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A Thank You & Giveaway: Gazelle London African Inspired Notebook Collection

Here's a little something I shared with you guys on Instagram last week:


I love to write. Some of my earliest memories are creating story books in my first year at school before I could even properly spell.
The jury's out on how good of a writer I am now. The truth is, I often feel inferior being part of a group of some amazingly talented bloggers.
I don't let that stop me because having a creative outlet where I can express myself is far more important. I also love sharing my story and if I can help just one person by doing this, I'm happy.
This may not make sense but I'm like an extroverted introvert and I love that I can express my written word in a far better way than I could ever articulate verbally. I want people to know my journey but I'm not always comfortable with being so open and vocalising it.
Thank you to everyone who reads my blog. I appreciate you x


A New Kind Of Normal

Well the past two and a half years feels like a whirlwind. It takes me to a place where I feel I've been running so fast, but everything around me has changed at such a quick pace it's been hard to keep up.

Becoming a mother has been a far bigger life change than I would have ever expected. I wouldn't ever take it back, not for a second. It has just been the biggest adjustment of my life. The transition of picking up my life and moving from Melbourne to London wouldn't even come close.

The thing about change and dealing with it, especially when it's not just you that you have to worry about, is that you can have the best laid out plans in the world but the universe works in it's own way and what you think are the next best steps for you just aren't.

A Little Homeware Haul

Today I'm coming at you with a little homeware haul. I like to refresh my house often with little pieces that are small touches but make a nice difference when you do lot of little bits here and there. I'm a homebody, I spend the majority of my time in my home.

I'm most relaxed when my home is clean, updated and everything is in it's place. Shopping for homeware gets my excited. If I'm ever doing any late night online shopping you can probably bet I'm scrawling through the home section of my favourite online stores. Anyone feeling me?

Here's my latest buys:

TIGER  cereal & salad bowls  |  M&S wood and marble board  |  OLIVER BONAS teaspoons 

Minis Wardrobe #3

I decided that one of Baby Girl's winter staples this year just had to be a cute, warm and comfy pair of girlfriend jeans. She's been rocking her skinny's all summer and suddenly she has developed a dislike for tight trousers, so it had to be done.

Baby Gap denim is the best kind of toddler denim, so a few weeks back when they were having an amazing sale on their whole range I stocked up. A pair of girlfriend jeans was at the top of the list.

I think I'm a little bit in love....

Review: Rushton Hall Hotel & Spa - Afternoon Tea & An Overnight Stay

This summer was all about enjoying what's on our doorstep. During August, while my mum visited from Australia, we jammed as much as we could into her 3 week schedule.

One evening when I was having a sneaky browse through Secret Escapes (which I quite often do), and I noticed there was a deal for Rushton Hall Hotel & Spa. I've visited before with hubby and had the most amazing stay so at the speed of a click I booked a little getaway for three generations. My mummy, myself and Baby Girl.

London Bottomless Brunch Review: Gaucho Electro Brunch

One of the problems I've found about living in London is that my original group of friends is constantly disbanded and/ or in transit. I met my squad when I first arrived in the UK and was living in a flat in the middle of Camden Town. There were always people coming to London and then leaving again. Heartbreaking but at the same time, a way of life.

Last weekend one of the squad was back in London for a few days after being away for over 2 years. As soon as we knew her movements we booked out a Saturday in the diary and I was tasked with finding us a place to have Bottomless Brunch. Now if you've been here before, you'll know I'm a fan of brunch and I knew this booking had to be a super special one.

Through my googling I discovered that a number of Gaucho locations are doing an 'Electro Brunch' on Saturdays. Gaucho is known for being amazing at serving Argentinean steak, but as a pescetarian I've eaten there before and loved the quality of food, service and dining experience. As soon as I browsed through the brunch menu I knew I was onto something good and I instantly booked our long awaited lady date.

I'm A 'Bad Mom' And I'm Actually OK With That

This week I went to the movies with two of my most favourite mummy friends and we watched Bad Moms. We booked a late night session so we could do bed time with the kiddos before we snuck out. Even though that was the sensible route, part of me still felt like a rebel, stepping out of the house at 9pm on a Monday evening. I can't remember the last time I did that. It was another lifetime ago.

So I'm not about to even try and be a movie critique. Actually I think this was the first movie I've seen in 4 years, so a movie buff is something I'm not. However this was such a brilliant movie and 4 days on I'm still thinking about it, and as the blog is the place I come to share my thoughts, well, here  I am :)

Review: Beets BLU Smart Scale

I'm a bit of an all or nothing person. I'm like this in most  aspects of my life. I ether put my everything into something or I don't pay a second thought to it.

The same goes for the way I use scales. I either jump on the scales every day or I stay well away for weeks, months sometimes! Since being on my mum bod mission I do weigh myself most days. I've heard in the past that it's not ideal to do it so often but daily motivation helps me, especially when faced with decisions like having salad for lunch or not going in for that 3pm chocolate bar.

How To Create A Fun & Colourful Ice Cream Themed Birthday Party

There's not much that gets me more excited than party planning. 

I so love a good party. Even more than that, I love to be the organiser of one. As a 33 year old it would be pretty ridiculous to plan annual birthday parties for me or hubby (we're lucky if we get a cheeky meal out if I'm honest). 

Having a child has brought out the inner party planning goddess in me and I think I'm going to be that mum that get's very excited about how we celebrate as each year rolls around.

This year's theme for Baby Girl's second birthday was ICE CREAM. Something that is very much a special treat in this house, and how much more special can you get than a birthday celebration?

This post is going to be photo heavy. I want to show you every little detail, how I created the look and where I got everything so you can re-create it to. I'll include as many links as I can at the bottom of this post. You're welcome :)

Admitting I'm Not The Supermum I Thought I Would Be

OK. It's time to talk (again). This has been something that has been on my mind for some time now and I haven't quite been sure how to put it into words, or what to do about it.