Meltdown 

Today is my day off and it’s always a very early start due to the kids being dropped home super early

So it’s no surprise that everyone in the house is usually tired.

This morning when they arrived home I was Just finishing watching a programme, heaven forbid I not only sat down for more than 5mins but I also had control of the remote~whatever next!!

I’ll tell you what next~trousers needed ironing, lunches needed making and hot cross buns had been requested. I might just add that all these things were going to be done as we had loads of time but still!

Everyone was wanting something and as I got up and walked/stormed into the kitchen muttering about all the things I was doing for them this morning that never get appreciated.

I continued my rant most likely to myself because I’m fairly sure no one was even listening!

My main complaint was that I do lots of things and never get appreciated for it but the second i sit and take 5 minutes you would think the world was about to grind to a halt.

Whilst buttering bread and chucking things into lunch boxes,the muttering continued.

I went upstairs to iron the trousers and to call out a reminder of the time and my boy (11yrs) said to me ‘Mummy you have a hard time sometimes doing things all by yourself’

I then felt the guilt kick in~so my morning became a turmoil of grumpiness and guilt all before 9am.

I don’t have a hard time far from it,I’m lucky and do appreciate life and all it’s blessings.

However sometimes all you want is 5 minutes  to drink your coffee and catch up on one programme that isn’t child related~not too much to ask surely.

Later as I watched my boy walk off down the road to school~he turned and waved back at me and made my heart melt. These kids are growing up far too fast for my liking, they might drive me crackers at times and make me feel like a grumpy unpaid servant/referee (the list could be endless!) but I love them with all my heart, our family life may be crazy but that’s how we like it and I for one wouldn’t have it any other way.❤️x

Manic Monday 

Today has been like most Mondays it started off pretty standard really.

I was running late and when I finally dragged myself out of bed, my hair was ridiculously crazy even by my standards and the thought of going to the car to collect my straighteners which were of course in the boot of the car was proving too much!! 

After the afternoons school run I was rushing around here, there and everywhere and just about managed to throw some dinner down the kids throats before heading off out to my all time favourite activity of the week~swimming lessons. Where I get to spend the now extended time of an hour sitting in what is for all intents and purpose a sauna.

A sauna I might add that you have to sit in fully clothed~although let’s be honest that’s probably a blessing in disguise for everyone!

Tonight’s hour went by reasonably fast as I was trying to sort out a problem with my phone. 

That sorted I then attempted to turn off the child locks in the new car. As much as it’s tempting to leave them on my two obviously don’t need them now.

This should of been a simple job but it is was dark and I wasn’t entirely sure what I was doing. 

After the first attempt I managed to step back into a large, deep puddle and absolutely soak my foot, I then attempted the other door thinking it might be easier to get to but no it wasn’t and I lost my balance and fell backwards laying momentarily on my back like an upturned turtle (thank goodness it was dark!)

Deciding to leave it I went home and googled how to do it, thinking I had cracked it I went back outside and had a final go. So convinced was I that I had done it, I got into the car only to realise I then couldn’t let myself out!! Fortunately I was able to open the window and open the door from the outside!!!

So there you have it just another crazy day. That’s Mondays fun and games over, now to get organised and ready to watch my favourite programme ever~First Dates.

Happy Monday.❤️x

Celebrate 

After a very busy and If I’m completely honest stressful week, I found myself child free and asleep on the sofa by 9pm on Friday night,to be fair having wine in the hot tub probably helped that along!

The sleep was very much needed though and yesterday saw a pretty long journey which resulted in a change of car. This is a very welcome change as my previous one would drink petrol like there was no tomorrow and the fuel gauge would start moving as soon as the engine started!

Another bonus means that when we are all together we can now go out and about in one car rather than having to factor two car loads into every journey.

Now all this sounds great but of course in this crazy household nothing ever seems to run smooth so after a quick solo trip in the car, including a trip to Asda I was feeling pretty confident.

This was until I found myself unable to remove the handbrake.So there I was sat on my own driveway unable to do anything or go anywhere!!


After a quick phone call and a few deep breaths I restarted the engine and thankfully managed to remove said handbrake and carry on my journey. I am fully aware of my next door neighbour looking out of the window no doubt wondering what on earth I was doing~although we’ve been neighbours for 4yrs now so surely nothing would surprise him?! 

This morning the sun is shining and I am looking forward to having a good family catch up for my big brothers big birthday~60 today (I’m sure he will thank me for sharing that with the world).

It’s also my beautiful nieces birthday today she is of course some what younger he he.

On that note I should really get up and get organised, although there’s still a few hours left to stress about my outfit I may as well get started on the process!!

Happy Sunday everyone.             Much love.❤️x 

Healthy~Eating

Life’s been pretty busy with the return to school and work after the summer holidays.
As the weather is also getting colder it’s time to have some different dinners again.

Therefore I was very happy to take part in the Britmums #Healthyredmeatchallenge.

Red meat is a great source of iron, b vitamins, zinc, selenium and potassium. All are needed as part of a balanced diet but can often be low in both toddlers and children’s diets.

As a busy Mum I am always conscious of finding ways to get a variety of foods including vegetables into any meals in a variety of ways.

Tonight we had soft tortillas with Beef mince.

This is a quick and easy meal to make and can easily accommodate lots of ingredients.

To the mince we added~onions,garlic,peppers,mushrooms, sweetcorn and chopped tomatoes. My daughter helped me with both the chopping and the stirring. When it was thoroughly cooked I served it in a large casserole dish with soft tortillas that the children could serve themselves and fill.

Being able to serve themselves is always a hit as the children can choose the amount they want to have and in doing so usually come back for seconds or indeed thirds!!
We had empty plates all round and the overall verdict was ‘it was great,when can we have it again Mum?!’

I make that a win win dinner!

Healthy and enjoyed by everyone old and young. Who could ask for more.❤️x


This post is an entry for the Britmums #Healthyredmeatchallenge sponsored by the Meat Advisory Panel.

Little things 

I’m sure I’m not alone when I say as a parent I have times when I feel guilty about the kids.

The days when all I hear is the sound of my own voice and feel like I’ve not done anything but moan!

The days when I feel like they’ve watched too much tv or had too much screen time.

The days when I’m tired and grumpy and not as patient as I could or should be.


After having what feels like the exact same conversation with my teenager daughter for about the millionth time and after me sighing and walking into the kitchen shaking my head also for about the millionth time this weekend, I stopped and thought~how awful all I do is moan.


I then proceeded to put the pans away that I had used to make them chocolate chip pancakes this morning as soon as I had stepped out of bed, I looked into the garden at the den I had helped to build and started to get my bag ready for our afternoon trip to the beach, and I thought hey do you know what? It’s not been such a bad day so far has it? 


My boy helped me make the pancakes and there was laughter and giggles from the den. We will all enjoy a walk/scoot along the seafront later and the fresh air will be much appreciated.


I guess what I’m trying to say is don’t let the negatives overshadow the positives, parenting is in my opinion one of the hardest jobs I’ve ever undertaken but it’s also the most rewarding. 


We did have a lovely afternoon and now we are home, the kids are getting bathed and I’m cooking a roast dinner.


Everyone’s happy~I’m looking forward to a relaxed eve with them before the madness of another week begins, where I will undoubtably be feeling the same as I did this morning. However I will also try and take five minutes to think of the positives of which, how ever tiny they may seem there are always lots of.❤️x

Happiness 

IMG_4786It’s been a bowling and ice~cream sundae kind of Saturday with a walk along the beach thrown in too.

The rain held off which was nice and whilst it was chilly it was still nice to get out and enjoy some much needed fresh air.

Bowling was good fun, I have to admit to a pretty rubbish score even though the bumpers were up but still it’s the taking part that counts and today I’m sticking with that!

After dinner the kids made their own ice~cream creations which could quite possibly cover their sugar intake for a week~me being me I couldn’t just sit back and watch so I had to join in, promising myself afterwards that not only will I charge my Fitbit tonight I will wear it and get exercising,hmm promises, promises. I might have to finish off the hidden cherry bakewells before any dieting can commence(yet again!)

Quite frankly I’m worn out after a late night of giggles and gossip with my lovely friends last night and today’s fun with more of my favourite people. I’ve had a bath and could quite easily go to sleep right now, so if the kids would be so kind as  to stop chatting and get some shut eye I might just do the same!

Happy Saturday everyone.❤️x

Funny Friday

I am a great believer in the fact that life is too short , you should make your own choices in life,be happy and take chances whenever and wherever they present themselves to you, because let’s face it life has a way of throwing things in our direction that may or may not be ideal.
However what is ideal? Who makes these rules anyway and who gets to decide what’s right and wrong for you?

I like to think that by the grand old age of 40yrs I’m capable of making my own choices and decisions and sticking by them. 

They may sometimes be choices that others can’t and maybe never will understand, but surely that’s what makes each and everyone of us our own unique self.

Whilst I will happily dispense this advice and try my best to live by it too, sometimes I wish I could switch off. Switch off my wandering mind and stop it from racing ahead of me. Stop it from preventing me taking my own advice.

Life is a journey full of twists and turns, ups and downs.

I like to think even when things seem pretty rubbish, the good days will always outweigh the bad and if you can find something that makes you smile even in the bad times hold on to it and don’t let it go.

Count your blessings and look forwards and if in doubt and you do look back~look and see how far you’ve come, and always remember you’ve got this!❤️x

Balance 

I am by no means a morning person but I have been getting up earlier and am starting to notice the benefits.

First and foremost it allows for more coffee drinking time(which is always a bonus).

This morning the sky was a beautiful colour and the sun was beginning to shine, I managed to get some washing done and write a post for an online magazine which I’m very excited about(more about that to follow) all by 8am!
I then spent the rest of the morning organising paperwork and other bits and bobs. 

As with most things in life achieving a balance can be tricky so on one hand my paperwork is fairly up to date but I now have an ironing pile which could rival a small mountain! 

Ironing is definitely not one of my favourite tasks and generally I avoid it all costs unless it’s absolutely essential,I feel that I can no longer ignore the ever growing pile so unless an ironing fairy magically appears I guess I’ll have to tackle it.

This week seems to be flying by, I had a nice surprise after work on Tuesday when my lovely boyfriend was waiting for me outside,not only was it fab to see him he brought me coffee,then last night he cooked me dinner and we had a lovely evening with wine, chocolates and one of my favourite films, I am definitely a lucky girl.

Friday is fast approaching and I have a catch up with my wonderful friends to look forward to tomorrow night. All in all not a bad week.

I hope your having a good week too.❤️x

Thanks…

As well as thanking you all for your continued support of my crazy little blog. I would also like to thank my kids,boyfriend, friends and family.

For always bearing with me.I may screen shot your text messages, insist that you don’t start eating/moving until I’ve taken a photo, quote the funny,lovely,even stressful things you do or say.

Basically your all in this with me, and personally I love it~that’s what makes my blog what it has become today.

I love the fact that it’s all here in black and white. Capturing some of the wonderful memories that make up life.

To my wonderful children~I hope one day when your old enough you will read through my blog( well maybe not all of it!) and see that actually those times we disagreed and argued all I ever wanted and do want for ever is the best for you in everything you do.

I hope you’ll look back and understand that everything I ever do is done purely out of love for you.

So once again thank you everyone for being part of my life and making it the crazy,happy adventure that it is. ❤️x

Fun at Findon Sheep Fair 


So yesterday was the annual sheep fair at Findon , during the day they have lots of lovely things going on including sheep shearing and a fun fair to name but a few.

https://www.facebook.com/findonsheepfair/

We went along last night to enjoy the live music from Murdochs crazy eyes.

https://www.facebook.com/MCEmusic/

Having seen them several times before I knew we would have a good night and I certainly wasn’t wrong.

Deciding on an outfit is never easy on a night out, especially footwear I knew it would be hot dancing around so I opted for sandals, others wore wellies or boots but I’m glad to say I wasn’t the only one and their was some flip flop wearers too!

Despite the rain earlier in the day it wasn’t too muddy on our walk there, and once we had arrived and entered the marquee it was all dry.

The bar inside was very well catered for and I was particularly impressed by the ‘squishy wine bottles’ I’ve never seen them before! It was also great that any designated drivers were given free bottles of water during the night.

Once the music started the whole marquee was singing and dancing along, I don’t think we stood still all night. It was a great atmosphere, the music brought everyone together and there was lots of room to dance until your heart was content~which we certainly did!!

The evening seemed to go by in a flash it always does when your having fun. Luckily I had managed to park just a short stroll away, as we headed back to the car the mood was happy and jolly, lots of people were also making their way home chatting, singing and laughing too.

I’ve woken up tired but happy and with breakfast in bed~what a lucky girl. On that note I shall get myself moving and see what this bright sunny day brings.

Happy Sunday everyone .❤️x
*all thoughts and opinions are my own*