Learning to Surf The Waves of Life

Life is unpredictable.

Each and every one of us lives our daily lives in ignorance of the very real fact that something could happen at any time to change our life forever.

Life is like the Sea. Beautiful & Serene. Savage & Unrelenting.

Life is like the sea - beautiful and serene in places, showing such sights you could cry, but it is also savage, an unrelenting beast that can attack at any moment.

Stuck For Baby Gifts This Christmas? Fabulous Ideas To Inspire

Parents will always want to spoil their kids on Christmas day. It’s the day we get to bring magic to life with the promise of Santa Claus and presents. 

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While our older children will love getting involved, babies are too young to understand what’s going on. But that doesn’t mean they too can’t get involved with the festivities. Here’s a list of fabulous gift ideas that will help you buy for any baby that you know this Christmas.

Where Has My Cheery Boy Gone?

For as long as I can remember LP has been the entertainer of the family. He's energetic and he always has a smile on his face.

Or at least that's how it was.

But now my cheery boy seems to have gone.

There's a teenager hiding inside that little man!

He's been replaced with a moody, sulky, 6 year old.

The Nonsense Show Review

I've spent lots of time over the years trying to encourage my boys to read. I think it's really important that they do and any book that interests them I buy hoping that it will capture their imagination. 

BP has never enjoyed reading, he'll start reading a book and then give up or "forget" about it. 

LP loves to read. He's got all kinds of books and the bookcase in his room is almost full. He'll try out anything, from The BFG to Mr Men books. I like him to read proper books like The BFG but I don't mind it when he chooses the simpler ones because it gives him a chance to just enjoy it.

The Nonsense Show Review | Morgan's Milieu: The Nonsense Show by Eric Carle

SlinkyLinks Jewellery Review and Giveaway

I love jewellery, from big dangly earrings to cute little rings. It's just another way to express myself. Anything that sparkles will always catch my eye but I also like unique pieces of jewellery. The kind that someone would comment on not because of the sparkles but because it's different.

Cue SlinkyLinks jewellery

SlinkyLinks Jewellery Review and Giveaway | Morgan's Milieu: Pink Necklace and Earrings set from SlinkyLinks.
SlinkyLinks small circle, double-sided necklace and earrings set

SlinkyLinks jewellery is handmade from leather by one very talented lady, Melodie.

A Good Cleaning Day Can Brighten Your Outlook

Over the past couple of weeks I've been feeling a bit low, the dreary weather, the dark nights, it all got on top of me. Today I got up and decided to have a bit of a cleaning day, the hoovering desperately needed doing, not to mention the polishing, and the windows, and... well let's just say cleaning is not a priority!

All morning I've been putting shoes under the stairs, tidying toys away now the boys are at school, and the hoover got switched on. I pulled the polish out from under the sink and polished the window sills too. 

As I was hoovering the stairs, a job I hate doing because I have to use the nozzles, I began to feel brighter. A smile creeped onto my face as I watched the bits get sucked up into the hoover. 

It felt good to clean! 

This doesn't often happen, I see cleaning as time away from the blog, time I could be using to write. I do put the dishwasher on daily, tidy the kitchen and such, but general cleaning is only done when absolutely necessary. 

Part of the reason for that is I cannot stand cleaning up only to have the boys get out the lego box and tip all the lego out, 5 minutes after I've finished. Cleaning can feel pointless at times because I know that it won't be long before it will all need doing again. It's one of those jobs that is never really finished.  

Today though, even with the dark morning, cleaning up made me happy. Seeing a clean carpet, toys away, a lounge that someone could sit in without having to move something first, made me smile.

Don't get me wrong it's not all perfect, there's still a massive pile of washing to get through and my ironing pile is resembling Everest, but the rest of the house is looking good.

Although I hate cleaning sometimes it does brighten my mood, it's like therapy. 

A good cleaning day almost feels like you're cleaning out your mind. Does that make sense?

With the day-to-day humdrum of life your mind can get bogged down in details, bits of jobs left on 'floor', dust settles in the corners, and a good cleaning day almost feels like you're cleaning up your mind too.

Perhaps it's the mindlessness of it, maybe it's taking time away from other stuff and just getting on with it, either way I'm glad to be feeling brighter.

It's made me wonder about sorting out other rooms and getting rid of 'clutter' but I think I'll save it. Maybe I'll need it as the days get shorter!

How do you brighten your mood this time of year?

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Capture Those Special Moments

Over the weekend I cleared out a large cabinet we have in our lounge, I pulled out all the wrapping paper we have in stock, I pulled out all of our photo albums.

LP in 2011, 2 years old.

As I sat there, surrounded by photo albums, art supplies, and wrapping paper, I couldn't help looking through those photo albums. We never get them out anymore and look through those special moments that we captured so long ago. 

Ladies Boots Wish List

Now that the awful weather is here the only way to cheer up is to buy new boots, right?

If you're anything like me you lust after all styles in all colours, and wish you had the same budget as Jennifer Anniston or Katy Perry.

Alas we don't and we have to put together wish lists in the hope that the Hubby or partner sees it and takes the hint.

Yes, I'm talking to you Hubby! 


From flats to high heeled, ankle to over-the-knee, there's a boot for all occasions. I love boots, they keep my feet warm and can look really stylish. I already own loads of pairs and have a tough time choosing which to wear on most days, but you can never have enough!

Casually browsing the internet (as you do) I found a few pairs of boots I'm lusting after this season.

Ladies Boots Wish List | Morgan's Milieu: Tan boots, from Office, for £98.

To start with there's these Eliza Slouch Knee Boots, £98 from Office. I love the brown, and the fact that they're flat means that I could wear them anywhere. The Hubby and I like walking (sometimes) and having a great boot to keep me looking stylish while not breaking my neck would be great. 

Ladies Boots Wish List | Morgan's Milieu: Buckle boots, from Office for £85 (on sale), hurry - these will go fast!

Staying with brown for the moment I also love the Nifty Buckle Knee Boots, on sale for £85 also from Office. The buckle gives them that extra 'something' and I think they'll be easy to pair with a great outfit. Not quite flat, a 3cm heel, and a zip fastener means these boots will be comfortable and easy to wear.

Ladies Boots Wish List | Morgan's Milieu: Analise boots, £165 from Kurt Geiger, Ugg boots to lust over.

A few years ago the Hubby bought me some wonderful flat Ugg Boots (see, he can take a hint) that I still love. I wear them constantly when the weather turns. Ugg Boots are great and I found these Analise boots which look fabulous, don't you think? They're £165 and a dark brown colour, from Kurt Geiger. With a heel height of 8cm they might not be great for walking far but they'll certainly keep me stylish this season!

Ladies Boots Wish List | Morgan's Milieu: Jones Bootmaker boots, for £130, an easy choice.

I seem to have a thing for brown boots this season because I love these Hush Puppies Gussie Moorland Knee High Boots available for £130 from Jones Bootmaker. Jones is great, there's a huge selection of Ladies Boots to choose from. A 6cm heel on these boots means I could (maybe) walk in them without breaking my neck, a zip fastener makes them easy to pull on and off, and the tie thing across the front looks great.

Ladies Boots Wish List | Morgan's Milieu: Irregular Choice boots, £175, a little pricey but they're so great!

I love Irregular Choice shoes (not that I own any), they're stylish and just a little bit 'out there'. I'm not sure I have the confidence to wear some of their wilder shoes but I do love the Longer Lashes boots. I love the slouchy look of them and again they have those fabulous buckles. At £175 they're a little more pricey than the other boots so far, but aren't they stylish?!

Ladies Boots Wish List | Morgan's Milieu: Christian Louboutin Napaleona boots, they're very price but a girl can dream right?
Now every shoe/boot lover knows that a wish list would not be complete without Louboutins. This is truly a wish because I don't ever expect to actually own a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes or boots. I absolutely LOVE these Napaleona Calf Sport, I mean... just LOOK AT THEM!!! They're fabulous. Spiky bits, a chain around the back, a grippy heel - heaven. Did I mention they're Christian Louboutins? Oh my how I would squeal if I got these for Christmas! But at £1,045 (yes I did just type that right) I can only dream. Seeing as we're dreaming though, how about that bag too. It would be a match made in heaven. Me, the boots, and the bag...

*daydreams of walking on a red carpet sporting the boots, and bag, looking rather stylish. Shakes head. Is back to reality, almost.*


Now that I'm back to reality I'm off to write that Christmas list to Santa. It's okay if it's all boots right?

What would you ask Santa for if there was no budget?


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Christmas Gift Inspiration

Now that Halloween is out of the way we can officially talk about Christmas and with that in mind I thought I'd put together a gift inspiration post.


Whether it's pretty jewellery, nice-smelling perfume, or fashion, that your lady is into there's loads of ideas. 

For a start a piece of jewellery that could last for years is this Thomas Sabo Bracelet. Buy extra charms to go with it, or buy one each time you do something special together, creating special memories. She'll cherish it forever.

Roald Dahl's House of Twits App Now Available

I have talked before about how much LP loves to read. His love of books has only grown the past few years and now that he can read he is always looking for new stories. When new apps come along for his iPad that relate to stories that's even better and that's why we couldn't wait to try out Roald Dahl's House of Twits app.

Roald Dahl's House of Twits App Now Available | Morgan's Milieu: Find Roald Dahl's House of Twits on the App Store and Google Play Store.

We have just finished reading Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and LP has just watched the old movie The BFG. The Roald Dahl books capture LP's imagination and he's whisked off to the faraway lands to enjoy amazing adventures.