Thursday, 10 October 2013

Blacks Outdoor Clothing Review

The nice people at Blacks recently asked me if my kids would like to test drive some of their outdoor clothing.

My kids, being outdoor types were more than keen to give these clothes a go.

Heather, who is nearly 11 is wearing a Peter Storm knitlook fleece for age 13 (£15.00). This is her favourite item and she has worn it pretty much constantly since the time it arrived - she gives this 10 out of 10 as it is 'super comfy and warm'

The hat is her own. We also had coats for both Lola and Heather. Lola's coat was from Peter Storm and the Mystic 3 in 1, for age 7 (£35.00). It has a detachable fleece with a waterproof outer layer. At this time of year when you never quite know what the weather is going to do, it's perfect.

As you can see, they have been wearing their coats to school, and I like that Lola's has the reflective material on the sleeves and on the back, which is re-assuring as the nights draw in.

Lola gave her coat 9 out of 10 and loves the fleece being detachable.
The only reason Lola gave it a 9 was because one of the little poppers that hold the fleece in place has broken, which is a bit of a shame, and some of the velcro has become un-stitched.

Heather is enjoying her coat and loves the colour, hers is the Peter Storm Belle Circle Jacket, aged 13 and is currently £15.00 in the sale. I am hoping this jacket will work for her for the whole winter as it is very warm and shower proof. Heather gave it 9 out of 10. 

 It got 9 out of 10 as one of the poppers on the pocket has broken already (she has been wearing it about 2 weeks)
And finally, Lola had a pair of Peter Storm Barnston hillwalking boots, size 13 (£25.00). I love these on Lola and they are really robust, Lola, however, only gave them 8 out of 10 as she didn't like the design and thought the laces were too thick (hard to tie for little fingers).

Overall we are really happy with the out door kit from Blacks, I would say to the Peter Storm people, remember little people aren't very gentle with their clothes so a little bit more care and attention to poppers and stitching would be good, however, they are certainly no worse than other coats they have had and the positives far out weigh any negatives. 

My girls are happy which makes me happy.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

The Gallery - Sunday Mornings

For the Gallery this week we are talking about Sunday Mornings.

Mine varies, but every other week I try to get up and see my Dad. So husband and kids are piled into the car for the hours drive to visit him.

My Dad has become more and more frail since my Mum passed away last year, but I think he is pleased to see us. We try to go out so he gets to see a bit of the world beyond his four walls, but this is becoming more challenging for him.

None the less, I treasure my time with him and encourage my girls to chat to him (although they have to shout as he is quite deaf...and won't wear a hearing aid). My eldest is fascinated by World War II as she is studying it at school and Dad has lots of stories, so it is lovely to see them nattering away.

Dad with Lola in his garden

Dad out and about 2 weeks ago at the Riverside Inn near Cound in Shropshire

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

The Renovating Continues....

I am now so sick of the dust that is EVERYWHERE. But, things are moving along, The bifolding doors went in this week, which has changed the whole look of the kitchen.

And the back door has been removed.

You can see they have been working on all the wiring as well - the living room spots are in. 
They have also taken out the old storage heater from the soon to be utility room.

This has really opened the space up, the photo's really don't do it justice - but the dust, now that you can see perfectly - Gah!

Only a month or two to go.

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Christmas in October

This week the lovely Christmas elves that help Santa at John Lewis, invited me along to see what they have been up to.

My goodness they have been busy. 

They explained that this year there will be five themes, the main one is Woodland Wonder.  Then there is Forest Festival, Rural Life, Vintage Market and Odyssey.

The elves explained the various themes. Woodland Wonder is pared back colourful and bright. There are lovely lazer cut shapes and interesting lighting.

The Forest Festival is especially for children it includes the charity panda and lots of colourful forest creatures.

Rural life is inspired by Christmas's past and nostalgic, so think pine cones and lots of greens and reds. The adult Christmas stockings are fab.

Vintage market, is all subtle pastel shades and inspired by vintage Christmas's. The soft gold and pearl shades are gorgeous.

Odyssey is more grown up and modern, there is hand blown glass baubles and shapes inspired by technology, I think this is my favourite one.

Other than the themes there are all the usual fab John Lewis stuff, including Christmas food. Nom.

And even Christmas presents for all your pets.
I am loving the Alessi cat bowls. 

Even your men folk are sorted...don't tell hubs, but this is looking good to go into his adult Christmas stocking. Ssssssshhhhhhh.

If you do want to know more about this, those darn clever elves have only gone and made a video about it.

So if I don't say it later - Happy Christmas folks xxx

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

The Gallery - Phone Photo's

I love the freedom of having a camera constantly with me on my phone, so even if I am not carting my DSLR around it means I miss nothing. And when you have kids you really don't want to miss a thing.

Here are some of my more recent phone photo's for #The Gallery

Lola gets her flump on.

Heather just after having all her hair cut off, looking v.grown up.

 Going for curls (it didn't work, the hair is just too straight)

It's not just the little kids...hmmm

 Lola coloured this herself, she was quite pleased.

The gingerbread man...oh yes.

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