Family Fun at Cabot Circus

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Now that we’ve got the girls, we are all about that family-friendly life. We spend a lot of time Whatsapping eachother (and our NCT mates) places we’ve found that are good for the little ones and it’s always super useful to know where is good to take them. One place that ticks a lot of boxes for us is Cabot Circus, who spend a lot of time ensuring kids of all ages (plus their parents!) are well catered for. One thing we love about Cabot Circus is that everything is under one big ol’ glass roof. There’s ample parent and child parking available and they have excellent changing facilities, including feeding rooms.

We popped down during half-term to check out their young hero super-school for a masterclass in superhero style. Poppy and Ada were a little young for the craft activities but there were lots of young heroes having the time of their lives designing capes, cuffs and masks! POW! Give it a few years and it will be Awesome Ada and Power Poppy to the rescue.

We left the bigger kids to the crafts and hit the shops! We had a grand old time swooning over the girls dresses in Monsoon and may have made a cheeky purchase in Zara. We always love a shop that caters for both Mum and baby! We also had a little gander in Smiggle to pick up some bubbles and bells as we are big baby sensory fans!

Speaking of baby sensory, we went for dinner at Yo Sushi which proved to be a big hit with the girls! They loved the lights, the noise, and all the sushi whizzing round! It proved the perfect distraction for them, while we sampled some of the new things on the menu. The Okonomoyaki and Salmon & Yuzu Tartare were especially fabulous and we are now addicted to Ramune Soda. The new menu is also great for those who aren’t big sushi fans as they have added a market foods section so you can sample some different styles of Japanese food. This was the first time my (Jo) husband and notorious hater of sushi, James, had visited and he was thrilled to discover that he was well-catered for. We were all pleasantly surprised by how family-friendly Yo Sushi proved to be as it wouldn’t be the first place you would think of when dining out with two babies under six months. The staff went out of their way to make sure the babies were well looked after and Poppy really enjoyed her egg shaped high chair! We were really impressed that the high chair can be tipped backwards to accommodate smaller babies and the changing facilities were fantastic.

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Our next Cabot Circus mission is to try the baby cinema at Showcase Cinema De Lux on a Thursday morning. Has anyone been?

J&V xxx

*Cabot Circus very kindly provided our meal at Yo Sushi! but all opinions are our own. 

People of Bristol

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Last week I (Victoria) woke up to the lovely surprise that I had been featured on People of Bristol, an awesome Instagram account that we follow. It was fellow Bristol blogger Lily from Lily Doughball who recognised me, presumably by my oh so subtle Peanut Butter jumper, and I was pretty chuffed about it. Thanks for the tip Lily!

People of Bristol is an account that posts illustrations of those who catch the eye of children’s and commercial illustrator Nicola Colton, and I was spotted waiting for my husband outside Cafe Kino, one of our favourite spots in Bristol. As it was a sunny, busy Saturday afternoon, he had popped into see if there was enough space to take the buggy in. Nicola captured me so well considering I must have been there, rocking my little one to and fro, for less than a minute or so. What a professional! Jo and I are hoping she might venture into blog illustrations…

Alongside my Peanut Butter jumper, I was also wearing my swimmers print ankle grazers (posted about here) from Laura Ashley with my faithful yellow Superga’s. Comfy, colourful and fun all round. I’m looking forward to seeing more of Nicola’s wonderful illustrations and to find out if anyone else spots themselves. Keep your eyes peeled, people of Bristol!

People of Bristol | She and Hem

People of Bristol | She and Hem

Check out the People of Bristol Instagram here and Nicola’s Instagram page here,

Vx

She and Home: The Burger Joint, Bristol

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It’s fair to say that maternity leave is being kind to us as far as eating our way around the West Country is concerned. Kind to us that is, but perhaps less so to the old waistline! It’s been lovely going for nice long lunches whilst the babies sleep (or don’t sleep) and gives us a chance to have a catch up and talk about how much sleep (or no sleep) we’ve had the previous night. Now, we aren’t exactly famed for our cutting edge restaurant reviews around here but, seeing as we are now chowing down on a more regular basis, we thought it was about time we upped our game and you will be seeing quite a few over the coming weeks! First up, The Burger Joint!

We should probably begin with a full disclaimer: we are massive fans of The Burger Joint. We’ve been visiting this tasty establishment for years – before even She and Hem was a thing, if you can imagine such a terrible time! So dedicated are we to the burger cause that until recently our faces graced the banner photo of their website and Jo even had them cater her wedding in 2013. See, massive fans of massive delicious burgers. So, you won’t be surprised to learn that we were more than happy to try out their new menu options at their branch on Whiteladies Road in Bristol!

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We really love the unique the ordering system at Burger Joint, it kinda feels a little bit like playing a really tasty lottery, but everyone’s a winner (especially if you choose the sweet potato fries!). Everything from starters to sides is broken down into tick boxes so you can build your perfect meal. As well as sampling their new offerings, we must admit that we did add a few long time favourites to our order – their sweet potato fries are seriously the best in Bristol! Although the menu was already super extensive, they have recently tried to broaden their appeal to the Vegan’s and Vegetarian’s of Bristol and beyond, by introducing The Vegan Joint and The Beetroot and Feta Joint. Nice.

I (Victoria) can highly recommend The Vegan Joint. Although admittedly I did add a bunch of not-so-vegan meat and cheese options to my burger, the patty itself was delicious. Owner Dan explained how labour intensive the Vegan Joint is to create, with a heroic veg chopping effort taking place behind the scenes. I also had the sweet potato fries, which I can’t imagine comes as much of a sweet potato surprise!

Jo is a creature of habit (just check out her Deliveroo history for proof) so went for her usual combo of the grilled chicken burger with smokey streaked bacon and brie, but threw in an extra cheesy curve ball by opting for the newly added, smoked applewood cheddar. DOUBLE CHEESE! It was delightful! As were the parmesan and truffle fries (MAKE THAT TRIPLE CHEESE), another new addition, which were so scrummy that I may have pinched a few when Jo wasn’t looking. Anything is improved by cheese, in our dairy-fueled opinion.

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We’ve actually been back since with visiting friends, so have managed to sample even more of the new menu. We really wanted to mention The Beetroot and Feta Joint as a standout. It’s as delicious as it is colourful! We’ll definitely be ordering it again next time we go. If you fancy getting your hands on any of the above, Burger Joint has branches in Clifton, Fishponds and Bedminster in Bristol. See you there!

V&J x

*Burger Joint very kindly provided our lunch to review but all opinions are our own. 

The Wheels on the Boden Bus | Spring Blooms Tour

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The Wheels on the Boden Bus

The Wheels on the Boden Bus

Toot toot! A couple of weeks ago the Boden petal-powered bus rolled into Bristol as part of their Spring Blooms tour with Bloom & Wild. A prettier mode of transport you never did see! It certainty brightened up Broadmead and added a much needed splash of colour to an otherwise dull day. How could you not get on board with that? It therefore seemed appropriate that the four of us were all decked out in their wares for our visit. It’s no secret how much we love a bit of Boden so, naturally, we’ve been pining over their baby clothes for months! Thankfully, like mother like daughter, both girls are already big fans of their novelty prints!

This beautiful double decker green bus was not only gorgeous on the outside but jam-packed with the dreamiest Spring flowers and new season garms! Upon boarding the bus, we found the bottom deck was filled with happy Bristolians being given a Bloom & Wild masterclass on how to create special edition The Johnnie Bunch, which you can grab here. Although we are two wildflowers we had the babes with us, so we were in no position to get green fingered, but we can confirm it smelt amazing. Upstairs had been transformed into a beautiful showroom where we were treated to a glimpse of the new range of occasionwear. It was blooming marvelous!

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We were definitely overshadowed by our gorgeous girlies who caused quite the commotion in their snazzy outfits, especially Ada’s rose gold bunny booties*. You can find the rest of their bits and bobs here. We tagged along to pay for their bus fare in equally fun attire! I (Victoria) spotted this fab stripey shirt* on Amy from Me, Myself and Ivy‘s Instagram – which you must pay a visit to if you love colourful clothes as much as we do. I teamed it with a rather sensible pair of blue chino’s* and comfy silver trainers*, perfect for running for the bus! Jo sported the world’s best statement skirt*, an embroidered masterpiece! She teamed it with a pink cropped jumper* which although lovely was a little see-through, so definitely one to pop a white top on underneath. Her green flats* were a big hit as they were not only comfortable but they coped admirably in the rain. Top stuff Boden!

Things were very rosey indeed as we caught up with Bristol’s very own Niki from Miss Magpie Fashion Spy and Jess from @PorthJess who were both working their magic for the Bristol leg of the tour and it was lovely to finally meet Xanthe and Lucy, after admiring their Instagram accoutnts for so long. What a bunch of talented ladies!

The Wheels on the Boden Bus

The Wheels on the Boden Bus

The Wheels on the Boden Bus

V&J x

Our Trip to St Werburghs, Bristol.

We Made Me Soohu Sling | St Werburghs, Bristol | She and Hem

We Made Me Soohu Sling | St Werburghs, Bristol | She and Hem

We Made Me Soohu Sling | St Werburghs, Bristol | She and Hem

As we had such glorious weather in Bristol last weekend, I wanted to make the most of it, so my husband and I popped wee Ada into her new sling (more on that later!) and took a wander around one of our favourite neighbourhoods in Bristol, St Werburghs. Our first stop was the ever excellent St Werburghs City Farm, where Ada particularly liked the goats. As a new mum, I’m now always on the lookout to see if places are child friendly, and the farm definitely is. It has spacious baby changing facilities, a play park and many chances for little ones to help feed the animals. Thankfully, the farm is also very parent friendly and we were able to purchase some jam and chutney then grab a coffee in the farm cafe across the road. Who said having a newborn isn’t very rock and roll?

As we wanted to take a long walk around the local area after visiting the farm, we thought it would be an excellent opportunity to use a sling for the first time. To be honest, I was a bit nervous about putting Ada in a sling, as she’s still quite tiny for six weeks old, but my husband has really been looking forward to taking her out and about without the restraints of a heavy buggy. Turns out, I had nothing to worry about, as after we had worked out how to use it, Ada looked incredibly cozy, so much so that she had a lovely doze for most of the time we were out and about. If only we could have done the same! We’re all a bit sleep deprived here at She and Hem HQ.

The sling we used is the stylish red Soohu Sling* from We Made Me and I’m super impressed. The cradle carry is a winner, and I love the fact that it’s one size fits all, which means we can take her out in it until she’s 24 months old! If you are pregnant or have a newborn, I would definitely recommend looking into baby carrying if you like the idea of going hands and buggy free. We’ll definitely be using the sling loads, especially now spring is (just about) on the horizon!

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We Made Me Soohu Sling | St Werburghs, Bristol | She and Hem

After an excellent cup of coffee in the farm cafe, we had a wander around the local area and swooned over all of the awesome eco houses. I’ll take the yellow one please! A short walk from the farm is Boiling Wells, 2.5 acres of woodland which home sculptures, a fire circle and even a pizza oven! It’s such a fun space which often holds weddings and theatre events. I’m really looking forward to seeing a production in the summer, and I’m sure Ada is too!

Keep an eye on the blog over the next few months as the lovely ladies at Bump Pr were awfully kind and sent Jo and I a variety of We Made Me slings to try, so in addition to trying The Wuti Wrap*, when our little ones are a few months older we’ll be trying out The Pao Carrier* (4 – 36 months). I’m really keen to try this one out as it looks so sturdy and easy to use, which is ideal when you have a very active baby and all of their bits and pieces to cart around.

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We Made Me Soohu Sling | St Werburghs, Bristol | She and Hem

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Are you a fan of baby carrying? If so, what slings do you rate?

Vx

 

She and Hem Baby Shower

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Last weekend we gathered our nearest and dearest, popped on some pregnancy friendly party frocks and wandered (slowly) on down to our favourite tea room in Bristol, Cox and Baloney. Why? Why, only to celebrate the imminent arrival of our little bundle of joys at the She and Hem Baby Shower! Yippee! After shooting at Cox and Baloney several times over the last few years for the likes of Emily and Fin, Boden and Joy, we knew we’d love to hold some sort of event there one day, as it really is the perfect party venue. Luckily for us they had some availability, so we jumped at the chance to book all our chums in for a lovely afternoon of mocktails, sandwiches, scones and oh so much cake! Not to mention an endless supply of tea. Perfect!

We are pretty easy to please and decided we’d rather not have any baby shower games. We had invited more people than the venue usually holds (oops!), and we really wanted a chance to spend time and catch up with everyone who’d given up their day to spend it with us, without any forced fun. One thing we couldn’t resist though was a jazzy photo booth. Come on, we are bloggers after all. Jo fixed up some excellent props, and then we joined creative forces and spent the night before hanging lots of ribbon to our sparkly backdrop. At no point did either of us get frustrated with it not all holding together. Nope, not at all. Fortunately, it looked great on the day and everyone was super keen to get involved, even the grandmothers to be!

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Alongside all of the incredible gifts we were both given by our very genourous friends and families (thanks guys!!), we were also sent this fun handmade nappy cake from The Bump Company and a wonderful personalised balloon from The Giant Balloon Company! Would you just look at those adorable little booties?! We really were so excited unboxing them both the day before the baby shower, and so touched that people are as excited as we are about our two tiny humans coming into the world. The cake and the balloon added an extra little something on the day, so thanks to both for sending them over to us. They were both big hits all round!

In true She and Hem matchy matchy style we wore dresses that complimented each other. Well, we like to think so! Jo’s beautiful Sequin Swing Dress is a maternity exclusive from ASOS and my Stardust Jewel Bodice Dress is by Rock-a-Bye Rosie from House of Fraser. I’d not heard of Rock-a-Bye Rosie before, but am now a big fan. I really love this dress. As it’s a maternity piece, I’m hoping to wear it to a Christmas party or two before I have to part with it! If not, I may just have to wear it around the house on maternity leave. Who doesn’t wear a party frock to watch This Morning?

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J&Vx

The Mercure Holland House Hotel and Spa: The Psychic Sanctuary and The Sardinian Escape

The Psychic Sanctuary and Sardinian Escape @ The Mercure Holland Hotel | She and Hem | Bristol

The Psychic Sanctuary and Sardinian Escape @ The Mercure Holland Hotel | She and Hem | Bristol

The Psychic Sanctuary and Sardinian Escape @ The Mercure Holland Hotel | She and Hem | Bristol

The Psychic Sanctuary and Sardinian Escape @ The Mercure Holland Hotel | She and Hem | Bristol The Mercure Holland House Hotel and Spa in Bristol have recently launched a range of new rooms as part of their Accor My Room Project, and they very kindly invited us to pack our overnight bags and try out the rooms for ourselves. The hook? Well, all the new rooms have a bit of a twist! Not only that but we were treated to some much needed rest and relaxation in the spa and dinner in their restaurant, The Urban Bar & Kitchen! I (Victoria) stayed in the The Psychic Sanctuary designed by Sian, which she based around her love of all things psychic, and it left me spellbound! She probably saw that coming. I had a lot of fun pretending to be Mystic Meg with the crystal ball whilst getting ready for our trip to the spa.

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The Psychic Sanctuary and Sardinian Escape @ The Mercure Holland Hotel | She and Hem | Bristol The Psychic Sanctuary and Sardinian Escape @ The Mercure Holland Hotel | She and Hem | Bristol

Jo stayed in the The Sardinian Escape, a slightly larger room with added jacuzzi bath, designed by Marcella. It has a wonderful beach vibe with lots of lovely touches that make the room feel extra special. We especially loved all the shells dotted around the room and were left feeling quite desperate to jet off to a warmer climate.

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Our trip to the Mercure was pretty perfectly timed as it was the day before our joint baby shower (post to come soon!). So after our wonderful ‘mum to be’ facials in the Wellness Spa, we really embraced the opportunity to wind down by grabbing a cup of tea and proceeded to get very excited about all the cake we’d be eating and friends and family we’d be seeing the next day. We actually skipped the pool, as we’ve previously spent quite a bit of time splashing about in there (post here), and in true She and Hem form, it wasn’t too long before we were feeling peckish. As it turns out that all that chilling out really helps you work up quite the appetite! We (over)indulged in a feast with all the trimmings, including beef brisket, pulled pork and some glorious sticky toffee pudding. I still feel full!

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The Psychic Sanctuary and Sardinian Escape @ The Mercure Holland Hotel | She and Hem | Bristol

After dinner we went up to Jo’s room for it’s super comfy blue chairs, more tea and several hours of Children in Need. Catching up over breakfast we were both pleasantly surprised with how peaceful the hotel was considering how close it is to the centre of Bristol. I was slightly concerned that the busy road would keep me awake, but I slept through the night, only to be awoken by my alarm the next morning. Excellent. We were also both impressed with our room’s facilities, which were clean, comfortable (Egyptian cotton sheets are my new jam), and included my personal favourite hotel feature, a power shower. Thanks so much for spoiling us Mercure! We’d certainly recommend the new rooms to friends visiting Bristol.

V&Jx

 

Get a Wriggle on!

Get a Wriggle on! | Bristol | She and Hem

Get a Wriggle on! | Bristol | She and Hem

Get a Wriggle on! | Bristol | She and Hem

Get a Wriggle on! | Bristol | She and Hem

Get a Wriggle on! | Bristol | She and Hem

Like all good bloggers, when we get together to shoot a post, we like to shape our entire schedule around food. When shooting a maternity style post recently, we decided to make a day of it, after being invited to try out one of the lunchtime offers on the Wriggle App. Launched in Bristol in 2014, Wriggle provides an easy way to get hold of deals from the best local businesses, from street food to fine dining. Using the app is so simple – you just scroll through the many appealing deals, pick your favourite, purchase, and scoff.

Get a Wriggle on! | Bristol | She and Hem

Get a Wriggle on! | Bristol | She and Hem

Get a Wriggle on! | Bristol | She and Hem

Our chosen deal was the £19 afternoon tea at beautiful Chin! Chin! in Kingsdown, Bristol. It was a tough choice between all of the local eateries, but we both fancied going back to Chin! Chin!, as we’ve previously only been there for Sunday lunch. As we are currently both expecting, there were a few bits of the afternoon tea that we’re not allowed to eat (boo!), but thankfully this was no bother for the staff at Chin! Chin! who kindly made everything pregnancy friendly. Not only that, but both of us have gone completely off hot drinks, a key part of any afternoon tea! It’s a credit to the staff at Chin! Chin! that our waiter knocked up two tasty iced coffees, with beans from the excellent Clifton Coffee Roasters. They were blooming marvelous. In fact, we enjoyed the whole experience so much that we’re going back again today with our BFF Ellie. Thank you Chin! Chin! for looking after us so well. We are now hooked on your incredible double chocolate brownies! 

Get a Wriggle on! | Bristol | She and Hem

Get a Wriggle on! | Bristol | She and Hem

Get a Wriggle on! | Bristol | She and Hem

If you do purchase a Wriggle deal, make sure you upload a photo to Instagram and use the hashtag #wrigglemoment for a chance to win dinner for two!

V&J

We were invited by Wriggle to come and review their service in exchange for this review, but all words and opinions are our own. 

 

Afternoon Tea at Hotel Du Vin, Bristol.

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Afternoon Tea at Hotel Du Vin, Bristol | She and Hem

Afternoon Tea at Hotel Du Vin, Bristol | She and Hem

Afternoon Tea at Hotel Du Vin, Bristol | She and Hem

Last weekend, we were invited out of She & Hem towers to sample the new afternoon tea at Hotel Du Vin in the heart of Bristol. We’re happy to announce that it was, in the words of Mary Berry, absolutely scrumptious. Served daily from 12pm to 6pm, Hotel Du Vin have added their own spin to the traditional afternoon tea, by combining standard savories such as salmon sandwiches and sumptuous scones, with more unusual treats in the form of chocolate tea cakes and candy floss. Yes, you heard correctly, sugary sweet candy floss as part of an afternoon tea. What a treat! We had a lovely few hours devouring the two courses, admiring the gorgeous hotel and even making new blogger friends (Hi New Mum OnlinePurple Ella and Forget Me Knit!). What a perfect Sunday!

Jo and I (Victoria) have both previously had the pleasure of staying at Hotel Du Vin, and after attending this event, we are both lusting after a return visit. A former Sugar House with contemporary loft style bedrooms and exposed brickwork, it’s definitely one of the most luxurious hotels in Bristol. In fact, the hotel’s restaurant is so inviting that when my husband and I stayed over recently for my birthday, we decided to eat in the hotel, something we rarely ever do.

Unfortunately, neither myself nor Jo were able to partake in the cocktail tasting this time around (damn babies!), so we’re itching to go back in a few months time to try the new drinks menu, all created especially for the hotel by the Bristol staff. Don’t feel too sorry for us though, as the ever accommodating Hotel Du Vin were more than happy to whizz up some iced coffee’s just for us! Turns out this pregnancy thing does have it’s perks.

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Thank you for having us Hotel Du Vin, we hope to see you again very soon!

V&J

 

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 2016 : Preview

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It’s nearly time for our most favourite event of the year, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta! Running for four days from August 11th to the 14th, it’s truly one of the very best things about living in Bristol!

For the uninitiated, the Fiesta is Europe’s largest annual meeting of hot air balloons, with over 150 descending on our city (and then repeatedly ascending) from all around the world. From Thursday onwards, every morning and evening (weather very much permitting) the balloons grace our skies during mass ascents that are beautiful enough to make even the most burly Bristolian well up with pride. IT’S THE ACTUAL BEST. Plus, if that wasn’t already enough, there are some novelty shaped balloons to gawp at too.

There are plenty of excellent vantage points around the city to watch the mass ascents (our personal favourite is just up by the Clifton Suspension Bridge) but we always like to head down to Ashton Court at least once during the Fiesta to soak up the atmosphere and to support this free (FREE!) event. For the past couple of years we’ve even gone as far as setting our alarms for silly o’clock to go down for a morning launch. Although it might not be much fun getting out of bed at 6am, there’s no denying the magical feeling that comes with watching the balloons fill the skies over our sleepy city (whilst clutching a cup of tea and a bacon roll of course!). If you’re Bristolian and you’ve not made it to Ashton Court for a morning ascent before, make this your year! We will see you there!

On Thursday and Saturday evenings, huge crowds descend for the spectacular nightglow and fireworks. The nightglows, which are rather legendary, see a field full of tethered balloons light up in time to music. You haven’t really lived until you’ve watched a load of hot air balloons dance to Olly Murs.

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J&V (balloon enthusiasts) x