It takes a village


These words blew me away this morning~my girl and I were  reminiscing about when her and Ads were younger, talking about the dens we built,the pancakes we cooked at the beach,the picnics at the park all the wonderful memories she remembers that make up their childhood.

When she paused and said ‘You did all those things by yourself Mum,it was just you,all those times over the years it was just you’.

Behind some of those memories are some of the hardest times I’ve been through as a parent, during some of those days I would of painted a smile on my face and just got through until bedtime because our family life had been turned upside down.

I am so so glad for all of the memories we have created so far and I cannot wait for the many more to come.

I wanted to share this because parenting is hard no matter what your situation and on some days when you just don’t feel you’ve got it  together or that your best is not good enough~just hang in there and don’t be so hard on yourself.

I am forever grateful that although it may of just been ‘me’ it was never really just me, my amazing family and friends have been there always every step of the way and they do they say it takes a village.

So here’s a huge heartfelt thank you to my ‘village’ for ensuring that I’ve never truly been on my own.❤️x


Just another manic day

This was yesterday but typically I forgot to post it! So here we have another day of madness from your’s truly~enjoy!

Tonight is ending in a similar way to which the day started, minus the part where I spent 20mins trotting around worthing trying to locate a fully functioning parking machine with a complete stranger only to then bump into him shortly afterwards in Greggs with me wishing that despite having 3 hours sleep last night I had made even a bit of effort rather than sporting the ‘I’ve literally rolled out of bed 10 mins ago ‘ look.

This afternoon was fairly drama free, sorting some bits out at home whilst trying to prise my eyes open without propping them up with matchsticks.

I went off to vote, came home and upon realising that being the responsible adult that I am it falls on  me to feed the kids, this should come as no surprise as naturally it is a daily occurrence but still!

So off I went and after opening the fridge  and basically throwing anything edible into the oven I set a timer  on Alexa.
When said timer went off, I told it to be quiet and although in my head had asked for it to be snoozed,quite clearly the words never left my mouth and as  I sat pondering my life, it suddenly occured to me that the chips where taking an awfully long time in the oven. Alexa then very kindly informed me that there was no further timer set just as I opened the oven door in the nick of time before cremating tonight’s dinner.

Cue more shouting at poor old Alexa!

After washing up and waiting what felt like an enternity for the bath to run, I have fallen into bed, although feeling some what accomplished with my to-do list fully ticked off, still pretty frazzled and hopeful that my brain gets the memo tonight sleep is most definitely required.
Happy Thursday.❤x

My team.

7 years ago my Dad and I painted Ads bedroom ‘blue’, I can remember that day like it was only yesterday, him giving me relationship advice,drinking lots of tea and generally helping me muddle through life (as usual) oh how I wish he was here now.


Today Ads and I repainted his room, we chatted about life, had a giggle and I cleaned up plenty of spilt paint whilst he made me coffee.

Team work then and team work today.
❤️x

The best is yet to come?

I feel like I should have lots to say but despite all the words floating around in my head I can’t quite get them out.

I always find this time of year is definitely a time for reflection.

There are lots of things I want to leave in the past exactly where they should be.

I’ll be moving forward into 2022 with an open heart and an extra feeling of ‘going for it’ making the changes I want and need to make.

After all we only get one shot at this crazy life but if you stand still,the world will keep turning and the sun will keep shining but your feet won’t move by themselves.

May you dream big, love well, be kind and brave enough to follow your heart and see where it takes you, after all maybe the best really is yet to come.

Happy New year Everyone.

Much love.❤x

100 years young.

Its our beautiful Nan’s heavenly 100th birthday today.


She was never without her beautiful smile even when times where undoubtedly hard for her.


I’ve so many fond memories over the years, one of which being the fact that you would never leave her house unfed if you were hungry or not!


So with that in mind I’m having cake tonight not all of it mind,else I’ll undo all my hard work and won’t fit into my ‘ripped jeans’ that she would always affectionately comment on saying ‘ Oh Natalie did you buy those jeans with holes already in them like that?!’


So loved,missed and forever in our hearts.
❤x

Today.

Whatever you do today,tomorrow and every day after that~just make sure you hold your loved ones tight and tell them that you love them.
Don’t leave questions unanswered for another day.
Live for the moment, be open, be honest, don’t wait for tomorrow.❤x