March 2015

1. My boy getting his first ever reading certificate at school. Getting my boy to read hasn’t been easy. He really lacks confidence and rather than get something wrong he’d rather not do it at all. So we have worked really hard encouraging him at home to read just for 5-10 minutes a day. This week he read every evening so we could finish his reading chart and he got awarded his first teachers award for reading. So proud.

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2. Being able to run again and completing two 5k runs! I’ve been out of action due to my asthma and illness for two weeks so I was really keen to get running again last week. I treated myself and brought a new pair of running trainers (long over due) which spurred me on even more as I couldn’t wait to try them.  I’ve got about 5 weeks until my first ever 10k run so I need to get cracking!

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3. Spending time with my sister and family. My sister only lives about 40 minutes drive away but we don’t actually see that much of each other. My boy and my sisters little girl are really close and I love seeing them play together and enjoying each other’s company. My sister cooked a yummy roast and some chocolate fudge cake with ice cream finished the afternoon off nicely!

4. The clocks going forward. Although we have lost an hour I’m so pleased we are getting lighter evenings. This opens up the door to more time at the allotment and evening runs.

5. My hubby getting me a bouquet of flowers. Romance is officially not dead in our house! Spontaneously he came home from work with a gorgeous bunch of flowers. I love yellow and white flowers and my absolute favourite are yellow roses (so he did well!). My house feels so much like spring with all the gorgeous yellow flowers.  Shame about the weather outside right now!

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6. Getting a skip.  Yes I’ve added a 6th item to my happy list this week! We have been talking about getting rid of all the rubbish, mainly in the garden, for ages, and this week my hubby arranged a skip so we could have a complete clear out.  The skip was full after a couple of hours! Amazing what you collect and put up with isn’t it! The garden looks a 100% better and bigger! All ready for me to start potting and planting.

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This is my 10 things I’m loving in photos and in this post I’m focussing on the things I love around my home.  I’ve taken some time to appreciate all the lovely things I have in the house, that make it our home.  Of course at the top of the list is photographs.  You can never have too many photos around the home!

1. Photographs – you can never have too many and they feature in every room in the house.  Even the kids have family photos in their bedrooms.

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2. Wallpaper – we’ve redecorated the bedrooms recently and we found a fabulous dinosaur design wallpaper from B&Q for my boys dinosaur themed bedroom.

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3. My owls – I love anything to do with owls in the home.  I recently brought a cute little owl clock (on the left in this picture) and it was a bargain at £4.99 from The Range.

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4. Flowers – I’m loving daffodils at the moment and have a few round the home reminding us it’s the beginning of spring.

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5. Hearts – hearts are a prominent feature around our house in varying forms, photoframes, lighting, bunting and plaques.

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6. Toys – Like all mums I’m constantly tripping over toys around the home, a constant reminder of my little ones.  Ive loved digging out all my boys old baby toys for our baby girl.

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7. Spots – I’ve always loved spots, especially around the kitchen.  We have the full set of spotty kitchenware and a spotty tablecloth!

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8. Textures – my lounge is full of soft furnishings to make it a proper cosy snug (the only room where no shoes are allowed!)

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9. Red – I didn’t realise it until recently but I must like red as its quite a prominent colour, especially in the lounge.  Red candle holders, bowls, curtains and scented pot purri.

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10. My plaques – I have lots of plaques, mostly in the kitchen but also in the bedrooms and on some doors.  Its the words and sayings that I like, mostly classics like ‘home sweet home’ and ‘bless this house’

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So me and the hubby have been wondering why our boy has suddenly been playing up. It’s honestly like living with a teenager not a nearly 5 year old! The attitude has been unbelievable and he answers back wanting the last word in every conversation. It’s really taken us by surprise as parents and we haven’t known how to deal with it. Tonight at the dinner table we just looked at each other in shock at the attitude coming at us from the other side of the dinner table. We have been lucky up to now as he’s been amazingly content and skipped the terrible twos all together. So I guess this is over due and I need to start watching super nanny again!

However, we may have turned a corner or at least a bend tonight.

My boy opened up to me. We were upstairs reading his school book, which was a struggle as always. ‘I don’t want to’ ‘I can’t’ with tears and trashing himself around on the bed. We managed two pages but that was better than nothing. Then in the bathroom whilst the bath was running, he suddenly threw his arms round me and said ‘I don’t want you to go to work anymore’. I asked him why not, and he said ‘because your gone a really long time and I miss you’. I explained to him I had to work to earn money so we can do nice things together. He threw me a bit so I didn’t know quite what to say. He then started to get all tearful and said ‘I want you here all day and all night and when I’m at school’. ‘Oh darling’ I said, and I held him tight and said ‘I love you so much’. We held each other for a long time and then I asked him if me being back at work was why he was being naughty and he looked at me and said ‘yes mummy’ and he flung his arms around me once more. He hugged me for a long time stroking my back and just kept saying ‘ please don’t go to work, I miss you’.

I’m a little bit of a broken mummy tonight…heart strings pulling tight…

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1. Being poorly but getting to look after my two poorly babies. Sounds bizarre I know but even though we were all poorly (me & the two little ones) we were together and I was able to look after the kids (in between the coughing).

2. Finding a couple of great bargains on eBay. I decided I needed (and wanted) a couple of new tops for work. I found a couple of perfect second hand tops on eBay that were perfect and I was lucky enough to win the bids and they are perfect!

3. Having a hot bubbly bath. Simple, I know, but I actually managed to have a bath without the kids! Yes, I waited until they had gone to bed and decided I was going to have a bath. I ran it as deep as I could with some gorgeous radox bubbles! No interruptions. Perfect.

4. Going to the park with my sister and kids. My sister and I decided to take the kids to the park at the weekend as the weather was lovely and the sun was out! My sisters children are the same age as mine (bar a few months) and they all get along so well. It was so lovely seeing them all having such fun. And my little girl lived the swings! Think it’s only her second or third go in a swing!

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5. Enjoying a day in the garden and allotment. Now those of you who read my blog will know I wrote a post about our day in the garden and at the allotment. The sun was out, the kids loved being outdoors and we managed to get some digging and planting done (in between finding worms!) – great!

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So today, instead of going out, we decided to stay at home and do some work in the garden and the allotment. Normally as Sunday’s is our only day where were all together, we go for a walk at the beach or go swimming, or something, but we decided a day at home was needed. It was lovely as we didn’t have to get ready to go anywhere, so we had some extra lazy morning chilling time. Now I’m not normally one for gardening, it’s just not my thing, but for sone reason I felt quite motivated. Last year we barely did anything with the garden or allotment because of being pregnant and then having a newborn, which kinda took up all our time!  So this year, it’s back on.  There’s nothing like eating your own home grown veg! And it’s a great activity to get the kids involved in outdoors.

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I started on the front garden, as we had some herbs and primroses to plant. My baby girls nap time timed perfectly with this and my hubby took my boy up to the allotment, so I was able to crack on. The garden really needed some TLC, it still does, but I made a good start. I dug over the flower beds outside our front door and you could tell it hadn’t been touched for ages. There were so many stones in the soil, I don’t understand where they all came from! About an hour in, my boy appeared with hubby, he had got bored up at the allotment, so was coming to help me instead. Well, he had great fun finding all the worms in amongst the earth and put them together in a flower pot. He said the worms were a family and needed to be with each other, he’s so cute! I think I did an ok job with the primroses and herbs. It wasn’t long before my boy got bored of finding worms, so we had to go back in side, but it was a start and the garden looks a bit brighter.

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After lunch we all decided to take a trip up to the allotment, it’s just a couple of minutes walk from our front door. We took the picnic rug and some snacks for the kids so they would be happy for a short while. The sun came out, so it was lovely and warm, perfect for an afternoon of digging! Now the allotment hadn’t been touched in ages so the weeds were absolutely huge! Back breaking work required! So me and the hubby got to work digging over the soil and pulling out the weeds. All the weeds went in to the chicken coop for our chicken (yes just the one) to peck through. Then when it’s all been pecked through my hubby will put any soil left over back in to the allotments soil.

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All in all we managed about an hour and a half of digging.  We filled the wheelbarrow twice with weeds!  In between helping my boy find more worms and make them a house and making sure my baby girl didn’t eat too much soil! We honestly all had the best time and really achieved something. We have so much to do up at the allotment but we managed to dig about a quarter of the plot, which is about 30 metres long by 6 metres wide in total. Best of all we were all outdoors together enjoying the fresh air and sun.  I’m really excited about getting my boy more involved this year now he’s a bit older, and he already has his own seeds he wants to grow.

Next we’re going to start thinking about which vegetables we want to grow and plot out where to put them.  And my reward for today’s hard graft? A G&T with ice and a lime slice!

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As all my followers will know, we recently took a short trip (very short) to sunny cornwall. I had spent almost two weeks online checking out what hotels, B&B’s, etc. were family friendly enough for my young brood. All I knew was that we wanted to stay in cornwall, preferably St Ives and be really close to the beach. I just fancied getting away somewhere as a family for a weekend and was feeling rather brave, I thought, when even considering a hotel for my 4 year old and 10 month old! I carefully scoured the net, reading all the trip advisor reviews. Then one morning, whilst my baby girl napped, I took the plunge and booked! I chose the Tregenna Castle Hotel in Cornwall. From the outset this hotel looked perfect, large enough that hopefully noisy little ones wouldn’t stand out too much, with plenty of amenities, close to the beach, reasonably priced and with good reviews.

The first thing I will say is that my experience of actually making the booking was excellent. I had unfortunately lost my voice at the time so everything was done via email. I was unsure which room to book online so I emailed the hotel and they emailed me back within the hour with a response. We continued exchanging emails throughout the day, with quick and helpful replies. Nothing seemed too much trouble and I got a little money off too. I booked a family room, with a double bed, a single bed and room for a cot. I arranged for them to set up a cot for us, to save us taking our travel cot, which was very convenient. We were also able to pre-book a table in the hotel restaurant so we didn’t have to worry about finding anywhere to eat. In hindsight I wished I hadn’t done that (will explain later).

 

My boy checking out his bed

My boy checking out his bed

On arrival the hotel looked grand and welcoming. Not quite as bright and flowery as in the glossy picture online, but grand non the less. My hubby said to me ‘are you sure this is the right place?’ as he thought it looked too grand for us! My little boy was in ore ‘a castle? We’re staying in a castle?’. It really was magical from his point of view. On arrival we met a lovely lady at reception who was very welcoming and gave us our keys. As we walked through the hotel to find our room my little boy kept saying ‘wow’ and ‘Ooh’. ‘This is a beautiful place’ he said, and I agreed. I have to admit I was quite impressed for the price. Our room was not as cramped as I was expecting and there was plenty of room for all of us and a lovely view out across the front of the hotel. The room was very clean and the ensuite was huge! The double bed was the biggest bed I had ever seen!

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The hotel overlooked St Ives and was only a short walk to St Ives beach. It took us about 10 minutes to get to the beach. We walked down the hill, part through the hotel grounds, across a very busy road and down a narrow lane on to the beach. It was stunning. I had forgotten how lovely St Ives is. We had a lovely picnic on the beach and then walked round the beach to the town. We were lucky with the weather so we spent the whole afternoon either on the beach or pottering round the cobbled streets. It took us a bit longer to walk back up to to the hotel, about 30 minutes. It was a slightly longer route from the shops and it was all up hill, so I was a little worried about my boy managing it, but he actually managed it well and with no complaints other than he was cold. My baby girl was in the sling (we took our excellent Boba 4g) all afternoon and seemed quite happy. I would say the walk to and from the beach from the hotel is ok for a 4 year old but maybe a bit much (specifically going back up) for smaller ones.

View from the hill walking up

View from the hill walking up

Me & the boy in the restaurant

Me & the boy in the restaurant

The hotel had its own swimming pool, which I thought was great, an added bonus if it rains. We used it a couple of times and the kids loved it. To get to the pool you had to walk through the gym, which wasn’t ideal and there were no baby change facilities! So I had to change my little girl on the bench. Not ideal but we managed. The pool was so warm it was like getting in a bath (lovely), but it was quite merky (not sure why). I think they could do with updating the pool area and especially the changing rooms, a baby change is a must! Still, it served its purpose and the kids enjoyed it.

We ate in the Brausserie restaurant which was lovely. I was slightly confused in that we had pre-booked a table for 5.30 but was then told it didn’t open until 6. Luckily we had been for a swim which made us late! The food was good, but boy was it expensive. The cost of dinner was as much as the actual cost of our room and breakfast. So next time we’ll do two nights and just have fish and chips! Next time I would definitely eat out in St Ives and not at the hotel. Especially with kids, it is not worth spending that much on dinner.

Breakfast was a buffet, help your self affair, which my boy loved as he could have a bit of everything and could keep going back. There was a very good selection of cereals, pastries, fruit, yogurt and cooked breakfast. The coffee and pastries were delicious but I was not over keen on the cooked breakfast. I think you lose a lot of quality when you cook breakfast on mass in this way. But I can understand in a hotel with 90 rooms, this is the most efficient way.

The grounds of the hotel are quite vast, with a lovely children’s playground, tennis courts, golf course and woodland walks. The outdoor space is perfect for families with little ones and there’s always the pool if it’s raining. There’s also a kids club, didn’t look like anything was happening whilst we were there, but I can imagine quite useful if your staying for longer.

Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Tregenna Castle Hotel. The hotel and grounds are perfect for families. We were made to feel very welcome and didn’t feel out of place. My advise would be to look at eating in St Ives itself as the hotel is quite expensive and the cheapest family room which we stayed in had ample room for a family of four. I thought the Tregenna was a real find and we will definitely be returning with the family.  Cornwall is a beautiful place and I always enjoy going there and want the kids to experience it as much as I have been lucky enough to.

 

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When your making your own bacon sandwich on Mother’s Day. It’s because your hubby’s taken the kids out to give you some peace but you still miss them. image When your feeling really poorly and there’s no rest. It’s because your children need you always and this job stops for nothing!

When your the last one to sit down at the dinner table. It’s because they always come first and your making sure they have full tummies.

When your folding the washing or wrapping presents and all they do is unfold and unwrap. It’s because they are trying to get your attention to play, because they can never get enough of you. image When you can never take a bath or go to the toilet alone. It’s because they are just checking you are there and they miss you.

When they wake up in the night or too early because they need a poo, are poorly or want breakfast. It’s because when they need you they need you, the reason or time of day doesn’t matter.

When your feeling sad and they give you a cuddle and make you smile. It’s because they love you unconditionally and are in tune with you always (even if it doesn’t seem like it).

When your tired and it feels really hard to carry on and they flash you that smile that makes it all worth while. It’s because they keep you strong and you have the most important job in the world. image

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1. Chilling with by boy on Saturday afternoon. Hubby took my baby girl to do the shopping (which he loves as he gets lots of attention!) whilst my boy and I curled up on the sofa under a blanket and watched a DVD. He doesn’t cuddle very much as he thinks he’s so grown up, so I made the most of him wanting to cuddle in. Precious moments.

2. Receiving my Mother’s Day cards from my boy and baby girl. Well done nursery and school! My boys arrived by post, which I thought was a lovely touch. The school took pictures of the children at the post box and posted them on their online school learning diary afterwards. He was do chuffed when he got home and saw the card had arrived.  I was very impressed with his writing inside, he’s coming on leaps and bounds.  I loved my baby girls hand prints as flowers card too! My first card from and made by her, so very special.

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3. Hearing about what a lovely day my boy had had with his nanny and how good he was. They don’t get too many days out together now my boy is at school. My mum has helped look after my boy ever since he was born and when I went back to work, so they have a lovely bond. He really enjoyed spending the day with his nanny and brought a tear to my eye (and mums) when he said out loud ‘I love my nanny!’.

4. My hubby looking after me as I’ve been poorly with my asthma again. He really stepped up to the mark, taking on all the kids duties and looking after all of us.

5. Starting to think about continuing my MBA. It’s been years since I finished the first year (before kids) and work are encouraging me to pick it up again soon. It’s a conversation I found quite scary initially as I’ve only just gone back to work and I’m still only part time right now. Life is busy (crazy) enough, I thought. But I’m trying to look at it positively and that I have the support and opportunity to complete an MBA which is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, but life and children took over. We will see…

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1. Having a rare day home with my little baby girl. It was so lovely this week spending some quiet time at home. We sat on the floor together and just played and my baby girl was so happy and giggled. She was so happy all day and I had great fun making her laugh. At lunchtime I was playing silly buggers in the kitchen and she laughed so much she struggled to get any sound out. It was so funny! I feel like we re-bond every day we have together after the few days at work I’m away from her.

2. Catching up with some of my best mummy friends. I’m feeling so out of the loop since I went back to work, so it was great to catch up with some of my mummy friends this week. I did coffee at mine one morning with one of my friends. We had so much to talk about and she inspired me to sign up for my first 10k run! Then the next day I took my baby girl swimming with some other friends and their babies and we went for lunch afterwards.

3. Going for my first run in about 3 months! And it felt great! I just went for it one day and managed to run a lot further than I thought I could. I surprised myself actually. Because I’d left quite late the sun was just going down behind the horizon, it looked so pretty. By the time I got home though my ears were so cold they ached and my chest hurt. I felt so energised I even managed to do some sit ups too! That evening i took the plunge and booked on to my first 10k run. No going back now!

4. Arriving at our St Ives Hotel this weekend and my little boy saying ‘wow, I love this place’ and ‘it’s so beautiful’! He was so impressed with our hotel and our room, it was so cute. Everything must look so much larger and seem so much more exciting at his age. He was so amazed and kept saying ‘wow’ at everything and he thought his bed was wonderful. He really enjoyed eating in the hotel restaurant and behaved so grown up, I was so proud.  Both him and his sister were amazing.

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5. Having a picnic on St Ives beach all cosy huddled together in the sunny breeze. My boy loved running bare footed across the sand playing in his own little world. St Ives is the most beautiful place. I’d forgotten how beautiful it was as we had not been there for a few years. Not since the kids. It was so special introducing our children to such a special place. I’m sure we will be returning not before long!

 

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