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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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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.

We looked after my parents dog a couple of weeks ago and so my folks offered to have the kids to stay for a weekend in return. How could we turn down an offer like that?! We went on an overnight to London and had the best time! We’ve stayed overnight separately for the odd night here and there but I can’t remember when we last went together. I think it must be before we had the kids! We made the most of it, we went to see the matinee of Miss Saigon, then for an early dinner in Chinatown before heading down to the Ampersand Hotel in South Kensington. On their website they say the hotel is a short walk from South Kensington tube station and we know what that usually means so when we walked out of the station, Google maps at the ready and saw the hotel literally straight in front of us, we were pleasantly surprised! We checked in and went down to the bar…a few yummy cocktails later and it’s all a bit of a blur…I’ve drunk alcohol twice since New Year so it’s probably not surprising that I ended up rather tipsy!

We did say that on Sunday we would have a look around the shops, go to The Serpentine and had loads of plans but instead we enjoyed a lie in in the gigantic bed and I took a long bath, we drank coffee and enjoyed a leisurely breakfast at the hotel. Breakfast was lovely, I really love little touches like a small jug of steamed milk with my coffee and oatmeal and yogurt served in a jar. And it’s such a rare occurrence to be able to read an entire paper! We sat there practically ignoring one another!  The hotel was so nice, it was quirky and relaxed and I want whoever did the interior to come and do our house. The bathrooms are by C.P. Hart and are classic but contemporary at the same time. I love a bubble bath (especially using all the little hotel lotions and potions!) and we had a bath/shower which can sometimes mean a teeny tiny bath but it was perfectly sized (I know, I sound like Goldilocks). The bathroom complimented our room perfectly and we felt so relaxed after our night away! My husband even let me drag him around the V&A for a whole hour!

Here’s what we got up to (I’ve spared you the photos of me in the bath and us in our bathrobes, you’ll be relieved to hear!)

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Thanks to C.P. Hart to the Ampersand Hotel  for having us!