A Birthday to Remember

What a day!

As everyone was asleep on Wednesday night and I was on my own having a few crackers and cheese (as you do at 1 a.m.), I started reminiscing… Exactly two years before, I was sat on the sofa marking A-level exams and trying to finish a blog post when mild contractions started. I had no idea Wriggly would make such a speedy arrival in our bathroom a mere seven hours later…

How can you be two already, little one?

The morning started with a moody toddler. Wriggly had no intention of getting up at 8 a.m. and she pushed away every single attempt from your siblings to give you a cuddle and a birthday kiss.

Our birthday girl cheered up when it was time to get dressed (we were late, naturally). The candles on her birthday porridge left her rather puzzled, and she had no intention of blowing them, so their siblings helped.

A Birthday to Remember - B'day Porridge

We had to run to school so Crevette and Beanie were not late and we took Crevette to preschool. She immediately started working on a special card for her little sister.

As we got to the train station, we found a parking space miles away (sort of) from the entrance and it dawned on me it might not have been a good move not to take a stroller. My bag weighed a ton and Wriggly wanted to be carried. Hummmm… Great start.

Our train was not leaving for another 20 minutes so we got an almond croissant to share and had a pleasant journey.

A Birthday to Remember - on the train

but were late to meet Reneé and her lovely brood. At this point, I felt completely frazzled but Ren was kind enough to meet us at Euston station. They even had a handmade card and lovely present for Wriggly! There, we enjoyed a chat, coffee and babyccinos before we embarked on an epic bus journey to Oxford Circus.

A Birthday to Remember - on the Bus

We went to the launch of Outside the Lines, a new girlswear label for ages 3-10 launching this autumn. I was immediately drawn to the tops, jumpers and scarves, with their soft colours and delicate prints.

A Birthday to Remember - Outside the Lines Scarves

What really appealed to me in the collection was the fact all pieces could be dressed up or down and were pretty interchangeable. The collection as a whole felt like some of my French boutique favourites in the likes of Jacadi, Tartine et Chocolat or Cyrillus.

A Birthday to Remember - Outside the Lines

Outside the Lines is the brainchild of two friends, Philippa Cloete and Kate Please. They both travel quite a lot, find inspiration everywhere, from markets to high street stores and have 2 boys and 2 girls between them. They even live in the same village! I had a good chat with both of them and I am really looking forward to the launch of the ethically-made collection at the beginning of August.

Prices start at £25 so overall, people who buy on the high street can also aspire to get a few pieces. Beanie would absolutely love this casual chic outfit and the whole look would cost you approximately £65.

A Birthday to Remember - Outside the Lines outfit for Beanie

It is not exactly cheap, but not unaffordable either. We get most of our children’s clothes handed down to us so when I want to buy something nice for them, I always go for special, unusual pieces.  I wish I could have that Breton top with soft metallic Peter Pan collar for myself! Every detail has been considered. The finish is impeccable, and each collar is hand cut. If you want to sign up for the newsletter and get a notification when the collection is launched, just head over to their landing page.

As we left the launch, we were given a goody bag with a voucher for Outside the Lines, a picture book, a cute hair clip from Inky & Mole, a gigantic lollipop by Spun and baby wash & shampoo.

A Birthday to Remember - Walk Walk Walk

After a run to the tube station and a short tube journey, we got on our train. A couple of Organix treats saved us from a full-on meltdown and exhaustion got the best of Wriggly.

A Birthday to Remember - Quick Snack

Wriggly fell asleep as soon as the train departed Euston.

A Birthday to Remember - Asleep on the Train

My friend Aimee picked up the big ones from school and I collected Jumpy from preschool with Wriggly and we had a quick play date.

Back home, we all celebrated together, with fillet steak and vegetables followed by cake, and more cake.

A Birthday to Remember - Cake

My grubby baby needed a shower, and after that she brushed her teeth.

A Birthday to Remember - Shower and clean teeth

Crevette read The Book With No Pictures by J. Novak to his sisters. As usual, the book caused much hilarity and Wriggly fell asleep within minutes. What a day!

Today, our birthday girl wore a gorgeous outfit by Petit Bateau my Nan bought for her as well as the Twist sandals Bobux kindly sent us for Wriggly’s birthday.

A Birthday to Remember - those little legs

How cute is she?

A Birthday to Remember - Climber



We were invited to the launch of Outside the Lines and I chose to write about the press event as I loved the clothes so much, as well as Philippa and Kate’s carefully considered clothing that is affordable.

I have included a link to Amazon. If you click and purchase the book, I will receive a few pennies.

We were sent the shoes from Bobux free of charge. All opinions and photographs are my own.

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  1. Tracy Nixon (@tracyknixon) says:

    A spa weekend!

  2. emmav6 says:

    my dream present would be a break away somewhere with my family or just something simple like a homemade card

    • It’s often extremes that work, isn’t it? A homemade card is so simple yet it takes time, effort and love whereas a break away would cost a fortune and take no time to book, but gosh it would be good to go away with all the children 🙂 I agree 100% with you lovely!

  3. So thrilled that we got to share Wriggly’s special day, it was such a lot of fun 🙂 beautiful girl and gorgeous shoes xxx

    • Loved spending the day with you and your gorgeous brood on London buses, he he. It was actually perfect to catch up and chat xxx

  4. janine atkin says:

    for the house to stay clean for a whole day, id even take half a day!!

  5. Susan lloyd says:

    A dream present for me would be a spa day with a lovely massage x

  6. sparrklie says:

    A family day out somewhere. This year we are seeing the Firework Champions on my birthday and hopefully it will be as good as it looks.

  7. Michelle B says:

    I recently spent my birthday picnicing on the beach , paddling and then skimming stones perfect.

  8. iain maciver says:

    to have all my family at home

  9. Michelle Muir says:

    Relaxing spa daym

  10. Isabel O says:

    An unlimited book token so I could buy as many books as I wanted forever! 😀

  11. Ms Aideen McElhone Patel says:

    A short trip with my daughter during the summer holidays too remove her from MINECRAFT for a least a few days! 🙂

  12. Catherine says:

    A luxury holiday!

  13. Emma thackery says:

    A nice little break away even for a night 🙂

  14. Maxine Owen says:

    I would love to go exploring a new city with my husband – that would be my dream birthday 🙂

  15. laura stewart says:

    to have a day of work xx

  16. tracey ryder says:

    love a family meal out

  17. Angela Treadway says:

    All my family together on an awesome adventure holiday x

  18. maggie ali says:

    For us to be healthy and happy 🙂

  19. Andrea Fletcher says:

    A short break with my family.

  20. Leanne Hansell says:

    My dream present would be a holiday with my husband and daughter.

  21. abbyed33 says:

    breakfast in bed and lots of hugs from the kids all day

  22. Joanne Hutchings says:

    A nice night in a luxury hotel!

  23. Iona Cornish says:

    My dream birthday present would be a family holiday somewhere hot and sunny

  24. Elaine Savage says:

    a spa day would be wonderful 🙂

  25. Rachel Craig says:

    A weekend trip staying at a luxury hotel with Spa treatments included. Somewhere nice, good for shopping with a good Theatre Show included.Bliss.

  26. Martina Pichova says:

    I would love to go on a balloon flight (with champagne) for my birthday. I need to start hinting…

  27. claire woods says:

    To have Gary Barlow come & sing at my house!

  28. tasha Hamilton says:

    A surprise holiday

  29. Natalie Crossan says:

    Looks like a lovely pair of shoes x

  30. emily downes says:

    a trip to chelsea!

  31. rowena wood says:

    My dream birthday present would be an all expenses paid trip to Fiji!?

  32. Karolina Rozwarska says:

    weekend in spa

  33. ANNE BOSTWICK says:

    Good health

  34. Ruth Harwood says:

    A spa weekend xx

  35. Danielle Spencer says:

    A week off of work would be a fantastic gift, fully paid or double pay of course.

  36. Kirsty Hosty says:

    A nice break to the coast and then being treated to a scrummy afternoon tea

  37. Elizabeth Hinds says:

    Definitely a break away somewhere. A change of scene always does us good I feel! 🙂

  38. Jenna Parrington says:

    Money! >.<

  39. Lucy I says:

    A family holiday abroad

  40. Jessica Howliston says:

    Probably a day at the spa just time to relax! xx

  41. karen cowley says:

    A full 8 hours sleep and a coffee in bed in the morning lol x

  42. Claire Nutman says:

    Being honest, a cottage in Cornwall for the week, nothing makes me happier than escaping to the quiet corners of England.

  43. judithdysart says:

    A holiday! Or a hot air balloon ride. 🙂

  44. Amanda says:

    A relaxing break in the sun with lots of wine

  45. Paula Readings says:

    A holiday, somewhere hot.

  46. Hannah Martin says:

    A Spa Day with my bestie xxx

  47. Kim Styles says:

    A luxury hotel weekend break just for me with a spa, lots of grounds to walk and money to spend at the bar or on room service and a really good book to read! perfect !

  48. olivia280177 says:

    A meal out with my husband or night away with him. Or trip to Disneyland Paris with the kids 🙂

  49. Amanda Walsh (@mandymoo2014) says:

    A weekend away child free

  50. Caroline H says:

    Oh, I’d love a weekend away somewhere lovely and relaxing.

  51. hannonle says:

    Ooh I’ve not really given it any thought but I quite fancy a telescope! I live somewhere with really great night skies and lots of stars so it would be a great gift. I just need to get my neighbour to turn off his security light *grrr*

  52. Adorable and practical…hard to find in a shoe! An ideal day would be a hike in the morning and the rest of the day at the spa and for someone to cook for me. Happy wishing!

  53. cluckyhen0 says:

    My dream pressie – something that they’ve really thought about not something that I’ve asked for!

  54. Kay Panayi says:

    A chocolate factory

  55. Jo Carroll says:

    A new laptop. I’m a bit of a geek when it comes to tech but never can afford the latest stuff so am always making do 😉

  56. modzy78 says:

    I’m getting to be home with my family for the first time since 2008, so this year is going to be up there. Otherwise, a holiday with family and friends (maybe where my husband and I lived in Japan) would be a dream come true.

  57. Pam Smith says:

    I’d love a family history course

  58. jules eley says:

    A 5 star holiday to New York… a girl can dream!

  59. Michaela Hannah says:

    I’d love a hot air balloon ride

  60. Samantha O'D says:

    A sleep in and a meal out

  61. Jamie Millard says:

    a parachute jump

  62. leanne weir says:

    a motor bike

  63. sarah fielding says:

    A trip to disney land!

  64. Solange says:

    An all inclusive Caribbean cruise.

  65. Sally Collingwood says:

    A day with my grandchildren

  66. Debbie Burfoot says:

    A spa weekend with hot stone massage..bliss

  67. ChelleMcCann says:

    I would love a fun park day with all the family then a spa night for me and my husband!

  68. barbedwire71 says:

    a holiday to barbados

  69. kelly Knowles says:

    a short break away for all the family

  70. Jane P says:

    an extra hour in bed would be heaven

  71. Cassandra Mayers says:

    To be taken away somewhere 🙂 … on a holiday I mean.. Not kidnapped of anything lol

  72. Lisa Jones says:

    A lovely, relaxing Spa Day !

  73. Nat thomason says:

    A pandora bracelet

  74. Diana Croos says:

    i would love a wardrobe full of clothes 🙂

  75. Leanne Newsome says:

    My dream present would be our first family holiday in a lovely cottage somewhere

  76. Lynn Heath says:

    A luxury spa!!!!

  77. Bethany Perks says:

    I would love a family day out to Paultons

  78. kezzy999 says:

    An uninterrupted 8 hours of sleep would be top of my agenda …

  79. jo liddement says:

    A dream present would be a little cabin of my very own in the garden where i could escape to and have peace and quiet and enjoy the flowers and wildlife.It would be fun to furnish it too.

  80. Rachel Butterworth says:

    My own private desert island to escape to.

  81. Jean Vaughan says:

    I would love a chef to prepare a beautiful meal in my home just for me, my daughter and grandson, then take all the dishes away with him so I don’t have to think of washing up at all.

  82. angela sandhu (@angiesandhu) says:

    Spa break

  83. Kimberley Giles says:

    I’d love a spa day!

  84. Margaret Gallagher says:

    To be whisked away to a luxurious spa treat with all inclusive access to all treatments

  85. Victoria Mylittlel says:

    i think ideal present would be a trip somewhere like a city break away

  86. ShayShay says:

    A night away in a gorgeous hotel – including a looooong lie-in the next morning! The thought of waking up naturally is a total dream at the moment – the little one likes to wake early…!

  87. rockandrollpussycat212 says:

    In Fantasty Land – a brand new Range Rover Sport. In real life – a laptop that works!

    Cat x

  88. Nicki Simpson says:

    I’m not fussy……anything that has thought and love behind it and I’m happy x

  89. Kelly (@KellyL_85) says:

    A nice weekend away or something sentimental would be nice.

  90. kristina says:

    My dream present would be to spend time in my garden with my friends and family whilst the weather is reasonable! xx

  91. Tammy Tudor says:

    my ultimate dream present would be a holiday/travel t somewhere amazing 🙂

  92. Margaret Clarkson says:

    A lovely holiday

  93. Isabelle Smith says:

    weekend away in a rural spa x

  94. Danielle Graves says:

    being able to eat whatever i want for my birthday and not put on weight! haha! otherwise I’d like it if my little boy could make me something

  95. winnie says:

    a tiffany necklace

  96. mandydoherty65 says:

    A spa weekend spent with my daughter

  97. Alix boswell says:

    A weekend away in Blackpool!

  98. Cara Bemrose-williams says:

    A lie-in is the stuff of dreams these days!!

  99. Lizzy Cooper says:

    A family holiday! 🙂

  100. Katie h says:

    A holiday

  101. CHRIS ANDREWS says:

    What would be your dream birthday present? . . . . my WHOLE family around for a sumptuous meal in a restaurant

  102. Katherine McDonald says:

    A pony!

  103. Katie Harmer says:

    My dream birthday present would be cruise around the Fjords of Norway and Scandinavia

  104. jen s morgan says:

    Me and the hubby having a weekend break away without the kiddies x

  105. Julie Ward says:

    Divorce papers (joking not) a treat of anything

  106. jessica catherine says:

    a 5 star holiday to thailand

  107. Maria P says:

    A spa day would be lovely

  108. Katie Sharman says:

    Cottage holiday in the peaks with a hot tub and my family including my fur babies

  109. Tee simpson says:

    A new car

  110. Ana Nowell says:

    A family day out

  111. Michelle O'Neill says:

    a weekend break x

  112. Charlotte Arnott says:

    A cruise

  113. Samantha walker says:

    A new wedding band! Since having my daughter 2yrs ago and putting oioin weight I’ve out grown mine…oops

  114. Jemma Dwyer says:

    a cruise holiday 🙂

  115. Laura Nice says:

    A party with all my friends and my family! 🙂

  116. Kathy Cakebread says:

    A weekend away somewhere fun 🙂

  117. joanna butler-savage says:

    a weekend by the sea alone!

  118. Allan Fullarton says:

    A nice relaxing weekend away.

  119. Lorraine Polley says:

    my dream present would be a new car

  120. angela white says:

    a night away and a meal in a nice restaurant

  121. Vicky Loveday says:

    I’d live a moped!

  122. Jade Wilson says:

    Without a doubt a day at the spa. On my own!

  123. steph lovatt says:

    A big sparkly ring

  124. Kerry Kilmister says:

    A spa day with my best friend of over 20 years Emily – child free!!

  125. Marie cozens says:

    A weekend in the country

  126. sam fut says:

    a trip to the opera

  127. Laura Harrison says:

    My Dream present would be a relaxing cruise holiday xx

  128. Rebecca Phillips says:

    a holiday to new york! a girl can dream!

  129. Adrian Bold says:

    I’d like a new car!

  130. Andrew Hindley says:

    A new car or a cruise!

  131. Laura Whittle says:

    A holiday x

  132. A nice holiday in the sun!

  133. sarah parker says:

    a lovely family holiday

  134. christine westlake says:

    A romantic night away

  135. Rebecca Powell says:

    To have a shopping spree for me and not just for the kids!!!

  136. Susan B says:

    Willie Nelson turning up on my doorstep with his guitar and a bottle of bubbly.

  137. Christine Caple says:

    A weekend break would be lovely.

  138. Jenny Harlow says:

    A family day out or spa day

  139. Pam Francis Gregory says:

    A cleaner or a gardener

  140. Dale Dow says:

    at the moment.. a better mobile phone

  141. Caroline J Robinson says:

    A pamper box of delightful treats

  142. Anthea Holloway says:

    A full body massage followed by a champagne lunch!

  143. tricia Cowell says:

    A Spa weekend away – aaah bliss

  144. katie w says:

    a romantic night away

  145. Kate Knight says:

    A trip to see a london show

  146. Caroline Signey (@Cazhow33) says:

    A house!

  147. Jo McPherson says:

    I’d love to have a proper afternoon tea in a posh hotel, I keep dreaming

  148. ellie spider says:

    a winning lottery ticket 🙂 or some tickets to a show and an overnight stay in west end

  149. omgitslani says:

    I could do with a new laptop

  150. Kat Allinson says:

    A weekend break for me and hubby with a spa and massage incuded

  151. Donna Caldwell says:

    I would love an ipad

  152. Beccy Rowley says:

    My dream birthday present would be a short city break with my family.

  153. claire little says:

    a holiday or designer handbag

  154. Kerry Smith says:

    A lie in

  155. Michelle mccall says:

    My dream birthday present would be a lovely newy pair of PJs and having a nice family meal with my partner and our 3kids in our local brewers fayre 🙂

  156. Louise Evans says:

    A hugee piece of chocolate cake

  157. A spa experience, for some well-deserved pampering

  158. Rich Tyler says:

    A tandem skydive 🙂

  159. Emma h says:

    My dream birthday is actually really simple.. Just one day where I don’t have to worry about anything, a day where someone else does the household chores and cooking etc, whilst I just relax

  160. petalrose91 says:

    A holiday to the beach with my boys

  161. Smithster says:

    A child free weekend in Paris – I’ve never been!

  162. Janice (@Jinty85) says:

    I would love a lie in and breakfast in bed.

  163. Rachel Bell says:

    A weekend away with my husband! <3

  164. Janet Palmer says:

    Oh a west end show followed by a lovely dinner

  165. Karen Lloyd says:

    A holiday to Australia.

  166. Terrie-Ann Wright says:

    I would love a family holiday abroad with my entire family. ☺

  167. stephanie whitehurst says:

    A mini makeover hair and nails and then a family holiday xxx

  168. Corinne Wright says:

    Would love to be taken away for a romantic night in a 5* hotel but with 4 boys its not likely. That would be my dream though x

  169. Dawn McBride says:

    Maybe a walk in wardrobe FULL of new clothes and shoes 😀 Haha!!

  170. Vicky Robinson says:

    I’d love a holiday in Turkey with hubby and the kids – plus some generous spending money! I haven’t been away for years and all the cash always goes on repairing or replacing things that have worn out.

  171. Karen Howden says:

    a huge yacht

  172. Hayley Elvin says:

    My dream present would be a meal for just me and my boyfriend, we don’t go out without the kids so a meal for just the two of us would be perfect.

  173. Heather Jenkinson says:

    My dream birthday present would be a party with all the family and home made cake from the little ones! 🙂

  174. New camera 🙂

  175. Lisa Pond says:

    Some pretty shoes 🙂

  176. Rebecca Lis says:

    Holiday to New York! Is that being greedy lol

  177. pauline black (@suff38) says:

    Peace and quiet to have a hot bath a glass of wine and read a good book.bliss!

  178. Jade Leigh says:

    A day at the beach with my fiance and children xx

  179. Angela says:

    a surprise trip to disney

  180. Gillian Hale says:

    Would love to get a holiday for my birthday, but I always love anything that my boys make for me.

  181. isis1981uk says:

    A night out at the theatre.

  182. Holly Walker says:

    my dream present would be quality time with the husband

  183. Kirsty Woods says:

    A day off from everything would be amazing

  184. katy bulcock says:

    😮 mine would be a cuddle from my little man and a sleeping day 🙂

  185. Anneka Hulse says:

    a trip to New York with my fiance

  186. nicole says:

    A weekend away! 🙂

  187. kirsty broadhead says:

    Dollars for my holiday 🙂

  188. claire fawkner says:

    A cuppa, cake and cuddles from my little ones

  189. Jodie Harvey says:

    a bigger house!

  190. buddymagoo says:

    a break with my other half

  191. fionajk42 says:

    I suppose it’s a bit unreasonable to say one million pounds, so I’d settle for a new pair of wellies, my old pair have holes in and need to be retired.

  192. Nikki e says:

    I would love a weekend away for my birthday. It’s at Xmas time so nice to get something you can use later in the year 🙂

  193. Caroline Buckley says:

    A trip to the Lake District

  194. michelle pierce says:

    a relaxing spa day

  195. Alona Bilunka says:

    I think nice holiday far away from home on the beach would be a perfect gift or even a new home that’s all I want just to enjoy every single day being surrounded by my family 🙂

  196. robyn297 says:

    A city break just for a night or two

  197. Jess Berkeley says:

    My dream gift would be an all expense holiday with my family to a water park!!

  198. Jackie Rushton says:

    A weekend break to Zurich!

  199. Morag walsh says:

    A nice big family meal out with pudding

  200. Lisa Mauchline says:

    I would love my husband to surprise me with a weekend away

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