Saturday, 19 April 2014

Hello Sunshine.

What amazing weather! Is it any wonder we associate Easter with the colour yellow? There's so much of it at this time of year. It's so beautiful. Which is exactly what Jack came out with today when we went for a walk through this Rapeseed field. My husband said he's been spending too much time with me to say something like that. 

Jack and I have certainly been enjoying the sunshine this Easter break. How he loves the outdoors! He's been rolling about in the grass and exploring everywhere. In addition Daddy has a few days off and there's Easter eggs too -  this all makes for such a happy little fella.

A long time affiliate of ours, funky British brand, No Added Sugar, kindly sent Jack this adorable Fox in a Boat tee. Isn't it sweet? I love the print and the little shoulder buttons. Super cute. He's wearing it with the American Apparel 5 pocket jeans, and Tri-blend cardigan.

Thanks so much to our sponsor, No Added Sugar
Happy Easter to you all - May the sun shine warm upon your face! I'll leave you with the week that was:

1. Still my baby
2. Charming little shop front
3. Spag bol! Jack's favourite. 
4. Playing
5. Hunting for ladybirds
6. Wee messer
7. Be a knight and do it right!
8. Getting ready for bed (Mammy needs some maternity PJ's!)

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Thickets of Gorse

The sun shone through the window so bright this morning, we got a bit overexcited and got ourselves sorted with a slap up picnic lunch. Well, as is so often the case with this scenario, it turned out to be what I like to call an 'Irish picnic'. I.e. One goes with the intention of eating al fresco, but ends up foundered and bundled up in the car wrapped in blankets. Well, after attempting to sit outside in the sun, Jack complained it was too windy and we ate lunch in the car. I wanted to at least leave the doors open to give that outdoorsy feel, but Jack insisted it was too cold. He was kind of right. After filling our bellies we ventured outside and kept ourselves warm with a run about. 

Let me introduce you to another one of my wonderful new affiliates, new Finnish brand, Guuguu Kidswear. They generously sent Jack these funky College Housut trousers. Super comfy with huge pockets that Jack likes to keep all manners of things in! These were actually amazing when Jack had the chicken pox a couple of weeks ago. He lived in these as all his other trousers hurt his wee scabs. Also, they're our go-to trou of choice when we're doing something active like going to our local gymnastics club. He's wearing them with the American Apparel kids Tri-blend top, and Hummel Suf Blue High tops from our friends at Milly Mog

 A lovely time was had by all. I loved being surrounded by Gorsebush, it's absolutely my favourite weed, despite being repeatedly pricked on the legs and bum as we made our way through the masses of it. We came home with a couple of injuries though. Young Jack poked Daddy in the eye with a stick (or his magic wand, as he insisted) and Jack has a splinter which he just will not let us attempt to remove. 

"Argh! My eye!"

Gugguu also sent Jack their Huppari Harmaa hoody - another seriously comfy little item, which is unusually and beautifully cut. Check out all his little poses in my studio. He's such a lark. 

Thanks so much to Gugguu for the items, check them out if you get a chance. For now I'll leave you with what we got up to these past few days in my Week that Was series.I'm off  to attempt to talk Jack into letting me have another go at removing this splinter. I'll tell you right now, this is going to go down like a lead balloon. Wish me luck! 

1. A springtime walk wearing funky Camelion sweatshirt from our sponsor, Filemon Kid
2. This months issue of the Mr Tumble magazine
3. Jack and 30 week bump
4. A wee babychino
5. Eggshell chick 
6. Beep beep!
7. Some manly garage time with all the men. Grr.
8. Our bedtime book - Don't be Silly Mr Twiddle. (2 chapters every night is a must)

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Up the Garden Path

Yesterday was a lovely spring day. The ground is still saturated, but it didn't stop Jack and I from exploring my Nanny and Pappies beautiful blooming garden. How wonderful it is to see the flowers starting to poke their heads above the soil again. I know I'm annoying the drivers behind me as I slow down to marvel at all the yellow buds that come out at this time of year. It's my favourite colour you know. Jack says his is blue.

Jack and Great Nanny found a ladybird yesterday. Jack was mighty excited by this. He was more than prepared to instruct me to pick it up so he could closely examine it, but he wasn't so brave as to hold it himself. The boy can sure come up with a lot of excuses and stall tactics. "No, ladybird might be dirty... ladybird sleeping now... ladybird just want you to hold it" My Nan says Ladybirds are a sign of a good summer ahead. I hope she's right.


Check out his sweet stripey top. This was sent to us by a new sponsor, One We Like. You must check these guys out. Their prints are exquisite, and the clothing is inspired. I absolutely love this store. This wee tee is perfect for the milder weather. He's also wearing the American Apparel 5 pocket Jeans (when is he ever not?) and Brown Leather shoes from Zara Kids. Thanks so much to the awesome guys over at One We like

I'm still keeping up with photographing the little occurrences by keeping a camera body handy at all times. My Dad recently dug out all his old photos of my brother, sister and I, and looking at them has been so special. It's made me realize that is is so worth trying to capture the little things in life, and I hope Jack will one day enjoy looking through photos of himself as much as we have enjoyed reliving our childhood through the millions of photos my parents took of us! Here's the week that was:

1. Soldier, Sailor, Tinker, Tailor! A gift from our sweet new sponsor Long Story Co.      
2. Big sleeps      
3. Jack's Recycled Compost Monster sprouts a head of hair        
4. Easter Basket      
5. Bird Watching           
6. The Easter Bunny!          
7. Jack and Maisey            
8. Bedtime Story

Monday, 31 March 2014

The Yard

Today is the last day of March. Here in Ireland there are signs of spring everywhere. Daffodils, little lambs and it's getting milder. It hasn't gotten any dryer though. Which is pretty typical. No matter what time of the year it is, shower-dodging is the norm. 


If you're wondering how we got on with the chicken pox, the ordeal is almost over. To be fair, we were lucky. It really wasn't that bad. Jack was bad tempered and crabby for one day only. And although he was covered in pox, he either heeded my warnings not to scratch, or he just wasn't that itchy. I barely had to touch the cream or medicine. He has coped incredibly well. And we're at the stage now where all the scabs are falling off of their own accord. I'm really looking forward to giving his grubby wee bake a good scrub! I want to just smoosh that little chinchopper between my thumb and fingers, and rub the face cloth furiously over that face. For almost two weeks I've had to navigate strategically between pox with a cloth covered semi damp finger while Jack squirms and whines "Be careful of my chicken pox!"

Yesterday we visited Auntie May's yard and had a bit of a play during dry spells. Let me introduce you to one of my new sponsors, the lovely independent clothing label, Filemon Kid. The nice people over from Filemon sent Jack a few jumpers. Yesterday he wore the Hoot Hoot Navy jumper. So cute! It's teamed with a Cos shirt from the childrens range, Zara kids puffa coat and jeans, and Ugg Harwell boots

Thanks so much to the guys from Filemon Kid, and if you fancy picking up a few pieces for your little 'un, you can get 15% off with the code JACK15. Brills!

I've been doing my best to keep the camera handy, and snap the little things. So here's the week that was:

1. Covered in chicken pox    /    2. Splish splashing in puddles       /     3 & 6. Hat making with cousins     /     4. My Mothers Day card, made in playschool       /       5. Monkey jumping on the bed       /      7. Saturday morning dancing to Planet Rock in the kitchen     /     8. A good run in Auntie May's Yard

Thursday, 20 March 2014

The Week that Was

So, a few weeks ago, my husband, Jack and I were driving home from somewhere or other, and we decided to stop at the drive-thru for a dirty wee Kentucky fried chicken. The conversation moved on, as it does, and I started to tell my husband how chicken-pox was going around."I WANT A CHICKEN POX!" Jack piped up from the back. Obviously referring to what he fancied when we arrived at KFC. Boy, we laughed. The lesson here is... be careful what you wish for. This morning we woke to a full blown case of chicken pox. Uh-oh. For the moment Jack is covered in little red bumps. He's a good form, and not too itchy. But something tells me things are gonna get worse. By the weekend I envision we'll have a very itchy boy. Luckily, my husband will be off, so there will be two of us on scratch-watch. 

The photo above was taken last Friday, before pox-gate. Jack is wearing the amazing You Star hat, kindly sent to us by a new sponsor, Ershware. I love the shape of this funky hat. It looks like Jack has little bunny ears! Gorgeous. He's also wearing a coat from River Island and red skinny jeans from Zara kids. It was a whole year since we buried Great Grampa Vic. (Where did that year go?) So, we went to leave some flowers by the graveside. It's hard for little ones to grasp this concept. Wee doves.

Last week, I decided I wasn't photographing the little things enough. If I was, it was only on my iPhone. The resulting photos, not particularly nice to look at. So, I thought I would leave one of my camera bodies in the house, or take it with me on little insignificant trips. And just snap away. Which is what I did. So, here's the week that was. Capturing just the little things. 
1. Bathtime for baby
2. Mummy and Daddy's bed has so much room!
3. Slumber takes him after a busy day at playschool
4. You Star hat from amazing new American label Ershware
5. Mummy gets infront of the camera for once, as Daddy tries his hand at photographing Jack, Mummy and the bump
6. Jack brushes his teeth all by himself!
7. Finally! The postman brings Jack's racing car costume! The excitement of it all!
8. Chicken pox strikes!

Anyway, don't be fretful for Jack. Here's a photo I took this morning of him sporting a few pox. (Superman PJ's from Nappyhead) He doesn't look too worried, does he? It's amazing how fast those little spots seem to break out. 8 hours later, and his face looks a lot worse, and his whole body is covered in them. They've got a lot darker too. Any advice appreciated! Thanks again to Ershware. Have a pox-free week, pals.

Don't cry for me, Argentina.

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Climbing Hills

Hello all! Tigger and I have been a bit house bound this week thanks to car issues. "You - having car issues?!" I hear anybody that knows us cry. Yes, yes, I know. We sure know how to pick out the old problematic bangers. But hey. 

So, Jack and I amused ourselves around the area. We took quite a few walks (Mainly to and from the mechanics) but we played some great games along the way. I've said it before, and I'll say it again. This chap has such a great imagination. 

We received this beautiful little leather yoke pullover from a new sponsor, The Little Affair. I love the leather shoulder detail and coloured zippy pocket! The fabric is super soft too. He's also wearing red skinny jeans and leather brown shoes from Zara Kids.

Thanks so much to The Little Affair - we love the sweatshirt. Have a great week, pals.

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Live Wild and Free

S'up? Another week has flown in. The weather is starting to look better, and the days are getting longer. Horrah! 
Today I wanted to feature this snazzy jumper, kindly sent to us by one of my long time affiliates Oh Baby London. They sent this for Jack ages ago, but he's only just grown into it. I love the grungy decal. I also love the motto. I wish I could live more like this, but I feel I ought to be sensible now and 'Live carefully and Conservatively'. We'd probably all be a bit happier if we lived with this motto in mind though!

Mister Jack also wears a pair of green skinny jeans from Zara kids and black All Star Street Converse supplied to him by the nice people at Milly Mog.
Thanks so much to the gals at Oh Baby London. Check them and their funky kidswear out if you get the chance- you can get 15% off if you use the code 15JACK.

Jack often asks me to make him things. Often it's a postbox (easy enough - a box with a slot) or a rocket ship (not so easy). This week he asked me to make him a Robot costume. He's actually asked me to make him a Robot suit numerous times. But you know yourself, sometimes you don't have the time, supplies or drive to drop everything and start an art project. Well, he asked me at a great time. We were waiting for a friend to pick us up for a coffee and had a spare hour before she arrived. He was so delighted when I agreed (It reminded me of when my sister and I used to pester my Mum to make us princess crowns, and we were always so psyched when she said yes). Wee pet. He jerked about doing his robotic voice, whilst I cut, painted and stuck. Several empty boxes later we had a robot costume. He was irritated that he had to wait for the paint to dry. Finally, when it was all done I asked him "What d'ya think?"   -  *Gasp* "Look at the mess you've made, Mummy!"  "Never you worry, I'll clean that up." I replied. *Pause* "Want robot knees and feet too, Mummy!"  Sigh.  You're welcome, Son.

The Jackbot 3000. The most advanced toddler technology to date.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Red Hot Chilli Peppers

So it's a bank holiday here in Ireland, which means this fella is on his holidays from playschool. I don't think you'll hear a "horray" out of either of us. This means I have had to drag him round with me while I run errands. This used to be an adventure, but it's not any more. Now (apparently) it's just the worst thing I could possibly do to him. He yaps so much, I weirdly end up feeling really guilty and buying him a bag of skips or something (the desired effect two fold, to appease and to hush.) It used to work until he learned how to complain with his mouth full.

Anyway, we received a lovely package from one of our new affiliates Wolf and Rita, which spiced up the minus-craic bank holiday. Take a gander, won't you, at Jacks funky shirt. Wolf and Rita are a designer kids brand that specializes in quality shirts. I love their bold designs. He's wearing the Joao / Chilli print shirt with the American Apparel Tri Blend Cardigan. Quite the statement? Don't you think?

Truthfully, Jack was glad to get back home. He kicked back with a pancake and milk for lunch, and then 'helped' me do the dishes. Then we just bummed around for a while, wondering why we have some small holes in the skirting board. We decided that some very tiny slimy monsters lived there. 
If you and your wee 'uns are on your holidays, I hope you're enjoying speculating about your skirting boards and eating pancakes too. So, wait... you're saying that's just us then?