Ramblings ...

We Eloped!

For some years we've talked about getting married Mr G and I. It's something that as the children came along grew more important to me. I really wanted to be Mr G's wife. To wear a ring on my finger, to have that bit of paper.


The fuss, attention, the big dress, the table plan stress of family politics and the sleepless nights of list writing and wedding talk I wasn't keen. Other brides weddings, fab, I'll happily look at table arrangements talk invitations all night. But it wasn't for us.


When Mr G suggested Gretna Green as an option, just a few weeks ago. I laughed. In his face. I know, romantic right! I totally thought he was joking.


He went on to tell me how he'd called, enquired, got quotes and dates how he'd been thinking about it for a while, how romantic it could be, how all he wanted was the children around us and for me to leave as his wife. I was sold. The history of Gretna Green is fascinating, the romance of the stories linked to The Old Blacksmith Shop is beautiful, and we were excited to be a part of that.


A form signed and birth certificates in the post a few days later we had a date. Monday 24th February at 1.30.


We asked 2 special friends if they'd join us with their son as our witnesses and I went on an Etsy shopping frenzy, looking for an outfit that had elements I'd wear again, I wanted to look like a bride, but be comfortable.


Family relationships can be complicated, to keep things simple we thought we'd do this for ourselves, be selfish for the day and enjoy the moment with our children. A wedding that was about us as a family of 4.


It was exactly what we'd hoped for, relaxed, light hearted, simple, fuss free but memorable, an afternoon filled of giggles, champagne and good friends.



The reaction since we've got home now the news has done the rounds has been mixed, on the main very supportive with lots of well wishes.



Eloping isn't for everyone, this wedding was our wedding we loved it and we're looking forward to married life. Together. As a family.







Little Crumbs

Get Your Ski On…

Ski Sunday on the planner, sledging at the Xscape and a skiing obsessed fella, Winter sports is something our kiddies are getting a taste for. When we've been to the Snozone in the Xscape, MK I love to browse the children's sections in the shops. Amazing colours, stylish and very, very cool.

With the start of the Winter Olympics looming and the weather man teasing us with mentions of the white stuff. I've had a look through some options for the slopes for the little ones. There are some amazing sales on at the moment, so it's a great time to go shopping.



Little Skiers have a great range specifically aimed at the trendy toddlers on the slopes where I found most if the above… It's worth a gentle reminder at this point, that these are performance fabrics, clothes specifically made to keep your ones warm and safe. They're worth forking out for….. When it's forking freezing!


Snow + Rock Boots £32.99 £23.09

Roxy Gloves £39.00 £21.00

Colourwear Blue (with red pocket) Snowboard Jacket, also available in Purple (with black pocket) £125.00.

Roxy Native Print Ski Jacket £140.00 £98.00

You can pick up some salopettes reasonably priced, in all range of colours. Muddy Puddles have a few pairs in the region of £40.00.

These Bolle helmets start at £45.00. Money very well spent.




For the toddlers …

Mini Rodini Panda Print Snowsuit £170.00 £85.00 crazy sale prices at Cissy Wears Mini Rodini prints never fail,

Columbia 2 piece in Blue, £74.99 – £79.99 (from 12months to 4 years)

Indikidual Snow Suit £67.00 £33.50, Cissy Wears

And for my favourite the Après Ski …

Either Edie or Euan would rock any of this, little man looks awesome in pink!


Head over to Fourmonkeys for some beautifully made, great quality basics that work beautifully which each other. Ranges divided into sections for the minimal lovers, colour fans etc it's easy to find what you're looking for. This Ovitar Gudrun & Gudrun top would be great on it's own or with layers from €55.00 to €25.00 it's great value (also available in blue).

The new Beau Loves print Davenport Pants £31.00.

For that helmet hair off the slopes add a chunky knitted hat from Zara at only £2.99 from £9.99 or a Beau Loves Cap available from Scandinavian Minimall I've got on my 'got to get' list £23.00.

For a break from the goggles off the slopes…. As lovely as they are from Snowboard Asylum £27.00, Ray Bans have a huge range available for your little people. These junior wayfarer's are my favourites at £56.10 they're not cheap, but I do love them.