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09.09.15 Summer I loved you long time…part two: France

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Their first surf lessons in Seignosse, Hossegor. Seb’s first tooth came out. We collected sand, stones and shells, crab claws, frogs, bugs and memories. And water blisters on their fingers from how long they spent in the water. Everyone had gone back to school and the beaches were bare. It was bliss.

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synchronised swimming kids

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chalkboard living in hossegor

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08.09.15 Summer… I loved you long time. Part One – Greece

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I long for the eternal summer. This year we made it to Greece, Spain and France with lots of friends and lots of kids. They are bloody lucky and so are we. Not quite ready for Autumn yet.

I always miss the sound of the waves.

 

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04.06.15 Lola ate a 20p coin (and a warning about batteries)

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So Lola ate a 20 pence coin.

Of all the things I worry about with the kids, swallowing money did not come onto my radar. None of them really put things in their mouth any more. When I saw my 3 year old choking in front of me, in our bedroom, I still did not think… she’s eaten a coin. Until she asked us whilst making the gagging, retching, choking noises of a toddler with a metal object stuck in her throat to ‘get the money out’.

A surreal experience of first aid, throwing her over my knee and hitting on the back between her shoulder blades, which did not empty out what she had in her mouth, a call to 999, a few vomiting episodes, an ambulance ride and an X ray later we knew it was definitely a coin. 56 hours later, we had poked around enough poo to find that magical piece of metal that had been places no human eye would wish. If you have no desire to see what a coin that has travelled through an acid bath of the human digestive tract looks like, then look away about now.

she ate a 20p piece

During the whole ‘experience’ I learnt I am not bad in a crisis. Those first aid lessons I had 8 years ago came rushing back. Apart from my initial horror of watching her choking, the only time I felt the gurgle of sickness rise up in my throat was when the paramedic questioned whether it could be a coin shaped battery. These little things containing lithium which fit into clocks, watches, toys, electric scales etc, can burn holes in your oesophagus and corrode your insides. They can be fatal. She reminded me this in the ambulance and I wanted to VOM. I had taken some upstairs to change the batteries from the scales in my bathroom and I couldn’t be absolutely certain she hadn’t found and used these as money until I called home and had him check.

So here’s the thing. You might not think it but kids swallow things ALL THE TIME. When we were in A&E, we were there with another little boy who had swallowed a ball bearing from a game he was playing. My friends little girl swallowed her wedding ring. These things happen. But when you consider where most of us keep batteries, in a drawer in the kitchen? (like me), in devices that can easily be opened by children, it is literally an accident waiting to happen. So think about moving them to somewhere similar to where you keep your medical supplies, high up and out the way of little fingers.

So thank God, fate, the world, karma for good shit happening. All is well in the house of Chalkio and we have 3 healthy kids. Breathe, smile, grin. Now tell me, have you ever swallowed a foreign object you didn’t actually mean to?

 

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21.05.15 Dressing up as a Roman

Dressing up as a Roman Day at school.

Homemade kids Roman costume

Homemade kids Roman costume

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I remembered on the Sunday. Toga making time. As luck would have it she wanted to be a rich Roman lady as funnily enough, they get to wear lots of jewellery and make up. They also had enough money to buy fabrics that were dyed and therefore didn’t have to be white. There are a lot of simple instructions on how to make a toga online and a peasant costume can be made with even a simple white T shirt or pillowcase and a piece of string as a belt.

Obviously wanting to be true to the fashion whilst using a little creative licence, I also searched the images of TV series  ‘Spartacus’ for the costumes used in the show. This gave me a really good idea of how to put all our pieces together. The hair being braided into two small plaits either side was an effective finishing touch.

Her Rich Lady Roman Costume consisted of:

A cot bed jersey sheet with the fitted elastic cut from the bottom and two sides but kept at the top, wrapped around her and fastened with safety pins.

Green and gold scarf of mine worn as a sarong and crossed/knotted around her neck.

Thin gold belt, gold costume jewellery, all mine.

Plus a special last minute Sunday purchase from TopShop of the gold headpiece.

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07.01.15 January: A fresh start

Around the year by Elsa Beskow

I love this book my friend Geraldine bought the kids last year. Around the Year by Elsa Beskow.

It pretty much shows me what I need to do round here. Simplify and get back to creating.

Happy New Year to you all!

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02.08.14 Lola’s first ponytail

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Sometimes the smallest things seem unimportant but actually it’s often these little moments that we remember over the big picture. I’m trying to work on being mindful in the moment and finding the easiest way to remember special little moments is to record them, instagram them, write them in the notes section on my phone.

This week we are on holiday and one of my favourite little moments of this week will definitely be Lola’s first ponytail. She has never before kept anything much in her hair but in the heat of the day, she came to me and asked with her pigeon speech,

‘Me ponytail?’

I think I love her little ponytail very much.

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12.05.14 Chloe’s Beauty Bar in Essex.

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I was recently invited to the launch of Chloe’s Beauty Bar in Essex. Love TOWIE or hate it,  design lovers of white would have appreciated the cool clean look of this space.
This LA inspired beauty bar is definitely a place of beauty in itself.  The cool white surroundings are both hip yet calming relaxing and i couldn’t fail to be seduced by the injections of glitter gold used in the lighting scheme and main bar to the back.

Chloe's Beauty Bar #white #gold #glitter

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07.05.14 Red Balloons for Ryan

I cannot find the right words. Sometimes there are no right words. Sometimes there is just a community of people all wishing, wanting and praying, sending love and light and peace to those desperately in need.

Every now and then something happens that makes me want to squeeze my babies so tight and never let them go. It grounds us, away from our activities, away from our media, our work and our distractions and remember that we need to make the most of this one and precious life. To shake the goodness out of every drop.

Yesterday i became aware that Jacqui from Baby Boy Bakery lost her son Ryan in a tragic accident.

In your busy day of working, shopping, kids and living today,  please stop for a moment to help his family by sending your love and prayers or by buying this tshirt designed by IndieNook.

Or share your messages for Baby Boy Bakery on twitter using #redballoonsforryan

Hope shines brightest in our darkest moments. Keep it rad little Ryan.

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16.04.14 Travel: Hill House Norfolk

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A weekend in Norfolk…with the kids. Six adults, 9 children. One word – LUXFUN!

So you have to understand the first thing I type when looking for anything is the word ‘luxury’. I don’t always want or need luxury but without it i seem to pull up the dregs of the internet. Hill House Norfolk however definitely is up there with the term ‘luxury family weekend’.

It’s not often you can rock up to a self catering rental to a giant sized cocktail glass of sweets in the hallway, bottle of champers, and a mountain of lemon meringue cupcakes in the kitchen just waiting for you. This was no ordinary weekend self catering accommodation.

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25.03.14 Oh to be Seven

Queen Kitty

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Queen Kitty, so carefree, so filled with love and leadership. She loves to laugh, dance, sing and cuddle. She loves to be cool, to wear what she pleases, to tell her siblings what to do. Queen Kitty surrounded by her snot nosed helper, her shadow, her Lola. With so much love for her brother, they sleep in the same bed still sometimes…”as a treat because it’s Kitty’s birthday!” he says. I love her style, her tenacity, her confidence, her ability to create whole new worlds in her mind and then to relax enough to slob and watch TV and think that one day she could do that – that job they are doing .  Her vision, her annoyance already at 7 at the voice i do when i talk in a video. Do I even do another voice ? Apparently so.

I miss this place, this space to share and connect, to record. i think it’s time for some work to be done. Anyone want to see her panda jewellery party?

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