I’ve seen so many posts and articles lately about happiness (probably because it’s been January and the twinkly Christmas feels are gone for another year). It got me thinking about how the normal day to day stuff gets lost in a bigger picture sometimes. It’s easy to say “oh I’ve had a terrible day” when something went really wrong, but you may be forgetting the good morning cuddles from your little one, the delicious meal you had for dinner or even finding a new TV show that you know you’re going to love.

Granted, everyone gets those days where it seems like EVERYTHING has gone wrong, so that’s why I think it’s important to focus on the little things that made you smile amongst the chaos of a crappy day. So I’m going to start listing some things that made me smile. Maybe not every week, but every now and then, I’ll note down a few things that ordinarily may be easily forgotten

Daisy’s Speech

A year ago when Daisy had her health visitor check up, we were told that by her age, they expected her to able to say around fifty words; we couldn’t even think of twenty. While it was never a worry as she fully understood what we were saying and could carry out instructions, it was a huge cause of frustration to both us and her. A year on and we literally can’t shut her up! Lately, it’s like having a mini person giving me a running commentary on the entire day and the questions… oh the questions; “Is this your pillow mam?”, “You like Peppa? I like Peppa.” “Do you wear your boots to jump in puddles?” “We have cheesy pasta for tea? You like cheesy pasta? I’m going to use a spoon and have my Minnie bowl.” She’s come so far and it’s unbelievable to think how little she said less than a year ago.

Signs of Spring

Whilst the weather may still  be bitterly cold with spatters of sleet and snow, there are little signs of warmer weather cropping up. Don’t get me wrong, I rolled my eyes when I saw the Easter eggs immediately replace the Christmas aisle in Tesco, but I’ll let it slide seeing as Mini Eggs are back on the menu. I picked up a bunch of daffodils whilst shopping and just today tried the M&S Kentish Apple Hot Cross Buns; if you’re a fan of HCB’s then get your butt down to M&S now. Deeelicious!

No Nausea

If you’ve read my last pregnancy update, you’ll know that I saw the return of some pretty bad nausea recently. Well, this week I haven’t had any at all (fingers crossed it’s gone for the foreseeable) and have managed to eat whatever I want, without feeling like I’m still eating it four hours later!

New Pillows and Duvet

You know when you use the same thing over and over and when you finally upgrade it, you wonder what on earth you were doing with your life before? Yeah, that. We had some new pillows and a duvet that I put on the bed yesterday and now, I’m fairly sure we’re sleeping on a cloud. Acceptable to send your child to bed at 5pm? I’ll be popping a little bedroom reveal up in the next few weeks.

Planning a Nursery

When I was pregnant with Daisy I was so excited to decorate her little room and this time is no different. We knew we were having a girl with Daisy but we’re having a surprise this time so a more neutral room is on the cards. I’ve started looking around for some inspiration and can’t wait to get started. You can have a look at my ideas by clicking here.

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.

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I’d love to be one those people, who are able to fall asleep as soon as their head hits the pillow. Jon is like this and I often find myself lying there, silently turning green with envy. Even after the longest of days, I still find it difficult to nod off. Ironically, the best sleep I ever had was when I was pregnant. Granted the numerous nightly bathroom trips and feeling like you’re shifting a wardrobe towards the end didn’t mean it was consistent, but for the most part it was fantastic.

That all ended after having Daisy and if you’re a mama, you’ll know that sleep goes out the window for a little while. With lie ins a thing of the past, I try to stick to a relaxing bedtime routine, that helps me fall asleep quicker.img_9937I’m a huge fan of cosy interiors and our bedroom is no exception. We always have a few cushions on the bed and at least one throw (I have a problem!). With a few different textures and layers, this makes for the perfect spot to curl up in. I like to light a scented candle upstairs while Daisy is bathing (usually lavender), so that everything smells cosy and inviting when it comes to bed time. This one smells gorgeous and was a Primark bargain!img_9938I always make sure to remove my makeup at the end of the day, as my skin has always been prone to flare ups and acne. I’m using the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water at the moment and can honestly say, my face feels cleaner than ever. I vary my night cream between a Lidl one I currently have or the Homebargains version of Bio Oil. I don’t use the oil every day, but it really helps to heal any breakouts I get and has improved previous acne scars.img_9943I’ve recently been using this works deep sleep pillow spray and it really makes a difference to my sleep. You only need a few spritzes on your pillow or duvet and it smells amazing. I’m not sure whether it’s an association thing, but as soon as I smell it now, it relaxes me and makes me feel all cosy and sleepy. I highly recommend this if you have trouble switching off before bed.img_9942I’ll normally have a read to unwind, but if I’m still quite awake I listen to a short mindfulness meditation. There are lots of free apps available and I’ve tried a few, but my favourite is Breathe. There’s a two minute sleep meditation which really helps to clear your mind and relax your body. Once I’ve listed to this, I feel super chilled and drowsy and I’m able to drift off much easier.img_9939What do you do to help you get a better sleep?

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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

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We haven’t had proper holiday in I don’t know how long. What I do know, is that my holiday wardrobe was in serious need of some TLC. Going to northern France, means that we can expect similar weather to Britain, but slightly hotter and hopefully slightly sunnier. I picked out some of my favourite finds below, that will be great for scouring the markets, eating lots of lovely food and chasing after Daisy

The Chiffon Shirt

I love chiffon shirts. They can be dressed up or down, worn alone or layered and there’s a style to suit everyone. This beauty was from Very, but there are loads around at the moment and Primark always have a great selection. This will be lovely over some white jeans in the evening or with denim shorts for a day out.

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The Embroidered Shorts

These beautiful shorts were in the sale in New Look and are so, so pretty. They are white broderie anglaise with navy embroidery and a scallop hem. Basically, the shorts dreams are made of. I’ll be pairing these with a relaxed navy t-shirt and tan sandals. You could easily jazz these up with some jewellery in the evening too.

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The Cable Knit Jumper

So the evenings will definitely be a little chilly, but we love sitting outside our caravan and playing cards late into the night. While it’s nice to have warm weather, I love putting on a cosy jumper and staying outdoors. I found this gorgeous white cable knit jumper in Sainsburys a few weeks back. It’s not too thick and has a split on either side, making it perfect for summer evenings.

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The Bardot Dress

There are so many gorgeous bardot dresses out at the moment, but combining a strapless bra and heat for someone with big boobs isn’t great. Before you know it, both are hanging somewhere around your hips and you’re anything but Brigitte Bardot. You needn’t worry about a bra with this amazing dress though. From Miss Selfridge, this floaty little number is shirred across the bust and at the top of the arm, helping to stop the sleeves from riding up. I just need to mindful of Daisy potentially pulling at this and scaring my poor father for life! Haha!

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The Bikini

Unless you’re one of the lucky ones who sprung back into shape after having a baby, you may be concerned at the swimwear situation. Daisy is 2 and a half now, so I haven’t got an excuse for my ‘mum tum’, apart from I like food too much and exercise too little. So, all hail the high waist bikini! They hide a multitude of sins, are super flattering and make you feel like a 50’s pin up. This gorgeous flower print one from Very is a great fit, supportive and has detachable straps for those pesky tan lines.

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I’d love to know what summer updates you’ve added to you wardrobe and what your essentials are for holidays. Thanks for reading!

Emma  x