Midges in my eye!

Five things

1. Squirrels. We were sat eating breakfast this morning, the children and I, and Millie says “What is a squirrel?” I shrug my shoulders and she replies “Nuts!” She’d just made that up, funny!

2. New friends. Went for a cup of tea at a school Mum’s house this morning, I’ve known her a while but it’s the first time we’d had a meet up outside of school/toddler group! Another school mum friend came too, was reply nice!

3. Walking. Have walked a lot today as Webby took the car to work and it felt good! If I’d had the car I’d of jumped in it for this morning’s cups of tea, when actually it didn’t take that long to walk and it’s good exercise, especially wearing Violet!

4. Yet more baking! Baked a batch of chocolate and coconut muffins this afternoon as requested by my husband!! They’ve turned out very well I think! Shall blog them tomorrow!


5. Evening run. Was dreading running today, just really wasn’t in the mood! Almost talked myself out of it with the walking I’d done but after tea I didn’t feel so against it so I did go! Kept getting midges in my eye though, slightly irritating, but I didn’t stop! Need to get back into the swing if it as been a bit slack recently, tut!

Kisses and a lazy day

I didn’t do a five things thing yesterday, ran out of time as we had a busy afternoon, got back to do dinner then watchedย Life of Pi (beautiful film!) We were at my in laws yesterday, the weather was so up and down, switching between sun, rain and hail! Kids had a good play as two of their cousins were there and Auntie V and Uncle N brought treats for them in the form of lego mini figures and a soft camper van toy for Violet! And they got a little treat from Grandy too. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

So on to my five for today…

  1. Ran. I went for a run this morning. Was a rubbish run and I struggled – felt a bit sick after about 20 minutes, got a bit of stitch, asthma played up a bit, I didn’t manage the full 30 minutes.. But I still went, and that’s what counts!!
  2. Lazy Sunday. After running we had a really lazy Sunday! My folks came round for their weekly cuppa, Mum brought purple rice, love it! I made soup,ย baked,ย Millie did some crafting, Xander built the Lego he bought himself yesterday, Violet has been playing and saying ‘uh oh’ a lot! Webby took Xander to see Super Nan. Just been a lovely relaxed day!
  3. Kisses. Violet is giving so many kisses at the moment! You only have to say ‘kisses’ and go ‘mmmm’ while pouting and she comes for a kiss, so very cute!! Even made Millie just want to munch her!!

  4. 500. I’ve had 500 likes on my blog according to the notification I got earlier! Wow! Thank you to those who take time to read my blog ๐Ÿ™‚
  5. Tea time. Didn’t have to cook dinner as we hadย posh dogsย (from Marks and Spencers) for tea followed by ice creams! Webby, Millie and Xander watched last night’s Dr. Who while I had a bath with the Vdubster.

    Hope you’ve all had lovely weekends! ๐Ÿ™‚

Baked beans for tea anyone?

Today’s five.

  1. 30 minutes! Managed a 30 minute run today! This is the final week of the NHS Couch to 5k nine week program for me! The program builds up to 30 minutes of running in which most people can cover 5k. I’m not quite up to that (I blame short legs!!), I did 4.3km so need to up my speed a bit if I want to achieve the distance in that time. But to be honest I’m not too bothered, the fact I can run for 30 minutes solid is something I didn’t think I’d be able to do! And with sore muscles too! I’m quite proud of myself! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Bug hunt. Xander had some bug hunting to do for homework this week. I have to say I’m not really a fan of primary aged children getting homework but this week was a fun task. He found an ant, woodlouse, slug and a bee and tried really hard with his writing (he had to record what he found on a chart).
  3. Afternoon treat. We popped to town today to pay extortionate prices for Millie and Xander to have new shoes and trainers (beans on toast for tea anyone?) We nipped into Marks and Sparks for a pie and picked up a couple of slices of cheesecake for a treat. I do love a good cheesecake! ๐Ÿ™‚
  4. Family film. We all sat and watched Harry Potter after we’d been to town, its not often we all sit and watch something together so was lovely ๐Ÿ™‚

    scary bit!
    scary bit!
  5. Turning off. Turning technology off for a bit to watch a film with my fella ๐Ÿ™‚ Goodnight! x

Creme Egg & Candy Crush!

Positives from today are…

  1. Creme Egg & Candy Crush. Violet fell asleep on way back from taking Millie and Xander to school, so I sat down, with a Creme Egg and played Candy Crush. Sometimes you just need some ‘me time’ and to do something mindless!

  2. Successful muffins. Made some for Violet with no sugar and they were pretty good, a little dry so maybe add some banana next time, but Violet likes them and I sprinkled over some sugar and had one too!
  3. Remembered! I always forget to use easyfundraising.org.uk when I shop online, missing out on free donations for the school Millie & Xander go to (you click through the site you get a percentage donated to a cause of your choice!). I actually remembered today!
  4. Outside. Lunch at my folks again today, my sister-in-law was there too with her two children. The three older ones all went and played outside, so nice to see them playing out in the sunshine! Violet was watching from inside and was giggling away, then I took her out and she had her first go on a slide, sat on Millie and Xander’s laps!
  5. Ran. Not done a run for a week (the pesky boob, remember?) but it’s all better now so I forced myself to go this evening! I managed the full 28 minutes and it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be after having a break! ๐Ÿ™‚ Snapped this on my way round the pool!

    Lichfield Cathedral

‘Brrrrrrring’ & a wonky Cathedral!

Here’s my five positive things for today!

  1. Lovely comments from strangers. As I was waiting in queue to pay for some things in Sports Direct, a lady walked past and commented on what a lovely sling I had on. I had my Rose & Rebellion one on ๐Ÿ™‚
  2. I got a WordPress ‘brrrrring’ notification on my phone to say I’d had 200 likes on my blog so far! Nice to know people are enjoying my blogging!
  3. Handmade. Violet was wearing her booties from my friend Jane today, they always get comments because they’re just lovely! I love handmade gifts!booties
  4. Evening run. I almost didn’t go running today, ran out of time this morning before going shopping with my folks so was going to put it off. But then my husband said ‘why don’t you go this evening?’ so thats what I did. I don’t usually go in the evening as I really don’t feel like it by then but actually it was quite a lovely time of day to go! The cathedral looked good in the setting sun, I managed to snap a bit of a wonky photograph (whilst running!) with my phone! Great reflections on the pool.Lichfield Cathedral
  5. Inspired take two. In yesterday’s post I mentioned that a friend of mine had been inspired to start running.. Today my husband donned his trainers and went for a run! He hadn’t been for about two years! He’s completed a few half marathons in the past so isn’t a stranger to running, he reckons we should do a 10k together soon – eep!

Purple rice and other treats!

    1. 28 minutes.. I ran for today – the start of week 8 of the Couch to 5k program!
    2. Millie. She swam her first length today when my husband took them swimming! She has progressed so well since starting lessons and is now a fairly confident swimmer, very proud! During lessons they only swim widths so she was eager to try and do a length in one go!She made me these paper hearts today from a crafty magazine she had. She’s a little gem ๐Ÿ™‚

(She’s just said to her Daddy that he’s got to back to work tomorrow and that she doesn’t want him to.. Aw!)

  1. Purple rice. My mum brought round some purple rice pudding today, delicious! And apparently quite good for you!purple rice
  2. Books. I went to an Usborne book party a couple of weeks ago and got the kids a book each, they arrived today and they’ve all gone down well. Violet loves her book and even ended up under the sofa trying to retrieve it!!ย I do hope they grow up to love reading as much as I do, I think it’s so important to encourage in this world of electronic gadgets!
  3. Treats. Since we cut back on chocolate and other sweet treats, when we do have them, they really do feel like a treat! Off to have a bit of this ๐Ÿ˜€

Chats and challenges!


  1. Showers. I was stood in the hot, powerful shower this morning, with a cup of tea, thinking ‘ahhh this is bliss’. I do love a good shower. While we were away I missed our shower! The ok-but-not-great shower in the upstairs bathroom seemed a better option than using the power shower downstairs as I couldn’t stomach stepping out into arctic conditions after being in the warm! It got me thinking how we take things for granted, we’re lucky to even have one! I remember when we visited the Philippines in my childhood, bathing using a cup and a big tub full of cold water! Other countries don’t have as much as that! Its all too easy to forget how lucky we are..
  2. Warm (ish) sunshine! The sun was out again today only this time it actually had a bit of warmth! Could this be spring at last?!
  3. Visiting friends. Had a trip to Manchester today to visit my lovely friend Sarah! (She blogs hereย and makes amazing cakes!) We had great little catch up, with chats about blogging, de-cluttering and of course the good old uni days! The children all played beautifully and didn’t want to leave! After lunch we walked down to the local park, where the fun continued and Violet had her first go on a swing!ImageXander zonked out in car on way back he had so much fun!ย ImageThank you Sarah for a fab day ๐Ÿ™‚ And thank you Webby for driving us up there! โค
  4. Blossom. As we were walking back from the park in Manchester there was a beautiful cherry blossom tree! The first I’ve seen in bloom this year, they’re so pretty!
  5. Race for Life. I’ve entered my first race! Eep! A 5k Race for Lifeย in June. I don’t think I’m going to actively go looking for sponsors as it’s more a personal achievement thing but I do have a sponsor me page if anyone would like to!