She’s two!

Can you believe she’s two already?! I know its a cliche but honestly it has gone SO FAST. She’s the most wonderful little girl and the my absolute favourite person so spend time with (sorry husband). She chatters so much, she’s so loving (to me anyway!) sassy, funny and just loves being outside and with animals.

We had a little tea party for her birthday this year, which I just loved baking for, and Ivy was well and truly spoiled by everyone. So thank you to all our lovely friends and family for giving her such a special day.

Also here’s some of my favourite pictures of her from the last year!

 

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Ivy and her animals

This girl! She melts my heart…her love for animals is so sweet.

We spend a lot of time outside and with animals and I’m so happy we can share this together. Here’s a few pictures from our animal adventures this past few weeks…

 

May Reads

I did it! I read 3 books in May and they were three REALLY good ones!

  1. Lies that bind us by Andrew Hart
    This was a free monthly download with my kindle so I wasn’t sure I would like it but I really did! There was so much suspense in this book, and it alternates between the present and the past which really helps to build the suspense. Most of the book you’re just wondering what the hell is going on, but I really liked that!
  2. The girl before by JP Delaney 
    This was a proper thriller in the style of Gone Girl (which I happen to love) a bit twisted, a bit whudunnit, some psychos…you know the drill!
  3. Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller
    I think this may be my favourite read of 2018 (so far anyway) it reminded me of I Capture the Castle (one my all time fave books) but with a modern edge to it. It was poignant and poetic and just a really special book.

This country life

I LOVE living where I do, I feel so lucky to have so much beautiful countryside on my doorstep. When I was younger I was desperate to move away from Silverdale and live in a city, I craved glamour and excitement. So, after University and a stint living in Preston (no glamour there!!) I moved to Dubai. My then boyfriend had sold the glamour of Dubai to me, and whilst I enjoyed the glamorous job I had there, I missed the countryside SO much. There’s no green in Dubai, no tumble down stone walls, no sheep, no seasons at all…and it took that to make me realise that the beautiful countryside is where I want to be.

I mean just look at it…

 

 

Sunshine SUNSHINE

Oh my goodness I LOVE it when the sun shines ( I know most people do!) it makes me so, so happy.

Over the bank holiday weekend I took a trip to Sizergh Castle, I was actually hoping to see the Peonies but I think I was a little bit early for them. Nevertheless there were some really beautiful flowers and I just had the most wonderful day.

 

Fun in the Peak District and behind the scenes at Castle Green

Things have been really  busy lately and I am just loving working with some really lovely people and feel so lucky I am able to do what I love whilst looking after my beautiful girl.

A few weekends ago we went for a little trip to the Peak District to visit some friends and my sister who lives there. I LOVE the Peak District and the sun was shining and it was just lovely.

When we got home  it was straight back to it…and here’s a sneak peak at a little photoshoot Ivy took part in at the Castle Green (I got roped in to but I’m no model!)

^^ a bit of room service, this kid cracks me up!

 

April Reads

Honestly, I do not know where April has gone!! It’s been a blooming whirlwind…which has unfortunately meant that I only got chance to read one book in April!

It was a good one though…

I must admit, I did buy this for the cover and also if you’re a book nerd like me…this book has a very tactile cover! It was a very good book, a little bit of a dark and weird story line…but I did find it gripping. It’s set in Victorian England, a era I enjoy reading about, and centres around the disappearance of poor people who are destined for the workhouse. As the story unfolds its pretty sinister but very interesting.

Adventures outdoors with my little lady

As each day goes by Ivy gets to be even better company. She’s so funny and happy. I love seeing the world through her eyes.

Yesterday we spent a lovely day pottering around Sizergh Barn. It’s lovely there, the food is yummy and for Ivy the cows are just so exciting

If you get chance do the little farm trail work, its a nice little wonder through the fields…and of course the gift shop!

March Reads

What a great month of reads! I’ve really enjoyed these 3:

  1. The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gower
    THIS BOOK!! It had absolutely everything I love in a book – history, romance, courtesans, mermaids, glamour, intrigue and a bit of old folk tales, it was just so good! It’s a big book but don’t let that put you off. I like big books if I’m enjoying them because they just keep on going!
  2. Sisters by Louisa May Alcott
    In comparison this is a tiny book of 59 pages, and is a hand selected collection of stories from Little Women. Lovely to remind you of the best bits of Little Women if you’ve read it and if you haven’t then it will make you want to read Little Women.
  3. Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean
    Oh my goodness this book is so mesmerizing. I had no idea about this part of Scottish history and about young men going Fowling out on the stacks in the middle of the sea! Obviously at some points in the book it is completely depressing and sad, it reminded me in parts of Lord of Flies, but its so well written you honestly feel like you’re there with them.

Spring fashion inspiration

Becoming a Mum has been a whirlwind experience – lack of sleep, busy days and lot’s and lot’s of love. What I have noticed is how my style has had to change, I can’t wear heels on a daily basis for instance and at the start of motherhood I lived in leggings. Now I feel I’ve got some of my style back, and here’s a few looks I’ll be trying to embrace this spring.

Outfit inspo from Gal Meets Glam and Atlantic Pacific