Sunday, 21 August 2016

Our Ideal Family Weekend Away - #JoulesExplorers

After counting down the weeks, days and finally minutes, the “Ideal Family Weekend Away” starts with locking the front door of our home and heading out for a family adventure. We feel the excitement of saying goodbye to ordinary daily life and not knowing exactly what new sights, sound and tastes are awaiting us. As Son, Daughter, Father and Mother, we all have different ideas of what makes an ideal family weekend away.
Son’s idea of the ideal family weekend away is the freedom to run free. Being still a toddler, he loves putting on a pair of wellies and running carefree on sand, grass or through a forest. It does not matter the location but rather the fact nobody is telling him “Be careful! Hold my hand!”. Besides enjoying the feeling of the wind blowing past his ears, there is also all the marvellous new curious items to discover and touch. Smooth rocks, pine cones, rocky sand, and soft flowers. He is happiest when he outside running free or digging in sand and dirt. Being away from home also means getting to taste new sweets at the seaside or homemade cakes at a cafe. Tasting different ice creams flavours everyday. After a fun day of exploring, he enjoys reading books with Daddy before cuddles on a soft bed with Mommy. Peacefully falling asleep and dreaming of a day of new experiences.
Daughter’s thoughts of an ideal family weekend away is similar to her Little Brother’s but she is more adventurous. She equally loves the freedom of being on a beach or in a forest but she also loves climbing to the tallest hill and exploring the secret corners of historic castle or church. She loves crawling up an old staircase or dancing on the colourful light that is reflected through stained glass windows onto stone floor. You may even find her laying on the floor staring up at the vaulted decorated ceilings. No family holiday would be complete without several trips into the local toy shops. Even though the same toys may be sold at the stores near our home, she finds toys and books so more interesting when miles from home. There is new love for games and sticker books that will keep her entertained in the evenings before dinner. She also recently discovered how much fun it is to go swimming with Mother. She loves kicking around in an indoor pool without sharing Mother with Little Brother or Father. Perfect time to ask questions or share a story without being distracted by the world around her.
Father’s hopes for an ideal family weekend away is one that is filled with lots of laughter and new family experiences. He loves heading into a bookstore to look for old books on local town or British history. While walking along holding his daughter’s soft hand, he keeps an eye open for cafes or restaurants that feature local produce and vegetables. As a vegetarian, he is always looking for ideas for meals at home. He enjoys making sand castles and then watching as son and daughter finds joy on jumping on his sand creations. After the children have fallen asleep quickly from a day filled with fresh air and fun, he enjoys reading a book and the quietness of the night.
Mother’s wishes for an ideal family weekend away it is an escape from the ordinary life and where happy family memories are made and captured. She puts on her favourite waterproof coat and boots for a weekend of exploring. Storing her phone safely away in the family bag and just focusing on the family adventure. She is never far away from her camera and loves trying to capture the candid moments when her family is truly happy and relaxed. She loves exploring small shops with handmade items for the home or furniture that has been well-loved. Looking for the perfect cushion or decorative item to bring home to remind her of this family weekend away. One of the best treats of being away from home is the opportunity to sample new foods and have someone else cook. She craves fresh seafood that was caught off the coast that morning or enjoys heading into a local bakery for freshly made scones or bread. After a day of exploring, she enjoys cuddling up in a cosy jumper with a hot cup of tea while looking through the photos of cherished moments.
At the end of our family weekend away, we would be heading back home with numerous joyful stories to be share with Grandparents, and coat pockets filled with sea shells, rocks or small tokens discovered on our family adventure.

This our entry to become Joules Explorer 2016. Thank you Joules, Stars Castle Hotel, and Isles of Scilly Travel for hosting the #JoulesExplorers 2016 Blogger Competition. I truly believe that my family and I would enjoy exploring St Mary’s of the Isles of Scilly and we are loving the latest styles from Joule. 
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Monday, 15 August 2016

2016 The Sibling Portrait Project at LadyBug Home

In 2016, we will be joining in for another year with the "The Sibling Portrait Project" that was created by Lucy of Dear Beautiful. On the 15th of each month, I join a group of bloggers to document the very special relationship between brothers and sisters. This also creates a visual timeline of how quickly our children are growing. My favourite photos are of the first photo of a baby joining a family and sometimes promoting an only child to "Big Sister" or "Big Brother".

Search #SiblingsProject on Twitter and Instagram or follow @siblings_photos on Instagram to view the monthly collection of photos.

The Me and Mine Project
AUGUST 2016
Another month of trying to catch that perfect photo when both siblings are looking straight at the camera. Big Sister was in a silly mood and Little Brother kept getting distracted by the birds and clouds in the sky. They are both now have less than 6 months until their birthdays. Big Sister is very excited to start school in September. We have less than one month until this big change in her life. I must hide away her uniform or she would easily wear it everyday and maybe even to bed. She would love to spend every day this Summer at the park or just splashing around in the backyard. She definitely would prefer to eat only ice lollies these days. She has enjoyed making some yogurt frozen popsicles.
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Sunday, 31 July 2016

2016 Me & Mine Portrait Project at LadyBug Home

In 2016, we will be joining in for another year with the "Me and Mine Project" that was created by Lucy of Dear Beautiful. On the last day of each month, I join a group of bloggers to document being a family. There is lots of photos of my husband or I with our children but rare photos of all us together. I have learned how to set the timer on the camera and every month we commit to taking a photo of the four us together.

Search #MeandMineProject on Twitter and Instagram or follow @meandmineproject on Instagram to view the monthly collection of photos.
The Me and Mine Project

JULY 2016
The last two months have flown by and we never got the June photo taken. Little Ladybug is finished with Preschool and starting Big School in the Autumn. She is super excited about her new black school shoes. We have had several settling sessions in her new classroom and spent some time exploring the school playground. Bumblebee Boy is going to miss her terribly when she is at school.

In July, we went to several Christmas in July events in London. We loved seeing all the Christmas decorations and gift ideas. We are vlogging our Summer Holiday 2016 and just enjoying spending family time together. Happy Summer!
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Wednesday, 6 July 2016

The Home Life Project - July 2016

Joining Clare from Maybush Studio with her "Home Life Photography Project - July 2016".  This monthly photography project involves documenting your daily life for one day per month.

DATE: Saturday, July 2nd and Sunday, July 3rd, 2016

I decided to document the whole weekend because it was filled with new adventures but also reflection of how quickly my children are growing. We started Saturday with a session of running around the backyard and digging in the sandbox. While my son had his first haircut on Friday, my daughter has only had about one inch cut from her hair in her whole life. I love seeing her blond baby curls at the end of her long hair. 
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Thursday, 30 June 2016

Painted Vase and Glass Scented Candles with Pinty Plus Chalk Paint Spray

Another month of being inspired by the amazing colour range of Pinty Plus Chalk Paint Spray from Novasol Spray UK. This month, I wanted to use the spray paints on glass and try a couple new colours.
Pinty Plus Chalk Paint Spray from Novasol UK Vase and Candle Holders
I previously used Pale Turquoise and Broken White on my bench project and Blue Indigo on my white cube storage boxes project. The two new colours for this month were Turquoise and Mint Green.
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Monday, 20 June 2016

Make It By The Book - Plastic Bead Bowl Project

My daughter requests to start painting or crafting shortly after finishing her breakfast most days and so I am always looking for new craft projects. One of the best resources of ideas I discover recently was the Make it by the Book (Craft Book) from Parragon Books. As a member of the Book Buddies team, I made a special request to get a copy of this book and I was not disappointed in the contents. There are 80 craft projects that all very creative and use different materials.
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Friday, 17 June 2016

Friday Favourites - Week 1 June 2016 - Summer Party Ideas

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This Friday Favourites Theme is: Summer Party Planning. My daughter would love to have invite her friends or cuddly toys for a party everyday of the year. As we get closer to sunshine summer days, I start dreaming of throwing a party in the backyard.

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Thursday, 16 June 2016

Surprise Indoor Picnic Lunch - National Picnic Week

June 11 - 19th, 2016, is National Picnic Week and we have been wishing for sunshine so we could have a picnic in the backyard. Unfortunately, we are having a typical British early summer weather with burst of sunshine but mostly rain and clouds. 
Ladybug Home - National Picnic Week
My daughter loves having a picnic and especially if it inside on the living room floor where she can invite all your cuddly friends. I thought I would surprise her with picnic lunch. My sweet husband took my Daughter and Son off to the grocery store while I quickly headed to the kitchen to create food that would be perfect for little hands. 

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