I'm a massive fan of a pretty embroidered/ peasant style top and this one from Zara is my new favourite!

I’m SO ready for winter to be over now, and for spring to shine. I realise we haven’t had a particularly hard winter this year but it really does feel like its been a long one.

If you’re anything like me, this beautiful top will have stopped you in your tracks. As you may already know (if you’re a regular follower) I’m a massive fan of a pretty embroidered/ peasant style top and this one from Zara is my new favourite! I’ve already mentioned it in my Little Loves post for February but now that I’ve got some pictures I thought I’d share them with you. Isn’t it gorgeous? And the best news is that it’s an absolute bargain at only £25.99 from the ZARA spring collection. I actually bought it a few weeks ago (as soon as I saw it) and now I can’t wait for the weather to get warmer so that I can start wearing it.

I’ve also just ordered these two tops from Next. Seriously, can I have too may boho style tops?

Next month we’re off to Dubai for a week of fun in the sun and I can’t wait! The thought of guaranteed sunshine (coming in just a few weeks) is getting me very excited about my summer wardrobe. This time last year I was nine months pregnant, so I really wasn’t thinking about my spring/summer wardrobe, I had other baby related things on my mind. And when summer did come, I was a stone heavier (thanks to baby weight) and didn’t feel comfortable in my own body, so the thought of buying summer dresses or anything remotely revealing made feel awful. However, this year I feel healthier and fitter and ready to get back into my summer dresses and beach cover-ups. Keep you eyes peeled for a holiday fashion haul coming soon!

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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!

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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
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I do love a little pamper session from time to time, so this new RitualiTea powder mask collection from Origins got me very excited. Origins were inspired by the different tea rituals from around the world and the powerful wellbeing benefits from their ingredients.

When mixed with water, the powder transforms into a tea-infused frothy paste. Each mask (there are three in the collection) has a unique blend of tea leaves and raw ingredients that will give your skin a boost, leaving it looking radiantly healthy. It’s a truly unique concept where mixing and creating your own mask is a part of the routine – and is a therapeutic and satisfying process in itself.

I mixed the powder with water (as instructed) to create the mask, using a small mixing bowl from the kitchen and my index finger to mix. Top Tip: add the water slowly – you only need a small amount!

As I mentioned, there are three masks within the RitualiTea collection, including; Oolong La for oily/combination skin, Feeling Rosy for drier skin and Matcha Madness for all skin types.

I’ve been testing the Oolong La blend (I really want to call it Ooh La La), which is said to be ideal for oily/ combination skin, as it “purifies and helps to refine and gently exfoliate your skin, leaving it clear and smooth”. If I’m honest I think I would have been better off testing one of  the other two masks as I have normal/ dehydrated skin. However, it was interesting to test out this truly unique product and I’d love to try the green Matcha Madness powder next time. If you have an oilier complexion, I’d recommend you take a look at this gentle exfoliating, soothing treatment mask.

RitualiTea Powder Face Mask allows you to create your own mask using a touch of water. When mixed with water, the powder transforms into a tea-infused paste.

While you’re at the Origins counter, have a look at one of my all time favourite beauty products ‘Never a Dull Moment Skin-Brightening Face Polisher’. I’ve been using this delicious exfoliator for years now and can’t imagine not using it. First of all it smells incredible, honestly I almost want to eat the stuff, and secondly it leaves my skin feeling super soft and nourished.

 

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Do you have a certain luxury product that’s always on your birthday list? Maybe it’s your favourite perfume, or a specific face cream? For me it’s Jo Malone Bath Oil. My love affair with Jo Malone started around fifteen years ago with the amazing (now discontinued) Honeysuckle & Jasmine Bath Oil, if only the’d bring it back! Since then I’ve ventured onto different floral and citrusy flavours but I always seem to come back to the classic that is Lime Basil & Mandarin.

I call it ‘the classic’ because it’s the Jo Malone signature fragrance.  The peppery basil and aromatic white thyme is said to “bring an unexpected twist to the scent of limes on a Caribbean breeze”.  How gorgeous and poetic is that? For me the heady aroma is as relaxing (well I am in the bath) as it is invigorating – as it fills the air and scents my skin.

Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Bath Oil

A ‘Jo Malone bath’ is a truly luxurious treat. Each bottle of Bath Oil is enriched with sweet almond, jojoba seed and avocado oils that act as natural conditioners to soothe and hydrate your skin. You can literally lie back and let the oil and water work together to nourish and fragrance your body. Honestly, life doesn’t get much better than that – especially if you also have a few Jo Malone candles burning on the windowsill next to you. Bliss!

If you’re after a special treat this Mother’s Day, give your other half a nudge and send him a link to the Jo Malone website.

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