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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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 🤣

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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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Five ways for Mums to get a better night's sleep

Whether you’re a new mum or your kids are growing up, you’re probably all too familiar with that well-known feeling of sleep deprivation. Mums everywhere are not getting enough sleep, whether it’s from being kept up all night with a crying baby or toddler, having to stay up late getting through a ton of housework, or simply not being able to settle with a racing mind after everything you’ve had to get through over the course of the day. As a mum it’s important that you get enough sleep, especially sleep of the deep, refreshing kind so you are able to wake up in the morning and take on all the tasks that raising a young family brings. We’ve put together a list of top tips to help mums everywhere get the best out of their night’s sleep.

Avoid Distractions

Although some distractions – i.e. a crying newborn baby – can’t be avoided when you’re a mum, there are plenty of distractions that you can avoid. For example, using technology such as smartphones, tablets, a laptop or even watching the television straight before you go to bed can cause your brain to start working overtime, making it even harder to get into a state of relaxation in order to be able to sleep. Whenever possible, avoid using any technology or doing anything too mentally stressful just before you go to bed, and take the time in between putting the kids to bed and going to bed yourself to do something calming and relaxing, such as taking a bubble bath to help you wind down.

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Get Into a Routine

Those with a regular sleep routine do tend to sleep better, and if you’re finding yourself going to bed at varying different times each night, this could be why you’re feeling like you’re not getting enough sleep. Set a bedtime for yourself just as you would for your children, and make sure that you stick to it whenever possible, even over the weekend to ensure that your body is getting the amount of sleep that it needs each night. Ideally you should be looking to get around six to eight hours of sleep per night, so set your bedtime accordingly with the time that you’ll need to wake up.

Buy a New Bed

Sometimes, sleep is disrupted due to a bed that’s just not as comfortable as it used to be anymore. Beds come with all different levels of support and comfort, and if your bed just doesn’t seem to be doing the trick, it may be time to invest in an upgrade in order to help you sleep better at night. Personal comfort beds are an excellent choice to make as you can tailor them to a level of comfort that suits you personally, whilst memory foam mattresses will mold to your body and provide you with a blissfully comforting sleep experience.

Take Naps

If you’re a stay-at-home mum, you might be tempted to get housework done or other tasks when it comes to that time of day when your children take a nap. However, if you’re not getting a good enough sleep at night, you might find that this is also an ideal time to catch up on some much-needed sleep and take a nap at the same time that your kids do in order to help you recharge your batteries and feel more refreshed. You don’t have to sleep for as long as they do, so you can split the napping time between having a power nap yourself and getting some housework or other jobs out of the way.

Create a Sleep Friendly Bedroom

Bedrooms are meant to be calming and serene sanctuaries where we can get a good night’s sleep, however more often than not if you’re a mum you’ll know all too well that your bedroom is more likely to be a cluttered storage space for toys and more and more of your children’s things. The bad thing about this is that clutter and mess in your bedroom can have an effect on your sleeping, so have a clear out of the bedroom and move the clutter into alternative storage spaces. Keep the noise down in your bedroom or use recordings of soothing sounds to mask unavoidable noises from outside. Essential oils can also help – try a drop of lavender oil on your pillows or a lavender reed diffuser to help you sleep better at night.

If you have any more top tips for other mums, we’d love to hear from you!

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1 Comment
  • Pat Jones
    November 3, 2015

    So, you’re saying I shouldn’t be reading blogs at this hour? 🙂

    Great tips. I miss the naps I used to have next to the cot. But we’ve another one on the way, and will probably have a side cot this time, so it won’t be long before I’m making the same mistakes as last time.

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