most amazing team, so if you over at the MAD Nomination page, I think you should give each of these ladies a nomination because I adore all of them.

Thank you all again so much and if you haven’t voted yet and you like my little blog then pop on over to and throw a few nominations my way.

Love you all lots


Nivea Sun Kids and The Missions

We all know how important it is for our little ones to cover up in the sun.  It’s no different in the Mission household; just ask any of the Missions.

Princess, Put your hat on if you’re going outside, Monster take your water and play under the gazebo, Drama, put the sun cream on and put a t-shirt over that bikini.  I’m known as moaning mummy on a sunny day because I’m constantly watching out for the first signs of sunburn or worse sunstroke.

Every year from April to September the Missions are out in our Campervan, so it is vital that I found a sun cream that will protect their delicate skin.

Whenever we go away camping the same checklist comes out, Hats, Sun Cream, Little pop up Sun tent, water bottles, you get the idea.   This year as we are preparing to go away little Princess was watching as i loaded the bags.  "Mummy why dont cows, sheep and pigs get sunburnt?"

"Because they have thicker skin, than us" I replied  She skipped off end of conversation...So i thought.

"Mummy...I have been thinking and the reason why they dont is because they roll about in poo all day"  she proudly announced

"How did you work that out?"  I asked her  "Well, you see they all are very stinky so they must roll around in Poo, and that must be there sun cream".

She does have a valid point, farm animals are a bit smelly.

So off she trotts and comes back with this...

Yep you guessed it...Cow Poo!

I had to stop her from putting it on her face. 

I was thinking more along the lines of Nivea Sun for kids, but whatever floats your boat.

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Sunday, 3 April 2011

No Returns

Why is it only a married woman can see a wedding car and mutter "Silly Fool".

I love my husband dearly, i do honestly but sometimes he drives me to distraction.

But there are two sides to a marriage, the before and the after.  So as an experienced "Married" woman of 8 years ( i know it feels like an eternity)  im going to walk the "Unmarried" ones amongst us into the delights of Marriage.


This is the nice bit, the flowers, the chocolates, the wooing and the unlimited cuddles and kisses.  Its like they lull you into a false pretence.

A bit like the child catcher scene from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang...You know the one.  He lulls the children out of the basement with the promise of sweets and nice things and then BANG Freedom gone!

Well OK my hubby didn't lull me out of the house with the promise of a creme egg, but everything did change when we got married.

So lets take a look at the other side.


Hubby then turns in to neanderthal man, he may as well hit you over the head with a club and drag you off to the bedroom. 

When you become a "wife" you suddenly get this whole new job description, Washing, Cleaning, Wifely duties etc

A woman can clean the house from top to bottom and the hubby will still come home and say "What have you done all day?"

After speaking to a more "experienced wife" my nan, she assured me that the hubby doesn't get any better with age.

So i thought i would check the wedding contact or Marriage Certificate as its other wise known.  Checking through it carefully, there doesn't seem to be any small print.  In fact its lacking in any kind of description at all, so in the light of this i thought i would add my own.

  1.  When you first get married, the romantic bone in your hubbys body will last for another week or so before married mode kicks in.

  2. All household duties will become property of the wife, and everything will be referred to as "YOURS", Eg "Your Dishwasher", "Your Kitchen" etc and so on.

  3. Ironing and washing will become your friend at the weekend.

  4. If you sit in his favourite place on the sofa then be prepared to be moved as soon as he wants to sit down.

  5. He will think of a loving pet name for you, Mine is "Barbara" yes as in Barbara Royle from the TV programme the Royle Family.  He thinks its funny to come home and get little Monster to shout "Put the Kettle on Barbara" *its not funny*

  6. It becomes his god given right to leave dirty underwear, clothes and towels all over the house, just to give you something to do.

  7. He becomes unable to perform any task that's not classed as a "Man's Job" Eg making the bed, bringing the washing off the landing or sorting out the kids.

  8. When asking him to perfom "Manly Jobs" you must approach the subject with caution as not to scare this poor defenseless man folk.

  9. When it's his turn to cook, which is once a week and generally on a Saturday he reaches for the phone and calls for takeaway.

  10. The remote control becomes his sole property, Soaps, girlie programmes are just not allowed (unless its Glee) then he pretends he's not watching but you know he is really.

I could probably go on all night, but i won't you see as my nan always says as long as they don't treat you badly or cheat on you then sorry chick marriage is for life.

That truly applies to my marriage, as much as the lovely Daddy Mission drives me around the bend, i wouldn't have him any other way.  I wouldn't want him to do the washing or the cooking.  For one he doesn't know were the washing machine is and he would probably turn everything pink and two he cant cook (unless its out of a tin)

So Daddy Mission is for keeps, and i now have the right to roll my eye's at every potential bride, and remember my  most beautiful day in the world, before i come crashing back down to reality and carry on performing my wifely duties.

Right Dishes to wash and kids to sort.