Monday, 29 September 2014

Meal Plan - 29/09/14 - 05/10/14



Another week, another meal plan. I am looking forward to the meal plan around Christmas, full of roast dinners and buffets. YUM!!

So this weeks meals are:

Faggots, Mash & Gravy
Lasagne & Chips
Spaghetti Bolognese
Burgers, Wedges and Beans
Ham & Cheese Toasties (We recently bought a Toastie Machine from Sainsburys for a FIVER!!!)
Pizza and chips

There are only 6 meals here because it's my Birthday on Wednesday and I am hoping Matt will treat me to a nice takeaway.

This week I am joining in with Meal Planning Monday

What's on your menu this week?




Sunday, 28 September 2014

Silent Sunday - 28/09/2014


British Pullman Train


OneDad3Girls










Note: A big thank you to my friend Karen for taking this for me. As soon as I went to take the photo my iphone battery died!!!! 

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Blogging Tutorial - Changing the border style of page tabs

Earlier on in the week I wrote about how I had decreased the size between my widgets as part of my blog revamp.

Today I am going to show you how to change your border style of your page tabs on your Blogger blog using CSS




To change your border style you firstly need to go into your design settings, click template and then customise




You then need to click on advance, scroll down and click on CSS



Now this is where it gets a bit tricky depending on what sort of border around your page tabs you would like:

Dashed Menu

For a dashed menu like mine, you need to enter the following code:

.tabs-inner .section:first-child ul {
background: none repeat scroll 0 0 #FFFFFF;
border: 2px dashed #CC99FF;
margin-top: -2px;
}

You can see above in the above code that the background colour is set to white (#FFFFFF) and the border is set to purple (#CC99FF) This is what I used to produce my menu border. You can change these to any colour you want using hex code colour generator. I use this one a lot

You can also change the border to any thickness you want. You do this by changing the 2 on the third line of code.

The -2px after 'Margin-top' deciphers how far away your page tabs will be from your blog header. You can decrease increase this as you choose.

Remember to press enter after the } to save the code

Dotted menu

To get a dotted menu, you need to enter the following code:

.tabs-inner .section:first-child ul {
background: none repeat scroll 0 0 #FFFFFF;
border: 2px dotted #CC99FF;
margin-top: -2px;
}

You will notice that the CSS is basically the same as the dashed menu, all that has changed is dashed has been replaced with dotted. As above you can change the colours, thickness and how far away it is from your header.

Remember to press enter after the } to save the code

Solid menu

To get a solid menu, you need to enter the following code:

.tabs-inner .section:first-child ul {
background: none repeat scroll 0 0 #FFFFFF;
border: 2px solid #CC99FF;
margin-top: -2px;
}

Again the code is basically the same as the others, you just need to replace with the word solid. You can also change the px (after border:) to make the border as thick or thin as you want, and also change the colours.

Remember to press enter after the } to save the code

Double menu

To get a double menu, you need to enter the following code:

.tabs-inner .section:first-child ul {
background: none repeat scroll 0 0 #FFFFFF;
border: 5px double #CC99FF;
margin-top: -2px;
}

You can see where I have replaced the name of the border to 'Double'. Also I have had to change the px to 5 as if you use anything smaller, you can't see the double effect, instead you just end up with a solid border.

Remember to press enter after the } to save the code.

Groove menu

I have changed the example above to a lighter colour so you can get a more accurate idea of how it will look.

To get a Groove menu, you need to enter the following code:

.tabs-inner .section:first-child ul {
background: none repeat scroll 0 0 #FFFFFF;
border: 5px groove  #CC99FF;
margin-top: -2px;

You will need to use 5px or above to make this show up properly.

Remember to press enter after the } to save the code.

Ridge menu

Again, I have used a lighter colour to show the effect.

To get a Ridge menu, you need to enter the following code:

.tabs-inner .section:first-child ul {
background: none repeat scroll 0 0 #FFFFFF;
border: 5px ridge  #CC99FF;
margin-top: -2px;

You will need to use 5px or above to make this show up properly.

Remember to press enter after the } to save the code.

Inset menu

To get a Inset menu, you need to enter the following code:

.tabs-inner .section:first-child ul {
background: none repeat scroll 0 0 #FFFFFF;
border: 5px inset  #CC99FF;
margin-top: -2px;

You will need to use 5px or above to make this show up properly.

Remember to press enter after the } to save the code.

Outset menu

To get a Outset, you need to enter the following code:

.tabs-inner .section:first-child ul {
background: none repeat scroll 0 0 #FFFFFF;
border: 5px outset  #CC99FF;
margin-top: -2px;

You will need to use 5px or above to make this show up properly.

Remember to press enter after the } to save the code.

I hope you find this helpful.

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Friday, 26 September 2014

Weekend Blog Hop - 26/09/2014


Welcome to the WEEKEND!!!

Did you know there are just 12 Fridays left to Christmas!!! EEEEK!!! Have any of you actually started your Christmas Shopping yet? I say every year I am going to be organised for Christmas and I never am, this year included!!!

I hope you have all had a fab week.

If you are reading this on Saturday, then don't forget to come and join in with #ArchiveDay on Twitter, just tweet an old post using the hashtag and RT others throughout the day!!!!!

Have you followed @WeekendBlogHop on Twitter yet? We use this account to RT your links! So please make sure you are following us!!!

This week will again be an Instagram Linky. Please make sure you follow both Vicky and myself.


Now on to the Bloggers Show Case.

This week it is the lovely Leigh from:


Leigh wrote a fabulous post 'Be yourself; everyone else is already taken'

This post really got me thinking, especially about my teenage years. I would often think, 'Why can't I be more like her' to the point I lost who I actually was!

Well done Leigh!

My Life As A Mummy


Please note the above badge is for the Showcase only. You can get the Weekend Blog Hop badge at the end of the post!

Now for the #WeekendBlogHop

The rules are simple:
  • Link up your BLOG. Please do not link up individual posts! We are getting an increasing amount of posts linked up! These will not be commented on! 
  • Comment on the most recent post of the two blogs ahead of you in the linky.If you have already commented on that post, pick the post published before that. 
  • You can comment on more if you like!
  • If you tweet your blog using #WeekendBlogHop and tag @mylifeasamummyx and @singlemahoy we will RT as many as possible.
  • Please follow at least the two people ahead of you in the Instagram linky.
Link up your BLOG here:

Linky up your INSTAGRAM here:


Have a fab weekend!






My Life As A Mummy

Favourite Programmes from my Childhood!

The other night Matt and I got talking about our childhoods and in particular the children's programmes we used to watch.

This then turned into a game where we would search for the theme tunes of the programmes and make the other guess what they are.

This brought back a lot of memories and a lot of these theme tunes have been stuck in my head for the last few days.

So here are some of the children's programmes I used to watch!

Rosie & Jim



Funnybones



The Racoons



Spider in the Bath


 
The Family-Ness



Round the Twist



Maid Marian




Bodger & Badger



The Poddington Peas




The Moomins



The Smurfs




Fun House




Playdays




Tots Tv 



and then, when I got a little bit older, this man gave me nightmares!!!!!



What were your favourite programmes from when you were a child?


Thursday, 25 September 2014

Baby Changing Rooms


WHY POOR FACILITIES PREVENT HALF OF MUMS FROM SHOPPING!

I love going out with my kids and taking them places, sometimes it's for their enjoyment i.e the beach, sometimes it's the boring task of doing the shopping. 

What I do not like is having to faff around with making sure that places have got adequate baby changing facilities or any facilities at all. 

Of course, you can not expect a beach to have changing facilities, but you would expect shops, especially those belonging to large chains, to have these facilities! 

When Cameron was a baby, I went into Primark in Bristol. Cameron's nappy suddenly leaked and I needed to change him. I asked if they had changing facilities and they said no. I asked if they had a toilet, they said no! A large chain like Primark did not have toilets, let alone changing facilities! Because Cameron was really upset due to being so wet, I had no choice but to lie him down on the floor, on my coat, in the stairwell and change him there! 

This incident really put me off Primark for a very long time. 

Sudocrem recently did a study and found: 

50% of new Mums avoid shopping because of poor changing and feeding
facilities!

They also found that:

Lack of adequate facilites could account for the 68% of Mums who now
purchase more goods online than offline, and result in women feeling
isolated in the first 12 months after giving birth

However, not all baby changing rooms are bad. There are actually some fabulous ones out there, it is these that should be recognised and praised. 

The best changing room I have come across so far has to be Tesco's in Trowbridge. It was clean, didn't smell of day old nappies and they even had packs of nappies in there in case you had forgot your own. Which even if you don't want to admit, I have done, several times. 



To champion the benefits of good facilities, Sudocrem Care & Protect have joined with TV & Radio Presenter Katy Hill to launch a campaign to encourage retailers and restaurants to improve what they have on offer. They are also asking parents to vote for the best in the 'Baby Changing Room Awards' 

"It's vital that parents have access to good baby changing facilities 
when they're out and about with their baby. With two kids of my 
own I know it's the little things that count
and facilities, which have been developed with
parents in mind, are right up there with 
the coffee" - Katy Hill


Based on last years award winner, John Lewis in Reading, it might be easy access combines with spacious, clean and comfortable facilities. Or it could be something more quirky, like the addition of a sofa and a TV. How awesome would that be!!!! 

If you would like to nominate a changing room for the award, then let us know which baby changing room, why you want to nominate them (and preferably a photo) on Facebook, on the Sudocrem website or by emailing babychangingroomawards@satellitepr.com

Entries will be judged by Katy Hill, expert midwife Nikki Khan and Sudocrem 

Sudocrem Care & Protect baby changing mats will be given to all shortlisted baby changing rooms and the winning baby changing rooms will receive a special certificate and the use of the Sudocrem Care & Protect Baby Changing Room logo. 

Also, everyone who nominates their favourite changing facilities, will also be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win one of several prizes, including a short break at Knoll House, Britain's original family friendly hotel!


The closing date for entries is 31st October and the winner will be announced on the 3rd of November 








Note: This is a PR collaboration