Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Lego Ninjago magazine review and giveaway!

If you have read the 'Our Family' tab at the top of this blog, you will see that one of Chester's favourite things is Lego. He also loves watching the Lego TV series, Ninjago. The theme tune is so catchy I often have it stuck in my head! 

Today is the Launch of a new Lego Ninjago magazine. 


Chester was lucky enough to receive a copy to review and he was very excited about it! The first thing that caught his eye were the 'freebies' on the front of the magazine. A big sheet of Ninjago stickers, lets face it, stickers are always going to go down well with kids! Plus an actual lego figure of Kai, the Red Ninja! Well that was just the best magazine freebie ever to Chester! Perfect to add to his already large collection of Lego! 



Then it was time to explore the magazine. I have to say it is crammed full of lots of fun things to read and do! Lots of comic style stories to read. some posters, puzzles, competitions, fan pages and information pages. Chester's favourite page in this first issue is the Which Ninja are you? Page. He took the quiz and it turns out he is like the black Ninja, Cole. 'You like working in a team, but you are always telling the others what to do! You are popular at School and everyone wishes they could be like you!' Yep, that is Chester alright! 




The magazine is priced at £3.25, at first I thought that was a bit steep, but then I realised that the magazine is not a monthly its actually a 6 weekly. So I would be happy to pay that price, especially when you consider the amount of content that is included. 

Do you have a child who loves Lego Ninjago as much as Chester?! If so I have a giveaway to win a copy of the new Lego Ninjago Magazine (5 of the lucky entrants will each win a copy!) over on my twitter page! 

All you need to do is RT this tweet making sure you include the answer to the question! If you have been paying attention on this post you will already know the answer! You have until 4pm on the 4th of February 2015, promoter is Immediate Media Co London;UK entrants only 16yrs+;5 winners picked at random from @Oneblueonepink followers with correct answer.

Good luck! 




Saving time with Bernard Matthews Turkey Chunks!

I would say that 90% of the time we lead a hectic life here. I am pretty sure we are not the only ones. When you have a School aged child/children, you do tend to be on the go all of the time. Whether its running them to a club or running them to a friends party, there is always something to keep you busy!

Now, I am not really moaning, as I love that both of my Children get to do some lovely things. However, it can sometimes stretch my stress levels, when on top of all of these things I have to think about dinner!

I have said it many times before, I really love my family to eat as fresh and healthily as possible. But I think we have all been guilty of popping through the drive through on the way home, or just bunging something in the oven for convenience rather than thinking about what is actually going into their tummies.

So this is where Bernard Matthews come in. They challenged me to swap the meat in one of our favourite  family meals to Bernard Matthews Turkey Chunks. We have Fajitas 2 or 3 times a month. Its my go to healthy meal in a hurry, its something that we all love, and more importantly its something we can all sit down and eat together, as a family.

So I swapped our usual frying steak for the Bernard Matthews Turkey Chunks, and the whole meal took just 20 minutes to prep and cook!

Ingredients:

220g Bernard Matthews Roast Turkey Breast Chunks
2 tbsp oil
1 red pepper, sliced
1 yellow pepper, sliced
4 spring onions, sliced
4 tortillas

Optional:
4 tbsp Tomato Salsa
4 tbsp Sour Cream
100g Grated cheddar cheese

Method:


Heat your oil in a deep frying pan or wok. Once hot add your red and yellow pepper slices, and your sliced spring onions. Leave these cooking on a medium heat for around 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until the peppers start to slightly soften.


Then add the Bernard Matthews Roast Turkey Breast Chunks (if the chunks are generously big I cut them in half). Again, stir occasionally for around 5 minutes.


All that is left to do now is to heat the tortillas as per the instructions on the pack and serve with your salsa, sour cream and cheese (if you choose to include those).





Ok so you may have noticed that we had carrot sticks to serve with ours too, thats because Chester and Millie both love to munch on those whilst they are waiting! But that is the beauty about this dish. It is so adaptable to cater for everyones tastes. The fact it is served family style at the table means that everyone can take what they like and leave out what they dont. Meaning full tummies and a happy Mummy!

Do you have a favourite 'goto' family meal?

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Exploring Bodiam Castle

In my first post this year, I told you that we were intending on making full use of some of our annual membership passes. So on Sunday, having looked out of the window and seen the mild yet sunny weather, we decided to head to Bodiam Castle. A National Trust property just under an hour from us.

It originally caught my eye for two reasons. One, because it was a castle and both children really love the adventure of exploring castles. Two, because it had a moat, something that I thought the children would be fascinated with. 

The Children were very excited when we arrived in the car park, to see the castle was not too far from us! So we popped on our Wellington boots, put some snacks and drinks into our backpack and set off to explore! 

When we got closer, Chester spotted the moat and questioned how we were going to get into the Castle. Which is exactly the reaction I expected. Craig and I told him it looked like the only option was to swim across! His face was a mixture of fear and confusion, so very funny! 


We soon spotted the bridge across to the castle though, so all turned out ok! 


We spent a good amount of time exploring, there was lots to see, and even some stocks to leave your children in..... 





Whilst we were walking round we noticed some other children had a horn that was telling a story when it was swiped on a button. We found out that they were available to borrow, so that's what we did, a good excuse to go round the castle again! 



We had a really great afternoon at Bodiam Castle, it's certainly somewhere we would like to visit again! 

Do you have any National Trust favourites that you would recommend?


Teaching Chester the importance of budgeting.

I think it's very important to teach children about budgeting and the value of money. I often think, had I been better educated in the subject I wouldn't of made so many money mistakes when I left home.

I have learnt the hard way and we are still paying off unnecessary debts, most of them from before the Children were even born! But one good thing has come out of all of this. I am now very good at budgeting, very aware of where our money is going, and very good at spotting a bargain. In fact, several times in the last year friends have messaged me to ask advice on money saving, mostly on holidays to Florida, but also for general everyday things too. I take this as a compliment and am happy to give my opinion and advice. 

So you see, for this very reason, I want my children to have a real understanding of Money. I feel at age 3, Millie is probably a little too young to really understand. So for now my concentration is on Chester, at age 6 he has a keen interest in money, you may remember last year when we made a Skylanders money box so that he could save for some new figures, ever since then he has been obsessed with counting money.

I was recently asked if I would like to take part in a childrens savings challenge by Family Investments. I decided to say yes as after researching, they seemed to have set up a fun way to get children interested in talking about money. They even have a fun, easy to use Pocket Money Calculator on their website. 

Chester was sent an easy to use child savings planner, along with some pens to write on it and a piggy bank that helps him count up his savings.




We discussed what Chester is saving for, apparently he is saving for gems and dollars for the games on his tablet! The savings planner has got allocation for 5 weeks so after a big discussion we decided it would be a good idea to aim for savings of £10. He worked out that he needs to save £2 a week. Given that we do not give our children pocket money at the moment (as they get treated to lots of things throughout each month) this could prove to be quite a challenge for Chester. I have explained that he can earn money by helping with jobs around the house, or perhaps rather than asking for sweets, to ask for the equivalent in cash instead.

We have just finished week 1 and he managed to save £2.41! Around 91p was found around the house and the rest was earnt. He has set the table for dinner all week without a fuss, he has helped me with with the dishwasher and even helped me comfort Millie when she got upset. He was very happy when he realised he was above budget in week 1, I think this have given him lots of motivation for week two!


Do you think its important to teach your children the value of money?

I will be keeping you updated on Chester's saving progress so keep a look out on my blog!







Saturday, 24 January 2015

A refreshing change on the soft drinks market!

I am not a big alcoholic drinker. I do enjoy the occasional glass of wine or Archers and Lemonade, but I am a take it or leave it kinda girl.

This means that I am always on the look out for something 'different' when it comes to soft drinks, something slightly unusual to make a change from what I am used to.

I was recently made aware of a range of soft drinks, Heartsease Farm. They are all natural drinks made from the best ingredients and expertly blended with their own spring water on their farm in Wales.

They are available in 6 flavours, which are:


Elderflower Pressè
Traditional Lemonade
St Clements Pressè
Fiery Ginger Beer
Raspberry Lemonade
Blackcurrant Crush

Now, I was most looking forward to trying the Raspberry Lemonade, as that is certainly a flavour I have loved in the past. However I was sent Blackcurrant Crush and Fiery Ginger Beer, which was good in a way because the Ginger Beer is something I would not normally go for, so it enabled me to try something completely different!


If I am honest, I was half expecting them to taste the same as other fruity soft drinks on the market, but I was wrong! The depth of flavour, especially in the Blackcurrant Crush was delightful. I really refreshing change, and totally unexpected! My only negative was that I wasn't expecting the sparkling to be as sparkling as it was. I do enjoy fizzy drinks, but I prefer them when they have just a hint of fizz. But thats just personal choice!

I like the fact that the bottles are perfect picnic size. We love our picnics, and enjoy them in 3 of the 4 seasons. I will be nice to be able to add something new to our picnic favourites this year! I enjoyed the Fiery Ginger Beer with a Sunday Roast Dinner so even in these colder months they can be enjoyed!

A great alternative soft drink, be it if you are taking part in dry January, are pregnant, or simply fancy a different kind of soft drink, I would recommend you give Heartsease Farm a try!

Do you have a favourite flavour of soft drink?

Thursday, 22 January 2015

The New Year Declutter has commenced!

Yesterday I decided it would be a good idea to make a few changes to my Kitchen/Dining room and my understairs cupboard.

Today, at around midday, I seriously regretted that decision.

Basically, what I wanted, was to make the dining area and the understairs cupboard look less cluttered. I could see lots of things that needed to either be thrown away or given to the charity shop!

Yesterday afternoon, with Craig's help, I decluttered the understairs cupboard. It hadn't long been done so it didn't take too long and I managed to find new homes for most things. Then in the evening I decided to take everything off of our large kitchen cupboard/display unit, as it was cluttering up my dining area. This didn't take too long, but by the end my kitchen looked a complete tip! I knew that everything had a place, but that wouldn't be until the morning.

I realise now, that the morning was a very unrealistic time frame to give myself. I don't think I really thought that what I wanted to do, would take so long. In my head it was a simple shuffle around. In reality it was an all day nightmare!

Lots of things have been packed up ready to take to the Charity shops, and 6, yes SIX, black sacks of rubbish have been thrown out, how did I let this toot pile up for so long?! But equally, lots of things needed to find a new home, such as my cookbooks, and all of the childrens games that were stored in the cupboard, not to mention half of our Blu Ray collection and lots of play doh!  I also moved and decluttered our craft unit and moved it under the stairs.

So it was really the re-jigging that took the time. I started at 9.15am this morning, only stopping to pick up Millie from Nursery and Chester from School. and finally finished at 6 this evening! Madness!

I have a few finishing touches to do tomorrow but all in all its done, and I am so happy with the way it looks. No more everyone having to squash between the table and the unit and I can even put the table at an angle with lots of room to spare!



Of course I had to make sure I had my own little Disney area!



I really want to declutter as much as I can this year, we have outgrown our 2 bedroom house and will eventually sell and buy a 3 bedroom, but in the mean time I really want to prove (to myself) that, not only can we live without clutter, but also that its ok to get rid of things that you haven't looked at for the past 9 years!

Anyone else started a New Year declutter? How are you getting on?


Tuesday, 20 January 2015

A little breakfast treat for me!

I had lots of things planned for this morning, blog posts to draft, photos to take. Yet so far all I have managed to do is cook and eat this....


Looks yummy doesn't it?! Well let me tell you, it was indeed very yummy. It was just what was needed on this really cold day!

It was minus 2 on the School run this morning and now its snowing! So I think I deserve this little treat to warm me up! I mean who could resist bacon and Mickey shaped egg?!

Maybe now I can get back on track and go back to what I am meant to be doing. Maybe!

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

5 Spice & Maple glazed Gammon

We were meant to have a Christmas Tree smoked Gammon from Morrisons alongside our Turkey on Christmas day. However, Morrisons did not stick to their side of the bargain, and even though I pre ordered in plenty of time, my Gammon never turned up.

So I had to improvise, and just like in all Disney movies, we had a happy ending!

I bought a plain, boring, everyday gammon joint and turned it into a super yummy scrummy Gammon joint with a 5 spice and maple glaze!


Ingredients:

1 gammon joint (mine was 1.6kg)
1 tsp Chinese 5 spice
2-3 tbsp brown sugar
a couple of glugs of maple syrup

Method:

I placed the gammon joint in the slow cooker with some boiling water and a dash of the maple syrup and 5 spice. Cooked on low for around 5-6 hours.

Once the gammon has finished in the slow cooker, pre heat the oven to 180 degrees.

Place the joint of gammon into a roasting tin or baking dish and score the top so it looks like you have a diamond pattern.

In a ramekin or small bowl mix together your Chinese 5 spice and brown sugar. Then add your maple syrup. You will need to do this gradually as you will want the consistency to be that of a thin paste.

Brush the glaze generously all over the gammon.

Place in the oven for 40 minutes, making sure that you baste every 10 minutes.

Slice and serve!


It really was the best gammon I had tasted, and it is now firmly on our family's favourite meal list!

This could easily be boiled on the stove or cooked completely in the oven, I just love to use the slow cooker as it free's up more of my time!

Do you have a favorite way to cook gammon?

Sunday's were made for this....

Some people really dislike Winter. I suppose I can see why it would be a bit unappealing. Wind and rain is forecast most days. Then for most people, there is the prospect of going to work when its dark and getting in from work when its dark!

But I don't see winter like that. You will have already read in my first post this year that I am determined to make the most of our Annual Passes and Winter is certainly not going to stop us. In fact its only going to increase our fun! Millie is somewhat obsessed with Peppa Pig, so going anywhere that gives the excuse to jump in a muddy puddle is perfect for her! Then we have Chester, our outdoor explorer! He will find fun and adventure in everything, whatever the weather!



Last year we had some great wintery outdoor moments, really making use of the country park just a few minutes from where we live! It is my intention to make full use of such a great FREE local amenity this year too!

Of course all of these times spent in the cold can only mean one thing.. coming home from those lovely winter walks, putting the kettle on, put our PJ's on and getting out the blankets and throws so that we can all snuggle on the sofa together and chat about the day we have just had! The perfect way to end a perfect day! Actually I think this is the reason that Sunday's are my favourite day, its all about family time and sharing moments together.




I have strong childhood memories of Sundays. They usually consisted of all four of us getting in the car and driving to Knole Park. With my Dad stopping off at the newsagents on the way. He used to buy us sweets to have half way round. I am sure he thought we didn't know that he had gone in the newsagents for the sweets?! But it was always an excitement when we were half way round to find out exactly what sweets or chocolate he had chosen! We used to have so much fun on those walks, spotting deer, climbing trees, looking for golf balls (as there is a golf course right next to the park!), and we used to stay out for hours!

But when we got home, it was always the same routine. Mum would put the kettle on, Dad would get the pillsbury dough out so that Sarah and I could help 'make' some pastries. Then we would all snuggle on the sofa and watch The A Team and the Antiques Roadshow!

Its funny how things stick, I try to carry this on as much as I can for my children. Of course minus the Antiques Roadshow! We normally end up watching a movie or if Chester gets his way... Phineas and Ferb!

How about you? Do your family enjoy the winter months?


Friday, 9 January 2015

My cheeky toddler is 3 today!


I just can not believe it. My cheeky little Millie is 3 today!

It only seems like yesterday I was rushing to the hospital to have her!

This past year has been another great year for Millie. Everything she does amazes me, and even though her brother did it before her, I still love those firsts and milestones!

She started her year with the terrible two's, which seem to have got more controllable as the year has gone on. Her tantrums are not as bad as they were, although she is still very good at throwing them, and her ability to sit still has improved!

Then she was very brave and gave all of her dummies to the Dummy fairy! It was a testing first week, but she did it! What a good little girl!

We then come to the start of what has developed into a very big part of Millie's life... her obsession with baby Panda's! I find it amazing that she is still so obsessed with them. If you ask her what her name is, she will often tell you its 'Millie Panda'! She has got such a fantastic imagination, she can make a game out of anything, quite often her made up games include some Panda characters. Recently she has been telling us that when she grows up she wants to be a Panda keeper, so that she can care for the baby Panda's in China! She has seen some Panda videos on Youtube so I think that is where that idea has come from. But how cool would it be if that dream did become a reality for her one day?!

In June we tackled Potty training. Something I was really not looking forward too. But in true Millie style she took it all in her stride. With the help of some princess stickers it was a fairly straight forward process.

In the summer we spent lots of days at the beach and at the park, Millie loved to copy her brother, and I think lots of credit needs to go to Chester where Millie's learning is concerned. He is a fantastic big brother, and really loves to teach her new things and show her how things are done... the Chester way! The summer was also the time when she started to learn how to ride a bike, I can see that this is going to be just as testing as Chester's bike riding, but I am pleased that she is showing an interest!

Millie had two new challenges towards the end of the year. The first one being Ballet, which she absolutely loves, and even since September she has come on so well, showing us all of her moves, she is very enthusiastic about it! The second challenge was Nursery School, This challenge was probably harder for me than it was for Millie, she was ready for Nursery and walked in with such confidence! She has a smile on her face everytime I pick her up, and always has lots to tell me! I can see that Nursery is going to play an important part in her coming year, she has already picked up so much!

So there we go, Millie is another year older. I am looking forward to seeing what the next year brings for Millie, but I do wish time would slow down just a little bit!

Happy 3rd Birthday Millie!

LED lighting, an energy saving solution!

10 years ago I would not of given the term 'energy saving' the time of day. It was a thought that didn't really enter my mind. But nowadays I have two very important reasons to be thinking about energy saving, saving money and the environment. Those reasons are Chester and Millie! 

Since having the children, I have certainly become more aware of our spending, I have become very good at making our money go further. This started with the little things like turning off appliances that were not in use or switching to energy saving bulbs. LED bulbs are something that interests me nowadays. We have switched all our Christmas tree lights over to LED, but what about our other lights? We have 12 lights in total in our house. Whilst the initial cost for LED lighting is higher, they can actually save upto 80% of electrical power. Now that really is money saving! LED Planet have made this fun infographic to show how energy efficient some of our most iconic buildings are because they have or are switching to LED lighting. Its an interesting read.....
LED Lighting






*This post was a collaboration with LED Planet




Thursday, 8 January 2015

A Panda Birthday Cake for Millie!

When I asked Millie what Birthday cake she would like, it was no surprise to anyone when she replied with 'A Panda one'! I was secretly hoping she was going to say a Frozen one, as I would really love to make a Frozen cake! But she didn't so I had to get my thinking cap on and decide how I was going to make this Panda cake.

I turned to Pinterest for inspiration and then ebay for some Panda cutters!

But ultimately the cake I made today is my own idea. I am pretty chuffed with it and Millie is going to be over the moon with it when she see's it at her 3rd Birthday Party at the weekend!

I made 2 chocolate sponge's, and left them to cool overnight. I then completely covered them in Betty Crocker Chocolate Fudge Icing. I have said it before, and I will say it again, not even homemade icing beats the taste of Betty Crocker icing!


I then covered the cake in ready to roll white icing. This was pretty tricky, but I feel I am getting better each time I lay icing over a cake, so I was happy with the result.

I looked at the cake blankly for a good 10 minutes before deciding the cake needed a 'ribbon' of pink and purple flowers. So I used small amounts of white icing and added purple and pink food colour pastes accordingly. Using my flower cutters I pressed out A LOT of flowers! Securing them to the cake with a small brush of water.

I then needed to make some grass/leaves. I was going to paint these on using food colouring, but at the last minute decided to make them out of icing. I also used some yellow food colour paste to make some bamboo. Millie had specifically requested bamboo and this was the best I could do!


I added some of the icing flowers as well, to make it a feature side of the cake.

Next I used the Panda cutters along with black and white icing to make 3 Panda's. My odd number OCD was is still going into overdrive about this. But as Millie is going to be 3 it seemed a bit silly to have any other amount!

I placed them in the bottom half of the cake, adding an extra piece of bamboo to the panda who looked like he was ready to eat!


Finally I piped Millie's name and age at the top, decorating with some left over flowers. I am a leftie, so for me, the writing didn't go too badly!

This is the finished cake...




What do you think?

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

An energy releasing club for Chester....

Over the last couple of months Chester has been enjoying a sport . Something that at first I wasn't entirely sure would be a good idea for him.

Taekwondo.

A couple of his classmates attend Taekwondo, and Chester kept on asking if he could go. I finally gave in and he started attending in November. There were 3 classes to choose from, and I purposely chose the one that his friends did not attend. As I think the distractions would be too much for Chester.

Chester is part of the Junior Tygers, I was reassured that Taekwondo teaches discipline and that I would not be getting phone calls from School to say he has been practicing on his classmates! So far this has been true! I am not entirely sure if this is just coincidence or not, but since joining Taekwondo Chester's behaviour and ability to concentrate at School has improved loads!

It does say on their website that they hope to improve on the following with training

• Confidence
• Discipline
• Co-ordination
• Balance
• Self control
• Concentration
• Energy release
• Self esteem
• Manners and respect

I can see improvements in all of these areas for Chester. I specifically think the energy release is exactly what Chester needed. I am happy that parents are allowed to sit and watch the classes, as this is something I feel I miss out on with Millie's ballet. I love watching him doing something he enjoys!

The class is lots of fun, yet very strict and structured at the same time, exactly what I wanted for Chester! I chuckled to myself on the first week, when one of the children were told to drop and give 5 Tyger press ups for being the last one to do what was required. The next week it was Chester! I honestly thought Chester would throw a strop about it, but luckily he took it on the chin and just got on with it!

Yesterday, Chester asked me if I could buy him the uniform, and as I am confident that it is something he will enjoy for a long time, I said yes.


He was so proud when he put it on, so cute!

Anyone else's children do Taekwondo? Do you think its a good sport for children?


A healthy approach to food this new year.

I intend to start this year a bit more health conscious than I did last year! I love cooking Especially fresh, home cooked family meals. Something that I am very happy to have tried last year is Quorn. Having never tried it before , you may recall how surprised I was that their was such a big range (offering over 100 products). Since our first taste of Quorn, we have enjoyed many a Quorn meal. We are not vegetarians, but since finding out that Quorn is a great source of protein, as well as being low in saturated fat, I have been happy to incorporate it into our family meal plan.

Mycoprotein, the main ingredient used to make Quorn products, is a healthy protein source and good source of dietary fibre. Protein contributes to the maintenance of normal bones.  As I mentioned above it is low in fat -especially saturated fat. Reducing the amount of saturated fat in the diet can help to maintain normal blood cholesterol levels as part of a healthy lifestyle and a varied and balanced diet.

But don't just take my word for it, Olympian Gold medal winner Mo Farah also uses Quorn in his diet!

He said “When I'm not training, there’s nothing better than a nice family meal. I often get asked if I indulge when I'm not training but the truth is, my lifestyle doesn't really change when I’m off the track. In our house, we eat Quorn Mince; it’s a healthy protein that’s low in
saturated fat. It allows you to enjoy all those family favourites, such as Chilli and Spaghetti Bolognese, safe in the knowledge that you’re eating a healthily with less saturated fat.” 



To find out more about Quorn products and to watch some delicious Quorn recipe videos take a look at the Quorn YouTube Channel.


*I was compensated to write this post, however all views are my own!


Tuesday, 6 January 2015

I'm back!

I am sat here, with a cup of coffee and a clear head. This is the first time I have looked at my blog since the 22nd of December last year (I can say that now, heehee), and I think the break has done me some good. I needed some me time, away from social media and my computer.

I have had time to reflect and think about what I would like to see on my blog this year. I am really looking forward to blogging about our family life and what we get upto over the next 12 months. Aside from the 1 holiday we have booked we have nothing else planned, I am really looking forward to a more go with the flow kind of year. I have seen a few quotes going round on facebook about it being a new year and a new 365 page blank book to write. That is exactly how I feel, I can not wait to fill my blog with lots of memories and adventures, with a few crafty things and recipes thrown in for good measure!

We have a National Trust pass, a Leeds Castle pass and a Chatham Dockyard pass and I intend to use them to the max. I want our Family Time to be quality time, our 1 full day a week together to be adventurous. Adventure doesn't have to cost money, we will be packing up a picnic and exploring our countryside as much as we can this year.


Last year seemed very rushed to me, for no particular reason, I think I was on a bit of a go slow, energy wise and I didn't seem to have as much time as I would have liked to just sit and play with the Children. Chester said before Christmas that he would really like to ride his bike some more, so this year I will make the time to take him out on his bike a lot more.

My energy levels are still at zero, I am useless at remembering to take my vitamin D, but I will have to train my brain to remember, as having no energy is simply not an option for me this year. My children need me to have my energy, I want to get that playtime back.

Millie turns 3 on Friday, can you believe it, 3! Where has my baby gone?! She is just a bundle of mischief at all times, she sees the fun in everything.

There is one big change I want to make this year, and that is the amount of time Craig and I get to spend together. We never seem to have time just the two of us, I always say we need to improve on that, and this time I really mean it. I don't care if its a movie night snuggled on the sofa, or an evening out, it needs to happen more and it will be happening more!

This year is going to be good, its going to be a positive one and I am really looking forward to seeing our year unfold!

LET THE FUN BEGIN!!