I think it’s all part of the parent code: having several pet names/ nicknames/ aliases, up our sleeves for our little rascals. Right? I have a list as long as my arm of these, but the one that sticks is ‘Bear’. Originating from the time my dad referred to our little family as ‘the 3 bears’. Truth be told, I call him bear so much, I often think perhaps that this should be his real name! Who knows, maybe one day he will introduce himself to the world as ‘Bear’, just like that adventurer dude Bear Grylls (his birth name was Edward don’t you know!).
Coming up in close second place to ‘bear’ is ‘Snotface’. Te he he. I’ll often receive very baffled looks from people when I happen to use this alias in public, & regularly people will comment & ask for an explanation (oh, judgy judgy!). I say it with the upmost affection & incase you’re wondering: this comes from the film ‘Drop dead Fred’. If you haven’t watched it, you’re missing out! (I generally find I’m in the minority of those who’ve viewed it) Better yet, here’s the trailer….all will make sense!
I loved this film when I was younger, so ‘Snotface’ has stayed with me. I’m not promoting imaginary friends, or ‘drinking a bowl of sick’ (that’s one for those of you reading this who are fellow ‘drop dead Fred’ fans!). & Obviously the perma-dribble of the ‘real-deal snot’ escaping his nose is partly to blame for this namesake!
Of course I appreciate there are some ‘names’ that are more appropriate & acceptable to be used when one can be overheard in public than others: ‘pooh bum’ for example, is one we reserve solely for use at home!
These are just 2 of our favorites, there are of course oodles of others on rotation…pickle, bubba, boo, boo-boo, booboo bum, Lord Muck, Lord Snotface, Muck lump (nana’s creation that one), SAUSAGE! Sausage dog…& so on!
What are your secret (or not so secret!) pet names for your little bundles of joy: sprogletts & partners? Mr. Cool Bananas is aka ‘bunny’, pertaining to the teddy bear he was inseparable from as a child!
I’m sure one day I’ll get around to writing something thought provoking & more profound as our ‘ordinary’ moments: when I’m not so mentally fatigued with matchsticks keeping my eyes open! Have a great week Errrbody!
It‚Äôs magical isn‚Äôt it, how a scent can conjure up those wonderful feelings of nostalgia? I‚Äôm sure everyone has a favourite & one whiff of this will transport you back to a special time in your past, or an enchanting place in the world. What scent is it that’s distinctive & personal to you?
Capturing that one moment in time with a scent
I stumbled across a question the other day, set to get you nose a-sniffing: ‚ÄòWhat¬†should the signature scent for the Maldives be?‚Äô¬†I haven‚Äôt visited the tranquility of these mystical & breathtakingly beautiful shores, it‚Äôs up there on the ‚Äòbucket list‚Äô. However, I am able to draw upon my experience from our wedding ceremony, which took place in similar tropical paradise in a far-flung corner of the Indian Ocean.
The instant that you step off the aircraft you get that blast of sea air with the touch of kerosene! Mixed into the breeze is just the right amount of warmth & humidity like rich amber. The feelings that are evoked when you explore & discover these luxurious white-sanded lands are all captured: even though these may not be a smell themselves. The swaying coconut palms: the sound of the waves gently lapping at the waters edge. This is the true epitome of relaxation. You can‚Äôt capture that as a smell & place it into a decanter-yet it most certainly exists.
The crisp air, with a slight stickiness of salt & humidity combined. The fresh flora & fauna: so unique to this part of the world, which is a party for you senses: like fresh bergamot & exotic vanilla. The sweet tasting, fresh bananas & papaya. The spirit & beauty of the underwater havens, the tranquility of the crystal clear waters.
The scent that captures the spirit of the Maldives is like a soothing warm island breeze that tenderly caresses all the quintessential luxury, present in abundance. We booked our Wedding & Indian Ocean adventure through Kuoni- the luxury travel experts.¬† Although an experience like this will set you back a pretty penny or two, what price can you put on an out of this world experience?
Love the little things Week #13 over with Morgana, week #2 at Cool Bananas HQ
Hey, Hey! It‚Äôs Friday y‚Äôall, can I get a ‚Äòwhoop, whoop‚Äô? This week has been a mixed bag: the 3 of us are still fighting a viral infection, which has lingered for weeks now. Come awwn! Hop along & Shoo‚Ä¶. Be Gone dreaded germs! Aside the grotty nasties, I‚Äôve been a busy bunny (d‚Äôyou like that? I managed to get a reference to Easter in there-I‚Äôm on a roll!).
Back in October my Dear friend H got engaged to G in a rather extravagant & opulent way- lets just say a plane, a helicopter, Monaco & a hillside were all involved (I said opulent, right?). Shortly upon her return she asked me to be her bridesmaid (this is how she asked me & 2 more of her girlies) I could have burst with excitement!!
& this is how she asked Me!
So keeping this in mind, this week I’ve:
If, like me when you hear ‚Äòbridesmaid‚Äô you think of the film ‚Äòbridesmaids‚Äô & wonder, ‚Äòwhich character am i?‚Äô I‚Äôm ‘Annie’Kirsten Wig: long time, childhood best friend of H. Slightly financially poor (being a mama doesn‚Äôt pay that well!) & slightly daft as a doorknob. Believe it or not H had never watched the film, so I sent her away, popcorn in arms, for her viewing pleasure‚Ä¶she informed me that I also have the traits of ‘Megan’¬†Melissa McCartney ‚Ä¶ in that ‚ÄòYou say really funny things sometimes!‚Äô. Um, a compliment I think?! I couldn‚Äôt write this without a mention for ‘Rita’-the foul-mouthed cousin‚Ä¶ Mummy‚Äôs united?! We can all relate to her now & then!!
Blogs, blogs & more blogs! I keep meaning to treat myself to Red & Harpers Bazar Magazines; I need a glossy pick me up. Oh & these turned up on my doormat this morning:
As if I needed anymore encouragement for a ‚Äòspring‚Äô shopping spree, even if it is just a virtual one. Until the day arrives when the shops start accepting my monopoly money, I fear my Pinterest board will get a good spankin‚Äô!
It‚Äôs been around for a while, but I just adore Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynee: Rather be.
I discovered this laydee the other day: Maya Wolff & I her new single, not quite sure on it yet, although it is growing on me. It‚Äôs more of an ‚ÄòIbiza‚Äô hit I think. What do you reckon?
Now, have you been paying attention? Do you think I‚Äôve mentioned bridesmaid enough yet? Ahh heck, here it is again! So H is getting married & as we know the obligatory Hen party must be organised. I can‚Äôt make the ‚Äòmain event‚Äô so I‚Äôve been arranging a more intimate hen day (a classy ‚Äòladies‚Äô day), which I refer to as ‚ÄòMarch Madness‚Äô, as it‚Äôs taking place tomorrow, in March-funnily enough! I won‚Äôt give anymore away as I‚Äôve got a whole post planned on it. I‚Äôm pretty arty & creative so decided to try some slightly different hen party accessories. I purchased a printable file on Esty for these ‚Äòpin up‚Äô inspired lanyards & then the other accessories & made them into these:
Alternative to Hen party badges..more elegant i think?
I used stickers & made our own personalized Chocolate bars for the favor bags.
Personalised ‘hen party’ chocolate bars
I didn‚Äôt ‚Äòtechnically‚Äô make these- Prinster did, but I did get them made.
Cardboard head cut outs. Thats H!
Well darn you weather! Just as I thought the winter coat & boots could be carefully returned to the wardrobe & stored for a few months, you‚Äôre icy cold self reared its ugly chilly head. I am most unimpressed! So, back on the winter boots went.
Winter boots, hello again!
& In the coming weeks, I‚Äôm going to start a ‚Äòwork out‚Äô series, including ‚Äògym style‚Äô so you can expect some more of this:
Rockin’ the gym workout look. I hope! I lurve my newish ‘ new balance ‘ trainers.
I‚Äôve decided to make more of an effort to document bears fashion, because even if I do say so myself ‚Äòbaby got style‚Äô! However, he‚Äôs decided to act camera shy ‚Äòno cheese mummy. No cheese‚Äô: that‚Äôs ‚Äòcheese‚Äô of the cheesy grin variety. Instead I‚Äôve been snapping away at his outfits sans le model!
Baby brights…Sans le Model..
I‚Äôve such a busy weekend to look forward to & I‚Äôm really excited! It‚Äôll be the first day in a long time I‚Äôll be without bear but doing something fun rather than attending appointments. I‚Äôm also thrilled to be catching up with our friends (who we visited out in Cayman) on Sunday as they‚Äôre here visiting London (I honestly feel like a child at Christmas!). How‚Äôs your week been & what‚Äôs on the agenda for you over the weekend?
Eskimo kisses.¬† Ahh, the modern kiss that‚Äôs based loosely on the traditional Inuit greeting. Kisses from your little one in which ever form, are magical, don‚Äôt you think? Our bear adores his dummy (dumdum as its referred to in our gaff) & more often than not, he likes to transfer his affectionate kiss with this blasted bit of kit stuck like glue in his mouth (can you tell I‚Äôm not particularly keen on the dummy?!). We call these ‚Äòdumdum‚Äô kisses. There are the occasional moments however, when we are blessed by a momentary break: this permanent suction feature is removed & an ever so tender kiss gets planted sweetly upon us. But for those occasions when you‚Äôre not fancying a mouthful of slobber, or a plastic nudge the Eskimo kiss comes up trumps! In fact, I just simple love an Eskimo kiss from bear. They‚Äôre fun, they‚Äôre cute; they‚Äôre soft & delicate. Often, we‚Äôll have a family Eskimo kiss: where we‚Äôll all rub noses together in unison. That‚Äôd be kinda difficult to achieve if you were all lip smacking at the same time, no? Not to mention a little inappropriate in some circumstances possibly?
As an adult, I have fond memories from my childhood sharing Eskimo kisses with my dad. & When I exchange these Eskimo kissy woos with bear, the pure joy is clear to see on his adorable face- I hope in the years to come he recalls these as dearly as I do. Such an ordinary moment to some: but completely priceless to me.
Hmmm, how do you introduce yourself in an appropriate way, when joining in on a weekly ‚Äòlinky‚Äô in the blogging sphere? This is the question I have been pondering for the last 30 minutes.¬† Hello everyone *hand wave*, I‚Äôm Katrina‚Ä¶.Full time mummy, part time entrepreneur & endless dreamer : embarking on a blogging journey. I hope that‚Äôs fairly acceptable?
‘ello ‘ello. Katrina & bear reporting for duty!
Love the little things is the creation of Morgana, the genius behind the wonderful¬†‚Äòbutwhymummywhy‚Äô¬†blog & this post is all about remembering the little things that I‚Äôve loved & have made up my week. This is a snapshot, a ‚Äòweek in the life‚Äô of us all at Cool Bananas HQ. Thanks for stopping by!
Umm, I‚Äôve mulled this one over, to be honest or not? Ah, honesty is the best policy! My guilty pleasures, short, sharp, & oh so wrong, that they‚Äôre right: keeping up with the Kartrashians Kardashians & America‚Äôs next top model. There. I‚Äôve said it. Don‚Äôt judge!! I‚Äôd love to say M & I watch more intellectual, thought provoking programs on a regular basis, but I don‚Äôt count OBEM as one of them! Which as it so happens, M seems to look forward to more than me. Is that normal for a bloke? Or, maybe he is dropping hints‚Äô‚Ä¶..
& Not forgetting little bear, I‚Äôm pleased to report he now sits still (for all of 5 minutes) & has been enjoying:¬† Thomas & friends (tomtom), Pingu (pingueine) Bob the Builder (obb) & Winnie the pooh (poo). My little boy has a serious case of ‚Äòants in yer pants‚Äô so as you‚Äôll understand this is quite an accomplishment!
This could be my redeeming quality, after my trashy TV revelations! Classic Fm. ‚ÄòYAR, one did read that correctly!‚Äô Ooh er, classic FM hey? I wouldn‚Äôt be able to tell you about a symphony, a concerto, a sonata or opera! But I do love listening to classical music: it chills me out & inspires my brain to get thinking. I especially love the sound of a piano or harp (that‚Äôs about as technical as I can get really!).
This was a good week & I went all out for dinners! I made posh bangers & mash: sweet potato mash with sweet corn pancakes, Mango chicken in a sticky sauce, & pork medallions in a Mediterranean sauce. I suffer with coeliac disease & a fructose Malabsorption , so food prep can be a real laborious task after an eventful day running around my little athlete in training -Did I mention, my child is rather active? Ah yes, I refer to back to the anties in your panties comment above!
Trench coat loving’, minus the outer layers, Gym bunny, & rocking my Baukjen spring look
The weather lulled me (probably all of us) into a false sense of spring, allowing me to rock my trench coat several times, I even ventured out a number of times minus any ‚Äòouter‚Äô layers, & one spring outfit (my current clothes obsession Baukjen). Only to be bought back to reality this weekend with icy temperatures & rain on the horizon! Boooo.
¬†& Finally, As a newbie to the town of bloggsville, I‚Äôve been bowled over by the kindness that I‚Äôve encountered from other bloggers & the generous encouragement that I‚Äôve received. I‚Äôm totally overwhelmed with information & I‚Äôm trying my upmost to piece together my plan of action, whilst trying to keep my head above water. I‚Äôm trying to answer the simple question: how on earth do y‚Äôall do it?!
A busy & exciting week awaits us! Waaaait up, I generally think I look forward to each & every week, but this one even more so. Friends are visiting the UK, & I have my best friends Hen do(day) I‚Äôll be adding the finishing touches to & attending on Saturday. I will report back on those happenings next week! Have a great one. K x