Since returning from our summer holiday I seem to have lost my way a little. I’ve been eating far too much rubbish, haven’t been running as much and as a result I’ve been grumpy, full of spots and just generally a bit low. I always tend to suffer pretty bad with post-holiday blues. However, this time to try and avoid that post-holiday slump, we decided to organise a couple of weekends away. Although these weekends have been great, they have also meant that instead of jumping straight back on to the healthy living wagon, I’ve been eating and drinking like I’m…

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I love our kitchen, which was massively extended a couple of years ago (you can read all about it and see a few pics here). I also really love having fresh flowers in our kitchen. Either on the island or on the dining table. However, it’s not alway practical to buy fresh flowers every week – I’m not that organised and I think hubby would call them an unnecessary luxury! So, recently I’ve been looking for an alternative, and on our recent visit to the Hilton Deansgate in Manchester, I found the perfect solution – some funky plants, which were…

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On Friday me, my Mum and my Sister-in-Law took all the children to the zoo for the day. We went to Twycross Zoo, which is about 30 mins from where we live. Since returning from our holiday a few weeks ago, I’ve been a bit grumpy with post-holiday blues. However, our day at the zoo certainly help cheer me up. The weather was lovely, the children were really well behaved and the zoo was perfect for keeping us all entertained. A really great day. Here are a few photo’s to capture the memory: J xx

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At the weekend, Simon and I celebrated our 11 year wedding anniversary. For the past few years we have taken advantage of the offer of childcare from our parents to allow us to go away, just the two of us. For this anniversary we decided to visit Manchester for two nights. We both like a good city break. We both like shopping, eating nice food and visiting nice bars, so we often opt for a City break if we get the chance. We travelled up to Manchester on Friday after Simon had finished work. The traffic was pretty awful, so we…

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Like many parenting/lifestyle bloggers, I often struggle to fit it all in. I love writing, updating and generally playing around with my blog. However, as a mum of three, who works part-time and likes to go for the odd run, fitting everything in is sometimes a huge challenge. When life gets busy, unfortunately it tends to be my little blog that suffers the most and it makes me feel bad. As I said before I do love blogging and I’m really keen to continue to grow my blog, however slow that growth might be. There are some amazing blogs and…

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Whenever I sit down to write this monthly roundup, I always look through the photo’s on my phone to remind me of what we’ve been up to. It’s really lovely to reflect at the end of each month. Looking back on what we got up to in July, it is clear that we’ve certainly packed a lot in!! At the beginning of the month we went to Alton Towers for the day. The kids loved Cbeebies land and we managed to dodge the rain. I’ve always loved Alton Towers, although I was disappointed to find that lots of the rides were…

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Yesterday we returned home from an amazing two week holiday in our favourite Spanish village, Benahavis. Whilst we were there it was my birthday. We had a lovely day on our favourite beach, which is quite small and isn’t quite as touristy as many of the others in the area. We built sandcastles, played in the sea and enjoyed lunch at the lovely little restaurant on the beach (I may’ve also indulged in a Prosecco!). It was a lovely way to spend my birthday. I haven’t had chance to collate all the pics from our holiday yet, but I promise to share…

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Recently I’ve been trying to add a little more colour to my wardrobe, particularly as it’s summertime (despite what the varying weather suggests!). When I was approached by JD Williams to try a dress from their summer collection, I thought it was an ideal opportunity to try something nice and bright. Browsing through the collection, I was immediately drawn to this red dress. I’m a huge fan of v-necks as they are super flattering and I thought this style would suit my shape. I loved the bright, vibrant colour too! I originally ordered the dress in a size 12, but…

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A few months ago I wrote a post, which talked about my plans for revamping our bedroom and shared my inspirations. We finally finished decorating and revamping our bedroom a few months ago and I’ve been desperate to share the final product with you all. Firstly, as much as I don’t want to, it’s probably useful if I share with you the before photo’s. Looking back at these, I can’t believe how dull, drab and cramped our bedroom was; no wonder I never liked it! All the bedrooms in our house are pretty small, so having a wardrobe and drawers…

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Although the weather hasn’t been particularly great of late, we’ve been making a real effort to get out and about at weekends. We find being in the house with all the kids can be a little testing at times! We don’t live very far from Derbyshire, so we’ve been trying to take advantage of the lovely countryside it has to offer. A couple of weeks ago, we decided to visit Bakewell for the day. If I’m completely honest, the biggest lure was the prospect of savouring a nice Bakewell tart – one of my fave cakes. I soon discovered that…

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I’m a little late writing this post, but better late then never I suppose! I thought this month had been pretty quiet, but flicking back through photo’s in preparation for writing this post, it’s clear that it’s actually been quite busy. At the beginning of the month we had an amazing week in Dubai, which I’ve written a full post on, which you can read here. After the hol it was back on the healthy eating and exercise plan to shed the weight I’d out on (8lbs!), ready for our next hol in July. It took a couple of weeks…

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