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{The Ordinary Moments 14} #32 'Celebrating The Ordinary Moments.'

on Sunday, 31 August 2014.


Blogging is a funny old thing, it's really hard to explain to someone who doesn't really know all that much about it.  It's something which has become a part of me, of who I am, and I am now just automatically programmed to think about my blog each day- to check twitter, instagram or to read blogs, it's part of my day to day routine.  I've made lots of friends through it, had many opportunities and been able to showcase my freelance work.  Of course there are times where I wonder what the point is, why I obsessively document our memories, or times where I wonder why people want to read about it.  Our life is happy and simple, but it's pretty dull.  We are just an average family, with nothing particularly exciting going on.  But then I know why I read my favourite blogs, because I am genuinely interested in their lives and I love to hear about what they are up to.

There are times where I feel really uninspired, when I can't be bothered to pick up my camera and it sits behind the sofa collecting dust, or where I need to just spend my evenings with my husband and not worry about writing a post.  There are times when I just need to switch off and there are times when life gets in the way and I just don't have time to record our memories, or absentmindedly flick through my social media channels.  But after doing this for over three years, I know that there is something ingrained in me to always come back to blogging- that it's ok to take a break, to feel uninspired or to just quite frankly not be bothered for a while.

One thing I do love doing is writing these Ordinary Moments posts each week.  When I haven't written or done much blogging all week because of being busy, or feeling uninspired, I know that I have this post to write.  I know I don't have to do one each week, that I could leave it for a couple of weeks, but it's almost like I have become programmed to write it.  Like with anything, it will get to Saturday afternoon and I will spend the girl's nap time writing a post when I should be doing the housework, but I like the fact that I started this little project and that I am documenting our day to day life.  Because really I am such a creature of habit, I love the days out or the exciting times, but home is very much where my heart is.  I thrive on routine, and as such so do my girl's, so our weeks pass quickly in a blur of mealtimes, seeing friends, nap time and bits and bobs.  It's not particularly thrilling but I really do relish these times the most.  I am happy living our slightly boring, ordinary life.

A couple of months ago I was contacted by Clarks who had found my Ordinary Moments project and wanted to collaborate with me on their new Autumn/Winter brand book.  I was genuinely thrilled that they wanted to work with me and a couple of days ago they sent me a few copies that have finally been printed.  My little ethos on celebrating and documenting the ordinary moments will now go out with every single pair of first shoes bought, as a reminder that it's not just the big milestones that are important, and that makes me feel really proud.  Out of all the opportunities I have had through my blog, this one has really stood out for me because that is exactly why I started my blog in the first place- to record our family life together.  

My blog may not be the most exciting, the most glamourous or indeed the most interesting blog to read- I don't do many reviews, I don't write posts that stand out or make a difference, or that make people inspired or laugh out loud, but it has reminded me exactly why I will continue to spend my very rare and limited spare time coming back time and time again to this blog.  

To record and treasure our Ordinary Moments.  

Because they really are the ones I want to remember.

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clarks brand book

NB:  Clarks didn't ask me to write about featuring in their brand book, but I am just really proud!

A New Beginning.

on Thursday, 02 January 2014.

2013 is behind us, and we said goodbye to one of the best years of our lives so far with home made Mexican food and cocktails followed by a riveting game of Scrabble, and me promptly falling asleep just before the countdown. (I did wake up to see in the New Year though!)

I am not normally one for resolutions, and if I am they usually last approximately a week, but I have a feeling this year is going to be different for me, and I have set myself some 'goals' which I hope I do indeed stick to.

We are now on the second day of 2014 and today I did something both incredibly exciting and terrifying in equal measures- I handed my notice in at work and told them I wouldn't be returning in February when my maternity leave finishes.  I have been working for my current company for over five years, although since Mads was born I have been part time, so this is a huge step for me.  I loved my job and my career, but my priorities have changed since becoming a Mummy.  The last year or so I have been doing freelance social media management for a few different companies, and over the last few months Mr E and I have decided that I will concentrate on that in the future.

It feels scary and surreal not to be returning to work and being officially 'freelance', although I am used to that way of life now.  I am looking forward to the challenge of working for myself, but above all I am looking forward to being at home with my babies.  This way, I get to be with them more than if I had returned to my previous job.  They will both be in nursery for two short days, and hopefully this will help us all, it gives me more time to get on with work and it gives them some independence.  

That's one big change for 2014.  The next is that I am determined to improve my lifestyle.  My diet is shocking, I don't do any exercise and I often feel lethargic and out of sorts.  While I am not overweight by any means, I have piled on the pounds since having LL, and my tummy is in a desperate need of a tone.  I know that resolutions are easily broken, and I am not known for my staying power but I have joined a gym and I am going to be doing a mixture of that and running.

I have completed three runs so far, with my last yesterday being 5k in 31.5 minutes, something which I wouldn't have even imagined I could do.  Although not far or fast, I haven't done proper exercise since school so I am pleased with my initial progress and I am hoping I will catch the running bug.  I would like to lose a stone in 2014, and tone up more.  I am also going to be watching my diet, but I can't live without diet coke, the occasional chocolate (oh and Ben and Jerry's) and carbs, so I am going to try and eat smaller portions and healthier snacks too.  I am also trying to drink 1.5 litres of water a day, as I usually go most days without drinking anything but coke and then end up with a cracking headache.  I will try and detail my progress on this blog, so hopefully I will see a change in my 'Mum Tum' and my overall outlook to diet and exercise.

I'm hoping that I will have a better work/life balance and therefore will be a better Mummy and Wife because of this, with not so many evenings spent on the laptop and more time to read, snuggle or relax with Mr E, as well as having time to switch off too.  I spend far too much time on the laptop at the moment.

We have lots of things to look forward to in 2014- a wonderful holiday with Mark Warner as one of their ambassadors, another little trip with our besties, some weekends away at weddings and hen do's, plus other bits and pieces too.  I am bridesmaid for one of my good friends in May so am looking forward to that and hopefully won't feel like a frump in my dress compared to the others!  I also turn the big 30 in March, which feels surreal even typing.   

I very much doubt we will be able to top 2013, after all it was the year our little family became complete with our beautiful LL, but I am definitely looking forward to trying.

Hello 2014.  Let's be having you.


And Happy New Year to anyone who reads this little blog of mine.  If you have made any resolutions let me know!

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