Blogtember challenge – a bit of advice

Another month over – yikes!

I am a little sad that I wasn’t able to do all the days of the blogtember challenge this year – what with our holiday and all 😊

For the last prompt we are to imagine that we were photographed by humans of NY – what advice would we give to a large group of people.

Alright here goes.


What would my advice be? Something I believe in greatly, but also need to apply myself.

It’s OK to be who you are. You are more important than you feel.

I have always struggled with being OK with being me.
This always sounds like an odd thing today, and may be confusing for some to understand.
But when you have spent a long time on the self loathing train – in fact I still spend some days back on it – it is hard to get off, it doesn’t stop at many stations.
Only since having my children have I been spending a little less time feeling consumed by self loathing – I have my bad days, but I try not to let my children see it.

It’s taken me some time to realise that no matter how hard I try to change myself – being myself is OK.

I never felt good enough to have friends or for people to get me.
But as I move on in years I have discovered that’s OK.
Some people might not like me and that’s OK.

It hurts me to write this because I am one of those people who struggles when people don’t like me…because it hurts when they don’t.
It hurts when I fear they don’t like me.

But it’s OK.

I have tried to change myself in order to be liked before.
But not anymore.

It’s OK to be me.
I can be myself, and that’s OK.

It’s OK to be you. The best you you can be.


First off I would like to thank Bailey Jean for another wonderful blogtember.
And secondly, how much I truly enjoy taking part.

Looking forward to next year already!



Blogtember challenge – my year, so far

This year has been an interesting one for sure.
We started out the year as normal..then we managed to book ourselves a holiday, which I never saw coming.

The year has flown by at a scary speed.
I mean it’s already (almost) October!

2017 looms…haha! Sorry!

So today I am going to share with you 5 pictures that sum up my year so far 😊


One – started off the year with several bouts of snow.
And when it snows here, you are stuck for a while!
You need to be cupboard prepared for certain…things like wine and crisps πŸ˜‚
Got to admit this is one of my favourite shots of the year.


Two – my little Ariana got glasses.
It took me 2 years to notice that she had a problem with her eyes, and I feel incredibly guilty because of it, I feel like I failed my baby.
I know it isn’t my fault that she has bad eyes, but feel like I should have noticed sooner. This year she got her first pair of glasses, all the way home she pointing everything out to me with such excitement. It was amazing.


Three – bluebells.
This one’s easy. Every year I plan to go and see the seas of bluebells in the woods and every year I miss them!
This year I finally made it. Bluebells are one of my favourite flowers ❀


Four – a selfie.
It’s no secret I don’t like pictures of myself. When I take one I rarely look at the camera, I don’t know why I just really don’t like to look at the camera. In fact I much prefer to be behind the lens. I feel my lack of confidence in myself shows in my eyes and in my face.
Anyway, this one I dislike least πŸ˜‰


Five – last but definitely not least. Paris.
As you may know we took a little trip to France this month.
I am officially in love with France. Being a big lover of bread and cheese helps 😊 but oh man France now has a place in my heart along with California ❀

How does your year look so far?


Blogtember challenge – what makes you happy?

I put my hand up and admit I am quite obsessed with watching videos on YouTube –

Marriage proposals, baby announcements, surprise name it.

Anything that will make me smile so hard it brings emotional tears to my eyes – yes I am that person πŸ˜‚

When I thought about today’s prompt for blogtember, one video in particular stood out to me.

Just this week I witnessed the beautiful kindness and huge heart of a young boy, who wants to give the young Syrian boy who’s image broke the world’s all know the image.

Just thinking about it now is breaking my heart.

Young Alex who lives in Scarsdale NY wrote a letter to President Obama – offering the little boy home.

link here

I defy you to watch this video and not tear up.

This young boy fills me with joy, happiness and faith that there is still love and kindness in the world.


Blogtember challenge – Pierrefonds a review

Hey guys.

So it has been a week now back in this place called reality πŸ™„
And all the kids have colds!
Hubby has a cold (lookout!) and autumn has literally come flying in out of nowhere seemingly.

Today has been a hideous blur of homework and PVA glue.

So it’s been nice to look back and reflect on our holiday – because I decided that my review for today would be a place.


So I am taking it back to the first place we visited in France.
A beautiful little town and chateau called pierrefonds.


The place itself was really quaint.
With cobbled streets – which I adore!
Shutters on every window – love!

And to make it even better in the centre of the square was an eating area where you could sit and watch the world go by.


I love that!
Just sit at a table with coffee and macarons and people watch 😊

Plus I really liked how every town has a bakery in it – it couldn’t be more French if it tried!


The chateau was glorious.


I love how buildings like this were built without the machinery we have today.
That you have to crane your neck just to see the top of the towers.


That the doors were built big enough to fit Goliath in – because who doesn’t need a giant door right?!


The views are spectacular and pretty.
I could live there 😊


And the rooms…aww man the rooms!
This was the entrance to the living room – because we all need an entrance like this!
Imagine inviting people into your home – and be like welcome to my humble abode πŸ˜‚

Look at the size of my kids in comparison to the doorway – you could fit a horse through it!


If you ever visit France may I suggest the region of Picardy.
It’s beautiful and scenic.

And it is full of houses like this one.
Sorry chΓ’teau!!

Look forward to seeing what you all have reviewed 😊


Blogtember challenge β€’ autumn is here!

It’s official folks!

Autumn is here.

Autumn is my 2nd favourite season.

There is nothing more wonderful than snuggling under a blanket with a nice cup of tea in chilly weather.


Autumn favourites –

Crunchy leaves under foot.
Beautiful shades of orange.
Big, woolly jumpers.
Snuggly blankets and hot water bottles.
Pumpkin spice Lattes 😍
The changing colours of leaves.
Curling up by the fire
Heart warming soup and warm crusty bread.
Wearing layers!

What are your favourite things about autumn?


Blogtember challenge – an important message


Happy hump day and all that πŸ˜‰

I am struggling with the idea that is already the middle of September –  before I know it the end of the year will be upon us! (Sorry!)

So I have done my fair share of stupid things – this morning was no exception to that.

I thought I would let Ariana try her school uniform on – bear in mind she doesn’t start school until April.


She looked adorable!
But it made me emotional!
Then she wouldn’t take it off!

I realised I am not ready for her to leave me πŸ˜”

Sad moment gone…for now.


Alright, so I am playing a bit of catch up – and doing yesterday’s post.

– something you wish more people knew or believed

I wish more people understood that depression and anxiety is an illness.
That it’s not just a tiny sad feeling you can shove aside or just cheer up from.
More people than you realise suffer from it.
It is debilitating.


This is my constant feeling.
Does this sound like something that is easy to cope with?

Do you think you could easily brush this feeling aside?

Because let me tell you something – no matter how hard you try the feeling doesn’t ever fully go away.

You can put in the mask of happiness or the “I am OK” smile to fool those around – I do this.
But sometimes this can make matters worse.

It makes people think that your illness is not really there.

But I want people to understand that my depression and anxiety is not as simple as being happy or sad


I wish it were that simple.

I remember when I was in the grasp of PND my mum said to me “what do you have to be sad about?”
Because she didn’t understand that how I felt wasn’t about sad feelings but it was something I had suffered from for years.

Which is the point I guess.
Sometimes we don’t know what those around us are going through.

Because we get adept at hiding our inside.

We mustn’t be so quick to judge what we don’t understand.

And I wish people understood that.


Blogtember 2016 β€’ a trip down memory lane

Today we came back to reality with a bump!

7am starts and school runs!

My son throwing up his breakfast all over my kitchen floor!

The joy!

Nothing quite like a good dose of reality to make your Monday πŸ˜‚


Today’s challenge was to look back on old blog posts and picking some favourites.
I have written many posts over the years on a variety of subjects.
It’s been fun taking a trip down memory lane today.

Granted some of my favourites may not make for impressive or even joyful reading – but for me they were a joy to write 😊

And I enjoy to write about subjects that are important.

Righty – oh.

1. inspirational women – lisa lynch
I have written many posts on women I find to be inspirational. Lisa’s story moved me to tears.

2. body shaming = bullying
I am completely against body shaming in any shape or form. And when I was body shamed, I snapped!

3. inspirational women – body positive campaigns
I enjoyed researching this post!

4. I am not a feminist but…
Once again something I watched triggered me to write about an important subject.

5. dear self harmer
This is an important subject for me. It took so much for me to actually open up on this subject, so it was cathartic.


It was hard to choose favourites out of so many blog posts.
And I look forward to being able to write more.

I look forward to seeing your favourite posts ❀