time flies when you're being a mum

Learning that 90% is crap. And that's OK

18 May, 2018

A few weeks ago in my post about confidence (and chaos!), I mentioned that I was about to start a creative writing class with my mum.

This time last year I had written 4 and a bit chapters of a children’s book about a Frog Boy. I was really pleased with what I had come up with so far, well the first 2 chapters anyway. Then I showed it to Mike who made some notes on it but because he wasn’t gushing about how great it was, I assumed it was bad.

Obviously, rather than just ask him what he thought for fear of hearing ‘the truth’, I then lost all faith and confidence and decided it was rubbish.

Creative Writing Class

Fast forward a year and last night was our 4th creative writing class. I am totally loving it.

I was nervous because I have perfectionist tendencies and a fear of failure/rejection/embarrassing myself so this was going to challenge my concept of perfect.

I have to drive for an hour to get there, and it runs from 6-9pm. As in, at night. When I’m normally in bed.

But I love, love, love it!

Each week we are given some homework and then we take it in turns to read out what we’ve done in class and offer our thoughts on the piece.

This is incredibly nerve-racking and while I enjoy doing the homework, reading it out in class is terrifying. But the process, in only a few short weeks, has helped me get over two important things:

  1. Embarrassment
  2. Perfectionism

Embarrassment

When I’m doing my homework, I don’t always put two and two together and fully imagine myself reading the piece in public. This week’s piece, entitled “My Delicious Hole”, is a prime example. Like what was I thinking?! (more…)

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gorgeous and daunting

11 May, 2018

I’ve been wanting to introduce the garden for a while now but for some reason something has been holding me back. I guess it’s because I don’t want to sound like a moany cow! I’m well aware of just how gorgeous the garden is and feel incredibly lucky but something can be gorgeous and daunting.

our garden

That’s perfectly ok to say.

Reuben for example, is also incredibly gorgeous but at times he’s daunting too. That’s the yin and yan of life.

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Fancy a dip!

04 May, 2018

There are a couple of occasions when this easy, lazy houmous recipe comes in handy…

Sometimes I just have a hankering for houmous and loads of yummy veg. Most likely after a period of not eating all that healthily.

Other times, I’ve got people coming over and I’ve forgotten that you’re meant to serve up some kind of hors d’oeuvre. This is both presentable and tasty. Win win.

But a) it doesn’t happen that often so b) I don’t always have tahini in. Or if I do it’s got things growing on it.

This is where this easy, lazy houmous recipe comes in handy…it’s super easy and it’s a total cheat because it doesn’t use tahini. But packed with other flavours like lots of lemon juice and herbs or hot sauce, you really don’t miss it.

And your fridge will thank you for not having another mouldy jar lurking at the back.

Easy, Lazy Houmous Recipe

Houmous Recipe – Ingredients

All you need is:

  • 1 tin chickpeas (drained and rinsed under the tap)
  • 2 tbsp lemon (or more if you like a tang)
  • 3 tbsp greek yoghurt (or more if you like it creamy!)
  • 2 cloves of garlic (you can mince to give your blender a hand)
  • hot sauce/herbs (optional, get creative!)

Instructions:

  1. Add all the ingredients to a blender
  2. Blend
  3. Serve up with your favourite veggies or toasted pitta.

I’ve also snipped on some chives and used more hot sauce because I’m craving spicy food at the moment.

houmous recipe

I ended up taking this over to my friend Jeannie’s house after I made it yesterday and we shared the lot for our lunch. Very satisfying AND healthy!

How do you make your houmous?

I’d love to hear how you make yours and any tips for making it even yummier!

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Telling your kids you're pregnant!

02 May, 2018

Yesterday I was able to tell the world, AND my kids, that I’m pregnant! It was the children and pregnancy bit that I was a little concerned about.

I didn’t want to just blurt it out like I did with my parents but equally I didn’t want to pin my hopes on it being this magical moment and build it up too much.

So, after sharing the announcement post, I looked to you lovely lot for advice on how to share the news.

Children and Pregnancy

Children and Pregnancy

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The other part of the 2-parter

01 May, 2018

Back in March you may (or not) remember this article I wrote about facing your fears. It started out as a diary entry to document a really funny week and in it I referred to it as being a two-parter. There was a curveball Tuesday that I couldn’t share yet.

Here’s the second part… it has been THE longest wait to be able to share this and now I finally can.

I’m hoping that now this is out it allows me to get back into blogging properly because I completely stalled after getting this news!

I also need some advice so please keep going to the bottom and either comment on here or head to the Mums’ Days Facebook page and join the conversation there. Thanks in advance!

Tuesday – 13th March

On Tuesday night, Mike was at the top of Kilimanjaro about to reach the summit. I was in bed with my electric blanket on. Rock and bloody roll!

I was feeling a bit crampy, but it was only 3 weeks since I had my coil removed via laparoscopy, and my period hadn’t returned, so I wasn’t surprised. Then I thought I’d check how long it had been since my period should have started… a week and a half.

Is your mind going where mine went?

I had a bunch of pregnancy tests in the house from when I thought we were trying back in September (my coil had gone missing so it was assumed it had fallen out but instead it had passed through my womb and was on a holiday in my pelvis!) so I took a test. Just to rule it out.

I have some thoughts on taking a test just before bed:

DO. NOT. DO. IT.

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