Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Our Easter Weekend

I'm not one for making a huge deal of Easter, buying lots of toys, baskets and putting out Easter bunny footprints. To me, that should be reserved for Christmas. However I do love Easter for the long weekend and the chance to spend time with family and friends.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Sleep & M.E.

Sleep. It's my best friend and my worst enemy. I have always been a big sleeper, right from being born I believe and into my teens I could sleep the day away if only my mum would allow it!


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Sunshine Therapy

Finally Spring is here! It feels like it has been a long winter stuck indoors - of course it has been pretty mild really but when my ME flared up over Christmas I feel like we've been trapped inside ever since.

This week Mr H has taken a few days off work and it has been lovely having him around. On Wednesday we met up with some friends and went to a local hall, Haigh Hall. The grounds there are lovely and there were some rides and inflatables set up also.

We had a gentle walk around, the children played on the swings and the we found a spot in the walled garden where our crazy kids could run around safely and we could have a rest. Between our two couple we have five kids aged four and under, so it is always crazy when we get together. It is lovely though as our children our close in age and get along really well together, particularly J and one of their little boys who are never apart!

It was so lovely to be out in the sunshine and whilst I was tired when we got home it was a nice kind of tired. That day I made the decision to try and get out more often. If I can get some help and get us all out of the house doing something not too exerting, it is worth it for all our well-being. Just feeling the sun on us and watching the children play is enough for me.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Giving Your Husband A Makeover For Date Night!

Right from the start of a relationship, it seems to be the woman who puts the most effort in when dressing for a date. I still remember the grey polo shirt that Mr H threw on for our first date - compared to the hours I probably spent trying on outfit after outfit! There’s no surprise then, that once married, men may give up on trying to impress their ladies. I only posted a photo last week of Mr H all dapper in his suit - for a night out with his mates! When he's with me it's tracksuits pants and baggy tees all the way - charming! Surely it is about time that our men stepped up to the mark and dressed to impress?

Monday, April 14, 2014

Little Fun Fest 2014

This year we were very lucky to be chosen as one of the 'Bloggers Extroardinaire' for Little Fun Fest, which took place at Red House Farm. I had heard about the event last year and so was thrilled to be one of the fifteen chosen to attend the event, and really looking forward to a rare day out with the children.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Dear Neil

I have put off writing this post since we found out about your death two weeks ago. I really do not know how to put all I want to say into words. How do you say goodbye when a life was cut short far too soon? I just do not know how.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Giveaway with Freckled Frog

Last week I shared a gorgeous rainbow dress from Freckled Frog and have had so many comments on how lovely it is. So today I've got a treat in store - a giveaway from the fabulous people behind the online clothing boutique to win yourself £50 worth of goodies!

Freckled Frog sell some absolutely beautiful clothes from brands such as Wild Things Dresses, Olive & Moss and Down With The Kidz. They are constantly sourcing new, original brands in order to provide the most current and stylish clothing for your little ones. I originally came across them when I bought this Down With The Kidz dress for H and am now always visiting their site or having a look on twitter to see what new lovelies they have come across lately.

Here are some of my favourite pieces from the Freckled Frog range - I have to say though, it took me ages to go through all the collection as there are some lovely things to choose from!
Hmm I think I may be a fan of animals!

Right, time to get down to it! To win yourself £50 to spend at this fantastic store, follow the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Freckled Frog & Wild Things Dresses

Last month I very excitedly announced by Britmums Live sponsors, one of those being the lovely Freckled Frog! When they told me they had just begun to stock Little Wild Thing Dresses I may have squealed with excitement!

How To Catch A Star - Ten Years On

I have heard so many wonderful things about the Oliver Jeffers book 'How To Catch A Star', however it is not one I have got around to buying myself. So when I was offered a special anniversary copy to celebrate the book's ten year anniversary I just couldn't refuse.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Low Energy Playtime: Cardboard Roll Cars

Last month I began writing about some low energy play ideas I am putting together for those struggling with tiredness, starting off with foam stickers. This month we have tried a completely new idea that was so easy to set up but so much fun - cardboard roll cars!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Cancer & M.E.

I've never really shared much about what is going on with my dad in my blog. Mainly because I wouldn't want him to come across it one day and be hurt or upset by what I had written. Recently, though, it has become harder and harder not to write about it, as what he is going through affects me daily in some little way or another.

Last year, after going through major heart surgery only the year before, my dad was diagnosed with stage IV lymphoma, an extremely rare form of this called Sezary Syndrome. With this cancer people develop a red, severely itchy rash that covers at least 80% of the body, they struggle to maintain their body temperature and they have raised lymph nodes. My dad now has the cancer is his skin and bones, making it stage IVA and incurable. He is currently receiving treatment to reduce the rate at which it spreads, although this is making him terribly ill, tired and barely doing anything at all.

Friday, March 14, 2014


So today was my third appointment at the ME clinic to learn about relaxation techniques to help deal with the tiredness. I have to admit that I haven't really been practicing the techniques at home much, I find that often the day just slips away and before I know it it's bedtime and I'm too tired.

We talked a little about how things have been going and I ended up in tears. I am so angry and frustrated and completely fed up with how things are at the moment.

Last week we had a really good week seeing friends, having a few too many to drink and leaving our worries at home. Unfortunately it seems that has caught up with me big time this week and I have been completely drained. I find it so frustrating that I can't even enjoy my life any more as I pay for it afterwards and it just doesn't seem worth it.

Things have been pretty bad at home lately, I am finding the whole situation completely overwhelming and I just want to crawl into bed and hide away from it all. Or run away. Mr H is having a hard time picking up my slack, managing the children and their tantrums as well as me and my lows. I really do not know at this minute how we are getting through it.

My mum is incredible - she comes and stays most weeks and whilst she is here she cleans, she tidies, she vacs, she dusts and she watches the children whilst I sleep. All that whilst she has my dad at home who is really ill, I am so hugely grateful and yet feel so guilty at the same time. And I hate that this is the way I spend my time with her at the moment - gone are the days out, trips to the park or playing out the garden.

Everybody keeps telling me it will get better, one step at a time, these things can't be rushed. But if you lived in my head you would understand all that does is make me want to cry more.

Time. One day I will look back and wish I had these years with the children back. I think that makes me cry more than anything else.

They are not babies for long...

Review: Photobox

I have used quite a few different photo product websites, such as Snapfish and Truprint. A few years ago I was introduced to Photobox by a friend and was really impressed by the quality of their products and the ability to customise your chosen item. When they recently contacted me to review one of their canvasses I was more than happy to.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Matilda Mae & Mia Tui

Last weekend was spent in a confliction of emotions - happiness, sadness, love, loss, laughter, tears. But above all it was a weekend of being together and remembering. It was the Matilda Mae Remembers service.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

My Office Tour

I have mentioned in a couple of recent posts that we have been working on making our spare bed also an office for a while now. Well, the room is complete so I thought I would show you around.


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