10 Of The UK’s Most Instagrammable Flower Spots

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We're so lucky in the UK to have some spectacular floral displays each year. I adore flowers, and chasing down the most beautiful flower fields has become a little hobby for me now - every year I try to visit particular favourites, as well as looking for new ones. I've put together a little list of my favourite Instagrammable flower spots to take you through the year - starting with the first of the flower displays, the snowdrop...   Snowdrops at Welford Park, Berkshire I love seeing snowdrops appear. After a long winter it's always the first sign that spring is finally on its way and they're so welcome. I visited lots of places across Surrey, looking for a beautiful display and was ...

A Visit to Paradise Wildlife Park

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I don't think it's a secret that in our family we love dinosaurs! Max is a huge fan of them, and I recently redecorated his room with a dinosaur theme. So when we were invited to Paradise Wildlife Park, which is also home to the World of Dinosaurs, we jumped at the chance! We love a trip to a zoo or a theme park - it's one of our favourite things to do as a family and Paradise Wildlife Park is only about an hour away from us, being located in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire. We headed there on what must have been one of the hottest Sundays of the year - it was definitely a sun hat, sun cream, and ice cream ...

More Postcards From St Ives

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We visit St Ives every year, but this was the first time we'd visited in the height of summer and we really couldn't have been luckier with the weather! We headed down after our week in the Cotswolds, which had been very busy, so I'd decided it would be best to have a really quiet week in Cornwall and just stick to playing on the beach and exploring St Ives. Which turned out to be exactly what we all needed! I love visiting a place that is now so familiar and finding new ways to see it - new angles, different times of day - there's always something new to see. I went for a walk early one morning and took ...

Being The Outsider

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For as long as I can remember, I've always felt like an outsider in social situations. It started in senior school, when I suffered with the usual 'mean girls' friendship issues, and it's something that has followed me ever since. I've always had that worry that the people I'm with secretly don't like me, or are just humouring me in having me around. And once that fear takes hold, I can sense myself starting to distance myself from them, putting myself in the position of the outsider. I'll turn down invitations to go out, stand on the edge of a group, and stop instigating contact with people. All of which pushes you further and further away. It really is a ...

5 Tips You Must Read If You’re A Parent Of A Reluctant Hair Washer

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This is a sponsored post, as part of my Brand Ambassador role with Johnson’s Baby   I can’t be the only parent out there who sometimes (ok, scratch that - often!) dreads bathtime. Max has been through lots of ups and downs with bathtime, and although he now loves it, washing his hair is still a struggle. Sometimes I think our neighbours must question our parenting from the screams that echo down our street during our bathtimes! If the thought of hairwash night brings you out in a cold sweat, then read on for my top tips for how we’ve managed to ease the stress of the hairwash.     The Moby Waterfall Bath Rinser Whale This little whale has been a total game changer for ...

The Best Splash Parks in Surrey

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We've made it our mission this summer to try out all of the different splash parks in Surrey. When the summer is as hot as this one has been, cooling off in the water is a great activity for the summer holidays, and when entry is free, it makes it a fantastic cheap day out. I think this is a comprehensive list of all the splash parks and paddling pools in Surrey - have you tried them all yet?   Priory Park Bell Street, Reigate, Surrey RH2 7RL Priory Park in Reigate is by far our favourite splash park to visit. It was opened in 2017, so is lovely and new, and as well as the splash area, which has lots of water jets ...

The ‘Work’ Conundrum: Am I A ‘Proper Blogger’ Now?

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The 'work' question is one I've been pondering over lately, now that Ben has tipped over the 1 year mark. To work or not to work? That is the big question. I remember thinking after I had Max that the decision over whether or not to return to work after maternity leave was such a difficult one to make. Except it wasn't really - it was a decision that was made for me. I couldn't return to my pre-baby job in London - we'd moved out of London and when I looked into nursery hours and costs, I realised that a) I couldn't have managed the commute alongside nursery opening hours, and b) I couldn't actually afford to work in that ...

PYO Sunflowers – Fields of Happy!

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I truly think seeing a field of sunflowers stretching out ahead of you is one of the happiest sights there is, and so perfectly summer! We love a visit to our local PYO farm, where they always have a good selection of sunflowers which you can pick yourselves from the field. Since posting our latest little trip on Instagram, I had lots of comments from people who said they'd love to pick their own sunflowers but didn't think there was a PYO sunflower field near them, so I thought it would be fun to share a few of our photos and give a little list of places across the UK where you can pick your own sunflowers.   Garsons Farm, Esher, Surrey Garsons ...

Return to the Lavender Fields

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Our visit to the lavender fields has become an annual tradition now, and when Max asked me a few weeks ago if we could go, I was more than happy to head down to Mayfield Lavender. It was towards the end of June, so still a little early for the fields to be at their best, but I was confident they'd be in bloom enough to make it worth a trip. I love the sweet smell of the lavender, the rows of purple stretching out ahead of you, and the sound of the bees buzzing away. It makes the perfect backdrop for some beautiful photos of my boys. And Max loves the tractor ride, so it's a win win! We arrived bright ...

Me and Mine: July 2018

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Oh July, you beauty! I had a feeling it would be a pretty amazing month, and it really has been. The beautiful weather has definitely helped, and it's felt like the kind of summer where memories are made. We've had two amazing breaks, the first in the Cotswolds, and the second in Cornwall, but sometimes I think it's the simplest memories that stay with you. Of the boys' first taste of watermelon, sat in the back garden on the patio, too intent on eating to utter a word. Ice creams dripping on the grass and water fights with the hose. Trips to our local park where Max has tried the zipwire for the first time and loved it so much he ...