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Saturday, 3 October 2015

Mummy and Me September 2015

Another month, another selection of phone selfies but also a few that hubs has taken especially so I have some new, nice photos of Ethan and I together.

We have had a lovely month together and Ethan has been super affectionate this month, with lots of cuddles and kisses for me. He's been wonderful and I am feeling very lucky this month.

It's so lovely when your little one comes to you for love and affection and I am enjoying every single moment of it.


Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Seasonal lip shades

What better reason for refreshing your look and your make up bag than the changing of the seasons?

With autumn coats unpacked and shades of mustard, burgundy, plum and teal awash on the high street, it's a great time to add a few new seasonal shades to your lips too.

I went shopping a couple of weeks ago on the hunt for some autumn inspired lip shades. I was looking for matt finishes - I love the flawless look and at this time of year, you can dare to go a bit bolder. I wanted a rich raspberry red, a deep plum, a warmer nude and something that would pack a little punch too.

Here's what I found...


Monday, 28 September 2015

The week that was #35

I've been writing these weekly updates for, well, 35 weeks now. I like summarising general life stuff into one post. You know, some weeks are quieter than others but it doesn't always have to be something 'big' to be worth documenting.

There's lots of different ways to pull together a weekly round up; I was joining in with #TWTWC by Make Do and Push, but she's taking a little break from this linky now. The lovely Kerri-Ann has her #LittleLoves posts which is a great summary of all the things she's loving right now, I've seen a few people do their week in pictures / my weekend in a nutshell type posts and Instagram snaps and Hayley from Home has her 'A Little Bit Lately' posts, which are along the same lines of how my 'The Week That Was' posts started.

So I guess these posts of mine could be tagged as any or all of the above - I'll just go with the flow and see where they sit each week.

The past week for me can be summarised, for the most part, with the following photos...

Top (L-R):
New hair - I wanted to go more vibrant so now my hair looks like it's on fire!
Pumpkin Spice Lattes for the win.
I've been stocking up on sticky notes and stationery nic naks galore.

Middle (L-R):
Early train journey to London - my survival kit.
Ethan's at a lovely stage and just growning so fast.

Bottom (L-R):
Cuddles with the hubs.
Even our animals know the seasons have changed and are spending more time at home.
This boy loves his stories and this new seasonal book has been very well read already.


Sunday, 27 September 2015

#StationerySunday - Paperchase haul

My love of stationery is well established on here (as my post on Kikki K earlier this week firmly established) and fellow stationery enthusiast Jocelyn at The Reading Residence has started a new link up, via any kind of post, called #StationerySunday.

And having hit Paperchase pretty hard this week (there's a new store in Birmingham at Grand Central - swoon), I had to join in the paper-based fun.

I've been getting my personal planner in order, working out what works best for me, much in the same way Jocelyn has, and I think I'm getting there. I'm quite particular when it comes to planning and with a few new Paperchase treats, I can bring some order to the madness.


Thursday, 24 September 2015

Homeware for little Gruffalo hunters

Whilst Ethan has a sizeable collection of books, his favourite for sure is The Gruffalo. And I know that he isn't alone - it's a best-loved picture book for so many little ones.

If you too have a Gruffalo hunter in your midst, then you might want to take a look at these beautiful finds for home.

I was looking for a way to display some of Ethan's most loved bedtime books, within his reach, now he has a bed he can get in and out of and a room which he can explore when he's playing alone (we have this book caddy downstairs).

And I found this - it couldn't be any more perfect for my little book worm and Gruffalo in the making...


Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Swoon-worthy Stationery

So, I love stationery. Obsessively so. I think this is because of:

* My desire to plan things in advance (so I always have things to look forward to and know when and where we need to be)

* My need to take control of things (so I can keep calm and try and just enjoy the journey)


* My quest to make everything just a little bit prettier (and a bit more 'me' too)

I have had many a diary, planner, notebook, calendar, to do list but thanks to fellow paper addict Jocelyn at The Reading Residence, I have discovered what could be the ultimate find for a life planning, paper fiend such as myself.

Enter Kikki.K.

(Apologies in advance if the following makes you rush out and spend a small fortune on pretty, papery things).

I have never heard of this brand before and I'm wondering whether I have been living under a rock. Having stumbled across their website after reading this post, I then spent eight minutes transfixed to this video:


Tuesday, 22 September 2015

The big boy bed is a hit!

We took down Ethan's cot on Monday last week and built his new boy bed. Since then, he's slept soundly every night and we couldn't be happier with how he's handled the transition.

Since a few months old, Ethan's been quite a good sleeper and we've been used to him sleeping through the night from 8.30/9pm all the way until we wake him, usually around 7.10am during the working week. Only once every couple of weeks he might wake up unsettled or from having a bad dream, but even then it doesn't take long for him to nod off again.

And, touch wood, since trading up to a toddler bed, the same routine has continued.


Monday, 21 September 2015

The Week That Was #34

The two themes of our week last week were 'quality family time', as we were off work and spent lots of time together at home, and 'organise' as we had a big autumn clean and my house, my make up and my blog had a declutter and makeover.

So, my week that was in pictures...
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