And Then She Turned Three

Betty my darling girl, you are now three years old.Instead of feeling a bit sad like your first two birthdays I was so happy and excited for you to turn 3.

You understood what your birthday was and you couldn’t wait for it to arrive. For the two weeks running up to your birthday you would run to my bedside each morning shouting that it was your birthday or asking in a sweet angelic way in the hope that a calm precious approach would all of a sudden make it your special day. Each morning was a huge disappointment to you which I must admit got a bit tiring by day four.


The day finally came though and as a treat, and in the hope that it’d make you sleep in longer, I let you sleep in my bed the night before. As you woke (super early!) you snuggled into me and said “mama is it my birthday?” I was finally able to say yes and it was probably the happiest I’ve seen you in three years. Your very first response was “can I have breakfast in bed Mama?” Which judging by your face seemed like a very special treat indeed. I granted you your wish and then you exclaimed ” I’m older!” 

You are older sweet girl and my don’t we know it. I was sad for your last two birthdays because I didn’t want you to get bigger, it all seemed to be happening so fast. As much as I wish you’d stay small for a tad longer I am just loving you at 3 years old.


We hold proper conversations, you are so articulate. Your imagination is off the scale and I adore to watch and listen to you play games you have made up.

Babies are a new favourite and you are so very caring towards your baby Annabell. Watching you with her shows me how incredible you would be if you were to ever be a big sister. You have formed some beautiful friendships and now play wonderfully with children your own age.


Some things don’t change as you are still as feisty, strong willed, determined and as  sassy as ever. I don’t want that to change, those qualities will take you places if you use them correctly. 

I’m so excited for the next year with you and to watch you grow even more.

Love,

Mama x

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A Cornish Village

Oh Crantock. Where do I begin? A chocolate box village full of beautiful flowers, sweet cottages, gift shops, tea rooms and a glorious beach.

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We stumbled across Crantock last year and we both fell in love with the place. So much so that we booked to stay there whilst still on holiday for a few months later and constantly consider moving there, I’m just not brave enough!
The heart of the village is small and wraps around in a circle and is a perfect holiday location. It has a small local shop, two tea rooms, a couple of gift shops, two pubs and a beautiful church.


It has a very slow,calm feel about it. It’s easy to wander around the village using the main road as a path, watch out for the buses that suddenly appear and interrupt your day dream of country living though! You’ll regularly see horses walking through the village which I just loved watching as did Betty, don’t worry, they are being ridden and haven’t escaped!


The beach is at the very bottom of the village and is so beautiful. It’s covered in deep soft golden sand and is surrounded by cliff top houses and sand dunes. Stay tuned for another post about the beach!

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I hope these photos do the village justice, I didn’t wander up too many of the lanes so I’m sure there must be more to explore, I’ll just have to go back and find out!

 

 

Making friends #1

Meeting someone for the first time that you talk to on an almost everyday basis is a funny experience. You feel like you’ve known each other for ages but you almost struggle for things to say as you’re sure you already know the answers to all the main questions you’d ask when you first meet someone. Having met a few people from good old Instagram it appears I’m not the only one to think like that!


Recently we met up with Natalie, Romeca and Chelsea plus their littles too. These ladies truly rock, I love them and their offspring. We meet up almost weekly now, the children run riot, we natter whilst scoffing cake and downing coffee and then we go home throughly exhausted and happy. 


 I consider the three of them friends and Betty is loving having a regular group of chums to play with.

Our children range in ages but it seems to work, the bigger ones run off, the smaller ones stop to admire the world (3 years old aren’t fussed by the small things now 😏) and the babies sit and coo away and make me want a million of them.


I would definitely recommend giving it a shot if you’ve been thinking about it. There’s always the risk that you won’t get on but I think that’s pretty slim if you’re already chatting.
Have you met anyone that you follow on social media? 
Sarah x

See more about Chelsea here , more about Romeca here and more about Natalie here xxx

What My Kid Wore Wednesday #2

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We’re on holiday this week and I thought what better way to show off one of my favourite dresses for Betty than to get her wearing it on the beach.
If you know me you’ll know I have a slight obsession with Boden dresses for Betty. They are colourful, pretty and such good quality (worth the price tag)


This one is one of my absolute favourites, it’s known as her ‘rainbow’ dress in our house and Betty loves it too.

Check out the detailing one the back, it went straight into my basket as soon as I saw the back. I can’t wait until the summer months and she can wear it without a top on underneath. 

Betty’s hair bobble is by the lovely Erica at Ditsy Dot shop, you can find her on Instagram. I became a little obsessed with her beautiful creations last year and I do a few bulk orders throughout the year to make sure Betty’s crazy mane is kept under control! 

Hair bobble – Ditsy Dot Shop


Can’t believe I joined in for a second week, check me out!
Sarah x

What My Kid Wore Wednesday

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So here we go, its finally the Easter holidays and I’m able to join in with What My Kid Wore Wednesday.  I recently popped into Tesco and picked up this cute dress for Betty, she absolutely loves it and has been known to hunt through the washing pile if she can’t find it in her wardrobe! I don’t know if anyone else’s almost three year old is growing quicker than usual but Betty is having one mammoth growth spurt at the moment. She was in need of some cardigans that fit so I had a look on the Vertbaudet website and placed an order for the blue cardigan plus the pink and grey versions too (oops!) I love the embroidery around the edges and they go with everything.

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Not wanting to get too ahead of myself but… see you next week for more (hopefully!)

Thanks for reading,

Sarah x

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Painshill Park

Painshill Park is a beautiful landscape garden in Surrey. It’s a hidden gem and I can’t believe I hadn’t been before now as it’s only a short car journey away from us. We were inspired to go by Katy from hotpinkwellingtons.com and we owe her a big thank you!

Last week felt like a real start to spring with warm sunny days almost everyday so I took the opportunity to enjoy some Betty days and decided to visit Painshill on one of those days, the sunniest of the lot I think. I had a tired tot on my hands so it took us a while to get going and past the café (that girl LOVES a café) but eventually we were amongst the sea of daffodils and hunting for fairies whilst snacking on picnic goods.

There are a few routes to take around the park but we were advised to follow the historic track. It led us through a wooded area, up a hill and across to a stunning gothic temple. Betty decided this would be the perfect picnic spot and I fully agreed. We settled down to lunch looking over the river with the sun shining. It was just perfect.

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After lunch we wandered through some more woodland and out to the river which was utterly breath taking. I feel like such an old lady when I say that but it’s true. The water was so calm, the birds were tweeting and there must have been only three other people about. Betty fancied a sit in the buggy so I was able to take my time and breathe in the calm and peacefulness.

The track takes you round in a large circle so we were soon back to our starting point and Betty’s haven, the café.

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Until next time…

I haven’t stopped thinking about it since a so as soon as it’s sunny again we’ll be back there for sure!

Let me know if you pay a visit and try a different route round.

Sarah x

 

Baking with Crayola

We’ve caught the baking bug in our house. I used to bake from scratch ALL the time but as I got older I lost my mojo and my husband wasn’t keen on all the cakes adding to his waist line! Although I know how to bake from scratch I do have a guilty pleasure for packet ready bakes, especially when baking with a toddler. I searched the baking aisle in Sainsbury’s and came across a packet by Crayola. Who knew they had branched into baking goods?!

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We gathered all the extra bits we needed and got our bake on. We emptied the cake mix into a bowl and added the water, oil and golden syrup. I think we may have added a tad too much golden syrup as the mixture was so runny. We needed to add flour to the mixture to make it dry enough to cut shapes out.

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Betty really enjoyed cutting the shapes out, I love that the packet included a cookie cutter and icing examples for you to follow.

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A slight downside to this particular packet bake is the price and how much mixture you get. I think they are £2.99 in Sainsbury’s and the mixture only makes 6 cookies (we only managed to get 5) you also need to add slightly unusual ingredients compared to other packet bakes on the shelfs.

We iced the cookies the next day and it’s safe to say Betty thought that was the best bit. The packet includes two packets of icing and two mini icing tubes. I really wanted to follow the icing examples so I let Betty go mad with the main colours and then I nipped in to add the detail, I think they turned out ok considering Betty obviously had some input into the detail bits too.

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There are pros and cons for this particular packet bake but I haven’t been put off so will definitely be looking for more by Crayola!

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Thanks for reading,

Sarah x

Oat cookies


Recently Betty has shown a real interest in baking so I thought I would round up some bits and get baking with her.I found a recipe for oaty cookies which looked quick and simple, a must when baking with a toddler!

Betty absolutely loved helping me measure out the ingredients and had even more fun mixing them together.



I would say it took about 5 minutes to get the ingredients sorted and mixed together and then 12 minutes to bake. Perfect!


Betty wasn’t too fussed about watching them cook and she actually isn’t that keen about eating them, I don’t think they are naughty enough for her. Me however, well I can’t get enough of them. They are a really nice sweet treat and perfect with a coffee. They contain oats so they are super healthy too. Ish.


I had to tweak the recipe slightly as my store cupboard wasn’t fully stocked. I say store cupboard but what I actually mean is my two Tupperware boxes full of baking essentials.

So here is the original recipe for you to use if you’d like to enjoy a quick bake activity with your little one.

Ingredients

110g butter

115g dark brown sugar (we used light brown)

1 egg

150g porridge oats

75g self raising flour

75g raisins (we didn’t include raisins)

A pinch of salt

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

100g chocolate chips (we made a second batch and included fairly milk chunks, I can highly recommend doing that!)

Method

Preheat oven to 200.

Combine the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg then slowly stir in the rest of the ingredients. Shape the mixture into balls and place on a lined baking tray. The mixture should make approximately 24 cookies. Be sure to leave enough space between each cookie as they do spread once in the oven. Bake in the oven for 12 minutes/until golden brown. They taste best the day after.


Do let me know if you try it out, I’d love to hear if you changed the recipe a bit to suit you.
Thanks for reading,

Sarah x

West Wittering 

Visiting the beach brings a huge sense of calm and happiness to me and I think Betty would agree that is has the same affect on her too.We’re lucky enough to have access to a beach whenever we visit Betty’s Nana and Grandad, and not just any beach. West Wittering beach.


A couple of weeks ago we had the perfect Saturday which started off with a coffee and wander around Chichester Cathedral and then we made our way to West Wittering.
We paid a small fortune for a portion of chips (£3.50!!) and found a spot to enjoy our little lunch and take in our surroundings.


Betty very much enjoyed the chips but she was soon charging towards to sea dragging Daddy along with her! They spent ages building sand castles and we had lots of fun splashing in the small pools of water.


It really was a perfect day. The beach was quiet, the weather was windy but warm, the lighting was delightful and Betty was a dream!

Do pop back for the next instalment of Betty at the beach.
Thanks for reading,

Sarah x

A walk in Autumn 

The blog has been lacking in Harrison and Betty dates for a little while. Life just gets in the way sometimes doesn’t it?! We managed to catch a morning where we were all free so we headed for a walk in the beautiful autumn sunshine. We decided to go to Virginia Water Lake. It was a day when the temperature decided to drop. Big style. But it was ok, we got ourselves a hot beverage and began our walk.


The sun was blazing, the skies were blue and the trees were looking spectacular.

We walked past a small wooded area and I just had to grab some snaps of H and B amongst the glorious leaves and sunlight.


I decided to try and get all of us in a shot but as per usual I’d left my tripod at home so it’s a funny photo, a bit on the wonk, but hey, getting that photo was another memory made. It took forever!

I don’t want to jinx it but we seem to strike lucky with the weather for our walks. I wonder where we’ll end up next time…
Thanks for reading,

Sarah x