Animal Prints with Fat Face (plus my new favourite cafe!)

If you saw my last post featuring Fat Face you'll know that they are fast becoming one of my favourite clothing brands. Previously a store that I wasn't as aquatinted with I've been converted in a big way, their mustard mac for example being one of my staple wardrobe items.

I'm so pleased to be working with them again in another style post and I may have let out a little squeal when I saw the cat and zebra prints! All items in the pictures below can be found online from statement giraffe trousers to the comfiest of staple T Shirts (like this grey one, so soft!).

Me and my buddy Lauren set about exploring Totterdown which is another 'new-to-me' area of Bristol I don't really know so well. I think the last few years of being a mummy have made stay a little closer to my own neighbourhood and venture to different parts of it a bit less. I think I've spoken about it before but having a friend who also doesn't know the city too much either has been really nice to explore with. Especially when she has such a good eye for capturing it in its beauty.

And back to the clothes! Lauren and I stumbled across this cute cafe called 'The Eating Room' which is on Wells Road. One of my favourite feelings in the world is the excitement of discovering a place like this, we were all over it taking shots for our Instagram and this 'jungle cat' printed skirt fitted in so well with the aesthetic!

After coffee and brunch we headed out to wander down cute colourful housed streets, I changed into this African floral skirt. This look made me really nostalgic for my childhood as my mum used to dress in items like this all the time, she is South African and so Africa and it's history and culture is very important to her. I remember looking though all the gorgeous prints and patterns from the dresses she had brought back from there, I think that being surrounded by clothing like that was part of my first love of pattern and textiles.

Having both pointed out exactly which colourful house we would like to own and took in the view from Perretts park over our beautiful city we headed to the shade of Victoria Park and another quick clothing change! I wore the giraffe print trousers I mentioned at the start of this post but combined it with this beautiful blouse. This was my favourite outfit of the day as it was so comfy and cool! I felt like the beautiful lace detailing lended itself so well to the trousers but you could wear it in so many different ways. For example with a skirt for a more smarter look or with denim shorts for a casual summer feel!

Ok so quite a lot of pics of that outfit but I told you it was my favourite right? ;)

Lastly I gave wearing the giraffe print a go in dress form. You can also get this in a maxi dress, skirt and top! I did try the dress and trousers together but it felt a bit too much like PJ's haha! This is such a simple but fun outfit and most importantly has pockets!

I hope you liked this post! What did you think of the items I picked out? I'd love to know which was your favourite!

In Association with Fat Face - Picture by Lauren Jayne Hall 


Our weekend at Fistral Beach Newquay with Beach Retreats

I'm pretty sure that if I didn't love Bristol quite so much my spiritual home would be Cornwall. I remember visiting for the first time with a group of friend when I was 23 and haven't no idea there were places in the UK that were quite so nice. At the time I went to St Ives, it was gloriously hot I watched seals from a boat excision and eat cream tea, it was bliss! 

Fast forward a few years and I've been lucky enough to visit again recently with friends, but I'd never been back with my family. When Beach Retreats asked us if we'd like to stay a couple of nights at one of their apartments I was so eager to spend some quality time in one of the UK's best countys. 

We chose 12 Pearl at Fistral beach as we loved the look of the contemporary modern ascetics and the fact that it looked straight out onto the sea. It was also super easy to get to without a car (yep Tom and I STILL don't drive, working on it..). We just hopped on the train to Newquay and with a fortuitous £3 upgrade to 1st class and a well timed toddler nap we had a really enjoyable journey down!

As Mabli still co-sleeps Tom and Wilf shared the room with two singles and we had the king size bed. It's so funny as we've been doing this set up every since Mabli was born when we travel so Wilf always choose the 'boys room and the girls room' haha. I think its nice for him to wake up with someone in the room though as it's sometimes funny when you're little and you're in a new place.

The apartment had a balcony out the front that the kids spent the whole time running around and around. It was brilliant as we could just watch them from the living room and enjoy a glass of wine. We've been saying since that we need one at home instead of a garden just a small minimal spot to potter around in is all you need really!

On our first morning we headed out to explore the rock pools and build some sandcastles. It was super windy so we all needed hats and coats but it wasn't raining so I feel like that was a win. We had so much fun exploring caves and jumping on rocks. With Mabli asleep for a while in the sling on Tom me and Wilf held hands and imagined who would live in the deep dark caves (Wilf said maybe a bear).

I just love these pictures of me and the kids. I was calling them over to get a family snap, of course neither wanted to stop and pose and instead I had to rugby tackle them into the frame whilst they toppled me over. I think that makes for a better picture anyway! We were so happy in this moment, it's the little things in life that are just the very best aren't they!

My lovely lovely boy. My favourite time is now, I want to freeze this age and his innocence and loveliness. I'm so proud of him I can't even describe it. Sometimes I just can't catch my breath because it's so overwhelming that he is half of me, that I created something so beautiful.

oh Wilf!

Tom headed out to get some supplies from the local supermarket (one of the reasons we love self catering) and when he was there he spotted this pack of ponnies on offer. He hid them all over the apartment over the evening so when Wilf woke up the next day he kept gasping and running around spotting them all and getting so excited. He still loved things like My Little Pony so he was over the moon and spent the morning playing with them whilst it rained outside. We loved staying in an apartment like this as it felt so open and we were also able to watch the sea from our living room all cosy when it rained outside!

Some more pics from the beach, I took so many!

Another attempt as a posey pic with my boy, love his cheese face haha!

We mainly ate at the flat for the couple of days we were there but we did eat lunch out whilst we were exploring, we got a pasty one day (compulsory when in Cornwall right?) and chips of course the next.

My little girl looking so busy (and so big!).

It was so nice to have a quick weekend break and quality time with my family. Now Wilf is at school we are more restricted with when we can get out and about but sometimes all you need are two day away from home and the beach at your doorstep right?
Thanks to Beach Retreats for inviting us! If you are invested in where we stayed we were at the Pearl Apartment at Fistral Bay.
I also made a little video of our weekend if you fancy a watch!

Prices start from £665 for seven nights and you can book via here


A little question and answer!

I asked the other day on my Instagram if any one had any burning questions they wanted me to answer and I loved hearing what you guys were curious about! I had so much fun filming this little video, so if you want to find out a little more about me..watch below! xx

p.s how cute is Mabli in this picture?? I can't get over it! haha!


What I eat in a day - Reduced sugar and salt with a busy lifestyle

As a working mum of two, my life is always a little bit busy. I feel like I'm constantly chasing my tail and I often find myself getting a quick fix of sugar or something quick and easy to make but not all that nutritious. I have to admit that on my busiest days the kids will have something beige from the freezer (their favourite haha) and I'm left vowing I will be more prepared the next day!

Tesco asked me to try out their reduced sugar and salt range so swap out some of our usual go to snacks and easy meals to make. I thought it would be interesting to show you in a 'what I eat in a day' sort of way. I always find these posts and videos so intriguing!

6am - The kids are both early risers so I usually get up around 6am and bring a cup of tea back to bed for me and Tom to drink as we slowly wake up. The rule is for the kids that they have to play in their room until we have drank our tea haha, it never actually works though and they usually pile into our bed after about five minutes asking to be read books ;)

We picked up the Tesco instant golden syrup porridge in our shop and they have been so useful for a quick and healthy breakfast. Wilf really enjoys them and they are super easy to make as you just add boiling water and leave to stand for a few minutes. I add fruits like blueberries and raspberries to sweeten. I also had mine with the Tesco reduced sugar orange juice.

After the school run is done and me and Mabli have had a morning of activities together I'll make lunch for us both. Mabli doesn't tend to eat much at lunch but she'll have a piece of bread and a little bit of this soup to dip her bread into. It's great to be able to eat something that is low in salt so I know its not an issue to share with the toddler too. I used the low in fat Tesco olive spread for the organic brown bread which helped increase our fibre intake.

Around 2pm I'll have a cup of tea and a biscuit..or two!

4pm School run done and we all have a little snack whilst we chill out for the couple of hours before Tom gets home from work. I make me and the kids some hummus on toast. Mabli in particular cannot get enough of hummus! We try and eat this with carrot sticks or celery too for a slightly healthier snack. As you can see the hummus is the low in fat version but tastes just the same!

6pm Tom's home and we all gather round to eat dinner together, we like to do this as much as possible as I feel like meal times are such an important time to be able to chat to the kids about their days and just reconnect a bit again. I'm cooking a bit of a family staple pasta, sauce and cheese. I don't usually go for pre grated but sometimes having things like this to hand is just so much easier.

We added the reduced salt garlic bread which also tasted exactly the same as the regular garlic bread in my opinion! I think these little swaps will make a big difference in our every day life as it all adds up quite quickly when you tally just how much salt, sugar and fat you are consuming each day.

Like I said I'm the mum who's running around unprepared most days so easy go-to dishes are a must and I think Tesco have nailed it with their healthier versions of some of our favourite meals. What do you think? Would you give them a try? You can find out more about the campaign here.

In collaboration with Tesco 

The big switch up - Do it together

On the whole I feel like Tom and I have the balance of work/childcare roles quite balance. It's not perfect by all means but its much more flexible than most I think. I feel very fortunate both that Tom is the sort of dad that wants things like this to be more equal and also that his work have been accommodating in regards to flexible working.

I'm not sure if you remember (or if you are new to my blog I'll just recap) but when our second child Mabli was born I decided to not take any more maternity leave than the mandatory two weeks. Instead Tom applied to be able to take my maturity leave and had six months off work so that I could work. Clearly this was made A LOT easier by the fact that I work from home. I can say with certainty that if I had an office job that meant long hours away from the home there would have been no way I would be returning after only two weeks.

He's also been able to cut down his working week to four days so that I can have an extra days childcare and work three days (I have childcare covered for 8 hours a week over two days). In reality its still a massive juggle because I'm packing in 40 hours work in about 16 hours so it means that I work weekends and evenings. Often it does feel less than perfect when Tom is able to go to his office job and complete his work in relative peace whilst I'm trying to fit it into naps or take photos whilst entertaining the baby. Add to this the general house admin which as I'm home I feel like the larger share is passed on to me and I do crave a more 50/50 split of our roles. I think that largely things like the cleaning, taking kids to school, making dinner, food and cloth shopping and all the other home tasks do tend to fall on the mum and it's hard not to feel resentful sometimes when it's all getting a bit much!

That being said I bet there are loads of things Tom does that I don't really notice him doing as well so it would be interesting to fully swap roles for the day and see how we both liked it!

On 9th May, Indesit will be launching their Big Family Switch Up campaign. The campaign will be challenging families to switch roles for 7 days with one goal of becoming a family who #DoItTogether. Indesit believe when we all work together with equal responsibilities, everything is made easier for the family and the results are always better.

So what is a “Switched Up Family”? It’s a family where everyone contributes to the household chores, switching roles and tasks whenever needed. Indesit believe that working together, things work out best! And Indesit “life-proof” appliances are designed to be part of your team, everyday, in your daily routine.

You can see a bit more about what the campaign is about here. The video is the first main episode in the series and you can watch the remaining episodes each week on the homepage.

Like I said I do think that Tom and I have and are working towards a more equal split in terms of things like this but it's definitely not perfect for sure. I'd love to really swap roles for the day and see how we each found our new positions! They are asking you guys if you do try to switch up your roles to share any pics using the hashtag #DoItTogether I'd love to see your pics if you do!

You can find more info here and the link to the survey carried out here.

In collaboration with Indesit

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