These two made the most out of the limited amount of snow this morning. They scraped what they could off of my car and had the tiniest snow fight. Then walked the school run with icy cold fingers and soggy socks!

I then had a #quiet dog walk, lapping up the weather. I do love the snow. The route I chose was not the best as half of it was sloshy mud and poor Snoopy kept limping as the ice was clumping to his paws.

I stopped for a break on the dog walk, at a tea shop and had tea with a friend. I’ve never done that before. I’m not sure if the dogs enjoyed it but even they got a treat which was nice.

After school was slightly less calm; poor Noah had a terrific accident at lunch and collided with the playground. He has a swollen knee, grazed hip and elbow and a swollen mound on his forehead. He went to bed feeling rather sorry for himself. Bless him.

It terrifies me when the kids run on concrete. I wish I could bubble wrap them up sometimes!

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These two made the most...

It’s Wednesday again. I’m not sure how. But it is. I love this shot of the kitchen in our #home. We’re renovating a 1960’s house that had, from what I can gather, original kitchen, bedroom carpets, the oven looked original when we moved in too. You can see the before and after images on my blog, under the our home category.

I love that we’ve made the kitchen space brighter. Painting the doors have made a huge difference. We need to get the tiles off the wall, get a new worktop and splashback for our lovely oven. It currently has an old orange extractor fan and it looks horrendous. I’ll show you the awful sight in my stories!

We’re starting work on the utility room soon too, our new floor tiles have been ordered from @harveymaria. They are beautiful and I’m 100% sure they’ll do the original 70’s style tiles justice! Can’t wait to see it all.

Do I go for white walls or colour?

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The kiddies requested a Maccie D’s style breakfast for dinner 🥞 - so I made American style pancakes, with sausage and maple syrup.

They had 6 pancakes each and demolished the lot. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.

I wish they ate all meals with such conviction but peas and parsnips clearly don’t float their boat!

Not the best photography! 🤷🏼‍♀️ I had no time to take them as the kiddies couldn’t wait any longer.

Who else has pancakes only for their meal on Shrove Tuesday? I have to have pancakes. Happy to have a savoury one as long as I get a sweet one too! 🥞

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The kiddies requested a Maccie...

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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Expressing your geeky interests with those you love most

It’s a new decade and how exciting is that? Perhaps one of the best parts of the new decade is that we don’t have to pretend to like things, nor do we have to be ashamed of expressing our true interests. Everyone seems to be perfectly confident in sharing what they love these days. Which is great and I have always had geeky interests and always been very proud of it.

This is why certain hobbies and interests, that may have once seemed ‘geeky’ or ‘niche,’ are quickly becoming some of the most enjoyable activities that families and friends can do together. It’s nice to know that your friends and family are also into the things you are – it means the world is open to more fun!

Here are a few of those geeky interests and how you can make the best of them. It’s about time we all stopped feeling ‘out of the scene’ when it comes to the hobbies we’d really love to take part in:

Enjoy A Gaming Lan Party

With high performing rackmount servers, running a dedicated LAN connection for those of your friends who enjoy gaming can be a great idea. When running regular game nights where you work together to play a range of hilarious indie titles, puzzle games or even stream your curated grouped exploits through said dedicated server, you can see just how video games can bring people together, and how in 2020, this needn’t be passing a controller from one person to another as you all wait your turn.

Curate A Board Game Night

Board games are once again having a golden moment, as crowdfunded titles and excellent new rulesets celebrated by creative individuals and critics are starting to become the norm. It could be that once a week you bring those you love together in order to experience something new, or show off a collection of yours, or to help you laugh until you cry with a nice bottle of wine as you try to diffuse a theoretical explosive within enough time. Boardgame nights can certainly take the edge off your week, and that can only be a good thing.

Play Dungeons & Dragons

For the longest time, playing Dungeons & Dragons was considered a very niche hobby, something that only those who loved role-playing games to the nth degree would ever partake in. Thankfully, the beauty of this game has opened up, and now many people play it in order to relax and spend time with their friends. Perhaps joining a local club or asking your friend with experience to host your game, you can run in a theoretical adventure as a character of your choosing with your best friends by your side. With a little imagination, you can unspool years of stress from your shoulders in one hilarious game session. I love the sound of this game, a colleague plays it and it does sound like a great night to spend with friends.

With this advice, you’re sure to best express your geeky interests with those you love most.

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5 Comments
  • Kelly Knowles
    January 24, 2020

    Lovely read, life is so busy sometimes you need this getting together with friends too

  • Sarah Cooper
    January 24, 2020

    We are planning on having a board game night soon!

  • Jazz Fulcher
    January 24, 2020

    Ah it’s great to see dungeons and dragons mentioned, I love it. Me and my boyfriend are fans of settlers of catan

  • Jo F
    January 25, 2020

    We’re trying into introduce our children to card games; trumps, rummy etc. Can’t beat it on a wet winters afternoon

  • Meridith
    January 26, 2020

    My husband’s work have a regular board games night after work – they work in technology but it’s good to see the low-tech still has its appeal.

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