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Friday, 26 May 2017

Thank You Notes #2 - the garden renovation edition


Another month down, and I think this one has been one of the hardest months of the year with the knowledge that it's my last full month at home with my baby boy before I return to work. The weeks are flying by and I'm slightly overwhelmed by the next chapter of our life, but I do know that is the very best for our family.

We've also undertaken the huge task of renovating our garden which I'm not going to lie has been completely transformed in the two years we've been here.

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Why bedtime is my favourite time of the day - and not for the reason you might think! + a mini nursery tour


I came up with the idea for this post one bedtime and was in a slightly nostalgic and loving mood. By the time I actually got back downstairs from putting Henry down, I was in less of a loving mood with bedtime due to his refusal to actually go to sleep.

However this scenario of bedtime is reasonably rare, and for the most part, our bedtimes are probably my favourite time of the day on a consistent basis - and not because it means kid time has ended and adult time can begin.

No, for us, bedtime is generally a fun and happy experience for the entire family, and ends the day on a high note, which I think is pretty important. Everyone wants to go to sleep happy right?
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Monday, 22 May 2017

Eat your heart out at Kungfu Eastleigh


Honestly I can't tell you the last time I went to a buffet restaurant. They have a few, sometimes unfair, associations of not being particularly good food. But I'm here to prove you perhaps a teeny bit wrong about this perception, with a little help from Kungfu Eastleigh*. 

So Eastleigh has always had a tie to our house, as it was were I got my first job when I moved to Hampshire for University. I took a further two jobs in the town centre and have seen its development, though I must admit it has been a while since I was last visiting. In fact the last time was when we registered Henry! 

Anyway, we were invited along to try Kungfu, which is in the old Real China site, but with a refresh. In fact Kungfu has to be one of the prettiest buffet's if not restaurants I've been to. 
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Friday, 19 May 2017

Champagne from the top of the Spinnaker Tower


Every so often, something hits my inbox that is so unique and different I get really excited and truly happy that I blog. Such an email came for Sotonbloggers about the new launch of Champagne Sundays at the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth.

As a Southampton gal I have to admit that Portsmouth isn't a city I visit very often, though every time I do I'm reminded that I really need to explore more. And this has alway included one day going up the Spinnaker Tower... and I can now tick that off the old bucketlist!

Along with a few others from the Sotonbloggers gang we went along to the launch night of Champagne Sundays* to sample beautiful British champagne and sparkling wine and take in the amazing views over the sea and Portsmouth coastline.

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Happy Four Years of Wedded Bliss - mostly


Oh hello fresh faced Danny!!
Four years ago today a beardless Dann and a one-sleeved, well, me, tied the knot.

It's been a rollercoaster of  a ride for the last four years with plenty of ups and downs, and the occasional spiral turn too!

All the years of our marriage have been pretty great, if a little bumpy, but I think this last year has been the highlight.

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