Life’s a picnic at the end of the school term – Sponsored

Life’s a picnic at the end of the school term – Sponsored

This picnic post contains Sponsored content. All views and opinions are our own. Those of you who are regular readers of the blog will know we try to grab every possible moment to spend quality time outdoors as a family. So when the lovely team at Wayfair asked us to set off on a family picnic with a beautiful hamper, we just couldn’t say no. One of the many reasons why Kirsty and I moved to Dorset was to raise a little family in a slower, more relaxed environment, which the countryside provides…continue reading →
A tip to Studland Bay, National Trust, Dorset

A tip to Studland Bay, National Trust, Dorset

Last weekend we were blessed with more beautiful weather, so Clara suggested an afternoon trip to Studland Bay, a National Trust beach in Purbeck. We usually visit Studland Bay in the Winter, so it was a nice change to experience it with the sun high in the sky. It was a totally different experience as expected! We had no idea the beach was a popular water sports area, with paddle boards, speedy boats and banana boat rides proving popular with the hundreds of visitors on the beach. Luckily we'd arrived just before 4pm,…continue reading →
Beach Bank Holiday

Beach Bank Holiday

Well I didn't think we could beat the first Bank Holiday in May, as the weather was STUNNING! But seriously, we were spoiled for a second time with even hotter weather than the first. With thunderstorms predicted for the afternoon, we woke, dressed as quickly as possible and packed the car for the beach. Luckily we only live 20 minutes from one of the most beautiful beaches in Dorset, so we weren't worried about getting stuck in endless Bank Holiday traffic. As we pulled into the car park it was very obvious that…continue reading →
A sneak peek of Summer

A sneak peek of Summer

I'm not sure I can recall as gorgeous a Bank Holiday Monday as the one we got at the start of May. I knew we were going to get some lovely weather, but my gosh it delivered. Clara and I wanted to make sure we made more use of our garden this year, so we spent the Saturday afternoon before the Bank Holiday, purchasing garden furniture and some nice solar lights. M stayed with his Nanny Saturday evening, so it was a nice surprise for him Sunday when he returned home. By Monday…continue reading →
Easter Eggs on the beach

Easter Eggs on the beach

I know what you're thinking if you've read the title, it's not Easter anymore, but this is about what we did with the leftover eggs from Easter. Or more to the point West Country Mum's leftover Easter eggs, because I'll be honest, we didn't have much left over chocolate. A few weeks ago we got a message asking us if we wanted a melted Easter egg chocolate fondue on the beach and how can you refuse an invite like that. The weather was beautiful, M was raring to get into the sea and…continue reading →
I ran the Virgin Money London Marathon 2018 – Part 2

I ran the Virgin Money London Marathon 2018 – Part 2

If you've found yourself here reading my experience of running the Virgin Money London Marathon 2018 and you haven't read part 1, then head over there first to read about the first half of the run. Once you are done come back to read the second half. If you are all caught up the first half then please grab a drink and enjoy reading about my 2nd half of the Marathon. As I crossed Tower Bridge I was very aware that the course was closing up behind me. I was determined not to…continue reading →
I ran the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon – Part 1

I ran the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon – Part 1

I remember cheering my dad as he crossed the line of the London Marathon when I was just a child and dreaming about the day that would be me. As I grew up that dream never left me, as year after year I applied in the Ballot for the Virgin Money London Marathon. As I watched the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon I thought about the chance I'd have of completing it and gave the ballot another shot, deciding to keep entering the ballot until I was 40. Then last June my friend…continue reading →
One Marathon of a challenge

One Marathon of a challenge

As I write this I'm fresh from the shower after running a tapering run, foam rollering and stretching in ways I never used to think I could stretch. I'm doing things I've never done before, Googling "best alternative to vaseline" and trying to convince myself that my gels don't really taste like warm frog spawn. It's a week and a half until I take to the streets of London to join thousands of runners in the Virgin Money London Marathon and I am both excited and nervous of what lays ahead of me.…continue reading →
Big Fish Little Fish Rave, Bournemouth

Big Fish Little Fish Rave, Bournemouth

One of our favourite events to visit each year since we discovered they existed, is a Big Fish Little Fish rave. When M was only small we got invited to our first Big Fish Little Fish party (a 2-4 Hour Party for little people and their parents) in London. It was a Halloween event where we met our friends West Country Mum for the first time and got us hooked on the mixture of dancing and craft with your kids. This year we got invited back the the Bournemouth Big Fish Little Fish…continue reading →
Always the chubby girl

Always the chubby girl

Since I was a child I have always struggled with my weight,always the chubby girl, always the one struggling to the back of the clothes rack, praying they had my size, which they almost never did. Of course I didn’t walk around completely naked but I could never wear what I actually wanted to and when they did have my size, the image staring back at me in the mirror did not meet expectations. I was a thin girl stuck inside an obese body. At my heaviest I was over 18 stone, unfortunately…continue reading →