There is nothing like being surrounded by snow and on a countdown to an epic holiday in the sun, that get’s your mind whirling with ideas of all of the other places you might want to go to next! In just over 2 weeks we will be heading out to LA to kick start our 2 week America holiday, and being in true holiday mentality, I have found myself wondering where we might go to next. I have been dreaming of, and researching several other places I want to discover with our little family in this beautiful world …

Caribbean Dreams

Maybe it’s having “Havana” on repeat whilst I clean the house every day (and dancing to such cool beats), or perhaps it’s the amazing memories of our honeymoon in Cancun, but just recently I have been thinking a lot about how much I would love to go on another Caribbean holiday, and see such beautiful beaches and seas!

In 2009 Nathan and I Honeymooned in Cancun, and the white sands with turquoise warm seas were out of this world! The food was incredible, as was entertainment and stuff to do – from snorkeling around coral reefs and body boarding, mixed in with jungle tours, ChiChen Itza, and general chilling in paradise, all just felt like an absolute dream! I knew as we headed home to start our life together that one day I would love to return to that area of the world to discover more beautiful places with our family, and right now, Cuba looks like a splendid option for us all in the near future.

My 5 Reasons to want to go to Cuba …

Cuba is the biggest of the Islands in the Caribbean and is also a cheaper option to see that part of the world! Destinaton2 has some great deals that make it a great holiday choice for both a luxury Couples retreat, or general fun and adventurous family holiday. Here are my reasons (inspired a lot from my in-laws recent visit) as to why I would love to take our family to Cuba too!

Paradise Beaches/Sea/Sunshine – Being an Island in the Caribbean it is guaranteed hot weather, white sands and warm turquoise seas. This is obviously the main reason to visit, that and because I would love for the kids to experience such beauty, as well as enjoying it again for ourselves! I imagine even with kids in tow it would be a relaxing and chilled spot to holiday together!

Culture – Cuba is a very culturally diverse place, with wonderful people! I really love to go to places that immerse me in a new experience and really feel the vibe of it! With Spanish, African, American and Asian influences I feel it would be amazing to soak up all of it’s music, food and festivals, for a most memorable experience!

I love the pictures that show colourful 1950’s cars and buildings and I feel like wandering around from beach to city would be so exciting, as well as spontaneous music and dancing with the locals!

History – Cuba is full of History and this is often a huge element to what we look for in a Holiday too. I always think there is only so much beach time you can have on a trip (even in the Caribbean), and so it’s important for us to have things to learn about and look into further!
Being Communist, this in itself is super interesting, as well as it’s roots as far back as Christopher Columbus’ discovery and Colonial architecture. It is most definitely a super, historically interesting place I am keen to explore.

Organically Grown stuff! – Cuba grows Sugar cane, Tobacco and Aloe vera, all of which make it famous around the world, and to see these things being grown in their natural environment would be so fascinating! I think especially for the kids to see and learn more about these things close up would be another highlight and day long adventure!

Swim with Dolphins – Whilst the thought makes me slightly anxious, I think for us all to be in the sea, swimming with such beautiful creatures, would be an out of this world experience and a lot of fun! I know the kids (Megs especially) would be living the dream doing this on a family holiday!

Cuba would be an incredible holiday for us all, and a place I want to go to soon so as to really capture the culture before it becomes too Touristy! I hope it is a destination we get to experience very soon for a family adventure in the Caribbean!

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One of the hardest parts about being told in our last pregnancy that our baby was most likely going to pass away was not being able to do any of the “normal” pregnancy prep you do as a mother. I felt I missed out on so much and have said before that it was unbelievably difficult to be planning a funeral and stuff like that instead of buying clothes, a pushchair, a crib etc. It was a painful period and I remember the day I cleared out all of Megsies baby clothes during my pregnancy that we had saved because I just felt we didn’t need them, someone else could use them and to see them reminded me I was having a girl that probably would never wear them…so off they went. I cried a few days after that, and it all felt very unfair and unnatural. I had a blanket and a few baby grows, that was all.
10702005_10152433205636553_993432145928128985_nThe anxiety of “what if’s” in the early part of this pregnancy has meant that I haven’t yet bought anything. I feel slightly awkward still in baby wear places (though I adore it too), and I almost feel like I have to keep reminding myself that its okay to be there and okay to buy something I like for my unborn baby as this one seems like she is here to stay.

I was hoping and totally expecting that this baby was a boy, so most of the things I was originally drawn to was either neutral or a boyish print and style. I never looked at girly things, probably because there is still some pain attached to baby girl clothes, and probably because I hoped I wouldn’t need to bring myself to making that choice at this point in life.  But life always throws us curve balls doesn’t it and so I have been looking and trying to get excited about girls clothes again, and reminding myself that “It’s okay” and will be lovely.

It may sound strange to those who haven’t experienced what we have, after all the next step is naturally to go out shopping and start prepping for baby’s arrival…clothes, cot, pram, and everything else, but its hard when you have disconnected that part of your brain to protect your emotions, to suddenly find you have to re-engage it and embrace it all.  With this I have been sheepishly hovering around the girls stuff in hope that there will be things I can love again and fill me with excitement, and thankfully there have been a few and that’s fantastic and reassuring that its still there within me.

For the most part I have been figuring out what kind of things/style I want to roll with and I think I have decided that its mostly fun, bright and a little quirky. Bold prints and fun clothes make me happy to look at and to me that it is an important factor in all of this! There are the odd normal things in there, but overly girly stuff is really not my thing and pale pinks and typical girly things, that is a no no unless they posses some kind of cool pattern or logo! With that I went and bought her some shorts in Gap that were on sale, whilst returning some things for me and as she will be a summer baby they looked useful… but that is all.

SO here is what I am loving/drawn to, wishing for and will hopefully also buy when I get my confidence up to purchase them over the next few weeks. I am in no rush as I want to enjoy it and want it to be a natural thing for me, and also know that a baby really doesn’t need a whole lot more than baby grows and vests anyway, but for practicality on hot summer days I hope some of these things will be useful for us/her!

1. Rompers/Play suits – Who doesn’t love a baby in a romper, especially in the summer? I do and think they are uber practical and look cute. In fact the ones I have featured are only a small selection of several lovely ones I have seen around and I think I may be developing an obsession with them.
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I love the rainbow logo one from Gap (£12.95) just because it seems so fitting with those rainbows and pretty too, whilst keeping a coolness about it.

The spotty one is H&M (£6.99) and is pretty much just cool, Megs has a dress from H&M almost the same print so they can be a little matchy pair with that one…Then the fishy one from Mothercare (£10) and I think its just brilliant and happy to look at. I can imagine that to be a great beach outfit as its also towelling fabric!

And how funky are the fruity ones from Next (£12)? They again make me so happy to look at!

Mamas and Papas have a new peter pan range out, which never really used to be my thing, but I have to admit that I love with this one as its casual and plain and the “I believe in fairies” is cute, its £16 and I know Megs especially will adore it too being a fan of tink!
Romper, £16 - Mamas & PapasAnd finally, on the pricier side is this one from Boden (£17.55) its absolutely gorge! I like the bold print and retro feel to it, it also has lots of frills on the bum!
16USUM_72166_MUL2. Dresses – I like chilled out colourful clothes and all of these reflect that. I find really frilly things impractical for young babies, but because we go to church every week I feel dresses are an essential. I like the pinafore set for Autumn (Mamas and Papas £24) and the floral/rainbow ones I LOVE…They are a bargainous £3.99 each in H&M and are very me!
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I also love this one, again from Boden at £15 (They have some really cool baby girl stuff with great embroidery, patterns and print). I just think that its super fantastic with all of the random animals on and matching panties!
16USPR_73196_ECR3. Outfits/sets – There are only a couple of things in this section, because I feel it isn’t essential until she is a few months old, but I do love the leggings and light bulb t shirt from Mothercare (£14) with the added bonus of a hair accessory (my weakness) ! And the T-shirts are from H&M (£6.99), again they’re just funky and cool! The leggings and wrap top set are again from the peter pan range at Mamas and Papas (£19), and I just like how chilled it is. It’s almost not what I would go for, but the style of the top and image make it lovely.
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4. And finally – This is my absolute fave as it makes me laugh whenever I see it. And  with that, I think its what I want to bring her home in (the little duck). Its just mint and it speaks for itself! From Gap (£14.95)…
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This is not a sponsored post or in collaboration with anyone, just my baby clothes loves put out in a post…all images are taken from company websites and items can all be found right now on said sites. 

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For as long as I can remember I have always made a “wish list” leading up to my birthday (and Christmas), and I find it rather an exciting part of life. Its not because of any sense of entitlement or because I expect certain things from people (quite the opposite), but more so as a “just in case” if people asked, then I would have an idea of what I might like or need at this point in life. Its something my parents encouraged (probably to make their life easier) and has always been an exciting thing to do leading upto the big day. I usually do not really expect any of it at all, just more of a dreamy idea of new things that would be wonderful if people were wondering or felt inclined to treat me!

I have always been content with smallish, inexpensive things and grateful for what people give me. My friends and family know me well when it comes to gifts and its very ordinary to see animal print, bling, make up/nail varnishes, music, chocolate and generally things that are bright and funky! All of these things make me happy, and I find gift opening exciting … ooooo the anticipation. I get just as excited about a gift for my home as a new piece for my wardrobe and chocolate and food gifts bring me as much joy as flowers and books. I’d say I’m quite easy to buy for and just love cool, quirky, fun things, that are a little bit different too.
nestingdolls-xmasAs my birthday is in the colder months of the Year I have usually always had new boots, coats, knitwear and snuggly accessories; they’re useful and come just as the weather is changing. But as I say I am not particularly fussy and I like most things and often get stuff I never would have thought of but always adore (isn’t it interesting how people perceive you?!) and Naths family are very good at this side of gift giving…I rarely can guess but its always lovely and exciting.

So as I approach 31 in a couple of weeks (when did that happen?) by tradition I have pursued my Ordinary for the end of October and put together a wish list of a few newbies I’d love to receive for my birthday next month (take note Mr Smith), or just as an idea of where Im at with what im loving! I think if money wasn’t an issue I would absolutely love a good camera, as blogging has ignited a picture taking passion inside of me, but perhaps that one can go on the Christmas Wish list!!

birthday wish list

1. A funky Jumpsuit | 2. Now 91 – Great tunes on there | 3. Leopard print ankle boots | 4. A gold coloured watch | 5. H&M faux leather trousers | 6. Gorgeous Yellow bag – New Look | 7. Wifey Tshirt | 8. Knitted waistcoat or Long Jacket – This one is TU @ Sainsbury’s | 9. Seasonal Nail varnishes – Barry M | 10. Sam Smiths older Album | 11. Seasonal Eye shadows – any brand | 12. Another Onesie (in girly or animal print or funky_

…or anything really. but as I created this last week, I really felt it was a reflection of where I am in life as it looks rather age appropriate style wise, with a bit of music thrown in to let my hair down. I blatantly need a few pieces in my wardrobe to spice it up and new make up/nail varnishes and accessories are always a winner. I’ve moved on from big nappy bags now the kids are toilet trained and so would love something more useful and lovely (Nath has said he will get me it ahhhh) but I just love the anticipation of birthday’s and the Ordinary moments of this time of year of how I think, feel and plan leading up to MY day! I cannot believe I am here again planning for my birthday, reflecting on what I want to do with my next year of life and basically the biggest shocker…that I am now well and truly into the 30’s chapter of life. OH MY!!
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