How to Host the Perfect BBQ – Part Two

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Welcome to the second part of my BBQ 'series'! This post is going to focus on the food and drink itself and I'm going to leave you in the capable hands of my husband, John, to talk you through his most recent discovery for the BBQ - brick chicken - before I take the reins back to talk about side dishes and drinks (we stick to fairly traditional gender roles for our BBQs!). John is an engineer by trade, and every so often, he chooses a particular thing to try to perfect and this year it's been this recipe, which is all kinds of amazing. It's like a roast chicken, but so, so moist, and just packed full of flavour.   Brick ...

How to Host the Perfect BBQ – Part One

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There's nothing we like better in our house once summer rolls around than getting the BBQ out. I swear I have an in-built BBQ sense and my nostrils can pick up any BBQ within a 10 mile radius! Over the years we've hosted so many and there are a few things that I feel can really give your BBQ that extra touch. I'm splitting this into two posts - the first focusing on styling your BBQ, and the second post focusing on some of our favourite food and drinks to serve at a BBQ.   Drinks & Glassware If you're anything like me, your cupboard is full of mismatched glasswear - we seem to have numerous 'lone' glasses where we've broken 5 out ...

What makes our Perfect Family Holiday?

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Holidays can seem a daunting thing when you have children. All of a sudden, that longed for break is more about 'life as normal but in a prettier location', but without all of the things that you have to hand at home to make life easier - toys, gadgets, TV - all of those parenting crutches are gone! We've had a few holidays as a family since our children came along, and there are certain things that we definitely look for to make our perfect family holiday.   A Home from Home Pre-children we were all about a luxury hotel, but all of our holidays since Max came along have been villa holidays or cottages in the UK. I find the flexibility of ...

Living Arrows 33/52

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You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth – Kahlil Gibran   Every now and again I snap a photo that just makes my heart leap and this one definitely did that! We were walking along and Max was being a 'naughty fox' and was pretending to eat Daddy! I love watching these two together, they have such a close bond.  

Where to find Lavender Fields in the UK

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Every year I see Instagram explode with beautiful shots of families set amongst huge swathes of purple lavender - and I'm definitely guilty of jumping on the lavender fields bandwagon. I'm not a great photographer, but there's something about the hazy purple background of a lavender field that elevates any photo. There are so many lavender fields in the UK that I'm always surprised when people say that they'd love to go but there isn't one near them. I've put together a little list of all the lavender fields I'm aware of - is there a lavender field near you?   South England   Mayfield Lavender Located close to the M25 and just a short drive from London, Mayfield Lavender is a stunning setting and, at ...

Living Arrows 32/52

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You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth – Kahlil Gibran   3 years and 4 months. It's such a funny age. In some ways such a little boy - scrapes on your elbows, a fierce sense of independence. And yet, there are moments like this, where, despite insisting that you don't need a nap, you crash out on the sofa, thumb in mouth, and you still seem like my little baby.  

World Breastfeeding Week: A Thank You to My Breastfeeding Supporters

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There's no denying that breastfeeding is hard work. Especially in those early days - it's often a painful, emotionally draining, and tiring experience. I felt that  I was much better prepared second time around - I knew that it might be painful and difficult at first, and I'd promised myself that I wouldn't put so much pressure on myself to breastfeed, or worry about weight gain. But there's something primal that kicks in about the need to feed your baby, and despite my promises, all those hormones started up again and it was exactly the same emotional rollercoaster as I'd ridden before. Having now breastfed two children, I think it's actually one of the hardest things I've done as a ...

#SharingtheBlogLove #56

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Welcome to the 56th #SharingtheBlogLove linky! I can't believe August is here already - it seems like this year is just whizzing by, and July has gone quicker than any month yet! I feel like we're settling into the swing of things as a family of four - I've even made a couple of trips out with Ben and Max together, although I'm saving those for days when I feel particularly energetic. I hope you're all enjoying your summer holidays - it's been a bit of a washout so far, hasn't it? Let's hope August has some better weather in store for us. A Slight Change - Please Read! For August we're having a bit of a change to #SharingtheBlogLove and we'll be ...

Sharing the Blog Love – Showcase 56

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A big welcome to our weekly #SharingtheBlogLove Showcase. I loved reading all of your posts last week, there were so many great reads to keep me busy! If you're new to #SharingtheBlogLove, these are mine and Laura's favourite posts from last week's linky. As part of the linky we'd like you to choose one post from each showcase post (one from mine and one from Laura's) to head over to and leave a comment to show them some extra blog love. It's always lovely to take a look at our featured posts this week and see how many extra comments they've had from you guys! Talking Mums So often I read Mums talking about how guilty they feel about taking time for themselves. But it's amazing the ...

Me and Mine: A Family Portrait in July

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I can't quite believe that it's been a whole month since our last Me and Mine post, but the calendar says it has, so it must be true! We're definitely settling into life as a family of four now and getting into the swing of things a bit more, even if the days are passing by in a bit of a blur! Our photos this month were taken on my birthday, when we decided to mark the occasion by taking a trip to Mayfield Lavender (you can read the full post here). It was a bit of a fail as far as family photos go - call it baby brain, but I seem to have lost the 'foot' which attaches the ...