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 🙂 

Nikki x 

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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 £32.00, with black, lace trim leggings from New look £14.00, the wedge sandals I got from George Asda £14.00 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 🙂 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 😄

    Nikki x 

    #Project365 – Week 15

    This week has been the start of half term and although I have tired to stay busy with the kids. I haven’t always remembered to take snaps of what we have been up to.

    But here is my week minus a few really awesome pictures I wish I had taken. 

    Day 96 

     Here is Baby, enjoying the sun and her first time on a trampoline. She isn’t normally in just a vest but in the midday sun it was really warm. I must say I love his the static has affected her hair, she looks so cute!

    Day 97 

    This was my attempt at a healthy breakfast after to chocolate fest that was Easter Sunday. I know it’s not really healthy but it has fruit in it. 

    Day 98 

    Tuesday I thought I would share how amazed I was that baby could sleep in such I weird positions on a regular basis. I know this is all part and parcel on her low muscle tone, which cause hypermobility, which is part of her Down syndrome but it’s still amazing watching her do the splits or sleep hugging her legs etc. 

    What do you think? 

    Day 99 

    I love flowers and I buy myself a bunch every week when I do the shopping, just because they make me happy  and my house smell lovely. Plus they are amazing to snap a quick photo of, if I’m in a pinch and need a bit of inspiration. 

    Day 100 

    The boys wanted to go camping but because it was short notice, I don’t drive and it was after 6pm, they had to settle for a night of sleeping with me in a tent in the garden. 

    I only agreed because I thought they would give up and say they wanted to go inside after a hour or so. But they didn’t and they adored the whole night and slept outside on the hard ground, much to my dismay. I coped by dreaming of my bed.

    Day 101 

     I realise I take far too many pictures of food but this one was actually for #snaphappybritmums and it’s #betterwithcake prompt. I know it’s not cake but it had to do.

    Day 102 

    Here is Baby enjoying her first trip out on her sisters hand me down smart trike. I would have brought her, her own but E is much happier with her peddle bike which means I can save money and they both can enjoy the fun.

    So that’s my week, how was yours? 

    Nikki x 

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    Yes, they’re all mine!

    As a mother to 4 and a step mum to 2, my family is classed as a “large family” and because of this people I know, strangers on the bus, in shops or on the street and even sometime professionals feel they have a right or needs to pass comments or judgements over me and my family.
    Saying stuff like “You have your hands full”, “Don’t you own a TV?” or “Haven’t you got enough!”. These are normally quickly followed by the question “Are you having anymore?”. (This is normally said as they pull a face like they have smelt or tasted something terrible!) 

    Most of time I can easily ignore these comments and just right them off as people trying to be funny or ignorant. Even if it does really worry me when random strangers or people that I barely know insinuate that my hubby and I are baby making machines!

    The worst I have had is when people I thought were my friends make annoying accusations that I only have “so many children” so that I don’t have to work and I can sponge off benefits or my husband! (Who works full time I might add)

    Those types of comments tend to take a little more to forgive or forget. Instead I choose to ignore them because I don’t feel the need to live my life or raise my family the way other people think I should. 

    My family and I don’t want to fit into the norm because we want to be ourselves!  And I love them for that.

    In all honesty I never thought I would have a big family. As a teenager I didn’t even want children but at the crazy age of 16 I found myself pregnant. It wasn’t planned and at the time I thought my life was over. Luckily as my bump grew, so did I and by the time I was 17 I gave birth to my eldest son T. It was then that I feel in love with motherhood and I realised I wanted more then just 1 child. 

    That been said I never dreamed I would give birth 4 times and have added children to make my family whole.

    But just because a family is larger then most doesn’t mean that the parents have a larger, unsatifiable appetite then everyone else. It just means they have been blessed with hearts and arms to be filled buy all their beautiful children. 

    It’s not for other people to make them feel bad or pass unwanted comments about someone’s about parenthood because every family is different and special! 

    I don’t go around judging people because they chose not to have more then 1, 2 or even 3 children because that is a personal choice that is completely up to them. 

    So why do people feel the need to pass comments on my choices?

      

    Nikki x