It’s rare that I actually get a moment’s peace during the day, but here it is. Boy 1 is at school; Boy 2, napping; Housework done (well, all the urgent, noticeable bits…) and I have a hot, yes you read that right, I have a HOT cuppa in my hand with a slice of buttery toast. Aaaaahhh. It’s the simple things that make me happy these days. 

What small moments bring you bliss?? 

Holidays are coming!! 

  I usually avoid all things Christmassy until the 1st of December. I don’t know why, but it just feels wrong to be singing to Bublé and swigging mulled wine in November, no matter how many retailers try to tell us otherwise. 

But this year I decided to get into the Christmas spirit nice and early with a trip to the Manchester Christmas markets. Me, hubster, both boys and the in-laws. 

Boy 1 loved looking at all of the unique (aka random) gifts on sale and Boy 2 just enjoyed soaking up the atmosphere. Since I was little I’ve always loved going to see the giant Santa at the top of the town hall. I don’t know, it just makes me feel really excited about the festive season. 

But let’s be honest, most of us don’t visit the markets because we enjoy being pushed through crowds of people. We go for food and drinks. There’s just something strangely special about standing (or sitting if you’re lucky) in a cold bar, eating extortionately priced bratwurst whilst drinking hot Christmas punch which tastes like Vimto…


Well, now that the first trip is out of the way I think I’ll be back many times over the next few weeks. For the shopping of course 😉

J’adore Paris

Last night I went to bed ‘early’. Just before getting up we saw some news about ‘disturbances’ outside the Stade de France in Paris, assuming it was football violence and nothing to worry about. 

At 3am Boy 2 woke up for a feed so I checked my phone and shocked at what I saw. My social network feeds full of outpouring of sadness, anger and fear at the terrible and tragic events that had taken place across the city. 

Just last year hubby and I were in ‘The city of love’, so it’s scary to see these things unfolding. 

My heart goes out to everyone impacted by not only these events, but terrible acts of violence all over the world. 

All the leaves are brown…

Autumn is well and truly here!! Whilst many of us see this as a chance to stock up on hot chocolate and thermals, I’m using it to get outside. Sounds crazy right? 

Well, no. As I’m trying to gradually get fit and shift some baby weight, I decided to go for a long stroll with Boy 2 and we loved it!

Having lived ‘up north’ for the vast majority of my life, I’ve learned to live by the mantra “there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing”. So we wrapped up, pulled out the wellies and got to walking. 

This time of the year is brilliant for little ones. So many different colours on the trees for them to look at; the slight breeze running through their finger tips and the autumnal smells of pubs and restaurants cooking up hearty X food. It really is one big sensory experience. 

I’ll admit that we are lucky to have a canal and the Trans Penine walks on our doorstep, but a local park could give your little one just as much to look at. It’s all about seeing things differently. 

This has definitely given me a thirst for getting outside and walking more. I’d recommend getting some sturdy wellies that have a bit of grip, or some trainers that you’re happy to get muddy. I’m not one for marathon walks so don’t own proper walking boots. Who knows, this might change in the future 😁