30 October 2014

Thankful Thursday

Half term is nearly over and i am joining the lovely Karen from Adventures of a Monkey Footed Mummy's Thankful Thursday Linky.

This week i am thankful for loads of little things:

(You might have read that last weekend i jumped on a plane to head to Germany to see my Nan who isn't well after a sudden heart attack)

Being able to spend nearly 4 days with my beloved Nan!

Mr. C. holding the force at home and looking after Finnster.

My Cousin for convincing me to forget about money and get on that plane!!

My lovely group of SA Friends who are there day & night listening to my worries 
and a few rather lovely whats app messages because every simple "how are you?" 
was very much appreciated!! 

Well just writing this made me teary again!

THANK YOU!! 


What are you thankful for this week? Join in over here.


29 October 2014

Me In Three

Well ages ago Kip decided to start a new Linky called #MeInThree and its all about asking your Twitter folks to describe you in 3 words here are some of my replies i got start of the year
(oh yeah i am THAT late writing about it!!) so here it goes:

aww thank you Kelly its always nice to be called pretty that certainly made my day!!

having spend quite a few afternoons with you and your lovely boys its save to say i feel the same about you!

ohhh so flattering you don't hear the word fabulous often except in magazines and stuff 
so hey thank you girl!!

and that comes from the lovely Mad hatter herself! So glad i know you my dear Fiona and i learnt some new Nuttiness from the Master ;o) hope we can meet in "real" soon and exchange some naughty eeehhh nutty noo i mean of course nice words!!

would be boring to be normal right?? you need a bit of madness in your life hehe!

and lastly the Man who invented the Linky himself:
clever, very clever Kip! I like it!


Well it looks like that sums me up for today!
Want to join in the Fun? Sign up for the #MeInThree Linky over here.




26 October 2014

No Silent Sunday for me!

Our start of the half term went a little bit different then planned.
Instead of a normal Saturday with a birthday party to attend and watching daddy play football I had a rather tearful skype call with my nan from her hospital bed who had a heart attack this week and didn't feel well at all.
Its all a bit off a blurr what happend next I decided to book the next available flight one way out to Germany to go and see her.
After the worse flight ever high on emotions and full of tears Molly-May and me got picked up by her Godmum and we drove to the hospital.
There was loads of tears and kisses and chatting but we didn't stay for long because my nan looked very very tired.
I went back today and with help of some medication and a good nights sleep she certainly perked up.
Nobody knows what will be but I am forever grateful that I made the decition to come to Germany and spend some time with her.
Of course I don't want her to go and will miss her dearly but if the time comes I know that she will be reunited with her beloved husband my Opa and this thought makes me very happy. 


23 October 2014

Now thats a rather Blooming Gorgeous Bag for Mum!

Since having Molly-May i started to use a changing bag again and i have been through quite a few now they always had something not quite right so it didn't take long for me to move onto another brand. I had too big, worn out too quickly, not my colour and one just didn't match my pushchair, yes that's me, very picky indeed! I want a bag which is not too girly, not too big, easy to clean and has to last for quite a while. 
 A few weeks ago something literally "flew" into my house and its rather blooming gorgeous 
don't you think?
Now you might have heard about the fabulous Pink Lining Range already but if not here is a little bit more info about the bag:

On the exterior of the bag there is a large canvas pocket with the Blooming Gorgeous slogan 
and patch and two side flap pockets in body fabric. 
The bag comes with an adjustable shoulder strap that is long enough to fit over any 
pram/buggy handle bars.
Internal Features: 2x insulated bottle holders, 2x nappy pockets, pen holder, key fob, mirror, phone pocket, small zip pocket, padded changing mat and wet zip bag.

The Bag size is slightly wider then the other styles which gives you more room: 
38(L) x 25.5(H) x 19(W) cm
Just to compare the Yummy Mummy Bag dimensions are:
38(L) x 28(H) x 14(W)cm
What i love about my new Blooming Gorgeous Changing Bag:
The Space - I love the fact that i can fit everything i need for going out into the bag and its not overflowing, my old changing bag was most of the time unzipped because i couldn't fit it all in!
The PrintThe owls are just adorable and i am a big fan off the laminated finish which makes it so easy to clean when its getting dirty! The wet bag is a great little extra and comes in very handy i store Molly-May's spare Clothes in there:

Attention to detail -All the tiny little details from the leather straps to the elastic side pockets, the red 2 way zip and the adjustable shoulder strap which can be taken off the bag very easily.
I think the metal studs on the bottom off the bag are a big must have for any chaining bag to avoid getting the canvas bottom dirty!


Favourite Feature - that has to be the handle clip which connects both handles together, no more fussing around with the strap sliding off your shoulder whilst carrying the bag!!! Its such a simple but clever idea!
No more fiddling around with the straps when you want to pick up your bag!
What i wasn't so keen on:

It would be great if there would be a outside zip pocket to store my PL wallet in to make room for other baby essentials.
I am not a big fan of large changing mats because i just feel they take up too much room in the bag, but the changing mat which comes with the bag is nicely padded and a good size mat.
The following 2 statements are very much a personal choice of mine:

50% of the time i leave my buggy in the car and baby wear Molly-May and although i can cross the strap around my shoulders i feel like it is just a tiny bit on the short side for me to do so:

When i was looking through the different Pink Lining Bags i excluded the Yummy Mummy design straight away because i don't feel like a "Yummy Mummy" and secondly i don't think Mr. C. would ever carry it because he would think its way too girly.

So what is my overall verdict?

The Blooming Gorgeous Tote from Pink Lining is a really pretty bag which is easy to clean and all the little extras makes it such a practical, stylish and perfect changing bag for all those busy mums out there. I have no doubt that my Blooming Gorgeous Bag will tackle our busy family lifestyle no problem and will last for quite a while!
Whilst browsing the website i came across the matching wallet and with my old wallet ready for the bin i decided to treat myself to a matching purse to go with my bag and as you might see on the picture i am rather fond of the owl design! I went to a local market the other day and picked up those gorgeous owl leather shoes for Molly-May and they go rather well with my new bag and purse:

Here are a few pictures from the inside of the purse:


At first i thought the money pocket might be a little bit too small but its just right!
I love the fact that there are plenty of card slots within the wallet the only thing missing is a little picture window underneath the Pink Lining logo but other then that i love my new wallet!
If you want to get your hands on your very own Pink Lining Bag head over to the website and check out all the lovely designs as well as the wide range of other products they have from Childrens Backpacks to Baby Comforters to Phone Covers!
Disclaimer: I have been send the Blooming Gorgeous Wise Owl Changing Bag from Pink Lining for reviewing purposes, but all thoughts and opinions are mine. I have purchased the Pink Lining Wise Owl Wallet myself and just wanted to show you how lovely it is!

22 October 2014

A special Letter from Father Christmas

Early this week the Kids received a very exiting Letter each from Santa!
Oh yeah after all its only 63 days until Christmas!!!
I have half of the presents sorted and every time Finn likes the look of a toy he urges me to add it onto his Christmas Wish List!

So i was more then happy to receive a email if i would like to trial a personalised letter for both children from the Lapland Mailroom.


Here is a little bit about what the Lapland Mailroom has to offer:

From the 1. December you can order a personalised letter from Santa to your child to get into the Christmas spirit!
Each letter can be personalised with your child's name, age, name of town where they will spend Christmas eve, the name of the child's best friend as well as that special gift which is wanted by your child and as a extra you can add some special achievements or a social note at the end of the letter too:


There is a choice of 2 Mail Packages:

Mail Package 1 consists of a personalised Letter from Santa for 6.95£ 
(and for a limited time only you receive a free Nice Child List Certificate worth 2.95£)
or you can get the 
Mail Package 2 for just 1£ more so 7.95£ you can get the same as above with a added activity pack.

Delivery is included in the Price!

And you can choose between  3 different written letters as well as a "Babies 1st Christmas" letter.

Our Thoughts on Finn & Molly-May's personalised Letters from Santa:

The website is very easy to use and i took less then 5 minutes each filling in the required information the only slight niggle i have is with the size of the personalised letter, there is a option to read your finished letter after filling out the form but the font is so tiny and hard to read although there is a magnifying glass you can use to slide over the letter it was a little bit of a hassle.

But having said that once you placed your order the confirmation email has the details of your personalisation attached and in case you spot a mistake quickly (just like i made one with the kids surname!oops) the lovely team from Lapland Mailroom are more then helpful in correcting a mistake before the order is being processed. A truly great service!!

I love the fact that there is a choice of 3 different letters which are all written slightly differently so siblings do not receive exactly the same letter! Very clever!

Another thing what is fantastic is that you have the choice of having your letter signed from either Santa or Father Christmas so however you address the Man in the red coat it will be just right for your child's very own personalised letter!

I adore Molly-May's 1st Christmas Letter at first i was unsure but i think its nice for Finn to see that Father Christmas has thought about Molly-May too even though she is only a little baby and the letter will be kept in her keepsake box!

The Letter as well as the certificate are printed on a lovely thick piece of paper and i love all the little details like the picture of Father Christmas on the top corner and the little red bows.


In our activity pack we found a 
Colouring in "Santa Stop Here!" Sign
Colouring in Christmas card
Elf Yourself! Activity sheet
Christmas Eve door hanger &
Colour out some Christmas decoration


Those are great little crafty activities to do all the way through December 
until Christmas is close!

I think the Letters will put a big smile on any child and would make a lovely keepsake!

The last ordering date for all UK order will be Friday 20th December 2014.

To order your personalised letter head over to the Lapland Mailroom Website and don't follow Santa Claus on Twitter for the countdown to Christmas.

Disclaimer: I have been send the 2 letters from the Lapland Mailroom for reviewing purposes, but all thoughts and opinions are mine.

21 October 2014

Dinner in Disguise with Miele

A couple of Sunday's ago we all went off to London and whilst the boys had fun at the Cinema Molly-May and me meet up with the lovely Ruth and Kip and their kids to have a "Dinner in Disguise" morning at the Miele Gallery in the heart of London.

In all honesty!  I am not a good cook! No that's a lie, i am a RUBBISH cook! 
I really would like to improve my cooking skills (any cookery classes going send them my way!) 
so my boys and MM can have something else then my short list of Mummy Dishes like Spag Bol, Lasagne, Spaghetti Carbonara and slow cooker chicken!!
But all is not lost!  
I am pretty decent Baker not to GBBO standard of course, but i can do a mean Marble cake!!
Coming from Germany i was already familiar of the Miele brand and there are quite a few Miele appliances in my parents house! but it was interesting to check out their brand new Miele Steam Oven Range and sample some healthy food!
Whilst we waited for the food we started off with decoration some cupcakes with a twist (they where coloured with beetroot!)

As a starter the Miele Chefs dished us up Brussels Sprout Croquettes with green pesto fresh out of the steam oven cooked in 20 minutes and they tasted very delicious so much so that i eat them before taking a picture to show you!
For our main we decorated our very own little pizza with a choice of cauliflower or beetroot base, i have to admit i was very sceptical with the beetroot base because i normally don't eat beetroot but i was more then pleasantly surprise that it was my favourite out of both! We also tried some meatballs with courgette and carrot spaghetti.
My finished mini pizzas before they headed into the Miele Steam Oven:
And because there is always room for desert we where all in agreement that the Avocado Chocolate Mouse was divine! Avocado & Chocolate  i hear you say?
Believe me it does work! This is the 2. time i tried it my cousin did make it a few month back for our Cousin Brunch when i went to Germany and don't ask me how but you can hardly taste the avocado and its such a healthy treat! 
I thought i share the receipt with you so you can try it out yourself:
At the end of the Event the Miele Team gave us a fabulous Goodies Bag full of receipts of all the dishes we have been served today as well as a cute Miele Toy hoover for Molly-May to help me keep my house clean. She is a little bit too small for it now so i put it away for her to enjoy next year!
And as a little treat for Mummy we received a box with a Surprise Lemon Drizzle Cake! 
I shared mine with the family when i got home and let them all have a guess what the secret ingredient was and non of them knew that the cake was actually baked with mashed potato!! 
But we where all in agreement that it was rather tasty and i have been asked to make it for the next family gathering!
And now i let you in on a little secret! The Miele Gallery in London has got some fabulous Creative Living Courses going on you can find some more details on their website
I personally would love to go on the Steam School Course to learn more about cooking with steam!
(Something for my Christmas Wish List Mr. C.??)
I know for a fact that once we finally moved from our flat into our own house that a Miele Steam oven is high on my must have list for my new kitchen!!!
Disclaimer: I have been invited to the Miele Gallery in London for the event but i have not been asked to write about it and all opinions and thoughts are my own.

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