Who doesnt love a good blogger tag, and I was tagged by the wonderful Maria over at Surburban Mum in this wonderful ‘getting to know you’ style Q and A.. so here we go.. onto the questions.

When was the last time you cried? – You know.. I cry so often that I honestly don’t remember, I get anxiety/panic attacks sometimes and end up in tears after that, I cry sometimes when I watch films.. I have become super emotional of late

If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself? – If other person me knew how lonely and excluded real me felt every day I would make it my goal to make real me feel happy not lonely, so I would.

Do you use sarcasm a lot? – sometimes, I was going to give a sarcastic answer but didn’t hah!

What’s the first thing you notice about people? – Hair, but I do a quick scan of peoples faces before I talk to them, so I notice their whole face I think

Scary movie or happy endings? – realistic endings, one of my favorite movies The Descent had a ‘Happy’ ending and a realistic ending and I think after seeing the happy one and the one where its still bad, I prefer that.. morbid as I am…

Favourite smells? – rain after a hot day, that smell that you only get in autumn..

What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home? – I think the furthest i’ve been is this town in Scotland called Lossiemouth (handy little wiki link here) my friends dad was part of the RAF and was based there and we traveled up there during the half term.. I have also been to Dublin and but I think Lossiemouth is the further than Dublin..

Do you have any special talents? – I dont think I do, I can speed type and speed read, but that’s about it

Where were you born? – A hospital in the city of Cambridge! I was born in Cambridgeshire, I grew up in Hertfordshire and I now live in Essex 🙂 im an all over type of person haha

What are your hobbies? – Photography I run a weekly series on my blog that goes up every sunday called Photograph Sunday which I pick a photo of that week which I love, crocheting, social media (yes that’s a hobby) and gaming.. there are a few more but I cant think of them off the top of my head

What did you want to be when you grew up? – According to my mum I wanted to be a dental nurse, but now that I am much older I cannot for the life of me figure out why I would want to look into peoples mouths for a living.

How many countries have you been to? – Five – Spain, Belgium, France, Scotland and Ireland

What was your favourite/worst subject in School? – Favorite was always science and history, my worst was probably religious studies

What is your favourite drink? – water and tea, however I have been a little addicted to a nice cold diet coke once in a while

What would you (or have you) name your children? – My son is Kai which is short of Malachi, his name was picked even before we got pregnant, my first daughter is Amelia, we couldn’t figure out a girl name for ages until i read a wiki page about Amelia Earhart, and my second daughter is called Robin, shes my little bird 🙂

Who are some of your favourite YouTubers? – I love Achievement Hunter! its a gaming channel that came off the back of the wonderful Austin Texas based company Rooster Teeth.

How many boyfriends have you had? – 2?.. i don’t know .. my memory is terrible

Favourite memory from childhood? – I have many but the one that sticks in my mind is the day we all went around my Nan’s house and she got everyone doughnuts and my aunts dog Bobby spotted one on the coffee table and in one bite grabbed this jam filled treat and ran off with it.

How would you describe your fashion sense? – er… ‘mum’

Tell us one of your bad habits! – I worry far to much for a normal person, I say sorry ALL the time and for no reason, I self doubt and self hate… Oh and I also crack my bones!

and there we have it, I really enjoyed that little tag, I think these getting to know you type ones have to be my favorites

I tag –

Norma

Vicki

Becca

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I will just come out and say it, I have caught the homeware bug, I have been seeing beautiful fun prints all over my social medias of late and I couldn’t hold off anymore and started to look into getting some prints for the flat, but I was in luck, a wonderful company called the Old English Company contacted me to see if I was interested in receiving some of their wonderful products in exchange for a little review, it was almost like they read my mind, I of course jumped at the chance and selected the items I wanted to receive.

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The two prints that I selected is this fun London themed one with all the popular locations that are in the city, written out surrounding a golden Thames, my son is a bit obsessed with London and has sat down to read out all the names asking me about which one has ‘Big Ben’. I love how clean it looks and would look perfect in an office but we have it here in the children’s playroom, along with the other print that I got which says ‘Never Stop Exploring’ which I think its just perfect for a child’s play room or bed room.

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The three home items that I got are these cute mug with the slogan on, this adorable coaster and of course a wonderful pin to add to my nappy bag, because after all, all mum’s are ‘Mama Bears’ –

The mug is fantastic, I love the modern look of white background and black writing, it feels so clean and fresh and perfect, I love the quotes on all the items, ‘Amazing Things Will Happen’ is just perfect when you are having a bit of a bad day, go make yourself a cup of tea or coffee and remind yourself that things might seem bad now, but always look towards the future, the coasteris adorable with the same sort of font and style like the mug, this reminds me of those cute little ‘joke’ gifts you give your partner at Christmas, and I actually love it, the quality is again fantastic and feels so well made and finally the pink, a beautiful gold and pink enamel pin with a little bear showing off how proud she is at being a ‘Mama Bear’ this is so well made and its just stunning, I have loved all these little products from Old English Company, they are all completely beautiful as I said, made with care.

There is something wonderful about all these products, I know that I am probably going to go back for birthdays for gift ideas for my friends and family, everything is relatively affordable and with how it looks doesn’t seem to be, they’re bright and fun little addition to my cupboard full of mugs and the enamel pin collection they have on the website is something I really want to buy more of and add to my collection of pins, if you love good stylish homeware and beautiful accessories then I highly recommend taking a look at the website, and without sounding too ‘Middle Class’ as my husband says, they make wonderful props for any fancy Instagram post!

I am looking forward to making my future purchases and brightning up my home with wonderful inspirational quotes and more quirky homeware.

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Disclaimer - these items had been sent to me for review purposes, all thoughts and opinions are my own

I have two photos to share with you this week, one is from our walk in the woods, we went on a little bluebell hunt and thankfully they are fully out and ready for a beautiful snap of my three children, one of my mum friends also blogger Bex takes yearly photos of her children in her amazing little wood surrounded by bluebells and it seemed such a beautiful idea, so when we found that the little wood near the flat was full of them, I wanted to get some photos of my lot in them.. a little inspired photo.

And the second photo is this amazing announcement board that my friend in my baby group made, she doesn’t do it for a business anymore but had 10 spaces available and I jumped at the chance to have another one of her amazing boards, shes such a talented lady and made this for Robin’s second birthday on the 19th April.

I adore it!

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The Easter holiday has been and gone and we managed to do some wonderful things during the time off from school, with the sun slowly growing warmer and brighter every day I thought it would be a wonderful idea to get the pony beads out and make some sun-catchers for our windows which if you sit in my living room face the sun all day so are perfect.

Assortment of plastic beads/pony beads, we got ours from ebay
Baking tray, we used a small muffin tin
One Oven (obviously)

It is honestly really simple and easy way of making beautiful window decorations, place the pony beads into your muffin tins, you can go big or go small its all up to you, preheat your oven to about 200 degrees C (400 degrees or Gas Mark 6 and pop them into the oven once you’ve found a pattern you like, I asked Kai to help me out here and he just chucked them in to make any old pattern, I know its not good to heat plastic inside an oven in a home but as long as you make sure to keep windows open while doing so everything will be fine, there will be of course a plastic melty smell but that’s completely normal, check on them once in a way but all in all give them 20-25 minutes to melt down and stick together.

Once that is done take them out, do not remove them from the muffin tray right away because it will still be soft and as we all know, melted plastic is hot! leave them to cool down inside the muffin tray and they will pop out fine on their own without any need of non stick spray.

Now its time to assemble and hang up, we used my trusty glue gun for this job because I couldn’t find my drill anywhere but you can drill a hole in the top and bottom of the circles but I think they look okay with the glue gun..

and hang them up anywhere there is some sun, sit back and enjoy, a wonderful and simple craft that everyone can do and enjoy!

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Two years ago today, at 11:58am Robin was born and today, as much as I don’t want her to be.. she is a two year old.

In her short little life she has done so much and has brought so much joy and love into the world, shes a funny, cute and loving little girl who despite the night wake ups is a complete blessing and I couldn’t have wished for a more perfect little girl to enter into our lives..

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Development

Over the past 12 months Robin’s language has come along amazingly, shes gone from yelling and screeching demands to actually asking for things, she doesn’t yet make sentences but the words are a lot clearer than they have ever been, here’s a little list of the things she can say now;

  • ‘Bin’ – She likes putting her own nappy into the bin
  • ‘Work’ – this is usually used in a sentence when talking about Mr S ‘Daddy work funny’
  • ‘Chair’
  • ‘Stick’ – She will grab handfuls when we go for walks
  • ‘Car’ – Currently obsessed with Cars 3
  • ‘Yogurt’
  • ‘Bless you’ – when anyone sneezes
  • ‘Thank you’ – when given something she asks for
  • ‘Love you’ – This one is my favorite
  • ‘Again’ – which is asked whenever she wants to watch Cars 3 for the 100th time

and so much more that I cannot remember off the top of my head.

She is super active too, she runs, jumps and climbs with ease and has a pretty good arm on her when she throws things, many of which have ended up in peoples faces, she loves drawing and being creative, building little homes out of her bricks and pretending things are phones and talks to people on them, mainly Nanny.

Personality

Robin has such a wonderful little personality brewing, shes funny and will laugh at her own jokes, she loves her brother Kai and all the stupid things he does but out of the three she has been the grumpiest toddler, and will tell you shes had enough, she is of course ‘The Boss‘ she tells everyone what to do and doesn’t take no for an answer but at the same time is so loving, at random moments of the day she will walk up to me, rest her end on my lap and say ‘aww’ while cuddling followed by a ‘Love you mummy’ before walking off to play, she is so cheeky! she looks for any opportunity to do something naughty and will laugh at you if you tell her off which is so hard not to laugh back.

Diet

I have mentioned a few times in past posts that shes not been one to eat a lot, she was weaned late in life because she simply didn’t get rid of her tongue reflex until about 8 months so shes still a little behind with eating, but shes onto more solid things like pasta and sandwiches, Yes mummy finally beat her little anxiety about finger foods, her favorites are Peas, Kiddylicious Fruity Bites, Skips and yogurt, adores her milk and will gladly drink water when its offered.

She has tried chocolate to much of my annoyance and of course loves it (who doesn’t) but much like my older two when offered the choice between a piece of fruit and some chocolate, the fruit gets eaten first.

I just feel so blessed to have been gifted such a sweet and loving girl and I honestly cannot wait to see what the next year will bring us!

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and today.. as she enters her second year on this planet.. I wish her a very happy birthday and that I hope she never stops growing into the funny little girl that she is.

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