It’s fair to say I’m not really a winter person. I hate the dark mornings and nights, I hate the cold, grey days and I hate the way central heating gives me a sore throat and makes my skin dry. However, this year I’m taking matters into my own hands and taking some steps to try and avoid those horrid winter blues. Here’s some of the things I’m doing (or at least trying to) to avoid the winter blues: Switching up my exercise My exercise routine mainly consists of running. I try to run three times a week, but getting…

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I’ve been a bit rubbish at keeping the blog up-to-date recently. With the twins starting school, a few trips away, training for a half marathon, work and the usual business of life, something has to give. I’m concious that I want to ensure I capture what we’ve been up to and this roundup is a great way to ensure I do that. So, what have we been up to… July In July we went on a little trip to Liverpool to celebrate Simon’s Dad’s birthday. We left the kids with my parents and enjoyed a child-free weekend, which involved a…

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I’m a little late to the party on this one as I’ve always been really happy with my foundation, so was always of the mind set of “if it isn’t broken, why fix it?”.  However, I’ve really fallen in love with the Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation, so couldn’t resist posting a review. I’d been using Clinique’s Super Moisture Makeup for quite a few years. However, recently I thought it was starting to look a bit mask like and I felt that the glowy effect was starting to look a bit unnatural. I’ve always classed my skin as being dry,…

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It’s the evening before your first day at school. Heidi, you’re so excited to start school and so ready too. You love reading and writing and I know you’ll try so hard to please your teacher. You’ve always been independent (and feisty!) and starting school will allow to use this independence to achieve great things. You’re a bit (ok, a lot!) of a performer and like to entertain and do shows, so I’m sure you’ll soon be entertaining your little class mates and making lots of new friends. You’re such a happy little girl and have a real zest for life. You’re…

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We first visited Benahavis in 2013, when the twins were just six months old. Prior to that we’d mostly been on long haul holidays, with the odd trip to Spain/Portugal every so often. To be honest, we weren’t massive fans on these places. Then we found Benahavis… Benahavis is in the Marbella region of the Costa Del Sol. A little village set in the mountains, about 15 minutes from the glam resort of Puerto Banus. Simon’s boss had recommended it and as we didn’t want to travel too far, with baby twins in tow, we thought we’d give it a…

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Summer holiday season has arrived! In the run up to our summer holiday, I always end up buying quite a few new bits to take on holiday. For me, having new holiday clothes is all part of the holiday fun (any excuse!). I’m particularly loving this season’s styles, so I have to admit to spending quite a bit this year – whoops! Here are my top summer wardrobe picks… Floral top (Ted Baker, £87.99) – I’m loving both off the shoulder tops and floral prints at the minute and this top ticks both boxes. This top could be worn in the day…

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Tomorrow is the twins’ last day at pre-school and I’m feeling very sad. They attend a lovely little village pre-school and have done since they were two. Oscar also attended when he was younger. It’s such a lovely caring place. The staff are brilliant and really go the extra mile to help the children and parents make amazing memories. The annual nativity, easter bonnet parade and summer show are all lovely events that we’ve always enjoyed attending. And tomorrow we say our final goodbye. Pre-school, and the fabulous staff, have been part of our lives for over five years, but…

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I knew it had been a while since I’d written one of these posts, but when I looked back and saw the last one was written in Feb, I was a bit gobsmacked! Just where has the time gone? The main aim of these posts is to try and capture all the little things that we’ve done every couple of months, so to ensure we’ve captured everything, I’m going to try and cram everything we’ve been up to since Feb into this post (it may be a long one – apologies). The twin’s 4th birthday I can’t actually believe I…

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We have plenty of tiles around our house, especially in our recent extension, I love them – whether they’re floor tiles or wall tiles! In my eyes, tiles give you so much freedom to accessorise around, as well as being stylish themselves they’re versatile for pairing up with different furnishings. When we extended our house we ended up renovating most of the existing rooms too. However, one room we didn’t do was the main bathroom.  Now that everywhere else is how we want it, I’m hoping in the next year or so that we’ll be able to afford to update this…

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Back in January, we made the big move to put the twins in seperate bedrooms. We were finding that one would often wake the other one up and we just knew that it was the right time. Henry had said that he wanted a space themed bedroom after he saw some bedding he liked when we were out shopping, so I set about creating him his own special room. The room was part of the extension we had a couple of years ago, so was basically a blank canvas. The walls were already painted white and we’d chosen a neutral…

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We were delighted to be asked to sample the Super Lunch menu at our local Jamie’s Italian, which is in Nottingham. I’ve actually visited before, but have never taken the kids, so thought it would be a great opportunity to see just how family friendly it is. The day we were booked in was particularly dull, dreary and wet, so it was great timing – a lovely little treat to perk us up! We arrived about 5 mins before our 12-noon reservation and were ushered out of the rain, even though they weren’t officially open. We were seated on a…

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