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Gina, Manchester UK
Gina, Manchester UK

πŸ’• Creating monthly Challenges Nov #necessaryinnovember Trying to establish calm in my crazy life.

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There are amber weather warnings for the entire length of our journey but still I say "no dear it's ok il do the driving, you relax" This is how @sophievidean repays me! A constant stream of her girlhood crush boy bands! If you hear of a woman dumped at the side of the M1 in the pouring rain you now know it was completely justified! . . #imdrivingishouldchoosethesongs #tearingmyearsoff #cheesysongs #backstreetboys #carsingalong #singingintherain #wivesareannoying #roadtrip #Vidsontour #parenthood #parentingpics #familytrip #familytime #fatherhood #FatherHoodRocks #dad #dadblog #dadsofinstagram #daddytime #instakids #instafam #instadad #instadaily

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My #startwalkinginseptember takeover wonderful friends... . . I just want to say a massive thank you to the incredible @fiveminutemum @bigblueskyadventures @badmamsclub @pandering_to_boys for their truly epic takeovers of my account (all doing a far better job than me πŸ˜†) . . Takeovers happen regularly on play accounts and I have often wondered how I could do something similar. After having the honour of doing a takeover for the amazing @fiveminutemum I thought right let's make this happen so I started with a group of amazing women that I'm lucky to call friends. . . I want this account to be about community and one of my favourite things is seeing the different ways that people interpret a challenge. I think a takeover is a brilliant way to do this. Plus being back a work now, it really takes the pressure off me too. . . So I'm hoping to keep this going and each month hand my challenge and account over to other account a for one day a week. What do you think? . . Plus, I think you will all agree that this month's takeovers have been amazing, right? . . If for some reason you don't follow these amazing accounts then go do it right now 😘 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #takeover #instacommunity #badmamsclub #fiveminutemum #panderingtoboys #friendship

Focus on the good... . . You guys have helped me this month more than you will ever know. I'm not talking about numbers here (steps, followers, likes) Although thanks to the amazing @pandering_to_boys yesterday's group step total was 1,712,262 steps 😱😱😱 . . I'm talking about positivity, fun, smiles and community. I'm talking about fresh air, clear heads and lots of 'and breathe' moments. You have made me not want September to end and it is usually a month that fills me with dread. . . Here are some of the amazing messages that have made my heart burst this month... . πŸ’š'This has been such a fantastic challenge and has certainly got me motivates to continue doing daily walks'πŸ’š . . πŸ’š'Be very proud of yourself Gina. You've made a positive difference to so many people's lives'πŸ’š . . πŸ’š'It has really helped my mental health and deal with an incredibly stressful time at school'πŸ’š . . πŸ’š'As a SAHM it's quite isolating and bring part of something is very special'πŸ’š . . You guys are incredible and every step count, message, post and story has spurred me on. I will be announcing October's challenge tomorrow (It's not walking though 🀣) but I hope you will all like it. . . From the bottom of my heart...Thank you. Gina xxx . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #startwalkinginseptember #stepupseptember #teamtrussell #instacommunity #thankyou #SeeTheGood #inthistogether #rainydays #parentbloggeruk #familyblogger #documentlife #september #overwhelmed #mentalhealth #mumssupportingmums #instablogger #parentingtheshitoutoflife #honestmotherhood #mummybloggingsquad #manchestermums #throughachildseyes #outdoorsfamilylife #lovetheoutdoors #150hoursoutside #getoutside

October's Challenge... . . Well we are all well and truly back into a routine and autumn is here. Life can suddenly become a bit of a treadmill and may seem a little mundane. But what if we switched it up and celebrated the mundane and enjoyed the ordinary. . . Things are currently happening in my private life which means I'm having to do a few extra shifts at work. I missed bedtime three times last week. Now normally I don't overly like bedtime. I'm tired and grumpy, the kids are too giddy and the whole situation feels stressful. But my word...when it's taken away I missed it like crazy. So on Friday when I was back for bedtime I enjoyed every second. I snuggled the kids a bit longer, we read stories and I sat on their bedroom floors and listened to their tales of the day. . . I suddenly could see the joy in the task that I usually dread, and lets face it, very soon I'm going to become redundant from bedtime duties as they get older. . . So for October let's . . #enjoytheordinaryinoctober . . take time to appreciate the every day stuff and be present in the moment πŸ’œ Hopefully this will help us create a positive mindset with our lives. Who's in? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #newmonth #newmindset #positivity #positivepsychology #andbreathe #parentbloggeruk #familyblogger #documentlife #preciousmoments #loveyourtimetogether #SeeTheGood #familytime #instacommunity #mumswhoblog #dadscomm #channelmumvillage #ittakesavillage #honestmotherhood #mentalhealth #mindfulness #mindfulparenting #bekindtoyou

@pandering_to_boys unbelievably amazing Walk this Way chara'de dedicated to #startwalkinginseptember . . Chara's amazing chara'de has been one of many highlights this month. I've said it before, September is a difficult month for me and I can find myself becoming quite low but not this September. What a September we've had. . . To everyone who has joined in this month's challenge, I can't thank you enough. I will remember this September for all of the right reasons. So I will definitely be doing another walking challenge...maybe next year...Chara what song can we plan for our next walking challenge? πŸ˜‰ . . One day to go xx . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #walkthisway #september #overwhelmed #teamtrussell #stepupseptember #Walking #instacommunity #mumswhoblog #parentbloggeruk #thisisme #charade #mumssupportingmums #parentingtheshitoutoflife #honestmotherhood #mumlife #manchestermums

I did it!!!! . . 11,000 steps every day in September to raise money and awareness for the amazing @trusselltrust who provide food banks to try and help stamp out poverty and hunger in the UK. . . . I have walked 156.17 miles in September which blows my mind. It has definitely been a challenge but thanks to the amazing support and encouragement from my family, friends and the incredible #startwalkinginseptember community on here...I have actually loved every day (even in the torrential down pours) . . My two little monkeys have provided so much encouragement...to telling me that I can do it to coming on walks in the pouring rain with me. It makes my heart burst to know that I've made them proud. . . I will be putting up the final #startwalkinginseptember group total box in my stories tonight and revealing the amazing group total tomorrow. So please send me your walking selfies too. . . I'm now off to put my feet up and have celebratory glass of wine. I honestly can't thank you all enough. You have motivated me more than I could ever explain. If you would like to sponsor me the link to the just giving page is in my bio xxxx . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #teamtrussell #stepupseptember #walkinguk #endfoodpovertyuk #fundraising #fitbit #enjoytheordinaryinoctober #instacommunity #11ksteps #freshair #mentalhealth #Walking #savingmum #andbreathe #instamum #motherhood #survivingparenting #lovetheoutdoors #familyblogger #instablogger #manchestermums #anxiety #mumswhoblog #mumssupportingmums #honestmotherhood #mumlife #mindfulness #positivity

October's Challenge . . I love a plan and understand the need to look forward but not at the expense of missing all that is amazing with the here and now. . . So this October let's celebrate those mundane moments. Let's enjoy the bed times, bath time, shopping trips, commutes to work. Let's change our mindset and see the extraordinary that is I the ordinary. . . #enjoytheordinaryinoctober . . I have had such an overwhelming response to this month's challenge and a massive influx of new followers. So just a reminder of what the challenges are all about. . . I hope that my challenges act as a little prompt (a niggle at the back of your mind) to look at the world differently, make a change and improve your well being. If you do a post or story then use the hashtag and tag me in. I try to share lots of the posts etc because I feel that as a community we can inspire each other. There is never any pressure; just join in when you can. . . So I know that loads of you have already shared the challenge but I would love for you do it again, like and commen on the postt. Let me know of you're in. Maybe tell me one mundane job you would like to view differently. . . I'm very excited to see what you all get up too. Lots of love Gina xx . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #hellooctober #newmonth #NewChallenge #newmindset #positivity #positivepsychology #andbreathe #parentbloggeruk #familyblogger #documentlife #preciousmoments #loveyourtimetogether #SeeTheGood #familytime #instacommunity #mumswhoblog #dadscomm #channelmumvillage #ittakesavillage #honestmotherhood #mentalhealth #mindfulness #mindfulparenting #bekindtoyou #amomentbeingmindful #startwalkinginseptember

Drum roll.... . . Our group total number of steps for #startwalkinginseptember was 23, 344,274 . . Yep that's right over 23 million steps in September. If you're new around here and wondering what the heck I'm talking about...everyday in September we added our collective steps. It didn't matter how many you did because every step counted towards this unbelievable total. . . I am completely overwhelmed by this wonderful community on here coming together to do something amazing. Fresh air, walking and being part of something are definitely good for the soul. Social media at its best. I'm definitely a little sad to say goodbye to September's challenge but what a note to end on. . . I know I keep saying it but from the bottom of my heart thank you. An extra thank you to my amazing takeover buddies @fiveminutemum @bigblueskyadventures @badmamsclub and @pandering_to_boys Who definitely motivated you to get those steps in too. . . So let's now #enjoytheordinaryinoctober πŸ’š today I sat and listened to the wind howling and enjoyed the fact that I didn't have to go out walking πŸ˜† . . Here's to a wonderful October xxx . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #teamtrussell #stepupseptember #walkinguk #endfoodpovertyuk #fundraising #fitbit #enjoytheordinaryinoctober #instacommunity #11ksteps #freshair #mentalhealth #Walking #savingmum #andbreathe #instamum #motherhood #survivingparenting #lovetheoutdoors #familyblogger #instablogger #manchestermums #anxiety #mumswhoblog #mumssupportingmums #honestmotherhood #mumlife #mindfulness #positivity

#enjoytheordinaryinoctober . Well what a start to October's challenge. Yesterday so many of you shared the most amazing posts and stories of how you were resetting your mindset and enjoying the ordinary or those moments you would normally dread. . . I mentioned that bed times are the point in the day that I want to enjoy because I usually dread them. Well in all honesty day one didn't go brilliantly. I was still shouty mum and the kids were playing up as usual but I had in the back of my mind the challenge so I took my own advice...I took a moment to 'and breathe' . . I went downstairs and they then came down dressed in there cutest pjs. So we snuggled down and when they asked for a second story I said yes. It wasn't a perfect bedtime but they went to bed happy. . . I guess what I'm trying to say is that enjoying the ordinary isn't as easy as just saying you will do it. It might take a few attempts to get there and that's ok. . . So any tips on making bedtime less stressful would be very much appreciated xx . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #mytinytribe #bedtimeroutine #slowdownmummy #tiredmummy #itsoknottobeok #mentalhealth #mindfulparenting #bekindtoyou #amomentbeingmindful #childrenofig #littlewonderingeyes #parentingtheshitoutoflife #honestmotherhood #mumlife #manchestermums #instablogger #familyblogger #documentlife

The secret to #enjoytheordinaryinoctober look at the world like your child does.. . . Most children just have an inbuilt ability to see the magic in what we see as ordinary. An autumn walk for us is now full of treasures. Emily loves leaves (I mean really loves them) we always have a collection in the house so autumn is like Christmas to her. Then you have conkers...we have a very impressive conker haul. I even get excited about finding conkers now too. A child's joy is most definitely infectious. . . Matt took this super cute photo and sent it to me in work. It made me smile so much. So if you capture a magical moment be sure to send it to a family member who you know it will make them smile. . . What 'ordinary' thing does your child love that much that you now see the magic too? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #autumn #littlewonderingeyes #littlewanderingwellies #Explorerkids #freerangelittles #mumlife #wildwanderinglittles #lovetheoutdoors #seethemagic #themagicineveryday #mycolourfulkids #littlewonderingeyes #myhappycapture #mumswhoblog #parentbloggeruk #familyblogger #manchestermums #clickinmums #instacommunity #mumswhoblog #wildlingexplorers #ourchildreninwonderland #wherenextlittleone

How do I pick my challenges? . . I've been asked this a lot this week and the truth is most of the time I think about what I'm struggling with or what I want to focus on to make me feel happier. My challenges are often very much about me (ha, ha how selfcentred) . . But the truth is when I'm unhappy then it directly influences those around. I've noticed a shift these last few days at home and through enjoying the ordinary we are naturally slowing down. Tonight Em and I just sat and played with the spinner for absolutely ages. We were trying to spin it on direct surfaces. Nothing fancy but completely wonderful. She had my whole attention and ultimately that makes them happy. . . So this lovely moment is one of many #enjoytheordinaryinoctober moments today. I'm now in my pjs before the kids and I don't plan on moving from the sofa. . . What are you Friday night plans? . . . . . . . . . . . . #slowdown #andbreathe #toocute #simplethings #honestmotherhood #mentalhealth #mentalhealth #itsoknottobeok #reallife #documentlife #parentbloggeruk #familyblogger #selfcare #selfcarematters #northernmamas #freerangelittles #mumlife #instacommunity #mumswhoblog #tiredmummy #mytinytribe #whentheyarecute #candidmum #honestmum #manchestermums #throughachildseyes

A slow start in our house this morning... . . I've got Joe snuggled next to me on his tablet and Emily is writing a story. Topsy and Tim is on the TV. It's completely ordinary and completely wonderful #enjoytheordinaryinoctober . . We've got a full on Saturday full of fun including a very exciting Harry Potter party, a sleep over at Grandma's and a night out for Matt and I. I'm full of the dreaded back to school cold so I'm not really feeling ready for a full on day/night. So for now I'm very much enjoying the quite and calm. . . What are your plans for today? . . I'm posting this picture as I was very inspired by @pandering_to_boys about posting photos of the moment. Those instant captures that you want to remember. Prior to this account I used to love using Instagram to capture moments and edit photos. Thanks for reminding me of this Chara xx . . . . . . . . . . . #quietmoments #ourchildreninwonderland #slowsaturday #childled #childrenofig #freerangelittles #documentlife #parentbloggeruk #overwhelmed #parentingtheshitoutoflife #honestmotherhood #mumlife #manchestermums #teacherlife #mumandteacher #teachersofinstagram #letsplaytheirway #autumnvibes #raisinggirls #letthembelittle #thingsIwanttoremember

An utterly ordinary Sunday... . . No adventures, no craft activities and no cute instaworthy moments. A day of cleaning, shopping, homework and quite a lot of grumpiness (from both adults and kids) . . But I took a step back and reflected on the day and actually it wasn't too bad at all. We spent all day together, I got to see my mum and brother and we ticked a lot of jobs off our to-do-list (I have almost cleared out all of the rubbish in my loft too) #enjoytheordinaryinoctober . . . How's your Sunday been? Have you been on an adventure or doing jobs? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #slowsunday #productiveday #teamtomm #gettingorganised #declutter #familytime #parentbloggeruk #familyblogger #documentlife #mentalhealth #mindfulness #mindfulparenting #simplelife #ordniarymoments #documentlife #parentingtheshitoutoflife #dadscomm #andbreathe #instablogger #honestmotherhood

A wonderful week one of #enjoytheordinaryinoctober πŸ’• . . Here is a lovely collection of amazing children showing us how it's done. Our little ones really are leading the way with this challenge and showing us how to see the joy in the ordinary. . . Thank you all so much for joining in with this challenge. An unbelievable 132 accounts have joined and so many of you have said how much you needed this to refocus how you are thinking. I most definitely did. . . So to everyone joining in...Thank you so, so much xxx . . . . . . . . . . . . #hellooctober #newmindset #positivity #childrenofig #freerangelittles #positivepsychology #andbreathe #parentbloggeruk #familyblogger #documentlife #preciousmoments #loveyourtimetogether #SeeTheGood #familytime #instacommunity #mumswhoblog #dadscomm #channelmumvillage #ittakesavillage #honestmotherhood #mentalhealth #mindfulness #mindfulparenting #bekindtoyou #amomentbeingmindful

'Remember to live whilst you are surviving' d.j . . Life can be so consuming and it's difficult to sometimes see through the fog but we are here, we are living and no matter what shite that life is throwing at us...remember that... we are here. . . Try to look for the good today. Smile at strangers. Hug loved ones a little longer. Take time to breathe and #enjoytheordinaryinoctober xxx . . . . . . . . . . . . #newmindset #positivity #positivepsychology #andbreathe #parentbloggeruk #familyblogger #documentlife #preciousmoments #loveyourtimetogether #SeeTheGood #familytime #instacommunity #mumswhoblog #dadscomm #channelmumvillage #ittakesavillage #honestmotherhood #mentalhealth #mindfulness #mindfulparenting #bekindtoyou #amomentbeingmindful #andbreathe #parentbloggeruk #flowersoninstagram

Why I try my hardest to enjoy the ordinary... . . Tomorrow marks the 3 year anniversary of my beautiful father-in-law, Bob, passing away. Bob was the absolute life and soul of any occasion. He loved his family, his friends, his job...he loved life. . . 3 years ago...he had gone to Brighton three weeks earlier to visit family and after having a meal that didn't agree with him, he was sick. Whilst being sick, he torn his oesophegus. None us realised truly realised how serious that was but as Matt and his brother quickly headed down to Brighton the reality became clear. Bob was in intensive care and despite the amazing work of the NHS, he just didn't get better. The tear they fixed in surgery reopened and there was nothing they could do. The shocking reality of how fragile and precious life is. . . I can't quite described the shock and heartbreak that we felt as a family and 3 years on we still struggle. The one thing that we all cling on to is that he had the best life. It wasn't fancy and full of adventures but it was full of love and laughter. . . Bob would have found #enjoytheordinaryinoctober a breeze. This video is one of many that I have that keeps his memory alive for us all, especially the kids. So film the moments when no one is looking, capture real life and happy moments. They truly are so precious. . . Tomorrow I will be handing over to the amazing @yoursfaithfullyclaire to show you what October's challenge means to her. In a cruel twist of fate, Bob's anniversary is also my brother's birthday so we have a happy/sad day full of family time. I will be switching off. . Lots of love xxx . . . . . . . . . . #andbreathe #parentbloggeruk #familyblogger #documentlife #preciousmoments #loveyourtimetogether #SeeTheGood #familytime #instacommunity #mumswhoblog #dadscomm #channelmumvillage #ittakesavillage #honestmotherhood #mentalhealth #mindfulness #mindfulparenting #bekindtoyou #amomentbeingmindful #andbreathe #preciousmoments #loveyourtimetogether #littlestoriesofmylife #lifewithinfourcorners

Hello πŸ‘‹ I just wanted to properly introduce myself and say a big Thankyou to Gina for giving me the opportunity to take over this amazing account for the day. My name is Claire and you’ll find me over @yoursfaithfullyclaire I am Mam to two gorgeous boys and my beautiful pooch and wife to my wonderful hubby. Gina asked me what this months challenge means to me and I’ve spent the past 10 days thinking about it. To me: #enjoytheordinaryinoctober is all about rewarding yourself for the small achievements. The ordinary parts of your day that often get overlooked. Doing the dishes, cooking the tea, enjoying a cuppa to yourself. Celebrate those moments and remember that whatever you have going on.. you’re important as well and self-care is not selfish, it’s vital 😘😘 . . . #takeover #mentalhealthawareness #worldsmentalhealthday #behappy #loveyourself #selfcare #celebratethemoments #everythingmatters

Sometimes tradition and routine can make us forget how extraordinary our ordinary actually is... . . Birthdays...in our family we make a big fuss on a birthday. We always see each other. We might go out for a meal or have a takeaway at someone's house. We always do cards and presents and there is always a @marksandspencer birthday cake. . . I'm guilty of taking this for granted but yesterday, thanks to #enjoytheordinaryinoctober , I was completely overwhelmed with how wonderful it is and how much I love my family. . . Is there a family tradition that you take for granted? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #familytime #loveyourtimetogether #littlestoriesofmylife #lifewithinfourcorners #thingsIwanttoremember #documentlife #familyblogger #mummyshot #mumswhoblog #parentbloggeruk #manchestermums #myfamily #andbreathe #preciousmoments #birthdays #october #thisisme #itsfriday #instablogger #parentingtheshitoutoflife #honestmotherhood #mummybloggingsquad #mummyshot

7,000 followers... . . It's definitely easier to #enjoytheordinaryinoctober at Saturday morning football when the autumn sun is shining. . . So thanks to this amazing Instagram community and my friends giving me shout outs, I have hit 7,000 followers (although I'm still in the up/down zone so I'm fully expecting to drop below again πŸ˜‚) I'm genuinely chuffed to bits (and I know that's not very cool of insta of me to say) . . I have been thinking about the old numbers game on here...I have no real reason for wanting lots of followers. I'm not a business, I haven't got a blog and I don't have any desire to be an 'influencer'. As wonderful as 10k would be...I would have no idea what I could 'swipe up' to πŸ˜‚ . . But I want to change the world...a bold statement I know πŸ˜‚ I listened to a podcast that said why not make your goal in life to make the world a better place. So if I help one person with my ramblings and challenges then I'm doing what I set out to do. . . So thank you so much. Thank you for supporting me, inspiring me, raising me up when I feel low and for joining in. This account doesn't work without you guys xxx . . . . . . . . . . . . . #footballcrazy #SameGoals #instacommunity #thankyou #7kfollowers #childrenofig #freerangelittles #documentlife #parentbloggeruk #mycolourfulkids #childcareadventures #childhoodunplugged #manchestermums #letthembelittle #mumssupportingmums #ittakesavillage #honestmotherhood #mumlife #parentingtheshitoutoflife #domorewithourkids #funseekingkids #freespiritedchildhood #autumn #loveyourtimetogether #SeeTheGood

Wow...well there are a fair few more people here today... . . I was tempted to come up with a profound or thought provoking post but in true #enjoytheordinaryinoctober style my day was very ordinary. . . I spent most of the day sorting out craft supplies and tidying the kids' rooms...I loved it πŸ˜‚ . . We are now snuggled on the sofa watching You've been Framed. . . How's your Sunday been? I hope you've been enjoying those ordinary Sunday moments xx . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #slowsunday #teamtomm #gettingorganised #littlestoriesofmylife #documentlife #parentbloggeruk #instacommunity #parentingtheshitoutoflife #reallife #documentlife #simplelife #simplethingsinlife #craftactivity #weekendwellspent #familytime #weekend #autumn #positivity #positivepsychology #SeeTheGood #normalisbrilliant #mindfulness

A new ordinary... . . The best way to appreciate the ordinary is to take it away. Life is a bit different in our house at the moment and it means that Matt is doing more of the kids' stuff and I'm doing more hours at work. . . Our role reversal has definitely made us both appreciate what the other usually does. Kids, work...it's all hard work and there are pros and cons to both. . . So when I get a moment to be just mum then I grab it with both hands. I also spend a lot time hugging them like in the photo #enjoytheordinaryinoctober . So looking forward to half term...two weeks to go. . . . . . . . . . . . . . #teacherlife #mumandteacher #teachersofinstagram #almosthalfterm #overwhelmed #dadscomm #andbreathe #familytime #parentingtheshitoutoflife #honestmotherhood #mummybloggingsquad #manchestermums #throughachildseyes #childrenofig #mygirl #mentalhealth #mindfulness #simplethingsinlife #beingmum #childrenofig #childcareadventures

A wave of light... . . I have lit my candle as a sign of support and compassion to anyone who has lost a child. . . You are all in my thoughts tonight and I'm sending you all my love. . . #waveoflight2019

Hi! I'm Kate, from @aliceinworryland and I'm taking over gorgeous Gina's @andbreathe_challenges account today β™‘. I'm a wellbeing and mindfulness coach and have a business @flourishwithkate helping women and mums to find themselves and let go of any anxieties or insecurities that are preventing them from being really happy. β€’ β€’ My account is all about honesty in motherhood, letting go of perfection and being kind to our minds knowing we are doing our absolute best as mums and that that is good enough β™‘. β€’ β€’ After being diagnosed with PND with my second child and feeling the lowest I've ever felt, despite suffering with anxiety and ocd for years, I began my blog to help myself and others along the way β™‘. A mixture of asking for help, medication, meditation and therapy helped me take the much needed steps towards the sunshine β˜€οΈ. And now, I'm on a mission to help others who may be feeling the same or similar to what I've felt. β€’ β€’ There are lots of blogs on my page covering PND, mum guilt, pressure of feeding, positive body image, letting go of perfection etc (you get the drift πŸ˜‚). Anyway, I would love to get to know some of you β™‘ pop me a comment letting me know who you are and if there's anything you'd like me to cover and I'll answer on the stories β™‘. β€’ β€’ #storytakeover #enjoytheordinaryinoctober #mumssupportingmums #mumsmums #honestmotherhood #helpingwomen #anxietywarrior #ocdwarrior #pndwarrior #woundedhealer #wellbeingcoach #MindfulnessForMums #noshameintherapy #noshameinmedication #askforhelp #youarenotalone #timeforyou #perfectish #youareenough

I'm currently in survival mode...anyone else? . . Early starts and late nights. Squeezing in extra hours where I can. Dashing from one appointment to another. School assemblies, meetings, kids' parties, Halloween costumes, present buying...yep you get it. . . Utter exhaustion plus all the usual autumnal first term germs. One more week to go...half term we are so ready for you. . . My #enjoytheordinaryinoctober was seeing my two little munchkins getting their summer reading challenge certificates in their school assembly. So proud. . . How are you guys doing? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #overwhelmed #teacherlife #mumandteacher #teachersofinstagram #halftermready #summerreadingchallenge2019 @readingagency #proudparents #parentingtheshitoutoflife #honestmotherhood #mummybloggingsquad #manchestermums #parentbloggeruk #mytinytribe #littlewonderingeyes

Rock and roll Friday night... . . I got in from work and got in bed. I'm feeling absolutely rubbish, which is just typical on a weekend full of lovely plans. . . I'm going to have a bath and an early night then I will hopefully feel better tomorrow. . . If today is the start of your half term, I hope you have a brilliant week. If like us, you've got another week to go...chin up, we can do it. . . Are you celebrating the start of half term today? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #enjoytheordinaryinoctober #andbreathe #overwhelmed #teacherlife #mumandteacher #teachersofinstagram #halftermready #autumn #mentalhealth #itsoknottobeok #slowdown #mindfulness #parentingtheshitoutoflife #honestmotherhood #mummybloggingsquad #mummyshot #mumswhoblog #parentbloggeruk #manchestermums #fridayvibes #instablogger

If you are lucky enough to get the opportunity to get out with your friends then take it. . . We are all tired, run down and prefer to be in our pjs but today we slapped on the make up and headed out for our birthdays (our birthdays fall within two weeks of each other). We've laughed a lot, drank 'smoking' cocktails πŸ˜‚ and had a nice meal. Just what the doctor order. . . I'm on my way home now and I'm feeling very fortunate to have such lovely friends. Love you @kirstyjayne1981 and @carmelab16 #enjoytheordinaryinoctober #octoberbirthdays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #mumsnight #timewithfriends #tiredmummy #parentingtheshitoutoflife #honestmotherhood #mummybloggingsquad #manchestermums #

Feeling very lucky, very loved and very tired πŸ˜‚ . . A wonderful weekend spent with people I love the most. How lucky am I that I get to call this my #enjoytheordinaryinoctober moment today. . . So...one week to go to half term and a week with so much crammed into it that it makes me want to hide under the duvet. But I'm going to keep the positivity going, dose myself up and try to get some early nights squeezed in too. . . How's your Sunday been? Are you crawling your way through another week towards half term or are you all relaxed this Sunday evening knowing you don't have a school run to do tomorrow? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #familytime #birthdays #october #loveyourtimetogether #littlestoriesofmylife #lifewithinfourcorners #documentlife #parentingtheshitoutoflife #halfterm #autumn #preciousmoments #parentingtheshitoutoflife #honestmotherhood #mummybloggingsquad #manchestermums #octoberhalfterm #sundayvibes #tiredmummy

Thanks for all of the birthday wishes today. . . I have had a wonderful day with my gorgeous family. I've managed to spin the birthday celebrations out over 3 days, which is impressive even by my standards. . . So here's to being 38...rapidly approaching another big milestone and loving every minute (well most of the minutes...I mean no one can possible love kids' swimming lessons, right?) Xxx . . #enjoytheordinaryinoctober . . . . . . . . . . . #birthdays #october #familytime #mytinytribe #littlewonderingeyes #myhappycapture #mumswhoblog #parentbloggeruk #familyblogger #documentlife #parentbloggeruk #overwhelmed #parentingtheshitoutoflife #manchestermums #throughachildseyes #childrenofig #loveyourtimetogether #positivity #positivepsychology #SeeTheGood #normalisbrilliant #mindfulness

Pumpkin picking at it's finest 🀣 . . I'm going to be honest, on a week where I'm barely keeping my head above water the thought of taking the kids to a field where someone has strategically placed pumpkins just wasn't going to happen (not even for the instaworthy photo) so we nipped into asda. Job done. . . At the school's Halloween disco they have a pumpkin competition. Again, I have no time (or desire) to start carving pumpkins in hope of them winning. So I've given them paint and glitter and they've had a great time decorating them. Job done. . . Now I want to make it clear, I absolutely love seeing photos of people's pumpkin picking adventures and beautifully carved pumpkins. I absolutely love Halloween too. When I scroll through social media I don't feel pangs of guilt or jealousy because I'm not comparing my life to anyone else's. . . I'm happy doing me. I think this is the key to be happy in today's modern world. Also you can't do it all. So however you do Halloween, autumn, half term...just enjoy it and post about it. Just do you and #enjoytheordinaryinoctober xxx . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #pumpkinpicking #asda #autumnvibes #halloween #youdonthavetodoitall #imenough #mentalhealth #maternalmentalhealth #parentingtheshitoutoflife #honestmotherhood #mumswhoblog #mummyshot #beyou #overwhelmed #mumandteacher #teachersofinstagram #halfterm #octoberhalfterm #reallife #documentlife #parentbloggeruk

Current Wednesday morning vibes depicted by little Minion😴 πŸ˜‚ . . 3 days to go...3 days in work, 3 after school clubs, 2 Halloween discos, one birthday party at the house...all the coffee needed. . . Can't wait for half term...anyone else? . . #enjoytheordinaryinoctober . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #sotired #happyhumpday #isitfridayyet #octoberhalfterm #halfterm #tiredmummy #overwhelmed #readyforabreak #childrenofig #freerangelittles #documentlife #parentbloggeruk #andbreathe #parentingtheshitoutoflife #honestmotherhood

πŸ“šSharing a BookπŸ“š . This is a very ordinary activity, so fits well for #enjoytheordinaryinoctober . But hiding amongst this very ordinary play is a huge amount of communication support! So while you are enjoying such an ordinary thing with your little and big ones, here's how it's helping!... . πŸ“š Sitting together supports attention and listening skills πŸ“š The words support new vocabulary πŸ“š The pictures that link to the words support understanding πŸ“š The story develops narrative and story telling skills in play and writting πŸ“š Being together, reading together, supports joint attention and social interaction - you are both interested in one shared item. . All that from a quick book! . I've talked in stories today about strategies to support little ones while reading too and I'll pop these on my @peachy_speech highlights πŸ§‘πŸ‘ . Thank you for having me Gina!!! 😘

First, and last, kid's party at home 🀣 . . Not going to lie, that was not my finest idea but the birthday boy had a great time and that's all that matters. . . So there's no wine in my mug...just hot lemon and honey because as predicted I'm full of a cold. . . BUT it's half term...we made it. So here's to everyone who has been crawling their way to today. We did it xx . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #enjoytheordinaryinoctober #andbreathe #madeit #octoberhalfterm #halfterm #tiredmummy #teacherlife #mumandteacher #teachersofinstagram #parentingtheshitoutoflife #honestmotherhood #mumlife #manchestermums

The slowest of starts to our half term... . . The torrential down pour meant that football was cancelled this morning so we had a lazy mornibg of rugby watching and Lego building. Followed by relaxing at my mum's and then pjs and Christmas films. . . A completely relaxing, ordinary and wonderful day #enjoytheordinaryinoctober . . Also, how cute are our matching pjs? Every year Matt takes the kids to buy a present each for me. They go to Tescos and let's them choose. Joe choose my absolute favourite chocolates and Em choose these pjs so I would have matching ones like her 😍😭 love them both so much. . . Xfactor time now. Are you watching? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #mygirl #saturdaynight #octoberhalfterm #halfterm #tiredmummy #slowdown #slowsaturday #andbreathe #familytime #domorewithourkids #parentingtheshitoutoflife #honestmotherhood #mummybloggingsquad #manchestermums #throughachildseyes

#enjoytheordinaryinoctober These two have taught me so much about enjoying the ordinary πŸ’œ . . Today we had a fun packed day in Manchester doing the free Halloween activities #mcrmonsters #halloweenmcr and I took lots of brilliant photos and there were so many magical moments (see my stories for highlights) BUT it was watching them on the tram that was favourite moment. . . A simple ride on public transport was part of the adventure for them. They excitedly viewed the journey with wondrous eyes. How often do we enjoy a journey? We need to stop focusing on the destination and enjoy the ride, don't we? . . How was your Sunday? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #littlewonderingeyes #ourchildreninwonderland #manchestermums #ilovemcr #childrenofig #freerangelittles #documentlife #parentbloggeruk #andbreathe #preciousmoments #loveyourtimetogether #littlestoriesofmylife #childled #octoberhalfterm #halfterm #halloween #instablogger #positivity #smallthings #throughachildseyes #daysoutwiththekids #familylife #sundayvibes

No words needed... . . 'Everything is awesome'... we make the best of any situation. We aren't perfect, we get grumpy, we shout too much, we use screen time too much BUT we do our best to enjoy life. . . Our current circumstances means that unexpectedly we have got half term with all of us together so we are making the most of it. . . Catching this morning disco after I got out of the shower was most definitely my #enjoytheordinaryinoctober today. . . I can't believe how rapidly the end of October is approaching. So I'm hoping to share November's challenge on Wednesday. Eek...Hope you like it xxx . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #lovethem #mytinytribe #littlewonderingeyes #myhappycapture #havefun #halloween #youdonthavetodoitall #imenough #mentalhealth #maternalmentalhealth #parentingtheshitoutoflife #honestmotherhood #mumswhoblog #mummyshot #beyou #overwhelmed #mumandteacher #halfterm #octoberhalfterm #reallife #documentlife #parentbloggeruk

8 years ago today you made me a mum... . . I naively read all the books and thought I would be ok, after all 'it's the most natural thing in a world'. But it wasn't natural to me. I spent the first year of your life terrified because I so desperately wanted to get it right. I felt guilt like I had never felt simply because I couldn't breastfeed you. I refused to let you out of my sight because you was (are) my world. . . Over the last 8 years I have witnessed us both grow and become more confident. You are the most wonderful little boy. Everyone who meets you loves you. You make friends everywhere we go. You are passionately determined to succeed but you champion fairness. You are kind, loving and compassionate. You work hard and always try your best. . . You teach me so much every day and you have me my most important role yet...to be a mum. I watched your kindness pour out of you today when you made a wonderful fuss of your little sister, even though it's your special day. You are absolutely one in a million. . . So reflecting on the last 8 years, I no longer feel scared or guilt. I feel pride and excitement for what comes next. . . So my amazing little boy...You are always my reason to smile and my #enjoytheordinaryinoctober today and every day xxx . . . . . . . . . . . . #birthdayfun #myworld #halfterm #birthdayboy #raisingboys #mancity #firstborn #becomingmum #mumlife #preciousmoments #lifewithinfourcorners #thingsIwanttoremember #manchestermums #throughachildseyes #honestmotherhood #parentingtheshitoutoflife #mentalmutha #autumnvibes #thankyou #inspiration #andbreathe #mummybloggingsquad #therealityofparenting #instablogger #familyblogger #documentlife #northernmamas

November's challenge... . . Overwhelmed, exhausted, stressed, worried...the joys of our modern way of living. In a world where we have access to so much information and are expected to do more than ever is no wonder that we burn out. . . My to-do-list, accompanied by some of the many things that are whizzing round in my mind at the moment. I struggle with mental load and I can now see the signs of it getting too much. I'm on a mission to control it. To do this I'm trying to rid our lives of as much unnecessary as possible. I'm sure the key to beating the mental load is a simpler way of life. . . So in November I'm challenging you to think about what's necessary and what's not. . . #necessaryinnovember . . This challenge will be incredible personal and individual. We all have different things that we deem necessary. But I want you to keep the question in the back of your mind...is it #necessaryinnovember? If it's not necessary then don't do it (I'm thinking Christmas pressure right here) . We don't have to do it all. . Are you in? As always, please like, comment and share. Maybe tag an account that you feel needs this challenge. Lots of love Gina xxxx . . Edit: I know this will be tough but the majority of my to do list is NOT necessary xx . . . . . . . . . . #enjoytheordinaryinoctober #simplelife #andbreathe #overwhelmed #maternalmentalhealth #mentalhealth #mentalload #mindfulness #slowdown #teamtomm #parentingtheshitoutoflife #honestmotherhood #mummybloggingsquad #manchestermums #parentbloggeruk #keepitsimple #todolist #declutter #NewChallenge #instacommunity

And just like that October is done... . . #enjoytheordinaryinoctober has been incredible. So many amazing accounts joining in and the most incredible posts. . . We have all definitely been living in the moment and reframing our view of the ordinary. . . Life is pretty amazing, especially the ordinary. . . I'm sorry I haven't done my usual end of month grid but with half term, birthdays and Halloween there just hasn't been time but in the spirit of November's challenge, I asked myself is it #necessaryinnovember ? . . Hope you've all had a wonderful October and very happy Halloween xxx . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #hellooctober #newmonth #NewChallenge #newmindset #positivity #positivepsychology #andbreathe #parentbloggeruk #familyblogger #documentlife #preciousmoments #loveyourtimetogether #SeeTheGood #familytime #instacommunity #mumswhoblog #dadscomm #channelmumvillage #ittakesavillage #honestmotherhood #mentalhealth #mindfulness #mindfulparenting #bekindtoyou #amomentbeingmindful

November's Challenge... . . One question...is it necessary? . . Let's stop putting ridiculous amounts of pressure on ourselves to do everything. With Christmas round the corner the mental load of modern living really turns up a gear so let's put a stop to it...focus on what really is necessary too (those things that we often don't find time for) . . #necessaryinnovember . . Now this is a very personal challenge and everyone's necessary will be different. I will be documenting what my necessary and unnecessary but I'm not saying that yours will be the same. . . Also if you done something seemingly unnecessary but it makes you happy...well then o think actually you might need to class that as a necessary 😘 . . I have had such an overwhelming response to this month's challenge and an influx of new followers. So just a reminder of what the challenges are all about. . . I hope that my challenges act as a little prompt (a niggle at the back of your mind) to look at the world differently, make a change and improve your well being. If you do a post or story then use the hashtag and tag me in. I try to share lots of the posts etc because I feel that as a community we can inspire each other. There is never any pressure; just join in when you can. . . So I know that loads of you have already shared the challenge but I would love for you do it again, like and comment on the post. Let me know of you're in. Maybe tell me something unnecessary that you could stop doing? . . I'm very excited to see what you all get up too. Lots of love Gina xx . . Are you in? . . . . . . . . . . . . . #hellonovember #newmonth #youcantdoeverything #NewChallenge #newmindset #positivity #positivepsychology #andbreathe #parentbloggeruk #familyblogger #documentlife #preciousmoments #familytime #instacommunity #mumswhoblog #dadscomm #channelmumvillage #ittakesavillage #honestmotherhood #mentalhealth #mindfulness #mindfulparenting #bekindtoyou #amomentbeingmindful #enjoytheordinaryinoctober

A weekend away... . . The usual routine... *spend the week leading up moving clothes to one side of the wardrobe in preparation. *wash all clothes so wash basket is empty for when we return *clean entire house *plan activities for the journey *prep meals for weekend *pack far too much *stress myself into a frenzy *end up ill . . So in true #necessaryinnovember style this time. I did only what was necessary... . . Pack change of clothes and put kids in the car. . . We are here, having fun and none of the things that I didn't do matter. . . Thanks again to everyone who shared the challenge yesterday. What a start to November. So many new followers too. Please come and say Hi and let me know which account inspired you to join in November's challenge . P.S. why do my kids suddenly look like teenagers? . . . . . . . . . . . . . #slowdown #overwhelmed #weekendaway #caytonbay @parkdeanresorts #youcantdoeverything #mentalhealth #positivity #positivepsychology #SeeTheGood #mindfulness #amomentbeingmindful #ourchildreninwonderland #mytinytribe #parentingtheshitoutoflife #parentbloggeruk

Just a little reminder... . . And breathe...pause and take a deep breath. Something which seems completely obvious but we rarely do. It really is #necessaryinnovember . . My anxiety manifests as a feeling of not being able to catch my breath. I feel like some is sat on my chest. The amazing Nikki @tenofzen taught me how stop and do a purposeful breath. To take a deep breath in for 7 and then out for 11. This has been a game changer for me. . . Today we heading to the beach when the forecasted rain didn't arrive. I don't know what it is about the sea air but I instantly feel calmer. It has massively helped me to reset. . . So my advice is to breathe...really breathe, as it's very much necessary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #andbreathe #mindfulness #tenofzen #happyplace #vitaminsea #amomentbeingmindful #beachlife #caytonbay #honestmotherhood #mumlife #mentalhealth #maternalmentalhealth #anxiety #parentbloggeruk #overwhelmed #parentingtheshitoutoflife #honestmotherhood #anxietyrelief #breathingexercises