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Wednesday, 4 May 2016

V. I. BABYBRAIN: This is 40! 40 things I've learnt at 40 *Part Two*

mamasVIB | V. I. BABYBRAIN: This is 40! 40 things I've learnt at 40 *Part Two*

Well, next WEEK I turn 40 and I've been sharing a few thoughts about it here.

I have a weekend away planned with my closest friends and all the kids (how times have changed?) - and we've having a 1970's themed dinner party which I will be sharing on here soon too.

Writing about it here is proving a great way to document my milestone birthday - and a way for me to process if life really does begin at forty!

One thing I have been reflecting on is 40 things I've learnt in the last 40 years - you can read part one here.

And, although they may not be my own words - because isn't a quote just so much better at saying what you mean?

One things for sure - they are words I have finally come to understand now I'm heading towards to big 4 - 0!
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Monday, 2 May 2016

V. I. BUYS: Welcome to #mamamondays… Eat Sleep Love, Little Mashers & A Little Party Box

mamasVIB | V. I. BUYS: Welcome to #mamamondays… Eat Sleep Love, Little Mashers & A Little Party Box

Welcome to  #mamamondays.  Here I try to include anything that is making us happy - and hopefully you too - even though it's a Monday. And, I have to say it really is making me try to make the most of this often 'depressing' day

It has been anything from what we're doing or planning to what we're eating, watching or reading. I've even included items I'm lusting after or buying and anything else that has been inspiring me to make Mondays - and the rest of the week if need be - just a little more bearable.

I really hope that #mamamondays is inspiring you to make the most of this fresh start we get every week…

VISITING
I don't know about you but when I was first pregnant I was overwhelmed with everything on offer and what I did and didn't need. I can't even imagine being pregnant now as there seems to be even more choice than when I was pregnant over 4 years ago - and something to suit every need whether you need it or not.

That's why when I visited the appointment-only baby and nursery consultancy Eat Sleep Love I could see this was fantastic 'black-book' address you needed to know about. Based in the family-focused suburb of Blackheath in South East London - this gem of a store is worth going out of your way for.

mamasVIB | V. I. BUYS: Welcome to #mamamondays… Eat Sleep Love, Little Mashers & A Little Party Box

mamasVIB | V. I. BUYS: Welcome to #mamamondays… Eat Sleep Love, Little Mashers & A Little Party Box
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Friday, 29 April 2016

V. I. BABYBRAIN: This is 40! 40 things I've learnt at 40 *Part One*

mamasVIB | V. I. BABYBRAIN: This is 40! 40 things I've learnt at 40  *Part One*

Well, next month I turn 40 - and I wanted to find a way to mark this milestone birthday.

Yes, I could go and get a dramatic hair cut or splash out on some designer shoes. Book the holiday of a lifetime or finally throw away those scales. 

I admit - all great ideas but really I wanted to mark it with something on here (you can also read about how I feel about turning 40 here)

Something I could look back on in a few years and see how I was feeling/felt at the time. Having a blog allows you to express as much or as little about yourself as you like.

It's my space - so even if nobody else reads this post - I will have this virtual 'birthday letter' to re-read in years to come.

The clearest way for me was to share a 'little' about myself was to share 40 things I've learnt in the last 40 years. 

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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

V. I. BUYS: This is 40! The Birthday Wish List - 40 gifts from £1.50 to Priceless

mamasVIB | V. I. BUYS: This is 40! The Birthday Wish List - 40 gifts from £1.50 to Priceless

"What do you want for your birthday?" 

"Can you give me a list of what you want for your BIG birthday?"

"Any ideas for your birthday?"

"Shall we just give you money for your birthday this year?"

These are just some of the questions I have been asked over the last few weeks as my big 40th approaches. 

The thing is - and I don't want this to sound ungrateful - there is actually nothing I need…or really, really want. 

OK - there is of course things I want but massive things like a new house, a new bathroom, a long haul holiday, some sleep…. when it comes down to actual gifts I really couldn't think of anything.

To be honest I have a weekend away planned with friends, a few drinks with NCT and school friends and some family meals and that really is all I want. Time with people to enjoy this milestone birthday.

Then when I was asked these questions again by a friend of mine Suzanne at KidStyleJunkie - and I , again said there was nothing I really wanted  - she challenged me to find 40 things I did want! HA

Not one to turn down a challenge I thought long and hard about what I really would like and my wish list as you see before you was born.

Some are crazy and some are simple, some are never-going-happen and some may mean a lot of saving up. Either way its made me realise there is always something you want if you think hard enough - even if they are the stuff of dreams!

Who knows maybe they will help you if you're being asked the same questions or looking for a gift for someone who 'doesn't want anything!'
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Monday, 25 April 2016

V. I. BUYS: Welcome to #mamamondays…Great Little Trading Company, EMU Australia & Little Butterfly Organic

mamasVIB | V. I. BUYS: Welcome to #mamamondays…Great Little Trading Company, EMU Australia & Little Butterfly Organic

Welcome to  #mamamondays.  Here I try to include anything that is making us happy - and hopefully you too - even though it's a Monday. And, I have to say it really is making me try to make the most of this often 'depressing' day

It has been anything from what we're doing or planning to what we're eating, watching or reading. I've even included items I'm lusting after or buying and anything else that has been inspiring me to make Mondays - and the rest of the week if need be - just a little more bearable.

I really hope that #mamamondays is inspiring you to make the most of this fresh start we get every week…


VISITING

Over the weekend we got invited to a special bloggers event to see the brand new Great Little Trading Co. showroom. Based in Wandsworth, South London the showroom is a chance for GLTC to well, show off its pieces to full effect.

Although, GLTC have a great easy to use website being able to see the toys, rugs, storage solutions and especially the furniture up close was amazing. As not only could you see the quality - you could try it out too - I don't know about you but when I shop I have to touch everything!


mamasVIB | V. I. BUYS: Welcome to #mamamondays…Great Little Trading Company, EMU Australia & Little Butterfly Organic

mamasVIB | V. I. BUYS: Welcome to #mamamondays…Great Little Trading Company, EMU Australia & Little Butterfly Organic

mamasVIB | V. I. BUYS: Welcome to #mamamondays…Great Little Trading Company, EMU Australia & Little Butterfly Organic

mamasVIB | V. I. BUYS: Welcome to #mamamondays…Great Little Trading Company, EMU Australia & Little Butterfly Organic

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Thursday, 21 April 2016

V. I. BUYS: Seaside Style - and my 10 favourite things do in Cornwall {Staycation Style #2}

mamasVIB | V. I. BUYS: Seaside Style - and my 10 favourite things do in Cornwall {Staycation Style #2}
Print from Holly Francesca
When Mr VIB and I first got together nearly 21 years ago his parents retired to Cornwall - so the area has been a big part of our lives.

We've spent many a holiday and long weekend there - and often try and tie in a visit to the in-laws with a stay in a nice hotel or B&B too. 

One place we stayed in several years ago was such a find - Botelet Farm.  A storybook farmhouse that  has been running as a B&B since the 1930's.

When we stayed it was just the two rooms in the main house but today it also offers self-catering cottages, yurts and bell tent camping. Hidden at the end of a dusty, wild flowered lane a few miles from Liskeard - Botelet is set in acres of rolling farmland that feels like a million, miles away from anywhere.

It's simple, rustic and so peaceful - and the homemade, local sourced and organic breakfast is served on the scrubbed wooden table next to the Rayburn  - is the finishing touch.

Here's a few ways to get that Cornish cottage feel at home:
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Tuesday, 19 April 2016

V. I. BABYBRAIN: This is 40! How I feel about turning 40 & who I'm sharing my birthday with this year...

mamasVIB | V. I. BABYBRAIN: This is 40! How I feel about turning 40 & who I'm sharing my birthday with this year...
Next month I turn 40.

But, in all honestly I think I have been preparing myself for it since my 39th birthday.

I think I've spent my whole 39th year saying "I'm nearly 40" or "I'm turning 40 next year" instead of enjoying the last year of my thirties. And, saying I'm am in fact 39.

Not because I'm dreading it. Having a weird mid-life crisis. Or, worried about ageing. But, because I can't really believe it. I mean I was 30 like minutes ago, wasn't I?

In the words of Ferris Bueller:

"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around for a while, you could miss it"

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