Autumn Forest Walk

Yesterday was one of those perfect Autumn days. It wasn’t raining and it wasn’t cold so we decided to go on an Autumn forest walk. We didn’t plan a route, we just walked out into the forest and took whichever pathways looked the most interesting.

Dorset woodland

Although I loved living by the sea, I definitely feel more relaxed when I’m in the forest. I love that the scenery changes every couple of steps, and sometimes even when you haven’t moved at all. It was quite windy yesterday so the clouds were flying past overhead meaning that one second it was grey and dull and the next second, the trees were dashed with ever changing dappled sunlight. It was so beautiful.

Autumn forest walk

The area of forest that we explored is called Stephen’s Castle (if you’ve been watching my weekly vlogs, you’ll have seen me mention this before!). I spent A LOT of time in those woods growing up. We’d just walk for miles and miles or we’d try and build a treehouse or we’d blow-up an inflatable boat and float out into the middle of the lake. It was the best playground a kid could ask for.

Even so, there are still hundreds of little pathways that I’ve never been down and have no idea where they go to! Nick & I are SO excited to explore it all a bit more. We’re going to buy some bikes over the next few months as there were loads of hills that looked like a lot of fun to ride down.

This time we took Huxley on his little bike as he much prefers sitting in that to his pushchair. Our walk ended up taking 3 hours and we got quite lost! I worked it out on a map afterwards and we’d only actually walked 4.5 miles but it felt like much more having to push the bike up hills and carry it through enormous puddles! Needless to say that we hungrily devoured some bacon sandwiches and mugs of strong tea on our arrival home!


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Also, how do you guys like my new blog logo & template? It was all a bit of a last-minute panic decision on Tuesday and it was the kind of thing that I thought would take 10 minutes and ended up taking more like 4 panicked hours to sort out! I’m pretty happy with it though. It’s easy to be scared of change, especially when you’ve stuck with the same thing for years and years but I’m glad I made the leap and I hope you guys like it too!

Firepit s’mores

I cannot tell you how long I have dreamed of being able to sit in my own garden and make s’mores! I know it sounds really silly but having a little fire burning and crackling away in front of you while you watch the sky change from blue to pink to lavender is one of life’s biggest pleasures and one of my favourite winter outdoor activities. We weren’t allowed barbecues or anything on our balcony in the flat and dragging a barbecue or firepit down to the beach always seemed far too much effort so to be able to do this right outside my back door is total bliss.

UK blogger Autumn hot chocolate in the garden

The lovely people at Ocean Finance* recently sent me this firepit as part of their #AutumnGarden campaign and they also kindly sent me some money to spend to make my garden even cosier. I knew immediately that I was going to buy some outdoor fairy lights for our apple tree. I browsed the local garden centres for a while but finally found my dream set on Cox & Cox. I wanted the big bulb kind like they have in America, not the tiny twinkly fairy lights we usually get over here and these fit the bill perfectly.

Fire & festoon lights

If you haven’t heard of s’mores before then you haven’t lived! They are an American thing which I don’t think you can accurately recreate over here in the UK (correct me if I’m wrong!). They are traditionally made by toasting a marshmallow over a fire and then squishing the melted marshmallow with a chunk of chocolate between two graham crackers. Despite how much time I’ve spent in America, I haven’t actually ever had a graham cracker but I’ve been told that the closest UK equivalent is a digestive. So, for a UK cheat’s version of s’mores I used chocolate digestives.

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One of the great side effects of eating s’mores is that it makes you look super attractive…

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Weekly Vlog #4


Just a quick post to let you know that my latest weekly vlog is live!

Here’s a quick recap of what happened this week:

Monday – I made s’mores in the garden using my new firepit (see blog post here),

Tuesday – Huxley went to nursery and Nick & I worked from home in the morning and in the afternoon we went to Poole so Nick could meet a local backpack designer and order a new bag from him. I ended up getting stuck in the car watching InTheFrow & Brogan on YouTube a lot.

Wednesday – Nick fixed the guttering (fun!) while Huxley and I made some butterfly cakes (River Cottage recipes are THE BEST!),  Nick’s mum came over with an old family friend and then we put our wellies on and splashed in the puddles.

Thursday – Huxley went to nursery and we worked from home in the morning again and then in the afternoon we went to Nick’s parents house so Nick could go for a beer and make some bacon with his dad while Huxley played with his cousins Elsie & Hadley. In the evening I went to the fireworks on Poole Quay and had a 3-course meal at the Thistle Hotel with Rosie, Amy & Georgie which was really fun.

Friday – My mum had the day off and we all went swimming at SandyBalls (hehe!). We didn’t really do much in the afternoon so I didn’t get round to filming any more – sorry!

Saturday – Nick went to London to visit Beavertown Brewery with his friend Nick and I went to see my friends Jim & Soph and we went to the park on the beach.

Sunday – We went to Nick’s mum & dad’s for Sunday dinner followed by a lovely autumny walk in the woods with Huxley and Harry the dog.

Thanks for watching my weekly vlog – hope you enjoy!

Fireworks for Halloween

This year we went to the local fireworks for Halloween with Nick’s family. Their garden backs onto the heathland and there’s a path that leads all the way to the local playing field so we wrapped up, grabbed our torches and headed out into the dark (and slightly spooky) forest.


Huxley absolutely loved it. He walked through the woods holding Elsie’s hand and carrying the torch as we told them to keep their eyes peeled for the Gruffalo. When we arrived at the end of the path, Huxley’s little eyes lit up at the rainbow of flashing lights before him.

We had about an hour to kill before the fireworks display was on so the kids went on a couple of rides. Huxley had never really been on anything like that before but he got to sit next to Elsie and was in his element! His day got even better when the next ride allowed him to fly on a pink elephant!


They also had a ‘spooky woodland walk’ set up which was a little trail around the woods lit up with fairylights where kids dressed up as monsters jumped out at you. It was pretty funny and the kids all coped surprisingly well! At one point a teenager walked right up to Huxley and screamed in his face. Huxley looked at me and said ‘scared’ but I told him to say ‘boo’ back and he did. I can’t believe he didn’t cry! (You can watch us at the fireworks in my weekly vlog!)

I wasn’t sure what Huxley would make of the fireworks either as he’s never seen any before but he wasn’t phased by the loud noises at all and was just pointing at them with the biggest smile on his face as he told us what all the different colours were.


Sainsbury’s TU Fashion Blogger Community

I have some very exciting news to tell you all! As you may have guessed from the title of this blog post, I’ve been asked to be a part of the new Sainsbury’s Tu Clothing Fashion Blogger Community. I’m seriously so flattered to have been asked and super excited about it.

Alongside Gap, Sainsbury’s has always been my absolute favourite place to buy new clothes for Huxley. The quality is fantastic, it washes really well and the prices are amazing – especially when there’s 25% off (like there is until Monday!). We bought LOADS of packs of vests and sleepsuits from Sainsbury’s when Hux was a baby and it’s still my favourite place to buy him pyjamas now.

I also love their collections for women as it’s always full of classic basics and is a really ‘safe’ way to test the waters of a new trend. Their collections by Gok are always amazing and if I still worked in an office I can imagine that my wardrobe would be full to the brim with Sainsbury’s workwear.

We used to live quite close to a HUGE Sainsbury’s with a MASSIVE clothing department which was amazing but now our local Sainsbury’s only has a small portion of what they have available. Luckily, they’ve just launched their e-commerce site so now you can buy it all online – HOORAH!

To welcome me to the fashion blogger community, Sainsbury’s kindly gifted me £100 to try out their autumn/winter range. For this, I picked up a new coat, a jumper, a jumper dress, a top and two tops for Huxley – and that was before they launched their 25% off! So as you can see, your money goes a long way at Sainsbury’s. Unfortunately the top I ordered was out of stock so I didn’t receive it but it was this one and it’s SO beautiful.

I went and had my hair cut today and I have a fringe now! So it’s funny to look back at these pictures that were only taken this morning knowing that I now look completely different! I wore my new orange jumper and coat out today. You can see the rest of what I was sent in my vlog on Monday and I’ll be featuring it all on the blog shortly.

Sainsbury's Fashion Blogger Community

Sainsbury's TU Clothing Orange Pointelle Bobble JumperSainsburys Tu Clothing Red Fur Collar Dolly CoatSainsburys Red Fur Collar CoatCoat: TU Clothing* | Jumper: TU Clothing* | Jeans: Abercrombie | Boots: Primark

Nails: Essie ‘Bobbing for Baubles’ & ‘Set in Stones’

As I said, it’s 25% off until Monday so everything is such a bargain right now. This coat is £30 down from £40 and the jumper is an insane £13.50 down from £18.

House update: The lounge

Hurrah! Our lounge is finally finished! Originally we weren’t in a massive rush to get the lounge done but we’ve had a bit more work on than normal lately and therefore had a bit more spare cash so we decided to splash out and get it finished before Christmas.

Now that’s it’s finished I’m really glad we pushed ourselves to get it done. We spend a lot of time in the living room and it just looks so big and lovely now that it’s all painted white and I feel so much better now that it’s all clean and nice! No matter how many times we used the carpet cleaner I just couldn’t get that horrible old musty smell out.

The first thing we wanted to get sorted was the heating. Our lounge opens out onto our south-facing back garden so we assumed that it would be lovely and warm. Man were we wrong. It was literally like an igloo even in the height of summer.

We looked at several solutions, including electric radiators from Verismart Heating as they’re 100% efficient and have a bunch of handy features like auto time adjust and open window detection but in the end we opted for more traditional gas radiators as we needed a gas supply bought to the house for the oven anyway. We also had a wood burner installed which I think is Nick’s new favourite thing ever. He’s built a fire every night so far regardless of the temperature so we’ve been sat sweating most evenings! He’s pretty excited about winter now just so he can use it more!

Although the lounge is ‘finished’ in terms of painting and floor-laying, we haven’t quite caught up with putting art on the walls and things yet. We really want a series of those old-fashioned style travel posters for some of the big National Parks in America. I’ve found some on AllPosters and now we’ve just got to decide which ones to get! We’re also on the search for the perfect rug at the moment. We want one of those classic red and blue patterny ones, you know what I mean, the ones that look like they could be in Downton Abbey. I’m not sure what you call them!

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If you’d like to see the rest of my house renovation, check out the links below:

Bathroom renovation | Kitchen renovation | Bedroom renovation

*This post is in collaboration with Lasse Pedersen

Carving a pumpkin for Halloween

This weekend we did something I’ve never done before: we carved a pumpkin. I know it seems a really odd thing not to have done before at the age of 27 but my family wasn’t all that into Halloween when I was little and having lived in a flat for the past 8 years, we had no reason to decorate for Halloween and never had any trick-or-treaters.

Halloween Pumpkin

This year it’s totally different. Now that we’ve got a house on a road in a village where there’s hundreds of kids I’m sure we’ll get some trick-or-treaters and I’m a little bit excited about decorating for Halloween. I don’t think I’ll go as nuts as they do in America (check out Rach Parcell’s front porch – dream!) but I’m happy to get in the spirit of things. Especially as I’m sure this feeling is only going to increase as Huxley gets older and wants to go our trick-or-treating himself. I can’t wait to dress him up in little costumes!

I have to admit that we didn’t actually pick up this pumpkin ourselves. Nick’s sister went pumpkin picking last weekend with Elsie and Hadley but we couldn’t join her at the time as we were busy with other things. It does look like a lot of fun though and we’ll definitely try and go next year – so much better than picking one up at the supermarket!

Pumpkin picking at Sopley Pick Your OwnSopley Mill Pick Your Own Pumpkins

So the first step in carving our pumpkin was to find a good stencil to use. We thought about doing a Mike Wazowski one as Huxley is obsessed with Monsters Inc but then we found these free pumpkin carving stencils to print by Ladbrokes* and thought they looked quite spooky so we went with that instead.

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Weekly Vlog #2 – Marwell Zoo & Farmer Palmers

My new weekly vlog is live. Thank you all so much for the support I received on my last video. It really means the world to me.

Monday – We went to playgroup and I went for a walk in the woods in the afternoon to try and get Huxley to sleep.

Tuesday – Huxley went to nursery while I caught up on some social media and blog work. We went to my nan’s house afterwards but he was so tired that he just screamed for about 20 minutes so we came home and I went for another walk in the woods with him in the pram to get him to go to sleep! Nick & I spent the evening building up Huxley’s new Duktig play kitchen from Ikea (well, Nick built it. I watched a bit).

Wednesday – On Wednesday Huxley turned 2 and after a morning chilling out at home (thanks to the rain), we headed to Marwell Zoo and practically had the place to ourselves. Huxley had SO much fun and I think he’d have just gone round and round and round to see all his favourite animals again and again. Luckily we became members while we were there so we can go as often as we like now.

Thursday – Huxley had his first morning downstairs with the big kids at nursery. When he came home my mum came over and we went to my sister’s house so we could all go for a walk but my sister didn’t fancy it in the end so my mum & I just had a walk around the village which was really nice. That evening we had Nick’s mum & dad over for dinner.

Friday – I had some boring errands to run like going to the bank and the post office and we went to In-Excess garden centre in Poulner Hill and discovered it has an amazing view from the car park as well as goats, alpacas and a huge rhino statue (much to Huxley’s delight!)

Saturday – Saturday was a bit crazy! We left bright and early to go to Dunelm Mill to buy a blind for our office only to discover that our window is too wide for the ones they sell. Then we went to Farmer Palmer’s for our Goddaughter’s 3rd birthday party which was really fun. Afterwards we continued our hunt for a blind and a house number but didn’t find either.

Sunday – Today I went for a pub lunch with my mum and sister and my stepdad and his family and spent the afternoon chilling out which was really nice.

Huxley’s 2nd birthday!

Huxley turned 2 yesterday! Crazy I know! We had a party for him on Sunday at our house and Nick & I took him to Marwell Zoo for the day yesterday. We became members of Marwell too which is cool because we can go whenever we want now without that pressure of having to rush around to make sure you see everything to get your money’s worth. You’ve got to visit 4 times to make it worth becoming a member and we’ve already been twice so I’m sure we’ll get value for money out of it!

Huxley’s cake on Sunday was a little bit of a fail. He’d asked for chocolate cake so that’s what I made and it turned out really well, nice and soft and the icing was YUM. But, I’d bought some icing and was going to attempt to cover it and make it look like Mike Wazowski from Monsters Inc but not having practised it and with the clock ticking away, the pressure was just too much for me and I chickened out. Nick suggested that I make a little Mike to stick on but I was too worried about how dreadful it would look so Nick made it instead. Although it could totally appear on cake wrecks, I’m glad Nick did it because Huxley LOVED it and kept calling it his ‘Mike cake’ so at least he recognised what it was meant to be!

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We got Huxley a Duktig Ikea kitchen for his birthday and his little face was so sweet when he came downstairs and saw it! He went all shy and bashful but quickly got over that once he started ripping open the rest of his presents! I’ve been gorging on Pinterest looking for ideas to give his little kitchen a makeover! I’ve saved some of my favourites to my new Duktig kitchen hack board!

Hux-birthday2Giraffe at Marwell ZooHux-at-Marwell-ZooMarwell Zoo houseMe-&-Hux-at-Marwell-ZooWe finished the day off with pizza and ice-cream at Pizza Express in Southampton.

Huxley at Pizza Express


Design charity wellies for Joules & win a £5k holiday!

Popular British brand, Joules, is running a competition to win a £5,000 luxury break with Forest Holidays. All you have to do is get creative and design a pair of wellies!

The main prize is a 3-night stay in a golden oak treehouse cabin that sleeps up to 10 people (with various locations to choose from), a voucher for a Forest Ranger activity (for up to 10 people), an in-cabin chef for a night, 5x 1-hour spa treatments, Prosecco and chocolates on arrival, 5x Go Ape passes and a hamper filled with Joules items and surprise treats from their partners. There are also 10 runners-up prizes of £250 gift cards.

The winning design will be made into a real life welly and sold on All proceeds from the sale of the limited edition winning welly will be donated to our charity partners via CHARITABLY JOULES.

So get your creative juices flowing and submit your designs to before 4th December for your chance to win! (You can submit up to 5 designs per email!)

Joules welly design competition

Here’s me rocking my favourite pair of Joules wellies at last year’s Open Farm Sunday!