January 2016

January 19, 2016

We were treated to the most glorious sky at sunrise this morning! That's one positive to winter mornings...you're usually well awake by the time the sun clears the horizon! That was the last bit of calm this morning, however, as we had to take my car to the next village to a garage for some… Continue reading January 19, 2016

January 2016

January 17, 2016

Today was chilled out and family focused. None of the jobs I had hoped might get done got done. I did manage to change the sheets on our bed this evening so there's one great accomplishment! However, we spent time together as a family, spent time with my inlaws who needed a distraction and played… Continue reading January 17, 2016

January 2016

January 16, 2016

Today began with a lovely breakfast in bed and rather jovial hour where Ella and Sam played together and Mark and I enjoyed a cup of tea in bed and a bit of conversation about some of the challenges Ella is experiencing at school. As time ticked on, we needed to get ready to take… Continue reading January 16, 2016

January 2016

#LiveLAGOM

Several months ago I received a newsletter from IKEA Family. In the newsletter they were promoting a programme called #LiveLAGOM. They were inviting IKEA Family members to apply to become a #LiveLAGOM Ambassador. If chosen, we would receive £500 of IKEA products designed to improve our family's sustainability and eco-friendly footprint. But it wasn't just… Continue reading #LiveLAGOM

January 2016

January 15, 2016

Last school year, when Ella was in Year 2, I had the pleasure of working with Ella's class on an Embrace Happy Club. I went into their class for about 6 weeks in the Summer term. I usually went in on Friday afternoons and we focused on learning how to Embrace Happy, to be a… Continue reading January 15, 2016

January 2016

January 14, 2016

Oh, Alan Rickman. Noooooo! I actually said that out loud at my desk when I read the Breaking News on BBC this lunch time. Nooooo! So sad. Best villains, best voice. I know my Mom will be sad today as Alan Rickman was Professor Snape and she adores all things Harry Potter. This may be… Continue reading January 14, 2016

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January 13, 2016

Have you ever found that your "get up and go, got up and went"? I felt that way this morning. I had to drag myself out of bed for Adriene's Yoga Camp and while I partially began Day 10, both children suddenly appeared in the dimly lit lounge and the smallest of the 2 insisted… Continue reading January 13, 2016

January 2016

January 12, 2016

Why did I not do meal planning before? Yes, I'm only on day two but seriously, I really should have been doing this for the last 7 years! Having picked up our #LiveLAGOM products from IKEA, part of our New Year's intentions are to waste less, particularly in the area of food waste. I have… Continue reading January 12, 2016

January 2016

January 11, 2016

Two days off from Yoga Camp with Adriene and boy did I need today's session! The lifting and moving from yesterday's work in Mark's new office left my back stiff and sore. Oddly, Adriene obviously knew about this as today's session was about streching and relaxing. Perfecto. After I finished, I saw the sad news… Continue reading January 11, 2016

January 2016

January 9, 2016

Oops, guess what I didn't do today when my alarm went off at 7:30am? I didn't join my friend Adriene for Boot Camp. I know she will forgive me though because she's always telling us to "find what feels good" and this morning, at 7:30am, when no school run was looming, my bed felt reallllllly… Continue reading January 9, 2016

January 2016

January 8, 2016

Friday! Friday! Friday! I was so pleased it was Friday today. But when my alarm went off at 6:30 for me to get my bum downstairs for a bit of Yoga Camp with Adriene, I didn't just snooze it to grab 10 more minutes, I sharply shut it off altogether. Then I began a dialogue… Continue reading January 8, 2016

January 2016

January 6, 2016

Wednesday...always a good feeling when it's over as you know you are that much closer to the weekend....whooooo hooooo! Another school run (sans skateboard today) and a quiet day at home being a Work at Home Mum. I missed having the hubbub of Mark being home, not that I should get used to it by… Continue reading January 6, 2016

January 2016

January 4, 2016

Today was the last day of our Christmas Holiday! While half of the UK began the joy of shouty school runs, scrambling for school uniform and stuffing food into lunch boxes, we joyfully did not. A teacher inset day made Ella's sleepover at Nanny & Grandad's last night possible and meant that it was pretty… Continue reading January 4, 2016

January 2016

January 3, 2016

Ah, the magic of Disney! We packed ourselves into the car this morning to journey to the O2 Arena in London to see the magnificent "Disney on Ice". The children were quite excited and after a reminder to not ask "Are we there yet??" and taking turns on the iPad, our journey proceeded without incident.… Continue reading January 3, 2016

January 2016

January 2, 2016

I've had the book "The Life-changing Magic of Tidying" by Marie Kondo for months now. Maybe even a year or so. I do this. I buy a book, eagerly delve into the first chapter or so. Then I find my attention wavering and end up on social media scrolling through friend's status updates and checking… Continue reading January 2, 2016

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Innocent #FiveADay campaign

Two weeks ago, Ella and Sam and I trundled down to London to have a simply marvelous day, thanks to innocent Drinks. I've never taken the children to London on my own so this was a real adventure! And not a pushchair in sight! Both Ella and Sam were so well behaved and such troopers… Continue reading Innocent #FiveADay campaign

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Embrace Happy Challenge Day 2: Rock

Day Two of the Embrace Happy Challenge and our theme today is ROCK! The overall list is a lot of opposites but I had a bit of fun with the first three days by choosing Paper, Rock and Scissors. See what I did there? I play this game with my Husband whenever there's a job… Continue reading Embrace Happy Challenge Day 2: Rock

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Embrace Happy Challenge Day 1: Paper

Last month I started a photo-a-day challenge on Embrace Happy. I chose a theme word for each day of the month to prompt anyone who was interested to look at the world in a different way; with a bit of a different focus. There are a plethora of Photo-a-Day prompts out there, the greatest being… Continue reading Embrace Happy Challenge Day 1: Paper

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Happiness Haven

Around 18 months ago, Mark and I (well, mostly Mark with the hard labour) began planning for and creating a lovely garden. When I first arrived here 10 years ago, Mark had already established a really beautiful, quaint, very English back garden. 5 years ago our back garden began to change into a far more… Continue reading Happiness Haven

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27 Things I Have Learned

Last month I read a post by someone who is a real creative inspiration for me. Chantelle, aka Fat Mum Slim, is a creative wunderkind. She created the exceptionally popular Photo-a-Day challenge that so many people have copied and made their own. And she's just a really REAL blogger. She shares her worries, her weaknesses… Continue reading 27 Things I Have Learned

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Ella & Sam #CelebrateBetter with Footy Fun!

The Summer holidays are in full swing now and we're not sitting by and watching it trickle away. Last week we got out and DID each day at some point and even braved a rather rainy Friday armed with rain gear, umbrellas and wellies and puddle jumped to our hearts content. I'm trying to steer Ella… Continue reading Ella & Sam #CelebrateBetter with Footy Fun!

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Cherry Good Fun!

Last week, Sammy and I joined our lovely friends Sabina and her boys for a final "Besties Day Out" for this School Year. We piled into Sabina's car, programmed the sat nav and hit the road for Q Gardens in Oxfordshire (not Kew Gardens mind you!). After a few minor altercations from the boys, we… Continue reading Cherry Good Fun!

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Embracing Happy with Experience Kissimmee

Did you ever hear about a place and you just knew it was your idyllic "Happy Place"? I've had this a few times in my life, one of which was Castaway Malfini on the gorgeous Labadee, Haiti in the Caribbean Sea. A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting Pennyhill Park Hotel and… Continue reading Embracing Happy with Experience Kissimmee

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Just a little bit of me…June, 2015

  Can you believe that we are actually half way through this year? My phrase of the year was "Make it Happen" and thankfully, I have made it happen in a variety of ways. I was raring to go into 2015 with my then job with the now defunct Wauwaa. Things were going well with… Continue reading Just a little bit of me…June, 2015