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  • InLifestyle

    A Much Needed Spa Break

    A couple of weekends back Josh and I headed to Reading for a little couples Spa break that he had booked for me for Mothers day this year. I’d been looking forward to it for months but it couldn’t have come at a better time as the week leading up to it was probably one of the worst weeks of my life so far and I spent the majority of it sobbing into a bar of chocolate of some sort. I’m sure I’ll share more on what’s been going on lately but I just can’t seem to find the words yet. But a big thank you to everyone that took the time to message me or comment on my Instagram post to check I was okay, it was very much appreciated and I felt very loved.

    The only thing that got me through that awful week was knowing that come the Saturday, I’d be able to switch off for a little while. It was SO needed. I enjoyed the most amazing hot stone massage followed by a facial while Josh had an anti stress back massage. We then spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing in the sauna and by the pool which was just blissful.

    Of course I love my daughter dearly, that goes without saying and being a Mama is the best thing ever… but sometimes it’s just so nice to have some time to yourself. To be able to pee in peace. And to not have to be Mama. To just be a couple again for a little while. All whilst knowing that your little is more than happy with her grandparents. It’s good for the soul every now and then. For once, I didn’t actually feel guilty either! Hurrah.

    We spent the Saturday evening eating beautiful food and putting the world to rights over some amazing cocktails. We planned for the future (as always), we laughed a lot, but most importantly we just enjoyed each others company and it felt so.good. I absolutely adore my husband but I don’t get to spend quality time with him anywhere near as much as I would like which makes the occasional little break together even more special. I feel so very lucky to have him.

    After a wonderful nights sleep in probably the biggest bed I have ever slept in, we headed down to breakfast which was also pretty delicious before heading to Intu Lakeside on the way home for a spot of retail therapy. Shopping child free is such a treat and something I definitely took for granted pre children. I’m pretty sure I spent a good two hours or so browsing Primark much to my husbands annoyance 😉 But I really did enjoy every single second.

    I got home feeling very refreshed and with a much clearer head. Taking some time out was the best possible thing for me to do and I felt so much better for it. Also the cuddles we both got when we picked Bella up were pretty special too! <3



    Harriet XO

  • InFamily

    The Ordinary Moments ’16 #2 | Nine Birthdays Together

    On Tuesday it was my husbands 22nd birthday. It’s the 9th birthday of his we have spent together. I have written him 9 birthdays cards. Bought him 9 years worth of birthday gifts and watched him blow out his birthday candles 9 times over. Almost a decade of birthdays, a wedding, a dog, a daughter, two house moves, four cars, eight holidays later and I still love him fiercely. Soppy, but true.

    Having a January birthday inevitably means that we never really do anything too fancy as the madness of Christmas has normally only just come to an end. This year we decided to both take the day off work and spend the day together just the two us and have a ‘date day out’ for the first time probably since we became parents. We’ve had plenty of ‘date nights’ but we thought it would be a nice change to do something in the daytime instead.

    After breakfast in bed and present opening we dropped Bella off to my Mum and off we went. We had originally planned to go and see a film at the cinema which is something we haven’t done together in years! Josh does occasionally go with his brother to watch the typical guy films (snore) but I can’t even remember the last time I went. Unfortunately Bella dropped my iPhone in the morning and it needed some urgent attention from the guys at Apple. So we decided we’d go to Bluewater instead for some lunch, some sales shopping and a very expensive trip to the Apple store.

    Despite our day not going as planned it was still so lovely to spend some quality alone time together and just be a couple rather than being parents. It meant we were able to enjoy an adult conversation over a lovely lunch in Bills without being interrupted by a hangry toddler and then a leisurely wander around all the shops. Of course, we both absolutely adore our family days out with Bella too, and we both missed her and said how strange it felt to be child free, but I do think it’s important to take time out occasionally just as a couple. Sometimes our life can get be crazy busy that we don’t get out for a date night/ day as often as we’d like to, but when we do, we appreciate that alone time so much more. We didn’t do anything particularly special today but it was special all the same because it’s not something we get to do very often anymore.

    Happy Birthday Mr Lee! I’m so grateful to have you by my side. Here’s to the next 9 birthdays together and many many more after that. xoxoxo


  • InFamily


    My name is Harriet and welcome to my blog! I’m Wife to Josh and Mama to Bella who will be 2 in November. I have contemplated starting this blog for years and have finally taken the plunge and I’m very excited to have somewhere to document our family life at last. I thought it would be a good idea to start by giving you a brief rundown on our story so far.

    Josh and I met at school when we were 13 and despite everyone’s doubts we have been together since! We moved in together when we left school, got engaged a couple of years later on Christmas Day 2011 and got married 18 months later in the village I grew up in. Our wedding day was exactly as i’d hoped it would be, filled with all of our favourite people, a vintage afternoon tea, lots of prosecco fuelled dancing and ended with my bridesmaids jumping into the pool in their wedding attire, closely followed by lots of the other wedding guests, my mother in law included!!

    A few months later, our beautiful Bella was born on 8th November 2013 and made us a blissfully happy new family of three.

    Fast forward to now and our lives are hectic to say the least. Bella is an extremely headstrong little girl who loves nothing more than being outdoors exploring. Our weeks are filled with a blur of work, nursery runs, housework, squeezing in workouts and catching up with friends. The weekends fly by way too quickly and before we know it Monday morning has rolled around again. It’s crazy at times but I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way. I can’t wait to share the highs and sometimes the lows of our crazy journey with you!

    I’ll finish my first post with a few of my favourite photos.

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    Thanks so much for reading,