My May Goals

Gosh I actually can’t believe that we are in May already! This year seems to be flying by – we are practically half way through now which is quite scary actually…

I love the start of a new month; it feels like a fresh beginning, especially when the weather is finally starting to warm up a little (emphasis on the word little as despite the blue skies it’s freezing here today!) I thought I’d embrace that feeling of a new start and take a few moments out of my day to set myself some little goals for the month ahead 🙂

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How to ‘Date’ your Husband…

Sounds random right? I guess once you’re married you’ve left the ‘dating’ stage of your relationship behind, but I’m thinking more along the lines of going out on a proper ‘date’ the way you would have when you first met.

Scott and I got together when I was 17, our first date was to Greenwich – we went to the cinema to watch Pan’s Labyrinth, walked through the park drinking milkshakes and for dinner to a little Italian restaurant. After that first date we were always going out – bowling, to parties, gigs, weekends away, meals, cinema etc – of course we stayed in together too *how do you think we got Lily ;)*

I remember the excitement of getting ready to go on our dates – picking out an outfit, curling my hair, applying the glittery eye shadow that was super on-trend back in the days *this was pre the existence of contouring*, calling my friends to discuss every minute detail of my outfit and our plans and all of that nice buzzy feeling waiting for him to knock on the door.

It’s been ten years, one wedding and one beautiful daughter later and whilst we do go out it’s not labelled as a ‘date’ but I’m starting to think it should be. And so I’ve planned out a list of ways to ‘date’ my husband – it doesn’t have to be expensive nights out but I’d like to get dressed up intentionally to go out together. One of the most wonderful nights we had recently was for our anniversary last year when Scott took me to Opium Bar in Soho – we had cocktails, dim sum and I’d got dressed up (even wearing heels) for the occasion. It was exciting and fun and we both had such a good time – it’s been 7 months since then and we’ve not really done anything similar and I think it’s important that we make more time for ‘us’ as a couple not just as a family or individuals.

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The Reality of Working From Home – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

You know that saying ‘the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence’? Well that’s definitely the case for me when it comes to working from home – it was one of those things that I dreamt of happening until it actually did and now I actually miss my office ha! For those of you thinking about going into working from home this might be helpful – and even if you aren’t it can be good to see that it’s not all a bed of roses!

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The Ultimate List of Girl’s Night Movies!

I love a girly night in with my sisters or friends, chilling out and sharing a bottle *or three* of wine, some snacks and some stories between watching (or re-watching for the millionth time) our favourite girly movies. I’m planning a big movie night at the moment so asked a load of other bloggers what films they always love to watch 🙂 Enjoy – and don’t forget to leave suggestions too!

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Mother’s Day Crafting with Homebase and Tea & Crafting

It’s almost that time of the year when dads all over the country go into panic-buying mode to organise Mother’s Day presents from their kids. If us mums are lucky we get husbands who either know our tastes perfectly or ones like mine who always ask what I would like *bonus*, I also have a daughter who LOVES to get crafty and make me gifts to treasure too and if I’m honest those are always my favourites!

I was invited by Homebase and Jane from Tea and Crafting to their #HomebaseMothers event in the Finchley Road store to have a go at creating some simple homemade gifts.

I love getting crafty, although I have to admit my projects often end up as ‘pinterest fails’, so when they said that these crafts were suitable for everybody *not to mention easy enough for kids* I figured that even I would be able to do them well! Thankfully I didn’t show myself up by making too much of a mess…  well not unless you count an exploded can of fizzy drink and a smashed plant pot!

I got straight into making some cute coasters when I arrived – they were so easy to make and used just plain tiles, tissue paper or paint and PVA glue so are a real budget friendly project – in fact Lily and I will be making some more of these over the Easter holidays as I have stocked up on the white square tiles; getting a box of 44 for just £4.34, total bargain! Continue reading

Minimalist Kitchen Essentials – What can’t we live without?

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This weekend (between throwing up and feeling pants thanks to some kind of virus) I started sorting through our kitchen cupboards and drawer *yep you heard that right we have a single drawer in our kitchen which really annoys me* and I quickly came to realise that we have way too much stuff! Admittedly a lot of the random stuff we owned was given to us as wedding presents five years ago; despite us having a gift list we received quite a lot of random ‘things’ and household pieces, yep even two toasters, but a lot of it wasn’t to our taste or anything that we would actually use. I always felt guilty about getting rid of items that were given to us as gifts but actually it was really freeing to start to de-clutter the kitchen.

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A Simpler Life – living within our means & food challenge

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This year something that we, as a family, really need to concentrate on is saving money and this ties in with my quest to start living a simpler life. This is the first of many posts about ‘The Simple Life’ and is about living within our means; something I am reluctant to admit, we definitely do not do at the moment.

I’ve never been great with money, never been particularly good at saving or sticking to a budget – it was never a life skill that I picked up (oh how I wish they had taught me some useful life skills like this back at school!), even when we were a lot worse off than we are now and were a one income family I was still useless at saving money – we lived paycheck to paycheck, blowing it all in the first weeks of the month then spending the last half struggling. It’s not a pleasant feeling.

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