St Paul’s response to the people

St Paul’s response to the people

I was listening to UCB this morning and a discussion came up about the Anti-Greed/Capitalist Protestors (Occupy Wall Street demonstrations) outside St Paul’s Cathedral. I was horrified to hear that the Cathedral officials decided to close the cathedral doors due to health and safety risks to visitors caused by protestors. The decision to close is … Continue reading

Down on the Farm at Finkley

Down on the Farm at Finkley

We had such a lovely time at Finkley Farm in Andover. It was a beautiful Autumnal day and there was hardly anyone about so the children had the run of the place.  I’d never been before and was really impressed with the wonderful play area and the opportunities to hold the animals. Charlotte and Sophie … Continue reading

Bonne Chance in France!

Our move to France is becoming more of a reality.  Over the past few weeks we have been liaising with some very helpful people who live in Brittany to get their opinion on the area, our map is now more highlighter pen than region(!) with numerous places to visit, churches to attend, markets to experience, … Continue reading

ME and JESUS – check out this clip

I’m currently working on my ‘testimony’, but when I came across this clip from an LA Nightclub it summarised what I could not describe in my own words. I know you’re thinking “I’m not clicking on another link”  but I urge and challenge you to watch this.

Water Fight!

We are now regretting putting the winter cover on the pool last week, so we decided to cool the children down a bit by giving them their own hosepipe each and….LET THE BATTLE COMMENCE! We had such a laugh; Charlotte’s goal was to get as wet as possible and in the shortest space of time … Continue reading

August adventures

What have you been up to this summer? For us, August was a jam-packed month, full of fun and laughter. Charlotte played dressing up at the Harper household, William had a kip in the swing at the Kittows, they both slept well in the same room while we house-sat a friends place, Charlotte scoffed the … Continue reading

Charlotte turns 3

Charlotte turns 3

It only seems like yesterday when I first met my baby girl, I remember so well the moment she was placed in my arms; so tiny and new, completely helpless and fully dependent on me to love, nurture and care for her. Then again, on the other hand, so much has happened in those 3 … Continue reading

We thought Llandudno was…….

We thought Llandudno was…….

My first impression of Llandudno was how wonderfully, traditionally British it was. The beautiful buildings along the whole length of the promenade immediately take you back to Victorian times. You can easily imagine what it was like; a thriving, luxurious location on the coast; a short carriage journey from Liverpool, only for the most wealthy. … Continue reading

Camping in Conwy

Camping in Conwy

This was our third attempt at camping and this time we stayed at Conwy Touring Park. On arrival we were met by a very friendly and helpful receptionist who kindly showed us which plots were still available, she enthusiastically said that we could pick any we liked. Despite having requested a pitch near the park … Continue reading

Aldi helps with long drive

We are en route to Conwy in Wales for a camping break with the little ones. This is a 5 hour journey, which will take much longer with kids. I’m so pleased we invested in a twin in-car dvd player to entertain my lovely, lively children. We’ve not had a peep out of them so … Continue reading

5 oxymoron’s and 1 tautology

5 oxymoron’s and 1 tautology

Today has been rather strange; it consists of 5 oxymoron’s and 1 tautology (oxygenius!) Today’s Oxymoron’s: Too much sleep A successful weigh-in A relaxing toddler birthday party Lots of dry washing Quiet afternoon tea with a mummy friend A blessed trip to A&E Today’s Tautology Answer to prayer I woke with a splitting headache, probably … Continue reading

Indoors V Outdoors

Indoors V Outdoors

What are your fondest memories of being a child?  Was it watching ‘Button Moon’ on one of the three TV channels, or playing ‘Snapper’ on the Acorn Electron? Oh we had fun, but can you remember how we used to play outside? No matter what the weather; we would be outdoors getting messy, using our … Continue reading

Handling Aggressive Behaviour

Handling Aggressive Behaviour

William took his first steps the other day!  He suddenly stood up in the middle of the room and took four very wobbly steps towards me. It was lovely, I clapped and cheered (rather over-excitedly) and he thought it was really great/funny/clever. Charlotte, on the other hand, found the whole event rather ‘different’.  All of … Continue reading

Mayor’s Picnic & Duck Race (Romsey)

Mayor’s Picnic & Duck Race (Romsey)

I love a traditional summer fete or fayre and they don’t come much better than the Mayor’s Picnic & Duck Race.  The Memorial Park was busy with people of all ages visiting stands and stalls, the atmosphere was one full of joy and laughter (helped by the large beer tent of course). There were several … Continue reading

Weymouth 2011

Weymouth 2011

We all had a lovely time on holiday with the Kittow family at the Haven “Resort” in Weymouth. Wouldn’t quite call it a “Haven” though, as the caravan we had was rather yuk, but overall the “resort” was perfect for children.  We went swimming every day and visted Abbotsbury which was lovely and Weymouth beach … Continue reading

Abbotsbury Children’s Farm

Abbotsbury Children’s Farm

On our recent holiday in Weymouth with the Kittow Family; we spend a morning at the Abbotsbury Children’s Farm. It was such a lovely place for both children and adults. There was an indoor soft play area for the little ones; as well as all the usual farm animals to see, pat and stroke.  Charlotte … Continue reading

Home-Working, Home-Making Mummy

Yesterday, I launched my own business, working from home, called ‘The Virtuous VA‘.  Over the past 3 years, I’ve had the wonderful privilege of starting a family and being a very busy stay-at-home mummy. I’ve gained a wealth of new (and sometimes strange) skills that I never imagined possible a few years ago.  I thought … Continue reading

HCS Sports Day

Today I am a very proud mummy, Charlotte took part in her school sports day and won both her races! I know she’s only 2 years old, but it was such a wonderful morning at HCS, they organised a great event for the parents and pupils, the morning was well attended and we were blessed … Continue reading

Advice needed please.

We’ve tried the sleeping bunny alarm clock, blackout curtains, putting her to bed later, putting her to bed earlier, waking her for late night wee wee, giving her milk in the morning, putting a tv in her bedroom(!), toy rotation, various ways of explaining, bribery, reward charts, stair gate across her bedroom door, cutting out … Continue reading

Muffin Top Challenge ii – Wk4

How I managed to cheat only a handful of times on holiday last week I don’t know. I was surrounded by cream teas, fish ‘n’ chips, pasties, pastries, ice creams, chocolate cake, marshmallows etc. etc. I even went to the best chippy in Weymouth and ordered cod and chips for Jez, Charlotte and William………..and just … Continue reading

Muffin Top Challenge ii – Wk3

Out of the mouth of babes oft come gems! “Mummy pick me up, I like sitting on your belly” and “Mummy do you have a baby in your belly?” and “Mummy what’s that in there?” – Thanks Charlotte, I know she’s only 2 but….. This week we went camping, so a lot of the food … Continue reading

Do you remember your 1st time?

Do you remember your 1st time?

For many it was a complete disaster, but for me it was amazing, I loved every minute and can’t wait for more! I wasn’t sure what to expect but my friends said it’s lots of fun! Apparently loads of people do it and often return for more!! CAMPING was a fab experience, admittedly we were … Continue reading

Julie’s 50th Birthday

Julie’s 50th Birthday

Happy 50th Birthday Julie. You’d never believe my beautiful sister turned 50 the other day, not only does she only look about 40 but she acts and behaves like a child most of the time bringing joy, laughter (and sometimes embarrassment!) to those around her. Julie is possibly the most down-to-earth person you’d ever meet, … Continue reading

Farley Mount & Abbey Grounds

Farley Mount & Abbey Grounds

We are so blessed to live in such a beautiful part of the country with so many lovely and fun places to visit. Two locations spring to mind, both are free of charge which almost guarantees a fantastic day out. The Forestry Commission have gained Lottery Funding to develop areas of well being and recreation … Continue reading

Paultons Park

Paultons Park

As a child I never really went to theme parks – maybe they hadn’t been invented back then. The thought of visiting a theme park BC (before children) was possibly as appealing as a short family break at Butlins. The funny thing is we ARE going to Butlins later on in the year and even … Continue reading

Muffin Top Challenge ii – Wk2

Muffin Top Challenge ii – Wk2

It has been a tough week, no carbs, no alcohol, no fruit, no wheat, no cereals, no sugar – just industrial amounts of meat, cheese and veg (plus about 6 supplement tablets a day) and gallons of water. When you need to avoid all the goodies they seem to be everywhere, people offering you homemade … Continue reading

Muffin Top Challenge – Wk7

So, Monday 23rd May, week seven progress……………. You may have noticed that there was no week 6, that’s because there was just nothing ‘positive’ to write about. After my knees started to play up I just seemed to give up on my Muffin Top Challenge.  I’ve had zero motivation to exercise and turned to eating … Continue reading

Muffin Top Challenge ii – Wk1

Muffin Top Challenge ii – Wk1

Welcome to the re-launch of my Muffin Top Challenge. Having identified reasons behind my eating habits and listened to God’s warning of the Devils devious lies (see Muffin Top Challenge – Wk7), I’m hoping that following a proper programme will be what I need to keep me on track.  So, I am using Neris and … Continue reading

Charlotte’s 1st day at pre-school

Charlotte’s 1st day at pre-school

It’s arrived, the big day! My little girl is growing up and we are entering a new ‘season’ of our lives. I am excited, nervous, scared, proud…..and a little sad. My heart is bursting with joy but it hurts too. I hope I’ve provided her with all the things she will need to do well; … Continue reading

5 answers to prayer

5 answers to prayer

I can not find the words to describe the blessing that have been poured out on me, I feel a little like Elizabeth (John the Baptist’s mother). (Luke 1) Elizabeth said,25 “Look what the Lord has done for me! My people were ashamed of me, but now the Lord has taken away that shame.” Elizabeth’s … Continue reading

Muffin Top Challenge – Wk5

So, Monday 9th May, week five progress……………. These are the goals I set at the start of my Muffin Top Challenge, my progress for this week is in red. 1. Exercise EVERYDAY: Jog/Workout DVD/Brisk buggy walk/Bike Ride/Trampolining (housework DOES NOT count) Failed – Much better this week, I’ve discovered Parkrun Events, which means I can … Continue reading

House Build – Shower Room Completed

House Build – Shower Room Completed

Jez was very patient letting the children help him with the shower room. Especially after Charlotte had ‘helped Daddy’ by removing all the tile spacers with a pair of pliers last week! And here it is, I love it and even treated myself to some Molton Brown (which of course I’ll refill with shops ownbrand … Continue reading

Muffin Top Challenge – Wk4

So, Monday 2nd May, week four progress……………. These are the goals I set at the start of my Muffin Top Challenge, my progress for this week is in red. 1. Exercise EVERYDAY: Jog/Workout DVD/Brisk buggy walk/Bike Ride/Trampolining (housework DOES NOT count) Failed – Completely rubbish AGAIN this week, look so fat, haven’t lost any weight … Continue reading

Muffin Top Challenge – Wk3

So, Monday 24th  April, week three feedback……………. These are the goals I set at the start of my Muffin Top Challenge, my progress is in red. 1. Exercise EVERYDAY: Jog/Workout DVD/Brisk buggy walk/Bike Ride/Trampolining (housework DOES NOT count) Failed – Completely rubbish this week, had no energy and am due on so legs felt like … Continue reading

William’s 1st Birthday

William’s 1st Birthday

I can not believe that William is 1 already, it has been a roller-coaster of a year, but one thing has remained constant and that it my little boy makes my heart melt. He is such a cutey and his character is developing daily, when he looks at me he looks deep and long into … Continue reading

Muffin Top Challenge – Wk2

So, Monday 18th April, week two feedback……………. These are the goals I set at the start of my Muffin Top Challenge, my progress is in red. 1. Exercise EVERYDAY: Jog/Workout DVD/Brisk buggy walk/Bike Ride/Trampolining (housework DOES NOT count) Successful, but unable to give 100% this week, think this was due to having a cold. Had … Continue reading

My battle with bi-polar

My battle with bi-polar

Following the recent news about Catherine Zeta-Jones suffering with bi-polar disorder, I felt it was time to share my story in the hope of helping others with mental health problems. My struggle with bi-polar disorder began when I was about 10 years old (although it was not diagnosed until much later).  It escalated at about … Continue reading

Laughter is the best medicine

Laughter is the best medicine

There have been a couple of links on Facebook recently, which have really made me laugh. Kids do the funniest things and I want to share with you some of the cute and funny things my little ones have done which have made me laugh and thank God for such wonderful blessings. Here are the … Continue reading

Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt

The Easter Egg hunt was a great success, it was a lovely Spring day and Ruth (the Easter Bunny) had hidden little chocolate eggs and nests around her lovely garden. It was so nice watching the children run around the daisy-filled lawn, skip between the blossom-filled apple trees and hurry to open their prizes around … Continue reading

Muffin Top Challenge – Wk1

One week in, how have I done? These are the goals I set at the start of my Muffin Top Challenge, my progress is in red. 1. Exercise EVERYDAY: Jog/Workout DVD/Brisk buggy walk/Bike Ride/Trampolining (housework DOES NOT count) Successful 2. No more baking cakes, pies and biscuits (unless for others/gifts) Successful 3. Do not buy … Continue reading

Muffin Top

When William was 4 months old I started exercising a little and managed to lose a little weight, people commented and gave me compliments, it felt nice and was good for my confidence.  However, after a good start I gave up on the exercise and started baking biscuits, cakes and pies,  I was continuously snacking … Continue reading

Craft & Cooking Part III

Craft & Cooking Part III

So now I’ve mastered a banana and coconut loaf and some Easter gifts I thought I’d take things to the next level and today I baked a Fruit Cake (using Auntie Shirley’s recipe), some Easter Biscuits (using Netmums recipe) and Jez’s favourite, some Millionnaire’s Shortbread (using the recipe off the Carnation tin) – no photo … Continue reading

Craft & Cooking Part II

Hey, check this out, craft and cooking today, I’m really getting into this whole Virtuous Woman thing. With the help of Lacie and Charlotte, we managed to make some beautiful little egg baskets from old cherry tomato cases a bit of tissue paper and some chocolate mini eggs (not the lovely, moorish, delicious ones….a cheaper … Continue reading

Gilpin Lodge

Gilpin Lodge

It was a lovely surprise to receive an email from Gilpin Hotel and Lake House Lodge saying I’d won a 2 night stay for 2 in their Relais & Chateaux accommodation in the Lake District.  I ‘ummed’ and ‘aarred’ about how we could smuggle the children in, but everyone convinced me that it should be … Continue reading

Craft & Cooking Part I

Craft & Cooking Part I

Those of you who know me will also know my dislike of doing craftwork and my poor cookery results in basic home economics. For me, craft is way too messy and takes far too long, all the effort that goes into making a greeting card when you can buy one for under a pound, is … Continue reading

Night out with the girls

It’s been a while since I went out in the evening. Usually, once the children are in bed I have only the energy to sit on the sofa and eat dinner in front of the TV. What a slob!  However, last night a group of mummies from our church Tots ‘n’ Tinies group met up … Continue reading