40 Weeks 5 Days

31 weeks pregnant, Bumpkin Betty

Since Evie turned six months old at the end of August, I’ve found myself reminiscing a lot about my pregnancy. Now that we have our little girl in our lives – with her vibrant personality, wide smiles, constant giggles and love of high pitched singing – it’s very hard to journey our minds back to a time when we hadn’t yet met her.

But of course, although the last six months have been the most monumental of our lives, in reality it isn’t all that long ago that we were waiting and wondering – who our baby would be, who they’d…

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Homegrown | Pear and Bramble Crumble

What to do with homegrown pears, Bumpkin Betty

I have a feeling if ever there was a definition of ‘becoming an adult’ it would more than likely read something along the lines of ‘grows their own XYZ’. And while moving into a house with a pear tree in the back garden and a sprawling bramble bush overgrown from next door creeping into our front garden isn’t exactly classed as ‘growing’, I’m very much enjoying making the most of the fruits of our someone else’s labour.

After an abundance of sun followed by rain, both of our fruity hand me downs were doing incredibly well and heavy with fruit. The…

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Daily Strolls with the Baby Jogger City Mini

Baby Jogger city Mini Review, Bumpkin Betty

Now that I have Evie, not a day goes by that we don’t venture out for a walk. Those lazy weekends where I used to spend an entire day in my PJ’s slobbing on the sofa watching back to back box sets are, for the most part, a thing of the past. Babies (or at least ours) tend to get pretty grouchy when indoors all day with the same toys/environment/boring old Mum to entertain them and sometimes just a change of scenery is all that’s needed to break the cycle of crying, non napping and general grumpiness. As I don’t drive,…

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Three Ways with a Slogan Tee (When You’re Not a Teenager)

Top Uk fashion and lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn Ruth

Slogans are everywhere right now, but for many of us it can be a trend that proves tricky to tackle. While throwing on a fun T-shirt with your favourite pair of jeans shouldn’t be difficult, when that T-shirt is guilty of showcasing a blatant message out to the world on your behalf, it’s easy to feel wary.

I admit that when the slogan trend first started hotting up, I really wasn’t sure it was for me. While I’m normally an advocate for putting two fingers up to the whole – dressing for your age – nonsense, in this case as a thirty something professional,…

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How to Throw a Summer Garden Party

How to throw a garden party, Bumpkin Betty

Um, where has Summer gone exactly? It seems we’re in for a wet August and I am not at all happy about it to be honest. I’ve really enjoyed summer this year, and even though I’m normally a bit of an autumn and winter kinda gal, I’m feeling really reluctant to say goodbye to the sunshine this time around. Perhaps it’s because we now have Evie so summer days out are way more fun and also because I know that endlessly walking the streets to try and get a baby to sleep in the pouring rain/freezing cold isn’t going to…

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Summer Snacking with Boursin

Top Uk lifestyle blogs, Bumpkin Betty

Because we’ve had such an early summer this year, with plenty of gorgeous sun filled weekends and multiple heatwaves already behind us, it’s easy to forget that we’re actually only at the end of July and still have the potential for lots more sunshine – complete with picnics in the park, warm summer evenings spent outside and garden paties aplenty – to come in the next few months.

This recent bout of grey skies and thunder storms was almost enough to see me digging my cosy knitwear out of the wardrobe and filling my Pinterest boards with autumn scenes, gingerbread bakes…

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Summer Must Have | Statement Earrings

4 of the best statement earrings on the high street, Bumpkin Betty

I’m ALL about the accessories right now. As you all know, apart from my husband and baby, few things in life make me happier than a new pair of shoes, but lately I’ve also been feeling the love for bags, jewellery and hair accessories too. I think it’s something to do with the fact that clothes shopping is a little trickier right now with my post baby body, and just like with pregnancy dressing, the shoes always fit.

One trend I’m really loving for summer is the statement earring look – this season, they’re big, they’re bright and they’re…

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Travel Hacks for Getting Around with a Baby

How to pack for travelling with a baby, Bumpkin Betty

Before Evie came along, I think I was rather naive to just how much our day to day lives would have to adapt to cater for our tiny human. Of course I was well aware that things were about to change forever, but until you actually have your baby in your arms and are living the sleepless nights and 24/ 7 demand, I think it’s impossible to anticipate just how much your world will be flipped upside down by the arrival of a new person. And equally how your every waking breath, thought and last drop of energy will forever more be directed…

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Honest Parenting | What We’ve Learnt in the First 4 Months

What we learnt in the first three months of parenthood, Bumpkin Betty

Welcome to a new feature on the blog – my Honest Parenting series!

Having had a few months break from regular blogging, I’ve been able to think more about how I want this blog to progress and the topics I want to discuss. I’m really excited to get back on track and have lots of ideas buzzing away for posts I want to share. Although I don’t want the blog to become entirely focused on parenting or motherhood (I’ll still be sharing outfits, recipes and travel adventures with you), Evie is such a huge part of my life now that it…

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Summer Wishlist | My Pick of the Sales

Sumer sales edit, Bumpkin Betty

We really have been basking in the smug glory of a true British summer recently haven’t we? And the non stop sunshine has certainly been lovely, albeit slightly stressful when it comes to keeping a baby cool.

But, seeing as the last time I encountered any real sun was this time last year when I was in maternity clothing, and before that when I was on honeymoon and, well, a whole lot skinnier, I’ve been throwing out that classic ‘I have NOTHING to wear!’ line almost daily. Except in this case, there’s actually a lot of truth to it. When the…

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Baby Jogger Squad

Of all the purchases we made ahead of having Evie, by far the most difficult was choosing which pram/buggy system to go for. Anyone who has been in the position of investing in a pram or stroller (especially for the first time) will testify to the fact that it’s a total minefield out there. There are so many different models and brands to choose from, so many different factors to consider and so many functions available that you’re not entirely certain whether you need.

The problem is that until your little one is actually with you, and you’re using your device…

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White Chocolate and Raspberry Muffins

Raspberry and white chocolate muffins, Bumpkin Betty

It has been FAR too long since I indulged my love of baking. It’s true when they say that becoming a parent means a lot of prioritising of tasks, and acceptance that you’ll probably only have time for the most important of them. I guess for the last three months I’ve been prioritising having a shower and brushing my teeth above any sort of recreational activity!

But last week, Evie gave me the (rather unexpected) joy of a three hour daytime nap and I found myself with some time on my hands and an itch to make something delicious. Not knowing quite…

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