The summer months are a busy time as a working mum. Juggling the school holidays and your workload through the busiest period of the year can prove stressful at times, so it’s important to plan a few treats and make the most of the summer weather – when we get it! Long walks at the coast, entertaining outdoors and, of course, indulging in some summer fashion… a perfect combination!
Every year I invest in a new pair of summer sandals and, this year, my pick is the Rozen Sandal in Natural Pink. Crafted from subtle leather with intricate twisted straps, they will become your warm weather go-to. Together, the flat sole and ankle strap create the perfect style for effortless everyday wear.
I also love to invest in a shirt and, this season, the cotton and silk natural shirt from Massimo Dutti is the perfect style. With decorative pockets, Kent collar and straight fit, it’s great for tucking into denim shorts, or skinny jeans. Dress it up with heels and statement earrings, or, for a relaxed look, tie your hair back in a messy bun and wear with sneakers.
Happiness is homemade, especially in this beautiful book filled with summer cottages – or ‘hideaways’ as they are suitably called. It’s full of bright, beautiful and inspiring ideas. Hideaways are places where you can leave behind the mundane and revel in a serene atmosphere – and you certainly feel that way while flicking through the pages of this book. It’s an inspiring coffee table book and looks great when styled alongside candles and vases full of summer flowers.
I love to bake, but with the holiday months approaching, I try to bake healthier treats and something the whole family will eat, which is often the most difficult part. So, after lots of taste-tests, the family favourite turns out to be my date and pecan cookies. I often add different nuts to the mixture, depending on what I have in the cupboard. Sometimes I go for cashews or walnuts, but anything goes, really. Be warned, though. They are extremely moreish! The perfect afternoon treat.
150g coconut palm sugar
125g coconut oil (or organic butter)
25g buckwheat flour
A pinch of salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
50g pecans, chopped
50g almonds, chopped
50g dates, chopped
Cream together the oil/butter and sugar, before mixing in the egg. Add the flour a little at a time. Mix the dates, nuts, salt and baking powder. Line a tray with baking parchment, pour the mixture into the tray and bake for 12-15 minutes at 180C. Leave to cool, then cut into squares and keep in an air-tight container in the fridge.
Stay Awake With Me by Dan Owen. An easy listening album. Perfect background music for summer entertaining, too.
I love to have a little change around in the house. Adding wall art can be a really effective way of creating a fresh new look, without having to decorate a whole room. Together with a considered collection of carefully-styled decorative accessories, it can instantly transform a space.
I love the neutral tones of the industrial print (available at the end of July), simply styled to inspire. An inexpensive way to add effortless style.
Blush & Grey Humble scarf, £45. The words read ‘the things that influence us are often humble’. Beautiful words for a beautiful scarf!
As the school holidays approach, I’m always on the lookout for interesting ways to keep the kids entertained over the long summer break. It’s not always easy to find something that interests both my son and daughter, however I may have just found the perfect day out to suit the whole family.
Middleton Lodge is hosting a Children’s Wilderness Day on 10 August from 9am –4pm. Mini adventurists spend the day outdoors, exploring the estate and learning valuable wilderness survival skills. Shelter-building, fire-lighting, fun challenges, problem-solving and even a wilderness hide and seek game are all part of the day’s adventures. While the kids are having a day of fun, I might just book in for a treatment at the spa and enjoy a long lunch with my husband. Sounds like the perfect day for everyone.