Why you should exercise (besides getting fitter)

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Everyone already knows that exercise is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle. However, lots of people seem to look at it with a degree of antipathy or outright derision. For someone who does not like working out, the idea of getting up early on a Sunday morning to go jogging in the cold is just out of the question. They may ask themselves why anyone would put themselves through it. The answer, in its simplest form, is that people do it because it is good for them. It helps you maintain a healthy weight which is important, especially in the light of a study that was published recently which found that metabolically healthy overweight people are still 50% more likely to suffer from heart disease. Body positivity is really important, but the reality is that being overweight is not the healthiest option. Exercising also keeps your muscles, bones, and joints strong as well as lowering your blood pressure (hypertension). It also reduces your risk of thirteen different types of cancer. Finally, as if any more needed to be said in defense of exercise, it can help with your mental health too. It does not need to cost anything either. Paying for an exclusive gym membership or taking classes are both good ways to work out, but are by no means the only ways to do it. Going to the park and jogging is completely free, as is doing lots of fun exercises at home. However, the benefits of exercise do not end there.

Perfect Wedding gifts from Home of Juniper

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It is not often that I come across a retailer or product that I fall instantly in love with from just a photo. Apple is the only one that comes to mind, and that was just with the Apple Watch! However when I came across Home of Juniper recently that's just what happened. I scrolled through their website picking out products to buy and noticed that I was picking out a lot of things for my niece's wedding in the summer. You see Home of Juniper have some perfect wedding gifts as well as home furnishings and even jewellery.

Regular readers will know our family has had a tough time lately and it's been hard to see the light on some days. That certainly wasn't the case a few days ago when I received a gorgeous package from the lovely people at Home of Juniper.

As I pulled the packaging open a scent filled my nose, it was a gorgeous smell but I couldn't figure out what it was. I was so excited to open the package and find out what the product was that smelled so good that I didn't take photos until I had everything open.

Building Lego Star Wars TIE Striker set 75154

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In our house there's always some Lego set that is either waiting to be built or just been built. Not only do my boys like Lego but the Hubby and I do to and we always enjoy new sets, even if it's the boys that are meant to be building. After LP's birthday he decided to build one of his sets; the Star Wars TIE Striker.




Starting


The starting is always easy with Lego sets, the instructions are brilliant and the bricks fit together well. I tried to leave LP alone while he was building this set, as he was 8 he wanted to try and build it himself without any help.

Post Comment Love 19th-21st May

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Welcome back to Post Comment Love, our little linky that welcomes any post, any topic, any blogger, as long as it was written in the last week. Thank you for coming back week after week to link up, you are awesome!

If you're a regular linker to Pocolo you'll know I've skipped the last couple of weeks. Our family have been going through a tough time, we lost my father-in-law two weeks ago and as you can imagine I needed to spend time with my family. It has been the hardest two weeks I've ever known and I just want to thank Stephanie for being an awesome friend and taking on Pocolo on her own. It gave me the time I needed to be with family and I am eternally grateful.

Where have you been?!

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Yes, I'm here. I'm back, writing a post and everything! First of all I want to apologise for my absence, but it was necessary.

On 4th May our family suffered a huge loss when my father-in-law died. While we've seen it coming for a long time nothing can really prepare you for it actually happening. We are all heartbroken and I'm not sure when things will be normal again, or even if they will. We're all in a kind of limbo at the moment, not really knowing what to do with ourselves or how to cope.

Like I said, we saw it coming. Way back in November 2015 we found out that my father-in-law had lung cancer. I chose not to write about it out of respect for my family, it was a private issue and I didn't feel right writing about it. The only mention of anything I made was in a post called Learning to surf the waves of life in which I wrote about how life can knock you down but you have to get back up. 

Sexism and Slummy Mummies

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As a blogger I tend to read posts on Facebook and Twitter on a daily basis. I'll see people getting annoyed about things and read about other bloggers' lives. It's a lovely way to stay connected. I don't often feel the need to write about what I've read but over the last few days I've seen a couple of stories in particular that made me want to write. The first was about sexism, the second about Slummy Mummies. I'm going to start with the sexism.



About Sexism


Marks and Spencer recently released some school uniform that has a special hem, it is stronger and less likely to drop making "less work for mum". Sexist right? Well, actually I don't think it is. It's a generalisation and you know what, I don't think it's a bad thing. The majority of mums are the ones that do the sewing, let's face it. I do in my house, that's for sure.

How I turn tears into smiles with Elastoplast

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Having two boys, one being very active, I've had to deal with many cuts and scrapes in the past. Bumps on knees, cuts on heads, over the past 12 years I've learned to deal with my boys' tears in many ways and it usually depends on how they've hurt themselves.

When BP was very young (about 2 years old) he loved to run around, he would run everywhere. He ran from one room to the other, he ran up and down the drive, he even ran into the kitchen at dinner time. This, of course, meant that he was going to get hurt at some point. Despite my reminding him not to run around all the time he continued and one day at home ran into the corner of the dining table with some force, cutting the side of his right eye. At the time the Hubby was at work so I went into Supermum mode. I picked BP up and hugged him while I walked into the kitchen to grab kitchen towel and ice. BP was a big fan of Bear in the Big Blue House and so I put that on the TV and luckily Lunar was singing her song (his all-time favourite song). While I encouraged him to sing along I checked out the cut at the side of his eye. It wasn't long before I was driving us both to the local hospital to get him checked out. 

Why you should go for your smear test

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A couple of months ago I received my letter, you know the one, the one that makes your stomach turn and your shoulders drop; it was time for my smear test. I always put it off. I wait weeks before booking my appointment and do all I can to avoid going to the doctors. But after recent events I will be more vigilant about having my smear tests and I'm about to tell you why you should go for your smear test.





The letter


So, as I said I booked in for my smear. The thing with the smear isn't the fact that I've got to have someone poke around my private parts, when you have children the whole dignity thing disappears, it's more about being uncomfortable. On more than one occasion I've laid with the speculum in place for more than 10 minutes and, well, let's just say it's not nice. I always dread the smear test just in case that happens again.

But let's get back to the story, I went for my test and all was okay. The nurse did her thing and it was over in no time. Job done. Breathe a sigh of relief. 

She mentioned me receiving a letter soon, but if I hadn't heard anything in 3 weeks to get back in touch.

Three weeks to the day later a letter arrived in the post and even now, as I write about that letter, my stomach is turning. It is THE WORST letter I have ever received. 

Things my kids do that I don't understand

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When you take those first tentative steps into motherhood the things that cross your mind are a mix of "can I really do this?" and "He/she is going to be truly amazing!". You dream of them taking their first steps, saying their first word. One of the things you don't think about is when they become people who do things on their own, things you don't understand. Over the past few months, more and more, I've noticed my boys doing things I don't understand.





Repeating themselves


I don't know if it's just my boys but they constantly repeat themselves. Not just once or twice either but 100 times! They can be talking about anything at all, they don't even have to be excited, which I think is worse. The other day I must've heard "... and then they kick you!" 3000 times. 





  • My biggest fear is mindlessly and stupidly repeating myself. 

John Lydon

Post Comment Love 28th - 30th April

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Welcome to another Post Comment Love with me and Stephanie, it's great reading your posts week after week and we're so glad that you decide to come back every week. If you're new here, welcome! We love having newbies link up and if you have a minute why not check out our Blogger Showcase questions and send us your answers, you'll be featured in a Blogger Showcase in the future!

This week I've been noticing changes in my boys, both of them at the same time! BP is months away from becoming a teenager, he's been going through the process for years, slowly changing from a smily boy into a grumpy teen. It's rare that we catch him in a good mood so when we do we take full advantage of it. We've had arguments and strops, slamming of doors and lots and lots of complaining. It's tough, especially when I realise he thinks that everything I say is wrong.





  • Teenagers who are never required to vacuum are living in one. 

Fred G. Gosman

7 ways to spend your time as a stay-at-home mum

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As a stay-at-home mum to young children, I’m talking toddlers and preschoolers, your days are filled. You barely get a chance to have a hot coffee, but there will come a time when your kids are at school every day and you have the day to yourself. 
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I have been a stay-at-home mum since BP (almost 13) was born, I left my job for maternity leave I never went back. When LP (now 8 years old) was about to start school I worried that I would become the type of mum that was obsessed with cleaning. I needed something to concentrate on other than being a mum and being at home. With almost 13 years experience I'm sharing a list of the things I've done to fill my time.

Once the daily chores are done there’s only so much TV you can watch before getting bored so here’s a few ways to spend the time your kids are at school.






Coffee with friends


Mum friends you met in the school playground, working mums with a morning off work. Arrange a meet up at the local coffee shop, or your home, and have a good old gossip. It's a great way to spend an hour or two. 

10 ways you can feel better in 10 minutes!

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Being a mum can strip you of your energy, leave you feeling wiped out and disorganised. That in itself wouldn't be too bad if it wasn't for the fact that you almost never get time to yourself. Getting just 10 minutes to yourself is near impossible but if you can swing it then here's 10 ways you can feel better in those 10 minutes.

It will help you smile again and maybe even make your days a little bit easier.



Take a shower






A simple (and quick!) shower may be all you need to feel better. Wash away the day, give yourself 10 minutes and enjoy the peace.






  • To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. 

Buddha



Have fun and Make Your Escape!

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Over the Easter Holidays we spent days in theme parks, days at home, and days visiting family. It's not very often we find something new to enjoy but this time we did. On the very last day of the holidays we tried out Make Your Escape in Derby.





What is Make Your Escape?



Escape rooms. 

Never heard of it? Let me explain.

You, and your team, are locked in a room and have 60 minutes to solve puzzles in order to escape. You work together to solve the clues, some puzzles are difficult, some are easy. Your aim is to escape the room. 







  • Sometimes even the best of us have to lose ourselves in fantasy to survive reality.


Maxi Bransdale



What we did during the holidays

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The boys are back at school and we're getting back to routine, it's always lovely after a hectic break to be back to normal. We had a great time with the boys at home though and on the very last day of the break we did lots of things to fill the day. The holidays are a time to be spent together and we certainly did that during these holidays.





Climbing at the park


We visit family every weekend at the moment which means we're spending a lot of time in the car. The boys end up playing a lot of games and have lots of screen time so during the holidays we decided to change that and take them to a park close to my in-laws.



The boys both decided to try their hand at climbing and LP pushed past his fear of heights and managed to climb to the top of the climbing frame. He was so pleased with himself and couldn't wait to tell his Nanny all about it! 


Post Comment Love 21st - 23rd April

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Welcome to Post Comment Love, a linky where you can share any post you like, as long as it was written this week. Stephanie and I love to read your posts and cannot wait to see what is linked.
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So how was your Easter holidays? Or are your kids still on their holidays? My boys went back to school on Tuesday and to be honest I couldn't be happier about it. There's a funny thing that happens when your kids grow up, you start to look forward to the time they're not at home. It sounds awful and I'm sure you think I'm horrid but it's true. When they're at school they see their friends, they play games, and they attend after-school clubs and it keeps them busy and happy. When they're at home they have all this energy and no way to use it up. 





  • Motherhood is tough. If you just want a wonderful little creature to love, you can get a puppy.

Barbara Walters

Why it's okay to want your kids to go back to school

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My boys went back to school on Tuesday and I couldn't be happier. They've driven me mad with their constant bickering, physical fighting, and the need to be entertained for every second of every waking moment. It's exhausting. And it's okay. Last week I couldn't wait for my kids to go back to school, and there is no way I'm going to feel guilty about that.


We love our kids, obvs!



LP has just taken an interest in tap-dancing (since seeing Lord of the Dance) and is so cute when he starts trying to tap around the kitchen, moving his legs as fast as they will go. His arms flail about and he has the biggest smile on his face, and I cannot help bursting out laughing every time he does it.

BP, while quiet a lot of the time, on occasion will do something lovely. Like make a drink without being asked, or offer to go to the shops for us. He is a lot less active than LP (being almost a teen will do that!) but can be just as entertaining.

My life has been enhanced by my boys in ways I never knew possible until I had children. They brighten my days and make me smile.





  • The kids are Job One. So, to be quite candid, if they need me, I do my utmost to make sure I'm there.

Susan Rice

Taking the boys to see Lord of the Dance, Dangerous Games

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The very first time I saw Lord of the Dance was in Las Vegas way back in 2003, the Hubby (then the boyfriend) were on holiday and it was showing in one of the casinos so we took the opportunity to see it. Not long after that we saw Riverdance too. I love both shows and since 2003 have seen them both twice.
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A few weeks ago we noticed that Lord of the Dance, Dangerous Games was on tour and would be in Nottingham for just 3 days. We don't really have any babysitters available nearby so we wrote it off as a non-starter. Although we would've loved to see it, it just wasn't possible. That is until we thought about it, I mean what was stopping us taking the boys to see it too?

It took just an hour to decide that we would do it and the Hubby bought the tickets. We'd planned it for the last day of the Easter holidays (Easter Monday) and although the boys would have a late night right before going back to school we figured it would be worth it.


Post Comment Love 14th - 16th April

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Welcome to Post Comment Love, a linky run by me and Stephanie. Link up a post you wrote this week to give it a boost and Stephanie and I will read and share that post. It is always nice to see new people linking up but it's also great to see the same people coming back week after week. Our little linky has grown into a great community and I love reading the posts linked up every week.
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With the boys off school this week has been a busy one, we went to Alton Towers again, went walking in Dovedale, and have had a couple of days at home too. I'm tired. We've done lots of walking and I'm unfit (again!), I know I should be doing more but I just don't want to. You know what that feels like don't you? When there's something you know you should be doing but you really can't be bothered or simply don't want to do it. Exercise and me aren't getting along at the moment.

The boys loved climbing and LP even climbed a tree at Dovedale. He loved the whole morning.




  • The very basic core of a man's living spirit is his passion for adventure. 

Christopher McCandless 





How to get housework done during the school holidays

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Okay, let's face it, the school holidays are the worst time to try to get the housework done. Days out, trips to see family and the general mess from the kids being at home leaves the housework seeming like a mountain you have to climb.

You want a lie in (I hear you!), after getting up at 6-6:30am every day and dragging your lazy kids out of bed to get ready for school you're just ready for leaving that morning routine behind. But of course the kids decide that during the holidays they can be out of bed by 6am and your much-needed lie in just doesn't happen. 





  • I'm a housewife: I spend far more time on housework than anything else. 

Annie Dillard




During the school holidays your days start with making yourself get out of bed to make breakfast for everyone, resenting the fact that you didn't get your lie in. Making breakfast results in mess, plates and dishes to clean and food to put away. The daily trudge begins and you're just not ready for it. 

Post Comment Love 7th - 9th April

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Welcome to Post Comment Love, a weekly link up where Stephanie and I look forward to reading your best post of the week. Link up and get extra exposure for your post, connect with like-minded people and perhaps even find your BFF. We're a friendly bunch!

With the boys being off school and things being rather crazy I haven't got much done this week. We're doing the 'one day working, one day off' thing through these holidays and again it's quite tiring. Finding something for the boys to do while I sit upstairs and try to concentrate on getting a blog post done isn't easy, they're spending a lot of time in front of screens. But we are making up for that with days out. 

Cleaning hacks to save you time!

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Cleaning sucks, let's face it, so anything that makes life easier and helps the cleaning go faster has got to be good right?



Right.

Below you'll find some top tips to help your cleaning days go faster.




When life give you lemons... 




Clean with them!

Post Comment Love 31st March - 2nd April

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Welcome back to Post Comment Love, link up your favourite/best post of the week and Stephanie and I will head over to read and share. Not to mention the other lovely linkers will do too. Extra exposure for your posts and lots of great posts for you to read too, what more could you ask for?



This week has been a fairly quiet one, I've managed to catch up on all my reading (including your posts - yay!) and have even got to schedule one or two posts. Of course that's just the usual routine, the boys finish school today and they're off school for two weeks so I'm super organised. Typical. 







  • I accept chaos, I'm not sure whether it accepts me.


Bob Dylan







Holidaying with Teens - Hotel or Villa?

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In August BP turns 13 which makes him officially a teenager (although he's been acting like a teenager for a long time!), while we're not venturing to Orlando, Florida this year that means he'll be turning 14 if we were to go next year. It will be our first experience of holidaying with teens and we're not quite sure what to expect, he could be completely fine or the dreaded teen hormones could give us a hard time. One of the things we're having to consider is where to stay while we're on holiday, do we choose a hotel or a villa?
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Hotel



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We have visited Florida many times and ever since our first trip, when it was just the Hubby and I, we have stayed in the Animal Kingdom Lodge. The Disney hotel is amazing, our favourite by far and whenever we visit it's like coming home. Walking into the lobby my stresses slip away, I smile, and I feel like I can finally enjoy our holiday.

10 things to do during the Easter Holidays

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On Friday my boys break up from school for the Easter Holidays and I always get stressed wondering what on earth we're going to do for two whole weeks. This time though I'm getting prepared, I'm making lists of things we could do during the holidays and I thought I'd share some of my ideas with you.




Family Attractions


Alton Towers is a great place to visit during the holidays, a day out at a theme park. This year we've bought Merlin Annual Passes again, we've had them before and really enjoyed visiting the attractions. With the boys that little bit older we decided to get them again, while they're expensive there are loads of attractions around the country and it makes our days out much more interesting if we can visit a different attraction without extra cost. 

Post Comment Love 24th - 26th March

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Post Comment Love is back for another week and we welcome any post, any topic, as long as it was written in the last week. I'm still playing catch up on the reading but I'll get there eventually, I'm enjoying all the reading though, there are some great posts.

Wednesday and yesterday I was feeling rubbish, I thought I was getting a bug the Hubby had a few weeks ago but it turns out I'm not because I'm feeling better. Yay! Plenty of fluids, plenty of paracetamol and rest and I'm back to myself within a couple of days, that's awesome.


Making cards with Stampin' Up! UK - Oh Happy Day!

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It's pouring rain outside and I have been feeling terrible. My throat hurts, my body aches. I've filled myself full of cold and flu remedies in the hope that I'll feel better soon but I'm not holding up much hope it'll work. The bug has hit me and I'm afraid I won't last much longer without a nap. But out of the corner of my eye I spy something cheery, something that might just lift my spirits. Card-making has become a new hobby of mine and I was kindly set a card-making kit from Stampin' Up! UK.




About the kit


The Oh Happy Day card kit is sold with everything you need to make some gorgeous and cheerful cards for someone you love. From bright and colourful cards to sparkly embellishments and embossed sheets this kit is awesome. 

My fantasy loft conversion

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When I'm feeling low or ideas just aren't coming for new blog posts I step into the world of fantasy. I pretend that money is no object and I plan a room make-over. One of my fantasy room make-overs is for our loft, it always seems like there's so much wasted space up there. To lift my spirits and in an attempt to reignite my creativity here is what I would do in my fantasy loft conversion.



  • Collect things you love, that are authentic to you, and your house becomes your story.

Erin Flett


First of all it wouldn't be a bedroom, it would be a games room. Games of all types. 


Arcade


When I was a little girl I used to love the arcade machines, Pac-man in particular. I remember a holiday to Corfu when I was 11 years old and there was a Ms Pac-man machine right outside our villa. I spent the whole holiday trying to get my initials on that machine, it was awesome. 

Why it's important to have 10 minutes to yourself

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As a busy mum to two school-aged boys I find it difficult to find just 10 minutes per day just for me. It might sound ridiculous but when I think about my day it mainly consists of doing things for others or working and just when I think I may get 10 minutes to enjoy a coffee and read a magazine the boys are causing havoc and I have to intervene.

But those 10 minutes to yourself are so important, you really must try to have at least that.
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After chatting to Michelle Reeves a couple of weeks ago I decided to get up 30 minutes earlier than usual. My usual waking time is 6:30am but I thought I would get up at 6am instead so that I could enjoy a hot coffee and watch the news without interruptions or arguments from the boys. 

My alarm went off at 6am and I hit the button quickly so as to not wake the Hubby. I crept out of bed and into the bathroom where I tried to go through my morning routine as quietly as possible. I then crept downstairs, avoiding the one creaky step, and went into the kitchen, closing the door behind me. Closing the door I hoped would keep the noise of the boiling kettle from waking the boys. So I boiled the kettle and made myself a coffee and with my coffee in hand I opened the kitchen door.

Post Comment Love 17th - 19th March

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It's Friday again and that means it's Post Comment Love time again. Link up your best or favourite post of the week, read fab posts from other bloggers, and maybe even make new friends. If you're new here, welcome! It's lovely to see new people linking. And if you're a regular it is so great to see you linking week after week, Stephanie and I really appreciate it. 
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So how is it Friday again already?! 

The weeks are flying by, before you know it the kids will be on their Easter holidays and I'll be shrieking because there's no time for anything! I've got LP's 8th birthday coming up at the beginning of April and he's making requests, which is good in a way because then we don't have to come up with ideas ourselves and not know if he'll like it. 

Why mums of school-aged children are so tired

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Come 9pm most days I am tired, the day has taken its toll and I'm ready for sleep. I am a mum of school-aged boys and I always wonder why I'm so tired, it's not like I'm chasing after toddlers all day or changing 20 nappies per hour. After thinking about it for a while I realised why most mums of school-aged children are so tired.
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Using my own routine as an example here's how our days tend to go...



Wake up, get up



Waking at 6:30am I go into the bathroom and go through my morning routine. By 6:45am I'm heading downstairs, closely followed by my youngest, LP.




  • Being a mom has made me so tired. And so happy. 

Tina Fey



First things first, breakfast. I make breakfast for LP, usually cereal, and while I'm doing that BP and the Hubby rise too. So it's their breakfast time and I put bread in the toaster. While the bread is toasting I'll make drinks for everyone (not myself) and take them through to the lounge where the boys are waiting.

Back to the kitchen to sort out the toast and hand to the hungry people. Now I get a 10 minute (or so) break to have breakfast myself, but I always forget to do myself a drink and just get on with eating my breakfast.

Taking the annoyances out of online shopping with Octer

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Being a busy mum I don't often (okay almost never) get a day out to go shopping. I used to love shopping, especially with my bestie, carrying bags around town as I almost ran into another shop to make another purchase. Online shopping is different, the excitement of leaving a shop with a bag full of goodies isn't there, going to different websites to find what you're looking for feels more like a chore. But I have recently found a website that takes the annoyances out of online shopping, and it's called Octer.




About Octer


Octer is an online shopping website that consolidates listed items from lots of retailers and hosts them in one place for you to browse. You can spend hours browsing and when you've decided on a purchase you simply click on the item and you'll be taken to the retailer's website. You cannot buy directly from Octer.

Post Comment Love 10th - 12th March

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Welcome to another Post Comment Love, link up your best/favourite post of the week and give it a little boost. If you're a regular, thanks for returning it is always lovely to see you, and if you're a newbie, welcome! Great to have you here.




It has been lovely to see the sun more often this week, it brightened my mood no end. The flowers are starting to bloom, the birds are singing first thing in a morning and when I wake at 6am it's no longer pitch black!

The honesty of women

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Today is International Women's day and as a result I saw a BBC News broadcast this morning as they hosted Gillian Anderson chatting about her new book. This post is not about the book or about what they said. While they chatted they happened to mention Emma Watson and the recent photo she posed for in Vanity Fair. She (Emma Watson) was portrayed as doing something wrong, and that set me off on a rant to the Hubby about the honesty (or dishonesty) of women.



Why the rant began


The Hubby pointed out that Emma Watson would've been paid for the photograph, she did it to promote both Vanity Fair and herself. Now before you start to bash on me about being proud of other women I am not saying what she did was wrong, what I am saying is she needs to be honest about why she did. To say she posed for the pictures to help women realise they can do whatever they like is simply dishonest, or at least that's how it seems. Posing in that way just adds to the objectification of women. If she said she posed for the photograph because she was paid and it was what she wanted to do I would respect that much more. Because it was her CHOICE.

Post Comment Love 3rd - 5th March

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Welcome back to another week of Post Comment Love, where, despite the weather outside, the sun is always shining. Stephanie and I look forward to reading the different blog posts every week and it is lovely to see some of you coming back again and again. We have built a lovely little community here and it's great to see it thriving. If you're new here, welcome! Link up your best post of the week and Stephanie and I will comment and share, giving your blog a little boost.

This week has been a weird one, our route to school has been disrupted meaning that I've had to spend almost an hour in the car twice a day. I'm so not used to that and driving in rush hour traffic sends me nuts! There's road works going on just around the corner from us and they've closed the road, the only problem is that it's the only road that leads from our house to LP's school. My usual route to school is just over 2 miles but with the detour it's almost 6! And of course because of rush hour traffic and having to join the main road it takes a lot longer to make the journey. 

What to get your mum for Mother's Day

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It is Mother's Day at towards the end of this month and I'm sure we're all stressing about what to get for our mums. It can be a struggle to find gifts for Christmas and birthdays, never mind Mother's Day and anniversaries too. Well I'm here to help, I've scoured the internet and come up with ideas of what to get your mum for Mother's Day.



Luxury Hampers



Hampers are a lovely gift, lots of things presented in a cute basket for you to give to your mum. Prices range from fairly cheap to super expensive, below are just a few choices.

New handbags for Spring

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I have always had a thing for handbags, I have a number of them in my wardrobe and would love to have more. When the sun comes out and the new season begins I can't help scanning women's handbags and noting the ones I particularly like. 

I love luxury handbags in particular, from Louis Vuitton to Fendi, but I can't justify paying the prices they charge, unfortunately. If we were rich I would have a room just for handbags and wouldn't worry about buying another one for the collection, but at the moment I have to stick with the cheaper ones.

A cracking birthday card

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It was the Hubby's birthday last week and as my second card-making project I decided to make his birthday card. Now bearing in mind I'm still quite the novice this card was challenging. I wanted to theme the card around one of the Hubby's games, Crack Attack. Below you'll see how I made a cracking birthday card.

My plan was to make a card that resembled the Crack Attack App icon.





Post Comment Love 24th- 26th February

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It's Friday and that means it's time for Post Comment Love, link up your favourite/best post of the week and Stephanie and I will read, share, and comment, and you'll get a few extra comments from other linkers too. Win!
morgan-prince-office-main-desk

So the boys are back at school, which means things are settling down again. While we didn't do much last week I still feel like it was a hectic week, I guess sometimes that's how it goes. The good thing is the boys enjoyed their half term and we got to spend quality time together. I think it can be difficult during a half term to spend time together when you're busy. It's easy to forget to arrange play-dates or day trips and the week disappears. Before you know it the kids are back at school and you realise you did nothing. Believe me, I've done that before. But at least this time we didn't.

Finished reading Me Before You and After You

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After going to London to see the movie Me Before You and watching it at home with the Hubby I decided to try reading the book. I don't usually do very well reading books after seeing the movie but I wanted to give this one a go because everyone I spoke to told me the book wasn't that different to the movie. Well after a few weeks I have just finished reading both Me Before You and After You, the sequel.


Me Before You




  • Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

Buying new glasses online

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I've worn prescription glasses since I was 13 years old, with a brief break when I got married after laser-eye surgery, and for a long time I hated them. These days I'm resigned to the fact that I need glasses and spend much more time searching for the right styles of frames. High street glasses places were great, until I realised how much my glasses are costing these days. It made me realise that I needed to search online to see if there was a better deal, and there is! Buying new glasses is no longer a pain, I can just get my prescription from the optician and buy my glasses online.
animal print frame glasses on a black desk



Choosing glasses


Having spent a little time online I found perfectglasses.co.uk, a website that offers both prescription and non-prescription glasses and sunglasses. The last time I bought regular glasses they cost me around £180, they weren't designer glasses but I did have some extra things on the lenses due to the issues with my eyes. The most annoying thing was that the cheapest frames in the style I liked started at £89! That's before I've had anything done to them. I understand that the frames are my choice but still, that's a lot of money and I still need to add to that.



Not done changing

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The boys are back at school and I can get back to the regular routine, I don't know whether to be happy or sad about it! We've had a good half term and I'm a little sad that the boys are back at school. Getting back to normal routine is always nice but when you've had a good break together there's always that little part of you that wants longer.

The strange thing is we didn't do anything particularly different this half term. We took the boys bowling last week, we played pool at the bowling centre on another day, and we played board games. The week wasn't busy, although I did feel like I was busy, the boys got to play their computer games, as did the Hubby and we went out for a couple of meals. 

Post Comment Love 17th-19th February

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It's time for Post Comment Love and Stephanie and I are looking forward to reading the great selection of posts that get linked up every week. Link up your best post of the week and give it that little bit of extra exposure.

With the boys off school this week I'm worn out and have no time, but that's normal so you just get on with things don't you. Just a quick hey from me this week (the main picture says it all!) and I'm going to leave you to enjoy reading our Blogger Showcase.

The Versatile Blogger Award

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Weeks (and weeks) ago the lovely Catie, over at Diary of an Imperfect Mum, nominated me for a Versatile Blogger Award. I promised I'd get to it and I have, it's just taken much longer than I expected! 

Catie made my day when she nominated me for the award saying:

...for her dedication to helping other bloggers. She is a wonderful, kind lady who writes a brilliant versatile blog and deserves this award! She has been my champion, sounding board and technological wizard since the beginning!

Post Comment Love 10th - 12th February

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It's Friday, which means it's time for Post Comment Love. Link up your best/favourite post of the week and let others read, enjoy, and share. We've built a great little community here so why not join with us and get a few extra views. 

Well, I'm still playing catch up this week. My office is no more sorted than it was last week... okay that's a lie, I managed to get some furniture moved out and it does look slightly better but there's just so much stuff to sort out that it might take a while. 

Add that to the fact that it's half term next week and the boys are off school today and I'm a frazzled mum. I've been trying to get things ready for next week, without much success, as well as planning for my new hobby, card-making.

My handmade Valentine's card

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In the last week I've spent some time creating my very first handmade card, and with Valentine's Day just around the corner I decided to make a card for the Hubby. I finished the card a few days ago and I wanted to share my process with you (while secretly hoping the Hubby doesn't read this post!), so below you'll find out how I created my very first handmade Valentine's Day card.


  • All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt. 

Charles M. Schulz


First of all I spent a lot of time doing research online, reading about the kinds of tools I'd need and what card to use. Once I'd settled on my design and had my tools at home ready to use I got started.

1 pre-made white card (with envelope), a heart hole punch, a pencil, glitter glue, paint samples, 
an "I love you" stamp, and a red foil card.


Above you can see I gathered a few tools, the small red cards are paint sample cards from B&Q that you can pick up for free and they're really useful when you want to cut out small icons. I have small hole punches for my hearts and they work perfectly with those paint samples.

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