Our Holiday - Hemsby, Great Yarmouth

I just want to say a little sorry right at the beginning of this post, as it's going to be quite picture heavy. I took a lot of pictures while we were away in Hemsby, and I love so many of them I really struggled to chop it down. We had an absolutely amazing time, we went for 5 day, 4 nights and I didn't want to leave. I didn't think that the girls would settle as well as they did in the caravan and thought we would be in for sleepless nights, but we honestly tired them out so much during the day that they slept like a dream. 

Celebrating Isabelle's First Birthday At Paradise Wildlife Park

Turning one is a big deal, isn't it? I'm a big believer that when my children are all grown up, they are going to look back on our days out, and the memories we made, rather than what presents they got. We had actually planned a trip to cebeebies land at Alton towers for Isabelle's first birthday, but it was so hot that we decided to give that a miss, as I couldn't imagine queuing for 45 minutes plus with two children when it is really hot. They would both be miserable and I know they wouldn't have enjoyed it as much.

Giving The Girls Room A Makeover

Just before Isabelle was born, I decided to give the girls room a makeover, if As they will, of course, be sharing a bedroom soon, and their room used to be fairly dark and uninviting. I picked a really pale pink colour, which is almost white, and it really brightened up the room, not to mention the fact that almost all of their furniture is white. I adore the girl's bedroom it is definitely my favourite in the house, although it doesn't feel finished. 

BRIO Stacking Clown [Review]

If you are a regular reader, you will know that we are big fans of wooden toys in our home. I prefer them, I think they look nicer and brighter but they also last longer, and even when they are knocked and bashed, they still look good as new. We were recently sent the BRIO stacking clown to review, and I couldn't wait to get it out to show the girls.

Cajun Chicken Pasta

We love a good pasta dish in our house, they are quick and simple to throw together and you can add just about anything to pasta. One meal I have been cooking more than normal lately is this cajun chicken pasta. It's really tasty, super easy to throw together and the leftovers make a good lunch when it is eaten cold the next day. Win win right? I thought that I would share the recipe, incase anyone else fancied recreating it. 

In The Night Garden Live At Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham

Flicking over to channel 205 just after six has become a daily routine for us, Emily has been a fan of in the night garden since she was months old, Isabelle seems to be following in her big sister's footsteps, as she has fallen in love with it just as much as Emily. We were recently invited to go and see In The Night Garden Live at Cannon Hill Park in Birmingham. We have previously taken Emily to see the show before and was really impressed, so I knew that we would enjoy it again this time.

Parent Groups & Sports Day [Ordinary Days]

Emily has been attending a group on a Tuesday morning for quite some time now, it was actually a really big deal for me to take her, as I'm sure you know if your regular readers I really struggle with social situations, it sets off my anxiety and my PND so I have just tended to avoid baby/toddler groups. However, that seemed to change slightly when Isabelle was born. I didn't want to be that mum who was stuck indoors for fear of going out and to put it bluntly I was so lonely because I was at home most of the day by myself, with the girls and I didn't really have any mum friends. I never thought I ever would have mum friends. Now when I look back on it, I really regret not pushing myself to go sooner - Emily has made some absolutely lovely lifelong friends, some of which will go to the same school as her next year, and I think that I have made some mum friends too - although my social anxiety does make me doubt that quite a lot of the time.

Home Improvements

When we moved into our little flat almost four years ago now - how has it gone that fast? We had big plans, there were quite a few things on our list to fix, or replace, to do up or pull out, and I'm happy to say that we are slowly getting through that list. As much as living in a flat frustrated us both, especially when it comes to the girls and wanting to be able to play outside, I don't think we will move anytime soon. We are in the perfect area for the girls. It's lovely here, and the girls are so happy. We are close to the school Emily will go to, and everything we need is right on our doorstep. We are also quite lucky in the sense we are in between two great big greens, so the girls do have plenty of space to run around and play. With that in mind, I thought I would share with you the few things we are currently working on.

Opening Gifts & Birthday Cake

I have to admit that I am a little bit sad that the weekend is over, we had the loveliest weekend making memories as a family, and celebrating Isabelle's first birthday. We actually decided to do presents and everything on the Friday, because we decided to go out for the day on Saturday and it didn't seem fair for Isabelle to open her gifts and then not have a chance to play with them, I also knew that she wouldn't open every single one. After all, she is only one, I knew how tempting the one package she'd opened would be and knew full well that our little feisty bug wouldn't want to open anymore and I was completely right.

Happy 1st Birthday Isabelle!

Dearest Isabelle 

How is it possible you have been in our life for 52 weeks already, 365 whole days since we first met you, held you, and fell in love with you. I can’t believe you’ve been with us a whole year already, I was always warned that the first year goes fast, but I never imagined it would be this fast. I remember the first time we saw your perfect little face, you looked so cute and your skin was absolutely flawless. I remember thinking you looked just like your big sister and thanking my stars that I was lucky enough to have another beautiful, healthy baby girl. I still can’t believe I’m a mama of two and feel incredibly lucky to have you in my life. 

Isabelle's Cake Smash

Isabelle's first birthday is coming up really fast. When Emily's first birthday was approaching I knew that I wanted to do a cake smash for her. Simply because I thought that it was a nice way to capture some memories and it will be nice to look back on. I decided to do a cake smash with Isabelle as I absolutely adore my pictures of Emily.

Sylvanian Families Designer Studio [Review]

I'm sure it goes without saying, but Emily is a huge fan of Sylvanian families, she loves nothing more than collecting the various sets. They're adorable, and appealing to children of all ages, they are great for encouraging imaginative independent play, and for me, they are a toy that you never really grow out of. Here you can find our previous reviews of the Ballet Theatre and Starry Point Lighthouse.

Summer Bucket List [2018]

As always, every year I put together a bucket list of things that we want to do over the summer months, and this year is no different. I thought that I would share our summer bucket list with you in case you wanted or needed some ideas of things to do over the summer period. Sadly there is no ballet or preschool during the summer holidays so I will be trying to find as many things as I can to do with the girls.

BRIO Race Car [Review]

Isabelle was very kindly sent this BRIO racing car to review. Brio is a brand that is well known in our household, both Sam and I had Brio train track when we were children, and naturally, when we were looking for train track for the girls it's the brand we gravitated towards. 

First Birthday Gift Guide

With Isabelle's first birthday drawing closer, I have been thinking about the perfect things for her first birthday and thought I would share with you a few of the things that we have actually purchased for her. I found it really hard to find items for Isabelle as she has a big sister who has most of the toys Isabelle would have liked, so I didn't need to repurchase things. 
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