It's really hit me hard because even though it might not seem a lot to some people (about £250), it took a lot of scrimping and saving to get that money together. And now it's back to square one. I'd write more but it's getting me upset all over again just thinking about it. :(
There were some nice things this week, too. On Tuesday I went to present some awards for adult learning week, and on Thursday Marianna was discharged by physiotherapist. She has an appointment to see the foot specialist, because she tends to try and walk on the side of one foot, but other than that she is completely on track for mobility now.
After advice surgery on Saturday I took Marianna to a birthday party. There were balloons, and cake, and a bouncy castle. but Marianna was mostly interested in crawling after balls from the ball pit - then rolling them back in the opposite direction. Fun times! This afternoon we're going to the mayor's civic ceremony. Hopefully Marianna will manage not to scream the place down...
☆ READING: I've been catching up on books I've been sent to review - apologies if you follow me on goodreads!
☆ WRITING: I wrote a piece on Monday about how electoral priorities would get a shake up if young people voted, looking at some of the figures around poverty for young and old people.
☆ WATCHING: The world go by. We were sent some blinds to review from Order Blinds Online, so I've been spending time looking out Marianna's bedroom window as we put them up, then sorted through her wardrobe to get rid of all the too small 12-18 month stuff. I can't believe how quickly she has grown!
☆ LISTENING: Dirty Little Secret - The All-American Rejects.
"Let me know that I've done wrong,
When I've known this all along.
I go around a time or two,☆ WEARING: A new necklace I won from Touchstone Accessories. My full win list for June is now up.
Just to waste my time with you."
Just to waste my time with you."
☆ EATING: Fruit and Special K. I've been very good with the diet this week.
☆ REVIEWING: We have been checking out some of the Mustela baby bathtime range - the Baby Shampoo, the 2 in 1 Hair and Body Wash, and the Massage Oil. We've been really pleased with them; they smell nice, work well (Marianna is a dirt magnet...), and I love that all their products are designed to be as gentle as possible.
You can use everything from newborn, even if a baby is premature, and I wish I had known about the PhysiObébé when Marianna was tiny. It's a no rinse face and bum wash! You just pump a little on a cotton ball, wipe it over the offending area, and done. If I've piqued your interest, you can take a look at their website linked above, or connect with them on Facebook and Instagram.
This week's host theme for #FridayFrivolity was funny stock photos - I went with watermelons. Seriously, so many stock photos involve watermelons! I also completed the Harry Potter Blogging Tag, and did some drawing for the first time in months for a post on House of Fraser's summer kids' clothing range.
I have a few competitions still running, including this newly launched one for a copy of Horrid Henry the Movie on DVD:
Follow and #RT to #win Horrid Henry the Movie on DVD - #competition ends 11/07; UK only. pic.twitter.com/PZd8wCTEFh— Jessica Powell (@jess__powell) 3 July 2016