🌳 I would love to live in the countryside, by vast woodlands & coastal paths. It’s the dream. However, I forget just how much beauty there is just outside my door.

This little woodland, for example, is full of life & only a 30 second walk from my house. I find it calming & I just love taking slow walks through here. Listening to the birds!

I’ve promised myself to get more steps in, and appreciate natures little pockets that I live near. After all, it can only make me appreciate the countryside whenever we do find our dream home.

Do you forget about the pockets of nature near you?

#mummyphotoaday ~ steps

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Making memories 🥳

This was Isla’s first family selfie using her birthday present. She loves taking photos and I can see her following in Daddy’s footsteps when she’s older. She’s very creative.

We’ve managed to spread out Isla’s birthday celebrations over an 8 day period. Perfect if you ask me. She’s loved it!

Anyone love taking photos? Of everything? All the time?

#mummyphotoaday ~ memory

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And she’s jumping into her birthday like…

💙💗 We had a super fun time at the trampoline park tonight, hot dogs and slushies. Cupcakes and sweets. Then to the park to burn off the sugar high and cool them down a little.

It was lovely to see them all playing and having fun… Isla loved it. I learn so much from her, how to let go and how to have fun. She’s my little ⭐️.

I cannot believe my baby is 10 tomorrow 😭 I want my baby girl back with her diddy feet.

What’s your favourite memory of the newborn stage?

#mummyphotoaday ~ learn 

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My favourite skies are deep with blue and white fluffy clouds scattered about too. I visualise patterns and shapes in the clouds just for fun… it’s amazing this planet that lives under the sun!

I’m doing my bit to look after the planet; walking where I can, compost, I don’t eat meat or fish, using less water and getting rid of single use plastic.

I want to keep seeing the beautiful views and making cloud patterns and shapes. Do you do that when the sky is full of white fluffy clouds?

#mummyphotoaday ~ skies & pattern

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With it being my little babies 10th birthday in one week, it’s making me reflect on all the fun adventures and activities we’ve had over the years.

This is one of my favourite photos from April 2015. Isla was not quite 4 here and Noah is 5. They’re soo tiny. I remember Noah trying to explain to Isla what they’d be doing back at the holiday cottage.

They’ve always been very active. In fact I think they were more active when they were younger! 😂

Do you go through photos of your little ones when approaching their birthdays? 💜

#mummyphotoaday ~ activities 

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Our Sunday looked a lot like this. A lovely dog walk in the woods and beautiful villages. Chocolate box cottages and wild animals everywhere.

We even saw low flying planes at the Shuttleworth Air Show. It was amazing.

3 generations out on our walk today; Nanna, me, my sister & Isla. There was also 3 generations of doggy!

We had a quick pub stop for a drink and back to Nanna’s for a yummy roast dinner.

I love walking. I wish I could walk and explore all day everyday. Fresh air and beautiful scenery!

How did you spend your Sunday?

#mummyphotoaday ~ fresh

#woodland #oldwarden #woods #walk #sundaywalk #walkingsunday #bankholidayweekend #fresh #freshair #woodlandhorizon #horizonoftrees #treeview #familywalks #bedfordshire #shuttleworth #familyday #familysunday #familytime #familyfun #sundayfunday #sundayvibes #sundaywalkinnature #walkinnature #magicofchildhood #aquietplace #natureisbeautiful #woodlandmagic #dogwalk #dogwalking

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The new vegan menu at The Flying Horse Clophill

The new vegan menu at The Flying Horse Clophill

You will have seen from my Instagram stories and feed this week that Hubby and I got to see the newly renovated and new menu at The Flying Horse in Clophill. The pub officially opened last night, to the public, and they have a lot on offer. I haven't been there for years and it was a complete shock when I walked in. It looks truly beautiful. And the menu is totally worth the visit... VIEW the POST

Amazing and healthy vegan family recipes

Amazing and healthy vegan family recipes

I love trying new recipes and since Hubby turned vegan last year we have been trying more and more new foods. I have collected together some of my favourite recipes that we have tried along with a few products that you simply MUST have in the kitchen to help you cook them! As Veganuary is upon us, I thought it would be good to share my favourite recipes. I would love to know if you have tried these and what you think? VIEW the POST

Making breaks exciting whilst working from home with SMASH BLUE

Since last March, I have been working from home and this comes with a lot of discipline and routine. For example, I am as bad as the kids for grabbing snacks from the cupboard. When SMASH BLUE released their new products I thought they are perfect for us grown ups working from home, or out on a day trip with the family. They are great, innovative, products and I can’t wait to show them and how they can transform your working day.

A cleaner cuppa with the amazing BRITA Filter Purity kettle

A cleaner cuppa with the amazing BRITA Filter Purity kettle

I love a nice cup of tea and since working from home I have had a lot more of it. With that I wanted to make sure I am getting a cleaner cuppa. We tried out the BRITA filter Purity kettle from Russell Hobbs. It is by the far the best kettle I have ever used and it looks really stylish too. I love the way it aluminates the kitchen in blue when it is in use. BRITA sent me this fabulous kettle to try out and give you my honest opinion. VIEW the POST

Learning how to wine taste with the Wine List #WineListInTheWild

Learning how to wine taste with the Wine List #WineListInTheWild

The Wine List is a great way to learn about different wines. It is the first wine box that helps you learn about wine and lets you taste the yummy bottles too. Every month you receive a box of wine and the tools to learn all about it. It’s perfect for people like me who really do not have much understanding of wine and need to learn.  VIEW the POST

One Fine Dine a real master chef experience at home

I absolutely adore master chef, I am in total awe of all the chefs that go on there as I literally do not have a clue. It would be a dream for me to eat at Marcus’s Michelin restaurant. Obviously with lockdown, restaurants closing and finding ways to explore good food from home: I was so excited to try out One Fine Dine. They make up the most delicious food, deliver it to your door and all you have to do is heat it and serve it. I made master chef food, all by myself. OK, well I didn’t cook it. It felt amazing! This is the perfect gift for for 2021.

The awesome savoury veggie snack brand that’s easy to grab on the go: ZENB

The awesome savoury veggie snack brand that’s easy to grab on the go: ZENB

Hands up who likes a snack bar? Me too! We are forever grabbing and stocking up on them to take with us on our excursions. We recently tried the new ZENB Veggie Sticks and we loved them for various reasons and would definitely recommend them to any adventure loving families who like a grab and go snack.  VIEW the POST

8 Tropical jams to spark creativity in kiddies

8 Tropical jams to spark creativity in kiddies

I love jam, I have it on a lot of food; jam on toast or jam on scones (perfect for a family picnic in the garden). It seems to be my happy food during lockdown. It’s now getting to that time of the year when the fruits are starting to grow and will soon be ready for picking, so we can make our very own jams. The following are Tropical Jams that I wish the supermarkets would sell, or I could get hold of the fruits to make it ourselves.  VIEW the POST

Creating a beautiful family Afternoon Tea at home

Creating a beautiful family Afternoon Tea at home

I love Afternoon Tea, it is my favourite thing to go out and enjoy with family and friends. So, when Daddy had the idea to recreate an Afternoon Tea experience at home, for the kiddies, I jumped at the chance. Did you know it's National Tea Day on Tuesday 21 April 2020 too, so a perfect activity for the family. I think we made it look really authentic and the kiddies really loved it. Here's what we did to make our special family Afternoon Tea at home during lockdown... VIEW the POST

Mother’s Day with Craft Gin Club

Mother’s Day with Craft Gin Club

As you know, I am a huge Gin fan and when I found out about Craft Gin Club I couldn't resist. It is a monthly subscription that is a perfect gift idea for Mum this Mother's Day. If you are a Gin fan and want to try different flavoured gins each month this is a fantastic way to try them as each month it is different and a surprise. VIEW the POST

Our family meal at Carluccio’s in Milton Keynes

What is important, to us, for a successful family meal out is a good kids menu, child friendly activities and friendly staff. If the children do not feel engaged, or the food choices are not child-friendly it just wouldn’t be successful. That’s why we love Carluccio’s, the children’s menu is healthy and the staff are so super friendly. We always have a wonderful family meal together. Italian food is my favourite and this place is just one of my special places to eat.

Have yourself a merry SKIPPY® Christmas

Have yourself a merry SKIPPY® Christmas

... by making these yummy Peanut Butter treats this Christmas. We love baking and couldn't resist making a SKIPPY® Christmas treat. Definitely something all the family can enjoy too. These SKIPPY® Chocolate covered Peanut Butter balls are delicious, fun and an easy treat to make. VIEW the POST

Afternoon tea with Santa at Dobbies Garden Centre

Afternoon tea with Santa at Dobbies Garden Centre

We were super lucky to have a fabulous treat at Dobbies Garden Centre in Milton Keynes yesterday. We only had afternoon tea with Santa. It was fabulous and the kiddies loved it. There are some fun Christmas activities going on at Dobbies this year, including breakfast with Santa and Santa's Grotto. Check out events in your local store. VIEW the POST

A stress free Christmas Dinner with COOK

I have been super lucky this weekend as I got to try out a stress free Christmas Dinner with COOK and have a practice run before the big day. We shared our yummy meal with friends and had a lovely Sunday eating delicious food, that took a grand total of 70 minutes to cook. I couldn’t believe how delicious the food was, how easy it was to cook and the quality of it all.

Making our own vegan nut milk #worldfoodday

Making our own vegan nut milk #worldfoodday

What better way to celebrate World Food Day than by making our own, healthy, vegan nut milk? I love cashews and a cashew nut milk is so yummy. I use nut milk when I bake, it brings a little extra flavour to the desserts I find, and I love the texture of the nut milk. This recipe is a twist on the tiger nut milk recipe from Buy Whole Foods Online.  VIEW the POST

Kids eat for £1 at Carluccio’s this Summer #gifted

Kids eat for £1 at Carluccio’s this Summer #gifted

We love Italian food and with the Summer Holidays nearly over, we needed to make the most of the fabulous offer Carluccio's are running until September 3rd: Kids eat for £1 - this means a starter, main, dessert and drink all for £1. It's a great deal, especially, if like us, you are running a bit low on funds towards the end of Summer! Here's what we chose... VIEW the POST

A meat free Easter meal from M&S

It’s not just any meat free Easter meal… sorry I couldn’t resist. I love a challenge and this Easter M&S challenged us to make a yummy Easter Sunday lunch for the family to enjoy and I think we cracked it. It was perfect after a busy family day and everyone had clean plates. M&S have such lovely meat free options, it was difficult to choose, here is what we made:

Some thrifty tips to help with the food shop

Some thrifty tips to help with the food shop

Moving house has been quite an ordeal over Christmas, New Year and my birthday. Lots of food has been eaten, however our budget has shrunk. We have had to pay out a lot more money than ever before as we’ve bought our first house. Here are some tips on how we keep the cupboards stocked up and our tummies happy. And our obsession with garlic bread... VIEW the POST

6 Healthy meals for a quick frying pan meal

6 Healthy meals for a quick frying pan meal

When it comes to healthy eating, you should have a variety of quick-and-easy recipes on hand that you can whip up when you’re on the go. A high-quality frying pan is the most versatile cooking tool for simple, healthy meals. Here are six frying-pan-meals that will suit your healthy habits and busy lifestyle, some non-vegetarian options too. VIEW the POST

How to manage a healthy diet with a hectic schedule

When you are running a family home, it can be easy to forget about your diet. Along with school runs, homework and other commitments such as balancing a busy work schedule, too, it can be understandable that your health may take a hit. Read through the below tips to get inspired on how to manage a healthy diet along with a hectic schedule easily. Just through a little consideration and changes in your day to day routine, you can benefit yourself and your family, and make sure you’re enjoying the best possible diet, even if you feel like you’re on the go 24/7.

Healthy breakfast ideas for kids (and busy Mums)

Healthy breakfast ideas for kids (and busy Mums)

Looking for new ways to get your kids to eat breakfast or find that you simply don’t have time to give your kids the healthy breakfast you want to before rushing out the door to school? Breakfast has long been acknowledged as the most important meal of the day, but it is also the meal that we dedicated the smallest amount of time and effort to. When you’re busy getting the kids fed in the morning, it’s very easy to forget yourself. The thing is, there are so many breakfast options out there now that there really is no such thing as a lack of imagination for breakfast foods! From muesli and porridge from itsgrowli.com, to eating things like overnight oats and breakfast muffins, there are so many amazing options to help you to get through the morning feeling satisfied and full.VIEW the POST

How to brew top quality coffee right at home

How to brew top quality coffee right at home

Isn’t it great to wake up to a freshly brewed cup of coffee every morning? Most people want a great cup of coffee but do not know how to brew the best quality of beverage from the comfort of their home. No need to worry. Here are some useful tips on how to make the perfect cup right in the comfort of your kitchen:VIEW the POST

My favourite vegetarian meals #NationalVegetarianWeek

As some of you know I stopped eating meat a couple of years ago now, it was more of a thing I had to do instead of choosing to do. I thought it would be hard to think of meals to replace meat but it really wasn’t. There are so many things to cook and so much colour too. Over the years we have come across some delicious recipes and here are a few of my favourite vegetarian meals. 

Dining decisions – Sticking to your diet goals when eating out

Dining decisions – Sticking to your diet goals when eating out

For anyone on a diet, a dinner invitation can cause some serious panic. Armed with too many menu options and tempting guilty pleasures, dining out can be one of the greatest tests for anyone trying to cut the calories. Sticking to a diet doesn’t mean you need to be a social recluse or dread the weekly catch up with your mates. You can dine out successfully and enjoy your experience, simply by learning how to navigate any menu. Here are some tips that will help you eat smarter and stick to your diet goals while dining out.VIEW the POST