The Home Straight (a 38 Week Pregnancy Update)

38 weeks pregnant, Bumpkin Betty

38 weeks! I’ve reached 38 weeks in the pregnancy! I’m repeating it more for my benefit than yours to be honest as I still can’t quite believe it. Since I entered the third trimester, people kept telling me ‘you’re on the home straight now’ while in my head I was thinking ‘but it’s still three months!’. But now… well I really do feel like I’m on the home straight and waking up each day knowing that something could start at any time, is a strange feeling.

In many ways (because I’m getting so terribly impatient and am more than ready to…

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HelloFresh Dinner Time Challenge

Hello Fresh dinner time challenge review, Bumpkin Betty

Two pieces of advice I’ve received a lot during this latter stage of my pregnancy are;

‘make you sure spend some quality time with your husband, just the two of you, before baby comes along’ and ‘try and prepare meals and have food in the freezer ready for those first few weeks because you will have NO time to cook’.

I’ve nodded along in agreement to both of these as they’ve repeatedly been thrown my way, while secretly panicking on the inside about how on earth we’re actually supposed to do that? Because, let’s face it, both of those tasks…

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But First… Coffee

Forever 21 coffee please T-shirt, Bumpkin Betty

How do you know when you’ve reached peak levels of adulting? When you get married? Have a baby? Buy a house?… Nope, it’s when you get your first coffee machine.

At the start of this year we found ourselves the proud owners of this rather stylish Nescafe Dolce Gusto Movenza machine*, and honestly, we’ve never felt so grown up. Mornings now start with the familiar sound of coffee frothing and filtering into a cup, that all to tempting smell wafting through the house.

Can I let you into a secret though? Up until about a year and a…

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BB Baking Club | Nutritious Bakes

Fruity flapjacks recipe, Bumpkin Betty baking club

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February is here, and the promise of spring, lighter evenings, warmer weather, oh and a BABY is edging ever closer. Like most, January is never my favourite month of the year but…

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The Importance of a Good Breakfast

Top Uk food bloggers, Bumpkin Betty

*This is an advertorial feature with Quaker Oats*

Ok hands up who regularly skips breakfast in favour of a latte on the run while desperately trying to concoct a valid excuse why you’re late to the office again? That was me a few years back when I worked full time in an agency, and breakfast was a pretty non existent meal in my life. No matter how early I got up, I always seemed to be rushing to choose an outfit, do my hair and make up and still make it in time to catch the tube at 8am….

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15 Things We Learned from Home Decorating

sofie rolfsdotter flamingo print, Bumpkin Betty

Having lived in a flat before we moved to this house, we’d only ever embarked on fairly small painting and decorating jobs up until recently. We’d both helped out family at home when we were younger and done the odd bit of DIY here and there but we’d never tackled a room from start to finish before, and never together.

Considering we only moved into our new house in October, we’ve done quite a bit already to try and get it feeling more homely, and aside from some help from parents initially, most of the work we’ve tackled ourselves. Over the last…

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Our Spare Room Makeover – Before and After

DFS arden sofabed, Bumpkin betty

Well, January’s been a busy old month in the house decoration mission, and we’re currently feeling pretty darn smug with how much we’ve achieved since the start of the year. Before Christmas, the upstairs of our house was in disarray – boxes everywhere, furniture blocking every passage way, a spare room which had been stripped of wallpaper and left as an empty shell, a nursery room which was acting as a dumping ground for everything we didn’t have a place for, and our bedroom feeling like the messy space we didn’t like spending much time in.

And now? Well we have an absolutely…

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The Boyfriend Shirt

Paste blue boyfriend shirt Boden, Bumpkin Betty

It’s happened.

I’ve reached the stage of pregnancy dressing I was dreading most. The stage when only comfort will suffice. I’m trying folks, really I am, but when you need help even putting your own socks on, you know it’s not looking good for a stylish ensemble.

Any sense of style, it seems, has long since disappeared along with my waist.

Right now I’m reaching for leggings or lounge pants most days (and then spending the entire day getting annoyed when they keep falling down), have packed all of my pretty shoes under the bed and left out only trainers and…

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Getting Baby Ready

How to prepare for a new baby, Bumpkin Betty

It’s now less than six weeks until our due date (that’s 40 days to be precise) so it’s fair to say that things are getting a bit real in camp pending parenthood.

Having said that, despite my initial freak out at the start of the year, six weeks now feels like a really long time to be THIS pregnant (heavy, sore, tired, swollen, and pretty damn useless all round) and I’m starting to get a tad impatient to meet our little one now. Especially when my midwife says things like ‘it could still be 8 weeks, first time babies tend to…

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Anniversary Stay at Seaham Hall in Durham

Best hotels in Durham, Bumpkin Betty

After we’d got home from our honeymoon with the travel bug firmly cemented, we originally spoke about marking our first wedding anniversary with another big trip and our pipe dream was to head to Tokyo for the occasion. It’s a place that’s been high on both of our travel lists for so long and we excitedly hoped that maybe an anniversary was the time to tick it off.

We decided we wouldn’t go on any other holidays over summer and instead set about saving for the Tokyo adventure. As it happened though – life got in the way. By June, I…

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BB Baking Club | A Year of Baking & January Theme

Egg free pancake recipe, Bumpkin Betty

Anyone else still struggling to keep up with what day it is? Only just got my head around the fact that it’s Friday today and the first week of January is almost behind us – how’d that happen?

I previously rounded up my favourite moments (and outfits) from the year past, and earlier this week spoke about what I’m looking forward to in the year ahead and my blogging journey overall. But one thing I didn’t include in my yearly round up or future plans was news on my Baking Club, which was actually…

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Happy New Year & Hello 2017

Blogging goals for 2017, Bumpkin Betty

Well a very Happy New Year to you all! All signs of Christmas have now been tidied away in our household, I demolished the last box of chocolates last night and I’m back at my desk today working through emails, chasing invoices and watching the rain fall from the window, so I’d say the holiday season is officially over.

It was great though wasn’t it? I really can’t complain at all – I had a good long break which involved a LOT of sofa time, movie marathons, great food and even greater people. Yesterday we got back from a few…

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