Tuesday, 23 February 2016

We've all been there right? Days when you feel rubbish at everything. You feel like you've done everything wrong from the minute you wake up, to the minute you drop your knackered head onto the pillow at night. All you want to do is crawl inside a bag of tangy cheese Doritos and not come out until tomorrow.

Days when you've forgotten that you are bloody good at stuff.

So to remind myself, and anyone else who has those days too, I made a little video about all those amazing mum skills we all use every, single day. But might not remember.

Let me know if you can think of any others I may have missed. I'm sure there must be loads, cos us mums are awesome!

Now where are my Doritos?

The giggles | The Ordinary Moments

Monday, 22 February 2016

This little man really makes me laugh. All three of my children do. It's one of the things I love most about being a mum. Being silly, messing about and playing with them. Being an adult can be pretty dull sometimes and I've never been someone that takes things too seriously... unless I really have to.

On this particular day, it was dull and rainy outside and everyone was feeling pretty... meh. So we decided to batten down the hatches, call in emergency chocolate supplies and declare it a pyjama day. The best kind of day.

Ayden loves to play with his brother and sister, but he's just as happy to be left alone with a bucket of Lego minifigures. He'll occupy himself for hours with those. But lately he's been coming to find me to play more often. Putting out his little hand and dragging me somewhere to play.

He's nearly three now and is the funniest, most mischievous little thing. He's such good company and has a great sense of humour. I love seeing how their personalities change and develop at this age. 

Dylan and Meryn are that bit older and, although they love nothing more than snuggling on the sofa with me to watch a movie or having tickle fights with daddy, they also love playing on their own on their iPads or in their rooms. Don't get me wrong, some days this is great. I can actually get things done! But sometimes I miss them following me around and being dependent on me to entertain them.

So I'm clinging on to the little hand that comes to find me and drag me off to play. Everything else can wait.

Love music

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

We don't go overboard for Valentine's Day. The perfect romantic night for me is a night at home with red wine, good food and music. And my husband, obvs. Every so often, we turn off the TV and our phones and just listen to Spotify on the laptop. For hours on end. And those are my favourite nights. Just chatting and listening to our favourite songs. So for all those music lovers out there, here's a Valentine's Day wishlist in case you're looking for gift ideas.

Listening to music through the laptop is fine, but the sound quality would be so much better with wireless speakers. It's one of those things I keep meaning to buy, but never get around to it. So these Panasonic hifi speakers are top of my list. Hello, surround sound!

I've been lusting after these Frends headphones for aaages. So pretty, but I just can't justify buying them for myself. If only I could convince my husband that he needs some rose gold headphones and that he really wants to share them with me!

Oh, how I wish I'd kept all my 80s and 90s vinyl. Who'd have guessed I'd be recollecting it all 20 years on. I've managed to pick up a few since we invested in our record player last year, but I'd love to add some more classics to our collection. I'm in a bit of a 90s rock mood at the moment, so I'd love anything by Pearl Jam, Nirvana and Counting Crows. 

Speaking of which, if I didn't already have one, a Crosley Cruiser turntable would be right at the top of my wishlist. It might be a little extravagant for Valentine's Day, but I'd definitely recommend for a birthday or anniversary gift.

I hope you enjoyed my round-up of music-lover gift ideas. What would be at the top of your Valentine's wishlist?

* This is a collaborative post. All words and opinions are my own.