Me & Mine: December

December is always a very busy and exciting month for us, we celebrate Isla's Birthday on the 19th December and this year she turned 3! We also had the added excitement this year of spending a week in Disneyland Paris for Isla's Birthday. She did also have a little party at home the weekend before we left for Paris. We got home from Disney and only had 2 days to prepare for Christmas and do all our food shopping so we was very busy, but it all came together and we still had a wonderful Christmas day, this year we decided to stay at home which we have never done before so that was nice, it was also Archie's 1st Christmas too and our first in our new house. Unfortunately both of the kids have been really unwell since just after Christmas and Isla is currently on antibiotics. I am so glad all the busy hectic weeks are over and I'm looking forward to starting a fresh new year with my little family. This month we have 2 extra guests in our family photo, we couldn't not really!

Mummy's December Highlights
- Succesfully drawing the Disney castle all by hand for Isla's party!
- Celebrating Isla's Birthday in Disneyland Paris.
- Eating lots of chocolate, cake and biscuits!
- Watching the kids faces in Disney and on Christmas Day.

Daddy's December Highlights
- Spending a week with his family in Disneyland.
- Getting Lego Technic for Christmas (Mum did good)
- Cooking a edible Christmas dinner which was yummy!
- Getting Isla her first proper bike and she loves it.

Isla's December Highlights
- Getting a Cinderella dress for her Birthday.
- Having a lovely little party with her family and friends.
- Going to Disneyland and meeting Minnie and Mickey Mouse.
- Seeing all her presents on Christmas morning. 

Archie's December Highlights
- Learning to crawl!
- Meeting Goofy and pulling his ears, also grabbing Pluto and Mickey Mouse's nose.
- Eating good food over Christmas.
- His new toys which he cant stop playing with.

Our 2015 Me and Mine Photos! 

dear beautiful

Isla you're 3

I can't believe it, you're 3 Isla. It only feels like yesterday I had you, I can still remember it so clearly and seeing your face for the first time. You was such a quiet baby, the day you was born you slept all day and I remember being worried that you hadn't fed at all. Now you are the most lively little girl who empties my cupboards because you are hungry all the time! You're so strong willed, determined and head strong, you know what you want and you do everything to get it, it's your way or no way. Although it is hard work I love you so much for it, and I know you will go far in life. 

This past year has probably been the most life changing for you, you became a big sister and we also moved house pretty soon after. You coped so well with it, and I couldn't be anymore proud of you. You've changed so much, your hair is so long, you look like a little girl now and not so much of the little toddler you was a year ago. Your talking so much more, making sentences and telling us what you want and need. You're almost fully potty trained and you no longer have a dummy. It's been such a big year for you, and it's been such a honour to watch you grow, I am so grateful I get to spend everyday with you, in January you will go to nursery for a full day on Wednesday's, it's going to be emotional but I know we both need it. You really are becoming such a big girl now, your my best friend and nothing beats when you say Mummy I love you. 

I am looking forward to this next year with you, starting a new year and chapter is great. I guess that is one of the pros of having a December baby, we can start a new year with you being 3 and lots of new adventures and fun. You're so beautiful and I can't believe you are mine, it still amazes me that we made you and I carried you inside me for 9 months and now you are about to turn 3. Time goes quickly and I'm so glad that I have lots of photos and videos of you so that I can look back and see how far you have come. 

I am so excited to spend your Birthday in Disneyland Paris, although you are still a little young to know exactly what I mean when I scream in excitement the morning that we go. I think it is going to be so magical being Christmas time and you are going to be so excited and amazed by it all, I cant wait to see your face. We get to celebrate with Brother, Daddy, Auntie, Uncle and Cousin too which will be so lovely for you. Its such a nice way to end the manic year we have had, and I do also want to apologise for some of the craziness that has happened this past year, but I am looking forward to having a much more relaxed year in 2016, well I say relaxed but you know what I mean. 

I hope you enjoy your day my baby, Mummy, Daddy and Archie love you so so much xxx


Taken from when I went in February 2012

I am so excited to finally share with you all what we have had booked since February! Yes that's right we have been waiting 10 whole months for this day and it's now finally here. We have come to Disneyland Paris (Well as this goes live our train will be leaving) with Perry's Sister, her partner and her Son, and we are all so excited. We decided we would come for Isla's 3rd Birthday so she could have a truly magical day, and what better time to come to Disney for the magical time at Christmas too! We are travelling to Disney today and Islas birthday is tomorrow on the 19th December, we get the train back home on the 22nd so cutting it close for getting everything done for Christmas Day, so I've had to be super organised (writing this post in advance hehe) 

I can't wait to see Isla's reaction when we get to Disneyland, she's going to have so much fun with her cousin too, and having more adults mean Perry and I can go on a few rides alone too. I've been to Disneyland Paris twice before and both times being in February, in fact the last time I came was with Perrys sister, her Son and Perry's Mum back in February 2012, so it's also nice to watch my Nephew go on the same rides again and enjoy it with him again. 

Because we are here for Islas birthday we decided we would buy her a few bits on her Birthday in the Disney shops instead of bringing presents with us. She would have opened the few we bought her at her party on Sunday just gone. We have all got our thermals with us as its going to be really chilly, but as we have 4 nights and 5 days here it means we can have plenty of breaks to warm up. We are staying in Hotel Cheyenne which is the first hotel I stayed in back when I was 11 so it's going to be good to go back, the last time I came with Perrys family we stayed in Santa Fe which was based on Cars the movie, I probably enjoyed that one the most. 

So I thought I'd let you all know where we are and finally share the news of this exciting trip I've been talking about since February! Expect to see lots of Disneyland spam. 

Tara xx

Isla's 3rd Birthday Presents

I cant believe Isla will be 3 soon! These years seem to be getting quicker the more she is growing, she is changing so much everyday and learning new things its just crazy. So this year we are throwing her a little party for friends and family, and then the following weekend when her birthday is we will actually be away so we decided that on the day we will take her in the shops and within reason buy her what she picks out, this just saves us having to lug her presents with us. We have bought her a few presents which she will open at her party.

We bought her 5 presents this year, and we have also bought her and Archie 5 Christmas presents as well, I thought 5 was a good amount. So we decided to get her this year...

1. A hard bodied baby & outfit - Isla has been asking for a hard bodied baby for ages now, we see this one in Wilkinsons for £8 and its actually quite a big size (45cm) I also noticed they had the dress up outfits for the dolls (£3) and you could also get the exact same outfit for your little ones, I decided not to buy the matching blue dress as Isla has got a Cinderella dress for her Birthday and I thought she would like her baby to wear the same dress.

2. Barbie unicorn set - We picked up this Barbie in the half price Sainsbury's toy event for £12.50, it comes with a pink unicorn and also a brush. Isla loves Barbie's so we thought this would be perfect and she also loves horses too so she will love that her Barbie has one...well kinda. 

3. Frozen Pyjamas - We picked these up in Primark for £6 as she loves Frozen and is in need for some new pyjamas! 

4. The Little Mermaid set - This was £15.95 and something I wouldn't normally buy for so much for what you get, but I actually won a £50 gift card so decided to buy the kids a couple of presents out of it. I know she is going to love this as she has really got into the Disney Princess's lately and she also loves little cases and small toys. 

5. Shopping List game - I got this on offer in Tesco for £4.50 as she is getting to such a good age now for us to play games together, I have also asked family to get her games too as we can play them when Archie is sleeping, or on rainy days. I like that it is educational too which is always a bonus! 

So that is everything we have bought her for her Birthday this year, we are also getting her a bike but will be getting that as the weather warms up and we will let her pick out a couple of presents on her actual Birthday too. 

Me & Mine: November

Wow where did November go? November seemed to go by in a flash, I cant believe today is the 1st December either.. another year is almost over and I am so happy to be starting a fresh year, but first we have a very exciting month ahead of us. So November has had its highs and lows, from going to a grotto blogger event at intu Lakeside, Daddy's Birthday, and then to a couple of lows towards the end of the month, I recently made a post about one. Some news we received has made us appreciate family and life so much more, and now I am starting to feel ok about it, I am looking forward to ending this year with a awesome month! Archie is at such a great age now, his personality is really starting to shine through, as for my big Girl she is just amazing me everyday with new things. Like she can now opens bags of crisps (time to move them to the top) I just cant believe how big she is getting, and she will be starting Nursery in January too! This months photo was taken by the photographer at the event, he actually took it as I came 1st in a competition and won a £50 intu Lakeside voucher!

Mummy's November Highlights
- Winning the competition at the grotto blogger event, I don't normally ever win anything!
- Having a meal out with Daddy was very nice.
- Weaning Archie has been so much fun this month.
- Getting crafty and drawing a huge castle for my Princess's party. 

Daddy's November Highlights
- Getting a new PS4 game and becoming addicted to it.
- Taking the kids to see Santa, even though Isla wasn't keen.
- Setting up Archie's 1st set of wheels.
- Cooking the best beef roast dinner.

Isla's November Highlights
- Going to soft play with her friends.
- Loves having a hot chocolate now and cuddling up in a blanket.
- Getting new clothes for a trip.
- Being Cinderella for her photos for her party!

Archie's November Highlights
- Weaning. Need I say more, this boy loves his food.
- Meeting Santa for the first time.
- Learning to walk in his new walker.
- Laughing at his sister when she is being told off!

So there we have it, another Me & Mine, I cant believe my first year is almost over from joining in. I will definitely be doing it again next year, we did miss August this year which I am really upset by. But we did get some lovely photos when we probably wouldn't of if it wasn't for this. Ive learnt a lot and am looking forward to giving this a good shot next year!
dear beautiful