The Ordinary Moments | running for me

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

I'm not a natural runner. Far from it. I have to force myself to do it. Usually it's the very last thing I want to do. Plus, I'm fairly sure I run like Phoebe Buffay. 

But I've grown to love it. (I say that with some caution, as it's subject to change at any given moment.) 

I started the year with intention. Running a few times a wee. Every week. I found myself getting fitter and in better shape. Then, for no good reason, I stopped.

Last week, after a particularly boisterous bath/bed routine, I decided to get outside for some fresh air. Instead of walking, I dug out my running kit and just went. And it felt great.

Yes, my legs felt like lead. I didn't even attempt to time or measure distance. I ran to the beach, stopped for some water and spent a few minutes looking out at this...

I don't often take a moment for myself. At least not outside of the house. It felt really good. Good to have a few minutes of peace. Good to breathe the fresh air and look out at the sea, without having to watch out for the kids.

I didn't stay long. But it was enough. Enough to reboot, get some perspective and feel like I'd had some time for me.

I still had to bloody run back though!

MONDAY MINUTE | What's in my bag?

Monday, 29 June 2015

I've wanted to get back into making YouTube videos for a while. I made a few last year and really enjoyed learning a new skill. 

I've decided to ease myself in gently with a series of Monday Minute videos. Although, it takes a surprisingly long time to film and edit a one (and a bit) minute video!

Anyway if you're nosey like me, feel free to pop over and have a snoop inside my handbag. I'd really appreciate any feedback and new subscribers. Also, please let me know if you have a YouTube channel so I can go check it out :)

Meal planning #3

There's a lot of chicken planned for our meals this week. Mostly because I have some in the freezer that I keep meaning to use up. Also, my friend told me about Rice Krispie chicken and I have to try it. She makes it for her son and apparently it's too good just for kids. I'll report back.

So here's this week's meals. What do you have planned?

✚ Chicken and broccoli penne alfredo
✚ Sweet potato and black bean quesedillas, with roasted brussel sprouts and feta
✚ Rice Krispie chicken, salad and jacket potatoes
✚ Homemade cod and bacon fishcakes, with tenderstem broccoli  
✚ Red thai salmon fillets, with quinoa and salad
✚ Tuna nicoise salad, with asparagus and sweet potato
✚ Hot dogs and s'mores on the beach (got to make the most of this heat wave!)

♡ Little bits #28 ♡

Sunday, 28 June 2015

1. Need more photos of this hottie on my blog and instagram feed. I'm a lucky lady :)
2. My favourite breakfast at the moment - PB&J baked oatmeal. Yum.
3. Out for a sunny stroll with the owner of these cute leggies.
4. Styling my baby boy for summer in one of our favourite brands.

5. Getting back into running. One slow, sweaty jog at a time.
6. Fisher Price, Monchichi and characters from my childhood. We're loving retro toys at the moment.
7. Well, this a bit nice. Not as nice as an actual cherry bakewell obvs, but as green tea goes...
8. Taking a selfie with a toddler. Challenging.

9. A bucket of G&T? Oh, go on then.
10. Enjoying a Sunday morning beach run.
11. Family, food and fun in the sunshine. Oh Sunday... you're perfect. 
12. Finishing the week off with a cookies and cream milkshake. Surely it doesn't get better than that.

Friday 5 | retro toys

Friday, 26 June 2015

Our favourite retro toys

With three children between the ages of 2 and 8, we've tested a mountain of toys in this house. There are very few that get played with repeatedly. Lego, the toy kitchen and their favourite cuddly toys have been great purchases, played with again and again. Everything else is pretty fleeting.

So, here we are, surrounded by a truckload of plastic piff that hardly ever gets used. I'd chose the more classic toys any day of the week and have been trying to make better choices for birthdays and Christmas. Wooden toys, toys with a retro design, classic brands and characters that have stood the test of time. These are some of our favourites so far.


Monchichi. I remember my Monchichi monkey so well. My parents bought him for me when we were on holiday in Majorca and I loved him so much. I knew Meryn would adore them too so, when I spotted them on Amazon, it didn't take much to twist my arm. He quickly became her favourite toy and goes everywhere with her. 

Fisher Price classics till

Fisher Price Classics till. This was a huge hit on Ayden's second birthday and all three of my children sat down to play with it. The chunky coins are just the right size for little hands and the mechanics are easy to operate. The coins can either drop into the cash register drawer, or roll down the ramp, depending on which button you press. We play shop with this most days.  

Janod magnetic rocket

Janod Rocket. This little wooden toy was first sold in 1970 and still seems to appeal to parents and their children. As soon as I saw it, I knew Ayden would love one. It's a magnetic stacking toy, so great for developing motor skills and problem solving when they're little. It's really cute to look at and would make a lovely gift for a new baby or first birthday. 

Fisher Price Classics pull-along milk truck

Fisher Price Classics pull-along milk truck. Another great toy from the Fisher Price Classics range. Ayden loves to drag things along behind him; toys, sofa cushions, hoover attachments... you name it. Not only is this a fun toy to play with, it looks great too. Definitely one I'm happy to leave out on display.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Ok, so this isn't technically a 'retro' pick, but I love seeing some of my childhood favourites brought back for my children to enjoy. Our collection of turtles are some of the only plastic figures that get played with on a daily basis. Both my boys love them and, with six years age difference, it just goes to show that the classics appeal to all ages. 

Anyone else heard a rumour that Rainbow Brite and Jem are making a come back shortly? Is it wrong that I'm ridiculously excited about that!?

Summer stylin' | the toddler edit

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Nununu outfit, Zara sandals, H&M hat
T-shirt and shorts: Nununu, from Quinn & Pip, hat: H&M, Sandals: Zara

The days of refreshing my wardrobe for summer are long gone. I've dug out my trusty denim cut-offs from last year and that's fine by me. 

My kids on the other hand, thanks to growth spurts and my inability to resist a cute outfit, have quite the summer capsule wardrobe going on.

My current favourite for Ayden is comfortable, stylish and perfect for playtime. I've mentioned that we're big Nununu fans before. The brand is all about personality, style and great quality, which works perfectly for us.

The shorts are pretty long, almost like cut-off trousers, which means they'll be useful in the slightly cooler weather too. They look great with the little sandals from Zara. Throw in a cool hat and some animal figures... we're good to go.

Baby to boy

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Just thinking about this breaks my heart a little bit. Silly, I know.

"I do it, mummy. I do slide." 

And off he goes. Down the slide.

The smallest thing. The biggest step. My baby boy finding his way. His independence. Turning down my offer of a hand, so he can do it himself.

You'd think, by baby number three, I'd be ready for this. Braced for the bittersweet, heart wrenching, pride and sadness that comes with each new step towards independence. But nope. It's just as bloody hard. If not harder.

Don't get me wrong. I love the little man he is becoming. He is funnier and more loving by the day. He's a proper little human now, that can talk and everything. We have great fun together. Just like his big brother and sister, who are every bit as awesome. But god, it's hard to watch sometimes.

It kind of sneaks up on you doesn't it? Even though you didn't go anywhere, or turn your back. Suddenly, your first baby is eight years old and has a crush on a girl in his class.

So, I need to get a move on inventing that time travel machine. I don't want to change the present. It's perfect, just as it is. All I want to do is nip back every now and then to remember all three of my babies as just that. Babies. 

Then I'll jump back in my DeLorean, just in time to catch my little boy at the bottom of the slide. 

Brilliant blog posts on

My perfect breakfast | PB&J baked oatmeal

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

It took me a while to come around to the idea of peanut butter and jam / fruit together. One day I took a deep breath and went for it. Now I'm obsessed. America has got it right, for sure.

This is my take on a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but in breakfast form. And not a sandwich. But you get the gist.

This is, by far, the breakfast I make most often. It's quick to prepare, tastes amazing and keeps me full for hours. 

Porridge oats
Baking powder
White chocolate chips
Peanut butter
Almond milk
Flaked almonds

Grease an ovenproof bowl and preheat your oven to 180 degrees. Add your porridge oats to the bowl. I find a small cup of oats makes the perfect amount for me, but use the amount that works for you. Add a pinch of baking powder (1/4 of a tsp roughly) and stir into the oats, followed by the raspberries, white chocolate chips (to taste) and enough almond milk to cover the oats. Top with a few dollops of peanut butter (I stir them in a little bit) and the flaked almonds. Pop in the oven for 20 mins. If you're feeling wild, you could add a few more chocolate chips to the top when it comes out of the oven.

Something about the salty peanut butter, with the tartness of the raspberries and sweet chocolate chips just works. What toppings do you add to your porridge?

♡ Little bits #27 ♡

Monday, 22 June 2015

Little bits of our life

1. Beach treasure hunting. She mostly found cuttle fish bones (which are the inner spiney-thing of a bloody squid! I never knew this. Ew.) and seaweed, but she couldn't be happier.
2. Something about watermelon makes me very happy.
3. Meal planning again. It's going well so far and I'm actually sticking to it. Yay me!
4. This little face! I could squish it!

Little bits of our life

5. Distracting myself from the fact that Dylan is on a (far too long, in my opinion) coach journey for his school trip by playing with this little pickle in the park. Turns out, I needed sun screen for our hour in the park that morning. Ouch.
6. Gearing myself up to get back out there by compiling my ultimate 'rock + run' playlist
7. Waking me up with a smile :)
8. This was a good lunch day.

Little bits of our life

9. Chief sports day spectator.
10. A very merry unbirthday to me. Turns out these taste very little of birthday cake and a lot like your bog standard M&Ms. Very tasty nonetheless.
11. Talking all things happy in celebration of the finest day of the week.
12. Remembering my wonderful dad on Father's Day. He was the greatest.

The Ordinary Moments | an extraordinary man

Sunday, 21 June 2015

The Ordinary Moments | an extraordinary man

This was a completely ordinary moment. Just three people sitting on a bench. My dad, my niece and my husband. What made it extraordinary is that it was taken the day after my wedding in New York.

I took this photo without any thought or composition, but it's one of my favourites.

We'd spent the afternoon wandering around Greenwich Village; people watching, drinking coffee and eating cupcakes from The Hummingbird Bakery. It was the perfect day with my favourite people.

Nine years on and my dad isn't with us anymore. People say it gets easier with time. It doesn't really. The bad days are further apart than they were at first, but no less painful. 

So, for a moment, I just want to dedicate this little space of the internet to him. My dad. Byron. A wonderful, funny, generous, kind, brave, talented, warm and extraordinary man. He is hugely missed and always will be. 

Happy Father's Day dad.

Happy Friday | a few of my happy things

Friday, 19 June 2015


The sun is shining. It's Friday. I'm happy.

It's funny how, the older I get, the more I find happiness in the smallest things. These are a few of the things that make me smile:

✚ Fresh flowers on the kitchen table. Especially if they're the perfect shade of lilacy-powder blue.
✚ Cider apple ice lollies.
✚ My husband. He's hilarious and just the best.
✚ Waking up to a cloudless, bright, sunny day.
✚ Ayden putting both his little hands on my face at bedtime and saying "My baby mummy". He follows that by saying "green potato"; we're not sure why.
✚ Loud music on a Sunday afternoon.
✚ A tidy house. Pah. Who am I kidding!?
✚ Hearing my babies playing and laughing together (as opposed to trying to throttle each other).
✚ The gap between Dylan's two front teeth and the way it makes him lisp.
✚ Cuddles.
✚ Having major giggle fits with Meryn. We have exactly the same sense of humour. She cracks me up.
✚ Netflix.
✚ A glass of red wine at the end of the day. Ok, two. Who's counting.

What makes you happy?

3 things | the chill edit

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Headspace app

We all have days where we need a little something to help take the edge off. There are three things that are guaranteed to chill me out if I'm feeling a bit frazzled. I haven't included wine, because that goes without saying. Obviously.

Walk. There are days when I'm feeling a bit lazy and can't be bothered to go anywhere, but you can bet that by the end of the day I'll be feeling irritable. I've realised that even a short walk around the block makes me feel so much better; particularly if I walk past the sea. Something about the fresh sea air and stretching my legs just calms my mind and makes me happy.

Meditate. I seem to struggle with prioritising things, unless I make lists and organise myself. I thought meditation might help my to organise my mind and I like the idea of being more focussed and productive. I discovered the Headspace app a while ago and found it really good. The style is very relaxed and informal. Nothing cheesy about it at all. Just matter of fact relaxation and mindfulness techniques that make meditation a bit more accessible. The Calm app is another good one. It allows you to chose a background sound (rain, flowing water etc) which I quite like and you can choose how long you want your session to last, from 2 to 20 minutes, which helps if I haven't got a lot of time to spare.

Spikes. Bear with me on this one. I haven't gone all '50 shades' on you, I promise. I was sceptical at first. My husband thought I'd lost it. He still does, truth be told. But I spotted an acupressure mat while wandering around Tiger a few months back. It was under £10 so I thought I'd give it a go. I'd heard about these Bed of Nails mats before, but didn't want to spend £50 on one. Good job I didn't because this version works brilliantly. Basically it's a mat covered in hundreds of tiny spikes which work in a similar way to acupuncture needles, helping release endorphins and oyxtocin, to help you stay calm and relaxed. I can't guarantee it would do anything for you (my husband hated every second), but it works wonders for me.

Rock + run playlist | Kate +

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Running playlist

There's no two ways about it. I've been slacking. After a pretty impressive (for me) start in the new year, I have been successful in finding every excuse in the book as to why I can't run as regularly any more. 

I'm really cross with myself about it, because I was doing so well. I was much fitter, noticing real physical and psychological benefits. And, even more strange, actually enjoying it.

Now the days are longer and the weather is better, I really have no excuse. It's time to dust off those running shoes, charge up the iPod and get back out there.

A few months ago I put together a playlist of rock tracks that really works for me. It's just the right length for the days I want to push myself, a great balance of classic tracks that make me want to do a little air punch mid-run (seriously, I have done that once!), plus a couple of more chilled out tracks in the middle followed by some belters to get me going when I'm starting to flag.

If rock music is your thing, you might find this useful too.

What music do you like to workout to?

An easy mezze platter

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

An easy mezze platter

I don't think mezze is actually the correct term for this collection of dishes, but I couldn't think of another word that encapsulated them all together... all suggestions gratefully received :)

I made this last week, partly because I wasn't in the mood for one large meal but also taking inspiration from my new favourite food blog Manu's Kitchen. If you're a fan of easy, healthy, seasonal and tasty dishes, check it out. You won't be disappointed.

The result was so tasty, super healthy and ridiculously easy to put together. It's one to bust out if you want to look like you've tried really hard, when in actual fact you only had a few minutes spare to chuck it all together.

There may be some bits you'd prefer to leave out. You might want to add your own accompaniments. It's entirely up to you. This combination worked really well for me, but I might try adding some glazed salmon to the mix next time. Mix it up a bit.

Charred cauliflower

Charred cauliflower. To make life really easy you could use ready floretted (is that a word?) cauliflower. I couldn't find this so, once I'd prepped the cauli, just thinly sliced some of the florets and quartered the others. Spread them in a single layer over a foil-lined baking tray, drizzle with olive oil, the juice of half a lemon, then sprinkle with some garlic salt, sea salt and black pepper. Chuck in a pre-heated oven at 180 and roast for approx 40 mins. I take it out when it's started to crisp up and looks nice and charred at the edges. It's truly delicious. 

Quinoa salad, with pomegranate, chicken and toasted flaked almonds

Quinoa salad, with pomegranate, toasted almonds, feta and chargrilled chicken. I used some ready-cooked red and white quinoa, which I mixed with approx 100g pomegranate seeds (you can buy these ready removed, which makes life much easier), two sliced spring onions, a tin of chickpeas, cubed feta and toasted flaked almonds. I mixed this through with the juice of a lemon, sea salt and cracked black pepper and a tsp of sugar. Top with the sliced cooked chicken and serve.

Tenderstem broccoli, with crispy prosciutto and honey mustard dressing

Tenderstem broccoli with crispy prosciutto and honey mustard dressing. Boil or steam your broccoli for 5 mins, drain and add to a heatproof dish. Arrange slices of prosciutto on top and place under a preheated grill until the prosciutto starts to crisp. Remove from grill and drizzle with a honey mustard dressing. 

I served the dishes with some garlic stuffed green olives, sliced avocado, chopped red, yellow and green cherry tomatoes and toasted pitta with houmous and tzatziki. 

This kind of food is right up my street. Healthy, full of flavour and a strong possibility of leftovers for the following day. Perfect.

Meal planning #2

Monday, 15 June 2015

Meal planning

I'm just going to skirt over the issue that my last 'weekly' meal plan post was the best part of a month ago and pretend that all is as it should be. Ok? Great :)

This week's meal plan is designed to use up some of the meat and fish in my freezer. I can barely close the drawers at the moment, so I need to use things up and defrost it (anyone else really hate that job?).

I made a selection of vegetable-based dishes for dinner one night last week and it was so good I'll definitely make that again this week. Keep your eyes peeled for a post on that later in the week.

So that's the first one on the list, followed by the rest of the week's culinary delights:

✚ Random assortment of vegetable deliciousness (catchy title)
Pasta e Ceci
✚ Sausage, butterbean and red pepper casserole with quinoa
✚ Penne Arrabiata
✚ Sweet chilli salmon, quinoa and salad
✚ Mexican chicken and salad (probably some form of carbs on the side for Dan too)

As always, I only plan for six meals just in case I get whisked out for a romantic meal for five, or in the event of 'pizza pressure'.

I'd love to have a nose at your weekly menus, if you fancy sharing. 

♡ Little bits #26 ♡

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Little bits of our life lately

1. I resisted for maybe a week before I caved and had to give this a try. In my defence, I had a gift voucher burning a hole in my virtual pocket so my hand was forced... ;)
2. The most beautiful playground.
3. Loved spending time with this little pickle and the beach to ourselves.
4. Tea of the week. Hands down. I'll write a full post on this selection of dishes later in the week. 

Little bits of our life lately

5. The first hint of sunshine and I'm on the Pimms. This limited edition flavour was really good.
6. My little baby Thor in training.
7. Out for the evening to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We tried a new local restaurant and had a great time. The food, service and cocktails were excellent.
8. What better way to toast World Gin Day than with an Elderflower Collins. And it was as good as it looks.

The Ordinary Moments | space to ourselves

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Ayden on the beach

I know, I witter on about how much we love being so close to the sea a lot. But last week I had a moment of feeling very grateful for where we live.

Ayden and I spend a lot of time in parks, toddler groups and classes and at home. But one sunny day last week, straight after the morning school run, we headed to the beach to play. And we had the whole place to ourselves.  

Ayden on the beach

The Incredible Hulk came with us. That poor little Lego figure had quite the ordeal - buried in sand, dunked in a rock pool, 'smashed' with pebbles and left for dead on the sand.

We ran, built sand castles, climbed rocks, collected stones and gave them a bath in the rock pools. Ayden wanted to go and look at the 'big bath', but not too close because he's still not sure how he feels about the waves.

It was so lovely to have space to ourselves. Just me and Ayden. And The Hulk.

Beautiful beach

5 things about summer | Friday 5

Friday, 12 June 2015

This week I'm finally feeling it. I've got the legs out (eek), the SPF to the front of my skincare stash and I don't want to see another soup or casserole for at least 8 to 12 weeks.

It's SUMMER!!!!!

Yes, it may be a little greyer today than I'd like, but it's warm. Really warm in fact. And I'm ready to welcome the great British summer with open arms... even if my legs aren't.

So, in an attempt to keep those rain clouds away this weekend, here are five things that summer means to me:

Sand. Everywhere. Between our daily trips to the beach, the sand table in the back garden and the amazing 24-7 shedding labrador (seriously, it's unbelievable), I may as well leave the hoover plugged in for the whole summer. But I wouldn't change a thing. Although I am tempted to shave the dog.  

Cold. Ice-cream, lollies, pink lemonade on ice, homemade slushies.... Pimms. Ah. There's nothing better than enjoying cold stuff in a hot garden.

Toes. Is there anything cuter than tiny toes in cute little summer shoes? I think not. We're definitely a family of flip-flop fans; the second it's warm enough, out come the sandals. 

Music. It's become a bit of a summer tradition, every Sunday evening after the kids are in bed, Dan and I sit on deck chairs in the back garden with a bottle of red wine, candles lit, blankets and the laptop and listen to our favourite songs on Spotify for hours. We just sit there and chat. It's nothing unusual; we listen to the same songs all year round, but something about our little summer routine makes it seem special.

Time. There's so much more of it in the summer. I love having the children off school with me, with nowhere to rush to and nothing in particular to do. Dan usually finishes work a bit earlier, so we can all go off to the beach when everyone else is packing up to go home. We spend the last few hours of sunlight running in the sea, having picnics on the sand and enjoying our time together.

This month I love | confessions of a fig lover

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Fig scented products

It's just after an alfresco lunch and I'm stretched out on a picnic blanket under the shade of a beautiful fig tree. Book in hand, wine and olives by my side; basking in the Mediterranean sunshine. 

Oh god, I'd give anything for that to be true... a girl can daydream.

In reality, I've grabbed 20 minutes to myself to write this while Ayden naps. Once I'm done I have to empty the dishwasher and go pick labrador turds off the lawn. 

I may not be lying underneath that fig tree, but these beautiful fig-scented products are the next best thing. 

The love affair began when I was 21 and purchased my first ever Diptyque candle. I couldn't really afford it, but I was in Liberty beauty hall so it would have been rude not to. I picked up the Figuier scent and it was love at first sniff. That candle lasted me years - I never wanted to burn it, because I never wanted it to run out. Plus, I couldn't afford another one!

Fast forward five years (ok, a few more than five) and I'm still just as obsessed with all things figgy.

If I had to choose a 'signature scent' for myself (god, I hate that term), I'd have to go for Diptyque Philosykos. Basically the candle that started the love affair, in perfume form.

Diptyque Philosykos

Think warm summer evenings on exotic shores and you'll be half way there. The scent is fresh, intoxicating and I get complimented on it more frequently than any other fragrance. It's the perfect summer scent.

The eau de toilette doesn't seem to last all that long on my skin, so I picked up the perfumed oil roller ball in the same scent to carry around in my bag. This seems to last fairly well for top ups. 

Jo Malone Wild Fig and Cassis

A close runner-up to Philosykos would be Jo Malone's Wild Fig and Cassis cologne. A slightly fruitier offering than Diptique, but just as lovely. I have this one as a candle rather than the perfume. As you can see, it's been well loved so far. It lives in my bedroom and is the perfect calming scent and fills the room with summer.

Korres Fig Shower Gel

The newest addition to my fig collection is a shower gel by Korres. I picked this up recently as part of a buy one get one free offer, and I'm so glad I did. The shower gel itself is creamy and gentle, with a subtle scent that lingers on the skin. I love it. 

Better crawl out from under my fig tree and grab the poop-scoop I guess.... *sigh*

My favourite summer juice

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Green strawberry juice

"You'll use it three times and it'll go straight to the back of the cupboard."

Yeah, whatever. 

....ok, so he may have had a point. The husband knows me well. 

I like to think of my juicer as a seasonal appliance. I had the best intentions and did my fair share of juice detox plans shortly after purchasing it. Mostly to prove my husband wrong. But once the colder months set in, I'm more about soy flat whites than fresh ginger shots.

As soon as the sun starts getting up in the morning before I do, out comes the juicer once again and this little beauty is my absolute favourite. Part green juice, with a strawberry juice top, it tastes as good as it looks.

Just pop about six strawberries in your juicer tube first, followed by an apple (I use gala apples), a good handful or two of spinach, a chunk of cucumber, a carrot and a stick of celery. Fill your glass with ice and juice away. 

Admittedly it loses the pretty layers the second you stir it, but just take a good look, mix and enjoy.

♡ Little bits #25 ♡

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

1. Dark cloudy skies call for red lipstick.
2. Our ninth wedding anniversary (!) The boy did good.
3. Ice-cream dreamin'.
4. Easier said than done... but wise words nonetheless.

5. It's all about One Direction.
6. Me and my girl at her very first concert :)
7. Sunday pancakes.
8. Sun's out. Legs out. Yikes.

The Ordinary Moments | her first concert

Monday, 8 June 2015

One Direction tickets

Saturday was a big day for Meryn. Her very first concert. And it was a biggie. One Direction at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

I remember my first concert so clearly. Rewind to 1991, slap on a pair of fluorescent cycling shorts, grab my hair crimpers and I'm back at the Birmingham NEC, gazing adoringly at Jordan Knight from New Kids on the Block. I was going to marry him.

Twenty-four years later and I find myself in a weirdly similar situation (far superior choice of husband aside). 

One Direction concert

Meryn has been waiting patiently since her birthday in December for this day to come. I'm not entirely sure she really knew what to expect. She definitely didn't realise how loud it would be - even though I'd warned her - and couldn't understand why the bigger girls were screaming and crying when she was having so much fun.

Her eyes were like saucers, taking in all the flashing lights, fireworks and big screens. She saved her biggest smiles for Harry, loved her first mexican wave, but didn't think much of McBusted.

Despite being very excited to see One Direction in real life, and dancing along to her favourite songs, it was definitely a bit much for my little seven year old. A few songs before the end she was well and truly ready for bed. Within minutes of reaching the car to drive home she was snoring. Her flashing headband flickering away, while she snoozed in the back seat.

Me and my girl

3 things I need

Thursday, 4 June 2015

I need it

Ok, this should really say '3 things I'm obsessing over', but I prefer the first one.

I read a lot of blogs, so the temptation is real people. Plus, I'm pretty gifted at convincing myself I can't live without something. Not a great combination.

Olympus PEN E-PL7

First up, this camera. Since starting my blog I've fallen in love with photography. I mostly rely on my trusty iPhone camera, which isn't ideal. It's done the job so far, but I want more. I have very few hobbies (at least not hobbies I actually get to do regularly), so I'd love to learn more about photography and, well, get better at it.

Oysho leggings

I try to do yoga as often as possible. My current yoga outfit is a pair of ancient, baggy (in all the wrong places) watermelon PJ bottoms from Primark and an old breastfeeding bra top. Glamour and grace, that's me. These little Oysho beauties are reasonably priced (£25.99) and would make me feel a little more yoga goddess, a little less inflexible disaster.

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil

This Sunday Riley overnight face oil has been popping up all over my Bloglovin' and Youtube feeds lately. Promising firmer, clearer skin and smaller pores, as well as boosting radiance, I was instantly intrigued. Skincare queen Caroline Hirons has been singing its praises, saying she noticed a difference after just one use. That's good enough for me!