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Girls Bedroom Restyle & Makeover

Friday, 4 September 2015


With A preparing to fly the nest and head off to university next year, the Mister and I have been considering giving the girls' shared bedroom a restyle and makeover. Something that is not too grown up for E but not too babyish for A, that will suit both of their needs and provide them with their own space. A might be leaving, but she will still need her own bed and a place for her things when she comes home for visits because it will of course still be her home whether she is physically living here or not.

A & I have been working on a Pinterest board with some design ideas and accessories that she likes. Storage is very important because the girls have more little bits and bobs than I know what to do with - things like hair bands and clips, lip balms and make up brushes which means that accessories like pretty jars are practical as well as stylish.

The wooden crate storage boxes would be ideal for storing A's things as of course she can't take all of her belongings to uni but will still need them kept for her, and they are perfect to use as toy boxes for all of E's favourite things, too (though I'm going to have to go through all of her toys as she has too much and doesn't play with half of it any more).

Follow Mama Owl's board Girls' Bedroom Restyle & Makeover on Pinterest.

The girls currently share a bunk bed but I really like the 'shaker style' look of the Jessica Daybed from the great selection of beds at Room to Grow, instead of splitting the bunk and having a bed either side of the room it would mean that we could free up vital space but still have a roll-out bed available for A when she came home.

The beautiful stone-white finish would complement the accessories that A has chosen and really complete the look of the room, as I'd prefer to keep the colours quite muted and neutral to enable E to grow with the room. We can always update accessories such as cushions & throws to inject colour and spruce the room up without necessarily needing to redecorate/repaint  - one less job for the Mister, and it would save money too.
I can't wait to get on with the bedroom restyle, I want to give the girls a really beautiful and practical shared space, to enjoy this potentially last year of sharing a room together.

A Summer of Achievement | #LoudnProud

Thursday, 3 September 2015

The Summer holidays are over (and they have been for a while if you're in Scotland) and the daily routines are slowly returning to normal. Now you've got some time to think, and, er, you can hear yourself do so... what do you have to be loud and proud about?

We (Mum of Three World, 3 Children and It, and Not My Year Off as well as myself) took a break over the Summer as of course we are all busy mums and keeping everyone happy, going off on our travels and taking some time out to enjoy the school holidays was paramount, but we are back with a new badge and looking forward to sharing your proud moments, achievements and accomplishments - big or small - with you.

To recap or for new linkers (hello!), you can find out what #LoudnProud is all about by clicking here, all the information you need and our badge can be found there. The rules are short and sweet, all that we ask of you is that you display our Loud 'n' Proud badge somewhere on your blog, and visit at least 3 of the other blogs linking up. Nice & simple! The linky opens every Thursday at 7am, & closes at midnight on Sunday.

We had a wonderful Summer, full of busy days as well as lazy days, and it was a much needed break for all of us. In all honesty I'm sad to have the kids back at school because I much prefer the laid back days at home when we do what we want, when we want and don't have to rush about on the school run and to endless clubs and activities. At the same time, it was definitely time to get back into our routine and get started on the new school year, & I'm enjoying having some time to myself to get things done too.

E had a brilliant Summer and has achieved so much in just a few short weeks. She completed the 2015 "Record Breakers" Summer Reading Challenge, earning her certificate & medal which she was delighted with and took in to show her new teacher. She made outstanding reading progress in her reception year of school and managed to make it up to level 19 by the end of term so I have been very keen to keep up the momentum during the Summer to prevent a dip in her learning.

E continued her Gymnastics training through the Summer holidays, and completed badge 8. She's now working on badge 7, enjoying her weekly sessions and learning new skills. She always works so hard and really loves gymnastics, it's great to see her making progress at something she enjoys as well as it being great exercise for her.

I'm this week's #LoudnProud host, and we would love to hear all about your special moments and achievements so please do share your posts below. Feel free to grab the badge, we'd love it if you could visit others & share the linky love - thanks!

The linky closes at Midnight on Sunday, & next week will be hosted by the lovely Suzanne at 3 Children and It.

Mama Owl

Meal Plan Monday 310815

Monday, 31 August 2015

Meal Plan 310815
Monday 31st
Pasta Bake
Tuesday 1st
It's my birthday today, so it'll be birthday cake for dessert - dinner is undecided
Wednesday 2nd September Burgers & Chips with salad
Thursday 3rd
Friday 4th
Sausage & Mash
Saturday 5th
Chicken skewers & rice
Sunday 6th

#MealPlanningMonday linked up with At Home with Mrs M.
* = Breakfast for dinner (egg, bacon, etc)

What E Wore | A Half Term Holiday

Thursday, 27 August 2015

We have already been lucky enough to escape for a week to Corsica with Mark Warner Holidays this Summer, and it has really whet our appetite for our whole family break to Lakitira, Kos in the October half term - we are counting down the days!

I have been buying little bits and pieces for our holiday for E as she has had a bit of a growth spurt this Summer and needs a wardrobe top-up, especially of things suitable for an Autumn sunshine getaway. My favourite stores are H&M and Pumpkin Patch for kids clothes at the moment and I have taken full advantage of recent sales and offers.

My first holiday purchases were from Pumpkin Patch earlier in the year. I bought a long sleeved Hibiscus pattern Rash set in 'bubblegum' for the bargain price of £11.78, these gorgeous red striped board shorts for £5 and a funky pair of round sunglasses for £3.

My next purchase was more recently in another of their fab sales, where I picked up a Daisy print playsuit for £9, a pretty bunting print dress also for £9, a deep violet border flower print skort for £5, a cute pair of mid length white shorts for £5, and two lovely peplum tank tops - one in white, one in lime sorbet - for only £3 each. I bought all of these items in age 6 so with any luck they will still fit E well into next Spring/Summer.

With sun safety being a paramount concern, I bought E a Rash Vest by No Fear for the bargain price of £5.25 from Sports Direct. The children will need to have t-shirts that cover their shoulders as part of their childcare essentials for the MW holiday clubs so I've bought one for each of them, E loves hers as it's her favourite colour - pink!

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