Monday Morning Catch Up #13

Woo hoo! What a week it’s been?! We’ve been blessed with beautiful weather – some days were a bit unbearable with temperatures soaring to over 30 degree Celsius in London. A little too hot for my liking to be honest but it was great to get some nice sunshine.

Unluckily, on Friday LO came down with Hand, Foot & Mouth disease – a virus that mainly affects children and symptoms include blisters on the hands and feet, white patches/spots/lesions on the tongue and ulcers inside the mouth. After seeing the GP, they told me that as it’s a virus, nothing can really be done about it apart from trying to encourage LO to carry on eating and drinking, keeping his mouth clean by brushing regularly and to give him liquid paracetamol to help with the pain. If the ulcers become infected (secondary infection) then he’d need to see the doctor again to get antibiotics. I am hoping it doesn’t get to that stage.

So this weekend, we’ve just been indoors. LO’s been really cranky and clingy since he came down with HF&M however when he is feeling a bit better, he is playing like normal which is good news. On Thursday I took LO to the children’s playground at Greenwich Royal Park. It was brilliant and not too busy, probably because it was a Thursday evening. Here’s a few snaps from our evening that day:

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Monday Morning Catch Up #12

Hello everyone – sorry for the late post, my shifts at work have changed again so I’m working on Mondays again and it was a late one. I’ve just got home at 8:30 today, made the dinner (yes, we eat really late in our household) and finally was able to jump on the PC and do some blogging – YAY!

During the week

My volunteering days were fabulous as always. The children are doing so well with their reading and we’re having so much fun. We’ve been playing Junior Scrabble “Dora the Explorer” edition which is really fun. One side is in English and the other in Spanish which is quite cool as the children are learning some Spanish words without even trying or knowing! 🙂

LO is doing so well at nursery as well. I had a little meeting with his new key carer last week as they’re starting to move LO up to the toddlers room which is fabulous news as in our nursery it’s a little crowded and a lot of the kids around LO’s age can’t move to the toddlers room until September so we’re very lucky. I think LO will really love the new toddlers room but he’s got a massive habit of sleeping for a long time late afternoon which is a problem as he does the afternoon sessions at nursery so I’ve been told I need to make LO nap at home before he goes…. not that easy if you know how stubborn LO can be but I’ll definitely give it a try as I don’t want him to miss out on fun stuff there.

On the weekend

Saturday was a really chillout day for us – we didn’t do much. It was warm weather from what I can remember and just took LO out to the nearby locations and to the shop. We did pass by Woolwich as there was a mini festival going on; there were food stalls, face painting, make-your-own-masks for children, and even Tai Chi lessons for the public to take part in.

Sunday was a much more fun day. We had met up with a friend and went to The Greenwich Centre to test out the new swimming pool. It’s family swim from 09:00-13:00 every Sunday in the teaching pool which has just a shallow depth of 1 metre (0.7 metres at both ends of the pool). LO was having so much fun and it’s been so long since our swimming days with Water Babies. We were there from 11am til closing time which was 1pm as they need everybody out to clean and maintain the pool, getting it ready for the next sessions. There was a good number of mums and dads swimming with their little ones but not too many to cause one to feel over-crowded in the water which was great.

LO started misbehaving and tried to jump into the pool, run on the sides of the pool and have fun with the steps into the pool. Usually I wouldn’t mind his crazy behaviour but with possible dangers so close by, I felt like I was having mini panic-attacks each time he did something. I’m hoping that this ‘crazy’ phase will pass and it’s just because it’s the first time he’s been in a pool in ages so hopefully with a few more exposures he’ll be as good as gold again!

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Monday Morning Catch Up #11

… I know – it’s no longer the morning but it is still Monday so I get some points for still publishing something right?!

It’s not really been that hectic but I’ve gotten out of the swing of scheduling posts in advance – I have so much to catch up on! I hadn’t even realised that I did not even post anything during the whole week last week! (Tut Tut! *slaps wrist*) – I really need to get things going again.

The Whole of Last Week…

So the whole of last week, what did I do? The thing is, my memory never lets me remember that far back! I remember last week Monday was pretty “okay”… Tuesday & Friday I was at work which was also “okay”… Wednesday and Thursday mornings were super cool as I was with my Beanstalk children. They all finished reading their first book. One of the little children who is quite shy read the whole book by herself on Thursday and I couldn’t be any more proud – I can’t believe how much progress they have already made! The other two children are good readers and read well by themselves and I can see already what kind of books excite them and what doesn’t. After my reading sessions, I usually head into town for a spot of mini shopping but last week was so broke, I had to resort to window-shopping. (sad times!)

We also had a couple days of sun so I managed to take LO to the nearby park after nursery. He loves the park – if only it weren’t for my hayfever I would be out all day at the park with him but unfortunately no matter how many hayfever tablets, sprays etc I use, I can’t get protection all day. 😦

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In the park – fascinated by the big leaf!

Saturday was the day The Greenwich Centre was opened. It’s a new building that hosts a library, leisure centre and a council customer service section all under one roof. It’s a pretty cool place and the library is pretty cute. Take a look at my recent post on The Greenwich Centre opening to learn more… otherwise just take a look at the cool exterior below:

The new Greenwich Centre is now open

Sunday was a lovely chillout kind-of-day… I didn’t my nephew Lil’s around this weekend so the day went by much slower which was quite nice to have a quiet Sunday for the first time again in a long time. I managed to have enough time on my hands to make a lamb roast complete with garden veggies and even a little Vietnamese dessert made with grass jelly and soya milk. I also made myself a lovely iced coffee using condensed milk, ice, and instant coffee granules…. Yum!

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Delicious roast lamb with mint stuffing & vegetables

I hope everyone’s weekend was a blast – let’s get ready for the week ahead!

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Monday Morning Catch Up #10

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Happy 1st of June everyone! 

This week is said to have good weather and today seems like it will be a lovely sunny day too. 🙂 Yay! Summer is finally on its way! Last week was a really good one, We just got some fish (3 rosy barbs which LO calls baby fish) and a friend came round on Friday for a good catch up. very chilled and the weekend was also the same.

LO and I went to baby girl’s 1st birthday party. It was wonderful and for the first time, LO was able to have a lot of fun without having to cling to me constantly throughout the party. I was very surprised and also happy as it meant that he is now becoming more confident in himself and his surroundings. (Aawwww!) I was given the job as the party face-painter which I think I did an ‘alright’ job but everyone kept commenting how good it was so maybe I do have a little knack for it. Here’s a little photo of LO’s second face-paint as his first one (which was a cat face) had rubbed off from all the playing and another little face-paint I did for a friend.

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Pretty simple face-paints but everyone loved it and I loved doing it which was good. At the end of the party we were all given a party bag with lots of sweets and a yummy giant cupcake which I helped scoff down for LO hehe 🙂

We woke up a little late on Sunday which then made me run late for a lunch with friends that I had. We went to Tanya’ Cafe located in Chelsea, London. It’s a raw vegan restaurant so if you fancy trying some raw vegan desserts, I would highly recommend this place. My friends had the mains but as it’s all raw food, it’s not filling at all so I wouldn’t recommend going here on an empty stomach.

As I was so late I only managed to order a drink and dessert; I have the hot chocolate and the caramel slice. Both were delicious and the caramel slice doesn’t actually have caramel in it, it a mix of coconut, banana, and possibly nuts like cashews, walnuts, and there was of course cacao powder to create the top layer of the caramel slice.

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Photo Credit: Locappy

Let’s hope the weather stays like today 🙂

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Monday Morning Catch Up #9

A really busy week it’s been… So much so that I should have put up a “blog on vacation” sign in advance to make you all aware but I was too caught up in my situation I didn’t really think about it until yesterday hence the mini-hiatus post. I will create a “blog on vacation” page in case I’ll need it again for any future hiatus.

This wonderful day was lovely but very long. We had another family communion that we needed to attend. As the previous outfit we had bought for LO didn’t fit we had to skip the church and go looking for an outfit. We managed to find a really cute pair of jeans from George by Asda which was cheap and cheerful. It also went really well with his denim shirt and brown moccasins shoes. I also did finger coils in his hair which lasted all day, which I am very surprised about.

We actually didn’t get home from the communion party until 1:30am as it was our family gathering we had to stay behind to help out and both daddy and I don’t drive so we had to wait for a lift from the family. LO was still full of beans – probably from the can of fizzy pop he drank at the party.

Our Sunday was a lie-in for us and time to recover. Daddy had to leave early for Manchester to watch the live game between Man. United vs Arsenal which was a “good game” (daddy’s words). For LO and I, we stayed in all day and Lils came round – LO was thrilled to see him. We had a late dinner as no-one got up until 10/11am and had couscous with broccoli and some of the leftover fried chicken and goat meat from the party. It was delish! 🙂

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Monday Morning Catch Up #8

Okay so I’ve been slacking a bit with my Monday morning posts for the past two weeks – I really need to get back into the swing of writing up posts in advance and scheduling them but just haven’t been able to find time. I know this post will be on Tuesday but please think of it as Monday’s for me (pretty please!) 🙂

The weekend that has just gone has been packed full of interesting things but silly me I forgot to take photos of the days so I am afraid it’s text-only for this week’s catch-up.

LO had a lovely time seeing grandma and going out for a little walk in Eltham. We was with my nephew Lils who then decided it would be fun to throw a massive uncontrollable tantrum on a busy bus and LO decided to join him in the howling. It was cringey and I wanted to world to swallow me at that moment but then I realised this is normal and was bound to happen sooner or later so I had to just embrace it along with the evil disapproving looks and tutting and remarks like “this bus [journey] is a nightmare” however as I was so tired, the comments and looks didn’t bother me. 5-10mins later it turned out that Lils was simply restless and tired and all he needed was a cuddle to go to sleep which he eventually did, bless him.

We stayed indoors and the boys played to their hearts’ content and I was able to have a little rest. Looking after these two can be a proper workout physically, mentally and emotionally. They had a lovely splash together for bath time and looked at sort books together. It seems a little monkey/jungle book LO has was the most interesting one to read which I did read to them before they went off to play again.

Sunday’s weather was much better and Lils went home Saturday night so LO was a little sad. I decided to take him out to a little park at a nearby estate. It was lovely and as it’s not a park one would travel out to visit, he was the only child there. He didn’t mind, he actually loved it more because it meant he had the slide all to himself which is what he loves! 🙂

After a fun 30mins on the slide we went home and had a nap. That evening we went to see our other grandma (daddy’s mum) and LO’s aunt and uncles. He loved it and had a brilliant time seeing the family and I had the chance to proper catch up with my in-laws which is always nice!

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Monday Morning Catch Up #7

I know this was supposed to be a morning post so please accept my apologies that it’s been a bit late as I’ve been having trouble with uploading photos from my iPhone to the PC. So last week was pretty good and the weekend was a lovely chilled out one.

On Friday, 1st May we had my nephew Lils around and LO had a great time playing with him. We didn’t go out but I did take them out for a bit of fresh air which was nice for all of us. From Wednesday to Friday I have just been baking like crazy making all sorts of different cupcakes with different flavours; vanilla, caramel, dark chocolate, and matcha green tea. It was so therapeutic and eating them all was even more heavenly! 🙂

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There’s something really therapeutic about baking

On Saturday, Lils had left us earlier in the afternoon so I took LO with me to have a good catch up with an old workmate over a soya matcha latte. Yum. Then LO’s daddy and I thought about taking him to the funfair and thought why not do it that evening as we already had plans for Sunday.  When we got there, we only had 30 mins of rides but that was enough for us. It was £7.99 per person to get in (including LO) so that was £24 for the three of us and to be honest, that’s a lot for just 30 mins of rides.

We took LO onto the cars and on to the hot air balloons (similar to the teacup ride but it also goes up and down in the air) and that was it as it was cold and LO didn’t seem to sure about all of the other rides which seemed to big for his age. We left about 15 minutes after as there wasn’t much for us to do with LO – a bit disappointing after we had paid a lot to get in however I’m sure it would’ve probably been much more enjoyable and fun if we had gone when the weather was warmer, and not in the evening.

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This was LO’s favourite ride

Today was one of my best friend’s birthday so I thought why not pay her a visit as it’s one of the days that she had free in her busy schedule. She is a pastry chef and always baking away for her clients so I thought why not buy her a beautiful cake as a present this year. I knew she loved the Chinese/Vietnamese celebration cakes from when she tried it at LO’s 1st birthday so I ordered one for her. I get the Chinese cake from a bakery in Canning Town, London from a company called City Cakes Ltd. I ordered the smallest square size (you can choose from square-, circle-, or heart-shaped) which was 8 inches and cost me a decent £28.00. This cake should give out about 10 servings – probably more if you hand out smaller slices but I am sure people would want seconds as it’s so light and fluffy and simply delicious.

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The Greenwich Mummy | Monday Morning Catch Up

Monday Morning Catch Up #2

Last weekend was a very hectic weekend… Two days filled with two birthday parties (one was my friend’s and the other was LO’s friend), and a carnival costume launch party to go to on Saturday evening which was fabulous.

This was LO’s second birthday party that he had gone to and was very different from the first party he went to. For the first one, the parents had organised a Baby Sensory party for her son and we were invited to join in the fun. It was an excellent party filled with games and a lovely Baby Sensory host who was very bubbly, friendly and interactive with all of the children as well as the parents.

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This second party was also amazing but very different from the first one. My friend had hired a hall for her daughter’s party at Crook Log, Bexleyheath and they had supplied her with music, trampolines, bouncy castles, soft play, ball pit, slides and much more! There was so much for the kids to do they didn’t get bored or lose interest but wasn’t too big so it wasn’t overwhelming for them. LO had a brilliant time playing with all of the things especially the ball pit, she slide and the walking beams.

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Super fun!

Saturday evening, I went to a launch party for the Masquerade 2000’s Carnival theme. The launch was to get a sneak preview of some of the costumes that will be on show at the Notting Hill Carnival later this year. The costumes were amazing and I will creating a post for the actual night with photos of the costumes very soon! (It’s still top secret at the mo)… In the meantime, here are some photos of the night:


It was an all-white party and held at White Space in Leicester Square, London. The event was just amazing; the costumes were vibrant and stunning, the host was hilarious making us all feel comfortable, the canapés were delicious, the live entertainment was spectacular and the whole event had a brilliant vibe. I was so happy to be able to attend!

Sunday was a more chilled out day. Weather was terrible but I went to my friend’s birthday party. It was a good catch-up with some really old friends, it was so nice to see them all again (these are my non-mummy friends from secondary school days).

A busy weekend overall. Saturday was an seriously action-packed day and next week is looking like it’s going to be the same as we’re going to a new play centre in Thamesmead, going to the theatre to watch a children’s show and a family baptism.