Vitamin Sea ✌🏻🌊

 

At the beginning of this week I was taken to Wales along with my toddler boss (Indi-Rose) and the furry one (Roxy the Springer) by the grandparents, to enjoy some well earned beach time. The husband didn’t come this time as he’d used up all his leave and I’d carried lots over following a rather hectic year at work.

After packing far too much for 2 nights for me, a dog and a toddler, we squished into Nanny and Grandad’s car and were off. The drive to Wales from Stafford is so beautiful and my Dad’s satnav definitely took us the most scenic route. πŸ‘

drive to wales

We stayed at my parents’ friends’ lovely caravan at Greenacres, Porthmadog and I think Indi-Rose literally thinks it is the BEST PLACE EVER. Right on the beach, pooch friendly, swimming pool and all the arcade and park fun an almost 3 year old could possibly need.

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As soon as we got there we hit the beach to give the pooch a run a get a dose of that amazing ‘vitamin sea’. I really wish that we lived nearer to the beach, there’s nothing like taking in that breeze and looking out to that beautiful sparkly expanse of water. I find it very therapeutic and that it always blows away the cobwebs.

Nanny and Grandad on the beach

As we had two nights with a toddler at a complex that has kids entertainment on site we thought we could sit and have a drink or two whilst Indi-Rose ran around the dance floor with other small people. No such luck, this child is OBSESSED with the arcades and the ‘party room’ is right next to the flashing lights, 2p machines and dreaded mechanical horses that she loves so much.

So Nanny, Grandad and I ended up taking turns running around the arcades after the little monkey in shifts. Very relaxing – NOT! Red wine and cheese and biscuits back at the caravan, was very much deserved and enjoyed afterwards. We were all shattered.

Rox with ball at Criccieth

The next day after a quick swim with Indi-Rose we took a drive out to Criccieth, so camera in tow (and toddler in need of a snooze, so asleep in the car with Grandad) I enjoyed some quality time with the pooch practising snapping away on the beautiful beach and near the castle.

Criccieth

Such a gorgeous part of the world even with April showers. With just two nights away we had another night taking shifts running round after Indi before leaving our lovely caravan (much to Indi-Rose’s disappointment, she definitely thought we lived there now) the next morning.

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Beautiful Betws-y-Coed

We left early enough to take a slow drive back and do some exploring on the way home, so decided to stop atΒ Betws-y-CoedΒ – I’d never been and I will definitely be going back. Like something straight out of Lord of The Rings (personal fav.) it felt totally magical and I could’ve stayed for hours. A gorgeous little train station, complete with art gallery and craft village.

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Edith the Rhino – an ace community art project…

A lovely couple of days with Β Nanny and Grandad, enjoying quality time with my two baby girls made for a happy Mama. Gave me time to reflect on how lucky I am and It’s a shame to have to come back to reality…

Roll on the next one! Good vibes only… ✌️

Happy Snappy Mama πŸ“·πŸŒΈ

Happy Friday lovely people – hope you’ve had a good week…🌸

Friday Blossom

For this Mama it has been one seriously busy one, snap snapping away! After an amazing Easter weekend of fun (and far too much chocolate) my always busy social media manager job went into overdrive. With a short week, holiday planned next week and lots of deadlines looming it has been social media content creation central around here. Phewf – pass me the gin!

Travel Props

I manage the social media for 4 ceramic and crystal lifestyle brands. This week I’ve found myself surrounded by trays of product, props and delicious treats (all in the name of social media photography of course…!) at home and then part of an office move at work – crikey.

Indi-Rose helping

This is all fab and I LOVE my job – being able to plan, photograph, copy write, schedule and measure content from start to finish is ace. However there are days I do have the added fun of my little Social Media Assistant, my toddler, Indi-Rose. This week she has definitely been on hand to “assist” with my kitchen photoshoots in the evenings and on “our Wednesday”. Since returning to work from maternity in 2015 I have worked a 4 day week, so to keep a day mid-week where I know I’ll be spending it with my mini-me.

Indi Marmite Face

In recent months the job has got bigger and busier so my Wednesday with Indi-Rose has become my day working from home, just stick her in nursery I hear you cry…well I will but at the minute I’m still officially on my 4 day week contract so until that changes she’s staying with me. However throughout the challenges this week has flung at us, after many hours of organising and editing, I’m pleased with the results of “our” handy work. Here’s a sneaky peak of one of my images for a new Wedgwood collection …

Rococco Flowers tea squared

I’ve always loved photography and am a complete social media addict so I’m lucky to be able do a job where I get to get my creative juices flowing, can work from home from time to time and which I truly enjoy (and Indi seems to enjoy too, especially the macarons!)

Good vibes only! xxx ✌️

 

You can do ANYTHING (but not everything) 🀯🀯🧘🧘🧘🧘🧘✨

Sometimes day to day life can seriously mess with your inner peace. ✌️

A rushed morning, an silly argument with the hubby, a toddler tantrum, a forgotten work pass, a spilt drink, workload piling up and that horrible feeling of irritability that just will not subside. Until finally the slightest inconvenience tips you over the edge – oh hello mode meltdown, goodbye motivation and sometimes even a full on strop!

I find on days like this I need to consciously remove myself from the way I am feeling. I love a good yoga session (not that I get chance to do it much these days) and I especially enjoy the shavasana (the relaxing bit at the end). Whenever the request is to take myself to where I find most relaxing, it is always a beach & my breath becomes the waves – perfection right there 🐚

As often as I can, I try and remember the amazing feeling of relaxation that I feel when being transported off to my happy place in those sessions. I find it doesn’t take much – just a little bit of mindfulness can go a long way.

You don’t need long at all, in fact just 60 little seconds will do. Next time you’re feeling like it’s all to much (or is about to be) why not try this:

Might sound a bit wanky – but it’s all about being present with yourself, looking from the outside in. You are not your emotions and you can do ANYTHING, but not everything.

Good vibes only xxx ✌️