Oasis boyfriend tshirt, River Island ripped boyfriend jeans, Sam Edelment Gigi Sandals

T-shirt – Oasis | Jeans – River Island (from eBay) | Shoes: Sam Edelman (similar)

Last night we went to Eight Arch Brewing Company in Wimborne. On Friday nights, Matt from Doodle Bug Food parks up in his van and cooks pulled pork and the like. It’s an awesome place to hang out.

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A lovely weekend

To say I had a glorious weekend would be a bit of an understatement. (I’ll get to that in a minute…)

I’ve been feeling a bit down lately. I don’t know if it was tiredness or loneliness or a little bit of everything but I was starting to feel like nobody liked me. It’s not anything that anyone has done or said, it’s just with the all the house renovations and Nick working away for a few weeks, that we’ve been too poor and busy to really see anybody. I don’t have that many friends and I’m okay with that, I’ve always been more of a ‘few & special’ than a big cluster of acquaintances kinda gal. But over the past week we’ve managed to finally catch up with a couple of people who mean a lot to us and it’s made me feel much better. I always thought I was okay with my own company, which I am, but it’s really made me realise how important it is to connect with other people. There’s also a glorious bunch of local blogger ladies on Whatsapp that cheer up my days endlessly <3.

In other news, my sister-in-law Neile has finally started a blog after years & years of me telling her she’d be awesome at it. She’s super nervous about it so if you could all go follow her on Twitter & show her some love that would be awesome.

A side-effect of this is that seeing her excitement about it has made me realise why I started doing this in the first place. After 5 years of blogging, it’s easy to become complacent and disheartened by the whole thing and to be honest, over the past year, I’ve seriously considered shutting my blog down several times. But hearing her talk excitedly about people retweeting her and commenting on her blog has given me a fresh perspective on it that I feel I really needed.

Anyway, back to my awesome weekend (which kind of starts with Thursday…)

Our favourite pizza place, Da Marios is closing for a little while so they can extend so I said I’d take Nick there for Father’s Day before they shut as we thought it would be quieter than trying to go somewhere on Sunday. It was a beautiful evening so we decided to stop off at the beach on the way so Huxley could splash in the sea.

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Huxley found a seashell in the sand that he was convinced was an ice-cream…

Da Mario pizza BournemouthDa Mario pizza Westbourne

Friday was pretty busy. Nick had the dentist in the morning and I got stuck in the car with a napping Huxley. Then we went to Bournemouth to do a bit of shopping, Castlepoint to buy some plants and bits from B&Q and then to the Quomps at Christchurch so Huxley could run around in the amazing free splash park that they have there. In the evening our friends Lauren & Ben came over as Lauren is also our accountant and she helped us do our tax returns and we stuffed our faces with delicious curry.

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Free summer fun for kids in Christchurch DorsetQuomps splash park ChristchurchChristchurch Quay free water park for kidsFree things to do with children in Dorset Saturday morning was spent in the garden with my granddad as it’s a bit of a jungle! He ripped up a load of unwanted plants and bushes and replanted the good ones and it’s so much neater. Nick had been up since 3am to get his smoker nice and hot as he wanted to do some pulled pork for our friends Nick & Amy who were coming over. I made an amazing salad from the DeliciouslyElla app that went down well too and we had a lovely catch-up.

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Sunday morning was spent baking some cookies before we went to see Nick’s dad for Father’s Day. Nick’s sister was also there with Elsie & Hadley so we went to a local pub with a park so the kids could run around together. Then we came home and I may have played a sneaky bit of bingo on my mobile* while Nick made strawberry and balsamic vinegar ice-cream and I could have eaten my own bodyweight of it. Literally amazing.

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Moors Valley Country Park

I’ve written about Moors Valley several times before (here & here). It’s one of my all-time favourite places. I used to go all the time when I was little and I intend to keep going often as Huxley gets older. This week he’s started climbing on things so we thought it would be the perfect place for him to climb to his heart’s content!

But not before a quick stop at the skate park first! Huxley was desperate to have a go on Nick’s skate board so Nick stood him on it and had a little whizz around. Huxley loved it and had the biggest grin on his face! Then he had a go on his scooter. He has no fear! Nick held his arm the first time going down the ramp but on the second go he wanted to do it all by himself. Nick finishes his food judging this week so he’ll be at home all the time again now so we’re going to try and take Hux to the skate park at least once a week.

Verwood skateparkSkateparkHux at skatepark on microscooter

We had to rush out and buy Huxley some new jeans on Saturday as he’s had a massive growth spurt recently and has grown out of everything. Nick loves these grey ones and keeps saying he wants some to match! He desperately needs some new pyjamas too so I’ve been browsing Couporando.co.uk* to try and find some for him – I’m a little obsessed with these Boden ones!

There’s a little play park at Potterne so we had to stop for Hux to have a quick go on the slide before we could start walking to see the ducks and get to Moors Valley.

Potterne ParkToddler in sunglasses

It was freezing when we left Verwood but luckily as we got nearer to Moors Valley it warmed up and the sun came out (which we totally weren’t prepared for outfit-wise or suncream-wise but yay sun!)


Huxley loved watching the little steam train and waving at all the children going past.

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We made another quick pit-stop at the play park before moving on to the play trail. If you haven’t heard of Moors Valley before it’s basically a big play park made from wood hidden around the forest. It’s amazing. And free (if you walk from Verwood – hooray!). Even if you drive the car park is only £9 for a day which I used to think was expensive but now think is pretty reasonable.

Moors Valley play areaJungle Book tshirt

After Open Farm Sunday last weekend Huxley is obsessed with tractors so when I spotted this one in the gift shop I knew I had to get it for him!

Toy tractor at Moors ValleyTractorForest at Moors Valley(This post contains a paid-for link)


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