A night away by myself and watching the snow fall

Last week was one of those weeks that started off really good, then went downhill in the middle, and thankfully picked up again in time for the weekend. But I guess that’s family life, and you never know what the week will throw at you. Here is a little glimpse into the past 7 days.

A night away by myself and watching the snow fall

A night away by myself

This is something that I have dreamed of doing for years, and last Monday I finally did it. NO kids, NO husband, just me, my book, pampering products, and those … Continue reading

How to make the most of your weekends

Our weekends are so precious. We get all of this wonderful time together, yet it’s so easy to squander it away and then find yourself back at Monday morning again. So let’s take a look at what you can do to make the most of your weekends.

Wake up early

The first part of this is so important, it can really determine the outcome of your weekend. If you’re laying in bed wasting precious time, it might take you longer to get up and get going. Then you may feel as if … Continue reading

January goals – What I achieved this month

The end of January, and I must admit I am always sad saying goodbye to the first month of the year. January is one of my favourite months, and this year has been no exception. We have celebrated 2 birthdays, I have been on a lovely spa day with my husband, enjoyed meals out with friends and family, and had lots of fun this month.

January Goals - What I achieved this month

Though the downside is, I have not completed as many goals as I wanted to. I forgot how busy January is for us, though I am … Continue reading

A much quieter week

I had all good intentions of getting this post live on Sunday, but yesterday we had the laziest of lazy days. Even turning on the laptop was too much effort. I do think you need days like this from time to time, and I am trying to embrace them and not feel too guilty. Infact this past week has been a much quieter week, though of course not every week can be full of crazy birthday celebrations. Here is a little look back at the past 7 days.

A much quieter week

The final birthday celebration

Okay, I did … Continue reading

With less than 80 days to go until we escape to the sunshine in Greece, I am starting to think about my holiday wardrobe. I know it’s strange to be thinking about dresses, swimsuits and sandals when we are all bundled up for the winter, but I can’t wait to escape the cold and feel the warmth on my face.

Getting ready for Greece with Simply Be

We have been to the Halkidiki region twice during April, and the weather can be glorious in the day, and a little cooler during the evenings. I love getting dressed up at night, and as Ikos Olivia has a choice Continue reading

3 Stylish Ways to Create More Space in Your Home

Every home can benefit from extra storage. Whether you need to store clothing, bedding, toys or sports equipment, chances are you will struggle to find space for it all. The other problem is that many storage solutions can look ugly and unattractive.

ways to create more space in your home

Here we offer 3 ideas to incorporate both style and storage into your home.

Beautiful Bookshelves

When we are looking for extra storage space, the first thing we should do is look up. Using height and wall space could offer us just the extra storage we need. Built-in … Continue reading

Birthday meal at Las Iguanas Cheshire Oaks

Last week it was my birthday, and as the husband had booked the day off work, we decided to go out for lunch. As I can’t possibly go out to eat without using a restaurant voucher, I searched the internet for places offering ‘birthday deals’. These can range from a free pudding, free drink and occasionally a main meal.

Las Iguanas Voucher

Las Iguanas Voucher

I found Las Iguanas offered the best incentive with their Las Iguanas free birthday meal, and as we were heading to Cheshire Oaks to do some shopping, we decided to … Continue reading

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

On Tuesday, Hywel and I headed for a spa day at Ribby Continue reading

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

I love starting the year by looking back at our travels from the previous year, and hopefully this will give you some holiday ideas 2019. I always knew that 2018 would be the year we travelled less, mainly down to GCSEs which happened in May and June. This meant that we swopped our usual holiday in April, as the teen was revising over the Easter holidays, to going away over the Summer.

2018 - Looking back at our year of travel

Considering we were not meant to travel much during 2018, we still managed a total of 13 trips between us. We usually spend between £3500 and £4000 … Continue reading