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 

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.

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 😂


#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.


When you have a #favourite...

Making camping easy with Millets #WeDoSummer

When you go camping with the family, you have to make sure that everyone is happy and more importantly, comfy. Getting the right camping gear is essential to making sure everyone is happy. Everything from the right sleeping bag, air bed and the right plate to eat your breakfast on. It all helps to making sure the camping trip is as pleasant as it can be. This is my list of must have products from Millets to make your camping trip easier.


Getting a good nights sleep

Getting a good nights sleep is important, as we all know little sleep for parents means the next day can be trying. We have always used an airbed when we go camping, sleeping is a high priority for me.  It’s only very recently that Millets introduced us to a new kind of airbed that is just the most amazing bed we have slept on (outside our bedroom of course). It’s an airbed that has two compartments in it. You’ll understand if you have ever slept on an airbed: one lies down and when the other gets on it flicks you upwards. Or every time one of you rolls, or even moves their leg, it moves the other. It can be quite frustrating, especially if you are a light sleeper. The Coleman double airbed was really easy to blow up too with the quick pump that Millets sent us, another must have. The quick pump is electric and uses the electricity from the car, it blew the bed up in minutes. The airbed has a special functionality which stops air from leaking, it’s really clever. 

Eating the best meals

My favourite part of camping is making sure the cooking is perfect. We have plates with sides so that your food doesn’t roll off the plate, you never can be too sure how windy it will be. Such a great idea. Millets sent us this Eurohike picnic kit which has been so useful when we go camping, it contains all the plates, cutlery and glasses. It also has a compartment to keep food fresh, a bottle holder to keep drinks cool and a waterproof rug that detaches. We use it all the time, not just when we go camping. 


Make sure you have good lighting

When you are camping it’s kind of game over when it gets dark. That’s if you do not have the correct lighting. Millets sent us a Silverpoint daylight lantern, I had thought it would be like every other lantern that only gives you a dim light. But this lantern amazed us all, we hung it to the top of the tent and it served as a room light for the evening. We all played word games for a couple of hours and it meant the evening lasted a bit longer. It was lots of fun. 

Have somewhere nice and cosy to sit

We have a double sofa for the grown ups to sit on, its nice sitting there watching Daddy cook us a yummy breakfast in the mornings (my favourite part about camping) and the kiddies have two little camping chairs. It’s nice that we all have somewhere to sit off the ground. The children can sit and eat their lunches comfortably and so can the grown ups. The children love that their chairs have animals on them too – they both feel very protective over their chairs. They sit in their chairs and play with their toys, read books or watch Daddy cooking breakfast like Mummy! 



 If you have any other tips for what to take camping I would love to hear them in a comment below. 


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Thursday 25 August 2016
Making camping easy with Millets #WeDoSummer

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