You can imagine how the conversation went when my husband aka ‘The POD Father’ said he’d signed up for a half marathon. It was a few months back now but I remember wondering why he’d decided to run 13.1 miles when it had never taken his fancy before. Aside from which, the friends running in the half marathon with him did them all the time – one completed the London Marathon two years ago in under 3 hours!
The summer holidays seem to have flown by this year. The combination of our kitchen renovation (we re-located our kitchen to our dining space) and a holiday in Asturias has certainly helped with that. Either way we’re fast approaching September and the start of a new term. Hard to believe POD will be in Year 2, it really doesn’t seem five minutes since she began reception.
POD loved Petits Filous the moment she tried them and they’ve been a firm favourite ever since. Whether it’s tucking into one of the Little Pots or pairing it with fresh fruit. Her preferred choices are apple, banana, strawberries or raspberries depending on what flavour Petits Filous she’s picked. Now she’s older she enjoys Petits Filous Big Pots too whether after a meal or as part of a packed lunch. Typically this is on a Saturday when she has Stagecoach Performing Arts plus of course whenever we take a picnic out. Petits Filous pots and pouches can survive out of the fridge for up to five hours so they’re an ideal snack for our little adventurer.
Six year old POD desperately wanted a Hatchimal for her Christmas Day birthday last year. We ended up purchasing a camera for her, which she also wanted, as Hatchimals were sold out everywhere. POD’s desire to nurture a Hatchimal has remained ever since. Luckily the newest members of the Hatchimal family have just arrived and they’re all glittery! The Hatchimals Glittering Garden range is same size as the original Hatchimal except there’s a Shimmering Draggles or a Sparkly Penguala inside.
If you read this post, you’ll know our house is in need of some love. Quite a lot as it goes. Of course we can’t do everything but we’re excited to be having a new kitchen. This week we took delivery of 126 boxes which are currently scattered across three rooms. So with work starting in a matter of days, it seemed a good time to tell you a bit about what we’re doing.
Six year old POD has been asking to see Disney’s Beauty and the Beast film for a while now. Having loved the original animation, she’s been waiting patiently for it come out on DVD after we missed it at the cinema. The movie was released on DVD today and if that wasn’t exciting enough, POD received a very special dress to coincide with the launch. A Limited Edition Disney Belle dress which is available exclusively at Harrods. Produced by the renowned specialist dress company Rubie’s Masquerade, it’s one of just a thousand handcrafted dresses that have been made across Europe, Australia and Asia.
We relished our time in London and the city was our home for many many years. In fact we ended up living in our Victorian house for ten years after saying we’d move after two! Funny how that happens isn’t it? We’d contemplated moving in 2008, when we’d grown out of the property, but decided against it in favour of a dormer loft conversion. It fell through days before work began but all was not lost as we used the money to renovate the house.
We really do love Schleich products and always enjoy reviewing them whether it be the Giant Volcano with T-Rex, the Schleich Smurf House or the Wildlife Starter Set. Their horse ranges especially are just superb. POD has the Horse Club Riding Centre and Showjumper with horse already so she’s always enjoys adding to her collection.
I’m not sure I know anyone that doesn’t adore Italian food. The Doves certainly love it so we were totally up for the #PrezzoLaFamiglia Challenge at Prezzo. La Famiglia is a pasta sharing bowl designed to feed up to four people. That did mean of course the three of us had to agree what to have! Initially, we thought we might share Spaghetti Bolognese as it’s one of POD’s favourites. That said, we had our eyes on one of the other sharing bowls.
With Father’s Day fast approaching (18th June if you’re wondering), we thought we’d pull together the ultimate gift guide for dads. You know so you don’t have to trawl the internet looking for awesome things. We have some amazing products to share with you too whether you’re spending £20 or £200. So in no particular order, here are our top picks for Father’s Day.