Friday, 23 February 2018

FAMILY: Exploring Bibury in the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is well-known for being such a beautiful part of the English countryside with it's quaint villages, cosy cottages and rolling hills. Despite growing up just down the road from the Cotswolds I don't remember visiting very often and if we did it was to Cotswolds Wildlife Park. So, last weekend we decided to have a road trip and spend the day exploring the Cotswolds. Prior to visiting I looked around at some of the most recommended places to visit because if you've only got a day there then no time can be wasted thinking about where to go.
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Wednesday, 21 February 2018

SPRING/SUMMER: JoJo Maman Bébé 2018 Collection

As I look outside my window today all I can see is raindrops falling off rather sad looking tree branches, everything is a shade of either brown or green and it's wet underfoot. However, spring is coming and it won't be long before the birds are tweeting, colourful flowers are popping up everywhere and we can all get back outside in the fresh air. There are already subtle hints of spring arriving, with snowdrops peeking through the damp ground and even the odd daffodil adding a splash of yellow to the landscape. I am so ready for winter to be over with now and for our weekends to be filled with family adventures in the sunshine!
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Monday, 19 February 2018

RECIPE: Nutella & Roasted Hazelnut Chocolate Cake

Nutella. We know it isn't the best for us, but it is so good. On toast, with croissants, stirred into porridge...however you enjoy Nutella you will love this showstopper of a cake. Layers of rich chocolate sponge paired with a light Nutella buttercream and crunchy roasted hazelnuts all make for a delicious cake for special occasions. To give this cake a bit of height I decided to cook the sponge in these small cake tins I picked up from The Range, however as I only had two of them it did mean cooking the cakes in two batches. You could always use regular sized cake tins and skip the part in the instructions about repeating the cooking process again, just depends on your desired outcome. Also, if you have any leftover Nutella buttercream (that you can resist eating straight from the mixer!) you can freeze it for up to 3 months.
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Friday, 16 February 2018

MOTHERHOOD: Who Relies on Who?

Having children is a funny one. Prior to having your first you'll wonder how much life will change, perhaps be adamant that your not going to be that parent who changes when they have children. I mean, how much can one baby really change your life? Well, you soon realise that actually quite a lot. Life, post children, is different and it will never go back to what it was before. For some, that reality excites them, for others it scares them. Personally, I think both reactions are completely normal because the unknown is often quite a scary yet exciting place. As time passes and you become more established into parenthood, then your 'old' life may be a distant memory as you 'can't remember life without children'. Having little people that rely on you to be fed, cleaned and kept safe, as well as to teach them essential life skills and love them can feel like quite the responsibility. Let's be honest, it is a lot of responsibility.
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Wednesday, 14 February 2018

WINTER DAY OUT: Truly Stunning Scenery at The Elan Valley in Wales

During our recent mini break in Wales (see where we stayed here) we visited The Elan Valley, which is simply a place of pure beauty. Spread across 72 square miles, there are dams, reservoirs and historic landscapes to explore. We parked at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre to start our day out, as it's where the café is located and the perfect place to get up close to one of the dams. The café is pretty basic, serving hot drinks, jacket potatoes, sandwiches, pasties, soup etc., but has prime location overlooking the dam. There is also a large seating area next to the river outside, which would be such a beautiful spot to have a bite to eat in the spring/summer. There is also a gift shop, large children's play area and toilets within the visitor centre area.

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Monday, 12 February 2018

BABY: The Multi-Use Feeding Pillow from Love2Sleep

The humble feeding pillow. It is probably one of the most underrated baby items because, despite its name, it is so much more than just a feeding pillow. After having Isabella and beginning the breastfeeding journey I quickly realised how important having a feeding pillow was. They help achieve a better position for feeding, saving you from leaning over all the time. But as time goes on they also act as the perfect support for babies learning to sit up and as protection from sharp corners/fireplaces when rolling or crawling.
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