Summer Holidays Bucket List 2021


With most restrictions eased, and lots of exciting plans for the 6 week summer holidays already, of course I had to create a summer holidays bucket list for 2021! We've created a summer holidays bucket list the last few years (2018, 2019 and 2020 can be found here), as I think they're a great way of not only documenting what fun plans we have for the summer, but also making sure we do something a bit different and new as well.

As always I try and make sure most of the ideas on the list are linked to plans we already have. We're already have a holiday booked for example, and we'll be making use of our Merlin Annual Passes for sure too. And if the idea of spending lots of money and making lots of fancy plans puts you off creating a summer holiday bucket list.. don't let it! As you can see from this year's list below, a lot of our plans don't cost anything at all.

Do let me know if you're going to create your own summer holidays bucket list this year. I'm always on the hunt for more ideas for years (and other school holidays!) to come.

Our Month - June 2021


I feel the lateness of this post perfectly sums up how the last fews months of 2021 have been... hectic! And with restrictions easing so much it's been so easy to fall back into 'normal' life, so it feels even busier than ever after so many months of doing absolutely nothing. June was definitely one of those months that flew past too, most likely helped with a jam packed half term break at the very beginning.

We started the month with an extra special trip to Legoland Windsor. As part of our work as Merlin Annual Pass collaborators, we were invited down to Legoland and given VIP treatment for the day! Not only did that mean we got to experience all the amazing rides and attractions with hardly any queueing, but we also got to experience their amazing new area Lego Mythica too. So much fun!

The rest of half term was full of sunshine meaning we got to make the most of getting out and about. Lots of garden time, trips to the library and of course allll of the ice creams too. We picked up our new car during the week too which was rather exciting (although the littles will say they enjoyed the Nandos we got beforehand the most).

We decided to do our annual strawberry picking trip a little earlier this year, as there wasn't many left during our trip last year. We went back to Lower Ladysden Farm in Goudhurst again and it was so lovely - they have a wonderful outdoor seating area next to their cafe, and plenty of open space to run around in too. Definitely well worth a visit for fruit picking (or just a tasty treat) if you're local. And of course another annual tradition is our Father's Day visit to Nyman's NT, although it rained this year so we couldn't enjoy a picnic unfortunately.

Of course I can't talk about June without talking about getting my first Covid vaccine! It still seems surreal that we're here in this situation, but I said to Jack that the fact we're in a pandemic didn't really hit me until until I was sat waiting to be called forward for my jab. Luckily I only really suffered a sore arm as a side effect, so fingers crossed I experience the same when it comes to my second dose next month.

Throughout June we watched our tiny caterpillars grow and change, before emerging from their cocoons as beautiful butterflies. We loved following the process the last two years and it's something we definitely want to repeat again next year. The month ended with Jack competing in the Penshurst Place 5k Colour Run - a race through the countryside with a twist... lots of paint, foam and fun. This is something we definitely want to do again next year too, but as a family instead!

Are Cosmetic Procedures right for You?


With social media and everyones lives constantly under scrutiny, it's no surprise that everyone wants to look their best these days. This pressure has steered a large proportion of people to try all the possible cosmetic procedures. But finding the right treatment that suits you the best, and can provide the perfect solution to your problem, can be tricky.

The ultimate desire is to achieve natural looks and results that can enhance your looks and keep you away from all side effects after all! Some women reject the idea of ageing because it evokes the feeling of fear and insecurity in them and this has pushed them forward to try all the anti-aging products and treatments that are available in the market. One of the most popular procedures being botox.

Botox is one of the well-known aesthetic procedures chosen by millions all over the world. As an FDA-approved treatment, botox is offered in several clinics and you would be surprised to see a few in and around your locality itself (but be aware of several cowboy clinics that wouldn’t be the ideal environment for you). Your family, friends, and relatives might be able guide you to the right clinic, or you can look for yourself by searching for botox clinics near me online.

Make sure to search for the best clinic for you by looking at the online rating and reviews that are given for the clinic, its service, and also the practitioners. Before you go for the treatment, also make sure to do your research to know all the pros and cons to be sure about your choice and the treatment. It is usually possible to book a free appointment online to learn more about the treatment, and any possible complications, so you can be reassured that it's the right step for you. 

Whatever you decide in the end, make sure it's a decision that you take for yourself. You don't need to change yourself to impress anyone! Do it for yourself and for your own looks and happiness.

This is a collaborative post.

5 Ways to Eat Healthy during Pregnancy


When you think about pregnancy and eating, your first thoughts probably go towards crazy cravings and nibbling ginger biscuits to help with morning sickness. But eating a balanced, healthy diet is especially important during pregnancy, as well as following some other changes. In this post I'm going to be sharing 5 ways you can keep healthy during pregnancy.

Eat a Balanced Diet
It is completely normal for pregnant women to experience cravings and have aversions to certain foods - I went completely off of certain meats during my third pregnancy with Lilah. But it is still important to maintain a healthy balanced diet alongside these. Make sure to eat enough fruit and vegetables, as well as healthy fats, proteins, carbs, and enough water each day. If you're struggling with breakfast ideas, then why not try Growli Foods, which are rich in vitamins and nutrients ideal for pregnant women. 

Take Prenatal Supplements
Taking prenatal supplements can boost your health and that of the baby when pregnant. The supplements have crucial vitamins and minerals for the body, including iron, zinc, folic acid, iodine, calcium, and vitamin D. Make sure to consult your midwife before taking any supplements to make sure you're taking the right combination for you.

Avoid Specific Foods
Although a balanced diet is essential, when pregnant there are certain foods that you should avoid. Foods such as soft cheese, unpasteurised milk, raw eggs, sushi, liver, or raw meat should be avoided. You also need to limit the amount of oily fish you consume as these contain a high level of mercury. Remember that rules and advice does change regularly though, so it's always best to check what isn't recommend often.

Don't Smoke or Drink
While you may be a smoker or love to drink alcohol often, the behaviour poses a significant risk to you and the unborn baby. Smoking increases the risk of premature birth, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), miscarriage, and other severe conditions. On the other hand, alcohol increases the chances of a baby having fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) when consumed during pregnancy. To be safe it's best just to avoid both alcohol and smoking during pregnancy.

Stay Hydrated
Drinking plenty of fluids while pregnant is incredibly important for your health. It is advised to consume  6 to 8 glasses daily to hydrate the body (and this also helps with other pregnancy issues such as constipation and headaches). Make sure to limit your caffeine intake to 1-2 cups a day - or switch to non caffeinated versions of drinks altogether if you prefer.

This is a collaborative post.