My new year resolutions

Monday, 16 January 2017

Last year my new years resolution was to learn to bake.  In my head I saw myself being one of those mums that fetched out  warm freshly made cookies whenever kids came over to play. In reality, I burnt the just add water type, and my toddlers were better bakers than me. 

A year on I am marginally better.  My forte is predominately brownies but ..I am no longer scared to whip up a batch of buns. This year, my new years resolutions are to embrace family time, every second of it, and to be more organised.

So far these resolutions have encouraged me to clear out every cupboard in our house..tidy house, tidy mind, and brave the cold a whole lot more than I would of liked.

2017, lets do this.

The perfect gift

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Despite working in retail, I've managed to have a great Christmas. We all received some lovely gifts and created even lovelier memories. But beneath all that was the fact that it was the first without my Dad. As much as I reflected on that very fact, I tried not to dwell on it... he wouldn't want me to!

One of the gifts we jointly received as a family was an annual pass to the Yorkshire wildlife park. We are blessed to have something like this on the doorstep but I wont lie, costs have stopped us visiting as frequent as we would like. In winter we don't venture to the peak district on weekends as much so this really was the perfect present for our outdoor family..i mean, yesterday we watched lions at sunset!

I didn't really photograph the animals as such, I usually take hundreds and never use them so I spent that extra time mainly just feeling content. I cant wait to go back and create endless memories again there already! Family time really is everything.

Pumpkin carving

Monday, 31 October 2016

Like most family households, pumpkin carving is beginning to become a bit of a tradition for us. Combined with bonfire night, id go as far as saying it is preferable for me than Christmas, the boys may disagree!

This year is our first Halloween in the new house. So we invited my sister and her children over to join in the festivities.


Everyone had fun getting stuck in. And although id been at work for the majority of the day, me & Craig went to bed feeling like we'd had some quality family time. What more could you ask for?

Mam Tor

Saturday, 10 September 2016

The peak district is one of our favourite places to explore as a family. Me & Craig had the pleasure of returning to the spot in these photos the day after, for our first day out alone in over four was very serene, although eerily quiet without the boys at times.

We've always preferred this type of day out but now that we are saving for the wedding I have a feeling this is what our weekends are going to mainly look like. And I for one aren't complaining!
Rio has started full time at a new school. I booked two weeks off work 'just incase', but turns out I was more worried than him

Pushchair friendly for a change!

Monday, 20 June 2016

Yesterday was my first fathers day without my Dad. There is no consolation for this, I stood at his graveside heartbroken, but if there was.. it would be Craig! Not only is Craig my best friend, he is also the best Father than I could of ever wished for for my boys. So we headed to the peak district to spend the day as a family, in the calm away from it all, it really is my happy place!

Walks are harder now that Niall doesn't like the carrier so we opted for a pushchair friendly route. Of course as sods law goes, he walked liked a trooper, but it was a pleasant route non the less so we didn't miss out too much. We called at Craig's favourite place for tea on the way home and I think Nialls face on the last picture sums up how content we all felt by the end of the day.

DIY vase!

Friday, 20 May 2016

Its no exaggeration when I say that we spent all of our savings buying and furnishing our new house at the beginning of the year. Thankfully our bank balances have crept up and I've been able to buy a few bits to make the place more homely over the last month or so. But as much as I love buying something new, I also love finding a charity shop bargain, or better still, upcycling!

Take this bottle for example. I kept hold of it when we visited the bluebells the other week.


This morning, after finding it stashed under the pushchair, I peeled off the stickers and washed away any sticky residue/left over orange juice.

I then... well, nothing, that was it!

Behold, the most simple DIY that I know!

upcycle, simple diy, home decor

Yes I know, you can pick these up for a couple of pound in most shops nowadays but what's the fun in that? Every time I pass by/refill this little DIY vase I'm going to remember that day and smile!

Feeling fancy? You could always take it one step further by adding twine around the top and creating a hanging vase type wall d├ęcor. Why not stagger three or more in a row up your staircase?

Back to the bluebells

Sunday, 8 May 2016

This time exactly a year ago we visited Renishaw Hall & Gardens to explore the bluebells. I posted about it here but what I didn't mention in that post was the fact that we mainly went to clear my head. As you now know a little before that post my Dad was diagnosed with incurable cancer. So today on route, when I realised it was this exact weekend last year that we went, it really hit home how sudden things had happened. A lot can change in a year, but what hasn't changed is how fantastic this place is to explore... especially at this time of year!

Rolling down the hills! Craig was spurring him on to do roly polys but the 'cotton wool mum' in me was yelling at him to not even dare!

Time for the bluebells!

bluebell wood

bluebell wood

They didn't disappoint.

I had envisioned letting the boys play amongst them, allowing me to get candid shots, but I couldn't bring myself to in case any were damaged. Instead we found patches where other people had already been and I was in photos for once. I real rarity, and something I need to do more!

The boys had so much fun exploring the woodland area. Niall even attempted the balance type obstacle course. He was a little unsure at first but within a few minute he was bouncing up and down adding to the excitement. BOYS!

The number hunt was the same as last time so we didn't actively participate but it was still great to see the characters as we went by.

There were cows everywhere this time around. I hadn't realised until now how loudly they actually moo!

The last time we was here Rio said that the chimney on this little out building might be for Santa. Some type of rural workshop? He didn't forget. As soon as it was in his sight he told us all about it. He doesn't forget a thing, and that never fails to make me smile!

The view from the tree trunk seat was as pretty as ever. I always feel really blessed surrounded by my little family from here. It goes unnoticed to a lot of passers by because at first glace it does just look like a tree, but I guess that's the hidden beauty of it.

After sampling the coffee cake last time we couldn't go home without making a cheeky pit stop. Rio wanted chocolate cake, a firm family favourite, but I also liked the look of this lemon and white chocolate one so we bought both.

 Although I haven't posted for a while the country kids link up is one that I will always love. Letting your kids be kids and enjoy their childhood outdoors is something that I try to practice as well as preach. It's good to be back!
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

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