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Nursery rhyme origins.

I’d never really thought about the rhymes me and the girls sing before. Not in any more detail than to remember the words.. One day we where watching Mother Goose Club on youtube ( My OH really dislikes it but the girls love it)  and Ring Around the Rosy came on, my OH’s dad said “I don’t know why they still sing this its about the plague!” Which caused me to look into the origins of some of the rhymes we sing! 

Lucy Locket

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Lucy Locket lost her pocket

And Kitty Fisher found it.

Not a penny was there in it,

Only a ribbon around it.



Both Lucy and Kitty were real people, in the 18th century. Lucy Locket was a barmaid and some-time prostitute. When one of her wealthy lovers (the ‘pocket’) lost all his money, she dropped him like a hot potato, only to learn afterwards that her rival, Kitty Fisher, had taken up with him despite his poverty (‘not a penny’). The spat between the two ladies was well known at the time, as Kitty taunted Lucy for dropping her lover. Kitty claimed she had found a ribbon around him – a serious jibe at Lucy, as prostitutes at that time kept their money tied around the thigh with a ribbon. 


Oranges and Lemons

Oranges and lemons
Say the bells of St Clemens,
You owe me five farthings
Say the bells of St Martins,
When will you pay me?
Say the bells of Old Bailey,
When I grow rich
Say the bells of Shoreditch,
When will that be?
Say the bells of Stepney,
I do not know
Says the great bell of Bow,



Here comes a candle to light you to bed

And here comes a chopper

To chop off your head!

Chip, chop, chip, chop

The last one is dead!



The second part of this rhyme is a clue to the purpose of the first part – the poor fellow ends up dead! The bells belong to famous churches in London; it’s possible that these were the churches a condemned man would pass, on his way to his execution.

St Clemens, the first church, is likely that in Eastcheap. The Eastcheap docks saw the unloading of cargo from the Mediterranean – often including oranges and lemons. But not only fruit was unloaded at Eastcheap: it was also the dock at which condemned men would disembark, to begin their final journey.



Pop Goes the Weasel

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Half a pound of tuppenny rice
Half a pound of treacle
That’s the way the money goes,
Pop goes the weasel.
Up and down the City Road
In and out of the Eagle
That’s the way the money goes,
Pop goes the weasel.



Every night when I go out 

The monkey’s on the table

Take a stick and knock it off,

Pop goes the weasel.



A penny for a ball of thread

Another for a needle

That’s the way the money goes,

Pop goes the weasel.


“Pop goes the weasel” seems at first glance to be a nonsense rhyme, one without any purpose behind it at all – but really it’s an account of poverty, pawnbroking, minimum wage, and a serious night out on the town.

The ‘weasel’ in the rhyme is a winter coat, which has to be pawned – or ‘popped’ – in exchange for various things. The first verse describes the cheapest food available; the narrator of the poem has no money, so ‘pop’ goes the weasel. The second verse describes a night out at a music hall called the Eagle Tavern, which was located on the City Road. But music halls – and drinks – cost money. Pop goes the weasel. The third verse is a bit more obscure than the first two; a monkey is slang for a tankard, while knocking off a stick was slang for drinking. The last verse probably refers to the narrator’s day job.

So this little nonsensical ditty is actually about struggling to make ends meet. It’s still an upbeat tune, letting the reader see that a night on the town is well worth the week of terrible food, wages and general living conditions.

Ring Around the Rosy

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Ring-a-ring o’ roses,
A pocket full of posies,
A-tishoo! A-tishoo!
We all fall down

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Ring-a-round the rosie,
A pocket full of posies,
Ashes! Ashes!
We all fall down

“Ring Around the Rosie” Though its lyrics and even its title have gone through some changes over the years, the most popular contention is that the sing-songy verse refers to the 1665 Great Plague of London.“The rosie” is the rash that covered the afflicted, the smell from which they attempted to cover up with “a pocket full of posies.” The plague killed nearly 15 percent of the country’s population, which makes the final verse—“Ashes! Ashes! We all fall down”—rather self-explanatory.* Although this is debated, and some people have said its wrong, I dont know personally ..

MARY, MARY, QUITE CONTRARY (1744)

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Mary, Mary quite contrary
how does your garden grow?
with silver bells and cockle shells
and pretty maids all in a row.

Contrary” is one way to describe a murderous psychopath. This popular English nursery rhyme, which reads like a solicitation for gardening advice, is actually a recounting of the homicidal nature of Queen Mary I of England, a.k.a. Bloody Mary. A fierce believer in Catholicism, her reign as queen—from 1553 to 1558—was marked by the execution of hundreds of Protestants. (Silver bells and cockle shells are torture devices, not garden accouterments.)

Humpty Dumpty

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humpty isnt really an egg, the rhyme is about a canon from the english civil war

Jack and Jill

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Jack and Jill went up the hill,
To fetch a pail of water.
Jack fell down,
And broke his crown;
And Jill came tumbling after.

This poem originated in France. The characters refer to King Louis XVI, Jack, and his Queen Marie Antoinette, Jill. Jack was beheaded (lost his crown) first, then Jill came tumbling after during the Reign of Terror in 1793.

we love nursery rhymes, and both girls know most of the words to most of them. we like singing wind the bobbin up, but can never find it anywhere! so many people haven’t heard of it. 

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Children that go bump in the night..

Midge can climb out of her cot. Sassy never mastered this, I doubt even now she could do it. Midge however should have been a boy (from scans showing her with hands between her legs, to climbing and fighting) Shes a total monkey child and NOTHING is safe from her what so ever!

A couple of nights ago both girls where in bed.  Sassy sleeps in her own room with the door shut  (she wont sleep properly with it open) so once shes in bed we don’t really hear anything from her. However midge is still in our room as she still wakes up at night occasionally for a bottle. And our bedroom door is always open, she had been shouting for a while (just general trying to have a chat with us playing around) but we ignored her hoping she would lie down and go to sleep, next thing we know little footsteps come running into the kitchen, HUGE beam on her face looking so proud! so I pick her up, take her back to bed and stand just out of sight, within a couple of minutes up she gets, goes to the end of her cot throws her leg up on top of it, pulls herself up & drops down the other side!

So weve removed the side of her bed. We both said if she tries climbing out too fast or slips she will bang her chin, and end up biting her tongue or hurting herself. So bed times are now a bit of fun keeping MonkeyMidge in bed to go to sleep. Sassy went straight from proper cot to a single bed, but then sassy slept through from 9 months, unlike midge who at 22 months stays up late, wakes up early hours and has a chat and plays around for an hour or so, then is up for the day between 6-7. Oh the joys of children..

Midge has only fallen out a couple of times since removing the side of her bed though.

Its also shown up a slight flaw in my house! Its a new build, its only been standing 2 years (not even that yet) and all new builds have wide doors for disabled access (despite the fact its a coach house so we are above 4 garages not on ground level..) so we took our baby gate off the kitchen archway to put on our bedroom door.. but it doesn’t fit on our bedroom door as the door is too wide! so if a person in a wheelchair did live here they can go through the rooms, but not in the kitchen. Although we did have the gate on the living room door at one point too so a wheelchair wouldn’t get into the living room either! why arnt all the doors the same size?!

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The Girls

Sassy- 3 years, 5 months, and 9 days or 1258 days old.
Blonde haired blue eyed, messy summer beachy hair. Can be slightly shy in the beginning but will soon be dancing and singing for you. Loves being the centre of attention. Goes to nursery 3 times a week and LOVES it. However shes always happy to come home to her sister! Loves to draw and read, sing and dance. Scared of lots of things. Been out of nappies since she was 2, is a fussy eater and survives on chicken nuggets, pizza and fish fingers but will eat fruit untill shes sick! Favourites being strawberries and blueberries. Happy to walk for quite a distance for little legs. Loves watching Peppa pig, Ben & Holly, and nursery rhyme youtube channels. Real girly girl. very dizzy, send her to do something and within 2 minutes shes forgotten and been distracted. Very rarely listens to what your actually saying!

Midge- 1 years, 9 months, and 11 days or 652 days old.
Strawberry blonde haired with blue/grey eyes. straight hair. Very outgoing and will talk to anyone. Sings wheels on the bus every time we catch a bus. Loves her big sister to bits and misses her when shes gone. Has no fear what so ever, falls over, falls off but very rarely sheds a tear. Loves pasta, isnt keen on bread! Soya milk drinker. Loves walking and exploring. Loves peppa pig and thomas the tank engine. Sings the ABC (not 100% but shes got the rhythm & the letters all get thrown in!) she can also count to 5 on her own and upto 10 when prompted. Picks up words and is able to use them in context. Midge amazes us daily with her vocabulary and how clever she seems to be!

Together the girls scheme and come up with all sorts of ideas! They will often disappear for a while and then when we find them they are sat quietly trying to open things they shouldn’t be, soaking each other in the bathroom, or jumping on the beds! They follow each other around the house and if one is in a different room they ask for each other. They are both really close and I love that. Yes they squabble and fight, what siblings don’t?! they also do each others heads in quite a bit. But I know as they grow up they will be there for each other.

This post highlights the positive sides of my girls.. One day I may have time to point out their snotty nosed gross rude devil side! But for now we will bathe in the awesome glow they cast 😉

Review

Baby’s Big Box of Little Books review

The girls and I where sent Baby’s Big Box of Little Books to review.

The box is very cute, and the illustrations are eye catching, these pictures caught both girls attention straight away. Being in a box with a magnetic closing got both excited to find out what was in the box! The magnetic closing allows both girls to open and close the box themselves, then they encountered a problem, the books are quite tightly packed so neither could get that first one out. After I gave them a hand getting them out they where away! Pointing to the pictures they knew and where familiar with and telling me what they where. Then I went through all 9 books with them saying each word and discussing the pictures; since we did it all together Sassy has sat going through each book with Midge, telling her what all of the words are and getting her to repeat them.

Both girls love to read them, and they love being able to put them back in the box themselves.

The books in the box are relevant to babies and toddlers every day life and are brilliant for getting children associating words and things. With these books we’ve also looked through them and then the girls had to find the ‘thing’ e.g in family they had to find ‘mummy’, ‘daddy’, sister; in games for catch they had to find a ball and throw it to each other. Making connections between words in a book and items they know.

The books are small enough for little hands and nice and chunky making them easy to hold. However the edges of the books are cardboard and with young children who enjoy chewing things these may not withstand the dribble. This of course would only be a problem if the child is sucking it for a long time.

Both girls enjoy these books and as they are simple they give scope for plenty of learning opportunities and play in differing situations.

summed up:
Very cute pictures and a brilliant idea, every parent with young children who are learning to read should have these books on their shelf, let their imagination run wild with a single word on the page.

you can purchase it from

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Roll on a new week!

Some of you may have noticed ive not been around very much, well from the middle of the week on its just gone mad around here!
On Wednesday my wonderful Mr had new medication to try, since losing his mum & both nans within 18 months hes been suffering with anxiety which has changed him beyond anything I knew, he has trouble breathing, his stomach bloats and plays up its horrid to see. So he started the new medication, at 11.00 he went to our local shop to get tobacco and went to have a chat with his dad who lives around the corner,  at 11.30 my mum turned up to collect Sassy and Midge as they go to her house once a week, at about 12.00 Mr returned home said a brief hello to my mum and sister and disappeared into the bedroom, not thinking much of it I took the kids in to say byes to him and bundled them into my mums car. By time I got back into the house he was bright red, sweating, shaking uncontrollably and throwing up. I got him into bed and opened up all the windows I could, nothing would cool him down though. He was really poorly. By 3.30-4 he was still violently shaking and way too hot so i called the doctor, who told me to call the emergency 111 number. After all of the questions etc they sent an ambulance, the ambulance men kept asking if he had taken speed/cocaine/ecstasy or anything similar because of his symptoms, his heart rate was 153 bpm! Way too high, so into hospital he went, he was still shaking, still feeling hot and generally unwell. They gave him something to try calm him down, it didn’t work, blood tests where taken to ensure there was nothing in his blood (drugs or serious infection) but nothing there, he had chest xrays and all sorts of other tests, everything was normal! Except his heart rate, so they sent him home, they had no idea what to treat him for so why keep him in? By this point he had started hallucinating and was doing all sorts of strange things, I walked him home ( we live across the road from the hospital) and got him into bed, all night he was sweating and shouting things out, he was badly hallucinating, my mum dropped the girls back at 11pm, and  they got put into bed.

Thursday Mr was still hallucinating, trying to get anything out of him was impossible. Thursday evening he came out of bed and we had a bit of a chat, he completely lost Wednesday and Thursday, he couldn’t remember most of it, he had occasional flashbacks but most of it was a huge black hole. My mum drove 4 miles to my house to take Sassy to nursery on Thursday, nursery is only 2 minutes up the road by car from my house but I didn’t want to leave Mr so she drove out picked Sassy up, dropped her off and drove back home.

Friday I managed to pull my shoulder to the point I was crying and couldn’t move my back at  all! so Friday morning and another text to my mum… please have the girls for the day I cant move! So out she came again and collected the girls, me & Mr spent all day in bed trying to recover both feeling like rubbish!

Saturday 8.30am Mr’s ex dropped his kids over and they stayed until 7pm, it was fun and what we both needed.

today we’ve tidied up as I hadn’t hoovered since Tuesday. And i am attempting to catch up on blog posts/twitter/competitions/emails as well as filling in Sassys school forms.

this has definitely been a Crazy week, see why its called my crazy life? 🙂

Its been a mad few days but im glad to see the back of last week! Fingers crossed next week is better. I never want to see Mr like that ever again. It was terrifying.

Review

The book with no pictures, REVIEW!

How hilarious can a book without pictures be?

Very! I read it through the first time without the children & giggled, but read out loud with little ones input is even funnier!
Now I read it with my 3 year old, I would say she is probably a little young for it but enjoyed the made up words and silly nonsense.

This book would be perfect for kids aged 5+ I would say, kids who find parents calling themselves a monkey face hilarious!
Younger children will enjoy it though as my girls do.
I will definitely be getting the hardback copy for my OH’s son for Christmas!

Brilliant book purely for entertainment value! Probably not a bedtime book as they will be giggling too much!

If you get the chance to read it or buy it I’d really recommend it!
you can buy it on amazon here

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well it is my CRAZY life!

I was expecting to come on here to see a weeks worth of no views, but my views and other stats are climbing! 😀 thank you so much to every single one of you, read and never come back, read and keep checking back accidentally stumble across me however you got here i thank you! 😀

lifes been really busy these last few days, halloween was brilliant! i took the girls out, it was the first time either had been trick or treating and they loved it. midge kept shouting please every time the door was opened, before the doors where opened i had to hold her back as she was trying to bang on them and open them with the handles! :O everyone commented how cute they where (well how many 3 year olds & 18 month olds do you see out trick or treating?) they loved it. they still have some sweets left too!

we are trying to get sassy a bit more settled.. shes fallen into the trap of ‘i want, i want, i want’ and throwing almighty tantrums if she doesnt get, she started refusing to help tidy up, being bossy, shouting instructions at everyone, and repeating herself over & over. so were working with her getting her to wait for things, getting her to share with midge, improving her manners in general! its working, shes just said ‘thank you mummy for making my breakfast’ now i know thats a little over the top but it shows shes listening and picking it up!

Midge is amazing us every day and at 18 months is forming correct short sentences, and recignises pictures on tv/in books/ little toys. she will go through catalogs and point out characters from books we have or programmes shes watched, she sings wheels on the bus and will copy other nursery rhymes too. AND shes starting to sleep through the night!

in the not too far future i have many reviews to come:
the Dinosaur who pooped series (kids book)
the owl and the pussy cat (kids book)
a triliogy of erotic/romance novels (adult)
the pornographers daughter (book)
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the next part of the Santa letters review started here
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opefully another zingology review

and fingers crossed for other bits and bobs too! Im so excited to be sharing this all with you!
thanks you again for the continued support!

Review

Zingology Carrot Powder

I was given the chance to test zingology powders!

“Introducing

the most fun way to enjoy your seven a day. Zingology fruit and vegetable whole food and juice powders provide the real flavour and nutrition from the freshly harvested products for months – and they are so easy to use”

i can agree at how easy these are to use! i was sent a single serving, but i managed to split it between 2 meals (because on the sausage rolls it seems OTT!)

so it was dinner time and i fancied some sausage rolls, so i got out the pastry & the hotdog sausages, and then caught sight of the zingology tube id been sent.. why not?!

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theres a little bit of tomato puree down the side too as i like it in my sausage rolls! so i sprinkled some on..

rolled them up and put them in the oven…

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the carrot powder gave the pastry a gorgeous orange colouring. they tasted very yummy, and where better for us than ‘normal’ sausage rolls.

i also have a curry in the slowcooker with the remainder of the powder in.

220g is equivalent the juice of 60 carrots
Organic Carrot Juice Powder – 220g
Contains 23 servings.
One 11g serving is equivalent to juice of 3 carrots
1/2 cup carrot juice contains 47 calories

theres some recipes on their website, i would recommend getting it to sneak into kiddies food for the extra goodness, they can also be used in juices, or just mixed with water if your into that kind of thing.

kids will love to help you add it to their food too as it sparkles in the tube! my girls are amazed by it 🙂 im pretty impressed too definitely a good way to get some extra nutrients!

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Funky Duck Tape & Desks!

I won a competition over at The Olivers Madhouse for some Funky ducktape.
When I entered I had no idea what I would do with it if I won, when I won I had a couple of things in mind, but today IT ARRIVED! And upon opening it I had a brainwave, I had the perfect DIY crafty upcycling project for this wonderful tape!

The kids desk, this isnt just any desk though, it was mine as a kid, we used to have a chair with it too, my dad & grampy made the chair, originally it was my auntys highchair when she was a baby! So the chair is a fair few years old! The chair has now been retired however, but this desk which was mine when I was little lives on! Through myself and 3 siblings and now onto my children. When I had it, it was painted pink, when my brother ‘inherited’ it it got painted turquoise/blue/green, recently its come to live with us and prior to this my dad sanded the bluey colour off so it looked a bit of a sorry state!
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So I removed the contents

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How much paper/magazines/colouring pages/activity books do an 18month old and a 3 year old need?! Obviously a lot…

And then I set to work..

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That was the outside done.. Now for something a bit funky, to have a little bit of fun…

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I completely love it!  The inside makes your eyes go funny after a while (which im sure my crazies will love!) And the outside is girly but not babyish -hey its even got red heels like a louboutin 😉 – and its wipeable!! Hooray, with the girls as little as they are hands get excited when drawing, paint gets flicked, things get spilt, and now its not going to leave water marks/stains/bare patches where youve rubbed to hard with wetwipes (or is that just me?) Its wonderful. Im really really pleased with this! Im not a crafty person at all really, i wish i was. So if i can change that desk to this then really anyone can!
What do you think?

Review

Lapland mailroom personalised letters from SANTA! REVIEW

Lapland mailroom personalised letters from SANTA!

I love love love Christmas, up until a couple of years ago when I lived at home I was ALWAYS the first awake at 6AM (I was 21/22.) despite having younger siblings I was the one waking them up! Now I’ve got sassy and midge Christmas is magic. This year will be the first year sassy really knows what’s going on, every day she asks to wear her father Christmas top, every man with white hair & a beard im asked if he’s father Christmas, every white house is father Christmas’ house. She’s really getting caught up in it all and im looking forward to seeing both of their faces light up when we put the decorations up!

So imagine my childish GLEE when I was asked to review personalised letters from Lapland Mailroom! So, this is part 1 of 3 of my review for this.
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Part 1 : the website & ordering

The website is gorgeous, it really portrays Christmas and the magic of the whole season. It looks very professional (which obviously it is, but some websites just look rubbish!) and it looks trustworthy, you’re not bombarded with rubbish pop ups or adverts!
The website is easy to navigate with 3 main buttons on the front page

magical offer

FREE Nice Child Certificate with all orders

for a limited time only – Save £2.99!

 Santa Claus has the very big task of making his list of all the good boys and girls around the world, every year. Santa’s ‘Nice Child’ list is getting very long this year with all of the lovely boys and girls that are being included and just for these special children, Santa is giving away a beautifully personalised ‘Nice Child’ certificate with every personalised Lapland Mailroom Letter.

order a letter
takes you to your package selection
letter + nice certificate £6.95
letter + certificate + activity pack with colouring pages and activities £7.95

once you’ve selected your package, you need to choose your letter, there are 4 different ones to choose from, one of which is baby’s first Christmas, the other 3 are variations so that siblings can have different letters. My only criticism of this is the font size on the letters on the screen, you can go over the letter with an on screen magnifying glass, but I read faster than I could move the magnifying glass (my eyesight is rubbish though so not everyone will find it too bad)
the letters can really be personalised there is data you can input to make it truly personal as well as a couple of choices.

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Then you view it, confirm its all good, part with the tiny sum of money, and wait…

I am currently waiting for mine to arrive, im very excited.

It was a breeze to do, and for anyone thinking about buying one these are the postage/ dispatch times
Orders Placed Before     Leaves Lapland Mailroom

27th November 2014      2nd December 2014

8th December 2014         9th December 2014

15th December 2014      16th December 2014

20th December 2014      20th December 2014

Part 2 will be when I receive the letters and part 3 will be when I finally get to give them to the children 😀 so keep an eye out.

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