A new year.

First of all, I hope you all had a lovely Christmas!

We had such a busy week leading up to it (which I spoke about in my last post) so we had a really chilled out one and it was perfect.

We had the morning at home before going to church and then spent the day eating, drinking and playing with new toys at my parent’s house. Bliss!

Goodbye 2017.

Now, I’m not really one the whole ‘new year, new me!’ thing but the end of a year does naturally make you want to reflect and think of things you can change.

I really don’t like big, vague resolutions that get thrown about like ‘be happier’ or ‘lose weight’ or ‘clean more’ for example, they nearly always make you feel a bit of a failure as they are just so ambiguous. Yes, I would like to be happier and lose weight and have a spotless house but day to day these things are too vague and unattainable.

So, here are my ‘resolutions’ that are much more realistic and that will make me feel good.

  1. I’m going to buy more lounge wear. (Does that sound as ridiculous as I think it does? It’s number 1 too as it’s the most important!) I never feel like it’s worth spending the money as nobody really sees them and I’m just relaxing at home but I’m making myself more of a priority. Is there any better feeling than soft, new comfies? Absolutely not.
  2. I’m going to (mostly) get to bed by 10pm. I spend so many evenings lounging on the sofa watching complete rubbish and then I regret it the next morning when I’ve been up all night with the baby.
  3. I want to try to update my blog more often. I love doing it but it’s hard to give it the time it deserves. I enjoy reading my old posts though and I like documenting my life, especially with the children being so young so I want to find more time for it.
  4. We want to move house at some point in the future so need to up our money saving game. Obviously this is AFTER I’ve purchased new lounge wear… priorities.
  5. I really MUST drink more water. I’m still breastfeeding too so I’m not drinking anywhere near what my body needs then I seem surprised when I get headaches.

I could write the longest list about how I’m going to meal plan every week and stop my daily tea and biscuit binge but I just know that I won’t do it and I’ll feel rubbish when I don’t.

Maybe it’s because I’m getting older, but I’m realising that you can’t change everything about yourself, and nor should you want to. Resolutions should be about making slight improvements to your day, not trying to turn into a different person.

So, from me and mine to you and yours, Happy New Year!

What, if any, resolutions are you thinking about for 2018? I’d love to hear them! Do you have any requests for future blog posts? Again, just let me know and I’ll do my best.

Thanks for reading!

Knight Mummy x

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

And breathe.

The last few weeks have been so busy that I think I’ve only been sitting down to breastfeed! I had all of these ideas of Christmas blog posts that I could write but it’s just not happened. Instead, here is a long, rambley post about why things are a little extra crazy at the moment.

Let me walk you through it.

Obviously, it’s Christmas! I am beyond excited. It’s Little Knight’s first Christmas that she understands and Baby Knight’s first Christmas ever so it feels really special. With that, of course, comes all of the chaos! We’ve done Santa visits and going out to buy the tree and looking at Christmas lights and this year she’s at preschool which adds so many things to the jobs list; presents for the teachers, the Christmas Fayre, decorating an elf competition… you get the idea! This is on top of all the presents and cards that need to be organised. Not that I’m complaining, I actually love it all, but it’s just a busy time of year.

What is extra special about this year is that my oldest best friend (of nearly 16 years!) is getting married a few days before Christmas. I’m a bridesmaid and my daughter is a flower girl and we’re so honoured and excited! With that comes dress fittings and hen dos and wedding rehearsals and shopping for shoes and nail appointments and all the rest of it. Again, all lovely, but very busy! My calendar has never looked so full.

All you parents will understand just how much preparation goes into a day trip with young children, let alone an all day wedding and overnight stay. I have lists EVERYWHERE. I find preparation is key when dealing with young children and events. I’m considering packing a whole bag with just snacks and stickers. That should do it.

Last week we were hit with ALL THE SNOW which is almost unheard of for us. The kids loved it and even though I’m not usually a fan, it was beautiful and really got us in a Christmassy mood. However we were pretty much snowed in for 5 days, so not much was being achieved and ticked off the to do list!

I’ve been feeling productive though and I’ve managed to tick off most things now. I wanted to enjoy the Christmas break and not be stressing over wrapping presents so I’ve forced myself to get stuff done, I’m usually Queen Procrastinator. (Oh I need to fill in this form? Well I better just tidy my sock drawer first… )

I’m not bragging though, my house is a complete mess and I REALLY need to wash my hair but something’s gotta give!

Little Knight had her last day at preschool today and my husband only has 2 days left of work so we’re all getting ready for a nice break. This is probably the only time in the year where my husband is off work and we’re just at home, normally it’s for a holiday or event or whatever, so just having time at home together is really special.

Christmas Day will be fairly relaxed too. We’ll be home in the morning, even though we always spend Christmas with family we like to keep these few hours to just the 4 of us, then off to church and then to my parents house for the rest of the day where I’ll probably put my pjs on at 2pm. Perfect.

How’re your festive preparations going? Hope it’s not too stressful! How do you plan on celebrating? I love hearing about other people’s Christmas traditions.

Thanks for reading and Merry Christmas!

Knight Mummy x

Festive toddler fun.

So long Autumn, hello Winter! That didn’t take long did it? Whilst I really do love this time of year, it can be difficult knowing how to fill all of the hours in the day with a wild toddler that demands constant entertainment. We need to keep in mind that the weather is cold and often a bit miserable, my budget doesn’t stretch to exciting days out everyday and at 32 weeks pregnant I’m starting to slow down! (I’ll be honest, sometimes we just watch The Snowman under a blanket with a bowl of crisps, and that’s honestly ok!)

However, I thought I’d  share a few of our favourite Winter/Christmas activities in case you’re looking for more ideas and also so I have them all written in one place!

  • Baking and decorating gingerbread. I’m not a natural baker but we can manage this, and the house always smells AMAZING.

  • Making decorations. You can pick up kits and crafty bits from loads of Supermarkets and homey shops and they’re really inexpensive but we’ve made wreaths with paper plates before so you can use anything. You could go really old-school and make paper chains! If it involves painting, Little Knight loves it even more.

  • Puzzles.

Making soup. My daughter isn’t the best vegetable eater but she will eat anything in a soup so I really cram them in. I chop and peel the vegetables and then she throws them in the pan. She enjoys being able to feel and smell the different foods too so it’s a complete winner in our house. And really, is anything more comforting than homemade soup when it’s cold outside?

  • Play doh.
  • Walking to the shop and choosing a magazine. We both get some exercise and fresh air and then we can colour and do stickers when we get back so this is always a hit.
  • Water play. Sometimes I’ll just fill a bowl of water and let her splash and pour, or I’ll stick her in the bath after we’ve done something messy and she’ll play in there. This is always a good activity if she’s being super grumpy as it seems to reset her mood.
  • Book club. We’ll cosy up in the blankets and just read all of her favourite books.

  • Dancing. She has a few song and action CDs which she enjoys dancing to. Also a good way to burn off some toddler energy when we can’t get outside.
  • Threading cheerios on to string or spaghetti. A bit random I know, but good for fine motor skills and it’s stuff that you tend to have in the house anyway.

  • Christmas bark. Basically melted chocolate spread onto a tray and topped with whatever treats you like. You just pop it into the fridge to set when you’ve finished decorating and then break it up to eat. A yummy Christmas treat!
  • Felt tree. I bought a felt tree from Hobby Craft with Velcro felt decorations that we enjoy using. You could obviously make this yourself very easily if you are more talented/less lazy than me!


Please share ANY ideas or things that you love doing with your children this time of year! It’s great to get inspiration and tips from others and I’m always looking for new things to spark her interest. Hope you found this useful!

Thanks for reading,

Knight Mummy x

Christmas festivities.

Firstly, sorry I’ve been neglecting the blog a bit. No matter how early I start preparing, Christmas always seems to creep up on me and I feel crazy busy. I’m going to really try and get better at it in the new year as I enjoy writing and sharing a bit of my life with others. Stops my mum-brain from turning into mush!

Not that I’m complaining as I really love this time of year. I like that there is so much going on and it feels even more special now that we have Little Knight.


Christmas is full of festivities and at some point most of us will be getting dressed up. This often used to be bigger than the event itself! Now I have Little Knight, time is not on my side so actually getting out the door is often the biggest part of the night.

Time to stop and have a glass of wine WHILST getting ready!

 

These days I often resort to a bright lip to distract from my tired eyes and create the illusion I’ve had adequate time to get ready. If it’s not a skinny jeans occasion, I’ll have to dig out my big suck-the-belly-in tights and try not to go overboard with the food. (Or do it anyway and then have to throw them in my bag during the night to let the belly out. Merry Christmas!)

Christmas 2013 and Pregnant. No big pants required.

 
Remember when it was so much simpler? The beauty of a 90’s Christmas! Back in the day I would crack open the body glitter, crimp my hair and pack one sticky lipgloss in a bag. Ready to go!

I’m the one in gold. Top outfit choice.

On reflection, maybe I’m better off now. That VPL haunts me.

BUT I say as long as you feel good, who cares if you’ve been prepping for weeks or if you have the length of a Peppa Pig DVD to get ready? GET OUT AND HAVE A GREAT TIME!


Eat, drink, be merry, stay safe and just RELAX. You look great! Whatever you’re up to this Christmas, I hope you have an amazing time!


Thanks for reading,

Knight Mummy x

A toddler Christmas.

So far in my adult life I’ve enjoyed Christmas as newlyweds, Christmas pregnant and Christmas with a baby. Now we have a toddler and things have had to change!

We put the tree up on Saturday, she’s had it down twice and it’s only Monday. The last 3 Christmas’ that we’ve lived here, we’ve had a glorious real tree and I wouldn’t even let Mr Knight help to decorate it. All the pretty baubles were perfectly distributed and colour coordinated. This year I have a rubbish little 3ft tree from Tesco with about 10 baubles on.


This might sound like I’m moaning BUT Little Knight loves the rubbish tree! She does her happy squeals when the lights are turned on and had a great time throwing baubles at it. When we bought the tree she took a liking to some £1 tinsel and she’s been enjoying throwing it around the room and tickling her feet with it.

That’s what it’s about, isn’t it? Enjoying Christmas through a child’s eyes is so special. She didn’t see a rubbish tree, she thinks it’s beautiful!


I’m learning that having a toddler is exhausting but so much fun. We’re planning outings with family to see Christmas lights. We’re taking her to see reindeer. When she’s asleep I find myself on Pinterest looking at festive activities we can do. I’ve put some Santa bells in my bag so that when we’re at church, she can jingle along to the carols. She’s even been treated to a festive babyccino (which she didn’t care about but I loved every second.)

IT IS JUST SO EXCITING!!

Mr Knight bought the Happy Land nativity set as we wanted some decorations that Little Knight could enjoy too. I thought this can be something that comes out every year and will mean even more when she’s older and understands the characters. We also have a beautiful Usborne Nativity book which is touchy-feely with not too many words so perfect for her age. I know at 16 months she won’t understand the story but I want her to know what Christmas is really about from as young as possible and you never really know how much they take in.


We haven’t gone too crazy with the presents, she’s got some things that I would have bought anyway but have been wrapped up like finger paints and stickers. She has had a couple of toys as she seems to have grown out of a lot of hers now so I’ll have a good clear out before the big day and refresh her toybox.

If you have any toddler activity ideas or days out please let me know. I want to make the most of everyday and anyone with a 1 year old will know you have to keep busy! What are you excited for in the lead up to Christmas?

Thanks for reading,

Knight Mummy x