Friday, 9 October 2015

See Into the Trees

Yay for the weekend! A break for us all. How lovely it is to get some quality family time with my boys. Look at these two, standing next to eachother long enough to take a photo! And Noah is even smiling (shame about Jack!)

Jack went on his first school trip this week. On a coach! Oh the excitement of it all! He went on an autumn walk, and boy, did he have a ball!

I told you all about Zazzle in my last post. They had got in touch to ask if I would like to feature some of their goodies on my boys. (Thanks you guys!) The little Pumpkin tee Noah wore in my last post seemed to go down a treat with lots of you, and I'm hoping you like my next choices just as much. 
Seeing as Jack is a big dinosaur fanatic, and chortles away at The Big Bang Theory, I reckoned he might love Sheldon Coopers Dinosaur T-shirt! He did! Mammy-win! 

I thought Noah could kind-of match in subject so I chose a Vintage Dinosaur Illustration Raglan baseball shirt for him. He can't talk yet, so I'm not sure how he felt about his new tee, but if I know those gurgles and blethers, (and I think I do) he loved it.

Thanks infinity (as Jack would say) to our pals at Zazzle for these dinorific baseball tees. Here's what we've been at:

2. Family Sunday
3. Pinterest worthy feature in my Nan & Paps garden
4. I ain't afraid of no ghost
5. Screech
6. Lay a little egg for me
7. Picnics - in October!
8. Morning!

Friday, 2 October 2015

O Hushed October

And it's October! Beautiful autumn is here. We had a dirty rotten summer of rain, but it seems like summer is saying a fleeting hello. This week has been funny - the chilly mornings start with thick fog, and when it hits noon and sun comes out and shines for all its worth. The latter part of the day is hazy beautiful warmth. Such typical fickle Irish weather. 

We're well used to the school routine now. Jack is really loving it. He loves the learning, the play, his teachers, and his friends. I'm so happy for him. My timekeeping has never been bad, so we always make it on time, but my organisational skills could definitely use some improving. I'm getting better. The key for me is always getting stuff sorted the day before.

Noah is a bit better behaved since my last blogpost. Two new, shiny perfect little teeth have sprouted, so I'm assuming they were the source of his naughtiness. That's 4 up top, and 4 beneath now. Just 12 more to go! Oh mama, save me.

You know how one of the perks of being a 'Mom blogger' is when lovely companies send you lovely things to feature? Well, Zazzle contacted me to ask if Jack and Noah would like some Hallowe'eny type goodies. Eh, yes please. So I popped on their site to have a wee look-see. My gosh, talk about choice. At first it was overwhelming. There are literally thousands of products, and designs. However, as I started to realize. It's pretty simple. See a design you like? You can literally print that design on any item of your choosing. Men, woman, kids - use the drop down menu to choose the item of clothing you want printed. Although I chose not to personalize these items, you can do so very easily. It's easy to customize the design and add your own text.

By the time I had finished choosing my items I was so impressed with Zazzle I will surely go back. My regular readers will know I love American Apparel for myself, my husband and the boys. Zazzle stock many of the basic AA items for print, so it's lovely to have the option of adding fun designs to great quality clothing. Jack is a Scooby-Doo fan so I thought he would love the Mystery Machine Sweatshirt. Noah is so cute in his Jack O' Lantern Long Sleeve top.

Hope you're all settled back into your routines, and have been enjoying some mild weather, like ourselves. Thanks so much to our chums at Zazzle for the lovely apparel. I will be featuring more soon! Here's our week that was:

1. Family walks
2. Park with BFF
3. Pick me up!
4. Soggy day at the play park
5. Bonafide cuties in PJ's
6. Dinosaur attack!
7. Those curls <3
8. Bathtime

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Snug as a Bug

Hello all! We're two full weeks in to school now, and I'm delighted to report that Jack loves it! Having to have us all up and ready by 8.30am is wreaking havoc on my face and I leave the house sans breakfast with very puffy eyes most mornings. I must be a sight at the school gates. Boyo is usually well presented, complete with the homework that Mummy Jack has completed, and a yummy pack lunch. That's the main thing I suppose.

So that leaves Noah and I alone for 5 full hours whilst Jack is off becoming educated. Look at that face. You'd think butter wouldn't melt. Right? Wrong. I'm starting to wonder if the fairies haven't exchanged Noah and left me with this naughty little changeling. Or perhaps he's going to be a scientist, and he's conducting an experiment to see how long it will take to drive Mammy round the bend. The experiment should soon be coming to an end, because I'm about ready to crack.

I can just tell this ba is going to break my heart. He's strong willed. I have to pick and choose my battles or literally every word that comes out of my mouth would be "no". The thing is, this child doesn't even seem to phased by 'negative attention'. Something which Jack and our dog Maisey both hate - They will do anything to avoid a scolding, but Noah. Well. Sometimes I think he wants to get a rise. Tell me it's a phase? Teething? The terrible two's have come early? I don't care if none of these are true, lie to me!

Look at him lying up in his cot. Or 'cage' as Jack calls it. Right now, I would agree with him. It's about the only way to keep him out of trouble, except he manages to find trouble. Like peeling the paint off the walls. Throwing the duvet out and ripping off the sheets, and my personal least favorite, destroying the blinds that are within reach. SIGH!

Anyway, have a look at what this tinker of mine is wearing. We received a nice little gift from the nice people at Slumbersac. They sent Noah this sleeping bag... with feet! What a neat idea! I can honestly say that we love this. It comes in very useful when we stay late someplace, we can slip him right in to it, zip it up, and then strap him in to his car seat. Some ninja-parenting moves later we have transferred him from his car seat to cage cot without waking him. It's also awesome coming in to this cooler weather, either before bed or early morning when he can totter around as snug as a bug in a rug, until it's time to get dressed. We don't have to worry about him throwing the duvet off himself and getting cold when he's in his little sleeping bag, so we're sold. Plus, he's very comical bumbling around in this. Stop - Hammer time!

Thanks to the lovely people at Slumbersac for this useful item! Hope all your little ones are settling in to the new school year, and I'll take any parenting advice you have to offer. 'An introduction to petulant one year olds 101'. Can I join?

"My go now, Daddy?"

Here's our week that was:

1. Pairs game (Mummy and Daddy have become obsessive competitors)
2. New bathroom print
3. Noah's favorite ever book, My First 100 Farm Words
4. Wheat fields
5. Grassy bank
6. Naptime
7. I be cruisin'
8. Meeting new baby, Flynn

Thursday, 3 September 2015

He's gone to School, Wee Hughie

He's gone to school, Wee Hughie,
An' him not four.
Sure I saw the fright was in him
When he left the door.

But he took a hand o 'Denny
An' a hand o' Dan,,
Wi' Joe's owld coat upon him -
Och, the poor wee man!

He cut the quarest figure,
More stout nor thin;
An' trottin' right an' steady
Wi his toes turned in.

I watched him to the corner
0' the big turf stack,
An' the more his feet went forrit,
Still his head turned back.

He was lookin',
would I call him -
Och me heart was woe-
Sure it's lost I am without him,
But he be to go.

I followed to the turnin'
When they passed it by,
God help him, he was cryin',
An', maybe, so was I.
Author: Elizabeth Shane

Jack happened. And bam! Four short years later he's starting school! Today - Sure the big fella is only hitting up P1! I'm feeling okay, as long as he is. He seems to be fine, even a little bit excited about it. Maybe it will be a different matter when we arrive at the school gates. Mr Dad decided not to take the morning off incase we made it a bit of a big deal, which might make the whole thing feel more daunting. After all, starting school is a pretty significant occasion!

I'm ever so proud of Jack, and how he's coping with the uncertainty. I think he's ready for this and I'm excited about all the things he'll learn. He loves to be read to, and I think he's going to love to be able to read to himself! He's definitely a little smartie, but then, I would say that, wouldn't I? 

Jack says he's going to miss Noah when he is at school, and I don't doubt that Noah will miss Jack. But with all the bickering and fighting between them during the long summer holidays I think a few hours apart during the day might not be a bad thing. Having said that, they're very close and Jack is usually very patient with our newly naughty Noah, who turns into a right deevil when his molars start to erupt.

Jack looks very handsome and cool (I'm told I'm not allowed to call him beautiful or cute anymore) in his little uniform. We'll be starting in to a new routine as a family now, but I wonder if it will be much different from nursery? I suppose that's why I'm feeling okay about it all. Nursery doesn't just help the little ones prepare for school, it helps us Mammies too.

What a cutie, angel, sweetheart, wee pet, awesome cool dude he is. We love him so.
Here's our week that was.

1. Froggy friend that came to visit
2. NEVER leave anything within reach of this naughty babe
3. Walks
4. Brothers
5. Upcycled circular frame
6. Auntie Sarah and Pete came to visit
7. Great-Grandchildren are coming thick and fast!
8. Feeding the horsies

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Kitchen Makeover

I think it's fair to say I have not been the most dedicated blogger this past year or so. Family life, as it should, comes first. I gave myself a year off after Noah was born, and during that year I set my mind to fixing up the house on a budget. So, school runs, babies, DIY and all those other things get in the way of blogging, but I'm sure you all understand.

We bought the house 6 and a half years ago. I made plenty of decorating mistakes back then. (I'm still not an expert and continue to make blunders.) But my Mum has been teaching me that 'white paint is not just white paint' and the direction your room faces matters when it comes to shades and colours. Pinterest and Houzz are sources of inspiration too. Subsequently, I've developed a bit of an interest in interiors and design.

In recent years our kitchen had stopped functioning. The layout was bad and after Noah came along we simply hadn't got enough room to all sit around a table together. Jack was still in his highchair (aged 3!) so something had to change. The bad wooden floors were warped and scuffed and the wooden cabinets looked dated. 

It was amazing what a few simple changes made. I just moved the table at a 90 degree angle against the wall, which opened up both sides. Problem: where to put Noah's high chair which was too low for the bench? Solution: Clip on Mountain Buggy highchair. Seriously one of the best items I've ever bought.

This gave me more room for a useful sidetable and some shelving. There's no good in marrying a talented illustrator if you're not going to coerce him in to creating some wall art for your vision. (Note: the wall art is of cuts of meat from beef and pork. Hard to explain to your 4 year old vegetarian-at-heart) 

Ikea FORHOJA kitchen trolly £80      /       Ikea GRUNDTAL wall shelving £19 each

The new tiled floor (by far the most costly change) and the rearrangement worked so well it inspired me to go that bit further and paint the old wooden cabinets. I was really worried about this. I even got a few quotes from professionals, but we were talking almost a grand and my husband convinced me we could do it ourselves. He was right. It took an entire week, but I love the new colour! It feels so modern compared to the orange-tinged wood. 

Walls: Craig and Rose Acrylic Eggshell Chinese White     /    Cabinets : Farrow and Ball Purbeck Stone Estate Eggshell Paint      

Ikea BOSSE Bar stools £25 each (Cut to size)

You may have noticed my boys enjoying the new family-friendly kitchen in the cutest matching pyjama sets? The lovely people over at Powell Craft sent the boys a pair each (Noah wears the various vehicles design, and Jack is rocking the Tractor version) They're beautifully hand-crafted and made from soft cotton. Noah looks all grown up in a two piece. The family-run business, Powell Craft design some amazing vintage-inspired clothing, homewares and even toys.

Up until now Powell Craft has been wholesale, available at all good kidswear stockists. As of next week their brand new website launches at - I'm excited to see the new site. Thanks so much to the brand for sending these gorgeous jammies to the boys.

So, all in all, the not-really-brand-new, but feels brand-new kitchen is functioning so much better. I'm really enjoying being in it! So inspired was I by a lick of paint and some rearranging that I have become super motivated (my husband would say I've lost the plot) and basically re-painted and rearranged 75% of the house. I'm still going. I'm currently painting the landing and stairs (having just finished the downstairs hallway and the back room)
Hope you enjoyed seeing the kitchen makeover, and perhaps this goes some way to explaining my longer absences between blog posts. You know. Since I found paint. And lost my mind.

Here's our week that was. I've cheated a bit and used some of photos from a couple of weeks ago.

1. Rainy family weekend away
2. Love these two rascals
3. Dabbling with Great Nana
4. He loves brushing his 6 little pegs
5. More DIY (forgive me husband.)
6. Building sandcastles
7. Ring-a-ring-rosies
8. Married to this dreamboat 6 years tomorrow! Happy Anniversary x