I’ve seen so many posts and articles lately about happiness (probably because it’s been January and the twinkly Christmas feels are gone for another year). It got me thinking about how the normal day to day stuff gets lost in a bigger picture sometimes. It’s easy to say “oh I’ve had a terrible day” when something went really wrong, but you may be forgetting the good morning cuddles from your little one, the delicious meal you had for dinner or even finding a new TV show that you know you’re going to love.

Granted, everyone gets those days where it seems like EVERYTHING has gone wrong, so that’s why I think it’s important to focus on the little things that made you smile amongst the chaos of a crappy day. So I’m going to start listing some things that made me smile. Maybe not every week, but every now and then, I’ll note down a few things that ordinarily may be easily forgotten

Daisy’s Speech

A year ago when Daisy had her health visitor check up, we were told that by her age, they expected her to able to say around fifty words; we couldn’t even think of twenty. While it was never a worry as she fully understood what we were saying and could carry out instructions, it was a huge cause of frustration to both us and her. A year on and we literally can’t shut her up! Lately, it’s like having a mini person giving me a running commentary on the entire day and the questions… oh the questions; “Is this your pillow mam?”, “You like Peppa? I like Peppa.” “Do you wear your boots to jump in puddles?” “We have cheesy pasta for tea? You like cheesy pasta? I’m going to use a spoon and have my Minnie bowl.” She’s come so far and it’s unbelievable to think how little she said less than a year ago.

Signs of Spring

Whilst the weather may still  be bitterly cold with spatters of sleet and snow, there are little signs of warmer weather cropping up. Don’t get me wrong, I rolled my eyes when I saw the Easter eggs immediately replace the Christmas aisle in Tesco, but I’ll let it slide seeing as Mini Eggs are back on the menu. I picked up a bunch of daffodils whilst shopping and just today tried the M&S Kentish Apple Hot Cross Buns; if you’re a fan of HCB’s then get your butt down to M&S now. Deeelicious!

No Nausea

If you’ve read my last pregnancy update, you’ll know that I saw the return of some pretty bad nausea recently. Well, this week I haven’t had any at all (fingers crossed it’s gone for the foreseeable) and have managed to eat whatever I want, without feeling like I’m still eating it four hours later!

New Pillows and Duvet

You know when you use the same thing over and over and when you finally upgrade it, you wonder what on earth you were doing with your life before? Yeah, that. We had some new pillows and a duvet that I put on the bed yesterday and now, I’m fairly sure we’re sleeping on a cloud. Acceptable to send your child to bed at 5pm? I’ll be popping a little bedroom reveal up in the next few weeks.

Planning a Nursery

When I was pregnant with Daisy I was so excited to decorate her little room and this time is no different. We knew we were having a girl with Daisy but we’re having a surprise this time so a more neutral room is on the cards. I’ve started looking around for some inspiration and can’t wait to get started. You can have a look at my ideas by clicking here.

How do children accumulate so much junk? Like, seriously? Daisy hasn’t long turned 3 and the toy situation was getting out of control. When Daisy started ‘playing’ with her toys a lot more, we decided to move the dining table into the kitchen, to give her (and the toys) a space of their own. This was great for a while, but gradually as more toys appeared, the room got cluttered and meant there was less and less space for her to actually play.

Everything was mixed up in a few large storage bags, so Daisy would end up tipping everything out and not actually playing with anything. As you can see, it started getting a bit out of hand.Just before Christmas, I decided enough was enough and armed with black bags, I started going through what felt like a real life version of pages 300 – 350 of the Argos catalogue. I threw out anything broken, separated anything that could be sold or donated and then split all the keepers into categories.

One mama and Daisy trip to IKEA (whilst wearing my very apt ‘Girl Power’ jumper), I picked up some storage units, boxes and obviously the essential napkins and candles; in our family, you don’t leave IKEA without them!I bought two of these units and eight storage boxes (similar here). I put them all together within an hour and already the room looked so much better. Label maker in hand, I popped one above each box to say what goes where and filled them up. The units themselves are the perfect height for sitting too, so a few pretty cushions made it a cosy reading spot.Daisy has so much more room to play now and it’s also helping to teach her to tidy her toys away; win, win! It made our Christmas shopping easier too, as we could see exactly what she has and what she loves playing with the most (as well as knowing what we can store and where). The blinds are a little squiffy and I’m planning on adding a few rails on the main wall for her arty stuff, but for now a few easy changes have made a huge difference to the little lady’s playtime.Emma  x

So this past weekend, our living room was featured in a Welsh newspaper for the ‘Favourite Room’ article. A few weeks back, my sister in law tagged me in a Facebook status from a journalist, who was looking for ‘nice houses’. I didn’t want to leave her hanging, so messaged her and the first thing I said was ‘I don’t know if my house is good enough…’.

Granted, there are lots of things I would change about our house, but why I felt the need to immediately put it down is beyond me. As it happened, Katie liked the room and as long as I was happy to feature it, we were good to go. In the lead up to a photographer coming round, I had daily episodes of just staring around the room, trying to think of quick fixes for it. With no time to decorate (something I was adamant it needed), I left the room as it was and hoped for the best.If was featured in Saturday’s paper and I was so pleased with it. The room looked lovely and the ‘interview’ came across not as bad I was thinking it did – I can waffle on another level! More importantly, it made me appreciate what a nice home we have. Yes there are scuffs and marks on the walls, the door frames have been battered with toys and there is a questionable stain on the rug that just won’t come out, but when we sit down in there as a family, it’s exactly what it says on the tin; a living room.We play games, watch tv, read bedtime stories, have pizza parties, dance parties, sing-as-loud-as-you-can parties. It’s where we watched Daisy take her first steps, where she and I have slept when she’s unwell and where we’ve belly laughed at all her funny little ways. It doesn’t matter how big your house is, how expensive it was or what you have in it; as long as it’s filled with love, it will always be good enough.

Emma  x

So it’s a little over a month on from our wedding and it already feels more like a year ago. When people say it goes by in a flash, they weren’t lying! It really was perfect in every way and we managed to achieve exactly the kind of wedding we wanted. You can read about our wedding plans here.

We got married at 3pm in a local castle, and then on to our reception venue. It was really relaxed with a brilliant party atmosphere and plenty of love and laughter. I think that’s the beauty of modern weddings; you don’t have to stick to ‘rules’ anymore. I stayed at home with Jon and Daisy the night before the wedding, we didn’t have a wedding breakfast; just canapes and a buffet and nobody was made to make a speech if they didn’t want to.

One of my favourite things about the day was how personal it was. The wedding venue is somewhere we visit on a regular basis with Daisy, and both Jon and I went to school in the castle before they moved it. Our florist was a family friend and gifted us our flowers (which were amazing!). We both went in our father’s cars and my uncle drove my Dad and I to the castle. My brother’s were even the best men and I think it really shows in the photos how close of a family we are.

When we received the photos and were looking through them with my parents, my father commented how nice it is to see such beautiful photos with everyone we love in them. Aside from being married, that’s the absolute best thing about the day; celebrating love with your loved ones.

Thanks

Emma  x

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Wedding Dress & Veil – Perfection Bridal Cardiff

Suits – Slaters

Bridal Tiara – Debenhams (Jon Richard)

Bridesmaid Dresses – Marks and Spencer

Flower Girl Dress – Trina’s Aberdare

Flower Girl Tiara & Shoes – Monsoon

Flowers – Suzanne’s Florist

Make Up – Leanne Warren Hester

Hair – Iconic

Photography – SpringBoxPhotograhy

Ceremony Venue – Cyfarthfa Castle

Reception Venue – The Guest Keen

Wedding Cake – Costco (with Marks and Spencer chocolates & macaroons)

Cake Topper – eBay

Donuts – Krispy Kreme

Donut Stand – Homemade

 

 

 

 

After going to France in June for Daisy’s first holiday abroad, we knew we wanted to do something similar after the wedding. All the planning and hectic rushing around leading up to it made me feel a little guilty for not being able to spend more time with her, so a Eurocamp holiday was perfect. In June, we went over towards Brittany (you can read about it here) so we thought we’d try a bit further over this time, staying at La Croix du Vieux Pont.img_1256The site itself is fantastic for children and is one of Eurocamp’s ‘Mini Paradise’ sites, meaning it’s perfect for toddlers too. We had one of these wagons from the reps on site for the week, which was brilliant for walking around as Daisy isn’t a fan of her pram (but still gets tired legs and insists on bringing all her ‘gang’ with her). There are three lakes, an indoor/outdoor pool complex, soft play, a bouncy castle, pedalos, horse riding, go karting and much more, but the best thing about these holidays for us is the freedom it gives children.img_1355img_1408img_1412img_1360The site is also an excellent location for day trips, with lots of places to visit in the area. We visited Château de Pierrefonds, a 14th century castle set in beautiful grounds, a few local towns and Disneyland Paris. Jon did all the driving and found it really easy, even saying that the roads in France were nicer to drive than in Britain.img_1263img_1352It was the perfect place to go to relax and make memories on our first trip as the Lewis family and we’re already planning our 2018 holiday over there too. If you’ve ever thought about doing these kind of holidays but aren’t sure, or you just want to have a look at our adventures, follow the link below to see a highlight video we’ll be watching for years to come.img_1416

Highlights of France, September 2017

Emma  x