10 Things That Make Me Happy!

It feels like ages since I've blogged and although I've got lots of ideas and things to say, I've pondered about which to share with you first. So, I thought I'd go with 10 Things That Make Me Happy following the tag by the lovely Laura of  Wafflemama fame!

Laura tagged me in her post a while ago and I thought it would be perfect to get restarted! 

So here we go.....

1. Joseph
Some days maybe hard but this kid was worth the 6 year wait. He is funny and lovable. I love him more than I ever thought possible.

2. My husband
He drives me mad with his forgetfulness and pants on the floor BUT he is hardworking, kind, loving, a fantastic Daddy and my best friend.

3. Bruce
He's never lifted a paw to Joseph, even when chased with a foam sword. Since he's become a big brother he doesn't let any other cat, dog or fox, come close to our garden and use to sit at Joseph's side guarding him as a baby.

4. Junk food
Not the best of things to love or to make you happy but I love a good take away. A good pizza, a delicious tikka masala or a chinese, I have a soft spot for them all. Oh, and chips, don't forget about chips! 

5. Disney
From the first film I ever saw I have loved Disney. Its never mattered to me when people have said its childish or not cool. I love the movies, the characters, the merchandise, the parks and the warm feeling inside that it gives you. Joseph's first meeting with Mickey will be a memory I will cherish for ever. 
6. My nieces
I mentioned them in one of my very early posts and although they've all grown up so much since then I still love them to bits. They are all so different but so bloody awesome in their own right! 

7. Date Night
I think we've had two date nights since having our now three year old. That's if you don't count the few child free trips to Ikea! We have very much enjoyed those dates though. We laughed a lot and of course spend most the time talking about Joseph! 

8. Sewing
A couple of years ago I couldn't even thread a machine properly but as part of the LiveLagom Ikea project I became the proud owner of a sewing machine! I've made Christmas stockings, makeup bags, altered curtains, created World Book Day costumes and fixed one of the grownup nieces coats! My hand sewing is still shocking though!

9. Crafting
My blog started off as an outlet for our fertility battles and as it has grown I've shared lots of different things but crafting is one of my favourites. Being a Snowy Owl means a lot of what we with our Brownies is on a budget and I've tried to keep that as a running theme in the crafts I've shared. I love researching and coming up with new ideas for people to try.

10. Blogging
Since being a little girl I've always wanted to be a writer but never really had the balls to submit work or contact agents. Blogging is a great outlet for creativity and it's a very warm and welcoming community. The likes of Hayley at Sparkles and Stretchmarks and Vicki at Honest Mum have been a great source of knowledge and support! 

What makes you happy? Tell me in the comments box!

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Being more positive!

This post previously appeared on meetothermums.com!

It's easy to be negative. Moaning, complaining, glass half empty, not half full type of person. 

I'm one of those people. Glass half empty. Moaning Myrtle. Negative Nora. 

Well, I was until very recently, as I suddenly became very aware of how negative I was being. 

My friend and boss always says "every cloud has a silver lining". Have a sickness bug? Hey you lost 6lb! Toddler running a mock? Think of how well he'll sleep tonight! She's a positive person, where as I was the opposite. Whenever she has uttered the 'silver lining' words to me in the past I have snorted and rolled my eyes. 

Then very recently something changed in me. Someone close to me was put in, what can only be described as, a shitty situation. She needed my support and ranting along with her and saying how crap the world was simply wasn't going to cut it. She needed the wise old owl in me, not the squawking young(ish) chick. This time it was me that needed to be the every cloud positivity. 

A few days later when my husband came home from work I stopped myself moaning about the monkey like behaviour that the 3 year old had been up to and told him what a great day we'd had. I shared all the positive things and less of the negative.

The result was that he seemed happier too. He didn't feel as much burden for leaving me with the ginger hurricane and he didn't have to have to the disciplinarian having found me burnt out and frazzled. 

When our cooker, dishwasher, hairdryer and kettle all decided to either break, or be near to breaking and temperamental, within 48 hours of each other it was easy to be negative and have the "why me" attitude. I really struggled to find any positives but then I thought about it and told myself to get a grip. Sure we can only afford to replace one but that's because we don't want to have loads of things on credit anymore and get in a mess. Very sensible. So we have to wash a few pots, air dry our hair and go without a cuppa! It really isn't the end of the world is it!?

We have a roof over our head, even if we do want to move house. Jobs to go to, even if we don't always like them. We have each other, even if we do irritate the crap out of each other and are ruled by a hobbit sized dictator!

Don't get me wrong, it's not always easy to turn that frown upside down but I know I feel massively better about myself and my life in trying to. 

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Whatever happened to Mummy Snowy Owl?

I've been a bit slack on the blogging front over the last week or two, but its not that I've lost my mojo again. 

The opposite in fact as I've got lots to share! It's simply that we've been concentrating on other things. 

Having family time, days out, celebrating birthdays and enjoying the temperamental British summer! 

I've also been working on something COMPLETELY different, which you can read more about on my Instagram feed!

I will also be blogging a little more and when our 3 year old, Joseph, starts his free hours at nursery in September, things will be more structured and scheduled. This will also bring the return of book and movie of the week! 

These posts were quite popular, even though a lot of the movies and books were dated! I think the posts struck a cord with all parents, watching and reading the same things day in, day out, and over and over again! Like my other posts, the only reasons these stopped was due to us being out and about, along with Joseph just not sitting still long enough for anything! When he does stop it's only for a quick power up!

All in all I'm probably just saying don't forget about me, or the ginger hurricane for that matter, and Daddy too obviously! We've got lots to share and there's much more to come. 

Make sure you don't miss out by following me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to see when the latest posts go live!


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A unique gift - Twenty Fingers Review & Giveaway

I like to think of myself as a good gift giver. I love to give thoughtful gifts and, often, unique gifts. I search for individual and different things to give, and I keep a list of things that people mention they need or would like and make use of it for birthdays and Christmas'. I was keen to follow this through for Father's Day and, along with our handmade gift, I wanted to get Daddy something very special. 

So, when Twenty Fingers contacted me and asked me what I thought of reviewing one of their creations I jumped at the chance!

Twenty Fingers is a family run business based in Milton Keynes offering unique and personalised gifts, with papercuts being their specialty. I had seen papercut art before but nothing like the impressive creations of Twenty Fingers!

When I first looked at their website I was bowed over by their intricate designs and attention to detail. How could these pictures be created with paper?

I took my time looking through the website and chose my design. There are lots of styles and layouts to pick from, along with different coloured frames and paper. We are redecorating our bedroom soon and we are having a very white theme, so I went with a white frame and paper. 

Picking which photograph to use was easy as whilst we were away on our trip to Thomasland I took a lovely picture of Joseph snuggling up to his Daddy. It is such a lovely picture I knew that was the one I wanted the team at Twenty Fingers to use. 

Unfortunately smack in the middle of the picture is a water bottle. So after my order was placed I dropped them an email asking if the picture was OK and if they could remove it from the picture.

Lana was quick to react to my request and I soon had a proof to check over. I was free to request changes and after one small alteration I had two further proofs to choose from. I picked my favourite and received an email when my picture was dispatched.

When it arrived I was slightly lost for words. It was absolutely fantastic! 

The intricate work and craftsman ship is amazing. The picture and the wording I chose look fantastic.

I never realised how good and how amazing papercut art could look but Twenty Fingers has shown me just how incredible it could be. Not only is the picture absolutely brilliant, so is their service. Enquiries are responded to promptly and there's email updates to confirm your order, check your proof and to confirm dispatch of your order. 

I am certainly impressed, as was Daddy when I gifted it to him on Father's Day!

If you'd like the chance of winning your own piece of papercut art* from Twenty Fingers enter below by telling us about the photo you'd like to turn into a papercut creation! Follow me on Twitter for another entry! 


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Be Father's Day ready with Hallmark!

Living in a busy, and currently, eventful world its easy to forget about special occasions. Birthdays, anniversaries, Mother's Day and Father's Day, all come around so quickly. Before you know it the days are upon us and we don't have gifts and cards. Or maybe like me, you concentrate on getting an incredibly thoughtful gift for the Daddy of your children but forget about your own Dad!

So, if you're reading this and a panic has swept over you! Don't worry! It's quite possible that Hallmark have got you covered! 

First, I have a confession to make. Personally, I always thought Hallmark were expensive, but I've been proved wrong! I was lucky enough to be sent a selection of the items on offer this Father's Day and I am honestly so impressed by the quality and value for money. 

There's a huge variety, with Star Wars, Superman and The Simpson's available, along with the more traditional style cards, pop ups and badges, with prices starting as low as £1.28! Not only have they got a fantastic selection of cards, you can also now shop with them via Amazon, as well as the usual high street stores! 

There's also the super cute and cool Itty Bitty's selection starting at £6.00! Ideal for a superhero loving Daddy! Meaning you can easily get a gift and card for under £10.00!! 

Father's Day is just around the corner but keep calm! Hallmark have got you covered!

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A canvas for Daddy

My husband, Joseph's Daddy, loves our little ginger hurricane and proudly shows photographs to family, friends and work colleagues. He also displays Joseph very sulky nursery photo on his toolbox at work for all to see! So I wanted Joseph to make him something this Father's Day that he can place next to that sulky picture and be equally proud of. 

I remembered that he really liked a craft we did on the run up to Christmas and casually commented that 'he wouldn't mind one'. So we decided to do it again but tried a different, more effective, technique so I was keen to share it with you on the run up to Father's Day. 

Fancy trying it?

You will need

  • A canvas - £1.00 @ Wilko
  • Paints - I use Baker Ross acrylics but a simple kid's palette will do, £2.00 @ Wilko
  • Pots for paints if not using a palette
  • Paint brush
  • Pot of water for brush rinsing 
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape - 50p @ Wilko

Remember to protect your table/painting area!!

First, start by cutting the tape for your lettering. Consider what words you are using and what size they will need to be to fit them all onto the canvas. As our canvas was for Daddy to take to work we went with 'Daddy's Tools'.

Once your happy with your lettering start painting!

Don't worry if they stray over onto the tape, as you're using masking tape it won't soak through! 

Leave to dry.

Next, peel off the tape. 

Once removed you should be able to see your wording, which will have been left white. 

That's it you're done! Wrap and gift to Daddy or the father figure in your little ones life.


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