Monday, 15 September 2014


This weekend me and max headed down to butserfest in the heart of Hampshire to attend their festival. 

I'm always apprehensive about how many festivals brand themselves as family friendly. This one sounded great as it's drug and alcohol free and in collaboration with the council so lots of help on site. 

With a great line up of rock acts (kids in glass houses and the blackout) we were chuffed with going. 

Once we got there is was a massive trek across uneven ground to get to the site. Not great when you have a buggy and toddler but for the £20 ticket you can't complain. Once we got there is was all nicely laid out and close together. 

One thing I did find was there wasn't much for little kids. A couple of games but max was too small for the inflatables and too big to sit in the buggy. 

Luckily we spent ages watching the bands, catching up with friends and hanging out in the acoustic area which was great. 

A good festival for value for money and music choice if that's what you like, but not much to do on the family side. If you market it for all ages it needs to be covered! Even just a bouncy castle would have been good. 

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Scott's Birthday

So Scott's birthday is this week and despite not having much money I've managed to get him some lovely small gifts to show him how much I love him (ahhhhhh) And Max has picked out some great stuff too! Here's what we got...

  • Wall-E Funko Pop Vinyl: We collect these and this is a perfect addition as Wall-E is Scott's favourite Disney movie! Max picked this one out for him.
  • Writing and Selling Thrillers: Our good friend Lucy Hay write this book and Scott has been banging on about it since the release so I thought I may as well add another screenwriting book to his pile! Hopefully I'll get my money back soon haha.
  • Skulduggery Pleasant: This book is actually signed by the author as he came to my work a few weeks back. He used to be a screenwriter so left a very apt message to get writing inside the book! It's a series of novellas rather than part of the proper Skulduggery collection so this is a great starting point.
  • Pukka Pad: This is Scott's favourite pads for writing on. And he's always writing! So thankfully these are really cheap and are a great add on gift.
  • Seven Year Pen: I got one of these for my mum last year and it's still surviving so I thought it was good enough to get my other obsessive writer in the family!
  • Smartphone Projector: Scott has already got this gift, I got too impatient and couldn't wait to give it to him. He loves it and it works really well. It comes flat packed and you have to make it yourself which gave him hours of fun.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Some Time Away

It seems like I took an impromptu bit of time out from blogging. I honestly can't pinpoint why but with the summer holidays, moving house, holidays and everything else it seemed the last thing on my mind. That's fine though as it somehow helped me rekindle my love for photography and writing. So here's a bit of a breakdown with what's been going on.

  • Reading and Spelling: Max has somehow started to work out spellings for the most important things like his name, Mcfly and Fireman Sam. It baffles me how well his language is forming and I can't wait for my him to be reading properly with me and Scott.
  • Packing: We have been packing like crazy. At the end of the month we get the keys to our new flat. To say I'm excited is an understatement. It feels like we have been waiting ages since putting the holding fee down. Roll on the 29th!
  • Holidays!: After a whirlwind summer holidays of splash parks, soft plays and forest visits we managed to book a cheeky week break to Butlins for their Just For Tots week. It's a shame we weren't ambassadors this year but we had such a great time that we can't wait to go back.
  • Crafting: I've been making Max's weight in felt crowns to sell and give away to friends and family. I'm also planning a series of Christmas crafts for the blog and for presents so I can't wait to furnish everything and everyone with homemade goodies!
  • Growing: I think as a family this past year has taken a bit of a toll on us. We've learnt to grow and love what we have.