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A Lost Weekend

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Maida Hill Market, Macaroons, Pub, Petit Aime, Slow walk…

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Bedroom tidying and drawer filling.

Wow. I recently had a whole weekend to myself while the kids went ‘Daddy Camping’ in Wales (4 dads, 8 kids gone feral). I literally didn’t know what to do with myself so I decided to do nothing. Well, all those nothings that you can’t really do with two kids in tow. First up, I met up with friends at the new Maida Hill Market for a long LEISURELY LUNCH of Masala Chips, Monster Burgers and WINE. Then I MOSEYED down to Ladbroke Grove where I had an entire CONVERSATION and drink in The Elgin with my brother, then I headed off to Portobello Market for a POTTER, then I went to my favourite kids shop Petit Aimé for a BROWSE and bought some cute pom-pom hair clips for the girls and those masks that I framed (see earlier post) and then I went home and tidied my bedroom and filled up my new old linen press that worked out MUCH cheaper than a fitted cupboard and then I went to SLEEP. After the novelty of the first few hours I missed them terribly and cried at their sunbeam faces when they got home. Soppy date as my mum would say. A well rested, re-charged soppy date though. Thanks Daddy Campers.

Today’s Purchase
Just popped into Topshop (work trip honest) and saw these dear little wired bows. Perfect for sharing with my girls! Kind of expensive at £10 for the set but they did get very good reports and so did I. I might have forged mine.
Not online as yet but def in the Oxford Street London Branch in plentiful supply. Apologies if you are not a Londoner.

Today’s Purchase

Just popped into Topshop (work trip honest) and saw these dear little wired bows. Perfect for sharing with my girls! Kind of expensive at £10 for the set but they did get very good reports and so did I. I might have forged mine.

Not online as yet but def in the Oxford Street London Branch in plentiful supply. Apologies if you are not a Londoner.

Best Swimwear for Kids

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Makini Print Surfsuit, £24, Monsoon, Makini Print Bikini, £12, Monsoon

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Striped Ruched Swimsuit age 2-10yrs , £34.50 (sale price), Rachel Riley

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Hotchpotch Swimsuit age 1.5-12yrs, £16-18, Boden

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Mexicana Swimsuit age 1-14yrs, £37, Sunuva 

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Mexicana Rash Vest age 1-14yrs, £38, Sunuva

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Striped ruffle swimsuit age 1.5-10yrs, £7.99, Next 

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Star Print Swimsuit ages 2-12yrs, £12-14, John Lewis,  image

Konfidence Aqua Swim Nappy (suitable for 3-30mth),£9.99, John Lewis

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Green Star Suit and Hat, age 3m-6yrs £17-£18, Next image

Solid Colour Swim Shorts 1.5-8 yrs, £2.99, H&M

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Swim shorts with Nappy age 0-3yrs, £14, Jojo Maman Bebe

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Surf Suit age 1.5-10yrs, £24-£28, Boden

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Bambino Mio Re-usable-Swim-Nappy age 6-12mth, £8.75, Mothercare

The Frozen DNA Pool
Every time I watch Frozen (I can count the times on ooh, 58 hands ) I  am driven to distraction trying to figure out who it is that Elsa reminds me of. I have finally cracked it!!! Or am I cracking up? 

The Frozen DNA Pool

Every time I watch Frozen (I can count the times on ooh, 58 hands ) I  am driven to distraction trying to figure out who it is that Elsa reminds me of. I have finally cracked it!!! Or am I cracking up? 

Framed it

I posted about these masks a while ago and said I’d like to frame them…so I did. The twinkly creatures leapt into my hands in a shop called Petit Aimé in Notting Hill  (why, oh why aren’t they on line?) and at four pounds each, I couldn’t resist them. Steelier bargain hunters out there can find them at Sister’s Guild for just £3.60 each. I used a floating Habitat frame I had lying about, et voila shiny sparkly cheap art! Just need to go back into the frame and snip the elastic ties off the masks now. Maybe a cup of tea first.

Dotty for this
If you’re looking for a quick nursery update these wall stickers could be the answer. Love the fondant colours against the grey and think they would pop even more against an even darker grey. Each dot is about 8cm in diameter and each pack contains three sheets with 72 dots in total at a cost of £29. Hmm, this is beginning to sound like a GCSE maths problem but don’t let that put you off.
Gelato Dots Re-usable Wall Stickers, £29.95, www.peanutandpip.com

Dotty for this

If you’re looking for a quick nursery update these wall stickers could be the answer. Love the fondant colours against the grey and think they would pop even more against an even darker grey. Each dot is about 8cm in diameter and each pack contains three sheets with 72 dots in total at a cost of £29. Hmm, this is beginning to sound like a GCSE maths problem but don’t let that put you off.

Gelato Dots Re-usable Wall Stickers, £29.95, www.peanutandpip.com

Come Up and See My Etchings…

Last week I was incredibly excited to attend one of lingerie label Triumph’s Women In Making workshops at their pop up store in Covent Garden. Triumph have been holding various talks and mini courses as part of their campaign to celebrate female entrepreneurs and creatives and I managed to squeeze onto Louise O’Keefe’s fashion illustration workshop which was fantastic as A) I am a big fashion illustration fan and B) I love a spot of drawing but haven’t done any for such a long time.

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The Student. Spot the rookie mistake. White shirt alert. (scuse the paint pots)

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The Venue: Maison Triumph, Monmouth Street, Covent Garden where you can get measured as part of the Triumph Stand up for Fit mission to properly fit 100,000 women and browse the new Triumph collections.

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The Tutor: Acclaimed fashion illustrator Louise O’Keefe

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Yes, that is meant to be Jem and The Holograms.

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The one that got away.

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Maison Triumph Medley featuring vintage Triumph stays and new gossamer peach bras from their latest collection.

Wow what a great afternoon of splodging paint, being bold with pastels and getting to use a dippy pen in black indian ink. I was quite pleased with my fashion sketches and one of the ladies at the table (quite mad) asked me if she could buy one. “Errrrrr, it’s OK you can just have it.” Not awkward. Not awkward. The best thing was that  I managed not to get anything down my white shirt until I drank a smoothie on the way home. No, scratch that, the best thing was that I’m definitely going to try my hand at some more art soon. Thanks for reminding me how much I enjoy a doodle!

Find out more about Triumph’s Women in Making Campaign here

NB:This was a sponsored post but I absolutely loved it!!! 

Just Some Nice Things I Would Quite Like…
1) Tortoiseshell Foldable Wayfarers, £125, Ray-Ban, ASOS 2) Spotty Dress, £34.99, H&M (OK, the jig is up, I have already bought this. Falls really nicely just past knee, dips at the back with slightly shorter, flirty length on both sides. Crepe type material. ) 3) Mini City Bag, £39.99, Zara 4) Lips in Infrared, £8.00, Topshop (obv need this to go with bag), 5) Pale Blue Slides, £75, Whistles, (have tried these on and they are super comfy - must find cheaper ones) 

Just Some Nice Things I Would Quite Like…

1) Tortoiseshell Foldable Wayfarers, £125, Ray-Ban, ASOS 2) Spotty Dress, £34.99, H&M (OK, the jig is up, I have already bought this. Falls really nicely just past knee, dips at the back with slightly shorter, flirty length on both sides. Crepe type material. ) 3) Mini City Bag, £39.99, Zara 4) Lips in Infrared, £8.00, Topshop (obv need this to go with bag), 5) Pale Blue Slides, £75, Whistles, (have tried these on and they are super comfy - must find cheaper ones) 

Best Day Out!

I’m a bit of a reading stories, doing drawings, making cakes and having picnics kind of a mum. Basically, low exertion activities are my speciality. Every now and then though I decide to put down my spatula or get off that sofa and do something less boring instead… (old people will get this Why Don’t You reference, young people can feel smug) When I was invited down to the the new Chelsea ClipnClimb centre I thought, yes, I am up for this challenge. 

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WOW! Step inside the kaleidoscope!

Then I saw the towering walls and the bum strap harness… I needn’t have worried.  It was brilliant. Not the bum poking through the harness bit - that looked stupid - but the kids absolutely loved the climbing (they keep asking me when we are going back) and even I got the hang of it after being coaxed down from three climbing walls by two very patient instructors. Initial fears of my kids and I plummeting to death were completely allayed when I found out that everyone is on a special automatic belay harness system (kind of like a seatbelt that gently lowers you to the ground) so that it is impossible to fall and every climber is well supervised. 

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Suitable for ages 4 upwards this is an activity for everyone and you can hire the climbing centre for kids parties (a friend of mine is doing a joint birthday party there) and even corporate events. There is another Clipn Climb in Exeter but this is such a brilliant concept that I am sure more are going to be springing up around the country soon. 

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The 8 year old preps for Mission Impossible 5 (that thing on the left is called the Vertical Drop slide. Children seem to like it)

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The ‘Leap of Faith’ is an optional extra which entails climbing the rigging, walking the plank and then leaping for the red handle. Not for me.

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Go on! You can do it! And then we all went to the clipnclimb cafe for a medicinal slice of cake.

Children ages 4-15 pay £14 peak time, £9 off peak
Ages 16+ pay £19 peak time, £14 off peak

clipnclimbchelsea.co.uk