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My 2016

Yeah so that Blogmas project went down like a led balloon.

I did start with good intentions but we have been so busy this year and with me opening my Etsy store i feel like I've been stretched thin.

Even now that its in holiday mode - I'm trying to get as many kits ready for re-launch, all while cooking big meals, extra housework as everyone is coming and going, de-christmasing my house, trying to find a bit of me time and spending time with my Agents ... Oft no wonder i am tired.

I need to get a bit more organised in 2017 before i end up running myself into the ground.

So how has the year been?

The only thing that jumps to mind is 'Busy'!

Its been fun having Agent D around a bit more during the holidays and Agent M has come on leaps and bounds with school. There are no more issues with him being bullied (thank goodness) so he's back to loving school. I'm maybe not where i would have hoped i would be. Not completing college really upset me but then i needed to think about my long term mental health and i know i was i a terrible place thanks to that lecturer. I'm slowly but surely building myself back up (even if its going slow, at least its a step in the right direction.

So what do i want for 2017?

Well next year is going to be a big one in the Crafty household. I'm turning 30 ... Agent M is turning 10 and my wee mammy is going to be 50 so there are big celebrations to be had. I'm hoping this time next year i will be back to my kick ass old self and be reaching for the stars. I'd like to think that Agent D is still coming along for the ride. We like having him in our club :)

I'm wanting to make my Etsy store a great wee business as i find so much joy in it and I'm wanting to take my blog to the next level. I just need to work out how lol.

Till then I'll still be here ... taking one day at a time and sending out massive hugs and lots of love to you all.

Have a great new year folks

Stay safe

Sarah-Jane
xxx

Blogmas Day 13 - Why i wont be spoiling my son this christmas

I want to preface this by saying i don't judge anyone for the amount of money they spend on their kids. That is a personal choice each person makes and is no-one else's business. I'm just sharing my point of view.

We are a low income family. There is no going round that. And the fact that I am a single parent means that we will always have a limited income. That's just a fact.

I think that's why I find Christmas so stressful and really struggle at times to get into the festive spirit.

Stores are trying to push the sell and at this time of year, there is always the latest piece of tech or 'it' toy that kids just have to have. I see so many parents clambering to find this toy or that and end up paying over the odds for a random toy (Hatchimals anyone?). I know of parents buying their toddlers iPads and 6 year olds getting phones. It's all so much.

I can't afford to spoil Agent M like that. And to be honest, I'm not sure that I would, even if I could. Agent M has grown up in a low income family from day dot. Being a single Mama, I've had to work hard to provide him with the basics that everyone else takes for granted sometimes- and I know that it's only made us stronger as a family unit. 

We know how to live on the tightest budget. I have gone days before without eating just so he could have dinner and I've had to go up to my Grans before to give him a bath when I couldn't afford gas. We have lived counting pennies and walking to stores at night to get reduced items just to make ends meet. I don't want any sympathy. It's just the facts. That's how it was. So if anyone knows the value of money, it's us and I won't ever let us get back in that situation again. It's just not an option.

Living like that has made Agent M more realistic when it comes to Christmas. He used to always ask Santa for the expensive present cause he knew Mummy couldn't afford it - and yet I worked my ass off and did get him what he wanted. And now that he knows about Santa he asks for only what he would really like. I will always try my best to get him what he wants and a little bit more but when push comes to shove, I just cant spoil him like other parents do their kids.

I need to use my money to get gas and power, not a new bike. I need to put clothes on his back and food in his tummy, not another game for an Xbox or PlayStation.

I'm raising a future gentleman; I want him to learn that while it's nice to get things, having a home to live in and food to eat is more important than any toy. Its about necessity over luxury.

Make it Monday #42

Hey lovely's ... Welcome to my linky!

This one is for all you creative people out there to showcase your favourite craft or recipe posts. Wither your a savvy stitcher or a brilliant baker, i want you to share your posts for us all to swoon over :)


If you made it, We'd like to see it :)

I've also set up a Make it Monday board on pinterest so I'll be adding your posts there for everyone to share.

The rules are simple ...
  • Link up maximum TWO posts - They can be old or new. Please don't just link up your blog home page.
  • Comment on the 'Host' post and at least 2 others, though more if you have the time. Its all about sharing the love here.
  • When commenting use the tag #MIMLinky so that they know where you found them.
  • Add the "Make it Mondays" badge to your linked post so that others can find the linky and join in. 
Feel free to tweet your post(s) along with the hashtag #MIMlinky and mention @justacraftymama so i can retweet for you.

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Blogmas Day 11 - My Sunday Photo

So last night Agent M and i had a movie night and after we watched our films and ate our pizza, we retired to our respective beds and settled in for the night. Agent D was out on his works night out and said he could come over in the morning rather than afterwards so i knew i wouldn't be seeing him last night.

He was kind of true to his word but at 2.30am this morning the dog went crazy and started barking and bolted down stairs. I got the fright of my life and went down to find Agent D coming in as he "missed us". I wasn't happy about how i was woken up (he seemed to think he could let himself it and up to bed without waking me up - clearly doesn't know how mum sleep works lol) but i loved that he just wanted to be with us - and it was a nice surprise for Agent M when he got up in the morning ( he slept right through the dog losing his mind).

Today though i am absolutely knackered ... Which has resulted in me drinking copious amounts of coffee and trying to function while Agent M shows off his latest Lego creations. Even Shabba is having to nap.

I predict an early night tonight.

Blogmas Day 10 - Christmas night in

Usually on a Saturday Agent D comes over after work and we spend the weekend chilling out or going shopping. Generally family stuff. But last night was his Christmas works night out so it was just Agent M and i.

We decided to make it a nice wee mummy and M day, starting with going into town for some shopping and so i could post some orders.

I really don't like the town as the best of times but during December is always mobbed which makes me really anxious, so we too a breather in Costa Coffee and tried out some of their festive treats. Personally i didn't like the Salted Caramel Cappuccino cause it wasn't very caramel-y butt Agent M loved his Orange Hot Chocolate and we shared a slice of their caramel and chocolate shimmer cake which was delicious.
  

When we got home and put the shopping away we started out movie day by watching the Santa Clause. It was the first time Agent M seen it (though he's seen the 2nd and 3rd before) then we watched the Grinch.

I love the Grinch and even got into my Grinch jammies (cause I'm a big kid lol). Agent D got us a Domino's pizza for our night in too which was both really nice of him and really yummy!


All in it was a perfect night in with my baby boy
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