2019: A Year of Gratitude

A new year sparks excitement for me. I usually set myself a few (too many) goals, make lists of places I’d like to visit and bedrooms I’m itching to redecorate. This year has been different. I’ve found it difficult to get my butt in gear and I have no goals other than to read a bit more in 2019. But…

Christmas – It’s Just One Day

It’s just one day. We all know that about Christmas, yet we still obsess over what time is best to go to the supermarket, to avoid the frantic crowds. We stress over whether we will have enough money to fund all the present-buying that is necessary and panic that we might be ill on The Big Day. Don’t get me…

How I Found Balance in 2018

It will come as no surprise to most of you, that I believe we were all put on this earth for a reason. With that comes a responsibility to be doing our very best at life – not just surviving but thriving. Cliche? Maybe. For me, a big part of ‘doing life well’ involves regular self-evaluation. Don’t we all need a…

Do you ever feel like you’re doing it wrong?

‘Why does no one blog about parenting teenagers?’  That was the plea that came across the internet a few nights ago and it’s one I’ve asked myself on numerous occasions. When our children reach the age of 13, it’s tumble weed on social media. I imagine this is largely due to the fact that our children are there too and…

Life: Is this how you imagined it?

Do you remember that task in primary school, when we were asked to write about our future life and how we imagined it might turn out? I am guessing that many of us might have said something along the lines of being married, working as a teacher (we all LOVED our primary school teachers back then, didn’t we?) with 2.4 children and…

When Did Blogging Become a Dirty Word?

It was a little over six years ago now, that I first tried my hand at blogging. As many of you know, before this one I had a family lifestyle blog called 3 Children and It. Without wanting to ‘blow my own trumpet’ it was relatively successful and by that, I mean that I had repeat readers, an engaged audience and…

On Keeping the Plates Spinning

It was Saturday evening and I was lying on my bed taking a breather. The day had been ridiculously busy, as it always seems to be with three children. Having cleared up from dinner, I was just mustering up the energy to join my family in watching X-Factor (don’t judge me, it’s one of very few programmes suitable for the…

Why We Need to Keep Asking Why?

There are so many things we can get drawn into nowadays isn’t there? In the world of blogging, this couldn’t be truer. I started my first blog six years ago and straight away, felt the need to have dedicated social media accounts. Everyone else seemed to be doing it, so surely that was the right way to go? At the…

Has Spending Less Time on My Phone Radically Changed My …

A few months ago, I felt the need to re-evaluate the relationship I have with my phone. I wouldn’t claim to be addicted to it but I know that I spend more time on my phone that I would like. Downloading various apps that track phone usage, only confirmed that I needed to work on spending less time on my…