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Yesterday was the last “Honor & Mummy Day” for us *sob*. Today and tomorrow are preschool days and then both kids are off until September (um, yay!) so it was the last day with just my smallest BFF and I decided to do something special with her. When Bevan started school he was an only child so I didn’t plan a special day out (which he was quick to remind me of!). I asked her what she wanted to do and while her suggestions of Disneyland Paris and Butlins were brilliant ones, we settled on Whipsnade Zoo which isn’t too far away from us. She’s only been to the zoo once before, it’s a pretty spendy day out and I *was* planning to take them in the holidays (don’t tell Bevan that…) but how often can you just spoil them for no good reason? It was quite nice to just indulge her and say “yes” to everything. You want to go and see the elephants for a fourth time? Absolutely! You want an ice cream even though you only ate a penguin biscuit for lunch and didn’t eat the £3 sandwich I just bought you? Let’s get you one! This is what it must be like to be a grandparent.

Obviously, there are an obnoxious amount of photos of our day out because that’s just how I roll. These are all taken with the Canon 40mm 2.8 pancake lens if you’re like me and appreciate knowing these kind of details!

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She INSISTED on bringing along her favourite camera even though I didn’t think the zoo was really the place for it…what do I know…we have some great pictures of my flip flops and her hand (x3) though, so that’s nice…

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I had the loveliest day with her and it absolutely melted my heart when she said it was the best day ever! Going out with a bang. I feel so so lucky that I have been able to be at home with them so much. I do find it really difficult juggling everything with my business and I don’t have as much time for work as I’d like but I will never regret spending time with the children.

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Part of me wishes I could keep her this age forever. So much love for this sweet girl.

 

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  • Clare wilson - These pictures are gorgeous, what perfect memories!ReplyCancel

  • RachelSwirl - She looks like she had an amazing time, I adore her camera!ReplyCancel

  • Donna - oh how i love these…she looks so, so happy you girls must have the most gorgeous day xxxReplyCancel

  • Karen - Just beautiful and how lovely to get to just spend the day together xxReplyCancel

Last week I was invited along to the Mondrian Screening Room for a special screening of a documentary film made by Flora Berkeley with Always Discreet. I didn’t really know what to expect but I had been told that it was about women’s health, breaking taboos and empowerment. As the mum of a feisty little girl and as a woman (obvs), it was something I was keen to get involved with. The older I get, the more I feel that the relationships I have with other women matter. We need the sisterhood and to know that our friends have our back so we can handle whatever life throws at us. I have an amazing group of friends who I believe I could talk to about everything and anything. Kids, work, sex, periods…what about if I was incontinent? According to our host 1 in 3 women suffer from adult incontinence, or AI as it’s also known. I was really surprised by that number because I don’t know that many women who suffer with symptoms of AI….at least I didn’t think so but a lot of women will keep something like this secret.

While we’ve become so open about many things, women are embarrassed to admit when they have AI. It’s not particularly glamourous after all, is it? But the number of women going to their doctor every day shows just how under-respresented this is and that’s why Always wanted to make this film, to show women that they aren’t alone. It’s not just about the products, although obviously they’re pretty proud of them, they want to start a conversation and for women to share their stories and empower one another. As you can imagine, something like this can really affect your day-to-day life. All the women involved with this film and with the product have such passion about the subject which was such a great thing to see.

I enjoyed the film and the setting within the Modrian Hotel was the perfect place for it. Although the subject matter is more on the serious side, there was a lot of laughter and chatter as we took our pick n mix and sat down to watch it. Flora is proud to make films with women and for women and feels like often notions of womanhood aren’t represented by real women. There was a real mix of ages and backgrounds in the film and I loved hearing their stories and getting the chance to meet Sandra and Jane, who both appear in the film. They are, not surprisingly, very proud of it and want to share their stories so that other women will feel like they can be open and honest and to show people that there’s no shame in it and what it’s like to live with AI. I thought the film was beautiful – you just can’t turn off the photographer in me! I think they should all be really proud of themselves.

After the film, there was a panel which included Anje who is part of the team at P&G and Asha from the charity Wellbeing of Women. I got to meet and chat with both of them afterwards and they are both very inspiring. Intelligent, funny and with such passion for what they do. It was lovely to meet them and so nice to see some friendly faces that I know already from blogging.

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You can find out more and see the film on the Always Discreet site.

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  • Donna - Well, I’m glad there was popcorn! xReplyCancel

    • Hayley - Can’t go wrong with a bit of popcorn!ReplyCancel

  • Jane Glanville Duckworth - What a wonderful round-up of such an empowering evening! (I adore your posts last picture – I’m wondering now what I was trying to explain via my gesture!) xoReplyCancel

Oh, this boy.
kids in garden-004The next couple of weeks are going to be pretty bittersweet for me. In September my little one is off to school and it’s middle school time for my eldest. He’ll be making his own way there and back, has to wear a tie… actually be responsible…..which is a rather daunting prospect! I’m sure he’ll take to it like a duck to water, he has already eye-rolled at my concern because he *IS* nearly 9 so obviously knows everything… He is very excited and so am I, I know the extra responsibility will be great for him because I am absolutely guilty of babying them both something silly. It just feels like it’s all gone by rather quickly and I’m a little sad that it’s about to end. I love his school, it’s been a huge part of all our lives for the last 5 years and although I will still be doing that same school run every day, it won’t be with him. I’m sure I must sound crazy!  I just feel a bit taken aback that it’s all gone by so quickly.  When you are in that newborn haze school seems like a lifetime away and you can’t go into a shop without people telling you how quickly your squishy little baby will grow up and you smile politely because it feels like you haven’t slept in foreverrrr and likely never will again… And then suddenly, they’re proper people! Of course I love them as they are now, but it feels like it was only 5 minutes ago that they were little and I sometimes miss those little versions of them (and yes, I know that she’s only 4 and that’s still quite little but indulge me, please!).

*Took a break from blog writing at this point to have a little weep and run upstairs to sneak a look at my sleeping kiddos. What a stalker. Also made the husband agree that we could have another baby. Or get a puppy. He said yes to both  (I think I probably frightened him.)*

And my girly is starting at school too. Safe to say I will probably be wearing my biggest pair of sunglasses that morning and be a sobbing wreck as I wave them both off. She does a couple of days at preschool right now but not having her around all week is going to be so strange! I’ve loved our time together, as I did with her brother before that and I am sad that our one-on-one time is going to be cut. She really is my little best friend and I’m going to miss her so much! Sob!

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  • Mim Jenkinson - Oh what absolutely gorgeous photos – you’re so talented! Beautiful models too of course 🙂 YAY to the baby and puppy ha!! x x #livingarrowsReplyCancel

  • Kirsty Taylor-Gallop - gosh they are growing up so fast *sob*ReplyCancel

  • Emilie Curry - Great photos! Especially the action shot! #LivingArrowsReplyCancel

  • Rachel Phillips - E has her first morning in nursery tomorrow.. I too am going to be wearing large sunglasses.ReplyCancel

  • Donna - Ah all the crying! I know exactly how you feel. It’s going to be so weird not having T at home in September. H will have an awesome time ! xReplyCancel

  • Katy Flint - I don’t think I’ve fully realised what September will bring for us with G starting school. I think I am in denial! Enjoy the summer, hopefully we will have more sunny days for gorgeous photos like these xReplyCancel