Friday, 30 January 2015

Things I Know #45- Not much again!!

This week I know there are two somgs of the week.

I also know how beneficial music is to my little world!!

That is all I know this week!!

I am sure next week I will know lots of things!!

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

What's on Ann's mind

An emergency trip to a major shopping centre (after someone dropped their phone and needed a new screen asap) resulted in this photo of the new fandangle shopping trolleys now available.  Thoughts??

I think maybe it is a little wacky!!

 Is there any teachers (love your work) out there who can shed some light as to why I was required to buy these bloody expensive connector pens as opposed to normal run of the mill textas??

While on school supplies does anyone actually make 48 page exercise books anymore??  Also why can the schools not use there massive buying power and bulk buy all the required crap lessening the price??

After leaving school supply buying until the last minute a mad dash around the shops while the phone was being fixed proved very successful.  I swear next year I will not leave it to the last minute!!  Actually I swear I will try not to leave it to the last minute!!

In other news we finally finished season 6 of SOA.  Holy freaking guacamole.  I confess I knew part of what was going to happen after reading something in a magazine although I didn't know the ins and outs plus the other stuff that went down.  If anyone knows where my season 6 disc 3 is could you please let me know, it has disappeared from the face of the earth.  The good news is that the  season 7 dvds have been preordered and should be here early March.  I don't want it to end but I need to know how it all plays out!!

Char left a comment the other day and is a complete mind reader!!  I had mentally made a playlist of music I can play from tomorrow onwards when school goes back!!  Pink being top of the list!!  Damn kids and there learning of songs meaning anything with even the remotest swear word is off limits!!

So that is what is on my mind this week, what's on yours??

Linking up with Jess for #IBOT

Friday, 23 January 2015

Things I Know #44- Back to school

Next week is the return or start of school for the majority of Australian kids after summer holidays.


I actually have two very excited boys, year 1 kid has been bugging me for weeks now as he wants to go back to school and find out who his teacher is and who is in his class etc.

It just so happens that preschool starts back on the same day.

That could not have worked out better if it tried.

By about 910am on Wednesday I shall be a free (sort of) woman with just one menace at home!!

For a blissful 6 hours!!

Then I get to repeat this on Thursday as well!!

Not that I have thought too hard about it!!

Apparently Mother Nature has organised rain for Wednesday.  Ace it up MN.  I will be doing the drop off and getting out of the car and the pick up so back off with the rain.

So this week I know the countdown is on and also happy Straya day!!

Have a great long weekend guys!!  Is there anything more Australian than cheap wine and a three leg goat!!

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Wordless Wednesday- #Fmy52weeksofmemories weeks 1-4

#happy   Happiness is playing in a warm rockpool!!
A pic for Teapots and Tractors #mumswearyourbathers

I collected pretties while sitting in the rockpool!!
After walking back to the top of the hill after our swim the kids all scooted off back down to the park!!  #summer


Linking up with Finding Myself Young for her #Fmy52weekofmemories and for the first time in ages with My Little Drummer Boys for Wordless Wednesday.

Monday, 19 January 2015

Reading #returning

my very own signed copy!!

This is the list of books I have read since Boxing Day.  A massive effort by me seeing as how in 2014 I managed to read 2 books.

I have been switching off completely and losing myself in books.  One of the benefits of being up all hours with late night partaying children is that I ended up ignoring them and getting stuck into my books!!

I did the three John Grishams in a row.  I really liked all of them except the ending of The Racketeer.  It seemed a little rushed but was still a great ending.

Then I started on Returning.

2It is written by the extremely talented Francesca from Francesca Writes Here.

I really enjoyed it.  I really really hope Ms Suters is working on a sequel and that someone buys the rights to the book to turn it into a movie!!

I decided I can't say too much about it without giving bits away so you will just have to grab a copy and read for yourselves!!

Next up I have a book I grabbed from our library's bargain rack called Glasgow Kiss which sounds like a good one!!  Although I sense my reading time will be very limited in the next few weeks as we get right back into the swing of reality.

Linking up with One Mother Hen for #openslather and My Home Truths for I Must Confess.

Friday, 16 January 2015

Things I Know #43- Today is Friday

Shortest #tik ever as I just realised today is actually Friday and not Thursday.  Hence the Four weddings clip!!

I guess a whole week of shite sleep courtesy of all 3 of my little delights will in fact cause a brain malfunction.

Finally going to bed at 3am Wednesday morning being the worst night ever closely followed by last night with a 1am bedtime.


In other news I will be finalising the details over the weekend to send Maxine off on her journey.  Last call to have a turn and play along!!

Song of the week "Take Me To Church" is a new fave, reminds me of Elton John!!

I hope your week has played out a great deal better than mine!!

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

#maxinethemaxi -Sarah from People Don't Eat Enough Fudge

When I commented on this post Five in Five on Ann's blog back in September and said ''I cant do maxi dresses for some reason, I love them on other people and, being tall, I always think they should suit me but I just end up looking like a pair of walking curtains. I really didn't think very much more about it.


Ann contacted me and asked me if I would like to take part in The Sisterhood of the Travelling Maxi Dress.

The idea was that Ann would send the dress to me, I would style it my way and write a post about it and then I would send the dress back.

Would I like to do that??

Hell YES!

A couple of weeks later the postman delivered a parcel and I was SO excited!

The dress was pretty, slinky and even long enough for ME which at 6ft is something of a rarity!

Now I'm famed for wearing most of my clothes far too short. It's probably my rebellious streak kicking against the god awful weather we have here in the UK for much of the year.

There's nothing I like better than wearing my shorts or little summer dresses and I've never even looked sideways at a maxi dress before (see reason above) and to be honest, I was stumped!

I had NO idea how to style this dress. I liked the look of it, I liked the feel of it. I loved the way it flowed and skimmed and was totally weightless. I also loved the fact that after travelling for 12000 miles it came out of that package without a single crease (I don't really do ironing ... or dusting .... or .... well, that's another post ...).

I turned to the internet for inspiration and found loads of different ways you can wear a maxi dress.

Belts, scarves, shoes, boots, safety pins - yep, safety pins - but don't worry, I didn't use any, I didn't want to poke holes in Ann's dress.

I had lots of fun trying out the different styles although I've got to admit I was REALLY bad at getting them to look the way they did on line and most were a complete disaster.

I roped Miss Mac in as my photographer and we took a few pics in the garden.

I take a TERRIBLE photo! Seriously! I pull weird faces nearly every time!

You know when you go out with a group of friends and they all start snapping away on their phones and post photos on FB about what a great time everyone's having?

Well, you hardly ever see any of me (unless they are really mean friends). They take the snaps but then I see them review them, frown and then silently hit delete no doubt inwardly berating me for ruining yet another great shot.

So anyway, Miss Mac (bless her) tried SO hard and took SO many photos (and laughed a LOT) and eventually we got a few photos that don't make me want to garrote myself with the twisted up dress (which would be a shame as it is a lovely dress).

First of all I wore the dress full length with just a belt slung low around my waist and (at Miss Mac's insistence) a scarf tied bandana style around my head and simple gladiator style sandals with turquoise beads.

The photo is a little blurry but it really was the best one we got!

Then I tried it (as shown on tinternet) with a belted vest top over it and long brown boots (see me looking all wistful and gardener like?)

Then I folded the top of the dress down (this was really easy as it's such a light fabric) and belted it at the waist so it became a long skirt and I wore it with a white vest top and a lightweight denim shirt dress worn open over the top.

I really wanted to show the way they had pinned the dress so the hem hung in a handkerchief way, all unevenly just above the knee but as I said, I didn't want to pin the dress so I've tried to show kind of how it should look by sitting down. I've teamed it this time with my favourite long line cable knit cardigan and the same brown boots turned down to show the sheepskin lining.

Finally I asked Miss Mac to style the dress her way for me.

She looked SO pretty! She's gone for a great young look with the dress folded and belted to make it above the knee borrowing my wide tan belt to hold it and the same gladiator sandals I wore and added a flower head band and an acid wash denim jacket for a really youthful hippy chick look.

I wish I could have done the dress more justice in these photos, I've really had my eyes opened to their versatility and practicality and, who knows, maybe I will buy one for myself next summer.

Thanks you SO much Ann for choosing me to style this dress for you, I'm really looking forward to seeing how everyone else wears it!

Sarah xx

I really want to thank Sarah and Miss Mac for their amazing contribution towards #maxinethemaxi or #thesisterhoodofthetravellingmaxi   You both have nailed it and I love love love your pictures 

Head on over and check out Sarah's hilariously funny blog People Don't Eat Enough Fudge and give her a like on Facebook

If you want to have Maxine pop over and visit you or if you want to see me and Maxine head on over to this post for all the goss!!