I will be the first to admit that I turn to Google for everything. I ask it questions I wouldn't ask anyone else. It checks all the boxes for complete and utter confidentiality - you are alone, you are anonymous, you can ask all the mindless, weird and wacky questions you want without anyone filling out your psychiatric report. If you think about it, our Google searches could probably tell us a lot about our psyches. With this is mind, I decided to click on the most feared on screen button - 'History.' Although I am now questioning my ability to toast a slice of bread independently, I'd like to redeem myself through total honesty and share my last 20 Google searches. Could you share yours?
1. What takes out red wine stain?
When your poor husband's adorable clumsy nature knocks Merlot over his mother-in-law's new top...
2. Flap, flap, wiggle, wiggle
A song my daughter learnt in playschool - not to be confused with my fabulous dance moves.
3. Examples of irony
An argument with my husband which lasted a drive from Limerick to Tipperary.
4. What does slapped cheek look like on a four year old?
False alarm - she just slept on a towel.
5. What are the lyrics of Gangnam Style?
I am still none the wiser.
6. Who is calling me on 012107***
Unknown numbers make me nervous.
7. Jamie Oliver Paella
I actually make this once per week yet still need the recipe every time - information retention is clearly not my strong point.
8. What are the best instagram accounts?
Not mine anyway - but I'm blaming the lack of support from my (refusing to be an instagram-) husband who refuses to take candid photos of me in front of red brick walls! #instaobsessed #notaninstagramhusband
9. Are Spencer Matthews and Vogue Williams engaged?
A question that requires getting out of bed mid sleep and 'going to the toilet' so the light does not illuminate your pathetic gossip craving face.
10. PJ Masks face paint image
I felt like a change from our usual tiger princess. (that girl has me under her thumb!)
11. Nikki and Jamie Don't Tell the Bride
12. Are the Spice Girls having a reunion?
I will literally sell my soul to Spice Up My Life one more time.
13. Mom needs a drink meme
Self explanatory really.
14. Cheap spas in Dublin
An alternative to the previous search.
15. Who is calling me from 012108***?
Some help I'd be in an emergency contact situation.
16. What do spots on your chin mean?
Who needs tarot cards when your breakouts clearly can tell you all you need to know!
17. Pop songs about chips
They should be mandatory for every meal really
18. What age is Philip Schofield?
I'm not telling you.... Google it!
19. What age is Holly Willoughby?
Well if I searched Phil...
20. What is the average temperature for a toddler?
I think I have searched this very question 500 times per child- such a waste of a panic frenzy- why can't I just remember things!
Friday 16th of February
Until next week, remember happiness is an inside job.
Taking inspiration from my previous post, I set up a little heart hunt for Lola and Sadie to add some excitement to Valentine's Day - a simple, easy to set up, activity which saw lots of smiles, fun and muddy bottoms (the last part was just Sadie, she's still a bit wobbly!) Here is what I did...
What you need
What to do
Cut out red hearts from the card (enough for each letter of your child's name). Using the marker, write these letters on each heart and stick them around the garden using your tape or blue tac. Try to stick the hearts in easy to reach places depending on his/ her height.
How your little one does the hunt is up to you. Try to incorporate his/her interests. For example, Lola loves dressing up so she had to choose her favourite costume to hunt for hearts in (she chose Anna in Frozen as apparently "she is good at finding things.") I had rules too - Lola had to find the hearts in the correct order for her name, she loved this added challenge!
This would be a good activity to do for a birthday party also - Happy Hunting!!!
Valentine's Day is coming up and it does not have to be all about the grown ups. I want to involve my little girls in the heart filled bubble that is Valentine's so I did a little bit of internet research and found some very sweet ideas that can be done with your kiddies to make the day special.
1. Make a card for a family member
Here are a few of my favourites. I do love puns!
2. Have pizza over candlelight
Make your own pizzas, decorate them together with all things pink and red - ham, red peppers, tomatoes and dress up to sit down to a candlelit dinner together.
3. Let them make a Valentine's mess
You mean you actually want me to make a mess? And... you're not going to go momma-crazy??
Make pink slime, fish for hearts, find things around the kitchen to print with!
4. Do a random act of kindness
Teaching kindness and compassion for others is so important to me in my own family. Why not make some cookies for your neighbours, draw a picture for an elderly person on your street, encourage them to play with someone new in school.
5. Pack them a special Valentine's Day lunch for school
Lola does not like to venture outside the ham and cheese sambos which is lucky for me because weekday mornings are not exactly full of time to cut out heart shaped pear pieces.... however looking at these pictures I think I could give it a go for Valentine's Day.
6. Make a Valentine's craft together
I love anything to do with cutting, making and sticking so this is one I will definitely do, but I know not everyone is as Prit-Stick happy as me - so I've had a look for some quick and easy ones you could try without buying a Tesco cart of art supplies.
7. Send them on a heart hunt around the garden
Saving my favourite one until the end- Hide chocolate hearts around the garden or house which they have to search for. Maybe the love monster can leave a heart shaped map to lead them to his hiding places.
Share any of your own ideas in the comments below.
Friday, 9th February
Until next week, repeat after me : "not my circus - not my monkeys."
"Sometimes the most simple of days make for the most amazing of memories."
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