If you like me are one of those who make full-use of the last few days of summer, then stay put, this post is especially for you. Surprisingly, UK has seen a rather glorious summer this year (given the usual meh standards) and though we are nearing September it still looks promising. If you are looking for ideas to spend with the family for the next few days (or are bookmarking ideas for next year) then here are few:

Mayfield Lavender Farm, Surrey:

There is something gloriously luxurious about the calming fragrance of Lavender wafting through the air and 25 acres of beautiful lavender blooms filling your senses. This summer, this has been one of my favourite activities. The Mayfield Lavender Farm is a must place if you would just like to spend a great day amidst beautiful Lavender flowers and go crazy taking photographs. This place is certainly buzzing with photographers (and posers alike). And whilst there is not much to do it definitely can be a great outdoor activity. The Lavender Farm is only open till September 14 so hurry. (Outfit details).

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Berry Picking:

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This activity has been our favourite activity this year. Who knew that picking strawberries and other berries could be so therapeutic. I honestly do not know who enjoyed this activity the most: me or the toddler? There are several strawberry picking farms in UK, my pick is the West Green Fruits in Hampshire (Hartley Whitney): a beautiful 20 acre area where you can pick not just strawberries but raspberries, rhubarbs, black currants and a host of other veggies. Just be mindful as this is a seasonal activity, if you have not done it yet, you might have to wait for another year (but I promise it is worth the wait).

Littlehampton Beach, Sussex

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Beach is synonymous with summer and once again an activity that knows no limit. There are several beaches in and around Hampshire from West Wittering, Bognor Regis and South Sea Pebble Beach. Litthampton beach tucked away in Litthehampton is a sand and shingle beach boasting of a bustling marina and harbour and a brilliant contemporary architecture. Play with your little one(s) on the beach building sand castles, put your feet up in the marina area or enjoy a nice grub in the plethora of restaurants here. Littlehampton beach definitely has something for everyone and you will not regret driving down to here. (Outfit details)

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I see you lovingly holding that baby bump, protecting the little life inside, with your warm hands. I see you glowing positively any anxiety well-hidden under the smile. I see you enjoying your pregnancy yet mentally doing the countdown and here are some things I want to tell you. Things I wish I knew.

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  1. From the moment you hold your little person in your hands you will feel love–an all consuming and unparalleled love. You will feel euphoric and you will realise that you don’t need drugs to feel inebriated
  2. You will feel fear; like an unseen wrecking ball is about to hit you and your world. It will turn you into a protective tigress almost overnight
  3. Breastfeeding is extremely hard: don’t berate yourself if you cannot get it right straightaway
  4. While on the topic, don’t think you are horrible mother, if you for some reason cannot or choose not breastfeed
  5. For the first few days you might experience phantom kicks.
  6. On your third or fourth day postpartum, you will cry a lot. You will feel sad for absolutely no reason; you will hate your husband, your in-laws, your friends, the world and yourself. Don’t get scared. Hormones do that to you (if it continues then seek help immediately)
  7. Hormones will continue to make you angry, weepy, anxious, temperamental and sad. Consciously surround yourself with people who understand you and love you no matter what
  8. Sleep while you can because it is going to be a luxury for a long, long time
  9. No matter how great your relationship with your partner was: it will change. You will want their unwavering support
  10. You will be exhausted and raccoon-eyed and you will feel grossly under-appreciated
  11. Motherhood is an exhausting and all-consuming feeling. It will make you vulnerable yet stronger
  12. Don’t be surprised if old friendships break. And take time to make new friends
  13. Guilt will become your middle name (but don’t worry you will be fine)

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My pregnant friends often ask me about this. Hence, I decided to post this easy guide. I have added few things, which I missed because I had no idea that it would be important. As a rule of thumb, it is a great idea to organise your hospital bag when you are about 36 weeks because chances are you are too jittery, exhausted and having a major case of baby brains after that. Keep it ready and let the countdown begin.

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For yourself:

An old, comfortable t-shirt dress or loose maxi dress: Labour is messy you don’t need to wear anything fancy to bring out your bundle of joy
Granny knickers: Nobody will care about your lacy Victoria Secret thongs and that includes you and your partner. Just load your bag with some comfy granny (read huge) knickers for birth and immediately afterwards
A light weight cardigan: Hormones have a notorious habit to take you by surprise. One moment you might be sweating profusely and the next you might be feeling chilly. Will come handy to cover those stains too
Massage oil or lotion: Handy if you have to be/ want to be massaged while in labour
Birthing ball: Chances are you won’t be admitted in the hospital till the very end and even then hospitals will have this but keep this in any case (a properly inflated one). Birthing ball was my best friend during those final hours (ok this wont fit your bag but keep it handy)
Books/tablet/music: Chances are you won’t be in ANY MOOD to read or listen to music but it might just come in handy for you and your partner
Socks & slippers: My feet strangely started feeling cold during labour even though it was the hot month of June, socks helped me immensely. Hospital bathrooms aren’t fun carry your own slippers
Dressing gown: Though they will give you this, it is a good idea to carry your own
Prunes, dates or psyllium husk: No one would prepare you for this but going to the bathroom after pushing a tiny person out of you would be the biggest challenge you will face. It is great to up your fibre intake to help you in this Herculean task
Tens machine: Helped me immensely during labour and after childbirth to ease postpartum back ache
Hair ties: You would want to keep your gorgeous tresses in place. Just take my word for this
Snacks & drinks: Labour is an intense process (understatement) you and your partner would need all the energy in the world. Keep nuts, dried fruits, water and isotonic sports drinks handy
A going home outfit: Keep it special but simple. I opted for harem pants and a not so snug t-shirt
Nursing bras/ pads: Even if you don’t plan to breastfeed, this will help you initially
Phone charger: Often forgotten but needed for obvious reasons
Camera: Obviously you want to capture this special moment

For the baby:

Baby suits & vests: Keep about five, just in case you need to be in the hospital
Baby blanket: If it is cold outside
Nappies and wipes: Because they SHOULD go several times
Electric Breast pump: I honestly wish someone had told me that pumping before hand can start the supply without hassle
A light weight cardigan: Again to keep the chill at bay
A snowsuit: For winter babies
Towel/ muslin squares: For cleaning your little person
Formula: Even if you plan to breastfeed, carrying formula can come in handy because it can take some time or days to get the breastmilk supply started
Car seat/Pushchair: To bring the baby home

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