May 2015 | Modern Mummy

Saturday, 30 May 2015

Daily Outfit ♥ Casual Day Wear with me&i

As much as I like to make a bit of an effort on a daily basis, there are some days when I just want to sling on a pair of jeans and a t-shirt and be done with it. But a classic jeans and t-shirt combo can still be stylish!

I'm forever on a quest to find the perfect pair of jeans. Despite trends changing every year, I've pretty much worn the same style for the last decade. I like skinny fitting, vintage blue jeans that I can roll up to wear with sandals in the summer and tuck into boots in the winter. I don't mind spending a bit on a decent pair if they are going to last me a few seasons.

These slim jeans from me&i are super slim fitting, but stretchy and oh so comfortable. The colour is a perfect dark vintage blue with whiskering and wear marks added by hand, the stitching is an orange-yellow and the rivets are stamped with the me&i butterfly. They have a slightly higher waist which is great if you're like me and have a slightly wobbly (ahem) tum.

I've teamed them with a classic batwing t-shirt also from me&i. I LOVE a good batwing top, they are so good for the summer when you want something loose fitting that covers the tops of your arms. The slouchy round neck is a great shape and I love the pocket detail on the front. It's such a simple design, but very classic.

As always, I find the best way to dress up a casual outfit is to add a pair of heels and sunglasses; my Moheda Madrids are my current favourite clogs and I love a good pair of cats eye sunnies 



Black batwing t-shirt, £40
Slim jeans, £85
Both c/o me&i
Madrid Clogs, £90 c/o Moheda Toffeln
Cats eye sunglasses, Accessorize (last season)
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Sunday, 24 May 2015

Dear Diary #16

So THIS is a long over due diary entry! I know I've been slacking recently but I've had a bit on my plate; something I'll talk about in the not too distant future. (NOT PREGNANT!)

The girls and I have also been off gallivanting in the US, as you've probably noticed from my Instagram spam ;) We were invited to Walt Disney World in Florida as part of their #WDWMagical First press trip, which was absolutely wonderful. Travelling long haul with two littlies was something that really terrified me before last week. The girls were both ANGELS - seriously - and now I am desperate to do it again and again! I want them to see and enjoy as much of the world as possible so we are already starting to plan some more adventures for the future.

So much has happened since my last diary entry....



The summer uniforms have come out!



I've stuffed my face with peanut butter chocolate!



I've turned into a proper redhead!



I've found my dream flat in East Twickenham (not that we are planning on moving, but if we did....)






I've been on a hen weekend to Bristol which included a day at Clifton Lido (AMAZING!), a knicker making workshop and me being the LAST WOMAN STANDING at 4am on the Saturday night! Oh yes!


Poor little Mabel Meatball has been neutered (no babies! Weep!)



I've been on a juicefest (totally essential after a week of indulgence in Florida)





The girls have been AWESOME, showering me with the cutest mummy gifts




We've had heaps of movie nights, watching old classics (Labyrinth and The Goonies) and new films too (The Boxtrolls and Into The Woods - with added fancy dress for the latter, boo yah!)

and

(bringing us up to date)




today we spent the day at the Haslemere Classic Car Show, which meant I got to spend bank holiday Sunday with my two favourite people along with sunshine, samosas, cars, ice cream and lots of vintage loveliness.

I'll be writing weekly again from now on, so long as life doesn't take over again. I really do enjoy writing these posts, and I love knowing I will be able to look back on them in weeks/months/years to come.xoxo

Linking up with TWTWC over at Make Do and Push!

TWTWC
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Thursday, 21 May 2015

Everything you need to know about Shared Parental Leave

Earlier this year, new Shared Parental Leave legislation came into force in the UK, giving parents, partners and adopters the flexibility (and equality!) to decide who will care for their child in the first year of his or her life. 
The changes mean that 'maternity' cover can now be split between the mother and the father, giving them the chance to either take time off together to care for their child (beyond the current two weeks paternity leave that is currently available to fathers), or split the leave so that the mother can return to work, allowing the father to spend additional quality time bonding and caring for their child. Also, for the first time, those adopting a child are entitled to the same rights as other parents to Shared Parental Leave.
Whenever new legislation comes into force, there are always questions that need answering. To save you hunting around the web looking for answers, GoToMeeting have put together this brilliant infographic that gives you all the information you need on Shared Parental Leave.


This is a collaborative post.
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Daisy's Pick of Summer Accessories from Bonton



Last month I let Daisy pick out a few pieces from French children's brand Bonton's awesome Summer range of accessories to take on holiday to Walt Disney World!

She chose:

1. Cat bag // €33.50 - because every girl needs a straw bag for the beach!
2. Glasses hairclips // €16.50 - how cute?
3. Yellow flowers printed scarf // €22 - PERFECT for keeping the sun off your locks during the day, and sprucing up a retro style outfit in the evening.

The cat bag is so adorable it has caused a fair few arguments between the girls so I've had to buy a second one for Evie. I actually contemplated buying a third for myself! (If only it were a tiny bit bigger!)

The quality of all three products is exemplary and I can't wait to style them with Daisy and Evie's outfits over the course of the summer! xoxo
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Test Your Driving Knowledge: The Do's & Don'ts Of Driving

Me and my beloved Renault 4 on the day I passed my driving test

It’s time to brush up on your driving knowledge! Whether you’ve just obtained your driving licence or have years of experience behind the wheel, now is a great time to see just how much you know about proper driving behaviour and the rules of the road. For this short review session, we’ll cover the general as well as the legal do’s and don’ts of driving. Let’s get started!

DO:
  • Make sure your licence, insurance and MOT are always up to date. 
  • Read up on the official rules of the road, especially those of the county where you’re headed off to. Follow the rules; you can’t make an excuse that you “didn’t know” about the regulations. Remember that it’s your responsibility as a driver to know the rules—especially the speed limits—and abide by them. These days it’s so easy to brush up on the knowledge needed as a driver with free online resources – you can also look up road signs or markings you’re unfamiliar with.
  • Always wear your seatbelt.  Keep children snug and safe in government tested and approved car seats appropriate for their respective age and size. To make a long ride bearable, take frequent breaks and supply them with things they can do (an iPad helps!).
  • Give priority to traffic coming in from the right when approaching a roundabout, unless indicated otherwise.
  • Give pedestrians the right-of-way and be aware of people walking at the side of the road who could walk out at any time. You should always stop to let a pedestrian cross a zebra crossing.
  • Be courteous toward other motorists. Use turn signals to let the motorists around you know what you’re planning to do.
  • Give way to emergency services vehicles by giving them plenty of space to pass.
  • Be prepared for any emergencies. Keep an emergency kit, which includes a mobile phone (fully charged and able to make emergency calls), a flashlight with extra batteries, food and water, an early warning device, flares, and blankets.
  • Make sure your spare tyre is in good condition and that you have the proper tools needed, such as a jack and a wheel wrench, to change a flat tyre.
DON’T:

  • Drink and drive. If you’re planning to have a night out, take a taxi home or have someone pick you up. Never get in a vehicle with a driver who has obviously been drinking. Drugs are a no-no as well: under the new drug-driving laws, you’ll get a criminal record and you’ll be banned from driving for a certain time period. Your licence will be confiscated and you can be fined up to £5,000.
  • Use your phone and drive at the same time. If you need to take a call, pull over at a safe area first.
  • Eat, put on makeup, do your hair, change clothes, or play Candy Crush while driving—in other words, don’t engage in activities that distract your attention.
  • Leave valuables in the car, such as jewellery, money, and laptops, no matter how secure the parking space seems to be. A thief’s eyes will light up if they see such items on show.
  • Run a red light, even if there seems to be no other car. The lights are there for a reason and must be obeyed.
  • Tailgate other vehicles. Putting pressure on other roads users could force an accident and if the person in front needs to break quickly you’ll be in trouble.
  • Leave your main beam on at all times in the dark. It’s fine to use this to help you see where you are going but don’t dazzle an oncoming vehicle. 
This is a collaborative post.
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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Hello hello!

Photo taken at the entrance to Disney's Animal Kingdom

We're back from America a wee bit sunburnt, a whole lot jet lagged and quite possibly a little bit chubbier than when we left thanks to all the amazing food!

We had the most incredible week at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida and I can't WAIT to tell you all about it. The girls were both brilliant from the word go and I'm so happy to know that they can manage a long haul trip..... I hope that we can go on lots more overseas adventures together in the future. 

We all loved every single minute of our holiday; thanks so much to Disney for inviting us. Our first Walt Disney World holiday really was magical!

I'm off to go through and edit about thirty thousand photos now ;) Back again soon.xo

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Monday, 4 May 2015

Introducing.... SwitchArt

I think I may have made the discovery of the decade. Yes really!

I have plans for my hallway. You know, the hallway that recently acquired a WHOLE NEW STAIRCASE! (Still excited about it). The plan is to get the walls plastered and paint them white, before covering them in photos of the girls and our family and friends. 


So last month when I came across SwitchArt from AllPosters.co.uk I peed my pants a little bit. I'd contemplated covering the walls in canvases but knew that would work out super expensive and would require a lot of storage if I ever fancied swapping my pictures around... which we all know I will want to do. A lot. Because I change my mind. A lot.

SwitchArt is a magnetic frame that you can update with new magnetic prints whenever you want, and the pictures that you remove can just be rolled up or stored flat to come out at a later date. 





I ordered one of my favourite prints of the girls (taken on our trip to Wales earlier this year!) as well as an extra one of Mabel to play about with. Both were taken on my iPhone 5 and fiddled about with considerably in various photo editing apps, so they weren't super duper high resolution pics taken on a fancy camera. The quality is incredible on the prints, and they have been enlarged to a huge 41x41cm too!

Prices start at £19.99 for a 25x20cm frame, with the magnetic prints in that size costing £5.99 each. We were gifted ours for the purpose of this review.
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Luxurious White Bed Linen from The White Company & Vanish


Sinking into a beautifully made bed, with freshly laundered, crisp, white linen is the epitome of bedtime luxury for me (and for Mabel Meatball by the looks of it!).  And there is nothing quite like seeing beautiful white sheets pegged out on the washing line on a bright and blustery Spring day either *looks out of window angrily at menacing grey skies*

I've had white bed linen in the past but I've never quite managed to get it to maintain it's purity and so after a few months I've ended up using the sheets as spares, or even cutting them up for rags. Since the smalls have come along I've pretty much given up on white anything, that is, until I was asked to be part of the Vanish Blogger Club earlier this year.


Following on from our last challenge, Vanish sent us bloggers out a beautiful set of Savoy Bed Linen from The White Company, along with some more of their Vanish Gold, and set us the task of keeping our sheets pristine. 

Four weeks (and four washes) later and my sheets still look brand new. I've been adding Vanish Gold to ALL my white washes since February and will carry on doing so FOREVER..... I am so majorly impressed with its magical powers of turning greying old items back to bright white (especially school blouses and socks!) and keeping new things looking just perfect.

Thanks to Vanish for asking us to join in with this challenge - and for converting me to using Vanish Gold in the process. I wouldn't be without it now! xoxo

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