A Break

It has been mental since Christmas. Mental. I started a new job In January and now I’m doing 1/2 a day’s private dietetic work which I am loving. It has started slow but I’m hoping will grow and thrive in the months to come.

We are also house hunting and selling our house. Anyone who has gone through this process will know how all consuming and stressful it can be. I will write more when there is more to tell.

It has been a mad start to 2016 to say the least.

So at the weekend we knew we needed to get out and have a day away. I have felt like I have been neglecting the gremlin a bit. She has been more whiny, clambering for attention and telling us to “shush” and “stop talking” a lot! Get the hint parents.

We decided to meet up with Caroline from Becoming a Stay and Home MumΒ and her lovely family at a National Trust place called Stowe. It was just what we needed.

Fresh air, time as a family and with friends, some beautiful scenery and gardens and a lovely lunch at the cafe (always a winner).

Here are some of our pictures:

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The gorgeous LM

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The Grem

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Pretty #lush @becomingasahm #nationaltrust #stowe #gardens #sunday #greenery #family #sunday

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A pretty arch

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The bubbles started!

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Looking good!

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Back at you @becomingasahm #bloggers #snapping away! #sunday #nationaltrust #stowe #sunday #nature #mbloggers

Got to #love a bit of #sky #clouds #cloudporn #nationaltrust #trees #sunday #stowe #beauty #mbloggers

Fun at #stowe #nationaltrust #outdoors #sunday #mbloggers #nature #kids #toddlers #mbloggers @becomingasahm

 

 

Can't you tell she's refusing the #orange #fruitdodger #kids #family #toddlers #nationaltrust #lunch #sunday

Fruit dodger – she ate 2 pieces!

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Whacked!!

We had a lovely day, relaxed and it took our mind off houses and everything else going on! You can have a read of Caroline’s post here and she gives a bit more info on Stowe.

Here’s to our next meet up!

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  1. January 27, 2016 / 6:47 am

    Ah was such a lovely day Sarah and did me so much good to get out too so am glad you guys enjoyed it too. Gorgeous pictures, love the one of hubs in a flat cap haha. Can’t believe how muddy my coat is too haha! Xxx
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    • mm
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      January 27, 2016 / 8:50 pm

      I love that flat cap! Fab day xx

  2. January 27, 2016 / 6:48 am

    You can’t beat a good old yomp around a National Trust site. Definitely instils calm and blows the cobwebs off. Brilliant pics lovely xx

    Thank you for hosting.
    #bestandworst
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    • mm
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      January 27, 2016 / 8:50 pm

      Not at all! Thanks Dawn x

    • mm
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      January 27, 2016 / 8:51 pm

      I loved that arch too πŸ™‚ x

  3. January 27, 2016 / 7:31 am

    We also went out for the day this weekend…January has been a manic month. I do love a day away from it all and it looks like everyone enjoyed their day away at Stowe. Fruit dodger…it must be an orange thing as my little one is just the same. Thank you so much for hosting this week
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    • mm
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      January 27, 2016 / 8:51 pm

      Oh glad you did too! We had fun. haha these fruit dodgers !! x

    • mm
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      January 27, 2016 / 8:52 pm

      Get out there lovely x

  4. January 27, 2016 / 8:08 am

    That looks like such a beautiful place! And you managed to avoid the rain by the looks of it! #bestandworst

    • mm
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      January 27, 2016 / 8:38 pm

      We did!! x

  5. January 27, 2016 / 8:17 am

    It looks like a lovely place! And you managed to avoid the rain!

    • mm
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      January 27, 2016 / 8:37 pm

      We did! x

  6. January 27, 2016 / 8:49 am

    Looks like a fab day and exactly what you needed! Gorgeous pictures x #bestandworst

    • mm
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      January 27, 2016 / 8:52 pm

      Thanks lots x

  7. January 27, 2016 / 9:19 am

    Beautiful pictures! What a great day out and much needed by the sound of things… new job AND moving house… full on!! Glad to hear the job is going well. #bestandworst

    • mm
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      January 27, 2016 / 8:37 pm

      It is very full on hun – we needed it! x

  8. January 27, 2016 / 9:41 am

    That looks like a fun day out for the family! I can definitely relate to your house-moving stress. We simultaneously sold and bought last year and it was FULL-ON! Hope you’re all settled and comfortable in your new place soon πŸ™‚ #bestandworst
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    • mm
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      January 27, 2016 / 8:47 pm

      OMG same here Robyn…mental! Thanks and I hope it all goes smoothly x

    • mm
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      January 27, 2016 / 8:46 pm

      It really can – fresh air does wonders x

  9. January 27, 2016 / 11:25 am

    Glad you managed to get a day off from all the madness. It does sound like you’ve had a hectic time. From the pictures you’ve added it looks like a beautiful place. Sounds like a day out was just what the doctor ordered!
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    • mm
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      January 27, 2016 / 8:46 pm

      It really was – we needed a break x

  10. January 27, 2016 / 11:38 am

    I feel for you! I’ve started a new part-time this year, we are starting a massive refurbishment of our house. It’s hectic and stressful, so you have my full sympathy. Great you guys had a good and relaxing weekend though. Lovely pics. #bestandworst

    Nadia – ScandiMummy x
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    • mm
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      January 27, 2016 / 8:45 pm

      EEk very hectic! Hope all goes well for you x

    • mm
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      January 27, 2016 / 8:45 pm

      It was brill thanks hun x

  11. January 27, 2016 / 11:53 am

    Looks beautiful! I’m making a conscious effort to leave the house more this year. I genuinely think I can hear the Peppa Pig theme tune in my head on repeat lately! i love sleepy car seat pictures too! xxx #bestandworst

    • mm
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      January 27, 2016 / 8:36 pm

      Oh that little Piggy! Hope you manage it x

  12. January 27, 2016 / 1:10 pm

    Aww this looks like a lovely day out, you know we should all meet up (including Caroline) somewhere in the middle, would be lovely …..if you are up for it! I’ve never visited Stowe, it looks lovely, gorgeous pics hun. #bestandworst
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    • mm
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      January 27, 2016 / 8:44 pm

      We really need to ! Always up for it hun x

    • mm
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      January 27, 2016 / 8:44 pm

      Totally!! x

  13. January 27, 2016 / 1:28 pm

    Looks like a great day out. I love a good knackered child at the end of the day picture!!
    #bestandworst

    • mm
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      January 27, 2016 / 8:36 pm

      hehe me too πŸ™‚ x

    • mm
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      January 27, 2016 / 8:43 pm

      hehe me too x

  14. January 27, 2016 / 1:41 pm

    What a fun day out! I love that picture of the arch and the one of your munchkin taking a serious nap in the carseat. A great day and some fresh air are the best combination for a serious nap πŸ™‚ #BestAndWorst
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    • mm
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      January 27, 2016 / 8:43 pm

      They are…bonus! x

  15. January 27, 2016 / 1:54 pm

    Aw looks like a lovely day and just what you needed. Hope the new job is going well #bestandworst xx

    • mm
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      January 27, 2016 / 8:43 pm

      It is thanks Rachel x

  16. January 27, 2016 / 2:08 pm

    Sounds like this is exactly what you needed! A bit of fresh air to clear your mind and good company always does the trick πŸ™‚ Thanks for hosting #bestandworst
    Debbie

    • mm
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      January 27, 2016 / 8:42 pm

      It was lovely x

  17. January 27, 2016 / 2:50 pm

    Ah, what a lovely day out – we moved house just before Christmas and it did seem like I spent about two months saying ‘not now’ ‘just a minute’ etc as I frantically tried to sort out everything to be packed and then unpack it again… #bestandworst
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    • mm
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      January 27, 2016 / 8:42 pm

      Aww I’m sure I have this to come xx

    • mm
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      January 27, 2016 / 8:35 pm

      It was lovely ta x

    • mm
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      January 27, 2016 / 8:42 pm

      They are cuties x

    • mm
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      January 27, 2016 / 8:42 pm

      It was fab πŸ™‚ She is cute…when she’s asleep x

    • mm
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      January 27, 2016 / 8:41 pm

      Aww thanks x

  18. January 27, 2016 / 8:10 pm

    It makes it so much easier when they have play mates doesn’t it. You actually get time to talk to other adults about adult topics. Thankfully the weather didn’t look to bad for you either. Glad you had a good time #bestandworst
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    • mm
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      January 27, 2016 / 8:41 pm

      It soooo does! We had good weather and a fab day ta x

  19. January 27, 2016 / 8:28 pm

    ahhhh your daughters face is just beautiful. I love getting out in the fresh air, we don’t do it enough as a family. You’ve inspired me to declare Sunday a day in the park day. Lovely pictures. Renee @peonieandme #bestandworst x
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    • mm
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      January 27, 2016 / 8:41 pm

      Thanks lovely! Do it πŸ™‚ x

  20. January 27, 2016 / 8:44 pm

    It looks like you had a lovely day out. I’ve visited quite a few National Trust places but I’ve never visited Stow. All that fresh air is good for everybody! πŸ™‚ x

  21. January 27, 2016 / 8:55 pm

    Now I’ve heard of Stowe, but never been. Looks like a great place to go for a breath of fresh air. Good luck with the house move and thanks for hosting #bestandworst
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  22. January 27, 2016 / 9:03 pm

    Hmm, we’re getting a lot of the ‘stop talking’ at the moment too! This is such a lovely idea…just getting out and about places like that can be so good for reconnecting to your little ones. Looks like you all had a fab day…I LOVE the konked out in the car picture…definitely the sign of a good party/day! #bestandworst
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    • mm
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      January 29, 2016 / 1:59 pm

      hehe we have had it a while!! A good excuse to get out and about. My madam was knacked afterwards x

  23. Nige
    January 27, 2016 / 9:19 pm

    Great post this looks a lovely place thanks for hosting bestandworst

    • mm
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      January 29, 2016 / 1:57 pm

      Thanks Nige x

    • mm
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      January 29, 2016 / 1:57 pm

      lol she ate 2 pieces and gave up x

  24. January 27, 2016 / 10:21 pm

    I can definitely sympathise with the stress of house buying and selling, but family days out really are the best medicine during those times and this looks like a really wonderful day πŸ™‚ #bestandworst

    • mm
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      January 29, 2016 / 1:57 pm

      Thanks Hannah – we must be mad! Thanks lots x

  25. January 28, 2016 / 7:08 am

    Looks like a lovely day and just what was needed to blow the cobwebs away. Fingers crossed the house hunting issue is resolved shortly. Thanks for hosting #bestandworst xxx
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    • mm
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      January 29, 2016 / 1:55 pm

      Thanks chick and all is sorted now! Woop! x

  26. January 28, 2016 / 7:48 am

    Looks so wonderful there πŸ™‚ All the best with the work and the house stuff too – sounds like 2016 is going to be a super big year for you! x #bestandworst

    • mm
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      January 29, 2016 / 1:55 pm

      I hope so lovely x

  27. January 28, 2016 / 8:10 am

    Sounds like you needed a day out and looks like a lovely day! Love all your pictures. #bestandworst xx
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    • mm
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      January 29, 2016 / 1:55 pm

      It was a good one πŸ™‚ x

  28. January 28, 2016 / 12:54 pm

    That does look fun! Sometimes it’s nice to switch off and get outdoors!

    • mm
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      January 29, 2016 / 1:55 pm

      It was fab x

  29. January 28, 2016 / 3:38 pm

    Totally know what you mean about ‘ giving them more attention!!!’ And we wonder why they are being so difficult when we have ignored them all morn!! Oppppsss xxx

    • mm
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      January 29, 2016 / 1:54 pm

      hehe I know! Big ooops x

  30. January 28, 2016 / 7:54 pm

    Looks like a great day. I love National Trust places but I’ve never been to Stowe it looks so pretty. Good luck with the move and well done on your work x #Bestandworst

    • mm
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      January 29, 2016 / 1:54 pm

      It was lovely. Thanks hun x

    • mm
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      January 29, 2016 / 1:53 pm

      It really was – thanks Jenni! x

  31. January 29, 2016 / 8:31 pm

    Looks like a fab day and lots of fun all round πŸ™‚ Thanks for hosting and hope your house sale and hunt is easy and smooth #bestandworst
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  32. February 2, 2016 / 8:33 pm

    The countryside is breathtaking to say the least. If I were to show you a picture of our surroundings it would be nothing but snow. I am going to attempt to take them sledding sometime this week as we are getting another snow front coming in tomorrow night. Sometimes you just have to get them out of the house regardless of the weather. Thanks so much for hostessing #bestandworst.
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    • mm
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      February 2, 2016 / 9:14 pm

      Wow! I like snow but must be a but overwhelming. I hope you have fun together πŸ™‚ x