As sad as it makes me that we have reached the end of the first week of the summer holidays, I’m also pretty stoked at it means we have also survived!  This week has been a real balancing act of trying to spend time with Meg and Eli, keeping them entertained and getting a shed load of freelance work done.  It’s one of those strange scenarios where I’m really glad I’ve had a lot of work to do and incredibly I will be having my most successful month to date and yet also wishing I didn’t have so much to do so I could spend more time with the kids.

Next week will be even stranger as the kids are going to stay with my parents so it will just be little old me rattling around at home during the day!

But onto the other things I have loved this week:-

Read

I am about halfway through When Dimple Met Rishi and really, really enjoying it.  As a YA contemporary romance it had me feeling a little dubious as it isn’t the type of thing I would usually read but culturally it is fascinating and the story itself is just so sweet.  I haven’t even finished it yet and I suspect it’s going to be a book I keep on recommending to people.


Watched
We were in the mood for a new box set to binge-watch so this week we began StartUp.  It’s taken a little getting used to as it features some big names including Martin Freeman rocking an American accent but all the reviews advised to stick with it and that it would really pick up so we have high hopes.  The basic premise is that you have a whole bunch of characters from different walks of life who are all influenced and shaped by one event: when a banker steals some money.  At least…that’s what I’ve taken from it so far!  I will let you know how it goes as the season develops.

Made

I don’t really have anything for this category as we’ve not been so creative this week.  The kids have had lots of fun making their summer bucket lists but that’s about as far as we got.

Wore

Some Minnie Ears!  On Thursday we headed into Manchester for a Disney-themed quiz with Paladone and it was a lot of fun.  We didn’t win but we didn’t cause ourselves any embarrassment either so I was pretty pleased.  It was a great evening with good food, good people and a good atmosphere.


Heard

I have been absolutely loving Despacito at the moment, as have the kids and it’s our most requested song when we are in the car.  It just has such good summer vibes and is perfect for when the sun is shining.  We haven’t had too much of that this week but we’ve been trying to make the most of that elusive sunshine when it appears.

And Lastly…

I know it’s almost like tempting fate to say it but this week has been a really nice balance of everything.  Meg and Eli haven’t fallen out too much and have played well allowing me to get my work done which in turn has meant that we’ve been able to do some nice things, such as going into Liverpool for the day.  I want to say that I hope the rest of the summer holiday is as good as that would be incredible…we will have to see!!

Have a great week all!


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Although I’m always an autumn girl at heart, I do love the summer for the fact that we get to enjoy six weeks out of school.  It isn’t always easy but it’s a whole lot of fun and we generally manage to find the time to have some brilliant days out.

One thing I have learned over the last few years is that the best experiences aren’t always the ones which cost the most money; there are some brilliant ways to keep everyone entertained from the comfort of your own home.  So whether you live far from any major attractions or you simply want to keep costs down, here are six idea of how to keep the kids entertained (at home) this summer:-

1. Build a fort
Grab some spare bed-sheets (or ones in used if you don’t have many extras…) and as many blankets as you can find and build yourself a fort.  You could use your dining table if you want the straightforward option or have a go at creating your very own structure.  This is the perfect rainy day option and you can hang out in your fort, eating cheeky snacks or snuggling and reading books.

2. Get creative
I have to admit that this particualrly option isn’t my favourite as both Meg and Eli are so messy and it generally ends in chaos but they absolutely adore being crafty.  This covers just about everything from painting and playdoh to sticking and colouring.  I think one of the main points is that you don’t need to do this for long and it can be a complex or as easy as you like.


3. Have an outdoor cinema
Okay so this one might take a little bit more planning but how cool would it be to make your very own home outdoor cinema?  You could go and choose a movie earlier in the day (HMV usually have some good deals) and buy some snacks and then grab some blankets and a comfy chair and head outside once the sun begins to set.  I know both Meg and Eli would adore this, and I think I’d like it as well!

4. Play make believe
Although Meg and Eli are a little older now they still love a little make believe.  The best thing is that you can just grab ordinary objects from around the house but use them to turn your adventures truly magical and they can become whatever you want.  You can play this however you like, the kids will just love that you are getting involved.

5. Set up an indoor disco
Draw the curtains, dim the lights, get dressed up and find some fun songs you can dance along to.  Not only is an indoor disco heaps of fun but it’s also a great way to burn off any excess energy if you haven’t been able to get outside.

6. Dig out the board games
I’m not talking about the modern offerings which pass for board games here but the classics (which thankfully don’t involve sticking small fingers up any appendages or talking about poo…) which we played when were younger.  Is it time to introduce your children to the delights of cluedo or monopoly, trivial pursuit or bop it?  You could dedicate an entire afternoon to just playing board games from your childhood.  

Have you got any other ideas to add in here?  I’d love to know.


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Oh happy day, the last day of the school term has finally come around and we are so ready for the summer break in this house!  Frayed nerves, random bursts of tears and more stress than you could shake a stick at…Meg and Eli need some down time for sure and I cannot wait for Monday next week when we can just mooch around and do nothing in particular.  For a little while at least!

But now onto the week we just had and my Little Loves:-

Read

This week I finished reading The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness.  It’s been years since I read a Patrick Ness book and this was one I had heard really good things about.  It basically tells the story of the ‘rest’ of the town when there is a Chosen One out and about doing their thing.  I thought it was a very interesting premise as you never really think about what happens to everyone else when a hero blows up a school or destroys a road in the name of saving mankind.  It was a really quick and diverse read too.

Watched
This week was a bit of a tough one as we watched the kids go for a taster session in what will be (hopefully) their new school so I ‘watched’ them both put on brave faces and go into their new classes even though I knew they were both terrified.  And it made me so proud.  This is not a small thing we are doing and I think that although we have had a few wobbles (and I’m sure more to come) both Meg and Eli have coped really well so far and that is amazing.

Made
Some friends!  Well…people I hope will be friends, anyway.  It was crazy because Eli came out of the taster session saying that he’d sat and played by himself (which is totally heartbreaking) and then the next thing the wonders of social media are at work and James’ aunt spotted a message from a mum in the new class trying to find us so that she could invite Eli to play.  Then another message came through inviting Eli to a birthday party this weekend so he could get to know some of his classmates and we could meet some parents in a more relaxed environment.  I mean, sometimes social media SUCKS but sometimes it is just incredible!

Wore
The colour blue…and orange, yellow, pink and green!  On Saturday I took part in a 5k obstacle colour rush in Liverpool and it was so much fun but so exhausting.  The obstacles were all inflatable but some were actually really hard to navigate and between scaling up a slippery wall and commando crawling in the mud whilst someone dumped a vat of blue powder on my hair I was totally shattered by the end.  But I’m really proud that I did it, and it was a lot of fun.

Heard
The sweet sound of thunder!  Thunderstorms are probably my favourite type of weather and I spent all day on Wednesday checking the forecast to see when one would hit.   Don’t get me wrong, I love the sunshine but sometimes when it gets muggy and airless you just know that a good storm will clear everything out.  I just wish I had been able to jump into bed and snuggle up with a good book rather than having to dodge the giant raindrops to do the food shop!

And Lastly…
I’m sure things will be a little more sporadic now we are entering the summer break but I will try to come back and do a weekly round-up.  I’ve been working like mad this week to get as much freelance stuff done as possible so I don’t have to keep shoving screens in the kids faces.  I’m sure that will happen at some point but I plan to start on a high.  Or try to at least!

Have a great week all.



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It’s something I know I have said time and again but since we moved to be closer to the coast we have vowed, repeatedly, not to take our surroundings for granted and it is definitely something we try to live by.  At the moment we don’t often get free weekends or spare evenings off but when we do, our first thoughts are where we can go locally to enjoy the outdoors or the weather (when it’s here…)

Not too long ago we had a run of beautiful weather and it made me so grateful that we live just a short car ride from the beach because it meant we could do something which I have wanted to do for the longest time since we got here: watch the sun set.

We had agreed to meet some friends and head down in the late afternoon, whilst the sun was still gloriously hot.  This was perfect as it meant that Meg and Eli could still enjoy playing on the beach without the cooler evening air spoiling it.



We found ourselves a quiet little pocket near to the sand dunes as that tends to be where the sand is softest.  It isn’t the ideal for building sandcastles but it does tend to be more sheltered which helps.  It was incredible actually because the whole time we were on the beach we felt completely isolated but when it came time to head back to the car we realised that the beach was actually really busy, with other people having the same idea as us and bringing picnics and BBQ’s into their own little sand dune enclosures.


We then picked up some chippy (because is there anything better than chippy on the beach?) and watched the sun go down.  In hindsight I wish we had brought some blankets because the temperature really did start to drop quickly and we couldn’t stay and watch the sun set fully but it was enough to get some gorgeous views of the expansive sand and sea with the sun going down behind them.


It’s such a simple thing to do but it has honestly been one of the most content days I’ve had.  Good friends, good talk, good children, good food…and the views were amazing.  Really what more could you ask for?

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Friday already but what a week it has been!  I fully expected another miserably damp week of school runs and frizzy hair and longing for the sunshine but the sun actually decided to make an appearance!  So instead we have had a beautiful week of playing in the garden, staying up far too late, eating far too many ice creams (well…the kids) and being just that little bit too pink at the end of the day (that would be me…)

I know it sounds like I’ve pretty much summed up our week but read on for some more of my little loves:-

Read

This week I read, finished and loved The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield.  It was just the perfect mixture of family drama, mystery, coming of age and history.  I love a good dual timeline story and this was done in a clever fashion with a biographer being told someone’s life story.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend.


Watched
We watched the original The Mummy movie this week, in solidarity for the fact that Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe are just never going to be a match for Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz.  Does anybody know why these big film corporations keep remaking classic films? I’d quite like them to leave a good thing alone!  It is, of course, completely cringe-worthy and a little cheesy but I just love it.

Made

After a very exciting phone call with my mother which lasted almost an hour (we can never manage to keep things short!) I made some plans for our summer holiday and for my sister’s hen party.  I’ve never had to plan a hen party before and I’m really looking forward to what we have got in store for her {and if she’s reading this…nice try!}

Wore

I am really loving the trend for bardot tops at the moment and I recently picked up this one in New Look.  I’ve been dying to wear it with a pair of white skinny jeans ever since I bought it but it just hasn’t been the right weather.  At the weekend I teamed it with my ripped jeans and a pair of flats and it wasn’t a bad look if I do say so myself.


Heard
We heard some good news this week about Eli, his eczema and possible food intolerances.  We have been waiting a while to get an appointment with a GP and I fully expected to have to go in all mama bear-like but the doctor really listened to us and we came away with a plan for the next couple of months and some things to think about.  On top of that he gave us a prescription for cream which actually seems to be working.  It’s about double the strength of the stuff we normally have for his eczema but not having Eli waking up and crying in the night because his skin is itching has been an absolute miracle.  We are so pleased and hopefully in a month or so we will be able to clear his skin completely!


And Lastly…
I think after this weekend we are forecast rain again for a while but hasn’t it been glorious?  It sounds a little sad but I always know the weather has been good when I can see the bottom of my washing basket.  Who doesn’t love a good clothes line swishing with washing?!

Have a wonderful week all!


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