Happy Anniversary

Nothing says I love you like toast people in a egg and bacon jacuzzi.

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Accompanied by personalised marshmallows from an awesome company called boomf. You link your Instagram account to their company, select 9 pictures, pay and hey pesto!

Couldn’t recommend them more.

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Argghhhh no water

A house filled with children accumulates a lot of washing. I am sitting here washing basket fit to burst and last nights dinner dishes shamefully needing cleaned. But everyone is entitled to kick back on Friday night aren’t they?

Turn tap on – No Water!!! Few phone calls later two burst pipes in the area. Nightmare!!

Meanwhile, we are all getting ready to go for an afternoon out to soft play. Throw in teenage angst and pre five meltdown and our party has separated. I’m home with non compilers.

So what better thing to do don some red lippy and just smile!

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Easy valentine craft

A neighbour gave us a few plain white canvasses. My eldest daughter loves Art and all things creative. We decided to search to find something we could do with the canvasses. Pinterest is a wonderful thing!

We settled on an outcome and gathered the necessary equipment. Being a past nursery teacher I always have a stash of craft supplies in the cupboard to play with, glitter, buttons fabric and the like.

On this occasion all we needed was:
Red finger paint
Scissors
Cardboard
Blue tac
And the canvas itself

First step was to cut out a heart template. Folding the cardboard in half will give you a nice even shape.

Once cut out secure to your canvas. Try and position in a central position.

Next step using your index finger you want to paint in finger prints around the heart shape in a stippling fashion. My daughter completed the left side and I the right.

Once happy all the area is stippled to your satisfaction you can remove the heart. It may be best to wait till the paint is dry. But we were on a tight schedule before bedtime so removed it immediately.

We were very pleased with the result. You could if you wish go back and stipple on top another colour giving the canvass more interest but we were happy with it the way it was.

A labour of love, quick easy, fun and effective 🙂

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Reflection

Of late I have embarked upon a period of reflection. After a pretty scary end to last year involving my husband and major surgery I am glad of the calm pace 2014 has given us, thus far.

In life we are given choices, some decisions I have made have not been the best but I am not going to dwell on them. I will learn from my experiences and move on with my life.

From all my life experiences homelessness, loss, failure, success and achievements- all my decisions have brought me to this moment in time. I’ve been able to provide support to my husband in his journey post operatively back to health, keep my home life steady for my young brood and nothing gives me greater joy or satisfaction.

I’ve struggled in the past with self belief and my confidence levels could be improved massively. But this period of adjustment has highlighted my strengths. I am determined, capable, and fiercely independent. I could dwell on the sadness and stressful moments ill health has brought our family but I won’t. I am choosing to embrace each day and truly be thankful for all that I have.

Congenital heart disease I thank you- for giving us the signals of poor health which enabled us to get help to rectify the problem, for making ‘us’ thankful for what have in each other as partners/ a family unit every day, for starting a stirring of self belief in someone who had lost her way and is capable of so much more .

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