Last weekend saw the annual Christmas offering from the Ideal Home show team.
After having great fun at The Ideal Home Show in the summer we were really excited to head back for a taste of all things festive ahead of December arriving.
I’m always impressed with the ‘wow factor’ that hits you as you exit Earls Court station for one of the Ideal Home Show events – and being greaterdby Father Christmas, a snow machine and lots of Christmas trees certainly got us all excited for what we would find inside.
The show was packed, to be honest busy to the point of Read More →
It’s not very British to talk about money is it? It’s up there alongside politics and religion as the top three things not to converse about at a dinner party for sure!
But is that really the best way to live life? What damage can discussing money really cause? Yes bragging may be a little bad taste, and asking for proof of bank balances and incomes on a first date may not get you asked back for a second, but would being more open about our finances in general really be that bad of an idea?
Would it mean less debt, especially in the 18-25 age bracket? Allow freelancers and self-employed people to speak more freely about what rates they charge to keep their industry working off the same rate card? Encourage couples to be more open about their credit history before loans and mortgages are hard to come by.
Having spent the best part of 25 years sat next to my mother at Brisbane Rd watching our beloved O’s together it should come as no surprise that I don’t think that sporting events are a strange place to find woman and girls hanging out together. That said, I never did think the day would come that I would be seen heading to watch WWE live with a daughter of my own! Football yes, but grown men in pants pretending to want to beat each other up? Not so much!
But the day arrived and, with one very exited 5-year-old daughter and an even more excited 33-year-old friend, I headed to Wembley Arena for my very first experience of Wrestling! As soon as we got off the train you could feel the excitement in the air, these wrestling fans really take things very seriously. WWE themed clothing seamed very important, we must have stood out like a sore thumb in Read More →
Last week I headed into London to take a look at what one of my most favourite fashion retailers has to offer for SS15. The Boden SS15 preview show was one of my post eagerly anticipated press shows of the month – and I was certainly not disappointed.
Boden SS15 Preview
Full of prints and florals this was a glimpse of sunshine on a rainy day in town. Bringing the outside inside the Boden SS15 preview show was full of flowers spreading springtime joy, especially Bloom & Wild and their wonderful letterbox bouquets. Read More →
…this is how S ended her letter to Father Christmas this year. For some reason it really made me laugh! With her literacy skills flying at school I was really excited to let her loose with some of my treasured stationary and see what letter she could come up with all on her own.
I was a little worried as to what she may put down present wise without my supervision, but she knew that her and O could ask for just 5 things each so I trusted her judgement and allowed her some first steps towards independence.
I love food. Just as men think about sex every three seconds, I think about food! This is why I will never be thin.
Due to this love affair I am hater of food waste, I flat out refuse to throw anything away that could be eaten again. In addition to using up left-over’s saving us money on our shopping bills, I actually enjoy the challenge of deciding how best to use the previous night food to make lunch the next day.
Next month Baby Essex, aka O, turns Three. THREE! How is that even possible?? Time is flying by crazy fast.
Choosing birthday gifts for a second child, especially if they are the same gender as your first, is a very tricky project. A lot of what they love you already own and have passed down, and the additional toys they would like are noramlly a lot ‘older’ than they toys you would have bought your first born.
O’s wish-list consists of dollies, Barbies and Lego!
Being Three – A Big Girl’s Birthday List
Having an older sibling around can actually be a godsend at times like this, S has been my second-in-command on this project. Testing out the toys in question to make sure they’ll be suitable for O, and that they’re toys that’ll get played with again and again. She was quite the harsh toy critic! Read More →