How I Prepare The Family For Our Adventures

Being a mother of two boys, I’m slightly outnumbered in the home three to one! But that doesn’t stop me from being the head of the household! 

Sometimes I feel like if I didn’t take care of things there’d be chaos. Take family outings, for example. Now, as a family we all love to go out and about and have little adventures of our own. I feel that days out together are an important part of strengthening the family bond.

But sometimes preparing for them can be a nightmare! So, having learnt from my mistakes, I’m now a seasoned pro. And I’m going to let you in on my secrets. Here are the ways in which I like to prepare the family for our adventures.

Royal Air Force Museum London

My dad used to love going to aircraft museums, I distinctly remember seeing old photos of my dad standing next to old RAF planes. I couldn't tell you what kind of planes they were, but I'm sure my dad could.

I presume that the photos were taken somewhere like the Royal Air Force Museum in London.

Being a Blogger is...

The day I flew to Orlando I was tagged in this ‘Being a Blogger is…’ meme by Catie, who writes at Diary of an Imperfect Mum, and I wrote the post while sitting on the plane.

Blogging has changed my life and I can't imagine what I would be doing right now if I wasn't a blogger. A bored stay-at-home mum I guess. With two school-aged children my days would be empty without blogging.

Being a Blogger is... | Morgan's Milieu: Blogging is AWESOME!

Being a blogger is… 

Autumn Style with Ethical Clothing

I've always liked following fashion, in my twenties I bought all the magazines and longed for the clothes worn by the stars. Back then no one thought about ethical clothing.

These days ethical clothing is not only fashionable but desirable and fantastic quality too.

Being a busy mum I pretty much live most of my days in jeans, I usually pair them with a t-shirt in the summer and a jumper in winter. I love simple, easy to wear clothes.

Autumn Style with Ethical Clothing | Morgan's Milieu: a plum cardigan from Nomads Clothing. This cardi would be great for any autumn outfit.

As the weather gets colder I find that a thin jumper is not enough to keep me warm and I've been reaching for my cardigans more often. That extra layer is lovely on the colder days.

Lands' End Winter Style

About a month ago I attended the Lands' End Style event where they introduced me and a few other bloggers to their autumn style range. It was a wonderful day and we had a blast.

After such a wonderful day I didn't think things could get much better, I was mistaken. 

Lands' End Winter Style | Morgan's Milieu: Check out Lands' End for some brilliant quality winter wear, it'll last years!

Life Before the Hubby

A while ago I was tagged by Kat over at Mum for Fun to talk about my life before I met the Hubby. 

I met the Hubby in 2002, actually it was 26th October 2002, we've been in each other's life for 13 blissful years now. I'll always remember the car trip home after our first date, we were both quiet. You know the uncomfortable silence you tend to get on a first date? Well we didn't. The silence wasn't uncomfortable, I felt at ease and that was when I knew he'd be around for a while.

Life Before the Hubby | Morgan's Milieu: The Hubby dressed up as Shrek for Halloween.
He's my Shrek!

Before the Hubby I walked everywhere, I hadn't yet learned to drive.

What I Read 29

It's Sunday and that means it's time for more sharing of the blogging love with What I Read.

Easy Halloween Costume Ideas for Boys

When it comes to Halloween costumes I tend to be a tad lazy, I either buy outfits from the supermarket or we don't bother. With that in mind I thought I'd give you some ideas for easy Halloween costumes for boys (I have no experience for girls, sorry).

I have a huge stash of old costumes from when BP was smaller and these have come in handy over the years. One of the snags I always come across though is that neither of my boys like to wear face-paint and are picky about the kinds of masks they'll wear.

How to Navigate Gift Buying for the Man in Your Life

Today, I thought I would write a post for all you ladies out there who, two or three (or six) times a year, have to go through one of the hardest processes known to woman. I am, of course, referring to those times when you have to buy your other half a present. Whether it’s for a birthday, a special event, Christmas or just because you feel like it, it’s almost impossible. 

How to Navigate Gift Buying for the Man in Your Life | Morgan's Milieu: Gift buying for the men in our lives is a thorn in our side, so let me help you...

Family Activities in Nottingham

My family and I live in Nottingham and sometimes I search for activities for us to do together, especially during the school holidays. More often than not though it takes a long time to find anything and by the time I've found something we might find interesting we've all lost enthusiasm for going out.

There's always the soft-play centres but I think it's better to be able to spend time together rather than the boys rushing off to spend a couple of hours on their own.

Family Activities in Nottingham | Morgan's Milieu: Check out my awesome write up on the arts and culture venues in Nottingham.

I have lived in Nottinghamshire most of my life and for some reason I've never done or seen all the things there are to see. That's why I was so pleased to be invited along to a Blogger Press Tour organised by the Nottingham Family Arts Network to celebrate the launch of the Get Creative Family Arts Festival

Today I'm Me Wishlist

Like most women I love handbags, I have loads of them and often swap them around to work with my outfit. The Hubby thinks I have enough, but you can never have enough handbags right?

A few weeks ago I stumbled across Today I'm Me and fell in love with their handbags. They're different and look amazing.

Today I'm Me are all about expressing yourself using colours, and being brave and they love bags!

Today I'm Me Wishlist | Morgan's Milieu: Illusion Tote is big enough to fit all my blogging essential. :)

Health and Weight Loss 34

Over the last week I haven't been feeling great, the weight gain was getting me down and I didn't feel like I could do anything about it.

Health and Weight Loss 34 | Morgan's Milieu: A badge, tracking my weight loss journey.

11st 8.2lbs
35,132 steps

How Well Do Your Kids Know You?

A few months ago I saw an amusing post on Kim's blog Northumberland Mam which had a list of questions she'd asked her daughters. Their answers made me laugh a few times!

I've had those questions written down and had meant to ask the boys, it's only been recently that I had the time to do it!

Better late than never right?

My New Bed Wishlist

Our house feels like it's falling down around us...

Okay, that may be a little extreme but as I walk around my house I realise how much decorating needs doing as well as odd jobs. The thought of decorating the whole house makes me want to hide under the duvet!

Come to think of it we could do with new duvets too... and beds. Yes, new beds.

My New Bed Wishlist | Morgan's Milieu: Ideas for new beds for all of us, some have a TV appearing as if from no where!

What I Read 28

Welcome back to another week of What I Read, I can't believe this is the 28th of these posts.

What I Read 28 | Morgan's Milieu: What I Read, come back each week for more great posts.

Boys are Aliens!

I've always thought there was something not quite right about boys, something off.

It dawned on me this morning that boys are aliens.

They may not be little green men but they're aliens all right. 

Boys are Aliens! | Morgan's Milieu: Are boys aliens? I think so, but what do you think?

M7P Sports In-Ear Headphones Review

When I go for a run I love to listen to music, the beat keeps me going when I think I don't quite have the energy to carry on. The only problem with this is all the earphones or headphones I've tried have various problems.

Headphones are not comfortable enough, there's no way you can run with big headphones resting on your head.

Imune Nurture Fruity Water Review

LP is a pain in the bum when it comes to fruit, he won't eat any fruit. I gave up buying fresh fruit because of the amount I threw away. Then I started to worry about LP getting the right vitamins in his diet. 

When I stumbled across Imune Nurture I was excited to be asked to review their juice drinks.

Imune Nurture is an all-natural half juice, half water, children's drink. It is enriched with vitamins and minerals proven to support healthy immunity and it has no added sugar. 

Imune Nurture Fruity Water Review | Morgan's Milieu: Imune Nurture Fruity Water, Strawberry & Cherry and Orange & Pineapple flavours. My kids really enjoyed them.

A Sure Fire Way to Recover From One of Those Days

There are days when I want to scream at the top of my voice. Days when the boys have done nothing but bicker. The washing machine decides to pack in, I bash my arm on the door handle while carrying a basket full of clothes into the utility room, and as I'm walking back into the lounge (with another basket of clothes) I stamp (because I'm so "AARRGH!") on a pile of teeny-tiny lego pieces hidden in the carpet.

A sure fire way to recover from one of those days | Morgan's Milieu: Lego, buried in a red carpet = ouch!
The offending articles

Health and Weight Loss 33

Things are not going well with the health and weight loss stuff. I've done nothing to rectify my situation, in fact I've done the opposite.

What I Read 27

Welcome to another week of What I Read, I hope you enjoy reading the posts I'm sharing today. I love sharing these posts and hope I am helping the bloggers, even if it's just in a small way.

Social Media Sites You Should Be Using

When you start blogging it can be overwhelming trying to decide which social media sites to use. There's so many of them and you don't know how to use them effectively. 

I have been blogging for almost four years, I've tried out lots of different social media sites and the sites listed are the ones I've found most useful.

My recommendation would be to keep your branding the same for all accounts. Use the same profile picture and header (blog banner) throughout.


Anyone who is anyone knows about Facebook. Friends, family, businesses, everyone has a Facebook account and some even have pages too. You probably already have an account, but do you have a page?

A Facebook page is the best way to get 'fans' of your blog and promote your posts to your readers. I would recommend having a profile picture of yourself and your blog header as your banner. Keep your branding consistent and people will begin to recognise it.

An example of a post shared through my Facebook Page

How to Get On Top of Pesky Household Chores

When you become a mum household chores are a constant thorn in your side.

Somehow you never manage to get everything done, the washing builds up or the polishing doesn't get done, or you end up with a mountain of ironing to do.

I've worked out how to get on top of those pesky household chores.

It's really simple!

Much like the dieting motto 'eat little and often' if you do small household chores every day then sooner or later they'll all be done.

How to Get On Top of Pesky Household Chores | Morgan's Milieu: Using the small slots of time to your benefit will make life easier in the long run.

For the last week my kitchen worktops have been spotless. I've managed to keep them clear for an entire week, usually unheard of.

I'd kidded myself that I didn't have the time to get everything done in a day.
There were just too many jobs that needed doing and I would never finish it all.


You can do it all.

It's all about when you do it.

I use slots of time that would usually be filled with me sitting on my bottom drinking a coffee, to get on top of the household chores.

AND I manage to have that coffee!

Use short slots of time to get small chores done.

While waiting for the kettle to boil, fill the dishwasher.
While waiting for bread to toast, put the washing in.
While the kids are eating breakfast, wipe the kitchen worktops.

Cooking dinner gives you that time too.

While you watch the meal cook on the hob, or put it in the oven, wash dishes or take dirty washing into the utility room (or wherever you keep your dirty washing). Allow yourself 15 minutes every day to do ironing. In that 15 minutes you'll get a few items done and the pile gets smaller. If you're anything like me tackling it all once never works, I just put it off.

By using time efficiently I've been able to get on top of my household chores.

I can't tell you how happy it makes me to walk into the kitchen and see a sparkling worktop rather than a worktop filled with dirty dishes.

There are still piles of dirty washing around the house, still plenty of jobs to tackle, but as I work my way through these jobs I can see progress.

The piles (both washing and ironing) are getting smaller.
The dishes are all away in the cupboards.

Using small slots of time to get on top of pesky household chores is the quickest way to a happier you.

What top tips would you give to get on top of household chores?

Love is...

Love is painted as a glamorous affair; the man sweeps the woman off her feet with witty conversation, gives her amazing gifts, and takes her on wondrous trips all over the world.

A couple stand on a balcony and look out at the sunset.
Remember the time we stood and watched the sunset (with no screaming kids in the background)...

I used to dream about the day I would meet my man, maybe in a busy coffee shop where we'd both order the same drink. Or perhaps as we both went to pick up the same movie in a rental shop our hands touched, ever-so-briefly. Our lives would be filled with holidays, gifts, and laughs.

The movies have a lot to answer for.

As it turns out Love is completely different (I know shocking right?). It can build you up or break you down in seconds. It can tear you to pieces, it can fill a hole you never thought it could.

It exists in many forms.

The love of a mother or father.
The love of a son or daughter.
The love of a friend.
The love of a partner.

To name a few.

Love is... | Morgan's Milieu: This quote about love really says it all for me.

Below are just a few things that love is to me.

Love is... the disfigured "candle holder" that can't hold a candle, made by my boy.
Love is... watching Monsters Inc so many times that you hear it in your sleep.
Love is... traipsing across the landing towards a screaming child at 2am.
Love is... wiping up after the sick-bug has landed, all over the bed, the carpet, and the teddy bear.

Love is... seeing my dad's smile when I told him I was pregnant.
Love is... my mum tipping a full lego box out onto her carpet before my children arrive.
Love is... watching my dad perform on stage.
Love is... knowing, despite her not giving birth to me, my mum will always be there for me.

Love is... an afternoon chat with the best friend I haven't seen properly since July.
Love is... a glass of wine bourbon and a heart to heart.
Love is... being there for my friends whenever they need me.
Love is... knowing your deepest, darkest secrets are safe.

Love is... choosing to watch a movie together over a night on the town.
Love is... quoting "Friends" in sync.
Love is... singing along to the Sunset Boulevard soundtrack (even though it's not playing) while watching the Sunset Boulevard movie.
Love is... knowing that after almost 13 years together he can still surprise me.

If you look close enough love is everywhere.

Love is... | Morgan's Milieu: A tipped lego box - yes, there's even love there.
Yes, even when a lego box has been tipped out!

Health and Weight Loss Tips 32

Over the past week I've been more worried about 'looking good' than feeling good. I've worn jeans that are too small or too tight, I've worn make-up, I've spent entire days being uncomfortable because I thought it looked better.

11st 7.3lbs

39,364 steps

What I Read September Roundup

I can't believe it's been a whole month since we got back from our holiday. It's gone so fast and I've been so busy!

With so much going on this month I wondered if I'd get much reading done but as it turns out I did. My list is getting longer by the day and I'm loving sharing my favourite posts with you. So without further ado...

A Styling Event with Lands' End

Last weekend I attended my first ever blogger event at Lands' End in Oakham (not the one in Cornwall).

A Styling Event with Lands' End | Morgan's Milieu: Balloons galore at the Lands' End Event.

Although I'd never heard of Lands' End I was excited (and nervous too) to be finding out about them and attending my first event.

Why I Won't Be Returning to SeaWorld, Orlando

While on holiday in Florida we visited SeaWorld, it's a place we've been to many times before and I usually enjoy it. This time though, things were different.

The first time I visited SeaWorld, Orlando I was 22 and loved the place. I'd always loved sea life, had a fascination with dolphins. I was amazed that I could walk around and touch the animals. It was an incredible feeling feeding dolphins, touching them, I was moved to tears. 

Skills to Learn for a More Interesting Life

Lenore Edman

I know all too well how being a stay at home mum can make you feel isolated. I have felt the terrible boredom of having nothing to do but clean the house and run around after the kids. It's a sad case of affairs when you end up watching daytime television just for something to do. I eventually resolved to step outside of my comfort zone more and get out to meet new people and try new things. One of the best things I think you can do is to learn a new skill. It can open up a world of opportunity for you. You can gain a hobby, start travelling more or maybe even come up with a business idea. Here are some of my top skills to learn to change your life.

Pink October For Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast Cancer is the most common cancer in the UK.

Pink October For Breast Cancer Awareness | Morgan's Milieu: Glamulet and their breast cancer awareness campaign.

1 in 8 women in the UK will get breast cancer at some point in their lifetime.

Now there's some scary facts for you.

Being 34 years old I didn't really consider myself at risk. When I look at the stats I'm not at risk, or at least I'm in the 'very low risk' band. So should I be checking myself, is it worth bothering?