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Saturday, 5 September 2015


I wasn't going to write this post. I've seen others share their feelings about that photo which has got everyone thinking and talking about the migrant crisis this week.

As a parent, it's been a news story that's been very hard to watch. And whilst I know the sharing of this photo, and the public reactions since it came to light, can only make people see the reality of the situation and want to act, but I've avoided looking at the photos. It's just too much to take.

I won't pretend to know a lot about the situation. Or the possible solutions.

I just know that a three year old child, not much older than my little Ethan, lost his life as the result of the struggles his family and those like them have faced.

He isn't alone and his plight isn't unique.

It's a very difficult situation. And it's very difficult to watch.

But difficulty is good, sometimes. If it can encourage people to take notice. To act.

There aren't any words I can say or write that will say anything different than those who have talked about the way in which the pictures have affected them. So, all I wanted to do was share this link and this one too which both have details on how you can help. If you want to, if you can.

You can also text 70008 and the word SYRIA to donate £5 now or give online with Save The Children here. You can follow others getting involved with the campaign using the hashtag #savesyriaschildren. People are sharing photos with their own children holding a sign saying 'it could have been me' but I just can't go that one step further. For me, I just can't make that close connection with what I've seen in the news and my own son but I understand why others are getting involved in this way.


Friday, 4 September 2015

Reading and writing

Ethan's little library is growing fast and we've added a number of new reads to his collection of late.

Being a big fan of The Gruffalo, and knowing most the words by heart already, we've bought Ethan a few more of Julia Donaldson's picture books. New early favourites include A Squash and A Squeeze and The Smartest Giant In Town.

We've also got this lovely nursery rhyme collection from Parragon Books. Our latest #BookBuddies find is a beautiful compendium of classic nursery rhymes and it's come at a great time for us as Ethan can recite so many of them now, we need some new ones to learn!


Thursday, 3 September 2015

Mummy and Me August 2015

This month, I've taken quite a few snaps of the little Mr and myself. All on my phone, all selfies and all with cheesy grins or silly faces.

They might not be the kind of photos to blow up on a canvas. But they do make me smile.

Ethan and I have had a really good relationship of late. Which might sound strange, but he is a toddler and he can be known to have moods that change with the wind. Without warning and often without reason too. But on the whole, we have been really close this past month.

So these photos are candid but capture our relationship at this time.

And they really show where Ethan gets his grin from...


I heart autumn

September has begun and I'm embracing autumn without hesitation. Summer didn't ever really get going, did it? My maxi dresses were never worn and my tan never had the chance to begin (not that I ever go an impressive shade, to be fair).

So, I'm saying so long to the end of summer and taking a big giant leap into autumn. My favourite time of year (in the lead up to Christmas).

Here's what I'm looking forward to:

* The changing colour of the leaves on the trees - the ones around the corner of our house always seem to change shade day by day, from bright green to fiery red

* Buying a new coat - because you just have to every year, don't you? This is the one I'm lusting over

* Big jumpers, chunky cardigans and layering up 


Wednesday, 2 September 2015

The Week That Was Captured #32

Hello! I haven't forgotten my corner of the web. I've just had a lot to do in the 'real' world and haven't had the time to share it as much as I would like.

I've missed posting, and have ideas and new things I want to write about and share with you every day, but unless I can get my hands on one of those time turner things from Harry Potter, I just don't know how to fit it all in.

Go to work. Take care of Ethan. Spend a moment or two with my husband. Pay bills. Run errands. Do the food shopping. Tidy the house (rarely get to the cleaning part). Talk to friends. Make plans.

Write my blog.

The important thing for me at the moment is balance and not putting too much pressure on myself to do it all, all of the time. Sometimes something takes more of a back seat. Has to. And that's ok. Everything will get done in the end. If you want it to.

You can always find a bit of time for the things you want.

So, here I am. Writing. Because I want to.

Late but never mind, my week that was captured #32, last week, the last week of August, involved the following bits and bobs...


Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Summer Moments

How has your summer been so far? A little damper and less sunny than you had perhaps hoped for?

Same here.

My maxi dresses have never left my wardrobe. We haven't had a holiday. I haven't had one proper BBQ and I've not had nearly enough Pimms for my liking.

And let's not even talk about the weather.

Whilst there's lots of things I think make up the perfect summer, and some of these haven't yet been realised this year, there's plenty of other things I have enjoyed and will look back on with a smile.

As Roberts Bakery would call it, my 'Soft and Fluffy' moments.

This summer has been a quiet one but it's been filled with time together, as a family of three as well as with our nearest and dearest.

Ethan has continued to grow before our eyes, now talking in sentences, playing with my iPad with ease and knowing his ABCD's, his numbers up to 20 and his name when written down.

This summer has been about the big little moments; the simple things, the ones that mean the most.

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