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Thursday, 16 April 2015

#tbt Best of 2014 | Part 2

Last Thursday I started my Best of 2014 posts. A selection of my favourite photos that I want to share and keep together. I had to many to post altogether so I split them up and this, as you can see is the second part. If you'd like to see the first few they're here.

 Taken 23/3/14. Tyler was 2 years, 4 month and 13 days. Tianne was 1 year and 15 days.

Taken 27/3/2014. Tyler was 2 years, 4 month and 17 days.

Taken 30/3/2014. Tyler was2 years, 4 month and 20 days.

Taken 8/4/2014. Tyler was 2 years, 4 month and 29 days.

Taken 18/7/2014. Tyler was 2 years, 8 month and 8 days.

All taken 2/9/2014. Tyler was 2 years, 9 month and 23 days. Tianne was 1 year, 5 month and 25 days.

I really hope you've enjoyed our second part of our Best of 2014. We're nearing the end of the year so there shouldn't be many more parts to come. Again I've really enjoyed sorting through old photos and smiling at the good times we've had.

Lots of Love 

Monday, 13 April 2015

The First Afternoon Back...

Nursery came at the right time today. The perfect time to get in the car and drive. To drop them off. To have 3 hours alone. Time and space to calm down.
We survived the holidays, TV and all. Every one of us still in one piece for two full weeks until today. 

Dinner before nursery was going well. Beans on toast with cheese, a plate full of grapes, a slice of buttered malt loaf, a yoghurt and a box of raisins each. Both were doing well, half a plate of beans gone when Daddy drops in for dinner. And it begins...

You see, Daddy seems to have this vibe to him, this 'once I set foot in the door is your que to be naughty' vibe that Tyler picks up on right away. And he plays to it. 
Instantly he'd had enough of his half eaten plate and instead insisted he had his yoghurt. Off he went to get himself a spoon and came back with a large soup spoon. I suggested he use a smaller spoon more capable of fitting inside the yoghurt pot. He didn't want a smaller spoon and began licking what was a clean spoon. I asked Tyler to put it in the sink and offered to get him a smaller spoon so he could eat his yoghurt. 
All hell broke loose. 
The tantrum started, the screaming and crying, the jumping up and down, the kicking. I wasn't giving in though, it simply wouldn't fit and all this because of the size of the spoon. Had Daddy not been there, there wouldn't have been an issue, Tyler would have accepted the smaller spoon and enjoyed his yoghurt. 
10 minutes later and the tantrum hadn't subsided, Tyler was asked to leave the room to go and calm down. 
2 doors slammed and 6 ear piercing shrieks later and he emerged, apologised and sat down with the small spoon to clean the pot and even eat his beans.

This often happens, when a tantrum won't calm down alone he is asked to leave the room and comes back a few minutes later, apologising and behaving. It's strange to us too but if it works we'll use it and until today it's worked in our favour.

Dinner passed and all the food was eaten, half plates of beans gone, raisins, malt loaf and two filled children ready for the first afternoon back. After cleaning each child in turn and checking they were appropriately dressed, it was time to put shoes and coats on. Once ready and loading began, Tianne decided to poop. 
Ok we still had time, you know, being organised, not that I was impatiently waiting all day for this moment. So in we came and into the living room.
Then I seen it, it was the moment of dread, the sickening moment that explained the beans. Tianne's iPad lay in the middle of the floor, perfectly placed for the crime committed.
The TV had been smashed!
Not into pieces but the screen was white and cracked with blue, red and white fuzzy sections. 
I was shocked. Tyler! The one who so innocently came back to the table, so usually well behaved. Our blonde haired, blue eyed, cheeky little boy had in that moment turned into a monster!
But not a peep, he hadn't said a word about it when he'd come back through, there were no hints of satisfaction in his eyes, no look of 'that's what you get for sending me for calm down time.'

Tyler was asked back into the house to explain and it was there that he admitted what had happened, He'd thrown the iPad at the TV, he doesn't know how to lie yet but in that moment I bet he wished he had. All hope of it being some scary thug gone and instead I had to face facts. I didn't say another word and instead changed Tianne and strapped them in the car. 
Not today, I wasn't prepared for this today. I dropped them off and drove home, no radio just silence. I'm beginning to calm down now, being able to write it down and let it out feels like a huge weight off my shoulders, but it was a real shock. It was a blessing that I discovered it when I had. It saved me shouting and falling out with him. I don't know why I went silent, usually I'm the first to shout, but today I just carried on!
I wasn't expecting it, maybe that's why I acted like I did but I think I did the right thing. I'm now able to calmly talk to him about it when he returns and he's got some time to think about why I was upset with him before he comes home. 

For now though, he'll be missing out on any television and as a consequence I began thinking about selling his iPad to pay for a new TV. I've decided to keep it and use it myself for a few months before he's allowed it back.

One day, we may just look back and laugh at how much of a terror he used to be...

Has anyone else had their kids destroy things? How did you find yourself reacting?

Lots of Love

Thursday, 9 April 2015

#tbt Best of 2014 | Part 1

I wanted to write this post at the end of 2014 but it didn't happen, along with all my other post ideas that I didn't get chance to write up. Instead I've decided to write it now. It's important to me to get this post up because it not only gives you a chance to see our best moments in 2014 but for us to have a collection all in one place.

As I started to collect the photo's together for this post I've realised just how many there are. Having to choose a section out of 10,000 plus means I've still got a fair amount that I've managed to narrow down to. Therefore I've decided that I'm going to split this post into a couple so I don't overload this one with photo's.

Taken 1/1/14. The very beginning of the year. Tianne was 9 month and 24 days old.

All taken 30/1/14. Tyler was 2 years, 2 months and 20 days.

Taken 3/3/14. Tianne was 11 month and 23 days.

 Taken 8/3/14. On Tianne's first birthday. Tyler was 2 years, 3 months and 26 days.

Taken 8/3/2014. Tianne's first birthday.

Taken 11/3/2014. Tianne was 1 years and 3 days and Tyler was 2 years 4 month and 1 day.

Taken 17/3/2014. Tianne was 1 year and 9 days old.

Taken 20/3/2014. Tyler was 2 years, 4 month and 10 days.

I've really enjoyed going through old pictures and now I feel my favourites have a perfect forever home. 

Lots of Love

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

50 Happy Things

Firstly I'd like to say a huge thanks to Stacey over at Love is Blind for the tag. I love tags and continuing on with these posts as they give us all something in common and a chance to learn more about each other. 
I've been looking forward to having a spare 5 minutes to come up with my 50 happy things so here we go.

1. My number one is Dan, He is always there to cheer me up and is just my best friend. He makes me really happy and without him I wouldn't have my number 2 happy things.

2. Tyler and Tianne. They're equal to Dan as we are all one family but again they make me incredibly happy although also sometimes completely stressed.  

3. My make up collection. Yes it's rather large but I am a crazy makeup collector, I love it and can't seem to stop buying it.

4. My YouTube channel. It's very new, actually just over a week old but already I'm proud of the videos I've posted and realising that I've got these amazing memories to look back at on my channel spurs me on to make more.

5. My Blog, I abandoned Dear Twans, With Love for awhile as I mentioned in this post but I'm back and with a YouTube channel, I feel now the children are slightly older I've got that little bit of extra time and I want to make it work for the future and as an online diary of sorts.

6. Being creative, from designing my blogs, to designing leaflets for family and friends, I love and thoroughly enjoy sitting with Photoshop and experimenting to see what I can come up with.

7. Sunshine. Enough said!

8. Holidays, I may have said sunshine but holidays are completely different, yes the nice weather but also the different countries, adventures and cultures all waiting to be explored.

9. Cheerleading. I love cheer and everything that goes with it, the bows, the outfits, the routines, the music, the competitions, the hard work. All of it and not only that but the fact it gives me some me time, it keeps me sane!

10. Applying makeup. So my make up collection makes me happy but so does actually applying it, not on myself but for others, for occasions such as weddings, proms etc I've had the pleasure of applying for people on their special days and it really fills me with joy when they see the finished result and are happy with the effort gone into it.

11. Chocolate. I wish it didn't but unfortunately it does and I can't stop it. Why it couldn't be celery I'll never know.

12. Online shopping. Again I wish it didn't but receiving a parcel in the post is like Christmas, Best feeling ever! 

13. The hall, wasn't sure weather to include this as it's a love/hate relationship but where we live makes me incredibly happy in the warmer summer months and we are very fortunate to have such a beautiful place we call home.

14. Australia. It's where all my childhood memories lie and it's just my happy place. 

15. Reading, I don't get to read much, what with blogging and vlogging and being mummy but when I do it only takes me a day or two to finish a book because I become so immersed in them.

16. Technology. I can't live without it, whether it's watching a good programme, browsing the internet or texting somebody. It just makes me happy having such advanced pieces of equipment to hand.

17. My camera. I love photography and taking photos of the kids. To sit and look back through the day in pictures is lovely.

18. Friends, old and new. It's nice to have people around and to socialise when adult conversation is needed.

19. Fresh Bedding, no nicer feeling.

20. Dubai, Dan has relatives living there and we miss them very much so we're lucky enough to occasionally visit them and because we're visiting family it's become a place we associate with them and that makes me happy.

21. Family, More often then not were getting on fine and when we are they make me happy.

22. Dans family. I get on well with them all and it's a blessing really. I'm quite close with his sister in particular and it's just a nice feeling that we get on so well.

23. Christmas. I love Christmas and look forward to it all year.

24. Giving presents/gifts. Be it birthdays, occasions or christmas, I put so much though into most things that I gift and it makes me so happy when I can give to others.

25. Days out. Sometimes they can be stressful but usually they result in adventures and memories being made.

26. Fake Tan. I love the feeling and the confidence it gives. I'm not one for lying under a sunbed and being incredibly pale most of the year it's nice to have that feeling of being tanned and wearing shorts in public.

27. Finding a good hairdresser, yes I'm one of these people who cries for days if a hairdresser visit goes wrong so to find a good one is a nice feeling.

28. Learning or collecting qualifications, depending how you look at it. I really enjoy going to college and constantly pushing myself to receive certificates. I always think they might come in handy for the future.

27. A lie in, Dan and I take turns every weekend so we can both have that extra hour in bed and it's amazing!

30. Gingerbread Lattes and Vitacoco Lemonade. My favourite drinks ever! 

31. Music. I love putting on music super loud and just singing and dancing like a crazy person. My happy song of the moment is Dear Future Husband by Meghan Trainor. 

32. The last of the housework being completed. It means I can sit and blog or play with the kids without the feeling of guilt and a nice clean home.

33. Writing lists, I've no idea why but ticking off whatever on there gives a feeling of satisfaction and I actually enjoy listing things.

34. Primark. I don't live near one so it's a rare occurrence for me to be in one and when I am, well I'm happy!

35. Baby Animals. Awww just so cute, I do like big animals too but there's just something about the cuteness of mini ones that instantly adds a smile to my face.

36. New followers and subscribers. It really makes me so happy and thankful that people choose to follow us both by blog and YouTube! Big shoutout to current followers and a huge thank you! 

37. Disney movies. Especially those with princesses in. I love Disney princesses and could sit and watch Disney movies all day every day.

38. Being Pampered. I'm a typical girly girl who loves to be pampered although it's a very rare occurrence with two little ones.

39. Scouring Pinterest. Home decor and inspiration for our own home when the time comes, inspirational quotes, hair tutorials, blog designs...

40. PAYDAY! woo, payday sure makes me pretty happy. Although it doesn't last very long it's still a relaxing feeling when there are pennies in the bank.

41. Date nights. It's actually quite rare that we have them but when we do it's nice to get all dressed up and feel great.

42. Family days, when we are a complete family and just being us. Sitting in or days out it doesn't matter when we're together.

43. Tyler's quotes that he comes out with. Sometimes I wonder how old he really is and wonder where he picks up these things from. They really fill me with joy and laughter.

44. Seeing the kids having fun. Who isn't happy at watching their kids having a great time?

45. Finding new friends online, the mummy community has been so accepting and friendly, I've already found new friends who I seem to have so much in common with. *waves like crazy*

46. Unicorns. Perhaps a little weird but I love them and they're just so beautiful. Being magical they make me happy and yes I do believe. Horses are cool too though!

47. Watching girly chick flicks, think Mean girls, Sex and the City (only recently discovered) Bridesmaids, Bring it on...

48. White. The colour white relaxes me and makes everything seem brighter. So white photos, white walls, white bedding. You get where I'm going with this. 

49. Saving makes me pretty happy although I'm the worst saver. I think I've got saved 42p so therefore Dan controls the finances and he does a pretty good job of saving. Go Dan!! 

50. The future. I have plans and hopes and dreams for the future and if everything was to go to plan then I'd be very happy. It's still pretty exciting though not knowing what will happen and when! Sure keeps me on my toes.

So there we have 50 things that make me happy. I found the first 30 pretty easy actually but the started to slow down and had to think slightly more so I didn't end up repeating myself. I really hope you've enjoyed finding out what makes me happy and would love to read any 50 Happy Things posts that you've done or hopefully about to do.
I'd like to tag anybody who would like to do this and would love for you to leave links in the comments then everyone can check them out. 

Lots of love 

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Easter Baskets 2015

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Easter Baskets Inspiration

I'm way behind schedule with Tyler and Tianne's Easter Baskets but the good news is that I've finally completed them, yes tonight, on Easter Eve!? I wasn't only unorganised but I left some important pieces until last minute then found I couldn't purchase them anymore. Who knew every shop would have been sold out of Mini Eggs? 
I managed to find two packs but then had to compromise, filling the bunny mason jars with Milkybar and Smarties Mini Eggs instead. The pastel effect wasn't the same but I'm sure they'll appreciate a full jar of sweeties even so.

I also ended up with an outfit of sorts for each of them, Tianne a Cinderella outfit for summer and Tyler a set of Avenger pyjamas. These weren't planned but as I was strolling the aisles of Asda I came across the specials section and there was a big selection of introductory offers so everything was £5.00. It wouldn't have been fair to the Easter baskets to walk away right?

I've added a selection of books because I love books and I don't mind buying them either, I could have chosen all Easter themed but instead decided to mix them up so we can continue to read them all year. 
Along with books there are aprons for each of them, I picked these up in a sale at Wilkinsons, I originally wanted the Dunelm Mill kids aprons with characters such as the Gruffalo and Elmer but knowing the baskets were adding up decided to do the right thing and saved some pennies. They're still lovely though and will look super cute when we decide to bake next.

Bouncy eggs, Fun Snaps, Cadburys Eggs, Bunnies, Night Lights, Sunglasses, a Doll's bottle and a Kite are among the other goodies all nestled in the baskets waiting the eager hands of little children tomorrow, all sent, of course, lovingly by the Easter Bunny!

Tyler's Easter Basket

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Easter Baskets Inspiration
Easter Baskets Inspiration
Easter Baskets Inspiration
Easter Baskets Inspiration

Tianne's Easter Basket

Easter Baskets Inspiration
Easter Baskets Inspiration
Easter Baskets Inspiration
Easter Baskets Inspiration
Easter Baskets Inspiration

Lots of Love

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Bringing it Back

I hope your having a great Good Friday?

Where shall I begin.... I started Dear Twans, With Love on Sunday 16th March 2014 as an extra blog, it was somewhere that I didn't see many people being interested in reading. It was a place that in my 'spare' time I could update on my children and our adventures. 
I never really gave it much love and in return it didn't love me.

Thats all about to change.

Dear Twans was my second blog. Lashes and Bows was my first. A beauty blog that I love very much and that I'm incredibly proud of however I just don't feel like it's my place online. I've enjoyed every part of it which is why I'm not giving up on blogging but I feel I need to change my direction. 

Mummy Blogging and Vlogging.

I read many parenting and lifestyle blogs and over the past few days whilst I've really been making an appearance on Social Media I've been welcomed warmly by so many lovely people, Mums and Dads alike and it's been like a sense of belonging in such a friendly community, I realised that this is the beginning and it's time to start again. 

Being a full time stay at home Mum to a 2 year old and a 3 year old is what I do every day. We have ups and downs, fun times and not so fun times, effortless days and difficult days and this is where I want to document those. To give everyone all the details and the truths about my life as a Mummy and their lives as children.

We're also going to be taking to YouTube as Dear Twans, With Love giving you a real insight into our lives, letting you join us in whatever chaos we come across. With weekly vlogs, reviews, day's in the life of's, themed videos and the likes. I have so many ideas and topics that I'd like to bring to life by both blogging and vlogging.

It won't always be pretty nor will we be a picture perfect family. We are who we are and we'll be real and relatable.

Over the next few weeks, I'll be updating my blog layout and changing bits here and there, I do all the design work myself so will be fitting it in with any spare time I have so please bare with me if things look all iggeldepiggeldy but I'll try and keep things as smooth and appealing as possible.

I'll be taking charge of Dear Twans, With Love and working hard, creating blog posts and YouTube videos. Introducing myself and getting to know people, taking part in Twitter chats and meeting new people along the way. I really hope that Dear Twans, With Love is going to be somewhere that you find yourself returning to over and over and that we can become great friends! 

Lots of Love