It’s been another busy week for us. I spent the end of last week with my parent’s in Yorkshire. Then it was back home on Saturday to get ready for F’s fourth birthday party on Sunday. We just had a small family party at home and because the weather was nice, we spent a lot of time in the garden. Her birthday is actually today and we have a lovely family day out planned which I will no doubt tell you all about soon. E swimming lessons restarted on Monday and we were the only ones there so we had our very own private lesson. She loves swimming anyway but these past few weeks she has got more interactive so she was squealing and giggling through most of the lesson. Here are the other things I’ve loved this week.
I went to the hairdressers on Friday afternoon. As well as getting a much needed cut and colour, I also had some time to sit back and read some magazines in peace. I love flicking through interior magazines.
I’ve been a regular viewer of The Michalak’s on YouTube for some time now and I think I’ve mentioned them before. Their weekly vlogs are always a pleasure to watch but whenever they do a trip they somehow manage to make them even better. Loved this week’s vlog which is a drive around the North coast 500 (The remote Scotish highlands). I now really want to visit Scotland, the scenery is breathtaking.
I seem to have set my heart on baking my girls their birthday cakes for as long as they will let me. I love baking but I’m not very good at cake decorating. One day they will start requesting cakes out of my skill level but until then I will keep trying.
This year I picked a sweetie cake. I baked the cake Saturday evening but E woke as I was baking it. Despite testing them with a skewer, when I came to cut out the centre hole for the sweet filling on Sunday morning, I discovered they were undercooked! I rescued them thankfully by wrapping in tin foil and putting them back in the oven. Unfortunately, my husband then smashed my cake stand. To say I was stressed was an understatement. Bare in mind, we were also frantically trying to prepare the rest of the food, tidy the house and watch E. E decided to pull herself up to standing on the fire guard (for the first time) that very morning, resulting in it falling over on top of her (she was shocked but otherwise fine). Luckily it turned out well in the end and F declared the cake and the party the best ever. The fire guard is now screwed securely to the wall too.
Nothing new this week. Since it is real nappy week I can’t resist sharing this cute photo of one of my favourite nappies. This is the ugly duckling print which I adore. If you’d told me four years ago that I would ever use reusable nappies I wouldn’t have believed you. After over three years of using disposables with F, I switched to reusables last summer for E. I shared our experience of using cloth nappies on Wednesday.
Wednesday evening was parent’s evening at F’s preschool. We heard how much her confidence, listening and number skills have improved. Her key worker told us how well she interacts with the other children and how she had been helping the new ones to settle in by showing them the toys and telling them the rules.
And lastly …
One of the things I have been trying to focus on lately, as well as improving my blog in general, has been my Pinterest account. I’m very late in realising just how much of an impact Pinterest could have on my blog. I started focusing on it Early March when I had 19 followers and now I have 85. Still not a great amount but I am very pleased with the growth in just 2 months. I also saw a lot of traffic come to my blog from my Easter pins. Last week, I shared with you the group boards that I have set up with Thimble and twig. This week we’ve set up a facebook group to promote pinning on the boards and to focus on Pinterest for bloggers. Here is the facebook group if you’d like to join us.