Oh the weekend is upon us now. I have to say the first week of January has really been slow. I have struggled to get motivated and get back on track with my healthy eating. I know I was begging for a slow pace lifestyle at the end of last year but now that I have a lot to do, I need to get motivated. It always takes me a full week or two to get back into the swing of routines hence why I rarely get out of a routine then I always stay motivated. 🙂 But it’s good to have a set of recharged batteries for the new year.
I am not setting specific new year’s resolutions this year but more little changes here and there to work on throughout the year. One of them is to give myself more credit, I am my own worse critic. Also to simplify life a lot more. Sometimes I can really complicate things and get overwhelmed then I look back and think why was I so worked up. I have been getting organized too. Our garage and loft have been cleaned out. Every room in the house is getting a fresh lick of paint this year and all the cupboards, cabinets and shelves have been cleaned out and organized. I think spring cleaning came early for me this year. Now I feel the house is fresh, I am fresh and now I can get back to work. I am adamant that I will keep my life simple for 2016!
THINGS I AM LOVING THIS WEEK….
I didn’t have wifi access much on my two weeks in Ireland so I am desperately trying to catch up on my blog reading as well as my book reading. Although I did a fair bit of the latter while I was away. I read this post from Pouting in Heels, it’s brilliant for the new year. I love moving away from new year resolutions and just think about changing things all year long. Why do we always wait for it to be January to change things. Katie hits it on the head here.
I “heard” that we spent Christmas in Ireland, come have a little peak at our many adventures. Would love if you could give us a thumbs up.
I have been watching How to Get Away with Murder on Netflix. The verdict is out (no pun intended) if I truly love it or just want to know answers. It’s from the same writers as Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal so it’s still worth testing out. Next up Scandal should be back on and I have been catching glimpse of MIC (secretly) but just not loving it like I used to. Anyone have anything good to recommend on Netflix or TV to start the new year with a new series while I wait for the season 5 Suits to come back on?
I haven’t taken many outfit photos this past two weeks off but I did get some lovely new things for my birthday and christmas to share over the next few weeks. These mustard peakaboo socks are just the beginning. I have a small love (ok huge love) for anything mustard/yellow color. My nails have gone from Christmas red and gold to a more fresh look for January with pink and grey. As you can see I have a theme going this week and it’s not on purpose either with my stripes and ripped jeans. I clearly have a small love for them too. All three of these tops were in the boxing day sales (or I call it my birthday day sales). I did look for some more ripped jeans but I couldn’t find any dark wash blue ripped jeans. Where are they hiding?
I have made so many things since Christmas it’s a whole blog post waiting in itself. So I will pick one project we made and one recipe I whipped up for Mr P’s birthday. Since we were staying at Mr P’s late grandparents house in southern Ireland we had to make sure there was plenty to do for the toddlers. There is no wifi and no tv (or bath which got tricky). It’s like stepping back to 1920’s in a great way. So we got this amazing Shrinkables Pirates kit from Little & Fierce to make one day while we were there. It was the best project ever. I say that because it kept the kids entertained for hours. They were so excited to color the pirates then cut out the pirates and oh no, the fun didn’t stop there, we then got to bake them in the oven or rather I attempt in a forty year old oven/grill, eeek. Then they colored the backdrop while they waited for them to cool off. Once the pirates were cooled and made into solid plastic figures they played with them all afternoon and a few more evenings before bed too. It’s the best make-your-own make believe pirate show! Perfect for traveling as long as you have access to an oven for two minutes, color pencils and scissors. We highly recommend this for a rainy day or after school project. B was thrilled with it and even MM joined in the coloring and playing afterwards. * Quick the shrinkable pirate set is on sale right now click the link above only £3.99.
Each year, I try to out do the last year for Mr P’s birthday because well he really has a crappy birth date next to my own of course. Everyone is broke, hungover, partied out, and hiding their Christmas spare tire on January 5th and back to work for most too. It’s not the best of days to celebrate. With that in mind, every year, I make up a new recipe for his birthday cake. This year has topped them all with this delicious Cadbury Crunchie Coffee Cake with a Twirl! Literally, it is packed full of melted crunchie and twirls inside the coffee cake as much as it is pouring over top. Even the kids said, “wow” when I brought it out as a surprise.
That is my motto this year while MM is still young and B may be in school but we will make it work with bank holidays, half terms and holidays to see the world. MM and I might be taking a few girlie trips too before she starts school herself. We have been so good budgeting and planning out our 2016 family travels it’s going to be a year to remember. I love being able to show more of the world to my kids to show the different cultures and countries out there. I think it educated them and makes them worldly to appreciate the things they already have in front of them at home too. Being an expat family we would always be traveling to the states and Ireland to see family but we want a few more long weekends away to places we can try the cuisine, learn a new language, or culture to experience. Places that bring something to our life story more than just a sunny beach to enjoy. We also want to take a cruise too. We have had mixed recommendations on cruises with whether or not to take the kids with us or do it with a few couples. I would love to know your thoughts below. I have heard cruises are amazing for kids but then I have the added pressure that Mr P wants to do an Alaskan cruise. I don’t think that would be one for the kiddos, do you?
What I love most about January is it’s the month we sit down, write all the days we are available to do something as a family and we plan the entire year out, budget and all. That way we know where we are going, how much we need to save, and who we will see for the year. It’s been a little tradition since I met my hubby years ago, we do it every year. It gives us all something to look forward to while the weather is still cold, the skies are grey and everyone has the January holiday blues.