Sunday, 22 December 2013

Three is the Magic Number

This weekend, my wee darlin' turned three. Three! I can't believe it. He's had a pretty amazing few days of birthday celebrations. Thanks to all my lovely cousins from the affectionately known 'Friday club' for all the effort they put in to throwing Jack, and my cousin Leah a joint 3rd and 17th Birthday party, hosted at my Nan's house. He's such a lucky boy. Even London-dwelling Auntie Sarah came! Pass the parcel was great fun, and the food was yummo. A cash register and roads system were just two of his favourite presents.

Then yesterday, Daddy, Jack and I went to interative exhibition, W5, followed by Jack's choice of Birthday tea - The very dated Pizza Hut. Oh well. You can't go wrong with a Margherita. And he enjoyed it which was the main thing! 

Far from being downcast now all the birthday fun is over, it's only 3 more sleeps 'til Santa stops by. It's a great time of year. We've loved the parties and catching up with friends and family. Oh, and there is nothing cuter than watching Jack recite the whole of 'When Santa got stuck up the Chimney'. He learned it in playschool. Adorable.

If we don't see you, hope you all have an amazing Christmas! And a happy new year!

Monday, 9 December 2013

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

We've had such a fun festive week. Jack and I attended the Christmas Tree festival in our cities Cathedral during the week, and Jack was so well behaved and definitely didn't lie on the floor and throw a complete strop for unknown reasons (right, Jen?) 

Then this weekend, Jack, Daddy and I headed out to the Winter Wonderland in Belfast's Custom House Square (read: normal travelling theme park Christmassed up with loads of fake snow and festive figurines) followed by a wee luxury hot chocolate at the Continental fair at Belfast City Hall.

 Check out this boys snowflake jumper. One of my great affiliate sponsors, House of Fraser, gifted Jack this cozy sweater from the Howick Junior range. We love it. This might very well be Jack's Christmas day attire. He's also wearing a Santa hat (with detachable Santa beard!) from Next. The skinny jeans are Zara kids. The coat is thrifted from the awesome Rusty Zip, and the shoes are Stella McCartney

Hope you are all enjoying the Christmas season. I have the calendar stuffed full of events and things to do, and we're so excited. Thanks again to HOF for the amazing jumper.

 I feel like a giant among these minature Christmas trees!

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

It's December! Only the loveliest month, yeh? Not only is it the countdown to Christmas, but it's Jack the boys birthday month. Imagine. He'll be 3. A big 3 year old. What a blessing he is!

Jack was so excited about putting our tree up after seeing Nanny's tree last week. So, we clambered into the roofspace last night, dusted off the decorations, and Jack got right into the middle of it all. Many of the more delicate decorations didn't survive I'm sorry to say, but I was glad to see such enthusiasm! You can see we have lots of Queens guards decorations. Jack is obsessed with marching and 'the marching men' as he calls them. More on this some other time. He has also learned to whistle. You always know where Jack is, because where there's Jack, there's a whistle. He's dead good too.

Being a bit of an over thinker like his Ma, Jack is not real keen on the idea of Santa climbling down the chimney to leave him gifts. In fact, he says he doesn't want any toys at all if it means he has to see Santa. How do you expain this to a 2 year old? I mean, the concept is pretty terrifying. I haven't yet decided how to handle this. Any advice would be appreciated.

We've been opening the windows in Jack's advent calendars. That's right. The lucky thing has 2, count 'em, 2 advent calendars. One contains chocolate treats. The other has a nice picture. Guess which one Jack prefers.

Jack is wearing his choo choo train pyjama's from Jo Jo Maman Bebe. Check out Jack's personalised Fair Ilse stocking from Pottery Barn. Santa will definitely know who this belongs to. Jack wants it filled with lots of cars, trucks and tractors please. He says you can skip the bubble bath. But I bet a few chocolate coins wouldn't go amiss.

Fill 'er up there, Santy.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Crazy Golf

Last night we braved the cold and headed out for a game of crazy pirate golf. Daddy complained of being a bit cold. I guess Jack and I were okay as we were bundled up well. Check out Jack's boots. Ugg, one of my great sponsors, kindly sent along these amazing Harwell boots. As you would expect from Ugg, they're lined with soft sheepskin, and they're pretty waterproof too. So his tootsies remained toasty the whole time. I'm so envious. (I'm eyeing up the adult version in these).

Jack loved the golfing experience, despite protesting the whole journey he didn't want to go. Infact, at the moment, anytime I announce we're going anywhere (and this includes fun places) he says he doesn't want to go. He doesn't want to go and see Santa. He doesn't want to go to an adventure playground. He doesn't want to go and visit a friend. He enjoys it when he gets there (and then when we go to leave I get the 'I don't wanna go home' tantrum) but I don't get the lack of enthusiasm about going. I thought this was something I didn't have to worry about until the teenage years. Anyway, I'm hoping it's just a phase. Anyone else experienced this with their tot? 

Jack's cozy coat is from River Island, and his skinny jeans are Zara Kids. Mega thanks to Ugg for the boots. We love them. No doubt they will be a wardrobe staple this winter. 

Hockey, golf, baseball. Sure, they're all the same anyway.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Curls and Then Some.

Hi there! I feel a bit like I used to when I turned up to school without having done my homework. I've been so busy I wasn't able to have a weekend photoshoot with Mister cuteness. However, I was clearing out my hard drive today and I found these photos I snapped in my studio a couple of months ago. Look at that hair. Is it not amazing? It is. That's the answer to that.

Also, I'm delighted to say Jack is getting on marvelously at playschool. That's not to say it hasn't been without its problems. There has been tears at every single drop off, but equally, at every single pick up he comes skipping out, brimming with happiness, and tripping over himself to tell me stories of what he has done that day. Plus, they have actually got him participating in 'circle time'. This is nothing short of a miracle. Kudos to the girls for this achievement.

I also came across some 'selfies' of Jack and I. I don't often make it onto the blog, so I thought I'd add it here. Check us out wearing our matching American Apparel plaid shirts! He'll probably hate these when he's older. 
Next time I want to show you Jack's new Uggs. They're swell. So, I'll make a big effort to get my homework done this coming weekend! See you, friends. 

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Huckleberry Friend

I've been cooped up in my warm little studio these last couple of weeks working on product shots, which explains my blogging absence, but I finished up the lot and was only too delighted to get out and about this weekend with my boys. Jeekers, it's gotten coul'. The perfect weather to try out these gorgeous Classic sheepskin boots that my sponsor Just Sheepskin kindly sent out to Jack. As you've guessed by the name, these babies are lined with the softest, warmest, coziest wool you can imagine. A nice alternative to wellies, in dry crisp weather such as this. Rubber tends to conduct the cold leaving ones tootsies rather chilly. That's my experience anyway. 

I love Jack's blue coat so much. One of my favourite Jack items ever, perhaps? It's from Cos. He's also wearing H&M mittens, old faithful American Apparel 5 pocket jeans and his sweet Melange Ingugu hat. 

Jack starts playschool tomorrow. Can you believe it? I can't. I'm all knotted up. I'm excited for him and nervous at the same time. All of a sudden he's so ready for this. It'll be good for him. But I'm sure gonna miss my little constant companion.  

Thanks again to the lovely people at Just Sheepskin for these awesomely warm boots. We love them.

I'm ready to cut the apron strings. But is Mummy? 

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Walk this Way

Awesome American boutique Little Rock Store got in touch a couple of weeks ago to ask if Jack would like to try one of their amazing band tops. I was so excited to pick out a tee for the wee man. I spent way too long pouring over all the t-shirts on the website (I had to disregard my husbands opinion entirely. We just do not like the same artists and could never agree. I'm a hairspray rocker, and he's indy schmindy)

Bon Jovi... Johnny Cash... Bruce Springsteen, oh I love a bit of Brucey! I just couldn't decide, so I asked them to surprise us. I was delighted when it turned out to be Aerosmith. Such a quality tee. We love it. Jack and I have been rapping and singing Walk this Way all week. Trouble is I don't have a head for details, so I'm not very good at remembering lyrics. It generally goes "Now there's a backstreet lover, that's always undercover, la la la la da da da dah dah dee" and then we just scream "WALK THIS WAYYYY!" If you judge me for this I dare you to try and memorize this song. It's hard. 

As well as rocking the Walk this Way Aerosmith tee, Jack wore a pair of skinny jeans from Zara Kids, and his red Converse high tops. The aviator sunglasses are from H&M. Thanks to the guys from Little Rock Store - Rock on m'friends. 

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

October Rust

Hello autumn! It's here! When the rain stops I'll take this little man out to collect some conkers, and ask Pappy Jack senior to drill a hole and put a string through. Then all my 'don't throw', 'don't swing', and 'don't hit' training will go out the window while we have a game! Oh how confusing life is for a little one.

I captured these photos in St James' Park, London, on a recent holiday. The weather was mild, and the leaves were crisp. It was a fabulous day all round. Jack clung to this leaf for a few hours, taking it everywhere. Even on to the tube! He wore the American Apparel California fleece raglan jumper and the flannel long sleeve button shirt

We hope you're enjoying Autumn wherever you are!

Peekaboo Autumn!

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

London, baby.

London is a special place for my husband and I. We first met in London. It's where we fell in love. Then, a year and a half later he popped the question right in the middle of Travalgar Square. We used to fly over for a long weekend at least once a year, and then along came Jack, and that put a stop to our frequent visits.

An opportunity to visit arose this year (see previous post here) and we thought Mister was more than able to cope with the traveling. So Jack took his first flight in a plane. Needless to say he loved it. At the other side we hopped onto a train and then travelled on the underground. What would he make of this then? You guessed it. Total pro. It was like he had lived in London all his life. At busy times when no seats were available he hopped on, held tightly onto a pole and waited patiently until we arrived at our stop. "Time to get off!" he would inform me. 

I've always found that Londoners tend to keep themselves to themselves, especially on the tube. However, this trip, Mister Jack was quite the conversation starter. What a lot of lovely people we met!

It was also a great opp to introduce Jack to some old friends who hadn't yet seen him in reality. Plus, my sister and cousin have been living there for a while now so we all met for lunch on the Southbank, followed by ice-cream. 

One of the highlights was taking Jack to Buckingham Palace, affectionately known to us as "Bucky P's". We walked up to the gates, pointed in and explained that this was the Queens house. Then out of no-where Jack started to wail. "Don't want to visit Queeeeen! Want to go to Granny Yvonnes!" Alright, pipe down love, says I, no-one has invited us in anyway.

Scowling outside the palace. Channelling Sid Vicious?