The Magic of Freedom

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Last Friday the boys visited their grandparents and stayed with them for the weekend. It had been arranged a few weeks ago and the boys had been looking forward to it, but not as much as the Hubby and I were.

We don't often get time on our own.

Other than a visit to Jamie's Italian in Nottingham we had no other plans and couldn't wait to enjoy our time together.

Morgan's Milieu | The Magic of Freedom: Wollaton Hall (round the back)
Wollaton Hall

Do You Know The Real You?

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Throughout our lives we do a lot of changing. We change which friends we socialise with, we change our likes and dislikes, we change our hair. Growing up is an angsty time, particularly during your teens, and finding out who you really are can be difficult.

With peer pressure, the media, and sometimes friends and parents, trying to tell us who we should be it is difficult to know the real you. The person you WANT to be.

When I was a teen there was the usual girly problems, dealing with menstruation and my changing body, my self-belief was non existent and I had no idea who I wanted to be. All of these things culminated in me making some bad decisions.

I was learning who I was.

Jamie's Italian Nottingham Review

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

A few weeks ago it was mine and the Hubby's anniversary. At the time we were unable to arrange babysitting so we didn't celebrate properly. We didn't really mind and it ended up being pretty much like any other day.

Not long after that we arranged babysitting and had a weekend child-free, I was a little excited to be honest. As luck would have it I was then invited along to Jamie's Italian Nottingham for a review. Given that we had babysitting arranged already I figured it would be the perfect opportunity for the Hubby and I to have a belated celebratory meal out.

Health and Weight Loss Tips 25

Monday, 29 June 2015

As the holiday gets closer I'm beginning to think my chances of reaching my ultimate goal are looking slim. That doesn't mean I'm going to give up, I've just adjusted my target a little and it's still one that I'll be happy with. 

Morgan's Milieu | Health and Weight Loss Tips 25: Health and Weight Loss Tips Badge

10st 5.1 lbs

114, 386 steps

What I Read 22

Sunday, 28 June 2015

I hope you enjoyed last week's What I Read where I celebrated the Dads in the blogging world. There are some wonderful dads out there. I've been reading some fantastic posts over the past few weeks and my list keeps growing. Some of the posts I share may be from a couple of weeks ago but do please head over and read them. They're all great.

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Morgan's Milieu: What I Read 22: Izzie Anderton of The World According to Izzie.

Izzie has been learning to let her children go as her daughter prepares to head off to the US, in Across the Pond. With my boys being just 10 and 6 years old I can't imagine this just yet. I think Izzie is so brave being able to do it, and I wish her daughter all the best. 

Morgan's Milieu | What I Read 22: Amy of Mr and Mrs T Plus 3

In her post Seizing the Day and why my husband calls me Lucky, Amy tells the story of her accident and recovery. It was a shocking read and makes you realise anything could happen, at any moment. Amy encourages everyone to make sure your family know they are loved, she also wants you to seize the day and chase your dreams. It's a great message to put out there and you should definitely read this post.

Morgan's Milieu | What I Read 22: Mel Greenhalgh

In Breathe in, Breathe Out, Now Relax - Part 2 Mel copes (well I may add) with stress. After a tough, and rather trying time, she heads into her yoga class and gets on with it. Mel's post made me laugh, and I hoped she'd get to her class on time. An entertaining post with humour and a great ending.

Blogging can be a stressful business and constantly worrying about SEO or stats can drive you crazy. Sometimes it's best to ignore what everyone else is doing and do what works for you. In fact I encourage you to do that. I loved a post over on Someplace Strange entitled Being my own Blogger, 20 lessons I've learnt from blogging. Instead of dishing out tips to raise pageviews Mrs Tubbs lists 20 things she's learnt, and I think it's great she's doing it her own way. 

Morgan's Milieu | What I Read 22: Maria of Collecting Memories.

When you're writing confidence is a huge part of your general outlook. If you're not feeling confident you feel like giving up on the book, blog, or article. As creative people we are often hit with the awful self-doubt demon and that can shake us to our core. Writing with Confidence (An Advice to Myself & Other Struggling Writers) is a fantastic blog post that talks about this very subject. The key word in Maria's post is 'strength', a great read.

Morgan's Milieu | What I Read 22: Susan of The Mommy Life

Reminiscing about old times is always fun and often leaves you laughing so hard you nearly pee in your pants. Susan wrote a brilliant post that had me giggling along and nodding my head as I read. The good ol' times. WAIT i'm only 35, was a brilliant look at the 'old' times and I really enjoyed reading. It took me back to my teen years and I found it interesting that she remembered much of the same things as me even though we grew up in different countries (she's in the US).

Is Retirement on Your Radar?

Friday, 26 June 2015

The younger you are the more likely you've not even thought about retirement yet. If I'm honest if it wasn't for the Hubby I wouldn't have done.

The Hubby takes care of most of the financial stuff in our house but I do like to know where our money goes and what money is coming in. I think it's important to keep track of your financial position, that way you're aware of any upcoming problems. Like retirement.

Many of you may be thinking,

"But I'm not even close to retirement age so why bother thinking about it?" 

But here's the thing, if you don't think about it now you could end up with problems when the time comes. You should be saving for your retirement NOW.