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...

Happy Valentine’s Day 🤍

A lot to be thankful for today. Love is a big word. I love these two quotes and perfect for today.

Yes it’s about celebrating your life with your lobster 🦞(mine is rather amazing) but it’s also about family.

Family is not just an important thing. It’s everything. So true.

I don’t know where I’d be without my lobster and my family... I hung these beauts in our bathroom and I love them. They make me smile everytime I clean my teeth! Which helps 😂

#mummyphotoaday

#ad Prints are from @coulsonmacleod - so beautiful

Happy Valentine’s Day 🤍 A...

I love this new story corner I’ve created for Isla, with a little help from @vertbaudetuk. It is a gorgeous space and I couldn’t wait for her to get home and see it. She was so happy!

I love the large floor cushion, I want an entire room kitted out with them so I can just chill in the middle. It would be so cosy. Or even just #half a room! 🤍

Isla loves reading and so I thought this little corner would be perfect for her. She loves it.

I started with the floor cushion, I hung the coat rack for her monkeys and dressing gown and then I hung the shelves. They are so cute. I finished it all off with the mirror. I love all the colours and shapes. It really finishes off her room.

Who else wants the futon cushion? 🙋🏼‍♀️ #mummyphotoaday #ad

I love this new story...

I love trying new makeup, especially the vegan variety! I’ve recently discovered the fab range from @ex1cosmetics - you can grab them at your local @superdrug. So easy to find when you run out.

I’ve done a bit of a makeup tutorial on the blog using the EX1 Cosmetic products. Please forgive me, my skin is awful at the moment. Since I’ve been exercising more my skin has been really spotty. The spots that hide under the skin too!

If you swipe left then you’ll see the fab products I used. Then check out my stories for the swipe up link to my blog post.

I’m no make up artist haha. I prefer natural tones, that give my face #warmth. These products are perfect for that, especially the pink blusher! I wanted to show you what the products do and how they can be used together. Perfect makeup for your Valentine’s Day date!

#mummyphotoaday #ad

I love trying new makeup,...

A place to relax. A place to hide. A place to #doodle. A place to confide.

This place is my haven. It’s my safe space to relax and unwind. It’s absurd that at 37 years old, I just can’t wait to get into bed. When hubby goes climbing on a Monday evening; I’m in bed at 8pm! Is that sad?

Because it makes me happy, the bed is super comfortable and it is the only room in the house that the kids do not destroy, it’s nice to cling on to it. Keep it that haven.

If I need 5 mins to compose myself, I’ll hide in here. The kids drive me up the wall sometimes and hiding in here can calm me down. A technique I’ve developed over the years so the kids do not see Mumma lose it!

Anyone else love their bed? Or bedroom as a whole? I’m sure I’m not the only one haha #mummyphotoaday

A place to relax. A...

When you have a #favourite day with some great memories. Happy memories. It’s so nice to reflect back on it and reminisce.

This Winter Sun family day out at Norfolk still makes me feel happy when I think about it. These gorgeous smiles say it all.

However, you wouldn’t of thought this earlier before school. They had the most angry faces, shouting and being quite mean to each other. I’m hoping it’s just tiredness from the weekend. They’ve definitely come home happier than when they left!

It’s nice to look at photos that make you happy. Especially when you’re not feeling that happy, in that moment.

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When you have a #favourite...

Have yourself a merry SKIPPY® Christmas

… by making these yummy Peanut Butter treats this Christmas. We love baking and couldn’t resist making a SKIPPY® Christmas treat. Definitely something all the family can enjoy too. These SKIPPY® Chocolate covered Peanut Butter balls are delicious, fun and an easy treat to make.

SKIPPY® Chocolate covered Peanut Butter balls

This recipe makes 54 servings. 72 Calories per serving.

Skippy Creamy

Ingredients

  • 125g SKIPPY® Smooth Peanut Butter
  • 175g butter, divided (see below)
  • 220g icing sugar (sieved)
  • 175g dark chocolate chips (or dark chocolate broken into small pieces)

Method

  • Line baking sheet with non‐stick grease proof paper
  • In a medium bowl, combine the peanut butter and 115g butter; beat together until blended.
  • Gradually stir in sieved icing sugar.
  • On a chopping board or flat surface, knead peanut butter mixture until smooth.
  • Shape mixture into 54 balls, approx. 2cm each.
  • Arrange balls on baking sheet. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, melt dark chocolate with remaining 60g butter in a glass bowl over a small pan of simmering water on a low heat, stirring occasionally.
  • With two forks, dip balls into chocolate and return to baking sheet.
  • Drizzle leftover chocolate over peanut butter balls.
  • Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.
  • Store in tightly covered container in refrigerator.

This recipe couldn’t be easier and is perfect for the little ones to help with – they will love drizzling the chocolate over the balls at the final stage. There are many more yummy recipes to inspire you over the Christmas period too. What is your favourite SKIPPY® Christmas Peanut Butter treat?

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18 Comments
  • Margaret Gallagher
    December 18, 2019

    Yummy yummy yummy delicious

  • Sheila Sloan
    December 18, 2019

    These look absolutely delicious! xx

  • Rebecca F
    December 18, 2019

    These look yummy and so simple to make. Will have to try them out.

  • Jolene Yule
    December 18, 2019

    Love to try these out

  • Kirsty Taylor
    December 18, 2019

    These look and sound delicious! My kids would love them

  • Katie B
    December 18, 2019

    Definitely trying these! Love peanut butter!

  • olivia Kirby
    December 18, 2019

    They look really good, and easy to make too!

  • Laura Wheatley
    December 18, 2019

    These sound so yummy!!!

  • Tracy Nixon
    December 19, 2019

    Must make theses! Thanks for sharing!

  • Lynne OConnor
    December 19, 2019

    These look really easy to make – my kind of recipe

  • Sam Cornford
    December 20, 2019

    I’m definitely gonna have to give these a go.

  • Jane Willis
    December 21, 2019

    I had to come over and have a look at the recipe after seeing these on Instagram. They look delicious – and so easy too.

  • Linda Ford
    December 21, 2019

    These look delicious and easy-ish to make!

  • ashleigh allan
    December 21, 2019

    Looks fab – will need to try!

  • Tee Simpson
    December 21, 2019

    They look delicious. Will get the kids on them for Christmas

  • Kim Neville
    December 23, 2019

    look yummy . Will have to make these for the family to try 🙂

  • Naila M
    December 23, 2019

    Yummy these look delicious 🙂

  • Keeley Atkinson
    February 4, 2020

    Oh yum!
    I’ll have to make these with the kids over the weekend 😀

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