Parenting and lifestyle blog

Saturday, 30 December 2017

If I knew

If I knew it would be the last time
That I'd see you fall asleep,
I would tuck you in more tightly
and pray the Lord, your soul to keep.


Monday, 18 December 2017

Our Christmas Traditions

When I was growing up with my brother we had two things we would do on Christmas Eve, and we did them every year without fail.


Saturday, 9 December 2017

Busy B Calendar Review

To be honest for stay at home mum I’m surprised at how busy I actually am.


Friday, 24 November 2017

Elf on the shelf ideas

We started our Elf on the Shelf last year with the boys, and they absolutely loved it.  We start our Elf off doing mischievous things around the house on 1st December (so coming up with something different for the elf to do every day is challenging!).


Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Technology and my kids

My eldest is four years old and my youngest is three years old and up until now my two boys have had very limited access to a tablet device.  


Saturday, 11 November 2017

Baking with kids

I absolutely love this recipe from BBC Food for Vanilla Cupcakes.  The are great to make with kids, quick and I have discovered you can add your own twist to them!


Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Our Christmas on a Budget

Since having children, we have had to cut back with how much we spent on each other at Christmas. 

So we agreed to a spend limit, with a twist -  buy as much as you could for the other person without going a penny over the budget. 


Thursday, 2 November 2017

Potty Training Truths

There’s a lot of stuff that Parenting books don’t tell you - they seem to sugar coat everything and make you believe that your parenting journey is going to be this easy amazing experience if you follow their full proof plans on how to get stuff done with your children.


Friday, 20 October 2017

And then there were two

When I fell pregnant with our second, my eldest was only four months old.

In all honesty we didn't expect to fall pregnant that quickly as it had taken us ten months to conceive our eldest.


Thursday, 12 October 2017

A poem for Rhys

You're my littlest son
And you're so much fun

Monday, 18 September 2017

Our vows

Alan’s vows to Hayley:

I will give my love an apple without ever a core
I will give my love a house without ever a key
I will give my love a palace wherein she may be
And she may unlock it without any key


Tuesday, 12 September 2017

A poem for Charlie

You're my eldest boy
And you fill my life with joy

Monday, 4 September 2017

Marriage is a full time job

If my first marriage taught me anything its that you have to work at the relationship and that it's not the fairytale that all the movies portray.


Sunday, 27 August 2017

Shopping with daddy


Hayley asked me to write a blog about when I take our boys, who are two and a half and three and a half years old, food shopping as it is often met with amazement as to the way I do it. 


Monday, 14 August 2017

Our wedding on a budget

It's our seventh wedding anniversary next month and our wedding was done on a tight budget - we spent a total of £3,500! 


Sunday, 23 July 2017



Being a mum to two boys with a small age gap (13 months) seems to attract attention - the comments even started while  I was pregnant - here's just a few of the things people have said:


Sunday, 9 July 2017

Open letter to my husband


September will mark our seventh wedding anniversary - and in our seven years of marriage we've been through a lot as a couple.


Monday, 3 July 2017

#bloggertakeover - 3 top tips for bringing books to life


Welcome to the third of Winging it With Two Boys #bloggertakeover series. This blog has been written by Jenny Rumney at Rabbit Ideas.  She's written a blog with her three top tips for bringing books to life.


Sunday, 25 June 2017

#9 Reasons why I love Wales


We relocated to Wales last year, and I'm loving it here! And here's why:


Saturday, 3 June 2017

An open letter to my dog

This month marks three years since we had you euthanised.

I remember the day we went and picked you out, you were only 5 weeks old.


Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Tried and tested - butterfly garden

We've just released our butterflies from our Insect Lore butterfly garden.

I have to say this was a fantastic project to do with my two boys, who at almost four and three were totally enthusiastic about this having read The Hungry Caterpillar lots of times.


Thursday, 25 May 2017

My weight gain battle


I see so many blogs about people trying to lose weight but what do you do when you're trying to go the other way and you trying to gain weight. 


Saturday, 20 May 2017

Carrot Apple Muffins - Tried and Tested

I found this recipe for Carrot Apple Muffins on Pinterest from - and I made them as they contain no added sugar!

These are great for toddlers but are also great for little ones being weaned.


Saturday, 13 May 2017

Parenting with a chronic illness


My 2017 didn't get off to the best start, I was diagnosed with ME/CFS and osteoarthritis- which is in addition to my hypermobility syndrome (which I was diagnosed with in 2011)


Thursday, 11 May 2017

#bloggertakeover - My top 5 ridiculous misconceptions before I became a mother


Welcome to the second of Winging it with two boys #bloggertakeover series.  This guest blog has been written by Muffin Top Mummy on her top 5 ridiculous misconceptions before she became a mother.


Saturday, 6 May 2017

Moving house with toddlers


We took the massive decision to move home last year.

In August we packed up our house and two toddlers (they were then aged almost three and almost two) and we moved.


Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Vlog #2 - sunflower and caterpillar update

Here's my second vlog updating you on our sunflower and caterpillar progress!


Saturday, 29 April 2017

Banana and Orange Oaty Bites - Tried and Tested


I found this recipe for banana and orange oaty bites for the boys on Pinterest from, and they immediately appealed to me as there's only three ingredients and they were quick to make (and they were cheap too!).


Thursday, 27 April 2017

Making mum friends


I felt like I was thrown into a completely different world once I had a baby - I went from working a full time job (as a Personal Assistant) to being a stay at home mum.  I was used to going out socialising, staying out late, drinking, having lie ins etc.


Tuesday, 25 April 2017

20 things you didnt know about me


Thanks for the tag Trinimamabebe!

So here's 20 things I'm almost certain you don't know about me:


Saturday, 22 April 2017

Vlog #1 - butterflies and sunflowers

Very excited to have created my first vlog! 


Wednesday, 19 April 2017

#bloggertakeover Benefits of Postnatal Yoga


Welcome to the first in Winging it with two boys #bloggertakeover series.  Our first guest blog is on the Benefits of Postnatal Yoga by Yogalicious Mama.


Saturday, 15 April 2017

Tried and tested!


Very excited about my new blog series - tried and tested!

I absolutely love Pinterest, and I've also got books filled with ideas of food to make, activities to do and craft projects.


Wednesday, 12 April 2017

My boy likes stuff thats for girls - so what?!

So as a mum to two boys, I assumed they'd be into boy things like cars, trains, diggers etc. I hadn't even thought about what to do if they liked girly stuff.


Saturday, 8 April 2017

Baking with daddy


As some of you may remember from my My First Welsh Mother's Day blog, my two boys made a cake (with daddy's help) for Mother's Day.


Tuesday, 4 April 2017

10 reasons Im #rockingmotherhood


I was recently tagged by Becki (The Mum from Brum) and Kasia (Oh Mummy Mia) in their #rockingmotherhood posts (thanks ladies!) - I've just read your blogs on why you're #rockingmotherhood and I loved them!


Saturday, 1 April 2017

Date night in a jar

Parenting is hard, maintaining a relationship after children is even harder.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

I survived my hysterectomy


Not going to beat about the bush with this one - at the age of 35 I had a hysterectomy.


Sunday, 26 March 2017

My first Welsh Mother's Day


This was my first Mother's Day where my mum was in England and I was in Wales.

My husband, our two boys and I relocated to Wales last year.


Saturday, 25 March 2017

Birth plan, what birth plan?!


When I was pregnant with my eldest, I was adamant on how I wanted the birth to be.

I wanted a water birth with no pain relief - and wrote specific instructions in my maternity notes for the midwife to be able to read when I went into labour.


Thursday, 23 March 2017

Two under two


Our eldest boy was born 13 September 2013 and your youngest boy was born 13 October 2014 – and there’s exactly a 13 month age gap – 13, Unlucky for some but not us.


The Potty Diaries


If only potty training was like the cute picture on the front of the potty training book I bought – the child on there looks so happy to be sat on that potty – my child screamed the moment the potty was mentioned – most definitely not a happy child!


Tuesday, 21 March 2017

More about me and what my blog is about


So just a little about me - I'm 37, and a stay at home mum to two boys, aged three and a half and two and a half, with a 13 month age gap between them - our days are filled with fun, laughter and tears and I wanted to share our crazy journey.


Monday, 20 March 2017

Mothers Day Gift Ideas

Make a personalised Mother's Day gift this Mother's Day

Mother's Day is just around the corner and I've got two great ideas for a Mother's Day gift for either mum or a grandmother that are cheap to make and give you a chance to do something crafty with your little one.


Sunday, 19 March 2017


So here it is - Winging it with two boys!

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