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A day out at Healey’s Cyder Farm

A day out at Healey’s Cyder Farm

If you hadn’t seen already, we spent last week on holiday in Cornwall. We had a wonderful week exploring and on Wednesday we headed to Healey’s Cyder Farm, which was about a 15 minute drive from our cottage near Perranporth. The farm had come recommended […]

Gift Ideas for the person who has one of everything

Gift Ideas for the person who has one of everything

With just 70 days until Christmas I’ve teamed up with Uncommon Goods to share some of my top gift picks for the person in your life who has one of everything already! We all know at least one of those don’t we? For Her – […]

I’m proud of what my body did but I don’t like how it looks

I’m proud of what my body did but I don’t like how it looks

You know those photographs people post of you online that make you squirm? Well, after a weekend spent with Bloggers, quite a few of them have popped up over the last couple of weeks.

A little over four months ago, I bought our beautiful baby girl into the world. I carried her and nurtured her for nine whole months and then, when the time came, I gave birth to her. And I am so proud of my body for enabling me to do that. In my eyes, pregnancy and birth and all that comes with it is a miracle.IMG_0812 b

During pregnancy I loved dressing my growing bump. It was expected and accepted that I would gain weight while growing a baby, very few don’t and for those 9 months I was okay with that.  When Florence was born, my initial giant bump deflated fairly quickly and I was actually so confident that I would be back in my pre-pregnancy clothes in no time. I was of course still a bit chubby, I’d just had a baby, but four months on, that excuse is wearing off and I am nowhere near close to getting back into my size 10s. In fact, I seem to have just got bigger & bigger as the weeks have gone on.  It might seem a bit silly to you, it probably would have to me too before – I have always been one to shout about body confidence after pregnancy and that everyone should love their ‘Mum Tums’  but the truth is, I am feeling pretty rubbish about the way I look just lately.

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10 days post partum

I do not know how to dress this new shape of mine, I hate most photos of me and I just feel a bit bleugh. So this week I’ve taken the initial steps to getting back into shape as well as starting a healthier & more active lifestyle. I’ve started at a weekly Zumba class and am hoping to go to Clubbercise each week too.

3 months on...
3 months on…

I’ve also signed up to Slimming World again, but this time I am going to a group rather than doing it online. I think I will stay more motivated if I have to attend each week rather than avoiding the scales at home. I went to my first group yesterday & despite turning up an hour late, forgetting to get cash out and having a mini breakdown upon arrival I am so glad I did. I’m 24 hours into my slimming world journey & I’m feeling inspired and excited to be doing something for myself!

So here I am, 11st,8lb with a target to get healthy, get fit & lose a stone & a half by Christmas.

If you have any tips, tricks or advice on getting more active & making the most of Slimming World I’d be so grateful!

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Out with the old, in with the new with eBay | AD

Out with the old, in with the new with eBay | AD

I have two problems. I have a very small house and too much stuff! Not to mention my slight shopping addiction & significant lack of spare pennies to fund it. That in mind, I’ve been having a big clear out of both mine & Florence’s […]

Pick Your Own Wildflowers at Blooming Green

Pick Your Own Wildflowers at Blooming Green

We are very lucky to live in the very Heart of Kent. Our county really does live up to it’s status of the Garden of England, filled with glorious countryside, working farms and fields and fields of beautiful blooms. A couple of weeks ago, my […]

A Trip Down Memory Lane: Our Weekend in Northampton & the Balloon Festival

A Trip Down Memory Lane: Our Weekend in Northampton & the Balloon Festival

This weekend Florence & I headed up to Northampton with my Mum & sister for a trip down memory lane. My Nan – Nanny Ann as I called her – lived in Northampton for as long as I knew her and I have so many wonderful memories of the holidays and weekends I spent with her as a little girl there.

She lived in a tiny flat overlooking Northampton Race Course where they used to hold their annual Hot Air Balloon festival. We used to go each year & I have some lovely memories of watching the balloons with her and it was lovely to revive that tradition with Florence and her own Nanny.

We travelled up on Saturday and after a *slight* one hour detour through Essex thanks to a user error with the SatNav we arrived at our Hotel – The Premiere Inn in Northampton town center. The hotel is only a year old and was really lovely with super attentive staff & free weekend parking close by. We got settled into our room where Florence had a play & a nap after the long drive. She was so good!

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At 5pm we headed to Billing Aquadrome in time to have a wander around the festival though sadly upon arrival we were informed that neither of the two main events would be taking place due to the wind & rain forecast. We would still have to pay the full entry fee to get in despite the balloon flight & glow being cancelled so instead we decided to give the Saturday a miss and went to get some dinner – the only balloons in site on our dresses!  Libby chose a roast dinner & so we booked a table at the Toby Carvery in nearby Wooton. It’s a really family friendly pub & the food was actually really delicious. Florence made friends with our waitress and certainly stole the show as ever! BALLOON FESTIVAL 23

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Cuddles with Nanny

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After dinner we went back to the hotel and watched a couple of girly films. It was like an old school  sleepover! While there was a  travel cot in the room, I had Florence in with me over night as it had been a long day and I knew she wouldn’t settle anywhere she couldn’t see me.

We set the alarm for 5am in the hope that we’d have more luck of seeung some balloons in the morning. As soon as I woke I checked the weather & twitter – the rain & wind had cleared and the balloons were going to fly! Off we went down to the Aquadrome, Florence and my sister still in their pj’s.

First feed of the day wrapped in her Nod Pod blanket as the balloons prepared for take off.
First feed of the day wrapped in her Nod Pod blanket as the balloons prepared for take off.

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We watched as the crews prepared their balloons for lift off, fires roaring & filling them with the all important hot air until they were ready to take to the skies.

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As the sun rose, the balloons took to the sky and filled it with rainbow colour. There is something so calming and beautiful about a sky full of hot air balloons floating off into the distance. BALLOON FESTIVAL 4

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Florence loved all of the colours and it was so lovely to see my Mum repeating history with her own granddaughter. BALLOON FESTIVAL 15

Once the field was empty and the sky was full, we watched for a while and then went back to the hotel for breakfast before going out to explore Northampton town centre. It really is such a lovely town full of beautiful grand buildings and charming little cafes.

We passed the hospital my Nan used to work in, visited the market square where I would play on the roundabout every single time we went there and after a spot of shopping sat out in the sunshine by the children’s sandpit where Florence had her first experience of sand between her toes! IMG_2829

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And once Florence was fed and changed it was time to make our way back home. We had such a lovely girly weekend and I can’t wait to go back this time next year.

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5 Things to do in Kent this Summer – Part #1

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