I have had a complete break from blogging over the past fortnight, and whilst it has been nice to switch off, I am now itching to get back. If you follow me on instagram you may have noticed we have been in Greece. We returned to Ikos Olivia which is in Halkidiki, the most amazing 5* resort. We were treated like family when we arrived at the hotel, and we spent the week relaxing, eating and sampling the huge cocktail menu they have. The lovely Sarah from Extraordinary Chaos is there at the moment, and I am gutted our holidays did not cross over.… Continue reading

I can’t quite believe that the kids break up today, and it really does feel that this half term has been the quickest one yet. But with the holidays fast approaching it can only mean one thing….. We have 2 and a half sleeps till GREECE.

Deluxe Pool at Ikos Olivia

Ikos Olivia reception

Yes I am counting Sunday night as half a sleep due to the lovely 2.30am alarm call. It will be worth it when I am sipping cocktails around the pool on Monday afternoon. So apart from running around like a headless chicken getting ready for our holiday, what else have we been up to.… Continue reading

I honestly thought we were turning a corner with the weather, as we were graced with a beautiful Spring day on Wednesday. Thankfully it was my day off, and I headed to David Lloyd for a dip in the outdoor pool. Oh and I couldn’t resist embracing Spring by picking up some tulips and (yet another) planner.

Sainsburys planner and tulips

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The David Lloyd club that I attend has just introduced a free book library, so I picked up My Sister’s Keeper. I have not started it yet, but I believe I need to stock up on tissues.

Jodi Picoult - My Sister's Keeper

Watched

Gilmore Girls has been put on the back burner, and for the past few nights it has been all about The Replacement.… Continue reading

This past fortnight has been a funny old mixture. Ranging from the normal everyday activities such as work, school and clubs. To the pure excitement of school trips, pancakes and secondary school decisions.

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At 12.10am on Wednesday morning I read two words ‘Place Offered’. Yes the 1st March was High School decision day. And even though I was 99.9% sure that Katie would be allocated a place at her brother’s school, it was still nice to get the confirmation. I was a mixture of nerves and excitement logging onto the website, not helped by the fact I had to reset my password at midnight.… Continue reading

What kind of a World Book Day parent are you ?

Are you the organised parent who has been excitedly pinning costume ideas to your ‘World Book Day Pinterest board’ for months. Safe in the knowledge that whatever theme is thrown at you, you will have at least 20 ideas for a costume.

Or are you like me, quaking at the thought of producing anything remotely creative that your child can be seen in public with. I breathed a sigh of relief when I realised that World Book Day would falll when my daughter will be on a school residential. But alas the school will be celebrating a week later.… Continue reading

I am writing this week’s Little Loves post a little hungover, after enjoying a few gins with friends last night. It’s the end of our half term and what a fabulous week it has been.

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Lots of information on Bath. As it was our first time in this beautiful city, we gathered up lots of leaflets to plan our days. We had fun exploring the Roman Baths, Bath Abbey and a fabulous bus tour around the city.

Bath Leaflets

Bath Abbey

Roman Baths - Bath

The Weir in Bath

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Hmmmm not my type of film, but the husband and kids seemed to enjoy it.

Miss Peregrine home for peculiar children

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Ah sorry to use it again, but it has to be memories.… Continue reading

It’s been 2 weeks since I last joined in with Little Loves, and last weekend was all about the little lady heading off to Scout Camp in Bangor. This meant that I got to enjoy some much needed time with the husband, and what better way than enjoying Sunday lunch together followed by a walk.

Sunday Lunch

Runcorn BridgeRead

I started this a few weeks ago, and feels a little strange reading a Christmas book in February.

It must have been the mistletoe

Watched

Whilst Katie was at Scout camp we introduced the teen to The Hangover films. I LOVE the films, which I suspect has something to do with Bradley Cooper looking mighty fine in them.… Continue reading

I nearly wasn’t going to write this Little Loves post as I have been really poorly this week. But I suppose that’s what Little Loves is all about, remembering the little things that have happened in amongst the ordinary. The ordinary either being in bed or on the sofa. So here are some of the little things that have made me smile amongst the illness. I apologise now for the lack of photos.

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One advantage of being poorly is that not only have I picked up a book, I managed to finish it too. I read Caroline Flack’s autobiography, which was the perfect book to read in between naps.… Continue reading

I usually post about my Little Loves once a fortnight, but this week has been a whirl of fun and crazy times. We celebrated 2 birthdays in the Williams’ house, and this week has been filled with fun, presents and of course birthday cake.

Light Box

Birthday presents

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I got lots of lovely books for my birthday, but typically have not managed to pick one up yet. I think I will start with the wonderful Hurrah for Gin, as I fancy giggling myself to sleep every night. I did read LOTS of birthday cards, and when your daughter’s birthday is 3 days after yours, the cards get regulated to the side table.… Continue reading

My first Little Loves post of the New Year. Whilst I appreciate that January is a pretty dull and dreary time for most people, I love the first month of the brand new year. Here are my little loves from the past 2 weeks.

Light Box

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I purchased this book on Amazon after I saw a post on social media from another blogger. I don’t usually go for the ‘self help’ books, but one thing I want to do less of this year is worry about the small stuff. Big things that happen I tend to deal with fine, but smaller things that I can’t control, well that is a different story.… Continue reading