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I’m saying goodbye to summer 2013. What a summer it was – full of activity, excitement and laughter. I’m looking back over it fondly as the summer of new-found love. There were music festivals, a wonderful trip to Cornwall, lots of time spent with loved ones, a new arrival to the family and a very special 4 year olds birthday party.
I captured many of these wonderful moments on camera but perhaps my favourite picture of the summer is this one.
We were in Bude, Cornwall. We hadn’t long since arrived after a 6 hour car journey. We pitched our tent and headed off out to explore. We were excited at being on holiday, camping in a new part of the country, ready for adventures. We looked for a restaurant, having no map or idea where we were going and were lucky enough to stumble across the gem that is ‘Life’s a Beach’.
We sat overlooking the Bude beach and watched the sun disappear behind the horizon. There were surfers out riding the waves, silhouetted against the sunset and it truly was a little piece of heaven. I still remember the feeling now. Full of anticipation for our holiday and the rest of our lives together…
All 3 of us tucked into beautiful fresh fish, waited on by quite possibly the friendliest staff I have ever known. It was magical. Littlelish popped down onto the deck to get a closer look out over the beach and sea. She sat quite some time, my little girl, staring, hypnotised by the sea. I have no idea what was going through her mind, quite possibly she was daydreaming about mermaids and an underwater world or maybe she was just taking in the beauty of the moment, like me.
Thank you to Truprint who printed my most treasured summer memory on canvas for me.
Last weekend I was invited by Lucy Knight, personal stylist at John Lewis Nottingham to preview the new Alice Temperley A/W13 collection ‘Somerset’ along with the lovely Jen from LoveChicLiving, Amanda from The ana mum diary and Penny from The Aresidence.
The range (exclusive to John Lewis) was the fastest selling brand in the store’s history… wow! I have to say on viewing the collection I could see immediately why, Alice has created stunning stand out pieces for everyday women who want a touch of designer without paying the designer pricetag.
The range was very appealing to me as a woman as it was elegant and feminine, featuring gorgeous soft silk numbers. It also cleverly combined glamourous with a somewhat nostalgic countryside element as seen in the pine cone print below (Alice took her inspiration from her childhood in Somerset).
But this time, alongside the Somerset womenswear, Alice has just launched a range of girlswears for 4 – 12 year olds called ‘Somerset girl’ . The 15 piece collection comprises of blouses, printed skirts, party dresses, arran knit jumpers, winter coats and trousers, all very much infuenced by her popular womanswear range.
Alice Temperley, MBE said, “I am excited to be branching into girlswear. My mother and grandmother always made really beautiful dresses for me whilst I was growing up -pieces that I still treasure today. Clothes hold memories and I hope these will do the same for little girls. The collection consists of easy, playful clothes to have fun in.”
There is definitely a sense of nostalgia around the brand that evokes cherished childhood memories and you can see how these key pieces would become a treasures and fond memories in years to come…
While the range is playful and most definitely created with children in mind, I would say the standout pieces for me are the ocassion wear. Also elegant and grown up but always with the little girl in mind, the dresses are very much in keeping with what you would expect from Alice Temperly with gorgeous beading and lace embellishments. We all had a little try on (even the mummies) and I adored Littlelish in this gorgeous dress. I am seriously contemplating it as her Christmas dress.
I loved that there was a cross over with some of the pieces from Mummy to daughter. I’m not sure I would necessarily match my outfit to my little one but it is nice to have pieces that work together.
For the grown up girls there was a lot of black and actually I don’t wear a huge amount of black. I did however fall in love with these pieces for their cut and exquisite detail. I tried on this stunning blouse (above) which was just so versatile, I need one! I was also adventurous and tried on a gorgeous evening number! I was all dressed up with nowhere to go but felt incredible in it. Who knew floor length pleats could be so flattering?
I’ve chosen my absolute favourite pieces from the range to share with you here, I think you will agree that they are beautiful and very affordable for something a bit special. Check out the full collection online at www.johnlewis.com
My favourite pieces for Mummy
Black lace detail floor length dress £249
Pinecone print jump suit £160
Black lace top £59
My favourite pieces for Littlelish
Lace frill hem dress £40
Aran knit jumper £25
Pinecone print skirt £20
I love food and I love cooking. We eat quite healthily in our house, I’m proud to say I have one of those strange 4 year olds who loves avocados, fish and asparagus. I do however, a bit like Nigella, like the good stuff. The creamy, the buttery, all the better in my opinion. I often cook with creme fraiche.
So when Total yoghurt asked me if I would like to participate in the #TryTotal challenge, I agreed. I was very interested to hear that cooking with yoghurt can be a great alternative to using cream, mayo or creme fraiche and of course much healthier for you.
I was sent a wonderful package of ingredients and a recipe card for Jumbo Spiced Chickpea Burgers. Yum yum! So I set to work to recreate and as I like a little cooking challenge, add my own twist to these delicious sounding burgers.
The preparation time was around 15 mins and the cooking time around 10 so it was a great, quick recipe to create for a speedy dinner or lunch with friends. This recipe will make 4 large burgers.
For the burgers you will need:
- 4 tbsp Total Greek yoghurt – classic
- 75g torn bread
- 2 x 400g cans of chickpeas (drained)
- 25g basil
- 3 tbsp sundried tomato paste
- 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
- A pinch of chilli flakes
To serve you will need:
- 125g Total Greek Yoghurt
- Handful of basil
- Baby spinach leaves (2 large handfuls)
- 2 tsps of Moroccan spices
- 4 ciabatta rolls lightly toasted
- 4 large portobello mushrooms
- Sliced tomatoes
To make the burgers:
- Put the breadcrumbs in a food processor and whizz into crumbs.
- Add chickpeas, basil, tomato paste, yoghurt, garlic and chilli.
- Season and whizz up in food processor till coarse and chopped.
- Shape into burgers.
- Fry in a large frying pan on medium heat for 5 mins on each side or until golden brown and piping hot all the way through.
To create the topping:
- Chop or tear the basil into pieces.
- Mix with yoghurt, moroccan spices and baby spinach leaves.
- Cook the portobello mushrooms in the oven for about 10 mins.
- Place burgers inside the bun, top with portobello mushrooms, yummy yoghurty creation and a slice of tomato.
Then devour! So so GOOD! So many delicious flavours :) mmmmmm! Thank you for the fantastic inspiration and showing me just how versatile Total Yoghurt is. It’s definitely going to become a weekly addition to my shopping list.
Littlelish: “Mummy, Disneyland is in paradise”
Me: “Really darling? Paradise?”
Littlelish: “Yes Daddy told me it is in paradise”
Me: “Oh, do you mean PARIS?”
Littelish: “Yes that is what I meant!”
Image source: Luv images
Today was the first time it really felt like Autumn. The air was chilled, Littlelish wore a coat and I noticed more and more crisp golden leaves… Oh yes, dark nights, fires and scarves are well and truly around the corner.
Then there are my sisters, one sunning it up in California, the other in Dubai and I am at home, craving for a holiday. I’m dreaming of a sunshiney all inclusive break after our somewhat rainy summer holiday in Cornwall (that was still fab, just a little wet). You know the kind of break where it is just about sitting besides the pool with a good book, soaking up some rays and choosing what to wear and eat for dinner. The simple kind. I would love to see Littlelish running around in the sunshine and splashing in the pool, while I am recharging my batteries and commiting her smiles to my memory :)
Now Littlelish is at school we have to plan our holidays differently, no chance to just up and leave for sunnier climes spontaneously as we used to (long, long ago in a much more luxurious child free time). We now need to work around half terms and school holidays. I’ve been looking into possibilities for getaways in October half term, just because! Who knew dreaming of holidays could be so fun and so very tempting….
So where are the options for a sunny break in October I hear you ask? These are the places, not too far away from home that still have sunshine and some great all inclusive deals :)
Situated off the coast of Africa; Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, and the smaller Canary islands have average temperatures of 24°c, 7 hours of sunshine a day and apparently some 930 miles of beaches!
Image source: Your holidays first
Tunisia is hot hot hot in the summer but cools to a very pleasant 25°c in October. Once again miles of beaches (have you seen the photo of this beach in Tunisia??) and apparently some very beautiful resorts to enjoy.
Image source: Glo holiday
The Island of Cyprus is still hot, with an average of 27°c in October. Cor that is warm! Apparently the sea stays very warm in October too.
Image source: Healthy holiday company
I’ve always fancied trying Morocco, the colours, the details, the excitement… Ok probably more as a romantic getaway with my camera (oh and my man) than for a purely lazy sun soaking break spent by the pool but with temperatures in the mid twenties you could chose to do nothing and glue yourself to a lilo on a pool ;)
Image source: Secret Escapes
Oh and there is always Mexico, Florida, The Caribbean or Thailand if I am really getting carried away!
I have been loving the Indian summer but as October fast appoaches, does the rain? Who knows? Today’s guest post is all about our wonderful British weather with some great tips on how you can plan a day out with unreliable weather.
Some people hate the British weather whilst others appreciate its diversity. Whatever side of the pitch you’re on, one thing is for sure; the weather affects what we do, and we almost always have to plan a day out around it.
So, here’s how to plan a day out with unreliable weather.
1. Prior to your day out, keep an eye on the weather forecasts
This goes without saying, but in order to plan a day out, you’re going to have to pay attention to weather forecasts. These often determine weekends away at the seaside or an early rise to drive down to London for some shopping. The Met Office have a good website for checking up on the weather, but you could always go old-school and watch the news every night. There are also a range of great smartphone and tablet apps to download if you’re technologically savvy.
2. Look out of the window on the day
Weather forecasts are useful, but they’re also unreliable. Whilst the Met Office do their best to offer accurate predictions it’s well-known that they’re often wrong. So, on the day of your trip, look out of your window; what are the clouds like? Is it windier than predicted? When you’re on your way, you should also note the weather. Doing this will ensure that you’re trip doesn’t get off to a grim start, such as the scenario where you park up in a field only for hail stones to blast the paint work off your pride and joy.
3. Pack for the worst
If you’re travelling in summer, pack a rain jacket. If you’re travelling in winter, pack a shovel and some food. If you’re travelling in autumn, pack a pair of walking boots. You should always wear appropriate clothing for where you are going but we recommend packing extras which will be vital in a worst case scenario. There’s nothing worse than having to push a car from a muddy track in sandals or having nothing to eat in the case of a blizzard. If you drive a fuel-guzzling car and know that you’re going out in places devoid of life, pack a jerry can with some spare fuel. Good trousers like these wrinkle free trousers from Cotton Traders and match them with a checked fleeced lined jacket- good jacket will go a long way to ensuring a pleasant trip.
4. Always know where you’re going
The weather can take a turn for the worse at any time. Adverse weather leads to traffic collisions and roads being closed due to unforeseen circumstances. It’s a good idea to always pack a map, or a satellite navigation system, so that you know where you are going and more importantly where to go in case something happens. If you’re packing a GPS system ensure that you have your cable and charger; you’d be surprised how many people’s GPS systems die half way through a journey.
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Littlelish has always found the radio a marvellous thing. How do we get voices inside the car mummy? Where are they coming from? How do they get from the studio into our car? Ermmm…
Today Littlelish was singing along to Roar by Katy Perry, she knows how to pick a good pop song, my Littlelish. She is singing some rather wonderfully incorrect lyrics, adorable. Trying to help her, I explain it is champion, I am a cham..pi..on… instead of Champer which is what Littlelish insists she is singing.
Correcting me she explains “no mummy, it is because she has an accent, that is what it sounds like, Cham…per, she is from America, that is how they speak in America you know”.
And then deep in thought…. Mum, how do we get American singers over here in our car in England?
Looking for ideas for a winter sun family holiday? In today’s guest post, Katie of Delight So Me shares with us her wonderful family friendly ideas of things to do in Tenerife, an ideal all year round holiday destination. Katie I’m sold, my bags are packed :)
My Favourite Family-Friendly Activities in Tenerife
Tenerife is one of my favourite places to go for a family holiday. Not only is the weather almost always superb, but there are loads of family-friendly activities available for everyone to enjoy.
We regularly stay in the south of Tenerife and over the years we’ve put together a list of our favourite things to do each time we visit. Some of them cost a little bit of money and some of them are free, but all of them are guaranteed to bring smiles to our faces. Here is a small selection of some of my favourite family-friendly activities in Tenerife:
Spend a day at the beach
My most favourite beach is the one at Fañabe – it’s easy to get to and can be accessed by walking along the promenade, just south of the resort at Playa Real. This beach stretches on for what seems like miles and has a type of sand somewhere in between volcanic and golden grains. The sea is very gentle at this part of the coastline, too, so we rarely have to be concerned about waves or tides.
We love lounging on the plush sun loungers and sipping drinks from the beach bar whilst the kids play in the supervised inflatable play area, just a short distance away from the shore. There are loads of cafes, restaurants and supermarkets in the area, so we’ve got plenty of choice when lunchtime rolls around. If we don’t bother with the drinks and pack our own lunch, spending a day at the beach can even be a completely free activity.
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Visit the water park
Whilst Siam Park may be known as one of the best water parks in Europe, I think Aqualand is a better choice for families with young children. Aqualand tickets are much cheaper and some excursion companies even offer a deal where one child gets to go free for every paying adult. The park has loads of different slides and several kids’ zones full of mini water slides and other rides for them to enjoy.
My favourite thing about Aqualand is the number of lifeguards – there are loads so we always feel like the kids are in safe hands. Plus, we never get stuck paying extortionate prices for food and drink – we’re allowed to bring our own lunch and snacks into the park with us. This can make the difference between it being too expensive and it being an affordable day out everyone can enjoy.
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Play Mini Golf
Sometimes the simplest activities are the most fun and this is true when it comes to mini golf. There are quite a few mini golf courses in Tenerife but my absolute favourite is the one at Vivo Treasure Island. This course is divided into two – one suitable for children and one which is a bit trickier, more suitable for adults. Both courses are decorated beautifully with full-size statues of pirates, pirate ships and waterfalls.
After we’ve finished our game, we usually chill out on the mini man-made beach whilst the kids cool off in the pool and play on the bouncy castles and trampolines. There’s also a bar/restaurant which serves food and drink throughout the day if we get hungry.
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Spend Time at the Monkey Park
Loro Parque is a great place to spend a day, but when you’re a family of four it can get a bit expensive. Monkey Park Tenerife is a much more affordable option and it’s much closer if you’re staying in the south of Tenerife. We always have a great time wandering around the enclosures and checking out the animals, but our favourite part of this park is the interactive section.
The interactive section is a walk-in enclosure full of all different sorts of friendly animals. We buy small bags of animal food at the entrance to the park and keep a hold of them until we get here with the hopes of attracting as many animals as we can. Exotic birds usually perch on our shoulders whilst spider monkeys climb up our legs to get to the food.
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Katie is a newbie blogger from Bradford. She thinks that spending time on holiday together as a family is very important and always tries to do things that everyone can enjoy. This is one of the reasons she we continues to return to Tenerife – there are so many things to see and do to keep everyone happy and ensure everyone has a great holiday. You can follow Katie’s adventures on twitter @delightsomeblog