Thursday, 26 February 2015

The Reality - 8am

I have been thinking about this project for a while now. Not sure how it will develop or if it will even go beyond this post. I am tired of all the tidy houses you see in blogs and photos. I want to photograph what a house really looks like with kids. Maybe do it in an arty photography way?

I don't think even my friends have really seen how we really live! Before a playdate or any visitors there is a manic tidy up. Shoving things in drawers, hiding them in the spare room upstairs. Flinging laundry (not even making it into the room) up the stairs towards our room at the top of the house, hoping no one will go up there.

But today is a great example. It is 8am and my house already looks like this! The cleaner was only in yesterday (even she hasn't seen my house in it's true form).

The huge pile of laundry is fortunately out of shot!
Oh wait, there's the pile of laundry!
Anyone else want to show what your house looks like in all its natural glory? Would be great to see that I am not the only messy mummy!

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Chinese New Year 2015 - Year of the Goat/Ram

Happy Chinese New Year! Or Gong Hei Fat Choy!

We say good bye to the Horse and Hello Sheep, or is it Goat? In Chinese, the word is 羊 yáng means Sheep (Ram) and Goat. So take your pick.

Did you know that Chinese New Year is the most important and longest National holiday of the year? I didn't! It lasts for 15 days!!!! beginning on the first day of a new moon and ending with the full moon on the day of the Lantern Festival. It is also the world’s largest annual human migration event, as 2.8 billion people living away from home make the journey back to celebrate with their families.

I never know when the Chinese New Year starts because every year it is different! That is because the Chinese calendar is based on the lunar year. Talk about complicated!

Red envelopes with money ending in even denominations will be flowing (odd numbers are bad luck). Ah you got to love the red envelopes. But now that I am married, I am supposed to be giving out the red envelopes to the single people or children. Not cool!

What year were you born in? I found this from the Thomas Cook Site. It is a bit big but it was all I could find. I am already behind in the New Year Post!

Little Face Favourite Toys - Janod Magnetibooks Review

Before our long haul flight, I was in search of some activities for the plane. I loved the idea of magnetic type play scenes and came across the french brand Janod and their Magnetibooks.

When I received them, they were bigger than I had anticipated and I could see many of the pieces going down the side of the seats so didn't take them in the end. But I think these are great as they teach little ones about matching and developing creativity and imagination.

Vehicles and Crazy Face

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Pancake Tuesday!

This year I thought I would do something non-traditional and bought some mini pancakes! These cute and delicious mini pancakes are great for dipping and also great on their own! You can get them all the time from Waitrose and only recently from M&S. Only takes about 4 minutes in the oven or seconds in the microwave. Perfect for a no-hassle pancake day!

The M&S mini pancakes comes with chocolate sauce! mmmmm

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Flying Long Haul with 2 toddlers

This Christmas we went to New Zealand to see the grandparents. Scarred from the last time with Harvey and my weird fear of flying, I was worried. But this time round it was actually OK. Even the turbulence wasn't that bad.

Harvey is 3 now and he was easily occupied by the onboard movies (even without headphones! Weird child). Seb was the difficult one to deal with, but only in sleep. And even though only one of the four flights was a night flight, the boys still slept. I don't think we made too much noise, with Seb crying in his sleep, the boys fighting and me shouting at them. At one point, almost strangling them :/

In prep for this trip, I read all the posts I could find on flying with 2 toddlers how to keep them occupied. Some tips were useful and some really didn't apply. Here are my tips for travelling long haul with 2 toddlers or monsters under 4.

Super quick and easy Valentines Day card activity.

Just don't let your husband stick them together before the glitter glue dries! :S
To make these super awesome Valentines cards, all you need to do is cut out heart shapes out of card or paper. Hand it over to the toddler and let them go nuts with the gluestick, coloured paper and glitter, stickers, basically anything you can find.