Rainy Summer Days...
Summer. It's definitely my favourite season. Light evenings, warm days and summer dresses are among the things that make me happiest. I think the sunny weather is good for your soul and instantly puts you in a good mood. However, sometimes the Great British weather has other ideas and this week we've found ourselves saying bye bye sunshine, hello wind, rain and thunderstorms. Did I fall asleep for 3 months and wake up in October? (Haha who am I kidding? I have a newborn, I don't go to sleep). So whilst we wait for the sun to put his hat firmly back on, I wanted to share with you a few things we recently got up to on a very rainy Sunday.
We had just got back from Grufflalo hunting at Bedgebury Forest (see our new vlog here) and jumped into the car as the heavens opened and we narrowly missed being drenched. We were more than ready to go back home and snuggle up in front of a movie! So when we got in, I put some cookies in the oven (sounds more impressive than it was as they were the frozen ready to bake ones!) and Archie decided he wanted to watch Hotel Transylvania 2 which will only have been the 3458th time we've watched it. Now he's a little bit older and has the patience to sit and watch the majority of a film, it really is one of my favourite things to do. I forgot how brilliant kids movies are and I love when I get the chance to watch an old favourite, especially when it becomes one of Archie's favourites too. Our little tray is from Amazon, they have so much tableware available and I love these especially as they look like china but are actually made of melamine, so they're Archie proof and perfect for little picnics, whether you're indoors or out! (The cookies were a winner to.
Once Archie got a bit bored of watching the film, we decided to do a little activity I've been wanting to try for a while. Elliot is now 8 weeks old and I feel like I can see him getting bigger everyday! So I wanted a way to remember how tiny he is right now. We got the Baby Art Magic Box to try. It's a little kit consisting of clay, rolling pin, display tin and stand, to make a special hand or foot impression keepsake. I thought it might be a bit messy, but the clay comes ready made, you just roll it out and set it in the tin, I also twisted some of the clay together to make a little decorative boarder around the edge (get me!) Its not the easiest thing getting a wriggly 8 week old to keep his feet still, but I was actually really pleased with with how it turned out! It's really sweet and Archie loved helping us press elliot's feet into the clay, in fact he liked it so much we had to get the play doh out so he could have his own foot impressions done after! It's also dermatologically tested and safe for baby's skin. Amazon have some lovely keepsake gifts and impression kits, including ones you can frame which I've got my eye on next!
After that we all (apart from Elliot) tucked into a Sunday roast. We hadn't had one for a while as it's been so hot, so I was really looking forward to it! Once the boys were in bed, I took the chance to do a bit of pampering. It's not something I get to do much at the moment, so I grabbed the opportunity whilst I could to pop on a face mask, and paint my nails. The colour I went for is this beautiful gold by OPI called Gitzerland It's a really pretty metallic, perfect for sunny days, holidays or just to cheer up yourself up on a rainy day! It felt SO good to get a bit of me time, and it reminded me that I need to take more time to look after myself, it's amazing how much better these little things can make you feel.
I'm definitely looking forward to more summer days with the boys this year, but I think a cosy, rainy day every once in a while is a good thing. They say a Sunday well spent brings a week of content, and It certainly did just that.
This post was in collaboration with Amazon's #NowItsSummer campaign. As always, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own.