Tuesday

Fairy clocks & ginger snaps // MiniTTDER wears

Olive's wardrobe will forever be my favourite type of wardrobe. It is filled with pastels, patterns and prints and oozes beauty. My favourite outfits to put her in are blouses, little leggings and a collared cardigan. Luckily it's still chilly enough to layer up with all the pretty clothing, and she has enough to change up every outfit.
I love this dandelion print blouse. Alot. With it being white and a minimal pattern it goes so well with everything. Countless times I have bought things in the sale on impulse and then when it's time for Olive to wear them they don't go with anything else she has.
^^^ Mama fuel

This gorgeous blouse was kindly sent to little Olive from the wonderful ladies at Mama et Moi. The smocking around the neck, the sweet button up back and the beautiful 'fairy clock' print makes it the sweetest little top for any girl's wardrobe! It looks perfect with any of her leggings. I love the pairs from Next with the little crochet lace trim.
At this age I'm lucky enough to be in control of what Olive wears which makes me happy. There are so many florals and sweet style of clothing out there that I have always imagined my little girl wearing. I just know it won't be too long until she is deciding what she wears and it's already started. She is constantly wanting to wear a hat around the house!
Olive has a lovely little collection of hats which we have had to put in a basket in the living room because she kept opening the drawer of her cabinet to get them out - safety hazard! When I say she is obsessed with wearing a hat, I mean she doesn't go longer than 30 minutes without putting one on! She'll almost always take Sebastian's off him (She gets her love of hats from her Daddy!).
Wearing a hat whilst eating a little gingerbread man is common practise for the little lady.

Sunday

Note to Self // February Goals

After months of evenings and the occasional nap time watching it, I now have a huge Gilmore Girls shaped hole in my life. I finally finished watching it and I feel completely lost without it now. I wasn't so sure of it at first, but then I was utterly hooked and hoping the whole series that Lorelai would end up with the 'right' man. (I'll say no more - I don't want to spoil it for anyone!) and now it has finished without any glimmer of hope there will be any more. 
However, after a couple of days of mourning I now feel super inspired to get my life back, as it were. I don't watch Television at all, only Netflix and the odd show and even then it's only after Olive's bedtime or occasionally during nap time. We have a little of 'Hey Duggee' or 'Rugrats' (throwback!?) on during those tired Mama mornings and the occasional film for her to watch - she isn't too deprived! Ha.
So with that I want to spend my evenings being creative again and reading. I haven't read/finished a book in so long. I have started so many over the last year or two and never finished any. So I am going to get stuck into some this month. Early ish nights, snuggled up in bed with a cup of tea and a book by lamp light - sounds heavenly doesn't it!? I have surely been missing out. I know I will sleep better too rather than those nights where I fall asleep watching GG!
This month I also want to start cooking more delicious, healthier dinners and snacks. I spend endless nap times making yummy, healthy meals for Olive but never think to make them for us all! Vegetables enrobed in cheese sauce with pasta is MY kind of vegetable! Savoury muffins and natural sugar bakes - that's a step closer to Vegan if I ever saw it!

Also, we finally caved and bought a 'play pen'. It's plastic and has a heart shaped door and it's pretty awful on the aesthetics side BUT it's wonderful. For months I was toying with the idea but decided that one on one time was crucial. Especially in these early stages. We have a large safety gate in the hallway so Olive has a safe area to play in if necessary but I can go to the kitchen and make lunch whilst she happily plays with her toys in the living room (thank goodness we are over the clingy stages!). I am so happy I decided this as Olive is wonderfully chatty and loves a good book. She has grown so perfectly and I believe it's all down to the amount of time and effort I put in on a daily basis.
So back to the play pen - we decided this purely for our spare room/office. Olive can walk around and play nicely in her 'den' whilst I can sit at my desk and work on my sewing or blogging. 
My creativity has taken a back seat whilst I have focused on raising my child as best I can (and for Gilmore Girls!!), and I have felt a little uninspired with blogging lately too... so it's time to get back on it and try my darn hardest to have the future I want, for me AND my family. I feel so inspired and motivated and vow not to start any Netflix series for a while!

February, let's do this.

What are your goals for this month? Are you still on target with your 2017 goals?

Saturday

Weekend wandering

Last weekend we three bundled up warm and went for a wander to the leisure centre to let Olive have a little play in the park. It was incredibly frosty and icy cold but the sun was out and warmed our cheeks ever so slightly. Olive enjoyed the swings even though her finger tips seemed to have turned into pink icicles.
We have a big park local to us but it isn't all that nice and full of bigger kids who are far too old to be playing in the little's area so we love coming to this little spot at weekends with our dear little lady.
Olive is such an adventurer these days so we just had to let her go for a little wander sans pushchair. The grass was a mix of soft mud in patches and hard frost in others so she seemed a little wobbly walking on it bless her. She wants to look and touch almost everything and would probably much prefer to walk than sit in her pushchair given the chance. I think I shall be purchasing some 'reigns' this weekend so I can let her explore a little more... safely! She is a fast roamer that one!!

When we couldn't take the icy temperatures any longer we decided to walk back home to warm up. On the way we briefly stopped to go get a family snap in the photobooth which was fun.
When Olive looks at the strip of us all she just says "hat!". She has a mild obsession with hats at the moment, she nearly always has a hat on indoors whether it's hers or her Daddy's!
We had a lovely afternoon. It is so wonderful to just go out and play and slowing down without cramming all the boring stuff in too. Olive had a lovely time too. I love our little family days.

Sebastian created a wee video of our time in the park, if you fancy watching Olive being extra cute on the swings, waving at passers by and attempting to walk on the uneven grass. It's a good one! I think we're going to start creating more videos of our little adventures. We would love for you to subscribe to our YouTube channel - keep in the loop! 
Let me know what you think of our little video.


What have you got planned for the rest of the weekend?