Snow Days - Not just for kids!

How old were you when you first made a snowman?

Me?

I was 33 years 3 months and 13 days.


I mean, I'm sure I've attempted it before. I may have started and given up when my hands got too wet.  I may have watched other people do most of the building and then popped a carrot nose on at the end. But properly made a snowman? I did that today.

My first memory of snow is sliding down the hillside in a bin bag at my Aunt and Uncle's flat. I must have been young cause my parents were still together. In the same snowfall (I think) my sister and I watched our parents build a snowman together in our back garden. We were in the warm!

Being wet and cold isn't my thing.

Stop telling my daughter that football is just for boys!

I've had a bee in my bonnet about this for some time now.

I was never a sporty child or teen. I hated hockey and was an average netball player but would much rather have been curled up indoors with a book than playing out on the field.


But I'll let you in on a secret.

Only if you promise not to laugh.

The one sport I really do wish I could do. Is play football.

Isn't that crazy? You wouldn't think it looking at me or hearing me chat on a regular basis but deep down, under layers and layers of low self-esteem, nervousness, poor body image and a severe lack of confidence, is a 19 year old who is thinking of joining a football team.

Party Planning - A Dino Party Wishlist

For Ollie, there was no doubt which theme we would choose for his 4th birthday party. Dinosaurs. He loves them and things got a little dino crazy over Christmas. He had 'Switch and Go Dinos', dinosaur books, dinosaur clothes, dinosaur toys and if anything, his enthusiasm is growing.


Although I started looking at ideas before Christmas, I was far too busy to really sit down and plan the specifics for Ollie's party. However, with the festive fun (and failures) now over, I have been planning in earnest.

I've found it really easy to gather ideas online. Pinterest and Instagram are full of amazing dinosaur themed parties for all ages and I get easily sidetracked looking at all the possibilities. For this event, I wanted to keep things simple, yet stylish. We're not extravagant and my focus for parties tends to be on traditional games, food and activities that look nice.

And balloons. I love balloons.

Christmas 2018... The one where things did go well

After concentrating on the things that went wrong in my last post, I wanted to re-cap the wonderful things about this Christmas.

Despite beating myself up for not being the ideal wife, mother and hostess of my dreams, I did enjoy much of Christmas and advent this year and, as always, I wish to record the best bits both for me and the kids to look back on one day.


Each Christmas contains the same elements - trees, presents, food, fun but I don't want to lose sight of the unique events and activities that will always make this particular Christmas different to othersDecember has been an incredibly busy month and there has been a lot to record!

A Festive Failure

By 9am on Christmas Eve I was in tears. Overwhelmed by the knowledge of being imperfect, floored by a comment made by a friend about their ‘perfect wife’.

My Christmas Eve wasn’t going to be the relaxed, festive affair that I’d planned. After months of planning and organisation, I still wasn’t ready. There were things to buy, a home to prepare, things to do, places to go.


And I wasn’t ready. I wasn’t perfect. This wasn’t the ‘perfect’ Christmas I’d hoped for.

I blame the Christmas adverts I was subjected to as a kid. The luscious and extravagant parties, towering pyramids of Ferraro Rocher, laughing adults with glasses of champagne.