Sunday, 28 August 2011

Silent Sunday

Monday, 22 August 2011

Happy 1st Birthday Little E

1st Birthday!!!
I can not believe how fast this year has flown by. Today is Little E's 1st Birthday. One year ago since the traumatic birth, 1 year since 3 became 4. It's been an amazing year, here's some of Little E's firsts....

1st scan

1st picture!

1st posed shot

1st smile

1st Halloween

1st trip to the Baby Show

1st time she slept through!!

1st Christmas

1st taste!

1st day at nursery

1st time in the highchair

1st St Patrick's Day

Christening Day

1st holiday
1st Birthday, 1st dolly, 1st feed!

Here's to many more firsts over the years! Thank you for all you support over the past year and a half xxx

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Men in Short Suits - Eeeek!

I laughed OUT LOUD when I read Debenhams latest press release. They have revealed that 'Just William' style blazers worn with matching shorts are up 500 per cent on last year.

You might be forgiven for thinking that they are talking about childrenswear but unfortunately not. No, we are talking GROWN MEN - yep, I know(!)

Apparently if I was to hit the streets of London I might find myself staring at a fully grown man wearing one of these bad boy 'short suits' on public transport!! And this is why I have to say I'm soooooo glad to be a Northerner!! (It sooooo wouldn't happen up here)

But imagine hopping on the train and being confronted by a man in a short suit. I don't know... maybe it's a good thing?

Maybe if the youth of today were all dressed in short suits rather than hoodies then Britain might be a better place? I don't suppose the riots of last week would have looked quite so 'terroristic' if the rioters had been dressed in pinstripe shorts and matching blazers.

If you're wondering where this supposed craze originated, my fashion spies tell me that this look was spotted on the SS11 catwalks of Louis Vuitton, Jean Paul Gaultier and Dries Van Noten - and much to my dismay has actually made the leap to the great British high street.

I'm told that these  'short suits' are so popular that they are available in all manner of fabrics and colours, from powder blue linen through to black pinstripe cotton. Nice! In fact, Debenhams went on to say that the most popular short suit has proved to be light blue (EEEEK, nasty!) 100% linen Jeff Banks knee-length shorts with matching jackets. Apparently they have been the store's top selling menswear product for two weeks running already! God help us!!!

Debenhams spokesperson, Ruth Attridge said: " The look was debuted by AC/DC lead guitarist Angus Young in the seventies and eighties but it wasn't until recent shots of celebrities including tennis player Roger Federer, designer Henry Holland and The Only Way is Essex's Mark Wright (STM: Ha! Really? - that's hilarious!!) appeared that the fashion really took off."

Attridge continued: "For the daring few, wearing a short suit can be liberating experience, particularly when faced with the tropic temperatures of a morning commute. "A certain level of confidence is needed to carry off this style however, and avoid teaming it with a tie and cap. You don't want to look like Wee Jimmy Krankie."

Well said Ruth! - I take back what I said... Imagine hundreds of 'wee Jimmy Krankie's' looting the streets of London - now that IS scary!

What do you think then ladies? Are you gonna be buying one of these babies for you other half?! I want to know what you think - leave me a comment below...

Friday, 12 August 2011

WIN with Second Time Mummy & Persil

Persil have just launched a fab new range of washing up liquid. Now, you might think I'm weird but I love washing up liquids - well only ones that smell nice. I have never in my life owned a dish washer so washing up is something that has to be done EVERY day *sighs and await pity*

The range comes in four fabulous fragrances; Apple Fizz, Lemon Burst, Pink Blush and Orange Crush, with vibrant colours to match their fresh and fruity aromas. Persil, knowing my love of all things wonderfully smelly sent me all 4 to try.

This was good -I HAVE to wash up and I like nice smelling washing up liquid - but it was also bad - I also wanted to drink said washing up liquid! Yes, it smelt good enough to eat in a strange pregnancy craving kind of way. I AM NOT PREGNANT BY THE WAY!!!

Anyway, back to the matter in hand...

Yes I've tried all of them - they are all delicious and make the dull, monotonous task of washing dishes a little better than usual - plus they are antibacterial... BONUS!

Persil washing-up liquid not only cleans your dishes but it also makes you feel nice inside when you imagine you're somewhere else - like in an orchard eating fresh apples or in a summer garden drinking gin & tonic (ok so that's what I think of when I smell Lemon -it's a must in a nice G&T!)

Anyway I love them and to celebrate I'm giving away 2 sets of these fabulous fruity washing up liquids.

All you have to do to win is comment below and tell me...
What is your favourite smell and why? 
Prizedraw closes at midnight on Friday 19th August 2011. Winner will be selected at random. Find more prizes at ThePrizeFinder - UK Competitions. Loquax Competitions

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Cheap School Uniforms: Back To School On A Budget

I'm still in denial that my little boy is starting school in a matter of weeks. Last weekend saw our first ever uniform shop and it left me in tears - not because of the price I must add - just because, well, he's my baby! Uniforms can be expensive but there a couple of good deals out there so I thought I'd share my best budget buys for the new term...

School Uniform and a Coat!!!

Sunday, 7 August 2011

FREE sport sessions for kids from YAZOO

Keeping the kids entertained after school can be an expensive and time consuming business with the rising costs of after school clubs, coupled with hectic work schedules. It is little surprise to find us mums and dads are struggling to juggle every day life whilst sticking to a weekly budget.

The latest Which? survey (July 2011) states that 86% of British adults said that compared to a year ago, their grocery bill has increased, meaning day-to-day savings have become an even higher priority for families. To help save families time and money, YAZOO has teamed up with Premier Sport (Playball in Ireland) to offer free sport activities for kids, worth up to £15.00* per session.

Whether it’s before school, during lunchtime or at the end of the school day, Premier Sport provides kids a whole host of activities available at flexible times to suit parent’s needs. With cheerleading, dancing, football and tag rugby on the agenda, kids can stay active and healthy, but equally importantly, just have fun.

Signing up to a free activity couldn’t be simpler; after purchasing a multipack of YAZOO Chocolate, Strawberry or Banana, log on to the website, and enter the unique code to produce a voucher for a free activity session with Premier Sport. Mums and dads will then be guided to the Premier Sport website to sign up for their child’s chosen activity. Premier Sport activity clubs are available across the UK, making it even easier for mum to keep the kids entertained during the working week.

* Sessions fees vary from £3.00 - £15.00 depending on chosen activity. For further information regarding this offer, please visit