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...

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!

#mummyphotoaday #ad

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

A place to relax. A...

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.


When you have a #favourite...

Sprucing Up Your Home for Summer

Whisper it quietly, but the ravages of winter are little more than a distant memory and the fresh fragrance of summer is upon us. Embrace the seasonal change in style by sprucing up your home to welcome longer days, shorter nights, higher temperatures—and spirits—all round.

There are plenty of things you can do to usher in the new season and make sure your humble abode is ready. Here are a handful of handy ideas to get you into the swing of things and match the sunny complexion of the sky to your home.

  • Dust off fans

There’s little cause to use your household fans in winter, during which time dust is apt to collect atop their blades. To avoid unnecessarily spreading that dust around your home, potentially causing respiratory problems or exacerbating allergies, make sure your fans are thoroughly cleaned and dusted before switching them on.

  • Rearrange the furniture

Take advantage of longer daylight hours by maximising the amount of sunlight that can enter through your windows. To achieve this, you might want to rearrange your chairs, sofas or other furniture to allow more of those glorious rays to compliment your furnishings as best they can. To learn specific techniques, see this informative article on the subject.

  • Consider installing light timers

Again, the fluctuating hours of daylight means that you’ll need your exterior lights to be on for fewer hours. Installing cheap and efficient timers can save the environment by reducing energy consumption – which will translate into cheaper bills for you, too!

  • Upgrade your caffeine machine

Now that the sun will be putting his hat on earlier in the day, you’ll want to make sure you’re awake and alert to take full advantage. A top-end cappuccino or coffee maker is an essential tool to achieving this – see this extensive range from Tassimo to get some inspiration.


  • A lick of new paint

Winter snows and sub-zero temperatures can do no end of damage to your exterior surfaces – give them a helping hand with a fresh coat of paint. Jazzed-up sidings, shutters and doors can transform your home from tired and weather-beaten into welcoming and warm—the hard-wearing line from Wickes is a good place to start if you’re looking for ideas.

  • Dig out the BBQ

It’s better to make sure your barbecuing equipment is in full working order prior to planning your first big bash of the summer – there’s nothing worse than inviting all of your friends and colleagues around for an afternoon of laughing at your red-faced exertions to get the thing working! You might want to give it a thorough clean at the same time, ensuring your food tastes chargrilled, not like charcoal. For some ideas on what to get cooking, check out this great blog from the Food Network.

  • Wipe down patio furniture

It’s an easy bet that the stack of patio chairs and tables that you hoarded away in the garage during the colder months has accumulated a healthy amount of spider webs and dirt. Again, avoid having to deal with dirty seats when you need them clean by hosing them down and wiping them off immediately. Then they’ll be clean and dry when you need them!

  • Replant!

Finally, but perhaps most importantly, ensure that your flower beds are weed-free and looking as spectacular as can be by repopulating your green areas with the odd sprig of colour. Not only will they brighten up the front and rear of your house, they’ll also release delicious aromas that will invoke the spirit of summer.


Coffee, plants and DIY images courtesy of Shutterstock.


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