Last week The Fiance and I watched the first series of ‘The Walking Dead’. He’d seen it before, more than once, but for me it was one of those series’ I really wanted to watch but hadn’t bothered until I knew I could watch them all in a row and not miss any. Which is why it was great when my best friend let us borrow the first series on dvd from him.

I really really enjoyed it. I used to watch  horror movies of all types a Lot but since I had The Boy I find it a little harder to watch these things; I’ve become more squemish and I worry too much about end of the world scenarios. But I’m not going to let that stop me watching the things I’ve always enjoyed, if anything it makes it better as I actually get a bit scared rather than being, seemingly, immune as I always used to be.

The Fiance is, as I have mentioned before, a massive zombie fan so this was bound to be a hit for him, and I can totally see why. The plot isn’t exactly dissimilar to others, how could it not be, there’s only so many end of the world zombie scenarios that could take place – But what makes this stand out is the little details, things which you don’t know are missing in other interpretations, but once you see them in this, you see how much they matter. Also, the fact that it’s a series rather than just a film, means that you can really get to know the characters and, obviously, in something like this it really helps; lets you empathise and makes you care so so much more. I won’t be saying anymore than that as I absolutely cannot stand reading spoilers and so will not be posting any.

We were supposed to be borrowing the second series from my best mate, but another friend of his borrowed it and hasn’t finished watching it yet. As it happened, just before my best mate visited the other weekend he ‘accidentally’ ordered series 1 and 2, and got them sent to my house, as they were only £18 on zavvi.com (though isn’t on there anymore, sorry!) – I say accidentally as he likes to pretend he didn’t do it on purpose. He’s a rather generous type and he knows we’re having money troubles, plus not being able to let us borrow the second series from him he wanted us to be able to watch it, so he decided it can be a ‘living together present’ – I’m pretty sure they don’t exist, but I was hardly able to argue the point.

So, we’re very very lucky, the boxset turned up today. We won’t be watching series 2 for a bit because The Fiance is rather glued to the X-box playing the new Bioshock game (no, I am not the type of girl that is bothered by that, he can play to his hearts content) But I cannot wait to watch it and find out what happens, even though I know it’ll have me really anxious and probably make me quite upset too – That’s what these things are meant to do, provoke emotion!

Concentrating on the scales, his
favourite part of baking.

Well, the other day we did some baking! I just decided, at random, that it was about time that we did something fun in the kitchen, it also coincided with MUA’s third birthday, so nice and easy to justify needing cake! (not really but I like being able to justify things, haha)

The Boy absolutely loves to bake, he loves being in the kitchen for any reason but baking is his favourite. When I told him we were going to make cakes he asked if it would be banana cake, I said no, I thought we’d do chocolate cake and he went, simply, apoplectic with joy. He jumped up from where he was sitting, with a shocked face and said ‘chocolate! chocolate!’ and ran off to tell Grandma we were going to make chocolate cake.

This might seem a little extreme but he used to not like chocolate cake for some, unfathomable, reason so now that he’s decided he likes it, he finds it very very exciting. And, for the same reasons, we’ve never made chocolate cake together before.

I found a recipe which I’ll link here: http://www.thecakerecipe.co.uk/chocolate-cup-cakes-chocolate-buns/

Making a toddler wait whilst the cakes cool, torture.

I did the exact same recipe, though I added an extra tablespoon of chocolate powder as we were using a milk chocolate one.

The cakes weren’t very chocolatey but with such a small amount of chocolate powder, and we used drinking chocolate so it wasn’t pure chocolate, you couldn’t expect them to be – For something simple and toddler friendly these were lovely to make. They were nice and easy, took exactly 15 mins to cook at the 200 degrees listed and they’re not even the slightest bit dry.

We’ll definitely be making these again. Next time, maybe, we’ll be able to decorate them – I wanted to this time but my back just wouldn’t let me stand up any more, the pain was getting too bad. Luckily they’re nice and tasty even without icing.

This afternoon The Boy spent some time with Grandad. Grandad had a tap to fix up in their bedroom so my little guy went up with him to watch and was, surprisingly, well behaved.

But the thing that he enjoyed the most was something he asks for a lot and that’s to ‘play planet’ – In more understandable terms this is to play ‘Little Big Planet’ on the Playstation 3 – Most of the time The Boy will just watch Grandad play but more recently he’s been given the controller himself and is actually starting to understand how to play a bit.

Ok so I don’t want him becoming a full on gamer just yet, but he’s coming from a family of gamers, he’s going to get into it at some point and goodness me it was cute to go in there and find him sat there, really concentrating, trying to make the little character do things! So so cute

I thought I’d have a go at doing a face of the day post. I’m not sure how well it’ll work, I find it really hard to get the lighting right so that my makeup is seen, plus I’m bad at taking pics of myself, but I would like to give it a go. 

Today I’m feeling a bit run down and pale so I thought I’d keep the look simple and just stick with pale, but add some definition and some gentle bits of colour and shape; dainty doll seemed and obvious brand to create this look with (please click the pictures to make them bigger and see better detail):
Without glasses

 

Eyes closed so you can see the soft eye colour

 

With glasses

Here’s the list of products that I used:

– Dainty Doll Liquid Foundation: 003 Medium

– Dainty Doll concealer pen: 003 Medium – On redness and blemishes

– Dainty Doll concealer: 003 Medium – Under eye

– Dainty Doll powder blush: 002 My Girl – On apple of cheeks and across cheek bone

– Dainty Doll powder blush: 003 Money talks – Contouring

– Dainty Doll eyeshadow: 002 Treat her like a lady

– Dainty Doll mascatra: 001 Black

– MUA mascara: Shade 1 clear – As eyebrow gel

– Dainty Doll lipstick: 008 Storm in a teacup

– MUA fixing mist

– Brushes: Real techniques buffing, contouring and blush brushes. MUA E5 spoolie and E3 blending brush.

 

It’s MUA,  Make up academy’s birthday today – They’re only a week or so older than my son!
It’s been a fantastic three years for the brand and I’m so pleased to have been following them for most of that journey! I predict an amazing forth year ahead of them, with the new product releases, and the fantastic attitude, they’re going to go even further.
Check out their website for their new products, the undress your skin range, the undress me too palette, the power pout lip crayons and the merged eye shadow trios!
And whilst you’re there why not check out their sale – It’s on certain lines (not on the new products,  understandably ) and there’s some amazing things in there – Obviously with my money restrictions I won’t be ordering anything but you really should take a look, lovely friends, there’s some of my favourite products on their for fabulous prices (50p for the sheer finish lip glosses?!)
http://www.muastore.co.uk
Although I can’t celebrate with the sale, we’re feeling in the celebrating mood so the boy and I will be baking chocolate fairy cakes on behalf of MUA this afternoon; nothing to do with us wanting cake 😉 hehe