February 2011 | Modern Mummy

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Modern Mummy Loves....

These are the things that have made me feel happy today....

1. Being woken up at 6.00am (yawn!) by a certain little monkey that wanted to play ---- she was laying next to me in bed with her face virtually touching mine, repeatedly saying "Peppa?" in the quietest, queakiest, cutest little voice E V E R. How could I be cross with her?!

2. This gorgeous, G O R G E O U S, owl mug that I have just bought from TopShop. It was in the sale for £3! I was made up when I found it. Its so retro and very cute. I love the colours and I love Owls!
3. Listening to Jimi Hendrix..... The Ultimate Collection has been on repeat on my iPod ALL DAY and every track that comes on is making me smile a little bit more than the one before :)

4. Vintage prints. How 60s and girlie is this material? I am going to use it to make some bunting for Daisy's room. I also have some pink gingham and some Cath Kidston mini strawberries scraps. I think they'll look ace all together.

5. The beautiful artwork of Natalie Pascoe. Her seaside prints are making me get excited about Summer 2011. It's going to be 12 degrees tomorrow - THAT'S DOUBLE FIGURES! I'm going to leave my winter coat at home to celebrate!

6. My new obsession - Pinterest. Click on the badge on the top left of this page to see my profile and find out what all the fuss is about. If you are interested in joining let me know and I'll send you an invite. I have spent most of today pinning images to my virtual mood boards and now I am feeling really inspired. I think I will be heading out with my camera tomorrow!

And on that note, I'm off to check out all today's entries to The Gallery xxxx

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

The Gallery---- Expressions

This week's theme for The Gallery is Expressions.

The Oxford Dictionary defines expression as "the action of making known one's thoughts or feelings".

Of course we do this every day with facial expressions - we laugh, we smile, we frown.

But we also express our thoughts and feelings in other ways - by the music we listen to, the clothes we wear and by our actions generally.

I like to paint. When I'm feeling inspired and creative, or if I'm feeling a bit down. It makes me feel happy and alive.

My entry this week is a photograph of my latest piece of driftwood art. I love anything to do with the sea and painting driftwood is one of my hobbies. This piece quotes a line from one of my favourite songs, Blur's "To The End". The lyrics are:

"Well you and I, collapsed in love, well it looks like we might have made it, looks like we made it to the end."

I think that's beautiful.

I also take commissions for my driftwood artwork, and sell it on Folksy. Please drop me a line or click here if you are interested in purchasing a piece.


Monday, 21 February 2011

OXO Tots Cutlery & Training Plate Review

When I was sent an OXO Tots cutlery set and training plate recently I was one very excited mummy. “Easily pleased” I hear you say – and yes, I can see your eyes roll too. But the fact of the matter is that Daisy and I have tried almost every brand of feeding product that’s available on the market and none of them have been as good as they claim to be. We’ve tried Tommee Tippee, Advent, Annabel Karmel, supermarket own brands – even a set of Emma Bridgewater melamine (beautiful yes, but probably not the most practical of the lot).
The OXO Tots products, however, genuinely are in a league of their own.
The first thing that struck me as I opened my parcel was that the products are gorgeous to look at. Seriously gorgeous. They are modern, chunky and hard wearing, and available in a range of big bright colours (orange, green and aqua).

The cutlery (a fork and spoon set – I’ve never understood why baby knives are sold as part of a set – has anyone’s toddler ever actually used one?) is very cleverly designed. The handles are curved and non-slip and the heads are deep. The fork is fantastic; like a spoon with tines, so your child can pierce their food or just scoop it up – or a combination of the two. Daisy refuses to be fed by me or Himself anymore and mealtimes are becoming increasingly frustrating for her. She usually starts eating her food with some half-hearted attempts using cutlery, before giving up and using her fingers (its much quicker that way!). This time round, and for the first time ever, Daisy successfully fed herself her entire meal using a fork (toast excluded)!

My favourite out of the items sent to me was the training plate. It is genius. Out of all of the products we’ve tried previously, I always thought suction based bowls were the best---- until Madam figured out how to prise the suction pad from her high chair tray, resulting in much excitement and m e s s. The OXO Tots training plate has a weighted, non-slip base – which genuinely doesn’t move. The dish has also has high sides (which are actually removable - great for younger children) and when Daisy scooped up her food against the side of the bowl, it pushed it onto her spoon. B r i l l i a n t. Daisy was really chuffed that she was doing it all by herself, and so was I! In fact we have never had such a successful and clean mealtime.

So all in all, a great big thumbs up from Miss Daisy and me! If you are keen to give the OXO Tots products a go, they are all available online from Amazon and sold nationally from John Lewis and other major retailers. You can also view the official OXO website here.


I am a member of British Mummy Bloggers and I follow British Mummy Blogger guidelines when I review products and services. In this instance I did not receive monetary payment, however I did receive the items under review for free. I am entirely honest in my reviews and will always discuss the good, the bad and the ugly. If you would like me to review a product for you, please contact me on katyearley 17 (at) gmail (dot) com.

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Modern Mummy Loves....

Another gorgeous day spent eating lovely food, seeing my lovely family and getting stuck into some driftwood commissions. Am in such a good mood and I think its all down to the following...

The daffodils Himself bought me earlier in the week are now in full bloom! Daffs are one of my favourite flowers.

Daisy and I had scrambled eggs on toast for breakfast which set me up for the whole day. We had fruit salad too, plus I had fresh coffee in my new cafetiere.

I've finally, finally, found my perfect pair of jeans. I've only been looking for three years. They are Levi's Demi Curve Skinny Jeans in nickel grey and they fit like a glove. The only thing is that the grey colour is only available in the States. My friend is heading to New York next week and she's bringing me a pair back!

I've been to my parents' house for lunch today. I love spending Sundays with my family. I love it when I turn the corner to walk up my parents' street and the road is lined with cars---- it means that everyone else is visiting their family too x

And now I'm home and getting ready to spend the evening doing some work for my shop. I have two commissions to get stuck in to and am also going to paint some signs to sell on Folksy.

Hope you've all had a lovely weekend. xxx katy

Friday, 18 February 2011

Separation Anxiety for Mums?

Wall hanging from She Sells Sea Shells

Like a large proportion of the population these days (68% of mothers according to the Office for National Statistics), I'm a working Mum. I never thought I would be and I have to say that when it first dawned on me that I would have to go back to work after my maternity leave I was horrified. I had always presumed that I would be a stay at home mum. I had always wanted to be a stay at home mum. Finances and mortgages hardly even entered my mind and on the rare occasions they did, they would be brushed off with determined thoughts of winning the lottery.

Daisy was six months old when I returned to work; I started a new job on a part time basis and I'm not going to lie - it was hard to start with. There were tears on my first day (fom me, not Daisy), lots of telephone calls home every day for the first month (I still phone once a day, nine months later) and a couple of times Himself even had to bring Daisy in to see me. Everyone kept saying "just think about all those lovely smiles you'll get when you arrive home!" and "you'll get to be YOU again!" but in all honesty I didn't want to have to spend ten hours at work before getting my first smile of the day and I felt more like 'me' being a mummy and spending time at home with my baby.

A few months passed and I settled into my new routine and I have to confess that I almost, almost, quite liked it. Three days a week in the office, wearing nice clothes, using my brain and earning some money was pretty bearable. Oh ok! Pretty nice even. And the smiles when I got home were amazing.

But over the last few months I have started feeling differently. I seem to have developed Mummy Separation Anxiety. I can't bear leaving Daisy in the mornings. And it seems to be getting harder every day. It's not that I am leaving her with a childminder either; dependent on Himself's work schedule, she is either with him or one of her Grannies, all of whom I trust implicitly. I just hate being apart from her. I get panicky and weepy and have started to spend my working days daydreaming about what we can get up to on my next day off.

I am reliably informed by the pregnancy and parenting website Babycentre that separation anxiety in children usually lasts around six months. Is it the same for us mummies? Will I grow out of it eventually? Has anyone else been through something similar? I would love to hear from some of you with your comments x

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Modern Mummy Loves....

I am in a G O O D   M O O D today! And these are the reasons why....

1. Himself let me have a lie in. A LIE IN!

Madam woke up at 7.45am (which would have been a lie in in itself!) but I stayed all snuggly and cosy in bed until 9am!

2. When I eventually surfaced, I put my iPod on shuffle and my first song of the day was "Can't Get Out Of Bed" by The Charlatans. I have been dancing around to 90s Britpop ever since. Viva le Britpop, music of my youth  x

3. I was still dancing around the bedroom as I got dressed and put my  make up on which made me feel as if I was going on a Night Out. Today I am sporting a knackered old pair of pixie boots (my favourites) and gorgeous subtle gold eyeshadow from Barry M. The eyeshadow is making me feel summery :)

And now me and Madam are off to do a bit of shopping and have some lunch with friends! Then this afternoon I will be baking with SAFFRON ready for Foodie Friday tomorrow. See you all later x

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Poggio the Cat

I thought it was about time I introduced Poggio.

Poggio is my cat. My other baby! She's five this year. That's 37 in cat years so really she's older than me. She's definitely wiser.

I got her when she was eight weeks old from a lady whose pedigree Persian cat had escaped and got knocked up by the local tom. She was ridiculously cute (she still is). When I went to choose her I knew she was the one straight away. She had boggly eyes and my dad thought I should call her Marty Feldman. Instead I settled for Poggio.

She used to be a moody little bugger. Now she's too lazy to be moody. She gave me my first inkling that I might be pregnant with Daisy even before I'd had a positive pregnancy test result. Beforehand she would never come and sit on my lap like a normal cat. Instead she would attack my ankles and bite my toes. As soon as I got pregnant she went all soppy and turned into a proper lap cat. I think she knew that soon she would have competition for my affections so she decided she ought to be nice.

She hates Himself which I think is brilliant. As soon as she hears his car pull up on the driveway she shoots out of the cat flap faster than the speed of light and I barely see her again (apart from at dinnertime) until I'm home alone. When Himself is working a night shift, she sleeps in bed with me. I love that.

I worried about how her and Daisy would get on but I needn't have. They get on like a house on fire. Daisy knows where the cat treats are kept and is more than happy to get them out and throw them all over the kitchen floor. I think this makes her Pogg's best friend.

So there you are. The little grey and white fleabag that rules the roost. Now when I mention her you'll be able to put a face to the name ♥

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Hurrah for Postman Pat!

I had a parcel in the post today, la la la la laaaa!

Do you want to know what it was? Do you? Do you?!

Well ..... It was my very own commissioned piece of sea glass jewellery, nay ART, from the very very clever and very very lovely Emma Harbottle at Surf & Silver Sea Glass Jewellery. And here is a picture of it.

And another...

And another!

40 sterling silver worry beads, a beautiful pale green sea glass pendant, handmade by Emma, and two gorgeous sea glass beads, all threaded onto a piece of soft, brown leather.

What do you think? Is it not the most beautiful thing you've ever seen?

I've blogged about Emma and Surf & Silver before, but in case you missed it, or if you want the link to her Facebook page then have a look here.

Now I'm off to bake cakes and look lovingly at my beautifully adorned wrist. See you all at The Gallery tomorrow x x


Modern Mummy Loves...

It's only Tuesday and already I am loving this week! This is what's making me smile today:

The sun is shining and the skies are blue...

The view from my office window :)

I've got a belly fully of eggy bread...

I'm listening to The Vaccines...

and I'm daydreaming about English beaches!

What's making you happy today?

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Take a Walk on the Wild Side!

Daisy and I have had THE best girls day EVER!

We were up early today as we were supposed to be heading down to the coast to hunt for driftwood, shells and sea glass but we had a warning call to say that it was blowing a gale (and p-i-double s-ing it down) so we decided to stay indoors, nice and cosy and warm.

After a cooked breakfast and a creative morning making Valentine's cards (a post on those to come! ---- we can't disclose any info until the cards have been delivered!) we developed a bit of cabin fever and decided to head out in the car to Syon Park Tropical Zoo in Brentford (those of you that are from around here and are about my age may remember it as The Butterfly House).

What a brilliant place! I did wonder whether Daisy would be too young and we would end up just paying the garden centre next door a visit but I needn't have worried. We got there just in time to see all the animals and creepy crawlies getting fed their lunch (including the pirahna fish!) and then stayed to meet some of the animals too!

Daisy said hello to:

some turtles

some huuuuuge koi carp

and some lizards, as well as:

 a tarantula (we kept our distance from this one!!!!)

an owl ♥

and a seven stone giant tortoise (and her baby). I even held a gecko! (Yes I know its tiny, but I did stroke all the others!!!!)

There was also marmosets, ferrets, chickens, parrots and giant African snails!

The majority of the animals at the Tropical Zoo have been rescued from the illegal pet trade and didn't have a very nice start in life, so it was lovely to see them all happy and healthy and it was just brilliant to be able to get up close to them!

Of course, with it being a girls day out, we HAD to stop off in the gift shop on our way out and madam chose a cuddly snake to take home. She must have been paying attention at the Animal Encounters show as the first thing she did once we'd paid for it was wrap it round her neck like the zoo keeper had!

If anyone is interested in visiting,  I can't recommend it highly enough! Have a look at their website for more info.
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