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1. Converse. Always and forever.

2. Awesome morning light.

3. Painting pots and stones.

4. Picking out a much-needed Christmas present for Georgie.

5. Tools, pappou and Georgie means I can put my feet up.

6. His first time watching Superman. Such a special moment for me because I loved Superman movies as a child.

 

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Dinosaurs

DSC_0208On Sunday, Georgie looked slightly confused when papa and I announced we were all going to see some dinosaurs. ‘You told me they are all dead!’ Hm, yes, that’s right. So, I rephrased: ‘We’re going to see some dead dinosaurs’. The whole dinosaur concept is difficult to establish at this age but I am hoping the fascination will remain until he fully understands what type of remarkable beings used to roam the earth. Together with his cousins, we visited the Tsirides’ Foundation exhibit on dinosaurs, fossil fish and semi-precious stones. The exhibit actually included a complete skeleton of the extinct Cyprus pigmy hippopotamus and an authentic T-Rex skull!

DSC_0231DSC_0223DSC_0215DSC_0222DSC_0213DSC_0233DSC_0219You can find out more on the exhibition here and read about how the relics’ owner s is making attempts to establish a museum to house this million-year old collection.

Sunday- Vagoni Agapis Kids Festival

DSC_0176 DSC_0115 DSC_0131 DSC_0156 DSC_0127 DSC_0135 DSC_0129 DSC_0112 DSC_0141 DSC_0173 DSC_0168I literally had to dust off my camera when I picked it up this Sunday. We were heading to a kids festival organised by Vagoni Agapis, a non-profit charity organisation for families in need. Such a great cause teamed with really good food and lovely weather (I hope some of you made it), making it a fantastic photo opportunity. Georgie and the other children dabbled in a number of activities including gardening and yoga. It was his first time striking the animal poses and he absolutely loved it. But his favourite part of the day had to be the sea of dead leaves he rolled around in to his heart’s content. Does this mean we can finally welcome autumn?

You can find more about Vagoni Agapis here.

The Parent Hood// 05

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I’m back with more links on parenthood. Once the little ones are down for the night, you can read up on school lunch ideas, yoga poses for back pain, motherhood depression, having a third baby and an article a mother wrote about being naked in front of her kids.

To be or not to be naked in front of your little one? This is a topic I find myself discussing with other mothers of little boys on a regular basis.

An awesome website with tons of school lunch ideas.

This one is not exclusive for parents. If you’re back at the desk and you’re feeling the damage a prolonged seating position can cause, check out these yoga poses.

You add a dash of yummy and healthy to the kids’ school lunch boxes but what about you? ¬†A reminder of high energy foods and healthy snack ideas.

A high-profile blogger in NYC shares her feelings on motherhood depression and weaning. Respect.

A friend, who is expecting her third child, sent me the link to this funny blog post called the Brutal Truth about the Third Child.

Have a great week! x

20 life changes that come with a baby

all new 004This is a post I have been meaning to complete since I first started this blog. The number of changes a woman experiences after having a baby are endless. Some are hilarious, others downright depressing but all become subsequent changes of the type of love you cannot live without.

1. Face masks should never be applied unless you are certain your kids are fast asleep. Walking into their bedroom in the middle of the night to calm them from a nightmare with a face mask on can be a regretful experience.

2. TV show marathons on long, lazy afternoons? Ha!

3. Getting out the door quickly can be done if you and the little ones sleep in your clothes and eat breakfast in the car. And if you’ve spent half the night prepping for the next day. Impossible.

4. Long phone conversations with your girlfriends always take place late at night. And even then, nothing can be guaranteed.

5. Forget those white trousers or jeans. Just put them away.

6. Alarm clocks can become a thing of the past. I didn’t even know how to set the alarm clock on my iPhone before Georgie went to school.

7. Did you decide to skip laundry day? You’ll regret it later.

8. Your spouse is a figure you cannot live without as are grandparents and anyone else who has the ability to babysit.

9. Do you enjoy going to the movies? Unless you have one of the above mentioned individuals, forget about it.

10. A clean house is no longer a priority. Unless you plan on driving yourself mad.

11. You stop shopping for yourself and actually enjoy shopping for someone else.

12. Are you feeling under the weather? Tummy hurts, blinding headaches won’t cease? Get over it.

13. It’s Friday night! Let’s go crazy and go to bed at 10 instead of 9.

14. You have a newfound respect and sympathy for the mother with the screaming baby at the supermarket, in the airplane or shop.

15. A trip to the hairdresser’s is a luxury. Don’t even get me started on a mani/pedi.

16. You stare at poo and try to decipher its meaning through colour, texture and smell.

17. You replace ‘fuck’ with ‘flip’ and ‘shit’ with ‘sugar’.

18. You only eat at restaurants with a playground.

19. You gain a bath/shower and toilet friend.

20. You become fearless, respect your body, think about someone else a million times a day and would never have it any other way.