The best ‘best friend’


Today is one of my most favourite person’s birthday and I thought it would be a good time to dedicate a little post to her.

Ashleigh is my best friend, and honestly I couldn’t ask for a better one.  We met at University when our friends introduced us.  Apparently she didn’t think I liked her to begin with as I used to give her dirty looks all the time, erm Resting Bitch Face that would be then. After being introduced we then ended up on our own together whilst we waited for our mutual friends to come back. In this time we got chatting about what we had been up to over summer. Both horse riding, and the rest they say, is history. Continue reading

Me & Mine – Nov 2016

I can’t believe it’s December already! The last month of 2016 is here. Another year is nearly over!

WHAT???? 

November has been a funny old month. We don’t really seemed to have done much apart from chase our tails. 

We’ve had sickness, extra shifts at work and lots of house stuff to sort. It’s been a pretty poop month to be honest but I don’t mind a bit of a lull in excitement before December. I’m all about the countdown to Christmas being jam packed with fun. 

In the mundane days of November though we did get to celebrate Bonfire Night with Daddy which was a treat as he usually ends up working it. 

We went to our local cricket club to see their firework display. It was a really cold night but the rum was cheap so I was more than happy. 

Luca loved watching the fireworks light up the sky before we walked home to snuggle on the sofa and warm up again. 

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House Inspiration – The Kitchen

It’s official, the house I was dreaming of is ours.  We have signed on the dotted line and we are now just patiently waiting for it to be built.  I’ve dreamed of decorating our own home for years now.  We done little bits in our flat but when it’s not your own, it’s just not the same.

Since finding out the house was ours I’ve scoured the internet, blogs, Pinterest (mostly Pinterest), and interior design magazines for inspiration. I’m so ready to get my claws into some decorating and soon I’ll be able to. I thought I’d share with you all my dream ideas for each room in our new house.

Let’s start with the kitchen, the heart of the home.  Somewhere I imagine us all congregating as a family with dogs pattering around our feet and food filling the house with delicious scents.  Somewhere I will eventually serve Christmas dinner for my whole family.

Our kitchen is at the front of the house and so it will be the first room you enter when you walk in.  I can already see Luca walking through the door with his school bag, taking a seat at the island in the middle of the kitchen for his after school snack,  whilst I cook tea and listen to stories about his day. That’s assuming we’ve  moved on from his “nothing” answers.

I can see us eating breakfast together on a Sunday morning as the sun streams in through the bay window where our table will be. The radio on in the background and plans being made for the day. Continue reading

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Simple Kid Made Santa Hat Christmas Card

As you can probably tell by the last few posts I’m trying my hardest to get organised well in advance for Christmas this year.  We always make Christmas cards to send to Grandma’s and other special people, and this year will be no different.  We usually go for some good old handprints or footprints but this year we will more than likely be making them after school.  With a very tired four year old I wanted something really simple that he could do without very much effort on his part.  With that said I thought I would share with you a really easy, quick, minimal mess, simple kid made christmas card idea. Continue reading

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24 things to do at Christmas – Our alternative advent.

It’s November, which means it’s time to start getting ready for Christmas.  I’m not known for being very organised but I’m starting to come around to the idea that preparation is key to prevent being a quivering mess under the tree by Christmas Eve.  With that in mind I’ve already started shopping for presents and I’ve got together our list of 24 things to do at Christmas for Luca’s alternative advent calendar.

Luca is super lucky that he has two grandma’s and three great grandma’s.  They always spoil him, meaning he is never short of advent calendars when December comes around.  It also means that the beautiful advent calendar we bought him to fill each year is a bit redundant.  I mean how can a wooden tree full of sweets beat a spiderman advent calendar full of cheap chocolate?   Continue reading

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Nonna’s Easy Christmas Croutons

With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to start planning food.  Yes, really.  I love Christmas and all that it entails but sometimes the food is so time-consuming and faffy.  At the moment my mum hosts Christmas, she always has and for good reason. She’s very good at it.  Every year she cooks for at least 12 of us whilst making it look like a total doddle. She is a whizz in the kitchen but she is also a mum of three so has many tricks and tips up her sleeve to make the food you serve at Christmas have the wow factor without the hassle.  So when Wren’s Kitchen asked us if we wanted to share a recipe for a Christmas classic with a twist I knew who to ask for help.  Continue reading

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14 tips to help your 4 year old cope with school

When Luca started school in September I added a reminder to my editorial calendar to write a post once we got to half term.  You know the kind, a little update on how he is getting on.  Well in all honesty, it’s been tough for all of us.   Luca loves school, he’s thriving in the learning environment, asking loads of questions about letters and numbers and pointing out shapes wherever we go. He’s doing really, really well.  He has even started to bring books home with words in already!  I couldn’t be prouder of him to say he is a July baby.  I’m so happy that, so far, he is enjoying learning. Continue reading

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#fdMiniCritic Review of Northern Ballet’s Goldilocks & the Three Bears

On Friday 28th October we were invited to the Northern Ballet’s Goldilocks & the Three Bears.  Luca was asked by First Direct to attend as a mini critic and they sent him a pack to help him with his important role.  This included a good old fashioned disposable camera, which he never put down, and a personalised notepad and pencil.  It also included lots of goodies to throw a teddy bear picnic for his new teddy to help get him in the mood for the ballet. Continue reading

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In a Nutshell – October 2016

Well didn’t October fly by in the blink of an eye?

Our October has been pretty full on.  There has been so much going on, both in the way of family fun and proper grown up stuff too.  I much prefer the fun but some of the grown up stuff has been pretty exciting.

So here is our October in a nutshell. Continue reading

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Our super easy, no carve pumpkin idea.

Halloween is just around the corner and I wanted to share with you a super easy, no carve pumpkin idea. This is literally the easiest way to decorate your pumpkin without the mess and hassle of carving it.

We found this method especially good for smaller children too.  At just four, Luca gets bored quite quickly with carving a pumpkin as he can’t really do much to help.  This one literally took us 15 minutes to decorate plus drying time and Luca did a lot of it himself.

Here is what you will need; Continue reading