Ever since the Gruffalo trail opened at Colin Glen Forest in Belfast, we have wanted to go. But every time we tried, something else got in the way – as is life! But after I made our Summer Bucket List I made sure it was on our list. Then one day, we packed a picnic & off we went on a Gruffalo Hunt. 

The Gruffalo is a much-loved children’s book throughout the world and it’s also a favourite of my daughter’s. We love nothing more than sitting on her bed together, her little bare toes wriggling with excitement as I read her a bedtime tale.

“A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood”…

Go down to the deep dark wood and go hunting for the terrifying GRUFFALO! Click hrough for loads of fun photos of our Gruffalo adventure!

If I’m honest, I wasn’t sure there was a caterpillar in the story {maybe I missed it?} but this was the first fun character we came across. Of course, it had to be sat on, and a photo posed for. Annabelle now does this hilarious thing where she will stand or lean up against something, shout “Cheese” and regardless of what I am doing – I have to take her picture. She’s so funny. 

Go down to the deep dark wood and go hunting for the terrifying GRUFFALO! Click hrough for loads of fun photos of our Gruffalo adventure!

Go down to the deep dark wood and go hunting for the terrifying GRUFFALO! Click hrough for loads of fun photos of our Gruffalo adventure!

Go down to the deep dark wood and go hunting for the terrifying GRUFFALO! Click hrough for loads of fun photos of our Gruffalo adventure!

Go down to the deep dark wood and go hunting for the terrifying GRUFFALO! Click hrough for loads of fun photos of our Gruffalo adventure!

Go down to the deep dark wood and go hunting for the terrifying GRUFFALO! Click hrough for loads of fun photos of our Gruffalo adventure!

The structures that we found throughout the ‘Deep Dark Wood’ were so much fun and of course, kids being kids had to stand, climb and crawl all over them. Annabelle refused to believe that she could not perch herself next to Owl. Oh, the determination of a preschooler! 

We set out to hunt for a Gruffalo and a Gruffalo we did find. The walk around Colin Glen was longer than a thought but made for a really lovely walk all the same. Thankfully, as gloomy as the weather was that day, it stayed dry. But after our trek around the forest, on our hunt for the Gruffalo we needed food – so we headed round to the little cafe at the front of the Glen. I was surprised to see this adorable little book nook – which the kids made use of – as I enjoyed a cup of tea & a cheeky chocolate muffin in peace. 

On this little day trip with the kids not only did we tick another exciting thing off our Summer bucket list – but I even managed to record and edit a little video. This is something I am trying to do over the summer, to capture our special memories together. So hopefully I’ll have a few more of these made over the summer to share but for now, I hope you enjoy this one. 

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It’s coming. Someone you love has a birthday soon. And, it’s not just any birthday. It’s a milestone birthday. Maybe it’s a 21st birthday or maybe a 50th birthday. It doesn’t matter. You know the old standby gifts just won’t do.

This year, it has to be special. Don’t worry. Whether you’re looking for birthday gift ideas for her, him, Mom, Dad or a child soon to turn 21, you have some great options. Here are a few clever and out of the ordinary gifts for that special someone.

Make It Personal

Milestone birthdays generate a lot of emotion. A young person turning 21 may not have ambivalent feelings about his birthday, but someone who’s turning 30 or 40 might.

Many who hit milestones evaluate where they are in life and, if they aren’t where they expected to be, they may not feel much like celebrating. What better way to lift the spirits than a personalised gift to show how much they mean to you?

A personalised birthday book is one of the most loving and unusual gifts you’ll find. You create a customised book which can be online only or printed in soft or hard cover. Ask friends and family to contribute favourite stories and photos about the recipient, choose a cover photo, arrange the book’s pages, select a title and order. A personalised book is a gift that celebrates a life. It’s a good bet your loved one will cherish it for years to come.

Books can be personalised in other ways as well. For example, you can order a New York Times Custom Birthday Book for your loved one’s milestone birthday. The book commemorates front pages from the Times each year since the recipient’s birth. Bound in a stately library binding, books featuring front pages from The Washington Post and Los Angeles Times are also available.

Other personalised items that make memorable gifts include throw pillows, life story framed art and “birth year to remember” prints.

Meaningful Gifts that Keep On Giving

The movement away from acquiring “things” toward more meaningful lives is a current trend. A milestone birthday is a perfect time to think not about giving a gift to someone who already has everything, but a gift that means something.

Here are a few great examples of gifts that won’t end up shut away in a dresser drawer.

  • Cooking Class: Perhaps your loved one loves to cook or would like to learn. Most communities offer classes to teach beginners and give experienced cooks new ideas. If cooking isn’t an interest, look into the other classes offered within your community. Classes are fun and the lessons learned last a lifetime.
  • Charitable Donations: Does your recipient love animals? How about making a generous donation to an animal rescue group in the birthday person’s honour? There are countless charities working for the greater good. One is sure to match the interests of your loved one. Check the validity of the charity before giving by visiting Charity Navigator first, however.
  • Herb Garden Kit: Herb garden kits come in various sizes that fit most living spaces. Kits supply everything the budding herbalist needs to plant and grow herbs, including container, potting soil and seeds. Other garden-related ideas include purchasing and planting perennials around the recipient’s home or a raised garden kit. Plants are a constant source of joy, sure to be appreciated for years to come.

Your loved one deserves a special gift on this most important of birthdays. Make sure yours shows them just how much you really care.

 

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As a Super Busy Mum, walking is something I do a lot of; from school runs, walks to parks etc. So opting for a comfortable walking shoe is something I think is really important. We only get one pair of feet, so it’s only fair to take care of them. Millet Sports recently got in touch & asked me if I would like to review something from their range of walking shoes. The range available is very good & chose a pair of Salomon X Ultra 2 GTX Women’s Walking Shoes to review. 

Normally, I would opt for a walking boot over a walking shoe, so I was keen to see how they would feel in comparison. The other feature that I really drew me to choose the Salomon GTX walking shoe was its design. I really like how it was designed like a running shoe yet provides the protection & support of a hiking shoe. I have always found both running shoes & hiking footwear to be really comfortable. So having the chance to review a hybrid of the two was quite exciting to me. 

It didn’t take them long to arrive and I have to say, I geeked out a little. Other girls freak out over new Gucci bags {Lord knows why!} and the latest mobile phones – for me? It’s walking shoes!  

This is my review for the Saloman Women's Walking shoe from Millet sports - Click through to my post to see more photos and what I thought of them!

When I opened the box, I thought the black and purple really complimented each other. I also really loved the low cut shoe design – and at a glance, I knew they were going to be comfortable. 

This is my review for the Saloman Women's Walking shoe from Millet sports - Click through to my post to see more photos and what I thought of them!

Another feature of the Salomon GTX walking shoe that I liked was the Quicklace system – which enables a fast and easy adjustment of the laces and they never untie or loosen.  This feature was another first for me because I have previously always had laces to tie. I do think the Quicklace system is a real game changer in footwear, it’s super easy to be ready to go and having the reassurance that you can have no loose laces is pretty cool. 

This is my review for the Saloman Women's Walking shoe from Millet sports - Click through to my post to see more photos and what I thought of them!

This is my review for the Saloman Women's Walking shoe from Millet sports - Click through to my post to see more photos and what I thought of them!

The Salomon GTX walking shoe ticks all of the boxes. The high-traction contagrip, in particular, is impressive.  I am forever taking the children down to local creeks, up onto the hills and into forests so it’s great to know whatever the surface I’m going to be supported. 

This is my review for the Saloman Women's Walking shoe from Millet sports - Click through to my post to see more photos and what I thought of them!

This is my review for the Saloman Women's Walking shoe from Millet sports - Click through to my post to see more photos and what I thought of them!

Gore-tex® footwear has always been a love of mine, so knowing that these have a Gore-tex waterproof membrane is a plus for me. Having the knowledge that I could wear these shoes pretty much anywhere, and know that my feet would stay warm, dry & comfortable was a great feeling. We have a local woodland with a river/creek nearby running through it and knowing I can wear these, and still be able to help the children across streams etc without getting my feet wet is great. 

This is my review for the Saloman Women's Walking shoe from Millet sports - Click through to my post to see more photos and what I thought of them!

The Ortholite performance insoles work amazingly well. I really am a fan of footwear that can provide everything from comfort, waterproof capability as well as being breathable. I know it sounds like such a geeky thing to say, but breathable footwear makes me happy. 

This is my review for the Saloman Women's Walking shoe from Millet sports - Click through to my post to see more photos and what I thought of them!

Over all, the Salomon X Ultra 2 GTX Women’s Walking Shoes, in my opinion, are exceptional. They tick all of the boxes for me, they look great, they’re waterproof, breathable, have an outstanding grip on the soles and I know will last me for years to come. Great walking shoes like this are an investment and if taken of, will last you for years. I can’t wait to see the adventures me & my new walking shoes have together. Oh, the places we will go…

Disclosure: This product was sent to me for the purpose of my review. All thoughts, photos & opinions are entirely my own. 

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We are so excited that the Summer holidays are finally here and are so ready for a break from routine. We have lots of fun things planned and this year, they’ll be on a budget too – always helpful! Even though some of the things on our Summer Bucket List are on a budget, we are still going to have the best time!

Life isn’t about the amount of money you spend to go here or there, but the memories you make on the most amazing adventures. There are lots of fun things we would love to achieve as a family this year, and the majority of these we have never done before. Like, go fruit picking, or body boarding, or even something as simple as hunting for rocks, painting them and putting them into our garden. I’ve made a little collage to share with you guys what we plan to do and hopefully tick them off along the way. 

Summer Bucket List {2017}

Our Summer Bucket list of fun for 2017 - Click over to our post to read more!

I have put in some big trips, such as travelling to Dublin Zoo & Castlerock to take the kid’s body boarding. Both of which I think will be much better staying overnight. Ruling out any late evening journeys home with tired children {& frazzled parents}. I love that we will be building our own bird houses, which blends in with a few plans I have for the back garden – along with painting rocks. 

I’m currently waiting for our caterpillars being sent from Insect Lore – this is an activity Annabelle loved to do in preschool, so I’m excited to start that. And as you can see, we have lots of other fun things planned too. I hope to vlog our summer, in week blocks {wish me luck for that!} and I’m also sharing 100 days of Summer over on my Instagram feed – if you fancy a peek at what we’ve been up to over our first week of the summer holidays. 

I’d love to hear your plans for the summer, so let me know in the comments below! 

D xx

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There is always one shop that I can count on for all kinds of stationery books, craft bits, reading books, recipe cards and so much more. The Works is without a doubt one of my all time favourite stores. It’s the best shop for anyone with a children’s storybook and/or a stationery addiction. I have both! 

They have scores & scores of children’s storybooks to choose from and I love that they will change every so often. Giving us new and exciting titles to choose from. My youngest daughter loves choosing new books to add to her collection each time we visit the store. 

Aside from children’s books, The Works have an amazing range of stationery goods; everything from sketch pads, charcoal pencils, watercolour paints, easels and quite frankly, I could go on. My eldest girl loves to draw, in fact, it’s all she ever does! The Works provides everything my little doodler could ever need and I love, as the paying parent, how affordable it all is. 

A review of some of the products available from The Works - Books, Fidget spinners and so much more!

On our recent visit to our local store we bought a selection of new books {no surprises there!}, a replacement fidget spinner and a case for my son, as well as a display file to hold all of my daughter’s stray drawings.

A review of some of the products available from The Works - Books, Fidget spinners and so much more!

A review of some of the products available from The Works - Books, Fidget spinners and so much more!

A review of some of the products available from The Works - Books, Fidget spinners and so much more!

A review of some of the products available from The Works - Books, Fidget spinners and so much more!

A review of some of the products available from The Works - Books, Fidget spinners and so much more!

I have never seen these fidget spinner cases before and even though they cost £1 more than the fidget spinner itself, I knew it would be an investment. My son recently spent a good portion of his pocket money {£10} on a heavy duty fidget spinner, which broke after having it for one week. I think these fidget spinner cases are a neat idea, and my son was pleased to have one bought for him alongside his new chrome fidget spinner.

A review of some of the products available from The Works - Books, Fidget spinners and so much more!

I can see me buying quite a few more of these in the distant future because as I said earlier in the post, my daughter literally never stops doodling. She has sketch pad after sketchpad filled with her creative doodles and now she is onto individual sheets of paper. So these A4 display books are great and will hold up to 40 of her drawings – keeping them all neat & tidy & not just strewn all over the place {as per!}. 

A review of some of the products available from The Works - Books, Fidget spinners and so much more!

Lastly, I saw these gorgeous little guys on social media a few weeks ago, completely forgot about them {naturally} so once I spotted the Worry Monster I knew it had to come home with us. My kids are huge worry warts, my eldest daughter in particular. Going to sleep, or at the very least trying to get a good night sleep with worries hanging over you is never good. Which is why I love the idea of these cute little Worry Monsters. 

The idea is, you write down all of your worries before you settle down to go to sleep, pop those worries into the Worry Monster’s belly. Then as your child sleeps at night, you sneak in, like the ninja that you are, and remove the worries. When morning comes your child’s worries will ‘in theory’ have vanished. It’s a cute idea, don’t you think? 

Are you a fan of The Works, I’d love to hear what you go in to shop for! Let me know in the comments below. 

*This is a collaboration post with The Works. 

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When I was planning my daughter’s 12th birthday party I had all kinds of cool ideas to make it fun for Ellie & her friends. I think I did a pretty good job, but me being me, I do love to go a bit overboard. I swear it’s my signature touch to any party I have ever put together for my kids. For example, sitting up until all hours finishing this Finding Dory cake for my youngest’s 4th birthday back in January. 

For my daughter’s birthday, her Dad & I booked a Hummer Party Bus {from Keith’s Limos in Belfast} then they would come home to a movie themed party. Which involved all the camera, lights & action, a chocolate fondue with all the mini treats you could imagine and a Fairground Candy Grabber from the online store, Prezzybox.

Who doesn’t love a grabber machine!?

I know when I was little I was drawn to these machines with a weird and unexplainable gravitational pull, and this mini version was no different. As soon as the girls came back from their disco-fueled party bus experience, this was the first thing they saw. And in no time at all, they were giggling and screeching as they tried to win themselves some sweets & treats. Not that they needed anymore! 

The candy grabber is super easy to set up. It requires 3 D-sized batteries, which if I’m honest I just picked up a few packets from a local Pound Store. Much cheaper and they’ve not needed to be changed yet. To get candy into the machine you need to screw the lid off, which requires a small star headed screwdriver.

There is a little removable slot on the top of the candy grabber machine however when I first opened it {with no batteries} the grabber’s arm was in the way of me adding anything to the machine. However, after batteries were put in and the arm could be moved, it meant I could refill the machine more easily. 

To activate the Fairground Candy Grabber you insert one of the plastic coins into the coin slot and the funky fairground style music will begin. The aim of this game is to grab yourself some candy before the music runs out. The music speed increases the closer you get to the end of the time given – it really gets your blood rushing as you race against the machine to win some candy. I love hearing the kids screech as they cheer each other on to win. 

This made such a great feature for my daughter’s twelfth birthday party, the girls won loads of candy! The Fairground Candy Grabber RRP for £27.99.

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A review for the Fairground Candy Grabber from Prezzybox - Click through for my review.

Disclosure: This product was sent to me for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, photos & opinions are entirely my own. 

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For the first time this year {I think} we’re late sharing our latest Me and Mine photos! I take total responsibility because I feel like I’ve blinked and the entire month of June has vanished. Does anyone else feel like that?

The missing month aside I’m so thankful I take as many photos as I do or I would quite literally not remember a single thing we got up to. I mentioned over on my Siblings in June post about it being one giant blur. It’s been pretty crazy, truth be told!

I cannot tell you how excited we all are that the summer holidays are finally here. We are in desperate need of a break, to relax, to enjoy each others company & to make some epic memories. Which is what the summer holidays are all about, right? 

I have a few exciting things planned for the summer. Firstly I plan to try {emphasising the ‘try’} to share a fortnightly vlog. Vlogging is something that I don’t feel comfortable doing at all, but it is something I think would be great to have to look back on. I think the biggest hurdle is going to be remembering to pick up my camera as I do anything worth recording. That will be a very tricky habit to programme me into doing, but we will see how it goes. 

My Husband will be working away from home for 3 weeks in July, so it will be just me & the smalls. So that should make for interesting viewing – shots of me rocking back & forth in a corner covered in cake sounds like it could be about right.

This month’s, or last months? Me and Mine photos are in true last-minute-fashion because as I mentioned at the start of the post, June vanished and time was not on my side. So we all huddled out into our horrendous back garden, attempting to use our crappy shed as a rustic background – did it work? As well as really bad attempts at ‘rustic photo backgrounds’ here is our June Me & Mine project. 

Our Me and Mine Photography project for June 2017! Click through to see more fun photos!

Our Me and Mine Photography project for June 2017! Click through to see more fun photos!

Our Me and Mine Photography project for June 2017! Click through to see more fun photos!

So, that’s our Me and Mine photos for June! I cannot wait to see what July brings – the adventure, the laughter {the stress of bickering kids!} but most of all, I hope it brings the sunshine!

D xx

 

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For my Siblings, June has been a whirlwind month here at the SBM HQ! It’s been full of birthday’s & Father’s Day celebrations, trips to local Funfairs, Primary school visits & preschool graduations. I had to come to the realisation of turning 37, as well my eldest daughter becoming Twelve. And all within a week of each other! Those were a lot of changes to process and if I’m honest the month of June went by in a gift buying, party planning, school term finishing blur. 

In the world of parenting, days and weeks {even months} can blend into one large mass. Which is why I am so thankful I take so many photos of my little Siblings. Going through them all each month help me to remember what we got up to as a family and then I can document them in here, on our digital family diary or sorts. 

The month of June saw my children kick butt in their Summer exams {Ellie!}, win more awards for his love of football {Jacob!} and my little Preschooler officially graduating, {Annabelle!}. We’ve also had some amazing weather in June too, two weeks of constant blue skies & super hot sunshine. Us Irish folk aren’t usually ones to complain, but my goodness, our fair skin was not built for some temperatures! We still loved every ice-cream-for-lunch-and-dinner moment of it! 

A post sharing my Siblings in June.

Ellie had no idea that the StepDad was about to attack! I love that he photobombed this photo! 

A post sharing my Siblings in June.

Ellie’s surprise….Jacobs’ face! What’s not to love about this photo! 

A post sharing my Siblings in June.

A post sharing my Siblings in June.

A post sharing my Siblings in June.

Jacob being just the best big Brother…ever! 

A post sharing my Siblings in June.

And again. He’s such a sweetheart – helping his little Sister up a hill after preschool. 

A post sharing my Siblings in June.

Poor Jacob! 

A post sharing my Siblings in June.

A post sharing my Siblings in June.

He may be tortured by his Big & Little Sisters but he is so incredibly loved. 

A post sharing my Siblings in June.

Annabelle clearly had her sassy pants on when I captured this moment. 

I do worry that the craziness of each month would cause me to not capture the kids together, but we did quite well in June. Capturing these monthly photos of my children is so incredibly important to me, and I am so thankful for this Siblings project!

In June, Ellie loved:
Drawing {she never stops!}
Celebrating her 12th birthday with family!
Going on a Hummer party bus & having a birthday party sleepover with friends
Going to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol:2 {Finally!}

Jacob loved:
Saving up to buy himself a game.
Getting another trophy & medal from his wee Football club!
Finishing school for the summer!
Starting to plan his birthday party for August! 

Annabelle loved:
Playing Roblox! {Her new love!}
Painting with rollers & cars
Graduating preschool!
Getting new Spiderman shoes!

See you in July!
D xx

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In the final week of my children’s school year, I forgot one vital component – Gifts for Teachers! I don’t know why or how that skipped my mind, but it did. So I took to Pinterest {as per} for some inspiration, popped out to the shops for some bits & got to work. I found some super adorable gift ideas for my children’s teachers, so I thought I’d bundle them into a post to share with you all. 

Smart Cookie Jar

This is a super sweet idea that I came across on Pinterest and I knew it would make the perfect gift for my son’s Primary school Teachers. Each one cost £3 to put together and if you own a printer & laminator at home, well you’re onto a winner. Alternatively, you could just print a tag and skip laminating it, but I thought to do that gave the overall look quite a nice finishing touch.

I picked up the clip lock jar {that so far from what they are actually called by the way!} from a local B&M for £1.99 each and a box of Cadbury cookies for £1.  Of course, you could bake your own cookies, but this Super Busy Mum didn’t have the time for that – so these were shop bought. You can find the “Thanks to you I’m one Smart Cookie” printable tag, here

Gifts for Teachers - A quick, simple & cheap DIY gift for a Teacher. "Thanks to you I'm one smart cookie" printable tag is available on the post too. Pop over & check it out!

Gifts for Teachers - A quick, simple & cheap DIY gift for a Teacher. "Thanks to you I'm one smart cookie" printable tag is available on the post too. Pop over & check it out!

Gifts for Teachers - A quick, simple & cheap DIY gift for a Teacher. "Thanks to you I'm one smart cookie" printable tag is available on the post too. Pop over & check it out!

“Thanks for helping me Grow” Plant pot

This idea {that I also found over on good old Pinterest} is the cutest & I knew it would make the perfect gift for my littlest ladies Preschool Teachers. Again, very cheap – the pots {along with the little ceramic bases} cost £5 {2 x pots & 2 x bases} from the local garden centre. Each Pepper plant cost £2.99.

As for the details, I just painted the rim of the plant pot yellow & added little markings to look like a ruler. You can download & print the “Thanks for helping me grow” tags here

Cute & Simple DIY inspired Gifts for Teachers. Check out the post for more sweet ideas.

Cute & Simple DIY inspired Gifts for Teachers. Check out the post for more sweet ideas.

Cute & Simple DIY inspired Gifts for Teachers. Check out the post for more sweet ideas.

Cute & Simple DIY inspired Gifts for Teachers. Check out the post for more sweet ideas.

Cute & Simple DIY inspired Gifts for Teachers. Check out the post for more sweet ideas.

Cute & Simple DIY inspired Gifts for Teachers. Check out the post for more sweet ideas.

Apple Pencil Jar

This was another very simple DIY Teacher Gift craft to put together. I have loads {perhaps too many!} glass mason style jars in my cupboards so I used one of those for this craft. All you need is a mason jar with a screw top lid. You can get ones that the centre of the lid comes out, or you can cut the hole yourself. I used spray on adhesive to add to the inside of the jar and sprinkled red glitter. You can paint the lid green however green was the only paint I didn’t have in our craft drawer. Typical. I then added a little string with two little apple leaves that I printed off the internet. You can find the apple leaves clipart, here. This cost me £2 to put together, {£2 for 2 packets of pencils}.

Gift for Teacher idea - a cute Apple pencil jar. Very easy to make, why not pop over to the post to see how!

Gift for Teacher idea - a cute Apple pencil jar. Very easy to make, why not pop over to the post to see how!

Gift for Teacher idea - a cute Apple pencil jar. Very easy to make, why not pop over to the post to see how!

Candle Gift

This simple Candle gift was another find on Pinterest. The candle cost me £2.99 from a local B&M store and all I added was this cute “You are Scent-sational” tag and added it to the jar with a little string. 

Gift for Teacher idea - a sweet "You are Scent-sational" candle gift.

Gift for Teacher idea - a sweet "You are Scent-sational" candle gift.

I hope these cheap & cheerful Gifts for Teachers ideas are helpful. They were lots of fun to make and I know they have made my children’s teachers very happy! I have made a Pinnable “Gifts for Teachers” image in case you’d like to pin this post for another time! 

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Cheap & cheerful Gift ideas for Teachers - End of School gift ideas. Click through to the post to see more!

Enjoy your Summer everyone!!

D xx

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What a weekend! It’s safe to say that we’re all a little bit tired after the last few days. It was full on, super busy but also lots & lots of fun. It all kicked off on Friday, which was my eldest daughter’s birthday. I wrote a blog post called Twelve if you’d like to check that out. We showered her in balloons, confetti, cards and love before she went off to school for the day.

Thankfully, Friday was quite relaxing because I was able to prep a little for the party day {on Saturday} and attempt to get our house into order. Our home is constantly falling into utter chaos and sometimes I just wish you could shake it like an etch-a-sketch and start all over again! Do you ever wish that? Of course, you do!

To celebrate Ellie turning twelve, we got a squad of family & friends together to enjoy a lovely meal at Cosmo in Victoria Square, Belfast. This venue was upon Ellie’s request and let’s be honest, you can’t go wrong with an all-you-can-eat buffet dinner! I even organised a birthday message to come over the speakers {Birthday song included!} in an attempt to embarrass her, but she wasn’t phased one little bit.

Dinner was a success which meant the next day was to be party day. By this point, which was 10pm at night I still hadn’t baked her cake nor had I everything ready for the following day. Looking back I’ll be honest, I do this to myself every single time. I am only one little person & I am forever taking on far too much. But somehow I manage to pull it off, every single time. Bar the cake {this time} – I’m good but I lacked in a Tardis to allow me more time, sadly!

Birthday girl

Confetti cannon

I think it is safe to say that Ellie had a real birthday fueled weekend. From her presents, dinner with family & friends, having a disco in a Party Hummer {from Keith’s Limos} and having a fun sleepover with some of her closest friends. By Sunday lunchtime I was a broken woman, but my girl was happy and that was my main goal. 

Now I can have a little breather before my little Jacob’s 9th birthday in August – he’s after a football themed party, so I had best get planning! 

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“Anyone can be a Father, but it takes someone special to be a Daddy”. 

The saying above rings so true for us as a family, and I guess with this day and age we’re more of a normal family than we realise. I have an ex-husband and we co-parent with our children – I mean, that’s the best possible example to set for our children, right?

My children not only have their own Dad, who they love very much and spend most weekend’s with, but they have a StepDad too. However, we don’t use the term StepDad really, because well, if I’m honest I don’t really know why. My husband has been in their lives since they were very young, Jacob being just two years old when they met for the first time.

Through the years he has read bedtime stories, wiped away tears, been a true homework hero, comforted, cooked, and cleaned up after them and treated them like his own. Like a Dad should. He doesn’t see himself as their Dad, but he does seem them being his family. He’s a bonus Dad in their eyes and I really love that. Having two male Father figures in your life, both loving you, both wanting you to succeed in life and who both have your back, 100% can never be a bad thing.

Being the male role model they see 90% of every week is a huge responsibility and my darling man has taken it on with nothing but pride and honour. He regularly says to me that he sees them as his {in a way} and will treat them no less as that. They have their moments and we have our fair share of arguments and fallouts. What family doesn’t have those! But they look up to him for advice, help, guidance and whatever else they feel they can go to him for.

Them having that bond and that relationship is so very important to me. Bringing in someone new to your family unit can be a bumpy road, but thankfully ours wasn’t too rocky and we smoothed it out to form a beautiful family unit. 

My husband celebrates the day because he has a daughter of his own, but Father’s Day is for Stepdad’s too. It’s a shame that the Father’s Day cards for StepDads are so minimal in stores {hopefully that changes!} but I love that his ‘bonus kids’ shower him in gifts, cards, hugs and chants of “Happy Father’s Day” too. He deserves it and as I sit here typing this I realise that I do have enough photos of the children and their Dad/Bonus Dad. I’ll certainly change that!

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