Sunday Scrapbook – Wallpapering & Toby Carvery

We’ve had a really busy week, and I’m sitting down to write with a cup of tea this after strolling round the car boot sale for three hours this morning, and before we head out for a picnic at Nymans Gardens this afternoon! We’ve redecorated the living room this week (including our first foray into wallpapering!) plus we’ve sort of tidied the attic, bought Athena a bike for her birthday as well as all the regular day to day stuff – in short we’re all a bit exhausted! To add to the stress Sam left his house keys at his Mum’s in Norfolk and our spare set has gone walkabouts – so we’re both sharing the same set which means a lot of careful timing! I really need to get…

Fathers Day Gift Guide

Fathers… what do they really want as a gift on Father’s Day? Socks? A Mug? Probably not! I asked Sam and a few other Dads I know what they might prefer to get, and after a lot of ‘I don’t mind…’s and ‘whatever really’s I managed to compile a list of things that would suit many Dads. I think the key thing is to think about the guy in questions hobbies and interests and aim to give him something that might enhance the experience he gets when he does that hobby, interest or whatever it is!   Stylish & Durable T Shirts Sam loves the outdoors, snowboarding, skating and sailing amongst other things. When he’s not on the mountain he’s thinking about being on the mountain, and likes to wear…

Everyday Us – Walking in the Bluebells

Ahh Bluebell Season! Posts start to appear on social media sites asking where the best places are, gorgeous photos start to appear with happy children smiling amongst carpets of blue. So this year I joined in! These photos were taken about three weeks ago in Patching, just up the road from us. Walking in the woods is pretty ordinary for us, but the addition of bluebells meant I couldn’t not snap some photos! We went out at about half past four, and spent an hour or so exploring, leaping over logs, hiding in dens and generally having a lovely time! The sun started going down so the most beautiful light started to almost glow through the trees… I also loved playing around with my camera off ‘auto’ for once, and…

Days Out: NEW Peppa Pig World rides at Paultons Park

On Friday we had the pleasure of being invited to Paultons Park for the opening of to new rides they were unveiling in Peppa Pig World. Obviously the kids were super excited, they’ve been before but not for over a year,  we were last there for Arlo’s 2nd birthday. The newest area of the park has been extended at one side on the existing (already pretty large!) Peppa Pig World, and opens TODAY! Plus just next to the new area is the recently opened ‘Little Africa’ part of the park. The first of the two new rides that are opening today is Grampy Rabbit’s Sailing Club; a gentle boat ride that takes you all around the new part of Peppa Pig World. It passes lots of fun scenes, including Peppa and…

Athena & Arlo – May 2018

As thick as thieves these two! ‘Aunty Carla’ came to visit this week (she’s not an actual aunt, but an honorary one!) and asked Arlo who the best Mummy in the world was, and his answer? ‘Thena’!!! Well thanks kiddo! But it’s true, Athena does mother him quite a lot, and heeds his bidding a lot even though we tell her not to! She’s often finding him a specific book, drawing something he’s demanded or helping him put his socks on… it’s sweet but she can be a bit of a pushover! I did catch the following conversation though at the weekend Arlo: Thena get that fluffy sock for me! [they were both on the top bunk, the sock was on the floor] Athena: Well, Arlo I think sometimes you…

Date Night to see Hamilton the Musical!

Last Monday Sam and I spent our second ever night away from the kids together, we went to London to see Hamilton the Musical! It was something Sam had wanted to see for absolutely ages and we managed to get tickets right at the start of the year, and then a couple of weeks ago we realised that the date was for a Bank Holiday Monday and the trains were all messed up so to risk not being stranded somewhere we asked my mum to stay over and get the kids to school in the morning and booked ourselves a hotel! We had a leisurely dinner and cocktails sat outside on a sunny terrace before heading to the Theatre, looking pretty smart if I do say so myself! When I…

Project #14to10 – Running in the Dark

So ‘Project #14to10’ has been a bit slow in some aspects, but I have lost some weight so that’s a good start! I’m going to share my stats monthly rather than every other week, purely because I think it’ll be a bit more impressive (here’s hoping!) but I have been getting on well with Weight Watchers, mostly because the app is easy to use and I can track my daily points instantly. I had a weekend away at BlogOn conference, followed by a night away in London and more or less managed to stay within my planned points each day – even though there was a lot of temptation not to! Okay, I succumbed to a really delicious brownie in Manchester and a few Gins in London but I had…