Back to Blogging – Or perhaps not?

I thought I was going to retire this blog. Let it collect dust. TBH, I am bored of it all, it’s become a chore. I have been blogging for six years and am totally uninspired with this, my personal blog. We have had the most awful few months, this hasn’t helped. Perhaps I should write about whats happened. But not now. I am not ready to share.

As I popped over here today, with the intention of passwording, or even deleting, the whole thing, I read some old posts and remembered why I liked having a place to dump snippets of my life.

I have always found being a ‘parent’ blogger quite difficult. I like to protect my children online. I don’t want them to come back in a few years and hate what I have written about them. It’s why i don’t use their names and never blog about anything super-personal. I don’t have a niche, this blog doesn’t really fit with any of the communities. I don’t see that as a problem but it’s also hard to be inspired….

However, I couldn’t pull the plug on this little ol’ blog of mine, so instead I posted the cheese and pineapple hedgehog and this little post and maybe i’ll post again in the next few days… or maybe not. We’ll see…

Cheese & Pineapple Hedgehog

For the end of year party at school last week I was tasked with bringing cheese and pineapple. Boring. So instead of handing in a plate of cheese and pineapple sticks, I decided to get a 1970s vibe on and create a cheese and pineapple hedgehog.

The humble cheese and pineapple hedgehog was hot topic on twitter when I asked what I should use for the body – all sorts of suggestions and laughs. And if you ever wondered what the foil was about, here it is:

See, people on Twitter know stuff. Anyway, back to my hedgehog, here it is:

Cheese and Pineapple Hedgehog

One small, odd-shaped, dirty-green coloured watermelon with the bottom sliced off to create a flat surface for the body, a grape for his nose, kale for him to sit on and some goggly eyes. Job done.

I thought Little Legs would be well impressed. She thought it was OK. She was however really impressed with the really crap poison apple I made (more of that in another post maybe).

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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!

End of the holidays

Walk In the Park

After the Christmas illness came the feeling better in the New Year. Late afternoon walks and plays in the park. Shame it’s business as usual next week. I thought I would be pleased about normality returning but I have really enjoyed all four of us being home together for the last three weeks. And I am not looking forward to getting up and out before 9am tomorrow!

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.

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