My travel bucket list | Top 5

I’m not sure what’s gotten into me recently but I’ve started to really look at life and really think about how I am living now as opposed to how I want to be living in the future. I still want to focus a lot on my future but I want to enjoy the present just as much too.  I watched a video earlier today (I’ll post it below) and it made me think of a good idea for a blog post. What would I do if money was no object? At the end of the day we have to be realistic here – money is an object – it’s not realistic to just quit our jobs and go sailing off around the world (as wonderful as that would be) we do have to work to get to where we want to be. But that doesn’t mean we have to stop living in the present and thinking about what we would do if money wasn’t an object. I would travel with my little family, take wonderful photos and video montages and write a blog. Where would I go? Well, I’m glad you (kind of) asked! Here is my travel bucket list – from places I’ve been to places I want to go.

Verona, Italy

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Why? Behind the reasoning of why I want to go to many of these places is usually a silly ol’ story that I’ve clung onto way too tightly and can’t let go. Most places I want to go feel a little sentimental and in some sense perhaps ridiculous. For example, I really would love to visit Verona after watching a film called ‘Letters to Juliet’ it’s a chick flick and is pretty cheesy.. but just SO good! It’s a guilty pleasure. The film was set here, where Romeo and Juliet is based, and after researching more about the city I have fallen in love with the idea of visiting. It’s beautiful cobbled streets and amazing cityscapes. It looks like such a romantic place to visit and I hope one day we can go!

Mykonos, Greece 

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Why? Another silly reason behind why I would like to go to Mykonos. I love the band ‘Fleet Foxes’ and in particular their song ‘Mykonos’. I didn’t even know what Mykonos was until I googled it and again, after looking more into the destination and it’s beautiful culture and amazing views I just fell in love. I really, really fell in love. It looks beautiful. I love the white, the blue, the pure beautifully cobbled streets. Ahhh, take me to Mykonos! We are thinking of booking our summer holiday here for next year – fingers crossed.

Disneyworld, Florida 

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Why? So this is a place I have been to twice and if I had my way I would just live there. I would live in Cinderella’s castle itself, I’m sure Cinderella wouldn’t mind, right? Both times I’ve been do Disneyworld Florida I have had SO much fun. It genuinely feels like childhood. Like the happiest place in the world. (as cheesy as that is!) Not only Disneyworld but Orlando itself. I love America. I think my heart lays in the USA as opposed to boring ol’ England. I’m pretty sure I’m secretly born American.

Fethiye, Turkey 

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Why? Again, this is somewhere I have been before. In fact I could almost call this destination my second home or my home from home. I’ve genuinely lost count of the amount of times I’ve been here. At one point we was visiting twice a year every year. It’s beautiful. I love Turkey. It never really appealed to me until my parents took me there on a family holiday once and I literally fell in love. With the people, the beaches, the markets, the towns, the cities, the culture. Everything! I love how I know the place as though it’s the back of my hand and I love the friends we have made over there. Take me back?

Lapland, Finland

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Why? Ah, Lapland. somewhere I have never been but would absolutely LOVE to go. I’m not very good with the cold, so I don’t really know how I would get on here. but I can’t help but want to see the Northern lights and ride a sleigh and take beautiful photos in the snow and so on and so on.

I would love to know the places you’d like to go? Or your favourite places?

The present moment

I feel like I spend so much time thinking about the future, thinking about where I want to be and how I want to get there. I have days where I think that everybody is out to get in my way, and I have days where I think that maybe I should give up. Maybe I’m not going to get where I want to be. But then I stop. and I think. Where do I want to be? I’m 24 and though that is young it is also terrifying. Like a lot of people my age, I don’t really know where my life is heading. I don’t know where my path is taking me, I don’t know what obstacles will be in the way I don’t know anything. Who ever knows?

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I’m always looking forward. I’m always thinking of the next holiday, the following christmas, the coming weekend. I never wake up and think ‘this is now, this is what I’m doing and I’m loving it’. Because when we get to that future we are always looking forward to another future.. we are never really actually there. We are somewhere else, in another future. I think we are all a little guilty of this. I’m about to lay on my sofa, at nine o clock in the evening, grab a cup of tea and watch a bit of rubbish TV. It’s something little but it’s something I should just appreciate and something I should live fully. Why is it so hard to really be in the moment? To really be living in the present and not the past or the future?

I don’t want to come across all hippie-ish because I’m far from that. I just hate catching myself living in the unforeseeable future and contemplating a life that isn’t even my life at the moment. It’s frustrating and something I want to change. I’m not saying this is the case every day. Today for example, it was a rainy and dreary sunday but I LOVED it. Me and Daisy stayed all cosy in our pyjamas all day, ordered pizza and watched Disney movies. I was sat at the table with her at dinner time I just looked at her and thought ‘I love this! I am so happy’ because I was. and she was.

I work hard every single day to try and get to where I want to be when I don’t even know 100% where I want to be. I’m pretty sure when I’m 50 years old old I’m going to look back and think ‘I liked being there, why could I just not BE there’ So I’ve decided that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to be completely where I am right now. That doesn’t mean I’m not going to work towards a better future for myself, for Daisy, for Andrew, but I’m not going to fret over how it’s all going to turn out. I’m not going to fret about living a love unfulfilled. Because if I just live each day as it comes, and I appreciate the little things in life then I will live a fulfilled life. and surely that’s what we are all out to live?

My baby is becoming a toddler

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One thing I love as a mother, and I’m sure it’s the same for so many other mums, is watching my little one chat, play, walk, crawl and talk away. At sixteen months she’s a little chatterbox and I like to pretend that I can understand what she’s saying – in reality I have no idea – but the way she talks jibberish to her bunny and all her other toys is just so darn cute. Today Daisy took more steps than she has ever taken during her 16 months of life! I felt so proud that at one point I could feel tears hiding behind my eyes. Silly? Maybe. But I really just could never imagine having a walking talking toddler. And now I do. She makes me proud in so many ways every day and I feel so privileged as her mother that I get to come along on her journey as she becomes a wonderful little girl. There have been a few moments in particular recently that have made me realise that she is no longer my little baby.

At my parents house – Sat around the breakfast bar at my parents house a few days ago, watching her toddle around from sofa to sofa, from chair to chair. I watched her make her way to the cupboards, pick out things she likes and generally help herself. Then when she got her hands on what she wanted she would point at my dogs and say ‘no, no, no, no, no’ as they sit and beg for what she’s eating.

Putting up her hair in the morning – Okay so I know babies can have long hair too, but getting her ready in the morning I love sitting her on a little chair, giving her a snack (so that she sits still!) and putting up her hair. It reminds me of when I was a little girl and would sit patiently whilst my mum plaited my hair. Her hair is so long and beautiful.

The attitude – now sometimes I feel as though maybe she’s having her terrible twos a little bit early. If Daisy doesn’t want something and she’s in the wrong frame of mind, then she will kick and scream until she gets her way (although I like to think I’m quite strict/stubborn in most aspects, I don’t like to give in!) Don’t get me wrong, she is a completely pleasant little girl – of course I would say that, she is mine – but she definitely has developed a temper recently! The kind of temper I would expect from a toddler!

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Is your baby growing up super fast? How do we slow these days down!?
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MAM Products review

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We were recently sent some products from MAM to review! I have to admit I was pretty excited when this parcel came through the post just because we are big MAM lovers in this house. I say we – but what I really mean is Daisy. MAM dummies (pacifiers) are the only ones she will use. When she was younger we tried all sorts of different makes and styles, but she decided MAM were the only ones for her. Not only do we rely on MAM dummies but we lose them so much that we now rely on their dummy clips too. I can’t stress enough how handy these things are for us!

The first product we have been sent is this toothbrush. It’s a training brush so it’s perfect for where we are at the moment with trying to get Daisy to enjoy having her teeth brushed. Like most toddlers her age, she would much rather suck all the minty paste off the toothbrush rather than actually use it to brush her teeth! So we’ve been trying considerably hard by having family teeth brushing time. We encourage her to brush hers whilst we brush ours. When we started brushing Daisy’s teeth (just before they started to come through) we would tend to pick up any ol’ toothbrush, and to be honest we hadn’t had much luck with them. But this one is great! There are three main features in particular that I really appreciate.

1. The long handle – which makes it a perfect training toothbrush as parents can help guide the brush whilst the little one attempts to brush their teeth. I’ve found other toothbrushes to be a little short.

2. The massaging head – This is great for massaging sensitive gums. It’s a nice texture and great idea for those gummy grins!

3. Easy grip – Daisy can get a nice tight grip of this brush and so can we, so it’s great for easy handing.

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The next product we were sent is this ‘Learn to drink cup’ (RRP: £5.99). Daisy loves attempting to drink from an adult cup (ie. my mug of tea) and this is meant to be what you would use before switching to a regular cup. It is from 8 months + and feels very sturdy and cup-like! I can see why you would use it before making the transition. It’s slightly curved, has no handles but definitely makes for an easy hold. Daisy managed to hold it with no problems.

It has a soft spout and the option to use it as a non-spill cup (with an valve you can apply) or as a free-flow cup (in which case you would use it without the valve). Another positive thing I’ve noticed about this cup (one for us mums) is that it’s easy to wash up. I have so many sippy cups that are strange shapes and hard to get right in to clean, but this one happened to be easy to clean.  Not to mention it has a cute design!

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*We were gifted these products from MAM in exchange for an honest review 

Dear little… bunny!

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Dear little Mr. Bunny!

I remember the day I bought you as though it was yesterday. We saw you sat there with your family on the John Lewis shelves in the baby department. How could we resist? Your brothers and sisters where white or brown but we liked you and your soft grey fur. We didn’t bring you to the hospital when Daisy was born because we had a different comforter for her (sorry!).  Continue reading

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