Firstly, apologies… i missed BEDN yesterday, my bed called me a lot earlier than usual and i just went with it! And as i am not at a Bonfire party this evening (ours is scheduled for this Friday) i am using yesterdays topic for today!
I made this pizza last year and it was quite a hit!! I will definitely be making it again this year. Let me introduce you to my festive pizza…
It turned out so good! I followed Delia Smith’s recipe for the base, which worked better than any other recipe i have tried in the past and topped it with cranberry sauce (instead of tomato base), turkey breast and a sprinkle of cheddar cheese.
The result was a wonderful pizza! Last year i wasn’t pregnant or breastfeeding so enjoyed my pizza with a glass of Cherry B wine… oh how i’m going to miss this being pregnant this year!
I’m going to try some other recipes with a festive twist this year, if they are a success i will make sure i blog about it!
When i gave up work to be a stay at home mom, i wanted to make sure i had something for me to do other than baby stuff. I started to paint wooden bunting for Rowan’s room and then friends started to ask me to make them something for them too…
I started to paint more and more so created my own facebook page Rala Handmade Crafts…
I love having my own bit of space in the house… just for me! My lovely husband made me a work desk in the corner of our room. Of an evening, i sit up there with a cuppa and paint to my hearts content!
I have my first ever craft fair on the 23/24th November, it’s just a small one based in a craft shop in Brixham – i have lots of Christmas shapes to paint over the next 3 weeks so will be busy with that as well as BEDN! I look forward to sharing it all with you x
Do you like making crafts or have a craft facebook page? Please link in the comments so i can come and have a nosey
So i have decided for the first time in my blogging life to take part in a challenge… I’m quite excited about it too! For the next 30 days i will
hopefully be Blogging Every Day in November #BEDN! Thanks to the lovely Elizabeth at Rosalilium who has created the thought provoking topics for the next month, i am hoping to make new blogging friends and hopefully get readers to get to know me a bit better.
So to start #BEDN it’s all about Introductions, i have a little bit of background on myself on my ‘About’ page, so thought i would do a few random facts post instead, and include 21 facts about myself, so here goes…
- I’m 32 years old, i will be turning 33 on 6th November (where did my 20’s go?!!)
- My middle name is Elizabeth, which is the same as my mom’s middle name
- I met my husband at University, i pinched his bum on a night out 11 years ago and the rest is history! He makes me laugh everyday.
- I am a stay at home mom, i feel very lucky but do find it hard work some days!! I currently have a 2 year old lively toddler and i’m 7 months pregnant. I swear he is getting faster and i am getting slower!
- If i could visit anywhere in the world i would return to Vancouver! I have been there twice and would love to go back when the kiddies are a little bit older.
- My favourite place to shop is good ol’ Primark! I have never been one to spend lots on items of clothing – even before i became a mummy and could afford to just go out and shop – so Primark suits me fine!
- I love reading blogs and have attempted to write my own for many years but each one has failed through lack of inspiration… I’m hoping i can stick to this one!
- I experience mummy guilt everyday and compare myself to other mums… it’s annoying but it is something i do!
- I wear size 7 shoes, I’m 5ft 7in and usually a size 12… i dread to think how much weight i have put on now i am pregnant, i do not go near the scales!
- My favourite colour is purple, even though i do not have this colour anywhere in my house or in my wardrobe!
- I have one older sister, she lives in Nottingham and i live in Devon so we do not get to see each other often but talk lots on the phone. We hated each other growing up but have lots of time for each other now that we have grown up.
- I love to cook… I’m not good at it though, things never quite turn out as i expect or like the photo in the book but i enjoy giving it a go (and watching my husband trying to be polite by pretending to like what i have made)!
- I have a dream that one day my house will be neat, tidy and organised… the reality is far from that!
- I have a dream that one day i will be a domestic goddess… the reality is far from that!
- I like to wear make up, nothing expensive or heavy, but rarely do i leave the house without foundation, blusher and mascara!
- In my free time, i like to read blogs and watch vlogs on youtube… i like to be nosey and see how other people live!
- I have my own little craft business and will be taking part in my first craft fair later this month.
- My favourite season is Autumn, i love the cosiness of it all. My favourite month is October, i met my husband Oct 2002, we got married Oct 2009 and had our first child in Oct 2011!
- I love cookery programmes, and midwifery programmes.
- I have a big collection of Christmas movies and can not wait to start watching them… is it too early to start watching them now?
- My favourite take out is Indian… especially the ones we get when visiting my parents in Birmingham, they are just not the same down in rural Devon.
I think that’s enough for now as hopefully you will get to know me better over the next month, if there is anything else you would like to know about me… please ask away!!
Now that i have a little one and one on the way and my sister has 4 children (2 girls and twin boys), we find it difficult to go visit each other as we are limited on space. (i also live in East Devon and my sister lives in Nottingham – about a 4.5 hour drive!!) So instead we descend on our parents house in Birmingham and destroy their place instead he he!!
This past weekend we all went to Brum for a family fun weekend. I get so excited when we are due a visit ‘home’, it’s hard living so far away from my family but we make the effort to meet up a couple of times a year. We travelled up Friday afternoon and chilled out with a take away – lovely start to the weekend. We decided to head to Millennium Point on the Saturday, we thought the Think Tank would be a good option for all the family to visit as the age range was 2-61 years!!
And it really was brilliant!! I can not recommend this place enough, especially if you have a busy toddler, we had 3 very lively toddlers in our group and they were entertained thoroughly. Everything in the Think Tank is stimulating and there is lots of buttons to press, things to watch and feel.
The Kids City area was just fantastic it had a massive indoor water play area and role play areas which included a doctors, an ambulance, a cafe and a garage! All contained dress up clothes and objects to play with, there was also telephones so you could call other areas of the city which the kiddies loved!
The last time i was in an ambulance was when i was in labour with Rowan… this one was a lot more fun!
Daddy took on reception duties in the doctors!
Rowan with his cousin Alfie.
Building a wall with daddy!
After lunch (we took a picnic and there is a large area dedicated to visitors with there own food & a Starbucks) we headed into the transport area, where there were lots of old engines, aeroplanes, trams and the old city steam train ‘City of Birmingham’
My dad has worked on the Railway for over 30 years so enjoyed this part of the Think Tank!
The grown ups enjoyed the transport area but the toddlers got fidgety so we headed outside to the Science Garden. This had a mini play area and a park full of experiments to play with!
How many toddlers can you get in one rocket???
After the gardens we headed to the ‘Future’ level, the kiddies had a great time programming a robot to say their name and making it dance. They also got a robot to play a drum kit! The daddy’s took the toddlers back to Kids City so the mommy’s, grandparents and 2 older children could go and watch a film in the Planetarium. This was a cinema underneath a large dome, you watch the film almost lying down, the film was about the planets and the solar system – it was very interesting and fun to watch… however what made the experience most entertaining was my dad falling asleep within 1 minute of the film starting and snoring loudly!!
We really did have a fun filled day and can not wait to go back again in the future. That night, our parents surprised us all with a mini firework display, the children loved it! Unfortunately during that night, my nephew, niece, mom and Rowan all started to be sick – it came out of no where! So instead of meeting with the rest of my family on the Sunday we had to cancel because whatever the bug was, it was very contagious! I missed seeing my nan, aunt and cousins but it couldn’t be helped. We travelled back to Devon with a poorly little boy
It’s the first time that Rowan has been properly sick other than teething and colds and it broke my heart to see him like that! Since the weekend my other nephew, niece and dad caught the bug too, fingers crossed it has passed through everyone and the rest of us are going to be ok – the last thing i want at 7 months pregnant is the winter vomiting bug! Rowan has now made a full recovery, at least we all had a lovely day Saturday even if the weekend was cut short.
Yesterday started with rain… the sound of rain on our bedroom roof as Ollie and I attempted to get Rowan to go back to sleep in our bed… a 6:30am wake up on a Sunday is not allowed in our house but Rowan never got the memo!! At 7:30am Ollie gave in and took Rowan down stairs, he loves mornings with the boy, they have breakfast together and run around like lunatics… this meant i could role my big baby belly over and get some more shut eye. I remember putting on Ace of Cakes on the Food Network and the next thing it was 10am!
By the time i came downstairs Ollie had the day planned… we were going to buy Rowan some wellies and go find the biggest puddles we could find in Lyme Regis to jump in… it sounded like a plan. But first Rowan wanted to try out his oilcloth coat and all the accessories that went with it…
Rowan fell asleep on the way to Lyme Regis so we parked where we had a good view and watched the biggest storm come in, the rain was so heavy Ollie and I couldn’t help but laugh at all the poor people that got caught out in the rain whilst we were all cosy inside our car! When Rowan woke up, it was car picnic time! Ollie jumped in the back and they both watched ‘Up’ on the DVD player.
When we were confident that the bigger of the rain clouds had passed we ventured out for a walk on the very windy Cob!
Do you like Rowan’s new wellies? They are pirate ones from Stead and Simpson!
It was a very grey, stormy day but great for puddle jumping!
The wind certainly blew away a lot of cobwebs so we walked up to the main high st for a hot drink and a bite to eat. I went for the cheese/ham croissant and hot white chocolate! So comforting and warming!
The walk back to the car was a lot more pleasant, the sun actually broke through the clouds, making everything look so pretty.
When we got back home, Ollie covered the kitchen floor with lining paper, it was time to test out Rowan’s new paints that he got for his birthday last week (post to follow!)
Rowan got straight into it, he had to be shown how to squeeze the paint so it went into the brush first but he soon got the hang of it.
With the help of mommy and daddy, we soon had a master piece on our kitchen floor!
The finished product!
Once Rowan had his bath and his dinner (home made toad in the hole), he went straight to bed with a smile on his face, think the sea air knocked him out!
Considering we had no plans for the day, it turned out to be one of those lovely Sunday’s spent with each other. Ollie and I decided to be naughty and have our toad in the hole the following night… we ended the weekend with a Chinese take out… it just had to be done!
Special fried rice and BBQ sauce – holy yummers!!
Is there a secret that i do not know about, in how to become a good blogger? I just do not seem very good at it and i have been trying for years!
The thing is, i love reading blogs, i love following blogs, i even love having my own blog but i allow the life that i want to blog about to get in the way of actually typing a post! Has anyone else had this problem and have moved onto creating a consistent blog? How did you do it? Come on share the secret!!
I have so many ideas flying through my head that i want to blog about that i seem to overcomplicate and overwhelm myself… yet i am the most care-free and content that i have ever been at this very moment in time!
I think since i gave up work to become a full time mum, i forget to set myself goals like i used to in my working life. In my management role for an airline i was uber organised, utterly focused and consistent… boy has that gone out of the window!
I’m so interested to read how others manage or treat their blogs, especially stay at home mums, do you treat your blog as a hobby or like it’s your business? What is your mind set? do you write for yourself or for your reader. I think as soon as i get it right in my head, i will become a good blogger (whatever that actually means!!)
I feel that i have such a great life at the moment (not in wealth by any means) but in everything else, and i so desperately want to share this with you… but i guess i do not know how… yet!
In the mean time i will keep trying…
Firstly, apologies for not blogging much recently. Both my phone and camera were up to capacity, so i haven’t been taking many photos. I finally cleared my camera and now can start blogging again!
I had a lovely bank holiday with my boys. My energy levels are just starting to pick up and i do not feel half as sick as i have done, so we did lots together!
Our first visit was on Saturday to Prickly Ball Farm in Newton Abbot. It’s a lovely farm where you can meet many little animals and it’s also a hospital for injured and orphaned hedgehogs.
We got to meet Gill the hedgehog, Rowan loved stroking this cute little animal.
We also got to meet some guinea pigs, rabbits, rats, mice and micro ferrets in the pets corner.
There was a great little play park, ideal for toddlers and children. Rowan has gone tractor made recently, so he was more than happy to sit on the old tractor that they have there.
There were bigger animals too like Alpaca’s, Pigs, Foxes and goats.
The farm wore Rowan out, so we ate our picnic, and then made our way to see the in laws in Brixham, this gave Rowan the chance to have a nap in the car.
The weather turned lovely in Brixham so we went for a coffee at the Breakwater Cafe and then had a walk along the harbour.
Rowan and his grandparents… oh and a gorilla of all things?!!
On Sunday, we headed to the Honiton Hill Rally. It’s a steam rally with lots of old steam engines, tractors and cars. Rowan was in his element watching all the tractors being paraded… mommy enjoyed the coffee and doughnuts (it was rather freezing at the rally!)
It was a lovely day, but it was very cold. Again we munched our way through our picnic and then headed off after lunch so Ro could have his nap in the car. Ollie decided to drive to Lyme Regis to give Ro time to have a good nap and what a difference the weather was there! It was so nice so we parked up, grabbed the picnic blanket and headed for the beach.
Rowan loved playing with his new tractor in the sand.
We ended our weekend with a meal at our new Wetherspoons in Honiton, it was the perfect end to a lovely weekend. I filmed lots on our camcorder but do you think i can get the videos off the bloomin’ thing… think i need to dig out the instructions asap!
Coming soon – a very overdue Bump Watch!
Yesterday a friend invited Rowan and I to join her and her daughter to a trip to the beach. The weather wasn’t looking too brilliant but we thought the sea air would do us all good anyway. We arrived in Sidmouth at about 10am. We headed straight to the Clock Tower Cafe located in Connaught Gardens for a coffee and a tea cake. It was a little overcast & windy so we sat inside the summer room.
In the 20 minutes we were there it started brightening up, it wasn’t particularly cold so we decided to head onto the beach anyway. We found a spot on the pebbles, got the little ones changed and went for a paddle, the tide was in so there was no sand to play on but it was on it’s way out. Rowan enjoyed throwing stones into the sea.
Soon enough the tide receded, leaving a perfect, little, warm rock pool for Rowan and his friend Evie to play in.
And before we knew it, we had lots of lovely sand to play in!
We had a beach picnic, you can not beat jam sandwiches with a crunch of sand! The babies, started to get tired so we got them changed, piled everything back into the buggies and went for a walk a long the seafront. Whilst the babies napped we treated ourselves to a tea and scone at Selley’s Coffee Shop based in a quaint little courtyard. I opted for a warm cheese scone – yum!
Another perfect day to put in our memory bank x
16 weeks already?!!! It’s scary how quick this 2nd pregnancy is going, the bump is really starting to poke out, here is my 16 week bump (apologies for the bad pic, i’m going to ask hubby to take them from now on!)
And just to compare, here is my first photo at week 7
I had my 16 week midwife appointment last week. It went very well, all my 1st trimester screening results came back really good. I heard babies heartbeat, i got tearful, i find it so emotional. The second time around is so much nicer, you know exactly what is in your tummy, where the first pregnancy, it is all so unknown.
I told my lovely midwife Chris that i am quite nervous about going through labour again but she has really reassured me that all will be fine! Rowan’s birth was soooo long and i had continuous contractions, with no breaks in between to even catch my breath. As i only want 2 children, this will be the last time i will ever experience giving birth so i am determined to get rid of my nerves and try to ‘enjoy’ the whole experience!
I am going to start doing pre-natal yoga (at home) this week, to help my body prepare my body for birth and also to relax my mind.
Has anyone else experienced 2nd time labour births? or is it just me?