Attachment parenting, baby, motherhood

Extended youth

I hadn’t quite applied the change in myself that I had carefully manicured and adapted to suit my new life as a mother.
This is because no matter what there will always be a side to me that is hopeful, playful and likes to daydream. At first when I had Francis I desperately tried to let go of these traits worrying I was too old for wishful thinking and ambition – my time was up I had to put all my efforts into being the ‘perfect’ mother.
But thankfully after over a year of chasing perfection failing miserably and falling into a guilt ridden hole, I feel confident in myself both as a mother a friend and partner.
It’s this comfort that allows me to truly appreciate life and not just spend all my time worrying about pointless things.

Francis is 16 months almost!
He is a true blessing and although my hair is proof that motherhood can be tough (grey hair sprouting) it’s worth every late night, every tantrum and every dinner time drama.
Because at the end of everyday when Francis is peacefully sleeping I remind my self that I made him, and that’s a dream I already caught.

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The happy dress

That feeling you get when you try on an outfit that you feel good in!

I haven’t had the opportunity to dress up for a while now, but this weekend is my chance to be girly.
The thought that I will be leaving the house without my usual baby equipment and a bag bulging with nappies toys and bananas, is strangely exciting for me which is why I call this new dress my happy dress – because so far there are no signs of chewed up rice cakes, banana or general grubby baby finger marks scattered over my dress .

This outfit is from
warehouse
I love this style
At £38 I think it’s a pretty good price as well :)
The sandals are from topshop

click here to buy this dress online at warehouse

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food, lifestyle

home

The title of this post did not take much thought, ‘home’ even when said out loud just brings that warm feeling in my heart. After a long day of traveling or working anything away from my place of comfort really, I like that going home feeling
the familiar smells and surroundings have become like an old friend, we sometimes fall out over bad smells,over flowing bins and messy corners but most of the time I am greeted with warmth and a rather honest view of real family life – how it should be.

Other than regaining a sincere love and attachment to my little home by the sea I have been treating myself and family to a much needed and long over due food make-over.

Generally speaking I like to think we are a healthy(ish) family we don’t over indulge or waste hours watching soaps on t.v we like to keep pretty active. But whats missing is the knowledge and love of real food that makes both cooking and eating part of everyday family life.
I love cooking as you can guess from previous posts, and I am sure if you follow me on istagram you will see a shameful collection of bakes and homemade treats I deem worthy of a hashtag!
The agreement I have made with myself from now and hopefully see through the rest of my life, is that I am going to make a conscious effort to seek out foods that hold benefit to our bodies, foods that boast nutritional value as well as being easy enough to prepare quickly.
I will be post any recipes I think you may like :)
My current food bible is Hemsley Hemsley the art of eating well
These girls are amazing and I am sure you will agree that the meals they present are inspiring for any health aware or in fact any hungry person!

The bible of all cookbooks!

The bible of all cookbooks!

Food blog 1

food blog 2

Framcis food 2

Francis food

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Sunshine, BBQs and garden foolery

This weekend has been spent having BBQs in the garden this lovely weather is perfect for it.
Outdoor eating is somehow so much nicer everything seems to taste better.

Being a vegetarian means I have to be a little more inventive when it comes to a BBQ – this is what I came up with:
Homemade veggie burgers (made with lentils)
Stuffed nicely in a chargrilled pitta hummus, babycorn and asparagus. Chargrilled vegetables go perfectly with the burger adding texture and crunch.
I also made a mediteranian potato salad with roasted veg and feta.

As well as eating far too much we enjoyed some garden tennis while little Francis pottered around the garden watering the flowers (so cute)

Today I wore my favourite summer dress which I featured here before both hat and dress are from urban outfitters. I have copied a link here –

urban outfitters (favourite dress)

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Beach life

I spend lots of time on the beach these days especially now it’s started to feel more like summer, the sea air does wonders for my soul.
I often take Francis for long evening walks by the sea, the aftermath of hustle and bustle has left a warming silence, the sand heated from the afternoon sunshine feels soft I can’t help but wriggle my toes deep into it.
Francis sits happily filling his bucket with shells and sand the sheer excitement on his face when he tips it up is adorable.
Right now – this moment I couldn’t be happier I feel like I have been given a big hug the kind of hug that goes on longer than anticipated but without being awkward, the kind of hug I want to last longer.

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The bikini top I am wearing in this photo is a seafolly one although it’s a little on the pricey side it’s certainly worth it. This is the first bikini I don’t feel self conscious in that’s got to be good right!

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Holiday home

My house has been a little like a holiday home in recent times, the perks of living a 5 minuet walk from the seafront means family visits are more frequent.
I treated my mum and sister to a spot of shopping we hit all the charity shops in the area on a mission to find preloved clothes on a small budget. We succeeded on our quest for outfits which meant we could happily spend money on other more important things like wine and olives (a Ross family tradition the two go hand in hand)
After a week of indulging, spending too much money and giggling with my sister, I plan to spend this week getting back into a normal routine which I think Francis will be more than happy to return to.

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In other baby related news – Francis is almost walking which is super exciting if not a little worrying too!
I look him from a distance his knowing eyes watching everything with questions. This stage is fascinating as he is finding his feet … I’ve just got to find mine now so I can catch up.

Love to all x

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