Friday, 29 August 2014

Flashback Friday - Starting School

With Miss C starting school last week, it got me thinking about when I started school. The first four or five years of my life were spent living in Spain. My first memory of being at school is from my school in Spain.

I was different from all the other children, of course. I looked different and I spoke a different language from them. I had learned some Spanish but not enough to be able to converse with these children or my teachers. Yet, they tried to talk to me and we played together with lots of pointing at stuff.

My first memory of my school in Spain was being in the classroom the day after I had fallen from my top bunk on to the bedroom floor. A tiled bedroom floor. I remember the teacher asking me "Qué pasó?!" and thinking to myself, I know what she is asking me but I've no idea how to tell her I fell out my bed in Spanish. I told her in English anyways and I can remember thinking, I hope she doesn't think my parents did it to odd thought at the age of 4, but I did!

My next memory of school was being in the toilets with the other kids. The toilets were all open, no cubicles, and they were unisex too. I think this was the first time I'd ever seen boy bits...they didn't bother me; I spent most of my time at home running around in the buff cause I refused to get dressed.

My last memory of my school in Spain was when I fell asleep at my desk. I remember waking up as all the kids came in from playtime. I had had an accident in my sleep but I don't remember what happened after that.

I don't have any pictures of my time at school in Spain, at least to hand that I can look out, but it's fun to think back to that time. I'm amazed I can still remember these things so clearly. I wonder if Miss C will have the same memories (well not exactly the same!) of starting school?

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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Styling Husband with House of Fraser

Husband was asked by House of Fraser if he'd like to review an item of clothing from their range of shirts. He chose the Howick Branford Oxford Stripe Long Sleeve Shirt in the cornflour colour which is a light blue with white stripe colour. I love this colour on Husband.

The shirt arrived quite quickly and was packaged well. I had to sign for the delivery which is always reassuring when you order something online.

This is a regular fit shirt and Husband wears a Medium size. It is available to buy from a small right through to XXL. The shirt is 100% cotton so it feels lovely and soft. It is machine washable at 40°C, however it can not be tumble-dried. It has a classic shaped collar and pocket detail on the front, left hand side.

It's a versatile shirt; it looks great with a pair of jeans with the sleeves rolled up, unbuttoned to the chest and a white vest or t-shirt underneath. It can also be worn with a smart trouser suit or with a pair of smart trousers and a blazer. I don't think a tie would work with this style of shirt.

The shirt fits Husband really well. It isn't too tight, which is good given it's a regular fit shirt, but it isn't baggy at the sides or arms either which would have given it a more casual look and taken away from the versatility of the shirt.

I thought the addition of a QR code on the tag which you can scan and view the rest of the Howick range is a great idea. This is really handy if you are shopping online with House of Fraser or even in store if you wanted to check if there was something available online that wasn't in stock in-store.

Overall, Husband really liked the Howick shirt and would definitely consider buying from the range. We don't travel in to the city centre often so I'd definitely use the House of Fraser website to order from since we had such a positive experience with this delivery.

This review is brought to you in partnership with House of Fraser. All opinions expressed are my own.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Miss C's First Week of School

Miss C was so excited about starting school last week. She was up early, eager to get her uniform on and to have breakfast so we could leave to get to school on time.

We took lots of photos with family and friends, old and new. We went to visit her old nursery before she started and then we headed in to the school office so Miss C and the rest of her class could meet their teacher and head to their classroom.

We weren't upset. Miss C was so happy to be going to school, there was no reason for us to be upset. She took her teacher's hand and off she went, waving goodbye to us.

I picked her up at lunch time and she seemed happy enough. She was tired though which meant she would be getting grumpy. We headed home to have lunch and watch a film.

Miss C had brought home a picture of Kipper from the books they will be learning to read. She also told me they had been practising the letter S and showed me how to make the S sound.

The next day, Miss C wasn't too keen on going to school. The novelty had already worn off. Nevertheless, we went to school and she had a good time.

The rest of the week, Miss C grew more confident going in to school and was always happy to see me at pick up time. She told me about who she played with, what they did in class and what her teacher was like. All were positive.

Miss C has spent the first week of school learning the letters S, A, T and I. She is familiar with letters and numbers already but she can't read herself. It will be so interesting to watch her learn to read. Z could already read and write when he went to school so we never got to see him gradually getting better with his reading and writing.

Miss C has another week of finishing at lunch time and then it's on to full days at school. I can't wait to see what the next week holds for Miss C.

What's Happened? What's Happening?

So That Was Summer

Summer is almost over.

In fact for us, it is already over. We're back at school already. Back to the routine of school runs and packed lunches.

The Summer seems like a distant memory now.

But what fun we had.

I couldn't possibly choose just one photo to represent our Summer so here is a collection. The story of our Summer.

Music credit Calvin Harris Summer

Sticky Fingers Photo Gallery

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

innocent Alphabet Champion - Letter A

innocent have invited us to take part in their Alphabet Champion challenge. We were assigned the letter A.

We had to come up with something that related to going back to school or fruit and take a picture of it.

I could have gone with the obvious choice of Apple, but we decided to go with Appetite!

Working hard at school is hungry work for little ones and they definitely work up an appetite. It's really important for them to have a good lunch and snack to enjoy. Something that will give them lots of energy and brain power.

Z loves his packed lunch. I make him a cheese sandwich on 50/50 bread as he isn't keen on brown bread. Occasionally, he'll have a roll or a wrap. He also has a snack item such as cocktail sausages or chicken tikka bites, a yoghurt and a piece of fruit...there's that Apple! He also has a piece of fruit for his morning snack and a full bottle of water which he refills at school.

You can join in with the Alphabet Champion Challenge. All you need to do is look out for the letter prompt (on Wednesday it's the letter A) and take a photo of something relating to that letter and back to school. Post your photo on twitter or instagram using #alphabetchampions and #innocent and you could be in with the chance of winning a full set of the innocent alphabet magnets. A bit of fun to get you all ready for going back to school; unless you are already back like us! 

You can also collect promotional innocent packs and once you have 6 or more barcodes, you can send them in to innocent Towers and they will send you out three names in innocent alphabet magnets. Lastly, there is a fun competition where you can design your own innocent alphabet. For more information, visit the innocent website

You'll find Innocent on twitter, instagram and Facebook.  

Thank you to Innocent who have provided us with some vouchers and the alphabet magnets for taking part. 

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