Luca is 5!

5 years old, that’s come around quickly. How on earth did Luca get to five years old already? It’s madness I tell you. I can hardly remember him being a baby anymore.

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At five years old Luca is pretty awesome.  I’m so proud of him and the little boy he’s turned into.  He’s kind, caring and shows lots of empathy towards his friends and others.  He’s doing well at school and really seems to enjoy going and learning new things. His reading skills are fab and recently we started to read some Roald Dahl books together at bedtime, which he loves.  So far we’ve read George’s Marvelous Medicine and The Magic Finger. Continue reading

Our wonderful new home

We’ve been in our new home for about three months now and I can’t tell you how happy I am living here.  It’s definitely living up to expectations.

Our house move went so smoothly. I think mainly due to the help of ten of our incredible family and friends.  We had unpacked pretty much all the boxes by the end of the day and were sat eating takeaway curry and watching crap tv by about 8pm.  It was a pretty good start to life in our new home. 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

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 – 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

The Dreaded Working Mum Guilt

When I fell pregnant I never realised that for the rest of my life I would be riddled with parenting guilt.  From telly watching (does he watch too much) to tooth-brushing (we’ve all forgotten to brush them a few times right?) and everything else in between.  Parenting guilt creeps up in the strangest of places.  I didn’t realise that everything I did as a parent, I would end up questioning. Every decision I made I would second guess. I certainly didn’t realise how guilty I would feel for being a working mum. Working mum guilt is the worst for me. Continue reading

In a Nutshell – November 2016

November has been a bit of a funny month for us. It’s gone really fast and it’s hasn’t really been particularly exciting, I’m not sure why as we have still have managed to squeeze some fun out of it.


At the start of the month it was Bonfire night. We headed to our local cricket club to watch their firework display. It was better than we expected and the rum was cheap. What’s not to love. Continue reading

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

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

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