Thoughts on Summer and September and Giveaway News

I'm not sure I can believe that we're standing on the eve of September. I knew it would fly, but the Summer has past even faster than I could have expected.

I've got mixed emotions about the month ahead if I'm honest. I've found that the not planning/ 'we'll see what happens with our days' approach to the school holidays has backfired sometimes over the last few weeks. Leaving me with bored and bickering children and wishing we'd booked a two week all inclusive in the sunshine. Then there were days that we've scooted out as a three in search of adventures and, whilst tantrums are totally unavoidable at the moment, they're the ones that will stay with me when I look back (I'll forget the tantrums right?!)

At the start of the Summer Wilf reeled off a list of things he wanted to do before he started big school. Turns out a four year old's bucket list is full of simple pleasures. Eat ice cream, go to the beach, eat marshmallows, have a campfire..... Thanks to some magical days we've spent in Pembrokeshire I think we pretty much managed to tick all of them off the list. I'm sure 'have a sleepover' was on there too but you'll have to wait for that one sonny.

So I can't quite decide how I'm feeling about September. I'm eager to settle into a new routine that will work well for us all but am sad to say goodbye to the warm (ish), carefree and gentle summer months.

I've loved taking a peek at the adventures and lovely moments that you've all been up to too. The My Thursday Breaktime gallery is bursting with post after post of beautiful images. This month we joined up with House by Betty, my favourite local shop in Narbeth, Pembrokeshire. It's impossible for me to resist popping in for a browse and chat with the owner (and now friend) Lauren. I was delighted when she agreed to join us in a giveaway this month and there was nothing more perfect than a set of the totally instagram worthy mugs (also available via the House by Betty online shop here.)

Photo credit: House by Betty

It's been so tricky to choose just one image from all the lovely posts shared. As usual there's been so much variety from family shots, flatlays, to breathtaking landscapes and always a mug or two. I loved everything about these soft (and delicious) images shared last week. The photography shared honestly blows me away.

@cherry.rebecca @peonyandpraxis

@gatheredthreads @wealdstore

It was this mouth watering beauty by Tess from @tesslovesflowers that stole my heart (and lean-eating-wishing-I-wasn't stomach) though.

I actually only discovered Tess's account this month through an entry she made into the #mythursdaybreaktime. Tess shares the most stunning images, it's the sort of account that'll have you swiping your screen and scrolling back and back enjoying them all.

Congratulations Tess, please drop me a line to arrange your prize. Thank you to everyone who's joined in, as always its such a treat to host this hashtag and share favourites with you all each week.

I'm delighted to tell you that we're joining with Organic Surge for September with a very generous giveaway for you all. One lucky winner will receive all four of these beautifully fragrant hand and body washes. The Tropical Bergamont and Orange is my favourite in the shower at the moment and I can't get enough of the Citrus Mint as a handwash. Organic Surge has such a great ethical ethos and I love how natural all their products are. A winning combination in a brand if you ask me.

As usual, to enter your posts simply tag in @littlemaldod and @organicsurge along with #mythursdaybreaktime. A winner will be chosen and announced back here at the end of the month.

However you're feeling about September and whatever the new month holds for you, I hope it's a happy one and that you find moments for yourself throughout.