Friday, 29 June 2012

Perfect Plates

Calling all those out there who have friends or family with new babies and are in search of the perfect gift. Look no further than these absolutely gorgeous, hand screen printed, personalised baby plates, created by none other than my fricking talented little sister. Those who have read my blog for a while will recognise the bottom, circus themed one - Baby Biddle was the proud recipient of her first ever personalised plate and the design was created especially for him. But now everyone can share in the plate love ... her website is www.thelittlepeach.co.uk or her etsy shop is here. And she's just released a new set of screen prints too which I'll be sharing with you at another point. Awesome.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Mr Cool

With the sun finally shining and me back home from a couple of days work in Stoke, we headed to the park for an afternoon of epic crawling, walking practice and grass consumption. I did my best to keep my fair skinned, strawberry blonde boy shaded from the rays. He screamed the park down when I attempted to tie a sun hat on his head so I gave up on that. Then these photos represent the sole number of seconds he kept his new shades on for. He looks mega cute in teeny sunglasses so I wish he would keep them on a tad longer. Ah well, it's back to all out factor 50 again from now on.

Monday, 25 June 2012

Sunlight

I'm sure those readers in places other than the UK are mightily bored of us Brit bloggers going on and on about the weather. We moan and whinge with all the rain, and then get stupidly giddy with a few rays of sunshine, a few degrees more warmth. But we really have had some of the most miserable weather I've ever known in my 31 years on this earth.

The problem with British weather is that it can be so unpredictable. You leave the house thinking the sky looks okay, a bit cloudy perhaps, but warm. And half an hour later it's raining cats and dogs, your feet and the bottom of your jeans are soaked, the wind has picked up, and you're trying to balance an umbrella in the crook of your neck whilst pushing a baby in a steamed up, rainhooded pram. Now I grew up in East Lancashire where it rains all the time. Since moving South, I didn't think I'd have to endure all this rainy nonsense. But it's barely stopped for three months. Three months! So every time the odd ray of sunshine peaks through the clouds, Baby Biddle and I dash out into the garden to get some fresh air and vitamin D. Like yesterday.

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Poppa

Little B and his Poppa spent a rare day hanging out together today which was well timed with Father's Day. My two boys spending time together isn't usually a rare occurrence as Mr B often works from home for good long stints. But he's been away now for about six weeks and with two more to go, we're  missing him like crazy. Come back Poppa Biddle. We love you.

B bought his Dad this picture book by one of my favourite children's illustrators, Anthony Browne. And very sweetly, whenever B opens up the first page, he gives the Dad in the picture a kiss. B's very into kissing at the moment and long may it last. Tonight as I rocked him before placing him into his cot, he kept lifting his head up from where it was resting on my shoulder and offering his little mouth up for one more kiss. It made my heart melt.

Friday, 15 June 2012

Sales

I cannot resist the baby Gap sale. (Actually, to be fair I can barely resist any sale). The moment I see those huge colourful 50% off signs go up, I'm in their like a shot, grabbing lovely, classic, bargainous items to store under the spare bed until B grows a bit bigger. I have three boxes under the spare bed. One holds clothes he's grown out of but haven't been vac packed yet, one is currently his 12-18 month clothes which are slowly being transferred into his room, and one is for clothes sized 18 months plus. Yes, I'm a bit of an organiser but it does mean that B's had lots of lovely clothes to wear, almost all bought in charity shops and sales saving us lots of money in the long run (or at least that's the theory!).

This week, the big red sign went up and I dashed into Bath's branch of Gap, coming out with these lovely things ... 1. classic cream knit cardigan / 2. Reversible comfy trousers / 3. Organic cotton vests with the cutest illustrations / 4. Short PJ all-in-one, just in case we ever see the sun again and it gets warm during the night

Monday, 11 June 2012

New Books

Along with lots of charity shop book finds, three new special children's books have entered our home recently.

Since I watched the ballet of Romeo and Juliet at the age of three, Shakespeare's tale of star crossed lovers has always been a favourite. So what better way to start the little man off on a lifelong love of the Bard than with this Romeo and Juliet Little Master Shakespeare which we got him for his birthday. Such a lovely idea for a board book.
This gorgeous Alphabet book by Paul Thurlby came from Little B's friend Master Carkeek and we're keeping it out of his reach for the time being as the illustrations are excellent and I love the unusual choices of words for each letter. One for when he's a bit older I think.
And another book that we'll be keeping in a safe place until he's a little older is Henri's Walk to Paris which tells a delightful tale about a boy learning to appreciate his home town. Sent by a friend of Mr B's, the amazing illustrations are by Saul Bass who also did lots of work for Hitchcock.

Friday, 8 June 2012

Bank Holidays

With a couple of precious days off over the bank holiday weekend, I enjoyed every last minute of being able to hang out with my cool little one year old rather than working. With the rain pouring down outside, we watched a lot of jubilee celebrations on the TV. Little B got really into waving at the Queen whilst she processed through the streets of London, and he danced and sang along to the Jubilee concert highlights.

On Monday, round the corner from my Mum's, was the Great Harwood Agricultural Show. With Little B at that age where he's now taking a big interest in animals, it was the perfect trip out in a bout of finer weather. He was mesmerised by all the different creatures and people milling around. Here are some pictures from the show.

Monday, 4 June 2012

One

It's been another crazy week in the Biddle household. I've been working 12 hour days in Lancaster and Mr B's still working in Darlington, so the little one has been hanging out with his childminder again before being spoilt rotten by his Gran and Grandad. And so, when he turned one on Friday, we decided to postpone birthday celebrations until the weekend when he'd have both his parent's full attention and we could celebrate the amazing year that has passed properly.
Our gorgeous little boy was very lucky and received many gorgeous gifts from his loved ones, The jewel in the crown has to be this little French ride-on fire engine from his Gran and Grandad which is beautifully sleek and vintage-styled ... I'm sure you'll be seeing lots more photos of this on the blog in the future.
As my one small nod towards the Jubilee festivities which have been taking place this weekend in the UK, I made a Victoria sponge as a birthday cake, accompanied by a massive jelly. When I was little my Mum never gave us a shop bought birthday cake so I fully intend to follow in her footsteps and so created a fruit laden cake for our fruit loving boy, with which he duly stuffed his face. Happy Birthday darling boy. x