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I found towards the end of last year that I was taking less photos of my family and it’s something that I’ve really missed doing. I do love a photo project and so when Clare from Maybush Studio mentioned the Home Life Project, I was all over it! The idea is to capture an ordinary day at home and all those little details you might otherwise miss.  You can read more about it HERE.

Our Sunday was a quiet one. We pottered around the house and Simon made a Sunday roast while I made Eve’s Pudding for afters. I love a good old granny style pudding with loads of custard, especially on a horrid winter’s day. My family came to visit for the afternoon and brought along the Christmas presents that we weren’t able to fit the car (like the scooter and bike…these kids aren’t spoilt at all…). My good friend Rebs is moving house at the end of the month and needed to find a new home for her chickens and we were more than happy to adopt them! Bevan wanted to name them and so we now have Rose, Martha, Amy and Clara. I wonder if you can guess where the inspiration for those names came from?

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Home Life Photography Project

Family TravelGiveaway! Yay! Exciting times. Sadly it’s *not* a holiday on this occasion (I know, right?) but if you’re always planning the next adventure and want to explore the world with your kids in tow then do I have the event for you. And if you don’t but want to see a few photos from our break in Devon, scroll on my friend. At the end of the month, the first Family Travel Show is taking place at London Olympia (31st October & 1st November) and I have a pair of tickets to give away. It’s a great opportunity to gain inspiration and advice from travel bloggers and celebrity speakers and there’s likely to be some great show-only offers. Covering everything from all-inclusive luxury getaways, exciting cruise voyages, action-packed resorts and family-friendly villas, to intriguing adventures, thrilling ski holidays and incredible wildlife safaris, there’s something for everyone. If you have a budding young photographer on your hands, there’s also the chance for them to win some goodies by taking part in the Young Travel Photographers Competition. There’s an under 11s category and a 12-17 and my gosh, are these kids talented! You can see the entries so far and find out how your child can enter HERE.

We have managed a few fun trips this year, although we didn’t venture abroad which is probably just as well as I recently discovered that Bevan’s passport expired (Well done us. On the ball as usual). We went to Brixham in Devon back in August and it was the first time I’d been to that part of the country. The weather wasn’t the best (typically is was amazing the week after!) but the place was just beautiful, I was in my happy snapping element! I have the best memories of family holidays as a child and it’s wonderful to be creating new ones with my own family.

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Today is the last day of the holidays and I feel like it went in a flash! While part of me cannot wait to drop these kiddos off at school and preschool on Monday, part of me is sad that the summer is over. We had a wonderful time and got to visit lots of places we’ve never been to before. I was really excited when Hampshire Attractions asked if we’d like to go along for the weekend to check out some places to visit. It took us ages to decide, there is so much for families to do in Hampshire and there were so many things our kids would enjoy. In the end we decided to visit Mottisfont, a National Trust property that my friend Caroline recommended to us and Marwell Zoo (an obnoxious amount of photos from there to follow another day. Sorry ’bout that.) First off, don’t believe your sat nav when it tell you that it’s only 1hr 45 if that involves driving on the M25. IT IS A LIE! The journey took much longer than we had anticipated and we’d eaten our car picnic around Luton so the kids were a bit ratty when we arrived. Luckily for us, Mottisfont has an amazing kids area so happiness and harmony was quickly restored (until we wouldn’t let them take sticks home with us, obviously). The house, a former priory, is set in the most beautiful grounds and the wild play trail was fantastic, both kids loved it. If we were local, I’d absolutely sign us up for National Trust membership so I could take the kids all the time! There’s climbing, den building and a pump and splash area to explore in addition to the gardens and house. We actually made the most of the amazing weather and spent the majority of our visit on the play trail and didn’t get to see much of the house, not that the kids minded! It’s the most kid friendly property we’ve visited and the staff were really lovely to the kids, handing out maps and stickers (these kids bloody love a sticker!). At the moment there’s a special Lauren Child exhibition so if your kids are fans of Charlie & Lola, get yourselves there sharpish as it ends this weekend. Check out the Hampshire Attractions site for a 2 for 1 discount voucher.
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Thank you to Hampshire Attractions for inviting us along for the weekend.