1. Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Chinotto Liguria £66 2. Garmin Vivosmart 3 Fitness Activity Tracker £129.99 3. Desenio Golden Horizon Poster £15.95 4. Montezuma’s Chocolate Giant Button Jar £22.99

5. everdure by heston blumenthal CUBE Portable BBQ £149 6. Amazon Echo Spot £119.99 7. Clinique For Men Daily Age Repair Skin Kit £30.15 8. Herschel Supply Co. Novel Duffle Holdall £85


9. Warner Edwards HoneyBee Gin £32 10. Emma Bridgewater Daddy Mug £19.95 11. Tom Dixon London Candle £55 12. Molton Brown Vetiver & Grapefruit Set £45


Happy New Year

Every year I follow suit and think up some ‘new year resolutions’ to try and stick to, truth be told I don’t actually have any, I just cave under the pressure when someone asks me what mine are…. I usually end up blurting out, ‘oh you know, just the usual lose weight, tone up, eat healthier this year’ What usually happens is I fall off the wagon by mid January, feel completely crap that I ate that Chinese takeaway I promised myself I wouldn’t, sound familiar?

Well not this year! In order to be kinder to myself I have decided to promise myself a few small things, nothing that will make me feel rubbish if I don’t stick to them, just some ways to simply look after myself going into 2018. I don’t know about you, but most of 2017 was spent feeling, well a bit bleugh! More illnesses than usual, walking around in a cloudy fog a lot of the time! So here’s what i’m planning on for this year…

More Sleep!

I am literally my worst enemy when it comes to sleep. I’m constantly tired and lacking in energy & usually have trouble waking up most mornings. To try and combat this last year I bought myself a Lumie Lamp, the lamp that gradually wakes you with a gentle light each morning…. only, I think it would work better if I actually went to bed before midnight! So this year i’ve made a promise to myself that I will get to bed at a more reasonable hour, 10.30pm at the latest. So far so good!

Move more

I used to be so active before I had children and towards the end of last year finally got back into fitness, and I honestly feel so much better for it. This year I want to try and increase this, spend more time outside with the kids on scooters, bikes, beach walks… It is true, the more you exercise the more energy you feel you have! I’m not going to lie, I don’t enjoy spending hours in the gym or going for a long run (think phoebe from friends and you’ll get my running style), I prefer classes such as boxing and yoga, & I think as long as you’re doing something you enjoy you’ll stick with it.

Be more organised

Ever turned over the diary and realised its someones birthday today? That literally has happened to me so many times this year, yet I used to be so super organised! What’s happened to me? I would blame it on ‘baby brain’, although mine are 10 & 3! So no more, 2018 will be the year I actually look at my diary, theres only so long before my dogs groomer blacklists me for missing an appointment, seriously that dog gets pampered more regularly than I do!

De clutter

I bought the famous Marie Kondo book about 3 years ago, have I de-cluttered my life? Nope! I did read it and ebayed a few bits after, but that’s about as far as I got. So once a month (I’ve actually diarised it!) I,m gonna have a little de-clutter. Starting with our wardrobes, pretty sure i’m not getting back into the size 8 jeans I’ve had since 2004, so out they go! I’ve started on mine already and it feels sooo good to be tidy and clean… plus I have room to buy more stuff now 😉 Next on the list is the car and kitchen cupboards!

Start a blog

And here we are! I’ve been reading blogs for years. I used to write blogs for other peoples businesses when I worked in Marketing. I love seeing beautiful photos, reading different opinions and advice from people and have been meaning to start my own for such a long time. I always thought, what if it’s rubbish? what if no one wants to read it? But you know what, it doesn’t matter who reads it, I just love to write, take photos, try new things. Since being at home with the boys, although I’ve loved every minute (apart from the tantrums, cooking food no one eats and meltdowns, but we’ll gloss over that!) I have missed work. Something for me to get stuck into, so here we are at the start of 2018 with a first blog post! Happy New Year!