Happy New Cycling

Hello….did you miss me?

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and gained all that you needed from your Yule celebrations. I have had a wonderful Christmas. The highlight being able to spend some very valuable time with my children and The Hoarder even had a day off work that did not involve his phone ringing every 5 minutes. It was wonderful to have his undivided attention for a short time and I know the girls appreciated it too. I have some very exciting events coming up this year. We are going to centre parc again (see last years visit here!) I have tickets to see Bon Jovi and Biffy Clyro from my clever clever boyfriend as well as a trip to Blue Reef Aquarium to review on here in the very near future!

Happy new year by the way. Have you made any New Year resolutions? I have the usual. Loose weight, do more with my Beautiful Princesses. However, encompassing all of these is one resolution. That is to cycle 90% of my commute. By saying 90% I am attempting to be realistic and allow for snow days and days when The Hoarder has to give me a lift due to his work commitments. As well as this I intend to take the girls out on the bikes more often. Big Princess is getting really good on her bike and Smaller Princess is very comfy in the bike buggy so there is no reason why we cant all go out.

So this is my plan for 2013…to cycle more and therefore do more with my children.

I rode my first commute of 2013 to and from work tonight. Oh my goodness I have missed it so much. I loved every second of  the ride there and the ride back. I can’t wait to do it again tomorrow night.

I am free


My 5yo has a boyfriend.

I have come to the conclusion that my family are nuts…totally bonkers.

The crap they come out with is truly amazing and I am taking The Hoarders advice and writing it all down.

I often wake The Hoarder on a regular basis. This sounds cruel and it is especially when I could do with a laugh. However, if I didn’t wake him he would actually sleep all day (I should add that he works nights!)

This morning he asked me to” bring them in here (the bedroom) and ask it what it was doing with the decorations at his work???”  WTF? I only asked him what time he was getting up. This is what I get every morning…some random stuff that makes no sense, him sat up and eyes open, looking very much awake…at least to me.

So I’m starting with my 5 year  olds conversation with me tonight. If I can figure out how to do it, I may dedicate a page to them too.

Big Beautiful has a boyfriend

The Hoarder insists he is moving out when the girls hit their teens. He also insists that they are not going to have boyfriends. I can quite believe that he will scare any poor lad that comes calling for either of our daughters as I have seen his Big Brother act on a poor young 17 year old who came to call for his little sister.

So when Big Beautiful told me a secret tonight as I tucked her into bed, I almost laughed my head off.

“Mummy I like Joseph, he always makes me ‘larwf'” (I swear this is how she said it whilst face palming herself!)

“That is good sweetie, you never used to get on with Joseph did you?”

“No, but I like him cos he makes me larwf by pulling faces and calling me to watch him fall over!” I’m thinking Joseph is flirting with my daughter here and he is good at it!

“He sounds very funny baby”

“He is Mummy. I think I might have a boyfriend?”  Ah No! What to say? ok Default counselling mode….Paraphrasing!

“You think you have a boyfriend babe?”

“Yeah mummy, I feel like I have a boyfriend…don’t tell daddy though” She is sniggering behind her hands…where does she get this from?

I’m doubled over by this point ” Why can’t we tell daddy? You know you can have a friend who is a boy and that is a boyfriend” Wishful thinking? I know where this is going, but I am determined to keep it innocent…to keep her innocent.

“No I think I am gonna marry him”…yeah we wont be telling daddy this. Just like we didn’t tell him that she loved Harry from One Direction and felt like she wanted to kiss him ( her exact words!!)

“Mummy, did you have a boyfriend…when you were in college?” Oh Boy!

“Yes baby, but now daddy is my boyfriend”

“I told daddy that he has to marry you”

“Did you baby?”

“Yep…he said Naghhh.” Silence “I think he meant no Mummy”

Yep, great…get to sleep….


Daddy will be woken on several occasions on a morning from now on to provide material for our entertainment…no I’m not bitter. (I am!)


It’s Christmas time in the city

“I must be insane”.

I thought to myself as I pushed a tired, screaming 2-year-old around the hustle and bustle of a city centre on a Saturday weeks before Christmas. Not only that I had a 5 year old in tow, who after getting a warm chocolate smeared waffle, decided she wanted to go home.

“Who’s idea was this?”

Oblivious shoppers stepped out in front of my push chair…very risky especially as I could quite happily have rammed them with said push chair after the 3rd or 4th time! Some even shoved passed my slow-moving buggy just to stop in front of me, those I could also have rammed with my push chair, quite happily.

The crazy frantic women who assault small children with their large quantities of baggage…sometimes even just their handbag as they rush from shop to shop. I lost count the times I heard “Mummy, that person just hit me on the head!” or “That man/lady just shoved passed me…isn’t that rude mummy?”

Yes it is! It is one thing to shove and jostle each other as you wander oblivious through city streets, but keep an eye out for little heads and feet around you. I can’t imagine how scary all those shoppers look to little people, at elbow hight who are knocked and hit simply because they are too small to be seen under all your Christmas treasures.

Fortunately there are those out there who restore my faith in human nature. I seem to find them around me when I need them most; like little angels bringing warmth and compassion to our cold, hard city shopping malls and high streets.

I don’t look for them, they just appear out of no where and then slip away again. . . This post is for you.

The lovely lady who chatted to my children in the street about Santa and school, who didn’t bat an eye lid at my chatterbox 5-year-old not pausing for breath.

The lady who tapped the two ladies in front of me on the shoulder and asked them to move after she had spotted me stuck there but unable to make myself heard over the loud Christmas songs and shoppers.

But most of all the man at the fruit and veg stall where I bought some chestnuts for the girls to try. He bought my children a small handful of cherries that Big Beautiful had her eye on , but I could not buy today. You made two little girls very happy in what had been a very stressful hour for us all.

As I look back on today, because of some very special strangers we met, I don’t feel harassed or in need of a glass of wine (well maybe a small one?)  Instead I remember the girls joy at seeing the City Christmas lights for the first time, the wonderful Christmas market and the warm waffles we all had with chocolate or Maple syrup, seeing the wonderful Fenwick’ Christmas window, looking for gifts for our family, dancing and singing to Christmas songs in the shops like no one was watching (I’m sure they were lol) and free cherries!

I have learnt a valuable lesson today:

Don’t venture into the City Centre on a Saturday with two small children, especially just before Christmas. I can only imagine it will get worse!

And if I really have to?

It might not be too bad x

Anyway up 360 Toddler cup – a review

For a long time now I have battled with Smaller beautiful’ terrible two’s. I’m actually beginning to think that rather than tantrums she is simply trying to turn my hair grey, make me lose any sanity I may have remaining … Continue reading

{This Moment}

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. 

If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see. as found on Mothering with Mindfulness and  Inspired by Soulemama.


{This Moment}


Valuing the simple things

Sometimes in the rush of daily life I forget.

I forget to stop.

I forget to breath.

I forget to open my eyes and to see, to really see the wonderful things around me.

When I remember, when I stop, when I take that deep breath that floods through my body finding all the muscles tight with ‘life’ and I open my eyes and really see …I’m always surprised.

I’m surprised at how much my body has been aching to relax and slow down. I am surprised at how much air I can fill in my lungs and I’m surprised how such simple things can change my mood, the way I feel and how I view myself and the world around me.

I love the moment the wind catches my face cycling fast down hill

I love pushing myself to cycle the incline home, reaching the top and looking back over the city at night lit by thousands of little lights.

I love the feel of little arms around my shoulder squeezing after the softest but sloppiest kiss goodnight from my girls.

I adore the colours of autumn (see Ode to Autumn to find out how much!)

Right now, this very moment. My babies are sound asleep in bed, I am snuggled in a nice warm bed, I have Breaking Dawn part 1 on my bedroom TV (and tickets to see part two in my purse), I have a warm whiskey and ginger next to me and after writing my post I’m going to snuggle down with a book (and maybe another whiskey…well it is Friday).

There are lots of things I am worried about right now such as our finances, my relationship and people I know (and technically don’t know on Twitter) But right here in this moment…I am at peace.

It’s a wonderful feeling and I am going to enjoy it a bit longer and remember it and the next one and the next time I am flying down hill on my bike … I’m going to savour that too.

What moments do you love and want to savour? **Cheer**

{This Moment}

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savour and remember. As found on Mothering with Mindfulness

If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see. Inspired by Soulemama.

{This Moment}

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savour and remember. As found on Mothering with Mindfulness

If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see. Inspired by Soulemama.

{This Moment}

{This Moment}

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savour and remember. As found on Mothering with Mindfulness

If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see. Inspired by Soulemama.


Getting to know you Meme

I’ve been tagged by www.vevivos.com and theoliversmadhouse.wordpress.com  in this meme that’s all about Getting to Know You.

The rules are simple:
– post 5 random facts about yourself
– choose 5 other deserving blogs with less than 200 subscribers to nominate and link their blogs in your post.
– tell your nominees you have chosen them for this award by leaving a comment on their blogs
– answer the 5 questions the tagger has asked you and ask your own 5 questions to the people you nominate
– no tag backs
Here are 5 random facts about me:
1) I Had childhood Epilepsy. My last seizure was in 2002 (I was 22). Although I had them from birth I was not diagnosed until I was 14. before then the doctors had told my mother she was being over protective (if you met my mum you would realise how funny this is) The meds made me ill so at 15 I taught myself how to meditate and could pretty much control them with that.
2) When I was younger I wanted to be a radio talk show host or radio psychologist. I have a BTEC in Media, communications and Radio production and a degree in Psychology and Counselling…wonder if I could still do it?
3) I suffer with mild social anxiety. This means it’s often an effort to make myself attend new places or join a large group of new people. So much so that I have missed out on baby groups and fun things for the kids to do. I’m working on it.
4) I hate Milk, it makes me sick. I don’t eat yoghurt or anything with cream in. Cheese, butter and chocolate are all good though (despite the damn migraine they give me)  **munches on twix and a buttered cheese sarni!**
5) I had a mole removed from my left leg when I was 7 as they thought it was cancerous (It wasnt) I now have a lovely long 1 Inch x 1cm scar where it was removed.
And my questions to from them are:
1. Why did you start a blog?
I was inspired by some of the blogging Mummies I met on Twitter, especially MammyWoo (go find her, you won’t regret it!) I tried to avoid being another mummy blogger as I didn’t want to step on anyones toes and didn’t think I was good enough. However being a mummy is such a huge part of who I am and my journey of self discovery that I found myself writing about them more and more. So after a break I came back to it and changed my blog name to embrace my mummy journey. It’s still all about ME ME ME ME though! 
2. Which is your favourite day of the week and why?
I like Thursdays. This is when I see my clients in the counselling service I volunteer for. This is when I am truly me…doing what I adore to do…Just wish I could earn a living at it.
3. What is the most memorable day of your life so far
There are many memorable moments. My graduation, the birth of my children. I’m going to choose November the 5th 2007. This is the day my Big Princess came home from the hospital – 2 weeks (ish) after she was born as she had been really poorly. This was earlier than anyone had expected her to come home…those fireworks each year mean so much more than they ever did now.
4. Who is your biggest idol?
Wow. Ermm……I don’t think I have one. There are many who inspire me due to their courage, strength and talent. I don’t look up to anyone …I’m going to go with my children. They motivate me, inspire me and often leave me in awe at their determination, caring personalities and their ability to love me when I find it hard to feel that way about myself.
5. What is your favourite piece of music?
I would like to put a super cultured response here, Mozart, Bach… but I can’t as I have no clue. My taste in music is so eclectic and changes with my mood. I’m a little rocker at heart, but I also love soul – Al Green and Otis Reading are my go to chill out artists they go great with wine or whiskey (not both)
Back in March I was tagged in a Q & A by Mummy Stuff I never got around to doing it, so I am adding it on the bottom here & tagging her in this Meme too. Sorry Debs x

Now for my Q&A;

1) What’s your all time favourite movie?

What Dreams May Come

2) What’s the furthest you have ever travelled and was it business or pleasure?

Pleasure…not far, I think Tunisia is the furthest? 

3) If you were a fruit, what would you be and why?

I would be a Kumquat…I just love the name, it always makes me giggle inside my head like a child and can be found in posh restaurants (I wish)

4) What is your perfect day out?

Out on the bikes with the kids, a picnic and not knowing where we are going (probably park or beach though)

5) If you could morph into an animal, which animal would it be and why?

I want to be a hedgehog. I love them, Snuffle around at night, roll up onto a ball and sleep for months and prickle anyone who tries to pick me up or generally irritate me.

6) What was your favourite TV programme when you were a kid and what did you like the most about it?

I loved prisoner Cell block H…I used to sit and watch this on a night with my dad, after he got in from work an everyone else was asleep. These were my favorite moments.

7) Night owl or early bird?

Night Owl

8) It’s your last meal ever. What do you choose?

Pizza and Chips followed by  Tiramisu and an espresso (Or Nanny Plums Jelly Flood to escape the reason it’s my last meal ever!)

9) What do you like most about your life?

I’m struggling at this right now, but my children are the most consistent beings in my life that make me smile…so I love that they are in my life 

10) What do you dislike most about your life?

That I never learnt to listen to my needs or value my own judgement and opinions until I had children. I would have made a lot of different decisions

11) Your dying wish….?

My children to be happy. healthy and not to ever have to worry about money in any shape or form.

Ok so Tagging yes I know there are only 4…I need to be more social I think. (some of these bloggers have not posted in a while and I really think they should…so here is a nudge!) and questions:

Mummy stuff

A Blonde Wife

A real Mummy Diary

Trying to land on mother earth

amelias mum

1, If you could have 3 wishes what would you wish for?

2, What are you addicted/obsessed with?

3, 1 thing that really makes you angry

4, 1 thing that really makes you happy

5, What is your perfect idea of relaxation?