Friday, 27 February 2015

Whinging, Fitbit and First Hair Cuts #littleloves

Another week has just flown by! To be honest, I'm quite glad that it did as I was dreading this week. My oldest was back at school (so the hideous school run commenced) and my husband was back to work (and I knew I'd be missing him). The week did go by quickly and without too much drama but I'm welcoming the weekend with open arms (fingers crossed to a lie in!).

This week I started another series that my mum recommended to me. The book is called One for the Money by Janet Evanovich. I started and finished it in the space of a week! It was good and although a mystery book there were some real laugh out loud parts. I have started the second book in this series now and can't wait to see how things go for the main character, Stephanie Plum!

In addition to my usual Sunday night favourites (Call the Midwife and Mr. Selfridge) I have begun watching Channel 4's Indian Summers and absolutely adore it! It is so colourful and makes me wish I was some place a little warmer to be honest! The acting is fab and the atmosphere is perfect. Glad to have another great show (only wish it was on mid week as the rest of the week is pretty weak as far as good TV shows).

I have heard so much whinging this week from my boys. They shout, they cry, they whinge, they growl and I really feel like I can't hear much more of it. Luckily the weekend is upon us so Daddy can help with the never ending whinge fest!
I know, they look like little angels...but they do know how to whinge!

This week we made a lovely roasted butternut squash soup and we made Let's Talk Mommy's Courgette Oatmeal cookies. Unfortunately, neither lasted long in our house and the boys kept asking for more so I foresee some more baking in our future!

My beloved Fitbit! I have had to take a few months off from wearing it when I didn't feel well as I figured there wasn't much point. After all, I knew I wasn't moving much never mind clocking up 10,000 steps a day. But now I've got it back on and I'm back to working out. I have also added friends to my account which is unbelievably motivating! Yes, I guess I do have a competitive streak! ;)

And Lastly...
We finally gave Dylan his first ever hair cut (at 2 and a half years old!). He looks completely different now, no more baby! I also realised that I am by no means a hairdresser, so I stopped while I was ahead and left a bit so that the real professionals could tame his lovely curls. :)

Two sweet photo bombers in the background!


Have a lovely weekend and see you back next week!

The Prompt: Reality

My reality:

I am 35 and not getting any younger (but don't feel any older than 30).
I am married and have been very happily for 9 years.
I am a mum to two terrific yet wild boys (who sometimes get the better of me).
I am the owner of a very loyal dog Tristan who I love lots and never want to lose.
I am an expat. An American living in England.
I am a daughter, a sister, a niece, a god-daughter, a cousin and a friend.

My life is a work in progress.

I have recently gone through a tragedy that has made me ill for months and each day I hope I feel better, but some days I just don't.

I constantly think of others and usually before myself. I know I am so lucky with what I have (even though I may want, I am usually not in need when so many others are).

I am me and I am blessed.

In reality, I wouldn't change anything! :)


Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Why I Am Decluttering

I am definitely the kind of person that loves being organised.
I love to make to do lists and I really love crossing things off them.
I love everything to be clean and tidy.
I am not a pack rat and I love getting rid of unnecessary things that can accumulate.
However with all that said, I am a mum of two little boys who love to make messes! I am also the wife of a husband that (unbeknownst to him!) loves to make messes and horde things away in his 'man cave' or keeps things around just in case. Ugh!

So this winter/spring I have decided that our house, after living here for 4 years, needs a massive and ruthless declutter. Last summer we hired a skip and got rid of a lot of junk that was in the basement and outside in our shed/garden (mainly from the previous owners). It was a pretty large skip but we had no trouble filling it to the top! Unfortunately, there are still some things that need sorting and I feel like I can't concentrate on much else until we are rid of clutter and living in a much more organised chaos! ;) It will of course all take time as even once the decluttering has finished I will then have to Ebay, sell, throw away, donate and put in things away in the attic and that will probably take just as long.

I have finished my declutter of our downstairs and have started upstairs already. The bad news is that I have only one room left to declutter until I get to the worst room of the house...the master bedroom. I know exactly how it got so bad (you know, just putting a few things out of the way, no storage for old baby things, etc...) but I fear it will take at least a week to sort out. It seems that little by little things have been piling up in there that we have no other place to put them.

I have always dreamed of a cozy, comfy oasis of a bedroom. Lots of soft calming touches and big fluffy pillows! I still have that dream and our bedroom does need a proper renovation (i.e. carpet, new light fixture, new bed frame, new curtains and definitely new wardrobe) but that can't even be considered until we have decluttered the space.

So here it is, the before photos. Sorry it really is awful! I'm thoroughly embarrassed! :( However, fingers crossed in a week or so I'll have a nice clean after photo!

View upon entering our master bedroom...Yikes!
Yes, the mess has spread to chest of drawers, floor and bed!
More piles of clothes, a wardrobe that is broken and junk on top of it. Help!!
Anyone else doing a spring clean? Please tell me I'm not alone in my mess! ;)

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Basic Butternut Squash Soup

We had the most delicious (and easy) Butternut Squash soup last night for our Fresh Soup Monday! It was so tasty and so easy I thought I'd share it with you today. FYI- it is also a very good recipe if you children of weaning age, as it is basically a puree and made of all good stuff! Enjoy!

Basic Butternut Squash Soup
  • 1 large butternut squash
  • A couple drizzles of olive oil
  • Two stalks of fresh rosemary
  • 500ml of vegetable stock

To Make:

1) Cut the squash in half lengthways. Scoop out the seeds and discard. Place on a baking tray and drizzle both sides with olive oil and sprinkle the rosemary over. 

2) Put in the oven at 180 degrees C (fan assisted) or 200 degrees C for 1-11/4 hours, until soft.

3) Leave to cool. 

4) Scoop out the flesh and rosemary, put in a pot and whizz with a handheld blender. Add the vegetable stock and heat through for about 20 minutes. You can add more stock for your desired consistency.

Serve with sprinkled parmesan cheese and a baguette!

Tasty Tuesdays on

Monday, 23 February 2015

Things I've Been Working On

Good morning! I know, I know I have been missing in blogging action yet again! It has just been a world-wind week of half term fun and madness in our house and so I thought I'd just go with the flow and save blogging for a little less chaotic time. In fact, I don't think I took a single photo last week! Yikes!

So now we are back to the regular routine of school, school runs, nursery days, work and getting things done in and around the house. I have to admit that when my husband headed back to work this morning I really wanted to cry but alas, I know I can do it...just need to pull up my big girls pants and get on with the day! ;)

So some things that have kept me busy but are very important and just a little overwhelming are:

1) My oldest's birthday party prep - it will be the first birthday party we have hosted for him and I am getting nervous, not to mention we are holding it at our house so I am expecting mayhem!

2) Decluttering project - I have finished decluttering all of downstairs (with the exception of one file cabinet drawer which will be the death of me) and have made a list of things that need replacing or doing so I'll need to get on with some of those. I'll also start working on the upstairs now; two of the rooms won't be so bad, but the master bedroom needs serious help! I may have to call in a professional ;)

3) Workout schedule - I have been really good about getting back into running and the gym but unfortunately I had a bit of a set back last week and have been taking time off again since last Wed. I'm hoping I'll be back to it by the end of this week but we'll see. In the mean time I have just been trying to get my 10,000 steps in (thanks Fitbit!) each day!

4) Reading - I have become obsessed by some new books that I got as a gift from my mother and really can't put them down. What I would most like to do is forget everything and sit down with a hot coffee and read but since that is not possible, I am just trying to squeeze in a bit of reading each night instead.

Right, so that is where I'm at but I promise to get back to being organised (yes, there is a theme here) and be back to blogging as regularly as I can. :-)

Have a good Monday! 

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Where Does Your Motivation Come From?

Now that I have been back to the gym for a whole week (and running two days last week!) I have been thinking over my motivation. Before I got ill I was seriously lacking motivation to work out. Despite being quite fit, my body wasn't behaving the way I would have liked and it was stuck in its mummy tummy ways. Not only was my tummy not budging but I was also gaining weight (and no, it was not muscle!). It might have had something to do with my eating habits but I was not willing to agree that chocolate, cakes and indefinite cups of coffee weren't part of my healthy diet! ;)

Unfortunately, I didn't need any more excuses for my lack of motivation as I became unwell and therefore couldn't workout. Of course, once I wasn't able to workout any more I became convinced that I really needed to workout. I guess you always want what you can't have.

Now that I have the all clear to workout again. I do have motivation. I have gained a lot of weight whilst being unwell and am now at my biggest ever weight. I have lost all the endurance and muscle tone that I had previously worked so hard for and there is one more thing...I have been badly judged by someone who (shouldn't judge) doesn't realise that I haven't actually just been sitting around for 3 months eating chocolate cake all day without moving (if only!).

Despite, feeling let down by this person's attitude and lack of trust, it has spurred me to get more fit than ever before. Obviously my motivation to get back in shape is first and foremost to be happy and healthy. Secondly, to help me deal with everyday stresses. Thirdly, to get back socialising with my running friends and Finally,  to get my endurance and strength back so that I can once again say to my friends 'shall we go for an easy 5, 6 or 7k run?' At the moment, I am completely overwhelmed by a 3k run.

However, now I am also motivated to get back in shape to show all the doubters and judgers that to hell with them I can do it, I can do it on my own with the support of those who really love me and quite frankly I will probably look better than those judgers despite my time off, my age and the fact that I have given birth to two gorgeous baby boys...stretch marks and all!

Also for the record, there is no rush at all in my quest to get fit again. I know it will all happen in good time and prefer it to take awhile (it took 3 months to undo so it should take about that to get back) so that my new good habits and motivation stick as opposed to burning out quickly.

What motivates you to get moving? Or what motivates you to take on other challenges? 

Sunday, 15 February 2015

#MySundayPhoto - Music Time

It's Sunday and we are linking up again with OneDad3Girls to share our photo this week.

This weekend we just enjoyed a bit of family time in and around the house. It was undoubtedly raining for the first day of Francis' term break so we just spent some time chilling in the house where we were warm and dry!

This is a photo of the boys all playing some music in my husband's music room. They both love music and are eager to play in there whenever Daddy lets them! ;)