Baby Shower fun at the World of Wedgwood ๐Ÿ’™

Yesterday a group of lovely ladies and myself descended on the World of Wedgwoodย for an afternoon of fun and tasty treats in celebration of my very soon to arrive, niece or nephew.

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The Wedgwood Tea Room is within the world of Wedgwood just through the stunning Wedgwood flagship store. As it’s Spring the whole place was brimming with floral displays, which to be honest are Instagram heaven ๐Ÿ“ท.

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The whole afternoon was planned in secret so lovely Mum-to-be, Clare was blindfolded from the car park to the tea room and overcome with happy tears when she realised where she was and who she was with – special timesย ๐Ÿ’•

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Much to the surprise of lots of the ladies joining us, who had never visited before, the tearoom itself is decorated delightfully. The wallpaper is based on the Wedgwood Hibiscus pattern and with the golds and blues of the rest of the decor is a real interior style statement.

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The place was buzzing as the Sunday we had chosen was also the monthly Fine Food And Artisan Craft Fayre, which happens on the second Sunday of every month.

There were over 50 stalls offering local handmade goods and delicious treats. This was in addition to the fantastic Wedgwood Flagship store and the new Brand Junction store which stocks sister brands: Waterford, Royal Doulton and Royal Albert products. Shopping a plenty!

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The Wedgwood Afternoon Tea itself is as quintessentially British as the beautiful china it’s served upon. Fresh finger sandwiches, scones and cakes are all served with a choice of teas and the option to add in some fizz if you so wish, of course.

After catching up and filling our happy faces with delicious treats it was time for the games to begin, organised amazingly by Mum-to-be’s little sister, Jessica.

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What more could we want than an opportunity to chat away about impending baby cuddles over cakes and Prosecco. A perfect Sunday afternoon.ย ๐Ÿ‘Œ

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Vitamin Sea โœŒ๐Ÿป๐ŸŒŠ

 

At the beginning of this week I was taken to Wales along with my toddler boss (Indi-Rose) and the furry one (Roxy the Springer) by the grandparents, to enjoy some well earned beach time. The husband didn’t come this time as he’d used up all his leave and I’d carried lots over following a rather hectic year at work.

After packing far too much for 2 nights for me, a dog and a toddler, we squished into Nanny and Grandad’s car and were off. The drive to Wales from Stafford is so beautiful and my Dad’s satnav definitely took us the most scenic route. ๐Ÿ‘

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We stayed at my parents’ friends’ lovely caravan at Greenacres, Porthmadog and I think Indi-Rose literally thinks it is the BEST PLACE EVER. Right on the beach, pooch friendly, swimming pool and all the arcade and park fun an almost 3 year old could possibly need.

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As soon as we got there we hit the beach to give the pooch a run a get a dose of that amazing ‘vitamin sea’. I really wish that we lived nearer to the beach, there’s nothing like taking in that breeze and looking out to that beautiful sparkly expanse of water. I find it very therapeutic and that it always blows away the cobwebs.

Nanny and Grandad on the beach

As we had two nights with a toddler at a complex that has kids entertainment on site we thought we could sit and have a drink or two whilst Indi-Rose ran around the dance floor with other small people. No such luck, this child is OBSESSED with the arcades and the ‘party room’ is right next to the flashing lights, 2p machines and dreaded mechanical horses that she loves so much.

So Nanny, Grandad and I ended up taking turns running around the arcades after the little monkey in shifts. Very relaxing – NOT! Red wine and cheese and biscuits back at the caravan, was very much deserved and enjoyed afterwards. We were all shattered.

Rox with ball at Criccieth

The next day after a quick swim with Indi-Rose we took a drive out to Criccieth, so camera in tow (and toddler in need of a snooze, so asleep in the car with Grandad) I enjoyed some quality time with the pooch practising snapping away on the beautiful beach and near the castle.

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Such a gorgeous part of the world even with April showers. With just two nights away we had another night taking shifts running round after Indi before leaving our lovely caravan (much to Indi-Rose’s disappointment, she definitely thought we lived there now) the next morning.

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Beautiful Betws-y-Coed

We left early enough to take a slow drive back and do some exploring on the way home, so decided to stop atย Betws-y-Coedย – I’d never been and I will definitely be going back. Like something straight out of Lord of The Rings (personal fav.) it felt totally magical and I could’ve stayed for hours. A gorgeous little train station, complete with art gallery and craft village.

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Edith the Rhino – an ace community art project…

A lovely couple of days with ย Nanny and Grandad, enjoying quality time with my two baby girls made for a happy Mama. Gave me time to reflect on how lucky I am and It’s a shame to have to come back to reality…

Roll on the next one! Good vibes only…ย โœŒ๏ธ

Sunny Saturday Fun โ˜€๏ธ

Weekends are precious and this one was no exception. The plan of action was ‘no plans at all’ and I think they always end up being the best ones.

Saturday saw an impromptu get together with my 2 best friends & their husbands (still don’t feel old enough to say that) and ended up being a classic P, P & P (not classic at all, made up yesterday). With my 2 best mates and I having a toddler each it was always going to be pretty low key, but pedals, park and pub turned out to be a pretty awesome afternoon – throw in some sunshine for good measure, happy days!

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Indi-Rose always get pretty excited when the bikes come out and we’re really lucky to have a cycle route, which is an old railway line, right from the back of our house straight to the lovely park in the centre of town.

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Slides, sandpit and swings in the sunshine for an hour or so was a great way to entertain the toddler bosses, and us to be honest. I just love it when the weather picks up and you can finally spend some time outside in the fresh air, really helps with the mum-guilt too.

Of course all that cycling, throwing toddlers down slides and trudging round the sand pit worked up a thirst for us parents, that it would’ve been (quite possibly) fatal if we’d not quenched. Onto the piรจce de rรฉsistance of the ‘p’s – the pub!

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On a sunny day like yesterday, classic beer garden weather, ย it would’ve been rude not to spend at least a little time in such an establishment. The afternoon was finished off perfectly, for the parents among us, with a couple of cold ones at our localย The Sun.

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To top it off, not a toddler tantrum in site. We do have crisps and the blessed Ipads (not for too long) to thank for that.

Yesterday was a great example of how life is about balance – in this case balancing the little people’s happiness at the park with ours in the pub.

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An ace Saturday all round – enjoyed by little people and knackered parents alike.

Good vibes only! xxย โœŒ๏ธ

 

 

Happy Snappy Mama ๐Ÿ“ท๐ŸŒธ

Happy Friday lovely people – hope you’ve had a good week…๐ŸŒธ

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For this Mama it has been one seriously busy one, snap snapping away! After an amazing Easter weekend of fun (and far too much chocolate) my always busy social media manager job went into overdrive. With a short week, holiday planned next week and lots of deadlines looming it has been social media content creation central around here. Phewf – pass me the gin!

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I manage the social media for 4 ceramic and crystal lifestyle brands. This week I’ve found myself surrounded by trays of product, props and delicious treats (all in the name of social media photography of course…!) at home and then part of an office move at work – crikey.

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This is all fab and I LOVE my job – being able to plan, photograph, copy write, schedule and measure content from start to finish is ace. However there are days I do have the added fun of my little Social Media Assistant, my toddler, Indi-Rose. This week she has definitely been on hand to “assist” with my kitchen photoshoots in the evenings and on “our Wednesday”. Since returning to work from maternity in 2015 I have worked a 4 day week, so to keep a day mid-week where I know I’ll be spending it with my mini-me.

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In recent months the job has got bigger and busier so my Wednesday with Indi-Rose has become my day working from home, just stick her in nursery I hear you cry…well I will but at the minute I’m still officially on my 4 day week contract so until that changes she’s staying with me. However throughout the challenges this week has flung at us, after many hours of organising and editing, I’m pleased with the results of “our” handy work. Here’s a sneaky peak of one of my images for a new Wedgwood collection …

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I’ve always loved photography and am a complete social media addict so I’m lucky to be able do a job where I get to get my creative juices flowing, can work from home from time to time and which I truly enjoy (and Indi seems to enjoy too, especially the macarons!)

Good vibes only! xxx โœŒ๏ธ

 

On Wednesdays We Brunch ๐Ÿฅ‘

I love Wednesdays! ๐Ÿ’• Since returning to work as a Social Media Manager from maternity back in June 2015, Wednesday has been my day off with my little girl, Indi-Rose.

As she has got a little older and work has got a lot busier they have unofficially become my work from home day โœŒ๐Ÿปย 

Balancing toddlers, laptops, naps, loads of washing and a springer spaniel can be a challenge so I find that one satisfying daytime meal (for me, not Indi-Rose) is easier than two….enter brunch.

It’s got to be quick, easy, healthy and fill me with energy (salad just won’t cut it!) Today’s choice was a blogger classic ๐Ÿฅ‘ avocado toast, (but actually bagel) and was delicious. Toasted wholemeal bagel, topped with my fav fat free quark and finished off with half an avacado. Set me up perfectly for a day content creating. Why can’t it be Wednesday every day?!

Good vibes only! โœŒ๐Ÿป