Every year when Theo’s birthday approaches I worry a little about waste. I try to think about the kind of food we can cook at his party that won’t be nibbled and cast aside, I try (and nearly always fail) to think about how to keep a handle on incoming toys and for the last two years I have also attempted to do something close to zero waste party bags.

Some might say that the answer to party bags is simply not to have them, but I think it’s possible to do them in such a way that still gives pleasure without creating waste.

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This blog post could very nearly have been called Things That Facebook Made Me Do, because really everything that’s happened to me in the last month is entirely facebook’s fault.

At the beginning of August an advert popped up on my news feed for a fitness program. I was at the time not in the least bit interested in fitness or diets, but I clicked on it anyway because I was pretty convinced it was another one of those companies that steal images of women and use them to sell their magic slimming potions and if that was the case I wanted to report them. (Grrr… I get angry about photo thefts!) But much to my surprise when I clicked through I discovered this particular advert was legit. No herbal teas or magic powders, instead they were promoting an 8 week health and fitness program for mums which seemed to produce amazing results.

I was on holiday at the time probably drinking slightly too much alcohol (as we do) and being slightly too sedentary and before I knew it I’d handed over £37 and decided to sign up. I was motivated by fitness and energy levels, because I was quite confident in the fact that the reason I had a muffin top was down to the design of my trousers and nothing to do with what I ate. I’ve had two children, my stomach will never be flat again… nothing I can do about that, right?!

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So finally a little later than planned my Home Life Project weekend photos for September! As I mentioned on Friday, my intention had been to photograph our day yesterday taking part in a classic car tour, but in the end things did not go to plan and we had to retire at lunchtime with engine trouble. The only consolation was that it was pouring with rain anyway so we didn’t miss a particularly good day. The rest of Sunday was then spent inside, in yucky light doing exciting things like listing stuff on eBay!

I had hoped for better today, but to be honest the weather has been more like November than late summer, what a disappointment for us all! But as always there is at least one photo in this collection that I love (Jim looking like superdad) and I know I would not have were it not for the motivation of this project, so in the end isn’t that what it’s really all about?

Today Alice had one of her two regular sessions at nursery whilst Theo enjoyed the penultimate day of the holiday which is why it’s mainly him in the first photos and mainly her in the last ones. I like the fact they both got to stroke a cow though!

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If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you may remember that we take regular holidays with our extended family on river boats in France. This tradition begun a few Christmases ago when I mentioned I’d always fancied a canal boat holiday and the rest of my family (surprisingly) agreed. A couple of glasses of wine later and some googling and we had our first trip booked staying on narrowboats in Wales. Despite the dire predictions everyone made about the weather, the holiday was a surprising success and the next year we decided to try river boats in France.

We’ve now had two summer holidays with Le Boat in France and over the years we’ve also developed a good relationship with them, so they throw in a few extras in exchange for photography and videos. This summer we had hoped to holiday on their new Horizon boats, but for one reason and another it never quite happened.

However Le Boat didn’t forget about us and when one of the new boats became available for a day on the Thames, they offered it to us in return for some digital content. Entirely coincidentally the day also happened to be my birthday and it was (mostly) beautiful weather… we were very lucky. (more…)

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This month’s Me & Mine photo is a reminder of how lucky we have been this summer to visit two different countries in the space of a month. August’s Me & Mine was a photo of us at La Grange Du Moulin in France and a month later I’m sharing a photo of us by a lake in Sweden after a lovely campfire lunch…

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Hello. I'm Clare.
I'm a mum of two & a freelance content creator. I live in the Sussex countryside by the sea and this blog focuses on creative family living through photography, design, crafts and interiors. Read more

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