Autumn is here

My favourite season forever and always. I'm a home girl at heart through and through, so a season that allows enough crispness in the air (but not too much to be too cold), allows for layering and presents us with the most beautiful colours in nature will always be my favourite. One that calls for little walks but home for cosiness, spiced everything and the promise of Christmas just round the corner.

Since our move to the other side of the city I find myself catching myself thinking 'how did we get so lucky?'. When people ask how or why I post in the positive 99% of the time it's because I honestly believe I have nothing to complain about regarding everything and anything. Of COURSE I have down days, I have frustrations and worries, we have days where no one is getting along. I have days where I feel lousy or sad or lonely or stressed. I also know I am fortunate for so very much, I am privileged and that privilege to me feels like to focus and share the negatives so often would be to be ungrateful for so much that I have.

That being said, my almost three year old (who thinks she's an almost 13 year old) has tested even my positivity ;) I'm not a saint for sure and I've have moments when she's thrown the 18th tantrum that day about something as major as her tangerine not being peeled to her specifications that I've found myself throwing my own tantrums right back.

For the most part I'm so thankful for this season and its promise of slowing down. I always feel like too much time indoors in the summer is wasted because we are all supposed to be out enjoying the sun (as we never know how much of it we might get I guess). With that comes a certain pressure I think. Autumn makes me slow down and often when the overwhelm overtakes me a little its always a reminder to do so. Isn't Autumn just like the feeling Sunday holds?

The house decorating is coming along nicely now and I feel like it's definitely my version of self-care. I can really switch off when I get into something like painting or wallpapering and don't really find myself flitting from one job to another or checking my phone or whatever. I've now wallpapered the living room and half the kids room (long story ha!) you can see a bit more of the decorating over on my YouTube channel if you fancy a watch. I've noticed a few new faces over there so thanks so much for watching!

One of the things I love so much about moving house is exploring our new area. There is definitely a lot more to do and even if we just have a walk around the harbour after school it really feels like I'm spent more time with Wilf during the week which I love. One day a week we meet up with friends for Wilf to play scrabble with (his fave!) and there are always things going on for us to pass the time at. I really feel like I'm discovering Bristol again, it feels like we are on holiday!

I think thats it for now, but I'll try and check in again later this week! x


Ten things I love Friday - Jumpsuit edition

Jumpsuit with tie belt 
Relaxed Jumpsuit with zip (although this is much cheaper option)
Rust Jumpsuit 
Jersey Overalls 

I LOVE jumpsuits, I'm not sure if it's a getting older and getting a bit lazier but I just appreciate an outfit that just involves putting on one (max two if you have top underneath) and you're good to go.

I'm also finding that my taste in fashion is evolving a little in that I'm shying away from bold prints and colours a little and moving towards more muted and classic tones. Maybe it's age?

I'm definitely falling into the 'will this be OK for the school run and can it be comfy' check list when it comes to buying clothes lately. LOVE this jumpsuit from Stalf Studio for that reason alone.

Other items that I'm coverting at the moment.

This Monki tiger jumpsuit ( I'm loving Monki at the minute!)
Obsessed with this denim jumpsuit 
I have this plain Monki jumpsuit and it's so easy to throw on (and flattering)
Lastly a more 'fancy' one, love the shade of pink

Which one is your fave?!

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That 3.28 break time and our work from home routine

Tom and I just celebrated a year of us working together! It feels longer (in a good way ha!) and I now can't really imagine life any other way. I certainly don't ever take this for granted and feel so lucky we able to both be at home with the kids, even if its only for when they are little.

I'm working with Galaxy in this post to share a new delicious product they've recently brought out, Galaxy Rounds! Available in two flavours, chocolate and salted caramel the combine Galaxy chocolate with shortbread. Tom and I were tasked with the job of giving them a review ( I know, I know but someone has to do it ;)). My favourite was definitely the Galaxy Salted Caramel and Tom was more of an original Galaxy chocolate kind of guy.

Did you know that apparently the average Brit stops work around 3.28pm for a snack? I definitely think that regular breaks keep up sane when working from home, especially working and parenting together we see each other a lot. I'm still working on creating a more definitive work/home life balance, for instance not talking about work over meal times or before 9am. It doesn't always work like that but we're trying to get a bit more routine into our day.

Another things we've been trying to do to keep a bit more order in our lives is only work from the kitchen table rather than bringing our laptops to the sofa. I also find this helps the kids know that we're just catching up on an email or something rather than just browsing the net so they can be busy playing in the living room whilst I'm blogging at the other end of the house but can see them clearly.

As you can see Galaxy also sent us an alarm clock so we can be sure never to miss our 3.28 snack! Wondering if anyone would notice if I reset that alarm for more regular intervals ;)

The new Galaxy Rounds will be a cupboard staple for this work from home environment I think. I'd recommend they become part of yours too!

In Partnership with Galaxy Rounds


Life Lately

It's been almost a month in our new place! I can't believe how quickly these past week weeks have flown by. Somedays I feel overwhelmed with how much I still need to do and I try to remember to not to put too much pressure on myself to make everything perfect all the time.

We are so thankful to be in this new-to-us part of the city it truly feels like we are on holiday every day! We've still got a lot to do but it's amazing to be able to do things after school like taking the kids to galleries or even the garden centre. Where we lived before didn't have places like this that were accessible to walk to so we'd usually save them for the weekend. I love being able to say 'shall we go for a walk round the harbour or go see the new exhibition?' we just feel so lucky and I fortunate to be able to show the kids these things.

I've been having so many lovely chats with Wilf about him question the wider world. Being almost 7 brings us to a different chapter in our relationship. I just love it. His new favourite things are scrabble, chess and building trainset after trainset daily in there new shared bedroom.

Over the weekend we took a trip out of the city to another near by city, Cheltenham. We've only visited once before and it was a lovely. Such beautiful gardens! It's actually only 45 minutes away from us though so we should visit more often really.

If you visiting with kids then I would definitely recommend going to Pitville Park. It's the most amazing adventure type playground with loads to do for all ages. Right next to it is a lake for boating too, so pretty. They also have a cute little cafe which we didn't eat at but I think sold toasties and bits like that. We all have so much fun there (me and Tom enjoyed the zipwire haha!).

Wilf is enjoying his new school after a wobbly first week (understandably) and even has an invite to his first party! I'm so proud of this kid, he's defo had the most change out of all of us. On the days when I'm feeling the most tired with the list of chores for the day I remind myself of his strength and try a little harder.

One thing we havn't been able to sort yet is childcare for Mabli. It's a really family based neighbourhood we've moved to so unlike our old area doesn't have much space for childcare places. We don't really need many hours (she only did 9 hours a week previously) but I think we'd find a happier place workwise if Tom and I had a bit of time without the kids at home in the week.

Thats it for now! I'm hoping to bring some regular feature to the blog and also bring back some of the series I used to do like the 'We Like to Read' one. Do let me know if there any regular posts you'd like to see more of over here, be it kids fashion, interiors or just parenting in general! x
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