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The 2017 Healthy Food Goal

I haven’t stopped going on an incredible journey for one day this year. It’s a bloody roller coaster juggling kids and your own business, a house and pets and bloody emotions. I see life like Rebecca Ferguson though; everything happens in order to make us a better person. It’s true! I’m tired but a better person.

I adore New Year. So does my husband. It’s like starting a new book. Yipeeeeee. Each month is a new chapter. My husband and I went for a bottle of wine tonight without children. My mum wanted the kids over for dinner so we took some much needed time out at the local pub to discuss our 2016, our new house and our family eating habits. This is where we set new goals. One of those goals was to get home and out all the naughty food into a bag with the girls and get them to lift it to see what would be entering their tummies. This is one of the best things we have done and oh my days the bag was like santas sack!

I want to educate the girls on what food does to your mentality. Honestly this to me is hugely important. This has been a huge part of my journey. Consuming bad food from loneliness and anxiety has made my mood incredibly low. Its terrible. Its not what i want for my children and if I’m going  through it then so are they. We eat the same food. We live in the same house.


All of this would be in our tummies if I didn’t put my foot down. I’m not stopping my Kids from having treats but I have no willpower myself and have to think about my kids moods. It’s easy to slip into a lower state, so I have to do something.

Join me and my family on our 2017 food journey. Who’s in? We start tomorrow but would love to get more people involved. 

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Buying Our Forever Home

We sold our house! We have bought another house! It’s really happening!

It’s a big deal to me. Since having post-natal depression years ago I found myself distant from my home. It’s only the past year that I have started enjoying being at home but it just doesn’t feel big enough. It’s a 3 bedroom terraced house. We don’t have any room for toys, we can’t move freely around the house and it has felt like a small house for a while now. The kids who share just bicker all the time. I just want peace.

We have been keen to move to a 4 bedroom detached for the past 3 years but thought it would never happen. It was okay. We have been working hard to save and make the move happen eventually but Dave woke up one morning and said he dreamt that we should be moving so that day he spoke to a friend who is a mortgage advisor and WOAH she made it happen. 

Everything is going through. I believe we are waiting for our buyers whom are first time buyers to sort their mortgage and survey but we are up to date with everything and so are the vendors that we are buying from.

This move is a big deal. We will only be 3 miles from our current area and the kids will still go to the same schools but we won’t be walking distance to friends for play, cuppa, wine,breakfast. It’s all about car journeys from when we move. Sleepovers too. 

I’m ready for the move. I mean mentally I think I need it. Last year I wanted to die (I’m not kidding. Depression really hit me!) and so we made the decision to change my way of life – my job. So next step is a house move. 

I hope we have made the right decision. I know the grass isn’t always greener but after ten years this move feels like it was meant to be.

I feel free writing this. Odd isn’t it? I feel like this will be another fresh start mentally. Another way of rebuilding me. 

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It’s Time To Move House

Well my house went on the market yesterday and we have had viewers…twice! With parents. We have heard nothing though after their second visit so does that mean they don’t want our house? It’s okay because there isn’t much around so we arent in a great rush BUT boy does it feel rubbish after so much cleaning and tidying!

My house is truly wonderful. Not huge or well decorated but it’s been my family home for 9 years and It’s a lovely neighbourhood. I feel sad to be selling but we really need the extra room. 

My house is in Dorset and it’s up for £255k which is a bargain. I have made so many amazing memories in this house and I’m sad about parting with it. 

We viewed the house when we were about to get married in 2007 and it felt like the biggest house a newly wedded couple would dream of.

We have outgrown our family home so it’s time to move on. A hard decision. 

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Wash My Car … Spotless


Okay so here is my confession from this week. I paid a company to come to my house and Hoover my car out. I have been meaning to do it for ages and the last time I did it there was still mess left under the seats and at the side of the seats. My car is abused every day with having a family of five inside. I tried banning eating in the car but food is bribery so that rule never worked.

I found Washmycar.co.uk mentioned in a Facebook selling site so I thought I would look. I would never get around to phoning them so this company was brilliant – just book online like when youre placing your food shopping delivery! Booked in minutes.

My car was spotless and it only took about 45 minutes. It was deodorised too which smells lovely.

I paid £18 for this but honestly I would do it again. My car was disgusting inside. I think perhaps every two months I will need this service. It was cleaned whilst I worked so it took no time out of my day.

Actually I think the next job will have to be to have all the seats cleaned professionally because they offer this service too! 

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When You Start Your Day With Costa


Not a bad way to start my working day. Although I told myself I would simply order a black coffee but when I saw what Kara from Chelseamamma was ordering I really couldn’t punish myself – Costa this is all your fault for being super attractive.

So all kids at school and a whole working day to nail the blogger outreach and PR for clients. I obviously needed fuel right?

My first Mince Pie of the year was amazing. The company was great too. Kara and I live minutes from each other but never get the chance to catch up these days. I have a feeling that a Wednesday  morning “meeting” could be the future for both of us self-employed mums. 

See you next week Costa! 

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Life On The South Coast

My blog has had a makeover! It’s clearly still work in progress but i’m excited by the fresh start.

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Since going freelance in my career almost a year ago I have been itching to make a fresh start on my blog. Thank you to Chelle of The Mumington Post, Amy of Everything Mummy, Kara of ChelseaMamma, Sophie of Mumology, Alex of Bump To Baby and Katie of Mummy, Daddy, Me for unknowingly encouraging me to pull my finger out and do what I reallllllly wanted to do for a long time!

If you follow me on social media then you will know that I adore the beach and I am very lucky to live minutes from a few here on the South Coast. The best time to visit for a resident like me is Autumn and Winter when you can wrap up like those catalogue models in woollen hats and scarves, big coats, jeans and boots and walk along the sand whilst your nose is red from the cold and the scenery is utterly beautiful. Kids giggling and running after the dog in the sand and the still air. That feeling of getting home to a hot drink, biscuits and a snuggle on the sofa after a cold walk is BLISS. You’re windswept, trying to warm up under a cosy blanket and all you have done is embrace the fresh air and the sound of the waves crashing. It will clear your mind. It’s free therapy.

I can’t wait to share with you more of my wonderful adventures …

With love,

Emma x