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We’re Coming out of Lockdown!

I cannot believe it! We are finally going to be free from this dreadful lock down. The government has decided that we can meet up with friends and families again, and if we follow the stages laid out by them we should be back to normal by JUNE 2021.

I can’t say that I fully believe their pledge, but I am ready for the freedom to begin. It has been soo long since we last got to see my parents and grandparents, and I’m really feeling alone.

When we first went into lockdown anxiety bloomed and depression set in. We were alone. My support network were stripped from me. And because of the technicality of having a lodger in my house I wasn’t eligible to go and see my family as a bubble. My Nan who I saw every single week for lunch, no matter what, was suddenly removed from my weekly routine, and I could only speak to her on a video call when we got a chance. I miss our lunch dates we used to have. I miss my mum and I miss being able to get out of the house and having other people helping me with my very active toddler.

We are so excited to see our family, but more importantly I am excited to be able to get out of the house, and make memories with Isabelle that doesn’t involve the house. The first thing I want to do is to take her to the Zoo. She has been begging me for the last 2 months, so I think that is definitely the first thing we should be doing. (Don’t worry there will most definitely be a video and blog about it!). I can’t wait to see her face as she gets to go to these amazing places that we used to go to almost monthly.

She’s also super excited to be able to go swimming again, an activity she used to do on a Saturday morning with her Nanna. Indoor soft play, and just in general seeing all of her friends again.

You see us adults tend to forget just how hard the children have had it. I’m not on about the teenagers – I see hundreds of them every day at work in groups when they shouldn’t be and being a general nuisance – but the younger children. The ones who aren’t allowed to go out on their own, who don’t have a mobile phone to be able to contact their friends, the ones who can’t yet read or write, who are only just learning about the world. They had their friends stripped from them. Their weekly routines turned upside down. All with no understanding of why this is happening.

Yes we are excited that the pubs are opening back up, and that the shops will finally be opening their doors to us. Yes we are glad we can go out for a meal again in a restaurant, but our children have had it much harder. Being taught at home by your parents is no fun matter, for either party.

We are coming out of lockdown, but I honestly think the first couple of months should be a celebration for the children, BEFORE we celebrate in the pubs.

HEY let’s take the kids out and then have our friends over in the evening! Or let’s take the kids out with our friends. I know that’s what I will be doing. My best friend and I are already planning our first outing which is going to end in a girls night in, with the kiddies having a sleep over at one of our houses.

Let me know what you’re most looking forward to coming out of lockdown.

Do you have any plans already?

Much love

xoxoxox

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Spring/Summer Fashion Wish List 2021

Since looking at NewLook for fashion inspiration for the next season, I have been looking at other shops aswell to find items that I like, and I have to say I have not been disappointed at all. It has been so long since I last went shopping properly that I have a funny feeling that a HUGE haul is about to happen when the stores reopen their doors for the public.

There are already so many items that I am loving at the moment and I can’t wait to be able to really look the clothes and make an informed decision on the quality of the goods before I purchase them.

Here is my fashion wish list from other stores that I have looked at:

Purple Playsuit – From Boohoo.com

I love a play suit for the summertime. I find that they are super comfy and are great for any occasion. They go great with a pair of sandals or trainers and make it really easy to get ready in the morning.

Only downfall about a play suit?

It is rather difficult to get out of when you need to pee, however they look great and they are one of my favourite types of clothing that I own.

You can find this play suit here.


Missguided Trench Coat (from ASOS)

I have always had a Trench Coat since before I started Uni. It has become my go to type of coat and I absolutely love them. They can make any outfit look a little more classy, and they go with almost everything.

If you have never had a trench coat in your closet then you should definitely invest in one, as they really are a great item to have. I usually bring one with me on a night out, as when it gets colder towards the end of the night I have something to keep me warm, and something to switch up my outfit.

It’s a win-win!

You can find this trench coat here.


Natural Ballet Flats (ASOS)

A pair of neutral coloured ballet flats are a must have every summer for me. They go with practically everything, and they are super comfy. My style is all about practicality and comfort, as well as things that I feel suit me.

I don’t really like to wear sandals as such as I find they end up hurting my feet, but these particular flats are a kind of cross between a sandal and ballet flat that they would be perfect for my summer wardrobe this year.

You can find these shoes here.


Espadrille Sandals (ASOS)

Following on from the last item I had looked at I thought that I would give a different type of sandal a go this year, and came across these. They are coral in colour and more of an espadrille than a sandal. I really like the fabric cross over on the top of these sandals and wish that I could try them on before purchasing, however they are from ASOS so the likelihood of that happening is nil.

However they look super comfy so I am going to keep a lookout for the reviews to start coming in to see what others think of them.

You can find these sandals here.

Tan Backpack (ASOS)

I have loved a backpack/ rucksack since having Isabelle. They are so handy to hold all the essentials which you need for a day out, and because they go on your back they evenly distribute the weight over your back rather than causing one arm stress.

I always look for new rucksacks when my current one starts to wear out, and whilst my current one is still in perfect condition (coz let’s face it, we haven’t exactly had anywhere to go), I have been looking for one in this colour.

I love the simplicity of the style and the fact that it is neutral so will go with every single item I already own.

You can find this backpack here.


Blue Wash Denim Jeans (ASOS)

I have been looking for some new jeans, as my current ones have rips in them (all over the place). I don’t really like wearing ripped jeans as I feel like it shows that you haven’t got a lot of money (I come from a background of living on tight budgets), and whilst I will embrace my current jeans I do want a pair that will actually keep my knees warm and covered.

I have chosen a stone wash pair of jeans as I already have the “classic” blue style and a pair of black jeans, so I wanted to go for something a bit different. They aren’t really my usual kind of style, but I am willing to try them out.

You can find these jeans here.


Silk Pyjamas (ASOS)

It has been so many years since I last had a new pair of Jammies (Pyjamas), and when I saw these I thought they looked really cute and were something I should have to replace my old ones that I am getting rid of.

They are a silk material making them super soft against the skin and really comfy.

I love a good pair of pyjamas and if I can find some to match in Isabelle’s size I might just end up getting them.

You can find these pyjamas here.


Shirt and Shorts Pyjama set (Asos)

Yes! Another pair of pyjamas. However this time they have a really cute button up detailing and a contasting black detail throughout the pair.

I love the vintage style of these pyjamas and I think these are going to look super cute when worn. These are a pair that I am really considerig getting at some point over the next month or so.

You can find these pyjamas here.


Pale Pink Skater Style Dress (Boohoo.com)

This is not my usual style of dress, but I thought it looked really cute! And with a few events coming up this year (when we can finally get together with family and friends), I am looking for some iconic pieces to wear to stand out in the crowd at the things which are coming up.

What drew me to this dress was the cinched in waist, and the frills around the arms, I just think that this dress is the epitome of feminine beauty and I think it would look really nice on. However, the more I look at it the more I doubt if it will actually suit me or not.

You can find this dress here.


Cargo Trousers (Boohoo.com)

LOVE LOVE LOVE! A pair of cargo trousers are great for a muddy day out with the family. These kind of trousers would be a great item to wear when we go up into the woods, and explore through the mud to see what we can find. (Something we do at least once a week)

I love the colour, and the style of these trousers and if I didn’t already have a couple of pairs of trousers like this they would have been purchased straight away.

You can find these trousers here.


Blue Culotte Jump Suit

Just like the Play Suit, I really love a good Jump Suit for the colder nights, and for a more classy look.

I feel that navy blue is a really good colour on me, and it adds to the “class” appeal. You can make a jump suit casual by simply pairing it with a pair of trainers and a large hat, or just wearing as it is bare footed, with messy hair. (How i end up most of the time in the summer lol)

This jump suit is a cropped culotte style and I think it looks really comfy and durable. Which is what’s needed for a mum who is constantly on her feet.

You can find the jump suit here.


Ribbed Body Suit (H&M)

I think I mentioned this in my last post but i love a good body suit as they are a great way to “tuck everything in” and make an outfit seem more complete. A body suit allows you to purchase a “bottom” item with detailing at the top, as you will still be able to see this detailing, unlike with a looser fitting top.

I have looked at this white one in particular because most of my clothing that I wear on the bottom on dark, so I want something to contrast with them.

I love a white top as they are neutral and really easy to build up a great look. I will probably look into getting a black version of this as well if I do end up getting it.

You can find this body suit here.


Linen Sun Dress (H & M)

This little dress is something that I probably wont end up getting, it isn’t really my colour or a style that suits me. However I clicked on this and added it to my wish list for the month because it looks super cute and girlie, and if it was in a childs size, I would probably have gotten this for Isabelle.

I love the way this dress sits on the model and flows. The shoulders aren’t too big and puffy so they allow you to keep your feminine shape, and the front of the dress draws attention to the smallest parts of the torso.

You can find this dress here.

This is my full wishlist (excluding the New Look items) that I have for this month, and I haven’t decided whether or not I am going to get the items yet, as there are so many things to choose from.

Did you like anything on my wish list?

If so which items?

Comment below and let me know!

Much love xx

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Fabletics Haul and Review

I recently did some shopping online.

Yes I know it’s not exactly news, as I am a self confessed shopaholic. However, I didn’t shop at one of my usual places, I went to a place I had never ever been to before, because I didn’t really like the idea of subscribing to something (with a fee) when you aren’t necessarily going to be shopping there a lot. Here is my Fabletics Haul and review for you.

Fabletics is a subscription online store, where you pay £49 as a subscription fee, which is kept on your account as credit to spend on the products in store.

One question I ask myself is

Is it worth it?

Honestly I don’t think I would pay the price every month for this service. You can’t really get a lot for the price, and I don’t like the fact you are forced to go to the website every month to opt out if you aren’t wanting to purchase anything.

Are the products good, and worth the money?

The products are good yes. But I wouldn’t say they are fantastic. The leggings roll down as you move, which becomes uncomfortable, and when washed the padding in the sports bras are folded over and not in the right places, there is no way for you to be able to remove the pads before washing.

The clothes are incredibly expensive. If I earnt a lot more than £8.50 an hour then I might say that they are worth the money but everything is around £30-£90 and that’s just for single items. Usually for active wear I don’t spend more than around £10-£20, for these I would say that £20-£30 would be more suitable, especially as they don’t really wash well.

Do you get quality for the price you pay?

The clothes are good, and they feel great on, but when washed I feel they let themselves down. The leggings end up with a sort of “penguin tail” once washed following all the instructions, and the sports bras end up with folded padding.

For the price you pay, I expect the labels to be smaller in the sports bras, and the leggings to wash well, as well as the padding to be sewn in so it doesn’t move.

DO you still get the good deals you get when you first sign up?

Absolutely not!

Every time I look on the website for something new or just for a browse you are only given everything at a “VIP” price which is just a discounted price for the products compared to if you hadn’t signed up. NEWSFLASH you will never be paying the full price for the products, that’s how the company works.

I would like to see the introductory offer of a % off the products, and the 2 for £24 on the leggings still available to returning customers. As I have said before I wouldn’t pay the price of the products unless they are discounted heavily as I personally don’t think the products are worth the money.

This is my experience of Fabletics, let me know if you have tried them out and what your experience was. Do you share the same opinions or different?

Comment below to let me know!

Much Love

xoxox

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January Favourites 2021

I have been looking over the products I used over the last month and have found that there are a few products I use more than others, and that I prefer, so I thought that I would share with you my January favourites. This is going to be a new monthly thread that I share with you (I hope), as I have so much I love every single month.

My Favourite Items This Month Are

1. Umberto Giannini Grow Long Shampoo/Conditioner

Leaves my hair feeling soft and clean, and makes it feel much healthier.

2.Essie 60 Second Nail Polish – Island Hopping

Looks great on and long lasting, meaning you don’t have to reapply after a few days!

3. Nivea LipBalm

Moisturises my lips and prevents them from cracking and bleeding.

4. Giordani Gold Long Lasting Foundation

Long wear and light weight! It looks amazing on and so natural, a really nice foundation that I definitely recommend.

5. Lash Sensational Mascara – Maybelline

Makes lashes look long and full.

6. Collection Eye Shadow Palette – Bare Rose

Deep pigmentation of colour and long lasting.

7. Darcey’s Bath Bomb

Smells great, feels great, and perfect for the ultimate relaxation

8. Darcey’s Wax Melt – Monkey Farts

Smells great and paraffin free! Great for you and the scent lasts a long time

9. Darcey’s Candle – Monkey Farts

Soy candle that smells amazing, matches up with the wax melts, or you can get them to match your bath bombs.

10. Humpty Dumpty Family Game

Hours and hours of fun and entertainment.

What are your monthly favourites? Is there anything here that you want to try?

Let me know in the comments below.

Much love xxx

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New Look Fashion Wish List

Feb 2021

Spring is just round the corner, and that means that fashion is changing in the shops right now! I am so excited by some of the finds that I have already found that I cannot wait to see what else is going to be coming out this spring season.

Springtime is the time of the year that I begin to start thinking about my summer fashion. You can use Spring clothing for all seasons, you just have to know how to accessorise and adapt your clothes to be suitable for the weather that you get.

When I look at clothing I always look for durability, something that is able to be worn across most of the year, and if it matches most of the colours in my wardrobe (meaning it can be worn with almost anything.)

Having a few colours in my wardrobe, and not really straying too far, means that I am not having to buy a whole outfit when one items life has ended, or when looking for something new to wear or purchase for a reason – for example a party.

Here are my top finds from New Look:

White Trainers

White Trainers are a staple in my wardrobe. They are so versatile that they can be worn with anything, and I mean anything.

I love to wear white trainers with a dress or skirt to make the outfit look a little more edgy, or simply paired with a pair of jeans, shorts or Palazo trousers for a more casual everyday style. I have not been without a good pair of white trainers for many years now.

The best thing to look out for in a white trainer is how washable they are, guaranteed they are going to get filthy very quickly so you need to be able to wash them with ease, or you will end up with dirty shoes which can ruin the look you are going for.

You can find these trainers at https://www.stylink.it/PZVjTLzdD


Floral Shorts

Who doesn’t love a good pair of shorts in the warm weather?

When I saw these shorts I fell in love. These shorts are lose fitting so will flow and not stick to your skin in the hot weather, meaning that your lower half will be able to breathe. The material of these shorts is very thin to allow air flow as well.

I love a pair of patterned shorts as they make any outfit look super summery. Pair these with a body suit or vest top in black or white, and a pair of cute sandals or white trainers and your outfit will look absolutely amazing!

You can find these shorts here at https://www.stylink.it/QmkNU5q0L


Floral Tea Dress

A cute little tea dress has long been something that I have kept in my wardrobe for the warmer weather. They pair really well with a nice pair of heels for occasions, flat sandals for a cute little outfit and you guessed it, white trainers for running around after a toddler!

This has got to be one of the essentials that I have in my wardrobe every year to complete my spring/summer outfits for the year. Unlike shorts, you can wear these dresses in the autumn/ winter, pairing them with a pair of ankle boots and tights to keep you warm on those colder damper days.

You can find this dress here at – https://www.stylink.it/zekMCje94


Pink High-waisted Jeans

I love a pair of Jeans, but having a toddler means that white jeans become rather impractical so when I saw these pale pink jeans I thought to myself I have to have a pair of these.

The colour of them means that they wont show all the dirt that you get covered in having a child, but that they look pretty enough to go with the summer tops and shirts that I have already.

Also as they are pink instead of white they can be used all through the year and adjusted as needed for the weather. Just looking at them in this picture I already have about 1000 ideas on how to put together an outfit with them. (That’s just given me an idea for one of my future posts!)

You can find these Jeans here at https://www.stylink.it/xov2cjV4X


Shape and Lift Denim Shorts

I LOVE a pair of shorts on a day out. When the warm weather is back and we go out for the day, I always don a pair of shorts and a simple T-Shirt. It is a simple and quick outfit to put together and super practical for chasing and playing with Isabelle in the parks.

Also 9 times out of 10 we end up going somewhere where we end up getting messy and dirty, and shorts are the best thing for that. Just like the jeans there are so many ways to wear shorts that it puts my creative spark in over drive.

These shorts are particularly great as they lift and shape your bottom making you look doubly as gorgeous as you already are. x If I don’t get anything else from this wish list I will definitely be getting these for the warmer weather.

You can find these shorts here at https://www.stylink.it/b1vYukRL9


Pink Check Tennis Skirt

I love a good skirt look. It’s like wearing a dress but the top half can change to anything you like anytime. Just like the picture you could pair this skirt with a pair of white trainers, or even a pair of boots on a wetter day.

A skirt is not just for summer and spring, but for all year round, just simply change up your tights, and top, add a jumper or cardigan and there you have it. A skirt is such a simple thing to accessorise and style when you have a bit of creativity, and I absolutely love a good skirt.

What drew me to this particular one, is that is has a really nice flow to it, the colours are really pretty and the style is just very, well, me.

You can find this skirt here at https://www.stylink.it/m2v0t3l4d


Checked Pinafore Dress

A Pinafore dress is the quickest way to create an outfit for work, or to make a smart casual outfit for something you don’t really know how to dress for.

With this dress I will be able to wear it all year round, you can wear it as is, with no top underneath. Or you could wear it with a little T-Shirt or long sleeve top to make it a little different.

There are so many ways to wear this that I get really excited over all the possibilities that this dress holds.

A lot of people I know don’t really like dresses as they worry that once they have worn it once, they have exhausted the ways to wear it, but you could easily change this dress to make it different each time.

You can find this dress here at https://www.stylink.it/pZvBT9ypb

So there you have it, my top finds from New Look and my current fashion wish list.

Will I get all of these items or will my wish list just remain as a wish? Well I guess we will have to wait and see x

Much love xx

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Asos Shopping Haul Feb 2021

I love a good shop, but I really struggled to find clothes that I liked this time. This has been happening more and more recently (like over the last year or so). I don’t know if it is because of the pandemic that there isn’t much being created, or whether it is that I am getting older and so my style is changing again.

However after hours of searching the internet. After all it’s not as if we can go to an actual shop at the moment. I finally managed to find a few items that I liked enough to purchase. I got the bulk of my items from ASOS however there is one dress for me and two for Isabelle which I also got from ASDA George, and I couldn’t be happier with this purchase.

So here is what I got.

The first Item that I chose was a light grey Sweater Dress, it is fairly loose but very warm and has definitely become one of my new favourite items in my wardrobe.

The second item was a pink collared tea dress. This is a soft floating dress which sits really nicely in all the right places. What’s more I feel very feminine in this dress, and can see it being a really nice piece to wear in the summer.

The Third item was a little red cami style dress. It is very elegant and different to the “normal” types of dresses I would purchase. I actually like this one despite the face it’s very different to my normal style, and already I am pairing it with accessories and shoes to make great outfits.

The Fourth Item I got from ASOS was the green sweater jumper. I love the khaki colour and thought that it would be a great addition to my wardrobe. It has come up much bigger than the size it suggests it is, and I got a size smaller than my dress size. When I say much bigger, I mean like maybe 2 dress sizes bigger. Isabelle actually fits inside the dress with me LOL!

The last item that I got was a floral blue number from ASDA. This has a cross front which is very feminine and a tie waist to draw the attention to the smallest parts of your body. I love this dress and I love how it moves about with you. This is probably my second favourite item from my shopping haul.

So there you have it.

The items that I purchased, everyone different from the last, but just as wonderful.

You can also see my video where I try on and talk about the products in more depth.

Much love xx

DISCLAIMER: – I am part of an affiliate programme for ASOS, meaning that any items purchased from the links provided I will earn a small commission at no extra cost to you.

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Organisation Tips for a Successful Blog

Having a successful blog is not something I initially set out for. I just wanted a space where I could write what was in my mind without having an actual end product (such as a book), but instead where I could write the little snippets of my daily life that I am thinking, when I am thinking it.

Believe me there is a lot, but I choose what I release and what I keep behind.

This blog has been a bit of a diary for me. HOWEVER, when I noticed that my posts were reaching you (my readers who I love dearly), I realised that I could work on my blog and make it successful. It doesn’t make me money, but that’s not my ultimate goal at the moment, a long time dream yes, but not an immediate goal. However using the planning schedule I set out for you below, I have really noticed an increase in growth and development in both my blog and my videos on youtube (my vlog). So as I am still learning, but seeing that I am doing something right, I thought I would share with you all how I do it, and what I do.

Plan, Plan, and Plan Again

Planning is absolutely a must to have a successful blog or vlog. I have learnt this the hard way. At first I was just randomly posting to my blog and very rarely posting on my video channel.

Everyone on social media platforms, with free blogging workshops, youtubers who tell you what they did to grow etc. all said that planning was a must for a successful blog and vlog. But still I didn’t listen.

I thought I knew best.

I really didn’t.

Once I started to plan my content I realised a big difference in my analytics, and I got excited. I love making lists so I got to work and made my lists into a doable plan of action for my brand. And I definitely noticed results. People were starting to view my channel, and readers were coming to my blog. (Like I said I am not monetised, and won’t be for quite a while, my goal is for that to come next year some time.)

Organisation is KEY

Now you have a plan of action, the key is to organise it. Think about what is achievable on a daily, weekly, monthly basis, and make sure you set yourself a goal that is achievable and not too ambitious.

I started out doing far too much and overwhelming myself with what I was doing.

And I kinda still am. I aim to post daily on both platforms, which means a lot of editing and writing nearly everyday.

How do I manage?

My weekly plan is usually to film enough content for a week in just 2 days. This means that I then don’t have to film content any other day of the week (unless I want to do a day in the life, or routine video), meaning that I can then block out a section of a day (like when Isabelle is at school), or use the evening for editing and uploading my videos and writing up my blogs.

At the moment my blogs take a back burner due to the fact that my computer struggles with my video editor so on the 3 days I am not doing anything for my videos I focus ONE day on my blog. Typing up my segments for the week, scheduling their release and linking them up with my future videos.

Love what you do!

This is probably the most important thing of all time!

If you don’t love what you do, it will feel like a chore. If it feels like a chore, you will start to resent having to do the task that is in front of you.

I absolutely love to write, and talk so when I film I am filming about something I love at that moment, and I write about it too, so that my writing compliments what I am filming.

I have said it before (I think on one of my intro videos actually) I write better than I talk, however sometimes I get so tongue-tied when writing that I need to talk to explain myself better. Does that make sense?

Use All The Tools You Need

Following on from my last point, A video is probably the best way to explain what I mean. As stated in the video a copy of my blog planner in PDF form is attached at the bottom for you to see and use at your own leisure. I just find it so helpful having everything in one place, that way you know EXACTLY what you are doing on any given day.

Research SEO and use it to your best ability.

This comes with a lot of research and practise to get this right. At first I really struggled with what this is (and sometimes still do struggle with how to get the best search engine results), but basically there are certain things that you can do to make sure you are found easier by potential viewers and readers.

With this I also utilise tags. There is a difference between hashtags and tags. A hashtag is something that people use on certain social media platforms to place their post on a page dedicated to that tag e.g #blogging. Whereas a tag is something that other people might put into a search engine to find your post.

Since doing a lot of research on tagging a blog post (and I mean a lot, about 10 hours or so I would say), I have found that the absolute best tools for tagging and getting those key words into your products is to use TUBEBUDDY or VIDIQ if you are on Youtube. I am still finding a good resource for my blog. But once I find one I will post it on here for you all.

That is about everything that I do to have a successful blog.

If you think I may have missed something out (I’m sure there’s something) then don’t hesitate to comment below or message me.

See you all next time!

Much love xx

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My Evening Cleaning Routine

Today I thought I would share with everyone what I do in the evenings once Isabelle has gone to bed. Having a routine for each part of your day, that tends to be repeated daily, helps for those parts of the day to go much smoother and quicker. Giving you more time for the things that are really important. Such as spending time with your family, or spending time on yourself, be it a bath or shower, or reading a book or even just having a bit of relaxing time.

This is a standard kind of routine that I do (although I usually do 1 load of washing a day, which I separate when the baskets are full, into 3 or 4 piles – so 1 pile a day) and then on the weekend I will do a bigger deeper clean as it is just me on my own whilst Isabelle is at her dads.

I actually don’t enjoy cleaning, so I do everything I can to make sure that there is less for me to do at any one time. This means cleaning and tidying as much as I can as I go along throughout the day, so that in the evening there is only a few things left for us to do. I also try to find short cuts where ever possible so that the jobs are made easier and quicker so I can out my energy and time into the things that really matter. Like spending my time with Isabelle and looking after my mental health.

Here’s What I Do In An Evening

Put The Washing On

Once Isabelle is asleep, the first thing I do is bring down any washing that needs to be done. This time I had a weeks worth of washing to sort through, but usually it will be just one of the layers I have created in the washing basket, to keep colours etc separate.

My Sections are:

  1. Hand Knitted, or Woollen Clothing
  2. Whites and pastels
  3. Coloured
  4. Blacks/ Darks (including red)
  5. Bulk items such as bedding and towels

I try to do all my washing within 2 days however sometimes it can take a bit longer depending on drying time for items, as we don’t have a tumble dryer and the weather in England is usually cold and wet some items of clothing can take a couple of days to dry (even when on a radiator!).

Fill and Empty Dishwasher

This is a given. To keep a tidy and clean kitchen, making sure all surfaces are empty is really important. I leave out the larger appliances and there are a few designated items that remain on the surfaces at all times (like my kettle, bread bin and toaster) as we don’t have a lot of storage in the kitchen.

I empty out the dishwasher of the clean items (it tends to go on twice a day), and then I will fill it up with the things we used for dinner. Sometimes there will be other things to put in as well, such as when we do baking.

Clean Surfaces

This sort of happens at the same time of me doing the dishwasher.

I will put all rubbish in the bin, and wipe down the surfaces with anti-bac and a damp cloth, followed by a clean towel to dry the surfaces.

Again, as I said above, a clean surface area makes the whole room seem much tidier and more put together.

Tackle the Living Room/ Playroom

This is the area in which I have to relax in the evening (without going to bed), so I will put all remaining toys away in their rightful places and tidy up any items which are not where they should be, like blankets and cushions.

This makes the living room have an instant “adult” feel to it, rather than the overwhelming feeling that it has been taken over by children. The cleaning of the living room will also include a quick hoover of the floor so that there are no crumbs being trodden and smeared into the carpet and rug, as there is nothing worse than standing on crumbs when you are bare foot (like we are in the morning).

Doing these simple things in the evening helps to get the house ready for the morning, and gives me a space to relax in before I go to bed. The time I have after before I go to bed is where I will either watch a bit of the television, read a book or magazine or edit and write my blog and vlog.

The evening I filmed this I was doing some editing and writing, before watching my new favourite TV show Bridgerton.

Let me know what your evening routines are like. Is there anything you do the same or different?

I love to hear from you all so please don’t be a stranger!

Much love

Emma

Posted in food

Turkey Burgers

Who doesn’t love a good burger? They are a great food for all times of the year, you can have them on the Barbecue or you can cook them on the grill. They are the perfect food for all the family to enjoy.

When we have a food that is super tasty and loved by us all, I will always look for a way to make it healthier. And as beef mince is not the healthiest of meats for us to be eating, I thought I would give Turkey Burgers a go.

This recipe is super simple and easy to make, and Isabelle really enjoyed getting messy with me and making the burger for us to eat for our dinner that night. They were full of flavour and went really well with a side salad, and brioche burger buns, and since first making this recipe I have now made it about 3 times (I only made it for the first time 2 weeks ago). I cannot wait for the summer season when I can attempt to make these burgers to put on the barbecue, and perfect the flavours with a kind of smokiness that the BBQ brings.

Ingredients:

  • Turkey Mince
  • 4 Spring Onions (finely chopped)
  • about 3-4 spoonfuls of Plain Yoghurt (I used Greek)
  • Breadcrumbs (from about 2 slices of bread)

Method:

  1. Mix all ingredients together
  2. Mould into little balls, and squash a little to make a burger shape
  3. Leave in the fridge for about 10-30 mins
  4. Cook on the grill about 3-5 mins each side (or until golden on both sides and cooked through)
  5. Serve in a bun with some mayo, salad and homemade chips.

There you have it. It really is a super simple recipe that tastes absolutely amazing.

Enjoy! x

Posted in Diary

How I Keep a Toddler Entertained

Today I attempted to do a home video diary vlog. I failed. I just couldn’t work out what to film, and what I actually wanted to share with everyone. Instead I realised that I had about 4 activities that I had planned for the day, and realised that so many of us at the moment are struggling with how to keep our children entertained when they are at home all day, everyday. That is how today’s post was invented.

I thought that I would share with you how I keep a toddler entertained everyday. Now please do note before you think that this works all the time, that it doesn’t. Whilst I have tried and tested my method many many times, at the end of the day it all depends on our children and how they are feeling for the day.

We all have good days and bad days, and we as parents should recognise when our little ones just need a lazy day where they do not do much at all. Hey we all have days where we just need to chill. So sometimes our plans and ideas go out the window.

For example, the day I wrote this article my little one was having an off day. She was cuddly and tired and just needed to rest for the day. We did a few activities to keep the day interesting and fun, but really we just cuddled and had a film day. Sometimes we just need it.

Planning the day ahead

Every evening when Isabelle has gone to bed, I have a little look at the toys we have in the living room (lounge) and work out what toys we haven’t played with in a while. For example when I looked in the toy unit today I noticed that we hadn’t touched the train set in a few days. Once I find about 2 toys or items that we haven’t played with for a while I write these down as an activity we can do. Then I look at what toy was her favourite of the day, as no doubt she will want to play with that one again.

I don’t set a time out for us to stick to as with toddlers I have learnt there is no such thing as an allotted time for some activities, sometimes they can be entertained for hours, others they can be entertained for minutes.

What’s more I always have set activities to do to make sure that we are having some sort of learning happening in the house, and developing skills all the time. These activities are usually some sort of craft, a walk or garden time, and of course our favourite thing to do, cooking.

Our days tend to look a little like this:

Train Set (something we haven’t played with for a few days)

Puzzles (An activity we haven’t done for a while)

Play Mobil (her fave toy at the moment)

Dollies (another current favourite)

Arts and crafts

Daily Walk

Cooking Dinner or Baking

These simple steps help to make sure that we never have a “boring” or “dull” moment at home and that she constantly has something to do. HOWEVER we do not always do all the activities I have planned for the day. I let Isabelle decide which activity she wants to do when she is finished with each one. Sometimes we go back to an activity we have already done, and sometimes we will just have story time or a cuddle.

It really depends on Isabelle and of course the activities are for her so therefore I want her to be happy.

These are just some things that I do to help prevent boredom in my household and it really does work. Isabelle absolutely loves having the choice of different things to do each day. And whilst we are unable to go out and about like we used to do before lock down, having the options to do something fun at home is great fun for her.

I hope this helps some of you out a little at least, and if you want to hear me ramble about this please check out my video below.

Love you all!! xxx