Saturday, 31 December 2016

Farewell 2016

What a whirlwind December we have had. May is 5 weeks old now. This month I've been in a lovely, hazy newborn daze, elbow-deep in nappies. Jack turned 6. We've enjoyed visits from friends, birthday parties, Christmas parties, and of course, Christmas itself! Santa spoilt the boys and there are just so many new toys in this house. Both the boys are superhero mad (Jack is a DC dude, whereas Noah is a Marvel man) So, the superhero costumes have been a big hit. Noah never takes his spiderman suit off!

The boys are both still mad about their baby sister. Even Noah. Only two. He treats her like a princess. and he's only wee himself. Awk, it would melt your heart.

Wee May meets her namesake

Lots has happened this year. There have been ups and downs, but mostly 2016 has treated us well. We're very thankful for wee May making her way into the world this year, and we look forward to seeing what 2017 has in store for us. Happy New Year to you all! I hope it is wonderful for you. xo

1. Auntie Saz visits
2. Christmas decoration 
3. Freezing fog
4. 3 kids! 3!
5. Christmas market
6. Watch out- here comes the spiderman!
7. Mother of superheroes
8. Christmas cuddles

Friday, 9 December 2016

May it Be

It's a girl! 

My regular visitors will know I was expecting number 3. 
This was me on my due date: 

Jack arrived 5 weeks early. Noah arrived bright and early right on his due date. And this one. Well, I started to fret about the possibility of induction. However, on my due date we took a brisk stroll on this foggy day, I ate some spicy food, and I got out the birthing ball and bounced for 30 minutes solid. Something worked, because I had my first contraction at midnight that night, and after a shockingly speedy, but thankfully straightforward delivery, she arrived at 2.44am. Fashionably late.

Meet little May. 8lbs 10oz of lovely squishiness. We love her. And her brothers are so taken with her. What a novelty a girl is to us! We can't reuse any of our boys clothing, but I am all biz about dresses, headbands, and everything pink! So far, she is a really content little thing that doesn't cry much. She fits right in. She's not even 2 weeks old yet, but it feels like she has been here forever.

Nice to meet you!

I'm doing well after the birth, as is May. We're all a bit zonked I think. New babies tend to disrupt family routine a bit. But mostly, we're all enjoying sleepy newborn cuddles. The boys are just in love with their brand new sister. What a blessing she is.

Welcome to the family, darling.

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