Tuesday, 29 March 2016

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 https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/MightyDesigns?ref=s2-header-shopname 

Or say hi at my Instagram https://www.instagram.com/paperandclay/?hl=en looking forward to meeting you 🌸🐚💙

Sunday, 7 February 2016


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 https://instagram.com/p/BBhxdryk6zP/ 

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

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 over Samuel and has even helped us teach him some words. I think he does get frustrated at times when Samuel is in his way or needing too much attention and they struggle to play together and share as Samuel is still a bit small for all that. Jacob and Samuel share a room and both are now sleeping quite well after a few struggles with early rising and night waking from the little one. 

We are loving our little family and feel so so lucky. 

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

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. 

Monday, 29 September 2014

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 restaurants were great and it was an easy place to take a newborn with you too.

We booked bowling, mucky pups (messy play), the Teddy Bear's Picnic, balance bikes and baby owl experience to take Jacob to. The best by far was the Teddy Bear's Picnic. All of the kids got their own teddy bear and a packed lunch, they got to dance and play parachute games and go on a 'bear hunt' to find Rupert bear who they got to meet before listening to a story. I have never seen Jacob in such awe as when it got to meet Rupert! I think this picture is priceless..

Obviously for a lot of people especially during the school holidays Center Parcs is a bit expensive and I would have to agree. Luckily in this case we could go at the beginning of September so didn't have to pay the full holiday price. And for what we did pay it was totally worth it. Jacob loved it so much, he kept asking to go back to live in the "wood house" and to go back to the "special swimming pool".
I loved taking him away as he is now just about old enough to understand and it was just brilliant to talk to him about our time and to feel like we are building wonderful memories together. It was also brilliant for me and their dad to shake up our routine and reconnect in a different atmosphere and surroundings.
We came back tired from all the fun but ready for the next part of the challenge! :)

Sunday, 21 September 2014

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 now. I also am loving my maternity leave and really don't want to go back to my proper job right now anyway. I just mean the feeling that people might think you have it easy, when they are kind of right but sometimes it feels really hard and you want to be appreciated). 

I experiene the "new mummy crazies" every now and then, usually when feeling frustrated and misunderstood, and I have learnt to keep my mouth shut as much as possible and wait for it to pass. I think my husband has also learnt to let me get on with it and wait it out. Talking during these crazy moments never helps. Talk afterwards for sure but never during. 

Note to self: Reflecting on this I think the key must to be to try to keep self confidence and self worth high. Remember that you are doing an important job and the people that love you do appreciate you. Think about the good things and the things you have achieved. Be positive. Talk before you turn crazy and if it's too late wait and talk after if you need to. Don't put too much pressure on yourself. Take it easy, the little man is only 8 weeks old. Ask for help when you need it. 

Remember the small things that make you happy like these flowers Jacob and his daddy picked for me "ere go mummy, beautiful flowers for you" awwww...

Life is great really isn't it? 

Anyone else got advice for me? 

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

'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 hours at a time through the night! I won't be long I'm sure :) 

Now though it's shower time!