We had a lovely day today. No plans whatsoever when we woke up. Which felt marvellous. I stayed in my PJs until 11am 😱. Sunday is the only day that’s possible, so I like to make the most of it. Not sure why, but it feels like you’re winning when you have extra hours in bed clothes!

We then arranged an impromptu dog walk with Nanny & Grandad. Which was lovely as the kiddies have missed them. The weeks are flying by at the moment and we’ve not seen them for 5 of them! It’s terrible as the kids saw them twice a week, every week up until a year ago. It must be hard for them all not having that regular routine.

Isla often cries her heart out for Nanny & Grandad. On Thursday evening, after a long day she was so emotional and cried for them. It breaks my heart, as at 8pm I can’t really do anything about it.

When I was growing up I stayed at my grandmas once a week. It was slightly different as I lived in the same town, which helped with school and my normal routine. But I had that closeness with my grandparents that never goes away. It’s my safe place.

I really want the same for my kiddies too! I guess it was a kick up the bum to make sure I plan that time in and not let the weeks get on top of me!

We had a nice walk in the mud. Everything was thick and gooey. The kids, of course, loved it. I asked them not to get muddy: do you think they listened? Nope! Covered!!
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Hope everyone has had a lovely Sunday 🤩
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I’m off to watch @callthemidwife.official finale now 😫😭 I hate it when it gets to the final episode. 
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We had a lovely day...

It’s been a day of fun and #games today. Noah had a football match this morning, Daddy said it was a good game and very close. Whilst Noah was slide tackling everyone, Isla and I took some soups to Grandmas. Hubby made some carrot and coriander soups for her this week as fresh ingredient soup is just the best!

Isla then went climbing with Daddy. They love going to Big Rock in MK. Isla is so brave. She climbs right up to the top of the really tall walls. It amazes me.

We then snuggled to watch the final Harry Potter. We’ve now watched them all. We have waited 5 years for this moment and we all loved it. I got a little confused with Snape’s memories but I think I’m back on track. I must finish the books now 🤣

Has anyone else had a busy Saturday? #mummyphotoaday

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When it comes to a #horizon, I couldn’t not share this. Back from our trip to the Peak District. It was meant to be Summer. It felt like this week: windy, raining and unpredictable.

The views went on for miles at the top of his peak; Mam Tor wedged in between Castleton and Edale.

It was a beautiful area, picturesque and a treat for your eyes. I love places like that. It’s a shame we didn’t get to stop & enjoy the local beer gardens and cafes due to the weather.

We go on lots of adventures throughout the year: weekend trips camping, staycations and holidays abroad. Our next adventure is pretty epic too and every time I think about it I get butterflies! 🥰

We are off to Dubai soon! 😱😱😱 it must be real I’ve said it out loud. I’m so excited I might explode and I’m pretty sure the views will be nothing like this Peak District. Because the views we will have will be extraordinary. It’s our biggest adventure yet as a family. Biggest as in flight time, cost, special and unplanned. We’ve booked our flights and we’re super lucky to be staying with friends. Other than that we have no idea! What are we going to do in Dubai? Anyone been? Any ideas?

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Ah it’s #loveyourpetday - what a great way to see each others furbabies. Well these are mine:

Photo 1 = Rambo the Jack Russell & Snoopy the Cockerspaniel. As many of you know, Snoopy is blind and partially deaf which is challenging. However, he is such a happy pooch and loves a snuggle. I think Rambo has lost a little hearing too as he’s getting old. He will be 13 on April 3rd! It’s gone by so quickly.

Photo 2 = Rocky. He’s my Tom cat fluffbag and I like to call him Rockstar! He was my engagement present from Hubby. He’s the best cat. He snuggles with me every night, under the covers, he’s very set in a routine.

It’s funny how furbabies get their own little #pattern to make it through the day. All the pets sit by the bed at night for a treat. And I think Rambo is very cat like and Rocky is very dog like too. They definitely have those characteristics.

Rambo is 12, Rocky is 11 and Snoopy is 10. Noah is 9... then we broke the pattern as Isla is 7 🤣 (it wasn’t intentional). #mummyphotoaday #dogsofinstagram #catsofinstagram

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Sometimes I like to have fun with images. I don’t do it very often but it is amazing what you can do with a photo using filters.

The first image is the edited version, I’ve added a #bokeh filter on it. I’ve used @pixlr for this. It adds an orangey colouring to the photo and enhances the sun rays.

The original, swipe left, is still good and has its own bokeh and sun rays shining on it. But is less orangey and doesn’t seem as bright. It’s still a good photo though.

I took this with my iPhone. Sometimes when I need a quiet moment, one where I can play with the filters and change the feel of a photo it helps me to unwind. Gives my brain 5 minutes to regain itself and then I’m ready to crack on with whatever it was!

Which one do you prefer? Just out of curiosity - there’s no right or wrong answer! 🤣

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I had a busy Sunday painting the dining room with @frenchicpaint. I think it’s fair to say I’m obsessed. I painted the radiator and skirting boards with Dazzle Me. It’s super bright white. I painted the door with City Slicker. It looks so much better than the dark wood it was before.

If you swipe left you can see the before photos. The radiator was a beige colour before. It’s amazing how much brighter the room looks, it’s easy to #transform a room with an hour or 2 of painting.

I styled up the dining room with this beautiful bouquet of Spring flowers (a very kind gift from a friend) and these items from @pricescandlesuk. They eliminate pet odours which is great as sometimes I worry my house smells “dog”. After an impromptu afternoon off work, looking after Isla who hurt her neck at dance club, I cleaned and cleaned. The house smells nice and clean now. The household candle and reed diffuser have added a nice citrus and thyme scent to the room.

It’s amazing what you can do to change the feel of a room with simple steps!

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#Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. We aren’t all the same. Wouldn’t the world be a boring place if that was the case. Everyone has a viewpoint. Everyone has their own opinion.

However, I am a firm believer in “if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all”. I think it’s really important to spread happiness, build confidence and support each other. Now my big cheesey smile isn’t like this everyday, sometimes I’m worn out and sometimes I’m feeling sad. But I’ve learnt how to offload, unwind and bring that smile back. It’s so important to be able to hit that reset button once in a while.

So, this week, try and do one of these things:
🤍 Make someone laugh, a big belly laugh
🤍 Tell someone they look amazing
🤍 Tell someone you love you are grateful for them

See how it makes you feel. To make someone else’s day. It’s euphoric. I will never forget the moment one of the Mums from the school run told me I completely picked them up out of a dark spot - just by telling them they looked amazing today as I walked past.

Take the time to appreciate. Honestly it’s THE best hobby!

On a little diverted note; I’m appreciating this coat and boots right now. So warm and comfy. Check out the details on my blog >>> #linkinbio

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This might seem a little random after the sentiments in my last post. But bear with me... cleaning & #diy can help me with my mental health.

I’m not sure why but when I’m anxious, need to think or cross I clean. Like the deep clean stuff, it’s almost as if I get adrenaline from somewhere to give me the strength to scrub things that I wouldn’t normally. Or tackle something I wouldn’t normally.

On Thursday, whilst anxiously waiting to find out what was wrong with my grandma, I was shaving millimetres off Isla’s bedroom door. It was hard work but I didn’t want to just sit about.

Today I’ve painted the radiator and woodwork in our dining room with Frenchic. I now have a white and bright radiator and grey door. It looks so much better. Again, it’s something I can do whilst being lost in my thoughts.

Does anyone else do this?

Whilst promoting cleaning and mindfulness, check out my blog for a competition to win some goodies from @astonishcleaners #astonishingresults 
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6 Services that you cannot live without during early parenthood

To begin with, extended family is the original and best parenting assistance service there is. Even if you don’t get on with your in-laws now, after having a baby, you will appreciate them being around and helping to look after your child. Thankfully I do get on with my in-laws and I know I am lucky as they have helped me a lot along this parenthood journey. Becoming a parent is both the most rewarding and the most challenging thing you will ever have to do, as each stage brings with it its own set of challenges.

You wouldn’t start a new full-time job without any training or learning support, so why think you are capable of becoming a parent without support? Here are some extra pathways to consider that will help you in managing the constant stress and sleep-deprived joy that is parenting.

Nannies and Babysitters

Many women have important careers that they love or can’t take much time away from, and need help in caring for their child. If this is the case, or if an adding another child to an already exhausting batch is proving too much, then turning to the help of a nanny can greatly improve your quality of life.

It’s amazing how much easier parenting life will seem with an ally around who is there to care for and help your child grow. Try finding a nanny in Melbourne and see if this option is right for your family. Alternatively, having a great babysitter that you can trust will at least give you a break once or twice a week and allow you to spend time with your partner or friends. Surprisingly, social lives can still exist with a new child.

Parenting and Playgroups

Some hospitals initiate contact for new parents giving birth within a few weeks of each other to start playgroups. These are generally mother based catch ups, where new mums can discuss any issues that arise over a coffee or walk in the park. These can be extremely beneficial and are, in a way, a throwback to the old village life days of our ancestors where new mums would congregate and help each other raise the new children.

The only thing to be careful of, as with all parenting groups, is the possibility for competition to erode on the benefits of these groups. Some mothers may find it necessary to boast about how easy and well mannered their new baby is, which can cause anxiety for mums who are having a tough time adjusting. The truth is, every parent goes through struggles, so if you come across someone like this, find a new group. 

Meal Services

One of the challenges of being a new parent is finding the time to cook and ensuring everyone in the family is properly fed. Nutritious meal services can make a world of difference if you’re finding that you just don’t have the time or energy to cook.

Libraries

Public libraries can be a great, but often overlooked service provider for new parents. There are regular children’s workshops, or storybook times that are free to attend. Even when no events are on, it can be a great place to take your new bub and look over picture books in a quiet and comfortable space.

More often than not, there will be a public library within walking distance to your house, so see what’s nearby and add a library visit to your weekly outings. It’s also a great place to meet other new mums living in your area. 

Housekeeping

Depending on the size of your house, it’s very easy to run out of time to clean properly when you have a new child demanding all of your time. Having a maid come in and tidy up the place can give you that added peace of mind, and extra few hours to get other things done, especially if you are working from home.

Blogs, Forums and Online parenting Groups

Just like any new job, it helps to stay on top of educational resources and trends within the parenting world. Yes, it is an instinctive and natural relationship that forms between a parent and child, but it always helps to read and talk to other parents about issues, hurdles and parenting strategies. If that means calling your parent or sibling, or joining in on an online forum chat, or reading a bunch of quality blogs about parent life then that is a great way to help ease your worries – because one of the main things you will learn is that every parent struggles.

It’s not easy being a parent, but then nothing that is truly rewarding ever is.

Most of us try to just do a better job than our parents did. We all need help, and the more help you can get, the easier the process will feel. Always remember to enjoy parenthood. Kids are fun, they know how to engage the world in a playful way, so join in and play.

 

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