Saturday, 26 November 2016

Worn By Osian

Yesterday Osian and I had quite a lovely little day. We'd got out the house fairly early, and decided to head to baby gym,. Upon arrival Osian just really wasn't feeling it, so decided to leave shortly after. He's always been a shy boy, and the last time we went we sat near the door for a while, but we did go and play after a little bit. This time was very different, he just wanted to cuddle up on my lap, and there was no sign of him wanting to go and enjoy himself. So we went and did the food shop instead, (please remind me never to attempt a weekly shop without a pound for the trolley again -carrying out the heavy bags with a child who just wants carried isn't fun!) then he had a McDonald's for lunch, and we went home for a bit, I had my lunch and put the shopping away as Osian played with some toys. We were then going to go to a National Trust property for a little walk, but realised they close at 3pm midweek in the winter, and it was 2pm by this time. So I got some porridge oats out the kitchen, we jumped in the car, and headed to a nearby lake to feed the ducks.

I absolutely loved Osian's outfit, the romper's made by the talented Cat who has a lovely shop Max and the Star, I saw this top in Tesco and thought it would make a great little romper, so I posted it up to Cat, she worked her magic, posted it back, and Osian's face completely lit up when he saw it. He's really into superhero's and villains at the moment. We got the boots a couple of weeks a go in the outlet store in Cheshire Oaks, Osian chose them, and he received so many complements about them yesterday!

Jacket - M&S| Hat - Debenhams | Romper - Max and the Star | Socks - Asda | Shoes - Dr. Martens

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Friday, 11 November 2016

Worn By Osian - The Birthday Edition

One of the things I've missed most about blogging, is being able to dedicate a whole post to Osian's outfit! Now that may seem sad to some, but for the past couple of years, I've had a huge obsession with his clothes. I wish I could put half the effort into my clothes as I do his, then I may stop having to wonder how many days in a row I can get away with wearing the same jumper!

Osian turned three last month, something I'm still in denial about, and probably will be for the foreseeable future. Although it feels like he's always been in my life, it seems like it's been no time at all since he was a tiny little newborn. I didn't believe the warnings as to how fast kids grow, I couldn't imagine the long sleep deprived days ever going away, but they did, and I now have a child who is closer to the age of five, than he is to being a newborn. Scary stuff!

I didn't really plan his outfit for this year, I bought the top a couple of weeks before the big day, but hadn't bought any new trousers, or had a plan as to what he'd wear the top with. The total opposite to how I'd been about his outfit for his second birthday. Which had been planned weeks in advance.

Sorry, it's not the clearest of photo's but I really love it.

Top - Fred & Noah
Leggings - Petite Arc

Thursday, 10 November 2016


Hello again blogging world,

Although I haven't been completely away from blogs, it feels like I'm entering it's world again for the first time.

It's been a very long time since I last sat down and wrote a blog post. Life got very busy, something had to give, unfortunately it was my hobby - blogging. I didn't realise how hard I would find my final year of uni, my second year wasn't exactly a walk in the park, but the jump to third year was way bigger than I ever anticipated. I think the course would have been challenging enough, but adding a toddler into the mix made life feel like one ginormous obstacle. So I had to say goodbye for a while.

I'm really looking forward to getting back into the swing of things. Since I last wrote; I finished uni, graduated, found a job and the most scary part - somehow Osian turned three!

I was going to fiddle around with my layout, update pages, and such, but I'm way too impatient and felt a huge need to write this now. So hopefully things will be more user friendly a few posts down the line.

I was just about to post this, then realised I'd forgotten how to end a post! Is it weird to say bye? As I feel like I'm talking to someone, and at the end of a conversation you say bye? Or do I make some sort of statement, ask a question? HELP!

Friday, 1 January 2016

Living Arrows 47/52 - 52/52

I haven't had the chance to write any posts for quite a few weeks - meaning I've missed a fair few living arrows posts. I thought I'd have a little catch up on this weeks post. It would be a shame to have a photo from every week of the year, excluding the last few weeks. 

Out of the six photos, half are phone photos, with the other half being taken on my camera. I really ought to try and get my camera out more often. I'm going to try and take it out at least once a week in 2016.

Osian absolutely loved the run up to Christmas. Although he was scared of Santa, he loved anything Santa related, pictures and toys of him, and most of all his Santa teddy. He grasped the concept of Christmas really well, a lot better than I was expecting. He was so excited going to bed on Christmas Eve, which was really lovely.






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Sunday, 22 November 2015

Living Arrows 46/52

I very almost forgot to write this week's post. I've been a terrible blogger recently, I've been quite poorly in the evenings. I'm hoping to become more active this week.

This week's photos another phone capture. It was taken after Osian and I had done a little shop and he was sitting on the toys outside. We were there for quite a while, no one was waiting to have a go, and Osian loves to sit there and we weren't in a hurry.

Osian kept giving Rupert Bear a cuddle and chatting away to him. It was adorable to watch and I absolutely love this photo, I'm so glad I took it.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Worn by Osian #23

I was really looking forward to Friday this week, I was having a day off and couldn't wait to spend the day with Osian. Thankfully, the day wasn't filled with rain like most of the week had been. So we managed to get out and about. In the morning, we popped into town, where Osian chose a nice cosy hat, and to my surprise kept it on all day. He usually doesn't like things on his head. 

We had a wonderul day together, and here's what Osian rocked.
Hoody - Hudson Reign | Leggings - Petite Arc | Shoes - Star Wars by Vans

On Saturday we went to a garden centre to see some Reindeer. There were two of them, and they were just so cute! We went over to see them a couple of times, as Osian enjoyed looking at them a lot more when it wasn't busy around the area. He really enjoyed sitting on the sleigh, although if you look at the picture's I took - you'd say otherwise.

Osian wore his long sleeve top that I got the same time as his hoody in the previous outfit. I really love them both, they're both warm and cosy. The top was teamed up with his grey skull leggings. Osian loved all the skeletons around in his run up to Halloween, and he really liked having some on his trousers!
Top - Hudson Reign | Leggings - Little Day

Wednesday, 11 November 2015


I've been a member of the National Trust for just over a year now. Whilst on a trip up to Scotland last August, we went to visit Threave Gardens. My Mum treated me by signing me up for a membership, They had a great deal on at the time - £18 for the whole year for an under 25's membership. Unfortunately our visit to the gardens didn't last long, it started raining not long after we arrived, but we enjoyed a tasty lunch in the cafe.

I've definitely made the most of my membership over the year. Particularly over the summer months, most weeks we visited a NT site, the outdoors are great for Osian to be able to walk about without the danger of nearby roads. I now wonder what we'd do without a membership.

Bodnant Gardens

Is a beautiful garden, situated in the Conwy Valley. The garden's huge, it's spread across a hill, and goes all the way down to a river at the bottom of the hill. They've recently expended the gardens, and opened up a whole new walk down by the water. The entrance to the garden is at the top of the hill, and nearby there's a beautiful Laburnum Arch, which is at it's best at the start of summer. There are numerous different paths and routes, allowing you to see different plants and views depending on which one you take. 
Even though Bodnant Garden's fairly local to us, we've only been the once this year. When Osian and I went, it was a really hot day, a little too hot for walking about. So we only had a little walk around, and then spent the rest of our trip cooling down with an ice cream in the cafe. 

Plas Newydd

We've been to Plas Newydd quite a few times this year, our first visit being last September.  Plas Newydd's house and gardens are found on Anglesey. The beautiful house, sits right next to the Menai Straits. I particularly like the house in the Autumn months when the ivy's turned red, it's very picturesque. The interior of the house show how Lord and Lady Anglesey would have lived in the 30s. The lovely garden, includes a forest walk which leads to a pretty cool adventure playground. Even though I've only had my own membership for just over a year, my parents used to take me to National Trust sites a lot when I was younger. I remember going to the adventure playground when I was younger, and feeling proud of myself when I managed to complete the monkey bars. They also have another playground before the entrance next to the tea room (which I recently discovered serve a very tasty Sunday lunch).

Powis Castle

In April we stayed in Shrewsbury for a few days. One day we visited Powis Castle. I really love the look of this castle, it's so different to any of the castles around here. We made our way around the castle quite quickly, but I do remember they had an impressive collection of Caesar statues. Near the restaurant, there was a exhibition all about Clive of India called The Clive Museum, I found the collection and information really interesting, I previously hadn't heard of him before. There were lots of peacocks and peahens about, and the peacock kept spreading his feathers, was great to see. We didn't have time to go around most of the gardens, but we did find a big open space that Osian had a great time wondering about.

Penrhyn Castle

Penrhyn Castle's our most visited site, we've been so many times over the year. The castle was owned by Lord Penrhyn, who also owned a nearby slate quarry. There are so many different rooms inside the castle. My favourite being the nursery, I just love looking at the old toys. I also particularly like a stained glass window that shows all the different star signs, I'm not sure why I like it so much, it just really caught my eye. One of the bedroom's holds a huge slate bed that was made especially for Queen Victoria's visit, but she wouldn't sleep in at, as it reminded her of a grave. Penrhyn Castle is home to one of Osian's favourite place - The Railway Museum. The railway museum is a big room, filled with huge old steam trains. Osian never grows tired of going to visit the 'choo choos'. The museum has a lot of information on the walls, which I think is about the trains, but I've never had the chance to read. Next door is a smaller room, filled with lots of train figures, and old posters advertising the train line services. The coffee shop near the museum, as a table full or wooden trains and tracks for children to play with. It's often allowed me to have a peaceful cup of tea, as Osian can spend ages playing with the toys. The grounds are very big, and include lots of different walks, a beautiful walled garden and adventure playground. The walled garden has two ponds, and at certain times of the year are filled with tadpoles.

That concludes our year of adventures to National Trust sites. I'm hoping to visit a few more over the next year, particularly next summer. Do you have any recommendations as to where we can go for our next adventure? 

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