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!!
Hope everyone has had a lovely Sunday 🤩
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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#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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Game of Thrones: things I’d forgotten Season 1 – 7

It suddenly occurred to me on Monday that I really wanted to watch the first episode of season 8 – but it had been a long time since I last watched it. I found the episode on Sky Atlantic (my favourite channel), Game of Thrones the story so far, it is a recap of season 1 to 7, in 90 minutes. It made me remember a lot of things I had forgotten.

Here’s a short summary of the things I had forgotten in preparation for seasons 8:

Season 1

Well, I had completely forgotten how Daenerys ended up where she is today. Her evil brother, Prince Viserys Targaryen, traded her to the Dothraki tribal leader, Khal Drogo, in return for the service of Drogo’s army. She was given 3 dragon eggs at the wedding and developed a love for Drogo over time. Drogo kills Viserys but pouring boiling hot gold onto his head… quite dramatic! Daenerys becomes Mother of Dragons after walking into a burning pyre with the dragon eggs and emerging with 3 hatched dragons.

Sansa gets engaged to Joffrey, which makes you want to vomit just thinking about him! He becomes king after this father, Robert, dies. Joffrey is an evil little brat.

Bran was thrown out of a castle tower for witnessing Cersei and Jamie at it. But instead of falling to his death, as Jamie assumed he would, he did make it through only to be paralysed.

Season 2

I barely remembered anything from this season, it’s weird how I just mentally blocked it all out. This is the season where the war of the 5 kings begin: King Stannis Baratheon, Renley Baratheon, Joffrey Baratheon, Robb Stark (King of the North) and Balon Greyjoy (King of the Iron Islands).

Arya, undercover as a boy, joins the night watch. Sansa is held hostage by Joffrey. Jon is on the hunt for white walkers and is beyond the wall.

King Renly is murdered by a magical shadow that priestess Melisandre gave birth too. Leaving Stannis to fight at Kings Landing, only to lose to Tyrian, who was leading the army there.

Daenerys has her dragons stolen, but she gains them back and earns enough money to buy a ship.

Season 3

Daenerys comes into her power here, her dragons are getting bigger and she gains the unsullied army. Jon is still on a quest to find out more about beyond the wall.

Arya meets the Hound, who says he is taking her back to her mother for a ransom. Sansa tells Olenna Tyrell how horrible Joffrey is, who seems very keen to find out who her grand-daughter, Margaery, is about to marry. She allows Sansa to leave Kings Landing, after befriending her. Tywin orders Tyrian to marry Sansa.

The red wedding: how could I forget this scene? Walder Frey organises an attack on the Starks and Robb, his pregnant wife Talisa, and Catelyn are all slaughtered, and Robb’s army killed. Arya and the hound witness the murders.

Daenerys frees the city slaves who hail her “mother” and again she gains followers. She is showing herself to be a true queen.

Season 4

Tyrian is ordered to death by his father as they think he killed Joffrey, at the purple wedding, I was quite happy about that storyline! The Mountain plays a large part in my memories in this season as he squished the eyes out of Prince Oberyn, exploding his head. It was a powerful moment where I suspect a lot of people sat watching in astonishment.

Arya and the hound are found by Brienne, who had been charged with protecting Arya’s mother. As Brienne and the hound fight, Arya sneaks away. Arya later finds the hound dying from his wounds and refuses to put him out of his misery. Sansa is kissed by Littlefinger who is set out on a cunning plan. Bran finds the heart tree that he saw in his visions.

Daenerys liberates all slaves, by killing their masters in the cities in Esso. She loses control of her dragons and chains them up to keep them and others safe. Her oldest dragon is still on the loose.

Jamie frees Tyrion from his cell. Cersei tells her father that Jamie is the father of her children, Tywin refuses to believe it.

Season 5

This season is completely horrific in places, I cannot believe I had forgotten these storylines. Cersei is made to walk naked and ashamed through Kings Landing as she confessed to adultery with her cousin. It was the walk of atonement, forced by the High Septon.

A crucial ending scene where Jon is killed! How can this be? I remember the feeling of “OH MY GODDDDDD” when this happened. It is absolutely crazy how attached I get to TV shows!

Season 6

Jon is brought back to life by the powerful priestess Melisandre. We find out that Jon is not Ned’s son, in fact his mother is Ned’s Sister and his father is Daenerys brother. It’s quite a shock.

Arya gets her revenge on Walder Frey for killing her mother and brother. It’s a great scene. Sansa gets her revenge on Ramsay Bolton in this series and I just love how she did it – feeding him to the dogs! She is getting a lot stronger.

Cersei blows up the Sept of Baelor with wildfire, killing everyone in it. Her son Tommen commits suicide as one of the killed was his wife! Now Cersei has no living children left.

Season 7

Sansa and Arya trick Littlefinger and he is ordered to be killed. Thank goodness – he was annoying too! Bran is now the 3 eyed Raven. Sansa, Arya and Bran are now reunited.

Jon goes on a quest to bring a white walker back to Kings Landing to prove to the entire world that the threat beyond the wall is much bigger than who gets the iron throne. They call a peace summit where the white walker is released, who runs straight to Cersei. It’s a horrible creature. She says she will help – but its not sincere. Euron Greyjoy wants Cersei, she said she will be his if he wins her the war.

We find out that Olenna Tyrell is the one who murdered Joffrey. They find the dragon glass and Daenerys says she will help Jon, if he bends the knee – which he does.

Well, I hope that’s a short and sweet (as short as I could make it) recap of some important elements that I had forgotten. If you want to watch the story so far episode you can find it on Sky Atlantic! What do you think is going to happen in Season 8?


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1 Comment
  • Kim Carberry
    April 17, 2019

    I rewatched it all before the new series started so I was all caught up. There was so much that I had forgotten x

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