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

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#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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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.

Always. 
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...

Top 12 Dream Toys for Christmas

Unfortunately I missed out on this huge event last week, I couldn’t believe it, but thankfully I still found out all the top toys for Christmas 2014 and have a nice long list for Noah and Isla’s Father Christmas letters. There were some fantastic toys on show and the children looked like they were having a fantastic time.

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So here is the top 12 toys for Christmas 2014, thanks to Dream Toys, please do click on the links to see some great videos of the fantastic toys:

      1. Bop-It! Beats by Hasbro.
        Compete to the beat with the Bop It! Beats game! Featuring music by your favourite artists in the mix including “Pound the Alarm” by Nicki Minaj, and “Levels” by Avicii. Retails at £21.99.
      2. My Friend Cayla by Vivid.
        My Friend Cayla is the world’s first ‘live’ interactive doll designed to Sync with an online Smart device to recognise a child’s speech. Retails at £58.99.
      3. Disney Frozen Snow Glow Elsa by Jakks Pacific.
        Disney Frozen Snow Glow Elsa 14″ Toddler Doll, with strong dress detail and accessories. Plays the hit song “Let It Go” exactly from the Frozen movie, as sang by Queen Elsa. Her dress also lights up. Retails at £34.99.
      4. Nerf Demolisher 2-in-1 by Hasbro.
        Launch two types of ammo at your target with the Demolisher 2-in-1 blaster! Retails at £44.99.
      5. Disney Frozen Sparkle Doll by Mattel.
        Girls will love re-creating the magical adventures of the Disney film Frozen with two of its stars, Elsa and Kristoff with these Disney Frozen Sparkle Dolls. Elsa sparkles in her long, snowflake-detailed gown and cape, beautiful fishtail-braided hair and blue tiara. Retails at £16.99.
      6. The Lego Movie – Benny’s Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP! by LEGO.
        Benny may have spent too much time in space with a lack of oxygen, but this wacky character is also a Master Builder, building his spaceship. Retails at £79.99.
      7. Kidizoom Smart Watch by Vtech.
        The coolest watch for kids. The Kidizoom Smart Watch not only tells time, it takes photos, shoots videos, records your voice and also includes games. Retails at £39.99.
      8. Toot-Toot Animals Safari Park by VTech.
        With 7 SmartPoint locations, the Toot-Toot Animals can interact with the Safari Park triggering different responses. The Safari Park comes complete with a Toot-Toot Animals Rhino! Retails at £39.99.
      9. Little Live Pets Bird Cage by Character.
        The Little Live Pets Bird Cage, with pet bird is the ideal home for your new feathered friend sit and swing in! Take Little Live Pet anywhere you go and listen as it tunefully tweets and talks back to you. Retails at £19.99.
      10. Transformers Stomp & Chomp Grimlock by Hasbro.
        The giant chomp and stomp Grimlock figure can convert to dino-mode – with a chomping jaw and light-up eyes – in one easy step! Retails at £89.99.
      11. Minecraft Figures by Character.
        From the globally popular online game Minecraft, these are highly detailed and fully articulated figures to collect include : Steve, Creeper, Enderman & Zombie. Retails at £7.99.
      12. Zoomer Dino – Boomer by Spin Master.
        Meet ‘BOOMER‘ the dinosaur, Control him if you can! Boomer can chase, chomp, guard and even ROAR! Retails at £99.99.

 

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