Smiles, sunhats and slides #LittleLoves

We’ve been on a trip to Wales this week to visit Frey’s Mamgu and Grandad. Frey has absolutely loved it! He’s been in such a happy mood all week. Sleep has gone a bit out of the window, we have been co-sleeping this week and I’ve had my little munchkin alarm go off at all hours, with the classic ‘swinging on my hair’ wake up call. It’s pretty easy to forgive when you see this face though…

Happy Frey


I picked up the River Cottage baby and toddler cookbook this week – I mentioned it in my weaning post here but at that point I hadn’t got around to actually reading it! It’s full of helpful information for starting weaning, and it talks about which fruits and vegetables are in season when, amongst many other things. I’m so glad I picked it up – and the weaning journey is going a little more smoothly. Probably because it is now mainly fruit based – well, at least he’s eating something!


Little Village Fair

Little Village Fair

We came across the ‘Little Village Fair’ on a day out in Cardiff this week so we stopped for a look. It will be so exciting when Frey is old enough to go on the little rides, but for now he loved watching all the bright colours. We had to take a photograph of this horse – she has the same name as Frey’s great grandmother, Gladys. Isnt’ she gorgeous?!



Our favourite sun hat. The sun has shone just a little bit this week – but really this is just another excuse to share a cute picture of the munchkin.



I dug out Mumford and Son’s ‘Babel’ album for the drive up to Cardiff. It’s fabulous for driving with at high volume! And munchkin will sleep through anything when we’re in the car.


roast cauliflower

This is my current favourite thing, I’ve made it twice this week. Once at home for our ‘Sunday Roast’, and then again for my Mum when we got to Cardiff. It’s cauliflower roasted with garlic, olive oil, sesame oil, tamari and pine nuts. I serve it with roasted potatoes and gravy – and it’s delicious!

and lastly..

Another first this week, I went out for a meal with my oldest friend, Kate, whilst my Mum and Dad looked after Frey. The first time I’ve been out without him since he was born! We were only out for about an hour so it was a slightly rushed meal, but Frey was absolutely fine. I don’t expect he even noticed I was missing!

Also.. we had our first go on a slide. I used to LOVE slides when I was little. My Mum tells me that they used to take detours on car journeys so they wouldn’t go past play parks as I would always nag to stop and have a go on the slide! This was only a mini one as you can see, but it was just right for me and a little munchkin.

Have a great weekend – we’re heading back to the countryside today.


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Mama of two beautiful boys. I’m veggie, vintage loving, a bit of a crafter and a bit of a hippy. I love the countryside and pretty things.


  1. Pink Mum | 21st Aug 15

    Looks like you had a wonderful time and I remember clearly the first night I left Robbie to go out. Now he’s almost 9 and he can’t wait to escape me at times. Enjoy every second Tx

    • thesparklenest | 22nd Aug 15

      Thank you! It was a bit rushed, I couldn’t wait to get home to him! I’m not sure he really missed me though! :-) x

  2. mumreinvented | 21st Aug 15

    Aww what a little cutie! Sounds like you had a great week x

    • thesparklenest | 22nd Aug 15

      Thank you! x

  3. Not A Frumpy Mum | 22nd Aug 15

    We’ve spent most of this week in Wales too and the weather was gorgeous, it was a bit like being abroad, I love the pics of Frey, he looks so happy and smiley. xxx

  4. Jude | 23rd Aug 15

    Sounds like you’ve had a lovely week. That cauliflower dish sounds scrummy! Must try it. Any excuse for a gravy meal! #littleloves

    • thesparklenest | 24th Aug 15

      Gravy meals are the best aren’t they?! Especially when it’s chilly and rainy outside, proper comfort food!

  5. Alison | 24th Aug 15

    Look at that smile! And the hat! He’s a sweetie.


    • thesparklenest | 24th Aug 15

      Thank you :-) Love the smile, it brightens up every day!

  6. Esther @ Inside Out and About | 25th Aug 15

    Weaning is definitely my least favourite stage – it is so so messy! and so much seems to go to waste! My eldest ate and ate, but my second didn’t start eating full meals until he was about 10 months. So different. Lovely pictures! I love Mumford and Sons too – thanks to my husband I am branching out! Thank cauliflower looks and sounds divine!!! xx

    • thesparklenest | 26th Aug 15

      I know, I threw so much mushed up toast in the bin this morning, such a waste! I think it’s good to realise they’re all different, I’m trying not to stress about it! I’d really recommend trying the cauliflower roast, it’s delicious :-)

  7. butwhymummywhy | 26th Aug 15

    What a gorgeous little loves, thanks for much for linking up!
    That village fair looks lovely, especially the carousel.
    Hope you’re having a good week this week too xx

    • thesparklenest | 30th Aug 15

      Thank you! The fair was great, such bright colours! x

  8. lifeasourlittlefamily | 27th Aug 15

    That cauliflower looks delicious, I might have to try that! Such lovely photo’s #littleloves

    • thesparklenest | 30th Aug 15

      Thank you. You really should, it’s my Sunday ‘roast’ every week at the moment!

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