Papa G's a football mad Gunners supporter and in time for Father's Day (held this year on June 17) he was kindly sent a handcrafted, beautiful architectural model of his beloved Arsenal Stadium (£99) from Chisel & Mouse . Just look at his face: think he's even happier than the day I was born. Nearly.
We lived in London for many years before relocating to Leeds a year ago and like to head back and see our friends on family breaks when we can. I still often work in the Big Smoke but this break was purely for family time and fun and the little man loved every minute.
Wohoo, it's tropical out there (get those maternity hot pants at the ready)- OK maybe I'm not rocking the hot pants with a bump band but with highs of 24, I'm one happy Mama, absorbing every single last golden ray and totally loving the summer style that's hitting the high street.
The generous folks at Learning Early kindly sent my 2 year old a fabulous Strider Balance Bike so we made this short vlog featuring Oliver to show you why they truly help kids learn to ride. Enjoy!
No don't get too excited-I won't be attending this year *weeps. You see being up the duff is not ideal for party going Cannes plus I have writing commitments to get on with (must stop procrastinating and writing this blog, instead) but Cannes is AMAZING.
Ooh la la-the husband's modelling debut on my blog! Wit woo! You're welcome!
So today was my 20 week scan and if you haven't guessed already...it's a boy! Am totally thrilled as I always imagined myself with two boys (although I appreciate I will be utterly outnumbered in the house and Arsenal might never get turned off the box)!
The kind people at Polaroid Sunglasses sent me some cool sunglasses and here I am modelling them. They're the Marilyn Monroe-esque pair called 'Sensation P8207A's' and I love them! Now all we need is some sunshine!
If you remember I directed a music video a couple of months ago for a super cool, young band The Scandal (I predict big things for these boys) for their debut track Karolina.
Check out my little heart melter!! From the moment they're born they melt your heart. This week Oliver has been utterly adorable planting kisses on me at every opportunity and telling me I'm beautiful. He's a charmer, alright. I wanted to share this picture of him with you all. I'm so proud of what a fine and funny young boy he is growing into you. He sure makes me a better person by the day.
Oliver and my husband's Godfather Andy baked bread yesterday and I wanted to share this simple recipe and very cute pics with you:
Greek Easter is this weekend-some years it falls at the same time as English Easter but not this year (we follow the Gregorian calendar). For those fasting, it marks the end of it-and of course the start of a feast. This recipe is associated with the beginning of Lent (but better late than never with a few days left). During Lent, the Greek Orthodox worshippers abstain from eating meat and dairy products and this dish, salt cod with its stunning combination of flavours enters the Spring menu. It's easy and delicious.
For those who don't know, I'm a freelance writer/director directing drama, documentary, shorts, promos and music videos. I've been lucky enough to work with some of the leading production companies in the world and for diverse broadcasters from the BBC to film company Lionsgate UK- and I've even scooped some awards to boot along the way. I love my job-truly, I feel like I get to play and get paid for it.
This dish demonstrates what is good about the Greek cuisine. It can rival the French beef bourguignon or English stew/casserole of any country. It can be made with meat, most commonly beef, rabbit or hare, game and even snails. The combination of vinegar which gives a slight sharpness to the dish and richness of wine as well as the sweetness of the sauteed pickling onions (which are like shallots) makes this comfort dish memorable.
Last year I produced and directed a short film (wavering all fees) for the charity OC Support UK which supports people affected by the pregnancy liver condition Obstetric Cholestasis. I myself had the condition with my first pregnancy and was determined to make a short educational film to help as many women and unborn babies as possible.
My child is British but his ethnic origin is half Greek and the other half is well mostly English with a dash of French, Dutch and Welsh.
Two days ago my beautiful and intelligent Grandmother, Vikentia turned 95. Amazing. My Dad's family live forever thankfully-his Grandmother died at 113. For real. It's that naturally organic food and sunshine. Good for the soul.
I understand that the tantrumming, moments of mad frustration, yelling, kicking and pinching are all par for the course for a terrible two year old 'undergoing the change': the tumultuous journey towards independence. But what of the sanity of the 31 year old mother?
My lovely friend Jessica Huie is the founder of this stunning cards company: the first in the UK to represent children and adults of all ethnicities.
Woop Woop! Today I had a three month scan as there is most definitely a little bun in the oven: a sibling for my 2 year old. We are all very excited. On hearing the news, said 2 year old (and 2 months) stated, "Where is it? Want to see it? Cut it out".