Hi, my name is Emma and I’m a bit of a control freak. My two beautiful best friends are my bridesmaids, but I planned my hen party. Not because I don’t trust them, but because I just enjoy doing this kind of thing and admittedly, like to be in control of what’s going on. I didn’t have much say in ‘Derek the Dick’ mind, a 90cm inflatable penis, who absolutely made the weekend.I wanted to keep it relatively small, so there were twelve of us in total; just my close friends and family. We had a day/night out in Cardiff, which is just half an hour away from where we live. Lots of drinking, dancing, food and even a bit of karaoke.

As soon as I saw the ‘Team Bride‘ range over at Ginger Ray, I knew I had to get some of their stuff. Blush pink and rose gold? What’s not to love? I’ve got a few of their decorations for our wedding and everything is so pretty and well made. I’d really recommend checking them out!After settling on the sashes and glasses from Ginger Ray, I made some little hen party bags for all the ladies, with a few essentials and some fun bits and pieces. We had some of the trashy hen party stuff  (it’s not a hen party without a willy straw) and then used the sashes and glasses for a prettier look in the evening – although ‘Derek’ did bring our ‘classiness’ down a fair bit! Haha!Here’s what I included in everyone’s bags:

  • Team Bride Sash
  • Team Bride Glasses
  • Shot Glass Necklace
  • Willy Straw
  • Tiara
  • Team Bride Temporary Tattoo
  • Chewing Gum
  • Plasters
  • Bobble
  • Paracetamol
  • Water
  • Printable list of contents

Everyone also had four of the little cocktail cans and a strawberries and cream shot. Ugh! I’m reliving it now! We had such a good time and I’m still suffering now; this could definitely be the dreaded three day hangover. The sign of a good night eh?

Emma  x

 

 

How fast did June go by? I don’t know whether it’s because we had a holiday, but this month has gone past in a flash; albeit a very happy, smile filled flash! Here are a few things that have been putting said smile on my face throughout June.Peonies. Ah peonies… I so wish you could pick these beauties up all year round. They are so pretty, smell amazing and brighten up the house no end. I’ve had a few bunches this month, but finding them for £3 in Aldi and £2.40 in Asda with a big ‘whoops’ sticker on them, made them even better! I’m keeping the smell alive with my The Library of Fragrance Peony Cologne though.img_9479Okay, so I bought this in May but only found a home for it in June. This print is absolutely gorgeous! It’s from The Hidden Pearl Studio and is hand painted by the very talented Charlie. I could never pick a favorite season and love them all for different reasons, so this print was perfect for me. Charlie has a lovely range of handmade cards and prints, and I know I’ll be visiting her online shop in future.img_9106I’ve been researching music for our upcoming wedding and creating playlists for different parts of the weekend. You can read a bit more about our wedding plans here. We thought it would be nice to have some Motown hits for when our guests arrive at the venue after the ceremony (who doesn’t love a bit of Motown). I started creating a playlist and found so many amazing songs that I’d either never heard or didn’t know who sung them. We’ve expanded the playlist to include some more modern soul music too now. My favourite find is Leon Bridges. How had I never heard his stuff before?! We’ve had his album on repeat and know we’ve love it for years to come.A bit of beauty now and this new moisturiser from L’Oreal is AMAZING! It’s the Hydra Genius Aloe Water and I highly recommend it. My skin can get oily with some moisturisers and I end up looking more ‘Sweaty Betty’ than ‘Dreamy Dewy’. You only need one pump, it absorbs instantly and leaves your skin feeling smooth and refreshed; no greasy skin!img_9924Last but certainly not least, these blush pink, embroidered shoes of dreams. As Carrie Bradshaw would say, hello lover! I treated myself to these for my hen do this weekend and cannot wait to wear them. The detail on them is stunning and they’re super comfy too. I’ll be wearing these all through summer, autumn and even winter paired with some cosy knit tights.img_9923

Emma  x

 

Why is my daughter’s wardrobe better than mine? Like, seriously?! Not. Fair. I’m always wishing I could get her stuff in my size, although I don’t think I could rock a matching bonnet and bloomer set, quite the way Daisy does. Here are some of my favourite picks from Daisy’s summer wardrobe.

Blue & White Candy Stripe Set

We’ve been following the lovely Chantal over at Bows and Bespoke for a long time now and have had a few outfits from her, but this is up there with my favourites. I love Daisy in blue and when these were posted on Instagram, I knew we had to have one. This is perfect for summer and any warm holidays you’ve got coming up and comes in a couple of other colours too. The top is really floaty making sure Daisy stays nice and cool and the elasticated neck and arms mean it’s a great fit. It just reminds me of deck chairs and sandy fish and chip picnics.Chambray Playsuit

I had one these style playsuits for Daisy last year and it was a god send, so when I saw this chambray one I was a very happy bunny. These are brilliant for really hot days and they allow plenty of air in as they so loose. We took this on holiday recently and used it for back and forth the pool; ideal for wriggling, damp, sun-creamed toddlers!Gingham Leggings

Ah gingham… I LOVE gingham. If I didn’t rein myself in a little, my life would look like one giant picnic. These leggings are what gingham dreams are made of… toddler sized with ruffles. Just add a messy top knot and Daisy looks like she should be going to Woodstock.

Yellow and Cream Dress

This pretty yellow and cream stripe dress will take Daisy through summer and into autumn nicely. A cosy cardigan and some knit tights will warm this little dress up, ready for crunchy leaves and hot chocolates. Meanwhile, it’s perfect for summer barbecues and walks along the pier with an ice-cream.Apple Bonnet and Bloomers

Lastly, another beauty from Bows and Bespoke. These were a custom order I requested, but all of Chantal’s fabrics are stunning and she’s always so helpful. The bonnet is so pretty and excellent for toddler’s who don’t keep their hat on. I love this apple print and this will also be lovely when the weather gets a bit cooler again. I’m thinking some oatmeal knit tights and tan boots. Perfect.

 

Emma  x

 

Jon and I have been engaged for nine years this December. NINE YEARS! We’d only been together a year when Jon popped the question, drunk at our work Christmas party. In fairness, he’d already asked my dad, so it wasn’t an alcohol induced bright idea, that he immediately regretted when he woke in his kebab the next morning.

We bought our first home four years ago and wanted a baby straight away. Not traditional I know, but a wedding can come with so much expense, that it just didn’t score highly on our priorities. Fast forward to the present and we decided that there would never be a ‘right time’ to get married; if we kept putting it off, it was never going to happen.

As we’ve been together for so long, we didn’t want a big formal day, but just a party with our nearest and dearest. Lots of dancing, drinks and happy faces. We went to my aunt and uncle’s wedding a couple of years ago and they felt similarly, in that they had been together a long time and didn’t want any of the wedding ‘formalities’, just a big party. They got married on a Friday afternoon, served drinks and canapés while they had photos and then straight into the evening party. On the Saturday, the guests who attended the ceremony all came round to their house for a relaxed garden party, which extended into the wee hours of the morning and got slightly messy after the shots came out!

It was a fantastic weekend and allowed everyone to celebrate that little bit longer. Everyone always says your wedding day goes by in a flash; why not extend the celebrations? So that’s exactly what we’re doing; a Friday afternoon wedding with a big party to follow and then a garden party at my (very kind) parent’s house on the Saturday for our ceremony guests. We have lots of plans to make both days fun and relaxed and I’ll be posting a bit more about them in the next few weeks.

We’ll FINALLY be getting hitched on Friday 8th September 2017, and I cannot wait! Here’s a little of the inspiration for the weekend. Let me know if you did something similar or have any ideas for us.

Emma  x

*Images via Pinterest

One hour into our ferry crossing to France and the Breton stripes are gone. Daisy is in just a nappy and the less sicky of two tops, whilst I’m braless and wearing my Dad’s fleece. Not how I imagined our holiday beginning!

I’m a massive cheese lover, but it really is the worst kind of vomit isn’t it? Especially when it’s pumping out of your toddler like a scene from The Exorcist. A pretty rocky start to the holiday was soon laughed about, after we arrived at our mobile home in Domaine des Ormes with Eurocamp.

A lovely spot in the sun and a gated off deck for Daisy to play on safely; it really couldn’t have been better. One supermarket trip later, the fridge was stocked with plenty of cheese, meats, beer and a very large strawberry tart. Perfect.

The site we stayed on was amazing. There was so much to do and something for everyone; young and old. My favourite thing about it though was the freedom Daisy had. Watching her running around and exploring brought the biggest smiles to all our faces and was completely priceless.

 

We were so lucky with the weather, which can sometimes be hit or miss in Brittany. Having plenty of sunny days meant we stayed around the site most of the time, taking in lots of park fun, splashing in the pool, seeing the horses and feeding the ducks any leftover baguette.

We did have a little day trip to Mont Saint Michel, a beautiful island that houses an incredible 11th century abbey. It’s all cobble streets and old stone, just the kind of France that reminds me of my childhood.

Daisy had perfect timing and fell asleep within 10 minutes of arriving and given that there are A LOT of steps, Jon carried her around for around an hour and a half, in 30’C heat. He was pretty thankful for a beer when we got back!

Since coming home, we’ve noticed a huge change in Daisy’s speech, which has been a little slow. She’s also tackled potty training head on the past day or so after a few attempts on holiday. I’m convinced it’s down to lots of family time, with no distractions whatsoever. All we had on this break was time, and it was fantastic. So good that we’re already looking at booking again, for more adventures. Do you have any holidays planned with your family this summer?

Emma  x

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