2018 Goals

I am determined to be more disciplined this year. I am determined to make these resolutions/goals and stick to them. I get that people say you shouldn't need a new year to start but it certainly does give you a kick up the backside. 

I have been asking family and friends what their resolutions are and I haven't been inspired by many (Mr S came up with "not eating crisp" - not the inspiring conversation I was hoping for but probably very true and highly unrealistic). 

So here are mine.


Yes, it's true, I love to drop a 'bloody' or worse (sometimes bloody just doesn't quite cut it!) into a conversation and I hate that it has become a habit. I'm not sure whether it's because I can't swear in work so it seems to all come out at once or whether it's simply a very bad habit. I sound like Carrie Bradshaw on a good day and Samantha on a bad. I need to be much more Charlotte...channel Charlotte, Robyn. 


Not ground breaking or revolutionary but keeping it simple and realistic. I used to drink gallons when I worked full time but since being off on maternity leave, drinking is such a luxury some days. I can see the difference in my skin when I do drink more so this is a no brainer. 


Whilst on maternity leave, walking with Ada has to have been one of my favourite things to do. Whether in the pram or the baby carrier, a trip to the post office or farm shop - we loved that time together. Now being back at work and with the weather turning cold, I haven't done it as much as I had been doing. So I hope to continue to walk and spend those times exploring with Ada. 


We have spent so long (the royal 'we' we all know really it was Mr S's blood, sweat and tears) renovating our house that now we are living in it we have just been enjoying it. We still have a lot of the furniture we stored from our last house so I want to start focusing on each room and making it the way we intended. We also need landscaping DESPERATELY so that will take priority. 


When you become parents, as wonderful as it is, you each become second to each other. That little one is priority for both of you and you can quite easily become part of a routine where you co-habit and parent. We have not been out on our own as a two since Ada was born. We snap at each other when we are tired and talk mostly about work, house and baby. So this one is for both of us (take note Mr S, not solely about the crisps).  


Despite being a teacher of reading, I find that I rarely read except in work these days. Instead, I spend my nights getting in bed and scrolling through my phone. So in 2018, the phone is being ditched at bedtime (she says, sat writing this at 10.20pm on her phone! Doh!) and instead find some great adventures between the pages of a book. Any recommendations?


So what are your new years resolutions? What are your tips for ensuring you stick at them?

It's my birthday next week, any suggestions on what to do? 

See ya real soon lovelies...


Looking Forward...

2017 was a pretty momentous and memorable year for us. We have had so much to be thankful for.

  1. First full year of being a Mummy and Daddy
  2. Moving into the house we have worked so hard for the last year.
  3. Taking Ada on her first holiday to Walt Disney World
  4. Being surprised by our wonderful 'ohana' the Salters whilst at Walt Disney World
  5. Celebrating Ada's christening
  6. Celebrating's Ada's 1st birthday
  7. Celebrating my 30th birthday
  8. Steven's new job
  9. Me going back to work three days a week (and not crying everyday)
  10. And celebrating our first christmas in our new home

Our Christmas has been lovely.

We kicked it off by watching Steven's friend marry his love in Scotland. It was nice to be completely off duty for the day and to be able to enjoy a wedding with some lovely friends. 


We then headed home to our Ada Chops for a full couple of days of christmas treats. We spent Christmas morning with everyone at ours for breakfast before heading to my parents for a 'christmas morning.' This was the first christmas that I haven't woke up at my Mum and Dad's. It hit us Howard's harder than we wanted to admit so this was a little way of bridging my absence. We then walked to Steven's parents where we spent the afternoon before heading back to my parent's for Christmas dinner...a lot of to-ing and fro-ing but we live so close it's no problem. 

I have loved being a Mummy this Christmas. Starting lots of new traditions like Ada's Christmas Eve Box and finding her the perfect books for her in the lead up to Christmas Day. 

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Her Christmas Eve Box was one I ordered online after seeing it on Instagram but now for the life of me cannot remember (or find!) which company it was. Doh!

I filled it with a 'That's not my" book (a favourite range of hers...she's very tactile like her mama!), some PJ's that read 'Ada Believes,' some white chocolate snowmen from Barton Grange, HappyLand Christmas play set from the Early Learning Centre and a christmas ornament. 

My intention is to include a new ornament in her box each year and then when she leaves home and has her own tree, she will have a whole tree's worth of beautiful decorations. 

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I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and that you have been as blessed as we have. I will post about my new year's resolutions next and blogging more is up there on the list.

See you real soon lovelies...





And So It Begins...

This week so a week of firsts.

First Halloween party.

First Bonfire night.

First 1st Birthday Party.

First week back at school.

So let's break it down. We figured taking Ada trick or treating at the grand old age of 11 months would seem a little silly (she has already been trick or treating around the Magic Kingdom on our last trip to Walt Disney World). So on Tuesday, we threw a little Halloween Tea Party. Nothing grand but lots of fun. 

Today brought Ada's first 1st birthday party. Not her own, but her little friend, William's. There quite a few ladies I knew who were due weeks apart. William's daddy was our best man and his mummy and I know each other from when we were at college. He's certainly a special little guy, so it was only fitting that his birthday be the first birthday party we attend. Ada certainly loved it (and all the chocolate and party bags that went with it).

We came home and it was the usual '3B' routine - Bath, Bottle, Bed. But with a little firework display in-between. We always said when we renovated the house "oh think of all the bonfire nights we could spend on our bed watching from the window." This was our first. And it was perfect...

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And now for the biggy! I'm back at work. Teaching is and always will be my career. I love photography and do class it as my job. But teaching is my degree and my stability. I think if I was returning to one of my previous schools, I would be quickly looking to make Bobtale work/pay for us full-time. My previous posts (whilst some better than others) have never fulfilled my love for the job, not to mention eaten into so much of my own time. I get asked all the time "will you ever quit teaching and just do photography?" and my answer is always no! If I can do both, why not? I have reached a stage in my career where I LOVE my job. I love the school, the staff, the reward. It is the first time in my career I found the love of teaching I had at university. But Bobtale is equally as important and has provided me with the ultimate opportunity to be part-time and spend more time with my true loves, Mr S and Ada Chops. 3 days a week will mean even in a week with a Saturday wedding will leave me with three days at home. Thank you to both our Mums and my Mr S for taking good care of my little lady, it certainly made it a little easier knowing she was in good hands.

 Here's to next week.

See you real soon lovelies...



Wild Workshops

Today, my two worlds collided. 

I taught about photography *small cringe.*

I cringe as I still don't feel worthy of this role. I still don't feel I have enough credibility to pass on a little knowledge and help others. However, Kerry from Wild Flowers in Standish seemed to think she and others had a lot to learn from me about how to photograph flowers plus a little social media pointers. 

We (mainly the royal we, as Kerry did a lot of it) set about organising a workshop where people could come along and create something beautiful, have some lunch and a chat, learn how to take better photos of their work and then boost it's presence on social media. 

Today, was the day.

I have been prepping for the last two days, creating a presentation (mainly so there was an order to my thinking and I didn't just talk nonsense), little props and 'jog your memory' sheets. I was finally excited. 

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Kerry text me the night before suddenly realised the clocks went back that night so we got an extra hour in bed. I quickly reminded her that I had an eleven month old baby and I would probably only be treated to an extra hour of Mr Tumble. I was wrong (don't hate me fellow mamas!) Ada Chops decided to surface sometime after Mr S woke me at 8.30am (technically 9.30am) to ask what time I needed to leave. I had no time to be nervous. An hour later, off to Standish I went. 

The morning kicked off with introductions and a demonstration from Kerry on how to make a compote. I learned so much and Kerry certainly made it look like a breeze. The lovely ladies then had their turn and I have to say they also made it look pretty easy. I loved watching how Kerry coached them through their creations helping them identify how they could improve and suggesting ways to develop their arrangements further. 

I headed off to The Allotment on Wigan Lane (near the hospital) to set up for the afternoon. They provided an amazing spread of food for us all with a whole victoria sponge for dessert. We had a section to ourselves and the staff were so friendly and helpful. It's right across from the gates at Haigh Hall and a lovely spot to stop and eat. 

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Once the other ladies had rejoined me and eaten, it was my turn *AAAHHH* I was so worried that I wouldn't be telling them anything they didn't already know but fortunately I seemed to have a lot to teach so I settled into the run of things and had great fun. 

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Today has really made me excited about future workshops that could be run and realising there is an audience for this type of day. It was wonderful to meet Jess, Amanda and Jane and chat to like minded, creative individuals. 

Thank you to Kerry for believing in me and asking me to co-host. I had a blast! 

I now have two days off (by off i mean baking and decorating for Ada Chop's 1st halloween tea party) before I return to 'proper' teaching. 

See you real soon, lovelies...