10 Signs You're (finally) a Grown Up (Transgender Woman)

When I wrote my 10 Signs You're (finally) a Grown Up post I didn't realise how much you would relate to it. I've had so many comments and responses and it is lovely to know that something I wrote resonates with you.

A family member got in touch a few days ago to say that she'd read it too, and that she agreed with it (for the most part) but that there were a few differences for her because she is a transgender woman. As such we talked about it and I decided to invite her to write a guest post, so here she is...

What I Read 40

It's Sunday again and that means it's time for another What I Read and I'm here to share six more great posts that I read this week.

First up is Catie, with her post Eavesdropping on my kids. While recovering from an operation Catie spent a lot of time listening to her children play. In this entertaining post she lists some of her favourite things she heard her children say. I've heard one or two of her favourites too!

Inspired by a Photo

If you've followed my blog for a while you'll know that I was writing a novel a while back and that I put it to one side in order to blog more. Since then I haven't written anything creative, until today when I was inspired by a photo I saw on StumbleUpon.

Here's the link to the photo: 

It is only short but it felt so good to write something creative!

Here's what I wrote...

Post Comment Love & Newbie Showcase 26th - 28th February 2016

Welcome back to Post Comment Love, an awesome (even if I do say so myself!) linky hosted by Stephanie and me.

This week has been all about getting back to routines, the boys were back at school on Monday which has been lovely. The house has been nice and quiet for most of the day. The first week back after a holiday is always a little strange, part of me loves the peace and quiet but part of me misses them (I know I must be mad).

The Real You - It's Okay To Burn Toast, Wear Jeans, And Not Be Perfect

The blogging world is full of "perfect", the perfect photo, the perfect recipe, the perfect mum. I've spent a long time beating myself up about not being able to live up to that perfection, as I'm sure you have.

I'm here to tell you to stop, it's okay to not be perfect.

On burning toast

I burn toast regularly. I've lost count of the number of slices I've had to throw away. I would blame the toaster but I can't, I get distracted by another job and leave the bread in the toaster too long. 


As a busy mum it's easy to forget about the toaster when you're hurrying a 6 year old along to get ready for school. Burning toast is not the end of the world, simply put another slice of bread in the toaster and start again. 

On wearing jeans

I love my jeans. Skinny, high-waisted, bootleg, any kind.
I can style them any way I like but it's usually with either a t-shirt or jumper.


Jeans are every woman's best friend, they're comfortable, versatile, and stylish. You can team them with shirts, jumpers, even strappy vests and you'll look great. You don't need to look like a supermodel to look, and feel, good. If you wear your favourite pair of jeans with your most comfortable top, along with a smile (because you're so comfortable), your confidence will shine through. You may even find people comment on how good you look!

On not being perfect

I can't take great photos, I am an average cook, I'm rubbish at crafts, and you know what? That's okay.


You don't need to be a master chef to make a pleasing meal for your family. You don't need to be a star photographer to capture great photos (the great ones aren't usually the 'best' anyway). You don't need to create the perfect card or present to make your children happy, spending time with you will do that.

You are doing your best. You get dressed every day (mostly), you feed your family the best you can, and you try to make yourself and your family happy. 

Who needs perfection?


Brilliant blog posts on HonestMum.com

My Kid Doesn't Poop Rainbows

Lego Is Not Just For Kids

Have you ever bought Lego for yourself?

Probably not, because Lego is just for kids right?


I am 35 years old and I love lego. 

lego-tower-bridge behind the words "lego is not just for kids"

When my eldest was born in 2004 I couldn't wait for him to be old enough to have lego, we started him off with the giant blocks (I can't remember what they're called), then we moved him onto Mega Blocks, and eventually Lego. Whenever he got some Lego for a birthday present I was always a little jealous, I wanted some!

Blogger Showcase - Helen from Gumdrops and the Bear

Next up for Blogger Showcase is Helen and I'm going to let her get straight to it and introduce herself.

Hello, I’m Helen of www.gumdropsandthebear.com

To give you a little flavour …. I’m a mushroom-haired working mum of two young ones (gumdrops 2yrs and the bear 5yrs), apologetic vegetarian, lover of pretty things like art, fashion and interiors, Ebay addict and strawberry lace fanatic (I nailed a whole pack of Co-op strawberry laces last night). Despite my love of all things beautiful and hedonistic, I’m a believer in charity and kindness above all things.

Losing Weight with help from Snapea

Weight is a constant battle for me, one minute I lose lots of weight and think I look great, and the next minute I've gained 20lbs and feel like completely giving up.

But I won't.

If I was to give up I'd continue to gain weight, be miserable, and have no energy to fight. Every time I think about giving up I remind myself how good I felt all those months ago.

The hunger is a pain, whenever my tummy starts making those rumbling sounds I reach for chocolate bars, biscuits, or donuts. Half the time it's probably because I'm thirsty, not hungry, but I munch on things that are bad for me anyway.

What I Read 39

With half term being this week I haven't done as much reading as I'd like, saying that though I have enjoyed not having to do the school runs every day!

The sun is finally making an appearance, half term is here, and that means it's time to start thinking about summer holidays. Debbie wrote a brilliant post that will make you want to go on holiday. 5 Reasons Why You Should Holiday in Zakynthos has lots of gorgeous photos and Debbie describes the island so well that you will want to visit.

Post Comment Love 19th-21st February 2016

It's been half term this week and I've been spending most of my time finding things for the kids to do. To be honest it hasn't been too bad, they've watched lots of movies, played games, and even played outside!

BP got a Remote Control Drone thing for Christmas and has been waiting for better weather to play with it. This week we've had a couple of days where the sun was shining so they took the drone outside. The great thing about it was that the Hubby played with them too, he enjoyed playing with the drone just as much as the kids do!

Valentine's Day as a Tween

Sunday was Valentine's Day and usually the Hubby and I don't bother, we don't see the point in buying cards to say how much we love each other. Don't get me wrong, we do celebrate our 'togetherness' but we save it for times when it's important to us, anniversaries and birthdays.

Valentine's Day when you're a tween is a much bigger deal.

Creating Awesome Images With Fotojet

As well as Canva and PicMonkey there is another website you could be using for your blogging images. FotoJet is a site that lets you create images for all kinds of things, for example a Mother's Day card.

Pinnable image created using Fotojet

When I wrote my post Creating a Header Using Canva I had no idea there was another site I could be using for my images. I love Canva and use it every day to edit and create images to share here. When I first looked at Fotojet I didn't think it was a site that I would use very often, I had a cursory glance at what the website could do and wrote it off. 

What I Read 38

Welcome to #38 of What I Read, I've got some more great posts to share with you. 
Six bloggers profile pics

Can you believe we're two weeks into February already? And it's Valentine's Day! We don't really do Valentine's Day, don't see the point to be honest, but I'm sure we'll sit and watch a movie together or something. 

Again I've been reading some brilliant posts, I was lucky enough to find some more to share with you.

Post Comment Love & Newbie Showcase 12th - 14th February 2016

Hi! Welcome to another Post Comment Love, I'm so pleased that so many of you keep returning to link up week after week.

It's been a bit of a weird week this week I've managed to get lots of work done and have posts scheduled which has thrown me big time. Each day I start working I've felt like it's a different day, for example on Wednesday I spent the entire day thinking it was Friday.

That's not been a terrible thing to be honest because it's half term next week and I'm managing to get more done. Definitely a positive.

5 Reasons You Should Buy Joe Delucci's Gelato

In our house we love the sweet stuff, it doesn't matter what it is (most of the time)  as long as it is completely filled with sugar. We have chocolate in the fridge, ice-cream in the freezer, and biscuits in the cupboard. So when I was asked to review Joe Delucci's Gelato it was a no-brainer.

Joe-delucci's-ice-cream "5 reasons you should buy..."

Whenever I do our weekly shopping I always wonder about buying some ice-cream, the problem is I'm spoilt for choice and can't decide which to buy, so I end up buying none. Now, with the addition of Joe Delucci's Gelato to the shelves in Tesco there are even more choices.

Building Lego Taj Mahal 10189

I have always loved lego, as a child I had a small collection of pieces but never had a proper set. When we had our boys, BP and LP, I was excited because it meant I'd get to buy (and play with) lots of lego.

The Hubby and I have been collecting Lego sets for a few years now and it's fair to say we've got quite a collection. We're even struggling to find the space for it.

One of our favourite sets is the Lego Taj Mahal which we've had for years. Every so often we'll pull it out and begin building. This time when we did I decided to take photos during the building process.

As with everything it all starts with the base, except with the Taj Mahal it's not one whole base piece. The base is split into separate pieces that connect together at a later stage.


After you've built four of the above sections you need to build the four corners. All of these sections use the smallest pieces and are very fiddly to build.

Blogger Showcase 1 - Catie from Diary of An Imperfect Mum

Welcome to my very first Blogger Showcase, something I've been meaning to start for a long time and never quite got round to it. It's because I wanted to showcase Catie and her blog that this series has started so I want to thank her for that.

Catie and I have become friends over the past few months, I love reading her blog and am honoured to be showcasing her here. I'm going to shut up now though and let Catie tell you all about herself, go for it Catie!

10 Reasons Donuts Are EVIL!

My weight graph this week looks pretty much the same as last week, it goes down throughout the week and then at the end of the weekend it jumps up again. It seems that even a small amount food that's bad for you can really do some damage!


I was doing so well last week and by Saturday I was at the lowest I've been for a while but on Saturday I ate pate on toast for lunch and steak for dinner, oh yes and the Hubby bought donuts. I just want to say that donuts are EVIL!!

They are the downfall of every single dieter in the land. 

What I Read January Roundup

January has been a huge month both blogging and reading wise, my list is growing again and my blogging is going from strength to strength. 

In What I Read 34 there was a couple of great blogging posts; So you want to be a blogger... by Mrs Tubbs and I am loving: blogging and being totally free by Katy. Being a parenting blogger a lot of the posts I read are about parenting and being a mum, I loved 15 signs you are actually a granny mum by Talya, The Tween Years by Mrs C, F*** the guilt ladies by Kate, and A letter from dad by Tim.

Post Comment Love 5th - 7th February 2016

Another week another Post Comment Love, is it just me or do the weeks fly by faster the older you get?

I visited Eden Hall this week and had a whole day off, no writing, no tweeting, it was very refreshing. It's interesting, going somewhere you're not allowed to use your phone, it makes you disconnect and you see things in a whole new light.

10 Signs You're (Finally) a Grown Up

Yesterday I spent the day at Eden Hall, a day spa that I've visited many times and absolutely adore. I've been with friends and family lots of times but more recently have gone on my own. This is much better, I can please myself and don't need to entertain anyone - heaven!

Lady in a swimming pool, relaxing. When was the last time you switched off?

Visiting Eden Hall is a chance to switch off completely. They don't allow mobile phones anywhere in the spa, you have to keep them in your locker, and so you wander around completely disconnected. It is a refreshing experience. 

Top Tips for Planning The Perfect Family Holiday

Image found on Flickr

Now we have all started getting back to normal after the Christmas madness; it’s time to start planning your summer holiday. It’s your job to plan and organise a trip they can treasure the memories of forever. But the hassle of planning a perfect family holiday can be stressful and overwhelming when you’re doing it by yourself. So here are some useful tips and tricks you can use to keep you and your whole family happy while you’re away.

Get your family involved

Often parents will decide where they want to go and not involved their children in their decision. This can often lead to tantrums and arguments. So to help you decide, show your family some destination options that are suitable for your budget. That way you can discuss the activities, day trips and accommodation that is available and get everybody’s opinion. You could use brochures, the internet and maps to give everyone an idea of what it will be like to visit. You may realise that one destination is unsuitable for children or doesn’t have many activity packed adventures for you to try. After going through your options, you can then casts a vote and decide that way. This will take the pressure off you and ensure you’re choosing the right destination for your trip.

Introducing Blogger Showcase

Featuring new bloggers in #PoCoLo's Newbie Showcase with Stephanie and sharing the blog love for posts I've loved reading in #WhatIRead make me happy. I believe sharing, commenting, and bigging up other bloggers is important, more to the point I enjoy doing it.

The problem with #WhatIRead and Newbie Showcase is that they don't let me showcase bloggers that have been at it for a while, the people behind the posts, posts that have inspired me.

When a dear blogging friend contacted me about being featured in the Newbie Showcase and I found out her blog was just over the age threshold I decided to go ahead with an idea that has been brewing for a long time. 


The Ups and Downs of Weight Loss

After last week's dip in progress I was feeling a tad deflated about it all. Weight loss can get like that though can't it? Sometimes our weight goes up, sometimes down, but what we need to realise is that that's just part of the journey.

A weight graph, weight up the side and day of the week along the bottom.

It is such a struggle sticking to a 'diet' when you feel like you're not making progress. More so when the weather is horrible (although that might just be me!), for some reason rubbish weather just contributes to wanting to eat fast food.