I am sad to have come to the end of August, purely because we have had such a wonderful and adventurous month! The Summer holidays have been a real treat and we have made some fabulous memories together (as well as with family and friends). I am going to miss the kids when they go back to school on Tuesday – our relaxed mornings, our plans and days out together, those picnics and mad dashes for the train!

Yes, things will certainly be a lot quieter and less eventful than they have been over this passed month.

In August we have had multiple beach trips, country walks, our first family camping trip and Megan and I finally baked together! We have watched countless movies, had a cinema trip, being rockpooling and the kids have played out on their bikes with their friends. We have had sleepovers at Grandma’s and been twice to one of our favourite museums! We have fully embraced the Summer holidays and it has been both fun and relaxing!

Whilst we haven’t done half of what was on our Summer Bucket list this year, and although Mr Smith spent 2 weeks of August plagued by illness, we have nevertheless had an absolutely wonderful Summer holidays together!

Our Pictures this month are taken on 2 separate occasions over the bank holiday weekend last week. We stayed in a lovely big house on the cliffs of the scottish coast in the Galloway area, along with all of Nathan’s family. It was a lovely getaway and I love these pictures of us all. We do look rather Autumnal (due to the much cooler temperatures we had) but it was one last fabulous adventure as a family before getting ready to go back to school!

We will all miss our casual days and beach days… the taking it easy day to day and not clock watching, but as we head into the changes of September and what has always been a bit of a funny month for our family as we look to celebrate Poppy, we take with us our memories and all that we are grateful for this month.

In August we are grateful for…

The Summer Holidays
A trip to Scotland with family
Having some of our friends from Leeds visit (and stay over)
Lots of trips to the beach
Excellent weather
A great first camping experience and tent adventures
A beach day with our neighbour friends / Lots of days out with them
Eating waffles/Doughnuts on the Harbour
Seeing lots of new lighthouses
Spending time with Cousins
A visit to Chatsworth House
Mummy getting her Level 3 certificate in Counselling
Adventures through the caves
Living in the countryside and having lovely walks

Thank you August – you have given us fabulous adventures, weather and friendships!

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A lot of people dream of the day that they can finally quit their job and start making money from home. For years we’ve imagined what it would be like to earn cash online instead of having to take that annoying commute every morning.

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Today, earning money online is more than just a pipe dream. There are plenty of online revenue strategies out there that aren’t nearly as complicated as you might think – all you need is a little creativity and patience. Here are some simple ways to start earning your own cash on the web.


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If you have a skill that is valuable enough to earn you a place as a credible consultant, then you could also consider teaching your talents to other people through online courses. There are plenty of websites today that you can use to set up classes that people can pay for either as a downloadable eBook or an online program.

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4.Sell the Things you Make

If you’re a creative person, but are not someone who knows how to use the online world very effectively, you’ve still got options for making money online. Thanks to social media sites like Facebook, it’s easy to sell the products you make to people in your local area through social selling pages and groups.

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Finally, if you’ve always had a passion for technology, or you love finding out what makes things tick, then you might have a fantastic time working as a website or software tester. As long as you have a good idea of what a good website should look for, then there are plenty of sites out there looking for people just like you to let them know whether their site is working correctly.

Most of the time, you’ll be asked to check that all the pages in the website load properly and that the links on the navigation bar send people to the right places. You might also be able to edit and adjust the content as you go through the website.

Making money online has never been easier – you just need to find what works for you.


We are currently enjoying a lovely long (and rather wet) family weekend in Scotland with Nathans family. We arrived on Thursday after several stops on the way up, and whilst the weather has been rather wet and windy, we were blessed yesterday with enough sunshine to enjoy a day at the beach – it was so lovely and bursting with beauty!

This week has been great for seeing our friends and looking forward to this long bank holiday weekend with family in Scotland. We have done loads together and can hardly believe that in just over a week we will back to school! It makes me a little sad to be entering a new chapter when we are so very much enjoying these Summer adventures together!

Grateful For 

This week I am grateful for open fires in this spectacular house we are staying in – they are both relaxing and a big source of warmth for us on an evening! I am grateful for luxury accomodation we can all stay in together too and just generally for a family holiday with all of our great family in such a cool location.

I am grateful for friends and the lovely days out together this week. And I am grateful for the yummy cookies at LIDL bakery – they have always been a firm favourite of mine and after a whole week of no sugar, I have enjoyed a couple this weekend as a holiday treat!

Succeeded At

This week I succeeded at losing 3lb of the 10 or so I have slowly piled on! The aforementioned cookies may jeopardize that progress, but for now I shall celebrate this small accomplishment!

We also succeeded at making it to Scotland in okay time with little drama – a fine achievement for anyone with 3 kids in tow!

Found Beauty In 

This week again has been one of great beauty. My soul has felt joy to walk through the pretty countryside around our house in East Yorkshire with our friends, and to see Alice and Megan having so many moments of play and sisterhood!! I have loved seeing my children laughing and playing with cousins and schoolmates and, finally, I have loved the beautiful decor of this house where we are staying and the views and coastlines that surround us!

Scotland is so beautiful and I am thankful to be here together… It is always a lot of fun when are all together as a ginormous family.


Did you know that we can lose between 50 and 100 hairs a day, often without even noticing?

Personally my hair is (and always has been) very thick and does seem to shed a lot – especially since having kids and at times when I am very anxious or stressed! Whilst it is quite annoying for Nathan to always find longish blonde hairs everywhere and to have the plug constantly blocking up, it isn’t anything I have ever really worried about. My hair does seem somewhat thinner nearer to the front, but with all the kids I’ve had, the stress I have faced in recent years, and the bleach I periodically get put through is it really any wonder? I am surprised my hair isn’t any worse off!

No, for me thankfully it isn’t anything that causes me stress or upset and, as my hair is thick and I am reasonably good at styling it, I almost feel like I can spare a few hairs to be lost each day and have it slightly thinner near the front – it isn’t a problem!!

For some people however (and you may well be one of them) hair loss IS a real problem and can cause feelings of low self esteem and even embarrassment. Baldness is something we tend to associate with men and as Nathan and I and our friends are becoming well aware of, this is something that is becoming more and more apparent the older we all get (sorry guys!). But hair loss also can (and does) affect many women too and whether male or female, and whether expecting it or not, losing hair can be stressful, upsetting and perhaps even scary!

Hair transplant? 

There are many reasons for hair loss – Stress, illness, Iron deficiency, cancer treatment and then age and genetics too. For some of these, there are medicines available via the GP and over time your body can replenish itself and your hair will grow back. For some individuals however their hair loss isn’t so easily resolved and so what is their answer?

Well you could embrace it – baldness often runs in family and with time you may be fine about it, but for many women and some men, this can be an awkward stage of life – especially if baldness is unexpected or seemingly premature!

Hair transplants therefore offer an opportunity for some to be able to have hair follicles grafted back and produce for them excellent results to rid themselves of balding/bald patches! And, if your hair loss is bothering you, this certainly may be something you want to seriously consider. Whilst here in the UK this can be a pricey affair, there are places all around the world where it can be done more budget friendly! Turkey is one of these places and could be a great option for combining a holiday and a life changing procedure in one (you really would return a new and improved you!).

You can find details here about the cost of Hair transplants in Turkey So if you are experiencing hair loss to a degree that bothers you, and there isn’t anything that can be done via your GP then why not look into it?

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