This weekend wasn’t just exciting for the Royals, as this family had epic celebrations of their own, to toast too.

My second cousin Leo was born on the same day as the Princess, earning himself a commemorative silver coin and a whole lot of Big Fat Greek love.

Utterly beautiful, I’m now terribly broody and can’t wait to hotfoot it to Manchester for much needed cuddles with this cutie.


How sweet is this picture of the siblings together. I adore my gorgeous cousins.

siblingsOh and little Leo and Mummy Katie (yes another Kate) even made the front page of the Manchester Evening News too that day! Well done Katie and Solos, I’m so proud of you all!

And that wasn’t all, my darling little brother (we’re only 22 months apart) another Solos (named after my grandfather, Solomon) proposed to his gorgeous girlfriend Lucy on Sunday in the most romantic way.


I won’t reveal all as some things are sacred and not blog-fodder but they wanted me to share how happy they are-we all are.

I was nervous for Sol all of Sunday, having helped him design the sparkler of an engagement ring. And she loved it! I’ve always wanted a sister so it’s wonderful to welcome Lucy into the family!


engaged couple

Talking of gems, I was pretty bowled over myself that my husband Peter spoiled me to a three diamond ring for my right hand, on Saturday, to mark our 10 year wedding anniversary.

diamond ring

An absolute rock-lover (very lucky)- with an upgraded engagement ring and a 5 diamond eternity ring gifted to me after my youngest, Xander was born, I fell head over heels in love with this ring when Peter asked me to pick a piece to mark our decade together.

A girl deserves 2 eternity rings, right?!

I’ve think I’ve now reached my diamond quota for life!

Later on that evening saw date night commence with sumptuous Italian food by candlelight, pink champagne and more than anything, just feeling grateful for meeting my soulmate so young (24) and having the happiest of years together, our highlight being our two incredible sons.

date night outfit

Our boys-

alexander and oliver

We were pretty lucky in Leeds when it came to weather this weekend too, the sun came out meaning fun in the garden both at our house and my folk’s and the most perfect of sunsets to round it all off.


playing football in the garden


funny ball face


spring flowers

picnic al fresco

toddler eating yoghurt

sweet portrait

cool kid

happy face

The prettiest of sunsets outside our house-


Back inside, Xander built towers with his bricks and simply chilled on the sofa watching cartoons before bedtime. It’s the little things…

toy bricks

cute kid



Wow what a weekend of celebrations it was-we toasted to new beginnings, bouncing babies and the best years of our lives.

The hairs on my arms are standing on end as I write this. It really is such a special time for this family.

Cheers or as we Greeks say, Yamas!

I’d love to know what you got up to this bank holiday weekend too?

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48 Responses

  1. Penny @onepennytourist

    Oh boy, that really was quite a fab weekend for you all, huh? Congratulations on all the many things! 🙂

    Saturday and Sunday was fairly quiet for us but we went for pub lunch and a walk ‘in town’ as the weather was nicer on the Monday. Found a few more Shaun the Sheeps to tick off our list too, hehe.

    So yeah, nothing exciting but was lovely and relaxing and always nice to get out in the sun 🙂

    • honestmum

      Thanks, my husband takes incredible photos, and I’m not too shabby myself when I get chance to get behind the camera x

  2. Ali

    What a gorgeous family you have! And a girl can never have too many diamonds you know!!

    • honestmum

      Thanks sweetie, that is so kind, too right on the diamonds, if only I had Elizabeth Taylor’s budget hey 😉 x

  3. Michael Sielmon

    Hi, nice blog post about your family. I like this site and will return sometimes to look for some inspiration for my blog.
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  4. Mirka Moore @Kahanka

    What a weekend for you lovely! Huge congratulations to your little bro and his fiance! Love your ring, you lucky thing! And look at your two gorgeous boys. Cannot wait to squeeze you all in summer xxx

  5. K @ Eat.Love.Live

    It looks like you had a great weekend. The baby is adorable and your brother and his fiancé look truley happy.
    I love reading your family blog posts. It makes me miss my Greek best friend and her family back in Australia so much.
    Finally, WOW! You are one lucky lady! That ring is incredible.

    • honestmum

      Thanks so much, aw sorry it makes you miss your friend and so glad it reminds you of her, very, very lucky xx

  6. Polly Mixtures

    Aww this post made me so happy, lots of lovely news. What a happy time for your family! And the photographs as always are just absolutely stunning, as are your boys. Congrats #brilliantblogposts

  7. Annabel (Tickle Fingers)

    What a weekend! Congratulations to you all. Our 10 years are coming up – might forward your post to my husband to drop a bit hint on the ring front!!! #BrilliantBlogPosts

  8. Lisa (mummascribbles)

    Wow, what a brilliant weekend – congratulations to all of your family, such happy times 🙂 Your ring is absolutely stunning too! We had a very mundane weekend in comparison! Chilling, swimming, and a trip to the gunpowder mills which is right near us – they were celebrating VE Day and had set everything how it was in the war. Zachary specifically liked the spitfire show! That was the highlight of our weekend 🙂 #brillblogposts

    • honestmum

      Yours sounds like a gorgeous weekend, wow the spitfire show sounds incredible, thanks for your lovely comment, a very exciting weekend for us all x

  9. Sharmin

    Wow, what an incredible weekend and such fab news about your brother and how cute is your little second cousin and the boys. Oh and the ring, stunner! Really happy for my favourite big fat Greek family 🙂 xx

  10. ERFmama

    Congrats to your family! And what a lovely ring you got. 😀 The boys are so beautiful, love the photos! 🙂 x

    I didn’t do much of joyous things this bank holiday weekend, we had a funeral on Friday so the weekend kind of got shadowed by that.

  11. Steph @MisplacedBrit

    WOW!! WHAT a weekend 😀

    Congratulations to everyone… And they DO look happy <3
    The ring is fantastic!

    Love all those stormy football pics – absolutely stunning

  12. Rebecca U

    Congratulations on everything, what a busy and exciting time. Your ring is amazing and sister in law is so beautiful!

  13. Franki ~ Little Luca & Me

    oh my gosh, how cute is baby Leo! He’s gorgeous!! Congratulations all round in your family. Three fabulous things to celebrate. Also that photo of Xander with his hat on sideways is just adorable! Xx

    • honestmum

      Thanks darling, he’s amazing, I can’t wait to meet him. I’m already feeling broody! Eek. Such a gorgeous weekend. What a dude A is huh! x

  14. Lizzy

    Aw, what a beautiful post. Congratulations on everything! I spent Bank Holiday with my gorgeous brother and his baby and it was perfect x

  15. Lisa@intotheglade

    Congratulations to you all!! The babe is gorgeous no wonder you are a broody. Your ring is fabulous and what great news about your brother, enjoy this special time xx


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