On Blackheath festival
Weekly review

September Highlights

When I first started writing my blog back in January I wrote a weekly highlights blog post, which focused on the highs (and lows) with my daughter. However since going back to work and having less time on my hands, I decided to stop the weekly summary. With it being the end of September tomorrow, I decided that I will reinstate my highlights blog post, but I will write this monthly instead of weekly. So here’s my September highlights.


  • The highlight of the month is my brother’s wedding. It was such a lovely day, and the first wedding that I have ever taken a baby too, you can read my hints and tips here. The day was perfect from the service all the way through to the reception, and the reading my sister and I did went better than expected. The hangover the next day, was not so great.
  • We enjoyed a beautiful and very much deserved long weekend in Shropshire with the family staying at Hampton Lodge. Usually the husbands all go away for a weekend golfing in North Wales, and this year we decided that us girls should enjoy a weekend away too with the children and babies. We stayed in a gorgeous log cabin style chalet in the middle of nowhere, with a hot tub. Yes a hot tub! It was so nice to relax in the evening once all the babies had gone to bed with a glass or two of prosecco (or white port and tonic).
  • We enjoyed a visit to Chirk Castle which is a National Trust property, just over the border in Wales. I love being able to visit such beautiful places using our National Trust membership. At the time there was a medieval village and battle re-enactment which kept the children entertainment. The grounds of Chirk Castle are beautiful, nicely landscaped and looking out over the Welsh landscape.
  • A long time ago we booked tickets to go to On Blackheath festival. We spent a few hours here, listening to the music and enjoying delicious food. It was a little too hot that day with very little shade, and our daughter was a grumpy, so we made a dash for home sooner than planned.


Hampton Lodge


  • I’ve been lucky enough to have two nights out this month. One with the NCT ladies catching up at a local restaurant, over wine and dinner. It’s been a while since we’ve all got together, so it was very nice to see them all. My second night out was for a friends birthday last Saturday. It’s been a long time since I got dressed up and went to fancy bars for cocktails. We visited the Gilbert and Scott bar in the Renaissance Hotel at St Pancreas Station. The bar is beautiful, and the drinks are superb. We then headed to Vinoteca for more wine and food. It was so nice to be out (out) in central London with friends, I definitely need to do that more often.

Our Daughter

  • This month we bought our daughter her very first walking/crawling shoes from Clarks Shoes. They are beautiful with a little mouse face on the front, which seem to attract many positive comments. We had a really good experience choosing her shoes and getting her feet measured. The lady in Clarks was really kind, and distracted my daughter when she measured her feet.
  • I’m not sure if the shoes have helped but we’ve also seen lots more standing from my daughter, cruising, and now letting go for a milli-second. Hopefully soon she’ll be walking soon, and the nursery can stop hassling me about her not walking yet.
  • As well as this, she is obsessed with climbing. She has a vtech toy train which she loves climbing on and off, and then clapping. My husband and I also make pretty good climbing frames too.
  • We also installed her TP toys climbing frame in the garden earlier this month. This took a bit of set-up as it wasn’t the easiest of structures to put together. However I am so impressed with the Quad Pod seat we purchased that adapts as your child gets older. I can see lots of enjoyment and future use now that we have a swing in the garden.
  • Unfortunately we haven’t managed to escape the illnesses this month, after a relatively clean spell recently. This week our daughter picked up hand, foot and mouth, which has not been pleasant at all. She has some pretty bad blisters on her feet, and has been excluded from nursery as it’s so contagious. So this week has a been challenge for us all, with my husband and I tag-teaming the care duties in the day.


First shoes


  • It’s been a very quiet month on the blog, I’ve had a bit of a blogging break with fewer than normal posts published, less tweets scheduled, and a week away from #fortheloveofBLOG linky. Thank you Fi from A Mum Track Mind for holding the fort.
  • Having said that, I have set-up my Instragram account for The Pramshed, and reached over 4,000 Twitter followers.
  • I have a number of exciting products to review, which I’m looking forward to sharing with you all next month.

Now that the weather is turning cooler with the season changing from Summer to Autumn, I’m looking forward to getting my warmer clothes out, and purchasing some new boots.

I hope you enjoyed reading. What have you been reading this month, I would love to hear from you.



The Pramshed


  • Samsam

    Sounds like you had a very eventful month. wow 2 nights off sounds like loads of fun. 4,000 instagram followers in a month is quiet impressive, I’m no where near a 1000 followers..lol
    I love your daughters new shoes extremely adorable, soon you will have a walking baby be ready mama.
    Sorry your little one fell sick, hope she feels better soon.
    glad to see that you are back hosting the linky#fortheloveofBLOG

  • Jane Taylor Maflingo

    Hi Claire, I love these little round-ups. Its nice to have a little window on your life and it sounds like you’ve had some nice treats during the month. Wow! You’ve done well with instagram. I find it such a touch platform to get follows on, but I do love taking photos. #Fortheloveofblog

  • theirishbabyfairy

    Hmm tell me more about this white port! Never heard of it but sounds interesting! You’ve had a very busy month, love the little shoes and hoping your little girl is better soon. Great instagram work, really need to try and work on my own, any tips? #ForTheLoveOfBLOG

  • justsayingmum

    Such a lovely round-up of your month. Wow to that wedding venue – looks beautiful. In love with the new shoes – too cute! Hope the blogging break has given you some perspective – enjoy October lovely x #fortheloveofBLOG

  • Double the Monkey Business

    Oh I noticed you had joined Instagram 🙂 Sounds like you have been very busy and the festival sounds fun, shame it was too hot. Two nights off as well – lovely 🙂 Hope your little one recovers quickly, the boys have had that and it was no fun xxx #fortheloveofBLOG

  • five little doves

    What a great month you have had, and a busy one too! Two nights off sounds amazing, we have been lucky to have one night out but I got a full day off with BlogOn, although I was knackered afterwards! I saw you over on Instagram, I look forward to seeing more of your photos! #fortheloveofBLOG

  • Angela Watling

    Sounds like you’ve had an awesome month! I’m still envious of your log cabin trip after seeing it on Instagram.

    I love the shoes you got for your daughter. I saw those for my little one but we’d already got a different style and they cost too much to buy multiple pairs at that age! We’ve just got a new pair of dark red patent mary jane shoes for LO and I think I love them more than her 🙂

    Hope you daughter continues to improve her walking. It’s weird the nursery making such a big deal over it. My 19 month old is only just really starting to climb whereas your daughter is doing that loads by the sounds of it. Swings and roundabouts… #fortheloveofBLOG

  • Twin Pickle

    First shoes are the best!! I bought my boys some this month although they are just for show as we have a photoshoot coming up in October! They are not ready to walk yet. I’m also very excited that its cooling down, we actually break into the late 20s next week… (FYI I live in the desert) #fortheloveofBLOG

  • Emma (Upside Mum)

    The wedding looked amazing and I love those shoes, too cute! Being back at work makes life so much busier and blogging that bit harder. Glad you got some good nights out and a wee break away too, sounds great! #fortheloveofBLOG

  • Kate

    Sounds like a lovely month. It’s so important to take breaks and have nights out with the girls. Congrats on your 4,000 followers! How exciting! #fortheloveofBLOG

  • Tooting Mama

    Pretty busy month! Wedding, two nights out, a little one who’s standing and almost ready to start walking and 4,000 twitter followers! You’ve been one busy mama! Right I’m off to find you on Instagram!

  • Mindful Mummy Mission

    So pleased you’ve been lurgy free this month. Sorry that you had to leave OnBlackheath fairly rapidly – it was unexpectedly hot that Sunday wasn’t it? Music wise you didn’ miss much I have to say!!! #fortheloveofBLOG x

  • Kimberly

    Hi Claire
    I can see why you need a blogging break! I’ve only been blogging for a couple of weeks and can see how much time it takes and how addictive it is.
    I love buying small people shoes, just the best. Also had great experiences in Clarks. I’ll check you out on instagram – amazing re Twitter following!
    Kimberly x

  • Helena

    Sorry to hear that your little one has been ill. Hope she gets better soon. I think it’s great there’s been so many other positives eg. walking, wedding and nights out. #fortheloveofBLOG

  • Eliana

    yes, September is usually an up-the-hill month sort of thing… but it is good to keep track of all the highlights! it helps you to be focused and grateful 🙂


  • Grounded Mummy

    You’ve had a really busy month! Hope October is less busy but equally enjoyable, minus the illnesses. Hand, foot and mouth is really horrible, it’s awful to see them suffering with it. It’s such a nice idea to do a highlights post, I never really thought of that before but with life being so hectic, it’s nice to take time and think over all the things you’ve done. Glad you had some nice breaks and a big congrats on reaching over 4K Twitter followerers, that’s so impressive in such a short space of time! Hope you’re enjoying the autumn sunshine 🙂 #fortheloveofblog

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