I know I sound like a broken record, but I am still getting used to the idea that my little girl is not so little anymore, but in fact is now attending “big school”. She is doing so well and I am so incredibly proud of her, but ever since she did start primary school, I was secretly looking forward to half-term. Having her around for the whole week would be wonderful. 

Luckily my husband and I both managed to get this week off work and we had made quite a few plans for half-term. So far, we’ve had a brilliant time! We’ve been out and about, have met up with some of her old nursery friends (most of them are not attending the same primary school as she is), met the Gruffalo and had a brilliant time at Drusillas Park. For the rest of the week we still plan to do some pumpkin carving (wish us luck!) and visit a farm – fingers crossed the weather stays as lovely as it has been the last few days. 

We also had the 28 week midwife appointment to look forward to. Hearing baby’s heartbeat and the midwife telling us that everything looks fine so far is so reassuring! We cannot wait to welcome this tiny addition to our family in only a few short months.

Here are a few pictures of our first half-term week so far.




She is pretending to be a scary witch on this picture…

 I am linking this post with Heledd at Running in Lavender for #MyCapturedMoment.

I was over the moon when I was announced as the Twitter competition winner to meet author Claudia Carroll in an exclusive event at Harper Collins Headquarters in London. The event took place on Friday and was absolutely brilliant!


Claudia is such a lovely person! She is incredibly easy to talk to and we had some very interesting conversations. I am a huge fan of her books and cannot wait to read her newest release, Meet Me in Manhattan, which was published in December.

IMG_4005The team at Avon, Harper Collins had put on the most amazing and delicious afternoon tea for us. In between enjoying this beautiful selection, I had the chance to chat to the other bloggers (it really was exclusive as there were only 3 of us), to some lovely editors and publicists that I knew from Twitter, but had never met in person before and, of course, the brilliant Claudia Carroll herself. The afternoon passed way too quickly and before we knew it, the sun was setting over London and it was time to head home. 


I couldn’t get enough of the stunning views we had over the river Thames – absolutely breathtaking! If I would work in that building, I would probably struggle to get any work done, but would instead spend all my time gazing outside the windows.

A huge thank you to the whole Avon team and to Claudia for such a fantastic afternoon!