Friday, 31 May 2013

The Park, The Family and Me


Aloha Sprinklerinos,

A few weeks back (maybe I need to do 2 lifestyle posts a week to fit them all in?!) our church held a community day in our local park. It was where ours and a few other churches got together, talked, ate ice cream, listened to music, socialised and kiddies ran about in the sunshine. It was lovely.

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A little bit obsessed with this pleated emerald maxi skirt.

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I love this shot because it has Ben (my new little step brother, who I'll properly introduce one day) and Norman (the nicest, most interesting man from our church EVER) in it. Little nothingy fact for you there!

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Ice Cream

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My up and my down in the family tree. 

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Hollie (my new little step sister). 


In the last few months I've experienced some amazing, luxurious things but days like this always top them. Days when you're close to your nest, feel loved and valued by the people you share it with and feel content with your lot. 

For the first time in a long time I feel like our family is working. My Dad has a new girlfriend who has 2 children and is like a breath of fresh air. She values family and fun above appearances and protocol and I feel like her ethos has spread to us all and we are all really enjoying life. In an ideal world my Dad would have found her right after my Mum passed away, but alas, we has 20 years of bleaugh to make us so much more thankful for what we have now. I'm so glad that hers and Darcy's arrival coincided too.

From a not-normally-into-Summer person, I'm enjoying this season far more than I should. It's making me feel all kinds of happy. 

What do you plan to do in the next couple of months? Please give this winter-lover some sunny ideas!





Toodlepip!

xx

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108 comments:

  1. Louise, I'm so happy to hear that your family is coming into a beautiful place of it's own. :) I think it's a wonderful thing when two different families can come together as one, it makes you really appreciate the little things & the brilliance in the moments that we sometimes would otherwise miss.
    Thank you for sharing your life with us, from beauty to baby it has been a joy to find you & see these precious moments of your life. :)

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  2. Love that first picture! Darcy looks so small compared to the gat & building - cute! Love the emerald colour of that Maxi skirt too! I'm also so jealous of the ice creams, they look delicious! Haha
    I'm so glad your family life is coming together nicely, everyone deserves that :) x

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  3. Love the picture of you with your emerald skirt on. That thing is a beauty! So beautiful. I always look forward to Fridays because that is when Alfie and Marcus put up new videos and you do your lifestyle posts. They always make me sooo happy. And Darcy never fails to put a smile on my face. She is one of my favourite people ever! She is just so sweet and literally the most adorable thing in the world. You and Matt and her make the perfect family! ^_^ xxx

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  4. such lovely photos Louise, love Darcy's little outfit xx

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  5. What a beautiful day! And yes, love that maxi skirt. It looks a dream on you! Glad to see happy things going on in your life. You deserve happy things :) xx

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  6. Good morning Louise :)
    I absolutely love reading your lifestyle posts best! You must feel like one lucky mummy to have Darcy as your daughter! She is so adorable & it's lovely to be able to see her grow more & more :)
    I'm so glad your family is falling into place just nicely, everyone deserves a happy one :)
    I can't wait for the 30 day snap challenge, it's going to be soooo much fun! :D
    Hope your all well!
    Anna x
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  7. I'm so glad your family's working out and you're all happy :) I really hope that lasts.
    Darcy's the cutest kiddie ever!

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  8. that skirt is beaut! where is it from? x
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  9. Such beautiful photos! I couldn't be happier for you and your family. Your dad's gf sounds like a real keeper :)
    I love hearing about other people's happiness, it's really contagious and makes me happy too!

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  10. Darcy is the cutest girly ever!! Great post!

    X Valérie
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  11. Ah Darcy looks so so cute in her little trench!
    Daniella x

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  12. After reading a couple of your posts about making time for days like this I have ensured that at least once a month my boyfriend and I do something fun like this either by ourselves or with friends. A couple of weeks ago friends of ours rented a boat and we had a proper little picnic on the Thames. Lovely post and that skirt is AMAZING!

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  13. It's lovely to see Darcy smiling, completely sets my mood for the day when i read your posts with her in as she's such a happy little girl and very lucky to have a wonderful family!

    xxx

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  14. Ooh was that Pentecost in the Park? I love that day! Unfortunately I couldn't go this year as I'm away at university, but I love the positive attitude of it all - and it always seems to be a lovely day! Glad you're having such a great time at the moment - you totally deserve it! Also, just want to say how pleased I am you're blogging everyday at the moment :) I know it must be a lot of effort for you, but it's great having something new to read everyday! :)

    Victoria x
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  15. Great post, you and little Darcy once again looked lovely! She is a lucky little girl to have you.

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    xx

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  16. Amazing photos Louise, you need at add photography to your list of can do's : You actually brighten my life up reading your blogs and your vids and what not .........AND I cannot believe I have not only found a young lady who loves all things glitter and sparkle and pastel as I do BUT also someone who is a Winter lover and not normally in to summer.. that is soooo me too :) PS I had to go along with anonymous for this as I don't have any of those other accounts .. love n hugs from Kay x

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  17. That first photo is sheer joy ooooh she looks so gorgeous in it!
    I'm happy for your dad :) sounds like he's got himself a good girl this time!

    Lots of love
    Maria

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  18. Great post! I love family days! :)

    Kelly xx

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  19. Great to hear your family is working again :) you deserve lots of happiness! I don't have any summer suggestions as I'm usually quite boring at summer haha relaxing in thevgardenscas far as excitement goes with me! Beautiful pictures by the way xx

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  20. My partners Family live in Southampton so i think ill definitely will be making time for a week down there. There is just something about sea air.
    I want to spend more time outdoors and with friends.
    Going to watch Grease on big screen at a drive in at clumber park next weekend oooooo so excited!!!

    Gorgeous pictures as always Louise

    Carrieanne xx

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  21. These are wonderful photos! I'm glad you're having a great time!

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  22. Beautiful photos and looks like a wonderful sunny day out!
    That maxi skirt looks gorgeous on you also, I love it x

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  23. I came to the your blog for the makeup but I think I love the lifestyle posts more! You have a gorgeous family x

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  24. darcy looks adorable! her little coat is so fashionable :)

    Leyla xx
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  25. It's so lovely that your dad has found somebody to be with who makes him and your family happy. I live for days like this when everyone comes together and can just be purely happy!
    Fab post!
    xxx

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  26. These pictures are gorgeous Louise! Seems like you had such a lovely day! xxx


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  27. This was such a lovely post to see because when I was Darcy's age my parents used to take me to this park too! I learned to ride my bike going up and down the path where you're stood in your skirt (which by the way is lovely!).

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  28. Darcy is so adorable in the first photo, she's one of the cutest little girls I've ever seen!
    Love you Louise!!

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  29. You are amazing at taking photo's these are gorgeous! Darcy also looks so cute!
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  30. "My up and my down in the family tree" What a wonderful way to word it :-) xx

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  31. You look like you're all having such amazing fun and Darcy looks as cute as ever! I'm wondering what the green syrup is on the ice-creams are? It's going to bug me all day!

    Xx

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  32. I think Darcy is the cutest little girl I've ever seen!

    I'm glad your life is so full of love & happiness at the moment. Long may it continue...

    Erin ☂

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  33. Sounds like a lovely day! I agree luxurious days are brilliant but can't top days like these! Your photos are absolutely stunning as well! Lauren x
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  34. It's so nice too hear you're having such an amazing time! :) xx

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  35. It's so nice to hear that your family is finally in a good place. Lord knows you deserve it. Darcy is looking more grown-up by the minute but she's still so adorable and everybody and his cat knows that she's going to grow up into a beautiful, caring woman like yourself.
    x

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  36. I enjoyed this post so much! Gorgeous pictures and it's lovely to hear that you and your family are in a good place :) xx

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  37. You always look so nice! It's so annoying;) honestly your style inspires me evryday, with your love for maxi skirts and dresses. You and your family look so happy and perfect together xxx
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  38. When I see the pictures of you and your family,the fun and all the smiling faces I can't help but smile. And I feel better as a person being happy for other people and not myself. Ya know? Family is extremely important, and I'm happy that Darcy is growing up knowing what family means. And btw that colour emerald is just beautiful for Summer, love maxi skirts :D x

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  39. I love this post, I'm so happy for your little family. Darcy is such a gorgeous, happy looking little girl. You take beautiful photos - how have you made those ice creams look so romantic!
    Again, just so glad you're happy xxx

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  40. Lovely post Louise. Your photos are beautiful. Family days are the best! :D

    Also....on a side note. Amazing maxi skirt. That colour is divine!

    I really like reading posts like these. They really make me smile.

    Happy Friday!

    :D x

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  41. I really love that first picture of Darcy, she's so adorable <3

    And I was wondering about the 30 day photo challenge, I'm probably going to have to start updating twice a day as well XD If I can, of course (I read the sneaky sidenote! Gold star for me huhu)

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  42. I think I say this every time but gosh I love your lifestyle posts. Your family is gorgeous! I love Darcy's little jacket/coat too ♥

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  43. That sounds like a really lovely day! If you think about it, there would be no Tiyana without the 20 years of bleaugh, and at least now you have Tiyana AND your Dad has found someone lovely! Hollie is absolutely stunning, you two next to each other is almost too much beauty to comprehend (just like you with Zoe). And Darcy is absolutely adorable!!!

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  44. You are so beautiful Louise, and Darcy is adorable! I am so happy that you feel your family is working, since my parents split up things still aren't complete settled so this gives me hope that things will sort itself out eventually! As usual, another great post :D

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  45. That first picture of Darcey is the cutest photo EVER. You are beautiful x

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  46. Louise I spent hours browsing around your blog, looking at new posts and older ones from before I discovered you last year. You are such an inspiration! This was an adorable post x

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  47. Wow where is that skirt from, it looks beautiful on you!.. I am pleased that things in your life seem to be slotting into place! :)

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  48. Your daughter is the spitting image of you! Oh so cute!!!! I love having events with my church its like an awesome family hangout! And that emerald pleated skirt is to die for!! Love it!

    -Alexis x

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  49. Such a loving and endearing story!! So happy for you Louise and hoping for more great things to happen in your life!!!!! <3

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  50. So beautiful! I love you SOOOOO much louise. You are so happy and deserve it. And you are so beautiful, your eyes are incredible and your are the most amazing mother. keep doing your videos they make Me so happy!
    <333
    daniella
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  51. I love her coat! So cute. She also looks so much like you

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  52. So glad to hear that all's good in Glitter world and your dad's happy! Darcy is such a cutie too, she's going to look just like you when she grows up!

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  53. Great pictures! I am so happy that your dad found love again. i hope that you guys have an amazing time together
    :D

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  54. these are the sweetest pictures ever on what looks like a lovely day! i'm glad that things are looking up for you and your family! also, totally loving that mint skirt (would you mind mentioning where it's from?) and darcy's dress! this summer, i'm planning on relaxing all day in the park with my friends after our exams so hopefully the weather brightens up. i suggest zoo trips and maybe fruit picking? they're fun and family friendly!

    Sarah
    xoxo

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  55. aw these are adorable images.
    love the teal maxi skirt louise!

    - Janine
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  56. Darcy looks just like her Mum!
    Days out like this are rare in my family, everyone is so busy, they're lovely when they happen though :-)

    Beautiful pictures!

    Ruth
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  57. Such a lovely post to read, and beautiful pictures to match. It looks like you had a lovely day with your family and friends. Time well spent.
    Claire x
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  58. I'm so glad your family is happy, after hearing your 'Draw my Life' video on youtube I wish the best for all of you! xxx

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  59. This is so wonderful Louise! It's nice to see that amidst everything you still hold your family and values in such high esteem; it's refreshing! This was a lovely post to read and view as you have such wonderful photography. You are truly an inspiration!
    xx Amber
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  60. That's a beautiful coat Dracy has on.
    It is the hardships that shape who we are today. Keep staying positive...as you always do.

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  61. Darcy is soo adorable! <3

    kisses :*

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  62. Yay happy to hear your family's happy!

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  63. It looks like you had a wonderful time. So glad to hear about a happy family! That first picture is TOO CUTE, and I've been loving your outfits! Please do more posts on them!

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    xo Molly

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  64. Aww, Darcy looks so much like you! I think its lovely that you take so many photo's, She'll look back at them when she's older! You all deserve happiness, And I wish the best for all of you:)
    Jess x

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  65. I love your earrings in your last picture. I've been trying to find a nice pair that can be left in all the time but just aren't boring studs. Think I'll look for some pretty heart ones now. Thanks

    xxx

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  66. These are such gorgeous photos! You are the most adorable family xo

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  67. So good to know you're enjoying yourself! At the moment I'm kind of just waiting for my summer to begin since I have a lot of exams everywhere!
    There's so many nice photos in this post. :-) x

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  68. You and Darcy look so cute in those photos, they all look amazing!! I think you should add more lifestyle photos they brighten my day!!xx

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  69. YAY I love your lifestyle posts! Especially as my blog is a lifestyle number ;) ;)
    The first photograph killed me! Darcy is such a petal. And your pap looks like Tyana! Or rather Tyana looks so much like her/your pap :)

    Lots of love

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  70. Little Darcy looks so adorable! Glad to hear that you are having a lovely time with your extended family.

    Lucy x

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  71. I always enjoy reading your blogs Louise!! It just makes me happy. Keep up the great great work!!

    Lots of Love
    from Denmark
    Christina xx

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  72. louise is supper cute !! and shes lucky to have you as a mum !! you always look great and I loved your outfit!! the ice-creams looked delicious !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!xx I love reading your blog thankyou !xx

    LOVE amy xx :{)

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  73. Darcy is so adorable in her little trench coat! Aaah so cute!

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  74. Aww looks lovely. The pics of baby glitter look so cute!

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  75. I love your lifestyle posts. x Darcy is growing up to be such a lovely little girl and she has the most precious smile! So good to know all is right in your life right now. You're such an amazing person and so you deserve it, Louise!

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  76. Darcy is just adorable, lovely post louise,really enjoy these lifestyle posts!

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  77. Darcy looks so adorable in that dress of hers and you can just tell how much your dad loves his little granddaughter! I love the Maxi you were wearing, the colour is simply beautiful on you! It is refreshing to see how nice and sunny it is over the pond while I'm stuck in rain storms over here! A wonderful brightener to my day! Cheers! x

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  78. Cool pic of you in b&w white, where your mint skirt stands out :) very lovely. I'm going to a festival this summer, I just hope the weather perks up!!

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  79. I LOVE the emerald skirt! It's so lush! And Darcy is such a stylish lil gal too! I love family days, they make me feel warm and fuzzy! I'm massively looking forward to summer this year, it seems to be when all the fun stuff is happening!

    Ash :-)

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  80. these photos are beautiful. darcy is so cute!

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  81. I could not be happier to hear that your family is in a happy peaceful place!

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  82. Awe Darcy looks so cute with her little coat! God bless your beautiful family Louise! x

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  83. Darcy is getting so tall! It's great to see her having such a good time ! :)

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  84. Seems like a lovely day!
    Darcy is so cute!! :)

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  85. Darcy is turning into a proper little lady :) Looks like you had a lovely family day.

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  86. such a cute baby.. and love that turquoise blue skirt!

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  87. Awh Darcy is so cute! and you look lovely!

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  88. Baby glitter is just adorable!

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  89. Baby glitter is so fricken cute! And I'm so happy you love life and family right now!

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  90. Love these pictures!! You guys look so happy!! Darcy is the cutest!! I will probably be working most of the summer but I will take advantage of the pool and will probably go away for a couple of days with my best friend on the beach in the US to I am so excited for that!! I also want to go to a fun park with rollercoasters as I haven't been to one in soooo long!!
    xx

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  91. such gorgeous photographs! Sounds like a great day out too :D xx

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  92. What a lovely post. You have a very positive outlook on life

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  93. I love these lifestyle posts! Louise you're so inspiring x
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  94. This is such a nice post, I'm glad that your dad's happy. You, Darcy and Hollie are so beautiful!

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    Lydia xxx

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  95. Amazing photos, looks great. So glad that everythings working out for you :) xxx

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  96. These are such beautiful photographs Louise. The emerald maxi skirt looks fantastic on you - I adore the colour.
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  97. Louise, there are no words to describe how much I love your blog. You make me appreciate my life so much more. Thank you. x

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  98. Baby is sooo beautiful! Czech <33

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  99. hey louise,
    Darcy looks adorable and she is really growing up (so fast) you look fab-u-lous with that terquoise (sorry cant spell) maxi skirt i think the colour really suits you. Also i love how you and your family always look so happy and that sets an example for all of us readers and viewers. Love you xx

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    (VIDEO) Why your ex will NEVER come back...

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