sunday.photo.2.11.14This picture was taken by my husband on his phone when he wondered up to the bedroom and found us (well me) having a sneaky afternoon nap (Lili was supposed to be napping). I had no idea he’d taken it until that evening, when he passed me his phone. I think he’s captured a moment in time with this picture, a perfect, special moment. And it’s now one of my favourite photos.

The baby inside this impressive bump is now two and is living up to her name – becoming a little star!

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I’ve spent the last few weeks searching for a winter coat for Poppy. I knew the type of coat I wanted for her, something simple and warm, ideally a soft, navy duffle coat with a hood. And I’ve just found the perfect coat in John Lewis

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John Lewis – £38-£40

I love the simplicity and classic styling of this coat and teamed with this cute red beanie hat from Next, I know she’ll be warm and stylish during the cold winter months ahead!

hatNext – £5.50

 

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I’ve just been talking to my 4 year old about writing a letter to Santa and how it’s important to make a list, so he knows what to get her. This got me thinking of my own list at her age. What were the must-have toys of the eighties? What were the toys I circled in our copy of the Argos catalogue every year? Here’s what I came up with…

1) A Care Bear – I saw the Care Bear movie at our local cinema and remember being obsessed by the cuddly toys. It had to be the pink one with a heart, not the brown one!

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2) Teddy Ruxpin – The amazing and original talking bear. I never got one and remember being very jealous of my friend who did.

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3) Mr Frosty – I wanted one of these for years and had it on my list every Christmas. What a disappointment when I finally got one! The most unchild-friendly contraption ever!

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4) A Rainbow Brite Doll – I was mad about this brightly coloured doll! And remember watching the animated series on TV. They should bring this back!

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5) Jem and the Holograms Dolls – I loved the cartoon version of this too and was obsessed with the dolls, especially Jem and her special earrings that lit up. Jem was is a girl band called the Holograms and they had a rival band called the Misfits (who were evil).

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6) A Play-Doh Barber Set – Good old Play Doh is still going strong but this was my childhood version of the Magic Swirl Ice Cream Shoppe!

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7) A My Little Pony – I really wanted the pink one. Although, ended up with an orange one with apples on the side. I think he was called Apple Jack.

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8) A Cabbage Patch Kid – This was another annual request! It was a big disappointment every year when Santa didn’t deliver on this one. Turns out my mum didn’t like them and decided that it wasn’t going to happen. I still feel slightly deprived by this.

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9) A Fashion Wheel – I genially thought I was going to be a fashion designer after I got this genius toy. Can you still get them? Might look this up for my daughter.

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10) A Sindy House – Yes it was Sindy back then. Where is she now? She was the British rival to Barbie and had a slightly fuller figure. Her house was epic!

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11) The Fisher Price Adjustable Skates – Another big childhood disappointment, they were just unusable. I then got a pair of navy roller boots with a rainbow up the side, which were much better.

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12) A Glow Worm – Not like the ones you can get now, these were green and substantial. I loved this toy so much!

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Other favourites were Pound Puppies, Sweet Secrets, a Speak ‘n Spell, a Rubik’s Magic (not the cube, although we did have one of those too) and Keypers. Can you remember any of these or have some more of your own?

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This is one of my favourite pictures and is now over two years old. It was taken on my bed a few mornings after we brought Poppy home from the hospital. I love the way they’re looking at each other so intensely, just getting to know one another with no words or contact, just a look.

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On Sunday my 4 year old daughter broke her ankle, which means she’s missed the last week of school. She’s been so brave, despite being in pain and missing her friends. So to cheer her up, I decided to organise a little end of half term party for her and her school friends.

After spending a few hours on Pinterest, I’d found some great party food ideas and felt inspired to go with a Halloween theme. So last night I popped out to our local grocery shop and picked up some jelly, chocolate, custard, cakes, tangerines and some snake shapes sweets. Here’s what we ended up with…

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The final set table…

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Love this simple idea using a permanent marker and tangerines.

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You can’t go too far wrong with jelly, chocolate custard and sweets!

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Cup cakes are always a firm favourite, especially dressed up with snake sweets.

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Keeping to the Halloween colours and theme.

As you can see from the pictures above, I also had a very stylish ‘Halloween Party Kit’, which I’d been sent by FeatherGrey.co.uk. Feather Grey is an online party shop, specialising in exclusive designer invitations, tableware, accessories and personalised party gifts. They sent me their new Halloween Kit (£15.95) and twelve Dessert Pots (75p each), which is what I used in the above pictures. The products are all of the highest quality and the designs are really lovely. I especially loved the dessert pots, they really made an impact on the table and I know I’ll be using them again and again.

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Keeping to the Halloween colours, I decided to half fill these pots with orange jelly and top them up with chocolate custard. I made chocolate custard by melting 100g of dark chocolate with a can of ready made custard – easy and delicious! In the other pots I had strawberry jelly with snake sweets wriggling out from the sides.

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These two had a great time and loved their Tesco costumes. Poppy was a little devil and Lili (with a poorly foot) was a glamorous witch.

Disclaimer: I was not paid for this review, I honestly believe in the Feather Grey products and would highly recommend their range. They also have a selection of other themes for girls, boys and adult parties.

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