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Five things I could do without, frankly

Maybe it’s because we’re almost at the end of the school holidays and I can’t decide if I’m more upset by how many pounds I’ve put on or by how many pounds I’ve spent since the middle of July. Or maybe it’s because having both children at home means I have no time to tidy or do housework, to the extent that last week I lost my pyjamas in my own house.


Whatever it is, in the last few days I’ve found myself more easily wound up by seemingly minor things. Is it simply school holiday-related? Is it because I’m getting less tolerant as I get older? Or is it just because I’m not getting enough sleep?

I don’t know. But anyway, for whatever reason my patience is in short supply this week, and the following five things have been getting on my nerves. In no particular order, and apologising in advance for the randomness……

1. People who wish their child ‘Happy Birthday’ on Facebook. WHEN THEY ARE 2.

Is there anything more pointless? Firstly, unless you are a Supermum or raising a child prodigy, it’s highly unlikely that your 2 year old can read yet (because they are two). And secondly, even if they could read, I seriously doubt they’d have their own Facebook account (because they are two). And lastly, how about just wishing them happy birthday to their face (because they are two)?

2. Cake smashesbaby boy with face in cake for cake smash

Never will I understand this phenomenon.

Firstly, if you’ve read my views on messy play, you’ll know that I am not an advocate of creating unnecessary mess.

Secondly, a cake is a thing for appreciating and eating. It should be respected as such. If either of my children had smashed the cakes I made for them for their first birthdays, I would not be in any fit state to take their photos. No, I would be in a corner, rocking, crying, and more than a little bit cross.

What happened to just blowing out candles?

3. People who plan Christmas in July

No, no, no, no, no! As if finding things to do to fill the summer holidays isn’t stressful enough, some people want to start planning activities for their weekends in December at the same time! Do I want to book afternoon tea with Santa for 14th December? No, frankly, I do not . And that is because we are in the middle of the school summer holidays and I am frazzled to the point that I can’t even decide what to make for dinner tomorrow, never mind decide whether I will want to eat extortionately priced egg and cress sandwiches with an unconvincing Santa Claus in three months time.

And, slightly out of season, but while we’re on the subject….

Christmas presents in boxes wrapped with red twine4. Christmas Eve boxes

Oh, give me a break. Who thought this one up?

As if one day for receiving presents isn’t enough, let’s surprise our little darlings a day early with a pair of Christmas pyjamas they’ll wear once, a sachet of hot chocolate and a few sugary sweets, just in case they’re not already as high as kites on the most exciting night of the year, and how about we throw in a couple of dvds so they can stay up late and watch them til 11pm, while riding out their sugar high. Because as we know, all parents love peeling their children off the ceiling and trying to get them to sleep on Christmas Eve. No, there’s nothing quite like the thrill of being left with only 5 hours to frantically finish wrapping presents and put them out ready for the big day, before trying to shoehorn in a couple of hours of sleep in advance of the inevitable shrill 4am cry of ‘Santa’s been!’.

If anyone ever catches me putting together a Christmas Eve box for one of my children, please feel free to poke me in the eyes with candy canes until I see sense.

5. Geordie people who start talking posh

And by Geordie people who talk posh, I mean Robson Green. And Donna Air. Fair enough, accents can change slightly when you move out of an area but not to that extent. If Ant and Dec can manage to hold onto their accents, so can you, Sting.


Phew! Feels good to get that off my chest. What’s bothering you at the minute? Let me know in the comments, and feel free to be as random as you like!


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38 thoughts on “Five things I could do without, frankly”

  1. Losing your pyjamas? Our son can lose things that are right in front of his nose — when it suits, and we get the shouted call … “Mom … dad, where’s my ..?” Stiunbg, eh, thinks a geordie accent is something you can put on and off. Nonsense! #KCACOLS

    1. Honestly, it’s been so hard to find anything in this house over the summer holidays. Hopefully now that my eldest is at school I’ll be able to get back on top of things – hopefully.

  2. I wholeheartedly agree with all five of your annoyances! They are bloody infuriating. My girls are both teens, and most of my Facebook friends have older children whom they say ‘Happy Birthday’ to, and yet I still don’t get it. Pretty sure my eldest would be mortified and checking to see if I’d undergone a labotomy!

    As for Christmas, those elves drive me up the wall, they’re just plain creepy! Oh apart from the Poundland Elf, he’s creepy, but funny!


    1. We got sucked into the elves for the first time last year, so that’s something else to look forward to in December… Oh joy.

  3. Absolutely, to all of this! My child is two next month. I will not be wishing her happy birthday on Facebook. I also don’t see the point in Xmas eve boxes. As kids, we were allowed to open one present on xmas eve which contained new pj’s that we would be wearing regardless.
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  4. Hahaha! I had a really good giggle reading this one. YES to the 2 year old birthday wishes and cake smashes. Why on earth does anyone want to smash up a beautiful cake. Cake is for EATING not smashing I tell you. I have to admit that I feel obliged to start looking out for Christmas activities that need booking way in advance as early as needs be. It should not be this way *cries* but the early birds have made it impossible to wait until say…. December! Thanks for bringing all the smiles to the #DreamTeam this week xx
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    1. Ah thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it. I know what you mean about those early birds. I’m now being sucked into Christmas planning, even though it goes against all my principles…..

  5. I can’t stand Promposals. They are these over the top prom invites. I am not sure if it is just US thing but it is so ridiculous. Its prom people. Not a wedding proposal. #kcakols

    1. I’ve never heard of these but we have proms in the UK now and I’m sure it wouldn’t take long for promposals to catch on too!

    1. I have a terrible feeling we might get sucked into doing Christmas Eve boxes as our children get older and find out that their friends have them. But I am going to try to avoid it for as long as I can!

  6. I am not a fan of the Christmas Eve gift either. It feels unnecessary to me, ESPECIALLY when parents want their child to sleep. The kid is already thrilled about santa and now we’ve added a new toy to the bedtime routine. Mayhem. #DreamTeam

    1. Exactly! They will get enough gifts on Christmas Day. An extra box of presents the night before is just unnecessary!

  7. Oh I just loved reading this! And yes I would definitely say your mood was probably a lot to do with the summer holidays (I hope things have lightened a bit now that school has started). The reason I say this is because I was in exactly the same mood for weeks! I am absolutely with you on the Christmas Eve boxes, I cannot abide them. I am extremely proud of myself that I managed to get everybody’s standard gifts including my children’s AND all the food shopping without having to deal with additional stuff like this. And when it comes to Christmas, one of the things that drives me mad are those people who have all their presents bought and wrapped in November….I just can’t deal with that level of organisation! It gives me hives! #KCACOLS

    1. I think it was definitely school holiday related, although now I’ve swapped being frazzled for being over-emotional. Our little girl started school this year and I’m still coming to terms with it. I’m going into this week with a more positive frame of mind though. I think I’ve got all of my crying out!

      The added pressure of putting together Christmas Eve boxes is definitely something I don’t need. And I’m with you on people who have their presents bought and wrapped by November (although secretly I’d really love to be one of them!).

  8. Oh no, I don’t know what to feel… I do the first four!! Don’t hate me! I suppose it just goes to show how different we all are? At least I’m not Geordie so I’m not a complete loss… I’d better run away now before you all come after me 😀 Gotta get busy with my Christmas planning anyway 😉 #KCACOLS
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  9. I don’t love cake smashes either but it seems to be all the rage. I didn’t do one for either one of my little ones but I have attended many. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time

  10. Sounds like a good list to me, though it’s been a while since I heard Robson Green, so I wasn’t aware of that one! Cake smashes are idiotic. In a world where millions are dying of hunger, let’s teach our children to respect food and never waste it. And if I ever see the bride and groom smashing cake into each other’s faces at a wedding, I’m going to leave immediately!
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    1. Oh, you need to go straight to YouTube and find a video of him speaking. Just be aware that you can’t un-hear it.

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