Sunday, 1 February 2015

Dear Diary #3

The past week has just flown by! I can hardly believe we're in February now. I'm well and truly on half term countdown, and can't wait to have both girls at home for a full week in the middle of the month. With Daisy at school full time, I've been finding it hard to get the balance right; should we spend our weekends relaxing or off out on adventures? I try and do a day of each but am looking forward to having 9 days to spend doing whatever we want!

This week was a pretty darn good one really. Monday was spent pottering around at home; catching up on washing and doing the food shop and then Daisy had a friend round after school.

Tuesday was a day of cake! We are lucky enough to have the most amazing cupcakery in our town. It's called Mirabelles and we go there quite a lot because it's really child friendly and makes, without doubt, the best soya cappuccino in Haslemere - nay, THE WORLD. Today we tried a blueberry cupcake and it has jumped straight into my top three flavours (after Dawn French - which is chocolate orange - and good ole vanilla). Yum.

On Wednesday I bought a record player. Not just any record player either; the most incredible, immaculate 1966 Bush SRP41. I had been looking at getting a Dansette but they really do cost silly money. Then this Bush one came along and I fell a little bit in l.o.v.e with it. Not only is it a beaut, it works perfectly and the sound is amazing.

I did a spot more vintage shopping on Thursday and came home with this beautiful footstool. I love the colour and the pattern on the upholstery! 

On Friday night I had my first night out in forever and the girls had a sleepover at Granny & Grandad's house. A friend and I went to a gig at Westminster Reference Library and then on for drinks in Hackney. It's been a long time since I've had a chance to chat and drink wine and be myself. This was my first night out since the separation three months ago and, although I hate leaving the girls, I think it was well deserved. 

Saturday was a lazy day which lead into a lazy evening! It was freezing outside so we put our woollies on, cranked up the heating and spent it on the sofa watching Wallace & Gromit and eating bangers and mash with peas, yorkshires and gravy. While I was taking this photo  Mabel the cat pinched the yorkshire pudding from my plate and ran off with it. We laughed a lot!

Today has been favourite kind of day EVER. Full of food and friends and time spent by the sea. This morning we met the cutest puppy called Woody. He's a springer spaniel and the girls spent the majority of the day asking if we could get one.... right up until bedtime. 

Then we spent the afternoon at the coast, visiting my friend (and Evie's godmother) who is back from Dubai for a few days. The girls ran up and down the shore line for ages and picked up all sorts of shells, stones and pieces of driftwood. We stopped off for a Pizza Express in Arundel on our way home and have decided we're going to go back there for a look around the castle on our next day out.

This week I have been reading up on how my new NutriNinja works. I've been using my Nutribullet since October and can't imagine life without it. Then the lovely people at  Lactofree offered me a NutriNinja as part of my ongoing ambassadors programme with them and I have to admit I was very keen to be able to compare the two! Thoughts coming up tomorrow.....

Listening to loads of old LPs.... Yes I successfully persuaded my Dad to 'lend' me some! The Beatles, Carole King, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones. They just sound so much better on vinyl - I really don't like all the digitally remastered stuff!


My Pat Butcher coat! Ha. I love this coat too much. I bought it second hand from Camden market and after doubling the amount I paid for it by having it altered and dry cleaned it's been sat in a suitcase in my loft for the last few years. It's sheepskin and so, so , so, so warm - so I've been wearing it on the freezing cold school run twice a day. It also got to come on my night out on Friday!

This week I'm linking up to Hannah from Make Do & Push's TWTWC.xoxo

Saturday, 31 January 2015

The me&i SS15 Collection

I'm majorly excited to be working with Swedish fashion brand me&i again this year, alongside two of my blogging faves - Vicki from Mummys Got Style and Sabina from Mummy Matters.

I absolutely love the bright, bold prints and patterns of me&i kidswear and I also love that it's a one stop shop for both mums and children! The girls and I all have lots of pieces from previous seasons and we are forever being complimented on them (Daisy's sunflower dress in particular). They are incredibly well made, very reasonably priced and they wash well - keeping their shape and their colour - which makes them perfect hand-me-down clothes. Evie is now wearing Daisy's original pieces from a couple of years ago and they still look brand new!

Last week I had a sneaky peak at the up and coming SS15 collections and I thought I'd share a couple of my favourite items. These three pieces will most definitely be making their way into our wardrobes in the next couple of months.

Yes I know I am a crazy cat lady but HOW AMAZING are these two tops? Such a cute character and I love the colours; they're girlie without being entirely pink! 

For me, I'm everso in love with this little black dress. 

I love the capped sleeves and the neckline, and the length is just right for me. It drapes across the hips, making it incredibly flattering, and is made from a lovely soft jersey fabric so must be super comfy to wear too.xoxo

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Dear Diary #2

Happy Sunday all! I hope you've had a lovely week. 

We've had a rather quiet one here; we've spent it pottering around at home, shopping, on play and coffee dates.

On Monday I promised Daisy we'd bake brownies after school. Of course, if I wanted to sample our culinary delights they had to be dairy free so I adapted a Nigella recipe, replacing the butter with dairy free spread and ensuring all chocolate was plain (so no milk or butter). I'm not going to lie, the result was A-MAZING.

Tuesday was a day of shopping. I'd not been out and treated myself for ages - so I got myself a new pair of trainers courtesy of my lovely sister and the voucher she got me for Christmas, and some new perfume too. I've been wearing Viktor & Rolf's Flowerbomb for eleven years so it was definitely time for a change and I opted for Jo Malone's Earl Grey & Cucumber. It's divine. I also FINALLY managed to get Evie to wear a pair of gloves. Does anyone else struggle to get their toddler to keep them on? I told a little white lie and said these dinosaur mittens were puppets. They kind of are really. Anyway, they are Evie's new favourite 'toys' and she has worn them every day since we got them!

On Wednesday something crazy happened. I joined the gym. I'd been thinking about it ever since reviewing the Cranleigh Club just before Christmas, despite being pretty anti-gym for the last five or six years. All of a sudden I found myself really wanting to get fit and I'm forward to starting this week. On Wednesday I also prepped smoothie bags for the first time. I had fruit and veg that needed using up and didn't want to see it go to waste so I bagged it all up for the freezer. I experimented a bit with them later this week; my first attempt at blitzing them in the Nutribullet made my smoothies too thick, almost ice cream like. I've learnt to take them out of the freezer on waking and then use them around an hour later when they've thawed out a bit.

I spent Thursday at home with Evie, whilst Daisy was at school. It was a day of house work and washing and making giant wotsits at lunchtime. As you do.

Friday night is movie night in our house and this week was no different. We watched My Neighbor Totoro (one of our favourite films!) and the girls ate what is apparently their new favourite pudding - The Dairy Collective Russian Fudge Yoghurt. I have to admit, it looked goooooood.

On Saturday Daisy had a party, so Evie & I went for a long walk and then on to the park by ourselves in the afternoon. It was bitterly cold so we wore our Anna Söderström hats and scarves!

Today was spent with family, as all Sundays should be. My parents came over and I cooked roast beef, before heading out to work for a few hours this afternoon. I let Daisy choose her own clothes and she looked awesome!

This week I have been reading:
Recipe books! Lots and lots of recipe books. I'm really embracing this new healthy way of life and have been busy reading up on lots of vegan and paleo meals after spending an hour looking up new ideas on Pinterest with Daisy. Almost every picture we pinned was made of cauliflower which made us laugh as it's not usually our favourite vegetable!

Listening to:
Jessie Ware. I'm not so keen on her singles but have been listening to some acoustic versions of them on YouTube and Spotify and am in love. This is my absolute favourite right now:


My new trainers! After gait analysis I opted for a pair of New Balance 630v2s - for gym work mostly - but have found myself wearing them on the school run with jeans and a sweater. I love the neon yellow/grey/turquoise colour combo.

What have you been up to? xoxo
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