Currently…24th October

The image below and the Currently prompts from RUKristin.



I’ve been working my way through Enterprise this last week and had it on in the background to keep me sane! I’ve worked out that I need to watch 4 episodes a day to fit all of Gilmore Girls in before the new episodes come out at the end of November.



I got as far as getting Inferno off the book case but didn’t get any further than that. My brother on the other hand texted me on Wednesday to tell me he had 13 hours remaining on his audiobook and when that was finished he was going to try and listen to the Divine Comedy. Normally I’d expect him to mean the band but on this occasion he does actually mean the epic poem by Dante Alighieri.


I’ve still been listening to my Worship playlist on Spotify. Two that get played lots are Faith by London Community Gospel Choir and It is Well by Kristene Dimarco. Jaxon likes bopping around to the gospel music too so we have it on quite loud some afternoons!


On Wednesday Chris went to the Gitlab World Tour in London. When he got back he’d got me this sticker (it was fabric like a patch but had a sticky back), I adopted the Wok to Walk chopstick wrapper and then Chris gave me his train ticket. I stuck it all in my journal and got the layout below done between blog posts and other bits. There is a story behind the Wok to Walk wrapper. when we were in Amsterdam for our honeymoon we practically lived on Wok to Walk because it was cheap and yummy!
Gitlab Adventures
Gitlab Adventures - Journaled


A whole mixture, on Tuesday I went to bed with a real stomach ache and felt nausea at one point but when I woke up, I was okay but just felt a little worn out. By the weekend I felt better though – just in time for the new Craft Club at church to launch.



Again my to do list is in overdrive! Ever have one of those weeks where you cross one thing off and another ten arrive on the list?


I found this print on Etsy while I was looking for the Gilmore Girls title card. How cute is it! I would love a copy of it to stick on my “inspiration” wall next to the computer. It’s from Rain City Prints. You can find them on Etsy here.

Where you lea, I will follow from Gilmore Girls

What have you been up to currently? Have you been watching or reading anything in particular?

Bright Future

Even before Chris and I were married, he was always interested in doing his bit for the environment. When we moved into a place of our own, Chris did resesarh regarding energy companies. He wanted one that was best for green energy. That was nearly 10 years ago and I think more energy companies are trying to go greener. In the last few years, we’ve changed things around the house that would look after the environment. In turn, they would also help with our heating bills. We had additional loft insulation put in along with external wall insulation on the outside. Our house is now pretty much wrapped up in a big blanket.

Last year, when Chris started his new job, he started to look at cars and if we could get a hybrid or fully electric car that would work for us. This is where Zoe the EV comes in. Admittedly even after a year, I still have mixed opinions of Zoe but she’s growing on me. I even looked at an EV for a second car instead of a petrol car.

These were big things that took some planning to change, but there are little things that we can do on a daily basis to make a difference and give ours kids a bright future.

Dirty Shoes

Even before children were being considered, I was of the opinion that I would rather have to do heaps of washing and know my kids were happy. Rather than them to have pristine clothes and be miserable.

Jaxon is a typical boy, he loves being outside and exploring but also likes to be inside and build things (don’t get me wrong girlies can do those things too!). When he’s been out in the garden or been to the park as well as following meal times he can often need a change of clothes because he’s got mucky – at the weekend I had to change his clothes firstly because he ended up with fromage frais down his arm. The second time was because his nappy didn’t keep up! So keeping up with his washing as well as the rest of the washing created by the smelly boys (and sometimes smelly mummy!) means the washing powder has got to keep up with us. Normally we use store own washing liquid. I used the Persil that I received and when I opened the washing machine, I wanted to stick my head in it because it smelt so nice!!

Did you know that according to an article in The Guardian this summer, children spend only half as much time playing outside as we did. Although the house I lived in used to be on a bus route, I remember playing outside most days in the summer whether it was out in the back garden, playing football in the evenings, using the garage as a goal or as I got older going to the park to hang out with my friends and one particular winter we ended up visiting three different houses to make sure we got the most out of the snow while it was still there!

There are so many reasons why children need to play outside and explore rather than being stuck inside. You can read more here.

To give Jaxon a bright future, when possible I really try to take him to the park or other places he can explore. We spend a lot of time walking places or taking public transport, so some days he only “explores” as far as he can see. We are really fortunate that as his preschool there is an outdoor play area and this is open to him most days (unless it’s raining or too cold), also that we live really close to the park.

Things we try to do to make a bright future for our children.

  • Use fabric not plastic. We have fabric shopping bags all over the place. We have a set of these trolley bags in the boot of the car that we use for the main shop. I keep at least one fabric shopping bag tucked in the pocket on the buggy. I also had one in my handbag too (need to fix that because it’s not there at the moment!).
  • Cooler washing temperatures. A lot of clothes can be washed at cooler temperatures and still come out clean. We wash on the 40C Eco cycle on our washing machine – I think it takes longer than a normal cycle but some reason it’s Eco!
  • Tumble dry Okay not normally one but listen to this. Our washing machine has four different settings on the washing machine from bone dry to only just wet. We use the “wardrobe dry” setting which is the first dry one. So, with some careful packing of the washing machine you can get it all completely dry without having to put it on the “bone dry” setting.
  • Internal doors During the winter we try to keep the internal doors closed because this then keeps the occupied rooms that bit warmer. (Although as I write this the door is wide open behind me and I’ve just realised I’m cold!)
  • Hand Me Downs Some Mums I’ve met have been really precious about their children always having new clothes rather than second hand. With Jaxon I knew he was going to get mucky and so yes he has new clothes but I love adopting a bag of second hand clothes for him. It’s like a present! We had one bag recently and Jaxon is still working his way through the socks and pyjamas. If the clothes still have use in them, pass them along to another user whether that’s passing onto a friend, reselling or donating to charity.

What do you do in your house to make a difference to the world around you and a better place for the future? 

You can see Unilever’s #BrightFuture video here.

I love the facts and figures used so had to share.

Domestos - Unilever - BrightFuture Dove - Unilever - BrightFuture Persil - Unilever - BrightFuture


Unilever Goodies

,This post is an entry for BritMums #brightFuture Challenge, sponsored by Unilever. I received the goodie bag above to enter the #brightfuture challenge. Screenshots taken from the video linked above.

Brimbles Box Unboxing – October

I started this post about two weeks ago before GBBO started but I ended up saving it as a draft and not managing to get back to it! (One of my work clients needed a lot of my time over the last two weeks so I had to pause various bits).

My Brimbles Box for October arrived really promptly (Although I did stalk the postie one day as I thought it might arrive and then it didn’t!). When it did arrive I had a go at filming an unboxing while Jaxon was occupied elsewhere. I gave it a go but there was a bit of a hiccup in the middle (oh and I was using a stack of Mega Bloks as a camera tripod. (You can see it here).

Unboxing Video


I’ve been using a lot of the stickers in my journal and will have pages to show you in the next few weeks so keep your eyes peeled for those. I love all the thankful ones. I’ve stuck the bunting onto a piece of pink card that now is stuck on the wall next to my desk along with various other bits and pieces (including the postcard from this month’s box).

Brimbles Box - Sticker Sheet - October Brimbles Box - A5 Dashboard - October

Orange isn’t normally my go to colour for washi but I love this one as it’s all patterned and it’s different patterns. Brimbles Box - Autumn Washi - October How cute are the squirrel and hedgehogs on this one?? These are handy for decorating the week view in my planner as they are smaller – the little Pumpkin Latte Cup is handy for coffee dates – now I just need to get one booked! Keep threatening to go to the particular “lady in green” coffee shop at the train station so that I can actually try a Pumpkin Spiced Latte… Maybe it’s one of those Autumn/Fall Bucket List kind of things.

Brimbles Box - Sticker Sheet - October Brimbles Box - Postcard - October

Useful info for you

Information of the changes I mentioned in this video can be found here.

Whilst stocks last the complete box and / or individual items are available to purchase from Anna’s Website you can also sign up for your subscription there too.

The cost of the box for a subscription is £15 and £18 for a one off purchase (+ P&P). To find out what the shipping is for your Country, just add the product to your cart and it will tell you at the current exchange rate before you have to enter any payment details so you can decide if this is right for you.

A Beautiful Plan can be found here on Etsy.

As part of the Mrs Brimbles Design Team, I receive a Brimbles Box in exchange for various tasks as part of the team. You can find more information about the Design Team here. The images used above are from Anna’s website


Currently…17th October

The image below and the Currently prompts from RUKristin.



I may have started on the Christmas films this weekend – I watched Christmas Detour and In-Lawfully Yours (not technically a Christmas film but does have Christmassy bits in it). Chris was busy working on a website so I was on Jaxon duty – we had Thomas playing on the TV but I had a Christmas film playing on my phone while he played. I also carried on working my way through Enterprise.


Following making plans to go and see Inferno when it comes out at the cinema, I’ve dusted off my copy to re-read it before seeing the film. My brother is doing the same with the audiobook.


Have been mainly listening to the worship playlist some more. When I walk to and from preschool I’ve been trying to listen to worship music and use that time to get closer to God.


Currently - Temperature Blanket - still in progress

I spent a chunk of Sunday afternoon working on my Temperature Blanket. I realised a few weeks back that I hadn’t done any since August so I’ve been trying to catch up in between other projects. I’ve managed to complete my part in a join project with Mum so she’s working on her bit now for that one.

Currently working on this project between a few others


I’m feeling better than I have been. Having worked near enough everyday for 12 days straight I really needed to make sure that I got some time off – by the end of last week I didn’t have a headache each day but I feel like my brain was doing 100mph even when I was asleep – each morning I was waking up shattered even though I’d had between 5 and 8 hours sleep.


Working on a to do list for this week – having been focused on two projects for one client the rest have fallen behind and need to get organised – thankfully one of the projects only happens once a quarter and now I know what it entails I can plan better for it next time round (Although the next time does need to slot in with Christmas too!)

Currently - Journaling while Jaxon eats his dinner. Using stickers from my Brimbles Box


I loved the rain yesterday although it would have been nicer if I didn’t have to go out in it. On the other side I loved being able to help my friend and her daughter. There was a huge deluge when church finished yesterday morning so having got Jaxon in the car, I ran up the street after my friend to ask her and her daughter wanted a lift home. They were very grateful – although of course as I pulled up outside their house it had near enough stopped raining and within an hour the sky was almost mostly blue again!

What have you been up to currently? Have you been watching or reading anything in particular?

Bubble Bath Time!

As parents to young children we are often told how routine and structure is important. But sometimes life doesn’t go to plan and we have to be flexible.

We have a structure for mornings between waking up and going out to the groups we do each day. Then around lunch, we have a routine too that works for us most days.

Although they are both important routines to have, the routine we have found to be most important was around bedtime.

Prior to Chris changing his hours, time would be limited where Jaxon would see Chris. This meant that a routine for bedtime was really important. Even Chris now getting in from work earlier, we have tried to keep the same routine for bath time. Our bedtime routing starts with a bath. Although there is usually some crazy time with Daddy first. This is usually chasing one another around or Daddy blowing raspberries on Jaxon’s tummy. (And his stubble sometimes tickling too!). Sitting downstairs working and being able to hear their conversation or Jaxon giggling really loud makes me so happy! I am so blessed to have Chris who is a great Dad to Jaxon. He’s also a great foster carer to Our Sidekick even if we both fail at being “cool”.

Following the “Crazy 5 Minutes”, Jaxon has his nappy taken off and then we’d all end up in the bathroom. We get the bath running around the right temperature and then Jaxon gets in. We love the Bedtime Baby Bath and Shampoo as the Lavender helps to calm us all down!

While Jaxon is in the bath, Chris and I will recap over the day. Sometimes this includes discussing what the plan once Jaxon is in bed (sometimes if not always includes what’s for dinner and who’s making it!), we then either splash about with Jaxon in the bath or let him show us the things in the bath. I think we generally take his lead to see what he wants to do in the bath that particular day.

Smiley Bath Jaxon

Once he’s had some time to play, it’s then time to clean his teeth. We used to try once he was out of the bath but we found that in the bath is better. It means he doesn’t try to escape!

Following that, it’s then time to wash his hair, now that we’ve been doing this same routine pretty much every night, it’s definitely got that bit easier because we all know what’s coming routine wise. He will often get the sponge and try to squeeze the water over his head to get his hair damp ready to wash or his new(ish) trick is to lie down in the bath – he only does this with assistance and has his own sign to explain what he wants to do (of course as I write this I can’t remember what it is at all!!).

We then make sure his hair is dampened enough and then time for the shampoo. Currently we have two bottles on the go so Jaxon picks between the Purple (Bedtime Baby Shampoo) and Green (No More Tangles Baby Shampoo). It tends to be the Purple but I think the Green is getting used by the “adults” in the house too.

Johnson and Johnson Bubble bath and Shampoo

In the last few months he will often put his hand out to have a little bit of shampoo squeezed into his hand so he can try to wash his hair himself. After a few rubs we take over but he enjoys giving it a go.

Once the lathering has finished Jaxon with then either lie down to rinse out the bubbles or will use the sponge again. It often depends on what mood he’s in!

Once bath time is over we then work to calm him down ready for bed. Once his nappy and pyjamas are in place its story time. Jaxon has a bookcase just at his level so he will often pick a couple of books to take into bed with him but we will read just one to him. In the summer he was then able to flick through the other books while he settled in for bed. Now it’s darker earlier, he’s got a small amount of light from a set of fairy lights which means he can still flick through some of the board books. I will often sit downstairs and listen to him talk to himself.

Over on the Johnson’s Baby website there is this three step routine to help with bedtime including a bit of baby massage. We did attempt some baby massage when Jaxon was less mobile but now he’s too much of a wriggle to try it.

You can find out more information about the Johnsons range here as well as other tips and suggestions about bath time and bed time.

In exchange for this sponsored post, I was sent a 300ml bottle of Johnson’s Bedtime Baby Bath and a 500ml bottle of Bedtime Baby Shampoo. Perfect for bath time for little humans and big grown up humans!