Saturday, 12 April 2014

An update of my hobby

A while a go I posted about me taking up a new hobby you can read it here.

I have been practicing my skills mostly at trying to master that darn Granny Square. 
You can see from my previous post I was really struggling with it and just couldn't seem to master it at all.  
That was until I got a magazine that had knitting and crochet patterns and ideas in. 
I thought the pattern looked good and easy enough for me to follow and I knew how to do the stitched it required and well here is the result.

Woohooo I managed to make a granny square!!!! I have made many squares and hoping to sew them together to make a blanket. I have put that on hold at the moment as I have started another project.

I mentioned a ripple pattern that I had tried and well there is someone who I know that is pregnant so I thought I would have a go at making her a baby blanket using this  pattern.

I am really pleased with my crafting skills at the moment and I am hoping to get this finished soon so I can give it to my friend.

I've linked up with 

Friday, 11 April 2014

I'm going to BritmumsLive2014

 I am heading to Britmums Live 2014 I booked my ticket what seems a life time ago, I kept up to date online with last years britmumslive and was really gutted that I didn't attend. 
I wasn't going to pass it up this year, here is a little about me.

Name: Rachel
Blog: It's just Me and my life (Shh but your already here)
Twitter ID@loopyrach
Height: 5ft 5inches
Hair: Light Brown comes just past my shoulders
Eyes: Blue/Green
Is this your first blogging conference?
No, it will be my second by the time june comes around but the biggest one, I'm getting nervous now.
Are you attending both days?
Yes I'm looking forward to it.
What are you most looking forward to at BritMums Live 2014?
Hopefully making some new friends and getting to interact with people. Not that I don't do that already lol but you know what I mean.
What are you wearing?
Erm I'm a woman so it could all change with in a second. Im hoping to find some thing comfy and will definitely be wearing flats.. I will up day here when I know what I'm going to be wearing.
What do you hope to gain from BritMums Live 2014?
To make some new friends, to say hello to fellow bloggers that I know but have never met in real life. Also to look for way or ideas on how I can improve my blog
Do you have any tips to pass on to others who may not have been before?
Nope not yet.
I'm linking up with 

I’m going to BritMums Live 2014!

BritMums Live! 2014

A trip to Scotland

We had planned a trip to Scotland to go and see some family. What I didn't realise was that we planned to travel the same day that my eldest came home from a trip with school, where she had spent the week at a PGL camp.

At least it was a peaceful drive as once we had stopped for something to eat they soon fell fast asleep.

Good job we bought pillows and a blanket 
A very tired L

We arrived in good time the car journey was around 3 1/2 hours which we didn't think was too bad.
I was looking forward to getting into a nice comfy bed and with us being in a premier inn a good night sleep is guaranteed.
We awoke the next morning feeling refreshed and ready for a day out, L was feeling a little off but we put that down to her being tired from her school trip.
Some hot food inside us with a dose of caffeine we were ready for the day. We met up with our cousin and we decided as the weather wasn't great we would head to the Glasgow Science Centre 

The outside of the Science centre is awesome

They suggested that we start at top of the museum and work our way down, they have a Body Works floor  which was really interactive the girls really enjoyed it but I think us adults enjoyed it too.

I finding out how high she can jump.

Seeing how hard it is for a human heart to pump blood around the body.

There was so much interacting and touching stuff you could do.

L using the age your self camera and also seeing what the effects of alcohol and smoking can do to you.

We had a go and building our own chromosomes

This was a game the Mr tried playing it was hard. 

This was fun I put her face into the Pin Art

This is what i looked like from the other side.

We got the Mr to have a go and this was the result we had so much fun playing with this.

I had a go and making a bowl sing.

I loved this quote.

These were fun goggles that distorted your vision, it was rather funny to watch people trying to complete the puzzles.

This was hard you had to try and right you name but you could only see in the mirror which was reflecting it backwards, it was very confusing your brain was telling you to do it one way but your hand another. This was my attempt at my name and I didn't do to bad at all.

This is a random photo but I took I to the toilet and felt like I was in  a Harry Potter scene.

I was shocked at how much time we spent in the museum it was all day. My brain felt like it was going to explode from all the learning/interacting we had done.

We were also in need to some yummy food, there was a pub next to our hotel that was called Outside Inn. It really was the outside inside

There were trees and lantern and it felt like you were outside.

A selfie with I

The Mr and L she always seems to be pulling faces on photos.

After food we went bowling and had lots of fun but I failed at taking anymore photos. I think we all slept well that night.

On the Sunday we went off on a treasure hunt using  Treasure Trails if you have never heard of them I would say check them out we have used them before they have trails for lots of places.

You have to find the answers to the clues (like you didn't know that already lol) and work out the answer. Ours was a Murder Mystery one, we got to learn about the area and see something that you might not normally see. The girls loved working out the clues and finding things in our surroundings and I have to say they were better at it than us adults.

We had a lovely time away on our mini trip and can't wait until the next one. 

Thanks for stopping by and reading xx

Sunday, 30 March 2014

More Children?

I often get asked if I plan to have more children…
My usual reply is 
“No I have enough to deal with, with the two I already have.They sure keep me on my toes and I have just got my career going.”

But each time I say this my heart sinks a little and I feel rather sad. 
I know that deep down I would love to have another child. 

We are both still young(ish) lol and really I’m not ready to say No I’m not having anymore children. The maternal instinct is so strong within me. There are things that I didn't do with my girls as I was young when I had them and scared of not being able to do things or worried that I would do things wrong. 
Yes I know that having another child just to do things that I didn't do with my girls isn't the right thing to do. I’m not mad or do I feel guilty for not doing them, I just know that I would do things different if I had the chance.

I find I get overly broody when I see/watch things to do with babies/children but also sad that I wont get to experience those things anymore.

In my head I go over all the logical stuff like “Can we afford it?” Its not a case of can we, we just do it don’t we, we couldn't afford it with our first child. Can you ever afford children…
Do we have space/ would we have to move? Yes we might but would cross that bridge if it ever came to it.
I could go on with all the pros and cons but nothing can change the maternal instinct/urge inside me that is saying  have another child.

Monday, 24 March 2014

Blog Your Heart Out!

Well I was tagged by the lovely PinkOddy to do this post/meme.

Blog Your Heart Out!

Who/what encouraged you to start blogging?

Well, I don't think that this person knows it but she is the one who tagged me to do this post. I have known PinkOddy for almost 11 years online! She ran a forum that I was a member of and we have been friends ever since but yet to meet in the real world. She told me that she had started blogging and I thought that sounds like a good idea... A great place for me to be me and share the ups and downs of life, I wasn't expecting people to read it but a huge thank you to those of you that do read.

How did you choose what topics to blog about?

I would say I have the most random blog out there there isn't and things that I wouldn't blog about. I just tend to write what I feel at the time, sharing my life and all that I do. Sometimes I have lots of ideas for posts and just don't find time to get them down on paper.

What is something most people don't know about you?
What do people not know about me... I am actually quite a shy person but once I know you/you know me, I can be a little crazy in a fun way lol.

What three words describe your style?
Honest at times a can be rather open not sure id thats a good or bad thing. I tend to ramble a lot, I would also say friendly well I hope I come across that way. 
So I would say Honest, rambles and friendly.

What do you love to do when you are not blogging?

I love spending time with the family and going on days out. When its just 'me' time i love to read, photography and crocheting.

I am going to tag 

Monday, 24 February 2014

Learning something new

So a while back I thought I would teach myself some new.
I love to learn and try new things to do that is something other than being attached to a device....

Although I have used devices to help teach myself lol

So... I hear you ask "What are you teaching yourself?"

I decided to try out Crocheting, I saw someone doing it while we were out months ago and thought 

"Oh that doesn't look to difficult I might give that a try."

Off I went to a local haberdashery to get a crochet hook and some cheap wool to give it ago. I hadn't a clue where to start so I turned to a place that knows everything about everything YouTube.

After watching a few videos I started to think there is NO way that I'm going to be able to do this. They are all to fast but I looked and looked and found some slower tutorials.
To start with I just wanted to learn some stitches and see how I got on.

 So here is a picture after a few attempts and a lot of me undoing wool.

Above it just some basic double crochet and triple crochet.

I then went on a pattern hunt feeling rather confident about my skills although still very basic.
Then I saw it, I saw what I wanted to make...
A Granny Square Blanket 
Added from google images

Yes I wanted to make one just like that picture.

I looked at some many different granny square patterns and some didn't look that difficult... but believe me, I have lost count the number of times I have tried and then pulled it apart again.
Below is a picture I took of one of my attempts.

YUP When I look at the picture it make me cringe as I know I made a mistake and yes I have pulled it apart.

So while I was looking online for patterns a friend pointed me in the direction of a site she uses (she's a crochet master in my eyes lol) its called Ravelry I found not a granny square blanket pattern but on for a Rippled Blanket So I thought while we were going away in half term I would make a sample to see if I was able to follow the stitches etc and this is what I came up with 

TA DA...............

I know its on the side but I can't seem to turn the picture round lol. 
I'm pretty impressed with the sample and now just need to find some lovely wool to make it.

I am really enjoying crocheting even though I've been told I pull funny faces because I'm concentrating so hard. 

I think I will definitely be posting about my new hobby in the future so look out for an update on how I'm doing with the blanket.


Monday, 17 February 2014

Wow that last week of term sure was a tough one!

Wow that last week of term sure was a tough one!

I don't normally get ill but boy did I get ill, I had to take some time off work to get better but I wouldn't wish the virus I had on anyone it was horrible. I did manage to get back in to work for the last two days of term which I was glad about as I was bored sat at home feeling sorry for myself.

What had slipped my mind with being ill was the fact that we were going to the Lake District the next day...

Induce mad panic as I haven't started packing! I spent my evening sorting through stuff for the girls and a quick trip to the supermarket to pick up a few warmer items (I wish my girls would stop growing and growing out of things so fast).

So I have finally packed for the four of us with just toiletries left to pack in the morning, I headed off to bed ready to enjoy the start of our holiday.

I woke up the next morning feeling like I had a really good sleep, I got up and went to make some coffee to find everyone was already up. I thought they were all excited until I looked at my imp.... She didn't look to good CRAP I thought I hope shes not coming down with the virus I had as it wouldn't have been very nice for her. She was certainly running a high temperature so Calpol administered we got ready to make our journey, with a stop off at the cattery to take our cats for their little holiday.

The imp still wasn't feeling too good so we had blankets and drinks in the car and told her to try and sleep. The Lakes isn't that far away from where we live so we stopped for some lunch near to our destination the imp had been asleep for a while in the car but woke up still with a temperature so Calpol given again hoping that the temperature would drop soon. She didn't eat much lunch either.

We carried on to our destination up some mountains,windy roads, sharp bends and trying to avoid the sheep. We arrive to find our cottage isn't ready and wouldn't be ready for another hour and a half!!!!!! We are in the middle of nowhere... the nearest supermarket is 45min away there is a small post office that has a tiny shop attached to it just down the road. In the other direction a pub 3miles down the road. We decided to head to the pub where we played Uno with the girls and sat near the log fire. The pub was friendly with families and walkers stopping by. We had fun playing Uno with me beating the Mr 4 times in a row but soon the girls were asking if it was time to go and get into our cottage. They were counting down the minutes until it was time to head back.

We unpacked the car and the girls chose which was going to be their room. with everything put away we could finally relax... The imp still wasn't feeling to good saying she had a headache and felt dizzy, she fell asleep on the sofa until it was time for some food she didn't each much and still complained she had a headache. I thought the best thing for her to do was to sleep so with some more Calpol inside her she went off to bed.

Fingers crossed she wakes up feeling better...