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Be Brilliant Everyday, Sweet Roses, SO much Cheese – #littleloves

I’m jumping back on the blogging bandwagon with #littleloves after taking a month off. Yes a whole month. I don’t think that’s really acceptable in blogland but I needed the time out to just sort stuff out. I’ve been sticking to my exercise and healthy eating and I know that’s made me cope with stress so much better.  I’m so loving the warm days and long, light evenings – they lift my spirits and motivate me so much more than soggy old grey rain. So here’s what I’ve been loving this last week – my #littleloves

Read

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Slight cheat as I haven’t actually read this yet. Dave attended a meeting in London and they gave everyone in the company this book to read. It comes highly recommended on Amazon boasting 4.5 stars and I’m excited to sink my teeth into it this weekend.

Watched

I’ve been watching this for the last couple of weeks. There really are some heart-breaking stories in this world – I’m so grateful I can provide the basics for my kids, when so many parents just can’t, whether due to emotional, financial or drug / alcohol related issues. This program shows not all parents are raging drug addicts, some simply can’t cope and the foster parent system comes in as a saving grace for these children.  It’s a good show, go watch it 🙂

Wore

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My spinning leggings. Ha! You won’t lose me in these babies.  I’ve so been enjoying my new exercise regime (coming from a girl who was literally STUCK to the sofa!!) I treated myself to these leggings when I dropped a dress size. BOOM.

Heard

Dave and I hit the local car boot sale and this song came on the radio while we were driving. I absolutely Love Love Love it and have been blaring it while working this week. You’ll be surprised how many Milky Chance songs you may know if you look them up, I honestly thought I’d never heard of them before. Lol.

Made

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With the warm summer evenings finally gracing us with their presence, I haven’t felt much like slaving over a hot stove.  So we’ve been treating ourselves to snacky dinners a couple of nights a week. Nom Nom Nom.

And Lastly

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My friend and I went walking on Monday night with Shan. She collected all of the flowers on the side of the road and made me this beautiful posy. It only lasted 2 days but the smell of that rose was just unbelievable. I got 100 sniffs out of that baby at least.  Small things folks, small things.

Because when you stop and look around this life is pretty amazing.

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Linking up to the awesome ButWhyMummyWhy with #littleloves this week – go check out her post on Working from Home – it struck a chord with me for sure! Have a great week my lovelies.

Kerry x

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The Weekend Post – #3 – It’s ma’ Birthday!

It was my birthday yesterday! This means I basically stuffed myself full of fry-ups and cake all weekend. Dave took the day off on Friday and I managed to squeeze in a bit of shopping amidst this food fest of mine. I spotted this GORGEOUS bedding in BhS – I’m in love. love. love.

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And the towels… don’t even get me started on the towels – bright vintage awesomeness! I had no idea their homeware stuff was so nice!

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We’re antique / junk shop lovers so we headed into some of the old shops in Salisbury and stumbled across these 2 signs which I think would look fab on our Decking.. *insert filthy joke here*

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My girls are great at taking the ‘Half Face Teenage Selfie’ and insisted we had one so they could post it all over Facebook on my birthday. So here I am with my eldest.. how is she 15 already?!

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And another with Tay, man I love these sprogs.

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My best friends brother and his partner recently had a baby, so on Saturday we all piled into Kerrie’s for a bbq and some baby snuggles. Little Brooklyn is only 1 week old, Be still my heart…! She seems super tiny and is just so flipping cute. I had fun playing dollies and handing her back when she cried. Lol.

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My sister was a bridesmaid for one of her good friends on Saturday – she sent me this pic on Whats App of her and my mom together – I love it, such beautiful women and I’m so proud they belong to me 🙂

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And so Sunday rolled around. I woke up feeling pretty much the same, but excited to finally see what all the whispers have been about in my house over the last few days.  Dave cooked a totally scrummy fryup and lobbed loads of Battenberg’s on top of each other as my cake. BEST CAKE EVER. I think I ate an entire loaf to myself. Luckily no-one in my house likes Marzipan so I’ve still got loads left. HA!

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I was very spoilt for presents – a greenhouse for my herbs, a cake mixer (will need to learn to bake without burning now) a bag, choccies and stuff for my garden. They know me so well.

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All in all it was a fab weekend – we’re having a little bbq this coming weekend to celebrate so I’m praying for some nice hot weather. Please weather gods, make it happen!

I’m linking this up to the lovely Charlotte’s linky – she’s been to Alton Towers for the weekend and has an awesome video all about it too – click the badge below to pay a visit 🙂

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Have a fantastic week!

Kerry x

The Weekend Post #2 – Will I ever get used to the boys?

We had a pretty chilled weekend enjoying time with family, friends and working on our garden inbetween the spurts of b*stard rain. The weather forecast was completely wrong and instead of sunshine we had rain and cold and more rain. But we soldiered on and made the most of it and actually got quite a bit done. Boom!

Tay had a few friends round after school on Friday to just ‘hang out MOM’ so I grabbed a sweetie pizza from Asda as a treat to claim some ‘Cool Mom’ points. It didn’t really work as Shanah snuck it away from them as best she could so all that was left to present to them by the ‘cool mom’ was a pile of mushed up banana sweets and a soggy jelly baby.

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I don’t think I will ever get used to seeing boys shoes at the door. Tayla is nearly 13 and has a large circle of friends – boys and girls. On Friday it was a 2 boys and 2 girls hangout and there was lots of awkward teenage giggling and chest puffing going on. MY.NERVES.

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On Saturday my friend persuaded me to join her at the gym for a Spin and Lift session. 20 mins power spinning and 20 mins lifting. It was INTENSE. My muscles are still screaming at me 2 days later, but I’ve lost nearly a stone just by changing my eating habits, drinking water (yuk) and doing exercise a couple of days a week. I also treated myself to an early birthday prezzie – the Breville Blend Active blender thing. I freaking love this gadget – chuck a load of fruit, bit of milk, bit of yoghurt and a squeeze of honey into the cup, press whizz and BAM, breakfast done. Much needed after cycling to what felt like up Mount Everest and back.

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Shan’s been bugging me for 2 weeks to take her swimming with her friend.  She’s had a really bad cold recently but seems to be much better so I decided to cave in and take them.  Our local leisure centre does a big fun inflatable swim on Saturday afternoons with a giant blow-up slide in the pool, so the girls were in their total element.  I sat on the side watching YouTube video’s and sporting this very sexy footwear.

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On Sunday, my Dad treated us all to a yummy Sunday roast at a local pub and then came back to our place for a glass of vino and helped me put the vinyl letters on my pallet herb garden.  He did a good job and insisted on his picture being put on Facebook with the caption “High guys, I’m back in business” I do love that bloke.

*Drugs Disclaimer* Weed is a joke sign.. those are actually Marigolds.

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Inbetween the rain showers (b*stard weather) we painted our pallet benches for the decking – it’s all started to come together now and I’m so flipping excited about it.

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Shan was clearly exhausted after all of these shenanigans and crashed out early for once. Miracle! She falls asleep every night with this little mask on and it melts my heart.  She’ll kill me if she realises this is on the blog. HA. Lol.

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That’s it for this weekend dudes – I’m off to work now.. Monday morning seems to creep up so fast on us these days. Luckily I love my job too so it’s not too much of a tragedy.

Have a great week!

Kerry x

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My weekend in pictures. A bit of partying. A LOT of painting and sanding 🙂

Probably the best selfie I’ve ever taken

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I jumped on the Primark tshirt bandwagon and busted out this bad boy. Yip, not much I love more than wifi 🙂

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Oh presents in the mail… how I love thee! I joined the #stationeryswaptastic swap organised by Innocent Charms Chats.  The awesome Vikki from Love From Mummy sent me these gorgeous gifts to feed my stationery addiction – you ROCK sweets!

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On Sunday we went to my friend’s little boys birthday tea – he turned 5 and is obsessed with all things Belle. Bless him. Although it’s debatable as whether this is Belle on the cake or a drag queen. haha!

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Sunday night = snack night, especially now the new series Home Fires has started! Dave really should be the cook in our house, he whips up stuff like this out of nothing. Love that boy.

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Our decking is coming along and yesterday we whipped up our benches out of the pallets we have left. It took me most of the day to sand those bad boys – now to paint and decorate… all the fun stuff! I’ve got more posts coming on how we did this if you’re interested.

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As we’re eating healthy, I decided to give a recipe in the Essentials magazine a go. It’s a vegetarian salad of butternut, sweet potato, beetroot, rocket, pomegrantate seeds and a delicious nutty dressing. YUMSVILLE.

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So that’s what we got up to this Bank Holiday weekend, pretty chilled.. lots of food and diy. Pretty good weekend all in all. What have you guys been up to?

I captured some of this in my weekly vlog this week – here it is if you have 30 mins to chill out and look at my awful hair.

Linking this up to THE WEEKEND POST linky over on the gorgeous Write Like No-One’s Watching blog – go check out more weekend shenanigans there by clicking the badge below!

Dragging them through the Daff’s – #CountryKids

Getting teens out into the fresh air WITH THEIR PARENTS is a pretty daunting task. It’s tricky. It takes bribery. And pleading. All of your dignity is pretty much thrown out the window.

Once they actually agree to coming out with you for the day (Go you) they may or may not proceed to stomp around with a face of thunder for most of the time you are out, depending on their hormonal spike that day. That hour. That second.

We live pretty close to the amazing city of Bath so we decided to drag them up to Victoria Park for a round of mini-golf and walk through the park.  Yip we bribed them with MacDonalds. But that came much later and was actually a total rip-off. Not even worthy of a picture.

Oh how I love thee Bath…

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The park itself is situated right in the city centre, although you would never know.. it’s absolutely stunning! It boasts a HUGE children’s adventure playground, crazy golf, tennis courts, skate park, botanical gardens and loads of park space.  In the summer we go to watch the outdoor cinema here too. It really is a gorgeous place to spend the day.

It was raining a little bit the day we went but we still pressed on, moody teen in play too.  The crazy golf was pretty busy and we were quite competitive with each other from the first hole. Ha!

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I think Dave won in the end, although our scoring system was pretty upside-down. Shan did really well and came in close second 🙂  After golf we took a walk through the daff’s. At this point the teens crossed the road because posing in Daffodil’s is JUST SO CHEESY AND EMBARRASSING MOM!

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I did manage to snap this pic of Tayla though, I caught her unaware and I absolutely love it. It’s good in black and white too and I’ve ordered a print of it much to her disgust.

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We had a fab day in the end and I even managed to get a pic of all 3 of them together for the first time in yonks.  Still little girls at heart 🙂

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Thanks for stopping by, have an AWESOME weekend,

Kerry x

 

Meal Planning Monday – 08/03/2015

So here’s what grub’s up for this week! Video of our grocery haul at the end of this post 🙂

Meals for this week: 

Monday: Slow Cooker Chicken Curry

Tuesday: Utterly Scrummy’s Fish Pie

Wednesday: Cottage Pie & Veg

Thursday: Grilled Salmon, Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Superfood Salad

Friday: Jacket Potatoes with Tuna/Sweetcorn & Salad

Saturday: Out for Dinner

Sunday: Roast Beef and all the trimmings

Here’s my grocery haul that I did yesterday – all food bought at Lidl – spend: £ 117

Linking up to At Home with Mrs M’s #mealplanningmonday

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Family Chaos

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This picture looks like it was taken by a pro right? Wrong.. it was taken by one of my kids… 🙂 Tay was messing around with my camera and said quick… photo Mom, Nana and Meg – so we threw ourselves down on the floor to hide our fat tummies and cupped our faces to disguise our double chins.  Tricks of the trade people! Ha! Every time I look at it, it makes me smile. It looks so calm and perfect, yet it was so totally the opposite. I do love this picture – in fact, I need to make it a priority to get it printed and put up on the flipping wall.

Day 4 of the Black & White Photography project – Family of Chaos 🙂

So how does the challenge work?

1. Post a black and white photo each day for five days.
2. Invite another blogger photo taker to take part each day.

I was invited by the awesome Viv from 76 sunflowers,  on Day 1 I raked in Emma from Life at the Little Wood then Tracy from MomofTwoSalums and yesterday it was Samantha from Happily a Housewife ‘s turn to get in on the action. Today I’m inviting Julie from Mama Owl – an awesome blogger and mum who is local to me and makes me chuckle my pants off.

Happy Thursday peeps 🙂

Kerry x

Cousin Love

cousin loveOur little speckle starts school in September. How can it possibly be 4 years since she was brought into our lives?  This kid screams cute, pretty, funny & she has the wildest of souls. She sure gives my sister a run for her money but I know she wouldn’t change her for the world.

My girls absolutely adore her and have the greatest of patience – she’s just like a little sister to them. So the photo…. I took this on Christmas Day, it was freezing freezing cold but these 2 decided they had to have their ‘PITCHA’ taken in their new dresses. I love how her hair caught the light and how they are reaching for each other’s hands. So flipping sweet.

So this is Day 3 of the B&W Photography Project – I was invited by the amazing Viv who blogs at 76sunflowers. On Day 1 I invited Emma from Life at the Little Wood and yesterday I invited Tracy from Momoftwosalums to take part.

Today I’m nominating Samantha from Happily A Housewife – she is one of my favourite YouTubers and is so super organized and lovely. Seriously, pour a glass of wine and catch up on her video’s, you won’t regret it!

Happy Wednesday dudes,

Kerry x

 

 

5 Day B&W Photo Challenge: Day 1 – Sisters

When I fell in love with photography all those years ago, I used to edit most of my pictures into Sepia or B&W – probably to hide my oily skin, blemishes and to make everyone look like shmodels.. but that’s beside the point. I love photography, especially in Black & White.

So when the gorgeous Viv tagged me in the B&W Photography project I was super excited and planned all the wonderful things I would shoot on my first day. My first day brought me rain, dirty washing, box unpacking and general housework. Hardly picture-worthy.

I decided to dig through my albums and found this B&W photo from last summer. This is my little sister and I at her daughter’s 4th birthday party. It was a boiling hot stonker of a day and we took a few minutes to go and mess around with the camera before all of the chaos started. We may or may not have consumed an entire jug of Pimm’s by this point too. I love this happy photo, it never fails to put a huge smile on my face.

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So, the challenge.
1. Post a black and white photo each day for five days.
2. Invite another blogger photo taker to take part each day.

I’m inviting Emma from Life at the Little Wood to take part, she has an amazing sense of style ( I literally want to steal everything in her wardrobe) and the most beautiful home. Emma – you may have taken part already but I’m giving it a shot anyway!

Canal Stomping – #CountryKids

A few weeks ago we set off to a local canal to have a welly stomp. The weather’s been so flipping cold so we haven’t got out as much as we’d hoped. I need to learn the art of layering  – my African blood can’t warm up in the cold! Anyhoo, we took the 2 younger ones and had a couple of hours discovering the barges, the eccentric but lovely people who live here and even found a heron or 2.

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Although I couldn’t live on the river in such a confined space, I admire the people who do. It seems a pretty simple life. Almost everyone has a bicycle stowed on top of their barge and this one even had a Christmas Tree 🙂 IMG_1245

The girls found this old rope swing to have a go on, it snapped. I wished I’d filmed it. << Horrible mother alert.IMG_1244

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My story-telling heart wants to believe this is a veggie patch on top of their house in the summertime. So we’re going with veggie patch and not random chunks of weeds and grass.

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Shan’s at this stage now – the Chinese pose stage. E.V.E.R.Y photo I take of her has the ‘peace and pout.’IMG_1238

The Grey Hare was the Creme da le Creme of the boats we found, a lovely albeit eccentric man came over to tell us about her. I filmed him secretly but can’t find the footage, I’ll blog it as soon as I do because his story was so interesting and I can’t for the life of me remember what it was. 
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I absolutely love this – ‘Life’s too short, Eat Pudding 1st’ – this was made for me! IMG_1226 IMG_1224I have no idea where she gets this photography obsession from 😉 How cute is that little tripod??
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I loved how this little girl was sat for ages just talking away to the swans. Oh the sweet innocence 🙂 IMG_1219

 

And that was our walk! We sort of stumbled across this by accident by searching local short walks in our area online, it was such a lovely couple of hours out in the fresh air and didn’t cost a penny, even the car park was free. Hurrah!

Where have you been galavanting recently?

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Happy Weekend dudes,

Kerry x