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!


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


#ad Coat & Boots from and they are @joebrowns 🙌🏻

#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 

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...

Our sunny Winter day trip to Wells-Next-the-Sea

Yes, Wells-Next-the-Sea is a long way to drive for the day. However, fuel costs besides it is a really great family day out without breaking the bank. The grown ups love it, the kiddies love it and the doggies love it too. It’s a win win day out for all the family. It is just beautiful to go for a Winter day trip.

Preparing for a family trip to the beach

We live about a 2 hour drive from Wells-Next-the-Sea but that doesn’t deter us at all. We do try to prepare as much as possible and we kind of have a checklist for trips like this:

  • Charge the devices (for the car)
  • Pack travel games
  • Pack spare clothes for kids, including spare socks
  • Pack wellies and shoes
  • Make a flask of hot chocolate
  • Create a picnic lunch that you can carry in a rucksack and take with you
  • Short change for the car park and amusement arcades
  • Cash for the Fish n’ Chip shop

What is there to do at Wells-Next-the-Sea?

We love it here as you can spend hours, quite easily, just walking and playing. We park at the main beach car park, unless it is so busy and we have to find an alternative and we always walk the doggy route. They have cleverly separated the beach into dog friendly and no dogs allowed areas. If you go to the left, through the forest and over the steps, you are in the dog friendly area. If you walk to the right of the cafe then you are going to the no dogs allowed area.

We walk for miles, in all different directions. Sometimes we play on the beach close to the beach huts and play in the woodland too. Or sometimes we walk to Holkham beach, which is equally as beautiful and just huge. The sea goes out for miles, it would take a good hour to walk to it. It completely amazes me every time we visit.

After our picnic on the beach, games and walking fun we always get a beach hut photo. It’s a must. We then get packed up in the car, brush off the sand and get Fish n’ Chips before making our way home. It’s a thing we do at least 2 or 3 times a year. We love it.

beach hut

Here is a little video I made when we went 5 years ago:

beach fun

I would love to know what you think of Wells-Next-the-Sea, I cannot imagine that there is any negative feedback about this place. It’s perfect for families and doggies. If you haven’t been, you need to visit.

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  • Margaret Clarkson
    January 27, 2020

    Lovely article and and photographs. I visited Wells-Next-The-Sea a few years ago when on a Pilgrimage to Walsingham. It was a great place to visit. We had tasty Fish and Chips there too! Over the years we have visited quite a few places in Norfolk and enjoyed them all tremendously.

  • Sarah Cooper
    January 27, 2020

    Wow! This all sounds so wonderful! The beach looks beautiful!

  • Margaret Gallagher
    January 27, 2020

    What a beautiful place – looks great fun

  • Charmian Filewood
    January 28, 2020

    Nothing like a day at the beach to clear out the cobwebs

  • Susan B
    January 28, 2020

    Going to the seaside in winter would not necessarily be at the top of my day out list but this looks absolutely fabulous so I clearly need to reconsider. Love the beach huts and also love the separate area for dogs. A really lovely set of family photos, too. Thanks for the post.

  • Jacqui S
    January 28, 2020

    We live in south Lincs so Wells is do-able and an early start is the best way to see this place especially out of season. You beat the crowds, parking is easier and the setting is blissful.

  • Fiona jk42
    January 28, 2020

    We’re lucky enough to live only a few miles from the sea. We love to go for walks on the beach in all kinds of weather, and it’s a favourite place for us to go for a walk over Christmas to walk off some of the extra food.

  • Those photos are absolutely stunning – what gorgeous sunshine you had for your day at the beach and you all look like you were wrapped up warm. It does sound like a beautiful beach to explore. Our nearest beach is a couple of hours’ drive away too but we rarely visit. Maybe a winter beach trip is something we need to try too. Thank you for sharing yours with #CountryKids

26 January 2020 #SilentSunday
Our sunny Winter day trip to Wells-Next-the-Sea

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