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Preparing For Christmas

It doesn't feel like that long ago when I was writing about spending Christmas 2015 in Australia with my parents and siblings.

And just like that another year has passed. As a family we've had one of those years that whilst it doesn't feel like much has changed, when you actually think about it so much has in regards to every aspect of our lives. 


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

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.


JORD Wood Watch Review: Welcome To The Watch Party

My name's Kat and I have a confession.

I love fashion. I do. I adore it. I love dreaming up outfits. I love looking at the best dressed list of the latest event, gushing over outfits, accessories, pieces. Shopping is my happy place, and that feeling of lugging a huge haul back home after a spree, trying on all my bits and having my own little fashion parade party in my bedroom, well, I can't even put that feeling in words.


As much as I love fashion, I'm a total follower. I'm far from a trendsetter. I always end up getting to the party, but I'm often late.

One such party I have been late to this time is the watch party. In fact, this party has been raging for some time. I told myself I didn't need a wrist watch, why should I? I have my phone practically glued to my hand, on call to tell me the precise time whenever I need it.


Mummy Tag

So last week I did something I haven't done in a good few months. I sat down in front of the camera and recorded some videos for my YouTube channel. I still feel like a deer in headlights when I set up the tripod and it's just me in my bedroom talking away - I probably look like one too LOL.

Even though I had planned 3 videos to record I wasn't really sure where to start so at the last minute I decided to warm up with something a little bit fun and throw in some facts about me. I looked up 'Mummy Tag' and found a list 20 questions all about being a Mum.


Minis Wardrobe #2 - 2nd Birthday OOTD

I have memories from as young as I can remember of picking outfits for special occasions. I always had a pretty new dress to wear for my birthday parties and Christmas Day. My mum always made it a thing for me to have a pair of party shoes in the right size ready for any occasion.

Perhaps that's where my love of fashion stems from?

Continuing the tradition, I had to make sure Baby Girl had just the right birthday outfit for her little second birthday celebration. Last year I pre-planned a long time in advance and got a bespoke first birthday outfit made especially for her. This year I decided to head to the high street and graduate from a tutu to something a little more mature. She is two after all!


Why Photos Mean So Much To Me

I have always loved photos, for as long as I can remember.

As a child I would spend hours with my nose deep in photo albums endlessly studying photos of family, friends, places we had visited and holidays we had been on. Now that I am older I have folders and folders of photo files on my laptop. Since becoming a mummy it's not unusual for me to take hundreds of photos on any given day (and is it just me who doesn't have the heart to delete any?)

The things I treasure most are memories. Memories will never leave you, although do fade and I so love that photos can keep all those special memories alive. A photo can take you right back to remembering the smells that consumed you in that moment, the feelings that you felt, exactly who shared these moments, just how young you looked back then and so so much more.

Recently my mum has been visiting from Australia. It's so rare that we have such quality grandmother, mother and granddaughter time with each other. We have three weeks together and I have really been trying to make every moment count. As well as spending some quality time at home, we have been making the most of exploring what's on our doorstep. If you've been reading my blog recently you'll know this has been one of my summer missions in the absence of us having any kind of holiday abroad booked.

I'm going to go into more detail about some of our days out on the blog really soon but I just couldn't wait to share some of the photos I've taken over that past few weeks capturing the perfect moments in time.

The first glass of champagne in Bills the day my mummy arrived. She is my favourite person to share bubbly with.


DIY: How To Make Your Own Melting Ice Cream Cone Cake

It's Wednesday and I'm only just getting over the weekend birthday celebrations. Baby Girl turned 2!

I've had so many messages from you all asking about how I created her special melting ice cream cone birthday cake so I thought I would put together a post explaining how I did it and how you can make your very own.


To My Darling Girl: You Are Two

Last week I asked you what you were going to be when you grew up. You told me "two".

This is a question that crosses my mind all the time. As your parent I think it's only natural to dream of where you may go in your life. Your daddy wants you to be a doctor or a lawyer. I have a sneaking suspicion you have the potential to make a very fine actress. You most definitely will love to sing. I don't know many two year olds that can recite every single nursery rhyme the way you can. And you do it in perfect rhythm and key.

Most of all both me and your daddy pray that you are happy. The older we get, the more we realise that's what life is really all about. Having family and being happy.


No Bake Peanut Butter Bar Recipe

I'm all about sweet treats that my toddler can enjoy without me feeling too guilty. This recipe contains two of my daughters very favourite things:

Breakfast cereal  
Peanut butter  

She loves anything in bar form. They're perfect for little fingers and for taking out and about. They're no bake. The best bit is there are no nasties like refined sugar and flour.

If I'm feeling really generous I'll add a drizzle of dark chocolate on top on the bars.


Minis Wardrobe #1

Well, well, well my little mini fashionistas. It's been a minute.

I've spent a few months having a break from snapping Baby Girls threads but I'm back. And guess what?

Baby Girl now has a pose game. Her pose game is strong, I do not lie....


Enjoying What's On Our Doorstep: London Eye Popping Days Out

My summer resolution is to enjoy more of what's on my doorstep. I'll hold my hands up and say I don't do enough of it. I'm quick to spend lots of time dreaming about, planning and executing trips abroad but I can also be a real home body and not go out and explore my own surroundings.

I don't know about you, but I feel like there's something special about London in the summertime. The atmosphere is incredible and there's always so much to do. Now that Baby Girl is very nearly two she loves being out and about. I like to keep her busy in the mornings and if I do she's nearly almost guaranteed to have a long nap in the afternoon which keeps her from being grumpy and is a win win for both of us.


Life Right Now

It's so nice to be back in front of my laptop. It's been a while. Nearly two months! So what's been happening? 


We Need To Talk

I've been trying to put off writing this post for some time. It's time now!

You may have noticed that I've been really quiet on the blog for a few weeks. I've decided to take a little blogging break and rather than just disappear I wanted to try and explain as best I can.

Life is crazy busy right now. It's like there is a party going on in my head 24/7. My mind is racing and operating at full speed all the time. Constantly. Even my dreams are stressful! I feel like I have no spare brain capacity left and I need to de-prioritise a few things for a short while so I can get some time back.

Little Bump Shop is busier than ever and needs more of my time so it's the blog that I'm deciding to back off with just for a short while.


Party Bags & Supplies: Review & Giveaway (Closed)

We're at the start of party season in my house. Over the next 3 months we will celebrate my birthday, my husbands birthday, wishing my brothers happy birthdays from across the pond and we will be celebrating many special little people's birthdays all the way up until Baby Girl's 2nd birthday on August 21st.

I do love an event. So being that it's the lead up to summer and we have so many special occasions to celebrate I really do look forward to this time of the year.

It was great timing when Party Bags & Supplies got in touch and asked me if I wanted to check out some of their products. After having a browse through their website I loved the look of their huge range. They cater for all kinds of parties from baby showers, kids, teens and adults. There's so many options for different themes and you can get anything from invites, tableware, balloons, filled party bags and so much more.


Sunday Mini Styles #50

This is the 50th edition of Sunday Mini Styles. Fifty! That's over a year of blogging about Baby Girl's favourite outfit of the week, nearly every single week. That's a lot!

I've decided that this week is going to be the last week of Sunday Mini Styles. Next time I post a mini outfit it will be #MinisWardrobe. Nothing much will change but I decided that I didn't want to limit Baby Girl's outfit posts for Sunday so I felt this a fitting name change to tie in with a few changes coming up on the blog. Here's this week's outfit:

H&M body suit  |  Zara jeans  |  Cotton On Bag  |  River Island Sandals 


A #MinisMeals Update

Welcome back to #MinisMeals. This little weekly meeting place designed to offer you the inspiration you may need to feed your family with good food. I can hardly believe that last week was already the fourth instalment.


My Talking Toddler At 21 Months

My little girl is exactly three months off two years old. I've written before about the emotions that I feel when facing the reality that my baby is growing up. And let me tell you, it hasn't got any easier. I don't think it ever will.


Sunday Mini Styles #49

Today's outfit is one of those ones where I had to stop and consider if it felt a little too 'old' for Baby Girl. However when I put the pleather jeggings on her and she absolutely loved them (I think it was the texture), I decided it was a winner. The combo of the threads, the sandals, the sunnies and her little fro bunched at the top of her head is just too cute.

River Island leather jeggings  |  H&M long sleeve top  |  River Island glasses & sandals  |  Hunter & Rose waistcoat 

A Day With: Dear Bear And Beany

A Day With: Is a fun series I am running on the blog. I love 'day in the life' style mummy posts. They are fun to read and interesting to see the way different mums manage their days. I think all mummies are superheroes  We all have our own challenges with managing our lives and running our households, but we get through it and that should be celebrated.

Today's guest is the very sweet Laura from Dear Bear And Beany. Laura is married to her love Andy and together they have two gorgeous girls a three and one year old both who have birthdays coming up. You could be mistaken for thinking Laura is a veteran when reading her fabulous blog but in reality she only just began it in Jan 2016. Laura writes about being a mum, pregnancy, family life and their adventures and loads more.

Laura's day starts super early and she tells me this is a regular thing. It's so lovely to hear how the two sisters interact with each other, especially as they are so close in age. I'm sure they are going to be best friends for life. It makes me feel like I want a sister for Baby Girl. Thank you for sharing your day with us Laura, you nailed it! :) 


Minis Meals #4 A Whole Lotta Meal Inspiration The Kiddies Will Love

Welcome back to #MinisMeals - a weekly meeting place creating inspiration for family meal planning, cooking and feeding your little ones.

Here you will find recipes, food ideas, cooking with kids posts, weaning support, lunchbox ideas, meal plans, grocery hauls, family friendly food inspiration, restaurant reviews and more. There will be a new post every Thursday with fresh ideas and recipes.


Recipe: Strawberry Ice Pops With A Twist

Today I'm going to let you in on one of my secrets.

A recipe so simple that anyone could follow it. An ice pop that creates a flavour explosion in your mouth AND it's healthy.

I started my mission to create the perfect ice lolly recipe when they became something that would soothe Baby Girls teething pain. There were couple of nights when her molars were coming through and no amount of bonjella, anbesol, nurofen or calpol would ease her pain, stop her screaming and get her back to bed. I decided to try something cold to numb the pain and pulled an ice lolly from the back of the freezer. This offered her instant relief so I decided I needed to make my own sugar free, healthy ice treats to heave some healthy ones at hand whenever we need it.


Minis Meals #3 BLW Ideas The Whole Family Will Love

Welcome back to #MinisMeals - a weekly meeting place creating inspiration for family meal planning, cooking and feeding your little ones.

Here you will find recipes, food ideas, cooking with kids posts, weaning support, lunchbox ideas, meal plans, grocery hauls, family friendly food inspiration, restaurant reviews and more. There will be a new post every Thursday with fresh ideas and recipes.

We're into week 3 of this little linky and I'm so pleased. You guys are just so creative and inspiring. I especially need to give an extra special shout out to Emma from me and b make tea for her fabulous going on a bear hunt meal idea. #MumGoals right there :) 

You're all such a talented bunch and I hope to see you all back again this week. The community is loving your recipes.


Hello Fresh: Meal Subscription Box Review

Feeding my family wholesome meals is really important to me. As is cooking from scratch. As is sitting down all together at the table at the end of our busy days to bond over a delicious meal.

It's all so important to me but it also takes time. There's the meal planning, grocery shopping, preparation and cooking and a toddler who would much prefer we play tea parties together rather than do any of that.

I don't mind doing it. It's important to me so I do, but in a world where there's a shortcut for everything, I was keen to see how I could cut some time out of all of those things and at the same time not cut out the important bits. There's been loads of different recipe and meal subscription boxes popping up on my radar recently and I was very interested to see how it worked.

A couple of weeks ago my husband J came home with a Hello Fresh voucher he'd received at Liverpool Street Tube station for £20 off your first two boxes.

Here's how Hello Fresh works:

Chose your weekly subscription box option. There is a classic selection which includes meat, a veggie box and also a family meal box catering for larger families.
Chose your delivery date and time slot
You have the option to pick from the following weeks selection of meals or have them send you a surprise if you fancy some adventure
The box arrives with detailed recipes for your chosen meals and the exact ingredients for all of them meaning minimal food wastage.
Keep your subscription box going and this will run like clockwork on a weekly rotation

I did some further research and a classic box for us and with the discount it ended up being £19 each for the first two weeks with the option to cancel the subscription at any time so I felt like it was a no brainer to try out.


What Keeps You from Leaving The House? REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Beets BLU Wireless Key Finder

Gone are the days where I could spend however long I wanted perfecting my makeup, hair and outfit look. When I would blast my favourite tunes and casually get ready to leave the house. When my main worry was that I had my matching lipgloss and lipstick in my handbag when I was on my way out.

I was in for a rude shock when Baby Girl was born. Sometimes we would leave the house 2 hours after we planned. Sometimes we wouldn't leave at all. For so many reasons; Poop explosions, instant hunger, crying, vomiting all over me, her or both, needing to get the changing bag sorted - nappies, bibs, wipes, muslins, spare clothes..... oh no she's just pooped again. Sound familiar?

Now Baby Girl is older thankfully things are a lot easier and while it's still a finely tuned operation to get out of the house, it's somewhat manageable. These days, the main thing that delays me from leaving the house is my extended baby brain (it's a real thing I promise - and hubby has it too!). I'm always forgetting where I'm putting my belongings. I think that comes from trying to do 50 things at any one time. My phone, my handbag, my keys. My keys are the number one culprit. If I had to add up the number of hours that either me or J have spent looking for keys just as we were about to leave the house it wouldn't be pretty.

When the lovely people at Beets BLU got in touch with me to review their PagerTag wireless bluetooth key finder I was ALL OVER IT! This little piece of technology was made for me. Keep reading to the bottom, I'm going to tell you what I think of it and then most importantly how to enter a giveaway to win your very own.


Sunday Mini Styles #48

Sun is shining, weather is sweet....

I can't get this song out of my head. UK is getting it's first dose of summer. Yesterday was 25 degrees and as I type this it's 27 degrees and I'm waiting for Baby Girl to wake up from her nap so we can enjoy some sunshine in the park. It's hard to believe that just 2 weeks ago we had snow.

Here's yesterday's outfit. It just screams summer.


Rejected As A Mother - Toddler Parent Favouritism

Baby Girl has always been a daddy's girl. When she was a mere few weeks old I remember some days where she would just cry and cry and cry. If she wasn't sleeping or eating she would be crying. It was difficult for me to manage and I ended up exhausted by the end of the day. When my husband J would wander in from a day in the office he would scoop up Baby Girl in his arms and she would  instantly stop. He had the magic touch. I used to call him the baby whisperer.

As Baby Girl came out of that newborn stage we stayed on a pretty even playing ground. All 3 of us were trapped in this giant love bubble. We couldn't get enough of Baby Girl and she couldn't get enough of us. J is a really hands on dad and we would share all parenting duties. Feeding times, bed times, cuddles time, play time, comforting time. With the exception of bath time, that was always J's thing.


Minis Meals #2 Sweet Treats Containing No Sugar

Welcome back to #MinisMeals - a weekly meeting place creating inspiration for family meal planning and feeding your little ones.

Here you will find recipes, food ideas, cooking with kids posts, weaning support, lunchbox ideas, meal plans, grocery hauls, family friendly food inspiration, restaurant reviews and more. There will be a new post every Thursday with fresh ideas and recipes.

I loved hosting this last week and there was so many wonderful ideas linked up. Minis Meals #1 was my most popular post by a long shot for the week and I got so much great feedback both from the lovely blogging community and all of you parents out there just trying to get your kids to eat. My vision was to bring everyone together and I just wanted to jump up and down with excitement when I saw this start to happen.


Vegetarian Quorn Mince Casserole Recipe

I've mentioned before that dinners can sometimes be a bit complicated in my house. I've been working hard on making them much more simple and meal planning has really helped me with that. The complication is that I'm a vegetarian (that eats some fish) and both hubby and Baby Girl are meat eaters. It often means I have to whip something up quickly for myself if I'm making a hearty meat dish for my family.

The prerequisite when I'm cooking for myself is that it's quick, healthy and ideally I can divide them into batches for freezing so that I can enjoy a few times over. Often when I'm cooking dinner, I go with instinct and add a bit of this and that and no dish is ever the same. This is why I don't really publish many dinner type recipes. By the time I finish, I've forgotten how I made it.

One evening last week I decided to switch on the camera and record myself whipping up a veggie casserole for myself. I must say it was the ultimate form of multi tasking because as I was recording I had a meat dish on the go too, as well as a toddler wandering around my feet who 50% of the time wanted cuddles and 50% of the time was fascinated with the tripod. Thank goodness for editing!

Watching this video back allowed me to record exactly how I made it so I thought I would include this as a recipe on the good old blog and publish the video on my YouTube channel. Whilst this is a recipe that I made for myself I think it's a great one for the family too. This can be altered as a meat dish by switching the quorn mince to beef mince. You can also shake up the veggie combinations to what ever you fancy. I cheated a little as I brought a packed sweet potato and butternut squash that was already cubed. Let's face it, sometimes it's quite a task to cut a butternut squash and sometimes I need a shortcut.


Sunday Mini Styles #47

Today's outfit is bits and pieces of older favourites that you may have already seen. The key to dealing with this strange weather we are having is layering. I can't dress Baby Girl in things that are too thick. She's always been a bit of a hot baby anyway and she is currently going through a stage where she insists layers of her clothes come off at a moments notice. The day that she wore this outfit, at one stage she was down to her dress alone. However it was cold outside and she needed to be warm during our outings.


A Day With: Love From Mim

A Day With: Is a fun series I am running on the blog. I love 'day in the life' style mummy posts. They are fun to read and interesting to see the way different mums manage their days. I think all mummies are superheroes  We all have our own challenges with managing our lives and running our households, but we get through it and that should be celebrated.
Today's guest is the wonderful Mim from Love From Mim. Mim is a Brit living in my home country Australia. Mim blogs about life in Oz with her husband and two children - a gorgeous three year old girl and a beautiful baby boy who is nearly one. Mim is the epitome of strength. Late last year she was diagnosed with breast cancer and through her blog she bravely shares her story. She is kicking cancer's butt!
I love reading about Mim's day. She certainly lives a very busy life. I know first hand how challenging it can be to manage working from home for yourself and balancing home life and she seems to have it figured out very nicely. I can so relate with Mim in regards to catching up with overseas family and friends at awkward times. The time difference between UK and Australia can be challenging.

Minis Meals #1

Welcome to Minis Meals!!

I have had this idea this very active mind of mine for such a long time and I'm so happy today to finally be launching my very own linky #MinisMeals.


I Joined The Gym

If you're surprised by the title of this blog post, believe me - I am too. I'm not exactly a lover of exercise and If I'm really honest there are times where the thought of a gym session is enough to make me feel physically sick.

So over the last few weeks as the idea was popping up in my head, I kept pushing it right to the back of my long list of priorities. But it kept on finding its way right to the top of my thinking space so I decided it was time to just bite the bullet and sign up.


Baby Girl's Birth Story

When you become a mother, you become your mother.

We laugh at my mum every birthday we have because without fail, every year she reflects.... "This time X years ago I was in the delivery ward getting ready to meet you"...... and it goes on. We teased her for so many years anticipating when she was going to bring it up. I laugh at myself now because so far, every one month birthday my princess has I find myself doing exactly the same thing.

Now I am a mother I get it. That was the best day off my life, I got to meet my princess. It was the start of my life as a mother and a celebration of baby girl's day of birth. I am amazed with both how quick time is going but also that life before Baby Girl feels like a very distant haze. Grab a cup of tea, get comfy, this is going to be a long post. The story of her birth.


Sunday Mini Styles #46

I do enjoy writing these posts every weekend. From putting the outfits together, the flat lays, updating you guys on my week to  taking the photos...... OK the photos don't always go to plan.

In fact, I'm setting myself up for disappointment if I think I have any kind of plan when taking the photos of Baby Girl's outfit. She refuses to stand still, rarely poses and is always on the go. I'm not complaining about it. She's a toddler and not the worlds next Naomi Campbell (but I'm sure she could be if she really wanted to be LOL) but I am becoming a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to taking photos and any expectation that I have of how my toddler fashion shoots will turn out is always tipped upside down by her antics.

I don't let it stress me out. If I did, I wouldn't do it. As well as enjoying sharing these photos with you all, it is a bit of fun for Baby Girl and I to have together. What it does mean is that sometimes the photos will turn out the way today's have, when the photo that best shows her outfit is one of her laying down on her rug and being silly. But those kind of photos mean that we've had a ball taking them together and at the end of the day that's what it's all about.


Our Virgin Atlantic Flight Experience With A Toddler

Over Easter I took a trip to Nigeria with my family. It was the third trip I've had with my baby girl who is actually no longer a baby! At 21 months I think we've enjoyed our free travel with her for the last time.

I highly recommend travelling as much with your baby before they are two. Tickets for under twos are free (there's normally a minimal tax charge) as long as you're happy for them not to have a seat. Even when they don't have a seat most airlines will provide cots that can be set up depending on your baby's size. You are given loads of extra luggage allowance. Normally a min 10kg suitcase and 2 extra peices like a car seat, portable cot or stroller.

So far we've flown EasyJet, Singapore Airlines and our most recent trip to Nigeria was Virgin Atlantic. I must say, our best in flight experience by far was with Virgin Atlantic so I today I'm sharing more details about our trip.


Sunday Mini Styles #45


I know it's really late on a Sunday to be posting my mini styles post but things are slightly hectic at the moment and this is the first chance I've had to sit down and put some words to this week's photos.

The weather is a big tease at the moment. Last week I was thinking it's possible for us to be packing our winter coats away for another season, but alas we've had some fiercely cold and windy days this week and winter coats have been much needed. On the whole I am still rather chuffed that the sun is making and appearance, we have blossom trees in full bloom lining our street and the sun isn't saying goodnight until 8pm.

Here's this week's outfit featuring a jacket that is making a near daily appearance in the outfit diaries lately.


A Day With: What The Redhead Said

A Day With: Is a fun series I am running on the blog. I love 'day in the life' style mummy posts. They are fun to read and interesting to see the way different mums manage their days. I think all mummies are superheroes  We all have our own challenges with managing our lives and running our households, but we get through it and that should be celebrated.

Today I'm super excited to have someone I would label as blogging royalty - Donna from What The Redhead Said. Whilst there are over 8000 parent blogs in the UK, it still feels like a small and supportive community. Donna is definitely someone who helps bring us all together. She runs an amazing Facebook group for us parent bloggers and always shares her own blogging tips that are very helpful. And I haven't even started on her amazing blog full of posts about life with her 2 adorable children and her lovely husband. She also hosts some fab guest post series and often has great giveaways going on.

Donna sure has got a great juggling act going on in being able to manage the day with her family. I love the togetherness feeling that I get from reading about her day. I'll salute any parent who has their child in bed by 7.30pm. What's your secret Donna?


My Baby Is No Longer A Baby

This week my Baby Girl has graduated out of the babies room and into the toddlers room.

This was an extremely easy transition for her. She had a few settling in days, bonded with her new key worker and that was it. On Monday I dropped her off in her new surroundings. She gave me a kiss and cuddle goodbye and went to mix with her new friends. When I picked her up at the end of the day I was told that she had done amazingly well and it was like she had always been there.

I've been proud as punch. I love that her little character embraces change, loves mingling with new friends and seems to just roll with whatever new situations are thrown her way with confidence and independence.


Weekly Grocery Haul And Meal Plan (SAINSBURY'S & ICELAND) #3

I'm enjoying sharing my grocery hauls and meal plans with you all so I'm going to continue it. This time I've done something a little different and I've filmed my grocery haul for you have a nosey at.

It's much nicer to see a shopping haul over video I think so I'll continue to do it this way. It was a bigger shop this week. Here it is:


Sunday Mini Styles #44

This week I've been shopping! I realised that Baby Girl is growing out of her current wardrobe and he needed lots of bits to suit her in the warmer months. This time of year I always have a bit of a spree. I really do love winter fashion but as the days start to get warmer I get excited with adding light and bright summery pieces again.

The dress I'm featuring today is great for the transition into warmer days. It's a gorgeous jersey cotton material and is pretty thick. You can add tights, cardigans, jackets and layer up or down to suit the day.


Our Family Holiday To Nigeria, Africa

I feel so incredibly lucky that I have the opportunity in this life to see the world. The feeling of freedom, of exploration and relaxation that I get from travelling is like nothing I could even put into words. The fact that I am now able to share my passion with my family is just something else. In her 19 months of life I have taken Baby Girl across 4 continents. I will never take that for granted and I feel nothing but blessed.


What We Ate In Lagos, Nigeria

If you've followed me over the last few weeks you will know that we've just returned from a family holiday to Lagos, Nigeria. It was a pretty special trip. There was 14 of us staying under one roof (my parents in-law's place) across 4 generations and we were there as a 70th birthday gift for my father in law.

I have a bunch of holiday posts about our trip to come and I wanted to start with one about what we ate. I'll start with a disclaimer, the places that we visited were not traditional Nigerian restaurants and I was really surprised at how many different cuisine options there were. The places that we found were often in random streets or behind big locked gates. There's no strips with popular eateries, you need to know where you're going so I thought this would be quite a useful post to write.