After going to France in June for Daisy’s first holiday abroad, we knew we wanted to do something similar after the wedding. All the planning and hectic rushing around leading up to it made me feel a little guilty for not being able to spend more time with her, so a Eurocamp holiday was perfect. In June, we went over towards Brittany (you can read about it here) so we thought we’d try a bit further over this time, staying at La Croix du Vieux Pont.The site itself is fantastic for children and is one of Eurocamp’s ‘Mini Paradise’ sites, meaning it’s perfect for toddlers too. We had one of these wagons from the reps on site for the week, which was brilliant for walking around as Daisy isn’t a fan of her pram (but still gets tired legs and insists on bringing all her ‘gang’ with her). There are three lakes, an indoor/outdoor pool complex, soft play, a bouncy castle, pedalos, horse riding, go karting and much more, but the best thing about these holidays for us is the freedom it gives children.The site is also an excellent location for day trips, with lots of places to visit in the area. We visited Château de Pierrefonds, a 14th century castle set in beautiful grounds, a few local towns and Disneyland Paris. Jon did all the driving and found it really easy, even saying that the roads in France were nicer to drive than in Britain.It was the perfect place to go to relax and make memories on our first trip as the Lewis family and we’re already planning our 2018 holiday over there too. If you’ve ever thought about doing these kind of holidays but aren’t sure, or you just want to have a look at our adventures, follow the link below to see a highlight video we’ll be watching for years to come.
Highlights of France, September 2017
So with wedding planning in full swing, I didn’t manage to get my July favourites posted (face palm) so I’m doubling up this time.
First off is this Jo Malone Room Spray in Pomegranate Noir. A few weeks back, the Jo Malone website had a ‘Just Because’ game running, where you could win a free gift with any purchase. I treated myself to a new perfume for the wedding and this was my free gift! Ordinarily, I would struggle to pay £44 for a room spray, but I can see the fuss over these. I keep it in our bedroom and one spritz manages to make the entire upstairs smell incredible.We had a lovely day out at Hendrewennol Fruit Picking Farm at the beginning of August and it’s definitely going to be a day trip staple. I wrote a post about it here if you’d like a read. It was such a fab day out for children and we made pancakes with berry sauce out of our pickings too. If you’re local to the area, I’d highly recommend it.Something for my fellow blondies now. I’m forever trying to rid my hair of any brassiness and have tried lots of different purple shampoos and treatments. The Charles Worthington Colour Enhancer Ultra Violet Shampoo is absolutely the purple shampoo I’ve ever used. After one wash it made a massive difference and I now use it once a week, just to keep my colour in check. It does leave your skin with a tinge of death-like colour, but it washes off easily with a good scrub and it’s totally worth it for the results.For my hen party back in July I knew I wanted a white/cream dress for the evening but really struggled finding something I liked. I wanted a floaty boho number but they were all a little too casual or way out of my price range. I spotted this maternity dress and thought I’d chance it. Best, decision, ever! It’s from the Rochelle Humes range on Very and is completely stunning. Well designed for pregnancy and breastfeeding, it’s fantastic for before and (long) after baby. There wasn’t any excess bump material so it hung straight down and you’d never have guessed it was a maternity piece. I’m even planning on wearing it for our garden party after the wedding in September (cross your fingers for good weather!).A few weeks back, the lovely Erica Davies posted on her Instagram something that her son had said to her when he was learning about bees in school. I’m always looking for nice quotes to make prints for around the house and as soon as I read it I made this little print. I sent one over to Erica too and you can download it here if you’d like.Just in time for autumn, I’ve got Candice Brown’s gorgeous book, Comfort. It’s jam packed with the most delicious recipes and is honestly worth it just for the images alone. I loved everything Candice made on last years Great British Bake Off which she went on to win; and deservedly so. I can’t wait to get stuck into this and am particularly looking forward to making Peanut Butter and Marshmallow Blondies… and Cherry Amaretto Bakewell Tart…. oh and Stilton Twisted Straws….. okay, they’re all incredible and I don’t know where to start! A must for anyone looking for some scrumptious comfort food.Lastly, I had our holiday photos printed out with LALALAB a couple of weeks ago and I couldn’t love them more. I love polaroid style photos and being able to add text to these was brilliant too. I’ll be getting these prints regularly for any trips or holidays we have in future.I’d love to know if you’ve tried and liked any of the above; let me know in the comments.
I grew up with a real love of reading and I hope Daisy does too. There’s something so comforting about curling up with a good book. I try to make sure Daisy ‘reads’ everyday, which normally happens before bedtime. She loves her books and will quite happily sit there flicking through one after another. We always read to her when she goes to bed and while I love this time with her, it always helps when the book you’re reading is enjoyable for you too.My absolute favourite author ever, is Roald Dahl. Even now, if I’m not sure what to read I can always rely on one of his stories. It may seem childish, but the dark humour and wit of his books are fantastic and I don’t know how anyone could not enjoy the likes of Matilda, The BFG or my personal favourite, The Twits. Daisy has my copy of The BFG, Matilda and George’s Marvellous Medicine (although it’s on a shelf away from toddler hands at the moment) and I’d love to pass it down to her children someday.My lovely brother bought Daisy the Dr Seuss collection for Christmas and it’s become one of our bedtime staples. We read these regularly and I can’t wait for Daisy to be old enough to laugh at some of the mind boggling stories in there; Scrambled Eggs Super anyone?!Beatrix Potter. Ah Beatrix Potter. Again, I read these growing up and whilst not funny and sometimes a little sad, they are beautifully illustrated and so well written. I also love this collection as it was one of the first things I bought after finding out I was pregnant. So practical, I know!I picked these gorgeous books up in TKMaxx a while back, but are available here. Giving variations on the classic fairytales and written in rhyme, these are enjoyable for the reader as well as your little one. Daisy particularly likes The Princess and the Peas; spoiler, princesses are supposedly allergic to peas!Lastly, another Roald Dahl, but I couldn’t miss out my absolute favourite book ever. Similar to the previous books, Revolting Rhymes put a twist on some of the classic fairytales, but in ways you’d never expect. Did you ever think you’d read “Her head went crashing to the ground, It bounced a bit and rolled around” in Cinderella? Or “The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers. She whips a pistol from her knickers” in Little Red Riding Hood? Genius!Any of these amazing books make bedtime much less of a chore and I’m always on the hunt for some fun new tales. I’d love to hear any recommendations.
So considering it’s summer, I’m sat here with all the candles lit, warm pjs on and thick socks. I’m feeling very cosy, but that may also have something to do with the lovely weekend we’ve had and a belly full of pancakes.
Yesterday, the forecast was pretty good for the morning so we headed out to Hendrewennol Fruit Farm. It’s only a 30 minute drive for us and is great for little and big people alike. You can pick strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, red currants and blackberries during summer and we’ll be going back for pumpkins later in the year. They’ve had lots of visitors and strawberries were running low when we arrived, so we headed straight for Daisy’s favourites…blueberries. With basket in hand, she ran off to fill her boots (or punnet!). After we’d picked what we wanted, we headed to their cafe for some gorgeous homemade ice cream and a sit in the sun.Today’s forecast was not so good, so we made use of our delicious fresh fruit and made American style pancakes, with bacon and berries. YUM. YUM. We loosely follow this BBC Food recipe and it’s a great base for lots of tasty toppings. For the sauce, we just brought the berries to the boil, with some caster sugar and a splash of vanilla extract. Stirring well and crushing the berries up gives you a lovely, thick sauce to drizzle over your fresh pancakes. It was brilliant to see Daisy picking her own blueberries and then using them in the kitchen at home. I’m sure she’ll love doing this more and more as she gets older. A definite staple to the summer bucket list.