Getting Mum Fit

As part of my to-do list for 2017, I decided I needed to look after myself more. I’ll be honest, it took me over half a year to actually make a start on this. But I did make a start. I found lots of online exercise plans and researched local classes to join, but I never actually did them.

Firstly, because I just never have time.  I’m a busy working mum and I always had something else to do rather than exercise.  Added to that Ant’s working hours meant even a night-time class was out of the question as I didn’t have childcare for Luca.

Secondly, I didn’t really know what I should be doing. As much as a trampolining class looks fun, what would it actually do for me? I know I love yoga but also knew I needed something a bit more intense than yoga to help me tone up.  After lots, and I mean lots, of deliberation I started to scour the internet for personal trainers. Someone who could tell me exactly what I needed to do and tailor my exercise to me. Someone who could help to motivate me and push me to progress. But then when I started to think about it, the thought of going to a gym to workout made me feel all sweaty and anxious.  Gyms just aren’t for me. Continue reading

Wonderful Chaos does DisneyLand

For Christmas, we decided to treat Luca to a trip to Disneyland. Luca is an only child and has more than enough toys so we opted for experiences this year over toys.

We gave Luca his “tickets” as a final present on Christmas day. I had my video camera rolling ready to catch his reaction, but what a disappointing reaction it was. I think he was just too overwhelmed by everything “Christmas”, and he didn’t really understand what was happening.  The closer it got to the holiday though, the more excited he got until eventually, it was time to go.

We had to get up at 3:30am to get to the airport in time for our flight. Luckily Luca was more than happy with his early start and the travelling and airport waiting was really painless. I thought he might sleep on the flight but he was wide awake the whole time, which meant none of us got a little nap on the way there. Continue reading

Me & Mine – February 2018

So I may have only just posted our photo from January but it’s time for our February one as well.

It’s been a funny old month, we’ve celebrated friends birthdays, managed to get a date day together, visited a museum, dealt with the huge amounts of snow that fell, had lots of play dates and dog walks and Luca had a fab parents evening.

Overall it hasn’t been a bad old month, but it’s been a fast one. I didn’t get a proper photo of us all together this month, mostly because Ant has worked a lot of late shifts at work and we haven’t had days off together at the weekends much. Continue reading

To Do List 2018

So we are already two months into 2018, it’s gone crazy fast and I haven’t had a chance to sit down and work out what I want to achieve this year yet. This is something I’ve been doing for the past 4 years, I make myself a little list of things I want to do. So rather than have resolutions I’m destined to not fulfil and then beat myself up about, I instead think of all the things I’d really love to do. Then I can look back at the end of the year and appreciate all the stuff I achieved.  Anything left over that I still want to do rolls over to another year. It’s an awesome way to really try to tick off those things on your ‘bucket list’. For example in 2016 I fulfilled a lifetimes dream of learning to snowboard. So I’ve pulled together some things I want to do in 2018 but first I’m going to have a quick recap of 2017’s list and what I managed to tick off.

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Me & Mine – January 2018

Let’s pretend I’m not posting this a whole month late.  It’s been a very long time since I did a Me & Mine post. I absolutely love these posts but I either forget to take the photos (which is the whole point in the posts anyway!) or forget I’ve taken the photo and so never post it. I know, go figure.

Anyway, I’m really determined this year (I say this every year) to try and get more photos of us all together. Family is so precious and time rolls on so fast that you blink and miss it. Getting photos of us all together is so important for Luca to look back on in years to come and it is such a lovely way to celebrate a family growing and changing.

So here is my first post of the year. Me & Mine in January when we were having an absolute ball in Disneyland. 4 days of uninterrupted family time and it was absolute perfection.

It was quite simply THE BEST way to start a new year. Hopefully a new year full of all the things we are wishing and dreaming of, and hopefully we may welcome a new addition to the family this year too. Fingers crossed.

The easy way to care for your dogs teeth.

After a rocky start to his life, Ronnie is really happy now he lives here with us.  He seems to be anyway.  And since coming to live with us I’ve done everything I can to make his forever home the best one possible.  From awesome toys, long dog walks and super comfy beds to sleep on to his diet and health and everything in between.

I’ve made sure we are feeding him the best food we possibly can, to keep him fit and healthy.  He is up to date with all his vaccinations and he gets regular baths to get rid of all the mud he accumulates on his walks (who thought a white dog was a good idea?). Also, nobody wants to cuddle a smelly dog, despite how good looking they are.  We’ve also been doing our best to look after those huge pearly whites he has.

Ronnie is still quite young so his teeth are still beautifully white and healthy.  Which means he also has lovely breath, which is a bonus as he’s partial to a sneaky kiss every now and again. I’m sure he knows I hate it. Continue reading

A Stolen Future

It’s taken me a long time to write this post. I started it in September and have come back to it time and time again. I just couldn’t find the words or express anything properly but I’m finally at a point where I think it makes sense. It’s then taken me a while longer to publish it because it’s still very raw and has left me feeling a bit vulnerable but I wanted to post it as I truly think it needs to be spoken about so much more than it is. To help people understand what it is like and for people to feel like they aren’t alone.

It wasn’t long ago I posted about us deciding to try for another baby. We were really lucky that we fell pregnant quickly. I know so many people who have struggled to fall pregnant and have had the stress of months and even years of trying. We were over the moon knowing we had fallen on so quickly and were able to give Luca the sibling he has been asking us for.

We found out really early, mostly because I just knew. I was one day late for my period and decided I couldn’t wait to find out any longer. It was the day we took Luca to Nostell Priory with his friend in the holidays and I can remember the joy and elation both Ant and I felt all day. We wandered around those woods with ridiculous happy faces and our little secret. After a week or so of knowing we started to make lists of names, Pinterest boards for nursery design and plans for bump photos.

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How to Stop Your Dog Sleeping on Your Bed.

Ronnie’s favourite sleeping places, since the day we have had him, have been the sofa and our beds. The sofa was fair game for him and we didn’t mind him getting all snuggled up on there until we forked out for a new one.  Now the sofa is out-of-bounds.  This meant whenever he fancied a nap he made a beeline for our bed.  Despite having a bed of his own.

In fact, in the 7 months he has lived with us he has had three dog beds. THREE! None of them were anywhere near as good as our bed to sleep on though.  So clearly a comfy dog bed is hard to come by, never mind one that ticks all the other boxes. Continue reading

DIY Hampers from Farmer Copley’s & a Giveaway

It’s December, which means Christmas is well and truly on its way. The countdown is on!! It also means that if you haven’t started your shopping yet you really need to. But don’t panic, I’ve got a perfect idea for you to cross a few of those loved ones off your list. 

This week I popped into Farmer Copley’s (yes, again! I can’t help it) to look at all the Christmas bits and to put together a hamper for my grandma for Christmas. Everyone knows grandparents love a hamper right. I decided to go to Farmer Copley’s for it as they do DIY hampers.  Meaning you can fill it with the things you know the person you are buying for likes and that it will be gratefully received.  It also means it doesn’t have any of the things they may not want if you buy them pre-made, making it much more personal and thoughtful. Continue reading

Annual Pumpkin Picking at Farmer Copley’s

Autumn is in full swing, Halloween is just around the corner and this year I have my very own house to decorate for the occasion!  Skeletons, cobwebs, witches and pumpkins.  Lots and lots of pumpkins.  And we know only one place for pumpkin picking. Farmer Copley’s.

It’s become a bit of a family tradition for us now to visit Farmer Copley’s every year and pick out our pumpkins to decorate the house for Halloween.  It’s a good excuse to get outside in the fresh air and tramp through a field for an hour or so.   Continue reading