Goodbye 2017

Some how it’s New Year’s Eve already and as we prepare to say goodbye to 2017 I’m smiling and looking forward to celebrating with everyone. My lovely boyfriend, all four kids and our wonderful friends and their four children too~they will definitely have a houseful tonight!

Every year is different for everyone~I’ve most certainly had years that had moments I simply couldn’t wait to see the back of.

This year hasn’t been one of those years~it has in fact been a fantastic year and I know I’ll be ringing in the new year with a smile on my face and my heart even fuller and bursting with love.

This year has changed my life in so many good ways even if I did turn 40 yrs in the middle of it!!

In fact life is definitely beginning at 40yrs and it’s a life I want to embrace and hang on to tightly with both hands.

I won’t ramble on as I know everyone will be busy celebrating and reflecting on 2017.

Before I go and most likely drink far too much Prosecco I would like to firstly thank you all for following and supporting my crazy little blog and last but by no means least I would like to wish you all a very happy,healthy and fabulous 2018.

Cheers to each and every one of you. Love and best wishes from the crazy household.❤️x

Christmas 2017 🎄

As ever I’m typing this when I should be getting some sleep.

I should be in bed but I’m on the sofa watching the Christmas tree lights twinkle and glow.

Everywhere I look there’s presents and the odd sweet wrapper. It’s quiet,so quiet everyone’s gone home and the kids are sleeping.

It’s been a lovely few days~there’s been tears,laughter,food,drink and obviously presents but the very best thing which there has been lots of is love.

After a quick tidy up earlier I thought that’s it we did it and we did it together. We’ve celebrated and made new memories.

It’s been crazy at times and loud but why shouldn’t it be, as long as we are altogether that’s all that matters.

Family times are the best even if we are squashed in, scrabbling for chairs and a space at the table. Tired, over excited and stuffed with too many sweets.

So cheers to you all~here’s hoping you’ve had a fabulously, jolly Christmas.❤️x

Christmas Eve

Well it’s been a lovely but long old day today.

It started at 6am, when after grabbing coffee and waiting for both the kids to be awake we had stockings because they have gone off to be with their Dad until tomo eve.

We then had our traditional Christmas Eve breakfast~pancakes of course! Complete with crackers and party hats.

After watching ‘The Polar Express’ it was time for them to head off and for me to take a trip to Surrey stopping off enroute to see my big brother.

Next stop was Mum and Dads followed by a visit to see Nan.

The journey home seemed to be never ending but at last I was home for a quick shower and a tidy up.

Finally I got to see my lovely boyfriend who had dinner ready (a very yummy curry) and the wine open wahoo a girl couldn’t ask for more.

So now that my backside is firmly planted on the sofa and I have wine in my hand the countdown has begun until my two are home to celebrate Christmas with us 23.5hrs to be precise!

Happy Christmas Eve everyone may you have a merry one.❤️x

Christmas holiday tag 🌲

Thank you to Victoria for tagging me in this Christmas tag.

It actually doesn’t seem possible that tomorrow is Christmas Eve~where has the time gone?!

I’m actually feeling quite scarily organised and keep convincing myself that I’ve forgotten something,I guess we all feel like that during this busy time.

So here we go a few questions about Christmas and how it is in the crazy household.

What’s your favourite Christmas movie? It’s a hard one to choose really but if I have to absolutely pick just one I’m going to go with Nativity (which my two are currently watching as I type!)

Have you ever had a white Christmas? Funnily enough the kids asked me this the other day and I said I can’t remember! I will have to ask my parents.

Where do you usually spend your holiday? Always with my family, the venue usually differs from whose house but generally either here or at my sisters with everyone there.

What is your favourite Christmas song? Hands down~Last Christmas by Wham, always loved it when it was first released and still love it now.

Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve? No we save them for the big day.

What holiday traditions are you looking forward to this year~ ooh well as those of you who follow my crazy little blog will know, things have changed in a very good way for me and the kids this year. So we will be having a bigger family Christmas and I’m looking forward to starting new traditions all together.

Is your Christmas tree real or fake? For the first time in 13yrs we only have a fake tree, we usually have a fake one and a real one. We do however have two tiny real ones in pots, I can’t bear not to have a real one~next year a real one will definitely be back.

What is your favourite holiday treat/food/sweet? My Mums mince pies are my absolute favourite they never last long.

What is the best present you’ve ever received? Just being with everyone at Christmas is the best present I could ever hope for~seeing the kids happy faces and sharing that with everyone I love is really the best thing ever.

Where is your dream place to visit for the holiday season? In an ideal world I would put all my loved ones on a plane and jet off to somewhere snowy and cosy!

Are you a pro present wrapper or do you fail miserably? I wouldn’t say I was a pro but once I’ve got started I’m not too bad although I’m a bit basic with my wrapping I guess, no bows etc for me.

Most memorable Christmas memory? I remember the excitement and hustle and bustle of my parents getting everything ready and me watching Christmas films whilst waiting for the family to arrive. It’s such a wonderful feeling and one I love to see in my children. I just love to pass on to them the importance of this time of year being more than just about presents. It’s about family,friends, loved ones and spending time together.

What made you realise about Father Christmas (Santa)? Easy~my big sister told me hehe.

What makes the holidays special for you? Being together as a family,spending time with loved ones and friends and hopefully just having time to relax and unwind.

On that note I would like to tag Libby @

And Hope

Wonderful times

I’m literally breathing a big sigh of relief aswell as cooking dinner(nothing like a bit of multi~tasking.)

For ‘I Ms totally unorganised ‘have finally finished my Christmas shopping. At times this month I’ve thought that I’ll never get it done but low and behold after a fab trip to Crawley we managed to get the last few bits~I’ve even wrapped one or two check me out!

I find this time of year is always cause for reflection~the stress I have felt makes me wish I was more organised, I laugh about the chaos that often surrounds me but truthfully at times it’s quite overwhelming, if I could change anything about myself, getting organised would certainly be top of my list~but then hey on the flip side it’s part of what makes me the person I am today and I do like to say that’s part of my charm!!

Money is always a hot topic spending enough? Spending too much? Maybe we should concentrate on spending time and sharing love~these things are the most precious gifts and are both free and readily available~lets hand them out as much as possible, no one has ever said ‘I’ve given or received too much love’

Loved ones who are no longer with us,who are very much missed. The memories made will last forever and always be engraved in our hearts.

Now I can finally begin to relax, I say bring it on, all of it~making new memories,practising old traditions,being with loved ones and enjoying every crazy second of the celebrations.

2017 you’ve been pretty amazing so far, I can’t wait to see what 2018 has to offer.❤️x

Monday is back again

As I am sure you’ll all aware it’s Monday yet again~urgh. Picture the scene in the crazy household this morning~it’s cold,it’s dark,there’s lots of eye rolling and arm lifting to make sure I really get the point that my daughters portable battery didn’t charge because I yes I moved it last night and quite clearly didn’t plug it in correctly!! Whatever next?!

Anyway from under my duvet I was also rolling my eyes and muttering to myself that quite frankly I couldn’t give a damn etc etc you know how it goes.

Fast forward about half an hour when I’m finally dressed and realise I’m running late (of course) I came down stairs to a wonderful sight and no I’m not talking about the puddle of milk that my boy had helpfully left on the table along with a few stray cornflakes.

My girl my big hormonal,grumpy teenage girl had made me a coffee in my travel mug because she knew I wouldn’t have time to make myself one this morning,and there you have it all is forgiven and better in my world.

That girl may have the power to make me laugh and cry in excess both in equal measure at any given time,but she’s the most thoughtful loving girl who cares about everyone.

On that note I wish you all a happy,coffee fuelled Monday.❤️x

Love Always

I know I often talk about looking on the bright side and concentrating on the positives, I know I often talk about the kids. Something I don’t often talk about it is the fact that I have to share the kids time with their Dad. Don’t get me wrong sometimes when they’re driving me nuts one or two nights of peace is very well received! However there will always be times when ‘sharing’ them is harder.

Christmas time happens to be one of those times. Today has been a wonderful day catching up with my parents and brothers and sister. It felt really festive and nice to all be together under one roof for a change. As ever it was difficult to orchestrate everyone being there and sadly my two couldn’t be there with us.We alternate Christmas each year,this year they will be with their Dad on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day until approx 4pm. I can’t tell you how much it saddens me not to see their faces on Christmas morning. I can guarantee that on Christmas Eve I’ll wave them off with a big smile truly wanting them to have a fabulous time but as soon as that door shuts the tears will start.

I try my very best to think positively about it all~I know they will have an amazing time and then they get to come home and do it all over again.

I know I am truly blessed to have them and everyone else whom I love so very much in my life to share such good times with.

A conversation today reminded me again that life is far too short and we should all strive to be happy and spread happiness around us.

Christmas certainly makes us think about family and loved ones.

Today as I sat there amongst my loved ones I felt a whole lot of love in that one room.

Our own Christmas may be planned a little differently but hey different is good and I know that when we are altogether celebrating there will be a whole lot of love to go around and no matter what time of year it is that will never change.

No matter where we go or what we do the love that binds us will always be there.❤️x


Do you know that feeling when you’ve had plenty of time to get ready for a night out,a night out you’ve been looking forward to for ages? The feeling you get when everything as gone to plan and your ready on time,relaxed and ready to go?

Me neither~I can’t remember the last time that happened. Last night was our works Christmas night out and my preparation went something like this~ my morning started ridiculously early 4am to be precise, when I awoke coughing and streaming with cold. Not quite the start to the day I was hoping for.

Fast forward a few hours and I had picked the kids up from school, feeling tired and pretty rubbish, I jumped in the bath to try and warm up. After spending too long in said bath, I had to rush to get ready, obviously at this point nothing was going right my hair had a mind of its own and no amount of make up was going to disguise my red, sore Rudolph nose!

After refereeing several arguments between the kids (which I’m sure the neighbours loved hearing!) I dropped them off almost an hour later than intended. On my way back home I decided black tights weren’t what I wanted to wear so it was an impromptu visit to Tesco to buy some nude ones, never have I navigated a supermarket so quick and in heels I might add.

I quickly changed tights and shoes and left the house muttering to myself about not liking my outfit or quite frankly anything about myself, Having dosed myself up with cold relief tablets I was just about good to go.

Fortunately when I got there the atmosphere was great and everyone was jolly. After a lovely dinner we were soon up and dancing~pretty much taking over the dance floor.I have to say we totally owned the phrase ‘dance like nobody is watching’ we danced and sang pretty much non stop, stopping only to remove my very high heels and then my tights, and for the occasional drink of water.

I was pretty impressed that I made it until 11.30pm especially after such an early start. I was soon back and drinking the coffee that was ready and waiting for me, I was less than impressed with the cramp that made an appearance when I went to bed I must be getting too old for all this partying hehe.

As I didn’t drink I was hangover free this morning and had a quick trip to town, my poor legs didn’t really like the walk up and down ten flights of stairs in order to get a parking space but I’m looking on the bright side~that’s lots of exercise I’ve had.

Fortunately now my backside is firmly on the sofa and hopefully will continue to stay put. Happy Saturday everyone.❤️x

Weight loss Milestone

So tonight despite not wanting to go to slimming world at all for my Wednesday weigh in~I was thrilled to find out I have lost another 1lb which takes me to a total of 7.5lbs off.

I had literally convinced myself that I must of put on because it’s been such a busy week with two birthdays to celebrate which of course included cake,maybe some pizza and possibly some wine too!!

Despite all that I have changed my eating habits and am in a much better routine of having breakfast,lunch and dinner and not snacking in between. Believe it or not I am organising and planning my meals which definitely makes it easier to stay on track.

I’m also setting myself targets in the evenings to have everything done by 9pm and if it’s not done then it has to be left until the next day. This is so I can try and relax and get myself into bed at a better time and hopefully get some better quality sleep.

I think the sleep part might be the hardest part to crack but hey ho, one step at a time and all that jazz. Rome wasn’t built in a day!

I’ve now got to clear my bed which has pretty much the entire contents of my wardrobe thrown all over it because I was trying on outfits for our works Christmas do on Friday.

On a positive note now I’m half a stone lighter I have a few more possible outfits to chose from~here’s to the next half stone.❤️x


Rest and Recharge

Lets talk about a subject close to my heart~sleep or in my case usually lack of it!

I’ve been sent a new supplement Benenox to try. It contains vitamins,sustamine and honey.

To aid sleep and help your body recharge whilst you are resting.

I am looking forward to trying it, I can confirm that it tastes great and is available in two flavours~blackcurrant and honey and ginger.

I will keep you updated and let you know how I get on.

In the mean time you can find out more about it online.

*this product was sent to me to try all opinions are my own*