We had a fabulous evening walking around the new illuminated Christmas Trail at Wimpole NT. It was a fab way to spend Black Friday evening. I canโ€™t wait to put all of my videos together to show off just how amazing it was.

Both kids and I kept saying โ€œwowโ€ at every single turn. It looked beautiful, amazing and fascinating all at once.

The music as you walk around finished it all off perfectly. At no point throughout the walk could you miss the song. Each area played different songs too: so many wonderful Christmas songs. Itโ€™s really got us in the mood. The music is done by @sonymusicuk and we loved it!๐ŸŽ„ 

We made the most out of the independent street food vendors too: the Yorkshire pudding burritos were the most amazing thing Iโ€™ve evert eaten in my life! Noah said his pizza was amazing too ๐Ÿ• 

๐Ÿ’ฐ Adult ยฃ19, Child ยฃ14.50, Family ยฃ64

๐Ÿš— Parking ยฃ8 per car 

๐Ÿ“ Wimpole Estate, SG8 0BW

๐Ÿ“…  Itโ€™s on from today until 1 Jan 2023

 #ChristmasatWimpole #mychristmastrails

๐Ÿ“ข #prinvited We were invited to the open evening to share our experience with my followers! We received our tickets only.

#mummyphotoaday ~ Black Friday

#wimpolehall #wimpoleestate #wimpole #nationaltrust #sonymusic #christmaslights #illuminatedwalk #illuminationentertainment #illuminationwalk #christmasdecor #christmasfun #nightfun #christmasmood #christmasvibes #nationaltrustuk #familyeveningout #familytrip #familydayout #familyfun #nightwalk #networkbloggers #presstrip
Let me take you around our wonderfully peaceful weekend at @hoseasons ๐๐จ๐ซ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ฅ๐ค ๐—ช๐จ๐จ๐๐ฌ ๐‘๐ž๐ฌ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ & ๐’๐ฉ๐š. It was such a lovely time together as a family, the furbabies loved it too! AND Hoseasons have an amazing offer at the moment where you can take your furbabies for FREE!* ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿ’š
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The lodge was so beautiful ๐Ÿ˜ we wish we could have stayed longer! You get your very own car parking space and thereโ€™s a decking area with outdoor furniture too! 2 bedrooms had an ensuite and thereโ€™s a main bathroom. I also loved that there is a tv in all the bedrooms.
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The kitchen was equipped with most things, Daddy cooked a yummy roast dinner and made use of the wine cooler during our stay. โฃ
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The lodges are all a stones throw from the main reception which has a bar, restaurant, cafe and shop. Thereโ€™s also a gym and indoor pool, with a fun slide and splash area for the kiddies. Thereโ€™s an outdoor park, outdoor splash zone and a pitch for basketball. โฃ
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Not only that, itโ€™s surrounded by Norfolk woodland where you can go for lovely family walks with the dogs. It was peaceful and we lucked out with the beautiful weather.โฃ
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๐˜ž๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ตโ€™๐˜ด ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ข ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฌ?โฃ
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๐Ÿ“ Norfolk Woods Resort & Spaโฃ
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๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ PE32 1HUโฃ
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๐ŸŒณ Child & Dog friendly โฃ
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*Terms apply

#hoseason #prinvited โฃ
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#beautiful #justvisiting #uk #unitedkingdom #instatravel #igtravel #whataview #travelphotography #picoftheday #staycation #needabreak #lodge #luxlodge #lodgeholidays #travel #uklodgebreaks #uklodgesandcottages #hottubs #staycation #petfluencer #ad
What a grey day! Itโ€™s definitely starting to look and feel Wintery. It felt like night time didnโ€™t really end today ๐Ÿ˜‚

Days like today make me happy to have things on my watch listโ€ฆ Iโ€™m loving watching Iโ€™m a celebrity each nightโ€ฆ itโ€™s bringing summery vibes to my evenings. Iโ€™ve really liked the group of people in it this yearโ€ฆ Iโ€™m sad about who left tonight though. (No spoilers).

I also finished The Crown last night, season 5, I loved it. Probably my favourite season so far. The actress who plays Diana is absolutely incredible, spot on! They all play their roles well donโ€™t get me wrong.

I know itโ€™s not a documentary but I do research the points highlighted and I also realise that some conversations will be entirely made up for the drama. However, Iโ€™ve learned a lot from The Crown. I had no idea about the heart surgeon for example, or truly understand the sacrifices The Royal Family make. It is eye opening.

What have you been watching lately?

#mummyphotoaday ~ grey

#autumn #winter #autumnwinter #dogwalk #walk #familywalk #familytime #greyday #grey #imaceleb #thecrown #netflix #tvseries #whatimwatching #inthejungle #imacelebritygetmeoutofhere #thecrownnetflix #thecrownseason5 #mywatchlist #netflixseries #itvhub #autumntv #woodland #beautiful
Isnโ€™t it fresh with the cold weather comingโ€ฆ hats, gloves and winter coats are at the ready.

I have had to get the winter jumpers out for Snoopy too. His diabetes has caused his entire muscle mass to disappear. So heโ€™s just a bag of bones. Itโ€™s been quite distressing over the last few weeks as you can really feel every bone.

Rambo gave us quite a scare this week too: he collapsed twice. I wasnโ€™t prepared for it at all. I forget heโ€™s 15.5 and I need to treat him like an old dog. He is quite agile still so it is easy to forget sometimes.

He has heart disease and so Iโ€™m not allowed to walk him far, or frequently. So no more long walks for us. He can walk over to the local park and back and thatโ€™s it. Heโ€™s on meds too for his heart.

Weโ€™ve had no more episodes since and heโ€™s been at my ankles all week. Think the episode scared him as much as it did me.

Our furbabies are just so integral to our family unit. Itโ€™s been an absolute privilege to spend their retirement with them, as I work from home full time.

๐Ÿพ Does anyone else love working from home with their pets?

#mummyphotoaday ~ cold

#norfolkwoods #woodland #pets #familyfirst #petsarefamily #furbabies #furfamily #woodlandphotography #meandmyfurbabies #jackrussell #cockerspaniel #poorlydogs #retirementdogslife #retireddogs #dogwalk #freshair #novemberadventures #outdooradventures #outdoorfun #wildlittleadventures #adventureswiththese #dogsofinstagram
๐ŸŒณ Hidden amongst the whistling giants, was a small girl and her dogs. 
Venturing along the crispy path, hunting for the stenchiest bogs. ๐ŸŒณ

Isnโ€™t it amazing how a change in your routine can really spark your creativity. No rushing around from a to b today for us. We took ourselves into Norfolk Woods and had a little adventure.

The sun was glorious today too which was just ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป. I think weโ€™d like to stay at Norfolk Woods a lot longer than just this weekend. Itโ€™s been just what the doctor orderedโ€ฆ

Did you get some fresh air today?

#mummyphotoaday ~ dogs

#prinvited We are staying at Norfolk Woods courtesy of @hoseasons to celebrate their special dogs go free offerโ€ฆ check out my stories for more info!

#beautiful #justvisiting #uk #unitedkingdom #instatravel #igtravel #whataview #travelphotography #picoftheday #staycation #needabreak #lodge #luxlodge #lodgeholidays #travel #uklodgebreaks #uklodgesandcottages #hottubs #staycation #petfluencer #norfolkwoods #visitnorfolk #weekendbreak #forestphotography #woodlandphotography #treescape
About last nightโ€ฆ ๐ŸŒ 

We arrived at Norfolk Woods Resort & Spa, itโ€™s a beautiful resort with @hoseasons. 

We are staying in a dog friendly lodge and having a nice chilled weekend together.

This was the view from the lodge door last night. It was absolutely breathtaking. The clear sky and pretty sprinkling of stars. The moon shining down and the array of lodges too.

Itโ€™s nice to take a step away from the norm sometimes, you get a fresh perspective on things! 

What do you do to break up the routine?

#mummyphotoaday ~ fresh

#hoseasons #prinvited #doggetaway #dogfriendly #norfolkwoodsresortandspa #norfolk #visitnorfolk #countryside #moonlightsky #starrysky #countrylife #clearsky #nightscape #nighttime #fresh #nightphotography #nightsky #perfectnight  #justvisiting #igtravel #whataview #picoftheday #staycation #needabreak #lodge #luxlodge #lodgeholidays #travel #uklodgebreaks
๐Ÿฅณ A huge happy birthday to Noah, whose 12 today! I cannot believe how quickly that time has gone.

We went out for his birthday meal tonight, Pizza Express, and we had fun with SnapChat whilst we waited for dinner. It was so funny!

Cannot believe I have a 12 year old son ๐Ÿซฃ

Do you ever just play around with filters and literally not breath from laughter?

#mummyphotoaday ~ son

#snapchatfilters #snapchatfjn #snapchat #birthdayboy #birthday #daughter #son #pizzaexpress #wednesdayfun #mealtime #birthdaymeal #๏ฝ“๏ฝŽ๏ฝ๏ฝ๏ฝƒ๏ฝˆ๏ฝ๏ฝ” #snapchatfun๐Ÿ™ˆ #snapchatselfie #sadface #oldface #familytime #familymeal #collage #familycollage #funcollage #funtimes #wednesdaymood #wednesdayvibes
Sometimes itโ€™s the candid moments captured that make us smile the most. Those moments that you didnโ€™t plan for, didnโ€™t intend, but turned out to be a magical photo.

This is a throwback to some years ago, and when I saw it this evening it made me feel full of happy.

Weโ€™ve had a busy weekend, week so far and week to come. Noahโ€™s birthday tomorrow and weโ€™re away for the weekend which will be very exciting.

Do you love the candid photos more than the planned?

#mummyphotoaday ~ candid

#candid #photography #autumn #autumnfun #autumnal #seasonal #bobblehat #candidkids #candidchildhood #candidphotography #leafthrowing #leaves๐Ÿ #leafcarpet #autumnvibes #autumnfun #magicofchildhood #magicofautumn #mybabies #siblings #beautiful #mummylife

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Me & Mine: July 2014

Me & Mine: July 2014

This months me & mine is coming from a quick and impromptu photo shoot in a little public meadow, long grass and hazy summer days are just perfect for getting some lovely and creative shots. It is great when the sun is setting and the moody air is nice and hazed, it gives off a real effect that I just love. VIEW the POST

A little bit of beach…

A little bit of beach…

I took some leave last Friday to spend the day with the little ones and we had a little playdate with our friends. It was a great morning, we went to "Brampton Beach" which is currently at Frosts garden centre and it is a fantastic idea! The children loved it and us Mummies managed a cup of tea without leaving half of it to go cold. I love summer days like this, where you can go somewhere and enjoy the outdoors, with friends and be happy. VIEW the POST

Isla โ€“ 2 years and 1 month

Isla โ€“ 2 years and 1 month

Isla is really developing into that "little" lady, she is showing her bossy side and giving Noah all he gives out. Which is nice to see she is holding her own, but watching them fight isn't fun. I still can't believe this little princess is 2. VIEW the POST

Isla โ€“ 2 years

Isla โ€“ 2 years

The day has finally arrived and my little baby girl is 2, although it seems a really big girl age I really don't feel like it. I still feel like I have my little baby with me: she does not sleep well and she is very needy so I suppose it is hard to forget how old she is. VIEW the POST

Isla โ€“ 1 year and 10 months

Isla โ€“ 1 year and 10 months

My little princess has been making a lot of changes recently: growing both in height and her hair is getting longer, she is learning very quickly and guess what? Yes, she is talking! Finally. Yippee. Over the past few weeks we have had so many words and copying it is phenomenal. VIEW the POST

Isla – 1 year and 9 months

This month has been one of the best with Isla Rae, despite flu bugs and the odd cold from the rather chilly weather. She is learning in abundance and really soaking everything up at the moment and she is starting to talk. Yippee! VIEW the POST

Isla – 1 year and 8 months

The same introduction as Noah can be said for Isla, my tiny little baby girl was so poorly over Christmas and New Years – it was heartbreaking. I really didn’t like seeing her so floppy, sleepy and poorly. We officially hate bugs, illnesses and anything of that nature in our household now. We got through it but it ruled out the period from Christmas Day until New years eve. Little Isla was just not herself at all.

Our Christmas Grotto fort…

Our Christmas Grotto fort…

On Saturday, after searching endlessly for an available Father Christmas - he is a busy man didn't you know! We finally decided that Father Christmas would have to come to Constant Cottage for a flying visit before Christmas Day. Nanny & Grandad took the little ones out for a quick stroll and a play in the park, whilst Father Christmas had a little Mummy looking elf who created a grotto in the playroom. Especially for Father Christmas... VIEW the POST

Isla โ€“ 1 Year and 7 Months

Isla โ€“ 1 Year and 7 Months

Before I go on, I adore the photo of Isla above - it makes me want to hug her up and never let go. The original and larger photo just makes her look perfect (apart from the runny nose) but nevertheless she looks so cute. This month has made progress, some things for the better and others not so much. Still no more words except "What's that?" - I am hoping we get there over Christmas. VIEW the POST

Isla โ€“ 1 Year and 6 Months

I have actually managed to get some lovely photos of Isla this month, showing her beautiful little smile off and her terrifically cute little curls.ย I simply adore her little face, she has a lovely smile that just melts your heart – I know I am biased but at the same time I think it’s true as other people tell me it also. This month has been full of ups and downs with Isla, she has been poorly, not sleeping well and still not talking – but she is exploring and really starting to play with toys “properly”.

Isla โ€“ 1 Year and 5 Months

Isla โ€“ 1 Year and 5 Months

This month has been more of the same: exploring and learning to copy Noah. Isla is not afraid to delve into something new, nor try a new food or play peekaboo with a new person. It is really great how outgoing she is, but we still do not talk and more importantly SLEEP! VIEW the POST

Isla โ€“ 1 Year and 4 Months

Isla โ€“ 1 Year and 4 Months

It only seems a moment ago I was writing about the last monthly update with Isla Rae and here we are again: oh how she has changed this month but still as quiet as a mouse - not to be taken for granted though as she is a very clever little girlie. VIEW the POST

Direct2Mum: A non-sleeping over 1, is no fun!

Direct2Mum: A non-sleeping over 1, is no fun!

I have blogged over at Direct2Mum in regards to my little Isla Rae and how she does not sleep... Yes I thought she was onto a roll the other week, but according to Isla and the past few nights - she has other plans. Direct2Mum is a great website where you can find products, help and support throughout each stage of creating your family... pre-pregnancy, pregnancy and beyond! VIEW the POST

Isla โ€“ 1 Year and 3 Months

This month Isla has been learning to copy her brother, stand up for herself, to say no very clearly and what buttons to press to get reactions, yes it has been fun! One major thing to happen in the last week is that my little princess has slept all night through for me, 7:30pm through to 6:30am (on average) for the past 5 nights. I am amazed, and hoping to not jinx the breakthrough, but I hope this is the start of how we mean to go on. Mummy is much happier with sleep Isla Rae…

Isla โ€“ 1 Year and 2 Months

Isla โ€“ 1 Year and 2 Months

This month has seen some changes with my little dinky donut, not only physically but she is definitely developing her motor skills, communication skills but we are yet to talk. VIEW the POST

Special Birthdays of 2013 Continued…

Special Birthdays of 2013 Continued…

Today marks the birthday of my little sister, who is 21, so in the past 7 months I have celebrated my Grandma's 80th, my 30th, my Grandad's 90th and now my little sisters 21st. I am very lucky to have such a beautiful family and such special celebrations to share with them. VIEW the POST

Isla โ€“ 1 Year and 1 Month

Isla โ€“ 1 Year and 1 Month

I couldn't resist but display Isla's beautiful photos taken by Daddy, Custardface Photography, last month. She looks incredibly cute and as you can see she is getting better at performing for the camera. VIEW the POST

Grass fights and big smiles!

Grass fights and big smiles!

This weekend we took a walk in Godmanchester, there is a little park that leads onto a big open common, surrounded by the river and there is lots to do and see. We mainly had fun throwing grass at eachother, watching the trains and boats and we even stopped and watched the boats move through the locks. Noah was fascinated by that. VIEW the POST

My little baby…

As part of Isla Rae’s birthday present from Daddy, and a little treat for Mummy too – we were shown a beautiful video that Daddy had made of Isla Rae’s first year. It was amazing and after the christening yesterday, he gathered all the family and friends around the big screen and pressed play. We were all captivated, for the whole 20 minute video.

Birthday Girl: 1 Year Old

Birthday Girl: 1 Year Old

This time last year I was all belly, then I met Isla Rae and my legs turned to jelly. I wasn't expecting a little pink parcel, she is dinky and cute but also a rascal! VIEW the POST