Recap of January and February

Its been too long since i did a blog so im making up for it!

January for me is always a really busy month. There are so many birthdays and we are still getting over Christmas. I always feel like the first week of January is a bit of a breather but I come back to realisation and life goes on and with it brings all the hectic and fun stuff!
Because of all the busyness I didn’t really blog as much as I would have liked, I had little notes of what I could write about but it just didn’t happen, some days I was just so rushed off my feet before I could even grab my computer my head was on the pillow. Some days I just don’t feel in the mood and that’s okay. I had also started back work in January (blog for another day) and I wanted to spend my time with Thea and Danny, grabbing my computer to blog was just not a priority at the time.

Today though my mum is entertaining Thea while Danny watches the rugby (WIN!) so here I am.
I did so many great things in January and February that i felt it was a bit of a shame to just brush over it, so I thought I would do a bit of a recap.

At the beginning of January we spent some time as a family going to the beautiful Bradgate park. This was especially lovely because Danny was still off work and I was yet to start work.
We also celebrated my 29th birthday! me and my brother spent some really great quality time together which we don’t usually get to do.
We had a couple of other birthdays too, one of them being my Brother In laws 21st and a few 1st birthdays too. We spent a weekend in Stamford celebrating little Olivia’s first birthday which was super lovely.

Here are some pictures from our little break, we stayed in an Airbnb called the ‘The Buttery‘. I would highly recommend! such a lovely and cosy place to stay and Julie the host was super accommodating, she knew we were bringing Thea and she had the high chair and travel cot set up for us and had some toys and books out, absolutely brilliant!

 

While in Stamford apart from Olivia’s birthday party we didn’t have any plans.

We decided to drive around and look for somewhere to eat. We came across a lovely place called the Golden Pheasant ran by 2 amazing hosts!

They were super lovely and friendly, the food was amazing and Kirstene who was our host (also runs the pub) was so lovely and gentle with Thea. nothing was too much for her. They have also been ranked number 1 pub restaurant in Peterborough!

If we go back to Stamford we will definitely be coming back to The Golden Pheasant!

We really enjoyed our time in Stamford and would love to go back in the future.

 

February was a special month for us, this was the month that Thea turned 1!

We had a joint birthday party with Joshua who is 1 day older than Thea and me and my friend Cheryl had been planning for months! We had a jungle themed party that involved lots of toys, a soft play area and a Baby Sensory party.

The big day came and we got in the hall early to set it all up. We were so excited!

The party was an absolute blast and all the kiddies had so much fun, there were no tears from Thea or Joshua and they really enjoyed themselves.

To end this brillaint month we went to Thomas land with Thea’s Godmother and a big group of friends. It was Thea’s first time at a theme park and she behaved so well. she loved the rides and was really well-behaved in the queues.

I didn’t know if she would like the rides as she had to sit next to me instead of on my knee but it didn’t bother her at all!

We have had a lovely beginning to the year and can’t wait for the fun to carry on.

Thank you friends and family for making it so special!

Love Keira x

 

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1 Year Old!

Today my little pudding turned ONE!

Thea is such a loving, happy, clever little girl and she fills my heart with so much joy.

I can’t wait for what the future holds for her. But for now I’m taking all these moments in, watching her grow and hit her milestones just makes me so proud.

Happy Birthday Beautiful, Mama and Daddy love you beyond words xxx

Birthday Outings

Today I turned 29!

I have had lots of lovely birthday wishes, and had a brilliant day/night with my Family.

To start off with Thea went to nursery today so I had a day to myself, Danny had to work so Alan decided to take me to a lovely place called The Loquacious Baker Coffee Shop & Bakery (by taking I mean me driving and him paying hehehe).

He had met the owner briefly while at work and thought that it would be a lovely birthday treat for me (FYI it was!)

This little Café is located in the Quaint village of Burbage. The outside is very modern/chic and I could tell that a lot of pride goes into this little café.

I loved that it is quite small, I personally love this as I like that its more personal.

We sat in the corner under a big flower wall, I ordered a Sweet potato with chickpea tagine topping (flipping lovely) and Alan ordered a chicken, pesto and cashew nut ciabatta. The food was amazing! I’m not too fussy when it comes to food but this was next level. It was so good.

I also had a mocha latte and tried Chai latte for the first time (big hit) and I manged to leave room for cake. Because if you go somewhere that has bakery in its name, it would be rude not to eat cake right? Right.

 

This was meant to be a really lovely photo of a piece of cake… but I ate it ooops!

I would really recommend this place to anyone that loves homemade cakes and a bit of a fancy lunch, we will certainly be going back!

After picking Thea up from nursery we went to Pesto at the White Horse in Desford. I have been here before with Danny, but for my birthday my parents and brother joined us. I honestly don’t know how I ate because I was still full from earlier.

They do Italian Tapas and it is delicious, I treated myself to 2 mocktails too. The food was amazing and everyone really enjoyed it.

So in all it was a fun and food filled day! Thanks for the birthday wishes, Heres to being 29!

Much Love

Keira x

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First week of the New Year

Ok so this is probably going to be a long post, Sorry

New Year’s Day

So, to start off with I thought I would say that 2018 was a memorable one. On one hand I’m heartbroken about what I lost in 2018. Last year didn’t start off as a good one, my dear Grandad passed away and this upset me deeply knowing he wouldn’t meet my little one. I knew he wanted to meet this little bundle of joy so much.
On the other hand, I want to thank it for what it gave me. My Thea, this little human that I made. She completed me. I didn’t realise how quickly you could fall in love and feel so protective of this little person.

I don’t tend to do New Year’s Resolutions as I tend not to stick to them. It usually starts by me breaking my resolution and then I feel bad, I feel like I’m a terrible person and that I’m a failure and then for about a week I’m just depressed/stuffing my face with chocolate.
Instead of a resolution I’m going to set myself a couple of goals.

I decided to get the definitions of a resolution and a goal and here it is:

resolution/rɛzəˈluːʃ(ə)n/nounnoun: resolution; plural noun: resolutions

1. a firm decision to do or not to do something. “she kept her resolution not to see Anne any more”

goal/ɡəʊl/nounnoun: goal; plural noun: goals

1. the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result. “he achieved his goal of becoming King of England” – (What a goal!)

To me it was a no brainer, a goal just seemed more achievable, I don’t have to feel bad if I slip up.

My Goals are:
1. Drink more water – This seems pretty lame but by the end of the day I am so dehydrated and thirsty and I when I think back to what I drink in the day it’s pretty bad.
2. Be more organised / use my diary – I buy a diary every year and use it for like a month and then forget about it. I aim to use it more to stay organised.
3. Keep up with my Blog – I would love to be able to make time to blog at least once per week, this is my biggest goal.
4. Get Healthy – Ok so I know this one is a biggy. I am still with Beach Body on Demand and being as I pay for it yearly, I want to make the most of it. I also want to make healthier meals for me and my hubby. This will also benefit Thea as she will have healthier parents
5. Be present – So this to me is a few different things. I am a worrier. I sit there randomly worrying about little things so much so I forget what I’m doing and get consumed by it. I don’t mean having a break down or panic attack or anything luckily, but the moment gets eaten up and I quickly get into a bad mood. Also, being present for me is enjoying Thea. She is growing so fast that I want to remember the happy and sad times with her. As much as I hate getting out of bed at 3 am when she’s crying, I know this won’t last forever and I will actually miss these times, these times when she needs me.
So, they are my goals, safe to say I’m pretty on track.

Mid-Week

We have tried to make the most out of this week. Danny had to go back to work on the 2nd. We spent some time as a family and stayed at home on other days just to chill out.
Thea also started back at Nursery and from now she is doing one full day per week in preparation for me going back to work.
My brother had Thursday off and as Thea was at nursery, he wanted to take me out as he was also off work. We don’t get to spend much time together just the two of us, so it was really lovely. We had such a laugh. He wanted to treat me and wanted me to choose where we should eat. I decided I would like to go to a Greek street food Restaurant called The Olive. I had been  there in the past and loved it. My brother is a real foodie and he really knows his stuff. He was not disappointed, the food was amazing. We ordered Haloumi Fries, with tzatziki dip. Greek Salad, Chicken and Pork Souvlakis and a spicy sausage. We were stuffed. The portions were a good size and it’s not too pricey. I think our bill came to around £18 which included our 2 drinks. Afterwards we went into Lush and did a bit of shopping. Afterwards we headed around town looking for somewhere to have a coffee. We found a café called Bean Gaming. It’s basically a café that has a ton of boardgames that you can play while having a coffee, they also do delicious food.
Alan (my brother) decided we would play the IQ game. Obviously thinking he would win (spoiler, he didn’t :D) I really enjoyed my day and to top it off when I went to get Thea from nursery, they said she was brilliant. She was really enjoying herself and playing with all the toys.

 

 

 

Weekend

After a chilled week, I realised that there was a mound of washing piling up (as usual) and little things around the house needed doing. We still needed to take the Christmas tree and decorations down, but I also wanted to make the most of the weekend.
We got up early and started doing odd jobs so that later in the evening we could sit and relax. We go around Danny’s parents for a fry up on a Saturday and we decided that afterwards we would go for a walk around Bradgate Park. It was a pretty cold and fresh day, but I like it when it’s like this. Firstly, there are not as many people around and you can really appreciate your surroundings, especially at Bradgate Park. We walked up to Old John and the views are amazing. We took Poppy with us and it was a bit difficult with the pram, in some areas we had to lift it, but it didn’t stop us. We got to use one of Danny’s new Christmas presents, so I don’t think Danny really appreciates my sparkly changing bag so I bought him a really stylish black changing bag from Max Ezra LDN. I will do a separate blog on this.
We had a lovely family day out but by the time we got home it was quite late. I really couldn’t be bothered to take the Christmas tree down, I was super tired and still had to get Thea to bed. She’s just cut her first tooth, so I was hoping for a better night sleep (What even is sleep)
My flipping amazing Danny took everything down and put it in the attic whilst I fed Thea and got her down for her sleep. YES!

 

To top the weekend off it was the lovely Freddie’s First Birthday! We went to his little party where there were loads of toys to play with, food and yummy cake! Thea thoroughly enjoyed the music as she was bopping away. Happy Birthday Freddie!

 

Much Love

Keira x

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Birthday Gal

It was my lovely Grandma’s birthday yesterday so me and Hayleigh took her out for afternoon tea. We went to an amazing place called Ellen Louisa’s Vintage Teas in Burbage. I had never been here before but I was very pleasantly surprised. It was such a little step back in time and everything was just so lovely and quaint. There were tables with proper vintage tea sets with matching napkins.  All the sandwiches are made to order which suited my gran as she’s doesn’t like a lot so it was nice that she got to choose.

The food was brilliant and we really enjoyed the proper traditional loose leaf tea. The owner Lynn was so nice and helpful. When we got their the highchair was all set up for Thea (love the small things) we chatted to Lynn about an old photo that was on the wall and she told us that it was of her grandma who she named the tea room after. She told us heartfelt story of why she opened the tea room, it was in honour of her grandma Ellen Louisa. She was a chronic diabetic and had to have her leg amputated later on in life. I couldn’t help but to think of my grandad who had the same thing happen to him.

This was the first birthday my grandma has had without my grandad so it was nice to keep her occupied but still talk about him without her getting upset. Thea was brilliant, we stayed for around an hour and a half and she was quite happy chomping on cheese puffs and pieces of sandwich. The whole experience was so lovely and relaxing with nostalgic music playing in the background.

When we left we headed home but took an impromptu detour to a garden centre to have a look around the Christmas deals (£60 later cough cough). My gran really enjoyed her birthday and so did me and Hayleigh

Much Love

Keira x

Epic Cake!

It was Rhea’s birthday at the weekend and every Tuesday my mum has “Tuesday Club” where we have my Grandma and a few family friends over as well as me and Rhea. Dan asked if I could get a cake to surprise her for Tuesday club… Well I did one better and thought I would make her a cake. Now I’ve made cakes before but I decided to try a rainbow cake out. I had never done a rainbow cake before so didn’t realise how long it would take. It literally took 4 hours! I was having to cook 2 at a time letting them cool before I could put anything on them. Me and my mum had a laugh trying to throw sprinkles on the side of the cake because I really didn’t plan that part very well 😀 so I was cutting it pretty fine but it turned out really good and super tasty! Happy Birthday Rhea!

Keira x

Happy Birthday Danny

It was Danny’s 30th birthday last week and to celebrate I booked a surprise trip to Dublin!

He had always wanted to go and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time together. My parents looked after Thea whilst we were away and our great friends Charlotte and Glen booked to go the same weekend so we could have some great company.

It was amazing! It was just what we needed, we had great fun. It was so much better because they came out too and I could tell Danny really enjoyed it.

We visited a couple of places like the Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Whiskey Distillery and Jameson Distillery. The weather was really crappy and rainy but we managed. We used the tram a lot!

I was really nervous about leaving Thea especially as I am still breastfeeding, luckily I had offered her a couple of bottles of expressed milk early on so she takes the bottle really well. I had managed to express some milk and I also managed to get safe donor milk so I knew she would be fine. Mum kept me updated on how she was doing and I got lots of photos that made me feel so good to know she was having a great time.

I went to pump on the first day after getting off the plane and came to realise that I had forgotten the most important part of the pump (the little white valve) So our first trip was to Argos to get a new pump (ooopsie!) I took my breast pump everywhere with me and was pumping every 3-4 hours as I would get really uncomfortable.

We really enjoyed it and only spent 2 nights there but it was definitely worth it and would love to go back again!

Keira x