Sunflower Picking at Farmer Copley’s

One of my favourite parts of the year is our trip to Farmer Copley’s for some pumpkin picking.  Well this year, they have opened up a new part of the farm for some PYO fun, this time sunflowers!!!!  And I think it’s also gonna be an annual trip for us.

I went along with my friend Sam to grab some lunch and then go find the sunflowers. We were really surprised to find it so quiet and the whole time we were there we were alone in the field.

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Losing Yourself When Pregnant

I don’t think I’m alone in finding pregnancy a really difficult time. For a number of reasons but mostly for me with my first pregnancy I really felt like I lost who I was as a person. Even before becoming a mum, which then made me lose myself even more but that’s a whole other post.

Once I started to get bigger and my clothes stopped fitting me I really lost my sense of style. Maternity wear can be so expensive and because most of the time I needed clothes quite quickly I bought things spur of the moment or because I needed them, not because I liked them. It wasn’t long before none of my clothes were really me and therefore I felt a bit lost and uncomfortable in what I was wearing.

Then as the bump got even bigger I no longer recognised my body. Add that to the lack of confidence in my clothes and you can see how easy it is to quickly lose who you are. It may sound vain but your sense of style is a big part of who you are. Or at least I think it is. And I think even if you’re having a day with little confidence if you stick on your favourite pair of jeans it does a lot to help. So not having those clothes to help boost yourself up can leave you feeling pretty deflated. Continue reading

Luca is 6!

At the start of July, this little poop face turned 6.  I mean, bloody six, that means we are creeping closer to double figures now.  I’m not sure I can deal with this.  I want him to stay my gorgeous, loving, cuddly little boy forever.  Not turn into a grotty teenager.

This last year, in all honesty, has been a tough one.  He went through a phase of really not listening to what was being asked of him and both myself and Ant have shouted a lot more than we would like to at him.  He also started to backchat, developed a HUGE attitude and a temper to match it.  But over the past few months, this seems to have slowly sorted itself out and as I type this we are back to affectionate, funny, cheeky Luca.  The best version of him. Continue reading

folly! at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal

I haven’t been to Fountains Abbey since I was a teenager on a school trip, and it’s been on our list of places to visit for a while.  In fact, I even stuck it in my post of places I wanted to visit this summer.  So when we were invited along to a bloggers picnic at the end of July I was very excited.

The picnic was held at the Studley Royal Water Gardens side of the beautiful World Heritage Site. When we arrived we were greeted by the immediate beauty of the grounds as we drove through the deer park.  We then made our way up to the Banqueting House where the picnic was being held.  Sat in front of the intricately designed banqueting house, surrounded by a wildflower garden and all the trees was just the perfect setting for any picnic.   Continue reading

There’s a party in the woods.

Luca turned six at the start of July and for months beforehand we spent hours searching for birthday party ideas.

I hate soft play and we go to enough soft play parties that I knew I didn’t want to add our own into the mix.  Some of the other ideas we had turned out to be ridiculously expensive for what you got and so we got a bit stuck.  Being pregnant I didn’t really want to host a party at our house this year either.

Then a friend of a friend suggested Greenman Learning.

Greenman Learning is a forest school local to us who hold all sorts of classes for both children and adults, and holiday schemes, but they also host parties too. It sounded perfect as we love being outdoors and for a summer party where better to be than in the woods?

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Me & Mine – July 2018

July has been such a busy month. Starting with Luca’s birthday and party in the woods, lots of days spent in my parents pool to make the most of the glorious weather we’ve been having, a doggy play date with Charli from Candidly Rhubarb, a gender scan, mini maternity shoot, school breaking up and then a trip to Stockeld Park and Fountains Abbey and finishing with a day sunflower picking.

It’s been a really truly fab month for us all and I’m hoping all the fun and frolicks continue throughout August too.  I’m really trying to spend lots of time with Luca before he has to start to share me, and I’m lapping up every second of him.  Plus he’s been absolutely lovely since school finished. Continue reading

Cooking Up Chaos – It’s a Boy

So last week we went for our 20-week scan.

It was in the afternoon so we dropped Luca off at my mum’s as he didn’t want to come with us and headed to the hospital.  I was feeling so nervous beforehand, the worry of getting in there and something being wrong was quite overwhelming but Ant did a really good job of distracting me and keeping me calm.

We went into the ultrasound room and straight away the lovely sonographer showed us our baby’s heartbeat.  I knew it must be fine as I’d been kicked to death that morning but after losing a baby there is always that niggle in the back of your mind.

Once the sonographer finished her little chat with us she asked if we wanted to know the gender of the baby and after one final check with Ant, I told her we did.   She told us she would do all the checks she needed to and then we would find out.  As she did a full-length check of the baby both me and Ant turned to each other and smiled.  Ant mouthed to me, “I think I might know what it is.”  I was pretty sure I did too.  Continue reading

Cooking Up Chaos – Week 18

So I’ve been pretty crap at posting updates weekly (shocker!). So I just thought I’d do them more haphazardly when there are actually things to report as not much seems to change from week to week apart from the odd small things.

Since I last posted though I’ve started to feel the baby move around and now it’s much more frequently. It’s such a lovely feeling and now I am also much less worried all the time as those little kicks throughout the day are very reassuring.  I’m still getting the weird poking out things and wonky belly as well.

I’ve also started with the joys of hip pain and heartburn since I last posted, BUT the headaches have gone.  You win some you lose some right?  I still can’t drink tea or coffee and the foods I’m averse to seems to be slowly growing.  I’m still not craving anything though.  Well, that’s a lie, I occasionally crave something but that something changes each time. Continue reading

Capturing Childhood Retreat with Sarah Mason Photography

When my birthday was creeping closer and Ant was asking me what I wanted for my present I had absolutely no idea.

Then one day when I was scrolling social media I saw our wedding photographer, Sarah Mason, was starting to run some photography retreats. One of these was a capturing childhood retreat and straight away I knew I wanted in.

The retreat took place on a freezing cold, snowy weekend in March. I got up early on Saturday morning, packed up everything I needed and grabbed my homework.

When I arrived in Hebden Bridge, which is such a picturesque little village, I was greeted by the frozen canal as I made my way to The Wash House, where it was being held. I was greeted by Sarah and ushered into the warmth of this gorgeous little house.

The log fire was roaring, there were tea and pastries and we were all ready for what the weekend held.

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21 Places We Want to Visit This Summer

The summer holidays are fast approaching for us, Luca has less than a week of school left and then we have 7 ish weeks of uninterrupted time together. For once I am not working over the summer break either. I can’t bloody wait, whilst also feeling slightly nervous about how I’m going to entertain him for that many days (46 if you’re actually counting) without completely losing my marbles!! Ant has two weeks off late in August so at least I will have an extra pair of hands around then, but for the most part, it’s just me, the kid, the dog and the bump.

So to help get us through the holidays without too many complaints of boredom, I’ve decided to make a list of places we can go as I always find parenting so much easier when we aren’t locked up in the house. I’ve got both free and cheap days covered for when we aren’t so flush for cash and more expensive ones too. And I’m hoping to do lots of places we haven’t been to yet. The list started off quite small but as I went along more places kept springing to mind. So we probably won’t do all of these things but it’s nice to have a list to refer to if we need it.  I’ve got lots of options to choose from now, depending on the day, and most of them should be dog-friendly too.  Always a bonus. Continue reading