Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Jacamo - fashion for men!

Its not often that Craig gets mentioned on my blog. Yes I can hear your sighs of sympathy! But the truth is he works very hard so often misses out on the things I do with the children.

Because he works so hard, he almost always misses out on choosing what clothes he buys himself too. That is my job!

But one thing I draw the line at, mainly because I don't know how to do it myself, is tying up his Tie! For everyone who is unsure on how to tie up a Tie, Jacamo have released this helpful video...

With the summer now in full swing, I think its safe to say that we have hit wedding season! If its not a wedding its a party of some sort. Craig, being an MOT tester/Mechanic is not really a smart dressed kind of guy, his wardrobe is looking a sparse in that department!

Jacamo to the rescue! They kindly let me pick a lovely smart outfit for Craig, so that he can attend the weddings and parties of this summer without having to spend hours walking around the shops finding the perfect outfit!

I found the website to be very easy to navigate, and there is so much to choose from! I was amazed, something for all occasions. Also worth noting that there is something for all sizes too. Chest size goes from a Small right up to a 5XL, leg 27"-36", waist 34"-54" and even footwear up to 15. So whatever your size you can keep up with the fashions of today. They have helpful size charts too, not only for their own branded clothing but also the other brands they stock too. This was a big plus for me, when you are buying online its difficult to be certain that you are buying the correct fit.

After being distracted by the vast amount to choose from, for a few hours, oops. I finally decided on an outfit for Craig. I chose each item because it can easily be paired with other items of clothing to make further outfits. This will be his staple smart outfit.

We went for this Black Label by Jacamo Shirt and Tie set because its Craig's style, he doesn't like anything heavily patterned and I think it compliments his personal style well. At only £25 I think its a bargain, the quality of the material is great.

Next I wanted to choose some trousers, as I had gone for the black on black shirt and tie I wanted to go for lighter trousers. So I decided on these Jacamo 5 pocket trousers in charcoal. I think they are smart and go well with the shirt and tie, the colour is something different to what Craig is used to and even he agrees that they look (and feel) good. These trousers are only £22.50, for smart trousers I think that is a great price!

Lastly, I went for this Black Label by Jacamo slim belt. I think sometimes its good to keep it simple, this belt is exactly that, but it does the job it needs to and I think it looks good. Its a good quality leather belt, priced at £20. Bargain

So altogether (excluding the shoes, which are 'the model's' own) the whole outfit cost £67.50. I cant believe it! I think thats an amazing price, especially as the quality of the items is so good.

As you can see, Craig wanted to test out his modelling poses! What do you think?

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Baking with Soreen!

I really love Soreen Malt Loaf. I have it toasted with butter, its just so yummy!

But until recently I had never thought about baking with it! Soreen have released this video to show just how easy it is to make Soreen Flapjacks! Yes, you heard that right, Soreen Flapjacks!

How yummy do they look?!

The written recipe is on the Soreen website.

I really wanted to make some Soreen Flapjacks after seeing this video, so thats exactly what we did! The kids loved getting involved too. I decided to omit the chocolate from ours, only because of how hot it has been over the last few days. They were truly yummy and so easy!

Chester said he loves how Soreen is just so squidgy, and Millie couldn't speak because her mouth was full of flapjack haha!

Next on our Soreen bake list is brownies! Using the Soreen Banana Loaf. So look out for how we got on making that very soon!

Saturday, 19 July 2014

A fun day at Art in the Park!

Today, the kiddies and I have had an awesome day. I was recently made aware of an event being held in a local Country Park, Milton Creek. It was called Art in the Park and was suitable for children and free to get in.

It was raining when we got up this morning, but as I am not really a heat kind of girl, I was quite pleased about that. The kiddies popped on their wellington boots and rain coats and off we set.

I didn't really know what to expect, when we arrived I could see lots of marquees and stalls. We happily made our way around them.

We stopped at a stall so that the children could make a bug hotel and a bee hotel. To my surprise it was free! We had a little chat with the owners about what bugs might like to visit the hotel, Chester and Millie were very pleased, when we got home we painted the hotel's and they are now in the Childrens part of the garden!

Next we came across a clay stall, they were offering for the children to make an animal out of clay, again it was free! Chester and Millie saw that the Artist had made a dragon and they wanted to make one too. So with a little help they got creative and made a dragon each. They even got photographed for the local paper! We have now put the Dragons on the windowsill to dry and then we will paint them!

It stopped raining and started to heat up a bit so of course it was a must to stop for a slushie!

We watched a show not too dissimilar to Punch and Judy, which Chester and Millie both loved, then we wandered around looking at all the local art.

We soon came to a bouncy castle, which Chester and Millie happily played on for at least half an hour. Then Millie asked if she could get her face painted, I said yes as she normally doesn't want her face painted. She really really wanted a baby Panda (what a surprise) but the man said he couldn't do a Panda so after much persuasion she agreed on a butterfly!

Chester then got to make a smoothie using a push bike! He was amazed by the whole thing and chose to make a Strawberry and Kiwi smoothie, which was delicious.

By now we had been at Art in the Park for nearly 3 hours! So I agreed that the children could have a quick play in the playground before we headed home for a very late lunch.

We had the most fantastic day. I am so pleased that something so lovely was held so close to home! Well done to everyone that organised the event, it was a brilliant way to spend a Saturday and we will definitly be putting in our diary for next year!

Friday, 18 July 2014

Chester's first Sports Day!

As you all know, Chester is a really active boy, he doesn't sit still and loves to be running, jumping, bouncing around. All the time. He probably does it in his sleep too!

So he was pretty excited about his first Sports Day at School. Well, that was until he went on a School trip the day before and exhausted himself. He woke up very grumpy and told us he wasn't doing Sports Day. At all!

Luckily, but the time it came round to actually going out on the field he was fine. Phew! I however was very grumpy because I have left my camera on the sofa! Luckily my Sister had her camera with her, but the picture quality is just not the same (as you will see). So annoyed with myself!

Everyone got to do at least 2 races each. Chester's race's were football dribble and the relay race. So it was a long long wait in the hot hot sun until it got round to Chester's races. Luckily the children were under Gazebos. 

It was great watching everyone do the races though. Chester's class were so excited, it was a really fun afternoon for them and they all did really well. 

I love Chester's look of determination in the relay race, he really wanted to do his best for his team! I think next year they should consider him for the sprint, he really did try so hard! 

Chester is fairly new to football training, so the dribbling proved to be a bit hard for him, but again, he gave it his all and all of his team did a fantastic job and won the race! 

Millie then got to take part in a toddler sprint, which was super cute! 

Has your child had their sports day? Do they enjoy it?

Little Dish Celebrate 1st Birthdays!

With Prince George turning 1 next week (hasn't that gone quickly?!) Little Dish have put together a video celebrating first birthdays, they asked their fans for clips of special moments from their little ones’ first year and put a selection together to make this lovely video!

They also sent me this super cute mug! Thank you Little Dish!

I have so many memories of Chester and Millie's first year. Its an amazing time, they learn and grow so much. Baby stage is most definitely up there for me, so many milestones reached!

Millie was cruising just before her first birthday, Chester was not. He was lazy!

We visited a farm when Chester was around 6 months old, a cow licked his pushchair! The look on his face was hilarious!

What are your favourite memories of your childs first year?!

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Worlds Apart Toddler sleep guide

Millie is 30 months old now, or just over 2 1/2. She has always been good at sleeping through the night, but since moving her from her cot to her bed at around 20 months old she has become a nightmare at bedtimes.

Getting her to sleep is a major problem. She will try every trick in the book to get out of going to bed. Its so frustrating as we know she is tired!

Worlds Apart have made this interesting infographic about toddler sleep.....

Reading this, I am comforted to know that its not just us going through this!

Worlds Apart sent us a Peppa Pig GoGlow to see if that would help.

I have to say that Millie has responded really well to the GoGlow. Its a nightlight AND a torch. When it is in nightlight mode (this happens by putting it onto the rechargeable base) it is quite bright, but dimmer than the main light. Millie has loved seeing Peppa and George glow up for her at bed time. I think it has distracted her and made her think twice about getting out of bed. I wouldn't say that it has made her go to sleep any quicker, and maybe thats my fault as she still has afternoon naps (although these are not in her bed, they are in the car on the way to picking her brother up from School!) but it has made her less likely to stand at her door and call out to us constantly for a couple of hours! She now happily sits on her bed and 'reads' stories to her dollies and teddies, which is super cute to hear over the monitor!

Do you have a problem with your toddlers sleep too? If so this Toddler Sleep Guide by Mandy Gurney will make for an interesting read. It has certainly given me some ideas!

Ready for Bed? - Worlds Apart

Let me know how you get on!

Sunday, 13 July 2014

The mini me and I

A lot of people say that Millie looks like me. She gets called mini Sammie all the time. I can sometimes see the similarities, but I mainly see her as her own individual person.

Yesterday we went to a family BBQ to celebrate my (second) cousins 18th. It was a fab evening and my Mum managed to capture this lovely picture of Millie and I ....

I think in this picture I can see the similarities. I very rarely like any photo with me in them, but I love this one. I think it was captured perfectly. 

What do you think, do we look alike?!