So all this Christmas list writing is making me look at the things I do own, realise the items I use alot of and figure out what makes it onto the ‘worth it’ purchase list in my head.
There are plenty of items which ended up being a waste of money or one-time-worn pieces gathering dust in a draw somewhere however, these following 4 accessories have definitely saved an outfit crisis or two, been a complete staple in my wardrobe and even if on the more expensive side totally worth each penny when worn hundreds of times!
Maternity leave seems to have this kind of gloss about it, people assume its filled with coffee dates, lunch gatherings and shopping trips however in reality it is often very different!
My maternity started mid-July, boiling summer heat, waddling around like a whale with 2 weeks to go until my baby was finally here. I went from a full time hectic work schedule to then find myself unsure of what I should be or need to be doing with this time.
9 months flew-by taking a massive range of emotions with it! Some days covered in sick, some days lipstick was even applied…some times I had a million plans and others nothing to do and feeling a bit lonely. On reflection it was a great time but also it’s a hard time to really enjoy as once you get over the initial ‘I’ve just had a baby’ shock, you don’t really know what to do with yourself and your little human.
5 things I wish I had done / thought of / enjoyed whilst I was on MAT leave:
- Sleep – Sleep before the baby arrives…Yes, this may seem obvious (It’s hard with a big bump in the way, oh and the pregnancy dreams waking you!) Even though a million people tell you how little sleep you get once your newborn is here, I still didn’t allow myself the luxury of an afternoon nap and I wish I had because boyyyyy I missed sleep for a good few months after!
- Have a Pyjama day – Get cosy on the sofa, get your fav TV on with your snacks in reaching distance and just have a really relaxing day to yourself, I crave time to myself and rarely get the chance so I wished I took more opportunity to do this!
- Organise your life- Check any imminent bills, car tax renewals, MOTs etc and get all those things planned, paid or notes made! We missed one of our car tax renewals and received a penalty fine which is annoying when your mind is major sleep deprived and on other things!
- Familiarise yourself with online Supermarket shopping – I had never used this before but it 100% saved me when I needed to keep our cupboards and fridge stocked and didn’t have the energy or time for a trip to the shop plussss, it stopped me picking up
chocolate the odd thing here or there that I didn’t really need therefore saving some much needed pennies!
- Date nights- Book in some date nights with your partner, friends and parents. Schedule some delicious meals out that you can enjoy as this can be quite tricky once little one is here! It sounds obvious but it’s something we don’t do enough of full stop so get planning!
If you have any extra suggestions feel free to comment!
Love Harriet x
Following on from my ‘lazy girl bakes’ posts, I decided to make some yummy rice crispy treats for the girls to munch on in the Treehouse! Another super easy recipe and actually this method has less sugar than many of the others out there!
4 Tablespoons of butter
8 Cups of mini marshmallows
1 Teaspoon of vanilla essence
1 Tablespoon of milk
6 Cups of rice crispie cereal
Dash of maple syrup
2 tubes of Smarties
*Slowly melt the butter in a large pan on a low heat
*Once the butter is melted, add vanilla and 6 cups of marshmallows and dash of syrup – melt it all slowly
*Before the marshmallows are fully melted, add the milk and the remaining 2 cups of marshmallows (don’t let them melt completely, you want some gooey lumps)
*Add in the rice crispies and smarties – stir until its all coated
*Pop into a greased dish and spread out, leave to cool before cutting and demolishing!
Enjoy, Love Harriet x
Whilst it was super cosy in our Treehouse hide away (See my previous post) you should know by now that I love a little wonder and to discover somewhere new! The sun was out, the air crisp, so the girls and I hopped into the car and set off following signs which lead to Polperro, we decided to just go with it and see what we could discover there!
Once parked up, we followed the stream through the valley amongst the gorgeous array of cottages, quaint pubs, cafes and holiday lets…even a Christmas shop which received excited squeals from this gaggle of girls!
The path eventually takes you out onto a small harbour and sandy beach decorated with colourful fisherman houses and a beautiful landscape which stretches miles out to sea. History notes that Polperro was a hot spot for smugglers and with its secluded coves and caves you can see why!
Polperro has a lovely heritage and charming feel about it , close to Looe and Pelynt there is plenty to fill a couple hours, enjoy a coffe on the harbour wall and breath in some fresh Cornish air!
Check out my other Cornish posts here I seem to have a little love affair with Cornwall at the mo!
Love Harriet x
During our ten years of friendship, the girls and I have been on plenty boozy weekends away, drunken hen do’s with cheesy costumes in tow, late night subways and hung over tired shopping trips. This year we are all feeling the need to press the ‘PAUSE’ button, have a relaxing weekend together where we can actually catch up child free or not fighting to talk over the DJ, a weekend where we can laze in the hot tub, cook together and eat ourselves silly with chocolate..a proper girlie weekend (how mature of us)
Laura (often know as Dora) knew exactly the place to look… Forest Holidays! Dora had been before and always said how amazing it was, lodges complete with hot tubs in the most gorgeous setting; as you can imagine we didn’t need much persuasion to book this place up! The Deer Park site was the one for us, out of the 9 locations around the country this forest was only just over an hour from home, no stuck in traffic or wasting hours up and down the motoway!
The Golden Oak Treehouse and lodge was our little haven for the weekend, sleeping up to 8, this stunning pad was light and airy, nestled amongst the trees with a beautiful view across the lake, not to mention the luxury treehouse adjoining us via a cute little bridge! A perfect place to hide out and sip bubbles on the balcony.
I think I am safe to say the weekend was a constant sugar high mixed with copious amounts of tea, wine, cheese along with much laughter, story telling, leafy walks and general girly pyjama chat, this idyllic setting was just what the doctor ordered and I totally recommend Forest Holidays if you need a little cosy break!
Now to dream of the next one….
Love Harriet x