Weekend round up #2

This weekend has been a quiet one for us. I am now off of work on holiday for 2 weeks and next week we head off to butlins for a break so we have been saving the pennies over this weekend.

With Freddies 3rd birthday coming up we took him off bike hunting and here he is on a test drive :)

Friday night was date night. I cannot remember the last time me and Dean went out Freddie free so on Friday we decided we would go out for a curry. We went to a gorgeous indian restaurant in Clerkenwell called The Cinnamon Tree.

This weekend has proved to be quite a foody fueled one, with Saturday seeing us head to a desert restaurant with Freddies best friend, the boys were carefully making their ice cream choice.

I may have overindulged with this waffle but the mention of cinnamon had me sold and it was worth every mouthful, absolutely scrummy.

Freddie has football lessons on a Sunday morning and today he has really gotten the football bug and been playing at home since we got back to.

I think I may have over done it with my Sunday lunch this week, my excuse was that we are now half way threw the year so i better get practising to perfect Christmas dinner right lol?!

Hope the rest of you have had a lovely weekend x


OOTD: Baseball jerseys & Jelly shoes :)

Excuse the awkward expression on my face guys and dolls lol. I have been meaning to snap this OOTD for the longest time, I had spent the whole afternoon rushing around and when I finally at the last minute remembered to snap this shot I was standing in my block of flats (not very glamorous I know) thrusting my phone at my boyfriend and asking him to take a picture before we rushed off to meet my brother in law for his birthday drinks on the southbank.

I am in love with lilac and hopefully where you see the blonde in my hair you will hopefully be seeing lovely lilac hair, so when I saw these lilac pieces i snapped them up. This outfit is very comfortable, especially the top which is from ASOS.

Sorry guys but the Jelly shoes are no longer available as I brought this quite a few months ago now.


Freddie's Top 5 stories :)

With Freddies bookshelf over flowing I thought it would be a good idea to pick out some of his favourites to help parents and carers find some new reads from their little ones.

(I have tried to limit the amount of Julia Donaldson stories but a few were bound to creep in .. right?!)

1. The yoga ogre by Peter Bently
My mum brought this for Freddie as we both share a love of yoga lol. Freddie fell in love with it straight away (as we did). It is wittily written with cute illustration. The story encourages physical activity which is always a hit with me & Freddie loves Ogden the Ogre.

2. The highway rat

It may be presumptuous of me but I am guessing this book doesn't need much of a write up. Another hit written by Julia Donaldson which has gone down a treat in our house. As the highway rat goes around stealing from his friends he finally gets his come uppence when he is out witted by a clever duck & winds up working in a cake shop. Great illustrations (try and spot other Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler characters throughout the story)

3. Hugless Douglas by David Melling

I personally really like this story. It is a really cute tale of a bear who wakes up in need of a cuddle and goes off to find one, with a happy ever after Douglas finds one from his mummy. A great read for all ages, after all your never to old for a cuddle.

4. Zog by Julia Donaldson

We only recently discovered this story. I stumbled across it on the bookshelf of the children at work and loved the rhyming witty story Julia Donaldson always brings to her stories. With a hard working dragon trying his best to make it threw dragon school, he finds he needs and welcomes the help of a passing princess.

5. Harry & the bucketful of dinosaurs by Ian Whybrow

Freddies grandad brought him the collection of Harry and the bucketful of dinosaurs a while ago now and he still loves each and every one of them. With Harry going on a new adventure with each book theres no time to get bored. Freddie has picked up the names of the dinosaurs really quickly and they books take important subjects such as first days at school and turn them into understandable fun topics for youngsters.

We always welcome new stories to add to our collection as Freddie takes after me and is a bookworm :0 so please share your favourites with us x


Weekend Round Up :)

I thought it would be nice to introduce a new segment on the blog. A simple weekend round up on a Sunday evening of the bits and bobs we have been upto mostly in picture form :)

On Friday we started off by going to drinks and a show at Udderbelly on the Southbank for my brother in laws birthday, really chilled out atmosphere, worth a visit.

On Saturday Dean has work so I took Freddie to a local park to make the most of this amazing sunshine we had in London town & then we took a trip to the steam fair in Clissold park.

Today Freddie had his football session with Little Kickers, then it was off to the paddling pool in clissold park and we couldnt resist another stop off at the steam fair before we came home. 

I hope everyone else is enjoying their weekend and if you do a similar post id love to see so send over links guys & dolls x


OOTD: Wedding Guest

Welcome back guys & dolls. Exactly a week ago I was rushing around with the rest of my household getting ready for my cousins wedding. With summer in full swing there are lots of events to go to such as weddings, christenings etc so I thought I would share what I wore to give some of you lovely ladies inspiration.

My son Freddie was page boy and wore a grey suit so as soon as I saw this lovely ASOS dress with grey panelling I thought it would compliment his suit and I had to have it. When it arrived I loved it even more but I wanted to brighten it up a and make it that bit more summery. I was toying with a few colour options but finally decided on coral, so off I went on a hunt for all things coral lol.

I found the gorgeous coral shoes from Dorothy Perkins along with the necklace and earings. The shoes were comfortable enough considering I wore them straight from the box on the day (what was I thinking not wearing them in lol) I lasted for quite a while in them. I bought the shoes and necklace/earing set in store and cant seem to find the online links sorry guys.
Shoes - £25
Necklace & Earing set - £12.50

Here is a close up of the necklace, pretty coral flowers really gave that summerv feel to the dress.

I choose not to wear make up that day just some lipgloss and my nails were painted in Coral heat by Maybelline

The wedding was lovely and the weather was gorgeous. It was the perfect summer wedding and we all really enjoyed ourselves (especially Freddie who was spoilt by all the guests and had a great time dancing the day away).


The Mummy Tag

I have spotted this post floating around on numerous other mummy blogs and thought it would be fun to do a post on.

1. Are you a stay at home mum or a working mum?
I had my heart set on being a stay at home mum when I became pregnant with Freddie. However circumstances changed at I returned back to work shortly before Freddies 1st birthday. I actually enjoy it this way. I am a nanny and so I get to spend time with Freddie whilst working on some days and he gets along really well with the 2 boys I look after. I am a very lucky working mummy.

2. Would you have it any other way?
Of course I would love to spend all of my time with Freddie but I am glad that he sees me going to work and gets some understanding of a work ethic. I have always been brought up to work hard and I hope he gets that.

3. Do you co-sleep?
Freddie will be turning 3 in a few weeks time and we have never co-slept.

4. What is your one must have item for your baby?
I would say when Freddie was a baby the sleeping bags were a must have item. Freddie was a little wriggler and was forever kicking his bedding off so at least with his sleeping bags I didn't have to worry about him being cosy and warm during the night. I also think it helps them feel secure.

5. How many kids do you plan on having?
I would like another 1 or 2 children.

6. Date nights. How many do you have per month?
We have gotten really bad recently at spending time together just the two of us. Its easy to get into a routine of putting Freddie to bed and getting on with housework and slipping on a DVD on. We probably havent been out on a date at all this month *covers face* 

7. Your child's favourite show?
Without a doubt Freddie could watch Thomas the tank engine all day, everyday. He is a big fan and loves everything Thomas related.

8. Name one thing you brought before you have baby that you never used.
Its very cliché but it has to be clothes. I went totally over bored (despite all of the advice we given) and brought tons upon tons of clothes for Freddie, and because he was born at 9lb 40z alot of the tiny bits and pieces he never even got to wear.

9. What is your child's favourite food?
Freddie loves pasta pesto and would it eat it all day for every meal if we let him.

10. How many cars does your family own?

11. Weigh gain, before pregnancy, during, after & now?
Before falling pregnant with Freddie I was always 'big' and like most mums once that pregnancy test turnt positive I was under the misconception that I was 'eating for two'. I gained tons of weight during pregnancy, but am now proud to say since having Freddie I have lost 6 stone.

12. Dream holiday with the kids?
Freddie is not a massive fan of the heat (as i pressume most little ones arent) so it would have to be somewhere with a lovely beach and sea but also lots of activities to keep him busy.

13. Dream holiday without the kids?
Bora Bora is up their on my bucket list. It just looks stunning!
(id probably have to sneak Fred in though couldn't imagine a holiday without him lol)

14. How has your life changed since having children?
My life has a direction and a positive purpose since having Freddie. I wasnt on the best paths before hand and now everything I do is done to better his life and give him everything. I have grown up so much and also found out who the important people in my life really are.

15. Finish the sentence "It makes my heart melt to see ..."
Freddie growing into a loving intelligent little boy

16. Where do you shop for your kids?
If I something nice I grab it so Freddie has clothes from Primark, Next, Zara etc. I do find it really difficult to find nice boys clothes I think the market is definitely aimed at little girls.

17. Favourite make-up and skincare products?
I am not a big make-up wearer at all, but for skin care I adore the cucumber clay face mask from superdrug. Its amazing.

18. Huggies or Pampers?
Neither - Freddie has been been in pants for around 8 months now but before that I swore by Asdas 'Little Angels' nappies. I found them better than the name brands and cheaper.

19. Have you always wanted kids?
yes - I am a very homely person and have always wanted to be a mummy :)

20. Best part about being a mummy?
Watching Freddie grow and develop into his own little character amazes me everyday. Teaching him things and of course the love he gives and his special mummy cuddles :)

I tag all the other mummys reading this, please leave links below if you have completed this tag :) x


Manicure Monday FT Coral Heat

This week on the blog you may notice a coral theme running threw some of my posts :)
I am starting with this amazing nail polish that I picked up from Superdrug last week when I was on the hunt for all things coral for a wedding I attended over the weekend.

I have a slight tan after slipping in a bit on sunbathing during my lunch break and can only imagine how gorgeous this colour would look with a full on tan. Its bright and totally on trend for summer. It brightens up an outfit and at a reasonably priced £3.99 I think its a must for the summer months.

The lighting hasnt done it as much justice as i would have liked as the polish does come out brighter on the nail. I have applied two coats, which dry pretty quickly and then added some diamontes onto the top cuticle area of one nail on both hands to bling the look up a bit for the wedding.

I will definitely be trying to get my hands on the rest of this bleached neon collection by Maybelline.
If any of you lovlies have created nail looks or have posts on the collection id love to read them so feel free to drop your links in the comments section for me :) x


A mouse took a stroll threw the deep dark wood...

When I was told about the chance to go on a Gruffalo hunt I almost leapt at the chance (in actual fact I think a jump of joy may of actually happened lol).
My brother who works in a nursery had been told about the Gruffalo Trail in Thorndon Country Park, Essex. Straight away I was googling details and planning our trip. 

The next day we packed a picnic and headed for the park. A short drive later (40minutes) we arrived in what I can only describe as a gorgeous, fictional forest. I couldn't believe we were so close to London yet felt like we were miles away.

You pay to park but it works out at about £3 for the whole day, and you head to the park shop where you can buy a Gruffalo trail map for 50p and off you go.

You are free to roam the forest searching for the characters from both The Gruffalo & The Gruffalos Child. The forest is peaceful yet brimming with the atmosphere for excited children (and parents) searching for the fictional characters that are hidden around.

 Along the route we stopped several times to make instruments from sticks, listen for noises that could possible be the owl, make underground houses for the animals and to try our best and balancing on logs that lie over streams.

 You can do the trail as many times as you like and go whichever way you please, it is an amazing place and you can definitely make a day out of it. There is a picnic area towards the end of the trail which is gated off.

Who can resist a selfie with The Gruffalos child :)

A very affordable day out. I would recommend it over and over again and we will definitely be revisiting.

If you guys end up going or have been let me know and share some pictures :) and of course if you need more information just feel free to ask.