BB Baking Club | Celebration Cakes

Three layer carrot cake, Bumpkin Betty

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Another month, another round of totally awesome cakes to be in awe of from my lovely baking pals. Did you know I run a baking club? Yup, I know, it’s basically the best type of club to be in – one that involves making new friends over a shared love of cake. If you like a bit of the ol’ sweet stuff, then be sure to pop your…

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Visiting Winchester and Staying at Hannah’s

Boden polka dot pyjamas, Bumpkin Betty

A few weeks ago we took a little mid week trip to Winchester to treat ourselves to a night of rest and relaxation amidst a busy autumn of moving house, growing a human and crazy work commitments. It might sound rather indulgent to take off on a Thursday afternoon for a night away (and well, it probably is) but now that GB and I are both freelance, weekends together aren’t always a given and we’re learning to grab any coinciding free time we both have and run with it. GB had just returned from a week working in Birmingham and was…

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What a Difference a Year Makes

28 week pregnancy update, Bumpkin Betty

Usually as Christmas approaches I can be heard saying something along the lines of ‘it only feels like yesterday that we were counting down the days to last Christmas’ and usually that’s true.

But not this year. As this years Christmas approaches, it really does feel like a whole year since the last one. As November drew to a close in 2015 we’d only just made it through the biggest event we’d ever organised and were in a blissful bubble of newly married happiness. We were gearing up for our biggest trip to date together and I was busy planning…

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‘Tis The Season | Tips for Wrapping Presents Like a Pro

Marks and Spencer gift wrapping, Bumpkin betty

The 1st December is fast approaching and the festive fever is certainly stepping up a notch. Can you believe there’s only 4 more Fridays until the day itself? We just came back from a couple of days in Belfast for GB’s birthday and I have to say it really put me in the mood. The weather was colder and frostier than it is here, the lights were on, the Christmas market was heaving, the shops all had their displays up, the restaurants were adorned with giant red ribbons and Christmas music played everywhere we went – it was hard not…

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‘Tis The Season | Creating the Perfect Festive Cheeseboard

Top Uk food and lifestyle blogs, Bumpkin Betty

Granted, it’s not the 1st December yet but it is the last weekend in November, and Thanksgiving for any American friends, which I believe signals the a-ok to start talking about Christmas. Yup, I’m going there. Apologies if it’s still way too early for you but hey I dressed up my fireplace with some festive red berries today and I’m getting in the groove.

To be honest I’m actually really excited about the festive period this year. I think because last year we skipped the whole thing entirely and jetted off on our honeymoon to hang out on a beach on…

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All the Black Friday Discount Codes You Need

Zara pink suede mini bag, Bumpkin Betty

So the time of mega sales are upon us once again – this coming weekend (thank goodness it comes at the end of the month right?) is Black Friday and Cyber Weekend which basically means that if you’ve been coveting a new winter coat, pair of chic boots or want to get a head start on your Crimbo shopping, now is the time to do it. There’s always a tendency to go overboard when it comes to the sales, so personally I’ll just be seeking out the pieces I already had my eye on and then walking away (or rather clicking…

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Re-Wearing Your Wedding Dress

Pink wedding dress, Bumpkin Betty

Seeing as it’s the week of our first wedding anniversary (yes I’m giving us a week – the wedding celebrations went on for far longer than just a day so why not the anniversary too?) I thought this would be as good a time as any to share some pictures from the day I got back into my wedding outfits, hiked to the top of a hill and took a bunch of photos in the rain with the lovely and talented Jess Withey Photo.

The idea of only ever wearing my wedding dress once never sat all…

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One

One year wedding anniversary, Bumpkin Betty

One year ago today, around about this time, I was getting ready to walk down the aisle to greet the love of my life. To say the vows that would make us husband and wife and to laugh through the cold of that perfect winters day.

In a way I could look back at that day and think it totally unfathomable that it occurred 365 sleeps ago. The emotions I felt are still so raw, so fresh, and I only need to close my eyes to be transported right back to that time. My heart thumping out of my chest…

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The Maternity Skirt

Asos maternity wrap skirt, Bumpkin betty

Guys, I’ve done it. I’m in my first maternity piece of clothing! I know, I know I put it off for as long as I could manage but despite my initial scepticism, the comfort I felt when I put this Asos jersey skirt on (as recommended by Jen – whose pregnancy style I adored btw) for the first time was immediately welcomed. Dare I say it, I might be converted.

When I put a photo of this outfit on Instagram this week announcing my first foray into maternity wear, so many of you commented…

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Mum to Be Afternoon Tea at The Arch, London

Prettiest afternoon teas in London, Bumpkin Betty

There’s not much I enjoy more than catching up with friends over tea and cake. Which is probably why going for an afternoon or cream tea is usually always my first suggestion when friends or colleagues suggest a get together (even more so now I’m in tee total mode).

In fact, I’d say almost every time me and the lovely Danielle meet up, there’s usually some sort of cake affair involved (we just love it!). Of course, living in London for so long, meant that there weren’t many afternoon tea offerings I hadn’t tried before, and having been…

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10 Things that Inevitably Happen When Moving House

10 things that happen when you move house, Bumpkin Betty

It’s now been nearly a month since we made the move from London to our new abode in Kent. In some ways it seems like only yesterday that we were packing our life up and cleaning every possible surface of our little flat so our deposit wouldn’t go down the drain, and in others it almost feels like we’ve always lived here and walking up a set of stairs to go to the bathroom is entirely normal.

Of course, as everyone predicted, even a month in we’re still very much living out of boxes and scrabbling through suitcases each morning…

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Signs You’re in a Style Rut (and How to Get Out of It)

Boden pink richmond trousers, Bumpkin Betty

Every so often I get myself into a bit of a rut with how I dress. I think it happens to the best of us from time to time, even those who always seem to look so effortlessly chic and ‘together’ whenever you see them. When you start to question everything you thought you knew about yourself and your style, your likes and dislikes. When you start to wonder whether you’re really wearing the right type of clothes for your age/shape/lifestyle and when you realise you’ve been reaching for those same old comfort pieces day in and out for far too long.

For me, it usually happens around…

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