Imaginext Power Rangers Morphin Megazord

One of Ant’s favourite things about being a dad is that he gets to immerse Luca in all the things he loved about his own childhood.  First it was superhero’s.  Luca knows so much about DC and Marvel he could probably give Stan Lee a run for his money.  Then we had Star Wars, followed closely by Pokémon.

Now its Power Rangers.  I think Ant really loves that he can sit and watch Power Rangers still without everyone thinking he’s a total nerd.  He just uses Luca as his excuse.  They quite often sit and watch it together and then pretend they are Power Rangers running amok around our flat. It doesn’t drive me mad at all!!

So when asked if we would like to review the Fisher Price Imaginext Power Rangers Morphin Megazord, I didn’t really get a choice in the matter.  They obviously said yes. Continue reading

House Inspiration – Living Room

The living room, the second most used room in a home.  Well it definitely is where we live at the moment.   Our current living room has so much crammed into it due to our severe lack of space. Having said that, the reality is there isn’t that much in there it’s just small.  We have a sofa and large chair, a television on a unit, one small and one medium-sized bookcase,  our fish tank and a side table (which is really a coffee table top laid on top of a dog crate.  This is our house rabbit’s space).  Not much at all really, yet it feels really cluttered and busy.  It doesn’t help that it’s a strange shape so we lose a lot of space because of that as well.

Because it feels cluttered it’s not the most relaxing of spaces.  I’m so looking forward to getting a new space to decorate and make all cosy.

I dream of our living room being inviting and warm.  A place to curl up on a comfy sofa with a blanket and a book.  A place to gather as a family to snuggle up and watch a film.  A place to play with toys in the middle of the floor. A place to sit on an evening with a glass of wine looking out of our bi-folding doors into the garden. I want it to be our sanctuary.  A happy space that everyone is welcome in and will serve multiple purposes depending on what we want from it. Continue reading

A Family Day Spent Exploring Temple Newsam Woods

I’ve been so quiet on here recently for so many reasons but I promise I am still actually here. I’ve been so busy training new therapists at work and if you missed it we are in the process of buying a house, so all of that has been pretty much taking up all my time.  Added to that both Ant and I have worked extra hours meaning I’ve had no time for anything but eating, sleeping and working really. Anyway, at the weekend we got some family time together for the first time in what feels like forever. I was really craving some family time too so it was very welcome when it finally arrived. Continue reading

In a Nutshell – February 2017

Well February flew past in the blink of an eye didn’t it! I can’t believe it’s already time to round up our month.  It’s taken me by surprise that it’s already time to do this.  So here is it, our February in a Nutshell.

1st – 5th February

This week our house got windows!  This got me all excited about buying/making curtains.  I’m itching to get in there now even though we still haven’t exchanged contracts yet. Continue reading

Making the Most of Our Weekends

My husband works ridiculous hours in retail.  As I type this he is working for a nine-day stretch. Nine days of work before he gets a day off and when he does it will be a Friday, Luca will be at school and I’ll be at work.  He also works weekends.  He sometimes gets a Sunday off but for the most part he works them.  Very rarely do we get a whole two-day weekend with him.

When Luca was in pre-school this didn’t bother me as much as it does now.  Ant and Luca used to get days together during the week.  Also because Luca went for 2 and a half days he had more days at home and our days off coincided with each other more often.  Now Luca is at school though we rarely get days together as a family. Continue reading

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.

January

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