Wednesday, October 15

bath, day trips, girls only adventure,
fascinating neighbourhood, travel,

Leave a girl in a room full of clothes she's allowed to try on and you know she's been ready for it since the early rising that day. And the huge bonus? Clothes that actually fit after generations, historic tribulations and too much pungent lye soap. Or they might be just replicas therefore you're totally entitled to ignore the introduction. It felt so festive trying on those bonnets and high-waisted Regency frocks and somehow they were only fabrics but easily managed to entwine us tight with the spirit ruled by elegance and etiquette. Let me throw an annual Jane Austen Festival into the mix and I never loved a place before. It turns out Bath could be our next best old streets. Until then, I'm back to the seaside.  

We went to Bath, a beautiful town in neighbouring district and it was an intense day of walking, visiting museums, trying to check in on time while moving in ultra slow motion, eating sushi and chasing balloons. Me and my friend have been talking about exploring a new town at every occasion, coffee involved or not and we just could not wait any longer. And success. And it happened. 

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girls only adventure,, travel
►►► Everyone was a bit overwhelmed with the abundance of history and fairytale surroundings. Especially this little girl with a big enthusiasm. 
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bath city, city of bath, changing clothes, day trips,
jane austen, fashion, girl's world,
writing notes, postcards,, city of bath
►►► It's a very well known practice to write your deepest wishes down and leave for the folks to read therefore you may have a difficult time choosing what to leave behind. Notes of a doubtful value but so irresistible not to get carried away.
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After a quick snack-lunch from Yen Sushi eaten on a wooden bench observing Nadia pretend-playing and making notes in her pink notebook while running the way heroes do we headed to Fashion Museum followed by Jane Austen Centre we entered at the last minute. While wandering down the streets we were spotting remains of ancient times literally everywhere. I knew they'd absolutely be well loved if we moved down here. But two and a half hour drive away from our dearest and well recognized? Hard thought to bear. It is a beautiful little place for sure, with talented singers popping up at bigger squares singing the way I'd never hear someone entertain others going by their own ways, getting on with their daily chores and stuff. The sound flew beyond the walls of stone, we were mesmerized.

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old city, wonderful place, day trips,
energetic child, bath, city of bath, jane austen,
city of bath, day trips, girl's world,
bath abbey, wonderful trip, awesome place, bath, travel
mama and her daughter, awesome time, fashion, bath,
satisfied child, place of wonder, fascinating neighbourhood

fascinating neighbourhood, GIRLS ONLY ADVENTURE
old church, old abbey, bath abbey, city of bath,
playing with balloon, travel, GIRLS ONLY ADVENTURE,

There was also Bath Abbey and The Roman Baths on our guide printed earlier for our wild exploring ideas. I love old places that seen and experienced more just by standing still. It was pleasant and airy, and dark and scary at times so the bundle of energy of mine broke in tears on one occasion wanting to be back to daddy. So we sat on our own, talked a little, hugged a lot, decided on a chocolate ice cream and went off to look for my friend exploring the intensive way of reading and touching the place almost piece by piece. We're not so sure we could do that.   

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And since it was still so nice while getting dark, we decided to wander over to the bridge that was already closed for the roving public. It didn't stop us to take some pictures and promise to make it within social hours next time. Have a great day, friends! x

girl with a balloon, old bridge, at the dusk, lovely girl,
todaymyway blog, fascinating town, fashion, travel


Monday, October 13

this girl turned five, just a party mood, birthday girl

This month belongs to her. With its raging wind enjoying lots of drama on our heads and all that can physically fit in our hands that can be difficult to get around with at times - you get the picture of one of the most family friendly scenarios these days (imagine scooter, rainboots, umbrellas carrying mama fighting with the fringe she's only becoming familiar with hauling it all up a double decker's higher floor). If I could compare Nadia's personality to a season, it would definitely be the English autumn: sunny cool mornings combined with wet afternoons stretching towards evenings and beyond. Or the other way round or just completely unpredictably different making the school run even less manageable but oh so fun. I was going to talk about this special day in a calendar that belongs to her completely and is abundant in things unpractical but beautiful however we tried hard on the practical side a bit more this year. Her birthday, my favourite time of the year. Party followed the next sunny afternoon as a last minute plan and I am eternally thankful for places that come up with own ideas and are stocked to the last themed napkin. We made lots more friends than any other previous year so we wanted to accommodate them accordingly. Bunkering down at home and sitting in six or more on a three seater definitely stopped feeling enjoyable even eating a lot of good food. Lack of a garden or safe outside space turned my attention to a soft play area kids can go unattended for longer than it is parentally acceptable. 

They ran, slid, made memories in bruises and chocolate birthday cake stains on bubblegum leggins voluntarily. Friends from kindergarten and a new friend from school, girls she loves having around and boys she's never tired to team up with were there. It was nice to catch up with mums on latest school lunches, holiday spots they recommend and generally admitting new emotions since starting school no one was really prepared for.           
party guest, partying, birthday party
party all around, invitation not required, kids friendly, family and friends, fifth birthday party
►►► A thing worth noting about this photo - sometimes a big party is definitely too much for a girl to handle and all she can think of is how much coins she would need to buy another hero in her X-box game. Or anything else that may require more attention at that time. Undisturbed and thoughtfully preserved digitally.    
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this princess, invitation not required, princess outfit, family and friends, birthday party
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►►► Some gifts were on the practical side but it wasn't a requirement, just a bonus.


Monday, September 29

argan oil, beauty,

I will try to impress you and show you my new challenge. Actually I'm more for impressing my post-winter body that asks for more than just a simple routine and turning towards argan oil seems exactly right. I am an oil girl, anything of a dense texture, easy to hate after application... just pass it along, please. I may not be touchable for like forever but I'm nothing short of ecstatic when a golden syrup is running down those freckles and beauty spots. This summer I have slightly neglected my sensitive, easily irritated by the environment skin and giving it some extra attention and love each day will have to fit around other more or less consistently practiced routines. I'm especially excited for the hair and body oil that promises more than just boosting my mood with its ridiculously amazing scent. The Body Shop recommends the whole ritual of golden radiance you can see here, I may try to squeeze it all in less than a quarter of an hour definitely reporting back if the whole bunch has been as effective as it is declared by the brand. It's not a sponsored post in any way, only my body's yearning for some moisture and less visible imperfections and the brand has been my personal favourite for a while (organic, fair trade, cruelty free, not to mention the fabulousness to the skin), so it made sense to include it in a few of my favourite lonesome activities that happen sporadically in the busiest seasons (and nothing beats a lot of golden syrup running down those freckles, ya know). 

Anyway my friends, our life has gotten so busy I can barely take a breath without doing thousand other things at the same time. Summer came and went, we're into exciting new projects if the pair of scissors has been involved or not and I've stuffed myself silly with future posts I am so happy to share with you. There's also an exciting giveaway creeping slowly no matter if you're oil girls or lighter texture seeking gals. I will please both. 
Have a great week, peeps! xx    

body butter, cosmetics,
support in bottles, beauty routine, the body shop
the body shop, lip balm, The-Body-Shop-lip-balm
cosmetics, a little support in a bottle needed,
bunch of cosmetics, beauty, beauty routine,


Tuesday, September 9

swanage, taking full advantage, windy season, chococo

This video was made for a number of reasons and visiting the chocolate shop was or wasn't the most important of them (I still haven't decided). This is where all my sweet dreams come true. There is plenty of magic about this town, the lack of good weather didn't need to constrain our creativity so here it is, a lot of fun in less then three minutes. Enjoy each French verse too. xx 

Music: Zaz On Ira


Sunday, September 7

helping-children-to-start-school, my-girl, girl-ready-for-school

smiling-blonde-cherub, first-day-of-school, five-year-old
Wasn't it a great summer? How was it for you, friends? I still haven't posted a ton of photos from our holiday yet there are new ideas awaiting, deadlines approaching and school starts up for us here in over a week. As we've been counting objects and learning the alphabet, I'll leave you with a list of school essentials. Our one and only version. x    

Artist. Every artist is most pleased when given generous amounts of supplies they can work on with the skills they posses and the excitement it will produce. Not to mention a great piece of art as a result. Using scissors independently, gluing, holding a pencil... those are the skills we’ve worked on since the last diaper change.
Ballerina. We’re not giving up on those pink tutus anytime soon! In fact I have been checking lots of ballet schools in our area to compare their achievements, confirm availability and as long as there is a picture of happiness on Nadia’s face before heading to class, we sure gonna stick to swishing and pirouetting. And I’ll look forward to sharing it.
Curious plate. Between getting to know each other and trying to focus on what teachers say there will be time of a great consternation what the plates represent. Trying to find a comfortable way of encouraging this little girl to taste new things at snack times I’ll stick to what our kitchen offers with variations according to seasons and Nadia's suggestions.
Dress me pink. Not a chance at this time but we may smuggle a little hair pin or an ear stud undetectably some mornings. Technically Nadia is able to dress and undress herself but making sure it doesn’t give her unnecessary headache while doing it on her own, Velcro straps and easy to open and close snaps are a heaven sent helping children with their first steps into independence.
Energetic. It is understatement. I’ve been noticing all the special things about Nadia and the amount of energy that gets distributed (not that all evenly) throughout the day. There are new and old fascinations taking over, she insists on constant motion. More wheels, louder squealing, yes we'll continue moving forward. 

making-faces-doll, list, school-ready
First day. Before and after the big day I am sure to steal as many kisses from this girl as I can. She’ll know where to find her favourite toy and a drink, who her teachers are. We’ll even try to look out for her kindergarten friend, Edward to go through the school gate together with lunch boxes in their fists.   
Games. It’s still all fun and games at this stage and believe me I’m dealing with an expert in this matter. Such a great surprise, these days we like to frisk on the sofa, tickle each other and giggle with delight. I thought those days of carefree frolicking are far beyond us and only associated with a milk and powder smelling baby. But I will always be up for our playtimes and look forward to them daily!
Holiday. As it came and went, it will come back and go again. Half terms, holidays, weekends and evenings promise plenty to be excited about.  
Ideas. They're more like our playtimes except even more awesome. And I'm content to watch whatever Nadia likes to come up with. 
Just your name. Writing, recognizing it has Nadia pretty excited. I bet finding it all over her school uniform will get her more than happy. What wonderful moments those little nametags will share with her. 
Kindergarten friends. They know you better than any review that gets sent to a big school. They may have strong opinions and nicer toys but they are your first friends and you want to have them (or some of them) in your life. I understand.
Lessons. Those in English and in patience. In sitting still and running erratically. Lessons of self-sufficiency and when to ask for help. Mastering basic skills of blowing own nose and drying hands using less than half a paper towel dispenser.
Mornings. Not a good idea to interrupt a child savouring the last moments of her sleep. Gently rubbing her back or planting a soft kiss on her forehead does the trick and here she is running straight into the kitchen. Practicing our morning routine is more like accomplishing a little with a great amount of fun. It is crucial though to know what needs to be done and who does what in certain time. We opt for a lot of joy out of a tad stressful situation.

are-we-school-ready, mama-in-me, starting-school
Night owls. Our days are mostly full of whatever we want to do that time and sometimes, you know those days tend to be very long as we're quite laid back about going to bed times. This muffin definitely belongs to an owl family. Wish us luck as we attempt to create an evening routine. Key word: attempt.  
Old toys. We try to rotate Nadia’s toys pretty regularly, some of them have been hidden from sight for nearly a lifetime, sure this time more space will be dedicated to exercise books and sharp ended pencils. Fancy dresses will give way to school uniform but there will always be bunch of favourite plush limbs allowed. And that’s just how it should be, you know.
Pretty please. And a thank you and good bye. Being able to talk to adults and ask questions on events happens slowly for this lady. She is an observant child, a one that will wait her turn and get what she’s given. It makes me worry and it makes me appreciate my child with her unique personality. The years that have gone by were preparation for this moment, any moment that she will dig from the chest of skills and experiences without me noticing. I am hopeful and I am proud.    
Roast chicken. Or any other healthy and nutritious meal will make me feel useful again. It’s not a  secret that Damian’s cooking is our everything. Yet with more time on my hands I’m eager to show off my cooking skills, not to say that I have it all figured out but if ingredients cooperate we’re on the right path.
Stories. I have a feeling princesses are very essential in a little girl's life. So are superheros. It's rather cool living with them under one roof. 
Television. There is a lot that goes on between eating and playing and scrapping elbows. We watch cartoons and children’s movies, we laugh at those surreal concepts. Though with all those box office hits, there has been a lot of cuddling. That is good.
U and me. Joining in with activities, taking turns and sharing with peers, those are very good combinations. 
Wild numbers. No educational journey is complete without knowing your age, your best friend's age or the amount of jelly beans you can eat before breakfast. The same goes with recognizing your name, writing it in as many variations as possible and telling everyone about it in more detail they’re ready for.
Years. Of hair brushed neatly, walking hand in hand to the school gate, greeting her again and burying my face in sweet unkempt hair. 

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