Wednesday, 17 September 2014

♡ Little bits #6 ♡

How has another week gone by? Wow. Slow down already.

On the plus side, Autumn excites me. A lot. So I'll just go with it. Anyone else started Christmas shopping? No, just me? :)

1. I love discovering a new recipe. If I'm stuck in a food rut - pasta for dinner again? - I'll spend a few minutes looking for some food inspiration and try out a new recipe. These tostadas were easy to throw together, pretty healthy (if you go easy on the cheese) and delicious. Check out the recipe here.
2. Little lady feet and tiny baby toes. Queueing up to get in the bath. I have no words. Too cute.
3. This cheeky little monkey is getting more mischievous by the day. Look at that face.
4. We're enjoying getting back into books now that the new school year is in full swing. Over summer we didn't read as much as normal. Bedtimes were later and mummy and daddy waaay more tired! Its nice to have those quiet pre-bedtime stories and cuddles back. Anything by Roald Dahl is a winner.

5. Picture this. Its 5am on Saturday morning. Baby decides its time to get up. We have no coffee left.……….. husband decides its a five shot kinda morning!
6. This little lady has my heart.
7. I came downstairs on Sunday to find that she had cuddled her baby brother to sleep ♡
8. My beautiful biggest boy enjoying some quiet time exploring on the beach.


Friday, 12 September 2014

What we're reading

We love books. Some of my most precious memories with my children are being all cuddled up in bed reading their favourite stories. 

Dylan loved story time so much that, from about 18 months old, he could recite most of The Gruffalo and Monkey Puzzle. With only one baby at the time, we had a lot more time to read so he must have heard it multiple times a day!

Even with three little ones we still make time to read every day. I love the picture books aimed at younger children, so its lovely to rediscover them all with Ayden. 

This is Ayden's favourite story. He carries it around everywhere with him (as you can see from the state of the cover). He holds it up for me and then climbs onto my lap to read. 

This series of books is lovely. Its called BabyLit and takes classic books like Alice in Wonderland, Romeo and Juliet, Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights and adapts them for little people. Some focus on counting, some on colours, others on basic words. The illustrations are beautiful and its such a lovely idea. We have a couple already and I plan to invest in a few more - starting with Dracula and Frankenstin in time for Halloween.

For some reason he particularly likes page 3… hope this isn't a sign of things to come!!!

I am always amazed by how well Dylan and Meryn can read now. To me, they still seem too small to be able to sit and read a book themselves. Ridiculous I know. But they still love to have us read to them at bedtime. 

Dylan was given a full set of Roald Dahl books for his last birthday and we're working our way through those at the moment. They love them. We're just finishing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. They've asked for The Twits next. Fine by me :)

As for me… well, after starting The Husband's Secret on holiday in June (!) you'd think I'd have finished it by now. No. I thoroughly enjoyed it and was determined to carry on reading when we got back. Not so much. I think I'm averaging a chapter a month. I'll finish it eventually.

What are you reading at the moment?

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Ta-da tostadas

Quick, easy, (reasonably) healthy and delicious. Usually my main criteria when deciding to try a new recipe. 

If it involves olives and avocado, then it's a total no-brainer. 

Tostadas are a new phenomenon-menom for me. But I'm a huge fan of mexican / tex-mex… call it what you will. So I was excited to try these.

I stumbled across various versions of this recipe and decided to cobble them all together to make my perfect tostada. These were super easy and very tasty. Love at first bite. Enjoy!


Corn tortillas
Oil of your choice for frying (I used coconut oil)
Grated cheese of your choice (I used cheddar)
Ready cooked and sliced chicken breast
Ground cumin
Ground chilli powder
Sliced spring onions
Baby spinach leaves
Cherry or plum tomatoes
Sliced black olives


Heat a small amount of oil in a heavy bottom frying pan. Fry the tortillas for about a minute per side, then transfer to a paper towel lined plate.

When you've finished frying all the tortillas (I used two per person), put your cooked, sliced chicken in the same pan and just briefly stir fry it to warm through, adding your cumin and chilli powder to taste.

Top each tortilla with some grated cheese and place under the grill to melt.

Once the cheese has melted, take the tortillas out and start adding your toppings. I tore up the spinach leaves and added these first, followed by the warm chicken. Then I just went to town and chucked everything on! Spring onions, diced plum tomatoes, olives, sweetcorn, avocado and salsa. Yum.

The beauty of these is that you can just add more or less of whatever you fancy. 

Be warned; there's no way to eat these without making a mess! Perhaps not one for a first date.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

♡ Little bits #5 ♡

A bit slow on the uptake with my 'Little bits' post this week. Aside from all the photos of our summer, I suppose there's not much else to report. 

Last week, and this week, are all about getting back into the swing of things for the new school year really. I'm still a bit disorientated to be honest, but the kids seem to have taken to their new teachers and classes really well. Moving up to juniors is a big step for my little man, but so far so good. And he loves wearing a tie :)

1. Sleep! We're getting some. As I write this, I'm petrified that I'm jinxing myself and we'll regress to newborn sleep pattern territory. Surely not. Anyway, I don't know if its down to his teeth not bothering him so much at the moment, or he's just 'got it', but Ayden is sleeping through pretty much every night. And napping well in the day. Hallelujah! Long may it last.
2. Last day of the holidays calls for a day at a cheesy seaside funfair. I had a great day with my favourite people - sunshine, ice cream and a significantly lighter wallet. 
3. Back to school. Sob. I'm still really missing them. Even a week later. Then I pick them up from school, they argue about who gets to use the downstairs loo and who has to go upstairs (wtf!?) and I remember what a great invention school is!
4. Plus, I get some quality time with this little beauty. He's changing every day and I'm so grateful to be able to spend every day with him.

1. We're making the most of these cheeky extra days of summer we're having. My three love nothing better than an evening on the beach. Its quieter at the end of the day so they have more freedom to run and explore. Perfect.
2. Took this little monkey to baby gym for the first time last week, and boy did he enjoy himself. Running, climbing, bouncing, rolling, climbing some more. It was awesome to watch him.
3. Another back to school perk - an hour to myself while Ayden naps to tidy up, blog, read some of my favourite blogs, eat lunch. The possibilities are endless.
4. We've been doing a lot of work to the house, for what feels like forever. And we're finally coming to the end. I say we; my amazing, hardworking, slightly mental husband has been doing it all himself. In his spare time. Of which he has very little. Anyway, we took the opportunity to make our mark on one of the new walls. That's it. Can't move now.

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Saturday, 6 September 2014

Autumn to-dos

This summer has been great. Plenty of sunshine, days on the beach and our own body weight in ice cream. I'm sad to see it end (and enjoying this cheeky little last minute heatwave), but I'm starting to get that urge to bake stuff with pumpkin in.

'Strictly' starts this weekend so its definitely time to dust off the winter boots and invest in some heavy knits. Oh yes, Autumn-itus is on its way.

For the last week or so I've been daydreaming about things I'd like us to go and do this autumn. I've jotted them down in a bit of an autumn to-do list stylee, so I thought I'd share them with you. I'd also love to hear your autumn traditions. There's room for a few more on our list :)

➕ Last year we discovered a Halloween maize maze and pumpkin carving at a local fruit farm. It was a great day out so we'll definitely do that again this year. They've added broomstick making this year too. Whoop!
➕ Sit in the garden telling spooky stories as its gets dark and toast marshmallows on a bonfire.
➕ Bake as much pumpkin stuff as possible. I'm obsessed. Cupcakes. Cheesecake. French toast. Bread and butter pudding. Pumpkin spiced chai. Ok the last one's not baking… but its still awesome.
➕ Collect and play with conkers. Something all children should do at least once if you ask me.
➕ Plenty of blustery autumn walks on the beach, followed by hot chocolate, s'mores and a movie (under a blanket, obvs).
➕ Build a huge den inside and chill out in it all day. We haven't done this since Dylan and Meryn were really small and I know they'd love it.
➕ Go blackberry picking and teach the kids how to make a crumble with them.
➕ This one's a bit dull I guess, and more for my benefit than anyone else's, but I'm planning a good old clearout before Santa squeezes his ass down the chimney. 

What are your autumn to-dos?

Friday, 5 September 2014

Little chatterbox

Isn't it wonderful when your little baby starts to find their voice. I love the little words they come out with when they're trying to master a sound.

Its even better when they get a little older and the words come out all wrong. Ayden isn't quite at that stage yet, but he's definitely becoming a little chatterbox. Jabbering away and making the sweetest noises as he goes about his daily business. 

He's saying more and more every day. It didn't take him long to master the word 'no'. Or 'nooooo'. No surprises there. 'Out', 'up', 'mama', 'ah-da-da', 'poo'… he has quite the repertoire. Then he floored me this morning when he held up his empty bowl of cereal and said 'ah wah moo', which I'm absolutely taking to mean 'I want more'. He's a little genius!

Dylan is seven and he still says some things incorrectly. I have no intention of correcting him. I think it's lovely. Last week he asked me how 'human beams' were invented. Adorable. Meryn, at the age of six, still says 'last day' instead of yesterday. So cute.

Kids rock.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Help… I've got a problem

I've said it out loud, so that makes it ok… doesn't it?

I blame the internet. Instagram, I'm looking at you. 24/7 temptation, inspiration and enable…ment. Is that a word??

My three little ones have quite the enviable wardrobe already but, with AW14 drops well underway, I'm likely to be scouring the sale rails for my own clothes while they swan about in the most amazing prints and softest fabrics. Something's wrong here.

I just can't resist. So small and cute. And totally stylish. I just wish they came in my size. Bobo Choses, Mini Rodini, Soft Gallery and Beau LOves are the stand out labels for me. Super cool design and top quality. I'm totally addicted.

I've got my eye on some amazing pieces for Ayden, beautiful dresses and winter jumpsuits for Meryn and some "awesome" (according to Dylan) bits and pieces for my biggest boy. Most of these are available from my favourite online stores Cissy Wears, Monkey McCoy and Milly Mog. Check them out for amazing designs for the coolest kids. 

Scroll down… if you dare.

l to r: Bobo Choses Echo Park romper; Bobo Choses Super Peanut bodysuit; Mini Rodini tiger leggings

l to r: Soft Gallery Naya winter jumpsuit; Bobo Choses Super Peanut Princess dress
from top: Bobo Choses Venice Beach sweatshirt; Beau LOves spiked superhero hoodie

l to r: Beau LOves cross romper; Beau LOves mask jumper; Soft Gallery Ice Breaker dress

from top: Mini Melissa sugar rain rhino boot; Vans checkerboard classic slip-ons; Zara patent t-bars

Why are adult clothes so dull? No peanuts on anything.