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Sunday, 19 June 2016

Life seems to be going at a hundred miles an hour at the moment, not that i'm really complaining, it's so nice being busy, plus having a social life again is bloody amazing! I pretty much hid in my little shell after I had Abbie, and for 3 1/2 years I stayed there and dedicated every ounce of my time to her. She's suddenly grown up the past few months, I don't know how it happened, it's literally like she woke up one day and decided to talk lots and be super independent! I'm now able to actually leave her all day, whilst I meet up occasionally with friends, she's happy and content without me which is such a great milestone, for the both of us.

As most of you will probably know, Abbie sleeps in my bed, it was easier when she was a baby and she was a bloody awful sleeper for the longest time so that was the decision that was made. But I have literally spent the past 3 1/2 years going to bed at the same time as her, originally because she would need settling a lot, then I think it became a habit for us both and then through pure exhaustion, I found myself falling asleep at 9.30 anyway! I feel like a proper grown up now, because I've started coming downstairs and leaving her in bed, and I have to say, it's been amazing. I have time to talk to and see friends, catch up on TV and just be me for a few hours, i've thoroughly enjoyed it. 

I thought i'd write up a little catch up post, I don't remember the last time I wrote one like this, plus i've taken so many photos on my phone it would be a  shame to waste them! 

Sunday just gone, I popped into Bath to meet up with an old friend, Bath is seriously one of my favourite places to be, so many adorable shops, hidden pathways and so much history, I always feel uplifted just being there. We decided to have some lunch so popped into The Green Rocket, an adorable Vegan/Vegetarian restaurant, I'd had a look at the place online and it sounded so quirky and the food looked delicious too, plus with myself being a Vegetarian and Clare heading back to the Vegan life, it worked for the both of us!

We both ordered the Nut Roast Dinner and pretty much salivated all over the table based on the smells coming out of the kitchen  I can honestly say, this was not only the best roast dinner i've ever had, but the best meal i've ever had in a restaurant, everything was delicious and I am so excited to go back! I'm a bit picky with where I eat, especially now i'm a Vegetarian, I don't want to be awkward but if I know there is no meat whatsoever in the building, I kinda relax a little!

We then headed out and wandered around Bath for some shopping time, I even had my very first visit to a LUSH shop, can't believe i've been missing out on it all this long, I've now used my first product too and am crazy in love! I know exactly what i'm asking for, for my birthday now! ;). Such a lovely day out though and even the weather held out for us, hooray!

Something big that happened about 5 weeks ago now, was getting my hair cut off again! I literally see a hairdresser every 2 years and my hair grows ridiculously quickly! So I had about 12 inches off and I am so in love with the end result! It was a little shorter than I wanted but I knew I was in great hands with my hairdresser so trusted him completely! I will be going back to him every time from now on! I've popped a before and after photo below if you're interested!

I've also rekindled my love again for ice lollies, random I know, but on the one week we had scorching sunshine and it was too hot for words, I needed something to cool me down, FAB's in particular, I forgot just how good they were! Oh and I'm obsessed with the Salted Caramel Ice Creams from Waitrose too, SERIOUSLY amazing! Staying on the subject of food, i've been cooking some new things recently, we even tried out a Hello Fresh box the other week which I will be sharing with you all soon, I was surprised how good everything was! I have so many recipes saved on my laptop at the moment, i'm pretty much set with a new meal every day till Christmas!

Can someone please tell me who said it was ok for Abbie to grow up? Seriously, I feel like she went to sleep a baby and woke up about 7 years old! Her personality is really blooming at the moment, she's a super feisty one thats for sure, but she's also seriously so well behaved, i'm really very very lucky! (lets hope i've not just jinxed that!). She's just got the kindest heart in the world, loves her cuddles still but at the same time she's very independent, she nows makes her breakfast herself, even down to buttering her toast and cutting it up (blunt knife of course), she loves choosing what to wear and is such a little chatterbox too! In 3 months she will be 4 years old and i'm not quite sure what to think about it...where does the time go?


Lifestyle Change & Vegetarian Recipes!

Saturday, 4 June 2016
I'm now into my third month of being a Vegetarian and I can't quite believe how different it's made me feel! I never thought in a million years I'd give up meat, but after I ended up with food poisoning last year, it just made me so nervous and anxious when it came to eating meat again! I figured I would try and go vegetarian for a while to see if it helped, but never imagined it would leave me feeling so much better as well! I was expecting to feel tired amongst other things but i've found myself sleeping better and I feel so much better in myself too!

It's really made me more adventurous with food too, trying to incorporate protein has been much easier than I thought and Abbie has been enjoying trying new things too! I'm not sure if it's something I will do forever but I am feeling so much better in myself, so we will have to see! I have actually just bought Ella Woodward's new book, although I could never commit to Vegan, I absolutely love her recipes and plan on recreating most of them in the future, especially the delicious energy bites which i'm planning on trying next week!

I've also cut out egg as well which includes anything containing eggs, the only thing i've struggled with is finding egg free cakes, but I did carry out some research and invested in some egg replacer products so I will be posting up some recipes and my honest opinion on them in the upcoming months! First recipe i'll be making are eggless American style Brownies, with toasted marshmallows, YUM!

I currently have a list of new vegetarian recipes I want to try, so I thought I would share 10 of them today for you! I'm not into recipes with tons and tons of ingredients either, so most of these are pretty simple and made using usual things you already have in your kitchen!

Enjoy! :)

Carrot & Tomato Tagliatelle
by Love And Lemons

Easy Roasted Veg Ratatouille
by Amuse Your Bouche

Lentil & Vegetable Cous Cous
by Waitress

Roasted Vegetable Potatoes
by Cookie & Kate

Vegetarian Paella with Chickpeas
by Amuse Your Bouche

Roasted Carrots with Farro, Chickpeas & Herbed Creme Fraiche
by Cookie & Kate

Grilled Summer Squash Pizza
by Aggie's Kitchen

Lemon Garlic Zucchini Noodles
by Oh My Veggies

Almond Butter Oatmeal Bites
by Love & Lemons

Roasted Beetroot & Apple Salad
by Anja's Food 4 Thought

Spring Time Adventure with Mothercare

Friday, 3 June 2016
Gosh it's been such a long time since I've blogged, i've had so much going on so the blog has taken a back seat, I have been working on posts and things over the past few weeks so I have quite a few posts now ready for the next week or so! It's nice to get my mojo back actually, i've missed all this! Can you believe I've only got my camera out once in the past 3 months? I'm so obsessed with taking photos that I  usually take it everywhere with me, but life has been pretty full on so i've taken a few steps back to sort a lot out! But i'm now back, and looking forward to sharing some new posts and ideas with you all, plus HELLO SUMMER, ok, so not officially till the 20th, and it's actually rained most of the past few days, but I'm excited June is here anyhow! Can't quite believe how fast this year has gone, almost half way through already, wasn't it just Christmas? 

Anyway, I thought i'd start with bringing you a little post about our trip to the Animal Park last week, we actually had some lasting sunshine so managed to get out quite a bit, the weather has been so temperamental so it's difficult to plan days out and things! But we woke up on Thursday and asked Abbie where she wanted to go and she asked for the Animal Park so that's where we headed! She was in the best mood and the sun was shining, cue lots of pictures!

I popped Abbie in her adorable Lighthouse T-shirt from Mothercare, I'm so in love with the Little Bird range at the moment, it reminds me of the kind of things I wore as a little un, very 90's inspired! Abbie has loads of Jools Oliver's clothing and actually asks to wear her rainbow t-shirt a lot too, think it's definitely her favourite! Her little faded jeans are from Next and her bright yellow wellies are from eBay! I've also added a few little photos of her yellow cardigan too from the same Mothercare range, it's my favourite thing of Abbie's she's owned, so bright and colourful!



Saturday, 16 April 2016
You might've noticed i've been a bit quiet on the blogging front for the past few months, so thought I would write this post to explain what's been going on. This is something I never thought I'd have to go through, I thought once I had my family, i'd have it like that forever. Separation was never on the cards.

It wasn't a sudden thing, we both knew deep down it wasn't working quite a while ago, but like any family, we tried, really bloody hard, we changed certain things and we did what we could. We tried for the sake of Abbie, adamant splitting up wasn't an option, but after a while it became more of a chore, we both realised that we really weren't setting a great example for Abbie, is this what we want her to think a relationship is suppose to be like?

We have been together for 7 years, and my god have we been through a lot together! But as we got older, we both changed and grew apart, we are different people to who we used to be and trying to force the relationship just wasn't going to work anymore. Of course we were both very sad and it wasn't an easy decision to make in the slightest, but it really is the right one for us.

We have waited quite a while before we told anyone, there was lots to sort out and talk about so we've been dealing with all that for the past month. We are already getting on a lot better and can both now live the lives we want, without the pressure of forcing the relationship anymore. 

Now we will focus all of our love and energy onto Abbie, our main aim is for her to be the happiest she can be, she is our main priority and we are going to co parent and make it as easy for her as possible!

We are still very good friends, we care about each other very much and love and respect each other. There is no hate or resentment either and we still plan to have days out as a family, go on holidays and celebrate the holidays together. Things are more than amicable and we just want the best for each other and for Abbie now :)


A Busy Week!

Tuesday, 15 March 2016
Last week turned out to be a busier week than I thought, we ended up going out most days to enjoy the sudden sunshine we've been having (oh and a few hours of snow too!), hello global warming! 
Amongst that Abbie had a really bad bout of car sickness too, poor thing, she really suffers with it!

We spent one of our days at Longleat, it was nice and quiet, the sun was shining and Abbie had the best time! The older she gets the more she is starting to enjoy days out like these, before we'd spend an hour before she was asking to go home, i'm looking forward to Spring & Summer now so we can go out lots and lots! 

I've got a little bit of writers block at the moment, hence the delay in posting, but I didn't want these photos going to waste! 

Hope you all have a great week! 

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