Thursday, 12 January 2017

A Photo Every Hour - Saturday 17th December

So where did November and December go then? What happened to 2016? And how is my little baby going to be 1 whole year old in a fortnight?

I have no idea on any of those questions. Ho hum.

December's photo an hour though, needs a (long overdue) round-up. Saturday 17th December was the day - and here's what it looked like...


10am - Still asleep...


11am - Wide awake!


12pm - "Writing" Christmas cards


1pm - Off out for a walk into town.


2pm - Choosing peppers!


3pm - Finally finding 5 minutes to read an essential part of the festive season.


4pm - My contribution to that evening's Christmas party was a fruit platter, veg platter and a bowl of chicken pasta salad.


5pm - Fruit prep!


6pm - Ready to go.


7pm - Last minute wrapping for the party's secret Santa.


8pm - Festive selfie.


9pm - Playtime with Dad.


10pm - Christmas party games.

 
 
This time we had 16 lovely people joining in:
Janet from Someone, Somewhere joined in on Instagram, Twitter and on her blog
Alex from Odd Socks and Pretty Frocks joined in on Instagram and Twitter
Lucy from Lucy in the Clouds joined in on Instagram and Twitter
Hazel from World of Joy joined in on Instagram and Twitter
Bev from Confuzzledom joined in on Twitter and on her blog
Rebecca from Just Me joined in on Instagram
Jane from Is That You Darling joined in on Instagram
Amy from Fluffy Owl's Adventures joined in on Instagram
Rebecca from Writing, Fatshion, Me joined in on Instagram
Jennifer from Adventures in Pop Culture joined in on Instagram
Elizabeth from Lizzie Dripping joined in on Instagram
Rebecca from Halfway Home joined in on Instagram
Siobhan joined in on Instagram
Beemcv joined in on Instagram
Emily joined in on Instagram
And of course, myself here on this post, plus on Instagram and Twitter :-)


January's photo an hour is a date picked purely for selfish reasons - Sunday 29th January - the little one's first birthday party!

 
 
Also, check out what I was up to in...
December 2013

Saturday, 5 November 2016

A Photo Every Hour - Saturday 29th October

Hello! Been a bit awol over the last couple of months really - combine being busy, a 9 month old who doesn't take long naps any more, a mini holiday in September and then an internet service which decided not to work for 3 weeks (yep, thanks TalkTalk...) and here we are, the beginning of November and a pile of draft posts which surprisingly enough, didn't write themselves.

I still managed to do the monthly photo an hour challenges on Instagram though! October's date was Saturday 29th - here's what the day looked like...


8am - Waiting on a phone call from BBC Radio Bristol who were interviewing me about our IVF journey as part of National Fertility Awareness Week. If you fancy a listen, you can hear it online at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04bpgms about 2 hours and 10 minutes in).


9am - A bit of playing before breakfast.


10am - The healthy bit of breakfast (the fry up was after!)


11am - Still eating...


12pm - All that eating tired her out!


1pm - Still asleep and I'm a bit trapped but I'm getting on okay with my book.


2pm - Running out of pictures to take (this is a gorgeous new throw from Primark).


3pm - Awake now and full of energy.


4pm - Early dinner!


5pm - Off out on a bus to a local lantern parade.


6pm - Start of the lantern parade.


7pm - Pumpkins!


8pm - On the bus home.


9pm - Late night snack :-)



This month we had 19 lovely people joining in:
Sharon from Sunshine and Celandines joined in on InstagramTwitter and on her blog
Janet from Someone, Somewhere joined in on Instagram, Twitter and on her blog
Hazel from World of Joy joined in on InstagramTwitter and on her blog
Susie from Second Hand Susie joined in on Instagram and Twitter
Lucy from Lucy in the Clouds joined in on Instagram and Twitter
Ruth from Back to the Frugal joined in on Instagram and Twitter
Rosie from Life's Cup of Tea joined in on Instagram and Twitter
Bev from Confuzzledom joined in on her blog
Louise from 30 Days Wild joined in on Twitter
Kimmie joined in on Twitter
Beemcv joined in on Instagram
Vikki joined in on Instagram
Siobhan joined in on Instagram
Rebecca from Just Me joined in on Instagram
Amy from Fluffy Owl's Adventures joined in on Instagram
Jane from Is That You Darling joined in on Instagram
Tukru from Vampire Sushi joined in on Instagram
Rebecca from Rebecca McCormick's Authorial Blog joined in on Instagram
And of course, myself here on this post, plus on Instagram and Twitter :-)


Next month's photo an hour day will be in two weeks, on Saturday 19th November. Hope you can join in!

Also, check out what I was up to in...

Monday, 5 September 2016

Meal Plan Monday: 5th September 2016


Linking up with Dee's 'Meal Plan Monday'


This is what the week looks like food-wise...

Monday
Breakfast - A slice of cheesy spinach puff pastry tart (which I made on Sunday).
Lunch - Crumpets
Dinner - Sweet and sour pork Hong Kong style (from The Hairy Bikers 'Mums Know Best cookbook) with some chips on the side.

Tuesday
Breakfast - Banana wrap (a quick recipe I spotted on a baby led weaning forum on Facebook); spread a tortilla wrap with something sweet like Nutella (we used Lotus biscuit spread as it's dairy-free) and use it to wrap up a peeled banana. Cut into slices, stick under the grill for 30 seconds or so and then enjoy!
Lunch - Bread rolls with cheese and watermelon slices (#teething) for afters.
Dinner - Beef escalopes with kale mash, loads of veg and creamy gravy (loosely based on this recipe).

Wednesday
Breakfast - Carrot muffins (homemade a few weeks ago and in the freezer).
Lunch - Pizza muffins (based on a recipe from Gill Rapley's Baby Led Weaning Cookbook).
Dinner - Parsley-crumbed beef escalopes (we have a pack of 4 hence the two nights the same!) based on this recipe and served with chips, onion rings and tomato salsa.

Thursday
Breakfast - Cereal and a banana.
Lunch - We're heading out to Greenbank Pool (a 1930's lido 45 mins away) so we'll try and pick up some food out and about.
Dinner - Andrew's going to join us after work and then we'll probably go to Wetherspoons as they have a good dairy-free menu.

Friday
Breakfast - Andrew's having the day off work so we can have a family day trip to Weymouth; breakfast will be a fry up!
Lunch - Out and about in Weymouth somewhere.
Dinner - Same as above.

Saturday
Breakfast - Bacon and eggs kedgeree-style.
Lunch - Crumpets.
Dinner - Spanish chicken paella (from The Allergy-free Family Cookbook).

Sunday
Breakfast - Sausage and roasted onion sandwich.
Lunch - Crumpets (again - we seem to have a glut of them in the freezer and I kind of need to defrost it soon!)
Dinner - Chicken and veg kebabs (from The Allergy-free Family Cookbook).


Anyone planning on eating anything nice this week?
 

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Styling the Little One (31 weeks old)

What have we been up to this week?


Monday and Tuesday
Same as last week, we didn't do much so the days were just spent in a nappy.


Wednesday
We went out to a Sensory Heaven group at a local children's centre which sadly was the very last one as the centre have decided to stop running it. Instead, they're going to run a 'play & explore' group at a different time and at a centre that's several miles away. #notimpressed
Dress: Mothercare (3-6 months)
Mess in the background: Mother's own


Thursday
Baby Bounce & Rhyme at the library today.
Dress: Secondhand but originally Boden (3-6 months)
Tights: Lily and Dan at Aldi (3-6 months)


Friday
We didn't really do much today apart from going through her wardrobe to see what still fits and what she's grown out of.
Tshirt: TU at Sainsburys (3-6 months)
Trousers: Secondhand but originally Marks & Spencer (3-6 months)


Saturday
Big day today, Lily's first visit to a carnival!
Long-sleeved vest: Secondhand but originally Next (6-9 months)
Dress: Secondhand but originally Next (3-6 months)
Tights:Lily and Dan at Aldi (3-6 months)


Sunday
Lots of playing today and a little find first thing in the morning - a tooth!
Tshirt: Secondhand but originally George at Asda (0-3 months)
Dungarees: Secondhand but originally Marks & Spencer (3-6 months)


How's your week been?


Full credit goes to Helen from Treasure Every Moment - her 'week of style' post with daughter, Isabella inspired me to do the same with Lily :-)

Saturday, 3 September 2016

A Photo Every Hour - Saturday 27th August

August's photo an hour challenge fell on the 27th - the Saturday of the bank holiday weekend. Andrew was down at the Great Dorset Steam Fair all week with his lorry; me and Lily joined him for the weekend.

Here's what the day looked like...


7am - Someone decided that it was a good idea to start playtime early.


8am - A quick nip to the loos.


9am - Early morning stroll.


10am - Breakfast!


11am - Post-brekkie snack.


12pm - Waiting for the rain to pass.


1pm - Themed nappy for a transport rally (even if the vehicles on it are a bit modern).


2pm - Listening to one of the organs.


3pm - New toy purchased from one of the stalls.


4pm - Watching some of the displays whilst waiting for Andrew to take his lorry round the show ring.


5pm - Family selfie whilst Andrew's driving round the ring.


6pm - Alfresco dinner.


7pm - Time to pack dinner away.


8pm - Off out for a walk round the show.


9pm - Showman's engine wheel.


10pm - Evening engines at Great Dorset Steam Fair.


This month we had 22 lovely people joining in:

Lizzie from Lizzie Dripping joined in on Instagram, Twitter and her blog
Susie from Second Hand Susie joined in on Instagram, Twitter and her blog
Sharon from Sunshine and Celandines joined in on Instagram, Twitter and her blog
Amy from Fluffy Owl's Adventures joined in on Instagram and her blog
Hazel from World of Joy joined in on Instagram and Twitter
Char from T*rexes and Tiaras joined in on her blog
Bev from Confuzzledom joined in on her blog
Andrea from Fiction Burns joined in on her blog
Franca from Oranges and Apples joined in on Instagram
Charlotte from Discovering Charlotte joined in on Instagram
Jennifer from Adventures in Pop Culture joined in on Instagram
Jane from Is That You Darling joined in on Instagram
Rebecca from Just Me joined in on Instagram
Tukru from Kissakerho joined in on Instagram
Rebecca from Halfway Home joined in on Instagram
Liz from Distract Me Now Please joined in on Instagram
Jesamine joined in on Instagram
Siobhan joined in on Instagram
Vikki joined in on Instagram
Laura joined in on Instagram
Juniordrumkit joined in on Instagram
And of course, myself here on this post, plus on Instagram and Twitter :-)

  
Next month's photo an hour will be Saturday 24th September - we're off to one of the local carnivals so there might be a carnival float or two in next month's pictures!
 

Also, check out what I was up to in...
August 2015
August 2014

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