The Hubby and I had a wonderful weekend in London, we had time together alone and it was so great. It's been a long time since we were able to do that and we took full advantage of it. You can read about our weekend over #ontheblog. http://www.morganprince.com/2017/06/weekend-in-london.html
An awesome family meal after a great day walking along the River Trent. We tried out @prezzoresteurants #LaFamiglia family sharing bowl and LOVED it! The boys laughed at their dad trying to serve spaghetti bolognese and they enjoyed the ice-cream too. The meal was a lovely finish to a tiring walk and gave us enough energy to make the return journey. Glad to be able to visit thanks to @Britmums.
Birthdays - I hate them. Not my own, they're fine because I don't have to buy myself a card. It's everyone else's birthdays I hate. I have to buy cards, send them through the post, ugh. And I feel guilty every time because I'm always late sending the card. But... Perhaps @paperlesspost has come to my rescue. Maybe I can get rid of the guilt I feel by using them in the future. I can even schedule when to send cards! Epic! http://www.morganprince.com/2017/06/i-hate-birthdays.html
My boys (yes, all three!) enjoyed a morning at High Ropes at Colwick Country Park last week as part of #ParkLives with @parklivesnotts. The took on the challenge of the Leap of Faith and LP did a climb with his dad. While they both thought they wouldn't want to do it at the start they came away with huge smiles on their faces and were super proud of themselves. A great morning out. Read more about our morning out over #ontheblog and be sure to check out my video too!
Exercising, #dieting, being #healthy... while health is a great thing to want it's not always possible. Some people struggle with disabilities or debilitating issues every day. Some people are struck, out of the blue. On a day when I'm heading to the hospital again to get the results of my biopsy health is obviously on my mind. I'm sure everything will be fine, but it certainly makes you realise that your health is not entirely under your own control. Yes, for the most part it is but sometimes things happen that you cannot control or do anything about. Live, Love, and be happy. LIVE = All you can do is live life to the fullest. LOVE = Love those closest to you, and offer kindness to those who need it. BE HAPPY = no matter what it is that makes you happy, DO IT. Do it right now! 🤔 🤗
Over the last few weeks the weather has been so lovely that we've managed to get out for #walks on a regular basis. It's so great being able to walk along the #canal nearby and enjoy the glorious sunshine. 😎 ☀️ You have to get #outdoors when you can in this country and I encourage you to get outdoors when the weather permits. Take your #children for walks, they'll see things they wouldn't otherwise. 🎄 🕷🐛 When out on our walks we often discuss a number of different topics and being outdoors somehow encourages our children to talk to us more. When did you last go for a walk? 🤔
My boys think I'm #evilmum 😈, they think I'm mean and unfair every single day. But... I am their mum, I am there to teach them. Am I strict? Yes I am. Do I tell them 'no'? Yes I do. 😱 I believe that by being strict and enforcing rules my boys learn, they learn to play by rules and respect others' rules. This is part of me as their #mum. ☺️ Are you strict with your children? How do you teach them about respect?
My iPad Pro and Apple Pencil - my favourite tool. I use the #iPad and #ApplePencil as my notebook, I can have any number of notes and never-ending pages. This #notebook is awesome but it has just one flaw... I can't find a case that I love. I have loads of notebooks with fantastic slogans or quotes on the front and they always make me smile. If only I could find an iPad case that would do the same. What is your favourite tool?
We all hate work sometimes but having a job you love makes doing the work so much easier. I love #blogging, it is a joy to step towards the computer every day. I get to connect with wonderful people and my boys get to try out new things as a result of my blog. Do you love your job?
Am loving being a part of @michellereevescoaching's new Facebook group #SparkleonMama. Michelle is a lovely woman who is supportive of busy mamas. Be sure to check out her Sparkle Mama Manifesto - it will get you motivated and make you smile!
Having friends who are like-minded and know just what you're going through is just what you need when you're a busy mum. Someone you can turn to in times of stress, when the kids are driving you crazy and all you want is a girly chat and a glass of wine, is one thing we all need. I'm a friendly gal, I like to offer a listening ear to anyone who needs it and offer advice if needed. Get in on the girly chats and get exclusive content: http://eepurl.com/b718if 😊 ❤️
I always look forward to the boys being at school because I get quiet time. While they're at school I can sit in my office, in the quiet, and enjoy the peace. It happens every school day, but I will never tire of it. That quiet time is essential for me to be able to listen to my body and mind, it allows me to be me. All of us need that quiet time, even YOU. Be sure to get it, even if it means locking yourself in the bathroom!
There are two words that, when said sincerely, can have a healing effect. When someone does something lovely or kind for me I am always sure to say Thank You and I really mean it every time. So, here I am saying thank you to YOU! Thank you for following me, thank you for liking my posts, and thank you for supporting me. You are awesome. ❤️
I am about to start reading Society of the Mind by Eric L. Harry for the third time. This is one of my favourite books and while it is a very long story it keeps me turning pages no matter how many times I've read it. Reading is a great way to escape the household chores and jump into a fictional world where you're not hassled with chores! Some books keep you coming back time and again to re-read and I have a few I turn to. What is your favourite book and how many times have you read it?
I love this quote, it says it all really. Every day I wake up (okay, most days!) and smile because I know at some point during the day my boys will make me smile. They are my light, my world. LP brightens my days by dancing around the room trying to do Lord of the Dance and BP makes me laugh by putting on voices and pretending to be people. How do your children make you smile?
I do this all the time, check Facebook instead of putting the laundry in the washing machine, or instead of doing the ironing. Before I know it I've spent 30 minutes browsing Facebook rather than getting chores done. Yet I still check it often! You can find me on Facebook, scrolling through others' updates and sharing posts to help you. Do pop over and say hi!
Laundry. Washing. It is the bane of my life. I cannot stand the washing machine, I have to use it every day and it constantly eats socks! Having to sort out clothes into darks, coloureds, and whites, having to make sure everything gets dried and ironed after being washed. This is one of the household jobs that I have to do daily but boy do I wish I didn't have to! What household chore do you hate?
I love this #quote, it is totally what #love is. It reminds me of the feeling I get when I go to weddings, the love is in the air. If you're heading to a summer #wedding this year check out @la.juniper's selection of wedding gifts. Elegant and stylish you'll fall in love with them immediately! Just like I did. Head over to the blog to see a selection of products and get free shipping (code valid until 31st May).
I grew up in Mansfield, and now live in Nottingham. The city is awesome, filled with art and culture and you can always find somewhere awesome to eat. I love to see the city lit up with Christmas lights, or see the children having fun on the fake beach in the summer. There's always plenty to do to keep the kids busy too. Nottingham is a wonderful city (partly because I'm here!). When was the last time you visited?
LP has been building @lego all by himself! Even if he did struggle a little bit he still wanted to do it himself. I love his need for independence, he's so eager to grow up and do things on his own. While it makes me a little sad I am so proud that he has the confidence to do things alone. Building this lego set by himself was the first step in many to come that will lead him to true independence. While he played with his built set he made me smile as he did the voices for his #minifigs and had the TIE striker shooting his characters. 😀
I'm about to enter the world of #parenting a #teen, BP turns 13 in August, and I can see the next few years being tough. I'm looking forward to this satisfaction because parenting a teen is hard, I know this. BP is almost 13 and LP is 8 (going on 16), LP has the beginnings of #tween tendencies and BP can be vile some days. Of course I love them but sometimes it's tough trying to deal with their issues. I wrote a blog post about the issues you'll come across when you're parenting a tween, http://www.morganprince.com/2016/09/tween-issues-as-parent.html, hope it helps you be prepared!
Here's to all the amazing mothers out there. You are the ones teaching your children to be themselves no matter what, to respect others, and to care. You are the ones who clean up after your children, you take care of them when they're sick. You do everything to ensure your family is healthy and happy (sometimes at the expense of your own health!) and you are truly amazing. I'm sending love to all the #mums out there in the world. You are wonderful women and you need to know it!
It's the #weekend! Spend time with your family, enjoy time together playing board games and having fun. The week is for work but the weekend is for family. Get you and yours together, smile and laugh and enjoy each other's company. Your children will remember these times, have as many as you can!
Over the last couple of weeks I have turned to my boys for comfort. It's been tough but having them there every day, smiling and laughing, has helped me cope with the difficult time our family has been going through. My boys are my world and they are my light when it seems the world is filled with darkness. I am back this week, hosting #pocolo with @lifeat139a and I'm glad to be back. Hope you can join us!
This gorgeous necklace and bracelet and the Happily Ever After candle from @la.juniper are bringing a smile to my face today. I'm going to my niece's wedding in the summer and I cannot wait to show them off there. The candle has a luscious bluebell scent and the jewellery is the perfect 'heart' theme for a wedding. Until the wedding though you will be able to read about these and other products over on the blog soon.
Sometimes you just need to turn to those tablets. They're magical things, they make the kids go quiet and you get peace, even if just for a little while. And you know what - it's okay for the kids to use them occasionally! 😱 😂
After reading about sexism this morning and seeing a lot of people ranting about how it's not fair to all the men I had to write a post. Some people get far too wound up over things like this, when there are much more important things to think about. Yes we are all equal and that should be the case for everything, but that doesn't stop the generalisations being true. I also write about the latest slummy mummies article and what I think about it and the so-called slummy mummies. Why can't we all just get along? 🤷🏼♀️
My boys will always come first. During school holidays and after school. That's why you won't find me on Facebook or Twitter in the evenings - my boys are my everything. Work comes later, or when they're at school!
Totally this! I have memories of being little that remind my dad of things, my boys remember things that I've forgotten (already!) and it is so lovely to be reminded of the times they enjoyed themselves.
This quote had me nodding my head. It takes a parent to realise what it takes to be a parent. It is difficult, exhausting, but oh-so-wonderful.