Category Archives: lifestyle & adventure

adventures with little cotton clothes

This is most definitely the season for adventures and a blossoming imagination. Being a mother of a two and a half year old has brought me so much joy as I witness my boy transition into the next stage of his childhood. He has a wild heart and is happiest when outdoors exploring! We have spent many afternoons at my parents exploring the overgrown pathways at the bottom of the garden, collecting apples and pretending we are on a bear hunt, squelching through the mud. These are some of my happiest memories and ones I hope he will remember for a life time too.

Arthurs outfit is from Little Cotton Clothes, who have recently introduced a range of boys clothes to their collection of beautiful childrenswear. For me, this brand is rooted in the joys of childhood – feeling free and comfortable to explore, to climb trees and jump in all the muddy puddles without a care in the world. The pieces are all made from natural fabrics with a simple and timeless design, which is something I have always been drawn to with children’s clothes. What I love most about the range is its simplicity, they are both practical and comfortable for little ones, whilst being ethically made and wash beautifully too.

Imogen and Leonie are the sisters behind Little Cotton Clothes, who set up the childrenswear brand after their daughters were born. Each piece of clothing is designed by them and draws inspiration from their own fun filled childhood here in England. They wanted to create clothes that are both beautiful and practical for little adventures, which I think they have achieved and I am already excited to see the launch of their SS18 boys range.

This post was written in collaboration with Little Cotton Clothes. Thank you for supporting the brands who support this space.

Newborn bubble // Memories of July

My memories of July are already so hazy, it feels a life time ago already now, its the perfect reminder to keep documenting all these little moments here on my blog so I can look back on in years to come! Here are some images I have dug out from my camera roll from the month of July – I think the month passed in a blur as I continued to heal and bonded with our tiny little boy. We had lots of picnics in the sunshine and little evening walks, the little walk through the wheat field has to be my favourite memory of July.

The slow rhythm of summer

This summer has been a slow one, we’ve allowed many of the days to unfold without any real plans which has been quite lovely especially as we are adjusting to our new family rhythm. We have taken lots of little walks together, paddled in the stream, played in the garden and enjoyed lots of picnics – picnics are my favourite! In some ways this season has reminded me so very much of my own childhood summers – we were never rushed and alway encouraged to play freely, I’m sure it is in these moments of unstructured time that the imaginations of little ones grow.

A few weeks back we let our imaginations run wild as we took a little trip down to a stream we have recently discovered near our home. We waded our way through a meadow which was a jungle of wild flowers, so rich in colour – nature knows the colours that go so beautifully doesn’t it! We foraged for blackberries along the way and when we finally reached the little stream we floated paper boats and fished with an old jam jar. Arthur was in his element as he scooped up grit from the bed hoping to catch the tiny shrimp. After paddling in the water we sat up on the little bridge and ate our picnic, it was the most perfect time and one I want to remember forever. I often wonder if any of these little adventures will be the ones Arthur tells his own children about one day.

This post is written in collaboration with Hammam and Home who kindly gifted us with the turkish towels. I am thrilled to share them here with you, not only are they beautiful, they are perfect to use as picnic rugs, they are lightweight and take up very little space in my mama bag, not to mention they are great for drying of little feet after a paddle in the stream. Thank you for supporting the brands who support this space.

A new chapter // Memories of June

June was a month to remember. I really slowed down at the beginning of the month, enjoying the warm sunny days as we pottered in the garden, being heavily pregnant I didn’t do very much other than sit and watch as Arthur explored, we painted mud pictures together and when we felt tired we snuggled up and watched cartoons. We took a few evening walks after dinner, capturing a beautiful poppy field at its best just as the sun was beginning to fade. And I packed my hospital bag shortly before we welcomed Rupert into our family.

His delivery was the highlight of June, I went into labour a week ahead of a planned c-section and delivered him naturally after just two and a half hours. I could not have hoped for us to meet him in a more perfect way.

The rest of the month was a spent in a hazy newborn bubble at home resting, recovering and bonding with each other as a little family. We were so blessed to receive home cooked food from our Church family which allowed us to focus on each other without making time to shop for food and cook. What a generous act of kindness! I shall definitely remember this for next time a friend or family member welcomes a newborn baby.