Yes, I uttered the word Alton Towers, one that has been splashed across the headlines for the last few days and associated with sadness. After having just been on the smiler two weeks before the incident I felt completely sick to my stomach that it could have been me along with my husband right next to me and we have two small children. I just keep thinking back to standing in line having a conversation with my brother about could it crash and I am a mother I shouldn’t be putting myself at risk. All things he laughed off and told me not to be silly. Here I am actually back at Alton Towers as you read this. This post was going to be a very different one before this accident happened. It would have been one of thrills and excitement of getting to go twice to Alton Towers in such a short time. While we are still visiting the Water Park and staying at Splash Landing I can’t help but feel so sad for the victims and what happened at such a happy place.
We are preparing for America in three weeks and things could be a little quiet for the first few weeks on here while we get settled and catch up with lots of family. But I will still be flooding instagram with our holiday spam so keep watch. I apologize ahead of time for all my amazing, sunny American traveling photos as while we are there we are flying from my parents to Seattle one weekend and then to Las Vegas another weekend leaving the kids with Grandma for the first time. It will be amazing!!! Although not looking forward to packing for the three of us for two whole months! Eek!
Let’s get to the things I have been loving this week…
I am reading a real book and I haven’t thrown it across the room in frustration yet either. Are you proud of me or what? It’s called The Good Life by Martina Cole. I am just about half way through too and hoping to get some reading time when the kids crash from all day at the water park this weekend.
Some amazing news was announced this week and I was chatting away to friends and followers on twitter and up pops a CONGRATULATIONS tweet from Suzanne at 3 Children and It to me for Best Family Fun Blog in the Mad Blog Awards. I really can’t tell you how grateful and honored I am to make the finals. No one was home, kids were asleep and my mom wasn’t answering her facetime so I had to do a solo happy dance alone. I look forward to seeing so many of my favorite bloggers come September. This is all down to all of you amazing readers, followers and friends I can’t thank you enough for your votes and support the last 20 months since I started. If you haven’t already voting is now open, I would love your help once more to WIN! Click the badge below to VOTE NOW!
“My Expat Life” series Episode Two is scheduled for Tuesday. Don’t miss out on what everyone has been asking this time around. Remember all questions welcome from the highs and lows of life? I want to share my experience and hopefully it will prepare those that are thinking about moving abroad or those that are expats as well so people know what to expect or can relate to it. If you missed episode one, check it out HERE. Don’t forget to keep the questions coming on facebook or twitter or comment below. Would love to know what you want to know.
Absolutely loving my new kaftan from Accessorize. I pretty much lived in it in Marbella and it was so comfortable and I never really wore a kaftan until now. I think I will have to start saving up and buying more they are awesome. I always just stayed in my shorts or a summer dress. Where have I been I know! Kaftan shopping here I come.
This week I have made Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cupcakes smothered in melting white chocolate. My recipe will be up next week when I get back home. But it was one I wanted to share and leave you drooling. It is the perfect mix of healthy and treat. Taking away the chocolate chips and white chocolate on top you are left with bananas, apples, oatmeal, honey, coconut oil and seeds. What’s not to love about all that?
I am very excited to have a present for all of you amazing, loyal readers. I am hosting a giveaway to WIN a Gabriel Midnight Tea Party Dress from The Vintage Sweetheart boutique online. If you love vintage style dresses do check them out and don’t forget to enter to win your little one a tea party dress of their own below. UK only please!
Linking up to Butwhymummywhy for #littleloves