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Wear: Autumn Style

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As soon as that first autumn chill hits the air, I start digging out my autumn wardrobe! Layers are my friend…. especially this year as I’m pregnant, I can go from hot to freezing just like that. I’m loving blanket cardigans this year – especially the gorgeous print on this one! They’re fab from wrapping around my bump. Teamed with a pair of slim fit jeans, a vest top and some brown combat boots and you have my everyday autumn uniform.

Add to this a walk in the park, hot drinks and a fire and I’ll be a very happy bunny! What is your favourite thing to wear when the weather gets cooler?

Cotton and Cable Fairy Lights

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With autumn here and the nights drawing in, I’ve started to think about ‘cosying’ up our living room. Nothing beats a cosy room, on a chilly night – fire burning, fairy lights on, snuggled under a blanket with a good book or film. I came across these gorgeous fairy lights from Cotton and Cable and they kindly offered me a set to review.

You have the option of either choosing a pre-selected colour set or piking your own. The colour choices they have on offer are amazing – it took me a very long time to pick the set that I loved the most, but I finally opted for the ‘Rainbow Drops‘. Made up of Violet, Turquoise, Pure White, Anais Green and Raspberry Red handcrafted orbs that are created by wrapping string around a balloon. The best thing about their online shop, is that by hovering over the image, you can see what the lights look like switched on or off.

cotton cable fairy lights

They arrived beautifully packaged {in a box that the girls claimed as their TV as soon as it was empty!}, ready to be assembled. You just have to push each orb onto the lights and they are ready to be strung up.

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I hung them up over the fireplace, and they look lovely – the past few evenings I’ve snuggled on the sofa with the big lights switched off, watching TV by fairy light – perfect autumn evenings!

I think I may have to treat myself to a set for our bedroom! Do you love fairy lights?

Maternity Series – Week 28

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Well hello third trimester! The second trimester has flown by, can’t believe we’re at 28 weeks already! I had my 28 week meeting with the midwife a week early last week, as we’re away on holidays this week. All was good, bump measured up perfect, we heard his litle heartbeat loud and clear and I don’t have to see her for another six weeks. Baya came with me, and loved hearing the heartbeat {and getting to help the midwife hold the Doppler!}

Still feeling good, though I’ve had a cold this past weekend, which is never fun! This week will be perfect though, spending it at Center Parcs with this little family of mine. Lots of swimming and relaxing is just what this Mama needs.

dear baby... week twenty eight

The only thing to complain about is the state of my memory – I have the worst baby brain ever! It was never this bad with the girls… so it’s either because it’s a boy, because I’m older {six years since I was last pregnant!} or because it’s my fourth and I have way too much to remember anyway!

You can check out last weeks Maternity Series post here and all previous posts here

Away we go



Holibobs time! We’ve been looking forward to this Center Parcs trip for weeks. A last break as a family of five, before Little Mr joins us! We’re heading off today to make a brief call in on family on our way, then Sherwood Forest tomorrow. A week of no-work, lots of swimming, relaxing and fun times! Here’s to an adventure packed week xx


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week 39 already?! three girlies all ready for our holidays tomorrow! {and so is mama!}

Linking up with Jodi

The Importance of Clean Water


One of the things that I love most about home-schooling, is that we can go off and research a topic as and when it comes up. If one of the girls asks me a question, or we see something that catches our interest, then that is what we’ll be studying.

Recently, Lola and I got into a conversation about water. We started talking about why we use a water filter for water that we drink or cook with. We got into a discussion on the benefits of drinking filtered water and then about clean water, and how lucky we are to have it.

For my kids, like so many others growing up in the western world, we take our water for granted. We know that we can turn on a tap and have as much clean, safe water as we want. We can wash our pots, cook our meals, wash our clothes and our bodies without so much as a second thought to how much water we are using.

We began talking about the importance of water to us – how nothing on earth can live without access to water, yet 768 million people in the world do not have access to clean water. How for some, water is a precious commodity, instead of something that they take for granted.

I think it’s vital that our children understand just how lucky we are. That for so many children in the world, they do not have access to clean running water. That they may have to walk six km every day to collect water for their family. That the water they do collect may still not be clean, may still be full of diseases that kill. That every 20 seconds, a child dies from a water related disease.

The charity ‘Just a Drop‘ are on a mission to reduce child mortality by delivering accessible, clean, safe water where it is needed most. They support communities through the construction of wells, boreholes, pipelines, hand pumps and latrines. They are also establishing health and sanitation programmes for some of the poorest and remotest regions in the world. They are a hands on charity, delivering clean water, safe sanitation and also hygiene education.


This year, Just a Drop are Kinetico’s charity of the year. For every water softener sold, Kinetico will make a donation. Their aim is to raise £10,000 for a project in Zambia. A project which will provide fresh, clean drinking water to a community where clean water is scarce. You can also make a donation directly through their website, see here for more details.

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