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Scott’s marathon day!

Yesterday was the Milton Keynes marathon and my husband was running it. His first ever marathon and it was the hottest day of the year!

This is how the day went;

We left home about 7am and arrived at the MK Dons stadium where the marathon was due to set off about 10am. We had a wonder round and found the start line then went in the stadium and had a look round, the doors were open all day for you to come and go as you pleased which was great.

It was soon time to deposit Scott’s bag at the lockers and make our way outside so he could warm up. It was just after 9 now and it was already very hot outside. We applied sun cream while Scott went off to warm up then he was off to his pen while we made our way to a spot near the start line.

You can just see the start line in the distance!

The start line soon filled up and we were pleased to have a space along the roadside, even so it was tough to pick Scott out among the thousands of runners as they set off but we managed it! A quick wave and to us and he was off!

With time to kill we were off to explore, there were various stalls and rides around so we firstly stopped for an ice cream, then had a wonder round and kept ourselves busy until it was time to get into the stadium and find a seat.

We had an app we could track Scott on and we were on it all the time! He had family and friends at various points round the course so we were hoping they would keep him going.

We got our seats early in the stadium as there was a fun run coming back as well as a half marathon so there was lots to see and we wanted a good spot for when he came back.

A friend of Scott’s had messaged me saying he had ran past and looked great even having time to high 5 him on the way!

Little did I know that he had gone off like a rocket and the first 7 miles were all averaging under 6.40! Now this is not a problem for Scott on any other day but in 28 degree heat and when he had 26.2 miles to run not so good!

He realised at this stage he was going too fast and the next few miles averaged around 7.20 pace when it hit him at mile 12 and he slowed down to 8.07. He then got progressively slower and by mile 24 he was on an 11.58 mile!

By this time he was had taken all his gels,drank water at every station,been pouring water over head and he had eaten slices of orange, sweets and ice pops all from passers by on the route!He was just trying to finish now.

He picked his pace up slightly on mile 25 and 26 and actually looked good to us when he came into the stadium!

We had been waiting eagerly since 3 hours 30 into the race as the app had stopped being completely accurate and this was his target time. When he came through the tunnel at 3.48 we went mad cheering and screaming for him! He was so happy to see us and I was so pleased he was ok. He made it over the line in 3.49.50.

The feeling seeing him go over the line was just one of relief and pride. We left our seats and ran round to the steps we knew he would come up after collecting his medal and seeing him ran into his arms for an emotional sweaty hug!

He couldn’t believe how hard it had been and how it wasn’t that hard in training,it had never been 28 degrees in training.

He isn’t happy with his time but out of the few who ran from his running club he was the first one home and all of the others also had slower times, one wanted to do it in 3.45 but did it in just under 5 hours and another one did it in 4.45. Someone we knew had a sister in law run it who usually does it in 4.29 and she did 5.43. This just shows the heat was a killer.

Will he do another one? Today he is saying yes, maybe in the winter πŸ˜‚

We are very proud of him though and know with all the stress and worry leading up to it I wouldn’t have wanted anyone else to be there when he finished.

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So my husband is running a marathon!

A few months ago my crazy husband signed up to run the Milton Keynes marathon this coming Monday. He has been in a running club for just over a year now and has always been very good at running but this will be his furthest distance so far. With a half marathon completed last October and another one earlier this year he knows he can run the majority of the distance at a good pace with no problem but 26.2 miles is a challenge even with his natural running ability.

So over the last few months we have been through injuries which have resulted in sports massages, bought new compression socks, new trainers, a running belt, and various other new items of running attire all with this one day in mind.

There have been heated discussions, planning sessions and a whole range of emotions about whether he is doing the right thing and how he should train for it.

We have watched park runs, seen him run his longest distance so far and seen him go out and train in all weather’s often coming back caked in mud!

The last few weeks my role as chief meal planner has been stepped up as his need for protein and healthy food took over our shopping budget! This was our first week of protein crazy shopping.

Some new editions like quark and rye bread we all liked and will continue to eat and we all love a hard boiled egg as a snack but I have to say those almond bites aren’t all that tasty!

I’ve been prepping his lunches of chicken and pasta or chicken and veg for the last 2 weeks now and I haven’t seen a packet of crisps pass his lips in weeks.

This week we also had to incorporate red meat into his diet as he needs that before the race, apparently! So steak and veg it was last night.

This is just some of todays hoard of protein packed goodies and healthy snacks to lead him upto the big day.

After asking him what I needed to feed him this weekend all I got was ‘pasta’, So there will be lots more carb loaded cooking happening in the kitchen this weekend before we can start to relax a little more, just cooking healthy but not completely marathon focused meals.

T and I will be there to see him off and then he will have support about mile 11 and mile 20 before we meet him at the stadium where he crosses the finish line. I really am nervous/excited for him to take on this challenge and cannot wait to see him cross that finish line and give him a massive hug. I know he can do it and all his hard work will pay off.

Go smash it my love ✊🏼

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7 things that made me happy week 12

1. Cooking for my Nan. My Nan has lived on her own a long time and doesn’t have anyone cook for her much so I was really pleased to be able to make dinner and get all tidied up without her having to do anything.

Here is the chicken, garlic and thyme traybake I made with squash, tomatoes and new potatoes. Served with soft fresh bread it was so tasty!

2. Seeing the bond between these two. T and Poppy are best friends. They adore each other unconditionally and there is nothing that could replace this bond. T won’t ever have a brother or sister so she treats Poppy very much like a baby at times cuddling her and carrying her around but she has also had a big part to play in her training and is great at telling Poppy what to do, I don’t know where she gets that from! The responsibility of having a pet is something I am so glad we have been able to give T and she has developed this and not only has a dog but also a companion for many years to come.

3. Watching T and Scott’s together. T is very much a Mummy’s girl but if we have a week off she will often end up a lot closer to Scott by the end of the week. This week has been no different. Yesterday Scott bathed her and washed and dried her hair while showing her how to use her new snorkel in preparation for holiday and I washed my car. They were completely fine without me and got all cuddled up together on the sofa watching tv in the evening. I love their bond and feel blessed they have been able to get so close up until now. Here is a photo of them back in 2014.

4. Spending time with my Nan. It’s no secret I’m not close to my Mum and often think of my Nan more as my Mum. I ring my Nan a couple of times a week,She’s the one I text if anything is wrong or one of us has had an achievement. She is a massive part of our lives and knows what we are all doing because she involves her self. The only thing is she lives 2 hours away so we don’t see her anywhere near as much as we would like. I often envy Scott being able to go and see his parents on a day off as I would love to just pop to see my Nan but have to make do with video calls. Spending these few days with her was really great and I now can’t wait to take her on holiday with us in June.

5. Feeling closer as a couple. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say this but life is busy, tiring, stressful and sometimes hard work. We all need time away to unwind, relax and remember why we chose to spend the rest of our lives together in the first place. Having this time together makes us feel more connected because there is no rush to get things done before going to bed early to get up for work, we can take the time to just enjoy being together as a family and as a couple. Things are so often all about being parents that it’s hard to make time to appreciate each other but this is important. Just for a few days to put aside all the stress makes the world of difference and before you know it you have fallen in love all over again.

6. T’s innocent and funny little mind. A few days ago we were all watching TV and someone said ‘if there is something you want to do you should just go and do it, don’t let anyone stand in your way’, She sat up and said ‘ Well that’s not right because I want to be a unicorn but I can’t can I!’ πŸ˜‚

Yesterday she was eating breakfast when she dropped her toast in her beans and just said ‘faceplant!’ πŸ˜„ I didn’t even know she knew that word.

7. Attending a Christening. Today was our friends little girls Christening and it was a lovely little ceremony. T loves Sienna to bits and enjoyed giving her a little cuddle afterwards. It was really nice to see so many people showing love towards this little girl and I was very impressed with how brave she was when the water ran down her head during the ceremony! I always get a feeling of security after a Christening, It’s like you know that little person will be alright now, They have Godparents to help guide them through life too.

This is one of the reasons I decided to give T Godparents even though she wasn’t Christened. It’s nice to know she has people in her life who she can turn to should she need them that aren’t her parents.

T and Sienna

I would love to hear something that has made you happy over the last week, looking past the obvious usually makes me realise there is so much more to be happy about than you first think.

Thanks for reading

Lou x

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Sunny Saturday

Today was our last day by the coast and the sun finally came out! It started off early as Scott ran the Clacton park run along the seafront. It’s a run which is 3 laps up and down hills next to the beach and handily enough starts and finishes next to our favourite cafe!

We saw him and around 150 others start and watched lap one and two before getting a table in the cafe by the window where T and my Nan could watch from the warm and I could see him pass by the window as he approached the finish!

I flew out of the door and ran after him as he closed in on a young lad before passing him to take 2nd place!

I was so happy for him I ran down to the finish line and gave him a big hug 😁

We all had breakfast in the cafe before walking along the beach looking for rocks we could use to decorate and make into love rocks.

We decorated a couple of rocks and left them at the local park after lunch and saw both of them get collected by different little children which was lovely.

After the drive home and the standard half an hour of unpacking/organising/washing clothes/cooking dinner I washed and cleaned out my car in the sunshine as it was like a skip on wheels after having us all off for a week!

Mission accomplished we settled down for an evening of Saturday night TV and Easter egg chocolate!

We have had a great few days with my Nan who I am so close to,finished off by giving her an early birthday present of a Pandora charm for her bracelet which she was thrilled with. We are taking my Nan on holiday with us this year so are now on countdown until we can see her again and spend a whole week together in what will be her first week abroad in years πŸ€—

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Ed Sheeran and me

It’s 2011 and I had just started listening to Ed Sheeran- he releases “The A Team” and a friend introduces me to his back catalog of albums including “Loose change” and “No 5 Collaborations project”. I’m instantly hooked.

I quickly picked up all the words to songs like “Little bird” and “Firefly” and listened to his songs whenever I could. The talent this guy had was amazing and he had worked so so hard from nothing to get his music out there. I read somewhere his first music video cost him Β£20 to make and that was for him to borrow the video camera off his friend to shoot it with. His collaborations were so real and from the heart and it was clear it wasn’t just him struggling to get his music out there but all the other artists he recorded with too.

Of course I bought his album “+” when it was released and have bought every album of his ever since.

2012 I had a tough year and lyrics like;

Tell her that I love her, tell her that I need her, tell her that I love her more than anyone else if you don’t I’ll tell her myself”

“I wanna see you happy, I wanna see you smiling because you’ve been trespassing and you won’t leave my mind.”

Made me long for a happy ending, for someone to say those words to me and mean it. I wanted to be loved again.

2013 I met Scott and he shared my love of Ed’s music. After just a short time we were happy to spend date nights in listening to “Kiss me”, “Fall” and “Give me love”. I was falling in love again.

In December of this year Scott took me to see The Hobbit- The desolation of Smaug, Ed Sheeran sang the soundtrack “I see fire” and we stayed until the titles had finished to listen to this song, along with most of the cinema.

2014 Scott took me to see Ed Sheeran at the O2. It was and still is one of our best days together.There are no words to describe the talent this guy has live. He is the singer, the backing, percussion and bass all rolled into one. He captivated that audience for the whole show and everyone left singing his song just as he asked them to. Months later Scott told me he was thinking of proposing at this concert, he had the ring but decided to do it on my 30th birthday instead.

We got married in 2016 and T sat and sang every word to “Thinking out loud” as we danced out first dance. This song will always be special to us.

This year we are going to see Ed perform at Wembley stadium! I was online for almost an hour, my hands shaking and my body becoming more and more tense as I tried on multiple platforms to obtain these tickets. I was in complete shock and rang Scott at work to tell him I was booking it and did it matter if was only 4 days after we get back from our family holiday? No it did not, book it quick he said! I was so upset to miss out last year and so getting these tickets to see Ed 4 years after we first saw him together was honestly magical!

I can listen to Ed’s songs day or night, I’ve got the DVD, t-shirt, wristband, every song he’s ever released and given away free when his albums did well. I can recite verses of his songs on command and never get bored of hearing his lyrics.

Ed Sheeran’s music has been a massive part of my life over the last few years and so many of his songs I can link to a particular moment. They evoke happy memories and remind me of good times.

Thanks Ed for some great songs that have given me some wonderful memories with many more to come.

“Life is more than fitting in your jeans”- Ed Sheeran

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9 things you didn’t know about my weekend

1. It was Scott’s birthday yesterday 😊 Me being me we had his presents bought several weeks ago and wrapped two weeks ago. Along with some clothes we got him a mug with Tiana’s hand print on, me and a few family members have had these since she was tiny and It felt really special to get him one. We also did a cookie jar where her hand prints made all 4 of us into elephants and Poppy a dog πŸ˜„

2. I have been to bed at 9pm the last two nights in a row. Not only have I been super tired due to a few awful nights sleep but the golf has been on so Scott has been left to watch it on his own until midnight! (Sorry any golf fans, It’s just not my thing!)

3. Saturday T and I went to our friends where we did arts and crafts and made cornflake cakes. We had a great afternoon.

4. I replaced the Christmas tree T got from father Christmas last year, I left it too long before planting it and it died, bad Mummy. She also got 3 free bunches of daffodils as it was in a layby local to us and towards the end of the day, She was so pleased and they are sitting on her desk in a jar.

5. My braces have been cutting into my mouth all weekend and every morning I wake up I pop my cheeks off the wires, ouch indeed. It’s crazy how I can go weeks without any pain then wake up one morning covered in sores and lumps before it all disappears again about a week or two later.

6. My Mum travelled to see my brother in Japan yesterday. He is there for a year at uni as he is studying Japanese. The only reason I know she went yesterday was because of Facebook. We haven’t spoken in months and haven’t text in weeks and even when we did she never mentioned she was going I found out from family. This is just the way things are with my Mum, I haven’t seen her since Christmas and I only live an hour away. It’s something that bothers me deep down but mostly I try to forget about it. I just know when T is older I will be on the phone all the time and will never go months without seeing her of my own choosing.

7. Yesterday we spent a couple of hours with my best friend and her partner at a bar we haven’t been to before. It was really nice just chatting and catching up because we don’t see the both of them that much since they live an hour away and both lead really busy lives.

Apart from a minor meltdown on the way to the bar because I knew one way to go and was happy to drive because I knew the way then Scott suddenly telling me to go a different way- I am not a confident driver and if I don’t know the way I generally don’t drive somewhere. I also don’t deal with change well at all, if things aren’t planned to perfection I get panicky and last minute changes really stress me out. Anyway we sorted it out and got there fine and had a really nice time.

8. I was really happy Scott’s son took the time to message him and post a picture of them both as he is on holiday with his girlfriend at the moment and is your typical 18 year old with keeping in touch usually. Scott was thrilled and it meant a lot.

9. Yesterday marked the start of our week off as a family. Ok we only spent a couple of hours together just us three but the main thing was Scott had a great day. Now I’m looking forward to having a week where we actually spend some time together. It’s been tough on us over the last couple of weeks with Scott working every day of the Easter bank holidays and I worked his day off in the week this week as extra. It’s ok to say it was worth the money which it was but it always takes it’s toll on us and really towards the end of a period like this we end up distant and unappreciating of each other. Anyway we have recognised this and it’s clear this week could not have come at a better time. T has been all over Scott the last day or so having hardly seen him so it’s clear she is going to enjoy this week just as much as us.

Anyway guys thanks for reading all that and I hope you had a great weekend!

Lou x

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7 things that made me happy week 11

So this week hasn’t been my happiest because I haven’t had my girl home, but I think looking back at the little things will make me realise that it’s not been all bad and there are still things worth appreciating even when you are missing your little person.

1. A sunny after work walk with Poppy. Tuesday was one of those days, no one wanted to be back at work after the Easter bank holidays and it was crazy busy with a load of extra work thrown in for good measure. Things weren’t as I was expecting when I got into work which didn’t set me up in the best mood and the happiest I was all day was when I stepped foot out of that building at 5pm. I don’t hate the place but sometimes it’s like that for everyone right? Me and Poppy just took off and walked round the field for a little while making the most of the sunshine while Scott was on a run. It was so great to be outdoors and I could literally feel the stress blowing away with the wind.

2. Progress pictures. No I’m not about to post them on here but I have been taking them every month since January when I started working out again. Progress for me is motivation, when I can see a difference I am so much more likely to continue working out. This month I really saw a difference and it felt good! Gone are the Christmas inches and there are now clear lines running down my abs! This has spurred me on even more and I’ve worked out 3 times again this week even without my little workout buddy.

3. My squat challenge. How can squats make you happy? Well because a few months ago I really wasn’t very good at them, then I got to doing them with T and improved slightly. Now I’ve set myself a challenge to do one more every day in April starting on 30 and I’m so far really enjoying it! I’m now up to 35 and still feeling good. Scott is doing the same with press ups so we are both encouraging each other and reminding the other one to do it which is also great motivation. Here’s to still feeling happy about it next week! πŸ˜‚

4. Being implusive. So yesterday I worked and when I came out I was meant to be going food shopping but when I rang Scott to check if he wanted anything he was down at our local country park with his parents taking Poppy for a walk round to see the floods. It was a beautiful day down there and I was so jealous that I decided the food shopping could wait a day and came home, got changed and speed walked down to meet them! It was a lovely 2 mile walk and was nice to chat with both of them in turn while walking along, sometimes things can be more than a little chaotic when all the family are at their house so it’s not often we get to chat like that and it was way more fun than food shopping!

5. My beautiful flowers. Monday my best friend came round to see me and thought I sounded a little fed up on my blog so bought me a gorgeous bunch of flowers and a little bottle of prosecco ❀ They have come out and now look stunning and every time I look at them I think of her, Thank you Em xx

6. Scott made the 20 mile mark. My husband is training for a marathon and yesterday hit his longest run so far at 20 miles. I was so happy for him as he’s had a tough week with flooding everywhere stopping him from going too far and injuries that keep rearing their heads so it was touch and go if he would even run yesterday but he did and I’m so pleased he’s that one step further in his training.

7. T had a fantastic pony day. So today T came home!! 😁 Well for all of 20 minutes before we took her over the road to the stables where we left her until 4pm! No we didn’t abandon her to the horses, not that she would mind one bit if we did, but she had booked on an Outdoor Adventure day with a friend who rides in her lesson. She has done 3 pony days before but this was the first Outdoor Adventure one and her first this year. It’s no secret horse riding isn’t a cheap hobby so we tend to wait until the warmer weather comes before we start these not just because she will enjoy it more when it’s not -9 out there but also because we can usually stretch to one by around the Easter holidays. So after dropping her off and getting this one picture of the girls grooming the ponies she tells me she rode a 2 hour hack before more grooming, lunch, feeding the horses, a lesson in the school which was more of a fun games lesson really, more grooming and tacking up ponies for lessons! She had a great time and was so pleased with everything she had done when she came home which makes spending another day without her totally worthwhile 😊

That’s it, there are my 7, I would love to hear what has made you happy this week, however big or small!

Thanks for reading

Lou x

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7 things that made me happy in 7 days week 8!

1. Mothers day! I love this day so much because T puts her heart and soul into showing me how much she loves me and it just melts my heart! This year I was woken up with a beautiful card, a plant pot she had spent over 1 hour making by herself at after school club, a bunch of flowers and a charm for my bracelet. We went out for coffee and cake and then a 2.5 mile walk/run in the sun before going to see Scott’s parents for dinner. It really was a lovely day. Oh, I sent my Mum a card saying I would love to take her out for afternoon tea but I’m not holding out much hope because I said the same thing last year and she was too busy all year. We aren’t very close so we will see.


2. Receiving this beautiful drawing in the post for T really made our day. The time and effort taken was honestly so thoughtful and we love how it looks in a frame in T’s playroom.


3. Muddy walks. This was a 1.5 mile walk with Poppy after it had been raining all morning. I decided to go through the woods as she had her coat on but it didn’t make much difference and she went straight in the shower when we got home! This said it was a lovely walk and just nice getting out in the small amount of sun we had that day.


4. A reassuring ear. So I have a tendency to get a little worried when I know we have a lot coming up to pay for. I think about a month or two ahead when it comes to finances and quite often get in really panicky about it. Scott will let me go on like this for only so long before just giving me a huge hug and telling me we will be Ok! We will manage, things will get sorted and I don’t need to worry. I need this and appreciate it more than he knows.

5. Parents evening! I know those words may put the feeling of dread into some parents but I have yet to get to that stage! T loves school and loves working hard to do well, so much so that our parents evening was over in less than 10 minutes πŸ˜‚

6. Brunch with a friend. I was treated to a great catch up, pastries, muffins and coffee. The perfect way to spend a morning!


7. Seeing T so happy at her riding lesson! Today was the first day she had no jumper for her lesson this year,the sun was shining and she went on a hack with two other girls and the manager which she was so excited about then she came back with the same smile!! 😁

Makes these boots all worthwhile!

I hope you have all had a great week and I would love to hear what made you happy this week!

Thanks for reading

Lou x

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7 things – Week 3

Wow where did this week go! I feel like it’s passed in a week of work and workouts with some quality time squeezed in too. I hope you have all had a great week, now I have time for my blog here are my 7 happiest moments from the last 7 days. I would love to hear what has made you happy this week!

1. Meik Wiking the author of The Little Book of Lykke liked my tweet sharing my favourite parts of the book! I was thrilled to bits that he even noticed my little review let alone liked it 😁

2. Cooking healthy meals. Saturday I was on my own for dinner but made it a healthy one of grilled chicken, Jacket potato and salad.

3. Watching the six nations 2018. Ok so I’m not the most committed rugby fan in the world, I don’t keep up with the team changes, or watch local teams but I do love a good Six Nations! I support Ireland as my Grandfather was Irish and I picked up an Ireland rugby shirt about 10 years ago when I visited Dublin for the weekend. Scott jokes I’m only Irish when the rugby is on but T has now started following Ireland too which makes me happy 😊

4. Spending the morning with a friend talking about her wedding plans and making rocky road ready for T’s school bake sale. We had such a lovely morning eating crossaints, waffles and strawberries then catching up on her wedding prep, It was so nice to just hang out and chat about the weeks worries! The kids all had great fun mixing up the rocky road and squishing into dishes ready for the fridge too!

5. When the snow came down and T looked at it falling out of the window and said “wow it looks so beautiful like it’s just falling and making the world a better place!”

6. Date night. Wednesday I came home from work to candles, a fire, prosecco in the fridge and dinner cooked for me. It’s amazing what taking time to really appreciate each other even just for a few minutes every day can really do for a relationship. Once you take that leap to make the other person happy it’s like a domino effect, it just keeps happening back again and again and all of a sudden you are reminded of why you married each other.

7. A teacher training day for T. This meant a day off work, school and a day at home 😊 T had a friend round to play for a couple of hours in the morning then we popped to some shops for a little browse before I painted her nails for half term week and she had a riding lesson. It was a happy day, until she fell off her pony! Luckily she was fine and got right back on but we did have lots of lovely cuddles when we got home.

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7 things that have made me happy in 7 days

As my posts have been a little up and down this month I decided I wanted to write something uplifting and I’d encourage you to do the same. These are just 7 little things that have made me happy in the last 7 days. When I came up with the idea I decided it didn’t matter if they were big or small or if they happened on the same day, if it made me happy for a moment I want to remember it so here goes! 1. Having a family get together for my neices 8th birthday. We all met at my sister in laws for her birthday tea, her and T wore pretty dresses and played with the new Build a Bear clothes we bought for her and everyone ate chocolate cake, plus there was a family plank challenge where all the kids planked and T and Amber managed 2 minutes! It was a really fun afternoon. 2. After a testing few days at work this week I spent Wednesday evening watching Scott race a timed mile at the local track. It was sooooo cold but luckily he’s quite a fast runner so was in the first heat and did his mile in 5.24 with a great sprint at the end! I was really proud of him having only 3 people out of about 30 come faster than him. Obviously he’s a runner and he’s never happy with his performance and can always find ways in which he could improve next time but to see him doing so well made me happy anyway 😊 3. My Poppy. She really is the most loving, adorable ball of fluff and getting in from work the other day she was simply overjoyed to see me! I know it sounds cheesy but I can’t think of any other way to say how much she brightened my day so I let her jump into my arms and we had a big cuddle. As much as she is a monkey at times I really do love her to bits. 4. Excercise with my girl. So this has been ongoing since the start of January, we have worked out 3 times a week every week and this week after upping the amount we do she finished the workout by saying “yes, best workout ever!” It makes me so happy to see her enjoying excercise this much and boosting her self esteem at the same time. She will always be my beautiful girl but if she starts to think the same of herself after this then it’s all worth it😊 5. Buying lots of healthy and delicious food for my family! It’s no secret January is a toughie, I’m sure it is for most households but with Christmas then Ts birthday straight after and Scott’s son Louis with his 18th in Feb things have been tight. So payday finally came around this week and I spent a small fortune on lots of lovely things to eat and make yesterday! We have still been getting the fruit in but yesterday we made passionfruit yoghurts and T was so happy! Now to cook lots of exciting nutritious meals this week 😁 6. New hair day! January has been an up and down month for me but this boost has come just at the right time. It’s been a good few months since I had anything done with my hair and it has made me feel so good! It’s a treat I worked over time to pay for and I have to say the extra hours were so worth it! It’s not just how I feel when I come out but I also have a really lovely hairdresser that I can chat away to the whole time I’m in there,any woman will tell you a good hairdresser is worth their weight in gold 😁 7. Spending time with good friends. Yesterday I had a friend over for tea and cake and a good chat. We only saw each other the day before while waiting for our girls to have their ballet class but decided it would be nice to do something that isn’t just because we have to be there! We had such a lovely time just relaxing listening to music and eating cake! Then after school I hosted a play date for T and 3 friends while their Mums stayed and chatted with me. They are good friends I just haven’t seen in a while and it was really good to spend time with them. I’d love to hear what has made you happy in the last 7 days, however big or small. Thanks for reading Lou x