Our Journey To Simplicity 

Hi,

I have really been reflecting on life recently and I have been making a lot of changes. I have been wanting to declutter every aspect of my life and live more simply with minimal stuff and only keep the stuff we love and use. We are starting off with simplifying our family home. I love hygge and I follow some of the things that I have read in books about hygge and I’m not going to lie it really does help. Hygge covers the atmosphere I go for in our home but I am not going to lie we really do collect a lot of rubbish and I also spend a lot of money on again rubbish. I have changed so much things in my life during the past few months so this is my next step on improving my life and my families lives.

The Plan

We are starting off decluttering our home, So our plan is to go room by room and follow certain steps. Each room will have a slightly different plan but the same end goal.

I don’t want to become a minimalist as such I just want to clear our home so we only have what we love and use. We celebrate every season in our home so we have boxes and boxes of seasonal stuff and I won’t get rid of all that because that brings us joy and happy memories but I can stop buying so much full priced items and wait for the sales and buy a few bits and bobs to use the following year and once I put those new things into the correct box I can then chuck something old in that box out to make room for the new stuff, this straight away would stop stuff piling up. I have read so many books on this and to be honest I think they are all very strict, but some of them do have really good tips. I just think this is your life, live it the way you want to and have what you want. There is no right or wrong way to live.

For me I know that when my house is clean and organised I within myself feel happy and content which makes me a happier mum and person. This for us is going to be a big job because we have so much stuff its unreal but I would like to take you on our journey and show you what is working or isn’t working for us. I will be making up free checklists and other printable’s that I will share on here for you all. The aim here is to declutter and organise our family home the best we can while still having a family home feel to it as let’s face it, a home with children in it is never or should never be spotless for long.

This post will be updated soon with our first set of checklists.

Do you have any tips or ideas on this subject? If so I would love to hear them.

 

Thank you for reading,

Talk soon.

Love, Kimmy xoxo

 

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Mindful Moment & Free Printable

Dreams & Goals

So I was talking to a friend the other day about my plans for the future and they was telling me their plans. A day after that conversation I was reminded that it is so important to have your OWN dreams and goals in life because without them you have nothing to work towards for yourself. Yes we all make joint goals or have joint dreams with our partners & children etc but to spend time making up your own individual dreams and goals will better you as a person because I think it is so important to not loose yourself. I am not going to lie this is coming from experience, I lost myself a long time ago and it has only been this year I have found myself again. I was lost in the whole being a ‘perfect’ mum, a ‘perfect’ partner, a ‘perfect’ daughter, a ‘perfect’ friend, that I lost who I was as a person. I lost my goals and dreams and just went with everyone else’s even though I knew they wasn’t mine. I know it sounds silly but it is so easy to get lost in trying to make a good life that we can forget to live. This year for me so far has been a rollercoaster of high’s and low’s and in the space of 3 months I have learnt so much and found myself again and truthfully I couldn’t be happier as for once I am doing what I want to do instead of what is expected by me from others.

This little mindful moment made me write down my goals and dreams again and pop them on my notice board in my bedroom so I see them every morning. I made these 2 printable’s below that are free for you to download. This quote is my favourite quote from Walt Disney.

 

 

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Downloads will be better quality than above images. Colours may vary depending on what paper/card and printer you use.

 

Last words of wisdom

“The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it or LEARN from it.” ~ The Lion King 

 

Thank you for reading,

Talk soon.

Love, Kimmy xoxo

 

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Learn With Us – The Record Player

Hey,

So our first learn with us is going to be a little bit of history. I have a record player in our house and girls have always asked questions about it but to be honest I didn’t know much about the record player. I used to love playing with my grandma’s one when I was younger and it brings back nice memories so that is why I purchased one. The girls come from a generation of iPods and Spotify so record players are confusing for them so we thought it was a good idea to start off with something they love so much which is music.

 

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The Record Player

We found out loads about the record player including that it was invented in 1877 by Thomas Alva Edison, that was 140 years ago we thought the was crazy. We found out loads about how vinyl’s are made and when the first circular record was invented. The girls loved researching this and writing down their findings.

 

Using The Record Player

So we got the record player out and the vinyls and I should girls how to use it and how it works and they both had a play around with it, they think it is magic.

 

Scrapbook & Activity Sheet

I made an activity sheet for us all to do and put in a folder so we can look back and remember what we thought about the record player and vinyl’s in 2017. We also started our scrapbook so we took some Polaroids and wrote a little note about the record player in the scrapbook. This scrapbook will be for all of our learn with us findings. Below are the answers the girls gave on their activity sheet, which I think are so cute.

 

 

Photos

Below are photos we took during our learn with us topic. I actually really enjoyed this as we all spent time around the table talking about history and inventors, it was actually so lovely to do with my girls. I learnt stuff too that I didn’t know so it was a fun learning experience for us all.

 

 

 

We ended our learn with us by dancing to some old school vinyl’s and just being silly. Living in the moment and enjoying it for what it was. This fun learning topic was roughly 2 hours long and flew by, we all loved it.

 

Here is the printable I made up. Download it here, if you want to learn with us too.

 

Thanks for reading.

Take care & talk soon,

 

Love, Kimmy and her girls xoxo

 

 

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My Happy Place 

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So if you don’t already know I suffer from anxiety and I have found over the years that there is certain things that help keep it at bay whether that be a little reading corner or a picture wall in our home etc. These things make me happy and help me stay calm and content. I am a home person I always have been, so my home is my happy place. Yes I am trying to be more adventurous but my home will always be my happy place.

I have decided to share little parts of my home that I change-up that makes me happy. Starting with the wall. Yes I know how random that may sound, a wall? Bare with me.

The wall

So we have this plain wall in our living room that I decided would be perfect for tapestries etc so that is just what I done. I bought some tapestries and lights and pinned it up and just like that the living room had a different vibe altogether. In the winter I had a winter snowy mountain tapestry which made the living room so cosy, on those cold nights nothing made me happier than lighting some candles, switching on the lights next to the tapestry and settling down all cosy on the sofa with a cup of tea and a book. The one we currently have just now is more light and refreshing, it makes me think of spring and summer. I started medication and yoga this year so the tapestry I currently have up is perfect for just that. Here is what it looks like just now.

As you can see I have the fairy lights at either side and my mood light in the middle, this looks lovely at night-time with the mood lighting. I am away to change it because our girls are having a little Easter Spring tea party so going to change it for that and make it more magical for them. I will continue to share what makes me happy in our home. We don’t live in a big house nor are we rich so it is the simple things that make me happy in life.

Do you have a happy place in your house that you love? If so what is it?
Thanks for reading,

Take care & talk soon,
Love, kimmy xoxo

 

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Free Beauty & The Beast Wall Art

So my daughters are holding an Easter Spring tea party next week and the girls and all their friends can’t stop talking about the new beauty and the beast movie. So I thought I would make up some wall art prints to pop in their little goody bags so they can take them home and display them after the party. Thought I would share some of these with you, but first I need to say a few things.

I made these up myself with clip art’s I have purchased, the copyright for the images (clipart’s) used belong to Disney. These are FREE printable’s. All you have to do is click on the link and download then print, use good card stock to print these. The colours may differ from these images depending on your printer and card. These are all A4 size. The links are underneath each of the pictures. The downloads are better quality than the pictures below they are just a preview of the wall art so you know which one you are downloading.

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So these are just some of the ones I made up, I thought they was cute so I hope you do to. You can print these on coloured card to add a different feel to the print. I did some in pink and some in white. If there is any problems downloading these just let me know.

Hope you enjoy these, thank you for reading.

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Thanks for reading.

Take care & talk soon,

Love Kimmy xoxo

 

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Mindful Moment 8:05pm

 

So we went for a family walk by the water to watch the sunset. It is the Easter school holidays so girls got to stay up later which they loved. I am glad we went for a walk because the sunset we seen left us speechless, We was all so happy and grateful to have each other and simply be together in this moment. During our walk the girls was being so cute and nice to each other and it just made me think that this is an amazing life. We all worry far too much about what others think of us and if we are doing the right thing etc and none of it truly matters. If you are happy and your family is happy too that is all that should matter. No ones life is perfect, we all show what we want others to see on social media. For example I for one didn’t want to share a picture of the fact that one day my house was a massive bomb and I had just came off a 12 hour nightshift from work and all I wanted to do was cry and go to my bed BUT I didn’t, I had a cup of tea and took 10 minutes to myself then got on with my day and it ended up being a great day. I am starting to realise that this is all just life, we need to take the good and the bad. I realised during our walk that our girls are getting so big and they won’t be small for long so yes I moan about the mess but I know I will miss it when they are all grown up and our house is empty and clean. I am my own worse critic, I forever think I am not doing a good job as a mother but then I will have a mindful moment like this one and remember that I am doing the best I can and I am always learning. We are not perfect but we are happy and that is the mean thing.

 

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The night the sunset made us all speechless and feel grateful to simply have each other and be in this moment together. On Wednesday, 5th April at 8:05pm.

 

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This was the girls during our walk by the water to watch the sunset.

Above is my motto in life. If your happy, content and grateful for your life then you shouldn’t need a break. Yes I am all for exploring and having ‘me time’ etc but for example I can’t be away from my daughters for more than a night without feeling horrible that I miss them and want them home. We haven’t been apart for longer than 2 nights and that is just too long for us all. To some this may sound sad but we are a very close family and we love being around each other even if at times we drive each other mad, we wouldn’t have it any other way. I never want to escape my life with them as I am always so grateful to have them even when they don’t let me pee in peace. Follow my snapchat for some funny family snaps.

 

Last words of wisdom

“It’s not what we have in life, but who we have in life that truly matters.”

 

Thanks for reading.

Take care & talk soon,

Love Kimmy xoxo

 

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Free Printable Wall Art

Some printable’s I made up recently. 2 Spring ones and a Paris dream it one. These are all free to download. All you have to do is click on the link and download then print, use good card stock to print these. The colours may differ from these images depending on your printer and card. These are all A4 size. The links are underneath each of the images.

 

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Thanks for reading.

Take care & talk soon,

Love Kimmy xoxo

 

 

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