September favourites

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

September isn't typically the most eventful of months for me. It's usually a big old blur of trying to get the kids myself back into some form of routine and forgetting to pack PE kits on the right day for the right child. 

This time round though, September has been pretty cool. Some unexpected sunshine and a festival. A proper festival. Mud, Hunter wellies, wristbands and portable toilets! 

Our first family portable loo experience made it firmly onto my list of favourite things this month, along with some other goodies including my current favourite fragrance and a little H&M bargain that stopped me splurging £150 on something I really didn't need.

Check out my monthly faves below and let me know what you've been loving lately.

Goodbye Summer | Our Good Life Experience

Thursday, 22 September 2016

I feel quite emotional saying goodbye to summer this year. Autumn is my favourite season, and I always look forward to the cooler nights snuggled in front of the fire, but the summer months seem to have disappeared so fast.

We made the most of it though. Lots of time outdoors, camping, beach days and last weekend we said our final farewell to summer at our first family festival.

Picture a farm filled with hay bales, pumpkins, rows of bell tents, fairy lights, music, smiling faces, campfires, food, fun. The Good Life Experience was everything I imagined would define 'the good life' and so much more.

We sung, we danced, made bows and arrows from sticks and rope, listened to a male voice choir which gave me chills and tears at the same time. The kids had hay fights with new friends, ate ice cream, stayed up late dancing in a tent, rolled down hills, made flower crowns, laughed, explored and had the time of their lives.

We were so lucky that the sun shone for the whole weekend, which meant we could really make the most of the great outdoors. 

Something about the weekend made me feel very emotional. I guess it reminded me that life as a kid is so different these days. It's easy to let technology take over and that's fine to an extent - I'm realistic about these things - but it also inspired me to make sure they have enough of the good life in their lives. 

By the end of the weekend my children were caked in dirt, straw in their hair, mud under their nails, tummies full, legs tired and heads filled with great memories.

I captured a few of our memories of the weekend in a vlog of our Good Life Experience, if you fancy taking a look [click below].

Autumn style wishlist and ASOS haul

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

It doesn't take much to convince me to go shopping, but the start of a new season is probably the best possible excuse to place a cheeky ASOS order or two.

Every time the weather starts to change I'm convinced that I have absolutely no clothes at all! Usually a few new bits and pieces make me feel better prepared for the new season and give a new lease of life to last year's autumn outfits.

I've got a thing for jackets and have been eyeing up a few already. This faux shearling number from ASOS is amazing. I love the colour and with something like this, it doesn't matter what you chuck on underneath because you instantly look stylish when you layer this on top. 

I've also got my eye on this Topshop version. Black would be a more sensible choice and I like that this one is cut a little longer.

Next in line after jackets is boots. Aah boots. I'm definitely a boots, to sandals, back to boots again kind of girl (with a trainer or two thrown in for lazy days). I'm still mourning the loss of my absolute bargain Primark leopard booties (RIP), so these Boden beauties could be next on the hit list. Just a weeny bit pricier than my £7 Primark pair, but I think they might well be worth the investment. 

What's on your Autumn style wishlist? I may have already placed a little ASOS order... if you're interested, you can check out what I got below.

Disney World vlog part 2 | Hollywood Studios, Epcot and too much ice-cream

Monday, 12 September 2016

It's taken me way longer than I intended to work on this footage, but I've finally got around to uploading the second part of our Disney World adventure.

We spent a rather rainy day exploring Epcot. It all started off well, meeting Baymax being a personal highlight, but had to resort to dashing from country to country around the World Showcase to avoid the downpours; sampling the native beers along the way.

Ayden got up close and personal with a Storm Trooper (and an ice cream) at Hollywood Studios and I acclimatise to the Florida heat. Almost.

I'm so happy I filmed so much of this trip. Being able to look back through the footage is amazing and I hope you enjoy watching the vlogs too. Keep your eyes peeled for part three in a couple of weeks.

Separation anxiety | 48 hours in the head of a back to school mum

Friday, 9 September 2016

Well the last few days have been pretty emotional. I always find back to school quite intense - even though they're driving me nuts by the end of the summer holiday, I always miss having them at home with me - but this year has been extra tough with Ayden starting at pre-school three mornings a week.

He's been a little star. Happily walking into class every morning with a smile on his face. Me on the other hand... on the first day I wanted to spend the morning peering through the window just watching him. Apparently that's not allowed.

We're a couple of days in now and he still seems to be enjoying it. I've tried to keep myself as busy as possible, to ease the mummy separation anxiety. Yesterday I even managed to get out for a bike ride with my husband for an hour. The three hours before I can pick him up are flying by every day and seeing his little face light up when he sees me at the door is wonderful. 

How are you all feeling about the kids going back to school? And do you have a little one starting for the first time this week? I vlogged the first two days of our back to school experience, if you fancy having a look, just click below.

going the distance

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Making time for each other as couple is so difficult. The odd date night here and there is great, but I miss the simpler things. Like going for a walk together, just the two of us. Or spontaneous trips to the cinema.

This morning I convinced Dan to take an hour off work and come for a bike ride with me. Ayden was in pre-school for a few hours and the sun was shining - it was the perfect opportunity. We've never been out cycling just the two of us; usually I'm walking with Ayden and Dan is half a mile in front with Dylan and Meryn on bikes or scooters.

We cycled along the sea front, chatting away, just being a couple for an hour. Not mummy and daddy. I think every couple needs that sometimes.

Sometimes, if we can't get out anywhere together, we bring date night to us and sit in the garden, in the dark, with a fire burning and a bottle of wine. We sit there for hours listening to music and chatting. It makes a nice change from slumping on the sofa watching TV.

This month I joined some of the other Channel Mum vloggers to talk about the things we do to keep our relationships alive and kicking. There are some great tips and its nice to hear from other mums about what works for them. You can watch below, and please share your relationship tips in the comments below. I'd love to hear them :) 

How I organise my mornings | BACK TO SCHOOL

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

I've always felt like September is the perfect time to set new goals and resolutions. Less pressure than the New Year alternative and, to be perfectly honest, I'm desperate for some sort of order and routine after the summer holidays. As much as I love the relaxed summer vibe, you really can't beat a good old list.

It usually takes me a few days to get back on track though, so I'm always on the lookout for ways to make school mornings go as smoothly as possible.

Here are my top tips for organising my mornings. Feel free to share yours below, I'd love to hear them.