This weekend we’ve been getting into the Halloween Spirit and burning off some creative energy with Pumpkin Carving. A year ago we announced on Facebook we were expecting using a picture of a bunch of pumpkins, so it was only fitting we re-enacted with our own little pumpkin…

My chilled out Little Pumpkin 🎃 ♥ 😘 #baby #Halloween #fancydress

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The last few years have sought a tradition of popping down to the farmers market, picking up ridiculously large pumpkin-y beasts and printing out an over-ambitious template from the internet to recreate on our fruit. Yesterday evening was a very chilled one, sipping Banana Bread Ale to Strictly Come Dancing whilst easing out small sections of pumpkin flesh. I opted for 2 this year; a simple Bowser to warm up my carving skills, followed with an intricate Ghostbuster silhouette. My partner went for the eye of Sauron complete with elvish inscriptions. In true me style, I forgot to get my stencils printed off so had to improvise with tracing paper over my PC monitor. Luckily, no permanent sharpie marks have made it onto my screen.

So here we are, the finished products of 3 hours hollowing, hollering, swearing, crying and carving!

Pumpking Carving: Eye of Sauron, Ghostbusters Team and Bowser

Eye of Sauron, Ghostbusters Team and Bowser!

Pumpkin Eye of Sauron

Spooky

Pumpkin Carving Bowser Mario

More Cute than Scary

Pumpkin Carving Ghostbusters

I’m proud with how this one came out, so stressful doing those teeth though!

In past years, we’ve gone with the Cookie Monster, Minions and the Nightmare before Christmas. I’m not sure I can take the pressure of trying to do something even more intricate next year, but I’m sure we’ll forget by then and give it a go anyway…

Pumpkin Carving Nightmare before Christmas Oogie Boogie Jack

Pumpkins 2015: The nightmare before Christmas

Pumpkin Carving Minions Gru Despicable Me Cookie Monster

Pumpkins 2014: Cookie Monster and Minions

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With time whizzing by, I’ve definitely become more conscious of capturing all those special milestones and moments that my Little Mister has been growing through. Whilst his memory book is still waiting to be filled in, I have been taking plenty of pictures so definitely have lots of reference points for when I have a free hour (ha!) and a hot cuppa (haha!) to sit and catch up. I’ve also been very good with getting photos printed as they come, with lots of bargains had using groupon (like 100 snapfish photos for £1 and 100 truprint photos for £1), and have actually started sticking them into some sort of album…

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When I first saw the title, I wondered how cliché I could get in my response. Of course, I couldn’t live without my family. I also couldn’t function without my phone (how else would I Instagram everything I eat?!?). And it wouldn’t be worth getting through the day without my desktop PC; imagining a world without big monitors and gloriously click-y keyboards makes me sad… and disgusted at the prospect of only ever typing on a touch screen. So I thought I would use this Blogtober post to cover something that has genuinely made my life a million times easier with Little Mister; the Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Machine.

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When it comes to movies, I’m pretty split with what I enjoy. It either has to be something really spectacular; a masterpiece, the top 200 of IMDB sort of film. OR, it has to be super awful. Something with such bad effects you laugh your wine out your nose and spend the whole movie picking all the holes in the plot. Either way, this leads to movies I could watch over and over again, introducing friends to something special either way. So I give you, my top 3 awful movies, and my top 3 awfully good movies.

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Well, there are a few *cough* 4 *cough* posts missing from my Blogtober so far. To be fair, half of them are written, with one nearly ready to go (it just requires a bit more of a proof read since it was written in a Beechams-medicated-flu-blur, so could be all slurred, glitter and rainbows nonsense). I’ll catch up by Monday with a “Days 3-6 post” and get everything linked up. So shall we carry on at day 7 like this didn’t all happen? The theme of today’s post; Why Did I Start Blogging?

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I’m writing this day 2 post with my body having succumbed to (another) round of Mum-flu. This last week my partner has had the man-flu, and somehow I managed to avoid coming down with it, but as of yesterday afternoon Mum-flu began. I’m going with the flow today, and having a pyjama day with chocolate and all the carbs I damn well want (#Leanin15 can wait… mama needs chocolate…. and hash browns… and ginger wine). Little Mister seems fine which is the main thing, fingers crossed he avoids the parental plague.

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This month is not October. Oh no, you are mistaken. It is actually Blogtober. Being one to always love a challenge, I’ve decided to take on the Blogtober challenge set by Mandi at Hex Mum Plus 1. For me I’ve enjoyed the blogging journey so far, and am starting to feel a little less overwhelmed at the vertical learning curve of self-hosting a site. I’m hoping to learn so much this month and that this shall kick-start my organising skills back into gear (haha). These should be in addition to my normal content (that’s the plan, anyway), and the rota of the month is outlined below.

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