August 2019 – London Days Out & A Solo Trip

Bonjour lecteurs! While July was all about some family time and our short break in Jersey, August was full on! Because of the Summer Holidays, I was somehow feeling like I had to constantly entertain the Frenchie Baba 🙂 I will be honest, it was a tough month as I still had to work and look after him at home. But we had many fabulous days out! So more memories for our album-photo! Time to share with you my monthly highlights from August 2019.

Birthday Girl!

August started with a bang! It was my birthday and I turned 34! Eek! But we had a gorgeous night out in London and Grumpy Boyfriend took me to see Waitress.

August 2019, Monthly Highlights, Birthday Girl, Waitress, The Frenchie Mummy
What a treat for my birthday!

It was really fun and we stayed at the gorgeous Hilton London Bankside.

August 2019, Monthly Highlights, The Frenchie Mummy, Hilton London, Bankside
Feeling like a princess…

Kew Gardens & St. Ermin’s’ Afternoon Tea

I have already reviewed in details our St. Ermin’s Afternoon Tea, so I would not go into too many details here, but it was such a magical moment!

August 2019, Monthly Highlights, The Frenchie Mummy, St. Ermin’s’ Afternoon Tea, Afternoon Tea
Having his own (not so!) little Afternoon tea!

Baba absolutely loved all the attention, the view from the balcony. And having his own afternoon tea like a grow-up was also something!

Before such a treat, we visited the Children’s Garden in Kew Gardens. And I must say that it is truly amazing! If you are in the area, book a session for free! It is so well thought and lovely!

August 2019, Monthly Highlights, The Frenchie Mummy, Kew Gardens, Children's Garden
Making the most of a day out!

The whole place is designed with many features. We pretty much spent most of our time by the stream but it so huge!

And it is a lovely place to relax and enjoy a picnic with the kids!

August 2019, Monthly Highlights, The Frenchie Mummy, Kew Gardens, Children's Garden
The Children’s Garden at Kew Gardens is amazing!

What a day!

Our Summer Party

We enjoyed even more food at our Summer Party. We decided to organise a mini gathering with our close family and friends. I am usually not a big fan as it is so much work… You clean up the house before, then you cook for ages… During the party, you spend the day worrying everyone is having fun and then cleaning encore once the guests are gone!

August 2019, Monthly Highlights, Summer Party, Yhangry, the Frenchie Mummy
Our Summer Party was fabulous thanks to Yhangry!

But we had a lovely time! I booked a chef to come around and he cooked a delicious gluten-free feast!

And I got to wear my new Ted Baker dress that I got in the sales in Jersey! It was really fun, so we will definitely make it a Summer tradition!

My Trip to Wiltshire with a Greener World

After all the excitement of the party and the hard-work at home, I was happy to go away on my own for one night. A Greener World invited me to a farm tour to see Lye Cross and the making of cheddar.

August 2019, Monthly Highlights, Bristol Trip, Cheesemaking, Greener World, Lye Cross Farm, the Frenchie Mummy
Learning more about the art of cheesemaking…

I was also able to see the Horton House Farm where the Rider Family raises Certified Animal Welfare Approved by A Greener World and Certified Grassfed dairy cattle.

August 2019, Monthly Highlights, Bristol Trip, Cheesemaking, Greener World, Horton House Farm
Dreaming of a garden like that… maybe one day?

It was a real eye-opener for me. I was so impressed to see the passion from all the team! And it was clear that the farming practices there were better for animals, but also for the wider environment.

August 2019, Monthly Highlights, Greener World, Horton House Farm, The Frenchie Mummy
Such a lovely trip on my own!

When you think about all the propaganda we see in the media those days to get us eating a plant-based diet, you can still enjoy a sustainable lifestyle thanks to people like them!

August 2019, Monthly Highlights, Greener World, Horton House Farm, The Frenchie Mummy
I discovered so much about a Greener World and its mission!

The Dixon Hotel & Bermondsey

But after my solo adventure, I was happy to see my men again 🙂 We actually had a lovely Bank Holiday Weekend!

August 2019, Monthly Highlights, Dixon Tower Bridge, Boutique Hotel, London, The Frenchie Mummy
Back to London for a glam night at the gorgeous Dixon Hotel in Tower Bridge

Saturday was all glam and party in London! We stayed at the gorgeous Dixon in Tower Bridge and this boutique hotel is worth a visit!

The decor is fabulous, while the bar (an ex courtroom s’il-vous-plaĂ®t!) serves lovely cocktails! Admittedly, I might be un peu biased as the barman was French 🙂

August 2019, Monthly Highlights, Dixon Tower Bridge, Boutique Hotel, London, The Frenchie Mummy
Starting the night with a cocktail

After a drink there, we met some friends and spent the rest of the night in Bermondsey.

We also stopped by the Ned and I was in my element in this 5-star hotel with fabulous bars & restaurants…

August 2019, Monthly Highlights, The Ned, The Frenchie Mummy
Stopping by the Ned for another one

I am yet to convince Grumpy Boyfriend to marry me there but we are still discussing the issue ?

A Lovely Bank Holiday

After a fab night out, we picked up Baba and went for a lovely day out in Hever Castle & Gardens. I forgot how big it was!

August 2019, Monthly Highlights, Hever Gardens & Castle, Days Out with Kids, the Frenchie Mummy
King Baba!

And me to get dreaming about the Italian Garden while we were there… It is such a magical place! We will be back soon for sure!

It has such a lovely playground with a giant structure that looks like a castle! Baba adores this place! After all, he is my own little king…

August 2019, Monthly Highlights, Hever Gardens & Castle, Days Out with Kids, the Frenchie Mummy
Hever Castle & Gardens is a place you have to see if you are in Kent!

And to finish it off en beauté, we got on a train to Margate the day after!

August 2019, Monthly Highlights, Margate, Bank Holiday Weekend, Family Day out, the Frenchie Mummy
At the beach the day after

It was so on my list after visiting Broadstairs in April! It was so crowded! Seriously, half of London was there… But we obviously went to Dreamland and once more, Baba had a blast!

August 2019, Monthly Highlights, Margate, Bank Holiday Weekend, Family Day out, the Frenchie Mummy, Dreamland
We spent two hours at Dreamland…

Kimba Kids Launch Party

Not that it was his last day of fun! The 31st of August was full-on again for us! After attending the gorgeous Kimba Kids Launch Party (and eating a lot of candies!), we had some fancy burgers in London.

August 2019, Monthly Highlights, Kimba Kids, Alex and Alexa, Kids Fashion, the Frenchie Mummy
And we finished the month making candy with Kimba Kids!

I reckon we can say that Baba is living his best life 🙂

Back To School – Hurrah!

If you asked me how I was feeling the first week of September, I was really tired. I will not lie. I did not feel emotional when it was time for Baba to go back to the nursery last week!

It was more like a relief to see him go so that I could properly work at least 4 days a week. I never realised how tough the Summer Holidays could be for parents.

August 2019, Monthly Highlights, The Frenchie Mummy, St. Ermin’s’ Afternoon Tea, Afternoon Tea
That smile was so worth it all…

Looking back at it now, I know that I didn’t need to do all of that with Baba. But some part of me wanted to make some good memories and I am happy I did so!

August 2019, Monthly Highlights, Sea Life London, the Frenchie Mummy
We even stopped by Sea Life London! What a month!

So Worth It!

I really felt the stress to combine it all and manage to make an income in August. Being self-employed has many advantages, but it is not an easy task when the children are on holidays.

August 2019, Monthly Highlights, Margate, Dreamland, the Frenchie Mummy
It was soon time to go back to routines…

How did it go for you this Summer?

Were you happy to see the kids going back to school? I hope everyone is now settled and new routines are working well for you.

August 2019, Monthly Highlights, Eating at the Pub, The Frenchie Mummy
Let’s celebrate a very busy month with a drink. I deserved it!

Thanks again for reading my monthly highlights! See you next month with some autumnal shoots I am sure and more giveaways!

 

Disclosure: This post features some sponsored content I recently published but it is merely a list of my highlights of the month! A post for me to remember what we have been up to!

 

 

 

26 Comments

  1. Margaret Gallagher
    September 15, 2019 / 10:59 am

    Good for babba – he’ll go far in life.
    Holidays are great but nice when they go back

    • Rowena Wood
      September 18, 2019 / 7:05 pm

      What a great trip, it looks like you had fun ?

  2. September 15, 2019 / 12:00 pm

    Free playgrounds are the best fun…why pay for entertainment if you dont need to!

  3. twirlywhirly
    September 15, 2019 / 1:07 pm

    Wonderful photos, love your blogs helps me to know where to take the grandchildren ?

  4. September 15, 2019 / 2:04 pm

    Lovely photo’s of you and baba it’s good to get out on your own sometimes

  5. soozybee
    September 15, 2019 / 3:37 pm

    Looks like you had an amazing time!

  6. Andrea Fletcher
    September 15, 2019 / 4:00 pm

    Lovely photo’s. The afternoon tea looks yummy.

  7. Sheena Batey
    September 15, 2019 / 4:34 pm

    He is growing up before our very eyes

  8. Lynn Neal
    September 15, 2019 / 7:24 pm

    It looks like you had a great time!

  9. Lyndsey Aspinall
    September 16, 2019 / 6:45 am

    Cute pics and fun reading! I love your blog posts! ?

  10. charlotte isobelle
    September 16, 2019 / 2:51 pm

    They all sound like fab things to do!

  11. Elaine Skye
    September 16, 2019 / 3:59 pm

    ‘re Red Baker dress looks amazing. Lovely photos .?

  12. September 16, 2019 / 5:41 pm

    Lovely photographs of you both such lovely places to visit.

  13. john prendergast
    September 16, 2019 / 7:32 pm

    very nice photos

  14. Sean Eccles
    September 17, 2019 / 7:34 am

    Looks like you had a great time very lucky little boy

  15. MARIA ROGERS
    September 17, 2019 / 7:39 am

    I used to love it when the kids were on school holidays, yes it is tough, I was also running two businesses but at least I didn’t have to fit in the school run as well!

  16. Twirlywhirly
    September 17, 2019 / 10:41 am

    Loving the blog on Broadstairs ? your energy is amazing & so much fun for little one

  17. Fiona jk42
    September 17, 2019 / 10:25 pm

    It sounds like you’ve had lots of fun.

  18. Sean Eccles
    September 18, 2019 / 9:11 am

    Wow looks amazing very lucky boy

  19. Michelle Lewis-Robertson
    September 18, 2019 / 9:17 pm

    It looks like a brilliant time was had for you and the family. Visiting Kew Gardens is on my U.K. bucket list.

  20. Anam Zhara
    September 18, 2019 / 10:06 pm

    Wow! Amazing pics and reviews! Need to visit with my family!

  21. Julia Kerr
    September 18, 2019 / 10:51 pm

    I am jealous about waitress, I really wanted to see it but illness has prevented me and will for a while yet so it will probably be finished by the time I can get there

  22. Michelle Lewis-Robertson
    September 19, 2019 / 1:43 pm

    I love London, cannot wait to go there. It looks like you and your family had a lovely time x

  23. belinda porter
    September 20, 2019 / 11:29 am

    glad youu enjoyed your birthday

  24. Sean Eccles
    September 20, 2019 / 12:53 pm

    Glad you had a good birthday

  25. Sean Eccles
    September 21, 2019 / 12:11 pm

    Looks amazing and happy belated birthday x

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