It’s still been very cold this week , it even snowed in some parts of the UK but there’s a hint of spring in the air. Maybe it’s just the slightly longer days, arriving home from school and still having enough light to play in the garden for a while, or maybe the shoots of flowers I see pushing themselves through the earth or have I just had enough of winter? Probably, I have no idea how I used to last the months of cold in Folgaria.

Saturday was just the girls and me as daddy head off on his first stag do in Costa del Margate. We had a party to attend ourselves and the girls came home nice and exhausted making for an easy evening. Bessie polishes off all the milk from her cereal bowl and Alice shows off her new lip gloss found in her party bag.

Bessie and Alice

Sunday we were up at the crack of dawn to get to London, Leicester Square to watch a screening of Sammy’s Great Escape the new Warner Bros film in 3D. I must admit to being totally blown away by the 3D effect, it does feel like you’re swimming underwater with the fish. An amazing experience. The girls had a great time with all of the activities put on for them.

Sammy's Great Escape

Monday my cuff bracelet arrived from the Monsoon bridal collection (RRP £25). I tried it on and it’s quite tight but fits. I like the way it has a vintage feel to it. I had a go at playing with then light that bounced on the bed for my photos.

Monsoon bridal vintage cuff

Tuesday was dedicated to #TeamHonk and their trip to Ghana. I am so proud of these girls and so happy to be able to say I know them. I’ve met all of them and can honestly say they are stars, each and every one of them. I spent the day tweeting and waiting for my digital postcard to arrive which it did – fashionably late as it would do in real life too. Do check out little Desmond with his gorgeous mum at the Vaccine clinic and please share it to raise even more awareness of the #goodwork Comic Relief has done in the past 25 years. I also cooked Tex Mex Grill steaks for dinner and they were delicious to eat and easy to make

#Teamhonk Comic relief

Wednesday I had an appointment at the No 7 stall in Boots at Bluewater for a bridal makeover. I won’t be calling on a professional to do my make up that day. I’ve never been a full on make up girl and have always coped on my own but I was curious to see what she would do with me. Here is a shot and I shall write a post up next week of my experience which I thoroughly enjoyed and picked up a whole host of tips from her. What do you think? Too much? Just right?

bridal make up

Thursday a quick shot of the girls before they head off to school, I’m trying to encourage them to get themselves dressed of a morning and of an evening when they return from school. Alice is fine and being Little Miss Independant tries to do everything by herself but Bessie will just pout and moan and say she can’t do it. That’s our Bess on the left ;)

school uniform

Friday I posted our Kentish ceremony choices off to the registrar eek! That means the wedding is getting even closer and I have a whole load of things that still need doing. JUGS people I need jugs for the flowers! Off to do another search online for them

kentish ceremonies

 

I love a diary and it’s this time of year that I start looking out for my trusty companion for the next 12 months.

My aim is to be organised – I don’t often make it but the good will is there. I have my wall calendar in the kitchen where I write all of the ‘I mustn’t forgets’ and I have my desk calendar where I write all my blogging and daily stuff but I need a dairy too, just because I’m a stationary freak. There I admitted it.

My pocket diary has my horoscopes in there which I cut out from magazines, (I’m sorry – I can’t help it) business cards from interesting people I meet, phone numbers, shopping lists and many To Do lists. It is truly well thumbed by the time December comes around and looking a bit on the shabby side to be honest – just crying out for a new one.

Then I heard about Keel’s Simple Diary. The brainchild of Philipp Keel an artist and writer who lives in Zurich and Los Angeles, how cool to have two homes. In his own words Simple Diary is ‘the culmination of the quest to gain insight to who we are and why we do what we do.’

It really is fun because you first have to choose your colour – I went for Vintage Yellow as it reminded me of sunshine – and the first thing I read is

Congratulations! You got Simple Diary in vintage Yellow This could mean that you are

  1. like soul
  2. are eccentric
  3. dislike structure
WHAT YOU MIGHT NEED RIGHT NOW
  1. parallel thinking
  2. critical mass
  3. not hiding
  4. a reliable schedule
  5. macho
  6. private considerations
  7. Charles Eames
  8. a compass
  9. hot sake
  10. expensive jewellery
Some need to get started before they get started

Now this is the kind of thing that amuses me, Yeah I know small things and all that but it gets me thinking and more importantly it gets me smiling.

It continues along the same lines throughout the diary and I love it, pages and pages of complete randomness to make you think outside of the box ALSO the pages aren’t dated and so it’s not essential you go back every day to fill in your daily musings.

Take a look at this page I took a photo of for you, It’s all open for you to make of it what you will. there’s even a smiley to draw ‘for your wonderful life’

Keep this in mind as the perfect present for someone who likes the unexpected, someone who will laugh at the randomness and will enjoy ticking boxes, answering questions and putting their brain to random (sorry brain not giving me another word for random today) use to keep it alive.

Here’s what Publisher Weekly, New York had to say about it

In a world where products are out as soon as they're in, where
communicating without wires doesn't come without strings, and
even our accessories need accessories, we need simple tools.

There are three reasons why most people, although they have
tried, won't keep a diary:

• Not every day is very eventful.
• It actually takes a lot of discipline to write.
• In retrospect, many find what they have written
embarrassing.

Keel's Simple Diary™ offers structure for those who don't
have time to wonder, making it easy to record life's moments.
It gives the pleasure of a quick response and the sense that
no matter what's wrong, more is right.

This instant classic is filled with refreshing philosophy and
original wisdom. Keel's Simple Diary™ entertains, helps you
focus and keeps you company.

"With an addictive design and curious text, this book gives
readers the ‘simple tools’ to create unique, memorable daily
records without all the heavy lifting of blank journals."

Publishers Weekly, New York

twins 2 years old

Yep, on Saturday it will be twins two years old and the old cliché ‘Hasn’t time flown by’ couldn’t be more adapt. 

I’m not sure if it’s because they are twins and there is undeniably more work involved but it does seem we don’t stop. Ever. 

I have been incredibly lucky as the girls have always eaten well, followed by a good sleep and some interactive time where they can amuse themselves quite happily. They’re not high maintenance, nor highly strung and if we do have clingy days it’s normally because of tooth cutting, feeling a bit under the weather or just tired. 

So Saturday we shall be celebrating them and rolling their party into a house-warming too. I have invited (via email!) family, friends and some little people from the twins club we go to. 

I have ordered Peppa Pig party plates and napkins AND we shall have a bouncy castle too! So please let the weather be good. 

I have started to buy gifts for the party bags but it’s not simple, the children coming go from 2 to 11 meaning I have to think about individual bags rather than bulk buying, mind you the sweets will cover all ages! 

Mum’s making a  cake for me, well for them of course, Paul will be firing up his BBQ ( a passion of his!) and I will be running around remembering stuff I’ve forgotten like wine in the freezer cooling and ice cream on the dining room table that’s been taken out of the freezer to make room for the wine! 

I have prepared games. Pass the Parcel. Pin the tail on the donkey. (Note to self – find a blindfold!) Musical statues, bumps and sleeping lions – my favourite where I judge from above the still bodies as I peer over a freshly loaded glass of wine. I have prizes – unisex ones which is fairer but possibly more boring? 

twin buggy

As for presents for the girls, I still haven’t got anything, in fact I haven’t even written lists for them as I was so taken up with Moving House lists and Holiday lists that I forgot about them completely. Anyway, I am sure they won’t go without and I will get them something after all the rush is over. 

So last shopping on Friday and the list is massive! and a trip to Bluewater to get them something to wear which technically they don’t need having a wardrobe full of clothes bought for their holiday but can you be two at your own party with an old dress? I don’t think so and maybe mummy will need a little something too… 

Paul has managed to find a playlist on his iPod that he set up a couple of years ago titled ‘Weeksey’s BBQ’ so I think that is what he plans to play, we’re pretty rubbish with music as we only drag the iPod out now for parties and invariably neither of us has had the time to update it or make a fresh list so our family and friends get random shuffles which can also include a ‘Three blind mice’ squeezed in between The Killers and Bon Jovi, it does keep people awake and give them something to talk about I suppose!