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

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Overall Wonderful

Everywhere you look there are signs of Autumn. But it is positively balmy. Sunny, warm, and not at all like the usual dreary Septembers in Ireland. In fact, I heard on the local radio this morning that this has been the driest September on record. We've been taking full advantage with lots of outdoor activities. We packed a picnic at the weekend and went for a long walk.

Look look LOOK at these unisex Tootsa Macginty Dungarees our newest sponsor, UK based kids clothing company Desmond Elephant sent lucky little Jack! I love these so muchos! I used to dress Jack in dungarees all the time (now Noah is wearing his hand-me-downs) until I found overalls were not so easy to get for bigger boys. Then these happened. They make him look a wee bit younger, don't you think? That's no bad thing, since he's looking like such a big fella recently. I miss itty-bitty-boy-Jack! Daddy and I could not stop coo-ing over him in these! He's wearing them with his red Converse high tops and American Apparel kids plaid shirt. I'm glad to see these can be adjusted length ways, and they have a little elasticated waist. The thick denim feels properly hardwearing, so I hope these will just keep on going, and then can be passed on to little Noah when he get's too big as well!

The very forward-thinking Desmond Elephant are so generously giving my readers 15% discount on an order with the code JACK15. (Thank you guys!) They stock loads of other amazing kids brands there, that you might want to check out. Plus, watch this space for a competition I'll be hosting to win a Desmond Elephant gift card next month.

 Here's some stuff we've been enjoying of late:

1. Noah has grown in to his Freshly Picked Moccasins. I'm dying about them! So cute!
2. Wearing baby in the Boba wrap
3. Picnic! Spaceboy cup available at Dotcomgiftshop
4. Lovely sunny Sunday afternoons
5. Brotherly love
6. Jack helped bake a cake
7. Dribbly Noah received this SewLomax bib just in time! Love the pacifier design.
8. Granny and her boys

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Hear me Roar!

If you have a boy like mine, I bet he would love this Yporque Dinosaur Tee, sent to us by the guys at Kidshop. This t-shirt actually roars!!! It has a discreet little detachable battery pack that hangs off the side, situated perfectly to hide in the little guys pocket. When pressed, a realistic dinosaur roar belts out!

Jack loves this tee. And I can vouch for Jack's friends too. I have been sitting off to the side of mums and toddler groups and watched 5 or 6 kids gathering around Jack for a chance to press the button. Girls too! Although it seems to get a better reaction from the lads! Grandparents have done their duty and acted terrified when the button is pressed, friends have fought over who's next to press the button, and I always make sure to remove the button before a wash!

Jack is wearing this tee with his American Apparel slim slacks in almost black, American Apparel kids Tr--blend cardigan, and Zara kids brown pumps. Thanks so much to Kidshop for giving my readers 15% off an order with the code JPM15.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Bowtie Baby

This cutie is 3 months - 13 weeks to be exact. And I still haven't got my Thank you cards out! (So sorry to any and all that gave us a lovely gift for this one, we will have to get a move on with these, I just haven't been able to find the time!) He's such a wee darling, and since he's making my job so fun, time is going way too quick. I suppose it doesn't help that the new school runs and all the other stuff that has to be done makes the days fly in too. He had his 3 month review today. They tell me he's doing fabulously. Almost 15lbs! Bruiser! 

I wanted to introduce you to one of my sponsors, Brooklyn based company, Stinky McGee. (Love the name!) They specialize in stylish suspenders, bowties and neckties for the little stinky in your life. If you have a special occasion or the wee'un in your life enjoys looking sharp, you've gotta check these guys out. The wee ties are just the cutest. Noah here, is wearing the Hey, I'm a Boy  vest from the Mini McGee range. Look at the wee ducks on his bowtie! If you're so inclined, make a purchase with the code JPM for a 15% discount, how great is that? Thanks so much to the fab people at Stinky McGee. Our stinky looks so dapper!

Since the pups are growing up so quick, I'm afraid to blink, just in case I miss something. I want to remember every little thing, so I've been keeping the camera close by and taking loads of family portraits, particularly of the boys. Looking back on the newborn photos is kind of bitter-sweet. The newborn phase doesn't last too long. I like to think I soaked up every moment though. How blissful it was.