Rosy Cheeks & Muddy Feet

When Your Confidence Gets Knocked.

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I never intended to take a month long break from this space of mine. It also wasn't a conscious decision. Something came along though and pulled the rug from under me. I've never been the most confident person and this something took whatever confidence I did have and left with it. I nearly made the decision to not come back here at all. I've had the mouse hovered over the 'delete blog' option on more than one occasion. I couldn't do it though. I have never claimed to be the best writer in the world but Rosy Cheeks & Muddy Feet is my safe place and when push came to shove I just couldn't part with it. I spoke with my sister yesterday and she told me just to sit down and write. To not overthink it.. Just write.. 


When you get knocked down it's so easy to sit there and pick apart everything. What happened. Why did it happen? For me that then spirals into every other aspect of my life. My self esteem has always been balancing on a knife edge and it's something that I have to intentionally work on daily. I try to never put myself out there, always happy to hide in the background away from attention. I look at Emilie now, at 3 years old and I love her confidence. Her excitement at the smallest of things. At her age she doesn't care what people think. She loves life and she loves hard. That's probably one of my favourite things about children. They're so innocent that they don't see the bad in the world yet. They don't dwell on the past or worry about the future. They live in that moment.  I wish they never had to loose that. 

This month long break has taught me something though. No matter how many times your confidence gets shaken. No matter how many times you fall down. It doesn't matter, as long as you get back up. I teach that to my kids so I should practice it myself. Deleting this blog probably would have been the easy option but then what? Writing is a part of me. It's something that I've loved since before I can remember. I'm not going to change that just because I had a bad experience. 


So here I am. Confidence knocked but my motivation & drive still intact. Onwards and upwards! 

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The Tell Me More Tag.

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The lovely Lydia From What Lyd Did created this Tell Me More Tag and I decided to join in. I always love reading other posts like these. It's nice to get to know the blogger behind the blog a little more. 



What's the story behind your blog name? 
When I originally created this blog in 2012 it was called For Those Little Moments. Then about 2 years later I had a complete redesign and along with it I changed the name. I pondered for weeks on what the new name should be, it was actually getting to the point of frustrating!  Then one day I was sat in the garden watching the kids playing and the name Rosy Cheeks & Muddy Feet just popped into my head. The rest as they say is history. 

What's your real reason for blogging?
It started as a way for me to document my life as a first time Mum. Somewhere for me to write down all those memories. It's become so much more to me now though. I always say it's my free therapy. When life is busy and I don't get a chance to come here and write I end up all antsy and almost anxious. It's as if I need to get everything out of my head and until I do that I'm like a bear with a sore head. 

Best thing about blogging?
I've met some amazing people. I still don't really feel like I'm part of the whole blogging community but I have connected with a few really lovely ladies. I'd love to meet more though! 

Worst thing about blogging?
When I don't write a post for a while I end up beating myself up so badly. I want every post I publish here to be perfect and in reality, that's not 100% possible. There are going to be some that are better than others. Also lately the blogging world seems to be filled with drama. Women tearing each other down. That's not cool and it's not needed. 

Proudest moment so far?
It was probably when I wrote this post about my struggles with my son having high functioning autism and it got picked up by Mumsnet. A little accomplishment but a proud one for me! 

What are your ultimate blogging goals? Don't be shy!
This is a hard one! Ultimately I just want Rosy Cheeks & Muddy Feet to be a place where people come here, read and think, 'hey me too!' or 'Thank goodness I'm not the only one....." and then leave feeling better. 

If you released a book, what genre would it be?
Ever since I was a child I've wanted to write a novel. I would write so many short stories or start a novel and then leave it half finished because I was never sure if it was good enough. I want to be the next Jodi Picoult! 

If you released products, what would they be? Homeware, beauty, or something unexpected?
Ohhh! There are so many things! A line of baby boy clothes definitely, seen as the shops seem to have rack after rack of girls clothes and then one tiny bit for boys ha! 

What would you name the products and why? 
I actually have no idea. Maybe I could have a range of boys clothes and call it Rosy Cheeks & Muddy Feet?!

What has blogging taught you?
To be patient. It's not very often that something happens over night. I've been blogging five years now and I still haven't got any where near where I want to be. I am the worlds most impatient person so this has been a massive lesson for me. 

Sum up your blog in three words!
Real. Honest. Raw. 

I don't want to sugar coat everything or only share the best bits. Good days, bad days and everything in-between. Sometimes life sucks and it's okay to say that. 

If you want to take part in this tag then don't forget to leave me your links in the comments or over on Twitter so I can take a look! 

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Preparing For Summer Travels.

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Howdy June! (How in the world is it June already. This year is just flying past at lighting speed....)

I have been loving the warm weather that we've been having the past week. Summer is well and truly on it's way and I don't think I could be anymore excited. Everything just feels so much easier during this time of year. Leaving the house without having to bundle the kids up for one. Suncream and hats and we're good to go. Salads for dinner, eating outside & being able to use the garden to name just a few more things :)

This summer I am hoping beyond hope that we can go on a trip. We haven't had a holiday since 2004 (madness I know!) There just always seems to be other things to pay for and do so holidays have always come bottom on the list. This year though I want the kids to experience that thrill & excitement of packing up and leaving on a little adventure. What could be better (or more British) than a good old camping trip!?

I've already begun looking into it so I thought I'd share some ideas on preparing for a camping weekend.

Finding the site! 

I've been mooching around looking at campsites and I came across the Campsites web page. You just search for a destination and it brings up all the campsites in that area and at a glance you can see what it offers. Electric hookup, internet access, swimming pool etc. You can also contact the campsites direct from the webpage. How awesome does this campsite look? Who even knew Glamping was a thing?

Keeping the kids occupied! 

Having not been on holiday for 13 years means that I've never travelled too far with children in tow. The furthest I've gone is London to Somerset with James as a baby and that was awful. I can only imagine a few hours more would be slightly worse, especially with three kids, including a baby under one! Pinterest has given me some great ideas for some Travel Activities for kids. I think James & Emilie would love them. I love the idea of making my own especially as it means I can include different things for their ages.


Prepping the house! 

I am totally the type of person that would leave for a few days away and forget to lock the back door or leave the hot water on. Thankfully this printable from SimpliSafe's Facebook page is a perfect checklist when you're leaving your house unattended. Notice the 'Turn water and gas off..' I'm pretty sure that one was written just for me ha! 


Fine Dining

Having a type A personality means that I like things to be organised, add having a baby with a food allergy into that and I'm already making lists of food that is dairy free, easily transportable and easy to store in a tent. The bonus of breastfeeding is that at least I don't have to worry about taking bottles, formula and a steriliser with me! 

Including the little ones!

James with his autism and sensory processing disorder likes structure and routine. He likes to know whats coming next and things out of the blue or out of his normal routine throw him for a loop. I'm going to try and include him as much as possible in the planning. I figured one good way would be letting him pack his own case. I think it's little things like this that will help him deal with the change easier. 



... And that's about as far as I've gotten. Now I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that I can make this camping trip a reality! 


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Thankful Friday.

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I'm starting to really enjoy writing these weekly thankful posts. It's good to sit down and intentionally think about the good. No one week is perfect but even during 'bad' days or weeks, there is always good. Little slices of happiness that bring a smile. 

What were my slices of happiness this week? Well, I'm glad you asked :) 

1// A sunny park trip with Henry. He was fascinated by the grass! 



2// Listening to Henry giggle every time James even looks at him. 

3// Starting a new course with the Open Study College. After having each child I've done a distance learning course, just to stop my brain from turning to mush. After James I got my diploma in Psychology. After Emilie I studied Makeup Artistry and now after Henry, I am going for my Level 3 in Marketing & Social Media Management. I'm excited because I feel like it's actually something I could make a go off. Watch this space! 

4// Emilie telling me she 'loves me millions..' 

5// Listening to James tell me how him and 6 of his school friends are moving to LA when they leave school. They have it all planned out. Apparently they were going to go to New York but then changed their minds.. He ended the conversation with, "Just the tickets are going to set me back two grand.." He also informed me that I can come too!

6// Practicing for my theory test at the end of this month and passing several of the 'mock' exams. 

7// A beautiful sunny day after a day of constant rain. 

8// Eating the best bacon & sausage roll that I'm pretty sure was bigger than my head. 

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