It’s the sixth time!

Every day we are hit with news of how bad people are, how one person has hurt another and we often think what is actually going on with with us humans?

I wish that the news programmes/sites would share much more good news than they do and talk more about how caring and kind humanity can be and often for nothing in return.

Take this for example.

In October 2012, we lost our little girl Millie. Fast forward 12 months and we’ve set a charity up in her memory and a local hair salon contacts us and tells us that they are planning a fundraiser – a fabulous one at that… they wanted to do a full 24 hour fundraiser where they worked from 12pm one day until 12pm the day after, a full 24 hours and all donations came to Millie’s Trust.

We didn’t know this lady (she’s called Vikki by the way), we hadn’t met her, we hadn’t even spoken to her and she decided that she wanted to do something in Millie’s name.

This is Vikki, say hi!

As it happened, Dan and I had already booked a week away when she had planned it, so we couldn’t attend – but we paid a visit on a return to say thank you.

Roll on the year after and she contacts us again … they want to do it again … unreal!

How amazing though

Here we are now, 6 years down the line and tonight they are taking on the sixth 24 hour fundraiser on behalf of Millie’s Trust and finally I have been able to do the full 24 hours with them. (I’ve always wanted to do this but every year after the first holiday one I’ve either been ill in pregnancy, pregnant or just about to have a baby)!

So here I am with them, watching them work hard with hair, selling raffle tickets, talking to people about us etc and it’s fabulous. They work so hard together and a lot of these girls have been here since the first one 6 years ago. πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

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You can still give us a call and pop in during the night for a quick appointment (no chemical treatments) or just pop in for some raffle tickets! (There are some amazing prizes).

What a fantastic feeling it is for us, that they keep coming back, they keep fundraising, they keep creating awareness for us and they keep choosing to support Millie’s Trust, that’s amazing.

The equivalent fundraiser by these lovely ladies last year raised enough money to train over 800 children – fantastic for them to see what we were using their fundraising to do.

V12 Hair Boutique are not only amazing fundraisers, they are amazing hairdressers … so much so, this is where I have now been coming for over 2 years! Check out my lovely hair!

So, if you got a few spare pennies, please text VIKK12 Β£3 to 70070 .

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Running, yay or no?

Do you run? Have you tried? Would you like to? I’d love to hear your thoughts …

I’m not a natural runner, far from it but I don’t half enjoy it once I start and really get into it again.

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The timing of runs have never bothered me, I just like to keep going and I’ve recently been working on an endurance phase with my lovely personal trainer Squatbot.

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Now with Squatbot, I’ve been lifting and doing a hell of a lot of weight work and less Cardio than I have ever done before but I love it! I absolutely love lifting weights and becoming stronger, so much stronger than I’ve ever been before and the endurance phase is definitely going to help when I do the Yorkshire Three Peaks in September!

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Just to mix it up a little, we’ve just added running into my training! Now tonight I went on just my second run since I and Asher but you know what I loved it. The reason I loved it was that I kept going – I ran 40 minutes straight with absolutely no stopping! I’m so chuffed with that as I didn’t expect it all.

To be honest, I was dreading it! Although I’m hitting some great weights in the gym, I didn’t know how I was going to do with the run but my legs felt so strong! I’ve still got my mum tum jiggling away but we are working on that and I will be happy to be in a good place with that issue in another 6 months I reckon!

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So Squatbot decided to add a run into my schedule this week and this morning when my phone pinged to tell me that I needed to go, I was saying to myself, I’ll go later, I’ll go later … then it got to 6.45pm and I thought I need to go as I felt guilty! Made to feel guilty by own bloody phone! How hilarious is that! Anyway it made me go and I’m so glad I did and I can’t wait to head off again later in the week!

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White Roses. Do one.

You’re disrespectful, how can you not see that? You come to our daughter’s place of rest and make it obvious that you have been but think you can keep your anonymity and it not disturb us?

Yes, I’m talking about you…. anonymous white rose leaver, you’re an absolute disgrace, you’re an absolute arsehole and that’s putting it mildly.

If you’ve followed me for a few years, you might know that maybe 18 months ago, I had a rant about someone leaving white roses at Millie’s Resting Place and it stopped. Whoever it was, stopped leaving them.

The same bunch of white roses always turned up on or around special dates to do with Millie and I’m going to be honest, it wound the shit out of us.

The last time I talked about this, I said that it’s like someone going into Millie’s bedroom without permission but making it obvious they’ve been and some then waste of space told me that she was public property because she was buried in a public cemetery.

It doesn’t work like that … far from it.

This is our daughter’s resting place and we’ve never publicly said where it is. We know that some people know where she is buried because people have seen us there but we have just chosen, never to publicly mention it through our own personal choice.

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Don’t get us wrong, we love people visiting – but all our friends and family know to drop us a little text or leave a note to say that they’ve been, it comforts us. It comforts us that people still visit and that they let us know. We have random members of the public that often see Millie’s place and they might leave a little something or they message us through our Facebook pages and let us know that they’ve been and we love this; it’s lovely to hear this.

What’s not to love, is this.

The same insensitive person has once again turned up and left the white roses and not just on any old day, the day that Asher turned 9 months old (this is how old Millie was when we lost her) – coincidence? We think not.

Whoever it is (we’ve got an idea) … you’re creepy. You are so creepy because you make it obvious that you’ve been. It’s like you want us to know that the same person is back again and you do this by leaving the same white roses every time, like it’s a message. You’re strange and you’re gutless. If you want to express your sympathy, express it to us, Millie’s parents – not by hiding behind the same choice of flowers but making it obvious. Grow some.

And the flowers, ripped up and in the bin, yet again! Every time you leave them, they get torn up and stomped on and until you own up and tell us who you are, this will continue to happen, so stop wasting your bloody money trying to wind us up, it doesn’t work, we get angry and then laugh at you for not having the guts to admit who you are.

Rant Over.

Oh wait, no it’s not … let’s hope I don’t see you there …

Regards.

One Angry Mother & Father

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Kick Air

We were very lucky to be able to check out KickAir (an indoor freestyle park) in Manchester recently and I have to say, it exceeded my expectations.

This is the first time that we’ve taken Leo to anything like this and he loves trampolines, so I knew he would enjoy it!

We headed on over to reception where you sign the usual disclaimer at places like this and this is where you can purchase your socks for your visit.

To begin with, we took a look at the Kick Zone that is dedicated to football and even I loved it in there. We hit the Foot Pool , which is a brilliant game! It’s a fab one for the kids as Leo just ran around with the footballs trying to get them in the pockets (much more interesting than just playing pool with a cue)

Next up was the the Kick Darts which is a giant inflatable Dart board that you kick sticky footballs at! It takes some serious kicking strength to get them on the wall but we all managed it (even though Leo and I were a lot closer when we kicked our balls, it still counts)!

What we had come to see though was the newly launched Wall Jam which is an electronic game that scores you for how you play. I was totally rubbish at this but Dan seemed to get the hang of it.

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You’ve got this huge electronic wall in front of that lights up and you have to aim the ball at the lights, hit that and a new one will light up – you’ve got just 50 seconds to prove how good you are!

I of course, was THE worst at this which was inevitable as I am awful at kicking a ball but Dan did good and enjoyed it!

The last thing to do in the Kick Zone was my favourite (even though I was still awful) … RoboKeeper … an electronic goal keeper that works on sensors and is really hard to score against but what a workout you get trying to get passed him!

According to their website the KickZone has “footballing concepts used by the professionals and rarely seen by the public” – so if you have a football enthusiast in the family, it’s definitely worth a visit just for this area on it’s own .

We then headed on over to the Air Zone that includes Trampolines, Wipe Out, Airbags, Children’s Ninja Course, Battle Beams, performances trampolines, climbing walls and much more.

We only tested out the trampolines and the Airbags before we moved on because Leo (and mummy) loved the trampolines that much that we spent most of our time here.

If we’d have had more time to play, I would have loved to have gotten on the climbing wall as it looked fab!

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I also heard over the tannoy that they do adult parties! I reckon one of these might be in the planning soon, I love stuff like that and they have an Adult Ninja course that I will be returning to try out!

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The last little bit that the boys loved was the Little Kicks Area, a lovely little play area where Leo could run around at ridiculous speed throwing himself over and into padded obstacles whilst Asher chilled out in the ball pit! The play area was just the right size so you can keep an eye on where your child is, I’m not overly keen on these huge ones where your children just disappear, so this was the perfect size for us!

There is of course the standard food/drinks area where this is quite a large selection to choose from and a large clean area full of tables and chairs to relax on to have a break.

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The question is … would we go back?

Definitely

We absolutely loved it and I was thrilled that Leo loved it even more than we thought he would at his age (3). He didn’t know whether to run for the trampolines, play with the footballs or head to the play area as he was loving it so much! It’s a great place for kids of all ages so a fab place to head to if you’ve a wide range of children’s ages in your family or friendship group. If you are in the area, definitely head on over and take a look!

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What would you take to a desert island?

A week ago one of my favourite things EVER broke and I had to go a week without them before I could get some new ones and it got me thinking about what three things that I would take to a desert island (it can’t be people πŸ˜€)

So what broke that I cannot live without ???

My hair straighteners

I didn’t realise how much that I used them but I do pretty much use them everyday and yes I know that I shouldn’t! Anyways ….

So Dan bought me an early birthday present and replaced my GHDs with Cloud Nines on recommendation from my lovely hairdresser Vikki at V12 Hair Salon in Cheadle Hulme.

If you remember my blog last week about queuing for 4 hours for a Build A Bear (click here if you missed that) , we managed to get our hands on two Star Wars teddies including Chewbacca …. I actually likened myself to looking like him when I woke up one morning and couldn’t straighten my hair!

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Anyway, so item 1 on a desert island would be my straighteners … (and of course, yes there would be a plug socket available for me to use that had previously been installed in a palm tree by an ex desert island resident πŸ˜†) …

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And yes , water is already available and there are lots of pineapples and coconuts to eat so I’m good for food and would probably actually enjoy the detox!

Item 2 …. contact lenses …. I know such a boring item but I cannot see very far without them and I’d be missing all those ships that passed by the desert island because I couldn’t see them which means that I couldn’t wave and alert them that I was on the island, I’d end up wasting away on the island all because I couldn’t see properly πŸ‘€….

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Item 3 and my last item … Scrabble … yes seriously a board game … I could have chosen a book as I love to read but a book gets a bit boring when you’ve read it a couple of times … but Scrabble … that just keeps on going! You’re never going to play the same game again are you… especially if I’m playing against myself πŸ˜€.

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So there you have it my three items … what would you choose?

If you are wondering how the Cloud Nine Hair Straighteners are in comparison to the GHDs, I love them, I wasn’t sure that I would as I’ve had GHDs for years but I took a chance on a new product! They are so smooth and I love the temperature control on them too!

If you fancy buying a pair and are local, V12 are doing a very kind offer where over the summer (until 1st September 2018) they will donate 10% of sales of Cloud Nine products to Millie’s Trust.

They do NOT carry stock but they order it in for you. This way they can ensure you have the latest model and not something that’s been sat in a shelf. If you would like to be added to their order list then please give Vikki a shout.

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Competition … Me time

Getting up and getting out of bed early has become the norm for me in the past few months and I love it. The day is so much longer, I get much more done and I’m feeling so much better than I have done in a long time and if you are local to me (Stockport area), I’d like to give you an opportunity to try something new and feel good about yourself…

I’ve teamed up with That Squatbot who who has been doing my personal training since March and we are doing a fantastic giveaway … but first take a look at the photos below.

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Photo 1

This was mid March this year … Asher was 5 months old and I’d decided that I needed to stop hanging around and pull my finger out and lose the extra baby weight. I was very unhappy with myself in this photo; it’s not a social media thing that I was feeling crap that I was pressured into losing weight, it was a me thing.

I was overweight, tired, run down and felling very lazy. At this point, Asher was pretty much sleeping through the night and routine was getting normal, so I had no excuse.

I was lucky that around this time, Squatbot got in touch with me and convinced me to work with her and see how I felt, so I took her up on her kind offer and never did I think what it would lead to!

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I walked in on my first session thinking I’d be doing just Cardio, how wrong was I and how right it turned out for me …

Photo 2

So here I am in photo 2 last week, I am so happy with how my body is changing. I am nowhere near where I want to be but Squatbot has being working my ass off and I’m extremely happy with where I am at right now and Squatbot is continuing to work my backside off!

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My clothes are fitting much better and I have noticed that a lot more of my pre-Asher clothes are coming out of my wardrobe again, it’s like I’ve had a big shopping trip and treat myself to new clothes – which is amazing!

It’s not just about how my shape is changing but how better I feel in my head, getting up and working out has had a brilliant effect on my moods and it is totally true that exercising helps your mind.

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Since March I’ve been weight training, learning to lift properly and safely, losing weight, toning up and getting strong. Last week I Box squatted about 13 stone, I was amazed. πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

My back pain has completely gone and I can lift my sons and even have Leo on my shoulders with absolutely no problems at all; I truly wish that I had discovered this type of training sooner and I can’t thank Squatbot enough for getting in touch with me.

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This breaks down into 3 sessions per week for a whole month … I promise that you will feel great about yourself … and don’t be scared, I promise that you will enjoy it.

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How Not to … Build A Bear

One of the most memorable days of my boys’ lives so far I think … a visit to Build-A-Bear ... but not just any visit as today was “Pay Your Age Day” ….. an absolute bargain.

So the idea was that you could pick ANY soft toy in store and yes that includes all the film ones and only pay the price of how old your child is, in our case Β£3 and Β£1 (minimum was Β£1) … what a cracking offer.

I’d told Dan about this earlier in the week and said “come with me, we won’t be there long” … famous last words I might add.

It is 2.30pm and we have just got home, we left at 8am! πŸ˜‚

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I thought getting there for 9am, it would be pretty quiet as a lot of people would have their children in school (I was very surprised to see children in school uniforms in the queue) … but how wrong was I! We hit the queue just before 9am and I reckon that we were about 100th in the queue .. so not too far back I thought… then the problems started.

We soon realised that the queue wasn’t moving very much at all. They were only letting a few people in the shop at a time which slowed things down. Obviously on top of that, the children spend time making decisions about which one that they want, then changing their mind (all part of being a toddler I might add) … then trying to convince Mum or Dad to let the soft toy have an outfit (more pennies) then having to give the bear a name on a computer and lastly actually getting the bears stuffed!

4 and a half hours … that is how long it took us in total from joining the queue to paying for the damn things! πŸ˜‚… I have to say that this was not one of mummy’s best ideas. I take full responsibility for making us have a day out at Build-A-Bear.

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The problem was as well, that after about an hour queue, Leo had spied the shop and said “going to the bear shop?” … so we couldn’t leave could we? Not a chance as he would have been really upset. The shop was so close but so far….

The local Greggs did a roaring trade this morning because there were lots of people in the queue eating sausage rolls and doughnuts for breakfast! Then a quick thinking staff member in WH Smith cottoned on (she certainly deserves staff member of the month) as she came out with baskets full of drinks and chocolates for sale – made a fortune selling to people in the queue – great idea! We took our brekkie with us …

The thing that bothered me the most in the queue … rude people. I couldn’t believe how many people “saved a space” for their friend that turned up 2 hours later …. for the record, it’s damn rude and an obnoxious thing to do when people have been queuing for so long.

I felt so sorry for the Arndale security staff as there weren’t enough of them for the amount of people that turned up and to be honest, Build-A-Bear should have had their own security on the door and the queue.

Turns out that many of the stores actually announced that they were closing and many stopped people from joining the queue anymore, this was for safety reasons

I’m not sure if they are even opening again today because of this, but I bet a lot of parents aren’t happy that they’d promised to take their children after school and now it looks like they might not be able to.

But … look at Leo’s face when we eventually got into the shop when he saw all the bears that he could choose from,big smile equals very happy.

To be honest, we got really lucky with both our boys today. They were both really well behaved, Leo only had a 5 minute moment and Asher had a cry as we were waiting to stuff the bears and then he fell asleep (so totally missed the whole stuffing of the bear, placing a heart and making a wish πŸ˜‚) … and Leo didn’t like the noise that the machine made, so hid behind us when the bears were coming alive!

Check out the ones we got though … they should have cost us Β£54 in total and today they only cost us Β£4 …. yes that is correct, Β£4 for the both of them including Chewbacca! There were hardly any of those left in the shop, good spot by Dan!

It was a really good promotion of Build-A-Bear but I think some heads might be rolling at head office because of the chaos in stores throughout the country before.

Here are my tips Build-A-Bear for your next event;

1. Registration online so you get a ticket number and an allocation time.

2. Offer pre-made bears (yes, I know that the magic is in the stuffing and adding a heart but for most under 3s, they don’t get it or quickly lose interest)

3. You needed more staff stuffing the bears, you needed temporary machines. The staff at the store that we were in took about 5- 10 minutes to stuff each bear and sew them up, that means on average about 20/25 bears an hour were being completed. This was just not fast enough for how many people were coming through the doors and how many people were outside queuing.

4.You could have done with a ticket system for toilet visits. Remember, there were sooo many young children with their parents and people were scared to leave in case they lost their place. The nearest toilets to the store we at were a 15 minute journey there and back if you were quick.

5. Water could have been offered to the queues, a really simple cheap solution to keeping your crowds a little bit happier.

So, rumour has it that the promotion is linked to the launch of “Count Your Candles” in the UK where you will be able to pay the price of the age of your child in their birthday month for a bear. Check the American version out here … I’m not sure of the terms and conditions coming with the offer but it might be worth registering on their website for especially if you can get a cheap gift for their birthday, I think it’s a great idea.

So, would I do it again?

Would I queue again for that long? You know what, yes I would!

I bet that you thought that I was going to say no then, didn’t you!

The reason that I’ve said Yes is because what memories it created today and all you need to do is look at this photo of Leo smiling …

And also look at this one of daddy and Leo, they had both definitely had enough by this point though …

And Asher checking his purchase out too …

I’m not sure what Daddy would say though, I think he was slowly being driven insane throughout this adventure … although I am also sure that when he looks back and remembers this day, he will be laughing … and I have warned him that we will more than likely be queuing again at some point in their lives for something that they want so much … all part of parenting xxx

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This weekend Millie’s Daddy Dan is doing a sky dive in her memory.

He is extremely nervous, if you have a few pennies to donate please drop him a text donation by texting DSKY01 Β£3 to 7000