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JANUARY ROUND UP

Hello lovelies, it's finally February! Didn't January seem to hang around forever?! I'm so glad it's gone, it always seems to linger longer than it should, it's been absolutely freezing too. We did manage to get some lovely days out though considering we were all really poor after christmas haha!

So at the very beginning of January just before the kids went back to school we headed to Winter Funlad at the NEC in Birmingham, we managed to get an amazing price for the tickets at just £60 on groupon. They should have been £100 and after going I would have paid the full price as it was well worth it! We walked in and the kids faces lit up, there was so much choice of rides for little ones to bigger ones. There was every fair ground ride you can think of, bouncy castles, bouncy castles with slides, an ice rink, helter skelter, bumper cars, a very large slide, a circus show and an amazing stunt bike show. There was also an area just for arts and crafts and lego building, horse riding (toy horses) and lots of food stalls. We had an amazing day out there and can't wait to go back! Were definitely going to go back there next year but nearer to Christmas next time as they also have the grotto there too!


We have been on family bike rides! Me and Dan both wanted to loose a bit of timber, getting healthier for our mind and body so I've been walking lots more! Wether it be family walks, on my own or with friends. I have loved walks up our local forestry commision and the bike rides I tolerated haha!


We took the kids to Inflatanation at Telford, its not as big as the one in Birmingham but it's just as good! The kids had a fab time and I wish me and Dan took part to be honest, we will next time! It's only £10 an hour and its jsut opposite the parking for the indoor shopping centre right next to Primark.


We took the kids to Dudley Zoo again another bargain on Groupon, any one else absolutely love Groupon for a bargain?! It was £30 for a family ticket, Dan doesnt usually like zoos but he loved it there. It has the castle too and its such a lovely walk all the way around. Our absolute favourite is the snow leopard, shes absolutley stunning! We took a picnic there and loved seeing all the animals.


Oscars been goign to his Football club and really enjoying it and improving every week. I've taken Lawson to a party this month from one of the lads in his class, I turned down birthday cake three times this month! Two of my friends at work had their birthdays this month.


Oscar had to have a couple of days of school this month due to a chest infection and he always seems to be off when they're doing something exciting, so not wanting him to miss out I let him have his pizza of choice at home on school pizza day and let him design his own pizza box turning an empty one inside out for him. He absolutley loved this activity, we then chilled together watching Encanto! Absolutely fabulous film if you haven't already seen it, jsut be aware the songs will be stuck in your head! "We don't talk about Bruno". If you know, you know.


Then the last weekend in January we went to Lichfield, we visited Samuel Johnsons birthplace Museum, had a mooch around the shops then had lunch and headed to Beacon Park. We had an hour and half of fun even though it was freezing and played mini golf there, Lawson got a hole in one on the last course!


I'm really looking forward to February half time now for a well deserved rest and fun with the kids.


I've lost just over a stone this month calorie counting and really pleased with myself, I've been enjoying cooking again, especially using the Pinch Of Nom books and walking. It's been a very long month but we've had some lovely days out in there.


WHAT I'VE WATCHED/READ THIS MONTH

Hello lovelies, how has your January been?! Has it been as long as mine?

I thought I would start sharing monthly what I've been watching on the TV and the book I've read that month, I nearly said books but I don't think I'll ever manage two in one month I don't think!

FILMS -

Antlers Netflix - This is a thriller/ horror/ mystery.
In an isolated Oregon town, a middle-school teacher and her sheriff brother become embroiled with her enigmatic student, whose dark secrets lead to terrifying encounters with an ancestral creature.
This was a very odd watch, I would give it 2/5 just because the ending really ruined it for me, I think they could of done with leaving that bit out. It had a good story through out though. I really felt for the poor little school boy during the film. I can't say too much without giving the whole story away.

Encanto Disney Plus - Family Animation Film
The Madrigals are an extraordinary family who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia in a charmed place called the Encanto. The magic of the Encanto has blessed every child in the family with a unique gift -- every child except Mirabel. However, she soon may be the Madrigals last hope when she discovers that the magic surrounding the Encanto is now in danger.
I absolutely loved this film so much, when I watched the trailer me and my eldest son thought it would'nt be up our street but I watched it one night with my youngest son and fell in love! I adored Antonio so much, the music and the feeling it gives you after you've watched a film like this. Mirabel although she didn't get the unique gift she is truly one of the special ones and this film teaches young children that its ok to be different! I would highly reccomend but don't blame me if you get addicted to the songs.

Aileen Wuornos: American Boogeywoman Documentary Amazon Prime
The film begins with a montage of glamorous female leads from the Hollywood Black and White Era that Aileen Wuornos grew up watching. From her childhood, Aileen was obsessed with damsels who flaunted a weapon of destruction and took charge of their own destiny. She was fascinated by these larger than life personas and wanted to become famous like them someday.
This was an interesting watch but you just don't know if its really true or not. It's a film made by an interviewer on showing another side to Aileen and what hasn't been filmed before. You really feel for her because it sounded like she had a really rough childhood, seperation from her parents then abused by her grandparents. It talks about her short marriage to a wealthy man who owned a yacht but like I said when you get to the end you honestly don't know what to believe.

Book Thief Amazon Prime - Drama/ War
While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. In the basement of her home, a Jewish refugee is being protected by her adoptive parents.
This was a truly heartbreaking film, Liesel was such a brave young girl throughout, it gave you a glimpse on how life must have been during the world war and I cried a lot through out!

The Shack Netflix - Drama/ Fantasy
A grieving man receives a mysterious, personal invitation to meet with God at a place called "The Shack."
I think this film was the best thing I watched this month and it really moved me! It has grief in it and obviously loss. I think because I've lost my mum it hit me even harder. Again I cried a lot during this film. I've never been someone to really believe in God, I'm a spiritual person but in other ways, I don't go to Church or anything although I was christened as a child. But this film honestly made me want to start going to Sunday School and everything! There was so many conversations in the film such as "If God is real why does he cause so much pain" which is something I've always thought but it really opens your mind up once you've watched it. Obviously if your someone who is really against religion this film won't be for you at all. It was a lot for Dan to take in but I liked it, in the sense it moved me so much. It's by no means a happy movie as there is loss in it like I say but if you like a film to cry to, this ones for you.

SERIES/OTHER -

After Life Netflix -
After Tony's wife dies, his nice-guy persona is altered into an impulsive, devil-may-care attitude; taking his old world by storm. Me and Dan had been waiting for season 3 for what felt like forever! We absolutely adore Ricky and he didn't dissapoint again. I cried less in this season until near the end and laughed more. It has such funny one liners thorughout. It is a hard watch if you've lost someone to cancer and if you're struggling with grief and mental health but I love how he portrays it all so honestly. It is truly a piece of art and my favourite ever series from him, 10/10!

Stay Close Netflix -
The lives of a photojournalist, a soccer mom and a homicide detective are disturbed by a terrible event from the past. Another fantastic series that me and Dan binge watched in a couple of days! It was full of suspense and I was guessing all the way until the end who did it! Harlen Coben is phenonomal.

The Tourist BBC iPLAYER -
When a man wakes up in the Australian outback with no memory, he must use the few clues he has to discover his identity before his past catches up with him. This was a slow burner for me to begin with but then it got exciting near the end. A totally strange scenario and not the best ending but it was ok.

The Responder BBC iPLAYER -
A crisis-stricken, morally compromised first-responder tackles a series of night shifts on the beat in Liverpool, while trying to keep his head above water personally and professionally. Now this BBC drama didnt dissapoint! This was absolutley fantastic, Martin Freeman was amazing as always and actually really suited the scouse accent! A dodgy cop but for the right reasons... I left you on tender hooks from episode 3 and I binge watched it all in 2 days!

The Bay ITV -
Series 3, I havent enjoyed this one as much as the other two but I did really love the detective Lisa in the previous 2 series. It's still worth a watch and I do like the new detective but the story line just isn't as good for me this time around.

And Just Like That NOW -
I have been missing the Sex and the City girls for so long and couldn't wait for this to be out but I do get what people are saying about it being to WOKE, it's like theyre trying way too harf to be all inclusive and it's coming off too strong rather than being just natural but on the other hand its nice to see them putting out there especially in children with finding it hard to knowing what their identity is. Making conversations in the home. I still adore Sarah Jessica Parker and her amazing dresses its just not the same anymore! I shall watch it until it ends though.


The book I read through out January is Mike Gayle - The To Do List, its not as exciting as his other books I've read, his most recent books I absolutely adored! It made me love him as an author so I went hunting for more books from him. This book is literally what it says on the cover. His very own to do list!

What did you watch throughout January? Did you watch any of the ones I did? Let me know in the comments.

I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT I'M FEELING 2022

Hello lovelies, I'm back again hopefully not with empty promises this time. I really want to get back into blogging, read some old school blogging like the good ol days. You think during a pandemic when we're all stick indoors it would of been the perfect time to start blogging again right? Well what really was there to talk about?! What we watched on the TV?! What books we read or how we cleaned the house 3/4 times a day haha! I love writing about our adventures! So hopefully I can do that this year. I have a good feeling about 2022 but don't worry I'm still approaching the new year with caution after the last couple of years we've had! So I just thought I'd share with you 22 things I'm wanting to do this year.
22 THINGS I'D LIKE TO DO THIS YEAR

1. Read more.
2. Eat healthier.
3. Move my body more, I'm trying to do a 10K daily steps challenge!
4. Stop scrolling so much on social media.
5. See my friends more, making more time for myself.
6. Go to Scotland.
7. Start saving for Disney Land.
8. Make time for arty farty things.
9. Drink more water and less diet coke.
10. Learn a different language.
11. Learn sign language.
12. Visit some new parks with the kids.
13. Have more date night/days with Dan.
14. Stop putting others happiness before mine (unless its my kids)
15. Go to a spa.
16. Get the garden finished.
17. Finish the front of the house.
18. Get a new sofa.
19. Get some new breakfast bar stools.
20. Visit more National Trust places.
21. Blog more.
22. Take the kids on as many adventures as I can.
I give up on resolutions, anyone else?! Even the Romans who made up the calander months didnt wan't to change things about them selves they said It was the perfect time to be kinder to other people and put the past in the past, I'd have to agree! Is there anything you're looking forward to this year?!