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Life Goals

coffee-cup-stack-break.jpgI think it’s a common trait of our generation that we just LOVE setting goals. Whether that be small daily goals or big, ambitious life goals, it is a word that features frequently in our conversations. I try to set myself little daily or weekly goals which give me a good sense of accomplishment when I can tick them off my to do list and I also have a list of bigger goals that are always in the back of my mind. Things that I would really like to look back and think ‘Yes, I’m glad I did that!’ I’ve never actually made a physical list of these bigger goals and so I want to write them down now. This list has grown and changed throughout my life so far and I’m sure that it will continue to do so. But for now, in no particular order, these are my life goals.

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Money Saving · Mum Life · Reviews · Uncategorized

Pound Toy Review & Giveaway

I’m sure all of us parents are only too well aware of how much clutter our children accumulate. And I’m sure that we’re equally as well aware of how damn expensive all of this clutter can be! You know the scenario; you buy your child a toy that you think they will love and cherish for weeks (being optimistic!) but within half an hour it’s been discarded to the plastic graveyard and you’re left wondering why you even bothered. I recently discovered Pound Toy which, as the name suggests, sells toys at some real bargain prices. I actually found items on the website for less than a pound! That definitely makes it sting less when they get discarded after half an hour.  Continue reading “Pound Toy Review & Giveaway”

Mum Life · Occasions & Milestones · Other Good Stuff · Uncategorized

To My Mum on Mother’s Day

Dear Mum,

You’re not really one for big emotional outbursts so I hope that me writing this and showing it to the world won’t make you uncomfortable.
We don’t do these soppy moments often and so I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you and to celebrate you as my mum. Because as you, and everyone who reads my blog will know, I am an emotional person and I like to have these outbursts from time to time. Continue reading “To My Mum on Mother’s Day”

Dear Darcie · Mum Life · Uncategorized

Dear Darcie, You Make Me Better

Today is International Women’s Day and I’ve been loving it. All day today I have seen inspiring messages from both men and women about women who inspire them, motivate them and educate them. I love that we have a day all about celebrating women and so I wanted to write a post of my own, to mark this day. Last year I wrote International Women’s Day// The Things I Want to Teach My Daughter and so this year I wanted to look at it from the other side. This is a letter to Darcie, my darling daughter. This is a thank you for all of the things that you have taught me and shown me so far in your little lifetime. Continue reading “Dear Darcie, You Make Me Better”

Fashion · Mum Life · Pregnancy · Reviews · Uncategorized

Treat Yourself With Boohoo Maternity this Mother’s Day

I’m sure I’m not the only person who tends to lose their way a bit when it comes to maternity fashion. (If it is just me, then somebody please tell me the secret!). My maternity wardrobe basically consists of a couple of pairs of maternity jeans and lots of stretchy tops. Which is fine for the most part, but every so often I find myself so totally bored by my maternity wardrobe and completely uninspired as to what to wear. I’m conscious of my changing body and while I try hard to celebrate my bump and embrace the changes, sometimes that’s a lot easier said than done. I know that clothes play a big part in my self confidence. If I feel happy and confident in what I’m wearing, it really shows. So that’s why I’m trying harder this pregnancy to find some maternity clothes that actually make me feel really good, and ‘like myself’. I lost myself last time I was pregnant, the clothes I was wearing weren’t anything I would normally wear, and I felt so conscious of that at the time. Continue reading “Treat Yourself With Boohoo Maternity this Mother’s Day”

Days Out · Mum Life · Other Good Stuff · Reviews · Southampton

Please DO Touch Trail at Southampton City Art Gallery

As a stay at home mum I often find myself slipping into the same routines with Darcie. We have park days and soft play days, play dates and family time. We also have our Longdown and Paulton’s Park annual passes which get a hell of a lot of use and always make for really good days out. As much as I know that I do a lot with Darcie (we hardly ever actually spend time at home!), sometimes it can all begin to feel a bit samey and I’m constantly thinking of different things we can do that will help her grow into a well rounded little person. So for this reason, I was really pleased when I heard about the Please DO Touch Trail that is currently running at Southampton City Art Gallery. Continue reading “Please DO Touch Trail at Southampton City Art Gallery”

Mum Life · Other Good Stuff · Pregnancy

11pm Thoughts

It’s 11pm and everyone is asleep. I know that it won’t last long and so I am making the most of this time. When the house is quiet and I can drink my tea before it goes cold. I’m appreciating times like these more than ever these days as it is so rare that I get to just sit and collect my thoughts. I get to sit and be still and feel my little baby boy wriggling around, and just be. With my first pregnancy I had all the time in the world to think about it all, but with baby number two it’s not the same. Now I have a toddler taking up most of the room in my brain. So these quiet moments are precious and today my head and my heart are full. I feel like it’s been ages since I have just sat at the computer and written my thoughts. Today there’s no drafts, no brands, no links. Just me and my thoughts.   Continue reading “11pm Thoughts”

Food · Mum Life · Reviews

Halowave Aircooker Deluxe Review

As a busy mum and also a die hard foodie, I am always on the lookout for things that will make cooking quicker and easier for me. I love cooking and trying new recipes but when I’ve got a toddler clinging onto my leg and yelling for ‘cake!’ it doesn’t exactly make for an enjoyable time in the kitchen. When I was asked to review the Halowave Aircooker Deluxe, I immediately said yes because I had heard such excellent things about Aircookers and I knew that this was one of the best on the market. For the last couple of weeks I’ve been trying out a few recipes and I am now ready to share my thoughts with you all. I’ve also included a couple of my favourite recipes just in case you have one of these beautiful beasts and are looking for some inspiration. Continue reading “Halowave Aircooker Deluxe Review”

Days Out · Mum Life · Southampton

Family Time

Most of you will have picked up by now that I am a BIG advocate for family time. Nothing makes me happier than spending quality time with my little family unit, doing something we all enjoy and just making the most of each other’s company. We all work so hard to earn money, keep the house presentable, raise the children, that I think it’s so important that we take the time to enjoy ourselves amongst the chaos too. It’s good to remember what we are all working so hard for and why it is all worth it. Continue reading “Family Time”

Interiors · Mum Life

Storage Solutions for Families

Storage solutions are one of those things that I never paid any attention to before having children. There was just always enough storage for my possessions and if there wasn’t I would have a clear out or shove some stuff up into the loft. However since becoming a mum, I’ve noticed that a common go to topic of conversation is ‘oh my goodness, where am I supposed to store all of this stuff?!’ So, I’m clearly not alone in feeling like there is just never enough room to accommodate all of the paraphernalia that comes with having a child.  Continue reading “Storage Solutions for Families”