May 2022 – Such Energy And Harmony

Bonjour lecteurs! We are barely back from Oxford and like our mini-break there, last month was full of energy and very happy days. Back in April 2022, I really felt like I was smashing my personal goals. It carried on in May 2022. As you may know, for me getting the right work/life balance is the true succés. Time to share with you what we did in my new Monthly Highlights.

We Are Family!

Getting the song in your head now? I’ve said it many times in the past.

My family is a chore value and the start of May 2022 proved me right encore.

May 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Kent Life, Family Life,

Sunny days at the park, a day trip to Canterbury with the boys, or even a family birthday…

May 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Kent Life, Family Life,

It was filled with happy memories and quality time together.

May 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Kent Life, Family Life,

Ashford Designer Outlet Event

The following week, I was lucky to be invited to a fabulous fashion event at the gorgeous Ashford Designer Outlet.

This is like my second home there (not kidding! LOL), so I was so excited about it.

May 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Kent Life, Family Life, Ashford Designer Outlet

And not only did I get to see some of the best SS22 trends, but it was also l’excuse parfaite to catch up with many friends.

May 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Kent Life, Family Life, Ashford Designer Outlet, Sandro Paris

L’Occitane, Maje, Sandro Paris… The outlet features many brands I have been loving for years.

May 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Kent Life, Family Life, Maje Paris, Vintage Fashion

And I got a Maje bag that was such a bargain!

Weekend In Stratford

No need to say that I was quick to try it when we went to Stratford for the weekend.

What do you think? This lilac colour is un rêve!

May 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Kent Life, Family Life, Maje Paris, Stratford

We had some lunch at the beautiful Allegra restaurant after visiting Westfield for a bit of shopping.

May 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Kent Life, Family Life, Maje Paris, Stratford, Allegra Restaurant

It was so beautiful to eat on the terrace in the sun.

May 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Kent Life, Family Life, Maje Paris, Stratford, Allegra Restaurant

And I also got to wear a new dress I got at Worth the Weight Vintage. Check it out if you love vintage fashion!

We also stopped by the Discover Children’s Story Centre. I really recommend this place magique if you are in the area.

May 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Kent Life, Family Life, Maje Paris, Stratford, Discover Children's Story Centre

C’est parfait for the children. Stanley played for over 2 hours in this très créatif space.

May 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Kent Life, Family Life, Maje Paris, Stratford, Discover Children's Story Centre

And he absolutely adored the immersive exhibition The 100 Story Hotel. It was so well done!

Family Life In Kent

We also had many local adventures that week.

May 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Kent Life, Family Life,

I found a new field for us to have picnics and it is absolutely charming.

May 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Kent Life, Family Life,

But also, we practised our French, well Stanley did as he just started taking lessons with the Club Petit Pierrot.

May 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Kent Life, Family Life, French Book

It was so cute to see him talking in French.

May 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Kent Life, Family Life,

And the lucky boy had a school trip to the zoo too. No need to say that he was well-excited pour l’occasion!

Sussex & Battle

That weekend, we decided to explore further Sussex.

May 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Kent Life, Family Life, Flimwell Park, Birchwood Restaurant

So we went down to Flimwell Park for a spécial petit-déjeuner at Birchwood Restaurant.

Before heading to Battle for a bit of histoire!

May 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Kent Life, Family Life, Sussex, Battle

We got some English Heritage family passes this year and I am so glad we invested in them. There are so many beautiful locations to check out in Kent and Sussex.

May 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Kent Life, Family Life, Sussex, Battle

After a long walk and an ice cream, we were ready to go home.

May 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Kent Life, Hythe, Beach Day

The same weekend, we stopped by Hythe because who can say non to a day à la plage?!

London & Folkestone

A few days later, I stopped by Ladurée in Covent Garden to taste its new Roseblood range with Château d’Estoublon.

May 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, London, Ladurée

For a très chic evening with some yummy food.

The next day was another adventure, the other way round!

May 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, London, Ladurée

This time, I traveled down to Folkestone to catch up with an old friend of mine.

Before the Jubilee Weekend

The last week of May 2022 was all about getting excited for the Jubilee Weekend.

Stanley’s school organised a beautiful catwalk for parents to enjoy outdoors.

May 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy

So he went à l’école as a French farmer in the 60s. He even had a moustache.

It was so sweet and the perfect way to start half-term.

We also paid a visit to the local skate park. He wanted to show off his new stunt scooter to the big boys…

May 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy

We finished the weekend en beauté with a ride at the funfair and some cool books at the park.

May 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy

The circle was complete. We were out and about enjoying some adventures in Kent.

May 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Skate Park

May 2022 – Such Energy And Harmony

I decided to call my May Monthly Highlights ‘Such Energy And Harmony‘ because I feel like we had so many adventures.

May 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, London

Yet, we also relaxed, learned, played, and worked hard.

May 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Hythe, Beach Day, Scooting

I am very much a city girl at heart and yet, I truly love my life in the country. I love that I can catch a train and be in London, and at the seaside the next day.

Equally, I feel like I have established some good routines in 2022 that really help me have a balance. So that I can be a good mum and effective at my work.

May 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Hythe, Beach Day, Scooting

I have tried really hard to take more time for myself and be grateful for simple things such as nature or a day at the park. I feel more serene, yet more accomplished.

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I am in a very happy place, as eventually, I got to appreciate that it is not about how much you do but how deeply you invest yourself in it.

May 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Scooting

Looking forward to the Summer and what it will bring to us. Hopefully some proper sun!

What did you do over the Jubilee Weekend?

What plans do you have for the Summer?

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 and rock those dreams of yours, always 😘

 

Ashford Outlet Event Pics credits Heritage & Holland Photo.

 

 

 

24 Comments

  1. Siobhan N
    June 9, 2022 / 6:33 pm

    It looks like you have had a very busy May! Love the photo of Stanley as a French farmer!

  2. Katie J
    June 9, 2022 / 6:40 pm

    I love your outfits in these, haven’t got much planned, am hoping to have a UK stay cation and spend time with family.

  3. Patricia Avery
    June 9, 2022 / 9:50 pm

    Platinum Jubilee weekend was spent quietly at home but very much enjoying the televised events.
    We are spending 3 weeks this summer at Pembrey in South Wales with miles of beach for walking and the Millennium Coastal Path for cycling. Both with easy access from our campsite.

    • Cecile Blaireau
      Author
      June 10, 2022 / 8:06 am

      Oh both those places sound like a blast! Enjoy

  4. Margaret Gallagher
    June 10, 2022 / 5:44 am

    We had a street party with all the neighbours – watched most of the celebrations on tv

  5. Wendy Lam-Vechi
    June 10, 2022 / 7:28 am

    Wow! Did you spend any weekend at home in May? Haha. I am so envious you have all these adventures. It is great you go far distances to have a great time. I have taken the kiddies to Discover Children’s Story Centre and it is like paradise for them. There is so much you can do there. Still need to do a day trip to Canterbury myself as well and make a visit to more UK’s coastline

    • Cecile Blaireau
      Author
      June 10, 2022 / 8:04 am

      Oh the Discover Children’s Story Centre is truly a gem! I wished I knew about it before. You would absolutely love a day in Canterbury. Whenever you book something, feel free to message me for places etc. I would love to help!

  6. ashleigh
    June 10, 2022 / 8:18 am

    Looks like lots of fun – your posts are always so good – always up to something great!

  7. Ursula Hunt
    June 10, 2022 / 9:07 am

    We had a family afternoon tea at my daughters

  8. MARIA ROGERS
    June 10, 2022 / 11:26 am

    Looks like you had a fabulous May making magical memories together!

  9. Priscilla Stubbs
    June 10, 2022 / 11:56 am

    Another busy month for you , lovely photos too. We spent the Jubilee weekend watching events on the television, hoping to get a way for a weekend soon to visit family

  10. Coldi
    June 10, 2022 / 1:25 pm

    Wow you’ve had a very busy month!
    We spent the jubilee on holiday with my family in Cornwall, so had a little party whilst we were there, which was lovely ☺️

  11. Holly Faupel
    June 10, 2022 / 7:26 pm

    Sounds like you had a beautiful getaway!

  12. HopeIWin
    June 10, 2022 / 10:30 pm

    Looks as if you were both having fun!

  13. Alice Gilkes
    June 10, 2022 / 11:29 pm

    Great post.

  14. maria stone
    June 11, 2022 / 2:16 pm

    love the way you dress,you look stunning,esp the White midi dress x

  15. Dawney777
    June 11, 2022 / 2:27 pm

    Love the photos, styles and yummy food! 💕💕

  16. Dion Petrie
    June 12, 2022 / 10:41 am

    We had a small garden party for the jubilee, I’ve recently passed my driving test so I’m hoping to go places in the summer but I’m still a bit scared lol

  17. Hayley Todd
    June 12, 2022 / 12:09 pm

    What a lovely May you have had! I love reading about all your adventures!

  18. A.E. ADKINS
    June 12, 2022 / 5:41 pm

    Hoping to include a visit to Battle after your of your recommendations!!

  19. A.E. ADKINS
    June 12, 2022 / 6:11 pm

    Busy, busy, busy month of May for you all!!

  20. lynn neal
    June 12, 2022 / 9:11 pm

    May has really been an action packed for you all!

  21. james jordan
    June 13, 2022 / 8:30 am

    😀 keeping my fingers crossed 🤞

  22. judy kennedy
    June 13, 2022 / 11:18 am

    Street party they have one every year and this one was themed naturally. We also watched a lot tv with cake

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