It's my life, but not as I knew it!

Hi everyone! How are you all?

Having come from a huge rugby-loving household I have got really stuck in to the Rugby 2015 World Cup and have enjoyed watching it (even though we went out far too early for my liking!). 

Before the half-term holiday, Biscuit and Cracker had their very first non-school uniform day at school with the Rugby World Cup as the theme. 

  
Honestly, how cute do they look?! Biscuit and Cracker are both wearing England rugby tops, bought by Mammy and Mamps for the occasion. Obviously these are very hard-wearing and tough tops. As they are also half-Italian, they are wearing Italian tops from the 2014 Football World Cup underneath! We couldn’t say fairer than that! 

We teamed Biscuit’s top with her pink leggings from Boots. She was more than a little excited to be able to wear her Frozen Crocs to school as she still loves them. 

Cracker is wearing a pair of denim jeans from Primark with his top, as well as the Cars Crocs I struggle to get off his feet at any time other than school. 

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Hello! Remember us?! We’ve missed three weeks of #TT_Thursday, which is unheard of for us. I apologise; Biscuit and Cracker have started at pre-school full-time and so wear uniform all day and then get home and it’s straight in the bath and then in their pyjamas as they’re so tired. This current routine is not great for showcasing lovely clothes. 

Luckily, we finally managed to get out and about last weekend and here are the results. 

  
  
Biscuit’s gorgeous dress is from a brand called ‘Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve’, which I found at T K Maxx a little while ago. It is short-sleeved (worn here with a long-sleeved t-shirt from M&Co for warmth), beautiful embroidered front and a delicate blue flower pattern on the skirt. It also washes surprisingly well (I’ve even managed to wash chorizo sauce out of it) and Biscuit thinks she’s a princess in it. Her flower headband is from Next Children, it was bought for my brother’s wedding and I wanted her to wear it more than once!! Obviously she has on her Frozen Crocs; she has missed these having to swap them for school shoes most of the time! Goodness knows what we’ll do in winter. 

  
Cracker makes no secrets of his absolute love for Disney Pixar’s Cars, so when we recently popped in to Primark for harvest festival clothes and he saw this short-sleeved Cars t-shirt he really wanted it! I teamed it with a long-sleeves grey t-shirt from Mini Club at Boots for warmth and he picked his new grey shorts from Blue Zoo at Debenhams to wear with it. You can’t see them, but I think you can guess what shoes he has on- yep, his Cars Crocs

Thank you for bearing with us through this huge period of change. I hope to be more organised on our weekend and be able to show you when Biscuit and Cracker wear when we aren’t totally exhausted in the evenings!!!! 

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Thanks again Cx 

To my sleeping Twinkles,

Tucked up warm in bed,

Tonight is the historical night

Mammas like me dread.

Tonight you’re still my babies,

Tomorrow you’ll be grown,

You’re starting your first day at school,

(I shouldn’t really moan).

But I remember your first breaths,

Your first words and your first steps,

Watching you grow up in three short years,

It’s left me feeling blessed.

Now you’ll meet new friends,

And I’ll hear names that I don’t know,

I can only hope they treat you well,

I’m not sure I want to let you go.

Your new teacher will be guiding you,

She’ll teach you all the time,

Please don’t forget that up ’til now,

All your lessons have been mine.

When I see you dressed in the morning,

In your blazers, ties and shoes,

It’s going to serve as a reminder,

Of the tiny outfits I used to choose.

I can’t believe this day is here,

It’s seemed to come so fast,

As we’re preparing for your future,

I can’t help thinking of the past.

You guys used to be so tiny,

You still are in my eyes,

But look at you all ready to go,

Your morning kisses are my greatest surprise.

Good night my baby Twinkles,

I made you both from scratch,

I hope you sleep better than I probably will,

You need energy to help you run and catch.

Good luck in your first day at school,

I know you’ll do just fine,

Just please remember to give me one last kiss,

And whisper “love you Mamma of mine”.

Hello and welcome to September! How scary is that. When you were a kid the holidays seem to stretch on forever, but as a Mama who twinks start school next week let me tell you how quickly this September has come! 

  
This week Biscuit and Cracker did not really want to pose! They are pretty tired in the afternoons as they have dropped their naps before they start at pre-school (boy do I miss those naps) and tired toddlers generally equals grumpy toddlers! As you can see, they wouldn’t even walk around the supermarket! 

  
Biscuit is wearing a brilliant blue denim pinafore dress from Gap Kids; she loves the pockets on the front and I love how hard-wearing it is. She is wearing it with a red and white striped t-shirt from Boots‘ Mini Club, it is a little small for her now but works well for an under-layer. We are definitely noticing it is more chilly in the late afternoon now so Biscuit has brought her Slugs and Snails out of summer hibernation and is wearing these. This was the first time since the potty training that she has had tights on and I was initially nervous, but the Slugs are so well made that she has no problems pulling them up and down by herself. Plus they are super easy to keep in your bag for any accidents that may happen when you’re out and about. Biscuit is, obviously, wearing them with her Frozen Crocs. I blogged about their school shoes a couple of weeks ago, we are definitely going to struggle getting their Crocs off to wear them!

  
Cracker let me take one photo of him whilst he looked at the camera and that was it! His amazing t-shirt with dancing monkeys was a birthday pressies from Auntie Carrie (thanks again) and it is from Swedish brand Polarn O Pyret. It is lovely soft cotton and he loves it. I layered this with a plain grey t-shirt from Boots which is now a little short in the body but works well with a longer tee over it. His jeans were bought at T K Maxx and were chosen due to their elasticated waist, which makes going to the toilet much easier for him. He has also teamed his outfit with his Lightning Crocs (I swear that they do have different shoes to chose from but that they always go for the Crocs). 

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On Thursday 03/09/2015 the world woke up to pictures on the front page of most newspapers which I know I will never forget (and which I’m not sure we ever should). 

I have read discussions on social media about whether we needed to see these pictures. They are horrific to see and have caused heartache across the globe. However, it is undeniable that the world seems to have stepped up and started caring since we have seen them. The Independent reports that it took the decision to publish the images of Aylan Al-Kurdi on its front page because

… it is all too easy to forget the reality of the desperate situation facing many refugees. 

The original article can be found here (warning: the images are very distressing) and led to the Indy’s Petition calling on David Cameron to accept more refugees in to Britain (I urge you to join the thousands of people who have already signed up). 

Today is the last Saturday I will have with my own three-year-olds (they are the same age as Aylan was when he stepped into the dingy with his parents and brother) before they start school. We have had a lazy morning  watching Postman Pat and having cuddles on the sofa. Sitting there as a mass of limbs and kisses reminded me (as if I would ever forget) how lucky we really are. Lucky to have a roof over our heads, lucky to have food in our cupboards, lucky to have freedom of speech and lucky to have each other.

I can’t imagine leaving behind our home, our friends and our family (those who are left after the near-total destruction of the town) and taking my two small children on a dangerous journey to an unknown land in the hope of safety and security. Yet this is the situation facing hundreds of thousands of people. Refugees don’t need to imagine doing this, they don’t have a choice. To me, the quote which Warsan Shire, the Somali-British poet, wrote in her book Long Journeys. African Migrants on the Road has really stayed with me;

“no one puts their children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land”

Please remember that there are many things we can do to help the refugees. Please search for them and see what is in your power to do. A great example is my school friend’s gorgeous son who was so touched by the pictures of Syrian children he saw on the news that he set up a Just Giving Page to purchase sleeping bags for them (and if a 5 year old can think like this, I know we all can).

As a human I know I have grieved for all the senseless loss of lives. As someone lucky enough to live in a free and safe country I know we could, and should, do more. And as a mother I know I have hugged Biscuit and Cracker that little bit harder and tighter since I saw poor Aylan lying on that beach.

Hello and welcome to another Trendy Tot Thursday with my gorgeous tots, Biscuit and Cracker. 

Last week one of our linky hosts, Clearly Bex, wrote a post about her tots’ school shoes (read it here). Well, as teeny tiny as Biscuit and Cracker are (they’ve just turned 3) they are starting at full-time pre-school in September in full school uniform. This has meant a whirl of buying blazers, ties, shirts, shorts, pinafores, socks and, last but not least, shoes. 

Although Biscuit and Cracker love their play-around-in shoes, we have always bought their ‘proper’ shoes from Clarks. I had shoes from Clarks growing up and their tradition of proper fittings and quality have lasted. Biscuit and Cracker’s feet are now big enough for their new-fangled iPad fitting system too, how exciting!!! 

   

It’s only when they’re next to each other that you can see how big Cracker’s feet are compared to Biscuit’s!!!! 

   
Thank you for reading. Hope to see you again soon. Enjoy the sun and stay safe. 

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Holy Moly, I am cutting it close to the wire here aren’t I?! Well good evening and welcome to a rather late edition of Biscuit and Cracker’s Trendy Tot Thursday!

We have had a rather manic few weeks and now we are all, finally, off work/childcare/etc I feel I can start relaxing a little. 

Cracker is this week, again, showing you his love for Lightning McQueen from Disney Pixar’s Cars. He adores the film, and all the relative bumf associated with it, so here he is! 

  
His t-shirt is from a brand called Under Armour and it is apparently Heat Gear. This was kindly given to us by a couple of friends whose son had grown out of it, so I cannot at all say where it came from. Cracker’s shorts are Lightning swim shorts from Disney Store and are awesome. They are long, comfy, baggy and fashionable and he loves them. My only downside to them is they are made of the slightly fuzzy material that picks up fur and fluff from everywhere. I hope this stops as I keep washing them more and more. We have, of course, paired this with his Lightning Crocs shoes and he is as happy as Larry

  
  
Biscuit really had this posing thing down now, hasn’t she? She is looking cool and chic in a pair of jeggings from Mini Club at Boots (rolled up to the perfect length), a bright pink peplum top with bow detail from Gap. I bought this absolutely ages ago when it was in the sale and Biscuit never looked like she would ever grow enough to fit into it but she has, and she does so yay! She has accessoried with a Doc McStuffins headband which came from George at Asda as part of a set with a dress/nightie (depending what mood Biscuit is in). I know I’m biased but I cannot get over how cute she looks!! 

  
Thank you for stopping by to look at what my Twin Trendy Tots have been wearing this week. Feel free to stop by next week for more wardrobe rummaging, or if you can’t wait that long; head on over to Clearly Bex or Mother Geek to check out their and other Trendy Tot Thursday posts! Have a great week!