Wonderful Weddings - The Queen of Collage

At the end of last year I mentioned that I was thinking of putting a series of posts together, one that featured your proposal stories and one that featured your wedding stories. Today I'm sharing my very first Wonderful Weddings post with Helena, of The Queen of Collage, sharing her story.

  • Any day spent with you is my favourite day. So, today is my favourite day.

C.S. Lewis

In a world where negative news sells and there’s worry over children and the internet I am not sure how my husband and I are going to answer ‘Mummy, Daddy how did you two meet?’ when we are asked. You see unlike couples that meet each other at school, university or a class, we met online.

Post Comment Love 27th-29th January

Post Comment Love is back for another week and Stephanie and I are looking forward to more great reads. It's so fun hosting this linky because there's such a range of you that link up, parenting (like me), lifestyle (like Steph), beauty and fashion, all of your posts are great and enjoy reading them.

This week has been insanely busy for me, we've been having new carpets fitted throughout the house which means moving furniture around. The Hubby had the awesome idea that we would remove the carpets ourselves so we've been doing that too, with lots of trips to the local recycling centre.

Why I am looking forward to Spring

I used to love Winter, the cool weather, the dark days, as a child I thought it was great. The years went by and each time Winter came around I enjoyed it a little less. Trips on ice, freezing cold weather first thing in the morning, and no sun until around 8am day after day gets old fast. Right now I'm sitting in our lounge and the sun is trying to break through the fog. Seeing the sun poke it's head (or try to) from behind the clouds makes me think of Spring and how much I'm looking forward to it.
orange butterfly on a purple flower surrounded by green leaves

Spring is nature's way of saying "Let's Party!"

Robin Williams

When the mornings are getting lighter and the sun makes an appearance more often I feel my stresses easing a little. Doing the school runs every day during winter wearing a huge coat, a hat, scarf, gloves and boots weighs me down and I'm oh-so-ready for spring. I'm ready for the sun, I'm ready to leave the huge coat at home and possibly venture outside with just a jacket!

Keep your children dreaming

With technology facing us at every turn and our children being online almost all of the time it can be easy to want our children to grow up fast. But does this mean that we're making them lose their sense of adventure? By keeping our children firmly on the ground are we inspiring a generation of realists and forgetting about the dreamers? 
dinosaur canvas keeps my child dreaming

  • All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.

Pablo Picasso

It is so easy to get bogged down in the day-to-day mundane-ness of life that we forget how to dream. We get on with life like hamsters in a wheel, never wondering what is waiting outside the wheel. But what if we allowed our children to keep dreaming? What if we inspired, encouraged, and helped our children to reach for the stars?

Why are our children so bored?

During the festive break I heard the word 'bored' far too many times. As soon as my boys are told to put their iPads down or turn off their game they claim they are bored. When in the car they have to have something to entertain themselves, they can't just sit. Growing up I don't remember being like that. Discussing the topic with the Hubby led us to ask the question 'Why are our children so bored?'
hand drawn disney character with books, stickers, and pencils nearby

  • I have no attention span. I get bored so fast.

Carrie Underwood

With so many things there to entertain our children we have taken away their ability to entertain themselves. While they have their uses games consoles, tablets, and toys have contributed to our children's inability to cope with boredom. Faced with boredom they fight and bicker until we thrust the tablet or games consoles at them just so we can hear ourselves think again. So who is at fault, the children or us?

Post Comment Love 20th-22nd January

It is Friday again and that means it's time for Post Comment Love. Link up your best/favourite post of the week so Stephanie, me, and others can read (and share) it. We love reading the varying topics of your posts and it's a welcome break from the kids (at least for me!) 

Hasn't it been dreary this week? I haven't got much photography done because the weather has been so dull. The lighting is terrible at the moment and there's not a chance of getting any good photos unfortunately. I do have an arm for my tripod though, which is a huge help when it comes to doing flat lays. 

  • A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.

Steve Martin

Do you spring clean in January?

After the Christmas decorations have been put away and the presents are in newly designated spots do you find you want to do a spring clean? The darker days are still here, there's rubbish weather most days, but I like to do a big house clean in January. New Year, new start right?

  • I look forward to spring cleaning and putting things in their place. It's therapeutic for me.

Kimora Lee Simmons

As Kimora says, cleaning can be therapeutic and giving your house a good clean can make you feel ready for the year. The only trouble with the cleaning (apart from the cleaning itself!) is allergies. I suffer with an allergy to dust and once I start cleaning I'm sneezing constantly. It is something that doesn't bother me very often but when it does it can be quite annoying. I use Haymax balms when I'm cleaning, it's a little pot of balm that you put around your nostrils. It 'catches' the particles of dust (or pollen/allergens) before they get into your nose protecting you from your allergies.

BP used Haymax during the summer last year, he suffers with terrible hay fever, and it helped him lots. The great thing about it is he can carry a pot of Haymax in his pocket so he has it if he needs it and he doesn't need to be watched while using it. 

But anyway, back to the cleaning...

I always start in my kitchen, I'm not sure why, perhaps because that's where most of the work usually happens? Having a clean kitchen and knowing that no matter where I look I won't find any dirt or dust is satisfying. 

With a list in my head I work my way through the house doing the cleaning throughout. The windows can look terrible during the winter when you get the low sun shining through them and showing up all the grime, dust, and finger marks. Good Housekeeping's top tip for cleaning your windows is to do it on a cloudy day so the cleanser doesn't dry before you've had a chance to wipe it off. The perfect time to get a cloudy day is during the winter, so tackle those windows now!

I'm doing my cleaning this week, we're having new carpets throughout the house so it's the perfect time. I'll use all the nozzles for my vacuum cleaner, I'll dust all the light fittings, I'll even be cleaning the windows. And I know that by the time I'm finished I'll feel great.

My top tip for your spring clean would be to do it while the kids are at school.

  • Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shovelling the walk before it stops snowing.

Phyllis Diller

Having kids at home means your house is never going to be clean for very long but if you do it while they're at school you will at least get to enjoy it a little before they get home. I love being able to sit down with a hot coffee and look at my lovely clean house before the boys get home. I know it won't last long but it's just nice to see my house clean.

If you have allergies you might be interested in the giveaway (below). I've teamed up with Haymax to offer one Morgan's Milieu reader a chance to win a Haymax goody pack, which includes 5 pots of Haymax allergy balm. The balms are Aloe Vera, Frankincense, Pure, Lavender and Haymax Kids.

You can find the giveaway T&C's in the widget.

Staying Cozy This Winter & Keep Your Energy Budget In Check

During the chilly months of winter and the soaring temperatures of summer, this is when our utility bills can literally go through the roof. Adding insulation can sometimes be an answer for stopping HVAC systems from giving away heat to the entire neighborhood (as my Dad used to say when I left a door open briefly during December). But there’s other solutions that are less labor intensive that can offer a quick burst of heat and a coziness factor on a cold, winter’s day. 
cup of tea wrapped in wool

We all know by now to keep our thermostats set at 68° during daylight hours and lowering this temperature to 65° while we’re sleeping under a warmth of blankets during winter months. But what about a sudden chill or a feeling of uncomfortability that can occur when these settings just aren’t cutting it for us and our kids?

Post Comment Love 13th - 15th January

Another week, another Post Comment Love. It's so lovely to see our little community growing week by week, we get to read such brilliant posts and share them, I can't wait to see what you have in store for us this week.
craft equipment on a white table

I've had such a busy week this week that I only managed to sit in front of the computer yesterday. I feel like time has disappeared and I haven't got enough done. It's funny how that happens sometimes isn't it? At least we're back into a normal routine with the kids back at school.

  • The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine.

Mike Murdock

Last weekend the Hubby and I decided we needed to get new carpets. Cue lots of complaints about having to move furniture, deciding on a colour of carpet, and actually getting it done. It's certainly not something I enjoy but I know it will look great when it's done. Our current carpet is a deep red and our house doesn't get much natural light, which means that the house seems dark all the time. I wouldn't normally have wanted a light coloured carpet (having a young boy who likes football) but I think it will make a huge difference to how light the house looks. I'll be introducing a strict "no-shoes" policy once the carpet is down though. 

Dieting doesn't have to be painful

When you think of dieting you think of starving yourself don't you? It's that sudden restriction of food you enjoy, the fact that you need to be hungry in order to lose weight, why on earth would anyone choose to do that to themselves right? But dieting doesn't have to be painful, nor do you have to starve yourself in order to lose weight. 

I am an experienced dieter.

My weight over the past few (okay, many) years has gone up and down more times than a yo-yo in a teen's hands. I guess that's why that call it Yo-Yo Dieter. I've been 14st 8lbs and reduced it to 10st, and everywhere in between. 

5 Actionable Ways to Improve Your Child’s Concentration in School

Does your child struggle to stay focused in school? Is he or she often distracted/feels uncomfortable while studying?

Well, attention problems are common in today’s generation of school-goers who are overstimulated by technology, peers, etc.

But if your child fails to concentrate inside the classroom over an extended period of time, he/she may struggle in exams or get expelled. Such scenarios could create feelings of shame and inadequacy. No parent wants that to happen.

On that note, here are 5 tips to get your child back on track to being a successful student in school.

Post Comment Love 6th - 8th January

Happy New Year! It's 2017 and it's time for the first Post Comment Love of the year. Welcome one and all to our fab little linky, Steph and I have been hosting Post Comment Love for a whole year now and it's been a great ride. We appreciate every link up, from bloggers who have linked from the start when Steph and I took over from Vicky, to new bloggers who have stopped by in the last month or so. You are what makes this linky worth hosting.

I've read some fabulous posts, been inspired by other bloggers and made some wonderful new friends and I truly believe that if it wasn't for Post Comment Love none of those things would've happened. 

So, Thank you!

How was your Christmas break? 

I took a complete break, no posting to social sites (apart from scheduled stuff), no blog posts, no computer use at all. It was brilliant! I love Christmas for that, it's such a great time to think about the year, what has passed and what is to come in the new year. It's also a good time to be with family and hosting Christmas Lunch went better than I could've hoped. I was completely rushed off my feet from about 7.30am and I didn't sit down until the Lunch was served at 2pm but it was the best day. Our whole family sat around the table, ate a great meal (even if I do say so myself!) and chatted.