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...

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!

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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...

Noah's Potty Diary – Day 1

I have heard many stories from people’s potty training efforts and also have been informed on many occasion that boys are always harder to teach. So I have waited until now, he is 2 and a half and is showing some very encouraging signs:

  • He loves wiping his bottom and putting the paper in the loo and flushing. 
  • He always tells Mummy & Daddy what they are doing on the loo if he’s watching.
  • He takes his nappy off himself.
  • He is very aware of when Isla’s nappy is being changed and watches like a hawk. Telling me what she has done each time.
  • When we change his nappy, he always tells us that he is putting on a clean nappy.
  • He 90% of the time tells us he has done a poop and that he needs cleaning.
  • We have naked time after bath and he has done a poop on the floor before – unphased by what he had done.
  • He knows what the potty is and has been sitting on the potty before bathtime for a few months without a fuss.

Preparation

So last night I put the Pourty in a convenient spot in the lounge, on a towel of course and pinned the reward chart right by the side of it. The thought is that he can see his progress whilst he sits on the Pourty and everything is all close the stairs where the supplies are being held. Supplies are carpet cleaner, sponges, wipes, talc (this helps me to see when he has wee’d a bit), many many pants, socks and tops and a little bin for all the wipes I will accumulate. Stickers are kept out of reach as he will just take them all when he wants otherwise. So I think we are ready to rock and roll…

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The First Morning

It wasn’t the greatest of starts, I have to admit, I think I was a bit naive as to how stressful this would be. I didn’t let Noah see this though, I kept up the happy tone and the excited voice to encourage him into using the potty, But by midday he had not used it once and there had been around 8 sets of pants in the wash! Everytime I asked him if he wanted to use the Pourty he would say “No” in true classic Noah style. Do you want a wee wee Noah? “No!” Hmmm… I was beginning to feel like maybe I was trying all of this too soon, the signs were there but he is really reluctant to get on that potty regardless of what I say to him.

So after a morning of wet pants, no warnings and no wee on the potty – just after midday he ran across the room shouting “sit potty” and he had done most of it in his nappy and I got his pants off quickly and sat him on the potty and he finished his wee. There was probably a teaspoon full but it was the starting point I needed and I was over the moon – we did a little dance, had a high five and he put his sticker on the chart.

10 minutes later he said the same thing, running towards the potty and doing a small bit in his pants first he finished up on the Pourty and he managed a whole week this time. It was his first big boy wee and we cleaned the Pourty, cleaned him up, changed his pants and covered his bum in talc and started again.

In the afternoon…

Over lunch in his high chair, he forgot what to do and wet himself. But it was fine, the Pourty was in the other room and he wasn’t really focussed, I understand that. I brushed it off, hopefully that his only real wee wasn’t going to be the last. He went through from 1pm until 2pm without anything, dry pants and no wee and no poop either – he normally poops at 9:30am in the morning and I was getting worried that he was too stressed to poop. He did a wee in his pants and was too late for the Pourty, but then I saw the “poop face” and sat him on the Pourty and he did a poop. He lept straight up and cried, as if to say “What is that?” but he got on with it, high fived me and got another sticker.

He now had 3…

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Up to bathtime

We had bathtime at 6pm, after bath we have naked time and then we put on night night pants (pull ups) as he does a lot of wee throughout the night at the moment. One thing I hadn’t contemplated was the fact that I have to spend the whole day watching him, his facial expressions and behaviour to work out when he wants the potty or not. Its been quite a busy day, especially as Isla is there to play and look after too. I do think I needed to have 4 pairs of hands and not just mine, but we are getting there.

Between 3pm and 6pm he did really well, a few accidents and a few more pairs of pants but we get the idea now. When I ask him where do we do wee wee’s – he answers “On potty”, so he knows where he needs to go, we just need to practice on the timing.

At the end of the day, we still only had 3 stickers, but he’s learning….

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3 Comments
  • Emma T
    May 4, 2013

    We’re about a month behind you. Not really potty training, but he’ll sit on the potty, and will wee on it (he’s done one poo as well). But he won’t tell me when he’s done or doing anything, and I need to take a week off to work on it. I’m hoping he’ll be ready at the end of May and we’ll switch to pants. I’m dreading it, so looking forward to hearing more about Noah’s success.

  • Carolin
    May 4, 2013

    I love the reward chart, will keep that in mind for little boy no. 2 🙂
    With my 3 year old I found it easiest when the temperatures were up, because him not wearing anything around the house and garden didnt give him the feeling he is still wearing a nappy. Hoping for lots of good weather for you x

  • Genevieve
    May 5, 2013

    Gorgeous!!! Well done Noah! Hope you guys are doing really well, uts tough, you know my story! Keep it up and don’t lose heart! He’s a clever boy xxx

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