Celebrating Father's Day at Five Guys

Yesterday was father’s day, so we took the main man in our house of girls to one of his favourites restaurants for a slap up lunch fit for a king – well the king of our house anyway! We took him to Five Guys in Wimbledon for his idea of food heaven ; a cheeseburger (with all the toppings), large fries and an thick and creamy Oreo milkshake. Seriously, does life get any better?

The kids were happy munching on their hotdogs and hand cut chips (with no salt, I love that they have that option), which meant we had peace and quiet for a few moments while everyone was happy. Bliss!

Here are a few of our happy father’s day captured moments…

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Hope you all had a very happy father’s day whatever you got up to.

After almost two years I have decided that this will be my last My Captured Moment linky. I’ve really enjoyed hosting this link-up over the last 103 weeks and getting to know so many bloggers who have kindly linked up over this time. As we’re coming to the end of the year, I thought it was a good time to end it, so that I can start the new year afresh with some new challenges and a fresh start. A massive thank you to each and everyone of you that have supported me over the last two years, it really has been a pleasure!

Back to this week, and I’ve decided to go out with a Family Captured Moment – it felt very fitting.

Last weekend we were staying with my sister-in-law and her family in Derbyshire. We’d gone up for a few nights to celebrate an early Christmas with them, as we won’t see them over the Christmas weekend. On Saturday we all got dressed up and head out to a local country pub/ restaurant for a big Christmas style lunch. Then headed back to their house to play games, eat chocolates, drink Prosecco and generally relax. For me this is what Christmas is all about, being with family and having fun.

Before we headed out for lunch, I took advantage of the fact that we were ‘all dressed up’ to get a few pictures of us all as a family. I’ve been pretty rubbish at taking family pictures recently, so it was really lovely to have this opportunity.

Incase you’re interested, all three girls’ dresses are from GapKids/ BabyGap.

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Seeing Santa at Harrods!

As you may know getting a reservation to see Santa at Harrods is like trying to get tickets to the hottest show in town. It’s near on impossible! However, it’s been something I’ve wanted to do with the girls for years. For me Harrods is THE PLACE to see Santa in this country, I’ve held it on a crystal pedestal for years, hoping and dreaming that one year we’d get to go.

Well, this year we finally got to go! Unfortunately, Lili missed out as the reservation we got was on a school day and I didn’t think her school would appreciate me taking her out of school to go to what is basically a big shop. Although, I think Harrods is a total education in itself, full of history and magic. Thankfully, Lili was very understanding and wasn’t too upset about missing out, especially as she was going for a playdate after school which was much more fun in her mind.

So on Monday morning with much excitement (and slight sadness not to have Lili with us) the two little ones and I met up with Bonnie and Miss M from MamasVIB (who was our fairy godmother and organised the whole thing) and headed off to Harrods. We travelled into London together on the ‘big train’ and got the bus round to Knightsbridge from Victoria, it was all very easy. This is important as I always get slightly stressed about taking a buggy on public transport.

Once we arrived at Harrods, we headed up to the magical grotto on forth floor. By this point excitement levels were through the roof! As soon as we went through the door into the grotto, we were transported to a magical winter wonderland. Everything was wonderfully designed and well thought out. There was no rush and we were able to take pictures the whole way through (although not while we were in with Santa himself). The whole experience lasted around an hour and I can honestly say that it surpassed my already high expectations.

Here is just a taste of the experience…

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It’s that time of year! We have a few festive treats coming up over the next week or so and it all started last weekend with a very festive afternoon tea with Santa at our local Garden Centre. Is it me or have garden centres come a long way in the past few years? I don’t remember them being such a destination when I was little, do you? I mean these days you can spend half a day wondering around the centre including; the gift shop, soft play, restaurant and so much more.

We literally spent hours at Wyevale Garden Centre on Saturday where we were booked in for afternoon tea with Santa. For £9.99 per child and £7.99 per adult, we were given afternoon tea and a cute picnic for the kids. While we ate our mid-afternoon feast Santa came round to chat to the kids and then invited them pick a gift from a cart full of different toys and crafts. Lili chose a soft toy and Poppy chose a mermaid doll, which has become her favourite bath toy. The quality of the toys on offer were great and much more than I had expected.

After saying goodbye to Santa the girls played in the soft play area while I wondered around the Christmas decorations and lights, which were quite magical. Here are some of my favourite shots from our very festive afternoon tea…

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On Monday my husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary. We’ve now been married for seven years and I can definitely say that there’s no seven year itch going on here!

We’d been together for ten years before we decided to get married, so it’s been over seventeen years now since we first met at a mutual friend’s wedding. Seventeen years! Seriously, how can it be that long? Surely I’m not old enough?

For the first five years of our relationship we lived apart, only seeing each other at weekends. I was living and working down in London and my husband lived up in Staffordshire working as a designer for JCB. It was a funny old time but we made the most of our weekends and time together. After five years Dom decided to move down to London and we bought our first house. We both felt it was time to make a commitment and for us buying a house was the obvious first step.

Our first house was a cute two up, two down cottage with a small garden. We spent all our money doing it up and travelling as much as possible. It was a fun time of no responsibility and spontaneity, regular date nights and lots of fun nights out.

As soon as we decided to get married I found out I was pregnant, so it was all a bit of a whirlwind. Luckily we had set a date quickly and were married three months after getting engaged – which meant I was only 15 weeks pregnant on my wedding day. Only a few people knew our little secret, which felt really special. The day after the wedding we announced the big news to all our family and friends at a big dinner we’d arranged for everyone who’d stayed at the venue. We were so excited and happy to share our news by this point and we were so grateful to have the opportunity to tell everyone together.

I can’t believe this all happened seven years ago! Here are just a few of my favourite captured moments from the big day…

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• Link up every Thursday to Sunday (ending at 11.00pm) • Add my badge (or link back to my website using #MyCapturedMoment) at the bottom of your post. • Share the love – try to comment on a few of the other posts. After all that’s what it’s all about.

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