My Top things I’m looking forward to in 2015

South Africa

First up, were so super excited at the moment as were off on our holibobs to sunny South Africa next week.

It will be our second trip to Stellenbosch in the last couple of years, but as the last one was for a wedding, we’re excited this time to have more ‘downtime’ in which to plan things to do and places to visit.

We’ll be staying with my fabulous brother and sister in law, who moved out there to live back in September, so it will be lovely to catch up with them again. Plus, the fact they live on a golf resort with their own private swimming pool makes it even more alluring!!!

No safari this time which I’m sad about, but Mikey and I will be celebrating our anniversary whilst over there, so with babysitters on permanent standby, Mr B and I will be able to make good use of this ‘free time’ and visit one of the many splendid Michelin started restaurants in the amongst the vineyards and mountains.

South Africa

Cape Town

South Africa

Ella’s birthday

As soon as we return from our holiday, it’s Ellas second birthday.

Now because I won’t really be here to plan much of a party, I’m wondering whether to just pop along to one of our local farm parks with a group of friends as these trips and days out always go down well, and the kids just love them.

Armed with a picnic and with fingers crossed for some sunshine – that could be pretty perfect!

Ella's Birthday

A weekend break at Sands Resort Hotel, Newquay

Then, were off again, but this time for a weekend break down in Newquay. We will be staying at the highly recommended Sands Resort Hotel, Newquay, which is positioned right on the coastline with spectacular views out over the headland to the sea.

The hotel sounds absolutely perfect, as it is totally geared up to cater to families of all shapes and sizes, and I’ve already booked the girls in for a few hours at the kids club so that I can sneak in a little massage therapy session at the spa whilst Mikey probably just takes a well-earned break (snooze!!).

I know you want to know more, but don’t worry, as soon as I’ve been I will be reporting back with a complete blog post, so keep your eyes peeled.

Sands Resort, Newquay


sands resort, newquay


Next up is one I’m sure is being discussed and talked about between all of you.

It’s Britmums time!!!!

This is the biggest of the blogging events in the annual calendar and will mean a two night stay for most of the conference goers. I’ve never been before, having only attended my first blog conference (Blogfest) back in November, and this one is meant to be even bigger!!

Although again I’m really nervous, it’s something to push myself towards again, and obviously it will be the perfect weekend away with my fabulous blogging friends I’ve met and chatted with on a daily (hourly!!) basis over this past year.

The only thing now is that I’ve not yet purchased my ticket!!!! Oops!! Better get on that pretty soon!!!

Time to meet all these fabulous ladies again!


A Wedding in Bordeaux

Then comes another little trip away. This time only grown-ups allowed!!!

Woohoo! What a treat!

We’re popping over to Bordeaux for a long weekend as we have a wedding to attend. The wedding itself is on a Friday, but we have chosen to make it a long weekend break, with the help of Mr B’s parents who have very kindly offered to have the girls for the weekend.

Summer in general

I think I actually love all seasons for their individual quirks and meanings to me and my family, but I do love summer as so much more just seems to be available to do.

With the long warm days, and balmy evenings in the most part, this allows us all to really get outside and make the most of every day.

I love the BBQs, sitting and relaxing in the garden, watching the girls playing in the paddling pool, going on day trips and picnics.

I really can’t wait!


UK Cottage Holiday

We plan to go away again this year too, with some friends who we went to Centerparcs with last year.

Our little girls get on so well, that it makes a holiday easier as they just get on and play with one another – especially now that Ella is more boisterous and sure of herself. She will muck in just as her older sister will.

We are looking to go to Cornwall or Devon I think, but are still trying to find that elusive cottage.



Holly starting school

This one I’m certain will be bitter-sweet.

I am excited for Holly that she will be entering such a new and exciting part of her little life, her school years; but on the other hand I’m going to be crying inside that my little baby girl is growing up.

I’ll be proud beyond belief, but I’ll be nervous for her too.

I’m sure she’ll take to it like a duck to water, as she did to pre-school, but it will be sad for her to say goodbye to friends going off to other schools and scary for her to have to go to a new building and make a whole new circle of friends instead.

But I suppose – the first thing will be actually hearing what school she’ll be attending – which I’m so very anxious about – but I’ll be able to update more on that in April.

diary of a midlife mummy

Holly’s birthday

This year Holly will turn 5. So she’ll be one of the eldest in her year at her new school.

I want to make this birthday a good opportunity for both her and us as her parents to make friends with others at her new school – wherever this may end up being. So perhaps I ought to start the party planning in plenty of time this year rather than the usual late notice and thrown together ones I’ve managed to chuck together in the past!!!

Rugby World Cup Semi Final

My husband applied online for Rugby World Cup Tickets back at the end of last year – and we got some!

We hedged our bets and applied for a few I think – but ended up with some for a semi-final game. I’m rather excited by this as I’ve never actually been to a game of anything before. (Netball in school doesn’t count!)

I’m afraid too I’m more of a rugby person than football, so this I think will be brilliant! As long as I wrap up warm obviously!


Of course this one had to feature!

Such a fantastic and happy time of the year, with everyone getting time off to spend together as a family.

In our household we love every bit of the festive season, and each year as we discover more things to do or attend, it gets even more exciting and our ‘Burroughs Christmas Traditions List’ even longer!

And I must say, although I did love Christmas time a few years ago when it was just Mikey and I, it really is made all the more special to spend it with my little girls, as there’s really nothing more wonderful than watching their little faces light up with glee at all the magic and sparkle it brings.

diary of a midlife mummy

diary of a midlife mummy


So, there you have it.  My Top things I’m looking forward to in 2015!

How about you?

Have you got anything lined up for this year that you’re excited about?

love steph



  1. 24th February 2015 / 10:04 pm

    What an incredible year ahead you have. So envious about South Africa, I hope you have an amazing time, can’t wait to hear all about it. Enjoy Sands too!!

  2. 24th February 2015 / 8:49 pm

    Great post, you have so much to look forward too, what a fantastic year you have ahead. I can’t wait till BritMums it is going to be epic xx

  3. 24th February 2015 / 1:39 pm

    You have such amazing things to look forward to. I have never been to South Africa but I think it would be my idea of the perfect holiday. I’d love to know what it is like for children out there. So I can’t wait to read all about it. All the other holidays you have planned sound fantastic. And Britmums is going to be absolutely bloody brilliant. Great post, lovely. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

  4. 24th February 2015 / 11:54 am

    Oh wow how very exciting indeed! Your year sounds absolutely lovely and I’m sure you’ll enjoy every moment of all these wonderful events!xx

  5. 24th February 2015 / 9:20 am

    What an amazing year ahead! I love SA! Want to go back badly. xxx

  6. 23rd February 2015 / 8:50 pm

    Sounds like a fantastic year! Have an amazing time in South Africa!! Can’t wait to see you again x

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