Chocolate, Celebrities, Fashion, London, Women, Mothers and Me – A Fun Week!

Since moving out of the big smoke two year’s ago I find myself in town about once a week still. Totally more often than I’d have imagined when I was crying salty tears all over Leytonstone thinking a move to the countryside of Norfolk was going to be the biggest disaster ever! As it goes it’s actually turned out to be pretty great (no more tears) and with my Mum on hand here (this is where we grew up we now have lots of family close) it means when I do go into town she can help me out and pick the big kids up for me. I actually think I get to spend more dedicated time when at press shows which is brilliant – no rushing back on the tube to get the kids from school and just time to myself really. Well, with Raffie in tow of course! I even still get to go to Leytonstone and see old friends as when I don’t get the train in I drive and park there – which is also handy for the amazing graffiti walls in the Stone!

Ever the blogger and never able to pass up a good shot in front of a great graffiti wall! I love using this Baby Bjorn One Carrier round London by the way – makes tube travel SO easy!

This time last week I went into London (on the train) for the launch of the new Boots Mini Club SS18 range with Fearne Cotton’s new collection at the forefront of the offerings. The patterns in the Fearne range are just gorgeous!

Meeting Fearne (check out that leopard print baby vest behind us – that’s one of hers and despite it having a hint of pink I think I could put Raffie in it no?!
Raffie wearing one of the new pieces which we were given and a bib from the collection which was on the stand and not meant to come home with us but which he managed to direct some baby puke at (well done Raffie, secured a new bib nicely that did) and looks rather marvellous on him!

I did loads of Instagram stories on the collection on the day but if you didn’t see them then keep an eye on my Insta grid as I’ll be sure to bring you more Mini Club and Fearne clothing picture soon!

So Tuesday was ace and on Saturday I hot footed it back into London (this time I drove) with a strong team of kids in tow (my three plus my gorgeous friend and her lot – going back to park the car in Leytonstone means we often get to catch up with our pals which is amazing) and we had an early Easter Egg hunt in Hyde Park with Cadbury’s (wow, have you tried a Whispa Gold people?! If not then you must – they’re just a little bit yummy) and Frankie Bridge of The Saturdays fame! She’s just released her first ever book in time for Easter (which is launched TODAY) and read it to the kiddos before we went hunting for the good stuff!

Another day, another celeb meet for the Raffster – well, when you’re as cool as him! Check out my amazing Valentine’s Day boots from Dr Marten – bet my feet were comfier than hers!
Kids loved the story!
Maybe not QUITE as much as they loved the choc!

Frankie’s debut storybook, ‘The Tale of The Great Easter Bunny,’ in partnership with Cadbury this Easter is a a re-adaptation of The Tale of the Great Bunny created by Cadbury 20 years ago and celebrates The Easter Bunny while encouraging families across the nation to take part in their own magical Easter Egg Hunts together over the Easter season. The story, available to download free from the Cadbury website from today (Tuesday 13th March), follows siblings Jack and Molly as they discover a series of mysterious clues and embark on an enchanting Easter Egg Hunt alongside their parents, Tom and Sarah.

Jimmy hunting for chocolate eggs in Hyde Park – not sure what he thought he’d find up there?!

 

The story’s fab and we LOVE the Cadbury’s Peter Rabbit eggs this year as well as the Easter Egg hunt packs which are brilliant! It’s worth noting that the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts National Trust are also back for 2018 and there are over 300 hunts to choose from across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, guaranteeing a fun-filled Easter for everyone. To discover the nearest hunt to you, visit the Cadbury’s website! We came home with so much chocolate I’m going to have to hide them from myself never mind an Easter hunt!

Frankie and the kids at the end of the hunt jubilant with their choclatey finds!

One of the best things about being a blogger and going into London is getting to hang out with fabulous friends! This week, the week which saw International Women’s Day AND Mother’s Day, I got to hang out with Vicki from Honest Mum, my mate Carly from Leytonstone and our gangs, Emma (my old mucker from my days in the Norfolk Youth Music Theatre who now blogs at ThatsTheWayTheCookieCrumbles) and other blog buddies Lisa, Lilinha and Kate!

A Leytonstone gathering! My mate Carly is one of the best people I know – I remember celebrating International Women’s Day with this one at the Epicenter in Leytonstone when we’d just had our first babes! After the Cadbury’s hunt we went to Pizza Express for a lovely catch up over lunch!
Ah the lovely Vicki from Honest Mum who joined us on the Cadbury’s hunt! This woman’s skin is GLORIOUS, believe me it looks like there must be filter in her pics it’s so perfect but in real life it’s just the same! She told me it’s all down to olive oil. I’ve been drinking it by the bottle ever since… (jokes)!
Lisa, me, Lilinha, Emma and Kate at the Boots Mini Club press show!

And then back in home to finish the week off we celebrated Mother’s Day in style! My kids (and husband totally excelled themselves) where we swam, ate loads of food and cuddled up on the sofa. After a big week walking around London, it’s my favourite place to be! They gave me an amazing necklace from Lisa Angel which is a Norwich based brand but now also sells in Top Shop on Oxford Street. Great reasons to be in Norwich AND London!

My Mum – who makes it possible to do what I do by loving my kids as much as I do! She’s one in a frigging trillion gazillion she is!
My gang and me hanging out at another graffiti wall ever so casual like!
Oh… And another one!
Swimming on Mother’s Day – my friends joke that we all secretly must have fins we swim so much!
Loving my three peas in a pod necklace from my three peas in a pod by Lisa Angel. My husband has finally started taking hints! I feel lucky and loved!