Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Where have I been? Life lately.

You'll be forgiven for thinking that I've given blogging up, but fear not, that isn't the case.

The truth is since my trip to Amsterdam, life has very much been in limbo. I'm not going to divulge too much yet but I really can't wait to get my teeth back into blogging, I have so much up my sleeve that I want to share with you. It's hugely frustrating.

Also this cold, gloomy weather isn't really giving me the boost I need to go out and about, we've also all been struck down with the lurgy which isn't ideal.

So far in 2015 I've been slowly getting back into my fitness, I know healthy eating and fitness is boring to some people but I've come to really enjoy it (as ludicrous as that sounds). I try to visit the gym at least twice a week and have also got back into Pilates. Last year I was going to my mother-in-law's Pilates class on a regular bases but stopped going after slowing down on the fitness front. Now that I'm back to it I'm kicking myself for ever stopping, for those who don't enjoy the fast pace of the gym, Pilates is perfect. It's slow paced but you can really feel it working! Definitely recommended for any mummies out there who want to get back into fitness.

In other news I'm soon to get my blog redesigned which I'm SO excited about! I think it will give me some fresh motivation, there's nothing like a new layout to get those creative juices flowing.

 I also need to start taking my "big" camera out and about with me more often as I love the pictures I capture on it. Just before Christmas Ava and I visited Erddig, visiting National Trust places has become my new favourite thing. I didn't get around to sharing any photos but here are some of my favourite pictures, we had such a lovely day together.

In a nutshell January has been a pretty good month and I can't wait to share more exciting this with you, one of them being vlogging. Stay tuned!

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Tuesday, 13 January 2015

A little trip to Amsterdam

2015 has barely begun and it has already been a crazy, busy month (more on that at a later date...)! With Christmas and New Year out of the way "January Blues" tend to settle in but luckily for me some friends and I had planned a little trip to Amsterdam.

Amsterdam isn't somewhere I've been before but having been to Barcelona last June for my hen do I've been determined to tick as many European cities off my "must visit" list as possible. Unfortunately the weather wasn't on our side but it didn't stop us from having an amazing time.

We stayed at the Inntel Hotel which is in a perfect location, right in the centre of all of the main tourist spots. If you follow me on Instagram you'll have already seen most of these photos I'm afraid.

Our first day was spend wandering around the city and the evening was spent at the amazing Supperclub, if you are planning a trip to Amsterdam I cannot recommend this place enough. We ate a surprise 5 course meal on a bed and were entertained by burlesque acts whilst sipping on gorgeous cocktails then we've moved down to the basement to their own nightclub. A brilliant evening.

Sunday was spent on one of the "beer bike" tours, which again, if there is a group of you, I highly recommend it. Luckily we chose the best day weather wise with no wind or rain in sight. Basically you all get on board this crazy bike, sitting opposite each other on a long table, you each pedal and the guide steers, all whilst sipping on your drink of choice (prosecco for us) while we took in the sights of the city. I haven't laughed that much in a long time!

On Monday we wandered around the shops and I desperately wanted to visit the Anne Frank museum. It was a few streets away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre and it made me realise how beautiful Amsterdam is. With it's huge townhouses, stunning architecture and quaint canals with their canal homes, it really is spectacular.

The Anne Frank museum was so moving and I felt extremely humbled to be there, I couldn't believe that I was standing in the actual annexe where Anne and her family lived in fear for so long. The secret bookcase is the same one it was all those years ago, with the same files still sitting in their place. The pictures that she put up on her bedroom wall were all still there. It was incredible.

We also did a lot of eating whilst we were there. The warm waffles with nutella, banana, strawberry & whipped cream being a favourite.

On Monday night we went to the Skylounge at the Hilton hotel, another place you should visit. It has amazing views across the city as well as great music, lovely cocktails and tasty sushi.

Although I've come back feeling exhausted, Amsterdam was such a fun experience. There is definitely no place like it!

Have you ever been to Amsterdam? What is your favourite European city?

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Wednesday, 31 December 2014

New beginnings

I always find the end of a new year strange, we look back on 365 days, that just seem to go by faster as I get older, and look at what we wish we'd done differently or other things that we wish we could do again. Then we pledge to make big changes to our lifes at the beginning of every year and more often than not these resolutions get forgotten about come mid February. 

When I look back on 2014 I realise that it exceeded all of my expectations. I knew it was going to be an exciting year with us getting married but I never expected to want to re-live it all. Yes, even the terrible two tantrums, okay maybe not but it has been wonderful.

Ava turned 2 and became a cheeky little monkey but I feel like my confidence as a mother has grown, we enjoyed many days out together which only increased our bond. I had an amazing hen do in Barcelona with some of my best friends, had a beautiful wedding in August and a wonderful honeymoon in Crete and Santorini. I coudn't be happier. After reading the lovely Charl's latest blog post, I feel so incredibly lucky and grateful to be surrounded by some amazing people.

I'm so excited for 2015 but I think 2014 will be hard to beat. I can't wait to get back into blogging properly after such a hectic year and we have so many exciting things coming up that I can't wait to share with you.

Here are some photos from Christmas. Happy New Year everyone. I hope it's a good one. Please excuse the quality of some of these, they were mostly taken on my iPhone

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Thursday, 18 December 2014

Who to follow on Instagram

I am a very visual person which means that Instagram is hands down my favourite form of social media. A lot of my favourite bloggers also have gorgeous Instagram accounts so I thought I would share some of them with you guys.

Katie- Mummy Daddy Me

Katie is one of my favourite bloggers so it's only natural that I follow her Instagram page avidly. Katie has a knack for taking beautiful photos of her two girlies and even with her iPhone her photos always look so vibrant and colourful. I just love the outfit posts Katie takes of her girls in front of their garage door. I always enjoy seeing what gorgeousness Katie has dressed them in.

Emma- Life at the Little Wood

As well as having a brilliant blog, Emma's Instagram page is filled with all sorts of wonder. Not only does she have a brilliant sense of style but she also lives in the house of my dreams. Her interior shots are just perfection. It also helps that she also has three adorable children who also feature on her page a lot.

Kerry- Oh so Amelia

Kerry has a fantastic blog and a beautiful Instagram page. I just love the whimsical feel to her pictures. I love the cheeky shots she takes of Amelia and can't wait to see pictures of her baby boy when he arrives. I'm a huge fan of the shabby chic look and Kerry's interior shots are right up my street. How gorgeous is Amelia's bedroom?

Katrina- Cool Bananas Blog

It's very much a case of cool by name, cool by nature with Katrina. Her style is so up my street, I've never seen a mama who can rock a pair of Jordan's as well as her. Her Instagram page is filled with awesome outfit posts & inspirational words from the lady herself. Her blog is also brilliant and one to add to your reading list for sure.

Vikki- Love from Mummy  

Vikki's instagram page is all kinds of amazing! It's a monochrome treat for the eyes. Her boys, Riley and Harry are always dressed in the most stylish outfits I've ever seen. I always love seeing Vikki's pictures appear on my feed. Her blog is also one of my favourites.

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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

A wardrobe staple*

After having Ava and becoming a mother I found it hard to find my sense of style again. I once loved clothes shopping and would relish the opportunity to hit the shops. I began to prefer to shop for Ava, dressing her in sweet little outfits was a lot more important than my own forlorn wardrobe full of clothes that were either too big or so old they were looking tired and worn.

Recently however I've been enjoying shopping for myself again, after embarking on a fitness mission I am back to my pre-pregnancy size and clothes shopping is no longer a chore. Something that has always been a staple in my wardrobe however is knitwear, no matter what size I was or if I wanted to dress up or down, I've always had an array of jumpers and cardigans in my wardrobe.

Wool Overs offer a vast range of gorgeous knitwear, from silk and cotton to cashmere and lambs wool the choice is amazing. They even stock festive Christmas jumpers that are actually very stylish, such as my personal favourite (I love the fact that this is also unisex). Wool Overs are currently celebrating their 25th year so you can be sure that you are buying real quality knitwear.

I love the fact that you can choose from over 160 styles and 180 different colours and combinations, meaning that there is something to suit every taste. With the temperatures beginning to plummet there are many of their jumpers and cardigans that I have my eye on. They stock such an eclectic range that would suit most women from their early 20's upwards which I think is a feat in itself and with a price and quality to match. I would love some of their beautiful looking cashmeres to complete my wardrobe.

So if like myself you love fashion and love quality, cosy kniwear, take a look at their website for more information.

*Disclamer. This is a sponsored post

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Ava's Christmas eve basket

I honestly can't believe how quickly Christmas has crept up on me this year! I was so behind with gifts but I am almost done with my shopping now, thankfully!

I started this little Christmas tradition last year and Ava loved it! It's something that I'll continue to do until she's too old. I wanted to share with you what Ava will be receiving in this year's Christmas Eve basket.

This year's box includes-

Olaf soft toy
Frozen book
Arthur Christmas DVD
Fairy Pyjamas
Butterkist microwave popcorn
Malteaser hot chocolate
Reindeer dust
Cussons bath fizz
Thornton's chocolate Santa lollipop
Kinder Egg Santa

I can't wait to see her face on Christmas Eve when we give this to her, she'll be so excited!

Do you make a Christmas Eve box for you little ones? What do you include?

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

A little break + a vlog

Yikes, I've ventured into the land of vlogging again! Please excuse the very dodgy camera work and random clips but I wanted to document our week away.

Last week was our annual week at my mum's in Milton Keynes. We go to commemorate my brother and it's become a little family tradition. It also gives Nath and I a little break and a chance to Christmas shop before the mad Christmas rush.

It ties in with a trip to see Father Christmas in Milton Keynes shopping centre which I must say, this year was fab. Far better organised than the previous years. A little waiting grotto had been created for the little ones to wait in before seeing father Christmas. In there we made some wrapping paper and reindeer food. I thought it was a great idea.

We took our annual trip to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park which was great as always, it always get me in the mood for Christmas and Ava was old enough to go some of the rides on her own this year, which of course she loved.

We managed to grab some great bargains for Ava in the sales and I had my hair drastically changed which if you've not seen on Instagram or in my previous post may be a bit of a shock!

I feel a little behind which Christmas this year, I guess because we were so caught up with wedding preparations I feel like December has completely crept up on me and I feel completely unprepared and slightly frantic about it!

I wanted to start the Elf on the Shelf tradition this year and also the book advent but I guess those will have to be started next year.

Here are a few pictures from our trip, if you follow me on Instagram you would have seen most of the iphone pictures already.

Every year I take a photo of Ava on my brother's bench. I'll never be able to have a picture of them together so this is the next best thing.

Here's a little vlog from our trip.

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