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Sunday Mini Styles #39

Today's post is going to feature one of those outfits that I just wish I could find in adult size because I want it for myself. I found this amazing suede look jacket in H&M kids and I just had to get it for Baby Girl. It's not quite right for this weather yet because we're still rugging up in winter coats but  I'm sure it won't be long until this beauty is a staple on regular rotation. I just love it. The gold zips are gorgeous and the stitched detail from the shoulder to the elbow gives it a really funky look.


Review: Wahaca - Soho & A Mummy Day Out

It's been some time since I had a day free of being mummy, so I decided last Saturday I would catch up with two of my closest girlfriends in Soho for some good food, cocktails and lady date shenanigans.

We started off as two at the beginning of the day, just me and my main girl. This girl is family to me in this crazy city. She's the first friend I ever made when I landed in London wide eyed, naive and not knowing what mind the gap or keeping to the right meant. She's the one that I lived with until I made the big move in with my fiancé at the time now husband.  We went through two flats and four other house mates and she was always my rock. She was my bridesmaid and most importantly she's Baby Girl's Godmother and she absolutely dotes on her. Having days out in the middle of London is one of our favourite past times and we hadn't done it for a while so I was super excited.


To My Baby Girl At 18 Months Old: Here's Some Things I Wish You'll Never Change

We had a big milestone on the 21st of February. You, my baby girl, turned a whole 18 months old. That's 548 days since I gave birth to you, 544 days since we brought you home and approximately 850 days since we knew you existed.

I feel absolutely honoured to be your mummy. You sure are something special. To see you grow and develop over the last 18 months has been truly amazing and I look at the little person you are today who is not my little baby anymore, with nothing but pride. You've developed such character and personality and if this is any indiction of the adult you will be, well, watch out world!

There's so many things I love about who you are and here's some particular ones I wish you'll never change:


7 Mother's Day Gift Ideas - For Under £5

I can hardly believe that my second ever Mother's Day is a mere few weeks away. I can't wait to spend the whole day having fun with my princess. I may even get my husband J to make me breakfast in bed. That's Mothers Day rights isn't it?

Becoming a mother is the best thing I have ever done and it's nice to have a little day to reflect on my biggest achievement in life. Apart from my breakfast in bed wishes and spending the day with my most amazing daughter, I couldn't ask for anything else. I imagine most mums out there would agree with me?

I've put together a list with some of my recent faves and created a little gift idea post for the upcoming Mothering Sunday. Each item is under £5. Chose one that she will really enjoy, mix and match and hey - if you want to go all out put together a hamper with all of these fabulous items, but believe me - she won't want you to go busting the bank. It's all about  love, family time, breakfast in bed and perhaps a little token gift. There's some beauties in my list, hopefully it gives you some good ideas.


Recipe: Parmesan Pita Crisps

Here's another healthy(ish) snack recipe that we love in my house.  This recipe is particularly fabulous for me in three scenarios:
  1. A snack on the go for my toddler
  2. An addition to the lunchtime menu
  3. A quick and yummy snack to bust out if you have visitors and much healthier alternative to crisps.
There are so many variations of pita crisps and today I'm sharing my favourite flavour with you - parmesan.


Sunday Mini Styles #38

Happy Sunday!

Spring is coming. I can just feel it. This week's sunshine and brighter afternoons have given me that warm and fuzzy feeling. That happy feeling you get when you're getting a healthy dose of Vitamin D, when you get that warm feeling of sun on your face rather than ice burn, days are longer, BBQ's are enjoyed and park visits involve just a few simple layers of clothes rather than so many layers that your movement is restricted and picnics on the grass. I know we have a long way to go but the glimpse of Spring this week has made me happy.

Anyhow, there's my Sunday rambles thoughts. Here's this week's mini outfit.


A Peek Into My Home: Bedroom Tour

Well it's been some time between house tour posts and this one has been a long time coming. Today I'm so excited to be sharing the finer details of my bedroom with you. Sleep is one of my favourite past times and being able to sleep in a cosy bedroom is really important to me. I've created a bedroom that is cosy and practical with just the look I was trying to get and I just love my bedroom.

The general theme of our bedroom is vintage and I have been able to incorporate some of my favourite trends in the look with subtle bits of copper and monochrome throughout. I also love that it's a bright space.

Our bed is a super king, which is just as well for my husband J because I like to spread out. It has come in real handy since the birth of our daughter because she has ended up sleeping in it countless nights. There's plenty of room for all three of us, although J does profess that whenever all three of us sleep in there, he is stuck right on the edge nearly falling off the bed because of us girls. I think his nose is out of joint because he owned this bed before either of us were around and we've taken over haha.

Another important bedroom feature for me is storage. Although I try really hard not to be, I am a hoarder but at the same time I hate clutter so being able to home everything away from sight is a must.


A Little Chitty Chat Post

Hi guys!

I thought I would take a step back today and just catch you up with what's going on with me.

If you're a regular reader, just by my last few posts, you will know what I've been baking for my toddler, what I got my husband for Valentine's day, what grocery's I brought for the family last week and if you check in tomorrow you will get a scoop on all the finer details in my bedroom. But I realised today it's been awhile since I've just taken a moment to sit back and really write to you, share some of my thoughts and an update about what's on the cards for me.


3 Ingredient: Peanut Butter and Banana Cups Recipe

In my dreams, I have a toddler who eats everything and enjoys a varied diet. She loves everything I put in front of her and I happily spend hours in the kitchen whipping up creations for her to enjoy.

In reality, I spend hours in the kitchen desperately creating meals and developing recipes. Hoping. Hoping the fruits of my labour will pay off. In reality I have a fussy toddler and she refuses 50% of the things I put in front if her. I still hope that her tastes will develop so I still spend hours in the kitchen preparing wholesome and healthy meals and snacks for her to try. It's hard, but we are getting somewhere.

As we are getting further and further on in the weaning process I am learning more about her palate and the kinds of things she likes. And sometimes, very occasionally, I make her something that she absolutely loves. Something that she can't get enough of. Something that she will never refuse (she has a track record of eating something one day and refusing it the next). Something that passes the Baby Girl taste test, a taste test of the toughest kind.

This recipe is one of those recipes. I love it for the easiness and the fact that it has simply 3 ingredients. I love that it's the perfect quantity to be able to provide fresh snacks for a few days without having any going to waste. I also love that as a snack, this is a great alternative to pre packaged baby snacks. Although I do really like having a stash of healthy Organix or Ella's Kitchen snacks handy, there's nothing better than home made.


A Day With: Quite Frankly She 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's guest is Sian from Quite Frankly She Said and I'm so so excited she's taking part in this series. Sian has two boys - aged 1 and 3. Together with her fiancé they all live in beautiful Hertfordshire, UK. I absolutely love her blog  and the thoughts she shares on being a mummy. Visiting this blog always leaves me feeling happy and positive. Oh and if you are not familiar with her Instagram, you should be (link below). Her photo's are beautiful.

Having babies so close together in age makes me able to relate with Sian's day so much. We are both dealing with lack of sleep, managing nap times, fussy eating and sticking to schedules (which she seems to be a lot better at than me). What's different about me and her is that she manages this with two little munchkins. Supermum!


Weekly Grocery Haul & Meal Plan - (Sainsbury's) #1

I love reading these kinds of posts and for the longest time I've wanted to share them myself. The reason why it's taken me so long to do it, is that grocery shops and meal times in my house have been somewhat complicated. I was doing small but regular grocery shops, sometimes every day. I was also making 3 different meals every night. One for my fussy toddler, one for my fussy husband that could live on just a plate of meat alone for dinner each night if it was his way and one for me, I don't eat meat (except fish) and  I'm calorie concious. Madness right? It's not cost effective, time efficient and most importantly it doesn't meet my family vision of meal sharing at dinner times.

I decided that enough is enough! So for the last two weeks I've been nailing my weekly shops and having fun organising weekly meal plans. Here's how I went this week:


Date Night In A Box: A Very Special Valentines Day Gift

It's times like this when I'm thankful my hubby doesn't read my blog. J, if by some chance you have got this far, please stop reading or you'll ruin your valentines surprise!


I can't remember the last time I actually brought a Valentines Day gift. I normally buy experiences - something we can enjoy as a couple and make special memories together. My favourite ever Valentines gift to J was in 2012. I brought us Eurostar tickets to Paris so we could go there for the day and have lunch. That's where he ended up proposing to me, totally unexpectedly, so the surprise was actually on me!

These days we struggle to arrange time away from our princess just the two of us, so I wanted to be a little bit creative and do something different for this years Valentines surprise. I also had a pretty small budget but I wanted it to stretch. I managed to come up with something thoughtful, personal and included a gift AND a date night. Although this years valentines surprise is not nearly as elaborate as previous years it is probably the one I'm most proud of. Date night in a box!


Sunday Mini Styles #37

Today's photo shoot is, location - my bedroom. I got a new rug this week and it's my new favourite home item so I decided that is where we would take our photos.


Review & Giveaway (Closed): Slissie (Electronic Slimming Aid)

If you've read my previous posts about weight loss you will know that I am on a mission to get back into pre baby shape, and although I've made some progress I've still got a way to go (not to mention my Christmas holiday damage!). I've also set some goals for myself this year that are less around the concept of a diet and more around healthy living and loving my body. One of those particular goals is to cut back on the sugar. I know I need to work on my snacking too. This week, to help start my battle against snacking and sugar I have been using this baby. My brand new Slissie!


Review: Shangri-La Hotel Singapore

If you've read this blog in the last few months you would know that we had a month long family holiday to Singapore and Australia. A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post on things to do in Singapore when you only have a small amount of time. Our time in Singapore was for the purpose of a stop over to Australia. We had 3 nights on our inward journey and 2 nights on the way back.

We stayed at Shangri-La Hotel on Orange Grove Road for our first 3 nights.. We had such an amazing stay there I just had to write a review and share bits about our time in all it's amazingness.


Iced Lemon Cookie Pops: Baby Shower Baking

Recently I had my NCT group over for morning tea. There are 7 of us and 18 months on, 3 of them are very pregnant (can you believe how brave they are?). So being the party planning fiend that I am, I decided for morning tea we I would put on a little baby shower.

I was inspired by a gorgeous shot that I found on Instagram and decided that I would do a take on it with cake, cookie pops and a chalkboard backdrop. I'm mad about anything that you make into a pop so the cookie pops were what I based the whole thing around. I loved that I could use pink and blue icing to go with my guess a gender theme. I hadn't made these before but I used a similar recipe to my rainbow orange biscuits but changed the flavour to lemon and didn't put cream cheese in the icing. I don't know about you, but I'm mad about anything lemon flavoured!