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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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 ...

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You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth – Kahlil Gibran   A bit different to my usual 'on the move' photos of Max. We were out exploring a new garden at West Green House Garden yesterday and the rain meant we all spent a good portion of the time huddled under our big umbrella. I looked down at Max, who was staring up at the sky and just thought this was such an interesting angle - one I see him from a lot, but not one I tend to photograph, as I tend to get down to his level normally. But it captures his expression so perfectly.  

Sleep Tight with Ollie the Owl from The Gro Company

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I've been a big fan of The Gro Company products since we first started using their Grobags with Max, so when I was offered the opportunity to road test their latest product, Ollie the Owl, I was really keen to see what it had to offer. It's a well known fact that white noise often acts as a calming influence on babies, replicating the sounds that they would have heard in the womb. White noise was one of the only things that calmed Max, so we rarely went anywhere without our white noise app on our phone, or Ewan the Dream Sheep. But the unique and innovative feature of Ollie the Owl that ranks him above any of these other products is ...

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 ...

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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!