March 2016

A Lovely Spring Day

Again, time has gotten away from me. We have been busy with dancing, school functions, work, Mark's new business and the stress of daily life. I am finding the time to write for me personally is virtually non-existent. Perhaps this is because I am actually a horrible time manager? Perhaps it's because by the time… Continue reading A Lovely Spring Day

March 2016

February 29-March 13, 2016

The best laid plans of mice and men, often go awry. January saw me writing every day. February, I backed off to weekly. And then surgery, sickness and wobbles set in. I haven't updated since the 28th of February and to be honest, haven't wanted to. I had my double knee arthroscopic surgery on the… Continue reading February 29-March 13, 2016

February

February 22-28, 2016

Back to school, back to normal. I have also realised that trying to update the blog daily is too much! I've really enjoyed keeping family and (1 or 2) friends updated on our lives but somedays are not terribly interesting so I seem to be sharing more photos and far less words. Which isn't necessarily… Continue reading February 22-28, 2016

February

February Half Term, 2016

Did you miss us? Last week was a whirlwind of being off school, squeezing in work, siblings playing really well together, another Dance Competition and quality family time, just the 4 of us. Phew! Today Ella is back to school and Sam and I are enjoying a lazy Mummy Sammy Day together. It does feel… Continue reading February Half Term, 2016

February

February 7, 2016

**Sunday** We didn't enjoy our standard breakfast in bed but in fairness, we snuck it in yesterday so I shouldn't complain! I spent a quiet hour scrolling through my social media channels until Ella and Sam both descended upon my space. I decided it was time for action so we got cracking, piled in the… Continue reading February 7, 2016

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 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 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

Sharing Happy

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

Daily Inspiration

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

Daily Inspiration

My Happiest Moment

The other day, a friend shared a link to a wonderful video from the goddess of all things Happy, Zen and Empowering, Oprah Winfrey. The video was super short but quite interesting as well. Oprah was interviewing Elizabeth Gilbert, author of "Eat, Pray, Love". Gilbert talked about how one of the ways to be more… Continue reading My Happiest Moment

Daily Inspiration

Making an effort

I've had this post rolling around in my head for the last two weeks, ironically. I wanted to share some ideas about making an effort with your life, your children, your partners, your work, your happiness. Yet I was struggling to make an effort to get the post written! Yes, I told you it was… Continue reading Making an effort

Daily Inspiration, Savour Our Weekend, Sunday Best

Sunday Best

Sunday is one of my favourite days of the week. Friday is my first favourite.  Never mind that I'm a Mum and work from home so it's not like Friday signifies a major change in my daily life. Friday for me means the start of family time, the beginning of shared parenting and less-stressed time… Continue reading Sunday Best

Casual Friday, Daily Inspiration

Happy 4th of July!

Today is July 4! Also known as American Independence Day. Yes, we'll gloss over the fact that it was England whom America declared independence from and I am now a permanent resident in England. I am still American, however, and still celebrate the 4th of July. The last two years, I spent the afternoon in… Continue reading Happy 4th of July!

Savour Our Weekend

Savour our Weekend- BritMums Live and Family Reunions

This past weekend was filled with inspiration, freedom, revitalisation and reunions. What an amazing weekend and one that I truly have savoured. I returned, for the first time in 2 years, to BritMums Live in London on Friday and Saturday. The largest blogging conference in the UK, BritMums Live brings together bloggers from all over… Continue reading Savour our Weekend- BritMums Live and Family Reunions

Daily Inspiration

Savouring our Weekend- Water, Play & Fun

Friday is the start of the weekend for me. We got off to a brilliant start when Ella came out of school and showed me the gap where her bottom front tooth had been. Her wobbly tooth from a month or so ago had finally given up and fallen out in the middle of Ella's… Continue reading Savouring our Weekend- Water, Play & Fun

Daily Inspiration

Happy Birthday

Tomorrow (June 3) is Ella's 6th Birthday. This past weekend we held a lovely party for Ella and 9 of her friends at my in-law's house. My in-law's have an amazing house, garden and in-ground pool so we were able to set up a giant tent/marquee in which to house the children. Our plan was… Continue reading Happy Birthday

Daily Inspiration

I’ve learned

Today a highly honoured woman died. Maya Angelou was a master of words that reached to the core of so many. I took her words for granted but today read them with a new clarity... I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will… Continue reading I’ve learned

Daily Inspiration, Savour Our Weekend

Savouring our Weekend- May 17-18, 2014

I talked last week about how much I am enjoying our weekends now that we have no major committments with activities or classes. This weekend, the entire country agreed with me! We didn't want it to end. The PROPER sun came out and it truly felt like Summer. And what better to do than spend… Continue reading Savouring our Weekend- May 17-18, 2014

10 Random Things

10 Random Things- May

Ah, May! Summer, really. My home state in the US is only just starting to thaw yet we here in England have had two and a bit months of flowers, warm-ish air and sunshine to shake the dregs of winter off. I am currently sitting in our little muddle of a garden while Sammy plays.… Continue reading 10 Random Things- May

Daily Inspiration

Savouring our Weekend

I love Fridays. I have always loved Fridays. Back in the day, and in another country, I used to have Friday afternoon off and it was bliss. Because I worked Saturday mornings, I always made sure I had Friday afternoon off. Now, the reason I look forward to Friday is because I get to share… Continue reading Savouring our Weekend

A Snap in Time

A Snap in Time- Park Fun

Tuesday was a day where the fun of the Easter break ended and the return to a normal routine began. We have approximately 12 weeks or so remaining until the end of the school year. Yes, I am counting down to the Summer holiday. I had told Ella, at the breakfast table, as an incentive… Continue reading A Snap in Time- Park Fun

A Snap in Time

A Snap in Time- Family

This past weekend I encouraged the members of the Embrace Happy Facebook group to Get In The Frame and take a family photo. Mums spend far too little time being IN family pictures mainly because the picture taking responsibilities fall on our shoulders. If I hand Mark my smartphone to allow me to be in… Continue reading A Snap in Time- Family

A Snap in Time

A Snap in Time- Ella

I am amazed some days with how quickly my little girl is growing up. Ella is 5 going on 25 in some respects but thankfully is still silly and goofy and wild like all nearly-six-year-olds should be. Yesterday we had a morning out as a family. We drove into Stamford to have a proper breakfast… Continue reading A Snap in Time- Ella

Daily Inspiration

Someday is not a day of the week

Last night I was perusing Facebook on the iPad, as one does at 11pm when one should be going to bed. I saw an app advertised on Facebook for Reading Rainbow. Reading Rainbow is an American show on PBS (Public Broadcasting System...where Sesame Street lives) hosted by LeVar Burton. He presents stories, others narrate them,… Continue reading Someday is not a day of the week

Daily Inspiration

Fresh Air

Yesterday, although the sun was not brilliantly shining, I decided it was time to get out and get some fresh air as a family. Last Sunday, Mother's Day, I had wanted to christen our Burghley House Garden of Surprises & Sculpture Garden family membership but family challenges and help needed prevented that. One week late,… Continue reading Fresh Air

A Snap in Time

A Snap in Time- Bedtime

Most nights we have a fairly predictable bedtime routine. My husband comes home from work, we have a family dinner, we go upstairs for baths, get in pyjamas and have a bedtime story. Most nights I lay down with Ella to have her read her school reading book to me and often I read one… Continue reading A Snap in Time- Bedtime