Country Walks, Judgement, and Rachel Bilson #LittleLoves

Oh this last week has been a rather lovely one. I am very much enjoying the sunshine and lighter evenings; it is as though a switch is flipped on inside me as soon as the sun comes out and I am just so much happier.

We had a really nice and pretty busy Easter weekend, well, except for Ava waking up after both of us having a terrible nights sleep, coming downstairs and throwing up all over two big blankets and herself and I was four washing loads behind all of a sudden. We thought “well that’s our Easter plans ruined” (we always make sure we stay positive) and took it in turns to prop up our poorly toddler. Luckily and fantastically she was all better a few hours later and plans were resumed. (It’s weird being sick for a few hours though don’t you think? The same thing happened to her when we were in Bluestone, but you would think that with either a bug or food poisoning that she would be ill for twenty-four hours at least.)

We had a lovely family walk in a new country park in our area, destroyed our first ice-creams of the year and enjoyed the odd bursts of sunshine. The only thing that ruined it was that Ava had spotted the ice-cream van at the beginning of our walk and even though we had already said we would have one at the end she grumbled all the way around and didn’t massively enjoy the walk (I could have sworn she is three, not fourteen).

On Easter Monday we had lunch at our local pub with the boys family and indulged in a bit more Prosecco, and then we walked it all off (or the carrots at least) with a long stroll by the river in the rather chilly sunshine.

The boy has now actually been away for a couple of days but Ava and I have spent lots of time with my mum and step-dad, including going with my mum to try my wedding dress on again (my mum seeing it for the first time!) along with some shoes and jewellery I have bought. It was lovely seeing it all put a bit more together and it was especially lovely seeing that I have actually lost some weight and all the exercise I have been doing is paying off. I knew I was starting to get more toned but I couldn’t really tell if I was any slimmer, but the sample dress was looser this time.


I have read a couple of magazines this week (the highbrow one’s like Heat and Closer) for the first time in ages. I love magazines but I usually buy them and end up not having chance to read them so I hardly ever get them anymore. I don’t know what changed (maybe I put my phone down for once) but these last few days I have enjoyed browsing them and getting updated on all the important celeb gossip.


I have got back into Hart of Dixie again and have been binge watching it and never going to bed. This is why I try to stop myself from going to Netflix in the evenings. Once I start I can’t stop. Anyway, if you haven’t seen it; it’s a bit silly, easy to watch and Rachel Bilson is in it, and I have loved her since The O.C days. I also love all the deep south American accents and I love the character Lemon.

Hart of DixieSource

I also really want to take Ava to the cinema for the first time and see Cinderella, but we haven’t had time yet.


Slightly less layers – yay! And also my thin-ish leather jacket instead of a big coat. I feel like a snake shedding my layers, as I shed my winter layers.

Ava has been wearing all the patterns, and furry ears….

Ava in all the patterns

I have heard myself yelling at Ava quite a bit over the last few days, which is not nice. I have been really tired, but she has been a little monster this week! She is particularly bad when her Granny is here because she thinks she can just do what she wants and not listen to me. But she just keeps completely ignoring me and making a mess on purpose; like throwing a pack of snap cards across the room because she knows I have told her not to. Little bugger.


…..a decision about whether I am going to wear a veil at my wedding or not!

And lastly….

I have read a few blog posts this week that were quite judgey about other bloggers and how they blog; suggesting mummy bloggers are all sweet and saccharine for example and only sharing the good bits of parenthood therefore duping their readers and other such nonsense and judgements, and it all made me quite cross, so……

a little more kindnessSource



  1. 10th April 2015 / 10:28 am

    I’ve never watched hart of dixie but really want to see it! Im not on netflix yet so I may do once we have that! I know what you mean about people being so judgemental on others – there really is no need, its jealousy half the time and the best thing to do it no rise, yet sway round and rise above it :)
    we’re all original, best to stay that way isnt it. blood boiling and the cheek of it but hey! onwards & up… :)
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    • 17th April 2015 / 3:57 pm

      I think Hart of Dixie is only on the American Netflix actually, but there are ways to get that one :) Yes, you’re right – the best thing to do is just to rise above it x

  2. 10th April 2015 / 10:37 am

    Hart of Dixie is on my TO watch list!

    I have a very defiant toddler too-making a mess for the sake of it of his party tricks…so frustrating

    Have a great weekend
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    • 17th April 2015 / 3:59 pm

      They just like to wind us up I think, don’t they! It’s especially fun when you are incredibly tired! x

  3. 10th April 2015 / 11:11 am

    Lovely post! I also love Hart of Dixie – it’s so easy to watch and I’ve loved Rachel Bilson ever since her OC days too. And the character Lemon is just the best! I also love watching it just so I can adore Rachel Bilson’s fashion – she is just so gorgeous! X
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    • 17th April 2015 / 4:02 pm

      Thanks so much for commenting Carly – I love your blog! Yes, I am sad that Hart of Dixie is ending soon; I will miss it.. She really is; I love looking at her fashion too x

    • 17th April 2015 / 4:04 pm

      Thank you Louisa. Haha, it was actually me that put her outfit together, although she was supposed to wear a plainer jumper and Daddy got it wrong! ;) Yes, I just keep hearing more and more good things about Cinderella. Thanks for commenting x

  4. 10th April 2015 / 5:42 pm

    glad that ava recovered to enjoy some easter fun. ooh wedding dress excitement :D a little more kindness would make such a difference to the world, wouldn’t it? Hope you have a lovely weekend xx
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    • 17th April 2015 / 4:05 pm

      Thanks Alice. It really would make such a difference. Thanks for commenting x

  5. 10th April 2015 / 7:02 pm

    Cherry is a total nightmare around her nanny too! And for a few days afterwards, she knows that crying gets her what she wants with nanny so do it all the time, it drives me mad! I really want to take her to see cinderella too, although apparently it’s a bit scary and she’s not good with scary bits in films! x
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    • 17th April 2015 / 4:08 pm

      Haha, it’s rather frustrating isn’t it?! Oh I didn’t realise it was a bit scary; Ava isn’t good with scary things at the moment either; she keeps worrying about monsters :( Thanks for commenting Jess x

  6. 13th April 2015 / 12:07 am

    YEs to that last quote! You are so right! Makes me sad sometimes to see how judgemental things can get online. I love Hart of Dixie, though haven’t watched it in years! Need to get back into it methinKs!x

    • 17th April 2015 / 4:15 pm

      I know, and there’s no need for it is there? Thanks for commenting Claire x

  7. 13th April 2015 / 4:21 pm

    I Haven’t seen Hart of Dixie before but i think i would like it. I’ll add it to my list of things to watch after I’ve finished Orange Is The New Black. Can’t wait to see if you wear a veil or not, I wore one in the church and loved it, made me feel very bridal. xx
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    • 17th April 2015 / 4:17 pm

      I am sure you will; it’s an easy watch I think. For some reason I stopped right near the end of Orange is the New Black; I must finish watching it. Yes I definitely felt more bridal with a veil on :) x

  8. 16th April 2015 / 9:55 am

    Live and let live I say. if you don’t like it, don’t read it! Personally I enjoy reading about people having a good time :-) no one likes a whiner.

    Love your daughter’s furry ears. I’m obsessed with buying my kids clothes with ears on #they’llnotthankmewhenthey’reolder xx
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  9. 16th April 2015 / 9:58 am

    How cute does ava look in that outfit? Adorable!
    I’ve not head of Heart of dixie but i’ll check it out as like you a was a massive fan of rachel bilson in the OC.
    Hope you’re having a good week xx

    • 17th April 2015 / 4:18 pm

      Thanks Morgana. I think Hart of Dixie might actually only be on the US version of Netflix, unless it’s come on ours since I last looked. Thanks for commenting x

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