Friday, 14 October 2011

A new era, and the herald of jealousy..

Boo walked at 9 1/2 months, by 10 months he could practically run, which led to all sorts of fun and games. Elvis has always been more vocal than Boo ever was, and at 6months couldn't sit up unaided in fact he didn't do that until he was 7months. So rather naively, I thought Elvis may be slightly slower to his feet..but no. Having turned 9 months, Elvis not only got up on his feet but the same day also proceeded to 'coast' happily around the furniture. I watched on in awe, surely they're meant to just stand there for a bit first?! I can't remember Boo ever doing the coasting, but he never crawled either, he just got up! 

So yesterday, day two of Elvis coasting around, was to put it bluntly the worst day I can remember with my boys. It was a day where Boo spent the entire day screaming, throwing things, pushing Elvis over and hitting me. I think I may have to rename him Taz. Literally by the time Mr G got home I was at the end of my tether,I slumped in a heap against the wall and cried. Then the diet went out of the window and I sat on the sofa consoling myself with Mr KitKat and Mrs Wispa (other chocolate bars are available..just not in my house as I have probably already eaten them).

I'm sure no-one told me parenting would be so hard, or more to the point emotionally and mentally draining! Having sat feeling sorry for myself, and Elvis deciding he wouldn't go to bed we sat watching Rastamouse while I pondered on the days events. Why was Boo behaving so horribly?! Then it occurred to me, the dynamic has altered very suddenly, Boo has previously been able to put special toys on the table in the knowledge Elvis can't reach them, now of course he can. I am spending more minutes of the day watching Elvis - trying to avoid big bumps - and less time with Boo discussing the way things work. So this is a jealous thing, I hope, I just need to work out a way to balance my attention better..wish me luck!

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Win 1 of 5 'The Big Party!' Dvds!

Justin Fletcher best known in our household for his role as Mister Tumble stars in this live show DVD! Boo rapidly joined in with the instructions, and giggled at Justin's arrival - "look at Justin driving the car!!"

We soon learn that the party is to celebrate Englebert's birthday, and the DVD is a series of songs, dances and activities presented in pantomime style ideal for pre-schoolers! It is quite cleverly produced as there are plenty of calming activities included so children don't get too excited - I did worry about Boo getting too excited, but he just became quite absorbed and joined in with the songs and animal noises!

On this wet morning it has kept Boo very entertained, and Elvis has enjoyed sitting on my lap while we sang the songs with actions! In fact I will now look into taking Boo to a live show after seeing his response to the DVD! A big Thank you to Abbey Home Media for sending us a copy of the DVD to review.


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Tuesday, 11 October 2011

I've gained some Style Confidence!

After a manic morning.. Mr G poorly, I lost the special Festival Place event lanyards, and several tops i had intended to wear were smeared with baby food.. you get the idea..! My good friend K arrived and informed me we were running late for the special Style Confidence Workshop we'd been invited to! Arriving just after the initial introductions we were invited to go straight into the hair consultations with Shear Beauty. This was really helpful and we were shown amongst other things the best way to use hair straighteners to curl as well as straighten! We also had the opportunity to gain make up tips from Smashbox, and the chance to experiment with applying their new eye pallet. 

The most informative, impressive and eagerly anticipated section had to be the advice from Wendy Elsmore and Jason Smith! Sorry Wendy you're photo has come out a bit blurred but you still look superb!

Jason identified our face shapes, which in honesty is something i have often struggled to work out myself. I concluded a while ago my face must be a heart shape, but in fact it turned out to be round, which will make a big difference when I come to chose sunglasses!

Wendy quickly worked out what our body shapes were, and handed us laminated handbag sized reminder cards so we knew what to look for to suit our shape when we're out shopping! I'm a classic pear, I need to look for high waisted skirts and trousers as well as tops which draw the eye to the chest so it balances out my wide hips! Wendy explained what colours would best suit me, with my dark colouring she suggested mustard yellow, teal and olive green as great colours for me and I'm so excited at the thought of buying colour this winter!

As a mother herself, Wendy really emphasised that clothes need to be practical so you can wash them easily and yet stylish so you can still feel fabulous. You really can be a Yummy Mummy! Her top tip was you don't have to spend a fortune to look amazing, if you buy things which don't fit you'll look cheap, if you only buy things which fit you perfectly you'll look a million dollars! 

The event was a great swell to my style confidence! Look out for further posts as I test out the top tips I've gained from the Style Confidence Workshop!

Photographs and Text - All Rights Reserved 2011 Goriami Family

Monday, 10 October 2011

Turning back time..

Most of my second hand purchases which are for myself, are things which remind me of childhood or I actually live in a very sophisticated child-free zone....(ok so those ones are rare..I confess I'm really a bit of a child at heart!).

Todays offering, is close to my heart! About 10months ago, whilst heavily pregnant I randomly got talking to MissieLizzieb on twitter about gum ball machines. I'd had one for Christmas when I was 10 or 11, and had it up until I was about 25 when it just vanished - I suspect Mr G may have thrown it in the bin (like he did with the Christmas presents in 2007) but he denies this..MissLizzieb had owned one to but knew what had happened to hers...her husband smashed the globe bit...tut tut..I'm shaking my head in disapproval to MrLizzieb!

We popped to our local carboot two weeks ago, we've not been for a few weeks and bluntly I was very excited to have a rummage through other peoples unwanted things!! Literally as I walked in, there it was in all its glory:

The price £3, larger than my original one, it clearly holds at least 1.5kg of beans!!  I cleaned it and filled it with jelly beans and it has pride of place in the kitchen! Mr G is not allowed to touch it, or vend sweets, oh no no!

Me and My Shadow