Last month I decided to start writing a little post each month about little things that I had loved from the month gone by. One of my new years resolutions (hands up who has broken theirs already? I have) was to be kinder to myself and make sure that I had some much needed me time now and then. Last year I suffered really badly from post natal depression after my sons birth and the whole year just passed by in a blur. I want to start thinking positive again, as by doing so I have been feeling so much happier and sociable and like me and that is why I write these posts each month, a way to remind myself that good things happen and to remember them.
So here is a few of the things that I loved in March.
1.) The Hunger Games. Years ago I discovered the Hunger Games books, after someone from work recommended them to me. I was hooked by the first chapter and read all three books within week's. I have been dying to see the final film as I never got around to seeing it at the cinema and we have been watching the first three films in the lead up to the latest ones DVD releases date. As soon as it came out we had a film night and watched it, I am just a little bit sad there will be no more films to watch now as I loved watching Katniss Everdene.
2.) Easter weekend. I love long bank holiday weekend's, we normally just stay at home but it is nice to just relax and spend time together as a family. Good Friday the other half was working but myself and the children had fish and chips and watched films all day. We had a lovely Easter Sunday eating chocolate eggs and roast lamb and just having a lovely quiet few days at home.
3.) Spring time. I really love the lighter nights and warmer weather, it just makes everything seem much nicer and happier. It has been nice getting out in the garden again with the children, although it is in need of a much needed tidy up after the winter. I love being able to hang the laundry on the line, visit the park and have family days out again. I am so easily pleased.
4.) Lots to look forward too. We have made so many plans over the last few weeks for days out and things we plan to do this year. We are going to York tomorrow and we are off to Scarborough in a few days too. We have booked to go to Edinburgh zoo in May for Sophia's 3rd birthday and I have also booked my hotel for Blog On in Manchester in May too. We have been busy looking at new houses as we are hoping to move within the next few months, fingers crossed. We have also been discussing a possible wedding, even though we are not technically engaged or anything we know that these things need planned well in advance.
5.) Watching the children play together. Lately the little two have been playing together non-stop, now Jacob is 19 months he happily plays with Sophia and it is lovely to watch. They are little tinkers and love to pull the cushions off the sofa and create an obstacle course they take turns climbing on but it is so nice watching them play and laugh together. They also constantly give each other hugs and kisses and say 'love you' which is so heart warming. They do still fight but I guess all siblings do.
6.) Getting a full night's sleep. Jacob is still sleeping all night and it is so nice to just put him to bed at 7pm and not get woken up off him until 7am each day. He does not wake at all during the night now and after almost one and a half years of broken sleep I can not tell you how nice it is to wake up feeling refreshed and happy each morning, I'm certainly drinking a lot less coffee that's for sure.
7.) Not being so grumpy. Obviously I suffered from PND and it is not just going to go away and I will still get the odd day where I feel down but I feel so much better. I think it is linked to the fact Jacob actually sleeps at night now as I do not feel as grumpy as I did. I certainly don't shout as much as I use to, or snap at the other half as much and I am not constantly moaning any more. It feels good to not be a grumpy pants anymore, although when people leave dirty clothes on the floor and don't tidy up I think I am entitled to be a little bit grumpy.
8.) De-cluttering the house. As I mentioned we are hoping to move in the next few months so I have been slowly going through the house de-cluttering. I have bags full of stuff to take to the tip, donate to charity and mountains of baby stuff to get rid of and sell. We seem to have so much stuff and it was making me feel a bit overwhelmed, having a good de-clutter has certainly made me feel happier as I just hate mess and clutter.
9.) My Blog. Now that I have been blogging for two years I kind of feel like I know what I am doing blog wise, I know what direction I want my blog to go in. I was feeling overwhelmed with reviews and sponsored posts so I have started saying no to a lot of them now and I feel much happier for it. I no longer feel pressured and feel like I now have the time to turn this blog into how I want it to be. I have also stopped spending so much time on my blog and social media etc and I have to say I feel so much better for it.
10.) Soreen Squidgy cake minis. Regular readers will know by now that I am constantly trying to diet and lose my baby weight. So when I was sent these new little squidgy cake bars from Soreen to review and seen that they contained up to 60% less fat and 50% less sugar then normal cake I was thrilled, as it meant that I could eat cake, hurrah! They come in toffee and chocolate flavour and are individually wrapped making them ideal for a little treat with a cuppa, or for family days out. My children and other half demolished these straight away, although I did taste a chocolate one which was squidgy and yummy.
So there is a few things that I have been loving in March, what did you love last month? I would love to know in the comment's below.