things we like this week

the new Celia Birtwell collection at Uniqlo – Wandsworth had a decent selection in store, so I got a t-shirt which is pretty cool…

Celia Birtwell at Uniqlo

plus I picked up a Mr Potato Head t-shirt for Shaun as they had the Pixar designs still in stock.

Disney Pixar at Uniqlo

The two Very Hungry Caterpillar iPad games that Night & Day Studios made available this week – the freebie one on Wednesday for Very Hungry Caterpillar Day – Counting with the Very Hungry Caterpillar and the sticker book which was made cheaper – both fab games celebrating Eric Carle’s wonderful timeless pictures. Plus there’s a new book due later this year!

Martha and the Bunny Brothers I Heart Bedtime by Clara Vulliamy – we LOVE everything Clara does and this is another lovely book – beautifully illustrated (I really like the bit where they go up and downstairs) and a fun story too – a full review to follow very soonMartha and the Bunny Brothers I Heart Bedtime

Making cheese straws (thanks to Jo for recommending!). Okay, Shaun made them but we had plenty of fun eating them. They’re not too high propoints wise for Weight Watchers either if you switch a few ingredients.

Cheese Straws

Our local NCT Playgroup – we were with the NCT for our antenatal classes, and have made friends we’ll always keep in touch with – watching our kids grow up together and knowing they’ve all known each other since birth is lovely – and having a local playgroup where we can meet more local mums is even better – especially as we’ve now less than a month before we find out where H will be going.

Knitting! The Hooky Knitters met this week, I started knitting a rainbow sock, and we had two new knitters come along – Beka has a blog too and is joining us for BritMums – hurrah!

H&M Kids Basketball shoesH&M – we got a new catalogue and already I’ve placed an order (ssshhh don’t tell Shaun) and shopped in-store. H desperately wants a Brazil football shirt from their new range and being a modern mother who loves football I’m happy she does – Shaun is also happy as if he pretends there isn’t ‘Brazil’ on the back and there isn’t a badge on it, it would be an Australia shirt. On the other hand, I lived my eighties fantasies in this top.

H&M 80's top

How Eskimo’s Keep Their Babies Warm – I’m already chatting about it to mum friends, it’s an interesting book – and I’m only a short way in.

I got a new Mia Tui bag – my fourth – a Sofia. This means I can switch bags for all our activities, especially on a busy Wednesday when we’re running around like crazy – I use the largest bag for swimming, the smallest for going to pilates, and the new Sofia for everything else in between when I need to carry things for H.

Mia Tui bags

Blinkbox – we’ve watched two films we’d never have got around to watching had we not had a free trial (and a PeerIndex perk) – and I’m really impressed – we watched ‘Hit So Hard’ the Patty Schemel documentary and ‘Sound City’ the new Dave Grohl film – both great.

Music – new albums from British Sea Power, Iron & Wine, The House Of Love, having an account at Rdio (like Spotify without the ads) and Cherry Red recreating my youth in CD form.. and getting a thankyou on The Breeders LSXX Last Splash reissue is really special!

Disclosure – there are affiliate links in here, we were sent the Martha & the Bunny Brothers and How Eskimo’s Keep Their Babies Warm books free of charge for review, received Blinkbox as a free trial, everything else has been paid for and is recommended because we like it. Music-wise, some are related to my work but this doesn’t affect my opinion.

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