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Sandbanks in Autumn

It is days like this that I am so thankful to call this beautiful place home. It brings a little tear to my eye to think that I will be bringing up Sebastian in a place that I love so much and have such fond memories of from when I was little. I remember my parents would wake us up at 6am on a sunny summers day, pack the beach gear up in the car and drive us on the 2 hour drive from Bath where I lived as a child. We would arrive in exactly the same place I had parked on this sunny autumnal day, we walk down the exact steps that I would excitedly run down to catch my first glimpse of the sea and as soon as I did, I have the same reaction as I do to this day.

It has always hds the same effect on me, I just love this place.

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Seb selfie! 

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Last Friday, I packed the BabyBjorn carrier into the car and drove to Sandbanks to meet my mum and her crazy labradors for an afternoon beach walk. The sun was setting and there was a crisp coolness to the air. But it was magical none the less.

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I wanted to share this day on my blog because I just want to remember it forever. Being with the people I love the most, in the place that holds my heart, it was the perfect Autumnal stroll, which of course ended in a giant hot chocolate in Jazzy’s cafe!. It wouldn’t be a Sandbanks walk without one of those hot chocolates!

Christmas Hampers

One of my favourite gifts to give (and receive) are hampers. I’ve been making them for years for family and friends and always love the idea that you can gift something that they wouldn’t normally treat themselves to.

This year however, things are going to be a little different with Sebastian around, so when Harvey Nichols got in contact offering me one of their luxury hampers, I was sure to see if all my hamper prayers had been answered!

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What arrived through the post was this gorgeous Christmas red hamper, embossed with the signature Harvey Nichols logo. It oozes luxury. But it’s the goodies inside that really live up to it’s Rise & Shine name, the perfect ingredients for a luxurious Christmas morning treat. A bottle of prosecco, tea and coffee with two very stylish mugs and the prefect spreads for a giant pile of toast!

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Harvey Nichols have some amazing Christmas hampers this year and one to suit every budget. We’re going to keep our hamper until Christmas morning and happily toast our first family Christmas with a glass of that Prosecco, a large coffee and a huge serving of toast!

Alpenfraulein, The Pug Mug

I have a little confession to make. I love mugs. I have mugs in a multitude of colours, designs and sizes and they are really starting to take over my kitchen! Good job they get a lot of use these days!

When I was recently contacted by Alpenfraulein, designers of four illustrations which have been cleverly placed on hand crafted bone china mugs, I obviously I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to receive another mug to add to my growing collection (although my kitchen cupboards were telling me otherwise)!

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The dog themed mugs were inspired by Nici’s (one half of the design team at Alphenfraulein) French Bulldog who is not only the agency’s mascot, but comes to “work” at the the agency almost every day! I chose the Pug Mug and I absolutely adore the illustration, in fact, I’d go as far as saying it’s my new favourite mug!

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I had to get a close up of that golden poop…!

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The illustrations are wonderfully unique and would make a perfect Christmas gift for dog lovers out there. The Pug Mug (and his friends the Bulldog, Dachshund and Poodle) are available to purchase on the Alpenfraulein website.

Now I’m off to make a cuppa!