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.

 

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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?

Emma  x

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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

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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We’re off to France at the end of this week and I am SO EXCITED! It’ll be Daisy’s first time abroad and Jon’s first time going on a Eurocamp holiday. I grew up going on these holidays and I can’t wait for Jon and Daisy to experience them too.

I haven’t been to France in over 10 years now and the thought of pastries for breakfast, fresh baguettes for lunch and pistachio ice cream every day is making me feel like a kid at Christmas. So imagine my excitement when I saw this beauty in Boots a few weeks back?!


Oh yes people, not only will I be eating pistachio ice cream, I’ll be smelling like it too. This is from the lovely The Library of Fragrance who do lots of weird and wonderful fragrances. I love how a particular thing can take you back to a time in your life. Givenchy, Very Irresistible will forever remind me of back to back drunken nights out aged 19. Mamas and Papas hit California Dreamin’ will always remind me of travelling through the French Alps as a child. And (she’ll kill me for this) burnt toast always reminds me of my mother. Now, pistachio ice cream will always remind me of our first holiday with Daisy.

I’ve also picked up my summer favourite, Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula. This smells amazing, lasts ages and is a really thick moisturiser, leaving your skin super soft after a day in the sun.


I bought the usual sun cream and a sun protection lip balm too. Trust me when I say you do not want to burn your lips, and speaking from experience, a bright red blister in the middle of your lower lip is not something you want in your holiday snaps!


I also found these gorgeous toiletry bags in Flying Tiger (although I think it’s just called Tiger in Cardiff?). The large one was £3 and the smaller £2. They’re lined inside so no nasty leakages spoiling your clothes and they’re completely adorable!

I had a tube of this Crabtree and Evelyn hand cream in a Christmas gift set and it is literally amazing! So I was a very happy bunny when I discovered another one in my toiletry box!

Lastly, I knew I needed some sort of volume spray as my hair is sooo flyaway and flat. Sadly I’m not one of those people blessed with big, beautiful, beach hair, so if something promises to give me ‘natural bounce’ or to feel ‘thicker with more body’ (this is a hair product, I swear!) then I’ll be spending my pennies on it.


I’ve only used this VO5 Volume Blow-Dry Spray once so far, but it’s brilliant. My hair definitely felt thicker but without weighing it down or feeling too gunky with product. I think this is going to be a trusty must have, especially with those crappy holiday hairdryers.

I can’t wait to use all this lovely stuff and feel properly pampered, just like us mama’s should be. What’s in your holiday beauty bag? 

Emma x