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The Next Chapter....

Well guys, it has been a minute! Nearly four months in fact. My last few blog posts were published with the promise of more travel posts from our epic Australia / Singapore trip. I have so many photos that were meant to compliment many awesome travel posts. And then I went quiet.... 

If you follow me on social media you would have hopefully kept up with some bits and pieces of the goings on of the last few months and realised I didn't just fall of the face of the earth. Most importantly, I hope you caught our very special announcement over the weekend. 



A Fun Wine Tasting Afternoon with Co-Op Food

This mama sitting behind the keyboard right here, loves her wine. Yes I do!

Wine is perfect for so many occasions: gossip sessions with the girls, date nights, to kick start the weekend - or any kind of weekend excuse, lets be real and even to take the edge of a terrible day. Wine is my friend :)


Review: Shangri-La's Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa - Singapore (Sentosa Island)

Just like that, our month long holiday is over..

We've been back home for nearly three weeks now and it feels like so much more than that. I must admit that this time, I got a great big dose of holiday blues when we arrived home and I'm only just starting to shake it. It's been pretty quiet on the blog as I adjust back into the daily grind. I have quite a few travel posts to come, there's so many posts written in my head. And photos to sort through and edit and I haven't been sure where to start.

So I thought the best place to start would be right at the beginning. On our way to Australia we stopped over at Singapore for 4 nights and although we were incredibly jet lagged we had such an amazing time. Last year we stayed at Shangri-La on Orchard Rd and loved it, so this time we decided to stay at Shangri-La's Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa on Sentosa Island. In this post I'm going to share my thoughts on our stay.


From London to Singapore To Melbourne

We have made it to Melbourne, Australia. Yipppeee! My little family of 3 jumped on a BA flight from Heathrow and had a wonderful 4 night stop over at Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa which is Singapore's only beach front hotel. We loved our stay there and I'm working on a little review to share with you all so stay tuned if you're interested in hearing more about that.


How I'm Preparing For Long Haul Travel With My Two Year Old

Please, for my own sanity, tell me I'm not alone in this very similar scenario.

You book a holiday with enough notice to spend months dreaming about your adventures, making getting through the daily grind of life that little bit easier. You feel like your countdown is still so far in the distance. It is initially, but time flies and before you know it, your holiday is just around the corner. This follows a mad dash and panic to get everything organised, shopped for, packed, lists sorted and everyone and their bags in the car headed to the airport. The marathon that can last for many days leading up to take off. Only feeling complete in that moment when you take your seat on that plane. By that time you know that no matter what you've forgotten to pack, you are only a flight away from your holiday and there's nothing else that you can do about it but relax and look forward to your arrival.... and breathe....

Me. Every. Time.


Review: Bottomless Brunch At Tootoomoo, London (To Tickle Your Pan Asian Tastebuds)

This blog has evolved massively from that late night in the middle of March 2 years ago when I pulled out my laptop bleary eyed, had a snoring 6 month old sleeping beside me and I instinctively decided to start writing a blog.

I couldn't imagine not having this blog now. It's not only my happy place. It's the place where I wind down. The place where I get to use my creativity. It's the place that I have all of you! I have your amazing support when I need to wear my heart on my sleeve (the latest open letter to my lady squad is the perfect example). It's also the first place I think to come when I want to shout about something - whether it be the latest restaurant I've dined in, my travel recommendations, hotel reviews, kids fashion you just HAVE to know about and all of my favourite recipes. There's a joke in my office that I am the queen of recommendations too so it's not just on the blog. I guess you can say I'm just a sharer :)

I visited a brunch place a couple of weekends ago, which was so amazing I was always going to share it with you. However I have to admit that the thought did cross my mind to just maybe keep this one to myself. I feel like London hasn't been let in on this secret and I want to make sure I can always book a table - I only counted 9 of them.

An Open Letter To My Girl Squad: From One Frazzled First Time Mummy

TO MY GIRL SQUAD:

You know exactly who you are. My ladies. The sisters I never had. My confidants. Fellow gossipers. Shoulders to lean on. Fellow wine connoisseurs.

We've loved together, laughed together, travelled together, lived together, worked together, partied together. United through sisterhood.

I've always held the importance of my girl squad so very close to my heart. I have no sisters through blood (although am blessed to have some brilliant sisters in law) and over my life time I've adopted some amazing ones. You know who you are. We went through school together becoming friends at the tender age of 9. We've done our growing up in the same neighbourhood in Melbourne Australia. We've become adults together. Some of you I've met later in life. We spent our 20's dancing all night. We've been on some amazing girls holidays together. Some of you were my first friends that I ever made when I moved to London and I am forever indebted to you because you made London feel like home.


Recipe: Roasted Vegetable Cous Cous

Last week Co-op Food reached out to me and told me they were sending me a surprise. When it arrived I was delighted to see it was my favourite kind of delivery - a recipe box!

Co-op have teamed up with the YouTube channel SORTEDfood to tackle the cooking skills gap amongst youngsters and have created #nowcookit - a campaign all about educating and encouraging by offering free online cooking courses.

The recipe box I was sent was for a roasted vegetable couscous and let me tell you, this is a dish I have a love affair with so it couldn't have been more appropriate to appear at my doorstep.


Review: Plaza Hotel Lucchesi (Florence, Italy)

I sit here on a cold Friday in London looking outside my bedroom window staring at a grey sky. The days are short, the cold is growing old and daydreaming about travel is high on my agenda.

We have our next long haul trip on the horizon that I'm excited about and I have the very dear memories of our family weekend away in Florence that we took in December. There were so many reasons that made the trip so wonderful and one of them was definitely Plaza Hotel Lucchesi - a 4 star boutique that we spent two nights in. If you follow me on social media you would have seen me raving about this stunning place during our stay. Heres some more detailed thoughts:


Mini's Wardrobe #4 (Some January Sales Finds)

We are two thirds of the way through January already and it's already flying before my eyes.

This is the funny time of year when we are though Christmas and the buzz of coming into a new year but we are still faced with frosty mornings, short dark days and coldness. I've kept myself excited through January with lots of fab deliveries of things that I scored in the January sales.

Today's toddler outfit features some bits that I found in the sales that I absolutely love. Both have become a wardrobe staple from the very minute I opened our happy post.