Lavender Daze

This week I’m certainly feeling like summer is drawing to a close, the rainy afternoons & first falling leaves by the front door are telling me Autums just around the corner. Autumn is my all time favourite season and I’ve got lots of posts dedicated to ‘ Falling into Fall’ coming up.

But while the summer is still clinging on and the sunshine made a glorious appearance we set off for a day amongst the lavender fields of Hitchin.

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As we arrived and parked the car you were immediately met with a lavender filled breeze and I felt myself relax.

The girls set off amongst the rows of flowers with their little bags ready to pick some blooms.

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Here we are playing hide and seek amongst the sunflowers !

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The scenery, the smells and warm summer afternoon sent me into a lavender daze of happiness & we picked enough to fill the house with flowers & make some bouquets for friends.

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If you get the chance to visit it’s well worth a trip and I’m not sure if it was the mountains of lavender scenting the journey home but the girls were asleep by 6pm for the night !

Have a great weekend mamas

xoxo

Audrey’s bubbles !

I’m a huge Audrey Hepburn fan and a few weeks ago I was excitedly awaiting the arrival of ‘Audrey at Home’ – it’s a book written by Audrey’s son packed with memories & recipes.

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After browsing through the pages I decided the very first recipe I would try would be Audrey’s Peach Bellini ! A Perfect weekend treat for a mama of toddler twins !

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It’s really quick and easy, all you need is Prosecco & peaches ! Leave the Prosecco to chill in the fridge throughout the day, I checked on mine at regular intervals and in between twin toddler disputes over who wanted to eat the 3 day old ( or longer !) Cheerio found behind the princess castle, I knew the colder it got the nearer it was getting to refreshment time !

Bath & Bedtime done and I whipped down to the kitchen and cut the peaches and squeezed the juices into my glass.  I added the chilled Prosecco and that was it !

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Audrey suggest’s you serve immediately and who am I to disagree with Audrey ! If I was to add my own serving suggestion it would be some pamper products and Breakfast at Tiffany’s – a perfect companion to a perfect weekend treat of bubbles !

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Enjoy mamas xoxo

National Treasures !

In my ongoing attempts to keep the girls busy & active I decided to join the National Trust. For the last couple of months we’ve been visiting some beautiful places and had some amazing family days out.

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The girls are always exhausted from all the fresh air and running & I feel like I’m living in a Jane Austen novel for an afternoon !

I’ve been really impressed with all the ones we’ve been too so far, They are really welcoming and family friendly, and when I’m on my own with the girls I feel confident to let them run around without too much worrying !

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If your looking for some family days out this summer I’d really recommend checking out their summer holiday events too, lots going on in beautiful surroundings and if the sun is shining it really is a winner.  We’ve enjoyed teddy bears picnics & woodland lunches, tree climbing, fairy searching & a stroll through sleeping beauty’s forest !

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In honour of joining I brought some worthy Wellington boots as you never know what the British summer weather will be like !

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Sometimes we pack a picnic and other times we’ve eaten in the tea rooms. Both involve scones & jam ! Yummy !

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If you’ve got bubble loving toddlers then don’t forget to pack your bubbles ! The girls loved racing around the gardens in pursuit of them !

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They really have been lovely little adventures so far & we are hoping to visit as many as we can over the next year. Let me know if you have any recommendations !

Have a good weekend mamas xoxo

Never stop Exploring !

I am loving this summer weather we’ve been having and although it’s pretty changeable I do feel like we’ve enjoyed a lovely summer so far.  That said when the prospect of a summer holiday was put to me I was searching for my passport quicker than a lost dummy at nap time.

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So when this months ‘My Little Box’ turned up I was even more excited that I would be able to use the items in sunnier climbs !  First up is this cute little travel Wallet organiser, perfect for storing your passport and documents.

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The products this month were all holiday friendly and all wrapped up in a sweet little canvas tote. Inside a sweet smelling after sun, an Essie Polish in a hot pink/coral holiday colour and Garnier’s new make-up remover/cleanser handy for saving room in the toiletries bag !

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There were a couple of fun items that I’ll try out on holiday – a little notebook to capture memories and some dainty body transfers.

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So apart from being bikini ready I’m all set for our holiday with some of my favourite people ! It’s going to be interesting flying with toddler twins so if you have any advice let me know !

Have a good week Mamas xoxo

Life is like a road trip – Bumpy roads and beautiful views !

Happy August ! I’m not sure where this year is going but it’s going by in a heartbeat !

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July was such a busy month with ups and downs ! One thing I’m constantly learning is that I’m constantly learning along the parent road trip we’re on. Toddlerhood with twins is delightful and challenging ! They are constantly testing boundaries whilst I’m learning how best to manage each new situation but even on a bad day they reward me with something and I’m thankful to them for that. This week we went walking just the three of us ,no buggy ( well Gracie’s dolls buggy) and they held my hands and it was bliss – there was one small escape but i’ll take that.

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I’m blessed that I am surrounded by mamas who are further into this road trip than I am. I look to them for advice and reassurance. My always go to girl is my cousin and mama to 3. She is amazing and we keep each other sane with our daily texts, we FaceTime with crazy hair and screaming kids in the background and we make each other laugh with relief amongst the crazy days. I love her and was so excited to become a fairy godmother to her newest little person !

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I’m well aware that I’m blessed to just be dealing with these daily challenges as when life throws you a curveball that’s when the hard times really set in. I know what it’s like to have your whole world turn upside down in an instant and carry that with me always.

Tough times don’t last but tough people do and whatever your going through right now I hope the storm passes quickly and you find the strength to dance in the rain again soon.

Have a good weekend mamas xoxo

Summertime Surprise Project

I love surprises ! Since having the girls I’m greeted with surprises on a regular basis, this week I’ve been faced with a toilet incident on a cream carpet and crafty crayon art work on the tv cabinet ! These surprises aren’t high on my excitement list but they always seem to be redeemed with a cuteness overload surprise like the girls holding hands and dancing or giving each other a hug !

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Anyway when I heard about the summertime surprise project, I was excited to get involved !

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Lovely lucy over at Capture by Lucy arranged a ‘summertime surprise project ‘. She pairs you up with a partner and you send each other some little treats in the post ! You are provided with your partners name, their likes and the budget (£5-10)  and off you go !

I was paired with Lucy who runs ‘from lucy with love ‘ blog ( pop over and have a read it’s full of lovely posts ) . I had a good read and knew lucy had recently got married, loved stationary and inspirational quotes, a perfect match for me and I set about putting together some personalised items for Lucy.

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I knew lucy liked postcards so I thought I would design some personalised vintage ‘Lucy Mail’ and added the ‘with love lucy’ to the cards. A couple of my favourite quotes for inspiration love audrey hepburns ‘believe’ quote and I finished off with some true love ribbon and pegs to hang the quotes on.

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In the midst of my chaotic week of cot to bed change with the girls it was so lovely to receive a surprise in the post. Lucy had picked such thoughtful items , rose bunting, an initial print and pretty crafty tape all wrapped beautifully !

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I loved being part of this project and will be signing up again for the autumn one, but in the meantime I’ve been putting together some mini surprise post for my favourite friends and family, it really did cheer me up to receive something so thoughtful especially on ‘one of those days’ !

Have a good week mamas and hope it’s filled with good surprises xoxo

Sail away with me mama !

Eeeek ! It’s been a crazy couple of weeks here, the girls decided to climb out of their cots …. In their sleep bags ! Cue panic attacks and copious glasses of vino ! Bedtime , nap time it’s all party time for them and the new found freedom has sent us all into Chaos ! They have pulled out the contents of the wardrobe to play hide and seek , climbed into each other’s beds to jump up and down and literally done anything possible to stay up as long as possible ! Drastic measures were called for and I quickly looked for my gina ford book who helpfully tells you to ride it out and nothing about dealing with two ! I’m chanting my mantra ‘ this too shall pass’ to help me through !

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Whilst in the midst of this transiston I was delighted to receive this months My Little Box. With days spent trying to tire the girls out this was just the little treat I needed, unfortunately due to above chaos I’ve barely had time to try it out, but as things have started to settle back down I was able to delve into it yesterday.

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This months box had a nautical theme and I love the details in the packaging. After a twin related dispute with my favourite sunglasses I was over the moon to have these cute glasses in the box, I’ve not stopped wearing them !

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The the canvas tote was covered in bows and I’m using it to store the girls thousands of hair clips and bows ! This months products were a nail varnish, hair serum and body exfoliator perfect for holiday prep ! There were also a couple of cute pop up bags which I’m going to use to store bits in the bathroom.

I’m hopeful for a better week but who knows, being a twin mama to toddlers is full of surprises and although it’s been an exhausting couple of weeks their little personalities make up for the chaos and keep me sane (ish) !

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Have a great weekend mamas xx

Mama moments – Girls date night

I think I mentioned before I’m a big movie fan, Before the girls arrived, twin daddy and I spent many a night at the cinema or tucked up in bed watching a film. We used to do back to back films at our local cinema and it was a sad day when we put our unlimited passes away !  Now most of our movie nights are at home and I sometimes make extra touches to make it feel like we are in a date night !

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Thankfully two of my favourite girly friends are always willing to come with me to see the latest chick flick !

This week my ‘mamas moment’ was a trip to the cinema to see ‘ The Longest Ride’, now pretty much everyone who knows me, knows my favourite film is The Notebook, so any Nicholas sparks films are always on my list to see, they can be a bit cheesy for some, but I’m a girl who likes the cheese, the more the better I say and I’m a girl who loves romance and these films give it to me in heaps ! I love all the books so I was excited to see the film.

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The lead character is a cowboy and I have currently spent the last couple of days persuading twin daddy to wear a Stetson and talk southern to me !

Anyway, it’s set in North Carolina and the scenery and country music soundtrack were both right up my street. The two love stories run together throughout the film and flick between the 1940’s and the present day.  I won’t go into the story in case your planning to see it but if your a sparks fan you’ll enjoy this romantic tale of love overcoming challenges.

Stock up on tissues as it’s a bit of a weepy ! You’ll come away wanting a cowboy of your own or feeling grateful for your own cowboy waiting at home for you !

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More mama moments next week !

Have a good weekend mamas xx

I do, I do, I do !

May & June have been such fun filled months, with birthdays, bridal showers and weddings there has been plenty going on !

I was so honoured when my friend asked me to be involved in styling her wedding. With lots of chat over tea and Pinterest we planned ideas and put together a beautiful romantic rustic wedding theme.

But before a wedding comes a bridal soirée ! A small gathering of the brides nearest and dearest joined her to celebrate over Pimms and wish her well on her upcoming nuptials. Well wishes and advice were written on little wooden spoons to be dipped into over the future years !

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Then it was time for the ‘I do’s’ ! The venue was a beautiful traditional manor surrounded by glorious countryside. The sun was shining and the manicured gardens were host to the wedding marquee.

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The floral theme was dotted around the room from the table plan, cake and table centrepieces. It was a quintessential country summer wedding. Afternoon tea was enjoyed by all as you can see a small twin hand couldn’t wait to try the afternoon delights !

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I found the apple crate from one of my favourite vintage shops and after some dusting down it was perfect for the table plan. Each table was named after flowers, so I made a floral inspired seating plan and sprigs of lavender finished off the display.  I made a matching heart garland and tied it to a vintage suitcase for guests to leave cards for the happy couple.

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The cake took centre stage between floral arrangements. It was simply beautiful and perfect for the country style wedding.

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It was a beautiful day and I was so happy to be a part of it and to celebrate the nuptials. Wishing the newlyweds a lifetime of happiness !

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