My favourite new shoes courtesy of XYLondon

  I’m doing my best at the moment to be appreciative of things. Life is so crazy that sometimes you don’t stop and notice the satisfaction things give you. I recently decluttered in line with the Kon Marie method. It’s basically the principal of getting rid of things that have no practical use, are used regularly and don’t spark joy. It really is an eye opener and if you haven’t read any of Marie Kondo’s books on this I would…

Are you a mum based in Wales? The Welsh Assembly want your views

Are you mother based in Wales? Well the National Assembly for Wales wants to hear your views on pregnancy, maternity and work in Wales. The Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee is currently running an inquiry into pregnancy, maternity and work in Wales, and it wants to hear from you! As part of this inquiry, they have set up an online forum where you can browse the discussions, submit your own experiences and ideas and read, rate and comment on…

Want to organise your day in style? Win a set of Old English Company planners

I’ve tried just about every planning tool there is, and for each element of my life I prefer something different. For my blog, I like to map everything out online. For my family activities, I like a monthly family planner. For holidays or events, I like lists. But when it comes right down to it, even if I have all these swish gadgets, I still need to write a list of what I need to achieve TODAY. That’s where a…

The Sunshine Blogger Award

There’s a few blogging awards, challenges and Q&A going around at the moment and I’m delighted to be nominated for another. Thanks Lil Jem and Baby E   and The Imagine Forest Blog  for the nomination for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Thank you to both as I love their blogs! As Lil Jem nominated me first, I’m going to answer her questions, but I’m going to pay it forward with the Imagine Forest and use her questions for my nominees. What…

My Weekly Wins #10

I can’t say I particularly know what went on this week. I spent most of it in a daze as Small Boy decided to wake up very early three days in a row and I was a zombie for most of it. One 2.30am start had me drinking Red Bull at my desk at 8am. That was a weird day – I was coming out with lots of ideas all morning and then hit a wall by 3pm and had…

Hearty Sweet Potato Soup Recipe

This soup recipe is easy to make and very budget friendly.Soups are always a great way of using up vegetables that are beginning to go past their best and you don’t want to waste. They’re also easy to make, great to batch cook and a good way of sneaking veggies in to your meal plans. Ingredients 3 small sweet potatoes (or 2 large) 1 leek 1 red onion 1 carrot 1 teaspoon ground cumin 500ml  chicken or vegetable stock (using…

Why do we expect so much from toddlers?

Why do we expect toddlers to deal with their emotions and challenges in the same way adults do? Is it fair to expect them to understand how they feel and concepts that even we as adults struggle with sometimes, like disappointment or anger? It’s easy to dismiss a “tantrum” or to get frustrated by your toddler throwing themselves on the floor because you’ve asked them to do something or you say no to them. I’ve had to go and have…

Self care products I love – March 2018

Dermaworks Eyebrow Serum If you’ve done the maths from my post about being an older mum you will know that I was in my teens and twenties though the nineties. In line with trends of the day I definitely overplucked to lick my thicker brows into shape. Of course now a more natural shape is de rigguer and I’ve struggled to get my brows anywhere close. But I also don’t have time to be off getting threaded or waxed! I’m…

The Versatile Blogger Award

I always think being versatile is a great quality. It smacks of flexibility and being open minded and able to react to change. That’s something that all parents need! After all, consider how many roles you fulfil (cook, nurse, teacher, carer…) and how quickly things can change as soon as you have a “routine” nailed. I almost spat my tea out over the routine point! But I’m not writing about parenting today, but me. Yep, another opportunity to find out…