Category Archives: Oddments

If we’re friends on Facebook or if you have ever met my mum, you probably know that I went to London on Friday for the MAD Blog Awards. Having never been to an award ceremony before, I wasn’t sure what to expect so was quite nervous about the whole thing. I was even more nervous about not having a frock – I’d took so bloody long to decide that it hadn’t arrived in time. Oops. Luckily for me, I was being dressed by Boden (I know right? How ace is that?) and they were so lovely to me and had my gorgeous dress waiting for me at the hotel when I arrived. Is that service or what? I could easily get used to that kind of treatment, thank you very much. I LOVE their kids clothes and their catalogue so I was so excited that they had offered me a dress and very excited when I tried in on at the hotel (in the toilet, I’m classy like that) and it fitted and was just lovely.

L-R – Morgana, Katie, Natalie, Me, Clara

With Clara from My Two Mums. Thanks for letting me use your pictures!

The mingling and meal went very quickly, before I knew it they were announcing the winner of my category. I didn’t get the trophy this time but I was so proud seeing my homepage flash up on the big screen. I made the top 5, people! It was Capture By Lucy‘s night and this girl is so creative and works so hard on her blog (and actually like, blogs regularly) that I can’t begrudge her her win for a second.

Once the awards were done with, we got down to the serious business of celebrating. I was sharing a room with Morgana from But Why Mummy Why? and Kelle from Maggie Stone which wasn’t planned but those girls were very persuasive and I was happy to do that rather than trek across London to catch the last train home. Morgana won her category so a good knees up was in order! It was a brilliant night and I loved spending the evening with some really wonderful people, some of whom I hope will be friends for many years to come. The whole thing has been a fantastic experience and I want to say a huge thank you to everybody that voted for me. It’s the best feeling in the world knowing that people are behind you. And massive, massive thank you to Sally and her team who organised the whole thing and arranged our trip to Legoland earlier in the year which was the best and most magical day of the Little Dude’s life.

Aside from getting dressed up to the nines and spending the evening in a swanky hotel, this week I’ve enjoyed

My Two Mums first vlog (that’s a video, Mum).

Cardies & Crumbs’ fashion advice. I went into town and really thought about what she’d said. Pretty sure I’m going to have the coolest kids around thanks to her.

Using film. I’m making the switch from Nikon to Canon (This is treachery to my Nikon using friends) and I recently got my first Canon, an EOS 3 (the last film camera Canon made) and I LOVE IT. Can’t wait to use some black & white film. Old skool.

 Finally, I’m over on my good friend Lauren’s blog, Real Housewife of Suffolk County, banging on about photography for a change. You should check it out.

Have a wonderful week! Peace out.

I meant to post this yesterday but ended up glued to Sky News waiting to hear about the baby. I loved some of the interviews that took place as they tried to fill time because nothing was happening yet –

“You’re a first time father…what advice would you give to Prince William?”

“Er, I don’t know really”

“What do you think they should call the baby?”

“Er, I don’t know”

Gripping stuff. When the announcement came, I’ll admit, I shed a tear or two and then again when they brought him out (also, I’d really appreciate it if they chose a name soon so I can get on with my life). I always cry at One Born Every Minute too, there’s just something so special about a new baby. It made me think back to those first few days with my own babies and that absolute euphoria at meeting them. I’ll never forget it.

Sarah from A Party of Seven shared her youngest daughter’s birth story (along with some lovely photos, of course). Sarah also takes some beautiful photographs of newborns.

Charlotte from Write Like No One’s Watching shared the story of her little prince’s arrival. It’s very real and honest, which I love her for. I love that she wrote from the heart and didn’t sugarcoat the horrible bits.

Kirsty from My Two Mums wrote about her son’s birth from the other parent’s point of view. Such a loved little boy, right from the start.

I love photos of brand new babies and these ones from My Model Mummy are so sweet. Really precious moments.

Some favourite photos of ours from the past week. We’ve spent most of our time in the garden, I love it!

 

Some bits and pieces and favourite photos from the past week.

Enjoying the dancing and games at the school summer fete | “Mum, this is the best bouncy castle I’ve seen for years!” | Whenever she sees an ice cream van, she goes to join the queue! Clever little thing | I spent a very hot but lovely morning with this gorgeous family. More to come from their pre-wedding/family session later this week.

We have been really enjoying the good weather and the barbecue has taken up residence on the patio for the summer. Beloved made us the most amazing fennel pork on there and I really want to try these peaches at the weekend from Lavender and Lovage (love that blog name!).

Lovely Lauren from Real Housewife of Suffolk County shared her day out for my birthday buddy Harry’s second birthday at Bewilderwood. I’ve never heard of it before but I’m desperate to go now after seeing her photos.

I love this video from Lucy at Dear Beautiful from their weekend away with fellow blogger Mummy Daddy Me. I started a video project earlier in the year and seeing her videos has inspired me to pick it back up.

And finally, my “sister” Gemma (we’ve both got a fringe + like to give our kids lots of ridiculous middle names = sisters!) threw a fab birthday party for her eldest daughter and made these fantastic fish in a soap party favours. My kids LOVED it, we’re going to have a go at making some ourselves (ours wont look anything like that, I’m telling you now…)

Have a wonderful week! Don’t forget to wear sunscreen! (See what I did there?)