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Me and Mine | October 2017

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

I ended September's Me and Mine post hoping that October would be just as lovely, and I don't think it disappointed! Being the month of Halloween, and of course the middle of Autumn, our month was full of pumpkins, crunchy leaves, hot chocolates and puddlesuits. Although the weather has been bizarrely warm and sunny - a perfect excuse to get out and about much more though!

We've ended the month with Indie home from preschool for half-term. I was worried it was going to be stressful having both littles at home for the week. But I honestly think it's been the loveliest week we've had in a loooong time. 


Indie and I got to spend lots of quality time together this last week - something that's so rare when she's at preschool. She's such a clever little thing, constantly looking to learn and know what's going on. I'm really going to miss having her around now she's back to school. And I think Parker will too (although I don't think he'd admit it if you asked him!)

Parker is growing up at the speed of light these days too. If he's not chatting away to you, he's singing or counting to himself. I don't think he's ever quiet or still - unless he's watching Team Umizoomi which is his new obsession! He's still very much Jack's little shadow too, following him around wherever he goes. Long gone are the mummy's boy days *sniff*.



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Living Arrows // 44/52

Monday, 30 October 2017


“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”
Kahlil Gibran


Every week I'll be sharing a capture of my littles - either individually or together. To capture how they grow and change week by week.

What a wonderful half term week we've had! Apart from Friday (when we definitely needed a rest!), we were out and about everyday. Visiting London, soft play, my midwife, plenty of parks and of course we carved our pumpkins too.

On Monday Indie and I hopped on a train to London, for a morning of PJ Mask Halloween fun. Parker stayed at home with my mother in law, so Indie and I got to have a lovely mummy and Indie day. She's at such a brilliant age now, and it was so fun to enjoy the day just the two of us.


Parker didn't miss out on any fun this week though - he got to have a sleepover at nanny's house after all! The picture I'm sharing of him this week really makes me smile. Taken on Jack's day off at a local park, he was in his absolute element running wild and free. Just look at that cheeky smile!


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Bluestone Wales Resort | The Perfect Holiday for Under 5s

Sunday, 29 October 2017


We all know that holidays with little ones can be stressful. Just the thought of travelling with small children is enough to put some parents off the idea all together. But there are some amazing resorts in the UK that are perfect for families - especially ones with really little ones.

One of these resorts is Bluestone Wales. Situated in the heart of Pembrokeshire National Park, the resort is surrounded by countryside, beaches, wildlife and plenty of history. It boasts 'free-range fun' for all ages, and honestly, it doesn't disappoint!

We enjoyed our second visit to the resort back in September; this time with an almost 4 year old and a 2 year old. It was just as lovely as I remembered from our first visit, however there have been some lovely additions making it even better for little ones.

Accommodation

I think my favourite thing about staying at Bluestone is the accommodation. We stayed in a Ramsey Lodge, which is suitable for up to 4 adults plus a little one in a travel cot (already provided in the lodge on arrival). These lodges feature 'upside down' living, with the bedrooms on the ground floor and the living space upstairs.


The lodges are perfectly equipped for a self catering break, with everything you would expect in a kitchen included (as well as a dishwasher which is a lovely little bonus!) One highchair is provided in each lodge, and stair gates are fitted as standard at both the top and the bottom of the stairs.

The only negative I will say about this style of living, is that the kitchen is very accessible to little hands. There are no cupboard locks - even on the ones containing glassware and the sharp scissors - and our two year old Parker had great fun with the oven / dishwasher buttons over the week too. I do think this is something they really need to consider, as I'm sure I'm not the first parent to notice this!



Food / Eating Out

Although the lodges are completely self-catering friendly, there are still plenty of places to eat around the resort.
Grab a snack prepared that morning at Tŷ Coffi, go for al fresco dining in the forest at Camp Smokey, settle in for a hearty pub lunch at the Knights Tafarn or try a delicious pizza at the Oak tree. You can head to the Farmhouse Grill where you will find a menu filled with delicious Pembrokeshire produce or dine with a difference at one of our dinner shows!
We ate out a few times, and found each location to be super child friendly. We loved the children's lunch boxes (a big favourite of Indie and Parker!) available at Ty Coffi, the dedicated children's menus at the bigger restaurants, and the fact that everywhere had colouring sheets and crayons on offer.



Even when there wasn't a child's size available, we found that the staff were always accommodating. For example when we popped to Ty Coffi for milkshakes one rainy afternoon, the staff didn't hesitate to split an adults sized portion into two. Even adding extra marshmallows which the littles loved!

Unfortunately we never made it to any of the dinner shows, but they looked and sounded amazing. Especially the Camp Smokey Shindig, which involved yummy food, singing, dancing and lots of family fun!



Activities / Things to Do

There are a plenty of things to do at Bluestone for little ones, and many of them come included in the price of your holiday. You can also book a number of activities at a small charge, including baby / toddler sensory, messy play, Mini Rangers, bug hunting, story time and there's even a fully equipped creche (because it's our holiday too!).

We didn't book into any payable activities this time, instead letting Indie and Parker decide what they wanted to do each day. They loved the adventure play area (a fantastic addition to The Village), and would have happily spent hours each day playing there. Now they're a little older they definitely got more out of the activities in The Adventure Centre. The Lego wall and soft play were probably their favourite parts though.





A highlight of visiting Bluestone has to be The Blue Lagoon swimming pool. Entry is included with your holiday, and resort guests get private access between 9am and 12pm. We never had any issues finding a family change room and it's gorgeously warm! The pool is great for little ones as it has a beach style layout, so they can sit on the edge and play. There are also two small 'coves' with water fountains and very shallow water to choose from too.

In general though, my two love nothing more than running around and exploring, and there was plenty of opportunity for that at Bluestone. We loved wandering around the lake, spotting the fairies and animals along the nature trail, and roasting marshmallows at Camp Smokey. Bluestone is car-free too so adventuring is a lot safer - you will still need to watch out for the golf buggy, bikes and resort vehicles though.






We had the loveliest mid-week break in Wales, full of fun adventures, cosy evenings in our lodge and lots and lots of memory making. We of course didn't manage to do enjoy even half of what Bluestone has to offer - a 5 day break just simply isn't enough time. But I think that just gives us a perfect excuse to come back time and time again!

We received a midweek stay in a Ramsey Lodge in exchange for our open and honest review. All opinions are my own and we were not compensated in any other way for this review.

Mummy and Me | October 2017

Saturday, 28 October 2017

I absolutely love the dynamic our little family has going on at the minute. Indiana and Parker are at such lovely ages, and I think their close age gap is really coming into it's own now. They've really started taking an interest in bump now too!

Not a day goes by without one, or usually both of them asking to see baby. Smothering my bump is kisses and cuddles (and the occasional wobble from Parker too). I just cannot wait to see what's in store for us, when bump becomes baby in just a couple of months time!




28 Weeks Pregnant {Baby Number Three}

Thursday, 26 October 2017

So here we are. The third (and final) trimester. I feel as if the countdown is really on until bump's arrival now. Eek! I'm been constantly fighting with my emotions recently, switching between being oh so excited to meet our littlest lady, to terrified that WE ARE NOT READY. 

HOW FAR ALONG?
28 weeks & 5 days

DUE DATE?
14th January 2018

GENDER?
Girl!

HOW’S BABY DOING?
I use the Baby Centre App to check on baby's progress - baby girl weighs just over 1kg now (roughly the same as an aubergine) and is at least 37.6cm long. Her heart rate has slowed down, she now has delicate eyelashes and her eyes can produce tears. Ooh and she may be hiccuping now!

I saw my midwife on Monday and everything is still going well so far. She's currently breech (which probably explains the large lump under my ribs!), but measurement wise bump is bang on 28cm. I had my bloods taken to check my iron levels, but apart from that it was just a routine check.

WEIGHT CHANGE?
I. Feel. Huge. This last few weeks I really feel as if baby girl has piled on the pounds, and my bump has grown loads. Although I still don't think I've put on my weight elsewhere... yet!


SYMPTOMS?
I've had a couple of dizzy spells again, but thankfully nothing that some sugar and a sit down couldn't sort. I just feel huge, heavy and reaaaally pregnant now. Rolling in bed requires a lot more effort, and I can tell I've slowed a lot when walking. 

The biggest symptom has probably been bump's movements though. They hurt! Long gone are the gentle nudges and kicks. She's doing huge rolls and is constantly pushing against my ribs / hips / everywhere. I loveee it most of the time, but I've had to stop to catch my breath a few times now.

SLEEP?
As I mentioned above, getting comfortable in bed is proving to be much tricker these days. I feel as if I have to physically move my bump when rolling over! I'm also waking up to go to the loo again, after a few weeks of escaping it. Thankfully getting to sleep hasn't be a problem as of yet though!

CRAVINGS?
I'm loving anything chocolatey at the minute. Or biscuits. Mmmm.. a chocolate digestive would be amazing right now!

HOW I’M FEELING?
Oh so tired! I thought pregnancy was exhausting with one child, but it's a whole new level with two to run around after! I'm loving experiencing it all with them around though. They love feeling bump kick and giving it all the kisses. It's so lovely.


MISS ANYTHING?
Being able to walk without feeling exhausted after 5 minutes. Oh bending down - you really forgot how much you take advantage of it when there's no bump there.

FAVOURITE RECENT OUTFIT?
I'm excited to be working with Mothercare at the moment, trying out their new Denim Range. There will be a post up in the next few weeks. But so far I'm looooving having more variety of bottoms to wear - especially as my one and only pair of maternity jeans have broken!

BEST MOMENT THIS FORTNIGHT?
Getting the all clear for our home birth! Of course there's still time for things to change, but I am so pleased all is looking good for now. I really need to start looking into to hiring a pool now.

LOOKING FORWARD TO?
It's my sister's baby shower this weekend, which is going to be lovely. She's due just a couple of weeks before me with her first - a new nephew for me, and a little play mate for bump to grow up with!

You can see how this pregnancy compares to Parker's (my second) here.

Second Trimester Essentials {Baby Number Three}

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

I cannot believe I'm 28 weeks into this pregnancy, and now into the third and final trimester. This pregnancy is going by so fast! Back in July, I created a list of essentials I couldn't have lived without during the first trimester. So I thought I'd create a similar list for the second trimester - things have definitely changed in these last few weeks!


Longline Vest Tops - These have been my wardrobe staple over the last few months for a number of reasons. Firstly, they are long enough to stretch over my ever growing bump as well as my bum (perfect as leggings have been my bottoms of choice too!). They're also easy and cheap to pick up in stores such as Primark, and fingers crossed they'll last throughout the last few weeks of this pregnancy too!

Deep Freeze Pain Relief Patches - I have been suffering from back pain from quite early on in this pregnancy, so these have been perfect. They're drug free and oh so easy to just pop on, making them great for pregnancy aches and pains.

Theraline Nursing and Maternity Pillow - Thankfully sleep hasn't been too bad at the moment, but maybe that's because of this bad boy. I was kindly sent the Original Theraline Nursing Pillow to try and it's been perfect for helping me comfortable at night. The filling means it can be moulded into whatever shape you desire while still being stable. It's really lightweight too, so I don't feel as if it's a burden to have in bed with Jack and I.

Maternity / Nursing Bras - I've actually been in nursing / maternity bras from very early on, but most people find they don't need to until the second trimester (especially as your breasts grow and change so much in those first fews weeks). I cannot believe I stuck with underwire bras in my first pregnancy - maternity bras are life!

Bubble Baths - As I've got bigger, and everything has been busy growing and stretching during the second trimester, an evening bubble bath has been just what I've needed! Adding a cheeky Lush bath bomb or bubble bar of course makes it 100x better too.

Love Your Bump Bando - Although I did have to buy quite a bit of maternity wear this time around, I did manage to stay in lots of my pre-pregnancy clothing with the help of my Bando. Made of seamless, stretchy material, the Bando is fab for covering the gap between your bottoms and your tops as well as giving bump a bit of support too! I was kindly sent the white version, but it comes in black too.

I'm so excited to experience these last few weeks of pregnancy, especially as this is most likely going to be my last! I'll of course write up my third trimester essentials when the time comes though.

What were / are your second trimester essentials?

I received some of these products in exchange for my review. All opinions are honest and my own

Living Arrows // 43/52

Monday, 23 October 2017


“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”
Kahlil Gibran


Every week I'll be sharing a capture of my littles - either individually or together. To capture how they grow and change week by week.

With the crazy weather and end of term exhaustion, we didn't get up to much last week. We definitely made up for it at the weekend though, with plenty of outdoor adventures and fun! I missed out on the fun on Saturday (I was in London for The Baby Show), but thankfully Jack's love of photography meant I could see their whole day in pictures.

Armed with puddle suits and wellies - absolute staples during the wet and windy months - they explored the park and splashed in all the puddles. I love Indie's post ballet messy bun, and Parker's determination to find the biggest puddle. My little autumnal babes.



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A Trip to the Pumpkin Patch | Pick Your Own Pumpkins, Ashford 2017

Tuesday, 17 October 2017


If you scroll through Instagram at the moment, it will most likely be awash with crunchy leaves, conkers and all the orange pumpkins. Not ones to miss out, of course we had to visit a pumpkin patch again this year - especially as we had so much fun last year!

There are a number of patches popping up over the South-East now, however as we had such a good experience at Pick Your Own Pumpkin in Sevington (Ashford) last year, we knew we wanted to head back there. Due to regulations they have switched fields this year, but the experience was exactly the same. Just remember if you're using a Sat-Nav that it will only take you to the house, so just keep an eye out for the orange flags to find the actual pumpkin field!




We arrived around 10.30am and managed to grab a couple of wheelbarrows easily, despite it already being pretty busy. By the time we were leaving an hour later though, there weren't any at all - definitely something to consider if you've visiting over half term.

Before we could even walk a few metres all the littles were busy collecting pumpkins. Big ones, white ones, tiny ones, and lots of unusual squashes too. I think our wheelbarrows were full within about 5 minutes! It was so much fun though, and I'm so pleased we decided to start this little tradition.





With all the pumpkins we could possibly need collected, the littles spent the rest of our visit running around exploring the field. They found wriggly worms, icky squashed pumpkins and even a squash in the shape of a rugby ball! The wheelbarrows were put through their paces too, with literally wheelbarrow races - probably the littles favourite part of the day!

Despite the field being busy, it didn't feel as if we were on top of anyone at any point. There were definitely enough pumpkins for everyone, and we didn't struggle to find the perfect ones for us. The prices at Pick Your Own Pumpkins are also really reasonable, with tiny ones starting at £1 and huuuuge ones costing only £4 each.


Living Arrows // 42/52

Monday, 16 October 2017


“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”
Kahlil Gibran


Every week I'll be sharing a capture of my littles - either individually or together. To capture how they grow and change week by week.

I absolutely love the picture I'm sharing of Parker this week. Wednesday mornings have quickly become daddy and Parker time, which I know they both really enjoy. Last week they went on an adventure to the woods, where Jack snapped this (and lots of other) beautiful pictures. I love how small Parker looks amongst all the Autumn leaves!


The picture I'm sharing of Indiana this week is quite a contrast - there's no Autumn leaves or outside adventures... Her new ballet uniform finally arrived though, so I wanted to snap some pictures of her in it. She absolutely loves ballet, and although I did prefer her old uniform, I must say the pretty pink colour is growing on me!


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The Siblings Project | October 2017

Sunday, 15 October 2017

What a wonderful month we've had since our last Siblings Project post! Lots of lovely days out, a week away in Wales and plenty of Autumnal fun thrown in too. This month's siblings pictures were taken on a spur of the moment trip to Emmett's Garden NT. We went in search of conkers, and my goodness were we successful! 

Like a lot of days out recently, Indie and Parker loved spending time together. Searching for conkers together (and even sharing them too!), playing together in the adventure play area, and scheming at every possible moment against Jack and I too... 



I think a lot of this has come from spending so much quality time together, on our holiday a few weeks ago. They were like two little peas in a snuggly pod while we were away, and it was oh so lovely to witness.

Parker is never far behind Indie, although this isn't always such a good thing. She has a terrible habit of leading him astray - such as running off when out and about, so he runs after. And although it's so sweet to hear Parker call "Naaaaaanaaaaa, wait for me!", it's not so fun when you have to run after them!



I don't think I'll complain too much though, as I'm just so pleased they're getting along so well recently! Indie even came home from preschool this month with a picture of a dinosaur, and written underneath was 'for my best friend Parker' - how lovely is that?

The Siblings Project - Dear Beautiful