Active Family – Swimming Summer

Swimming costume Thats it folks the teen has broken up for the Summer holidays and I am now frantically panicking deciding what to do with the teen and toddler for the next week. 

Those of you that follow some of my other social media feeds will have seen that of recent weeks I am upping the exercise anti and have started lots of new classes in the hopes that I will find my exercise calling and find those classes that challenge me and don’t bore the pants off me. 

I have now whittled my regular classes down to pilates, yoga and aqua aerobics … and I have even enjoyed them and look forward to the next class. 

Although having slightly digressed I think its still massively important for my children to see me going and being active on my own as it is for them to be physically active.

I am not a massive fan of the water (I used to be before kids?) but this summer I am going to make a more of an effort in taking to the water .. not just the aerobics classes but also swimming with the teen and toddler at the local pool. 

Our local pool is normally out of bounds during the daytime as its joined to a school and they have access throughout the day and so evenings and weekends are only ever an option until the school holidays! … 

Although Bethany is really fab in the water and always has been, Joshua is still lacking in confidence so we really need to make swimming more a part of our lifestyle .. not only is it healthy its a life skill! 

So I have decided that at least once a week we will aim to go swimming even if its only for an hour. Also Joshua has his trust swim jacket we got from Konfidence so its a shame to not make the most of the water.

swimmingDo you like swimming? how about your children or grandkids .. do they or did they have lessons or just regular swims with you?

If you would like to join in with Active Family feel free to link up there are no set criteria. If its active and its about your family, be it your children, your aunt or your whole family, inside or out, walking, running, jumping, biking, at the gym, or running laps of the living room, or even something more adventurous feel free to add the badge and link up and share. (If you would like more information you can find it HERE)  

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Project Playhouse … Let The Fun Start

Play HouseNow I say fun .. and yes it would be, had I not have decided to start this project when we were not experiencing such a long heatwave!

I am already digressing and I haven’t even started the post … opps … So for

Joshua’s third birthday both sets of grandparents, us and a little bit of cash from Joshua’s savings went into purchasing the most amazing playhouse for Joshua. He loved it instantly but I am not sure where he got it from as soon after he said it wasn’t his house, his was blue. So over the last few months I have been building up to the DIY job of possibly some magnitude to transform this shell into a home fit for a prince. 

Having said previously the thought process for this project has all been around for the last few months and one to procrastinate to never to do things by halves I have been searching for the most perfect colour scheme .. and of course one that will please Dad too .. which means those of you that know us here at The Oliver’s Madhouse there is only one colour and that is blue it is the only colour for all concerned .. man, women or child in this house. Its like an unwritten law!  Garden ColoursI originally decided to go for one of the new Home of Colour – Garden Colours exterior paint in Mountain Blue, however after our final ‘discussion’ being in the shop (in front of 2 rather helpful assistants) we decided we needed a more of a gloss finish than matt, but never fear I have several more garden ideas and with my love for gentle sage and mountain blue I may have to get more of my projects finished! 
Project PlayhouseAfter way too much procrastination it was time to get going and with the heat being way too much I made a start on the inside instead! 

I wanted to lighten the inside so white is perfect .. although there will be more colour introduced before its finished in the accessories and interior in general. 

So that is where I am at so far, I am now reliant upon the weather to give me a break with the heat and the rain so I can get round to starting the outside transformation! 

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#52LittleThings Week 39 – Befriend Your Shadow

52LT-Week-30v2If  you have missed my #52LittleThings posts so far – I am taking part in weekly challenges with AXA PPP healthcare to make small changes in my lifestyle one week at a time to become healthier and happier. 

This week there is a little twist as this week has been about Joshua, well we are almost on those long 6 weeks so it seems only right to include the children on some challenges over the next few weeks! 

Befriending a shadow is what its all about this week

Why? … you may ask! 

Well lets start at the beginning …

Apparently skin cancer is the most common cancer in the UK and most skin cancer cases in the UK are preventable with proper precaution and awareness.

With AXA PPP healthcare partnering with the Karen Clifford skin cancer charity, Skcin, to spread the importance of sun safety, through George the Sun Safe Superstar animated film. 

This week the film went live and therefore with Joshua not only being showcased in the film (about 3.30 mins in) but with this weeks challenge being about befriending shadows I thought Joshua and I ought to take a look at how we can be safer in the sun. 

Now here are 5 pretty fab tips from George The Sun Safe Superstar:

Slip – Slip on a top (to cover shoulders)
Slop – Slop on that sunscreen 
Slap – Slap on that hat! 
Sunglasses – Protect those eyes!
Shade – If you are out in the sun try and stay in the shade

toddler in the shadeI have to say I think these are all fab rules to follow in order to stay safe in the sun and they are also easy to remember. 

So this week Joshua and I have been chatting about being safe in the sun, although in fairness he is only 3.5 years old we have been using Georges video as a starting point and have even had a breakthrough. 

I always put on sunscreen, hat and top on him but the sunglasses and shades have always beaten us as Joshua is always too busy and wants to be everywhere all at once! 

However this week after explaining about george he finally sat and played (or should I say painted) covered and even in the shade! 

Although he has not completely befriend his shadow yet I have been explaining about when our shadows become really small it must be midday and so we really must look after our shadows and in turn look after ourselves! … I think we will need to plugging about at this with him as he is still rather small.

Do you have any Sun Safe tips you would like to share?

Disclaimer: This post was written in collaboration with AXA PPP healthcare’s #52LittleThings, in which I have been compensated. However all words and thoughts were developed and written by members of The Oliver’s Madhouse 

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Giveaway: Spend Up To £70 On Selected Items At Jacamo

CGN_logoRecently I was asked to take a look at menswear brand Jacomo’s new range and I am going to put my hands in the air and say I was shocked! 

Shocked .. why might you ask..

Well both my husband and I had very wrongly presumed that Jacamo only catered for XL sizes … how wrong were we! they cater from waist size 32 – 64 (inches) and from S – 5XL! and so after making this discovery we set about viewing their new Freddie Flintoff range and we both loved the stylish collection but also the simplicity in its design making for really timeless pieces. 

So what do Jacamo have to offer? 

  • Next day delivery as standard (if ordered before 8pm) 
  • Returns can be made via multiple options to suit
  • Sizes S – 5XL
  • Big name brands
  • Large range of clothing, shoes and accessories 

To celebrate their new Freddie Flintoff range one lucky reader will win the chance to select items up to the value of £70 from the key pieces below in sizes of their choice (for more information on each piece you can find the links for each below:Freddie Flintoff - Selected Range from JacamoFreddie Flintoff – Selected Range from Jacamo by theoliversmadhouse


Please note: Only the selected items above are included in the giveaway and Jacamo will endeavour to have your size and selection in stock at the time of the competition ending, however this can not be guaranteed and alternative selections may have to be made. Entrants must have a valid UK address, Full Terms and Conditions can be found on the Rafflecopter widget

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Magic Moments 21/7/14

Magic moments Link Up BadgeHappy Monday! 

So on with Magic Moments this week ….

Feel free to tweet me your links throughout the week several times if you would like and I will happily retweet you every time you do .. (please don’t tweet me every post .. just the Magic Moments one) 

I will be sharing your links on the Magic Moments Link up page on Google + so if you are on G+ it would be fab to see you guys over there too, its kind of lonely over there on my own.

I will try and tag you on G+ if I know your account but if not I will still post over on the groups wall too and feel free to tag yourself and shout up so I will know for next time.

Don’t forget that linkys only work when people take the time to visit and share with others. With such a large crowd linking in please don’t think you have to comment on every one. I know many of you don’t have time for this and it’s unrealistic, however please visit as many as you can manage to share some love and build community spirit.

If you would like to join in  I would love it if you would pop on the Magic Moments badge or a link back to me  as it also helps others to see where you are linking up and they may decided to pop over and link up too! Remember the more people who take part and link up, the more people who are likely to visit, but its only a polite request not a prerequisite 

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Nursery Trip – Wheelgate Family Theme Park

toddler eating ice creamIt seems of recent weeks even though the first of babyhood are far behind us, the first have not left us as last week saw Joshua go on his first nursery outing.

Joshua at the moment goes to a really lovely local private nursery and has been going there for the last year. I have no doubt that the nursery have helped him come on in leaps and bounds … it is also the place that I have had to regularly pick him up for a physical extraction at his allotted end time as he cries and throws a paddy when home time comes. 

When the nursery was looking for helpers for the trip to Wheelgate Family Theme Park I jumped at the chance.

wheelgate parkWhen Beth was Joshua’s age I was working full-time and was a single parent so struggled to be involved in anything that her nursery were organising. Hence the excitement of being able to rearrange my normal working day to go and help … the joy of working for yourself! 

When we arrived at the nursery the air was electric! with 28 pre schools, who many of them had been up since 5am according to the parents .. all excited and raring to go!

After an amazing amount of packing, organising, sorting and loading onto coaches the whole of the nursery including staff and helpers loaded onto 3 buses and set off the short journey to Wheelgate.

Wheelgate parkOne of the other reasons I really was looking forward to visiting was that we live locally to this place and yet we had never ever visited before! I am now kicking myself as the park itself was amazing, it was well laid out, had some lovely rides and it also has the most amazing outdoor splash pool which the children adored! … although having said that the adults were equally as excited in the splash pool! 

wheelgate parkThe whole day was fantastically thought out and I even had 3 little guys to guide too (although we all stayed pretty much as a group) we even had time for a tasty ice cream before loading the very happy and truly exhausted preschoolers onto the coach.

It really was fantastic to be able to share another first with my Son and also to bring back some memories of my childcare worker days (a was a nursery nurse in my teens, before deciding children weren’t for me! .. oh how things change)

I wonder what other firsts I will get over the next few weeks?! … I know it will hold annual passes for us all for Wheelgate thats a fact! 

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