My Sisters In July.

on Thursday, 10 July 2014.

After a few months of forgetting right until the last minute to capture some photos of my little ladies together, this month I actually have been organised.  This was mainly due to the fact that last week we were on holiday in Rhodes and I had my camera permanently attached to my hand. (unless I was sipping on a strawberry mojito or sunbathing reading my book of course!)  I took a fair few of my sister's over the course of the week, but I thought I would use my favourite set as my 'Siblings' photos for July.  

LL finally started walking on the last day of our holiday after months of half heartedly trying.  She seemed to grow up overnight while we were away, and as a result her and Mads have become even closer.  This also means that their little strops with each other have kicked up a gear as well, but for the most part they are the best of friends and I am loving seeing their relationship grow and develop.  I am excited to see how LL's new view of the world from a walking perspective will affect it.

I took these photos one evening in our little holiday tradition of walking down to the beach after the girl's dinner to catch the last of the afternoon sun, throw stones and eat sand. (in LL's case!)  The light to me was just beautiful at this time as I love that back lit, sun flare kind of photograph.  The girls are wearing my favourite outfits of theirs at the moment- I love their retro style ice cream dresses.  

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Why can't Britain have this golden sunshine all the time?


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This month I am sending you to one of my lovely friends and a fellow I Heart Snapping lady- the lovely Hayley.  Her two little people are exceptionally cute and her photography is just gorgeous. Be sure to check them out.


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'My Fitness Mission'- June.

on Tuesday, 08 July 2014.

I am interrupting my week or so of holiday posts to post my latest fitness mission update.  When I started trying to get fit back in January, I didn't really deep down think I would stick at it. Pessimistic perhaps but after many wasted gym memberships, two day 'diets' and numerous 'I will start tomorrow's', I wasn't holding out much hope.  But June has been and gone and I have managed to stick at it for the last six months, I am really proud of myself and it definitely has changed my life for the better.  I feel the healthiest I have ever been which is saying something.

Back on the 1st January 2014 I snapped a couple of photos of myself in the mirror with my iPhone.  I wasn't ever planning on sharing them, it was mainly so I could look back and see whether I could notice any difference as the months went past.  However I am being brave and sharing them on here, as I think it just goes to show what a difference six months can make.  I am really nervous, after all it's not every day you show your wobbly bits to the internet, but hopefully it will inspire other people who are thinking about trying to get fitter or feel better about themselves.

six months of fitness

(Note to self- Must remember to clean mirror!)

I have never been overweight but as you can see from the photos I had what you can only describe as a spare tyre round my tummy.  A bit of it was still excess baby weight, but it mainly was from having an unhealthy lifestyle- I would eat chocolate at least twice a day, sharing a large treat bag with Mr E almost every night. In all I have lost a stone and a half, although this fluctuates by a couple of pounds each month if I over indulge or don't do as much exercise.  I have also lost almost 6 and a half inches from my waist.  I am shocked by the change in the two photographs as obviously you don't see the change gradually.  It really has made a difference to my life- I have a lot more energy, I feel healthier, am enjoying buying clothes again and just generally feel happier as well.  Plus I have gained a new hobby when it comes to running, although some months I enjoy it more than others.

Here is how I got on in June...




June has been a bit of a strange month when it comes to exercise.  On one hand, I have not done anywhere near as much running as I would have liked to, mainly because my knee has been playing up so I have had to rest it for a few days inbetween each run, but on the other hand I have experienced some new milestones.  On Father's Day I took part in my first ever race- a local 10k race.      I was so nervous beforehand, but I managed to complete it in 51 minutes 30, which is a new personal record for me.  I was 32nd out of 203 females running in the race and 202nd out of all 518 runners, so I was pretty pleased with myself.

However I have really only been getting out for a run about once a week which isn't ideal, although I have been doing the odd kettlebell workout at home too.  While we were on holiday last week, I impressed myself by getting up early in the morning and going to the gym on four different occasions, although I only did about twenty minutes on the treadmill as it was so hot!

My half marathon is next month and I am terribly nervous as I really haven't been training properly and I still have only done 8 miles at the most.  Let's hope it goes ok!




June has not been great in terms of eating, some days I have been good, but on the whole we have eaten out way too much.  I also went on holiday to Rhodes and as anyone who is trying to be good knows, a holiday is bound to throw a spanner in the works.  I drank cocktails every night, ate numerous ice creams and over indulged far too much in the evening buffet.  The puddings each night were divine- yummy creme brulees, creamy mousses and chocolate cake, and as I was on holiday I just couldn't resist filling my plate once. (or twice!)

 I am not strict enough to weigh myself (I don't have scales in my house so only do it when I go somewhere where there are some!) but I can tell that my jeans are a little tight so I think I am going to have to work a little harder this month.  That is my main problem- I just cannot resist sweet treats if they are in front of me. 


One of the main reasons I started this fitness mission back in January was because I wanted to feel comfortable in a bikini on our holiday.  And while I still didn't feel completely comfortable as I do still have a wobbly tummy at the bottom, I embraced it and wore one for the first time since Mads was born three and a half years ago.  I know I won't have the figure that I had in my early 20's again, having my little ladies has changed my body, but I finally feel comfortable enough (sometimes) in my own skin to realise that's ok.  I made two little humans and as long as I eat healthily most of the time, do some exercise at least a couple of times a week and have a postive outlook, then I will feel pretty good. 

I wonder what the next six months will bring!

Holiday Spam...

on Monday, 07 July 2014.

You may have noticed it has been a little quiet around these parts for the last week or so.  The reason for this is that we have been thousands of miles away in Rhodes on our first foreign holiday as a family of four.  We got back late Saturday night and have been drowning under a sea of dirty washing and unpacking.

I think it is going to be quite hard to put into words about just how much of an amazing time we had on our holiday to Levante Beach.  Of course we expected to have a great time, we were on holiday after all, but we had an intensely special week.  One that we will all remember for an incredibly long time.  Even as I type this I can feel tears pricking at the back of my eyes, perhaps a little of the post holiday blues that is inevitable when you return back to normality, but also because quite simply I am a little overwhelmed by just how much one holiday and place could capture my heart and define us as a family.

I kept my promise to myself and kept my phone off.  Bar going on to instagram to do the odd photo, I didn't check my emails, read my tweets or look online at anything.  I completely switched off, we all did, and we really needed to.  We relaxed, we had new experiences, we made new friends and above all we reconnected as a family.  We have come away with sunkissed noses with emerging freckles, a couple extra pounds in weight from an over indulgence of waffles in the morning, and a whole host of memories that will give us goosebumps for a long time to come.

Of course, I took SO many photos and some video too.  Apologies but this little blog is going to be overtaken by holiday spam for the next week or so but I have just so much I want to record, share and remember.  I am going through and sifting through all the photos from my 'big camera', plus I want to actually write what we got up to, but in the meantime I wanted to share some of the photos from my iPhone.  

Here is a snapshot of our holiday through the eyes of my phone...

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Fun in the pool with LL who loved splashing about in her ring and a spot of relaxing (more about that in another post!)

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The beautiful Levante Beach, looking gorgeous at sunrise.  I surprised myself by getting up and going to the gym four times, although it was so hot I didn't do that much!

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We started a mini tradition of standing outside our suite and taking a photo of that evenings outfits.  Isn't it wonderful going on holiday and not having to cook or wash up for a week? 

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One of the great things about Mark Warner is that a lot of the activities are included in the price.  Mr E and I went on an organised bike ride with Emma along the coast, stopping at a little bar for a diet coke in the sunshine.

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More holiday posing- I loved the excuse to dress the girls up in little outfits that they just don't get to wear much of at home.

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This girl grew so much in confidence over the course of the week, going from not letting go of us to swimming and jumping non stop.  We got her a Konfidence jacket just before we left and it gave her and us a bit more reassurance.  She just loved every second of swimming.

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1 sharing icecreams

We had a little routine where by the girls would have an after lunch swim followed by an ice cream- their little faces were an absolute picture each time.

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They would then have an afternoon siesta, as would Mr E occasionally too while I got to lay in the sun and read my book, which was absolute bliss.

1 water pistol

Mads loved her water pistol that Grandma bought her and LL, but we had a slight issue on the way there that we packed one of them in her Trunki and it got flagged up as we passed through security! They wouldn't let it on the plane and Mads was so upset- how stupid are we?!

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Messing around in the pool- it's a lot harder than it looks trying to take a photo underwater!

1 looking out to sea

We loved going down to the beach every evening after dinner for a paddle.

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Our last night outfits.

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Saying Bye Bye to Rhodes.


As I said, I have so many photos from my DSLR I want to share, so this blog is going to be a very sunshiny place for a little while.  A perfect way to counteract the sadness as our tans fade and life returns to normal!


Me and Mine: A Family Portrait Project 2014- June.

on Monday, 30 June 2014.

I usually like to take special photos for my Me and Mine photos each month.  Make a little effort out of our busy life to go somewhere that means something to us to take a snap, or do it while we are doing something fun.  I like to take a couple to preserve the memories.  However this month life has just been so busy.  Don't get me wrong, it's very much welcome, we have had a hectic, fun and happy June full of adventure, but it means that I just haven't had time to take family photos.

We have been busy most weekends- we have been to a treehouse for an amazing trip together, I took part in my first 10k race, (and have had a sore knee ever since- oops!) Mr E had the girls for the weekend while I went to Brit Mums Live and we have had the odd quiet day of fun in the sunshine.  It's been a lot of fun and we have made a lot of memories together.  But the fun hopefully doesn't stop there.  As you read this we will be sunning ourselves on holiday- our first one abroad as a family of four.  

I am so excited for a break away.  We all need it- Mr E has taken on a new freelance contract and has been working every single night for hours, and we are relishing some time away as a family.  I adore blogging and the online world but am looking forward to switching my phone off for a week and going off the social media and work radar. (Bar the odd instagram snap naturally- isn't it obligatory to take a photo with a cocktail in your hand?)  I really want to spend uninterruped moments with my girls and husband, read lots of books, (I have packed 6- what else do you do in the evenings with kids?) and just take some time 'off' to relax.  Hopefully we are having a good time as you read this!

Our family portrait for this month therefore was taken by a kind passer by on our little treehouse weekend away.  We stopped for ice creams in a really cute old fashioned sweet shop, Mads and Daddy went for large cones, Mummy went for a scoop of vanilla in a tub, (always a tub for me) and the lady kindly gave LL her own mini cone as she felt sorry for her having to share Mr E's.  Just a happy snap of the four of us.  Except my children don't look too happy.  Probably because the woman was interupting us from important ice cream eating.

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And a last minute 'I forgot a proper family portrait' photo...

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Because our passports totally class as a family portrait don't they? 


This month I am sending you to go and have a look at Chloe's blog.  She has two boys who are very similar in age to Mads and LL, perhaps we could sort out some sort of blogging arranged marriage or something as they are very cute.  Be sure to go and check out her family photo, she is a super talented photographer.  


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