You may have already read the fist part of my week in Provence posts, where I wrote about our fist stop on this little tour of the Uzes area. Here’s the next instalment…

After spending two beautiful nights in the deep Provence countryside, we moved on to an 18th Century village house, just outsides Uzes. This house had 4 bedrooms (yeah, I know a bit over the top but it was great to have space for the girls to run around), 2 bathrooms, a large living space, a kitchen, a balcony and a private pool. In short it was perfect!

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We literally couldn’t believe our luck when we arrived, it was beautiful and so massive! I’d seen picture on the AirBnB website but they really didn’t do it  justice.

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The kitchen was such a dream to cook in. Normally I like going out to eat when we’re on holiday but having two little ones means that this can be a bit of a chore, especially at night time when they’re tired. So staying in was so much easier and it meant we could spend more time in this beautiful house. Plus I get a funny kick out of using a new kitchen, it feels like playing ‘house’ – if you know what I mean?

For breakfast Dom and Lili would drive over to the local bakery (or boulangerie) while Poppy and I snugged in bed, which meant we had fresh croissants ever morning.

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We were staying in the heart of the Provence countryside and it was just as you’d imagine, full of fields of grape vines and sunflowers, beautiful sandstone buildings with grey shutters and vineyards galore! Obviously having the girls with us meant that a vineyard tour was out but we did come across the Haribo museum, which was a big hit!

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The town of Uzes is old and so typically French that I felt like we were walking around in an old French movie. Everywhere I looked was a new picture opportunity, a beautiful building, an antique shop, a pretty little coffee shop, a walled garden, a medieval tower – the list went on and on. They had a market on Wednesday morning, which was a real treat and inspired us to have a picnic in the park.

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My personal favourite thing about Uzes was all the gorgeous French antique shops, they were just amazing! I literally could have spent all day going from one to another but of course the girls were not as interested, so I had to make do with the odd quick peep.

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I’m already looking forward to going back to Provence next year!

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Last week my family and I travelled to Uzes in Provence for a week’s holiday. It was organised very last minute as we weren’t sure if my husband could take the time off work. As soon as I got the all clear (a few days before we set off) I hit the internet in search of the perfect place.

As my husband is half French we’re keen for the girls to spend time in the country and have a taste of their family heritage. We stayed in Uzes a few years back, when Dom proposed and fell in love with this beautiful area in the South of France. After I managed to get us the flights and a car, I had the more difficult challenge of finding our accommodation.

I knew I wanted to hire a house/ apartment and not stay in a hotel – as we’re a family of four and need more space than a hotel room can offer. I’d heard so many people rave about AirBnB but had never used it myself, so I thought I’d start there. After spending a few hours on the app and sending a few emails, I’d managed to secure two amazing properties, both with a private pool and situated just outside Uzes. One was an antique filled apartment with a roof terrace, in the countryside and the other was a recently renovated 18th Century village house.

Our first stop was the apartment in Les Elzears, which was just beautiful. We had a two bedroom apartment, with a kitchen, bathroom, dining room and a private roof terrace and was decorated using French antique furniture and accessories. We spent nights on the roof terrace staring up at the star filled sky and days in the large, dreamy garden and next to the beautiful pool.  Here are the pictures from Les Elzears…

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Today was Lili’s first day at school and therefore a big day in our house! She was so excited about meeting her teacher again, making lots of new friends and wearing her new school shoes – which we got from M&S last month and I totally recommend! Almost half the price of Clarks and looked lovely, super comfortable and good quality.

I know you’ve probably read hundreds of these posts this week but as a blogger who writes about her life, I really couldn’t let this special occasion pass without documenting it.

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Lili woke up this morning and ran into my room shouting ‘mum, today’s my big day’ – so my attempt at playing it down and not overwhelming her didn’t work then! On the plus side she was not nervous and happily stepped into the school hall by herself without even looking back. I felt giddy with adrenaline and very emotional, I’m glad she didn’t look back and see the tears in my eyes.

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First Day at school

At 3.15 I picked her up, she was still smiling and told me she’d had a great time. Although she couldn’t remember what she’d actually done. Oh well the smile was enough for me!

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Hope all the 4 year olds out there had a great first day at school xx


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Top Ten Beauty Cheats

There’s no specific products needed, as all my tricks use items you probably already have in your bathroom cabinet or kitchen pantry…

A few weeks ago I wrote a post which listed my favourite beauty tips and cheats. This post went down really well and I was asked to write more. Not one to disappoint, I stated thinking about the other little tricks I have up my beauty sleeve.

So sit back, relax and take in the next instalment in my beauty cheats tutorial…

1. Keep your nail polish in the fridge or pop it in for 15 minutes before applying. You’ll find it goes on much easier and smoother.

2. On the same subject… to help your nail polish dry faster simply dip your freshly painted nails in cold water. Simple and effective!

3. Need a quick face treatment for combination/ oily skin? Slice a lemon in half and put 3-4 drops of honey on the flesh of one half. Rub the lemon onto your face and let the honey and juice sit for around 5 minutes before washing it off with cold water.

4. Don’t bother buying shaving cream, simply use a thin layer of your conditioner for a closer shave and softer legs. Obviously don’t use your most expensive conditioner, any brand will do.

5. Ran out of your usual eye make-up remover? No problem, Olive oil will gently do the job.

6. Need help shrinking enlarged pores? Simply mix one egg with a teaspoon of corn flour and apply to your face. Allow to sit for 15 minutes, then wash off with warm water.

7. Add a small drop of peppermint oil to your lip gloss to naturally plump up your lips and make them appear fuller.

8. Get a few more weeks out of your favourite mascara by adding some eye drops into the tube when it starts to get dry.

9. Use a white eyeliner on the inner rim of your eyes. This will create the appearance of bigger and brighter eyes, which is always handy for us tired mums!

10. Give yourself a DIY teeth whitening treatment by mashing one ripe strawberry with 1/2 teaspoon baking soda. Then rub the mixture onto your teeth and allow to sit for 2-3 minutes before rinsing and brushing as usual.

So there you have it, my top beauty cheats and DIY treatments. I hope you enjoyed the read and that you give them a go.

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