Paris 2018

It’s hard to believe that this time last week we were in the beautiful city of Paris.

I don’t think I have enough words to express just what an amazing weekend it was, I will however try!

We started our journey at 5.20am (big shout out to Mum and Dad for being our taxi driver), and were soon enroute to London to catch the Eurostar.

Before we knew it we were off, I have never travelled on the Eurostar before it was great and we would definitely do so again.

We arrived in Paris at lunchtime and found our way to our hotel. After dropping our luggage off we headed out in search of the Eiffel tower. Fortunately my wonderful other half has a much better sense of direction than me and it wasn’t long before we caught our first glimpse of it, and found ourselves heading towards it.

I simply couldn’t believe how breathtakingly amazing it was and indeed how high it was! As we stood gazing at it my first thoughts were how on earth am I going to manage going up there tomorrow?!

We continued to wander and happened upon a fantastic food market which sold just about every variety of food you can think of. It all smelt amazing. Next we walked over the bridge and looked down over part of the river Seine.

Further across the road we saw beautiful fountains and watched people dancing and rollerblading performing fantastic moves.

We headed back and found a lovely restaurant for dinner before returning back pretty exhausted to the hotel.

On Saturday morning I was slightly nervous aswell as excited for our visit to the Eiffel tower. Fortunately for our legs we had booked elevator tickets! The views just got more and more amazing the higher we went and as we boarded the elevator to take us to the highest point my fear was clearly quite evident as the doors closed a kind American gentleman turned to me and said ‘just imagine everyone is naked, I replied I’m not sure what’s worse hee hee’ the thought of a packed lift of naked strangers was enough to take my mind off of the inevitable thank goodness!

I needn’t of worried it was amazing at the top the clouds looked so so close in comparison to everything else around us,it was a beautifully clear day and we could literally see for miles.

We had pink champagne and big smiles before making our way back down this time using both the elevator and stairs.

By now it was time for lunch and we did of course head to the food market. We then proceeded to walk for what felt like miles in search of an open patisserie so I could get a strawberry tart. Well let me tell you it was so worth the walk,to say it was delicious would be an understatement.

After being out for a long old time we walked back to the hotel, my poor feet where starting to protest so we had a quick rest before going out to see Paris at night.

The atmosphere was fantastic, with lots of people around enjoying the warm evening and of course the Eiffel tower lit up in all its glory. The lights gradually came on and then started twinkling as the sun had set and darkness was surrounding us.

We had a wonderful evening and it was gone midnight when we got back. All too soon it was Sunday morning and time to get ourselves back to England were we arrived home with lots more memories and photographs captured in our hearts and minds.

So there you have it Paris 2018 a weekend I will never forget. However that’s not quite the end of that adventure, keep your eyes peeled for the next chapter still to come.❤x

What is love?

When I was young,love seemed like a fairy tale.

Girl meets boy and they have their very own happy ever after.

As I grew up I began to realise that love doesn’t quite work like that. Love isn’t always hearts and flowers.

Sometimes it’s wiping away tears and giving apologies, because love can be stupid and also foolish too it’s not perfect but when two people love each other they take the good with the bad.

Sometimes it’s staying up all night finding the solution and never letting go.

It’s about believing in each other no matter what and seeing clearly when one of you can’t.

It’s hugs in the rain and kissing away the pain.

Love may be many things and it shows itself in lots of ways. Above all it’s wonderful and caring,kind,patient and always there.

❤x

‘Wingz’

I am loving this lovely sunny weather we are having and that looks set to continue.

I am also loving a fab product that I have been trying out.

Let me introduce you to ‘Wingz’ this fabulous invention allows you to add sleeves to sleeveless outfits.

I am definitely not keen on showing off my arms but some of my favourite outfits are in fact sleeveless, now my problem is solved.

‘Wingz’ are comfortable to wear and come in a range of styles and colours to choose from so you can comfortably compliment any outfit.

You can check out the whole range here http://www.wingzfashion.com/

*all thoughts and opinions are my own*

Paddling pool days

Clearly yesterday wasn’t stressful enough so today this happened!

Midway through putting up the tent in not enough space and then trying to get the other paddling pool inside it I nearly lost the plot, started to wonder why on earth I was doing this and then thought back to my own childhood and the answer was clear.

I remember days in the garden with water and dens. I remember my Mum bringing us out a picnic tea and Dad stopping what he was doing to get out `the magic carpet’ for us so we could go on wonderful adventures.
I remember all of those things and how much fun we had and I want my children to have the same memories too.

Memories really do last a lifetime.
Thank you to my lovely parents to giving them to us, in turn I hope I am passing them on to my crazy bunch to enjoy today and to look back on when they are older.
x

So it begins

So today #humpday has gone something like this….

Started off with all good intentions of getting lots done. First things first we got the food shopping which seemed to take forever and resulted in buying what felt like a whole freezer full of ice creams and nothing particularly useful thereafter!

Once home it then seemed like a good idea to try and find the paddling pool (of which we have multiple of!)after what seemed like an eternity moving boxes and literally praying that I wouldn’t see any mice or spiders in the garage, it turned out the damn thing was outside in a storage box all the time.

Obviously setting it up was never going to be an easy experience and after discovering that two vital plugs where missing I decided that I would mend it myself with some bottle tops and masking tape~blue peter eat your heart out! To be fair it was all going reasonably well until the camping chair I was sitting on broke and my backside went right through the material leaving me stuck in the chair on the hard ground, not my finest moment but hey ho you have to laugh.

By this point I was very hot and bothered but we were going out for a walk along the seafront which is always good. That said I somehow managed to go the wrong way (don’t even ask!) and arrived late as usual with no handbag or purse. I did however remember the doughnuts and some cold coffee which is just fab in this weather. The coffee decided to make a bid for freedom and leaked all into my bag and onto to the doughnuts too~marvellous.

Just when I felt that I was actually done for the day, it becomes apparent that I do in fact need two new tyres. Needless to say I am less than thrilled about that unplanned purchase even more so as it’s only day one of the kids being off for the summer.

I am now currently waiting patiently for my hot water bottle to freeze in an attempt to get cool tonight and maybe even get some sleep in my bed which could also be mistaken for a sauna!

Happy #humpday. ❤x

Hey hey it’s another sunny Tuesday.

Which means two things~firstly it’s my last morning of peace before the big two finish school for the summer and secondly it’s also date night which I just love.

It gives us much needed time together to chill out and recharge our batteries.

With a 2:4 ratio we are forever outnumbered but we wouldn’t have it any other way.

It’s been a busy old week despite me being off already for the summer. We have made the most of these wonderful summer days and evenings by the seaside planning our next adventures as we cooked lunch at the beach and chilled out with what we lovingly call `The bus` our fab 7 seater which is loved by us all.

On Saturday we attended a wonderful wedding and had a really lovely day celebrating, and yes I shed a few tears which was to be expected hehe but hey true love is a wonderful thing and I defy anyone not to feel the emotion.

When we got home and got all 4 into bed we literally high fived one another, both feeling proud of our little family.

I could go on to talk about blended family life but that’s a story for another day.

So as the summer holidays are now officially in sight, I’m hoping for sunshine, patience and maybe even a win on the lottery to get me through!!

A girl can dream right.❤x

The holidays are coming

Hey hey it’s another sunny Tuesday.
Which means two things~firstly it’s  my last morning of peace before the big two finish school for the summer and secondly it’s also date night which I just love.

It gives us much needed time together to chill out and recharge our batteries.
With a 2:4 ratio we are forever outnumbered but we wouldn’t have it any other way.

It’s been a busy old week despite me being off already for the summer. We have made the most of these wonderful summer days and evenings by the seaside planning our next adventures as we cooked lunch at the beach and chilled out with what we lovingly call `The bus` our fab 7 seater which is loved by us all.

On Saturday we attended a wonderful wedding and had a really lovely day celebrating, and yes I shed a few tears which was to be expected hehe but hey true love is a wonderful thing and I defy anyone not to feel the emotion.

When we got home and got all 4 into bed we literally high fived one another, both feeling proud of our little family.
I could go on to talk about blended family life but that’s a story for another day.

So as the summer holidays are now officially in sight, I’m hoping for sunshine, patience and maybe even a win on the lottery to get me through!!

A girl can dream right.❤x

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Chapters

Life is like a book,it’s made up of stories,pictures and words.

Some chapters are fun and exciting,some are slow and may even seem a little dull.
Some we want to last forever and never end.
Others we want to skip through quickly hoping that better things are waiting for us around that corner,with a turn of a page or 2.

These chapters are shaped by our lives, our hopes,dreams and disappointment.

They are narrated by us,read by others and at times judged by those who feel they have to the right to do so.

Some people may even be jealous of your story, to that I say go ahead and write your own story, fill your book with chapters of love and happiness.

May the happy pages outweigh the sad ones, may the good times prevail. May love guide and protect you whilst you navigate this crazy life.

All the while never forgetting that it’s never too late to turn a page and use that blank paper to rewrite your dreams and bring them to life.

To everyone who makes my very own book the bright, colourful, funny,crazy, page turning ‘novel’ that it is, I thank you all from the bottom of my heart, you are all fabulous and I love sharing the highs and lows with you all.
Much love.❤x

Schools out for the summer

Whilst writing this morning I had the voice of the voice over guy from Big Brother in my head~ ‘it’s day one of the summer holidays in the crazy household. Mum is feeling very happy this morning as she has coffee in her hand and despite being off for the next 7 weeks still has one week of freedom because the kids don’t break up until next week, Mum is considerably happier about this than the kids!!’

Obviously I was awake ridiculously early and I although didn’t set an actual alarm clock, my wake up call was the teenage delights dulcit tones inquiring where she might find her school uniform, I am in no doubt that as well as alerting me to this major crisis the whole neighbourhood is now also fully aware too!

Despite all the joys of a school morning I can smile and wave them off, knowing I will have at least 7 hours of uninterrupted peace which I will savour before the fun and games of the summer holiday truly begin.❤x