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...

#constantgarden: The summer blooms

It is summer and the flowers are beginning to bloom, there are some brilliant colours opening up in the garden at the moment and we are trying again with the little sunflowers as the last batch were eaten by slugs – I am prepared this time, I bought slug pellets (safe ones mind you).

Sunflower bulb

I have started again with the sunflowers and I am using slug pellets this time around, I do not want to loose all of my little creations again, like  I did a few months ago. I have planted a whole pack of sunflower seeds and they are currently germinating in the propagator in the garden. You can see from the photo that they seeds have already started to germinate, they have been out there for 3 days now. I will keep you posted on the growth of these and hopefully they will grow into big tall sunflowers. Yippee.

I love my garden, it is growing all around us everyday and I love the fact that things develop at different times so there is always something magical to look at. First off in our garden was the ceanothus which was a terrific purple colour at the start of spring, it is now a green tree but the flowers are all starting to bloom and it just looks amazing out there. There is an array of yellows, pinks, blues and white and I just love to look at it and think to myself that I did that. Mainly from bulbs but I have also had the odd cutting from my Mum, Grandma and Uncle which are all doing very well in the garden too. I know my Grandad would be proud. The buddleia is a cutting from my Mum’s garden and it is doing really well, I am hoping that by next Spring it will be large and next summer it will display beautiful colours and bring in all the butterflies.

 

Buddleia shoot
Buddleia shoot

So what do I have growing in my garden: as you can see from the gallery images, this month the flowers are all starting to bloom and there are some beautiful colours coming through. The Dianthus is a lovely pale pink. The Poppy has come through and it looks like a pink fizz variety, which looks like it is all tassley. The liatris spicata is growing nicely, it looks really tall now so I am hoping that it will flower very soon and show off its bright purple top. The oxalis deppei has flowered and the leaves just look so different in comparison to other plants, its a nice change to the other flowers. I have a collection of nice bright, orange Calendula. The whole packet of seeds seems to have grown up quite nicely which is great. The Calla Lily is doing really well too, its rather large and I am hoping it will burst with a nice orange colour over the next few weeks. I think the favourite at the moment has to be the Gladiola’s, they are just dominating the “Look at me” show, they are a striking pink and look absolutely stunning. I planted bulbs sporadically around the garden and then an entire bed of them by the conservatory. The ones at the far end of the garden are beginning to flower, whilst the bed are still growing. They will look amazing when they are all in flower. They brighten up the garden a lot – Noah loves them. He gets so excited about the flowers growing, it is nice to see. The roses are beginning to come through and hopefully by the end of the month the white rose bush will dominate that flower bed.

oxalis deppei
oxalis deppei
Orange Calendula
Orange Calendula
Love in the mist - blue and white
Love in the mist – blue and white
Gladioal in full bloom
Gladioal in full bloom
Gladioal in full bloom
Gladioal in full bloom
Gladioal in full bloom
Gladioal in full bloom
Gladioal in full bloom
Gladioal in full bloom
Gladioal in full bloom
Gladioal in full bloom

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Canna Lily
Canna Lily
Canna Lily
Canna Lily

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Young Gladiola bed
Young Gladiola bed
Yellow rose bush
Yellow rose bush
Yellow rose bush - my late Grandads favourite flower
Yellow rose bush – my late Grandads favourite flower
Poppy heads - near to flowering. Pink Fizz variety.
Poppy heads – near to flowering. Pink Fizz variety.
liatris spicata - near to flowering
liatris spicata – near to flowering
Gladiola - almost in full bloom.
Gladiola – almost in full bloom.
White rose bush
White rose bush
Dianthus
Dianthus
Dianthus
Dianthus
Gladioal in full bloom
Gladiola in full bloom

 

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1 Comment
  • Christy
    April 14, 2015

    Thank you for the auspicious writeup. It actually was a enjoyment account it.
    Look advanced to far introduced agreeable from you!
    However, how could we keep in touch?

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