Working Mama #Take2

Oh it’s been an exciting week for us Jacksons. I went back to work – full time!

The last 2 years I have been a stay at home mama and I loved it. Got to spend some good quality time with my baby girl in her last year at nursery and we sure had a fantastic time. Sunny afternoons at the park, rainy play dates at Chessington and Kidspace and more fantastic picnic play dates had at Hobbledown.

The summer just passed, we had the best time with the kids at the beach pretty much everyday in our new home town and we spent that last month with my baby girl before she went off to ‘big school’. Just can’t believe how quick the time has passed.

Over the last 2 months, I have been wondering whether it was a good idea to go back to full time work now the kids are back at school. Would it be worth it for me to get paid and then have to pay for the kids to go to breakfast club and the childminders? How are the late evenings going to go and now I’ll be missing out on helping with the school. I’ll also have to ram in all the little jobs around the house into my one day off.

Obviously money is always a huge factor so, hubby and I decided that it would help out hugely if I went back to working full time again. (November 2015)

I am now writing this over a year later (April 2017) updating you on work life and mummy life in the Jackson house.

Its been very tough working 4 long days (8-6) and I have contemplated leaving full time work to just get into any role & try work school hours. That’s not easy. Proving to be challenging for any mum who wants to juggle work and family.

Now I am hoping to work 5 days but shorter hours and only to work term times only. Is this what will balance everything out and make family life easier to juggle? Let’s hope so…

Hope is good but Faith is great xo

Thank you for reading xo


Our Week ‘Captured in Moments’!

So we have just finished the last week of our summer holidays and I must say it has certainly been a fun packed week spent with friends and family! 

I know a lot of our friends from Sutton went back to school on Thursday but it’s also good to see that they had a great first couple days back. 

Was fabulous to see them in their uniforms. Let’s just hope my kiddies have a fab first day at their new school and make lots of lovely friends. 

So, before we head off to school, here are our pictures with my family and friends.  

We loved having daddy with us for bank holiday Monday. We enjoyed a lovely lunch then a walk down to the beach. 

The weather wasn’t very good but the fresh air and chilly breeze got us ready for a cuppa and our roast dinner.

The kids are loving living by the sea, even when the weather is crappy.   

  We had a great day with new friends at the park on Tuesday. 

We spent a whole 4 hours of swinging, sliding, jumping, playing football and running like mad.   
  Thursday we spent the afternoon at a friends beach hut. The kids yet again loved being at the beach and I got to have a chinwag with the girls.  Friday we had visitors from London. Carly and I worked together back in 2009 for a year and have been great friends ever since.

Carly and her mum Elaine visited for the day. We showed them around, had a walk along the seafront and enjoyed jacket potatoes for lunch. Thanks for visiting us ladies!! 
Thank you for reading xox 

Running in Lavender

What my sign says about ME! 

So I’m a big fan of finding out facts and figures all to do with star signs and their meanings…star signs really do say a lot about who you are and how you work and that really fascinates me. What is it about the stars that tell us how we are as people, how we act, socialise, love etc. 

Some people might not believe in or understand astrology or what the signs mean, but each to their own. 

My birthday is late September so I am a LIBRA…

Libra is the only inanimate sign of the zodiac, all the others representing either humans or animals.

Here are my LIBRA traits : 

  • Diplomatic and Urbane 
  • Romantic and Charming 
  • Easygoing and sociable 
  • Idealistic and Peaceful 
  • Lovable 

I find myself to be very friendly and outgoing…I love talking to people and I’m definitely a social butterfly. Considering I have a busy household and completely tired at the end of each day, I would love to socialise more with friends. Although I do a lot of socialising with friends during the day: school mums, nursery mums etc! 

You might have to ask the husband if I am romantic. I like to think I am hahahah but after 12 years of being together and 2 kids, I’m tired!

There is a dark side to me too: 

  • Indecisive and Changeable 
  • Gullible and Easily Influenced 
  • flirtatious and Self Indelgent 

I can be very indecisive but also very stubborn…I wouldn’t say I chop and change my mind with everything even more so when it comes to important decisions, I’m not just going to choose the first option that gets thrown at me. 

YES I AM VERY GULLIBLE!!!!!! Possibly my WORST TRAIT….am I easily led?? WoW I really hope not. Not keen on that one bit. Anyone who knows me and reads this…let me know lol? 

LIBRANS are sensitive to the needs of others…

LIBRANS cast of mind is artistic rather than intellectual…

LIBRANS can shock everyone around them with sudden storms of rage. 

LIBRANS health problems – Lower Back and Kidneys 


So deep down I am a happy and social person but if im having lower back pain then I’m likely to storm into rage lol 

Really hope you enjoyed my post…thank you for reading xox

Mums' Days

My Marvelous Mummy WishList…

I am a very lucky lady to have such wonderful things in my life…family, friends and a lovely home but sometimes a little treat won’t go a miss. 

I am writing this WishList as a reminder for me later…maybe when we have a little extra cash (that never happens) birthdays or special occasions. 

We all love a few lovely goodies and here are my top 10 treats I’d love…

My MarvelousMummy WishList:

  • Kitchen Aid Little pricey but wow woud I love one of these (in pink). I love to bake and owning a Kitchen Aid would be a dream. Have heard mixed reviews but they seem to be used by all the celebrity bakers and of course on GBBO. If you have one please let me know what u think? 
  •  Pandora Birthstone Earrings  These are so so pretty. I have the birthstone ring, so to have the earrings would be lovely. My birthstone is sapphire. Pandora is very popular and so so pretty! A must have…!! 
  • Bosch Cordless Jug Kettle Edit  I feel really old wanting to put this on my wish list…lol. The lovely people I babysit for have one of these kettles and they are fab. They work quickly and efficiently. They keep to different temperatures and come in white or black. I would much prefer the white one. They are pretty pricey but oh I do love it. If you have one let me know what you think? 
  • Orla Kiely Bags  A lovely bag and great quality. A friend of mine has this bag (different pattern/colour) and I do really like the styles and colours and patterns they come in. A pricey bag but I think it’s worth it. 
  •  Kindle Fire HDGreat product and fab for all the family. Ever since my obsession with ‘Fifty shades of grey’ I have really got into reading again. The fact you can use it for books games and apps, the kids will enjoy the benefits of it too. Anyone with a Kindle Fire HD please let me know ur pros and cons?! 
  •  Essie Nail Colour Collections Oh I am very much in love with Essie and their gorgeous colours. I had a pedi done and chose Essie’s Bungle Jungle …such a bright and beautiful colour. A must for any mani/pedi pro! 
  •  Cath Kidston  I love anything and everything to do with Cath Kidston …her floral patterns are so girly and pretty and just about goes with anything you wear. I love the messenger bags very much. The fabrics for kids are great too and I love the kitchen wear. 
  •  Havianas Just love a flip flop for those perfect summer days.  Havianas are very comfortable and come in such great style and colours. Anything bright I love for footwear. 
  •  Yankee Candles Now who doesn’t love a candle. I am obsessed with candles and if I could have a Yankee Candle  in ever room then I would. They all smell so good and look so pretty.
  •  Pandora Charm Bracelet   Again another lovely girlie piece from Pandora. You can collect some fab charms and they come in different designs. I love this and would love one very soon 😉 

Mum’s suffer colds & flu’s too…

Now they say mums don’t get ill (can’t get ill) that’s rubbish…we’re also human too and struggle when we are not well. 

  I don’t get sick a lot but when I do myself and Caitlyn are the ones that suffer ‘Man Flu’ symptoms. We moan and groan, we feel like we can’t do anything, we are hopeless at achieving anything and just wanna crawl up in bed and stay there. Anyone feel the same? 

When hubby leaves for work…I dread what the day will bring when I have two sprogs in tow. 

How do I keep the kiddies entertained when I can’t do anything for myself? I have two very active kids, but I haven’t even got much energy to move a finger! 

Here are a few ideas to keeping the kids entertained:

  • Allow iPad and WII usage whenever and for however long lol (keeps them busy and quiet) 
  • Watch movies all day long 
  • Allow friends and family to help out and take the kids out to burn some energy
  • Get them to help with chores and reward them when you are better 
  • Play dough is another perfect activity to keep them busy for hours 
  • Get the Lego out and have a building competition

I am very lucky to have some great friends who help out when I’m ill and get the kids out for fun and frolics. 

Like I say, I’m not ill that often but you always need that help when hubby is at work. 

What are your helpful tips to keep the kids busy and happy when you are not well…. 


Amazing Mummy Moments! 

When you become a mum you don’t really know what to expect or how to feel. 

You know you will love your child but you didn’t know they would complete you. Being a mum is tough but the most amazing, rewarding and satisfying feeling in the world. The love they show me (whether it be a little or a lot) is heart warming and breathtaking. A cuddle A kiss A smile…is all we need to show we care. 


  • Holding my babies for the first time. Feeling there soft skin against my own. Smelling them and feeling them close to me. The knowing that they are mine and I made them. Simply Saticfying.  (Caitlyn born Nov 2010)
  • Celebrating there birthdays, riding their bikes for the first time, accomplishing something for the first time. Seeing their happy and excited little faces beem with joy.  (Oscar recieving his first ever bike from his most amazing uncle in the world-summer 2012)
  • Oscar starting school back in 2012….seeing them in their uniform and amazing to see him going into school happy and excited (he has enjoyed school ever since)   
  • Oscar recieving awards at school and seeing he is trying his best at everything he does. My babies can do anything they put their mind too.  
  • Seeing my children look at me and need me so much when they are ill…knowing how much they rely on me to make them happy and well…(seeing them unwell isn’t amazing) but knowing that you are wanted and needed by the most important people in my life makes me fee wanted. 
  • Watching Caitlyn learn and play with her older brother…the love and joy they share with each other (fighting often too) is lovely to watch. 
  • Baking and cooking with the kids…they enjoy seeing their final result.  

I do enjoy such wonderful moments with my children and I am so happy to have this time with them and share fun days and happy moments. Love you Oscar and Caitlyn 💙❤️     

You Baby Me Mummy

Happy Easter! 


Hope you are all having a lovely day….we were so so unorganised we forgot to get the Sunday roast for today…#mummyfail

Mum and I went this morning to see if ANYTHING would be open…obviously nothing much was open (it’s like Christmas) so we raced to the Sainsburys Local and grabbed a yummy roast, now as we speak its cooking away in the oven thanks to hubby. 

I was organised with the Easter eggs and the kids loved their Easter egg hunt (not so many this year – thank god) and I’m sure dinner will be just as good. Roast chicken and the trimmings…lamb can come tomorrow! 

What is everyone eating today? Or is that a silly question?! In South Africa it used to be braai’s with cold meats and salads! Oh how I miss South Africa!! 

Wimbledon Tennis Easter FunDay!! 

We have had a fantastic Easter break with the kids already but today has been so much fun….we haven’t really done a lot of easter celebrating except at Denbies. 

Today we were lucky enough to be invited to the Wimbledon Tennis Staff Easter Fun Day.  


Mum has been working at The AELTC for nearly 13 years and we are very lucky to be able to attend the tennis in the summer, as well as this fun family day. 

Layout of the day: 

11.30 – arrive (tea & coffee) 

11.45 – 12.45 children’s entertainer Jelly Kelly (fantastic for all ages) 


1.30 – 2.15 Easter Egg hunt around the grounds

Collect Easter eggs and gift bag

3pm FINISH – the kids loved it! 

Jelly Kelly (The Entertainer) Fantastic Party Entertainer

Jelly Kelly kept the kids completely and utterly entertained (as well as keeping us adults amused too) with fab:

  • Pranks 
  • Jokes 
  • Magic 
  • Balloon models
  • Dress up 
  • Dancing 

Jelly Kelly was bubbly and funny and the kids loved her. I certainly would recommend her to anyone looking for child entertainers from 3+ years. 


          There were other fun activities for the kids to do…

  • Table Tennis 
  • Snakes and Ladders  
  • Hoopla 
  • Connect 4
  • Huge Jenga 
  • Easter Basket Craft     The Easter egg hunt was very fun too!! The kids loved learning a little about tennis and answering the questions.  


The kids had to collect the numbered eggs, then received their chocolate eggs and a goodie bag at the end of the day. FAB FAB FAB😋 

   You know you have a great goodie bag when there is a Lindt chocolate bunny inside 🐰👍

Very thankful to mum for taking us with her. The kids are all chocolated out (is that possible?) 

Happy Easter Guys and Girls 💐🐣

First time…Carrot Cake Connoisseur!

Oscar was stuck with dad doing some work but Caitlyn helped with the baking and she was a great help. 

We didn’t have all the ingredients so we popped to the shop, then the park, then home to start our carrot cake baking.

Cake Ingredients:

  • Self-Raising Flour
  • Ground Cinnamon 
  • Caster Sugar 
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Eggs 
  • Grated Carrots 
  • Walnuts

Icing Ingrediants: 

  • Cream Cheese
  • Margarine 
  • Icing Sugar
  • Walnuts
  • Vanilla Essence

Here is the recipe to look at and how to make. Carrot Cake

Cooks in 30 minutes, preparation is 30 minutes and very simple to make. I would prepare all the Ingrediants and place in order and in containers so all you need to do is throw it in and mix away. 

  1. Mix in a bowl 250g self – rasing flour and 2bsp cinnamon. 
  2.  Then  add 400g caster sugar and 350g sunflower oil.  
  3. Mix it all well together then add, grated carrots, 4 eggs and crushed walnuts.      Doesn’t look very appealing does it lol!!  
  4. Now here is the final product…oh it sure did taste very yummy with a cuppa. I’m impressed!!   

Have a great long weekend ladies and gents…Happy Easter💐🐇🐣🐰🌸