Aimee Horton

Little Loves at Half Term


How is half term nearly over? As I sit here, the children are on a playdate while I am supposed to be working. Part of me is thinking “hey who needs to catch up on work this week when I have the chance to lie on the sofa and catch up on some TV and books.

Like I say, the week has flown by, and here’s why.


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OH MY GOD. AMANDA JENNINGS! *gushes* I have loved both of Amanda’s previous books, but the minute I opened In Her Wake I knew it was going to be special. I’ve not had as much chance to read it as I’d like this week, but I may have hidden in the bathroom a few times shouting “shhh” through the door so I could grab a few pages!


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They kids have driven me mad this week. I think we’ve just been too busy. However, yesterday we finally got a chill day. We chilled out at my mum’s, watching TV, eating Jam Tarts and most importantly making dens. There’s nothing like a good den, and it’s even more special when it’s made out of the blankets I used to make my own dens from when I was a little monkey.


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Like I say, some might say I have a problem, I say I just embrace the things I love. I got my gorgeous leopard dress from Warehouse in the sale (£10 BAYBAY!) and the scarf I’ve had forever. I may have had to use it as a blanket over the winter as it’s blooming cold!


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Noise. A. Lot. Of. Noise. And mostly I don’t mind, I mean, it’s nice to have time together. But SOMETIMES I must admit, my head was ready to explode by bed time! Luckily for all the squealing, loudness, stroppiness, thundering about and whining, the noise of these monsters laughing makes up for it every time. Nearly.


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It could just be a few sunny (albeit blooming freezing) mornings, it could be the fact that we haven’t had chance to stop…and probably won’t until July, or it could be a MIRACLE, but suddenly dragging myself up in the morning hasn’t felt so bad. 

Usually it is either UP > RUN > SHOWER > DRESS > GO GO GO or UP > SHOWER > DRESS > GO GO GO. It’s amazing what a cup of tea and five minutes to gather your thoughts does for your frame of mind and motivation. Let’s hope I can continue on!

Autumn Fun


It’s officially mid-autumn.  One of my favourite times of year.

We’ve had Halloween, we’ve out-banged Bonfire night, we’re just a and only a hop, skip and a jump away from Winter and Christmas.

For a sun worshiper it’s surprising that I I love autumn this much, but apart for my love of knitwear and boots, there are the little things that make me smile.  Sometimes the sky is brighter and more inviting then in the summer, the sun exploding in little flashes of light as you drive beneath a tunnel of trees.  Trees which are always looking the best because they are full of bright red, orange, yellow, brown leaves.  I love jumping in those leaves as they fall in piles on the ground, collecting them up and hunting for conkers and pine cones.

Saying that, some days I forget how much I enjoy it.  You know what days I’m talking about.  As the rain beats down against the house, and the leaves swirl into my hall every time I open the front door, I begin to resent it one of the most magical seasons, wishing for summer.  I often resort to rushing in and out, locking the doors, drawing the curtains, getting cabin fever, avoiding the park due to certain small children sitting in muddy puddles.

So when we got a parcel from garden games in the form of a fantastic wooden see-saw (which is totally in keeping with my “keeping the garden free from bright coloured plastic” rule), it gave us the nudge to pull on some warm boots and get out into the garden.

After years of flatpack, I was clever enough to shuffle the package out into the garden without any child seeing me, anticipating a bit of a struggle putting it all together.  After all, let’s not talk about the play house we bought earlier in the year.

HOWEVER, one week day, when I was meant to be working, I snuck outside and got cracking.  It wasn’t too hard, however, I got rained off, so decided to wait until Mr. Aimee got home to finish it off. *cough*.

In typical MAN style he commented on the thickness and quality of the wood (as if the children and I care as long as it looks good, and plays fun), and he finished it off within a matter of minutes.

The monkeys loved it, in fact, I’d go as far to say THEY ENJOYED EACH OTHER’S COMPANY! This never happens.




That is, once we’d got over the fact that the Chunky  weighed it down and taught him to bend his knees that is! 😉


Garden Games kindly sent us this See-Saw as a gift to keep the boys out of trouble and my gin consumption low.  It did the trick – Thank you x