14 November 2014

I've got the Fever!

As your probably aware I very rarely write fashion related posts. In fact I think I've only ever done it once before.  There isn't really a reason for this and it is something I would like to do more often, so what better way to get the ball rolling than with the gorgeous dress I wore last weekend for Vicki's birthday

I, along with the other beautiful ladies that attended her birthday meal, were all very kindly gifted a dress by Fever London and didn't we all look absolutely fabulous in them (am I allowed to say that?).

Me, Hannah, Zaz, Vicki, Mirka & Katie
 All of Fever London's designs, whether their dresses, seperates or workwear are all influenced by original vintage fashion, so as a lover of all things vintage, especially clothes (did you see my wedding)  this brand is perfect for me. I've already got my eye on a few other pieces I love, I am definitely a fan.

After perusing the site a number of times I finally settled on this Athens Dress.

I teamed it with a silver statement necklace that my husband bought me from a boutique in Skipton (just before he proposed to me), a wire heart ring and some killer black and silver heels from New Look. 
Nipped in at the waist this dress is a flattering fit yet so comfortable, even after eating enough to feed me for the month.

Simple yet chic, it's so versatile.  It can be easily dressed up or down for any occasion and I just know it will be a dress I come back to again and again. In fact I'm already thinking about wearing it for my surprise date night next week and how I should style it.

As you can see from above, the other ladies all looked stunning, in fact, drop dead gorgeous in their choices too.  Catering for 6 ladies all with very different personal style with only one brand should  be a challenge but Fever London literally have something for everyone and managed to pull it off.

The birthday girl herself looked absolutely beautiful as usual.

I'm pretty sure we were the best dressed that night by a mile and we all felt a million dollars whilst celebrating the wonderful Vicki's birthday. 
Thank you Fever London.

*disclaimer* I was very kindly sent this dress to wear for the night but all words and opinions are my own.

13 November 2014

Food, Fizz & Friends

When I first started this blog I never really thought it would be anything other than a place to record our memories as a family. However, alongside Twitter it has allowed me to connect with some truly amazing and inspirational ladies. Some of these ladies have gone on to become friends and last weekend I was invited to join Vicki (who blogs over at Honest Mum and Mummy's Got Style) to help celebrate her birthday and blogiversary along with these beauties; Katie (Pouting in Heels), Hannah (Mums Days), Zaz (Mama and More) & Mirka (All Baby Advice).  

from left to right; Vicki, Hannah, me, Mirka, Zaz, Katie
In all honesty I was a little nervous about this blogger get together. I have met Vicki & Katie a few times before but never the others.  I can't quite put my finger on why I was nervous but it turns out I had absolutely no need to be.  Together we all had an absolute blast.

We all convened at Vicki's parents house to do some posing in our beautiful outfits (which were very kindly gifted to us by Fever London, more on that tomorrow with photos of us all looking gorgeous) and generally do what bloggers do, take photos! Before long the volume was raised as we all laughed and chatted away.  

After we had all bagged our shots we headed over to The Olive Tree, which is owned by Vicki's parents.  Sipping glasses of our preferred poison, rum and coke in my case, we all got nattering and apart from to laugh we didn't stop nattering all night.
Once we sat down for our meal the champagne started flowing and we did some more posing.  Mirka & Zaz were serenaded by George, the resident musician.  You can't blame the man for trying can you, they are both beautiful ladies.

2 October 2014

Scarecrow Trail

Last weekend we took a family trip to Kirkhamgate just down the road from my house for the annual scarecrow trail. We have never been to this particular one before and it did not disappoint. 

With 53 different scarecrows scattered around the village to find we spent a good few hours wandering the streets and guessing which ones were which.  

The theme for the year was Films and each scarecrow came with it's own clue just in case you couldn't guess it. There were only a two we didn't know. One we eventually worked out but the other we still can't get. Any guesses? 

Luca really enjoyed spotting ones that he recognised like this Monsters Inc one and others he didn't particularly know but looked appealing. 

26 September 2014

Some Me Time!

I very rarely get any me time. Just time to do something I want to do, alone!  Ok so not necessarily alone, maybe with friends or the husband but definitely sans child.  
I love my little boy dearly but we all know how important me time is.  

Well this week I got some well deserved, overdue me time and it couldn't have been any better. 

On Tuesday, after a full days work (and a tough one at that) I didn't have to get in my car and drive home. Instead I got in my car and headed for the stables!  My passion for horses and riding has taken a back seat since becoming a mum and the times I have ridden I have had Luca with me and it's not been quite the same. I love his interest for horses and his natural ability with them but to have some time with just my best friend Ashleigh, and our equine companion was lovely. 

I got to ride without Luca hollering at me and nagging to get on and I enjoyed every stride and every rise during my trot! 

12 September 2014

We haven't disappeared!

It's been a while since I last wrote a blog post. We had two weeks off together as a family and I'm not sure if you remember (or even care) but I recently got a new job and the past 2 weeks have seen me fully immersed in it, it's been a bit of a baptism of fire, so I've been fairly busy of late.

My new job has been utterly exhausting and quite intense but I have definitely enjoyed it.  I feel like I'm doing a job I'm actually good at, doing something productive, constructive and making a small difference in the world to a few children.

The new job means we now have a whole new weekly routine with an extra day of work for me. This is taking me a while to get the hang of and adjust to which is another reason why my blog has been hugely neglected.  Basically life had got in the way. 

I'm hoping to be back soon though as I have so many posts to get written, until then be good! 

13 August 2014

Holi One Festival

The first day of our summer holiday was spent child free together at the Holi One festival in Leeds, with one of my old college friends who I haven't spent any quality time with for absolutely ages, Steph.

Set in the grounds of the beautiful Harewood House in Leeds, the Holi One festival is based on the colourful Holi festival in India where people colour each other with abeer and gulal and throw it in the air.  This tradition of colouring each other and throwing paint powder is adopted by the Holi One festival and therefore to make the most of the colourful celebration everyone is asked to turn up in white clothing.  

Looking windswept in our clean white clothes before the paint was thrown. Luckily they were giving away bandanas with drinks at the bar so that saved my hair from the wind. 

The Holi One festival however has the added bonus of music and the English festival vibe thrown in.  We turned up to a small fenced off area that the festival was set within. In all honesty, when we turned up we were a bit disappointed, I think we had all been expecting a larger setting and a bigger event.  Once the festival got going though and the atmosphere took off we had so much fun.   

4 August 2014

Living Arrows - Cress

Apart from paintings stuck to the fridge, nothing screams "I have a child" more than a little decorated pot of cress sat on your kitchen windowsill? 

Luca brought his first (of many I'm sure) pot of cress home on Thursday and within just a couple of days we already have little sprouts (?) of the stuff popping up. Can't wait for it to really take off and we will make egg & cress mayo together and hopefully put it in sandwiches to take on a picnic on our summer holiday if the weather picks up again. 

If you had of told me that I would be excited over a little pot of cress growing on my windowsill before I had Luca I would have thought you were seriously insane but being a mum does strange things to you and I can't wait to make use this cress in our food. After all, it's Luca's own little bit of horticulture in our kitchen and a right of passage for every child.

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31 July 2014

Me & Mine July 2014

This month has been hectic but fabulously hectic.  It has been Luca's birthday and my parents very kindly paid for a week away for us with my brother and his girlfriend.  We had an amazing week in a log cabin in Sherwood Forest and celebrated Luca's birthday whilst we were there.

The day after we got back we had a party for Luca with all his friends.  Then I've had a couple of interviews and managed to snag myself a new job, plus play dates and days out in between all that, with a bit of bad news thrown in for good measure (coz you know I might have been enjoying life a little too much otherwise).

On our week away though I managed to get some gorgeous photos of Luca and all of us and our me and mine is from the very start of the month on that great week away and I think it is one of my favourites so far.  It's not perfect with Luca munching on bits of cake he was stealing and looking the other way (we had to do it in one shot as I didn't take my battery charger and didn't realise my brother would get hooked on taking photos and kill my battery and they were taken right on the very last bit of life left in it) but that is what makes is special for me, it will always hold that memory.  

I simply love this photo of me and my boys, my family, in July. 

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Luca is 2!

I cannot believe that just over 2 years ago my life was to be completely changed in the blink of an eye. Two whole years has passed since Luca came silently into this world, lay on my chest with his huge blue eyes just staring into mine and made my life complete.  

Two whole years of love and laughter, moments that are gone forever but never to be forgotten. 
Two whole years of finding my feet in the all encompassing role as a mother. 
Two whole years of watching my tiny baby grow into a perfect toddler. 
Two whole years of rediscovering the world through a child's eyes. 
Two whole years of loving someone more than I ever knew was possible. 

At two years old you are truly a little boy now. All those little traces of my baby are gone. We have done so much in your two years but this is where we are at right now.  

You are still my little chatterbox. Constantly yattering away to whoever will listen and even in your sleep you talk.  When we aren't talking we are singing, currently Wheels on the Bus is your favourite song to sing in the car.  Being my son though you don't like the original version, instead we remix it and sing lines about Auntie Ash, Nona, Papa and Lyla as well as all your friends at the childminders. 

Very recently you seem to have taken it into your own hands and decided that we are toilet training. It is something I haven't pushed on you, I haven't wanted to rush you into it and hinder your progress in the long run but it seems you are ready now and your already doing really well just a week or so in. 

From 12 weeks of age you have been going to swimming lessons.  I am so very proud of how confident you are in the water and feel my decision to spend all that money has definitely been worthwhile. I am also in turn more confident with you in the water so it's been a good thing for us both. As this term came to an end though I made the decision to stop taking you. You don't want to join in with the active teaching, instead you just want to jump in and play.  Now you have the basics such as holding your breath and being able to kick your way to the surface, I am happy to indulge you and from now on your weekly swimming will be you just having fun with either me or Daddy and we will start lessons again when your a little older (if you haven't already taught yourself by then).

Your getting fussy with your food recently, and constantly nagging for chocolate or an ice lolly. However, your not so fussy that I'm worried and you still eat relatively healthily and well. 

You seem to have inherited a bossy streak (I have no idea where from!?) and like to tell everyone what to do.  One of my favourite lines you say when your trying to do something your not allowed is 'It's alright!' As if you have given yourself permission so I don't need to stop you.  You have also started to tell me to 'Go away Mummy' or 'Don't look Mummy' when you want to do something you know is naughty. 

You are still animal crazy and still a book worm, both traits I adore and hope stay with you as you grow. 

You get funnier every day and your personality and sense of humour are really starting to shine through.  It's not uncommon for us to all laugh a lot together and sometimes you laugh so hard that you make yourself sick.  In fact you did it three times in the bath the other night. 

I know I say this for every update I have done so far but I really couldn't be prouder of you my little man, you really are turning into a beautiful, polite and intelligent young man and I couldn't ask for anymore.  

I love you! 

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28 July 2014

Living Arrows - First Cut is the Deepest

This weekend saw Luca have his first properly worrying accident.  He found his fishing net in the house and took it outside to fish in the paddling pool. As he walked past the table he managed to swipe a glass bottle onto the floor, it fell in front of him and as it smashed he stepped onto it. It was one of those moments that I saw coming and just couldn't get to him in time. As I grabbed him off the floor all I could see was these huge pieces of shattered glass and my heart dropped, I thought we were going to end up in A&E but luckily it was just a few little cuts and once his feet were washed of all the glass and I'd stopped the bleeding he went straight back outside to play. 

Although it was a horrible experience, more for the fear of what could have happened, it has made me a very proud Mama as Luca was one very brave little boy. 

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