WE’VE GOT A PUPPY!! ♡

So it’s actually been just over a month now, but we got a puppy!!

He’s a cockapoo, his mummy is a cocker spaniel & his daddy is a miniature poodle (a descendant of Rin Tin Tin *apparently*). Either way he’s gorgeous & my little family feels so complete.

We’ve always said we would get a puppy & when a breeder close by said she would happily have us go & visit her pups with no intention to buy, we were made up. I’m allergic to most breeds of dog & while searching we came across cockapoos & I thought they were gorgeous so I was so excited to go & cuddle these supposedly ‘hypoallergenic’ bundles of fluff.

We got there & oh my gosh...they were adorable. One stole my heart right away & after nearly 3 hours of chatting about the pups & the cockapoo breed, we left for home as we’d agreed with no intention to buy. Most of the drive home was spent discussing which or how many puppies we would buy & what we would call them if we won the lottery & I’d be lying if I didn’t wish I could have taken one home with me. The breeder gave us a sock from the crate that the puppies were sleeping in to help me find out how I reacted to them when I got home, which I thought was just so lovely of her. Luckily, I didn’t react at all *with my allergies* I think they must be hypoallergenic after all because I’ve had no reaction whatsoever!

A week went by & lots more discussing & money talk happened. Then the Mr rang the breeder to find out if my favorite little guy was still available. The rest is history really…here he is!!

Above are some pictures of our little pooch, Louis. The first few photos were taken the day we brought him home (he was 8 weeks old) & the others are from a few days ago. He’s grown SO much, but he’s still just as gorgeous & cuddly.

An introduction to Louis will be up on my YouTube channel soon so keep an eye out & remember to subscribe!!

Speak soon, xo

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New Years Eve Sleepover

Hi all & happy new years / eve!!

Are you all ready to see in the New Year tonight?

Me & my little family are spending the day & evening at Laurie’s sisters house. Tonight will be the first time Theo has ever had a sleep over & he’s having it with one of his cousins in his room.

Hopefully it will all go well & we can do it again a few times before our holiday in May when they’ll be sharing a room together. (I’m so excited for it!!!)

I’ve had a lovely year this year & I’m even more excited for next year! There’s lots on the horizon for me & my little family, including a big move, the start of nursery for Theo & hopefully a lot of little adventures for us too.

I’m excited to take you along on our journey & I hope you’ll enjoy it too.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!!
I hope you all have a fantastic evening & make lots of memories in the new year. Stay safe & I wish you all the health & happiness in the world. 💗

Love, KLB, xo

On the first blog of Christmas…

…my true love gave to me, some help with the Christmas tree. 😉

So here it is, Merry Blogmas, I’m definitely having fun…are you?!

Over these past few days of December, we’ve been doing the same as most families, putting up our Christmas decorations to get (even more) into the Christmas cheer.

Merry Christmas

On December 1st (Monday) Laurie (my fiancé) works until 10pm, so we had a late night decoration party, putting up what we could whilst trying to be quiet & not wake Theo (our toddler). We managed to get the Christmas tree up & all the decorations on ready for the next morning, as well as the few decorations shown below. Over the past few days, we’ve managed to get up all of the other odd decorations, apart from our fairy lights that we put on our ceiling.

We hoped that in the morning, we would bring Theo downstairs & he’d get really excited at the new sparkly tree in the corner of the room….however, he didn’t even notice until I pretty much took him over to it. Then, I realised that maybe it would have been better to leave it un-noticed, because as you can imagine, baubles to a toddler are like forbidden fruit. Luckily we’d already thought about that the night before, which is why you might notice that the metal bells are within toddler reach & all of our lovely glass ornimental things are too high to get his sticky little mits on.

Below: Our Christmas Tree & Star – We made this last year – we bought the twiggy star & wrapped some tiny wire lights around it to make sure it twinkled.

These are our gorgeous glass tree decorations – we got the beautiful glass bells last year off Laurie’s brother, who bought them for us at a Christmas market in Cologne, Germany. There are three of the little nativity ones, also from Cologne, bought for us by Laurie’s Mum & Dad.

Here are our more ‘standard’ tree fillers – a few red hearts, red *peek-a-boo* & green baubles, candy canes (glass ones) & some toddler xmas crackers.

Finally, we have our little red & white metal bells (toddler proof staples!) & our ‘work in progress’ bauble – this one is Theo’s, obviously, but we do have another one incase we want to make a matching one when we have our next child. I thought it was a really lovely idea to make a personalised bauble for Theo for when he grows up. As you can see, it’s just a little thumb print (he was only 7 months old last xmas) & made it into a reindeer. We’ll do the same this year & hopefully fit about 5 (years) around the whole bauble before we make different ones when he’s a little older. Last but not least, we have a little train track around the bottom of the tree, we got this a few weeks ago after wanting one for years. Last year was our first ‘proper’ Christmas as a family in our own home with our little baby Theo (we got engaged on xmas eve too!!). Before that we had a little tiny tree in a bedroom at Laurie’s parents house & it might have looked a little extreme with a train around that! 😉

I really enjoy looking through other people’s blogs at their decorations & how they’ve used the space in their homes to showcase them – so doing a post like this one was a real no-brainer for me & something I’m really excited to share with you all.

So, this is pretty much a picture based blog showing the few things we’ve done in our home this year to make it as close to Santa’s grotto as I can get it, without spending too much money. We have a few trips planned before Christmas where we intend to buy a few more decorations for the house, but as for now, we don’t really have that many. So keep your eye out over the next few weeks for a possible mini decoration haul blog & video (I’m getting into YouTube – so please check out & subscribe to my channel).

Below: Our living room is the room with the most decorations, as I’d imagine most homes are. Here we’ve got some really nice sparkly wall stickers that we got last year, we’ve got these hung around the clock that’s above the mantle, I think they’re so nice & simple, yet effective! Then we’ve got the actual mantle piece, here, as you can see, we have our matching stockings hung above the fireplace & our advent calendars (Theo has two – he got one off the old lady who lives next door as well as us). We also have our new Christmas countdown owl that my mother-in-law *to be* bought me a few weeks ago. Beside that are two of the three little white owl candles that my Mum bought me for Christmas last year – they’re far too nice to burn!!

After I took the first photographs, I added this lovely little owl that my Mum won me from a Facebook competition to the mix, I love it, it’s so cute!! (You may start to notice that I like owls…) The next picture is of a beautiful hand carved wooden candle holder, which was also a gift to us last year, brought from Cologne by Laurie’s Mum & Dad. We bought our ‘Let It Snow’ frame last year, I love it & the photos in it. These were all taken last year! – Around that, we’ve got some more wall stickers to liven up the plain wall. Lastly, we’ve got our snowman door! We made this using Theo’s craft paper & felt tips *shh – don’t tell him!* but it just adds a little more xmas spirit to the room & it’s really easy to do.

The last few things are dotted around the house. We’ve put tinsel up the tiny stair handle & another few wall stickers up the stairway. I have my ‘carol singing’ owls on the windowsill at the top of the stairs, also a gift off Laurie’s Mum & Dad. I have our ‘Merry Christmas’ sign at the top of the stairs too *shown at the top of the post*.

Down the hall, you get to our bathroom – now, you may think that there’s not much you can do with a bathroom to make it look Christmas-y…you’d be wrong. When Christmas comes, so does my childlike excitement & need to fill any space I can with decorations, sparkle & Christmas cheer. So, naturally, when I saw the Santa toilet seat cover last year – I HAD to buy it. Apparently you can get one of those little toilet mat things with little snow stamps on them saying ‘Santa was here’ too, so if anyone sees them anywhere, please let me know where, because it’s missing from my life!! (Sad I know!) Then of course, I have the standard ‘turn anything white into a snowman’ fetish & loo roll has never looked so inviting. You can’t deny it. 😉

Back down into the kitchen & surprise surprise – ther’s another snowman sitting on our fridge! Doors & appliances are fun people!! On the windowsill in the kitchen, there’s a muddle of everything that I couldn’t find that ‘special’ place for, so it’s all ended up sitting together in a little cluster of bird-ness. I plan to make it into a snow scene, but I don’t have the props yet, so hopefully I can get some more bits for that soon! We don’t have a wreath at the minute, so we decided to use our wall stickers to put our little tree on the door again like last Christmas. It just adds a little extra to a boring front door. And there you have it, our decorations so far….

I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed making it…thank you all for taking the time to read it. 🙂

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Love, KLB, xo

Let’s knit again…

It’s been many many years since my Nan first taught me to knit. After years of starting patterns & never having the patience to finish them, I leaned towards doing cross stitches instead & eventually stopped knitting all together.

Last week I was at my hubby-to-be’s parents house where my niece was starting to knit a scarf (her Nan had been teaching her) & I caught the bug…

So, naturally, after spending hours on Pinterest looking at different patterns & yarn (as you do), I finally bit the bullet & ordered myself some new needles & yarn to make my own scarf in time for winter.

Here’s the yarn I bought, isn’t it beautiful!!

I’ll keep you updated with my progress & I hope to have patterns & finished products to share with you once I get back into the swing of things.

If you have any suggestions of where to get good patterns from, please leave a comment below. 🙂

Ciao for now, Kate, x

Banana & Plum Cake

I’ve been watching The Great British Bake Off again this year & it’s bitten me with the baking bug…

I looked around my kitchen & wondered what I could make when I spotted the bunch of bananas hanging there. When I was growing up, I spent a lot of time at my Nan & Grandad’s house & my Nan used to make banana cake all the time! It’s the most yummiest, scrummiest banana cake I’ve ever tasted, hands down. (Even compared to coffee shop or bakery ones that I’ve tasted over the years) I must steal the recipe at some point (as well as her scone recipe, yum!).

Anyway, long story short, I decided to make banana cake, but since there were some plums that had reached their peak & started to go beyond (& mostly because of my Fiance’s peer pressure 😉 ) I boiled them until soft & chucked them in too.

Below is the recipe & some pictures of the process:

IMG_0693Ingredients:

  • 3 x Bananas
  • 4 x Plums (I’d add more next time as you could only just get a hint of them)
  • 170g Caster Sugar
  • 100g Margarine
  • 270g Self Raising Flour (Normally 225g for just bananas but I added extra to compensate for the plums)
  • 2 (large) x Eggs
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla Essence
  • 1.5 Tsp Cinnamon

IMG_0695Step One: Line / grease your cake tin & pre-heat your oven to approx 180*C

Pop your butter & sugar into a bowl & mix until smooth (you might want to sieve your sugar, I was feeling devilish & didn’t sieve mine & to be honest, it doesn’t make a difference!)

Step Two: Add the flour & mashed bananas into the bowl with the butter & sugar & mix well.

IMG_0699Step Three: Add the boiled & drained plums, eggs, vanilla extract & cinnamon to the gloop & mix…

IMG_0707Step Four: When thoroughly mixed together, pour / spoon mixture into your baking tin / ovenable mixture holder & pop into the oven for around 45 mins to an hour (depending on how moist you want it).

IMG_0709Step Five: When happy with the bake (I do the good old ‘stab & see’ trick to check the inside is cooked), remove from oven & leave to sit until slightly cool & then carefully remove from the tin & place on a cooling rack to cool completely (or until most of the heat has gone, warm banana bread is just amazing!)

Step Six: Slice that bad boy open & enjoy! – Ours didn’t last the day, it got a thumbs up from my little family & I hope it will from you too! 🙂

So there we have it, my banana & plum cake…

If you do try this recipe please let me know how it turns out for you & don’t hesitate to let me know what changes you made / think I should make next time. If you do happen to try it out, I’d love to see pictures of how scrummy yours looked – so add them into the comments / tweet / facebook / instagram me.

Ciao for now, Kate, x

Welcome to the house of fun…

On Saturday we took a trip to the Caernarfon Fun Centre for the afternoon, it’s a brilliant little place with loads to do. There’s an area for young children (under 3’s) & a much larger area for older kids (3+). There’s mazes, ball pits, slides, foam rockers, playsets, a wendy house, coin operated childrens toys, blocks, rope swings, bridges & much more…there’s also a cafe for when the little ones get thirsty / hungry & when the parents need a rest. 😉

I spent most of my time in the under 3’s section with Theo & Laurie checked out the ‘big kids’ area with his nieces for a little while too, we all had a great time. Theo absolutely loved being able to run around the little padded areas throwing balls about & going in & out of the little tunnels. He really enjoyed being able to climb up & go on the slide by himself & I really loved seeing his little face light up, so excited, at this new soft play world that we’d brought him to.

It’s a lovely place to take the kids for the day & it’s not that expensive either. If you have kids of any age (even big kids, like my fiance!!) they’ll love it. You can also hire the whole place out for parties (not just childrens ones, there’s a licenced bar too) though I’m not too sure how much for, it would be well worth looking into if you’re stuck for ideas & are in the Gwynedd area.

As the evening crept closer, we all went back to Laurie’s Mum & Dad’s house, where we had a chinese take away (YUM) & put the over excited, but extremely tired little ones to bed. After that, we (the grown ups) sat & had a drink & watched The Raid 2, which is awesome by the way, if you enjoy action films that is!! – Click the link to read a brilliant review of it!

Kate, x

Beach & ice cream, living the dream…

A few days back it was a beautifully warm day, the sky wasn’t particularly blue & it didn’t look too promising but we decided to take a chance on it & go to the beach. We headed to Criccieith, a small town about 20 mins away from where we live. We had a lovely little play on the beach, with the warm breeze tangling our hair, the warm stones beneath our feet, the sea sparkling in the sunshine….it was just beautiful.

Of course, as it’s tradition, whatever the reason we are visiting Criccieth for, we have to go to Cadwaladers (ice cream shop / cafe). I had a ‘strawberry dream’, which is essentially a few scoops of vanilla ice cream in a sundae glass, topped with fresh strawberries, whipped cream & strawberry sauce (my usual), Laurie (my fiance) had two scoops in a tub, lemon meringue & oreo flavour & Theo (my son) had a little bear cone with a scoop of mint choc chip in it, which he thoroughly enjoyed.

All in all, it was a lovely few hours, playing on the beach & taking a break from the sun to eat some ice cream.

I highly reccomend visiting Criccieth if you’re ever in the area.

Here are a few snaps of the day, I hope you enjoy them!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend,

Ciao for now, Kate, x