Friday, 22 August 2014

My Happy List - Mums' List

When the lovely Aby from You Baby Me Mummy invited me to join in with the Mums' List linky I saw this as a perfect opportunity to create my happy list. I have to admit I write lists for everything.

This list is going to be a list that I will look back on when the dark cloud is hanging over me. I am struggling again with my depression but have found a new determination to get back to being me again. This list is another step in the right direction.

Here is my happy list, things and people that make me smile on both the inside and out...

1 - My hubby - Hubby is my rock, he is so supportive and loving. I really would be lost without him!

2 - My beautiful children - Yes they sometime drive me crackers, but they give me a reason to carry on. They fill my heart with pride and joy every time I look at them. They are my life.

 3 - My family - I am so thankful to have my mum and dad living so close. They live round the corner from us and they are a huge part of our lives. My mother in law doesn't live close by but I know that if I need her she will be there.

4 - Hijacked By Twins - My blog makes me happy. It has become a part of me that I love. I am incredibly thankful for the amazing opportunities that it has brought to us.

5 - Blogging community - I have found, over the past year, how supportive the blogging community is. I have found many to be better friends than real life friends. I am really looking forward to a weekend in London next year for Britmums Live and meeting more in person.

6 - Garden - I love our garden. Just being outside and enjoying the peace and quiet brings a relaxing calm to life.

7 - Baking/Cooking - This has to be my favourite pastime. Baking and cooking always relaxes me, It is not very often I get quiet kitchen time, I usually have the children shouting and playing around me, but when I do get the odd quiet time in the kitchen I am able to forget everything and just enjoy what I am doing. When the twins start nursery next year my mornings are going to be for me to enjoy my kitchen more.

That is my happy list.

I am hoping to add to this over time and make it even longer. I will get to the point where I will not need a happy list because I will be in a better place and the depression will be a thing of the past. But for now I will use it and will add to it.

As I mentioned before I am sharing my list with the lovely Aby from You Baby Me Mummy who is hosting Mums' List for Mums' Days. Thank you Aby for inviting me to share my list, you gave me the motivation to write my happy list x

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Word of the Week - 22nd August 2014

It is Word of the Week time.

What word would sum up my week?

I'm afraid that to say I have struggled to find a positive word this week. But in the end I have chosen a word which is positive, I think, that word is...


Why have I chosen determination?

Well, this week has seen me go down again. But it has also brought out a new determination. I am determined that this will not beat me down. I am determined to get over it. Determined to me again.

I have started by getting a brand new hair cut! I have had a lot chopped off and have added a fringe. Next week we are on holiday and I have booked in a couple of spa treatments to help pick me up. I am determined to use this holiday to leave everything behind me and just spend quality time with my family. I am even leaving my blog at home! I am pleased to say that I have got my posts scheduled so that it'll keep ticking over while we are away. I am leaving the laptop behind but I have bought a lovely new note book and stationary and plan to write the good old fashioned way!

I am finding that there is no quick fix to depression. I am finding that it is a roller coaster ride of recovery. I had thought that I was better but after this week I am realising that it is going to take time but I am confident that with my new found determination I will get out of the darkness. I am focusing on my reasons to smile, my hubby, my children, my family and even my little blog.

My new hair

Thank you for listening to me x

What word would sum up your week?

As always I am sharing my Word of the Week with the lovely Jocelyn at The Reading Residence.

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Thursday, 21 August 2014

National Crisp Sarnie Week with Seabrook

As soon as I saw a challenge that involved a crisp sandwich I knew that I would not be able to resist!

There is something so satisfying about crunching into a good old crisp sandwich.

To celebrate National Crisp Sarnie Week Seabrook are asking people to share their favourite crisp sandwich.

Here is mine...

This is a delicious sandwich which is easy to make! You simply butter two slices of bread, add a slice of cold topside beef, topped with fresh basil leaves, sliced cherry tomatoes, slices of mozzarella cheese and the finishing ingredient that makes this a truly perfect sandwich Seabrook's Beefy crisps!

Enjoy x

This recipe is an entry into the National Crisp Sarnie Week competition with Seabrook crisps