Who's sitting in my sidebar// August

Okay, I know I say this alot. ALOT. But really how is August nearly over? This means Summer is coming to an end, my nephew starts sixth form (when did he grow up exactly?), and more importantly... Christmas starts to creep into the stores. Yup... I said that C word. You know what, on second thoughts, I am totally okay with that. Roll on Autumn.
Anyway... Let's saviour the last few moments of warm sun, school free traffic and a jug of Pimms and take a look at the lovely ladies in my sidebar this month.

Anna: polkadots, glittery eye shadow, daydreamer.

Anna was a regular sponsor of TTDER last year and I'm pretty sure every time I go to catch up on her posts she has given her blog a little revamp. Which makes me realise I haven't actually done an awful lot to mine for a few years- maybe I should spruce it up.
If you haven't come across Anna's blog before, here is where you'll find a blog that talks about a bit of everything. I have to say her post about Coconut Oil has opened my eyes to the sweet smelling pot of goodness. I used this alot on Olive when she was tiny, to moisturise her dry skin, soften her cradle cap and even in her bath but why have I not been using this on me?! My hair! My skin! Love it.
If you like a varied blog, go check Anna's out. There are also a lot of SEO and marketing tips.
Favourite posts: 10 Amazing things you can do with coconut oil (-because, well read it and be amazed. It's so easy to forget about the natural products out there when we're surrounded by chemical infused lotions in the shops).  & Why I love raining days (-because this post makes me yearn for just that. I miss the cooler days and the pyjama wearing bedtimes. I am no Summer time fan we all know this but the rain, there really is something about it. I agree with so many of Anna's points in this post!).

Mama et Moi
Gorgeous products for both Mama & child.

This lovely online boutique sells products for both Mother and child. You will find a range of childrenswear from baby to 10 years. The little outfits are so beautiful and I have my eye on quite a few products. They also sell my favourite brand Little Butterfly London (see previous ode here) as well as other fun bath accessories (hands up who doesn't need a rubber duck?!). You can also get your hands on an array of teething supplies including Sophie La Girafe and stylish Mama necklace for the little one to gnaw on- I definitely need one of these {insert heart eyes emoji}.
There really is a wonderful selection of things that every Mama needs for her growing bump and little one. They are also offering a generous 20% off to my lovely readers using code 'TTDER' at checkout for a limited time. Go and take a peek.
Favourite items: Bluebell cardigan (-because just look at it! I love the pointelle look but in this shade of colour too- It is most definitely on my wishlist to team with a blouse for little Olive this A/W!) & Lara & Ollie teething necklace (-because it's stylish AND useful. Plus I miss wearing jewellery and these look like great fun to wear with a simple tee!).

I hope you have enjoyed browsing their blogs/websites as much as I do.
If you fancy seeing your blog/shop on TTDER and advertising with me, take a look at my Advertising packages here. I'd love to include you here on this little space of the internet.
*As you all probably know Passionfruit Ads is saying their goodbyes and shutting shop in December so I shall be re-looking at changing the set up/payment process over the next few months.



A portrait every a week for a year

Olive Mae, 7 and half months (34 weeks):: This week Olive has had her third tooth (top) cut through and she's had a bit of a hard time with it. Though still grinning that goofy toothy smile she does. She is such a happy baby which makes the tough moments that much easier.
This week Olive has also said "Dada". Even though I have encouraged her to say it, I admit I feel a little 'ugh' that it wasn't Mama. However her first ever sound was "Mamamamama" so I shall silently take that as her first word haha. Bless her.
Also, this week we have had to lower the cot to the very lowest due to the little lady being an expert climber. Pulling herself up and trying to escape already!


Seaside strolls & cake

Yesterday Olive and I went to the seaside with Olive's Grammy for a picnic.
The weather was pretty grey all day yesterday, on and off rain most of the afternoon and gusts of wind portrayed an Autumnal mood rather than a mid Summer one. I was pretty fine with that though, I got to wear a jumper and that makes me happy. I think my favourite trips to the seaside are on those chillier days where a jumper is necessary and a hat and scarf are desirable. Brisk walks, snuggled up in comfies nibbling on some salt & vinegar sprinkled chips is the best.
However we had planned a picnic, wasn't the ideal weather for that so we decided to have an indoor picnic instead.
Our pastel cups were filled with fizzy cream soda, our paper plates were piled high with clotted cream and cherry jam topped scones, french fancies (favourites!!) and Viennese whirls. Stripy straws and pastel napkins were compulsory! Olive's little plate was filled with almond butter soldiers, banana and watermelon sticks. Though she did attempt to steal a scone or two... please wait a little longer dear one!

After we felt positively full, and our teeth hurt from too many sweet treats, we packed up our picnic and let Olive have a little play and crawl around before heading out for a breezy walk along the seafront. I was itching to investigate the pastel beach huts and explore the area a little.

Hoping Olive would nap we popped her in the pushchair and went for a brisk walk along the beach. We met a lovely pooch with a hair net covering her ears- super cute, and Olive was cooing away at her talking about goodness knows what. It was lovely. We met a couple of dogs on our walk and that may have been the reason why Olive thought it best not to nap. Too much going on!
We walked up to the beach huts talking about future seaside adventures where Grammy would own one. I have always loved to stay somewhere with access to a beach hut. How quaint it would be to walk out in the morning to your beach hut and sit in a stripey deckchair sipping tea in your comfies and thick socks! I would happily spend a day cosied up there, as long as I had peace, a pile of books and a kettle!
I would definitely paint my hut a pastel pink or lavender blue colour - obviously. What about you?
Who else prefers breezy beach walks to warm Summer visits?