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My Weekly Round Up, Little Loves, And My Birthday

The rain has been horrific this week hasn’t it? Thankfully there have been moments of sunshine, if not a little chilly. And the leaves have started to fall, so I can’t deny it any more autumn is here.

It was my birthday this week and have had the loveliest week celebrating with my lovely family and friends. I am one of those people who love birthdays, fuss and presents.

Chris bought me the best gift ever, I have been moaning about the lack of light for photography. It takes such a nosedive at this time of year and really affects the quality of photos. So my lovely hubby bought me a set of soft box lights. They are amazing and make such a difference on dull days, which at he moment is most days!

And Jack bought all his own present’s this year bless him, he was quite pleased with himself and rightly so as he had really thought about his purchases. He bought me a scratch map of the world so I can scratch off all the places I visit and a gold pineapple candle. I love that he really thought about his gifts and chose something I loved. He gets that from me I love getting people just the right gift.

Weekly Round up and Birthday


My new Jo Loves, brush on perfume, it was a gift from Joe with a little help from Chris. I love Jo Malone but the new Jo Loves Pomelo is just incredible. I have wanted it for a while and this is new brush on version. How cool is that? It’s so easy to pop in your handbag and omg the smell is so amazing.



The Kingsman this week, I will be honest I had no idea what was going on through most of it! Chris and Jack were horrified I wasn’t feeling the love for it! Well, apart from Colin Firth of course!



It takes me sooooo long to read a book so am still on with The Keeper Of Lost Things and am loving it so much the characters are the loveliest. It is such easy reading.


Silence! After a manic summer it’s been fab to get back into a routine and get a bit of work done during the day. Oh and also have time to get to the gym, I have managed a yoga and spinning class and a swim this week. It feels so great to get back into it and after a summer eating like miss piggy it is much-needed.


This has to be the cruise blog that I have just launched with the lovely Lisa, Claire and Karen. We felt there was not much representation of families out there when it came to cruise advice. Being lovers of cruising we know how many questions present themselves. So Cruising With Kids was born. We are all so excited to be starting this new journey a thrilled we have finally launched as we have been working on it behind the scenes for months. We are overwhelmed at the support that we have been given from our family friends and the blogging community they are such a wonderful supportive bunch.

Cruising with kids www.extraordinarychaos.com

Chris and I are currently deciding which family cruise to book for next year arghhh so exited. We have a few ideas so just need to decide. The exciting thing is we are also accepting guest post cruise reviews from fellow bloggers so that it will be brimming full of family cruise advice.


The new Veuve Clicquot Rich Champagne, it is designed to inspire cocktails and mixology and recommended to be  served over ice with pineapple, cucumber, peppers etc. I tried it with pineapple over ice and it was delicious. It is much sweeter that regular but a lovely light refreshing drink. And perfect for those that are fans of the dryness of champagne. Head over to 31 Dover to check it out

Veuve Clicquot Rich a sweeter champagne www.extraordinarychoas.com

Today the sun is shining the boys are both off on adventures and Chris and I have a lovely night out planned with friends. Have a fab weekend whatever you are up too.

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Author of Extraordinary Chaos a family lifestyle and travel blog from a 40+ mum of teenage boys, sharing our family travels, recipes, reviews and country living. Also the co editor of Cruising With Kids Family Cruise Blog

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  1. 16th September 2017 / 4:51 pm

    What a week! A belated Happy Birthday to you, so pleased you’ve had a great time and such wonderful gifts. And how exciting to have launched your new blog, too – looks fab! Best of luck with it, thanks for sharing with #WotW x

    • SarahJChristie
      19th September 2017 / 8:27 pm

      ah thank you Jocelyn its been wonderful, and yes arghhhh I am so so excited about the cruise blog x

  2. 17th September 2017 / 9:19 pm

    What lovely thoughtful gifts you got for your birthday, I hope you had a wonderful day. Congrats on launching the new cruise blog, how exciting, it makes such a difference when you wrote about what you love doesn’t it. Have a lovely week ahead x

    • SarahJChristie
      19th September 2017 / 8:19 pm

      Ah thanks Angela its all very exciting and yes the boys and Chris made my birthday so lovely x

  3. 18th September 2017 / 10:08 am

    Sounds like a wonderful birthday week. Happy belated birthday. Love the scratch off map. What a brilliant idea. Good luck with the new blog. Working with a team must be exciting. Often toyed with the idea of geting light boxes. It is the time of year! #wotw

    • SarahJChristie
      19th September 2017 / 8:18 pm

      I know how clever and perfect if you love travelling, thanks so much Cheryl I had a lovely birthday x

  4. 18th September 2017 / 7:50 pm

    Yay for birthday weeks. Your gifts are lovely, well done to the boys and a huge congrats on your new site. I’ll pop over X #littleloves

    • SarahJChristie
      19th September 2017 / 8:14 pm

      Ah thanks KA I am so excited about it all and the boys did sooooo well bless them x

  5. 19th September 2017 / 7:18 pm

    I love how Jack really thought about your gifts this year, and well done to Joe too. Wishing you lots of luck for your new site but I am sure it will be a huge success x

    • SarahJChristie
      19th September 2017 / 8:07 pm

      I know how sweet bless him I was so thrilled with all my gifts Tracey and sooooooo excited about the cruise blog x

  6. 20th September 2017 / 11:32 am

    Love the sound of the scratch map – what a lovely present. Good luck with your new cruise blog – what an exciting new venture for you x #WotW

  7. 20th September 2017 / 8:35 pm

    Oh I am so happy for you on your cruise blog that is amazing. I have always desperately wanted to go on one but hubby is scared. Now that sounds delicious I love Veuve so this would go down nicely. So much to look forward to and back into the routine of life too. #littleloves

  8. Morgana
    21st September 2017 / 10:24 am

    Happy belated birthday! What lovely and thoughtful gifts you’ve received, it means so much when time has been taken over the choice does’t it? xx

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