Paraphernalia

The April round-up

This month’s purchases have been firmly travel focused – saving for our trip wherever I can, and holiday buys for Minnie in between. I’m not sure if I should have wardrobe envy of my daughter.

So a little concise again this month, and I even failed to pick up any souvenirs for myself in Gran Canaria… apart from some local honey rum (more of which later).

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Here’s the rest of what I’ve bought, reviewed and considered as contenders for my suitcase in April.

Fashion
After growing out of her last sunglasses and making do with a free pair we’d been given at the Bounce festival last summer, it was time to upgrade Minnie’s accessories.

She had her heart set on a pair with stars on – I’ve no idea why, but as it turned out, that wasn’t as easy as I thought it might be. Even a Peppa Pig pair in M&S got the thumbs down.

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Then we stumbled on these butterfly frames in Accessorize for a fiver. No stars, but I think Minnie decided to cut her losses, and these smaller frames fit beautifully.

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I had less excuse for buying these three Mini Club ruffled tops from Boots, £11. She didn’t urgently need T-shirts, but after I stumbled across a buy one, get one half price, I was tempted. When I saw the rather fab print of this (kiwi fruit, according to Minnie), I was sold – there’s a sunshiney yellow and a bright orange too.

Lastly, we needed sandals. The waterproof washable Velcro strapped Doodles she had last year were fab, so I set my sights on Clarks again – in the end I found a bargain red pair on eBay but the Star Games style in store costs £20 and comes in purple, white and neon and pink.

Beauty
No new purchases this month, but I have been digging out some summery shades for Gran Canaria – Essie Lapiz of Luxury is a gorgeous blue which makes me think of summer skies, and Barry M nail varnish in Ice Cream Yellow.

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Books
I spotted a review of Zip It on the Nobody Said It Was Easy blog and thought it sounded a brilliant idea – Minnie is great at zips and Velcro but still working out buttons. She gets easily frustrated when they’re on her clothes but playing around with them in a book gives her some great practice and she has a lot more fun.

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Although it’s labelled for three and above, it seems better for younger readers as that’s when they learn to deal with fastenings. That does mean that while it’s a pretty sturdy book and decent quality, I’ve already had to sellotape two pages back together after some enthusiastic tugging led to a rip.

Meanwhile, I’ve been reading Social Media for Writers by Joanne Mallon. Great if you’re a complete novice but there were some really useful tips and app suggestions even if (like me) you’ve been tweeting, instagramming etc for a little while. Not quite holiday reading, admittedly, but definitely worth a look.

 

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