A Visit to Mayfield Lavender Fields

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We first visited Mayfields Lavender Field last summer. It's somewhere that will always be a bit sentimental to me - the day before we visited I discovered that, just two weeks after discovering I was pregnant with our much longed for second child, I was having a miscarriage. I'd wanted to do something nice that day with Max, rather than sit at home, so we headed out to the lavender fields and walked amongst the sea of purple, just breathing in the scent and chasing the bees. We returned this year on my birthday. A strange visit in a way, holding in my arms our five week old baby; the baby who wouldn't have existed if that other little life had ...

Living Arrows 30/52

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You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth – Kahlil Gibran   I love this quick snap I took earlier this week. I'd popped Ben on the rug to take a quick photo and Max lay down next to him and just tapped him on the nose, exclaiming "Bop!" I'm not sure Ben was quite as pleased with it as Max was... I'm sure there will be plenty more moments like this over the years!    

A Trip to Polesden Lacey

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We live fairly close to Polesden Lacey National Trust in Surrey and I've visited it quite a few times over the past few years. I love the gardens - the snowdrops are lovely in early spring, there is a beautiful display of peonies and allium, and the long borders are spectacular in summer. But the real highlight is the walled rose garden. For some reason I've never managed to visit before while the roses were in full bloom, so this year I made it a priority to get there in June while they were looking their best. We had a fairly brisk look around the rose garden, as Max was determined to race through, but there was enough time to take ...

The Hazy Newborn Days

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It's been four weeks since Ben arrived and despite having been through the baby rollercoaster before, it still turns your world upside down. One minute your baby is just a concept, and the next he's here and he's a real being. Just like that your heart is filled with so much love for this tiny person that feels like both a complete stranger and like someone who's always been part of your life. People will tell you it's an emotional rollercoaster, and I can't think of any other word that describes it quite so well. At no other point in my life have I been so happy and contented one minute, and in floods of tears the next. We've struggled with ...

Living Arrows 29/52

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You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth – Kahlil Gibran   Last weekend we visited the Lavender Fields at Mayfield Lavender, in what is becoming an annual tradition for us. Max was  in a really good mood and loved running through the lavender, completely unphased by all the bees buzzing around! Something about the look on his face in this photo really grabbed me - he's looking so much older these days, and this photo seems to capture both the little boy, and the more grown up version at the same time.  

Korbell Nappy Disposal Bin – Review

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Whenever I read lists of 'baby things you don't need' I'm baffled by people that include a nappy bin in that category. For me, it's an absolute essential! There's no way I want to be trekking out to the outside bin with every nappy, and when you get a smelly one, that's not something I want lumped in the kitchen bin. Something that contains the smell until you can empty it is a must-have in my view, and a huge time saver. We had a different brand of nappy bin first time around, but when I was asked to review the Korbell Nappy Disposal Bin I leapt at the chance. Primarily because it comes in a range of pretty pastel colours ...

Wake Up and Smell the Roses: A Trip to Mottisfont in June

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We visited Mottisfont for  the first time in July last year and I thought it was one of the most beautiful gardens I'd visited. We were a bit past it for the rose season though, so I made a diary note to make sure we visited in peak rose season this year to see the roses in all their glory. It was the last day of my husband's paternity leave, so we decided to pull Max out of nursery and head down all together as it was such a lovely day. Apologies for a rather photo heavy post, but words really don't do it justice! Max insisted we all play hide and seek, which I always find quite a stressful experience - ...

Multitasking Mama with the Cheeky Chompers MultiMuslin – Review

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I swear since becoming a mum of two my handbag has tripled in size with all the different bits and bobs I need to cart around with us! So anything that multi-tasks and has more than one function is very welcome to me, and you don't get much more multi-functional than the MultiMuslin from Cheeky Chompers. We were sent one to test out, and it's fast become one of my essential changing bag items. It's a large sized muslin and comes in a range of cute prints - we chose the Silver Stars, but other designs include the turquoise Zebra Dreams, the Happy Hippo, or the pretty pink Rosy Days.   How can I use the Cheeky Chompers MultiMuslin?   A swaddle The large size of ...

Living Arrows 28/52

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You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth – Kahlil Gibran   I think this has to be one of my favourite Living Arrows shots of this year! Max is such a great big brother. It's clear he's been struggling with the transition more this week as the tears and tantrums have been so much more frequent, but he doesn't show it towards his brother at all. I love this cuddle - Max looks just so proud and I'm not entirely sure how Ben felt about it all! Amazingly, so far Ben seems to love his big brother. Whenever Max talks to him or is all in his face, he's always looking at him with this expression ...

How I Fell Out of Love with Instagram

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Of all the social media platforms, Instagram has long been my favourite. I love documenting those little snippets from our daily lives and capturing our family as it grows. I love the positive vibe it has, the supportive community that I've found there, and the connections and friendships I've forged with other Instagrammers. But recently I've fallen out of love with it all and I'm not entirely sure why.   Yet another algorithm change... There's no doubt that Instagram has changed the algorithm yet again - I'm not seeing my favourites in my feed and I'm having to remember to head over to their accounts to see their recent posts. Even those that I have notifications set up for I'm missing, as the ...