Sunday, 25 January 2015

2015 Bucket List

I have seen a few bloggers do bucket lists for the year ahead with things that they would like to do during the year. I think this is a great idea as i always have ideas of things i would love to do but i never write them down and always forget what my ideas are. After spending the last two years either pregnant or looking after a newborn i have decided that this year i want to do more as a family. So i decided to write up a bucket list of things to do this year. I had the idea of writing fifty two different things on my list , one for each week of the year. Some of the things are little things that wont cost anything at all such as jumping in puddles others are things such as going to a concert or going out for a nice meal. I have just wrote down things that are achievable and hopefully fun. So here is my fifty two things bucket list for 2015.



1.) Have a family photo shoot.
2.) Have a weekend away
3.) Attend BritMums
4.) Take Chloe to Alton Towers
5.) Go for afternoon tea.
6.) Take Jacob swimming for the first time
7.) Move house and have fun decorating
8.) Visit Blackfriars restaurant
9.) Teach Sophia to jump in puddles.
10.) Have an adventure
11.) Go to see a fortune teller
12.) Visit a seafood restaurant as the other half loves it but i don't
13.) Do something special to remember my mum on the 10th anniversary of her death.
14.) Go pottery painting with Chloe
15.) Visit Edinburgh zoo
16.) Go strawberry picking
17.) Go to the races.
18.) Take Sophia to the cinema for the first time
19.) Visit York again
20.) Book a family holiday for 2016
21.) Go to a farm
22.) Have a meal at are favourite restaurant Hotel Du Vin
23.) Have an Easter egg hunt.
24.) Go to the theatre as have not been in years.
25.) Have a water fight
26.) Go to a fair.
27.) Take Sophia to see Disney on ice.
28.) Have a pamper day
29.) Take Sophia on a train
30.) Cook a nice romantic meal
31.) Have a picnic in the park.
32.) Go for a family Sunday lunch somewhere 'nice'.
33.) Get my nails done.
34.) Go for a family walk in the woods
35.) Bake with the girls
36.) Day at the beach
37.) Go on a proper date with the other half.
38.) Go to a concert , as have not been in years.
39.) Visit a proper ice cream parlour
40.) Go to a circus
41.) Go on a shopping spree with Chloe
42.) Take the children trick or treating
43.) Make photo albums
44.) Go to a firework display
45.) Embrace messy play
46.) Bake a Christmas cake
47.) Visit a Christmas market
48.) Go ice skating with Chloe
49.) Go to a pantomime
50.) Go for breakfast with Santa.
51.) Have a magical Christmas.
52.) Celebrate New Year.

I will be looking back on this list at the end of the year to see how many of these things we have actually achieved, hopefully it will be most if not all of them. Do you write a yearly bucket list?

Friday, 23 January 2015

Jacob's Four Month Update

Jacob is now five months old! I can not believe he is almost half a year old already the time has just flown by . Lot's of things have happened for Jacob in the last month so here is a quick update of what he was like at four months old.


We got Jacob weighed when he was exactly four months old and he was 16lb 12 so he had only put on a couple of ounces in a month and he is now more then double his birth weight. He is huge though and people can not believe he is only four months old as he looks a lot bigger, he is almost the same size as his sister who is one and a half. As he is such a big boy he is already wearing size 6-9 month baby clothes and is in size 4 pampers nappies.

This month has seen such a change in Jacob, his little personality has really started to shine through this month. He is a lot more aware of things going on around him and he is taken everything in. He will follow people around the room and he will reach out to grab his toys if you put them in front of him. He loves his toys especially his teething toy, his comforter and his Sophie the giraffe he sits and chews on them for ages. He is starting to respond to his name now too if you say it he will look up at you. He is also babbling away nonstop and makes such cute little noises and he has learnt to blow raspberry's which he does nonstop and thinks is hilarious. He is always giggling too and has such an amazing laugh. He loves being ticked and sang too. He is still not rolling over yet , i don't know if it because he is too lazy or if he is just to big to do it.

Jacob is a totally different baby to the one he was only a few weeks ago. He is so content now and he will happily just sit in his bouncy chair playing with his toys. He rarely cry's and only does now when he is hungry or wants his nappy changed. He doesn't even cry when he is tired as he normally just falls asleep him self with his dummy in. He is starting to get a bit clingy though and he will often cry when people pick him up, even if relatives that he sees often pick him up he will burst into tears. I think he is going to be a mummy's boy.

He has been having a bit of trouble with his teeth as he is currently teething and is very dribbly and has bright red cheeks and is a bit unsettled at times due to this. But he loves chewing on anything he can get into his mouth which seems to settle him. We also had a bit of exhausting time as he was wanting fed every two hours again and was waking up to six times each night for a feed. I was exhausted and after a week or so we decided that we could not carry on like this and we started weaning. I know that weaning is not recommended until six months but milk was not filling him at all . When we tried him on baby rice he gobbled it all up straight away and thoroughly enjoyed it. And he is now sleeping much better and not having as much milk and is much happier and content. I will be writing a post about weaning him soon so keep an eye out for that.

He is still in the same routine he has been in since birth he wakes between 6- 7 am and he will come downstairs get changed have a bottle and sit in his chair with his toys. He will then have some baby porridge about an hour after he wakes, then he normally has a morning nap. We sometimes go out in the morning or if not we stay at home. He then has a bottle of milk every four hours during the day . He will have some lunch and then after his lunch he normally has a two hour nap. Then he wakes up and has some play time. He has a bath every other night and then he normally crys to go to bed at around 6.30 so he gets ready for bed and is normally asleep in bed by 7pm. He will wake between 2-3 times during the night for a feed but he goes straight back to sleep after his bottle.

Jacob celebrated his very first Christmas when he was four months old. He obviously had no idea at all what was going on but i had fun dressing him as an elf and in a Christmas jumper and first Christmas baby grows. His favourite present was a Sophie the giraffe which he loves and plays with  non stop.

Jacob has just changed so much this month he is getting an amazing little personality, he loves his sisters and is starting to play with them. He is taken an interest in his toys and loves playing with them. He laughs and giggles and babbles away nonstop and blows raspberry's. he started to have food and really enjoys it.And he celebrated his very first Christmas. This has been an amazing month with Jacob and i can not wait to see what he is like at five months old.




Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Review : Oxo Tot Sippy Cup

I think that most parents who have a young child will know how hard it is finding a cup for your toddler that does not leak. I have brought numerous toddler cups and beakers over the last year for Sophia that all claim to be 'non spill' and 'leak proof' but every single one of them has leaked! I was forever finding little puddles of juice on the tray on her highchair and Sophia was constantly getting spilt juice down her front and i would end up having to change her clothes a few times each day. I gave up on ever finding a cup that did not leak as every other parent i spoke to also seemed to have this problem too.


So when Oxo Tot got in touch to ask if i wanted to review a one of there cups i was expecting it to do the same as i have never tried any Oxo Tot products before. We were sent the Sippy cup set which is recommended for children aged six months plus and you can view yourself  here . It is an ideal first cup for baby's as it has large easy to grasp handles which are perfect for little hands. The handles are removable so when they get a little older they can learn to grasp the cup without the handles on. It also comes with two lids so that when your child is old enough to start learning to drink from a normal cup you can change the beaker lid for a training lid. The training lid will allow the child to drink from the cup without spilling the contents everywhere as it has an insert which will control the flow of liquid when the cup is tipped up. Then once they have mastered that you can take the training lid off and it becomes a regular cup for toddlers to drink from. So it is a cup that will last your child ages as it grows with them from babyhood to childhood.

We were sent the Raspberry coloured cup which is a lovely bright colour and perfect for a girly girl like Sophia. It is also available in Aqua and Green which are lovely bright colours too.

We have been using the cup with Sophia for a few weeks now and even though she is 19 months she is not quiet ready for the training cup yet as she loves to make a mess and tip things upside down , so we have been using the sippy cup lid on it. Sophia loves this cup , it is so easy for her to hold the handles and she finds it so easy to drink from. And i love it too as no matter how hard she bashes the cup upside down it really does not leak at all! No more puddles on her highchair or wet clothes thanks to its leak proof valve. I am amazed that it has not leaked and have been telling everyone how great it is.


The cup is so well made and it has been dropped and bashed so many times and it still looks brand new. It is so easy to take apart and wash too and can even go in the dishwasher. It is BPA, Phthalate and PVC free too, which is always good when it comes to baby products.

I highly recommend this cup if you are looking for a baby cup that will not leak. You can buy them online from www.oxototuk.com and you can also check to see where they are stocked locally on there too and they are priced at £10.21 . This is more then i would normally pay for a baby/toddler cup but the fact that it really does not leak makes me think that it is worth paying that little bit extra for.

* Disclosure: I was kindly sent this cup from Oxo Tot free of charge for the purpose of this review, however all opinions are my own. 





Monday, 19 January 2015

Slow Cooker Slimming World Campfire Stew Recipe

One of my new year's resolutions is to lose weight. I say i will lose weight every single year and i stick to a diet for a while then fall off the diet waggon and end up putting all the weight i have lost back on. But this year i am determined that i will lose weight as i am the heaviest i have ever been after gaining lots of extra weight while pregnant.

The only diet i have ever been able to stick to is Slimming World. However due to the other half working shifts and having two very young children i can not attend a slimming world group and have decided to go it alone diet wise, but i will be cooking Slimming world friendly meals.


A recipe i came across recently was for Campfire stew , a quick and easy meal you cook in the slow cooker. We have a slow cooker that we very rarely use and i keep saying i will use it more so when i seen this recipe i just had to try it out , although i added a few extra ingredients to make it slimming world friendly.

You will need

  • One gammon Joint. 
  • Two tins of baked beans
  • Two onions
  • Two cloves of garlic (crushed)
  • One red pepper
  • Three potatoes
  • A few sliced mushrooms
  • One tin/packet chopped tomatoes
  • Two teaspoons of tomatoes puree
  • One or two teaspoons of mild chilli powder
  • One or two teaspoons of mixed herbs
To make

I placed the gammon joint in the middle of the slow cooker, i then added the beans ,chopped tomatoes and tomato puree around the gammon joint. I then peeled and diced all my vegetables into small chunks and then added them to the slow cooker and then added the crushed garlic and herbs. Add then give it a stir and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Then it should be ready to eat. I shredded the gammon with a fork and it just fell apart when it was ready to serve. 



To Serve

We had the campfire stew with basmati rice and it was nice but i think it would have been even nicer served with tortilla chips as a nacho topping instead of chilli or on a jacket potatoes. You could even serve it in a baguette. 


This was a really quick and simple meal to prepare and it was really tasty and had a nice smoky taste and did not taste at all like 'diet' food as it was really filling. I will defiantly be experimenting with my slow cooker more in future as it makes meal times so much simpler as it took about five minutes to prepare this meal and i am no longer standing in the kitchen for ages making a meal while trying to look after three children. 

So if you have any slow cooker recipes then please let me know as i am on the look out for more things to make. 






Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Attipas Toddler Shoes Review And Giveaway

I know that i keep mentioning all the time that since i started my blog and joined Twitter i have discovered so many amazing new products and brands, well i have found yet another great new one. Attipas. If you have never heard of them then don't worry as nor had i until fairly recently , but i am so glad that i have discovered them now. You are probably wondering what Attipas is well it is a toddler shoe, but not just any old shoe its a cross between a shoe and a sock. It sounds weird but it actually really works they look like really trendy socks but they have soft flexible rubber soles and are super lightweight. Making them perfect for toddlers as they keep little feet nice and safe and they wont slip over when wearing them like they often do wearing socks.

This is what Attipas have to say about there toddler shoes.

Attipas Functional shoes are a world first in toddler shoes. As light as a sock but more supportive than a pre walker, these functional shoes ergonomically support toddlers first steps and thereafter.

- Convenience: Strong, Smooth, Non-Slip,Machine Washable,Fast Drying.

-Breathable: Superior,Breathable fine holes that release heat

-Big Toe Box: Free toe movement to improve cognitive and motor development

- Safety: Non use of hazardous materials and adhesives, no use of Formaldehyde

-Lightweight & Flexible : Super lightweight, just like wearing socks.

Attipas have just launched there new look website which is really nice and you can view it yourself at  www.attipas.co.uk .They have a lot of oh so pretty girly shoes and some super trendy little boy ones too. There really is so many lovely ones to choose from there is pretty pastel corsage ones to bright spots and stripes and little sneakers to nautical ones. There really is a pair to suit any child and any outfit. My favourites from the new collections are theses pink corsage and the anchor ones as i think they are super cute. And i will defiantly be buying baby Jacob some when he starts walking later this year.


Love these new designs
We were sent a pair of Attipas for Sophia who is 19 months old to review and this is what we thought of them. First of all i would just like to apologise for the lack of proper photos of Sophia but she is impossible to get a photo of these days as she wont stay still and looks away whenever you try and take her photo, we went for a family photo shoot at Christmas and she just would not stay still so we have no photos of her just of the other two children.

When the shoes arrived i was surprised at just how light they felt. The sock part is really nice and soft and the rubber sole is really bendy. Sophia has a bit of an obsession with shoes and she wanted to wear them as soon as she seen them, they were really easy to put on just like putting on a sock. The sock part is stretchy and did not dig in or leave any kind of imprint on her skin. The rubber sole part had a lot of room and she looked really comfortable in them. She had no problems at all walking in the shoes like she sometimes does with new shoes. We were sent the lovely white rainbow ones and they went with most of Sophia's outfits she even wore them over her tights.


What i liked about the shoes was that they offer protection to her delicate little feet as i am always worried in case she stubs her toe or something but with these on i know her feet are safer. They are also non slip so they are much better for her walking on the wood flooring we have throughout are house as she sometimes slips wearing just her socks. They also keep her feet warm against the wood flooring. I also found that she could not take these off easily herself which she will normally do with socks and shoes, although i found taking them off her very easy. They are perfect for wearing in the house or the garden in the summer and for when you just want to quickly pop to the shop and you are taking your child in the car or buggy as there feet are protected and warm.

I think that these shoes would be perfect for that stage where your baby is starting to stand up and walk around but is not quiet ready for shoes yet as they will protect without being restrictive like other shoes can be.They are also ideal for toddlers like Sophia who takes there socks off in the house and for wearing in the car or buggy as they are so comfy looking. I will defiantly be buying my son these when he gets to the cruising stage as they will keep his feet protected until he is ready for shoes. 

Grips on the bottom 
You can buy your own Attipas shoes from there website and they have a range of designs that come in three sizes small, medium or large. We were sent the medium ones for Sophia they are meant to be up to size 4.5 and Sophia is a size 5 with wide feet but they fit her perfectly.They are priced at £15.99 which i think is a good price for such a well made clever product and they come nicely packaged.

Attipas have very kindly offered one of my readers to win a pair of Attipas toddler shoes in any size or style they wish from there website. So to be in with a chance of winning just enter the Rafflecopter below and you might be lucky enough to see for yourself just how great these shoes are. 



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Sunday, 11 January 2015

Blog Goal's For 2015


Last week i wrote about my personal goals for 2015, with it being the new year and all that. You can read about my personal goals for the year ahead here if you wish, yes there are cliches like losing weight on there. Anyway as it is a new year and i made personal goals for the year ahead, i thought that i would also make myself some blog goals for the year ahead too. 

I have only been blogging for less then a year and only blogging properly for the last few months and i still have so much to learn so i thought a set of goals that i can work towards in the year ahead was a good way to focus more on my blog. So here is my blog goals for 2015.

1.) Post more often on my blog. I blog very much as and when i get the chance and there is no consistency with my blogging, one week i may post five days in a row and another week not at all. I know carrying on like this is not so great as my readers will have no idea when to expect a post of me. I had planned on blogging every day this year but we are already almost two weeks into the year and i have failed at that. I would love to blog every day but realistically with three children , two of whom are very young i don't think that will happen. I also don't want to be a one of those blogs who blog everyday just for the sake of it. So i aim to blog more, hopefully everyday but realistically probably 3-5 days per week. 

2.) Take better photographs and learn to edit them properly. One thing that i am really rubbish at and always have been is photography. I have never taken nice photos . Since starting blogging i have realised that photos are a huge part of blogging, they draw the reader in and really make a blog look beautiful. Most of my photos are quick snaps off my iphone that i do not even edit, my photos are shockingly bad. So i plan on using my camera more often, once i have learnt how to use it properly that is. I also need to learn to edit photos better , i see so many blogs with clever edits on the photos and i don't even know how to do half the edits people do. So i plan on taking lots of photos, learning to use my camera and how to edit properly. I may even look into doing a beginners photography course to brush up on my skills as i am totally clueless when it comes to this.

3.) Comment on other blogs more. I read a lot of blogs but i very rarely comment on them. I really must start commenting more, as a blogger i know that there is nothing better then someone taking the time to read your post and leave a little comment, as it shows that someone has actually read what you have wrote. So i have started using Bloglovin more to keep up to date with my favourite blogs and will be commenting on every post i read from now on. 

4.) Take part in more linkys. I enjoy taking part in linkys but i keep forgetting they are on. There is a few i try to take part in when i remember that is. I want to take part in more though as not only do i receive more page views and get more comments when i take part but also because i think it is a great way to find other blogs to read , i love discovering new blogs to read. I will be catching up with one of my favourite blogs You Baby Me Mummy's amazing linky list guide which tells you all the linkys available, when they on and who hosts them , you can view it yourself here. 

5.) Get organised. One of the things i have struggled with blog wise in the last few months is organisations. Since having Jacob four months ago i have had so many ideas for blog posts and i have never got around to writing them as i have them wrote down all over the place. I also had so many reviews and i had no idea in what order i had received products so some reviews were going out in the wrong order and i had a few chase up emails off Pr's asking where there review was. I also have so many half finished or finished blog posts waiting for me to publish that have just been lost in my draft pile as i had over fifty draft posts, which is crazy. So i have went out and brought a planner and i have spent the last few days getting organised i have a list of posts to write, a few review posts that need written and i have also tidied up my draft files and got rid of most of the unfinished blog posts just to bring some sort of order over my blog. I will also log when i receive a review and have the review post written up within a week or so of receiving it from now on.. Hopefully organisation will improve my blog and stop me getting stressed out. 

6.) Grow my social media. I have a pretty good Twitter following ( almost 2000 followers since April) which is grown every single day and is the social media channel i use the most blog wise. I also use Instagram and have 360 followers since august. But my Facebook page is rather neglected with only 56 followers. I want to grow my Facebook page more this year and use it more often as i don't really use it much. I also want to continue to grow my Twitter and Instagram following. 

7.) Learn how to use Pinterest and Google + . I have got as far as setting up a google + and a pinterest account and that's it. I have not set my profiles up on the sites and i have no idea at all how they work. I have heard they are brilliant social media sites for bloggers though . So this year i plan on setting my profiles up on them properly and actually figuring out how they work and start using them and grow a following on them. 

8.) A new blog design and go self hosted. When i started this blog i had no idea what i was doing i just set it up on a whim. All the names i wanted were taken and i came up with this one and used it without thinking. I also opted for blogger platform to host my blog on as its free and easy to use. I brought my blog template off etsy and went for something bright and different to other blogs. However now i have been blogging for a few months i have realised that i want a change. I have been thinking of changing the name of my blog, but I'm unsure what to. I have also been thinking of going self hosted as i have heard there is lots of great features you can have on your blog doing this. I also really want a blog redesign , i think my blog is too pink and bright and i would love a custom made design. But i think i will wait and see how blogging goes and then think about going self hosted and have a redesign and maybe a name change once i have learnt more about blogging. 

9.) Go to BritMums Live. I have my ticket all booked and paid for, but i still have to find the courage to actually go. Britmums is a two day blogging conference in London in June. I really want to go as i will learn so much and will be nice to see some bloggers who i talk to and read there blogs. However a lot of bloggers seem to have sponsors and i don't think i would feel comfortable asking a company for money and i don't think my blog is established enough to ask for it if I'm honest.Without a sponsor it will cost me a lot of money to go, train fares Newcastle to London are not cheap and nor or London hotels and i have been thinking do i want to spend all that money on myself going to a conference or should i spend the money taking my children somewhere for the weekend instead. I also don't have any close blogging friends , i talk to some other bloggers but not so much since having Jacob as i just don't have time and i wouldn't want to go to an event on my own. I do want to go and i am sure i would have fun, but I'm in two minds at the moment and i also don't know if i could leave my babies for two days as i would miss them far to much. 

10.) Have fun with my blog. I started this blog as a hobby as somewhere to record my pregnancy and are family life. Yes i have been lucky to have some amazing opportunities through this blog but I'm not in it for the freebies and the stats and all that. Blogging will always be a hobby to me, i don't care about rankings and SEO and any of that, its all alien to me. So i want to just carry on having fun with my blog and i don't ever want to be worrying about stats and rankings or any of that stuff because then i feel blogging will stop being fun and more like a chore or a job and i don't want that, i want to blog because i enjoy it not because i have too. 

So those are my blog goals for this year. Have you got any blog goals this year ? 



The List

Sunday, 4 January 2015

My Ten Personal Resolution's For 2015

Every single year i vow to make new year resolutions and every single year i get as far as thinking about changing stuff and never actually do anything to change. Normal resolutions for me are 1.) To lose weight and i can normally still be found eating my own body weight in selection packs on new years day 2.) To join a gym, realistically this is probably never actually going to happen 3.) To be some kind of super organised, amazing mummy , domestic goddess with an immaculate home. That is never going to happen as my house is a mess as it is lived in rather then a show home. I will never be the kind of mum who prepares organic wholesome foods , I'm a rubbish cook. And i will never spend hours each day doing fun educational activities , my children like playing and watching TV and visiting the local soft play to much.

But this year i have decided that i am going to make some resolutions as now i am a mum of three i do need to change some things in my life. I thought that by writing my resolutions down in a blog posts rather then just thinking them in my head might actually give me the nudge i need to do something about changing my life, or that's probably just wishful thinking. So here is my personal resolutions for 2015.

1.) Lose weight. I say this every single year, and every single year nothing changes. I often start of with good intentions and join slimming world , which normally lasts a few weeks. I lose weight then have a takeaway , think i have ruined my diet so pig out on crisps and rubbish and then avoid going back to group as i know i will have gained weight. I have actually lost weight twice in my life though. A few years ago i lost three stone in three months by going to the gym and not eating as much. And also after Sophia was born i lost two stone as i had gallstones so could not eat anything with fat in, if i had of kept my gallbladder i would so be super skinny by now. I have never been a size 8 and nor would i want to be. But i do need to lose my baby weight as i gained a lot in my last pregnancy and have about four or five stone to lose ( I'm avoiding the scales) So starting on Monday i am going to start healthy eating. No diets, no gyms, no slimming groups. Just plain old simple healthy eating. I will still allow my self treats but in moderation, i aim to eat healthier and move more as simple as that , as that's what i find works best for me.

2.) Be more adventurous in the kitchen. As i am planning on losing weight i thought that it was about time i learnt to cook more. I am so boring when it comes to meal times and normally stick to a few trusted meals mainly lasagna, spaghetti bolognese, roast dinners, fajitas, pasta bakes and curry. And the other half often comments that he is bored of eating the same meals. I also want the children to grow up to not be fussy eaters and to eat anything we serve. So as i am planning on losing some weight and eating healthy i thought it was about time i started experimenting a bit more in the kitchen. If you have any recipes especially slow cooker ones i would love to see them as i have no idea what to cook in the slow cooker.

3.) Get organised and Decluter the house. I am really disorganised, like shockingly bad. I am getting much worse since having my third child. I aim to be a lot more organised this year, i am going to start using a diary and calender to record when appointments etc are. I also plan on making meal plans each week. I also need to make a blog planner and get more organised with my blogging. And i massively need to declutter. Having three children has meant we have acquired a lot of stuff over the years and are house is full of stuff. Some we need and some we quiet frankly don't. So aim to have a massive declutter and reorganisation of the house this year and plan on buying lots of storage and get the house all organised as well as my life.

4.) Move house. As i have just mentioned are house is full with children's things And we have no room at all. We only have a two bedroom very old terraced house. And we need to move as we have no room. Are house has damp and is surrounded by farmers fields so we often get mice in the garden , thankfully not in the house as we have a cat. So this year we will hopefully find a bigger house and move.We are a bit limited as to where we move to as we cant move to far for Chloe's school and the other half's work, so i think we will be staying in the same area. I can not wait to move and start decorating a new house and turn it into are family home.

5.) Think about a new job. In a few months my maternity leave will be coming to an end and i will have to think about returning to work. I don't have to return to work as i we could manage on the other half's wages. But i want to work, i have always had my own money and i don't think i could cope with not earning my own money and just staying at home all day. I wont be returning to my old job as i was working full time sometimes up to sixty hours per week doing fourteen hour shifts and i missed seeing Chloe, i rarely picked her up from school as she was always at the childminders or with my family. I think i will look for agency work so i can just work once or twice a week and fit it around lee's job. Then i am still working and earning money but get lots of time with my children too.

6.) Make more time for Lee. This is something i really want to work on. Before we had Sophia me and Lee done so much together we had weekly date nights, we ate out often, had weekends away and just had a brilliant relationship. Since having Sophia and then Jacob we have had no proper couple time. We have been out about twice on a date in nineteen months. We rarely even get time just to spend alone at home together anymore since Jacob arrived. We are going to make sure once a week we have a date night at home just us having a nice meal and watching a film or something, and when we can get a babysitter having a date night out somewhere.

7.) Have more fun as a family. We always use to have brilliant family days out. On my days off from work we aways use to take Chloe out somewhere nice such as the cinema, meals out or a day trip. Even when Sophia was born we still had nice days out as a family often going for meals and days out. However since having Jacob we have rarely had any family days out or meals out. Jacob suffered so badly with colic and we could not really go anywhere due to his constant crying. Now he is getting better so we plan on going out more as a family. I also plan on doing something with each child on there own once a month , so they are all getting some much needed one on one time with mum and dad.

8.) Make more time for me. I am hoping i can get more time for myself , even if it just having an hour in a bubble bath with a magazine every night. Since having Jacob four months ago i have not seen my friends at all. I need to start meeting up with them again every once in a while, without children in tow. When i do get the odd hour to myself here and there i find myself either doing housework or blogging.I need to stop this and maybe read a book, paint my nails or watch a film or the TV. Just something for me as i feel a more relaxed happy mum will make happier children as i wont be so stressed out and tired all the time.

9.) No more baby's. This might sound like a crazy resolution but i had Sophia in 2013 and then Jacob in 2014. So i don't want another baby in 2015. Sophia was only six months old when i fell pregnant with Jacob and my body has been through so much in the last two years i have had two baby's and i also had surgery in between my two pregnancies. I think are family is complete now , i also don't think i could cope with another baby. I want to enjoy the children we have and give them the best childhood possible. If anyone hears me say i am broody then please slap me and tell me i am crazy.

10.) Have fun. Since losing my mum almost ten years ago in an accident i have realised that life is to short. We could go at any moment just like that. I want to make sure i have fun, i want to look back on 2015 and be able to say i had a great year and i want my partner and children to say the same. So i plan on having lots of laughs, lots of adventures and lots of family time to make 2015 a great year for myself and my family.

Hopefully i will stick to my resolutions this year, it will be interesting to look back on them at the end of the year and see how many i have actually stuck to. Have you made any resolutions this year?




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