Thursday, 8 December 2011

Don't make me walk the plank!!

It's 9.30am and I'm already wondering if it is bedtime for the boys? Sadly it is a fairly bright winter morning, and there is no way I could convince either of them that it is time for bed. There is no particular reason for me being so ridiculously tired, I've not run a marathon or been out to a party late with friends..but is just that part of motherhood where you feel exhausted but daren't admit it, for fear of being deemed a failure. So I'm sat here with an exceptionally strong cup of coffee, trying to think of ways to stay awake.

The pushing and shoving we encountered a few months ago between Boo and Elvis has begun to subside. Boo now respects Elvis a little more, or should I say Elvis has worked out that he needs to get back up so quickly that it isn't quite such fun to push him over. Boo still isn't keen to share, his cars are his and not to be played with by Elvis, but he now accepts that Elvis needs something to play with and will allow him a fire truck or a share of the lego. They are constantly up to mischief, if I look away Boo is opening up a gap for Elvis to clamber behind the sofa and then Boo will close the gap up while Elvis sits and giggles. Although I'm not sure how long he would giggle for when he realised his big brother had actually deliberately abandoned him in that dark corner! I feel as though I am continually picking up Elvis and returning him to the relative safety of the large soft rug which lines our sitting room and trying to out wit my 3year old in the process. Anyone else struggle with outwitting their 3year old at times?!

While I'm writing this, Boo is dressed as a pirate (complete with the essential woolly hat which I am informed all pirates must wear so as their ears don't get too cold) and sat on a pile of blankets surrounded by teddies which is otherwise known as the pirate ship and of course Boo's crew. Elvis keeps being told to 'man the cannons' which makes him giggle and squeal with delight. I am having to keep a careful eye on Boo, or before I know it I'll be walking the plank or tied to the ships way or another I fear I might meet a sticky end. You see Mummy isn't allowed to be a pirate, Daddy would be allowed the role of ship Captain, where I on the other hand will be lucky to land the role of 'the baddie'. Actually, this is a good enough reason to stay awake as Boo has just appeared with a shark puppet..

It's days like today, when however tired I am, however chaotic and untidy the house, seeing such thriving imaginations makes me smile. I realise that however bad a job of parenting I fear I might be doing, I must be doing something right, as I have two very happy boys, who play so well together that I'm sat watching with delight waiting to be allowed into their game even if it does mean I have to walk the plank!

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Help for Heroes this Christmas and beyond..

I have half written this post a dozen times, and it has been sat in my draft posts for over a month, as I want to write it in with the care and passion it deserves, but in reality I'm not sure I will ever write it quite as I feel I should, so here goes.

A month or so ago, I was contacted by an old friend E who informed me that someone we'd grown up with (Hello J! if you're reading!) had lost his limbs in Afghanistan and suffered massive internal injuries. I was shocked, the war in Afghanistan suddenly felt close to home. I sat wondering what I could do to help and blurted out to E exactly that. His response was "get involved and put that blog of yours to some good use", as a member of the armed forces himself he wasted no time in telling me to contact Help For Heroes and write about them. 

Help for Heroes are a charity who do exactly that, they help the men and women who are injured in the line of duty. Providing invaluable support during their long journey on the road to recovery. 

They help provide such simple basics as a 'Grab Bag' provided to every soldier who passes through the hospitals in Afghanistan, Selly Oak and other MOD Hospital Units within the UK. These provide soldiers with everyday essentials to tide them over until such time as their own kit arrives - there is often a delay in re-uniting the soldiers with their kit and the grab bag enables them to have a few basics to keep them going. 

Help for Heroes also provide much greater and longer term support to enable long term rehabilitation, this means donations and support are always needed. They ensure as much of your £1 donation as possible goes to where it is needed the most. The project I have been following with great interest is Tedworth House this will provide residential courses to aid recovery and aim to get these men and women back doing things they love.

Can you help support Help for Heroes this Christmas? If you can donate even a small amount it will really make a difference. Or why not spread the message further by choosing to send a Help for Heroes Christmas card? I particularly like these cat cards!

Monday, 5 December 2011

My Christmas Fashion from Long Tall Sally

It's that time of year when Christmas parties are looming, and it's the one time of year when there is no excuse not to dress up! Even a trip Christmas shopping can make me want to glam up a bit! 

One of my favourite shops is Long Tall Sally, they have a superb range of clothing for ladies over 5ft 8", as I'm 5ft 11" I love being able to choose clothes which fit well and are on trend to!

I love this Palazzo Jumpsuit, it is such a fantastic design creating a cinched waist line, and the cap sleeves create a flattering line on the tops of arms. It's so stylish and feminine but practical too! Let's face it with two small children I need to think about practicality too, and this really does enable me to look fantastic even while chasing toy cars under tables to recover a missing toddler!

 The simplicity of the style enables plenty of fun with accessories, and as I'm a huge fan of statement jewellery this really does make it my ideal outfit! 

I will definitely be grabbing a pair of these gorgeous jewel trimmed pumps (available in sizes 7 - 11) which not only will look fab with the jumpsuit but will also liven up my entire Christmas wardrobe without making me tower over my friends on our girls night out!

I'm lucky enough to live near a couple of Long Tall Sally stores, but if you aren't why not check out their website or request a catalogue so you can really spend some time deciding on your must haves!

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post, all thoughts are my own. Images used with permission from Long Tall Sally.