It’s My Birthday: 10 Reasons I’m My Happiest At 29!

Birthday Reasons Happiest At 29

I’m not really one to get excited about birthdays, but today is indeed my 29th birthday! It’s not so much that I’m not big into birthdays, I’m just not big on attention full stop (the woman bearing herself & family for all and sundry on a thousand social media platforms. Yup, that’s me. Not big on attention.) I cringed the whole way through the kids and my colleagues singing me happy birthday on Wednesday, and it makes me feel so guilty because I must come across as a totally ungrateful bitch!

Birthday Happiest At 29
My lovely gifts from the staff at work

It hasn’t, however, escaped my notice that I am entering the very last year of my 20’s, and like many more before me I can quite safely say that at (nearly) 30 I am happier, more secure, and more confident than I have ever been. So I decided to write a list of 10 things at 29 that I am totally happy about!

  1. I’m confident in my own skin. Throughout my teens and well into my 20’s, I always HATED my body. I hated everything about it, and it is only really now in the last year or so that I have come to a place in my life where I feel totally confident about both the way my body looks, and what it has achieved.
  2. I feel like my family is complete. After being told that the chances of having any children after Amelia were slim, the addition of Wills to our unit feels like such a blessing.
  3. We are moving out of London. I seriously believe that this is going to be the best move we ever make, for all of us.
  4. I have zero tolerance for bullshit or toxicity. I spoke to a close friend today about this, and I am totally at a stage in my life when anything of the sort just gets brushed aside. I don’t have time for that shit!
  5. I don’t care what people think of me anymore. I’ve always felt quite self conscious and worried about how I am perceived by others. These days, though, I literally couldn’t care less!
  6. I’ve discovered make-up. This is probably an odd one for as nearly-30-year-old, but literally it’s only been in the last year or so that I have embraced any kind of make-up beyond mascara and eyeliner. I think it stemmed from a lack of confidence in knowing how to apply it!
  7. I’ve finally lost the weight. I’ve been overweight for my entire life, and always believed that’s just how I was always going to be. After joining Slimming World just before I fell pregnant with Wills, I am now the slimmest I have ever been, and much more confident in my self.
  8. I feel positive about the future. For a long time I couldn’t see past the week or even the day, but I can genuinely say now that I am excited for what our future has to hold. I’m excited to see the kids grow up, and I’m excited for where life is going to take us.
  9. I’ve found my passion. I’ve always loved to write, and have always wanted to write. But it wasn’t until starting the blog in January this year that I discovered something where I could genuinely put that passion into practise.
  10. Our work/life balance is great. For years we had the conundrum of huge salaries but no spare time to enjoy them (or each other), and when I finally decided to hand over the reigns of my business and hand in my resignation, I can hands down say it was the best decision I ever made. We have so little money these days that on (rare) occasions it can feel a bit hairy getting through the month. BUT we have so much more time together as a family, and we have reminded ourselves that money really isn’t everything. I genuinely don’t believe that our family would have survived intact had we carried on working the way we used to.
Birthday Happiest At 29
The amazing cards made by the kids, with help from the brill staff at nursery!

So that’s it! And that’s all from me for the weekend, too. I’ll be attempting to take a bit of a bloggy back seat this weekend and give myself a break. We’re off to stay with my sister and bro-in-law tomorrow, and then to see our new house on Saturday!

On a side note, I don’t look like this yet, so things can only be positive, right?!

Birthday Cards: To Keep Or Not To Keep?

Birthday card craft

As with any 3 -year-old, Amelia got a ton of cards for her 3rd birthday last month. Not only did she get a ton of cards, but she also got quite attached to a few of them. One of them even had to go to bed with her a few times. With Mr C’s birthday upon us this weekend, we have broached taking Amelia’s cards down from display with her. Naturally her response was a resounding “NO!” Continue reading “Birthday Cards: To Keep Or Not To Keep?”

Birthday Party Prep: My Little Pony – Moana – Frozen

Birthday Party Prep

This week I’ve been preparing for Amelia’s 3rd birthday party. Initially, we weren’t going to have a party because, let’s face it, she’s 3, and the likelihood of her looking back in years to come and saying

“Yeah, I totally remember when you threw me that really expensive party for my 3rd birthday. That party, like, shaped my childhood, man”

is pretty slim. But, for reasons I’ll go into another time, we decided that we would throw her a party, and actually I think we got a pretty good deal on a local soft play centre. Continue reading “Birthday Party Prep: My Little Pony – Moana – Frozen”

How to Give the Best (Cheap) Toddler Birthday Presents| MummyMamaMum

Since January, my not-even-three-year-old has been handed no less than 6 birthday party invitations from children at nursery, and we also have her own party coming up at the end of March.

The nursery that Amelia (and soon Wills) attends happens to be located in a particularly affluent area of Surrey, and as a result I always feel just a little bit conscious about our offering of a present. As a family on a fairly tight budget, when I started adding up the tenners here and there that I was spending on getting just the right present, I soon realised that at the current rate of payday:party we just weren’t going to be able to keep up.

Continue reading “How to Give the Best (Cheap) Toddler Birthday Presents| MummyMamaMum”