Another week gone by, this year is going by a lot quicker than i’ve anticipated but that alright.. it just means autumn will be here before you know it! (Yes I am sad I know) but this week hasn’t been as warm as it was last week which as you probably know i am glad for because me and heat do not mix!

This weeks photo is once again some blossom, these are cherry blossoms that sit outside my local doctors office and are stunning with this beautiful subtle shade of pink.

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I hate the heat, I think I have made this pretty obvious in a few posts in the past, and thankfully I am not the only one who cannot stand the sunshine, the warm weather and the endless headaches that the heat can cause.. plus with heat comes pollen and then I am a walking sneezing sad person who just wants nothing more to hide inside and never come out.

When I am suffering I tend to just hide inside, I realize I sounds like a complete bore but whenever there is a situation that its needed to outside, I avoid it at all costs, family meals when everyone apart from you wants to sit outside in the sun and the bugs, what do I do, why I sit inside! and there is nothing wrong with not being a sun worshiper, I am overweight so that’s one of the main reasons why I dislike the hot weather and I also suffer with bad hay fever, I once had a meal over my aunts home and we sat outside, it was shady so I hoped it wouldn’t be to bad but I ended up with the worst allergic reaction to something that I’ve ever dealt with and retreated inside to suffer in silence and what surprised me the most about my dislike for the heat is just how many others also hate it, I honestly felt like the only one who just simply didn’t want to go outside or sit in the shade..

and with summer fast approaching, I decided to asked some wonderful mums out there to shade their top tips of keeping cool when you just cannot deal with it all and they offered some wonderful tips that I am going to share with you, so you can also deal with the heat and know you are not suffering in silence, or being anti social just because you like being inside!

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 “I tend to sit in the shade and grumble and when I have to I get the hose on spray mode and hold in over my head” – Nicole from The Littlest Darlings 

“Spend good money on a great air con/fan – I see it as an investment because I will always be this way and it will always be on full blast every year as soon as the temperature goes above 20 degrees” – Kate from Ever After with Kids 

“We make up juice and leave it in the fridge. I hate the heat and I find cold drinks are the best way to cool down.” – Pete from Household Money Saving

“Not a fan of the heat. Get as many windows open as possible, plenty of cool drinks to stay hydrated and avoid the sun as much as I can” – Candace from Buckets of Tea

“Keep the bedroom curtains closed during the day- it really helps to keep it cool for bedtime” – Vicki from Family Travel with Ellie

Fill the freezer with plenty of ice lollies, fill ice cube trays and make smoothies with frozen fruit. I bought a big cannister that we keep in the fridge and each evening I fill it with water, lemons, cucumbers and mint leaves – it is delicious and really refreshing” – Carla-marie from Mybump2baby

“I love the heat but my son who has eczema really struggles. We bought an air conditioning unit for his bedroom and it was worth every penny. When it gets really hot I pop in there for some relief too! Also black out blinds in his bedroom helps to keep it cooler during the day.” – Michelle from Time and Pence offers us a different perspective of the heat.

“Freeze a hot water bottle and pop it in your bed at night, it will help cool you down when trying to sleep at night.” – Anne from Midwife Mama Bear

“Dress as comfortably as possible and wear light clothes. Avoid black because black absorbs heat. Although I have shopping, I like to go to the shopping centers when it’s hot outside because it tends to be cooler in there. I’ll grab myself a Caramel Frappuccino and I’ll shop around” – Eliza from My Everything Beautiful

“I find heat is only bearable when you’re actually on holiday. When you have to do normal work or parent things it’s more stressful!” –  Ayse from Arepops (I 100% agree with this one)

“I put a packet of facial wipes or baby wipes in the fridge, they make a quick refreshing cool down when it’s hot! ” –  Bee from The Lupie Mummy

All such wonderful tips from fellow sun haters! I am going to definitely put some of these to the test as the weather continues to get warmer and we edge closer and closer to summer!

What have been your top tips of staying cool when the weather is against you?

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Who doesnt love a good blogger tag, and I was tagged by the wonderful Maria over at Surburban Mum in this wonderful ‘getting to know you’ style Q and A.. so here we go.. onto the questions.

When was the last time you cried? – You know.. I cry so often that I honestly don’t remember, I get anxiety/panic attacks sometimes and end up in tears after that, I cry sometimes when I watch films.. I have become super emotional of late

If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself? – If other person me knew how lonely and excluded real me felt every day I would make it my goal to make real me feel happy not lonely, so I would.

Do you use sarcasm a lot? – sometimes, I was going to give a sarcastic answer but didn’t hah!

What’s the first thing you notice about people? – Hair, but I do a quick scan of peoples faces before I talk to them, so I notice their whole face I think

Scary movie or happy endings? – realistic endings, one of my favorite movies The Descent had a ‘Happy’ ending and a realistic ending and I think after seeing the happy one and the one where its still bad, I prefer that.. morbid as I am…

Favourite smells? – rain after a hot day, that smell that you only get in autumn..

What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home? – I think the furthest i’ve been is this town in Scotland called Lossiemouth (handy little wiki link here) my friends dad was part of the RAF and was based there and we traveled up there during the half term.. I have also been to Dublin and but I think Lossiemouth is the further than Dublin..

Do you have any special talents? – I dont think I do, I can speed type and speed read, but that’s about it

Where were you born? – A hospital in the city of Cambridge! I was born in Cambridgeshire, I grew up in Hertfordshire and I now live in Essex 🙂 im an all over type of person haha

What are your hobbies? – Photography I run a weekly series on my blog that goes up every sunday called Photograph Sunday which I pick a photo of that week which I love, crocheting, social media (yes that’s a hobby) and gaming.. there are a few more but I cant think of them off the top of my head

What did you want to be when you grew up? – According to my mum I wanted to be a dental nurse, but now that I am much older I cannot for the life of me figure out why I would want to look into peoples mouths for a living.

How many countries have you been to? – Five – Spain, Belgium, France, Scotland and Ireland

What was your favourite/worst subject in School? – Favorite was always science and history, my worst was probably religious studies

What is your favourite drink? – water and tea, however I have been a little addicted to a nice cold diet coke once in a while

What would you (or have you) name your children? – My son is Kai which is short of Malachi, his name was picked even before we got pregnant, my first daughter is Amelia, we couldn’t figure out a girl name for ages until i read a wiki page about Amelia Earhart, and my second daughter is called Robin, shes my little bird 🙂

Who are some of your favourite YouTubers? – I love Achievement Hunter! its a gaming channel that came off the back of the wonderful Austin Texas based company Rooster Teeth.

How many boyfriends have you had? – 2?.. i don’t know .. my memory is terrible

Favourite memory from childhood? – I have many but the one that sticks in my mind is the day we all went around my Nan’s house and she got everyone doughnuts and my aunts dog Bobby spotted one on the coffee table and in one bite grabbed this jam filled treat and ran off with it.

How would you describe your fashion sense? – er… ‘mum’

Tell us one of your bad habits! – I worry far to much for a normal person, I say sorry ALL the time and for no reason, I self doubt and self hate… Oh and I also crack my bones!

and there we have it, I really enjoyed that little tag, I think these getting to know you type ones have to be my favorites

I tag –

Norma

Vicki

Becca

Until next time

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I will just come out and say it, I have caught the homeware bug, I have been seeing beautiful fun prints all over my social medias of late and I couldn’t hold off anymore and started to look into getting some prints for the flat, but I was in luck, a wonderful company called the Old English Company contacted me to see if I was interested in receiving some of their wonderful products in exchange for a little review, it was almost like they read my mind, I of course jumped at the chance and selected the items I wanted to receive.

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The two prints that I selected is this fun London themed one with all the popular locations that are in the city, written out surrounding a golden Thames, my son is a bit obsessed with London and has sat down to read out all the names asking me about which one has ‘Big Ben’. I love how clean it looks and would look perfect in an office but we have it here in the children’s playroom, along with the other print that I got which says ‘Never Stop Exploring’ which I think its just perfect for a child’s play room or bed room.

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The three home items that I got are these cute mug with the slogan on, this adorable coaster and of course a wonderful pin to add to my nappy bag, because after all, all mum’s are ‘Mama Bears’ –

The mug is fantastic, I love the modern look of white background and black writing, it feels so clean and fresh and perfect, I love the quotes on all the items, ‘Amazing Things Will Happen’ is just perfect when you are having a bit of a bad day, go make yourself a cup of tea or coffee and remind yourself that things might seem bad now, but always look towards the future, the coasteris adorable with the same sort of font and style like the mug, this reminds me of those cute little ‘joke’ gifts you give your partner at Christmas, and I actually love it, the quality is again fantastic and feels so well made and finally the pink, a beautiful gold and pink enamel pin with a little bear showing off how proud she is at being a ‘Mama Bear’ this is so well made and its just stunning, I have loved all these little products from Old English Company, they are all completely beautiful as I said, made with care.

There is something wonderful about all these products, I know that I am probably going to go back for birthdays for gift ideas for my friends and family, everything is relatively affordable and with how it looks doesn’t seem to be, they’re bright and fun little addition to my cupboard full of mugs and the enamel pin collection they have on the website is something I really want to buy more of and add to my collection of pins, if you love good stylish homeware and beautiful accessories then I highly recommend taking a look at the website, and without sounding too ‘Middle Class’ as my husband says, they make wonderful props for any fancy Instagram post!

I am looking forward to making my future purchases and brightning up my home with wonderful inspirational quotes and more quirky homeware.

Until next time

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Disclaimer - these items had been sent to me for review purposes, all thoughts and opinions are my own

I have two photos to share with you this week, one is from our walk in the woods, we went on a little bluebell hunt and thankfully they are fully out and ready for a beautiful snap of my three children, one of my mum friends also blogger Bex takes yearly photos of her children in her amazing little wood surrounded by bluebells and it seemed such a beautiful idea, so when we found that the little wood near the flat was full of them, I wanted to get some photos of my lot in them.. a little inspired photo.

And the second photo is this amazing announcement board that my friend in my baby group made, she doesn’t do it for a business anymore but had 10 spaces available and I jumped at the chance to have another one of her amazing boards, shes such a talented lady and made this for Robin’s second birthday on the 19th April.

I adore it!

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