We are huge fans of the TV series American Horror Story, here at TheNewhouseFamily HQ. It is very much an adult show, and not one for small people AT ALL. You would not be winning any Parent Of The Year awards if you let little Johnny sit on your lap for a dose of the gore and guts.
If you have never seen the show before, check it out on Netflix. An addictive, fast paced and honestly terrifying show that guarantees to have you on the edge of your seat throughout. For a handy lowdown on all of the show so far visit Flavormag, Dissecting the Horror for all the info you need. I am going to explain later in this post very carefully why every mum needs to sit down of an evening and binge watch the awesome show, because ladies…you will thank me.
For those of you who have seen the show, My Voucher Codes have created a pretty awesome infographic giving us a nice clear dissection of all 5 seasons so far and unravels the awesome web of events spun by creator Ryan Murphy, highlighting some extra little snippets of information that you may not have worked out for yourself, or extra little teasers from the show you may not have spotted (keep scrolling to read the rest of my post).
So mums, as a word of advice from me to you – watch the damn show. And there may be a few reasons why that might surprise you. So sit back, tune in and enjoy. It’s all rather exciting…
After watching Peppa bloody Pig all day, and once the kids are in bed you need some adult time. It’s a very adult show. No talking pigs are featured. Ok, that’s a lie.
There’s swearing. Cbeebies doesn’t give you that.
Nor does Cbeebies give you naked bottoms.
Evan Peters… in (nearly) every single episode.
There are a LOT of sex scenes.
Fashion plays a huge part so if you are a wee fashionista, or looking for some ‘hot momma’ styles there is plenty of inspiration.
The twins from Murder House are no where near as annoying as Topsy and Tim.
You can (guilt-free) become obsessed with something adult, and step away from Mr Bloom for a while.
If your kid loves Babe (the Sheep Pig) your head will explode at the vile things Dr Arden does.
You can re-descover your love for Lady Gaga.
You can fall in love with Witches again, just like the good old days of Sabrina! But they are more badass, and murderous.
It will make you want to run away and join the circus.
Your 3 year old loves Elsa? You too can have your very own Elsa to sing along too.
You can learn all of the Lyrics to the “Name Game” and annoy that kid at the school gates called Lana. (I do this daily and it never grows old. I do think her parents hate me slightly now though)
You will want to become BFF’s with Liz Taylor
It’s one TV show you can watch where Justin ‘I’m-In-Everything’ Fletcher doesn’t appear.
But the fit guy from Iconicles is in one episode. seriously.
It will make you will want to wear black every Wednesday.
You get to watch your own List on Netfix, rather than your child’s.
Autumn is here. Just. I’m sat in bed with the flu atm, and as I look out of the window from my crisp bed sheets I can see the conker tree turning yellow and fat with spiky delights. The walnut tree is starting to look full and heavy. There is a slight winter mist on the horizon and mums wandering back from the school run are no longer wearing Birkenstocks and maxi dresses, but instead choose converse and comfy jumpers. Enjoying the last few days being coat-free.
This time of year gets me so excited. Everything is starting to look and smell different. I put the garden to bed, and sort out seeds for next year. I have a sudden urge to pick up winter projects abandoned in spring. I even start putting on PJ’s and snuggling on the sofa at night. Yes… winter is coming. But, there are a few things I would like to do as a family before the really cold frosty nights set in. Maybe you could do them too…
Go for a walk in the woods. The kids will love seeing all of the fresh new colours that the trees have turned and you shall love the eerie stillness the Autumn air brings.
Visit farm shops and buy all of that tasty, local produce.
Make proper hot chocolate. Follow a good recipe, and make it all from scratch. It seems to taste so much better when it isn’t a packaged powder.
Collect kindling and wood from woodland ready for burning over winter.
Collect conkers. Children love the whole process of playing with conkers. I like to keep it old school and gather, wash, vinegar them (it makes them tough!), drill and thread them for a good game of conkers! Kids don’t seem to play any more, so bring back the sore knuckle revival!
Go through your wardrobe and pack away summer clothes and dig out those snuggly jumpers instead.
Make a bug hotel. Old bricks, sticks, tree bark, gardening canes and leaves make a great place for bugs to hide. And children love carefully removing bits to see who they find staying in their hotel!
Take leaf rubbings. Filling a bag with crunchy yellow and orange leaves is fun in itself but tipping them all over the kitchen table is even better! Get a sheet of paper and place the leaf under it. Using a wax crayon, rub the sheet of paper and the beautiful pattern of the leaf underneath will be revealed. Easy, near enough free and educational.
Make pumpkin soup. I LOVE pumpkin soup, spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon. Pumpkins are easy to find at the moment and they are ALWAYS cheaper to buy from farm stores rather than the supermarkets. Pumpkin soup is easy to make and there are so many good recipes to be found online. It also freezes really well, so you can enjoy your tasty work for longer.
Visit a charity shop and buy the biggest, chunkiest jumper in there.
Get knitting (or crochet!). If you don’t know how to knit, why not start? There are so many fabulous YouTube videos and knitting blogs out there to help you learn. Knitting also keeps you warm on cold evenings, and you can even learn some basic knits to give as Christmas presents, such as my favourite dish cloths!
Read a new novel, preferably each week. Try a new author. It’s fun to try something new.
Go blackberry picking. This is my favourite thing to do when Autumn starts to wake. Blackberry crumble, blackberries and ice cream, blackberry gin….
Enjoy those heavy rain storms, and go jumping in muddy puddles.
Muddy puddles need wellies. Treat yourself to a new pair if your old ones are starting to split. Cold wet feet suck.
Go to a Christmas lights switch on. There’s nothing better to get you in the mood for the Christmas than a festive lights event. Carol singers, home-made stalls, hot food and of course (if you’re lucky) a Z List celeb to kick it all off.
Drink mulled wine.
Make bird feeders. Wild birds get hungry over winter when food is hard to find. A nice supply of seeds, nuts and fat balls in the garden can keep birds healthy over autumn and winter, and you get to watch the amazing wildlife in your garden.
Bake an apple pie. Perfect autumn comfort food.
Find a pub with an open fire, and enjoy a nice local ale sat in front of it.
Start Christmas shopping, if you haven’t all ready. Keep your eyes peeled for sales!
Finish off all of those craft projects you never finished. My knitting stash is looking unruly. I have 3 blankets that need finishing and quite a few baby hats. Perfect when coupled with a glass of wine and the X Factor! Plus you can finish them and give away as Xmas presents.
Paint your nails an autumn colour. I practically live outside, so my nails are always grubby. Over autumn and winter, they don’t take such a battering so I can indulge in the old splash of colour once in a while.
Print off all of your Facebook/Instagram photos. Either do this yourself or use an online printing service. Print off a few extras as gifts for people too. I recently did this and had over 800 photo’s I COULD have lost if my account was taken down for whatever reason.
Celebrate autumn equinox.
Have a Halloween party!
Use pinecones for arts and crafts. Rolled in paint, you can create some amazing prints.
Celebrate harvest festival by donating some food to a local charity.
Buy a seasonal scented candle. Nothing says warming autumn than my Yankee Pain Au Raisin.
Go for a walk along the canal.
Find a baby sitter and take a romantic break away with your partner (or even just yourself!) before the Christmas madness. We aim to find a place in my favourite town York, this autumn.
Have a hot bubble bath.
Knit a woolly hat! If you don’t know how, learn!
Make jam. With all of those blackberries on the bushes at the moment, you will be in plentiful supply.
Turn off the lights at night time. Sit by candlelight or the warm glow from your fireplace. You’ll feel more relaxed instantly.
Learn to bake bread. The smell makes any house feel more homely and I guarantee that it tastes better than shop bought stuff.
Fill a flask with soup and take a long walk across the fields to the next town. Sit on a tree stump, and enjoy your soup while watching the changing season.
Play board games at the weekend. We love to turn off the telly, and enjoy family time with regular board games nights.
Watch a classic Halloween movie. My personal choice; The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Roast pumpkin seeds that you have saved from carving those scary pumpkins. They taste amazing, especially with a little salt or cinnamon to flavour.
Get out your slow cooker. Batch cook stews, hotpots and casseroles. Freeze and you’ll have easy suppers for when you’re too tired from Christmas shopping to cook.
Treat yourself to a new umbrella or hot water bottle.
Check bonfires for hedgehogs before lighting them. You never know who’s napping underneath the wood.
Have a toy purge. Declutter what isn’t used to make room for new toys that Father Christmas may deliver.
Sow spring cabbages, pak choi, swiss chard and radishes for an over winter/spring supply of home grown food.
Make your Christmas pudding!
I think it would be easy to just keep adding to the list. Autumn really is my favourite season, and there is so much to make and do to keep you busy right up until the festive period. What do you like doing in autumn? Do you have any family traditions? Let me know in the comments below.
The all new 2016 Family Travel Show is almost upon us. The UK’s only event dedicated to Family Holiday inspiration.
October 1st and 2nd will see Olympia London host a superb weekend of all things ‘holidays’ and will most certainly get you all excited about booking your next vacation away as a family. Do you fancy a laid back holiday on the beach? An action packed long weekender on the ski-slopes? Or would you prefer some sight seeing around a beautiful city?
There will be lots of exclusive competitions and offers, lots of free talks from expert bloggers, journalists and family travel experts. You can attend a photography workshop and there’s even a chance to have a go on the climbing wall. There’s something for everyone and for children of all ages. We are especially excited for the Bush Craft Zone, and seeing CBBC’s Go Jetters!
I have the chance to give my readers FREE tickets to the show. Just enter the code NEWHOUSEFAMILY when booking your tickets.
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We shall be attending this show this year, so if you see us there do say ‘hello!’.
You may have seen my last post about how important it is that kids have a healthy breakfast, and that Skippy Peanut Butter was the perfect choice.
We love peanut butter in our house. Peanut butter is high in protein, cholesterol free, gluten free and eating it reduces the risk of heart disease and even diabetes. The good stuff doesn’t end there. Packed with the powerful antioxidant vitamin E, bone building magnesium and immunity boosting vitamin B6 it really is the bee’s knees. Or the trees nuts. Whatever.
Skippy peanut butter is awesome. There is a smooth PB that is so gooey and easy to spread, and for those who like a little extra crunch the Skippy Super Crunch really packs a mouthful. Question is are you a smoothie or a crunchy? Personally I’m happy with either, and by happy I mean I could eat the stuff straight from the jar with a massive grin on my face.
We’ve got two jars for each of 5 lucky winners – all you have to do to enter, is use the form below.