19 for 2019

Organiser, flowers and crayons on a white desk

Last year I wrote a post about my goals for 2018 and I found it really helpful to keep me on track throughout the year. I didn't put too much pressure on myself to achieve them by a certain date or anything, and it certainly wasn't a "new year, new me" type of thing. It was just a list of things that I hoped to achieve, most of which I thought could be ongoing in years to come. I enjoyed it so much that I thought I would do the same thing this year. I've already written down my 19 for 2019 in my bullet journal but I thought I would share them here as well. So, without further ado, here are my goals for 2019:

  1. Continue to drink plenty of water.

    I started making an effort to drink more water last year. Now, most days I drink 2-3 litres of water a day, so I would like to continue doing this in 2019.

  2. Exercise more.

    I was feeling really motivated at the end of last year, just before Christmas. Now I feel ready to get back to that point and get my body moving more. Joel got me a new Fitbit for Christmas so I'm sure it will help keep me on track.

  3. Read more books.

    This was one of my goals last year as well, and I managed to read 13 books which is a lot more than I have read in a while. My goal for this year is to read at least 12 books. It can be so hard to find the time to read, especially if you have little people - I try to go to bed a little bit earlier now so I can spend some time reading and winding down before I go to sleep.

  4. Improve photography & editing.

    This is something I wanted to do last year and I definitely want to continue it this year. I am so passionate about photography and I'd love to spend more time playing with editing so I can learn how to create magical photos.

  5. Write more on my blog and keep a journal.

    I love writing on my blog as it is a wonderful creative outlet for me, and I want to keep a journal for myself as well to write down anything that is on my mind.

  6. Take more time to be creative.

    Whether it's doing hobbies in my spare time or for my shop I want to slow down and take more time to be creative this year.

  7. Practice drawing and painting.

    I used to love drawing, and I would carry a sketch book with me everywhere. I would like to get back to doing this, and also spend some time practising and improving my watercolour skills.

  8. Worry less and learn to be more confident in myself. Enough said.

  9. Get organised.

    This year is going to be a big one for our little family, so I really want to be on top of things. I'm going to continue decluttering the house and go from there.

  10. Start dancing lessons again.

  11. Be more present.

    Recently I have been enjoying taking a few moments to look out the window in the morning to see the sunrise.

  12. Document everything - good and bad.

  13. Grow plants from seedlings.

    I started doing this last year by growing some herbs on our kitchen windowsill. After we move, I'd like to grow a little indoor herb garden and create a little fairy/gnome garden with Elijah.

  14. Get outdoors more.

    I feel like getting outside and getting some fresh air each day is so good for my soul.

  15. Practice hand lettering.

  16. Spend more quality time with my family and friends.

  17. Focus on getting fitter, stronger and healthier on a physical and mental level.

  18. Improve my Italian.

    Again this is something that I started doing last year and I would like to continue in 2019.

  19. Start to get my body ready for another baby.

    I want to make sure I'm getting enough nutrients and work on building up my core strength by doing pilates.

So, those are my 19 goals for 2019. What are your goals for this year? What would you like to achieve? Let me know in the comments and we can all support each other and work towards our goals together.

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The Me & Mine Project – June 2018

Our Family - June 2018

June marks two years since I started my little business, Blue Bunny Boutique. I am so proud of how far it has come and I know if I keep working hard it will keep going from strength to strength. I'm not going to pretend that is has been easy, it has been incredibly difficult and stressful at times, and I often wonder whether I really can keep going with it. But my wonderful husband and family always have my back when I have a wobble and constantly remind me I can do anything I put my mind to.

There seems to be lots of birthdays in June! We celebrated Elijah's littlest cousins 1st Birthday and went to his Mickey mouse birthday party which was lots of fun. It was also my mums and my older brothers birthday this month, so we celebrated with them from afar. We talk to my family on FaceTime often, but I still miss them more than I can explain every day.

I haven't really been watching any TV shows or reading much this month, but I have been playing games on my computer more. I often play the Sims but I've been playing Stardew Valley with Joel which has been a lot of fun!

Elijah has started learning how to ride a tricycle recently which has been so special to watch.

What have you been up to this month? Let me know if you have any TV show or book recommendations as I would love to hear them. I'm always looking for new things to watch/read.

The Me & Mine Project – May 2018

Our family - May 2018

How on Earth are we already halfway through the year? 2018 is absolutely flying past in the blink of an eye.

May was a very busy month for us. I took part in the British Heart Foundaton's MyMarathon for the second year in a row and completed 26.2 miles throughout the month.

My shop has still been busy which is wonderful, it brings me so much joy to see people loving the things that I make.

I haven't done much reading this month but I have gotten more organised with my bullet journal again after neglecting it for a while. I feel a lot more on top of things when I use it properly. My hubby and I have still been watching The Great British Bake Off on Netflix and we also watched the Back to the Future movies which are some of my favourite films.

My little monkey was poorly with hives again, he hasn't had them since January. He had his first trip in an ambulance to hospital where he had to have steriods to bring down the swelling on his lips. He is feeling much better now thankfully, but I am at a loss as to what to do now to help him. The doctors seem to want to take a wait and watch approach rather than going for allergy testing so we will see what happens.

We celebrated my husbands Birthday this month too, Elijah and I made him delicious brownies with marshmallows, sprinkles and melted chocolate on top! We all enjoyed them very much.

I've gotten back on track with meal planning and healthy eating and so I have managed to lose 4.3kg in May. It may not be very much, but at least it a step in the right direction.

What have you all been up to this month? Have you celebrated any birthdays or had any family days out? Let me know in the comments below


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The Me & Mine Project – March 2018

Our family - March 2018

March has been and gone and it’s been another very busy month.

Being part of a book club has inspired me to make more time to read. This month I’ve finished three books and have started reading a fourth. I’m currently about halfway through How To Stop Time by Matt Haig and am really enjoying it.

My shop is keeping me busy which is wonderful, I love seeing it slowly grow and go from strength to strength.

We’ve been watching Friends on Netflix and I’m sad to say we are nearing the end. I feel like it’s one of those shows you can watch over and over and never get sick of but I think we will be looking for something new to watch soon. Does anyone have any recommendations?

We also decided to drive down south to visit my extended family this weekend so we are enjoying a lovely little break before we go back to reality in a few days. I can’t wait to see the look on Elijah’s face when he’s finds out the Easter Bunny has been!

What have you been up to this month? Do you have any Easter family traditions?




18 for 2018

Coffee, Book & Glasses

I haven’t really ever been good at sticking to New Year’s resolutions, but my lovely friend Lucy shared a post recently, 18 for 2018. Leslie from Messy Blog UK has kindly tagged me to take part so as I sit here reflecting on this year and thinking about the future I thought I would share my list of 18 for 2018. The idea of this is that it’s partly a bucket list and partly goal setting, with a focus on putting yourself first.

The New Year always makes me feel refreshed, reinvigorated and positive, so without further ado, here is my 18 for 2018:


  1. Drink more water


I started drinking more water at the beginning of this year and felt much better for it, but as the year went on I fell off the bandwagon with it. I am going to make an effort to drink at least 2-3 big bottles of water a day.


  1. Cleanse, tone, moisturise


I have been a bit up and down with my skincare routine this year, and I have noticed recently that my skin is much drier. I am going to get back into doing my skincare routine twice a day and will try to do a face mask at least once a week.


  1. Find a good hair mask


I have been trying to grow my hair longer for a while now and I have regular trims to keep it healthy, but it has been very dry. I’m going start using a hair mask once a week. If anyone uses a hair mask, I would love to hear your recommendations.


  1. Take my vitamins


Another thing I have been a bit up and down with this year. I’m going to make sure I set a daily reminder on my phone to take my vitamins


  1. Walk more


I got into a good routine for a while with going for daily walks and was aiming for 10,000 steps a day but stopped when I was having more and more issues with my back and it got too cold. I’m not going to put any pressure on myself but will try to get out for a gentle walk a few times a week.


  1. Read 12 books


I have recently started trying to read a little bit each day when I hop into bed, so I think this goal is definitely achievable. I’ll be keeping track of my progress on Goodreads.


  1. Continue to be mindful about food


Smaller portion sizes, healthier choices, only eating until I feel satisfied rather than full. Eat a bigger breakfast, and a smaller lunch and dinner.


  1. Lose more weight


I managed to lose some weight in 2017 but I still have a long way to go. I’m going to start tracking my progress on My Fitness Pal again to help myself get back on track with it


  1. Declutter


This year I made a start on decluttering our house. I’m going to continue this in 2018


  1. Start a bullet journal


I wanted to do this in 2017 but never really got around to it. I’m going to buy myself a notebook and start one in 2018


  1. Start meal planning again


I’ve been feeling a bit uninspired with food recently so I’m going to start planning our meals again and will try out at least one new recipe a week


  1. Bake more


I have three Ella’s Kitchen books that have some really yummy looking recipes in them, I'd love to start baking with my little boy


  1. Write more


I love writing but haven’t done much for quite a while now. Most of the things I’ve written for my blog this year are sitting in my drafts waiting to be published. In 2018 I’m going to find some linkys to join and get back into blogging regularly


  1. Improve my photography skills


I’m doing a self-paced photography course that I haven’t finished yet, 2018 is going to be the year that I finish it and focus on learning more about my camera and photography


  1. Explore more with my boys


We had some lovely adventures together this year, I can’t wait to go on more and document them in 2018


  1. Take part in the Me and Mine Project


I keep saying to my husband I want try to take at least one family photo a month so I’m going to get involved with the Me and Mine project


  1. Improve my Italian


I used to be near fluent in Italian but I’ve lost a lot of confidence when it comes to speaking the language. I’m going to make an effort to speak Italian with my family more


  1. Start The Jar Project


Beginning on New Years Day, I will start filling an empty jar with little notes about good things that happen throughout the year. Then next New Year’s Eve, I’ll read through and reminisce about all the good things that happened

I'd like to tag Karen from Our Irish Family, Deborah from Country Heart and Home, Victoria from The Growing Mum, Jess from Tantrums to Smiles, Katie from Living Life Our Way, Sarah from Mummy Cat Notes, Fazeelah from DhillonDeeds, Georgina from Georgina Clarke, Naomi from Me Becoming Mum and Katie from Heels and Hooves.

Do you set goals each year on New Years Eve? If so, I would love to hear some of your goals for 2018

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Hello and welcome to my blog.

I thought I would begin by telling you a little bit about myself. I'm Mrs Warburton, also known as Amanda. I have a wonderful husband, called Joel and a gorgeous little boy, called Elijah who is a cheeky little monkey.

Some of the things I love the most are exploring, going on adventures and capturing memories with my little family. I can't get out of bed without my morning coffee (lovingly made by my husband). I love dancing, reading, baking and all things crafty. And last but not least...I am a chocoholic. That pretty much sums me up.

My family on on my wedding day

I have been blogging for a few years now (you might recognise me on Instagram or Twitter) but, for a long while I had been feeling uninspired and underwhelmed with my blog. So after giving it a lot of thought, I recently decided a fresh start is exactly what I need.

This blog is a place for me to share the little things and the big things. I hope you will join me on this journey and follow our adventures.


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