Last weekend I was lucky enough to go to Marbella with the girls. Having all had a baby last year we all totally deserved a good break. Sadly we lost 2 of the girls from the group which was such a huge shame and they were greatly missed but they had to stay home. Our friend who now lives in Australia was also able to join us so it made for a fantastic reunion and we all had such an amazing time together.

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Ocean Club, La Sala, Luxury Yacht spotting, Puerto Banus, Orange Square, Old town; we did the lot and it was all stunning. We stayed at the Marriott Marbella Beach Resort in apartments which were fantastic and I think we all want to come back with the family!

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Over the past few years, the 30th Birthdays have come and gone as have a lot of the hen dos and as we have all been so busy making lots of beautiful babies we’ve never managed to do a proper weekend away somewhere hot, so it was amazing that we were all able to do this together. Leave the bubbas with their daddies and have some relaxing time away with the best of friends.

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I, of course, vlogged our girls weekend in Marbella, I just have to find the time to edit the 300 clips (Urgh!!) so keep your eyes peeled on my YouTube channel for the video of our weekend away! xx

 

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Ok, so it’s Father’s Day this weekend, nobody panic…I’ve just been lucky enough to go away with the girls for the weekend and now I’m home I have a last minute panic to find Father’s Day gifts for Stu! I thought I would put together a little gift guide for anyone else who has left it to the last minute!


I absolutely love Amara for their vast selection of luxury gifts and collections which are perfect for that special person in your life (or just yourself!) They have a fab selection of Father’s Day gifts too, from Beard grooming to Barista kits & luxury bath robes to classic watches. Why not step up your partner’s indoor shoe game with these luxury suede Ugg slippers.

Amara offer next day delivery if ordered by 3pm AND they offer Sunday delivery – it couldn’t be more perfect for that last minute panic purchase!!

Men’s Ascot Slippers* £90

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My lovely friend Lucie and I were invited to a Lush event a couple of weeks ago to take a look at their new Father’s Day gift selection and we were super impressed. The range is really varied, and includes some really handsome smelling fragrances and products. You may think of girlie Sunday night pamper sessions when you think of Lush, but they are so much more and I was pleasantly surprised at the choice for chaps. From shampoos to shaving, gift sets and of course their iconic bath bombs there is something for all the special Dad’s in your life, and they are so bright and vibrant your little ones will love picking them out for him.

Lush Gifts*, from £3.95

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These personalised Football themed prints are perfect for the football mad Dad in your life. I think they are really cute and any man who loves footie has probably dreamt about playing football with their child since before they were born!

Personalised Football Shirt Print £10

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Stuart has been a big fan of the Fitbit for a few years and he’s upgraded a few times to the latest version at the time. They leap in price from the Flex at £60 up to around £160 for the Blaze, all with varying features for different needs. Top of his wish list is the Surge, as below.

Don’t forget your Boots advantage points, ladies, then you can spend them on beauty goodies for yourself afterwards!

Fitbit, From £60

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Sometimes we just have men in our lives who are SO tricky to buy for; they have everything they need or they just don’t want anything. These quirky biscuits are just perfect for such a man. Plus it gets you out of cooking the full english in the morning, right?? Next day delivery available and last order for Sunday delivery is Friday…go go go…

Biscuiteers Biscuits, from £6

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I’d love to hear what you’re thinking of going with!

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I just couldn’t resist typing up a quick outfit blog post for you guys as I am so in love with my new blush pink coat and total bargain shoes I thought they deserved a blog piece! If you watch my Youtube channel you’ll know that I recently bought a blush pink waterfall coat which was sadly just too big and I’ve not been able to find another one since.

Luckily for me I stumbled upon this one for the super affordable price of £29.99, it’s slightly oversized so I got it in a 6 although the arms are quite snug. It’s just the perfect coat for this season where it’s still too cold in the UK on some days to go out without one but when the sun is shining you don’t want anything too heavy weighing you down.

I kept it simple with these amazing jeans from Topshop, high waisted & perfect for hiding the “mum tum” and, essentially, avoiding the inevitable “mum bum” when crawling around after toddlers (thank you Hannah for the tip!!) They are an investment purchase, coming in at around £40, but they are the best jeans I own. The cropped white top was £6 and could be switched up with a little t-shirt if you felt more comfortable.

My latest favourite shoe purchase comes from Primark, I think these were around £14. (14 pounds?!!?) The versatile cream colour and comfortable thick straps and heel will definitely keep them as my go-to summer shoe.

This whole outfit came in at £90, and almost half of that is on the jeans, but it made me feel like I was head to toe in designer labels. There’s just something about that coat…

 

Photos by Etienne.

You may have caught my last post about how we had some special celebrations coming up. Our boys have just turned 1 and 3 and we were lucky enough to get them Christened on their actual joint Birthday too, making it an really special day for us.

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We were delighted to have our boys christened in the church where we got married, almost 5 years ago; St. Mary’s in Old Basing. Rev. Sarah gave such a lovely service and it was great to see lots of the little ones involved up at the font while the boys were being baptised.

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The boys’ lovely Godparents who each made a very special promise to the boys on the day.special_celebrations

I figured this would be the only opportunity I would have to plan anything remotely “cute” having 2 boisterous boys, so it was a full on rainbow themed party. Lots of bright colours and fun for the children.

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Mum and I spent a couple of days putting together all the party bags. The age ranges of the boy’s little friends went from 3 weeks old up to 6 years old, so I tried to make the party bags as suitable as possible. I found some really good party bag products from an online website called Party Bags and Supplies which had an absolutely huge selection of really affordable fillers for all ages. They also did these cute tassel garlands and bright bunting as well as loads of other fun stuff for children of all ages. I then went around lots of other shops to find bits to include. I also want to make something for the children to grow over the summer so I made up some Sunflower seed kits for them to plant.

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We tried to keep our numbers low despite wanting to invite all our friends. We rented the adjoining church hall to save people traveling to and from, and it was actually a nice size for us all. Although the soft play I ordered didn’t fit the room, and the mini bouncy castle was too loud! My parents and our friend Lucy helped set up in the morning, which was some what of a race against time as we couldn’t get in the room until the morning service finished, but we managed to get it done and the rainbow theme came together nicely. I kept it simple with the food as it was after lunch so I ordered in sandwiches, crisps etc and Stuart’s brother helped organise some sausage rolls.

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I ordered in all the balloons from Balloons 4 U in Basingstoke and founder Suzie was kind enough to deliver them to us on a Sunday morning, on a rare day off for the super busy business owner and mummy of 2, thanks Suze! Lucy patiently tied the coordinating coloured ones on to the party bags, one of those jobs you get half way through and wish you hadn’t started! I love how this looked, thanks Lucy!

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My absolutely brilliant and lovely friend Emily created a total masterpiece for the boys, we were in awe and so grateful to her for their amazing cakes for our special celebrations. 80 cupcakes perfectly designed and delicious. Half of which were banana cake with salted caramel icing and half vanilla with raspberry ripple icing (I ate 4!!)

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Then 2 large cakes for each of them, with perfect rainbow sponge hiding inside incased in coconut icing. All presented beautifully on this cool grass carpet. Perfection! Emily’s cake business, She Loves The Cake, is coming soon if you would also like something created for a special occasion.

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My lovely nieces tucking into some cakes.

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It was so nice to have everyone there to share this special occasion, everyone was so generous with their gifts and cards, the boys will be opening gifts all week! We feel very lucky to have you all! The whole day felt really surreal, and went so quickly I can’t believe it’s all over and we now have a 1 and a 3 year old! Think I will go and have more cake to reminisce some more!

Short vlog of the day is over on my YouTube channel!

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When I was due to have our second child I spent the last few weeks of my pregnancy on Google, searching for articles like “siblings born same day” or “babies who share a Birthday” frantically trying to find someone who had been in the same position as me; That, quite remarkably, my due dates were just 2 days apart. Clearly the date 9 months prior to that was some kind of a significant day!?

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As time went on I got more and more concerned that my babies would have to share a Birthday – nothing worse in the Birthday stakes I thought! (Well, maybe apart from having to share mine 😉 ) I tried everything to induce labour, wanting there to be a couple of weeks or so between them. Then Henry’s Birthday drew closer, and I found myself doing more to try and stop the imminent arrival; no more hot curries or long walks for us, hoping that at least our new baby would be born some time after Henry’s Birthday.

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Henry was born 9 days late, after a very long labour (I wrote about my labour, having also done a lot of Googling about that too!) George followed suit, arriving 7 days late. Which unbelievably meant that despite that 2 day gap in due dates they both arrived on the 15th May and they share a Birthday, 2 years apart.

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So, for Henry’s 2nd Birthday he got a pretty unusual gift, a sibling. A brother. A friend for life. Baby George arrived after another very lengthy labour; he obviously knew how special that day was to arrive. Luckily we were only at the hospital a few hours so we were able to bring ne baby George home to meet his big Brother on his Birthday, and then have a celebration for him the next day.

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A year on, and with the boys’ 1st and 3rd joint Birthday just a few days away it’s the perfect time to reflect on this most wonderful coincidence. I spent months worrying about them having to share a Birthday, and it took for it to happen to make me realise how amazing it is. With the age gap only being 2 years and them both being boys, the hope is that they will always love sharing this special day and have similar interests for all those joint parties! I’m pretty sure Henners has no idea that this is a particularly rare situation, and I expect he may spend many years thinking all siblings share a Birthday!

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I couldn’t be happier that our boys share a Birthday so if you’re in the same boat then don’t panic, it’s really kinda cool. I’d love to know if anyone reading also shares a birthday with their sibling, or has children who were born on the same day. What do you think about it?!

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