End of the Summer with Glasses Direct


There's been that slight shift and change in the air hasn't there? That first night when you realised it was not so hot that you could have the duvet on and wear pyjamas again, the days when the breeze felt just that bit chillier and the realisation that Summer is coming to an end.

I'm not a massive Summer person, I much prefer the transition seasons, and I'm not going to lie the thought of wearing more clothes and layers is appealing! But before Summer truly goes for good, I thought I'd enjoy a few more ice-creams, days spent splashing in water to keep cool and getting as much wear out of my new London Retro Albany sunglasses as I can...(but here's hoping it's going to be sunny in September so I can still wear them!)


I've been a fan of London Retro glasses from Glasses Direct for a long time, and I love how easy they are to order. I don't think I can ever just buy high-street sunglasses again after seeing the difference of having proper lenses in them makes, honestly, I always get people to try on my sunglasses just so they can see the difference! I don't have a prescription in my sunglasses, but used a tinted lens and coating to protect them. I love that you can just add a tinted lens to any frame, with or without prescription, and the clarity is just amazing, I forget I'm wearing them most the time. It's also good to know that they have 100%UV protection, and polarised lenses block 99.7% glare. I went for the Albany in dark tortoise shell.

Most importantly they are really comfortable and come in such a range of styles to suit anyone. You can order a free home trial and test out four different frames before sending them back and choosing your style or use their virtual try on through the website. If you have a prescription it's super easy to put in the details to send to the lab, as well as choosing which lens package you want, including tint, coating and colour. They also always have great deals on such as 2-4-1 or you can also get £30 off your first order by using this link!


I can't believe how lucky we were with the weather these past few months, I don't even mind that it's rained on and off for the past few weeks, as I'm definitely not cut for the hot weather, but I know I'll probably miss it once it's gone. But bring on those slightly warmer September days when everything calms down again, you can focus and restart. We're also heading off to Barcelona in October, where I'm hoping we can still get a little sun! What about you? Are you heading off anywhere before the end of the holidays, or once the kids go back to school?

Don't forget the link to get £30 off your first frames!

I received the glasses as a gift in return for a review, but all images, opinions and words are my own. The link is an affiliate link.

End of the Summer with Glasses Direct


There's been that slight shift and change in the air hasn't there? That first night when you realised it was not so hot that you could have the duvet on and wear pyjamas again, the days when the breeze felt just that bit chillier and the realisation that Summer is coming to an end.

I'm not a massive Summer person, I much prefer the transition seasons, and I'm not going to lie the thought of wearing more clothes and layers is appealing! But before Summer truly goes for good, I thought I'd enjoy a few more ice-creams, days spent splashing in water to keep cool and getting as much wear out of my new London Retro Albany sunglasses as I can...(but here's hoping it's going to be sunny in September so I can still wear them!)


I've been a fan of London Retro glasses from Glasses Direct for a long time, and I love how easy they are to order. I don't think I can ever just buy high-street sunglasses again after seeing the difference of having proper lenses in them makes, honestly, I always get people to try on my sunglasses just so they can see the difference! I don't have a prescription in my sunglasses, but used a tinted lens and coating to protect them. I love that you can just add a tinted lens to any frame, with or without prescription, and the clarity is just amazing, I forget I'm wearing them most the time. It's also good to know that they have 100%UV protection, and polarised lenses block 99.7% glare. I went for the Albany in dark tortoise shell.

Most importantly they are really comfortable and come in such a range of styles to suit anyone. You can order a free home trial and test out four different frames before sending them back and choosing your style or use their virtual try on through the website. If you have a prescription it's super easy to put in the details to send to the lab, as well as choosing which lens package you want, including tint, coating and colour. They also always have great deals on such as 2-4-1 or you can also get £30 off your first order by using this link!


I can't believe how lucky we were with the weather these past few months, I don't even mind that it's rained on and off for the past few weeks, as I'm definitely not cut for the hot weather, but I know I'll probably miss it once it's gone. But bring on those slightly warmer September days when everything calms down again, you can focus and restart. We're also heading off to Barcelona in October, where I'm hoping we can still get a little sun! What about you? Are you heading off anywhere before the end of the holidays, or once the kids go back to school?

Don't forget the link to get £30 off your first frames!

I received the glasses as a gift in return for a review, but all images, opinions and words are my own. The link is an affiliate link.

May Camping


Last weekend we packed up for a little bit of camping in Dorset, but before I get round to sharing that I thought I would show you pictures from our first trip this year. We made a total last minute decision on the first bank holiday weekend in May, as the weather was supposed to be lovely. We flipped a coin and everything! We just went for one night, picked a place off of google in Devon, packed up the minimum for one night and headed there in the car.

The campsite was amazing, it had a small pool and great play park, but the best was the view from the camping field (away from all the caravans too!) They had electric and water points, but just up the brow of the hill the most amazing view of the sea opened up in front, and all you could see was blue. We saw the sun set on the first night, and the sun just after it had risen in the morning..not that we planned too, but camping equals early rising. I can't say I minded too much though.

The trip came at just the right time, I needed to reset. The sea always helps me do this, and I sat for a long time just looking out and enjoying the silence. We'll definitely be back, and I'm hoping that perhaps if September is nice, we may be able to squeeze in one more trip!






May Camping


Last weekend we packed up for a little bit of camping in Dorset, but before I get round to sharing that I thought I would show you pictures from our first trip this year. We made a total last minute decision on the first bank holiday weekend in May, as the weather was supposed to be lovely. We flipped a coin and everything! We just went for one night, picked a place off of google in Devon, packed up the minimum for one night and headed there in the car.

The campsite was amazing, it had a small pool and great play park, but the best was the view from the camping field (away from all the caravans too!) They had electric and water points, but just up the brow of the hill the most amazing view of the sea opened up in front, and all you could see was blue. We saw the sun set on the first night, and the sun just after it had risen in the morning..not that we planned too, but camping equals early rising. I can't say I minded too much though.

The trip came at just the right time, I needed to reset. The sea always helps me do this, and I sat for a long time just looking out and enjoying the silence. We'll definitely be back, and I'm hoping that perhaps if September is nice, we may be able to squeeze in one more trip!






A family Summer tradition: Strawberry picking

I think we're now into our fourth year of Strawberry picking, and now Rohan's second. We accidentally chose a pretty hot day to visit once again, but that just seems to go hand in hand with the nostalgic feel of summer and fruit picking. So after filling out tummies with fish and chips at Chew Valley Lake we headed over to our local P.Y.O at Chosen Hill Farm.

The season was actually pretty early this year so we only just caught it and walking through the field you could smell the air was thick with the sweet and slightly sickly smell of ripe strawberries. Last year we started with the table strawberries and only discovered the field strawberries towards to end, so we decided to make a bee line for them first this year. Last year we also went a little crazy and ended up spending a little over what we intended, but it did mean we had plenty to make jam out of! So this year we were slightly more restrained and managed a respectable amount (plus one or two to taste on the way!) I also picked some blackcurrants to attempt to make my favourite flavoured jam, which I can assure you turned out really nicely!

I've got my fingers crossed that next year Rohan might be able to toddle his way through the rows and have a go at picking some himself. But for now I'm just happy to carry on the tradition, however it may look in the future!


A family Summer tradition: Strawberry picking

I think we're now into our fourth year of Strawberry picking, and now Rohan's second. We accidentally chose a pretty hot day to visit once again, but that just seems to go hand in hand with the nostalgic feel of summer and fruit picking. So after filling out tummies with fish and chips at Chew Valley Lake we headed over to our local P.Y.O at Chosen Hill Farm.

The season was actually pretty early this year so we only just caught it and walking through the field you could smell the air was thick with the sweet and slightly sickly smell of ripe strawberries. Last year we started with the table strawberries and only discovered the field strawberries towards to end, so we decided to make a bee line for them first this year. Last year we also went a little crazy and ended up spending a little over what we intended, but it did mean we had plenty to make jam out of! So this year we were slightly more restrained and managed a respectable amount (plus one or two to taste on the way!) I also picked some blackcurrants to attempt to make my favourite flavoured jam, which I can assure you turned out really nicely!

I've got my fingers crossed that next year Rohan might be able to toddle his way through the rows and have a go at picking some himself. But for now I'm just happy to carry on the tradition, however it may look in the future!


So that was Summer; part three


We arrived back from our Cornwall holiday for a quick pitstop back in Bristol before heading back East, to my hometown for a friends wedding and to see my dad. It's always a weird sensation going back with my little family, showing them the places of my childhood. It was the first time Rohan had been there too, so that was good to feel like we were introducing him there. We spent a few days there before Rob, Rohan and I headed to Mersea Island for our second wedding (two in two weeks!) and had such a great time.

We passed the rest of the time spending it on little day trips to castles, walks around parks and climbing trees. It was a good Summer. Our first as a family of four and we felt so lucky to be able to take a holiday all together at last!




We decided to spend the last part of the holidays and bank holiday weekend down in Devon for one last little trip and mini holiday. Going down to Teignmouth is always such a treat, it's our little holiday home, where we know we can escape to when we need to most. We get to stay with Rob's grandparents where we're always made to feel so welcome and do all those lovely seaside holiday things. We played on the beach, went to the pier, swam in the lido, went to the zoo and of course played on the pier. It felt like we managed to snatch a little more of the summer before it was September once more and summer was over as quickly as it began...(other than it being a ridiculously warm September!)


So that was Summer; part three


We arrived back from our Cornwall holiday for a quick pitstop back in Bristol before heading back East, to my hometown for a friends wedding and to see my dad. It's always a weird sensation going back with my little family, showing them the places of my childhood. It was the first time Rohan had been there too, so that was good to feel like we were introducing him there. We spent a few days there before Rob, Rohan and I headed to Mersea Island for our second wedding (two in two weeks!) and had such a great time.

We passed the rest of the time spending it on little day trips to castles, walks around parks and climbing trees. It was a good Summer. Our first as a family of four and we felt so lucky to be able to take a holiday all together at last!




We decided to spend the last part of the holidays and bank holiday weekend down in Devon for one last little trip and mini holiday. Going down to Teignmouth is always such a treat, it's our little holiday home, where we know we can escape to when we need to most. We get to stay with Rob's grandparents where we're always made to feel so welcome and do all those lovely seaside holiday things. We played on the beach, went to the pier, swam in the lido, went to the zoo and of course played on the pier. It felt like we managed to snatch a little more of the summer before it was September once more and summer was over as quickly as it began...(other than it being a ridiculously warm September!)


So that was Summer; Part One


So that was that, Summer has passed in a hazy blur once more. I think we spent more time by the coast than we did in the city and for me that's always a good thing.

Not long after school broke up we packed up the car (with A LOT of stuff) and headed South for a week of camping in Cornwall. We drove to the Lizard Point, an area we'd both not really explored since we were children and made it our home for the week. We went camping last year in our bell tent but had to cut it short due to my horrible morning sickness in early pregnancy with Rohan. So we were determined to make it work this year, with a five year old and a baby. We definitely upped our camping game though and even had a pitch with electricity which helped!

The first few days we were gifted great weather, so of course were drawn to the beach. I think we may have started with the best as we visited Kynance Cove just down the road and joined the crowds as we walked over the beautiful heather topped cliffs down towards the sparkling blue sea. We managed to find a spot and pitch our beach shelter just in time for Rohan to have his first three hour long nap on the beach. Sometimes there's nothing more comforting than the memory of falling asleep on the beach, still being able to hear the noise of the waves crashing, the shrieks of playing children and conversation all around you.

We paddled in the crystal clear waters, jumping over waves taking in the beauty of the scenery. After a long afternoon with the picnic complete we climbed to the top of the cliff to have our first cornish cream tea and ice cream whilst looking over the bay.

The next day was followed by much of the same, we headed to a different beach armed this time with a wet suit and a body board and tried our hand at surfing the waves a little. Theo was apprehensive at first, and after a little (massive) meltdown, I manage to persuade him how fun it was and he gave it a go eventually, and did really like it! Rohan had another mega beach nap and we stayed until the the sun started to hide behind the forming clouds and evening was drawing in. That evening we went to get fish and chips and eat them by a harbour side. The perfect holiday day.

We might just skip over the next day, as it rained ALL day. It was hard to believe that the day before we'd been laying on the beach and applying suncream. We spent the morning on the campsite at the indoor pool and play area before attempting to visit a very wet Falmouth and go to a museum. To cut a long story short, the museum had a massive queue as the rest of Cornwall apparently had the same idea, and it was pretty expensive to go in, so we admitted defeat and found a cafe for some cream tea and hot chocolate before trudging back home again for a cozy night in the tent!

The rest I'll save for another time!



So that was Summer; Part One


So that was that, Summer has passed in a hazy blur once more. I think we spent more time by the coast than we did in the city and for me that's always a good thing.

Not long after school broke up we packed up the car (with A LOT of stuff) and headed South for a week of camping in Cornwall. We drove to the Lizard Point, an area we'd both not really explored since we were children and made it our home for the week. We went camping last year in our bell tent but had to cut it short due to my horrible morning sickness in early pregnancy with Rohan. So we were determined to make it work this year, with a five year old and a baby. We definitely upped our camping game though and even had a pitch with electricity which helped!

The first few days we were gifted great weather, so of course were drawn to the beach. I think we may have started with the best as we visited Kynance Cove just down the road and joined the crowds as we walked over the beautiful heather topped cliffs down towards the sparkling blue sea. We managed to find a spot and pitch our beach shelter just in time for Rohan to have his first three hour long nap on the beach. Sometimes there's nothing more comforting than the memory of falling asleep on the beach, still being able to hear the noise of the waves crashing, the shrieks of playing children and conversation all around you.

We paddled in the crystal clear waters, jumping over waves taking in the beauty of the scenery. After a long afternoon with the picnic complete we climbed to the top of the cliff to have our first cornish cream tea and ice cream whilst looking over the bay.

The next day was followed by much of the same, we headed to a different beach armed this time with a wet suit and a body board and tried our hand at surfing the waves a little. Theo was apprehensive at first, and after a little (massive) meltdown, I manage to persuade him how fun it was and he gave it a go eventually, and did really like it! Rohan had another mega beach nap and we stayed until the the sun started to hide behind the forming clouds and evening was drawing in. That evening we went to get fish and chips and eat them by a harbour side. The perfect holiday day.

We might just skip over the next day, as it rained ALL day. It was hard to believe that the day before we'd been laying on the beach and applying suncream. We spent the morning on the campsite at the indoor pool and play area before attempting to visit a very wet Falmouth and go to a museum. To cut a long story short, the museum had a massive queue as the rest of Cornwall apparently had the same idea, and it was pretty expensive to go in, so we admitted defeat and found a cafe for some cream tea and hot chocolate before trudging back home again for a cozy night in the tent!

The rest I'll save for another time!



Strawberry picking near Bristol!


Last weekend we decided that we'd better go Strawberry picking before it got too late in the season, like last year. It was the harbourside festival on in Bristol, and neither Rob or I had any intention of dragging two children down there (I'm sure it's ace but crowds and business isn't our thing!) so getting out of the city was appealing. We drove to a place that we've been going to for the past three years, (you can see our first trip here...look how little Theo looks!) so it's nice to have some sort of tradition. It's called Chosen Hill farm near Chew Valley lake. The drive over itself is beautiful as you round the valley the get stunning views back down towards the lake and hills in the distance.

It feels sort of special to be slowly introducing our family traditions to Rohan, bringing him along and showing him all these new places. Obviously he's only a baby so isn't really aware of where we are or what we're doing, but it's nice to think he's joining in! These are the things we looked forward to most of all when thinking about having another baby, and especially once Rohan was actually here but in hospital. It felt like such an unknown future, not knowing when we'd be able to get back to our normal lives and start doing all these traditional things as a family. So it's days like these that we soak up even more and revel in the ability to actually be able to achieve those outings and experiences. It may not seem like much, but to us it means so much!

Anyway, this year we went a little wild with the amount of strawberries we collected, and like an over excited kid in a sweet shop we took them up to pay and were a little surprised at how much we'd spent! So armed with our 3kgs of strawberries we heaved them home and decided to try our hand at making jam for the first time. Theo, after helping to make it, then decided that he wanted to give some jars as a goodbye gift to his teachers which I thought was a very sweet idea!

So here's to another year of strawberry picking!




Strawberry picking near Bristol!


Last weekend we decided that we'd better go Strawberry picking before it got too late in the season, like last year. It was the harbourside festival on in Bristol, and neither Rob or I had any intention of dragging two children down there (I'm sure it's ace but crowds and business isn't our thing!) so getting out of the city was appealing. We drove to a place that we've been going to for the past three years, (you can see our first trip here...look how little Theo looks!) so it's nice to have some sort of tradition. It's called Chosen Hill farm near Chew Valley lake. The drive over itself is beautiful as you round the valley the get stunning views back down towards the lake and hills in the distance.

It feels sort of special to be slowly introducing our family traditions to Rohan, bringing him along and showing him all these new places. Obviously he's only a baby so isn't really aware of where we are or what we're doing, but it's nice to think he's joining in! These are the things we looked forward to most of all when thinking about having another baby, and especially once Rohan was actually here but in hospital. It felt like such an unknown future, not knowing when we'd be able to get back to our normal lives and start doing all these traditional things as a family. So it's days like these that we soak up even more and revel in the ability to actually be able to achieve those outings and experiences. It may not seem like much, but to us it means so much!

Anyway, this year we went a little wild with the amount of strawberries we collected, and like an over excited kid in a sweet shop we took them up to pay and were a little surprised at how much we'd spent! So armed with our 3kgs of strawberries we heaved them home and decided to try our hand at making jam for the first time. Theo, after helping to make it, then decided that he wanted to give some jars as a goodbye gift to his teachers which I thought was a very sweet idea!

So here's to another year of strawberry picking!




Cornwall adventure

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Since we found out the results and things have somewhat calmed down a bit I'm trying to get myself back into some sort of normal routine. That means finally getting round to finishing some posts that have been sitting here half written before everything was interrupted with multiple trips to hospitals and all the stress that came with the last few weeks. It's also lovely to look back on the parts of Summer that we enjoyed, in a sort of unaware blissful haze.

Now that the days are drawing in, the trees are turning and Autumn is well and truly making itself noticed it seems hard to think just over a month ago we were still hanging out at the beach.


We were lucky enough to be invited to stay once more at Trevella Park for a mini break before school started. We hadn't been back to Cornwall for a few years since our last stay (instead heading way north to Scotland for our summer holiday last year!) and were really over to moon to be able to spend a few days right at the end of the summer, as a family of three, before the big start of school.

We were staying in a mobile home once more, and Theo remembered our stay from last time and was super excited to get there and explore. On our first day we took advantage of the morning sunshine and went for a swim altogether in the outside pool, before deciding to make the most of the weather and drive down to St.Ives. I can't recall ever visiting before, so I was looking forward to exploring this well known little seaside town.


We of course headed straight for the beach and made a little camp for a picnic (a seagull managed to snatch a sandwich out of my hand though!). The beach was so vast and beautiful, with the tide right out and perfect for paddling. The crystal clear water was so inviting it was hard not to just get drawn in and just spend hours gazing out.

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We of course headed straight for the beach and made a little camp for a picnic (a seagull managed to snatch a sandwich out of my hand though!). The beach was so vast and beautiful, with the tide right out and perfect for paddling. The crystal clear water was so inviting it was hard not to just get drawn in and just spend hours gazing out.

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We stayed for a little while longer before packing up and dusting off our sand covered feet we decided to have a little visit to the Tate which stood just above the beach. First stop was obviously tea and cake overlooking the beach below.

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Although we like to visit museums with Theo we've not really ventured much into the world of art galleries with him, and I had to say I was a little nervous (especially after filling him with a massive cake) how he would react and behave. But I had little to worry about as the space is just so interesting and engaging that we had no trouble at all. There was a little trail for kids to do, which Theo took to with great enthusiasm, trying to find all the segments of pictures throughout the galleries. I was really impressed with the exhibitions and loved the interactivity of most of them.

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After we finished up there was just enough time to have a little walk around the town as the shops and cafes shut for the day. What a beautiful place St.Ives is, and definitely on our list of somewhere to go back to!

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Cornwall adventure

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Since we found out the results and things have somewhat calmed down a bit I'm trying to get myself back into some sort of normal routine. That means finally getting round to finishing some posts that have been sitting here half written before everything was interrupted with multiple trips to hospitals and all the stress that came with the last few weeks. It's also lovely to look back on the parts of Summer that we enjoyed, in a sort of unaware blissful haze.

Now that the days are drawing in, the trees are turning and Autumn is well and truly making itself noticed it seems hard to think just over a month ago we were still hanging out at the beach.


We were lucky enough to be invited to stay once more at Trevella Park for a mini break before school started. We hadn't been back to Cornwall for a few years since our last stay (instead heading way north to Scotland for our summer holiday last year!) and were really over to moon to be able to spend a few days right at the end of the summer, as a family of three, before the big start of school.

We were staying in a mobile home once more, and Theo remembered our stay from last time and was super excited to get there and explore. On our first day we took advantage of the morning sunshine and went for a swim altogether in the outside pool, before deciding to make the most of the weather and drive down to St.Ives. I can't recall ever visiting before, so I was looking forward to exploring this well known little seaside town.


We of course headed straight for the beach and made a little camp for a picnic (a seagull managed to snatch a sandwich out of my hand though!). The beach was so vast and beautiful, with the tide right out and perfect for paddling. The crystal clear water was so inviting it was hard not to just get drawn in and just spend hours gazing out.

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We of course headed straight for the beach and made a little camp for a picnic (a seagull managed to snatch a sandwich out of my hand though!). The beach was so vast and beautiful, with the tide right out and perfect for paddling. The crystal clear water was so inviting it was hard not to just get drawn in and just spend hours gazing out.

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We stayed for a little while longer before packing up and dusting off our sand covered feet we decided to have a little visit to the Tate which stood just above the beach. First stop was obviously tea and cake overlooking the beach below.

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Although we like to visit museums with Theo we've not really ventured much into the world of art galleries with him, and I had to say I was a little nervous (especially after filling him with a massive cake) how he would react and behave. But I had little to worry about as the space is just so interesting and engaging that we had no trouble at all. There was a little trail for kids to do, which Theo took to with great enthusiasm, trying to find all the segments of pictures throughout the galleries. I was really impressed with the exhibitions and loved the interactivity of most of them.

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After we finished up there was just enough time to have a little walk around the town as the shops and cafes shut for the day. What a beautiful place St.Ives is, and definitely on our list of somewhere to go back to!

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Summer in the city (plus Trunki Paddlepak GIVEAWAY)

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With the start of the holidays and endless long days stretching before us Theo and I have been trying to take advantage of our time without the restrictions of nursery drop offs and pick ups. Although I'll be the first to admit I do miss those few hours in the afternoons to myself, it has given us a chance to leave the little bubble of our neighbourhood in search of new adventures.

In term time I find its so easy to get sucked into your daily routine, and when at nursery Theo used to start at 12.30 and end at 3.30, meaning we usually stayed close to home in the mornings, just going to swimming lessons or to the park. Sometimes it's easy to forget you live in a bustling city with so many fun, and free I might add, things to do just a short bus ride away.

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Bristol is an amazing city, and it's times like these I fall in love with it all over again. I love how each area is different from the next, with its own set of parks and shops and interesting things to see and do. I love the centre and the docks which never fail to cheer me up with their soft bustle of people enjoying walks by the riverside. I also love how easy it is to get out to the countryside and explore the wealth of amazing parks and forest walks. Readers of this blog will know how much I love to escape the city and I have a few firm favourite places to gallivant off to. One other thing I love about Bristol is that without a doubt, particularly in the summer months, there is always a festival or event happening somewhere in the city. There's the nature festival, local street fairs, the big harbourside festival (which we actually tend to avoid as its so busy!) the amazing balloon fiesta and many many more. We have also been loving the Shaun the Sheep trail and it has been the basis for many a day trip so far this summer. It gets us out the house, is free and easy to do at our own pace - plus a great way to explore the city!

A few weekends ago we decided to head south in the city to Bedminster to check out the local street art festival that is upfest. We hardly ever venture south of the river, but every time we do we always say "we should come here more often" and this time was no exception. Theo has always been happy to tag along on our adventures, but now that he's getting older we've been encouraging him to make his own choices about what we get up to, and really taking an interest in his surroundings. He has his favourite places to visit in the city, but I think the great thing about growing up in a city like Bristol is that it really opens children up to a wide range of diversity and I really want Theo to embrace that.

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So before we set off on our adventure to the south Theo packed his new Paddlepak bag for the day and we encouraged him to think of the things he may need. It's the perfect size for him to carry around his things and its great as it encourages his independence more.  We were also recently given this fun Kidizoom camera from Vtech for Theo to try out and to document our outings. We've been contemplating getting a camera for Theo for a while now, as he always takes an interest in taking pictures himself with my camera, which is great, but does put me a little on edge! So being able to give him a camera that is so easy to use, as well as durable (it has already been dropped a few times!) has been great. He picked up how to use it straight away, and I love the double viewfinder meaning that its easy to use like a traditional camera. He's already discovered how to put filters and add in extras to the photos and has played around with the video function too. I think it's great that it's his own piece of technology that he can fully explore and use with ease, it's been great for him to be able to share and show his friends how to use it too, and they are already a fan of the back camera for selfies! 

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We stopped for food at one of our personal favourites, The Burger Joint before joining the crowds to look at the artists taking over and painting murals over the cities buildings and walls. Music poured out into the street and we wandered around just soaking up the atmosphere.

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After a while we decided to escape the crowds and head to the park just around the corner where we lazed on the grass whilst the boys played in the playground. Before long it was time to head home, but we did manage to fit in a few Shauns along the way!

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So I thought I'd also share a few of the photos that Theo snapped with his camera from the last few weeks, I quite like seeing his perspective on things, but perhaps he could learn a few tips...(I do love them quite a lot!) 

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So here's your chance to win the Trunki Paddlepak of your own! Good luck! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Summer in the city (plus Trunki Paddlepak GIVEAWAY)

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With the start of the holidays and endless long days stretching before us Theo and I have been trying to take advantage of our time without the restrictions of nursery drop offs and pick ups. Although I'll be the first to admit I do miss those few hours in the afternoons to myself, it has given us a chance to leave the little bubble of our neighbourhood in search of new adventures.

In term time I find its so easy to get sucked into your daily routine, and when at nursery Theo used to start at 12.30 and end at 3.30, meaning we usually stayed close to home in the mornings, just going to swimming lessons or to the park. Sometimes it's easy to forget you live in a bustling city with so many fun, and free I might add, things to do just a short bus ride away.

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Bristol is an amazing city, and it's times like these I fall in love with it all over again. I love how each area is different from the next, with its own set of parks and shops and interesting things to see and do. I love the centre and the docks which never fail to cheer me up with their soft bustle of people enjoying walks by the riverside. I also love how easy it is to get out to the countryside and explore the wealth of amazing parks and forest walks. Readers of this blog will know how much I love to escape the city and I have a few firm favourite places to gallivant off to. One other thing I love about Bristol is that without a doubt, particularly in the summer months, there is always a festival or event happening somewhere in the city. There's the nature festival, local street fairs, the big harbourside festival (which we actually tend to avoid as its so busy!) the amazing balloon fiesta and many many more. We have also been loving the Shaun the Sheep trail and it has been the basis for many a day trip so far this summer. It gets us out the house, is free and easy to do at our own pace - plus a great way to explore the city!

A few weekends ago we decided to head south in the city to Bedminster to check out the local street art festival that is upfest. We hardly ever venture south of the river, but every time we do we always say "we should come here more often" and this time was no exception. Theo has always been happy to tag along on our adventures, but now that he's getting older we've been encouraging him to make his own choices about what we get up to, and really taking an interest in his surroundings. He has his favourite places to visit in the city, but I think the great thing about growing up in a city like Bristol is that it really opens children up to a wide range of diversity and I really want Theo to embrace that.

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So before we set off on our adventure to the south Theo packed his new Paddlepak bag for the day and we encouraged him to think of the things he may need. It's the perfect size for him to carry around his things and its great as it encourages his independence more.  We were also recently given this fun Kidizoom camera from Vtech for Theo to try out and to document our outings. We've been contemplating getting a camera for Theo for a while now, as he always takes an interest in taking pictures himself with my camera, which is great, but does put me a little on edge! So being able to give him a camera that is so easy to use, as well as durable (it has already been dropped a few times!) has been great. He picked up how to use it straight away, and I love the double viewfinder meaning that its easy to use like a traditional camera. He's already discovered how to put filters and add in extras to the photos and has played around with the video function too. I think it's great that it's his own piece of technology that he can fully explore and use with ease, it's been great for him to be able to share and show his friends how to use it too, and they are already a fan of the back camera for selfies! 

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We stopped for food at one of our personal favourites, The Burger Joint before joining the crowds to look at the artists taking over and painting murals over the cities buildings and walls. Music poured out into the street and we wandered around just soaking up the atmosphere.

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After a while we decided to escape the crowds and head to the park just around the corner where we lazed on the grass whilst the boys played in the playground. Before long it was time to head home, but we did manage to fit in a few Shauns along the way!

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So I thought I'd also share a few of the photos that Theo snapped with his camera from the last few weeks, I quite like seeing his perspective on things, but perhaps he could learn a few tips...(I do love them quite a lot!) 

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So here's your chance to win the Trunki Paddlepak of your own! Good luck! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Recently around here

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So as some of you may have seen we announced some rather lovely news that I've been keeping quiet for the past few months. But before I go into all that I thought I'd share just a few glimpses into what we've been up to lately.

 With me not feeling so great we have tended not to venture too far from but luckily the sun has made an appearance quite regularly and we've been trying to spruce up our garden and spend our weekends there. I love how in the summer the garden adds a whole extra room to your home, being able to eat outside and of course have the space to play. The garden in our house is pretty big, the biggest we've had so far, and even though it was left to go a bit wild we've been attempting to tame it since we moved in. I'd like to say it's getting there, but it's just a never ending job! We'll work on it one weekend and have it looking a little more under control, but a week or two of rain and sun later and it's back to it's wild state!

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But we've been enjoying it all the same with bbq's and afternoons in the paddling pool. We decided to upgrade a few of Theo's outdoor toys, as so far we have been extremely lucky to inherit all our garden toys from very kind neighbours, but were nearing the end of their life! We decided to get a bigger trampoline (and my god its big!) as well as a large paddling pool, with enough room for two or three to play in - and luckily before the heatwave struck and everywhere promptly sold out! So whilst it may not be that nice out today, we're looking forward to more lazy days in the garden soon. 

Anyway here's a little video of our time in the garden!



This post was written in collaboration with #asdaoutdoors

Recently around here

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So as some of you may have seen we announced some rather lovely news that I've been keeping quiet for the past few months. But before I go into all that I thought I'd share just a few glimpses into what we've been up to lately.

 With me not feeling so great we have tended not to venture too far from but luckily the sun has made an appearance quite regularly and we've been trying to spruce up our garden and spend our weekends there. I love how in the summer the garden adds a whole extra room to your home, being able to eat outside and of course have the space to play. The garden in our house is pretty big, the biggest we've had so far, and even though it was left to go a bit wild we've been attempting to tame it since we moved in. I'd like to say it's getting there, but it's just a never ending job! We'll work on it one weekend and have it looking a little more under control, but a week or two of rain and sun later and it's back to it's wild state!

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But we've been enjoying it all the same with bbq's and afternoons in the paddling pool. We decided to upgrade a few of Theo's outdoor toys, as so far we have been extremely lucky to inherit all our garden toys from very kind neighbours, but were nearing the end of their life! We decided to get a bigger trampoline (and my god its big!) as well as a large paddling pool, with enough room for two or three to play in - and luckily before the heatwave struck and everywhere promptly sold out! So whilst it may not be that nice out today, we're looking forward to more lazy days in the garden soon. 

Anyway here's a little video of our time in the garden!



This post was written in collaboration with #asdaoutdoors