If you love Roald Dahl style books (seriously who doesn’t?!) then you will certainly enjoy reading books by Britains Got Talent judge…David Walliams. One of his many books that David has wrote is Awful Auntie and rather than making the story into a TV Production most of David’s other books, this story was instead turned into a theatrical production.

Awful Auntie is currently on a UK tour and produced by The Birmingham Stage Company. We went along to press night at the Wyvern Theatre in Swindon to watch the show. We haven’t got round to reading Awful Auntie yet, so my review is only about the show and not in comparison to the books storyline.

The production of Awful Auntie is based on the best selling children’s book (2014) by comedian and best selling author David Walliams, and is actually David’s seventh book. We have enjoyed his other books and especially the TV adaptions. Other titles include Gangsta Granny, Mr Stink, Ratburger and recently Bad Dad. The style of David Walliams is very similar to Roald Dahl, keeping children entertained ….the more gruesome the better.

Awful Auntie is set in December 1933 and starts with Stella Saxby waking up bandaged from her neck down. Recently awoken from her coma to find both of her wealthy parents have died in a horrific car crash, the newly orphaned character wakes to find her Aunt Alberta has become her guardian. You can guess by the title Awful Auntie, Aunt Alberta is not going to be a pleasant character and is solely after Stella’s inheritance to Saxby Hall.

The character of Aunt Alberta played by Richard James, reminded me of the eccentric Count Olaf from Lemony Snickett. Straight away you notice all of the characters spitting image resemblance to the books illustrations by Tony Ross.

Alberta’s faithful feathered friend, Bavarian Owl Wagner is identical to the books illustration. Wagner was brought to life with the puppetry skills of Roberta Bellekom. The giant owl was Josie’s favourite character, which she is now aspiring to be a puppeteer.

The set helps the production become real, with self rotating pillars to create different rooms. One second you are in the coal room and the next moment you are watching the characters climb over the rooftops. The set which was designed by Jacqueline Trousdale was spectacular to see how something so simple looking, can be so effective.

I personally preferred the second half of Awful Auntie, but Josie throughly enjoyed all of the performance. The first half is more of the introduction of characters and revelation of Aunt Alberta being a possible murderer. The second half is full of adventure as Stella (played by Georgina Leonidas) and cockney ghost Soot (played by Ashley Cousins) try to save Saxby Hall.

You see how masterful the set design is during the second half of the production. Every moments sound effects was all executed at correct timings. There was a lovely moment towards the end which shows a really lovely message that I personally found meaningful.

Awful Auntie Live is on at The Wyvern until Saturday 24th November 2018. The tour continues to The Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham, then off to Theatre Royal in Plymouth. Finally, over Christmas the show is available to see for a few weeks at London’s Bloomsbury Theatre. Tickets for the rest of the tour can be found online here.

Birmingham Stage Company are back at The Wyvern Theatre in April 2019 showing Horrible Histories. One we are really looking forward to is in November 2019 they are bringing Tom Gates Live On Stage. Josie-Ann has read most of the Tom Gates books and is a huge fan

(Photo Credit: Mark Douet)

Overall we really enjoyed the performance 

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Simply Stacey, Awful Auntie Live Swindon Wyvern

*** Gifted tickets to the production are in return for our honest review. All words are honest and our own.
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There is now less than 100 days until Christmas, so what better way than to get present planning. Smyths Toys are releasing their Winter Catalogue this week, and there are plenty of toys to suit all youngsters and interests…

Smyths Toys Winter Catalogue

This is officially my favourite time of year, hayfever is no more, the weather is chilly enough to wear cosy jumpers, halloween prep is underway and the countdown until Christmas has commenced. I always try and get a couple of presents a month for birthdays and constantly look for ideas for Christmas, one place we always go to is Smyths Toys.

Normally we will either go to our nearest store at Cribbs Causeway, Bristol or will order online. Before I had never thought about looking through the catalogue to be honest. But since the latest Smyths Toys Winter Catalogue arrived we have been having a browse and there is so much more that I originally thought. You can request the latest catalogue here.

Smyths Toys kindly sent us the latest catalogue to browse and a voucher for the kids to use. We all had a browse through the 327 pages of toys and decided on a joint toy for the kids to share. Since the age gap is over 5 years, it is brilliant to find a toy they both love to share which is the family favourite of Lego. When you go to the stores, there is aisles so high and long of lego of all sorts. Very rare we can’t find what one we are looking for, plus there is the option to check stock or order click and collect.

Lego City Smyths Toys

Rowan has recently got into Lego, he loves finding the pieces through the instructions and even more loves playing with the many miniature block creations. He has progressed from Duplo but will still play with this, and has a mixture of Lego Juniors and Lego Sets. Josie has Lego Sets of all sorts, her favourite is her Jurassic World Sets and is the only thing she has patience to do and finish herself. Josie has her eye on the Lego Harry Potter new releases. We keep all of our lego sets in clear boxes with the corresponding instructions…yes this may seem boderline OCD but at the same time this is so much easier when you want to build a set.

The best part with Lego is how it makes them use their imagination and how they come together playing despite their age difference. Also Lego is fabulous for young and old. There is many adults I know that love Lego, it really is a timeless family favourite. We debated both of the kids choosing something each but the both spotted the Lego City Mountain Police Set which also was on sale. We did also pick up a little airplane for Rowan and an expansion for Josie’s Lego Dimensions which again was on sale.

Smyths Toys Lego City

In October we have Rowan’s birthday which last month myself and Josie went off to Smyths Toys store and brought his presents. There is so much choice when browsing the catalogue, you have your classics like we chose with Lego, board games galore, computer games, all of your favourite characters….the list is endless from the amount of toys and gadgets and at fantastic prices.

Next is planning for Christmas, we are going to sit down some point and go through the catalogue to compile the kids Christmas Lists. It is great fun for them to look through the catalogue and write or stick present wishes. When I was sat with Rowan he was pointing out things he thought Josie would like which was adorable. I am thinking this will be a fun activity with the kids whilst making some mince pies, I am already excited for the Christmas films and special Christmas drinks at coffee shops whilst writing this.

Smyths Winter Catalogue

If your haven’t started your Christmas shopping yet then make sure you head over to Smyths Toys and request a catalogue. I would love to know how you plan your Christmas Shopping? Do you also go to Smyths Toys?

Simply Stacey

*** DISCLAIMER | Smyths Toys sent us goods in exchange for our honest views. All wording is honest and my own.
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If you are looking for something to do in the last few weeks of Summer Holidays then why not go down to The Mall at Cribbs Causeway and join in the fun as part of their Summer Unleashed event and see exclusive sculptures from Gromit Unleashed 2

Summer Unleashed, Cribbs Causeway, Bristol, Gromit Unleashed, Gromit Unleashed 2

The Mall at Cribbs Causeway located in Bristol, are hosting fantastic fun activities to help celebrate and raise money for The Grand Appeal. In total so far The Grand Appeal has raised over £50 million for Bristol Children’s Hospital.

Previous trails have been Gromit Unleashed in 2013, and Shaun In The City in 2015. We only managed a few Shaun In The City finds, but we do own some sculptures. My favourite figure we own being Sparkles The Unicorn, the sculpture of this was sold in auction for a whopping £25,000.

This year the trail is Gromit Unleashed 2 which Gromit is the headlining star, but this time he is also joined by his good friend and cheese loving owner Wallace and the criminal mastermind Feathers McGraw. I love the fact this time the sculptures aren’t limited to one character.

The trail runs from 2nd July to 2nd September, and you have over 60 sculptures to find. You can log these on the Gromit Unleashed app like we have been doing, which we love as the app also acts as a map for you to find more sculptures for those selfie opportunities. This is super fun to go on a Gromit Unleashed hunt during the holidays and trying to find your favourites.

If you do visit the fun of Summer Unleashed at The Mall then you will be lucky enough to find 3 exclusive sculptures, we had great fun following the footsteps to find each of the characters. Our favourite on the day had to be Gromit P.Sullivan, we love Monsters Inc. and the fact he is also furry was fantastic. You can also locate Wallace as Spock and Feathers McGraw as In-cog-nito which is very special indeed as he has moving cogs. Remember to mark these down on your Gromit Unleashed 2 app to add to your collection of finds.

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Gromit P. Sullivan

Also you can find a special Feathers McGraw in one of the stores, keep an eye weekly on The Mall social media pages for clues where he may be. You can go in a draw to win £100 and win tickets for the Gromit Unleashed 2 Exhibition which is being hosted by The Mall. The exhibition show is called ‘The Greatest Dog Show on Earth 2’ and is on from 15th-30th September. You will be able to see all of the sculptures under one roof. Perfect for if you have missed a couple on the trail. This is the last chance to see the sculptures before they head off for auction to raise further funds. Tickets are available for the exhibition here.

In addition to finding these 3 exclusive sculptures, during the Summer you can visit the outdoor pop up cinema. This is located outside the TopShop entrance, but in the event of the weather taking a turn for the worse you will be able to find the cinema on the lower lever outside M&S. The day we went was typically raining, so we headed inside to watch the first showing of the day.

The cinema showing free screenings is open throughout the summer holidays on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 11am-4pm. Each show is 30 minutes long and shows classic Aardman animations. The kids loved this as you have headphones, so you can listen and not get distracted by people shopping around you. There are beanbags for the kids and chairs so parents can also sit and enjoy a few minutes peace before going on the search for more Gromit Unleashed 2 sculptures.

Before you enter the cinema you are greeted by Cinemama and Poppacorn characters, Rowan not being a people person wasn’t sure, but Josie who is a social butterfly absolutely loved this. The characters were involving all of the kids, even unsociable Rowan which as brilliant (he did come round to enjoying this). The kids learnt how to walk down the red carpet and pose like a hollywood star, then you can enter the cinema and get comfortable on the rainbow selection of beanbags.

Cinemamma and Poppacorn

Not only that, you can also ride the Summer Train which children are £2 each and accompanying adults go free, proceeds go to The Grand Appeal. The train runs Tuesdays, Thursdays and the weekend. The kids have been on the train other times we have visited and absolutely love this. Plus what a fabulous way to bribe them to be good with the promise of a train ride, plus you are helping to raise money for such an amazing cause.

Plus outside the TopShop entrance is the popular vintage carousel which is £2 per child. The kids love this when we go to The Mall for the Winter Wonderland at Christmas to see Santa and go Ice Skating.

There is so much to do at The Mall Summer Unleashed event, then after you could go searching around Bristol for more Gromits. We are off searching for more sculptures on Friday and then hopefully will get along to the exhibition as we really want to see Marshall, Wallace in Wonderland and Sprinkles if we don’t manage to find them before the trail ends. Plus there is the Gromit Unleashed Store located on the upper mall level which we always visit. They have some fabulous artwork designs of Feathers McGraw and lots of figures and other fantastic memorabilia to purchase. I hope they do the figures for Gromit Unleashed 2 like previous years as Josie already as her eye on her favourites and I know Rowan would love Marshall for his room.

The Mall, Cribbs Causeway

Seeing the sculptures and going to the pop up cinema was indeed the kids favourite activities that day, they love watching all of the Aardman Animations. We all love watching them as a family and they never get old to watch, my personal favourite character has to be Shaun The Sheep. We had a fabulous day out and the fact the fun activities made a shopping trip for mummy to also be very enjoyable for the children. I like the fact they have incorporated the fun of Gromit Unleashed 2 and extended the fun of finding the sculptures, while also helping to raise further funds for The Grand Appeal.

Have you been on any of the trails? Which is your favourite sculpture to date?

Simply Stacey, Grow your Pinterest

*** The Mall, Cribbs Causeway invited us to the event. All words and review are all honest and my own. You can follow The Mall on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using @MallCribbs
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July has been eventful hasn’t it, we have had World Cup, heatwaves, the start of Love Island and more importantly I have had some fabulous days with my babies. See what we have been up to in Siblings Project July

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The Siblings Project July

I can’t believe we only have a couple of weeks until the schools break up for summer holidays. I honestly do not know where the time has gone. Josie will be going into year 5 in September, and then comes the hyperventilating as next year I am going to have to put Josie down for which secondary school and put Rowan’s name down for starting school.

Being a parent in the holidays is completely exhausting. Being a working mummy consists of juggling childcare and fun. Rowan is still at nursery so this gives me some time with Josie, plus I need to also work. I am lucky in the respect that I can mix up working form home and myself and Antony will share looking after the kids. The juggling of 6 weeks of childcare does have it’s advantages as the days you do have together are even more special. The last few years Josie has gone to summer day camps but she is at the age she doesn’t want too. She loves me working from home as she can have a chill day as she calls it.

I really do cherish the moments I spend with the children, memory making at every available opportunity. I am going to try and do a plan of activities as August is an awful month money wise as we also have Josie’s birthday, plus days out also Josie is like a dustbin and in the holidays she eats me out of house and home.

So this month we finally went to the Chilli and Cheese Festival at Lydiard Park in Swindon. We wanted to go last year as Antony is like Wallace from Wallace and Gromit when it comes to cheese but we missed it as we was away. This year we braved the heatwave and attempted to go. It was a lovely few hours, but not even being dramatic it was way too hot, the kids weren’t coping with the heat so we decided to call it a day. You can catch our day on my recent vlogging episode below:

However we did get some fabulous photos in this time, one being the main feature photo above. I absolutely loved this picture as this captures both of their characters perfect. With their vast height difference, getting a photo of them together is fun and games. But this was one of those moments which I wasn’t expecting to capture such a beautiful photo of them both.

Josie-Ann

This past few weeks, you can really see Josie is growing up and her features are all changing again. Josie absolutely loved doing Josie-Cam on our day in the life (I did have to cut 20 minutes off) that girl can chat! We have had tons of school events, again another tricky time when working, plus working 45 minutes away from her school so it is not easy to just pop in to an event.

Sibling Project July, Cheese and Chilli Festival, Lydiard Park

We have had Josie’s KS2 School Play, which she was a monkey. Obviously she was my favourite monkey by far. She also has had her sports day and school fair. During the fair she showed off with her peers their cheerleading skills, they have been doing this as an after school activity which Josie has really enjoyed.

Coming up we have Josie-Ann’s birthday next month, she was just before the school cut off so she is the youngest in her year. We are taking her to the Harry Potter studio tours in Watford on her birthday, which she is so excited about. I love how she is still as excited about her birthday as she was at Rowan’s age.

Rowan

Surprisingly Rowan has also changed in character, both good and bad. The terrible two’s has certainly kicked in and he has been extremely testing at times, but he has the most adorable mischievous face just as he is about to do something naughty and the cheesiest smile when he is doing something in which he is not meant to be doing.

sibling project july

The biggest change has been, finally Rowan has been coming out of his shy shell. Before he wouldn’t make eye contact or talk to anyone other than us or nanny, this is why I love vlogging especially as people can see he can talk and smile. But recently he has come on leaps and bounds. At home he is talking in full paragraphs, but he has also been saying the odd work to people. We went this weekend to do Rowan’s favourite weekend treat of going to the bakery for a cake, and he even said ‘bye’ this was a big deal for Rowan. He even gave mum’s friend a kiss and cuddle…see this has been a massive improvement.

I hope you have enjoyed reading our Siblings Project July, and would love to hear of any days out recommendations for the summer.

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Hayfever and random days out in Wiltshire…..this is what we got up to in June as part of The Me and Mine Project.

Days Out in Wiltshire, me and mine project

Finally we have all been germ free! Apart from suffering with hayfever, as I write this I am sneezing away and trying to refine from scratching my eyes out. I have not suffered this bad for ages and have seen this year pollen is high due to a delayed spring. It also turns out that Rowan (aka my sickly child) also is suffering from hayfever. Anyone who suffers with this will know this can put a strain on enjoying the warm months of the year. I desperately want to plan exciting days out, but also know I will suffer for a few days after the event.

Yesterday we went out for the day, my hayfever was already at an all time high as Antony cut the grass the previous day (I am seriously contemplating astroturf this moment in time)so thought might as well just go for it, plus to make the most of the sunshine and some quality family time with the children.

Recently we purchased a family New Zealand Heritage pass as recommended by my lovely blogger friend Emily at A Slummy Mummy blog. I recently downloaded The National Trust app for ideas of places nearby, as we want ideas for days out and some beautiful places for me to practice improving photography skills. I was surprised that the app had so many beautiful places and not just houses, which is what I thought The National Trust was to be honest. We looked at passes but couldn’t afford the amount for the family pass, then Emily said about an awesome tip of purchasing New Zealand Heritage as the passes work over here and are a fraction of the price, the only thing not included is car parking.

Days Out in Wiltshire

We are lucky living in Wiltshire, how many places are near so we don’t have far to travel. We went on our first trip and went to Avebury, I was amazed this beautiful village is only half an hour away from us. We went to Lockeridge Dene first and the kids went jumping around like wild feral animals in the field of sarsen stones. Then we wanted to go and get some pictures and have a picnic near the stone circle in Avebury, unfortunately so did a huge number of other people and parking was literally impossible.

Days Out in Wiltshire, me and mine project

So with two ravenous children moaning in the heat, we headed back near home and went to the beautiful Lydiard Park and sent up a picnic, played football and blowed bubbles. Sometimes you forget how memorable cheap days out are and how you don’t have to go spending a fortune on an exciting day out. Randomly we done a similar thing last week, we had tea and the kids were arguing, so we all went on a dog walk, kids on the bikes and went to the park. It was brilliant as we had this to ourselves and the kids got to unload a load of steam before bed. The kids had such a lovely time, and just shows spending time together, no matter how or cost wise has such an impact on memories for you children to remember. I am sure the past couple of weeks they will remember the fun we had and do the same with their children in the future….oh gosh I just had a vision of me as a granny!

We are hoping to do some more local events and days out, maybe even fit in some geocaching as the kids absolutely love doing this. One thing I want to try as on my Slimming World diet and the kids are obsessed with fruit is going to a local ‘Pick Your Own’ farm, it is one of those things we keep meaning to do but never get round to this for some reason. So hopefully this will be the year.

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It has been a couple of months since I took part in The Siblings Project, so here is The Siblings Project May.

Grab a cuppa and a biscuit to dunk at lets have a catch up….

Sibling Project May

 

This past couple of months has flew by, and both of my children have come on leaps and bounds. I have noticed changes in both, Rowan understandably more noticeable as he is now just over 2 and a half so every day is something new with him.

As a family we have been fairly busy, Antony done a super job updating the garden. We decided to get rid of the big play area that was here when we moved in. I could trust Josie outside but Rowan was an accident waiting to happen as the play slide was too big for him. Josie has fallen off the slide into the bak numerous times and both kids hurt themselves falling on the bark. Then add a puppy who wants to carry the bark and put all over the grass.

We decided to pull it all up and  gave the play area away to someone we know. Underneath the bark there was concrete, which Antony and his Dad have pulled all up. Antony used to do gardening in previous jobs which was handy at this precise moment and added the top soil then eventually due to weather got to lay the new turf The garden looks huge now and so much more room for the kids to play.

Next step is to paint the shed and fence and add some pinterest style touches to make it beautiful. I fancy grey fences, I have a thing for grey at the minute and in the garden it looks very effective. We had a lovely BBQ in the garden to christen the new area, which led to me getting stupidly burnt. We also have set up an area at the bottom of the garden for a vegetable patch. We enjoyed growing these last years and Josie loved picking the food and cooking, which Rowan will love this year too.

Sibling Project May

Josie-Ann

Josie is still growing at a rapid rate, she is over my shoulder now. She has being doing well at school and we have her class service this week which we are looking forward to watching. I noticed last weekend when filming a ‘Day In The Life’ which you can see here, how much more grown up she is looking. I can’t believe how quick time has gone as she will be 9 in a few months. We have booked to take her to Harry Potter for a birthday treat in Watford which she is super excited about.

Josie has really got into reading recently and has been reading a book a week. She loves the Tom Gates books and her most recent read was Family, Friends and Furry Creatures. The books are brilliantly designed and lots of doodles and hand lettering, which has made Josie starting to do her own lettering designs.

Sibling Project May

Rowan

Rowan is getting such a funny character, unfortunately not many people get to see this as he is still not a social butterfly. Nursery mentioned he doesn’t speak much there, Josie was the same she was more comfortable around people they know well. Here however he is saying full on sentences now.  Every morning he will tell me what the weather is and he is becoming obsessed with Fireman Sam. We have took him to a couple of theatre shows which he loved, so far he has seen Milkshake Live and Teletubbies.

For a treat near his birthday we are planning on going to the Emergency Services show near us as he loves anything with a siren on. He will love getting to sit in a fire engine especially. He goes so excited when he sees a fire extinguisher, he did however have a stress moment when we lit the BBQ and was calling for Sam and got his little fire engine out.

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Linking up with Dear Beautiful, welcome to this months Siblings Project

Siblings Project, dear beautiful, SimplyStacey

 

Considering how long January dragged on, February has zoomed by so quickly. We are already at the end of half term and back to school next week. This month we have not done anything exciting due to weather and having a poorly Rowan. I wanted to do this months Siblings Project out and about but this was not possible due to Rowan having chicken pox, so luckily I had some nice photos from a mini photo shoot a couple of weeks ago.

Josie-Ann

Josie has been on half term and since we were stuck in she has had the chance to play at home, which I think she has enjoyed. We are so busy and after school clubs means most of the time Josie doesn’t get to chill and play much so this has been a nice change. My proud moment this month was the hard work she put into creating a Harry Potter PowerPoint Presentation. I had to work from home one of the days during half term so whilst working she sat next to me watching Harry Potter and doing a presentation on my laptop.

 

Rowan

Rowan has not had a good month, he got struck down with chickenpox. Josie was never that bad with them, but poor Rowan was covered and poorly with them. He wasn’t sleeping, which we are not used too as we have always been lucky with both kids sleeping patterns. The spots started Sunday/Monday and it wasn’t until the Saturday that he was feeling like playing and organising his toys again. My proud moment with Rowan is definitely his speech, he is saying full sentences now.

We have signs of colds, but after the chickenpox we can certainly deal with those germs. Hopefully Spring weather will start kicking in soon. I am fed up of the cold, wet weather. At the end of the month we are planning on deciding how to decorate the kids rooms and making a start on updating the garden. We also want to try and have a nice family day out somewhere some point, as we haven’t had the chance since before Christmas.

Yes we have been stuck in the bulk of half term, but you don’t have to go out each time. The kids love time at home and they had great fun for hours getting the play dough out (mummy didn’t as soon as colours started getting mixed) and playing games. Sometimes these are indeed the best days, spending quality time together.

How was your half term?

 

 

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We are finally at the end of January, which means it is time for our first post for Dear Beautiful family photo project…Me and Mine Project

Me and Mine Project

We enjoyed taking part in The Sibling Project and have been looking forward to The Me and Mine Project as we had to try and get a family photo, rather then just the kids together.

As I mentioned in my previous Sibling Project post, these challenges are fantastic for you t o make the effort to get a photo. Wether you go out for the day or even take a selfie at home, getting a family photo to cherish is great. You don’t always have the time or think of taking a group photo. But these challenges make you do this.

We tried a picture at home, but Rowan was having none of this, so we went off for a wander round Lydiard Park. We took the scooters which I was also filming for a Day In The Life vlog post. Rowan is normally always in his buggy but he absolutely loved having the freedom on his 3 wheels.

Typically the weather turned whilst we was there and rain came. We only stayed for about an hour but had some chores at home to complete. We are going to do this again soon, and when the weather is nicer we will take a picnic and make a day of it. Normally we would take Bibi, but she has just started her first season and is not very happy about this, so she stayed at home in the warm for this adventure.

January has been a blur, the comedown from Christmas and getting back into routine has been tricky. Also with my birthday in the middle, we have been extremely busy. You can see what we have been up to in my latest upload Snapshots and Scenes above.

Josie-Ann

Josie has really changed in the last month and we have noticed her grow up dramatically. She has started taking a lot more responsibility and we have been getting great feedback from school about her behaviour. Last week she even received an award from her headteacher for doing work without being asked.

Rowan

Rowan has also changed, he has really come on leaps and bounds speaking. He absolutely loved making our first Day in The Life vlog. Rowan has learnt to put his photo in the post box when leaving nursery and is still as OCD about tidying as ever. He has suddenly gone into the toddler phrase, and I am missing a baby around now. We won’t be having anymore though which I have been trying to come to the fact of this and how fast time flies way too fast.

I am looking forward to February and taking part in Me and Mine Project. We also have half term fun in the middle of February. We haven’t many plans for February apart from planning for the end of the month to start on decorating the children’s bedrooms. We have been luckily since moving end of 2016, that we had a blank canvas and Josie room is pink, so both bedrooms have been fine for the kids, but we really want to get these sorted for them over the next couple of months.

 

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Welcome to my first ever entry for The Sibling Project run by Lucy at Dear Beautiful

Sibling Project Simply Stacey

The Sibling Project is run monthly and encourages you to take photos of your children together. I love seeing these each month and have the entries have really inspired myself to take part. I originally wanted my new camera for vlogging, but have recently found myself wanting to try and improve my photography skills.

I originally was planning a photoshoot outside last Saturday doing a fun family filled activity. But thanks to Rowan having a cold, we were struck down by his germs and have been full of cold all of the weekend. Sunday night, I was finally feeling a little better and decided to have a go at trying to take some photos and I am so glad I did. Josie has been desperate to be twinning with Rowan and was over the moon when I found these tops in H&M.

I loved the idea behind The Sibling Project as it makes you take the time out of busy schedules and come together to make happy memories and documenting this. We done our photoshoot in the comfort of our home and trying out mummy’s new photography lights and the kids absolutely loved this. You can see by the photos above that Rowan kept getting the giggles. The only issue during our shoot is Josie is so tall considering she is only eight years old. So trying to get a picture of them together can be tricky.

My Favourite Photo

Below is my favourite photo from the shoot. Funnily enough it wasn’t even going to be a main picture. It was one of those where you go click happy and hope for the best. I love the lighting especially in this photo and the kids look absolutely adorable Even though Rowan is looking away in the picture, this is certainly my most favourite picture.

Simply Stacey Siblings Project

I am glad I have took part in The Siblings Project and encourage you too. It makes you take those photos that you have been meaning to take. I am already looking forward to the next one.

Stacey

 

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