A visit to Bekonscot Model Village

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There's something about being a parent that inspires a nostalgic desire to revisit all those places that you remember from your childhood. Bekonscot Model Village is one of those places for me. I remember numerous trips there as a child and was really keen to take Max now he's old enough to enjoy it. Bekonscot is the oldest model village in the world and was opened in 1929. The village as a whole has a quaint 1930's vibe to it, with a zoo, circus, harbour, cable car, and numerous trains which weave their way through the village.     There is a winding path which leads you round the village. It's wide enough for a pushchair, although we left ours in the car and ...

Summer style in your 30’s

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Where does a mum in her 30's shop for clothes? I think like most mums I lost my interest in fashion and style in general after having Max. The completely all-encompassing aspect of having a newborn, combined with insecurity in my different body shape, and the limits that breastfeeding puts on the clothing you can wear, all added up to mean that it was a long time before my love of clothes returned. But I think once you emerge from the newborn fog (which can take longer for some people than others!), you start to crave things that make you feel good again, and clothes are one of those things for me. But all of those shops that I used to trawl ...

Living Arrows 25/52

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“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” by Kahlil Gibran I've loved seeing other people's contributions to the lovely Living Arrows series and so I wanted to start taking part too! Living Arrows is about celebrating childhood and each post I will be sharing a moment, or series of moments from our weekend. This weekend for father's day we made a visit to Hinton Amper National Trust - a house and gardens near Winchester in Hampshire. On arriving we were told that they had a haybale maze, perfect for toddlers so we headed straight there.     Max could not have been more excited by the maze! The bales were the perfect height to make it challenging for him, but ...

Floral styling for a summer bedroom

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When the summer comes round, there's nothing better than a bit of a bedroom spruce up - new bedding can really transform and brighten up the bedroom, and when you consider the number of hours you spend in your bed, it's well worth investing in making it a cool and comfortable place to be.   Embrace the florals Flowers are one of my favourite ways to track the seasons, and floral bedding is always a big hit with me. Anyone who knows my love of a bold patterned wallpaper will probably find it unsurprising that I also love a bold print when it comes to bedding. It adds a splash of pattern and colour and is a really easy way to add a ...

5 Happy Things #16

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We've just got home from an amazing week on holiday in Tuscany which felt like it just flew by! The weather was a bit hit and miss, but mostly good and I love that in Tuscany that doesn't really seem to ruin the holiday in the slightest. It was lovely to see how much of a Daddy's boy Max is - all holiday he just loved having his Dad around all day and was full of cuddles and kisses for Daddy. And it was lovely to see how great John is with Max too. I tend to forget that although I get to have lots of one-to-one time with Max during the week, John misses out on that sometimes, so watching ...

How to create a stunning summer pot display

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One of the easiest ways to add colour to your garden in the summer is through a summer pot display. Although I love having a large garden to look after now, our previous house had only a small courtyard garden, so I'm used to being limited to container gardening. Summer pots are one of my favourite ways to add colour to the garden at the time when you're going to be using it most. After getting back from our holiday, setting up our summer pot display was one of my first to-do items. I headed to the garden centre to pick up the plants I wanted to use and got straight onto it. There is an art to creating a mixed pot ...

Postcards from Tuscany

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I always describe Tuscany as my 'happy place'. We've visited so many times now that as soon as we head off from Pisa airport in the car I can feel myself start to breathe in more deeply, and becoming more relaxed. I'm not sure if it's the green of the vineyards, the good food, the amazing wine, the nice weather, or the friendly people, or just the way they all come together to create one of the most magical places on earth. Of course, I'm slightly biased, as Tuscany is where my husband proposed, and where we honeymooned, so there is a huge amount of nostalgia for us there too. Which is one of the reasons why we were so keen ...

Five Years of Marriage

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Five years ago today I was getting ready to marry the love of my life. It seems crazy to think we've hit the five year anniversary mark - it seems like it happened just the other week, and yet it seems like ages ago - so much has changed in our lives since then. John and I met in school and went out for two years before breaking up during our A-Levels and losing touch as we went off to university. So I count it as one of life's fateful moments when our eyes met across a station platform one morning - we got chatting and quickly it was like we picked up exactly where we'd left things.     People say that marriage ...

5 Happy Things #15

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It's been a really busy couple of weeks lately, so crammed full of lovely stuff it's been difficult to choose 5 highlights! A Bank Holiday always does that, doesn't it?   01.After a busy weekend it was lovely to have a restful Bank Holiday Monday! We had a lazy morning, then heading to my favourite place, RHS Wisley, for a wander. I love visiting Wisley with all three of us as it means I can grab a few moments to properly take things in while John keeps an eye on Max! Max loved this huge plant - very pre-historic looking, don't you think? I can just imagine a dinosaur nibbling on the top of it!   02. Last Saturday my Mum, my sister and I ...

My Monthly Beauty Buys – May

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It's been a bit of a small month beauty-wise, as I needed to stock up on my Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish essentials, so other items have had to be limited due to budget constraints. But there have been some crackers in there that I really wanted to share with you - so here goes!   Liz Earle Smoothing Line Serum Hitting my 30's has brought with it some definite signs of ageing - my eyes are more tired looking, but the one that shows the most is the frown lines between my eyebrows. I love this serum which I've been using in the morning after moisturising (although Liz Earle recommend using at night) - it plumps up the skin and smooths the ...