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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#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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Cadbury’s Great British Egg Hunt at home

This year we have gone away with friends and what better way to celebrate this joyful Easter season than to recreate the fabulous Cadbury’s Great British Egg Hunt, at home? We usually do the National Trust Cadbury’s egg hunt, Anglesey Abbey is our favourite as you get to explore the wonderful grounds. At home, it’s not so vast but we still had a lot of fun exploring and finding. 

So, the Cadbury Easter Bunny set off from Bournville and delivered the perfect Cadbury products to us and we had the most fun creating an egg hunt at home. Did you know 255,000 Cadbury Easter Eggs are made at the Bournville factory every day? That is 10,625 Cadbury Easter Eggs made per hour… and 177 per minute! 

We received the Cadbury Egg Hunt Pack, which has the following products in it: Cadbury’s chocolate hollow eggs and a little bag of Mini Eggs. Perfect for the egg hunt. The Cadbury Easter 2017 collection is great for all the family and there are six new items: Popping Candy Bunny, Egg N Spoon Oreo, Minis Mix, Double Decker Large Shell Egg, Roses Thoughtful Gesture Large Shell Egg, Mini Eggs, Egg Hunt Treatsize Pack. That’s another reason to have a Cadbury’s egg hunt, you can try all the new products in a fun way. Enjoying Easter eggs are an essential part to the Easter weekend and it just isn’t Easter without Cadbury chocolate.

You can watch our egg hunt in my YouTube video below: 

 

Making your own Cadbury’s Great British Egg Hunt at home

It is so much fun hosting an egg hunt at home, especially as it was for the four children, not just ours. I felt more pressure to get it just right! I spent a couple of hours planning the hunt, knowing full well it probably wouldn’t go exactly to plan. I wanted the children to craft their own bags to collect up their chocolate, whilst they were crafting I got ready to take the video and photos.   I hid the chocolate around the garden at many different heights. It was just as fun hiding the products as it was for the children finding them. We thought about the children arguing over the prizes and made sure that was reduced by designating chocolate and labelling them. The children just ran to the chocolate stations, found their initial and grabbed their chocolate. It worked quite well. 

We set up chocolate stations around the garden, from 1 to 6. Each station had a chocolate (of similar size and shape to the others) with their initials on. I colour coded them all too, to make it easier for Isla, who is the youngest. We took it in turns to find a chocolate station in the garden, when one person found the station the others charged up to grab their chocolate and label. 

Inside the labels were 6 letters. All the children had booklets with spaces for a 6 letter word. All the words were different. If they spelt out their word correctly and could say it back to the grown ups they each got a big Easter Egg prize. It was great fun. 

If you wanted to make your own egg hunt with clues, you could easily set up cue cards with some creative clues on for the children to follow. When we went to Anglesey Abbey the idea was to follow the trail and collect letters on the way around, then at the end the letters spell out a word. If your children are old enough to spell, this is a great idea. You can easily do it too, hide a specific letter by the chocolate and dish out pens and paper to the children for when they walk around. At the end, the children that spell out the right word could get an extra prize. 

If your children are younger and if you are a little arty, you could always draw the clues, maybe animals. Then the children could make the sounds of the animals when they find the chocolate stash. A prize could be given if they get all the right sounds. 

If you want to get the adults involved, try making tricky clues or get them to race around and the winner gets a special prize – I have visions of the adults dashing around the garden to get to the finish line! 

The top five activities to do at Easter 

Cadbury’s conducted some research to find out what families across the UK like to do at Easter time, eating Easter chocolate came out as the top option and an Easter Egg Hunt was fourth in the list. All the more reason to create your own and celebrate Easter the Great British way: 

  1. Eating Easter chocolate (56 per cent)
  2. Seeing family and friends (55 per cent)
  3. Giving Easter chocolate to family and friends (47 per cent)
  4. Going on an Easter Egg Hunt (33 per cent)
  5. Baking (22 per cent)

Cadbury have some easy inspirational tips and tricks to enable you to make the Easter weekend a joyful and unforgettable one. From ideas on how to jazz up your delicious Easter bakes to tips on how to make Easter Egg Hunts egg-stra special this year, families will be sure to have a spring in their step this Easter weekend. Recipes, Egg Hunt Packs and other Easter activities can be found on the Cadbury Easter website, here: https://easter.cadbury.co.uk/easter-fun-at-home. You will also find some fun Easter activity inspiration videos from the Cadbury Easter Bunny at the Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/CadburyUK/

Finding your nearest Cadbury’s Great British Egg Hunt

If you visit the Cadbury Easter website using the following link: easter.cadbury.co.uk, you can find your nearest egg hunt location. You can also find all the wonderful goodies you will need to make your own egg hunt at home. I would love to see your egg hunt photos and videos, seeing the happy faces on all the family. Just share them on social media and use the hashtag: #CadburysGBEH. You can also share the fun online with @CadburyUK on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

This post is in partnership with Cadbury. 

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