One Mum, Lots of Children, A Business and Lots of Chaos

Author: mumunderpressure

Camp Bestival – What To Pack

Camp Bestival – What To Pack

Later this month we will be returning to Camp Bestival for our second year running. Whilst the kids are still at school it has got me trying to be super organised. So I’m working out what we need to pack. We are kind of cheating, I […]

The Play That Goes Wrong at Bristol Hippodrome

The Play That Goes Wrong at Bristol Hippodrome

This week Bristol Hippodrome welcome The Play that Goes Wrong. It is a hilarious light-hearted comedy. The Play That Goes Wrong has been a huge hit in the West End since it’s launch in 2013. It has also been played worldwide on every continent except Antarctica. […]

Thriller Live at Bristol Hippodrome

Thriller Live at Bristol Hippodrome

Thriller Live has hit the stage at Bristol Hippodrome. When T and I were invited along to review it, I was a bit excited. Our whole family are Michael Jackson fans. I have pretty much grown up on his music. With my first ever live music experience being at Wembley stadium for Michael’s incredible Dangerous tour. I have such fond memories of that day. Over the years when I hear his tracks I can’t help but sing along. Now I have children myself, I have passed on the love of his music to my tribe. My playlist of all time favourite songs includes many of MJ’s.

Thriller Live

Thriller Live is now in its 10th year running. The show celebrates the life and achievements of Michael Jackson. An impressive 4 MILLION people across 30 countries have seen Thriller live. The playlist included tracks from the beginning with The Jackson Five. Then massive hits from Off The Wall, Thriller, Bad, Dangerous albums plus more.

T, my eldest daughter and I used it as an opportunity to turn off from technology and enjoy an evening of feel-good entertainment. Before the show started she browsed the programme, looking at the songs and recalling her favourites. 

The whole cast delivered a great production. Making it difficult not to sing and dance along. Ina Seidon shone throughout the whole show, hitting the high notes with ease. The other singers including Britt, Squilla and Rory, took it in turns to entertain the audience with so many Michael Jackson tracks.

My all-time favourite Michael Jackson song is Man in The Mirror. Earth Song lyrics really strikes a bell with the state of our current world. Michael knew we need to look after the planet 23 years ago when this was released.

And not forgetting the dancers, no show about Michael Jackson would be complete without the moonwalk. The smooth criminal anti-gravity lean generated a huge cheer throughout the audience. at the end there a was the opportunity to get up and dance along, everyone left feeling good.

Me and T

We had a lovely Mother and Daughter night. And would love to return to see the show with the rest of the family.

Disclaimer: We were offered free press tickets in return of an honest review, all words are my own.

Pros and Cons of Being Self-Employed

Pros and Cons of Being Self-Employed

For the last 8 years, I have run my own business. It has come with some challenges but also some massive WOW moments. Being self-employed it now a way of life for me and our family. It is what we know and I know that […]

Miss Saigon at Bristol Hippodrome – Review

Miss Saigon at Bristol Hippodrome – Review

Being a busy Mum nights off are rare, but last week I went out! A trip to the theatre to see Miss Saigon was our destination. Miss Saigon opened at Bristol Hippodrome on 23rd may and will be running for a month until 23rd June.  […]

Single Parent Holiday – Melon Holidays Review

Single Parent Holiday – Melon Holidays Review

When you are a single parent you get into your groove. I have got used to the daily routine of parenting solo. But changes from the norm can sometimes bring chaos. Planning a single parent holiday can be daunting and stressful. But I like most single parents still want my children to travel and explore new places. 

Holidaying alone with children can be nerve-racking and lonely. Yes, I hear you say how can it be lonely when you have the kids in tow. But in the evenings when they are off playing and in bed, it can lonely sitting on your own feeling like a spare part. Recently we came across a fantastic new business specialising in single parent holidays. Melon Holidays organise single-parent families in the UK and Overseas.

Also, another headache for single parents is time! I always short of it as being the only adult in a very busy house with 5 children, I’m always busy being mum, working, being housekeeper and taxi driver. So I don’t have hours on end to trawl the internet to find the perfect place for our family holidays. So with the lazy side of me coming out, I love the fact that someone else has researched the location and negotiated the 1 adult occupancy and so on. 

Single Parent Family

This Easter we tested out their new glamping holiday in Lancashire. I have only camped once before with the kids but that was with my extended family. So hadn’t thought about camping with the kids alone. Glamping had crossed my mind because it wouldn’t mean me having to single-handedly put up a tent. This single parent holiday was based at The Hamlet in the grounds of Samlesbury Hall. The Hamlet is made up of brightly coloured shepherds huts. It is like a mini village as the kids called it. The huts are well equipped with en-suite shower and toilet. They had very comfort oak double bunk beds which easily slept 4 of us. the old two slept in a pod just yards away. Meaning they could have their own time.

The way the huts are set out means that you can get you know your melon neighbours without being on under each other’s feet. The whole site is very safe and secure meaning the kids have some freedom to explore. There is also crazy golf, a bee centre and mini farm on site. 

The site was lovely and relaxed.  Melon holidays help single parents to meet new families on their holidays. But as they are not fully escorted holidays it is up to you as an individual to dip in and out as you please. Our family spend some time alone doing our own thing and other times we joined in with other families. This meant that the parents could chat while the kids play together. 

The Hamlet Samlesbury Hall

There is so much do to locally from visiting the Discovery Centre at Fairhaven to heading to Blackpool for a lively few hours. When we stayed the weather was a little wet but we still found lots to do. We spend a good few hours exploring Samlesbury Hall and learning about its history. There is also a fab adventure playground for the kids to run off some energy in. 

As well as UK glamping breaks, Melon Holidays also organiser overseas trips. I am loving the look for their October break to Alcudia, who doesn’t need a bit of sun before winter sets in. 

Disclaimer : We were offered a glamping trip with Melon Holidays in return for an honest review. All views, words and pictures are my own. 

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17 Years of Motherhood

17 Years of Motherhood

Last week, it was my eldest daughter’s 17th birthday. As well as being an exciting celebration for her, as she is desperate to learn to drive. Also, she is edging even closer to officially being an adult in a years time. But for me, it is […]

Mardles – The Egg Who Couldn’t Wait – Review

Mardles – The Egg Who Couldn’t Wait – Review

Recently the kids checked out the Mardles – The Egg Who Couldn’t Wait book and Mardles Cutie Stickers.  Mardles bring characters to life with their augmented app. The app is quick and easy to download on Apple Store, Google Play and Amazon Apps. Once you have […]

School Holidays Are Getting Harder

School Holidays Are Getting Harder

I work for myself and I have to say that I love it. For years I have found the flexibility to work around the kids a godsend. Before all of them went to school fulltime in September. I managed to work with a preschooler buzzing around the house. Always looking forward to the other children being off on school holidays. Meaning we could enjoy being together and the lack of routine. But since they have all been in school full time, the school holidays are getting harder. I feel terrible for writing this but surely I’m not the only one finding it a challenge. 

I love spending time with the kids, but life gets in the way. The bigger they get the more inquisitive they get constantly asking questions. This is essential for them to learn so I don’t want to put a dampener on that one. but how many whys can you answer in one day? 

Then there’s the mess, 4 lots of toys out at once, no one owns up to who made what mess. Meaning a trail of devastation that no one wants to clear up as it wasn’t them.  With the mess, we might as well pair up the arguing. Seriously I have to watch them like hawks to see who causes each argument. When I am in another room, it is usually about 10 minutes before someone storms off, something goes flying or someone is screaming out. 

I try my hardest to keep the kids entertained with days out and breaks away. But with all the best intentions we can’t can’t be out all the time. Even when we are out at least one child wants to be home. I understand that the 16 yo doesn’t want to trail along with us all the time and that is fine. However, the 11yo seems to think as her older sister stays how she can too. She feels hard done by having to trail along. This holiday we have had a glamping trip away and several days out with friends. So you would think on they could nicely watch a film and chill for a few hours on the days I need to work, but no!

The work thing also now stresses me as I used to be able to catch up in the evenings when the kids went to bed during the holidays. Nowadays I am so blooming exhausted once they all go to bed due to later bedtimes now they are old. I usually collapse in a heap on the sofa. 

I really want to focus on the good times with them as they are growing too quickly and before I know it they will have all flown the nest. So for the future half terms, I am going to make a decent plan. Meaning we can all enjoy it. I will be looking into holiday clubs and Grandma Daycare for a few days. So they are happy and entertained whilst I work. And make sure I plan ahead with work, not leaving me trying to meet deadline whilst they are requiring my attention. As they are now away from me at school a good chunk of their time. Then throw in all the afterschool clubs and other stress. 

This has ultimately reminded me of the most important lesson in parenting. Which is never think you have it nailed as there is always a curveball on the horizon. Forever a learner! 

 

How much Pocket Money should I be giving?

How much Pocket Money should I be giving?

When I was growing up, I can’t really remember being given pocket money. But I do remember many treat days out. Plus the odd packet of sweeties or cake on a shopping trip. Lately, however, I have been thinking about it as I think it […]