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Sunday, 13 January 2019

The Perfect Date Night In

As I said in my first post of the year I am not setting definitive goals this year I am just focusing on family, progressing my career at work and my blog and improving my health. I'm not setting strict goals and rules because it will be easier to break them. An important thing we have said we will start doing is having more date nights. With a baby especially date night blur into the background and you start to realise you don't have much if any one on one time. Which is not good as one on one time and doing things together is an important part of a relationship.

With being on a budget due to nursery fee's etc, date nights in the form of 'Netflix and chill' are the more favoured one. Have a nice meal, put the baby to bed then cuddle up on the sofa and watch a favourite TV show or film. Pair this with some delicious treats and a no phone rule you've got yourself a pretty good night.

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

New Year, Same Me

Normally when the 1st January comes around everyone ditches the booze, re joins the gym and eats salad most days while setting goals to accomplish in the upcoming year. This year as much as I want to do that, I'm trying to learn not to push myself so much. I overdid it last year a lot more towards the end and burned myself out. This is why it's taken me so long to do my first post for 2019. I have been trying to relax more and that's what I'm going to continue to do.

I am still going to try to be healthy and exercise but if I have a McDonalds on a Friday night for a treat Im not going to beat myself up about it. I will enjoy it and continue on my healthy lifestyle after that meal. It's all about balance. I think that is why so many of us trip on the first hurdle with setting new years goals. We are too hard on ourselves and we don't set realistic goals. I would love to lose 3 stone overnight but it's not going to happen, it's a journey and I need to change my lifestyle as a whole.

I'm going to focus on being more positive this year too, a lot of things/people let me down this year and sometimes it's hard to pick yourself back up. It can be lonely as a mum because a lot of people don't make time for you anymore or just assume you won't go out. Even if I can't make it, I would still like to be asked. It's nice to feel wanted.

I have a few battles I need to face this year with starting counselling and other things I'm not going into at the moment but apart from that, this year is going to be about positivity, family, writing, progressing in my career/blog and just enjoying life.

So I'm not setting goals, I'm just going to enhance my already wonderful self and soak up that happiness and good vibes.


Sunday, 30 December 2018

Twenty Eighteen | The Yo-Yo Year

This year hasn't really gone particularly fast or slow, I have had highs and lows and a lot has happened. One of the constants in this year has been Lily and Scott, they are my rock and my family I don't know what I would do without them. I love my little family unit we have created, just need to expand it in a few years!

I feel this year has been quite successful in a way but I seriously haven't stopped, one thing I will be focusing more on next year is balance and learning to switch off. I will be working on quality over quantity but will be trying to be consistent in all areas of my life.

Saturday, 22 December 2018

My New Spot | Esquires Coffee Coventry

Esquires in Coventry has sort of become one of my new spots to go when I meet friends or family and also where I hold my monthly meet ups for my Coventry Bloggers group. The friendly staff are always a delight and so lovely, I'd never had bad service or someone be blunt or rude. I would safely give the service 10 out of 10. Which is most likely why this place has lasted 10 years and has celebrated its 10th birthday this month. In style I might add. 

Thursday, 20 December 2018

The Good, The Bad & The Cocktails | The Botanist In Coventry

I have always seen pictures from The Botanist in other cities but I have never been to one. The beautiful and crazy drinks, the food always looks lush and I was so happy to see they were bringing it to Coventry. Myself and some of the bloggers from my Coventry Bloggers group were invited to the launch night and to go and try the food which was so exciting. We received a beautiful invite with a little bottle of Gin, perfect to pre-drink on the night of the party.

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Delving Into The Photography World

 There is an element of photography in blogging but I only really know what I have taught myself so I jumped at the chance when I got invited to attend the Vikings Picture Perfect Photography Master Class. I had no idea what to expect, I really wanted to learn the art of Flat lays.

Christmas Gift Guide | Babies

 These are the presents I am most excited about for Lily to get, they are ones she can use and enjoy straight away that will help her grow and learn. I'm sure she still won't quite get what Christmas is all about but I'm sure she will be super excited to see all her presents and play with her new toys.

These are my top 4 items she is having. Firstly we have the Peppa Pig My First Ride On which was £22.99. All kids have something like this and as she is super close to walking I think she will really enjoy it.  The seat open up so she can put her toys inside and there is a back rest so she won't fall off but us adults can use it to push them around until they get what it is for. I can't wait to see her playing with this.
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