June 2015 | Rosy Cheeks & Muddy Feet

The Sunday Currently.

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R E A D I N G  One Moment, One Morning by Sarah Rayner. It's one of those books that has you hooked right from the start. 

W R I T I N G  Blog posts mainly, trying to get back into the swing of things. 

L I S T E N I N G  The kids have some cartoons on at the moment whilst I write this. In my eyes Sunday mornings are for PJ's & Cartoons :)

T H I N K I N G  That I'm excited for the coming week. The weather is meant to be in the 30's! 

S M E L L I N G  My new shower gel from The Body Shop. I have the matching moisturiser and it smells A.MAZ.ING. 

W I S H I N G  That I had cleaned more of the house yesterday so I didn't have to do it today. 

H O P I N G  That Emilies antibiotics help her kick this urine infection. She is a lot better than she was but still not 100%.

W E A R I N G  We've woken up to rain so my boots have come out from their hiding place. 

L O V I N G  The photos that I took yesterday of my friends little girl. I've really developed a love for photography. 

W A N T I N G  The school year to hurry up and end. James is tired, cranky and in need of a break. 

N E E D I N G The new hair straighteners from GHD.. Anthony has said that there is a chance I may be getting them for my birthday in August!

F E E L I N G  Happy, motivated, blessed. 

C L I C K I N G  Through a lot of blogs. I like connecting with other bloggers and finding new ones to follow is always fun. 


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A Change Of Attitude.

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Yesterday afternoon, I ended up in A&E with Emilie. She hasn't been right for a week, high fevers, crankiness and several other symptoms had me pretty sure that she was suffering from a urine infection. Her GP wouldn't do anything without a urine sample, which I tried for four days to get but she wasn't giving up the goods. When she started vomiting yesterday I bundled her up and off we went to hospital.

As we sat in the waiting room, with her lying on my chest, her body burning up and the hours ticked on by, I found myself getting more and more impatient. It was past her bedtime and she was exhausted. I kept thinking about the knock on effect this would have on her in the morning. 

Then a man came running in.. He shouted that he needed help and that a man was having a seizure in the car. A Nurses went running out and a while later they wheeled the man in, whilst his Mum walked beside him. This man had brain cancer and this was the second seizure he'd suffered from since being diagnosed. Right in front of me I watched this mother take care of her grown son. I watched her hold his hand and explain that everything was going to be okay. I could see the pain and desperation etched onto her face. 

And as I sat and watched this all unfolded in front of me.. I felt ashamed. 

Just moments before I had been moaning to myself about how Emilie being three hours late for bed was going to make her over tired the next morning. How she would be more difficult to handle. I was sat there worrying that they were taking so long whilst her little body was burning up on top of mine. 

After I watched this Mum with her grown son my perspective changed.. Yes my baby girl was unwell but it wasn't life threatening. Who cares if she would throw tantrums all morning from being tired? At least we would be going home that night. I would give her some medicine and tuck her into bed and know that the antibiotics would start doing their job whilst she slept. 

They took the man back into a cubicle and I watched his Mum follow him. Part of me wanted to go and give her a hug and part of me wanted to say thank you for changing my attitude on that Thursday night. It's so easy to just see your own problems and think that everyone else has it all sorted and you're the only one with struggles. When in fact everyone is dealing with something. 

Sometimes our perspective just needs shifting. 


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Confession Wednesday.

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... I may have eaten a Mars Ice Cream bar this afternoon, whilst hiding in the kitchen, just so I didn't have to share it with the kids.. 

... I may be a little bit nostalgic at the thought of Emilie turning two at the end of next month...

... I may have had about thirty seconds of broodiness related to the nostalgia. Then I realised that I like my sleep.. 

... I may have not been to the gym at all this week yet.. I'm going tomorrow so the weeks not a total failure..

... I may have been tempted to put raw egg on my hair the other day. I've been researching about how to keep your hair heathy whilst trying to grow it. I quickly changed my mind once I read that if you wash the egg out with water that is too warm, then you end up with scrambled egg in you hair.. Yeah, no thanks. 

... I may be really tempted to by the new platinum GHD hair straighteners.. 


Any confessions on this Wednesday evening? :) 


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Tuesday Musings.

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Some Tuesday musings..

1// We had a good weekend. It was mostly spent at home because Emilie had a fever that was relentless even with Calpol every four hours. I cooked a big roast dinner on Fathers Day though and it was nice just to have some down time.


2// I keep seeing tweets and blog posts about the Brit Mum's blogging conference, that I believe took place last weekend. It's making me want to go to one of these conferences! It looks like so much fun although I'm sure that my anxiety would kick off at the wrong time.. 

3// I haven't been the gym yet this week because of Emilie not feeling too great and already I am missing it, although I'm sure my muscles aren't complaining... Speaking of the gym, since I started going I've gained a stone in weight. This is great considering I was underweight before but it's hard seeing my body changing in so many ways.. 

4// Britain's largest family, The Radfords and on This Morning, and I'm kind of a little bit in awe.. How do they manage with all of those kids! I can barely manage with just two.. 



5// I'm making 'Hearty Pasta Soup' tonight for dinner. I've only made it once before but it was a massive hit, especially with Anthony. I believe he said it was the best soup he had ever tasted.. It's so easy and inexpensive to make. I posted the recipe here last time I made it. 

6// This boy is still not a fan of the camera.. I remember when he was younger and he use to beg me to take his photo.. Then he got older.. Once in a while though he indulges my Mamarazzi heart :)



Hope you're all having a good week so far! 



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Birthday Mood Board!

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I've come to love a good mood board. I love having somewhere to put all my ideas for a specific idea or project in one place.



I'm planning Emilie's second birthday party for the end of next month. I'm keeping it simple this year. She's having five little friends over and we're doing a tea party in the garden. The dress code is Tutu's & Bows :)

Having a girl is proving to be lots of fun, especially because she is what I call a 'girly-girl.' She already loves shoes and bags. She loves dresses and frills, tutu's & skirts. A tea party is perfect for her :) 



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A Different Childhood.

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Anthony and I were talking the other night about how different our children's childhoods will be from our own. I spent most of my younger years living in Somerset and literally played in cornfields. We lived in a little cul-de-sac and most of my class lived on the same street. I have many happy memories of knocking on their doors on a Saturday morning, running back home for lunch and then back outside again until we were called in for dinner.


There was an outdoor swimming pool which opened during the Summer and it's where everyone in the town spent their summer holidays. The Mum's would lay out blankets and spend the day working on their tans whilst we would spend all day in the water. We would leave at the end of the day dirty and tired but happy. 


Over the past few months James has been allowed to play outside the front on the house. He is allowed two doors down and two doors up. He keeps asking to be allowed a little bit further down, to be able to play with more of his friends. I have to say no though. Not because I don't trust him. He's actually very road savvy and I know that he wouldn't cross the street or go any further. It's other people that I don't trust. I don't know any parent now that would let their kids go off in the morning and not come back until dinner time but when I was little, that's what happened. We didn't have a mobile phone with us so we could keep in constant contact with our Mum's. We didn't have Facebook or Whatsapp to be able to talk to our friends. If we wanted to talk to them then we had to go out and see them face to face. 

It makes me sad that my kids will never know the freedom that we had. Everything is so scary now. Maybe it's because we have the internet so all that scary stuff is easier to find out. The stories that are constantly in the news about another child being abducted or another assault scares me. How are we ever meant to let our children out of the house!? 




I want James and Emilie to have memories of summers spent outside, playing with friends, picnics, days in the park. I want them to be dirty and tired after a long day but happy. I want them to be kids...


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Favourite Mum's On Instagram.

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Instagram.. Some have called it the new blogging. (I like to think that's not true and that the art of blogging isn't slowly dying) That being said, I love Instagram, for different reason as to why I love blogging. It's one of my favourite forms of social media so today I thought I would share my five favourite Mum's and their Instagram accounts..

1// MelodyJoy1983




I love this woman! Her spontaneity. Her passion for life, her work, her kids, travelling.. Her happiness is contagious :)

2// ChloeAndBeans


Three beautiful little boys and triplets on the way! How does she do it all? I'm kind of in awe...

3// AspiringKennedy


An American living in London. I was drawn to her account to begin with because of her photos of London. When you've lived somewhere all your life you stop seeing the beauty in places, she reminded me that I live in an awesome country.. (Not that you'd believe it today with all the rain!)


4// TheRuralRoost


Just the wonderful photos of their scenic landscape will keep you coming back to Maggie's account. Not to mention the three adorable kids ;)

5// DigThisChick


I've been reading Nici's blog for years now and her Instagram account is an extension of that. She is another Mama with so much passion that just inspires me. She sews, she gardens, she makes her own food, she writes. I don't think theres anything that Nici can't do! 

So.. Go check them out. I always love finding new people to connect with so if you have any favourite accounts then let me know! 



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