First Steps Into The School Unknown

Posted by on Jul 2, 2015 in Featured, Parenting | 4 comments

First Steps Into The School Unknown

He had to be peeled off me, sobbing, shouting he wanted to go home. I had to walk away and leave him with TOTAL STRANGERS. I couldn’t look back or the sight of his tear streaked face would have made me grab him and run away.

Read More

Melt

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in Featured, Life | 10 comments

Melt

Sorry Summer lovers, but it is too hot for this cardigan loving human. I have taken on the mantle of the wicked witch of the west. I have melted. I am but a puddle of human goo.

Read More

Red Candy Hangit Frame Review and Giveaway

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in competitions, Featured, home and interiors | 11 comments

Red Candy Hangit Frame Review and Giveaway

 Red Candy are a Birmingham based online business who sell all manner of stylish and quirky products for your home and garden. Initially selling only red products, they soon expanded to embrace the rainbow and have a huge range of goodies to choose from. They asked me to pick something to review, and it took me a while to narrow down my choice.

Read More

Summer Day West Bay

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in days out, Featured | 16 comments

Summer Day West Bay

Yesterday we went to West Bay, our last visit a few months back, saw us wrapped in coats against the freezing breeze, and needing chips to warm our blue fingers – but now summer is here and it was hot and the air was scented with the tropical tang of sun cream. In the spirit of my post on Monday about learning joy from Syd, I didn’t take many pictures. Obvs I took a few, it was too gorgeous not too – but once I had snapped for a few minutes I put my camera firmly away and got on with the business of immersing myself in the experience.

Read More

Maple and Mango Flapjacks

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015 in Featured, Food | 16 comments

Maple and Mango Flapjacks

The great thing about flapjacks is that you can vary what you add to them depending on what’s in the cupboard. Max wanted to make some the other day, so I had a rummage and came up with some dried mango and some maple syrup – so we decided to have a go using those, and the result was delicious so I am sharing it here!

Read More

On Learning About Joy From A Three Year Old

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in Featured, Life | 18 comments

On Learning About Joy From A Three Year Old

When you are a grown up joy is a hard thing to find. I am not talking about happiness, I am happy, life is good. I mean those flashes of pure joy, where you are completely in the moment.

Read More

Why father’s day can be awkward when you are a tricycle.

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in Featured, Life | 6 comments

Why father’s day can be awkward when you are a tricycle.

Three kids. Three different dads. I should probably sign up for Jeremy Kyle now right?

When I was a kid I assumed I would get married, have a family and it would be for keeps. After all, my parents managed it – I didn’t know any different. I do now.

Read More

Pride and Preparing To Let Go

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Featured, Parenting | 16 comments

Pride and Preparing To Let Go

My daughter finished college yesterday. Finished finished. Forever finished. Next stop university finished.

I am enormously proud of what she has achieved – 3 D stars at Btech, which is the equivalent of 3 A stars at A-level. The grading system took me a while to get used to – I remember getting her first report, full of D’s and demanding to know what was going wrong- only to find out a D was top mark on this course – doh!

Read More

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in Featured, Food | 21 comments

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Syd insisted on the purchase of a rather splendid pineapple the other day. I am rather taken with it as an object and am now searching for the perfect ornamental version – but in the mean time the real one needed eating – so we went retro and made a Pineapple Upside Down Cake.

Read More

Biscuit of the Week – Battenburgs and Roly Polys.

Posted by on Jun 12, 2015 in Biscuits, Featured | 22 comments

Biscuit of the Week – Battenburgs and Roly Polys.

It has been a while since I did a biscuit of the week post, but when I spotted these beauties in Marks and Spencer’s I knew they were worthy of resurrecting the jingle of joy…

 

Read More