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The Saturday Download

Saturday was all about the CHILL. No work, school runs, homework or housework.
Alexander

Funny Things My Kid Aged 4 and 2 Months, Says

Kids can say the funniest things, and let me tell you, my own son, Xander who is now 4 and 2 months, basically needs his own show. 'Get that kid an agent, darling' as my good friend, the great actress Harriet Thorpe always says.
POP BOOKS

Competition to Win 10 POP BOOK Photobooks

Those who follow this blog know that this family are photo-mad, be it striking a pose in photographs ourselves or simply snapping family days out, the ordinary (park life, the food we love) and the extraordinary (film premieres, holidays, modelling shoots and more), usually my gifted husband Peter behind the lens.
beach

The Happy-Making Little Things

As you get older and perhaps a little wiser (or in my Dad's case, sillier, much, much sillier-it can go both ways) you start to realise what really matters in life. I think having kids can do that to you, that whirlwind of new love for the kid you made merged with the mammoth overwhelming weight of responsibility (no more spontaneity in life is pretty sobering) and puts everything that came before, and after it, into sharp perspective. You don't need to have a kid for this I should add. Yay for being wiser without having to actually use your cervix! Life experience, travel, pets, nurturing plants, charity work, whatever it is that takes you out of yourself, can be enlightening, It got me thinking about all the tiny touching moments that make up the bigger picture, the intricately woven happy-making little things I reflect on right before I go to sleep or if I'm away from my kids, missing them madly, or my zone out to more joyous times when I find the children fighting over toys/films/my affection and I need a happy place pronto.
gorgeous kid

Peter’s Portraits

Peter (and I ) were a bit blown away by the response to his landscape photography when I shared them on the blog recently so thank you to all who viewed, commented and shared. Now, as part of a regular photography feature by Peter, I'm sharing portraits, mostly of our children that I love.
London canvas

Win a Red Blue You Canvas Worth £99

I'm really excited to share the beautiful Red.Blue.You's personalised canvas company with you all and offer one lucky Honest Mum reader a canvas of their own worth £99 (size A0).
Alexander at the YSP-Honest Mum

Spring Sunshine at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Isn't March turning out to be luminously glorious in the UK? My family's certainly relishing in this window of unexpected sunshine, fully enjoying a more outdoorsy way of life after being cooped up for what feels like forever this winter, set free to roam around, a renewed spring (and a jump) in our step. Yay!
Oliver running

Some of My Favourite Family Photos

My husband Peter is a genius behind the camera and works professionally alongside his career in IT. You can check out his stills for sale on iStockphoto here.

How Time Flies

I know all parents say it, but time really does fly when you have kids. I was sure I only came out of hospital with Alexander the other day but look, he's 7 months already this Saturday.
The Yorkshire Sculpture Park

A Happy Easter

You know those days which simply reaffirm what life is all about? Those days that as you live them in real time they form your 'happy place'. So far, this Easter weekend has been filled with days I know we will reflect on in years to come as 'those were the days'.