The week before last was a tough one for many reasons. Most of those reasons involved expensive things breaking and needing to be replaced. It was also cold and I was stuck inside for most of the week. This week has been the opposite, it’s been a week of new, unbroken things, getting out the house and the weather finally realising that it might in fact be Spring. So here are ten things that made me happy this week: Continue reading “10 Things That Have Made Me Happy This Week 23.03.18”
Although Father’s Day is a while away yet, gifts for men have been in my thoughts lately as we celebrated Dan’s Birthday last week. I’ve only recently become self employed and so having my ‘own’ money is very much a novelty to me at the moment. I was excited to finally treat Dan to a good present after a good couple of years of not really being able to do so. But the hard question was, as always, what to get? I’m sure men are just so much harder to buy for than women, that’s a huge generalisation I know, but I stand by it. I narrowed my options down to five items which I will list below for anybody else out there struggling to buy for the man in their life.
I’ve always intended to do frequent updates on Darcie as she grows and develops into a little person. But time goes so fast that I never seem to actually get around to just sitting down and writing them. I thought a nice way to do a little update on her at 22 months old would be to write down a few of the things that make her so amazing at this particular point in time. She changes so rapidly that it’s hard to keep up but I hope I’ll stick to writing these lists from time to time.
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”
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”
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”
Valentines Day is basically the Marmite of celebrations. Personally I’m in the ‘love it’ camp mainly for the reason that I love having any excuse to celebrate. Pre kids, Valentines used to mean a weekend away, a romantic meal out or some other indulgent surprise. But when you add children into the mix, there’s no denying that things do change. The little thoughts and gifts mean a lot more when you spend all your time looking after little people and putting yourself last. I’ve put together a list of a few things that I think any mum or mum to be would love. And you can trust me on this as I currently have an insiders opinion on both! Continue reading “Valentines Gift Guide For Mums & Mums To Be”
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Driving. Driving has become my nemesis. At this moment in my life, driving is the biggest battle that I need to win. I’ve spoken about this frequently on the internet and even more frequently with friends and family. While I am obviously not proud of my fear of driving, I am also not ashamed to admit it. I find the whole concept of getting in a car, with my precious daughter and driving on the roads, absolutely terrifying. Continue reading “Finding Confidence Behind The Wheel”
Sometimes it’s the days you least expect to be anything special, that make you thankful for the life you lead. For me, Friday was one of those days. After a week of too many small things going wrong, I had almost written it off entirely. My original plan for the day was to take Darcie to our local farm. However, when I woke up and realised how cold it was I decided not to do the long walk to the farm with Darcie freezing in the pram, but instead to take her for a little walk in some woodland nearby to us. At least if she was walking she wouldn’t get so cold and we could both get some fresh air and relieve some of that cabin fever we were both suffering from after a rainy week indoors. Continue reading “I Had The Best Day With You Today”
January is well known for being a difficult month. The excitement of Christmas is over and extravagant spending over the festive season could well have left you feeling more than slightly strapped for cash. I’ve been very open on my blog about the fact that we are always trying to save money. Although Dan works very hard and earns a very good wage, it is still only one wage, for three (soon to be four) people. We try to be as frugal as possible and so I am always on the lookout for new and smart ways for us to save money. We are currently saving up to buy our first house and so every penny really does count. I know I’m not the only one trying to find new ways to save money as all my other money saving posts have done well in the past. So, here is an updated list of ways that you could be saving money this year. Continue reading “Ways To Save Money This Year”