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 ...

Getting Ready For School With The Disney Store

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I still can't quite believe that Max will be starting school in September, but it's rapidly approaching and I'm having to pull my head out from the sand and get everything ready. School uniform, name labels, settling in sessions. But there are so many other little things that I'd not even thought about, like lunchboxes, backpacks, and stationery. When the Disney Store got in touch to introduce us to their Back to School range, I knew Max would love their Mickey Mouse products - he's a huge fan of 'Vicky' Mouse, as he calls him!     Packing your school bag is a huge step towards starting school, and it was great to have the draw of one of Max's favourite characters to ...

How To Spend A Day In Bourton on the Water

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We've just got back home from a week in the Cotswolds, where we stayed in Bourton on the Water. We loved exploring the Cotswolds, with it's pretty little villages, and although I worried that basing ourselves in Bourton on the Water might have been a bit too touristy, it was perfect for us as a family with young children, as there was so much to do right on our doorstep. Bourton on the Water is the perfect place to spend a whole day, as there are numerous tourist attractions, none of which take very long, so even the shortest of attention spans can't fail to get bored!     Parking at Bourton on the Water Parking in the Cotswolds towns is always difficult, but ...

A Visit to The Cotswold Wildlife Park

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The Cotswold Wildlife Park wasn't originally on our list for things to do in the Cotswolds, but after a day where I'd dragged Max, my 4 year old, around a National Trust garden where nobody ended up having a good time, we decided it would be a good idea to do a day that was more geared up for him. It's a place I remember my Mum taking me as a child, but that was a long time ago, so I wasn't sure what it would be like now. We arrived at 10.30 and made our way straight to the penguins, which are Max's favourite. We'd timed it really well, as we didn't have to wait long until it was feeding ...

Introducing the Magical Hydrangea – 6 Months of Blooms!

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I'm very guilty of changing my favourite flower with the season, but the one I always come back to is the hydrangea. They're unashamedly bold, beautifully colourful, and dramatic. It's no surprise they're all over Instagram at the moment! I based my whole wedding around them, with hydrangeas in every colour filling the ceremony room. But the downside of every beautiful flower is a short blooming time, and I find myself waiting patiently every year for July, when my hydrangeas bloom, only for them to be looking past their best come September. So imagine my intrigue when I heard about the Magical Hydrangea - a hydrangea that blooms for 6 months of the year, from May to November, and which ages ...

The Prettiest Villages in The Cotswolds

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The Cotswolds is packed full of so many picture perfect villages, filled with chocolate box cottages and flowing rivers. It's how I suspect people who don't live in the UK must picture England! It's a place that I've not managed to explore as much of as I'd have liked - I suspect partly as it's that bit too far away to visit on a whim with small children, but close enough that we've not felt it worth staying before. But I completely fell in love with it on our recent trip, and I'm already planning another trip, perhaps in the autumn to see it at a different time of year. There are so many villages to explore, and we only managed ...

Bathtime Confidence with Flannel Fingers

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The first bath is such a big milestone for first time parents. I remember we put it off for ages as we were so nervous about putting a wriggling newborn into a bath full of water, and it's fair to say that neither of our babies were big fans of their first bath! And although you get more confident as a parent as they get older, the challenges of keeping hold of your baby once they move into the big bath just seem to get harder. When I read about Joey's Flannel Fingers I thought it was such a great idea to help with that transition. It's such a simple idea, but sometimes the simplest ones are the most brilliant, ...