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Following on from my Quaker Oats recipe for PB & J overnight oats, I’ve got a great giveaway for you today, so that you can create an aspirational breakfast to make your family proud! Read on to find out more…

There are plenty of moments that, as a parent, have not been my proudest.

For example, Belle seems completely unable to forget the one time I made her a tea that consisted simply of four burnt fish fingers. I can’t remember the context – I’m sure there was some – but of course, that will be the one thing she remembers forever and ever. Will she care that I have built myself an entire career around school hours, just so I can be there for her in the morning and after school?

No.

She will remember the fish fingers.

Very occasionally though, I have one of those amazing parenting moments, where I actually do something that the mums on Pinterest do. Like when I made those pink doughnut helium balloons, or the time I made these Pingu cupcakes for Bee’s birthday. (And by ‘made’ I mean ‘paid someone else to make’.)

#vegan Pingu #birthday #cupcakes 🐧🍰☺️❤️

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That was a very proud day for me.

I had another of those aspirational parenting moments this week when I tried my hand at making some overnight oats using one of the new Quaker Oats MissPrint mason jars. I actually made PB & J overnight oats with a home made raspberry and chia seed jam, so bonus points to me. Skip back a few days and you’ll find the recipe post. View Post

Belle has ALWAYS wanted a beanbag.

You know how kids sometimes get a thing stuck in their mind and they just can’t let it go? Bee was the same with a mini fridge. She wanted a mini fridge in her room for ages – roughly from about birth until her mid-teens when my sister gave in and bought her one.

But with Belle it was a beanbag.

I don’t really know why, during all this time, we haven’t ever actually bought a beanbag. Perhaps because it reminds me of when Bee and I first lived by ourselves when she was three and I was 20 and we didn’t have any chairs, only a beanbag that we took turns on?

big bertha beanbag competition

Isn’t she a cutie?

Anyway, much to Belle’s delight we have one now. A huge, snuggly, furry thing from Big Bertha Original Beanbags. Belle has it in her room and seems very happy with it. It’s very sweet actually.

‘I think I might sit in my beanbag for a bit before bed,’ she said last night as we were saying goodnight, which almost bought a little tear to me eye. View Post

Today I’m reviewing the Danish designed Obaku watch. Read on to find out how you could win your own Obaku watch, and to get an Obaku discount code.

It must be over ten years ago now that I stopped wearing a watch.

I loved wearing a watch as a child (Snoopy – classic), and as a teenager I had one of those AWESOME watches from Argos that had a huge face with Roman numerals on. Pretty sure that was definitely cool in the 90s. (Although having just read it back to myself I’m now not so sure…)

And then in my early twenties I started to get twitchy about it. I found myself looking at the time a lot and worrying about not getting enough done, so I just stopped wearing one.

The Obaku ethos is pretty much the opposite of this.

Obaku watch review

The designers and creators behind the Obaku range of watches agree that time is precious, but their philosophy is all about living in the moment, being aware of your surroundings, and appreciating the beauty around you. (And on your wrist.) They are a Danish company, so think Hygge but for watches. Their watches are simple but beautiful – sleek and sophisticated. View Post

Yesterday we had one of those days that doesn’t really turn out how you expect it to. We were planning on doing a car boot sale, as I am ‘gently encouraging’ other members of the household to think about downsizing things a little before we move, but then rain was forecast, and then Belle didn’t feel well, and then it all got a bit complicated and we ended up going to Devon instead to a barbecue restaurant.

You know, one of THOSE days.

(I wonder if I mention that it was the Pig and Pallet in Topsham, whether than means I can include the journey their as a business expense? Probably not.)

Anyway, I happened to be wearing by new bird dress from Lily & Me, and there was a casual boat leaning against the wall outside the restaurant, as we were by the water, so I thought I would pose for a picture. Birds, water etc.

Lily & Me competition discount code

That’s me doing an ‘aye aye captain’ kind of a pose. You know, because of the boat? (Sorry it’s a bit blurry. I asked Fiancé to take a couple of pictures and so of course he took a random burst of 125. Boys eh?) View Post

I’m not one of those people that’s massively into new clothes, shoes and handbags, but I DO love it when I discover a brand that’s not afraid of colour and pattern. If you were to open my wardrobe you’d see what I mean – I’m not even sure I own a plain black dress. Inside the wardrobe is just a mass of floral prints.

My new bits and pieces from Alice’s Pig fit right in.

Alice’s Pig creates vintage inspired clothes and statement pieces that have a lit bit of magic to them – think Alice in Wonderland, with an edge of sassiness. Dressed in something from Alice’s Pig, I feel you’d always be ready for an adventure.

Alice's Pig View Post