Hello and welcome back to another week of “MyHeartyLife” – an opportunity for us to share in the goodness and positive points of the previous week!

This week for us has been half term, and whilst I had great plans for a “No spend” week, confident in the fact I could muster up lots of free ideas and days out, by mid week we were headed to the cinema and I was more than ready to dish out the dough for some peace! I am not usually a parent to whine about the school holidays; I usually really love them and I love the bonus days we get to spend together again. But there has been something about this half term that has been incredibly hard and a real test of my patience!

The kids have spent a lot of time arguing and fighting with each other, nagging and making Alice cry! The weather was awful most days, and our washer broke, and so under the circumstances I have sadly been counting down the days until they are back to school, whilst clinging to the brief moments of peace and laughter!

Grateful For

Despite the rubbish weather, and contentious kiddies, I have been grateful for the lovely moments we have been able to enjoy together – The laughs when Ethan got soaked by a wave at the seaside on Tuesday, the lovely date at the Cinema to see Coco for Valentines… a great time walking in the muddy fields and puddles yesterday, and hanging with cousins on Wednesday.

Coco was such a brilliant film and I am grateful that we got to go and see it together. It was so thought provoking and touching, and I look forward to seeing again when it is released on DVD! Our tickets were only £4 each too, so I am grateful that it was cheap!

I am also grateful this week for the lovely day I had in London on Saturday with Ethan, and for my lovely husband and valentine – Nathan! I am grateful everyday for him and the love we share, but I am grateful to have a had a day to really stop and look at what has grown as a result of that love and express it a little more. We are not big celebrators of Valentines day, but we do have our little low key traditions that we enjoy. I love the reminder of how great it is to love and be loved in return and grateful for a bonus little date together!

Succeeded At 

My biggest success has been getting through this crazy hard half term without losing my mind completely!! I know I usually crack jokes with stuff like this, but nah – this is for real people. I feel it a great accomplishment, and I am hoping that the next school holidays are a lot smoother than this one has been!

Found Beauty In

The 2 most beautiful sights this week were on Tuesday and Yesterday. Both were outdoors and appreciative of nature!

On Tuesday we headed to the coast to collect rocks from the beach to paint, have some fresh air and a walk, and get a few things from the shops. Turns out the air was way more fresh than we anticipated and with a cold blustery day the waves were going nuts and with the added rain, we pretty much froze! It was however a beautiful sight as always to see the waves crashing against the harbour wall and rolling vigorously over the sand.

I loved watching the joy on Ethan’s face as he ran between waves to collect his much wanted rocks.

Yesterday I once again found beauty in our lovely village and surrounding countryside, when we decided to make the most of a lovely sunny day and go for a muddy walk. We did indeed have a muddy walk – after 3 days of heavy rain the fields were ridiculously muddy, yet having all of this beauty and space to breathe right on our doorstep, combined with blue skies and sunshine, and the kids enjoying themselves, was truly a beautiful thing indeed!

I am looking forward to a day in the city with the kids today and the fact that we have also booked a little night away for us all in a hotel (with pool). We all need to just unwind and regroup and so we are hoping for a lovely weekend and some lovely family moments!

#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 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 woke up on Monday at the start of a brand new week, and decided it was time to fight the flab! I have gained quite a few L.Bs in the last couple of months (which I want to talk about more in a seperate post) and it’s now got to the point where I just feel blaaaahhh about my body! And so this week has been all about eating better, drinking loads of water, and doing a terrible job at sit ups!

Grateful for…

I have been so grateful this week to own a pair of decent wellies! I got my lovely Joules ones (after a recommendation from friends at playgroup) for my birthday, and I love them! They keep me warm and are so comfy.

They came in super useful this week with the couple days of snow we had, and more so on Wednesday when I decided to go for a spontaneous country walk after taking the kids to school. The sun was shining, there was a dusting of snow, and it was super muddy! I felt in that moment, both grateful to be living where we do now and to be in my wellies so I could trek off to my hearts content.

Within 2 minutes we are in fields and open spaces of great beauty and it was so refreshing. So grateful for my decent wellies to make the journey easier!

Succeeded at…

This week I successfully made and uploaded my first proper YouTube video (you can see it here). It isn’t the best quality, but I feel so pleased with what I created.

On another note, but by no means less significant, I got to the bottom of my laundry basket yesterday for the first time since Christmas (Hooray), so for the brief 1/2 day we have no laundry I shall high 5 myself and enjoy this great achievement!

Found Beauty in…

This definitely goes to the views I saw on my country walk on Wednesday! Every time I wander those fields and little lanes, and every time I explore the woods and take it all in, I have to take a deep breath and pinch myself that this is my new life now. Its such a contrast to city living. Whilst I loved living in Leeds with all its greatness, I love this stage of life for the easiness of life here and how we have so many lovely views right there on our doorstep to spontaneously discover!

I have started to dance a lot around the lounge with Alice during the day, and it makes me laugh so much! She tries to copy my “awesome” moves, and it is incredibly cute to see her efforts and bum wiggles!

#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 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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This week we have been on Christmas break from school, and unlike other school holiday’s we have been super laid back and done very little! We have thrown our usual daily routine and mega plans out of the window and spent mornings in our PJ’s, and days eating Christmas treats and snuggling with blankets whilst playing!

The house obviously looks like a right state as a result, with half the decorations still up, laundry to be sorted, and tat to be tidied. But for now we are grabbing opportunities to enjoy these last few days together with all the good reasons to have some treats!

Grateful for…

This week I am incredibly grateful that the kids have been more than happy to stay home and play, draw and watch films. I haven’t been well the last couple of days (nothing more than my period – they’ve been bad since having Alice, and this week the pain was the worse yet) and on Wednesday I couldn’t sleep and cried a lot it hurt so bad. So Wednesday evening and Thursday morning, all I wanted to do was rest. With all of that the kids were so good and understanding, and so I am grateful for that!

I am grateful that all week they have been really good in their behaviour too. I like to think that they’ve turned over a new leaf, but I think reality is more that they are wrecked and still recovering from last term and late night partying!

 

I am also grateful for school holidays so we can just drift a little and chill, and do what we please. We have been grateful to be closer to family so we can hang with cousins during this time too.

Success

My biggest success this week has been in starting this linky! It might take a while for me to build, but I feel so good that I set the goal and took the plunge right away, before time got away with me and I became too busy with other things.

Found Beauty in…

Yesterday afternoon despite not feeling great, we got out to a soft play in Bridlington (on the sea front). They like it because it’s for older kids and therefore more challenging, it’s at the sea side so equates an adventure, and of course there is always the chance of an ice-cream treat for good behaviour… so a winner all round.

We walked there via the harbour as we always love to look at the fishing boats and out to sea! Despite the grey day and rainy weather it was a beautiful view to take in.

What has been great for you this week? Where have you seen beauty and found joy? When have you felt gratitude? Link up below and let me know or #myheartylife on Insta with an image to sum it up. I look forward to seeing them and connecting together!

#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 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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One of my goals this year is to start a linky (Ta-da)! I wanted to do this for 2 reasons – firstly to break out of my comfort zone and invite other bloggers to hop along and link up their content that fits into my new title of “My Hearty Life”! And secondly because I want to focus more on the blessings and joyful things in life this year. The small moments that make life cheerful, wholesome and jovial, for these are the reasons I originally started my blog.

I realised when my 3rd baby was diagnosed with CHD and Trisomy 18 that life really can throw some curve balls and storms! There are all kinds of things that come our way and that will drag us down and make us feel sad and naff. They can be loss, failure, body image, health issues, unemployment, slog with little success, or losing our tempers! We may see the growth of others and their success and sometimes, when our progress is slow, we may feel jealous or not enough. We may be skint or fighting debt, we may just never feel quite enough! All these emotions are natural, and in some cases justified, but they are also not the only existing thing in life and we cannot allow them to dominate life, even though at times they are the major event in it!

I have learnt, since losing my daughter and then blogging alongside that … using it as an outlet to share the highs (as well as the lows) of life, that there are good things all the time in life. We are surrounded by people who help us, even when it seems others don’t care, and we are blessed with little successes all the times and reasons to be grateful even when life feels absolutely pants or generally chaotic! I have had terrible waves of grief and pain and suffering, I have days where I have asked 100 times “Why Me?”! And still now I do not know why, just as you will not know why you feel your battles are so unfair… but have you noticed the goodness recently? Did you remember what made you smile and laugh amidst the pain and tears?

I am a firm believer that there are always things in each day to be grateful for and things we have succeeded at (however big or small they may be). Sometimes those things a massive with a family holiday or day trip, sometimes they are the fact we got out of bed and got the kids to school clean and fed!

With this in mind, whether you are a parent, beauty blogger, bargain hunter, fashionista or traveller – each week I am going to share 3 things on a Friday in reflection of that week that celebrate “MyHeartyLife” and I hope you will too. It is so individual I feel it will fit for anyone, and you don’t need to be a blogger to join in the celebration of goodness in life – share it on Insta!

If you are a blogger linking up on Fridays, then I will have 3 prompts to help you focus on the good, and they can be summed up in a picture, words, or both! And feel free to share more than one thing (I find when I am grateful more and more things are noticeable)! So my Prompts are –

Gratitude – Was it a person? A new opportunity? The rain that never came? The bus that was late when you were too? The green light? The mysterious treats? The kids that went to bed on time with no fuss? The child that finished their dinner? Got 100% in a spelling test?

Success – An opportunity you’ve wanted? A new level of following on one of your channels? A weight loss goal? A shower that day? A tidy home? New decor? A charity shop find or voucher that saved some much need pounds?

Beauty – When did you feel beauty? When did you see beauty? Was it on a holiday? Was it when you found those perfect jeans? When you looked at your kids? When you glammed up for a do? When you were out for a walk? A drive? A sunset? on a picnic?

The options are endless as it is how you interpret it. And so I hope you will join in either on you blog or on Instagram and share with me (and others too) the good in you life that week! What made your life “Hearty”? What made you smile? What or who did you feel thankful for? What empowered you? # it with #MyHeartyLife!!

Forget the storms raging and the things you felt you failed at or are insecure about. Forget that you didn’t make the gym or shouted at your kids or made them rubbish for tea! Forget how you feel about your body or business or blog and take a few moments to reflect outwards in order to realise what was cheerful, joyful and wholesome, and what gave you reason to smile and feel gratitude! There is goodness in our lives and all around us, I want to notice it more this year and I hope you will too!

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 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!

Ahhhhh I am so excited – I know a linky is hard work, and I know it might be slow progress, but whether 1 or 30 join in, Ill be here every Friday (starting this week) sharing my joyful, hearty moments of life – see you there!!!

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