Friday

Life

I have been away from here a while due to Mother duties. Poor little lady has been going through a grizzly, painful gums, frustrated, fighting sleep stage... meaning not too much time for Charlotte. However the gorgeous girl is currently asleep so I am managing to catch up on writing, replying to emails and life.
So... How are you? We are currently looking for a new place to live due to a bit of a disappointing landlord/letting agency and the fact we are desperate for a new bathroom. We are living with a small damp issue and I have also started to smell fumes from next door's kitchen... not ideal with a little babe. We also dream of a little patch of garden for Olive to play in. So please cross your pretty fingers for us.
^^^ Delicious M&S Elderflower biscuits- the dream!^^^

I was lucky to get some time last weekend to pop into town, hands free! That's right, child less. It was so so lovely. I didn't get much time in the end but I did manage to have a browse in H&M and pick up a few striped tops and things with my birthday money. Hopefully Sebastian will give me some time this weekend to pop out and get a coffee by myself with only a notebook for company. I have some serious blog planning and project work to get on with.
Speaking of project work, I have some pretty exciting things coming up that have been long overdue and I cannot wait to get started. All a little secret at the minute though. Watch this space...

Tell me, what have you been up to?

Thursday

A little Birthday outing

My birthday was a little different this year (I wasn't feeling nauseous this time for starters! I was pregnant this time last year!). It is official. I am an adult!
It appears to be true what they say about no longer being fussed about your own birthday!!
Anyway, a couple of weeks ago, on Thursday morning (14th) felt like a weekend day. Sebastian had taken the day off work to spend it with me. He kindly made breakfast of bacon and double egg sandwiches and tea.
Upon the table were a pile of presents wrapped in floral and toile pattern wrapping paper and a stack of shiny and pastel coloured envelopes. I received some beautiful gifts including a 'Selfish Mother' sweatshirt from Olive and some pastel nail polish, money, edible treats of sweets, violet chocolates and macarons from loved ones. I was also lucky enough to receive a very special gift from my favourite people- Sebastian and both sets of parents. I feel so lucky to have such a wonderful family.
Feeling spoilt but very loved, we three got ready and wandered into town for lunch and a walk.
We sipped Rose hot chocolate (me) and a cold brew coffee (Sebastian) whilst nibbling on Raspberry & Coconut cake (me) and a Peanut butter chocolate slice (Sebastian) whilst dear little Olive snoozed beside us.
My phone filled up with notifications of lovely birthday messages across all social media and I felt pretty loved, happy and grateful of such wonderful people in my life- friends, family and internet followers friends. So thank you every single one of you!
I decided to bake white chocolate brownies in the afternoon (weren't quite 'perfect' so will be attempting these again soon and I will pop a little recipe up on here.) and then we had a house full in the evening. lots of visitors, cake, catch ups and flowers. It was so so lovely, however Sebastian and I didn't get to eat our dinner until quarter to eleven. Oops.
Nevertheless I had a wonderful day and feel like my life is pretty darn wonderful at the moment. 29 is pretty awesome.

Tuesday

Happy & Glorious (quite literally!)

A few years back I thought this town had nothing to offer. Then the monthly Farmers Market started along the high street and my heart grew a little for my home town. The market AND the gorgeous fabric shop that I have been secretly in love with for a while changed things for me. Now that the town is currently on a regeneration project (Love Ashford) it has brought us some more lovely little shops. All independent, handmade and friendly.
During my birthday week, my favourite shop hosted the town's very first Bloggers Day.
Let me introduce you to my favourite shop... Happy & Glorious.
Happy & Glorious are a small family-run company. If you happened upon the GLORIOUS shop you will find the lovely Kate who fills it with the most beautiful things all handmade in Britain.
Natural bath products, deliciously scented organic candles in recycled glasses, stunning ceramics, including her own line of botanical painted mugs, sweet succulents in terracotta pots, pretty wash bags, motivational cards and mirrors, foiled greeting cards and MUCH MUCH more. Everything in her shop is basically everything I want in my town house!
Sebastian's father filled a stocking with Kate's treats for me at Christmas and I was in awe with every single product in there! Just what a first-time Mama needed- relaxing bath bubbles, peach lip balm and Christmas scented candles and soaps. Bliss.
I have stocked up on birthday gifts here on a few occasions and every time I have been tempted to treat myself too... Just one succulent and a selection of gorgeous Clovelly soaps will do!
The Clovelly Soap Co range is one of my favourites. Such gorgeous packaging and they smell divine! Seriously, you really do need to go smell them all.
I am also a huge fan of Kate's organic candles. Father Turton bought me Wild Fig & Grape for my birthday and it smells so pretty. I love the simplicity of the whole product too.
My other favourite is the Bramley range- only using 100% natural botanicals. The Lavender & Grapefruit bath bubbles is officially my FAVOURITE type of bath. The smell is so relaxing and bath time feels like Luxury (when I do actually manage to grab one!! The daily shower just is NOT the same). This range has me all heart-eyes over the packaging. The pressed flowers on white is obviously going to catch my eye. Definitely my kind of thing! I also have THAT stunning wash bag on my wishlist (Hear that Sebastian??).
This shop has such a variety of pretty things which makes it THE ideal place to shop for your loved ones. You're not from around these parts I hear you say? Well come visit! Ok you want to stay at home in your comfies? Well they also have a website! www.happyglorious.co.uk Yay!

Fancy some pennies off? 
For £5 off £25 use the code BLOG525 or for 15% off use code BD2016 at checkout or pop into their beautiful store and mention the code to Kate. These codes are valid until 31/05/16.
Happy shopping!