My Little Ballerina
LissyLou looks very angelic, she has the halo of golden curls, the butter wouldn’t melt smile and just an overall sense of cutesy, girliness about her. She also has the deepest, Yorkshire voice you’ve ever heard. We don’t know where it’s come from but it’s seriously funny. She is also a bit of a tomboy, yes she loves pink and glittery and girly but she also stomps about like a baby elephant.
So when a ballet school opened up in our village I knew I wanted her to try it to see if it would help soften her tomboy ways, encourage some grace and poise and of course be a fun activity for her!
Ballet at three involves plenty of fun, it also involves discipline, poise, structure, manners and good behaviour. LissyLou love it, she is learning the positions, standing straighter already and starting to be a teensy bit more graceful. She also looks pretty angelic in her uniform!
A Coffee Moment With Caffe Cagliari
If you read this bog regularly then you will know of my major love affair with coffee. For me coffee is a social thing, it’s a me-time thing and it’s a key part of my weekends in particular. Good coffee is for me a daily essential, I don’t drink instant coffee anymore because it’s criminal to drink it when you could be drinking proper coffee from your Nespresso machine instead!
I love catching up with my mum over a cuppa, just sitting at the kitchen table with a nice coffee whilst the kids play and catching up on gossip and family news is relaxing. We just need plenty of coffee and maybe some ear plugs to block out the noise of the kids!
Caffe Cagliari is an Italian family run company who believe in good coffee. They have just released some coffee capsules that are compatible with my beloved Nespresso machine. The capsules cost £2.99 for 10 espresso capsules and can be ordered from their website.
We were sent a sample of each of the 5 available flavours. These are strong espresso’s, even Daddy Ramblings who loves his coffee strong commented that they were a bit like rocket fuel, probably best for very strong coffee fans. For me and mum and our chats round the coffee table sadly they were too strong for our tastes. They did work perfectly in the Nespresso machine and were foil wrapped for freshness.
Sitting down to dinner every night is usually a family affair. For many mums though, the importance of getting a night away from a family dinner once in a while is not to be underestimated. Escaping the daily grind for a night with friends and free-flowing wine is a great way to connect and recharge, but finding the time for it is difficult.
For the perfect excuse to get a night away, consider hosting a mum’s only dinner party. Leave your spouses behind to look after the children and get together with the girls for a civilised meal eaten around a beautifully set table with proper dining chairs.
Finding the time to arrange such gatherings can be tough, but, as every mom knows, multi-tasking is the key to success. Propose that your mums only dinner party is also an opportunity to arrange group activities for the kids, plan collective field trips to local destinations or even take care of logistical things like organising rides to school and other extracurricular activities. If your dinner has the potential to be social and productive, it’ll be easier to get everyone together.
A mums dinner should be everything you and your mum friends deserve. It’s the ideal moment to break out the fine china, arrange exquisite bouquets of flowers and plan a meal fit for a mum! It could also mean ringing a large amount of takeaway and sharing it all at the kitchen counter while watching some trashy TV (those celebs just don’t let up, do they!). Whatever form a mum’s dinner party takes, it should be comfortable and fun above all else. Nights away don’t come along all the time, so make the most of it and arrange something you know your guests will love.
There are many things about being a mum that are universal. When women gather together, a natural conversation ensues that’s refreshing, interesting and informative. An adult dinner party gives mothers a chance to get to know each other as independent people, not just as someone’s mum. Making friends as a parent is difficult. Often it’s a by-product of children’s relationships. Hosting nights that are for mums only gives women a chance to forge strong, meaningful relationships separate from those of their children.
Every woman deserves to indulge, sip and giggle once in a while. Doing so in the company of fellow mums can be a welcome relief from the daily challenges of parenting. A night away from a husband and children is a fun way to spend time with friends; but time away also means the inevitable excitement to return home to a loving family which is (with any luck) fast asleep.
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