Side Street Style: Gratitude List and getting creative

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03/10/2017

Gratitude List and getting creative

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Every so often I like to share all the small moments I have been grateful for, I think it's really important to take stock of things in life, slow down and reflect on what one has done and put that perspective. Things have been pretty busy lately and I feel like my balance has been off, work has taken over a little bit too much and when that happens I start to get a little cabin fever from not being outside for a proper dose of fresh air daily. This has mainly been due to the after affects of my MacBook Pro battery exploding and it taking over two weeks to get a replacement, which of course caused a huge backup of work and emails which I am still dealing with now. I know that like most people I can be affect by stress so I always try and slow down regardless of how busy life is because I know I benefit from it, even if it's just a short stroll or a nice hot bath or my favourite pastimes of exploring with the kids and eating good food.  Here is what we have been getting up to lately. 

1. We managed to pop down to the Street Food Festival in Sophia Gardens before it finished for the year. What a fantastic atmosphere with music, games of the kids and loads of good food on offer, especially the Vegan pittas from Milgi and Hazelnut donuts from The Early Bird.

2. We have enjoyed making foraged wholemeal blackberry muffins, you can see the recipe here

3. John and I had a rare day out together at a friends wedding at the beauty Bryngarw House

4. Me and my youngest have been enjoying lots of little outings and mini adventures in and around Cardiff while his older brother is at school.

5. We celebrated my eldest 7th birthday, cannot believe he is 7 and this past month has also seen him lose his first two teeth

6. We enjoyed a fun day out at The Red Dragon Centre playing bowling and trying out this yummy Pistachio Ice-Cream from Cadwalders 

7. One of the highlights of the past two months was our trip to the West End with the kids and stayed at the wonderful Radisson Blu Hampshire Hotel, see our vlog all about our trip

8. We were really excited to get out on the water and do the canoe safari at Llanelli Wetlands, we also spotted loads of different birds, flowers, bugs and butterflies.

9. Another recent highlight was our camping weekend at the Just So Festival near the end of summer, such a special place that really captures the essence of childhood.


Weekend box

Weekend box


We have also had quite a few rainy days of late and I am always looking at fun ways to avoid hours of screen time but it can be quite hard finding crafts that suit the different ages of my two sons. Luckily both are into face panting and we had the chance to review the new Snazaroo Weekend Box. We love Weekend Box as it offers up some really easy and quick crafts and it was nice to see them do something a little different.

This time the box contained two small face painting palettes, one with face painting stamps and the other a lion kit, of course you can do whatever you want with each but my eldest loves cats and lions so this was perfect for him. You have everything you need to get creative including an applicator and brush and Snazaroo are know for being high quality and are less likely to irritate your Childs skin.
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Weekend box


9 comments:

  1. You had so much to be grateful to! Sound like you guys had a great summer! Especially the time off with your husband to a wedding, camping at a festival is fun aswell and your son is getting 7! Time really fly by! Looking at just a fee month old photo of my daughter I can see how much she has grown!

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    1. Thanks so much, yes was a great summer, managed to pack loads in

      Laura x

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  2. Sounds like you've had a great few weeks. You're also good at face painting - I always talk my children out of buying the paints to do it at home!

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    1. Oh thanks so much - I think I could really improve on the face painting though :)

      Laura x

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  3. This post reminded me that I also really want to start noting down all the things and special moments I am grateful for too! So horrible about your laptop going wrong - doesn't it feel so strange without it?! Despite this, it sounds like you have had some lovely moments! This was so lovely to read!

    Abbi | www.SimplyAbbi.com

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    1. Oh it was so horrible when my laptop went down because even with it under warranty and insured it took ages to get a replacement and I had so much work to do

      Laura x

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  4. This is so my kinda post. Nothing beats the joy of creative time outs with kids. Enjoyed reading.
    Happy Mommying.
    www.thelattemom.com

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  5. i love doing days like this with my god daughter! Its so much fun for adults too!

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