Thursday, 24 July 2014

Trendy Thursday - The colour grey

One of my fave Instagram peeps is Susan Lynch AKA @SoobyLynch.  She has a wonderful Instagram feed mainly featuring gorgeous photos of her little fashionista Penny.  Susan blogs as well under the name of Standing By The Wall,  so named because she takes photos of Penny in her outfits, standing by the wall!

Susan is running a 30 day challenge, 30 Days of Colour.  The idea is that every three days you are given a new colour and you have to dress, do and find things that fit in with that colour.  The colours are as follows:

Days 1-3 : Yellow
Days 4-6 : Purple
Days 7-9 : Grey
Days 10-12 : Green
Days 13-15 : White
Days 16-18 : Pink
Days 19-21 : Orange
Days 22-24 : Black
Days 25-27 : Red
Day 28-30 : Blue

It's a challenge for anyone and everyone to join in with, all you have to do is take photos and tag them on Instagram using #colourbythewall.

We missed the first few days but we have been joining in with grey, so I thought today I'd share some "grey" looks from myself and the boys!

Colour By The Wall - Grey - Standing By The Wall - SoobyLynch
Colour By The Wall - Grey

Grey Vest - very old from Gap
Jelly Shoes - Sunjellies
"Felix" arrow print leggings - Boco Baby

LOVE t shirt - Whistle & Flute
Star print shorts - H&M (last year)

Grey Hello vest - Hello Apparel via Southwood Stores
Denim shorts - Next

I think we did a reasonable job with grey.  I realised this morning when I was hanging out the washing that we had a load of grey items in the wash.  I should have been more organised.  We'll make more effort with green!

Why not join in?  Search for the tag #colourbythewall on IG, see what everyone has been rocking and have fun!

If you have a kids fashion post to link up, please do so below.  Please, PLEASE don't forget to comment here and visit others who join in.  It's not a huge linky so it's not hard to do.  I have to admit that I find it rather galling when people link but don't comment.

I will make every effort to tweet your links at least once, hopefully twice.

Thanks everybody! xx

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Local Limelight - a new linky for Wednesdays

I've been writing the odd feature under the heading of "Local Limelight" off and on for a while now.  Whilst I was washing up today I was thinking about the next Local Limelight post I was planning to write up when I realised that actually I have about three that need writing up.. and that got me thinking that it needs to be a more regular thing.. and that lead me on to thinking it might work well as a linky!

Lots of us bloggers write about our local area, reviewing local attractions, shops and businesses etc.  Not only are these write ups useful for local readers, they are useful for people visiting the area or even for people looking for inspiration for places to go.  How useful would it be to have a place for all of those posts to be shared together?

I've asked around and it seems that people think it's a good idea.

So.  As of Wednesday 30th July , Local Limelight will become a linky.  The rules will be simple:

1) Link up any posts you've written about your local area (when I say local, I'd say within a 50 mile radius ish) - you can link up old posts and new posts.  I'm also happy for you to link up posts you've written about places you've visited, even on holidays, because whilst they might not be "local" to you, they will be local to someone!

2) Display my badge and link back to my blog.

3) Tweet the link to your post/s using the tag #LocalLimelight

4) Visit some or all others who join in to share the love and hopefully find out something new!

The linky will be held every Wednesday initially and will be live for 5 days.  You can post in advance and link up or post after Wednesday and link up.  It may drop to bi-monthly depending on interest.

I really hope you'll join in!

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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Trendy Thursday - Marmalade Sky Baby Clothing

I love finding lovely new brands, especially small work at home ones based in the UK.

One of my most favourite finds of the last few months is Marmalade Sky Baby.  Sarah is the lady behind Marmalade Sky and she makes some of the coolest children's clothing you will find in the UK and you can be sure you're getting quality and supporting a lovely work at home Mum.

I asked Sarah if she could make some shorts for Felix.  He only had a couple of pairs and with all this wonderful weather he needed some more.  Sarah has some lovely fabric to choose from but I had my eye on her rainbow print.  She was happy to whip up a pair for us and promptly did so.

Well, last week we happily took delivery of them and they are GORGEOUS! Due to their colour (a sort of pale sage green) they pretty much go with any other colours.  The pattern is pretty flexible too!

Today we paired them with a snake print Mini Rodini vest.  He looked awesome!

Vest - Mini Rodini via Cissy Wears
Jelly Shoes - Sun Jellies

Have you found any new brands lately?  Do you love trawling Etsy and Folksy like I do?  If you do, share your favourites with me!

Link up your children's fashsploits below and don't forget to comment here and visit others who link up! xx

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Thursday, 10 July 2014

Trendy Thursday - Rompers, Playsuits, Jumpsuits....

I really love all in one outfits.  Even for myself.  They are so retro, so reminiscent of childhood.  Even though they can be a pain in the butt (literally) when it comes to trips to the loo or nappy changes, they just look so darn cute.

This Sunday just gone Ethan was rocking his new Indikidual jumpsuit and we both thought it rocked.  Ethan has a thing about jumpsuits/rompers as well.  He loves to wear them.  They just seem to boost his mood, they feel fun and playful.  This jumpsuit has cute jellyfish all over it so he kept telling me he was a jellyfish.  Especailly with his jelly shoes on!

Indikidual, Rock Your Baby, Romper, Kids Leggings, Baby Leggings

Jellyfish romper - Indikidual via KyNa Boutique
Jelly shoes - Project Jelly
'Dad' vest - Minti via eBay
Harlequin leggings - Rock Your Baby
Moccasin sandals - Monkey and Mole

Felix was sporting a rather fantastic pair of bright harlequin print leggings from Rock Your Baby (a super cool Aussie brand) which we really love.  I can vouch for them being hard wearing - twice he's stained them and each time I've managed to get the stains out and they've washed really well.   They just look amazing.

I can't write this week without mentioning Felix's new Bobo Choses romper.  It is INSANE it's so lush.  I love out slouchy it is, plus, due to it's slouchy nature, it'll have loads of growing room so I think he'll be wearing it a good while.  It's a simple spotty print but simple is all you need sometimes!

Bobo Choses romper

Bobo Choses Romper - Yellow Lolly

What have your dudes and dudettes been wearing this week?  You can link up below!

I discovered this week that Mother Geek and Clearly Bex have also started a kids fashion linky on Thursdays so you can link up with them too if you wish!

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Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Local Limelight - The Dig For Victory Show

This weekend just gone we visited the Dig For Victory Show at the North Somerset Showground.  What was it, you ask?  Well, it was billed as a "1940s festival" and that sums it up well really.

We weren't sure exactly what we would find but we thought it would be fun to dress up.  Pete wore my Grandpa's old suit.  It was probably more early 1950s rather than '40s but still, an old suit getting some new wear is good!  I wore a vintage looking dress that I thought would look the part and be comfy.  Felix has grown out of his What More Wore vintage look romper so he had to make do with some slightly vintage looking dungarees and a tshirt.  Poor effort on that front!  Ethan rocked a Joules shirt I found in the charity shop, his braces and a pair of shorts from H&M.. and his hat.  I think he looked adorable!

Dig For Victory Show, North Somerset

Dig For Victory Show, North Somerset

So, what did we find?  Well, there was heaps to do, see and hear.  Thankfully a lot of people had dressed up, not just the folks working there. I think there were fewer people not dressed up actually!  There were so many stalls to look at, we didn't know where to start.  As it was lunch time we thought food would be the best thing to sort out first!

Dig For Victory Show, North Somerset

We were spoilt for choice but plumped for two fresh stonebaked Pizzas from Encasta Pizza.  They were yummy but between three of us (Felix was asleep) didn't go very far so Pete and I unfortunately had to try Chilli Dogs from Shakey's Diner! We also sampled some fresh lemonade and a gorgeous mars brownie.  Yum, yum and more yum!

We enjoyed listening to two lovely singers, the Goodnight Sweethearts - they were really good fun!

We had a good rumidge at the vintage stalls.

We loved having a look at the vintage cars and Army memorabilia - Ethan loved hearing an air-raid siren going off and "bombs".

Dig For Victory Show, North Somerset

Even the portaloos were nice!  The only difficult part of our day was that Felix was not a happy boy at all.  We suspect teeth - he has 7 all trying to break through at the moment.. 7!!  They are proving very slow to come through though..  It was hard work trying to stay happy and enjoy ourselves when he was screaming away but we made it through.  These things will improve as he gets older!

Dig For Victory Show, North Somerset

Dig For Victory Show, North Somerset

The show is on again next year I believe so I'm sure we'll be back!  I'm afraid I didn't take as many photos as I'd have liked - I blame the stress of a crying baby!!

Linking up with Coombe Mill for Country Kids.

**What is Local Limelight? I am writing a series of posts featuring local events, places, people etc.  Whenever I do, you will see Local Limelight in the title!**


Friday, 4 July 2014

Growing up is bitter sweet

At this time of year I am painfully aware of life flying past me.  The school term is drawing to a close and I just can't quite get my head around it.

This time last year Ethan was preparing to leave preschool.  He had had his school visits with his "big school".  I remember attending with him (along with a tiny baby Felix who didn't really move and didn't mind being stuck in a buggy!!) and thinking how small he appeared in comparison to the children currently in the reception class, in their uniforms, knowing the teachers, knowing where everything goes.   They seemed so grown up and now, one year on, my own little boy is just the same as them - at least in the eyes of the new school Mums attending the settling in mornings with their preschoolers.  In my eyes though, he's just the same.

Accept he's not, is he?  If I look at it objectively, if I look back at the year as a whole, I can see so many changes, physical, emotional, educational.  He is taller.  He still seems diddy in comparison to much of his class but I know he's grown.  I can see the evidence in black ink marked up on our wall chart.  He's actually shot up by about 7cm in the last year.  He can read. He wasn't able to do that a year ago.  He can write far more than his name.   He can write phonetically.  Even if words aren't spelt correctly, they sound right when you read them out.  He can count far beyond 100.  He talks to me of diagraphs and trigraphs.  Things I am supposed to understand but at not yet 5, he is already talking to me in a language I am struggling to decipher!   Just today, on the school run, he said "Mummy, let's count in even numbers!".

This time last year, the stabilisers on his bike had just come off.  Today he whizzes around at breakneck speed and is about to move onto his THIRD bike (when you include the balance bike he had from age 2).  An age 5-8 BMX with skulls on it!

He can swim almost without any support.  He will jump in the pool and go underwater.  All things he wasn't doing a year ago.

Right in front of my eyes my little boy is disappearing.  I just want to press pause.  Each morning I drop him at school and on the walk home, find myself tearing up behind my sunglasses.  How can this be?   Where has this year gone?  How can he be moving into Year One?  He's not ready, is he?  Yes.  Yes he is.  It's me who isn't ready.

My little boy is growing up

I know he still needs me and boy do I cling to that.  When he is ill, it's me he wants.  I have to admit that in some weird way I rejoice a little when he is ill.  It's a rare chance to hop off the cartwheel of life and just be together (well, as together as we can be when Felix is jumping all over us).  I can keep him home from school for a day or so and we can have some time.  It feels like precious stolen time.  Life is SO busy these days, the weeks pass in a blur and one day runs into the next.  There hardly ever seems to be time to stop.  It it's the week, we are busy with school, swimming, dance class, reading homework..  If it's the weekend we are busy going out and about, visiting friends and family.  If we get the chance to have a day at home, the car needs washing, the windows need washing, the lawn needs mowing, the fences need painting. There is ALWAYS something.

This is why it is speeding by so fast.  That and the fact we have Felix.  He adds a whole extra layer of busy to the mix.

Sometimes, I fantasise about a time a few years from now.  When Felix is 3 for example, maybe at preschool a few times a week.  In my fantasy I get more time to work on my blog, time to look for a job, time to myself.  I also have two lovely boys in my future fantasy;  Ethan will be 7, Felix 3.  Those are nice ages I think.  I suspect that this will be the "golden time".  The boys will be young enough to still be sweet and un-jaded.  They will still question everything and enjoy being with us, like to snuggle up on the sofa together.  I can image us as a family of four getting out and about. Camping, travelling, going to a festival.  Unencumbered by baby gear, nappies, buggies etc.  When I have a hard day dealing with Captain Energy (Felix) I think of those days.

I worry that Ethan doesn't get enough of my attention at the moment.  It's worse than when Felix was a newborn.  At least he slept more in the day then and I could have a conversation with Ethan uninterrupted.  These days, with Felix only napping for about 20 minutes all day long and not sitting still for a moment in-between I get very little time I can dedicated solely to Ethan.  This is another thing that makes me sad.  My little boy is slipping through my fingers and I don't have time to catch him.

Gosh, I am getting maudlin! I have Slipping Through My Fingers by Abba going through my head and tears forming in my eyes as I sit in a busy Starbucks.  I don't want him to turn 5 in two weeks.  I don't want him to move into Year One.  I want him to stay in my arms forever so I can stroke his cheek and smell his wonderful "Ethan" smell. Unless he farts. Then he can get the heck off my lap ;-)

I'm just going to share the Abba lyrics so you can all blub along with me and then I'm going to eat a Krispy Kreme donut.

Slipping Through My Fingers - ABBA

Schoolbag in hand, she leaves home in the early morning
Waving goodbye with an absent-minded smile
I watch her go with a surge of that well known sadness
And I have to sit down for a while
The feeling that I'm losing her forever
And without really entering her world
I'm glad whenever I can share her laughter
That funny little girl

Slipping through my fingers all the time
I try to capture every minute
The feeling in it
Slipping through my fingers all the time
Do I really see what's in her mind
Each time I think I'm close to knowing
She keeps on growing
Slipping through my fingers all the time

Sleep in our eyes, her and me at the breakfast table
Barely awake I let precious time go by
Then when she's gone, there's that odd melancholy feeling
And a sense of guilt I can't deny
What happened to the wonderful adventures
The places I had planned for us to go
Well, some of that we did, but most we didn't
And why, I just don't know

Slipping through my fingers all the time
I try to capture every minute
The feeling in it
Slipping through my fingers all the time
Do I really see what's in her mind
Each time I think I'm close to knowing
She keeps on growing
Slipping through my fingers all the time

Sometimes I wish that I could freeze the picture
And save it from the funny tricks of time

Slipping through my fingers all the time

Schoolbag in hand, she leaves home in the early morning
Waving goodbye with an absent-minded smile

OK.  I'm totally crying now...

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Trendy Thursday - rocking it!

Ethan was totally rocking it this weekend.  I've been dying for the opportunity for him to wear the amazing upcycled jacket from Mini Magpie.  As it wasn't quite so warm I thought last Saturday was the right time.  Paired with the charity shop bargain Where The Wild Things Are tee and some shorts from Shop Haute.

Mini Magpie Kids, cool kids clothes, awesome outfit
Super Dude

Thoughts?  I think he looked amazing! He loved it too which is really important.  I don't want him to be uncomfortable.

I tried to get Felix to wear a hat this week - he's still at that stage where he whips them off almost as soon as you get it on him.  I'm sure he'll get used to them at some point - Ethan did.  His My Tribe trucker cap from Marmalade Sky looked super cool!

My Tribe Trucker Cap Marmalade Sky

Now it's over to you guys!  Have your little trendsetters been looking extra cool this week?  Link up below!

Friday, 27 June 2014

Local Limelight: Paddling at the Marine Lake - perfect summer memories

Let's ignore the fact it's raining outside as I write this.  Last weekend it was hot. SO HOT.  Sunny. Lovely.

Ethan and I went to our local cinema for Kids Club to watch the most recent Studio Ghibli film on Saturday morning and afterwards Pete and Felix met us and we set off for the seafront.

I love living in Clevedon.  Yes, it's not the most "happening" place in the world, it's an old Victorian seaside town.. but it is beautiful.  We have so many facilties.  Yes, not as many as you'd get in the city but I feel we are much better off than surrounding towns.  We have a pool, a cinema, schools, playgrounds, nice shopping areas and best of all, our award winning pier and seafront.  Did you know a lot of Broadchurch was filmed here?  And Never Let Me Go did some filming here and featured the pier on their film poster.

Ethan and I decided to paddle in the Marine lake - it was a bit seaweedy but quite pleasant to stand in and Ethan had a whale of a time looking at all of the crabs other people had caught.

Clevedon Marine Lake

Clevedon Marine Lake

We popped to the playground afterwards and had an ice cream.

Clevedon Seafront Salthouse Fields

Clevedon Seafront Salthouse Fields

These are the kinds of days you look back on with the fondest memories, I know from experience.  They are the "perfect" days.  Even though not every moment during them is perfect (screaming hot baby, dirty nappies, the usual!) but when you look back, it's like you can feel the sunshine on your face, the sounds of happy children, taste the salty air and the sticky ice cream.  Precious.

Linking up with Coombe Mill for Country Kids.

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Thursday, 26 June 2014

Trendy Thursday - Kids Style Linky

I'm doing things slightly different for Trendy Thursday this week - I wrote a fashion post earlier in the week which I'm going to link up below just like anyone else joining in would do, so please look out for my post!

My blog is a little quiet this week.  Felix is a very full on baby and for the last few weeks he is only sleeping for 30 minutes during the day which just isn't enough time for me to do anything in, let alone blogging.  I'm am stuck with trying to blog at night but because he is so energetic I am too tired most evenings to think about dragging the laptop out and in all honestly, I'm starting to feel chained to the blog.  I love it and I'm not planning to stop any time soon, but I just want to warn people it may be a little quieter until he decides to nap properly!   He doesn't even sleep through yet either... bloody child!!

Right.  It's Thursday, so it's Trendy time!  Link up any outfit posts you've written recently below.  Remember, please:

- comment here- visit others - even if you are the first to join in, please pop back to visit others- link to my blog and/or display the Trendy Thursday badge

Thank you everyone and happy #TrendyThursday! xx

Monday, 23 June 2014

Little Mooshoo retro shirt review

Something I adore about being a blogger is discovering new brands and being able to share them with you, on the blog, on Instagram, on Twitter, on Facebook, wherever!

I recently discovered Little Mooshoo who specialise in clothing for children with a retro/70s vibe.  Tam, who runs Little Mooshoo asked if I would like to review a couple of items of clothing from her collection so you can bet I said yes!

We were very kindly sent a gorgeous retro shirt and a pair of "Alibaba pants" which are rather like baggy harem pants/trousers.

As you'd expect, we received the items quickly and packaged up very nicely.  I couldn't wait to get Ethan into them, but... and I'm not complaining here (really, I'm not!) but it's been so warm lately, I've not managed to get Ethan dressed in them.

It's not been cool enough to try wearing the alibaba pants but today was Ethan's Great Great Grandfather's 90th birthday party and I thought that would be the perfect time to wear the lovely shirt.

Little Mooshoo retro shirt, minecraft

Ethan received a complement from just about everyone at the party this afternoon - I'm not just making that up!! People loved it!  Ethan loved it too..

The shirt itself is fantastic quality.  The material is lovely.  Not too thick, not too heavy.  The buttons are well attached.  It has a pattern so is forgiving when it comes to stains and getting messy..

Little Mooshoo retro shirt

It's a lovely shirt, something a bit different.  Little Mooshoo have more lovely retro inspired stock on their website but  I do have a little insider knowledge - new stock will be coming in soon!

As it's too hot for trousers at the moment I shall save the review of the trousers for another day.. but you can be sure we'll be putting them to use as soon as we can - just want to enjoy this sunshine for a little while longer yet!

Linking up with My Family Fever for Tried & Tested Tuesdays #TriedTested.