Monday, 6 October 2014

The Great Big Gender Reveal

So, as I mentioned a few weeks’ back, we have a new addition to Noah’s friend group, arriving with much excitement, this December. Our friends, after a few wobbles (like we did) have decided to keep the sex of their baby a surprise. Prompting me to think about baby number two, and whether we would find out or not. Being an (obsessive) planner/organiser at heart, I was desperate to know what I was expecting with baby number one, but my husband was adamant that it be a surprise and as it was so important to him, I went along with it. But for baby number two, I wonder if it would be different. My whole world would literally explode into a festival of pink if I was to have a girl and surely I would NEED time to plan that!

Although, I must admit, in those first moments of meeting Noah, it didn’t even cross my mind whether he was a boy or girl. He was just beautiful, healthy and I was in love. And it was sweet to be the one to find out that the little bundle of newborn cuteness was a boy. Husband was obviously thrilled with his son and heir.

However, there is no right or wrong, it is just personal preference. I thought I would ask around, what did you do, and what led you to the decision? For second time around, would you find out?

And of course, if you just can’t wait, but still want a bit of fanfare and a surprise - there is always the option of a gender reveal party. What is it? Basically, when you go for your 20 week scan the midwife writes the gender of your baby down and pops it into a sealed envelope. You give the envelope to a bakery, or a friend who can keep a secret, and they bake a cake, plain on the outside and either pink or blue on the inside. Throw a shindig – cut the cake and whoopla – gender revealed!!

Anyway, let me know what you did and if you would have done it any other way..


Monday, 15 September 2014

Bun in the oven?

A few weeks ago a friend of mine announced to the world that she is expecting her first little bundle of joy (aka Noah’s new BFF or potential future wife). True to her style, she did it in a very sweet, tasty and creative way, as well as managing to be bang on trend with the start of The Great British Bake Off #babykirkmartin #alreadytrending!

And with the Royal announcement too, it led me to thinking about how people are announcing their pregnancy's in fresh, new and original ways. It’s great to see people getting creative about the way they spread the news that their lives are changing FOREVER .. um just kidding…. (not really…)

After all, we put on a big song and dance on for our weddings, so why not do something equally fun when you have a baby on the way. Also, do it while you have time. As anyone with kids knows – it’s pretty unlikely the second pregnancy will get the same amount of attention. 

Did you do something creative to announce your pregnancy? Or did you just send an email? Would you do it for your second baby?

Anyway, either way, here are a few ideas and fun ways of announcing courtesy of my Pinterest addiction. 

And a super cute video announcement from Cupcakes and Cashmere.

Talking about Great British Bake Off, you should follow @nickykirkmartin on Instagram as she bakes her way through the GBBO #nickydoesgbbo

Lots of love

Abi x

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

What to wear: Limited Edition Tamara Tobias

It's been ages since I last posted anything on here and I have no excuses… EXCEPT that I have been rather preoccupied with the hazy, exhausting, but glorious bubble of first-time motherhood. As my baby boy has just turned one, I have promised myself that I will get back on the blogging bandwagon very soon!

In the meantime, I just had to pop in to do a little cheerleading for a super talented friend of mine - founder of Tamara Tobias - Tammy Fowler. Tammy launched her label at 8 months pregnant! Yes, I repeat, 8 months pregnant! When I was basically living on ice cream and ‘resting and nesting’, she was working non-stop to get her first collection designed and ready.

Tammy has just added this new limited edition scarf to her already amazing summer collection. Once it’s gone it’s gone, so I thought I would spread the word as far and wide as I could!
Limited edition Ganet's scarf 

Tammy’s design was inspired by a primary school in Northern Malawi. The school was recently damaged by flash floods and Tammy has promised that 75% of the profits from the scarf will go into a fund to support the school. What’s not to love?

I have been amazed and endlessly impressed at how she has created a thriving business, while juggling the demands of being a really great mummy. Maybe we need to get her on here to tell us her secret!

To find out more about this school, what the fund is achieving and what you can do to help go to

To see more of Tammy’s beautiful scarves, go to

Here are some of my faves for the new season:

lots of love & have a happy day

A xx

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Thursday, 17 January 2013

What's on your list?

Photo credit: Typography Served

Happy New Year! I know we're a bit late to the party, but January is not over yet!

I'm not really one for making New Year's resolutions - I'm all about under promising and over-delivering - vague things like, "I should exercise more" and "I'm going to try and be punctual" mean I almost always reach my goal! However, the past few weeks have got me thinking about what I really want out of this year and my list goes a little something like this...

1. I will bake more

I adore baking and get a lot of joy out of it, but I don't do it often enough. This year, I'm going to aim to bake two new things a month (be that biscuits, cakes, tarts, desserts - as long as it is something I'd like to eat, it qualifies!).  Husband, get ready to take treats in to work!

2. I will commit to 3 work-outs a week

Now this is a scary one for me - as much as I try, I can't seem to enjoy exercise. I like the idea of it and the way I feel afterwards, but I count down the minutes/seconds/nano-seconds until it's over. Mostly, I just like the idea of having a toned bod. So for 2013, my aim is to do some form of exercise at least 3 times a week (it can be a walk, run, DVD, exercise sheet - as long as it gets me moving). I'm dreading it already... if I can't learn to love it, hopefully I can learn to tolerate it!

3. I will read more books

I love reading and I'd like to broaden my reading horizons in 2013. I'm going to choose 12 books to read before the end of the year (the only criteria is that they can't be chick-lit - my standard go-to read!). As this is my list, I also get to decide what constitutes chick-lit... :)

4. I will be more creative

I am a Pinterest addict. I can spend hours poring over ideas and crafts which lead me to new websites and blogs. There are so many clever and talented people out there and I am always so inspired by what I come across. Last year, I made a Christmas bauble wreath. I had wanted to make one for a long time and throughly enjoyed it. So this year I would like to put a bit more of the 'Oooh, I'd like to make that' into action. I'm setting myself a goal of creating something new every month, using Pinterest as my inspiration. I'll be sure to document my successes (and those that aren't so successful!) on the blog. 

5. I will relax more

I want to stress less in 2013. Last year was a busy and emotional one for me. This year will be more about me finding time for myself, saying 'no' when I need to, spending quality time with my husband and friends, appreciating life and living in the moment.

What's on your list for 2013?


Friday, 21 December 2012

A year ago today - 21. 12. 2011

It's amazing to think a year ago today, I was preparing to walk towards the man I would promise to love and cherish forever. I can still feel the butterflies in my stomach as I remember stepping into my dress for the first time, hugging my mum tightly, looking into my dad's excited and love-filled eyes as he took my arm to walk me down the aisle. The crunch of the stones under my heels as we walked up through the lavender, warm sun on our backs, blue skies and the impressive and dramatic Franschhoek mountains as a backdrop, I can remember thinking - could this be more perfect. 

Thanks to the lovely Christine Meintjes for our beautiful photos

The day went off without a hitch, aside from a near spin into the cake (video evidence here) on our entrance into the reception, but all in all, it was the perfect day, in the perfect location, surrounded by all the people we love in the world, marrying the perfect man. So I guess, a year later all I can say is - I still feel like the luckiest girl alive. Not a day goes by that I don't pinch myself. Yes, of course, life is not always rosy. We are both highly passionate and dramatic (ok, well I am atleast) we are both feisty and fiercely loyal Scorpios, so we do have our moments and can drive eachother crackers (ok, me again) - but in short we are BFFs, the loves of eachothers' lives and our own biggest fans - so if all the years to follow are as good as year one - we're onto a good thing. Happy Anniversary to my favourite person in the world, may the next year be filled with even more love, exciting changes, challenges, champagne bubbles and bundles of joy! (wink wink).

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Happy Snapping - December Photo a Day challenge

After a break in November, I am back again my new iphone primed and at the ready for fatmumslim's December Photo a Day challenge. Will you be joining in? Come on you know you want to... 

For a reminder of what to do and some photo taking tips for when you feel uninspired or stuck, head over to Chantelle's excellent fatmumslim blog, it's full of great ideas. Good luck and happy festive snapping xx