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Bridesmaid Duties, Dress Meltdowns and A Weekend in the Peak District...

on Tuesday, 06 May 2014.

Last Friday one of my closest friends got married and I had the honour of being her bridesmaid.  We have been discussing plans back and forth for so long that I still can't believe it has been and gone now. The wedding was held in the most idyllic boutique hotel in the Peak District and we headed up there on Thursday lunchtime ready for a weekend of wedding fun.

The bride looked beautiful, the location was perfect and the wedding was truly great.  It was laid back, relaxed but lots of fun at the same time and I could tell that everyone was really enjoying themselves.  With two small children to look after, the weekend wasn't exactly stress free for us, but we enjoyed ourselves and our few days of family time as well.

The girls behaved really well considering it was a long day, although the morning of the wedding started with Mads having a huge meltdown over the fact she didn't want to wear her dress.  After much bribery and persuasion the dress went on but not without many tense words from Mr E.  It is hard on children to be little angels when their routines are so disrupted, as well as being constantly told to quieten down during the service or while the speeches were on, but Mads and LL were lovely for the most part all day.  It was tiring and a little stressful for us though and it's certainly made me wonder whether we will take them to any weddings in the future as I just didn't feel like we could relax.  Poor Mr E went to bed with the girls at 9pm as they couldn't last a minute longer, but I got to stay up and have a few drinks which was nice of him.

I didn't manage to take a huge number of photos as I was busy with bridesmaid duties, and I didn't take a single one in the church obviously, but here are a few snaps from my phone and my big camera...

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Starting the day off with a glass of bubbly.

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All ready to leave for the church.

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Looking very cute in her dress, even if trying to get it on her proceeded to cause an epic meltdown.

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Vintage records playing outside.

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The latest thing she does is to point at everything.

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Matching pretty dresses.

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Endulging in a cake pop or two.

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The colour scheme was blush pinks, creams and greens and it looked beautiful.

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My pretty bouquet- was such gorgeous pink colours.

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Chatting to the other guests.

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Loved this idea, and the desserts were absolutely amazing.  Someone made this Rocky Road which was seriously the best thing I have ever eaten.  Even four slices later!

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Can't beat a cupcake.

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Just some of the desserts family and friends made.

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Doing the bridesmaid thing.

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Mr E did such a good job of looking after the girls all day.

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One of my best uni friends and his plus one who dutifully had to play outside with Mads constantly.

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My clever friend made these cake toppers herself out of wooden pegs.

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Having a chat to the beautiful bride.

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Gorgeous curls.

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Photo booth fun with bestest uni friends.

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My slightly loony family.

 

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A Child Free Weekend in Bath...

on Tuesday, 08 April 2014.

This past weekend I had my first child free weekend ever.  I have been away before for the odd night when we just had Mads and I went away to Brussels with work for two nights when Mads was around eleven months old, but I have only been away from LL for a night before.  I was excited and a little nervous about leaving them for the weekend.

The reason for my travels was it was one of my best friends hen do's in Bath.  Her wedding is in a couple of weeks and I am bridesmaid so I was really excited about spending some time with her and her friends, as well as one of my other closest friends from uni.  

We had a great time, the only downside being that I was not well earlier in the week and on the Saturday it came back with avengence, meaning that I got glammed up ready to have some drinks only to find that my stomach was so painful I had to go home early.  I was so disappointed and upset, typical that I am poorly on the one weekend that I get to go away. 

Here is my weekend in iPhone photos...

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Arrived in Bath early on Friday for a spot of lunch with the lovely Lucy.  

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We had a wonderful time catching up. 

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Bath is so beautiful and also has some lovely quirky shops, could have bought everything in this toy shop.

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Beautiful country house for the weekend.  Check. 

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Gorgeous room. Check.

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Warm fire. Check.

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Cheers.

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Bathroom selfies and my two best uni friends.  One in a toilet paper wedding dress.  The other the actual bride.  

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Not a bad view to wake up to.  

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Actually had time to eat breakfast for once.

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Most people have limos for their hen do, we had a horse box.

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Kicked out his transport.

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This little fella was an hour old. 

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Cuddles with another baby and a spot of shooting.

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Super shooters.

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Relaxing in a huge bubble bath.

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All glammed up and fizzy willies.

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A little treat brought home for my little ladies (and Mr E!) - some chocolate ducks!

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A little card for Mr E. 

It was a lovely weekend and it was nice to be able to just relax and not have to be 'Mummy' for a while.  I was the only Mum there bar the hens Mum, and for once all my conversation didn't revolve around tantrums, nappies and sleeping patterns, although I kept showing them all photos of my lovely little ladies.  The girls had a great time with Mr E and when I spoke to them on the phone Mads kept saying she 'missed me so much.'  I came home to the biggest cuddles and they didn't leave my lap for the whole afternoon.  

They definitely missed me just as much as I missed them.  

Roll on the wedding! 

 

 

{The Ordinary Moments 14} #8 'Special Friendships'

on Sunday, 23 February 2014.

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Friendships are a funny old thing when you become a Mother.  

I am lucky to have some great friendships in my life- a couple are old friends from school or university, some are friends I have met through Mr E, some are from having my girls, and some are through blogging.  Others I have just met somewhere along the way.  

We have a few close friends that we socialise with as a couple.  Then we have a few where we socialise as a couple or a family but perhaps one of us has the stronger friendship, for example we have Mr E's life long school friends and while it is great to see them all when we go to Manchester, it is obviously due to the fact that Mr E has such a long history with them.  We have friends on completely different paths to us- some single, some engaged, some with children a lot older than ours, and some with children the same age. 

When you become parents, naturally your life completely revolves around your children.  And of course while days out are fun whoever we are with, it certainly helps if your children get along well too.  When I started blogging I certainly didn't think that I would make such great friends, let alone one of my best ones.

I first met Lucy at a Kiddicare blog event but our families properly met for the first time at a Tots 100 Christmas party a couple of years ago.  Even at that first meeting, I could just tell we would all get along well, our husbands were similar, and of course Mads and BB were almost the same age.

I don't even know how it happened but soon I started speaking to Lucy almost every day.  Of course there are days where we don't, but I certainly speak to her far more than any of the other friends I have in my life.  Our families just seem to have clicked, and over the last year or so we have added another two little ladies to our little group.  Our children are all similar ages, and we just get on so well.  Mads and BB are just adorable together, and Mads calls him 'her best friend.'  When she finds out we are seeing them for the day she always jumps around the room in excitement.

We see each other at least a couple of times a month, sometimes more, and we haven't got any other friends where when we are together it is just so easy.  Even some of our oldest friends aren't quite the same- our days out and holidays just seem to work and I feel so genuinely lucky to have met them and have them in our lives.  I know that whatever happens with my blog in the future, we will remain friends.  Although it drives us mad when people think we can't be anywhere without the other- I get so many people ask me 'Where is Lucy?'  We aren't joined at the hip- well only sometimes and actually we are quite different although ridiculously similar at the same time.

The above photo was taken at the weekend.  Just a very ordinary moment in the park with our friends.  Our very close, family friends who I know will be in our life for a very very long time.

It's not very often you meet people that you can truly say that about.

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A Girly Day at Ragdale Hall...

on Tuesday, 07 January 2014.

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When I was pregnant with LL, I went to Ragdale Hall with my Mum and sister for a spa day.  It was one of the best days I have had in such a long time, full of relaxation, chatting and laughing.  However one big problem was because I was pregnant I couldn't enjoy all the heat experiences (although there is lots you can still do) and so I have been wanting to go back ever since!  Therefore when the opportunity arose for me to go back with Lucy we jumped at the chance.

We set off for a day of pampering early, and I cannot tell you how much I was looking forward to it, with it being the first time I had been away for a day from LL since she was born ten months earlier.  And it certainly didn't disappoint.  We had a wonderful day with lots and lots of chatting and giggling- in fact my throat was sore when I came home from talking too much.

Ragdale Hall is beautiful, and from the second you step in the door it is almost as if your worries just disappear instantly.  There are people in white fluffy robes everwhere, lounging on sofas, playing games with a cup of coffee or snuggled up in a corner somewhere reading a book.  

The spa itself is world class- with lots of different heat experiences, including a colour flow cave, volcanic salt bat, outdoor heated pool, and my favourite the beautiful candlelit pool.  There is a large pool with a jaquzzi as well.  There are chill out areas everywhere, and you can't help but want to snuggle up with a magazine.

We had a delicious healthy lunch in the restaurant, in our robes which somehow made it even more relaxing, including the most amazing chocolate mousse.  The service was second to none, with the staff incredibly friendly and chatting throughout.

Of course you can get treatments at Ragdale, which I did last time I was there, but we preferred to just sit and chat all day.  We certainly did a lot of that!

It was the most lovely day with one of my best friends, and I certainly cannot recommend Ragdale enough.  I am already looking at going back with my mum and my sister, and talking about going with Lucy again this year as well.  If you are looking for a relaxing, luxurious day then you definitely won't be disappointed at booking Ragdale Hall.

Thank you so much to Ragdale for giving us a day to remember.

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We received a complimentary experience day at Ragdale Hall for the purpose of this review, but all thoughts and opinons are entirely my own.  I can't recommend Ragdale enough.  You can read my previous review here.

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