At year's end


Winter is such a cosy time year. It may be cold outside, but the fire is warm and full of wood and belly's are big and full of food.

Christmas this year was peaceful and relaxing. I wrapped all my gifts in recycled brown paper and decorated the house with pine cones and cinnamon sticks. When there are so many natural items to decorate with, it seems silly that we would buy plastic to fill our homes and landfills. I also LOVE Amazon's gift wrapping. They now gift wrap in these adorable, reusable fabric bags. They started doing this last year and I (obviously) kept them to reuse this year. Not only do they make wrapping gifts easier, they look super cute all bundled up under the tree. Another eco friendly win to end the year with. 

After the hustle and bustle of Christmas and New Year I decided to clean the WHOLE house. Mad I know. I think that really I was just procrastinating from doing the mountain of school and extra curricular activities that I have to do. Even now, I don't feel ready to face it. 

I am looking forward to the new year and I have made a few resolutions. But this year I fully intend to go easy on myself and allow for slip ups. As, you know what? We are all human and we are all enough. 

Have a fantastic 2019! 

Let's get real for a moment here...

Aren't these pictures sweet?! My little boys having a little tea and biscuits snack after school. This was a one off. There aren’t enough hours in the week to bake everyday, to play perfect families. It’s just not realistic. Some days I don’t do anything! The worst thing is when I feel bad for being defeated. This is something that I have been steadily improving.

I had a lazyish morning this morning. Luke was happily getting ready for school and so I went and enjoyed a cup of tea. Came back to make sure he was ready to go and he was still in the bath which he had filled to the very brim with more bubbles than a Willy Wonka fizzy lifting drink! This is when I put my face in my palm and take a deep breath. Right….. quickly pull out the plug!

At this point there is only about 15 mins till we need to leave the house. Pull this bubbly hot mess out of the bath and tell him to get dressed as fast as he can. Run downstairs to the breakfast waiting at the table for him and pour the milk, at which point I shout “if you’re not quick your having soggy shredded wheat”. To be fair he was very quick, thank goodness. Breakfast done and there’s a mad dash to the door for shoes and coat and away we go. The school is about 2 miles up the road, and its pouring with rain. So, we are driving.

Drag this little poppet out the car, hand him a book bag and PE bag, his jacket was half on and he was holding some toast and a letter for the teacher. We ran up the hill to the school gates all the while luke’s giggling away about some game he plays on school days. We get to the gate, and I tell him to shove the toast in his mouth and get in class, as I hear the bell ring in the distance. With a huge full mouth of toast, I try to wipe the crumbs off his shirt, tell him “oh, it doesn’t matter about the crumbs, you only live once.”  Gave that little pickle a big toasty kiss and watched him waltz off to the class room.

Some days we are up and ready with time to spare, but some days we aren’t and you know what that’s life. That’s okay. I am happy with that. So long as we are happy and doing the best we can do then, hot mess days are fine.

Home sweet home

I spent this weekend away In London. A 3am start on Saturday and only arrived home last night at 10pm. I am so grateful to have such wonderful friends in my university law society. I am also incredibly grateful to my wonderful boyfriend for taking on full parental responsibilities so often that I get to attend events like this. But there is nothing like home sweet home, after you’ve stayed in a cheap and cheerful hotel in London!

We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful home. When we were house hunting a year ago, this was the first home that we looked at. Although, we went and saw other houses, all four of us picked this as our favourite. And we saw some pretty spectacular Welsh houses, including a five bedroom mansion on a hill! This house was just in the perfect location and has such an amazing character. With our modern extension on the north side of the house and the cosy south side, with the original exposed beams and massive fire place. James and I each have our own offices and the boys have their individual rooms (which are huge!).

I am still working on making our home homelier. We have a huge problem with clutter and it’s something that we must work on daily. Not to mention letting go of things that we don’t use! I love the way the house is looking at the moment. The days are becoming shorter, and I light candles all the time. It’s slowly moving into fall and the cosiness of the house is so welcoming. I would be lying if I said that I didn’t want to light a fire already. I have come to my senses though and decided it is still way too soon.

On a more personal note I have decided after four years of law school that I am going to go for the bar. I have lots of work to do still, but I always assumed I wasn’t good enough. I am on par for a first class law degree and I have just made it to the final of an internal mooting competition. I don’t give myself enough credit! Now all I need to figure out is how to get the £18,000 for the next stage in my studies!