It’s been a funny old week this week with a lot of our days mainly spent playing indoors / at home, or at the village park with friends and cousins. The plans we had went mostly out of the window, with the days being more spontaneous and slow which was needed after lots of travelling and late nights! We have enjoyed another week of the Summer Holidays, with my favourite ordinary moment this week being that of seeing Ethan & Megan sat together sewing and creating fabulous hand puppets.

Before we even broke up from school for the Summer break, Ethan had asked if we could sew and make hand puppets one day in the hols. He has loved the idea since he made one in class and wanted to make them again with Megs, and so of course I said “Yes”! It has taken us a couple of weeks to track some kits down, but on Thursday, in good old faithful Wilko’s we found them – and he couldn’t have been more excited!

On Friday we had to wait in for the BT man to come (round 3) and so whilst I used the time to pack for our holiday, they sat sewing, sticking and creating. The harmony and friendship between them was lovely! The help Ethan offered his sister was great to witness, and it was a moment that made my heart full! I hope they will alway have a desire to hang out with each other. 

I love the ages the kids are at right now – young enough to still need me, yet old enough to do tricky things independently. I love to see them getting along, laughing and chatting about people and life whilst they sit out on the decking sewing hand puppets! It was an ordinary Friday, an ordinary moment of sibling harmony and therefore a great mama moment!

The Ordinary Moments
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One of the main things we both agreed on when we were looking to move house last summer was that we wanted to buy somewhere that needed very little doing to it. Neither of us is very good at DIY and we weren’t in a position to take on a project – it would just be too stressful with little kids, and so we decided to play it cool and find somewhere not only with a decent space for our brood, but that would only need cosmetic things to make it feel like us.

We loved this house as soon as we pulled up outside of it on a sunny May day and I knew it was the one! Whilst not completely our style, it was done up nicely and it had the space we needed.

The current occupiers had teenagers, so of course there are the odd things that don’t feel so kid friendly, but now we have been in the house for about a month, and having gotten a feel for its flow and look, there are a few things we have discussed that we want to do to modernise it and make it feel a little more kid friendly too.

Front Door

Starting as you enter the house we have a rather traditional wooden style door. Since being in the house though it’s clear to see the kids can very easily sneak out to get to there friends…. I have no problem with them playing out, it’s a lovely neighbourhood, but I don’t like the idea that they can get out so freely and sneakily!!! I’ve no idea what winter will be like with it, but I can hazard a guess that it could be slightly draughty. SO, with those 2 reasons I think that a Composite door in a beautiful bold colour would not only be more energy efficient and secure with the kids, but also add a touch of style to modernise our home.

Move the boiler / New Fireplace

The boiler works fine, but it is on the older side. Not just that but it is a back boiler, meaning it’s in the fireplace (weird right?!). As soon as I found this out when we were looking round I thought it would be best to move it upstairs and then fit in a more stylish fireplace. I’m not really into the look of the current one and with a baby turn tot its very impractical too. We always wanted a wood burner, but we shall see!

Fitted wardrobe in our room

 Our room has definitely downsized from our previous home, which is fine because I like how cosy it is. We do currently have a fitted wardrobe that we both share at the moment, but I think it would be nice to either put newer doors on it or even better, it would look way more modern to open it out and extend it…thus giving us both way more space for out stuff, and giving our room a nicer look in the process!

New Lights in our room 

Oh my the lights in our room .. now they are pretty ugly! I laugh at them every time I see them, and I am desperate to get an electrician round to take them out and put new more modern looking ones in. I think this will be definitely be one of, or the first job whilst painting and finishing our bedroom!

An Extension 

This one definitely is down the road..and a long way down the road at that. But having chatted to some more neighbours and hearing about theirs it seems like a great idea for family living with older kids in the house (hence down the line). And an opportunity for a utility room too (bonus!). This would be the ultimate modernisation project but something we neither have the funds or time for right now and something that isn’t particularly needed!

These projects are by no means at the top of our list of priorities (other than those ugly lights), especially whilst the kids are on summer break and the days are a little nutty, but they are things that most definitely need doing to update and modernise our home. We want to make it safer and more energy efficient, and generally just bring it up to date through these few small touches. A new composite door, boiler and fittings internally will seemingly be the best way for this, but mostly it will be through paint, wallpaper, curtains and furnishings!

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After a busy and tiresome trip to Norwich last weekend to see out newest nephew, we welcomed a chilled week staying close to home and lazy mornings! Despite that I have still managed to bag myself a few bargs, and this weeks deals and frugal choices have mostly been with thoughts of our summer holiday and getting prepared…if you are jetting off soon with the fam, you may find it useful!

Holiday Extras

We fly to Italy on Wednesday where the baraginous Summer holiday we have been so very much looking forward to will become a reality! All of us have holiday clothes, or at least a summer wardrobe that is sufficient for the Italian weather….Alice however does not!

Being only a baby last year her newborn summer style is long gone and her 12m one is lacking and all a bit random! She has a few dresses, shorts, tops and leggings, but not really enough of things that would be suitable and comfortable for her in 34 degree weather!

Its a real random mix of handmedowns and the odd thing iv’e picked up in sales and charity shops that need a few extras to boost it and make it enough!

With this as my priority I popped into H&M yesterday (it really is my fave for kids) and managed to get her a hat, 2 rompers (one of which was a gorgeous lace number), a pair of shorts and a dress for 11.99!! They were all (minus the hat for £2.99) on sale and then with the added bonus that all sale in store is on 3 for 2!  I easily saved about £15 and she has some lovely extras to make up outfits, and make it up to enough outfits, for our holiday next week!

Hand Luggage and toiletries

Our latest thing when flying is we NEVER check any luggage. To us we think its a waste of money when you can fit all you need in hand luggage cases, so we easily save some £’s by doing this!

We realised a couple of years ago that we can make do with the hand luggage only and so we mix and match our outfits, or only take what we need instead of like 10 extra’s, and it works great! If someone has more stuff than another we squish into someone elses case, but between 4 little cases there is plenty of space for the whole fam for a week!

The only down side to travelling this way however is our toiletries and sun cream – of course you can only take 100ml on flights and I find that the travel size ones are both too small and expensive with all of us using them for a week (we’d need quite a few)! Instead I buy the cheap clear bottles from the pound shop and fill them with our sun cream, and then just buy our shower gel, shampoo and conditioner from Lidl when I buy the food on day 1. It only costs about 3 euros and saves faffing and big spending on the travel size ones!

M&S Final Clearance

I know I am getting old purely by the fact I am loving a lot of things each season from M&S! What I didn’t realise though was that their final clearance in store is reduced to a whopping 90% off!!!! I’m talking £45 dresses for £4.99, £40 trousers for £3.99 and shoes for £4.99!!

I went into the Beverly store yesterday with my sister in laws and we were all going a little nuts about it so I decided to check out the Bridlington one today – I came away with a Zebra print skirt for £3.99 from £35 and a wicked shirt dress for £3.99 from £39.50!!! I was actually going nuts in the shop and was delighted. My only sadness came when I saw an amazing striped top down to £1.29 and they only had a size 16 or 20 🙁 

Be sure to check out those final clearances whilst you are out and about this weekend – let me know what you get!

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I don’t know about where you are, but here in Yorkshire (Yorkshire folk will confirm), we have had some pretty miserable rainy weather recently! When I planned our Summer break, I never took into account the good old British weather and how it might influence those plans. I just saw the word “Summer” and imagined long sunny days in sandals and shorts, paddling pools and water fights, and lots of ice pops! Reality however has been somewhat different, and whilst we have eaten our fair share of ice pops, I’ve quickly realised Summer is very unpredictable – you cant exactly have a beach trip in a monsoon, and you can’t take the kids on a nature walk when its blowing a gale, and as you are probably more than aware, it has been on that level of rainage/storms!


Yesterday was a complete wash out of course, and potentially a day of cancelled plans, falling out and exhaustion. I was slightly disappointed to say the least, but at the same time we took it in our stride and made the most with what we had. With said rain (and a long weekend of travelling) it meant that we ended up staying in all day which would usually equate to me going slightly mad and us all getting a good dose of cabin fever, but it actually turned out to be a really hearty and successful day in! We had invited some friends over for a play date and whilst the kids built dens, played dress up, trains, knights and watched Moana (for the 50th time), we chatted about anything and everything! We then made homemade pizzas for lunch and had sneaky ice creams out of the freezer for afters. The day flew by and the kids had so much fun with new faces and friends. 

I went to bed feeling like it was certainly a “Mum win” kind of a day!

On the flip side of our lovely rainy day in yesterday, just last week we embraced the rainy forecast and hit the water fountains in Hull city centre. We decided that the kids were going to get wet anyway so what’s a bit of rain? It turns out it wasn’t “just a little bit rain” but clearly Yorkshire is now home to a Monsoon season, and we were soaked to the skin in seconds with nowhere to shelter! The kids LOVED it, and it was the biggest laugh and fun we’ve had in ages…

It is from these 2 days of laughing and having fun despite us apparently being in Monsoon season, that I have decided that rain is actually a lot of fun if you are prepared. Whether you are out and about splashing in it and getting soaked, or snuggled with friends indoors eating yummy food (and they were delish pizza’s), and playing your favourite games together, it can be a great day “whatever the weather”!

I think as parents we often spend so much time feeling like we aren’t enough for our kids, or we are so quick at pointing out or down falls, and what we haven’t been able to do with them, that we miss the small moments that matter. The moments that bring sunshine despite the rain…the moments like making the most of a rainy day with friends, and getting soaked from fountains and rain together. The moments of giving your kids a fun day inside despite the weather and creating memories as well as their own pizza! On days like these we need to pat our selves on the back and celebrate, because we didn’t just survive it, we laughed, we loved and we had a heck of a lot of fun!

Rain, I have discovered, doesn’t have to make for cancelled plans and going insane. It is fun, sounds great on a conservatory roof, and encourages you at times to take a break and become inventive!

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