Sunday, 23 March 2014

Blogging vs sleep

It's been a bit busy these last few weeks.

I love the idea of being one of those hip cool modern day super mammas who can work/blog/craft/breastfeed/keep house and still look effortlessly beautiful and rested but let's face it - do these women really exist... maybe on another planet?

There's some big changes ahead...maternity leave is drawing to a close and it's time to face the prospect of working again ahhhh! It's a mixture of excitement tinged with nerves - I'm not sure I even know how to have an adult conversation anymore after 9 months at home with 2 kids. Nb to self - try not to bore colleagues by talking about my kids all day.

I'm only going back one day a week for now so shouldn't challenge the ol' brain matter too much.

Other news is that thanks to a wonderful family friend we shall shortly be moving out of our teeny tiny abode into a waaay larger one - we are very excited!  We're eternally grateful to my Dad for helping us out with somewhere to live over the last year or so whilst the renovations continue on our house but it's been getting more and more cramped in our one bedroom flat....we're fond of co-sleeping with the baby but all four of us sharing a bedroom has been quite tough at times.  Daisy is über excited about having her own room in the new place...so are we!!

There's been happy and sad news this week ~ new babies, clean bills of health but then the sadness of a close family member losing a loved one. It makes me want to cherish those close to me and squeeze them tight xx a


Tuesday, 18 February 2014

home

It's one thing after another at the moment as we battle not only the elements (I don't remember what it was like when it didn't rain everyday) but also the inevitable illnesses that accompany cold weather and sleepless nights. We will get there though. And now we have a woodburner dearest OH will be able to warm his cockles whilst at work. Perfect.x


warmth

kitchen


new doorways



Wednesday, 29 January 2014

5 minute cushion cover


I've had a very challenging day but whizzing up one of these easy cushion covers has put a smile back on my face. Here's the link if you fancy doing one yourself :)

A xx

Friday, 24 January 2014

Food glorious food

Baby Skye is really getting to grips with solid foods now...

We're doing baby led weaning so follow the principal idea that if she can pick it up and put it in her mouth then she can have it (as long as it doesn't contain too much salt/sugar).

Weaning this way makes family meal times with a baby a lot easier and hassle free compared with first time around - with Daisy I followed the conventional route of puréeing and mashing and then spoon feeding her. I guess being a second time mum I feel more confident to try a different approach and it's definitely working for us :-)


Having fun getting messy at Granny's house. Homemade quiche, hummus and carrots, boiled potatoes, peppers, feta, cucumber. And custard for pudding!


At our favourite cafè, trying some toasted teacake :-)


Mummy's blueberry pancakes were popular! (Thanks Jamie Oliver)


By far the messiest dinner so far has been homemade spag bol!

A xx 

Monday, 20 January 2014

well hello 2014



It's that time of year again where we 'start afresh' (a new year, a new you all that jazz). We feel pressured into setting ourselves a ridiculous set of resolutions to try and 'become a better person/parent/friend/daughter/girlfriend'. Sound familiar?

Well not this year my friends! This year it's going to be all about not beating myself up all the time. I do my best to be a good mum, homemaker etc but last year I always felt like I was falling short of some totally unachievable level of super star motherdom (is that even a word?!)

I'm not making any resolutions for 2014, instead I've drawn up a list of fun stuff I'd like to do this year - nothing too big and scary like scaling Everest...just little, bite-sized chunks of loveliness to satisfy my yearning to learn stuff, skills and what not.

Here goes:


* we bought daisy a pink ukulele for Christmas so if I can strum the chords to any well known Christmas Carol by next December I'll be very happy. Even better would be a full on rendition of jingle bells with daisy on uke, me on guitar, daddy on percussion and Skye banging pots and pans. We'll see....

* before daisy was born we splashed out on a very fancy dslr camera so we could take fancy snaps of our new family. I still haven't read the manual so can only take half decent pics on auto. This year I'm going to read the manual. If I can find it...

* think house. I've had a bit of a downer about our beautiful big renovation project simply because most of the time it feels like too epic a project to even comprehend being complete. Not this year. 2014 is the year of the house. I have no intention of being or becoming pregnant this year so with the new found freedom which comes with not chucking up for months on end or carrying precious cargo for 9 months I intend to get stuck in with the renovations. If you can't find me I'll be up a ladder...

* today I bought one of these...



aunty Dizzy has been raving about slow cookers for yonks so it's time to see what all the fuss is about. Plus anything which saves me time in the cooking dept can only be a good thing :)

* learning the lingo



with daisy in Welsh pre-school and all signed up to start Welsh 'big school' in September, it's my mission to brush up on my cymraeg this year. It's been a while since I got my A at GCSE (15 years!!) but I'm sure it's still in there somewhere.

I'd love to know if you've set yourself any goals for 2014, no matter how small or big!


A xx

Monday, 16 December 2013

Christmas preparations...

Today we have been making cushions...


Taking selfies ;-)


Trying to tidy up my workspace before bed so I can get more done tomorrow!


Eating lots of tangerines...


And writing Christmas cards!


Quite a fun and productive day I reckon!

A x 

Saturday, 14 December 2013

baby led weaning


It's been our first week of baby-led weaning (I.e. put manageable size pieces of food in front baby and see what she can get in her mouth) so how better to show it than with pics :) 



I'm not sure she's actually swallowed anything yet but just enjoying giving everything a good gnaw and a suck!






not sure that mummy's homemade banana loaf is recommended as a first food but look at that happy face!

hope you're all enjoying a festive weekend and getting excited about Christmas 

A x