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We have had some bad news. Something which I am not yet ready to blog about properly, it’s all to raw. But I have decided that instead of hitting the pubs hard I am going to put my energy in to something a lot more useful and take part in a 5K pretty muddy obstacle course for Cancer Research. If you have a couple of pennies going spare, I’d really appreciate you donating them to my Just Giving page. Just click the button below.

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I’m back and we have new additions to the family!

It’s been a while since I posted here. Things have been pretty bloody hectic here. But I have promised myself to get back on it. So am writing that here because when you say something out loud, it has to happen, doesn’t it?

I have loads to tell you about – my #beautifulskin project, which I am now on day 3 with, and I have to write a review about Smile Brilliant, who have given me shiny white teeth, plus I have all the fabulousness of Egypt to share and what we have been up to over at Shop BG.

RabbitsBut for now, I am going to leave you with this photo. It’s Sven and Christoff. The latest additions to our family. They are super cute and really cuddly, and they were named by Little Legs obviously!

House of Fraser Kids Clothes

We’re going on holiday on Friday, Sharm el-Sheikh here we come! Woohoo! I’ve got the suitcases out the loft, and am throwing things in their general direction until it annoys Phil enough to start packing. I loath packing. Little Legs and The Boy have grown loads since last summer, so we have had to give their summer wardrobes a bit of a refresh, so when House of Fraser asked if we’d like to choose a few items from their kids clothing range, we jumped at the chance.

I used to work right next to House of Fraser in Chichester, so am very familiar with their adults range and their fabulous collection of shoes. I also know that when they do a sale, they do it properly. What I didn’t know, because all this was before children, is that they do a great range of kids wear and they have kids clothing to suit all budgets.

Little Legs wants a pet parrot. Random I know, but she’s not yet over her love of pirates … although I didn’t find anything parrot related for her, I did grab the Yumi Girls Toucan Jumpsuit and she said she needed it. NEEDED. So in the bag it went.

Yumi Girls Toucan Jumpsuit - House of Fraser Kids

I then let Little Legs choose, and she choose a swim set. It’s perhaps not what I have chosen, a pretty ditzy pattern but it is super-sweet and very high quality. It’s from Platupus. It’s very practical and she loves it. 50+ sun protection, shorts and a top. She’s going to be spending a lot of time in the sun, and we live right on the beach so in the summer she practically lives in such things. Another thing to note about House of Fraser is that the brands they have onboard is really diverse. Everything from Polarn O. Pyret to the covetable Aquascutum. There’s lots of pocket friendly brands.

Once ordered, the clothes came super-quickly. If you order before 10pm for collection in-store from 12 noon the next day. I don’t live close enough to a House of Fraser now to do that, but shipping is free if you spend over £50 and only £3 if under. They do a really good sale too, so for £50 you can get quite a lot. Their kids clothing range is affordable anyway, but if you’re also shopping frugally, you’re sure to love the clearance section. Head over to House of Fraser now and check it out.

And keep an eye on my Instagram for Little Legs in her toucan outfit!

This is a review post. I was given credit to purchase items from HoF, but all words are my own. You can read more about that on my disclosure page.

Early Morning Southsea

Southsea

We were up super-early this morning so we could drop Phil off at his ship. The only benefit of being up so early was seeing the sunrise over Southsea. It was beautiful. iPhone cameras don’t capture colour as they should, in real life this was even more stunning, the colours so vibrant. That blue was more aqua. The two little ones and I pulled over to watch the sunrise for a short while, it was good for the soul.

First day back

Despite Little Legs not being keen to return to school over the last week, this morning she went in, armed with her homework as if school was the best thing ever. This makes me happy. I loved school too. Her school made it easy this morning. We arrived and there was striped “incident” tape over the door, the classroom had been trashed and the kids were, of course, buzzing. After school she explained, excitedly, that someone had been in their classroom and they had to solve clues to find out who it was….. it was a trio of superheros apparently! They’d been there defending the school from the baddies! Spiderman had left webs everywhere! Crazy!

Painting

Her homework was to produce a winter picture – this could be anything. A collage, photo, painting, drawing, whatever she fancied. As always with Little Legs, she fancied paint. So paint she did. I really hope she continues to enjoy school, she’s definitely getting the best start and I am so pleased that my third choice school was the one I was offered!

Christmas and New Year

Christmas 2015

I’d love to write a post here about how wonderful and glorious Christmas and New Year have been but I’d be lying. We did have a nice time. We chilled a lot. But it was all a little bit fraught as my baby girl was poorly pretty much the whole time and we weren’t at home. Thankfully, she woke up feeling OK so was able to enjoy Christmas morning, but things then went down hill. She put herself to bed at 3pm on quite a few occasions, and then woke at 11pm. Exhausting for us all.

On top of all that, it took us eight hours to get home due to horrendous traffic. Normally it takes less than 5. When we finally did get home, it was a huge relief for us all. A five year old and a one year old in a car for that long isn’t good. At all.

Once home and after a good nights sleep, things began to pick up. Little Legs started feeling better and we were able to get out. Just the four of us. It’s been blissful. No stress. Just chilling. We have been out every day since we have been home, just keeping it simple, parks, woods, bike rides, but all good.

2015 is going to be an odd year for us. Phil isn’t going to be here much so it’s me and the kids. He’s back at work on Monday, home for the week, and then sails off for five weeks. That’s going to be pretty much the pattern until he deploys in the summer apart from a block of 6 weeks he’s at home.

There’s a few things I want to achieve this year. Things I am not ready to talk about yet as there’s a few phone calls and discussions I need to have on Monday, but all being well it’s going to be a step in the direction of something that I have been toying with for a very long time. Phil thinks it’s perfect for me. My girlfriends all totally agree. I’m saying no more just yet but it’s nice to know I have their support!

I wish you all a very happy, healthy and successful new year.

Save The Children Christmas Jumpers at George at ASDA

Christmas Jumper Day

Tomorrow is Christmas Jumper Day, a fundraising event from Save The Children. It’s now in its third year and they’ve raised more than £1.6 million to date! Brilliant. Fun. Easy to get involved with. Winner. The little kids love it as do the big kids! Hence why all these photos are a little silly. I tried to get some lovely posed ones but there was just too much excitement from the little one!

We all have Christmas Jumpers, from the Save The Children range at ASDA. They’re great. Phil’s rocking a snowman jumper – complete with scarf – which he’s happy with. He has a Christmas Jumper night out with the lads so will be wearing it in the mean streets of Portsmouth. Mine is a little more subtle, a Polar bear one with one little reindeer-bear which Little Legs adores. She really did a little laugh out loud when she spotted it. Talking of Little Legs, she’s sporting the white thick knit complete with a little bling, but quite understated. She loves it because the icicles are like Elsa. Obviously. She’s 5.

 

The Boy has a super-cute Christmas Snowman Fairisle Jumper one which is the most complimented of all of us. The reason he’s not featured is because he’s poorly at the moment (again) and there’s not a hope in hell I will be able to get him posing for photos (it’s why he’s missing from my IG feed generally at the moment, poor poppet).

Christmas Jumper Day

The jumpers are pocket-friendly. The kids ones start at just £7 and adult ones are £14. They fit really well. Phil will not do baggy jumpers – a fashion thing he says, I say because he has such a fit body he likes slim fit clothes, either which way, he is really impressed with the fit on his.

The thing I was most surprised about is how soft these jumpers are. Obviously for that price you’re not going to get lambswool, but what you do get is a super-soft jumper that fits well. So if you’re not yet ready for Christmas Jumper Day, hot foot it over to your local ASDA and see the range. They’re open ’til late, else you can order online.

This is a review post.
You can read more about that on my disclosure page.

3 ways to keep a house warm!

I am cold. I am quite often cold to be honest. Especially when I am sitting on my Mac working away. My feet freeze and my hands turn to ice. Problem is my house is quite crap, cheaply built (it’s MOD housing after all) and drafty. There’s a few things I can do to improve the situation, and I have been doing my research. Here’s some of my favourite ways to warm a home up. Some which are never going to work for my situation (the MOD would go crazy if I went down the hay route) but that’s not to say they’re not clever…

Hay – I could use hay insulation. All the fancy-ass green builds on Grand Designs do it. Cheap and green. What’s not to like? One day peeps. One day.

Hay House

Draft Excluders - An oldie but a goodie. I think I really need to invest in one of these, especially in the kitchen! This will stop the drafts that freeze the feet! Actually, I could have a stab at making one. After-all, I do have a sewing machine gathering dust!

Modern draft Excluder

Decent Blinds – I know a given. These ones from Duette are stylish and prevent heat loss through windows. I have no blinds in the kitchen or the room I spend most of my working time in. I need to invest! I really like the look of these and the fact they can reduce energy bills by 25% makes them even more of a no brainer!

dining room

So for me, it’s going to have to be the blinds. I think they’ll make the biggest impact plus a draft excluder for the kitchen door! And while I am at it. I should invest in one of those lambswool blah blah blah blankets from Donna Wilson which I have been eyeballing forever.

Image Sources // Eco House Agent / Bee Yourself Designs / Duette Energy Saving Blinds

And he’s off….

me and philPhil’s away at the moment. Pretty standard when you’re married to a Sailor. He’s been away for a few weeks but managed to pop home so we could get to the Christmas Ball. When i say pop home, I am being flippant. His 151 metres long, 8,000 tonne Royal Navy Air Defence Destroyer ship was in dock for the weekend. Lucky for us. We had a great night. Funny.

I don’t like Phil being away. It’s harder now then before because having a crazy-active 16 month old is hard work. I deal with it because you have to. There’s no option. I’m not going to sit and wallow that my husband is away, bleating my heart out. I am going to get on with my life and make sure my kids have lots of fun. I do moan, of course, we all moan. And on that note I am going to have a moan right now…

Phil’s home on Christmas leave next week and we will have three weeks with him home every night. But come January 5th, when he’s back at work and the Christmas decorations are down, he’ll be on his way again. Standard. That’s what happens. BUT, and what I am really moaning about, is in the next 18 months, if we total up the time Phil is going to be at home. It’s just four months. That’s crap. Really effing crap.

His ship is being deployed for nine months. So for nine months I may not see him at all, and if I do, it will be for two weeks. Leading up to that period they’re always at sea preparing for the big deployment. People think we can Skype but we can’t unless he’s docked somewhere and can get on someone’s wifi. You’re not allowed any unofficial comms on ship. Security. We can email. We can talk on the ship’s phone. But we can’t see each other. And even if we could, it’s not the same.

He’s going to miss Christmas next year. I am really gutted about that. It wont be the same without him. So I am going to do something positive. I am going to take my babies on Holiday. Just me and them, somewhere sunny with lovely sandy beaches. Somewhere easy. No hassle. But where? That’s the question…

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