So what are you giving up for Lent?

Well previous years I have done the old faithful of giving up chocolate or alcohol, last year I even gave up buying yarn which if you had seen me then was a big problem that I have curbed now.

This year I have gone for the same but slightly different… I am giving up for lent the buying of unnecessary things, you may read this and think huh.  Well just lately to cheer myself up I have brought may things that I don’t need and in many cases can not really afford, so I have set myself quite a big challenge really. This includes food and drink groups, clothes, books and so on.  So in a way I am once again giving up chocolate and alcohol neither of which are a necessary purchase, I also have to ignore the 25% off clothes that Sainsburys currently has running.  Read all the books I currently own of which there are many, and when they are read, there is the library which I am already obsessed with and tons of free books for the kindle (I have at least 700 waiting to be read on that :-0 )

By easter I hope to be healthier, wiser and slightly richer, and most of all set the foundations to keep this line of living for the foreseeable future.

Happy New Year to all!

Sat cuddled up on the sofa with Amelia, while Sascha is still in bed.  Little madam seems exhausted already and she was in bed by 7.15 last night, but still we have been up since 6am. Still I would be quite happy to stay cuddled up with her all day, yet I suppose we will have to do something at some point like take all the christmas decorations down and pack them all away.  I find for about a week after this you feel like you have a much bigger house (if only, still then it would mean more cleaning…)

Amelia: Mummy I’ll tell you a joke… What did the mummy tree say to the baby tree?                                                                Me: I don’t know?                                                                                                                                      Amelia: I don’t know either!


Book Review: A Christmas Surprise {Jenny Colgan}

The Christmas Surprise by Jenny Colgan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I have loved the previous two Rosie Hopkin’s stories so I saw no reason why I shouldn’t love this one too.

Yet at about a third of the way through I did find myself convinced this would be the first, thankfully by halfway my feelings had been turned back round again and this is the only reason that I can not give it a full 5 stars.

The ending gave e a lovely warm feeling, that is perfect for this time of year.

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Positive outlook that was much overdue.

I woke up today with an overwhelming feeling of I can do this.  I can do anything that I want to, whether I had an epiphany during the night or if this time of the year is just making me so positive, I’ll take it.  Certainly a better environment for Amelia to grown up in.  Yesterday was a strange day, mum getting locked out of the house and me finding I had people who would gladly help me if things got tough, everyone needs that eye opener when you are feeling a little lost and self centred.

Sat here alone

Well this is a turn up for the books, we actually got Amelia asleep at a decent time with no need of car, iPad etc.  I just chilled out with the lights out and my headphones in, Sascha on the other hand was so relaxed that he fell asleep with her.

So I took this moment to have some time to myself, listening to some music and trying to actually finish one of my books, I’ve got so many started at the moment it’s stupid.  Plus I am so far behind on my goodreads challenge.

Simple Social Media Experiment

I was spending too much time just scrolling through all the social media apps on my iPhone, nights and morning would pass with me not getting anything I wanted to done, because I was like a slave to my damn phone.  I did not want Amelia seeing that mummy anymore.

So I gave myself a self imposed ban of at least 48 hours, all I could do was post my 100 days of happy picture and fill in my fitness pal, and one day checking my email for my grocery delivery slot time.  One day I even accidentally forgot my phone as it was charging.

Over 50 hours later what did I miss, well other than some likes on my photos, absolutely nothing.  I in this time got loads of housework done, I cooked nice meals and I read a really good book. Most importantly Amelia was completely different while mummy was not continuously checking her phone.  I also felt much clearer in my mind.

I don’t think I have to say anymore really, social media is great but…