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My Favourite 5 For June: Flamingos, Camping & Colouring

June has been a really busy month for us, with a camping trip over half term, a wedding anniversary, Father’s Day, Blogtacular, and Ava’s Sports Day. With only a few weeks left at school, I am frantically trying to fit in as much work as I can, so I can have the six weeks off with the the girls.

Flamingo Vans

I’ve wanted them for ages, and finally the Asher Flamingo Vans are mine. The only problem is I can barely wear them as I don’t want them to get ruined in this awful incessant rain. Flamingo Vans

Scandia by Zeena Shah

I recently rediscovered my 6th Form yearbook, and the caption by my name is something along the lines of ‘Never happier than when she has a fistful of colouring pencils.’ I did Art, Geography, and English Literature A-Levels, so I did a LOT of colouring in! One of my best friends got me a signed copy of this beautiful adult colouring book, by the delightful Zeena Shah. I treated myself to some new colouring pencils, and just need to find the time to get stuck in now. Scandia, an adult colouring book by Zeena Shah

Half Term Camping

We spent the coldest week that I can remember on the Suffolk coast, in my dad’s camper van (or the Gampavan, as Thea christened it).

Ava and Thea in their bunk beds in the Gampavan

They were so excited about their bunkbeds, but did go to sleep…. eventually, after a ‘goodnight handshake’.

We had a great time overall, but the weather was absolutely dreadful, and that did spoil it a bit for me, I must admit. We stayed at Haw Wood Farm  campsite, and it was brilliant – I’ll review it properly soon but if you’re looking for somewhere to stay with great facilities for kids, near lovely coastal towns, it’s a great place to go. We spent a lot of time on the beach at Southwold and Walberswick, and finally got a sunny day on the last day.

Our 9th Wedding Anniversary

We didn’t really do much to celebrate our anniversary – we are saving for our kitchen so we didn’t go out or anything. For nine years, the gift suggestions are copper, ceramic and leather, so after some very heavy hinting, Ryan got me this beautiful gold and porcelain necklace (close enough, right?) from HowKapowGold Dipped Blush Bar Necklace by Ash Jewelry Studio from HOWKAPOW

I got him a copper bottle opener and some leather trainers. They didn’t fit (I did get the right size though) but it’s the thought that counts! He got some for himself in the end. You can see how young we looked on our wedding day as we were kindly gifted a beautiful personalised photo frame.

Sports Day

I thought Sports Day was going to get rained off, but in the end it was OK, and didn’t start to rain until after it had finished. Ava had a great time, and even won her running race, which was very exciting as she still wants to be a running racer when she grows up.


  1. Maria

    31st July 2016 at 9:02 pm

    Oh my goodness I LOVE the Flamingo Vans they are just too cute! I always love reading about your month as your photos invariably give me serious envy! Sounds like June was another great one. Thank you so much for linking up to #OurFaveFive and I hope to see you back for August’s xx

  2. Debbie

    12th July 2016 at 7:23 am

    Hi Becky, I love the Vans, but would be totally frustrated about not being able to wear them! Your wedding anniversary necklace is very pretty, wishing you many more happy years together…. And as for the adult colouring? I have to have a sneaking colour in every now and again or I just don’t get the time.


  3. Fridge says

    9th July 2016 at 7:08 am

    Love the necklace; was it worth 9yrs 🙂 beautiful recap of #lovelythings

  4. Sarah@teammomlife

    7th July 2016 at 7:48 pm

    You have had quite a July! Congratulations on your wedding anniversary that’s always exciting! I love the VANS and the coloring book. #KCACOLS

  5. Cheryl @ ReimerandRuby

    6th July 2016 at 3:15 pm

    visiting again from #OurFaveFive

  6. Mommy's Little Princesses

    6th July 2016 at 8:32 am

    I can see why these are your favourites for June. Wow how lovely is your friend getting you a signed copy by Zeena Shah. Congrats to both you and your hubby on your 9th wedding anniversary!Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday

    1. Becky Pink

      6th July 2016 at 8:52 pm

      Thank you, yes I was so touched that my friend gave me the book, she is a great friend xx

  7. BloggerMummyLauren

    5th July 2016 at 10:48 pm

    Oh my, those Vans are lush! Love the necklace too, it looks like ice-cream. It’s a bit rubbish that it rained a lot during your holidays, it’s always the way isn’t it? #KCACOLS & #TwinklyTuesday

  8. Cheryl @ ReimerandRuby

    5th July 2016 at 7:50 am

    Sounds like a really busy month for you all. Flamingo vans, I love that too… though not ideal on all weathers but it’s one lovely shoes to have. Camping, my kids would love that too, we were planning one in August as we’re off for two weeks if weather permits of course. Sports day at school, isn’t it fun to watch?! have watched it first time with my little boy’s sports day at school too and it’s great to see them being competitive and showing their athletic skills. #lovelythings

  9. This Mum's Life

    4th July 2016 at 7:31 pm

    Ooooh, loving the Flamingo Vans!! They are very popular in the comments too!! It’s such a shame that your camping trip was mainly rained off, it really is a washout of a summer so far. We’ve never been to the Suffolk coast, or really been to the county at all-I’ve got family there in Stowmarket who I used to visit a lot when I was younger, but not been anywhere else, and I hear the beaches and coastal towns there are lovely! We are closer to Devon so usually go there, but must put this on our list! It’s great that Ava won her race at sports day-she must’ve been so chuffed! Lovely pictures, and it’ll be fab for you to spend the summer holidays with the girls, I hope you have a great time!

    1. Becky Pink

      4th July 2016 at 8:36 pm

      We love Devon too, I used to go there every summer as a child. But Southwold is gorgeous, even on a grey day. xx

  10. Lisa

    4th July 2016 at 7:09 pm

    Looks like you had a lovely month 🙂
    I love the adult colouring books too. I don’t have one signed though haha.
    Your holiday snaps are also wonderful!

  11. Jess Powell (Babi a Fi)

    4th July 2016 at 3:27 pm

    I love those flamingo Vans, they’re so summery! Congrats on the wedding anniversary too 🙂 #KCACOLS

  12. Geraldine

    4th July 2016 at 2:28 pm

    Oh what a beautiful necklace! Its absolutely gorgeous!

  13. Bridie By The Sea

    4th July 2016 at 2:16 pm

    Oh I love the Flamingo Vans…you must break them out soon! I also love your necklace, very beautiful. This is a wonderful list, sounds like June was really lovely for you xx #bigpinklink

  14. Emma Plus Three

    3rd July 2016 at 7:50 pm

    Happy anniversary! And I looove those Vans! x #KCACOLS

  15. Lizzie firstooth

    3rd July 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Those shoes are gorgeous! I love wearing fun prints like that and that necklace is so pretty too. I hope you had a lovely anniversary and camping with the kiddies sounds fun! #kcacols

    1. Becky Pink

      3rd July 2016 at 8:18 pm

      Thanks so much Lizzie, we did have fun and I am so glad we have had some sun now so I can wear my new shoes! xx

  16. Ali Duke

    3rd July 2016 at 6:37 pm

    I love the Vans, how cute are they. I hope you had a lovely wedding anniversary. My daughters sports day got rained off, but they are going to try and do it on Wednesday now. I hope you have a fun filled July x

    1. Becky Pink

      3rd July 2016 at 8:19 pm

      Ah what a small about the Sports Day! This weather is getting a bit much isn’t it – I hope it goes ahead this time! xx

  17. Leanne

    3rd July 2016 at 9:33 am

    What an awesome round up – lots of happy, i should do something similar – i tried before to do it weekly and failed miserably – over a month is a bit more achievable. That coloring book looks amaze!! And yay for flamingos….

    1. Becky Pink

      3rd July 2016 at 8:20 pm

      Thanks Leanne, yes I think weekly is maybe a bit ambitious – I also used to do ten things but scaled it back to five as it was more achievable! I do really enjoy looking back over the month, so I hope you would too if you did it xx

  18. justsayingmum

    3rd July 2016 at 9:28 am

    Loving the flamingo vans! and the flamingo bedding! I adore flamingos too! A lovely happy positive post! happy Anniversary too x #KCACOLS

    1. Becky Pink

      3rd July 2016 at 8:21 pm

      Ah thank you my lovely, I don’t think you can have too many flamingos can you? They just instantly cheer me up! xx

  19. Jenni - Odd Socks and Lollipops

    2nd July 2016 at 10:53 pm

    I love the look of the colouring book, I find colouring so relaxing and the Vans are awesome! #KCACOLS

  20. Fiona - Coombe Mill

    2nd July 2016 at 10:17 pm

    What a busy time and lots of outdoor fun. I miss sports day with mine having moved to secondary school this year. #KCACOLS

  21. Charlene

    1st July 2016 at 8:54 pm

    I’m a big fan of flamingos – at least its summer on your feet!

    1. Becky Pink

      3rd July 2016 at 8:21 pm

      YES that is exactly how I feel Charlene, they are so so cheerful! xx

  22. Angela at Daysinbed

    1st July 2016 at 8:40 pm

    I love flamingos. In fact I was hoping to get flamingo paper for sylvia wall but never got around to it yet. Those vans are very cool!

    1. Becky Pink

      3rd July 2016 at 8:23 pm

      Thanks Angela – they used to do a lovely flamingo paper in Laura Ashley that I considered for our bathroom – but I thought it was maybe a bit OTT for a family space but perfect for a girl’s room! xx

  23. Donna

    30th June 2016 at 9:06 pm

    I love your necklace, it looks like Neapolitan ice cream 🙂 x

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