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Sunday, 19 October 2014

19.10.14 Silent Sunday

Friday, 17 October 2014

Implementing the Andrex Clean Routine

We were recently asked to take part in the Andrex Clean Challenge. It came at a good time as we had all recently been struck down by a vomiting bug and I hoped that possibly a change in the children's hygiene routine would have an impact on this.

I thought that perhaps there was more we could learn about personal hygiene. Andrex recently carried out a new health report and the results show that "an estimated 15 million Brits are unsure how to clean themselves properly after going to the toilet." I found this quite shocking. Although I don't remember being taught to wipe my bottom, but for as long as I can remember, I knew that you should wipe front to back to lower the risk of infection. However, when I read through what we needed to do in the challenge, I realised that I do fold paper over and I do use far less paper than is recommended by Andrex.

Andrex Challenge

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Celebrating Chocolate Week with Guylian

We were recently sent some Guylian chocolates to review for National Chocolate week. I have to admit that it was a bit of a surprise to me that there was a National Chocolate week. There should definitely be more publicity about such a wonderful week! My dad was coming up to stay at the same time, so it meant that we had the perfect opportunity to share them with family.

Guylian shells

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Cadbury Freddo Loom Band Fail

When we received a box from Cadbury, I was very excited and could wait to get it open.

Box from Cadbury

The Photo Gallery - Autumn

The Photo Gallery - Week 204

Hello, hope you remember me! The last time I had a chance to join in with The Gallery was back in May. Right in the middle of my exam chaos. I'm sorry I haven't been around. A lot has changed. I have graduated, suffered loss and am now working full-time alongside being a mother and trying to blog. So life definitely hasn't got any easier. But I am determined to get back to blogging and the one thing this prompt has always encouraged me to do is to take better pictures. In fact, I think I have Tara to thank for my current passion for photography.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Week 107 - What has made me happy

It's been almost exactly two months since I last posted a 'What has made me happy', and I apologise for that. The past two months have been rather stressful and quite upsetting. It's important to me to carry on with these posts though. As I said in my post on Saturday, I am in the process of finding my new normal and working out how to deal with grief. I'm getting there. There are good days and bad days, but I'm getting there.

I'm not going to try and catch up on all the weeks that I have missed. There have simply been too many and too much has happened. However, I most definitely am back to looking for the best in things.

So, without further ado, here is what has made me happy this week...

Sunday, 12 October 2014

12.10.14 Silent Sunday

Yorkshire Dales mist

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Whole Earth Peanut Butter Review

We were recently sent a selection of Whole Earth Peanut Butter products to try. I am a big fan of peanut butter, and luckily my children haven't acquired that taste yet, so that means even more for me and my husband! My standard lunch is a couple of rice cakes with peanut butter and cucumber on. I love the amount of protein in peanut butter and it's really healthy to eat. When I did the detox last year, one of the first things I was allowed to eat was peanut butter, so I have a good relationship with it!

Finding my new normal.

I'm back! Officially back. I think it's time to get my blog back on track, to find some time from somewhere to get back into blogging. A lot has happened since June, when I was last 'properly' blogging. I graduated, cared for my grandma, we moved house and I drove a huge van, grandma died, I started the unenviable task of sorting out probate, I began to run the bed and breakfast and we only had three nights in September when we didn't have any guests in. So I have only just begun to process everything that has happened. 

At the moment I am sad. That's the main reason I haven't written my 'What has made me happy' posts. That and having no time. I promise that this week I will get back to them. I enjoy writing them. The very process of writing them makes me happy. I hope that makes sense.

Friday, 10 October 2014

What is motherhood really like? #voiceofmums

Before I had children I had visions of what motherhood was like. I knew it wasn't going to be easy. I certainly didn't make my mum's life very easy, so I was never going to be blessed with incredibly compliant children. I was a very maternal child, the kind who babysits all the time and seems to attract young children, all of whom want to play with you. I enjoyed it. I had plenty of nappy changing experience and once took four children under three, including two under six months old to the park together. I am pretty sure I wasn't older than 12, but I was trusted and I was good with children.

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