What Do Kids Have Against Crusts?

by Amry on April 3, 2014

nocrustsSo my daughter, Amelia, is going through this ‘no crusts’ phase. I don’t really get it, but I guess it’s a pretty common dislike amongst kids. I mean there must be a market for it since I’ve noticed brands of bread now make crustless loafs – how crazy is that?! I’m just curious how this distain came about. For ages she was a normal bread eating child, finishing each slice in it’s entirety, crust included. Then one day she stopped. Who knows if someone said something at school or she caught wind of the concept from T.V., but she’s suddenly very adamant that she simply cannot eat crusts. Not even a little bit. Sandwiches are left unfinished and toast only eaten to the edges. What’s a mother to do?

I’m certain that this crustless period will pass. My younger sister was the same and spent ages refusing to eat crust, but is now a fully functioning reformed crust eater – so there is hope to be had!

Do your kids have any crazy/unjustified eating habits like refusing to eat crusts? Do you give in to their food prerequisites or try to convince them that it will make their hair curly? I’m sticking to my guns at the moment and will not cut the crust off of bread for Amelia. I figure if I don’t cave it will convince her to go back to her previous crusts eating ways. A mother can dream right? But in the mean time I’ll clear her left over crusts and just maybe polish off the odd piece or two in the process. Waste not – want not, right?

Love, Amry xxx

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Happy Mother’s Day!

by Amry on March 29, 2014

HAPPYMOTHERSDAYLove, Amry & Sarah xxx

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Month By Month

by Amry on March 25, 2014

jacobsixmonthsWould you believe that my baby went and turned six months old yesterday? How dare he! This half year mark has sure come around quickly. Having said that, there have certainly been days (and nights for that matter) that have felt like entire lifetimes! But on the whole time has flown and I’m left feeling a bit sad that his babyhood seems to be happening ever so hastily.

Yet even with all my sentimentality, I still haven’t quite managed to keep on top of documenting all his progress like I should be. At this point in Amelia’s little life I think we’d already filled an entire external hard drive with photos of her! So, I’m afraid he’s suffering from classic second child syndrome in that respect. But to mark his six month milestone yesterday I thought I should at least pull out a camera other than the one on my phone and snap a few pics of him at this sweet stage. At six months he is full of smiles and laughter, jabbers away in his own language, has started solids and proven to be a very good eater, rolls, does ‘the worm’ and army crawls his way around the room, is always ready to greet you with a wet open mouth kiss, and is generally just a total joy to have around … except for when he’s teething or very tired – then we’ve been known to have thoughts of selling him to the gypsies. You know you’ve all thought the same with your kids too!

But if by miracle I had a few more hours in the day, a couple extra pairs of hands or was just slightly more of a Super Mum, then here are a few ways I would be documenting my baby’s development.

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There are a whole slew of ideas and inspiration via Pinterest (which is where I found the images above), so take a look and remember your baby’s first year goes by fast – so regardless of how creative, just capture what you can!

Love, Amry xxx

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Cut Costs – Not Corners

by Amry on March 17, 2014

It’s seems like we couldn’t open a paper this Winter without reading how energy rates are steadily on the rise. Phrases like, “price hikes” and “above-inflation increases” jumped off the page and really got you questioning … Am I on the best rate available? Well, rather than stay in the dark on the topic, why not find out for yourself? Ovo Energy make it simple to see if switching could save your family money. Just pop in your postcode and your quote could mean a few more pounds in your pocket each month. Not that I can promise they’ll stay there long …. we all know when it comes to kids, there seems to be no end to the costs! So take a look and see if making the switch could mean you start saving today. Those new shoes and swim lessons aren’t going to pay for themselves!

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Son of the Sea…

by Sarah on March 13, 2014

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That’s what the name Dylan means. Chosen because we live by the sea in beautiful North Devon and because my husband is Welsh. Couldn’t be more appropriate for our boy for at the first hint of sunshine he’s asking us to visit the “beesh”. This is a regular pastime for our family but with all the biblical weather we’ve experienced of late I have to admit it had been a while…No fear of Dylan being shy about it though – he popped on his wellies, grabbed his crabbing net and confidently strode across the sand at Instow…

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beach3We perhaps look a little overdressed as the midday sun was high in the sky but Dylan was sporting a Joules boys polo shirt which kept his neck protected and I assure you the brisk sea breeze required added layers in the form our his smart blue fisherman’s jacket – an item that never fails to draw lots of attention from other Mum’s.

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beach5This boy certainly keeps us on out toes…no sooner had his boots touched the sand he headed directly towards the sea – no hint of fear he ran in, fully clothed to leap and splash about – which of course meant I had to join him! It was near enough the perfect day out and we got some great shots for our family album.

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beach7…Where’s your favourite place to visit as a family?

Love Sarah xx

 

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The First (Real Food) Feed

by Amry on March 11, 2014

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feedingdoneLove, Amry xxx

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From Baby To Boy…

by Sarah on March 6, 2014

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My baby boy turns two in just over four weeks! Only a month to go and I’ll have a two year old? A small boy? Where have the past 23 months gone..? Every day that I am at work I return home slightly bereft that another day of his toddlerhood has passed and I might have missed out on a magical moment…

…Then the s**t hits the fan because he’s tired and hungry and I immediately remember why they call this stage the “terrible two’s”!

I jest of course. In all honesty I am full of awe and wonderment when I take those moment to breathe in my son and the incredible character that’s developing before my eyes. A little human who grew in my belly…now walking, talking, (no-stop!) full of his own opinions, humour and wonderment of his very own.

Motherhood has exceeded my expectations ten fold. I feel every emotion attached to it far greater than I ever anticipated. It has made the universe so very big and yet so very small to me. And if I think about it a little too much…It makes me want to create life all over again…

…Oh wait, I’ve just had a labour flashback. OK I’m good – we needn’t revisit that thought again for a while yet ;)

Love Sarah xx

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Down On The Farm

by Amry on March 4, 2014

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Over the half term break we waited and waited for the weather to clear so that we could get out in the fresh air and enjoy an afternoon down on the farm. Thankfully, Mother Nature listened to our plea and paused the rain long enough for us to pull on our wellies and savour a sunny (almost) Spring day!

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Although we still had several weeks until it was official, all the signs of Spring surrounded us – crisp clear air, newly budding branches, long stretches of dainty daffodils and of course who could resist all the lovely newborn lambs! It felt like England was finally emerging out of this endlessly wet Winter! And with this break from the usually blustery weather, came the perfect opportunity for Amelia to try out a couple of new items of Spring clothing and bring a little fashion to the farm.

eieioThe way I see it, Spring is an ‘in-between’ season. It’s not freezing, but it’s not sweltering either – so the best way to go with little ones is layers. A long sleeve top, a cardigan and a comfortable coat should about cover the Springtime climate. That way you can just add and subtract items as the day adjusts. For instance, when we arrived at the farm it was clear but still a little cool, so Amelia kept her coat on while she made the rounds feeding all her new farmyard friends.

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This traditional tweed jacket from Joules definitely did the job! It’s lightweight but certainly hardwearing enough to withstand any outdoor adventure. I just love their new Spring collection of girl’s jackets and always colourful take on classic English style for kids. The pop of pink and floral detail on the trim and lining elevate this to a cute coat any girl is sure to adore! And the consistent quality of their clothes is something us parents can always count on as well!

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As the afternoon went on we were lucky that the sun continued to shine, so it was off with the coat and on to the pony rides!

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Having finally reached the three year old requirement, this was to be Amelia’s very first pony ride. She waited in eager anticipation and about exploded with excitement as soon as she spotted the ponies coming her way!

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Of course when her turn finally came around, she got landed with the only donkey making the rounds that day. But did she mind? Not one little bit. In fact, she saw it as ‘extra special’ and grinned from ear to ear as her new four legged friend walked her through the woodland.

ponyride4I just love Amelia in this top. The colours are so fresh and the vibrant floral print is fantastic! It’s her new favourite, which means I’ll be seeing this on her a lot this Spring!

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As our day came to a close the cloud cover returned and the cool evening air meant that Amelia was asking for her coat again. Remember what I said about layering and adding and subtracting throughout the day? This was that theory put into practice. So on went the coat as we waved good-bye to all the lovely animals and a fun filled day on the farm.

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If you’re looking to add a few new staples to your kid’s Spring wardrobe, seriously check out Joule’s new Spring collection. In terms of quality and classic style with a twist – they can’t be beat!

Love, Amry xxx

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When I Grow Up …

by Amry on February 25, 2014

whenigrowupDo your kids make sweeping statements about what they want to be when they grow up?

This is a new thing for Amelia. Usually when she’s soaking in her evening bubble bath or pulling on her jeans first thing in the morning is when she’ll suddenly come out with detailed plans for her future vocation. Of course it’s always something new. Why just last week alone she expressed interest in becoming a librarian because she loves books, an explorer because she wants to wear her binoculars all day every day and lastly a doctor because she wants to help people feel better – or maybe just because she takes great pleasure in giving us imaginary injections with her Doc McStuffins doctors kit. Either way, the wheels are turning.

But her latest ambition has really been something to consider. As I brushed the tangles out of her long locks the conversation went like this …

“So I’ve decided that now I want to be an artist when I grow up.”

“Really? Wow, what kind of art will you do?”

“Oh, definitely finger painting.”

Finger painting folks. So that’s one of our children that we’ll be supporting for the rest of their life. Ha ha!

But in all seriousness, I can’t wait to see what the future holds for our clever and very creative little cutie. Whatever career path she chooses, we’ll be right there cheering her on!

Have your kids come up with any entertaining ideas for their future employment? I’d love to hear!

Love, Amry xxx

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

by Amry on February 14, 2014

VALENTINESWishing you and your little loves a very Happy Valentine’s Day!

With lots & lots of love, Amry & Sarah xxx

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