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April Crafts

I love to craft, really love it, but like many of my hobbies it has been put on the back burner since becoming a mum. Just like reading, looking presentable and using the bathroom by myself.

I’m lucky enough that I get to work with Baker Ross regularly so I’m never out of fun crafts to do with the boy and I also make things for the Hobbycraft blog quite often, every now and then I get asked to things for other companies as well. I relish these opportunities as it means I get to do something I love, but it’s never just for me, which I miss.  Continue reading April Crafts

Going away with John Fowler Holidays

In a couple of weeks we are going on holiday to Devon and the lovely John Fowler Holidays are putting up with us for a few nights at their Sandaway Beach resort.

It is fair to say that we can’t wait, we went to Devon last year and explored a lot of the South of the county so to return to the North this year will be epic. It’s a long car journey for us, 6 hours, without stops, so you know we’ve either got to be super excited or just plain crazy to do that with a toddler. sandaway_walkthrough_1 Continue reading Going away with John Fowler Holidays

Feeling Calm #16

For my birthday I was given a great new book ‘Calm’ and a journal from my friends to help me find some calm in my life and to de-stress a little. I have been writing in my journal everyday and on Wednesday’s I go through the daily highlights I’ve written down and pick out my 10 favourites. 

I’ve had a pretty good week this week. I got out of practise of meditating and really practising my mindfulness so I’m putting a lot of effort into that and I’m already feeling a million times better for it. I’m also making more effort to just be happy, surprising how much just trying to be happy actually makes.

I’ve still had some profoundly rubbish moments though, the cat has taken to bringing me live birds, little sh*t, the child pissed all over me, the shade on my swing chair broke and other such irritations so I’ve still found it therapeutic to pick my 10 moments from the past 7 days and here they are;

Continue reading Feeling Calm #16

Feeling Calm #14

For my birthday I was given a great new book ‘Calm’ and a journal from my friends to help me find some calm in my life and to de-stress a little. I have been writing in my journal everyday and on Wednesday’s I go through the daily highlights I’ve written down and pick out my 10 favourites. 

I’ve still found myself feeling quite anxious this week, with work coming and going I’ve found it hard to find some status quo, but I’ve been concentrating on myself a bit more, taking some time out, cycling, meditating and writing my journal, so as ever it has been therapeutic to pick my 10 moments from this week and here they are; Continue reading Feeling Calm #14

This Plus That Equals…. #8

This plus that equals…. a very happy mummy.

Here’s the latest instalment in my series of posts all about what makes our lives here at home tick. This week I thought I’d share the things that I love. Continue reading This Plus That Equals…. #8

Feeling Calm #13

For my birthday I was given a great new book ‘Calm’ and a journal from my friends to help me find some calm in my life and to de-stress a little. I have been writing in my journal everyday and on Wednesday’s I go through the daily highlights I’ve written down and pick out my 10 favourites. 

This is me at the weekend, my before picture, lets hope
This is me! 

For me this week has been a bit of a mixed bag, on one hand I’m feeling great having lost some weight and taking positive steps to getting a bit more active and healthier, on the other I’ve been feeling quite anxious and stressed about work with new jobs coming in and concerns about existing ones it’s left me feeling unsettled and out of balance. It has been really therapeutic to pick my 10 moments from this week.

Here are my top ten moments from the last 7 days: Continue reading Feeling Calm #13

Our Broads Adventure with Herbert Woods

Just over a year ago we had a marvellous holiday on the Norfolk Broads, staying on one Herbert Woods‘ boats, Silver Light. This year we have been incredibly lucky to return, this time staying in one of their luxurious holiday homes, The Bittern.

Plenty of boats to watch - Herbert Woods
Plenty of boats to watch – Herbert Woods

The weather forecast before we left had been typically British, especially for a bank holiday, so we were looking forward to being able to chill out in a warm and comfy cottage in the evenings.  Continue reading Our Broads Adventure with Herbert Woods

A Great Night’s Sleep with Sleepy People

Getting a good night’s sleep is really important and I have been spending a few months now slowly but surely rearranging my routines and habits to ensure I’m getting to bed at a reasonable time, but if once I’m there, it’s not perfect for sleeping then what’s the point.

Silent Night Protectors from Sleepy People
Silentnight Protectors from Sleepy People

I was lucky enough to be sent some products from Sleepy People to help me get more comfortable. Continue reading A Great Night’s Sleep with Sleepy People

Feeling Calm #11

For my birthday I was given a great new book ‘Calm’ and a journal from my friends to help me find some calm in my life and to de-stress a little. I have been writing in my journal everyday and on Wednesday’s I go through the daily highlights I’ve written down and pick out my 10 favourites. 

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There was a chance he thought this machine produced Easter eggs

This week has been far better than last week, I have started working on myself a bit more, making time to meditate and to exercise and I’m looking forward to a weekend away so that helps, even if the evil that is Easter advertising has turned my child into an egg demanding monster!

Here are my top ten moments from the last 7 days: Continue reading Feeling Calm #11

Feeling Calm #10

For my birthday I was given a great new book ‘Calm’ and a journal from my friends to help me find some calm in my life and to de-stress a little. I have been writing in my journal everyday and on Wednesday’s I go through the daily highlights I’ve written down and pick out my 10 favourites. 

I feel a bit of a fraud this week, writing a post about feeling calm when I have been far from it. I have been tired, irritable, overwhelmed and over stretched and this resulted in my completely loosing it with the little one yesterday which needless to say made feel super shitty. This week more so than most I have felt the burden of everything lay on me, my immediate support system is not the best and I need to admit this and reach out more.

My Cheeky Little Woodpecker
My Cheeky Little Woodpecker

I’ve been trying everything I can to help me maintain some semblance of calm, writing my journal, meditating when I get a chance, which isn’t as much as I’d like or need, walking and trying to go to bed at a good time, but ultimately returns to one thing, time. So I need to get a lot better at managing it, so I have time, time for me, 10 minutes a day shouldn’t be so hard to find, I just need to make sure I do it as it sure as hell isn’t going to be given to me.

Importantly there have been lovely things this week so here are my top ten moments from the last 7 days: Continue reading Feeling Calm #10