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  • InFamily

    Summer Snaps

    Oh hi, hello, remember me? Apologies for my radio silence over the past couple of months. It seems the summer holidays were much more full on than I anticipated! But after a well overdue blog refresh I’m feeling super excited about my little space on the internet again.

    For so long I have felt a bit lost when it came to this blog and what direction I wanted to take it in. But then I realised that actually it’s okay to just post as and when I fancy it. And about whatever the hell I like! This is not my full time job after all. And as soon as I took that pressure off, I found myself itching to start writing and sharing again. So with that fire back in my belly, I went old school and took pen to paper to brainstorm some ideas. I now have a big ol’ list of posts I want to write over the next few weeks and I can’t wait to share them with you! So as always, thanks for sticking with me when I go quiet. I promise an abundance of posts are incoming V soon or at least when my children remember how to go to bed at a sensible hour!

    So I thought I’d start with a little recap of our Summer. If I’m being totally honest, I was bloody dreading the bastard Summer holidays. I sat in my therapy session the week before school kicked out, having a minor meltdown to my therapist about how incredibly anxious I was feeling about juggling work and childcare for seven whole weeks.

    It was unknown territory for us as Bella had always been at nursery before where they only had a week off over the summer. I made sure I was prepared with my holiday childcare planner stuck to the fridge, detailing who was looking after Bella on which days but I was still so full of dread about it all.

    But despite my concerns, it really wasn’t that bad at all. Bella didn’t moan once about being shipped off to multiple different family members and friends over the seven weeks, in fact she had a bloody blast and got to do so much fun stuff. We also had some super lovely days together on my days off too.

    It of course wasn’t all plain sailing and there were plenty of meltdowns from us all. But we survived (just about!) and made plenty of wonderful memories too!

    The highlight for me was definitely our Glamping trip to Highermoor Farm in Dorset – I’m going to write a separate post on this because we had such a lovely break.

    So here’s some of my favourite snaps from Summer 2019!

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  • InFamily

    Before School Bucket List

    I don’t know about you, but it feels like we are having the longest hottest summer EVER. But I realised the other day that it is now just five short weeks until our little Bella Boo starts primary school. And before I know it, the summer will be over. She is so excited. I however, am so emotional about the whole thing. But I’ll save that post for another day. We sat down together recently and were chatting about how quickly her start date was coming around and I suggested we write a little list of things we’d like to do together over the next few weeks. She loved this idea and had so many suggestions. So I thought I’d share a few things we plan to get up to along with a few photos I never got around to sharing from last Summer.

    MAKE OUR OWN ICE CREAM
    Bella and I love baking together so we thought we’d give making our own ice cream a go. I have found some lovely recipes on Jane’s Patisserie which all look very straight forward and bloody delicious. The Oreo one is first on our list to try.

    EAT FISH & CHIPS ON THE BEACH AND PADDLE IN THE SEA
    This one is always a winner and I imagine we’ll no doubt do this one more than once too. We are super lucky to live fairly close to the coast so we may as well take full advantage, right?!

    PLANT SOME FLOWERS
    This was one of Bella’s ideas. I am not green fingered in the slightest so this will be a nice one for her to do with Daddy. We’ve just finished renovating our garden so I think it will be lovely to plant some pots up with some new flowers.

    TOAST MARSHMALLOWS
    As mentioned above, we have just done up our garden. It isn’t very big but I am so pleased with the lovely little space we have created. And very keen to make the most of it while the sunshine lasts. Bella’s been desperate to toast marshmallows for a while now, so I have promised she can stay up late one weekend and we’ll toast some together on the BBQ or over the fire pit (if/when we get one!).

    SPEND A FEW DAYS IN NORFOLK
    We have visited Josh’s Grandparents in Norfolk every August for the last few years and this is definitely a tradition we would like to keep up. Bella absolutely adores them both and is desperate to go up and visit again so we’re going to try and squeeze a short break in at some point!

    VISIT A NEW NATIONAL TRUST
    We’ve been members for the national trust for a couple of years now but we always tend to stick to visiting the same few local ones. So we’re making it our mission to visit at least ONE new one before the Summer is out.

    GO FOR A PICNIC
    Pretty self explanatory but we love a picnic, who doesn’t? We may even combine this one with our next National Trust visit.

    HAVE A SLEEPOVER
    …At Nanny & Grandad’s for the children. And a hotel for Josh and I!! We’ve got a voucher for a little hotel spa break that we’ve been meaning to use for months so I’d love to finally go before Bella starts school.

    SUNFLOWER TRAIL
    Last summer we visited this amazing sunflower trail local to us. It was so much fun and we’d love to go back again this year.

    FAMILY BIKE RIDE
    Earlier in the month we enjoyed a few days in Center Parcs. If you’ve read my blog before, then you’ll already know we are big fans of Center Parcs. One of the things we always enjoy the most is renting bikes and cycling around the site. Every time we leave, we always talk about getting our own bikes so we can go for family bike rides at home too. Bella has recently got her own bike and absolutely loves riding it. So we’ve decided that Josh and I will finally get our own bikes too along with a little toddler seat for Hugo. When we do this, I’m note sure but maybe we’ll just go somewhere we can rent them for a day at some point. Either way a family bike ride is definitely on the agenda this summer.

    CINEMA & BREAKFAST DATE
    And last but not least, I wanted to include one thing on the list that was JUST for Bella. A special treat just for her without her noisy baby brother around. She decided she’d like to go for pancakes and to the cinema together. And that sounded pretty damn good to me! So hopefully we can get a sitter to watch Hugo for a few hours so that Josh and I can both take Bella out for the morning.

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  • InBella, Mama

    The Perfect Summer Handbag

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    Oh hey, my name is Harriet and I have a handbag obsession. For some girls it’s shoes, for me it’s bags. My husband has been saying it for years, but it was only recently when I added yet ANOTHER new handbag to my collection that it fiiiiinally registered with me too. I have officially run out of space to store them in the bottom of the spare bedroom wardrobe and I need to find a new, more spacious home for them ASAP, because obviously I can’t bare to part with any of them! My argument is that they all have different uses, all suitable for different occasions. My husband however, begs to differ 😉

    ALAS, this post is all about my current Summer bag. I love seeing what other people have in theirs, so thought I’d share what’s in mine. As I’m away from Bella three days a week whilst I’m at work, I either use a different smaller bag for work days or I like to use a smaller removable bag which is ideal for storing all the toddler crap essentials in, yet this way I can just quickly whip it out on work days!

    At the moment I am using my gorgeous new Joules floral tote bag that I picked up in the sale for half price! It’s now sold out online but they do have the new season one available here. So far this bag has been absolutely perfect for summer days out. It’s made from a wipe clean material which is great for taking to the park or beach where there is always risk of it getting a bit grubby. There is a generous sized zip pocket on the inside which I tend to keep my iPhone and lipstick in. There is also another large pocket on the front which is great for keeping toddler snacks in and keeps them within easy reach. I definitely think this bag would make a wonderful change bag if you have smaller children too as it’s super spacious so plenty of room for nappies, bottles, muslins etc.

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    So, what’s in my bag this Summer? 

    For Bella

    • 2 pairs of spare knickers
    • A pack of botty wipes
    • Some nappy sacks in case of any accidents!
    • A change of clothes
    • Sun cream
    • Sun hat
    • Snacks
    • Her water bottle

    For Mama

    • Hand sanitiser – I literally don’t leave the house without a bottle of this stuff!
    • Hand cream
    • Purse
    • Lipstick (Normally whatever one I’m wearing that day… after a week I begin to wonder where they have all disappeared too 😉 )
    • Compact mirror – for applying said lipstick of course.
    • Tissues
    • Snack – normally a cereal bar or a pack of rice cakes
    • Water bottle
    • Sunglasses & case

    When it’s all written down like that it seems like A LOT of stuff to cart around on a daily basis and I’m not exactly sure how it all fits in, but somehow it does!

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    What are your handbag essentials?
    Harriet xo

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  • InFamily, Lifestyle

    Our First Fruit Picking Experience

    As a first time Mama, in those early days you and your baby will share a lot of ‘firsts’ together. But as your baby grows they become much less frequent. Well, last week Bella and I shared another ‘first’together. We both went fruit picking for the first time. I knoooow. How the hell have I got to twenty two and never been strawberry picking? I’ve clearly lived a very sheltered life 😉 It’s been on my Summer bucket list since before Bella was even born and despite my best intentions, we have just never got round to it!

    We went along to Maynards which is pretty local to us with my sister and niece on a beautifully sunny Wednesday afternoon and had such a lovely time. I honestly could not believe how much enjoyment we all got from something so simple, Bella especially! She had such a blast searching for all the fruit and every time she found some she was so pleased with herself. My sister and I couldn’t stop laughing at her as she skipped along with her little basket saying ‘Ooooh amaaaaazing’ at every plump little raspberry she spied!

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    We must have spent a good hour and a half at the farm and our little basket of fruit cost me less than £4 which is an absolute bargain. For that price, I think fruit picking has quickly become our new favourite sunny afternoon activity!

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    I think it’s super important to teach children where their food comes from and fruit picking is wonderful for doing just that. We already have a raspberry bush in our garden which Bella loves going to pick fruit from and we of course have our hens for our eggs but I’d love to maybe plant up a little kitchen garden for Bella to grow bits in too. Any tips on fool proof fruit or veg to grow then do let me know, let’s just say that gardening isn’t exactly my strong point! 😉

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    Harriet xo

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  • InRecipes

    Cheats Lemon & Raspberry Tarts

    If you aren’t a confident baker but still want to make an impressive looking dessert then this recipe is for you, my friend! The combination of fresh raspberries with the zesty lemon goes together beautifully and these tarts make the perfect pud to serve at a BBQ as an alternative to a chocolate dessert. The tarts take just minutes to make, they look amazing on the plate and of course taste absolutely divine – you really can’t go wrong!

    This recipe makes two larger tarts but feel free to make individual sized ones or alternatively you can use miniature cases to make the cutest little bite size sweet canapés!

    Ingredients

    • 1 x 500g tub of mascarpone cheese
    • 1 x Jar of lemon curd (I use the cheapest one I can find normally)
    • 2 x 195g sweet pastry cases
    • Fresh raspberries to decorate
    • Icing sugar for dusting
    Method
    1. In a large bowl mix the mascarpone cheese slightly to loosen and add in the lemon curd a few spoonfuls at a time until your happy with the flavour. I normally add the whole jar as I like it quite lemony but it really is personal preference. Stir until thoroughly combined although try not to over mix as it could go too runny. If the mixture appears to go lumpy then give it a quick whisk using a hand whisk and this should get rid of any lumps.
    2. Spoon the filling into the pastry cases and top with fresh raspberries and pop into the fridge to firm up until you are ready to serve.
    3. When you are ready, dust the tarts with a little icing sugar and serve with either vanilla ice cream or a drizzle of cream.
    4. Enjoy!


    As always, please share a photo if you make them as I would love to see!
    Harriet xo

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  • InFamily

    The Ordinary Moments ’16 #26 | Summer Evenings At The Beach

    I’m not entirely sure why but summer always seems to bring out my spontaneous side, I suppose I just feel so much more relaxed about things when the sun is shining. I’m all about the last minute picnics, impromptu family BBQs and spur of the moment trips to the beach with friends at the moment and let me tell you, I am loving every second. Making memories with your nearest and dearest is what summer is all about, right?

    The weather was so beautiful on Friday evening we decided to make the most of it and ignore the fact Bella’s bedtime was nearing and instead we jumped in the car and headed to the beach for dinner and a paddle in the sea with a couple of friends. I’ve said it before but spontaneous Friday night trips to the beach really are one of my favourite things about Summer, they make me heart so so happy.

    Bella adores the beach too so she always has the most wonderful time and my gosh is it a challenge trying to tear her away when it’s time to leave. Watching her running along the sand, giggling away without a care in the world, is quite honestly the best sight. I could watch her all.day.long. These moments are what it’s all about and it’s one of those things I wish I could bottle up and keep forever. Life seems simpler at the beach somehow and there really is nowhere else I’d rather spend a sunny friday evening.

    A few of my favourite photos from our evening, the sky was absolutely gorgeous and I lost count of the amount of times I said ‘It’s such a beautiful evening, just LOOK at that pretty pink sky’ 😉

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    Linking up with Katie to share #TheOrdinaryMoments
    Harriet xo

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