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Hello August!

This week is the start of August but looking out of my rainy window, you wouldn’t know it. We’ve got the splashsuit and raincoats out of the cupboard again. It feels kind of crazy, especially with the start of the summer holidays this month – only a few weeks ago, we were basking in the beachside sunshine! It’s been another busy month for us on all fronts I love getting to the end of the month and having a look at what we got up to in the past month.

So amidst the puddle jumping, what did we get up to in July?

on the blog

Collaborations. If you follow my Instagram feed, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of quirky clothing for Emma to wear. I especially love vibrant pink and red colours as Emma looks great in them. So I was excited to be part of the Muddy Puddles ‘How Wild Is Your Child?‘ campaign and we had fun splashing in the rain!

Netflix Stream Team. My other piece of good news was that I’ve been asked to be part of the Netflix Stream Team for the next year. I knew it wouldn’t take long for me to be 100% obsessed and I’m now watching the brilliant ‘Stranger Things’ after binge watching ’13 Reasons Why’ in a couple of days.

Our Friday Challenge. At the beginning of the year, I started a Friday Challenge for myself, to try and do a few new things with Emma each week. So each Friday, we venture out to somewhere new. It’s been my way of doing new things together as well as getting to know Sussex a little too.

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Family Visit. My younger brother lives in Australia and it’s always so hard to get the time to see each other. However this month, his best friend got married and he came over for two weeks. It’s been so wonderful to spend time together and for Emma to be with her aunties and uncles as well as her grandparents. Times that I’ll always treasure and such a laugh too.

Extra time with Emma. Thanks to a couple of long weekends with our family, Emma missed two days at nursery so we could enjoy the time together. It was so lovely to have an extra lazy day together and I think she enjoyed it too.

First theatre visit. I mentioned last time that we went to the theatre for the first time. Emma absolutely loved it and actually enjoyed it (I was worried she’d cry all the way through!). She’s been mentioning the hippos and giraffe she saw that day.

things to look forward to

A Little Break. As it’s the summer holidays, I’m planning to take a little breather now and then to spend time with the family. My other half is a complete star too as he’s said he’s going to give me a couple of hours off now and then so I can go around Brighton taking photos (or going to a cafe to eat cake…either or!).

Cinema Mini Club. Now that Emma has had a taste for the theatre, we thought it might be fun to take her to the Saturday cinema club they have at the Duke of York’s cinema in Brighton. It’s my favourite cinema, as a small independent one and the Saturday club is just for under-5’s. I can’t wait.

Sunshine. Can I say that? Come on sunshine…come back please!

Hope you’ve had a lovely July too – let me know what you’ve been up to in the comments and I’ll be back in a month’s time x



  1. August 8, 2017 / 6:11 am

    Wow what a productive month! Love the Netflix Stream Team news, that’s awesome. The Muddy Puddles waterproofs are the best, I’ve had two for our toddler so far. Hope you enjoy your break xx #dreamteam

  2. August 8, 2017 / 6:54 am

    Yes, let’s have more sunshine please! It’s not feeling very summer-like, is it? It’s great that you got to spend time with your brother and the rest of your family last month – all of my family live overseas, so I know how precious that time can be. #DreamTeam

  3. August 8, 2017 / 8:30 am

    Your pictures are lovely, so colourful and bright. I can’t believe how rainy and miserable it’s been for our so called ‘summer’. We watched stranger things in about 3 nights because it was so good! Looking forward to series two. Glad you’ve had a chance to catch up with family and loved ones and will be nice to look forward to a little break for yourself too, and lets hope for a little sunshine! xx Nicky #DreamTeam

  4. August 8, 2017 / 8:56 am

    July was a great month wasnt it? sounds as if you had a very productive month. The weather in Wiltshire has been terrible so far in August so lets hope that improves soon! Lovely post and Emma is too cute! #Dreamteam

  5. August 8, 2017 / 9:15 am

    Well done on the Netflix news lovely!! Sounds like a great month, Your pictures are just beautiful #dreamteam

  6. August 8, 2017 / 12:18 pm

    July seems to be very eventful, congratulations on all your blogging milestones… we’re also hoping for a little sunshine here in Melbourne #DreamTeam

  7. August 8, 2017 / 12:26 pm

    Im glad you got to see your brother, I know how hard it can be not to see your family. I hope the weather bucks up for you too. Got you all excited that warm June didn’t it?? I was watching from New Zealand with envy! x

  8. August 8, 2017 / 12:44 pm

    Ooh I like the sound of the Netflix Stream Team – what great name! Have a great August lovely. Let’s do a sun dance and see if we can get it to come back! #DreamTeam

  9. August 8, 2017 / 1:38 pm

    Of course, you can ask for some more sunshine. Please can you send some this way please. 🙂 Love the idea of the Cinema Mini Club, wish we have something around here. Though my little Evelyn will be joining her brother soon on Saturdays Drama classes. She love expressing herself. 🙂 Thank you for hosting. x #dreamteam

  10. August 8, 2017 / 2:06 pm

    Sunshine is very much needed and well done on your blogging milestone #dreamteam

  11. August 8, 2017 / 2:34 pm

    I’m glad she loved the theatre. It’s so magical. You should get her involved in groups like Theatrebugs, it’s for 3-7 yr olds and really builds confidence and it’s fun. #DreamTeam

  12. popcornforlunch
    August 8, 2017 / 4:53 pm

    That’s lovely that your brother made it home for 2 weeks! I’m sure it was fab to have everyone together! I love the idea of the independent theatre and their under 5’s club – this sounds amazing. I’m going to try to see if there’s anything like that near us! Sounds like you’ve had a lovely July – enjoy your break!xx #DreamTeam

  13. August 8, 2017 / 5:08 pm

    I bet going to the theatre for the first time was mega exciting! Sounds like a busy month! Popping over from #DreamTeam

  14. August 8, 2017 / 5:51 pm

    I can not believe it is already August. What happened?

  15. August 8, 2017 / 5:53 pm

    That is so lovely you will get some time to yourself. It definitely is very much needed from time to time. I am hoping the weather can cheer up a bit so I can take the girls to lots more things, plus we have a holiday down in Dorset at the end of August. 🙂 x


  16. August 8, 2017 / 6:00 pm

    Hi, you certainly had a busy July. Loved the waterproofs and confess to still jumping into puddles myself. I can’t believe that August is here already and please return sun #dreamteam

  17. August 8, 2017 / 7:35 pm

    This August has been awful here in Yorkshire!! Sounds like you have had a great few weeks though, My brother lived in America for a while and It was lovely to finally see him. #dreamteam

  18. Sarah
    August 8, 2017 / 11:09 pm

    I love the idea of a Friday challenge. Look forward to seeing what you do. #dreamteam

  19. August 9, 2017 / 12:05 am

    Sounds like you’ve had a fab month despite the weather. The cinema is a great plan especially if the weather stays dismal. I can’t wait to take Rory although I suspect I’ll have to wait a little while longer, his attention span is nonexistent #dreamteam

  20. August 9, 2017 / 12:42 am

    Love going to the movies with the little chicks – The Opera House did Baby Proms too – they were excellent for a day out together….#Dreamteam

  21. August 9, 2017 / 10:37 am

    I still can’t believe we are in August already. July just flew by and so far this month is too! Beautiful photos x

  22. August 9, 2017 / 1:12 pm

    Sounds like you have had a great month & you definitely have a great attitude about it!!!


  23. August 9, 2017 / 2:03 pm

    Where did July go? Glad it’s not just me who feels like it’s flown by – at least you have lots to show for it! Hope next month is as exciting #DreamTeam xx

  24. August 9, 2017 / 7:47 pm

    What a fab month,full of celebration. Well done with the blog #dreamteam

  25. August 9, 2017 / 8:28 pm

    I can’t believe how quickly July went by, I blinked and missed it! I’m really enjoying spending time with my little family. I never want the summer holidays to end!

  26. August 9, 2017 / 8:30 pm

    ooh yes I hope the sun comes back again soon too! My family also live quite a way away from us (although not as far as Australia!) so it makes it extra special when we get time together. It sounds like July has been a fab month for you and I hope August is just as great #dreamteam

  27. talkingmums1
    August 9, 2017 / 9:01 pm

    Cinema mini clubs are great. Takes away the pressure of keeping them quiet. Hope you have a fab August x

  28. August 9, 2017 / 9:38 pm

    #dreamteam that little lady is growing so fast! you really have an eye for beautiful photography lovely x

  29. August 9, 2017 / 9:53 pm

    We have had a very rainy August already. I was hoping for better weather with the kids being home!
    It sounds like you had a brilliant July, let’s hope we get some sunshine and can have some fun in the sun! ☀️

  30. August 9, 2017 / 10:37 pm

    What is going on with this weather?! Thank goodness for Netflix hey! Sounds like you’ve had a busy month – I hope you have a fun August too 🙂 #dreamteam

  31. mackenzieglanville
    August 10, 2017 / 10:18 am

    So happy you got to enjoy time with your brother and extra time with Emma, sounds lovely #dreamteam

  32. August 10, 2017 / 4:17 pm

    Sounds like you’ve been having a wonderful time! #dreamteam

  33. Mainy - myrealfairy
    August 10, 2017 / 4:43 pm

    Loads done and lots still to do. The year is just flying by isnt it?

  34. August 10, 2017 / 6:58 pm

    Wow congratulations on the Netflix Stream Team! You must be so excited! I’ll be looking to you for all of my Netflix inspiration from now on! I think you deserve extra cake in those cafes to celebrate. 🙂 Thanks for being such a lovely co-host with me for #DreamTeam x

  35. August 10, 2017 / 7:15 pm

    Cinema’s that do sessions for the smaller ones are great! Everyone’s in the same boat so no one gets cross at the fidgety kids haha! Sounds like you had a great July… I just finished 13 Reasons Why, and tried to get Mr C to watch Stranger Things but he’s a big chicken and made me turn it off after 5 minutes haha! #dreamteam

  36. August 10, 2017 / 8:07 pm

    Your daughter is beautiful! Sounds like you had a great July and hope you have an even better August. We’re heading to the Uk in a couple of weeks so our next couple of months will be eventful! Also, I wish I could get Netflix here, I’m a tv addict! x x #DreamTeam

  37. August 10, 2017 / 9:34 pm

    This Summer has been a funny one weather wise. Personally I’m thankful that the sun is not burning me anymore. Love the outfit supplied by Muddy Puddles definitely something worth considering getting for the girls. #DreamTeam

  38. August 10, 2017 / 10:51 pm

    Sounds like another fun-filled month! I’m well jel about the Netflix Stream team… I’d love an excuse to binge-watch TV (not that I don’t already – I’ve seen both of those shows and loved them! Netflix originals are brilliant!). Having your brother around for a few weeks sounds so lovely too. #DreamTeam

  39. August 12, 2017 / 9:44 pm

    Im so glad Emma loved the theatre! I cant wait to take Ben, but considering he went to Peppa Pig at the cinema, I think a short play/kids show wont be too bad! #dreamteam

  40. August 13, 2017 / 10:33 pm

    You’ve been so busy! Loving all the photos of what you have been getting up to. And a huge congratulations on joining the stream team! Can’t wait to hear your Netflix recommendations. What’s your favourite so far? #DreamTeam xx

  41. August 14, 2017 / 1:03 am

    Congrats on a brilliant month! Netflix Stream team sounds like an amazing gig! Go girl! We are in the midst of 13 reasons why…. kids, they must be asleep for this one. M’wah! #dreamteam xo

  42. susielhawes
    August 14, 2017 / 7:32 pm

    Ah sounds a lovely month, how nice to see your brother and family more. I’m sooo jealous of your Netflix Stream team status! We don’t have it but there is so much I’d love to watch on it! #DreamTeam

  43. August 14, 2017 / 9:30 pm

    Aww you’ve had a fab July! Hope August is panning out well too! #DreamTeam xxx

  44. August 14, 2017 / 10:29 pm

    You pictures are so beautiful as always 🙂 August will be a lovely month 🙂 We love stranger things as well and can’t wait to see season 2

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