Monday, 15 December 2014

Funny stuff my 4 years old says...

G:   Mamma, we learned a new song at school:
       Away in the manger 
       no grip in his bed     
       a little odd Jesus
       laid down his sweet head..."

G:    Mamma in the nativity play, I want to be the big angel!
Me:  You mean the angel Gabriel?
G:    Yes, not the normal angel, the big angel!
Me:  How about Mary? Don't you want to be Mary?
G:    No, thank you! I don't want to be pregnant!

G:    Mamma, why in the song is mummy kissing and tickling Santa Claus?
Me:  Maybe because the daddy was dressed as Santa
G:    Ah! Should we get daddy a Santa costume too? Then you can kiss him.
Me:  Sure, we could do that
G:    Mhhh
Me:  What's wrong?
G:    But then who do I kiss? I don't like kissing daddy if he has the beard. We buy him the             Santa costume but not the beard, OK?

G:    *looking at a photo of me during my wedding day*
         Why did you not wait for me to come out before getting married?
Me:   What do you mean?
G:     I never get to go to weddings!
Me:   You have been to a lot of weddings, you've even been a flower girl twice already
G:     Yes, but it was not my wedding! I want to wear the white dress and marry daddy!

G:    Mummy, I'm really cold, I have bamboos
Me:  Pardon? What is that?
G:    You know when your skin has the bangoose
Me:  Do you mean goosebumps?
G:    Yes, bamboos, I told you!

Monday, 8 December 2014

Christmas Gifts for Fussy (Pregnant) Women

Being an extremely fussy person, I know that buying presents for me is a nightmare. I know my friends breathe a sigh of relief when they avoid picking me on the yearly secret Santa ordeal. Well, this year it's even harder with me being pregnant. Hence this post to help all of you out there tasked with buying a present for someone who can't tie up her shoelaces without cursing at the bump that gets in the way. Every. Single. Time! Grrr!

First and foremost, please remember that a pregnant woman might get extremely tired by 10pm hence she might be going out a bit less, which means that any home related activities become much more meaningful. A nice candle burning in the air, a cosy bathrobe to wear after a regenerating scrub and plenty of other 'homely' comforts make a pregnant woman happy. And a non-pregnant woman too, for that matter. Here are my faves.

The White Company White Cotton Robe - nothing beats the feeling of a soft cotton robe on my skin after a warm shower, especially in cold winter mornings before the school run! It's simplicity, indulgence and functionality in one cozy item. She's have to be crazy not to appreciate this gift.

The Sanctuary Salt Scrub - I can't get enough of this product at the moment. It's a proper body scrub with Dead Sea salts and a true God send for those mornings (all of them) where my circulation seems a bit sluggish and my body needs some revving up. 

Diptyque Amber Candle - Being pregnant has made me even more sensitive to smells I don't like and I'm literally buying candles once a week to create a serene oasis in my home. Diptyque Amber is a new woody and mystical discovery, but there are so many other amazing ones out there. From Diptyque to Green and Spring, from The White Company to Nadia Narain candles, my obsessions with candles knows no boundaries.

Lucas PawPaw - A simple red tube that will change her life. From chapped lips to rough skin, this organic ointment will heal it all. Plus it will turn very handy when dealing with the baby's nappy rush or sore nipples...Oh, the joy of motherhood!

A new bottle of her trusty perfume - Because it reminds me of the fun days when I was just 'me' rather than my current tired pregnant self. 

The White Company Cashmere Hot Water Bottle - Forget bags, shoes or clothes, this is what you buy someone whom you truly love. Mr H bought it for me years ago and there isn't a single time when I use it on my cold feet or sore back that I don't think that it's one of life best products ever. The softness of the cashmere and the warmth of the hot water will heal everything, I guarantee it.

American Apparel Mens Hoodie - Why buy maternity wear when you can buy menswear? This hoodie has seen me through the whole pregnancy so far. It's cosy and warm. I can dress it up with smart trousers and shoes or dress it down with yoga pants and sneakers. I've invested in two colours so far, but I wouldn't feel guilty buying more because I know in ten years I'll probably still wear them on a lazy Sunday or a trip to the gym.

COS Shirt Collar - I have a thing for collars under jumpers or cardigans, but there's no chance that I would wear a shirt these days. Layering and pregnancy is not always a good idea on the grounds of comfort and bulge, plus no pregnant woman wants to iron shirts. Ever. Thank God for the creative people at COS that have come up with a mock shirt that achieves the look I love without having me overheating or feeling uncomfortable. 

Etre Cecile Boyfriend Sweatshirt - Boyfriend sweatshirts are designed to be oversized hence I have worn them through the pregnancy. To disguise it at first and then to feel comfortable once the bump got bigger. They are getting snug now, but with each wash they get back to their normal shape and I know that I'll be wearing them once the bump is gone. A real no brainer of a purchase. And one item that I can't get enough of.

Bernstock Speirs Veil Beanie Hat - Because when you are pregnant clothes are no fun, but accessories still are. Fur beanies, fedora hats, veiled hats, hats with mock ears have become my new best friends because, let's face it, your head is the only place that doesn't get bigger when you are pregnant and that itself deserves a celebration!

Jennifer Loiselle Brooch - I love the quirky plexiglass jewellery that Jennifer Loiselle is famous for and I'm finding this brooch really helpful for those cardigans that come with no buttons and that I can't quite belt anymore. Style and function in one fun piece. Tick.

Vans Slip-ons - Pregnancy and shoelaces are mortal enemies...need I say any more?

A fun night out - ideally involving a movie or theatre show rather than a bar or crowded place when one is expected to stand up and watch others drink. The Book of Mormon is one of my favourite shows at the moment, but there are plenty to choose from. 

A fun piece of jewellery - I'm usually in the minimalist, fine jewellery camp, but this Jennifer Loiselle necklace has been the best piece ever to jazz up my boring black pregnancy outfits, plus I'm sure to wear it afterwards too. 

Finally, a new lipstick because every woman, pregnant or not, will always like a new nice lipstick. Fact.

If you want some more ideas, here is a post I wrote a couple of years ago which is still very much applicable today. But, as always, remember the golden rule of buying gifts for a fussy person, pregnant or not...the gift receiptt!! 

Monday, 1 December 2014

Advent Calendar

I'm usually not very organised, nor arty and crafty, but this year my Advent Calendar for Miss G kicks ass! Excuse my French, but I managed a feat which came together totally by coincidence and that is pure genius. And, yes, I say so myself.

In the past weeks, I have been buying random stuff from Tiger and I have been ordering bits and bobs from the internet, from eBay to Baker Ross, more on this in a minute, but it was on Saturday that it all came together - totally by fluke, may I add - when, whilst on a last minute trip to Ikea, I spotted this.

Now I had all I needed to wow Miss G on December 1st! But me being me, I left it to 10pm of November 30th, of course. Oops. 

When Little G woke up and saw all the advent bags neatly lined up to form a tree, she went crazy and asked me if Santa had come and if it was Christmas already! 

But what is inside the little bags you ask? A lot of little and mostly inexpensive treats that are guaranteed to make her late for school wow her everyday. Of course it wouldn't be an advent calendar without a sweet treat a day hence the chocolate coins and chocolate snowmen. Added to chocolate is a selection of Christmas stickers which I bought to make some Christmas cards with her. The problem is that once I found the Baker Ross website, I couldn't resist buying lots of other arts and craft items, from stretchy snowmen to make-your-own Rudolph Box, from Christmas self-inking stampers (10 for £2.99!) to the kit to make snowman charm bracelets!

Other treats have come in the form of Disney figurines from the Little Mermaid and Cinderella won on eBay for a few pounds or Christmas tattoos sourced on eBay for a couple of pence each. Tiger proved useful with a selection of beads, elves and stamps as well as candy canes and a little squirrel battery operated night light - a nice treat for the last advent bag.

I also 'splashed out' on a couple of nicer treats such as a Burt's Bees lip balm, a couple of face towels from the Disney Store and 3 super adorable Christmas Sonny Angels (I am totally addicted to these Japanese figurines and Little G is too!)

A few bits of tissue paper to cover the bigger items, some Sellotape and a few books stacked to form a tree and voilĂ ...our Advent Calendar is all done!

Happy December 1st everybody! 


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