Monday, 28 July 2014

National Parents Day with House of Fraser

Yesterday was National Parents Day (I know - I didn't get a present either - maybe next year, eh?), and the lovely people at House of Fraser have asked me to write a post about why I'm proud to be Busby's Mama.

In the absence of my own National Parents Day gift, they sent us some beautiful items for her ever-growing wardrobe.
Doesn't she look gorgeous? The long-sleeved tee is from Toby Tiger (£21.99) - I'm so in love with the appliqu├ęd sausage dog.

We were also sent this beautiful rainbow dress, also from Toby Tiger (£25.99), but the weather hasn't been cool enough to wear it yet.
I used the time photographing her in the tee to reflect on why I am proud to be Busby's Mama. It has been a truly lovely activity!

There are so many reasons why I'm honoured to call her my daughter:
1. She's remarkably clever for her 19 months on the planet; the way she solves puzzles in lightening speed time, the way she's almost mastered counting to ten, the way she can sing The Wheels on the Bus along with us.

2. Busby loves reading. Reading is something that Nick and I are both incredibly passionate about, so we were keen to introduce her early (from day one, in fact!). We have definitely created a mini book worm.

3. I never thought we'd be able to create someone so beautiful, but every day I fall in love with her a little bit more. We rarely have little photoshoot sessions like this anymore; mostly because she started being able to move on her own, and I found her very difficult to capture! It was nice to shoot her in a relaxed setting (thank you Mr Tumble) and enjoy marvelling at her beauty.

4. She already has wonderful manners, which is something that is important to both Nick and I. She can say "please" and "thank you", and uses them in the correct places... usually to her advantage, thus gaining an extra biscuit, or more recently, an ice cream!

5. She's quirky and a little bit crazy, with her various obsessions (buses, trains, drain covers), but we love her even more because of this... And anyway, we are both crazy and a little bit quirky too!
I think I'm going to make time to get my DSLR out and properly photograph her at least once month (my iPhone doesn't really count!), just so I can use the time to reflect on why I'm so proud of her.

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Sunday, 27 July 2014

The Week That Was: Captured #56

Hello! Hello! How are you? Welcome to The Week That Was: Captured!

Have you all had a fab week? Massive congratulations to our regular linker-uper Chelle (Unique and Chic) on the birth of her beautiful little boy! Oh, and it's exactly two months until our wedding!!!

The rules are simple; link up one post about your week! It can be photographed, Instagrammed, written, videoed... basically in any format you wish! This linky is about capturing memories and I treat it a bit like an online diary. Please only link up relevant posts. Also, if you fancy commenting on other people's posts that would be super too - everyone loves a comment!

Last week
I loved the cupcake photos from Debs (Super Busy Mum) last week - they made me super hungry! Also, the tale of her daughter telling off Iron Man was hilarious. Anything featuring a horse will win me over immediately, so I adored Aby's (You Baby Me Mummy) photos of Baby riding! I think I may have to take Busby soon... Suzanne's (3 Children and It) post about her daughter's piano exam certainly brought back some memories! I loved reading about her more relaxed week.

Our week
Well, I survived my first weekend of solo parenting! Hurrah! I actually really enjoyed it, so won't be as nervous next time. On the whole it has been a lovely week; Busby has mostly been in good spirits and I've really enjoyed having Nick home.

On Saturday Busby and I headed over to Lindfield to spend the afternoon with Mutti. Busby had a lovely time in the paddling pool and was thoroughly exhausted by the end of the day.

Busby and I had a relaxed day on Sunday; we went out for a lunch date as the fridge was pretty bare, and shared a ham and cheese panini (I've been craving them ever since reading the new Bridget Jones!) and then headed to the park for a play. Nick arrived home in the evening, slightly tinted in orange from where his friends had painted him for his Oompa Loompa costume on Saturday night!

I had really been looking forward to Monday for months! It was the day of my Bridal hair and make-up trial! I had a great day with Nicky from Pretty Pout, and she made all three of us up beautifully. I've got three hair styles to choose from for the Big Day, but I'm fairly certain which one I'll go for.

Tuesday was my working day, but I was up quite early, so managed to get almost everything finished by about 10am! I headed in Brighton for my monthly skill swap massage and then Nick and I met for lunch, and had a paddle in the sea. Bliss!

We headed to Saltdean beach on Wednesday for a dip in the sea with Mutti and my Grandpa. It was very hot!

I woke up feeling quite poorly on Thursday so I had to cancel my plans to go to London. I spent the afternoon curled up in bed watching a film instead. I realised that since starting my blog almost 2 years ago I don't do this anymore - I'm starting to wonder whether I need to step away from it all for a bit, so I can remember what it's like to relax and not be constantly "on".

We had our usual Monkey Music class on Friday morning (the last one of the term - waah!). Then Busby and I went for a play date picnic with some friends. Sadly her play date slept the whole way through, which meant that I had no one to distract Busby from the ice cream hatch! Nick's parents came to look after her for the afternoon/evening, and I popped on a bus to Brighton to meet Nick for our first date night in a really really long time! We had a wonderful time with pre-dinner drinks and dinner at the amazing Giggling Squid. We then wander along the seafront, and lay on the pebbles, watching the sunset over the West Pier. We haven't done that for years! We went for a cheeky post-dinner drink before getting on the bus home. Perfection!

We had to be up early-ish on Saturday morning to meet the Music Director at the Church to finalise our ceremony music. Busby wasn't quite sure about the organ, waggling her finger at it and saying "no!" But hopefully a few visits to church over the next two months will solve that... We went for coffee and cake afterwards and now I'm sat in the car writing this as she snoozes behind me!
What have you been up to this week?

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Friday, 25 July 2014

Make, Do and List // Week Three

I'm a little bit confused as to what day of the week it is... I've spent most of this week feeling like this for one reason or another!

Anyway, this week I have been:

The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Wow! What a film! I haven't read the book yet, but whilst holed up in bed on Thursday afternoon with a poorly tummy I thought I'd try out Amazon Prime on my Kindle, and downloaded this.
It's such an amazing film that really got me thinking about life. The characters were incredible, especially Charlie who I really identified with (I think Chbosky nailed the f*cked up teenager thing)... and Emma Watson didn't annoy me too much. I'm definitely adding it to my ever-growing reading list.

Brighton Rock. I've been wanting to read this for ages, as a born and bred Brightonian I felt I should, but it's one of those books that's been on my list and then I've been distracted by something else. (Like a lot of classics.) I'm half way through, and it's... alright. It reminds me of an early Peter James novel, but without the drama. Nick said something that really resonated with me the other day about classic books: "A classic is a book that everyone wants to have read, but that no-one wants to read."

Nick! I missed him so much while he was away on his Stag Do. I really enjoyed solo parenting for the weekend, but it's nice to have him around... because, you know, he's alright. I'm really looking forward to our Date Night tonight - we haven't had one in a really long while!

I seem to have developed a compulsion for buying Busby awesome leggings for Autumn... and then wishing that the weather would change so she could wear them now!
I'm loving The Little Geekery Company (obviously) and KyNa Boutique especially for luscious little leggings.

At (and with) Busby! She's really in such a gorgeous mood at the moment (well, most of the time) and an absolute pleasure to be around.
I was deleting photos off my overloaded iPhone yesterday, and I can't believe how much she's grown in only a few months. She never fails to astound me!

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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Review: Tweekabook from Tweekaboo

I received a rather lovely email from the Tweekaboo Team a few of weeks ago asking whether I'd be interested in making my own Tweekabook Baby Book for Busby.

What is Tweekaboo?
Tweekaboo is a site designed for families. It's for busy parents that don’t have time to put together scrapbooks of their pregnancies and children's pictures. It's also for parents who want to record and share their family life without covering their Facebook timeline in photos, or without worrying their privacy might be compromised.

Tweekaboo is a brilliant way to share “moments” online with a close knit group of people who can comment and share their own moments in turn. You can invite family and friends to view your Tweekaboo account.

You can import images from Facebook, and in doing this, Tweekaboo imports the captions and comments that accompany those moments... and then you can make a memory Tweekabook from these!
The Tweekabook 
Creating the baby book was a really lovely activity - I enjoyed going back through my photos, looking at pictures of a very teeny, squishy Busby and reading the comments from the very beginning of her life. It hasn't helped my broodiness levels at all, but I never tire of looking at baby photos of Busby!!
It was a very quick process - I managed to create Busby's Tweekabook in one lunchtime. The platform is really easy to use, and you can drag and drop images and move them around the page.
I liked that you can delete comments and edit statuses that you might not necessarily want to record forever. I found it a really interesting activity seeing who was around now, compared to when Busby first arrived.

The Tweekabook arrived quickly, and I was very impressed with the quality. It's a hard back book and the printing quality is great. It would make a really lovely gift for Grandparents who might not be on Facebook and miss out on the every day photos.
The Tweekabook costs $29.95 USD, which is a little bit on the pricey side, but it is definitely something I will treasure forever and it's perfect for my Blog Baby! 

Head over to the Tweekaboo website to explore!

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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

(I) Do // The Beauty Trial

There are only two months and 4 days left until the wedding; cue headless chicken-esque panic...!!!

This means that the final preparations are starting to take place... And boy, oh, boy, I cannot wait for the honeymoon!

I had my hair and make-up trial this week. It's been booked for months, so I've been eagerly anticipating this day for a while. We've hired the amazing Nicky from Pretty Pout to transform Mutti, Zoe and I. I originally met Nicky when she did my hair and make-up for our engagement shoot at the Photography Farm back in January - we got on really well and I loved the look she achieved, so I thought I'd see whether she could do my Bridal face! Thankfully she said yes, and ours will be the last wedding she does for a while, as she's expecting her first baby in November! Eek! (As you can imagine, her beautiful bump did not ease my broodiness one bit...)

I'm not going to post photos of the finished product on the blog until after the wedding as I don't want to ruin the surprise, but we've gone for a really natural look as I don't really wear much make-up. I felt so beautiful and a little bit radiant once she'd finished with my sleep deprived, slightly worn face.

Here's a wee taster!
Maintaining my reigning title as United Kingdom's Most Indecisive Bride (I feel like this needs to be an award...) I have three hair styles to choose from! Obviously! Two are very similar and very "Bridal", and then one is very 1920s... I love them all, so I think it's going to take me flouncing around in my dress for a while to decide which style to go for.

The next two months are going to fly by, aren't they?

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