Monday, 25 October 2010

We are often asked why we stayed on this side of the world when we came for just three years many years ago. Today was one of those days to remind us why.

The weather was beautiful (autumn sunshine), we enjoyed a hassle free train and tube journey (it's true!), dined at Carluccio's (kid's meals free during half term), small people had manicures at Hamley's (we succumbed!) and best of all - family concert with the LSO at the Barbican. If you haven't enjoyed a concert with kids and the LSO then put it on your London must do list. Just an hour plus a selection of crafts and activities beforehand. The LSO understands how to grab the kid's attention. Today they made instruments, attended a singing workshop, had a go (see photo) and the concert ended with a Scottish Piper. A very good Sunday in a city we love.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

We do love hair bows but another bow we love is the one tied around a yummy box of treats from Biscotti Kitchen. Friends in the north can sample these tasty treats at the BBC Good Food show in Glasgow this weekend and everyone else can find them online at Biscotti Kitchen. I recommend the Fig and Cinnamon with a cup of tea. mmmmmmmmmmmmm

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Tuesday, I have been reliably informed, will bring the delivery of the long awaited return of the Katie bow. Katie is the perfect bow "for school, parties, or play". Big enough to top a pony tail, not too big for pig tails and so cute as a top knot. School colours due in  first and fashion colours not long to follow.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

And then I spotted Mr Hootie. I love online shopping and I always blabber on about how convenient it is AND how much easier it is to stick to a budget when you are not tempted by something more in store. So how is it that I now have Mr Hootie winging his way to me at this very moment? Because he was just too cute! After all it is October, Halloween is just around the corner and we are huge Harry Potter fans so a very justifiable purchase!

Ps. I did also order Christmas ornaments for my daughter's friends. So cute, beautifully made in England by the very clever Marie at Heartfelt Handmade. I know, it is only October.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Fraser & Parsley

Ticking tasks off of my "to do" list, I wish birthday present shopping was always this easy. I use any excuse to indulge in the beautiful stationary from Fraser & Parsley and this time it is something for the girls. The "Hollywood" note cards are the perfect gift now that my daughter's friends have reached the very grown up age of nine. We have chosen the colour "lipstick pink". I think the girls will love having something personalised and their mums will appreciate the practicality. Beautifully gift wrapped from Fraser & Parsley, we will be adding the finishing touch and topping the gift with a bespoke gift tag. I just couldn't resist!