All the little things: April

Safe to say, April has been an incredibly busy, but exciting month for me. It’s also the last month of my maternity, which is making me really, really sad. I feel like I’ve been in a lovely, exhausting, surreal, sleep-deprived bubble for the last few months, and I’m really anxious about the change…
I’m being good about sticking with my monthly snapshots, and I’m spending more time working on my blog – I’ve given it a bit of a redesign, and how beautiful is my new header? It was made by the amazing Jemma, and I’m completely in love with it!
So, monthly moments…


I read Eleven, by Mark Watson while we were on holiday in Portugal which I really enjoyed. It’s quite an easy read, but I loved the concept behind it – the idea that one moment in your life can have a ripple effect on so many other lives without you even realising.

TV Show

Considering Dougie goes to bed around 7pm, we’ve had quite a bit of time for TV this month! Line of Duty is definitely a favourite – how amazing is the new series?! A few weeks behind the rest of the country, we’ve just marathoned series 3 of Broadchurch, and we’re watching Big Little Lies which I’m really enjoying.

Day out

We visited Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park which was absolutely beautiful – just look at these colours!


Ohhh too many, as usual. I love this one of Dougie looking really annoyed that I wouldn’t share my pizza…


We went to see Boss Baby at baby cinema this month, and I actually really enjoyed it, there were some pretty funny moments.

Dougie moment

He got his first TWO teeth! Obviously this meant we had several nights of minimal sleep, but now he has two adorable little teeth! He’s also really enjoying food now, and he slept through the night for the first time ever! He’s yet to repeat this miraculous feat, but at least we know he can do it!


I managed to lose my trainers the DAY BEFORE THE MARATHON, no idea how, but I did. Worst timing. So the day before the marathon I went and bought some new Nike Free RN Distance trainers, and spent the day wearing them in. They are absolutely amazing. I didn’t get a single blister during the marathon which I think is pretty impressive!


The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Mask – I read about it on Ellis’ blog and decided to invest, and I love it – my skin feels so soft!


I have two huge achievements this month. First, I passed my driving test on my fifth attempt. I still can’t quite believe it! I’ve done a few drives since passing, I’m still not massively confident, but that’ll come with practice! Second achievement was the London Marathon, which I ran/jogged/power walked in five and a half hours, raising over £1200 for South Knighton Memory Cafes.

Memorable moment

This goes with the above achievement, but when I was running the marathon, I reached mile 25 where I saw Sam, Dougie, my mum and a couple of friends. I ran over to see them and having Dougie grin at me, and seeing them all cheering me on was the push I needed to get over the finish line, that’s a moment that’s definitely sticking in my mind.
What have been your best moments this month? 
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  • Steph – Wanderlust Pulse

    Enjoy your last bit of maternity leave! x

  • Ellis Woolley

    Your family is beyond beautiful and I adore learning more about you all! So much happened for you during April and this is such a great way to document it all! Ellis x //

  • Kirsty

    I haven’t got around to watching Big Little Lies yet but I am planning to start watching it soon as everyone says how good it is. That park looks lovely, so many beautiful colours. Dougie is adorable btw! 🙂 x

  • Keighley Smith

    I loved this post lovely! More personal posts are always my favourite. You are incredible and should be so proud of everything you have achieved in April! Oscar had his first two teeth too! – Keighley xx

    • Eee, the first teeth are so adorable! Thank you, it’s been a good month! xx

  • Beautiful post! Congratulations on passing your driving test!!! This park looks gorgeous. I love all the colors and flowers. xx

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  • Kate

    Hi Hels,
    I’m new to your blog, just found you in the comments on Abbey Louisa Rose, but really enjoying having a read of your posts. I love a round up post like this. I’ve become obsessed with Line of Duty too – it’s really gripping! Massive congratulations on the marathon as well, what a lovely photo!
    It also took me five times to pass my test!
    Kate x

    • Ahh thanks so much! I’ve been reading your blog too! Ahhh just had a very tense hour watching the final episode of L.O.D! Personally I think we’re much better drivers for passing on the fifth attempt! xx

  • Jodie.Mitch

    Richmond Park looks incredible oh my GOD! Congrats on passing your test AND London Marathon, that’s incredible!!x

  • You’re pictures are great! They are so pretty! I have heard of Line of Duty and really need to watch it! And my brother went to Baby Boss and loved it! xx corinne

  • Charlie-Anne Coppen

    Welll done on all those amazing achievements you should be super proud ❤️✨ also, I know this is random, but your blog header is the cutest!! Did you make it yourself?

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  • Robyn Unsworth

    This post made me weep a little. Can’t believe how big Dougie is getting and all that you’re achieving!! I’m so proud of you Helen xxx

    • Thank you gorgeous girl xxxx