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

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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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Pizza Express: a new restaurant and menu

Italian food is one of my very favourite types of food, I just love garlic and all the yummy sauces that are whipped up in an Italian kitchen – what better way to celebrate the Italian cuisine than by eating pizza. Pizza Express have just opened a new restaurant in St Neots and it is literally a 2 minute walk from our house. Excellent!

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We went with our friends The Rooks, so this meant there were 4 children to keep happy and 4 hungry adults too and I have to admit we all tried something lovely off of the new Spring menu and we were really impressed. It was rather tasty. The children enjoyed their kids packs, including chefs hat, stickers and colouring in sheets – it kept them occupied until their starters came and then when the starters came Isla was very happy tucking in:

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The starters were the perfect amount of food, we tried the new Leggera Panzanella and the Risotto Fresco, both tasted amazing and were a very healthy option. Just what you need in the Spring and Summer months, something light and tasty. I liked the croutons in the salad, it gave it another dimension, with the added crunch and they tasted lovely too. The risotto was really creamy and the garlic with the salmon went down a treat. I could have eaten it as a main meal.

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We also tried some of the other dishes off the menu that were really tasty too and the children all had dough balls with dip, they are a winner with the little ones. The design of the food is great, I love food that looks pretty and tastes fantastic too – unlike when I cook! I love the way the dough balls come in a plate, with dipping and salad bits in a separate bowl, it just looks nice. I  could eat dough balls until I popped and I think Isla could too.

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The mains were again, very well presented and tasted fantastic. The children’s pizzas looked good and they confirmed they were tasty, Daddy and I tried the new pizzas off the spring menu which were hot hot hot! We had the new Leggera Sloppy Giuseppe  and the Pollo Forza Romana. Both are definitely worth a try when you want something new. We also had the new Leggera Salmon Salad which was delicious, the salmon was really meaty and although it is a light meal which is only 444 calories, it really fills you up and makes you feel “satisfied”.

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How can you resist trying new items off the dessert menu? We didn’t, we ordered the new Panna Cotta and Summer Pudding off of the menu and they were amazing. Not only did they look fantastic, they really did taste it. The summer pudding is full of fruit and its served with mascarpone so its perfect on a nice warm evening and the panna cotta was creamy and the fruit finished off the meal nicely. I could have eaten a lot more of both of them.

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The children enjoyed their desserts and they finished off their meals with their babyccino, its such a cute idea. It is frothy meal with a sprinkling of chocolate, the children thought they were drinking coffee with the adults!

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Overall the Constants and the Rooks were extremely happy with the meal, the restaurant had a great vibe and we all said how we didn’t feel like we were in St Neots – it could have been spain or somewhere more exotic. The food was presented perfectly and tasted sublime and to top it all off the children were entertained and really enjoyed it too – which lets face it makes the whole experience of dining out a lot less stressful! Thank you Pizza Express for our lovely Spring menu taster session. As you can see we all had happy faces…

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