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A DIFFERENT WAY TO TRAVEL TO SCOTLAND | CALEDONIAN SLEEPER


I usually travel to my destinations via bus, train or flights. Occasionally a boat but that's been a very long time. We don't drive so public transport is something we rely on. When planning our trip to Edinburgh I was very interested in travelling via to Caledonian sleeper. Mel and Sara-Jayne travelled via the sleeper to our Inverness bloggers retreat and loved it and I thought it would be a really fun way to travel. It reminded me of the polar express and all I wanted to do was ask for hot chocolate and sing about Christmas. What I found most wonderful was that we departed around midnight on March 8th (my birthday) and woke up at 6am for breakfast and we were in Scotland. 

I THINK WE'VE LOST SPRING? | WHAT MY KIDS WORE


I can't believe that we're here in March and we're surrounded by snow again! It's absolutely ridiculous really and now that i've got some snow pictures, made memories with the kids in the snow, i'm a little bit bored of it all now. I want Spring to arrive, I want to take photos of my children in the flowers and in spring clothes, I want to start spring photoshoots and right now it's just too cold and the flowers aren't even growing. I haven't even seen any daffodils yet - except the ones in Tesco.

A BIRTHDAY MINI MOON TO EDINBURGH!


One week ago I was wandering the beautiful streets of Edinburgh, no children near my feet, hands free from pushing a pram, my hand actually holding my husbands, the first time in such a long time absolutely mesmerised by the architecture and just taking in everything including the scents - Edinburgh has a specific scent and I love it. Edinburgh brings me joy, well Scotland does, it's stunning and I feel at home when i'm there. 
Edinburgh has so much history, so many stories and due to be the inspiration for many parts of the film it feels like i'm walking around the set for Harry Potter. 

GETTING MY SANITY BACK AT DINNER TIMES WITH FRED SAFETY


For a long time dinner times were extremely stressful times, the kids would be at my feet and asking "when's dinner going to be ready" and i'd be forever yelling "THE OVEN IS HOT, GET OUT OF MY KITCHEN" whilst getting them out for a second before they would come back in and Iris would  pull all hers and Lucas' plates and bowls out and Lucas would be asking me when Dinner was going to be ready. I became incredibly stressed out and cooking dinner became a chore and an unenjoyable experience that led me to lose my love of cooking.

WHAT MAMA WORE | BIRTHDAY / MINI MOON IN EDINBURGH

Becoming a Mother can sometimes be the reason you sadly lose yourself but recently i've been trying really hard to find myself again and that means stepping out in front of the camera and not hiding behind it so much.
Since the start of the year i've been trying working hard to change a lot, including my mindset. It started really with a lot of MAC products under the Christmas tree (thank you parents) and then a new hair cut, a trip to the Estée Lauder counter in John Lewis to see what all the fuss was about with their foundation and spending my birthday money on a few items of clothing.
So, along with my "What Lucas | Iris wore" posts i'm planning on doing more of, this is my second, what Mama wore style post and will be the second of many more.

A NIGHT WORKING MOTHER'S NIGHTMARE MADE EASIER WITH FEATHER AND DOWN



Being a night worker my body clock is VERY confused. It doesn't know whether it is coming or going and after tracking my sleep on a sleep app I was incredibly concerned about the lack of sleep I was actually getting overall but the problem is when I am off work - I JUST CANNOT SLEEP. Which mean's that although technically Brad is working 24 more hours a week more than me and should be getting less sleep, most of the time I am actually getting the same or even less than him.
Some nights I'll find myself still awake at 4am/5am and knowing that in around an hour or two maximum my two energetic toddlers will be waking up and i'm going to be hearing screams and giggles, cries and playing whilst they trash their room, fight, play nicely, fight, pretend to be shop keepers and fight before I then get "stairs" from Iris and "Is Daddy home yet?" from Lucas and up I get after getting about 3 hours interrupted sleep.