The Gallery: Summer

Summer Fun

It’s been a busy but fun summer this year although the rain the last week or so has put a dampener on it – in every sense of the word. it’s an important one too as it’s the lead up to Little Legs starting ‘big’ school. It’s all been about her really – almost everything we have done and everywhere we have visited has focussed on what she would like to do.

One of our highlights was Camp Bestival and Little Legs playing with her pals, falling over guy ropes, building dens, balancing on wood, falling asleep in wagons, sitting up late, rolling down hills, exploring, making, doing. I didn’t take many photographs but I do love this one. Little Legs and her camping buddies busy in the dingly dell.

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Right here, Right now: August

Currently I am: Spending a few quiet moments on the computer while Little Legs chills on the sofa and The Boy has a nap. We were so busy at the beginning of the summer holidays we almost have the end of holiday blues. The weather isn’t helping. I think Little Legs needs a few really early nights and we need to start getting out routine back in place before school starts up.

Reading: I have just finished JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy. It’s good. It made me cry. I’ve just picked up The Monk Who Sold his Ferrari by Robin Sharma. The jury is currently out but I have only read the first chapter or so.

Listening to: After seeing Ocean Colour Scene this weekend, I have dug out Moseley Shoals and that’s on repeat! I bought Definitely Maybe for the car. I guess you can tell where my head is musically at the moment! I’m not sure why I still buy CDs for the car. I could just bluetooth them in. Hey ho.

Laughing at: My daughters obsession with skin colour. I think she wants to be black.

Swooning over: Nothing. Truth. There’s lots I like but there’s nothing of swoon-appeal right now.

Planning: World domination with BG School. We really have some great courses available so do head over and have a read.

Eating lots of: Veg. I am on a bread free diet at the moment and trying to eat clean.

Festival Frolics - Victorious Fest

Feeling: Exhausted. Long weekend of drinking, dancing and general festival frolicks plus two little legged ones means I don’t get to sleep as much as I should.

Discovering: That school holidays really drag when it’s raining! And when I am not being so negative, we are loving the NCT’s 50 things to do list.

Wearing: Right now I am in an oversized jumper, skinny grey pants and brown Uggs. I have a huge blister on the sole of my feat (from the messy weekend) and the Uggs are the only thing not rubbing it. Winter is coming.

Cooking: Not much. I am no master-chef and Phil does most the cooking in these parts but the slow cooker has been out as it’s the best way to slow roast a chicken.

Planning: We have been having a huge declutter and clear out (read this) so the plans are all about ‘a place for everything’ at the moment. It’s been good for the soul.

Garden Art

Making: Little Legs and I are always crafting so although no big project on the horizon we have been doing lots of mini art projects.

So that’s me this month. How’s yours been?

Linking up with: Bug Bird Bee

The Gallery: World Photo Day

When I was thinking about a photo to celebrate World Photo Day, I was going to go with this one from Barbados.
BarbadosA photo I love. A photo I am proud of. But when I think about what photos and photography mean to me, this shot isn’t the reason I like to have some sort of camera close by. It’s these type of photos that get me clicking….
familyMoments. Captured moments. Personal moments. I love to take photos of the ordinary. The every day. The moments that happen for a few seconds and are then gone. My photos are often grainy and in poor light. Taken with my cracked screen iPhone.I don’t mind a squint or that yellow tinge all my photos have that are taken in my bedroom. It’s okay. It’s real life. That is what photography means to me.

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So exciting! Introducing BG School

BG School

Over the past seven years, Bambino Goodies, one of my other sites I write with Lu and Nat, has helped hundreds of stores and labels come to life and sell lots of lovely goodies for design-conscious families. After fielding many questions and helping where we could, we’re bringing all our knowledge and experience across retail, product design, project management, publishing, social media and branding together in one place.

That place is BG School: http://www.bg-school.co.uk

So you want to open an online shop?Our first course starts on September 15th. It’s called  So, You Want To Open An Online Shop? If you’ve just started selling online or you’re a wannabe store owner, this is the course for you. We currently have some super early bird places on the course available. They wont be around for long though – places are getting snapped up!

We also have courses on blogger outreach and making your email newsletters work for you.
It’s all very exciting! Click on over and sign up now!

Claire x

ps. Are you struggling with Blogger’s Block? We’ve all been there, right? If you need some inspiration with examples of others doing it well, head over and grab a copy of our first eBook. It’s a steal at just £1.50!

The Gallery: At Home With….

The Archbolds
We don’t have many pictures of the four of us but we do have this one. It’s from last week. Our home was our bell tent. We were in Cornwall. It was wet and windy. Pretty miserable. Phil and I had to entertain Little Legs and The Boy in a small space. We had a great night. Phil decided to bundle me as I was chilling on the most uncomfortable blow up bed ever, much to the kids’ delight. Little Legs then jumped on top of him and The Boy wanted in on the action too. A perfect selfie moment. Camping in bad weather isn’t good. Camping in bad weather with two little ones is even worse. But for that night, it was okay. We’re all tired. We’re all a mess. But we are all happy.

 

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#GirlSummit

On 22 July 2014 – tomorrow – the UK will host #?GirlSummit?. It aims to mobilise domestic and international efforts to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child?, early and forced marriage (CEFM) within a generation. UNICEF are co-hosing the event.

Child, early and forced marriage affects millions of girls every year.

  • One in three girls in developing countries is married by the age of 18. Some are as young as eight.
  • Girls who marry young have babies while still children, putting them at risk of death or suffering for the rest of their lives.
  • These girls are likely to be poor and stay poor.
  • In the UK, hundreds of girls risk being forced into marriage, violating their human rights.

It’s wrong.

Female genital mutilation (FGM) removes a girl’s right to have control over her own body.

  • Trends suggest at least 30 million girls will be at risk over the next decade
  • More than 20,000 at risk in the UK every year.
  • It’s extreme and violent. There’s no need.

It’s wrong.

#GirlSummit is aiming to end all this within a generation. It’s saving girls. It’s giving girls a childhood. We can all help. It’s all of our responsibility. Please pledge your support through Twitter and Facebook: http://www.girlsummitpledge.com

My little girl is a big girl. Kind of.

Last day at pre-school

Little Legs has finished pre-school. Come September she will be heading off to reception class at Big School.  It breaks my heart. With The Boy turning one the week before last and now this, I really feel like the last year had been a blur. My children are at a wonderful age. Little Legs particularly. She’s full of wonder and has a million questions to ask. She’s funny, she’s smart and she’s a bit of a diva. She’s the boss. Last summer she grew so much. This summer I am prepared for more of the same.

I remember when she started pre-school, September 2012. She was thrilled. She started with her little pal and they were buzzing about going. The walk to school was full of excitement.

First day of pre-school

Her pre-school is brilliant. It’s really given her the best start to the world of education. I know I am not alone in wanting to stop the clock. I also know that she’s totally ready for school. I am the one with the issues. I don’t want my baby to grow anymore.

The Boy & Little Legs

Lookalike Children

The Boy is coming up to a year old. He’s so very much like Little Legs was at this age. In the photos above, the photo of Little Legs is just after her first birthday and The Boy will be one on Wednesday. They look so similar and have many of the same personality traits but they’re also so very different. I can’t believe she starts school in September and he is now beginning to walk. Time is going too quickly. I want them to stay the age they are now forever. She’s so bright and fun and he just loves to giggle and is the cuddliest thing ever!

They have the most beautiful relationship and if I can’t make them stop growing, I can just hope their relationship grows with them.

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