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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When it comes to a...

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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#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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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...

16 February 2020 #SilentSunday

16 February 2020 #SilentSunday

Thanks for coming to #SilentSunday on 16 February 2020. This week has gone by so quickly and yet we haven't really achieved much from it. It's been a blurgh week, that's the only description I have for it. I shared this photo on Instagram on Friday and it got a lot of love so thought I would share it for my Sunday photo too. I hope everyone is having a great weekend. VIEW the POST

9 February 2020 #SilentSunday

9 February 2020 #SilentSunday

Thanks for coming to #SilentSunday on 9 February 2020. This week has gone by so quickly and yet we haven't really achieved much from it. It's been a blurgh week, that's the only description I have for it. I shared this photo on Instagram on Friday and it got a lot of love so thought I would share it for my Sunday photo too. I hope everyone is having a great weekend. VIEW the POST

February photo challenge 2020 #MummyPhotoADay

February photo challenge 2020 #MummyPhotoADay

Welcome to the February photo challenge 2020! I love this time of year; bobble hats, scarves, big woolly jumpers and snuggling time with my favourites. I am looking forward to seeing all the wonderful and Wintery photos this month. Oh and lots of yummy pancake recipes. VIEW the POST

January photo challenge 2020: my favourite photos

January photo challenge 2020: my favourite photos

Well, January is over (almost) and it has gone quite quickly considering. It helps when you have a super busy lifestyle. I have loved seeing all of the 475th day of January posts. I thought I would recap the January photo challenge 2020 with my favourite photos from all that took part in #mummyphotoaday. VIEW the POST

19 January 2020 #SilentSunday

19 January 2020 #SilentSunday

Thanks for coming to #SilentSunday on 19 January 2020. Well I think the Winter has finally kicked in. Beautiful frosts and beautiful scenery. I love wrapping up warm and cosy, putting on tonnes of layers and hats too. A nice walk in the crunchy leaves today. VIEW the POST

12 January 2020 #SilentSunday

12 January 2020 #SilentSunday

Thanks for coming to #SilentSunday on 12 January 2020. How is everyone doing on this second weekend of the year? I hope everyones New Years resolutions are holding up. This week it was my birthday, I have had a lovely week and got thoroughly spoilt. It is also the year anniversary of being in our house, it's gone so quickly. VIEW the POST

January photo challenge 2020 #MummyPhotoADay

January photo challenge 2020 #MummyPhotoADay

Happy New Year! The start of a new decade, how exciting? I have mulled over the photo prompts to kick off the new decade in style. What will you bring to the January photo challenge 2020? It's a time of reflection and hope, I am looking forward to seeing all of the Wintery photos and seeing some of those new years resolutions. VIEW the POST

A recap of my fave photos from #mummyphotoaday 2019

A recap of my fave photos from #mummyphotoaday 2019

As 2019 draws to a close, I thought I would recap the most popular photos from all that took part in #mummyphotoaday 2019. We have had some fun and seen lots of lovely photos from people. I thought I would feature my favourites of the popular posts from this year. A big thank you to everyone that joined in. VIEW the POST

22 December 2019 #SilentSunday

22 December 2019 #SilentSunday

Thanks for coming to #SilentSunday on 22 December 2019. Todays photo is from rock climbing yesterday. Hubby has been doing this for a week and has gained so much confidence. I cannot believe he is climbing up so high without any support! VIEW the POST

2019 photo challenge December week 4

2019 photo challenge December week 4

This week, December week 4, on #Mummyphotoaday, it's getting even closer to Christmas. I have heard the song "all I want for Christmas" a million times and it's getting too much. I much prefer some of the classics. I have loved listening to my Amazon Christmas playlist. VIEW the POST

2019 photo challenge December week 3

2019 photo challenge December week 3

This week, December week 3, on #Mummyphotoaday, it's getting near to Christmas. Woohoo. We have our first Christmas with family this weekend - so it is all systems go go go. How are your Christmas plans coming along? VIEW the POST

8 December 2019 #SilentSunday

8 December 2019 #SilentSunday

Thanks for coming to #SilentSunday on 8 December 2019. It's been a beautiful week, weather wise, I have loved the cold and sunny days. This photo couldn't be anything else really though, could it? It's everything that I wanted it to be, we have some work to do next year on the fireplace but it looks as magical as I thought it would in our new home. The first Christmas here. I am very excited. VIEW the POST

December photo challenge 2019 #MummyPhotoADay

December photo challenge 2019 #MummyPhotoADay

Yippee it's December. These are the ever anticipated photo prompts for the month.... yippee. What will you bring to the December photo challenge 2019? I am very excited as I am hopeful the squares will be full of amazing Christmas and festive photos. I love this time of year. VIEW the POST

1 December 2019 #SilentSunday

1 December 2019 #SilentSunday

Thanks for coming to #SilentSunday on 1 December 2019. Woohoo it's tree time. I am so excited as we haven't had the Christmas decorations up in the new house. There's something a little more exciting than normal. Anyone else putting the trees up today? Oh, and not forgetting advent calendar day too - how exciting. VIEW the POST

24 November 2019 #SilentSunday

24 November 2019 #SilentSunday

Thanks for coming to #SilentSunday on 24 November 2019. What a week? It has gone so quickly, I cannot believe it. We had a fabulous rainy weekend, yesterday we chilled and made a camp. We played with lots of fun toys and ignored our devices for the afternoon. It was really nice. The kiddies had fun too! VIEW the POST

2019 photo challenge November week 4

2019 photo challenge November week 4

This week, November week 4, on #Mummyphotoaday, it's been quick! We have had a week full of school clubs, Daddy passed his rock climbing course and successfully tidied the house from top to bottom. Albeit, you wouldn't realise. How has your week been? VIEW the POST

2019 photo challenge November week 3

2019 photo challenge November week 3

This week, November week 3, on #Mummyphotoaday, it's gone by so quickly! I think I have recovered from the busy weekend just gone, Noah's birthday celebrations went on all weekend. With all the new clubs after school, the weeks are zooming by. Do you feel the same? VIEW the POST