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Taking Time Out at Carey’s Manor SenSpa

If you surveyed a bunch of mums and asked them what they would like most in the world right now, I can guarantee you that the majority of them would wistfully say a Spa Day and then laugh to themselves because, you know, how often do us mums actually get to treat ourselves to that extent? I’ve been longing for a Spa Day since before my daughter was born, nearly two whole years ago, but I’ve never actually managed to find the time to give myself that break and take a day to relax. When Carey’s Manor offered myself and a friend the chance to review the facilities and have a ‘Mums Day Off’, we of course jumped at the chance! After a lot of back and forth we eventually managed to find a day we could both do, when the children would be looked after and we could head off to the Spa and give ourselves the relaxing day that we both needed!

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Easter at the Farm

I’m sure Easter is becoming a bigger celebration nationwide each year. This year I’ve seen people going all out with Easter Baskets, extravagant egg hunts and even Easter Trees. Easter traditions are becoming as popular as Christmas ones and while I’m definitely not an Easter Scrooge, I also certainly couldn’t be bothered to go all out in the same way that some people have. (That’s no shade on those that do, I just don’t have the energy this year!). We kept Easter quite low key, of course we got Darcie (and ourselves) a few Easter treats and I cooked us a roast dinner for lunch. But the highlight of the day for me was taking Darcie to a little Easter Egg Hunt at our local farm.

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Please DO Touch Trail at Southampton City Art Gallery

As a stay at home mum I often find myself slipping into the same routines with Darcie. We have park days and soft play days, play dates and family time. We also have our Longdown and Paulton’s Park annual passes which get a hell of a lot of use and always make for really good days out. As much as I know that I do a lot with Darcie (we hardly ever actually spend time at home!), sometimes it can all begin to feel a bit samey and I’m constantly thinking of different things we can do that will help her grow into a well rounded little person. So for this reason, I was really pleased when I heard about the Please DO Touch Trail that is currently running at Southampton City Art Gallery. Continue reading “Please DO Touch Trail at Southampton City Art Gallery”

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Family Time

Most of you will have picked up by now that I am a BIG advocate for family time. Nothing makes me happier than spending quality time with my little family unit, doing something we all enjoy and just making the most of each other’s company. We all work so hard to earn money, keep the house presentable, raise the children, that I think it’s so important that we take the time to enjoy ourselves amongst the chaos too. It’s good to remember what we are all working so hard for and why it is all worth it. Continue reading “Family Time”

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Caalm Camping Review

img_7765.jpgIf you follow me on social media you will have seen many posts last week all about our trip to Shaftesbury to stay in one of the gorgeous yurts at Caalm Camp. Caalm Camp is essentially a glamping experience, but look a little further and you will find that there is a lot more to it than that. Caalm Camp is a family business nestled in the heart of the quiet Dorset countryside, with authenticity, calm and comfort at it’s centre. It’s clear how passionate the family are about their business and it was fascinating talking to them about the history of the yurts and how Caalm Camp came about. Continue reading “Caalm Camping Review”

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Affordable British Destinations For a Family Staycation

pexels-photo-297642.jpegWith a growing family, the cost of going abroad can really add up. For some parents too, the thought of taking the kids on an airplane can seem a little daunting. So it is no surprise that many people to choose to have a staycation instead of going abroad, at least once a year. There is so much to see and do in the UK that it really is possible to have a great family trip without some of the hassles that come with going abroad. You don’t have to change money or learn a new language, and you know what the food is going to be if you’ve got a fussy eater or a child with an allergy. There are so many options for amazing staycations in the UK that it can be hard to know where to begin. I’ve put together some ideas to give you some inspiration for your next trip. Continue reading “Affordable British Destinations For a Family Staycation”

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I Had The Best Day With You Today

Sometimes it’s the days you least expect to be anything special, that make you thankful for the life you lead. For me, Friday was one of those days. After a week of too many small things going wrong, I had almost written it off entirely. My original plan for the day was to take Darcie to our local farm. However, when I woke up and realised how cold it was I decided not to do the long walk to the farm with Darcie freezing in the pram, but instead to take her for a little walk in some woodland nearby to us. At least if she was walking she wouldn’t get so cold and we could both get some fresh air and relieve some of that cabin fever we were both suffering from after a rainy week indoors. Continue reading “I Had The Best Day With You Today”

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Sightings From November

You may remember that a few months ago I started doing monthly favourites posts, they were a good way to round up the month but the problem I found is actually having enough different things to put in the post each month. My lovely friend Caitylis has recently started a series on her blog which are posts called ‘Sightings From’ in which she puts her favourite photographs from the month and a little summary of how the month has been. She has invited other bloggers to join in with this and so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to get back into doing a monthly round up post but in a more manageable style. I realise I’m a bit late with this as we are now nearly halfway through December but as I always say better late than never! Continue reading “Sightings From November”

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Pumpkin Picking at Pickwell Farm


Ever since our lovely day out Strawberry picking in the summer I have been looking forward to going back to Pickwell Farm in the Autumn to pick some pumpkins. We headed off bright and early this morning, the sun was shining and as it is a weekday we hoped it wouldn’t be too busy. It wasn’t busy at all although I think that was partly due to the fact that we had actually missed peak pumpkin picking season. There wasn’t a great selection of pumpkins left but that didn’t really matter as I think main fun of going pumpkin picking is the experience not necessarily the pumpkin you come home with anyway. We had a great time and I got some photos that I am in love with so that’s the main thing anyway, right? Continue reading “Pumpkin Picking at Pickwell Farm”

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Why Bonfire Night is One of my Favourite Nights of the Year 

pexels-photo-450301Bonfire night. Some people love it, some people hate it and some people really couldn’t care less. I’m firmly in the first category and would even go so far as to say that it is pretty much my favourite night of the year.

There are so many reasons that I love Bonfire Night but here are my top five:

1. The cold, crisp air and everyone getting all bundled up in coats, hats and scarves.
I don’t particularly feel the cold and so it is often one of the first times in the year that I really pile on the layers. It’s the perfect night to wear that massive fluffy hat that feels a bit too excessive for everyday wear and the best night to wear your chunkiest knits and your thickest and warmest socks under your boots. Continue reading “Why Bonfire Night is One of my Favourite Nights of the Year “