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Loneliness as a parent. Making Friends  

You know that feeling of being lonely in a room full of people.

Yeh that.

I am currently sat in soft play with my children happily off making friends.

Don’t get me wrong I’ve a great group of friends. But wouldn’t it be nice to have the inhabitation’s of a child again. And go off exploring & making friends.

I’m mostly fine taking my children to places on my own,  But sometimes just sometimes I need another adult human to talk to.

Someone who isn’t going to demand juice and need me to take them to the toilet.

My friends have helped me through some tough times and Im hope I have them!

I’m sure there will be more tough times in our lives too but at least we will have each other for support.

 

How do mummies / Daddies make friends?

Well i met mine through a Sure Start centre – I joined every session especially the craft sessions.

One craft group turned more into a kind of therapy session I ended up bonding with a couple of other mummies who are now two of my best friends!

We eventually introduced our husbands who also now are good friends.

We often spend time together as a group!

  • Look up baby/ toddler groups

Get out there you could try a story session at a library, a baby group at your local church or local toddler coffee mornings –

When you have found them

  • Get out there.

Your not going to meet anyone sat at home! You need to take those first steps. I know how hard it is to get out of the door with a little one, I have twins but it helped me to have somewhere to go.

Well done you have taken your first step.

  • Strike up a conversation or join one thats already happening if its not too personal and is relevant.

So you get there and there are several parents milling around you put your little one down to play and grab your cuppa, there are a couple of ladies talking about how their little one woke them,   did you have a bad night too?  Could you offer advise or just be a listening ear?

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  • School age children? – Check out school coffee mornings  Again you need to strike up a conversation What about asking a little more about the summer fair, The school trip, anything that is relevant to you and your child!

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  • Volunteer – Often there are openings for volunteers on Parent Fundraising Groups so while the children are at school you could even run the coffee mornings!
  • There are sites out there that you can connect with other parents. In forums and chat rooms – Please remember safety first when connecting with people online Here are a couple I know about :

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I hope you have found these tips useful.

Now what are you waiting for?

Get out there it could be one of the best things you do!

 

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Thanks Gals for supporting me through some tough times!

Love ya! x

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Wish List Wednesday – Fathers Day Gifts Part One

Today’s wish list is more a gift guide.

Fathers day is not far away don’t leave it until the last minute.

Here is a list of gifts I’m sure most dads would love to receive on fathers Day!


Breakfast In Bed?

Black iBed
£9.99

  The Black iBed will allow you to use your iPad in bed, on the sofa, on a plane and much more.


Breville VCF050 Coffee Express Coffee Machine – Black
£24.75

11237226-1984368687378480 The coffeexpress is the convenient, fast, and cost effective way of enjoying fresh coffee on-the-go. It is super simple and quick to use and will have you a delicious cup of coffee ready for you in just 5 minutes!


Man Mug
£9.99

10611926-2104344900204381The Man Mug is a great gift for any real man who loves to DIY. It’s oversized at a height of 13.5cm and a width of 10.5cm, so there’s plenty of room for a large dose of your favourite caffeine fix. This white ceramic mug is emblazoned with the following slogan: “Man Mug It’s Not For Girls” and has an eye-catching red interior.


Chocolate Egg and Bacon on Toast
£7.99

11121719-3344309635660336 Handcrafted in the UK by chocolate artisans Choc on Choc from the finest Belgian chocolate, the Chocolate Egg and Bacon on Toast offers you a new, delicious way to enjoy your morning fry up.


Dirty Boy!

Braun Water Flex Shaver
£160.00

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Braun Water Flex Shaver helps you to enjoy a comfortable, close shave with its contour adaptive swivel head. The shaver adapts to every contour of your face, such as around the jawline and under the chin.


Waterproof Notebook
£11.99

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Lightbulb moment in the shower? Now you can put it to paper!

It’s worth stopping to consider the ideas, theories and world-beating strategies that might have been lost in the shower.


Bar Games Beer Mats
£6.99

10532287-1424283852-178685  Great for parties and gatherings, the Bar Games Beer Mats will keep you thoroughly entertained whilst you enjoy a refreshing pint.


BBQ King

Gentlemen’s Hardware Portable Suitcase Style Barbecue
£49.99

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The barbecue’s compact size and innovative design makes the Portable Suitcase BBQ an ideal travel companion for picnics, camping trips, or for warm evenings in the park, by the beach or simply in the garden.


Machete Spatula

£8.99

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I Hope you have found a little inspiration in this post!

I will be back next week with Part Two

For your those dads that are  Geek, Gamers and Gadget Fans!

Thanks For joining

Nina x

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BritMums Live 2016 #BML16

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Hi all I’m going to Brit Mums Live!!!

So after starting a YouTube channel in December as a bit of encouragement for my stepson to start making videos I followed up with this blog!

I want to keep growing my channel and blog and meeting other like minded folk who can inspire me or who already have.

I’m so looking forward to the conference but I’m a little nervous

I thought I would join in with the linky on Brit Mums to help anyone else who might n#be feeling nervous and to stalk some other blogs to gather tips about the conference.

So here is a little about me

My name: Nina. 
My blog: Ready For A Cuppa.
Find me on social media at:

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How I look: A little like this …

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Well alot really as this is me In Lanzarote from 2015.
Is this my first blogging event? Yes I’ve never been to any event like this before.
I will be wearing… Hmmm I’m not sure yet depends on the weather i think! – When I decide I will post a pic on Instagram.
What I hope to gain from #BML16: Meet new people, gain some inspiration and ideas from others, get tips on building my blog & YouTube Channel & Have a fun day out.
My tips for a great conference: I have no idea! I’m a little nervous although I’m Taking Mr Ready for a cuppa with me for moral support.

So don’t forget to keep upto date with Brit Mums Live news by checking out the BritMums Live Hash-tag on social media. #BML16

See you there!

Nina x

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Wish List Wednesday – Ikea

Good Morning All,

This weeks wish list is from Ikea

I love a wander around Ikea and normally pick up things not on my list.

But I do have a small wish list that I could do with picking up soon.

Here it is ….

 

RÅSKOG Trolley, beige £49

For my kitchen I have been looking at this for a while I think it would be great to house the kids craft items.

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SORTERA Waste sorting bin with lid, white £9

Also for the kitchen I would like to put a couple of these under the sink to collect recycling

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For the office I have been looking for a small sofa I think this one would be ideal

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ÄPPLARÖ / HÖGSTEN Table+6 chairs w armrests, outdoor, brown stained, white £485

BBQ’s are always happening at our house so this is going to be a must to seat friends on those summer nights
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To keep my table looking as good as new this is a must!

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SINNERLIG Rug, flatwoven, seagrass £50

As an accent on the patio I think this will be a great addition.

 

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Thanks for joining me today

Catch you next time

Nina

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Meal plan Monday

This week I really want to get back into a routine instead of the rut I seem to have fell in.

I have been lazy when it comes to meals so I’m going to start planning my weeks menu and sharing them here with you.

Here is what we plan to have this week.

Monday 

Breakfast –

Porridge made with almond milk with fruit 

Lunch

Mug Shot

Dinner

Pulled BBQ Pork rolls & Salad

Tuesday 

BREAKFAST –

Smoothie for me Cereal for kids

LUNCH

Jscket Potato Cheese & Colslaw With salad

DINNER

Poultry farmers Pie  – (White & Sweet Potato mash Turkey Mince )

Wednesday 

BREAKFAST –

Porridge made with almond milk with fruit

LUNCH

Chicken Salad

DINNER

Sausage Egg & Chips

Thursday 

BREAKFAST –

Muesli & Fruit

LUNCH

Sandwich & Crisps

DINNER

Chicken Pasta bake

Friday 

BREAKFAST –

Porridge made with almond milk with fruit

LUNCH

Mug Shot

DINNER

Home made Pizza

Thanks for joining me See you next time

Nina

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