And relax {The Ordinary Moments}

No matter how enjoyable busy weekends are I always find myself craving after a weekend or at least a day where time stands still. Where life as our little family is the focus of all my attention. No interruptions, no knock at the door with unexpected guests (dare I say unwanted) looking for a cup of tea and to disrupt the playroom. No birthday parties to attend, no deadlines to hit. Just us.

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A Winters Walk, Hot Chocolate and Snuggles {The Ordinary Moments}

Yesterday we waved goodbye to Mr H who was off to Manchester to celebrate his birthday with the boys. Which meant that Lil G and I had a day and a night of adventure ahead of us. Just the two of us. Mummy daycare. I absolutely love my mummy days with my gorgeous boy and what better way to spend my precious weekend than making memories with him. Continue reading

My Sunday Photo {1st March}

Officially we have another 19 days to wait until the official date of Spring arriving. However on a little walk around Trentham Gardens yesterday we couldn’t help but notice a flash of colour appearing. These pretty little Snowdrops were Lil G’s favourite and I was instructed to ‘Take a picture mummy’.

Here they are…


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Living Arrows {Bobble Hats}

 On Saturday we were blessed with a beautiful blue sky, fluffy white clouds and a dry weather day. We headed to our favourite spot to get some fresh air, Trentham Gardens. Many an adventure is had here. So many of our family memories are made he. So many beautiful moments are captured. This is most definitely our happy place.

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My Sunday Photo {Blue Sky}



There is something rather magical about a blue sky and a country walk. I can’t quite put my finger on it but it certainly does make me smile. Such a contrast to today’s grey sky that’s for sure. This photo was taken at the beautiful Trentham Gardens yesterday. We are so lucky to have this open space on our doorstep. I am not quite sure what we would do without our annual passes.

For this post I am joining in with Darren’s #MySundayPhoto. Do pop over to his blog and check out all the other contributors…



Our Little Festive Weekend

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It started with Lil G’s 1st Nativity Play on Friday afternoon. What a beautiful way to start our weekend. He did so well. Standing up on stage to say his line ‘what a beautiful baby’, word-perfect and in front of not 1, not 2 but over 50 adults is fantastic in my opinion. A very proud mummy. So proud. Watching our gorgeous boy singing along to all the nativity songs, actions included and then the Christmas Carols was just the most heart warming moment.

I can only share this one picture with you as there were of course other children in the others, themes the rules! A rather proud Lil G…

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My Top Tips for looking after a Christmas Tree

So many of you have mentioned to me that you often choose a fake tree over a beautiful real tree because you think they will die, or they have in the past and you are wary of not knowing quite how to prolong its life. So, as this is our 6th year of having real trees and the fact that I’ve never lost one yet, I thought I would share with you our top tips, tried and tested for greater enjoyment of your real Christmas tree and will help to keep it fresh and fragrant throughout the festive season. Continue reading

My Top Ten Christmas Days Out

Think Will Ferrell in Elf, you know the scene when he screams ‘Santa’ as he hears those magic words…

Ok people tomorrow morning, 10am, Santa is coming

This is the moment he hears that Santa will be arriving at Gimbles department store. That is Our Little Family.

Both Mr H and I have this overwhelming excitement for not only the big day but the run up to Christmas. Our planning starts pretty much after Lil G’s birthday which is at the end of June. We LOVE Christmas.

With presents bought for our little boy by October, all that is left to do is prepare the house (eek) and well, get excited (double eek). Our attention soon turns to how we are going to spend our weekends in December. The key is to be prepared and have these things booked in advance. Even as I write this post (12th Nov) I know of so many events where days are already SOLD OUT! Some events are on sale by March and others it is October or the beginning of November. You must move quick.

I thought I would share with you Our Little Family Top Ten festive events to take your little ones to in Manchester and Staffordshire… Continue reading

Keepsakes by Rebecca : A Son’s First Hero

I adore all things Keepsake. Since before Lil G arrived I have always sought out beautiful keepsakes to give as a gift when little ones arrive. For me I love seeing a reminder of something so precious as a child being born. When our own little one arrived my desire for recording every little moment went into overdrive. The first thing we captured was Lil G’s hand and footprint at 3 weeks 5 days, which was when he was finally discharged from special care and the hospital.

When I was given the opportunity to review Keepsakes by Rebecca I was hit straight away by the tag line – They don’t stay little for long. Never a true word spoken. What I love about this product is that they are so personal and unique to each child. Rebecca uses your child’s hand or footprint and turns them into something magical. An illustration which will remind you of your little one at that moment in time. A fairy, a super hero, a TV character, a heart full of little hands and feet or more recently Rudolph! So many options. Rebecca is more than happy to take your guidance too and design something completely bespoke.

Here is our little creation for Mr H. A surprise Christmas present (thankfully he doesn’t read my blog)…


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