• Homeschooling life in lockdown, working with Spike homeschooling alongside me
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    Comparing our experiences in lockdown 1 and 3 – How we’re coping with homeschooling this time round

    January has been so long hasn’t it? Like I swear its lasted about 16 years. Except I still have a 5 year old, not a 21 year old, and I’m still in the probation period of my new job. Both these things are adding extra stress to my life daily. December was so full of news about vaccines, about the end of the sh*t that was 2020. There was so much hope for the new year. But that hope hasn’t been realised yet, as we were plunged into another lockdown. This time it seems so much worse than the last too. The colder weather isn’t helping. Our Previous homeschool experience…

  • Me and T on a walk at Arnside Knott, and on our maternity bump to baby photoshoot 6 years ago
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    Almosts and what ifs – 12 years on

    Do you ever wonder ‘what if?’ I do, I love finding those little ‘almost’ moments that might have resulted in something completely different. T is the same. If something goes wrong and we leave the house late, he’ll even say that maybe its stopped us being involved in something scary on the motorway. He was about 20 seconds behind a pile up on the M6 last week and that shook him too, thinking about the what ifs. What if I hadn’t moved…. Today, me and T have been together 12 years and there are so many what if’s about our story. We met on a random night out in Preston,…

  • Looking back on 2020 and goal setting for 2021
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    Looking back on 2020 – and goals for 2021

    That was a year wasn’t it? I’m not sure if anyone can really say that they enjoyed 2020. It was a pretty rubbish year. But journalling nearly every day and keeping a gratitude journal helped me realised that in amongst the rubbish, some good stuff did happen. My highlights from 2020 So I’m going to focus on the positives first. And in all honesty, there were quite a few. I didn’t smash 2020, but I’ve learnt to take the positives from the every day, thats what the whole pandemic taught me. This year I got a new job, a job in a field that I have wanted to move into…

  • Our Christmas Traditions with two images, the first is T holding Spike up o she can put the star on the tree and the second is spike at 7 months old sitting up with her christmas eve teddy and book, One Snowy Night
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    Our Christmas Traditions – how we’re still feeling festive in the new normal

    So this year is going to be a little different for everyone isn’t it? Some Christmas Traditions are having to fall by the wayside this year because of Covid. It’s sad, but hopefully it’ll just be one year and by next year the celebrations can be back to normal. I hope so anyway as next year we’re hoping to go away with Spike’s Grandma to the home of Santa himself! Our Christmas tree traditions Usually our tree makes an appearance the first weekend of December. However this year, we did put it up a little earlier. Lots of people have to spread the Christmas cheer it what’s been a rubbish…

  • The Best National Trust sites in the north of England - in our opinion! Featuing Formby, Tarn Hows, Aria Force and more
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    Getting out and about with the National Trust – The best National Trust sites in the North (in our opinion!)

    As you know, we love to get outing nature and explore. One of the things I’ve realised in the last couple of years is just how many of the amazing places we love to go are looked after by the National Trust. A few years ago I naively thought that National Trust sites were just the big houses that you see in the countryside. But I’ve since realised that they look after some of my favourite open spaces too. So I thought I’d share some of our best National Trust sites from across the North of England in this post. Tarn Hows First on the list has to be Tarn…

  • Blue Coffee Box Subscription and my coffee cup with coffee brewing in my cafetière and my notepad
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    Opening my door to the world of coffee – Blue Coffee Box subscription review

    Now that I’m working from home, I thought it’s about time I used some of the appliances I’ve gathered over the years. I’ve had a cafetière for years since being bought it as a gift. But haven’t used it since I ran out of the last bag of coffee I had. Partly because rushing out of the house on a morning didn’t offer me enough time to brew it. And partly because I kept umming and ahhing over what coffee to buy. When Blue Coffee Box got in touch to ask if I wanted to give one of their boxes a go, it came at the perfect time. I’d just…

  • Blog title graphic with two images, first image is Kato the Alpaca looking out over the Lake District, second picture is Raimy, a 32 year old woman with purple hair and glasses, with Kato on my alpaca walk
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    Taking Kato and Dougal for a walk – Our morning alpaca walk with Alpacaly Ever After

    Me and T prefer to get each other birthday gifts that are experiences rather than material goods. It fits in with the more minimalist lifestyle we’re hoping to create. Meaning that theres less gathering dust around the house. We’re still waiting (two years on) for my hot air balloon ride that he got me for my 30th, but never mind! This years gift was the amazing experience of an Alpaca walk in the Lake District with Alpacaly Ever After and I managed to get that one booked in quick! Alpacaly Ever After’s options Alpacaly Ever After is an awesome company that rehouses alpacas, and a few llamas I believe. They…

  • Personal posts,  Photography

    Our September in Pictures

    September went by in a flash. Mainly because all of a sudden I went from spending all my time job searching, to being offered a fantastic new position. Then obviously working my contract in my old place! I managed to squeeze in some awesome days out in-between all the days working though, including a few ‘me’ events without Spike! Shocker! Being back at school Obviously September saw Spike back at school after the longest break ever. She did two random days back in July but other than that hadn’t been in school uniform since March. It went ok and we haven’t had too many tantrums or upsets. She has been…

  • blog title graphic with blog title text and two images. Image one is my bullet journal and phone playing a podcast and image two is me doing a half back balance aerial hoop move
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    Low self esteem and how I combat it – My tips for those days when feeling low

    I’m not a very confident person. Recently I was in a situation where my confidence took a massive beating. I was probably the lowest I’ve been in a long, long time. This low self-esteem stemmed from one part of my life and I soon found it seeping into other areas. However, I managed to build myself up a bit and stop it from affecting them too much. I wanted to share my tips with you in the hopes it helps. Staying active I never really understood this method of combating low self-esteem. Thinking that it was just made up by a personal trainer somewhere I always ignored the whole staying…

  • Catching the distance learning bug; a blog post graphic with blog title and images of a person with a notepad on their legs and another of a MacBook with a notepad next to it.
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    Catching the distance learning bug – my diploma progress and what I’m hoping to do next

    A few months ago I wrote about learning as an adult and fitting in learning around Spike and other commitments. I thought it was about time I gave you a little update as to how thats looking for me and what is coming next, as I’ve definitely caught the distance learning bug. My ‘up to 3 year’ diploma When I signed up in January I had 3 years to complete the diploma I signed up for. I knew that they recommended the least amount you should take on it was 9 months. I managed one assignment between January and March. And figured it would definitely take longer than 9 months!…