January 2022 – Birthday Boy & Outdoors Adventures

Bonjour lecteurs! I can’t believe I am only seating down to write my January 2022 Monthly Highlights! It’s been busy with our last series of Valentine’s Day Giveaways. And last week we had my French family over during half-term. So not much time to sit and reflect on what the first month of 2022 was for us. It sounds like a long distanced memory now, but how was your start to 2022?

Walks & Leeds Castle

We kicked off January 2022 with a cold winter walk. Nothing can stop me to go on an adventure with the boys!

It was good to get some fresh air after the Xmas break.

Monthly highlights, January 2022, Winter Walks, New Year, the Frenchie Mummy, Life in Kent, Family Days Out

The last week of 2021 was a weird one with a lot of food and way too much TV, so we needed to get walking.

Monthly Highlights, January 2022, Winter Walks, New Year, the Frenchie Mummy, Life in Kent, Family Days Out, Leeds Castle

And before Stanley went back to school, we even made it to Leeds Castle for a winter walk around.

Monthly Highlights, January 2022, Winter Walks, New Year, the Frenchie Mummy, Life in Kent, Family Days Out, Leeds Castle

It was a cold but sunny day and we loved walking around the castle and the maze. We always have a fabulous time there.

Monthly Highlights, January 2022, Winter Walks, New Year, the Frenchie Mummy, Life in Kent, Family Days Out, Leeds Castle

Birthdays & London

January is a busy one for us with many birthdays. So we caught up with our family and we had some nice dinners out.

I also made it to London for a shopping day. I love checking out the sales!

Monthly Highlights, January 2022, the Frenchie Mummy, East London, London Hotel, the Stratford Hotel

Walking around Great Portland Street and Regent Street, I found some bargains with a beautiful cashmere jumper I have been wearing nonstop since then. So comfy and très chic!

Monthly Highlights, January 2022, the Frenchie Mummy, London, RejuvLab London, Laser Carbon Peel

I was also super lucky to test a Laser Carbon Peel with RejuvLab London. My skin felt tout simplement amazing!

I have never done anything like that before and my face looks so glowing for the following days. Regardez!

Monthly Highlights, January 2022, the Frenchie Mummy, Kent Life, Pub Lunch, Family Time

The video of the process is also available on my Instagram reels if you are curieux.

More Pampering

As it was soon to be Stanley’s birthday, I made sure to look my best.

Au programme, a new manicure at my local fave beauty salon Beau Boutique.

Monthly Highlights, January 2022, the Frenchie Mummy, Haircut, Balayage

I also made it to the beautiful Ivy Grace Hair Salon for a new haircut and a super cute balayage.

Sérieusement, I looked incredible when I left the salon! A shame, I can’t look like that most days non?

Stanley Turned 6!

The big day arrived and Stanley turned 6! I can’t believe he is now in year 1. He is such a bubbly and chatty character!

His anniversaire was on a Monday, so we had a petite party with our family the weekend before.

Monthly Highlights, January 2022, the Frenchie Mummy, Birthday Boy, Pizza Hut

He got spoiled rotten as always and on an actual day, we went for a cheeky pizza at Pizza Hut!

It went down well as we both love a good pizza!

Monthly Highlights, January 2022, the Frenchie Mummy, Birthday Boy, Pizza Hut

Outdoors Adventures

The rest of the month was made of beautiful sunny winter walks.

We have been to many local villages, enjoyed some beautiful pub lunches and get some exercise at the same time.

Monthly Highlights, January 2022, the Frenchie Mummy, Country Life

I am always a sucker for some new beautiful hidden gems. I made the most of the sunny weather we had in January 2022 to go on many bike rides.

Monthly Highlights, January 2022, the Frenchie Mummy, Country Life

And then, I would drag the boys back to a new path I might have found.

Who can say no to some nature and some yummy food!

East London Weekend

But we also made it to London at the end of January 2022. We stopped by the très chic Stratford Hotel. See my full review if you fancy.

Monthly Highlights, January 2022, the Frenchie Mummy, East London, London Hotel, the Stratford Hotel

The hotel was stunning. We obviously stopped by the fameux Westfield Centre for some shopping.

Monthly Highlights, January 2022, the Frenchie Mummy, East London, London Hotel, the Stratford Hotel

The boys went to see Sing 2. Worth checking it out according to them. I have heard the soundtrack all day the following week, so that must have been a good one 😉

Monthly Highlights, January 2022, the Frenchie Mummy, East London, London Hotel, the Stratford Hotel

Walking around East London was just la parfaite fin to a beautiful month.

January 2022 – Birthday Boy & Outdoors Adventures

January 2022 was such a lovely start to the new year. I know the first month can sometimes feel a bit blue and depressing.

Monthly Highlights, January 2022, the Frenchie Mummy, Country Life, Leeds Castle

But because we regularly had days out (even something as simple as a local walk), it actually turned into a beautiful time.

Monthly Highlights, January 2022, the Frenchie Mummy, Country Life

We made beaucoup de memories and Stanley had so much fun.

Monthly Highlights, January 2022, the Frenchie Mummy, Country Life

He settled back into school nicely after a long Xmas break. And I also started on my new health journey.

One of my goals for 2022 is to get more active and I want to spend more time outdoors. I actually signed up to a local gym at the end of the month and it gives me such a good motivation to get going!

Monthly Highlights, January 2022, the Frenchie Mummy, Country Life

I cycle there for some extra exercise and I feel so much better inside out. Such a good routine for the mindset.

Monthly Highlights, January 2022, the Frenchie Mummy

I finished January 2022 feeling like a winner and it gave me a real kick! Not so much in February…

But it is une autre histoire for my next monthly highlights!

 

How was the start of 2022? Did you manage to establish good routines to get motivated and succeed?

Did you stop bad habits that were not serving you well?

 

Disclosure: This post might feature some sponsored content I recently published but it is merely a list of my highlights of the month! A post where I share some reflections as a mum in the country. I hope it will inspire you to get on more family adventures.

 

15 Comments

  1. A.E. Adkins
    February 21, 2022 / 10:28 pm

    Nothing like a bracing day out! 6 years old , where does the time go??

  2. Alice Gilkes
    February 21, 2022 / 11:45 pm

    Looks fun.

  3. Margaret Gallagher
    February 22, 2022 / 9:02 am

    Work in progress stopping bad habits ! Getting there

  4. ashleigh
    February 22, 2022 / 11:09 am

    Looks like lots of great fun!

  5. Priscilla Stubbs
    February 22, 2022 / 11:41 am

    Looks like a lovely day out with great photos

  6. MARIA ROGERS
    February 22, 2022 / 12:56 pm

    I am so happy for you that you finally got to see your French family after such a long wait during COVID restrictions

    • Cecile Blaireau
      Author
      February 23, 2022 / 9:13 am

      Merci 🙂 It was so lovely

  7. Carol Thomas
    February 23, 2022 / 1:47 am

    It looks like uou had a fab time skd took in many different adventures across the board.

  8. Wendy Lam-Vechi
    February 26, 2022 / 7:38 am

    Beautiful photos. Kind of feel sorry for you that you have so many birthdays straight after Christmas but then I saw the happiest of photos and realised it’s much better than January blues. Glad you enjoyed London. Hope you got lots of stuff from the sales.

    • Cecile Blaireau
      Author
      February 28, 2022 / 11:41 am

      Definitely! You can’t complain when you catch up with loved ones and you enjoy some yummy food together 🙂

  9. Dawney777
    February 26, 2022 / 8:40 pm

    It’s lovely reading about your adventures with your son! 💕💕

  10. Laura
    February 27, 2022 / 12:19 pm

    Leeds castle looks really good, we’ve never been there so will have to add it to our places to visit

  11. Tracy Newton
    February 27, 2022 / 3:11 pm

    Looks fantastic 😀

  12. Laura
    February 27, 2022 / 5:39 pm

    I love Covent Garden in London, there’s so many unique stores

  13. Sarah Cooper
    February 27, 2022 / 9:50 pm

    Looks fantastic!

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