Toddler Activity | Making a Herb Garden

I'm the first to admit that I've never been that into gardening. Don't get me wrong, I love a pretty garden but putting my hands into soil full of creepy crawlies, sends a few shudders down my spine! But Arthur has been showing an interest in the outdoors and if it's important to him, then it's important to me.

Back in the autumn, we got some gorgeous new pots for the garden (they were actually for my mum's birthday) and Arthur has had such fun watering the bulbs she planted. We've also recently put up a bird table outside and he loves watching the birds take the food. He's started identifying the different colours of the birds and as a bird lover herself, I know my mum will enjoy telling him all about the different kinds.

I'm always looking for new activities to try with Arthur and as it's a little too cold to be sitting out in the garden for long periods of time, we thought we'd do some inside gardening, in the form of growing herbs instead. I actually bought this herb growing set for my mum, knowing that she'd enjoy using them in her cooking. But she's taken so long to do it, we thought we'd get her started!

Arthur had such fun planting the seeds and I know he'll enjoy watching them grow. I'd love to find some other ways we can bring the outdoors inside and add a little more greenery to the home. I've actually picked up some ideas from this interesting guide by Rattan Direct, on the Garden Design Trends for 2018. Indoor plants and things like terrariums to house them in, are a big trend this year and I've already been eyeing up a few design ideas on Pinterest.

I can't wait to do some outdoor gardening with Arthur when it gets a little warmer. I'll definitely be doing my best to put any creepy crawly fears aside - I don't want him to be scared of something just because his mummy is. And we'll definitely be seeking the help of granny too - after all she's the green fingered one in our house!

Megan x
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Eating Trends in the UK

Whether we’re cooking at home, ordering-in or dining out, I’m always happy if the plan involves good food. And it seems I’m not alone – Britain is a nation of foodies, with 66% of UK adults describing themselves as passionate about food and drink. It comes as no surprise then that 50% say they are passionate about home cooking and 53% of Millennials dine out at least once a week.

We Brits spend a small fortune on food – from takeaways and restaurant meals to luxury food from the supermarkets. Did you know that on restaurant bills alone, the average Brit spends around £44 per week? But what exactly are we spending our money on? I’ve teamed up with designers of bespoke kitchens in Sussex, Harvey Jones, to offer an insight into our eating habits by region.

Takeaway lovers
I’m sure you won’t be shocked to hear that we’re a nation of takeaway lovers. I look forward to a tasty Chinese takeaway with my other half every so often and fish and chips always goes down well with the rest of my family. According to a survey by Payment Sense, the average Brit spends around £9.75 on eating out or takeaways for themselves at least once a month. Annually, this works out at £117 per person!

Bristol is currently the Takeaway Capital of the UK, with a reported 279 takeaway restaurants, however Leeds appears to be the greatest lover of takeaways, with 77% of people living there admitting to ordering at least one takeaway a month. The same can’t be said for the whole of Yorkshire though - people in York aren’t eating takeaways as regularly, with just 25% ordering a monthly take out.

It’s no real surprise that Chinese tops the takeaway charts in Britain. It’s a favourite across the whole country, with only 3 out of the 30 cities questioned not choosing it as their favourite takeaway. Of all individual respondents asked, 35% voted Chinese as their favourite, a trend that was mirrored between both male and female respondents. Not far behind, was Indian takeaway, with 24% of the votes and in fact Indian was chosen as the favourite takeaway in a number of places including Aberystwyth, Coventry and Wolverhampton.

Dining out
I always enjoy going out for a meal, whether it’s on a date night or in celebration of a special occasion. According to The Sun, the average Brit spends around £288,000 in their lifetime eating out at restaurants. Research shows that Millennials are expected to eat out more than any other demographic. The average Brit now eats out twice a week, with pub grub stealing the title as their favourite option. 18-29 year olds are spending double the amount of other demographics on dining out; with an average spend of £88 per week!

Out of all the cities in the UK, London is the city of dining out (according to The Chronicle) with the capital consuming the most Indian, Chinese, Thai, Fish and Chips and Pizza meals at restaurants. The South East and Northern Ireland aren’t far behind, however it seems people in Scotland are eating out the least. Birmingham is also known as the Curry Capital, with 43% of residents, claiming curry restaurants are their favourite, with 34% of Londoners agreeing. It seems that Glasgow is more into authentic Spanish tapas (14%), while Edinburgh loves Sushi (14%).

Brits have long been known for their love of pub grub and even today it’s still one of the most popular choices in the UK – particularly in Liverpool where 49% of people would choose traditional pub grub.


Home cooking
Are you a family that sits round the table together to eat? In our household it’s not something we do every day of the week – it’s so difficult when people are working to different schedules and like eating different things. I think this is pretty normal these days – busy work schedules and family life have made dinner time in the home a lot less structured that in previous decades. In fact, in 2017, just over 20% of British families said they sat down to dinner together once of twice a week and one in five have their ‘family meals’ whilst sitting In front of the TV. 49% of people said they like cooking their own meals at home, as they have control over their own ingredients.

According to Statista, 64% of people enjoy cooking, whilst 55% describe cooking as something they have to do but don’t. There has also been a 10% increase in the number of people preparing meals from scratch at least once a week from 2005. But which regions are most likely to make their meals at home? If you look at how much people in London, the South West and Northern Ireland are eating out; you can assume that they are the regions least likely to be staying at home and cooking. However, Scotland, Wales, the North West and North East were the regions eating out the least, leading to the assumption that they are more likely to stay in and cook-at-home more often.

Heart of the home
The kitchen, for many, is the heart of the home, meaning we spend a lot more time there than in the past. Now that open-plan living is on the rise, cooking a meal at home can be more of a social event. You can prepare a meal in your kitchen, while spending time with the family or entertaining friends.

What are your family’s eating habits? Do you like to cook-at-home, order-in or dine out best?

Megan x
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Homemade Gingerbread Stars

Until yesterday, I didn't think I liked Gingerbread. Ginger has never been a flavour I've particularly enjoyed, so why eat it in biscuit form? But knowing my mum and son love gingerbread, I thought I'd have a go at making some and decorate them with Arthur as a fun thing for the afternoon. Turns out, these gingerbread stars taste absolutely delicious and have completely changed my opinion on ginger! YUM.

As I'd never made gingerbread before, I had a little look on Pinterest for inspiration and came across this fantastic recipe for gingerbread men on My Gorgeous Recipes. I've popped the ingredients below but please head over to the original source (linked above) for the gingerbread recipe. It was so simple to follow and the gingerbread turned out beautifully!

Ingredients:
350g plain flour
175g dark, muscovado sugar
80g golden syrup
1 tbsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tbsp ground ginger
1 egg

Now the original recipe does also include 1 tbsp cinnamon, however seeing as we're not all that fond of cinnamon in the Hunt household, I decided to give it a miss! As you can see in the photographs, I also used a star cutter for my gingerbread, as I didn't have a gingerbread man cutter. I found that the recipe made around 25 stars (though I can't remember exactly because I may have nibbled a couple before I counted them - oops!) They had a lovely soft, chewy texture, which I much prefer to biscuits with a snap.

I had every intention of getting Arthur to decorate the gingerbread stars with me, as I thought it'd make a lovely toddler activity but it turns out he was a little tired and much more interested in the eating part! So lazily, I decided to just decorate one of the gingerbread stars with sprinkles I picked up in a Gingerbread decorating kit over Christmas - sticking them on with a little paste (icing sugar + water).  The rest I simply sprinkled with icing sugar and voila!

If you fancy making these yourself, please head over to My Gorgeous Recipes and take a look at the gingerbread men recipe. You'll find all the nutrition facts for the recipe there too.

Are you a fan of gingerbread?

Megan x
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Valentine's Scrapbook Gift Idea

Valentine's Day is just a few short weeks away and if you are looking for a special gift - something a little different from the traditional chocolate or flowers route, this post is for you!

If you fancy getting a little creative this Valentine's Day, why not have a go at making a scrapbook full of your memories as a couple? This gorgeous Gold Scrapbook from Busy B is the perfect size, with beautiful textured pages; ideal for sticking in photographs, tickets, cards and any other keepsakes you want a safe place for.

I started a scrapbook when my son Arthur was born and it's something I love to look through every now and then. It's one of those things I know I'll treasure forever. I'm planning on filling my new Busy B Scrapbook* with photographs and other bits and bobs I've collected since I met my other half a year a go.

One of the lovely things about creating a scrapbook is that there isn't a right or wrong way to do it - it's completely personal. I tend to theme my pages and like to stick in photographs, prints I've taken on my Instax Mini 8 and tickets for places we've visited. I also collect things like birthday and valentine's cards as keepsakes and like to jot down any memorable (often funny) things that have happened.

I think it'd be such a lovely idea to start off a scrapbook full of your memories and then give it to your other half on Valentine's Day to continue. Now personally, I can't imagine my other half sitting there and scrapbooking (ain't gonna happen) but you never know, he may contribute to it every now and then with some photographs (since that's the bit he enjoys doing) and leave the washy tape and wordy bits to me.

Of course, if Valentine's Day isn't something you celebrate, the Busy B Scrapbook will make a lovely gift for any occasion - birthdays, Mother's Day, Father's Day, the list goes on! Busy B also have a gorgeous selection of gifts for all, from planners and diaries (see my review of the 2018 Perfect Planner) to travel mugs, organisers and makeup bags. Be sure to check out their Spring collection, launched earlier this month - it's simply lovely!

Megan x
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5 Toddler Winter Wardrobe Essentials

Who else love clothes shopping for their child way more than for themselves? I always have so much fun picking up clothes for Arthur - probably because he looks good in everything! Of course, babies and toddlers grow super quickly, so I'm always mindful of how much I buy and how much it costs. You don't want to overbuy or spend a fortune on clothing, if they're going to grow out of it quickly.

With this in mind, I tend to buy most toddler clothing on the high street. It's not only excellent in quality but affordable and stylish too. As we are still in the midst of a pretty cold season, I thought I'd share five winter wardrobe staples for toddlers - all from high street brands.

1. Padded Coat - When it comes to shopping for boys coats and jackets, you are simply spoilt for choice. Available in a wide range of styles and colours, there's something to suit all. After Arthur grew out of his gorgeous yellow fisherman's coat (which I loved so, so much) I decided to buy him something that looked a little warmer for winter. This padded coat was from H&M and comes in the grey marl colour pictured above or an equally lovely dark blue. I love the faux fur hood and think it's great for particularly windy or rainy days, though Arthur's not that fond of it - good job it's detachable!

2. Beanie Hat - Seeing as Arthur's not a big fan of wearing a hood, I make sure he never leaves the house without his trusty red beanie. I think all toddlers look cute in hats and they're great for keeping their little ears warm.

3. Walking boots - Arthur's got a lovely pair of trainers and some gorgeous red wellies for puddle jumping but my favourite pair have to be these little brown walking boots from H&M. He seems to find them comfortable to wear and I imagine they provide good support for his feet and ankles. They actually zip-up but the laces are a lovely fashion-feature. They go with all of his little outfits and seem to be something other mums love too! I've had so many people stop me and ask me where I bought them from!

4. Stretchy Jeans - I tend to dress Arthur in jeans if we're going out but I think it's so important they're comfortable and allow him to move around, as he would in joggers. All of his jeans are from Next, as they are stylish, stretchy and really soft. I do find the sizes come up big though, so it's worth keeping in mind if you're placing an order online.

5. Puddle Suit - When we bought Arthur this puddle suit from Debenhams, I wasn't sure how much wear he'd get out of it but with it being so cold this winter, it's become a real essential. Not only does it keep him dry on wetter days but it's also great for adding an extra layer of warmth. On particularly cold days I'll pop his coat or gilet on top of his puddle suit (which he usually wears tucked into his wellies) to make sure he's extra warm. I'll definitely be getting the next size up in this soon!

What are your toddler winter wardrobe essentials? Do you tend to buy most of your kids clothes on the high street too?

Megan x
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Created by Magic Personalised Print

When Arthur was born I had every intention of getting a personalised print for his nursery but it was one of those things that just didn't happen. His nursery was beautiful nonetheless. Pinterest-worthy in fact. And even though I miss it's pretty palette, his toddler bedroom in our new home is every bit as lovely. It may not have an aesthetically pleasing colour scheme right now but with all his toys, photographs and prints, it's full of character and I think that's much more important to a young child anyway.

One of the latest additions to Arthur's toddler bedroom is this gorgeous Space themed print from Created By Magic. The watercolour design is simply beautiful and with Arthur's newfound love for rockets, it's the perfect choice. What makes it even more special for me, is that it features his name, date of birth and birth weight (9lb 3oz - yep he was a big'n) so I've finally got a personalised baby print we can keep forever!

The Personalised Space Nursery print* (£15) is available in A4 premium watercolour paper (my choice) or A3 premium matt paper. You can tell the paper is high quality and the print looks even more beautiful than in digital form on-screen! The print does arrive unframed, however you only need a simple (and fairly cheap) frame like the one I've chosen from Amazon, to show it off perfectly. I think it'd make such a lovely new baby gift, christening gift or even present to yourself if you're currently expecting! There's also a lovely selection of other personalised prints on the Created By Magic website, equally as beautiful in design.

I'm so, so pleased with the quality and design of my personalised print from Created By Magic and already have my eye on a couple of other designs I may add to my home in the near future! If like me, you love a good print then you'll want to make use of the fantastic 20% discount, Laura from Created By Magic is generously offering Seek My Scribbles' readers. All you need to do is enter 'SCRIBBLES18' at the checkout! (Expires 30/11/18)

Megan x
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Mississippi Mud Pie Recipe

First of all, I'm just going to apologise to any one who made a New Year's resolution to eat healthily and cut out chocolate because this post ain't gonna help you. Whilst I'm all for healthy dishes, I don't think there's any harm in indulging every now and then, so if you're looking for a sweet treat, this Mississippi Mud Pie recipe is for you!

My other half has a real sweet tooth (as do I) and since he's currently off work recovering from his recent operation, we thought we'd have a go at making the Mississippi Mud Pie, found on the Good Food Channel website. It's originally a Hairy Bikers recipe but we made a couple of changes, such as swapping the dark chocolate sandwich biscuits for Co-op's Triple Chocolate Cookies (delicious) and adding Green & Blacks Organic Cocoa to the topping to make a chocolate cream instead. Using quality chocolate is a must and the Dr. Oetker 72% Extra Dark Chocolate is a great choice for this recipe.

I've popped the ingredients we used below but for the method please head on over to the Good Food Channel website, as I don't like to pinch other people's recipes! It's a really simple one to follow and good fun too!


For the base & sides
75g butter
150g plain chocolate digestive biscuits
150g Co-op Triple Chocolate Cookies

For the filling
135g Dr. Oetker 72% Extra Dark Chocolate
135g butter (cubed)
3 large eggs (beaten)
150g light soft brown sugar
150ml double cream

For the topping
250ml double cream
1 tbsp light soft brown sugar
25g dark chocolate (grated)

The Mississippi Mud Pie recipe makes around 8 portions and is lovely finished off with a splash of double cream. It's deliciously chocolatey and perfect for those who really want to indulge in their dessert. Make this for a dinner party and I'm sure it'd go down a real treat with your guests!

Megan x
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Beauty 'Resolutions' for the New Year

As much as I love makeup, it's something I don't treat myself to as much as I used to. I think it's because there are other 'more important' (to me personally) things I need to spend my money on now. However,  at Christmas I was lucky to unwrap some lovely beauty bits including two eyeshadow palettes from The Body Shop I'd had my eye on, an eyeliner, eye crayon and mascara set from Autograph and a beautiful floral hand cream set from Marks and Spencer. My mum also treated me to my favourite perfume, Flowerbomb by Viktor and Rolf. It's an absolutely gorgeous sweet, floral perfume that stays on the skin all day.

I feel like I've been a bit lazy when it comes to beauty and skincare in particular over the last few months, so I've decided to come up with a few must and must nots or 'beauty resolutions' if you like...


1. Only purchase beauty / skincare if I need it - I'm trying to save money this year so hoping to only purchase beauty and skincare if I have run out of something and really need it.

2. Choose quality beauty products - This may slightly contradict my first point - especially with me saying I want to save money but investing in quality makeup and skincare is something that's important to me. I'm not talking 'high end' / designer brands but brands I trust, like The Body Shop and Autograph @ Marks and Spencer. Their products aren't the cheapest but they're very well made, great on my skin and not tested on animals.

3. Re-establish a 'skincare routine' - I've become lazy when it comes to taking off my makeup and I mean REALLY lazy. Most nights it's a quick baby wipe and some nights I don't bother at all, which I know is so, so bad. The 'old me' would be horrified. But as a tired mum it's something I just can't be arsed to do sometimes. Anyway because I want to keep my skin looking as youthful as possible I'm going to get back into doing the full shebang - a proper cleanse, tone and moisturise, with added serums wherever possible. I'm sure I'll update you on how I get on in a future post!

4. Wash my makeup brushes regularly - Another bad beauty habit of mine is not washing my makeup brushes very often. I left them far too long last time and had to do a very deep clean the other day! I don't really want to be putting old makeup and bacteria back onto my skin so I'm going to do my best to spot clean (I've bought a spray from Boots) and wash my brushes on a regular basis.

5. Find more cruelty-free brands - If you look at some of the products featured in my post, you'll see that not all of them are cruelty-free. But I'm hoping to find more cruelty-free brands this year and buy from them (when I need to make a purchase) instead. If you have any recommendations, I'd love to hear them!

I realise in the grand scheme of things these 'beauty resolutions' aren't all that important but if you're looking for more deep and meaningful content, I suggest checking out the '5 things I learnt in 2017.'

Megan x
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Things I've Learnt in Two Years of Motherhood


When Arthur turned One I created a post called 'Things I've Learnt in a Year of Motherhood' and it's one I love going back to read time and time again. But when I last went back to it, it got me thinking, I have learnt so much more since then! As a two year old toddler, Arthur brings new wonders and challenges on a daily basis and I thought it'd be fun to share a few more things I've learnt in this crazy, beautiful (and sometimes exhausting) world of motherhood...

I'm not the parent I thought I'd be - & that's perfectly okay because my pre-motherhood expectations were unrealistic and down right naive!

Stopping breastfeeding wasn't as hard as I imagined - though I did it for a lot longer than planned - 22 months instead of the year I thought I'd BF for.

It's okay to have some me time - Didn't think I'd ever be able to go on a date again for leaving Arthur but thanks to my supportive family, I've realised 'me' time is still important.

There's room to love another - Arthur is my greatest love and in the first year of his life, I never thought I'd be able to love anyone else, ever again. But then I met my other half and can hand on heart say, there's room for another great love in both our lives.

Toddler tantrums aren't fun - But they don't last forever, it's not just your child and most parents have 'been there' or are experiencing them too

The 'firsts' continue to amaze you - The 'firsts' don't stop when your baby turns one and they continue to be the most magical thing. From their first question to their first wee on the potty - the firsts are endless and every bit as wonderful as that first tooth and those first steps.

Finding your mum crowd can be hard - I mentioned in a recent post that finding mum friends is something I've found incredibly difficult since moving away but it's comforting knowing I haven't lost my mum friends from where I used to live and they're only a message away.

You still talk about poo way too much - I genuinely feel sorry for my partner who gets poo chat on an almost daily basis. Arthur also seems to be entering the stage where farts are the funniest thing ever.

Your child's imagination is constantly developing - I really didn't expect to hear Arthur making up stories and getting his toys to talk to each other at such an early stage. His imagination amazes me and I love that toddlers can make the most ordinary objects (like a washing basket) something so exciting.

Documenting your child's life isn't as easy - In my last 'things i've learnt in motherhood' post I talked about how lovely it is to document each moment of your child's life and all those wonderful things you can do in the honeymoon period of having a baby that can't move around and destroy things. When you've got a toddler all that goes out the window. I'll probably re-start it when he leaves home years in the future (haha).

The love increases day by day - I can honestly say I fall in love with Arthur a little more every day, even when he's tested and exhausted me. And I still get that 'I can't believe he's mine' feeling all of the time. But what's equally as wonderful is that I've seen his love for me and his family grow too. He becomes more and more affectionate as the days go by and I'll never tire of the hugs that nearly knock me flying, the sloppy kisses and him shouting I LOVE YOU at the top of his voice.

So there we have just a few of the things I've learnt in two years of motherhood. Is there anything that stands out to you as a parent, as something you've learnt in the last year? I'd love to hear it!

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A Letter for the Littlest Bear Book Review

Arthur certainly isn't short of books - he has a whole bookcase full in our hallway but that didn't stop me adding a very special one to his collection this Christmas. 'A Letter for the Littlest Bear' is a personalised book by Wonderbly (formally 'Lost My Name.') It allows you to introduce your little one to members of their family, as a letter (to the littlest bear) is passed from page to page, until it reaches the recipient, in this case, Arthur!

You are able to add up to nine family members, choosing a bear to represent them. Arthur loves pointing to each bear and saying who they are and what they're doing. His little face lights up and you can see how much he enjoys reading it. He's been asking for the book a few times a day for the past week or so and I'm more than happy to read it over and over again.

When the bear family finally find the littlest bear, your little one will discover it's them they've been looking for. When we reach the last page, Arthur always shouts out his name, before quickly lifting up the flap to read his letter. He's memorised some of the words in it, as he always says 'Dear Arthur' - it melts my heart! My family also loved seeing their pages. I did one for everyone - even our dog, Oby, who is very much a part of Arthur's world.

The book is designed to the highest standards, with FSC-certified, partially recycled paper. It has a hardback for longevity and is priced at £16.99.

I think the Wonderbly books are so, so special. Not only do they have a lovely sentiment but they're also beautifully illustrated. Arthur also has the original Lost My Name book and I'll definitely be adding to his growing collection in the future. They make a lovely Newborn, Christening and Birthday gift and parents will love them just as much as their children!

Wonderbly are currently offering 20% off all books using the code NY20 but you need to order today (8th January)! If you miss the offer be sure to check out their social media pages and other voucher sites, as they provide great discounts on a regular basis.

Megan x
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Busy B Perfect Planner 2018 Review

The New Year means it's time for a new diary and as soon as I saw the Busy B 2018 Perfect Planner, it had to go straight on my Christmas list. It's not only pretty to look at (who can resist that shade of blue and gold foil text?!) but it's also a very practical little planner.

Inside the a5 planner, you'll find a number of sections, including Personal Details & Useful Information, Birthdays, Notes, Contacts, Websites, Reminders and Expenses. It wouldn't be much of a planner without a calendar but what's great about this one is that you get an overview of each month (Year-To-View) where you can jot down important events, as well as a Week-to-View calendar (each week is spread across two pages) where you can add more details. Each week also has it's own note section and there are also four pockets dotted throughout the planner for storing receipts, tickets and anything else you want to put in there.

Probably not something I should admit at the age of twenty seven but one of the things I love most about this diary is the stickers! I've already started adding them to my diary pages and find they're great for highlighting important dates and events, as well as making your planner look that little bit more special. Although the refill stickers aren't currently available on the Busy B website, I've seen these Busy B Sticky Markers on Amazon, which look lovely too!

The Busy B Perfect Planner for 2018 also comes with tear out Reminders and a detachable Notepad, located at the back of the diary. I know I'll definitely find these useful as even in the digital age, I need to jot down things on paper so I remember to do them and I bet I'm not the only one!


At £14.99, I think the Busy B 2018 Perfect Planner is extremely well-priced. It's just as beautiful as some of the more expensive planners out there and comes with everything you need to get organised this year. If you're looking for a blog planner, I think this would also be an excellent choice, as there's plenty of room for making notes about posts and writing checklists. I've already started using mine for planning content for Seek My Scribbles.

Although the Busy B Perfect Planner is currently out of stock on the Busy B website and Amazon, I have had a look at their Twitter and they've said it'll be back in stock week commencing 8th January so be sure to keep an eye out. I imagine they'll be snapped up pretty quickly!

Busy B is a new brand for me but I'm so glad I came across them, as there products are just my cup of tea - attractive, affordable and do just what you need them to. I've added in a few more of their diaries and products to the widget below, if you're interested in taking a look.
Megan x
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6 Inspirational Quotes I love & live by


Inspirational quotes are like Marmite, you either love or hate them but personally I love a good quote and even have a whole board dedicated to 'Words I like' on Pinterest. I guess this post is a little throwback to a similar post I created at the beginning of 2015, featuring some of my favourite quotes for the New Year. A lot has happened since then. My life has changed in so many different ways. Here are the quotes I love and live by, today, in 2018...


1. 'Embrace uncertainty. Some of the most beautiful chapters in our lives won't have a title until much later.' I think it's easy to fall into the trap of labelling parts of your life and having a set idea of how it should go. The problem with that is during periods of uncertainty, you feel like you're doing something wrong or failing. I know - I've been there. But really so many beautiful, unexpected things can come out of uncertain times.

2. 'Be inspired by other's success not defeated.' I'm guilty of comparing myself to others and feeling like my achievements aren't as great as theirs but it's such a silly thing to do and gets you nowhere. Instead of feeling defeated, my new approach is to be inspired. If they can do it, why can't I? This is something that's occurred to me recently with wanting to be a work from home mum. Others manage it with hard work (and I really admire them for it), so there's no reason I can't find a way to do it too.

3. 'I believe that God sent you into my life...' (see full quote above) I'm a 'everything happens for a reason' kind of person and whilst I don't talk about religion openly very often, I have my own beliefs in God. I remember reading this quote and just thinking '...that's Arthur.'

4. 'She didn't need to be saved. She needed to be found and appreciated for exactly who she was.' Here's where I'd insert the celebration hands emoji if I could. And that's all I need to say on the matter!

5. 'You're going to be happy said life, but first I'll make you strong.' If I've learnt anything it's that sometimes you have to go through tough times that make you stronger and build on your character, before finding your happiness.

6. 'Celebrate every tiny victory.' Back in 2016 I wrote a post all about my small victories as a parent and how they may be insignificant to others but to me, worth celebrating. It's still something I do today and hope to teach Arthur to do the same. The idea of a tiny victory will vary from one person to the next but each is important and worth celebrating!

Do you have a favourite quote or words that mean something to you?

Megan x
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