Happy Chinese New Year!

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(Dates for your diary)

Saturday 13th February

National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
11:00am to 4:00pm (FREE)

http://www.rmg.co.uk/see-do/exhibitions-events/chinese-new-year-2016

Sunday 14th February

London Chinatown and Trafalgar Square,
From 10am (FREE)

http://www.timeout.com/london/things-to-do/chinese-new-year-1

Wednesday 3rd February – Sunday 6th March

Chiswick House & Gardens, W4 2QN
(Click the link below for times & tickets)

http://www.magicallantern.uk/

Happy Mid Autumn Festival!

Happy Mid Autumn Festival!

The different flavours of Chinese Mooncakes

Vietnamese Sticky Rice Mooncake

Known as Tết Trung Thu (Mid Autumn Festival) is a special occasion where Vietnamese people celebrate by give mooncakes to friends and family as a symbol of well-wishing. It’s a very old tradition, passed on from generations to generations. I certainly remember eating my fair share of the cakes and hated the Chinese mooncakes with the egg yolk inside but loved the seriously sweet sticky-rice version that the Vietnamese eat. I will be indulging in a Vietnamese mooncake this year; it’ll be LO’s first time trying it. I might have to get a Chinese one as well so he can sample the various flavours. 🙂

If you fancy a taste, pop into your local Chinese/Vietnamese supermarket or cash and carry like See Woo to grab one of these. Be quick though as they are so popular and well-known to sell out very quickly!

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!
Manny | The Greenwich Mummy Signature

It’s That Time Again… Birthday Planning!

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Last year’s party was easy to plan but stressful to execute…

It’s that time of the year again. Last year was wonderful but soooo stressful and exhausting. It was LO’s first birthday and I wanted to do it BIG which I manage to do but it wasn’t easy. I thought I would be able to sit back and enjoy and let everyone else take care of things but that wasn’t really the case. Luckily, I had A LOT of help from friends and family so things did manage to run smoothly-ish in the end but I overlooked some aspects of the party such as music and food.

I had hired out the play area at the local leisure centre, formerly known as The Arches. They have a room filled with soft play, rody spacehoppers and a bouncy castle available for the ‘Toddlers World’ sessions every day of the week and I thought it would be a wicked idea to hire it for the birthday party. I think it was about £100-120 for 2 hours; one hour in the studio with all the soft play equipment and one hour in the side room for the party lunch and cake cutting. Here are some photos of last year’s event:

The Greenwich Mummy | Birthdays
LO’s 1st birthday party

We did our very own home-made cask smash. It was a good first attempt for us as we wanted a professional look but ended up with something that looked very unique, home-ly, and I loved it. We really captured LO in his moment and he had soo much fun with that cake! For those who would prefer a professional one, there’s loads of good family photographers out there that can offer you a cake smash shoot. Take a look at the stunning work from Mellz Photography who specialises in cake-smash shoots. It’s not cheap but it’s definitely value for money in terms of what you get for the quality and standard of the photos and cake too. The cake (made by Dinahs Desserts) is also included within the price of the shoot – hurray! 🙂

This year, I am thinking of two things to do for LO’s birthday:

  • Birthday party at The Rainforest Cafe in London
  • Toddler Sensory party at home
  • BBQ garden party at grandma’s house

The latter option is dependent on weather so I am not too keen on it in case we have rain on his birthday. Toddler sensory would be a great option but I’d then have to organise all the food which is the problem I was faced with last year. The Rainforest Cafe is the most ‘safest’ and slightly boring option out of the three but at least the food will be sorted, we also get a free cake if there is over 7 children in the party (which there definitely will be, we always have a large party) and it gives me a chance to plan another day out for just me, LO and Daddy P. I’ve been hinting about taking us to Legoland Windsor so fingers crossed we can do that then have The Rainforest Cafe the week after.

It also doesn’t help that my birthday is just one day before LO’s so that may mean that I will need to compensate on having a small one to have enough to plan his – I don’t mind. I’ve already decided about mine. It’ll probably be just a meal as that’s what I usually do though I can’t figure out if I want to have a river cruise dinner on The Thames…… or afternoon tea at the stunning Sketch London restaurant?

… or a night out with a meal and live music at Quaglino’s?

I’m just spoilt for choice! Bring on August and the birthday planning!

Manny | The Greenwich Mummy Signature

My Second Liebster Award!

Woo Hoo! My 2nd Liebster Award! Well… it’s actually my first Liebster award if you don’t count self-nomination as one hehe 🙂 You can click on the following link to see My First Liebster award: Self Nomination which was written just after I had launched my blog.

Ann from Grubbs n Critters nominated me for this brilliant award; Thank you so much for this! I am very blessed to receive this award. The Liebster award is given to new bloggers with less than 200 followers who have wicked blogs. It’s a chance for other bloggers to recognise other blogs and bloggers for their hard work and praise them for it.

Like I said, I am very grateful that I have been awarded for this, especially where I’ve recently felt like I haven’t been doing as well as before – this award has given me motivation to put myself back on track.

So moving on, let’s answer the questions set by Ann:

The Answers

Highlight of this year:
I would have to say it would be starting up this blog and volunteering. Two of the things I’ve wanted to do for a long time but could never really commit to it until now. I am very proud I am doing both and hope that I will continue to bring fun stuff to the table for my readers and my children at school. 🙂

Favourite Quote:
I think my favourite quote at the moment would have to be this french one; “Petit à petit, l’oiseau fait son nid”. I’ve been struggling for a little while now with the whole house move (I’ve only been in my new home for a year) and just about been able to meet ends meet. My home is still basic in terms of decorating but I am sticking by this quote to get me by.

Where do you source your inspiration from whether it be in life or writing?
In life, my inspiration comings from other single working mothers and strong women. LO is lucky enough to have Daddy P around but I know that there’s many people who are doing the hardest things like juggling life, work and other things all by themselves. The struggle is real and I have so much admiration for them.

What is your favourite colour and how does it inspire you?
My favourite colour has always been pink but I also really love orange. Pink inspires me to feel “girly”, fun and romantic whereas orange inspires me to feel confident and strong/powerful. To be honest, I love all of the colours – some more than others depending on my mood.

Where were you born?
I was born in Hong Kong. I’ve never been back so I would love to go one day. As both of my parents are Vietnamese who migrated to Hong Kong, I’ve never considered my heritage as Chinese, only Vietnamese. I’ve been to Vietnam once and planning to go back soon to see my father.

How many countries have you visited?
Not that many – about 6 but I’ve been to more than one city in each country. I desperately need to travel more and will do soon with LO tagging along.

Can you play an instrument of?
I used to be able to play a range of instruments; piano, guitar and a little bit of violin but dropped all of them. I was a Grade-5 pianist which is a pretty good standard but after I was in my adolescence years, it all went out of the window. I kind of regret it now but can still play a little so all is not lost.

What one thing is guaranteed to make you cry?
Films. I am not joking. Whether it’s a sad scene in a Disney movie or a tragic movie, I’m bound to cry.

What would you say is your favourite restaurant?
I have loads of restaurants that I really love but if I really had to pick one, it’s got to be Bob Bob Ricard in London. I can’t get enough of that place. I’ve only been once but so want to go back. Their food is seriously tasty, well presented and their chocolate gold dessert is so innovative, it’s brilliant!

What is the word/phrase that you use way too much?
At the moment it’s “what do you say?” as I’ve been trying to drum in to LO his new line that he’s been learning from nursery which is “can I have … please?”. That, and probably “oh damn” as this has replaced all my swear words now. 🙂

The Nominees

Here are my nominees:

Jho – Olive Needs Popeye

Hayley – It’s Just Me Hayley D

Krystal – Krystalvation

Eric aka “StomperDad” – All In A Dad’s Work

Remember, there’s no obligation to do these chain awards. If you’ve been sent one recently, done too many of them, or don’t accept them, please accept my apologies… I just wanted you to know that I think your blog is cool! 🙂

The Rules

So there’s a few rules when accepting the Liebster award. They are:

  1. Link the person who nominated you to your blog post and let them know you answered their questions
  2. Answer 10 questions given to you (refer to the questions above that I’ve answered)
  3. Pass the award on to 7 other bloggers (I’m passing it to 4) and let them know they have been nominated
  4. Create 11 questions for your nominees to answer (I skipped this one, just use the questions above)
  5. Include the Award Badge in your post

Have fun!

Review: Personalised Father’s Day Gifts From Snapfish UK

Father’s Day is approaching thick and fast ladies! If you haven’t got a gift for your hubby or dad just yet or still stuck for ideas, don’t fret as this post will hopefully give you some gift ideas you might like too.

Also dubbed as “F’Day” or “Daddy’s Day” falls on Sunday 21st June 2015 and it’s about under a month away. I was really stuck for ideas until I came across Snapfish and the wonderful offers on photo books, mugs and prints they have at the moment in the lead up to F’Day. I had £40 to spend and really wanted to get something lovely and useful for LO’s daddy.

I have purchased from Snapfish before and really liked the amazing variety of products they have, the high quality of the products, and their delivery service was quite quick.

GET 40% OFF YOUR FATHER’S DAY ORDER WITH PROMO CODE:
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The gifts I chose

Looking on the Snapfish website, I was completely stuck for ideas at first. I thought a photo book would make an amazing gift however I didn’t realise that when you delete photos from an iPhone it will also remove itself from the iCloud so I didn’t have enough photos. I hadn’t backup my phone either as I didn’t have a computer so all of those precious photos are gone… sad times. 😦

After sifting through the endless selections on Snapfish, I looked at the Father’s Day page for inspiration. I’d finally decided that instead of getting just one gift for LO’s daddy, I’ll get a selection of gifts instead!

The items I chose were:

Here’s a photo of everything I bought for under £40

The Greenwich Mummy | Snapfish Review

All of this for under £40?! I can definitely say that is a bargain! I didn’t think I would actually get that much for my money as the photo book that I wanted with all the trimmings was going to cost me £30-something pounds and a single glass photo block was around the same price I couldn’t believe that I could get 5 things for the same price.

Quick & easy from ordering to delivery

The creation process was simple and relatively simple to complete. The longest bit is uploading the photos onto the website but after that, it’s simply a matter of click-selecting the photos you want to use and the website does the rest… Simples! I chose to repeat a few of the photos as I mainly just wanted images of LO and his daddy together.

The photo panel I thought would make a great addition to our bookcase that’s filled with family photos. The photo collage mouse mat came as an idea as we currently use soft-cover books for improvisation lol *embarrassed face* and the jigsaw puzzle would make a great little game for daddy and LO to play with on F’Day. We are big tea drinkers in our family and I remember LO’s daddy being so envious of my photo mug so I ordered a massive 15oz photo mug for him. The keyring was a cute last-minute add-on item that I chose as it was cheap and cheerful. Everything arrived ahead of schedule however it was not all shipped out in one big box. Most of the items arrived separately however maybe that’s because the order was slightly bigger.

*update: I have been told that this is due to the nature of the products and as some may be more fragile/delicate than others and they have different manufacturing/processing times therefore it’s not possible for items to arrive together in one bulk box.*

I think daddy is going to be very happy with his gifts – now the hardest bit is to hide them all from him! He’s already getting suspicious so I will have to just put them all in a large gift bag and hide in the back of my wardrobe. 🙂

Interested in making your own Snapfish creations?

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If you decide to purchase your gifts online, get up to 40% off items across the site using my special Snapfish discount code (expires 15/06/15). This is an exclusive code that is only available to you so you won’t find it anywhere else on the web. Just make sure you place it by Monday 15th June 2015 as this is the last order date for Father’s Day deliveries.

Manny | The Greenwich Mummy Signature

www.snapfish.co.uk/


NB. I worked with Snapfish on this post for their Father’s Day personalised gifts campaign. All words and opinions and photos are my own.

Nomination: The Versatile Blogger Award

The Greenwich Mummy | The Versatile Blogger Award
I am very proud to write this post right now. 🙂 I’ve been nominated by Uli from Found Some Paper (Thank you!) for The ‘Versatile Blogger’ award.The main reason is because it means that people actually like what I blog about and it’s been/being recognised by other great bloggers out there.

What is The Versatile Blogger Award?

It’s an award that is given to a blogger to show that their blog has been recognised for all its hard work, great content, and versatility in design, content, and/or style.

The Rules

If you’ve been nominated, there are a few tiny rules that you need to follow:

  • To thank the person who nominated (provide a link to their blog if you wish)
  • Nominate 10 other bloggers and let them know that you done so e.g. via twitter or leaving a comment
  • Give us 7 interesting facts about yourself
My Nominees Are…

Milli | Arts & Graces
Louise | Little Hearts Big Love
Emma | Emma Inks
Alex | Pretty Thoughts x
Heidi | Chronic Beauty
Clara | The Green Eyed C
Kelly | A Glamomorous Life
Becky | Little Loud Life
Katy | What Katy Did
Michelle | She Be Fierce

If you’ve already been nominated recently then I understand by all means if you don’t want to take part but I just wanted to let you know I think you and your blog are awesome. 🙂

7 Interesting Facts About Me
  1. I have an allergic reaction/intolerance to alcohol if I drink anything more than half a glass at a slow pace
  2. My son was born just a day after my 24th birthday – perfect timing… or is it?
  3. I used to take on art nude modelling casts for professional photographers and their projects – It was a wonderful confidence boost for me and to be honest, the female form is always beautiful to look at haha!
  4. I am still good friends with a select few of people from my educational days; from primary school all the way up to university.
  5. I used to play piano at a Grade 5 standard and was scouted by my primary school (year 5) to get a scholarship to one of the best music schools at the time however due to adolescence and friends, I gave up piano after year 10/11.
  6. When I was really like, maybe like 7/8 I wanted to be an artist but was discouraged by my dad who raised me so instead I made sure I kept up my creativity through my studies and now, through writing.
  7. Being Vietnamese myself, I’ve never had a Vietnamese boyfriend. Partly the reason is because I always feared that my mum would know their parents (which was usually the case) and I hate people getting involved in my private life.

I hope you all enjoyed this lovely post – looking forward to reading all of your interesting facts nominees! Manny | The Greenwich Mummy Signature