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Balance. The answer to all of life’s problems it would seem. Whether you’re struggling with your diet, trying to keep all family members as happy as possible or trying to find that elusive sweet spot between work and life… all you need is a bit of balance. A little bit of everything is good for us apparently, just as long as we keep the scales level. And it makes sense it really does, but I’m just so rubbish at it it’s funny. I can’t seem to be able to spread myself between several projects, giving them all equal attention and enthusiasm, as much as I might want to. I have a tendency to throw myself into just one thing, letting any semblance of balance fly out of the window while almost everything else in my life gives way to the current project taking all of my attention. I started the year with four main goals, or areas to focus on this year. In a nutshell they were a healthy diet and lifestyle, being more proactive about getting out and about with the kids during the week, buying a new car, and sorting out the house. The idea of course was…

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The Siblings project is one blog post that I am determined to make sure gets done written single month this year. I’m not going to stress out about getting amazing photos, as long as it’s done that’s the important thing. It’s really hard to photograph three children together, and I’ve discovered that it only get’s harder when the littlest one is able to run away. And does. Frequently. But this project is my prompt to take the photos and my motivation not to give up and try again when I flick through the images on the back of my camera and Ernie is but a blur in every single one. So at the end of 2017 we will have 12 sets of photos of these three, showing them growing up together as one little unit. Maybe we’ll get one or two nice ones that can go on the wall, but mostly there’s going to be an awful lot of ones like these. Messy hair, no one looking at the camera, but in their natural environment, just doing what they do. Carl and I were talking last night about how’s there’s been a little bit of a change in their dynamic…

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On Monday I attended a mini online workshop with Michelle Reeves to help me find my one word to guide and inspire me in 2017. At the beginning of a New Year I always think a lot about what I want the themes of the year to be, how do I want to be feeling when I sit and reflect at the end of December 2017 and what are the biggest priorities in our life going to be this year? Choosing one word kind of links all of these things together and gives me a focus point. Something to build everything else around. You know I love a mantra and a positive affirmation and this is kind of along the same lines. The idea is to put your word up somewhere prominent where you can see it regularly and keep it in mind as much as possible as you go through your days. So it’s got to be a good word right? No pressure, just my happiness and success for an entire year riding on this one word… There are a lot of words in the English language to choose from and I am a ridiculously indecisive person so I was expecting this to…

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It’s been over a week since Ernie last had a breastfeed so I think I can now safely say that I am no longer a breastfeeding Mum. More strangely and breaking with some odd tradition that nature seems to have put upon us… I am also not pregnant. As soon as I stopped feeding Mabel at 12 months, I fell pregnant with Greta, and as soon as I stopped feeding her at 15 months, Ernie moved in and made himself comfy. So here I am now, at the end of 5 and a half years of continuous pregnancy and breastfeeding and for the first time in a while, well since I started doing it, I’m not growing a baby, I’m not sustaining life… I’m just me. No longer can I lay any legitimate claim on the biggest slice of cake and my extra lie ins are looking dubious to say the least. I’m not sure how I feel about it to be honest. There’s a big part of me that yearns to be pregnant again, to feel the excitement of knowing that there is something tiny growing inside me, the very beginning of new life, the biggest thing you could ever fit…

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I’m so happy to be jumping back into recording our ordinary moments in 2017, I love to share a whole variety of things on here but this blog will first and foremost always be my journal of motherhood and our online family scrapbook and those are the kind of posts that I want to make sure get written this year. Rather than stay in my head, quickly to be buried in my memory under shopping lists and how to build Cinderella’s castle out of duplo, and then lost to the depths forever. And I couldn’t be more excited than I am to start off the year with the most extraordinary of ordinary moments, a brand new baby in the family! Because when you think about it, being born is an ordinary moment isn’t it? I mean, everyone does it. There are babies being born all over the world, every single day. No big deal. Except of course that it’s the biggest fudging deal in the universe and I don’t think it would be over the top to hold a parade! I love a new baby. No matter how many fresh newborn babies I hold in my arms, I will never ever get used to that awe inspiring…

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Just before Christmas we were lucky enough to be invited to watch Disney on Ice presents Frozen at the 02 arena. The only way to describe the show is just… amazing. We had brilliant seats so Mabel and Greta got to see the characters up close, wave and shout hello to them and see them wave back. It was magical, the girls were spellbound and the absolute wonder their faces the whole way through is something I will never forget, in fact I’m sure they will be talking about it themselves for a good while to come! Being firmly in the home education mentality now, I’m keen to turn anything we can into a learning opportunity, so when I heard that Disney on Ice has an educational program called Fit to Dance, that combines storytelling and dance,  of course we were going to give it a go! The idea is simple, your child/children make up their own story, and then they tell their story through dance, just like the Disney on Ice performers. I love any project that mixes physical activity with another subject and it seemed like it would be right up Mabel’s street. She loves making up her own narratives in…

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I am always in a very reflective mood at this time of year and I love nothing more at the end of December than looking back at the year that’s passed to re-live the ups and downs and see how far we’ve come since January. This year feels like a special year, our first full year as a family of five, in our new house, with me at home full time. I almost didn’t write this post because even though if there’s one thing I love more than reflecting it’s writing about my reflections… I had no idea how I could begin to sum up this year in one blog post that was in any way somewhat readable. Until I had the idea of looking back on our year through the photographs I took. 2016 was the year, thanks to this blog, that I discovered a love of photography that I never knew I had. Well, actually I feel a bit ridiculous calling it photography, it’s more like just taking a few photos of my kids and then cropping out Carl’s arm or whatever body part he’s managed to get into the frame (he’s always in the way of my perfect shot). But…

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I love a real Christmas tree and since we’ve had our Children, apart from the one year that I chickened out because we had a toddling 12 month old Greta and a hyper two and a half year old Mabel, we’ve had one every Christmas. But up until now, our methods of choosing the perfect tree have always been questionable at best. It normally involves me sending Carl and Mabel off to the big DIY store on a spur of the moment decision that we must put our tree up TODAY! We can’t fit all five of us plus tree in the car unfortunately, so I have to stay at home to give the front room a last minute tidy… I then receive a phone call as Carl tries to describe the various merits of the trees in front of him, followed by countless photos being sent to my phone before I tell him to just make a bloody decision for once and get whatever he thinks… Yeah, great start to Christmas! So this year I thought we’d take a different approach to finding our tree, so back in November I did a google search for Christmas tree farms in Hampshire and came up trumps when I…

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