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 […]

January 19, 2016

The start of a new week! Happily, I listened to my alarm this morning and got up to do Yoga Camp with the lovely Adriene. But I am struggling. Not so much with the getting up but with my body. I have a pair of decrepit knees which we now […]

January 18, 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 […]

January 17, 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 […]

January 16, 2016

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 […]


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 […]

January 15, 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 […]

January 14, 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 […]

January 13, 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 […]

January 12, 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, […]

January 11, 2016

Our day turned out a bit differently than I had thought it would in my head. Of course, my head can be a very muddled and dangerous place to be but that’s beside the point! Mark had told me that he wanted to go over to his new work premises […]

January 10, 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 […]

January 9, 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. […]

January 8, 2016

Today began dark and rainy but by the light of the lounge fire I managed to awaken my hope for a bright day with a spot of Yoga with Adriene. I highly recommend her, you know? She’s the kind of person who, it seems, would make a lovely friend. And […]

January 7, 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 […]

January 6, 2016

Finally, the Christmas Holiday is over. Today was Back to School Day, Back to Work Day and Back to Building a New Business Day for the whole family! We’re off to a very busy start for 2016! I began the day with Day 3 of Yoga with Adriene in the […]

January 5, 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 […]

January 4, 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, […]

January 3, 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 […]

January 2, 2016

It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life year, for me….and I’m feeling good. Embrace Happy has a new purpose, a new focus, a new theme. Embrace Happy is about our family and our journey. Embrace Happy will still hold the resources and 96 posts I […]

January 1, 2016

Saturday was supposed to be a good day. Saturdays are generally quite good. Part of the reason I look forward to the weekend so much is that I get to share the parenting responsibilities with my husband. Yes, of course, he is around during the week. But from 7:45am-7:00pm, Monday […]

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