Wednesday, 10 May 2017

A person is not gone if they still live in your memories

My gran Pam was an amazing woman. Honest, hard working, and so caring.

Growing up, me and my 3 sisters were often looked after by Gran Pam, as our parents worked full time and often shift work. I have memories of totally getting in the way when we went along with her to peoples homes that she cleaned, and of mucking about with the CB radio that she had at home when she ran her own taxi business in the early '90s. No matter how often we would (all four of us girls) probably get under her busy feet, she never got annoyed. She would find things for us to do. Making collages from old magazines, reading books, trying to make perfume by collecting flowers from the garden and smushing them in a container with water. I remember spending hours simply going through all the odd buttons that she had stored in old biscuit tins (I think they were, could have been tea bag tins). Just pouring out hundreds of the things, in aim to "organise" them. She taught us how fun crafts were!

We learnt to bake over at grans house (it was a bungalow really but it was so big it felt like a house). She showed us to bake bread, biscuits, cakes. I never got the hang of it but it was lovely to have the smell of fresh baked food. And there would always be a biscuit available with a cup of tea at gran Pams!

 She was very much the head of the family down in Cornwall. With everyone coming together at grans for Bonfire nights, where she'd cook so much food, and make toffee apples. No store bought stuff here. Christmases were amazing, and we always listening to see if we could here Father Christmas in the chimney, even before Christmas day! At Halloween we would dress up in all the gorgeous dresses that she had stored away, and put on a little show in the front room, using the curtains as our stage curtains. The un-tuned piano was great for pretending we were great musicians!

 My favourite memories are of the times we would stay over night. She had so much compassion for animals and as well as dogs, she had a fair few cats over the years. Rescued, needing homes. You'd sit down on a cold winter eve, and along a cat would come and jump on your lap. Gran Pam would sit and do her knitting, something would be on tv (I remember watching the vicar of dibley a fair few times), the fire would be crackling away, it was so cosy. She was the constant in our childhood, the stability that we needed.

She passed away in 2012 and there is not a day when I don't think of her or how lucky I was to have had her in my life. I believe everyone she met probably felt that way.

Rachel
xx

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

My recent Disney Store purchase



Have you seen Disney's movie Moana yet? It's such a wonderful movie, and when I saw these two on the Disney store website I knew I had to buy them...

It's Hei Hei the chicken and Pua the pig!
Dylan and Evie loved everything about Moana and we have watched it so many times since buying it. We already know most of the words to most of the songs! The one thing that they loved the most was these two, every time they appeared, the kids would let out a loud "awwwwh!" or in Dylan's case, laugh hysterically at Hei Hei.

The toys are fantastic quality. Pua is so cuddly soft, and Hei Hei has a more structured design but is still nice and soft.

Dylan and Evie don't know I've bought these yet. I think I am going to keep them hidden away and give them to them as presents for Christmas. I know, I know, it's such a long time away, but I do like to get Christmas gifts little by little throughout the year. They will be so happy when they see these two though!

Rachel
xx

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Disney tsum tsum top trumps


We spotted this super cute Disney tsum tsum top trumps set in our local Asda the other day. We do like a game of top trumps (Dylan has cat top trumps and Evie has my little pony so far) and so we thought this would be a cute addition! We've already had about four games in the past few days, with the kids letting out a loud "Awwhhh!" every time they look at a new card. This has been perfect for an early morning game when the kids are wanting to get up and play but we are just waking up with our cups of tea.

Rachel
xx

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Happy Easter

For me, Easter is a day that I spend with my family, and a wonderful excuse to dress up! Today I am wearing a mint green lacy skater dress that I won on eBay, lots of Diva highlighter from Sarazaar, stars from Face Lace, and Barry M glitter. I'm not even going out anywhere! In fact, Chris and the kids have gone out for an hour or two to see some of our family, and I am getting rest as I'm not feeling that well and my knees keep trying to dislocate. But it is so fun to play dress up.

We don't do too much for Easter, we aren't religious, but it's nice to spend the day all together. The kids had a couple of chocolate eggs, Chris had some mini eggs, I had a vegan creme egg that I got in the recent The Vegan Kind box. We cuddled up and watched The BFG live action film as it's now on Amazon Prime. Later we will have a vegan roast dinner, and maybe watch another film before baths and bedtime. Just a chilled out kind of day!

Hope you're all having a nice day whatever you are doing.
Rachel
xx

Friday, 7 April 2017

I love Pusheen!

I got sent these amazing items from Pusheen, and I am feeling like the luckiest person in the world right now, they are so generous to their fans!

How adorable are these Pusheen plushies? They're so soft and I love that they stand up, ideal for standing up on my bedside table. I have kept the pastel unicorn one for myself, Evie has the original Pusheen, and Dylan chose to have the Pusheen with sunglasses. The kids adore them and every day have said goodbye to theirs before leaving for school haha.

This big heart pillow is super soft, and is now taking pride of place in the middle of my pillows on my bed. I really love the pastel mint shade on this one.

Who doesn't need a Pusheen purse?! The wallet has space inside for cards, and a zipped section for coins. The pizza eating Pusheen coin purse is cute and perfect for holding pocket money. I imagine my Evie will be using this one fairly often.

Nice big bath towel! The only way I managed to get Evie to have a bath this morning. Thank you Pusheen!

These badges are going straight on to my jacket!

So happy to get this pyjama set. I'm actually wearing these now, and can confirm they are as comfortable as they look, and are true to size.

Thank you so much Pusheen!

Rachel
xx

Thursday, 30 March 2017

My Romwe wishlist

There are so many good finds over on Romwe. It's so hard to condense that to a wish list that doesn't have hundreds of items! Here is my wish list of items that are in my "I really need this!" list.




This cat charm bracelet is so cute and has that 90's vibe to it with the stars and moons







 Absolutely loving this panda hooded sweatshirt. It looks so comfy and would be ideal for the still chilly evenings and mornings















Alien print t-shirt, I'd wear this with a pair of jeans and sneakers, or pair with a skater skirt and (vegan) Dr Marten boots












 I feel like this metallic skirt would go with anything! I would probably wear this with some hi tops and a simple vest, and some very sparkly makeup!

Monday, 27 March 2017

Cutest little cow family

*We were sent these to review, and as always, opinions are entirely our own

I can't get over the cuteness of the Friesian Cow family from Sylvanian Families! Cows are one of our favourite animals in our family, so Evie was over the moon when she was sent these cuties. The outfits have that great spring/summer country farmyard style to them. Loving the dungarees and scarf look personally. Evie said they are dressed up to go on a family picnic, then after that they are all meeting up with her other sylvanian characters for an ice cream party. Sounds fun!

Rachel
xx