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. Rebecca Lis
    05/07/2016 / 1:50 pm

    Holiday to New York! Is that being greedy lol

  2. pauline black (@suff38)
    05/07/2016 / 4:21 pm

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

  3. Jade Leigh
    05/07/2016 / 4:29 pm

    A day at the beach with my fiance and children xx

  4. Angela
    05/07/2016 / 5:06 pm

    a surprise trip to disney

  5. Gillian Hale
    05/07/2016 / 5:32 pm

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

  6. isis1981uk
    05/07/2016 / 5:36 pm

    A night out at the theatre.

  7. Holly Walker
    05/07/2016 / 6:17 pm

    my dream present would be quality time with the husband

  8. Kirsty Woods
    05/07/2016 / 6:24 pm

    A day off from everything would be amazing

  9. katy bulcock
    05/07/2016 / 6:31 pm

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

  10. Anneka Hulse
    05/07/2016 / 6:46 pm

    a trip to New York with my fiance

  11. nicole
    05/07/2016 / 7:52 pm

    A weekend away! 🙂

  12. kirsty broadhead
    05/07/2016 / 8:13 pm

    Dollars for my holiday 🙂

  13. claire fawkner
    05/07/2016 / 7:24 pm

    A cuppa, cake and cuddles from my little ones

  14. Jodie Harvey
    05/07/2016 / 7:36 pm

    a bigger house!

  15. buddymagoo
    05/07/2016 / 7:36 pm

    a break with my other half

  16. fionajk42
    05/07/2016 / 7:49 pm

    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.

  17. Nikki e
    05/07/2016 / 8:08 pm

    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 🙂

  18. Caroline Buckley
    05/07/2016 / 8:38 pm

    A trip to the Lake District

  19. michelle pierce
    05/07/2016 / 9:04 pm

    a relaxing spa day

  20. Alona Bilunka
    05/07/2016 / 10:19 pm

    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 🙂

  21. robyn297
    05/07/2016 / 10:29 pm

    A city break just for a night or two

  22. Jess Berkeley
    05/07/2016 / 9:39 pm

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

  23. Jackie Rushton
    05/07/2016 / 9:58 pm

    A weekend break to Zurich!

  24. Morag walsh
    05/07/2016 / 10:09 pm

    A nice big family meal out with pudding

  25. Lisa Mauchline
    05/07/2016 / 10:27 pm

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

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