Days Out · In The Kitchen

Strawberry Picking at Pickwell Farm

e9254d42-caf5-402e-8a13-b94731874bdaI didn’t ever quite get around to posting my Summer Bucket List Post, but one thing that I’ve had in my mind that I wanted to do with Darcie was to go strawberry picking. I don’t think I’ve ever been specifically to strawberry fields before but I’ve always thought it seemed like a lovely family outing so wanted to make sure we made it happen and maybe it will even become a family tradition. We live quite close to Pickwell Farm where you can go and pick your own strawberries among many other fruits and vegetables so it seemed like too good of an opportunity to miss.  Continue reading “Strawberry Picking at Pickwell Farm”

Occasions & Milestones

On Father’s Day

This feels like Dan’s first Father’s Day, we hardly celebrated the day last year as we were still very much in the frazzled newborn haze. I managed to organise a card for him but I think that’s where the festivities began and ended. So this year I want to do it properly, I want him to know how much we appreciate his hard work and commitment to his role as Darcie’s Daddy. So this ones for you Dan, maybe this will be the first of my posts that you read to the end… Continue reading “On Father’s Day”

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What I Really Want for Mother’s Day 

IMG_5049.JPGI’ve seen a lot of ‘Mothers Day Gift Guides’ over the past week or so, and yes they are full of lovely things that I would definitely like to receive. However it got me thinking about what would actually be top of my wish list for Mothers Day. Assuming that a two week spa holiday in the Maldives is out of the question, this is what I came up with.

A full night’s sleep. I’m talking a full twelve hours please. I think this should be the two nights surrounding Mother’s Day. Continue reading “What I Really Want for Mother’s Day “

From The Heart · Occasions & Milestones

International Women’s Day// The Things I Want to Teach My Daughter

IMG_0380_Moment(2)It is International Women’s Day today and it got me thinking all about the little woman that I am raising, my daughter. It’s hard to imagine Darcie as a 5 year old let along a 25 year old but I know that the person she becomes will be heavily influenced by the way that we choose to raise her. There are so many things I want to teach her, while always encouraging her to think for herself and to know her own mind. I can’t wait to see the glimmer of excitement in her eyes as she tells me about something she loves and in turn teaches me things that I have never known. Continue reading “International Women’s Day// The Things I Want to Teach My Daughter”

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Things I’ve Learned About Myself Since Becoming a Mum

I don’t care about my appearance as much as I thought.
Sure it’s nice to look nice but sometimes it’s even nicer to be comfortable or to have ten minutes spent watching telly not straightening my hair.

Nobody else really cares either.
The days when I make an effort are the same as days when I don’t. Nobody heckles me in the street for not wearing make up and I have never been shunned at a baby group for my messy hair. Continue reading “Things I’ve Learned About Myself Since Becoming a Mum”

Days Out

A Day at the Farm

We did something a bit different this morning and went to a new baby group that is held on a small farm nearby. This was only it’s second week running (I meant to go last week but completely forgot, blame the baby brain!) and I really enjoyed it. For anyone reading this in Southampton it was at the Oasis Down to Earth Farm, the group is called Little Lambs and is held on Fridays 10-12am.

It takes Darcie a little while to warm up to new groups but I think for our first time going it was a complete success. They have an indoor area that is turned into a soft play and you can wander around the farm as you please, for only £3 I think it’s a bargain compared to what you pay for some baby groups! When we first arrived we could only see the small animals like the rabbits and guinea pigs but after a bit more exploring we found the real farm animals. There were sheep, goats and at least one cow. They also have chickens but they are on lockdown for bird flu at the moment so we couldn’t see them.

Considering that Darcie can be very aloof to anything out of the ordinary like a trip to the farm, she seemed quite interested in some of the bigger animals and even got quite excited at some points, kicking her little legs around in her adorable Pocahontas boots. It was a very cold day so she was well wrapped up in her fluffy coat and hat, shame she objects to the mittens so much as her hands were freezing by the time we went inside. It will be even better to go there in the summer!

The indoor soft play was pretty good too, with a good selection of toys for the little ones as well as for the older children. The group is aimed at 0-4 years old so is a really good one for all the family. We actually went with Dan’s Mum (hi Sarah!) and it was a really lovely outing for us to have together. Equally there were a lot of mums there just with their children so it’s a great place to meet other mums too. I will definitely be going again and would really recommend it to anyone in the area.

Here are a couple more pictures from the day mainly because I’m so pleased that Sarah got some nice photos of Darcie and I! Do any other Mums have so many good pictures of everyone else with your baby but hardly any with you?

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Baby Led Weaning Tips

15380647_10154666633381501_2266954660285765886_nWe started baby led weaning almost three months ago and as I feel I have pretty much got to grips with it I thought I would be able to give some tips to anyone thinking about trying it, or to somebody just starting out. Because it is a relatively new idea to a lot of people, there are many different concerns that you could have. You might be panicking about them choking on something you give them or you might be put off by inevitable mess that comes with allowing a 6 month old baby to be let loose on cheesy spaghetti or natural yoghurt. I’m not going to sugar coat it, there are moments my heart has stopped at the size of food that Darcie has in her mouth and it will be messy, so messy. But it is also amazing, and so incredible to cook something that your baby enjoys and to know that they are getting a full range of textures and flavours. Continue reading “Baby Led Weaning Tips”

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What Do I Do All Day?

img_8948If there is one thing that all Mums (and some Dads of course!) can unite on, it is the frustration at being asked ‘what do you do all day?’.

Whether you are a stay at home mum, on maternity leave or even a working mum at the weekends I’m sure you have been asked this. Even being asked what you did that day or last week can lead to this conversation. Sometimes when people ask me what I did last week I have no idea but I know it was non stop, I know I barely sat down and forgot to eat lunch at least twice. And I don’t mind that at all, I love ‘the mum life’ but I don’t love being made to feel like I am lazy or like I don’t do enough interesting things. I am raising a child, isn’t that enough for you?! Continue reading “What Do I Do All Day?”