Lily Tessa




Archer Leo

Making use of small space to create a cozy environment for your child

Lily's bedroom is tiny. Harry Potter cupboard under the stairs level of tiny. Honestly there's hardly room to swing a cat never mind play the games in which a five year old would want to play in there.

But such is life and we've done the best we can with it and I like to think we've made it work, somehow.

I've used every single available surface and corner of her room that I physically can to make it in to a nice space for her. The word crammed comes to mind, but what five year old cares about their room being crammed? To them, the more toys the better. A room full of toys is a room full of love right?  

Here are some tips for showing how a small room can still be appealing for your little one

Siblings in March

I spoke in last months update about how Lily and Archer have been fighting like cat and dog lately and this month is more of the same. 

We've carried on being more or less house bound thanks to the continuing snow fall that doesn't seem to be shifting any time soon (more forecast this weekend, ugh) and that's definitely contributing to the levels of squabbling I think. Some days you just need to be out of the house and when you can't do that, well those days just plain suck! 

There has been a few days of nice weather in between though and so I feel like I'm finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The worlds longest Winter may finally be coming to an end at last. 

Week in Pictures #16

A photolog consisting of many a snow day, time off school and lots of hibernating indoors resulting in a very messy house!

Three photography apps that solve all my photo problems

As much as I am obsessed with my DSLR camera (and believe me I am OBSESSED!) I also love taking photos on my Iphone too. It's so quick and simple and very much ideal for when you're just 'in the moment' (dontcha hate that phrase ha) and want to take a quick capture of something you or your child is doing.

I have three photo apps on my phone that I'm going to talk you through as they are my 'go to' apps. Between them they cover every single thing I need to do with my snaps and because of this I've never needed to download any other.

Week in Pictures #15

A photo log consisting of many a lazy day, playing in the garden and bonding with baby cousin Wilf.  

Living with migraines for almost twenty years - my story

Blog posts have been thin on the ground this week thanks to a particularly bad run of migraine attacks. It sucks, but it's also my life and what I've been dealing with since I was small. In the future I now know to have pre written posts set aside for when my cluster migraines occur, but for now I've been spurred in to doing a series about my migraine journey, the ways in which it's affected my life and tips I've learnt along the way. I don't know of any other migraine sufferers but if I can help a single other sufferer out there reading these posts then it will be worth it.

I experienced my first migraine attack at 9 years old. I came home from primary school one afternoon complaining of pain in my head and of feeling sick. I'm pretty sure my mum thought I had a bug at the time, but then it kept on happening. 

Week in Pictures #14 - Half Term Photolog

That time we broke down on the motorway..*

Car safety is a topic close to my heart. Mainly because for as long as I can remember I've had this complete and utter fear of me, and now me and the kids or James, being involved in a car crash. James works outside of Leeds for work which involves him travelling on the motorway daily and so I always make him ring me before he sets off so if he's home any later than planned I will know somethings up! (I really should watch less Motorway Cops, it doesn't help the fear haha)

I'm not sure many people can say they have a breaking down on the motorway story but I certainly do.

Siblings in February

It's half term and as much as I'd love to say the kids have been getting on like a house on fire the same way they did in the Christmas holidays, it would be a downright lie haha.

For whatever reason they're fighting like cat and dog lately and honestly? it's so wearing.