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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Getting Organised, Memories & The ABC’s of Genuine Happiness

A few days ago I realised that all the photos and videos of Elijah as a newborn I have on my phone weren't backed up to my computer. This confused me because I regularly sync and backup my iPhone. After doing a little digging, I discovered what the issue was and have managed to start transferring everything to my computer.

It's not completely done yet, and it's not an easy task because I have thousands of photos and hundreds of videos from the past almost 3 years. Literally. I'm not sure if it's normal to have as many photos and videos as I do, maybe it's a mum thing? Or maybe not. Maybe it's just the type of person that I am, I love taking photos and capturing memories. We only have one life, and we are so lucky to have the technology that we do these days that so many of us probably take for granted. But honestly, I am almost embarrassed to admit just how many there were - over 10,000 photos and almost 400 videos.

I would be interested to know how many photos and videos other people have in their camera roll at the moment, just for reassurance if anything. Please do let me know in the comments to help me feel a bit more normal.

Anyway, while sorting through some of them (and trying to make extra space on my phone for new photos) I found a note I had saved and I thought it was too good not to share.

spring flowers

The ABC's of Genuine Happiness


Accept your reality.

Be present. Be bold.

Create something exciting.

Drink plenty of water. Dance.

Exercise daily. Eat fresh foods.

Feel your emotions. Face fear.

Go outside and observe nature. Give.

Hug often. Help others.

Ignite your passions.

Jump through your comfort zone.

Kiss passionately. Keep looking forward.

Laugh. Love. Learn to let go.

Meditate daily. Make goals.

Never give up on what you want.

Own a pet. Observe beauty.

Pray. Paint. Play an instrument.

Quit a bad habit.  Quiet your mind.

Read. Relax. Reinvent yourself.

Smile. Sleep. Simplify.

Take power naps. Talk wisely.

Unleash your strengths.

Vent. Visualise your dreams.

Walk. Write. Watch the sunset.

Xerox your smiling face.

Yell less. Yield to your thoughts.

Zap negativity.


Author Unknown

I have been feeling a bit low for a while now, and it really helped me to read this and remember what is important in life. I truly believe that if there is a secret to genuine happiness this would be exactly it.


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