I love this photo from half term. It’s whooshed past so quickly. I can’t quite believe it’s gone already. The 6 week countdown to the Easter Holidays has begun.

We always fill our weeks with lots of things to do, it just means they zoom by. The kids go from one #activity to the next. They have after school clubs, boxing, football, swimming, drama and cubs after school. Friday is the only day they do not have anything booked in. It’s so manic.

Before I know it Saturday is here again and I’ve not done anything significant. I guess I’ll have to make my Saturdays full of significant things 😂. Who else thinks the week go by too quickly at the moment?

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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! #familytime is just perfect. 
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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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

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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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#ad Coat & Boots from @idealworld.tv and they are @joebrowns 🙌🏻

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Enjoy Summer and win with Anita

Anita are working with me once again to offer this fabulous swimwear competition. One lucky reader is in with the chance to win another fabulous swimming costume, Anita Comfort Senga One Piece Swimsuit. You may have seen the first competition which was very popular. Now the sunshine has come out, let’s give away this rather lovely swimming costume from Anita.

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Anita sacrifice their own comfort to focus on yours. They are constantly working on ways of improving the products, developing new materials and fine-tuning the perfect fit. In doing this, the creative team has had to strike the perfect balance between a variety of factors: colours and patterns, lace and embroidery, bands and edging. They have created some beautiful swimming costumes and bikinis.

What do I win in this Anita competition? 

Anita are giving away this beautiful swimming costume, it is stylish, slimming and also part of their mastectomy swimwear collection, which means its pocketed. The swimming costume, Senga, retails at £104.00 and is perfect for the summer holiday with the family this year. This is a gorgeous Senga one piece swimsuit by Anita. Includes adjustable straps and an underwire integrated into the bust lining that shapes and supports without restriction. This swimsuit has a specially designed Anita bust lining providing firm support and comfort. Can be worn as a halterneck or bandeau.

They have a beautiful collection of swimwear on their website and this care swimsuit is no exception: 

How do I win? 

All you have to do is fill in the competition entry form below, competition closes in 10 days, good luck: 

Anita swimsuit x 2

This competition closes at midnight on 4th August 2016.

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123 Comments
  • Tracy K Nixon
    July 25, 2016

    We are off to my parents holiday home on the Isle of Arran. not sure about going abroad this summer just yet – may book to go abroad during the october half term holidays instead!

  • MSEDOLLYP
    July 25, 2016

    Sunny spain

  • ValB
    July 25, 2016

    Off to Australia in September

  • Angela Walker
    July 25, 2016

    Very flattering for Majorca this august

  • Kim Styles
    July 25, 2016

    hopefully Australia

  • Mirjana
    July 25, 2016

    I am going to Sicily 🙂

  • Elizabeth Hinds
    July 25, 2016

    We’re going to wales for a week – we might go abroad later in the year, depending on pennies 🙂

  • sam
    July 25, 2016

    i am off to greece

  • christine shelley
    July 25, 2016

    Just been to the scillys

  • Angela Boucher
    July 25, 2016

    I’m heading off to Majorca.

  • Dawn Hull
    July 25, 2016

    We are planning on going back to Rhodes, Greece.

  • Suzanne
    July 25, 2016

    Italy – sunny, hopefully and perfect for this lovely costume.

  • laura banks
    July 25, 2016

    we are off to tenerife

  • Maggie Coates
    July 25, 2016

    We haven’t booked a holiday yet.

  • tamalyn roberts
    July 25, 2016

    my parents house who live in lanzarote x

  • claire blaney
    July 25, 2016

    yes im of to austria this year

  • Robyn Seviour
    July 25, 2016

    I might get to sit in the garden if im lucky!

  • Cath Joyce
    July 25, 2016

    We are going to scotland

  • Zoe C
    July 25, 2016

    Spain

  • Laura Nice
    July 25, 2016

    Cornwall! finger crossed we get the heat wave back!! 🙂

  • Alica
    July 25, 2016

    Sadly I am going nowhere but my daughter is off to Greece and this would be for her 🙂

  • Paula gwynne
    July 25, 2016

    I am going camping in the new forest with all my family

  • Jo Jones
    July 25, 2016

    I am going to Cornwall

  • r eades
    July 25, 2016

    We have just come back from devon! really want to go away again!

  • Amanda Hart
    July 25, 2016

    Camping this year but I work term time and have 6 wks off and have promised my son lots of beach dates

  • Rachel P
    July 25, 2016

    Cornwall 😀

  • tracy
    July 26, 2016

    i live in cornwall ,so it feels like im on holiday all year round.

  • jo ogden
    July 26, 2016

    off to tenerife in september

  • Gordon Hollingworth
    July 26, 2016

    Its going to be a staycation this year so fingers crossed the sun stays for a little longer 🙂

  • steph lovatt
    July 26, 2016

    North Wales

  • terri jenner
    July 26, 2016

    great swimsuit perfect for my upcoming holiday

  • Jen Schofield
    July 26, 2016

    We’re going to Spain!

  • JUDITH LUSCOMBE
    July 26, 2016

    I have just come back from lanzarote and am scouting the travel agency pages for ideas for summer sun next year

  • Jo Carroll
    July 26, 2016

    We’re off to Thailand at the end of the summer, so I’m on a strict diet to be able to fit into my swimming costume before then 😉

  • Julie henderson
    July 26, 2016

    tenerife

  • barbara
    July 26, 2016

    falmouth in cornwall and we cant wait

  • Carly Belsey
    July 26, 2016

    We are off to newquay in a few weeks with the two kiddies and two stepchildren and i can’t wait 🙂

  • Amber Rossi
    July 26, 2016

    I am going to WOMAD festival in Malmesbury

  • Gemma Massey
    July 26, 2016

    Im going to las vegas i cant wait. Relaxing by the pool then casino time 🙂

  • Beky Austerberry
    July 26, 2016

    We haven’t planned a holiday – hopefully we could get a weekend away somewhere?

  • Sophie roberts
    July 26, 2016

    We’re off to majorca! 🙂

  • Jess Powell (Babi a Fi)
    July 26, 2016

    Can’t afford it this year, but hopefully next year 🙂

  • Elzbieta Znyk
    July 26, 2016

    Cornwall 🙂

  • Lewis Clark
    July 26, 2016

    Southport but hoping for a last minute holiday away somewhere too

  • michellelinzi
    July 26, 2016

    Enjoying the sunshine in the sunny UK at moment 🙂

  • Karl Borowy
    July 26, 2016

    going to gaz austria

  • Amy Dickson
    July 27, 2016

    We are off to turkey this year in september. It’s mine and my other halfs first holiday together and i have yet to find the perfect swimwear but this is gorgeous!

  • jus
    July 27, 2016

    BenidorM

  • Laura Harrison
    July 27, 2016

    Hopefully to sunny Spain xxx

  • Susan Hoggett
    July 27, 2016

    I’m going to Cornwall in september

  • Tammy Tudor
    July 27, 2016

    France very soon 😉

  • simone lee
    July 27, 2016

    we are not going on holiday this year so just days out here and there

  • Carole E
    July 27, 2016

    Wales

  • Keri brooks
    July 27, 2016

    WE haven’t got a holiday this year. But going on our 1st family holiday abroad next year.

  • Debbie Burfoot
    July 28, 2016

    Off to the peak district next week

  • Lorna Totton
    July 29, 2016

    haven’t got anything booked yet as husband been unwell but hope to soon.

  • Solange
    July 29, 2016

    Florida

  • Keshia Esgate
    July 29, 2016

    we are off to fuerteventura 🙂

  • Jen morgan
    July 29, 2016

    We are of to Greece in a couple of weeks can’t wait

  • esme mccrubb
    July 31, 2016

    sadly only holidaying at home this year

  • Jemma Dwyer
    July 31, 2016

    we are visiting cornwall

  • Rich Tyler
    August 1, 2016

    Sunny DEVON!

  • Lisa Wilkinson
    August 1, 2016

    We are going down to Legoland for a few days this year.

  • David Crabb
    August 1, 2016

    Hopefully Jamaica fingers crossed 🙂

  • steph2077@yahoo.com
    August 2, 2016

    Im going lanzarote

  • Karen Barrett
    August 2, 2016

    Mexico

  • sarah fielding
    August 2, 2016

    PORTUGAL!

  • Kat Allinson
    August 2, 2016

    We’ve already had our main holiday to the isle of wight, but we are going away for the bank holiday weekend to the new forest too

  • Emma Ellams
    August 2, 2016

    nowhere this year unfortunately 🙁 Am hoping to go to california next year 🙂

  • Rebecca Phillips
    August 3, 2016

    nowhere this year unfortunately!

  • Iris w
    August 3, 2016

    We’re off to lovely switzerland were i grew up

  • Diana
    August 3, 2016

    Just to the local beach on the good days 🙂

  • Andrew Hindley
    August 3, 2016

    Southport

  • katrina walsh
    August 3, 2016

    I’m off to Gibraltar for the first time

  • Melanie Southey-Hill
    August 3, 2016

    we went to floridaat the end of jun….already feels like months ago

  • kaye willan
    August 3, 2016

    Portugal in September !

  • James Donovan
    August 3, 2016

    thailand for my honeymoon

  • Bianca Franks
    August 3, 2016

    I’m getting MARRIED IN mALLORCA AND THE GOING TO aMERICA ON MY HONEYMOON! X

  • Karen R
    August 3, 2016

    We’re off to Spain this summer 🙂

  • Jayne Kelsall
    August 3, 2016

    We are off to spain this year, cannot wait been a couple of years since our last holiday .x

  • Ema J Lowe
    August 3, 2016

    we are going to minehead later in the month, and will probably have our sun holiday at xmas/new year

  • Katherine Coldicott
    August 3, 2016

    We’re off to Lisbon.

  • claire little
    August 3, 2016

    Ibiza

  • donna l jones
    August 3, 2016

    we are going to tenerife

  • Lesley
    August 3, 2016

    croatia 🙂

  • Kelly cooper
    August 3, 2016

    We are going rhodes in greece for a family wedding.

  • Mark Johnson
    August 3, 2016

    southern spain

  • cheryl lovell
    August 3, 2016

    We are off to majorca!!

  • Lorraine Mabbitt
    August 3, 2016

    Sunny spain

  • Jane Middleton
    August 3, 2016

    Tenerife

  • ellie spider
    August 3, 2016

    We had a week in the forest of dean in july, have a 5 day camping trip over the aug bank holiday to west wales and then end of sept we ar e off to nyc and orlando for 2 1/2 weeks 🙂

  • Claire Butler
    August 3, 2016

    nowhere, HOPEFULLy Fuerteventura in the spring

  • louise Evans
    August 4, 2016

    Ive just come back from Sunny Beach Bulgaria but im off to Malta for 3 weeks at christmas

  • Jean Vaughan
    August 4, 2016

    Off to Shanghai which is a bit different.

  • Pam Smith
    August 4, 2016

    We’Re going on a Baltic cruise

  • Rebecca Roberts
    August 4, 2016

    We are doing our house up at minute so if lucky a last min deal if not a day at the seaside can be just as much fun

  • Sue Wickins
    August 4, 2016

    we’re off to menorca

  • Jacqueline Roberts
    August 4, 2016

    Off to miami

  • louiseb
    August 4, 2016

    Went to oslo in july and am going to rome in august.

  • Danielle stewart
    August 4, 2016

    Just the odd little trip away this year, York and to London next month. Hopefully a nice holiday next year x

  • Antonia Richardson
    August 4, 2016

    great-yarmouth

  • Fiona Mallard
    August 4, 2016

    Going to Brussels for a long weekend at the end of this month, but I haven’t decided on a “summer” holiday yet

  • hAYLEY TODD
    August 4, 2016

    WE ARE OFF TO THE BEAUTIFUL ISLAND OF MAJORCA THIS SUMMER, I CAN’T WAIT! – i APOLOGISE FOR THE CAPITALS BUT MY KEYBOARD HAS JUST GONE WONKY!!!

  • Damian Thomas
    August 4, 2016

    Off to the canaries

  • Heather Dunk
    August 4, 2016

    We are off to portugal for our babymoon before i give birth to our first child in december. Hope that we can enjoy ourselves together alone for the last time in like 18 years!!

  • kellyanne mitchell
    August 4, 2016

    we have just had a glorious week in llandudno 🙂 not quite crete but a change is as good as a rest x

  • Sallyanne Metcalfe-Mullins
    August 4, 2016

    Off to sunny france, baby bertie in tow….so a swimsuit that helps my post-baby body would be fab!

  • jayne hobson
    August 4, 2016

    no where im afraid

  • Jess BerkeleY
    August 4, 2016

    Im off to sunny and warm maltA!!
    ☀️☀️

  • kate m jones
    August 4, 2016

    We are having a ‘STAY-CATION’ this year, a city break in london and then a spa weekend in the lake district 🙂

  • Jill fairbanks
    August 4, 2016

    Would love for mexico next yar

  • Natalie Crossan
    August 4, 2016

    I hOPE AUSTRALIA X

  • Anneka Hulse
    August 4, 2016

    PORTUGAL after my baby boy arrives

  • katy Bulcock
    August 4, 2016

    not yet decided will definatly be having one this year though 🙂

  • Ruth Wollerton
    August 4, 2016

    I am having a STAYCATION at home with lots of fun with my boys xxx

  • Donna Caldwell
    August 4, 2016

    Im of to Rio

  • amanda greensmith
    August 4, 2016

    WERE OFF to DEvon THIS YEAR

  • Vicky Hawkins
    August 4, 2016

    Greece in september

  • Alison Clark
    August 4, 2016

    Im going to New york and Las Vegas in 5 weeks time but before that Im taking my noece and nephew away in this country for a weeks holiday.

  • Gem Cook
    August 4, 2016

    Florida, Disney land.
    Can’t wait to tell our kids and see their faces light up!

  • Evette williams
    August 4, 2016

    Off to Madeira

  • Cerys John
    August 4, 2016

    jUST BEEN TO iTALY 🙂

  • Lisa Mauchline
    August 4, 2016

    We’re going to a caravan park in Scotland

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