Sunday, 24 May 2015

Dear Diary #16

So THIS is a long over due diary entry! I know I've been slacking recently but I've had a bit on my plate; something I'll talk about in the not too distant future. (NOT PREGNANT!)

The girls and I have also been off gallivanting in the US, as you've probably noticed from my Instagram spam ;) We were invited to Walt Disney World in Florida as part of their #WDWMagical First press trip, which was absolutely wonderful. Travelling long haul with two littlies was something that really terrified me before last week. The girls were both ANGELS - seriously - and now I am desperate to do it again and again! I want them to see and enjoy as much of the world as possible so we are already starting to plan some more adventures for the future.

So much has happened since my last diary entry....

The summer uniforms have come out!

I've stuffed my face with peanut butter chocolate!

I've turned into a proper redhead!

I've found my dream flat in East Twickenham (not that we are planning on moving, but if we did....)

I've been on a hen weekend to Bristol which included a day at Clifton Lido (AMAZING!), a knicker making workshop and me being the LAST WOMAN STANDING at 4am on the Saturday night! Oh yes!

Poor little Mabel Meatball has been neutered (no babies! Weep!)

I've been on a juicefest (totally essential after a week of indulgence in Florida)

The girls have been AWESOME, showering me with the cutest mummy gifts

We've had heaps of movie nights, watching old classics (Labyrinth and The Goonies) and new films too (The Boxtrolls and Into The Woods - with added fancy dress for the latter, boo yah!)


(bringing us up to date)

today we spent the day at the Haslemere Classic Car Show, which meant I got to spend bank holiday Sunday with my two favourite people along with sunshine, samosas, cars, ice cream and lots of vintage loveliness.

I'll be writing weekly again from now on, so long as life doesn't take over again. I really do enjoy writing these posts, and I love knowing I will be able to look back on them in weeks/months/years to come.xoxo

Linking up with TWTWC over at Make Do and Push!


Thursday, 21 May 2015

Everything you need to know about Shared Parental Leave

Earlier this year, new Shared Parental Leave legislation came into force in the UK, giving parents, partners and adopters the flexibility (and equality!) to decide who will care for their child in the first year of his or her life. 
The changes mean that 'maternity' cover can now be split between the mother and the father, giving them the chance to either take time off together to care for their child (beyond the current two weeks paternity leave that is currently available to fathers), or split the leave so that the mother can return to work, allowing the father to spend additional quality time bonding and caring for their child. Also, for the first time, those adopting a child are entitled to the same rights as other parents to Shared Parental Leave.
Whenever new legislation comes into force, there are always questions that need answering. To save you hunting around the web looking for answers, GoToMeeting have put together this brilliant infographic that gives you all the information you need on Shared Parental Leave.

This is a collaborative post.

Daisy's Pick of Summer Accessories from Bonton

Last month I let Daisy pick out a few pieces from French children's brand Bonton's awesome Summer range of accessories to take on holiday to Walt Disney World!

She chose:

1. Cat bag // €33.50 - because every girl needs a straw bag for the beach!
2. Glasses hairclips // €16.50 - how cute?
3. Yellow flowers printed scarf // €22 - PERFECT for keeping the sun off your locks during the day, and sprucing up a retro style outfit in the evening.

The cat bag is so adorable it has caused a fair few arguments between the girls so I've had to buy a second one for Evie. I actually contemplated buying a third for myself! (If only it were a tiny bit bigger!)

The quality of all three products is exemplary and I can't wait to style them with Daisy and Evie's outfits over the course of the summer! xoxo
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