Mother’s Day gift guide…

With Mother’s Day fast approaching – Sunday 31st March 2019 (how is it March next week?!) I’ve put together a little gift guide of some things I think would make any mums/nans day that extra bit special.

The first and one of the more unusual items I’ve found is a little blue plaque. London’s famous blue plaques link the people of the past with the buildings of the present – run by English Heritage, but if you’re not in the running for a real plaque… http://funblueplaques.co.uk/ have got you covered! You can personalise it to say anything you want so it’s quite a fun idea priced around Β£22 – I want one!

If you’re looking for something a little more pricey then https://www.poshtottydesigns.com/ have some gorgeous jewellery that can be personalised and it’s still not ‘break the bank’ expensive. I love the ring necklaces that you can have your children’s (or any) names printed on.

If you are addicted to instagram (like me) you have probably seen this lovely lady’s work in lots of instagrammers homes – https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/margomcdaidart Margo in Margate’s prints are simple, yet stunning and put a smile on my face every time I spot one.

Another great place to check out is https://www.artfinder.com/#/ I brought my mum a painting from here for her birthday and she adores it. It looks really expensive and only cost me Β£25 (with free delivery!) Thanks to sites like artfinder and new blood art (to name a few) https://newbloodart.com/ owning original art doesn’t have to come with the hefty price tag. They have pieces for all budgets and having brought from both sites I can assure you that it was a very easy process. The sites and artists keep you up to date with dispatch and delivery and since buying from artfinder I am regularly sent discount codes and informed about new paintings from my favourited artists. I currently have the discount code of ART-5QRDF if you wanted to use it. (This post is not sponsored – I wish it was) I’m not sure how long it’s valid for or what the limit is but if it works it’ll give you 15% off your first order.

(This is the painting I brought my mum – there’s loads of great artists on this site)

If money was no object…I’m sure a lot of us would love a Mulberry handbag, but having searched online Fiorelli https://www.fiorelli.com/blackout-event.html have got a great sale going on some of their bags right now and you could pick up an absolute bargain that looks so much more expensive…then we can tote baby wipes, snacks and toys in style haha!

If your budget is a little lower – a new book is always a winner, or you could make your own little pamper hamper with a book, a mug, a hot chocolate sachet, some bubble bath and a face mask – for example.

You don’t have to spend a penny to make the biggest impact, the best things I’ve ever received from my children are the homemade cards so there’s always that! (Unless you’re – a grown up…that might be a little awkward πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚) Whatever you’re up to…if you’re lucky enough to still have your mum – let her know how much she’s loved and I wish you all a wonderful Mother’s Day x

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Naughty or Nice?…

Do you do Christmas Eve boxes? It’s a tradition I started a few years ago in our house.

We use them as a ‘farewell’ present from the elves and if they get a box…they know they have been put on father Christmas’ nice list.

I used to put a Christmas movie in them but now with all the festive films you could wish to see readily available on Netflix, amazon and now tv (to name a few) I haven’t put one in.

This years boxes are made up of a new pair of pyjamas, a selection box, a few festive themed colouring books and pencils, a small present and a cuddly toy! My children are 7 and 1 and this works for both of their ages only with a small few changes like the baby has crayons instead of pencils.

I then wrapped everything individually in brown paper, drew a reindeer face on the front and then stuck on Pom poms for noses. A simple yet very effective decorating technique.

Once all the presents are in the box it looks like they have a lot, so it’s more exciting for them…but in reality everything in the box (apart from the pyjamas) was relatively inexpensive.

The colouring & activity books were from Poundland, the pencils & crayons were 50p each packet from wilko’s, the selection packs were 75p each from wilko’s, the cuddly toys were around Β£8/Β£9 each from tk max, the polly pocket was around Β£3.50 (in the Sainsbury’s sale) and the little bus was Β£1 from Poundland. Both pairs of pj’s were from gap.

If you do boxes – let me know what you put in yours. I can’t wait to see their faces when they open these, Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year, especially when you have children x

Alright pet?!…

When is the best time to introduce a pet into the family? We have a goldfish called Matilda but seeing as the kids can’t stroke her and she’s not very good at catch, my eldest child has been pestering me for a pet. 

She adores cats. We used to have a cat called Stanley when she was younger but he went out one day & didn’t come back. She used to tell everyone that he went to sainsburys πŸ™ˆ (do you think I shop there too much?!) but as its been 4 years – I don’t think he’s coming home. 


(Stanley 😻) 

We were recently offered a little kitten by a friend of mine who just wanted her to have a good home. I was keen, but my other half wasn’t so sure. Our youngest is 19 months and may be a bit too ‘hands on’ with a kitten. 

As well as cats and dogs – I love tortoises. I don’t know why, maybe it’s their little wrinkly faces or the fact they’re like little living dinosaurs 😍 I saw a picture recently on Gina Martin’s Twitter (if you don’t know who she is you should check her out – she’s awesome, she launched the campaign to make ‘upskirting’ illegal) she has a gorgeous rescue tortoise called Gary Tortellini (amazing name right?!). It was Gary’s birthday and she made her a birthday hat – I literally can’t even deal with the cuteness – LOOK πŸ‘€


Do you have pets? If so what do you have? And what ages were your children when your new addition came along? I’m pet broody…proody if you will! Is that a thing? πŸ˜‚ if not it should be x 

Playroom of dreams…

Our dining room never actually was a dining room. As soon as we moved in my daughter declared it as the ‘playroom’ and that is what it’s been ever since. We had a toy kitchen in there and loads of toy bins, buckets and boxes which took up all the room and stopped them actually playing in there. 

The other week I had had enough, I popped to Ikea & came out with three shelving units, 6 storage boxes and two hotdogs (one was for my other half haha!) I wanted to create a practical place that toys could be stored in but also a stylish area to play and entertain the children. With a one year old and a seven year old you have to find the balance between babyish and that bit more grown up…this is what the result was;

I (and they) absolutely adore their new space. I find them sitting together reading a book or emptying out all the drawers I’ve just filled! I have removed the toy kitchen and am hoping to put that in a playhouse in the garden for Christmas so I’ll have to have a word with Santa and see what he can do on that front. 

I keep jigging it around and adding different bits like some prints on the wall from Desenio, some lights from primark, photo frames and some bigger book storage drawers from sainsburys…I don’t know if it’ll ever be fully ‘finished’ but I love it & I wish I had had somewhere similar to play when I was younger x 

Wilde about the girl…

Both of Louise Pentland’s fabulous novels have spoken volumes to me. 

A few years ago I was ‘Robin Wilde’ a single mum juggling parenthood, work, dating and still trying to have a social life. I think that’s why these books, more so than others, are so relatable to me.

When all the odds are stacked against Robin she always has a way of coming out on top remaining loyal, loving and true to herself and those around her throughout. Although people (and situations) may try to dull her sparkle along the way…she continues to shine and I feel that Robin and I could’ve been besties – you know, if she were real haha! 

Having watched Louise for a few years now I can’t help but imagine Robin and Lyla as Louise and Darcy when I read the books, only because the bond they share and the love they have for one another is so evident in their vlogs. 

‘Wilde like me’ and ‘Wilde about the girl’ show that you can get hurt (you’re only human after all), but also that time is a great healer and you can do/get through anything if you put your mind to it and have a good support network around you – where can I get an Auntie Kath from please?! Isn’t she lovely?! 

Both books also touch – delicately – on things that you, your partners, your mums, dads, aunts, uncles, nans, grandads, cousins or friends may have faced. Louise handles these subjects with care, honesty and makes you feel like even if you have gone through or are currently going through a hard time – things WILL get better, so just hang on in there. 

Robin doesn’t need a ‘knight in shining armour’ to come and save her, she’s pretty kick a** at doing her own thing and I think we should all take a leaf out of her book. 

I can’t wait for to see what the next tale will hold for Robin, Lyla, Kath and the gang! x 

10 facts about me…

Hey guys I thought I’d share some facts about me so you can get to know me a bit better πŸ˜„…

1. I never used to like tea (unless it was a dipping sauce for biscuits!) but now I like a good cuppa!

2. Still drink related…not all the facts will be don’t worry haha…I don’t like coffee or fizzy drinks! No coke, no fizzy alcohol…none of it βœ‹πŸ» I find it disgusting!

3. If I could have a superpower…it would be to fluently speak and sign every language in the world – how amazing would it be? You could talk to and understand everyone…and you’d finally know what the nail technicians say about you when your sitting in the salon haha!

4. The personal achievement I’m most proud of (after the births of my beautiful children) is passing my driving test! I adore driving and the freedom it gives you. 

5. I once stood behind Rod Stewart on a Harrods escalator…I was that close that I could’ve pinched his bum…I didn’t…but I could’ve πŸ˜‚

6. I used to work at Wimbledon tennis club…at the time of the championships it was mayhem and I never fully appreciated it – but now I don’t work there I miss it on those magical two weeks of the year πŸ“πŸŽΎ

7. I don’t have a middle name!

8. I love writing, drawing, painting…anything creative really – although I don’t get much time to dedicate to it all right now! I can’t wait for the day that Lulu has to build a big paper mache monstrosity for ‘her’ homework – I’m all over that! πŸ™ˆπŸ˜‚

9. I’m on a three month countdown to the big 3-0 😱

10. My biggest goal is that I really want to become a published author and/or have something I’ve written performed on stage or screen! 

Tell me some things about you in the comments! 

Polka theatre’s Double Act…

I have adored Jacqueline Wilson from the moment I was able to read. One year, after reading Double Act my best friend and I decided to dress up as Ruby & Garnet for world book day – I was about a foot taller and we looked nothing alike but to us we were the twins. We were lucky enough to meet Jacqueline that day who came to do a talk at our school and she said she thought we looked great. 

When I saw that Double Act was playing at the polka theatre I was so excited and booked my daughter and I a spot straight away…and as luck would have it there was an after show chat with the legend herself that day. 

We took our seats and within a few minutes I was in fits of laughter, I won’t ruin it for you but all I will say is sheep! When I heard that line nostalgia raced through me and I remembered being a young girl and finding it just as hilarious as I did reading it for the first time. 

The whole cast were wonderful and very adaptable as there were only six of them all in all. It was lovely to see my daughter enjoying the play just as much as I was. It doesn’t matter what age you are – it is fun for all the family.

Watching the play as an adult made me realise how many emotions the book actually does make you feel. As funny as it was there are also some very sad parts that I probably didn’t fully understand when I was younger, but I have to admit I welled up a few times. 

The play is on until the 5th August and the ticket prices are very reasonable – if you get a chance to go, you won’t regret it! It was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon and the theatre itself has a lot to keep the children busy before and after shows with a cafe, reading corner, shop and outside play area. 

I’ll pop the website link below and I look forward to going to see many more shows at the polka theatre with my babies.

https://polkatheatre.com/

I want to get away…

I’ve never really thought about moving away before. I don’t know if it’s because I’m approaching 30 or because I have a family of my own now but I’m fed up of living where I do. 

It’s not a bad area don’t get me wrong but it feels more crowded than it used to; for example – I park two roads away from my daughters school and walk the rest of the way because the traffic gets so bad on the actual school road, by 8.30am I’m lucky if I can get a parking spot…if I leave the car any further away I may aswell leave it at home and we’re not really within walking distance! Also, some of the teachers at my daughters school were my teachers when I was younger. When she started the school I found that to be a comfort but the older she’s getting I realise that I don’t want her life to be repeating mine.

I find myself scrolling through pages on rightmove at lovely houses in the country – but also not too far from the sea, with lots of land that the babies and I could plant vegetables in, bury a time capsule (lulus desperate to do this) have a little local school & a village pub on the green and maybe even keep a few chickens. Who have I become?! 😱

This one caught my eye…isn’t it gorgeous?! It looks like a cottage straight out of ‘the holiday.’ 


In my early 20’s my dream house used to be London penthouses, close to all the action and imagining living out my ‘sex and the city’ SJP lifestyle. I never moved into one of those and unless I win the lottery…I’ll probably never move into my dream house either but it does go to show that your tastes change alot as you get older. 

Until then, I’ll continue my search (just incase haha!) & keep watching homes under the hammer and location location location. Have any of you ever taken the plunge and moved away from where you grew up? Did you love it? Regret it? Move back? I’d love to know! 

The name game…

Would you be brave enough to let your child name their new brother or sister? I’m all for unusual names but when Lulu suggested we call her baby brother YouTube…I had to draw the line! 

Apparently Hillary Duff’s son wants to call his new sibling Cofant Croissant – which sounds like the name of an excellent Bond villain or an evil step mother haha. I’d love to know how their little minds work to come up with some of these ideas. 

I do know someone who let their son name his new baby brother…luckily for them he picked the name Jack.

Some families have said they at least consider the suggestions made by their older children as they want them to feel more connected and not pushed out by the impending new arrival. With many of them going on to use the suggested names as middle names. Scary spice allegedly let her daughter Phoenix name her little sister, going for something a lot less unusual than her name, Maddison. 

When I was at school, I was the only student with my name. I loved it and now my daughter is the only one at her school with her name. 

Personally I think it’s nice to be different with your name choices and pretty much anything goes nowadays…but I definitely won’t be bringing a YouTube or Cofant into the world anytime soon.