This week we headed off to my friend Amy‘s house and while we were there, the girls took part in a mini photoshoot, for my new clothes at Closet Geek. I’m so so grateful to Amy for taking the pictures, not only because my store would look rubbish without them, but also because she captures my girls so beautifully. This is one of my favourites – Lily as the Queen of Hearts and Megan as Alice. There were some other lovely ones which I will share later in the week.
One of many Disney Memory Maker pictures. This was taken in the first week of our holiday, at breakfast in the Grand Floridian (1900 Park Fare). It’s not necessarily the best of pictures but I love their outfits and the fact they were holding hands!
Yep, that’s right! No more days till holiday! In fact, we’re on holiday right now. Not technically in Florida, but away from home at least!
This morning we set off from home, just before 10am. We headed to my mum’s, where we would swap all of our stuff over to her car and then head off down to London. Since I was up till 2am last night, sewing Megan’s final dress, I was exhausted and actually managed to sleep for some of the journey. We stopped not long after midday though, for the toilet and to eat lunch. After that we headed to a car park where we’d parked once before (for LFCC) and headed into London on the tube. We made our way to Leicester Square where there was a “pop-up” Cinderella Exhibition, that I’d booked us tickets for.
Though we did have to queue for about 20 minutes, in almost rain, we got inside fairly easily and wandered around the exhibit. It was relatively simple but lovely nonetheless. We bought a souvenir programme and were given some Cinderella postcards for free. I took loads of pictures and it was so nice to see the props and costumes up close. The highlight was most definitely walking into the side of a pumpkin and coming out of a carriage! All in all, the Exhibition took about half an hour to go round but I’m really glad we took the extra time to do so.
After Cinderella, we took a walk to Covent Garden and the Disney Store but sadly it was closed due to an underground fire nearby. Instead we took a wander around nearby, doing some shopping using the money off vouchers we’d found at www.voucherbin.co.uk. When it got near to dinner time, we caught the tube to ASK Italian, where we enjoyed a lovely dinner, using up some ASK vouchers I’d gotten from Tesco ages ago.
Finally we headed back to the car and then drove to the Travelodge we were staying at. That’s where I’m typing this from, winding down and getting ready to call it a night. Tomorrow we head off to the airport and fly away to Florida – I can’t wait. My scheduled posts begin tomorrow too, but I’ll hopefully find time to check in now and again. I’ve left Saturday, Sunday and Monday free for impromptu posts!
Today is the last of my Countdown posts, all the way from 120 where we started to day 1 (yesterday). I skipped doing it on Sunday as there were only 2 more days left after that and instead have combined all 9 days into this post.
Monday (9) – March 23rd – Make or Draw Disney
Tuesday (8) – March 24th – Play a Disney game
Wednesday (8) – March 25th – Watch Hercules
Thursday (6) – March 26th – Read Disney
Friday (5) – March 27th – Dress Up Disney
Saturday (4) – March 28th – Watch a random Disney movie – Cinderella (motion picture)
Sunday (3) – March 29th – Make Disney food
Monday (2) – March 30th – Read Disney
Tuesday (1) – March 31th – Make or Draw Disney
On Monday the girls had a long day and didn’t have time to make or draw (they both had homework and a class to prepare). Instead I took over the task as I’d been making loads of Disney clothes anyway. I completed my favourite dress to date which is the Queen of Hearts one for Lily. On Tuesday it was play a disney game and both girls got this done but not with Tsum Tsum for a change. I think Megan played on Disney Infinity while Lily was on Frozen Theater. Wednesday was watch Hercules but we actually completely forgot because we were planning a class about Harry Potter for Lily to teach the following day. Instead we caught up on Thursday, watching Hercules AND reading chapters 7 & 8 of the Never Girls book. Friday was dress up Disney and Lily was feeling too ill to dress up so Megan just wore her dress that I’d completed that day. I was pretty pleased with her Ariel mermaid dress too. On Saturday we were set to watch a random movie and luckily I’d booked tickets for the new Cinderella at the cinema. We all thoroughly enjoyed it, as well as the Frozen Fever short. On Sunday the girls headed off to their dad’s and we just didn’t have time to make any Disney food – or the inclination to be honest. For the first time ever we just skipped it completely but I can assure you that none of us had a Disney shortage. On Monday it was read Disney and we finally finished off book 4 of the Never Girls. I’m looking forward to purchasing and reading some more when we get home. Tuesday was the last one and it was Make or Draw Disney. Megan persuaded me into making her another dress so we classed that as our task. We also watched Pocahontas though!
As you might imagine, I have a lot to do tonight so I’m going to keep this brief. I’ve barely managed to post over the last few days and I know that I really can’t waste too much time doing it now. Tomorrow is our last full day at home and we leave for London on Wednesday. On Thursday we fly to Florida and I seriously can’t believe it’s come around so fast. Anyway, less about this current week and more about last week. Here is my regular Monday round up.
On Monday I took the kids to school as usual and then came home to blog and watch some TV. I spent some time with Chris at home before heading out to meet Nat. We did a little shopping, grabbed some lunch and then went to see Insurgent. After the movie I went to get the girls from Mum’s and then headed home. I spent the evening sewing Lily’s Queen of Hearts dress and watching TV. Megan was also planning to teach a class that week so we also made Easter cards and planned that out for her.
On Tuesday I took the girls to school as normal and then headed back home and went to Boyes for material and Tesco for food. I made Lily’s Cinderella skirt and Megan’s Alice dress so it was quite an accomplished day. When Chris got home from work we had takeaway for dinner and when Chris went upstairs to play on his computer, I re-watched Maze Runner and did some more sewing. After that I spent the rest of evening organising blog posts for holiday and watching TV with Chris. Chris also booked his driving practical test that night. On Wednesday it was Megan’s Easter service so I dropped them off at school but then walked with Megan’s class to church and stayed for the service. Afterwards I walked back to school with her and then came home and chilled for a while. Cinderella tickets finally became available for the weekend so I booked those too. I headed out for the girls as normal and picked them up and then when we got home I worked on Lily’s Harry Potter class that she was going to teach that week. Lily had a bath and Megan had a shower and when Chris came home he brought with him some Emoticon masks which caused several minutes of amusement.
On Thursday I headed to Boyes again, this time to get a few new patterns amoungst other things. I spent some of the day watching TV at home but then headed out to Mum’s and spent an hour with her before going out to school. It was Lily’s Easter service in the afternoon and then I picked the kids up a little early and brought them home. We had McDonalds for dinner, watched Hercules and then read a Disney story as we’d forgotten to do our task the day before. I started working on some of the new patterns, getting material cut for the next day. Chris and I watched the movie Red. On Friday I was up far too early and to make matters worse I didn’t feel well either. I took the girls to school and all my plans for sewing went out the window as I just sat and did nothing on the sofa all day. However after picking the girls up from school I managed to muster up the energy to get some sewing done and managed to finish Megan’s mermaid Ariel dress. She wore it to complete her dress up Disney task but Lily wasn’t feeling well so just ended up in PJs and an early night. I honestly don’t really remember what I did that night but I think I just sewed and watched TV as that seems to be majority of my evenings this week!
On Saturday Lily still wasn’t well but we had Cinderella tickets booked and so we risked it. Unfortunately we had to call off going to their dad’s as she wasn’t up to that but she did manage the movie and I think enjoy it. Afterwards we went to my mum’s as I had my dress to start working on but it didn’t feel like we got very far, even if it was 5pm by the time we left. I took Megan to get KFC and Lily and I had Pizza Hut but Lily didn’t eat much which meant I had far too much pizza! We came home and got watching Ant and Dec on TV and when Nat arrived for the evening she ended up watching it with us too. Eventually the girls went to bed and we spent the rest of the night chatting and catching up. When Chris got home he stayed with us briefly but then headed upstairs and I think it was almost 12 (as usual) before Nat ended up going home.
Finally on Sunday, Lily woke up feeling even worse and in the end she was sick. We sat together and watched TV on the sofa, their dad agreeing to come over and just get Megan. However by the time their dad arrived it was almost mid-day and Lily perked up a little. She ended up going with them after all and so I was left in floods of tears, missing them and worrying about Lily being ill (sappy I know!). Chris and I had some lunch and then he agreed to come into town with me as I needed a few bits (I think he knew I needed my mind off the kids) so we had a nice wander around Boyes, Next, Wilkos and then Tesco before coming back. I spent the afternoon sewing and he went up on his computer but when he came back down we spent the evening watching TV and catching up. We watched the last episode in the season of Musketeers and then all 4 of The Following so far. It was 12 when we headed to bed but since we had no reason to be up the next morning it wasn’t too bad!
It’s been a crazy old week and I imagine the next few days will be the same. Hopefully I’ll still find time to blog and I have a few scheduled posts for Thursday and Friday at least so fingers crossed they’ll be something to read!
Monday (30) – March 2nd – Make or Draw Disney
Tuesday (29) – March 3rd – Read Disney
Wednesday (28) – March 4th – Watch a random Disney movie – The Princess Diaries
Thursday (27) – March 5th – Lily’s Birthday
Friday (26) – March 6th – Watch Sleeping Beauty
Saturday (25) – March 7th – Play a Disney game
Sunday (24) – March 8th – Dress up Disney
This week has felt a little hectic at times and so with regards to the Disney tasks we’ve had to keep one step ahead! Monday was make or draw something Disney and the girls fancied making another hair bow. As such we made The Queen of Hearts as she was one we’d been wanting to do for a while. On Tuesday it was Read Disney and so at bedtime we started a new book which is the 4th in the Never Girls series called “From the Mist”. The girls’ dad had also swapped from Tuesday to Wednesday and so we preempted Wednesday task which was to watch a random movie, and did that on Tuesday instead. The girls picked to watch The Princess Diaries which was fine by me as I love a good chick flick. On Wednesday we obviously didn’t technically do anything Disney but Megan and I were still working on Lily’s cake each night and that was Disney Tsum Tsum themed.
On Thursday it was Lily’s birthday and we had no specific task. However there was plenty of Disney to go around (no surprises there). Friday we were going to my mum’s to dinner, as she’d been away for almost two weeks. As such we didn’t remember to check the Disney task and couldn’t complete it. When we got home we found out it was to watch Sleeping Beauty but it was the girls’ bedtime so instead we just put it on the list for the next day. When we got up Saturday, we had plenty to do but we did fit in watching the movie. We also had to play a Disney game – which since we play Tsum Tsum most days, was no problem. Finally it was Sunday and we had dress up Disney. Lily was keen to wear her Silvermist costume that Megan bought for her birthday and Megan was stuck with Elsa yet again!
I saw this picture above, quite some time ago. It sums up the annoyance I have about dressing up and wearing costumes. Why is it that if you’re female and you want to buy a costume, it has to be sexy?
Now I’m not trying to offend anyone who reads my blog, but if I want to wear a costume, its unlikely I want to dress like a slut, sorry sexy. Yes of course we all want to look nice, no matter how we’re dressing up, but not all of us think sexy is the main criteria for an outfit. I am thirty three years old, I have two young children and I currently weigh around twelve stone. I don’t have huge amounts of self esteem and I’m incredibly body conscious. You rarely find me in photos but at the same time I will have them taken so as to be part of memories.
Last year my friends and I took part in approximately one murder mystery party per month. We all love them, love to dress up and its a great excuse to all get together. Majority of costumes do not require a specific character or look, so you can put various items of clothes together to make your outfit. However for both halloween and this forthcoming murder mystery, I have struggled to find a costume that isn’t “sexy”.
For my partner’s birthday on 20th March, we’re hosting an Alice in Wonderland Murder Mystery on Friday 22nd. My part is the Queen of Hearts. My first go to for a costume, was of course Ebay. This is pretty much what I found, or at least the majority of what I found…
While these costumes aren’t completely outragious, they are all too short, too tight and probably too expensive for a one night only experience. Who really wants to pay £20+ for something like this?
One of my best friends gave me the idea (because she was doing it) to get something that could be reused and worn on just a regular basis. So a new search began and all these beautiful dresses came up…
Now don’t get me wrong, the first two of these are quite expensive also, but at least they are re-wearable. They’re not personally my style but I can appreciate that they are beautiful dresses. The third one I added as sort of a personal joke (because Carly Rae Jepson wore it) but also because it is at least from Topshop… and normal.
My search even turned up this beautiful dress, if I was looking for something less red hearts and more alternative.
Again, another dress that just isn’t my style but just as suitable for the costume, but much more practical than a horrible tacky purpose made costume that costs an arm and a leg (perhaps more appropriately, an arm and a “off with her head!”)
All these dresses were around £20-£30 and would be much nicer alternatives to one of these costumes sold as “Queen of Hearts”. Because lets be fair, even the more decent, long and sensible costumes, are still incredibly expensive for cheap material and bad stitching, instead I bought a sexy pair of Pirate Boots that I still wear because the material is so good.
Anyway I know that mostly I was just ranting, but I also have a quick query for anyone reading my blog. The dress I have decided to go for is this:
However I want to make it a bit more “royal” and “queenish”. I’m looking to add an overskirt/bustle/cloak type aspect, but it has to not cover the back of the dress (since it has the heart, which is sort of the point of picking it).
So you know what I’m talking about, I found these pictures.
From what I can see, I can’t get just the long skirt part, without the full dress, or without it being made out of tulle (see Bustle skirt). Does anyone have any idea what I can google/search under to find this type of thing?
I know I’ve mentioned it a few times now, but today was my youngest daughter, Lily’s, 5th birthday. This morning we got up and opened presents, only having an hour or so before school. She got lots of nice things, including a Furby, two DS games, a Sylvanian Family car, some clothes, Moshi Monster stuff, a Merida soft doll and a Disney Princess game.
There was a mad rush then to get ready for school, eat breakfast, get dressed and so on. We also of course had to remember the cupcakes for all of Lily’s class that she’d requested I made.
After taking them to school I had to go buy more green icing (I’ll explain in a moment) and go to Iceland for party food. What should have taken Chris and I an hour or so, actually resulted in us getting back home at 12pm, with only 3 hours left to get everything done.
We both haven’t been feeling a hundred percent this week, so everything is feeling a bit like an effort at the moment. I also feel like I haven’t really left the kitchen in 4 days. Anyway we managed to get the lounge tidied and decorated, the birthday cake finished, more cupcakes made, biscuits iced with “Eat Me”, all the party food cooked and set out on the table. At 3.15pm I went to get Lily from school, along with her sister Megan and her friend Ciara (not before I snapped a few pictures of the lounge though!).
When we got back to the house, Lily and Ciara went to get changed, Lily had wanted to be Alice from Alice in Wonderland and so Ciara also borrowed one of Lily’s dress up outfits and became Aurora. My friends and their children, along with my brother, all arrived around 4pm. Lily opened more presents, including more Moshi Monsters, more Sylvanian family and more clothes, before everyone ate. We did the cake (sparklers though and not candles) and sang Happy Birthday, then ate the cake. The kids all played upstairs while the adults chatted downstairs and generally it was a very nice and relaxed get together. If you’re planning an outdoor party for your kid’s birthday, I would suggest renting bounce house inflatables and I assure you, the kids will have the best time of their lives.
Everyone is gone now, the girls are in bed and the lounge still needs clearing up properly – but it will wait till tomorrow at least. The cake seemed to go down well and people even took some home with them (though perhaps under a little pressure to do so as I almost begged for it to be gone).
So are you curiouser and curiouser to know how the cake turned out?
Have to admit I’m pretty pleased and proud of it. I’ve never made anything like this before at all. I definitely don’t find making cakes relaxing or even a hobby, but I have to admit the challenge is what drove me to do it. I know it wouldn’t pass for any awards but honestly I’m just glad I accomplished what I set out to do.
As you can probably see, the bottom and middle of the cake looks slightly better than the pictures I posted a few days ago. I ended up stripping it all back to basics, re-icing both the bottom and middle layers. I even had a mishap with the top layer and ended up icing that twice too.
My friend Nat deserves a mention too, for coming around last night and giving me some moral support. Three days in the kitchen can send you a bit crazy and it was nice to have some company. She also made both the clubs and spades on the bottom layer of the cake! That said, yesterday wasn’t all bad. I set myself up in the kitchen with my cakes, the iPad for decorating ideas, a tv and even Alice in Wonderland on dvd. My bowl is extra awesome because its an “Off with her bread” bowl, suitable for the occasion!
Anyway, thankfully I think my cake making and baking is done, at least for a week or now. I have so much coloured icing left though, I feel sure it won’t be too long before I tackle something else. My partner is having an Alice in Wonderland party for his birthday on the 20th, but it will be a Murder Mystery party. Maybe I’ll figure out something to bake for him…
And don’t forget…