Life, Lately

Hello! September…. seems this summer flew by! We’re easing ourselves back into our normal rhythms this week, Lola went back to school yesterday and the little three and I added some last bits to our summer bullet journals and started this month’s book club book. Today the littlest two are with their dad for a bit, and Miss Kiki and I are off on a shopping date to Chester just the two of us – she is VERY excited to spend her birthday money! This summer turned out fantastic. Even though the weather was less than summery for the most part, we had a busy few weeks, snuck in a few trips, lots of fun and made some amazing memories. Three trips away for all of us {and a week at guide camp for Kiki}, I’m not particularly rested but honestly, I think this was THE best summer we’ve ever had. The festival we went to was so much fun {even better than last year, mainly as I had friends there to catch up with which really made it fun}. Then we had a long weekend back at my Dad’s and found a couple of days of sunshine whilst we…

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A family meal plan for September

I was weirdly excited for this month’s meal plan. September feels like the start of a new season. Summer is over, kids are back to school {or not back to school}, the long, lazy days of summer have finished and we’re back to our usual rhythms. The nights start drawing in, the mornings are cooler and Autumn is just around the corner. It’s time to start adding in some more warming meals to our roster of what we eat. Through the summer, the meal plan often got overlooked, we snatched every opportunity we could to BBQ, or throw together a simple meal that we ate outside. I’ve been pouring over some cookbooks, making a list of Autumn-y meals to fill our bellies with over the next few months. With all the kiddos groups re-starting, plus Lola being back at school, and the little three and I being back into our work/school work normal days, I need meals that can either be prepped ahead or are quick and easy to make. I’m planning on making more use of my slow cooker over Autumn/Winter – especially on days when we’re out, coming home to a ready meal is perfect. Here’s what we’ll be…

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Family Time

The kiddos and I headed off again last week, just three days after getting back from the Just So, to spend a long weekend with my Dad and Step-Mum. We lucked out with some sunny, warm weather again and had a lovely few days. It was a much-needed break – being away at family for me is a good break – a chance to actually sit down and not have to rush around all day long. The kids are happy playing, there is no housework or jobs for me to do and I don’t even have to cook dinner! The kiddos cousins came down for a couple of the days, the five of them spent hours playing in the garden, Lola was there – even with no photographic evidence {she’s VERY good at hiding from the camera these days!}. All of us had so much fun, we really wish we lived closer to them. I’m seriously thinking about a move back that way at some point, I’d love be to be closer to my Dad. Having family around would be fantastic not just for me but for the kiddos too – growing up surrounded by grandparents and cousins would be…

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Is It Autumn Yet? 5 Ways to Get Through the Rest of the Summer

As the kids begin to head back to school and stores begin selling fall fashions, it is easy to wish away the remaining weeks of summer. After all, you can only handle so much sweating weather before you begin dreaming of brisk fall afternoons and pumpkin spice lattes. Pass the time with some fall and winter prep work so you can make good use of your time and cooler temps. Plan a Holiday Cap off your summer with a getaway to somewhere new in a cooler climate to get your first taste of fall a little early. Head north to the mountains, where temperatures are often lower thanks to higher altitudes or head off the beaten path to a rugged international destination like Iceland. The average temperature in Reykjavik in September is in the 40s, according to the Weather Channel, making it ideal for breaking in those new fall layers while exploring the stunning natural beauty of the countryside. Icelandic airline WOW Air offers surprisingly affordable fares from many major cities around the U.S., so getting there may be less pricey than you’d expect. Rethink Your Holiday Decor If a holiday isn’t in the cards for you, use this time to do…

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Back to School with John Lewis

After almost a decade of home schooling, my eldest went into high school last year, entering half way through Year 9. I hadn’t realised how much stuff she would need, never having to do the school shop before – blazer, tie, jumper, trousers, shirts {enough to not need to wash mid-week}, shoes, a bag big enough to carry everything, lunchbox, drinks bottle, pens, pencils…. It was a bit of a crazy rush around trying to get everything sorted for her. This year she’ll be starting Year 10 in September, and we’re away for the last half of August, so I knew that I needed to get organised ahead of time. Neither of us enjoys shopping, so we were both relieved when John Lewis invited us to try out their Back to School range and kit her out for the new school year. We were really impressed whilst browsing the school uniform section on their website, not only do they sell actual uniform, but everything else from PE kits to backpacks, lunchboxes to hats and gloves. They are a one-stop shop for all your school needs – saving you time and a lot of stress! I ordered Lola two pairs of trousers,…

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