When did we become grown ups?

On Friday I went for a girlie (no kids allowed) lunch with one of my oldest school mates. We only live a few streets away, but you know how it is when life just gets in the way and you find yourself grabbing a quick word here or there or a wave as you drive past each other. Sometimes it’s hard to find the time for a proper chat!

H is the girl I shared at tent with on the Year 7 camp, the friend who had the best sleepovers because her bedroom was on 2 levels so we would all sleep up in her converted attic gossiping for hours. She’s the friend who will tell O all about the time his mum got thrown out, and subsequently banned, from the local bowling alley.   Continue reading

The Ordinary Moments – Lazy Mornings

Normally in our house mornings are a little bit hectic. With 2 dogs to get fed and sorted and a 2 year old to get milked (not literally!), dressed and dropped off it’s slightly chaotic.

I have got better at trying to get organised the night before but I’m still scrabbling around at quarter to 8 in a panic making sure O has a change of clothes, just in case, and a dummy for nap time, and the latest form nursery have wanted filling in! If we leave the house any later than 7:50 I’ve got about a 10% chance of making it to work on time.

On a Thursday we get a break from this which is lovely, but nothing beats the school holidays when we can have 2 full weeks of lazy mornings. We can all snuggle in Mummy Daddy bed and watch Little Princess, followed by HollyBen. Yes, I do know the Milkshake running order off by heart!

O can stay in his pyjamas as long as he wants, and if he decides that today is the day he doesn’t want to wear pants, it really doesn’t matter. We can fight that battle later!

One of the best things about lazy mornings is that we all get to eat breakfast together, which means only one thing. Boiled eggs and dippy soldiers! My little mans favourite, especially when he gets to eat them with Daddy. The perfect way to start the day.


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Beach Fun & Puddle Jumping

I love being by the sea. There’s something very calming about it, and it always makes the day to day worries and stresses seem a million miles away.

Last weekend we took O to spend a few days at the beach in North Wales. The weather was a bit on the ropey side. Lots of wind and rain but on the Sunday late afternoon the sun came out and we headed outside.


It was great being by the sea and O loved spotting the birds and the boats and making his footprints in the sand. As it had been raining there were lots of puddles around, perfect for jumping in! As long as your wearing your boots!


My little man had a fantastic time splashing and I love how at 2 years old there’s nothing better than sticking your wellies on and jumping up and down in (not very muddy) puddles. I love the innocence of it and me and his dad may have joined in a bit too!

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Love The Little Things #15

This week has been lovely.  No work, a family mini-break and lots of quality time spent with my boys!  The highlights have been:

Read The Grand National forecasts!  A very serious business in our house.  We always spend Saturday mornings on National Day reading the pundits opinions and picking our horses.  My 3 horses didn’t do to well (my own fault for picking horses with names that make me laugh.  Shakalakaboomboom, I’m talking about you!!) but hubby backed the winner and is taking me out for dinner tonight with his winnings!

Watched The Grand National!  It’s a bit of a tradition that we go out to watch the race somewhere and as we were in Wales we went to the Caravan Park clubhouse to watch it.  It was packed, but luckily we managed to get a table and it was fab to watch it with a crowd!

Glasses on, ready to watch the horsies!

Glasses on, ready to watch the horsies!

Heard For a Mother’s Day pressie my other half son bought me some speakers for my dressing room that link up to my old iPod.  It’s been the perfect excuse to listen to some of my old favourite songs and there’s been quite a bit of singing into my hairbrush this week.  One song guaranteed to have me dancing round the room is Shakira, Hips Don’t Lie.  It used to be my phone ring tune too!

Made I love being off work (did I mention it was the Easter Hols?) and love the time it gives me to spend time at home.  The fave thing I’ve made this week is Ice Cream Cupcakes with O.  They almost look too pretty to eat.  Well, they would if O hadn’t slopped the cake mixture everywhere but all good fun!

Wore Again this week, it’s not something I’ve worn but my little cool dude has just been bought his first pair of sunglasses, and refused to take them off for over an hour.  Hopefully it will put a stop to the moaning from the back of the car that the sun is in his eyes!


And lastly…Last weekend we were in Wales and it was a bit cold, a bit wet and a bit rainy but we had a fantastic time.  O loved the swimming pool and puddle jumping and more than any of that, he loved being with his Mummy and Daddy all weekend!


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Ice Cream Cupcakes

My little man loves to make himself useful in the kitchen and it’s a great way for us to spend some Mummy and Son time.  Today we have been busy making these:

I’d love to pretend I’m an amazing baker who did all this from scratch, but I’m not.  I cheated and bought a Ice Cream Cupcake kit from Tesco.  You see, toddlers aren’t really into the weighing and measuring side of things, they just want to get onto the fun stuff like mixing so it makes life a whole lot easier to buy a ready to go kit, and a bit of a bargain at £2.49!

It really couldn’t have been easier.  Add water to the cupcake mix and stir.  O loves stirring and he loved filling the ice cream cones with the cake mixture.  Yes, he got it pretty much everywhere, but I’m learning to let that go.  He did let me fill a couple of cones so at least two didn’t have cake slopping all down the sides!

Stick them in the oven for 20 minutes and wait.  You’d think the ice cream cones would burn in the oven, but they don’t.  They also keep the cake lovely and moist inside.

Once cooked allow them to cool, and then you can add the “ice cream” topping.  The kit came with icing sugar but after following the instructions of adding milk and butter it was much too runny and fell off the cake.  Instead I made up my own, with just icing sugar and butter and it was fine.  A piping bag was needed to get the swirly effect on the top.

The final touch was for O to add a few hundreds and thousands for decoration, and they were ready for eating!  Yum!

8 reasons you will ALWAYS be late with a toddler!

I hate being late, hate it! This comes from my dad who will arrive anywhere at least 15 minutes ahead of schedule. Since having a child I have really had to learn to just roll with it and accept the inevitable, I will be late! To pretty much everything!

Just a handful of the reasons why:

1. They will always do a poo just as you are about to leave the house. This is especially annoying in winter as once all layered up you then have to undress, change and then re-apply the coat, hat, scarf etc! Just as you thought you may arrive somewhere on time, think again!

2. Today is the day they decide they don’t want to wear clothes! And trying to put a pair of pants on a 2 year old becomes Mission Impossible. As one leg goes in the other comes out, and this goes on for at least 20 minutes. As much as you would like to, taking them out in just a nappy will make people judge you as a mother! Continue reading

The Ordinary Moments – Getting Away

This weekend has been our first visit of the summer season to my parents caravan in north Wales. A few minutes walk from the beach and a few minutes drive from some beautiful locations, it’s the perfect place to get away from it all.

It’s lovely to spend time together without the distractions of home. No washing and cleaning to worry about and O loves pointing out all the new things he can see from the caravan window.

We first started coming as a recently engaged couple and now we arrive as a family of 3, and we’ll be coming for many years to come!

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Love The Little Things #14

Today is the last day of school before the Easter hols. The Easter break is one of my faves, the weather is just staring to get better, it’s not as hectic as Xmas and we have the annual Good Friday meal with all best friends (plus an increasing number of kids). Anyway, this is all to come so let’s have a look at what we’ve been loving this week.

Read My beautiful Mothers Day card my little man made for me at nursery. He also felt the need to explain to me exactly how he’d made it, which was just too cute!

Watched On Sunday night I made the fatal error of starting to watch a film at around 10pm with the intention of just watching half an hour or so. Despite already having seen The Notebook several times, and owning the DVD, I ended watching the whole thing. Heading off to bed at gone midnight on a school night is not a wise move, but totally worth it for such a gorgeous film!

Heard I think it’s the hint of summer and the fact that it’s a good driving in your car song, but I’ve been loving Enrique and Pit Bulls new song. Pit Bull makes me laugh as his name really doesn’t match up with what he looks like but I do really like his songs so I’ll learn to live with it. (please excuse the semi-naked ladies in the video)

Made Honestly, not very much. A few gin & tonics to celebrate Mothers Day and that’s about is. Hoping to have lots more to choose from after a week at home with O next week. On second thoughts, that might drive me to more Gins, so let’s wait and see!

Wore Okay, this isn’t something I have worn but what O has been sporting this week. Damn the supermarkets for putting those ball dropping kiddie tat machines at the end of the aisles, but it does provide excellent leverage for good behaviour during a shopping trip. He has loved his “watch” and has insisted on wearing it all week. Quite a bargain for only £1!

And lastly…After our first round of Letrozole (fertility drugs) I headed off to the hospital on Monday for a blood test to see whether they’d had the desired effect. I rang on Wednesday for the results and the lovely nurse told me I had a Progesterone level of 68 (apparently that’s pretty good). This means I am definitely ovulating! It would seem the drugs are doing their job so we just need to do ours now and wait to see what happens xx


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