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!!
Hope everyone has had a lovely Sunday 🤩
I’m off to watch @callthemidwife.official finale now 😫😭 I hate it when it gets to the final episode. 

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


#ad Coat & Boots from @idealworld.tv and they are @joebrowns 🙌🏻

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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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7 Christmas craft ideas

It is never too early to get into the festive spirit, and one of the best ways for you to do this is by taking on exciting Christmas craft projects. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to create gifts that your loved ones are certain to enjoy, decorations that will look stunning in your home, and edible delights that are sure to get you through the cold winter months. If you are searching for inspiration, you will need to read on. Below are seven Christmas craft ideas.

Make your own crackers

In the majority of households, Christmas crackers are a staple part of traditional celebrations. They are a fantastic way for you to begin your Christmas dinner and to get everyone into the festive spirit. However, sometimes Christmas crackers can be slightly underwhelming. This is largely due to their predictable jokes and tacky prizes. If you are determined to avoid disappointment, why not take matters into your own hands? It is surprisingly easy to create your own Christmas crackers. You could put together your own design, and look online to find excellent one liner jokes. You could also shop around to find prizes that are small enough to fit in your crackers, but are also exciting enough to please your loved ones.

Make your own Christmas cards

Another fun craft idea is to make your own Christmas cards. This is a fantastic way for you to begin the festive season. It is also a great way to show your loved ones that you care, even if you aren’t able to send them a gift. Make sure that you get the whole family involved in the process. You could set up a family photoshoot and use your favourite picture on the front of your cards. You could get your little ones to make snowflake decorations and include them in your design. Or, you could encourage your entire family to cut out seasonal images and use them to create a festive collage. Don’t hold back, now is the perfect time for you to let your creative spirit run wild.

Make your own personalised stockings

Another option is to make your own personalised stockings. This is an especially useful option for anyone who is skilled in sewing. Even if you struggle in this area of the craft world, you could still have a go at stitching a simple letter to each of your stockings. You could even cheat and use iron on transfers. The most important thing is that your stockings stand out from the crowd. This will ensure that they are special treats for your loved ones to treasure over the years. If you are really interested in establishing traditions, you could even add a decorative detail every holiday season. That way your loved ones will be able to enjoy a design that is totally unique to them.

Make your own decorations

When it comes to decorating your Christmas tree, you should also think outside the box. Why stick to shop-bought decorations when you can create your own? If you are worried about this spoiling the aesthetic of your home, you could always buy a small Christmas tree and place it in a separate room, such as a snug or one of your children’s bedrooms. That way you don’t have to worry about going wild with the decorative process. You could use salt dough to create decorations that will stand the test of time, or you could create edible decorations that your loved ones can snack on during the festive period. It doesn’t matter too much about the end result. The most important thing is that you had a go!

Make your own garland

Hanging up a garland is a fantastic way for you to let everyone know about your passion for Christmas. This passion will be even more evident if you take the time to make your own. You could opt for a traditional design and use foliage, frosted berries, and sparkly trimmings. Or, you could opt for an alternative design such as a pom-pom garland, made up of your favourite shades of wool. Ideally, your finished garland should reflect the interior décor of your property. You should use it as a way of giving your guests a taste of what the can look forward to when they enter your home.

Make your own wrapping paper

If you want to make your gifts even more special this year, you should have a go at making your own wrapping paper. This is a fantastic way to ensure that all of your gifts stand out under the tree. It will also show all of your loved ones how much thought has gone into their gifts. If you are wondering where to begin, you should experiment with stamps, metallic sprays and colourful pens. You should also think carefully about your present toppers. Perhaps you could try out different ribbons, attach a personalised ornament to your gift, or finish your display with a sprig of holly. In this festive season, there is no reason to hold back! You need to make sure that your gifts are wrapped to perfection.

Make your own edible treats

What better time of year to indulge in edible treats than at Christmas? Even if you aren’t particularly skilled in the kitchen, you still have a go at preparing your own tasty treats. Perhaps in the build-up to Christmas, you could do a countdown of all your favourite recipes. Then, you can use your most successful products as gifts for your loved ones. The less successful items can function as a sweet treat for you to enjoy on a cold winter night. You could even go all out and invite your loved ones round for a festive baking session. You could all work together to decorate cookies, ice cupcakes, or prepare a traditional batch of mince pies. This will provide you with the opportunity to pick up tips from other people. It will also fill your home with festive cheer and plenty of delicious smells.


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Thursday 30 November 2017
7 Christmas craft ideas

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