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.

The Gallery: Longest Day

The last week or so have been pretty exhausting for us so we, the four of us, needed a little time out. We decided to jump on the train and go to Westfield for a spot of shopping. Little Legs and I have been to London a hundred times together and I have taken The Boy, but this is the first time all four of us jumped on the train together.

We shopped. We ate. We laughed. We ate some more. We had have a great day on the longest day of the year. Little Legs was treated to a Anna’s dress and boots (the Frozen princess obvs!) and pranced about in them as happy as Larry with her little dress-up heels clipping along. She loved the attention and admiring glances. We went to Bills to eat and sup wine, and then back on the train home.

A man and his son

A lovely day and one I have very few photos of. It was a screen-free day but I did manage to capture a few moments like the two featured on the train journey. There’s so much love between these two, it really warms the cockles.

Linking up with The Gallery: The Longest Day


Still loving PhotoBox!

When I was asked if I wanted some PhotoBox credits, I was all over it. If you read this blog or follow me on Instagram you know I do love a photo. My original plan was to make a wedding album – you know, better late than ever and all that. But Little Legs shamed me in to updating our photo wall. And shamed me badly. She was looking at the photos and asked me why we had all the photos on the wall. I said they were the people we loved. She studied them a little and then asked me why we didn’t love The Boy. Oops.

The Boy is a year old in a couple of weeks. It’s gone really quick. And I am ashamed to say there were no printed photos of him in the house. At all. Sorry baby boy!

Along with the additions of The Boy, I thought it was time that we updated the faded, badly printed photos I had done at home on my home computer. The result is brilliant:

Photobox review - Picture Shelf Example

The photos look fab, my lounge looks fab and Photobox make this kind of activity super easy to do. You upload and then send to print. That easy. The best thing for you fellow instagramers is you can upload straight from instagram too. Super easy. Once you have uploaded, you select your size and you’re done. You can choose from a range of sizes and a matt or gloss. They go up to a massive 45 x 30 inch poster print. On that note, I have also printed a couple of prints bigger than these which will have pride of place in the bedroom. They’re not framed yet, so I will write about them over at  my other blog, Style Arch, when I am done with the bedroom.

baby earphonesI don’t print enough these days, and if it wasn’t for the likes of Photobox making it super simple for me to do, I would print even less. And it’s cheap. Prices start at just 5p!

I have left a gap on the top left shelf for a family photo. All four of us. It’s not been taking yet, but it’s my mission to do that as soon as.

I am thrilled the results and am looking at my printer with disgust. There’s no comparison, the quality of prints is perfect.

Plus The Boy now features on the wall and Little Legs is content that we love him too.

Everyone is a winner!

Disclosure: PhotoBox gave me credits to write an honest review of how I found their service and product. You can find out more about this on my disclosure page.


Blogtacular 2014

I have been meaning to write this post for the last couple of weeks but alas, real life got in the way of my virtual world and, as always, the blog is the first to suffer! I have just realised it’s almost been a month. What a fail.

Anyway, Blogtacular

On the 10th May, I jumped on the train and headed to London to attend a design-based blogger conference called Blogtacular with 200 like minded souls and I was really glad I did! It was really refreshing because it was design based. It wasn’t about the technical aspects of blogging and although I love a good WordPress v Blogger debate, who doesn’t?, it was nice to concentrate on creative content, styling, branding and the like.

Blogtacular 2014 Review

The speakers were great

This is key to any conference. Good speakers make or break it. I enjoyed every session I attended. I am only going to mention a couple that stuck with me the most…

Mark & Keith from Mini Moderns / Absolute Zero Designs are naturally funny people and they know their stuff. They spoke about branding and made me realise I need to spend some time rebranding my whole online world. If I stick with this blogging malarky. Hmmmm. They also made me realise I need a good headshot photo. That’s my first mission!

Will Taylor from Bright Bazaar was interviewed on camera. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t 100% sure how a video would work. But work it did. The session was inspiring. My taking away from his session was that it’s all about the focus of what you want to achieve, and of course, the old adage of comparison is the thief of joy. It’s so true.

My buddy Nat Lue did the closing keynote. She’s cool and she’s honest and she speaks a lot of sense (good friend to have ey!). Nat spoke about how we all feel like we’re not good enough, how we’re always beating ourselves up, how we’re not quick enough to congratulate ourselves and celebrate and recognise our successes. Such truths and I know a lot of people resonated with what she had to say.

You will have more ideas than time

During the conference I planted a flower and painted a plant pot with B&Q. Who knew they sold flowers in teabags? My pot survived the journey home, alas my flower tipped over in my bag when I got over excited about the gin and tonic Joe & Seph’s popcorn in my goody bag. It’s bloody delicious. The goody bag was an exclusive Zeena Shah number. Like a lot. There was all sorts of treats in there including washi tape (I think it was from Mailchimp?), a papercut kit from Robyn Wilson-Owen which I have yet to do. Slack slack I know. The weekly planner by Lollipop Designs has been used non stop as has the Betty & Walter hand-cream which is lovely. There was loads more in there too, all in keeping with the theme of the conference. Thank you!

And finally…

It’s always great to catch up with old pals. One of my first blogging buddies who I met up with when pregnant with Little Legs was there and it was nice to have some time to properly chat. Hello KellyKara, thank you. You know what for. Ssssh! Ruth, it’s always a pleasure. You proper make me belly laugh and every time I look at my drip catcher I think of you! Ha. Nat. High five homie. ‘Nuff said. Kat & Kat, good work on creating such a lovely creative buzz. The devil is in the details and you nailed them. Until next year …

Photography // Mollie Makes

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