Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Happy 14th Birthday Jack

Happy 14th  Birthday


Have A Wonderful Day 

We Love You Very Much


Mum. Dad, Joe & Toby


Tuesday, 21 October 2014

My Favourite Christmas Experience, The Year the Snow Came

I treasure every Christmas with my family. Life is so different before your children arrive isn't it? Having a meal out Christmas Eve and sleeping in Christmas morning, visiting relatives, going out with friends. And then your children come along and you realise what magic you have been missing out on. And life changes forever.

I do not know a parent that does not embrace the pure joy of writing letters to Santa, baking cookies and building ginger bread houses. Every year I eagerly anticipate watching Christmas movies, opening advent calendars, and hanging Christmas stockings it’s just all so magical.  

The one thing we all wish for is snow isn't it; there is nothing as festive as snow falling on Christmas Eve and that is why the year the snow came is such a precious memory. 

This particular year we were ready for Christmas, all the shopping had been bought and we were looking forward to a quite family Christmas. We had been out for a lovely lunch and a long winters walk when the snow started fluttering down, how exciting. We snuggled down to enjoy a festive film whilst the snowflakes flurried outside our window. Christmas day was much the same it was so beautiful listening to Christmas carols sipping champagne as we cooked Christmas dinner. The view was breathtaking as the town lights twinkled in the snow, although it had snowed on and off for 20 hours the snow had covered but was not deep.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Striking Mums , Style For Mums

This week the lovely Kate has set the topic Style for Mums
This is a great subject, and a very individual one. For me it was never an option to not wear make-up of do my hair purely down to my profession. 
As a hairdresser you are expected to have your hair nicely styled, wear make-up and dress well, its part of the job description. 

I am a bit of a jeans girl; I just dress them up with nice tops and jackets. But I absolutely love dressing up. I love cruising for this reason. I love the glamour of it.

1. Would you describe yourself as stylish? Has your answer to that question changed since becoming a mum?
I think I have my own individual style, I am not sure whether that is stylish or not it is just me. Its funny though one of my friends was shopping last year with her son and he picked up a top and said thats a Sarah top. My Mother and sister in law do that too. So I must have a certain look.
2. Describe a stylish  outfit you wear/wore and loved.
I bought a beautiful tangerine coloured lace skirt and top from Coast this summer, I loved it, but never got my photo in it. Think I need a trip to the races to wear it again.

3. How important is it to have an individual sense of style as mum?
I think its whatever makes you happy and comfortable, we all have such different priorities. Some Mums just don't have the time, some have no confidence in themselves, I have a friend that is so unique and dresses so differently but always looks fabulous. Some days she wears a cowboy hat, but do you know what she totally rocks it. 

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Creating Family Memories With 100 Years of Commercial Flights

When the lovely Brit Mums set the challenge to 'Celebrate 100 years of commercial flight with the #Flying100 Family Holiday Challenge' I was so excited. An excuse to think about holidays and travel, hoorah, I love travelling; it is my absolute passion in life. But then came the tricky part writing about my dream destination. Arghh, too much choice, I want to show the Boys the world. 

How could I possibly begin to choose, I go through this trauma every time I book a holiday, I just can't decide or pin point where in the world I want to go. I know this is an extremely lucky position in life to be in, to have these choices. 

Since the boys were born we have endeavoured to take them exciting, educational places for our family holidays. We love cruising as a family, we love waking up in a new country every day, the explorers in us can't wait to get off the ship and visit exciting historical places such as Pompeii or explore beautiful Cities such as Barcelona and New York. 

It also fulfills the adrenalin junkie and sports maniacs in the boys, they thrive on activities such as rock climbing, ice skating and surfing,  and spend hours on board skipping from one activity to the next.

Friday, 17 October 2014

My Current Make-Up Bag Heroes

I thought I would share a little post on what I am loving in my make-up bag at the moment. If you are anything like me I am a total make-up magpie and just love make-up shopping. Being in the make up department in a large store is my idea of heaven. In fact I could spend hours testing perfume and choosing make-up. So here is what I currently love.

1         Mac Mineralize in Medium Dark, this is a light bronzer that although it has colour does not sit heavy on the skin. I have tried others but this is by far my favourite.

2         Clinique Even Better foundation, this is my favourite foundation ever. I tried it for the first time last year and have never looked back. It is great as it achieves a good coverage and makes the skin look healthy yet not over heavy with foundation. I find my make up sits on it really well. 

3         Clinique Blush Powder, Aglow, this is a new addition and a product I came access accidentally as it was in a recent bonus time collection. I have always used pink blusher, yet I love this peachy colour and looks so much better on my skin it gives me a healthy glow yet isn't harsh looking.

4         YSL Touche Eclat, Now this is my desert island product. I actually panic if I run out, I have been using this for many years it is just great for lightening under the eyes. 

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Calf Diet Week 34

I don't really want to talk about it this week? Apart from to say I totaly blame black Wednesday and the wine I drank as a result. I thought it might also help to list the things which I should have through the week. 
Sausage sandwich on a brown t cake
Chicken club sandwich on white bread with aspen fries
3 extra cereal bars 
6 extra glasses of wine and
1 drifter bar
Mmm it probably isn't totally down to black Wednesday, all those things didn't seem as bad individually but when you add them up, not so great is it?

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

My Blogging Black Wednesday

Well ok, yes that is a tad over dramatic and self-indulgent but its 7.30pm and I haven't blogged yet today.  Yes I am allowed a day off but at least if I take a day off my beloved blog it really wants to be for something fabulous like afternoon tea with the Queen or going to see Buble' live in concert. 

But Black Wednesday was caused by trying to go self hosted grrrr. Seriously it has driven me mad. I have been following the subject of going self-hosted for a month now. All my new blogging friends seem to be moving that way. And I read a post by one of my blog heroin’s only this week about why your blog should be self hosted. 

Now I take this blogging business seriously so thought I need to get with it and get my little blog self hosted. So last night I made the decision to take the plunge and buy a self-hosting space
(Not sure if that is the correct term)

I made the decision to set my new blog up on Wordpress, self hosted and use a temporary name until I was 100% happy with the layout etc. Thank God I made that decision. I moved my content over successfully, but just could not find the layout I wanted.  You see, I wanted my blog to look the same. I have become quite attached to it. I just couldn't do it and a 1am I admitted defeat and gave up. But oh no, that wasn't the end of it, I dreamt of plugins and widgets all night. 

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Advice for Henry the Cat

Dear Henry 
Now before I start, this goes no further. The Cat next door would never run from me again if he found out I was running a cat advice clinic. But I feel sorry for you, so thought I would just explain few things that might make your life a little easier. 

Firstly the Fat Lady, she is called Mummy, I know this because my Mummy tells me all the time, and I have had 4 of these. The first one was mean. When I lived with her I was very hungry and my fur fell out, one day a man came with a van so I decided to escape with him, he didn't seem to mind, he made me better, gave me food and got rid of the scratchy things on me. The second Mummy was fussy, she said I made to much mess and was smelly, how very rude! So the man came again and I escaped. My next Mummy was nice but she got sick and had to go the hospital, when my mate the man come he said it wasn't my fault, but my fur made her sick. Then I met this Mummy, her house is noisy with messy boys so she says I fit right in. At first I thought I might as well escape sooner rather than later, but she kept catching me and bringing me back, I decided she must like me so I don't leave her side now.  

I have had to work quite hard training her but she seems to be picking it up now, if I sit and roll over she gives me food, she is very clever as when I do this she realises I fancy a snack. If I cry at her it means I need a cuddle and again she is picking this up rather quickly. Also if I take her out, I can let her off the lead and she doesn't leave me, this has taken a while to master but she is getting there slowly.