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Wednesday, 28 May 2014
I really can't believe that summer is nearly here and the kids are checking out of school for the next 2 months! If you are like me the thought of entertaining hyper children all summer is already making my head spin. Luckily day camps were created to give us moms a hand and to let the kids run off steam during the day. Of course we can't send the kids to camp empty handed and we need to be fully prepared to send the troops off stocked and prepared. There is nothing I hate more than when things go missing at school/camp and thankfully Stuck on You are here to make our lives just a little easier.
Tuesday, 27 May 2014
My deepest apologies for abandoning Lattes and Juice since December! It just became too much living on a building site with the children and I was desperately trying to keep my head above water. Between the invasion of the builders, not having a kitchen, endless noise and dust, terrible weather, living literally with giant holes in the house, and barely any internet just took a toll on me. Thankfully our house is 97% complete and all so incredibly happy in our bigger and much improved home! Still unpacking the house but finally feeling back to myself again. Just cannot believe that this is really our house and I promise to give a full reveal on our renovation in the next couple of weeks.
So here's the complete low down on what I have been up to for the past 6 months (seriously cannot believe I took such a long break)!
Andy turned 4 in December and it's crazy how quickly he has grown up. We threw a London themed birthday party for him with a trip up to the London Eye. Most of his friends had caught chicken pox just days before the party so we ended up having a small and intimate group. Everyone had such a great time enjoying the breathtaking views of London from high up. The amazing London cake and bus cookie pops are from Biscuiteers in Notting Hill.
And in a blink of an eye little Miss Milla Rose turned 2 in March with a Peppa Pig birthday extravaganza in our new kitchen. My lovely friend made the most amazing and gigantic Peppa cake for our birthday girl and I don't think it will ever be forgotten.
Thankfully we had a big trip planned in December just when the building works got really bad. We were missing doors, windows and walls at this point and it was just unbearable living in our house. We headed over to stay with my mom in New Jersey and the kids just could not get enough of the snow. No trip is complete without checking out all of the holiday sights in New York City, just like a tourist.
We were spoiled rotten with a fabulous trip to Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic with my family for Christmas. I have been going to Casa de Campo since I was a little girl and always have the best memories here. It was just incredible to bring my kids to CDC and to be able to share this amazing place with them. My husband had no voice the whole trip and Andy had a fever the whole time but there's no where better to be sick!
Friday, 6 December 2013
Friday, 29 November 2013
I am super excited that one of my favourite online children's boutique has done a special Christmas gift list for Lattes and Juice readers! Sisters Guild is a truly unique boutique that stocks the chicest and coolest brands from all over the world. Started by two sisters, Carla and Bekka, who were inspired by their own children these two fabulous ladies have such a creative eye and have filled their shop with the most imaginative and beautifully designed children's product (including clothing, accessories, room decor, toys and so much more). Their Christmas gift list is so well thought out and I'm am sure you will find something on their that not only you will love and a very special kid will get a truly one of a kind present.
For the boys
Monday, 25 November 2013
I am really spoiled with the fabulous selection of boutiques in my hood Parsons Green. I really want to highlight some of my favourite local businesses in the area to help you with your Christmas shopping this season. My absolute favourite shop in the neighbourhood is Katie & Jo and it stocks some seriously stylish pieces. Here are Katie & Jo's Christmas picks filled with amazing gift ideas for different budgets. I love that there are ultra luxe picks as well as totally chic budget friendly pieces. I have already purchased a couple of items off their list!
Sunday, 24 November 2013
As we are all super busy running around this time of the year I think it is so important not too get too caught up in the holiday madness and to take a moment to remember just how lucky we really are. I am so thankful that I have a loving husband, 2 amazing children, a warm(ish) house, the best family ever and never ever have to worry about where our next meal is coming from. I am absolutely terrible at spoiling my children especially this time of the year and love waking up on Christmas morning and seeing the pure joy on their faces. It breaks my heart to think of all those children out there who will not get to share this moment of magic and want to make sure that I start teaching my kids how to give back and to help those in need.
The NSPCC is one of the largest UK charities focused on ending child cruelty in the UK and organization that could really use your donations. I'm sure all of the children are hard at working writing letters to Father Christmas right now and would be delighted to receive a letter back from the North Pole. The NSPCC is offering a wonderful service online where you can send your child a personalised Letter from Santa for a small donation. There are several templates to choose from based on your child's age, add accomplishments on there such as eating veggies or doing well at school, have a friend/sibling's name on the letter, and even acknowledge that you will not be forgotten if you happen to be traveling on Christmas day. It only costs a £5 donation to have the letter sent and of course you can easily donate for at the checkout. The money raised goes towards ChildLine where children can contact the NSPCC directly 365 days a year (even on Christmas day) if they are worried or have a concern.
This is such a fabulous way to give back this year to an amazing charity this holiday season. Sign up now to make sure you get your letter in time and they go out in the post from 25 November to 19 December!