Sunday, 31 August 2014

The Week That Was: Captured #61

Welcome to The Week That Was: Captured! Have you all had a great week?

The rules are simple; link up one post about your week! It can be photographed, Instagrammed, written, videoed... basically in any format you wish! This linky is about capturing memories and I treat it a bit like an online diary. Please only link up relevant posts. Also, if you fancy commenting on other people's posts that would be super too - everyone loves a comment!

The very lovely Aby of You Baby Me Mummy is hosting The Week That Was: Captured! this week as I'm currently on my Hen-do. I'm probably incredibly hungover this morning... and aching like crazy after horse riding for the first time in two years! Head over, link up and give her (and everyone else) some love! I'll be back next week to share all of my Hen Shenanigans with you!

Our week
It's just a quickie from me this week due to Hen fun (as I write this I'm awaiting my ride to our secret location... I'm probably going to be blindfolded and my phone taken away from me too.)

It was my birthday on Sunday - so after a FUN night of back molar teething from Busby, Nick and I began the day spritely and full of beans... Ok maybe not, but I did have a lovely day involving a lot of sugar, caffeine, alcohol and presents. Nick and I went out for drinks and dinner in the evening, which was awesome.

Nick and I celebrated two years of engagement on Monday with hangovers! It also rained the whole day...

I headed into Brighton on Tuesday morning for my monthly massage with the amazing Lucy from Lucy's Holistics! I entered the room feeling drained and exhausted, and left feeling relaxed and energised. That lady is MAGIC! I spent the afternoon working.

I spent a lovely Wednesday morning with Busby, and then Mutti came to pick her up so I could get on with work, wedmin and other projects. I met my Aunt for a coffee in Lewes in the afternoon.

I waited in for an exciting parcel on Thursday morning, and then Busby and I headed off into Lewes to run some errands. We had a very silly afternoon at home playing.

Nick had Friday off work, so we all went to our Monkey Music workshop in the morning.
1. Birthday breakfast (Sunday) // 2. My favourite people (Sunday) // 3. Yummy birthday burgers (Sunday) // 4. Drunken Mama (Sunday) // 5. Tea, new dress and new book (Monday) // 6. Well-needed coffee (Tuesday) // 7. My new ranking! Eek! (Wednesday) // 8. My girl loves a box! (Thursday) // 9. Love my Munchkin (Thursday)

How was your week?

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Friday, 29 August 2014


Over the past few weeks, Busby's personal vocabulary has been improving and increasing ten-fold.
She's like a sponge, which is both amazing and a little bit dangerous at times...! It's also been rather amusing! One of her favourite books at the moment is Mr Nonsense's Silly Day - she has just learnt to say "silly day" which has been very funny and has produced lots of giggles from all of us. So following on from "silly day", I have taught our daughter how to say "silly Daddy"... Nick hasn't been massively amused by this (sorry!) but Busby and I have found ourselves in fits of laughter!

Who knows what Nick will have taught her when I get back from my Hen Do on Sunday night...!!! 

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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Make, Do and List // Week Five

I haven't joined in with Mums' List for a few weeks due to life and general busy-ness, but I'm back for now!

This week (and a bit) we have been:
Dexter. We've become a little bit obsessed with Dexter here at Make, Do and Push! Towers having recently discovered it on Amazon Prime. The script is pretty cheesy, but it's charming in its own way... and is fairly gruesome! Definitely something I'd recommend if you're looking for a series to watch.

We went out on our first parent date with another Mama and Papa last Thursday evening. It was so much fun! It was lovely to be able to chat about being a parent with people who also understand what it's like to be a parent. Obviously we love our friends who don't have kids (we love you guys a lot!) but it's nice to be able to socialise with other people who completely "get" where you're coming from, and who enjoy talking about their children too.

My birthday! I turned 27 on Sunday, so (following a rather sleepness night, due to Busby) we had a wonderful picnic in Baxter's Field with family and lots of tasty food... and prosecco! Nick and I then went out into Brighton for dinner and drinks in the evening.
We also celebrated two years of engagement on Monday... and Make, Do and Push!'s new Tots100 score of 101 on Wednesday!

Oh, and we saw the final countdown to our wedding begin on Wednesday - one month to go! Eek!

I am absolutely in love with my Shea perfume from The Body Shop at the moment. It smells so beautiful and vintage, with hints of talcum powder and other comforting aromas. I've decided it's going to be my wedding day scent.

The final bits and bobs for the wedding. I've been busy crafting away for the hall - it's all looking pretty good (if I do say so myself) and I can't wait until we can set up the night before!
We've also started talking about Baby Number 2 in a real way - which is very exciting (possibly even more exciting than the wedding... possibly)!

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Mums' Days

Embracing the Change From Summer to Autumn

Summer is almost over so soon you won’t be able to sit out on lovely sunny evening with a lovely pint of whatever takes your fancy, your toes in the grass and your sunglasses on. That doesn’t mean that you have to give up and venture indoors by any means - although sometimes its better to stay in, listen to the rain pour down against the window and have a nice cup of hot chocolate, but maybe that’s for a bit closer to the Christmas period.

If you do have to venture out into the late Summer/early Autumn air though, then you need to make sure you are ready for those chilly evenings. You don’t need to fully accept that Summer is over by any means, you just need to ensure that you’re ready for the changeable weather conditions.

This Primaloft Jacket, designed by 66 North, was designed with the cold in mind. It was also designed using the inspiration of the harsh, cold conditions of Iceland, which are responsible for creating these amazing glaciers. The insulation in this jacket is 100% PrimaLoft microfiber, which wind resistant, water repellent, soft and very lightweight.

If its not cold enough yet, but you want to keep yourself from being slightly chilly, then this kimono from may just be for you. It also has glimpses of summer in the design, so if you really want to hold onto summer, then this is a must!
Now, if its get really cold, then you need this. Nobody likes cold ears and with this Kaldi Arctic Hat cold ears will be a thing of the past. The hat is made from 100% virgin wool and will definitely keep you warm and cosy. The hat is designed by 66 North, and is unisex, which means you can always rob it from your spouse if you're feeling a bit chilly!

When it comes to winter time, you can’t leave the house without gloves. These gloves, designed by 66 North are the ideal pair to keep you warm. the gloves are knitted and as well as keeping you warm, they are also very soft, versatile and fashionable. They are made from a Wool and Cotton blend, which makes the gloves soft and the gloves also feature the classic Mundi design print.
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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

(I) Do // One Month to go!

In... one month.

That's only... 31 days.

Or... 4 and a bit weeks.

I will become Mrs Harding!

Yikes! The wedding is coming around so quickly now!

I'm a mixture of emotions, ranging from euphoric to terrified, but mostly I cannot wait to stand there in the church, in front of our friends and family, and pledge our love and commitment to each other. It feels like we've been married for years, but it will be wonderful to finally be able to say "my husband", to have the same surname as Busby, and to become "The Hardings".
I feel like I should be more stressed than I am. If we had to move to wedding forward to tomorrow then everything would be in place, minus a few decorations. It's really just the crafting left to do... well, that and the paying of suppliers!

There's not really much else to report at the moment - if you want to see what I've been getting up to in the land of wedding crafting then come and follow me on Instagram, as I've been posting some sneaky peeks on there! Also, we have our own wedding hashtag - so you can follow #BecomingTheHardings on most forms of social media before, and on, the day! You'll be able to see what I've been chatting about (nerves, nightmares and all), and I'm hoping that guests will be using it on the Big Day, so you can all follow what's happening too!

The final countdown has really begun...!

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