We are MOVING!

It has been playing on my mind for a while now and I have toyed with the idea and read up on it repeatedly. But this week I took the plunge and I have moved my free WordPress.com blog to and self hosted WordPress.org.

I am thrilled, intrigued and scared all at the same time. Mainly because i am still figuring everything out and I really don’t want to lose my blog if something goes wrong. (Here’s hoping nothing goes wrong!)

So far everything has gone ok but only time will tell. 

You can now find me at my brand spanking new domain.

http://keepingstrongandmovingforward.co.uk

Come take a look and I hope you will follow me. My Twitter, Instagram and Facebook will still be the same.

Hope you stay in touch ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Nikki x 

50 Things that Make me Happy!

When I first realised that I was tagged by the lovely Pennies Add Up I was completely thrilled. But when I thought about and I  wondered could I think of 50 different things that make me happy? 

So I put my mind to work and tried to come up with as many things as I could.  

 So here we go:

  1. My family – My hubby and my kids. They completely drive me around the bend most of the time but I know deep down that with them in my life I wouldn’t be as happy as I am now! 
  2. Sunshine – I love sitting in the sun and I adore watching the sun rise and set. 
  3. This smile – I can’t look at her smile without feeling all warm and fuzzy.  
  4. Wine – a nice big glass of red wine to relax with when the kids are in bed.
  5. The Disney film The Little Mermaid – I put this film on when ever I am ill or I’m feeling pants because it’s one of my favourite and I love it.
  6. My best friends Maggi and Kate – I call them my wives because I love them to pieces and they always make be feel better or talk sense into me when I’m feeling down!
  7. Listening to rain tapping on the window, car roof or when you in a tent.
  8. My kids telling me they love me
  9. Flowers  
  10. I love relaxing in a bubble bath, so bubble baths make me happy
  11. The Outdoors – that feeling you get after a long walk, or when your stood and the edge of a hill or cliff looking out are the view in front of you. It’s beautiful.
  12. Going swimming
  13. Chocolate – but that speaks for itself 
  14. Dancing – nothing makes me happier then blaring out music and dancing around like a crazy person. I even have a Happy Dance.
  15. Trying new things – figuring out and knowing I can do something new really makes me happy.
  16. Come Dine With Me – it’s one if my favourite TV shows and I love wTching it even if it does make me hungry.
  17. My house when it’s freshly decorated, decluttered and clean.
  18. Cuddles   
  19. The song Happy by Pharrell Williams
  20. My pyjamas – I love nothing more then buying myself a new set and I could live in them all day, every day. If it was possible.
  21. My mum and dad – my mum drives me round the bend and some days I want to scream at her because she isn’t listening or still treats me like a child but she can be lovely, helpful and there if I need her.
  22. Shopping – going in a shopping spree and spending money in a new pair of shoes or and outfit for myself. Even when I go shopping for the kids I love it because I can plan it all out and normally I try to go when I’m “kid free!” That makes it a real treat.
  23. Date night – my home and I try to have a date night steady once a month because we need time for us as well as time as a family. 
  24. Clouds – nothing better then lay on the grass on a warm summers day making shapes out of the clouds.  
  25. Kisses – whether it’s a smooch off my kids or a sneaky snog off my hubby kisses always leave me smiling. 
  26. Presents – come on who doesn’t like been given a gift.
  27. Seeing my kids happy!
  28. A cold beer, fresh from the fridge at the end of a hot day.
  29. Daffodils – every year I love see the daffodils because it means the start of spring.
  30. Halloween – I always try to go all out at Halloween. I decorate my garden, my house and sometimes myself. 
  31. Reading a story to my kids at bedtime and me seeing them read for themselves.  
  32. My bed – I love curling up in bed even though I find it hard to fall asleep sometimes.
  33. Being pregnant – although there were moments I completely loathed being pregnant, through out each and everyone pregnancy I alway had a feeling of contentment and happiness.
  34. Finding a bargain or getting a great deal on something.
  35. Bubbles – I love watching and blowing bubbles in garden with the kids.
  36. Hearing my kids say “I love you, mum!”.
  37. Watching E eat watermelon – she loves the stuff and always eat a slice that is almost as big as her head. It very amusing to watch.
  38. Listening to P!nk – she is one of my favourite artist and I just love her music.
  39. Sunday Morning snuggles with kids when they climb in my bed
  40. Coffee   
  41. Looking at stars – it fills my with a sense of amazement and happiness to stare up at a beautiful sight as the stars.
  42. When someone likes my blog posts or when I break my most views in a day record.
  43. When I think about the day I got married.
  44. Making new friends.
  45. When I try a new recipe and it works out well.
  46. Watching my kids sleep – it’s just so peaceful. 
  47. Seeing my kids learn something new.
  48. Climbing into freshly changed bedding.
  49. Sitting my candle light in winter.
  50. Being told “I’m the worlds best mum” or “the best mum ever”

I want to say a massive thank you for tagging me and even though my post is little bit late. It’s only because it’s take me so long to thing about what to  put and what makes me happy.

I will pass on the joy and tag:

@Brummymummyof2

@zenas_suitcase

@liquoriceuk

@IcklePicklex

What 50 Things Make you Happy? 

Nikki x

    My outfit for #BlogCamp2015

    As most people on Twitter will tell you, I have been going on all week about what I’m going to wear to the event held by Tots100 called BlogCamp.

    I have dug through my wardrobe and though of all the outfits and clothes I own. And even though I do have some lovely thing that would have looked lovely on the day, I really wanted to treat myself to a new outfit for my First Ever Blogger Event.

    This is because I know that if I like what I’m wearing and I feel I look good, I will also feel good about myself and I will be able to be my confident and bubbly self because I won’t have the silly little self doubts niggling away at my about what I am wearing.

    So here is my outfit I’m going to be wearing tomorrow:

      
    I’m going to be wearing a black day dress with lace trim and a white butterfly print for South that I ordered from Littlewoods for ยฃ32.00, with black, lace trim leggings from New look ยฃ14.00, the wedge sandals I got from George Asda ยฃ14.00 and the buttfly necklace is from avon. (I can’t remember how much that cost because I have had it years)

    I must say I am really excited for BlogCamp tomorrow, even more so now I have my outfit sorted. 

    Tonight I am going to be thinking about what to do with my hair and probably painting my nails ๐Ÿ™‚ before I have and early night as its a 5 am start because I have to catch the train from Bradford to Birmingham.

    Are you going to BlogCamp?

    Do you know what your wearing?

    Have you been before?

    Hurry up and make tomorrow, today please ๐Ÿ˜„

    Nikki x 

    Pitta bread Pizzaย 

    Like most kids my children LOVE pizza and are regularly asking if we can order one from local takeaway or Domino’s. They will be happy with frozen pizza’s and we have even got the make your own pizza bases. 

    The problem is I always end up over cooking the frozen and premade pizzas or they will be just right on out side and soggy in middle.

    I believe it must be a fine art when trying to prefectly cook a prepacked pizza and it is a skill I am seriously lacking on.

    That’s why when I saw a close friend posting a picture of her kids and the pitta bread pizza’s I was amazed and excited at the idea and was eager to try it myself.  The great thing about pitta bread pizza is you can make loads of little individual pizzas and they can all have different toppings. So no one has to pick the bits they don’t like out before eating.

    To make pitta bread pizza’s you need these ingredients: 

     

    • Pitta bread – a pack of 6 for 49p
    • Cheese – we only used half this pack. ยฃ1.09
    • Peppers – pack 3 for ยฃ1
    • Tomato purรฉe – 50p
    • Chorizo – ยฃ1
    • 1 Onion – 10p

    (The little smiling girl isn’t needed for the recipe but she really like to help with cooking and have her picture taken)

    Which means this whole meal that feeds 5 to 6 people costs ยฃ4.18.

    Of course you will needs herbs and seasoning to sprinkle on top. We used Oregano, Basil and Pepper.

    Making the pizza’s is so simple that even the children can do it. My kids love creating their own pizza’s especially E (who was my little helper making them today).

    So here is what you have to do.

    • First wash and slice up your onion, peppers and grated your cheese.
    • Then remove pitta breads from the packaging and squirt on a blob of tomato purรฉe on to the pitta bread. 
    • Spread the tomato purรฉe evenly around the pitta bread. (I find using the back of a tea or table spoon works better at spreading then a knife).  
    • Next you open the chorizo and start adding your desired toppings to your pizza.  
    • Once you have everything places in your pizza, top with cheese and place on a grill pan.
    • Before you place the pizza’s up the grill sprinkle on a few herbs to give added flavour.  (this was E’s favourite part!)
    • Then place under the medium heat grill until cheese has melted and the edges are golden brown. So about 5-10 minutes.

    I tend to accompany the pizza’s with carrot and cucumber sticks, sliced tomato, olives or a little side salad. But best of all is the fact that pitta bread pizza’s are healthier the take out pizza, it great fun for the kids to learn about different foods and toppings plus it kind to your purse.

    Pitta bread pizza’s have become a firm favourite in our house and the kids regularly have them for lunch and even sometimes for tea.

    Have you ever tried pitta beard pizza’s?

    Nikki x 

    How to have a fun Easter Egg Hunt

    Easter is a holiday that as a child I quickly over looked. But now I’m a mum and my children are growing up, Easter is slowly starting to become one of my favourite of the holidays. 

    I love the fact that it marks the start of spring, I love the fact the damp an miserable wintery showers are replaced with brighter, sunnier days and of course I love the fact that we can indulge in loads of chocolate.

    Every Easter we have a certain lot of traditions that we follow. We always do some sort of baking, we wear silly Easter mask and of course we have a Easter Egg hunt, this year was no different. That is why I thought I would share my tips on how to have a fun Easter egg hunt.

    • Firstly buy loads of different size eggs  That way you can make if fun for older and younger children. I tell my children they have to hunt down 2 big eggs each and the little ones are for whoever find them first.

    • Stick clues or arrows directing the kids to the treats   It makes the hunt more fun and gives the children clear instructions, which means the hunt doesn’t turn in to excited, chocolate fuel anarchy. (Have you ever seen a suger infused toddler with a chocolate crazier glint in their eye, it terrifying!)


    • Give everyone a fair chance    I do this but letting they younger ones have a few minutes hunting eggs down before the older kids. This is because the toddlers are normally so excited/amazed by the shiny, bright foil cover eggs that they are either too caught up in their first found egg they forget the rest or they want to unwrap it straight away and eat it that they don’t see the other eggs. Also it prevents the older kids running round and hogging all the eggs leaving it the younger one at a unfair advantage. You could also change this by having you help the younger ones find the eggs while the older ones have fun.

    • Have fun!       Remind the children it’s all meant to be fun and that there isn’t a loser or a winner it the taking part and havingf fun that counts.

    Do you have a egg hunt or any Easter traditions in your family?

    Happy Easter everyone! ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿซ๐Ÿฃ

    Nikki x 

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