It’s Wednesday again. I’m not sure how. But it is. I love this shot of the kitchen in our #home. We’re renovating a 1960’s house that had, from what I can gather, original kitchen, bedroom carpets, the oven looked original when we moved in too. You can see the before and after images on my blog, under the our home category.

I love that we’ve made the kitchen space brighter. Painting the doors have made a huge difference. We need to get the tiles off the wall, get a new worktop and splashback for our lovely oven. It currently has an old orange extractor fan and it looks horrendous. I’ll show you the awful sight in my stories!

We’re starting work on the utility room soon too, our new floor tiles have been ordered from @harveymaria. They are beautiful and I’m 100% sure they’ll do the original 70’s style tiles justice! Can’t wait to see it all.

Do I go for white walls or colour?

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It’s Wednesday again. I’m not...

The kiddies requested a Maccie D’s style breakfast for dinner 🥞 - so I made American style pancakes, with sausage and maple syrup.

They had 6 pancakes each and demolished the lot. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.

I wish they ate all meals with such conviction but peas and parsnips clearly don’t float their boat!

Not the best photography! 🤷🏼‍♀️ I had no time to take them as the kiddies couldn’t wait any longer.

Who else has pancakes only for their meal on Shrove Tuesday? I have to have pancakes. Happy to have a savoury one as long as I get a sweet one too! 🥞

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The kiddies requested a Maccie...

I love this photo from half term. It’s whooshed past so quickly. I can’t quite believe it’s gone already. The 6 week countdown to the Easter Holidays has begun.

We always fill our weeks with lots of things to do, it just means they zoom by. The kids go from one #activity to the next. They have after school clubs, boxing, football, swimming, drama and cubs after school. Friday is the only day they do not have anything booked in. It’s so manic.

Before I know it Saturday is here again and I’ve not done anything significant. I guess I’ll have to make my Saturdays full of significant things 😂. Who else thinks the week go by too quickly at the moment?

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We had a lovely day today. No plans whatsoever when we woke up. Which felt marvellous. I stayed in my PJs until 11am 😱. Sunday is the only day that’s possible, so I like to make the most of it. Not sure why, but it feels like you’re winning when you have extra hours in bed clothes!

We then arranged an impromptu dog walk with Nanny & Grandad. Which was lovely as the kiddies have missed them. The weeks are flying by at the moment and we’ve not seen them for 5 of them! It’s terrible as the kids saw them twice a week, every week up until a year ago. It must be hard for them all not having that regular routine.

Isla often cries her heart out for Nanny & Grandad. On Thursday evening, after a long day she was so emotional and cried for them. It breaks my heart, as at 8pm I can’t really do anything about it.

When I was growing up I stayed at my grandmas once a week. It was slightly different as I lived in the same town, which helped with school and my normal routine. But I had that closeness with my grandparents that never goes away. It’s my safe place.

I really want the same for my kiddies too! I guess it was a kick up the bum to make sure I plan that time in and not let the weeks get on top of me! #familytime is just perfect. 
We had a nice walk in the mud. Everything was thick and gooey. The kids, of course, loved it. I asked them not to get muddy: do you think they listened? Nope! Covered!!
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Hope everyone has had a lovely Sunday 🤩
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I’m off to watch @callthemidwife.official finale now 😫😭 I hate it when it gets to the final episode. 
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It’s been a day of fun and #games today. Noah had a football match this morning, Daddy said it was a good game and very close. Whilst Noah was slide tackling everyone, Isla and I took some soups to Grandmas. Hubby made some carrot and coriander soups for her this week as fresh ingredient soup is just the best!

Isla then went climbing with Daddy. They love going to Big Rock in MK. Isla is so brave. She climbs right up to the top of the really tall walls. It amazes me.

We then snuggled to watch the final Harry Potter. We’ve now watched them all. We have waited 5 years for this moment and we all loved it. I got a little confused with Snape’s memories but I think I’m back on track. I must finish the books now 🤣

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When it comes to a #horizon, I couldn’t not share this. Back from our trip to the Peak District. It was meant to be Summer. It felt like this week: windy, raining and unpredictable.

The views went on for miles at the top of his peak; Mam Tor wedged in between Castleton and Edale.

It was a beautiful area, picturesque and a treat for your eyes. I love places like that. It’s a shame we didn’t get to stop & enjoy the local beer gardens and cafes due to the weather.

We go on lots of adventures throughout the year: weekend trips camping, staycations and holidays abroad. Our next adventure is pretty epic too and every time I think about it I get butterflies! 🥰

We are off to Dubai soon! 😱😱😱 it must be real I’ve said it out loud. I’m so excited I might explode and I’m pretty sure the views will be nothing like this Peak District. Because the views we will have will be extraordinary. It’s our biggest adventure yet as a family. Biggest as in flight time, cost, special and unplanned. We’ve booked our flights and we’re super lucky to be staying with friends. Other than that we have no idea! What are we going to do in Dubai? Anyone been? Any ideas?

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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

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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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Organix Snacks & Meals for Toddlers

Noah was sent a great selection of Organix goodies:

From the 12month+ range we were sent 7 great Organix tasty treats: a Beef Stew & Dumplings Mighty Meal, Raisins & Chopped Apricots dried fruit, Mini Gingerbread Men, Mini Cheese Crackers, Vege & Oat Savoury Snack, Raspberry & Apple Oaty Bar and Cheese & Herb Puffs.

Mighty Meals, Beef & Stew Dumplings. My favourite meal, well one of and certainly a hit with Noah. The meal was a perfect portion, took minutes to heat up and was ready for Noah quickly – often is the way that Noah says he’s hungry when he cannot wait any longer, so it’s all systems to go to get dinner ready. He really enjoyed the meal, it was chopped up enough that he could scoop it up easily with his spoon and eat it with no

 trouble, I did cut the dumplings up for him as he hadn’t had them before and I don’t think he understood what they were. The beef was also perfectly portioned and not chewy, it was really well thought out by the Organix team. He loved it! I have to admit, I did have a little bit of this meal as I was intrigued and I wish that they did meals for us Mummy’s too – it was really tasty and had a perfect balance of all ingredients. To make things even better the ingredients are all organic, so I knew it was healthy and great for my little tot! You can buy this meal on the Organix website under Mighty Meals.

Savoury and Sweet Cereal Bars. We were sent a Savoury Sweetcorn & Red Pepper cereal bar and a Raspberry & Apple Oaty bar. Which Noah loved both of them. The texture is really moist, so its not like a crumbly hard biscuit that goes everywhere – which we all know toddlers do not sit still and eat things! It was moist and therefore Noah was able to eat the bars whilst holding the wrappers around the bottom, which is definitely an achievement.

Noah was able to sit and eat his bars as part of our 10:30am break, Noah had his Oaty bar and mummy had her choc chip cookies, which do not have a NO JUNK PROMISE like the Organix cereal bars. They are really slim bars which slot into pockets of the changing bag really nicely, so you can take them places and even slot into your purse – if you are going somewhere and know that you might need bribery tools! There is just enough of the bar to keep Noah going, he finished it off and didn’t beg for more food. I thought we would have trouble getting Noah eating the savoury one, but he didn’t bat an eyelid – he loved it! What a great way of getting vegetables into your toddler at snack time.

Mini Cheese Crackers, Mini Gingerbread Men, Cheese & Herb Puffs and Raisins/Chopped Apricots. Well Noah enjoyed his fantastic snacks from Organix with his best friend Joseph one afternoon. They shared the crackers, Gingerbread Men and dried fruit together and miraculously without fighting about the food. There was ample in the packets to be shared between the two toddlers and they obviously tasted yummy because we had empty packets after 10 minutes. The fruit was tasty and a nice alternative to just plain Raisins and the crackers and gingerbread men were just the right size for little mouths. Noah and Joseph enjoyed biting the gingerbread men heads off! 

Noah had his Cheese & Herb Puffs with his lunch and they were a great accompaniment, provided a nice extra and they were a great snack. They are light and fluffy, you can really tell they are good snacks to have and the flavouring was really nice too. I thought they might be a bit too herby for Noah, but he really enjoyed them. Its made me realise that half the time its me that worries about his food too much and I should just let him get on with it – he loves trying new things and really enjoys these new flavours.

Overall I was really impressed with how tasty the snacks were and the meal, how the quality of them was fantastic and also how much Noah enjoyed them.

You can follow Organix on Twitter: https://twitter.com/organixbrands and like them on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/organixfood.

If you want to view the other great treats for babies and toddlers, please visit the Organix website: http://www.organix.com/ and why not download their new fabulous weaning guide.

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1 Comment
  • Amelia Davies
    September 21, 2012

    Harry loves the carrot sticks and the carrot cake bars! They always keep him quiet and it’s great knowing that there’s no junk in them too x

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