Monday, 27 October 2014

24

(I don't know if you've noticed but our kitchen clock is very broken.)
Also, do you think I could be the fourth member of Haim? That's pretty much my aim in life..

Sometimes I still feel like I'm 14. How was that a decade ago?? I still like Something Corporate and I had a binge on the Verve the other week. I read the Harry Potter series in two weeks last month. And Molly and I are killing it on the scrapbooking. I'm still always late (except for work). I've also been watching Buffy over the last few nights (hence the blog hiatus) though I watched that when I was 8? 9? There is no way that was suitable.

Anyway. I still stalk instagrams and blogs (when I was 14 it was Myspace profiles haha).

Today Jamie and I surprised Molly with a trip to McDonalds after nursery. She had a pretty rough weekend with tantrums and generally acting up quite a bit so she was told off more than I usually would have liked. So we took her to McDonalds (Sugar! Salt! ..IknowIknow) So we were eating our nutritious meals and I notice this older couple (late 60's, early 70's? I'm so bad with age) and they're both waiting for their food scrolling on their smart phones. Not talking, not looking at each other, scrolling. Just like in all those videos doing the rounds about putting your phone down. Crazy right? And then there's that blog entry I read recently about how we (internet, social media using parents) are forging paths for our children on internet ettiquette and how to not to get destroyed by the vortex. Or share too much. That's quite a responsibility. I love sharing ha. So many times I've nearly deleted my blog, quit facebook and decided to live without. But I can't. Not yet. 

I guess that's why I don't put too much out there anymore though. If I'm not comfortable reading it aloud to my friends, family and colleagues it's not ok to type. Then again I do believe in this quote: 

'You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.' - Anne Lamott 

I read this on (surprise surprise) twitter. Very liberating. And scary. I certainly have been very badly behaved, and I'm sure will continue to be.

This has been quite a 12 months. I began 23 in Ostend, this year I began 24 with a wide smile from Molly. Both good beginnings. I found a part of 23 pretty tough. And I'm glad to be 24. I'm also glad to be nearing the end of this year. It's been good, interesting and I've definitely grown. As a parent in particular. I have to be SO careful what I say/do/wear. Everything she is just drinking in. I'd hate to think anything negative I say become her inner voice. But equally I don't want her to think she can get away with being totally narcissistic. My world revolves around her, but not many others will. Empathy is quite possibly the most painful and useful quality to possess. But to teach that, well, it's hard. I don't want to pop any bubbles.

Sometimes this year I haven't looked at myself in the mirror for a few days. And I've pretty much stopped wearing make-up. As such I've noticed my face change. I might start wearing it again, it was a theme in my birthday gifts. 

I probably say this every year but I've recognised how truly lucky I am to have a wonderful network of sweet, intelligent perfect girl and boy friends. And my family is fucking awesome. Little, big and extended. I am very, very lucky. Jamie and I have gone through many stressful situations and kept our gamefaces on. GO TEAM. We've also made it our for a few date nights, which is funny 'cus we don't even like each other ;)

24 has all the makings of being a fantastic year. I hope I can add a little more education into it. A bit more writing. A blog name change, this is the year I will do it (do I sound like a broken record). And saying yes to a few more things. At 24 I also get to see my beautiful perfect sister marry. And even better I get to be by her side while she does it which makes me well up at the thought.  

24 is going to be really good. I can feel it.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Groom Room

A few weeks ago the lovely pet people at Pets At Home sent Klaus a grooming pack and invited him for a trip to the Groom Room at our local store. We use the vets at Pets at Home and Klaus had his nails done at the Groom Room when he was a puppy, but he's never had the full treatment.  We arranged an appointment on a Sunday so that we could take him together as a family. The last time he went to the store he was having his stomach pumped so we weren't sure how he'd take it. 

He insisted on Jamie cuddling him before we handed him over to the lovely team of ladies:
As it's a drop off service, we decided to leave him to it rather than peer through the windows as we didn't want him to see us and think he was being picked up. While we waited, Molly and I looked at the fish (everytime we drive past Pets at Home she asks to look at the fish!):
And then we did the food shop (aka buy Molly stickers and some snacks):
Klaus had the full VIP Treatment, and my god did he smell incredible. As part of this he got a little Halloween themed bandana!! We've always wondered if Klausey would be a bandana dog, but he's so fiesty had never bothered, but he responded quite well so we may get him another and maybe even try out a jumper this winter.

When we left him with the ladies we were a bit anxious as to how he would handle the experience having not been left at a groomers as a puppy, but when we picked him up he was in a really chipper mood! And before anyone says, of course he would be as we've just picked him up- he was really depressed and anxious after his doctors visit. I think he really enjoyed the clean because he was so relaxed and happy! I would definitely recommend the treatment, and we'll take him again as a special treat after Christmas, though I must say I really didn't want to walk him afterwards because I didn't want him to get smelly again!

After:
As for the at home kit, so far he barks at the conditioner spray (we already knew that as we bought another fragrance in this range when we first got him as a puppy) but I am in love with it, we spray his bed with it regularly too. The shampoo has a BONE on the lid, and the Pet Head conditioner smells amazing so that's a big thumbs up from me. He LOVES the cleaning wipes, he just lies contently there while Jamie wipes him down. The towel is also a hit as Jamie walks him at 6.30am every morning and most of the time they come home damp and cold so it's perfect to give him a rub down before he makes the living room smell of wet dog. We haven't tried the clippers yet as he's only just had them done, but they're one of those dog essentials I've always meant to pick up. 
All in all, he's a very happy clean pup. Thank you Pets at Home!

*This post is not sponsored but we were gifted the Groom Room visit and the at home grooming kit. As always all opinions are my, or in this case Klaus' own.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Goodbye Summer

I think this is my last summery post. We are firmly now into Autumn and I can allow myself to get excited about soft socks, hot water bottles and pumpkins. But before I get into that, how adorable does Molly look with the wind in her hair!?? I feel like the weather really shows off every time we go up there. Although the landscape looks perfect in any weather. We've really made the most of Britain this summer, with long walks and beach days. It's definitely helped make me more enthusiastic about the long wet nights ahead. 

Also; Molly's new boots arrived while we were in Dolgellau! We let her choose the colour this time..
More at Cregennan 2012 2013

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Dunelm DIY

This has to be one of my favourite posts to write up in a while.
Dunelm sent us some bits to do some dip-dye napkins which is right up my street. Molly helped me with the toddler friendly bits and I did the rest. The how-to details are here.
^^ Choosing the colours. Naturally, she chose pink.
^^ Adding the water. Molly ate her lunch while I set it up because the water was a bit hot so I thought it best to let it cool a bit before she got stirring. As you can see from the out of focus picture, K-man found it fascinating!
^^Every 20 minutes I lifted the napkins upwards and propped it with a wooden spoon to get the dip-dye effect. I would say you'd need less time with a non water resistant fabric.
^^A little while later, stirring away. 
Checking on progress.. ready to rinse and dry!
Ta da:
Perfect to jazz up any afternoon tea-party! I will say that I think linen napkins or a non water resistant cotton might dye a little better as these took a while to take but with patience they dip dyed beautifully. These would be perfect in orange for a Halloween Party. I'm thinking red and green for the next lot for Christmas. I'm also tucking this idea away for wedding favours. A dip-dyed napkin for every guest. Thanks Dunelm, we had such a fun afternoon!

*The DIY kit was a gift, as always opinions are my own

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Molly The Photographer

Molly has recently been saying 'I love you' all the time! It's probably because of the reaction she gets, but I like to think it's because she really, really loves me haha. When I was taking some photos a couple of weeks ago Molly asked to have a try with the camera, and these are the pictures she took of me. I love them, I mean I don't look like a model or anything but this is how she sees me from her angle (not my best angle I have a turkey neck, I mean!). It won't be long before she prefers a world that does not involve me, not because I'm a terrible parent but because, what children want their children involved in their narrative? So for now I'm soaking up these years as they keep flying by faster and faster. 

Some other pictures by my girl: 
Here's one she asked me to take of her when she was done playing photographer:
I love her spirit.