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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

ONE MONTH until Camp Bestival!

This time next month, the girls and I will be about to spend our first night at Camp Bestival 2017, and we couldn't be more excited!

This year is a particularly special one - not just because it's the festival's 10th birthday, and the fancy dress theme is extra brilliant (pop stars and rock stars for those of you that don't know) - this year we'll be camping with some of our favourite people; the usual suspects, Ruth from RocknRoller Baby, Carolynne from Mummy Endeavours and Emma from The Joy of Five and their broods - and also Carissa from Little Likely Lads, Kate from Life Daily, Sabina from Mummy Matters and Emily from Family Four Fun.

Amazing acts continue to be added to the line up:

I can't WAIT for Madness and All Saints - plus those Full House obsessed kids of mine are looking forward to seeing Brian Wilson (as am I).

Other acts on the bill that we can't wait to see include Lightning Seeds, Reverend and the Makers, Kate Nash, Raghu Dixit and T'Pau - plus we will no doubt spend vast quantities of our time hanging around at the Chapati Man food stall (soooooo good) and making sparkly mud pies in the Dingly Dell.

Are you going this year? I'd love to hear from you if you are!

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

A Toy Story themed Movie Night with Thinkway Toys + B&M

Movie nights are a weekly occurrence in our house. Every Friday evening, as a special treat, the girls get to stay up an hour later than usual and we all watch a family film together. Its such a lovely way to end a busy week - plus we always eat takeaway pizza, with sweets and popcorn for pudding! - so I get out of cooking and washing up ;)

Over the course of the last couple of years we've watched pretty much all the old classics (and I mean ooooolllld classics.... some favourites have been The Neverending Story, Splash, The Goonies, Labyrinth, Big, Little Shop of Horrors etc etc). It wasn't deliberate but we seem to have chronologically worked our way through the eighties and are now half way through the nineties. The kids LOVE watching the films that I watched when I was younger, and I love getting to relive my youth by watching them again too.

Last week we watched the original Toy Story which is one of my all time favourite films. It may have been the first EVER computer animated full length film, but the imagery and effects are still utterly brilliant 22 years later - and the storyline is as amazing and relevant as it was when it was first released. No wonder it constantly tops the charts! It's a classic, timeless film for sure.

Now I may have seen it a million times but, despite knowing and loving all the characters, this was the very first time the girls actually sat down to watch the film. Thanks to Thinkway Toys and B&M it was an extra special affair as they got to snuggle up under a cosy new blanket and share the experience with brand new Buzz and Woody toys of their very own - plus they were sent a brilliant selection of popcorn and retro sweets to enjoy while they were watching it too.

Karate action Buzz Lightyear, £24.99 from B&M
Everyone's favourite - Woody, £24.99 from B&M
Movie Night cinema snack box, £4.99 from B&M

Needless to say, the girls absolutely adored the film. What's not to love about it? Evie in particularly was mesmerised - she was literally blown away at the idea of her toys having a secret life when she's not around and has been constantly asking me whether I've seen them getting up to mischief at all while she's at nursery or asleep! This is exactly why I think this film is such a brilliant one for children to watch - not only does it encourage kindness and bravery, and contain an important message about friendships -  it also stimulates children to use their imagination when playing at home.

We're all seriously excited about Toy Story 4, which is due for release in 2019. It may be a long time off but we still have the first three films to re-watch over and over again, plus the girls have their new favourite toys from Thinkway to play with too!

Snuggled under their luxurious heritage check blanket, £9.99 from B&M

It's party time!

Everybody has a Toy Story story - and we'd love to hear yours!

Join me and a group of other UK parenting bloggers for a Twitter party from 1-2:30pm on Tuesday 27th June. It'll be a chance to talk about all things Buzz and Woody related and we have 6x £25 B&M vouchers up for grabs! Make sure you follow Thinkway Toys and B&M on Twitter and use the hashtag #ImAThinkingToy.


Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Win a pair of Moheda Linda Clogs!

Those of you that watched my Instagram stories at the end of last week will have witnessed my excitement when these brand spanking new clogs landed on my doorstep!

I love, love, love clogs - and clog makers, Moheda, are my absolute favourites. Their prices are incredibly reasonable compared to other brands and despite being based in Sweden, their shipping is always super speedy!

The reason I like clogs so much is because they really are the perfect shoe when you're a busy, high heel loving mum like me. I'm on my feet all day every day so need something comfortable, but I'm not prepared to swap stylish for frumpy just yet. Clogs can also be worn with pretty much anything; my current favourite school run outfit is a pair of skinny jeans, an oversized tee and super high Moheda clogs - it's a combo that's easy to throw on when you're in a rush in the morning but still looks great.

I love Mohedas so much that I have built up a collection of no less than nine pairs over the last few years - and my new cognac Lindas are my favourite yet! With those classic clog block heels (slightly higher than the norm at 8.5cm!) and beautiful soft leather, this design has a real vintage vibe to it - I'm so excited about wearing them to festivals over the course of the summer!

And on that note, I'm even more excited to be able to share the clog love today. Moheda and I have teamed up to offer one lucky reader a pair of cognac Lindas of their own!

Entry is via the Rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway closes at midnight on 20th June 2017 and the winner will be contacted by email shortly after. The giveaway is open to UK residents only and the prize will be sent directly from Moheda Toffeln. Good luck!

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Friday, 9 June 2017

All Hail the Todenham Manor Farm Weekend Box!

Is there anything better than sitting down to a delicious Sunday roast with your family? I don't think so. Eating together is so important to me; week day dinners always seem a bit rushed, what with after school clubs, homework, and play dates to revolve around - so I like to try and keep our Sundays as low key and relaxed as possible. The only things I like to do is to nip out to get coffee and the papers, prepare a big late lunch, and then go for a stroll somewhere pretty while it's doing it's stuff in the oven. Then it's home to eat, chat, drink red wine and collapse in a heap on the sofa for the rest of the day - complete with a Sunday afternoon movie and full bellies!

I'm a big fan of eating well and always ensure I buy high quality meat. It's important to me that the animals we eat have been well looked after and, of course, that the meat tastes good - and I'm prepared to pay a premium for that. I am also always keen to make my life easier whenever I can, especially when it comes to cooking which, until recently, was something I was not particularly fond of or good at. I get weekly recipe boxes from Hello Fresh to help me with weekday meals - and last weekend I was sent a meat box from the very kind people at Todenham Manor Farm. Full of enough delicious cuts of meat to see the whole family through the weekend (and beyond!), this was a total godsend after a stressful and busy working week!

The Todenham Manor Farm Weekend Box contains everything you need to feed a hungry family. We received the box for 6 which retails at £84.99 and includes 1.5kg of sausages, 250g of home cured streaky bacon, a 2kg gammon joint, a 2kg 28 day aged topside joint of beef, 12 sage and onion stuffing balls and 12 of THE BEST pigs in blankets I have ever tasted. A box for 12 is also available and contains twice as much of everything for £169.98. As well as a cooked breakfast, a substantial brunch and a huge (and I mean HUGE) roast dinner, we also had enough leftover meat for two further main meals (traditional bubble and squeak and ham, egg and chips!) and cold meat sandwiches for the girls lunch boxes on Monday, making this box very good value indeed.

Todenham Manor Farm was founded by ex-Londoner, Irayne Paikin, and produces high-welfare rare-breed pork and beef. It's situated in 800 acres of lush green farmland in Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, and has an on site butchery complete with it's own team of master butchers, and use of a fantastic local abattoir - which means customers are able to trace the whole food chain.

Todenham picked up nine awards and 13 stars at last year's Great Taste Awards - and after sampling their goods, it's easy to see why!

What better way to start the weekend than with a wholesome breakfast of smashed avocado, poached eggs and crispy bacon?

Good old fashioned sausage sandwiches with real butter, ketchup and mustard - the perfect hangover cure weekend late lunch!

As well as Weekend Boxes, Todenham Manor Farm sells BBQ boxes, a Cave Man box and a sausage selection box - plus you can get joints and packets of meat individually. Their award winning pork and beef is available to buy online, over the phone on 01608 654341 or at their shop (postcode GL56 9PQ).

Thanks so much to Todenham Manor Farm for sending us a sample of their Weekend Box - we will most certainly shop with you again! 

Thursday, 8 June 2017

SIX Favourites ♥ The Bedroom Edition - with Wayfair

These posts of mine usually only contain five items but last month Wayfair asked me to choose SIX of my favourite products from their website so you get a bonus pick today! ;)

Over the past few months I've been busy decorating pretty much every single room in the house (as well as working on the garden) but one room that has been sorely neglected ever since we moved in, is my room. There always seems to be other, more important DIY to do, or things to buy for the girls - so for this post I decided to be a bit selfish and to let myself daydream about my perfect bedroom!

I love my sleep - not that I get very much of it. It is literally my DREAM to have a beautiful, calming, clutter free space to sleep in every night. Right now I have very old and rustic, dark wooden furniture and my room seems to be the dumping ground for everyone else's stuff. It's the only room in the house never to have been decorated, so needs a pretty substantial amount of DIY doing to it before I can even begin to think about filling it with pretty things. But on the assumption that magic elves will come and fit all the woodwork, build me a new wardrobe in the eaves, sand the floorboards and paint everything white, here are six finishing touches I'd absolutely love to treat myself to!

1. A new Mattress
I absolutely love my Victorian style black and brass bed frame - and in actual fact I got it from Wayfair a couple of years ago! However something I couldn't afford at the time was a decent mattress and I'd love to get a memory foam one. eve is a brand that has been recommended to me by lots of people and I'd choose this double mattress from the Wayfair website if I could.

2. New furniture
As I said above, my bedroom furniture is made of really dark wood and has a real a rustic vibe to it - I chose it almost twelve years ago and it couldn't be further away from my taste now. I'd love a new chest of drawers and a new pair of bedside tables, like these Mercury Row Aedesia ones. I really love the clean lines, contrasting wooden legs and Scandinavian design. 

3. A huge mirror
I've always wanted a huge, freestanding mirror to prop up against the old chimney breast wall - and this Gallery Harrow full length mirror is an absolute beaut. I love the size of it and that intricately carved frame is just beautiful. The only question is, do I go for silver or cream?!

4. A new rug
At the moment I have a fairly shabby old carpet that desperately needs replacing. Ideally I'd love white washed floorboards - with this Safavieh Coco grey/ivory rug next to my bed so my feet don't have to hit the cold floor when I get up in the mornings. How super cosy and plush does it look?!

5. New Bedding
Everyone knows its the law that whenever you buy a new bed or mattress you HAVE to buy brand new bedding! I'd go for a new duck down duvet and pillows with this Antina duvet set - I love the teal and mustard combo, and the chevron pattern.

6. New lighting
I've always been quite traditional (boring, perhaps!) when it comes to lighting, opting for simple shades for both ceiling pendants and table lamps. This time I'd go for something bolder, like this geometric pendant light in copper and a pair of these Borough Wharf Clarno table lamps for the bedside tables!

What do you think of my choices? Make sure you take a look at the Wayfair website for plenty more interiors inspiration!


Wednesday, 7 June 2017

TOMS x Every Mother Counts

My love for accessories brand TOMS is well documented on this blog. They truly are a brilliant company that work hard to make a difference in the world and that really makes them stand out to me.

Their current collaboration is with non profit organisation, Every Mother Counts which was founded by model and mum of two, Christy Turlington Burns. One mother dies from pregnancy and childbirth complications every two minutes - and Christy was almost one of them.

TOMS have launched their Orange Rose Collection (the orange rose is the universal symbol for maternal health) in order to generate funds for programs that will improve access to critical maternal care across the globe. With every sale of their limited edition shoes and tote bags, TOMS will donate £5 to the Every Mother Counts Orange Rose campaign.

As well as supporting a particularly worthwhile cause, these shoes have proved themselves to be the perfect addition to my summer wardrobe! The orange rose print on natural burlap is utterly beautiful and I love the espadrille style natural jute rope soles. As is the same with all TOMS, these shoes are super comfy and the women's version (kids and babies sizes are also available) is in the classic Alpargata style, with an elastic V for extra comfort and easy fit. On top of all that, this style also falls under the vegan category.

You can shop the full collection here.


Friday, 2 June 2017

Summer with Joules ♥

Earlier this week, Joules invited me and the girls up to Fox HQ in Soho for a private screening of the new film, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul.

Daisy is a biiiiiiiig fan of the Wimpy Kid books, and her and Evie both loved the movie trailer, so we were really excited about heading into London to see the film - plus we got to hang out with some of our favourite blogging friends too!

From L-R: Kara from Innocent Charms Chats
Kate from Life Daily, meeeeee, Emma from The Joy of Five and 
Carolynne from Mummy Endeavours 

Nine well trained blogger kids ;)

As a family, we love the Joules brand - their clothes and homewares are a beautiful juxtaposition of traditional and bold, and I especially adore their use of bright colours and prints, and the fact that their clothes and accessories have really special details like pretty buttons, exposed zips and contrasting linings.

It has always been their holiday shop in particular that I love, and it's always my first port of call when shopping for high summer, when clothes seem to get extra wear (the kids', especially) and need to be of exceptional quality. They also have a 3 for 2 deal on summer essentials which makes them even better value!

And on that note,  I've compiled a double whammy list of my five favourite items from the Joules Holiday Shop; one for the kids and one for me! What do you think of my choices?

Clockwise from top left:
1. Mermaid active drawstring bag, £12.95 - brilliant for carrying sandy swimsuits and towels back from the beach as can be rinsed out in the shower, plus it can be used for PE kits once home and back at school //
2. Hattie sun hat, £14.95 - HOW CUTE? //
3. Riviera jersey dress, £22.95 (3 for 2) - lightweight and super easy to wear. Available in different prints AND in grown up sizes! //
4. Tippytoe sandals, £14.95 - we've bought a new pair of these every year and love them. Durable and stylish too //
5. Kittiwake jersey shorts, £14.95 (3 for 2) - perfect for putting on over swimwear, and the jersey dries quickly in the sun if it gets wet

Clockwise from top left:
1. Dora hat, £19.95 - I'm obsessed with hats this summer, and this one is a beaut //
2. Festival beach bag, £24.95 - see what I mean about the amazing contrasting prints? This bag is super roomy, perfect for the beach, days out and shopping! //
3. Walk Moses sandals, £29.95 - best collab ever? These sandals are washable, waterproof and comfy - and available in four colours // 
4. Rosanna French navy orchard cover up, £29.95 - I live in these when on holiday //
5. Beam sunglasses, £69.95 - because you can never have too many pairs and these are perfection!

Joules have teamed up with 20th Century Fox and Puffin to offer one family a holiday to Northern France! Up for grabs are return flights from London to Paris for two adults and two children, six day car hire, five nights accommodation in a luxury treehouse, breakfast and half day electric bike hire - as well as a Diary of a Wimpy Kid book bundle and a suitcase of Joules clothing worth £2,000!

All you have to do to enter is fill in the form on the Joules website here. This competition closes on 4th June and full T&Cs can be found here.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

The Nutmeg Holiday Shop is OPEN!

When your mum blogs and wants to take just one more photo....

At long, l-o-o-o-o-n-g last, it looks as if summer has arrived. We've spent the last couple of days in the paddling pool and running through the sprinkler in the garden which, if you ask me, is the best way to spend a bank holiday weekend - even when you're 36 ;)

With the arrival of the warm weather comes the need for cool clothes and last week my favourite supermarket clothing brand, Nutmeg by Morrisons, were kind enough to send the girls a couple of outfits perfect for British summertime. These guys really do know how to make kidswear; their collections are always excellent quality (Evie is currently wearing Daisy's hand-me-downs which have, so far, endured three seasons wear and still look pristine!), they are fashionable but, at the same time, suitable for kids - and every item contains thoughtful details such as super soft SPF40 fabrics, no itchy tags, expandable waistbands, and easy to fasten zips and poppers. As well as all that, Nutmeg are so confident that their customers will love their products that they offer a 200 day no quibble guarantee - meaning they can return them up to 200 days after they bought them (with proof of purchase) for any reason.

And I honestly cannot think of any reason why you'd want to return anything you buy from Nutmeg. With prices starting at just £2 and a guarantee like that, if you've not yet given them a go then now is definitely the time to treat the kids to some new outfits for summer!

Daisy wears:
Neon aztec t-shirt and skirt combo (with built in shorts - perfect for cartwheeling!), £9

Evie wears:
Yummy Like My Mummy t-shirt, £2.50
Yellow cardigan, £6

All c/o Nutmeg


Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Surviving Parenthood: How To Get a Better Nights Sleep

I know I must be beginning to sound like a broken record but, seven and a half years into motherhood, I'm still waiting for a proper, decent night's sleep!

Admittedly, the girls have got SO much better at sleeping recently; they rarely wake in the night anymore, and our days no longer start before 6.30am. These days my sleep issues seem to be just that - mine. I struggle to fall asleep and then wake at every little noise throughout the night. If, like me, you find yourself lying awake in bed, its probably time to take a look at how you're treating your body during the day.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, the average adult needs seven to nine hours sleep a night. I don't know about you but for years, while the girls were younger, I wasn't getting anywhere near that! Although it was hard, I managed to function (you have to when you're a parent!) and now I'd say around my body needs about six hours.

Here are a few suggestions to help you have the best sleep you can at night.

1. Start with a sleep schedule

As parents, we encourage our children to sleep and wake at a consistent time each day and night, but I don't know any grown ups that follow the same routine! Going to bed and waking up at roughly the same time each night helps train the brain to understand when it should be tired, and when it should be alert. As with any training schedule, sleep training will take time in the beginning, but you really will benefit from it in the long run. If you don’t fall asleep within 20 minutes, don't get stressed. Relax your mind through reading or meditation to allow your mind to fatigue naturally. I've recently started listening to sleep meditation music on Spotify and setting the timer to turn the music off after ten minutes. Every single time I have fallen asleep before the music has stopped!

2. Create a restful environment

Bedrooms should be a haven of relaxation. That doesn’t mean arranging your room into perfectly Feng Shui alignment, but just being conscious of what will surround you as your sleep. I totally believe that a cluttered bedroom equals a cluttered mind and its for this reason that I insist on the girls tidying their bedrooms before they go to bed. Little things like opening the window ahead of bedtime to allow fresh air inside, and getting rid of technology in the bedroom will also have a positive psychological effect and, in turn, improve the quality of your rest.

3. Don’t rely on daytime naps

Naps! Remember those? Me neither ;) Apparently they are a wonderful way to reinvigorate your body and mind during a slump, but taking them regularly really can interfere with your sleep schedule so don't feel deprived if you've not had a daytime nap since 2001. If you really need, and are lucky enough to be able to have a little snooze in the middle of the day, limit it to a 30 minute power nap. Any more than this and there's a good chance you'll struggle to sleep at night.

4. Take a look at your overall lifestyle

If you’re consuming heavy, carb filled meals or sugary snacks within a few hours of your bedtime, then your digestive system may still be processing it by the time you attempt to doze off. I'm already aware that coffee is my problem; I used to drink so much of it! Consuming caffeine past 2pm means that the effects are still in your system when you want to go to bed. I did actually try to cut out caffeine altogether but decided that was a bit extreme ;) Instead, over the last four weeks I have cut my intake to three cups a day; one at breakfast, one mid-morning and one as a pre school pick me up at about 2pm. I am already noticing the positive effects.

If you do rely heavily on caffeine, as a lot of us sleep deprived parents do, try minimalising your intake from the afternoon onwards, and with each tea or coffee, drink plenty of water to help speed up the process of eliminating it from your system.

Joy Richards, a sleep specialist for UK online bed retail store Happy Beds, is dedicated to helping everyone get the most out of their bed,  has this to say about caffeine and the negative effect it has on sleep:

“While most of us (me included) often rely on strategically timed caffeine hits to get us through the day, it can have a very negative impact upon our attempts to sleep later on in the evening. While completely abandoning caffeine is out of the question for most of us, I would recommend avoiding any tea or coffee after 2pm in the afternoon. Drinking caffeine after that time will mean that it remains in your system in the lead up to bedtime. While you may feel physical tired, your body is still trying to process the chemicals and the quality of your sleep will be considerably lower compared to those who have not ingested caffeine after this time.”

You can see other helpful tips from Joy on the Happy Beds website here.

Written in association with Happy Beds.


Monday, 22 May 2017

#TeenTalk with Gabby Logan + Boots UK

As a mum of two girls, I know it won't be long before I have to have 'The Talk' with them both. We're a very close and pretty relaxed family, and I like to think it won't be an awkward conversation for us all, but I know from my own experience of being a teenager that when hormones are raging, sometimes things aren't as easy as you'd hope!

Research from Boots UK and P&G shows that 68% of parents find it difficult to broach the subject of puberty with their teen - shockingly a quarter avoid the talk altogether - and 33% of parents wish they could talk more openly with their teens. To help provide parents with tips and tools to talk about growing up with confidence, the Boots UK #TeenTalk campaign (which is now in its second year) has joined forces with celebrity mum Gabby Logan and her twelve year old daughter Lois.

Together with a panel of tweens, teens and their parents, Gabby and Lois took part in the #TeenTalk experiment where mums, dads and daughters had the #TeenTalk every other day for a week; trying out different environments, topics and formats with each conversation. The results have been published on the Boots website (here) to offer support to those navigating this lifestage together.

Gabby explains, "As a mother of twin 12 year olds, I understand the challenges of communicating with tweens all too well! They suddenly go from wanting to tell parents everything, to one word answers. But as every parent knows, you desperately want to give your children all the guidance, help and support they need and being able to communicate effectively with your teens is crucial to this. What I love about the #TeenTalk campaign is that it helps to give parents the confidence to start and maintain a strong, open and honest conversation with their child through puberty and beyond.... There's no right or wrong way to help prepare a child for puberty, it's just about finding a way that works for them."

Boots are currently running great value promotions on the trusted P&G products shown above to give parents and teens the chance to trial them. Shoppers will also receive a free toiletry bag with each purchase. #TeenTalk campaign expert Sarah Newton has also helped Boots create two helpful guides (one for parents and one for girls) with insight on lots of topics relating to puberty. These guides are available for free with the purchase of any Venus, Always or Tampax products exclusively at Boots or can be downloaded here.

The #Teen Talk campaign runs from 10 May - 6 June 2017 in Boots stores nationwide as well as online at boots.com. For more tips on having the #TeenTalk, and for further product information, you can visit the Boots website here.

Written in collaboration with P&G


Tuesday, 16 May 2017

The Mothercare AW17 Preview #WelcometotheClub

My highlight of the AW17 Press events I went to last week had to be Mothercare, and not just because they had the most amazing nitrogen oxide ice cream from Four Winters on offer!

Mothercare always has been (and always will be) my absolute favourite place to go to for kids clothes - and for exactly the same reasons why my mum shopped there for me and my siblings thirty years ago. Mothercare clothes are well made, affordable, and comfortable which, in my opinion, are the three most important factors to consider when shopping for outfits for your kids.

What I like most about Mothercare's range of clothes is that there is something for everyone; from Myleene's monochrome to Jools' bright colours, the beautiful Heritage collection for special occasions and their every day basics.

Here are some of my favourite picks from the AW17 collections:

My K by Myleene Klass

I love the pop of yellow running through Myleene's new range for Autumn - it's just perfect for the end of summer! Also, I TOTALLY need to borrow a baby from someone (Ruth? ;)) so that I can dress him or her up in this mini Beetlejuice outfit.

The Heritage Collection

I don't know about you but I can see Prince George and Princess Charlotte in these outfits; classic and smart, perfect for royalty (or a wedding or party!).

Little Bird by Jools

Oh Jools! This woman can do no wrong.... her collections get better and better, and every season I end up buying two of literally everything (the girls will argue if I buy just one). As always, the new AW17 prints are divine (just look at that striped floral romper with the Peter Pan collar above) and the designs are full of vintage loveliness; timeless and perfect for handing down to younger members of the family.

The new collections will start rolling out in store and online towards the end of the Summer. I'll update you when I know more!

Friday, 12 May 2017

Day dreaming about Wales + win an Olympus Pen

Running wild on the beach at Knap Point
My love of Wales is well documented on this blog. We're lucky enough to have family there so we visit often. I'm not sure I can pinpoint what it is that I love about it so much; but some things I do love are the contrast between the rugged coastlines and the kiss-me-quick seaside downs, the mountains and the countryside walks, and the fact everything is so green! The air seems fresher and the people seem more relaxed. Its a good few hours drive away from our home in Surrey, so even the shortest mini-break still feels like a proper holiday.

It's been a few months since we last headed off down the M4 in the direction of the Severn Bridge but one of our favourite trips was this one, at the end of last Summer. As well as visiting our friends and family, we were there to pay The Royal Mint a visit - and seeing as it was the school holidays we decided to treat ourselves to an extra night in a hotel too. As always, we had a wonderful time, the majority of which was spent on the beach. I love how truly breathtakingly beautiful Wales is, so of course I took millions of photographs, as I always do. As well as taking my own pictures, I love to see other peoples'. so why not add your own Welsh pictures to my million eyez photo box by clicking on the camera icon photo box below?

Here are some more of my photographs from this particular trip xoxo

Searching for sea glass at what we call the Shell Cove (Knap beach)
Obligatory blogger #FWIS photo ;) Dress: Boden // Sandals: Saltwater
Looking down at the bay from Knap Point
Lemonade floats after a hard afternoon at the beach!
Two little girls delighted to finally have the opportunity to cross the stepping stones at Ogmore - we've only ever been here in winter before, when the river has been too high / fast to get across!
Child labour ;) Collecting driftwood for their mama to paint
A family portrait at Nash Point
All these photos were taken on my iPhone 6, but in February I decided to take the plunge and dip into my savings to treat myself to an Olympus Pen. Photo taking hasn't been the same since - this is seriously the best investment I have ever made! And million eyez have one to give away - you can enter here!

As I always end up doing after a trip to Wales, I've been looking at property to buy on the south and west coasts. One day I would love to take the plunge and move there. But for now a holiday here and there will have to do, and we are looking forward to going back at half term. Til then, Wales!

This post has been re-published in collaboration with million eyez. It first appeared on Modern Mummy here. million eyez is a free visual social engagement platform for bloggers that allows you to create and curate photo collections for use on your blog, embed photos into posts and encourage your readers to become part of the story!
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