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:

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@IcklePicklex

What 50 Things Make you Happy? 

Nikki x

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    Pitta bread Pizza 

    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. £1.09
    • Peppers – pack 3 for £1
    • Tomato purée – 50p
    • Chorizo – £1
    • 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 £4.18.

    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 purée on to the pitta bread. 
    • Spread the tomato purée 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 

    Entertaining the Kids, thanks to Twinkl

    I always stress out when the kids start their half term holidays, mainly because I am always at a loss at what to do to help keep all the kids entertained. Having the age range of 18 months to 10 years old doesn’t help either. This is because normally the activities I have planned for the older kids are too hard for E and baby to take part in and vice a versa.

    That was until I told about the great website Twinkl  

     It is and amazing education resource site that can be use for home education or by teachers and parents that what to help their children learn and get the best they can out of education. The site is aimed at children under the age of 10 and is full of great ideas and activities for all children of all ages and levels of education and ability. 

    I really enjoyed taking a look around the website to see everything it had to offer. I love the fact that it had resource for the EYFS, KS1, KS2, KS3, EAL and best of all SEN. Because it meant that I could look at and print off resource to help all my children (including Baby) with their education and that there were activities for older kids and print out flash cards to help Baby.   

       

    I also enjoyed the new feature that means you can create your own learning resources on Twinkl create based around thinking you and your family enjoy or for any upcoming projects you may want to work on together.

    There are 3 levels of subscription on the website, such as:

    • Free Membership – this allows you access to a majority of the resources 
    • Gold  Membership – this is the low cost high quality option and cost £29.95 a year
    • Platinum Membership – this allows you access to all the resources and cost £44.94 a year

    Plus they have a forum in which you can talk to professionals or fellow parents and home educators to support each other and swap ideas as a community.

    My boys were super excited when they saw all they even had a MineCraft activity and resource section and begged me to start printing them out!  

     

    They were very eager to start building their own little MineCraft world. 

    I was just happy with how easy it was to navigate throught such an brilliant site that has an abundance of ideas, activities and study aids that you are bound to find something to keep the whole family happy and also make learning a easier and more fun experience for everyone. 

    And thanks to Twinkl I was able to make it through another half term with some happy and entertained children.

    I really suggest you take a look and see for yourself just how great the site truly is.

    Nikki x 

     

    Disclaimer… For this review I was compensated with a Platinum Membership, but all opinions are my own.  

    Chemist Direct Review

    Over a week ago I wrote a post about Finding great deals at Chemist Direct where I told you all about a deal to get a 1/3 off La Roche-Posay and Vichy products. 

    I indulged in some new pampering treats for myself from the Chemist Direct skincare range, that I told you about in the other post. As I was given a £50 voucher for this review, I also got myself a few other luxuries.

    Such as

    • Aussie Luscious Long shampoo and conditioner 
    • Regener8, Dark circle eye recovery cream
    • Sudocrem

     

    Finding all these different items was made really easy on the chemist direct website because of the easy drop down menu that has the different departments.  

    Such as 

    • Online doctor
    • Prescriptions
    • Medicines
    • Health & Wellbeing
    • Vitamins & Supplements
    • Toiletries
    • Travel shop

    And even

    • Pet Health

    Which is great if your wanting to get more then just medicines, skincare and toiletries, like myself.

      

    They even have a great clearance section where you can find amazing deals of up to 70% off and it’s free delivery on orders over £40.

    I can say that the delivery time after ordering is super fast too because it arrived within 2 days of me completing my order. 

    It’s a great website, with amazing products at prices and saving that will keep your purse happy 🙂

    I would very much recommend this brilliant online service.

    Nikki x 

    Disclaimer… For this post I was compensated with a £50 discount voucher, but these choices and opinions are my own. 

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    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! 🐰🍫🐣

    Nikki x 

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    5 ways to know you cracked Motherhood!

    As many mother’s know having kids is never easy. It might seem like this amazing idea while your pregnant and you will dream and this beautiful baby that you swear will never know what a McDonald’s tastes like, they will never throw tantrums and every day will be amazing because will have managed to always make yours presentable and have your make up done before leaving the house in a morning.

    Yes I was one of those mothers too and my motherhood dreams came tumbling down around me within a matter of days of my first son T being born. I left the hospital hobbling like a lady needing a zimo frame after my emergency c section. Every time I moved too quickly or took too big a step my stomach would hurt and it would feel like my inside might fall out. It’s safe to say I didn’t look presentable and it didn’t help that the only clothes I could fit in and felt comfortable were my old unflattering maternity clothes due to swelling after surgery. Basically I was a mess!

    By the time I became a mum a second time round all my previous preconceptions of motherhood were out of the windows and I was a single mother. That was until I met my hubby and we started a family together and got married.

    So now 4 kids down the line I believe all of these bits of my life have made me realise how much it takes to be a great mum and that sometimes you just need a pat on the back for managing to make it through the day in one piece.

    so here my list of 5 ways to know you cracked motherhood:

    1. When your able to some how go to the loo, while holding a clingy teething baby that will start screaming if you so much as hint at putting her down and are able to hug a stroppy toddler, who is sulky because of a reason only they know and understand.  ←  This is a win, because hey at least you were able to go to the loo.
    2. You manage to open and enjoy a bar of chocolate with out your little angels seeing, hearing or even smelling the hidden treat.  ←  As parents we all know how good are little ones are at zoning in on chocolate, so if you managed to eat 1 bar without getting caught, well done.
    3. When you able to make it out of the door in a morning with a smudge of mascara on, your hair brushed and your have matching shoes.  ←  Win!
    4. When your able to feed your baby, while talking on the phone to organise a play date for your eldest and help your toddler put their shoes on with your free hand.  ←  This is unleashing the awesome mummy powers that turn you into SuperMum!
    5. When one of your offspring grabs you and hugs you close for no reason other then to show you how much they love and missed you.  ← This is one of the best and most amazing moments in motherhood. It’s that moment when you realise you are this little persons everything and they love you just as much as you love them.

    There are millions of other motherhood wins that we win every day. They don’t even need to be the big things to be a mummy win it can be the simple things like getting to drink a brew while its hot or getting to actually have a relaxing soak in the bath. A mummy win can be anything that makes you feel Proud and Happy to be a mum!mother win

    What are your mummy wins that let you know you cracked motherhood?

    Nikki x

     

     

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    10 reasons I love being a Mum! 

    Being a mum is one of the most time-consuming, never-ending and amazing jobs in the world. It is an honour, a privilege and a gift to be given these tiny people to look after. Sometime we are even the ones lucky enough to create these adorable wonders and sometime they not made up of our DNA but they have still the centre of our universe and unbelievable love we feel for our child is indescribable.

    Even if some days they make us want to pull our hair out or we bribe them with biscuits and their favourite TV because we want 5 minutes peace, so we can go to the loo without a trail of children following and watching as we pee or even better we get to drink a hot cup of coffee before we accidentally close our eyes and wake up to realise we have drifted off and the kids decided to redecorate the living room walls or better our faces. (Or does this just happen to me?)

    Now before this becomes a list of all the downfall to being a mum, I will get to my point. That even though our kids can annoy us to the point of distraction, they are still the most precious treasures we will ever be given and because of this here is my list of the reasons I love being a mum.

    1. Watching their faces light up with joy!Nothing is better than seeing my children smile. For me knowing that they are happy and seeing it on their face lets me know that even though I’m not prefect I must be doing something right.
    2. When I watch them exploring, learning and trying new thing.While doing this my children tend to make more mess then I thought possible for people so small. But as long as they are having fun I don’t really care about the mess (sometimes).
    3. Their unexpected kisses.This happens to me regularly. I will be sat playing or stood making tea and out of no where a little person will run up and plant one on me. It is the best feeling in the world to know you are that loved that they had to stop what ever they were doing just to show you they care.
    4. Their little hands.I don’t know about you but I love my children’s hands. I love holding them, tickling them and kissing them. I could stare in wonder at those tiny digits all day. I love how small they are and how perfectly they fit around my finger or in my hand.
    5. Reading them a bedtime stories.I love reading to my kids and I use to read to T and P every night without fail. But as I had more children and the kids got older, the reading started to dwindle (Mainly due to my exhaustion). It’s was something that would plague me with guilt because I knew my girls would be missing out. So at start of this year I made a vow that I would try my best to read a story or sing a lullaby to all my kids before bed on a night. (It has been broken a few times but I make up for it the next night)
    6. Watching them sleep.They look so peaceful, sweet and cute. I just get lost in their faces and before I know it, a moment has turned into and hour and I realise their asleep.
    7. I love watching them play and getting involved!Who’s says just because you have kids you can’t spend your time pulling funny face and being silly together. That just because you’re a mum now you can’t act like a loon in the street or pretend the ground shoots laser if you stand on the cracks. One of my favourite things about motherhood is watching my kids play and use their imaginations. I love taking part and playing along as they describe the adventure they are taking me on. Who says just because you get older you have to grow up!
    8. Cuddles!I don’t even think I need to give a reason for why I love this one. It’s enough said.
    9. When they want to learn from you.When your try to cook or bake or clean and you have this little person who is interested and wants to watch and help you do it. When you know in that omens that you are teaching the a life skill by baking buns or filling up the washing machine or cleaning up for themselves. It fills you with hope that they will know how to look after themselves when they inevitably grow up and leave home.
    10. The pride you feel when you realise that this amazing family is yours! And you wouldn’t trade them for the world!

     

    Why do you love being a mum? 

    Oh and by the way

    Happy Mother’s Day 

    Nikki x