New dawn, new day!

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Winnicott once wrote the percursor of the mirror to be our mothers face. It's a quote that feels me with love and hope, because it reminds me how simple our role is, in essence. That's my wish for this new year! Good reflections to our children as well as all the other around the world. One day love will will prevail. War and hunger will cease to exist. We are not there yet and although we may seem powerless at times, as parents we hold the key to the future of humanity. Let us teach our children to love and be the change we want in the world. Happy 2017 and much love to all

Christmas Eve festivities

Christmas is the most wonderful time of year. It's often the only chance for many families to come together and we definitely made the most of that! We travelled far and crossed a few counties but our little troopers gave us an easy journey. It's been a lovely few days and we're feeling thankful and blessed for all the union and love that Christmas brings with it.

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Matching Christmas combinations

Thinking back to Christmas during my childhood I remember fondly a big emphasis on finding the ideal ensemble as opposed to the perfect presents. I remember running store after store to find matching socks and cardigans and shoes. I remember the excitement and magic. The tartan prints and red shoes!It's no wonder then that whilst everyone else is shopping for Christmas trees I'm focused on what I feel as a bit of a tradition, matching the shoe colours with the socks and finding boy girl matches in great anticipation.

Below are some of my personal choices and acquisitions for this year. You will see yellow is prominent in these choices and it isn't always a given choice for my children's wardrobe but I couldn't resist these yellow shoes by Coolis and the twist they bring to the traditional tartan prints. I have to mention Pukatuka, they have long been one of my all time faves but they have outdone themselves with this red embroidered shirt.

Tartan overalls from http://www.anaalmeidababy.com/ Embroidered shirt fromttp://www.pukatukaonline.com Lemon yellow shoes from https://coolis.pt/ Knee high now socks from http://www.panachekids.co.uk/

Tartan overalls from http://www.anaalmeidababy.com/

Embroidered shirt fromttp://www.pukatukaonline.com

Lemon yellow shoes from https://coolis.pt/

Knee high now socks from http://www.panachekids.co.uk/

Boys tartan h-bar overalls from http://www.anaalmeidababy.com/ Piped shirt from http://www.ameliabrennan.co.uk/ Lemon yellow oxford shoes https://coolis.pt/ Knee high ribbed socks from http://www.lacoquetakids.com/   

Boys tartan h-bar overalls from
http://www.anaalmeidababy.com/

Piped shirt from http://www.ameliabrennan.co.uk/

Lemon yellow oxford shoes https://coolis.pt/

Knee high ribbed socks from http://www.lacoquetakids.com/ 

 

Happy shopping 🤗

Family holidays part I

To add to our usual homesickness, we are over half way through the Summer season in this corner of the world , and the sun has scarcely made itself known. A visit home was thus of great need. We visited the Algarve and were greeted late at night with loving familiar faces, warm hugs, a welcoming 30 degrees and the lovely smell of rock-rose that is so typical of the Algarve.

The wonderful view that greeted us at the top of the steps that lead down to the beach.

The wonderful view that greeted us at the top of the steps that lead down to the beach.

This photograph takes me back to a statement in one of the great Portuguese Paediatrician, Mario Cordeiro's, books "tantrums should be a constitutional right".  

This photograph takes me back to a statement in one of the great Portuguese Paediatrician, Mario Cordeiro's, books "tantrums should be a constitutional right".  

Our days were filled with joy and laughter (and as evident above, all the usual child shenanigans). Which reminds me of a statement I read in a book by the great Portuguese Paediatrician, Mario Cordeiro:

"Tantrums should be a constitutional right".

And so they are, and we try to make little of them :)

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We made the most of every hour of every day, the children played, napped and ate on these sandy beaches, never returning home before 8pm.

For the whole of our stay, they wore little else than their bathing suits. They explored the wonderful gardens of the resort until bathing time at which point they collapsed asleep. The nights were just as warm and pleasant as the days, resonating with the melodic sound of the cicadas which lulled us to sleep.

A perfect mini break for the whole family which has left us feeling refreshed and energized! 

Matching swimsuits https://www.facebook.com/babywearbubble/?fref=ts