Weekend bits

This is such a blogger problem but you know when you’ve got a really busy weekend ahead and you think, great, I’ll be able to take loads of photos and make a really nice post about my lovely, busy weekend with all my wonderful friends.

And then you’re a bad blogger and actually don’t take any photos at all until the last second when you think ‘oh crap, I haven’t taken any photos all weekend’. Yep, that’s me. Bad blogger. Although, I did have an amazing weekend which was probably bettered by not lugging my camera around and annoying everyone by snapping away in their faces every 5 seconds. (Not to mention the crazy stifling heat that was making everyone glisten so attractively haha)

On Friday night, our friends Kat & Albert came over and we packed up the pram and walked down to the beach for a BBQ. Literally the second our toes hit the sand the heavens opened and it was game over. We trudged back to the flat, getting rather soggy on the way and had to make do with a sneaky BBQ on our balcony (I’m so desperate for a garden it’s crazy). We made the best of a bad situation and the food turned out pretty well – and when you’re with good friends it doesn’t really matter, right?

On Saturday it was Jim & Soph’s little boy Kip’s first birthday and they had a massive get together in their garden with paddling pools and enough food to feed the whole town. It was really, really lovely.

Today I went to the #bmthbloggersbrunch and met some lovely new people. I didn’t snap any pictures despite the fact that my camera was sat right on the table in front of me the whole time. But I was burning to a crisp in the heat and trying to stop Huxley from grabbing every knife, fork and glass of water in sight so that’s my excuse! It was arranged by the wonderful Hannah and took place at very cool, beachside Urban Reef. I dragged along my newly converted blogger buddy Lucy and finally got to meet some other local ladies including Sarah, Freya, Emma, Laura & Claire.

This afternoon I went to a BBQ in my sister’s back garden to celebrate her birthday tomorrow. This is the only time I remember to take any pictures. And they’re not particularly good ones. Sorry!

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A day at the beach

We had a lovely day at the beach today. Huxley seriously loves the sea. He was just crawling straight into it with the waves crashing into his face without a care in the world.

Nick snapped some photos of me in my new bikini and I thought about whether or not I wanted to post them for ages. I still feel unsure about it but I’ve been walking around all day in it without a care in the world so this probably isn’t too different (apart from the permanence of things on the internet of course).

To be honest, I never thought I’d look this good after having a baby. Not that I think I look like Sjana or Em or Rosie Londoner or Natasha Oakley or anything but honestly I had images of flab and stretch marks for the rest of my life so I don’t think I’m doing too badly. And I’ve got to remember that it’s still a work in progress, although I am only a few pounds off my pre-baby weight now anyway so even if it doesn’t change then I’m still pretty happy. Although it does look like I’m stuck with that dreadful dark line down my stomach. Oh well. You win some, you lose some.

There’s a link to my bikini top here but the bottoms are sold out online.

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Today I’m Wearing: A Mango strapless dress

Another dress from my recent Mango order. Perfect for paddling in the sea with a baby – well that was my first thought when I saw it anyway ;)

I am LOVING the heatwave we’re having right now. Nick and I are extremely fortunate with the amount of time that we get to spend together as a family and it’s something that I don’t take for granted as I know it won’t last forever. We’ve been making the most of the beautiful weather recently and getting ourselves down to the beach as much as possible.

The first couple of times we tried to take Huxley in the sea he really wasn’t happy about it and cried almost immediately so this time we tried something a bit different. Rather than getting him to paddle into the sea, we held him and walked ourselves into the sea so that he could calmly watch the waves from afar. He looked pretty hypnotised by the waves and after a little while we lowered him in. He looked a bit unsure at first, probably because it was quite cold, but after a little while we sat down with him on our lap and he was leaning forward to splash the sea and was giggling every time a wave splashed up into his face. You may have seen my little video on Instagram.

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Dress: Mango

Has anyone else been naughty in the sales recently? I have to admit that rather uncharacteristically of me I’ve gone a bit nuts this time round. I think it’s just because I’m so excited to actually fit in stuff again and feel like I look relatively good in it. I went into New Look last week and saw a bunch of stuff that I really liked but didn’t buy it and then I went in a few days after and it was all in the sale so I decided to treat myself. And Nick very kindly treated me to a new pair of shoes. He’s a keeper. I also picked up a couple of new bikinis which I might feature here if I feel brave enough!

If trudging round the bustling shops in a frenzied sale spree free-for-all isn’t your thing then check out http://www.voucherbin.co.uk for some offers you can enjoy from the comfort of your sofa while you munch on a Kitkat Chunky. I bloody love a Kitkat Chunkys


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