My Monthly Bucket List – August

The school holidays are upon us and there’s six weeks of keeping the kids entertained stretching out in front of us. Good luck parents – we can survive this and make it out the other side in September!

This is going to be the last month that the girls will be at home 24/7 as they’re starting nursery in September so time to have some fun.

  1. Meet up with friends. I must make this happen as I always say I will and the weeks just slip by.
  2. Bake a cake from scratch. I’m ashamed to say I’ve NEVER done this. I know how awful.
  3. Plan at least one day out a week during the holidays and be more spontaneous! Yes we need something to look forward to and instead of sticking on a film, we need to go for a walk or go to the park – regardless of our dodgy summer weather!
  4. Arrange a date night. My husband has been working so much lately so we really deserve a good date night out together.
  5. Go and see Finding Dory. I am SO excited about seeing it and cannot wait to go. This one is going to be easy to do I reckon!!
  6. Ebay clothes for Disney money. As you may know if you read my blog regularly, we are off to Disneyland Paris! I want to be able to splurge a bit plus buy the kids some costumes so I think it’s time to stick the massive storage case of clothes on eBay and try to make a bit of extra cash.

Enjoy the summer and fingers crossed the sun remembers to make an appearance!

You can find out how I got on last month and also link up your posts on my August Bucket List Linky. Good luck. Don’t forget to add the badge.


B xx

My Monthly Bucket List – August Linky

Hi guys. Here is the place to link up your monthly bucket list. If this is your first time then you can see how it all works by seeing some old Monthly Bucket List posts here.

What do we all think of the new badge? I thought it was time for a new spruce up!
The list can be as personal or professional, short or long, achievable or dreamy as you like! There are no zero rules or pressure here.
Each month I’ll do a round up of what I can cross off my list as doing and what else I may want to add/ take off. It’s a great way to bounce other ideas off everyone else – and nab ones you hadn’t thought of. Sharing is caring people!

So why not join in? You’ll only ever have to do 12 posts in a whole year – easy peasy. This Linky will run on the last day of every month and will be open for 7 days afterwards. As with all other linkies – add your link & copy my badge to your post and hey presto!

I will comment and RT all posts so make sure you’re following me on Twitter. Grab the badge below for your posts and off you go.
Here is how I got on last month:

1. Get school sorted. DONE. I had meetings with C’s new teachers, with the girls nursery teachers not to mention trips, discos and picnics but I managed it all and he’s now broken up!
2.Possible book a holiday. DONE. You can find out where we are going…here!
3.Blog changes. ISH. The lovely Donna from What The Redhead Said gave me a critique and I’ve started making a few tweaks but I need to properly sit down and get it looking ship shape.
4.Reach 3k on Instagram and 6K on Twitter. DONE. Yayyyy I am over both and it was a really nice feeling.
5.Lose half a stone.
6.Organise our London trip. As you read this I will be there! Look out for a few reviews I have got lined up.

Good luck and enjoy the summer break. It’s scary to think when I next write this they’ll pretty much be over and my babies will be starting nursery, gulp!

B xx

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Clearing Out

My name is Beth. And I am a hoarder. 

There. My not so guilty secret. It can’t be a secret because if you saw my bedroom then you’d kinda know. About two years ago we decided to invest in some proper wardrobes. After making do with ones I had AS A TEENAGER(!) we got all grown up and bought some fancy sliding door IKEA ones that you can add all extra stuff onto. 

We ended up essentially with four massive wardrobes which have six drawers inside along with a trouser rail and a shoe rack. When we started moving our clothes over it became apparent that actually I’d use just over three of these wardrobes. Plus two of the drawers. And the small chest of drawers. And the two under the bed drawers. Oh and not forgetting the huge fabric storage box on TOP of the wardrobe. Yes. That is how many clothes I own. 

It’s actually quite sickening to think I own that much yet rotate about 15 items! 

On Monday, as usual I had an absolute mountain of laundry to put away but I’d actually left my last pile from the week before in my room – through sheer laziness. Enough was enough and it was time to tackle the sea of clothes. Luckily my Dad offered to take the kids to the park for a few hours so I thought I’d hang all the clothes up and maybe vacuum. 

Instead I gutted my wardrobes and probably halves my clothes collection!

I had actually been inspired by Sian at Foodie Fables who wrote an excellent post about your wardrobe after weight loss. I have lost almost 3.5 stone since the start of the year. I was wearing a size 16-18 and often wore some of my husbands clothes because literally nothing fit me. It was when HIS clothes started getting too tight that I knew I couldn’t carry on. 

My clothing collection however spans back over 10 years. I have always loved shopping and before I had kids, I used to spend a lot of money on clothes. I would forever be buying a new top or splashing out on a gorgeous dress as I just loved fashion. I was also incredibly slim so could literally wear every/anything and never had to worry about covering lumps and bumps. 

I still own so many of the clothes that I bought back in my late teens but this now has caused quite a problem. I just can’t wear that stuff anymore!

As a mother of three in my 30s, belly baring crop tops and boob flashing dresses are no longer really appropriate for the school run. I’ve also found that now I can fit back into some of my clothes that most of them were actually what I wore to go to work. I have had a few comments from people asking where I’m going but it’s just old stuff! People seem to think I am constantly buying new stuff but it’s actually over a decade old! 

But why was I holding on to my bigger clothes? They felt like a safety blanket and I actually thought I should keep them “in case I get fat again” What an awful way to think. So I decided enough was enough and have bagged up three bin bags full ready for the charity shop. I can now actually see what is in my wardrobe and know that what is left is actually stuff I will wear. 

It’s been incredibly liberating and my god I wish I’d done it sooner! This weight is off and is staying off. I mean – there’s no safety net to fall back on now so time to stick at it and get these last nine pounds off. 

B xx 

Holiday Essentials

We are on the countdown for summer holidays and here we simply cannot wait!

We are last minute kind of folk so we will probably end up booking our holiday a few days before we go as, the lure of long fun filled days and hazy sunny evenings sipping a glass of something fizzy whilst the kids are in bed is too much for us to resist!

Holiday Essentials

We love to holiday in the UK as the girls are still a little bit little to fly (and we aren’t brave enough to take them just yet!) so with the aid of the treasure trove that is HomeSense I have thrown together a few holiday essentials Continue reading “Holiday Essentials”

Car Seat Safety

Car seats – what an absolute minefield.

From that very first journey, you want your little bundle(s!) to be as safe as is humanly possible but is it just me that thinks there is SO much confusing information out there? We were told that backless booster cushions were going to be banned, that rear facing was mandatory but there is no set deadline dates etc and it can be very confusing, especially for a first time parent. (I’d like to at this point say having had three I was more clued up. I’m not!)

car seat safety
The girls turned three in June so in the next 12 months depending on their height/weight we will be looking at getting their “last” car seat as we have seats that are recommended for use from around 9 months to 4 years, so we will need to change them for a booster seat suitable for their age. Continue reading “Car Seat Safety”