Dressing up for Christmas day?…

Ever since I was a child, one of my favourite Christmas traditions is picking something nice to wear for the big day..my 7 year old self would excitedly pick a dress with some sort of velvet and sparkle, feeling a million dollars rocking up to grandmas to see what my cousins would be dressed smartly in.

That feeling has never left me although, dont get me wrong I am not talking full gown but if I wear jeans and a top, I try make sure I feel great in it and its not just one of my normal ‘go to’ ‘running around the house’ outfits. It goes for Sonny too, I like him to have something new on, smart yet comfortable enough to play in and yes it may only stay clean until 8am but its just a nice feeling to have your best attire on.

Luckily when I met Ian, I realised he shared a love of Christmas and followed traditions similarly which was a massive bonus point, I mean I couldn’t be with someone who didn’t get excited when the Coca cola advert popped on our screens. Its funny listening to other peoples take on traditions, its made me think…Why do we get all dressed up to simply sit in the house all day and eat delicious food?  Joey had the right idea with his ‘eating pants’ in the thanksgiving episode in Friends, much more comfortable clothing with expanding waist lines for the bottomless pit of Quality Street.

I’ve heard of some families wearing Pyjamas all day and if they are smart ones, you know festive Joules then I can totally see the appeal to that! One day I may go down that route but this year I will stick to what I know best and find something with some sparkle or christmas theme!

What do you all do?

Love Harriet x

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Podcasts…Late to the party

So I am 100% late to the party with this one but I have just discovered my love for Podcasts, I think its the fact that I can play them whilst carrying on with other things…I’m not good at sitting still and focusing at the moment, I think I just feel like my never ending job list wont let me take proper time out so a Podcast fits perfectly into the pace!

I thought I would share my favourite Podcasts that I’m listening to at the moment:

 

  • The High Low – Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes touch on a variety of current pop culture subjects from the ‘#Metoo’ campaign to chatting about the ‘Legacy of Playboy’ their Podcast is just like sitting with your girls mates and sharing opinions on a crazy range of subjects. Its light but not in an air head way!

 

  • Happy Mum Happy Baby- Giovanna Fletcher is by far one of my favourite mums (see my post which features her book here) I feel like when she talks she’s voicing all the same thoughts as me, I know we could be best friends! Gi’s  guests include Fearne Cotton, Rochelle Humes and Clemmie Hooper among other fantastic ‘celeb’ mums ohh and dad in the form of her husband Tom Fletcher – A must listen for any mums and dads who want some light relief and to know you are not alone in this parenting game!

 

  • The Girls guide to the galaxy – This is a fairly new Podcast hosted by Caggie Dunlop and Jennifer Jaden and so far has covered ‘Saying goodbye to Diets’ and ‘Your Inner Self critic’; what I really like about it is that both girls aren’t afraid to share their personal experiences and are willing to talk openly about the issues. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next!

 

  • Ted Talks daily – Everyone knows about Ted Talks on YouTube and this is just the Podcast version, I love TT because the episodes are so dramatically vast, covering every topic imaginable.  One minute you are listening to ‘3 Fears about Screen time for kids and why its not true’ to Ronald Sullivans ‘How I helped free innocent people from Prison’ I always feel way more educated after I have listened to an episode! I guarantee you will find something to suit you!

 

  • The Glossy Podcast – I particularly like this Podcast because it typically covers fashion and beauty brands but in the business sense, discussing the economic climate and how the industry has had to adapt accordingly. I really liked the Rachel Zoe episode and have the Phil Picardi one ready on my unplayed list!

 

My unplayed list as you can imagine is building rapidly and I have yet to listen to Breaking Beauty Podcast, Bryony Gordons Mad World and The Mothering Kind so I will report back once I have given them a go…

Let me know if you have any favourites that I need to check out!

Love Harriet x

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Making Ginger bread….

I’m not sure why but I am feeling festive so much earlier this year, the excitement waves keep hitting me and the diary is rapidly getting booked up with Christmas parties and events; I’m almost a little scared that this spirit needs to stay put for quiet a while until the end of December!

A couple weeks ago I had an itch to cook up some ginger bread biscuits and haven’t stopped making them ever since, so I thought I’d share this simple recipe in case anyone wants to whip up a batch and get those lovely festive baking smells filling the house!

Also I did let Sonny get involved when making some Halloween skeleton men something that if you read my last post you’ll know is a big step…..it was an easy mum/toddler baking experience following these instructions….

Ingredients

  • 150g Muscovado sugar
  • 150g unsalted butter
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3 tbs golden syrup
  • 400g plain flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Nutmeg
  • 4 tsp Ginger

Method

  • Pre heat the oven to 180 and line some baking trays with parchment
  • Cream the butter and sugar together
  • Add the eggs and the syrup and mix well to combine
  • Add in the dry ingredients and with a wooden spoon mix well to form a delicious dough
  • Flour your surface and roll out the dough in sections ready to cut your biscuit shapes
  • Pop in the oven for 10 minutes, leave to cool before icing as desired

You can have loads of fun cutting shapes and creating a twist on the ol’ ginger bread man classic!

Enjoy

Love Harriet x

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Being a Yes mum…

I love arts, I love crafting but I don’t really love doing it with a toddler.

I realise that messy play is so vital and amazing for a childs development and such a fantastic way to allow them to express themselves but once that first paint pot is tipped over and crayon is all over the wooden dining table my heart sinks a little, its not that fun for me anymore and I can feel my stress levels rising!

I am having an internal battle, I really don’t want to be a mum that’s shadowing their child, cloth in hand, wiping up the crumbs, mud and marks but I also cant shake off my ‘I like things neat and organsied personality’ so I am trying to adapt and meet in the middle.

Paint is for nursery or toddler groups but crayons and colouring pencils (under supervision) can be for home. Playdough is cool but one colour at a time, I mean why would you mix up the colours??!

Water play fine but lets cover the area in towels first. Glitter ohhh haven’t got to that yet but I feel a firm NO not at home coming on!

Baking, tricky as if you read my blog you know I love to bake and you’ll know that its my therapy so that’s something I need to find middle ground on, perhaps we’ll start with crispy cakes and not expect a 3 tier Vicky sponge just yet but for now baby steps as that’s my thing!

Something that I am not a party pooper about is outdoor play. Mud and puddles are no problem, I love being outside, fresh air really is needed for us all plus Sonny can be entertained for ages with a toy digger, dumper and pile of stones, clothes can be washed and hands will be clean after.    Recently we went to one of our favourite parks to be greeted with a massive puddle, what did my 2 year old do??…jump in it of course! Cue the looks of 2 families wearing what looked like their best clothes giving me horrified glances! The wellies were on and spare clothes in the car so what’s the point in spending an hour trying to run and pull Sonny away from the puddle, getting myself into a stressed sweaty mess when Ian and I could stand back and see how happy walking through a puddle over and over again made him?!

Saying Yes carry on, have fun and not worrying about the mess and clean up operation after felt really good. My challenge is to be more of a ‘Yes’ mum, I will practice more and more on the crafty side so you never know there maybe hope for some glitter yet?

Love Harriet x

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Why does an orange ‘autumnal’ eye shadow make me look like I’ve been punched in the eye?

Switching up the light pink lipsticks and the nude eyeshadow for an autumnal-hue-eye look is OH SO appealing right now,  a step into a different season with a little change in the wardrobe so why not a little re-evaluation on the make up side?

Problem is, the on trend orange/ dark brown/ dark pink eye looks amazing on everyone else, I mean Zoella is the queen of this look and Scarlett Johansson rocks it effortlessly but on me it looks like I have either been a victim of a punch or kept up all night resulting in a red sore eyes?

I know at least in Scarlett’s case a make up artist has spent ages seamlessly blending, layering and using expert techniques to get this look just right but for me, I think it proves that I should stick to what I know, a flick of liner, a fresh complexion and when I remember a slick of lippie but that doesn’t mean I cant Pinterest my favourite autumn make up looks in the hope that one day I can master the look worthy of an Anastasia BH pallet.

I think this is just going to have to be an autumn trend I let pass, for now I will stick to my Berry lip where I feel safe, secure and have blogged previously here

Let me know if you have mastered this look, I will keep practising!

Love Harriet x

 

 

 

Love Harriet x

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