#LivingArrows – Taking A Gamble & Our Pampered Princess 1/52 (2019)

Welcome to the first #LivingArrows post for 2019. If you haven’t read my previous posts within this series #LivingArrows is a linky (run by Donna from What The Redhead Said) celebrating childhood. The project originally took its name from a poem by Kahil Gibran “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” and each Monday I share moments from our week as part of this linky.

I’ll be honest, it hasn’t been the best Monday that I’ve ever had. I feel like I seem to be lacking purpose, motivation or something… I’m just not quite sure what I’m doing to be honest! I was half wondering whether it might be the effect of ‘Blue Monday’ but according to Google that’s next week.

The kids spent the day at their Nana and Grandad’s house, which was a bit of a shame as it was the last day of their holidays. They had fun from what I’ve been told but I really missed them, despite their endless sibling squabbles and the drama which comes with having a five-year old diva in practice.

Speaking of my little diva, our little lady has become somewhat mad about makeup during the holidays. E received a fair amount of eyeshadows, lipsticks and such-like as gifts from family and friends for Christmas and receiving such wonders, she is now crazy for cosmetics.

I don’t mind applying E’s eyeshadow, blusher nor her lipstick but I’m not entirely keen on the concept of a five-year old wearing makeup. We’ve made a deal to keep ‘makeovers’ to a minimum (due to E having such sensitive skin) that and to keep ‘getting glammed up’ as a form of role play whilst at home.

To add to the pampering and preening E also received an ‘Orbeez Hand Spa’ which I have to say is really rather relaxing! I’ve never come across such strange, slippery little things- Orbeez remind me very much of those tiny bath pearls which were all the rage back in the eighties. Either way, they are certainly a hit with our little lady.

Pampered Princess

#LivingArrows - Taking A Gamble & Our Pampered Princess 1/52 (2019)

Whilst E has been busy building an extensive collection of cosmetics, J on the other hand seems to be creating his very own arcade. He’s now the proud owner of a slot machine and a candy grabber, both of which I would like to make very clear are toys and most definitely far removed from ‘real life gambling’.

J seems to thrive on the thrill of being given a set amount of time to grab at the contents of his machine (which at present seems to be his collection of Tsum Tsums). J would have once thrown his toys out of the pram at the idea of being given a countdown to do something, he once preferred a more patient approach offering plenty of time to complete a set task.

J seems to have grown up and matured so much recently. J seems to cope far better with challenge and enjoys the idea of a race, he now finds it fun rather than frustrating, which for J is a huge step in the right direction.

Taking A Gamble

#LivingArrows - Taking A Gamble & Our Pampered Princess 1/52 (2019)

Kids seem to grow up so quickly, both J & E are hugely independent these days and I am no longer needed quite as much as I once was. I am so glad that I have kept such an extensive photographic record of my children as they have been growing up, which is one of the many reasons why I am so grateful for the #LivingArrows photo series.

Thanks for reading and as always I look forward to catching up with your #LivingArrows either through your own posts or comments upon this post.

Living Arrows



  1. January 8, 2019 / 10:24 pm

    Sounds like it wasn’t a bad week! It’s so tough with little ones and makeup isn’t it. As a treat I think is best – totally with you there!

    • January 8, 2019 / 10:26 pm

      Makeup is as you say – a treat !

  2. January 13, 2019 / 5:03 pm

    They look like they’re having such fun with their activities. I have felt like you for most of January so far – lacking purpose and motivation. I’m hoping I’ll find it again by February! x

    • January 13, 2019 / 5:16 pm

      Iโ€™m sure we will Donna x

  3. January 13, 2019 / 6:31 pm

    Aww, it sounds like you’ve had a good week overall. I think we all struggle to find the motivation we need from time to time ๐Ÿ™‚

    Louise x

    • January 13, 2019 / 6:52 pm

      Motivation is key isnโ€™t it ?

  4. January 13, 2019 / 11:04 pm

    I hope you’re feeling a bit more motivated now you’re back to the normal routine ๐Ÿ™‚ #LivingArrows

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