Monday, 21 January 2013

Our Snowy Escapades

Our family is definately one that embraces and lives life to the full.  Whilst a lot of people I know have been complaining about the weather, we have relished the chance to get out there and have fun together.  It all started on Friday when I had to pick the kids up from school early, I took all 3 sledges and their waterproofs and headed straight to the park with friends.  It was still snowing at this stage, but we spent a few hours happily sledging down a semi steep hill before heading home for "the best hot chocolate in the World".

 Saturday dawned, and we decided to go on a bit of a mission, whilst the slopes on Friday were good fun, they weren't particularily long and so we piled into the chelsea tractor and went a few miles up the road with friends to do a bit more "extreme" sledging.  We had such a brilliant time, although there were tears and tantrums a plenty, the majority of time was spent laughing and squealing!  Pixie turned out to be a bit of a daredevil and was constantly trying to come down the hill on her sledge lying down backwards like a kamikaze pilot she knew no fear.

 We then came home and snuggled on the sofa watching films and cuddling with the odd game of bananagrams or dominos for good measure.

The perfect weekend!

Peace and Love

S.A.M xoxo

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

This is me.

This was taken last week on a big old walk up Boxhill by Beansey aged 9.  It is VERY rare for me to be on this other side of the camera but I love this shot so much I thought I would share it with you all.

It will definitely be going in a frame!

Have a good day.

Peace and Love

S.A.M xoxo

Monday, 14 January 2013

Mathmos Jellywash Touch LED colour change light review

A few weeks ago, we were asked did we want to review the Mathmos Jelly Wash LED colour change light from John Lewis and my first thought was "eh?".

However, on closer inspection, I saw that this was something that would really appeal to Beansy who is changing in front of my eyes from a long haired scruff with dirty knees, to a hair gelling, electric guitar playing, wannabe rock god.  His room is undergoing a transformation, he wants one whole wall painted with a union jack and then has an electric guitar rug and mirror with a lovely "London Rocks" bedspread from the white company.  All very grown up and as he says, "sick".

What we didn't have though, was a light and the fact that this is operated by remote control, appealed as it meant he could change the settings at the touch of a button.  He was excited to review the light and I have to be honest here and say that I was more keen to see if a light that retails at £88 was worth the money.

When it arrived, it was snatched out of my hands and put together by a certain young person, eager to "rad his room up"

In less than 10 minutes, he knew exactly what he was doing and we were ready to go and experiment.

Here are the results:

Sadly, my photos don't do the Jellywash justice as it was really difficult to capture the true effect.  It was incredibly relaxing to sit and watch the colours change, and if he wanted to read, he was able to fix the light to a certain shade without it changing colour.  Not only was it easy to operate, it was also so easy to turn off as you just hold you hand above a certain sensor.

It was well made and sturdy but with a very contemporary streamlined finish.  It looked like a space ship and wouldn't be out of place in a uber trendy, boutique hotel.  He ADORES it.

At £88 it is expensive for a bedroom light, but given that it is so well made and beautifully designed that it is worth the money.

My only problem?  The other 2 children want one for their rooms but at £88 a pop, it is sadly out of my budget.  

Peace and Love

S.A.M xoxo

Disclaimer: We were sent the Jellywash Mathmos for the purpose of this review.

Saturday, 12 January 2013


Hello lovelies,

It is the weekend which can only mean one thing - time for the weekly #PAPS.  The concept is simple, all you need to do is nominate another blogger who has blogged about something this week that you have really enjoyed reading.  Then, you write a brief blog post as to why you are nominating them and link up so we can all enjoy and leave some bloggy loving and commenting!!! The link will be open for a week so you have no excuse not to hook up.  I personally love the fact there is no self promotion and it is passing on the love to another blogger!

This week my nomination is to one of my favourite bloggers, she is incredibly funny and as I have met her, I can just imagine her in this situation!

I'd love to see who you are nominating this week!

Peace and Love

S.A.M xoxo


Forget Cubs, the boy is off to Rock School.......

I liken my boys to dogs - they need lots and lots of exercise, tons of food and love in abundance.  However, as keen as I am for them to play sport, I also think that they should follow other non sporty pursuits.  I was a brownie and guide when I was younger and had an absolutely amazing experience, I had such fun and learnt lots of life skills and thought that giving the boys the opportunity to go to beavers and cubs would be a good one.

BoBo has loved it since the minute he joined, he is diligent about badges and really looks forward to Friday nights.  Beansey on the other hand, has NEVER enjoyed cubs, we have tried two packs now and he just doesn't enjoy it and it had gotten to the point where I was making him go, and every week I was faced with a barrage or tears and strops.  I realised that just because I enjoyed the experience, it isn't going to be for everyone, and he is NOT me.   So, he quit.

We had a long chat, and his interests apart from sport are music and fashion.  When I asked him what he could do that was not sporty as an outside interest, he said he wanted to be in a rock band.

So, I turned to google and found a local rock academy that I just knew he was going to go nuts for.

You basically pay up for a 12 week course, the children go along and choose an instrument, they then learn four covers and put it together.  After that, they are put into groups, have to come up with a name, write their own song and perform as a "battle of the bands" scenario at the end of the course.

I mean how AMAZING is that??!!

He had his first lesson last night and came out so animated and happy, we have borrowed an electric guitar of a friend and he has been playing chords for most of the day.  He even told me that when it gets to band stage, he is going to suggest the name "the troublemakers".

Rock on!

Peace and Love

S.A.M xoxo

Sunday, 6 January 2013


Welcome to the first PAPS of 2013.

If you haven't joined in before, WELCOME, grab a cuppa or something stronger if you fancy and Read what the PAPS are all about.  This is a totally selfless linky and I want you to tell us who has written something amazing this week.

My first PAPS of the year goes to someone who I have had the pleasure to meet on several occasions, she is a beautiful, spiritual and caring person and she has written a post this week that has brought me to tears. I am of course talking about Liska from New Mum Online.

Like the rest of the blogging community, I was incredibly shocked to hear that a fellow blogger and friend, Kerry Farrow from multiple Mummy had passed away just before Christmas from a brain aneurysm.  She was  just 30 years of age.  Kerry was a beautiful lady inside and out and her death has greatly affected many people.

Kerry's remembrance service was on Friday, and as much as I would have liked to have attended to celebrate her life, logistics meant I couldn't.  

Liska has wrote this post which is heartfelt and intimate and shares with us the emotions of Kerry's service.

It is simply called Today, 4th January 2013.

I'll leave you with this photo of Myself, Liska and Kerry and may she RIP, always in our hearts.

Peace and Love

S.A.M xoxo

Silent Sunday

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Our Christmas 2012

I've not blogged since last year.  The 23rd December to be precise and it is all down to one man - HAW.  He has been off work for two glorious weeks and we have had an amazing, family time.  I love it when he isn't at work, it means we spend tons of quality time together and true to form, he has gone into work today and I am up with him whilst the kids sleep in!

This Christmas has been much quieter than previous ones, we were both exhausted during the lead up to Christmas as we were both working so hard.   We had our annual day out together and this year, rather than sticking to the traditional cocktails and dinner we decided to go racing at Ascot.  We had a really lovely day out that started off (true to form!) with us drinking pimms and gin from tins on the train.  We were lucky enough to have a box and had a really rather lovely day placing bets (HAW based on form, and me based on random things like racing colours and horses names) and the champagne flowed freely.   He scoffed at my choice in the last race, a horse that was 33/1 but an each way bet saw me counting out the money as the only female jockey came in 2nd!!!

The kids finished school on the Friday (same as HAW) and we had a frantic few days buying last minute presents.  We went to church on Christmas eve for the crib service and HAW got the giggles when BoBo bought baby Jesus up to the crib as we all know that honour is bestowed to the naughtiest child in the congregation!!  Pixie was honoured to be picked to be Mary, in fact, I would say that the priest had no choice, she was straight up to the front when he was asking for volunteers!   It was a lovely service.  We then went back to friends for Champagne and canapes afterwards that went on a bit longer than we all had planned!

After putting the kids to bed, HAW and I opened another bottle of champagne and the wrapping began in earnest.  This is one of my favourite times of the Christmas holidays as it is a chance for us to have some peace before the whirlwind of Christmas socialising begins.

The kids didn't wake up until 8am (SHOCK!) and it was Beansey who was up first with squeals of "He's been, He's been" we then headed downstairs, crashed through the wrapping paper placed over the sitting room door and were met with this sight:

We let them open their stockings (top tip, colour co-ordinate each child with their own wrapping paper!) to many squeals and happy little faces.  I tend to spend more on stockings as I buy them things that they need and will use rather than plastic tat that will be lost or broken by Boxing day, we then we moved on to the big event:

What could be hidden under here?

Ta Da! 

The kids were ecstatic - Beansey got a BMX, customised with union jack saddle and grips, BoBo to my dismay, got an electric blue DS and our little Pixie got a dolls house.  They were so happy and grateful it was lovely to see.  This year, we bucked our tradition of a 3 bird roast and went for a bronze turkey. HAW cooked everything (how lucky am I!) which left me plenty of time to play with the children, set the table and get everyone ready and entertained.

My lovely dad and I.  He has worn this silk shirt every Christmas Day since the 80s!

It was a lovely, chilled, relatively squabble free day and one that I hope they children will all remember.

We have then spent the last 10 days in a family bubble.  We've been swimming, shopping, gone on long walks in the woods, met friends, been out for lunch and dinner, and celebrated New Year.   

Now, the decs are down, the detox begins and I'd love to wish you all a happy, healthy and wealthy 2013.

Peace and Love

S.A.M xoxo