December 08, 2013
December 06, 2013
1. Whoop! I learnt of a very cool shop just before Christmas.
2. Such a pretty Christmas wreath DIY.
3. We've subscribed to Anorak Magazine for the kids and can't wait for our first delivery :)
4. Teachers Christmas gifts? Sorted!
5. I'm winning no prizes for originality when I say that this is my favourite Christmas album!
Happy Weekend folks - wrap up warm!
December 03, 2013
December 02, 2013
For Mum: Alphabet phone case: because black/white/bold font/A for Alia = no brainer with me.
For Dex - Aqua Dragons: because in the summer Dexter was gifted this from the people at Hobby Craft and he loved them (well all three of the kiddos did in actual fact!) He has been asking for it over and over again, so I snapped up some more for stocking fillers. What boy wouldn't like to breed his own pets - and the fact they are called sea dragons? Well, game over!!
For Flo: Hand warmers: because she's constantly wanting to be outside playing football, and for the 20 mile school run we all go through weekly. The fact they are in her favourite colour is a bonus!
For India: Balloon Powered Wooden Boat: because bath times and balloons are her two favourite things :)
December 01, 2013
November was MANIC.
I promise to be a much better blogger during December and not to be so terribly unorganised (and when I say unorganised, I mean it. I'm still putting the finishing touches to the kids advent calendars and it's December the first. See, i told you)
November 22, 2013
1. Bonkers Awesome is actually the perfect way to describe how I feel about Bonkers Awesome, the new series from Joy The Baker! YaaaaaY.
2. We have been taking annual holiday's in Crackington Haven since the big kids were teenies, so you can imagine how giddy I was when I saw this home tour on Apartment Therapy this week. What a lovely cottage!
3. I like the idea of making & giving these to some people for Christmas this year. You know I won't get around to it, but a girl can pretend, right?!
4. And because I just mentioned Christmas, I'm going for it now - Look ADVENT CALENDARS!
5. And wrapping paper inspiration!! Oh, come on - it's almost time to crack open the Bublé album (you know you want to...)
Have a good weekend folks!
November 20, 2013
Finally, it happened.
Finally, I got the urge to get back into my kitchen, turn the radio up, pour a huge glass of wine and make something new. This hasn't happened in ages and I've really missed it (and to be honest i was getting a little worried). Don't get me wrong, we have been eating (mainly tacos I'll admit) but I just haven't seen any recipes that I was desperate to give a go - until the other night. I pulled down my Kitchen & Co book again & whipped up their veggie chilli. It's bloody good, and the way they recommend you serve it with wraps, fresh guac and salads was awesome.
When i'm testing out a new recipe, I like to do as I'm told the first time around and this time it really paid off. It was like a burrito / chilli mash-up and one I'll be making until the
cows lentils come home (see what I did there? Genius).
This is perfect winter grub, ideally eaten in front of a roaring fire. All together now, "ahhhhhhh".
November 19, 2013
It's all change round here and to say it's bittersweet, is an understatement. You see, we are going through probably the last bedroom switch around since we moved here almost 7 years ago as a then family of four from London. Dexy is eight now and feels a little too old to be sharing with his sister and to be honest, India needs to get out of that damn cot (I know, i know - it's called 3rd child syndrome) and Flo? Well, Flo just needs a high bed and so we are doing the great switcheroo this weekend.
I'm really sad about it though. This is how it's going to be from now on; there's not going to be any more babies, big old Dexter will now have his own big boys room and the girls will be entering a massive new chapter. At the moment they are 2 and 6 which is going to be everything from cute to god damn noisy, then eventually (i hope) sharing clothes, make-up, gossip, stories about boys, secrets from mum etc etc. I hope I'm not being terribly naive and in actual fact a 10 and a 14 year old or a 12 and a 16 year old in the same room is going to be nothing short of hell on Earth.... oh god, what have we done?!?!
OK - time for something positive - OUR NEW ROOM! Yippppppeeeee!
I don't like our current bedroom, lets be honest here. My bed is FAB and MASSIVE but the rest of the room has about as much style as me circa 1992 when I was trying to be Blossom. We have a royal blue carpet which was left over from the Dexy baby days and white walls. OK, that's not awful I know and in actual fact it will be perfect for the girls because one of them at least is a die hard Chelsea fan, but that carpet for us? No thank you! Same goes for my bed linen actually, which i attempted to match to the carpet in a moment of "Wow! Look, this is only £3.99" Ikea insanity.
So, I'm planning and pinning like crazy. The mister has been working like a trooper on re-configuring the loft space (we took out the en-suite) and painting all the never-painted-before wood work and it's starting to look fresh and bright and spacious. He's laying some rich mahogany flooring at the weekend and then I get to have some fun, making our forever bedroom space beautiful. Above are some ideas of calm, clutter free spaces, and some idea for some wall art. What do you think?
*collage created from various images found via pinterest
November 18, 2013
I am forever getting ideas for Christmas presents, Birthdays or just wardrobe updates when needed, which is all the time with Dexy who never seems to stop growing; yesterday, i got him a few tee's and had to get size 10-11, the boy is *just* 8). Anyway, i can never remember when or where I saw said items, because i'm pretty forgetful. So, gathered up there notebook stylee, are my top picks of tops around at the moment, one for each of us.
Hope you like them!