Monday, 25 July 2016

LIFESTYLE: By the sea at Victoria Country Park

I'm really loving summer right now. Yes it is a little hit and miss with the UK weather but when it's nice it really is nice. 

Since having Henry we've been out exploring our local area a lot more. Henry settles really well in the carrycot of our pushchair especially in the evenings when he is a little trickier to put to sleep. Dann has kindly been taking him out for a walk so I can sleep on several evenings each week, and then we've done a few family walks in the afternoons to get out and about. 

We are really loving exploring our local area and discovering all the outside spaces that Henry is going to love when he is older.  

The other weekend we went on a walk from our house through Hamble to the Royal Victoria Country Park and then back home via Netley Abbey. We decided to take the camera with us and get a few photos whilst out and enjoying the sunshine. 

Sunday, 24 July 2016

PARENTING: the first few weeks

Newborns are hard work. There's no denying it. You're warned about the ups and downs. The sleepless nights. The endless nappies. But it still doesn't quite prepare you for the emotional rollercoaster that the first few weeks puts you through.

I've never been more physically and emotionally drained than I have since having Henry. The most amount of sleep I've gotten in one go is three hours. Even four lots of 2-3 hours isn't enough because it's so broken. And I've often woken completely confused on the time and when I last fed him as I've dreamt about feeding too!

Friday, 22 July 2016

LIFESTYLE: Searching out Marwell's Zany Zebras

Last Saturday we finally started to see some of that elusive British summer and hasn't it been glorious? There's not much I love more than proper British sun, it just brings out the best in people, and we really don't need much of it to get a great feeling.

So to make the most of the sunshine myself and fellow blogger Alice and her fiance Arran took a stroll around Southampton on Marwell's Zany Zebra trail.
The trail is made up of 47 resin decorated zebras dotted around the city to create awareness for Marwell's conservation  effort for the Grevy Zebras. The zebras are sponsored by local businesses in the community and decorated by local artists in different themes, with some matched to the sponsor. The zebras follow the hugely successful Go Rhino! campaign that Marwell ran in 2013, where you can still see some of the Rhinos across the city after they were auctioned off (there's one at the Hythe Ferry Terminal in Town Quay).

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

PARENTING: 10 life lessons to teach my little one

Becoming a mum is one of the most amazing and thrilling things to happen to me, but comes with some insane responsibility. As a mum our little ones are so reliant on us for everything and they base all their early learning on their parents.
Today I thought I'd share some of the life lessons I want to teach my little ones as they grow up.

Monday, 18 July 2016

LIFESTYLE: An afternoon at Southampton Tattoo Festival 2016

We love tattoo conventions. They're fun and unique and so interesting. Plus it feels really good to support independent and local businesses.
Last year was the first Southampton Tattoo Festival, and it returned this year over the weekend of the 9th and 10th July back at the Ageas Bowl, Hampshire. 

Of course being local we decided that we would pop over even with Henry being so little, even if just for a couple of hours. As it turned out we were there for about three hours wandering around the tattoo stands, vintage and trade stalls, and the bike and car show.