Tuesday, 18 October 2016

I’m Pregnant!

There’s not much more to say as it’s all there in the title but I wanted to share our exciting news with you that we’re expecting our second baby in April 2017...

We knew that we wanted another baby around the time that Millie would be starting school and so we started trying back in August. Lucky for us, we fell pregnant right away and we’re so happy. 12 week scan confirmed that baby is healthy and well and I can’t wait to find out whether the little blob is a boy or girl (Millie wants a Sister!). All of the nausea feels like it’s worth something now we’ve seen the baby moving and we’re super excited to bring this brand new bundle into the world next year!

Stay tuned for a First Trimester update.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Pumpkin Picking

Autumns here so what better way to embrace it than to stick some wellies on and a warm coat and head out to pick some Pumpkins! 

We’ve never done it before so I think it’s going to be the start of a nice little tradition for us! We go Strawberry picking each year and over at Cattows Farm, they have Pumpkin picking all through the month of October. We’re talking 100’s of Pumpkins available to grab and wheel home! Plus, what better way to teach your little ones of where Pumpkins come from and that they’re not just for Halloween (although, they are!). 

Along with the Pumpkin field, there’s a Farm shop and Cafe where you can buy fresh produce or grab a Hot Chocolate whilst the kids play on the play area! There are a few cows, sheep and goats to go and feed too so it’s easily a good couple of hours out of the house. We paid approx £1.40 per Pumpkin, apart from the smallest one which was 47p!! So much cheaper than the supermarkets! 

If you’re local to Leicestershire, I definitely recommend a trip to Cattows Farm, even if it’s not to pick any Pumpkins and just for a free Autumn day out with the family! 

Monday, 26 September 2016

Top 5 Places to eat in the East Midlands

If there's one thing I enjoy doing most, it's definitely eating. Whether it's eating out or at home, I love trying and making new foods! Give me sweet, savoury, spicy or something completely different, I'll give it a go! But because we don't live smack bang in the middle of a city, we have to venture out and about quite often to come across new places to eat, some of those places may be on our doorstep, some may be nearer cities like Derby or Nottingham. Take a look at my Top 5 Places to eat in and around the East Midlands...
Bills, Leicester

Number 1: Bulls Head in Repton, Derbyshire -- Located in a very quaint village on the edge of Derby, the Bulls Head is a popular restaurant for those who live locally. Anyone who has been will have nothing but great things to say about not only their food but their pizza's to be precise! Having an traditional Pizza oven tucked into the corner of the Bar means that the smell of freshly baked pizzas fills the air the whole time you're seated and not only that, rather than using their Business Gas mains that would usually heat the place up, they can rely on the heat coming from the burning Pizza oven at all times of year - even in the additional tepee section of the restaurant!
Number 2: Bills Restaurant, Leicester -- Whether it's breakfast, lunch or dinner, Bills Restaurant will have something on the menu for everyone! We have been to a few of their branches including Brighton, Leicester, Liverpool, London and Birmingham and every single one has been brilliant. The eggs benedict is one of the best I've eaten and their Burgers are to die for! If you're in a city and fancy something different, I'd definitely recommend heading to Bills!
Number 3: The Tap House, near Ashby de la Zouch -- For a classic Sunday Roast that leaves you full to the brim, we head down to the Tap House near Ashby de la Zouch. The carvery is a semi-self serve where your plate is portioned up for you and you get to choose from 2 meats or a vegetarian option or also a pie or casserole dish along with your potatoes, sides and vegetables. There hasn't been a single time that we've walked/rolled out of here after eating our body weight in food. It really is that good!

The Bulls Head, Repton
 Number 4: Turpins Bar and Grill, Twycross -- Somewhere which may take a few of your fancies as it's close to the family attraction, Twycross Zoo; Turpins Bar is a gorgeous bar/grill restaurant which serves light lunches or evening meals. A range of salads, burgers and lots of other yummy mains are available to buy along with a massive selection of Tapas too! I wouldn't recommend going without booking though as I know most Saturday nights are booked up weeks in advance!
Number 5: Marco Pierre Whites Steak house and Grill, Nottingham -- Last, but definitely not least is the classiest of the bunch. If you're looking for a location for a special occasion, I'd definitely send you to MPW Steak house in Nottingham. We went a year or so ago for a celebratory meal and it was beautiful. The steak was cooked to perfection, the fish cakes were that big I couldn't finish them and they recommended a wine that complimented our meals perfectly. It's the place to go if you want to spoil yourselves and your taste buds.

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Thursday, 22 September 2016

Shopping on Lyst

Summer fashion is slowly getting covered up with cardigans and coats, summer sandals are being put away and our toes are being kept warm by tights and boots so what better time to change things up in your Autumn wardrobe and treat yourself to some staple pieces to see you through the colder months.
Lyst is an online shopping site which has partnered with some of the world’s biggest designers and stores to bring you everything fashion based but just in one place. Add a little bit of technology to that and you have your very own, personal shopping experience for everyone who uses Lyst. If you're more of a Window Shopper, you can just follow your favourite brands and the people who wear them and just search for the latest looks and items to keep in the loop without spending a penny!

This Boohoo Multicolour Liliane Floral Shirt Dress which is perfect to pair with some tights and a lovely pair of tan ankle boots, just like these Aéropostale Diva Lounge Mojave Buckled Boots. You could also wear it as a transitional piece from Spring to Summer too minus the boots and tights!
Another great floral piece, perfect to wear with or without tights in the colder months, is this River Island Black Floral print off the Shoulder dress. It's mid-length so can be worn with boots or shoes and can also be dressed up or down! Wear it with a leather jacket for a rock-chic look or a fur coat to make it extra cosy!
If you're looking for a glam pair of winter boots but don't want to go with Uggs or Shoe-boots, why not try these Public Desire Square Ankle Boots?! In a gorgeous cream, patent finish you wont have to worry about getting them muddy or wet and they'll suit any outfit, day or night for whatever your plans are this autumn!
If you like the look of being able to shop all your favourite stores in one place, or even create the perfect wish list for your new Autumn wardrobe, head over to Lyst and sign up for your very own account and watch those personalised clothing picks tally up and lets see what bargains you can find!