Friday, 30 November 2012

{this moment}

A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savour and remember. Linking up with other lovely moments over at Soulemama.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend. x

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Some lovely… {rag dolls}

Lila is a big doll fan. Even at the tender age of 14 months, she carries and cuddles and pats and pushes them around like a teeny tiny Mama. She has a couple of hand-me-down babies from her brother, which she adores, and there may or may not be some new dollies in her near Christmas future. 

She also has a number of rag dolls, including a favourite Little Red Riding Hood who resides in her cot every night. I love these dolls, reminiscent of childhoods gone-by, they are innocent, soft and oh-so adorable.

And while her collection is already quite impressive, it certainly doesn’t stop me window-shopping for more. There are some absolutely beautiful rag dolls on Etsy at the moment, quirky, vintage and lovingly handmade. I thought I would share some with you today. 

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What do you think? Are you a rag-doll fan? 

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

How the hell? {coping with two kids or more}

When I was pregnant with Lila I spent a lot of time pondering all the how-on-earths and how-the-hells. Like, how on earth will I breastfeed a newborn and entertain a toddler? How on earth does anyone cook and clean when you have two children? When the hell will I manage to have a sneaky day-nap? And how the hell do you bath and put two small children to bed at a reasonable hour?

Somehow {and I’m still not sure how} things just kind of happened. Not that it was all plain sailing, we had our fair share of difficult moments as well as the great ones. For me, it was all about finding moments of peace in a house with an energetic toddler. And along the way I developed a few little tricks that helped buy me that extra precious time and save my sanity in the process. 

To find out what they are, why not pop on over to Mindful Mum today where I'm talking tips for surviving with two kids or more... 

On a different note, our current parenting challenge of late is learning how to deal with a bad case of sibling rivalry. Lila being a walking, talking, ball of cute is not going down so well with our little Dynamo. But that, my friends, is a post for another day. 

Until then - if you have more than one child, did you find the transition to multiple parenting an easy one? 

*and by the way - were they really ever that little? Be still my aching ovaries!

Monday, 26 November 2012

The Weekend Edition

You know those friends? The one who was your bridesmaid, who you’ve known since the first day at Uni. The one who has seen you through the highs and lows, the drunk, the sober, the engagements, weddings, babies and moves between countries. The one who never forgets your birthday and always gets in touch when it matters. The one who whatever the distance or time between visits will always pick up exactly where you left off. Yes? Well one of those friends {and her lovely husband} came to stay with us this weekend.

And it was perfect. Relaxed, chilled and easy. We dodged the rain, spent time in toasty pubs, ate lots of good food, drank too much wine, listened to music and chatted continuously. The children enjoyed having an audience and the generous gifts they received and that chocolate amazing-ness {see the picture? Oh. My. God}.

And before and after their visit, we made the most of the sunny spells with park trips and bike rides, with drawing and reading and book flicking. There was a Sunday afternoon Pirate party to attend. And a book club book that I’m reading that I seriously cannot. put. down.

I nestled up in bed at 8pm last night and read for hours. You have to read it. I’m now finding any spare moment I can to sneak in a cheeky couple of chapters. It’s that good. Go buy it immediately.

How was your weekend? Have you read Into the Darkest Corner

Friday, 23 November 2012

{this moment}

A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savour and remember. Linking up with other lovely moments over at Soulemama.

Thanks, as always, for visiting this little space of mine, it's lovely to have you all here. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend. x

Thursday, 22 November 2012

A division of labour {who does what in your household?}

Despite the fact that I can happily whinge about my darling husband from time to time {are there women out there who don’t?!}, I definitely found myself a wonderful man when I met him in a Sainsbury’s carpark in London one frosty January night {true story}.

Paul is a very hands on father.

He works long hours to keep a lovely roof over our heads, good food on the table and nice things in the children’s lives. And he thinks nothing of coming straight in the door at 7pm, rolling up his sleeves and cracking on with whatever child-related duty demands his attention at the time.

He gets the best reaction on walking through the door, reads the longest bedtime stories and gives the best goodnight hugs. But he’ll also clear up vomit, wipe bums, and deal with tantrums and tears {mine included}.

I wouldn’t say he’s always been this way. It took him a little while to wave farewell to his former child-free self but, due to a fantastic opportunity offered by his office in Sydney he finally understood. You see, when Oliver was nine months old, Paul spent three months at home looking after him full time. By himself. And it was then he realised. He got it. Being a full time parent can be incredible, amazing and so rewarding, but also draining, exhausting and somewhat boring all in equal measures, day in day out.

And that’s why now, two children down the track and with me as a stay at home Mum, he never underestimates my role in this house or makes me feel undervalued in any way.

In fact, I’d go so far as to say that despite the commute, the longer hours and less time at home, he’s now better than ever with the children and also around the house.

Mostly we divide and conquer to tackle the daily mundane that keeps the child-rearing wheels turning. There are some things he always does and some that he never ever does. Same for me.

He’ll never be a cook, but does all the washing up and attempts to stack the dishwasher {why oh why are men so bad at this?}. I do bathrooms, he does bins. I never do bins. I do washing, stain removal, hanging out laundry, folding laundry, putting away laundry. I never iron. Not even his shirts. He does late-night dog walking and clears up poo. I dust and mop. He cleans dirt from wellies and deals with muddy prams. I scrub crayon marks from walls and coffee stains from clothes. We both vacuum. He does bills, I remind him to do them. I shop for food, he does late night runs to buy me emergency chocolate. And so it goes on.

We’re a team. And I like it that way.

Do you have a hands on or hands off husband? Is there anything you refuse to do?

*This post is sponsored by Vanish {and thanks to them, I'm currently giving this product a whirl - it's winning with me so far}. All words and opinions are my own.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Sunshine on rainy day...

On a day like today when it's been blustery, grey and wet from start to finish, I plan to up the heating, pop on my Uggs and sit in front of the computer looking at photos like these*. I'll dream of long, light summer days and eating clementines in the fields with my little Lila Clementine...

On another sunshiney note, I had a lovely surprise the other day when Mel from Latte Mum sent a Sunshine award my way. Thanks Mel! 

Now I always like to pass on these awards - a great way to share some love around and meet more bloggers along the way don't you think? I've stumbled across a few lovely new blogs in the past couple of weeks, so Jen at two-add-two, Hazel at Ramblings and Such, Jo at Binds you to me and Lisa at Twenty Something, step forward and collect your awards! 

Hope you all had a wonderful Wednesday, 
Anna x

*These photos were taken in the first few days of getting my camera, I think I've come such a long way already {am I allowed to say that?!}.  
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