Friday, 17 October 2014

King of the Mountain

Another week has flown by. We'll be missing Daddy this weekend who is off to Scotland for a friends wedding. I was comforting an inconsolable Jack upon Daddies departure at 6am this morning. So. Yawn. Coffee please. As you can imagine.

Jack had a blast exploring the beautiful ruins of this old church recently. The surrounding scenery was absolutely breathtaking. Check out the jumper. He's wearing the Kids Vintage Knit Sweater from American Apparel, with some Zara kids jeans and suede shoes.

Here's some stuff I've been snapping:

1. Little hands exploring big bro's face
2. Elephant print romper from Desmond Elephant - claim 15% discount on an order with JACK15
3. Happy Maisey-Dog
4. Duckie on my head
5. Bouncy baby
6. An autumn walk with Granny
7. 16 weeks old
8. Love You Forever, it chokes me up every time.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Way Over Yonder Where the Wind Blows Free

Well, that's the end of Summer anyway. If I ever struggled to find enough hours in the day, it's much harder now that the dark nights have set in. There is nothing less appealing than heading out for a walk in the dark wet evening with the dog, but it's the only time I can fit it in to our jam-packed day. A routine has definitely been established though, and we're into the way of school runs and naptime. Luckily, Noah just fits in to whatever we're doing, taking cat naps along the way. We call him Noah-Bother, he's no trouble.

Jack comes out with some crackers now. Like this morning, when he says to me, "I ain't fibbing, Mummy. I'm just joking." I keep meaning to buy a wee book and keep it handy to jot down some of his funny questions, observations and even the lyrics to some of the little songs he makes up. If I don't, we'll just forget them. And they're way too hilarious to not to read out on his wedding day.

During this family walk at the foot of Mount Errigal, Co. Donegal, Jack wore his River Island puffa jacket, American Apparel slim slacks, and Classic Hunter Wellies. I found this sweet little wool beanie in a quaint local shop in Bunbeg. 

 Off the beaten track

As a keen blogger, my lucky wee men get to test and enjoy some really beautiful clothing from great companies. It's a fab perk. The other week a lovely box from a new company called Box Upon a Time dropped through the letterbox. It's a new kids clothing subscription service. You sigh up, fill in a questionnaire outlining your preferences and taste (favorite colours, patterns, and types of clothing) Then, every month you get a box of goodies, hand picked to suit your little one. The clothing amounts up to £170, and since you pay substantially less per box, you're getting 60% off the clothing RRP.
Well, look what was picked for Monsieur Noah. The coziest little thermal merino bodysock babygrow by luxury brand Nui Organics. It can be worn on it's own, as a babygrow, or under clothing to keep warm on the coldest of days. Lovely. Bring on the winter. We're sorted.
Thanks so much to Box Upon a Time

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Overall Wonderful

Everywhere you look there are signs of Autumn. But it is positively balmy. Sunny, warm, and not at all like the usual dreary Septembers in Ireland. In fact, I heard on the local radio this morning that this has been the driest September on record. We've been taking full advantage with lots of outdoor activities. We packed a picnic at the weekend and went for a long walk.

Look look LOOK at these unisex Tootsa Macginty Dungarees our newest sponsor, UK based kids clothing company Desmond Elephant sent lucky little Jack! I love these so muchos! I used to dress Jack in dungarees all the time (now Noah is wearing his hand-me-downs) until I found overalls were not so easy to get for bigger boys. Then these happened. They make him look a wee bit younger, don't you think? That's no bad thing, since he's looking like such a big fella recently. I miss itty-bitty-boy-Jack! Daddy and I could not stop coo-ing over him in these! He's wearing them with his red Converse high tops and American Apparel kids plaid shirt. I'm glad to see these can be adjusted length ways, and they have a little elasticated waist. The thick denim feels properly hardwearing, so I hope these will just keep on going, and then can be passed on to little Noah when he get's too big as well!

The very forward-thinking Desmond Elephant are so generously giving my readers 15% discount on an order with the code JACK15. (Thank you guys!) They stock loads of other amazing kids brands there, that you might want to check out. Plus, watch this space for a competition I'll be hosting to win a Desmond Elephant gift card next month.

 Here's some stuff we've been enjoying of late:

1. Noah has grown in to his Freshly Picked Moccasins. I'm dying about them! So cute!
2. Wearing baby in the Boba wrap
3. Picnic! Spaceboy cup available at Dotcomgiftshop
4. Lovely sunny Sunday afternoons
5. Brotherly love
6. Jack helped bake a cake
7. Dribbly Noah received this SewLomax bib just in time! Love the pacifier design.
8. Granny and her boys

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Hear me Roar!

If you have a boy like mine, I bet he would love this Yporque Dinosaur Tee, sent to us by the guys at Kidshop. This t-shirt actually roars!!! It has a discreet little detachable battery pack that hangs off the side, situated perfectly to hide in the little guys pocket. When pressed, a realistic dinosaur roar belts out!

Jack loves this tee. And I can vouch for Jack's friends too. I have been sitting off to the side of mums and toddler groups and watched 5 or 6 kids gathering around Jack for a chance to press the button. Girls too! Although it seems to get a better reaction from the lads! Grandparents have done their duty and acted terrified when the button is pressed, friends have fought over who's next to press the button, and I always make sure to remove the button before a wash!

Jack is wearing this tee with his American Apparel slim slacks in almost black, American Apparel kids Tr--blend cardigan, and Zara kids brown pumps. Thanks so much to Kidshop for giving my readers 15% off an order with the code JPM15.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Bowtie Baby

This cutie is 3 months - 13 weeks to be exact. And I still haven't got my Thank you cards out! (So sorry to any and all that gave us a lovely gift for this one, we will have to get a move on with these, I just haven't been able to find the time!) He's such a wee darling, and since he's making my job so fun, time is going way too quick. I suppose it doesn't help that the new school runs and all the other stuff that has to be done makes the days fly in too. He had his 3 month review today. They tell me he's doing fabulously. Almost 15lbs! Bruiser! 

I wanted to introduce you to one of my sponsors, Brooklyn based company, Stinky McGee. (Love the name!) They specialize in stylish suspenders, bowties and neckties for the little stinky in your life. If you have a special occasion or the wee'un in your life enjoys looking sharp, you've gotta check these guys out. The wee ties are just the cutest. Noah here, is wearing the Hey, I'm a Boy  vest from the Mini McGee range. Look at the wee ducks on his bowtie! If you're so inclined, make a purchase with the code JPM for a 15% discount, how great is that? Thanks so much to the fab people at Stinky McGee. Our stinky looks so dapper!

Since the pups are growing up so quick, I'm afraid to blink, just in case I miss something. I want to remember every little thing, so I've been keeping the camera close by and taking loads of family portraits, particularly of the boys. Looking back on the newborn photos is kind of bitter-sweet. The newborn phase doesn't last too long. I like to think I soaked up every moment though. How blissful it was.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Tally Me Banana

Hello all! We're getting in to the swing of the new school year now, and after a couple of rocky starts (he was initially unhappy about me leaving him) Jack is now a happy boy in his new nursery. I'm very quickly starting to realize how the school day is going to seriously affect our usual routine of swanning about, as free as birds. Noah and I can't go very far. We have to make sure we get back in time to pick Jack up. We can no longer go on a little break in the middle of the year either! I'll tell you what though... the weekend is going to become a weekend for me again! No school runs! A free day! Saturdays just got their special back!

What about this shirt?! Bet you've never seen anything like it! This unisex Ae-hem Banana Print Shirt was sent to us by a new sponsor, UK based store, Rabbit in the Moon. They stock funky Korean kids brands (that you might not have heard of ... yet) which let kids express their unique personalities. They don't do cliches - you wont find pink kittens on skirts for girls and blue tractors wellies for boys here. I think this banana shirt sums that up! We love this shirt, he sure gets a load of compliments when he wears it. Thanks to Rabbit in the Moon, who are giving my readers 15% off an order with the code JPM15.

Jack is also wearing the American Apparel kids Slim Slack in almost black, and Zara kids brown shoes.

If you follow moi on Instagram, you might have noticed I try to snap a weekly photo of Noah. I'm so glad I do 'cos golly, he is growing like you wouldn't believe. "Thriving like a gosling" as my father-in-law would say. My big wee man just turned 3 months yesterday, and he's already rolling over, teething, and bearing weight on those chunky little leggies. Sometimes he looks like he's ready to crawl! This baby is no new-born any more, and although that's a bit sad, I am enjoying watching him developing. Yesterday, he started his big laughs. Ahhh-dorable! What pure joy he is.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Grampa Told Me So

Jack loves his Grampa D. Grampa, you see, provides him with something we can't. Knowledge of cars and mechanics. My arty husband and I really don't know anything about engines and the interiors of VCRs and DVD players, nor do we have any interest. So when Jack hangs out with Grampa, he can join him in the garage, and peep over his shoulder as he tinkers with something or other. It's wonderful for him to have someone he can relate to in this way. Speaking of automobiles, Jack's nursery teachers have told me Jack identifies shapes by car logos! For instance, a diamond "look like a Renault" and a circle is a skoda "which my Granny drives". He can tell you exactly who drives what make and model of car right down to the correct shade. It's quite remarkable. I have to just take his word for it. He proudly tells people that we drive a black Ford Focus. Honestly, our car ain't nothing to be proud of (by the way, dear heart, the check engine light came on again this morning...) but Jack loves it. My husband recently borrowed a company car. It was immaculate. With automatic wing mirrors, cup holders that pull out of every nook and cranny, seats with heaters. You know, the works. Jack excitedly explored the inside, and pushed every button. Then, joking, I asked him if we should get one. "No" he replied, "I just like our Ford Focus." Could you ever believe it?  

Anyway, Grampa D came with us on this adventure, which made Jack a very happy boy. Weirdly, we kept coming across dead sheep (4 to be exact) and being the curious boy Jack is, he directed all his "why" questions at Grampa, giving me and my husband a much needed break. It went something along the lines of "why that sheep have no head, Grampa?" ... "why it head decompose, Grampa?" ... "why it die, Grampa?" and so on and so forth. Grampa aint too shabby at answering questions about death. He's much better than we are. He doesn't sugarcoat the truth, it would seem.

Look at this crazy lovely day? T-shirt weather! And what a gorgeous t-shirt it is. It was sent to us by our pals at Mini Mioche. Love the little pocket. I dare say we wont be getting too many more days to wear just a tee now Autumn is fast approaching, but this tee will be perfect for layering under cardigans and hoodies. Mini Mioche are kindly giving my readers 15% an order with the code moon15. Thanks so much to the guys over there for the discount. Jack is also wearing green skinny jeans from Zara Kids, and his original Hunter Wellies.

Of course, our darling wee Noah came too. Jack wouldn't have it any other way. Jeekers, how he loves his wee bro, and I can so clearly see how much Noah adores him. He saves some of his best smiles for Jack. I love my trusty Boba wrap. And it's not just me that wears him in it. All the men in my family don't mind embracing their feminine side, mostly my husband who you'll often find sporting the Boba, like the big earth Papa he is. Right on, Daddio.

Them's m'boys.