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Sunday, 30 September 2018

Goodbye September


I've never done one of these month in review type posts before but it's been a hell of a month, so I thought I might. Maybe it'll be therapeutic? Who knows!!?

September has been very up and down, not just for me but for us as a family. Some of it is just too personal to share.


Mother and son walking in a woodland

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Dealing With Childhood Eczema


I know to well what it can be like to have eczema. Growing up I often had irritable patches, which were sore, painful and, as a teenager, a little bit embarrassing.

It was something I certainly didn't want for my little boy but unfortunately it happened, and it happened very early in his life. At his two week check up the Health Visitor noticed some dry patches on his skin. She told me to stop using certain products and to go soap free, which we did. Yet, it still got worse. Much worse. 

I really felt like I'd let him down, especially when some of his skin got infected. After some back and forth with the GP until he was around 5 months old, we were referred to the hospital to see a specialist. 


Baby sitting in a bumbo chair with a toy in front of him. His face shows sore, dry, eczema skin


Monday, 24 September 2018

Our Favourite Disney Rides


Regular readers and those that follow me on social media will know that I love Disney and I'm lucky that my family do too.


Disneyland Paris castle lit up at night, with 25 at the front as a mark of the anniversary


Saturday, 22 September 2018

5 Easy Self Care Moments


Whether you work full-time, part-time or are a stay at home parent, life can throw a lot at you. 

If you start to feel a little bogged down and that everything is getting a bit much its important to take a step back and have some time to yourself. Maybe act as your own therapist. Being busy and stressed though doesn't always make this easy, so here are five easy self care things to do. Little moments for you.

Have a cup of tea and a slice of cake

Us Brits love our cups of tea and we're fond of a piece of cake too! In times of crisis we often dish out cups of sweet tea, like a band-aid to fix everything, no matter how big of small.


A table with a cup and saucer, teapot and a cake on a plate, which is resting on an open book


Thursday, 20 September 2018

Grofresh Kitchen Garden Update!!!


Growing food or herbs at home can be hard if you're limited for space or have no garden at all. It can be even harder in winter! 


Grofresh box showing the name and product


Tuesday, 18 September 2018

BlogOn Toys Goody Bag Haul


Have you ever wondered what people get in event goody bags?

Maybe you're a blogger and you've wondered whether the hype of the BlogOn goody bags is all it's lived up to be!

Well, now you can find out and as you can see its quite a haul!


A mix of toys, games, small food items and stationary laid out

Sunday, 16 September 2018

September Giveaway!


Many of you will know that I love a good bit of crafting! I'm always conscious though that crafting can be expensive, so I try my best to keep any crafts that I share on my blog as low budget as possible. Luckily, that's something I have experience of from being a Snowy Owl! 

Crafting with little ones is a great way for them (and you) to practice your creative skills. It can also help fill the time on those long parenting days!

This month's giveaway is to help you all get a bit crafty with the kids, as I'm giving away a Giant Box Of Craft from Hobbycraft! 


I little boy holding a box of craft supplies looking shocked


Friday, 14 September 2018

Dream Home Wishlist - Orangery


I need to confess something. I have a habit of searching Rightmove and looking at properties I can’t afford. I consider what furniture I’d have and where I’d put it. I pick which bedroom our son will have and check if there’s space for a hot tub. I even check the school catchment areas.

Yes, I realise I may have a problem!

Since going self-employed my secret habit has worsened and spread over into what I watch on TV. I’ve found myself having the TV on in the background and more often than not a property programme is on the screen! Homes Under The Hammer, My Dream Home, reruns of Location, Location, Location are regulars in my viewing!

Now and again I also buy a home and interiors magazine to have a flip through, and again look at things I can’t afford.



Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Painting With Leaves!


Inspired by our recent Mud and Bloom box we've recently tried painting with leaves! This is another craft that is ideal for autumn, especially with the leaves falling!

Here's our little creation!


Completed painting


Monday, 10 September 2018

Autumn Tealight Holders


Leaf tealight holders seem to have been on Pinterest since it began!! 

I've tried to make them once before with real leaves and it was a disaster! They wouldn't stick and/or fell apart. It was one big sticky mess!

So, when I spotted a pack of fake leaves at The Works I thought I'd give them another go! Here's the results!


Completed tea light charges

Saturday, 8 September 2018

Autumn Wreath


I've already mentioned my love of autumn in my last post but in case you missed it I'll tell you again! I LOVE AUTUMN!

The cooler months, the falling leaves, the downward slide into Christmas, I love it!

So many of you loved my Flower Wreath that I thought I'd create another with a touch of autumn! So, here it is!


Completed autumn wreath


Thursday, 6 September 2018

My Favourite Spooky Movies For Halloween


The kids are back at school, the weather is cooling and we start to look towards autumn. For me, autumn is one of my favourite seasons, with the other being winter, because, well Christmas!

I love autumn because not only does it bring my birthday and Halloween, it also means its socially acceptable to be inside, snuggled under a blanket, eating yummy treats and watching the TV!

Whether you're the type of person that streams their viewing on a tablet, sticks to Freeview and a standard TV or pays for a subscription service and watches on something fancy, maybe a 4K HDR TV by Panasonic or the like, there's plenty to watch on the run up to Halloween.


Carved pumpkins sitting on a wooden table outside


Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Goodbye Preschooler


A few hours ago I made a complete fool of myself on Instagram stories. I cried. A lot. No doubt some people rolled their eyes and skipped passed but for me it was an intimate and vulnerable moment I chose to share.

I hadn't intended to cry. I expected to perhaps feel a little tearful but once I started there was no going back. 

The reason for my tears, tears that I'm still fighting back as I write this hours later, is that my 4 year old son starts school tomorrow and I'm heartbroken.

This is the boy I waited 6 long years for. 6 very difficult, hard, excruciating years for.


Little boy holding a chalk board that reads 'Joseph's last day at nursery'


Sunday, 2 September 2018

How To Get The Best Character Interactions At Disneyland!



Many of you will know that we love Disney! The movies, TV shows, toys, clothes and the parks! We love it all!!

We're incredibly fortunate to have taken our 4 year old son to Disneyland Paris twice but for now our Disney holidays are on hold and we are on the big save to go to Walt Disney World!
It's going to take a LONG TIME but we hope to take him in 3 years, although it's highly likely to be much later than that! 

Mummy, Daddy and 3 year old son, standing close to the Disneyland Castle