I’m determined, DETERMINED, to keep up with this. I know I say that every time. Haha. I get wrapped up in toy reviews and editing and work for other sites and my poor family life gets left off the blog. So here we are – weeks 36 and 37 together.
It’s September – and September always feels as good of a new start as January does, it’s like a pre-new year for back to school and housework resolutions.
On the housework side, I bought more Method products than I can shake a stick at because I had no idea how good they smelt until now. It’s like living in a fruit basket instead of stinky house of boys and harsh chemicals. If you haven’t tried them, you can find the whole range nearly at Waitrose and they smell delicious.
Back to school went well – both boys LOVE their teachers [Jensen has split teaching this year] and things are looking good. Meet the teachers for Yotie was very informative and full of things we actually needed to know instead of a full of fluff and nonsense hour.
We managed to FINALLY visit Gav’s brother in law and family in Worthing! Board games, playing with Baby Fox and drinking in their Suburban Tiki Bar made the best weekend for the boys, and we also got to eat at The Woods again! Best back to school weekend ever according to the boys.
Avengers Infinity War was released on Blu-Ray on September 3rd! We’ll be giving a copy away next week so if you haven’t seen it yet or want to see it again in your own home, you have a chance to win a copy! Jens managed to earn a Thanos gauntlet and mask for his determination to conquer maths this summer and has been playing the bad guy this week.
Usbourne Books sent us the loveliest Lift the Flap book to celebrate their partnership with the Year of Engineering. It’s full of information about robots, airplanes, and all kinds of things that the boys are keen to know about at the moment. Usbourne books are very much loved in our house and I’m not sure there’s a day that we don’t read one of them with the boys.
The Mystery of the Putrid Smell
I solved the mystery of the cat-food/dead animal whiff [see below in Sinking Ships section].
Wednesday is Disney day! I’m off to London to see all of the new Disney-goodness that’s about to burst into their stores for Christmas. I CANNOT wait to show you. I also have about three Disney hauls that I really should film but haven’t.
BlogOn Toys is days away! I’ll be speaking in the Photo Lounge where it’s going to be very relaxed and we’ll be talking technical bits with people and so if you’re coming to the conference and need any help with your camera or photography, or editing, come and say hello!
My Poor Heart and Social Awkwardness
I miss my boys in the day and hate school runs. Yep, I am back to being ruled by the clock and walking somewhere every two hours. I mostly hate school runs and enjoyed not having to stand awkwardly on the playground every day for twenty minutes.
Poor Hero has a cold thanks to his antics in the Worthing waterpark with the boys and whilst he was off pre-school and watching Disney Junior, I was trying desperately to find solve a mystery in the kitchen.
The Mystery Solved
You see, I’ve been ranting a fair bit on my IG Stories about the SMELL in my kitchen that came out of nowhere. Normally my kitchen smells of herbs, or cookies, or Yankee Candles, but not this week. It’s been so nasty. So bad, Like rancid cat-food bad, making me want to throw up whilst simultaneously being terrified that something had crawled into the back of the kitchen units, got stuck and died.
So, after scrubbing every.single.cupboard in the kitchen with sunny citrus Method spray and decluttering a little bit too [which made me happy], on Tuesday morning, we finally discovered what the smell was, over the course of an hour spent sniffing about and experimenting.
At first we were finally certain that it was the new kettle – the smell definitely came into the air when it was boiled. I was not pleased. We’d been using it for about three weeks and so this wasn’t going to be new kettle smell, it was a defect, I thought.
Anyhow – then we finally [the final of finallies] went to the water in the Zero Water Filter, which is what we fill the kettle with since the water here in Hampshire is as hard as it gets. Gav measured the water and the filter had turned nasty and was giving the water a nasty smell when it was boiling. GROSS. So we [Gav] cleaned the kettle and I ordered some new filters. If it’s a toss-up between crunchy limescale in my kitchen for a few days or the smell of cat food, I’ll take the crunchiness thank you very much. Anyhow, mystery solved and my kitchen is back to smelling alive and herby again.
Walking merrily across the field on the way home from school on Monday, Jens declares that he needs to do homework which he forgot. Panic/slight rage rose at the same time in me as since we’ve been back, I’ve been making sure we don’t fall behind AT ALL in our school/homework. Yes, I know it’s only a week but Jens scored 10/10 in his spelling test as we did them every day [for a change], and Yotie was on reading book 4 by the end of the first week. It turns out that Jens needed to make a poster and he had somehow not stuck his homework in the English Homework book as he should have [although he swears that he did].
Feels Just Like I’m…
Walking on broken glass. Except I am, really. I have a glass splinter in my heel which I managed to stand and I cannot get it out. I’m fairly sure that bodies are supposed to reject foreign objects somehow and I’m hoping my skin somehow does this with the glass fragment. It hurts.
Hope your week[s] were good ones!