‘Pet’ names..The Ordinary Moments {#3}

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!).

The 3 Bears

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!





Capturing memories with a scent…

Capturing memories with a scent.

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?

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Capturing that one moment in time with a scent

I stumbled across a question the other day, set to get you nose a-sniffing: ‘What should the signature scent for the Maldives be?’ I haven’t visited the tranquility of these mystical & breathtakingly beautiful shores, it’s up there on the ‘bucket list’. 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.

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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’t 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 #2

Love the little things Week #13 over with Morgana, week #2 at Cool Bananas HQ


Hey, Hey! It’s Friday y’all, can I get a ‘whoop, whoop’? 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…. Be Gone dreaded germs! Aside the grotty nasties, I’ve been a busy bunny (d’you like that? I managed to get a reference to Easter in there-I’m 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!!

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& this is how she asked Me!

So keeping this in mind, this week I’ve:

  • Watched:


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‚Ķshe informed me that I also have the traits of ‘Megan’¬†Melissa McCartney ‚Ķ 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‚Ķ Mummy‚Äôs united?! We can all relate to her now & then!!

  • Read

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:

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As if I needed anymore encouragement for a ‘spring’ 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’!

  • Heard

It’s 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’s more of an ‘Ibiza’ hit I think. What do you reckon?

  • Made

Now, have you been paying attention? Do you think I’ve 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’t make the ‘main event’ so I’ve been arranging a more intimate hen day (a classy ‘ladies’ day), which I refer to as ‘March Madness’, as it’s taking place tomorrow, in March-funnily enough! I won’t give anymore away as I’ve got a whole post planned on it. I’m pretty arty & creative so decided to try some slightly different hen party accessories. I purchased a printable file on Esty for these ‘pin up’ inspired lanyards & then the other accessories & made them into these:

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Alternative to Hen party badges..more elegant i think?

I used stickers & made our own personalized Chocolate bars for the favor bags.

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Personalised ‘hen party’ chocolate bars

I didn’t ‘technically’ make these- Prinster did, but I did get them made.

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Cardboard head cut outs. Thats H!

  • Wore

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’re icy cold self reared its ugly chilly head. I am most unimpressed! So, back on the winter boots went.

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Winter boots, hello again!

& In the coming weeks, I’m going to start a ‘work out’ series, including ‘gym style’ so you can expect some more of this:

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Rockin’ the gym workout look. I hope! I lurve my newish ‘ new balance ‘ trainers.

I’ve decided to make more of an effort to document bears fashion, because even if I do say so myself ‘baby got style’! However, he’s decided to act camera shy ‘no cheese mummy. No cheese’: that’s ‘cheese’ of the cheesy grin variety. Instead I’ve been snapping away at his outfits sans le model!

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Baby brights…Sans le Model..

I’ve such a busy weekend to look forward to & I’m really excited! It’ll be the first day in a long time I’ll be without bear but doing something fun rather than attending appointments. I’m also thrilled to be catching up with our friends (who we visited out in Cayman) on Sunday as they’re here visiting London (I honestly feel like a child at Christmas!). How’s your week been & what’s on the agenda for you over the weekend?






Eskimo Kisses: The Ordinary Moments 14: #1

The Ordinary moments

261/365 in which grumpy gives eskimo kisses

Eskimo kisses.  Ahh, the modern kiss that’s based loosely on the traditional Inuit greeting. Kisses from your little one in which ever form, are magical, don’t 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’m not particularly keen on the dummy?!). We call these ‘dumdum’ 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’re 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’re fun, they’re cute; they’re soft & delicate. Often, we’ll have a family Eskimo kiss: where we’ll all rub noses together in unison. That’d 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.

Just look at that face! So cheeky.

Just look at that face! So cheeky.

mmmwah! Kiss kiss

mmmwah! Kiss kiss



Love the Little Things

Love the little things: Week #12 for: But why mummy why.  Week #1 for this newbie!

Hmmm, how do you introduce yourself in an appropriate way, when joining in on a weekly ‘linky’ in the blogging sphere? This is the question I have been pondering for the last 30 minutes.  Hello everyone *hand wave*, I’m Katrina….Full time mummy, part time entrepreneur & endless dreamer : embarking on a blogging journey. I hope that’s fairly acceptable?
'ello 'ello. Katrina & bear reporting for duty!

‘ello ‘ello. Katrina & bear reporting for duty!

Love the little things is the creation of Morgana, the genius behind the wonderful ‘butwhymummywhy’ blog & this post is all about remembering the little things that I’ve loved & have made up my week. This is a snapshot, a ‘week in the life’ of us all at Cool Bananas HQ. Thanks for stopping by!

So this week I’ve

  • Read:¬†

Embarking on my new adventure in the blogging world has been so incredibly daunting! & That’s not because I’m a techno phoebe, but because I entered with a certain level of naiveté  & underestimated how much there was to learn & take in. I’ve really enjoyed uncovering so many different blogs, & loving the voyage of discovery. I’ve laughed a lot, but also been on the brink of tears.  I’ve been overwhelmed with the quality & quantity of fandabbydozy blogs out there: Stating the obvious, Morgana’s being one of them. Others that have taken my fancy this week were ‘letstalkmummy’,  ‘pottymothedmummy’ & ‘myfamilyfever’. As for books, I just recently read ‘Dave Trott’ Predatory Thinking, & it was UHmazing! I wrote a post about it here.

What do you see, a hare or a fox?

What do you see, a hare or a fox?

  • Watched:

Umm, I’ve 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’re right: keeping up with the Kartrashians Kardashians & America’s next top model. There. I’ve said it. Don’t judge!! I’d love to say M & I watch more intellectual, thought provoking programs on a regular basis, but I don’t 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’…..

& Not forgetting little bear, I’m 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 ‘ants in yer pants’ so as you’ll understand this is quite an accomplishment!

    • Heard

Classic FM Studios

This could be my redeeming quality, after my trashy TV revelations! Classic Fm. ‘YAR, one did read that correctly!’ Ooh er, classic FM hey? I wouldn’t 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’s about as technical as I can get really!).

  • Made
Omnomnom. Gluten free, low carb, low fructose= happy tummy!

Omnomnom. Gluten free, low carb, low fructose= happy tummy!

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!

  • Wore
Trench coat loving', minus the outer layers, Gym bunny, & rocking my Baukjen spring look

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 ‘outer’ 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’ve been bowled over by the kindness that I’ve encountered from other bloggers & the generous encouragement that I’ve received. I’m totally overwhelmed with information & I’m trying my upmost to piece together my plan of action, whilst trying to keep my head above water. I’m trying to answer the simple question: how on earth do y’all 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’ll be adding the finishing touches to & attending on Saturday. I will report back on those happenings next week! Have a great one. K x