Jam Tarts!

Life is still a whirlwind here. Not long now until the holidays! I can’t wait, I do love having all my chickies at home. Of course I also have a big birthday looming… the big 3-0! Then off we jolly to Cornwall for a week awsell!

Nothing particularly exciting is happening just yet though, its all just domestic routine that I’m swamped in at the moment. And I do love it. I love to be home with my children, bringing them up, seeing all the firsts. The other day was another first for my little chaps- first ever JAM TART!

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It was a messy affair! I was glad Brian was home to help me clear up afterwards.

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There was jam everywhere.

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This face that Disco Boy is pulling is known, in this house, as a “salmon face”. It is a happy face despite what it may look like! Mini Moo came up with the name for it, because its “the sort of face I pull when I’m made to eat salmon”.

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Dunking has also been discovered. Now they eat real food pretty much all the time, these boys LOVE to dunk as much as possible in ketchup.

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I haven’t had any of the jam tarts myself though, as I am trying to get fitter and lose some weight. I did treat myself to a white wine spritzer with strawberries though last night. I had just walked two and a half miles though…

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All other treats shall be kept of the ‘magazine’ variety!

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Looks good huh? I’ll let you know as I haven’t had chance to properly dive in yet!

See you all very soon! x

Nuggets

Hello ducklings!

It’s still all go here. I decided to try and make use of the little nuggets of time I often have while hanging around in between other occupations. For example, five minutes sat in the car before collecting the girlies from school, two minutes while something is heating on the hob- these little wisps of time add up! So I thought I would try and jot things down on my Evernote app to then mash together into a blog post.

Here’s one I wrote last night. (Don’t be fooled by the time being wrong in the top corner, that’s just when I did the screenshot!)

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I even snapped a pic of me looking frazzled!

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Stuck in the car with three young children for half an hour?! Gaaaah!

Mini has gone off on another trip today, and Tron has one on Thursday aswell. It’s not just me who has a busy life at present!

There’s several projects on the go here for me to tell you about next time. I’ve just made a canvas for our living room wall, and also it’s time to start making end of term gifts for the girls teachers… I’ll be back soon to tell you all about it. X

Life Never Stops

Hello everyone! I’m sorry I’m so scarce at the moment, life is just so full. It’s ironic really, life is so full and I could tell you so much, yet BECAUSE life is so full, I don’t have the time!

Here are some pictures for the moment. I shall try and write something more exciting and cohesive soon. xxx

Ooh hello!

Ooh hello!

Feeling happy and healthy, if a little tired just at the moment!

Feeling happy and healthy, if a little tired just at the moment!

The joy of finally sitting down in an evening and noticing that Brian has recorded Barry Manilow at the BBC for me! :) x

The joy of finally sitting down in an evening and noticing that Brian has recorded Barry Manilow at the BBC for me! :) x

New library book from which I have been trying a few recipes.  I'm not a Tana Ramsey fan, but I thought I'd give her book a go.

New library book from which I have been trying a few recipes. I’m not a Tana Ramsey fan, but I thought I’d give her book a go.

Big success was this one- Butternut squash spaghetti lasagne.

Big success was this one- Butternut squash spaghetti lasagne.

Homemade egg fried rice.  A favourite of mine, super simple, I'll share my 'recipe' sometime if you're interested.... x

Homemade egg fried rice. A favourite of mine, super simple, I’ll share my ‘recipe’ sometime if you’re interested…. x

Evening downtime, watching Twilight and crocheting in bed!

Evening downtime, watching Twilight and crocheting in bed!

A reward and chore chart  to combat some challenging behaviour from Mini Moo.

A reward and chore chart to combat some challenging behaviour from Mini Moo.

Summer garden fun.

Summer garden fun.

Followed by coke floats!

Followed by coke floats!

Cupcakes for little chaps.

Cupcakes for little chaps.

Yum yum!  And check out that big unruly tuft of hair round his ears!!!

Yum yum! And check out that big unruly tuft of hair round his ears!!!

Hair so tufty in fact, that what's that?!

Hair so tufty in fact, that what’s that?!

Yup, it's a quaver.  Wedged behind my son's ear, tangled in a tuft!

Yup, it’s a quaver. Wedged behind my son’s ear, tangled in a tuft!

So Brian got his clippers out and we gave the boys a trim.  Number 5 all over.  Not Brian's best picture (sorry dear), but the light catches Thunderpants blonde crewcut very nicely in this particular pic!

So Brian got his clippers out and we gave the boys a trim. Number 5 all over. Not Brian’s best picture (sorry dear), but the light catches Thunderpants blonde crewcut very nicely in this particular pic!

Some of Little Tron's work that I saw at parents evening.  I have two excellent little girlies so I do!

Some of Little Tron’s work that I saw at parents evening. I have two excellent little girlies so I do!

Hula hoop practice.

Hula hoop practice.

And the green hex blanket plods on.

And the green hex blanket plods on.

:) :) :)

Ten Random Facts

I read a fabulous blog post a month or so ago, over on Coco Rose Diaries ( http://cocorosetextiles.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/ten-random-facts.html ) which had ten random facts about the blogger. I really enjoyed reading it, and thought it was such a simple yet super idea! So here come my own ten random facts.

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1. I bought my first pair of ‘serious’ trainers in fifteen years the other day, being as I have started running. They are absolutely amazing and solved all my shin splints problems!

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These are the ones I have! They are actaully mens, but they were more comfortable.

2. I am currently watching Michael Palin’s New Europe on TV. I really enjoyed this series so I was glad to stumble across it on the Travel channel this evening. I’ve never been hungry to travel, but just lately I seem to have got the itch. I’d love to visit Russia, that’s number 1 on my list. I know its a bit morbid, but I’d like to visit the room where Rasputin was murdered!

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Obviously that is Alan Rickman as Rasputin, I’m not completely dense. But any opportunity to sneak in a bit of Rickman! ;)

3. Following on slightly from the above fact, I would love to learn to speak Russian, and a few years back I taught myself the Russian alphabet. I used a few sources on the net for this, one being a clip from Russian Sesame Street!

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4. I bought a second hand bike yesterday. I intended to do some ‘easy’ cycling to build some fitness in a lower impact fashion. I have to say though I am finding it terribly hard going! You may never forget HOW to ride a bike, but you sure do lose the fitness! I have actually found the run and walk easier!

The bike I have is just a basic, kind of rusty mountain bike in silver and purple. But I’d love to get good enough at riding it that it would be worth saving up for something as beautiful as this ->

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5. I have a profile on Day Zero Project. If you’ve never been on there, just Google it and go explore. Basically, its an online way of making ‘Bucket List’ type of goals. I haven’t set myself any targets that are too outlandish because I would like them to be things that are do-able in my life, rather than it just being a list of dreams.

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One of the first goals I completed was to walk up to Glastonbury Tor. It was an amazing day and an amazing acheivement.

6. I love Facebook and Pinterest, but find Twitter strange.

7. I really like good quality art/drawing apps. I love the amazing artistic effects that can be achieved. David Hockney did an whole exhibition of pieces he ‘painted’ on the app ‘Brushes’.

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There’s the David Hockney above, and following is my own humble attempt.

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8. About five years ago I made a list of 50 novels I would like to read. I chose a wide range, including old and modern, lesser and better known. I still, of course, haven’t read them all, but I have got through a fair few. It’s funny you know, because I made a point of including books that I would never usually give a second glance, and have still really enjoyed most of them. There have only been two that I couldn’t finish.

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A suprisingly un-put-down-able read was Fathers and Sons, which I LOVED.

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And less to my tastes, was Housekeeping. It’s a beautifully written and perfectly atmospheric novel, but I found it too slow and bleak for my liking.

I’ll put my list up on a separate page if you’d like to see it…. check up on the menu bar shortly! :)

9. I am so obsessed with Harry Potter that certain phrases when I hear them, cue my brain to complete them in my mind in Harry Potter style. For example I heard on the radio just yesterday- “The Minister for….” and my head says “MAGIC”! Also, and this may have been on the very same radio bulletin, “A representative for the misuse of….” and my head screamed “MUGGLE ARTIFACTS OFFICE”. If anyone ever mentions “Red hair and pale complexion”, I think “Must be a Weasley”. Also, I quite often find myself saying “Sirius-ly” instead of “seriously”.

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10. I am really rather tired and sleepy at present, so I think it may be time for a Jaffa cake to fuel my journey up the stairs to bed.

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Night all! xxx

Maybe I could….

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RUN!

Yes, maybe I could run. Maybe I am far too overweight and actually it will cause injury. But I need to try.

So yesterday evening I dusted off my manky battered old Nikes that I had when I was 15 years old (which worryingly, come July will equal HALF MY LIFE ago!) and gave it a go.

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I roped in the assistance of two little helpers (Mini Moo and Little Tron!) to run slightly ahead so that when I ran I could pass it off to frightened onlookers as me chasing my unruly children, and also just for a bit of company. I figured it would do them good and help them sleep. I have to say, they loved it! Seeing Mummy run is an extremely rare occurence and induced fits of excited squealy laughter from Little Tron especially.

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Well, I achieved my first goal although I must say it was HARD! You’ll laugh when you hear what my first goal was….. I wanted to run one tenth of a mile. ONE TENTH! That really is nothing. But I did it and I feel very proud of myself. And also a bit ashamed being as that was all I could do. But mostly, I can’t wait to get out and do it again! After the teensy run, we then had a brisk walk for half an hour. Looking at Google Maps I think we covered, in total including the tidgy run, about a mile and a half.

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Today I have had terrible shin splints and have ached royally. The shin splints, my sources tell me, will be helped with some proper running shoes. So tomorrow we are off to try and get some better, more cushioned, less old and battered trainers.

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I’ve had a rest day today, but tomorrow evening I plan to get out and do it again. It’s funny, but as much as I’ve ached today I can’t wait to get out again! It’s made me feel very empowered, very “YES I CAN!”

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Good grief, look at those trainers! Half the sole is missing!

I’ll keep you up to date with how I progress! x

Apologies!

Hello my darlings!

I’m sorry I’ve been kind of absent just lately. Half term was a busy old time, and then I’ve had a bit of a period of feeling kind of low. Also over last weekend my little Moo was poorly and had a funny turn and had to go into hospital briefly.

Here’s a couple of pics, and I promise to be back with a more coherent post very soon!

Half term seaside trip!

Half term seaside trip!

Half term Pizza Hut trip. That there is some ice cream factory fun! X

Half term Pizza Hut trip. That there is some ice cream factory fun! X

Some messing around!

Some messing around!

Rainbow loom bracelets!

Rainbow loom bracelets!

Trying to be more inventive with feeding the boys.

Trying to be more inventive with feeding the boys.

And a poorly Moo. X

And a poorly Moo. X

Clouds

Has anyone else noticed that a slice of Tiger bread is cloud shaped?

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If I was a very snazzy clever chef, I would create a beautiful plate of food based around this. A rainbow would be involved of course.

I love rainbows!

Little Monkey is a Big Brother!

Hello Darlings!

Now, do any of you remember my mentioning ‘Little Monkey’ in past posts?…. No?!… Ok, well this might jog your memory ->

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Ah yes, Little Monkey! He belongs to my good friend Claire, and yes, as you may gather from the title of this post, Claire has just brought another little Puffling into the world, making Little Monkey a BIG BROTHER! He’s very pleased indeed, as his big brother instinct that he was having a little sister was proven to be spot on.

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Gorgeous huh?! :)

Well, I wasn’t going to crochet anything for Missy Puffling, because I figured that Claire probably had all the blankets and things that she needed, from when she had Little Monkey. But I made a snap desicion one morning while stood by the breakfast bar, that I really could.

I had been inspired by a beautiful blanket I had seen on Betsy Makes ( http://betsymakes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/crochet-gifts.html ) with a kind of gingham pattern made using granny squares. And so followed an expedition for yarn, resulting in my deciding to test out some Womens Institute Soft and Cuddly Yarn.

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It was lovely to work with, lovely and soft, although on occasions it was a bit splitty. Well worth it though! And wowzers, did I work hard on that blanket this week. It came together faster than anything I’ve ever made so far.

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It was made with ‘three round’ granny squares, and I joined as I went.

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As you might notice, I decided, in the name of efficiency, to complete all the squares before weaving in the ends, rather than doing it as I went. I DO think that overall it made it faster, but By Crikey! What a job it was weaving in 162 ends.

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It came with me all over the place. The above is in the car on the way to Lichfield for a morning out. Even just crocheting it in the living room while the babies were awake became a bit of an adventure at times. They liked to come and have a maul of it. Or to try and catch the crochet hook while hitting my hand with a hammer…

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Next I decided to do quite simple granny borders.

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And then I added a more flouncy final white edging.

Here’s the final ta-dah moment!

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Yay!!!

And here follows a bajillion photos for no other reason than yarn porn. Hooray for #yarnporn !

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GIVEAWAY WINNERS!

Hello everyone!

I just went through the comments and shares for the giveaway and used Random Number Generator to bring up two winners.

The lucky winner of the Slow Cooker Cookbook was….

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LISA!!!!

And the lucky recipient of the Stylecraft Yarn is….

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LOUISE!!!!

Louise writes the lovely blog, SEW SENSATIONAL ( http://sewsensational.wordpress.com/ ) so do hop on over and have a peep!

Commiserations to those who weren’t favoured by the cookbook and yarn Gods on this occasion.
xxx