Category: Family Life

3 Toddler Approved Easter Meal Ideas {GIFTED}

3 Toddler Approved Easter Meal Ideas {GIFTED}

Ever feel like you just keep serving up the same meals for your little one week after week? Recently I’ve noticed Florence had started to become quite fussy at meal times and I began to wonder if she was just a bit bored of what […]

What Florence Wore #3

What Florence Wore #3

Anyone else have serious wardrobe envy when it comes to their toddler’s clothes? I find myself seriously wishing I could pull off the contents of Florence’s wardrobe quite often? I absolutely LOVE the outfit that she wore to her cousins party this weekend. I’m all about […]

My Mum, My Sister & Me |Celebrating Mother’s Day with Max Spielmann {AD – Gifted}

My Mum, My Sister & Me |Celebrating Mother’s Day with Max Spielmann {AD – Gifted}

With a week to go until Mother’s Day, I’m teaming up with Max Spielmann to share my favourite memory with my mum. It’s really difficult to think of just one. At first I thought about the big events, the holidays, the days out etc but after a while I soon realised, my favourite moments with my mum while growing up were the perfectly ordinary ones. The simple times when we didn’t even realise we were making memories.

From the age of 11, it was just me, my mum & my sister at home. Life for us as a family at the time, was complicated and hectic and sometimes extremely stressful. We battled the crappy bits head on, as a formidable team and to this day we’re still quite a force to be reckoned with.

My mum was a busy single working mum, I was a busy and troubled teenager and My sister always had friends over or was out playing. Often Sunday evenings were the only time we’d get together to just stop & be. Over time, They became a bit of a thing and no matter what was going on anywhere else, you can bet on a Sunday night you’d find us, all three, cosied up in our pjs on the sofa in front of the TV, full to bursting from a roast dinner.

Mostly we’d watch a film but my favourite Sunday evenings were those that fell in January & February. We’d settle down together and watch Dancing on ice with Wild at heart sandwiched in between the performance show & the skate off. More often than not, we’d do face masks or my sister would turn our living room into a little salon, painting our toenails in questionable colours and giving us ‘facials’ in the ad breaks. Sometimes we’d work through my homework together while the tv played in the background, or simply chat away. Others we’d just sit and be, relaxed in each others company.

We counted on Sunday nights to keep us grounded. Im not sure if my mum set out in the first place for them to become such a thing, looking back now I suspect she did as however simple and ordinary those moments together were, they meant that each of us knew that what ever came our way that week, we always had each other.

These days, while our every day lives are different and Sundays very rarely look the same as they used to, that feeling of it being us against the world still stands. If you want one of us, you get all of us. If one of us is in trouble, together we make it through. We’re still that formidable threesome we always were. My mum, my sister & me.

What are your favourite moments or memories that you share with your Mum?

*I was gifted a canvas print from Max Spielmann in return for sharing my favourite moments with my Mum in the lead up to Mother’s Day. I chose a photograph of the three of us together and It makes the perfect Mother’s Day gift. You can order yours here.

The photograph featured on the canvas was taken at a gifted mother & daughter photo shoot with Red Shoe.

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5 weeks post partum – an honest account of my feelings & symptoms after birth

5 weeks post partum – an honest account of my feelings & symptoms after birth

I’ve been giving this post a lot of thought over the last few weeks and while some parts might be a bit TMI I wanted to share my experiences in the weeks following William’s birth as some things came as a bit of a surprise […]

William’s 3 & 4 week update

William’s 3 & 4 week update

Despite my best intentions, I didn’t get around to finishing or publishing your three week update last week so instead, I’ve combined both your 3 & 4 week update in todays post. You’re four weeks old. A whole month old. It feels like you’ve been […]

Book Review: Playgroups & Prosecco | GIFTED

Book Review: Playgroups & Prosecco | GIFTED

I’m really excited to share this latest review with you. Fellow blogger and mother of two, Jo Middleton AKA Slummy Single Mummy, has written her debut novel and I feel super honoured to be among the first to read it. Even more exciting is that today is the publication date for Kindle users and you can download it to read it yourself right now or, if you prefer actual books the paperback version is being released for sale on May 2nd.

Written in the form of daily diary entries, the story follows a year in the life of recently single Mum, Frankie, as she takes on the world of online dating, juggling her job with raising her two girls and finds solace in the form of new found friends, Sierra and Lou.

Entirely relatable whether you’re single or not, Frankie’s daily anecdotes had me laughing my way from page to page as I’m pretty sure we’ve all thought or done similar things ourselves – from the parenting triumphs to the personal disasters. I’m not sure if it’s the new baby hormones or what, but I actually laughed ’til I cried at one point leading Sean to walk into the room and check I was okay!

I really do not want to give too much away about the story, I’ll leave that to you to find out yourselves, but if you’re looking for an easy read that makes you realise that all those things you do / think and wonder if other mums actually do them too I 100% recommend it. It is one of those books that you honestly don’t want to put down. Of course, as Frankie (and no doubt Jo) would more than understand, that’s not always possible when you’ve got little m.

Don’t just take my word for it though, there’s a blog book tour going on and you can find all of the details on Jo’s blog here.

JUST SO YOU KNOW…

I was gifted a pre publication copy of Playgroups and Prosecco for the purpose of this review.

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The Me + Mine Project | February 2019 {Our First Family Photo…}

The Me + Mine Project | February 2019 {Our First Family Photo…}

I thought this month, the one where our little family grew from three to four, would be a good time to start joining in with Me & Mine Project. I’ve always loved the idea of this little monthly family photo project, but never got around […]

One week of William

One week of William

One whole week of you. How can that be already? This time last week I found myself wondering if you were ever going to arrive after all of your false starts. Little did I know that by tea time I’d be holding you in my […]