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Shopping fever! The fab new Lexicon, Bracknell plus some online Aldi special buys

Some time ago I wrote about my commitment to exploring our local area. We have been to towns, attractions and historic sites and plan to keep on going!
I was absolutely thrilled to be invited along to a bloggers’ breakfast at the new Lexicon in Bracknell. I have fond memories of Bracknell from my late teens of cinema visits, bowling, my final meal with my family before heading to university. That was all almost 20 years ago and I think it would be fair to say that Bracknell in the 2000s was a bit run down and needed a change.
2017 revealed the new vibrant, bright Lexicon. First of all the Avenue car park. The spaces are clearly marked, and have thick blue lines so extra space for opening doors (great if you have kids!). Actually, I got a bit confused and thought the blue spaces were all disabled so went up another floor before twigging it was just the colour scheme!

Anyway, I stepped out of the car park into bright sunshine. I had no idea the Lexicon was open to the elements! I can imagine it looks less impressive in the rain but wow, it looks amazing!

Breakfast was at Bill’s. I have never been before but googled the menu before I left and was super excited to find a gluten free menu available!
I stuck with my classic mocha for drinks. I fancied a frappe but it was a bit nippy first thing in the morning so I needed a hot drink! Bill’s serves hard shakes and the White Russian (my fave cocktail) is an option so I think there is a 100% chance we will be going back soon…

For food I opted for the gluten free vegetarian breakfast. I have never had a poached egg before! The flavours were great but I couldn”t quite finish it all (I am not a breakfast person and normally skip it, naughty me!)

After breakfast I was let loose on the town centre. My first stop was Boots as I needed some bits and bobs for the beauty brawl coming up later this month. Then I headed to Primark. Wow, it was huge! I had discussed this with some of the other bloggers over breakfast: I have seen loads of good things about the make up but never found the section in the Camberley branch 🙁 No fears this time, the make up and skin care department is massive and I got lots of goodies: I should have taken a basket as I was limited by what I could carry in my bare hands! Oh well, I’ll have to go back!

I arrived home buzzing. The Lexicon is amazing and I can’t wait to shop, eat and relax there again soon.
More good news when I got home, my Aldi delivery had arrived with a couple of cheeky stationery items I couldn’t resist plus the last box of wipes in the universe (possibly an exaggeration…)

Just take a moment to enjoy those colours, aaaaaah! And think about the organisation that I can do, yay!


Starting school Anya style

Anya has been waiting for this all year. As she is a September baby, many of her friends had moved up to infants last academic year so she was more than ready to be a grown up girl! It is crazy to think that when Matthew was the same age he’d already been at school 2 and a half terms!

Finally the time had come for Anya to take centre stage for the day as she starts on her school life (she struggled last week with Matthew going back while she still waited). I cried even though I thought I’d got it out of my system last week when she’d tried everything on! Seeing her in the uniform and anxious to leave made my heart break a little for all the time that she will be away from me from now on (yes, I know this is the girl who has driven me crazy all summer!)


Zach loved the classic ‘door’ photos and was desperate to be included 🙂 (only 3 years to go and it will be his turn!!!) and then the time had come to take those first steps. Chris had taken the day off work to be there for her special day and Matthew also loved being able to show his dad where his classroom was.

Anya had a wonderful morning. She confidently walked in and was ready to begin. She ate her lunch and appears to have relished every single moment. There was a real buzz about her as she told me things about her day. She came home with mud on her socks and forehead (!), hair messed up, baked bean sauce down her cardigan.
I think it was a good day 🙂

My first blogiversary!

OMG my blog is 1 today!
I don’t know where the time has gone since I wrote my first post!


My blog is completely different now to how it was then. I admit I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. I’m not sure I’d ever even read another blog post when I started. The learning curve has been pretty astonishing!
I am immensely proud of my blog. I love writing it even though it is hard work (I seriously had no idea how it would take over my life!)
I have done things over the past 12 months that I never would have imagined possible
  • I have shared personal details about breastfeeding and mental health

  • I have offered advice based on my own experiences and priorities
  • I have made it into the top 500 of the Tots100 and my DA has peaked at 30 (now 29 🙁 )
  • I have held my own charity tea party

  • I have pitched to brands (and still cringe every time!)
  • I have attended blogger events at McDonalds, Didcot and the Lexicon, Bracknell. I have 3 more blogger event scheduled for the next month, not bad for the shy girl from Blackwater…

I obviously need to thank my children for putting up with millions of photos being taken of them as well as being patient when I pop on the laptop in the middle of breakfast etc
I have done all of this because one person believed in me: Chris.
And thanks to him I now believe in myself.

#MySundayPhoto 10th September: the unofficial school pic

Out of all the school pics I have taken of Matthew, this is the one I love most. Matthew isn’t the most tactile of people and avoids physical affection most of the time but tolerates it from his siblings. They laugh and joke together so much, he is the best big brother in the world.

Sylvanian Families candy wagon review and Poodle Family giveaway

I collect Sylvanian Families. I am not ashamed to admit it. My sister collected them when we were children. I had one family (the grey rabbit Babblebrooks!) and one house but she had the rest. As an adult I decided to start my own collection of modern and vintage Sylvanians and my daughter Anya loves them too!

I received one of the newest products to review so take a look at what I thought:

There is so much detail in this set. The stickers and card boxes are a little tricky so I would advise an adult takes responsibility for assembling! I love the idea of the other wagons linking up and making a street market scene.

And now for a giveaway! I have a Sylvanian Families toy poodle family, the Cakebreads, to give to one lucky person in the UK!
Please enter below:

Sylvanian Families Toy Poodle family

Good luck everyone!

*I received the candy wagon and toy poodle family for the purpose of this review and giveaway. UK entrants only for the giveaway.