It seems only fitting that I write this blog post accompanied with a large cup of tea, as tomorrow we celebrate National Tea Day here in the UK. Whether you like yours brewed in a teapot, made using a tea strainer, or served to you in your favourite restaurant, Saturday the 21st April is the day to celebrate the good old cuppa.

National Tea Day with Buyagift

I switched from drinking coffee to tea a few years ago, due to suffering with migraines. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy a cup of coffee, but you can’t beat the feeling of waking up to a refreshing brew (normally made by my husband, so thank you).… Continue reading

We all have friends or close family members in our lives that may become a mum at some point, and their journey into parenthood is of course an exciting one. As a mum myself I can just about remember those early days, and you know that your friend has exciting times to come. However, I also know how overwhelming those first few weeks and months can be, and sometimes you just want them to know that you are thinking of them. I thought I would share with you some of the best gifts you could consider giving them, to let them know you care.… Continue reading

If you had asked me what the National Citizen Service (NCS) was 6 months ago, I would have shrugged my shoulders and apologised for not knowing. But fast forward to now, and NCS is talked about almost daily in our house. Morgan is counting down the days until his NCS adventure begins at the end of June, 3 days after he finishes school.

NCS

The NCS programme is open to 15-17 year olds (you need to be turning 16 by the 31st August), and aims to bring together young people from different backgrounds and cultures. Morgan heard all about NCS after they came to his school, and delivered an assembly to the year 11s.… Continue reading

The Easter holidays are coming to an end, and this year it has been slightly different for us. We usually spend a week in Greece at our favourite hotel, but this year we stayed at home due to the impending GCSEs. The teen has been in school nearly every day over the holidays, and thankfully he doesn’t seem to mind. He has been balancing revision with hanging out with his mates, and time on his beloved PlayStation. We did manage a trip to Shrewsbury over the Easter weekend, and it was lovely to get away for a few days.

Little Loves

Read

After reading Lisa Jewell’s gripping book, I found You, I was ready for something a little more light hearted.… Continue reading

I had all good intentions of joining in with Little Loves last week, but when it came to it I just couldn’t engage my brain and write. It has been a challenging few weeks for me, yet I know that everything will work out completely fine in the end. This is why I love Little Loves, focusing on the little things that have made me smile over the past few weeks.

Little Loves

Read

I have read not one, but two books over the past few weeks. I had all good intentions  of reading the Matt Haig book that everybody seems to be reading at the moment.… Continue reading

Katie has just celebrated 6 years of being involved with Beavers, Cubs and now Scouts. Half of her life collecting badges, attending weekly meetings, wearing her uniform with pride, and camping. Camps are a huge part of Katie’s scouting journey, from the 1 night stays in comfortable lodges when she was a Beaver, to longer stays under canvas now she is a Scout.

Scout Camp

Camp has given her the freedom to grow, to do activities that she would never have the chance to do otherwise. To learn how to cook and be independent, how to be part of a team, and also work independently.… Continue reading

I was very kindly tagged by the lovely Stevie over at A Cornish Mum, to answer 20 random facts about myself.

Bistrot Pierre at Stokton Heath

When was the last time you cried ?

That is an easy one, as it was around 4.30pm on Tuesday. It has been a challenging and emotional week for me, and I have cried more times than usual. I am an emotional person and I tend to cry when I am sad, angry, upset, even happy. I even cried at the end of The Greatest Showman.

If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself ?Continue reading

Another 2 weeks seem to have gone in a flash, and it’s time for Little Loves again. A chance to look back at our last fortnight, and focus on the positive things that have happened.

Little Loves

Read

I am still reading Hens Reunited by Lucy Diamond.  I needed something a little less heavy after Eleanor Oliphant, and this is perfect. I will probably finish it this weekend, and I think I’ll make a start on the Matt Haig book that everybody is talking about. My Mum managed to pick it up in a charity shop for only a pound.

Lucy Diamond - Hens Reunited

Watched

Katie had a sleepover at her friends last weekend, so the husband and teen watched Black Panther at the cinema (which meant I had a Friday night to myself, bliss).… Continue reading

How has it been 3 weeks since I last wrote a Little Loves post. Every single time I tell myself that I am going to be more organised, and then life just gets in the way. Please tell me I am not the only one. And how an earth is it March next week. February seems to have gone in a flash.

Little Loves

Read

I have an Eleanor Oliphant shaped hole in my life, after I finished the last week. It’s hard to believe that this is Gail Honeyman’s debut novel, a book that she wrote whilst working full time. Eleanor is a complex, misunderstood, but likeable character by the end of the book.… Continue reading

I know most people were  cheering to see the end of January, but I must admit it’s one of my favourite months. I know I’m in the minority, and we all know that January will never be able to compete against it’s glitzy neighbour, December. But I love it, and here are some of the reasons why.

Loving January

Birthdays

We celebrate not one, but two birthdays in our house in January. I celebrated mine on ‘Blue Monday’ which is meant to be the most depressing day of the year. Well not when you are celebrating your birthday with a trip to the Trafford Centre, followed by a family meal out.… Continue reading