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

Ah it’s #loveyourpetday - what...

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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I had a busy Sunday...

#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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#Beauty is in the eye...

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 😂

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#ad Prints are from @coulsonmacleod - so beautiful

Happy Valentine’s Day 🤍 A...

My perfect pre-baby wish list

While pregnant you do not always think of making a wish list. However, this is the best way to avoid a questionable present from your old distant aunt. Here is my (almost) perfect pre-baby wish list. I hope you will find original ideas for your own list, or to offer a pregnancy giftto a friend or sister. 

Gifts for pregnant women

Most of the time, we choose a gift for the unborn child. However, it might be a lovely idea to spoil the future mom instead; this will surprise her in a good way. Good news, there are plenty of gifts for expecting mothers that are adorable. 

Do you know Le Petit Bola for instance ? This new brand, based in the south of France, creates harmony ball necklaces. I love this idea for two main reasons: It is full of history as it comes from Indonesia where the expectant mothers wear it to keep the dark spirits away from their child. And it is a lovely way to get closer to your unborn baby thanks to the little bell hidden inside the pendant. It makes a soft sound that your baby will recognize from your 4thmonth of pregnancy. It rocks him while and after your pregnancy. Have a look to their collections; there are so many models you will surely find yours. This definitely is an original baby shower gift, but you can also offer it for a birthday, Christmas or any other occasion. 

Another lovely idea is the pregnancy shooting. Being pregnant is something you will experience, one, two may be three times but not more. This is an extraordinary period that you will want to remember as long as possible. This is why asking a professional photographer to shoot this is something that expectant women love. Boys, this is the perfect gift for pregnant wife !

The step-by-step cards, or “My first months cards” are also becoming a must have. Instagram is full of adorable pictures of babies’ pictures with it. It exists for the pregnancy, and for the baby’s growth. You take picture of you baby bump, or of you newborn month after month with the relevant card. You will find a lot of different models, with lovely different patterns or design. 

Newborns’ must have

When baby’s here already, it may be better to offer something for him. And to be honest, there are so many adorable outfits, furniture, and stuffs that the choice is hard. 

I definitely love all natural products that will help the mother to take care of her baby: skincare, body milk… the newborn is delicate and needs suitable care. It can be a real budget for the parents; therefore offering them such products will definitely be appreciated. 

Baby will quickly become a little curious human being though. This is the reason why he will fancy all games he will find around. For the parents, it is a pleasure to look at him discovering his hands, how to play… My fav’ are the wood ones. Again, I always recommend the most natural stuff, so wood train, puzzle, or rattle are the best. You can find some in different style, from the vintage ones to the design ones. 

And the best pregnancy gift ideas

Playing is something, sleeping is another one. For anyone who already is a parent, it is obvious that this is not so simple though. Sometimes baby does not want to rest, often he is sick, or his stomach hurts, most of the time you don’t really know what the issue is. To help him falling asleep, the best fellow is the sleeping bag. It is an essential product because it guarantees safety and heating. The sleeping bag is also a trendy product with different patterns, fabrics, colours … you can match it with the bedroom decoration, you can choose one in your favourite fabric, you can sew one too. But never forget to take care of the size (there are different size according to the baby’s age)!

Well, this was my very best ideas for expectant women gifts. But, obviously, there are many other gift ideas. While thinking of it to share with you, I thought of so many things: massage, baby swimming lessons, activity mat, bath towels… Do you have any ideas you’d like to share with me? 

Photos credits : Olly_magazine and Barbara Mourani

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