I’m back and here’s a little catch up…

Branksome Chine beach

Gosh it’s been a long old time since my last blog post and I think the longer you leave it the harder it is to get back on and post.

But here I am after a little break… lots of things have happened, but it’s all good and I want to get back into posting regularly on my little blog.  I want this to be my on-line journal where all our special family memories, my thoughts, feelings and inspirations are captured and can be looked back on in years to come.

I received a notification from WordPress that my annual renewal was due, and if not renewed my blog could be deleted.  Yikes, all gone!  So this is what really prompted me into thinking ‘come on girl, get your act together, otherwise there’s gonna be a whole big part of your life missing on this ole blog of mine‘.  So here I am.

Christmas came and went in a flurry and we celebrated New Year’s Eve with some lovely friends.  It’ll soon be Easter and I’m feeling quite festive (if you can feel festive about Easter) and looking forward to a bit of time off with the family.  Oh and there’ll be chocolate eggs of course too – though not too many for me!!

But what I’m really looking forward to is – – – SPRING!  I can’t wait!  Leading on to some lovely summer months; pleeeease.

So looking forward to getting our garden sorted and being able to sit out and enjoy it – bring it on Mr Lovely Weather.

Last weekend we headed down to our beach hut and it was bliss.  It was a sunny day and in the shelter was really quite warm.  I even fell asleep in the sunshine on the balcony.  So, I’m planning to spend more time there this year.  If it’s looking like a nice day, I’m gonna pack up my bag, grab Kipster and head off for a chill at my little beach haven.  It’s such a beautiful place to be.

For now, I’ll leave you with some pics taken down at the beach to give us all a flavour of hopefully what is to come.

Branksome Beach

sand from the beach

shells at the beach hut

Kipster on the beach

Hope you’re all good and wishing you a wonderful weekend.

It’s MrD’s birthday tomorrow, so we’re off out for a nice birthday breakfast.

Carpe Diem x

My Captured Moment #22

If you follow my blog you will know that I love linking up with Heledd who blogs over at Running in Lavender with her linky ‘My Captured Moment’.

This is where you link up with a photo or a series of photos that have captured a special moment in time – one or ones you haven’t and won’t ever forget.

It’s my favourite linky because it makes me think back to such special times and I always end up with a great big fat grin on my face.

I’ve missed a couple of weeks due to being away on holiday, but I’m pleased to be back this week with …

My Captured Moment #22

Barnaby on the train to London

Apologies if you spotted this one on my blog already, but it’s my absolutely most favourite pic of MasterB at the moment.

This was taken on his birthday as we were heading into London for a few days.

Here’s another taken at the same time…

Barnaby on the train to London 2

Oh man, can’t believe this gorgeous boy of mine is 11.

I’m so utterly proud of him each and every day and he makes my heart melt with love.

How lucky we are to have him.

I hope you like my extremely special captured moments this week.

Carpe Diem x

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My Captured Moment #21

If you follow my blog you will know that I love linking up with Heledd who blogs over at Running in Lavender with her linky ‘My Captured Moment’.

This is where you link up with a photo or a series of photos that have captured a special moment in time – one or ones you haven’t and won’t ever forget.

It’s my favourite linky because it makes me think back to such special times and I always end up with a great big fat grin on my face.

This week, I’ve once again chosen a little series of pictures…

My Captured Moment #21

MasterB with face paints

This was taken when MasterB was two and half and it was the very first time he’d ever had his face painted.

MasterB with face painted

Oh my goodness I cannot believe how utterly gorgeous he was (and obviously still is; but oooooh those curls).

MasterB face painted

How cute is that button nose too.

I remember the day clearly – it was a fun day in Poole Park with a bouncy castle and coconut shy and he was so excited by everything that was going on.

Definitely one of my special and treasured captured moments.

Carpe Diem x

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Christmas flowers bouquet from Prestige Flowers

Prestige flowers

I love flowers.

I love seeing them grow in the garden, having them dotted around the home and I love seeing them when I’m out and about different places.

Some people don’t like cut flowers and prefer seeing them grow naturally, but I have to admit to loving them in the home.  They make me smile.  They make me happy.  I love the vibrancy of colours and the gorgeous perfumes that some flowers give off.

I’m one of those people who admits to buying myself a bunch (or sometimes two) each week when I do my food shop.  I love having fresh flowers for the week and if I’m lucky I can spread these out in different vases throughout the house.

So with a love for flowers, when I was given the opportunity to review a Christmas bouquet from Prestige Flowers from their Haute florist range I jumped at it.  Oooooh how exciting they were giving me a sneaky peek at what would be available on their site for Christmas.

I waited in anticipation for my delivery.

Prestige Flowers are one of the UK’s leading on-line florists and have a wonderful range of beautiful fresh flowers, plants and gift hampers.  You can do that thing too, where you add chocolates etc to the bouquet.  Before I received my flowers I popped over to their website, like you do, www.prestigeflowers.co.uk for a little looksee and I felt quite excited that I was going to be lucky enough to receive some of their fine flowers.

I wasn’t disappointed.

Prestige flowers

My bouquet, which was from the Haute Florist range, arrived in a huge cardboard box – it’s such a good idea to send them in a box because you know they won’t get damaged.

the flower box

They were wrapped in luxury paper and then popped in a bag all inside the sturdy box.  I was pleasantly surprised to see that the stems were very cleverly housed in a hydration pouch to keep the flowers as fresh as possible during delivery.  I’ve never seen one of these before and thought what a great idea it was.

Prestige flowers hydration pouch

The bouquet was held together with a small piece of ribbon, which I have to admit I thought would be red (it being a Christmas bouquet and all that) and perhaps tied a little bit more delicately… but never mind that’s a small detail I guess.

Prestige flowers

There was however a lovely little card which made me smile, as well as a very informative flower care guide.  I took the time to read the guide as I had kindly been sent the flowers, in order to prolong their life as much as possible.  It advised me to change the water daily, remove guard petals that surround the blooms (I didn’t know to do this before) and to re-cut the stems regularly.

Back to my lovely flowers…

Prestige flowers christmas bouquet

A very pretty Christmas bouquet that anyone lucky enough to receive, would, I’m sure, be very happy with.  It included red and pink roses, gorgeous vibrant lime green coloured shamrock blooms, some sort of green berries (sorry I’m no expert), with cinnamon sticks and pine cones… oh and topped off with a bit of sparkle – always a winner in my book!

Christmas bouquet

Christmas flowers

Prestige flowers

Ooooh how lovely.

So, how long did my bouquet last?

Well I’m delighted to say that they lasted a good week and a half without me having to throw any of the stems away.  The berries are still looking lovely but the roses are finished now.

I will of course be keeping the cinnamon sticks and pine cones for crafting purposes at Christmas (haha look out for that one around Christmas time).

christmas berries

I’m not sure how much this bouquet is as it’s from their new Haute florist Christmas flowers range launching in December, but you can view their current Christmas flowers category on the Prestige website.  I can’t therefore give a value for money review, but they were certainly very pretty and if I received them at Christmas I would be a very happy girlie indeed.

Thank you very much Prestige Flowers.

Do you like cut flowers or prefer to see them growing in their natural habitat?

Carpe Diem x


I was kindly sent this Christmas bouquet from Prestige Flowers for the purpose of review, but all thoughts are entirely my own and I will always be honest.


I’m also linking this post with Jess from Mummy of boy girl twins and Caro from The Twinkle Diaries for their ‘HomeEtc‘ linky which is fab for home-y and garden inspirational blogs. I love it!

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My Captured Moment #20

I always love linking up with Heledd who blogs over at Running in Lavender with her linky ‘My Captured Moment’.

This is where you link up with a photo or a series of photos that have captured a special moment in time – one or ones you haven’t and won’t ever forget.

It’s my favourite linky because it makes me think back to such special times and I always end up with a great big fat grin on my face.

Here’s this week’s…

My Captured Moment #20

Barnaby Christening day

Oh my goodness, my two gorgeous boys.

This was in fact MasterB’s Christening Day – he was ten months old and it was the most beautiful August day.

How totally scrummy does he look in his Christian Dior outfit (I still have this hanging in the wardrobe and don’t think I’ll ever be able to part with it).

He was an angel boy all day and didn’t cry once.  I think he was a little over-whelmed by the day though (check out his face) and certainly wasn’t too impressed when the vicar rather enthusiastically wetted his head.

We had a garden party after and everything went so smoothly – we couldn’t have asked for a nicer day.

It’s a wonderful memory and a perfect captured moment of daddy holding his boy.

Carpe Diem x

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My Thursday thought… #6

My Thursday thought

Each Thursday I like to share my Thursday thought.

This could be a special quote I’ve found, or a saying or passage of text or something similar that I feel compelled to share for some reason or another.

There will definitely be silly, funny and far fetched ones thrown in, but if it strikes a chord with me it’ll be popping up somewhere along the line.

It goes without saying that there will obviously be lots of sparkly ones too.

I really hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

My Thursday thought…

My Thursday thought

Be the type of person that you want to meet

I really love this and I like this way of thinking.

I’d like to think (for the most part) that I’m the kind of person I’d really like to meet and get to know and even be friends with.  It’s certainly something to aspire to and so that’s why this week I’ve chosen this one.

The image is my own and was taken today at Sandbanks beach.  It was the most glorious day and MrD and I had a lovely stroll along this totally gorgeous beach that we are lucky enough to live near.  It stretches on for miles and miles.  Kipster enjoyed lots of ball throwing so she was a happy girlie too.

I hope you enjoy my Thursday thought for this week.

Carpe Diem x

As this image is my own I will be pinning it to my ‘Words’ board over on Pinterest where you can follow me.


I’m linking this post with Cuddle Fairy’sCandid Cuddles‘ weekly linky.

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My Captured Moment #19

I always love linking up with Heledd who blogs over at Running in Lavender with her linky ‘My Captured Moment’.

It’s where you link up with a photo or a series of photos that have captured a special moment in time – one or ones you haven’t and won’t ever forget.

It’s my favourite linky because it makes me think back to such special times and I always end up with a great big fat grin on my face.

Here’s this week’s

My Captured Moment #19

in his cot for the first time

This might not look like much, apart from a beautifully decorated nursery, but this was in fact the very first time that baby MasterB was put in his big boy cot for a nap.

Like all new borns he spent a lot of time in his mummy’s arms – I used to adore just sitting holding him and gazing at my amazing and beautiful babe – or in his carry-cot (we had a Silver Cross pram that doubled as a carry-cot so there was no need for a moses basket).

But the time came when I thought he needed to get a bit more used to his big boy cot and so on afternoon nap time I put him in his sleeping bag (best baby invention every #justsaying) and lay him down.

I couldn’t believe it but there was no fussing and he pretty much went soundo straight away.

I snuck in and took this adorable photo of him snoozing away – his very first sleep in his cot.

So sweet.

This again is definitely a very special #MyCapturedMoment for me.

Carpe Diem x

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My Captured Moment #18

I always love linking up with Heledd who blogs over at Running in Lavender with her linky ‘My Captured Moment’.

This is where you link up with a photo or series of photos that have captured a special moment in time – one or ones you haven’t and won’t forget.

It’s my favourite linky because it makes me think back to such special times.

This week, I’ve once again chosen a little series of photos…

My Captured Moment #18

Barnaby crawling

Barnaby crawling

This was when a certain young man decided he could crawl… and rather liked it.

He was off on a little mission – to the kitchen.

There was something in there that was attracting his attention.

Barnaby crawling

the washing machine

He loved that washing machine.

Funny isn’t it, I don’t know what the fascination is for little ones and washing machines but a lot of them seem to have it and MasterB was one of them.

He was so cute, if a little late and lazy, when he first started crawling and so I can remember it well bless his little heart.

These little snaps are definitely captured moments that I will always treasure.

Do you remember when your little one started crawling?

Carpe Diem x

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My Thursday thought… #5

My Thursday thought

Each Thursday I like to share my Thursday thought with you and for the 2nd week running I’m on time!

My Thursday thought could be a special quote, or saying or passage of text or similar that I feel compelled to share for some reason or another.

There will definitely be silly, funny and far fetched ones thrown in, but if it strikes some sort of chord with me it’ll be popping up.  It goes without saying that there will obviously be lots of sparkly ones too.

I really hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

My Thursday thought…

Take time...

Take time to do what makes your soul happy

I think sometimes in the busy world we live in it’s easy to forgo the things we actually love and do good for our soul and overall well-being.  I know I do.

So here’s my message this week, to myself as much as to you my lovely readers, ‘take time to do what makes your soul happy‘.

Carpe Diem x

Image from my Pinterest board ‘Words


I’m linking this with Cuddle Fairy’s ‘CandidCuddles’ weekly linky.

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Sunshine, happy dog and Segways – I give you Upton Country Park

It’s Friday… yay and the sun is shining here in Dorset… double yay!!

I hope it is with you too.

The pup and I went out on a glorious walk this morning – the sun was shining and it felt good to be alive with that sun on my face.  Kipster was loving it too and was hopping and skipping which she does when she’s really happy.

I wrapped up warm thinking it would be quite chilly out, but in fact it was warmer than I thought so ended up taking my scarf off.

We pootled off to lovely Upton Country Park, which luckily for us is a five minute drive in the car.  I love it there and so does Kipster and they’ve introduced a new area to the park which allows dogs off lead, which is great.

Upton House through the woods

We saw this group of lovely ladies off on a Segway tour of the park – they were having such a giggle it was contagious and I just had to get a couple of snaps of them.

Segways at Upton House

… and off they go

Segways at Upton House

We did Segways when we were in Antigua in May and it really is such fun.  You should try it if you haven’t had a go.

It was such a glorious walk this morning I thought I would simply share some pictures with you that I took along the way…

Kipster on the bridge

Check out the dainty paw…

Kipster going for a paddle

Kipster paddling

Not sure how far to go…

Kipster paddling

Searching for those ducks – not sure where they’ve gone?

Kipster paddling

sheep at Upton House

Spot the Kipster!

spot the Kipster

The view up through the trees was a wonderful sight (though this doesn’t do it justice).

up through the trees

Upton House

After a lovely walk Kipster was back in the car and ready to head home.  She knows she gets a chew when she gets back so think she was keen to get going; cheeky madam.

Kipster in the car

The lovely thing about having a dog, is it gets you out and about and when the sun is shining, the birds are tweeting and you’ve got a happy pooch running around sniffing all the good sniffs there’s nothing better.

Wishing you a fabulous weekend and long may that sun shine.

Carpe Diem x


I’m linking this post with the very lovely Ali over at My Life My Love and equally lovely Steph who blogs at Diary of a midlife mummy for their weekly linky #ThisWeekIveLoved…

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My Captured Moment #17

I always love linking up with Heledd who blogs over at Running in Lavender with her linky ‘My Captured Moment’.

This is where you link up with a photo or series of photos that have captured a special moment in time – one or ones you haven’t and won’t forget.

It’s my favourite linky because it makes me think back to special times.

This week, I’ve chosen a little series of photos…

My Captured Moment #17

Ready steady go

Ready – Steady – Go!

Barnaby and Kipster in the garden

How adorable are these two.

Kipster and Barnaby

These shots were taken after we had just picked up our gorgeous little Border Terrier puppy, Kipster.  We headed straight out to the garden to see if she would perform any little jobs for us (which of course she didn’t) and I just love how MasterB interacted with her.  It was so sweet to watch.

Kipster and Barnaby Love

These really are special moments in time and I’m so glad we captured them.

Carpe Diem x

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If you’d like to read part one of the Kipster story, you can do do that here…

My Thursday thought… #4

My Thursday thought

Each Thursday I share my Thursday thought with you and woopeee this week I’m on time!!

This is where I share a special quote, or saying or passage of text or similar each week.  There will definitely be silly, funny and far fetched ones thrown in, but if it strikes some sort of chord with me it’ll be popping up.  There will obviously be lots of sparkly ones too.

I really hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

My Thursday thought…

Be good and do good

Be good and do good…

Carpe Diem x

Image from my Pinterest board ‘Words


I’m also linking this with Cuddle Fairy ‘Candid Cuddles’ linky.

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My Thursday thought on ‘Feel good Friday’… again!

Thursday thought

Oooops I’ve done it again – I missed posting out ‘My Thursday thought‘ yesterday, so I’ll call it ‘Feel good Friday‘ again today.

Each week I share my Thursday thought with you – a special quote, or saying or passage of text or similar.  There will definitely be silly, funny and far fetched ones thrown in, but if it strikes some sort of chord with me it’ll be popping up.  There will obviously be lots of sparkly ones too.

I really hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

My Thursday thought which today is ‘Feel good Friday’…

Life is about using the whole box of crayons

Life is about using the whole box of crayons

What a great way to say it and think about life.

They might not always be your favourite colours but they all go towards making the full picture.

The good, the bad and the ugly.

Bring it on…

Carpe Diem x

Image from my Pinterest board ‘Words

Welcome back lovely sunshine…

This is a specific ‘This week I’ve loved’ post because it’s such an easy one…

This week I have totally and utterly loved the fact that the sunshine has come back.

Welcome back lovely sunshine…

Sat in the sunshine

Relaxing in the garden

Hooray!!

We’ve had the cushions back out on the garden furniture, been sitting out at all different times of the day enjoying the warmth of the lovely sun, enjoying the garden, having a drink or two and even eating lunch outside.  The windows and doors have all be open again and even though it’s cooled off in the evenings it’s been wonderful.

glass of Blush in the garden

Fantastic!  Except why did the sun have to wait until the children went back to school to make an appearance?

Never the less, it’s made me happy to be back out in the garden enjoying as much of the sun as I can.

Thank you lovely sunshine.

What have you loved this week?

Carpe Diem x


So because of that I’m linking up with Ali over at My Life My Love and Steph at Diary of a midlife mummy for their great linky #ThisWeekIveLoved…

MyLifeMyLove

My Captured Moment #16

As you probably know I love linking up each week with Heledd who blogs over at Running in Lavender with her linky ‘My Captured Moment’.

This is where you link up with a photo or series of photos that have captured a special moment in time – one or ones you haven’t and won’t forget.

It’s my favourite linky because it makes me think back to special times.

Here’s my chosen one for this week…

My Captured Moment #16

MasterB on holiday

I completely adore this photo of our gorgeous boy – he’s soooo smiley and sooooooooo happy!

This was taken back in March 2007 when we were holidaying down in Bodmin at Glynn Barton Cottages where we had the most wonderful holiday.

This particular picture was taken in the playroom where there was a pool table (Master B’s first experience of a pool table and he loved just chasing the balls around the table) and board games, puzzles, books, lego, cars, a doll’s house, videos (as they were back then) and lots lots more fun things.

He absolutely loved it and every day, no matter how busy we had been during the day, we had to pop over to the playroom for a bit.

Definitely one of my cherished captured moments.

Carpe Diem x

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