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Friday, 31 October 2014


(Its really not..but when you spend all day surrounded by muck(& not a lotta brass) & knee deep in bleach you have to feel pampered once in a while!

So here we are on the last day of October-Halloween! 
It's a balmy twenty degrees and the sun is shining! 
I've decided to restart writing my blog..sometimes life gets in the way of the things we want to do but I'm going to try harder!!..Firstly I thought I'd start with the 'Now' & yesterday I had a little beauty treat..!

I don't have a 'beauty regime' as such. I wash & blow dry my hair everyday, & put make up on(which I remove with baby wipes)everyday. I have my hair cut & coloured once a year, & I have Gelish on my nails almost all the time, but only because that's my business! In fact, if I didn't have Gel polish on my nails, they'd be non existent. 
I wash my hands around 20 times a day, they become engrained with grass stains, mud & worse, dry from cleaning products & short because they're too brittle to grow! Here's my current favourite colour 'plum & done'! (These are a clients hands!)

If you'd like to know more about 'Gelish' you can look on my Facebook page, just search for 'The Nail Barn'! & pop by & say 'hi'!

So, back to yesterday's treat! 
My favourite part of my makeup routine is mascara. All you albino-esque blondes will sympathise when I say I cannot leave the house without it! 
But since my wedding I've gone one better & tried beautiful, individual eyelashes. 
Some of you might immediately think 'man in drag' when you hear the words 'false lashes' but I can assure you these are the most delicate, intricately placed lashes & can't help but flatter the tiniest of eyes! I'm in LOVE with them, they're an occasional treat but increase my confidence by about, Oooh 100%! 

This time I went one better & also had my eyebrows threaded, trimmed, waxed, tinted AND had false individual ones applied to fill the many gaps created by my 14 year old tweezer-happy self! (Child of the 90's!)

My daughters' step-mummy is a brow & lash professional & I trust her 100% to give me the natural look I love..if you're in the Fareham/Hampshire area pop over to https://www.facebook.com/pages/Carlas-Beauty-Box/660105867352897 & book an appointment!

What do you think?!...

Lots of love, 
Mrs P xxx

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Poorly people!

My goodness it's stressful when you have a housefull of poorly people. 
I had an awful illness at the end of our recent Center Parcs holiday in March and thought the rest of the family had escaped it-but it would appear not. The germs obviously just festered and have now made an appearance!! 
Firstly little William fell ill. A fever, runny nose, sticky eyes, no appetite etc, none of which wool make for a happy baby. Zero sleep and not being able to put him down for a moment-for a week, did not make for a happy mummy! His birthday was on Sunday-at the very start of him being poorly, so he battled on through then went rapidly downhill when we got home that afternoon. 

Here he is on the morning of his big day, 2 years old already!!
We've had a few long walks this week to try and get him to sleep, which didn't really work!-but the walks were lovely nonetheless

So now it's Mr P and Poppy who are suffering, bless them, he has an awfully sure throat, fever, type bug and she just feels awful. Life is so much more complicated when there's illness in the family, it would appear Nana(my mum) has now caught it too, which, given the fact that she is my sole childcarer whilst I'm at work, is a 'bit' of a problem!..Get well soon mum!!!

I'll leave you with a few photos from his Birthday..night all..
K xxx

Friday, 3 May 2013

x Good News and sunshine x

Heeeeellllo there beautiful people!
How are you all. Good i hope? Isn't is amazing how the sunshine brings the best out in people?

I have a new job since i spoke to you last, i now work in a bbbeeeeeaaautiful shop in my local town of Romsey called Kit&Caboodle. I work 2.5 days a week over our two shops, one a gifty type cath kidston mecca/teeny shop filled to the rafters with hearts, cute signs, napkins, Emma Bridgewater etc etc! And the other, a totally Gorgeous children s clothing and gift boutique, if you know me-you'll know this is MY DREAM JOB!
Im so, so lucky to find something like this, local, beautiful, great hours, fantastic stock, lovely people...i could go on and ON, but i wont bore you, just pay us a visit if you can and say 'Hi'!

 As i was saying, (about) the lovely weather giving people a boost, ive noticed 100% of customers are in a better mood while the sun is shining, normally when i say(a very cheery) 'hello'! as they walk in i get half a raised eyebrow and a look as if to say 'um why are you talking to me'...but when its bright and warm, well HELLO ROMSEY! Some even pass the time of day(shock horror), and ask me how i am(which is so nice)

i can understand why people like to live in LA and the south of france, being warm(and tanned ?) makes you feel sooo gooooood!!!!

My garden is slowly creeping into life, i feel like every pot and border should have a Geranium or Begonia but its a llleeeeeeettle too early for that just now. My hens are laying like CRAZY! And i have a birthday cake baking in the oven-eggs courtesy of my productive girls-for a certain little boy who will be (Shouty capitals)A WHOLE TWO YEARS OLD ON SUNDAY!!

Where DOES the time go??...

Enjoy the piccies, im enjoying the sound of the woodpecker, the cuckoo my cat purring next to me..

Ciao for now

K xxxxxxxxxxx

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Hey there....

Hey you guys, how the devil are you, good?..I hope so! I know you're all probably wondering where ive been? Well, life just gets in the way-AS USUAL! Life here is lived at 100mph most of the time, and when its not, the last thing i want to do is sit with my laptop open and write a post, i'm more likely to be found with a tractor book open, sat on the sofa with my son, snuggled with a crochet blanket. That's not to say i don't miss you though!

Im totally out of touch with blogland, i don't know who's hip n' happenin' anymore and who has dropped off the radar, so maybe you can guide me? Looks like a few changes have been made to blogger too, i always have my iPhone with me so maybe i cold use blogger via that? Forgive me if the layout of this post is crap and things are in the wrong places....!

I probably dont have much of interest to tell you at the moment, the kids are growing like weeds and the house is groaning under the strain of all the 'stuff'' three kids own! We have tonnes TONNES of tractors, in every corner of every room, my son is obsessed-naturally.

Ive tried to seek out a few 'fashion' blogs lately, as one thing i strive for is to look 'together', even if my home and brain most certainly are not! So maybe if you'd like me to i cold share a few outfit snaps with you on a post in the future?
Mummy&Daddy snuck off for a night away at the De Vere Hotel!

I'll have a quick look through some recent pics as a quick way of bringing you up to speed with whats been going on around here.
Longleat Centre Parcs March2013~ our first EVER family holiday!

Oh, an guess what, im planning the wedding! We have booked a date, 29th March next year, and i shall become MRS P!..Eeeep!

Much love, K xxxx

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Ugg Lovin!

On my, I'm not one for showing off...and normally I'd never be able to own something which cost as many pennies as these babies but they were a Christmas gift, and one I've had on my list for 3 years. Well, all I can say is COSY!!! They are so super snugly and warm I never want to take them off...people wonder if they're impractical as you can only wear them when it's dry but I've worn them lots of times since Xmas as we've had lots of cold dry days. And don't be thinking I'm a fashion victim, I'm normally a very practical kinda gal, wellies and a big coat are my bag usually, believe me, if you like to be warm these are a great investment!!!

Love Kirsty xxx

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

My Diary

I had kinda forgotten how much of a diary my blog is.
When i read back through posts from a few months or years ago, i can recall moments in my life with pure clarity, yet without actually seeing the pictures and reading the words-its like my brain could never retrieve the memories i worked hard to create and document. So, i guess what im trying to say is,im glad im back blogging!

I think im probably not the only one who questions the choices in live which ive made so far...reading back is very cathartic when im questioning the why's and wherefores of how we ended up on this ramshackle farm with three little piglets in tow...ive realised i wouldn't change a thing...not a thing.
BUT i will be playing the lottery regularly from now on-just a few pennies would really help us out right now-again, im sure im not the only one!

Buying pretties seems to be a thing of the past. Even visiting my lovely market town of Romsey seems a thing of the past-no time for mooching these days, no-sir-ee-bob!

Just keeping on top of the mountain of washing and making sure all 9 mouths are fed is about as much as i can manage at the moment. Of course, i have help just to achieve that-my (fairy god)mother is here every week to help me out-i often get her to help me with those jobs you really need two people for, one to climb into the loft cupboard to grab bags full of clothes to sort, one to make tea and hold the baby-you get the idea.

All of the children are a real pleasure at the moment. Of course we have the usual worries like every family, a poorly child now and again, school worries now and again. The girls are growing into, well, bigger girls, but ones with a bit of attitude, and i can hear myself in them, the things i used to say to my mother, the things she said to me, its history repeating. But then i sit back, and think, and i realise that my mother is my whole world, and we've been through a lot together, and that we did just that-we got through it...and now i savor every moment with her, i cherish the laughs, (an the tears) and i look forward to the challenge that raising my daughters will bring and i hope that our relationships will be half as good as mine and my mothers-and then some!

Poppy celebrated her 8th Birthday last sunday, what a lovely day....surprise Breakfast in the New Forest and some den building, then off for the next surprise, a pony ride in the forest on our friends horse...finishing the day with a lovely pub dinner with all our family and a surprise horse birthday cake!
Happy Birthday Pops x

We're into February tomorrow, i love February, in my mind the month is a pale turquoise colour, not like January, January is maroon, dull and dark, with a huge money hangover from xmas..those four weeks reeeallly drag for me. But February is a whole different picture! We're on our way into spring, longer days are just around the corner, just think, april last year was hot hot hot-we could in eight short weeks have our summer dresses out girls..oh dear..the diet starts next week then eh..?!

Ive included a little photo update montage for those of you who like to see them. I know some of you see my daily ramblings on facebook so i apologise if they're old news to you guys xx

Bye for now xxx

Thursday, 12 January 2012

I said YES!

So, he asked(in style) i said....YES(of course)..Willies vest reads 'Dear Mum, please will you marry my Dad xx'

Mr P wrapped the ring box and put it in my stocking, just before i opened it he said he needed to change Will and so they toddled off upstairs, he returned with the little man wrapped in a blanket and as i opened the 'gift' he sat him on his knee and slowly removed the blanket!!...I was blown away and just cried and nodded!

And so the story continues!...Im sorry ive been away so long again, its just that life with three kids, is kinda, well, CRAZY! We have tight schedules to keep to and i only just manage time to sleep, let alone keep up with this little world of mine but its one of my new years resolutions to try and pop back more often!

I hope you all had a lovely christmas and are looking forward to a fantastic new year. Im hoping that there will be lots of change happening in my life, maybe even a new career..?
...Im going to pop off again now, i have a salmon pasta bake to prepare for the little un's...!

Be back soon xxx

Saturday, 2 July 2011

The story so far...

Well, here we are in July-already!! 
Ive been crazy busy so i apologise for not being around much, ive missed you all!
Have you been having a great summer so far? 
I had a birthday last month, another year older, wiser(?!).......Right now im feeling every one of my 28 years, a combination of sleepless nights, busy school schedule and warm weather i think. 
But, im happy, and things are all starting to slot into place, like a big jigsaw puzzle.

So you might of noticed a bit of a change to my blog?...a new title, i just feel its a bit more 'me'. 
Barefoot and pregnant yadda yadda!...

You see, im not just Ruby's mamma, i have two other beautiful babies as well...plus i haven't felt the need to do an ounce of crafting for a good few years as my life on the farm is a craft enough in itself, making things beautiful, healthy, making it all 'grow'..? 
Oh, and the 'wife' bit, well, not quite yet, but....maybe...soon...who knows? 
Id like to think one day i'll be Mrs P, but right now we have waaaay too much going on in our lives to squeeze a wedding in!!! 
Do let me know what you think of the change? 

So i only had a small birthday celebration this year, just my family, some cake, a meal...bliss...haven't my girls got big?!

I thought today id give you a visual run down of the last few weeks, i was recently required to play piggy midwife to our neighbours Kune kune sow and i thought you might like to ooh and their cuteness?!

They really are stunning aren't they?!

What a proud mamma!

The boy, has grown a bit...from this cute little doll sized thing! Poppy dresses her dolls in Williams hand-me-downs and i couldn't resist this photo opportunity!

Daddy says Yorkie's are 'not for girls'...

Dont you just LOVE stripes?!! I do, i find them irresistible and Wills has many MANY stripy outfits!
OOh and dont you just love seeing a baby properly outstretched in a pram like this?

My son has already got the outdoor gene from his father, in fact there is no where he likes better. Every night, when the colicky crying starts at around 9 or 10pm, Mr P puts him in the baby sling and they go for a walk round the farm for two hours with the dogs. He settles....instantly.

Below, the girls were sunbathing on their tropical 'island' with him. Id have loved to spend my afternoon out there!

Bedtimes are erm, how can i put it, 'busy' these days! A baby to feed, books to read, sleepy children,it all makes for a heady mix of stress on some nights, but, equally some can be great fun, like this recent one...happy, happy, happy.


When im not at home being a busy bumble bee i spend a lot of time at my mum's house, relaxing with the kids and the dog, her garden is beautiful, i really love this tree, so 'fluffy'!

One word 'scrumptious'!

And here we are in our daytime, mum and baby group capacity. 
Its special time, just me and Wills. We attend Bosom Pals every week, a local breastfeeding support group, where we chat, drink tea(or milk?!) and eat biscuits(i have Williams share)...on this occasion a professional photographer was in attendance taking a few shots for a project he's conducting.
Love this pic!

Williams first encounter with a cow, wont be long before he meets the real thing! 
This is his friend Rufus, very cute i think you'll agree.

So, not much 'farm' life to share.....

........but lots of 'life'

Lots of love, Kirsty