Saturday, 17 December 2016

Gift guide for the husband who works his ass off, invents voices at story time and cooks a mean spag bol

An alchemist's coffee drip to keep him fuelled on his favourite coffee (mmm monmouth!) and clips to keep it nice and fresh.

A photo frame to keep his loved ones on his desk.

New addition to his vinyl collection and an amp to bring life to his existing catalog. 

Facial fuel and a luxury candle for bath time rituals. Because papa's need a pampering too!

Vintage camera in his favourite colour to capture the good, the bad and the ugly.

Papa merch to show he's proud of his mad dadding skillz (sweat & pin).

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Chill the f*ck out

Mama’s be kind to yourself. Take five. Or dare I say, ten? You’re still human and your tiny human will thank you for being the laid back, chill person you deserve to be.

Monday, 12 December 2016

Gift guide for the new mama with a pink obsession who takes endless pictures of adventures with her littlen'

Marble phone case and camera attachments because sometimes life looks a little less chaotic on a fun lens.

Faux fur lined black suede mittens to help mama's fingers keep cozy while pushing the pram all day. 

Monogrammed necklace and ring to have her little (& large) loves with her at all times.

Macaroon pink mulberry wallet. Because who doesn't wanna keep their cawfee money in something pretty?

This sweat. Because sometimes when covered in drool, tears and food, you just can't. 

Mama wash bag for all her 'take care of me' things.

This canteen to keep her fuelled on cawfee, hot chocs, water, wine... 

Raspberry lippy to throw on when she hasn't showered and needs to run to the shops or when she just doesn't wanna budge from her p-jays. Because it's okay to want to feel pretty and sloppy at the same time. 

Memberships to local museums and zoos are great too! Education for the bubs is always on the agenda and mama just needs her head space! These are great ones to have in London town:

Monday, 28 November 2016

The day we wandered three museums

The squidge and I slowly paced museums today, offering me a chance to clear my thoughts and just have time with the wee boy. Not at home. Not wandering through the surrounding streets I see so much of nowadays. Away from the computer and telly. 

The V&A, Natural History and Science Museums. All places we’ve explored before, but this time we managed to find nooks and crannies yet unseen. Little man smiling at the other patrons, kicking his feet with pure delight at the exhibits, and sleeping yet again in the T-Rex room. We even brought the moon back for T (a badge moon, that is).

We are so lucky to have all this on our doorstep. I definitely don’t take it for granted. 

trying on ruffs 

motherhood is beautiful

time out 

see? nonplussed. 

the actual bones of a real life dodo. amazing. 

the sensory room was addictive

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Friendsgiving 2016

This year’s Friendsgiving was a more intimate gathering than previous years. We’ve had such a big year for parties at the house: Bax’s little gathering, Tony’s 50th, our wedding… frankly I’m tuckered from all the planning for a little while. (How the hell did I plan a wedding three months after the squidge arrived?!)

This year we all took it on. Pot luck style. Boy, did it make a difference. 
All the old favourites were there: turkey, maple ham (bathed in coca-cola…whoa mama!), mama’s taters, green bean casserole, broccoli casserole, sausage stuffing, devilled eggs…chocolatey pecan pie, pumpkin pie and peach cobbler. With enough to spare for all over the next several days. 
Cobbler for breakfast. Can I get an Amen?!

Bax had apple puree’d porridge. Mmmm. Welcome to thanksgiving little buddy.

As plates were emptied of our seconds, the sun was setting to a cotton candy pink sky. It’s a Wonderful Life was somehow miraculously on the telly and we all tuned in to watch Clarence get his wings. T’s never failing Henry Potter impression had us in stitches. (God, I love that man.)  And from the depths of the emotional robot that is Katy, a tear flooded the corner of her eye when the bells started to ring.

It is a wonderful life.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Monday, 21 November 2016

Great Grammy's Marble Fudge

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

The tree is up. One Thanksgiving celebration has come and gone. Friendsgiving is just around the bend.
It’s time to break out the best of the best family cherished recipes. Here's a little peak into the taste of my childhood...

Great Grammy's Marble Fudge

4c sugar
1c evaporated milk
4tbsp butter
2c peanut butter
2c marshmallow cream
1/2c cocoa powder

In a large pan heat the sugar, evaporated milk and butter until it melts smoothly together (3-4 minutes).
Remove the pan from the heat and add the peanut butter & marshmallow cream, mixing until dissolved.
Pour half of this mixture into a buttered baking tray - this will be the peanut butter portion of your fudge.  
Add cocoa powder to the remaining fudge in the pan and mix well.
Pour the cocoa fudge over the peanut butter fudge and marbleise. (Use a knife to swirl it around to blend the two colors, but don't mix it.)
Once chilled in the fridge, slice up and eat!

Thursday, 17 November 2016

lazy day links

Another day of weather flitting between crisp autumn sun and blustery downpours. The squidge and I are spending a post-cake & mum meet up in the comfort of our little bedroom. Christmas music on flow (as it has been over the last few days). 

Tomorrow the tree goes up. A bit early some might say, but we've got our own sentimental reasons. Following that, the first of two thanksgiving celebrations will be held at the weekend. I'm really looking forward to introducing my new family to a favourite holiday. 

Here's a few lazy day links for ya'll:

Kinda wanna try this on the thanksgiving table - sweet and savoury mash 

Hooray for not being preggo this season. Bring on the brie

Cute conversations between the littles.

Super bad knits. Have you bought your Christmas jumpers??

This is super satisfying - destroyer.

This classic christmas playlist is perfection. 

These little beauties are totally on my want list for chrimbo.