October 2021 – Autumnal Adventures & South Bank

Bonjour lecteurs! Time to reflect on last month! October 2021 was a busy one with many Autumnal Adventures in Kent, both with the boys and on my own. We have truly enjoyed the outdoors and made the most of the beauty Kent has to offer. It’s all here in my new monthly highlights. Enjoy and get inspired to visit the beautiful Garden of England!

Such An Exciting Start!

October 2021 kicked off so well!

  • I enjoyed a très Frenchie petit-déjeuner with Marie and Lola to celebrate its new AW collection in the heart of London.

October 2021, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Marie & Lola, French Breakfast

Remember that gorgeous dress I wore for our Bastille Day Giveaway? Well, the new collection did not disappoint.

And my flat white and croissant at the Boki Coffee were un succés too!

Illness & PCR Testing…

But then, it all shambled with the school calling me to say I needed to pick up Stanley!  🙄

October 2021, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Home Time

Because he had a cold with a cough, we had to take him off school and do a PCR test to make sure he did not have COVID.

Bien sûr, I had done many lateral tests to make sure it was ok. I would have not sent him to school with it!

October 2021, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Home Time

And so the second week of October 2021 was back to homeschooling.

No need to say the Frenchie babe was in good shape and I had to meet my deadlines around him. I stressed out and made myself sick.

October 2021, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Playground

I lost my voice and I had an eye infection. Mums are always very good at overthinking and worrying too much! But the good news is, his school report is excellent and his new teacher is very pleased with him.

Lovely Days Out

Obviously, the PCR test was negative. Stanley eventually went back to school.

October 2021, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Home Time Playmobil

And the following weekend was way more fun!

October 2021, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Pumpkins Patch, Kent Family, Kent Days Out

We visited a local Pumpkins Patch for a fun day out in Kent.

October 2021, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Pumpkins Patch, Kent Family, Kent Days Out

He was happy to pick up a selection of pumpkins to decorate the house for Halloween.

October 2021, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Family Time, Kent Family, Kent Days Out

We also caught up with some family, had a pub lunch in the area of Faversham.

October 2021, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Family Time, Kent Family, Kent Days Out, Belmont House

And we checked out Belmont House once more!

October 2021, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Family Time, Kent Family, Kent Days Out, BRIO

Before coming back home playing with Brio!

Ashford & Tenterden

And I was back into business! I was kindly invited to a press event with Ashford and Tenterden.

It was good to be out on my own and socialise again.

October 2021, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Ashford & Tenterden

I met some lovely people. But more importantly, I walked around Tenterden and shopped in some beautiful boutiques.

October 2021, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Ashford & Tenterden

So in love with this town. It has so much to offer such as the Kent & East Sussex Railway or even the playground opposite the Waitrose car park.

October 2021, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Ashford & Tenterden

We love it there.

Family & Adventures

But I also found a new village on my bike, so we visited it on a beautiful sunny Sunday.

October 2021, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Ashford & Tenterden

It was so pretty with the harvest season! And some fresh air always does us some good!

And bien sûr, we enjoyed a Halloween party with our friends! Boo!

October 2021, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Halloween Party, Halloween

Oh, and we did a shoot for Stanley’s passport photos… 😜 What do you think of his pose?

October 2021, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy

Half-term Fun

The last week of October 2021 was officially the start of half-term.

I had it all planned and we had le weekend parfait with the boys!

October 2021, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, South Bank Weekend, Hilton London Bankside, Family Staycation

We stayed at the beautiful Hilton London Bankside for a night.

We had an amazing interconnecting family room. If you fancy a night out with the children in South Bank, have a look at my review.

October 2021, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, South Bank Weekend, Hilton London Bankside, Family Staycation

With a visit to the Tate Modern and some greek food, it was so good! I needed some family fun like that after being unwell 🙂

October 2021, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, South Bank Weekend, Tate Modern

Halloween

We also had some family staying over at our place and Halloween was a pretty quiet one.

October 2021, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, South Bank Weekend

It was pouring down, so we did not really go trick or treating.

But once it cleared out, we went for a beautiful family walk in the woods.

October 2021, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Halloween

It was rather spooky! And Stanley looked the part for the occasion!

October 2021 – High Five!

Do you regularly journal and reflect on your day or your week? I love starting my morning routine with my journal and with some hot water lemon, before meditating.

I love pausing and thinking about what we have done. It helps me assess my priorités and plan the months ahead.

October 2021, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy

Looking back at October 2021, I was not so positive. I did not meet some of my key goals and I have been questioning myself about my freelance career lately…

But looking back now, writing this post made me realise that I also met so many of my goals.

October 2021, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Pumpkins Patch

One of my big dreams is to have a happy family, with whom I have some great adventures. Well, I can say that we have ticked that box in October 2021!

October 2021, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Family Time

October 2021 – High Five!

And it might have been challenging at times with Stanley, not at school, but he has made so much progress with his reading and writing already. I am glad I spent that time with him.

October 2021, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Family Time, Tate Modern

I am a proud mama! I might not be rocking it all, but overall, I am not doing such a bad job.

October 2021, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Family Time

This is just a reminder for you ladies, that life is not always about succeeding. Next time you feel down or like you are not good enough, stop and make a list of all those things you actually did. You would be amazed to see how much you have achieved…

High Five to you! Using that expression because I have just discovered Mel Robbins and her fameux The High 5 Habit and it is so GOOD! Check it out!

October 2021, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Family Time

Are you getting ready for Christmas now Halloween is over? What will you do this year?

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. MARIA ROGERS
    November 8, 2021 / 3:55 pm

    making such magical moments to treasure

  2. Karl Borowy
    November 8, 2021 / 6:02 pm

    Lovely photos

  3. Mandy Doherty
    November 8, 2021 / 6:14 pm

    Love your dress & all the outfits the little man is wearing. You both look like you really enjoyed yourselves pumpkin picking

  4. Jeanette Leighton
    November 8, 2021 / 6:58 pm

    Looks like you had some great days out , lovely pictures and outfits !

  5. lynn neal
    November 8, 2021 / 9:58 pm

    You have certainly packed in lots of Autumn adventures!

  6. November 9, 2021 / 7:34 am

    That skeletal Hallowe’en tracksuit is adorable! It may have been meant for kids, but I can think of one or two men who’ve not fully grown up who would happily wear one too!

  7. ashleigh allan
    November 9, 2021 / 8:09 am

    Lots of fun times!

  8. Priscilla Stubbs
    November 9, 2021 / 12:46 pm

    You are all having such a good time and having fun

  9. Margaret Gallagher
    November 10, 2021 / 2:02 am

    Great fun for you all – loving the pics 😀

  10. Helen Lloyd
    November 10, 2021 / 6:11 am

    Great update of the fun and activities you guys have been up too throughout October. Sorry to hear Stanley wasn’t well, we had the same issue with our daughter. Getting children to take PCR tests is so difficult. I’m glad he’s feeling better and your stress levels are down. Being a mummy sure is fun and games!!

  11. November 10, 2021 / 7:52 am

    Well, that was an action packed period, wasn’t it? I ‘m always surprised at what can be achieved with just a little bit of planning nd orgnistion!

  12. Alice Gilkes
    November 10, 2021 / 11:53 pm

    Great pics.

  13. Georgina Jacobs
    November 11, 2021 / 3:49 pm

    Looks like you both had lots of fun!

  14. November 12, 2021 / 8:06 am

    I don’t think the French make a fraction of the fuss and nonsense we do about Hallowe’en, do they? Mind you, we never used to. Guy Fawkes or Bonfire Night used to be our big thing but inevitaby, trans-Atlantic drift brought all the hoopla over here. Giving children sweets at each house they call on? Pure sugar overload – and I daresay this country’s dentists see the results in due course!

    • Cecile Blaireau
      Author
      November 12, 2021 / 9:46 am

      Totally right! I think Halloween is getting more popular in France but nothing like in the UK or even the UK. I am not bothered either to be honest haha.

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