New Years resolutions

I tend to keep my New Year resolutions realistic, to ensure I actually have a chance of achieving them. This year will be no exception. I thought I’d share them here, in the hope that writing them down and being able to refer back, will mean I don’t forget them when life gets in the way. So, here goes: 1. To run 500 miles by 31 Dec 2015. 2. To achieve a sub 1hr 10k personal best. 3. To be more focused at work – last year our extension was a huge distraction and now it’s done, I want to…

Oscar's first school nativity

Today was Oscar’s first school nativity play. He was an angel and he sang his heart out – bless him. I was super proud! And yes, there was the odd tear! It was a little disappointing the we couldn’t take photo’s during the production or of the whole cast, but that’s the world we live in today, which is sad.  It was a lovely morning and has made me feel super Christmassy! The twins are at nursery today and I’m working from home until 3pm. When I collect Oscar we’re going round to a friends for hot choc – yum!…

Not as stress free as planned!

So, a few weeks ago, I posted some tips for having a stress free Christmas, which I’d pledged to follow. Well it’s not quite going to plan! Life appears to be getting in the way of my plans! Our extension is now almost finished (full post and pics coming soon), but we’ve just had our ensuite refurbished and it’s taken longer than planned (doesn’t it always?!). We had our house valued last week by our mortgage company, so evenings were spent painting and general tidying to ensure it was at it’s best. This weekend, we had Simon’s work Christmas party on Friday…

Childrens' parties – a parental minefield

In our house it’s that time of year again…time to arrange the childrens’ birthday parties! Oscar’s birthday is the beginning of January and the twin’s is the beginning of Feb (great planning there!). Kids today appear to have a jam-packed calendar of parties to attend. I’m sure when I was younger my social calendar wasn’t that busy! The parties are much more lavish too. In fact as a parent it almost feels like a competition as to who can spend the most money. One that I refuse to compete in! When I was younger it was either a few friends…

Black Friday malarky!

Apparently today is ‘Black Friday’. And yes it is… in AMERICA! I just don’t understand why it is suddenly a thing here in the UK. Everyone seems to be jumping on the bandwagon and my twitter feed was full of Black Friday deals this morning. I remember when sale times were limited to January and July. Now every week there is some offer, sale or discount. It just seems to dilute the excitement. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love to get money off and I was extremely chuffed when I went to purchase the parka I’d been lusting after, to…

Christmas wishes

  Getting in the Christmas spirit has had me thinking about the things I would like to receive from my loved ones. So, in the spirit of making things easier and less stressful, I’ve put together my wish list. Hopefully Simon will appreciate the helping hand..!   Whistles Duffy Satchel       I’m cheating a bit here as I know this has already been sent to Santa. I’d been lusting after it for ages and when Grazia ran a 25% off at Whistles promo, I managed to convince Simon that it was definitely worth getting. It looks like it’s…

Working mum guilt

As I’ve mentioned before I work a 28 hour week. Now this normally works well for us and provides the perfect balance. However, throw poorly kids into the mix and it all goes a little bit wrong. Say hello to guilt! Guilt that I’m not at work and missing important meetings when the child who I’ve had the day off to be with is running round like nothing was ever wrong, guilt when I go back to work wondering if they really are well enough for you to leave them, guilt that you’re not at home all the time. It’s…

It’s beginning to look a lot …

Personally I find Christmas quite stressful. Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas Day and the excitement from the kids. It’s the run up that gets me stressed. Life’s already pretty frantic, but throw in present buying, wrapping, card writing and distributing, baking and house decorating and I’m literally on the edge! This year I’ve decided to get organised. Hopefully allowing me to actually enjoy the festivities rather than becoming a stressed crazy lady. Below I’ve listed my new rules that I am forcing myself to follow in the lead up to Christmas. I haven’t followed them before, so I…

Easy like Sunday…

I love Sundays. They just seem so much calmer than the rest of the week. Saturdays are for shopping and running errands, where as Sundays are for pyjama days, long breakfasts, lie ins (before kids that is) reading Sunday papers (even if I don’t get chance to read them until Sunday evening!), baking, roast dinners and lots of lovely quality family time. Today was a good example of how I like my Sundays to be: Lazy pyjama morning A lovely run – just me and some tunes A lovely afternoon walk through the autumn leaves – just the five of…

Running for cake

#159628728 / gettyimages.com I’ve mentioned a few times, that I run. However, since returning from Paris, I’m really struggling to get back into it. I’m not sure if it’s the dark nights or the cold weather, but I’m finding it really hard to motivate myself to get out there. I really do love it and I have a 10k race booked for 23rd November, so I really need to pull my socks up! I thought writing a post about the reasons why I run and why I love it might help. I’m thinking that I can refer back to this…