The week of birthdays and celebrating

This past week is always one of the busiest and craziest of the year, with not one but two birthdays in the same week. I celebrated turning 45 on Tuesday, and Katie officially became a teenager on Friday. It has been a whirlwind of a week full of birthdays and celebrating, and of course filled with cake and laughter. Who said the middle of January was boring. Here is a little look back at the past week.

The week of birthdays and celebrating

Spa day at Ribby Hall

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January Goals

Inspired by my lovely friend Angela who blogs at Adventures in Websterland, I am going to start sharing the goals I want to achieve each month. I thrive on being organised, and I like to think I run a fairly tight ship when it comes to the home and family life. But there is always room for improvement, and I have started to realise that if my life is not quite as organised as it should be, then it can affect my stress levels.

January Goals

So this year I am going to focus on 3 areas of my … Continue reading

The final Little Loves of 2018, and a look back at what we’ve been up to during December. I had the chance to meet up with blogging friends, we watched a few Christmas films, and I spent the day at Instagram HQ in London.

Read

Not much to report in this section, as I have not even finished a book this month, which is not like me. I am about three quarters of the way through this book, and whilst it is ok, it’s just not grabbing me. I am determined to finish it before the year is out though, … Continue reading

With Christmas just around the corner, I suspect that some parents have been presented with a list that contains clothing of some sort. I am no exception, and even with just over a week to go, I am still being sent pictures of clothing from the kid’s favourite websites.

Whilst my daughter loves to shop on the high street still, I know teenage boys like to dress in designer clothes from time to time. And with Christmas on the horizon, it could be the perfect opportunity to treat them to some clothing from their favourite designer. OD’s Designer Clothing offers … Continue reading

Another month gone in the blink of an eye, and time for me to sit down and focus on my Little Loves for the past month. November is the month when Christmas starts to creep in, and of course I have had my first mince pie of the season. I am sure I will be indulging in a few more before the 25th December.

Costa Mince Pie

Read

I have read a good mix of books this month, and I’m really into reading at the moment. Everybody seems to be talking about This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay, so when I … Continue reading

How have I not written a Little Loves post since July….. JULY. I have no excuse but to say that life has got in the way, and I know the whole reason behind Little Loves is to focus on the positives. So tonight I have taken a deep breath, switched on my laptop, and here are my Little Loves that have kept me smiling throughout the month of October.

Autumn Flat Lay

Read

I am loving switching off in the evenings and losing myself in a book. I am probably averaging one book a week, and I am alternating between psychological thrillers, … Continue reading

Let’s all cast our minds back to when we had wall to wall sunshine, we lived on ice cream and BBQ food, and our summer clothes had never been worn so much. Coincidentally, the heatwave started just as my teenager finished school for 10 weeks. No revision, no exams and no school, just a summer of fun to look forward to which started with the National Citizen Service (NCS) at the end of June.

NCS

NCS is a Government backed scheme, and is aimed at children aged 16 to 17. Almost half a million teenagers have taken part since NCS … Continue reading

September is one of my favourite months, not just because the kids go back to school and we welcome routine back into our lives, but you get the joy of purchasing shiny new stationery. Being a blogger, I always have a few notebooks on the go, but September is a pretty good excuse to stock up on a few more. And not only do I get the thrill of buying new stationery for myself, but I also get the joy of ‘helping’ the kids buy their things for the new school year.

Stationery essentials for 6th form and college

Now my 12 year old daughter is always … Continue reading

I am a creature of habit, and when it comes to fashion I tend to stick to what I know, and what I feel comfortable in. My staple Autumn outfit will usually be a pair of jeans, comfy jumper, and my trusty boots from Hotter. But after returning from Mexico just under a week ago, I am not quite ready to start living in jeans again. Plus have you ever tried to put your trusty jeans back on, after a week of indulgent eating and drinking in an all-inclusive hotel.

Plus Size Autumn Dresses

So this Autumn I am going to throw caution to … Continue reading

If you’re about to make a big move, be it relocating for a new job, moving to start a family, or retiring and looking for a calmer atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of city life, there are many factors you should consider before making the move.

Relocating

Firstly, you should decide if the move you’re about to make will improve your life and that of your family. Will you be moving away from family and friends? Is the cost of living higher?

Answering these questions will allow you to make a strategic decision.

Location, location, location

On making your … Continue reading