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  • Soft play


    Soft play: Why do I do it to myself. What kind of fresh hell is this?

    I often make the mistake of suggesting soft play and within two minutes of walking in, I instantly regret it. A place I am thankful my child has had her jabs. A place I want to dip my child in Milton after visiting.

    If they are too big, I feel uncomfortable watching my child run in every direction and fear losing her or her being swallowed by a 30 year old inflatable clown, If they are too small I watch my child lose interest and start to head butt the slide out of boredom.

    People tell me it is a place where you can relax whilst your child runs around. I think this is only applicable to children who are not going through the stage of “let’s see how my new found wrestling skills are working out”. It is not relaxing, there will be no chatting between mothers unless you count screaming across the play area “Jenny grab Phoebe’s legs will you, she seems to be stuck in a net” chatting.

    A place where in the space of three minutes you witness a child of questionable soft play age, pole dancing up a padded beam. A toddler licking every ball to check for new flavours, hand foot and mouth being one of them and a hyperactive 3 year old playing “If I run really fast up it and then jump down, how many babies can I knock over”

    Miserable staff walking around pretending to disinfect the push along cars with a look that says “I hate children, when can I drink wine”. Children running around like they have been injected with sugar and told to attack. Parents glazing over them with a look that says “I hate children, when can I drink wine”.

    I am sure there are lovely soft plays, I am sure there are places where you do not fear jumping in the pool pit and exiting with a brown foot. I am sure some parents get to converse over a tea and cake whilst their children play beautifully. I just do not believe there are many.

    And if they do exist, I reckon I need to go to Narnia to find them.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Hello Kitty at Cutter & Squidge


    Hello Kitty Afternoon Tea

    I am an afternoon tea geek, I love them. They are a treat, a feast, a reason to celebrate.

    Imagine the excitement when I found out Cutter & Squidge had created a Hello Kitty afternoon tea pop up at their bakery in Soho.

    Entering the bakery, with the array of beautiful cakes and biskies on display was certainly enough to make my tummy do flips. Going downstairs to their Hello Kitty garden was like being a child again and wearing your mum’s shoes.

    It was small but enchanting and you certainly felt like you were about to embark on a Hello Kitty journey.

    Now I always think that when indulging in a whimsical/themed afternoon tea, it is best to join in and let yourself get immersed in it. The experience then is always something a little more special.
    Happy, smiley staff brought us Mimmy’s pink lemonade in sweet bowed bottles. A selection of teas were offered and I had the apple pie tea which was surprisingly refreshing and not as sweet as I imagined it to be.

    Hello Kitty afternoon tea

    Hello Kitty Delights on offer at Cutter & Squidge

    Food was then presented and explained to us in a stack of bamboo steamer boxes.

    The savoury box, consisting of things like savoury scones with red pepper and cream cheese toppings, was divine. I wanted to take some home and recreate the recipe. Also the sandwiches and a coronation cracker were light and flavoursome.

    Now let’s be honest. It’s always about the sweet things. I think I speak for many a sweet toothed person when I say, this is the main race. The last hurdle before you leave and waddle home. You want it to be good and for your mouth to go out with a bang.

    It did not disappoint.

    It was Mimmy shaped jelly, marshmallows, apple pie mousse with a biscuit to dunk, Hello Kitty’s chocolate mud pie, cake truffles, strawberry milkshake Biskie (which by the way is a special Biskie created by Cutter & Squidge). I am sure I am missing things but by golly gosh it was a feast. A sugary heavenly feast at that.

    I almost feel ashamed to admit that I had to take some of it home. There was so much. Don’t worry though, I carried on the Hello Kitty party when I recovered at home.

    What made this tea just that extra bit special was all the extra attention to details, the attentive and warm staff, the decorations, the fact that they gave you Hello Kitty stickers in your bag when you left.

    Cutter & Squidge wanted you to feel special and they succeeded.

    Hello Kitty at Cutter & Squidge is on till the 31st of August so if you are a fan of Hello Kitty and afternoon teas, then I strongly advise you to book/go. It is also very child friendly and they do a smaller version of the menu for children.

    Head over to www.cutterandsquidge.com for all the details. They are also on Instagram as the same name.

  • Lizzy Bassett Illustration


    LIZZY BASSETT ILLUSTRATION

    Discovering someone on Instagram who has a lot of the same interests as you is always a lot of fun. Discovering that person is amazing at illustrations is just the icing on the social media cake.

    I need to introduce you guys to Lizzy Bassett Illustration

    Lizzy graduated from Swansea institute in 2004 with a degree in illustration. Illustrating on and off for the last three years, Lizzy discovered she has a passion, and indeed a talent, for illustrating characters from movies and TV shows. If you like Wes Anderson, she is your go to girl as she is a self confessed super fan and partial to illustrating his interesting and unique characters.

    Recently opening an Etsy store, Lizzy is selling her prints. She has also started doing bespoke illustrations for weddings, engagements, birthdays or any other celebrations/personalised prints you would like.

    If you are a Buffy super fan or in awe of Daenerys from Game of Thrones, send her a message she is more than happy to take requests.

    Lizzy Bassett Illustration

    Agatha – The Grand Budapest Hotel.

    PERSONAL PORTRAITS

    So Lizzy very kindly did an illustration of me and Phoebe. Excuse me whilst I weep at the cuteness. Totally blown away by the details, how she captured Phoebe’s cheekiness, her bunches, my perma red lips and wings. I like the drawn, no eye bags version of me.

    I want to look at it all day long. I want to tell all of my friends that they need a portrait done of them. I cannot wait to frame it and place it in both of our rooms.
    I cannot recommend Lizzy enough, passing on pictures of your loved ones to be replicated is quite a share and an ask. No pressure on Lizzy or anything, but she got it, she took us and she made us. This is one of those pictures that you treasure forever.

    Lizzy Bassett Illustration

    Portrait of Phoebe and me

    Lizzy has an Etsy shop Lizzy Bassett Art and is on Instagram as Lizzybassettillustration



About Me

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A little bit of me

About this blog

Why I am doing it

I thought long and hard about starting a blog. Knowing that there are some fabulous reads out there I wondered whether I should jump aboard the written ship. Then I thought about my role or my position as a single mother and how my experience may benefit to be heard. So, I am Alex a 34 year old single mother. I did not choose this role but I am in it and winging it one typo at a time. I will share, I may even scare but I hope that my words will bring comfort, solace and maybe even some inspiration and amusement to those that read it. “If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?” - Milton Berle

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Music

What I listen to

I live and breathe music as though it runs through my veins. Music has always been a passion and for three years was a job. I will often make reference to it in this blog. My tastes are eclectic and read like a David Lynch script but my mind is the same so it fits. A few of my Faves. Pearl Jam, The Sonics, Louis Prima, The Pixies, The Dwarves, The Damned, NIN, Faith No More, Connie Francis, Wanda Jackson, Counting Crows, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Nina Simone, Metallica, Foo Fighters, RHCP, Sonic Youth, Pantera, Portishead, Frank Sinatra, David Bowie, The Who, Pink Floyd, Chet Baker, Howlin Wolf, Rage Against The Machine, Type O Negative, Nirvana, Mother Love Bone, Petula Clark, Silverchair, Soundgarden, The Cramps, Misfits, New York Dolls, Buddy Holly, ELO, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley. To name but a few.

Movies

Some of my faves

I love movies, I immerse myself in them, escape momentarily. Asking me to choose my favourites is a little Sophie's Choice. Here are some of my loves. Amelie, Leon, The Crow, The Lost Boys, Girl Interupted, Virgin Suicides, The Craft, Empire Records, True Romance, Face Off, Heathers, Beetlejuice, Pans Labryinth, Ferris Buellers Day Off, Labryinth, The Rocky Horror Show, Legend, Wayne's World, The Big Lebowski, Withnail And I, Ghost World, Poltergeist, The Birds, The Shining, O Brother Where Art Thou, Fried Green Tomatoes At Whistle Stop Cafe, City Of God, Clueless, My Girl, All the Die Hards, Juno, Rosemarys Baby, Harold And Maude, Chocolate and Elf. Now excuse me whilst I go and weep at my forgotten loves.

Food

Glorious Food

Another passion of mine. Those who say nothing tastes as good as skinny feels, never really ate. I spent most of my youth eating to live and then my adulthood living to eat. I love to bake and am a total an utter feeder. I make things for other people, often things I do not like. Something beautifully perverse about watching people enjoy your creations. I will add some of my offerings onto this blog. Sharing is caring. Though I am not liable for any weight gain.



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