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

It’s been a day of...

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

#Beauty is in the eye...

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 Confidence boosting ideas for a self-assured 2020

You’ve probably been told a million times that “confidence is key” to navigating whatever personal or professional problem it is you’re facing. As well-meaning as this phrase is intended to be, it’s mostly just frustrating for those of us who are sorely lacking in the self-esteem department. It made me think of some confidence boosting ideas.

Let’s face it, confidence can be tough to build. Though we often tell ourselves that some people are just born with natural confidence, it’s actually an acquired skill—and a continuous labor of love, at that.

If you want to become more self-assured in the coming year, you need to start building your confidence from the ground up. How do you do that? Read on for a few confidence-boosting ideas to help you in 2020 and beyond.

  • Make Fitness a Top Priority

It’s a proven fact that exercise can improve how you feel about yourself from the inside out. We’re not just talking about losing belly fat or any other perceptible physical changes that come from hitting the gym every day, but also the many mental health benefits of exercise as well.

In fact, exercise can make you feel better even when the scale hasn’t budged an inch. According to a 2009 study published in the journal Psychology and Health, just a single workout session can immediately boost self-esteem and improve overall mood. 

These confidence-boosting benefits are even more pronounced the longer you stick with your fitness regimen. So, why not try to beat the New Year’s gym rush and get a head start on your fitness? Your mind and body are sure to thank you for it in 2020.

  • Upgrade Your Wardrobe

Want to start bringing your A-game to work? Then focus on getting yourself a new wardrobe for the new year. Not only can your fashion choices influence how others perceive you, research has shown that they can also change how you perceive yourself. 

Don’t believe in the power of clothes? Consider this study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, where researchers asked male participants to negotiate wearing either sweatpants or a suit. The men wearing suits were found to have better negotiation skills compared to their sweatpants-wearing counterparts.

Don’t have a large budget going into the new year? Just start small and work your way up to sporting fresh duds. It will pay off tenfold in terms of your confidence level.

  • Start Taking Better Care of Your Skin

Sure, wearing quality clothing is always a confidence booster. However, nothing beats feeling comfortable and confident in your own skin.

Before you get any crazy ideas, we’re not suggesting you walk around in the buff to feel more confident in yourself (although, if that works for you, no judgment from us). We mean getting on a regular skin care routine and taking better care of your skin.

Whether your face keeps breaking out all of a sudden or you struggle with dark circles under your eyes, finally doing something about those minor skin imperfections can dramatically boost your confidence. Stick with your routine for a couple of weeks and you’ll be getting tons of compliments on your glowing complexion in no time.

  • Challenge Yourself to do Things That Scare You

Keep in mind that we’re using the definition of “scary” pretty loosely here. We’re not suggesting that you try your hand at skydiving or go swimming with sharks. It can be something small, such as taking a dance class when you have two left feet or asking someone out on a date. 

When you step outside your comfort zone, you embrace some degree of risk, however small or large it may be. And with that risk comes unfamiliarity and anxiety, which can then be a catalyst for personal growth and opportunity.

Commit to stepping outside of your comfort zone every day. Write it on a sticky note and put it on your alarm clock if you need to. Just put yourself out there and, eventually, you’ll feel unstoppable in everything you do.

  • Fix Your Posture

You’ve likely been told to sit up straight your entire life, and there’s actually several good reasons for that. Practicing good posture is not only key to maintaining muscle strength and balance, it can also have a big influence on your self-esteem.

Several studies have shown that our body language has the ability to shape our thoughts. In a 2009 study published in the European Journal of Social Psychology, researchers found that students who were asked to sit up straight were more likely to believe they were qualified for a job compared students who were asked to slouch.

Bottom line? Fake it until you make it. In the meantime, check out these tips from the American Chiropractic Association to help you practice better posture.

  • Nix the Negative Self-Talk

Admit it, we’re all guilty of negative self-talk on occasion. Unfortunately, the bad things we say aloud about ourselves are usually nothing compared to what we say in the privacy of our own heads. 

Negative self-talk is harmful in every way and serves zero purpose—nada. To remove this critical self-talk from your internal dialogue, you need to actively challenge your harmful thoughts. 

If this sounds daunting to you, consider seeking help from a professional therapist. A good therapist will teach you the skills you need to poke holes in your negative self-talk argument and help you become more confident as a result.

  • Set Yourself Up to Win

There are two types of people in this world: Those who whole-heartedly embrace the idea of New Year’s resolutions and those who consider it a true and utter waste of time. If you’re part of the latter camp, then we challenge you to rethink the goals you’re setting for yourself each year.

Oftentimes, people set unattainable goals that they’re destined to fail, which only lowers their confidence and self-worth. For instance, what does, “I’m going to eat healthy in 2020” mean, exactly? Are you going to eat healthy for the entireyear? That’s a pretty lofty goal for someone who currently eats nothing but junk food.

If you want to set yourself up for success in the coming year, start by setting smaller, more reasonable goals for yourself. With every goal you conquer, you’ll be riding that high and feel more confident than ever before.

The Takeaway

There are few things in this life that have a greater influence on our potential success than our confidence. Like it or not, it’s behind virtually every action we take. If you want to start feeling more self-assured in 2020, now is the time to start working on it through small, daily habits. With consistent little changes over time, you can finally become the confident person you’ve always wanted to be. 

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21 Comments
  • Megan Kinsey
    January 5, 2020

    Some great ideas and tips here, thank you!

  • Emma Davison
    January 5, 2020

    Some good recommendations here for the upcoming year.

  • Lesley Smith
    January 5, 2020

    Great tips thank you

  • Marjoleine Kok
    January 5, 2020

    Some great ideas ! I will definitely be challenging myself more this year !

  • Margaret Gallagher
    January 5, 2020

    Cheers – all necessary for self confidence – posture ! Need to look at this

    • Chloe M
      January 5, 2020

      Good advice. I am trying to be active everyday by only taking the stairs. Little things!

  • Maggie Ali
    January 5, 2020

    I wish it was as easy. I’ve a confidence of a banana and as much as I’d try and do everything to help me boost it, it just isn’t working for me

  • Maria Jane Knight
    January 5, 2020

    Some really great tips here! Fitness is going to be one of my focuses this year to try and boost my confidence. x

  • Naila M
    January 5, 2020

    Thank you for the tips, definitely want to increase my confidence levels.

  • baba
    January 5, 2020

    Good tips

  • Gill Mitchell
    January 5, 2020

    Some great tips here, thank you. I’m going to start with the exercise one.

  • Helen Tyler
    January 5, 2020

    Great advice there, especially stopping the negative self talk. I really need to work on that this year!

  • Ria Bramhall
    January 5, 2020

    That was a great read.
    It’s definitely a priority for me for 2020!

  • Maddy
    January 6, 2020

    I think the older you get the easier it is to become self-assured and confident in your own skin.

  • Georgie Wright
    January 6, 2020

    Lots of great tips and good advice, thanks!

  • Gemma Clark
    January 6, 2020

    I’m definitely lacking in the confidence department. I totally get that exercise makes you feel better but its lack of motivation for me. I tend to look after everybody but myself so it’s definitely self neglect. And this in turn has a knock on effect with confidence cause obviously if you feel good and look good you feel more confident. Thanks for the tips, there something to put in place in my life!

  • Nicola Sadler
    January 6, 2020

    Thanks for these tips. I totally agree with them. Getting fit really boosted my self confidence and also a new haircut did wonders too for me.

  • Wendy Tolhurst
    January 6, 2020

    I found this article very interesting. My initial thoughts were that there was no way I could implement so many changes but then, when I stopped to think about it, I realised it was more important to try to work through one change at a time and, as each change made me feel better, I could work towards achieving another small change.

  • Orange23
    January 6, 2020

    I need to improve my confidence and this article is really helpful, great ideas

  • Susan Mann
    January 9, 2020

    Such great advice here. Thanks for sharing your tips. I will give these a go xx

  • Sarah Cooper
    January 28, 2020

    Some great ideas!

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