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We are living in an unprecedented time. Most of us have never had this amount of free time at our disposal. And the temptation to put together a huge bucket list of things you want to achieve whilst you're home can be overwhelming.

Every time I look on social media, I see people posting their rigorous schedules and goals of things they aim to do over the next month or so. And, in all honesty, it sometimes makes me feel a little inadequate - especially as my greatest achievement so far is getting out of bed before 9am (to be fair, that is a big achievement).

So, let me just say here and now: it is ok to do nothing. It is ok to just exist and watch Netflix (hit me up with your recommendations in the comments!). It is ok to snack and stay in your PJs and lounge on the sofa and scroll through your phone.

You're not a failure if you haven't started a new business, and lost 2 stone, and written 4 blog posts a week, and created pinterest-level content every day, and sorted out your sleep schedule, and cleared up your skin whilst in lockdown.

Quite frankly, this time is mega scary. No one knows what is going on or how long this is going to last for so if a strict schedule and setting goals is what gives your day structure and keeps you feeling normal, then by all means do that. But if you are feeling guilty for not being productive all the time, then just remember that you don't have to do any of those things.

You are doing more than enough by just staying home and staying safe. That is what is important.

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15 Things To Do At Home That Don't Involve A Screen
Blogging On A Budget: Is It Possible?
Are Lightroom Presets Worth It?
How I Find Time To Blog As A SAHM
My Top Tips For New Bloggers

You Don't Have To Be Productive Right Now


We are living in an unprecedented time. Most of us have never had this amount of free time at our disposal. And the temptation to put together a huge bucket list of things you want to achieve whilst you're home can be overwhelming.

Every time I look on social media, I see people posting their rigorous schedules and goals of things they aim to do over the next month or so. And, in all honesty, it sometimes makes me feel a little inadequate - especially as my greatest achievement so far is getting out of bed before 9am (to be fair, that is a big achievement).

So, let me just say here and now: it is ok to do nothing. It is ok to just exist and watch Netflix (hit me up with your recommendations in the comments!). It is ok to snack and stay in your PJs and lounge on the sofa and scroll through your phone.

You're not a failure if you haven't started a new business, and lost 2 stone, and written 4 blog posts a week, and created pinterest-level content every day, and sorted out your sleep schedule, and cleared up your skin whilst in lockdown.

Quite frankly, this time is mega scary. No one knows what is going on or how long this is going to last for so if a strict schedule and setting goals is what gives your day structure and keeps you feeling normal, then by all means do that. But if you are feeling guilty for not being productive all the time, then just remember that you don't have to do any of those things.

You are doing more than enough by just staying home and staying safe. That is what is important.

You may also enjoy:
15 Things To Do At Home That Don't Involve A Screen
Blogging On A Budget: Is It Possible?
Are Lightroom Presets Worth It?
How I Find Time To Blog As A SAHM
My Top Tips For New Bloggers

What with the stricter rules coming in yesterday and the resounding advice from, well, everywhere to stay inside, it is almost certain that we are all going to be seeing a lot more of the four walls we call home (and the immediate family that live within them *gulps in mum of two*).

Personally, we have been on some form of social-isolation for about 5 days now. We are mostly staying at home and only leaving the house to buy food or go for a walk through some fields (one of the very few benefits of country living - you can walk for miles without encountering a single other person). Thankfully, the cabin fever hasn't quite hit yet but I'm sure it won't be long before I am pining for a Costa and longing for soft plays to reopen.

However, one thing I am struggling with is finding my motivation to do anything other than scroll through Instagram. It is so tempting, right? Just spend the day in your PJs jumping from one app to another - only briefly breaking the cycle to eat whatever scraps you have chilling at the back of the fridge - then tumbling into bed at night feeling a bit miserable.

So, I thought I would put my thinking cap on and come up with a list of stuff you (and I!) can do whilst we are at home that doesn't involve a screen.

1. Bake a load of goodies
I couldn't find flour anywhere (although I did find eggs!) so I lumped for some of those baking kits instead and they actually came out quite nice.

2. Experiment with photography
Whether you are a blogger, a keen instagrammer, a Flickr fiend (that's still going, right?), or just want to try something new, now is a great time to dabble in photography. You can get some great home design shots, outfit shots, or even portraits of your fellow quarantine buddies. For me, this has been a great opportunity to explore different types of content and improve my home design shots and flatlays.

3. Take up a hobby
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that I recently opened a shop selling jewellery (and resin pieces - until I had an allergic reaction to them, RIP my skin). I absolutely love doing something that involves my hands and having a physical end product. Things like embroidery and knitting are great alternatives. Or making candles or soap.

4. Get painting
Personally, I have never been great at traditional art like painting or drawing but I recently came across a type of painting that I am itching to try. It is called free pouring and basically you get your canvas, mix up several different colours in different pots, and just go at it pouring them on. You end up with an awesome abstract piece with all the colours blending together. Also this is a great one to get the kids involved with.

5. Learn sign language
Technically, you may need a screen for this but it is a great way to pass the time and learn something worthwhile too.

6. Clean your makeup brushes
Yes, you. Clean your brushes.


7. Sort through your wardrobe and make a bag for donation
You've likely not had time to go through your wardrobe in ages - who knows what is even lurking in there? I mean, there may even be a pair of disco leggings discarded at the back. So, use this time to go through your stuff and put together a bag to donate when charity shops reopen. And, whilst you're at it, sort out the kids toy box. And your makeup collection. And your pants drawer. And the drawer of doom (yknow the one where you just shove all your stuff in).

8. Create a shadow box
I recently discovered shadow boxes and I thought they seemed pretty cool. Basically, they are deep frames that you fill with pictures and small memorabilia then display. Like you could do a wedding one with a few prints of your wedding day then a flower from your bouquet and a place setting card. Or one for your kid with the ultrasound and some pictures from their first few months.

9. Delete stuff from your phone
Ok, this one definitely involves a screen but hear me out: delete all the unnecessary stuff from your phone. Old pictures you don't want anymore. Texts. Downloads of menus you went to three years ago. Unsubscribe from mailing lists. Delete all of the junk emails. Just clean up your phone.

10. Journal
This is an unprecedented time - something most of us have never had to experience - so, naturally, it brings new emotions along with it. Write them down. They are all valid and, who knows, one day your grandkids might have to study coronavirus in history and want to know what it was like living through this pandemic.

11. Experiment with ready roll pastry
One thing these last 5 days have taught me is the versatility of ready roll pastry - and that it is almost foolproof! Add it to your next shop and make jam tarts or a mustard chicken pie or a butternut squash and feta cheese tart. You can make so much with it and the results are always delicious.

12. Have a spa night
Right, this is not just self-care, this is next level self-care. Get a soft robe. Play relaxing music. Buy all of the mud masks. Hell, even get some cucumber for your eyes. Take a long bubble bath. Exfoliate your skin. Moisturise. Do a hair mask. Really make an evening of it.


13. Download Tik Tok
Ok, this deffo involves a screen but is also an awesome way to pass the time and have a bit of fun. Learn some Tik Tok dances. Get people involved to act out some of the sounds with you. Generally make a fool of yourself on the app and have a laugh. Oh, and follow me on there (I'm @ laurenmusinguzi).

14. Call your friends and family
Remember to keep checking in on loved ones - especially those who are vulnerable.

15. Become a crisis text counsellor
(trigger warning: mental health, domestic violence)
Yes, another screen-based idea but for a good reason. Given everything that is going on, many will likely find their mental health deteriorating. Many are isolated with their abuser. Many are going to really struggle in this time. But you can help from your home by becoming a crisis text counsellor.

I hope this list has been helpful! Stay home and stay safe, people.

15 Things To Do At Home That Don't Involve A Screen


What with the stricter rules coming in yesterday and the resounding advice from, well, everywhere to stay inside, it is almost certain that we are all going to be seeing a lot more of the four walls we call home (and the immediate family that live within them *gulps in mum of two*).

Personally, we have been on some form of social-isolation for about 5 days now. We are mostly staying at home and only leaving the house to buy food or go for a walk through some fields (one of the very few benefits of country living - you can walk for miles without encountering a single other person). Thankfully, the cabin fever hasn't quite hit yet but I'm sure it won't be long before I am pining for a Costa and longing for soft plays to reopen.

However, one thing I am struggling with is finding my motivation to do anything other than scroll through Instagram. It is so tempting, right? Just spend the day in your PJs jumping from one app to another - only briefly breaking the cycle to eat whatever scraps you have chilling at the back of the fridge - then tumbling into bed at night feeling a bit miserable.

So, I thought I would put my thinking cap on and come up with a list of stuff you (and I!) can do whilst we are at home that doesn't involve a screen.

1. Bake a load of goodies
I couldn't find flour anywhere (although I did find eggs!) so I lumped for some of those baking kits instead and they actually came out quite nice.

2. Experiment with photography
Whether you are a blogger, a keen instagrammer, a Flickr fiend (that's still going, right?), or just want to try something new, now is a great time to dabble in photography. You can get some great home design shots, outfit shots, or even portraits of your fellow quarantine buddies. For me, this has been a great opportunity to explore different types of content and improve my home design shots and flatlays.

3. Take up a hobby
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that I recently opened a shop selling jewellery (and resin pieces - until I had an allergic reaction to them, RIP my skin). I absolutely love doing something that involves my hands and having a physical end product. Things like embroidery and knitting are great alternatives. Or making candles or soap.

4. Get painting
Personally, I have never been great at traditional art like painting or drawing but I recently came across a type of painting that I am itching to try. It is called free pouring and basically you get your canvas, mix up several different colours in different pots, and just go at it pouring them on. You end up with an awesome abstract piece with all the colours blending together. Also this is a great one to get the kids involved with.

5. Learn sign language
Technically, you may need a screen for this but it is a great way to pass the time and learn something worthwhile too.

6. Clean your makeup brushes
Yes, you. Clean your brushes.


7. Sort through your wardrobe and make a bag for donation
You've likely not had time to go through your wardrobe in ages - who knows what is even lurking in there? I mean, there may even be a pair of disco leggings discarded at the back. So, use this time to go through your stuff and put together a bag to donate when charity shops reopen. And, whilst you're at it, sort out the kids toy box. And your makeup collection. And your pants drawer. And the drawer of doom (yknow the one where you just shove all your stuff in).

8. Create a shadow box
I recently discovered shadow boxes and I thought they seemed pretty cool. Basically, they are deep frames that you fill with pictures and small memorabilia then display. Like you could do a wedding one with a few prints of your wedding day then a flower from your bouquet and a place setting card. Or one for your kid with the ultrasound and some pictures from their first few months.

9. Delete stuff from your phone
Ok, this one definitely involves a screen but hear me out: delete all the unnecessary stuff from your phone. Old pictures you don't want anymore. Texts. Downloads of menus you went to three years ago. Unsubscribe from mailing lists. Delete all of the junk emails. Just clean up your phone.

10. Journal
This is an unprecedented time - something most of us have never had to experience - so, naturally, it brings new emotions along with it. Write them down. They are all valid and, who knows, one day your grandkids might have to study coronavirus in history and want to know what it was like living through this pandemic.

11. Experiment with ready roll pastry
One thing these last 5 days have taught me is the versatility of ready roll pastry - and that it is almost foolproof! Add it to your next shop and make jam tarts or a mustard chicken pie or a butternut squash and feta cheese tart. You can make so much with it and the results are always delicious.

12. Have a spa night
Right, this is not just self-care, this is next level self-care. Get a soft robe. Play relaxing music. Buy all of the mud masks. Hell, even get some cucumber for your eyes. Take a long bubble bath. Exfoliate your skin. Moisturise. Do a hair mask. Really make an evening of it.


13. Download Tik Tok
Ok, this deffo involves a screen but is also an awesome way to pass the time and have a bit of fun. Learn some Tik Tok dances. Get people involved to act out some of the sounds with you. Generally make a fool of yourself on the app and have a laugh. Oh, and follow me on there (I'm @ laurenmusinguzi).

14. Call your friends and family
Remember to keep checking in on loved ones - especially those who are vulnerable.

15. Become a crisis text counsellor
(trigger warning: mental health, domestic violence)
Yes, another screen-based idea but for a good reason. Given everything that is going on, many will likely find their mental health deteriorating. Many are isolated with their abuser. Many are going to really struggle in this time. But you can help from your home by becoming a crisis text counsellor.

I hope this list has been helpful! Stay home and stay safe, people.
What do mums really want for Mother's Day? A full nine hours sleep? To use the bathroom without a toddler banging the door down? To eat a full chocolate bar without having someone staring you into submission, making you give up a quarter of the goods? Well, yes, all of these. Please and thank you. But, in reality, these probably aren't great gift options. So, I have put together a Mother's Day gift guide for you guys to give you an insight into what your mum really wants this year.


An excuse to turn the bathroom into a full-on spa
Mums love a bubble bath. Especially when there is wine, chocolate, and a good book (or access to Tik Tok, let's be real) in there too. So, a great gift option is something totally luxurious so the mums in your life can disappear into the bathroom for an hour or so and totally relax. Extra points if you also take the kids out so you don't have someone knocking on/slamming their entire body against the door as soon as you get in the bath because they are 'very desperate'.

I was gifted this eco friendly bath set by Nurture Collective and it is so lovely. It has a gorgeous rose petal bath bomb, eco hair products and deodorant, a bamboo tooth brush, and some lovely clay soap that actually smells insane. Saving the planet whilst having a luxurious bath? Count me in.

All of the snacks
Mums love snacks. Like big time. You will often find us hiding in parts of the house eating snacks in an effort to evade our offspring who can hear a packet being opened a mile away. I once ate a pack of donuts in the bathroom - I mean, I'm not proud of it but that is how dedicated I am to snacking.

Treat Trunk recently sent me out one of their one-off boxes and it fully satisfied all of my snacking needs. Now, these snacks are more healthy than a pack of jam donuts but, not gonna lie, they are just as nice. There was a great variety of snacks in the box I received. Some lovely bits for the kids - like those healthy fruit winders (long gone are the days of fruit winders being basically red sugar ribbons) - and some lush vegan snacks too. They have a subscription service which looks awesome (I mean, who wouldn't love monthly snacks?)



Michael Bublé?
It is a truth universally acknowledged that all mums love a bit of Bublé. Unfortunately, paying for your own, personal serenade from the man himself is pretty pricey (not that I have checked or anything...) but there is something that may be just as good - perfume designed by Bublé himself! I mean, what woman doesn't want to smell like Bublé's dream scent?

I was lucky enough to be sent across a few of the Bublé fragrances (along with some chocolates - day made!) and, let me tell you, they smell incredible. I have been wearing the By Invitation: Rose Gold all day long and it has lasted so well (even after washing two kids and about 37549 dishes). The smell is light and feminine without feeling like you are wearing something from the kid's section. It smells sophisticated. And it is actually quite affordable at £42 for a big 100ml bottle.

A 'you shouldn't have' gift
Ok, this is kinda gift that makes you go 'wow'. A 'I can't believe that actually got me this' kinda gift. Something really fancy. Something jaw-droppingly beautiful. Something you know they will love and cherish forever. And, most importantly, something that shocks them to their core when they open it up expecting just slipper socks or another candle.

My top 'you shouldn't have' is absolutely anything from Daisy London. They do insanely gorgeous pieces all around the £100 price mark. My favourite piece of theirs is their 18 carat gold sunburst necklace (which I was previously gifted). It is so special and comes with a little jewellery bag, a box, and a paper bag all with the Daisy London logo on it. And it just feels so special. Honestly, I wish I could afford to buy all the women in my family pieces like this.


Something a bit sentimental
Being a mum means you are an emotional wreck about 95% of the time and your kids hold the power to melt your heart in a way no-one else can. And that is what makes sentimental gifts so special - we really love them and they mean more to us than a gift card or box of chocolates ever could (although please give us chocolate too).

That is what makes these little pocket books (gifted) a great gift. They are full of quotes - some well known, some not so much - pertaining to the title. I really like the one centred around Happiness but they also do Love, Friendship, and Hope. I think these would make such lovely little gifts and lets your mum know you care about her every time she picks up the book.

Something unique and handmade
(ad - my shop) Yes, this is an absolute plug but, yknow, why not? If you are still stuck for things to get your mum for Mother's Day, consider getting her something from my shop Lunar & Bloom. I make earrings and homeware out of resin and all of the earrings can be shipped by Mother's Day. And they are wrapped really cute too.



What are you buying your mum for Mother's Day?

What Mums Really Want For Mother's Day

What do mums really want for Mother's Day? A full nine hours sleep? To use the bathroom without a toddler banging the door down? To eat a full chocolate bar without having someone staring you into submission, making you give up a quarter of the goods? Well, yes, all of these. Please and thank you. But, in reality, these probably aren't great gift options. So, I have put together a Mother's Day gift guide for you guys to give you an insight into what your mum really wants this year.


An excuse to turn the bathroom into a full-on spa
Mums love a bubble bath. Especially when there is wine, chocolate, and a good book (or access to Tik Tok, let's be real) in there too. So, a great gift option is something totally luxurious so the mums in your life can disappear into the bathroom for an hour or so and totally relax. Extra points if you also take the kids out so you don't have someone knocking on/slamming their entire body against the door as soon as you get in the bath because they are 'very desperate'.

I was gifted this eco friendly bath set by Nurture Collective and it is so lovely. It has a gorgeous rose petal bath bomb, eco hair products and deodorant, a bamboo tooth brush, and some lovely clay soap that actually smells insane. Saving the planet whilst having a luxurious bath? Count me in.

All of the snacks
Mums love snacks. Like big time. You will often find us hiding in parts of the house eating snacks in an effort to evade our offspring who can hear a packet being opened a mile away. I once ate a pack of donuts in the bathroom - I mean, I'm not proud of it but that is how dedicated I am to snacking.

Treat Trunk recently sent me out one of their one-off boxes and it fully satisfied all of my snacking needs. Now, these snacks are more healthy than a pack of jam donuts but, not gonna lie, they are just as nice. There was a great variety of snacks in the box I received. Some lovely bits for the kids - like those healthy fruit winders (long gone are the days of fruit winders being basically red sugar ribbons) - and some lush vegan snacks too. They have a subscription service which looks awesome (I mean, who wouldn't love monthly snacks?)



Michael Bublé?
It is a truth universally acknowledged that all mums love a bit of Bublé. Unfortunately, paying for your own, personal serenade from the man himself is pretty pricey (not that I have checked or anything...) but there is something that may be just as good - perfume designed by Bublé himself! I mean, what woman doesn't want to smell like Bublé's dream scent?

I was lucky enough to be sent across a few of the Bublé fragrances (along with some chocolates - day made!) and, let me tell you, they smell incredible. I have been wearing the By Invitation: Rose Gold all day long and it has lasted so well (even after washing two kids and about 37549 dishes). The smell is light and feminine without feeling like you are wearing something from the kid's section. It smells sophisticated. And it is actually quite affordable at £42 for a big 100ml bottle.

A 'you shouldn't have' gift
Ok, this is kinda gift that makes you go 'wow'. A 'I can't believe that actually got me this' kinda gift. Something really fancy. Something jaw-droppingly beautiful. Something you know they will love and cherish forever. And, most importantly, something that shocks them to their core when they open it up expecting just slipper socks or another candle.

My top 'you shouldn't have' is absolutely anything from Daisy London. They do insanely gorgeous pieces all around the £100 price mark. My favourite piece of theirs is their 18 carat gold sunburst necklace (which I was previously gifted). It is so special and comes with a little jewellery bag, a box, and a paper bag all with the Daisy London logo on it. And it just feels so special. Honestly, I wish I could afford to buy all the women in my family pieces like this.


Something a bit sentimental
Being a mum means you are an emotional wreck about 95% of the time and your kids hold the power to melt your heart in a way no-one else can. And that is what makes sentimental gifts so special - we really love them and they mean more to us than a gift card or box of chocolates ever could (although please give us chocolate too).

That is what makes these little pocket books (gifted) a great gift. They are full of quotes - some well known, some not so much - pertaining to the title. I really like the one centred around Happiness but they also do Love, Friendship, and Hope. I think these would make such lovely little gifts and lets your mum know you care about her every time she picks up the book.

Something unique and handmade
(ad - my shop) Yes, this is an absolute plug but, yknow, why not? If you are still stuck for things to get your mum for Mother's Day, consider getting her something from my shop Lunar & Bloom. I make earrings and homeware out of resin and all of the earrings can be shipped by Mother's Day. And they are wrapped really cute too.



What are you buying your mum for Mother's Day?

As winter is finally drawing to a close (can we get an amen?), I have recently found myself leaning towards lighter and fresher flavours in my cooking. After several months of stews and soups and slabs of bread and butter, I am ready to move away from that and try something new. Personally, I love Mediterranean flavours at this time of year. I find myself experimenting a lot with herbs and working them into my cooking to give a new dimension to the flavours. The freshness of a citrussy salad or a big bowl of falafels with humus is unparalleled.

But what I am sharing today is something I have made time and again and is always a big crowd pleaser. Introducing: my famous tomato, basil, and feta puff pastry slice.

This recipe has it all. It is light, it is fresh, it is basically a slice of buttery pastry covered in cheese - and, best of all, it is quick and easy to make.

So, let's get into it.

Ingredients

You start off with the following:
- Schwartz dried basil
- A sheet of ready roll puff pastry (you could make your own but I'm lazy so Tesco did it for me)
- Cherry tomatoes
- Tomato puree
- Olive oil
- A generous amount of feta cheese


Method

1. Release your puff pastry from its plastic cage. You may need to roll it if you got the Tesco value block version rather than the slightly more expensive version.

2. Cut the pastry into rectangular slices. Maybe about 5cm long and 3cm wide but it is really up to you. You could even do one massive one if you're into it.

3. Spread the tomato puree across one side.

4. Fold over the edges to create slight ridges.

5. Cut your cherry tomatoes in half and arrange them on top of your tomatoey pastry slice. You can add a bit of salt and pepper to them too, if you're into it.

6. In a separate bowl, mix olive oil and Schwartz dried basil.

7. Spoon some of the delicious basil-y oil onto your pastry slice.

8. Crumble some lots of feta cheese on top

9. Read the instructions on your pastry packaging on how long the cook time is. For mine, I cooked it for about 15 minutes at 200C.

10. Accidentally eat 4 slices, leaving none for anyone else.



Let me know if any of you guys make this recipe - and your high score on how many slices you can eat in one sitting.

You may also enjoy:
Cheesy linguine with Heck paprika sausages
Everything we ate in Berlin
Wagamama blogger event
My favourite independent coffee shops in Exeter

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As winter is finally drawing to a close (can we get an amen?), I have recently found myself leaning towards lighter and fresher flavours in my cooking. After several months of stews and soups and slabs of bread and butter, I am ready to move away from that and try something new. Personally, I love Mediterranean flavours at this time of year. I find myself experimenting a lot with herbs and working them into my cooking to give a new dimension to the flavours. The freshness of a citrussy salad or a big bowl of falafels with humus is unparalleled.

But what I am sharing today is something I have made time and again and is always a big crowd pleaser. Introducing: my famous tomato, basil, and feta puff pastry slice.

This recipe has it all. It is light, it is fresh, it is basically a slice of buttery pastry covered in cheese - and, best of all, it is quick and easy to make.

So, let's get into it.

Ingredients

You start off with the following:
- Schwartz dried basil
- A sheet of ready roll puff pastry (you could make your own but I'm lazy so Tesco did it for me)
- Cherry tomatoes
- Tomato puree
- Olive oil
- A generous amount of feta cheese


Method

1. Release your puff pastry from its plastic cage. You may need to roll it if you got the Tesco value block version rather than the slightly more expensive version.

2. Cut the pastry into rectangular slices. Maybe about 5cm long and 3cm wide but it is really up to you. You could even do one massive one if you're into it.

3. Spread the tomato puree across one side.

4. Fold over the edges to create slight ridges.

5. Cut your cherry tomatoes in half and arrange them on top of your tomatoey pastry slice. You can add a bit of salt and pepper to them too, if you're into it.

6. In a separate bowl, mix olive oil and Schwartz dried basil.

7. Spoon some of the delicious basil-y oil onto your pastry slice.

8. Crumble some lots of feta cheese on top

9. Read the instructions on your pastry packaging on how long the cook time is. For mine, I cooked it for about 15 minutes at 200C.

10. Accidentally eat 4 slices, leaving none for anyone else.



Let me know if any of you guys make this recipe - and your high score on how many slices you can eat in one sitting.

You may also enjoy:
Cheesy linguine with Heck paprika sausages
Everything we ate in Berlin
Wagamama blogger event
My favourite independent coffee shops in Exeter

Weston-super-Mare was a very big part of my childhood. I mean, I was born there and lived my first three years of life there before moving closer to Bristol then down to Devon. We would visit my grandparents in Weston as often as every weekend and I have so many memories of riding the donkeys on the sand and braving the ghost train on the pier. Now, with my parents also living in Weston, I have a great excuse to relive those memories with my own children.

Since returning to the UK (yep, we're back. I should really write an update post on our whole situation soon), the kids and I have been staying at my parents because Isaac is still in Germany for a couple more weeks. And we have done a fair bit of exploring in that time. Ava absolutely loves the beach (and throwing sand at me) and I really love the effects of the sea air on Ava (honestly, it is the best antidote for kids who don't sleep well). So, I thought I would write out a little post all about my favourite things to do in Weston - some old favourites and some new discoveries - just in case you happen to be travelling through.



Head to the seafront
The seafront is my favourite part of Weston-Super-Mare, hands down. It has been totally refurbished over the past few years and it is so much better for it. As you walk along the seafront, you'll find many little shops selling candyfloss, ice cream, and fresh donuts as well as a couple of cafes where you can get a hot drink and take in the views. And, if you come in summer, there are donkey rides and other things to entertain the kids like horse-drawn carts, big swings, and sometimes even a bouncy castle. You will also find some newly built chain restaurants (like Nandos) opposite as well in case you feel a bit peckish.

Play the slots on The Grand Pier
The Grand Pier is probably the most famous thing about Weston-Super-Mare and is definitely worth dropping by. It is situated on the seafront just outside of the centre of town and, since being rebuilt following a fire, now costs £1 to enter. Inside, there are lots of amusement games, a soft play, and I think even a 4D cinema. It is also home to the smallest rollercoaster in the UK. It is also home to a Costa. No prizes for guessing which one of those two things I prefer.

Discover the 'walking on water' pathway
This is a real hidden gem in Weston - I'm not sure I even knew it was there until my little sister took me there one evening to see it at sunset. Basically, just past the pier there is a walkway between a dam and the sea but, from some angles, it looks like you are walking on water. And the views are incredible.



Cool down at the seafront waterpark
This waterpark is an absolute godsend for summer days with kids. Pop them in their swimming costume, whack a tonne of sun cream on them, and send them off into the water fountains whilst you sit back and relax for a solid hour or two (preferably with a crisp glass of coke in your hand and a plate - or polystyrene tray - of chips in the other).

Learn more about the town at Weston Museum
Weston Museum is somewhere that I actually haven't been for a good few years but absolutely adored as a kid. One thing that Weston Museum does especially well is catering to kids. They have Punch and Judy, treasure hunts, and other activities like Lego Days (mostly on weekends). Despite being a fairly small museum, the collections are quite unusual. They have a cottage which is furnished top to bottom like it would have been in the early 20th century and even a massive collection of rare Barbie dolls. They have recently renovated the museum so I can't tell you everything it has to offer now but I am sure it is a great way to pass a few hours if it is a rainy day and you get tired of shopping. Oh, and it is free admission - possibly the best part of the whole thing.

Bag a free coffee at Cake Café
Cake Café is a new discovery of mine - but a very welcome one! Situated in the centre of town, this little café is nicely decorated and, more importantly, full of lush cakes to buy. When I visited, I got a hot chocolate (with all the trimmings ofc), three macarons, and a big slice of Victoria sponge. It was all so nice (although possibly too much sugar for one sitting because I felt slightly queasy afterwards) but it was a bit on the more expensive side with all this coming to £10. However, I think this is a great place if you are looking for a bit of a treat. But, the best thing about this café, is that everyday they put out a billboard offering a free drink to everyone with the name chosen for that particular day. So, one day everyone called John could get a free drink. I am still waiting patiently for the day that Lauren is the chosen name.


Have you ever been to Weston-Super-Mare?

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How To Spend A Day In Weston-Super-Mare


Weston-super-Mare was a very big part of my childhood. I mean, I was born there and lived my first three years of life there before moving closer to Bristol then down to Devon. We would visit my grandparents in Weston as often as every weekend and I have so many memories of riding the donkeys on the sand and braving the ghost train on the pier. Now, with my parents also living in Weston, I have a great excuse to relive those memories with my own children.

Since returning to the UK (yep, we're back. I should really write an update post on our whole situation soon), the kids and I have been staying at my parents because Isaac is still in Germany for a couple more weeks. And we have done a fair bit of exploring in that time. Ava absolutely loves the beach (and throwing sand at me) and I really love the effects of the sea air on Ava (honestly, it is the best antidote for kids who don't sleep well). So, I thought I would write out a little post all about my favourite things to do in Weston - some old favourites and some new discoveries - just in case you happen to be travelling through.



Head to the seafront
The seafront is my favourite part of Weston-Super-Mare, hands down. It has been totally refurbished over the past few years and it is so much better for it. As you walk along the seafront, you'll find many little shops selling candyfloss, ice cream, and fresh donuts as well as a couple of cafes where you can get a hot drink and take in the views. And, if you come in summer, there are donkey rides and other things to entertain the kids like horse-drawn carts, big swings, and sometimes even a bouncy castle. You will also find some newly built chain restaurants (like Nandos) opposite as well in case you feel a bit peckish.

Play the slots on The Grand Pier
The Grand Pier is probably the most famous thing about Weston-Super-Mare and is definitely worth dropping by. It is situated on the seafront just outside of the centre of town and, since being rebuilt following a fire, now costs £1 to enter. Inside, there are lots of amusement games, a soft play, and I think even a 4D cinema. It is also home to the smallest rollercoaster in the UK. It is also home to a Costa. No prizes for guessing which one of those two things I prefer.

Discover the 'walking on water' pathway
This is a real hidden gem in Weston - I'm not sure I even knew it was there until my little sister took me there one evening to see it at sunset. Basically, just past the pier there is a walkway between a dam and the sea but, from some angles, it looks like you are walking on water. And the views are incredible.



Cool down at the seafront waterpark
This waterpark is an absolute godsend for summer days with kids. Pop them in their swimming costume, whack a tonne of sun cream on them, and send them off into the water fountains whilst you sit back and relax for a solid hour or two (preferably with a crisp glass of coke in your hand and a plate - or polystyrene tray - of chips in the other).

Learn more about the town at Weston Museum
Weston Museum is somewhere that I actually haven't been for a good few years but absolutely adored as a kid. One thing that Weston Museum does especially well is catering to kids. They have Punch and Judy, treasure hunts, and other activities like Lego Days (mostly on weekends). Despite being a fairly small museum, the collections are quite unusual. They have a cottage which is furnished top to bottom like it would have been in the early 20th century and even a massive collection of rare Barbie dolls. They have recently renovated the museum so I can't tell you everything it has to offer now but I am sure it is a great way to pass a few hours if it is a rainy day and you get tired of shopping. Oh, and it is free admission - possibly the best part of the whole thing.

Bag a free coffee at Cake Café
Cake Café is a new discovery of mine - but a very welcome one! Situated in the centre of town, this little café is nicely decorated and, more importantly, full of lush cakes to buy. When I visited, I got a hot chocolate (with all the trimmings ofc), three macarons, and a big slice of Victoria sponge. It was all so nice (although possibly too much sugar for one sitting because I felt slightly queasy afterwards) but it was a bit on the more expensive side with all this coming to £10. However, I think this is a great place if you are looking for a bit of a treat. But, the best thing about this café, is that everyday they put out a billboard offering a free drink to everyone with the name chosen for that particular day. So, one day everyone called John could get a free drink. I am still waiting patiently for the day that Lauren is the chosen name.


Have you ever been to Weston-Super-Mare?

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A few days ago, my little chunk turned 3 months! He is officially out of the newborn stage and, in true mum style, I just can't believe it. The last three months have been filled with pretty much every emotion known to man. I have felt the highest heights of joy as I have seen Asaba and Ava interact with each other and the lowest of lows when the exhaustion hits and both kids want my attention and I feel like I need to grow at least 5 more hands to accomplish even half my to-do list. But, all in all, the last three months have been magical.

It feels weird to think that 3 months ago, this baby wasn't in our lives. I really couldn't live without him now. I have formed such a strong bond with him and these few months have also strengthened my connection with Ava too. I was worried before that a new baby would change the relationship I have with Ava. I thought I wouldn't have the time to just focus on her and enjoy her company. I mean, our relationship has changed but not for the worse. Having a new baby has opened my eyes to how independent she is. How capable. How fun and interesting she is. All things I knew before but maybe things that I didn't see so clearly back then. And we still have time together but the fact that I have to divide my time now makes those moments of just me and her even more special. I savour them more now.

Honestly, I really lucked out with Asaba. He is already sleeping through the night. He is still breastfeeding - albeit in conjunction with formula milk because he is a very hungry lad. And he is just chilled. As long as he is fed, he is happy. He loves cuddles. And he has the most beautiful smile. He laughs when you tickle his ribs and likes to be kissed on his chin. His eyes follow me around the room - a true mummy's boy! I am so thankful for his character because Ava is a whirlwind (which I love about her - she is great fun to be around) so having that little bit of tranquillity that Asaba brings to our home creates such a nice balance.

To be frank, this time has actually been so much better than I thought it would be. Of course, having a new baby would always be exciting and I knew Asaba would bring so much joy to our lives but I was really worried about how I would manage two kids. But it has been so much more manageable than I anticipated. I mean, Isaac returned to work 5 days postpartum and I have been pretty much running the show since. I feel like everything has worked out really nicely and I feel so blessed to have two young children that I get to see grow up together. Asaba has just slotted into our family so well and I feel like we are complete.

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Asaba's 3 Month Update


A few days ago, my little chunk turned 3 months! He is officially out of the newborn stage and, in true mum style, I just can't believe it. The last three months have been filled with pretty much every emotion known to man. I have felt the highest heights of joy as I have seen Asaba and Ava interact with each other and the lowest of lows when the exhaustion hits and both kids want my attention and I feel like I need to grow at least 5 more hands to accomplish even half my to-do list. But, all in all, the last three months have been magical.

It feels weird to think that 3 months ago, this baby wasn't in our lives. I really couldn't live without him now. I have formed such a strong bond with him and these few months have also strengthened my connection with Ava too. I was worried before that a new baby would change the relationship I have with Ava. I thought I wouldn't have the time to just focus on her and enjoy her company. I mean, our relationship has changed but not for the worse. Having a new baby has opened my eyes to how independent she is. How capable. How fun and interesting she is. All things I knew before but maybe things that I didn't see so clearly back then. And we still have time together but the fact that I have to divide my time now makes those moments of just me and her even more special. I savour them more now.

Honestly, I really lucked out with Asaba. He is already sleeping through the night. He is still breastfeeding - albeit in conjunction with formula milk because he is a very hungry lad. And he is just chilled. As long as he is fed, he is happy. He loves cuddles. And he has the most beautiful smile. He laughs when you tickle his ribs and likes to be kissed on his chin. His eyes follow me around the room - a true mummy's boy! I am so thankful for his character because Ava is a whirlwind (which I love about her - she is great fun to be around) so having that little bit of tranquillity that Asaba brings to our home creates such a nice balance.

To be frank, this time has actually been so much better than I thought it would be. Of course, having a new baby would always be exciting and I knew Asaba would bring so much joy to our lives but I was really worried about how I would manage two kids. But it has been so much more manageable than I anticipated. I mean, Isaac returned to work 5 days postpartum and I have been pretty much running the show since. I feel like everything has worked out really nicely and I feel so blessed to have two young children that I get to see grow up together. Asaba has just slotted into our family so well and I feel like we are complete.

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This year, we are giving our entire flat a makeover. I'm talking walls, floors, fittings, and furniture - the whole shebang. So, naturally, I am committing a fair amount of time to scrolling through Amazon and saving half the site to my wishlist. So far, I would need to remortgage my house to cover the amount of stuff I want (oh, and buy a house. And get a mortgage). But I have found a fair few bargains too. Like the kinda things that you look at and can hardly believe your luck. And, of course, immediately order - even if they do take a solid month to arrive.

And one of the rooms I am most excited about is the nursery room. I am planning on a pastel sage green colour for the walls and I have ordered those hanging shelves pictured in grey. I want to complement the green with silver so I am thinking of adding those silver star stickers over Ava's cot and buying silver curtains and some silver toned accessories to the shelves. I may have also ordered the peony print decals in pink for my room - they are only like £2!

I really want to create a colourful and fun space for Ava and Asaba to play in. A space that really feels their's that they want relax in and feel safe in. But I am also on such a tight budget - so these items are perfect.

Which is your favourite?

The Best Nursery Decor Bargains On The Market


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This year, we are giving our entire flat a makeover. I'm talking walls, floors, fittings, and furniture - the whole shebang. So, naturally, I am committing a fair amount of time to scrolling through Amazon and saving half the site to my wishlist. So far, I would need to remortgage my house to cover the amount of stuff I want (oh, and buy a house. And get a mortgage). But I have found a fair few bargains too. Like the kinda things that you look at and can hardly believe your luck. And, of course, immediately order - even if they do take a solid month to arrive.

And one of the rooms I am most excited about is the nursery room. I am planning on a pastel sage green colour for the walls and I have ordered those hanging shelves pictured in grey. I want to complement the green with silver so I am thinking of adding those silver star stickers over Ava's cot and buying silver curtains and some silver toned accessories to the shelves. I may have also ordered the peony print decals in pink for my room - they are only like £2!

I really want to create a colourful and fun space for Ava and Asaba to play in. A space that really feels their's that they want relax in and feel safe in. But I am also on such a tight budget - so these items are perfect.

Which is your favourite?

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