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  • InBella, Mama

    The Perfect Summer Handbag


    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.




    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!



    What are your handbag essentials?
    Harriet xo

  • InFamily

    The Ordinary Moments ’16 #9 | Just The Two Of Us

    Despite the fact I have Wednesdays and Fridays off from my office job to spend with Bella, because I also care for my Dad on those days it doesn’t often leave us with much time just the two of us. Most weeks we’ll also have some other plans in the diary too like seeing my sister and niece or catching up with friends. Which as lovely as that is, I felt we needed some alone time. So this week I made sure to keep Wednesday afternoon clear so we could spend some quality time just us.

    I had planned to take Bella out for cake and to see the animals at our favourite garden centre but typically she fell asleep in the car so I headed home instead to let her sleep for a little while. We then played at home for a bit as she managed to find the princess dress we had bought her as an Easter treat (at the bottom of the stairs wasn’t Daddy’s best hiding place!!!) and she was so excited to put it on I didn’t have the heart to say no. She looked so sweet in it, despite the fact that the hoop in the skirt kept tripping her over 😉

    After the little madam was finished dancing and twirling around the living room to Disney songs on YouTube I asked her what she’d like to do for the rest of the afternoon and she chose to go to the swings so that is exactly what we did. Despite the bright sunshine and beautiful blue skies it was still bitterly cold but that didn’t stop us having a lovely time. I loved watching Bella excitedly run between the different pieces of equipment at the park and hearing her infectious giggle as I pushed her on the swings. She was having such a great time she really didn’t want to leave, despite her lips starting to turn blue!!

    We both had such fun together and I’m going to make a conscious effort to set aside a whole morning or afternoon once a week to do something just the two of us. An activity that Bella will really enjoy and I can give her my undivided attention. It’s these Ordinary Moments that I cherish the most and sometimes wish we had more time for, but it makes me appreciate them so much more because it isn’t something we get to do every day. It won’t always be just the two of us, hopefully at some point we’ll be able to give Bella a sibling, so I want to ensure we make the most of our time together as a two and make some super special memories we can both treasure.



    Linking up with Katie over at Mummy Daddy Me for #TheOrdinaryMoments

    Thanks for reading
    Harriet xo

  • InFamily

    The Ordinary Moments ’16 #3 | Saturday Baking

    I’m writing this on Sunday afternoon, I’m currently snuggled under a blanket on the sofa warming up after a frosty walk around Scotney Castle this morning. Josh is in the kitchen preparing vegetables for our roast dinner this evening and Bella is tucked up next to me watching a film looking like she may fall asleep at any moment. I’m totally contemplating joining her for a Sunday afternoon snooze.  Josh had to work yesterday which meant Bella and I got to spend an extra day just the two us. Whilst of course we missed Daddy I always try to soak up our one on one time together as much as I can. When we woke up on Saturday morning it was absolutely freezing and there was a beautiful frost covering the ground outside so we decided to stay warm and cosy and have a relaxed day at home. We’re always on the go, there is always somewhere we need to be and a million errands that need doing and this year I really want to try and embrace a slower pace of life. More time at home, more quiet days, more country dog walks and overall just less unnecassary stress.

    We had to pop out quickly in the morning so I could go for my weekly weigh in at Slimming World but then we headed home, put our slippers on and whacked the heating up 😉 Chilly winter days call for baking in our house so we decided to make some chocolate muffins with the leftover mars chocolates from the Christmas celebrations tin! They were clearly everyones least favourite this year along with the milky ways which have now been relocated into Bella’s treats tin. I’m personally all about the galaxy caramels, malteasers and snickers ones! I’ll be sharing my muffin recipe with a photo heavy post later on in the week if you’re interested.

    Being a working Mama, we don’t have much time in the week for activities like baking so it’s something special we save for the weekends. Bella absolutely loved putting all the cases into the muffin tray, helping me measure out the different ingredients, she then mixed the dry ingredients together and unwrapped all the chocolates while I cut them into chunks. Surprisingly she made little mess as she was being so careful, her concentration face is just the cutest. Bella was so excited and just kept looking at me and grinning which makes my Mama heart so very happy. I have always loved baking and I so hope that she will share my baking passion. When I was pregnant and found out I was expecting a daughter it was these little moments I dreamed of. Spending my weekends in the kitchen baking with my little girl.

    We had such a lovely day together and we both really enjoyed each others company. There were no toddler tantrums for a change and Bella couldn’t wipe the smile of her face. While our muffins were in the oven, we made our lunch together, Bella loves buttering her own bread and choosing what she’d like to eat, she really is such an independent little madam now. As silly as it may sound, its these little moments that I miss most when I’m at work. Eating lunch together at her mini table and chairs and chatting about our day and what we’re going to do next.

    I’m so glad I had my camera to hand and took some snaps of our cosy day at home together. My baby who’s really no longer a baby is growing into such a lovely little girl and I don’t want to forget these ordinary moments spent with her.






    Thanks for reading
    Harriet xo