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Wednesday, 15 June 2016

V. I. BUSY BEES: Timeless TV - Watching the Teletubbies the second time around!

mamasVIB | V. I. BUSY BEES: Timeless TV - Watching the Teletubbies the second time around! | mumsnets

I have a bit of a thing for nostalgic TV. 

And, whenever possible I try to encourage Miss Marnie to watch shows I had watched as a child too. She has taken to some of them and some she loses interest in quite quickly.

One show though that has caught her attention - and more importantly she engages with is the Teletubbies

It started when we were invited to the premiere of the new series re-launch late last year and she got to meet all the Teletubbies in the flesh. For a few weeks before I was getting her ready by letting her watch the original series from the late 1990's which I'd downloaded online. I was a little taken aback at how quickly she embraced them at the premiere - but I guess that shows the timeless appeal of these loveable 'tubbies.

mamasVIB | V. I. BUSY BEES: Timeless TV - Watching the Teletubbies the second time around! | mumsnets

mamasVIB | V. I. BUSY BEES: Timeless TV - Watching the Teletubbies the second time around! | mumsnets

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Thursday, 9 June 2016

V. I. BIRTHDAY: A retro 1970's kids tea birthday party with Little Bird at Mothercare

mamasVIB | V. I. BIRTHDAY: A retro 1970's kids tea birthday  party with Little Bird at Mothercare

When I was planning my 40th birthday that you can read here  - I knew I wanted to do something for Miss Marnie and my friends children who we were all away with in Camber Sands (read about our beach house here).

My idea was the throw the seven kids ranging from 4 weeks to 6 years their own little 1970's themed party before us adults celebrated with a 1970's Dinner Party in evening which you can read here.


mamasVIB | V. I. BIRTHDAY: A retro 1970's kids tea birthday  party with Little Bird at Mothercare


I tried to think back to parties I had had as a child and planned a little retro tea-party just for them.

My lovely friends at Mothercare dressed them all in Little Bird by Jools Oliver - which of course is based on Jools' memories of clothes she wore from her own seventies childhood.

With bold florals, high waisted dungarees, pinafore dresses and towelling polo tops - the bright pops of colour were perfect for a late afternoon garden party.
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Friday, 3 June 2016

V. I. BUYS: Hanging out with Dad this Father's Day with Not On The High Street

mamasVIB | V. I. BUYS: Hang out with Dad Day this Father's Day with Not On The High Street and BKD London

My career and blogging has brought me many things - but since having Miss Marnie one thing I really appreciate is the time we get to spend together doing new, exciting and anything but ordinary things. 

We've been lucky to attend film premieres, meet Disney characters, take shopping trips, have afternoon tea, try some beauty treats and have even been skiing in an indoor ski centre!

So, when Not on the High Street asked us to be part of its Father's Day campaign 'Hang Out With Dad Day' I figured this was a lovely opportunity for Miss M to spend some quality time with her daddy - because isn't time together what all dads (step-dads, carers, guardians) really want on this special day?

I know, of course the vast collection of unique gifts and personalised items is amazing on Not on The High Street  - but I have to admit I never realised notonthehighstreet offered a whole host of experience gifts too.

Things like Family Kite Making to Family Walking Tour of Secret London. Mr VIB and Miss M opted for the Super Dad Creative Baking Class by BKD - with a Superheroes theme as it as the most age appropriate one for a pre-schooler.

mamasVIB | V. I. BUYS: Hang out with Dad Day this Father's Day with Not On The High Street and BKD London
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Friday, 27 May 2016

V. I. BIRTHDAY: How to host a 1970's inspired Dinner Party with a little help from Morrisons

mamasVIB | V. I. BIRTHDAY: How to host a 1970's inspired Dinner Party with a little help from Morrisons

Earlier this month I turned 40.

And, I celebrated in style with a retro 1970's Dinner Party. You can see where we celebrated here.

I had researched seventies inspired food on Pinterest (of course) and asked friends, family and Facebook for ideas… and came up with the following menu.


mamasVIB || V. I. BIRTHDAY: How to host a 1970's inspired Dinner Party with a little help from Morrison's

I was also pleased to join up with Morrisons who provided some of the dishes for each course to prove that having a themed dinner party for a big birthday can be easy - to cook and on the pocket.

The 70's is a big fashion trend this season and looks set to continue into Autumn/Winter too - so it seems we were not only retro, but on trend too!


mamasVIB || V. I. BIRTHDAY: How to host a 1970's inspired Dinner Party with a little help from Morrison's

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Wednesday, 25 May 2016

V. I. BUYS: My love affair with Greece and my go-to Greek lunch {Staycation Style #5}

mamasVIB | V. I. BUYS: My love affair with Greece and my go-to Greek lunch {Staycation Style #5}

If there is one country I love it's Greece

I have been on holiday there many times. I don't think I with ever tire of the Greek Islands, the historic mainland or the breathtaking views.

The weather of course helps, the relaxed lifestyle is a bonus and the food - ooh, the food. 

Greek food - can you actually beat it? 

In fact I often try to recreate that Grecian feeling at home with some of my favourite Greek recipes. 

Over Easter we had our lovely neighbour - who often helps with looking after Miss Marnie when I can't get childcare - for lunch. I figured if we're going to have lamb for Easter Sunday why not make it Greek lamb? 

I always turn to my tried-trusted-and-never-let-me-down-yet Bill Granger Slow Cooked Greek Lamb recipe and Jamie Oliver for the ultimate Greek Salad.

I also have a few different recipes for Greek Beans that are worth the slow cooking - who knew beans could be so good? I used this one over Easter for Greek-Style Green Beans and regularly use this one from I Like You: Hospitably Under the Influence by Amy Sedaris.

To serve I like to toast some pitta breads and set with a big bowl of homemade Tzatziki. This Fresh Greek Tzatziki recipe is one of my favourites and can be made 2-hours in advance to really enhance the flavours.
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Monday, 23 May 2016

V. I. BUYS: Welcome to #mamamondays… M&Co, Love the Sales & Cut & Colour Playbook *Giveaway*

mamasVIB | V. I. BUYS: Welcome to #mamamondays… M&Co, Love the Sales & Cut & Colour Playbook *Giveaway*

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…

RE-DISCOVERING

In my career I've worked with lots of brands. I've seen brands come and go and I also *sometimes* forget about brands too.

I guess the 'overload' of so many shops and more online retailers than ever means sometimes when you shop, you just stick to what you know. That has probably been the case when shopping for Miss Marnie.

We have a few favourite places and we tend to stick to them. Plus you get a feel for the sizing, how it washes and lasts - so you know what you're getting.

Well, it wasn't until I bumped into an old colleague who was working at M&Co that I remembered this Scottish brand (formally known as Mackays). We got chatting and that evening I had a look online and was actually pleasantly surprised at the vast selection  - and even better the reasonable prices.

It helps to have friends in fashion as a few days later Miss M received a massive parcel full of M&Co new summer pieces to try herself. She went straight for the tropical shorts and a bright tee which, as you can see it was a big hit (and the sun was out too!)


mamasVIB | V. I. BUYS: Welcome to #mamamondays… M&Co, Love the Sales & Cut & Colour Playbook *Giveaway*

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Friday, 20 May 2016

V. I. BIRTHDAY: My 40th Birthday weekend, the perfect beach home & what to do in Camber Sands

mamasVIB| V. I. BIRTHDAY: My 40th Birthday weekend, the perfect beach home & what to do in Camber Sands

I find organising birthdays hard. Not for friends or kids parties - but my own.

For one, I have a fear that people won't turn up if you have a party and two, the pressure to actually have a 'party'.

With my 40th creeping up I kinda figured I would keep it quite low profile and celebrate with family and a few close friends.

Well, how wrong was I? My closest friends weren't going to let me sit this one out.

When the texts and messages starting coming in asking what the plan was and where we were going? Then a link to a holiday home later - I found myself booking a holiday cottage in Camber Sands, near Rye in Kent.

Choosing to celebrate with my 4 closest friends who I have known for 20 odd years seems the most natural thing. Throw in the husbands and the kids - which now total 7 between us (how did that happen?) it was going to take some planning.

I knew we needed a place that was close to the beach, near good restaurants or a little town for shopping - plus enough space to a contain us all.


mamasVIB| V. I. BIRTHDAY: My 40th Birthday weekend, the perfect beach home & what to do in Camber Sands

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