Hello and welcome to my weekly celebration of life – #MyHeartyLife. This is the post I write each week where I look for the good, the successes and the beauty of the previous week. It is a time where I can appreciate the small moments of joy and success, and show you that however good or bad my week has been, I can seek out the Hearty in my Life! It’s the main reason I originally called my blog what it is and I hope it will help you also to reflect on the goodness you have had in your own life!

Blog Musings and Goodbye Linky!

If you are a blogger and have come to link up with me, then apologies to you – It is no more! I do want to thank you though for your support over these few months, but after much pondering and reflection on my blog and what I want from it, I have decided to rein it in and just continue to write these “MyHeartyLife” posts for myself/my readers as a weekly window into the good and blessed points of life as opposed to doing it because I run a linky. I will still be using the # on Instagram when I share relevant pics, and will check that regularly to connect with you. I will also most likely be posting this weekly little nugget over the weekend now instead of on a Friday, as I have decided that I want it placed as a nice round off to our week. Naturally this means it will replace my weekly “Ordinary Moments” posts, which I surprisingly feel okay about. You see, whilst I have enjoyed writing those over the years, I now feel I want to move on from them. I have missed several this year and it’s really down to the fact that I am simply not feeling it anymore, and consequently they don’t seem to be flowing from me how they once did. Because of that, I sometimes feel under pressure from myself to get one out just because it’s that time of the week again and what I have always done for the last 3 years. I don’t like that feeling because I don’t ever want my blog to be a chore. It is my passion, and so I feel that by this not being a linky anymore, and turning it into my only weekly roundup of moments, it is sufficient. It covers the ordinary and extraordinary moments of life, as well as the joy, the gratitude, the appreciation and reflections about my/our life, or generally things within our family that are lovely and we want to high 5!

I am happy that by making these changes it will then leave space for me to write about all of the other things I really want to be sharing on my blog too.

I want to let you know that this was a hard decision (really hard) because it feels in a way like I am giving up, or that I failed at a goal I was so keen to do. But instead I think I want to shift that thinking to see it more as me evolving and recognising the places I can change and improve, and then being confident to make those changes to my blog and the content I share. I feel good about mixing things up a little now in order to feel in control, less stressed about something I love and treasure, and taking the steps I want to, to make my blog more of me. Plus of course there is that major factor being that the interest just wasn’t there from other bloggers, which you very much need when running a linky (perhaps the linky scene is already saturated? or perhaps taking a nosedive?) and I guess that’s fine… I tried my best and I can tick it off and pat myself on the back for giving it a go!

What these last few months have accomplished though, and what I am most proud of is the fact that it has created for me a pattern of focusing on, and looking for goodness daily/weekly. It has taken me back to my roots of knowing that however my week has been I can seek out the hearty moments and I can feel grateful for the small things. I am reminded I can look for the little achievements along the way and I can then, as a result, be grateful for life and feel more content in my life and in my role as a stay at home mum. I love that I am seeing success in places where I felt like I was failing, and that how I measure success is changing so much too. I feel more positive than I did a few months ago, and better about myself even when my days are hard and trying. I feel like generally I am being more mindful day to day, and taking more time to notice moments and scenes of beauty (which was my intention all along), and even if these are very brief, it is what I want to share to remember the good and hopefully help others do the same in their own lives.

And so whilst it has been a lesson learned in the blogging world, and I have picked up some techy skills, it has mostly helped me personally to be grateful for my life and the people in it, as well as the things I am blessed to have around me. I look forward to easing the pressure of running and promoting a linky going forward, and changing what I post. I have so many things I want to be writing about at this stage of life; more about my own loves and passions, and then certainly continuing with our family life and our adventures, and so much more on loss too which I feel is so important!

I am excited again for my blog, and for the opportunity each weekend (as opposed to rushed on a Thursday night) to be grateful and appreciative of what I have done, seen and experienced in that previous week. And SO, without further ado, here is the evolved and yet very much the same version of #MyHeartyLife ( just minus the linky and soon to be on a weekend) – Thank you so much for reading my ramblings until here and Enjoy my blogs from here on out!

This week…

This week has been absolutely glorious hasn’t it?And how mint that here in April we are experiencing a good old “Heat wave”! As a result I have had my sandals on most of the week (love), my legs out in shorts yesterday, and shades on daily – It has been wonderful and made me feel like a winner (and rather cool)!

I find that when the sun is shining, not only does the world and people seem so much brighter and less stressed, but when it’s warm, I find that life, parenting and choosing what to wear, all feel so much simpler! I love that this week we have felt the sand on our toes, have had lots of long walks, and filled our bellies with ice creams (In April!). I love that it has meant that I have been able to sit in the garden, with my eyes closed and only hear the birds and feel at peace. Yes people, I have loved this week so much with all of its fabulous weather, and I only wish it was here to stay, because I am certainly in a state of Joy and excitement when I wake up and see blue skies and sunshine every morning!

Grateful for …

Incase you can’t tell I have been super grateful this week for the weather! I am grateful to have been on the beach, seen my friend’s and sisters, and for the natural change in my mood because of the Sun! I am thankful for the warmth of the Sun on my skin and for all of the things it has enabled us to enjoy; from tasty ice creams and beach walks, to late nights playing out, and care free days. I am thankful to not need a coat when I go out, and I am thankful for nature in full bloom!

I am also grateful for the effort we’ve all made in getting to school on time… its been really good (except for Yesterday), and on Monday Megan even received an award for her efforts!

Succeeded at …

This week I succeeded at taking Alice swimming. I have been saying for ages that I need to fit a weekly trip to the leisure centre into our routine, but have always made excuses, and we have never kept to it. I used to always take Ethan and Megan (we went every week), and now Alice is bigger, I have felt for a while it would do her good, and it would be a good day out for us every week to look forward to (possibly with a few cousins too).

After we went last Friday with some family, I was reminded just how much she loves water and splashing around, and so on Tuesday I finally did it… we got the train to the pool with slides and a splash zone, and spent almost an hour having fun in the water together.  It was lovely and felt so great!  She jumps in now, and laughs hysterically as she flies down the slides and bobs back up out of the water. She goes round and round on those little slides and generally just has a brilliant time. By the time we’re done it is lunch time, and after her little pack up, she naps in her pram whilst I find somewhere to sit and work (or possibly wander the charity shops).

I love it when hard things become enjoyable, it has felt a huge accomplishment, and I am loving this stage we are in.

Found beauty in …

I’ve been to the coast twice this week and that has been the source of many beautiful scenes! Being at the coast/on the beach is certainly my happy place, and it is always so much more beautiful in the sunshine too. As I sat with the sun on my skin I had to close my eyes, breath in the salty fresh air and appreciate that moment of beauty! It felt like I was on holiday, and the peace and calmness of that moment, overlooking the calm sea and bay was indeed so very beautiful and soul enriching.

I love looking out to sea and relaxing, wandering the promenade, and generally seeing the beautiful sights of life by the sea!

Oh, and I loved seeing little Alice scoffing her first chocolate ice cream – that was just gorgeous!

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Welcome back to another week of #MyHeartyLife – an opportunity to celebrate the small moments of gratitude, success and beauty from the previous week. I love recording and noticing the beauties and small hearty moments in life, because together these things make me see that life is good and blessed despite the really hard days.

I hope you will join me, either by linking a blog below, or sharing something on Instagram with the # “MyHeartyLife”. I love to see all of the little moments that are bringing people Joy!

THIS WEEK…

I have run out of foundation, and so have been looking a little worse for wear, but the house is reasonably tidy, we’ve had a couple of adventures on the train seeing friends, and a village walk yesterday, and so I suppose you could say it’s been a good week!

Mostly this week has seen Alice and I have taking it easy and getting organised whilst the kids try and get back into a new term at school. I have enjoyed catching up on a couple of favourite programmes whilst she naps, and catching up with friends and neighbours around that. If I could sum up this week in a couple of words, I would certainly choose “Chocolate” and “tired” – We are all super tired from travelling and have only just about got back into some kind of normal sleep pattern, as well as our regular routine of school runs and clubs!  The kids have been late for school most days (whoops), as it has proven to be nigh impossible to wake them and we are just generally a bit slower than normal in our everyday life. Consequently, with the madness of trying to get back to normal and lazing around feeling meh, I have been gorging on reduced Easter chocolate (to make up for what I missed) and overall doing very little outside of cooking, cleaning and clubs!

Grateful for…

This week I am very grateful for veggies, lentils, beans and homemade food – they are a welcome treat following the amount of fast food we had, and it has been lovely cooking for the family again! Whilst I loved the treats we enjoyed on holiday, there is such a thing as having “too much of a good thing”, and diet wise I have been happy to come home to familiar and more wholesome foods!

With that I have to say that I am also very grateful that I only gained 1lb on holiday from the excessive aforementioned diet, and whilst this was a victorious feeling on Monday, here on Friday I am questioning if perhaps I have sabotaged that after all of the chocolate I have scoffed since being back (I just can’t help myself). I was, at the beginning of the week, very grateful to find reduced Easter eggs still in Tesco, yet now I am wondering what the heck I was thinking because I seem to have adopted scoffing Easter chocolate into my nightly routine -The struggle is real. Despite this I am truly grateful for the Sunshine we had on Monday, Lunch with a friend Wednesday, and my mother in law for helping us with a lift to swimming yesterday. Each point has made the week a little more joyful!

Succeeded At…

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago about my “secret course” I have been doing, and whilst I still don’t feel like sharing all on that front yet (soon my friends I promise), I would like to say I was delighted to find out on Wednesday night that my first unit was passed! I also successfully went back with renewed energy (and a powerpoint presentation I had created), after feeling like I wanted to quit before Easter. This was the ultimate success because I had been rather anxious about it all before, but then whilst away, and some encouragement from Nathan, I decided it was only a few more weeks and that in the long run it would be most beneficial.

Ultimately it comes down to the fact that it is incredibly hard to study with young kids (like seriously hard), but now I am feeling great about it again, I am more motivated and look forward to handing in my next 3 units over this fortnight. I only have a few more weeks left, so hopefully that will be a mega success right there to look forward to if I can keep on keeping on. For now though I feel each week I go, and each piece of work I complete is a little success in itself with how much I am balancing around it all.

I also successfully got on top of holiday laundry, successfully got the kids to school every day (despite their exhaustion), and successfully made a tasty lasagne and Lentil-bean chilli this week!

Found Beauty In…

Daffodils are everywhere at the moment around here and my oh my are they beautiful! They line the roads, and all over green patches in the village their little yellow heads bop around as if to greet us! They are a sure sign of Spring (though the weather would have us believe otherwise), and I feel like they really brighten up the place! I have loved looking at them on the school runs, and also whilst I have been out and about with Alice…I think they make everything that little bit more bright and beautiful.

Now if we could just have some milder and more sunny weather …

#MyHeartyLife Rules

You can link up one post a week that fits into either or all of the “Prompts”, and I ask that you at least comment on mine and one or 2 others too. Kindness costs nothing and a comment on your blog feels amaze!

Please use the #MyHeartyLife on Social media whenever you want to share the goodness and cheerful moments in your life that day! It might also help when summing up the week into a blog post to link up!

 

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I have loved this week – Yes really and truly! We have had adventures in the snow, seen the Greatest showman singalong with the kids, and I even managed to have a complete restyle!

I was hoping to write about how amazing it was for me to have an afternoon of pampering and “Me Time”, but it wasn’t that at all. Instead I had all 3 kids with me (bribed with snacks and the Ipad/Netflix) as it was a snow day for their school. They were absolutely super (thankfully) and we had a good day together with snow and chats!

Grateful for 

This week I am grateful for baby carriers! On Wednesday with the amount of snow, it was a lifesaver to be able to just shove Alice on my back, and with wellies on, trek to school with the kids. She possibly screamed her head off for half of the journey, and started bashing me on the back too, but I am thankful all the same to have gotten to and from school so easily in thick snow!

I am also grateful for having had some time for me! Whilst the whole “go and get my hair done” didn’t quite go as planned, Saturday evening did, and I had the best time with Nathan’s cousin at the cinema singing and dancing along to “The Greatest Showman”! I am grateful to have finally discovered it, because I love it so much and Saturday was such a laugh, and good for my soul!

Succeeded at

This week I have succeeded at getting my hair done with 3 kids in tow…on foot and through the snow. I have been successful at taking them all to the Cinema on Monday night to meet Nathan for a family night treat, and I have been successful in surviving the madness of the snow we’ve had!

I have successfully prevented arguments with Ethan and Megs on their Snow day from school by buying a sledge! He spent all day pulling her around and they were laughing, playing and making up all sorts of situations from the Queen is coming, to Santa and his reindeer! It was so lovely to be a part of, and well worth the £6.99 we paid! If only every day was so imaginative and pleasant!

Found Beauty In

The greatest showman – Its such a beautiful film with so many beautiful messages, and I love how good it makes you feel. We of course now own the soundtrack, and the songs make me feel so Joyful! I love seeing us all singing and dancing together to them in our home!

Freshly Fallen Snow – this one is going to be talked a lot on the blog I think, because it’s been such a treat to have so much snow. I have loved seeing the kids having so much fun because of it and sat in the house and watching it all come down. I have loved crunching through it in my wellies and seeing the fields and village covered in thick white snow. It is all so beautiful!

We have had lot of lovely snowy walks this week in our Winter wonderland and I have felt so happy looking at it and living in the moment!

#MyHeartyLife Rules

You can link up one post a week that fits into either (or all) of the “Prompts”, and I ask that you at least comment on mine and one or 2 others too. Kindness costs nothing and a comment on your blog feels amaze!

The Linky opens on a Friday morning and closes Wednesday late evening! Please use the #MyHeartyLife on Social media whenever you share anything applicable to it, and to share the goodness and cheerful moments in your life that day! It might also help when summing up the week into a blog post to link up! Thank you xx

 

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This my last and final post relating to our holiday in Italy – save the best til last right? Its basically very few words but lots of snaps about the day we spent in Venice, a tick off the bucket list, my new fave city and definitely somewhere I completely and instantly loved! I wish we could have ridden a gondola but 80euro isn’t justifiable at this stage of life – Nath assures me in the future he will take me again!
InstagramCapture_dc68d8c5-7388-44be-ad79-7c9f2efcd739Before going on holiday we weren’t 100% sure if Venice was on the agenda, I liked the sound of it (who wouldn’t) but we went back and forth on the idea – was it too far to drive? would it be fun for the kids? could we afford it with everything else we hoped to do? I guess basically – WAS IT WORTH IT? The overall answer was OF COURSE IT IS! How can we be so close (2.5hrs) and not make the effort to check it out? Plus it was one more thing off the bucket list for me. The drive there wasn’t as long as we anticipated, the tolls were a bit of a shocker but the kids travelled great that day. We found  a park and ride just outside the city for 4 euro 50 for the day, a short walk up to the bus and they came by every 10 mins and were 1.50 each way (kids free) and a small back street pizzeria for 2euro a slice meant it actually ended up being a rather cheap day.
WP_20150612_12_56_55_Pro WP_20150612_12_03_38_ProI wasn’t sure what to expect, I wanted to love as it seemed such a curious place and all of the pictures i’d seen previously had such a feeling of adventure and romance. As soon as we drove over the hill and looked down on it I got as giddy as a kid at christmas – it was amazingly beautiful. I loved walking, exploring, watching, listening and taking it all in. The kids whined about the heat but loved the Pizza lunch, “boat buses”, bridges and an opportunity to buy fans, we also found a gorgeous little park that they had 10mins in before the bus back but I couldn’t have been happier. It just all felt so special and I haven’t stopped thinking or talking about it. All I wanted to do was walk and walk and walk and explore and taste and see it all, its like no where I’ve ever been before (though ive not really been a huge traveller thus far) I couldn’t get over it – I tots heart Venice and so very much want to go back (which we will)!
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