A Family Beach House In Weligama, Sri Lanka

Our beach house in Sri Lanka was the second of our stays with Villas in Sri Lanka (the first was at Claughton House). It was near the famous Weligama Bay, in a beautiful beach bungalow called Suriyawatta. This property couldn’t be more perfect for a large family or family groups that want to share. I loved the way it felt like a real family home with a large wrap around garden and

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Hip Holiday Mama In Limousin – Clio Wood

Clio is the Founder of &Breathe Postnatal, a family wellbeing company that specialises in postnatal retreats and events in France (Limousin) and the UK.  She has a 2 year old daughter, Delphi, and a very patient husband, Bryn.  They live in Hertfordshire in the UK.  Clio enjoys most things fitness related, ice-cream and watching feelgood films, and sleeping when she can. 1. What makes your ideal family holiday? True time

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It’s Cool To Be Quirky – girlstalktoboys

Rex is at an age where the imagination is in overdrive. The art of learning a language brings with it all sorts of creative stories and images that not even I could have dreamt up.  Sometimes I think it would be so cool to capture the weird and wonderful world that Rex is currently living in and that’s why I love the idea behind contemporary kid’s brand girlstalktoboys.  girlstalktoboys is

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The Maldives With Kids – Mirihi Island Resort

The Maldives must have been on my bucket list since the word go. To visit with kids? Probably not but as timings in life go, this was our opportunity and so, with kid in tow…off we go. Contrary to what I was expecting, this holiday turned out to be one of our easiest and most relaxing. The choice of resort is key and staying on the laid back island resort of

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Summer Mamas – Greek Swimwear By Emmanuela

Since starting blogging I have discovered so many gorgeous new summer inspired brands from all over the world but there is one place that really knows how to design cool summers and that is Greece. Over the years I have picked up many souvenirs from Greece, in the form of independently designed jewellery, leather sandals, bags, tops and they have all served me well as being unique wardrobe items that no one else has. This

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Join The Boy Brand – Laundry Tribe

At last a fashion brand brave enough to focus on boys only. Laundry Tribe is the answer to all stylish mums of boys prayers. Admittedly, the high street is getting a little better but it is still so disappointing to have to wade through a shop floor bursting with pink and glitter only to find ‘the boys section’ shoved in the corner offering a handful of bland tshirts and trousers.

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Claughton House – A Luxury Villa In Sri Lanka

If you followed my trip to Sri Lanka on Instagram or Facebook and are feeling inspired to book a family trip yourselves then I’d highly recommend having a look at Villas In Sri Lanka.  They have a whole range of self catering accommodation from small but stylish cottages amongst tea plantations to luxury beach villas suitable for big families or groups of friends. This is the first of two villa reviews –

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The Little Leather Satchel – Honey & Toast

I have found the best gift for you to buy and it’s currently so new that you will win extra brownie points for present buying innovation (dads take note)… but be quick.It’s by a new brand called Honey & Toast.  Founded by Emma White,  an accessories designer for 15 years to fashion houses including those of Paul Smith, Alice Temperley and Mary Katrantzou. After having children she decided to create

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Cosy Muslin Pyjamas – Willa And The Bear

I really love finding brands that have been born through travelling. There have been so many times that I have seen beautiful clothes and products abroad and thought how good it would be to make them available in the UK. Willa and The Bear is a brand after my own heart, producing cosy Nepalese muslin pyjamas and chic nursery accessories. The idea for a collection of stylish but traditional children’s bedtime clothes and nursery accessories

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Postcards, Pom Poms & Travel Notes

I hope you have been enjoying my pictures of Sri Lanka so far. I have been jotting down all my finds in my gorgeous little pom pom travel notebook from Izzi Rainey and will be sharing them in a guide later. I couldn’t be in a more fitting environment than Sri Lanka to sit down and ‘pen my thoughts’ whilst sipping a cup of local tea. While Ross has played daddy daycare, I

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The Coco Maxi Dress By Seraphina

There are some dresses that are made to wear in certain places and when I saw the Coco maxi dress by Seraphina, I knew it would be the perfect accessory to colonial villas and palm clad gardens in Sri Lanka. Seraphina is a beach and lounge wear label founded by Fiona Hodges whose upbringing on a tea plantation in Darjeeling, inspired her to explore block print methods by local artisans. After working

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The Packing List – Sri Lanka & The Maldives

A colourful case for a colourful place! A few essentials (and non essentials) I’m taking with us on our trip to Australia, via Sri Lanka and the Maldives. This time we’ll be away for approximately five months and so the packing list for both myself and my son has been hard to whittle down but here is a sneak peak of what I’ll be taking. The Essentials: Mosquito repellents – We are travelling

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The Winter Bobble Hat – Hobo Handmade

There are a few key things needed for your mini’s winter wardrobe and a cosy bobble hat is most definitely one of them, not least for the cute factor. Whether you’re staying in England, taking a winter city break or heading for the snow, now is a good time to start thinking about things like woolly hats, thermal gloves, thick winter coats and wellies. If you don’t prepare, you know that very soon ‘the coldest

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Three Dorset Beach Retreats For Families

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know how much I love a little weekend escape and if it’s by the sea then that’s a bonus. Growing up on the Dorset coast there never used to be any nice hotels, they were all really seedy seaside b&b’s with moldy walls and soggy toast. Thank goodness things have changed! If you’re thinking of taking a weekend break with the family or on

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The Investment T-Shirt

We all have our pile of black and white H&M t-shirts that we know we can just throw on and not really care about but having a couple of really nice quality t-shirts that look smart casual is such a good investment.  I spend a lot of time in jeans and so having a soft, good-fitting t-shirt makes it all feel a bit more dressed up without being dressy. I’m not talking

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Run Away With The Circus – Zippos

Last week we went to Zippos Circus and it was truly so much fun. I hadn’t planned on going, I generally don’t have a love of the circus but we were bored and in need of entertainment.  Well entertain it did and much more. T-Rex and I ate popcorn together, marvelled at the big top and enjoyed an afternoon of innocent laughter brought to us by some very talented and ‘real’ ringside performers.

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Weekend In Gloucestershire: A Photo Story

As a confirmed free spirit who just wants to live by the ocean and drink out of coconuts, sometimes London living can get under my skin.  I have a love hate relationship with city living but give me a large natural open space and I’m anyone’s. We just spent last weekend in Gloucestershire and it came at a perfect time when living in our little London house with an almost ‘threenager’

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Metallics To Love This Autumn

In true British style, just as we get into wearing our bright and cheery summer gear the weather turns and before we know it the shops are flooded with black…grrr. Fear not. Metallic is one of my favorite shades and a cool little outfit cheerer-upper (!?) there is lots of it around at the moment – here’s my pick of the best. As many of you saw in my Instagram, I

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Parent Escape: Spa Day at Chewton Glen, Hampshire

I recently received the best gift a mum can get  – a luxury spa day for Chewton Glen in Hampshire.  If you have not heard of Chewton Glen, it is the quintessential country house hotel and the ultimate Hampshire spa retreat. I’m afraid my photos aren’t wonderful because I was too busy relaxing but I did have a wonderful time and day out on my own which I always think

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The Magic Ruffled Denim Top – Asos

I think I’ve just found a miracle slimming cure without having to give up on cakes and pasta…check out this denim top! When you put it on it makes your legs look skinny! I actually bought this top from Asos because I loved the ruffles but the ruffles have taken a backstage to the (bold statement here) ‘stick leg’ effect which takes place simply by applying top to body –

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