Thursday, 28 August 2014

TAKING STOCK: AUGUST

Awkward:

- Picking up the biggest pack of toilet rolls you ever did see and walking home with them.  I felt everyone was looking at me like "Woah!  You obviously have some tummy problems."

- Ava wanting to show people her tummy by lifting up her shirt.  Did I mention this is when we are out about and said people are strangers.

- I was just reaching to get something off the shelf in the supermarket at the same time as someone else, and our hands touched...awkward!

- I was in a situation when I couldn't be honest and say what I truly thought, and then I didn't rearrange my facial expression quick enough.

Awesome:

- Bank holiday weekends.  We should have more of them especially ones when Jonny takes the Friday off too to make them even longer.

- Meal planning and it actually working.  Normally I forget a day or two, but this time I actually remembered them all.

- Ava's new room.  Getting her big girl bed and rearranging her things to make her room extra special...well it made me feel pretty awesome.  As did her reaction of "Wow!".

- It being "candle weather".

- Ava holding hands with Will and Max.  It has to be one of the cutest things ever.

- Getting a strike at bowling.  I am one of the worst bowlers ever but I got a strike...oh yeah!


What about your highlights?



*totally inspired by Sydney from The Daybook

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

A LONG WEEKEND AT CENTRE PARCS

We spent the bank holiday weekend at Centre Parcs with some of Jonny's family.  Jonny took the Friday off too just to make the long bank holiday weekend that little bit longer.

We were staying at the new Woburn Forest village, where there were trees, a great swimming pool place--Ava loved it--and probably lots of other activities you could do.

The best parts about it though:

-- was the time our little family of three got to spend together.  Ava loves her Daddy so much that she just wants to be with him every minute so seeing them together, well it melts my heart every time.

-- was catching up with good friends.  Don't you love it when some family members are like really good friends too.  I love it when that happens because lets be honest a lot of the time family can be a little difficult and rather trying.

-- three little people holding hands and loving spending time together.  It was one of the cutest things ever.
I know the final photo is blurry but it was Ava's attempt at a selfie, which suddenly means it ranks on a whole other level.

I didn't really take many photos, so these are it I am afraid.

As I had never been to Centre Parcs before I thought I would just throw my opinion out there for anyone thinking of going.  

Centre Parcs seems like a dream place for children with the swimming pools and lots of activities going on.  It is so family orientated and the fact that you can rent lodges makes it so much easier if you have children as it means that when they are asleep for the night you still have a lounge to hang out in, or a pool room if you get one of the bigger lodges.  There are also babysitters you can hire if you want an adult only meal.

If you don't like children, and like to explore places off the beaten track then this place is not for you but then you probably already knew that.  It can get quite busy and it is probably a good idea to book things you really want to do in advance.  Also at Woburn Forest some of the activities are 'coming soon' as it is a new village so you might want to take that into consideration when picking which resort to go to.  

All in all we had a good time and I would recommend it especially if a group of you are going with young children.  But make sure you book lodges close to each other, or that everyone who has little children that have an early bedtime are all in the same lodge as this will make your evenings much easier and remove the dreaded moving and resettling of a little one.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

THE WEEKLY VLOG

So here is the weekly vlog and this week it is more of a "day in the life of" type of vlog.  Basically you lucky people get to see how rather mundane my every day life is, especially when Ava and I are waiting in for a furniture delivery.

Although I know a lot of people would find my life rather dull, the little mundane moments are some of my favourite ones.

And on that note, I will sign off.

Hope everyone had a lovely bank holiday weekend!

Friday, 22 August 2014

A SPLURGE & A SONNET TO A TUMMY CREAM

Last night after a dinner out, I might have persuaded Jonny that a quick mooch around Boots was the perfect end to the evening.  For Ava all I had to do was show her the sparkly clips I was going to buy her and she was on board.  

I might have spent far too long going up and down the makeup aisles, but you can't rush the decision making process--well that is what I tell Jonny anyway.

I came out with quite a heavy carrier bag and a much lighter purse.  Isn't that the way these things always end.

The other products will probably feature here in a review at some point in the future, but today the star of the show is the Sanctuary Spa Mum To Be Collagen Boosting Body Butter.  Now that is a mouthful and a half.  
Now I know most of you are not slathering this stuff on your tummy praying it will keep stretch marks at bay because lets be honest you are not all pregnant...with comments like that I don't know why people think I'm not a genius.  

But if you are in the market for a luxury body butter I think this could work for you while at the same time panicking your partner that you have some massive news you haven't shared yet.  That could be quite funny...I know I am cruel...poor Jonny.

It is a lovely thick body butter that has a delicate but not over powering scent.  I hate over powering scents, mostly because I am pregnant and have the nose of a blood hound, but even when I am not I don't want my body butter to be battling with my perfume on a "which is going to win out on the smell front".  Perfume should be the winner every time in my opinion.  Anyway, a tick on the lovely delicate floral scent.

It soaks in quickly and without fuss.  No-one wants to have to wait half an hour before getting dressed and if you get dressed as soon as you put it on it doesn't mark your clothes which is a major bonus around these parts.

And probably the biggest plus my tummy is so soft and smooth.  As is Ava's as she likes to put it on every day with me too.  See I said it was for all ages ;)

So there we go, it is my favourite body butter ever.  

Of course I am always ready to put this claim to the test so if you know of any others let me know.


*mentioned in a June's favourites post here
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