A lovely little trip to Cornwall

A couple of weeks ago me and the boys ventured on our first little family trip to Cornwall. We had such a lovely time so I wanted to share some of the things we did and places we visited. I'd only ever been to Cornwall as a baby so it was a new place for me to explore and it's fair to say that in just a few short days, I fell in love.

Holywell Bay
Holywell Bay beach was breathtaking. An unspoilt beach, hidden behind great sand dunes, it is definitely up there as one of the most beautiful little places I've been to. We were lucky going out-of-season as there were only a few other people on the beach and the view was simply stunning. The sea was so wild, with waves crashing against the rocks, making for the most beautiful photos! Apparently it's one of the Poldark filming locations - I can definitely see why they picked it. To get to the beach you have to walk around or over the sand dunes but it's definitely worth the short stroll. There's a car park fairly close to the beach (ideal if you have little ones that can't walk far) and it's also dog-friendly all year round.

Lappa Valley Steam Railway
Arthur's really into his trains at the moment so we thought we'd take him to Lappa Valley, which is located just outside of Newquay. The leisure park offers so much for families...steam engine rides, miniature railways, indoor and outdoor play areas, a boating lake and tearoom to name just a few things! If I'm being completely honest Arthur was perhaps a little bit young to enjoy the whole experience (after all he's not quite two yet) and was a little impatient when it came to waiting for the trains to set off but we still had plenty of fun. If you've got slightly older toddlers and children it's definitely worth a visit on a sunny day! The ticket price covers the entire park (you only pay extra for food and drink) and children 2 years and under go free. I think they also allow dogs (for a small fee) providing they're on a lead.

The Cornish Arms
After visiting Lappa Valley we had a bit of a drive round so Arthur could have a quick nap and ended up coming across The Cornish Arms in St. Merryn owned by Rick Stein. The gastro pub offers a fantastic menu with dishes to please all. My other half opted for mussels and chips and I went for the linguine with aubergine, tomatoes, chilli and feta cheese (probably one of the best pasta dishes I've ever had!) If you're heading towards Padstow it's definitely worth a stop. We were lucky it was a really sunny day so were able to eat outside in the beautiful beer garden but inside the pub looked equally as lovely.

Polly Joke
Before we headed back to our accommodation, we decided to explore Polly Joke - a cove located between Crantock and Holywell. Like Holywell Bay beach, Polly Joke was peaceful and unspoilt. It was so quiet and we were able to enjoy just a few moments of calm whilst taking in the sights, right before Arthur decided to do the world's biggest poo - toddlers and their timing eh? The beach had a stream running down the middle and I've read that it's a great place for exploring rock pools, which we'll definitely be doing with Arthur when he's a bit older. The car park was quite a walk away (about 15-20  minutes) but thankfully Arthur's a bit of a mountain goat and enjoys a good old walk. It was quite a steep hill so probably not buggy / pushchair friendly but you could definitely manage with little ones in a carrier, if they aren't able to walk it.

The weather took a bit of a turn for the worst on Saturday but we'd already planned ahead and decided that it would be a day for indoor activities. After a failed attempt at exploring Newquay Aquarium (let's just say Arthur was not impressed) we decided to take him swimming at Waterworld. The leisure pool was fantastic, with so much to offer kids (and big kids) including 2 water flumes, a water play hut, snake fountain and much more. Even little kids were allowed on the slides providing they were accompanied by an adult and much to my surprise Arthur loved them! He asked to go on AGAIN and AGAIN and I can already tell he's going to be much more of a daredevil than his mother here. If you're looking for a rainy day activity to do with kids while visiting Newquay, Waterworld is definitely worth considering.

Port Isaac
Before we headed home on the Sunday we had a quick pitstop in Port Isaac, where the TV show Doc Martin is filmed. The fishing village was much more touristy than some of the other places we visited but it had bags of character, with it's traditional white washed cottages and winding streets. There were some lovely little gift shops, great for holiday souvenirs and I also bought some of the most delicious millionaire fudge from Buttermilk!

So there we have a little rundown of a few of the places we visited on our recent Cornwall trip. I'm keen to go back soon, so if you have any recommendations please send them my way. It really is such a beautiful place. It's no wonder it was ranked as one of the top staycation locations this year!

Megan x
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5 Cosy Autumn Home Picks

When I think of Autumn, beautiful coloured leaves, chunky knits and ankle boots spring to mind but when it comes to the home, it's all about being cosy. Everyone and their mother seems to be throwing around this Danish 'Hygge' word, associated with being cosy and content right now. Apparently it's now a trend. But as I'm not sure I'm cool enough to use it in proper context, I'm sticking with what I know and that's just plain old cosy home stuff. Here are my top five picks from some of my favourite online stores...

1. Terracotta & Speckled Mug @ Rose & Grey
A new season calls for new mugs (a rule I've just made up) and these terracotta & speckled mugs from Rose & Grey are just beautiful! I can't pinpoint exactly why they're 'autumnal' (...I hate the use of that word) but I can just imagine filling them up with a creamy coffee or hot chocolate, snuggling under a blanket and feeling oh-so-cosy.

2. Faux Fur Cushion Cover @ H&M
If my wardrobe could speak, it would tell you just how much I love faux fur. There's probably one-too-many jackets in there but really, who's counting? Faux fur screams autumn to me and I love this little cushion cover from H&M. I definitely think with faux fur, less is more. The key is to pick out just a couple of pieces from your home so you don't over-do it. Side note: I buy a lot of cushion covers from H&M but end up buying the 'inners' from other sites like Amazon as they tend to be cheaper.

3. Seagrass Storage Basket @ Matalan
You're probably wondering how a basket could be cosy...but stay with me. I'd be using this to store blankets, books and magazines, so they're there ready and waiting for your cosy nights in. On reflection, I'm not sure this storage basket from Matalan would actually be big enough to store a blanket now I've looked at the measurements but you get the idea!

4. Cable-Knit Blanket @ H&M
Cable-Knit is definitely an Autumn / Winter thing and this blanket from H&M looks so cosy and warm. I have a bit of a thing for pom poms at the moment (I've just treated myself to a big fluffy pom pom key ring) so the design is right up my street. This would look lovely draped over your sofa with the faux fur cushion to accompany it.

5. Glass Bell Jar with Star Fairy Lights @ Not On The High Street
My favourite pick of them all is this glass bell jar, filled with beautiful fairy lights from Lights4Fun. I feel like it'd add a touch of magic to your cosy space or make for an enchanting table centrepiece.

Megan x
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Buttery Lemon Biscuits Recipe

This week marks National Baking Week so I thought I'd share one of my latest bakes - Buttery Lemon Biscuits inspired by this recipe on the Good Food Channel website! The buttery lemon biscuits are so simple to make but taste delicious.

180g plain flour
1 lemon (zest, grated)
125g butter
50g caster sugar

For the method I suggest heading over to the original source I used, as I don't want to steal someone else's recipe!

Funnily enough I ended up having to use a Gü pot as a cookie-cutter as I couldn't find mine! I have about ten million Gü pots - a scary reminder of how many cheesecakes we've eaten over the years. But anyway, it was the perfect cookie-cutter alternative, creating a great size and shaped biscuit. I baked the biscuits for around 7 minutes and felt that was the perfect time!

It's strange really because I don't usually like lemon flavoured sweet treats but these biscuits really are delicious. They melt in the mouth with their gorgeous buttery texture and are somewhat refreshing, especially with a nice cup of tea. They went down a treat with my family so I'm sure they'll become a regular bake from now on!

I'm keen to do some baking with Arthur soon and have an easy-peasy cornflake and cherry traybake recipe to share, so be sure to keep an eye out for that.

Megan x

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4 Products for Toddler-Proofing Your Home

Once your baby starts walking, there's really no stopping them! My little boy is at that you-can't-catch-me-running-at-the-speed-of-light stage. It's a lot of fun - I love seeing him running around happily - but he's also a walking (well running) safety hazard.

Lindam Stair Gates
We installed stair gates in our old house, when Arthur was first born, purely to keep the pets out of his way but now he's a toddler they're installed in our new house to ensure his safety. We're currently using Lindam stair gates, which are pressure-fit and dual-locking. You can have them either two-way opening if you're using them in doorways (we have one just outside Arthur's room) or single-opening on the stairs. They're designed so you can open them with one hand, which is extremely useful if you're carrying your little one up and downstairs.

Magnetic Cupboard Locks
In addition to stair gates, we also use magnetic cupboard locks. Toddlers are curious by nature and will love nothing more than rummaging through drawers and cupboards to see what they can get their little hands on. Obviously, there are certain things you're not going to want them to have and if you're worried about them trapping their fingers, magnetic cupboard locks are the answer. I've written a whole post about them here if you're interested in having a read.

Safety Corner Guards
More recently, we've had to start putting safety corner guards on sharp-edged furniture as Arthur's had a bit of a growth spurt and is almost tall enough to bump himself on them. The corner guards we use are made from a soft non-toxic PVC and are designed to absorb impact. They're self-adhesive but shouldn't cause any damage to your furniture. Most are advertised as being 'crystal clear' so you can maintain your furniture's beauty... I'm not going to lie, they definitely deter from the beauty of your furniture. In fact, it looks like a big chewed up sweet has been stuck on the corner but at least they'll stop your toddler from a nasty and painful bump!

Cordless Blinds
Something I'm also looking into for our home is cordless blinds. A lot of blinds are now designed with child-safety features, however Blinds 2 Go have gone a step further with their completely Cordless Duo Shade Blinds. The blinds don't have any cords, chains or toggles and are simply lifted up and down by hand. They are available in a six different shades and have a honeycomb pocket design, which acts as a noise barrier. I think they offer that little extra peace of mind and are certainly worth looking into if you're currently doing-up your baby's nursery or toddler bedroom.

What are your top toddler-proofing products for the home? I'd love your recommendations!

Megan x
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3 Current Beauty Favourites

I can't even remember the last time I wrote a beauty blog post but when I was sat doing my makeup for a wedding reception last week, I felt inspired to give it another a go. You see, I spent a fair while not really giving a crap about makeup. Sure, I'd wear it but I didn't really get any joy out of buying or applying it whatsoever. I feel like this has changed in the last few months and I'm rediscovering things I love in my makeup bag, trying out new products and finding new favourites. Here are the three products currently topping the list...

No7 Airbrush Away Sheer Finish Foundation - £16.50
I spent a good year or so foundation-free, instead choosing to use a BB Cream but a few months ago I decided I could do with a little more coverage. I came across the No7 Airbrush Away Sheer Finish Foundation (what a mouthful) on the Boots website and thought I'd give it a go. It had some decent reviews, No7 is a brand I trust and I liked the fact it said it was sheer, as I wasn't after anything too heavy. The product is really easy to apply with a large brush, it has a silky soft texture and doesn't look at all cakey on the skin. It provides just the right amount of coverage for me but if I'm being completely honest, it could do with being a touch lighter in colour (though I feel like it makes me look a little healthier haha). No7 should really create a larger shade range for this foundation. But yeah, all in all it gets the thumbs up from me, so much so that I've repurchased it. Always a good sign!

The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder - £14.00
This is a new favourite but a bronzer I've wanted to try for a really long time. The most attractive things about this bronzer for me are the fact that it's 1. Shimmer-free and 2. The right shade for my skin. I often find that bronzers are way too dark in colour but 01 from The Body Shop creates such a natural glow on my pale complexion. I haven't really got a clue when it comes to contouring (I'm no makeup expert) but this seems to help me find the cheekbones hiding somewhere under my hamster cheeks.

Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect K.I.S.S.I.N.G - £24.00
If I'm honest, I asked for this lipstick for Christmas purely because of it's name. Well that and the packaging because that's pretty beautiful too. But yes, this is an oldie but goodie. It's a lipstick I always go-to for special occasions; it's the perfect nude for me and nicely balances out heavier eye makeup. It's still the most luxury lipstick I own and also happens to be the one Arthur steals from my makeup bag the most - thank god he's not managed to destroy it yet. Bitch Perfect lives on.

What are your current beauty favourites?

Megan x
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Breastfeeding - The Final Feed

On Friday 8th September I breastfed my twenty two month old son for the very last time. I know some breastfeeding mothers get a feeling at the time of their final feed but for me, it's something I felt the next day. The idea of it just popped into my head and then when Arthur was happy to go to bed without his 'no no' (his name for it) I guessed I was right. Of course, he's asked for it since and whilst initially a little upset (no more than when I give him the wrong apple or put the Duplo block in the wrong place), he seems happy to have a cup of warm milk instead - something he'd never have been satisfied with before.

I remember saying that providing everything was okay, I'd breastfeed Arthur until he was one but when the time came, we weren't ready to stop. Since then, I've said a few times that I would 'probably stop soon' but until now it hadn't felt natural to do so. As of lately, he'd only been feeding in the evenings (and the ocassional morning) for a couple of minutes so it had become that simple that I didn't feel the need to stop until the time was right.

I feel like I should say that breastfeeding wasn't always that easy for me. I will never forget how difficult I found those first few days. It took five days for my milk to come in and I was really struggling to feed Arthur, who was jaundice and therefore very sleepy. We got to a point where I had to actually go back into hospital with him so he could be monitored and I ended up pumping pretty much non-stop and having my mum cup feed him my breast milk until he was awake enough to latch on. I remember feeling so guilty that he hadn't been getting what he needed from me, even though really it was no fault of my own. I think it's just so terrfying in those first few days when you're not only more exhausted than you've ever been before in your life but also dealing with the new responsibility of taking care of the most precious person you'll ever meet.

One of my strongest memories from those tough first few days was when we were alone in the hospital room together and things just suddenly clicked. My mum had gone downstairs to fetch us a drink and I picked Arthur up to try and latch him on again. All of a sudden he opened his big, beautiful eyes and then just did it, as if we'd never struggled before. That was such an important bonding moment for me. I still feel a little emotional thinking about it!

Of course I've had my ups and downs with it over the months. There've been times where I've said I don't want to do this anymore (after all no one wants their boob bitten with a freshly cut tooth) but thankfully, the positives of breastfeeding for both me and Arthur have greatly outweighed the negatives. I say this, knowing that this isn't the case for every mother and baby and therefore just want to reaffirm what I've said in many posts gone by FED IS BEST. It's all about what works for you and your little one.

The funny thing is that I thought I'd be ridiculously happy that I've finished breastfeeding but I actually feel a little sad that it's over...probably because it feels like my little boy is just that little bit more independent now...I don't know. Still, I feel very proud of us both! He's done so well these past few days and it's actually quite comforting knowing he doesn't depend on it now.

So yeah, there we have it, no more feeds! Well...I'd like to think it's something I'll get to do again in the future if I'm lucky enough. But not just yet - we don't want to panic the other half if he's reading this...or my dad. Though I can't imagine why either of them would be reading a post on breastfeeding. ANYWAY... I digress...I guess the last stage of this journey *vomits at the word journey* is getting rid of this milk I'm lugging around in what I can only describe as the biggest, most sensitive boobs I've had in months. I'm wondering when it's all gonna disappear, will it be days, weeks, months?! Google can't seem to give me a definite answer, so I guess I'll wait and see. Apparently cabbage leaves help. I'll leave you with that rather disturbing image of me...you're most welcome!

Megan x
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Beautiful fashion jewellery by Jon Richard

When I first became a mum all sense of fashion went straight out the window. I wore my over the bump elasticated jeans for as long as possible (despite no longer having a bump) and when it came to tops, it was all about what was breastfeeding-friendly. Fast forward nearly 20 months (my god that went quick) and I'd like to think that I've somewhat re-discovered my sense of style. Admittedly, I can't tell you the latest fashion trends without doing a quick Google search but I'm actually starting to enjoy clothes shopping again and well, I'd call that a start.

I've also been putting a little more effort into my outfits with the help of Jon Richard and their beautiful range of jewellery. For so long, I didn't wear jewellery for fear of Arthur pulling and breaking it but now he understands 'no' (though sometimes chooses to disregard it) I've been able to wear it a lot more. For me, less is more and I'm only likely to wear a piece or two at one time but I really find it completes an outfit and makes it that little bit more special.

A love for crystals runs in my family, so it was no surprise that Jon Richard's Swarovski Crystal jewellery collection caught my eye. In particular, the pearl drop earrings and their elegant design, perfect for date night outfits. The beautiful Swarovski crystals in the earrings show an array of colours when they catch the light and the matching necklace and bangle are equally beautiful.

Of course, dainty crystal jewellery isn't everyone's cup of tea but Jon Richard appears to cater to all tastes. They have a stunning range of fashion-led jewellery with affordable pieces to suit all. If you're more a lover of statement jewellery, their MOOD range will be right up your street. I'm loving the gold textured drop earrings and matching bracelet and have been using them to style up my summer maxi dress outfits. They're both really eye catching pieces and although I prefer to wear them separately, you could easily wear them together without it being 'too much.'

A big thank you to Jon Richard for sending over these lovely pieces for me to try out. If you fancy exploring their collections yourself (and I recommend you do) head on over to the Jon Richard website!

Megan x

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Hello again

Well, well, well, it's been a long time since I posted on here! I fully expected to be able to blog alongside running the tearoom and 'mumming' (so many others manage it) but until now it's just not seemed possible. I have been eager to blog for a good few weeks but I guess as well as struggling with time management, I also felt like I'd forgotten how to do it. I still feel a little rusty to be honest. But seeing as I've been blessed with an evening where Arthur has actually fallen asleep at a decent hour (I'm sure he's worse at going to bed now he's a toddler) I thought I'd give it a go.

A lot has happened since the big move and whilst I'll probably share some stories another time, I wanted to talk more about how since moving down here, I feel like I've found 'me' again. Working in the tearoom and interacting with customers has done the world of good for my confidence. Although I enjoyed working at home before, my job didn't require any face-to-face interaction and that's something I actually quite enjoy. I've also lost weight (whoop whoop) - thanks to weeks and weeks of painting and that's made me feel a lot better about myself. I'm fitting back into my size 10 and size 12 pre-pregnancy clothes and even though I've got wobbles and stretchmarks here, there and everywhere, I don't have as many body hangups as I had even before I was pregnant.

Personally, I'm in a really happy place. My little boy is thriving. He's intelligent, beautiful and most importantly happy. I have wonderful people around me and although I miss my friends from 'back home' dearly, I know they're only a Whatsapp message away.

I guess the only part of 'me' I feel is still missing is this little space and that's what I'm hoping to get back. I've blogged on and off here on Seek My Scribbles for years and years. It's seen me through a lot of change (and not just my hair colour) and I've also explored various topics from beauty to motherhood. I'm still not 100% sure what I'm going to be blogging about from here on but I'm looking forward to re-discovering my love for blogging and seeing where it takes me. I hope you'll stick around to see what I've got to offer.

For now I have no intention of sticking to a schedule. I'll be blogging what I want to, when I want to. Promise I won't leave it as long next time though.

Megan x
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We've Moved to Devon

Hi there, remember me? You may have noticed that I've been a little quiet on here recently. Well I've got a good reason for that - I've moved to Devon! If you've ever moved house you'll know that it's one of the most stressful things ever. I can certainly vouch for that. There's been lots going on and it wasn't the easiest of moves but we're here, we're safe and a month on it's now starting to feel like home!

Devon is where I've dreamed of living for years and it's somewhere my family have always enjoyed visiting on holiday. But a change of address isn't the only news I've got to share - I'm also excited to tell you that we've taken over a village pub here and will soon be opening a vintage-style tearoom. Again, running a tearoom has been a dream of mine for so long and although in the first couple of weeks at least one of us was having a meltdown every day (it's probably too soon to joke about it) and there was plenty of 'oh god why are we doing this?' 'I want to go home!' and 'What have we done?' (add swear words where you see fit), I really am so happy we're here and can't wait to get our new business up and running!

Of course, blogging is still a great love of mine and something I plan on continuing, alongside running the tearoom but posts may be slightly less frequent for a little while. If you want to see how things are going at the tearoom, I'd love it if you followed The Galleon Inn & Seashells Tearoom social media pages! I'll obviously be using my Twitter & Instagram as normal too.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.
 Enjoy your New Year celebrations!
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