Our Top 5 Netflix Shows

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Now I know you’re all thinking ‘Not another Netflix post!’ but hey. Since becoming a mum and a part time supply teacher (especially as it is the summer holidays too), I’ve had some time to catch up and binge on some great TV that I missed when I was working full time. So without giving away too much, I’m sharing our five favourite shows on Netflix. This list represents some of the shows that we as a couple have enjoyed the most and is in no order. Oh and this is not a sponsored post.

Our Top 5 Netflix Shows

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Gotham Series 1 to 4 – 8/10

This is a story about a teenage Batman, before he is Batman. You’ll watch as Bruce Wayne fights puberty and villains. The show is mostly centered about Jim Gordon and the GCPD which makes it more interesting to watch.  It is a great, action packed take on early Gotham and the characters of the Batman series but be warned, by season four you may want to give Bruce Wayne a slap!

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Brooklyn 99 Series 1 to 5 – 9/10

A group of cops in New York hilariously fighting crime and kicking ass. This show is a load of laughs. It’s light hearted and witty and will have you in a binge session before you know it. It is so easy to watch. The relationships between the characters is pure genius and you will love to watch them as they unfold. We have binged this show hard. We cannot wait for the next series to come out later this month.

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Stranger Things Series 1 and 2 – 10/10

Of course I had to mention this one. If you haven’t seen or heard of this series already, you must have been living under a rock.  A group of kids who play Dungeons and Dragons suddenly have their world turned upside down (pun intended) when one of their group (Will) goes missing. They spend the whole of series 1 trying to find him with the help of a girl named Eleven and a dodgy cop called Hopper. It’s all a bit trippy with flashing Christmas lights and funky eighties hair do’s but Stranger things is a great show and has definitely kept us entertained whilst we wait for GoT.

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Santa Clarita Diet – 8/10

This has got to be one of the funniest things we have watched in a while. I was totally not ready for the zombie/cannibal Drew Barrymore. As a successful realtor and mum Drew battles a hunger for human flesh on top of the usual problems women face on a daily basis. It was nice to have a different spin on the usual sci-fi undead stuff.

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Atypical – 9/10

This show is just simply about a young lad with autism as he faces life in an American high-school. To top it off, not only is he trying to cope with the social complexities of puberty and high-school but his family also seem to be falling apart around him. It is a standard coming of age story but with a difference. As a teacher and a parent, I loved this show. It gets a bit emotional towards the end so make sure you have some tissues at the ready. I am so looking forward to the second series.

So what do you think? What have been your favourite shows so far this year? We’re looking forward to a few of these coming back with another series in the coming month and I am looking forward to seeing what Halloween and Christmas films Netflix will have up soon (hopefully).

Thanks for reading.
Peace and Love

Monsterful Mama

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Blog Post Ideas for Blogmas 2018

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Yes. I know. It’s August still. I am not about to let that dampen my Christmas cheer and so in the spirit of all things festive, I have decided to take part in Blogmas this year. For those of you wondering, Blogmas is this thing where bloggers go crazy and commit to posting a festive blog post every day of December. Obviously I will be trying to keep it as family friendly as possible with ideas for keeping the toddler entertained and how not to lose your mind after hearing Jingle Bells for the millionth time, but that doesn’t mean I wont have the odd random post.

The plan is to get as organised as possible as early as possible. As a family, we have a lot of stuff going on in the next few months so it will be vital for me to get as much content written as soon as I can. So naturally, my first thing to do was use my blogging bullet journal to brain storm post ideas. I need to make sure I have enough to post for at least twelve days (depending on decision about commitment) and so I came up with thirty post ideas. Even if I can commit to all thirty one days of December, that gives me enough content for the whole month with one extra post as a 2018 roundup or New Year kind of thing like I did at the beginning of this year. You can see that post here.

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I’ve decided on twelve of my post ideas to share with you guys. Some of the posts I am really excited about, including one where I have already planned with my BFF’s who are fully supportive of my extra festive activities. So, without further adieu, here are my top twelve blog post ideas from my list which I have ordered with excitement levels in mind.


12. Christmas on a Budget.

Like my post (link) 1stbirthday on a budget, I aim to help my readers with some tips to keeping costs down over christmas.

11. Favourite Christmas Films

This is an obvious post really. I’ll be going through some of our favourite Christmas films some mainstream and some obscure.

10. Be Mindful this Christmas

A post about staying mindful during the most materialist holiday season. I aim to share ways to be grateful and how the gift of giving (not spending) can really help boost our happiness.

9. Festive Gluten Free Recipes

Seeing as Hubby has become gluten intolerant, I am planning to try out some simple alternatives to some of the most iconic Christmas Recipes.

8. A Bloggers Christmas Wishlist

A gift list for the blogger in your life.

7. Family Traditions to Start

As Zosia become older and more aware of the festive period, we are planning to create some new family traditions into our Christmas that will help her to be more mindful. I will be writing about different traditions that you can introduce to your family that will not mean spending more cash.

6. Tips for Shopping with a Toddler at Christmas

We all know that this festive period can bring the worst out in our kids. As a teacher, Santa is a great way to keep children in line. In this post I’ll be looking at ways to take out the stress of shopping with the toddler.

5. Christmas Eve Box for Zosia

As one of our new traditions this year, I will create a post about what will be in Zosia’s Christmas Eve box.

4. Christmas/Winter Themed Picture Books

This one is going to be awesome! I’ve been wanting to do a post on children’s picture books for some time but I can never chose a small selection. I always end with hundreds of shortlists. This will help me to create a small list (no more than 10) of my favourite Christmas and winter themed books.

3. Gift Ideas for Toddlers

For this post I will be looking into a range of gifts that we will be considering for toddler’s this year and I’ll be looking into some gender neutral/plastic free gifts too. I will be breaking it down into a few categories like I did for my (link) top 10 gifts for new mums post.

2. Santa’s Grotto Visit

We plan to visit a local Santa’s grotto again this year (possible more than one!) and I will be writing a review of it for this post.

1. Visit to Local Christmas Market

Having scheduled in a day with the girls, I will be having a blast at a local Christmas Market. Expect amazing pictures from Chloe Lee Photography of all things festive.


There are a few more ideas to work on too, but I cant spoil it all too much right. I plan to get started on writing the simple posts as soon as September and will have them ready, edited and scheduled by the middle of November, giving me plenty of time to get the rest done during December.

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What are you most looking forward to this year? Any post ideas you would like to see from me? Let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for reading,

Peace and Love

Monsterful Mama

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25 Little Things

Seeing as I’ve had quite some time off of late, I thought it would be good to have a little catch up. I recently read a post by Dorkface and loved her answers and you should totally check our her blog. She’s pretty awesome. So I thought this would be a nice way for you guys to get to know me better. I will say though, I am quite boring so trying to think of 25 little things about me has proven a bit tricky.

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1. I’ve only just started watching Greys Anatomy. I know! I know! I am currently watching season 3 and OMG! It’s like Ross and Rachel all over again!

2. I absolutely hate the recent weather (heatwave) and long for autumn and snow.

3. I play far too many phone games. Most of them I only play to get ‘free’ gold for my main game. I love cooking games, word and puzzle games but mostly willing to give any game a go. Unless of course it promotes the mass production of chickens or any other animal for that fact.

4. I currently feel like I have lost creativity somewhere. I think I must have lost it somewhere between the hospital in London and the stressful day job. I have tried to pick it up again since mum was discharged but it has been slow progress. It still feels a bit too much like a chore at the moment so I am just working on digital stuff to keep me going. Ive just started to use my bullet journal again so that is helping.

5. I have been wanting to set up a little business from home but I just don’t know where to begin. I have started selling a few little designs on some websites but I haven’t really published anything yet. I will do when I have a better idea of what it is I want from my business.

6. I recently went to visit my sister and her family on the Isle of Man. It is a lovely little island with some lovely beaches and we were lucky that this was just before the mad heat kicked in so it was still a pleasant few days. We had a great time catching up, trying lots of ice-cream and a lovely few meals.

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7. I have a degree in photography but I am a terrible photographer. I don’t remember half of what they taught me and it to be honest, it was a bloody expensive bit of paper. It did help me get onto the PGCE that I needed to become a teacher though, so it is not all bad.

8. Science is my jam, especially earth science. To become a teacher I had to resit my science GCSE and I loved revising for it.

9. I used to dye my hair a lot. My appearance used to be incredibly important to me. Not so much now.

10. I hate mushrooms. The smell of them, the texture, the way they look when they’ve been cooked. YUK!

11. I wrote a political thing here but decided it was probably best to keep my political views out of the blog. Just know that I hate Donald Trump and Theresa May and think that it is a joke to leave the EU. That is all you need to know.

12. I don’t do religion. If I had to label myself I’d say humanist.

13. My favourite ‘colour’ is black but secretly I love a bit of pink too. Not to wear mind, just ever since I had my little girl I am enjoying pale shades of pink more and more especially if it features super kawaii designs. SSSH! Don’t tell anyone that though, It doesn’t really go with my image.

14. I love, love, love well illustrated children’s books, even more so since becoming a teacher and a mother. Oliver Jeffers books are great and I love how they are now available in board books for toddlers! I am currently making a list of my top picture books for a blog post so I you have any to add, do let me know in the comments.

15. I once met (paid £20 to stand next to and get his autograph) Milo Ventimiglia from Heroes and other stuff. He signed a picture of himself and took a selfie of us both whilst my husband waited with his mate. It was a great day.

16. I love nap times. I often waste them browsing social media and playing those silly phone games but sometimes I like to get s**t done too. Like today, Bubba has just gone down for a nap after finally falling asleep on daddy (first time all week) and here I am, writing this post.

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Bullet Journal and Stationery. Copyright Monsterful Mama

17. I have a mild stationery addiction. I love pens. Brush pens mostly, despite having zero skill in using them. I love washi tape but again, rarely use it to its full potential. It currently just hangs up on my desk making me look mildly creative. I also love collecting (and not using) pretty note books, buying (but not reading) books about mindfulness, drawing and mum stuff. Actually this one should start with ‘I have a substantial addiction to buying stuff and not using it.’

18. My music taste seems to be stuck in the 90’s-early 00’s. I’ve tried liking current music but most of it is crap and sounds the same.

19. Despite being a crap photographer, I love putting up pictures on the walls of our house. I love coming down in the morning and being greeted by beautiful memories. It is a great way to start the day.

20. I love my little Instax printer. I love being able to print off pictures from my phone at any time and I plan to use them in a scrapbook that I am going to make for Zosia.

21. That reminds me! Everyone always asks about Zosia’s name. It is so difficult coming up with a name that you love when you’re a teacher. Then when you share it with your husband and he doesn’t like it either it can become quite a chore. When I was casually watching TV one evening after work, slobbing out like a pregnant mess (surprisingly I had not yet fallen asleep. The hubby heard a name on the telly and from that we decided that it would be her name. It means ‘Wisdom’ and originates from Poland and for those who always mispronounce it: Zosh – a.

22. I absolutely hate drinking coffee that has gone cold but love iced coffee.

23. I made most of my wedding decorations myself with the help of my BFF and sister.

24. Before Zosia, My hubby and I used to play a lot of World of Warcraft and League of Legends.  I even created our own guild with over nine hundred members. We are currently missing playing WoW and I am having to convince my hubby why we should not buy the last two expansions that we have missed, each.

25. I love swimming but hate the fuss of changing rooms, lockers, the thought of the dirty floors and water etc.

That’s it. I made it out alive I hope you did too. If you would like to know anything else drop me a question in the comments. Thanks for coming along for the ride, no matter how boring it was.

Peace and Love

Monsterful Mama

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2017 – a review

First of all, let me start by wishing you all a very happy new year. I hope that, regardless of how 2017 has treated you, 2018 will be amazing.

For us, 2017 was an amazing year. In February I gave birth to the most beautiful little thing. She has guided our life in a new direction and although some days it feels like we’re holding on for dear life, other days we’re thoroughly enjoying the ride. Every day with her is a gift. She is growing up so fast and I’m sure she learns something new every day! She keeps us in our toes now that she can crawl. She’s quite speedy too when she gets going. Her turning 10 months on Boxing Day means that we are about to begin the frantic process of baby proofing the whole house. She can now wave and can even say ‘bye’. That takes her word count up to four (Mumma, Dadda, Bubba and bye). If you make a gesture to kiss, she’ll lean in so you can kiss her forehead. She laughs at everything! She has 7/8 teeth. She walks when you hold her hands and easily climbs up furniture and toys so that she’s standing. She talks to her toys/herself a lot. She can recognise herself in a mirror or camera and laughs when we play back videos of herself. She’s beginning to throw tantrums too. Little strops if you take something off her or won’t let her roam freely. Soon she will be walking and we expect all hell to break loose. In a few months she will be one and that’s a very scary thought. It’s such a cute stage in her development though. Time is just going by too quickly and if I blink I fear I may miss it all!

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2017 also brought about a change of direction in my career. Unfortunately, many employers won’t make space for mums who are returning to work after maternity leave and who are in need of more flexibility. If I have one regret for last year. It would only be that I didn’t take more time off, even if it meant less or no money. In May I made the hard decision to leave my full-time job because as many will know, full time work (especially as a teacher) and motherhood do not bond well together. Whilst I fully appreciate family’s that can make it work for them, I think I’ve always known that I couldn’t commit to full time work. The decision was made with a tear in my eye. I had made friends, worked with some great people, made it through my NQT with grit, determination and a lot of bloody hard work. As well as all that I think it’s fair to say that I owe my teaching career to a couple of amazing teachers/HLTA’s who, without their support and guidance I would have easily given up in that first year. Naturally I was sad to go but I made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t lose contact with these ladies. I also promised that I wouldn’t allow myself to be over worked and under paid anymore so in November (after having finished late October) I became a supply teacher. The money is good, the hours are massively better, I can choose when and for how many days I want to work. The positives far outweigh the negatives in that sense. Yes, there are some really hard days and some days I don’t know if I’m coming or going, but being able to leave at a reasonable time and get home to my family before dark is a real bonus. Knowing that I don’t have to continue work when I get home is good. It’s such a relief to enjoy teaching again.

We celebrated our first wedding anniversary in October. We went to Greenwich Park as it was somewhere we used to visit a lot when we first started our relationship. I’ve always loved Greenwich so it seemed only right that we took Zosia out for her first adventure there too. She celebrated her eighth month a few days later so we made it a double celebration. We wanted to go back to a restaurant we often went to but it had been closed down. It was sad to see it gone but it was going down hill in our last visit. Instead we went to Jamie’s Italian a little down the road. Zosia joined us at the dinner table in her own high chair for her first proper restaurant experience. She was so cute holding her dads hand across the table. It will always be a fond memory.

Being married has been the easy part. Trying to change my name has been the difficult bit. You forget how many loyalty cards you’ve got until you try to change your name on them all! Now don’t get me wrong, my husband is as much a pain in the arse as he was before we were married but he is now, as he always has been, my biggest support. He is by my side through every tough decision, when I hit the 24hr+ marker of labour and the Doctors we’re trying to make me take some form of pain relief, he stayed true to my prior decision and reminded them that it was my body and thus my decision if I took their offer or not. He held my hand through every contraction, every push, every moment of my exhaustion and my sheer jubilation at having finally, 51 hours later, given birth to our beautiful little girl! We stood together by her incubator, hand in hand. He dried my tears as I blamed myself. He held me up just as I felt the initial weight of motherhood pushing me down and helped me push back. He is and will always be my pillar of strength.

We have also just celebrated our first Christmas together as a family and it was just so magical. Zosia made a trip to another of our old haunts (Bluewater) to visit Santa and his elves. Although she didn’t seem too fussed about the whole thing, we will treasure the memories. We took her Christmas shopping and to have her first lunch at Ed’s Dinner. She only had a salad of course!

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We had our first Christmas Day to ourselves in a very long time. We got dressed before presents – something I’ve never done before. I wanted to make sure the photos were good for the future rather than a messy Mum. I know that sounds daft but when I also love to share pictures with our families so I was not going to share barless, unwashed and undressed pictures of me with anyone! Zosia was spoilt over the two days of celebrations. Families were visited on Boxing Day. She now has a mountain of toys and books. My house is awash with toys. My living room is an obstacle course. Luckily I got some nice storage boxes from the MiL so we can at least store some away. She enjoyed her Christmas dinner with us too. There was lots of love and laughter all day. It was perfect.

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It’s been difficult to keep up with the blog. Trying to find time between working and being a Mum and a wife is hard work. I’m trying to remain creative too, using my bullet journal more again and trying to make some prints to sell. I guess we’ll just have to see how the year will pan out as it goes. I’ve got plans in mind to help keep up the posts. Keep your eyes posted for a post about goals for the new year both personal and blog.

Thanks for listening

Peace and love

Monsterful Mama

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