ten years together

ten years together
Today I am celebrating ten years together with my husband. Not ten years married but ten years together, as a couple. Ten years of kisses, late night giggles, and hugs, ten years of tears and emotion.Ten years of waking up next to him.

I don’t know how we have managed ten years together, it sounds like a long time to be with one person yet the time has gone in an instant. Ten years has brought us three beautiful children a marriage and a home to make memories in.

I know that my husband will get a notification once I press publish on this post and I know that he will read my post like he does every other post I write. So this post is all about YOU my husband, my friend, my forever. So when you come home from work tonight you can say like you do every time you read my post, I found some more stuff out today that I didn’t know.

ten years together

We were young when we first met, I was 19 and you were 21. I felt an instant attraction to you, even if I was blind drunk. You didn’t know me, you didn’t have to care but you did, you held me up and made sure I didn’t get hit by a car crossing the road. We danced and said goodnight. Back then I would not have had the confidence to ask for your number, it was lucky that you are my cousins best friend. He gave me your number and gave you mine and the rest is history.

Over the years our relationship moved fast, we were expecting our first baby after five short months together, and you moved into my parents after 9 months together.

I wouldn’t say that this past ten years hasn’t always been easy because we have certainly had our rough times. But those moments are just a fraction of who we are as a couple.

ten years together

You are my rock when I am sad, you hold me and don’t say a word when I just need to be comforted. You give me space when I am in a bad mood, you make me a brew even though it is my turn to put the kettle on. You let me go to bed and read even though the kids are still running around like lunatics. You put up with me when I act like a four-year-old hyped up on sugar late at night when I don’t shut up. You listen to my crazy conversations when my mind has run away with my mouth and all you really want to do is tell me to shut up. You believe in me and encourage me to do the things I love even when I get frustrated when it goes wrong.

I love the way that we still kiss each other three times whenever we say goodbye, hello, goodnight or at any opportunity, we get to kiss each other. I love that sometimes you tease me by giving me two kisses and because you are a giant I can’t reach to get the third. I love that I know what you are thinking or going to say before even you know. I love that you randomly text me ‘I love you’.  I love that even after ten years together I can honestly say that I love you more today than any other day we have been together and I will love you more tomorrow than I do today.

I couldn’t have fallen in love with a better husband, father and friend. And even though there are times you make me mad every day you somehow make me smile.

We have been together for ten years and we still have another lifetime to go.

 

 

First week of January

first week of january

The first week of January seemed to fly by. The kids didn’t go back to school until Wednesday and then it was soon the weekend. Getting back to normal was a little difficult last week. But it is the start of a new week so I can finally get back to normal.

My house seems to still be upside down from Christmas. There are still presents that need to be unpackaged and find a new place to live around the house. My house could do with a complete overhaul.

I have mentioned a few times in some of my bucket lists that I wanted to join skillshare and learn some new crafts. Well, the hubby signed me up for my Christmas present so I will admit that most of my time will probably be spent going through the videos and classes on there for most of the year. I have been practising my water colouring and want to improve my artistic skill.

This year I have also decided I am going to be doing most of my grocery shopping at Aldi or Lidl. I usually get an Asda delivery every week but have found that it seems to be getting more expensive and am easily spending £80-£100 a week on food and am not even sure where it is going. Last week my food shopping came to £60 and that included toilet roll for a month, cat food for a month coffee for a month and some other bits that won’t need replacing for at least a month.

You will all be glad to know that I have been reading over the past week. Something I have not done in a long time but has been meaning to make a regular monthly thing. I have finished Being Brooke by Emma Hart a book I have been reading for so long. I have also read Tank By M.Malone.

This month has started off well. How has the start of your New Year been? How was your first week of January?

 

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January 2018 Bucket List

january 2018 bucket list

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy New year!

2018 New Year new start new me.

Its 2018 everyone and I for one are super excited about what this new year may bring.

You may have noticed that I haven’t been very active this past month or two. In fact, I can’t even remember the last time I wrote a post. If we are completely honest I haven’t been the most interactive all year. Well 2018 I am back on the blogging train and I have a new friend to join me – My sister has dabbled in blogging for a year and has just moved to self-hosted yay her!! So I have a blogging buddy over at LaureenRose. She is going to give me the incentive to get back into blogging on a regular basis. I really have no excuse for not blogging other than I have been really lazy. I lost my job at the beginning of November and have been searching for a new one so I can’t even use the excuse that I have been working.

Last year I did a few bucket lists and it once was my favourite post to write. This year I will continue to write a bucket list and start to enjoy it like I once did. I also did a yearly bucket list last year which I may also add to the end of this post too.

Before that, it was Christmas not long ago and I have to say that I enjoyed this Christmas so much more than I have in previous years, I am pretty sure it was because I didn’t work all Christmas.

Our New Years Eve was spent playing Toilet trouble, think words and silly sausage with the kids before watching Graham Norton and the fireworks on tele. It was then straight to bed and asleep for me.

How did we get on with 2017 yearly bucket list?
Probably not good!
  • a night away with the hubby – Well I can dream and wish that we had time but we just didn’t. Maybe one day.
  • girlie night at the cinema – This one I did do. We watched Beauty and the Beast and Baywatch at the cinema. We also had a Christmas meal out too.
  • date night – I don’t think we had a real spontaneous date night, however, we did have a night out for birthdays and special occassions
  • finish first draft of book – oh dear i suck. No i didn’t get my draft done it is my mission in 2018 to get it done!
  • refurbish the bathroom – This one got done, yay!
  • go ice skating – Nope
  • see a comedian – Nope
  • BG2 Christening – Oh dear I am so bad, is two too old now?
  • have a cocktail night – No but we did have drinks at ours with friends and played silly games.
  • save enough money to move house – So close yet so far. A little more and we can move.
  • go on a family weekend away – We had planned on getting away but never got round to it.
  • take a trip to Boscastle – We wanted to spend our family weekend at Boscastle but never got to it.
  • Finish the garden – Tick
  • Lose 2st – What was I thinking?
  • Organise the downstairs cupboard – Nope
  • Watch a theatre show – Does Panto count?
  • visit the zoo – unfortunately not
  • see fireworks – We did from our bedroom window. That counts right?
  • try upcycling – Nope
  • sew something – Nope
  • read a new book every month – I really wish I had done this one. This is on my 2018 list too.
January 2018 bucket list
  • Paint and watercolour everyday post on Instagram so I am held accountable.
  • Find a new job
  • Write a chapter in my book
  • Help my dad build BG1 a radiator cover bookcase.
  • Meal plan and eat more home cooked from scratch meals

 

2018 yearly bucket list
  • Read a book a month
  • Save money
  • Finish my first draft
  • Enrol on a course
  • Lose weight
  • Be more organised

Prestige Christmas Hamper

prestige christmas hamper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas! I finally get to start to talk about Christmas. A time of year I love. A time full of joy and magic. Children’s faces full of excitement and wonder.  Decorations line the streets and houses. Excitement builds and builds.

There is one thing I don’t like about Christmas and that is the difficulty I find each year gift giving to a few people. The kind of people you maybe don’t know too well to buy a personal gift, an elderly relative or a neighbour you know is spending Christmas alone this year.

I feel food is the way to go for these types of gifts. Not just any food but luxury food, food you know wouldn’t buy themselves. I personally would love to receive a Christmas hamper as a gift. So I got extremely excited when I received a Christmas hamper from Prestige.

prestige christmas hamperThe hamper arrived in a  well-packaged cardboard box and my excitement grew. When I opened the box I was greeted with a lovely presented wicker hamper. I just loved the gift tag attached to it. It made it feel very special and luxurious.

Inside all the items were well packaged with plenty of stuffing so no accidents and breakages could occur.

Upon opening the box it did not take very long for packages to get opened. BG2 and I immediately sat down with the packet of Belgium curls.

prestige christmas hampers it wasn’t the first time I have tried these curls, in fact they are some of my favourite. I was a little reluctant to share with BG2 if i’m honest.

 

prestige christmas hampers

 

 

 

We also had my sister-in-law over Friday evening. Of course i have a real hard time sharing food so i did eat the white chocolate before they got there. I did let the hubby have a taste. We both agreed that the chocolate was very nice, it wasn’t overly sweet like white chocolate can be known for.

prestige christmas hampersThe wine was lovely and went down extremely fast that evening. I am not a big wine drinker however i soon found my glass empty.

 

prestige christmas hampers

 

Yum! The crisps were also a favourite that night, although my sister-in-law and I finished the lot and the men were left with an empty container.

 

prestige christmas hampers

 

 

prestige christmas hampers

 

prestige christmas hampers

 

 

prestige christmas hampers

 

prestige christmas hampers

 

I was very impressed with the quality of products in the hamper. Everything we have tried so far has been lovely.

 

This would make a lovely gift for a neighbour who is alone this Christmas.

Included in our Prestige hamper:

Founders Stone Merlot 187ml
Founders Stone White Zinfandel 187ml
Founders Stone Pinot Grigio 187ml
Natural Sea Salt Yorkshire Crisps 100g
Pumpkin Seed and Cranberry Biscuits for Cheese 125g
Matthew Walker Luxury Gold Christmas Pudding 100g
English Afternoon Tea 20 Teabags
Honey Blond Chocolate Bar 50g
Belgian Marc de Champagne Fancy Truffles 200g
Belgian Chocolate Caramel Thins 80g
Mackays Scottish Strawberry Preserve 113g
Mackays Dundee Orange Marmalade 113g
Tall Handmade Wicker Basket

The hamper we received was £49.99 and can be found here.

You can find more hampers from Prestige hampers here.

November 2017 Bucket list

 

november 2017 bucket list

it’s November people.

November 2017 is here. One month closer to Christmas. The time of year of Christma gift guide, Christmas bakes and makes and everything festive. Halloween has past and Holly and Mauled wine are on their way. I love Christmas. The close has gone back, the nights are getting darker earlier the heating will soon be going on. It isn’t raining at the moment, the weather is crisp and fresh and just the way I like it.

How did we get on with October 2017 bucket list

October 2017 bucket list

  • Make Krispie monster treats – We made rice Krispie monsters. They turned out great and the kids loved making them. Even if I did forget to take a picture before they were all demolished.
  • Go trick or treating – This year we decided not to go trick or treating. Even though the kids took some persuading. BG1 had a school trip on Halloween so we got home a lot later than we would usually. So instead we opted for dressing up and handing out sweets, buying a takeaway and watching Halloween movies in the warmth of the house.
  • continue to post once a week I have not been posting once a week this month I have missed a week or so, not so good. But do have a few great reviews coming this way shortly.
  • finish my cross stitch elfBooo!!!! I haven’t finished my cross stitch. I’m not sure how people can cross stick for a long period of time it puts a strain on my eyes.
  • Finish a wire wrap necklace – I finished my wire wrap pendant at least, it wasn’t the best it looked wonky and I wasn’t too happy with it but practice makes perfect I guess.
  • Finish my felted fairy – I haven’t finished the fairy either. Instead, I have been creating more watercolours and hammered copper bangles. I just have to keep trying new things even if the others don’t get finished.
  • Finish another chapter of my story – Another chapter down and moving onto the next one.
  • Start preparing for Christmas – it’s official, I have started my Christmas shopping.

 

NOvember 2017 bucket list

  • Write another chapter. I will get this book finished!
  • Try more wire wrapping.
  • Practice hand lettering worthy of instagram.
  • Make more hammered jewellery.
  • Finish xmas shopping
  • Find a new course to try

A loved one passed away

my grampy has passed away

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

grandfather

noun

  1. The father of one’s father or mother.synonyms: informal grandad, grandpa, grandpop, gramps, grand daddy

At the end of September, my Grampy passed away. This was something that we weren’t expecting, something that happened in a matter of weeks and something that shook my world.

My Grampy died on 25th September 2017 from cancer.

Today I look into the mirror and try to hold it together. Hold it together for my children who are getting ready for school, to them it is just another day. For me, it’s the day we say goodbye to a man who was taken too soon. We celebrate a life that has touched our hearts and lives. A man that earned the named Grampy with 5 stars.

My Grampy was my dads’ stepfather but to me and my sisters and the whole family that didn’t matter. He is a grandfather to us in every way. Even though he was a quiet man and kept himself to his self he was still there when you needed him to be.

When I was young I would often stay with my Grandma and Grampy and enjoyed playing cards with Grampy. Our favourite game was Play your cards right, and even though he was probably bored of playing the game so often he never said no.

When my Grandma passed of lung cancer when I was a teenager my Grampy would come to our house every Tuesday for his tea, sausage, egg and chips. Almost every Tuesday for nearly fourteen years.

And when I had children of my own, he adored them. Even though they were loud and boisterous he had time for them. He was often found on a Tuesday evening playing the chase on the iPad with BG1. Watching them together reminded me so much of me and Grampy when I was young.

And when BG2 was born and we had to travel an hour and a half to see her in the hospital every other day my Grampy was there offering us lifts whenever he could.

Five years ago he survived throat cancer, and maybe I was foolish in hoping that was the end of it. That the big ‘C’ took my Grandma away from me too soon it was going to leave us with Grampy. But I was wrong. The big ‘C’ came back in his lungs. It was so quick, just a matter of weeks from diagnoses until his last day.

We knew the end was coming near over the weekend, and while I had time for myself on Saturday evening I took the time to remember the good times. I cried and had a long chat with my Grandma to make sure she was waiting at the gates for him. Something I hadn’t done in a long time.

And when I got that phone call on Monday morning I wept once again. I was comforted by my husband and chose not to tell the children right away. I didn’t want to interrupt their school and decided to wait until the weekend.

I felt sick and nervous about telling BG1 and LM, but they are still very young and didn’t really understand completely. BG1 at the age of 8 understood the majority as she remembers when my mums’ dog passed away and based what she knew of death from that. I was glad that they didn’t really understand and could move on.

We will not forget, I will never forget. When I lost my Grandma I was devastated and it is something I remember often and wish I could change, and now losing my Grampy at the age of 70 it doesn’t get any easier. Whether a person is in their 50’s like my Grandma, of in their 70’s like my Grampy or 90 or 100 it doesn’t get easier. That person is a big part of your life and losing that person breaks your heart into a thousand pieces.  Sure, over time the piece glue themselves back together, but there will always be that one piece that stays broken, that one piece that is waiting until you are once again reunited at the pearly gates of heaven.

Today we remember my Grampy, for the caring man he was. We wish him peace and love for his new journey he is about to take. And take comfort that he is now reunited with the woman he loved so much, my Grandma.

Today I will cry, but tomorrow I will smile because tomorrow I will have happy memories to help piece my broken heart together once again.

RIP My Grampy

 

my week in a nutshell has returned

my week in a nutshell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It has been a while since I last posted a week in a nutshell. In fact since my blog up and did a runner n me, I don’t think I have any week in a nutshell posts left. So here is a brand new one making its appearance. It may be a one-off or it may start making a weekly appearance, I think at the beginning of the year I started doing a monthly round up rather than a weekly nutshell so I may carry on with that instead, but we will see.

So let’s see what happened this week. Well on Monday was bill day. that means we were skint for the week. Oh, bill day how I love you.

On Wednesday I met up with my sister in law and we spent a few hours together.  We used to spend a lot of time together. We would meet for coffee or go round each other of an evening and end up staying out way too late. But as life continues things got in the way. We both had another baby, we moved, she moved, I returned to work, she returned to work. We began to see each other less and less. We started to see each other less and less. Well I know have a new job, she has new shifts and we are able to see each other more often again. So we now meet up every Wednesday morning for a good natter.

On Friday I went shopping with my sister and friend. I needed to get my phone fixed as I cracked the screen the day I got it. But that didn’t happen, it was too expensive and wasn’t worth getting it done, so I bought a new pair of boots instead like you do. It was a good job it was bill day this week and I had no money as we went to B&M and they have all of their Halloween decorations out. I love B&M Halloween decorations, I could have easily spent a fortune.

At the weekend we split and did our own thing. The hubby and BG1 had a father-daughter day. They were heading to a tank museum model show thingy. That left me with LM and BG2. LM was invited but he wanted to stay at home and bake cakes with mummy. I hadn’t even planned on baking cakes. But a few weeks ago when he had a father-son day fishing and the girls and I stayed home baking he was jealous and wished he had stayed home. SO BG1 was eager to go, she loves tanks and learning about the war and things so this was right up her street. She was excited about taking her packed lunch and seeing some of her favourite tanks.

SO BG1 was eager to go, she loves tanks and learning about the war and things so this was right up her street. She was excited about taking her packed lunch and seeing some of her favourite tanks. Even though she was car sick on the journey it didn’t stop her from having fun. She couldn’t wait to tell me about her day. She brought home some guns and grenade and a caveman??? Because cavemen are what you expect to come home with when you visit a tank show.

LM, BG2 and I walked in the rain to get some cheese straws for lunch. We then made PAw Patrol fairy cakes and chocolate muffins. LM also offered to help with putting the washing away, however, he didn’t last very long and got sidetracked with the film I had put on.

“It’s okay mummy you can do it,” he said. Thanks, mate.

This is the second time I have written this post, I originally wrote it last night but something went wrong with my blog so, I had to launch a back up from earlier in the day and lost it. I have probably missed out many more things I was going to say but couldn’t remember. So this is what I can remember from what I wrote.

How was your week??

October 2017 Bucket List

october 2017 bucket list

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s October!!!!

The fall is here, the leaves are turning golden and falling from the tree. The weather has been quite mild and I have yet to get out my thick winter coat yet. We have seen a few days of rain but the sun still shines through. I am set for a busy next few months getting prepared for Christmas. My favourite time of year. Is it wrong to want to listen to Christmas songs already?

We had a rather short bucket list for September 2017 so how did we do?

 

September 2017 Bucket List

  • Write 250 words a day on my story. The one I have been writing for a while now and spend more time re-reading it than actually writing it. I didn’t quite get 250 words written every day, however, I did get another chapter done. 
  • Celebrate BG2s second birthday. Poor BG2 was poorly for her birthday so we didn’t get to go to soft play but she did enjoy her new presents and had a lovely day.
  • Practice felting – my new craft I want to learn. I have started a felting project, and wire wrapped jewellery and cross stitch. I have been busy crafting this month and hope to continue
  • Continue posting at least one blog post a week!! I have posted one post each week since writing my September bucket list which is a good start.

 

October 2017 bucket list

  • Make krispie monster treats
  • Go trick or treating
  • continue to post once a week
  • finish my cross stitch elf
  • Finish a wire wrap necklace
  • Finish my felted fairy
  • Finish another chapter of my story
  • Start preparing for Christmas

Again this month is fairly simple to complete. We will just be finishing off already started projects. Simple right?

Laundry Day with Ecover

laundry day with ecover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This post is an entry for BritMums #EcoverLaundry Challenge, sponsored by Ecover.

Oh Laundry, don’t talk to me about laundry.!

Okay so that is exactly what we are talking about in this post.

Are you like me? I have endless loads of washing, seriously i feel like it is one endless stream of washing. While Ben and Holly in the little kingdom have jelly floods i have laundry floods. Mounds of washing that never stops growing! I really don’t get it, the two older children wear a school uniform 5 days a week and the hubby has his work uniform that he wears 5 days a week. So really it is just me and BG2 that wear more than one outfit a week. But still the washing does not stop. I find it everywhere. Socks under sofa cushions, hung over the stair banister, by the side of the bed, on the hall foor, under the bed, in the wash basket, in the downstairs toilet room, washing gets everywhere! If there is one chore that i hate doing it is the laundry. Does anybody enjoy doing the Laundry?

ecover wash day

Although there is one highlight to doing the Laundry. Sheet day!

Now my husband says it’s a woman thing but i get so excited and can’t wait to get to bed on sheet day. Fresh crisp bed sheets on the bed, i just love it.

So when Britmums contacted us to help with the #Ecoverchallenge I knew exactly how i was going to put Ecover laundry cleanser to the test.

ecover laundry challenge

I love having fresh sheets put on the bed. Having an early night, climbing into bed with my decaff tea and my kindle. I pull my bed sheets right up to my nose. So my laundry detergent needs to smell lovely. I will lie in my fresh bed reading a book on the kindle. I love this most when it starts getting dark earlier and the rain is tapping at the bedroom window. Its bleak and nasty outside, but indoors tucked up in bed, all cosy and warm with crisp sheets on. ooooooh its exciting.

ecover laundry challenge

So i washed my bed sheets using one cap of ecover after having a good smell of the bottle. I was supervised at how strong the scent was, i love lavender. I certainly wasn’t expecting it. Once they had been washed the scent was not overpowering at all, i tumbled dried them and made the bed. The bed sheets once dried had a subtle and gentle scent they did smell clean and fresh. Early night for me!

ecover bed sheets

I know my bed sheets clash with my wallpaper 😀

I am not very good at having a routine for washing. I try and was clothes every other day. When there are three kids in the house clothes usually end up stained in chocolate and tomato sauce. In this weather the tumble dryer gets used a lot, my washing also broke this summer so that will need replacing in the spring. I love sheets that have been dried on an outside line.

ecover

And what really happens to all the socks. We go through so many socks, i am pretty sure that the washing machine eats them, that’s why i don’t wear matching socks ever!

And don’t get me started on ironing! Just don’t, i cant stand ironing therefore i don’t. It gets tumbled and hung without ironing. I iron the school uniform in the morning while the kids eat breakfast and i iron as we go. Finally there is the task of putting it all away, i fold and pile the washing on the bed. A pile for each child’s tops, trousers, pj’s and underwear and go about putting it away, just another chore that i don’t like doing. If i am a completely honest i don’t think there is any chore i like doing, housework is just not for me, maybe one day i can afford a cleaner!

ecover ironing

 

 

 

Ecover is something i will be recommending to friends and family and will certainly be buying in the future.

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Happy 2nd birthday little princess

Happy Birthday little princess

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I just can’t quite believe it. Today is the today. Two years have flown by so quickly.

Today is my baby girls 2nd birthday.

I remember so clearly the day we found out we were expecting you, our precious baby girl. It only seems like yesterday that you were brought into this world 11 weeks early so tiny and fragile. I cherish our first cuddle together.

This past year your character has evolved and you are shining my sweet little girl. You are cheeky and mischievous in ways that make me laugh and in ways that really make my jaw drop.

You have progressed and grown so fast. You have overcome many challenges along the way and still surprise me every day how clever you are.

This past 12 months you have learnt to walk, open doors :/ and talk and hold short conversations.
It still makes me giggle when you said to daddy “Daddy you ha boobies”. I creased with laughter.

You have also found a love for Peppa pig, the Teletubbies and Hey Duggee. You love to eat from everybody’s plate except your own and you think crawling under your fitted sheet every night and hide is super funny.

Today you turn 2!

Today you turn two years old, not a day goes by that I don’t worry, care and love you. There are days that I want to wrap you in cotton wool and keep you safe and little forever.

Today we will eat cake and play with your new toys. Read your cards a thousand times because they have a picture of the Teletubbies and Minnie on them. We will have a picnic tea with your big sister and brother. Today is your day baby.

Happy Birthday!!

I am wishing you a big happy birthday princess.

happy birthday