Minnis Bay Brasserie & Gravity Review ~ Olivia-May’s Birthday Week


A couple of weeks ago, we celebrated Olivia’s 4th Birthday-and boy, does that girl know how to drag out Birthday celebrations (goodness knows where she gets it from…..)

I’ll attach a vlog I put together over the week, at the end of this blog, but first I wanted to review a couple of places we visited during the celebrations. Continue reading

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Today I’m thankful For…..#4

Good Afternoon!  So, today I am thankful for;
Being a grown up
I didn’t feel brilliant when I woke up this morning, and I remembered back to when I was little, having to suck it up and go to a family thing or a planned event my parents had decided on, wishing I was back in bed, or on the sofa watching TV.

Now I’m a grown up, and, although there are a few negative aspects to it sometimes, there are plenty of positives too!
I got up, pulled on some baggy leggings I wouldn’t dare wear out, and my husbands hoody over my pyjama top-I didn’t even bother putting a bra on (too much information?)
I scraped my hair back into a pony tail and ran a wipe over my face.
I’ve spent the day in front of the TV snuggled with the kids, watching films and faffing on my iPad.  I have only got up to get the kids juice, and get us all lunch, then sat back down.  I fancied a cake and we didn’t have any, so I just got up and made one.  Then I ate some as soon as it was ready.
Because I can, because I’m a grown up now!

The cake thing acutally brings me on to the next thing I’m thankful for today.

Being able to bake
You don’t get much chance as a kid to bake, and when you do you’re governed by a recipe out of an old book your parents still have from their ancestors, and said parents are breathing down your neck, checking you’re doing it properly, and making sure you don’t burn the house down.
So when you eventually become a grown up, you kind of have to learn to do these things on your own.
I don’t remember learning it, it just kind of came naturally, a bit like the writing I do now actually.

But really, what a skill to ace.  I want a cake, I make a cake.  The cake I wanted today was plain sponge, with cream and strawberry jam inside, and cream and strawberries on the top.  Luck shone down on me today and I had every ingredient I needed, I made the cake and it looked and tasted exactly how I had dreamt it would in my head!

Being able to let go
As I type this, I only have one of my babies at home.  Which isn’t abnormal as I sometimes only have Olivia here in the week, while Kye’s at school.  School, is one of those things you’re forced into having to be OK with as a parent. You know they need it, you know it’s the law, you know there’s not enough brain in your head to teach them at home, so it’s best for them.

What I struggle with more though, is the ability to be OK with letting my eldest child go to friends houses without me!  I know, I know,it sounds crazy doesn’t it, seriously, cut the apron strings woman!  Unfortunately, that’s just the person I am, and always have been. Don’t get me wrong, he’s gone to friends houses before!
Before today however it, was just stupidly hard and I’d worry and have the worst anxiety all the time he was gone.  The difference now is, as I’m getting better mentally, and becoming happier and more positive in myself, decisions such as letting him go out for the afternoon to a friends house, becomes a lot easier.
I’m proud of him, for wanting to go, and I know he’ll do his best to follow the rules that are not only the ones he’s been brought up with, but the ones set out by his friends family. Today though, I’m also proud of myself for having the ability to now let him go.

So that’s all for today’s ‘thankful for’ post!  Don’t forget you can join in to!
You can go onto my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or comment at the bottom of this post to join in thinking of something you’re thankful for.  Don’t forget to use the hashtag #MFBthanful so I can find you easily too!



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Elf on the Shelf-Day 9

Thank goodness for a quieter, less stressful day!

Aside from a large amount of housework (and baking-see picture below), we’ve had no major issues.


After planting their magic jelly beans last night (see yesterdays blog for photos-Elf on the Shelf -Day 8), this morning the children woke to find the magic had taken place downstairs, and they had grown into magic candy canes!


Kye was super excited-he remembers this antic from last year,and knew exactly what was going to happen.  Although Olivia took part in it last year, she was super small, so didn’t remember, and as I mentioned in yesterdays blog, couldn’t understand the concept of what was going to happen during the night either!

They both set about hanging the magic candy canes on the tree, and, while her brother worked hard at school, Olivia was happy to have a taste of her first one too!


As per usual, I have no plans for tonight as yet!!!!!!  But as usual, I won’t let my babies down!!!!

Tomorrow during the day, we’re off to our annual family get together at my step-nans, so I’m sure there’ll be some lovely festive tales of family fun, or tales of me tearing my hair out because of the usual running late, or kids having a moan on the car journey there or back.

Whatever happens-we’ll be ready!


Until tomorrow……..This tired elf is off to bed!


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That Time of the Month…..

I think the title says it all, but just in case you’ve got this far and are still wondering “what’s this blog about?!” ITS. ABOUT. PERIODS.

I’ll assume, if you’re a man or someone who doesn’t like speaking about bodily functions, you’ve clicked the ‘X’ at the top right of the page by now (therefore  haven’t read this bit).

If you’re sticking with it-well done! But y’know brace yourselves!

So, today is day 1 of period week for me.

I’m pretty certain I say it most months, but this is by far the worst one I’ve EVER had.

For starters, I may as well be pregnant. 

Similarities of Periods to Pregnancy. 

  • I feel sick.
  • I’m shattered.
  • My head hurts.
  • I’m dizzy.
  • I’m cranky.
  • I’m tearful.
  • I have restless legs.
  • I have backache.
  • My tummy is huge.
  • I’m covered in spots.
  • I can’t get comfy.
  • I think my vagina may be falling off (later pregnancy that one)

Additionally to feeling as though I may aswell be growing a baby-I also have to deal with and face up to the following…..

  • It’s too hot for hot water bottles.
  • My belly is probably bigger than usual because I’m eating my bodyweight in chocolate and cake.
  • My skin is probably bad because of the above too.
  • I have to cough loudly when messing with noisy sanitary product packaging in the bathroom because my husband is a massive prude.
  • My daughter can’t understand why she can’t come “chat” to me while I’m in the toilet.

If you’ve made it this far through this blog, you proved to me and yourself you’re;

  1. Not a prude
  2. Not a cliche man
  3. Not my husband
  4. Probably going through the same as me every month.

To all the women sharing in these issues once a month-I salute you.

We’re amazing-and so bloody strong to get through this! (Pardon the pun!)

Keep fighting ladies-only another 6 days left (on average). X

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