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!

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!!
Hope everyone has had a lovely Sunday 🤩
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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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!


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#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 @idealworld.tv and they are @joebrowns 🙌🏻

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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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The World’s most exhilarating desert experiences

Most people don’t consider a desert to be a very exciting place to visit. Most believe there’s little to see and do, the climate is too harsh and there’s probably nowhere nice to stay. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Desert adventures have taken the travel world by storm as more and more travellers are eager to explore the diverse landscapes, extreme terrain and unique activities only a desert could be suitable for. 

Perhaps with life as busy as it is; cities constantly buzzing, noise and air pollution at an all time high and the stress levels of most even higher, people want a place to break away from it all. They’re looking for quiet, open space, relaxation, but not without luxury, activity, things to learn and the opportunity to return with a multitude of interesting stories. A trip to the desert is a great way to find all this and more, and if you don’t believe us, take a look at our curated list of the world’s most exhilarating deserts.

Namibia | Kalahari Desert


Namibia, situated in Southern Africa is one of the most exquisite regions in the world. In fact, it’s probably one of the most diverse countries on the planet, in terms of landscape. On one side you’ll find desert dunes that extend for kilometres (think Sossusvlei), while on the other end you’ll find one of the most extreme coastlines on earth, where the waters of the Atlantic Ocean caress the dry desert shoreline. This is known as the Skeleton Coast. Then you have a rather plush region towards the South, which includes places like Windhoek and the city of Swakopmund – which provides the perfect combination of city and desert. In fact, Swakopmund is a favourite to visit as travellers get the best of both worlds including beach activities and water sports, developed city amenities, as well as the thrilling desert activities found just outside Swakopmund. There is plenty of incredible accommodation in Swakopmund, so there’s no reason not to visit. And to end off your trip we’d recommend a trip to Sossusvlei – because you haven’t fully experienced the Kalahari desert until you’ve been to Sossusvlei!

Atacama Desert 

The Atacama Desert in Chile is an extraordinary place. South America in general is an extraordinary place – it’s a rather underdeveloped continent where nature still very much reigns supreme. The Atacama Desert is particularly spectacular because there’s very little life to be found there; very few species are able to endure the harsh environment/climate. The Atacama is actually not as humid as most deserts in the world, but it is the driest. It’s known to have gone without rain for years at a time. For this reason, it’s incredibly desolate and isolating which attracts those looking for just that. But even though there’s little water, people have lived there for years and there are plenty of hostels and places to stay – except you’re unlikely to find a plush five star to kick back and relax. The accommodation on offer is tailored around hiking, exploring and activity, so if you’re eager to walk the desert and hike the volcanoes, Atacama is for you! 

Dubai | Saharan Desert


Dubai, if we may, is the ‘New York’ of the UAE. It’s grand, flashy, modern and filled with all the bells and whistles – sky scrapers, the trendiest restaurants, perfect man-made beaches, you name it, it’s got it. For some, this is not overly attractive, but what is attractive is the great expanse of desert the extends across the north of Dubai. The heart of the desert is a mere hour’s drive from the city and is one of the most beautiful deserts with its deep orange hue, soft sands, camels, and in some regions even palm tress. What makes this part of the Sahara so much fun is that there are many modern, but culturally authentic camps scattered throughout that provide top class service and amenities including quad biking, belly-dancing shows, hookah fests and camel riding. It’s perfect for the traveller that enjoys the isolation of the desert, but would still like a cultural experience – and who wouldn’t mind experiencing the electric energy of Dubai’s city centre. 

Morocco | Saharan Desert

The Sahara Desert also extends over to Morocco, except this part of it is a little different – even the colour of the sand is different. But the most stark contrast comes in the way of the town and the cultural experiences found here compared to that of Dubai. Morocco is much older than Dubai, of course, and is deeply routed in culture, diversity and history which offers visitors a truly special experience. The town is also incredibly beautiful, filled with Mosaic-covered riad’s and markets. And here in Morocco, the desert is right on your doorstep – literally.


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  • Margaret Gallagher
    December 22, 2019

    Havent experienced any of these – one day i will

  • Tracy Nixon
    December 23, 2019

    Sound amazing but I don’t think I could take the heat!

  • Maggie Ali
    December 26, 2019

    I certainly wouldn’t think of a desert as a holiday destination but now I’ll definitely consider it. The Atacama desert sounds great.

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The World’s most exhilarating desert experiences

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