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For my birthday a couple of years ago I was given a great book ‘Calm’ and a journal from my friends. To help me find some calm in my life and to de-stress a little. I have been writing in my journal everyday since and on Wednesday’s (or late on a Tuesday) I go through the daily highlights I’ve written down and pick out my 10 favourites.

Well, well, well it’s been a week. Everything was plodding along nicely then it all imploded. It’s always fun to be the focus of a family argument that results in tears and people walking out of a cafe without paying. I’m not handling things particularly well at the moment, but this is my happy place, so we won’t dwell on it again.

Here are my top ten moments from the last couple of weeks:

Love our after school walks

1 –  Catching up with my sister and getting lots of lovely cuddles and giggles with my little niece. A very nice way to spend the morning, plus the sneaky McDonalds Breakfast I grabbed for us both was a real treat!

Pretty Bluebells

2- L and I went for a lovely walk through the fields after school, we saw two tractors and found some Bluebells. I love going for a walk with him after school, it’s a great way for us both to relax.

Testing out the loungers in between rain showers

3 – For a long time I have been hankering after some loungers for the garden. I’d seen a great deal on Wowcher and treated myself to a pair and they got delivered, they day the weather changed for the worse. It didn’t stop us testing them out though, it was funny!

Enjoying a bit of Bring Me the Horizon

4 – In between a morning of weekend housework we turned the music up and completely rocked out. It was brilliant fun and I love that the child is developing his own tastes in music.

My Mum at the Driving Range, a never seen before sight

5- We caught up with my parents and had a nice meal at our favourite haunt. Then L took them to the driving range to show of his skills and everyone took a turn. L hadn’t spent any real time with them for ages, only catching up in hospital waiting rooms, so it was really good for him.

We did not find deer and it was very cold

6 – We headed out across the fields on a deer hunt. L is obsessed with getting to see some wild deer, not enough to get up early in the morning and go walking which is what he needs to do, but regardless I’m always happy to get out and about with him.

Daddy day at the Transport Museum

7 – I worked a full shift on the Bank Holiday Monday. They are the only days I can easily do extra, so it’s nice to know I’ve helped out at work and earned some extra cash. It’s also great for some father and son time. They spent the whole day together doing fun stuff.

Playing in the rain

8 – Grandad’s internment was a miserable day in many ways. Picking the kid up from school and watching him make the most of the miserable weather was just what I needed. So we splashed and got soaked and then came indoors to cuddle up and watch TV. Pretty much every hug the kid got that day was definitely more for me than it was for him!

Spa time

9 – I got to spend an entire Sunday hanging out with one of my best friends. We went for a spa day, enjoyed a fabulous massage, swam, steamed and sauna’d. We really and truly relaxed. Then we went to the pub for nibbles and a drink before heading home to our husbands and offspring. It was wonderful.

Relaxing in the sun

10 – The weather has improved again and so my new loungers were taken out straight after school and we have been spending loads of time in the garden, I even started a new book. I mean I only got four pages in before L emptied an entire watering can over his head, but the thought of sunny evenings reading is so close!

I’m really glad I write down a few positives from each day and then go back through them each week. It helps keep me focused, calm and therefore happy. It is also a great way to keep a note of the things we’ve done.

I’m linking up with #BloggerClubUK  just because I love them.

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This plus that equals…. Mental Health

Here’s the latest instalment in my series of posts all about what makes our lives here at home tick. This week is all about Mental Health. Not actually because it is mental health awareness week in the UK but because I am struggling, a lot, and it helps to talk and I think (hope) it helps others to see how normal it is.

Me My normal

On any given day I will be feeling anxious about something. Anxiety is normal for me, and it can be about anything. It’s something I feel 24/7. Even sleep doesn’t free me from anxiety as it permeates my dreams and I’ll awake feeling tense and nervous.

That being said for the most part it is entirely manageable and no one would know that it took me ten minutes to get in the car that morning, a pep talk before making a phone call and three hours of list making and fact checking before I was happy with a trip.

I’m often on the brink of depression, walking a fine line between being absolutely fine and plunging head first into something I can’t control. It’s something I’ve suffered with since I was a young teen and something I am always aware of and am fully aware will never go entirely go away. For the most part though I am fine and I’m just aware of myself and watching for triggers.

Changing tides My triggers

Talking of triggers, I am really good at knowing what is good for me and what isn’t.

I’m not great with change, not helpful when change is a part of life!! It can take me a while to get used to things and I get really anxious doing anything new. So I try to limit change and deal with things one at a time, not all at once.

Crowds, heights, confined spaces and noise will all be things that can push me too far. I need a certain amount of order in my life, so on occasion I can even find having the TV on in one room, the kid having turned his music up in the other and then being asked a question too much to handle.

Unfortunately my family is one of my biggest triggers. Not the people I go to for support but instead people I try to limit contact with. For the most part I’m fine so long as it isn’t a group gathering, so trying to make sure to spend time with people separately is a huge help. There’s just a lot of thoughtlessness and a complete lack of understanding.

When it rains Why it’s worse

For the first time in a lot of years I am depressed. I know this because it’s all too familiar.

I cannot sleep. When I do I have nightmares. I struggle to do anything more than sit on the sofa. Getting up and dressed takes effort, actually opening the laptop to work today was a major breakthrough, my fuse is a lot shorter than normal and I cannot bring myself to be happy about anything really.

I’m upset with myself for letting it get this far, I’m normally able to take steps to stay on the right side of everything. But I also know that it’s ridiculous being cross at myself as it isn’t my fault, but knowing I’m being ridiculous doesn’t exactly help.

After my grandad got sick and passed away so suddenly lots of things happened. There was all manner of family drama that I bore the brunt of. Add the extra amount of enforced time we had to spend together, under stress and in unpleasant circumstances and I was just holding it together. Just.

Then the final straw was getting a new manager at work. Our third in three months. I’ve been lucky to have had so much fun at work, to have great friends and a really good work environment. Work was my safe place. Drama with the family, dreadful drop off at school with the child, argument with my husband, work was there for me. A place I could talk, or not, friends who could pick me up and support me and thought of that being taken away, just at the moment I needed it the most has sent me spiralling.

Vie Stress Relief patches have helped me through a lot of the worst bits Help

I have tried to be kind to myself. I’ve taken some time away from writing, afterall I am the only one setting myself deadlines so why on earth should I be getting stressed about not hitting them. Except of course, I still actually have been.

I enjoyed a fabulous and relaxing weekend, a day doing nothing and a day at the spa with my friend.

We’ve gone out and had some time together just the three of us, that’s best for me, as I focus on L for a bit and genuinely have fun. It helps me to be outside and it helps me to be with him having fun.

I’ve reached out to friends and am lucky to have people around me to help and keep an eye out for me. At the moment that’s been enough but I am fully aware I’m one step away from needing to see my Doctor and that’s fine with me.

I’ve been relying quite a lot of the Vie Stress Relief Patches, they are little sticky patches that slowly release a mix of Valerian, Hops and Passion Flower and help promote a sense of calm. I find them very useful .

The perfect way to start my day What’s next

If things stay as they are hopefully what’s next is just me putting myself back together again slowly. If things get worse next up is a chat with the Doctor and a bit more work.

Walks, meditation and being very careful who I spend my time with are my life write now. I’m fragile and I have to be careful.

Hopefully the improvement in weather will see an improvement in me, as a general rule life for me is easier when the sun is shining.

Mainly what’s next is focusing on the things that matter to me.

Finally, I’m linking up with #TwinklyTuesday and #StayClassyMama

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We were recently sent a box full of cute. Literally the cutest little toys ever. Petooties are super adorable little soft toys, mainly dogs but with a fox and cat thrown in for good measure.

Playing with his Petooties

I genuinely didn’t know how L would feel about them. He tends to be a toy with wheels kinda kid, but he loves animals and has a few cuddlies he’s really attached to, so it was going to be 50/50.

This little scruff is my favourite

Because of their small size they make ideal reward type gifts and that is exactly what we did with them. I gave them to him one at a time after he’d either done something great at school or good to bed nicely, something we’ve been struggling with recently.

Playing so nicely

The first morning he woke up to find his fairy Smiffle had left him a tiny little dog toy he was beside himself with excitement, he immediately adored it and wanted to take it to school with him.

Cute Fox

When he got a second they were immediately brothers and he has a larger dog toy that he loves, doggie, who was the dad. Watching him play with them so nicely was super cute.

They have the cutest little faces

Slowly but surely he gained more and more little toys. We’d popped into Tesco one day and he saw a box full of them on the toy display and was begging for some of the ones missing from his collection, little did he know I had more at home so was certainly buying him one, but he had been saving his money and wanted a toy. I offered tractors, I pointed out water pistols, I offered to give him money towards Lego, and still he wanted another Petootie. I think that says a lot about them. I had to break and tell him he had some more at home already!

Asleep with them all in our hotel room in London

I think their small size is brilliant and very appealing to L as he can take them about with him. He packed them all in his rucksack when we went to London, he often has one on his school bag and as a general rule they live on the little shelf by his bed.

Gorgeous dalmation

They have super cute little faces and just enough detail that you can see what breed they are. They are very tactile, incredibly pleasing to hold and just super soft. There is a little Chihuahua, a Dalmation, a Shih Tzu and more.

Stackable and cuddly

Oh and thanks to a juice related incident that shall not be spoken about I can tell you they wash up brilliantly using the hand wash cycle on our washing machine!

I genuinely hope they add more Petooties to the set because I know L would love them.

You can find them at most supermarkets and they are £2.99 each.

Disclosure – we were gifted our Petooties in return for an honest review. All thoughts opinions and images are my own.

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For starters I find the proper over the head earphones a lot more comfortable than earbuds. Then the ability to switch between music and calls just fits in so well with my lifestyle.

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For my birthday a couple of years ago I was given a great book ‘Calm’ and a journal from my friends. To help me find some calm in my life and to de-stress a little. I have been writing in my journal everyday since and on Wednesday’s (or late on a Tuesday) I go through the daily highlights I’ve written down and pick out my 10 favourites.

It’s been a bit manic with the kid back at school. He’s taken a while to settle back into it and been a bit of a monster in the evenings, a horrid mix of mentally exhausted but not physically tired. Bedtimes have been taxing to say the least.

Here are my top ten moments from the last week:

Hugs Goodbye

1 –  My poor friend burnt her hand badly on holiday. The plus side to this was I got to spend a fab morning with her using the excuse of helping her to wash her hair. We’re a little group of three who all used to work with each other, so we used the excuse to catch up, all three of us and lend a hand. Literally.

Enjoying the audio tour at Landguard

2- I took an afternoon out, just for me, to nothing but watch trash TV and actually relax. I needed it and should have done it a lot sooner. Honestly when I write about feeling calm and I have been anything but, I have been an anxiety riddled mess, I should have known better.

Landguard Fort

3 – I caught L hugging all his toys goodbye before school and talking to them like they were his children. Literally the cutest thing. It made my heart melt.

So much to see and explore

4 – We had a lovely family day exploring Landguard Fort, it was fantastic and we will definitely be going back. Perfect for us all and it was a pleasure watching L explore.

I love how much of the fort is open

5- A little perk of going to Landguard Fort for the day was actually getting to see where husb has been working for the last few months. As he’s working in Ipswich we haven’t just swung by or anything and it’s been a bit odd not really knowing where he works, so it was nice to go and see the site.

Looking out to sea

6 – I popped into work on Sunday afternoon and we had a little impromptu leaving party for our manager. He’d only been with us a couple of months but I’ve known him for a lot longer and will be sad to see him go.

The fort clock

7 – There is a benefit to working in retail and that is reduced stock. In this case Easter Eggs. They are so cheap I left with a bundle of yumminess.

Helping at home

8 – L has been busy trying to complete a school challenge that has involved him doing certain tasks, like the laundry and carrying his own bag to school. It’s been a delight and he’s been so helpful!

Great to be out walking again

9 – The weather has been improving this week so L and I walked home from school across the fields. It was lovely to take some time out together and have a mini adventure. I love walking, it helps centre me and is brilliant to improve my mood. I hope it is good for L too and by feeling calm from a walk he’ll be better at bedtime.

He’s too adorable

10 – L’s reading has come on leaps and bounds recently and he read so nicely to me after school we had a celebratory waffle, with ice cream, squirty cream and sprinkles for dessert! Good lad.

I’m really glad I write down a few positives from each day and then go back through them each week. It helps keep me focused, calm and therefore happy. It is also a great way to keep a note of the things we’ve done.

I’m linking up with #BloggerClubUK  just because I love them.

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This plus that equals…. May plans

Here’s the latest instalment in my series of posts all about what makes our lives here at home tick. This week is all about my plans for May.

Can’t wait for half term Half Term

I cannot wait. The Easter Holidays are still fresh in my mind but I just can’t wait to have a few more days at home with my boy. It would be nice to go away somewhere but I don’t think that’s on the cards for us just yet.

We’ll have some time to go do fun stuff though. Catch up with friends. Get out and about. Play. Just be home and not rushing about in a million directions.

I genuinely love the school holidays and having him at home. I’m excited for each break and sad when it ends, so roll on May Half Term is all I can say.

I’m going to get back into those fields! Walking

With everything that’s been going on the last couple of months I haven’t walked anywhere near as much as I have wanted to, or as much as I need to.

I’ve been busy on catch up duties. Catching up with those I’ve missed, catching up on housework, catching up on work.

But I need to walk. It’s my quiet time. It’s the thing that helps me the most. The journalling, the meditation, the yoga, they are all great but the thing that helps clear my mind and calm me the most is walking and without two good, long walks a week I am functioning at half empty.

So May will be a month of walks.

Not this Spa, but a Spa is on the horizon Spa Day

I have booked a Spa Day with my friend. Now that’s what I’m talking about, one of my May plans I’m really looking forward to.

Woop! A day for us to chill and gossip and relax. I am so excited.

I think it’s fair to say we are both exhausted and need this, we probably won’t gossip. We may just nap, have a swim, nap and enjoy a massage before napping some more.

I’m so excited to have a new friend I can do this kind of thing with and be lucky enough to have the time to enjoy these things.

Moving forward Moving Forward

I think May means I’ll finally be able to start moving forward after my Grandad passed in March.

It was such a fast illness, such a shock to us all and despite the funeral having been and gone we have been waiting for the internment of his ashes which will happen early in May.

I’m hoping after this final step I’ll be able to help L come to terms with everything a bit and me as well. It will be good for him to have somewhere to visit and it will end that inbetween, waiting kind of feeling I have been left with.

We had so much fun exploring Landguard Fort I can’t wait to see what we’ll discover next Go somewhere new

I don’t really care where and I certainly haven’t given it any thought but I’ve been feeling a bit stuck in a rut recently and had a great day exploring Landguard Fort the other day. A place I hadn’t visited before.

We often do the same activities and visit the same places but I’ve got itchy feet and I would like to make one of my May plans going somewhere new and then actually do it.

A new town, a new museum or a new walk. I don’t really care so long as it is something different.

I think it does me good to explore and it’s the type of thing we enjoy doing a s a family so why not make a point of it and ensure it actually happens.

Finally, I’m linking up with #TwinklyTuesday and #StayClassyMama

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I have got to be kinder to myself, I have got to be easier on myself, I have got to look after myself. So I have been careful recently to not put so much pressure on and to make sure I create downtime and I partake in a little of self care. It has started with actually using some of the wonderful things I got for Mother’s Day.

It’s taken a long time, I know, but with spending so much time at the hospital with my Grandad before he passed and then dealing with the fallout from that. The family, the funeral, the small boy who doesn’t understand and just normal everyday life things I forgot about me. The grown woman who doesn’t understand either. So I figured it was time I actually pulled out the lovely Hammam Spa Gift Set I was sent.

A day just for me was in order, So I dropped the kid at school and planned on doing nothing other than watching some trashy TV and looking after myself a little bit. The Hamman Spa set is brilliant.

It comes with a bottle of Argan Oil, a Rhassoul Clay, a Black Soap with Eucalyptus and a Coconut Spoon for mixing as well as an exfoliating mitt. It was all packaged up nicely, which makes it feel a bit more of a treat. Most importantly using it all actually felt like being in a Spa.

I love the Mud Treatments at my local spa, but my budget wouldn;t stretch to a day there, not that I would have had time either. But to be able to relax at home with oils, and clays and soaps that meant I could treat my hair, face and body to a little TLC was perfect. It’s all so good. Perfect for a little pick me up for yourself or it would make a great gift for someone else.

The kit comes with a Coconut Spoon to help apply the clay as to get the best from it you don’t want to use a metal spoon as that can react with the clay, so to add to the experience and to make it easier than scooping the soap and clay from the tubs you could get some Coconut Bowls as well. It makes a nice way to complete the set and it also stops the potential for mess!

My skin felt better, my mind felt clearer, I had relaxed and spent time doing something just for me and that’s important! I really should make the effort to it more and as it turns out, a Spa Day from home is easy peasy, so I will be.

The Vie Handcrafted Coconut Bowls start at £12.95 and the Vie Moroccan Hamman Spa Set is £18.95. Both are available from Amazon.

Disclosure – I was gifted my Spa Set and Bowls in exchange for an honest review. Just turns out the timing was perfect. All thoughts opinions and images are my own.

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