Blog a day July | day 31

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Day 31 | 5 favourite blogs

Wow - the last post for Blog a day July... where has that month gone?

I've enjoyed blogging every day. I think its given me the momentum to blog  regularly and has certainly given anyone that reads Two Beans and a Bump a lot of information about me! On the flip side, I haven't strayed very far from the list of prompts this month and I'm looking forward to writing about what I feel like on that particular day.

So, here goes. The last BADJ entry. My five favourite blogs. This is easy and I imagine these bloggers will need no introduction from me:

1. Sprinkle of Glitter

2. Modern Mummy

3. Capture by Lucy

4. A Beautiful Mess

5. Vivianna Does Makeup

I adore reading blogs and watching YouTube videos. Its my way of unwinding and relaxing. My favourite blogs are a real mix of family, lifestyle and beauty and I hope that my blog might develop, look as amazing and reach as many people as theirs do :)

Blog a day July | day 30

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Day 30 | most treasured memory

This is easy - without a doubt my most treasured memories are the births of my three children. All three were in water and such amazing experiences.

I don't know if its because its more recent but my recollection of Ayden's birth is far clearer than the first two. Or perhaps I had less gas and air this time!

Ayden's birth, although slow to get going, was such an wonderful experience - I can remember every last detail and got to pick him up myself from the birth pool before anyone else touched him. 

My first was special because it was my first baby and a relatively 'easy' labour considering. Second time round, labour was much longer and more painful but so special because I was thrilled to have a little girl, after having a boy first time round.

Three precious, wonderful memories that I will always treasure. 

Blog a day July | day 29

Monday, 29 July 2013

Day 29 | what are you afraid of?

My biggest fear - and one I can't bring myself to actually think about - is not being around to see my children grow up. But I imagine that is every mother's fear.

On a slightly less depressing note, I'm also afraid of heights (which I think is a fear I've developed fairly recently - I never used to be), spiders and confined spaces. So all the cliches really.

I'm also afraid of looking back one day and regretting not doing things. As I've already  admitted, I'm a bloody nightmare when it comes to making decisions and have a *teeny* tendency to over-think things. Its something I really need to get over. 

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I have a wonderful family and everything in the world to be thankful for - and I want to make the most of every opportunity that comes our way.

Blog a day July | day 28

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Day 28 | pet peeve

This is going to sound so daft, but the first pet peeve that came to mind is the over-use of capital letters. Nerd alert!

I guess it comes with the day job, but I can't stand it. And it crops up everywhere. Is project or strategy a proper noun...? I don't think so!

Ok, now I've exposed myself as a complete weirdo... are there any other pet peeves? 

Unnecessary rudeness. That gets me every time. My husband putting the seat and the lid down on the toilet so the kids wet themselves every time they've left it too late to do a wee. People putting milk back in the fridge with less than a teaspoon left in the bottle. Not knowing the difference between 'your' and 'you're'...

So, turns out I have a few 'Pet Peeves' after all! ;)

Blog a day July | day 27

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Day 27 | most embarrassing moment

Of which there are many...

Most of the more recent ones I have tried to erase! I'm more than a little gullible and stereotypically blonde so I tend to embarrass myself quite frequently. 

One memory sticks with me from my childhood though. Picture a busy department store a few days before Christmas, the hustle and bustle of the festive season. Picture me aged five or six curiously milling about while my mum dashed about picking up last minute gifts. So curious that I want to see exactly what is on that shelf just a few inches above my head. I can see the lovely, big Christmas tree standing on the middle of the shelf... but what is in those boxes underneath the tree? So, I step on the shelf below to raise myself up for a closer look. I grab onto the shelf above to steady myself and pull up a little higher. When the whole bloody thing tips towards me and the tree slides off the edge... on to my head. 

I can still see it sliding towards me now. And still remember the realisattion that this was going to end badly!

This was the first memory that came to mind when I sat down to write this post, but I'm sure there are many more, which are significantly more mortifying! Best forgotten probably :) 

Blog a day July | day 26

Friday, 26 July 2013

Day 26 | say it with a photo

Blog a day July | day 25

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Day 25 | top 3 things on your bucket list

For the purposes of this BADJ prompt I am going to interpret this as life goals, rather than something I want to do before I pop my clogs... if that makes sense. So...

1. Take a family trip to the Maldives - my husband and I went there before we were married and it was the most breathtaking place I have ever been lucky enough to visit. I would love to spend two weeks (or more) just playing on the white powder sand, snorkeling, eating ice cream and watching the beanies run barefoot on the sand. 

2. Build our own house - its something we have always talked about doing. My husband is a builder and extremely talented at what he does. Plus an avid fan of Grand Designs. Hopefully one day he can put the hundreds of hours he has spent watching it over the years to good use!

3. Another family trip. This time a road trip along Route 66 in an American camper van. A proper adventure with the kids for a month or more, stopping somewhere different every night and exploring places by day. I think it would be an amazing life experience for them.

I hope to achieve these sooner rather than later, so maybe I've cheated a bit :)

My cloth nappy journey

I've done it. I gone and made a bloody decision!

For two months now I've been umming and ahhing about whether or not to start using cloth nappies. Mostly put off my by husband, I haven't been able to make a firm decision. To be fair, he's really supportive of most things I do, and he isn't unsupportive of this - but I think he's in the 'why make more work for yourself?' camp on this one (as I change the vast majority of nappies, and do all the washing). But after *a lot* of research I have finally bitten the bullet and placed an order for my starter stash of nappies.

I have to say I'm really looking forward to it... not entirely sure why.

The deciding factor for me is that this is probably my last baby and using cloth nappies is something I'd like to try. So if I don't do it now, I never will.

Of course the cost benefits are a factor, as is not having bags and bags of nappies to put in the bin every week. Plus, they are just so cute! One of my choices is a TotsBots polka dot nappy with foxes on. I love foxes so this excites me way more than is probably normal!

How adorable is this!?

Nappy - TotsBots

So, yeah. This should be interesting... 

I'm a complete cloth nappy newbie so, if you are too, why not tag along and we can learn about this together. And if you're a seasoned cloth pro, all advice gratefully received.

I plan to do a series of vlogs on this on my youtube channel also, so please subscribe to see those :)

"On your head be it" were my husband's last words on the matter :) so lets hope I prove him wrong. I usually do!

Blog a day July | day 24

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Day 24 | about your job

A phrase that really bothers me is 'full-time mum'. Does that mean that when I'm at work I'm not a full-time mum? 

As far as I'm concerned whether I'm working full time, part time or not at all, I'm always a full-time mum. It just means I might have to adjust how I balance / prioritise things according to my situation.

I'm on maternity leave at the moment, so I spend my days looking after my three beautiful little ones. I'm loving every minute of it. It's so lovely to be able to take them to and from school every day and not feel like I'm constantly chasing my tail.

Before my maternity leave started I was working in PR for a local authority. Hardly riveting but interesting enough and a job which allows me to write for a living. 

I've worked in PR for the past 12 years, in councils, advertising agencies, I spent a year in London... but I'm still not entirely sure what I want to do when I 'grow up'! Like I said in yesterday's post, I have lots of ideas, now all I need is the courage to act on them. 

Blog a day July | day 23

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Day 23 | what do you wish you were better at?

This is easy. It constantly irritates me that I'm not braver at just grabbing the bull by the horns and going for things. It also bugs me that I recognise the problem and yet that isn't enough to make me change my ways.

I'm a procrastinator and that's the real problem. I over-think things to a ridiculous degree.

"What if this happens?"

"What if that doesn't happen?"

"What will so-and-so think?"

This mostly applies to my career - the number of ideas I have had for businesses, books I want to write, and I never act on them. I manage to talk myself out of it every time.

I have a few ideas at the moment and I'm determined to act on them. After all, you're in charge of your own destiny and its ok to try something out of your comfort zone.

Image - Pintrest

Blog a day July | day 22

Monday, 22 July 2013

Day 22 | who do you admire

I had to think long and hard about this one. There are lots of people I admire for I guess pretty shallow reasons - talented singers, beautiful actresses, successful business people...

But who do I really admire above all others?

To help me out, I decided to look up a definition and go from there.

ad·mire  (d-mr)
v. ad·miredad·mir·ingad·mires
1. To regard with pleasure, wonder, and approval.
2. To have a high opinion of; esteem or respect.

So I guess the first one covers my fascination with the cast of Sex and the CIty.

In terms of respect, the person that came straight to mind is my grandfather. He, alongside so many other young men, fought in the second world war and put their lives at risk for our freedom. I can never comprehend the horrors they must have witnessed and how difficult it would have been to go back to a 'normal' life afterwards - if they were lucky enough to come home at all. We owe everything to them and their bravery has my absolute admiration.

Blog a day July | day 21

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Day 21 | favourite time of year

Its hard for me to justify this one, as I'm loving every second of the beautiful summer weather we're enjoying at the moment. But, weather aside, nothing beats the festive season for me.

I've always loved Christmas - not just the day itself, but the build up to it, the excitement, the planning, the quiet time with your family afterwards... the whole thing.

The thing is, being my usual indecisive self, I love all seasons of the year for different reasons. The glimmer of sunshine after a long winter and first sight of spring flowers. Balmy summer evenings on the beach and letting the beanies stay up much later than bedtime to play on the sand. The crisp, but still sunny days of autumn and being cosy, bundled up and enjoying open fires in winter.

But if I had to pick one.... which I do for the sake of this blog post....  anything that involves an excuse to shop (lots), glitter, far too much chocolate and Will Ferrell in an elf suit gets my vote :)

Hi, I'm Buddy the Elf. What's your favourite colour?

Blog a day July | day 20

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Day 20 | what made you start a blog

I have a terrible memory. Really shocking. So I guess one of the main reasons I started a blog was to document life with my family. The years are flying by so fast and I don't want to forget any of it. I also wanted something that my children could read for themselves, when they are old enough.

I've read, followed and thoroughly enjoyed a number of blogs over the past few years and, as someone who enjoys writing, it made sense to start my own. 

The Blog a day July challenge has really helped to get me into the routine of posting every day and I'm looking forward to next month when I hope to introduce a routine posting on different topics / themes regularly. Its also my intention to blog more about food and share recipes and lifestyle posts.

I'm very much at the beginning of my blogging journey, but its one I'm thoroughly enjoying so far - and I'm excited to see where it leads me...

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Blog a day July | day 19

Friday, 19 July 2013

Day 19 | what do you do for fun?

I wish I was one of those people who runs for fun, or cycles ten miles a day just because they enjoy it. I run at the gym - or at least I did before I got pregnant - but that's because it keeps me fit, rather than genuinely enjoying it.

Having said that, when I get into a fitness routine, I do really enjoy it. Again, pre-baby, I was regularly running, doing pilates and spinning classes - at least three times a week. I saw results pretty quickly and I really enjoyed that!

I'm well and truly out of my fitness groove at the moment. Hopefully not for much longer... 

'Fun' for me at the moment is the simple things in life. With a 13 week old baby, I don't get out much (at all!), but I find fun in things like enjoying the sunshine with my beanies, spending summer evenings in the garden chatting to my husband, watching movies and eating (too much) chocolate! where did I leave those running shoes?

Blog A Day July | day 18

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Day 18 | guilty pleasure

I'm pretty peckish right now, so all I can think about are my guilty food pleasures... of which, there are a few!

Recently I discovered a combo that really shouldn't work but absolutely does. Tesco giant salted pretzels, dipped in their finest range salted caramel dessert sauce. Oh my goodness, it is a-mazing!

Against my better judgement, I introduced this taste sensation to my children. They were in agreement. 

But now its an extra-specially guilty pleasure because I have to hide out of sight of little eyes to eat it!

My other guilty food pleasure is Kellogg's Krave cereal. Guilty because my children are not allowed to eat chocolate / sugar-filled cereals. Well, not very often anyway. Yet somehow I can justify eating them myself... well, I am a grown up.

p.s. I'm typing this while enjoying my other guilty pleasure... Britain's Next Top Model :)

Blog a day July | day 17

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Day 17 | most treasured item

Sentimentally, my most treasured item is my father's ring which, since the day he died four years ago, I have worn on my finger. It was his mother's ring and he wore it on his little finger when she passed away. I found it in a box in his bedroom after he died and it has been a way of feeling close to him ever since. 

If I'm being more 'practical' about my choice, I would have to say my most used (and therefore treasured) items are probably my plethora of Apple technology. 

I use my iPhone, iPad and/or MacBook numerous times throughout the day. Shallow it may be, but they are without doubt essential, multi-tasking items and hold my most precious memories - photos and videos of my family. 

Blog a day July | day 16

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Day 16 | favourite TV programme

I find it really difficult to choose a favourite anything... favourite song, favourite film, favourite food. TV programmes are no different. Like anything else, it depends on my mood on that day. 

But, the topic for today's blog post made me realise that I've definitely got different preferences depending on who I'm sharing the sofa with.

TV with my husband - I don't watch a great deal of TV, but most of what I do watch is done in tandem. My other half will not be fobbed off with programmes he deems I should watch "in my own time" (ha!), so we try to find a middle ground which usually results in some sort of american sit com or drama, think New Girl, Homeland, Dexter etc, or a movie.

TV with the kids - my programme of choice if the beanies are in tow, is definitely Phineas and Ferb. We went through a real phase of this last year and, even though they are a bit less into it these days, I still find the whole thing pretty amusing.

TV on my own... (as if) - on the *very* rare occasions that I'm master of my own viewing destiny, its straight to the mindless, shallow, vacuous TV gold, along the lines of America's Next Top Model (and its British counterpart), X Factor, Strictly etc etc. My other guilty TV pleasure is food channels. Nothing like a bit of food porn to fill a rare moment of solitary viewing. 

50 random things about me

I dont know about you, but I'm a nosey parker. I love nothing more than reading blog posts about people's lives and watching my favourite youtubers talk about themselves and their families. 

So... if you'd like to know some truly random things about me, look no further!

If you enjoy the video, please subscribe, it would make my day :)

Blog a day July | day 15

Monday, 15 July 2013

Day 15 | 5 things about my family

1. My oldest son is a clone of my husband, my daughter is a clone of me. So much so that strangers have felt the need to come up to us in the street to comment on it. So far, my youngest looks like a bit of a mixture of the two of us... but he's only 13 weeks old, so time will tell.

2. We are divided into two camps - nostril flarers and eyebrow raisers. My son and I are nostril flarers and my daughter and husband can raise one eyebrow. None of us can do both.

3. My children all have the letter 'y' in their name.

4. Every Friday evening, without fail, we have 'Friday night, movie night' - which usually involves pizza and chocolate and fitting far too many people on one sofa!

5. My children have a happy song that they sing when they are eating something they really like. There are no words, just a tune that they hum, but its one of my very favourite sounds :)

Blog a day July | day 14

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Day 14 | favourite place in the world

My favourite place in the world... I have two.

As a holiday destination, and somewhere I was lucky enough to go pre-babies, is the Maldives.

We spent two glorious weeks, lying on the powdery white sand, snorkelling in the crystal water and eating the most wonderful food every day. We had to travel to our island by sea plane which was an experience in itself! 

I was only 25 when we went there, with no real responsibilities. I think if we went back there now we'd appreciate it even more, as a chance to just cut yourself off from the rest of the world and totally relax. 

The island by night was breathtaking too. Completely dark you could see a blanket of stars in the sky and the place was mostly lit by candles and torches. Magical.

Closer to home, and somewhere I spend a lot of time, is our local beach. It may not be the Maldives but the sound of the waves and that fresh sea air... you can't beat it.

Blog a day July | day 13

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Day 13 | favourite food to cook for yourself / have cooked for you

I love my food so this was an easy one for me. I can't possibly choose just one thing as my favourite to cook for myself. It depends what mood I'm in on the day. Today, because it's been so beautiful and sunny, I made my favourite summer time dish which is paella. It reminds me of balmy evenings on holiday, eating al fresco and with a cold glass of white wine to go with it, its the perfect summer evening meal.

I get the most satisfaction from cooking when I have either concocted something myself or made a meal out of what seems like nothing. One of my favourite examples of this is the best meal of the whole year.... Boxing Day lunch. 

Bubble and squeak with cold meats and chutney is one of my all time favourite meals. To think you can make something so tasty out of some leftover vegetables and a couple of eggs.... I love meals like that. Minimal effort and maximum taste.

I love eating out, so I had to think long and hard about my favourite thing to have cooked for me. Again, it very much depends on my mood. 

But in terms of one of the best tasting 'meals' I can ever remember someone bringing me - and this is a bit odd, I know - nothing beats the cup of hot sweet tea and two pieces of thick buttered toast that was brought to me after I'd given birth to my first baby.

Ok, so I threw it all straight back up again within a few minutes but, at the time, it was food perfection.

Blog a day July | day 12

Friday, 12 July 2013

Day 12 | what did you like/dislike about school?

Without a doubt my favourite thing about school was the friends that I made - some of these are still very good friends of mine today. Many of my happiest memories are with some of those people in our school 'drama studio'. 

Yes, I was one of 'those' kids :) 

I loved nothing more than spending hours after school and on weekends learning dance routines, rehearsing scenes in a play, designing sets and costumes.

I'm still surprised I didn't end up working in theatre or the arts in some way... things just didn't work out that way for me. But the years I spent in that environment are some of my best memories of school.

With that though came what I liked the least about school - mean girls (and boys). I was never bullied thank goodness but, being part of the drama crowd, meant that I was subject to some teasing about being a 'thespian'. All pretty harmless really, but being someone who takes everything to heart, it would get to me sometimes. 

School can be a pretty tough environment and I found it difficult to witness others being teased or singled out. It's something that I really worry about now I have children of my own. 

Me, worry? Never!

The thought of them feeling upset or hurt by the words of another child is difficult to take. How can you be aware that something like that is going on and not swoop in to defend them? Or even worse, what if you weren't aware of it at all...

I hope my children are confident enough to let thoughtless remarks go right over their heads and always feel they can talk to us if something or someone is bothering them.

Wow, that's not a tangent I intended to go off on when I started this post! 

I guess it's something I hope my three beanies don't inherit from me - that they worry less about what people think than I did and just enjoy the things that they love to do.

I just wish Glee had existed when I was at school. Now that I would have loved!

Blog A Day July | day 11

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Day 11 | 4 fantasy dinner party guests

I love thinking about things like this, but I really struggle to narrow it down to just four.

I didn't specify whether they should be dead or alive so I think either. 

The first would be my dad. He passed away four years ago and he was always one of my favourite people to talk to.

Eddie Izzard is such an intelligent, witty man. I'm a big fan of his and would love to spend an evening chatting to him.

I am a huge music fan - rock to classical and everything in-between. So someone that has been massively influential in the world of music is a must. To say John Lennon is a great big cliche but I would genuinely love to meet him. I was also in total awe of Kurt Cobain as a teenager. I imagine he'd be pretty hard work as a dinner party guest, but maybe if I caught him on a good day...

Finally, I think I would choose Madonna - I need a feisty lady to keep all these boys in check! I've been a fan of Madonna as long as I can remember. Listening to my sister's Madonna CDs when I was little and convincing my mum to buy me the Erotica album. Clearly she never paid any attention to the lyrics! 

Fellow Blog A Day July-er, Autism Mumma also gave her choice of food at this fantasy dinner party which I thought was a great idea! This is an unusual choice for me, but its something that I fancy eating right now, so I'd go for a perfectly cooked fillet steak with béarnaise sauce and chips, followed by a giant wedge of authentic New York baked cheesecake. 

...makes me a little disappointed by what I am actually about to eat for my dinner :(

Blog a day July | day 10

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Day 10 | something you miss

With parenthood you gain so many wonderful things, but there's no denying that you lose a few privileges that you probably took for granted before. 

Simple things like going for a wee on your own, leaving the house without having to take a million things with you.... silence.

I love the chaos, a busy bustling house and everything that goes with having our three beautiful children. I wouldn't trade it for anything. But bloody hell, I miss just being able to *do* things.

By that I mean, being able to just get up off the sofa and go for a walk. These days it takes approximately 45 minutes to get from sofa to door, once we've factored in multiple pairs of shoes, going for a wee x 2, nappy change, sibling squabbles about how many toys they should bring.

It also includes being able to spontaneously decide to go to the cinema on a Friday night. I really miss that. We used to flick through the TV channels... nothing one? Lets go to the cinema. Can't be bothered to cook dinner....? Lets go out for food. Of course we could do that with the beanies, but its such an effort to be spontaneous it almost isn't worth it!

Having said that, when we do decide to go somewhere on a whim with the kids, or just the two of us, we appreciate it so much. 

I still wish I could go for a wee in peace though!

Blog a day July | day 9

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Day 9 | 3 things you hope to achieve by the end of the year

Half way through the year... how the bloody hell did that happen!? If I think about it too much it makes me panic a bit. There's so much I want to do in the next six months... its almost like the more I want to do, the less I actually get done. Does anyone else get that?

Being on maternity leave at the moment, I feel like I'm at a real crossroads. Being home more for the children is lovely - I love being able to pick them up and take them to school. It had got to the point where my husband, who is self-employed, saw far more of them than I did. He would pick them up from school, give them tea and get them in the bath, then I would get home in time to get them into their PJs and read a story, before making dinner for my husband and I. That was never how I saw our lives panning out - I enjoy working but the balance just wasn't quite right.

In a round about kind of way this leads me to my first 'hope' for the year. I'd like to decide on a path for my career that allows me to be at home more than I was before. At this point I'm still not 100% sure what that path might be. Ideally, I'd like to set up my own company... its something I've talked about doing with a good friend of mine, but I need to start looking at it sooner rather than later.

Ayden is 12 weeks old now. I thought that by now I would have used my maternity leave to revolutionise my household, organise everything to within an inch of its life and actually have a system. That hasn't happened yet. Time is running away with me and I'm determined to spend a good few weeks reorganising our storage, setting up a chores and meal plan that I actually stick to and just basically giving everything a good old clean and tidy. So that's hope number 2... wish me luck!

Finally (and this is one just for me), I'd really like to grow my blog and interact more with other bloggers. So far I'm really enjoying the blogging experience and the community that goes with it. I'd love to go to Britmums Live next year and actually meet some of the people I feel like I know so well from reading their blogs...

I've found a number of useful posts about growing your blog, but any advice from some of you more experienced bloggers would be gratefully received :)

I feel like there is so much I want to achieve in 2013, but also I just want to cherish every last minute of Ayden as a tiny baby and enjoy the extra time I have with Dylan and Meryn - they are growing up so fast.

What are your hopes for the rest of the year?

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Blog a day July | day 8

Monday, 8 July 2013

Day 8 | what do you hope your children remember about their childhood

This one really got me thinking....

There are so many things I hope my children think back on when they are grown up. Mostly, I hope they remember how much they are loved. 

It always amazes me to think that my memories from before the age of about seven or eight are pretty limited. So everything we have done with them up to now... will they remember much of it at all? I hope so.

I hope they remember laughing with eachother and with us. I hope they remember playing, discovering new places, cuddling up and watching movies.

Thinking about this really puts things into perspective. Its not about the 'things' you get for your children, its the memories you give them. 

Photo - Pinterest

Blog a day July | day 7

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Day 7 | favourite memory as a child

I'm lucky enough to have many lovely memories of my childhood.

Sadly I lost my dad four years ago, almost to the day. He was only 67. So these days most of the memories that make me smile are of him.

We shared the same sense of humour. Pretty childish really... lots of silly jokes. I remember laughing. A lot.

He was a carpenter and used to take me around with him in his little white van to buy materials and things. Radio 1 playing, whistling away.

Sometimes we would go to a nearby greasy spoon cafe for food. Usually involving chips and ice cream afterwards.

I remember when he tickled me it kind of hurt because his fingers were so strong. But I didn't mind.

My dad was my absolute hero and my partner in crime. He gave me some wonderful memories.

Blog a day July | day 6

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Day 6 | letters of your name in pictures

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Blog a day July | day 5

Friday, 5 July 2013

Day 5 | hidden talent

This was a tricky one... I couldn't really think of any talents at first. I suppose it depends what you class 'a talent'.

I'm ok at singing. Not so much at dancing. 

I'm a pretty good cook, but nothing special.

The more I think about it, the harder it is to say one thing I'm particularly good at.

I always know when someone is lying to me... does that count? I wish I had one very definite thing that I could say is a real talent.

I'm pretty creative and I enjoy planning and creating things - whether it's a themed birthday party for my children or a craft project. I guess one of the more recent talents I've discovered is baking and cake decoration. I'm nowhere near professional standard or anything, but its something I like to do. 

Having to ask myself this question has made me determined to discover my real hidden talent... I'll come back to you on that one!

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Blog a day July | day 4

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Day 4 | a quote that sums up your attitude to life

Image - Pinterest

Since having children I try to remind myself each day to enjoy every last minute. Its hard to believe my little boy is seven this year... where has that time gone? All the more reason to cherish the little things. Its not always easy, but soon he won't want to sneak into our bed for a cuddle in the middle of the night and my daughter will be too 'cool' to hold my hand on the walk to school. 

I love every little stage of their lives, but I hope that day doesn't come too quick.

In the meantime, I will remind myself every day to enjoy the little things.

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Blog a day July | day 3

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Day 3 | Ambition in life (fantasy and reality)

My fantasy ambition for as long as I can remember has been to own a penthouse apartment overlooking Central Park in New York. How I actually envisaged getting to that point has changed over the years. 

When I was at school I always wanted to be an actress. Yawn. Doesn't everyone? 

The more realistic (and more recent) fantasy was to become a successful writer. I have always loved to write and, with a career in PR for the last 15 years, to a degree I have been able to do this as my 'day job'. But my actual role in the industry isn't creative enough for me.

Actually, I'm surprised I haven't started a blog much sooner than this... it wasn't until I discovered a love for reading other people's blogs that it became something of real interest to me. And challenging myself to blog every day (even though I'm only three days in...) I hope will be a good way to establish a regular blogging routine and really embed it as part of my life. 

So I guess that ties in to my 'reality' ambition. If I can keep this blog going as a memento for me and my family in years to come and, who knows, attract more readers along the way, that would mean a great deal to me. 

Of course I have many more ambitions for my family. Raising my children to be happy, kind, confident, generous people will be an ambition of mine fulfilled. Especially if they end up with a penthouse overlooking Central Park! 

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Blog a day July | day 2

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Day 2 | Favourite things to do with your family on a rainy day

I live in Wales. It rains. A lot. Dealing with a six and a five year old with cabin fever is a pretty regular occurrence in our house.

Apart from an hour or so watching TV or playing a video game, there are a number of failsafe indoor activities that never fail to entertain my beanies.

* Baking

I love to bake and my daughter loves nothing more than to 'help' me :) We're big cupcake fans in this house and regularly get out our trusty Primrose Bakery book to whip up a batch. The book also has an amazing recipe for cinnamon buns which are fun for kids to make as you have to knead and roll the dough. Edible play doh!

Baking bunny :)
* Lego

Good old Lego. What would we do without it? Always one of the first things we pull out of the toy cupboard on a rainy day. Dylan is so creative and builds some amazing things. I love to see him using his imagination to build spaceships, houses and his favourite characters.

* A carpet picnic

We used to do this a lot when the beanies were smaller, but they still enjoy it now. They invite all their favourite toys and prepare a delicious spread in their toy kitchen before eating their own lunch alongside them. A carpet picnic is usually followed by some sort of dance party or gymnastics display!

* Build a den

We haven't done this for a while actually and writing this blog post has made me want to get out the spare sheets and make a teepee for the kids to play in. Whenever we've made a den on a rainy day, the kids have spent most of the day playing in it with their toys and even want to eat their meals in there. A great way to fill an otherwise uneventful day!

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Blog a day July | day 1

Monday, 1 July 2013

So I fancy a bit of a challenge and I came across a blog challenge run by Jenni from Story of my Life earlier this year. I thought this was a really nice idea so decided to do a version of this myself. 

I realise the title isn't quite as catchy as it would be had I cottoned on to this in May (!), but I can live with it if you can...

So here's the list:

I'll be tweeting a link to this every day with the hashtag #BlogadayJuly. I'd love it if others would join in too - if you do, please tweet a link to your post and include the hashtag. You can follow me @2beansandabump

So, here goes! 5 random facts about me:

1. I'm welsh and have lived in Wales most of my life, but I can't speak the language. Apart from 'mae pen tost da fi' (my head hurts)
2. I can flare my nostrils but I can't raise one eyebrow and this bothers me
3. I'm addicted to cereal and could eat it for every single meal given half a chance
4. My favourite colours are yellow and green
5. I have never had my legs waxed

I hope you'll join in too :) 

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