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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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

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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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Organising your stationery for the Summer Break

I might be the only one that does this, but I do like to re-organise the house for the Summer Break. Buy stylish furniture to store things better, throw out old stuff and I move the children’s items around the house so they can get to them easier. With school out I like to have their favourite toys and stationery items at the ready. When I am feeling organised, I even try to put things out to encourage play the next morning. Here are some tips to get you through Summer:

In our house, Summer break is the same as normal. We use Summer Holiday Camps to keep the kiddies entertained because the grown-ups still have to work like normal. We are having a couple of weeks together though which is nice, but the rest of the time its either holiday camps or Mummy with the kiddies. For those days where we do not have camps it is nice to have something for the kids to do as soon as they wake up. 

I have lots of lovely storage in the house from shelves to bookcases to hidden cupboards. Making this work for children and grown-ups is quite hard work, namely because there are things that you don’t want the children to get hold of without supervision (like paints) and things that you don’t mind them using. Our children are old enough now to come downstairs in the mornings on their own, which means I want to make sure it is safe for them to do so. 

Finding the right storage solution

You might need a bookcase for storing the notepads, Filofaxes and journals. Or you might need a storage bin for the odd set of Glitter Gel Pens! I have even re-used an old mint ice cream tub to store the colouring pencils, so they are all together. Being conscious about what items will need what storage will help you from the outset (basically what do you want to hide in a box and what do you want on show). 

Setting something up for the morning 

Before I go to bed I put things out on the kitchen table to entice the kiddies into play when they wake up – for example: a puzzle (one of Isla’s favourite things to do) or some crosswords. Sometimes we make the kids little quizzes based on things they are learning or things we have seen online that are funny. Daddy printed off a Sloth or Brioche quiz the other day which had us in stitches. The aim of this is to put something on show, in their minds eye, that they might not have played with for a while or love but just haven’t thought about it. It’s also a way of discouraging device play – which I want to keep to a minimum whilst the weather is beautiful. 

Play, hide & rotate 

This is a concept that I came across from a friend – basically say the children had 100 toys between them. Leave half of them out in their bedrooms, playroom and play areas then take the other half and hide them in the loft. Then every few months rotate them all – it’s like the children get new toys every few months and get to play with new things again. It also keeps toys fresh, instead of being tossed to the back of a cupboard or sitting there gathering dust. Some toys lend themselves to Summer play too – like a nice Sudoku puzzle in the garden! Painting and chalks are great for summer play – we like to decorate the stones and rocks in the garden. 

What fun ideas do you have for the Summer Break? I would love to know any creative things that you do with the kids stationery. 

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