Wednesday, 26 November 2014


That angelic smile is covering up a phase I wish would end with my whole being. For two weeks now, Jack can only be described as a threenager. Stroppy, apathetic, whingey, and downright rude. We've clawed our way through this sort of phase before, so I'm clinging to the hope that this too shall pass, but boy oh boy, he is trying my patience right now.

It has been suggested to me that maybe there is something 'working on him'. Well, there is a bug going round at the moment which has hit my husband, and little Noah too. Today, I have been struck down and it's not fun. So, I've decided to give Jack here the benefit of the doubt and try and put the memories of this walk to the back of my mind. Yes, he did pretty much throw a tantrum the entire way. Sigh. 

On this adventure, Noah wore a vintage Mothercare snowsuit that I spotted in the Rusty Zip (you wont miss him in it) and an H&M striped beanie. Tantrums McGroo wore his Ingugu hat, Robot coat from the House of Fraser Name It range, Zara cords, Barbour Scarf, and Classic Hunter kids wellies.

 Now, listen to how long I can cry at the top of my lungs the whole way home. Suckas.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014


It's been quiet here for a couple of weeks. Sorry about that. The weather has been so cold, wet and miserable that I haven't been inspired to have our usual Saturday outdoor adventures. Plus, there is so much that needs to be done! I spent the weekend rain-dodging in carpet warehouses and buying bulbs (and then having to go back and return said bulbs since I had bought the wrong wattage - argh! Wasted precious hours!) Not the most exciting of weekends. Anyway, these photos were from a much better weekend a while ago. Jack, Noah and I, headed out to meet my brother and parents for breakfast, and then spent a sunny afternoon playing in the park. There's literally nothing Jack likes better than the park! Super-fun until we have to go and then begin the tears and tantrums!

I wanted to feature one of my wonderful sponsors, UK kids company, Desmond Elephant. They stock tonnes of amazing kids clothing brands. They sent m'boys some gorgeous stuff, including this ahhh-mazing Tootsa Macginty bear sweatshirt in sun-yellow. The mouth zips open to reveal a fearsome bear with some gnarly teeth! Can you even imagine how much Jack loves this interactive fun sweatshirt? We have the craic zipping open the mouth and roaring at people. They're all very nice and play scared. It gets great giggles.

They didn't leave Noah out! Their store stocks loads of baby brands too, and they sent Mister this adorable Pigeon by Organic for Kids blue elephant print romper. You should check these out! They last for ages since the feet can be adjusted as they grow. What a great idea.

Thank you so much to the fab Desmond Elephant for the items. We love these. Plus, the awesome Tootsa Macginty dungarees, which you can see featured on Jack here. They're giving my readers 15% discount on an order with the code JACK15, so have a wee gander, won't you? 

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Jack O' Lantern

The Hallowe'en break has begun, and to kick it all off I took the family to Alderside Farm's Pumpkin patch, to choose and carve a Jack O' Lantern. I booked this a few weeks back, and Jack had been excited about it all month. Well, the day finally arrived when we got to ride the big blue tractor up to the Pumpkin field. 

My poor puffy-faced husband had his wisdom teeth removed yesterday under heavy sedation and was still feeling a bit woozy, but he didn't want to miss pumpkin-pickin'. He wasn't allowed to do much for 24 hours, including driving and carrying the baby, so since I was holding Noah and the camera, we had no choice but to have Barry to carry all our pumpkins. We figured dropping the pumpkins wouldn't be as bad as dropping the baby. Look at him. High on pain killers - Dear help him. He's a brave soldier, isn't he?

Jack chose the perfect 'kin, and we hopped back on the tractor, which took us back to the farm, where we carved our Jack O'Lanterns. It was a swell Hallowe'en activity for little ones (and us adults too). Jack probably enjoyed the hot chocolate back in the barn the most. He's a serious chocolate monster, just like his Ma. 
Happy Hallowe'en, you lot!

 Here's our week that was!

1. Footy
2. Mammies wee pumpkin
3. Weeeeeee!
4 & 7. Bro's
5. Felt accomplished to finally send the birth announcements / thank you cards for Noah this week
6. Jester Jack
8. 18 weeks old

Friday, 17 October 2014

King of the Mountain

Another week has flown by. We'll be missing Daddy this weekend who is off to Scotland for a friends wedding. I was comforting an inconsolable Jack upon Daddies departure at 6am this morning. So. Yawn. Coffee please. As you can imagine.

Jack had a blast exploring the beautiful ruins of this old church recently. The surrounding scenery was absolutely breathtaking. Check out the jumper. He's wearing the Kids Vintage Knit Sweater from American Apparel, with some Zara kids jeans and suede shoes.

Here's some stuff I've been snapping:

1. Little hands exploring big bro's face
2. Elephant print romper from Desmond Elephant - claim 15% discount on an order with JACK15
3. Happy Maisey-Dog
4. Duckie on my head
5. Bouncy baby
6. An autumn walk with Granny
7. 16 weeks old
8. Love You Forever, it chokes me up every time.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Way Over Yonder Where the Wind Blows Free

Well, that's the end of Summer anyway. If I ever struggled to find enough hours in the day, it's much harder now that the dark nights have set in. There is nothing less appealing than heading out for a walk in the dark wet evening with the dog, but it's the only time I can fit it in to our jam-packed day. A routine has definitely been established though, and we're into the way of school runs and naptime. Luckily, Noah just fits in to whatever we're doing, taking cat naps along the way. We call him Noah-Bother, he's no trouble.

Jack comes out with some crackers now. Like this morning, when he says to me, "I ain't fibbing, Mummy. I'm just joking." I keep meaning to buy a wee book and keep it handy to jot down some of his funny questions, observations and even the lyrics to some of the little songs he makes up. If I don't, we'll just forget them. And they're way too hilarious to not to read out on his wedding day.

During this family walk at the foot of Mount Errigal, Co. Donegal, Jack wore his River Island puffa jacket, American Apparel slim slacks, and Classic Hunter Wellies. I found this sweet little wool beanie in a quaint local shop in Bunbeg. 

 Off the beaten track

As a keen blogger, my lucky wee men get to test and enjoy some really beautiful clothing from great companies. It's a fab perk. The other week a lovely box from a new company called Box Upon a Time dropped through the letterbox. It's a new kids clothing subscription service. You sigh up, fill in a questionnaire outlining your preferences and taste (favorite colours, patterns, and types of clothing) Then, every month you get a box of goodies, hand picked to suit your little one. The clothing amounts up to £170, and since you pay substantially less per box, you're getting 60% off the clothing RRP.
Well, look what was picked for Monsieur Noah. The coziest little thermal merino bodysock babygrow by luxury brand Nui Organics. It can be worn on it's own, as a babygrow, or under clothing to keep warm on the coldest of days. Lovely. Bring on the winter. We're sorted.
Thanks so much to Box Upon a Time