Brunching with a Bellini

Summer brunch

I’m so excited about this summer as my garden has almost finished being landscaped. I’ll soon have a garden to enjoy. Not one to be a loner though, I’m looking forward to sharing the garden with my friends and family. My wood fired oven is already built and my patio was laid just last week. Now I just have to focus on the finer details… the entertainment. I’m looking into recipes for summer brunching but I’m hoping to match meals to an easy classic cocktail – The Bellini.

Brick Built Pizza Oven
Wood Fired Pizza Oven Ready to Get Fired Up

Drink of the summer – The Bellini

I’ve spent the past few years pregnant or breastfeeding. During that time it has been a struggle to find a drink that is like… well a real drink. I’ve never been one for wine and tonic water can only hit the spot for a short period. I think now I can explore a little more flavour and mix up some fruity party drinks over the coming months. This bellini recipe from Absolut looks super easy. Its basically vodka, peach puree and champagne. It even describes how to make your own peach puree if you struggle to find it at the supermarket.

You might be thinking, well I can’t drink those all day! No problem: one thing I like about this link is that there are not only recipes for using with their vodka but there are also some non-alcoholic suggestions for pregnant ladies or designated drivers that want to feel like they are part of the party. Check out the ingredients here at Absolut vodka Bellini recipes.

Bellini and Tapas Table Arrangement
Bellini Ready to Enjoy with Tapas

What to Eat?

I want to make the most of my wood fired oven so I’m going to prove some pizza dough, make a tomato base sauce and then invite the guests. I usually ask guests to bring one topping (or cheese) and then when everyone arrives we have an abundance of ingredients to make interesting pizzas in the oven. I love to keep the ingredients minimal and then scatter fresh garden herbs or rocket salad on the top for added B Vitamins. Once baked these can be nibbled on during a brunch or evening party. Don’t forget the bellini!

Pizza from a Wood Fired Oven
Sausage and Tomato Pizza Fresh from the Oven

I can’t wait to welcome friends and family this summer.

What do you think to this summer drink suggestion for your garden party’s?

Thank you for reading

 

 

Cuddles with my Cuties Part II – Makes me Burst With Love

Cuddles with my cuties

Warning! Extremely soppy post! You may be at risk of either vomiting or needing your entire brood to be near for a warm embrace!

Cuddles. It’s strange that they are so wonderful. After pregnancy and postpartum recovery when your body just wants a break from it all, there they are to make it better.

Recently, I’ve found myself just stopping to give my babies cuddles. It just fills me with love and makes me want to pop!  Maybe it’s because having a tiny baby again is just so lovely: The busy hands, the illogical flip switch from happy to extreme sadness and the need for constant physical contact. It might be this contact that is making me love the cuddles. Whatever it is, I’m certainly appreciating my little ones more and more. It’s almost like I’m slowing down time to make sure I remember these special times.

Is George really 2?

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I remember holding tiny George loving how he was a new part of my life. I loved feeding him and watching his cheeky character grow and develop. He still is tiny (but bigger), more cheeky and certainly a card, but it’s all gone so fast. Age 2 is still young but now I’m reliving the tiny baby days I worry that I’ve forgotten so much. It’s all gone so fast. I miss the busy hands days and then we have cuddles. The cuddles make it ok again. I remember, he’s the George I love because of his journey. I’ve been there with him and cuddles are just a way of stopping to remember that.

Cuddles with Olivia

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Olivia loves to be held. She is 9 weeks old now… where did that go? She’s starting to hold her head up like a champ and she’s awake for longer… much longer. She reminds me of tiny tiny George and she reminds me of me. I’ve used a stretchy baby carrier with her so that I’ve been able to look after George as well and the constant cuddles has kept her settled. It’s also nice for me. She is always near and I can just stop to give her a warm embrace and a kiss on her head. I’m making the most of this.

Will it end?

Some children grow up and don’t want that togetherness that they have as children with their parents. Will my duo grow up to be that way or will they love to come home to cuddles? I want them to grow up to be strong and independent and would never want to discourage them from reaching for their dreams, but please, when they do come home, let there always be cuddles.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my cuddly love for my children. Let me know if it’s made you want to cuddle your precious ones?

Thank you for reading.

Cuddles with my Cuties part I

Weight Loss After a Baby – Getting Started – Follow my Vlog for Tips on a Weight Loss Journey

Weight Loss

Weight Loss: is it the right thing to focus on? I have an issue with weight. Not because I want to loose it but because of what it means to so many people. So I’m going to start by saying this… no matter what weight you are, you are beautiful! Your weight does not define you as a person and it shouldn’t be used as a measure of how society views you as a person.

Why I want to lose weight

Lets talk about weight loss. I have lost weight successfully before. I have gained weight after having 2 babies quite close together.I had a cesarean with my first and this prevented me from starting up a rigorous exercise routine again. During my second pregnancy I suffered with SPD and this prevented me from doing quite a bit of exercise so I’ve become generally unfit, oh yeah and I gained weight during pregnancy too which is no surprise.

I feel like it is the right time to start getting back into shape. Not because I am fixated with a particular weight, but because I want to develop a healthy lifestyle for my children. I want them to view the “normal” option as the healthy option so that they grow up making the right choices about their diet and exercise. I’m hoping this gives them a healthier, happier and chance of a longer life.

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Weekly Menu Plan

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Here is my first Vlog on how I plan to lose the weight. Leave me a comment if there is anything you would like me to cover on this topic. Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel.

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A Little Motivation

A little quote to help you along today:

“It is often said that before you die your life passes before your eyes. This is in fact true. It’s called living.”

Terry Pratchett 

Go out there and live! 

Have a nice day.

Cuddles With My Cuties

There’s something about having a cuddle with your baby or child that strikes an inner calm. I don’t mean the cuddles you give when your baby has wind or they’ve taken a tumble and need comfort. I’m talking about those “just because” cuddles. 


I’ve been appreciating those cuddles recently. It’s a time when time doesn’t matter, I am in the moment with my baby and they are there with me. It’s a time when they can feel safe and loved and where I feel like my love for them folds out and over them like a warm blanket. 

We listen to each other breathe, give light tickles, rest our heavy heads, and flex our toes as we relax and just enjoy the moment together. 


It’s easier to find a moment to enjoy these cuddles with my 6 week old Olivia than with 2 year old George. He loves to explore the world with his toy car, cook in his kitchen or count to ten and spot shapes over and over. However, this makes the times when he comes in for cuddles extra special. It’s important not to miss those opportunities. More often than not just a touch of physical contact is all George needs… just so he knows I’m there and visa versa.

So if you come to visit one time and my house is a mess, I have a pile of ironing and I’m not even dressed pleased don’t presume I’ve been lazy. I’ve been showing my children how much I love them. 

It is simply bliss. 

I’m often guilty of rushing around so much that I don’t stop long enough to take stock of what is happening. If you’re guilty of that too I hope you find the time to have a minute and enjoy the moment. It really helps me to clear your mind and put my objectives into focus. This stopping helps me to get started again… only happier. Some might even call it meditation.

What has made you happier today?

Thank you for reading

5 Top Tips For Hiking with Toddlers and Babies 

5 Top Tips For Hiking with Little Ones

I love being outdoors. I grew up with the countryside on my doorstep and the fresh air reminds me of my childhood and the bliss of nativity that comes with it.

I didn’t really discover hiking until I was in my mid 20’s but now I find myself longing for a good long walk. However, now I have children I have found that there are limitations to how far I can go and the routes that I can take. This is my quick guide to helping you strike the balance between getting your hiking fix and ensuring your children can manage the distance or route.

These tips are for those who want to go on hikes that are not pushchair friendly.

Top tip 1. Invest in a good quality child backpack 


These can seem pricy, especially when you can pick up much cheaper child carriers but you are paying for structure and support which you will need if you are on a long hike. My backpack is made by Osprey and has a sunshade for my little one, can be adjusted for my child’s size and also has backpack capabilities for storing the days food and the essential nappy changing facilities. It allows for ventilation around the baby and you for added comfort.

Top tip 2. Avoid the rain


I personally have avoided going on a hike when there is a likely chance of rain. I can’t think of anything worse than having a wet baby or toddler and being miles away from somewhere warm and dry. This is mainly because with my backpack I can’t actually keep my baby completely out of the rain. On these days I’ve chosen to visit a local park instead where we can walk with a pushchair and cover or be close enough to a cafe or the car to keep dry if a shower does hit.

Top tip 3. Take the right protective clothing.


This means in winter your baby or toddler should have enough layers on along with a hat and gloves to keep them warm. You need to remember that if they are in a backpack or pushchair they will not be keeping warm though exercise like you can can easily get cold if they aren’t properly dressed.

Being properly dressed goes for other extremes as well. In the summer you should have factor 50 sunscreen on hand to apply and reapply during your hikes. Children have more sensitive skin than us oldies and need to be protected. They should also have a sun hat or be kept in the shade where possible. If you are babywearing a smaller baby make regular checks that your baby is not overheating next to your body. If you need to stop and find some shade then do so. A Muslin cloth creates a good shade if you can’t find natural shade where you are so keep that in your hiking pack.

Top tip 4. Plan hikes with regular pit stops


It is completely feasible to change nappies in the great outdoors and have regular snack and water breaks as needed. However, having a cafe/pub to look forward to is a nice motivator when you’re pushing yourself to get up that steep hill. If you are out in either hot or cold weather, it’s also good to know you have a place where you can reapply suncream or check baby is coping with the layers for the cold. You can assess whether your children are going to be able to cope with the remaining hike. Sometimes you can get caught out, maybe it’s windier than you were expecting and the best thing to do is to have someone fetch the car while you keep the kiddies protected from the elements. In any case, pit stops are good for morale.

Top tip 5. Build up your distance over time


When I first started hiking I followed a 4 mile circular walk in the Lake District from a pocket guide. After falling in love with hiking I walked larger distances and eventually settled on walking around 13 miles every Sunday. I followed a similar pattern when I started walking with my children. One reason for this is I had delivers my first baby by C-section and I was unsure of my limits: I didn’t want to be miles from a road or civilisation and realise that I had reached my limit and couldn’t go on. In addition, I wasn’t sure if my baby would have handled being carried for a longer distance and didn’t want to make him ill or have a dreadful day because I wanted a longer walk. It is important you build up your walking distance to ensure you don’t exceed the limits both for yourself and your children. Safety should be your top priority.


I hope you have found these tips useful. Generally you just have to be sensible. I walk on a regular basis around Derbyshire, UK. Don’t forget to follow me or drop me a comment if you are interested in hearing more about my hiking or want to know any routes I follow.

What would your 5 Top Tips be?

Thank you for reading. Have fun hiking.

Every Pebble an Adventure

There’s no doubt about it, the world is an incredible place. Our problem as adults is that we are so habituated to seeing the world around us we often forget it’s wonder. However, a child doesn’t look at the world this way. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have this viewpoint again?!

I was visiting a relative this weekend with my 2 week old baby and 2 year old son. My newborn was receiving lots of cuddles and this gave me a chance to play with my son and watch him explore his surroundings. Although there is repetition to what he liked: hiding behind a door or cabinet; running away when you say “ready, steady…go” or never ceasing to grow tired of walking up and down steps, I loved watching him explore and make periodic stops to take in the world. He would stop every now and then to look at something, jog on the spot and laugh. He would look at me as if he wanted me to share in his excitement. Although I didn’t quite know what tickled him I would smile and be excited as it was so wonderful to see his joy.

We explored the garden and it occurred to me that everything in the garden was new to him: new plants; different paths which were effectively a maze,and an intriguing glass house with the most wonderful sliding door. He pottered around for such a long time re-running the same route and babbling to himself. He absolutely loved it and I was there sharing it with him. It got me thinking how amazing the garden must be for him and what he might be thinking as he re-ran his route… would he be thinking up a story in his head? Would he be looking for objects to associate words to?  Would he be looking for a means of escape from my gaze to go independently exploring? Who will know? 

I’ve rambled on but other than thoroughly enjoying spending time with my family today, I want to start looking at my world with fresh young eyes. I am so accustomed to being busy and this allows stress in. I need to start looking at the world as if it’s the first time I’ve seen the colour green, the sky or just the pavement I walk along. If I can appreciate the world likes child does even for a moment during each day then maybe it will slow me down enough to stop me stressing and keep me topped up with a feeling of contentment and happiness. Be careful you might just spot me stopping when I’m out and about and just laughing… would that be such a bad thing? 

What would ou look at with h fresh eyes today? 

Thanks for reading

Waiting to Start? – A Quote For Motivation

I’m not sure if anyone else suffered from an invisible mental barrier like I do when it comes to starting a new project. I am at a point in my life where I feel like I need a change in career, I am about to have my second child and I want to make a better life for myself and my family.

One thing that I do have in the bag though is self-belief. I have felt under appreciated for a long time in my current career and there is a part of me that knows I can do and deserve  to do better. Well, I’m not going to sit around and wait for that “better” to find me, I’m going to go out there and get it! Watch out world!

If you are having a down day today, please feel better about yourself; no matter how much you feel you are down-trodden or under appreciated, remember to love yourself and believe in yourself.

Here is a quote from Michelangelo to get you motivated and dreaming big.

“The greatest danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim to high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark”

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Thank you for reading.

3 Ideas to Help You Conquer the Monday Blues

It’s Monday morning. It’s the day many people wake up and wish it was still Sunday or even better Saturday. Even when I used to enjoy my job Monday still had a bit of a miserable start. Now I just have to focus on getting out of bed. 

Negativity is something that spreads easily if you let it. Here are a few tips to breaking that negativity barrier and taking back Monday morning… or any miserable morning for that matter!

1.  The Sun has risen and will rise again tomorrow.

This reminds me that I’m a tiny part of the universe that is awesome and constantly changing. There are many constants for me such as the Earth spinning but at the same time I am powerless to change them. All I can do is let my amazing planet take me on this amazing ride today and make the most of it. If I make the most of things I can be happy about it, if not, well, the ride resets for tomorrow. If nothing else, at least tomorrow isn’t Monday.

2. Conquer your inner self doubter. You are in control of you!

I have found myself not wanting to do certain tasks because I think either my colleagues or people I’m working with don’t like me or will somehow lose respect for me (I think these are normal anxieties for someone who wants to do well in life and can be powerful in pushing you forward).

Reflect on self doubt as just your own brains way of checking on you. It’s normal to want to double check you’re ok. Don’t be afraid to say “awww, thanks brain, actually I’ve got this”. 

3. Most People Are Generally Good

This thought really helps me when I can’t see past why someone behaves in a certain way. I may think “why are they like that”? or “what planet are they on”. Now I try to think “they must must be oblivious to how they are acting as they are coming from a good place” I really try to imagine what that “good place” might be for that person. This process helps me break out of the negativity loop that can spiral out of control if you’re not careful. It helps me be more positive with the person and eventually this does lead to an improvement in the relationship (even if it is just me that is happier). 
I wrote this post following this daily prompt. Hope you like it.

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/2017/03/19/conquer/