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This Plus That Equals…. Excitement

This plus that equals…. Excitement

Here’s the latest instalment in my series of posts all about what makes our lives here at home tick. This week it’s all about excitement. I seem to spend a lot of time just going through the motions and trying to keep my head above water. Last year I decided to change that and now I have loads to be excited about.

Feeling Calm

Positive Changes

I got to thinking last year that I wasn’t at the top of anyone’s priority list, not even my own. That realisation made me me a bit sad. In fact it made me really sad. Not that others never put me first, though of course that is upsetting, but why would they when I couldn’t even do it.

So I took a positive change and put myself first for once. I started taking time out for just me. Going out with friends even if that made life awkward for my husband, he would have to cope. I started walking and doing yoga and being healthier. I even started to spend a bit of money on myself. Hello Gin Box subscription.

There was a lot of excitement in putting myself first and in many ways it has lead to everything I’m about to write about.

Christmas Holiday Fun
Bluestone Christmas Holiday Fun


For the last few years the only holidays we have had have come directly from the blog. That has been fabulous and I am so lucky, dare I say it…. #blessed. But those holidays are indeed holidays for the boys, for me they are a lot of work. Fun work, but work nonetheless.

It’s not work I’m going to stop, we have some amazing trips lined up this year with the fabulous Herbert Woods boating on the Norfolk Broads and Bluestone, exploring the Welsh countryside. L was really little the first time we boated with Herbert Woods, so I can’t wait for him to be a bot more aware this time round and it was Christmas last time we stayed at Bluestone, so I can’t wait to see what it’s like in the summer.

Excitingly though, especially for me, we’ve booked a break to Turkey. No work involved, though of course I’ll write about it, I won’t be able to hold myself back! All inclusive, so no cooking or cleaning. A new place for me so that will keep my travelling urges at bay for a while and the first time on a plane for L.



An Extension

To be fair, this is as stressful as it is exciting. Honestly it’s verging on being more stressful than exciting at the moment. But we’ve really put the wheels in motion. Plans are drawn up, builders are quoting and the mortgage is in progress. All that stuff is the stressful stuff. I can’t even think about the actual upheaval.

Excitingly though this will mean a larger living space with room for a dining table, maybe an odd thing to be excited about but I’m fed up eating off our laps. It will also mean a cupboard, a large one, a place to hide all our coats, shoes, cleaning equipment and maybe even some filing, whoop.

The most exciting part is the spare room as it will be mine, well kind of. It will be a spare room (futon), extra storage room (wardrobes), blog workspace (desk and chair), craft area (draws and more draws) and quite area that I can do yoga and meditate in peace. It will be amazing. 

Live Music

Going to gigs was something we used to do all the time. Since we have had L we’ve only been to see one band that I can think of. Unless you count chilling out to Justin Fletcher and Dick and Dom at Jimmy’s Farm Festival, which to be clear, I do not.

It’s for several reasons. There haven’t been many tours we’ve been interested in and the bands coming to Norwich seem to have really dropped. Well at least the ones we’re interested in. Finding childcare is a hassle and then there’s affording it, there’s always been something else more sensible to spend our money on.

This year I have put my foot down, in a big way. We are seeing Feeder, Fall Out Boy and Foo Fighters this year. Just because I really, really wanted to, and I need to things I want to a bit more.

I am excited to see them all. Feeder will see me catching up with an old friend, Fall Out Boy means a tick off the bucket list and Foo Fighters are just always amazing and I cannot wait to see them again.

So excited to be working with JCB Kids
So excited


This year now feels full of hope and promise. It’s going to be a hard year. L will start school, that will be tough on me. We’re going to be busy. So, so busy. There will be plenty of planning, organising and going without to finance everything,

Ultimately though I’m feeling more excited than I have in a long, long time. We have so much to look forward to and 2018 is shaping up to be awesome.


Finally, I’m linking up with #TwinklyTuesday, #Blogstravaganza, #StayClassyMama and #fortheloveofBLOG




Bringing up Georgia

20 thoughts on “This Plus That Equals…. Excitement”

  1. You have so many great things to look forward to and that gin box subscription sounds just AMAZING! Thank you for sharing with #StayClassyMama

  2. Such an inspiring post, you have so much to look forward. It’s great to take such positive action, I really need to do the same. Thanks for sharing with #fortheloveofBLOG

  3. This is brilliant. I love that you are putting yourself first, something I think a lot of us need to do a little bit more. It sounds like 2018 is going to be a good year for you! #blogstravaganza

  4. I’m so glad you are putting yourself first more! Motherhood and life can totally burn us out, time out doing something we love is essential. Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx

    1. Anything that makes you really happy is worth it. I grabbed some daffs from the shop the other day just because they made me smile. It is important we look after ourselves

  5. This is a fabulous approach to life. Here’s to putting yourself first sometimes! Enjoy your holiday and life music and good look with the extension. Oh and chin chin gin! #Stayclassymama

  6. its so important to have time for yourself or do things for you ( I am loving your gin box subscription). We can often get lost in being ‘Mum’ and its important to make time to do things you love whether it be to see your favourite bands or go to yoga! You have lots to look forward too! #fortheloveofblog

  7. I think it’s really important to have things for you, and time for you. It means you can keep your head above water. And you can get creative about it. I’m listening to audio books as I go to visit someone in hospital – as emotional and physically tiring the visit may be, I’m always lifted in mood in the 2 hour drive as I plough through a good book. If only I could work out how to work out in the car too – then I’d be set 😉 #TwinklyTuesday

  8. Oh you have so much to look forward to – especially the extension! We dream of having one (even though it wouldn’t actually make the house ‘that’ much bigger! Amazing to be seeing the Foo’s as well – I saw them a few years ago and they are epic! I am supposed to be seeing Fall Out Boy next month but Oscar is still a nighttime boob monster so I don’t think I’ll be making it! #TwinklyTuesday

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