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About A Boy

No, not the film. Nor the book.

Ha – did you even know there was a book??

This is all about my little boy… he has just hit 10 months. That’s getting dangerously close to the one year mark. It means he’s cute and interactive and lots of fun, but it also means he’s not going to be a baby for all that much longer. Sniff sniff.

But this post is a celebration of all the cool things about him at the moment.

It’ll probably definitely be pretty boring to anyone who isn’t immediate family, so here’s a big fat

The Little Man 🙂

*He has seven teeth. Gosh darn it they make for a cute grin.

*He can clap his hands (at last! He started at 9 months 30 days, lol)

Squint through the blur and you'll see he's clapping. Really.

*He eats solid food (at last! I finally gave up even trying him on pureed stuff… he just skipped that stage entirely and is on the Mr Independent I-will-only-eat-it-if-I-can-pick-it-up-and-feed-myself)

*He walks holding onto the furniture, stopping periodically to bang any flat surfaces as hard as possible. This is often accompanied by loud shouting lovely singing along.

*He plays rough-and-tumble games with his Pappa, and laughs his head off the whole time 🙂 This YouTube video clip shows it better than photos can.

*He waves and ‘calls’ to people. And dogs. But not to other babies – he doesn’t seem to know what other babies are for. What do you mean play with them? Huh?

*He likes to take turns and ‘share’ whatever he’s playing with. No matter how soggy and chewed-up. We humour him, but only cos he’s cute.

*He can say nanannananananrarararararararararaaaaaaooooorrr. Oh, that’s not a great baby achievement? Oops, strike that then. Sorry.

*He turns the pages of books. This is obviously very exciting for him, as he’s not at all interested in the story, the pictures or the funny voices we put on for each character.

{No photos of this one… it’s usually at bedtime. Bringing out a camera at bedtime would be far too exciting, and totally ruin our bedtime routine…}

*He’s getting the hang of a ball. Daddy’s boy, for sure.

What a legend.

Happy 10 months

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Embracing The Camera with friends

Embracing the camera with friends on a lovely sunny day…

embrace the camera

We hung out with friends and had a lovely walk and picnic in the park at Saltram House, then more walking and finally ended up here for a comfy sofa and something to drink 🙂

It was a gorgeous day.

And yes, that is a blue plastic clothes peg that Little Man is chewing on in the photos. We don’t go anywhere without them – they keep him busy and entertained, and distract him from making accidental phone calls on my mobile phone.

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New Things

New months, new things. Happy June, everyone!

I’ve been trying some new things lately. Nothing hectic like flying helicopters or learning Russian, but still a little stretching for me:

*Like learning some html for a page on a website.  I can make my typing bold or italic, add links to another website (and the link can open a new window/tab  – score!), and I can set up a table. No, not set a table, create a columns-and-rows table. Yip, I’m a real computer geek now. Heehee.

[You see, with blogs like this WordPress one, they make it easy for you – there are lovely little buttons and things, no html required!]

*Or using ‘advanced’ (for me) image editing… like Photoshop, but a free web-based app called Aviary. I really wanted to create a cute banner for my blog (instead of using a photo). Man, it took ages to figure out the layers and the tools. After many many hours, I finally had something that I quite liked (thanks to the Friday Freebie for free digital scrapbooking images).

But – oh my goodness me – I just couldn’t get the sizing right and when I tried to put it up as the banner/header it was pixelated and looked awful. So I resorted to my red velvet cupcakes. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it’s just not something I worked on for hours and hours. Teeny bit of an anticlimax.

*And I’ve been trying to venture out of my ‘comfort zone’ when it comes to the books I’m reading. [Okay, so that’s not a huge big deal, it’s not like I’m reading horrors.]

*But what this post is really about is that I’m trying to avoid supermarkets if possible. For fresh produce, anyway. I recently discovered I have a greengrocer‘s nearby.

A little background info: I’m a supermarket generation gal. Growing up, my mom did all the shopping in supermarkets. As far as I know, there wasn’t really any other option. And by the time I got to England, supermarkets had pretty much taken over here too, so although I saw a few butchers and bakers and greengrocers, I didn’t really take much notice.

While on my many many many walks with Little Man, I spotted the grocer and have recently actually started going in, and am absolutely not regretting at all! The stuff is all fresh and local and seasonal. Great!

And the best best best thing is… the strawberries!

Since discovering that LM will actually eat strawberries (he’s taken his time with the whole solid food thing) I happily ply him with the things. Which means that his clothes and the high chair tray are covered in pink stains, but he and I are both happy that he’s eating 🙂

So here’s in honour of the wondrous strawberry…

Outdoors, wearing only a nappy. Trying to avoid stains on his clothing!

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French Fancy

As you may already know, I’m kind of a Francophile. I love all most things French. Including the handwriting! [But not all of the cheeses. Heehee, writing ‘cheeses’ reminds me of the joke at Christmas with the little Babybel cheeses lying in a manger. Baby cheeses. 🙂 ]

I’ve had French student teachers helping out in my classroom a couple of times as part of their training, and I always ogle and drool over their perfect handwriting. I mean, we learnt cursive at school, but it’s an art form over there. They dedicate lots of lesson time to getting it right. And everybody gotta geddit it right. {I was saying that in a weird tough guy accent. Don’t know why. But read it that way anyway. Try it out loud 😉 }

aNyWaY… I’ve decided I’m going to work on my handwriting. I want it to be all purdy and curly and lovely like French writing.

These days so much is done on computer or texting, and I think handwritten things just add a nice personal touch to gifts and cards.

Wow, I’ve not tried cursive in about 15 years. It shows!

I’ve forgotten lots of the joins and capital letters.

Hope fully I’ll be able to show you an improved ‘After’ shot before too long.

If I can get it really pretty, I’d love to make something like this…

By Three Red Apples via Epheriell Designs

the tiny bird and co, Etsy

Excuse the hurried end to this post, and the very boring ‘Before’ shot of my handwriting… no time for editing – the Little Man is waking up.

That means I have some warm-sleepy-baby-cheek-kissing to do.

And maybe some tushie-squeezing and toe-eating too 😉

Have a lovely weekend, y’all!

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Cinnamon Cookies for Kids

I have recently started helping out with the snacks for the toddler group that my church runs on a Thursday morning. I have mini-panics about how much food is needed, and if the other mums will somehow sniff out my lack of experience when it comes to choosing suitable fruit and baked goodies for their little ones. I envision having too little cake for the parents, un-toddler-friendly fruit, and some kind of allergic reaction to the cake I make for the little ones.

Last week I made cookie-cutter biscuits for the tots, which I had great fun decorating with the icing pens I bought to decorate my royal wedding biscuits… I have to add that ‘royal wedding biscuits’ may sound fancy, but they were not at all. The only fancy thing about them was that I iced them with cute patterns using the icing pens rather than slathering on piles of homemade icing. Rather like cement on bricks.

Anyway, back to the biscuits… they turned out fine: no allergic reactions, and no tantrums caused by a shortage of snack provisions. In fact, there were leftovers. Which were taken to snack on at my friend’s place that afternoon. So this recipe is for you, Helen 🙂

The recipe is from this book, and is called ‘Butterfly Biscuits’.

Baking With Tiny Tots

I cut them in the shape of gingerbread men, though, so I’m just calling them…

Cinnamon Cookies

Ingredients:

275g self-raising flour (+ extra for dusting)

10ml cinnamon (optional)

100g soft light brown sugar

75g butter, cut into pieces

1 egg, beaten

2 Tablespns golden syrup

Method:

1. Sift flour and cinnamon into a bowl, then stir in the sugar.

2. Rub in the butter pieces until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

3. In a separate bowl/jug, beat the egg and syrup together. Add to the flour mix and stir.

4. Form a ball of dough, wrap in plastic film and refrigerate for about an hour. (I’ve put this in bold because I didn’t notice this when checking the recipe and it kind of messed up my timings!)

5. After chilling the dough, preheat the oven to 170degC (sorry, I don’t know how to get a  degree symbol on here!!) This is Gas Mark 3 or 340degF. Line a baking sheet or two with baking paper.

6. Sprinkle some flour on the work surface and rolling pin. Roll out the dough to about 5mm thick and cut shapes with cookie cutters.

7. Bake for 10-15 mins (depending on your oven) – the edges should be golden brown. Remove from the tray to cool before decorating with icing.

*Please note the one hour chilling time before you plan your timings!

*10 minutes was plenty of baking time for my oven, and they get much darker brown very quickly, so keep an eye on them!

*This is meant to be child friendly, but I’ve skipped out a lot of ‘get your child involved’ detail in my version – a little common sense, some hand wash and a big apron is all you really need to get your little one baking 🙂

I’d love to hear about it if you try these…

Sorry about the lack of photos – Little Man was having a ‘there’s-no-way-I’m-napping’ morning, so it was rather chaotic trying to get them done in time. But hey, we all know what gingerbread shaped biscuits look like, right?

PS I made a very yummy lemon drizzle cake for the mums. [Oh, and dads. Yes, we have dads at our group too.]

But I’m not going to post the recipe for that – if you want it, you’ll have to buy our Big Fish Recipe Book 🙂 heehee

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Embrace That Ol’ Camera :)

Ok, so I know today is ETC day, but I just had to show you these pretty (DIY/repurposed if you want!) cake stands. Yes, how sad – since yesterday’s post when I suddenly realised that it was my destiny to have a new cake stand, I’ve been looking around.  A quick coupla pics to soothe my obsessed brain, and then I can move onto all things ETC as I should…

Via Little Glass Box

Vintage Treat Pedestal, Nicole

Via BHLDN

And also do do do do check out {my all time favourite ever in the world blog} Under The Sycamore for Ashley’s cake stands. 

I like the idea of having a stand with cover, like this (totally NOT repurposed or DIY):

Porcelain Pedestal with Dome, Roullier White

Ok, Embracing The Camera now…

LOML’ s turn to be ’embraced’ and be on-screen with the boy 🙂

Yes, I know LOML’s head is cut off. And some of LM’s too.

But I just love the composition of this whole shot because of that. Totally unintentional – I’m no photographer. Clearly!

All I did in the way of editing was add the pretty framed edge.

There’s just something about the space to the right, under LOML’s outstretched arm. And the way LM is totally absorbed in looking at his Pappa, ignoring the toy in his hand that  he had been chewing on.

*sigh*

Love.

A little something extra…  here’s a link to a video clip of their favourite new game. It’s on YouTube (in case you have filters if you’re reading this at work).

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Word Art

I have a new obsession. I think it started here, with this:

A Gallery of Frames - Young House Love

Perhaps living in rented accommodation for the whole of my adult life is taking its toll – I can’t stop planning what I can put up on my own walls in my own  house one day! With no limit to the number of holes I can drill or nails I can bash into the walls. Without worrying about having to fill the holes and finding paint colour to cover the holes that matches the walls when we leave.

In my online perusals I seem to come across loads of gorgeous prints that I would love to buy or make my own version of to one day have in my  home.

Thank goodness for Pinterest. If you look on my Pinterest, you’ll come across these (and more).

Here a few of my faves at the moment…

I want this in my kitchen. Except with ‘jam’ not jelly.

Via Kelly Thornburg’s Pinterest

Check out these awesome posters.

I love a bit of tongue-in-cheek. No, I don’t mean that in any kind of dodgy way.

Via Kelly Thornburg's Pinterest

Via Sherry @ Young House Love's Pinterest

I would absolutely and definitely want something like these on my wall gallery 🙂

Notebook Doodles

Via Kelly Thornburg's Pinterest

And this is just great…

Again, thanks Kelly Thornburg on Pinterest!

And I would love love love love to have a print of this photo in my living room. Maybe without the legs down there in the bottom right corner, lol. Here’s hoping Meg [crops and] sells it!

That colour is stupendous.

Three gorgeous robin’s egg.

In a nest balanced on a ledge just a few inches wide.

Even if it wasn’t so pretty it could be so deep and symbolic!

And here a couple of pictures that I haven’t had to trawl the net to find. They would absolutely be in my wall gallery 🙂 Aaaawwww.

And I’m pretty sure everything else in my wall gallery would be baby pictures. Typical new parent {roll eyes}.

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