Tuesday, 11 June 2013

I have moved....

I have made the decision to go self hosted sooner rather than later, but nothing else is changing! You can now find me here


I hope to see you there and please subscribe to me again, as you won't see my posts otherwise :)

Monday, 10 June 2013

Baker Days Letterbox Cake Review

When Baker Days contacted me and asked me if I would be interested in reviewing one of their cakes I jumped at the chance. It is Michael's birthday at the end of the week, so I thought I would get one personalised for him. My main problem was choosing a design, there were so many and something to suit every occasion, even just to let someone know you are thinking of them.

 The concept is simple enough, its a cake that can fit through the letterbox and can be delivered next day, however there are a few added touches which make this product so great. Each letterbox size cake comes in its own tin box, so it doesn't get damaged in the post. It also contains a gift tag, 3 balloons, 2 candles and a party blower. The tin itself has a little bag of drying agent in the top, to keep the cake dry and a tag to pull the cake out with - Baker Days really have thought of everything!

I was really impressed with the quality of the cake itself. You can choose between sponge, carrot, fruit, and choc chip, they even offer a gluten free option. I had been sent carrot cake, which was lovely. When I opened it, it looked brilliant. The cake was moist and very tasty and we all really enjoyed it. It is advertised as 3-4 portions, and it gives 4 generous portions.

I would certainly be thrilled to receive one of these on a special occasion, and its also perfect as a last minute gift (lets be honest we have all forgotten someones birthday/anniversary etc).

Disclaimer - I was sent the letterbox cake for the purpose of this review, however all opinions are my own

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Saturday is caption day!

On our visit to Elvaston Castle yesterday, something caught Sophie's eye, but what could it be?!

Friday, 7 June 2013

Photos of Elvaston Castle

We are really lucky with where we live, 20 minutes in one direction and we are in the peak district, and 20 minutes in the other direction and we are in the centre of the city, which has some amazing parks and open spaces.

One of our very favourite places is Elvaston Castle. With beautiful scenery and plenty of wildlife it is the perfect place to spend the day. I think the photos speak for themselves!

Sophie was very pleased to have mastered the play park! Shes getting so much more confident
Catch up Sophie!
We had lots of fun feeding the ducks and geese!
I love the contrast of woods and open spaces
One tired little girl!

Thanks for looking! x

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Turkey skewers with homemade flatbread and griddled corn

I don't use turkey for cooking very often, its solely reserved for Christmas in our house - which is a shame really as its such a healthy meat - so when Britmums teamed up with Lean on Turkey to set the Summer Turkey Recipe Challenge, I though it was a great opportunity to get to grips with turkey and here's what I came up with.

This is the perfect summer recipe as everything (including the flatbread) can be cooked on a BBQ and is lovely eaten outside.

Serves 4 
Ready in 30 minutes

For the flatbread

200g plain flour
100mls water
rind of one lemon
1 tsp ground cumin
0.5 tsp of chilli powder

For the kebabs

400g turkey chunks
125ml pot natural yoghurt
4 tbsp Tikka curry powder
200g button mushrooms
200g cherry tomatoes

To serve

4 mini corn on the cob
Mixed salad leaves (I used rocket, baby spinach and watercress)
Riata and mango chutney


  1. Mix together the natural yoghurt and tikka powder and and then mix in the turkey pieces
  2. Put the mini corn on the cob in a large pan of boiling water for 15 mins then set aside
  3. Mix all the ingredients for the flat bread into a smooth dough, then split into four and on a well floured surface roll each one out to a couple of mm's thick
  4. Using wooden or metal skewers, thread on the marinated turkey, mushrooms and tomatoes and place under a preheated grill for 15 - 20 mins, turning frequently
  5. Heat up a large frying pan or griddle pan and cook the flatbreads one at a time for a couple of minutes each side
  6. When all the flatbreads are cooked, put the corn in the griddle pad, turning frequently until it is nicely browned
  7. Serve with mixed salad leaves and raita and mango chutney dips

 This post is an entry for BritMums’ Summer Turkey Recipe Challenge

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

The importance of swimming lessons

When I was in the hospital with Sophie the midwife gave her a bath and was amazed that she didn't once cry 'they normally don't like their first bath' I was told. Since then Sophie's love of water has grown. She loved bath time so much that when she was around 5 weeks old we enrolled her for some private swimming lessons.

I was really nervous on her first lesson, not quite sure what to expect from her, being in the bath was very different to being in a swimming pool, but she loved it! Since then she has gone from strength to strength and loves the water so much. Swimming with her is amazing, shes so keen and excited and we recently went to a local pool with a flume that you could take children down on your lap. Each time we got to the bottom she was dunked under the water and came up with a huge smile shouting again - we were exhausted by the end of it!

But enjoyment isn't the only reason we love swimming, there's also a safety aspect. I know if she fell into some water she wouldn't panic, shes been taught from very early on, that when you jump/fall in you turn around and go back to the side. Of course this is no guarantee, but it makes me feel better knowing that she has been taught basic water safety. You hear so many stories of children falling into the water on days out and on holidays ending in tragedy.

I would recommend all children to have swimming lessons if only to teach basic water safety. There are so many organisations now that teach swimming for babies - Water Babies and Puddle Ducks are just a couple, local leisure centres run lessons, or you may be lucky enough (as we were) to find a private instructor.

Another really important thing that has been highlighted recently, is actually knowing when someone is drowning - and its something that I wouldn't have thought about myself, but I have seen the following link passed around a fair few times since yesterday, and with holiday season upon us its a must read for anyone who goes swimming where children are present - Drowning doesn't look like drowning

Monday, 3 June 2013

Sophie makes flapjacks

I love baking with Sophie, she gets so enthusiastic and excited, but it can get very messy, so I was thrilled when the lovely people at elinens sent me this gorgeous Sabichi Best of British apron to try out. It gave me just the excuse I needed to make one of our favourite recipes - flapjacks. Its such a simple recipe that Sophie can do most of it with assistance. I tend to have to hide them when Michael is around though as he's always dipping in! We put them in lunchboxes and take them on picnics - they can be frozen, but they don't often last that long!

I always weigh out the ingredients in advance and have everything I need to hand, as Sophie stands on a chair at the kitchen table to help. This way I can stay with her. I let her add all the ingredients (apart from the hot butter) and give them a good mix. I do have to keep a close eye on her otherwise she would eat everything before it gets to the oven! I also have to watch she doesn't chuck everything everywhere, including over me, so an apron for both of us is a must.

I loved the design of the apron, its quite short, which is perfect for me, and the ties are long enough for it to fit any size. The lightweight 100% cotton material was lovely for a hot kitchen and it kept my clothes nice and clean, I also really like the patriotic red, white and blue design - a great buy for the price!


  • 250g porridge oats
  • 100g butter
  • 100g raisins (or any other dried fruit)
  • 80g golden syrup


  1. Preheat the oven to 150 degrees, grease or line a swiss roll tin
  2. Melt the butter in a pan or the microwave
  3. Mix together all the ingredients
  4. Add the mixture to the swiss roll tin and press down well
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for approx 30 mins
  6. Leave in the tin to cool, then cut up in the tin ready to serve 

 Disclaimer - I was sent this apron free of charge for the purpose of this review

Friday, 31 May 2013

Walkers Hoops and Crosses Lunchbox Creations

We try and spend as much time as possible outside when the weather is good, after all we have to make the most of it. This of course often means picnics. It can be quite challenging to come up with original ideas, rather than the same old sandwiches every time, which is why the Tots 100 and Walkers Lunchbox Creations competition is great.

It really got me thinking of how I can make our picnics more fun - while still eating healthily. I'm hoping to get lots of ideas from the other entries too :) Here's my entry.

Our lunch today consisted of homemade falafel burgers with lettuce in pitta bread, with cucumber, carrot and yellow pepper crudites and homemade tzatziki for dipping and of course a packet of Walkers Hoops and Crosses. The carrot sticks made a great board to play noughts and crosses :) We also had Mikado fruit skewers, which went down very well with the little one.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Highfield Happy Hens, Etwall, Derbyshire

Yesterday we visited Highfield Happy Hens at Etwall. I have been meaning to visit for a long time now as I had heard some great things about it, and I love the way it was started.

Over 20 years ago, the owners started inviting homeless youngsters into their home. They needed something for them to do, so they started helping out a neighbour by collecting eggs. They then built their own chicken sheds and it seems to have gone from strength to strength. They now work with both the youth offending service and the education authority.

Highfield Happy Hens now has a farm shop, tea rooms, childrens play areas, crazy golf, animals to feed and you can even collect your own eggs!

Unfortunately when we got up today we were faced with the typical British summer - it was chucking it down! We debated on whether to still go or not, but in the end we donned our wellies and waterproofs and off we went.

There are advantages of the rain of course!

When we arrived we walked into a very welcoming looking shop, which had lots of lovely looking fresh produce, as well as a range of childrens toys. We bought some animal food which was very reasonably priced at 50p for a bag. The tea room was clean and tidy and they had some lovely looking cakes, although we had bought a picnic!

Due to the rain we headed straight to the indoor play area where there were various toys and climbing frames - Sophie particularly liked the tractor sit on ride.

The rain soon eased off and we took this as our cue to head on towards the animals, we passed pigs and sheep then headed up to an indoor barn, which had pigs, goats, lambs and calves which could be fed. Further up the track there were various different breeds of chickens, before reaching the top of the path with lots of free range chickens in a field which we fed. Sadly the weather didn't allow us much time outdoors, so we headed up another track to the big barns where we could collect some eggs. I think this was definitely the highlight of Sophies day - she loved looking for and collecting the eggs! You then take your eggs to the shop to pay for them and they are boxed up.

We then headed back to the indoor play area, where there are a few picnic benches and ate our lunch. It was a shame the weather stopped us using the outdoor play and picnic areas, and spending more time looking at the animals, but we will definitely be back again, hopefully when the weather is better.

Click here to visit the Highfield Happy Hens website

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Friday, 24 May 2013

Really cheesy cheese scones.

I often find shop, and even bakery, bought cheese scones are very bland. So here's my recipe for really cheesy cheese scones.

These are perfect served warm from the oven with butter. We often take them out with us on picnics too. I tend to make them in large batches and freeze them.


250g self raising flour
55g butter
pinch of salt
good pinch of cayenne pepper (or more to taste)
100g mature cheddar cheese, plus extra for on top
150ml full fat milk


1. Preheat oven to 220 degrees
2. Sift the flour, salt and cayenne pepper into a bowl
3. Rub in the butter, either by hand, or in a food processor, until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs
4. Mix in the cheese, then add the milk slowly and mix until you have a soft dough
5. Tip the dough out onto a floured surface and kneed lightly
6. Roll out the dough to approx 2cm thick, cut out the scones and place onto a lightly greased baking tray. Sprinkle the tops with cheese.
7. Bake for 12-14 mins until the cheese is bubbling on top and the scones are browned. Place on a wire rack to cool

Happy baking! x

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Potty training....

So I think the time has come. And I have no idea what I am doing.....

Sophie knows what the potty is for, but as of yet hasn't used it, she got it out this morning saying 'doo' (poo). So off came her nappy again - she sits on the potty, then gets up and wanders off. Shes been doing this for days now. I'm not sure it has anything to do with her wanting to use the potty, more her current dislike of wearing clothes (who needs clothes!). Shes currently taking off her t-shirt too.

She has on a few occasions had a wee or poo without the nappy on (never on the potty or toilet though) and has got so upset and worked up over it. I'm really not sure she is ready, but when shes asking for the potty, I can hardly say no - luckily I have a carpet cleaner!

For the first time in a long time I feel like I did when she first came home - totally out of my depth - I'd not even thought too much about potty training, maybe that's because of my total denial that I no longer have a baby, but a toddler! And once shes out of nappies, there will be no denying that she really is growing up - I don't think I'm ready for that.

So I am currently sat watching my baby toddler wandering round the lounge in nothing but a pair of socks wishing that time would slow down, while trying to figure out if she really is ready for the potty!

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

My promise to my little girl...

Dear Sophie,

The moment I saw you, I loved you unconditionally, the best times of my life have been watching you grow into the amazing little girl you are today. You make me laugh, cry, frustrate me and challenge me every single day. When I am feeling sad, you know how to cheer me up. Having you has got me through some of my darkest days, so here is my promise to you.

I will love you unconditionally throughout your life, I will stand by you, support you and listen to you no matter what. I will ALWAYS be your Mum and you will always be my little girl. I will do everything I can to make sure your life is a happy one, and not one day goes by when you don't know you are loved by me at least.

I am sure we will row, thats just part of life, but I will still always be there for you. I don't mind what you do with you life as long as you do something that makes you happy - I won't judge your success on your career, or how you choose to live your life - I will judge your success on your happiness. As long as you are happy, I will be proud of you.

Love Always
Mum xxxx

Friday, 17 May 2013

Black forest cake

This has to be one of my favourite cakes ever - its a very simplified take on the black forest gateaux. I use a cake recipe from Mary Berry, which makes a lovely light sponge and isn't too sickly or chocolatey, then I fill it with tinned black cherries and double cream.

You can of course vary the filling if you don't like black cherries, just use your favourite filling, the cake itself is so yummy it really doesn't matter!


  • 190g/6½oz self-raising flour
  • 150g/5oz caster sugar
  • 2 level tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 level tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 level tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 2 free-range eggs
  • 150ml/¼ pint sunflower oil
  • 150ml¼ pint milk 

For the filling
  • 300ml double cream
  • Tin of black cherries 


  1. Heat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 and grease and line with greased greaseproof paper the bases of two 20cm/8in straight-sided loose bottomed sandwich tins.
  2. Sift the dry ingredients into a large bowl and make a well in the centre. Add the syrup, eggs, oil and milk, mix with an electric hand whisk and pour into the tins.
  3. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the cakes springs back when lightly pressed with your fingertips. Turn out on a wire rack, remove the paper and leave to cool.
  4. For the filling, spread the cherries and their sauce on the bottom cake, whip the cream and spread it on top, then place the 2nd cake on top. Dust with icing sugar to finish

Happy baking! x

My first attempt at bread - Breakfast rolls.

I'm branching out! So far my baking career has only extended to cakes, muffins, scones etc, so I thought I should try something new.

Michael bought me a copy of Paul Hollywoods How to Bake for Christmas, and up to now I hadn't used it. I had a flick through and this recipe caught my eye. Michael loves his cooked breakfasts, and as neither of us are good in the morning I thought these would be ideal to grab on the way out, especially when I have to be at work for 8am on a weekend.

Ok so they aren't the healthiest breakfast, but then neither are the cakes I love making so much!

I must admit to being a bit worried about how these would turn out, but I needn't have, even Sophie, who isn't a huge fan of bread and often turns her nose up at a sandwich, eating the filling and bringing me the bread, loved them! She ate 2 for her lunch.

I used the fillings suggested in the book, but you could put pretty much anything in the middle and they would be ideal for picnics too. Maybe try a pizza filling? I imagine Sophie would love that :)

Happy baking! x

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

30 ways to save £1 (or thereabouts)

Like so many other families, since the credit crunch we have had to tighten our belts. I am always looking for new ways to save money and so are the lovely people over at Money Supermarket.

They want to find 1000 money saving tips to help us all, whether it is reducing our outgoings or saving to afford that holiday, new car or house deposit.

 And to help them out here are 30 of my money saving tips :)

  1. Cook meals in bulk and freeze leftovers to reduce waste
  2. Try having a vegetarian meal each week as meat is so expensive
  3. Have one or two really cheap meals each week
  4. Buying frozen veg will help you reduce waste
  5. Try buying supermarket own brands instead of top brands, the quality can be very good
  6. Don't be tempted by buy one get one free offers if its not something you would normally buy
  7. Always meal plan and write a shopping list to avoid impulse buys
  8. If you really can't avoid temptation, then try shopping online
  9. When shopping online, always search the internet for voucher codes for money off or free delivery
  10. Try the budget supermarkets such as Aldi and Lidl - we recently tried Aldi and the quality has been great
  11. Buy non-perishable items in bulk to save money - just make sure it is something you will actually use!
  12. Freeze fruit and veg if it is close to its use by date. Frozen fruit is perfect for smoothies.
  13. Make extra for meals and use for packed lunches, or dinners the next day
  14. Use up veggies that are about to turn in soups
  15. I always make a tomato pasta sauce the day before shopping day and use up whatever veg I have left in the fridge
  16. Use natural cleaners such as vinegar and lemon juice rather than expensive shop bought cleaners
  17. Dried pet food often works out cheaper per meal than tinned food
  18. Make a picnic, grab a football and head down to the local park for a free day out with the kids
  19. Always take a flask of hot water out for the day with you to save on expensive cafe prices
  20. Look on discount sites such as Groupon for cheap days and meals out
  21. Take advantage of kids eat free deals in restaurants
  22. Go to places with a salad bar included in with the price and fill up
  23. Drink tap water or refillable soft drinks, restaurants make a massive profit on drinks
  24. Take advantage of cheap online photo processing deals
  25. You can buy canvas kits online and print your own photos on them, they make great gifts for family too
  26. Make Christmas and Birthday presents for family and close friends, or make up hampers with things you know the recipient loves
  27. Get the kids to make cards for family
  28. Look out for local nearly new sales for kids clothing
  29. Do toy swaps with your friends rather than buying new toys when the kids get bored
  30. Always shop around for bigger purchases, you can get some good deals on the internet and can also use cash back sites and collect loyalty cards

Happy money saving!

Monday, 13 May 2013

Leibster Awards

Wow, I couldn't believe that on just my 3rd day of blogging Ciara from City To Sticks nominated me for a Liebster Award. Thank you!

My understanding of this award is that it helps new bloggers build up their audience and reach new people, and also helps people find new blogs to follow - what a great idea and something I am very grateful of so early on in my blogging journey.

So there are a few rules that go with this award -

  • list 11 facts about yourself
  • answer the 11 questions I have answered below
  • choose 11 bloggers with 200 or less followers to nominate
  • go to each bloggers page and let them know about the award
  • thank that person who nominated you and link back to their blog


11 facts about myself

  • I have worked in both France and the USA
  • I owned horses for almost 20 years from the age of 7
  • I have a massive phobia of spiders - so much so I get panic attacks when I see really big ones.
  • Since starting blogging I have become addicted to Twitter
  • When I was younger I was adamant that I never wanted children!
  • I was always a tomboy growing up and was devastated that my parents wouldn't buy me a Scalectrix
  • I have lived in over 20 different houses
  • I have 4 half brothers and 2 half sisters - all much older than me and grown up and left home by the time I was born, in fact most of my nephews and nieces are older than me!
  • I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up ;)
  • I still love watching The Lion King (and I still cry when Mufasa dies!)
  • I only started baking a couple of years ago but have definitely caught the bug.

 11 Questions

Why did you start blogging?

To keep an online diary of  my life, something for Sophie to see when she is older :)

If you could eat lunch anywhere in the world, where and what would you eat?

Just one place? Hmmm, tricky one, there are so many amazing places that I would love to visit, but I guess it would have to be somewhere hot, to be honest I wouldn't care where I was as long as I had my family with me

Whom, what, where does your blogging inspiration come from?

My family and my love of baking :) The simple things in life that mean so much more to me than any amount of money ever could

What is your favourite quote?

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid - Albert Einstein

What projects are you working on right now?

Mainly this blog, and getting my head around twitter.

What is the best thing about you?

I hate these kinds of questions - I guess I would have to say my loyalty to the people I love

Will you follow the bloggers that you nominate?

Definitely! Being new to blogging I am on the lookout for like minded people to follow and learn from

What makes you giggle?

My daughter! Shes such a comedian.

My 11 nominations 


Bubba Blog
A Frugal Wife
Baked Potato Mummy
Happiness is Homemade
Mummy Endeavours
Thursdays Child, Fridays Thoughts
Mummy Makes Cakes
Little Guys Mummy
Little Capulet
Over 40 and a mum to one
Funky Mamma

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Your best parenting moment?

I never realised just how overwhelming being a mummy would be - I'm not the natural maternal type, but from the moment I laid eyes on my little girl I was amazed by her. For the first 2 weeks of her life we didn't even turn the TV on, we just watched her, whether she was eating, sleeping, crying... you get the picture.

Each and every day she suprises me, she does something new or funny, or runs up and gives me a cuddle unexpectedly, and I was trying to think what our best moment has been - I'm just not sure I can pinpoint one. Of course there are all the firsts - smile, steps, words.

But then there are all the other things she does too, the way she giggles uncontrollably if we sniff her feet (don't ask how that came about!) or the look of absolute surprise she adopts when she opens a present, or we play peekaboo, or when I ask her for a kiss and get a toy tiger launched towards my face!

Then there are the simple things, watching her going up and down the slide, or play on the swings, trying new foods, having her come for a cuddle before bedtime. I never realised just how rewarding the so called mundane activities of everyday life could be.

What has been your best parenting moment so far? I'd love to hear from you :)

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

A chocoholics dream!

This was another really easy, but very effective cake I made recently. I took it to a friends house for Easter lunch and it went down very well - I was actually really shocked how simple and quick it was.

Starting off with 2 chocolate sponges (any recipe, or if you really aren't into baking you could buy them) I simply sandwiched them together with chocolate buttercream (you can also buy this ready made) - no need to be neat and tidy, you won't see it once its decorated, then I placed Cadburys Chocolate Fingers round the side (you could use kitkats) and covered the top with Maltesers.

And thats it! Everyone who saw it thought it looked great and didn't believe me when I said how easy it was.

Enjoy! x

Somewhere over the rainbow....

I spent a long time trying to decide on a theme for Sophie's birthday cake this year. Shes at an age where she loves everything, but there's no one particular thing that stands out for her. I would say her favourite thing right now is all things princess (or drindess as Sophie would say!) but I wanted to save that for when shes older. So, after coming across a gorgeous looking rainbow cake in a magazine I decided to give it a go. And here are the results :)

I found that this cake was great fun, yet relatively easy to make and looked really stunning when I cut into it. Suprisingly it didn't even take that long either. Everyone loved it so it was well worth the effort.

The cake recipe I used comes from the Good Food website and creates quite a dense cake, which doesn't rise much at all - leaving the layers thin and flat, so ideal for stacking. I did 7 layers altogether, but you can do less if you want.

The following recipe is enough for 2 layers, for subsequent layers, just repeat;

  • 125g butter , softened
  • 225g plain flour
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix together using an electric whisk, then separate equally into 2 bowls and add your food colouring. Put in 2 greased and lined 20in round sandwich tins and bake in a preheated oven 180C/160C fan/gas 4 for 12 minutes, or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

Repeat for additional layers.

For the frosting I wanted to use a cream cheese frosting, as with the Good Food recipe, but found the one they suggested came out way too runny, so I used one with butter.

  • 200g unsalted butter
  • 1200g icing sugar
  • 500g full fat cream cheese

Mix together the butter and icing sugar, until it resembles fine breadcrumbs, then add the cream cheese and mix in. I actually found it easier to split the ingredients in 2 and make 2 separate lots of icing.

When all your cakes have cooled sandwich them together with the icing and then coat. I found it best to do a thin crumb coat first, then a thicker coat afterwards.

Hints and Tips

  •  Avoid using supermarket food colourings - to get the depth of colour to make this cake look stunning you really do need professional food colouring gels or pastes. Even the gels you can buy in the supermarket aren't strong enough, by the time you have added enough to get the vibrant colours you will have altered the taste and consistency of the cake. I used the Sugarflair range of colours and while not the cheapest you only need to use a small amount. I also mixed the orange and purple myself from the other colours
  •  If your cakes rise and dome too much they will need trimming. The easiest way to do that is to freeze the cake first, use a sharp knife and trim the top, then while still frozen spread a thin crumb layer of icing onto your cake
  • To ensure the top of your cake is flat turn over the top later of cake so the bottom is on top
  • Theres no need for lots of decoration on the outside of this cake - it looks so impressive when you cut into it.
  • There are a variety of different icings you could use on this cake. Buttercream, white, dark or milk chocolate grenache, cream cheese frosting are just a few

Sophie turns 2!

When you have a baby, you don't realise how true it is when people tell you how quick the time goes, but I cannot believe that on the 5th of May it was 2 years since the whirlwind that is Sophie came into our lives.

Just a few minutes old

In those 2 years our lives have changed beyond recognition. We've had sleepless nights, tears and tantrums (and thats just us!) Its been a real rollercoaster, but its undoubtedly been the most amazing 2 years of our lives.

3 months old

Its such a cliche, but it has beyond amazing watching our helpless little bundle grow into such a happy, loving, funny and stubbornly independent little girl. She never fails to make me smile, and I find it impossible to stay mad at her, no matter how naughty she is!

1 year old


It was quite emotional thinking that now shes 2 we really can't refer to her as a baby anymore. Shes this little person with her own thoughts and opinions (on EVERYTHING!) but as amazing as she is, I do miss the little bundle that she was.

We had such a wonderful weekend for her birthday. On the Saturday we had family arriving from down south to stay for the weekend - I was pretty worried how we would all squash into our little house, but we managed just fine and it really made it a fantastic weekend for Sophie - she loved all the attention! On the Sunday we had yet more people round for cake in the afternoon. Luckily the sun was out and we spent the whole day in the garden for the first time this year - we really couldn't have asked for a more perfect weekend!

Enjoying her birthday cake aged 2

Thanks for reading x