An outfit fit for the Ritz

In a few weeks, I’m off to London with my sisters to have afternoon tea at the Ritz. The dress code is very strict, smart dress, no jeans! All my friends will tell you I live and die in skinny jeans, I’m not a fan with dressing up and feel uncomfortable in ‘flashy’ clothes! Having been once before to the Ritz, this time I’m definitely not so stressed about what to wear.

This afternoon, I got out the trusty Next catalogue and started to plan my outfit. I wanted something that I could wear all day, we will also be visiting the London dungeons in the morning. With a little bit of help from my fashion advisor (Lauren), this is the outfit I chose.

                               My outfit

The dress is such a lovely colour, I love the shape. It’s perfect for a day in London. Also it will be suitable for work afterwards.

I’ve gone for some black woven tights and finished the outfit of with a pair of black Chelsea boots. For me they need to be flat, for one I can’t walk in heels and two, I’m going to be doing a lot of walking in London so I need to be comfortable.

To jazz it up a little bit! I’ll be wearing my lovely Tiny silver necklace (not pictured) and this lovely heart bracelet. It’s typically me. Not to fancy but adds a bit of bling to the outfit!

So, I ordered the dress this afternoon, next step will be to organise a shopping trip into town to get the other bits.

This week I’ve loved planning my outfit for the Ritz.

Lyn x

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Results day!

So the day has finally arrived. GCSE results day! Lauren has been very calm about the whole thing, where as I have been feeling the nerves bubbling up every now and then!

It was an early start. We had to be at school for 9:00, by the time we got there both our nerves were to pieces!! Lauren meet up with friends, signed in and went to get her results. I patiently waited at the side of the room. She brought the envelope over, she was struggling to open it with the nerves! Once she’d opened it, it took a few seconds to get to the actual results, they weren’t set out particularly well! Finally we found them!


 Lauren’s results were brilliant. We are so proud of her. Over the last two years she’s worked incredibly hard to get these results. She can now happily go to college without the worry of retaking any GCSE’s.



As a little treat Lauren and I had a Toby carvery to celebrate. Alexander was invited but it was to early for him to get up!!

 It was a funny feeling after Lauren received her results. Almost an anticlimax, that was it, all the waiting was over.

I’m so proud of Lauren and very excited for her next step at college. So this week I’ve definitely loved how proud I am of my daughter!

A Cornish Mum

My dream bedroom

Our bedroom is in a desperate need of  a redecoration! I’m to embarrassed to say when it was last done!! Put it this way, Lauren was 5!! Lauren and I have been browsing the old Internet to get a few ideas. 

I love the colour and pattern of the curtains and duvet from Dunelm. I like the country cottage style design. 

This bed is from IKEA, I adore the white metal style. It has stylish clean lines and to me gives a grand image and perfect for a smaller bedroom, like ours.

This chest of drawers is also from IKEA, simple and not to fancy.

I love this storage unit and boxes also from Ikea. It’s perfect for the Hubby to store all his medical bits and pieces. At the moment he has a horrible drawer unit.

I’m trying to decide which colour to paint the walls. Not sure whether to go for wallpaper or emulsion. Emulsion would be easier as I can do that. Should I go for a block of colour or the whole room? Decisions, decisions!! 

I’m not into really fancy accessories. I like quite plain things. The cushions above would add colour to the room. The frame would be perfect on the wall, I have loads of photos waiting to go in it! I’m not sure on the style of the lampshade, it’s mainly the colour I like, maybe one for the walls!

This week I’ve loved designing my dream bedroom! 

Images from IKEA and Dunelm 

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What horrible weather we had today, I’d planned to go for a run after dropping Lauren off at work but even I don’t run in the rain. I’m definitely a fair weather runner. We didn’t really get up to too much today. I managed to drag Alexander out to get new shoes for school and trainers for home. He’s now in to the whopping size 3 shoes. Yes he has tiny feet for a boy of 13, it runs in the family. His Uncle Chris is only a size 6! At least nobody takes his shoes at school. We visited our local Brantano, the staff are very friendly and helpful. To be honest, with Alexander, he’s not at all interested in buying shoes. So its normally the first pair he tries on we buy! We chose Hush puppies again, they are the same price as Clarkes and don’t come with flashy lights, which at 13 and at secondary school you don’t want (one of the disadvantages of having small feet)! Trainers were also easy to chose, again, I pretty much pointed Alexander in the right direction! I think the whole shopping trip took 1/2 hour! A quick way to spend £76!

Theres not much else for us to buy now. Alexander’s trousers were new just before he finished for school and he’s shirts still fit fine. I’m a bit tight when buying them as each shirt costs £16 but they do last! So apart from a cheap pair of trainers for school and some pens Alexander is ready for school, which is currently a banned subject on his behalf!

Lauren on the other hand will cost us about £500 for all her college bits, luckily she’s been saving her wages to help out! It will be worth it all in the end, especially when she can cut and colour my hair! image image


His new hobby

With his birthday money, Alexander decided to buy himself a new skate board. I was really pleased about this, at least now he’d spend sometime outside.

Often, when I go out for a run in the evening, Lauren and Alexander will join me so he can practise his moves!

Wednesday’s weather wasn’t that special; we still decided to head off to the beach for a bit of skate boarding along the promenade. I must admit I was pretty impressed at his technic, he had  it off to a fine art!

Even Lauren had a go. I wasn’t allowed, they didn’t trust me!!

Harry the cat joined in too!


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Center Parcs v Bluestone

We’ve visited Center Parcs a fair few times over the last 15 years. After reading lots of blogs about Bluestone and viewing their website, we thought for our next family holiday we’d pay them a visit.. Lauren and Alexander wrote this post, with a little help from me!

What we love about Center parcs:

1. Café Rouge

2. The rapids

3. Having a starbucks everyday.

4.The Aqua Sana

5.The lake

6.The sweet shop

7.The zip line

8.Eating in and ordering pizza

9.Parc market

10. Land train

What we’re looking forward to at Bluestone:

1. The golf buggies

2. The swimming pool

3. The two storey upside down villa

4.The different restaurants

5. The evening entertainment

6. The different surroundings / new scenery

“I want to go to Bluestone because it’s different” Alexander

“I’m looking forward to the evening entertainment because it’s something different than Center Parcs” Lauren



I must admit, I’ve been struggling just lately with the fact that Alexander no longer wants to spend any time with me. It’s really hard, especially when I look on timehop and see pictures from a few years ago with us all out for the day together.

So this morning I decided to broach the subject with Alexander about coming out with us for an ice cream at Upton country park. As you can imagine, this went down like a lead balloon! Lots of moaning and groaning about being tired and it being too much effort. So I’m not ashamed to say I resorted to a bit of emotional black mail! How sad I was that he wouldn’t come out with me etc… He relented and said he would come!!! Yippee, he actually is great company and does really enjoy himself when leaves his bedroom.

Being the lovely mum that I am!!! I pushed the boat out and treated them to lunch out too. Lunch was delicious, one of the bar staff recognised me as a ‘dinner lady’. He was lovely, we had a quick chat, he told me how he was waiting to join the forces and how he’s now 18. I left feeling even older!!

Upton country park is one of my favourite places to visit, as a family we go there quite often. It has my favourite route for running too. They also do the best ice creams there as well and not to expensive. Today the park was really busy, not surprising due to the lovely weather. We grabbed our ice creams, mine of course was mint choc chip and set off for a walk.

All in all a great Tuesday!



Let's Talk Mommy


So here we are. And if you’re reading this, thanks!  I thought I’d have a change around. Shake thinks up a bit. I’ve been wanting to change my blog name for a while. My old one was pretty dull and not that imaginative! I must admit I’ve been getting a bit bored of blogging and really struggling with ideas. There are so many great blogs out there and also some pretty random ones.

So how did I decide on my new blog name?  Well… I’d liked ‘adventures of the  Bown family’ for a while now and after speaking to my friend, she said yep go forward it! I don’t think we’re a very adventurous family to be honest, we pretty much plod on in our own little world, waiting for the next disaster to hit! 

About us, the Bown’s. Well most of you reading this will know a bit about our family but if you’re a new reader let me fill you in!

Lyn that’s me. The one who writes all the rubbish! I’m 42 this year (sigh) and have been married to my extremely patient husband for 19 years this year. I work at the local middle school as a teaching assistant. I love it. I’ve been so lucky to make some truly great friends there. I’m a mad cat lady, who if I had chance would own more than two cats!! Last year I managed to lose 2 stone in weight and I’m now trying to not put it back on again!!    Michael – well my wonderful husband reaches the grand age of 50 next month. To be honest he’s hardly changed over the last few years. He’s an exceptionally brave man and I’m extremely proud of him. He works hard and loves nothing more than watching a rubbishy film on the TV!     Lauren – our beautiful daughter Lauren is 16. She’s just recently taken her GCSE’s and we’re now waiting for the results (bites fingernails!). Lauren is completely obsessed with Mcbusted, to the point that’s all she talks about!! Excitingly she’ll be off to college in September to start the next step of her life.    Alexander – what can I say about Alexander…well he recently turned 13 and is now your typical teenage boy! When he does venture out of his bedroom, he can actually be quite pleasant! He’s mad keen on his Xbox and has just got into skate boarding. Which at least means he goes out every now and then!   So I hope you find my new blog interesting. I will try my best to keep it up to date!! 

Thanks for reading

Lyn x

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