Last weekend was a quiet one of us. We had no real plans but wanted to get out as a family and enjoy time together. Quality family time is so important, and one thing we all love is good food! So an easy choice was to hop over to East Croydon’s new Boxpark.

Boxpark is a construction entirely made out of refitted shipping containers. Each container houses an independent food outlet, creating a unique ‘street style’ food destination. The quality of all the food is fantastic – the bar has been set high by the passion and enthusiasm of these small business owners! You can literally have your pick from; Indian street food, to Thai, Brazilian, Vegiterien, Pizza, Gluten-Free, Vietnamese, Burgers, the list goes on and on.

The best thing is that there is something for everyone, even the fussiest of eaters. On Saturday the girls chose Pizza from Arancina, while Dom and I went for a tasty pulled chicken box of gluten-free goodness from Feed Me Primal. It was so delicious and flavourful! We then went to Dum Dum Donutterie for cronuts and Chillbox for frozen yogurt – for our pudding!

I’m so glad we now have this amazing place on our doorstep. The atmosphere is fun and cool, everyone is relaxed and enjoying their food. Music plays in the background but you can still chat and of course share your meals together on the table and benches in the middle of the construction.

I honestly can’t wait to go back again. I’m such a creature of habit. Once I find something (or somewhere) I like, I’m hooked and I can’t get enough.

Here are some shots from the day…

By the way, also loving my new top from Next. I’ve got it in blue (as seen in these pictures) and red – just couldn’t decided, so got both.

Linking up to The Ordinary Moments on MummyDaddyMe and My Family Adventures on Life As Our Little Family.

Hope you have a lovely weekend!

Weekends come and go, some weekends we do nothing but every now and again it’s good to get out of the house and let off some steam. I love seeing the girls run around in the fresh air, hide in log pile houses and jump in muddy puddles. We live near Box Hill in Surrey, which is a National Trust beauty spot made famous by Jane Austen – and more recently by the British cycling team.

As the name suggests it’s a big hill overlooking the gorgeous Surrey Downs near Dorking. In the summer it’s the prefect place for a lovely picnic and flying a kite but at this time of year the dramatic landscape and dark woodlands offer a different kind of adventure. To be honest, we tend to drive over more often in the winter months for some reason.

We’re big fans of the National Trust. My parents buy us a family membership every Christmas as a bonus present, which is such a great idea as it literally keeps giving all year round. This must be our forth year as members now and we’re still discovering new and exciting venues for our family weekend (and holiday) adventures.

Here are some of my favourite shots from our recent jaunt to Box Hill. Despite evidence to the contrary, I was there too but hiding behind the camera. On this particular day, we’d decided to take Iris in a baby carrier (as it would be too muddy for a buggy) but I forgot to put it in the car – and we only realised after we got there. This meant Dom had to carry Iris all day and I was in charge of the camera.

Incase you’re wondering, the girls are both wearing coats from Muddy Puddles and wellies from Joules. Lili’s ‘star’ hat is from Gant Kids and Poppy’s bobble hat is from Gap.
life as our little family

I’m also linking up to the #OrdinaryMoments run by Katie at MummyDaddyMe, which has to be one of my favourite blogs!

There are few things in life that get me down, I’m definitely a positive person and like to look on the bright side of life. Don’t get my wrong, I am human and do have my down days but I prefer to focus on the good things, so listing my monthly ‘Little Loves’ really appeals to me. There’s something very therapeutic about looking back on the month and picking out the things that have made me happy.

My Little Loves this month include a Zara top, Hello Fresh recipes, Netflix's The OA and watching La La Land

This month’s highlights have been watching La La Land and listening to the soundtrack on Spotify, I just love it! I’ve also been dancing round the kitchen (with my girls) to the Trolls soundtrack and going to the gym, where I’ve been listening to the Blogtacular podcasts, while on the treadmill.

My other highlight has to be the weekly Hello Fresh boxes we’ve been getting this month. Each box arrives full of wholesome meals, ready to be cooked by me in my kitchen. I love the fact that it’s taught me to make so many new recipes and that I’ve found some fab new meals.

Here’s the full story of the month….

Reading
The Busy Girls’ Guide to Digital Photography

Listening
Blogtacular Podcasts

Watching
La La Land at the cinema
Trolls DVD
The OA (Netflix) 

Wearing
M&S Top
Zara Top

Making
Hello Fresh

Little Loves Coffee Work Sleep Repeat

As the half-term break comes to an end, I thought I’d do a little summery of our happiest highlights. With Dom working all week, it has mainly been me and the kids, which is never easy. Don’t get me wrong, I love having my girls with me and not doing the school run but being a mum to three under seven (and parenting alone) is hard work! On the whole I try not to make too many plans but I also need to keep the girls busy and entertained. It’s the eternal juggling act.

So what has been our half-term highlights?

The first big highlight came from the lovely team at Marks & Spencer Kids, who sent the girls a brilliant half-term package which included a brightly coloured raincoat each and a fun pack of chalk games. The coats come in a variety of colours and are perfect for our unpredictable spring weather.

Our second highlight came on Monday, when we went to the Trolls DVD launch in Leicester Square. The girls got to meet their favourite Trolls, sit in a Trolls cab and see the movie (again!). Yes, we’ve watched this fabulous film a few times now but like the girls, I’m not tired of it (or the soundtrack) yet. Have you seen it? If not, you should! It’s the happiest film I’ve seen in years.

On Tuesday the girls and I made heart shape Valentine biscuits with white and pink icing. There was a lot of mess but we had lots of fun and the end result were tasty and looked very cute. Believe it or not, I forgot to take any pictures! What was I thinking? I was probably too worried about the mess and making sure Iris didn’t get her hands on the icing.

The rest of the week was more chilled with family visiting and some playdates for the girls. What did you get up to?

 

Black Chi Chi London dress from House of Fraser

Around year and a half ago I answered a series of questions in a post called WHO AM I NOW A YEAR ON? This was the second time I’d done this post, having answered the same questions  a year earlier in the original WHO AM I NOW post.

The first time I did this post I’d just started my blog and had given up full-time work to be my own boss and a full time mum.

I’ve changed some of the questions this time because let’s face it some things don’t really change when you’re in your 30s. So here you go, some ‘getting to know me’ questions and answers…

1. What is your current favourite thing on TV?
Westworld – it’s amazing, full of twist and unexpected turns. If you’re not already watching, I highly recommend it.

2. Name 3 things that are physically close to you right now.
My MacBook, my mobile and my baby girl.

3. What’s the weather like right now?
Sunny and bright but so cold.

4. Do you drive? If so have you crashed?
No, I still don’t drive but it’s still very much on my to do list.

5. What are you currently looking forward to?
Christmas

6. What did you eat for supper last night?
A delicious steak and chips made by my husband. It was our wedding anniversary and having steak and chips has become one of our anniversary traditions.

7. What was the last movie you saw?
I watched ‘Me Before You’ last week with my mum. We were both in bits!

8. Who did you last call? 
My mum. She lives in Wales, so we call each other every day.

9. What’s your biggest plan for the year ahead?
We’re looking for our next home. So hopefully we’ll find something and move in the next year.

10. What was the last country you visited?
We went to Greece in the summer, which was lovely.

11. What is your favourite type of food?
Thai

12. Do you prefer to shop in-store or online?
I do love shopping online but there’s nothing better than going shopping in ‘real life’. Although shopping with kids is not fun.

13. Do you vlog?
Yes! And I want to do so much more.

14. What do you want for Christmas?
This answer could be a whole post. I do really want a Canon GX7 camera though.

15. Do you have a desktop computer or a laptop?
I have a MacBook laptop.

16. How old will you be turning on your next birthday?
38… getting close to the big four zero now!

17. What are you most proud of?
Definitely my three daughters.

18. Do you colour your hair?
Yes, I’ve had some highlights put in this year.

19. What is your favourite cake?
Carrot cake.

20. When was the last time you cried?
Watching ‘Me Before You’ the other night – it’s so good but so sad!

21. What is your best life tip?
Smile. Life is so much easier/ better when you smile.

22. What was the last book you read?
I honestly don’t remember! I tried reading ‘Pretty Is’ on holiday but ran out of time. It was good though.

23. Have you ever had an all-nighter?
Yes, pretty often back in my 20’s – but not these days.

24. How many children do you have?
I have three beautiful daughters, who are my world.

25. What is your favourite recent purchase?
This Chi Chi London party dress from House of Fraser. I got it a few weeks ago for the school PTA Ball and I love it. It’s black lace, with sequins, a full skirt to the knee and a low (almost backless) back. The design has a glamours 50’s feel, which is what really caught my eye.

Black Chi Chi London dress from House of Fraser

Thanks for reading xx