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. 

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If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I’m a major lover of a weekend breakfast. I don’t have breakfast through the week and work Monday to Friday too, so weekends are a real treat in our house, even more so if Jon is off. img_9236I love sitting around the table for meals and think it’s a really important part of family life. No distractions, just each other. I think that’s why weekend breakfasts are my favourite time to sit around the table; we rarely have to race off anywhere, most of the time Jon will be home and who doesn’t love breakfast?img_9237I always set the table nicely (I have a real problem with serve wear / table wear / pointless pretty utensils etc), turn the Motown music up high and we usually have a dance around the kitchen while whatever we’re having is cooking. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy and is normally store bought frozen pastries that you pop in the oven – I do make a pretty mean American pancake though!img_8818This is one of my favourite things to do as a family and I honestly get excited mid week knowing we have nowhere to go, nothing to do, just plenty of good food and smiles. Here are a few of the breakfast set ups we’ve had over the last few months, each as good as the one before. img_9898img_7807img_8668.jpgimg_8712img_8556I hope this gives you a little inspiration to have a tasty weekend breakfast of your own.

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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.

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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?

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Holiday mode begins now! We’re off to France today, which means a full day of travelling. My mother bought Daisy a Trunki last year, so I’ve filled it up with lots of fun stuff to keep our little lady busy, in case she gets a bit bored now and then.



The majority of what I bought was from The Works, B&M Bargains or Homebargains, so didn’t cost me a lot. There’s plenty here to keep Daisy happy on the ferry, while we’re out having food, playing outside the caravan or even having a chill out at the pool (although I’m sure the pool will be less ‘chill’ and more ‘who’s turn is it to catch her while she jumps in for the forty fifth time’ haha!).


Altogether here, Daisy has a few sticker books, a drawing pad, some board books, chunky crayons, waterbomb balls, jumbo chalks and magic bubbles that you can catch! How cool?! I’ve also got her a new drinks bottle (Tommee Tippee) which keeps cool and a gorgeous unicorn neck rest from Matalan.


I also found these beautiful games for Daisy from Dotcomgiftshop. We play cards in the evenings so Daisy has her own pretty deck of cards, along with a Heads & Tails mix and match game and some ABC / 123 flash cards. These are so pretty and I know Daisy will love them.


Any of these can be popped into a bag while we’re out and about and I’m sure will come in very handy for avoiding meltdowns (both of the toddler and adult variety). I’d love to know what you are packing for your little ones and if you’re off on any holidays or fun day trips. As you can see, Daisy is very excited for ours!


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