A top holiday all round. Got to think of the next one now!!
A top holiday all round. Got to think of the next one now!!
Like many kids across the land, our daughter Evie is mad for Disney’s Frozen at the moment,
so much so we’ve even brought her the soundtrack so she can learn the words and James is
seriously considering taking her along to one of Prince Charles Cinema’s ‘Sing-Along-A-Frozen’
showings. One of our favourite illustrators, Mr.Hipp posted this recently too, so, you wanna build
was the best option! The midwife rang for an ambulance and whilst I was on all
fours having the mother of all contractions, sucking on the gas & air like life
depended upon it, completely starkas, I looked up to see 3 new faces peering
down at me. One of the ambulance men cheerily said ‘Hello!’ Hahaha. All dignity
goes out the window when giving birth! Ten minutes later I was rolling onto a hospital
bed and 13 minutes after that I delivered Lukas, drug free and without any intervention!
As per Hayden-Ellis tradition we also got Mysterio to predict Lukas’ future.
him when his sister will be a Criminal Mastermind!
So we find ourselves thrown back into the ring with broken nights sleep,
trade it for anything in the world! And if Lukas is anything like Evie (who is doing
a sterling job as big sister) then we will be more than happy.
I'm 10 days overdue now and still feel like this baby won't really pop
out anytime soon! Induction is booked in at the hospital for 9.30am
Sunday morning so by hook or by crook we will have a baby by Monday!
In the meantime we've created a playlist to help while away the time.
So if you're ever indeed of a playlist to make you labour ready......
Whilst waiting for this baby to arrive we have today baked
a gluten free lemon drizzle cake and downloaded a new app
for Evie to play with and it's awesome!
EyePaint Monsters by Curious Hat is a FREE app. Instead of the usual colouring
This is definitely a great app for 4+ year olds - the comments are pretty hilarious as
I suspect older kids have tried to use this and thought what's the point, but for young
children it's a brilliant free app. Evie seems to love it anyway.
We hope you had a great Easter, ours was lovely! We kicked it off on Good Friday
with a trip to Surrey Wheels Day with wonderful friends, Easter Sunday we had
a family lunch with hilarious Easter egg hunt clues made by my Dad, and yesterday
comprised of a visit to the cinema and a cheeky Wagamama's. All of this interspersed
with lots of painting (as we've just had a walk in wardrobe fitted). Most of our social
media platforms have been very quiet as we've been busy getting some quality family
time in now that I'm in the final stretch of my pregnancy - yikes!!
With exactly 1 week to my due date I can safely say that I'm thoroughly excited and
that I've had enough too. I know my bump isn't massive (but neither am I at 5'), but
I think everything is in proportion and I've had more than enough now of the relentless
kicking and elbowing, hiccups, searing heartburn from fresh air and constant wee's.
I've got to say though that this pregnancy has been a breeze in comparison to my first.
Maybe it's because you don't concentrate on it as much as you've already got your
hands full with child number 1, plus a growing business and freelance work. Yep,
things have been busy! I should be putting up my feet this week but I'll most likely
be painting our new wardrobe and helping to put blinds and posters up :D
I definitely don't like to sit around on my bum for too long.
Although I then get incredibly tired!!
So the impending birth became more of a reality when the midwife dropped around
with the gas and air....Uh huh, I'm going to go for a home birth. I'm not some crazy
woman who is determined to have one no matter what, but going on both of my
sisters' second birth's it might be a wise idea as they had their second babies
incredibly quickly! I'm hoping for the same and then I won't have the rigmarole in
leaving the hospital and Evie can come back sooner to meet the new family member.
All sounds perfect - let's just see what happens, I might want drugs, and home births
obviously don't provide that, it's natural all the way, sheesh, I kinda like drugs ;D
James raised a good point yesterday, ready made meals!! When are we going to get
the time to cook in the first few weeks? Hmmm if only there was a service like
Meals On Wheels for new mum's and dad's... nutritious meals that provide all
the vitamins and minerals you'd need to help boost your energy and help with
breastfeeding.....Maybe this is my next venture!!
an hour making something that will be gobbled down in less than 10 minutes. It doesn’t come
naturally to me and I’m just not that good at it. Even my nearly-2 year old doesn’t think much
of mummy’s cooking. This evening, she un-plated her dinner on to the table. Charming.
within 10 seconds I don’t care. Not that I’m any better at it than main meals, mind. But the
difference in enjoyment is phenomenal. I‘ve been quietly excited in my house all week waiting
to get a moment to bake these insanely appealing Caramel Popcorn Cupcakes, which are all
the rage on Pinterest.
I was slumped over my laptop for far too long looking for the simplest of the Popcorn Cupcake
recipes (I ended up combining two recipes) especially ignoring ones that didn’t call for making
your own caramel. I need to make these things FAST before the nearly-2 year old pulls down
the oven door trying to climb to see (stupid American design), or the 3 year old cries because
I’m not yet giving her the bowl to lick. This time round the 2 year old poured a pint of water all
over the worktop and I managed to create a layer of uncooked cupcake goo everywhere.
weighing scales gizmo from Withings which apparently lets him ‘quantify himself’ – what?
Anyway, it connects him digitally from the moment he stands on the scales, it reads his
weight & heart rate, counts his steps and tells him if he’s had a good night’s sleep.
The gizmo then publishes it all up to the digital cloud in the sky so he can see it on an app
on his mobile phone, so he can tell me that he’s lost weight. I could tell him that when
I stand next to him on the scales and see his weight, or sleep next to him in bed and hear
him snore. I digress… (I’m just jealous that I’ve not lost as much weight as him in his first week).
The kids gobbled them up in no time. I think I’m going to serve them at my nearly-2 year old’s
second birthday, except I might just make really mini versions though - they’re rather sweet.
No good for the husband’s obsession with his weighing scales. So tomorrow, I’ll be sending
the remaining cupcakes in to his office for them to get fat on instead. I might just have to keep
one though…. Or two… Aaagh, I can’t give them up!
I took one taste of the butterscotch frosting and figured I didn’t need any more sweetness).
Ingredients for the Butterscotch Frosting (found this on Fine Cooking, by Greg Patent)
Preheat oven to 170 degrees.
bubble (it’s alright if it still looks separated at this point).
a little dry, beat in more cream, 1/2 tbsp at a time, until it’s thick, smooth, and spreadable.
Thank you Helen! We'll be trying these beauties over the weekend. xxx
Brighten up your Easter holidays by winning this lovely lot.
All you need to do is:
Repost this photo in Instagram,
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Boys&Girls Bright As Day sweater (available in Sizes 1-2 years, 2-3 years & 3-4 years)
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You have just over 1 week.
Winner will be picked at random.
We love tactile experiences and the joy of seeing something grow piece by piece
in front of our eyes. It helps us to not only gain a sense of spacial awareness, but
enables us to tackle creative and engineering challenges simply by connecting one
brightly coloured block to another. Lego is obviously the major player in this arena,
with offerings for both boys and girls, though in recent years I’ve noticed it being
a bit more boy-heavy and the girl ranges a bit too pink for my liking.
(which we’ve mentioned before on this blog, though which unfortunately are still
unavailable in the UK) aiming themselves squarely at readdressing this gender
imbalance. Hopefully following in Goldie’s footsteps are three new companies
which aim to bring out the “Artist, Architect, Engineer, and Visionary” in our little ones.
First up is Roominate, whose kits enable children to construct their own wired up
dollhouses. The founders, Alice and Bettina – two engineers out of Caltech, MIT,
and Stanford are on a mission to get more girls interested in engineering. They
believe that early exposure through toys will inspire the next generation of female
Strawbees is a Kickstarter project out of Sweden that recently achieved it’s funding
by over 450%! The simple set of plastic pieces allows children to build huge mechanical
objects from standard straws and cardboard, you’ll have a little Buckminster Fuller on
your hands in no time!
Finally, another successful Kickstarter aiming to bring “gender disruption in construction
toys” is Build & Imagine whose play-sets are composed of beautifully painted wooden
panels, called StoryWalls, and matching wooden dolls. Children can build the StoryWalls
play-sets into any structural design they choose, and they’ll magnetically snap together.
The illustrations on each wall artfully combine to create scenes that act as a launching
pad for the child’s imagination.
We’re all for using play to help construct our children’s cognitive skills and we’ll be hoping
to get some of these into our budding builder’s little hands at the nearest opportunity!
Yep, here I am, over 8 months pregnant and not massive I suppose.
In fact it's gone down in size by 6cms!? How is that possible?
I have to go for a scan next week to see what's going on but the baby
is moving around constantly so I'm not freaking out.....I don't mind being
small as I am only small myself! At only 5' I wouldn't want a ginormous belly,
I would be a Weeble. Plus this means it'll be a smaller baby to deal with on the
exit. Ahhhh labour, that glorious thing - I haven't given it a thought. Evie took
ages (33 hours) and was fairly traumatic so I'm hoping this one will literally just fall
out! Like when 21 year old Jessica Wynter gave birth in her onesie just by getting
out of the car! Yes that is true, check it out here. She didn't even realise! And that's
how it's going to happen with me, ah yes, one cough and out it'll fly, Super Baby.
So being 36 weeks means that I need to get all the baby stuff and start getting
sorted just incase it decides to rear it's head early, and my god, isn't there a lot
of stuff that you have to get? I totally forgot. The romantic joys of buying boob pads,
maternity pads, nipple cream, milk expressers, nappies, nappy bags.
The list is endless!
I've also been getting suuuuuuuper tired, not everyday but some days just wipe
me out. The merest of things like having a shower and getting dressed and I'm
huffing and puffing like Pete's Dragon, maybe that's been the smog too?
We are looking forward to meeting this new team member, especially Evie who
loves kissing the bump, it's very sweet. I just hope that carries on once the baby
is actually here! Although I reckon a lot of poking and prodding will be going on.
Names are still slightly elusive and I'm sure we'll be scribbling them down furiously
whilst I'm in labour again.
Our baby's first outfit will be no less than a Mysterio tshirt, it's always fun to see what
future they're predicted, plus some trousers with feet. These are essential, well I think
so anyway, who wants to faff around with socks that just keep coming off?
And the Noodle Ricestorm will be an ace first, squidgy toy.