2018 A year in review!

Well I hope you’ve all had an amazing Christmas and are ready to head into 2019! Can you believe we are the end of the year already?

Health

So much has happened this year I started the Year poorly with Gallstones since then Ive had my entire Gallbladder removed.

All of the children came down with chicken pox! At least its all over and done with. You can only catch it once right?

I rejoined the spa that I was a member at so that I could start swimming again only to lapse after my gallbladder op!

I also vowed to become healthier and eat better! Again after my gallbladder came out I fell back into old ways.

As soon as the dark nights hit my mental Health deteriorated again and I’m currently working on reducing my stress and actively trying to do things to cut my anxiety!

Travel

This year I was adamant that I was going to make the most of life, give our family amazing memories and explore new places.

We started the year at a forest lodge in the middle of Norfolk  Soaking up the forest and hoping in the hottub!

We also headed to the Norfolk coast to the amazing Mill Farm Eco Barn It was such an amazing holiday for all of our family we spent time at the beach, evenings at the arcades playing the slot machines, We ate fish n chips and in true Spencer style took mystery road trips by looking at a map and just driving!

Before the Summer Holidays hit We hopped on a plane to our favorite destination for the littlest twins first holiday abroad. Lanzarote is like our second home!

Towards the end of the summer Holidays we surprised the kids with a train ride to France and more importantly to Disneyland! I think me and Chris were as excited if not more than the kids. Its just so magical.

Homeschool

We took the kids out of school to try our hand at home schooling. there just wasn’t enough hours in the day to get everything done.

I really admire everyone who is on the home school journey but at the moment it’s not for me. I barely have any time while they are at school to get everything done that I want to.

Work, money, Blogging

Ive learnt this year that I’m shit at money. I posted through the year about our family hitting crisis point. In life and in money. Unfortunately barely anything has changed

I really need to get a grip of our finances this new year. It a big source of stress for us all.

I haven’t been consistent enough online to hit those magic “influencer” numbers. I have to realise I have a family and home that come before you all. I remembered through the year though I share our life because I like doing it. I like being creative. I have lost a little of my creativity on my insta grid lately in favour of just getting the post up for consistency. I want to use my creativity more and set up photos yes I know people see this as fake sometimes but I like the creative aspect of it. My dad when I was younger was always playing around with setting up photographs of wine and cheese boards etc.

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I think that’s about it for my 2018 round up.

Thanks for joining us this year and being part of our family.

I hope you’ll stick around in 2019 for more chaos, adventures, and creativity.

Happy New Year.

Nina x

October recap. Anxiety, Christmas,

Oh October. You’ve had some highs and lows.

With Autumn colds and snuffles hitting us hard in the house the boiler breaking wasn’t welcomed I can tell you.

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Then when mason decided to take a bath in some bleach my anxiety hit the roof and we all fell out.

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Hopefully we’re getting back together now and lessons have been learned. Thankfully no one was hurt except mummy’s anxiety.

But this month has seen.

Christmas a Christmas fair, Halloween shenanigans, a sciencey trip to London and a footbally trip to Manchester.

It has seen me embracing cleaning rather than dreading it. Using the organised mum method,

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I’ve also managed a few early mornings to give me some space to enjoy a cuppa alone.

We ended October with a trip to the theatre and trick or treating.

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Wow what a busy month.

I’m excited for the November and December. Christmas is such a busy and magical time for us.

Nina. X

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September Insta RoundUp!

 

So September has been a busy month

  • Kids have started full-time school
  • I’ve met Kirstie Allsopp 
  • And been to the handmade fair
  • Joined the Supercharged Gang
  • Had a trip to A&E 
  • Got ready for Autumn 
  • Celebrated with Stepson who has now turned 16
  • Been to soft play too many times
  • Ate too much
  • Got into a bit of a routine!
  • Attended  The Blogging conference BlogOn MSI 

Although I’ve had a virus that seems to want to stick around I generally feel mentally in a better place this month. I am embracing autumn with hygge as inspiration.

So here is to October, Autumn, Halloween, Half Term & More!

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Cuppa Of the Week- Aubaine Deli

Last week I was I was invited to participate in a workshop for the Woman’s Institute in London.

While There I met up my Hubby If you follow me or know me you will know he works in London during the week!

We managed to sneak a quick-lunch in! This is a rare occurrence!

SO we chose this lovley Deli in Covent Garden Market!

I love Covent Garden. the bustle of people the niche little market stalls, the food, & the street Performers!

Back to My cuppa

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Aubaine Deli is a french resturant chain with a few resturants dotted around London and a couple in Dubai.

At the counter you can see the pastry temptations along with the cakes!

We were shown a table by the window where you could people watch while enjoying your cuppa!

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I had a breakfatst tea with a ham & Cheese croissant – It wash delishous!

Its very rare that I get time in the day to spend with my hubby

Thats waht made this cuppa – Cuppa of The Week – to be honest we could have had a takeout and sat at a bus stop nattering.

The polite friendly staff and excelent food just topped it off!

If you would like to know more about Aubaine Deli pleae follow the links throughout this post.

 

Seeking Sponsors – #britmumslive16

Ok so I know its only 36 days until the blogging event of the year!

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However Here is my sponsorship plea …..

On the 25th Of June I will be heading to London to the Brit Mums Live Conference.

It going to be a great opportunity for me to meet other parent bloggers and pick up tips, attend some of the workshops and come home with hopefully a wealth of knowledge.

I am looking for a sponsor or a couple of sponsors to help fund my trip!

I would love to link up with brands that would be relevant to me, my family and my blog

What will you get as a sponsor?

  • Pre conference blog post introducing you as my sponsor.
  • Company name on all #bml16 and #britmumslive posts on all my social media platforms.

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  • A button advert on the sidebar of my blog for 12 months
  • While at the conference I can wear branded clothing to represent your brand
  • 3 posts throughout a 12 month period promotiing your brand!

What am I looking For?

  • The cost of my Brit mums live tickets £79
  • The Cost of Travel £59
  • Cost of accommodation £179
  • A bit cheeky But Id love a nice new outfit for the day!

If you are interested in full or part sponsorship please feel free to leave a comment below or contact me via Direct Message on Twitter or Facebook and we could discuss different rates.

I would love to find a brand I could create a relationship with and hopefully work together on future projects .

Looking forward to hearing from you soon

 

Nina x