Sunday Scrapbook – London, Vapiano + Beach trips

I’ve had a genuinely lovely week, lots of family time, time with friends and a bit of shopping too – which always helps! Last Saturday we had Athenas best friends birthday party at soft play, so the kids pretty much entertained themselves whilst we chatted! After that I headed into Brighton for the evening with a group of friends who I’ve not seen in years, literally years! We spent the evening and night catching up, swapping stories and generally having a bit of a drunken time! We’ve all moved around a bit and it was a nice walk down memory lane, although there were a few noticeable absences as people are living abroad and things! Sadly I had to head home before the trains stopped running, but that did mean…

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Athena & Arlo in June 2018

Another month of closeness from these two. It does make me wish a little that I had a sibling to be so close to growing up! These photos were taken right at the start of the month during half term and they’re only from my phone as my camera was off being repaired but I love them just the same! Athena has taken to doing a ‘pose’ every time I point a camera at her (one hip out, arm cocked at her side, you know the type!) but she and Arlo was just messing about in the New Forest for these so I managed to capture them being normal! Well, as normal as they ever are! Still thick as thieves for the majority of the time they’re often causing mischief…

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Looking after my face in my thirties

I feel like I am starting to look my age, along with the odd grey hair, including one in my right eyebrow, I am starting to get wrinkles on my forehead and between my eyes, although I think these are because I spend so much time frowning with a tensed face without realising it when I am working! I also used to use sunbeds when in my 20’s for a couple of summers which probably didn’t help my skin. This is my natural face in the summer, freckles and all… I want to try and make sure I look after my skin, after all it’s the only one you get! I remember my mum telling me (via email, it was the first one she ever sent me!) to always moisturise…

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5 TV Series you need to watch

I can’t remember the last time I watched ‘normal’ TV, as opposed to streaming something on one of the three subscription services we use. When I try and explain to my kids how different things are for them they just can’t understand that when I was little there were only 4 TV channels, with kids TV on from 3-5 each evening only! They have everything at their finger tips these days and it’s just incomprehensible to them that I couldn’t just watch what I wanted, when I wanted! With tablets and smart  hd televisions from panasonic they can watch exactly what they want, as they want to! Even if they want to watch different things, due to multiple TV’s & tablets that’s an option too! But in the evening once they’re…

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Project #14to10 – Leggings & Laziness

So I sort of wish I’d published this two weeks ago, when I was a whole stone less than when I started Weight Watchers five weeks prior to that. But after a weekend of indulgence over the bank holiday and general laziness since then, I’ve put some back on! I have however decided to get going with the running again as well as eating better. I know I’m going backwards on this fitness journey as I am lethargic and slow by mid afternoon, and quite often close my eyes for a second and wake up 15 minutes later to see the kids have emptied out every puzzle box we own, so frustrating! I was full of energy though when I started as I was eating less carbs and less dairy, and…

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Interview with Athena at 5 years old!

Yesterday Athena turned five! Five whole years of being a parent, isn’t that insane! We had a big birthday party for her on Saturday, with about 32 kids being entertained by Ariel, who sang and danced and played games with the kids and generally kept them entertained for two hours! I normally do a written interview with her on her birthday but this year I thought a video would be nicer (and yeah let’s face it, save me some time!)  so here you go… one tired little birthday girl answering some questions! A bit more about Athena, or pickle as we more commonly call her… she’s taller than average (no idea exactly how tall but 110cm or more) she’s got size 11 feet She’d still nap given half the chance,…

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Review: Rug Doctor’s Awesome Cleaning Solutions

You know you’ve hit peak ‘adulthood’ when the opportunity to review cleaning chemicals and a carpet cleaner get you more excited than you thought it would. This is what happened to me when local company Rug Doctor got in touch, they’re based in Worthing but their snazzy machines ship all over the world! They wanted me to put their range of carpet cleaning chemicals to the test, so here’s what I thought of them! Oxy Power Stain Remover I was dubious about this, as I’ve tried other carpet specific stain removers and not been impressed, and have had a sore arm from so much scrubbing. I purposely chose an old stain to try it out on (plus lets face it, I wasn’t about to make a new stain to try,…

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