Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Thirty on the Thirtieth... Happy Birthday meeeeee!

So today, I turn thirty. The big 3 – 0. This has never bothered me. My parents have a healthy relationship with their age, and my dad threw a massive a party for his fiftieth, inviting people he’d met at different stages in his life. It was amazing!
30th BIRTHDAY WHISKEY T-Shirt "Vintage 1984 Aged To Perfection" 30 year BLACK Te 
However the closest I got to my birthday, and the more thoughts would creep into my head… “Am I in the correct job?”,” is there anything I could have done by this time which I haven’t?” “Am I where I should be at 30?”… It is almost as if the mind can’t help it!
30th birthday woes.....

But then I wondered what was the point of asking myself so many questions! I am an optimist by nature, and strongly believe that my decisions in the past have led me to where I am now. As such, I would not change anything I have done, just in case it would not give me all the amazing things I have today.
From this, I have decided to let aside all the fears and questions I may have of where I think I should be, and instead focus on the amazing things I have done and lived through to date, because in thirty years, I have done some pretty lush things! And so this is definitely worth celebrating!
So here goes! A small selection of some of the pretty amazing things I am grateful for during my time on earth so far:
  • I have travelled to some amazing places thanks to my parents, including Australia, Israel, Morocco, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Switzerland. They might not all be the most exotic of places, but I have loved each and every one for oh so many reasons!
  • I have had the chance to live in France, Ireland, Australia and England. When in one country, I have had the opportunity to move around a lot within that same country. I believe this has led me to embrace and even seek change, making sure I don’t remain idle in the same place for too long, whether physically or metaphorically (it drives Barry mad!).
  • I have been a big sister to two amazing siblings for almost my whole life. We each have our own personalities, talents and way of life, but they are such a big influence in my life. I wouldn’t give up this title for anything in the world!
  • I have graduated from a university degree I found really interesting. It wasn’t until I left uni that I realised many people do not have the opportunity to go to university, even if they want to. So it has definitely made me grateful to have had the opportunity to do so.
  • I have met a wonderful man who I will be marrying next year. We are both as bad tempered and impatient as each other, but somehow, it works, and I can’t wait to become his wife.
  • Thanks to the above mentioned wonderful man, I am now Maman to two beautiful children. However tired or grumpy I get because of the lack of sleep and manic times in my life nowadays, I do love being a mum (just don’t ask me there and then!). I never could imagine myself as a mum prior to having Siena, but again, I would not give up this title for anything in the world.
  • I have a good job, which is interesting and challenging at the same time.
  • I have a mortgage on a lovely family home.
  • I feel confident enough to order water at McDonalds with my Big Mac meal with fries and mozzarella bites…. Simply because I prefer drinking water to other things. This took me a long time, but I guess it’s true what they say: you truly get to know yourself better as you get older!
  • I have a selection of amazing friends who spoil me!
  • I have been blessed with inspirational people in my family. I miss those who left us too soon loads, but know that their wisdom and values is not forgotten and is likely to get passed onto my family.
  • I have plucked up the courage to start up a blog, and have received amazing feedback from family and friends. From there, I have also become a writer for a wedding blog, French Wedding Style. Who knows, this might be the start of my dream of a creative career come true! :)
And in celebration of all of this, I get to eat cake, and lots of it! Mmmmmm cake….
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Friday, 25 April 2014

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday to you all! It's not a bank holiday this weekend but there's one coming up soon, and I hope you have fun no matter what you're up to!

I have Birthday drinks planned tomorrow night at the Living Room, and I have my new dress all ready to shine from Joy! (Have you seen their new collection? It's beautiful!).

I am slightly worried as to how I will fare on the night, as it has been so long since I went out properly, and with Hugo teething I have been really tired again lately... But hopefully nothing a good cocktail or two won't help with!

I am also hoping for some me time at some point, by going into town by myself for a spot of shopping (desperately want some new make-up, including a bright pink lippy!).

And then, I want to make sure I spend time with the kids, as they make me laugh like no one else at the moment. I especially love it when Siena and Hugo are giggling uncontrollably at each other, always lightens up my day!
Laughing is the key to a long happy life. Don't ever lose the kid in you. Don't ever forget the playfulness in life. laugh = happieness
What are you up this weekend?
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ps: Finally found a pair of gorgeous handmade leather moccasins made in the UK for Hugo, can't wait to get him a pair

pps: how cute is this little chappy? which brings me to the next one... Have you checked out this amazing lady yet?

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Looking for teething miracles? (or at least anything that might help!) ~ Plum Baby's new wafers

Any parent with a teething child will surely understand me when I say that I'm prepared to try anything to help my kids through teething (and also to help me get some sleep, it has to be said!). With Siena, I got her an amber necklace from here. I might as well have told Barry I was going to carry out some voodoo magic by the way he reacted when I told him, but like I said, I was keen to try out anything that was supposed to work! I still love Siena's necklace to date but can't say whether it worked or not as she couldn't wear it at nursery so didn't really wear it long enough for us to see whether it helped with her teething pains... I did try it on Hugo but my family kept asking why he had a girl's necklace on... I thought he had a cool sufer dude look to him but nevermind!

This brings to my post today. When I heard that Plum Baby had a new product called "Little Yums”, described as "teething wafer that are perfect for little gums and emerging teeth", I definitely wanted to hear more about it.

I was already familiar with Plum Baby's products, namely their various pouches, as I like buying "proper food" for the kids, and the pouches are great convenience wise when you're often on the go, or when you're not sure how much your baby will eat in the first stages of weaning (apparently, Prince George is also a fan!). They also taste like real food, unlike many of the food in jars you can get which all taste the same no matter the flavour. Obviously on the same values, the wafers are made with no added sugar, salt, artificial flavours, colours or preservatives, therefore providing a tasty and healthy alternative to the tasteless or sugar laden teething biscuits currently available on the martet. The wafers come in two flavours – pumpkin & banana and spinach, apple & kale.

Plum Baby described the wafers as "perfect for little hands to hold, which encourages self-feeding and they dissolve easily in baby’s mouth, so no mess for once!" This was another great advantage I thought as some other undisclosed baby biscuits sure made one big mess whenever I gave them to Hugo, so I never knew whether he actually ate any of them amongst all the crumbs/squished wet biscuit smudged into the carpet!

We got to try out both flavours. I gave the banana first to Hugo, as like his sister, he could easily live off bananas if given the chance! I have to say, he ate it all, which is no small thing as he can be a little fussy. And also, (and this made me really happy!), absolutely no mess whatsoever! As a result, I now always carry both in my bag when we're out and about. He seems to like both flavours, and definitely seems happy chomping on them when his teeth are causing him pain. So a definite thumbs up from us!

And Siena loves them too, so if Hugo can't finish the packet, she always seems to be around to "help" him out!...