Planning A Summer Capsule Wardrobe

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I've always loved the idea of a capsule wardrobe - they look stylish and so well put together. But I've tried in the past and failed miserably to achieve it, as I often find sticking to a colour palette boring and yearn to inject bold colours or prints into the mix. So when The Lexicon shopping centre in Bracknell invited me to their summer blogger event I leapt at the chance to join them and get some tips for putting together a capsule wardrobe for summer. Summer is the perfect time to try out a capsule wardrobe. Packing for a summer holiday has never been trickier for me; with our suitcases now filled with the endless paraphernalia that comes with kids, ...

What To Do When Parents Won’t Let You Visit Their New Baby…

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I was on the train the other day, and I was sat behind a group of young women who were discussing one of their sister in laws, and how she'd recently had a baby. The girl leading the conversation was very put out that she'd not been able to visit to see the baby yet (a week after it had been born), and that her mother in law was devastated to have only been allowed to see the baby twice. They were very focused on the fact that apparently she'd had an straightforward birth, and unanimous in saying that when they had a baby they would be wanting everyone to see it. The phrase no-one has a right to stop people ...

What To Do In The Lake District With Kids

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This post is written in collaboration with Original Cottages A few years ago, pre-children, my husband and I had the most wonderful break in the Lake District. We stayed in a super luxurious hotel, went walking every day, before coming back to the hotel to relax in the bath and then head to the swanky hotel restaurant for dinner. We absolutely loved the beautiful scenery and as part of our plan to explore more of the UK, it's been really high up on our list. But there's no denying that our plans for a trip to the Lake District have changed now that we have children to consider. No more long rambles for us! But there's still plenty for us to ...

How To Have Fragrance In Your Garden All Summer Long

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Planning a fragrant garden is one of my key factors when choosing plants. I find smell such a evocative sense, and there is nothing like relaxing in the garden in the evening with a glass of wine, with the scent of flowers filling your nostrils and the sound of bees buzzing gently. Fragrance has the power to alter our emotions and bring back memories in a way that no other sense quite manages, and it's something that I'm very mindful of when choosing plants for our garden. Highly fragranced plants are the perfect choice to be planted near a seating area, where you'll get the most enjoyment from them and can really experience them at their best. Another great spot is ...

To My Son On Your First Birthday

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To my darling Ben, Today you've reached your first birthday and I don't think you even have a clue how amazing that is to me. It seems like just yesterday that we brought you home from the hospital, a tiny little thing that had me marvelling at just how small newborns are.  Looking back now, it seems impossible to think that you've not always been a part of our family - you were so chilled out and slotted in so seamlessly that it feels like you've always been with us. You've grown so much in this first year, just as I knew you would, and yet I still find every new milestone amazing. When you first came along you were utterly dependent ...

How We’re Doing With Our 2018 Bucket List

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Well, here we are in June and I thought it would be good to see how we're doing with progress on our 2018 bucket list. It feels like we've been pretty busy this year already, and I know we've ticked off quite a few.   General We've made reasonable progress on our 'general' list, given that we're halfway through the year. We've not managed to visit the zoo, or Camber Sands yet, but they're in our plans for the summer. We've actually managed not one, but two family photo shoots, one for me and the boys in the bluebells with And Then She Clicked, and a second with the whole family with Hazelnut Photography with a trip to Claremont Landscape Garden. And we have ...

Me and Mine: May 2018

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Well where did May go? It feels like this month has flown by - we've been so busy enjoying the good weather this month, it's felt like summer has come early and we've been loving it. It's been a month packed full of lovely visits to our favourite places - it's so true that April showers bring May flowers, because everywhere is blooming beautifully at the moment. We've had numerous trips to Wisley to see the orchards, the azaleas, and the allium, and it's reaffirmed why it's my favourite place to visit. We even discovered some wonderful new spots that we've never seen before, including a fabulous hidden bridge covered in wisteria - after 4 years of regular visits it seems ...

What’s In My Photography Kit?

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I love taking photos - it's the biggest thing that writing this blog has brought me; I have so many captured memories of our family life and our boys growing up. I'm often asked what photography kit I use, so I thought it would be useful to share it with you here.   Camera and Lenses Canon 700d I got my Canon 700d nearly 2 years ago for my birthday and it's been a wonderful entry level DSLR to learn on. I started shooting with it on Aperture Priority mode, and finally made the move to manual a couple of months ago, and I've loved the world of possibilities and increased control that have opened to me since making the switch. It's a cropped ...

Ben at 11 Months: A Baby No More…

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I think I've been burying my head firmly in the sand, but you are coming ever closer to that first big birthday milestone. Somewhere in the haze of sleep deprivation, we've made it through a whole year, and it feels like I've blinked and it's whizzed by. It's an odd stage when you think about it - no longer a tiny baby who curls up on my chest to go to sleep, but not yet a toddler either. You're a long way from walking still, not even pulling yourself up, and yet you have that insatiable curiosity about the world that is pure toddler. Finally, I feel like we've turned a corner with your sleep, and I can't tell you how ...

How I Upped My Photography Skills

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Having children has been the one single thing that has ignited my love of photography. The moments we have watching our children grow up are so fleeting that it's made me want to capture everything I possibly can, to document our family life as our children grow up. Up until a few years ago, I enjoyed taking photos, but felt that I could never be technical enough to properly master using a proper camera, but slowly I've been making steps towards using a DSLR, mastering manual exposure and upping my photography game. I've had quite a few comments recently from people who've noticed the improvement in my photos, which is always absolutely lovely to hear, so I thought it would be ...