This month I have been watching…

It has been an extremely hot day in the UK today and I am feeling very lazy and very tired. So tonight’s post is a nice and easy post folks. It’s all about what I have been watching lately on the telly. So without further ado, here goes…….

The Handmaid’s Tale

I am absolutely loving this new series showing on Channel 4 on Sunday evenings. We are only on episode 3 here over in the UK and I think the first series may have already finished in the US (please don’t spoil the ending for me!). It focuses on a character called Offred, who lives in a warped version of the future where fertile women like herself, are made to serve as baby makers for powerful families. It is a horrible version of the future where women lose their place in society, and by law are not allowed to work, own property, control money, or read.

Offred has been assigned to The Commander, an important figure in this new future, and she is expected to bear him and his wife a child. She longs to be free from this new reality and to one day reunite with her daughter. I know it sounds a little bit dark, but it is so beautifully shot and Elizabeth Moss is just wonderful as the main character. I really cannot recommend this show enough.

The Keepers

I recently signed back up to Netflix because I had heard a few good recommendations for  a couple of things to watch. One of them being for this show.

The Keepers is a documentary series, which investigates the unsolved murder of nun Cathy Cesnick, a teacher at a Baltimore Catholic school. Sounds simple? Well there is so much more to the tale than meets the eye and I find it absolutely fascinating. The real story is about the cover up of sexual abuse of several students, committed by a priest at the school. A pair of ex students have made it their life mission to find answers. I think I am in the middle of episode 4 now and am totally hooked!

Wentworth Prison Series 5

I have been loyally watching this fantastic Australian women’s prison series since the very first episode. There seems to be a lot of noise and buzz about Orange is the new black, but I don’t really get it myself. This series however is much more up my street. It’s grittier and filthier and a good bit of adult viewing once the little chap has disappeared up to bed for beddy byes!

Eastenders

I havent really been following the soaps much of late, does anyone in the summer? But I have started to watch Eastenders again and particularly paid attention when they announced the introduction of a new family. It makes ludicrous watching sometimes but I love a bit of telly trash sometimes!

I have put links to all the shows in the titles, just in case you are a bit curious. What are you all hooked on lately? Have you got any good recommendations?

Have a nice evening, ta ta folks xxx

 

Another Primark Haul

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I’m loving Primark at the moment!!! I have to admit that I have been caught by the bug and I quite enjoy rummaging around for some new goodies! Last weekend we had another opportunity to do a spot of child free shopping and I fancied nipping into Primark to get another pair of cosy pj’s. I got a bit carried away…… want to see? –

Jungle Book Pyjamas

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I saw one of my fave Mummy vloggers with a Little Mermaid set of pyjamas and I couldn’t resist hunting them down. Could I find them? Nope! The Primark nightwear department is pretty extensive so I needn’t despair. This is where I found this pretty pyjama set in pink and gold colours, which is very on trend. It’s a perfect set for the summertime in a very lightweight cotton material and is super comfy! Look at the pretty tropical flower detail on the trousers…. love them! RRP – £10.00

Boys Cuban Print Hawaiian Shirt

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I couldn’t resist having a little look at the boys section in the childrens department. This shirt is perfect for the little tyke to take on his beach holiday. It is made in a lovely lightweight cotton material and features a cute Cuban themed pattern. RRP – £6.00

Boys Blue Hawaiian Shirt

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I found a similar style shirt in a cool blue colour with a Hawaiian flower print. This again will be perfect for our beach holiday. He will look like such a cool little dude! RRP – £6.00

Aztec Print Flip Flops

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90p!!!!!!!! How can  I say no? They were actually a last minute purchase, spotted as I was on my way to the till. Had I had a little bit more time I would have picked up a couple of more pairs. Next time I go into Primark I am heading straight to the shoes area for a proper browse!!! RRP – £0.90p

Have any of you been into Primark lately? Have you got any good recommendations for things to look out for? I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions:)

Until next time my lovelies, nighty night and ta ta xxx

Two year old birthday party ideas

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As mentioned on my previous post ‘23 Month Update‘, we have started to think about our little boys 2nd birthday party. What do you do to mark such an occasion? Well to start with, we need to pick a theme……..

The Gruffalo

Pros: One of the little tykes favourite books in the whole world. Its a little bit quirky. You can tie it in with some woodland themed accessories. Kids of all ages would enjoy.

Cons: You would struggle to find a ready made Gruffalo cake. There are not as many gruffalo themed party accessories available.

Peppa Pig

Pros: Involves lots of pastel colours, but mostly pink and blue. There are tons and tons of Peppa and George merchandise available. You can easily buy a Peppa Pig birthday cake in the supermarket without having to make one yourself.

Cons: Too popular and not very original. Off putting for any older kids attending.

Thomas the Tank Engine

Pros: Thomas is probably our little mans favourite tv character. He loves trains. You can get train or Thomas themed party accessories. Blue and red is nice and bright for a party.

Cons: I am struggling to find a ready made Thomas cake. I don’t have time to make a cake and I am not very experienced when it comes to baking.

Dinosaurs

Pros: The little man just loves dinosaurs and dinosaur toys. You could do a mix of jungle and dinosaur themed accessories.

Cons: I cant really think of any, except it might be a bit old for him at the moment.

Jungle Safari

Pros: You can use lots of different animal toys and accessories. There are lots of jungle themed music that you could have in the background. Its lovely and colourful.

Pros: It might not be his favourite theme.

Final decision…… Thomas the Tank Engine

We were thinking more on the lines of the dinosaur party but as he is having a joint party we decided on something that both boys like – Thomas the Tank Engine. Its going to be good fun planning this party actually and I look forward to putting up more posts relating to this!

Have a nice evening folks, ta ta xxx

23 Month Update

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Can you believe we are talking about your 2nd birthday little tyke? I just can’t believe how quickly the past year has gone! The first year felt like five years, but the second year has whizzed by! Our last update was at 19 months, but even in those few months you have changed so much!

Words and Sounds

It’s taken some time but you are getting there. So far you can say a variety of individual words such as “Daddy”, “Mummy”, “Cat”, “Car”, “Dog, “Banana” and “Ball”. You like to sing songs and some of the words can be quite clear sometimes. You love making animal and vehicle noises, especially dinosaur noises “Raaaaaarrrr!!!”.

Play

You can play with other children now and like to play ball games. Much to Daddys delight, you like football! I think your favourite toys would probably be your slide and your cars. You are also a crafty little man and love painting.

TV & Film

At the moment you like Thomas the Tank Engine, Octonauts, In the Night Garden, Tellytubbies and Peppa Pig. Also, Mr Tumble sends you into a strange little trance, what is it about that guy? He bugs the heck out out of me, but you seem to like him. You don’t have the patience to sit and watch a whole film but you have watched quite a bit of Finding Dory. Great taste little man!

Food

You love, love, love your food. I think we are very lucky with you because you will try most things. I think your favourite foods are bananas, grapes, biscuits, cheese corn snacks, roast dinners and spaghetti bolognaise. Oh and like Mummy, your favourite treat is a bit of cake!

Clothes

You fit into 2-3 year old clothes for the length, but the waist bands on the trousers seem too large. So your trousers keep falling down! I try to put hats on you but you pull them straight off. I have managed to get you to wear sunglasses though!

Behaviour

You are a funny little laddie. For such a long time you were as good as gold when eating out but most recently you have become such an impatient little fidget! It can quite frankly be a bit of a nightmare. Shopping is also a no no at the minute. Thank the lord for internet shopping is all I say!

New experiences

You have just come back from your first holiday and have also experienced your first trip on a plane. I was well prepared with snacks and entertainment, but you fell asleep! Just as we took off the ground! We have our big holiday in September, fingers crossed you do as well on the next flight.

I look back fondly on the past year little tyke, but look forward to all the changes and developments for the following year. Next year you will be three and just thinking about that makes me a little bit emotional. My baby boy is growing up, but I couldn’t be prouder of you little tyke. Love you lots and lots, Mummy xxxx

Primark newbie haul

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Primark for the very first time!

I have never shopped in Primark before! Why not I hear you ask? Well, I guess it just always seemed like this huge shopping mega store with the most horrendous queues. Pretty scary when you have a toddler in tow, little patience and not a lot of time! But all the while I keep hearing positive comments about how cheap and fashionable the products are. I was itching to give it a go and yesterday was one of those rare days where I got the opportunity to do a bit of child free shopping. Bingo! I had some ideas in mind of what I wanted to look for before I went into the shop –

  • Summer hat for the little tyke
  • Little shorts for the little tyke
  • Zip lock bags or toiletry bags
  • New ruck sack for nursery
  • Trinket dish (rose gold preferably)
  • Throws
  • Pastel coloured sweatshirts (I’m loving the trend)
  • Sandals
  • Beach bag

Summer Hat

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The cutest and smartest beach hat for the little chap

WIN! This smart little hat is from Primarks ‘Rebel’ range and is sized 2-4 years. It is a lovely brown colour and is finished with a black and white ribbon trim. Priced at £3.00.

Boys Shorts

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These shorts can be dressed smart or casual

WIN! These little green utility shorts are perfect for my little boy. Everything is falling down on him at the moment, so the drawstring will come in handy. No more loose waistbands. They also have little pockets and zip detail. Priced at £6.00.

Zip Bags

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Perfect for makeup, toiletries and first aid bits

WIN! These simple little bags will do just the job when we next go on holiday. I wanted something clear so I can instantly make out the contents. I used plastic shopping bags on our last trip. We can do better than that. Priced at £3.00 (I think… lost the tag).

Nursery ruck sack

FAIL! I couldn’t find any bags for the boys. Was I looking in wrong place?

Trinket dish

FAIL! A ceramic cactus dish was not what I had in mind.

Throws

FAIL! Not great for what I want. They were all soft and fleecy and well….. a bit girly. Perfect for snuggling on a winters day, but not for putting over a chair.

Pastel coloured sweatshirt

FAIL! I wasn’t that sure if the shape of the sweaters would suit me. They all seemed a bit short and I like a little bit of cover up on the tum tum area. If you know what I mean.

Sandals

FAIL! Too. Many. To. Choose. From. Next.

Beach bag

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WIN! Oooooo look at this beauty! It only cost seven bleeding pounds! Who could tell?

Bonus item – Unicorn Pjs

 

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Excuse the creased sheets…. oops

 

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100% Unicorn

Does this make me officially fashionable? Or perhaps a bit of a big kid at heart? I have to say that I really, really liked the selection of nightwear on offer. I might just have to go back and get some more. Central Perk Pjs for me please.

So I guess I kind of enjoyed my little Primark shop. The queue wasnt too bad and I got served pretty quickly. I am not sure I have the patience or time to look at all of the clothes, but I was a big fan of the accessories and the home bits. What do you think to shopping in Primark? Is it yey or nay for you?

Have a lovely evening all, nighty night and ta ta xxx

 

 

Review: Les Ormes Lodges

 

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Les Ormes one bedroom lodge

 

On our recent trip back to my home island of Jersey, we stayed in the very lovely Les Ormes self catering resort for the first time. This trip was the first one as a family, prior to this we would always stop in hotels. But this time I wanted a home from home and Les Ormes provided just that.

Les Ormes Resort is located five minutes away from Jersey airport and is within easy reach of many of the islands attractions. There are 62 units of self catering accomodation of varying sizes, from one to five bedrooms with all the mod cons you could hope for. We stopped in a one bedroom lodge with its very own hot tub and decking area (see above). The lodge had an open plan lounge with kitchen and dining area, large bathroom with underfloor heating and a spacious seperate bedroom. The little tyke stopped in our bedroom in a little wooden cot at the end of our bed.

 

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Lodge interior

Our lodge was located on the outside edge of the resort and was wonderfully quiet! We had lots of lovely animal and birdy visitors to our lodge including a friendly duck and a cat who befriended our little boy. So cute!

 

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Hello ducky!

Once the little chap went to bed in the evening we took the opportunity to take a dip in the outside hot tub. We were very lucky with the weather and it felt so lovely to watch the sun go down from the comfort of our bubbly hot tub.

 

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Lovely bubbly hot tub!

At the resort there are a host of activities and facilities on offer. They have an indoor pool, sports centre and golf course available all year round. From May half term until September visitors can use the outdoor pool and childrens play zone. There is also the ‘Little Squirrels Club’ providing lots of crafty activities for young children (must be accompanied by an adult).

 

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Mummy and little tyke walk to the lodge

We have already decided that we would like to return to the resort again next year and I would definitely recommend Les Ormes to anybody with young children. If I were to make any suggestions for improvements I would suggest having a small shop on site at the reception or offer welcome packs to purchase prior to arrival. Saying that, you really are never far from a shop when you are in Jersey. Our closest supermarket was the large Waitrose in Red Houses or you could travel further to the large Co-op in St. Peter. Food shopping is a little more expensive in Jersey, so I would recommend sticking to the co-op as the prices are much more reasonable.

The resort does have a restaurant, but I would recommend venturing a little further as there are much better choices on offer. If you are after breakfast, head to the Watersplash or El Tico five minutes down the road in St. Ouen. If you are after dinner head to the Crab Shack or the Treehouse in St Brelades (ten minutes away). All of the places I have mentioned are extremely family friendly and have very yummy food!

Thats it from me for one night folks, ta ta for now xxx

 

 

 

 

 

Review: El Tico Beach Cantina

 

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El Tico Beach Cantina, Jersey

We have recently returned from a trip back to my home town/island, Jersey in the Channel Islands. I miss the laid back vibe that you get from living by the coast and there is nowhere more perfect to experience this vibe than at El Tico in St. Ouens bay. We were staying in some self catering accomodation about 5 minutes away, so it made perfect sense to pop by for some breaky one day!

 

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Latest menu from El Tico Beach Cantina

There really is a super choice for breakfasts from the menu and it varies from dishes that are very, very healthy to some choices that are a little bit naughty. The weather was a little bit wild and windswept outside, so I decided on some comfort food in the form of Tico “Hash”. My husband opted for the full breakfast and the little tyke went for some toast and jam (not on the menu, but the waitress was very helpful).

 

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Look at the view!

We sat at the end of one of the large communal tables, with the little man perched in a high chair. Whilst we waited he had some sticker and colouring books to help pass the time. I loved looking out the large windows, where we could see surfers riding the big Atlantic waves.

 

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St. Ouens Bay

It didn’t take long for our breakfasts  to arrive! My El Tico Hash looked scrummy! It included; chorizo, serrano ham, sauté potatoes, spinach, sun dried tomatoes & poached eggs. It tasted as good as it looked! My husbands full english went down a treat also!

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Yummy, yummy breakfast time!

 

Before we left I bought myself a little momento of home, an El Tico ocean scented candle.  I cannot wait to use it, its the perfect thing to remind me of home.

I hope you all have a lovely evening, ta ta and nighty night xxx