Excited about Etsy!!!

The Etsy shop got off to a good start and I'm quite excited a it how it is all going. 

I've made a few sales but it is quite hard to get properly into it like I might if I didn't have all the other things to do!! I wouldn't change anything for the world though. 
The boys are happy as are we, I'm enjoying loads of hobbies now as well as the Etsy shop (pottery, netball, ukulele). 
I've been reading up on Etsy tips and have made a couple of changes to the way I tag my items so we will see how that goes! 
If you are interested in having a look at my Etsy store follow this link 
Or say hi at my Instagram looking forward to meeting you 🌸🐚💙


I'm actually really excited about my clay necklaces I've made this weekend! Hoping to start a little etsy shop. I have all these little ideas maybe I'll stick with one one day! 
My new Instagram for this little project is @paperandclay

18 months & 3.5 years

It's been nearly a year since I last posted on the blog so thought a little update might be in order. 
Samuel is now nearly 18 months old and is running around (and falling over), chatting with new words everyday (my favourite it when he says eeese /please and akooo/thank you and nose!) and is very affectionate and loves cuddles. He is forming good relationships and enjoys seeing different people. My mum and dad look after him 2 days a week and he has a real soft spot for his 'Pop' which is so lovely to see. Samuel plays at Jacob's playgroup 3 times a week and is starting to hold his own with other children. He's not really a baby anymore but he will always be my little baby. He is cute beyond words and so loving. 
Jacob is 3 and a half and discovering different likes and dislikes. He is able to hold full conversations about really complex topics and shows great interest in how things work and asks lots of questions. He is a good big brother and is kind and caring ov…

The best time of my life?

I wrote this 6 months ago when Samuel was a couple of months old and just found it with some draft posts and thought I should share it ..... 
The last few days I can't help feeling like this is the best time of my life. 
Being able to stay at home and look after both of the boys is so special and I feel relaxed and happy most of the time. 
I have got a good routine sorted now and go out most mornings to toddler groups or activities for Jacob.
This isn't to say that I don't have moments that are really hard. Sometimes Jacob really finds things difficult, he is at that age (2 and a quarter) where he is pushing the boundaries and trying to find out what he can get away with. He also is very interested in Samuel, meaning I have to intervene quite a lot as Samuel can get quite fed up getting poked and prodded so often. 

Our First Holiday

We have just got back from our first holiday as a family of four and it was fantastic! We went for a mid-week break to Center Parcs in Woburn Forest.

We booked quite late on as we weren't sure what sort of holiday if any would suit us due to our new arrival. But a couple of weeks ago we settled on Center Parcs and as soon as it was booked I was full of excitement! I used to go with my family as a child and we visited with my sister and parents when Jacob was 9 months old but this would be our first holiday just the four of us.

It was perfect in so many ways; the location being only 2.5 hours away for us was brilliant, the site is quite small but as we were walking with a toddler and a buggy everywhere this worked well for us. The furnishings and décor in the villa were lovely and comfortable. The staff were enthusiastic and friendly, the activities that we booked were mostly brilliant for the little one, the pool was well catered for small people and very warm, play areas and res…

Mummy Anger

Tonight I am asking myself how I can be so angry one minute and the next be totally over it. 
Sometimes my wonderful, caring husband can do a series of things that drive me progressively mad and result in me nearly losing it when really he's done nothing out of the ordinary at all. I put it down to "new mummy crazies". This condition, I believe, is caused by a combination of - 1, A long stretch of disturbed nights of sleep. 2, Days filled with task after task, none particularly difficult but some of which completed with one baby attatched  to a boob and a toddler climbing on you or screaming (frustrating). 3, A sad feeling that no one can help you or understand (unfounded and untrue but there none the less). 4, not finding any time to do things just for you or be able to have a "proper job". (In case you are wondering I have basically chosen to write this instead of sleep and I have a baby lying on me anyway as he will more than likely wake up If I put him down …

'Have a nap'

Good advice! Good luck! Why am I writing this when I could be having a nap? Because I just. Can't. Sleep. 
I am the most tired I have ever been but for some reason I just can't sleep in the daytime. Despite the two year old being out with his dad and the 3 week old finally dropping off after a feed and lots of cuddles. I think it's because 1. I have too much to think about and I can't turn it off. 2. At some point I have to shower and if I don't do it now will I get a chance later? And 3. It's like trying to sleep next to a flipping beautiful ticking time bomb! 

Who knows when this bundle of joy will wake up again and need me!? Plus if he's been asleep for half an hour already so the time I have left to sleep is dwindling and I still haven't had that shower. 
Tiredness is turning me into a grumpy, hopeless, joyless, worrier but what can I do? I guess suck it up and try to be positive until this wonderful little man decides he can sleep for more than 2 hour…