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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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 🤣

Has anyone else had a busy Saturday? #mummyphotoaday

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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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Parenthood pampering – a grandiose guide to throwing the perfect baby shower

There is no occasion more beautiful than celebrating the blessing of a baby. Whether it’s your own baby shower or that of a loved one, toasting the bub and mummy-to-be is the first of many treasured memories the two will share. Now tailoring a baby shower worthy of nine months of discomfort – that’s the task at hand!

Gifts

I can’t be the only one who has struggled to identify what those expecting are expecting.

Often great baby shower gift ideas occur to us after the fact, if at all, with such a myriad of options to consider. As prams and car seats are typically the first crossed off the list (thanks grandparents), it’s the little bits and bobs that go a long way and usually the items she hasn’t thought of herself.

Bundling a few goodies together in a rustic hamper always gets the ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ and it means you can spoil both baby and mummy. Opt for some cute baby outfits that she herself would not buy, and throw in some items that will help ease the initial stress of motherhood.

Personally, one of my favourite gifts at my shower was the novelty baby clothes, as well as a silk eye mask and bathrobe – you would be surprised how often these will be used!

Theming

A common theme I like for baby showers is spring, with fresh blooms symbolic of new life and possibility. The fact that a pregnant woman looks gorgeous with a flower crown is just a bonus! Decorate her throne with flowers and vines and ask guests to dress in florals, this will make our mummy feel like royalty and make the photos so much more impactful.

An open setting such as a garden or outdoor patio invites a relaxed atmosphere, and being surrounded by grass, funky outdoor furniture and natural light; the themeing is already half way done. If there are little ones attending, throw down a blanket and cushions for them to play.

For those winter showers, a basket or old suitcase with blankets is a nice touch! Complement your surrounding by stringing some festive baby bunting from a tree to a pole for a real sense of arrival for the guests.

Activities

We have all been to that shower, where the games range from measuring the mummy’s waist to sniffing nappies. Now while I can’t speak for every woman, spending her last hoorah declaring her measurements  and sniffing 5 nappies is surely not that much fun. Instead, embrace some less literal games, something that celebrates the excitement of her next chapter.

One of my favourite shower games is each guest writes a letter to the baby introducing themselves, and tells a funny anecdote about the parents. Once each guests reads the letter, roll them up and put in a box for the baby’s 18th. This is always uplifting; acting as a good bonding opportunity for attendees who may not have met.

For those up to a challenge, grab some white bibs or onesies and have the guests decorate them with fabric paint. This activity always get creative after a glass or two, there may even be a Picasso among you!

Menu

The menu of a baby shower should be light and easy, considering the varied mix of attendees, and of course the diet of a woman in her final weeks of pregnancy (no sushi platters). High tea is a very popular style, with a balance of sweet and savouries in delicate portions. Think scones and finger sandwiches accompanied by a light sponge and little tartlets.

If the high tea stands are too much trouble, present them buffet style on a table, that way the group can graze throughout the day. Fruity mocktails are great for our mummy-to-be, choose seasonal fruit unique to the season the baby will be born and use paper straws to really blow her away. Rosé is always a favourite for guests on this occasion, and will tie in nicely with the theming.

These tips barely scratch the surface of the fun that can be had at a baby shower! Remember, the beauty of a perfect baby shower is all in the details!

Boho party image by Karas Party Ideas.

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