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  • Monday Motivation – Feeling Lucky

    Morning Everyone,

    Monday again! But I am quite loving Monday this week because its my birthday week! I am so silly; I love birthdays, it’s a great excuse for cake, bubbly, and getting friends and family together. So I am full of beans to start this week off.

    This weeks Monday Motivation is a real feel good quote. As soon as I saw it I loved it, and it really has made me think just how lucky I am.


    I feel so lucky; I am blessed with such a lovely life. I am so happy and content at the moment. Every time I look at Josh I honestly feel quite overwhelmed with how lucky I am that this little boy is mine. I dreamt for so long of being a Mummy. I remember the hard times when we thought it was never going to happen, when you’d feel guilt because everyone else was falling pregnant and we felt envious that we still hadn’t, which is never a good emotion to feel. But looking back at that time now, it feels like a lifetime ago. Because now I’ve got this amazing little boy, a wonderful husband, a lovely home, two daft little cats, my health, I have my blog which I adore, incredible friends; life is good. Sometimes when I’ve had those testing moments, which I have experienced as I’ve written about recently, I’ve learnt that it’s important to take a step back, look at everything in front of me and appreciate just how fortunate I am. I’ve got everything I’ve ever dreamed of. Love, Family, Health and Happiness. It’s everything.


    I’ve always wanted a family. I’ve always wanted to be a Mum. My family are amazing, loving and always there for me, but there was a lack of the traditional family unit growing up. My siblings were much older than me and not around much, and my Mum and Dad went through some very testing and argumentative times. In short, it was all a bit dysfunctional. And as much as I love them to bits, I knew when I had a family, I wanted that traditional family set up; dinner round the table, no loud arguments, no going to bed on a row. And I feel so unbelievably lucky that I have that now. My own little family. Don’t get me wrong it’s not all perfect; Sam and I bicker, we have days when tea is on our laps in front of Emmerdale rather than on the table; nothing is perfect. But I knew from a young age how I wanted my family to be and I am so happy that that is the position I am in now. I’m in now way disregarding my own upbringing, I was spoilt with love. But I hated hearing arguments as a kid and I always knew how I’d want to be when I had my own children and family.

    We all have tough days, testing days, days when the babies nappy explodes and you are literally covered in shit. Days when they decide to refuse to get back in their car seat whilst you’re out and about, resulting in a public meltdown of epic proportions where they scream so much people probably think you’re torturing your own child, as you try and remain calm, and laugh it off despite the embarrassment as you feel yourself getting all hot and flustered as you tackle your freakishly strong baby in the “you will go in your car seat” battle. Days when your other half comes home complaining about work and you snap back that you don’t care because you’ve nearly lost the plot with a teething screaming child all day and no dinner isn’t prepared because you’re at breaking point! We all have those shitty days. And it can be hard to remind yourself how fortunate you are when you’re being pushed to your limits. But it’s so important that you try to. Take a look at the bigger picture, how many others would do anything to be blessed with what you have, how much you hoped and prayed to get to where you want to be, and look at how much you’ve achieved.  Being a parent is everything I ever wanted, but it’s also unpredictable. But so is life; you plough through the crap days and cherish the brighter, happier ones.  Sometimes you’ve got to deal with the shower of shit days to appreciate the amazing days, the rewarding highs, and the constant reminder that you’re actually pretty bloody lucky (even when you do find streaks of poo on your elbows from that day’s nappy explosion)!

    Have a great week everyone






    1. October 31, 2016 / 8:24 am

      These are some lovely thoughts and I love the fact that you start your Monday’s with a focus on gratitude for what you have. I also remember the days when I was desperately trying for a baby and looking at other mums and wishing it was me. There are definitely some crap days for me (I now have a 2 year old and a 6 month old) and they challenge us in ways I never thought possible. I’ll admit it does sometimes put a strain on the two of us and we do sometimes blow up (mainly blaming each other if things go wrong…which we know we shouldn’t do!), but if that happens we always, always make a point of kissing and making up in front of the kids. It’s quotes like yours that remind me we have a lot more to be grateful for than to argue about. #MarvMondays

      • beautybabyandme
        October 31, 2016 / 9:22 am

        Ah thank you so much chick – I am glad it resonated with you. xx #MarvMondays

    2. October 31, 2016 / 8:09 pm

      It’s always good to step back and really appreciate what you have and see how far you’ve come from those far off dreams that are now a reality. Lovely quotes! Oh, and also, Happy Birthday!! Popping over from #candidcuddles

      • beautybabyandme
        October 31, 2016 / 9:16 pm

        Ah thank you so much lovely xx

    3. November 1, 2016 / 4:55 am

      I loved that first quote – it’s so true for me. There have been many times of struggle in my life, but the tough times build you up and make you appreciate how good life is when you find balance. My Monday post was on how content I am these days – you really can’t ask for more than finding contentment with your lot in life can you?
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    4. November 1, 2016 / 7:57 am

      This post is jam-packed full of good stuff! I totally agree that it’s the shitty days that make the good days feel even better. Life isn’t an easy ride, but it is so important, as you say, to really appreciate what we’ve got. Thank you for the great reminder. Have a lovely birthday 🙂 Alison x #DreamTeam

      • beautybabyandme
        November 1, 2016 / 8:26 am

        Ahh thank you lovely so glad you enjoyed it xx

      • beautybabyandme
        November 2, 2016 / 6:36 am

        Thank you so much lovely xx

    5. November 1, 2016 / 9:58 am

      Brilliant quotations and wonderfully honest post. You’re so right. Everyday will not be picture perfect (many far from it) but it’s important to realise what you have and value it. Things can change in a split second so it’s vital to value and cherish what you’ve been given or worked to get! Thank-you for sharing. It’s made me feel cheerier on this dreary Tuesday morning (which is my “Monday” in the office!). #MarvMondays
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      • beautybabyandme
        November 1, 2016 / 10:29 am

        Ah I’m so glad you enjoyed it lovely xx

    6. November 1, 2016 / 11:41 am

      Thank you for these great, uplifting quotes! Definitely needed some reminding of what I have to be thankful for – it’s been a tough week.

    7. November 1, 2016 / 3:12 pm

      Love this – I too feel very lucky to have my gorgeous little family, to have adventures every weekend, to sit around a table together and eat tea chatting about our day, to have a husband who is my best friend. How blessed are we?! #marvmondays

    8. November 1, 2016 / 8:18 pm

      Ooooh I love this! It must be the week for it because my post for this week is about what a blessing it is to be a mummy 🙂

      I think that first quote is so powerful – when we think back to what we wanted out of life and see how far we’ve come, you can’t help but be grateful. Children are amazing, challenging, loving and everything in between, but we are so blessed to have them, and sometimes you just need to take stock of it all and celebrate what you have.

      P.S. Happy Birthday! #DreamTeam
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    9. November 2, 2016 / 4:51 pm

      What an amazing post. It can be easy to lose sight of this some days but when I take a step back I know just how lucky I am to have everything I do x

    10. November 5, 2016 / 10:05 am

      I love both quotes & your message here. It’s good to stop & be thankful for what we have & we really should do that at least once a day. I’m delighted you were able to have your precious baby boy, what a beautiful blessing. Thank you for sharing with #candidcuddles
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    11. November 7, 2016 / 12:29 am

      These are fab quotes and a lovely post too! I think knowing what we have and being happy is so important. I also always wanted to be a mum and hope to have more kids…but am not looking forward to the arguments.

      Angela #CandidCuddles
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