October 2016

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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!

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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!

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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!)

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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™‚

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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™‚

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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!”

Geocaching

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™‚

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Waiting for Nanny & Grampy to return home from their holiday

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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!

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.

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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.

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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!

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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!)

“welcome home”

On the third of October I left the flat & went to work, when I finished I went home… to the house. It was a crazy day and I felt helpless at work while my dad, brother & husband moved everything. I am so grateful to my parents and my brother and his wife for this opportunity. I would have no doubt lost my flaming mind in that flat for much longer! As I pulled up in my car a bit worried about driving my car on to the drive in the garden for the first time, I heard in my head the recording of the guy on the Disney buses when he says “and welcome home”.

We still have quite a way to go: Ikea delivery this Thursday – Dylan is going to have a wardrobe! I am excited to claim some space back in my 3 drawers! Things have been a huge squeeze in there with his clothes as well especially as we are getting 2-3 year old clothes for him now, and his 12-18 month clothes no longer fit, some of the 18-24 months stuff is a bit hit and miss. (Thankfully my sister in law left some of the boys clothes at the house for us!) PLUS we are getting a kallax for the dining room for toy storage. Things are coming together and once we have the new sofa and the wall units are purchased and put up and I have got my little craft nook for a spot of scrapbooking that I haven’t done in so so long (in Dylan’s album, he’s not been born yet!) then I will start to feel a little more settled.

That and I still have a ton of KonMari to do. But baby steps at the moment.

Speaking of baby steps, my little monkey has actually gone for a nap, hence the blog post! I haven’t had some “me time” in months! Trying to squeeze in some telly catch up too!

So how is the cherub…?

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I am loving our new kitchen too. There is so much SPACE! I took the opportunity to bake with Dylan (I say that pretty loosely, I gave him the whisks from the hand mixer to lick to keep him quiet!) and we made some banana loaf with some bananas that didn’t get eaten from the party.

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Dylan just loves being outside though, so for as long as it is dry I am sure we will be wrapping up warm and heading out in the garden ^_^

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I will do a short blog post soon about my first attempt with my cup, it was quite funny really, plus I have some fluffy mail on the way as I need more pads (one of them is a spiderman one!) so I can show pictures ๐Ÿ˜€

Making the switch to reusables

We signed the contracts! We are so close now ๐Ÿ™‚

I am currently mid “Week In The Life”. As much as I would love to promise a post on it, I just don’t know if/when I will, but I hope to. (The cot shot is from nap time today, the others are from various days)

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Now I will do an advanced “TMI” warning for anyone who is of a squeemish disposition, however it’s all completely natural stuff I will be sharing, but I can already tell you no guy wants to read past this paragraph… Continue Reading

June latest

Well the end of May, Dylan finally got to have his hair cut ๐Ÿ™‚ He was alright to begin with but near the end he had enough and didn’t want the lady to cut his hair anymore lol, but I think it turned out great and he looked so grown up afterwards! Of course, I got absolutely soaked as we had a huge downpour that morning.

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I’m doing my best to take some time outย for myself during nap time & indulge a little every now and then. This last Friday, I got a fancy bottle of raspberry lemonade and it was goooooooooood! I put my feet up and caught up on one of my favourite TV shows: The Goldbergs. It’s new to us over here so they are showing an episode every night at 7.30pm and we are nearing the end of season 2.

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We had a “fun” lunch on that same Friday and we made our own Lunchables, though Dylan just wanted to eat the crackers LOL.

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Monkey likes to climb up on one of his boxes and look out the living room window (we are upstairs so good view lol)

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When we had some gorgeous weather, we went to the park to play and in the car park ready to come home he climbed into the drivers seat!

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and this was yesterday, another lovely day after storms at the weekend, when I just didn’t bother getting him dressed after a trip to the doctors (my poor little guy has an infection, so has antibiotics & steroids) so left him in just a vest until it started to get chilly.

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Was super cute rubbing some Savlon cream into his hand this morning (he fell over at active tots yesterday and scraped his hand really badly) and he was laughing because it was tickling him ๐Ÿ™‚

YNAB has been purchased, if you are interested, I can save you $6 ๐Ÿ™‚ just use my link here:ย http://ynab.refr.cc/PQSSC2F

Konmari: My books donated to library, started on paper category now, and managed to start tidying up the mess at the end of the bed this morning because it had gotten out of control.

If you weren’t aware yet either, WE ARE GOING TO BE MOVING IN A FEW MONTHS! Yippee! I have such an amazing supportive family who are helping make this happen ๐Ÿ™‚

On the up!

My little artist made a pretty picture (with the help of mummy of course) at group the other week, and it seemed fitting that it wasn’t just displayed at home but also as my Facebook Header picture, because that is equal to the fridge at home, right? LOL

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The Konmari journey is going slooooooooow.

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However, even if we have only done some of our clothes so far, I have certainly noticed a difference! As you can see above, this is mine and Dylan’s “bottoms” drawer with trousers, shorts etc in. Dylan’s clothes no longer fit in the plastic craft tower thing, and there most certainly isn’t enough room for him to have his own wardrobe/drawers, so Dylan’s stuff is in with mine. He has a “row” down the right hand side of my drawers. Even Gareth has embraced it and sorted his clothes out too, and it is so much easier to find and get to those things. Granted I am still feeling ridiculously overwhelmed about all the other categories but knowing how much our clothes is better makes me super determined to declutter!

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I have new glasses, but since I got them Wednesday last week, I’ve not had much time to wear them. Dylan notices my glasses are different and is super grabby with them, and it’s always a pain in the tush to get used to new glasses anyway, so I probably haven’t been trying as much as I should do to make the time to wear them either. I’m on that.

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Dylan pretty much comes straight to bed with me, we don’t even try and force him to go in his cot at the moment, as he just screams and bangs his head against the side on purpose. It seems ALL of his back teeth are now coming through, poor little guy.

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The one morning when I had just a couple of hours sleep, I popped him straight into the travel cot with some toys so that I could lay down for an hour on the sofa, and in the hopes that when he had his daytime nap that I could catch a few Zzz’s on the sofa, but I struggle to nap during the day (delightful neighbours), but he came and had cuddles with me after that hour.

He does some cute little things now:

  • Either he knocks on a door, or if someone else knocks he says “Come in!”
  • He stood at the door at the weekend while I was at work and was saying: “Mumma. Mumma, come in.” Heart melting. He says Daddy, not sure why he says Mumma instead of mummy as I often refer to myself as, but it’s his thing now, and I’m trying to embrace that I’m not “mummy” but I am “mumma” lol.
  • “Peeeeeeease” when he wants something (please)
  • He’s grasping things, like when we were going to bed one night Gareth was home late so it was just the two of us, I pointed to the cot and asked “Cot?” and then pointed to the bed and said “Bed with mummy?” He pointed straight to the bed.
  • The absolute excitement when Sheriff Callie comes on tv. He LOVES Callie! He squeals and jumps up and down waving his arms and exclaims “CALLIEEEEEEEE!”
  • Trying to put his shoes on himself.
  • His Jake & The Neverland Pirate car which he now adores and likes to scoot around the flat on it (which of course is difficult because of the lack of space, but he’s got turning it around by himself down to a fine art. I just need to remind myself that Dylan is adapting just fine.)

Gareth got a new job which is a huge promotion at his workplace, and though he’s busy he has been loving it so he is happier. And for years I have been using the “Ace Budget” app for iPhone to keep us on track (luckily I was taught well with money and how to budget. I remember when I was looking to move into my flat in 2007, my dad sat me down and went through a budget with me on paper and we made sure I would be able to afford it before I moved. I still use a version of that budget to this day!). It worked OK and I never thought much of it after that as I spent money I logged it in the app against each budget and it did the job. But I heard about “You Need A Budget” or “YNAB” for short, and I decided to give it a go on the free trial. I’m about a week and a half (I think?) into it and I adore it! Though I kept a running total of what YNAB calls “rainy day funds” (glasses, christmas, car insurance, etc) on a spreadsheet and it suited us OK, I’m thinking this is a much better way to go to keep track of everything. I still have my super spreadsheet as that’s my “thing”, but for day to day spending and shifting things around and basically seeing it much better that way, I’m definitely going to purchase YNAB ๐Ÿ™‚

April 2015

Well this post has been long overdue. I’ve even had all intentions of writing a planner related post, but I’ve had a lot of stuff going on these last few months, for example:

  • The CBT course I took for 6 weeks
  • 2 nieces born
  • Dealing with my anxiety in general
  • Settling into work
  • Housework

 

I’m still trying to learn how to get by on very little & broken sleep. Just the previous night Dylan didn’t finally properly settle until 3am, and I know I am certainly not the same person because of being exhausted and tired all the time, and it’s hard. So many people comment how tired he looks but for some reason to him sleep is the enemy. I get better nights when he only wakes up twice but for a long time now he refuses to sleep in his cot or only manages a very short period in there, and the rest of the night I’m being kicked in the ribs. Both me & Dylan manage to sleep a lot better when he actually does go down in his cot (that’s the nights he only wakes twice) but they do not happen nearly enough.

He’s had his first “trim” courtesy of daddy while I was at work:

He likes to post things into the VCR, and he liked to wear mummy’s headband (until he snapped it this morning)

I have to double check the washing machine before I put on a wash.

He’s looking so grown up!

and even tries to dress himself!

I have been battling the clutter in our flat. It’s something that has needed to be done for a long time. I read “the life changing magic of tidying up” and started taking a few tips for now just to get things in order to make moving a little easier, when we do move. Then once we have moved we will have a better idea of where things will go and if we need to rid even more things.

So long January

My little monkey hardly ever sits still and he has the cheesiest grin! But don’t let it fool you. Within the blink of an eye, he can go from angelic looking to full on meltdown. They fail to mention that the “terrible twos” start from about 14/15 months old! I spend my days running after him, he most certainly keeps me on my toes! As for his sleep, well that is still very much an issue. He refuses to go down, he has split my lip on multiple occasions where the just thrashes about, and when he does go to sleep, he is back up just hours later. It simply seems that he is a bad sleeper, end of. Nothing I could do would change it, so I just have to go with the flow and if it means he ends up in bed with me by about 3am, then that’s what I have to do.

He even got his first shoes. We tried a couple of pairs on him, and the first pair he struggled to walk in as they seemed pretty heavy for his feet so we chose the airplane ones instead. We need to get him remeasured again now as it has been over a month.

On top of looking after Dylan, I have been cooking for the both of us too (seems daddy wasn’t too eager to try the butternut squash soup! My mum is going to try it so is coming over after work to get the last serving and I have 2 pots in the freezer for later) I had never had butternut squash before, but I cooked it anyway. Dylan is funny with his food lately… Unless he can grab it and feed it to himself, he doesn’t want to know, but I managed to get him to have a few spoonfuls and he happily dipped bread in it too and gobbled it up.

And I made some wholemeal cheese straws. All the recipes came from the Ella’s Kitchen Cookbook (both of these were from the RED book, though we have the yellow baking book too. I didn’t get on with Annabel Karmel book, and Dylan adored the Ella’s Kitchen pouches so it seemed a winner!) These are some pretty good straws, and I’m guessing because they are wholemeal, it must be better for us… right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

I have been relying on my planners lots and things are improving anxiety wise ๐Ÿ™‚ I have my book checked out of the library for the course which starts on my birthday. I have a lovely gold planner coming from China (ยฃ9!) and as my journal went walkies somewhere… Everything seems to be going missing, it’s so cramped in here that some things we are just figuring will be found when we finally move. Any who, as my journal went walkies and I cannot for the life of me find it anywhere, I also bought a “fauxbonichi” and a zippered case to keep it in ๐Ÿ˜€ That’s what my Christmas money went on. I will be doing a post when it arrives!