Hello 2017!

Well hello February! It’s funny how time flies, and here I am, curled up on the sofa under Dylan’s Miles From Tomorrow personalised blanket (it’s so cosy!) with a movie on in the background still suffering with the bug that keeps doing the rounds. My ears really hurt, Breathing is difficult, my nose rarely stops running, though my cough seems to be getting much better, my head consistently hurts and I’ve had this since the beginning of the year. So what better opportunity while I’m getting some much needed rest to finally get around to blogging.

My chosen planner for this year is a bullet journal. I liked the Happy Planner for last year (and I chose that one last year as it was a cheaper alternative to the Erin Condren I had the year before that) but I ultimately decided that having seen everyone else’s bujos that I wanted to give it a go because the flexibility really spoke to me. I did set up an A5 dokibook (manta cover with ring insert) with the month on 2 pages that I designed myself just in case I didn’t manage to keep up with it but surprisingly I have been doing just fine week to week and am loving it! I have the notebook in a Hobonichi style Love Doki Cover. A flip through is written down for a future blog post ^_^


My book is a “dot grid notebook” from Amazon and I’m really liking it, and it’s cheaper than the Leuchturrm that everyone else gets ๐Ÿ™‚

Dylan started play school, as we call it but it’s playgroup. The first term after he turned 3, he qualified for 15 free hours per week during school terms, so on the 3rd January was his first day. I do miss him being around but at the same time I am able to run errands that don’t take me half as long to do with a toddler in tow plus I get to pee in peace without an audience LOL.


His first session, he was only supposed to do a half day and I had to stay the whole timeย however he decided he wanted to leave early so with an hour still left to go we went home. Second one was a half day anyway and I stayed until that last hour, then on his third session it was a little difficult as he was supposed to do a full day but I had my UC appointment and that was booked a year in advance so I took him with me and then dropped him off for the afternoon session – in hindsight I should have just tried to take him for the whole day but I couldn’t risk dropping him off and having to race off to my appointment especially if there were meltdowns as it takes a while to get him in the building, do the self registration and say goodbyes.

After that it seemed OK for a few session, he still asked me to stay each time but was alright with me going when he realised what activities were going on that day, but then the giant meltdowns began. Like, one day I called up because he was refusing to get dressed and was kicking me as I tried to get his pants and trousers on and we weren’t going to make it in time, so they suggested I get him there in his PJs. I managed to get his PJ bottoms back on and wrestle him into his car seat where I got him out of the car as the staff helped me bring his clothes etc from the car in while he screamed and threw a fit as he didn’t want to go to play school. Thankfully that was the worst day, and while I’ve had days he has told me he doesn’t want to go, I’ve persuaded him to come with me to at least go and see how he feels when he gets there and he has been OK, and he absolutely loves going now. He does still ask me on the way there if I can stay for a little bit though, but he’s always alright with me going.


We still have our weekly visits to my nan and his Stay & Play group that we go to – Playgroup – hence why we call the other playschool to stop the confusion as we have been going to “playgroup” since he was about 6 months old, Bumps to babes when he was really little and then to Active tots and Stay & Play, all run by the same people, even though turn out for active tots wasn’t very good and they ended up cancelling which was a shame.


I chose my One Little Word for 2017 – BETTER – and have it in the beginning of my Bullet Journal as a reminder ๐Ÿ™‚




I also said goodbye to my car. I had it for 13 years, and was so sad to let it go. I had to take the parcel shelf out of fit one part of the buggy into it and the other part had to sit on the back seat next to Dylan which was no good. I really needed something bigger, we needed a family car. We had been searching for a while, but was looking for just the right car, and by chance my dad found it, took me and Dylan out to go see it on the Friday, and that was it… I ended up having it delivered on Monday and they took my beloved Corsa away to be sold on to someone else.

Of course, I had a dolphin on the back of my car (for a long time all our cars in my family had a vinyl sticker on the back) so I decided I wanted one on my new one – and my dad had a bunch of devil ones as he and my mum had devils on theirs over the years, but I really wanted Taz. And my dad surprised me with one! My dad’s current car that he’s had for quite a few years now never had one on but he got himself a Grumpy from the 7 dwarfs to put on his LOL.

October 2016


I have been stepping up my craft game – and by stepping up I mean actually doing some LOL. The other night after Dylan had gone to bed, I stayed up (too late!) to make some dividers for an A5 Love Doki planner I got. I have been thinking of what to do for next year as this year I have been using a happy planner and that cannot be refilled… The original plan was to do a bullet journal, and I figured that when life gets a bit too hectic a bujo may not be used to its full potential – so my personal sized Love Doki got some new WH Smiths inserts as a back up. Just in case. Some people might wonder what on earth I could possibly put in a planner seeing as I’m just a stay at home mum in the week and at the weekend I just work in a shop… But I essentially have a household to run, and a work rota to keep on top of, and believe me – if I have a bad week and I don’t fill anything in, then both myself and Dylan can stay in our jammies for a couple of days at home (in my defence, I was also not feeling too good).

I was so pleased with how my dividers came out, some ladies in a planner group I belong to asked where I was selling them lol!


Dylan also decided that he wanted to be Catboy from PJ Masks. He’s absolutely Mario mad at the moment, and often tells me that he’s Mario and I’m Princess Peach and then we continue what we are doing but I have to refer to him as Mario ๐Ÿ™‚ But for a few days I was Night Ninja (with lots of sticky splats!) and he asked if we could make a catboy mask for him and he wanted me to have an Owlette one too, so I picked up enough foam for all 3 PJ Masks just in case he wanted to be Gecko instead – the joys of toddlers!


I ran out of hot glue sticks so only Catboy has been completed, but he loves it, even if he has picked at it and broken it a bit so it needs to be fixed! (Again, joy of toddlers lol!)


We decided to have a fairly quiet day, I was feeling less than great, so we had a PJ day. We built a fort and cuddled up with blankets and cushions in there (my legs were outside the side hole because I couldn’t fit in completely) we watched some telly, we read books, we cuddled up and played his DS. Later on that day I remembered I still hadn’t seen the Justin Timberlake concert on Netflix so we put it on and danced (I wasn’t particularly concerned about bad words during songs) took a short break for bath time and cuddled up on the sofa to finish it off. It was one of my favourite days – one that I know I will look back on and remember fondly ๐Ÿ™‚


It seems to be getting colder, our heating was put on the other week, and something my mum used to do for us when we were little was to get 2 Cadbury mini rolls in a bowl and cover them in custard… YUMMY! The custard would melt the chocolate and was a lovely warming treat. We had no mini rolls – not even the Tesco ones we buy – but I did have some tesco cake bars and they did the trick nicely ๐Ÿ˜‰ I have got to make some chocolate crumble/chocolate concrete sometime soon, but today after I got home from work and cooked our tea, both me and Dylan made M&M cookies. ^_^

Autumn is on the way!

There’s a long main road near to where I live and the leaves started changing a couple of weeks back. Summer came back and we certainly have been enjoying it ๐Ÿ™‚


There hasn’t been much to share lately, and for that I apologise. Dylan is coming on leaps and bounds with his potty training, I’m still looking into cutting down on chemicals in our home, but it seems home made laundry powder isn’t one we can use… (1) not that this matters to us as our machine is on its last legs & I’d many years old, but it can apparently void your warranty if you use homemade laundry products. (2) it doesn’t get your clothes actually clean. With a toddler, who gets messy, we need things to be clean! It was actually my own PJ bottoms that made me realise it wasn’t doing the job it was supposed to, as they are quite long for my short legs and drag the floor and I had gone into the garden wearing them and they were filthy! Only after washing, they were the same. I did another wash but this time with detergent and that did a much better job. I know cutting chemicals out completely is an impossible task, so I know I have to pick my battles, and for now it seems that this isn’t one of them.

Otherwise we are just plodding along.

House tour

Can you believe that we have been in the house for 9 months now? Time is flying by! I filmed this house tour months and months ago, so it was about time that I shared it here with everyone.

Yesterday we had the telly sorted in the bedroom, much to Dylan’s delight – we had a telly in the bedroom in the flat but it wasn’t a huge priority to get one in the house to be fair. The issue we had was that our telly that sat on top of the wardrobe in the flat nicely ย was actually too big to be put in the exact same place in the house as the ceilings are surprisingly lower here, and it misses by all of 5mm. So my parents decided when they purchased a new telly for their caravan that they would use it in their spare room (my old bedroom – Stewart’s old bedroom has bunk beds in for my nephews sleep overs) and take it out when they needed it and let us have the old telly as it was small enough to fit.

Dylan was up around about 1am I believe so came in with me (yes, he’s still up at least once a night if not twice or more). 6.30am he was going: “Mummy wake up! Telly on please, want Tiny Pop!”


We attempted Geocaching, and it didn’t go too badly but he absolutely had to have his reigns on. He has a habit of walking/running off, and I couldn’t be chasing after him while trying to spot a cache. He did help me find his very first one and quite enjoyed it, when I told him we were going on a treasure hunt he seemed to enjoy it. We have been out looking for munzees as well by telling him we are playing hide and seek. We have hidden a couple of them and found quite a few ๐Ÿ™‚



Waiting for Nanny & Grampy to return home from their holiday



Painting in the garden. Apart from the fact we seem to be having a pretty pants summer as soon as we have some nice and warm sunshine we go out and make the most of it… Right now it is overcast and a little chilly, we are hoping summer makes a return soon!

Our flat tour

Quite overdue, I am going to share the video of our flat. There’s the original video when I moved in (if you excuse my awful commentary!) then there’s the one I recorded before we moved out… An additional two people and a lot more stuff later!

So here it is when I moved in and we had started doing some work to it (but still a bit to go!)

Here’s some pictures of how it was once I was more settled and I had my proper furniture in:

My Flat 2007-2015

I know that in 2008 Gareth moved in with his stuff and then we had a child whom we bought things for, in a 1 bed flat, was tough, but even so it was still a lot we had.

I have actually vlogged and recorded a video earlier on the other day about my new YouTube channel. My original one is home movies and random bits, so *hopefully* this new one will be about, along with blogging about it, cutting down on chemicals in the home, what I’m doing and using to help my anxiety and be in a better frame of mind (though today I am super exhausted!), decluttering and sorting out our home and so on, so watch this space.

I will also be getting around to a house tour video soon ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s on my to-do list!

Multitasking at its finest

Scanning and blogging! So bear with me here ๐Ÿ˜‰ It has been quite a (long) day with Dylan sleeping in his room until 4.3oam where I then lay awake for 2 hours before getting up and getting cracking on some house work, my UC making me quite poorly, and mishaps such as attaching myself via hook and loop tape (also known as velcro to most of us ha!) to some boards, scaring myself silly going into a completely dark room with a mannequin that was right insideย the door – the same one I have mistaken for a customer far too many times than I care to admit.

Hubby is working on some stuff in the spare room and Dylan thankfully went to bed after arguing with me about where he was planning on sleeping. I am sat on the floor with a cushion as I need to access the scanner for my lovely planner pages.

You see apparently that Marie Kondo said something about things coming to you when you most need it. I’m still a little skeptical but have witnessed a couple of such events:

A raffle where I left early from the party. At the time I remember seeing the table of prizes thinking “I don’t want any of that clutter around” so didn’t hesitate when I was overwhelmed by the sheer number of people after losing Dylan a few times that I had enough (thankfully it was a toddler Xmas party and he was safe but still a scary thing watching your child run off in front of your eyes and there is no way you can get to him as there are people blocking your path!)

I was done. I didn’t care if I didn’t win anything.


Weeks later I received a voucher, as it turns out from that very raffle… For a free cut and blow dry. The previous weekend I had been thinking to myself that I needed a hair cut.


Then we have my latest purchase: A Kikki K wellness planner. I agonised over this one for weeks. I debated about whether I truly needed it, I watched youtube videos about it and figured everything in this planner was just what I needed to get me on track where my regular planner organises my to dos/appointments/etc, but that maybe I should still wait. They had a sale on for 20% off and boy did I hover over that add to cart button. Instead I signed up to the mailing list a couple of days before the end of Jan, where the final day of the sale I received an additional money off coupon code, that by luck I tried it with the already 20% off and got it at a bargain price. But I am scanning the pages in so that I don’t have to purchase refills ๐Ÿ˜› ย It is gorgeous and most certainly is sparking joy: a year ago on Tuesday I attended my first CBT class which ultimately (we think) helped me get into remission until December with my autoimmune disease. This planner has CBT like parts about it but also addresses other key things. Just reading through it has made me think a lot and I look forward to using it to implement some much needed changes in addition to some other household ones I have in the works. If it helps me make some happy healthy changes to my life then without a doubt it will be worth every penny ๐Ÿ™‚

I do intend on being back with those flat videos. I was also toying with the idea of doing a bit of vlogging but we shall see how that one actually pans out haha!


Not only have I been sick with an awful cold, had my car not starting when I was trying to leave for work and borrowing Gareth’s, then had to sort out a punctureย for my car, Gareth’s car having issues as well and him having my car for the week until we got it back on Thursday… Ive had one poorly little pickle as well. Thankfully colds seem to have shifted. Next plan, remission for me! (please keep fingers crossed!)

Christmas 2015

Dylan loved Christmas this year. He still doesn’t quite *get* it, but when asked what Santa/Father Christmas says he goes: “Ho ho ho!” rather cutely. We put one of our homemade biscuits on a plate plus put a bit of milk out and left it for santa as we told him that he was bringing presents so it was our way of saying thank you… but he was a very naughty boy ALL DAY, and being told that santa wouldn’t bring presents to him just made him laugh at us because he didn’t understand what was going on, but I did say if he gave mummy a big kiss and cuddle that I would put in a good word.

He had a Miles blanket with his name on plus wall stickers for when we paint his room (though he’s not as enthusiastic as he was about the show, and rarely plays with his Miles toy, he still likes it. I recorded 4 DVDs worth of the show before we moved so he still has them to watch) He got Spider-man Duplo and a wooden tool box with tools and screws, a colouring book and a selection box. In his stocking was peppa pig bubble bath with wand to blow bubbles in the bath, toothbrush, peppa pig tooth paste, chocolate coins & a Spider-man surprise egg… He has been obsessed with “surprise-y eggs” (as he says) videos on youtube, for him it wasn’t so much the toy that was inside but the experience of opening the egg to see what was inside and eating the chocolate… and mummy now has a rubber spiderman charm to use as a keyring on my keys! Trust me, surprise eggs will not be a regular occurrence! I do not need the extra clutter!


Reading books borrowed from Nanny and Grampy

Gareth was a little concerned that it wasn’t enough, but I knew it was plenty plus he hadn’t received his gifts from any of his grandparents. I truly do not want to be dealing with an absolute ton of stuff at Christmas and wondering where on earth I am going to put everything! Dylan still prefers to “help” and play with things that aren’t toys, but he is really into cars or pushing things along the floor like a car regardless if they have wheels or not lol, and his happyland sets more recently where it holds his attention for a while and makes cute jabbering noises while playing.


From his nanna, he received a table top kitchen (as requested), because he often liked playing with his girlfriends kitchen but I didn’t want it taking up a lot of space and worrying about where it would be stored. We have a fold away table that we put it on and it comes apart and stores nicely in a box on the kallax ^_^


From Nanny and Grampy he had some Happyland to add to his collection, so I took his entire collection and set it up in his play area (aka the dining room… We are going to be getting a fold away dining table at some point that will just go against the wall where his toy box currently sits) Again all of it fits into a kallax box. As I write this, he has his tent and tunnel out in this area ๐Ÿ™‚ It is simple to get things out, put them away and change things up each day, otherwise things can quickly get out of control.

He got other toys/puzzles/clothes that I have simply put away for now in his wardrobe. The CAT digger will go in the sandpit once the nicer weather comes so sits (between being played with) on top of the toy box. My aunt popped by yesterday, and with her gift I am taking Dylan to Go Bananas as he loved the soft play the other week and keeps asking to go back but to be fair our “local” one it is a bit of a rubbish one (I may or may not have smuggled him into the older kids side while it wasn’t being manned but he was still too small for it and wasn’t able to climb a lot of the parts so I had to carry him. He loved it, I was exhausted after an hour of going between the baby/toddler section and the older kids side!)

The weather hasn’t been particularly the best, though yesterday was nice and sunny, it has been raining lots, high winds and very dark in the house (as you can tell from the photo of Dylan reading “In The Night Garden” books) He doesn’t read very often, so I loved to see him reading yesterday! He is very much an on-the-go toddler with a short attention span. I do admit that I suffer with short attention span too! We are spending this time between Christmas & New Year just being together as we don’t get to do it very often. I am back at work this weekend and Gareth is back to work on Monday.

I also uploaded the tour of the flat before we moved out, to YouTube the other week. Blog post for another day though unless you want to check it out over there (mmmbisto)


After persuading someone I know to try reusable pads via my updates, I thought it was best to do a post on my cup, especially as I am in bed next to a sleeping toddler at gone 1pm after we were up all night & came for a nap just before 11am. I’ve had about an hour nap at least.

So my first attempt at the cup was quite amusing. I put it in and lasted all of 20 minutes in which time I didn’t even sit down. Could I feel it? Nope! But I was so aware that it was in there and a little freaked out which was daft really. I was also freaked out about getting it out… What if I got my cervix measurement all wrong and my shorty cup got lost up there FOREVER!? Well, it actually can’t get lost up there, as it turns out.

I did persist and build up the amount of time I used it. I was determined that this little cup was going to be awesome, and it is, though I’m still getting used to it and because of that, there have been occasions where it is in and not leaking but I’m not sure when to change it (still learning about my flow too!) and have taken it out to check on it and cursed myself as I could have left it a few more hours! It has been sooooooo brilliant to wear at work, put it in before I leave and not have to worry at all about needing to change a pad while I’m there. Well once I get it into my head that I don’t need to check on it “just in case” as I wear a back up pad for now anyway while I have the cup in. As the times I have worn it to work whilst on my period I have gone to have a look how it’s doing after just a few hours. Rookie mistake it seems. But having had the experience of emptying it in a “public bathroom” (shared with my work colleagues who quite a few know about the cup anyway) it is pretty easy, as long as you have something to wipe the cup with, like a reusable wipe which also doubles up as my “cup spot” so I can put it down, or I have a collapsible cup thing that I use to sterilise my menstrual cup in and can fill that with water to take into the stall to clean it ๐Ÿ™‚ it really isn’t that hard or awkward at all.

As I am still getting a stash of pads together it has also been super helpful in that when I have just 1 clean pad left I can put the cup in with it on and get all my others washed and dried, so this cycle just gone was my first disposable free one! 

I have still yet to use it overnight, hopefully this cycle I will. Each month I am more determined to get the hang of it ^_^ it’s also funny as I was having a bad time & heard of cheeky wipes 25% off over Black Friday weekend so I have a few more pads coming. At least it was something I needed and not buying for the sake of it which is something I am trying to embrace ๐Ÿ™‚ but I can do a post with my “stash” when I have them all.

Cloth pad update


I have to admit, “pleasant” isn’t actually a word you would associate with your period, but my last one was much more tolerable ๐Ÿ™‚ I was using both disposables and reusables, and it was quite an experience using them both as I was able to compare them as I used them.

Some things I learned:

  • Disposables really don’t have a nice feel
  • Disposables smell awful
  • Disposables are convenient that they are smaller and can just be disposed of.
  • Blood tends to sit on the surface for a bit before being absorbed.

But then:

  • Reusables are so nice to wear
  • Much better absorbency (In my experience)
  • As I had charcoal bamboo, you could see the blood, but it wasn’t noticeable as blood (if that makes sense? It just looked “damp”, so perfect for those who are squeamish!)
  • Washing the pads wasn’t as bad as I feared. I rinsed them out first until the water ran clear and then just chucked them into a regular wash. And no staining! If I was squeamish though, I’d have taken the advice of just chucking them in their own wash cycle without even taking them of out the wash bag.
  • They are surpringly discreet! I had mine in my small wet bag, but even if you just have the pad, if it was folded up, no one would have a clue that you had a pad in your hand and might think it was a purse or something.
  • They are a little bulky storage wise though, when folded up.
  • Handling used pads wasn’t bad either ๐Ÿ™‚ even when I was at work, which I worried would have been an issue. I just folded the used pad up and poppered it closed and put straight into the wet bag.
  • There isn’t a bad smell with reusables! Another reason that putting a used pad in my work bag wasn’t an issue ๐Ÿ™‚ one thing I found surprising is that the blood doesn’t have a smell per se, but it did give me flashbacks of after having Dylan and the lochlia: though the maternity pads were huge and bulky they said that they shouldn’t smell as if it did it would signal an infection so it was something to be mindful of.

My cup arrived too, and I was very intrigued! I gave it a quick test (or a “dry run”) so put it in and took it out. I have to admit, I’m a bit scared! I managed it ok, but I guess it will be a bit like contact lenses. I was freaked out and convinced I would never be able to “touch my eye” but I did it just fine (though as it turned out, contacts weren’t for me!) my meluna cup cost ยฃ11 and will last for many years so I am determined to give it a good go. It will be a completely different experience once it is in and I’m going about my day. I will be using the cup alongside my reusable pads until I am confident enough of how frequently I need to empty it and that I have it positioned correctly.

I also came across the monthly box from femininewear.co.uk which is where I bought my cup from. I’m thinking that would be a nice treat sometime ๐Ÿ™‚

Please standby…

UntitledWe took a little time to destress yesterday by colouring in my book. I had some Disney Junior colouring prints – somewhere – but can’t find them. That seems to be a major issue with a lot of stuff. I have a “notice to quit” form for our flat to return to the council that we’ve always had… Somewhere. Dylan has a drum and one of the drumsticks is somewhere. The latest “somewhere” item is Dylan’s dinosaur jigsaw from Uncle Stewart and Aunty Claire (which is awesome because the pieces can be played with), but I cannot find all the pieces, though I had them all on Monday. We live in just 4 rooms, and there’s just **too much stuff**. It should be impossible to lose certain things but we still seem to manage to do that anyway. I have been planning a “home tour” to upload to YouTube. Once I record it, of course. And then doing one when we move. I’m hoping it is not going to be one of those things I intend to do but don’t get around to.

One of the good things about moving I suppose is that we will be forced to face all of our belongings and to save ourselves hauling lots of stuff to the new house. I actually read an article that someone wrote how they moved and never unboxed a fair few boxes even after being in their new home for months. They figured they could just get rid of it. I know that will be the case for a LOT of stuff in our attic, minus the Christmas, baby things and our weekend bag. I need to remind myself that when I see the books etc that they have been out of mind and I haven’t missed them one bit, so they can safely go.

While I don’t think we would be full on minimalists, I have been drawing inspiration from it (one reason I suppose why I was drawn to the konmari method. Which I have stalled on. Someone kick me up my arse please & shake some sense of why I am doing it in the first place) the less stuff we own would make for an easier & less stressful life, that I do believe. It has given me lots of ideas, hopefully for future posts.

My first go with the cloth pads FYI, was AMAZING but that is for another post very soon, as I also have my first cup on the way – a meluna. I also don’t do change very well so I’m already dealing with the feeling of finding it hard to breathe but at the same time trying to realise how much we all need this. Sure it’s not going to erase the issues of my husband’s long commute and therefore meaning he isn’t home so much plus me working weekends so time spent together is limited. But we are hoping the night time situation will improve with Dylan having his own room (I seriously hope!)
We have so much to do. Sigh.

So as I press post on these ramblings, it might be worth noting as to why the “standby” title. I have been waiting for a call from the solicitor this afternoon as there was a small bit of hope that we would be exchanging contracts today but that seems unlikely. Fingers crossed for Monday though!