Siblings (January 2017)

There is 2 years and 3 months between my two and for every day that goes by I feel like that age gap is closing in. Dylan is toddling around more and more each day and for longer periods of time. It still amuses Katie when he stands up to walk and although the novelty has worn off for us a little bit, Katie still squeals in delight when he walks,  like it’s the first time he’s done it! She literally is his number one fan! She’s always encouraging him to do more and being really supportive when he does something new. They are able to play together now in a way that they’ve never been able to before. Dylan is no longer the boring baby that can’t do much whom Katie has to be gentle with. We still ask her to be gentle with him…it doesn’t work and Dylan weighs nearly the same as her so he gives as good as he gets now.

Photographing them together this month has been HARD WORK.  Firstly the weather has been either too wet or too cold to spend long periods outside and when I’ve managed to get my camera out in the house Dylan doesn’t sit there long enough for the flash to go off. I’ve deleted umpteen photos on my camera these last few days because they were too blurry from where one of them had moved!

They still absolutely adore one another like they always have. Except now I feel (if possible) that their bond is even closer because Katie has a partner in crime (or someone to blame if it all goes wrong – Dylan did it!) She still plays Mother hen to him and is very cautious of his safety. Always making sure the stair gates are closed and helping him walk when he’s feeling a bit wobbly. She’s so kind and caring when it comes to anything like that. They really are the best of friends. I love my siblings so much and can not wait to see how their relationship grows over the next 12 months.




The Me and Mine Project

Routines, Sound of music and lean in 15 #littleloves

Goodness me it’s Friday again!! How did that happen? I fear that 2017 is going to whizz by as fast as 2016 did! We are definitely back in to the routine and swing of things here. Katie started back at pre-school this week and I was glad for the return to normality if I’m honest. I’ve spent too many days post Christmas wondering what day we were on and what date it was! It was sad to not have her around in the mornings but she was glad to be back in to a routine too and back with all her little chums so it works out really well. I wonder how long it lasts before I’m ready for half term again!?

This week I have…


Blog posts. I have been reading lots of posts from linky’s that I have found of late and they have all been so good. There’s too many that I’ve read to post my favourite one on here but it’s so nice to read other bloggers work.
I have also started reading Caroline Flacks autobiography “Storm in a C cup”…Don’t ask me why! It caught my eye in the library the other day and I thought it would be interesting to read. I love a bit of scandalous gossip.


Apart from Sherlock again (I love it) I’ve been watching Joe Wicks, the Lean in 15 man do his exercises in his new DVD. I’ve half heartedly been trying to copy him too. It’s a work in progress!


“The Sound of music” soundtrack. It brought back so many great memories. One of my favourite films ever is The sound of music and I have the soundtrack on CD. I’m always singing songs to Katie from the film and naturally she has no idea what I’m going on about so I decided to play her the CD…She didn’t show my level of enthusiasm for it but there’s time yet!


Not a lot this week I’m afraid. I’ve been meaning to do some baking with Katie but given that it was the first week back in our routine I’ll go easy on myself! I’m hoping to do some craft projects with her next week so I’ll let you know.


I have wore my gym kit/sports wear a lot this week. I go to the gym twice a week usually before work so I started back there this week plus as mentioned I’ve been doing the lean in 15 DVD so sports wear has been vital this week.


I’m at a spa party on Saturday night which I can not wait for. Starting the new year with my friends, a couple of drinks and a little bit of pampering! What more could I ask for!?

That was me for this week! I’d love to hear what your little loves have been for the week!


Little Loves Coffee Work Sleep Repeat

Happy Blogiversary to me!

Whoop! Today is my 1 year blogiversary! A year ago today I decided to share my life and create my little space. What a year it’s been! I look back on my first ever post on the 11.01.16 here and it feels like a lifetime ago. I didn’t write much, just an introduction but I knew NOTHING about blogging, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. My knowledge and skills have improved drastically over the last 12 months and what I love about blogging is that it’s a continuous learning journey! I don’t feel like I’ll ever be up there with the best but I don’t strive to be. I just enjoy writing about my life and my little bubble and I hope when I’m older I can look back on this with fond memories and think “ahhh, I forgot we did that”.

I have major blogging goals for 2017 and I intend to put my all in to this little online diary because towards the back end of last year it did tail off as I was so busy –  but not this year. When I get to 11th January 2018 I want to look back and think “bloody hell, 2017 was such a good year!” I won’t go into too much detail about what my blogging goals are just yet but I intend to work hard on them.

One of the best things about my blog, which I think I’ll forever be grateful for is the photo’s it MADE me take. If you know me at all you know I absolutely adore my camera! I love taking pictures, I love capturing the moment and I love making the memories and it’s very easy when your busy to forget to take those photos and those memories. Having this blog makes me remember to take them and most importantly to share them! Even my husband has jumped on the band wagon and prompts me to take them because he knows how special they are too. My photography skills are definitely not on par with the likes of David Bailey but I have noticed a huge improvement in the last 12 months and again, it’s definitely something I want to work on for the next 12 months!

Lastly, I want to thank the people that read my blog (this sounds a bit like an acceptance speech at the BAFTAs! -It’s not! ha!) because without those readers and the engagement I get with them I probably would have give this up ages ago. Readership is hugely special in blogging and the fact that people take the time out of their day to read my little musings and more importantly, relate to it, just makes it all the more worthwhile!

Here’s to a fantastic 2017!



Diary of an imperfect mum

Introducing…Katie and Dylan!

Ever since I started my blog back in January 2016 I’ve tried to be as honest and open about my family life in my posts as I possibly can but one thing I have never disclosed is my children’s names. From my very 1st post I’ve always referred to them as K and D and I honestly don’t know why. I felt like I almost needed to protect them from the internet which is ridiculous really given that their pictures are up there for everyone to see and a lot of people who read my blog and follow me on social media know their names anyway! I’ve always found it difficult when writing about them to just say “K” or “D” and I’ve slipped up on a few occasions over on Instagram/Twitter. Plus if you were to look on my husbands Twitter you’d blatantly see their names on his bio anyway (he’s Stateside84 if anyone cares to give him a follow! 😉 )

So I thought I’d do a little blog post and introduce them, my beautiful little children that you read so much about.


Katie is 3 years old (going on 13!) she’s outgoing, bubbly and very intelligent. She likes to talk ALOT and can be quite bossy at times. We chose the name Katie Grace purely because we liked it and not for any other reason. We didn’t know when we were pregnant with her what sex she was so if she was a girl, she was Katie and if she was a boy, she was Jake. It’s as simple as that. She is our beautiful first born, the daughter I always wanted and the little girl we adore.


Dylan is 15 months old and our miracle baby read here. He has a smile that could melt the hardest of hearts and a temper like a raging bull! (I’m hoping it’s a faze haha!) He is just full of gorgeousness. We found out we were having a boy at our 20 week scan but it took us 5 days after he was born to give him a name. He was labelled “baby boy” for the first 120hrs of his life. We wanted to make sure his name fitted his personality and I think it does just that. He is beautiful with his thick blonde hair and large eyes. Our little fighter, our baby and our son.


Our family Christmas 2016

Christmas day feels like a life time ago now that we are in January but I am only just catching up with blog posts since December so better to blog about it late than not at all.

Christmas for us has been at home since K was born. Before we had children James and I used to spend Christmas morning alone together then go to his parents for lunch one year then alternate it the next year to my parents. Since the kiddies came along we now don’t go out at all and since we moved in to a bigger house with more room we now host Christmas day which means both sets of parents and my brother come to us. To say it’s busy is an understatement but it’s so lovely and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Christmas morning started at 7am when the kiddies woke up and we went downstairs to see if “he’d been”. K was super excited as she’s at the age where she’s fallen for the whole Christmas magic so it was wonderful to become wrapped up in her enthusiasm and poor D still didn’t have a clue what was going on!

We spent the next hour opening all the presents that Santa had brought. We were all super spoilt this year, like every year and I couldn’t see our living room floor for toys! I spent the following week buying storage solutions and trying to tidy all the new toys away!

Christmas dinner was lovely (even if I do say so myself) eating food, pulling crackers and telling jokes and we spent the rest of the afternoon playing with games (mainly Twister) and toys. Both K and D relish having parents, grandparents and uncles all under one roof and I’m hoping it’s something that happens year in, year out so they have the greatest memories of us all together.

I did a small buffet in the evening for anyone who was hungry and we spent the evening relaxing and drinking lots of alcohol. K went to bed at around 9:30pm but D couldn’t stay up past 8pm bless him! Everyone stayed over at our house so they didn’t have to worry about getting home. It meant that we all woke up together on boxing day morning which again, was really lovely.

I didn’t take that many photos of Christmas day as I was too wrapped up in the moment, which is never a bad thing, but before the kiddies went to bed I did manage to quickly whip the tripod out to take a photo of us all together. It truly was a lovely day filled with fun, laughter, family and memories which is exactly what Christmas day should be.

I can’t believe we are in 2017 now! I have so many hopes for this year and hope it will be really special. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas like I did and I hope 2017 brings you health and happiness!