Moo’s Birthday Wish List…

Moo will be six next month, I am not entirely sure how its come round so quickly, but it has I am rather depressed about it! This year its pretty damn easy to decide on presents for her. Moo is still Frozen mad and luckily we were able to stock up on it recently when the Disney Store received a hefty delivery.

Some of the items she won’t be getting, but she has been asking for, for ages for quite a few of these! Since her obsession with Disney has become rather intense since Frozen she has seen lots of other Disney products she must have {quoted from the little lady herself!}

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Anna Animator Doll, Cinderella’s Dream Carriage, Anna Costume Dress, Ariel’s Magical Kiss, Barbie Bobbie Pets, Elsa Wardrobe playset, Elsa Animator Doll, Lelli Kelly’s, Monster High Viperine Gorgon Doll

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Anna Wardrobe Playset, LEGO Cinderella’s Romantic Castle, Snow White DVD, LEGO Rapunzel’s Creativity Tower, Barbie Bobbie Pets

As I said above, its quite a hefty list! It seems a lot, but Moo has to wait a whole year before receiving big presents like this, her birthday is right on-top of christmas, so its nice to spoil her a little! {Might I add, family members will also be pitching in to help make her birthday wish list come true!}

Living Arrows #42

Apart from being a parent and a wife, the next best job in the world has to be being an auntie. My lovely sister had her second little boy this year and although its difficult seeing her now we both have children at school, I try and get over to her at least once a week.

Baby O is the sweetest, most contented baby Ive ever met {after H off course!} I absolutley adore him and I make it my mission to have one selfie with him every week. He is starting to come round to the idea now! Last week was no different, although, we both moved our heads as the flash went, but all the same, its one of my favourites..

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Time goes so quickly when you have children. I tell myself every day to cherish what we have, this little dude, brings another sense of happiness to me. I love being an auntie and its definitely a job I would never want to give up!

The Sleepy Bug {The Ordinary Moments}

This little boy loves his sleep.. He would sleep anywhere if he could. There comes a point in the day where he just cannot go off to the land of nod as he would not go to bed!

I took this photo last Sunday, we had literally been up a few hours and we took ourselves of to the in-laws. Within the space of 5 minutes of being in the car he was fast asleep {I am not sure how he fell asleep with his sister poking him!}

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Its quite an ordinary moment.. One I don’t think will change for sometime..

I am linking up with the lovely Katie at Mummy Daddy Me for her wonderful linky The Ordinary Moments

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Blog Love #5

Ever since I started blogging, its become second nature to read my favourite blogs, check twitter and to see how they have enjoyed their days on Instagram.  The list grows weekly and I feel I am beginning to know these blogs as people rather than something I am just reading from my computer screen. My blog is nowhere in league with some of my most favourites, but its something I love doing and as long as I keep enjoying it, I will carry on with it.

I have a “blogs I heart” page dedicated to my most favourite but I have decided to do a little feature that showcases them and their blog. The reason being, because my list is endless and I just don’t want to keep adding to it without explanation!  Now I am sorry if this totally embarrasses you, apologies in advance!

This week I am featuring Kerri-Ann from Life Of Our Little Family.

I have only just recently {within the last few months} started to read KA’s blog. It was an instant hit and its one I really like to catch up on. Its such a fresh blog and KA writes its beautifully. It engages you, so it makes you want to go back and read more.

 KA is a full time working mummy and juggles work and looking after Mr H, Lil G and not forgetting the family dog Alfie Bear.  Everything KA blogs about is cheery and always puts a smile on my face. I think its lovely that you can relate to others blogs and I definitely relate to this one.

Recently KA had a major blog re-design, and it’s definitely fro the better. Its so fresh and current and she is so proud of it. I think its such a beautiful design and fits in to her very lovely blog.

Lil G is just the sweetest little boy, he has amazing fashion sense {just like is mummy!} He really is the apple of his mummy’s eye, and every spare minute KA gets its spent with him.

KA joins up with quite a few link-ups, one being #littlelove.. Friday is my favourite day of the week, its when I sit down and read all that have joined in and find out what they have been getting up too. You find so much out about someone through this blog hop and I feel I really know KA {and all the others who share their #littlelove} I feel if I was to meet KA in a room, we would probably hit it off straight away. Its so weird that just by reading someones blog that can happen.

If by any chance you have not heard of KA then you really should head over and have a look at her “thoughts”

Here is a link if you want to go and check out Kerri-Ann and her amazing blog! {its definitely as must!}

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Next week I will be featuring my another blog love so do pop by and check out who will be featuring!

My Top Seven {The Foxy Print Edition}

There are only a few prints that involve animals that I really like. One being foxes {another will appear on “My Top Seven” soon! There is something quite lovely about all of my top seven this week. I am totally in love with the crochet cushion and I wish I had the skill to re-create it.The flask would also come in handy for those winter day school runs!
My Top Seven {The Fox Edition}

From left to right,

Scion Mr Fox Espresso Cup and Saucers // imm Living Fox Creature Camouflage Cup // 
Peanut Butter Dynamite Crochet Acrylic Fox Pillow // Linea Fox knitted cushion, 
Anorak Nesting Tins – Proud Fox // ASOS Rusty the Fox Flask and Cup //
Ferm Living Marionette Cup

Whats your favourite animal print?

Love The Little Things #42

Happy Friday peeps… Another week has passed and its time for another little catch up with all the lovely bloggers that link up with Morgana and their #littleloves

This week has quite literally been hell.. Me and the hubs have had food poisoning and looking after 2 children was a task in its self. I still had to do the school run and the play-school run.. I hope to god we never get ill at the same time again! It was awful!!

Here is what I have been loving this week..

Read

Ive not read much this week, blog posts via bloglovin {I cannot rave about this anymore than I already have!} I really need to get my kindle back out and continue with You’re The One..

Watched

The Walking Dead!!!!!!!! OMG I was on tenter hooks the whole episode. I love the fact Rick has gone wild, and I am loving his beard! This season is going to be amazing. Where the hell is Beth too?!?!?

I also tuned into the Apprentice {Autumn TV is fab isn’t it?} Ive already marked off a few that I find highly irritating!

Made in Chelsea is back too!

Heard

Anything Paloma Faith does is bloody brilliant.. Ive heard this song so many times this week on the school run..

Also after my flashback of Oasis last week, we were driving listening to the hubby’s iPod and this came on {I l know, I know I said I wasn’t a huge fan!} but this song is another favourite…

Wore

Jumpers, Ugg’s, coats, jeans and anything else that would keep me warm! My wardrobe seriously needs updating!

Made

My cheesecake was a huge hit and tasted better than I thought it would. Ive posted the recipe up so if you missed it do check it out! I highly recommend!!

‘And lastly..’

I was able to go in and see what Moo gets up to in school this week. On the whole it was a really good session but its such an eye opener on how the lessons are planned out and what they actually get up too! {Moo was very well behaved!}

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

I am linking up with the ever so lovely butwhymummywhy? for this linky, if you want to join in just click here and read all about how to!

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My Favourite Christmas Experience..

Christmas is such a wonderful time of year, and since having children, my perspective of it has change dramatically. In my teens and early adulthood, I dreaded it, I hated the build up and it was something I did not look forward too, you could of got away with calling me scrooge! But how times have changed…

The first two years that Moo was here she didn’t have a clue, but the excitement was there, hanging the stocking up and decorating the lounge into a winter wonderland, placing mince pies on a plate for father christmas. Fast forward another 3 years and we have two very excited children about the prospect that Father Christmas is going to come down our chimney.

Christmas is when we get to spend time with all the family, not something we do on a regular basis anymore since we have expanded so dramatically. Most years we alternate between my family and my in-laws and both experiences are hugely different.

My most favourite christmas experience was back in 2008, its when my perspective of christmas changed, and it was all down to one little girl. My Moo. She was a mere 6 weeks old, but thats when our traditions started, and traditions that will continue for as long as I want them too.

One memory that sticks out always, since having children is that my in-laws have a summer house at the bottom of the garden, and as soon as autumn kicks in its out of bands, my father in-law begins collecting, collecting pine cones, twigs, logs, anything that will change the summer house into a winter wonderland, with a make believe fire, fake snow draping the sides, icicles hanging from every inch of the ceiling. You walk in a let out a wow in disbelief that something so normal can look so beautiful. Its amazing that the children believe this is santa’s grotto.

The last 7 years have been ones to remember, its when I really started to love christmas, but this year is going to be so very different, this year is the chance to make new memories that we will remember for years to come. This year, we moved from that tiny poky flat and bought a 3 bed house. This year we have so much to look forward too as a family. Both children are so aware of whats coming, and the excitement I see in both their faces, fills me with happiness and it makes me excited, excited to place that mince pie and milk by the fire place, to hang their stockings up on the fire place, and to buy the biggest tree we can find that will fit the perfect space in our lounge.

This post is my entry to Transun’s Your favourite Christmas experience competition,

Its All About The Brother and Sister

Its hard to put into words the relationship Moo and H have. When H was a baby, Moo was not exactly the nicest little girl to her baby brother. Constantly poking him when he was asleep, giving him an over generous hug which looked like he was having the life squeezed out of him. But then one day it changed and it changed into something beautiful.

Moo and H are perfect for one another. Moo teaches H to forward roll, and to climb the ladder on the newly built play station in the garden. She teaches him to draw people and to colour in. She teaches him to wash his hands correctly and she is generally the best big sister he could have.

H teaches Moo to play, sounds silly yes, but with modern technology Moo would rather watch YouTube than play, but H has changed that and she has started to learn its not all about the modern tech. H is most definitely the best younger brother Moo can have.

There are occasions when she begs for a baby sister and not a baby brother but most of the time they are perfect together. They play well together, they argue well together thats what having a sibling is all about. It drives me crazy when they do not get on, but watching them get on is by far the proudest moment. They bicker yes, they have full blown arguments where they will ignore each other it all works out in the end, once they have had some time away from each other.

Being away from each other now during the day I think has made their relationship stronger. H runs into Moo’s arms when school is over and his little face lights up when he sees her. Once home they make up stories and play together till either one looses their temper over how the game is going. They push the boundaries with each other, but thats what makes their relation stronger.

Bedtime is my favourite, its where they bond the most. We have a deal that Friday and Saturdays they share the bed. I love listening to them play made up games till they drift off. Talking in hushed voices under the duvet, giggling and laughing till their hearts content. It cements their sibling relationship further.

I always thought having a boy and a girl would be difficult in the sense of how their relationship would grow, but I am loving watching every minute of them, growing together and, sharing memories and being the children I always wanted them to be.

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The Garden Makeover

**Lots and lots of photos!**

So we have one completed part of our house! We always spoke about what we would makeover first and it was always the same answer The Garden!

Moo and H have survived without one for so long we couldn’t tease them with looking out at concrete and nothing to play with much longer. So the weekend after we moved in the demolition of the garden began.

Its taken 2 months {ish} and I am so pleased with how it has fallen into place. I had my own idea of how I wanted it to be and the husband agreed, but that all fell out the window when we were in and settled. Other ideas cropped up and we have gone with something completely different to what I suggested! I was a bit wary at first but I am in love with it and although its small, it covers our needs, especially the children’s.

So to begin with, it was concrete, concrete beds, concrete shed, concrete slabs EVERYWHERE! It was such a task breaking it all up and levelling the garden out. There was quite a slant so we had lots of rubble to hide to bring it back up to a near enough level garden.

We would be out there day and early evening raking it over to make it as level as possible and we managed it quite nicely!

After all the concrete was near enough demolished, we put in two little brick walls at the front of the garden as you exit the patio doors {this was where I was wary, this was not in MY plan!} I did suggest they be open at the top and filled with dirt so they would become somewhere I could put some bedding plants. This was also a guide as to where we needed to level the garden too. We put bricks as boarders done the sides so we have somewhere to plant.

Our second major task was to demolish the brick built shed, so we bought a little wooden shed {which I lovingly painted, only for a few weeks later to realise we actually hated the colour!}  We transferred all the junk into it and started breaking down the old one. In its place we built a climbing frame which we promised Moo we would always buy once we had a garden and already, its had lots of use out of.

Next was the patio. We ordered a patio kit and once it arrived we realised that it didn’t quite look like it did online, it was the correct one but the colours didn’t look as light. Now its laid we love it and it really sets the garden off.

Originally we were going to seed the garden but it began to get so muddy we decided to buy turf {I got my way in the end!} We finally received the turf on Saturday and it was laid before the huge downpour in the afternoon.

We are hanging of planting till the spring and other than that, and the garden furniture we are done. We are having a planter by the shed and some hanging baskets to spruce up the back of the house. I cannot wait to till spring so it will come alive, but till then, here is how we did it in photos, from start to finish!

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Demolition!!

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Demolishing the shed

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IMG_7709The levelled garden…

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The frame building in process

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And the patio building commences

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The patio step leading out to the garden

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The finished patio {with our ugly looking shed which needs repainting!}

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a little nook, to have a morning caffeine fix

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Laying the turf {exciting stuff!}

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The finished product…. I am really hoping the turf takes!

My husband is such a clever man, he has never, ever done any kind of landscaping work, but he has created such a lovely little space for us all, and I cannot wait to spend long summer days in it with my family…

 

Nutella Cheesecake {Recipe}

Anyone that knows me, knows I love a tad of Nutella. I absolutely love the stuff. I was delighted when the UK finally started selling Nutella and Go and was even more so, when I managed to pick them up in the shop at the end of the road. I won’t disclose how much I have spent on them so far.

A friend came over last week and she seems to like it as much as me, so with a little nudge from her I decided to make something for an afternoon snack.. {bit devilish yes!}

So for all you Nutella fans out there, this is for you…

Ingredients

  • 250 grams digestive biscuits 
  • 75 grams soft  unsalted butter 
  • 1 x  400 grams jar  nutella (at room temperature)
  • 100 grams chopped toasted  hazelnuts 
  • 500 grams cream cheese (at room temperature)
  • 60 grams icing sugar (sifted)

Method

  1. Break the digestives into the bowl of a processor, add the butter and a 15ml tablespoon of Nutella, and blitz until it starts to clump. Add 25g/3 tablespoons of the hazelnuts and continue to pulse until you have a damp, sandy mixture.
  2. Tip into a 23cm/9inch round flan tin {one you can pop up from the bottom} and press into the base either using your hands or the back of a spoon. Place in the fridge to chill.
  3. Beat the cream cheese and icing sugar until smooth and then add the remaining Nutella to the cream cheese mixture, and continue beating until combined.
  4. Take the flan tin out of the fridge and carefully smooth the Nutella mixture over the base. Scatter the remaining chopped hazelnuts on top to cover and place the tin in the fridge for at least four hours or overnight. Serve straight from the fridge for best results.

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I ended up eating mine with raspberries! Was delicious. Let me know in the comments below if you give it a try!