Summer Journal plans & free printables

My children’s school finished last week for their summer holidays and we could not be more thrilled. The children {and us} have been dragging our heels more and more during those final few weeks and the kids, if anyone, needed a little time off. So far, the slow mornings have been wonderful & the bickering has been kept to a minimum, although, knowing my luck I may have just jinxed myself. Hopefully not though… On the last day of the school year, my two youngest receive their school reports. Both of them did wonderfully, I’m one proud Mama! However, there…

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10 things to pack for a day at the beach

The kids break off school this week {so excited!} for their summer holidays and I am thrilled. Over the last few weeks, you could see them getting more and more tired. So they’re as ready for the summer as I am. Anything for a break from packing those lunchboxes every morning and trying to get them into school before the bell! We are now looking forward to slow mornings, picnics at the park and if the weather is kind, days out at the beach.  We absolutely love the beach and Northern Ireland has some stunning coastal beaches; so there are…

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My Couch 2 5K journey | Week One

Last week, a friend of mine asked me to get involved in a virtual race. Now, I don’t know about you, but I had never heard of a virtual race before. Have you? It will be a 5k park run, which is around 3.1 miles {God, help me!}; and achieving this will be a huge undertaking, for me personally. My friend, on the other hand, is a seasoned marathon madman! And could no doubt, do 5k in his sleep. But nevertheless, I am not one to bow down from a challenge, so I said yes. And in the spirit of being…

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Oh, the plans I have for our master bedroom!

Our bedroom and I think I have said this on the blog before, is a hub for laundry. Aren’t they all? Not just laundry you understand, but other stray pieces of the house that either need dumped, given to charity or put into the loft – and if I am completely honest? I still have an elf on the shelf box next to my bed, with a blanket draped over it. Bad, I know and I can’t see much point in putting it back in the loft at this point either. Do you? So, along with the laundry and other…

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3 steps for a smooth transition back to work after kids | Guest post

When that time comes to return to work after having children, you may be a little lost on how you can make the transition a smooth one. While the last few months or years will have largely consisted of nappy changing, catering meals for fussy eaters, coordinating nap times and diffusing tantrums, when the time comes to head back to the workforce, here are three easy steps to help make the transition considerably easier. 1. Define your ideal work-life balance The first step to returning to work is defining what type of work-life balance will work best for your family.…

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What you need to know about ketogenic diet and alcohol

One popular question on the mouths of most people looking to go down the ketogenic road is if one can mix a ketogenic diet with alcohol. The fact remains that you don’t have to sacrifice your social life completely, although you will have to make some sacrifices to be able to reach your weight loss goals. When on a ketogenic diet, you need to avoid foods that are rich in carbs and shift to a fat based diet to provide your system with the energy that it requires. If you are looking to start a keto diet meal plan, then…

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Self care tips for new Mothers

Being a mother is a rewarding, challenging and often chaotic experience. Investing in yourself will make you stronger, which in turn makes you better equipped to be the type of parent that you aspire to. Therefore, take some time to identify what will assist you to be happy, healthier and more productive. Read below for our top self-care tips. Take a few moments for yourself Easier said than done when you have little faces peeping into the bathroom when you want to pee in peace! But, if you want to have that cup of tea while it’s warm or spend…

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Looking into UK Walking holidays with Inntravel #GastroTrail

When I think of a holiday with the husband and kids, I’ll be honest, a walking holiday isn’t at the forefront of my mind. But after looking into them a bit more, it is something I would seriously consider doing. The UK is a stunning country, truly and if you have never been to our shores then you are missing a treat. From cosy pubs to English rose-filled gardens. Fields of romantic heather-clad moorlands to majestic coastlines.  Inntravel, UK Walking holiday specialists {the slow holiday people!} offers self-guided activity holidays throughout Europe & beyond and have done so since, 1954. The range…

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Tips to teach our children how to save

As parents, we have a responsibility to give our children the skills they will need to enjoy a happy and successful life. Just as it is better to encourage a child to enjoy sport before they become unfit and a healthy diet before they put weight on, time spent showing your child how to look after their pennies will pay dividends throughout the rest of their lives. Quite often their eyes will quickly glaze over and their attention will soon be grabbed by their games console unless you make this most serious of subjects fun. That is why I have…

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