Thursday, 21 February 2019

Watching CH4's Naked Attraction with my teen...

I wrote this post a few of months ago but never got around to posting it. Oops.

Have you ever seen the CH4 show Naked Attraction? It is a very risky "dating game show" in which a clothed person selects a contestants from six naked people, whose bodies and then faces are revealed in stages from the feet up. It is the type of TV show that I would have never dared watch with my parents.

A picture of a tv with the text watching CH4's Naked Attraction with my teen

Becky had been on about it for a while, had seen it advertised and she wanted to watch it too. Up until a while ago I said there was no way is she watching that. It shows willy's and boobs. I was being a prude! She is 16 years old. Is she old enough to see just naked bodies on TV? Like she said it was Blind Date but without clothes, well sort of.

After watching it, it left me thinking that it was a fantastic thing to watch with a teenager. I admit is it so strange to watch at TV show like that with a teenager. I cringed a lot but it is a great conversation starter. 

Becky knew that all bodies are not the same but this proved to me that she knew this. People come in all shapes, colours and sizes and that's OK. Sometimes people have big or small boobs, stretch marks, perfect skin, lots of pubic hair or none, bigger of flat stomachs, amazing tattoos hidden under clothes and it doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of things.

I was quite proud that Becky watched it without giggling and being childish. I really expected her to be. There is nothing wrong or to be ashamed about the naked body. It opened up the subject that someone of her age should not be seeing naked bodies in the wrong situations. Watching on TV with your mother on a "game show" like this is OK but someone flashing their bits in the street is not. Seeing a naked person in the swimming baths changing rooms is OK but someone sending naked photos to you is not! She gets what is right and what is wrong. 

The episode we watched was where a woman who must have been bisexual had 3 men and 3 women to choose from. That was different from what I had ever seen before on the show. I have only seen men choosing women and women choosing men. Becky did not even question it! I silently cheered! She gets that same sex relationships are normal.

From what I have read Naked Attraction has been slated in the press but it is showing normal bodies on TV as opposed to air brushed super models that you see online. It promotes body confidence and positivity.

A lot of the chat that Becky and I had was serious but some of the things she was coming out with was hilarious. A naked man and all she mentioned was his hairstyle, it was a man bun. She laughed at when one of the naked people were fully clothed, in her words "they looked better naked, they need Gok Wan to give them some style tips". How does he have more hair on his face than anywhere else. That piercing is so pretty, oh, that must have hurt!

A few weeks ago I would have never have watched something like this with girl but now I am glad I did. It gave us a lot to talk about and it showed me how mature Becky can be.

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Making bath bombs with the So Bomb DIY, 3 Pack Bath Bomb Kit!

My girls and I are a big lover of bath bombs so when we were given the chance to review a kit from Canal Toys where we could make our own we jumped at the chance. We were sent the So Bomb DIY, 3 Pack Bath Bomb Kit to have a look at.

This fun kit comes with everything you need to create 3 bath bombs, each with a surprise figure to hide inside.

Inside the box there is 3 bags of baking soda, 3 bags of citric acid powder, 1 bag of decorative sprinkles, 3 surprise characters, 3 moulds, a mini pipette and instructions.

To make the bath bombs you pour the baking soda mix into a bowl, take a pipette of water and mix it in, then you add the packet of citric acid powder and add it to the bowl. When everything is mixed you can add sprinkles to the mould and then the powder you have just mixed and don't forget the surprise character. When the moulds are filled they slot together to make the bath bomb! 

Every ingredient is already coloured, fragranced and measured out so there is no messing about. You can even combine the coloured powders to create a marbled effect.

In theory it all sounds easy enough but between opening the box and getting started we lost the pipette so guessed with the amount of water. I don't remember seeing one but we made do. It was a learning process. It turns out if there is too much water the mixture fizzes. To be honest, Ellie loved it! She wasn't too fussed that it went wrong. 

We did better with the green one but the yellow one we got the amount of water just right and the bath bomb worked out perfectly.

When you add the right amount of water the bath bombs are easy to make and they look fantastic too with the sprinkles in

We did made these around lunchtime and Ellie went in the bath at about 7pm and the bath bombs were set. I wouldn't say they smelled of anything but they fizzed in the bath and everything dissolved which is what bath bombs are supposed to do.

When we started making these I wasn't too sure that I would buy Ellie them again but by the time we had finished I sure would. She had great fun, even when they didn't work out and it felt like we have got the hang of making them. Ellie has some pocket money and she is going to buy another set as she liked them so much.

The So Bomb DIY, 3 Pack has a RRP of £9.99 and is available from leading retailers nationwide. 

These would make great gifts or a pocket money toy.

We were sent the So Bomb DIY, 3 Pack Bath Bomb Kit free of charge in exchange for this blog post.

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

She is being included. A birthday party!

When Ellie was at primary school she never had a best friend, she never went to birthday parties or sleepovers. She struggled to fit in. 

Up until about year 4 Ellie played with the boys, they accepted her and she had the best time at school. Then the boys got to an age where they decided girls were not cool and Ellie was left with no one. All the girls in the class had already formed their friendship groups and Ellie was the strange little girl who loved football, climbing and running about in the mud.

A couple of years ago Ellie was devastated that she wasn't invited to a party. All the girls in her class, about 13 of them were. It was implied that Ellie and another girl were left out because they were "different". Ellie was being assessed for Autism at the time and the other girl was already diagnosed. It broke her heart and mine too.

She struggled through the last years in primary school with the hope that when she started secondary school there would be new people and new friends to make. 

Thankfully we were right and there was lots of new friends to make. I won't name them. I will just use their initials. M, K, I, T, K & N! 

She had her first party invite a couple of weeks ago and it made her day, probably her year!! One of her closest friends invited her and a couple of other girls to go to one of the trampoline parks in Newcastle. She was so excited!!

I was a bit worried to start with as the girl asked if Ellie wanted to go and to ask me if she was allowed. Ellie said there was no official invite on paper and the girls mam would pick her up. I would have liked to have seen something in writing but I needn't have worried. Early last week the paper invite came and there was a phone number to text I's mam to let her know Ellie would be going. She sounded lovely. Phew!

We of course had to go shopping for a birthday present. I saw tons of things which tween girls would love but Ellie said no to everything. After looking around the shops for nearly two hours I had to say enough is enough, we either go back and buy something we have seen or find something in Wilko's. Thankfully they had some lovely stationery. Pretty but not too girly, not pink, it was practical and didn't break the bank. We also got her some sweets. Celebration's because there is bound to be something she likes in them and a little bath bomb set. It is so easy to buy for your own children but for other children which you don't know is a struggle.

Ellie got picked up last Saturday just before half past 2 and off she went. She came back just before 6pm and had the best time! She was taken out for tea and most importantly the girl loved her presents.

When she got home she was exhausted. All that bouncing really tired her out. She was in bed early and ached for a couple of days but she said it was worth it.

I love that Ellie has finally found a group of friends where she is included. She is such a happier child for having friends. This is all we have wanted for her for years.

Monday, 18 February 2019

Our weekly meal plan. 18th - 24th Feb! #MealPlanningMonday

We swapped a couple of days around last week but we ate everything I had planned. Stu decided on Friday that he was going to make a big pan of soup/broth. It was packed full of veggies and gammon and smelled delicious. I am not a fan of it but the kids did love it. They had it for lunch on Saturday and Sunday. The leftovers have been bagged up and put into the freezer.

This week it's half term and we have a couple of days out planned. We are going to visit my great aunt and we're planning a trip to the cinema too. We are also hoping to have an afternoon of baking. Yum!

This week on the menu we have:

Monday - Waffle pizza fries.
Tuesday - Sandwiches, crisps and the cakes we've baked.
Wednesday - Fish and chips probably from the chip shop.
 Thursday - Sausages, mash and veg.
Friday - We'll be eating out after the cinema!
Saturday - Fish finger sandwiches.
Sunday - Roast chicken dinner.

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Feeding time at the zoo! #MySundaySnapshot

On Wednesday Ellie had been poorly. She hadn't been sick but felt it and for most of the day she didn't eat anything. I worry when she doesn't eat as she is the one who usually has about 8 meals a day. lol 

To tempt her to eat I offered McDonalds for tea and it worked. She had a Happy meal and a McFlurry! Hooray! In fact a mid week treat was what we needed to cheer us all up!