Life With Pink Princesses https://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk A personal blog from the heart of a young Mum Sun, 05 Apr 2020 17:22:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4 98180168 Home Is Where The Heart Is https://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/home-is-where-the-heart-is/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=home-is-where-the-heart-is https://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/home-is-where-the-heart-is/#respond Tue, 07 Apr 2020 08:00:11 +0000 https://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/?p=36814 Part of me didn’t want to sit and write up this post. Everybody is going through the same thing right now so why would anyone want to read about it? Then I remembered the reason I started this blog seven years ago. It was a place to document my life, my thoughts, and my experiences.  …

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Part of me didn’t want to sit and write up this post. Everybody is going through the same thing right now so why would anyone want to read about it? Then I remembered the reason I started this blog seven years ago. It was a place to document my life, my thoughts, and my experiences. 

So of course, I should write about it and how I’m feeling through it all. I’m obviously talking about the coronavirus here and unless you really have been living in a cave, you’ll have heard of it.

For those that might be stumbling upon this is fifty years’ time (will the internet and blogs still be a thing by then?!) then Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause disease in animals. Only a few of them have made the leap onto humans, COVID-19 being one of them that is causing a worldwide pandemic.

Back in December, the news broke that there was a first case in Wuhan, China. This soon escalated to China having to go on lockdown, thousands of people getting ill and losing their lives. At that time it was worrying to watch. I felt sad for all of those people affected by this disease but it didn’t affect me personally so life went on as normal. A bit like the terrible bush fires of Australia. It was horrific but it didn’t change my life here.

 How naive I was. The whole situation escalated over the coming weeks, new countries were getting cases. Then the UK. It was getting closer to home but not so close still. Life went on as normal.

At the beginning of March, things changed. It was all I wanted to talk about, Hubby was getting a bit annoyed by me and was shrugging it off too. I persuaded him to go for our monthly shop a bit earlier than normal to make sure we had tinned food. Part of me didn’t believe anything would get so bad that our lives would be changed but boy was I wrong!

The second week of March was our last normal week. I attended my Zumba class, we had parents consultations, Eva had horse riding, Freya had her early morning swimming whilst Eva went to gymnastics, I went for a coffee with friends, Hubby and I went to the clay ground, we attended a Selective Mutism course, and Elsa had a birthday party. It was so typical.

There were lots of news reports of countries shutting schools and going into lockdown but nothing was really moving very fast in the UK. In fact, as cases were rising in the UK I had begun to feel concerned by the lack of procedures being put in place by the government. There were definite talks that people felt the government would shut the schools by the end of the coming week.

On Monday 16th March, Hubby and I felt compelled to do last minute shopping and tying up loose ends. Returning the library books and getting organised for schools shutting down at the end of the week. Something made us feel really uneasy that Monday and then just after lunchtime the Head Teacher of our daughters’ school sent an email to say there was a suspected case in a parent.

I know at that point lots of people went to pick up their children. We decided to leave them as there were only a couple more hours left of school. That playground pick up was the weirdest one I’ve experienced. Everyone was standing apart, there was a nervous atmosphere. Parents were talking about whether their children would be going to school the next day.

Hubby and I had decided that we would make our decision based on the Prime Ministers announcement that evening. He was starting to do live daily updates which I think is brilliant in keeping us all informed.

I honestly don’t think I’ve felt my heartbreak as hard as it did that evening. All I’ve ever wanted is for my children to get the best education, the best upbringing, to be healthy and happy. That’s all anyone wants for their children right? No one knew how long they would be off of school for so trying to make a decision to take them out of school before the schools had even shut, felt wrong! It was tough.

We went to bed absolutely torn. A huge part of me wanted them to be able to go to school, enjoy normality for as long as possible, say their goodbyes to teachers and friends. Then the other part of me wanted to wrap them up in bubble wrap, keep them inside the four walls of our home and hibernate until this all blows over.

I cried from 6 am to 9 am. The decision to keep them home was made. It didn’t sit well with me at all but I knew it was a decision we’d made to keep our daughters safe or at least as safe as we could at this point.

My anxiety was intense over the first week of our isolation period. None of us had symptoms (a fever and a persistent new cough) but I felt my chest squeezing tightly, my heart skipping beats and pounding loudly. I was grieving and for the first three or four days, I just kept crying.

The worst part for me was knowing that Freya’s last few months of Primary School were being torn apart. She wouldn’t get to experience her residential trip, her KS2 SATS exams were now canceled, there would be no last Sports Day or summer production, no end of year water fight, leavers assembly, signing of shirts and graduating from primary school. It was all over far too soon.

My heart was and probably still is, very broken for her. It’s funny how you take life for granted. Everything about life from the rainy school runs to the holidays abroad.

It goes without saying that I feel tremendous sadness for Eva and Elsa. Eva has been doing horse riding and gymnastics which are both things she is really good at. It’s not just a club she does but a real skill she was mastering. She will only be seven years old once. But I understand they are things that aren’t important in the grand scheme of things, just something that brings me sadness to know she can’t do for the foreseeable future.

Elsa has selective mutism. It’s something that can be treated but to treat it she has to be exposed to the situations that make her feel uncomfortable talking. If she’s shut in our home for months, I’m worried we’ll never get past it and heal her.

As I’m writing this we are on day twelve of our self-isolation (although this is going live on our day twenty-two). The UK is now in a lockdown phase where we can only leave the house for essential food shopping and for one form of exercise a day. Hubby has left once for some shopping but the girls and I haven’t left since that Monday school run.

I’ve been spending my days trying to keep a routine for the girls. Doing schoolwork between 9 am and 3 pm. We’ve been very lucky that she school has set up a virtual school and are uploading the work they would be doing for us to complete at home. My anxiety is less intense now as I’ve been keeping my mind busy with school work. I have thrown myself into trying to keep up with the girl’s school work. It’s incredibly important to me that their education doesn’t fall too far behind through all of this.

Nobody knows how long we’ll be home for. There are talks of it being until June, some are saying at least six months. It’s a very uncertain and unprecedented time right now. They say home is where the heart is, and it’s also where my little family will be for the foreseeable future.

How are you all doing? Please stay safe, stay home and keep washing your hands. For more information head here.

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Snuggliest Squad 3 Squishmallows Ever https://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/snuggliest-squad-3-squishmallows-ever/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=snuggliest-squad-3-squishmallows-ever https://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/snuggliest-squad-3-squishmallows-ever/#respond Sun, 05 Apr 2020 16:00:00 +0000 https://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/?p=36886 A couple of years ago, my mother-in-law brought back from Canada a giant Squishmallow Cat for Eva. I had never seen anything like it before and we instantly fell in love with the squishy pillow. In fact, I use it to rest my back on every bedtime! We’ve since gifted the girls the smaller versions …

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A couple of years ago, my mother-in-law brought back from Canada a giant Squishmallow Cat for Eva. I had never seen anything like it before and we instantly fell in love with the squishy pillow. In fact, I use it to rest my back on every bedtime!

We’ve since gifted the girls the smaller versions for Christmas and birthdays. There’s a whole range of characters to choose from that each have their own personalities. We are hooked!

You can imagine my own excitement to be asked if we’d like to review the latest collection. I was hyped to see the girls reactions when these three cuties arrived. Bruce, Misty and Avery are part of the Squad 3 collection that is now available to buy online at Smyths Stores.

There are 12 new characters to choose from in the collection. There are Unicorns, birds, a koala, a dragon, cheetah, there’s so many and definitely something for everyone.

In all the excitement I have completely forgotten to tell you what a Squishmallow is! They are plush collectables that took the US by storm in 2017. I personally have never felt anything quite so soft and squishy. It’s really hard to explain but they are truly so snuggly and the smaller sized ones that are hitting the UK are the perfect size to cuddle in bed.

Each Squishmallow has its own personality. I allowed my girls to pick their own character from the three sent. It was interesting how the characters picked matched the girls to their own personalities.

Elsa chose Bruce the Walrus. His personality is an adventurous one who loves to kayak, Bruce leads travellers on amazing river tours and shows them all of his favourite hidden gems. Elsa loves to travel with us and explore new places. She pays lots of attention to the details of our adventures.

Eva picked Misty the Mouse, she was my fav don’t tell the others. Misty is a mischievous mouse with a wild side. She loves hockey, baseball, NASCAR and horses! Eva rides horses herself so Misty was the perfect pick for her.

Lastly, Freya had Avery the Mallard. Avery is a skilled left wingman for the rugby team! His whole family comes to watch and they bring popsicles to celebrate once the game is over. We are always very supportive of Freya when she takes part in sports. A great friendship.

The 40cm big Squishmallows cost £19.99 and these littler characters that we had been sent are 18cm and cost just £6.99 each. I think they are really great in price. We are going to end up with a very big collection. Smyth’s stores are currently closed but you can buy them online! Who would you pick?

Disclosure: the three Squad 3 Squishmallows were gifted to us. The rest pictured were bought ourselves prior to the collaboration.

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Easy Easter Nests Recipe https://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/easy-easter-nests-recipe/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=easy-easter-nests-recipe https://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/easy-easter-nests-recipe/#respond Sat, 04 Apr 2020 08:57:15 +0000 https://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/?p=36802 Look at me coming to you with a recipe post. I haven’t done one of these for a while, have I? Following Christmas, Easter is the next fun excuse to overindulge is chocolate treats. A real classic is the Easter Nest and they are super easy to make. There’s just three main ingredients plus some …

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Look at me coming to you with a recipe post. I haven’t done one of these for a while, have I?

Following Christmas, Easter is the next fun excuse to overindulge is chocolate treats. A real classic is the Easter Nest and they are super easy to make.

There’s just three main ingredients plus some cake cases required for these Easter nests.

1) Rice crispies. I’d say about 80g but it’s a little bit of a trial and error situation once you’ve melted your chocolate.

2) Milk chocolate. We used two 100g bars of a supermarket own brand but you could use leftover Easter eggs, posh choccie like Cadbury or Galaxy. It’s your own choice!

3) Mini eggs to decorate or you could pop on some of those cute pom-pom chicks. I wasn’t quite prepared for that when my girls asked to make these much earlier than Easter!

4) Cupcake cases. I was quite pleased to find some spring coloured cases in my cupboard but any cupcake case would work. I’m quite loving the little cupcake cups.

The method is very easy. I like to melt the chocolate by breaking it into small pieces and placing into a medium-sized bowl. Then I boil a kettle of water and pour that into a small saucepan. Immediately place the bowl of chocolate over the top. It goes without saying if you’re doing this with children keep them supervised at all times, boiling water stays boiling for a long time!

I then stir the chocolate continuously until it’s nearly melted then remove from the heat. This is the easiest way to not burn your chocolate. You can do it in the microwave but I always over melt and then it turns clumpy. You don’t want clumpy chocolate.

Next up, start to pour your rice crispies into the melted chocolate. Do this gradually and make sure to coat each one in chocolate. I find getting the good ratio of chocolate to rice crispies hard! Too much chocolate can lead to a very difficult to eat nest, but too little makes it very crumbly.

Once the mixture is stirred together, spoon into your cupcake cakes. Pop your decoration on top and either pop in the fridge for 10 minutes or leave them somewhere cool to harden up.

The very last thing… except tidying away obviously… is to enjoy your Easter treats. Don’t they look yummy?

Eva helped me film a quick demonstration video which I hope you’ll enjoy.

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Hubby’s 30th Birthday https://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/hubbys-30th-birthday/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hubbys-30th-birthday https://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/hubbys-30th-birthday/#respond Thu, 02 Apr 2020 09:00:00 +0000 https://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/?p=36541 As a pair, Hubby and I are notorious for being pretty lame at celebrating birthdays. For us, it always feels like any other day of the week and nothing too special. Today, it’s Hubby’s 30th birthday. It’s a big milestone that I wanted to make special for him to remember forever. I wanted to put …

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As a pair, Hubby and I are notorious for being pretty lame at celebrating birthdays. For us, it always feels like any other day of the week and nothing too special.

Today, it’s Hubby’s 30th birthday. It’s a big milestone that I wanted to make special for him to remember forever. I wanted to put in the effort that our birthdays always lack and make him feel special.

Turning 30 years of age was something we joked about for many years. It’s a weird age that people say makes you feel like a true adult. I think Hubby is beyond that seeing as he’s a Dad to three and a husband before turning the big three zero but being thirty feels very grown-up and old.

The current pandemic of coronavirus has meant that Hubby’s birthday is being celebrated in lockdown. We couldn’t arrange for a bouncy castle in the garden like we wanted, we couldn’t go to my mother-in-laws for dinner and special homemade coleslaw that he was excited for. Everything has changed.

Instead, Hubby was woken up by his girls singing “happy birthday” as they were far too excited to celebrate his birthday with him and hand him his presents.

When it comes to presents, he is really hard to buy for! If he ever needs something, he’ll just go and buy it himself. He even did this for a few of my present ideas and then I was stuck. I found looking online for gift ideas for Dad’s quite useful.  In the end, I got him a selection box of Reese’s chocolate, a T-shirt and a cleaning mat that he’s been after. Very simple things that the girls could give him.

I had also organised for Hubby’s family to send over videos of them singing happy birthday so I could create one big video. It was really cute and hopefully something they’ll all cherish forever. I asked them to recall their favourite memories too and I wrote them down on paper for Hubby to read. He loved that and it was a bit more personal for him.

His Mum managed to drop his presents outside our home which included a surprise pass the parcel for us to take part in over FaceTime. It wouldn’t be a birthday or a celebration without a pass the parcel from my mother-in-law, it was also a really great activity to pass some time for the girls.

We finished Hubby’s birthday with his favourite chicken fajitas meal followed by a swiss roll cake with candles.

It definitely wasn’t the 30th birthday we had planned for him, but I hope we can celebrate properly when everything returns to whatever a new normal will be.

One last thing to say is a huge Happy Birthday to my wonderful husband and doting Daddy to my girls!

Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.

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