207 weeks and 2 days | Me and Mine {February} featuring Joules

February. A very short and very memorable month for me and mine. We’ve done some decorating. Been  planning and getting very excited for our upcoming ski trip with Mark Warner. And, of course, we celebrated our wedding anniversary down in Cornwall; at lovely Dreamcatchers; courtesy of St Mawes Retreats. It is definitely one of the most beautiful houses I’ve ever had the privilege to stay in; but bricks and mortar aside, Cornwall was breathtakingly beautiful. Even in early February. The sun shines differently on that little corner of the British Isles and even on the darkest, stormiest day, the little fishing village of St Mawes was bathed in a magical, clear light. Inside, outside and exploring… We took some family with us; my sister-in-law, her husband and our niece — who is the Twinkles big cousin — and her husband. Spending time with our nearest and dearest is always something I treasure; our annual family BBQs are something I really look forward to and it was lovely hanging out with them for a few days. Really freeing not to have a fixed agenda for a change; to not have to be at a particular place; at a particular time. To have leisurely lunches, bimble around the little towns; browsing shops and… Read More

206 weeks today | {Siblings February}

Siblings February 2017. In one months’s time, I will be the proud ‘owner’ of two four year old children. Not babies. Not toddlers. Children. I’ve said it again and again but I can’t stress enough how fast the time seems to be going since I have had the boys. I know they say ‘time flies when you’re having fun’ but the rate of knots that the months seem to be playing out is crazy. Their daddy and I were looking at them a couple of days ago and we both looked at each other and questioned who the grown up little people in our kitchen were. Where are the babies?  Where are the tottering toddlers? It’s times like this that I’m so grateful to have started this blog. To be able to look back and see what we were doing a year — or even two year’s — ago is just amazing. Sponges Their development over the last month or so has been rapid; lots of learning and trying new things. Cosmo’s grasp of numbers is fantastic; just like his daddy. And Bertie’s aptitude for drawing and creating is lovely. He’s so like me in that respect; always making pictures. We’ve been looking at the alphabet and learning that when different letters are… Read More

202 weeks and 1 day | {Siblings January}

I’ve written before about the gentle transformation of my tiny man-cubs; from sweet babies to defiant, angsty threenagers. Last month, things had calmed down ever so slightly (probably with the threat of no Father Christmas if they didn’t toe the line) but January has brought more defiance, more anger. It’s tiring. For them as well as us. And I say ‘them’ but, if I’m being truthful, it’s really only one of them but I think it’s unfair to say which. It’s bolstering, when I see on social media, that some of my friends are experiencing similar issues. It’s not a happy feeling but it makes me feel better that I’m not the only one. Particularly when their children are the same age — or older. I think that people — my mother for one — think that children are prescriptive. And as ‘terrible twos’ has always been a ‘thing’, the boys should not be acting up at nearly four years of age. Particularly when — as I was apparently vile at two — it stands to reason that my sons should follow suit then, right? Wrong. I never experienced ‘terrible twos’ with either of them. Two wasn’t terrible. Two was ace. Two little siblings learning to talk and… Read More

199 weeks and 3 days | Me and Mine { December 2016 }

2016. What a year. 12 months of extremes. Good versus bad. Yin and yang. We’ve had crushing lows — family and dear friends battling life threatening illnesses. Celebrity deaths by the dozen; most notably was the demise of my lifelong hero and idol Prince. The boys were too young to understand why their mama was sobbing, with big fat tears running down her face, when that news broke. We sat and watched his videos for hours afterwards. The twins now know him as ‘The Man With The Guitar’. But let’s not dwell on the negatives. 2016 has also given us enormous highs. On my birthday I found out that we’d been picked to be on the GLTC testing team; a partnership that we’ve really cherished. Literally the best job ever. And exactly a month later, we found out that we’d been chosen to be ambassadors for Mark Warner, the award winning family holiday company. An amazing opportunity that unquestionably gave us the highlight of our entire year — our first family holiday abroad. It was a dream come true; everything we could have wished for. We met some lovely people (Sarah, if you’re reading this, I’m sorry I’ve been so crap. I haven’t forgotten about you and your lovely family. I’ll… Read More

A Halloween Party | Me and Mine {October}

A couple of weeks’ ago I mentioned that we were planning to throw a Halloween party. We’d decided to make it a bit of a village affair — invite all the neighbours and their children — and decorate the house and garden in a suitably spooky manner. Although we spent hours scouring Pinterest for games and Halloween party food to entertain our guests, I didn’t have to think too hard about where I could find a decent selection of Halloween inspired props and decorations. Earlier in the year, I discovered the most amazing company called Party Delights who sell literally EVERYTHING you could want, for practically any party theme. I got all the props for the twins’ pirate themed party from there — there’s such a lot of choice and everything was really fantastic quality — so they were my first port of call for Halloween party accessories. Happily, they didn’t disappoint and a boxful of skulls, cobwebs and other ghoulish goods arrived the week before the party. So last weekend dawned — dry, overcast and gloomy— the perfect weather for our spooky soirée. I made a gazillion more sugar skull biscuits — you can pop and read the recipe here in case you missed it — and my boy… Read More

Rise of the Threenagers | {Siblings October}

Since the boys were born, I’ve been fully aware that my monthly updates are a little bit schmaltzy. Full of sentiment, more often than not, and singing the praises of my two little charges. And whilst I can’t help myself on this front — they’re my children after all; humans that I yearned for and dreamt of for years before they finally joined the party — sometimes I’m mindful that my updates are a little one-sided and rarely show a fully balanced reflection of motherhood. I tend not to dwell on the negatives — instead I’d rather celebrate the positives — but whilst I don’t often share the warts and all aspects of parenting on my blog, it doesn’t mean that I sail through life and don’t have bad days. I don’t think that there’s a parent on earth who doesn’t struggle occasionally. There will always be days when you’ll feel as though you’ve failed — have let your temper get the better of you — not been ‘adult’ enough. I’m not going to lie, it’s been a tough few weeks. I’ve heard the term ‘threenagers’ bandied about a lot on social media — terrible twos, threenagers, ferocious fours — but, as we seemed to navigate through the twins’ second year… Read More

186 weeks and 2 days | Me and Mine {September}

More often than not our monthly Me and Mine pics are literally just me and my three lovely boys. Taken — with alarming regularity — at the last minute. Often with a phone/ without makeup (me, not the boys)/ sometimes on the sofa because we can’t actually be bothered to move from the house. But this month it’s all change! Oh yes. We’re bucking the trend and our September Me and Mine pics and — similar to the July ones — are marking a family get-together. And not only that — this month (hallelujah) I’m on time!! Last weekend, it was my little niece’s 4th birthday. Her actual party was held at a local soft play centre but afterwards, we hotfooted it down to a village pub and settled in for the afternoon, for a late lunch/early tea. So as well as being the boys and me, there was my sister and her little family. Our mum and dad, plus my brother-in-law’s mum and step-father. Lots of delicious food, much wine and good company made for a very lovely afternoon indeed. And the perfect setting for this month’s photos. Me and Mine in September So, September, in a nutshell: This month’s highs ~ • Imogen’s birthday party and… Read More

184 weeks and 1 day | {Siblings September}

At last. A siblings update that’s on time!! A sure sign that life is beginning to settle back down into it’s groove, once again, now that the summer holidays are over for another year. It’s been a bit of a weird time too. Some of my tiny boys’ very favourite friends from nursery have left (to go to primary school) and instead of being the littlest in the pre-school room, my Twinkles are on the home straight for the next intake of children starting school next year. Gulp. We had a couple of letters, just a few days ago in fact, ominously declaring that: ‘It has been noted that there is a child nearing school age, living in your property’ Weird that it wasn’t one letter. But hey. I guess they’re individuals, after all. It made me get a lump in my throat. I know it’s a whole year away but it suddenly feels very real — and very close — when you receive a letter to say that you need to select the school — SCHOOL!!! — for your little person (or in our case, people) to attend. It’s too soon!!!! They’re so little!!! But then, speaking to parents who’s children have just started in reception class over the last couple of weeks,… Read More