As some of you may have noticed, my social media channels and blog have been barren for content over the last 6 weeks. The truth is I needed a bit a break to catch up on life and just generally refuel and refresh. In about a month’s time I will be back at work full-time, and whilst excited to go an do adult-things again (hot tea and a leisurely lunch for one, using my brain to do some engineering for another) I’m obviously not looking forward to leaving Little Mister at nursery. I think the breaks done me good; I’d been a bit tough on myself with my expectations on how much I would post, which zapped the fun out for me so I’m coming back now into this feeling refreshed. To ease me back into writing, I thought I’d do a little update post on some of the shenanigans and hijinks we’ve partaken in.Continue reading

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2016 has just flown by, and I’ve loved every minute of it. This last year  was certainly life-changing with the arrival of Little Mister, and even though 2017 is well underway I didn’t want to get much further without do a piece on a few of the highlights of the last 12 months.Continue reading

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This weekend we’ve been getting into the Halloween Spirit and burning off some creative energy with Pumpkin Carving. A year ago we announced on Facebook we were expecting using a picture of a bunch of pumpkins, so it was only fitting we re-enacted with our own little pumpkin…

The last few years have sought a tradition of popping down to the farmers market, picking up ridiculously large pumpkin-y beasts and printing out an over-ambitious template from the internet to recreate on our fruit. Yesterday evening was a very chilled one, sipping Banana Bread Ale to Strictly Come Dancing whilst easing out small sections of pumpkin flesh. I opted for 2 this year; a simple Bowser to warm up my carving skills, followed with an intricate Ghostbuster silhouette. My partner went for the eye of Sauron complete with elvish inscriptions. In true me style, I forgot to get my stencils printed off so had to improvise with tracing paper over my PC monitor. Luckily, no permanent sharpie marks have made it onto my screen.

So here we are, the finished products of 3 hours hollowing, hollering, swearing, crying and carving!

Pumpking Carving: Eye of Sauron, Ghostbusters Team and Bowser

Eye of Sauron, Ghostbusters Team and Bowser!

Pumpkin Eye of Sauron

Spooky

Pumpkin Carving Bowser Mario

More Cute than Scary

Pumpkin Carving Ghostbusters

I’m proud with how this one came out, so stressful doing those teeth though!

In past years, we’ve gone with the Cookie Monster, Minions and the Nightmare before Christmas. I’m not sure I can take the pressure of trying to do something even more intricate next year, but I’m sure we’ll forget by then and give it a go anyway…

Pumpkin Carving Nightmare before Christmas Oogie Boogie Jack

Pumpkins 2015: The nightmare before Christmas

Pumpkin Carving Minions Gru Despicable Me Cookie Monster

Pumpkins 2014: Cookie Monster and Minions

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With time whizzing by, I’ve definitely become more conscious of capturing all those special milestones and moments that my Little Mister has been growing through. Whilst his memory book is still waiting to be filled in, I have been taking plenty of pictures so definitely have lots of reference points for when I have a free hour (ha!) and a hot cuppa (haha!) to sit and catch up. I’ve also been very good with getting photos printed as they come, with lots of bargains had using groupon (like 100 snapfish photos for £1 and 100 truprint photos for £1), and have actually started sticking them into some sort of album…

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It’s been over 4 months since little mister has arrived (somehow!). This leads me to something I’ve been dreading, something that I’ve been putting off for a few months now… the post-pregnancy diet. I’ve never been one to stick to a diet; the initial enthusiasm quickly wanes once my wine and chocolate have been taken away and end in a mega-binge that usually leaves me bigger and less athletic than before. Past exercise regimes have suffered a similar fate, with couch to 5k ending after 4 weeks because “it looked a bit rainy out”, badminton ending as “we’d be better off investing in equipment to work out from home” and the exercise bike at home ending as it had too many coats hanging off it. My weight has always yo-yo’d, but in recent years has been much harder to lose. Having hit my pre-pregnancy weight months ago to then gain even more weight since, I felt compelled to make the change. This time I have a very good incentive to get fitter (my little mister, and my future wedding), and maternity leave is a great time to form these new habits, away from the allure of office cakes and vending machines.

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Time has slipped away at a crazy pace this week, and I’ve not been able to update as quickly as I’d of liked! We have been on holiday to my home-land (sunny sunny Kernow), and the week before has all been rather hectic. Some of this chaos came from packing. Firstly, packing whilst you’re crippled up with hay fever sucks! Sneezing between every other item going into a bag makes it really hard to keep track of what’s going down. Secondly, packing whilst entertaining a little one is really hard work. Playing is waayyyyyyy more fun than packing,  And thirdly, little people need so much stuff! We’re only off for a week but it looks like we’ve left home…

 

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