Little Wins Collage 110416Although life has been super tough lately, it’s important for me to reflect back, and celebrate our #LittleWins. Writing this post has made me realise that we’ve enjoyed lots of happiness among the dark times. 

The children have been counting down the sleeps until we see Disney on Ice this Saturday for over a month now. Every single morning Polly wakes up and tells me how many days it will be. We’re all looking forward to seeing the show, and the girls have been excitedly discussing their outfits (there’s a huge clue in one of the pics above).

We have seen tons of great friends, and had some awesome days out over the Easter holidays. I’ve said it before and I will continue to say it: I have the most amazing friends. After my post last week about needing a crisis plan, I had countless messages of love and support, and know that I’m extremely blessed to have the people in my life that I do.

I had a brilliant night ‘out out’ with a bestie on Saturday night, and have another one to look forward to this Friday. Check me actually having a social life! I also made it out for my first run of the year last week. These have all provided a much needed boost to my well being, and have helped me feel a lot less meh.

I had an absolutely glowing five star review for Become the Best You, written by a top 500 Amazon reviewer, which you can read here if you wish.    

Hubby and I have been taking it in turns to take one of the girls out most weekends for mini love bombing sessions. It’s been wonderful to spend one on one time with them. 

Little Wins Collage2 110416Freddy’s language skills have taken a huge jump these last few weeks, and he is able to communicate his needs much clearer now. It’s making life a lot easier, because the guess work has been a major cause of frustration for him. Now we just need to get him sleeping better.

Clara’s reading is coming on in leaps and bounds, and she constantly spots letters (and sometimes words) that she knows. “That’s a curly c mama, that’s an f like Freddy”, very lovely to witness and I’m super proud of this achievement. It’s making me a lot more confident in the home education department.

We’ve resurrected the reward chart, and have seen an overall improvement with Polly’s sleep and general bedtime behaviour. It’s not a quick fix, and will take consistency and perseverance, but it has been well worth it so far. If anyone is interested in hearing more about this let me know. I plan on writing about it in depth after we’ve been at it for three months (currently two weeks in).

I was having a shocker of a morning last Friday, and we had a knock on the door at just gone 8am from a courier I wasn’t expecting. When I opened the parcel it was full to the brim with delicious free from everything (including refined sugar) chocolate! I could not believe my eyes, and want to say a huge thanks to Plamil for injecting some much needed happiness when I needed it the most.  We were sent all sorts of flavours (my fave is the mint one), and you would never know that it’s free from. Please do check out their fabulous range.

I’ve really been appreciating the snippets of sunshine when it comes, dare I say out loud that it feels like Spring is finally in the air?

What are your #LittleWins? Tweet them to me  @mummytries and I’ll RT!

Until next time…  

 

LittleWins for Feb 16 To say that February was a month of mixed emotions would be a huge understatement. On the one hand we had lots to celebrate with Clara turning four, Freddy turning two and mine and hubby’s anniversary. On the other hand we had more illness, truly shocking sleep, a disastrous half term, and behaviour that would push the calmest of parents over the edge.

Then yesterday I read a request on a mums Facebook group, asking for donations of food and nappies for a local lady who had to flee her home with her boy whose about F’s age, due to domestic violence. It certainly put my life into perspective, and spurred me on to write this post.

There have been plenty of #LittleWins nestled among the many challenges in February!

Top of the list has to be hubby getting promoted for the second year in a row, I’m so proud of him and everything he is achieving at work.   

A very close second was mine and hubby’s whole day off, where we treated ourselves at the gorgeous K West Spa, had a super relaxing treatment, then stayed overnight in their Hotel. I wasn’t reviewing it for the blog, and it’s not lost on me how fortunate we are to have been able to do this. It was amazing to reconnect and recharge the batteries. Lots of fun while the kids enjoyed Granny and Grandad time.

We had dinner and cocktails nearby, in the fab basement bar underneath the Brook Green Hotel. The barman was seriously talented in the drinks making department, and I’d highly recommend checking out this gem if you’re in the area.

Our seedlings and plants are doing well, fingers crossed they survive the forecasted cold snap on its way for March.

Okay so this one is a bit sad, but I discovered that scrubbing my toilets with a wire wool gets them sparklingly clean in a matter of minutes without using a single chemical. The loos haven’t been this nice since we had the house deep cleaned last summer.

I’ve done tons of planning for my novel in progress, and have written about 20k words now. Another 50k(ish) to go until I have a first draft on my hands. The story is coming together wonderfully, and knowing what I want to write makes it feel a lot less like climbing a mountain when I get the opportunity to put pen to paper as it were. Jotting down rough chapter outlines on index cards has been a big help, huge thanks to Sophie for putting me on to them.

I’ve been making my own Vitamin C and tumeric supplements, which help stave off colds. These little DIY beauts have saved me a small fortune, and I’m toying with the idea of filming a YouTube tutorial if I can find the time.

After a minor disaster last weekend, I ended up having a gorgeous ‘mummy day’ with Clara, where I got to spoil her rotten with my time and love. We went to the cinema, ate fish and chips and hung out in each other’s company for five whole hours. One on one time is so important when you have a bigger family, and we’ve decided to do regular love bombing sessions for both girls. Now that we are home educating, this has become a priority.

And last but by absolutely no means least, we booked a holiday to Greece for May. Less than seventy sleeps to go, the countdown is on…

What are your little wins? Tweet me @mummytries using the hashtag #LittleWins and I’ll gladly RT your post 🙂

Celebrating the Little Wins in Life #LittleWinsMy lovely friend (thanks Sal!) gave me a one line a day five year diary for Xmas, and I’ve been enjoying choosing one positive thing that has happened throughout the course of each day. She also has three small children, including twins, and ponders as much as I do how we’ll remember these years if we don’t write them down 😉 

Although my life can be pretty grinding, it’s good to reflect on the little wins, because no matter how tough a day is, there’s always something to be celebrated. Which is why I’m going to capture them here – not only does it force me to remember that there’s lots to be grateful for, I also think it’ll be nice to look back on these posts and assure myself that we had lots of fun, amid the hard times.

Little Wins for January

After a very gentle introduction to home ed at the end of last year, we have settled into a nice routine. Hubby and I sat down with P and created a timetable together, to ensure it contains all the things that she wants to learn (obvs this isn’t a small win but a massive one). I’ve written a three month update, which you might be interested in.

Now that I’m being super strict with sweet snacks, I’ve seen an overall improvement in the behaviour of all the children. The best thing about not giving them treats for days on end, is that they are super thrilled with whatever I give them when we do have them. They were becoming a bit disdainful of my chocolate mousse and cookies, but are back to loving them. 

Between F not having snacks between meals, and limiting his whole goat milk intake, his appetite has picked up overall, and we’ve seen improvements in the right direction with his sleep. Shock horror, he some times even sleeps all night. After six and a half years of parenting, I think I might have finally found the winning formula – orchestrating it is the tricky part!

P is becoming a proper bad ass with her times tables, and loves getting our little wooden tile game out to play. It’s wonderful watching her be so enthusiastic about learning. Ditto the Spanish memory game that we play, which is a double win because I’m learning too.

I’m getting so much out of being back on my exercise bike, and am proud that I’ve managed a half hour workout every other day this year so far. These 30 minute chunks are excellent writing opportunities, and I’ve been jotting down bits for my novel, or doing a bit of blogging. Gotta love multi tasking.

I’ve written almost two more chapters of Kate’s Story (working title). It only amounts to a few thousand words, but it feels great to be writing something for it. If I can manage to get to the laptop whilst having a flash of inspiration, then I’m all set, but unfortunately this doesn’t happen very often.

Speaking of books, I’m doing a reading for Become the Best You next weekend. To say I am absolutely petrified would be an understatement!

I’ve managed to catch up with lots of lovely friends this month, and had a brilliant time going out for my friends 40th a couple of weeks ago. I am determined to have a bit more of a social life this year.

It was great to finally put a face to the blog when I met Ting from My Travel Monkey for a coffee. She is of course as fab as her site, and her little boy is just adorable.

We realised during the Xmas holidays that hubby’s passport was due to expire in early March, and rather than leave it until the last minute I was super organised and we already have his new one. Ditto agreeing new lease terms for our house. Go me!

My in-laws have been booked for grand children duty next month, so that hubby and I can take C out on her own and spoil her rotten with a day of love bombing for her birthday.

They will return less than two weeks later for a sleepover, so we can get away for our second ever child free 24 hours to celebrate our anniversary.

2016-01-25 11.17.17-1We’ve dug up all the weeds in the garden, and turned the earth in preparation for sowing seeds. I’ve always approached gardening with a ‘can’t do’ attitude and realise now that it was all in my head. Anyone can do it, and I am excited beyond words about attempting to grow food this year. If all goes well we shall have tomatoes, peppers, courgettes, cavolo nero, strawberries, blackberries and blueberries. Watch this space!

What are your little wins? Tweet me @mummytries using the hashtag #LittleWins and I’ll gladly RT your post 🙂