Munchkin pumpkins and the House not so Beautiful…

Munchkin pumpkin

So I noticed that Sainsburys are currently selling these little mini pumpkins called munchkins recently. At first I was desperate to chuck about six in the trolley (Β£1.50 for two, don’t you know?!). I’m a sucker for anything that’s been minaturised (or over-sized for that matter! I guess there is something about the novelty value…) But then I stood there for a while visualising the potential usage and I walked away.

In an ideal world I would have a home which has numerous delightfully uncluttered, chic and shiny surfaces just ripe for some kind of Pinterestable seasonal decorative display (try saying that without your false teeth in!). In reality? This is about the best it ever gets:


Now imagine a pile of lovingly arranged munchkin pumpkins balanced somewhere just behind Brewster and Wilson… and given the fact that my children see anything even vaguely spherical as a good opportunity for exercising their throwing arm, this has got to be a no-win situation… Or perhaps we could start up a new family tradition for October – something along the lines of the annual Tomatina tomato chucking festival in Spain only with small, hard orange missiles… I feel a trip to A&E coming on.

Frankly, anyone with young childen who manages to do the whole House Beautiful thing both impresses and frustrates me. Only yesterday my two year old decided to do some messy play which involved a cream sofa/black biro interface. (I know, I know, the mistaken furniture purchases we make in our care-free, child-free days!). So what do you do? Lock all the pens away or keep the child shackled? Maybe I should just empty out a cupboard, paint it white and use it as my ‘Pinterest’ space? No one would ever need to know that I am actually knee deep in emergency vehicles and brio train track…

Back away from the munchkin pumpkins!


33 thoughts on “Munchkin pumpkins and the House not so Beautiful…

    • Was that Becky’s post Elfa? I read that too and they do look lovely, I just wish I had such a beautiful space to exhibit them in!! Yep, the problem with two year olds is that they just don’t respect your stuff do they? πŸ˜‰ X

    • Ooh I like the idea of decorating them with pens although I slightly suspect that my children would end up decorating each other πŸ™‚ X

    • My *exact* thoughts Nikki! I think it might be a fiddly nightmare to carve them and would you even be able to get a nightlight inside at the end?? πŸ™‚

  1. I love this so much because this is how I feel. I want to decorate everywhere with pumpkins and fallen dried leaves and halloween stuff but my two would have it wrecked and ripped down or broken in a million pieces in seconds. I long to pinerested-out my house! Maybe someday when they leave. lol Thanks for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme
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    • Believe me your home decor is a lot more chic than mine! But I think you seem to avoid the whole clutter thing – not sure where all the toys live?? We really need to have a huge extension built on the back just to house the toys! πŸ™‚ I guess the art of decorating when you have little ones is the minimalist look, so yes, we can only dream of the day when our uncluttered spaces are once again out of danger…

  2. It’s like you’ve read my mind. I always love when you go for a playdate and the host/hostess says “Excuse the mess”. What blinkin’ mess? You really need to see my house………….. Lucas favourite was my cream suede curtains and whatever he had in his hand (normally bogeys!!!) That lovely scratchy feel on suede!!! Great post #sharewithme

    • There is nothing more conflicting than a play date in a pristine home – on the one hand ‘ooh lovely, nice escape from the chaos’, on the other hand ‘bitch, how is this possible?!’ πŸ™‚ Nice picture you’ve conjured up of your curtains there lol!! X

  3. Well done for stepping away from the munchkins hun, I am so proud of you. I admire anyone who can pull of the ‘House Beautiful’ look no matter what age they are. My kids are both at uni and still the house is a tip!
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    • Oh good, glad to know it’s not just my children who like chucking random stuff around! πŸ™‚ Having said that, our mantelpiece is nowhere near high enough – they know how to use steps! X

    • That’s right Jess – although knowing my two they would see a high shelf as a Spiderman style challenge! I’m thinking of just bringing my munchkins out at night, photographing them and then putting them away again? πŸ˜‰

    • It would just be too tempting to chuck them wouldn’t it?! Only this morning EJ found a couple of conkers JJ had collected and started tossing them! Xx

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