Happy Friyay everyone! I hope everyone had a great Christmas break and New Year! I am back to blogging with some much needed time off and I think the batteries have been recharged prepared for another amazing year. My new year’s resolution is to find a better balance in our lives here at LTM.
I am loving the new #littleloves and here I start my very first one of the year with “The One Where I Slowed Down”. My little loves post have always been a summary of what we have been getting up to over the past week. It’s a great way to share with those that don’t have the opportunity to read every post or those that are just stopping in to get a taste of our adventures all in one place. This year I will be writing mine with “the one where I….” in mind. Highlighting something special from the week or a theme!
As I just had extra time on my hands, I managed to read ALL three of the Divergent box set books. They were so good. I think I even read the last two in two days. It felt amazing to dive into a series again and get lost in the adventures. It had been so long since I did that and I would love to do more of it this year.
I am still rocking Taylor Swift’s new album “1989” and even the kids are feeling it. We love finding up-beat music to dance around the kitchen to, it’s just what we do to chill out and have fun.
Scandal started last night! Hurray!!! (do a little dance) as does Revenge on Monday, I can’t wait. I love January when my shows all back on. I am looking forward to Grey’s Anatomy, Downtown Abbey and few others to start too.
I have been trying my best to better my youtube skills, here is my “New Year’s Eve Hamper” for those that stay in, that I did for MumTalkTV. If you haven’t had a chance to watch MumTalkTV it’s on every Wednesday and Sunday night at 7pm. Would love to hear your feed back or if there is a topic you want us to cover leave me a comment please.
I have been rockin’ my two toned brown and black boots a lot lately and I got this outfit in the Hurley’s 70% off sale during the holidays. Win-win as they all match so nicely together. The top was actually size 3 and I normally wear size 0 or 1 in tops from there but I like the style of this top being more baggy. Sometimes if you go bigger it can change the look of the top for the better as this would have been way too short, more of a crop top if I had bought it in my size. I like the bagginess of it too as I wore it on New Year’s with black leather leggings to dress it up.
I have been baking like crazy lately with the holidays and my waistline is not thanking me for it. So you might find that this made section turns a bit healthier after January. There might be more salads and healthy snack making, going on but until then I have a few more comfort foods to share like these yummy Tomato Basil Twists, recipe to follow soon.
It’s a new year, my last year with both kids at home before Buba starts school. We are planning a lot more adventures and little moments to capture before he starts school to make his last few months as my little baby, magical. Yes, that seems contradictory of my slow down this year goals but it’s really not. We are planning more picnics in the park, casual walks around our village, scenic drives on the weekends and maybe Mommy puts her guard down and lets them have a little more treats in their life. All these things are relaxing and enjoyable for all of us but it’s less running around with our heads cut off to do major things. Sometimes we need to realize as parents the little things are just as fun for the kids as much as the major things. It doesn’t have to be disneyland to be disneyland for the kids, if you know what I mean. So I have slowed down in my planning major things and my list is full of more simple things like messy play and craft time this year. Things I know the kids will absolutely love but won’t stress Mommy out to the max. (ok maybe messy play still is stressful for me).
I have not only slowed down on things for the kids but for myself too. I now completely understand I cannot do it all not even close. I now am organizing my time more wisely and it feels more calm already. My blog is still a part of my life everyday in someway but that might be just chatting on twitter or facebook one day or finding my new found love of my pinterest boards again. I was longing for the days I could be inspired and pin to my hearts content, well I am doing it now. I have reorganized my boards, and started some fab new ones for inspiration and sharing my love for home decor more. My newest board is my “Mantelpiece Inspiration” as I add new things everyday looking for inspiration for my own new mantelpiece in my front room! If you have any great mantelpiece boards or pins tag me in, would love to see them.
And that is my slowed down process to this year… what are your new year’s resolutions for yourself, your family and your blog? Would love to hear them!
Linking up with the beautiful Butwhymummywhy for her #littleloves linky!