Monday, 31 October 2016

'Neath the Cover of October Skies (Review: Dotty Fish Leather Baby Shoes)

Happy Hallowe'en! Hope you are having a great half term with your kids- Jack gets the whole week off. I know many schools only get a couple of days. I haven't got any spooky dress-up photos because my husband and I spent the weekend battling the tummy bug the boys had during the week. Minus-craic! The boys stayed at their grannies and we definitely didn't party. At 9 months pregnant I suppose I wasn't going to be partying too hard anyway!

We're finally all on the mend and we have been continuing to enjoy the fine weather and I am still bedazzled by the beautiful low, golden sun and the stunning foliage. It is so spectacular. 

The dog gives not a crap about golden hour. She's just delighted to be out for walkies. She just wishes she wasn't forced to stop scampering about and wear a mane of leaves sculpted for her by her creativily starved master on maternity leave. 

The clocks went back at the weekend. Granny will have to deal with the early risers, thought I, smugly. It was true. But they fell asleep an hour earlier last night which meant we had the pleasure of a 6am start this morning. It always takes a few days to adjust to the time change. Damn you daylight savings. Disrupting bedtime since 1985.

So, it's pitch black by 5pm again. So sad. But the one thing I love about this is getting the fire lit and into jammies and slippers (providing you don't have evening plans.) The boys love this too. It's so cozy! 

Dotty Fish kindly sent the boys some little slippers to try. Check them out!

Noah wears the Jurassic Jake pair and Jack is wearing the Tan Suede Slippers. Both are soft soled (so are suitable for either prams or indoors) and they're very cozy. Particularly the fur lined slippers Jack is wearing. With an elasticated cuff at the ankle, these stay on very well. 

Dotty Fish was founded by Helen Chapman in 2006.
A mum of two, Helen found it very difficult to find reasonably priced baby shoes. So she created Dotty Fish, specialising in stylish and affordable shoes for babies, tots and small kids. Over the years they have carried on expanding, adding many more designs, so there is something for everyone!

Jurassic Jake Leather Shoes £7.99 Dotty Fish

Do you hate shoes on the sofa? These might be your answer as the evenings get cooler and your little ones need something heavier on their feet. My kids are up and down on the couch so much I couldn't let myself get mad about it ("this is why we can't have nice things!") but I found these a good addition to a pair of socks to keep their feet warm against cold tiles. Thanks so much to Dotty Fish!


Monday, 24 October 2016

Hooray for Peter Pumpkinhead (Review: Little Green Radicals)

October- what a month. Eh? I bet I'm not alone in my thinking. How pretty everything is! The leaves, the sky, the light! Oh those sunsets! I have everyones head turned over chasing the light. I even quite like the drop in temperature. It's not too cold yet, so thoroughly pleasant to walk in. The only thing I don't like about autumn is the short time it seems to last before the long winter sets in. Of this I am not a fan.

We carved pumpkins yesterday morning. Something Jack was really into the idea of until I made the mistake of casually (perhaps thoughtlessly) uttering the words, "now it's time to scoop out the guts." Well. That was enough to put our squeamish Jack right off. And Jack's disgust toward this idea turned Noah right off too. So I ended up scooping out the insides, and carving a pumpkin, as did Daddy. So these aren't really the boys efforts, although they're taking full credit.

If you aren't already aware of them, let me introduce you to the award winning kids clothing company, Little Green Radicals. They started out on a market stall in 2005, and have since grown to epic proportions with hundreds of stockists worldwide, and of course their online store. With a passion for fair trade, they have won awards for their organic clothing and they were one of a select group of brands in the UK to be the first to get a fair-trade certification for cotton.

Little Green radicals work with farmers in India who get a guaranteed price for their cotton. The factories they work with treat their employees well, providing them with fair wages, maternity leave, and basically all the benefits you would expect yourself. Plus, they don't use nasty pesticides. 

They sent m'boys a couple of lovely autumnal outfits. These included the Deep Blue Corduroy jeans for Noah, and the Gold corduroy jeans for Jack. They are super soft and comfy. Jack also wears the Woodland Stripe Reversible Jacket and the Deep Blue Raglan Tee. Noah is wearing another variation of these items, the Autumn rainbow Stripe reversible Jacket and the Autumn Rainbow Raglan Tee

Again, the t-shirts are a great autumn staple. Soft, comfortable, and oh so cute. But it's the reversible jackets I am most impressed with. These are just perfect at this time of year. Sometimes it's hard to get a good, warm, comfortable coat. These are like thick fleeces. They're so easy to throw over anything, plus they're reversible. I really like these little coats.

Thanks so much to Little Green Radicals for kitting out my lads in such lovely attire. Do check these guys out, if you haven't already. Their autumn stock is just super cute. Here's our week that was:

1&8. Golden hour
2. Gorgeous smiles
3. Autumn bike rides
4. Family
5. Bumping along
6. Fish pies - comfort food!
7. Daddy and Noah

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Sunsets and Silhouettes

It's rather sad when the days start getting substantially shorter, don't you think? I'm really noticing it now. The one benefit is that golden hour and sunset is at a very suitable time for photographing kids. We're often still out and about around 7pm and there are these amazing sunsets! I started bringing my camera with me on the off chance we would be lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time. And when we are I announce we simply must stop the car and take some photos. Cue groans from everyone. I remain undeterred. 

I'm a bit obsessed with sunsets and silhouettes at the moment. They are so beautiful and really fun to photograph! I love wee Noah's silhouette! He's very animated and you can still really see his emotions, even without his features!

In some other news, here's some recent going-ons...

1. Visit to a windfarm
2. Noah's days in his cot are numbered
3. Picky tot driving Mama to distraction
4. Reflection
5. Maisey in sunflowers
6. Noah's first trip to the cinema
7. Playdate
8. Daisies 

Good dog.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Dancing in September

It's definitely time for an update, seeing as it has been about a month since my last post! Those last couple of weeks of the summer holidays flew in and Jack has been back to school for a few weeks now. He's settled in brilliantly, without so much as a wobble. It's back to flying out the door with zero make up and a bit of toast hanging out of my mouth trying to get us to school on time. Homework in the afternoon. Remembering on a Sunday evening that I haven't washed the uniform for the next day and packing lunches. A domestic goddess I am not. I'm about as far from it as they come.

Noah and I take the dog for a walk every morning so this morning I took my camera for a few snaps. Especially since the weather has been pretty awesome for September. Keep it up please! Autumn is fine by me. It's winter I'm not keen on.

Noah is such a cute boy! He's an imp with a huge personality. We get such a kick out of him and his cheeky wee ways. I wrote a post about his terrible two phase a while back. I think we've almost reached the other side as often it had to do with the frustration of not being able to communicate wants and feelings ... suddenly the boy speaks. He can understand and reason quite a bit now. Phew. 

Say, Do you remember... Dancing in September?

In other news... Jack lost his front tooth! That's 3 away. We don't really do the tooth fairy. It's hard for us to remember to pretend there is a tooth fairy as our parents didn't go in for that. Or the easter bunny. Fairies. Anything like that. Jack asks too many questions to fib about these things. I'm struggling to keep the Santa secret as it is.

The boys are moving in to the same room this week (I hope) as Noah is being evicted from the cot to make room for our new arrival. We have the bunk beds built and the room painted. We have some cabinets up now too, but it's all fallen terribly behind schedule thanks to busy family life. It was supposed to be finished right about now, and despite spending most weekends trying to compete this project, we've lagged. I'll be posting some photos of the room once done. I have lots of lovely products to feature, so stay tuned! Sneak peek...

Maisey-dog turned 7 in August. Happy birthday to this wonder-mutt. She's given us 7 years of joy. You know that makes her, like, 47 in human years? Such a sweet mongrel. 

And these boys... ever since school started back they aren't getting on each others nerves as often. When Jack gets out of school Noah is very glad to see him. It's lovely. In the words of Bright Eyes I love their love, and I am thankful.

Update over-and-out.