💙💚 This weather is just beautiful. I can’t wait to spend more time with nature. Evening walks through natures routes and paddling under the sunshine.

I haven’t seen much of the sunshine this week; I’ve been quite unwell and going to bed early to give myself energy for the next day. I’m hoping it will pass soon, so I can enjoy some sunshine over the weekend.

How has your week been?

#mummyphotoaday ~ nature & route

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🎂 Yesterday we had a very successful family party for Isla’s birthday. 🥳

Isla and I made her watermelon themed cake, we baked scones and a zillion sandwiches. It was so nice to have everyone around, as we haven’t done that for years. I think there was 16 of us in total!

I love decorating the table for an Afternoon Tea. It always looks so pretty. I used the Garden Party in a box from @lucydarlingshop.

All the sandwiches went down a treat. We had cheese, ham, chicken, egg mayo and tuna mayo! I’ve rekindled my love for a cheese & pickle… 

What’s your favourite sandwich? 

#mummyphotoaday ~ family

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🍉 Watermelon cake recipe from @cakesbylynz (it didn’t work out the same but had a similar effect).
🌳 I would love to live in the countryside, by vast woodlands & coastal paths. It’s the dream. However, I forget just how much beauty there is just outside my door.

This little woodland, for example, is full of life & only a 30 second walk from my house. I find it calming & I just love taking slow walks through here. Listening to the birds!

I’ve promised myself to get more steps in, and appreciate natures little pockets that I live near. After all, it can only make me appreciate the countryside whenever we do find our dream home.

Do you forget about the pockets of nature near you?

#mummyphotoaday ~ steps

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Making memories 🥳

This was Isla’s first family selfie using her birthday present. She loves taking photos and I can see her following in Daddy’s footsteps when she’s older. She’s very creative.

We’ve managed to spread out Isla’s birthday celebrations over an 8 day period. Perfect if you ask me. She’s loved it!

Anyone love taking photos? Of everything? All the time?

#mummyphotoaday ~ memory

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And she’s jumping into her birthday like…

💙💗 We had a super fun time at the trampoline park tonight, hot dogs and slushies. Cupcakes and sweets. Then to the park to burn off the sugar high and cool them down a little.

It was lovely to see them all playing and having fun… Isla loved it. I learn so much from her, how to let go and how to have fun. She’s my little ⭐️.

I cannot believe my baby is 10 tomorrow 😭 I want my baby girl back with her diddy feet.

What’s your favourite memory of the newborn stage?

#mummyphotoaday ~ learn 

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My favourite skies are deep with blue and white fluffy clouds scattered about too. I visualise patterns and shapes in the clouds just for fun… it’s amazing this planet that lives under the sun!

I’m doing my bit to look after the planet; walking where I can, compost, I don’t eat meat or fish, using less water and getting rid of single use plastic.

I want to keep seeing the beautiful views and making cloud patterns and shapes. Do you do that when the sky is full of white fluffy clouds?

#mummyphotoaday ~ skies & pattern

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With it being my little babies 10th birthday in one week, it’s making me reflect on all the fun adventures and activities we’ve had over the years.

This is one of my favourite photos from April 2015. Isla was not quite 4 here and Noah is 5. They’re soo tiny. I remember Noah trying to explain to Isla what they’d be doing back at the holiday cottage.

They’ve always been very active. In fact I think they were more active when they were younger! 😂

Do you go through photos of your little ones when approaching their birthdays? 💜

#mummyphotoaday ~ activities 

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My top tips when doing DIY at home

My top tips when doing DIY at home

I have had a lotttt of feedback about our kitchen worktop makeover. It's been so lovely to see everyone commenting and asking questions, it has been a popular post in the Frenchic Facebook Group, I posted it in there as I painted my cupboards using Frenchic first. Here are some other tips I have discovered whilst doing DIY at home, that you may find useful. VIEW the POST

Making our family home – Kitchen worktops

Making our family home – Kitchen worktops

I posted my kitchen worktops makeover on the Facebook Frenchic Group and I have received so many questions I thought I would answer them here. We had a quote for new worktops, it was £1,000 and we simply do not have that right now. So, I found a vinyl covering called DC Fix that covers our old worktop perfectly and creates a new look. All for under £50. This post details how I did it and what you will need. VIEW the POST

Month 2 of making our family home

Month 2 of making our family home

We seem to have done a lot this month, month 2, we have changed a lot. Some things just a little and some drastic changes too. The bathroom is coming along. We have about another week to go until I can have a bath in my bathroom. So excited. You can see what we did in month 1 in my previous post. Since then we have done the following: VIEW the POST

Week 7 of making our family home

Week 7 of making our family home

Since the update last week, we have booked in to have our kitchen floor tiled and also our bathroom is being plastered. So this weekend we have to get all the tiles off of the bathroom wall. We have spent our time doing a bit of gardening and sorting over the past few weeks. I have also made a start on my test kitchen cupboard door with an undercoat layer. VIEW the POST

Month 1 of making our family home

I cannot believe how quickly this month has gone. It is absolutely crazy. I keep forgetting to log what we have been doing with just before photos. That’s the bit I needed the most. So, our first month in our new home and we have decorated main rooms, have the cooker installed, started the bathroom and nearly finished the dining room. We have done a lot since our last weekly update.

Week 4 of making our home

Week 4 of making our home

Woohoo! The cooker is in. We had the electrician out all day yesterday and he had to install a cooker line from the fuse board. This house didn't have one before. We now have a nice little cooker on/off switch and a rather powerful electric fan oven. VIEW the POST

Week 3 of making our home

Week 3 of making our home

It has been a slow week for renovations compared to week 2. However, we have got a few things lined up and ready to go now. It's amazing how difficult the logistics of everything can seem at times - for example in order to get my bath I have to do 5 things before hand. Here are our updates in our third week in our new home... VIEW the POST

Week 2 of making our home

Week 2 of making our home has been awful. Completely tiring and stressful. We completely underestimated how much stuff we had in the old house and just how long it would take to get it from A to B – without a van! Unfortunately we spent all weekend apart whilst Hubby was sorting the old house and I was sorting the new house and we are completely busy for the next couple of weekends – so it’s been a bit slow!

Week 1 of making our home

Week 1 of making our home

It has been an extremely busy first week in our new home, we really wanted to make the most of it. And we did! We have been non-stop working, almost around the clock and we have got so much done. We are really happy with the hard work. I thought I would do some before and after photos to document week 1. I love making our home, it's a lot of fun. VIEW the POST