Our weekend in Pictures - A Summer moment

I was searching for something on my blog the other day and realised I'd set this post to draft (and also forgotten to actually write the post) with the business of the holidays. I didn't want to not share these memories though so indulge me if you will!

It's a funny old thing this blog, that started almost 8 years ago now for an entirely different reason. Because I was trying to fulfil a dream, of being an illustrator. Because I wanted to share my art work and in doing so I found a little community who liked reading about my life and its because of those handful of readers that encouraged me that even though my reasons for this blog now are entirely different its now become such a big part of my life and our families life. Something I could never have dreamed of back then! Some of you will have seen me blog about the day we moved into our first home together, our engagement, wedding, both my children births, Wilf starting school.. the list goes on! So sometimes when I wonder if anyone is really interested in a summers day in the garden or if I should just be emailing my parents these photos I remember the reason that I do this and why I love it and to all of you that check in every day and have followed our journey for so long! Thank you for supporting me every day and for making this my job, forever thankful and forever in disbelief that this is my life!

P.S I just came across a vintage 'our weekend in pictures' post! little Wilf and me with long hair! I look so young (and Tom's beard is so long!!)

Sharing a few pics from our time spent with Tom's mum in the summer. The kids absolutely adore her and thing she is the best person who's ever existed. I'm glad they have that relationship with her as I was never really close to a grandparent growing up as we moved around so much.

One morning I woke up to find Tom and Mabli having a tea party in the conservatory and my mama heart was like 'drink in this moment, treasure it, photograph the hell out of it so you remember it forever' ;) I know Mabli will treasure this picture when she is grown up, she is already such a daddy's girl (as was I with my own dad).

OK thanks for indulging!

Whilst we are at it I got lost a little down memory lane, check out 2014 in a round up (makes me wish I'd carried this on to 15 and 16!) or 'for my granny' or one of my favourite 'weekend in pictures post' mainly because that day was SO lovely and Wilf looks SO cute!

Speak soon and if don't forget there are loads of videos over on my channel if you fancy a watch.


So that was summer!

So that was summer! How it flew by. Part of me feels so sad about plans I had and things we never struck off the list. I wanted more time with just me and Wilf and we only managed one afternoon of 'be together' time.

Then I remember that the little every day moments are just as special, that we made great memories just in our silly day-to-day. We took a few trips in the UK of course and whilst they were great sometimes the best times are just the fooling around in the back yard kind of days.

I know that Mabli will miss Wilf (or Wolf! as she calls him) so much when the school run begins again. She wakes up and his is the first name on her lips. Those funny little people, sometimes I feel like I know them so well and sometimes they are both a mystery to me. A couple of beautiful crazy little personalities.

I'm looking forward to the rhythm of the 9-3. Wilf's looking forward to seeing his friends and learning new things. I'm looking forward to a little more one on one time with Mabli. I think the new start will feel like a fresh start, for Tom and I to get a bit more familiar with our new schedules.

Mabli has grown up so much over this summer which is such a bittersweet thing. It's wonderful seeing her say more words and putting together sentences but its really clear now that she is definitely a toddler and not a baby anymore! Wilf has changed too, he's grown a bit more independence, he's pushing away and testing boundaries at times (so testing at times ha!) but I know it's all part of him growing up and yet another sign that he is becoming his own person. That being said I only need to take a look at his rosy cheeks and freckled nose and see the baby still there. He's still so little really.

I am glad I recorded each day over on my YouTube channel (even if it almost killed me)

Work wise I've been kind of crazy busy, I think because a lot of things were built up from before Tom left work but also because I've not wanted to miss too much of summer but still work a 40 hour week (I need to know my limits clearly!!) If you fancy it I made a vid of my career history here.

I couldn't resist taking a bunch of pictures on this day, clearly!

I get asked A LOT if I'll have any more kids and the answer is 99% no. I feel sad I'll never have another newborn in my arms or experience birth one last time but I feel like I'd probably feel that way if I had another and another.. I also just feel so incredibly lucky to have had two healthy pregnancies, births and babies that I feel like I couldn't be that lucky again. I don't know if that makes sense at all! So i'm very much trying to savour these firsts and lasts!

How do you feel about summer being over? Have you little ones starting for the first time?

Don't forget you can always catch up with us over on IG too!


Crumble making a yearly tradition

There's something so nostalgic about blackberry picking. I loved the ritual of the yearly foraging and then returning home with all our spoils to eat with crumble and custard. I remember my dad telling me that the ones on the bottom were for the mice, the top the birds and the middle for us. It was one of the things I was most excited to do with my own children when I first became a mum.

We're working with Robinsons on this post because they challenged us to get fruity this Summer holidays just like their 'no added sugar' squash . We actually took their 'Squash'd' with us on our trip to fill up the kids drinks bottles because it’s a great way to keep them refresh’d whilst out and about. We then came home to bake with our spoils.

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Moving home made easier

Sometimes it hard to believe we've been our home for seven years now. So much has happened in that time, getting the cats, being engaged, marriage and two kids later this house holds a lot of memories. Whilst the kids are going to be sharing a room for the time being there will be a time soon that we'll need to find a bigger place at some point in the near future!

Whilst I'll be sad to say goodbye to this place and how much work we've put into it I'm excited about the idea of a new chapter in our lives and a new place to decorate!

I'm over on the EE blog today chatting about moving house tips if you fancy a look. They have a brilliant broadband package for making moving home and being connected as easy as possible. As someone who works from home its essential that moving house doesn't mean weeks of no internet.

Let me know if you have any tips on making a house move easier too!  

My favourite jumpsuits on the high street right now

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I know its almost the end of the summer so this post is a little late but still, anyone planning some winter sun or holding out for the sunny weather to arrive in September then maybe this is for you.

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Me and my lovely pal and photographer extrodinare Lauren Jayne Hall took this picots in the amazing Portishead Lido. The perfect backdrop to any photoshoot in my opinion!

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I actually picked up this jumpsuit at Tesco would you believe it, it's sold out now but I've compiled a list below of other ones I'm loving on the high street right now if you fancy a look.

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The gift of time

Like most families what matters to us most is quality time together. So often it can feel like the general admin of life gets in the way of actually enjoying spending our days together. It's something I'm so very conscious of when I'm with the kids and I'm sure one of my most used phase is 'hold on a sec I just need to do...' (insert house chore/making dinner/planning kids social calendar...) you know how it goes!

Philips challenged us to try out their new PerfectCare Compact Steam Generator Iron in a bid to cut down on our ironing time and in turn spend more time together as a family. The Philips PerfectCare Compact boasts an impressive two times more steam than a regular iron, saving you on average 30 minutes a week. Time that could be so much better spent!

To ensure we really put it to test we divided our family into 'team mum' and 'team dad', divided our laundry pile and tasked the kids to get each other teams pile as crumply and full of creases as possible! Tom and I then set about ironing! We timed each other to find out first off if this iron really did cut down our usual ironing time and secondly, who would be the winner.

You'll have to watch our video to see who won! The winner got to choose our family activity which ended up being crazy golf. It was such a fun morning and we were genuinely so impressed with the iron. What’s great about it is that it has a 1.5 litre transparent tank attached to the base which gives you an hour and a half of continuous use. The actually iron is noticeably compact and really light to use and the continuous steam allows you to iron quicker. What I also loved about it is that with OptimalTEMP technology you can iron on a variety of fabrics (from denim to silk with no risk of fabric burns!) without having to fiddle with settings or change the temperature.

Do have a watch of the video we made testing it out, the kids had SUCH fun making sure the clothes were well and truly creased by jumping up and down and rolling around in them!

Philips are also offering one of my readers the opportunity to win a PerfectCare Compact Steam Generator Iron (RRP £200) all you need to do is enter the Rafflecopter widget below.

Here's to more quality time with the family and less time on chores!

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No Added Sugar - The kids taste test Heinz Hoops

Since Wilf has been able to eat Heinz Hoops have been a kitchen cupboard firm favourite. An addition to an 'easy' tea or for lunch with toast. They have been our go-to many times over so when we were asked to see what the kids thought of their new 'no added sugar hoops' I was keen to see if they would pass the test with my kids.

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Vlogust: So Far

If you don't follow me elsewhere online, then I'd forgive you for thinking that maybe I'd been taking a little break this month. Although things have been a little quiet on the blog I've actually been very busy over on my YouTube channel taking part in Vlogust. Vlogust is a month long challenge to vlog and publish a new video every day throughout August!

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I must admit that I'm pretty proud that two weeks in I've succeeded in sharing a new vlog (almost) every single day! 

Obviously filming every day with the family means that, depending on what we've been up to, some videos are less eventful than others. The holidays have brought some fun activities and trips but also some quieter stay-at-home days too. I personally really enjoy watching those type of 'Mum-Day' vlogs from other YouTubers and getting a glimpse into their normal daily lives. I also think it's nice to document our days and the moments I might not have if I wasn't talking part in Vlogust.

As I'm now halfway through I thought I'd share a few of my favourites...

Vlogust day five - Pimms and PANDORA

Me and my pal the lovely Lucy from Oh Hello Face hopped on the train to London to attend the PANDORA #dosummer event which was such a lovely day out, especially for two tired mums!

Vlogust Day Six - The Mummy Tag!

For day six I joined in with The Mummy Tag to answer some motherhood related questions. Chatting about, amongst other things, being a working mum, pregnancy and co-sleeping!

Vlogust day eight Squirrels and Picnics! 

In this video, we headed to the park for a picnic and to work on some Instagram campaigns.

Vlogust day 11 AND 12 - Reminiscing at the beach a year on - plus guinea pig fishing!!

We took a trip to Burton Bradstock Beach where we try and visit almost every year. I did a video there last year so thought it would be cute to compare in a little flashback.

Vlogust day 14 - Chatting with Mabli!

A bit of a chatty video, with extra-cute babbling from Mabli!

Subscribe to my channel to see a new video uploaded every day at 5 pm and see if I can make it the whole month!



A pink coat and a yearly tradition

For the past five years now we've visited this beach with Tom's mum during the summer. I always grew up not visiting the same place twice as my parents never saw the point of repeating trips but I'm starting to see the benefit of doing so with places like this. There's a definite nostalgia about comparing pictures year on year. Tom's mum even had some video footage of Tom there as a child the same age as Wilf is now!

We spent the weekend with 'granny' which was so lovely for the kids who totally adore her. Mabli was especially taken with her having not spend a huge amount of time together yet as a toddler. She was passed down some of her aunties clothes from the seventies which I'm thrilled about. One of them being this amazing coat, it suits her so much and she LOVES it. I even had a battle trying to convince her to not wear it today when it was boiling outside and we were all in T Shirts.

I mean come on, how cute?!

I've been trying to get into video more (I'm actually vlogging every single day this month) so I made a little video of our time on the beach. Funny enough I actually did one last year too so it was nice to watch back and include the footage in this one. I think I'll try and do one every year!

Incase you're wondering my trousers are from here (and are made from organic cotton, you can get 15% off with TLQ15 if you fancy it)
Top and sunnies are from here

This boy of mine, so effortlessly cool!

If you want to watch the video of this day I'll just pop it below!


Life Lately - When you're not always the mum you want to be

I saw an illustration shared on FB the other day that said 'you're making it hard for me to be the parent I want to be' which both my made me laugh and cry. The first week of the holidays were HARD. I think I'd built up this time in my head so much as being the answer, the answer to the juggle of the school run, toddler activities, Wilf being exhausted by four O Clock us never seeming to have quality time together.

So on day one when both my children had already cried by 8am and it felt like lunch time I wondered what on earth I was thinking. We needed to slip into new routines, the kids have never spent a huge amount of time together at ages when Mabli wasn't an immobile baby and I think we all needed to work out our new dynamics.

I can honestly count on one hand the amount of times I've lost my temper before I had two kids. It helped that I can also count on one hand the times Wilf ever lost his temper too. We were both just quite chilled and despite there being hard days for other reasons I always felt like I was kind of being the mum I wanted to be. Lately that has definitely not been the case and I've found myself turning into a total monster, yelling and saying things I don't mean, throwing around empty threats to try and cling onto some control. Not enjoying being a mum and not being the mum I want to be.

I always think that when I yell it means I've lost control, I know it and my kids know it and really it doesn't help anything. It's so hard sometimes though, especially when you've asked your five year old to put his shoes on twenty times just as nicely as can be and the only way he responds is to you yelling that if he doesn't do it in three seconds we're not leaving the house all day (again total empty threat!).

This post doesn't have much of a moral, there's been no magic solution I've come across but we've settled into our new routines much better by week two (now three as I write this). I think Wilf has been feeling jealous of his sister which is of course totally normal. I want to make an effort to do some 'me and him' activities which will be easier now Tom is off and so important I think. Likewise I think it would be great for Tom to get to do that wth Mabli now she is old enough to not need to breastfeed all the time.

I'd love to know if there has been anything that has worked for you in terms of calming siblings squabbles or not resorting to shouting when your kids have selective hearing!

I'm also daily vlogging over on my YouTube channel if you fancy a watch there xx 
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