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    And that was 2016


    And just like that the year 2016 has come to an end. It’s been a good year for us as a family, we’ve had lots of fun with many family days out, adventures and travels. And whilst I am really looking forward to the new year and the opportunities it brings, it’s a great chance to reflect on what has happened throughout the year.

    Me and Mine 2016

    Our 2016 Me and Mine photos

    At the beginning of the year, Shilts (my husband) began his new career as an Academic. He left teaching in schools behind and became a Senior University Lecturer. He’s had a fantastic year, has enjoyed the freedom of being able to independently run his own schedule and has had some brilliant feedback from colleagues. I’m very proud of him and he’s undoubtedly a much happier person (and a lot less stressed) for making the move from teaching.

    2016 was the year our little boy turned three and he started pre-school in September. It’s been a huge learning curve for us all as he adjusts to a new routine and life in school but on the whole Olly has loved pre-school, made some lovely friends and is coming on leaps and bounds with his reading and writing. Olly is growing into such a wonderful little boy, he’s really observant and such a clever little thing. I forget sometimes that he’s only three but I am the most proud Mummy. I love him so much, he really does bring out the best in me.

    Our family have enjoyed some wonderful adventures this year and have been to Lytham St Annes, Lincolnshire, Windsor, Dawlish in Devon and had a wonderful week away in beautiful Fuerteventura. We have plans to go away next year and have plans in place for Olly’s 4th birthday in February and hopefully a Summer holiday in sunnier climes.

    For me, 2016 has been a year full of mixed emotions. On one hand, I feel a bit of a failure (weight gain, still no second baby and a worklife balance I’m not happy about) and determined to make some positive changes in the new year and on the other, I’ve realised I’m a good person and have so many talents and skills that I should be using. 2017 WILL be the year of change so I’m looking forward to making positive changes for me and my family and finding the courage to do so. Continue Reading

  • The Me and Mine Project | December 2016

    Oh December, it’s been a fantastic month with plenty of Christmas related activity. With family meals, trips to see Father Christmas and a pre-school nativity, it’s been a memorable one and I’m a little…

  • Free Printable 2017 Calendar

    If you’re anything like me, you’ll welcome the new year with open arms. A fresh new year with plenty of potential, opportunities and chances to do something different, enjoy something new and make the…

  • Feeling full | Christmas 2016

    With our Christmas festivities now over, it’s time to reflect on the last few days and have a bit of time to ourselves. We really love spending time with both of our families with…

  • From our family to yours, Merry Christmas 2016

    I cannot believe it’s nearly here. Christmas is just a couple of days away and I have finally managed to get all the gift wrapping done, the cards have all been written and posted, all my…

  • Are you feeling the pinch this Christmas?

    *A collaborative post When it comes to Christmas, I like to plan our family finances well in advance. There’s plenty to consider; the big Christmas food shop, the drinks, the family days out to…

  • Playing with Sainsbury’s Story Studio

    *A post in association with Sainsbury’s As a tech-savvy family, we are always interested to try out new ideas with apps on our smartphones. So when we spotted that Sainsbury’s were advertising a new…

  • From farm to fork with Harvester

    *A collaborative post with Harvester We love to eat out as a family and one of our favourite restaurants to visit and eat at is Harvester. We have a couple of restaurants quite local to where we live…