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Autumn Fashion for Children

Emma has been in school for three weeks almost, can you believe how fast time flies? The weather has been very kind to us in Northern Ireland and has stayed dry for most of September but the mornings have started to be crisp and cold so it is time to move on to warmer shoes and jackets. Kids always tend to grow from one year to another, especially when they are as young as Emma is, so upon inspection, almost all of her last year’s autumn jackets’ sleeves stop way above her wrist and her shoes have long since been passed on! So we were thrilled (and this mummy, very relieved!) then we were approached by two lovely companies which offered Emma that essential yet fashionable autumn gear she needs! I will start with Go Outdoors, which have recently opened a branch in Newtownabbey, very close to where we live! I was very ignorant and knew nothing about the amazingly wide stock on offer; them contacting me gave me a much needed chance to familiarise …

Roco Clothing: Beautiful Occasion Wear for Children

When it comes to clothing, Emma prefers casual and comfortable, as a rule of thumb. Over the years, we have been gifted several outfits for her which ended up in the wardrobe, never worn. But recently, she has been into princesses and fairies and things glittery and feminine and I did think it a good time to try her with some fancy dress from the lovely Roco Clothing people. If you are not familiar with the name or the website, Roco Clothing is the to go place for anything occasion wear, from christening outfits to page boy, communion and waistcoat suits (swoon!) to flower girl, prom and party dresses for children. See what I mean? So, the all important question, what did we order? We have no imminent weddings to attend so I decided to go for a party dress and ocassion wear white shoes for Emma, something that she can wear for birthday parties and for attending special events, like Disney on Ice. I was pleasantly  surprised to see that prices were within reasonable brackets …

Helping an anxious child ease back into school routine

That’s a mouthful of a title, I know but I did feel it was important I wrote about the things that have helped Emma with her return to school anxiety. Of course, first of all, an open and honest relationship with us, her parents is the most important. I have always encouraged Emma to speak about her worries and together we try to find solutions to what concerns her, be it a new teacher, playground squabbles or being on time in school but sometimes, I found that talking is the first step and extra assistance is needed. So these are the things I have noticed that have helped in the last week and I thought I would share. Keeping busy before school with calming activities. Emma was sent last week a beautiful parcel from Eat Sleep Doodle containing two pillow cases and a mini iPad case to colour in and have fun with. If you are new to the concept, these are high quality cotton products that come with wash out fabric pens, encouraging children …

Luxury Autumn Items (for Mums, for once!)

I have literally just dropped Emma off to school and I think the most appropriate way to pass the first morning without her around (instead of missing her like crazy!) is to write about some of the lovely items I was sent to review, all appropriate for the cooler season approaching. The first one I will mention here is my beautiful BKLYN fur bobble hat! Part of their new Autumn-Winter collection 16/17, the hat oozes style and comfort from the word go. To the touch, it feels soft and the bobble, well, the bobble is simply addictive to touch! I am sat at my desk wearing it as I am writing this and it feel so cosy and snug, I simply wish it was winter already so I can wear it out in public! Here are some nitty but anything but gritty details about the quality of the BKLYN hats: “Luxury Italian merino wool bobble hat, created from the finest quality wool and made and hand finished in England. Its softness and timeless elegance are …

Caribbean Food Week 2016

As you may know, we are a multicultural family: I am Romanian, Alex is Greek and Emma, well, she was born and is being raised in Northern Ireland. We eat a large variety of foods, which include not only Romanian, Irish and Greek dishes but also Thai, Italian and many more. We love trying new things so when Grace Foods UK approaches us about the Caribbean Food Week, offering us a food hamper to sample, we had to say yes! This was the first time I cooked Caribbean food so I did a bit of research once the hamper arrived. Caribbean food is all about flavour, I found out! It is about slowly marinating your meat in jerk sauce, a wonderfully tangy mixture of herbs, spices, lime juice and soya sauce. It is about heart warming sides, like the rice and peas (actually black beans) I cooked, which had thyme, coconut milk and all spice in it, a delight on a plate, if you ask me! And Caribbean food is all about spices! My sweet …