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. 

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Gift guide for little buddy

It's amazing to watch Baxter grow more aware of his surroundings every day. This Christmas we're looking to expand his little universe with toys that tickle his senses and imagination. Start them young, right?

These are a few of our favourite toys for the boy.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

jumble sales and the 'b' word

Today we set off into the damp haze of fall for a few jumble sales dotted around Mussy, where we stumbled upon a treasure trove of children’s books for 50p each. Santa stocked up on classics for the little man.

We wandered up the hill and fuelled up with a shared cheese and ham toasty from Flesh and Flour, a macchiato for me and a cappuccino for T. The squidge lay there. Out like a light. Paci dangling on the edge of his lip. Bless the quiet moments.

The main aim for the day was Christmas shopping. At the best of times, a Christmas crowd can make me want to hide in a hole. (Just how I made it through working retail the last two years is beyond me!) So I’m trying to get all the shopping out of the way before the month’s end. We’re also pulling out a word I’ve never used before: Budget. (What’s that???) In order to make it fun, and feel like we’ve got a few gifts under the tree, we’re adhering to this little four gift rule:


Looking forward to seeing what we come up with.

Do any of you theme your Christmas buys?

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

aw16 picks for the squidge

The boy has well and truly grown since I first dreamt up his AW16 wardrobe - back in throws of the third trimester. Aside from a few choice pieces from last season’s mini rodini collection (bought on sale, obviously…ha!), the squidge has proved himself too long for nearly everything in his old wardrobe. It’s time for a top up for (what looks to be) the brown eye’d cutie!

Mad props to T-Bone, who insisted on picking out a parka.

Sunday, 2 October 2016

This Boy

Four months ago the squidge joined our lives…he’s pretty damn awesome and one of the best things I've ever done (yes, even with all the tears!) Perhaps one day I'll go through all the nitty gritty of my 70 hour(!) labour on here. 
If I ever get broody again, lets get a puppy. ;)

Monday, 9 May 2016

Limbo & Biscuits

Finding ways to keep myself occupied whilst in the limbo of the first weeks of maternity leave. Following on from my last post, we’ve managed to update spare oom with some wonderfully 70s pieces and a lick of paint on the fence. Ornamental grasses and echinacea sit in wait of being planted due to my ever-inflating sausage fingers. 

We’ve spent the weekend trying to walk this little guy out. Some women walk ten minutes and can’t hold their little bundles in. Me? I go 5 miles through steep urban hills, park lands and markets without a tingle! Upping the raspberry leaf tea, pineapple and Mexican intake. We’ve made a 9 month pact that we’d get to meet little man on Wednesday, lets stick to that pact. Yeah? Yeah.

This morning I had an intense craving to bake something from home. So I stepped back into the kitchen for a turn at fluffy buttermilk biscuits (guided by this recipe).  

2c all purpose flour
1tbsp baking powder
1tsp salt
1/4tsp baking soda
6 tbsp butter
1c buttermilk*

In a large mixing bowl sift together your flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Use your hands to crumble in the butter until the mixture is fine and pebbley. Use a wooden spoon to mix in the buttermilk until everything is well combined.

Dump the dough out onto a floured surface and pat into a rectangular shape approximately 1inch thick. Cut into eight small squares.

Place the squares onto a greased baking tray and pop into a preheated oven at 180C for approximately 10-12 minutes - when they are a deliciously golden brown colour.

*I made my own buttermilk by heating up 1tbsp butter in the microwave. I then placed the melted butter into a measuring cup, filled to level with soya milk, and mixed.

I’m not sure if it was the biscuits, or the fact that Otis Redding has popped onto spotify, but little man is happily dancing in my belly now…please dance out of my belly now. 

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Spare Oom Dreamin

It’s nearly time to spend endless hours among the plants, birds and critters in spare oom. Soon the blanket will be out permanently with books ready to read, picnics ready to be eaten, and a little squirmy buddy to introduce to the outside world. 

The list of improvements to our spare room are ongoing, but here are a few things I’ve been dreaming of recently:

Paint it black - our little shed would look amazing with a darkened touch

Curling up with little buddy in an extra large, cozy egg chair

Hanging a little flora or fauna amongst recycled bottles and ceramics

Stringing up lights for those warm nights

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

A little party for little buddy

A couple weeks ago we threw a little shindig in anticipation of little buddy’s arrival. Far from the traditional baby shower, I really wanted T to be there - after all, he played a big hand in making this little family of ours grow. And why stop there? We extended invites to those people who make us feel most loved and have held our hands throughout this journey. Who needs a ‘girl-only’ crowd when you can have a crowd full of love?

The table was set with fresh florals, recycled and vintage glass jars & pottery, and homemade pom poms (which I made for little man’s gender reveal). While visiting my family in Iowa, I adored these flags that mama used to decorate my niece and nephew’s room with. Even though T & I didn’t know we’d successfully make an Iowa baby (!), I decided to buy some for our little buddy. A few months down the line (and a huge belly later) they played a key leading role in the look of our party.

On the menu:

- vanilla cake with chocolate fudge icing. decorated with fresh flowers, woodland creatures, and handmade 'oh boy' cake topper (baked and decorated by me!)
- my signature sugar cookies: daisies, rosebuds, ‘Oh Boy’ & ‘B’ scripted cookies
- popcorn bar & candy filling station (subtly chosen in boyish colours)
- T’s savoury pork meatballs with pasta & a mini sandwich selection (bless that boy!)
- freshly cut veggies
- tea and coffee station

Friends and family also loaded us with finger sandwiches, scrumptious baked goods (have you heard of fifteens?!), cheese twists, potato salad, etc - there was enough food to entertain for days!

As a keepsake from the day, we left out a book for loved ones to fill out their guesses on:

- baby names (favourite guessed include: Buddy, Elvis, Tiny)
- birth date & weight (14lbs & 2 weeks late wasn’t a nice answer!)
- who & what little buddy will look like (Jarvis Cocker? What have I been up to??)

The day was laid back/emotional/fuelled by food/filled with love. 
All of the above. 

A special thanks to all who made our day wonderful (whether near or far). You know who you are. We love ya'll so much.Xx