Friday, 29 August 2014

When the Boat Comes In ( + Winner Announcement!)

Every year my extended family rent a house in the beautiful County Donegal, Ireland, and we all shack up for a week or so. We arrived home a couple of days ago, after the most amazing break. It's a bit sad when it all ends. No-one is more down in the mouth about it than little Jack, who has such fun from the moment he arrives. We had to cut our holiday short by a day as we had to get Jack back in time for his first day of Nursery. I'm glad to report he loved it. Of course, the real test will come next week when Mummy doesn't get to accompany him for the session.

Noah did exceptionally well on his first holiday. It was ney bother to him. He coped well with the long journey, slept like usual, and seemed to enjoy the craic. He's 10 weeks old now. 10 weeks! Can you believe it? Such a happy wee babby too.
I've converted my Da to babywearing. I tied our boba wrap on Grandpa D during this trip to the beach, where Noah slept like a bug in a rug while Jack and I had a paddle and clambered in and out of some boats in the harbour. Of course we had to scramble out quickly and splash back to shore when we seen the fisherman who the boat(s) might belong to. Meanwhile, Daddy went scuba diving. He had a fab time, until he realized he had lost his wedding ring. We went back the next day, and enlisted the help of other family members to scuba. Talk about trying to find a needle in a haystack. Unsurprisingly we never found the ring. Of course, it's a sad loss.

Isn't Jack a picture in his wee wetsuit and lifejacket? He loved being part of the wetsuit gang. He enjoyed checking out the boats, paddling, and playing with his bucket and spade. My favourite thing to do is catch crabs. Jack is understandably a bit nervous about this. He doesn't like the thought of his ould Mum getting a nip by one of the beasties. Everyone else is allowed to hold a crab. But not me or Daddy. He's very protective of us, you know. 

"C'mere me little Jacky, Let's have a bit of craicy, 'til the boat comes in"

Finally, it's time to announce the winner of the Freshly Picked Moccasin competition. Thank you to everyone who entered. Jack picked a name from a hat this morning. The winner is... drum roll please... Copilotwife (@copilotwife on instagram) Well done to you! I'll be in touch shortly to put you in touch with a member of the Freshly Picked team where you can choose any pair you like for your wee person. There are more giveaways in the works, so keep following us to be in with a chance of winning in the future! And thanks to Freshly Picked for the lovely prize.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Windmills ( + Freshly Picked Giveaway!)

Yesterday, we traveled to what felt like the top of the world. Jack wanted to see a Windfarm. As you can imagine, it was seriously windy! The landscape was beautiful though, very rugged and unspoiled. Doesn't Jack make the cutest windmill? 

Jack is wearing a Gap windbreaker (just what was needed on this excursion!) Zara Skinny Jeans, and his Aigle Lollypop boots.

Win a pair of Freshly Picked Moccasins!

So, exciting news! I'm hosting my first giveaway for you lot, courtesy of  kids moccasin company, Freshly Picked. They generously sent Jack and Noah a pair of matching suede moccasins. Look at Noah's wee feet in those tiny ickle moccs! So cute! Susan Peterson, the inventor of these little moccasins, started making these in 2009 when she became frustrated by the lack of well designed baby shoes. Since then, the design of these moccasins have been changed about six times until they were perfected! Fancy a pair of these soft soled delights for a kiddy in your life? Well, you have to be in it to win it. Simply follow my blog (on Bloglovin or Blogger) and Instagram (@jackspapermoon) and leave a comment underneath this post to say which pair you would choose. I'll get Jack to pick a name from a hat. None of these Rafflecopter thingymajigs here. I hate those, so we'll do this the old fashioned way! Winner will be announced in my next blogpost. (T+C Winner cannot have won any other giveaway, including a pair of Freshly Picked Moccasins within the last 60 days) Good luck, friends!

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Me and Baby Brother

We've had a fun couple of weeks here. We've had friends visiting from far and near to meet our new addition. We've enjoyed having them all - and so has social little Jack who loves having visitors. He enjoys showing off his toys, playing tour guide, making the dog do all her tricks, and introducing his new baby brother. He's ever so proud of wee Noah.

 Jack is turning out to be the most attentive and loving big brother. He truly adores Noah. He has my head turned some days for a cuddle and a nurse of "our baby" as he often refers to him. I think he considers himself to be the baby expert. Any little cry or whimper from Noah, and Jack is telling me what's the matter. "Maybe he needs a cuddle, Mummy?" "Mummy, come quick, Noah needs your booby milk!" "He sleepy, Mummy." He's very often right!

Anyway, here are some photos of our week that was.

1 & 6 Rice Krispie bun making with friends
2. Smiles that melt my heart
3. Morning cuddles
4. Bam! Fun with Gumtoo tattoos! More on these soon!
5. Jack's Skribbies design!
7. Bath time for baby!
8. Me and my guy

Wednesday, 23 July 2014


Jack loves the beach, and so do we. So, whilst in Bangor last week, naturally we made sure we went. Although it was the last activity, and it was getting a little cooler, it was the highlight of the trip for Jack. He had been so excited about visiting all day long. He was also excited about finally getting to use his bucket and spade. On the last day of playschool back in June, the teachers threw the kids a great party at the local leisure center. There was a bouncy castles, games, and afterwards they each received a gift. Jack got this bucket and spade. They know him so well!

Face on him. He was probably barging about something, knowing our Jack. What about that robot coat, eh? He gets such a lot of compliments when he wears it. The lovely people at House of Fraser sent this beauty to Jack. It's from the Name It range. Love the colour! What a wonderful surprise- thank you! They also sent Noah this gorgeous blanket from the Baby Elegance range. This blanket is only available in-store though, so you'll have to pop into your local HOF if you fancy one. 

It was Noah's first time at the beach. We reckoned he loved it. There were loads of little gummy smiles. I love these first grins SO MUCH! I'm just soaking them all in. Check out @jackspapermoon on Instagram if you want to see some!

Now, I must shoot on. I've written this post with one hand while breastfeeding one child, and letting the other one stick post-it notes to me and the dog. The studio is a mess. Apologies in advance to my clean-freak husband! Thanks again to the good people at House of Fraser. Toodlepip!

"Please, lets just stay a bit longer"

Friday, 18 July 2014

Day Trip to Bangor

During the bank holiday this week, Jack, Daddy, Noah and I took a day trip to Bangor. I love a day in Bangor, or any seaside town really. We're all beach people. Oh to own a house by the sea someday. That's the dream. Here's Jack checking out the boats at the Marina. While I'm dreaming of a house by the sea, can I wish for a boat too? Check out Jack's class Ahoy Ladies tee. It was kindly sent to us by American based company, Ahoy Tees. They produce a gorgeous range of nautical themed clothing. I love every single item they stock! Check them out! Thanks so much to the guys over there for the top.

Actually, I'm kinda surprised he kept the top on. Jack is going through a phase where he almost refuses to keep his clothes on. He loves nothing more than to run about in his pants. No sooner have I got him dressed in the morning, I turn around and the clothes are off. He says he's too warm. Sometimes that's valid. Other times it's not. I think it's a boy thing. I remember my mother-in-law telling me my nephews were going through this phase. After his bath this morning, I asked him to put his dressing gown on. "I don't want to, I just like being naked" says he. N'er a truer word was spoken I reckon.

Didn't we have a lovely time the day we went to Bangor?

Saturday, 12 July 2014

And then there were Four.

Hello friends! Sorry for my almost month long absence. My avid readers will know I was due a baby... I'm delighted to tell you, he's arrived! Meet Noah. He made his entrance into the world on the 18th June (right on his due date- a timely bundle) and we were so thankful for a straightforward and speedy delivery. He weighed a whopping 9lbs 5oz, which I suppose accounts for my huge bump this time round!

I have been in a state of newborn bliss. First babies are such a mystery, whereas I'm much more laid back this time round, allowing me to enjoy it all so much more. Life is once again a whirlwind of nappies, breastfeeding, and sleepless nights. But I love every second of it. He's such a blessing and I still find myself gazing at him in disbelief! 

And Jack, well. He is just the most amazing big brother. He adores Noah. He's always asking for kisses and cuddles of his brand new bro. It has been amazing to watch these two interact. I'm so proud of how well Jack has taken it all in his stride. Wee buns. Most of the time.

From the moment Noah was put in my arms, I thought he looked so familiar. Like I had known him all my life. Initially we thought this was because he is so similar to a newborn Jack. Identical in some ways! But as the days have gone on, he has developed his own little look, and we all think he's very like me. I'm pleased at this, of course, since I've been told that Jack is so like his Daddy.

Thank you to my clever husband for the redesign of my blog to include our new boy. And thanks for all the well wishes, gifts and congrats I've been getting from family, friends, sponsors and Instagram followers (if you don't already follow us, why not pop over to see daily updates and sneak peeks! @jackspapermoon) We're totally delighted with Noah. We feel so incredibly blessed and we've fallen in love all over again.

I gave myself a few weeks off to totally enjoy the newest little one, so my week that was has turned into the weeks that were. Here's a few snaps from the last four weeks. It's pretty heavy on the new addition, as you can imagine! 

1. Just a couple of days before birthday
2. Hello baby!
3. Chilling in the summer sun
4. Gorgeous Noah
5. Auntie Sarah visits from London
6. Kisses at bathtime
7. Grampa's legendary wheelbarrow rides!
8. Me and m'boys

Monday, 16 June 2014

And Fences made of Stone

Wee Jack and I had a wonderfully busy week last week. Playschool, playdates, and checking out Jack's new school were just a few of the things we got up to. He was very unhappy at the thought of leaving playschool and starting nursery this September, so I'm delighted that a short induction day has eliminated his fears and he seems to be looking forward to it.

After our super busy week, my husband and I understandably slept in on Saturday morning, what, with no alarm and all. Jack doesn't require an alarm. He is an alarm. He got up at 7am on the dot, as usual, and pottered into our room. I remember him trying to rouse us, but we dozed right through. I guess he gave up and decided to have a delve into my drawers and dressing table. I ignored the clinking of bottles and rummaging. The next thing I knew I was having a mixed up sort of dream that probably involved Britney Spears and awoke in confusion as the seriously strong stench of perfume wafted up our nostrils. Jack had sprayed half the bottle of my Britney Spears 'Fantasy' perfume over himself and was now standing by the fan pointed in our direction. It was a most unpleasant way to wake up. I had to give the fella a good scrub, (especially his perfume doused hair) our room still stinks, and I'm pretty sure those pyjamas will have to be thrown out.

I have a lovely new French sponsor called L'enfant Sauvage, who you can find on my sidebar. They kindly sent Jack a few items, including this happy yellow Crown Cardigan. Super sweet, and perfect for mild summer days like these. He's also wearing the Hip Hareem Pant from another great sponsor, Mini Mioche. The tee is from Cos, and of course his little high tops are Converse.  

A big thanks to both my sponsors- do check them out! And as I mentioned in a previous post, Mini Mioche are offering my readers 15% off an order with the code moon15

Last week we received an exciting parcel from a company called Almondella. This company delivers a monthly box of goodies for you and your child, tailored to the age and gender of your little one. It was very exciting - like an early Christmas present! It's definitely a little bit of luxury to treat yourself to, or you can buy a subscription for someone else. Wouldn't that be the gift that would keep on giving? Anyway, I hope I'm not spoiling any surprises, should you decide to sign up... but I wanted to share what we received in our box this month.

Jack was obviously totally delighted with the tool set. It was just his bag. I was particularly pleased with the gorgeous designer leggings, and the organic shampoo. Thanks so much to the guys from Almondella. It made our day!

1. Leggings by Finnish label, Papu
2. Postcard by Finnish designer, Paapii Design