I've always loved John Lewis and always will, it's this family's go-to place for furniture, kid's clothes, homeware, bedding, prams... thank goodness we can buy online now we've moved to Leeds which *whispers- is yet to open a store...hopefully it's coming soon!
Leeds based Kirsty Mattsson of Kirsty Mattsson Photography, kindly gave my family and I an enjoyable, memorable photo shoot, putting us all at ease and snapping away, capturing quite simply staggeringly beautiful shots of my sons to treasure always, and even persuaded my camera-shy husband Peter to get in the frame to boot (quite an achievement).
Barnardo's Support the Unsupported advert is a powerful film highlighting the importance of Bernardo's vital work in helping sexually abused children in the UK.
I was actually going to name this post as 'The Americanisation of my son' with maybe the use of 'z' not 's' in Americansation to be, well a little ironic.
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!
It's World Down Syndrome Day 2014 #WDSD14 this Friday, the 21st March and I wanted to help spread the word on the importance of supporting this special day. My friend, blogger and advocate Hayley Goleniowska of Downs Side Up and mother to two beautiful daughters, one of those is Natty who has Down's Syndrome, first brought the day to my attention. Hayley and her blog offer other's vital support and information on Down's Syndrome and Natty models frequently, making change every day.
The fab folks at Ticktock sent my son Oliver two vibrant, captivating books 'Animals' and 'Planes, Trains and Cars' to entertain and they sure, did deliver.
There are currently so many fab giveaways across both my blogs, anyone would think it's Christmas!
My little boys have really turned a corner recently, a bickering to brotherly love corner that I'm rejoicing about.
Kids have honestly made me more creative. That's a fact. I was of course creative before kids working as a screenwriter, director and magazine editor...you get the picture. I was born creative, baby. Hear me out though, those kids took my creativity to another level. Throughout history (and I've found throughout my life so far too), creativity arises and thrives within limitations, be it time, budget, tools/access, they exist and are are actually vital in making creativity happen.
Let me start off by writing, I'm not currently pregnant (that picture above was taken 18 months ago) but I too clearly remember the pressures I felt when I was (both times) by myself, the media, everyone around me with an opinion as I seemed to become public property (irrespective of this blog) with daily editorial judgments from usually joe bloggs off the street, ranging from, "You don't look pregnant to you're about to pop, right" to "Is it twins?"