Happy New Year if I hadn’t said it already! The children are back to school, I’m back to working/spinning various plates, and to be honest although I miss them when they’re not at home, a bit of routine once more has been good for us all. I have a million and one things to do this month, plus we heard last night that the building work that was supposed to be going ahead with our kitchen/dining room around March time has now been brought forward to the 23rd of this month *scared face* This means we are suddenly all systems go and last night my brain was filled with thoughts on kitchen designs, budgets and the logistics of living in building work whilst pregnant and with 2 other young children. I keep telling myself it will all be worth it in the end though!
Aside from all this, I really want to continue to have time and (some) head space for myself once more this year, as I think it’s so important for general well being to take time for just for ‘you’ when you’re a busy parent. Here’s what I have been enjoying this past week:
I’ve just started reading a Christmas present of mine, ‘The Girls’ which I’m looking forward to getting stuck into after seeing some good reviews. I say every year that I want to read more but it really is hard to squeeze in some reading time without falling asleep in bed- was so much easier when I used to commute pre-children! Adam also got me a subscription to Red Magazine that I was delighted with, although this definitely means I am a full-fledged 30-something as it wasn’t that long ago that I thought it was a magazine for ‘older’ women- aaargh!
Adam and I went out for dinner last Friday night and then went to the cinema and watched ‘Fantastic Beasts’ which was actually brilliant- I was pleasantly surprised as I wasn’t sure if it was something that I would like, but I really did!
Lately we’ve been building lots of the kids Christmas toys- lego, their chocolate lolly maker, and this weekend we’re going to crack open the much-awaited Mr Frosty ice cream maker!
I’ve been loving my new Fig perfume from the Body Shop, that my sister-in-law got me for Christmas, it smells so lovely and will be a perfect scent to carry me through to spring/summer. Adam bought me a watch by Olivia Burton for Christmas which I was over the moon about as I haven’t had a non-sporty watch since I was a younger teenager, so I’ve been enjoying wearing this, although I wear it on my right wrist which is apparently weird as I’m not left-handed?! On my face I love my Mac satin Pink Noveau lipstick- it really ‘pops’ and brightens up my face, which since I’m quite pale means I can sometimes look a bit washed out without a bit of colour.
Call me scrooge, but I’m SO glad not to listen to ‘Rockin around the Christmas Tree’ for the millionth time (kids favourite). I love Christmas tunes but like I said, normal service has now resumed and I’m back to listening to lots of BBC 6 Music whilst I work- Regina Spektor, Jamie T, British Sea Power and The Postal Service have been notable listens this week.
I’m not usually one to follow an Instagram fad (apart from my living room rug, I LOVE that rug!), but I was having a look on the ‘Yes Mum’ website to buy some cards before Christmas for a friend of mine who’s just had a baby, and came across these fabulous ‘Yes Mum Mini’ cards, and decided to snap up a set each for the children to put in their stockings. I love the age appropriate positive messages and affirmations, and I’ve taken to sticking one on the wall near their bunk beds when I’ve felt it’s been needed as they can both now read, or talking about the odd one with each of them if they’ve been challenging/felt sad or worried about anything. I think they’re such a great idea, and anything that encourage positive vibes and good self-esteem in little ones gets my vote!