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Sunday cycle

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Today I broke free at 8am (having put the little one down for his morning nap and left him with a sleepy daddy - I know it seems early for a morning nap but he was up just after 5am -  eep!) I went round to borrow a bike from my mum and cycle! I didn't know how far I would get but I headed out over the fields towards the sea. 

I made it to the sea, along the front to the end of the prom to the castle AND back! Phew, jelly legs and a bit of a sore crotch aside, feeling fab! 

It was a glorious day today and the feeling of the sun on my shoulders, wind in my hair and the sparkle on the river and the sea was incredible. It felt like another world. It was a brilliant start to a great day.
We went on to spend some time in the garden, at the beach with family (the little man going in the warm sea for the first time) and to end the day having a BBQ in the garden just us three. 

It was a great day made even better by the sunshine.

Saturday stylings

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I'm not the most fashionable girl in the world but I do like to wear cool stuff now and then. Since having the little man a year ago I've been trying to find my own style again as my body has changed a bit and my wardrobe needs to be a bit more functional too.
Like lots of ladies I think I've got too many clothes and loads that I never wear so I think it's time to say out with the old and in with the new. 
This month I got some gorgeous new red wedges from Next (£30) the platform makes them really comfy as it's really big at the front so I can wear them in the day and the night.  The style I'm going for is a bit of retro brights, the wedges make me feel all vintage and look cool with my pale red / orange lip gloss and the bright yellow cardi really brightened up my morning after a shaky start. I saw a yellow cardigan like this in a really cool shop where I live, it was a Nice Things one and was £69 but really lovely and the girl in the shop was saying how it re…

Family resemblance

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Just had to share this... 
My mother in law showed me a picture the other day of my husband and his older brother as kids. I remembered a photo I took a few weeks ago where our little one and his cousin's resemblance to their dads is incredible! 
Get your eye peepers around this... 

I think the resemblance might be more to those of us who know them but what do you think? Nice similar pictures anyway and we didn't pose it either... 
PS look at this gorgeous pic of Jacob's dad - if Jacob looks like this in a couple of years he'll be a handsome chap!

I love the quality and vibe about these old pictures, it's kind of a shame that these days we take so many snaps that each one has slightly less significance, although I do love them all. I might have to choose some to print and make into a photo album. They're easier to treasure that way aren't they? 


Our little man Grows Wild!

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We've entered another competition with moneysupermarket.com which meant we got sent a free gardening kit! (Handy bag, watering can, gloves, fork, trowel and seeds!) I know the little man is a bit young for really understanding  gardening but he loves messy play and this was an ideal opportunity to get outside and spend some fun time together.

Getting this kit provided us with a new and fun activity that we can continue with as he gets older and it meant we had some structure to our play which was really great and different (It can be hard knowing how to occupy a baby / 1 year old on your own sometimes!). Without being given this kit I don't think I would have done gardening with Jacob, I just wouldn't have thought of it on my own. So I really enjoyed this one and the pickle did too!

First we found and cleaned an old planter that had been neglected then we had fun digging around in the soil and getting it ready for the seeds.

When the soil was thoroughly dug we sprinkled on…

Playhouse & Parties

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This weekend was our little man's FIRST birthday party. As a first time mum I was finding the prospect of having a kids party a bit daunting. Luckily most of the babies, being around 1 year old, don't expect too much and the other kids were pretty forgiving too!


The star attraction was the little one's new Elms Valley Cabin Playhouse. I have become slightly obsessed with it over the last month or so, lovingly and painstakingly painting it, finding pictures for it and getting my Dad to build a base and floor for it (with carpet)

The kids of all ages LOVED it. The babies were excited by the surroundings, the one year olds enjoyed crawling in and out, playing with the toys, opening and closing the curtains, peeking out of the windows and checking out the posters and pictures inside, the 3 - 7 year olds had great fun with role play and using it as their little den to hide from the grown ups!


The house is recommended for children from 3 - 10 years but it has been (and will be) …

Surprised by tears (Dear baby J)

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Dear Baby J,
I won't be able to call you 'baby' for much longer so I'm going to make the most of it. Now when mum's say "they are always your baby" I know what it means. 
You are 1 today. It's going too fast, I feel happy, sad, crazy and so proud all at once. 
Because we're not doing anything 'special' today (just our normal Wednesday fun - every day I have with you is special) I wasn't expecting all the feelings that have hit me.
The tears have taken me by surprise. When your daddy cuddles me and we look at you today I well up with feelings I didn't know I had and I didn't expect, maybe I hid them from myself. 
They are tears of joy and wonder and happiness. You are the most gorgeous and special person. My love for you grows every day. You are always happy, giggling and smiling and you have brought such love and wonder into our lives. We are so lucky to have you. 
I wish you the most fun and happy birthday, my baby boy. 
All my love 

Feeling crafty....

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Well since my room for improvement challenge I've been feeling increasingly crafty... I've always been like that but I think having a little one has given me the perfect outlet for my arty side. I can make silly childish bits and bobs and no one will think I'm odd! 
I've had some really nice feedback from my pervious post which included my dinosaur paintings. I got talking to the owner of the fab shop Milestones in Whitstable and I will be featuring as her 'artist of the month' in August! 
I was also mentioned by Actually Mummy who writes for BritMums 'Newbie Tuesday', I was so chuffed i think it spurred me on a bit! 
Recently I've made (or customised) a play house (interior decorating included!), a toy chest, lots of various art work for the little one's room and I'm currently up-cycling a vintage chair. Tonight I have made our little man's friend a small toy as a christening present!

It's by no means perfect but I think the little fell…

Room(s) for improvement

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Moneysupermarket.com gave me this...

So that I could make this...

... into this...

.. and hopefully win a £500 B&Q voucher!!
With my £50 I've also personalised a toy chest for our front room transforming a plain wooden box into a toy chest / padded seat! It's functional and hides all the little man's toys so we can have a stylish and grown up area again when he is in bed! 



For the toy chest... £20 for nice pine flat pack toy chest from Homebase (on a 2 for £40 offer). £1 for grey felt to make the deer detail. Foam and wood for seat scavenged from my dad's garage and fabric salvaged from one of my sisters old projects.
For the little man's room... £27 for blackout dinosaur curtains from Dunelm Mill ( on a 20% off offer). Old curtain rail taken down from when we moved in (2 years ago!) = £0 £4 for 3 blank canvasses from The Range which were then designed and painted by me! 

So what do you think? I know it adds up to £52 but a £2 overspend isn't too bad! I think what I'…