‘Tis the Season | Festive Home Updates (& Our Living Room in Progress)

Christmas doors, Bumpkin Betty

When I was younger, tree day was always the MOST exciting of days in our household. In Scotland you are legally allowed to cut trees from certain parts of the countryside provided you just take the top to allow for re-growth, and so we’d all bundle in the car and drive to the woods, my Dad armed with the chainsaw and my Brother and I eagerly eyeing up the best fir (it had to be a family affair as once my Dad was tasked with picking the tree himself and came home with the saddest of all trees – all…

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‘Tis The Season | Festive Iced Cookie Decorations

Top Uk food bloggers, Bumpkin Betty

Well I don’t know about you but I am full of the festive cheer this week. We picked up our tree on Saturday and spent yesterday making the house feel all Christmassy so now I’m writing this surrounded by twinkling lights and candles and candy canes and I just can’t wait for it to be holiday time already.

For my latest ‘Tis the Season feature I thought I’d share a simple recipe for some festive iced cookie decorations with you, the results of which are now adorning the branches of our spruce (well half are, the other half were…

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The Diary of a Pregnant Woman | Second Trimester

Second trimester pregnancy diary, Bumpkin betty

Despite the fact that I am now free to talk about my pregnancy with anyone who will listen, I found it rather enjoyable to keep a diary of my thoughts and emotions throughout the first trimester, and decided to keep this going for the second and third trimesters too. It’s a bit of a repeat of what you might have already seen and read on the blog so far, but to be honest I’ve tried hard not to overload my blog with pregnancy news as I know that it isn’t entirely enjoyable to everyone (and perhaps insensitive to those trying or struggling…

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Finding My Pregnancy Style

How to wear dungarees, Bumpkin Betty

Ever since I found out I was expecting, I’ve had this vision of being a total pregnancy cliche and living in a pair of denim dungarees, Reebok high tops and a nineties style ponytail. In fact I think that’s been my vision of pregnancy ever since I was a little girl and probably stems from watching films like Father of the Bride when I was younger. Dreaming of being Annie who spends her pregnant days in leggings and boyfriend shirts, plimsolls and scrunchies.

It’s funny how you imagine yourself as an adult when you’re still a kid isn’t it? And how far…

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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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