Farewell 2018, thanks for the memories

As I reflect on the year about to be behind us, I cannot help but feel slightly cheated. I have spent the last few months fighting a terrible virus which has kept coming back in different forms. Needless to say, this is why I feel a bit miffed by 2018. On the other hand, despite the illness it has been another year filled with surprises, babies and of course blog posts. It’s been a joy to see Alice develop into a tiny person day by day and I feel really proud of my blogging achievements. I’d like to share a few December highlights with you to say farewell 2018, thanks for the memories.

It’s been a year filled with family for sure. And what better way to spend the Christmas period than eating your favourite food with your family. My sister and I had a wonderful lunch (with Alice too) just before Christmas and I dressed for the occasion in a jacquard jacket and glitter sock boots from Fashion World.

My Christmas wrapping experience was one of my most favourite to date. I’m a lover of wrapping presents, and to get properly in the festive mood I had a cute novelty robin dress, again from Fashion World. I wrapped while Alice slept, ate mince pies and watched Christmas movies- just perfect! Now this is where things went downhill as the big day approached…

Christmas Eve was sort of a write off as I came down with the flu and all my plans for the day went out the frosty window. I felt so awful not just health wise, but also for Alice as I couldn’t look after her, and for Paul who had to stay at home and help out. By the evening I pushed myself to bake some cookies with Alice as I had planned, but after that I was done. Christmas morning came, and the farm was covered in a dense frost that was just perfect for a wonderfully Christmas photo. Still full of cold, we went outside and got this beautiful photo. I felt better by the minute and we went on to have a peaceful day with lots of lemsip.


Just before New Year, we took a very long drive to Glasgow for three days to visit a good friend and have an adventure. Wearing another festive feelgood item from Fashion World, we hit Glasgow centre for all the fun we could manage.


We had the best time and rather fortunate weather too. We got Alice her first tablet for the journey back home (7 hours in total) but she was a star as usual- only three episodes of Wiggles required!

So, farewell 2018, thanks for the memories but not so much the illnesses! I hope your 2019 is prosperous, filled with laughter and great times shared with loved ones.

Happy New Year! Saharasplash x

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A Cadvent Kind of Christmas

I hope that 2017 has been treating you right so far. I am just settling into married life, though I don’t see much of Paul with his crazy busy work life, and into our new home. For those of you who don’t know, Paul and I moved out of London over the Christmas period and into an annex attached to his parent’s house. We were always planning on doing this after getting hitched so it’s not something we jumped into. I have some wonderful memories and photos I’d like to share with you all from the past few weeks and it involves lots of chocolate! This Christmas has been a Cadvent Kind of Christmas indeed!

Cadbury’s and I have worked together before if you remember back to last summer’s Obey Your Mouth campaign. So it was lovely to hear all about the launch of their first ever Cadvent knitwear collection last month. I think that this is a wonderful step in an ever expanding direction for Cadbury’s, so of course I had to get involved!

The products come with hidden compartments including a scarf with deep 18cm pockets that can conceal even the most generous of gorgeous goodies – such as a box of Cadbury Roses or Cadbury Heroes?!

A great idea to keep the cold and the cravings at bay!

My friend Tash helped me take some shots in Saffron Walden, I adore this snowflake-bedecked hat. I felt bad making her take shots while it was sub-zero in the centre of the town but it was too lovely a winter’s morning not to!

I also had to get my Great Dane to strike a pose with the scarf, isn’t purple just his colour?!

The collection is now launched on Cadvent.co.uk so why not take a look and see for yourself?

Now onto a few memories from Christmas 2016.

Paul and I had my friend Natasha over for a few days. We had a day trip out to Shoreditch’s underground mini golf course The Junkyard and I took Tash to see Ipswich as well.

We met these cretins (otherwise known as Evie and Ruby) and my oldest friend Cleo for a few rounds of a pub quiz (Talking Tables).

We munched on these Cadbury snacks and the snow bites went down a treat!

Let’s hope next year is a Cadvent kind of Christmas too, you can never say that too much chocolate is a bad thing around Christmas time to see you into the New Year!

Saharasplash x

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