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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This might seem a little...

I’m sure I don’t need to tell you what beauty shared this on her instagram before Christmas:  @carolineflack you’ve broken my heart.

She was funny. Caring. Kind. Absolutely beautiful and that smile lit up the world. Not perfect. But who is? No one.

I can’t comprehend how someone of such radiance and sparkle can end their life. But I only assume her mental health was suffering. She felt so trapped that was her only way out. A way of ending the pain that nobody could see.

Mental health is invisible; yet mental health is all consuming. Mental health is complicated; yet mental health can be helped with a simple cup of tea and chat.

Smile on the inside and on the out.

Make time for yourself.

Love yourself.

Make time for others.

Be kind.

Always. 
In a world where you can be anything, be kind  #bekind #ripcarolineflack

I’m sure I don’t need...

This is sheer appreciation. This man. My lobster 🦞. Who made me the scrummiest meal last night & dreamy Vegan brownies. Showered me with thoughtful gifts & my cute note (in my stories) I recieved in my lunch bag.

However, I was a complete emotional wreck yesterday as my Grandma was taken into hospital. She was distressed, confused and sounding a little slow. It was scary.

So the Valentine’s Day love went all to Grandma from my family; wishing & hoping they find out what’s wrong.

We’re currently waiting to find out if her BP has reduced. It was sky high. Hoping she’s better & I can bring her home today.

This photo was from last Summer when we went to @carluccios in Cambridge. I love it. Happy memories. I’m lucky to have these. Noahs a people watcher, he was distracted with the crowd. Incidentally Carluccio’s have the offer on again: kids eat for a £1... #appreciation #family #love #mummyphotoaday

This is sheer appreciation. This...

Happy Valentine’s Day 🤍

A lot to be thankful for today. Love is a big word. I love these two quotes and perfect for today.

Yes it’s about celebrating your life with your lobster 🦞(mine is rather amazing) but it’s also about family.

Family is not just an important thing. It’s everything. So true.

I don’t know where I’d be without my lobster and my family... I hung these beauts in our bathroom and I love them. They make me smile everytime I clean my teeth! Which helps 😂

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#ad Prints are from @coulsonmacleod - so beautiful

Happy Valentine’s Day 🤍 A...

I love this new story corner I’ve created for Isla, with a little help from @vertbaudetuk. It is a gorgeous space and I couldn’t wait for her to get home and see it. She was so happy!

I love the large floor cushion, I want an entire room kitted out with them so I can just chill in the middle. It would be so cosy. Or even just #half a room! 🤍

Isla loves reading and so I thought this little corner would be perfect for her. She loves it.

I started with the floor cushion, I hung the coat rack for her monkeys and dressing gown and then I hung the shelves. They are so cute. I finished it all off with the mirror. I love all the colours and shapes. It really finishes off her room.

Who else wants the futon cushion? 🙋🏼‍♀️ #mummyphotoaday #ad

I love this new story...

I love trying new makeup, especially the vegan variety! I’ve recently discovered the fab range from @ex1cosmetics - you can grab them at your local @superdrug. So easy to find when you run out.

I’ve done a bit of a makeup tutorial on the blog using the EX1 Cosmetic products. Please forgive me, my skin is awful at the moment. Since I’ve been exercising more my skin has been really spotty. The spots that hide under the skin too!

If you swipe left then you’ll see the fab products I used. Then check out my stories for the swipe up link to my blog post.

I’m no make up artist haha. I prefer natural tones, that give my face #warmth. These products are perfect for that, especially the pink blusher! I wanted to show you what the products do and how they can be used together. Perfect makeup for your Valentine’s Day date!

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I love trying new makeup,...

A place to relax. A place to hide. A place to #doodle. A place to confide.

This place is my haven. It’s my safe space to relax and unwind. It’s absurd that at 37 years old, I just can’t wait to get into bed. When hubby goes climbing on a Monday evening; I’m in bed at 8pm! Is that sad?

Because it makes me happy, the bed is super comfortable and it is the only room in the house that the kids do not destroy, it’s nice to cling on to it. Keep it that haven.

If I need 5 mins to compose myself, I’ll hide in here. The kids drive me up the wall sometimes and hiding in here can calm me down. A technique I’ve developed over the years so the kids do not see Mumma lose it!

Anyone else love their bed? Or bedroom as a whole? I’m sure I’m not the only one haha #mummyphotoaday

A place to relax. A...

When you have a #favourite day with some great memories. Happy memories. It’s so nice to reflect back on it and reminisce.

This Winter Sun family day out at Norfolk still makes me feel happy when I think about it. These gorgeous smiles say it all.

However, you wouldn’t of thought this earlier before school. They had the most angry faces, shouting and being quite mean to each other. I’m hoping it’s just tiredness from the weekend. They’ve definitely come home happier than when they left!

It’s nice to look at photos that make you happy. Especially when you’re not feeling that happy, in that moment.

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When you have a #favourite...

Travelling with my favourite jewellery from Daisy London

Travelling with my favourite jewellery from Daisy London

Now I maybe biased, but this necklace from Daisy London is just gorgeous. It is called Isla shell. So as you can imagine it caught my attention. Does anyone else purchase jewellery with purpose? It has to mean something to me. This necklace is just perfect for our upcoming Spring holiday, which is what I chose it for. VIEW the POST

A makeup tutorial with vegan EX1 cosmetics

A makeup tutorial with vegan EX1 cosmetics

Cosmetics that are: not testing on animals, use vegan ingredients and feel good on my skin are a must for me. See it as my mini checklist if you like. The thing I love about EX1 cosmetics is that they are reasonably priced for make up, which means affordable. I love that you can grab them from your local Superdrug too. This means they are very accessible. I love the fact I do not feel like I am wearing anything either. This is a guide to the EX1 cosmetics range and a perfect makeup style for Valentine's Day dates this weekend. VIEW the POST

Mummy Fitness: Finding the right activity for you

Fitness isn’t something I am really passionate about, it’s more that I know I have to keep fit and I want to feel more self confident. In order to do that I want to feel comfortable in my skin and I currently do not. I wouldn’t wear a Bikini anymore. I wouldn’t wear cropped tops. I struggle to feel nice in outfits unless they hide my tummy area. So, with a bid to try and do something about the parts I am not happy about I have picked up on my fitness. Finding the right activity for me has been a long journey though! …

Mummy Fitness: Lunch time HIIT run

Mummy Fitness: Lunch time HIIT run

I started running on my lunch breaks a couple of years ago and it didn't last long. I gave up after 6 months or so as I found it boring. When I started it up again at the start of this year, I wanted to do it differently. So I decided to mix up a run with the concept of HIIT. My version of a HIIT run. VIEW the POST

The one with the pot plant and the misunderstanding

The one with the pot plant and the misunderstanding

Back in September when the kiddies started their new school, we met a few families and these families also had children that played in Noah's football team. It's been good for the kiddies and for me having these relationships. We all get on really well, it's lovely. One of the families is from America and we have fun interpreting words and their meanings. There have been some funny misunderstandings; like the one with the pot plant... VIEW the POST

Get out and get walking #mindfulness

I am not very good at New Years resolutions, I tend to just think about what I would like to do that year and try my best. Walking is my thing. I worked on it last year and did a lot more walking than the year before. I want to make sure I do more of it in 2020. Mindfulness is another topic I am keen to explore more this year – finding ways to keep my mind healthy. Walking is definitely good for that too. …

Making a happier you #LoveYourLife

Making a happier you #LoveYourLife

I recently discovered the new #LoveYourLife campaign from Pen Heaven, it's such a great idea because it's all about encouraging people to journal. Did you know journalling can make for better mental health? All of this technology around us, but sitting with a pen and paper can really help you to unwind and offload. VIEW the POST

Have yourself a merry SKIPPY® Christmas

Have yourself a merry SKIPPY® Christmas

... by making these yummy Peanut Butter treats this Christmas. We love baking and couldn't resist making a SKIPPY® Christmas treat. Definitely something all the family can enjoy too. These SKIPPY® Chocolate covered Peanut Butter balls are delicious, fun and an easy treat to make. VIEW the POST

Spending time with Grandma at Christmas time #familytraditions

Spending time with Grandma at Christmas time #familytraditions

My Grandparents are a huge part of my life, from the day I was born they have always been there for me. They did everything for me; boxes of food for university, dinners on a Saturday night and then sitting back and watching Inspector Morse. A family Christmas time. I loved my time with them both and it was devastating to lose my Grandad, he was like a Father to me growing up. I am so glad he gave me away and got to meet my children.  VIEW the POST

Afternoon tea with Santa at Dobbies Garden Centre

Afternoon tea with Santa at Dobbies Garden Centre

We were super lucky to have a fabulous treat at Dobbies Garden Centre in Milton Keynes yesterday. We only had afternoon tea with Santa. It was fabulous and the kiddies loved it. There are some fun Christmas activities going on at Dobbies this year, including breakfast with Santa and Santa's Grotto. Check out events in your local store. VIEW the POST

Making Christmas magical with Pandora

Making Christmas magical with Pandora

I am a huge Pandora fan and when I was asked if I wanted to review one of the new Winter Collection pieces I jumped at the chance. Pandora, to me, isn't just about jewellery, its about the memories and feelings I get with every item. I love all the new ranges, Harry Potter Collection and the Christmas Collection. Such great gifts for Christmas. VIEW the POST

A stress free Christmas Dinner with COOK

A stress free Christmas Dinner with COOK

I have been super lucky this weekend as I got to try out a stress free Christmas Dinner with COOK and have a practice run before the big day. We shared our yummy meal with friends and had a lovely Sunday eating delicious food, that took a grand total of 70 minutes to cook. I couldn't believe how delicious the food was, how easy it was to cook and the quality of it all. VIEW the POST

Personalising our Halloween with Cricut

Personalising our Halloween with Cricut

It suddenly occurred to me that I should share my fun Halloween makes this year as it might inspire some of you that have Cricut Maker machines. Or if you are good at freehand then you could do it without the tech. We have had fun making our new home fit for Halloween this year, it's nice finding new homes for our Autumnal goodies. We have also been personalising our Halloween goodies too. VIEW the POST

#HariboShareTheScare Making our very own Halloween outfits

#HariboShareTheScare Making our very own Halloween outfits

Who says you have to go out and buy new costumes each year? I was asked to #HariboShareTheScare with my readers this year, by Haribo, what better way to share the scare than to give my readers some fun tips on how to upcycle old clothes for Halloween costumes. I love being creative and making things, I try to make the time to do this every year. Here are my top ideas on how to make use of what you have already…  VIEW the POST

Making our own vegan nut milk #worldfoodday

What better way to celebrate World Food Day than by making our own, healthy, vegan nut milk? I love cashews and a cashew nut milk is so yummy. I use nut milk when I bake, it brings a little extra flavour to the desserts I find, and I love the texture of the nut milk. This recipe is a twist on the tiger nut milk recipe from Buy Whole Foods Online.  …

The worst customer service experience ever!

The worst customer service experience ever!

Now I’m not one to complain. Especially when it comes to our beloved NHS. But the past 24 hours have been extremely frustrating and it is not the NHS, it is the particular people and practice processes. I suppose it annoys me because it’s my job; making sure the customer experience is the best it can be. This is an example of how customer service can go quite wrong. VIEW the POST

My top tips for finding the right shapewear #fashion

My top tips for finding the right shapewear #fashion

Since having both the children it is fair to say my body has completely changed. I used to be a size 6, 8 at at stretch, before children and now I am a 10 or a 12 (depending on the clothes store). People don't believe me when I tell them but it's true and I guess I hide it well. Well I found the correct shapewear for the perfect outfits! VIEW the POST

My tips for a happier mind #mindfulness

This is a list of tips I’ve learnt from different people and experience… I’ve been lucky enough to receive some great training over the years and talk to inspiring people. So I thought I would share these tips on having a happier mind as they are useful and I hope they’ll be of use to you. Your brain is the most important tool you’ll own. We must look after it. Mindfulness is a great way to do this. …

Kids eat for £1 at Carluccio’s this Summer #gifted

Kids eat for £1 at Carluccio’s this Summer #gifted

We love Italian food and with the Summer Holidays nearly over, we needed to make the most of the fabulous offer Carluccio's are running until September 3rd: Kids eat for £1 - this means a starter, main, dessert and drink all for £1. It's a great deal, especially, if like us, you are running a bit low on funds towards the end of Summer! Here's what we chose... VIEW the POST

Top tips on how to use the daily goal setter #competition

Top tips on how to use the daily goal setter #competition

I love a list, planner and journal. I am a stationery fiend. I am all for mindfulness and decluttering my mind is a great way of doing that, so this Mål Paper daily goal setter planner was something I was desperate to try. VIEW the POST

The little adventures of Scruff from St Neots #TeamScruff

As some of you may know from following my Instagram stories we have been helping a lovely lady called Liz find her dog, Scruff, who went missing on Tuesday. 6 whole days we was missing. It has been such an experience for many of us but this is my account of the most overwhelming week we’ve had in a long time. I know some people won’t get this at all, but I love animals and if my dog was missing we would want as much help as we gave – treat people as you expect to be treated and all that! …

The Cervical Smear Diaries – 2 years on #NotSoSimple

The Cervical Smear Diaries – 2 years on #NotSoSimple

Well, I am quite late for the Cervical Screening Awareness week, however awareness is awareness! Some of you may remember 2 years ago I received the Smear Results: Abnormal Cells. Abnormal cells, high grade (severe) dyskaryosis to be exact. It was really scary and I wouldn't wish the process on anyone, but it's very common and the procedure over in 90 minutes. This is part 3 of the Cervical Smear Diaries. VIEW the POST