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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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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I love wrapping Christmas presents, albeit it takes me ages as I like to be creative and put a little effort into it. I thought I would combine my top tips and wrapping hacks for Christmas this year. I hope that one of these ideas can inspire you to put a little extra something into your Christmas gift wrapping. VIEW the POST

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Cricut Maker review and some new features #ad

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A crafty afternoon celebrating Easter with Num Noms #NumNomsEaster

Isla loves her Num Noms, she really wants to collect the entire set. We didn’t realise there was new nail varnishes to collect in Series 4, Polish-it Noms. We had a fun craft afternoon after our Num Noms Easter hunt. The girls had a lot of fun searching for the collectibles all over the house. Then had some quiet time crafting in our playroom.  …

How to choose a fabric for your sewing project?

How to choose a fabric for your sewing project?

Designing and crafting is something very destressing and therapeutic for your mind. Crafting something which you can later use for your own self is even more rewarding and gives you a sense of accomplishment. Sewing is one of those crafting techniques that requires skill and practice. It is rewarding in the sense that it reduces your dependence on a seamer and you can sew anything that is in your mind. While the ability to sew opens doors of creativity and options for you, it also involves a lot of research and technique. The most basic yet the trickiest part of sewing is to choose the right kind of fabrics for your sewing projects.VIEW the POST

Make your own Christmas baubles in 5 easy steps #Cricut

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This year we decided to do Secret Santa with my family, its a great idea when there are new babies coming in the family and house deposits to save up for. But it always leaves me feeling like I need to get a little something. I feel bad not giving people something as they spoil our children. So I decided to make everyone their own personalised bauble using my Cricut machine. This is my step by step instructions on how to make your very own Christmas baubles:  VIEW the POST

BEAR Claws Trick or Treat Halloween activity box

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Romantic craft ideas for a red hot Christmas

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Christmas and crafting are synonymous with one another. You could say that the two go together like a needle and thread. But when it comes to crafting around the holidays, where has all of the romance gone? Here is how you can use your creative gene and crafting skills to add a little bit of romance to your home around the holidays, adding spice to more than just your chai latte this holiday season.VIEW the POST

Springtime crafting with Baker Ross

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We love getting our Baker Ross craft boxes, especially this time of year as you get the pretty flowers and the Mothers Day goodies. The Spring craft box is always a good one to get stuck into on the rainy days, or the days where it's just a little too cloudy for going outside. We had so much fun making, I love seeing that concentration on her face. VIEW the POST

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Christmas crafts for the little ones from Baker Ross

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As you may have read we went away to West Yorkshire the other weekend with a group of friends. It was a fabulous weekend break full of outdoor fun and indoor fun too. What's better than crafting with the little ones, listening to the log fire cracking in the background and drinking a nice warm cuppa. The children spent a good couple of hours decorating their Christmas tree ornaments and colouring in their window decorations. They loved it.   VIEW the POST

Children’s autumn crafts for rainy days #BRCraftClub

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Autumn is my favourite season, mainly because you get a great mixture of indoor and outdoors. When it's not raining, we wrap up warm and go outside - collecting leaves or twigs. If it's raining then we tend to stay inside and do arts and crafts (sticking and glueing as Isla calls it) and when we have these days, Baker Ross comes to the rescue.  VIEW the POST

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Making our own little Gnomes with Cath Kidston

Over Easter, Cath Kidston stores across the UK invited customers to participate in Gnome painting workshops. To celebrate Easter and to also celebrate the new Gnome Cath Kidston print, which is really cute and perfect for green fingered folk! We were sent a craft pack with our very own Gnomes to paint and sparkle, also some beautiful aprons - including the Gnome print apron.  VIEW the POST

Everyone loves easter crafting #CraftyConstants

Everyone loves easter crafting #CraftyConstants

As many of you know, we love crafting and messy play and we had the opportunity to do both when Baker Ross sent us some of their fun Easter crafts to try out. I love the Easter goodies, eggs and cute bunnies and chicks, it's great seeing the children be so creative with the goodies too.  VIEW the POST

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How to create a traditional present

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Granny’s Classic Throw from Red Heart

Granny’s Classic Throw from Red Heart

As some of you may know I have recently got into Crochet and I love it, I love the fact you can get very creative with just a hook and some yarn! I am now a Make it Coats ambassador, which is amazing for me: I get to learn new patterns and stitches with a purpose. Well even more purpose than just wanting to do it in the first place. My first assignment is this rather bright and colourful granny square blanket. VIEW the POST

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As some of you may know I have recently got into Crochet and I love it, I love the fact you can get very creative with just a hook and some yarn! I am now a Make it Coats ambassador, which is amazing for me: I get to learn new patterns and stitches with a purpose. Well even more purpose than just wanting to do it in the first place. My first assignment is this rather bright and colourful granny square blanket. …

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Easy Easter crafts for the holidays #WorksEaster

Easy Easter crafts for the holidays #WorksEaster

 Today we have been busy getting our craft on with a huge selection of Easter crafting goodies from The Works, including a super bonnet and chicks and sticker packs to create the best Easter bonnet we could. My little ones are still quite little but I was impressed with their creative flair on the bonnet, it looked like a big nest on the top. VIEW the POST

A guide to making Christmas gift tags

A guide to making Christmas gift tags

A great way to glam up some of those little gifts you have still yet to wrap, why not try making a little extra special gift tag? It will not only make your little gifts, look a lot more, everything always look better with a bit of tender loving care! In this guide I have used a simple nail varnish, which costs around £4. You can use whatever small gifts you have left and the good thing about these tags is that you can do as much or as little as you like. VIEW the POST