Easter with Meri Meri

This Easter we got merry with some beautiful seasonal decorations and gifts from our friends at Meri Meri . The kiddos loved dressing up in the bunny ear sets, and Willa adores her new dolly with matching headdress.

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They spent ages decorating their hard boiled eggs with the egg decorating kit, and we look forward to filling our bunny pinata with treats for Easter weekend.

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The surprise filled carrots make brilliant table decorations along with the flower plates too. It’s all perfect to celebrate Easter with those we love and we hope you’ll have a fantastic weekend too!

Happy Easter everyone x

Getting Easter ready in the kitchen.

Getting Easter ready in the kitchen.

The sweetest straw bunny bag, perfect for collecting eggs!

The sweetest straw bunny bag, perfect for collecting eggs!

Using the Meri Meri egg decorating kit.

Using the Meri Meri egg decorating kit.

New Easter dolly complete with her own Easter headdress!

New Easter dolly complete with her own Easter headdress!

The boys in their Easter bunny ear sets from Meri Meri

The boys in their Easter bunny ear sets from Meri Meri

More egg decorating..

More egg decorating..

The amazing bunny pinata

The amazing bunny pinata

Decorating her bunny egg!

Decorating her bunny egg!

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With her new favorite dolly

With her new favorite dolly

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This is not a sponsored post, but all Meri Meri items were kindly gifted over to us which we really appreciate. x

Family Photography with Tim Dunk

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We met the incredibly talented photographer Tim Dunk in Leeds last week. I’m always slightly trepidatious taking three children anywhere together to meet someone as they are all fairly wild, but Tim had them laughing, relaxed and happy as soon as he arrived. His calm and non invasive style is perfect and has everyone at ease immediately.

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Tim had taken some incredible captures 3 years ago of us, when I was pregnant with Willa which I have framed on the walls at home, so I was so excited to catch up with him now Willa is running about too. She was the biggest ham of them all and I was genuinely amazed at how she enjoyed the hour long session climbing, exploring and jumping about with Tim- she’s his new biggest fan.

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You can find Tim’s website here, and I honestly could not recommend him more, he is SO flipping talented!

I will love these for a lifetime. Big thanks Tim. How will I ever chose which to have on the walls?! X

(All pictures copyright of Tim Dunk Photography)

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Thanks for everything Mum (I totally 'get it' now)

'A Mother who radiates self love and self acceptance actually vaccinates her children against low self esteem.' 

-Naomi Wolf

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I have a vivid memory of being around 5 years old, sat in a dark storeroom surrounded by fashion mannequins and thinking it was all a wonderful adventure.

What I didn't realise at the time was that I was probably off school with a bug, and that my Mum had probably had to take me to work with her (she taught Fashion Design at the time), and she was probably feeling frazzled and a bit stressed out about the situation. 

As a working Mum myself, I now 'get it'.

I count myself very lucky to have an incredibly supportive Mum who has always done everything she can to help me. I was adopted at birth and she has raised me to believe in myself and surrounded muself and my brother (and now my children) with security and unconditional love.

She retired soon after I had my eldest child (no coincidence I'm sure) and it has led to my children enjoying a unique and special relationship with her and my Dad. I found the early days of first time Motherhood quite lonely, and she was always the first to come and scoop myself and baby Felix up and take us out for much needed coffee and cake.

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Roll on 7 years, and two more children, I know I couldn't have entertained the idea of having a family of 5 without her help and guidance. She helps with childcare so that I can develop my business and is my post run queen. She has a magical relationship with each of the children and has a lovely bond with Willa who is her little sidekick.

Every Mothers Day I like to spoil her rotten now that I'm in the fortunate position to do so, a way of saying Thank You for all the millions of ways that she helps us.

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Luckily notonthehighstreet has so many original, thoughtful gift ideas from the UK’s best small creative business.  

Celebrating my amazing Mum means so much to me and the kids, I really do like her to feel spoilt and that some time, thought and care has gone in to her gifts and card.

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Mothers Day falls this year on Sunday 11th March. This pennant and so many more thoughtful gifts and cards are over at notonthehighstreet.com/mothers-day . 

Thanks to my amazing Mum, I totally 'get' it now.

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