But if you love animals, then you’re in a for a winner today folks! ;-) Ladies and gents, may I introduce you to the new member of our little family, Busta the dog.
A 13 week golden cockapoo whom arrived in our lives this weekend and has already turned them upside down!
The big day!
The day every child in the land is excitedly waiting for. The day that comes with all the expectations, all the hopes and all the stress.
The day that many people are longing for. The day that many other people will be dreading.
For most of us there will be presents, a turkey dinner, booze and plenty of it. (If we’re lucky.) However there may also be tears, heartbreak, quarrels and fall outs.
Christmas is meant to be a happy and magical time, but it isn’t always. Not for all of us.
So with that in mind, here are some things to bear in mind this Christmas, whatever your personal situation.
On a cold yet beautiful winter’s Day, I travelled to the historic city of York with my lovely Mum and we experienced the most delicious champagne afternoon tea, as Bettys‘ guests.
Quite frankly, if there’s a finer way to spend a few precious hours with your Mum, well I’d be amazed because this really was quite something.
I often talk about how blogging has brought incredible opportunities into my life, but I should also mention that it enables me to treat my family and those I love the most, too!
It’s something I am incredibly grateful for and something that really came home to me, when my dear Mum became a little emotional on our special day out.
To be fair, it’s quite easy to get a little emotional when you’re having afternoon tea at Bettys, because the setting of their Belmont Room is just incredibly beautiful.
See what I mean?
As the first people to enter the room, we were really able to take in our elegant surroundings and marvel at the 1920s decor which was so lovely it actually made me gasp.
I adore the 1920s era and all of it’s glamour, so I very happily felt right at home here surrounded by the room’s beautiful wood panelling, oriental etched glass and elegant, crisp linens.
The afternoon tea began with bubbles.
This dress. A special Frozen dress (which lights up and has a magical brooch and everything!)
Yep, Elsie would go to…Disney On Ice Presents World Of Enchantment, courtesy of the kind people at Sheffield Motorpoint Arena who invited me, Elsie and two guests (my sister Sal and niece Ella) as their VIPs on the front row.
A reminder, if ever there was one, that blogging really has changed not just my life, but my family’s too.
(I think I did a little squeal for Elsie when I got the email.)
So on a cold, wet Friday night, at just before teatime, when everyone else was still beavering away at work or at school, the four of us grabbed some drinks and chips and settled down to watch Disney On Ice in Sheffield.
And what a treat it was. Look at these two excited girls!
I’ve never seen the show before, neither had Elsie, so I honestly didn’t know what to expect. I knew that Elsie would love it. How could she not when it featured three of her favourite films – Toy Story, Cars and Frozen? (She’s not yet acquainted with the Little Mermaid yet, but she will be!)
But I couldn’t help but wonder, would it live up to the hype?
The show began with a quick introduction from Mickey and Minnie Mouse, much to Elsie’s delight, followed by the first ‘story’ of the night, Toy Story – a colourful, action packed sequence of storytelling, if slightly a little too long in parts.
As Buzz, Woody and all the other favourite characters skated around the rink, I was torn between watching Elsie’s beautiful, expressive face and watching the show!
But it’s safe to say it was a sure fire hit with my little girl, even if the aliens just were not on the rink long enough for her pleasure.
That my blog posts have been a bit sporadic of late.
I’m a poorly lady you see at the moment, having had flu for the last week or so, so bar on odd post, I’ve spent most of my time lying in bed or watching endless rounds of children’s TV with little Elsie, who’s been pretty poorly too.
Anyhow, I’m trying my best to do what I can, but there’s no doubt that my work has suffered of late. So thank you for being patient and sticking with me. I promise normal, regular service will resume shortly.
Annnnd…so, with that in mind, let’s crack on with today’s post!
Because I do have a super post to share with you today. (Hell yeah!) One that’s certainly putting a big smile on my very grotty face, as I type.
This is the first instalment of our recent family holiday to Italy with the brilliant Italian accommodation experts, Bookings For You.
And is all about our stunning accommodation – a beautiful, modern and contemporary Italian 3 bedroom villa situated on the east bank of Lake Maggiore.
As holiday accommodation goes, let me tell you, this villa is by far, the most stunning place I have ever stayed in. For the views alone, I would have happily stayed!
I mean, just imagine, lying in bed and looking at this…
Because this is how I woke up in the mornings and this is what we all saw, every single day, from one of three lake facing terraces, that this stunning villa offers.
Here’s some more shots of the lake view, and I make absolutely no apologies for them. Because a view this spectacular has to be shared…
(The sunsets were particularly breathtaking…)
My photos don’t even do the beautiful view justice but you get the picture!
Just. Seriously. Beautiful.
The best view I’ve ever seen. In my life. And one I’ll never forget.
Tucked up high in the mountains, staying in this fabulous villa, was a little bit like being in an Italian version of Heidi.
By day, the only sounds I could hear were birds chirping, donkey bells ringing and water running down a tiny stream. And by night, nothing!
It was absolute bliss. A real slice of Italian heaven indeed.
Villa Caruso as it is lovingly called, is a stunning property.
And inside, had absolutely everything we needed as a family – for myself, Jamie, Elsie and my Dad and Step Mum who came with us – as well as being simply but tastefully decorated.
From those who make you miserable, treat you shoddily or fill your world with negativity.
The post received quite the response (thanks everyone!) and is still attracting comments, even as I type.
So today, I thought I’d carry on the ‘walking away’ theme and give us all some food for thought on this sunny Friday. Myself totally included.
Because often it’s hard to figure out who a person is or to know if we we should keep someone in our lives.
People make genuine mistakes. People get things wrong. People do silly things when they’re hurting.
But if like me, sometimes you find yourself wondering about a particular person, racking your brains over this and that, trying to decipher what the hell is going on with them and their behaviour towards you… then here are five thought-provoking questions to ask yourself.
Do you pick up good vibes? Do they make you laugh? Do you find yourself smiling a lot when you’re with them? And the biggie out of the bunch, do you feel comfortable?
Or, do you not? Do they make you feel tense, on edge, stressed or awkward?
Never ignore the feelings you get when you are with someone. Never ignore your instinct.
If someone gets your heckles up or you feel out of sorts when you’re with someone, pay attention. It may just tell you everything you need to know.
You know, the ones when life seems to be a little more exciting and jam packed than usual.
So here’s a quick sneak peek of what I’ve been up to recently…
Ok, let’s start with the most exciting news first! We have two new additions to the family and nope I’m not talking babies but guinea pigs, who are really, really cute.
Folks, let me introduce you to Elsa and Anna. (They’re ‘sisters’ you see).
Hello! I'm Kate - an award winning family & lifestyle blogger, freelance writer & mum.
1st book & 2nd baby both due in 2017. (Yep, I'm a little excited.)
Here I share my tales of how I try to strut my way - but often find myself hobbling (don't we all?!) - through life & parenting.
I do hope you'll enjoy what you read. Thanks so much for popping by. x
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