In a Nutshell – January 2017

We are one month into 2017 already. And if I’m honest it’s not been the best start to the year. January is always a totally crap month for us as we are skint from Christmas and the hundreds of family birthday’s in December, the weather is usually pretty bleurgh and it’s back to reality after the joy of the festive season. However, it’s not all doom and gloom, we did definitely have some highlights to the month. So here is how our January shaped up. Continue reading

Me & Mine – January 2017

I can’t believe January is done. We are already a whole month into 2017 and it seems to have gone in the blink of an eye. 

I don’t think it helps that work has been so busy for us both and so we have hardly seen Ant this month.  On top of that we have had lots of phone calls with solicitors and other people involved with our new house.  More birthdays and even a funeral. You can read more of what January held for us in my In a Nutshell post. 

We did manage to snap a Me & Mine this month even though it wasn’t planned. This was taken at my niece’s bowling party for her birthday. Abbie very kindly came a took a photo of us all together whilst Luca was playing with this car that’s actually a table booth thing. 
The Me and Mine Project

Why every mum needs some mum friends.

I’ll be honest with you, when I found out I was going to be a mum, I never really saw myself as a mum with other mum friends. The thought alone of going to mum & baby groups filled me with dread. I knew enough parents and had read enough blog posts to know how competitive and judgmental other mums can be.  And that’s just not me.

I have never been very competitive in any aspect of my life.  Even when I was good at high jump in school I never competed, it’s just not in my nature.   If you add to that the fact that I’ve never really fit in, even in my close friendship groups I’ve always been the ‘different’ one, then I’m sure you can understand why I had a strong feeling that I would be throwing myself into the lions den by walking through those playgroup doors. Who would do that to themselves? Continue reading

Twenty Wishes for 2017

The ever lovely Lauren, from Dilan & Me, tagged my in her ‘Twenty Wishes for 2017’ post and I love the concept.  It’s similar to my yearly to do list but instead these are wishes rather than goals. Things I hope will happen this year, not necessarily things I can actively set out to achieve.

5 Personal Wishes

twenty wishes

  • Continue to see the good in life when things aren’t quite going to plan.  I’ve always been an optimist but this year has tested this trait of mine.

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In a Nutshell – 2016

2016. What a year!

It’s been a funny old year.  Mostly because this year has seen some crazy highs and equally crazy lows, both for us and for the world.

However, I’m an optimist. I definitely like to view my glass as half full and so I wanted to round up our year with all the good things that have happened. Our 2016 in a Nutshell.

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At the start of the year I signed up for a free, year long photography course ‘A Year With My Camera’ and I’ve loved every lesson and really learning to play and use my camera to it’s full potential.

One of my biggest highlights in January was our snowy day, we spent a good hour or so playing and wandering around in the thick white stuff. Continue reading

To Do List 2017

To Do List 2017

I make a to do list every year. It helps me focus on what I want to get out of the year ahead and actually achieve it without the pressure that comes with making “resolutions”.

Last year was a good year for crossing things off most of my to do list so I’m hoping for another successful year this year.

As always my list is a mix of life, family, career and leisure goals and I try to make them as realistic as possible. Here is my list for 2017!  Continue reading

In a Nutshell – December 2016

Well December was a crazy crazy month. We squeezed in so much and life threw us a bit of a curve ball. So I won’t waste anymore words on introducing our December in a Nutshell.


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To Do List 2016 – Round up

There are only a few days left of 2016 and so it’s time to reflect on my to-do list and see what I actually managed to do this year.  If your interested in my reasoning for the things I chose for my to-do list for 2016 you can see that here. Otherwise I’m just going to go through each item and see where I got with it.

1. Go on the Harry Potter Studio tour.

Not done. Still want to go.

2. Learn to snowboard.

Done. In May we started our lessons and passed with flying colours. It’s been a lifelong dream and so it’s the best feeling ever knowing I’ve actually achieved it. Continue reading

The Christmas Tag

I’m crazy about Christmas. I swear I was an Elf in a previous life. I absolutely love everything about Christmas and eagerly await it’s arrival every year. So when the lovely Lauren from Dilan and Me tagged us in The Christmas Tag I knew I was going to take part.

 

What’s your favourite Christmas movie? 

I’m not really sure what mine is, there are so many good ones. I love Home Alone and The Grinch though.

Have you ever had a white Christmas? 

Yes, I think I’ve had at least two. I remember one year we weren’t supposed to get any snow and when we woke up on Christmas Day there was loads outside. That was a very special one as it was such a surprise. Living up North has its advantages.  Continue reading

Sneaky Experience Hidden Christmas Market

Last weekend was the start of the Christmas holidays for us. Luca broke up from school on Friday and so we decided to kick our time off together in style with a  visit to the Sneaky Experience Christmas Market in Leeds. Unfortunately Ant was working so we took my friend, Steph with us.

All we knew was that the market was going to be Narnia themed and hidden inside the ruins of Kirkstall Abbey. Sounds pretty magical already doesn’t it? Continue reading