London VS Countryside

Six months on since we reallocated from London to Stoke-on-Trent. What a big decision it was. No one can argue- living outside London is totally different. But you know what, there is not yet a day I would regret this change. What is it in London (or any other big city), that you wouldn’t be able to get here?London VS Countryside Trentham gardening centre

London vs Countryside

London is famous for itsLondon VS Countryside trendy places, it definitely is! I used to love going out! Posh and unusual places such like Sketch or simple but so heartwarming like Brazilian place Guanabara (along with countless Caipirinha cocktails) back in London!

I would probably miss it if I was still single. Or at least if I didn’t have my 3 little monsters, that keep me busy 7 days a week. But for now, it doesn’t matter if I am in a fancy city or in a quiet countryside – not much chance for me to go out anyway, ha ha. And hey, London is not a thousand miles away. We will certainly visit those special places time to time.

Talking about restaurants, we had already found our few new local favourites! If you know us well, you must have noticed, that Edward and I are fans of a good Chinese buffet. Back in London, we used to love Cosmo, Global or Izumi (Brentwood) buffets. But in Stoke-on-Trent there is now a good buffet too – it’s Bon Pan Asian in Hanley. They do Chinese, Thai, Indian, English food as well as Sushi! Goodness me, I am getting hungry now!

London VS Countryside Bon Pan Asian Buffet

We know one nice Italian place to eat in Stoke (I can’t recall its name, sorry). We went there for my cousin’s birthday and we weren’t disappointed! I had a seafood pizza, ahhh, it was yummy!!! Continue reading London VS Countryside

Christmas, Hospitals and First Tooth!

Christmas, Hospitals and First Tooth!Where do I start. This Christmas was eventful – the least I can say. In my previous ‘Christmas Plans‘ post, I explained how we imagined it to be, but it’s not exactly how it went. “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”
― says Allen Saunders.

First of all, we all got some silly terrible flu out of nowhere. Daniella was first. After giving her a bath Tuesday evening (22nd December), I realised she was pretty hot. I didn’t take much notice of it. Just put her to bed, kissed good night and thought she will sleep it off.

I was wrong.

At around midnight I went to check on her and found poor thing boiling hot. I gave Daniella some Calpol and set her to sleep, hoping all will be better in the morning.

That unfortunately didn’t happen. Daniella woke up with the temperature 38.9, feeling extremely poorly. I was struggling to get her temperature down. She has also completely lost her voice and started having a terrible cough. Throughout the day things did not get any better, temperature raised up to nearly 40 degrees and it was almost impossible to get it down. 🙁 Edward has also called from work to say, he was not feeling well.

The timing couldn’t be worse, as we still had to do our grocery shopping that Wednesday. Harry started feeling unwell too. That evening Edward, Daniella and Harry, all had temperature around 39. I was the only one standing, but was also not feeling great – blocked nose, sore throat, I was afraid it was only a matter of time to get temperature too.

Don’t ask me how did we managed to do our grocery shopping, somehow we did. It was the main thing- had to be done before Christmas.

Christmas, Hospitals and First Tooth!

The morning after, on Christmas Eve, things didn’t get any better. But we couldn’t just give up. 12 non meaty Christmas Eve dishes had to go on the table for that dinner as planned. I am not gonna lie, it wasn’t easy. Cooking while looking after ill children and while Edward was unwell was a mission. Continue reading Christmas, Hospitals and First Tooth!

Halloween Weekend

Our whole Halloween weekend was actually lovely! After carving the pumpkins and decorating the house on Friday, our actual Halloween celebrations on Saturday turned out completely unexpected. We were just getting ready for some shopping, when my cousin called. After a short conversation on the phone we had decided to have a little meet up in our house. The little meet up has turned into 8 adults and 6 children at our place. 😀

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So we just went for a quick grocery shopping and as soon as we got back home, we started to prepare with some snacks and drinks. After seeing spooky decorated houses in our area we were in 100% in the Halloween mood, all very excited!

Luka went to the party in our neighbours house next door, dressed up as a skeleton, we dressed Daniella as a little witch (even though she was still insisting she was a princess Anna). Edward put an eye-liner on to make some dark circles under his eyes and fun has begun. 🙂

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There were sooooo many trick-or-treaters knocking on our door on Halloween night!!! We had a lot of sweets at the beginning, but later we run out of them and started giving pretty much everything we had – biscuits, fruits, crisps… I suggested Edward to learn some trick instead, but he wasn’t too keen on the idea. 🙂

After our guests arrived, the whole evening was actually really lovely. Lots of noise, lots of mess, but so worth it. I actually realised how much I missed escaping from my mummy duties for an hour or so. I need to at least start going to some mummies meet ups or something to change my everyday routine slightly. Continue reading Halloween Weekend

Furniture that we Bought for our New Home

Furniture that we Bought for the New Home justina ivanauskieneGoodness me, moving is expensive! It cost us even more this time than ever before, as the current house that we rent was empty (just as our pockets now)- no furniture, no fridge, no washing machine. Here only was kitchen cupboards, and luckily two wardrobes- in our bedroom and in Luka’s room. Therefore we had to buy most of the things ourselves.

Anyway, as much as it was painful to our wallets, it was also very exciting, I have to admit. We love creating our home and buying all the lovely things, that we believe will add some cosiness to our surroundings. So we just closed our eyes and…. SPENT…

The first priority for us as soon as we moved in it was to get the fridge and the washing machine. I cannot imagine our life without those, but probably no one can.  We have decided to buy them second hand ones, as we will unlikely be taking them to another property, once we decide to move out (hopefully not any time soon). Looked up on Gumtree and VOILA (victory in French apparently)Our fridge and the washing machine are both Hotpoint brand and actually in a really good working order.

I really do like the washing machine! We paid £100 (second hands) for it and it’s lovely! It has 8 kilograms load, which is very useful having a big family like ours. It’s pretty quiet, many options, looks fancy (lights and buttons 😀 ) and really does a great job! Continue reading Furniture that we Bought for our New Home

Reallocation: Bye London, Hello Stoke-on-Trent

I am back! Live from Stoke-on-Trent – we moved last Friday.

I am so relieved we finally moved! Process itself was extremely difficult, long and nerve-racking. I don’t want to experience it ever again. Or at least not any time soon!

Thursday and Friday back in Romford were super busy! We had to finish off all the packing, plus clean the flat neatly . I literally finished moping the floor the minute agency came to inspect the property. I was shattered!

Edward was even more tired, as he had to carry all the stuff downstairs. But thankfully he was not alone. His brother Jim was helping us with moving. I honestly don’t know how we would have coped without him! Boys started transferring boxes downstairs before 7am. At around 8.30am van has arrived and they loaded all on the van. Continue reading Reallocation: Bye London, Hello Stoke-on-Trent