A mothers day treat with Cross Country Trains - AD

I remember my first Mothers Day when Wilf was just three months old being such an important milestone for me. Not only were we out of the newborn bubble, the 'fourth trimester' (and finally finding our feet with this parenting thing) it felt like a bit of a landmark occasion. I was so thrilled to finally have become a mum and this felt like such a wonderful anniversary of that.

Mother's Day feels like a gentle celebration of all that mums do and nothing makes me happier than a homemade card and a cup of tea in bed on that morning. So when Cross Country trains got in touch to ask if I'd like a pre Mothers Day day out on them I obviously said yes and was even happier that they asked me to bring along a mum pal to treat too.

Since moving to a new area and new school for the kids one mum has really gone out of her way to make me feel welcome so I knew right away that I wanted to show how much I appreciate it. There's nothing nicer than finding a mum friend you get on so well with and your kids get along so well with too!

After the school run bright and early we hopped on the train and into the first class carriage no less and were whisked away to Exeter. The coffee on board was so very welcome after our early mornings (somehow both our kids got up pre-five) and before we knew it was time to get off. In fact we actually almost forgot to get off the train we had got so comfortable and were nattering away!

Our first stop was a short stroll away at Sacred Grounds, we grabbed another coffee because what is motherhood without multiple coffees and then tucked into the most delicious vegan brunch. I had the sweet waffles whilst Alex went for a savory Smorgasbord.

After we were both suitable full we popped next door for some retail therapy. If you were to ask me to describe my perfect day it would definitely involve vintage shopping so I'm so glad we popped into this place, I definitely could have gone away with a few more pairs of Converse too!

A kaftan and bomber jacket down we headed across the round to the cutest print and plant shop. I could have spent so much here but we decided to choose each other a succulent as a little Mother's Day gift to each other. I love that it will last so much longer than flowers and will be such a lasting reminder of our day.

Our next and last stop was The Terrance. Our pre Mothers Day together always had to involve a cocktail or two. Another benefit of getting the train! It was such a glorious spring day so we sat outside and just soaked up the rays and the fact we weren't doing the school run ;)

Before we knew it we were back at the station and onto our Cross Country train again. The perfect stressfree ending to our day together and such a great reminder to make a day trip with friends be more of a regular thing!

This post was in collaboration with Cross Country trains. Taking a day trip with my friend for a pre ‘Mother’s Day’ was such a lovely treat, you can get an advanced ticket here which makes it such good value

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