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

Ah it’s #loveyourpetday - what...

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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Sometimes I like to have...

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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I had a busy Sunday...

#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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#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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How to help kids with bedtime anxieties

How to help kids with bedtime anxieties

We have always struggled with our bedtime routine, well we have since Isla has been around. She does not like to sleep. We thought, as the children got older, that the bedtime routine would get easier. It hasn't really and so we have to try lots of different things to help get through those bedtime anxieties. I have written down some things we did when the kiddies were babies and what we do now, incase this helps any one going through similar. VIEW the POST

Operation “move Isla into her own room” is a go go

Operation “move Isla into her own room” is a go go

You may recall many moons ago we decided to move Isla into Noah's room. Well now it's time for her to have her own room back. But what a palaver! When we moved Isla into Noah's room we quickly learnt we needed bunk beds and storage for all the toys. Her old room became Daddy's office/dressing room. So in order to get her back into her own room we had to first make room for the extra furniture we'd purchased: desk and wardrobe. It wasn't a simple room swap.VIEW the POST

Two budding mathematicians and pretty proud parents!

It’s report time and this is the first year that we have had a “big boy report” for Noah from Year 1 and the first year they have both had a school report. It was very exciting reading them out as a family. Albeit followed by a sibling fight, which ruined the moment, hey ho! They both made Mummy and Daddy really proud with their effort and understanding. Both brilliant little mathematicians! …

The F word – shhhh! 

The F word – shhhh! 

Yes, the word that rhymes with duck and starts with F. The F word! Add an "ing" on to the end and you have the word my rather innocent looking four year old said at school this week. Not just any old day either, the day of parents evening.  VIEW the POST

Isla – 4 years and 6 months

Isla – 4 years and 6 months

So my baby is 4 years and 6 months, or 4 and a half if you'd prefer. She's been a little monkey this week. Not entirely sure if she is just very tired or just going through one of those stages that they go through. That when you are struggling other parents say "it's just a stage they're going through".  VIEW the POST

Isla’s Plasticine & Unicorn themed birthday party

Like most of the family and friends that received the invite for a Plasticine & Unicorn party, you are probably laughing out loud right about now. But it worked, I promise you. We had the rainbow colours, inspired by Plasticine Softeez and the Unicorn fits in with the rainbow theme as well – there is your link! We had a family party last weekend and her friends over for fun with Plasticine yesterday. Lots of fun was had too and everyone loved their goody bags. Win!  …

Happy 4th Birthday to my baby girl…

Happy 4th Birthday to my baby girl…

Happy 4th Birthday to my baby girl, the one with the blonde, bouncing, glorious curls. You light up the world with your beautiful face, happy, smiley and chatty and all over the place. VIEW the POST

What every parent on the school run dreads!

What every parent on the school run dreads!

What is THE most worrying thing about the school run? That school run dread? For me it is the children running off ahead, in the midst of heads and coats, long socks and black shoes... they're gone! I had that today for the first time and I have never been more scared in my life. I thought Isla was gone, it is amazing how I immediately felt consumed with guilt that it was my fault. It is not something I want to endure again in a hurry, I am sure the children feel the same.  VIEW the POST

Plasticine Softeez fun with Isla Rae

My little baby girl is growing up by the day, bigger words, bossier tones and her love for creating is huge. When she was sent a box of Plasticine Softeez, she actually squealed and I had to capture her comments and excitement in a video. Which has ended up being her debut review on YouTube, I think she has captured the fun without the need for me to say anything else. …

My little girl is starting school!

My little girl is starting school!

Probably a sentence you have heard a lot of today, or something similar. Now I mean I knew my little girl would eventually go to school - but now it's all for real. She has a school place and I still cannot believe it, but a place at our first choice. Isla is starting school... VIEW the POST

A day in history as the Flying Scotsman whooshed by

A day in history as the Flying Scotsman whooshed by

Today, as you may have seen all over the news, the Flying Scotsman took a trip from London's Kings Cross to York. It all started at 8:45am when I got a text from my Mumma saying she was waiting at the end of her road to see it whoosh by. Then as I got the children in the car, for the school trip, I asked "shall we go and see the special steam train?" and of course the reply was a big YES.  VIEW the POST

A little Mummy quiz for the children

With Mothers Day fast approaching (Sunday 6th March) I thought it would be nice to share this little Mummy quiz that I saw floating around social media recently. It was a nice insight into what the little ones thought about Mummy. You ask them the questions and just let them answer – without coercing them into saying anything. Here are Noah and Islas responses:  …

Isla – 3 years and 6 months

Isla – 3 years and 6 months

Little Isla has been giving us a lot of fun and laughter over the past few weeks, she is growing up to be a lovely little character who entertains us constantly. She is changing so much at the moment and what with all the changes happening around her, I am not surprised. She is enjoying pre-school and the new school run routine, she is talking a lot better (and more) and she is understanding a lot more about the world around her.  VIEW the POST

The first week of our new routine 

The first week of our new routine 

It has been quite hectic, I am sure I don't need to explain that to other parents out there. I actually felt quite sad this morning, I was "that" Mum that had forgotten the permission slip. Truth be told I never saw a letter in the first place. Funny how something so small can leave you feeling so terrible. VIEW the POST

Spring is definitely here… Summer is on it's way

Spring is definitely here… Summer is on it's way

I can only be talking about the beautiful rape seed fields and wonderful landscapes around at this time of year, I just love it. The bright yellow fields are just magical and I love the fact you can just get some wonderful photos of children being free in them. We took a trip to a local field at sunset and although a bit cold, we got some lovely photos.  VIEW the POST

Spring is definitely here… Summer is on it’s way

Spring is definitely here… Summer is on it’s way

I can only be talking about the beautiful rape seed fields and wonderful landscapes around at this time of year, I just love it. The bright yellow fields are just magical and I love the fact you can just get some wonderful photos of children being free in them. We took a trip to a local field at sunset and although a bit cold, we got some lovely photos.  VIEW the POST

Me & Mine: April 2015

I am a little late off the mark with getting April’s family photo online, but alas it is still online! Story of my life at the moment. April has been really busy: work, holidays, children’s nursery, children growing up, hubby’s fitness program and somewhere in-between all of that day to day life. We did manage to get out into the woods over Easter and got some lovely photos and a family shot. The children are getting better and better at not posing properly, or they tag team – one will smile whilst the other looks away and vice versa. I am sure they do it on purpose. …

Me & Mine: April 2015

Me & Mine: April 2015

I am a little late off the mark with getting April's family photo online, but alas it is still online! Story of my life at the moment. April has been really busy: work, holidays, children's nursery, children growing up, hubby's fitness program and somewhere in-between all of that day to day life. We did manage to get out into the woods over Easter and got some lovely photos and a family shot. The children are getting better and better at not posing properly, or they tag team - one will smile whilst the other looks away and vice versa. I am sure they do it on purpose. VIEW the POST

Isla – 2 years and 9 months

Isla – 2 years and 9 months

How is she nearly 3? Isla is 2 years and 9 months old today, that means it is only 3 months until she is 3. I remember when Noah was turning 3 and how much of a big boy I thought he was going to be and with Isla, she is still my baby and I literally cannot comprehend this is happening. Isn't it funny how you feel about your youngest compared to your oldest? She is a little beauty and each day she is doing more and more that makes us smile, she is beautiful inside and out. VIEW the POST

Isla – 2 years and 3 months

Isla – 2 years and 3 months

My little angel is growing and growing, you can see it evidently in her words, actions and height. She is definitely going to have a beautiful figure when she is older: slim and legs to die for. Her hair defines her at the moment, it is growing long and curly and without it down and whirly, it just doesn't seem like Isla. Here is what has been going on this month: VIEW the POST

Our home – a princess toddler room

Our home – a princess toddler room

It has taken me 6 months, but I finally got around to decorating little Isla's room how I wanted. I had all the curtains, bedding and paint ready and waiting - but never found the time to get the painting done. Well last week I did and I absolutely love her new "big girl" princess room and so does she. VIEW the POST

A little bit of beach…

A little bit of beach…

I took some leave last Friday to spend the day with the little ones and we had a little playdate with our friends. It was a great morning, we went to "Brampton Beach" which is currently at Frosts garden centre and it is a fantastic idea! The children loved it and us Mummies managed a cup of tea without leaving half of it to go cold. I love summer days like this, where you can go somewhere and enjoy the outdoors, with friends and be happy. VIEW the POST