Random Ramblings

Happy Blog Birthday To Me!

Yes, today is this little blog’s birthday, four years old today. Those four years have flown by and I can’t really imagine not blogging. My daughter was a preschooler when I started this and my son a baby. Boo’s about to go into KS2 and Little Man’s starting school soon. This blog has grown up with them. This blog has brought me so many wonderful opportunities, introduced me to great products and places, taught me new skills, kept me busy and happy, and has even managed to give me lovely friends. Clever blog! Blogging is a strange old world, one that Read more >

9 British Historical Figures With an Intriguing Past

Regular readers will know how much I love history, so much so that I’m studying it at the moment.  But I’m aware that not everyone is fan, so I thought this might tempt some of you to look a little closer… Curious to know who they are? Have a look at the exciting lives of these British historical figures. 1. Edward VI At the age of just nine Edward VI became King of England. Unfortunately, it only lasted a few years, he died from tuberculosis when he was 15. It’s said that he used to have a savage temper, but who Read more >

Tomorrow I Will Be 40

Or to put it another way, today’s the last day of being in my thirties. I have spent the last few days celebrating, as Friday was the Husband’s 41st birthday and then we had the weekend to ourselves whilst the kids stayed at my mum’s. It was lovely. Today we have Little Man with us so we’ll be off out on an adventure before picking up Boo later. Then tomorrow, on the big day, Little Man will be at nursery, so it’s just the two of us again and I am doing what every self-respecting bookworm does. Visiting a huge second Read more >

SSE: The Energy Behind Women’s Football

Today I’m sharing more about SSE’s commitment to women’s football, at all levels of the game. As a parent, I am keen that my children get chances to try new things, experience different clubs and challenge themselves with different sports. I want to give them access to as many different possible hobbies, skills, and ultimately passions, as I possibly can. And then once they find those favourite pastimes, we will be right here supporting them every step of the way. Living in England, I can’t help but suspect that at some stage, that hobby will be football. It’s been a Read more >

I’m An Agony Aunt!

Yes, you read that right, someone has come to me for advice, I am now an agony aunt! The team over at More Than contacted me recently asking me if I’d like to get involved in their new Agony Aunt feature. Unsure whether I would actually be able to help people, I tentatively said yes thinking that it would be good to give it a try at least. I honestly did not know what to expect, though I had a good idea that I would be helping people with household problems, rather than any emotional issues. So I popped my Read more >

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Making Time For Me

Even as I typed the title, I felt a twinge of guilt. I am not comfortable prioritising time for myself, just to be me. I am busy with home, family, childcare, studying and of course this blog. I run everything at home and I do like being busy and organising things. This blog takes a fair bit of time and maintenance and social media means I’m always on the edge of working. When I’m not physically studying, I’m often mulling information over or planning assignments as I fall to sleep. This all leaves little time for switching off, winding down Read more >

Men’s Wedding Suit Tips

You rarely get the chance to meet up with friends and family to celebrate something important, so weddings are always memorable occasions. Naturally, on such a special day you want to look as good as you can, which means taking the time to go out and buy a special outfit. This is just as important for the men in the family as it is for the women. So, I thought today I would put together some tips to help men to shop for wedding attire. Shop online My first tip is to go online to buy your outfit. Browsing through Read more >

A Wedding Anniversary To Look Forward To

We missed our wedding anniversary last month. Well, when I say missed, we knew it when it came around, we exchanged cards and thoughtful family and friends had sent cards and gifts. But our daughter was ill on our anniversary so the meal we’d planned to go out for didn’t happen and then my girl’s poorliness kind of took over for another week or so, our anniversary forgotten. It was already a strange one as it was the first one that the Husband didn’t have off work, fortunately with hindsight, as plans would have gone by the wayside anyway. We Read more >

Which Wedding Venue Is Right For You?

It’s with a strange and impeccable sense of timing that Simply Be sent over this rather handy infographic to me today about choosing the right wedding venue. You see tomorrow it’s mine and the Husband’s wedding anniversary, so I have actually had my own wedding on my mind today. Take a peek at this, and do tell me, which of these did you, or would you, go for? Please click here to view a larger version We actually went for somewhere between two of these options, as we married in an historic building (I know, you’re surprised I’d choose this!) Read more >

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My New Tea Obsession!

I’ve recently discovered that I am cow’s milk intolerant, so I’m now trying to avoid all cow’s milk products (as well as egg whites, which is a whole other issue). I will share more about the food intolerance testing process and how I’m doing with this soon, but in the meantime, I wanted to talk about tea. I’m actually not a huge hot drinks consumer anyway, so I couldn’t have been taking in that much cow’s milk through them. I do not like coffee at all, I have a fennel tea to start my day off and then I usually drink water Read more >

What were the VERY best things about being a child 50 or so years ago?

I’ve been sent over the details of a survey that’s been completed asking people what were the very best things about being a child 50 or so years ago, and it’s been really interesting reading the results and then reflecting upon my childhood and the differences that I can already see in my children’s. The survey was carried out on behalf of McCarthy and Stone and asked 2000 people over the age of 65 fifteen questions about their childhood. Topping the survey was ‘Playing Outside Until It Got Dark’, followed by ‘Having Respect For Your Elders’ which I suspect is more a Read more >

Is Blogging the Best Job in the World?

Is Blogging the Best Job in the World?

Is blogging the best job in the world? Hmm, not that I’m biased or anything, but I think it comes close for me. The Ambition I read a survey recently about the jobs that the next generation are most keen to do. Being a blogger made it into the top five on that list. It’s funny as when I was little, this wasn’t even a thing, people barely even had computers back then let alone the World Wide Web! My kids see me doing this, but I have to say, they’ve not expressed any desire to be bloggers. Maybe they Read more >

This is the Year that I Turn 40

Ah, hello 2017. I was born in 1977, so yes, this year, I will be 40. It’s a funny old age as it seems to be such a big deal, and clearly I am aware of it as it’s there in my mind as the new year comes in. My birthday’s not until June so it isn’t as though it is right on the horizon. The plans? The Husband’s birthday is four days before mine so we always have those few days off together. His falls on a Friday this year, which just so happens to be a day that Little Read more >

Blog Highlights of 2016!

Ah, a chance to look back over the past year here on the blog and share a few of my blogging highlights, most popular posts and the things that have made me happy. Blog Highlights Where to start? There have been so many great things about blogging this year that I know I’ll miss things out here, so do feel free to remind me. Firstly, as always, it’s the people that blogging brings to you that make it the best. I have some lovely friends who are bloggers, I’ve met so many more great people through various blog events over Read more >

Gorgeous Winter Wear for Kids

If there’s one thing that I do like about winter, it’s winter wear. The scarves, woolly hats, boots and big warm coats. Then underneath all of those clothes there are the jumpers, with shots of glitter and sparkles, tartan prints, chunky cords and more. I do love it, and it’s all about the kids wardrobes, far more so than mine! That’s the great thing about being a child, outgrowing your clothes all the time so that you need new ones! Fortunately, I do like choosing both Boo and Little Man gorgeous clothes to wear over Christmas and then for their outdoors Read more >

Gizmo Saves Christmas!

December is on the horizon now. Christmas music is playing, shops are becoming chaotic, trees are going up, presents are getting wrapped, so I think I can now talk freely about Christmas without it being ‘too early’! I want to talk about Christmas ads, as they seem to be such a huge deal now and a real part of the countdown to Christmas. Today I want to share with you a Christmas advert for animal-lovers, as Vision Direct releases its Christmas campaign for 2016. It is the story of Gizmo the pug, who you may remember from their viral ad Read more >

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