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{Daughter Diaries}

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Dear Blossom, your love of trucks, tractors and dinosaurs perfectly balance out your overuse of your incredibly girly pink cup. I guess it was inevitable that you would like pink when Mummy has such an aversion to it. I have not quite yet forgiven Daddy for leaving the blue cup in Costa, but they say time heals all wounds. Dear Bubbles, I had forgotten both the blessings and the curses of breastfeeding. Stroking your soft cheeks at regular intervals makes up for having to change my clothes at least three times a day. Praise the Lord for the invention of the washing machine! Dearest Daughters, last weekend you both settled for bed by 7.30pm, allowing me and Daddy to have our first date night of the new year. More of that please!

Happy Friday sweet readers! What did you do on your last date night? We watched our favourite childhood movies.

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{Daughter Diaries}

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Dear Blossom, when you came up to the hospital to meet your wee sister you squealed with glee when you saw her tiny toes. I love how much interest you take in toes. Potential career as a chiropodist maybe? Dear little Bubbles, I was so sure you’d break the eight pound mark but apparently the lots of fluid thing isn’t a lie because you truly are a dainty little thing. You remind me of a little baby bird, especially when you startle and flap your arms like little wings. Dearest Daughters, you’ve certainly turned our world upside down. Turns out we kinda like being upside down if it means being upside down with you two.

Happy Friday sweet readers! How did your older kids react to meeting the new baby?


Our Powerpuff Girls

The Powerpuff Girls

When my eldest daughter was born in 2013 I decided to use a pseudonym for her here on the blog. Well I soon had to change that pseudonym because I made the mistake of using a name beginning with the same letter of her name and people I know actually started to ask if we’d changed her name! We hadn’t.

I then came up with the name ‘Libby’ for her thinking that as it is nothing like her name it would be a more obvious pseudonym. Apparently not. I still get people asking me if Libby is part of her name and if it is a nickname we call her at home. Er… no.

So for a while now I’ve not been happy with the use of the name Libby on here for my eldest daughter.

During my second pregnancy I knew I’d have to come up with a pseudonym for the baby and decided then that I would change my eldest’s pseudonym with the introduction of the next baby’s pseudonym. This time opting for something both fun and more obviously nicknames for the blog.

And ‘thus the Powerpuff Girls were born’ and I introduce to you Blossom and Bubbles.








Anyone remember that show? It was on Cartoon Network when I was a kid and I kinda liked the whole girls kicking butt aspect of the show. I may be biased, but I’m pretty sure my girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice, but I’m also sure they have a little ‘Chemical X’ of their own too. The sort of unique quality and personality that will help them to grow into beautiful, passionate, strong women of God.

And what about Buttercup I hear some of you ask? Well, we’ll just have to wait and see on that one!

What pseudonym would you choose for yourself? My go-to-one is often, Agatha Christie.

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{Twenty Fifteen} Healthy Goals

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We’re keen goal setters and write down our goals each year, regularly checking in to evaluate our progress. Technically though, we’ve come to realise that we only really have one main goal each year and that goal is quite simply to improve our health.

Each goal we then make is really just a specific way of working towards improving our health in a certain area of our lives, be that our physical health, spiritual health, marital health or even financial health.

In practice this means that we make both personal goals individually and marital goals together, breaking down our personal goals into 4 categories (Physical, Spiritual, Relational & Professional) and our marital goals also into 4 categories (Physical, Spiritual, Relational & Financial). 

When setting goals under each of these categories we then simply ask ourselves, ‘How do I want to improve my health in this area?‘ It’s a question that I have found to be incredibly helpful, keeping our focus on both the big picture of improving our entire lifestyle and the smaller steps that are required to get us there.

If you too would simply like to focus on improving your health this year then below are some ideas of the sorts of goals you could set under each category.


Personal Goals:

Physically you may want to improve your flexibility by signing up to a yoga class, reduce your intake of caffeine or maybe arrange to finally get that dental work done.

Spiritually you could start journalling, set up a prayer triplet or perhaps memorise a piece of scripture each week.

Relationally you could join a social group that will encourage you to build new friendships or book in regular coffee dates to invest in your existing ones.

Professionally you could try a new course of study or block out time each month to work on your CPD. Or if like me your current profession is being a stay-at-home mama then you may want to establish a daily storytime or take your little one out on a monthly mummy date.


Marital Goals:

Physically you may want to set intimacy goals together or perhaps you want to find a common hobby and could do something sporty together, maybe even work towards some sort of physical challenge like a race or hike.

Spiritually you could set goals to pray with each other daily, sign up for a marriage course or even block out some time for a spiritual retreat.

Relationally you could invite dinner guests round to your home each month or regularly book in skype dates with your friends living overseas.

Financially you may want to build up your savings to a realistic target, start living on a cash budget or maybe even give more generously to charity.


These categories make a good starting point and you can easily tweak them to suit you. For example, if you’re single you can of course still make financial goals on your own! Whatever categories you do choose to use just remember to keep asking yourself ‘How do I want to improve my health in this area?’.

Hopefully with this sort of focus not only will your goals be healthy in the sense that they will be realistic and attainable, but the outcome will also hopefully be healthy too, resulting in you making progress towards the healthier lifestyle, attitude and relationships you desire.

Happy New Year sweet readers! What goals are you setting yourself for 2015?

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{Twenty Fourteen} in Review

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Highlights of 2014…


Looking forward to 2015 because…

  • Sweet cuddles as I nurse my new baby
  • Using our cloth nappies on two little bottoms!
  • Continuing a year of dates with The Husby
  • Second birthdays and another party to plan
  • Making a play kitchen for my little ones
  • Continuing with my monthly baking goals
  • Learning to crochet
  • Finally starting some urban farming
  • Lots of staycation time on our little island
  • Celebrating 70 years of island freedom
  • Getting back to my long country walks
  • Getting fit and strong after baby arrives
  • Creating a capsule wardrobe
  • Building on new friendships
  • A college friend visiting from the UK
  • Planning a big trip to Australia & New Zealand
  • A new niece or nephew to welcome to the family!

Happy New Year to all my sweet readers! What are you looking forward to in 2015?


{December Gratitudes}

For posh afternoon teas with the grandparents and a toddler you can take to a 5 star hotel!

For posh afternoon teas and a toddler you can take to a 5 star hotel!

For brown paper packages tied up with string.

For brown paper packages tied up with string.

For a church that is full of fun and our wee wise (wo)man dressed up for her first nativity.

For a church that is full of fun and our wee wise (wo)man dressed up for her first nativity.


For a delightfully simple Christmas at home.

For a delightfully simple Christmas at home.


For the end being in sight and not giving birth on Christmas Day!

For not giving birth on Christmas Day!


For another sweet bundle and our first family portrait.

For another sweet bundle and our first family portrait.


These are some of the inserts from our family gratitude journal during December, reminding us that God is good and that we are blessed!

What have you been thankful for this month?


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