Family,Family life

Siblings in May

Sam and Flo by the river in May

It’s been more than a year since I wrote an update on my two and how they are growing up together. I just checked and the last siblings update was in March 2016; they have grown a lot since then and so much has changed in our lives. Sam and Flo have always been close and really affectionate with one another and that hasn’t changed a bit. In fact, now Florence is growing up they’re playing more involved games together…

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  • Jules outside the house in Derbyshire

    A girls’ weekend away in Derbyshire

    I feel really lucky in that I’ve made a lot of really good friends in my life so far, and manage to keep in touch with most of them with regular meet-ups and of course now online, by chatting regularly on social media. I have…

  • Cabbage White from Canva

    Butterflies and Those Tiny Reminders

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  • Five under five in May
    Five under 5

    Five under £5 for May 2017

    The first of my five things under a fiver this month has caused a bit of a stir in my house. My glittery cat phone cover (£4.99 from H&M) has been a hit with Sam and Flo, who think it’s super cute but at the…

  • Me and Mine in Filey 2
    Family, Me and Mine

    Me and Mine – A Portrait for April 2017

    Do you sometimes get to the end of the month and think, what have we actually done in the past four weeks?! I’ve just been looking back on my blog for the month of April and it seems like a really long month that we…

  • Jules and Flo on the beach

    Being a Single Parent and the Childcare Juggle

    When you’re a parent it’s pretty hard to find – or make time for yourself, and even if you’re part of a couple it’s not the easiest of tasks. When you’re a single parent, it’s much more difficult as most of the week you are…

  • Just So entrance
    Family life, Outings

    We’re going to Just So Festival

    Of all the firsts we will do this year one will be our first family camping trip. I mean we’ve spent a weekend in a mobile home, and we did have a caravan which we sadly decided to sell (regular single mum trips in the…

  • Ben, Steven, Sally and Jules
    Family life

    My Club Tropicana 40th party

    Turning 40 was a milestone I wanted to mark and make sure it went with as much fun and laughter as possible. In this life the good times need to be cheered and I wanted to celebrate as much as I could with my family…

  • Browns inside piano side Leeds

    Eating Out at Brown’s | The Light, Leeds

    Being a working mum means one of the best times for socialising is early evening. That way, I can meet up with friends after work and still get home early enough to put my children to bed – it’s a win-win for a mid-week night…

  • Five under five closer up April 2017
    Five under 5

    Five under £5 for April 2017

    With April being the month of Easter, it was a bit of a struggle this month to find five things to feature that weren’t all chocolate! What have I bought for under £5 this month, hmm, chocolate bunnies, chocolate eggs, kinder eggs, mini eggs, the…

  • Balloons on the moor for Roger
    Family, Loss

    Birthday balloons for daddy

    It has become tradition now that on special dates we let balloons go up in the sky in memory of Roger. I can’t say it’s on days when we want to remember him because of course we remember him every single day. He’s with me…

  • Me and Mine in March 2017
    Family, Me and Mine

    Me and Mine – A Portrait for March 2017

    March was a big month for me because it was – wait for it – just in case you hadn’t heard – my birthday! I turned 40 just a few days ago and am in the middle of at least a week of festivities, including…

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    Why turning 40 maybe isn’t so bad

    I have a big birthday coming up. Forty is fast approaching to the point where the final week of my 30s has been a daily countdown to when I move on a decade. Tuesday: ‘One more week ’til my 40s!’ Wednesday: ‘I’m 40 next week,…