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Monday, 17 September 2012

Crayola Weekends


Aloha Sprinklerinos,

You may have noticed that I have been updating this here slice of the net a little less often than I'm accustomed to. I just thought I would say, 'Oh Haaii there Miss Noticer! You are right, I have been and I'm sorry'.

Life has been getting a little in the way of my tiptapping on this blog. Life is good.

 

This weekend was perfect.

There was nothing particularly groundbreaking about it, but to me, it was blissful. Since I loved it and I love you, I thought I'd share it with you. Is that alright?

This weekend was one of those perfect sunny weekends where nobody has made any plans and yet all the loose ends of activities tie together beautifully and it all turns into one giant hotpot of joyousness.

The highlight of my weekend had to be Saturday. We arranged to meet up with our lovely newlywed chums Mark and Clare in the afternoon for a mooch round Toyrs R Us and then a quick coffee in Starbucks. Nothing major. No big deal.

How wrong I was. SO MUCH FUN. We spent an eternity in the giant toy store delighting over childhood memories, laughing over Baby Glitter loving the sit-in toy cars and getting crazy excited for things that wizz and ding. I ended up buying Baby Glitter some crayola crayons (THIS set to be exact) and a colouring book and off we trotted to Starbucks next door. 

In Starbucks we met up with Clare's chum and her Daughter who was possibly the cutest two year old I have ever seen and set to work with the important business of panini eating and chocolate creme frapoccino drinking. It turns out that those crayons went down as well with the adults as they did the tots! I had honestly forgotten how much I love colouring in and we sat happily for about an hour being artists (or in Mark's case, seeing how many he could stand up before Emily or Darcy knocked them over). It was just lovely. About half way through, I sat back and thought about all the times when I was pregnant that I had imagined the things I would do with Matt and our Daughter. All the little merry memories I would make for her and the special moments we would all cherish and thought, 'Yes, this is one of them'.

The memories I have with my own Mother are like precious gem stones kept in a jewellery box in my mind and it is my aim and pleasure to create as many as these for Baby Glitter as I can, so that her memory box of gems is overflowing and she can enjoy it well into her adulthood. Granted she won't remember the things we do now but I take a lot of photographs and I like to think she'll see the weekend Mummy wore red lipstick, Daddy bought her a special babycinno drink and we all coloured in for hours, and smile at how loved she is.

Amazing moments don't have to be seeing shooting stars or swimming with sharks (although those are nice too), they can be the time you spend with really good friends, colouring in with your children, mooching round toy shops, picking out potential Christmas presents and discussing why you love crayons so very, very much. 

Watching Baby Glitter hold a teeny expresso cup of babyccino (it's free and is warm milk with froth- yum), standing in her darling clarks shoes and colouring her book just made me melt a little bit. If I could spend all my weekends doing that, I would. 

What makes your favourite weekend?

Toodlepip!

xx

PS

Since Saturday I have become a crayola enthusiast! No other brand is as lovely (believe me, we've sampled a fair few) and no other brand has such a colour array. We bought a pack of 24 and with Baby Glitter beginning to walk (and standing on them) or bum shuffling over them, there have been about 6 waxy casualties. I'm considering buying THIS big set of 288 because I know they'll last forever and I'm far to excited for all the different colours. Also, it wouldn't be right for our house to not have a set of glittery crayolas in it, would it? Haha xx

67 comments:

  1. Everyone needs to have crayola crayons in their childhood! They're just the best! I still remember my green box of jumbo crayolas! Just loved them!

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  2. Lol love this! Lovely photos! Definitely need glitter crayolas!! X

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  3. Sounds like a lovely weekend :) I love relaxing days like the ones you described. Just being with friends and family and enjoying life :)

    Lots of love,
    Adela

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  4. TThis is the loveliest blog post. The simple pleasures are often the ones we remember the most :)

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  5. That sounds like such a great weekend Louise.
    I love Crayolas! I wish I had an excuse to buy some too.. Is it okay to buy some for my future children (and use them myself now!)? Haha x

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  6. How very lovely your weekend sounds :) x

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  7. Such a lovely, heartwarming post! Crayolas are my fav aswel. x

    http://catsandclothing.blogspot.com

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  8. Aww this is so cute :') really made me smile :D my sister is recently into crayons too, she is baby glitters age :') it's so lovely just watching her grow and do different things :') I'm thinking of ordering that huge set for her! Because she likes to loose a lot of hers and as you said stand on them :) and it would be a great Christmas gift! :D xxx

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  9. Aw such a lovely memory to have. Thank you for sharing it Louise! The babyccino is cute by the way!

    A Bite of Glamour

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  10. WOW they do crayola in 288?! ahhaha that is crazy louise!! I'm glad you had a lovely weekend! I do things with my niece and hope she'll think "oh i like auntie kikis dress" or one day use that photo on a spacebook profile or something!!

    glitter-about-town.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. ooh also in costa i saw a baby (9 months?) drinking from a real coffee cup i was like dying thinking it was coffee but if starbucks has them maybe costa does too? unless they litterally were letting her have a bit of their drink in which case i'm trying my hardest not to judge :(

    glitter-about-town.blogspot.co.uk

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  12. My favorite crayons are CRAYOLA ♥ I look like a little girl but I hace all the things from Crayola I love paiting and do crafts ♥ Yo look so beautiful in that picture, Im really happy all the things in your life are going graeta really I'm so happy for you :) I talk about you & Zoe in my Blog I email you the details It will mean the world to me, xxx ♥

    deebsmr.blogspot.com

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  13. I'm glad you had a nice weekend Louise, Baby Glitter is so lucky to have a mum like you! I spent time with my family this weekend too mooching round the shops, and you're right, it's times like that I remember the most! big hugs x x

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  14. Sounds like a wonderful weekend.
    I had something similar, but somehow managed to incorporate 5 hours of homework without even feeling down about it.
    It's weekends like those we need more often.
    <3

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  15. Aww, this post is too cute! It sounds like you had a wonderful weekend.
    Oh, I love Crayola crayons even if I'm not a kid anymore. They are still my favorites! ha! xx

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  16. This is such a happy post! :) Makes me smile big! I LOVE crayons too- so much. I still remember when my parents took me to Target on a weekend at the spur of the moment when I was about 4 and bought me some glitter Crayola crayons and a coloring book. Funnily enough, I STILL have those crayons...the glitter is hardly visible but the memory of it all is still VERY vivid... the little things in life are irreplaceable.

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  17. Sounds like a great day. As for you crayola casualties, melt them all together and then set them in a funky shaped icecub tray (a syllacone one). Ta da! Home made multi coloured, crazy shaped crayons; and best of all no waste :-) x

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  18. Louise, life can get in the way of this blog, youtube or anything anytime! This was such a beautiful post, and I'm so happy you had such an amazing weekend. x

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  19. Lazy days are the best weekends :)

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  20. What a lovely post :) I love weekends where life just takes over and you sit back and smile at how perfect it can be.
    I can't wait to have children so I have an excuse to play in Toys R Us haha. Everytime I use that Starbucks I gaze longingly at it and have to force myself not to run around it like a giddy child!
    Glad you had such a good weekend xx
    ps. The red lippy looks brilliant!

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  21. beautiful photos! you look so amazing with red lips :) glad you had a fun weekend, thanks for sharing. XO

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  22. Such a heartwarming post to read!

    It's so easy to simply neglect the small things in life, so when you rediscover them it's so lovely!

    Childhood passes by so quickly and I think it's fabulous to capture them so perfrectly for your beautiful daughter!

    I'm glad you had a fab weekend, I hope you have many more!!

    Lots of love to you and your little family xoxo

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  23. Love your blogs Louise :)

    So beautiful spending the weekend with your family.

    Little times like that stay a cherished memory forever!

    If you do like colouring in, my sister has designed a colouring in book with her own artworks. They're not really for children as they're very detailed. I love to colour them in as they're very relaxing.

    http://www.lalalandshop.com.au/content_common/pr-r-mcb_rmcb-asabove.seo

    Well, I hope you get the chance to have a look :)

    Love all the way from Australia
    P.S My sister is going to England Next Monday from Australia. So exciting!

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  24. Such a lovely post Louise, sounds like a wonderful weekend & now all I want to do it go to Toy r Us! xx

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  25. this is the cutest post ever! it made me smile reading how happy you are, and it's nice to know that even the simplest things like a pack off crayons can brighten someone's day! i havent coloured in years... but may have to go out now and pick up a pack myself... :) nothing like rediscovering some childhood memories!
    xxx
    http://eleanorcos.blogspot.com/

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  26. thats really nice of you to share it with us! :) I loved crayolas as a kid and I still do, especially the glittery ones you need to get those haha! You're also such a gorgeous person and I think Baby Glitter will be very proud to have grown up in such a loving family once she's old enough to understand everything. I really do hope all those pictures will stand the test of time so when we're old and wrinkled our children and grandchildren can enjoy them as we enjoy pictures from our childhood. Glad to see you had such a great weekend! :) xx

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  27. Ah Louise, I got a bit of a lump in my throat reading the bit about your mum and you & baby glitter :) Sounds like a lovely weekend (sometimes the simple ones where not much happens are the best) :) xxx



    www.palindromepoppet.com

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  28. This was such a beautiful post xxx

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  29. Sounds like a lovely weekend, the babycinno drink sounds so sweet! Had no idea this existed!
    I used to love Crayola when I was little, deff buy the large set :)
    Daniella x

    http://daniella-r.blogspot.co.uk/

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  30. the pictures are so lovely and pretty! and panini eating really is very important business! :)

    i just wrote a post about hair dye! it would mean lots if any of you lovely people could check it out? :) xxxxx

    http://paigeey1993blogs.blogspot.co.uk/

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  31. Aww, this is such a lovely post! I agree, the big flashy moments are special, but it's the everyday moments when you experience true happiness that are so lovely.

    I am also a big kid when it comes to Crayola! When I was in America on holiday I found that they have a range of nail art pens (that look like crayons!) and scented nail polishes. They are amazing! If only they were available in the UK x

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  32. love this post, louise! so touching and a joy to read! I had a similar perfect weekend: no plans, just doing what we want and enjoying it! I love when that happens :)

    www.itsalina.com

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  33. I agree with everyone here! Love reading happy posts instead of people moaning all the time! :) x

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  34. Such a gorgeous and happy post :) I've always said the best times don't have to be the ones where you're particularly doing anything. In fact one of my best memories with my family is a night when the power went out in our village and we sat around the fire with candles burning and torches playing scrabble and cards. Amazing :)
    xo

    www.jazzyleelbc.blogspot.co.uk

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  35. Thank you for posting this - it's lovely! It's inspired me.

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  36. Perfect pictures! I love the one of you in the bottom right corner. Great post

    Lauren,
    Laurensbeautydepartment.blogspot.com

    xx

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  37. Awww this post made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside and it made me a bit emotional.. WOAH not what I was expecting haha! Love the pack of 288 crayons haha I think you should do it ;)

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  38. Cried happy tears reading this. Love. xxx

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  39. It sounds like such a lovely weekend! I love colouring...not sure if I could get away with a colouring book these days though :D Your posts always put such a smile on my face! xxx

    http://www.summerhollyday.blogspot.com

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  40. AW! Cutest and most heart warming post ever. So glad that you're happy! xxx

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  41. Aww :] this was lovely to read! xxx

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  42. I love how you appreciate things we consider as simple sometimes we take things for granted! And who doesn't love Toys R Us?
    Kate xxx

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  43. omg manyyy points on this

    1. I work in costa but i always trott to starbucks for my coffee fixation!
    2. crayola rocks I love it and john lewis give away epic colouring sheets and free crayons for epic times.
    3. toys r us is awesome

    Check out my blog too people

    http://belleza14.blogspot.com all on hair oil and shampooooo

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  44. i used to love coloring when i was a child

    xx

    http://ravingbeautyx.blogspot.co.uk/

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  45. Great pictures!

    Nice blog! Would you like to follow eachother? Kisses from Portugal!

    http://gomadandbuyeverything.blogspot.pt/

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  46. Ah this is so lovely, genuinely laughed at the glitter crayons, now looking into purchasing some haha! Is it bad that I want a babyccino? love your blog louise, big fan xx

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  47. very nice blog!
    I saw some amazing photos! very good job, keep it on!!

    xoxo P.P.
    http://www.rebelission.com/

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  48. Lovely post! So lovely to hear you're enjoy family time, the simplest of things make the best memeories!

    http://missstephanieusher.blogspot.co.uk/

    xxxxx

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  49. That was a really beautiful post. I like the bit about your mom, and re-creating those memories for your daughter.

    A lot of girls say they don't want to become their mothers. But, even though it's not how i see my future panning out, I can't think of a better, more beautiful person than my mom.

    Moms are the best... and they give the best hugs, don't they? Even when someone else's mom hugs you, you just know it's a "mom" hug.

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  50. Aw this was so nice! Sometimes it's the little things in life <3

    crepechiffon.blogspot.co.uk

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  51. Hey Hun,

    If you love Crayola, you're going to love this wall art I made for my daughters room :)

    Love Kerry x

    http://mylovebumps.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/pinaddicts-challenge-crayons-and.html

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  52. Great blog! So pretty x vforvioletramblings.blogspot.co.uk

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  53. I wish my parents had taken lots of pictures when I was little so I could remember the weekend my mum wore red lipstick or my dad bought me a drink. I don't think my parents did anything like that with me, you're such a great mum Louise and Darcy and Matt are so lucky to have you! :)

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  54. Hi lovely Louise!

    What a fun day you all had! I wish I was there with you...I love to color too! Btw, you are so beautiful in your pictures. :)))

    xx Lexi

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  55. hi Louise , i haven't been reading blogs for that long but i have to say yours is possibly my favorite and most uplifting you put a smile on my face after i read this and i would just like to thank you x

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  56. Ahh Louise, you warm my heart with these lovely posts. We should all appreciate the little moments in life a lot more, this sounds like a perfect weekend.

    Hollie x
    cremedeletoile.blogspot.com

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  57. After stressing out about uni work all week, it's nice to read something like this. Just a little reminder about the small things in life that make it worth while. Thank you so much! It sounded like a blast! xx


    Kalee

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  58. I really enjoyed reading this post, I linked it here; http://sarsaparilla21.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/link-love.html Thought I'd share the love as it is refreshing reading posts like these. Hope you don't mind :)x

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  59. Aw Louise! I loved reading this, it made me really appreciate how happy I am, and how lucky I am to have such a lovely, caring family, as is Baby Glitter! I've just started my GCSEs and although it's only the second week back I'm already exhausted! This was refreshing to read something about such simple but lovely things:)When Baby Glitter is older I'm sure she'll look back at these posts and realize what a lovely mum she has and be very grateful to have you:)xx

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  60. I seriously LOVED this post! I was smiling while reading it and you've now made me happy for the day (: cheers!

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  61. Awwww I would have loved that many crayons at baby glitters age and I agree how can you not own a set of glitter ones my cousin has a set there sooooo glittery and pretty I love then ahahaha xoxoxox

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  62. That so sweet louise, Memories really are the most important thing to anyone on this planet! I don't think we would be who we are without them, Beautiful post.
    I just spotted these while i was brousing.. http://www.stylist.co.uk/beauty/crayola-nail-polish-line-launches#image-rotator-3, Crayola nail varnishes? Ha.

    Jazz x

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  63. Nice article.Has anyone had a problem with Crayola outside chalk staining their concrete patio?
    RC Toys UK

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  64. Nice article.Has anyone had a problem with Crayola outside chalk staining their concrete patio?
    RC Toys UK

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  65. Sounds great :) I love Crayola! xxx

    http://jeminixlife.blogspot.com

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