Rosy Cheeks & Muddy Feet


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... expecting A baby boy in October! That explains my absence here ;) 

...watching Friends is on the TV as background noise. It's the last episode and I could watch it a million times over. This show never gets old.

...eating I've been making a lot of salads the past week since Summer decided to make an appearance. They are easy to prepare and the kids love them. Plus who wants to stand in the kitchen cooking when it's so warm?!

...loving The weather. Maternity shorts. Early nights. Sunny mornings. 

...enjoying Having my garden back! I ordered a skip at the beginning of last week and our garden has been cleared. Wood has been burnt, a new patio set was delivered on Friday and the kids can finally get out there and play. I hated not being able to use our garden especially when it's so big. It's almost like we've gained an extra room in the house. 

...thinking About plans for the Summer holidays. James broke up from school last Wednesday and Emilie finished nursery the week before that. We're now free until the 5th of September. I am looking forward to some lazy mornings! 

First day of Infant school & his last day at infants. In September he's off to Junior school 

...feeling Tired. All the time. Sleeping is becoming harder and harder as each day goes past. 

...hoping That I can get back into the swing of blogging. It feels like forever since I've come to this space of mine to share and I miss it. 

...listening To Anthony doing some work in the garden. He's been out there all day grinding and welding. 

...Wearing A new yellow dress that in all honesty makes me feel like a canary. It's perfect for the hot & humid weather though :) 


Five On Friday.

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Happy Friyay! This week has flown by, as does every week around here. So I figured I'd round it off with a Five On Friday.

1// I have a non napping toddler today. At two and a half months away from three years old I am amazed that Emilie still has a two hour nap every lunch time, so days like today where she is all "Nope. Not going to nap" throw me for a loop. I'm not quite ready for her to give them up yet! I foresee meltdowns by 4pm this afternoon..

2// James went on his first overnight school trip this week. He was nervous beforehand but as soon as he got to school and saw all his friends he was fine. I on the other hand was completely fine until I watched him get onto the coach. I was not expecting to get all choked up watching the coach pull off.. It was the strangest two days and I literally ran back to school the following day to meet him off the coach. He loved it although he did say that he didn't like being away from home. Thank goodness we have at least a year until the next school trip!

3// Last Saturday my sister and I took all three kids to the park for a picnic. Thankfully the weather held out and it was a lot of fun - minus a few tantrums. Aimee is just two weeks away from brining my new nephew into the world! I cannot wait! Baby snuggles :) 

4// I tried a new recipe earlier this week. It was from the Ella's Kitchen cook book and a massive hit.. Even Anthony asked for seconds.. It's basically a Chicken pasta bake but with lots of hidden veggies. 

5// The weather has finally picked up and it feels like Spring is here at last. This weekend the temperatures are set to be hotter than Ibiza. No complaints here.. Weekends & Sunshine.. What's not to like? :)

Hope you all have a great weekend! 


5 Tips For Stress Free Mornings.

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My children take after me. They are early risers. I've never been one to sleep late, even before I had little ones to get up with. I've always felt like the day is being wasted if I stay in bed. 

That being said.. As good as I am about waking up with sun it isn't always easy when you have two kids in tow. Especially when you add in trying to get one to school on time and stop the other one from melting down because their breakfast cereal is 'too crunchy.' 

After seven years I feel like I've kind of found my groove with a morning routine. Things that I do consistently to try and make mornings as smooth as possible. They're simple things but effective. 

1// Organise Your Clothes.

Every evening I sort out my own clothes for the next day as well as James & Emilie's. The last thing I want to be doing at 7am is rooting through draws trying to find a matching outfit! James then only has to grab his pile in the morning and he's all set. 

2// Wake Up Earlier.   

Sounds silly right? You already have to get up early so decide to wake up even earlier.. There is method behind my madness. I set my alarm for 20 minutes before I actually have to get out of bed. This gives me time to wake up properly and have a few moments before I have to get the kids. It's amazing the difference it makes!

3// Launch Pad. 

James's school stuff is all kept in the same place. That way I know where everything is and I can grab it as we leave the house. Set up a launch pad, it can be a basket or box, and have everything organised there. Lunch boxes, permission slips, book bags. 

4// Get Dressed.

My kids eat breakfast as soon as we're downstairs. Mainly because they seem to both be ravenous in the mornings! As soon as breakfast is over on a school day, they get dressed. James especially seems to be more motivated once he is in his school uniform. On the odd day he's done other things first it feels like it's a fight to get him out of the door on time.

5// Rewards. 

Sometimes little ones need some incentives. Especially on a rainy school day when they just want to stay in their PJ's all morning and watch cartoons. I've used reward chart for both of them in the past with simple things on such as, "Brush Teeth" "Make Bed" .. If they completed these tasks then they got a sticker and once they collected a certain amount then they got a small prize. Use what incentives work for your children! 

Here's to happy stress free mornings! 


Confession Thursday.

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I've seen a lot on social media recently about VEDA (Vlog Everyday In April) and also a Blog Everyday In April challenge.. We all know that I love a good challenge and my success rate on these things are about 50/50.. Sometimes life just gets in the way I guess but I need some motivation at the moment so I'm going to give it a go.. The blogging, not the Vlogging.. No one wants to see my camera woman skills..

I may have left the house with the kids this morning for the first time in a week. Stomach bugs and tonsillitis have kept us cooped up and I think we all have a serious case on cabin fever going on. 

Following on from that today is also the first day that I have washed my hair, put makeup on and gotten dressed all in the same day for a week. I only managed one of the above most days. 

The kids have been living off toast, rice and ice poles. When they're ill, I don't force them to eat and I let them choose as and when they want to. Meal times go out the window as does the menu. 

I cannot wait for the warmer weather. The sun made a little appearance yesterday and it was lovely being able to play in the garden and not have to bundle up. Summer cannot come quick enough. 

Whilst we've all been unwell I binge watched way too many episodes of Charmed on Netflix. I had forgotten how much I love that show.. Especially the earlier episodes. 

Am I the only one not really concerned by the changes coming to Instagram. I don't want it to change because I like seeing my feed in the order that people posts things but I keep seeing posts with people asking you to turn on notifications. Am I the only person not doing this? 

What are you confessing to this Thursday morning? :) 

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