Monday, 9 April 2018

Review | Hape Happy Hour Clock


When I was younger, I had a slight obsession with numbers and time, when I say slight I mean major, if someone said we'd be doing something in 5 minutes, i'd be staring at my forever friends watch until it had been exactly 5 minutes then i'd start hassling again, I liked my routine, I liked knowing when things would be happening and I needed things to run on time.

So it was inevitable that Abbie was going to pick up on this trait too, her world reminds me exactly of how mine was at her age, she wants to know how long until everything is happening, and as parents we all casually say things like "2 minutes" "Later" or "Tomorrow" but just like me, she likes to know specifics so I decided it was the perfect time to get her, her very own clock, and despite only having it for a week or so, she's picked up on it so fast. This one is from the well known brand Hape, who are the world's largest producer of wooden toys, they pride themselves on being environmentally friendly, being dependant on natural resources, including an entire bamboo line and have even thought about their production in terms of keeping energy consumption to a minimum, it's always nice knowing you're helping the environment!

This Happy Hour Clock is colourful and educational, perfect for children aged 3 years and older. The Clock consists of 13 pieces. Sticking with a restricted colour range of 4 colours, red, blue, yellow and green, the toy is not overwhelming and keeps the entertainment of learning. The clock has a big smiley face and easy portable pieces that children can take out of the base. It helps teaches time, like hours and minutes along side learning about numbers and colours. With the movable clock hands help your child understand the differences with hours, minutes, o’clock and half past. Developing their recognition skills and differentiation skills.

All their toys go through a rigorous testing regime, including the bite test, small parts test and sharp point test to ensure everything is suitable for your child, whatever their age.

When it came to taking these photos, we sat down and I asked her to show me random times on the clock, such as 4.10, 6.30, 12.55 etc, and although she'd only had it for a week, she was already able to complete those with ease. What I love is that when she asks me what the time is, I can already point to the clock in the living room and ask her what she thinks it is and she's able to tell me, she will then come back over to this clock and match the time up. If I say 5 minutes until something, I will show her what the clock on the wall will look like when time is up, and she recognises it, she absolutely loves it! The next step in a few weeks will be to teach her about quarter past, half past etc, something I think will be a little trickier but with what she's learned so far, so quickly, think she will pick it up with great ease!

The Hape Happy Hour Clock has dimensions (LWH) of 30 x 30 x 3.6 cm and cost is £13.99 from Amazon


Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Spring Bedroom Makeover

As i've got older, i've become increasingly over excited by the concept of ordering new bedding, and the older I get, the more I look forward to getting into bed each night and just going to bloody sleep! But we all know that wonderful feeling of clean fresh bedding, the pure excitement of making up the bed ready for that night, the scent of the washing powder, we've probably lit a few candles, popped on the fairy lights and purposely tidied the room to within an inch of its life, we then share a photo on Instagram and share with our followers about how the bedding is clean, to be met with like minded individuals who share the same strange feeling of joy.

We all remember being nagged to clean our rooms and make our beds, it seemed like such a chore back then, but now I see it as a challenge to see just how crease free and cosy I can make the actual bed, how many cushions I can add without it looking over the top then once it's all finished, consider a new job in home interiors, and hopefully all those years of playing The Sims as a teenager will finally pay off! There's actually a great scene in Along Came Polly about decorative cushions, I urge you to watch it, it's relatable, and yet I still add a shed ton of them to my bed anyway!

Anyway, onto the actual review, I received these gorgeous bits from JD Williams a few weeks ago, I've always known of their clothing but never even knew they had a whole homeware range, which has very quickly become my new favourite online store, i'm eyeing up their bobble bath mats at the moment because i'm in desperate need of some new ones!
The first item I chose for the bedroom was this beautiful waffle duvet set, I like to keep my bedding simple and white just seems to brighten up the entire room, I will admit to have ironed this before putting it on, I mean the OCD kicked in because it was for this review specifically but also, it looks SO much nicer all smooth and crease free, ahhh.

I washed and tumbled dried the set before making the bed and it all came out beautifully, and I loved how it felt, you know there are some duvet covers and pillowcases that just feel a bit thin, a bit meh, this is such high quality, the waffle detailing instantly adds that little touch of luxury that you'd find with one of those posh spa robes, and the adorable little buttons details give it an almost nautical feel, I couldn't be happier with it!

I paired it with this beautiful dusty pink throw for the end of the bed which has quickly been stolen by Abbie when she's been poorly the past week or so, it's the perfect addition throughout the year and nice and cool and cosy to go over you as the weather heats up (it's going to isn't it?). It measures 150x200cm and fit perfectly on the king sized bed, it also comes in Cream, Duck Egg & Grey, and has matching cushions available too!

What's the point in ordering new bedding without also ordering some more decorative cushions? I went for these felt & gold ones to compliment the rest of the room, I'm a sucker for anything gold at the moment, I have some photoshoots coming up and they all have elements of it! These just add that little modern finish with a geometric touch, they are exactly how you want a cushion to be, cosy, soft & super comfy! OH and they currently have a 3 for 2 offer on their cushions too!

I'm so impressed with all three of these products, the quality is so beautiful and luxurious, instantly the bedroom looked ready for Spring with just a few simple changes, I couldn't be any happier! And now i'm about to be that person I spoke about at the top of this post (minus the tea lights because i'm actually going to fall straight to sleep as soon as my head hits that pillow!). Hope you all have a great nights sleep and I will be back next week for a new post! Sweet dreams. x

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Snow Day!

I really do love my little country, we are notoriously known for our incredible sense of humour when it comes to the weather, we are famous for the rain, and we know that, it's cool, so when we get a couple of flecks of snow, we can't contain our excitement. HOWEVER, in the space of a week, not only have we experienced a sodding Earthquake (4.2 on the richter scale i'll have you know), the house shook and everything (slightly, but still), but over the past few days, it SNOWED, and not just a little bit of snow, a RED LEVEL WARNING amount of snow, i'm talking blizzard conditions, calf deep, actually able to make a snowman or ten conditions! It's been wonderful!

So in true British style, the Memes have been out in full force, the shops have had stampedes of people bulk buying bread and milk just incase we end up having to stay indoors for the next 6 months, I even popped down to my local cafe yesterday for some chocolate cake and they were bloody closed! THIS is the sort of hysteria that is unnecessary if you ask me..

I won't lie, I really love the snow, I love it from a Photographers point of view, everywhere looks so beautiful and calm, pretty much every photo looks good too, I also love it from a parents point of view, Abbie is loving playing in it, she's singing all the snow songs known to man as she kicks the stuff everywhere, although she's not so keen on the sprays of snow the wind keeps throwing at her face, but we embrace the MAYHEM! She's wrapped up all snug and warm, resembling that of the Michelin Man once all layers are completed. All the kids on the street head out and have snowball fights and the parents get involved, which means I also finally get to finally meet said neighbours after only living here for 7 years..well done snow.

Just when I thought it couldn't get any better, there have been people in my town who have literally been skiing down the slopes and paths and having a jolly ol' time, strangers are talking to each other as they walk around, everyone chatting about the weather and so many people actually out playing in it, local facebook groups are offering 4x4 cars to help strangers get to work and even some offering hot food and drinks free of charge, I always feel a sense of community when it snows, it really is quite lovely!

I know the snow is a nuisance to some, and I understand, but for me, i'm enjoying the break from normality and taking in the extra day and a half i've had with Abbie being off school and we are enjoying ourselves!

I shall leave you with a couple of photos from the past few days, hope you've all had a great week and have a great weekend! :)

Monday, 15 January 2018

A Busy Weekend!


Hope you've all had a great start to the year so far! January really is the slowest month ever don't you think? I still have absolutely no idea what day or date it is at the moment, i'm hoping as soon as February comes I'll be right back on track again!

On Saturday I finally finished up on my re-designed Photography website, it's a much more simplified and classic look, easier to navigate and just all round more professional! I offer my services for Wedding Photography, Portraits, Family Shoots, Pregnancy Announcements, Engagement Shoots & even Lifestyle & Fashion posts for other fellow bloggers! Head on over for a little nosy if you fancy it, I can offer a 15% discount on anything if you mention you've seen this post ;)

On Sunday, I headed over to a lovely little wedding show to take some photos, I always love mingling with other wedding suppliers, it's such a lovely community to be a part of! This how literally has everything from ombre wedding cakes to clay pigeon shooting, two things on the complete polar end of the spectrum right? It fascinates me all the new traditions people are adding to their big day nowadays, I feel as though wedding's are really becoming less samey samey and more unique, last year I shot a pre styled wedding shoot and we used smoke bombs with our lovely couple, they really do add that stamp of speciality to your day! I've popped a couple of photos below that i've managed to edit so far..

After getting some shots there, we popped over to The Lounges restaurant for a bite to eat, i've mentioned their food in my previous Veganuary post, they cater for EVERYONE, with a gluten free & vegan menu too, where literally everything sounds delicious! We both opted for the sweet potato & falafel ciabatta with coleslaw & my favourite drink of all, Elderflower! This was probably the most filling bread i've ever had, but that didn't stop us from buying some yummy treats from the local health food shop/cafe!

I'm a little bit obsessed with the whole "era inspired" places at the moment, this shop in particular literally makes you feel like you've stepped into a time machine and ended up back in the 70's, with rustic crates, beautifully laid out solid wood shelves, wooden baskets full of local fruit & veg, as well as homemade salads, pastries, bread & my most favourite chocolates of all, Booja Booja! (Almond & Sea Salt Caramel in particular).

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