Wilma is #myblackcathero because she looks after us all. Firstly she takes care of her son, Bramble, with lots of cuddles, grooming and crazy new hairstyles (check out his punk look in the photo 😂). She eats his food so he doesn't get fat and plays with his tail so he keeps fit. She also looks after me by shouting loudly and nibbling my elbow so I don't forget to fuss her. She carries her favourite toy mouse around the house so we can trip up on it and know she's been thinking about us. In the photo she has decided that Bramble could share it. Wilma is always thinking of others ☺️ #blackcatday #wilma #wilmaandbramble #wimblemum #blackcatsrule #tabbyandwhite #adoptdontshop #adoptapair #rescuecats @catsprotection @catsprotection_ncac @prestoncatsprotection
Monday morning commute - something I haven't had to do for a while.. although this morning I'm going further afield to Cambridge. Anyway already an altercation on the train which means I am delayed and probably going to miss my connection and my meeting 😬... honestly #workingfromhome is SO much more productive. Travelling is time wasted. I think I must save 10 hours a week not having to commute (as I think it takes about an hour to get anywhere in London doesn't it! 😊) that's a whole days work! Companies wake up and take note... your employee can be more productive and time efficient by #workingfromhome and offering #flexibleworking - move with the times! Did enjoy the great artwork at #Wimbledon chase station this morning better than plan grey walls.
Glam hair by @stephenyoungsalon SW20 💁🏼🙌🏻 Can you believe they give you a free blow dry for your birthday? How absolutely amazing is that?! I spend many a Saturday night looking like a bag of shit 😂 but with fabulous hair and the in laws on hand to babysit, last night it was slap on and hot footing it straight up to Wimbledon Village, hurrah! 👍🏻😬🍸👊🏻
So when I got home this evening after taking the 2 🙈🐵 to the park to have a picnic I get back to a home clouded in dust... I kid you not, about an inch thick of dust... EVERYWHERE 😧 But that won't get me down as I see our kitchen area double in size so I get stuck in and start cleaning! ... and think to myself well at least the dishwasher is still plumbed in! 😂😂 Be thankful for what you do have and not what you don't have. #happyfriday people! Have #fun
It's a squash and a squeeze! - apparently my husband (the man responsible for knocking the walls down in our house) thinks we should appreciate our current predicament of living in 2sq metres of space 😬... i on the other hand am feeling a little claustrophobic and definitely not feeling poetic or philosophical about the fact we have our entire kitchen (or what's left of it) in our lounge 😱 Any one else out there that can share my pain of #homerenovation ??
I fear I may have now lost sight of 'a lazy weekend morning chilling at home in my PJs'... until my kids have left home 😳... only another 16+ years to go! 😮 Football practice this morning - bearable with a #nespresso in hand and with the sun ☀️ shinning... Got home to #eggs and smoked salmon for #brunch - yum 😋
So tired my eyes hurt... or thinking maybe I have developed hayfever!? Is that even possible when it's not summer?!?!? Yesterday my eyes wouldn't stop watering 💦- weird. Or it could be the large amount of 🥂last night.🤔 There is no rest for me today though as I ship my children from sports clubs to parties all day - when did my weekends get taken over by the social lives of an 4 and 6 year old? #tiredmummy #needsleep #wheresthecoffee ☕️#quotes
Off I go again - walking the streets this time having dropped the 🚗 to the garage. School run trainers - amazing value from the trusty @marksandspencerfashionpr - love the #red detail on the back and #matchymatchy red bag from the lovely Hannah @giftpopboutique - which might I add is large enough to carry a laptop and has not 1 but 2 internal sections/bags that are detachable! ❤️ it.
A brisk autumnal walk this lunch time through the leafy suburbs of #sw19 - fitting in exercise wherever I go and great for the mind too as I had 'space' to think and recharge for the rest of the day. Walking - give it a go! 🚶🏼♀️Lots of benefits too - strengthens your ❤️ increases your vit D intake, helps you loose weight, reduces the risk of Dementia - amazing really - get out for a walk people!
This is so poignant for me at the moment. Don't sit around to wait for change - grab it by the balls and make it happen. I can be very critical of myself and quickly get down about the things I haven't achieved ... rather than be proud of what I have. (I'm a glass half empty girl unfortunately) Having said that - what I truly believe is that we always win in the end ⭐️ and we only live once so embrace life and let your decisions be influenced by this fact. If there is something you have been putting off then bring it to the top ⬆️of the list (it's also hard as a #mother to put ourselves first - but our children will benefit too as we feel empowered I promise) #bringiton #Repost @selfishmother (@get_repost) ・・・
Let the good times roll! Starting this eve with @luckythingsblog South London meet up and continuing well into the weekend! Lots of fun for ME ME ME! Because if you don't prioritise yourself, no one else will, and do you really want to spend life working and being a slave to small people?! NO is the answer! Get out there mothers. Have some good times. 🎉 This awesome artwork is by @robblackard and totally sums up my happy mood! 🙌🏻😆
#tbt to my birthday weekend on the beach (in November ❄️) I would kill for that view right now (mid #homerenovation) and the calm and tranquility having just battled through the morning traffic of #sw19. Is it #friday yet?! A full day of meetings in town to get through first. Happy Thursday every one. 🙃
Another day, another view. Camping out at my sisters house today as my office is slowly resembling a building site😬😫 - im already so OVER the #homerenovations and we haven't even knocked through yet! Anyway today thanks to #flexibleworking I get to enjoy the tranquility of this space and the view from my desk is 👌👍🏻⭐️
A great day @mumsenterprise roadshow today, made even greater by meeting these 👆🏻👆🏻👆🏻 awesome ladies for the first time ever in real life!!! This is my #DigitalMums peer group. I spent every Tuesday evening online with these ladies for 6 months during training so got to know them all pretty damn well, but nothing compares to meeting up face to face! Love it! Also, LOVE my new t shirt to support @digitalmums #cleanupthefword campaign 👍🏻👊🏻 I whatsapped my husband this picture and he wrote back 'nice t shirts, I wish you would do some fucking work' 😂😂😂 It's FLEXIBLE, knob head 😂 In other news from today, great to bump into more Digital Mum friends @rotherhithelocals and @putney.hive_ and meet lovely @flexworktribe for the first time too! Also enjoyed chatting to Sunita @luckythingsblog and looking forward to her next event later this week. AND... successfully navigated the Northern line with a 2 year old AND made it back in time for the school run AND my legs and feet held out after being completely beasted by #shinewalk on Saturday night. Feel like I'm #winning today 😊
Wake me up when I am a #unicorn 🦄 - (from E's new cute pj's) No amount of coffee ☕️ was going to help me today. Monday hit me with a 💥- is it too early in the week to start on the 🍷. Normally I don't drink at all during the week (my downfall is chocolate 🍫) but wondering whether I would feel less stressed out if I indulged in a mid-week glass once in a while... purely for relaxation purposes! What do you think?!! Drink more?!? 😂or maybe I should be doing #yoga ?!
@mumswithoutlimits I wish I could announce that I wasn't wearing any knickers - but I'm far too practical 😂 Red shoes on the other hand - I'm all over it! 👠 (note to self - must stop buying shoes) #aw17 ps. Can anyone give me a masterclass on taking pics of myself @thefashion_lift @cocomamastyle @georginapatient @myfashionable40s @_charlotteloves_ ?? - just seems so difficult! 🙃
This may well be my new haunt as we start to destroy my once loved kitchen as part of our #homerenovation - great coffee and fast wifi - all a girl needs for #flexibleworking ! Thanks @lanterncoffeehouse for keeping me fuelled with #flatwhite ☕️ - if you haven't visited before it's worth a try (there were some lovely cakes on display which I managed to resist!) #mondaymotivation
If you want to get out the house and meet some other mums tomorrow, do go along to @willowboughtearooms in Merton Park between 10 - 12pm. Coffee, cake & grown up chat - what more could you want?! Babies & children of course are welcome! @mumswithoutlimits The lovely Kay will be there with a smile & a whole lot of conversation 😊
My obsession with stripes doesn't end with my large collection of Breton tops! Ahhh... the morning coffee in my favourite @joulesclothing mug. #goodmorning to you all on this autumnal morning 🍂 - I've already spotted the first conkers (actually my youngest did "what are these spiky things?!) - good excuse to start shopping for some new jumpers!
Ha! But on this occasion I am actually talking coffee! 😮☕️ (Because 10am alcohol should probably be limited to weddings, holidays and Christmas... 😆) So who's coming to @willowboughtearooms on Friday morning for coffee, cake and chat with @mumswithoutlimits? Drop in between 10am-12pm. Would love to see you there! X
Channelling the blue skies of sunny south west France on a wet autumn evening in south west London. Guzzling a gorgeous Merlot Rosé from beautiful Talmont sur Gironde as husband cooks dinner. This is the way to do Sunday eve! ☀️🇫🇷🍷
Phew....a rollercoaster 🎢 of a week! Unashamedly (on a Friday night 👵🏼) I am about to sit down with a little light reading/browsing which inevitably will turn into online shopping - well I deserve it don't I?! - and anyway if you have sexy workout gear surely that makes you more likely to use it? Rest assured I will not be browsing @gotta_go_ride 's catalogue... will leave all that excitement to him - I mean ironmongery ....that s**t looks way too exciting 😂😂😜
Wimbledon ladies! (And men if you like 😉) Come along and join us on Friday 15th September, 10am-12pm @willowboughtearooms, Merton Park for the first Mums Without Limits Coffee and Cake Fest! Enjoy some grown up chat, delicious drinks and treats provided by the lovely @sweetclarebakes, and just generally bask in the glorious feeling of the kids being back at school (unless you, like me, will have a 2 year old in tow 😐 Little kids and babies are welcome by the way 👶🏼). Hope to see you there! 😘
6 ...is the magic number. 6 years I have been a 'stay at home mum' (is that the right terminology for a mum that doesn't compute to work?) looking after 2 children whilst also juggling working from home (I would never have been content not having 'something' more than nappies, kids TV and the constant demands of little people) 6 days until those 2 children will BOTH be in school all day. 6 WHOLE blissful hours I will now get to myself to work uninterrupted and without demands for snacks. 6 months until I have a couple of significant events (friends @londonparisyorkshire wedding and girlie holiday involving a bikini 😱😱) which require me to rediscover my fitter self. Size 6 is what I am aiming for (only joking! 😂) - 6lbs (x 2) I am needing to shed. Feels like the end of an era and I have loved having the opportunity to raise my children whilst #flexibleworking but it's now time for 'Mummy Smith' to shine... the freedom of having those precious 6 hours a day to myself is very very exciting!! Bring. it. on.
Translation: 'Can we start the holidays again? I wasn't ready'. Amen to that! (And by 'holidays', obviously I mean the actually going on holiday part, NOT the WHOLE school holidays. I'm done with that shit 😱😂😬)
I can see the liiiiigghhtt ☀️☀️💛💛 - apparently this gingerbread biscuit is ME. Glassy eyed and full of smiles! Gingerbread making on a rainy ☔️ day and E & C are now watching a movie whilst Mummy earns a living (I'm trying to reduce my inbox from 1000 to 100 - any tips??! #inbox #inboxme #workoverload)
Anyone else starting to feel slightly euphoric at the prospect of the start of the next school year?! I have juggled, muddled, dragged, stumbled, skipped and hopped my way through the #schoolholidays trying to balance work and my family. Thankfully I am blessed to work with an amazing company that sees the value in flexible working. I salute all of you out there that have been #juggling it all. Give yourself a huge slap on the back (and a glass or two of 🥂 ) ONLY 1 MORE WEEK TO GO! ... and we have survived! 👍🏻👊🏼🙅🏻💃🏽
Baguette selfie 😂 Oh the jokes the husband made... 😮 Do all men have this dirty, childish sense of humour?! 🤔
This is the closest I get to a French love affair these days 😂🍷🇫🇷 4 bottles for 6€90!!! 😮
THE most essential item for your camping holiday. 😀👍🏻Overall I would say camping is a great way for everyone to get some fresh air, enjoy a bacon sandwich and a cup of coffee alfresco, experience the feeling of being free of the four walls we live in, for the kiddies to meet random other children and make quick friends (albeit for a couple of days) and for you to avoid having to make any meals as the 'men' are in charge of the BBQ! 😀
France be looking like... 😎☀️🍻🇫🇷❤️ Are you more 'mais oui' or 'non merci' when it comes to beer?! I never drink it at home but I love these cheeky little bottles - so French! 😍🇫🇷
What a beautiful lantern my LO made! Just in time for my interview with the fabulous @talentedladiesclub where I share my story of PND and what I'm doing now to help other mums - those suffering or not. If you fancy reading the interview the link is in my bio (or copy www.bit.ly/TLClub817) Do share and help my story bring some light to those suffering now. #pnd #pndsurvivor #light #craft #interview #mumlife #toddler #mumsofinstagram #mumsunite #parenting #parentingunplugged #mummylinks #shoutieselfie #loneliness #stigma #makechange #hope #lantern #colourful #mum #surreymummy #londonmums #wimblemum
Another day another beach! ... and yet some more time relaxing whilst E & C play in the sand with my empty coffee ☕️ cup! (We forgot the buckets! - and who needs them when you have a paper cup!)
Beach with kids: memories to cherish or massive fucking palaver? I'm on the fence 😂. Discuss 😬.
First of many activities for the kiddies today... another day of ballet, football, parties, shopping and everything in between. TBH I am just happy to be out of the house and away from THE DUST. 😬 #homerenovations Where have the days gone of lazy weekend mornings... long breakfasts and browsing thru the weekend papers.... LONG GONE... that's where!! 🤣Happy Saturday all. ❤️
Definite #FridayFeeling @willowboughtearooms this morning! Clare was the perfect hostess as always and it was so nice to catch up with some old friends and meet some new faces, particularly @babybatchco @greatmindssw19 @wimbwildchild @palmerphotographylondon - one of my favourite things about social media continues to be getting offline and meeting new people in real life!
3 years ago today we adopted these two beauties, Wilma and her 5 month old son Bramble 😊They have brought us an unbelievable amount of joy and love, and we are so lucky to have them in our lives. #foreverhome #wilmaandbramble #wimblemum #motherandson #cat #kitten #catsofinstagram #adoptdontshop #adoptapair #blackcatsrule #tabbyandwhite #3yearsago #lovethem
This does not bode well for the last week of the school holidays 😩I'm remaining optimistic that I will be bounding out of bed tomorrow morning however of course I have googled 'sprained ankle' and it says up to a year recovery. 😱😱😱😱😱 Time will tell. Just wondering how I'm going to manage to entertain a 4 & 6 yr old from the sofa.😧