Spring has been a fun filled season of snail mail for me as I got to put all the new stationery supplies from my birthday to good use. I discovered some fabulous new-to-me stationery designers (links at the end of this post), sent mail out from London and finally entered the Top 10 ranking of Postcrossers from Guernsey – woo!
Anyway, here are the stats for my outgoing mail during spring: I have sent 56 postcards, 8 letters, 15 cards and 1 parcel to a total of 18 countries.
*(Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Guernsey, India, Latvia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Sweden, Taiwan, U.S.A.)
Dear Daddy Man, I love you sooooooooo much! You really are the man! The man that picks me up when I fall, fills my life with laughter and helps me to be my best. You are my encourager and my hero, I find courage because of you. Thank you for always having time to build the elaborate train tracks, for helping me scale the trunks in the Deep Dark Wood and for dating me with such charm and creativity. Lots oflove and cheek bruising smooches from, Blossom xx
Dearest Daddy, now I know we don’t always see eye to eye but that is because you have boring grown up logic and I am in fact a crazy toddler. I happen to enjoy licking my sandy feet, flinging my nappies at inappropriate times and having my book pile just so. Thank you for embracing my little quirks and putting up with my inner diva. I love you more than Candie Gardens and chocolate brownies.Lots of love and Gruffalo snuggles from, Bubbles xx
Dear Husby, you are patient and you are kind. You are generous and you are humble. You are brave and you are strong. You take care of your ladies so very well and I love you for it. All of my heart, Wifey xx
Dear Blossom, I love that I get to watch you learn and grow from up close. Your creativity continues to astound me and your attention to detail impress me, I simply love to watch you work. I think this is the best family portrait of us yet and I shall soon be commissioning you to fill my walls with art. Dear Bubbles, summer has come and you now smell mostly of suncream and sand. Last minute picnics on the beach are becoming the norm and watching you run wild and free across the beach is pure joy, watching you lick sand off your feet, not so much. Dearest Daughters, may you continue to express yourselves in your own weird unique and wonderful ways.
Wow! It’s been a long time since I shared with you some of the books I’ve been reading lately. I’m not gonna lie, I’m a particularly slow reader in this stage of life. Sometimes I just don’t have the energy to get through the books I want to so for months my books sit forlornly on the coffee table as I slowly work my way through.
However I have finally got through enough books for a blog post, so here are some short and sweet reviews of the books I’ve been reading lately.
Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Style Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris by Jennifer L. Scott
This book was recommended to me after I finished reading French Kids Eat Everything back in March of last year. French lifestyle has really begun to intrigue me and this book has some good observations to glean from. Jennifer L. Scott spent 6 months living in a Parisian home as an exchange student and learnt many lessons from observing her hostess. The first few chapters about Parisian life and french fashion were particularly interesting, but as the book went on I felt the lessons got a little more wooly and simplistic, many of which weren’t particularly new to me, such as using manners or trying to perfect the no make up look. Despite this I enjoyed her conversational style of writing and short chapters, which for a busy Mum enabled me to get through it pretty quickly. I think this book is targeted mainly at university students and women in their early twenties who still very much feel on a journey to becoming a woman and could use some pointers along the way as they develop their own sense of style and class.
Raising Girls by Steve Biddulph
As a mother of girls it is alarming to read about the decline in the mental health of young girls, which now more often than not, starts in the primary school years as children are hurried towards adulthood and exposed to more stresses than in previous generations. The book covers all the tricky topics we parents often worry about such as bullying, body image, eating disorders and social media threats, but rather than alarming you and leaving you feeling hopelessly overwhelmed Steve Biddulph manages to be incredibly informative and yet wonderfully empowering at the same time. The five key stages of girlhood are set out chronologically throughout the book allowing you easy access to each developmental stage and the challenges it brings. I personally feel this book is full of parenting wisdom, it encourages you to consider where your daughter is at whilst giving you tips on how to connect with and support her at each age. Summed up Raising Girls is the ultimate parenting guidebook for girlhood that you can pick up and delve into as your daughter grows.
Dear Enemy by Jean Webster
This is the sequel to the the ever popular Daddy-Long-Legs which sees orphan girl Judy Abbot fall in love with the mysterious benefactor with whom she corresponds with via letter throughout the book. Dear Enemy takes on the same writing style of Daddy-Long-Legs, but this time the letters are being sent by the young and witty society girl Sallie McBride, the college friend of Judy that we met in the first book. It follows the trials and tribulations of Sallie as she becomes superintendent to the orphan asylum in which her friend Judy grew up as well as her tumultuous relationship with a Scottish doctor whom Sallie refers to as “Dear Enemy.” I personally found the insights into orphanage life in the early 1900’s rather interesting, one most be warned that as this is set one hundred years ago the language and political views of the time are perhaps not what we would consider to be PC today, but are representative of the era in which it is set and not necessarily the authors own personal views. This is an enjoyable read, perhaps not quite as good as Daddy-Long-Legs but humorous and enjoyable nonetheless.
Over the past year Blossom and I have worked our way through The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter, so for her 4th birthday celebration I tried to bring the world of Peter Rabbit to life a little. Mr McGregor’s garden was my inspiration and my favourite touch was the carrots in the floral arrangements!
I do love a good theme, but according to Blossom all parties should have 3 key things: Balloons, fresh flowers and of course, chocolate cake!
My chocolate cake wasn’t quite as perfect as a recovering perfectionist would hope, but Blossom told me at bedtime that the chocolate cake was her favourite part of the party. (Cue swooning Mama!)