So we’ve reached the time of year where the usual Facebook posts hit “New Year, New Me”. A load of bollocks in my opinion. What’s wrong with the old you? January is the most depressing month of the year and it’s not hard to see why. There’s so much pressure these days to be the “ultimate woman” the answer to all needs. Need a glorious housewife? I can be that but I’ll also work full time and have children who are all immaculate and the house will be show home perfect (unless you look upstairs which is where I dumped all the crap when I saw you pull up outside). I’ll also strive to be picture perfect. Yes I can be thin and trophy wife ready whilst doing home made cakes……..lie. The image must me maintained.
After a busy start to the week with the husband pulling a 48 hour shift and numerous other commitments cropping up I was feeling well and truly burnt out today. I started a detox yesterday and was feeling the lack of sugar in my system. My mood was feeling much like the clouds over at Slapton……..dark.
I remember, as a child, vividly, going to the beach whilst on holiday. We even went to Broadsands beach which is where we visited today.
Many of those who know me know my love of food and in particular anything sugary. It’s now 2 weeks until Brads Christmas party and I’m already feeling like frumpy mum. With Winter in full swing I know my love handles have grown more lovely and the spare tyre’s growing a twin so I decided with the party on its way I’d do a 2 weeks detox.
Today the weather was hideous. Luckily I’m currently in the cycle of organised mum. This “organise mum status” will soon change to distraught and irate mum as I burn out, decide I don’t give a crap, relax about the house, rest and then slowly work myself back into being uber organised mum again before I burn out……..again.
Another banging soup recipe here. This one originates from River Cottage and, as always. it does not disappoint.
I LOVE Christmas! I love the giving gifts. I REALLY love the receiving gifts and I love the pageantry of Christmas time. The Christmas season is a real delight for the senses, with Christmas lights and tinsel everywhere you look. The smell of mince pies baking and the heat of gingerbread on your tongue as you tuck in with a delicious coffee.
We’ve been in Ireland four days. It’s all going amazing well. The car’s surviving and we’ve hit some of our bucket list. We’re feeling cocky. Lets put it out there we angered the parenting gods again with our taunting of “it’s so lovely here but you definitely need a car” I know I can’t believe we said it either! You’d think we’d have learnt from the first disaster
Our final day in Ireland has arrived. Mum and dad have been dropped to the airport and we’ve had our first bit of rain. I’m ready to go home but as a huge Game of Thrones fan in Ireland it just feels wrong to go home without visiting at least one of the film sites. With the weather clearly against us we decided on The Kings Road or as it’s actually called, The Dark Hedges.
I’m a huge soup fan. I think it’s a great way to be healthy whilst also feeling like your getting something super luxurious and treat like. Thick warming soups in winter are akin to a snugly duvet for the soul. Wrapping you in warmth and comfort and they make the house smell amazing too!