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...

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February photo challenge 2020 #MummyPhotoADay

February photo challenge 2020 #MummyPhotoADay

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2019 photo challenge December week 4

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2019 photo challenge December week 2

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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

2019 photo challenge November week 4

2019 photo challenge November week 4

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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

2019 photo challenge November week 1

2019 photo challenge November week 1

This week, November week 1, on #Mummyphotoaday, we have had a busy week! November is always a busy time for us as we have Noah's birthday and preparing for Christmas always starts around now. I have to make lots of lists of what to buy and what we need to do. Plan our weekends to see people and ensure I have the right things for the right visits. Anyone else like that? VIEW the POST

November photo challenge 2019 #MummyPhotoADay

November photo challenge 2019 #MummyPhotoADay

Well, it's November and I am not certain how that came about so quickly. The ever anticipated photo prompts for the month have arrived.... yippee. What will you bring to the November photo challenge 2019? I am very excited to see all of the photos this month. VIEW the POST

2019 photo challenge October week 4

This week, October week 4, on #Mummyphotoaday, it’s been a wet week – AGAIN! I have never known it to be so wet, usually this time of year its clear skies and you can see the puffs of hot air as they escape your mouth. Instead its been reasonably mild with lots of rainy days. We’ve made some good use of our wellies though. …

2019 photo challenge October week 3

2019 photo challenge October week 3

This week, October week 3, on #Mummyphotoaday, it's been a wet week! I feel like it has rained constantly everyday. I also feel like the rain is never going to end. Hubby and I have almost wanted to hug the decking - no sooner had it gone up the weather changed to consistent rain. Sorry decking! At least we treated it. Here's what we have been up to this week with #MummyPhotoADay... VIEW the POST

2019 photo challenge October week 2

2019 photo challenge October week 2

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2019 photo challenge September week 4

2019 photo challenge September week 4

This week, September week 4, on #Mummyphotoaday, it's been a funny week. The weather has been nice, then not nice, then windy, then sunny, then monsoon rain, then nice. You get the picture! It's definitely an example of a changing season. The children have seemed a little frustrated this week and Daddy and I are exhausted! VIEW the POST

2019 photo challenge September week 3

2019 photo challenge September week 3

This week, September week 3, on #Mummyphotoaday, has been full of Autumn. I love it - those beautiful sunny photos and the browns/oranges coming through my Instagram feed. Who doesn't love this time of year? Ive tried to mix my posts up this week too: fashion, family and lifestyle. I also managed to join in with a couple of the #MyHouseThisMonth posts. VIEW the POST

2019 photo challenge September week 1

2019 photo challenge September week 1

I am mixing up how I blog about my Instagram photo challenge, #Mummyphotoaday, I am doing a weekly round up instead of a daily blog post. The first week has been amazing, so many beautiful photos tagged and I will be a featuring my favourite each week on the blog! So, this is September week 1... VIEW the POST

2019 photo challenge August day 31

2019 photo challenge August day 31

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2019 photo challenge August day 30

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2019 photo challenge August day 29

2019 photo challenge August day 29

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