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My Little Bits Of Life #4

on Wednesday, 29 October 2014.

It's been a while since I shared some little snippets of our life as captured by my iPhone.  Life has been so busy and hectic but as usual my phone camera has come along for the ride, I must admit to being really lazy with my big camera and not taking it out as much as I should, I therefore love the fact that I always have my phone on me.

I am still obsessed with instagram as ever.  It's the first form of social media I will look at in the morning, but I have to limit myself and not look too much or I would never get anything done.  I love getting a glimpse into other peoples lives through their photos and I follow some truly gorgeous accounts.  

Anyway here is some of our adventures and ordinary life through the eyes of my iPhone...

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1.  It was Mr E's birthday a few weeks ago and I set myself a challenge of making him a chocolate fudge cake as a surprise.  Bizarrely considering I am pretty usless in the kitchen, it tasted absolutely delicious and we finished it in one evening when we had a little party for him at my Mum's house- all my family were shocked to say the least!

2.  I love these little Hunter wellies of Mads- they are her spare pair that live at Grandma's house but I think I may need to steal them and take them back to ours.  Love the yellow!

3.  If you follow me on instagram you will know I have a relatively new obsession with taking photos of my girls outfits against our scabby garage door. (exotic location- not!) I know I will love looking back in years to come at what we used to dress them in.  This particularly day we had a 'cat theme' as we had just got our kittens!

4.  My Mum and I went shopping a few weeks ago and we couldn't resist buying these Matching PJ's from Jools Oliver's Little Bird collection at Mothercare- we are their biggest fans and the print on these PJ's are just adorable.

5.  I bought this stripy jumper the other day and I absolutely love it, love the heart detailing on the sleeve.  I really am enjoying wearing Autumn clothes this year.

6.  My big girl and I went on a date day to London for a screening of Frozen put on by The White Company, we made a day out of it and met up with one of my closest friends for lunch, and she came with us too.  I love spending time with Mads, we laughed all day long.

7.  I adore this photo of one of our usual garage snaps- I think it's the fact Mads is posing so much that makes it so funny.  She is obsessed with this top from Zara saying 'Still Living With My Parents'- I love it too actually.

8.  I am really lucky in that both my girls still nap but Mads normally has a shorter one than LL, so when she gets up she knows it's 'quiet time' and we snuggle until her sister wakes up.  Since we got the kittens they have taken to coming on our laps too- it's really rather sweet.

9.  I had been after a pair of Brogues for ages, so I couldn't resist when I found these in Primark of all places.  And only £12.  Bargain.

10.  Yet another Little Bird outfit, I bought this dress for LL months ago but she is only just wearing it now.  I love the colour and I could gobble her up when she wears it.  Just so cute.

10.  I do try and dress the girls in similar colours or styles if we go out for the day- I love these little grey jumpers they are wearing.  I wish they did LL's cloud jumper in my size and I am loving their winter boots!

12.  Likewise sometimes Mummy gets in on the action and dresses in a similar colour too. (Daddy doesn't and also wants to disown us when we do this!) ;) I am loving mustard this season, yellow is my favourite colour by far

13.  I am still in shock over winning a Mad Blog Award and my category 'Best Baby Blog' was sponsored by Mothercare.  A few days ago they sent me my prize- a whooping £500 worth of vouchers.  And as an extra gesture they had seen from my instagram how we are Little Bird's biggest fans, so they sent me a couple of outfits for the girls as a surprise.  Such a sweet thing to do and I was over the moon to receive the package in the post.  That's Christmas presents sorted, plus outfits for the next year! 

 

If you are on instagram do come and say hello, I'm @mummydaddyme - it's my favourite form of social media by far.

 

PS. Mothercare haven't asked us to write about them, I was just over the moon with the fact they had obviously seen what big Little Bird fans we are that I wanted to mention them and say thanks for sending the girls an outfit, and of course for my wonderful prize.  All other clothes and outfits have been bought with my hard earned pennies. (or maybe Mr E's- ssssh don't tell him!)

 

My Sisters In September.

on Wednesday, 10 September 2014.

As you read this we will be at Center Parcs with Lucy and her family.  This weekend has been a bit of an intense one to say the least, we are having our bathroom redone which I am really excited about, but on Sunday when Mr E was ripping it out he hit a dodgy pipe and water leaked through to our living room below.  Having no water, plus trying to pack, and having our house turned upside down has been slightly stressful.  I thought I was organised and all ready to go, until I realised that my Siblings post was due this week.  Cue a little panic as I hadn't taken any photos for it.

But in actual fact, sifting through my phone in a mad dash to find any suitable, I couldn't have not used the following photos this month, even if I had taken the most beautiful photos with my DSLR.  These photos completely sum up my sisters this month.  I have a bit of a thing about using too many iPhone photos on my blog, while I love my phone and it is the camera I use 90% of the time, I often feel like my phone photos aren't the best and I should make an effort to take my big camera out more.  However I just haven't had the time, and as such my phone has been my only weapon of choice the last few weeks.  I have mentioned before that recently Mads has really got in to developing her own style and choosing what to wear, and as such I have been taking a photo of her each day in front of our slightly scabby garage door.  We take a couple before she gets fed up and says 'no more photos' but the last few times we have done it, LL has decided to get in on the act too.

They both stand there and giggle and pose, and every morning they ask to go and have a photo outside even if I wasn't planning on taking one.  Bizarrely they actually love it and it's the only time they will willingly let me take a photo of them!  It's become sort of a strange, weird little tradition, and one that really makes me smile.  Since LL started walking, their relationship has grown and developed and it's just the most incredible privilege to watch them together.  

So although technically I forgot this month, actually these photos couldn't portray my sisters any better...

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This month I am sending you over to have a look at Jess and her gorgeous pair of siblings.  Jess needs no introduction, her blog is one of my favourites and has been ever since I started blogging.  If you haven't already been over there, you most definitely should!

Pregnancy Style #4

on Tuesday, 04 December 2012.

My tummy is growing bigger by the day.  At my midwife appointment the other day I was told I was measuring two weeks ahead of my dates which explains my tight and achy tummy.  I still haven't really bought that many new clothes, instead wearing my old clothes to death to try and prevent buying anything that I will only really wear for a couple of months now.

As such my pregnancy wardrobe is a little lacking, and not particularly glamourous.  However I just keep thinking if I don't spend any money, come February I will have more to spend on new clothes once the baby is born.  Because obviously I am going to get back into my skinny jeans straight away.  Ahem.

Here is some of the things I have been clothing myself and bump in recently...

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1.  This is the type of outfit I live in the most!  My PJ's.  Pretty much as soon as I get home from work or from out playing with Mads, the PJ's come on.  There is something about snuggling in PJ's during the winter.  I bought these festive ones from Primark, Primarni definitely do the best jammies, they are also fab for pregnant ladies as a lot of the tops are really long and therefore cover the bump.

2.  I have been wearing a lot of my old snuggly jumpers, this one is from River Island and is so comfy, it is that big it even does up over the bump.  The bag featured in nearly all the photos is my Marc Jacobs- a honeymoon present from Mr E back when we had pennies to spend on ridiculous items.  It only gets outings when I don't have a toddler dropping juice/crumbs/bogeys into it.

3.  A casual day at work now- the top is just a stripy t-shirt from New Look, it isn't maternity but because it is stretchy it fits well on the bump.  The jumper is a snuggly number from Zara which I love- the lining is sheepskin and the buttons are duffel buttons- it is so cosy.  The snood is a recent purchase from H and M, I love burgandy at the moment.  I put Burgandy lipstick on to try and distract from the fact my eyes were so tired.

4.  My trusty River Island biker boots that I am wearing non stop at the moment, teamed with an aztec cardigan from New Look, another one that isn't maternity but is good for bumps as it doesn't have buttons anyway.  The grey jeggings are also from New Look, I find their stuff cheap enough that if I do stretch them, it doesn't really matter.  

5.  Another casual day at work (every day is casual at the moment as I fit into no smart things!), I am wearing a denim shirt that is long enough to hide lumps and bumps, the trusty burgandy snood and black leggings which I am living in.  

6.  Out for dinner with my friend, this cardigan from New Look is new and doesn't have buttons so it is fine for the bump- however I added a belt so it held it in place a little more.

I am lacking the inspiration to buy anything new, I love my bump and am enjoying being pregnant, but clothes shopping is just a nightmare- hence I am living in old stuff.  I have asked for money from family for Christmas so once baby two is here I can go out and revamp my wardrobe a little bit!

Buying For Baby 2.

on Wednesday, 21 November 2012.

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When I was pregnant with Mads, buying things was like a military operation.  As soon as we had our 20 week scan and knew that things seemed to be progressing well, I became fixated on researching baby products and items.  I bought myself a very cute little 'baby planner' notebook and would write lists on all the things we needed for our little bundle.  I loved going to big shops like Kiddicare, and choosing things our buggy, and I also loved buying clothes and other gorgeous little bits for our impending arrival.

This time it is totally different.  As yet, I haven't bought a single thing for baby number two.  It isn't that the excitement isn't there, it still is, although because we don't have to buy everything again, I must admit that it isn't the same.  

We have everything we need pretty much for our little bump from last time- especially all the main essentials.  We have her nursery ready as it is Mads who will be going into a new big girls room, we have lovely little girl blankets, a bouncy chair, a play mat, toys and of course we have clothes.

We do need a new double buggy, however I am not planning on buying a brand new one, as Mads will be 26 months when the baby arrives and therefore there is just no point in spending a fortune on a new one.  We also need a new steriliser as ours ended up being used quite a lot as I used to have to constantly sterilise my breast pump attachments!  

Other than that we just don't need much apart from bits and pieces like new muslin cloths, bibs and some newborn clothes as we don't want her to wear all of Mads, as countless washing has made some a bit tatty.

However this doesn't mean that it doesn't have to be exciting.  In actual fact, buying for Bug when we eventually get round to doing it, will actually be more exciting as instead of buying all the boring stuff- we get to just buy lovely things like cute clothes.  I am also determined to keep this baby in babgrows and all in ones a lot longer than I did Mads- I really wanted to dress her in little outfits but this time I want to keep with the onesies as long as possible.  Pretty ones though.

Here is my wishlist of things I am liking for our new addition at the moment-

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1.  I love these massive Muslin Clothes from Aden and Anais.  We had one with Mads and used it all the time, it is perfect as a general sick wiping cloth, but also good for breastfeeding as when you are in public you can cover yourself with them.

2.  I had one of these gro swaddles all the time when Mads was born- we have two still that we can use but would like to add another one to the collection- they are perfect as a swaddle blanket and Mads slept well from the beginning- can I contribute it to these?  They are cosy and come in lovely patterns too.

3. I love this little Mustache romper from Beau Loves

4..  I love this vest from 'Little Sister' romper from Next, I adore it and think I may buy it as our going home outfit.  That seems like a long way away yet.

5.  I am a big fan of the Aztec stuff that is around at the moment, and therefore I love this little suit from Next again.

6.  This strawberry onesie from Not on the High Street is adorable too.  This baby will be in onesies until she is eighteen!

 

EDIT- We finally bought our first thing for Baby Number 2- the Next Little Sister Onesie that I mentioned above- finally she has something!

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