Why I Blog

Hey friends,

Since I started blogging in August 2013 loads of people have asked me why I blog.  I blog for so many reasons but I’ve always struggled to give a coherent answer, because I’m not sure I completely knew the answer.

Back then the main motivator was to focus on being more positive.

I knew that if I wrote positive things down, counted my blessings & focused on being grateful for all I had then the feeling of being grateful & blessed would follow.  Sometimes I think we just need to write down the things we have to make us realise just how much we actually have.

At the time I was going through a funny season in my life.  I was so happy to have added to my family with Sweet Bea, but the hormones & extreme tiredness just did something to me.  I just didn’t feel like myself.  The usual positive, happy me just seemed to get up & go.  I was replaced with a withdrawn & quite unhappy soul who just seemed to make it one day at a time, by the skin of my teeth some days.

So I guess the main motivator for starting my blog was that, to be positive & focus on all the good in my life & I’m so glad that the positive, happy me is back because of it.

The next reason was really important & key to all of this.  Documenting my sweet kids in their infant days.

My brain does not retain information that well, at least it didn’t back then! So I wanted to document days in the garden, days at the park, eating a lolly on the back step & all the sweet things these kids do! I knew the years would go quickly & I didn’t want to miss the little moments that make this life with them so precious.  That was another big reason I started this blog.

The other reason is perhaps the most important of all but I don’t think I knew when I started the blog that this was even a reason! I guess God knew I needed to find out who I was.

I’ve gone through my whole life being a ‘people pleaser’ & because of that I’ve never been one to confront anyone or say anything out of turn or even to really express an opinion or push myself forwards for anything, for fear of rejection or the person/people not liking me anymore.

It sounds silly because it stems from childhood, like most things like this do.  But I’m an adult now.  An adult who wants to be the person that God made me to be.  That’s the main reason I blog now.  To be the person I was born to be, free from stigma, free from the fear of rejection & free from the fear of being myself & not being liked for it.

In the process of coming out of my shell I’ve found more confidence in me than I ever thought possible.  That is amazing to me.

I’d love to feel that you’re happy for me & that you’re proud of me.  Because I’m proud of me & how far I’ve come.  I’m also proud to be your wife, Mum, friend & daughter, I’m finally confident to be myself even at the risk of being isolated & rejected for it,  & I can’t go back.

God has bought me so far forward that I couldn’t go back even if I wanted to.

This blog has been a real journey for me so far, I’ve written about anxiety, faith, cake, kids, family, trips, coffee, Cornwall, Jesus & anything that comes into my mind actually!

So back then the reasons were to document my kids & my life as a SAHM.  Going forwards I guess it’s about more of the same! More of being what I believe God wants me to be.  Set apart, individual, a person with a heart & a voice.

I hope that answers the question of why I blog & I hope so much that you’ll read along with me going forwards. As much as I love to encourage you I want to be encouraged too! I need that too. Please do share with me how you’re feeling, share & like my posts to tell me you’re listening, I love to hear your stories too this is a two way street, so please do share them in the comments. I want to know you.

Matthew 5: 14″You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

Love you all

Lizzie XO

Somerset Loves

Hi friends,

Well it’s April so that means it’s officially Summer.  The weather in good old blighty is sometimes so cold in April & well, April showery!  So far it’s been nothing but amazing!

It feels strange to have such lovely weather so quickly after Winter decided to leave us! Strange, but so right!

Somerset Loves in Summer…

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Pimms follow link for recipe!  Pretty much any time of the day (okay, more acceptable anytime after 11am).

Can we add this to my ‘to do’ at the Watergate Bay Hotel when we go down in the Summer? With the wind in my hair like I just don’t care? Oh go on then if you insist

For SWEET BEA this sunhat from Frugi

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BBQ apron for the man of the house?  He needs one of those, or he won’t be king, see?

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& something sporty for Sweet Harry to finish off.

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Gray Nicholls Cricket Set for kids

We’re on countdown to find out Harry’s school place on Thursday & this holiday in May.

Until next time friends here’s to the Summer!

Don’t forget to enter my GIVEAWAY on Facebook & Twitter.  You know you want to!

Best

Lizzie XO

***GIVEAWAY*** Yellowbird Interiors Family Tree Garland

Hey friends,

This is an exciting post!

YELLOWBIRD INTERIORS FAMILY TREE GARLAND

I thought it was high time I did a Giveaway on my blog.  I’ve really wanted to do something to thank all of you lovely readersI So I’ve teamed up with Yellowbird Interiors for a chance to win a FAMILY TREE GARLAND in a colour of your choice.

The garland includes: 2 x trees, personalised mum & dad name plaque & children’s name & date plaques.

This is a brand new product line by Yellowbird Interiors so the winner will be one of the first to own this unique & stunning piece for your home.

TO ENTER:

To enter the giveaway you can do so on one of the following:

FACEBOOK by liking both Lizzie Somerset’s Blog page AND Yellowbird Interiors page & sharing & commenting ‘done’ on my post.

TWITTER by Retweeting my post about it & following both myself @lizzie_roles AND @YellowbirdInt

Simple!

disclaimer : This giveaway is not affiliated with either Twitter or Facebook.

The Giveaway will open on Wednesday 8th April at midday & close on Wednesday 16th April at midday.  A winner will be chosen using a random name generator  The winner will be notified on FACEBOOK & TWITTER immediately & will have 48 hours to contact Yellowbird Interiors to claim your prize.  If the prize is not claimed within 48 hours then another winner will be chosen.

Giveaway specific accounts will not be counted, this is a giveaway for genuine readers to thank you for following & reading along.

This giveaway is open to residents of the UK only

I hope that all makes sense! This is my first giveaway & I hope the first of many!!

Thanks to Yellowbird Interiors for co-hosting this giveaway.

If you wish to contact Yellowbird Interiors about ordering this item the costs are:

£12.00 for 2 trees + parents names, then £5.00 each for children’s names!

GOOD LUCK & DON’T FORGET TO ENTER!!!

Best

Lizzie XO

Five on Friday – Easter 2015 Edition

 

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Hey friends,

It’s Friday again, but today it’s Good Friday!  I am so thankful for what Jesus did for me on the cross.

Here’s my five!

O N E – Yellowbird Interiors Family Tree Garland

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I was so excited to receive my Family Tree Wooden Garland from Yellowbird Interiors.  I love buying from local businesses.  Somerset is so rich in that way.  Being small business owners we appreciate loyalty & we like to give that loyalty back.

Our personalised stag hearts I got for Christmas came from Yellowbird Interiors & I was so pleased with them so I was so excited to receive this new product & tell you all about it.

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I chose the colour way to match the colour scheme in my house which is very neutral, calming colours, green, beige, cream & greys are the predominant colours in my living room so I went with green & grey.

I love the trees at either end, they remind me of the Mulberry logo.

Of course the best bit for me is the personalisation! I love my family & I love showing them in little ways like this that I appreciate our unit & the blessing it is.  Heather at Yellowbird Interiors has designed this piece so more names can be added to the family tree.

It took awhile to choose where to put it as I wanted it where I can see it, I tried it in the hall but it got a bit lost! I think it looks great now we’ve moved it over our fireplace!

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We will be switching this modern fire for a wood burner & more traditional surround at some point.  I’m sure I’ll show you the before & after shots!

I have found Yellowbird Interiors to be friendly, professional & I love my family tree garland, it’s just so unique.

You can find them on FACEBOOK // TWITTER // INSTAGRAM // PINTEREST

T W O – Birthday Photo’s

I shared the other day that I turned 38 last weekend, thankfully still loving 38!

Here are some photo’s from my party.

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No it ain’t water

T H R E E – More Celebrations

As if my heart wasn’t full enough already one of my most favourite & best friends in the world has just gotten engaged!

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Lady Corrie is so great with design, she has a real flair so this will be a beautiful wedding.

Huge congratulations to you & Sholto my dear!

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Me &  Lady Corrie at my wedding in October 2008 

F O U R – Double, double celebrations

My cup really does overflow at the moment, my bestie Roberta & her husband have asked me to be Godmum to their precious baby girl Holly!

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I think the Christening will be sometime in June, I need a new outfit & am thinking about this grey & lemon dress from NEXT.

next dress for christeningNow where to find lemon coloured shoes/wedges!!!  If you see any friends let me know!

F I V E – Easter Weekend

An Easter Egg hunt (possibly indoors), Easter Service at Church & Open House at our friends from Church & most of all some real family time. That’s what’s going down this weekend.

Happy Easter to you all my lovelies, may the story of Jesus’ death & resurrection be real to you this Easter time.

(did you know He appeared to more than 500 people after he raised to life? I find that incredible, no wonder the Church exploded at that time)

Don’t forget to visit these sweet girls too! April, Christina, Darci & Natasha.

Until the next time friends, have a great day!

Lizzie XO

 

Weekend Happenings

I’d love to say that Spring is in the air, but the weather here is a bit C R A Z Y & windy on & off!  We’re to expect gusts all week & hope for a goodish Good Friday.

Easter holidays bring with it some trepidation, a longer half term than usual but also an opportunity to spend some quality time with my sweet kids & go Easter Egg hunting!

An easter egg hunt, play dates, crafts, Easter story time  & chocolate eating are all on the agenda in our casa!

The weekend bought with it some good old celebrations!  I turned 38, I’ve gotta say I really like 38.  38 fits me like a glove.

Lynne & Clare came to stay & the sweet kids went to stay over at my parents for the first time! They were angels & SH in particular loved staying in my old room.

So how are you all feeling this week, very spring-like?  I’m hoping that when the gin-fog raises (it’s a real thing y’all) that the joys of Spring & especially the joy of Easter will soak into me like April showers on a warm day.

As I type I still have the sweetest memories of friends gathered under our roof eating home made food & talking & laughing. We had a poem recital, cake & candles & a super duper salad with pomegranate seeds..

I can see the horses in the field over yonder & feel incredibly blessed.  To have great friends, to be able to celebrate my birthday with my friends & family, to eat cake & get gifted so many wonderful & thoughtful gifts & to have a lie in, let’s never underestimate that!

My cup overflows.

Thanks so much friends for my birthday wishes, hope you had a good weekend!

Until the next time friends, have a great day!

Lizzie xo

Take a Moment – Rebecca Stidson Q&A

Hey friends,

I want to introduce you to Becky.  A good friend of mine & a fantastically talented local artist.  Through chatting she offered to do a painting of our home with personal touches included, like our cat & the children playing in the garden.  We received our painting just before Christmas & we’re thrilled with it!!  It totally encompasses everything we love about our home.

Rebecca Stidson Artist

To throw the spotlight on Becky & her amazing artwork I asked if I could interview her, I’m thrilled she said yes.

Q. Hi Becky, first tell us about yourself & where you come from?

A. I live in stoke sub Hamdon which is the village I have grown up in. I love living in the countryside and having all the beautiful areas nearby like Ham Hill.  I paint a lot of pictures of the local landscape which I sell through galleries and exhibitions.  A lot of my paintings are commissioned by customers who want a special painting of their house or specific landscape.  I also create a range of bespoke personalised gifts for children that I sell through various shows and fairs throughout the year.

Q. When did you first realise art was something you were particularly good at?

A. I think I realised when I was at school as I enjoyed the subject and I had a great art teacher who inspired me and really helped build my confidence.

Q. Who realised the potential in you to paint professionally?

A. Throughout my education I have been very lucky and I have had lots of teachers that gave me lots of encouragement to do well so I think they realised my potential.

Q. What made you pursue art as a career?

A. I have always really enjoyed art since I was little and it was a natural progression for me to further my study in art and design.  I started selling my paintings while I was living in Australia and found there was a real market for my style of work, which built up my confidence and gave me the encouragement I needed to set up my own business when I returned to the UK.

Q. Who is your favourite artist?

A. My husband recently bought me a beautiful print for our wedding anniversary, It was by a local artist that I have admired for a long time.  Her name is Yvonne Coomber and her work is truly amazing.  Her use of beautiful glowing colours and the energy in her work is very inspiring.  I am saving up for an original!!

Q. What inspires you the most?

A. My children, family and friends.  The beautiful landscapes around where I live.

Q. Is art part of your personality?

A. Definiately!  I love looking at art, making art and sharing ideas and making art with others!

Q. How do you paint, what techniques do you use?

A. I use a variety of media in my work, but mainly use acrylic ink and a glue based medium that I pipe on a bit like icing!  I enjoy experimenting!

Q. Where can we buy your work?

A. You can view a lot of my work on my website at www.rebeccastidson.co.uk and can buy direct from myself.  If you want to commission a special painting of your house, landscape etc  I can come out and visit you if you are local or I work well from photos if you live further away.  A few local galleries stock my work including Blue Lias Gallery in Lyme Regis and Sherborne, Martock Gallery, 303 Gallery and First View Gallery at Stourhead.

Q. What would be your idea of a perfect day?

A. A Summer’s day out with my family….maybe down at the coast.

Q. What five words would you use to describe yourself?

A. Happy, creative, eccentric, sensitive, sociable

Q. What would your friends say about you?

A. I don’t know, I hope they would say good stuff!

Q. What is your best attribute?

A. I’m a good listener!

Q. Finally, tell us about your favourite painting & why you love it?

A. There have been many paintings that I have loved creating.  My customers have such great ideas for paintings which helps me a lot!   I remember painting a beautiful image as a surprise wedding present.  They were getting married at River Cottage.  So I painted the main cottage with all of the aspects of the wedding going on around it, the hog roast, tea and cake, the jazz band and welly wanging!  I guess it was a very special gift to commemorate a special day.  There are loads of paintings that I have loved and it is always sad saying goodbye to them.

Thanks so much for sharing your story with us today.

Rebecca Stidson

Click HERE to find out more about Becky’s work.

Until the next time friends, have a great day!

Lizzie xo

Five on Friday – It’s Been Awhile

3a538-5onfridaylogo-final-forblogsidemenu_edited-1_zps7fcf6068Oh Five on Friday, how I’ve missed you!

Did you know that this simple series was the inspiration I needed to start my blog?  I first came across a blog called Hello! Happiness a couple of years ago when looking for quotes & visuals for a home group session on happiness.

As I started reading through these blogs, with the girls sharing their lives & loves online, I just felt so inspired to share my love of the simple things in life with you all.  Check out April, Christina, Darci & Natasha too!

Did you also know it takes me about 2 hours to produce each post?  If you know how awful I am at organising my time you’d know that means each one is a little miracle!!

Here are my FIVE loves recently:

O N E – BIRTHDAYS GALORE

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Oh I do love a celebration, my sweet Grampy turned 101 !!!  We had an afternoon tea party at the family farm, it was so great to see my uncles, aunts, cousins & little second cousins.

My sister & bro in law were down for the party too which was on Rosie’s actual birthday, I made her a funfetti cake & got her gifts from Monsoon, I love their accessories & stationery I think they always make great gifts!

My little Sweet Bea turned 2 beginning of March, we threw her a sweet confetti themed party.

I found a great little online party shop called Pretty Little Party Shop where I got the Tablecloth, Straws, Bottles, Napkins, Plates, Gold Stickers, Vintage Paper Bags.  I loved how the party turned out.

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TWO – FUNFETTI

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I had a board on Pinterest for Sweet Bea’s birthday, I just loved the whole funfetti idea.  So colourful & vibrant just like beabea.

I made her a funfetti cake from this Betty Crocker cake mix & used Betty Crocker vanilla icing! For the bright pink middle I used Kool Aid to flavour my icing with cherry.  It was delicious! Thanks to Christina at Carolina Charm for the ideas.

For gifts we kept it fairly minimal, a ride on mouse, a bouncy ball, a pull-a-long trailer, a VTec Princess Sofia keyboard & a Makka Pakka toy with belly that changes colour!

THREE – CURLS, CURLS, CURLS

My girl has the sweetest curls, but I’ll be honest it’s sometimes hard harnessing them!  I saw these scrunchies & slides at Joules & loved them.  Jury’s out as to whether she’ll keep them in more than 5 mins!

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For her tresses we use a great brush my parents got her for her birthday called a Tangle Teezer, thoroughly recommend this product, not one tear for a tangle so far!

FOUR - OXO TOTS

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I already have an OXO Tots bowl from when I was weaning SH so when they got in touch to review a bowl & spoons, I knew I already loved the brand! We still use the bowl as it has a weighted base & the size is still right for him as SH hasn’t got a massive appetite.

This divided bowl arrived & I thought it looked a little small, not necessarily a bad thing, it is perfect for stage 2 weaning which we’re past now Sweet Bea is 2.

What I like is how versatile the bowl is, it comes with interlocking bits that turn it into more of a bowl for weaning & a lid to store leftovers!  Again, it’s weighted base keeps the bowl grounded & it’s non slip.  Really compact & easy to take out & about! I’m chuffed with it.

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Seeing as Sweet Bea’s preferred method of feeding is her fingers I can’t really say how good the spoons are, I was impressed with the lightweight & innovative covering on the spoon though, metal against those little teeth is not right is it?! I like how they look & they’re easy to keep clean, as is the divided bowl set.

I’ll be honest I would have been thrilled if I could have had these when I was in the later stages of weaning but I’m still very happy to have these in my cupboard & I know we’ll use them.  For use from 6+ months, great quality/durability, love.

FIVE – HOSPITALITY & SRT

Oh sweet friends a little while ago I talked about having a brick wall up about hospitality, if you prayed for me (you legends!) thank you!!  I downloaded the She Reads Truth bible study on hospitality & it spoke to me.  Well, one quote really spoke to me.  ‘Hospitality is not about opening your door, it’s about opening your heart’.

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It really is as simple as that.. isn’t it??

Until the next time friends have a great day!

Lizzie xo

Don’t forget to visit my sweet hostesses & if you like this post please share! Cheers xo


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Blaze Women’s Conference New Wine Poole

Hi friends,

What an amazing weekend highlighting  to me once again that God is in the business of transforming & renewing lives.

A few months ago my sissy Rosie asked if I’d like to go to the New Wine women’s conference in Poole.  I’ve been to the Summer Conference before & loved it, so of course I jumped at the chance to spend the day with her & hear what God wanted to tell me.

The venue was THE LIGHTHOUSE in Poole, just over an hour from me. The Conference was called BLAZE 2015. My sister lives in Chichester so we met in Poole, along with Rosie’s friend Joy.

Ele Mumford’s talk really made me laugh a lot. She heads up Vineyard ministries with her husband John.  It was a privilege to hear her speak.  She’s got a real sparkle in her eye & I loved hearing her speak God’s Truth so much.

She talked about Judges 13 v 3-5:

Samson said to them, “This time I have a right to get even with the Philistines; I will really harm them.” 4So he went out and caught three hundred foxes and tied them tail to tail in pairs. He then fastened a torch to every pair of tails, 5lit the torches and let the foxes loose in the standing grain of the Philistines. He burned up the shocks and standing grain, together with the vineyards and olive groves.

I had never heard this story in my life but the way Ele spoke about Samson causing such destruction to the enemy camp & her inference that we (the 900 women) could do so much damage to the enemy fields if we were ablaze for God and his cause.  Well I think we could do quite a lot of mischief to be honest!  The theory that 900 women, set on fire for God could cause pandemonium in the enemy camps made me laugh out loud…& I agree! I say YES.  Let’s be on fire for God, let’s do some damage to the enemy when we stand up & say God is Lord of all & His ways are gracious & wonderful.

Well of course there were other speakers & lots of other great words of affirmation & encouragement.  We worshipped a God who loves us. Our name is on the palm of His hands!

I came back after hearing about my Identity & I got called quite a horrid name!  But God has immediately bought my mind back to Ele’s words, “well what do the scriptures say?”,

During the day I was also reminded of the word ‘Hallelujah’ which is a word I LOVE! It is such a joyful word & we sang it loudly on Saturday… all 900 of us!

Sunday was amazing too at my home church with 3 baptisms, all with their individual stories of transformation & how God had worked in them to bring about massive change.  My niece Liv was there also, it was so awesome to see her lovely face there.

I am so uplifted, encouraged & joyful because the BLAZE conference was awesome & Church was awesome on Sunday.

We are blessed to be part of a wider family, a family of believers that transcends the Church we attend, the Country we live in & the Culture we adopt.

Best

Lizzie XO

Embracing the Winter Break – Centre Parcs Longleat Forest

Centre Parcs Kids Hey friends,

Just before Christmas I had a brainwave.  My bestie Roberta & I had been to Centre Parcs Longleat Forest for a Spa Day at Aqua Sana & I loved it.  I know I can feel a little bit deflated in January & it can seem as if the year is stretched out before me.  So to combat this I put it to Jon to book a winter break at Centre Parcs, something we’ve never done before.  I never thought that going on holiday in the cold would offer me what I needed.

We found a great deal online as we can still go on holiday during school term, it was around £300 & we booked a 2 bed executive style forest lodge for a 4 night break in January, it’s honestly the best thing we could have done.

– Firstly we tend to take our holiday in Cornwall which is a good 2-3 hour drive, Longleat is a 45min to 1 hour drive from our house. It was the shortest & sweetest drive we’ve ever done.

– Secondly, Centre Parcs would be amazing any time of year, but going in January when everyone else was getting back into work mode felt indulgent.  It was quiet, great value (normally 3 times the price) and it got us outside being active when we’d normally have been sat inside.

– The third & most important factor was that we would be together & since we’re better together we were hooked on this place that allowed us breathing space to just be us.

When we got to Centre Parcs I was so struck by the forest, huge tall pine trees, thousands of them on a 400-acre estate.  I love pine trees.  It felt like we were a million miles from home, in a really, really good way.

Our lodge was perfect, two bed, modern, light & airy.  All on one level so totally kid friendly.  We were happy unpacking & the kids ran around the rooms squealing.

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Why we loved our Winter Break:

We felt like we were on an adventure with no set plans, going for a walk felt like we were being active & sporty
Prosecco/White Wine/Beer every night, we took our own!
Watching ‘Winter Watch’ on BBC , kids in bed,  wine/beer & a cosy fire
The Swimming Pool (the only activity that was free!) is quite a highlight
The Jardin Des Sports Bar with soft play area (a pub where they come serve you at your table & the kids can play AND they have balloons??? win/win/win all  round!!!)

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The kid friendly restaurants/Eating out
‘Treats’ sweet shop (daily top up of PEZ sweets)
The walks/forest scenery

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Biking (loved it!)
The deer outside our window/being with nature

I haven’t ridden a bike in years, it’s something Jon has wanted us to do together for ages as he’s such a keen biker & although I was shaky at first I soon got into it!  We hired a trailer which the sweet kids sat in & we cycled for about 4 miles, up & down terrain & over wide boardwalks.  I only crashed once, into a fence but no harm done!

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Centre Parcs Biking

We ate out twice & ate in the other two nights, it was a good balance for us as the restaurants are not cheap.  We loved Hucks the best, it had a great American diner vibe, kid friendly buffet & a soft play area.  The night we ate there we stayed 2 hours, I think it’s the longest we’ve ever been in a restaurant with the kids before.

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Dexters Kitchen

Centre Parcs Pancakes

The Pancake House

We decided not to put the kids in the Creche or do any extra activities, they would have incurred extra cost & we were really happy just walking, cycling, swimming, eating & drinking!

Have you ever been on holiday in January?  We loved our winter break & we’ll definitely go away in January again.  We loved Centre Parcs too.  If you’ve been to Centre Parcs what did you think of it?

Going away in January is the perfect way to start the year.

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Until the next time friends, have a great day!!!

Lizzie XO

 

Five on Friday

Five on Friday – 5 Special Years

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Hey friends,

It’s time for a 5 on Friday, today is the perfect day to celebrate the number 5.

O N E – 5 YEARS IN OUR HOME

We moved across town to our ‘forever home’ 5 years ago today.  The 13th February 2010 fell on a Saturday & it meant we spent Valentine’s Day in our new home getting settled in (a chinese takeaway & unpacking boxes, bliss & I loved it!).

The feeling when we put the key in the door, turned the lock & stood in the hallway knowing it was ours was amazing, it was also a massive relief.  Me & Jon just stood there (with sweet Harry in my tummy @ 6 weeks pregnant) & hugged it out.  We were so happy!

It took 9 months to secure our house and at times it felt like we’d never get here.  Fast forward 5 years & we’ve extended, decorated, welcomed two children & truly made this home ours.

Sweet Harry loves the number 5, he uses it to describe the greatest amount > in every situation.  Sometimes Harry says ‘I love you Mummy’ & I say ‘yes? how much’? & he says ‘5’ & holds out his hand!   I tell him that I love him more than 5, so much more than 5.  I love his little ways.

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T W O – CELEBRATING VALENTINE’S DAY

Since me & Jon really wanted to mark this wonderful anniversary day we’ve decided to go out for our Valentine’s Dinner tonight instead of tomorrow night.  We’re going to our favourite restaurant where we celebrate often, Lanes in West Coker.

I love the cool vibe there & we’re known by name & I like that.  We almost always have the Fillet Steak (his medium & mine medium well) & Moules Mariniere might make an appearance for the starter.  I love that I already know what I want!  Their sticky toffee pudding is to die for, I hope it’s on the menu tonight.

Prosecco may be involved.

T H R E E – PARTY PLANNING // SWEET BEA’S 2ND BIRTHDAY

I love party planning & the theme this year is ‘Sprinkles & Confetti’.  SB is so adorable, she’s babbling away in her baby talk & I’m catching some real words in there.  She said ‘tractor’ the other day.   This is my favourite age so far, she’s coming into her own & her personality is shining through, she’s a real people person.

I’m scouring Pinterest & blog posts for ideas for her party & I’ve ordered the cutest bits from the Pretty Little Party Shop & pretty much loved it all, I had to reign it in to a few key
things.  Follow on Insta the pic is on there now.

F O U R – SPRINGTIME SURPRISE PROJECT

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© Lucy Heath 2012-2015

I was excited the other day to get the email I’d been waiting for from Lucy of Captured by Lucy.   In it was the reveal! The girl I’d been partnered with & her address, likes & loves.

This gal really sounds like me with her loves, nautical, sparkly, blue & white stripes, floral, vintage, Farrow & Ball yeehah! Yup can totally work with that.  It’s like we’re kindred spirits.  Post to follow on the final package & my ideas for gifting.

F I V E – PINTEREST MOTIVATION

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I put this quote on Instagram the other day & shared it on Facebook too, loved it then, love it now.  Truth!

 

Thanks April, Christina, Darci, Natasha.

Have a great weekend all!

Lizzie XO