Wednesday, 16 November 2016

26 Before 27


A couple of weeks ago I turned 26. My first birthday as a Mama. It was lovely. And I was well and truly spoilt; candles for days, lots of A/W themed goodies to keep me warm and cosy, flowers, chocolates, underwear - the lot. I didn't want to do a whole "what I got for my birthday post" but I wanted to address being a whole year older in some way, so it got me thinking about the things I'd like to achieve before I reach 27 (eeek!)

1. Travel with Ada.

Kane and I haven't been on too many holidays, but I can't wait to travel with Ada. Every time we go somewhere near, she always seems to take everything in with such wonder in those little eyes; I can't wait for my first experience of going away as a family.

2. Blog at least once a week.

I go through stages of being SO inspired with my blog that I feel like posting every day, to going 2-3 weeks without posting at all. I know it's normal to experience that every once in a while, but I'd like to be a bit more organized so when I do have those times when I've got no idea what to post about, I've got a few posts as back-up so there's always new content coming in.

3. Build up some savings.

This is fairly obvious. I used to always have a bit of money in savings, but after a couple years of suffering being ill throughout pregnancy and then having a baby, this has dwindled away.

4. Have a huge clear-out.


I don't feel like I have an excess of stuff, but I also have a lot of rubbish. I have a couple of sheds filled with crap, as well as kitchen cupboards and drawers that stuff just gets thrown into when it doesn't have it's own home. I need to spend a couple days doing tip and charity shop runs and have a really good clearout.

5. Go swimming more.

6. Use my work-space.

I spend too long working from the sofa because it's usually in the evenings and I want to spend time with Kane, but it means that I don't quite work as well as I can be doing. I'd probably be able to use half the time I currently do just getting all my work done, then I can turn off my laptop and go and spend quality time with him.

7. Get a few more piercings.

Don't worry Mum, I don't mean anything drastic! I'd just like a few ear piercings as all mine have closed up.

8. Sort out my diet (finally).

I don't have a great diet, at all. I love chocolate, cake, crisps, doughnuts, ice cream.. Anything that basically isn't good for you. As Ada is getting older and we're eating together, I am getting to spend more time cooking decent meals, but we're still not quite there. I still feel incredibly grumpy in the evenings if I don't have some sort of pudding to munch on, although I don't know if I'll ever be able to shake that!

9. Implement a skincare routine - and stick to it!

10. Read more books.

11. Make more time for Kane and I as a couple.

12. Take a class or find a new hobby.

This one is tough as a Mama, business owner and (practically) housewife; blogging is really my only hobby and I struggle to find the time for that as it is, but I'd love to do a pottery or cooking classes.

13. Get acrylic nails.

I used to be OBSESSED with my nails and I'd always have them long. All the washing up and cleaning that comes with a kiddo means they're in an awful state now and most of the time I don't paint them. I'd love to treat myself to a nice long set of acrylics.

14. Dye my hair something I haven't tried before.

15. Plans more days out and trips way with my friends and Ada.

16. Sort out a pension. And life insurance.

17. Host a dinner party.

18. Become a Pinterest Mama.

Ada has already started crafting at nursery, and by the look of all her clothes when she came back, she definitely had fun! I really want to start thinking of a few more creative ways to spend the days with her.

19. Lose at least a stone (and keep it off).

20. Regularly update Ada's life story book.

21. Be happier with what I've got.

I wouldn't really call myself a "shopaholic", but if I had a never-ending stream of money, I would find something to spend it on. I'd like to be a little bit happier with what I have instead of constantly wanting the things I don't.

22. Reconnect with some old friends.

23. Make more money.

24. Start wearing my jewellery regularly.

25. Spend less time procrastinating on my phone.

26. Cut down on dairy and sugar.

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