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Finding your Happy at home

Most of my blog’s focus has been on the children and what we do in our day, and while that makes for fun and interesting writing there is a lot more going on in people’s lives.

As it happens this morning, we did a Joe Wicks P.E session together as a family, they are rather challenging so that will be my exercise for today and I will commit to doing a hardcore HIIT session tomorrow. Mostly within a day I do at least one work out, whether that is a calming yoga, quick core workout by MadFit or a Peloton session with my husband.

Daddy, Austin & Aria doing P.E with Joe

 We need to take the time to keep our heads straight, I can confirm that some days this has been so hard! You still have all the normal work to do coupled with all this fitness ‘malark’ and being a full-time good wife. It’s a lot so make sure to also cordon off time for you away from it all. Even the fitness, yes it will help but you need time to think or not think. On Monday after the children went down for a nap, I ran myself a bath and popped a Lush bath bomb( I cut it in half so I had some for another day) in and listened to a Podcast, Happy Place with Fearne Cotton and Russel Brand, confession I actually loves what he has to say! Yes, he makes it sound preachy and talks very fast but at least he is saying something and thinking about others.

While I know many people have been spring cleaning, decluttering and getting the garden ready we have not been that productive, well we have done the garden but it was only this morning that I gave our shelves in the lounge a sort. It seems that each time the babies can reach higher we just move items and after months it looked beyond messy. Giving areas in your home a freshen up can quickly and easily lift your spirits, like with most things you just need to set the time aside to do it. I tackled ours while in PJ’s and just did it!

Now the dust has settled it seems more and more social events are popping up. This evening we are enjoying a bottle of wine with above mentioned neighbours’ this evening. There is a garden between us, so safe distance sorted! Similarly, we have calls set up with some friends from our NCT group on Friday and Matt with the NCT guys on Thursday.

My lovely neighbour and Godmother to my children gave us a great idea that should have come to mind but in busy lives… They are ordering a takeaway and doing a date night every Saturday. Setting the table up like a restuarant and enjoying time together. We are looking forward to ‘going out’ for Japanese on Saturday night.

Create special time within your home.

Casey from Sensoryland has scheduled Cuppa Club for the Moms or Dads to log in and have a chat on Zoom. We get the chance to talk about something that you struggled with/ found difficult that week or share an activity that was fun. I found it super helpful to just say out load what was bothering me and saying it to someone that isn’t my husband. I have been struggling to sleep or get back to sleep after waking up for the babies, one of the members had a tip to think of your thoughts as a train and each carriage is a thought. If the thought isn’t something you want to explore or that will serve you jump it and move to the next. So, go on connect with groups that you belonged to you never know if you can offer some support to someone out there too.

Remember your life before the lockdown and the things that made you happy and try recreating or adapt the things that made you happy. Create your own happy.



Transcription was not my usual read, it was the pink flamingo on the cover that attracted me to it. They say not to judge a book by its cover, but my love of art and design just means that a lovely cover does hugely appeal to me .

It took me some time to get into the reading as its pace was slow and not gripping from the outset. It is set 1940’s during the war and shows how everyone’s lives changed during that time. People got involved in the war effort and were put in positions that would not normally be called for. Our lead character, Juliet, is eighteen years old and is placed in an apartment next to where Nazi informants meet, here the recordings of their conversation get transcribe by her. For me these transcriptions were the hardest to read as they do not make up much of the overall story.  It is more the events around those recordings and the different characters that make up the story.

There are a few twists that forces you to wonder, morally, what you would have done in that position. The espionage tone of the book does make it a page turner that makes you want to solve the various mysteries within its pages.

Some of the story takes place many years after the war, with Juliet still feeling the ghosts and guilt from the war time around her. She met people from all walks of life and though she did manage to build a life for herself far away from her past, it could not unwrite the page she transcribed or the actions she took.

I did find myself sticking to it just because I wanted to know what this pink flamingo actually has to do with the plot. It does reveal itself and I am glad I kept reading as even though it was slow to start with, as it was quit relaxing to read and a nice escape without being my normal fiction and fantasy novels.