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A wedding!


A wedding! It is that time of year that at my age there is nearly a wedding every month, sometimes consecutive weekends. The bride and groom have been planning their special day for a year or possibly two (In Sophie's case probably since she was a little girl) to ensure that they throw a wedding to remember. We got a message the previous evening to warn us that there might be traffic so to leave early, which we did.... 7am early!! Luckily we had a pretty smooth sailing journey which got us up to the venue in good time so we got a few hours to admire the beautiful Hengrave Hall. 20140728-090021-32421738.jpg We got shown to our room and whilst we got ourselves unpacked I propped Florence up on the very beautiful bed to watch a bit of Disney's FROZEN. The ipad comes everywhere with us these days, I swore I would never become one of those parents that bring it out in a pub or over dinner but I have succumbed to the 21st century lifestyle (and we get 20 minutes of uninterupted peace). 20140728-090020-32420074.jpg When we were called from our room we made our way down to the most beautiful church. Sophie and Neil most definately did not scrimp on the flower arrangements which were eye catching to say the least. We saw a message on the Order of service which asked for no pictures to be taken in the church...... so obviously this prompted me and my crazy family to do a quick selfie!! 20140728-090021-32421561.jpg On the hottest day of the year that we have had in England I was very thankful that they had not gone for a full mass wedding like my own (2 hours!!) and when got out we threw home made confetti over the new Mr & Mrs Spencer. 20140728-090021-32421001.jpg After drinks on the lawn we made our way through to the hall for lunch, only then did I realise I had not fed Florence for nearly 6 hours.... thats why she was getting grumpy! Next wedding I will remeber a packed lunch for her. 20140728-090020-32420440.jpg I think this was during the best mans speech! 20140728-090019-32419890.jpg And again, had to get a flower picture because they were so spectacular! 20140728-090020-32420253.jpg Now I have not used a pushchair for Florence for about a year now... but we thought it might be useful on this occasion. She slept for an hour at lunch time and then jumped back in it for a rest a bit later. Well worth remembering for toddlers when you have a long day ahead. It also gave me an extra hour of photo booth/dancing and catching up with the family before we had to retire (with a few drinks for the room). 20140728-090019-32419512.jpg Sophie had thought of everything and even supplied flip flops for when the shoes had to come off! 20140728-090020-32420615.jpg Congratulations Mr & Mrs Spencer... see you next weekend for another wedding! Daisy x


Keeping cool in the summer


Keeping cool in the summer: I just adore this hot weather, sunshine all day & we can spend so much time out doors but let's be honest the children can get grumpy if they get too hot.20140723-232114-84074810.jpg Plenty of sun cream & ditch the clothes: In this weather I think clothes can be too hot so I tend to slather on the factor 50 suncream & let the children enjoy the cool breeze. 20140723-232114-84074033.jpg Sun hat is a must: you can't beat a good sun hat to protect precious little faces, I bought this one from my favourite shop - Jojo maman bebe 20140723-232115-84075508.jpg Good nights sleep: Keeping the children's bedrooms cool is key, so early afternoon I close the blinds & shutters upstairs in preparation for bedtime & if its really hot I pop a bowl of iced water in front of a fan & shut the door (it works like air conditioning).

Alfresco bath: I've starting using my small inflatable bath again in the evenings & wanted to re-share my post as a reminder of a fun & easy way to bath the children & keep them entertained - Alfresco bath

Keeping cool at bedtime: Daisy also shared a great post with tips for keeping cool at bedtime - Keeping cool at bedtime

Now the summer holidays have arrived I will share lots of fun free activities to do with children in this beautiful hot weather, so stay tuned for some fresh ideas… Michelle X

Grandpa's birthday


Grandpa's birthday Last week was my lovely Dad's birthday. Florence calls him Bampa and now that she is a bit older and not ALL about Jaja (my mum) anymore, they have so much fun together. Since his knee operation a few months ago he is now kind of able to roll down hills and run around being 'horsey'. 20140706-200750-72470826.jpg I am sure Dad enjoys it as much as she does....... 20140707-204105-74465025.jpg For his birthday we had a gorgeous lunch at South lodge, they have a great set menu by the wonderful Steven from master chef, two courses for £18 - bargain! 20140707-204942-74982680.jpg The goats cheese granola was delicious! 20140706-200750-72470435.jpg From countryside to seaside we then headed down to the beach for a bottle of wine with the last of the rays. Perfect day for a very deserving daddy! 20140706-200750-72470617.jpg Happy birthday to all the lovely daddies that have had birthdays this month!

Daisy x

Flossie's Birthday party


Flossie's Birthday party Florence had her Birthday party at The Crabtree this year because I wanted to one big party for her rather than friends/family on seperate days. My garden can fit about four people in it, and that is not even mentioning the bouncy castle... THAT would not fit in at all! 20140625-170029-61229607.jpg The children loved the bouncy castle, we ordered one with a slide which kept them busy for about 4 hours... the company we used was Speedy inflatables who were wonderful. They also don't charge if it rains on the day but we were lucky with brilliant sunshine!! 20140625-170029-61229785.jpg My Sister Mollie and her lovely boyfriend James made Flossie's cake which was delicious - apparently! All gone before I got to it. 20140625-170029-61229438.jpg Florence had a wonderful time with all her little friends and I am pretty certain they all slept well that day! 20140625-170029-61229247.jpg I made teapots of pimms for the adults and jugs of squash for the children. 20140625-170030-61230336.jpg It was great being somewhere that has something for all ages, Florence has a wide variety of friends all with different age groups. 20140625-170029-61229971.jpg The girls really enjoyed the tyre swing, when the boys let them on! I kept toys to a minimum, the less to argue over the better. 20140625-170030-61230154.jpg Instead of party bags I got bubbles for everyone. Perfect for any age group, the same for everyone and I bought these out near the end of the party so that they could play with them all together.

Florence had a wonderful day, Thank you so much to everyone who came. Daisy & Florence xx

Sudocrem facial


Sudocrem facial Every girl should have a personal tub of Sudocrem in their cupboard. When Florence was a baby I bought it in bulk for nappy rash (for Florence). I read a great article in Cosmopolitan magazine a few months ago and it suggested using on you face if you have a breakout of spots. So after a heavy weekend I grabbed the tub and plastered it over my face. 20140625-202734-73654485.jpg I left it on all evening and like magic by the next day my face was clear and smooth! I couldn't actually believe it. So now even after a day in the sun I apply before bed and my skin feels refreshed by the next day. You can buy it pretty much everywhere, perfect for a busy mummy who dosen't have time to go to the salon and won't break the bank either! Give it a go Daisy x