Watergate bay | Cornwall days out with toddlers/ kids |

Last weekend we headed to Watergate Bay to make the most of the mini heatwave we had. The weather was incredible!

When we got there we were horrified that we had to pay £8 to park all day. It might not seem like a lot for a one off but living in Cornwall means we visit the beach most weekends and it quickly adds up!

We started off with a little walk on the beach followed by lunch at The Beach Hut. We didn’t book given that it was only April but they said it was mega busy and they just managed to squeeze us in! We sat facing the beach which was lovely and the food was fantastic.

We then went on to the beach. The weather was so lovely that the girls were in their swimsuits and absolutely loving it. They love the beach so so much.

We finished off the evening at home with a Pimms!

Chippy tea on Looe beach

Last week when Josh got home from work we headed to Looe to have a chippy tea. Looe is probably our closest seaside town and whilst the beach isn’t anything special (just a standard beach) it has some lovely shops etc. And was close by enough for us to go there when Josh finished work. It was a stunning day, really warm and sunny so we thought we’d make the most of it. Looe is normally pretty busy but as it was the evening it had quieted down on the beach quite a lot which meant we could let the girls run around and not worry too much.

We went to Catch which is on the quay side and I would highly recommend. The food was incredible. It was one of those evenings when I just felt so content and happy and so glad we have moved to such a beautiful part of the world.

Wander round Trerice | My National Trust |

This weekend it was beautifully sunny and we headed to Trerice near Newquay. When we first arrived there we had a picnic lunch – as we are trying to save money at the moment we always pack a picnic! It’s so expensive eating out and it’s just not something we can afford right now.

As we have National Trust memberships it’s effectively free for us to go to Trerice which is great.

After our lunch we went for a wander round the gardens. We really enjoyed playing the lawn games which they had there and the girls enjoyed rolling around on the grass for some reason!

There was a room in which you could try on some traditional clothing which, to be honest, I think I enjoyed more than the girls! You could also do some craft activities but the girls were a bit too young for that.

We then wandered around the house which was lovely. The girls were allowed to hold a big sword which was a bit scary!

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We then decided that we couldn’t resist the delicious looking lemon meringue pie, so we bought 1 piece to share between all 4 of us! It was actually nearly £5 for a piece so I’m glad we only went for 1! It was as delicious as it looked though.

Finally we had a bit more of a wander around the gardens which the girls absolutely loved. They love anything which gives them a chance to have a run round!

We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Trerice. It was much smaller than Lanhydrock but it was also way less crowded and had a much more chilled out atmosphere. The sun definitely helped the day be such a success.

Land’s end & Sennen Cove | Cornwall life | Travel with toddlers |

Last weekend we packed our lunches and got up early to head down to Land’s End. Although we have now live in Cornwall 9 months, we had yet to have seen it’s most famous land mark! We live in East Cornwall, around 40 minutes from Cornwall. With the roads in Cornwall being very windy rather than fast it takes a good while for us to get to West Cornwall, in fact it took nearly 2 hours to get to the most westerly point.

As last weekend was set to be nice weather we decided, along with my sisters to head there. Because we are locals we get free parking which is great – quite a lot of places in Cornwall do locals discounts or passes which is really good since the prices are hiked up for tourists, leaving locals with not much to do on their doorstep. The land mark itself was at the end of a sort of promenade and it was literally just a fenced off sign. Honestly I was less than impressed, especially oven that we would have had to pay £10 for the privilege of standing next to it! We decided to get a photo from the other side of the fence.

That being said there was something special about having stood on the most South westerly point of Britain but I shan’t be hurrying back there again. The promenade had all sorts of amusements and activities but all were extra money. There was definitely scope to make a day of it if you wanted to.

After this we decided to walk to Sennen Cove which I had read was beautiful. The walk was along the coastal path but it isn’t suitable for buggies so we opted for the public bridalway which is also used by cyclists (we didn’t see a single other person on our walk).

When we approached Sennen we realised it was about to get awkward. We couldn’t not find a way down to the beach except down a busy road with no pavement. There was also a place join the coastal path but there was no way we would be able to do that with the double buggy. On the way down we opted for the road but I felt awful taking the girls on that. So on the way back me and my sister carried the girls and my other sister and Josh carried the buggy between them – it was hard work!

Sennen itself was absolutely beautiful. It was a nice big beach with lots of streams and rock pools. We started off in coats and finished with the girls stripping off and paddling – it was so lovely and warm!

The walk back up was hard but had some spectacular views!

So that was our little day trip over! I hope you enjoyed this post!

Photo shoot with Melanie Grace Photography

A couple of months a go the lovely Melanie from Melanie Grace Photography came over to my house to photograph us for her “Motherhood in my words” series. I have only just got round to posting the photos on my blog because my internet is really bad at the moment and I can’t upload such large files. Anyway, I will link to the blog post on her website here.

Melanie asked me to choose the location of the shoot and I chose my own home. We always take photos when we’re out and about (although not to this standard) but I wanted to capture the memories of the every day, homey moments with my girls that I want to treasure forever.

Melanie asked me to write a few words for her blog about my experience of motherhood, here’s what I wrote:

Motherhood In My Words

At first, my confidence was rock bottom because I didn’t know what I was doing as a first time mum, I was constantly second guessing myself and worrying about whether I was doing the wrong thing.

I breastfed the girls, which meant for the first four months there was pretty much always a baby with me. With that I started to feel like I lost my identity and with it my confidence. I didn’t know who I was without the girls and it actually got to the point where I didn’t like going anywhere without them. I became a bit of a social recluse because I felt like I had nothing in common with anyone and other mums wouldn’t like me because I was only 22 when I had the girls and as such I was a lot younger than most mums I met!

But as the girls got older I began to regain my confidence and I actually felt like I started to learn more about myself and aspects of my character that I hadn’t noticed before. I started to find a lot about myself that I liked, such as strength, determination and unbelievable love which gave me more confidence and made me feel proud of myself.

As the girls became more independent and we settled in to a better routine I found myself finding more enjoyment in going out with them and also meeting other mums and became happy and confident in myself instead of constantly worrying about what people thought of me.

The best advice I could give to a new mum would be to remember that nothing is forever. The really difficult times won’t last forever but neither will the good times so make sure you treasure all the good moments and that will help you through the bad ones! You can never take too many photos and videos and you’ll always look back and wish you had more! Especially in the first few weeks, make sure you are in lots of pictures despite how bad you think you look because you’ll regret it if you don’t! You don’t have to show anyone else anyway!

I would also say try to be relaxed and go with the flow, we all have ideals of how things will be, we won’t use dummies and we’ll be in a routine from six weeks but if you aren’t pragmatic you end up stressing yourself out!

Sometimes it’s ok to throw the advice and the rules out the window and do it your way – parental instinct is a real thing!

I absolutely adore all the photos that Mel took. We started off in the living room, playing and reading books. I must admit the girls weren’t very good at pretending the camera wasn’t there!

We then got our wellies on and headed outside. Playing in the garden is such a huge part of our life here and I’m so glad we captured it.

Then we headed back in and the girls had their lunch.

I then got the girls ready for their nap!

I could not be more thrilled with the photographs and I would recommend a session with Mel to anyone.