Sunday, 29 June 2014

This week: Bargain books, a food festival and a peahen

We started the week planting a load of new seeds, mainly herbs along with some sweetcorn, parsnips and sweet peppers. Fingers crossed they are as successful as our potatoes were. 
 On Thursday the boys went swimming with their grandparents so I took the opportunity to have a nice quiet walk into town to get some meat from the butchers. Our town centre is pretty dire but we do have lots of charity shops so I raided the book sections and was pleased to come away with quite a good selection mostly for 25p and 50p each. 
On Friday we had an unexpected guest in our garden, a peahen! She was munching away on our plants and just wandering about eventually she settled next door(it's empty) and after taking advice we left her alone. She was still there on Saturday so we gave her some food and she is still around now. Hopefully she finds her way home soon though the boys have absolutely loved watching her! 
Saturday was one of those days where everything goes wrong. We headed off to a local food festival, stopped to use a cash machine which swallowed Phil's card and the screen said there had been suspected tampering with the machine so we had to quickly dash to the bank to cancel his card and order a new one then on to my bank as I had used the machine before him and I had to have my card cancelled too. Luckily Barclay's printed me a new card off there and then otherwise we would have been stuck. 
Then we set off to the food festival and Phil started with a migraine so I sent him home to take some tablets and to rest before it took hold. He took Alex with him as he was going to need a nap anyway.
Me and Seb finally got to the festival which was small and fairly empty due to the rain, we had a look around, Seb decided he needed a wee and managed to get it all over himself and me, so we had to head home sharpish. I did manage to grab a few bits though. This amazing fruit loaf from Time Bakery and this pretty brooch made by Heart and Design. 
 Oh and of course I got some chocolate cake!
I'm looking forward to watching Dolly Parton this evening with a glass of wine to round the week off. 

How was your week?

Friday, 27 June 2014

This weeks meal plan

After a bad few weeks, we have been much better at sticking to our meal plan this week and I'm feeling back on track with it. 
It's been such nice weather that we've even been able to eat out in the garden several times which of course the boys love doing. 
This week we're having nice easy meals and while the weather is warm I want to be outside as much as possible. 

Fajitas and wedges
Barbecue chicken with rice and veg
Slow cooked spag bol
Cottage pie
Sausages with sweet potato mash and peas
Pizza and garlic bread
Pasta with pesto

What are you eating this week? 

Thursday, 26 June 2014

The Rockabilly Kids

There's a brand new toothbrush in town. The Rockabilly Kids toothbrush is the only toothbrush of its kind, it stands up. The bottom is weighted meaning that much like a weeble, it will wobble but won't fall down protecting kids against bathroom germs. Aimed at children aged 3-7, The Rockabilly kids come in 6 bright designs.
We were sent a toothbrush to try out and Seb has been busy testing it this week. He loved the bright blue Andy Astronaut design and had plenty of fun trying to knock it down and seeing it pop back up again.
 The weighting makes the toothbrush fairly heavy compared to a bog standard one but this was no issue and as you can see from the pictures the shape was perfect for a young child to hold.
 The soft multi length bristles(designed by dentists) give his teeth a good clean.
Each brush comes with 3 spare heads(easy to change), so if you change them every 3 months as recommended you have a whole years of brushing in one box.

The Rockabilly Kids retail at £6.99 and are available to buy now from Boots.

**We were sent this item to review but all opinions are my own**

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

How open are you?

Seb has started to ask some potentially embarrassing questions over the last couple of weeks. He is so curious and thinks carefully about everything you tell him.  I have always said I would be honest and open(but age appropriate) with him as I want him to feel comfortable talking to me as he grows up however when your 3 year old puts you on the spot it can be hard to know what to say especially if you weren't brought up that way. 

It started off with asking how Alex got out of my tummy. He has always known that he and Alex both grew inside me, and has seen scan pictures of himself and his brother. For me this was pretty simple as I had a cesarean section so I told him the doctors in the hospital made a little hole at the bottom of my tummy for him to come out of and that's how some babies are born. I'm not sure how I would explain a natural birth to him to be honest and I'm glad he hasn't asked how others are born. 

The next question was about periods. You know how you can't go to the toilet on your own when you have small children? Nothing is private anymore! Well there we were chattering away in the loo and he suddenly asked what's that?(pointing to my cloth sanitary towel). Thrown off guard as a few seconds before we were talking about dinosaurs, I stumbled. I told him that it was something that happens to mummies each month so they can have babies. Not the whole truth but enough for now and he accepted it and went back to his dinosaur chatter.

The most recent question was one he'd clearly been thinking about. I could see in his face he was gearing up to ask me something.  "Where does mummy wee from, does it come out of your bum?" He obviously knows where he wees from but knows that I am a girl and don't have the same parts as him. For some reason the first thing that came from my mouth was "from my front bum". I don't know why, I don't even like that term and certainly never use it myself! I guess I should have said urethra and explained that it was a little hole especially for wee(I will if he asks again) , he probably would have just accepted it. 

It is hard answering these kind of questions as they come from nowhere and it's different to how I was raised but hopefully I'll get better at it! 
How do you deal with these kind of questions? 

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Clothing haul for the boys

This last week or so has seen the start of the summer sales(yay), so of course I took advantage of them and added to the boys extensive wardrobes...

I have been lusting after these Mini Rodini Toucan print leggings for Alex bit kept umming and ahhing  but when I saw them reduced, I went for it and ordered them from Skin and Bliss along with the Individual banana shorts.
The tops are from Zara, the New York one is the same design as one we already have and the vest is a great summer basic.

 For Seb I ordered the 2 t shirts again from Zara, I love the Camden one particularly.
The racoon vest is Maxomorra from Kyna Boutique, again I had my eye on this and then when I saw it reduced I couldn't resist.
Not in the sales but pretty awesome are the boys Sunjellies, these shoes are everywhere at the moment and they are gorgeous. Seb chose the neon orange ones(and boy are they bright!) and I chose red for Alex. These are lovely shoes but also so practical and the parcel they came in smelt of summer to me. I want some for me now! 

Have you been shopping in the sales?

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Friday, 20 June 2014

This weeks meal plan

Another hit and miss week for our meal plan. My shopping was delivered on Friday and we got up on Saturday to a freezer full of ruined food as the door had been left open. This threw us a bit but the food has now been replaced and this week we WILL stick to our plan. 

This week we're eating

Cottage pie
Tuna and tuna pasta
Chicken Kiev, wedges and veg
Chicken, veg and halloumi kebabs with rice
Sweet chilli sausages, sweet potato mash and veg
Pasta with pesto

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Granny Take a Dip Bath Bomb

Last week I reviewed the Brightside bubble bar from Lush that I got for the boys, this week I am reviewing something I got for myself. 
Granny Takes a Dip bath bomb, looks a bit different from the normal offerings from Lush which is partly what attracted me to it. The smell also drew me to it, to me it smells like retro sweets though on reading the website Lush say it is scented with lemon, pepper and ginger.
I popped the bomb into a run bath and off it went, fizzing and working it's way through the colours creating a tie dye effect bath. It was really pretty to watch and smelt lovely. 
I really enjoyed using this bath bomb, it felt like it was a bit special because of the pretty effects and my skin felt lovely afterwards. Priced at £3.25 this is a mid range product and I would say that it's well worth it. 

Monday, 16 June 2014

Small potatoes

I apologise if you are expecting a post about the cute singing potatoes No, I am posting about actual real small potatoes. 
Back in March we started our potato growing and this weekend Seb dug them up and we had a haul of 31! Pretty impressive!
I am really proud of how Seb has looked after his potatoes each day, checking on them and watering them.
We took them inside and washed them off ready to cook. I made a cheese and tomato potato bake for the with some and the rest were boiled and eaten with some quiche the next day
From plant to plate, a great lesson in where food comes from :)

Friday, 13 June 2014

This weeks meal plan

Hmmm I will be honest and say this week has been a bit of a fail. An unplanned Dominos pizza and an unplanned dinner out saw our meal plan totally ruined but we enjoyed ourselves(awesome puddings). The Spanish style chicken we had was lovely but frankly the photo i snapped looks like a part of the female anatomy so I won't be sharing it lol
A couple of the meals have been rescheduled into this week instead(yay for freezers) so nothing is going to waste.

This week we're eating

Chilli and rice
Tuna pasta bake
Pizza and garlic bread
Salmon fishcakes with new potatoes and veg
Butter chicken
Quiche and wedges and salad
Car brie nara

What's on your meal plan? 

Thursday, 12 June 2014

At the car wash

This free and easy to set up activity was the perfect entertainment for Seb while his brother napped. 
What 3 year old doesn't like messing about with water?
Warm soapy water, a sponge and some cars make a simple car wash which kept Seb entertained for about an hour. 

Simple, free and fun. 

Monday, 9 June 2014

Lush Brightside bubble bar review

Last week I took Seb out for the day and we popped into Lush which he loves. I got him to choose something to put in his bath and he chose a Brightside bubble bar. We've not tried this before so I was looking forward to using it.

Brightside is a large bubble bar which retails at £4.50,  this sounds alot but the bar can be broken apart and the girl in the shop said it will last for around 6-8 baths. Being a long time Lush fan, I know this to be true so was happy to pay that price plus it means I get to have a couple of baths with it as well as the boys!

The bar contains Sicilian mandarin, bergamot and tangerine essential oil as and you can really smell them, it has a gorgeous citrus scent perfect for summer. I crumbled a small amount under warm rinning water and it created loads of lovely soft bubbles.

As always with Lush my skin felt lovely and soft afterwards and my bathroom smelt amazing. I will definitely be repurchasing! 

What is your favourite Lush product?

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Seb and Alex OOTD

Today is gorgeous and sunny, pretty unexpected after yesterday being a washout so I grabbed the chance to put shorts on the boys and to head out for a walk. 
I tri
Seb- Striped tee-zara, denim shorts-Primark, pumps-Primark

His bow ties are from eBay, he is wearing them all the time at the moment, even in bed. 
Alex- Batman tee-Zara, Blue shorts-Primark, White Converse-Schuh

Linking up with lovely Alex
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Saturday, 7 June 2014

Dinosaur Small World

The boys have been playing with our dinosaurs quite a lot recently so I thought I'd set up a little small world for them. I haven't done one of these for ages!
This didn't cost me anything to set up and took about 30 minutes in total. Along with our dinosaurs and some greenery that came with them, the tub contains a fake grass base, a box covered in tissue paper for a house(with shredded paper inside), some stones collected from the garden, a kitchen roll tube tunnel, some volcano's made from an egg box and a small tupperware dish of water coloured blue.

I was pretty pleased with how it turned out and it seemed the boys were too! They enjoyed exploring the grass and stones and Seb made stories with the dinosaurs. Alex likes making the dinosaurs roar and giving them baths, he also watched everything that Seb was doing and imitated him both in actions and by trying to copy words.

The most played with parts were probably the water and also the cardboard tube which was originally a tunnel but became a slide down into the water.

 This is still set up and being played with, it's reminded me how much fun small world play can be!

Friday, 6 June 2014

This weeks meal plan

This week we were a bit hit and miss when it came to sticking with our meal plan, hopefully this week will be better.
The meatball pasta bake was lovely but I did make enough to feed my whole town. Luckily none was wasted as Phil took the leftovers to work for lunch.
Fish and chips and peas
Spanish style chicken with rice
Slow cooked spag bol
Chilli and rice
Coconut chicken with sweet and white potato cubes and sweetcorn
Pizza and garlic bread
Cheese and tomato pasta bake

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Five years

This day five years ago I met Phil. 
We met on the dancefloor in a club(though I had already spied him in a bar earlier), snogged all night and finally came up for air at 5am when the club closed. I remember so clearly him texting me the next day while I was still in bed recovering and the excited nervy feeling on our first date.
In 2009
I won't pretend it was a smooth perfect romance, in the beginning we were on and off more often then I upload photos to Instagram. At that time i wasn't looking for a serious partner and certainly not someone to marry! 
But in March 2010 something big happened, I got pregnant and that made us grow up and sort ourselves out.  I do think things happen for a reason and the impending arrival of Sebastian definitely signalled a huge change, I stopped my weekend partying, stopped spending all my money on clothes and make up as soon as it hit the bank, instead we stayed in and bought baby clothes and nappies.

If you had told me five years ago that today I would be married with two children, I would probably have laughed at you and gone to the bar for another a shot of tequila but here we are and it is a pretty good place to be. 
And now

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