♡ Little bits ♡

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Anyone else's phone always full? I take so many photos and find it really hard to delete any. You know, just in case...

I completely adore Instagram and could happily while away a good few hours just browsing through my feed. Its jammed packed with colour, cuteness and beautiful family moments captured by the amazingly creative and inspiring people I follow.

If you follow me on Instagram you'll probably have seen these before (feel free to pop on over and find me!), but I wanted somewhere else to keep and look back on the little bits of life that sum up our every day. 



1. Ayden is starting to look so grown up. Less like a baby and more like a little boy. Slow down little man! 
2. Chai tea and cake. Basic survival, right there.
3. Excelling at mumdom - surely I deserve some sort of prize or something for this….!?
4. Baby blur. He's getting so quick on his feet now, I can barely catch a shot of him.
1. Two of my lovely boys enjoying a beautiful sunny afternoon at the beach 
2. We wandered a little further along the coast than usual to a quieter spot and had this beautiful cove pretty much to ourselves. 
3. My beach babies with their rock pool treasures.
4. Ayden is really starting to love the beach. Its lovely to watch him so excited by everything he sees.

♡ ♡ ♡

Sunny McHappy

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

That's me! This weather is absolutely glorious and I know a little man who is loving every minute of being outside.


We've spent the last few days making the most of our pre-summer sunshine - school fetes, walks on the beach, garden picnics, paddling pool splashing and a cheeky vino (or two!) on the village green with friends. 


Everything definitely looks better in the sunshine. 


What's your favourite thing to do when the sun has got his hat on?

Accidentally 'healthy' cookie recipe

Monday, 12 May 2014

I love baking and I'm not usually one to try and adapt recipes to make them healthier. If I'm baking cookies, lets face it, I'm after the real deal.

However, I recently found myself with a jar of almond butter and no bloody idea what to do with it. It wasn't as satisfying a replacement for peanut butter as I'd hoped, but I vaguely remembered seeing a recipe for almond butter choc chip cookies. A quick google later and I was hot-footing it to the kitchen.

Now I'm not going to pretend these are healthy. I saw exactly how many chocolate chips went into these bad boys. But, if you're looking for a *slightly* more virtuous, gluten free cookie option, I can vouch that these are the bee's knees. You really don't miss, or even notice the lack of flour. These are gooey, chewy cookie goodness at its best. Plus they're super easy to make. Win win I say.

Even the husband (who is as anti-gluten/dairy/sugar/salt free as you can get!) wolfed four of these within minutes and declared them my best cookie effort yet. Quite the compliment indeed ;)





Ingredients:

  • 1 large egg
  • 250g almond butter, at room temperature or cold
  • 90g light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 190g chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees and line two baking sheets with greaseproof paper.
Beat the egg in a medium-size bowl and add the almond butter, bicarbonate of soda and sugar. Mix until everything is well combined. Fold in the chocolate chips. 
That's it! Your cookie dough is done.
Your cookie dough balls should measure approximately 1.5 tablespoons each. Place them (six at a time) onto your prepared baking sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. 
When you take them out the cookies will look very soft, but fear not! Once they've been allowed to cool a little (10 mins on the tray, before you transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely) they'll be just perfect. 


Apparently almond butter is full of mono saturated fat which makes your skin glow and your hair shine. Well, that's enough reason for me to eat another cookie :)

My baby is one

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

This is my third or fourth attempt to write this post. For some reason I've been putting it off. Its almost as though writing it down makes it too real. Well, that and a serious lack of hours in the day lately. Anyone else think time is being sped up behind our backs…?

Waaah! My baby is one. One year old! How the bloody hell did that happen!?

I blinked and twelve months just went. Gone. This has been, without a shadow of a doubt, the fastest year ever.

But a completely wonderful year too. I feel completely blessed and so lucky to have my little family of wonderful people. And Ayden has been the cherry on top of our totally awesome cake.



This little man came into our lives and brought with him sunshine, giggles, a whirlwind of loveliness. I've seen another side to both of my older children - they adore him more than I could ever have imagined. I kept thinking the novelty would wear off a little and they'd become a bit bored of 'the baby thing'. But no. They completely idolise him. And he knows it :) They are the best big brother and sister I could have wished for.

We have a family tradition that on the morning of your birthday you come down to a display of gifts and balloons on the kitchen table. Here's Ayden's first ever birthday morning display.





We had a little tea party to celebrate Ayden's birthday. Nothing too crazy - just us and close family. It was perfect.

I went for a (very subtle) circus theme, which made for some great photos. Lots of colour, hot dogs, pom poms and cake. 


I found this amazing cardboard hotdog stand from a local party shop. I think it really made the table come alive and I was so pleased with how it looked.



I got the idea for these pretty little marshmallow treats from a lovely lady I follow on Instagram (@Kawaiigirl79 - go check her out, her photos are beautiful!) and they tasted even better than they looked.



Unfortunately I didn't get a picture of it, but I made a banner using a photo from each month of Ayden's life so far. This added a nice personal touch and was a cute alternative to bunting. I also decorated with a pom pom garland in circus-inspired colours from Peggy's Pom Poms. I absolutely love this and it now has pride of place in Ayden's room.



I loved the idea of a cake smash, having seen hundreds of ideas and photos on good old Pinterest. I decided to set up my own make-shift backdrop and attempt to get some photos at the end of the birthday party. It went surprisingly smoothly, Ayden (not surprisingly) loved the cake and I was really pleased with the photos. Plus everyone had a great time watching him demolish the cake!



We had a lovely day, surrounded by family, celebrating our beautiful one year old boy. I just hope the next year goes a little bit slower.