Well just like that our half term is over and this week the kids have returned to school! Monday morning we were eager beeves and surprisingly early for school (such a rarity), but by Wednesday we were back to our old ways of legging it up there with 2 minutes to spare!

Things have been rather quiet around here this week, both with the oldest 2 not around during the day, and here online! I am aware that I have majorly neglected my blog and not posted anything since last weeks #MyHeartyLife post, but I have been tired and busy getting on top of our home after half term, and generally occupied with the demands of other areas of my life. I hope to get back into the flow again starting today, as I have a lot of ideas of things I want to write about, as well as several collaborations building up that I need to crack on too!

Grateful For …

This week I have felt grateful for great old and new friends! I have loved catching up with old friends over in Leeds last week, and my oldest of school friends this week. I love (and am grateful for) those people you don’t always see very often, but make the effort to be interested in your life. I love when you get together you pick right up where you left off, be it days, weeks or months in between!

Our week has naturally fallen back into our term time routine, which means going to groups and soft plays, and it’s been lovely to see my pals from the village again and have some chats and laughs. I have been grateful for an overall really enjoyable week (made so by sharing our days with others) and I loved that yesterday we had a little lunch date at the farm shop with some mum friends! I feel grateful to have so many new friendships blossoming for Alice and I!

Succeeded At …

I think it’s high time I told you a little bit about what I am up to in my “Private Life” (yes I do have one!). I am rather open with my life online, it’s a given when you blog about your life/lifestyle, but there is one little detail I have deliberately left out, and that is that in September I started a college course at night school!

It’s been incredibly demanding (and some days almost impossible) around being a stay at home mum to 3, blogging, and general life, but so far I am clinging on and scraping by, and mostly enjoying it! I plan to write a post about this choice to return to education in the near future, but I will mention now that my biggest success this week was going back after half term and managing to complete and hand in my first (of 5) units to pass!

I have made some lovely new friends at college that seem to be so similar to me, and they make me laugh so much. I feel that each week I go, and each assignment I write, is a major success around all I do everyday with the home and family.

Found Beauty In …

This week has been filled with all kinds of beautiful things and moments! I loved laughing and singing with college friends midweek, and looked upon that simple moment as been such a beautiful thing. I have enjoyed lunch with old and new friends too, both of which were tasty, beautiful and treasured moments in my day!

Last Friday we met some friends in Leeds and went for a walk around “Golden Acre Park”. I have little memory of ever going there when we lived in Leeds, however being there last week made me wonder “why the heck not!”. It was such a lovely afternoon, and I found it all so beautiful to look at – the lovely woodland and water, the beauty of the kids having such a fun time playing with their friends!

The next day (Saturday) brought another beautiful moment when I went to take a picture of the kids, and Megan said “We are saving a space for Poppy”. Well me heart just melted! It was such a gorgeous thing to say!

If you don’t know our story then read it here, but in 2014 their sister passed away at term and was stillborn. It has been incredibly hard, and on some days impossible, but moments like this remind me of how very much a part of our family she will always be. It’s hard to live without one of your children, but I am grateful for the moment’s my kids remember with me, and love her!

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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!

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Yesterday morning I took Alice across to soft play in our neighbouring village and whilst super freezing cold, the sun was shining and it felt so good to get out after a week of being indoors resting from a heavy cold and feeling blah!

Our whole week has literally been spent at home, playing, resting and doing very little as I have felt unwell and just like my brain and body needed a break from everything normal! I of course did the school runs, made dinners and kept the home half decent, but I have just really felt ill and needed a break!

Aside from a few remains of a mega coldsore, I am doing well now.

Grateful for

I haven’t really cared much for January. Perhaps it’s the good ol “January Blues”, but either way I am so grateful to see the end of it and welcome a new month. I am grateful to see that the nights are getting a little bit lighter week on week and that we are having slightly warmer days here and there with some sunshine too! It makes me hopeful that Spring won’t be too far away and that is exciting that the world will soon come alive again.

I am most grateful thought this week that Nath and I took the plunge and booked a holiday to America in March! I might be chatting about this for the next few weeks, so sorry if it bores you, but I am just so so excited and thankful to be able to go back and see treasured places and friends in a few weeks. I am looking forward to the kids first experience of American life!

Succeeded at

My biggest success this week was baking a great cake for a get together with our neighbours on Saturday. I’ve never been the best of bakers and it was so fantastic to see how well it all came together and how nice it tasted too. It made me feel good and has really built my confidence to bake a little more here and there.

I also succeeded at getting Ethan to clean his room! Get out the trumpets and party poppers because this is the ultimate victory. We completely blitzed it and cleaned every inch! He is by far my messiest child and a real hoarder too, so I feel it the ultimate mum win this week to see his room so neat and clutter free and it makes me so calm!

Found Beauty in

Walking over to soft play always looks lovely as it’s a nice country walk, and yesterday didn’t fail to disappoint. After dropping the kids at school I decided to walk a different way and with the sun shining on the little village church, it just looked so beautiful – I had to stop and take a picture.

Blue skies, Winter sun and the historic stone of the church with its green church yard was possibly the biggest beauty of the week and I always feel so happy to live in such a charming place.

I think that Alice was so relieved to finally get out yesterday and be in a normal routine again (cabin fever comes to mind) and it was nice to have some fresh air and a good walk and talks with other mums and the childminding crew, (even if we did get caught in icy showers on the way home!). I say it all the time, but I love that all this is right on our doorstep now.

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Aside from the gorgeous flurry of snow we had at the weekend, it hasn’t been the best of weeks. Nothing too major, just more of life (you know?) and probably a feeling of being done with January now! And so when you feel like that, it can be quite hard to remember the good things can’t it? I know I have struggled initially to remember them all, and so for that reason it is good, and has been good for me to find time to ponder and pick out what actually went well and worked out this week. As I have done this in preparation for this weeks update, I have found myself feeling thankful for the fact that I started this weekly update of goodness to remind me “It ain’t so bad” and that there is always something to smile about.

Grateful For…

A bit random but stay with me on this one. This week I am most grateful for Winter, and it meaning we wear big jumpers and puffy coats! On Tuesday (in attempt to be more a fun mum with the toddler) I took Alice on the train to the coast for some swimming. I wanted to take her there because they have little pools to paddle in, and slides, and all kinds of fun watery things!

Aside from the initial screaming her head off due to the ridiculously loud music from aqua aerobics, we had a great time! Then we got out, and then I realised – WE HAD NO TOWELS!!! There I was with a dripping wet, chilly tot and no towel to wrap her in! The absolute biggest mum fail (who goes swimming without towels?!). Thinking on my feet I stripped her off and wrapped her in my long sleeved Tshirt, and I “air dried” whilst getting her patted down and dressed!

Of course I was so grateful to put on a big jumper and coat as I no longer had my Tshirt! And I was especially grateful that I hadn’t got my hair wet!

Succeeded At…

My biggest success of the week is accomplishing my goal to cut out refined sugar and eat better! I started last Monday, (so we are now on day 12) and whilst initially it was so hard I am feeling so much better for it. I haven’t eaten any junk since then and have been able to lose 4lb so far which is fantastic. It feels such a great accomplishment because I think I am actually addicted to Sugar!

Found Beauty In…

I think the biggest beauty of the week was most definitely as a result of snow! We went across to Chorley on Saturday and as we passed over the snow covered Pennines, glaring at us in the morning sun, it was spectacularly beautiful. I wish we would have had time to stop to take some pictures because it really was gorgeous.

Then of course at the weekend, we had some proper snow here too and the village looked so lovely draped in a blanket of snow! I really do love snow, it’s such a pretty thing, and the kids go wild in it! I love how beautiful the world looks when clothed in it and how cosy life feels looking out on it.

I hope you have a lovely weekend… Feel free to join in below or on Instagram, and let me know what was good and beautiful about this week for you! There are always moments despite the stresses and worries!

#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!

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