Wednesday, 28 May 2014

~~Mum & Me~~

My friend & her little one popped over for coffee.
It's  funny how your friendships change once children come along, more play dates than fancy coffee shops! 
Anyway she's a new neighbour (well we are the new ones!) & she is lovely! 
So lovely in fact that she bought me this little gift to congratulate me on the pregnancy! 

I received  a few "mum to be" gift sets when I had my first child and as grateful as I was I kinda felt they really weren't all that useful. By the time I wanted to relax and soak in the bath, I was almost a beached whale so a host of soaps and salts and scrubs really didn't float my boat, so when I saw this I was initially unsure as to what to expect! 

I was VERY pleasantly surprised! 

Inside this lovely little bag are some great little treats! Some for mum and some for baby. I'm certainly keen on what this gift set has to offer! 

It's called the *mum & me* set and its got 4 gifts inside.


Now this is the part where I went ooooh and aaaaah! 

The contents are, Bump unwind bath soak, New mum Hand Gel,  Sleep tight baby bath & a (good size) muslin square. 

Its a perfect gift. A treat for all the stages. Something to pop in my hospital bag in miniature or use now in a shower (as a bath isn't fun for me) "OCD gel" is always a winner in my book & perfect  for out & about nappy time, a soothing bath soak for baby is a clear winner and then another muslin, I mean seriously you can NEVER have enough 'muzzies' those beauties are awesome! 

The contents are brilliant!!!!!! What's not to love??? 

I would love to know who decided on the contents of this bag as they are so great and I'm not all that easily pleased generally so this is good a great accolade! 


I'm excited to see what else is in the range and would happily give this line of products as a gift too! 

Well done Cussons what a great idea!! 

*all personal opinions, this was a gift from a friend, I just love it* 

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

~~On the turn ~~

I rarerly get to the end of the week & find I have some fruit left! We all love fruit here!!! 

Somehow this week it was different! 
I think its down to having cake around! Shocker!! 

I hate waste & begrudge wasting money by binning my fruit that's seen its best! 

So, like many others, I cook it! 

Want to see what I came up with? 

Two rather sweet dishes that took my healthy fruit & added a couple more calories! 

Almost brown.....


Apples! Peeled, sugared & in water. Ready to boil for 20 minutes until soft & caramelly !



Then whacked into a lovely John lewis stone wear dish, topped with my Nanna's recipe for crumble topping (6oz flour, 3oz sugar, 1.5oz butter)  & voila! A whole dessert for next to nothing! 

Just waiting for the custard!!  

So what happened to the bananas?

I used this recipe...

http://www.lifeloveandsugar.com/2014/02/11/moist-chewy-banana-oatmeal-cookies/



To create two flapjack cakes! (Meant to be bars but I put all of the mix in two silicone cake moulds!) 


Mulched banana, added literally everything in the recipe, then mixed with THE BEST SPATULA ever!!! & whacked it into the moulds! 



45 minutes at 180 & they look like this...


According to my husband & work colleagues they taste delicious!!!! 

I think I'll make them again! 

Yay for fruit that's about to turn bad! 3 awesome puddings!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Expect some cooking / mummy based colabs soon with Leanne from  "my little life of scrap" Now that should be great fun! 

Xx 

Thursday, 1 May 2014

~~Viable and feeling full already~~


I'm over half way, whichever way you look at it.

Generally I assume a gestation to be 42weeks  thanks to my first born and her rather late and medically induced arrival!

So when I reached 21 weeks I felt happy to say that YES I was half way!

But oh! that's three weeks ago and we are hurtling, all wheels turning head first into almost the middle month of the year! in less than 5 a month I will be 31!!!!!! ( I hate this phrase, but....) where has the time gone?
Well I think its safe to say it went on the following
LIVING!
Some of that isn't 'living it up' its just living, existing and getting through the day to day.

What have we learned in this almost half year/ half pregnancy?

Well your second pregnancy, as my friend correctly describes, is easily forgotten.  

"Woah that sounds harsh doesn't it? "
Well yes & no, its not that I don't care or don't think about my second child, it's more that I have a first born taking up most of my thoughts. 

Man that first pregannacy was a luxury. (sitting down resting , napping in the afternoon after work) It's only with the more frequent movements these days that I am constantly aware of baby's presence. 

We have passed the "vom phase" and the "super knackered could fall asleep on a washing line" section , and we were just into the looking fatter stage.  Now, according to co workers, I am blooming"! well that's just peachy isn't it?  I'm glad   something is looking more peachy cos its surely not my rear!!! If I didn't know better I would say im carrying  full term baby back there!!! ITS HUGE!!!  I digress.  

Its only really now that baby is moving so much & we are ready to buy, collect, get out of the loft those essentials that it feels real!!! 

Anyway! We are at 24 weeks and that makes me happy! 

With happiness comes a feeling of brave!
( I used  to have hair like Merida!, true story!) so now feels like the right time to switch my blogging focus to that of a Mummy blogger (ha OMG really, you are just a mummy???) nah!!!  I'm still everything I was before (strange yes!) but my focus alongside crafts will be all things mummy, baby and (believe it or not) early school years age related! Yes my darling first born begins reception  class in September! 

So welcome one and all!

I'll be here all week ( joke longer hopefully!) 

There's heaps in the pipeline , but for now expect  pictures & Vlogs too! 

I look forward to sharing my new experiences with you and finding new and exciting mum, baby and child based things that we can chew the fat over!!  

Thanks for stopping by! 

S.