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Separation

Saturday, 16 April 2016
You might've noticed i've been a bit quiet on the blogging front for the past few months, so thought I would write this post to explain what's been going on. This is something I never thought I'd have to go through, I thought once I had my family, i'd have it like that forever. Separation was never on the cards.

It wasn't a sudden thing, we both knew deep down it wasn't working quite a while ago, but like any family, we tried, really bloody hard, we changed certain things and we did what we could. We tried for the sake of Abbie, adamant splitting up wasn't an option, but after a while it became more of a chore, we both realised that we really weren't setting a great example for Abbie, is this what we want her to think a relationship is suppose to be like?

We have been together for 7 years, and my god have we been through a lot together! But as we got older, we both changed and grew apart, we are different people to who we used to be and trying to force the relationship just wasn't going to work anymore. Of course we were both very sad and it wasn't an easy decision to make in the slightest, but it really is the right one for us.

We have waited quite a while before we told anyone, there was lots to sort out and talk about so we've been dealing with all that for the past month. We are already getting on a lot better and can both now live the lives we want, without the pressure of forcing the relationship anymore. 

Now we will focus all of our love and energy onto Abbie, our main aim is for her to be the happiest she can be, she is our main priority and we are going to co parent and make it as easy for her as possible!

We are still very good friends, we care about each other very much and love and respect each other. There is no hate or resentment either and we still plan to have days out as a family, go on holidays and celebrate the holidays together. Things are more than amicable and we just want the best for each other and for Abbie now :)

x

A Busy Week!

Tuesday, 15 March 2016
Hello!
Last week turned out to be a busier week than I thought, we ended up going out most days to enjoy the sudden sunshine we've been having (oh and a few hours of snow too!), hello global warming! 
Amongst that Abbie had a really bad bout of car sickness too, poor thing, she really suffers with it!

We spent one of our days at Longleat, it was nice and quiet, the sun was shining and Abbie had the best time! The older she gets the more she is starting to enjoy days out like these, before we'd spend an hour before she was asking to go home, i'm looking forward to Spring & Summer now so we can go out lots and lots! 

I've got a little bit of writers block at the moment, hence the delay in posting, but I didn't want these photos going to waste! 

Hope you all have a great week! 

























Simple Editing Tutorial!

Thursday, 3 March 2016
Following on from my Matte Editing Tutorial last week, I thought i'd share a quick way to edit your photos just to give them a little boost! Again, it's nothing extreme, but I wanted to start these tutorials off nice and simple just to help you work your way around Photoshop a little! Once you know about the basic adjustments, you can learn exactly what you like and it soon becomes second nature!

It usually takes me a few days to edit photos from a day out, sometimes more, i'm such a perfectionist and really nit pick my own photos! I love how editing can really give your photos that extra edge and to make them stand out from the rest!

Anyway, i'm blabbering...here is the next tutorial..

First things first, pick the photo you would like to edit....


Go to Image > Adjustments > Brightness & Contrast


Up the brightness just a tad and the contrast to over 50, you might need to adjust them to suit your photo!


Now go to Image > Adjustments > Levels


Adjust the middle and right number on the top row


Now up the saturation by going to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation


Up the saturation slightly


Now to make your image more crisp, I really think this helps when uploading online, as most sites reduce the quality of your photos, this is a great way to avoid that!

Go to Filter > Sharper > Unsharp Mask


Adjust the settings to similar to mine!
Notice how much more "professional" this sharpen tool makes your photos look?





16 One Pot Family Meals!

Tuesday, 1 March 2016
I thought i'd start this week off with some meal inspiration for you all, I'm always looking for new meals to make for the family, especially those that require little time and less clearing up afterwards! A staple in our house is definitely pasta, it can be so versatile and most recipes can be created using just one pot! However it's not just yummy pasta meals you can conjure up in one pot, there are thousands of recipes out there using potatoes, chicken, quinoa and rice which are bound to get your inspired for your next food shop!

What I love about these is you can pretty much just chuck in whatever you fancy, if you like the look of the courgette and mushroom spaghetti but someone in the family doesn't like mushrooms, just substitute it for something else, you can change them up to suit you all!

I would suggest investing in a Le Creuset pot for some of them, but they are great for most meals too, so definitely a great investment! If not, just use your biggest saucepan and you're ready to go! Without further ado, here are my current favourite one pot recipes i've found online!


Courgette & Mushroom Spaghetti


Creamy Chicken, Vegetable & Parmesan Orzo


Honey Garlic Chicken
(Slow cooker needed) - by Damn Delicious


Teriyaki Chicken & Pineapple Rice


Cajun Chicken & Sausage Pasta


Spicy Thai Noodles


Chicken Risotto


Chicken Fried Rice


Chilli Lime Chicken & Sweet Potato


Chicken Fajita Pasta


Thai Style Peanut Pasta


Tandoori Quinoa 


Buffalo Chicken & Potato Skillet


Ground Beef Stroganoff


Pan Fried Gnocchi


Spanish Chicken & Potatoes

Thanks for reading! :)

A Muddy Adventure With Hatley's

Friday, 26 February 2016

Isn't it amazing how as soon as the sun comes out, your mood lifts and everything around you seems so much better? The past few days have been so lovely, sunshine aside, Abbie has had ONE tantrum in 4 whole days, FOUR! It's been a dream, I mean she's a pretty good 3 year old anyway, i'm very lucky in that sense but the week before she had been particularly testing! It's been very refreshing! Her sleep has also improved drastically, she's sleeping through and isn't waking up till 7.30, thoroughly deserved if you ask me ;)

I've also been blogging regularly again this month, it's amazing what a blog makeover can do, I suddenly have this new lease of life and inspiration!

Yesterday we popped out with Abbie for the day, back to the animal park actually, but this time we turned left instead of right so we avoided the trampolines, or we end up there for 30 minutes and see zero animals! It was still a bit wet out from the frost overnight so we popped Abbie in her new outfit from Hatley's! 

She wore her waterproof Pink Splash Pants to keep her jeans from getting all muddy, and although they were a little bit big, the drawstring around the waist kept them up perfectly! Also comes in yellow, black and red, all of which are now half price, so grab yourself a bargain!

She then wore the gorgeous Electric Butterfly Raincoat to keep her top half clean! With a gorgeous teal and white fleeced lining, with what feels like a thin towel material, she was kept nice and warm without being restricted! Abbie is now at the age where she wants to get herself dressed, so it's much easier for her to use the snap closure poppers instead of fiddling around with a zip!

I highly recommend Hatley's products, amazing material, even better quality and gorgeous prints too! Hop on over to their website for more!


















And a little video to show off the outfit too, watch in HD! x


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