Thursday, 26 February 2015

The Good Little Bad Little Pig - Book Review

This month we received a new picture book from Parragon Books called The Good Little Bad Little Pig. This book is written by Margaret Wise Brown and is illustrated by Loretta Schauer.

Peter wants to get a pet pig. His mum isn't too keen as she thinks pigs are smelly and not very well behaved however they decide to write a letter to a farmer to see if he can find them the perfect pig; not a good pig or a bad pig but a good little bad little pig.

The pig arrives at their house and mum isn't happy because he isn't very clean. Granny isn't happy because he makes a lot of mess when he eats. But Peter perseveres when the pig doesn't want to have a bath and when he doesn't want to cross the road and eventually, the pig does as he is told. He's the perfect balance of good and bad!

Miss C's favourite part of the story was seeing the pig waiting to cross the road with a lead on. Miss C loves putting her toy lead on her stuffed animals and taking them for a walk.

This is a lovely story to read. The words are simple and easy to follow so it is a good book for a child who is learning to read. The book is also beautifully illustrated; the pig looks very cute!

We received this book for the purposes of a review. The opinions expressed are my own. 

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Health and Fitness #TheGallery

As a family, we like to keep fit. I regularly exercise and walk pretty much everywhere unless it's raining or I'm going food shopping. It's so important to get regular physical activity in your day and it's a habit I want to instill in the kids too.

Z goes to Karate at least once a week which he loves. He's been going since he was four and is really coming on. In fact, he has been invited to take part in his blue belt grading in a few weeks time.

Husband is a gym goer. He trains with weights and does cardio on the running machines. Sometimes he'll go in to the pool and swim a few lengths. He wants to start running again. He used to run with a local team but gave up when he started working longer hours.

Then there's Miss C and her "keep fit" hobby. Her horse riding.

Miss C adores horse riding and she is a complete natural. Her rising trot technique is one of the best I've ever seen and one of the best her instructor has ever seen. She is so confident and trusting on the horses. Horse riding is such a great way to keep fit as it really works your core, your bum and your thighs. I can remember when I used to go riding that my legs and bum would ache for days after. 

Seeing Miss C's love for horse riding is making me want to go back. It is such a fun way to be healthy and keep up your fitness levels. 

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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

What I've Been Wearing #6

I've only ever been to a few weddings so I was really excited to choose an outfit for the wedding of my brother-in-law, Husband's brother, last week. Here's what I wore:

The dress I chose is from Chi Chi London, an online clothing store. They have an amazing selection of dresses, fit for any occasion. This isn't the first time I've ordered something from them; I bought my dress for Ladies' Day from Chi Chi London too. In fact, the dress I wore for the wedding is the same dress I wore to Ladies' Day but in a different colour. I loved how the dress fit so I knew I'd be comfortable wearing this black and cream dress to an all day wedding. 

My shoes are from New Look and have the same pattern (well almost the same) of lace detail as the top half of this dress. They are pretty high but I've gotten used to walking in them and can run across carpet in them. As I was the designated driver, I took flat black pumps with me and changed in to those when the dancing started. 

J'adore is definitely my favourite perfume for wearing to super special occasions. Make-up wise, I went quite natural with darker eye make-up. I would have liked to have gotten someone in to do my make-up but I left it too late to book anywhere and the wedding started at 2pm so I didn't have a lot of time to get ready by the time I had dropped the kids at school and done my weekly shop. 

We were praying for the rain to stay off as we wanted a beautiful day for the bride and groom but also so I could wear my Lipsy faux fur coat Husband bought me for Christmas. The rain didn't stay off, sadly, but I did manage to wear my coat without it getting wet. And doesn't Husband look handsome in his tweed style kilt. 

Monday, 23 February 2015

Me & You #14

On Friday, Husband and I attended his brother's wedding. My brother-in-law. Bella and Pops travelled up to Scotland to be there to pick Miss C and Z up from school and look after them whilst we joined the rest of our family to celebrate the marriage. It was a wonderful day and the bride and groom looked amazing. The whole thing went so well and everyone really enjoyed themselves. 

It was so nice for us to be able to enjoy the day together and it reminded us of the day we got married. We watched my BIL and our new sister-in-law running around greeting guests, posing for photo after photo and grinning from ear to ear, just as we had done almost 9 years ago. Your wedding day is such a special day and it goes fast. So fast!

After the meal, we had a brilliant time at the reception. The band were amazing and everyone was up dancing together. It was just as a great wedding should be.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

A Great Day for a White Wedding

A wedding is such a special day for the newly weds and all of their friends and family. It such an amazing honour to share in the celebration of a couple's love for each other. And that's what we got to do on Friday as we watched Husband's brother and our new sister-in-law get married.

They were married in the most beautiful hotel at 2pm on Friday afternoon. We were worried I wasn't going to be able to make it since all of our babysitters were attending the wedding and we weren't taking the kids along but thankfully my Mum agreed to take a holiday from work and travel to help us all the way from Manchester.

The ceremony was really intimate with just close friends and family there. They were married in front of a roaring fire which filled the room with warmth and the smell of wood. It was really lovely. They both looked so nervous but so in love. It reminded me of Husband and I getting married almost 9 years ago and it brought tears to my eyes.

Once they were married, the bride and groom headed off for photos which left us to enjoy some bucks fizz and some hors d'oeuvres. Well I didn't have either as I was driving and they didn't take my fancy. Husband managed to acquire a few of them and one of our friends brought over a tray of bucks fizz to keep them going. 

After the photos, we were seated for the meal which was gorgeous. We had haggis, neeps and tatties to start, beef for mains and sticky toffee pudding for dessert. 

The tables were beautifully decorated with very elegant candelabras adorned with pearls and white roses. The speeches were both funny and emotional. Husband acquired himself some more wine and I took a couple of champagne bubbles home for Z and Miss C.

I was ready for a sleep after the meal but we had dancing to do. We all had such a brilliant time at the evening reception, where more guests arrived to join the celebrations. The bride and groom had learnt a beautiful dance for their first dance together. There was a photo booth which meant lots of silly photos and a really yummy buffet with plenty of cake. The band were amazing and had everyone up dancing all night. We were definitely ready for bed when we got home at 1am.

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