Life Lately

A bunch of photos from the past little while I just have to share to this space. I can't believe I didn't share the snow pics yet! It feels like just the other day but somehow the months have flown by.
I have to say February was a tough month for us with illness after illness, we are mid March now and FINALLY over it all (please please let us all not get sick for a while).

First off I got the flu which was super rough, I've only ever had flu once before (when I was a teenager) and my gosh I forgot how bad it was. I was pretty much hallucinating at one point. There's nothing like feel better after feeling sick right? I got a cold just before the flu and then two weeks post flu another cold ah. Just as that was over poor Mabli got the chicken pox although she was actually totally fine with it all. Just a bit of cabin fever and now some good health please!

If you are wondering why the kids are dressed up in that first pic it was World Book Day. Did you ever see a cuter Where's Wally and Postman Pat?

Some other things we did over the past few weeks was visiting London for a few days over the half term break and see my dad and little brother. London is sort of mid way between where we both live and it was so nice for the kids to see their 'grumpy' and him them. I actually vlogged the weekend here if you want to watch. I posted a picture of my dad on Instagram and he got so many comments about looking young for his age, a bit of insta fame for him, went to his head I think ;)

Wilf took the Friday off school and in-between sickness we went to the World Climate Change march in our city. The kids were all striking to make a point to the government that their education is pretty redundant without an actual world to grow up in..  a sobering thought but seeing so many passionate teens did lift my mood. I hope their generation does change the world...

I'm sitting writing this in a hotel room with my baby brother after taking him to his university interview, it's mad to me that he is 18 now as I still remember him as a cute blond-haired toddler. It's a reminder that before long I'll blink and the kids will be doing the same!

I think that's it for now, I can't wait to get my train tomorrow and give those kiddos of mine the biggest cuddle (and let Tom go have a well-deserved break).

Before I forget there is a new vlog on my channel, I'll pop the video below in case you want a watch.

Speak soon xx


Wallpaper Wednesday

Hey guys, its been a little while since I've posted anything interiors over here and I came across some cute wallpapers this morning and thought why not share, ha! The only thing I find about wallpapers is I love so many I don't have enough rooms in the house for them, At the moment we have a House of Rym print in the kids room which I adore. You can see the kids room as it is now but I thought I'd share some new faves below too.

My kids would love one of these house beds! We have been through bunks beds and now they are sharing a room with two singles but I think next year will be the year they start to have their own rooms. Pretty tempted to go with one of these for Mabli then! I also have pretty romantic ideas about them colouring or creating on a cute desk like this but in reality, it would probably be used as another surface to leave toys lying around! Finally this play kitchen! Both our kids have got so much play out of our kitchen (that Tom actually made Wilf) but I think they one of those toys that just get so well used. 

Lastly accessories, I've always loved the idea of things like this swan head for the kids room. I would be pretty tempted for when they finally dont share (not sure Wilf would be that keen on it!). To finish, both these rugs, ah so beautiful! 
Found here and here.  

Let me know if you like these kind of posts!

(last two links are affiliated) 


AD - Life Updates with Cyber Aware

Hey guys, I’m sure I’m not the only one who is grateful that the days are getting longer and spring is on its way! During the winter it always seems even harder than usual to get through all of the things on my to-do list. Being a busy mum, it usually feels like my kids’ social calendar is even busier than my own, and if I do get a window in between ferrying them to various groups, friends’ houses or school, then household chores and general life updates aren’t always high on the list.

It’s funny though because deep down I know that I always feel much better if I complete these simple tasks straight away. I’ve teamed up with Cyber Aware on their new #LifeUpdates campaign which is about encouraging you to complete one very simple life update - installing the latest software and app updates.  By installing the latest software and app updates you’re protecting your devices and reducing the risk of a cyber attack. A few minutes now and you could potentially save yourself a lot of time, stress or money later!

I know how easy it is to forget about essential life updates like this, so I’m going to share my top five life updates to save you time and money and maybe make life a little bit easier
Tip 1: Use comparison sites to shop around

My first tip would be shop around – and this applies to anything from bank accounts to energy providers. Banks often have introductory offers that contain great deals, for example if you join certain banks they might give you £100 up front as a joining gift. You can change your bank annually and, the best part is, they tend to do most of the leg work.
If you’re struggling to find the best deal, you can use a comparison site as these make it even easier to see which companies are offering the best deals and to check you’re getting a contract with an energy provider which suits your energy consumption.

Tip 2: Sort through all those old toys and clothes

I don’t know about you, but we have so many old clothes and toys in my household, I recently did a spring clean and realised there were plenty of items I could sell or donate. Selling these online is such a good way to make a bit of pocket money, however for the feel good factor I would always recommend donating them to a local charity shop.

Tip 3: Always install the latest software and app updates

This is the quickest and easiest tip I’ll be suggesting and an excellent way to better protect your devices from a cyber attack, which could even save you money that you may otherwise have lost in a hack. Most updates can be set to run in the background so you can still use your device and, even better, you can set your device to update automatically when connected to Wi-Fi. The updates fix weaknesses in software and apps which could be used by hackers to attack your device and steal your identity. This simple life update often only takes 15 minutes or less – so it’s a good excuse to go and make yourself a cuppa!

Tip 4: Install the latest software and app updates on your children’s devices

It’s so important to keep our children’s devices as secure as we would keep our own. I know that my kids will just swipe away or ignore a software or app update, especially if they are in the middle of a game.  However the good news is you can set the software and app updates to install and update at a time when they are asleep. This is perfect for my two at the moment, but if you have older kids, it’s probably a good idea to teach them how to install the latest software and app updates themselves – we all need to learn how to be cyber aware!

Tip 5: Check through your bank statements and cancel old subscriptions

This leads me to my last tip and that is to make sure you are always going through your bank statements. I know this is something that can easily be forgotten, but I do this once a month and it’s surprising the number of things I forget I have subscribed to. Scanning your bank statement only takes a few minutes but it is definitely worthwhile and the benefits are long lasting, especially if you are paying for something you are not actually using – like a streaming service for your favourite series that has now finished! (I’m definitely guilty of this one).
I hope my top five life updates will be helpful to you guys. I’d love to know what everyday money saving life updates you have.
   Do pop them in the comments if you have ones you would like to share, and don’t forget that installing the latest software and app updates is the quickest and easiest to do. If you want to hear about other simple cyber tips to stay secure online, then check out Cyber Aware’s website at: www.cyberaware.gov.uk

This post was a paid partnership with Cyber Aware 
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