Father’s Day, the gift nightmare!

If like me, the man in your life is really difficult to buy for and only really has expensive and specific hobbies, gift buying can be very stressful.  With Father’s Day coming up we have the usual gift dilemma.  When you ask Miss B what she would like to get her Daddy she always suggests a keyring or socks and that’s not very exciting is it!

I was contacted last week about a blogging competition to be in with a chance of winning an Osiris Chrono watch from John Lewis and since Mr B’s watch recently gave up the ghost I thought I would give it a try 🙂

I think Mr B deserves it because he is a great Dad and a fantastic husband.  He is kind, caring, loving and Miss B is the apple of his eye.  He goes above and beyond for our family every day and even when he is overloaded with work (which is a lot) he always makes sure he has time for her.  It makes his day when he gets to take her to school and spends time with her helping her with her homework.  Quite simply, he is awesome 🙂

Miss B and I have already got him a gift and I’m not going to say what it is so I don’t ruin the surprise but winning this would be a lovely extra.

Have a great day everyone



A Different Life

15  years ago in 1998 I was a gawky, socially awkward, painfully shy teenager who didn’t have a clue where my life was going.  I left school the year before and started a college course but didn’t know what I wanted to do or where I wanted to be.  I had such a horrible experience at high school and totally switched off to everything.  I wasn’t having the best time at home either since I was a stroppy, hormonally charged teenager and had no interest in anything other than music and watching Red Dwarf.

At the time I was working in a sports shop in the local shopping centre and was slowly starting to build myself and my confidence back up.  Through a colleague in the shop I was introduced to Mr B, we went on a few dates and spent hours on the phone getting to know each other and fell in love very quickly.  After 5 months together we decided we couldn’t be apart so we rented a flat and moved in together just before Christmas.  4 months later we decided to look for somewhere to buy and found a lovely flat that we both instantly fell in love with.  Soon after we got engaged and spent 3 wonderful years in our little flat.  We then moved to a bigger house, got married and started a family and I can honestly tell you the last 15 years have been a total whirlwind.

Mr B and I have been through a lot in our 15 year relationship.  There have been ups and downs, heartaches, highs, lows, family drama, loss, even a brief break up but we have a better relationship for it but most importantly there has been a lot of fun, love and laughter.  We have a great relationship mostly because we are friends and we both have the same stupid sense of humour and share a lot of interests but I think the main thing is that we spend quality time together.  It can be really difficult to get time as a couple when you work full time and have children, but we make a point of going out on a date at least once a month and just being us.

Mr B, you are awesome, supportive, kind, caring, loving but most of all you are mine.  You changed my life for the better and that lonely, gawky, shy awkward girl has gone forever and instead I am a wife and a Mum. Love you now and always Markie B.


One of our first dates


At a party in 1999


There are no words 🙂 2003


Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road. 2004

Official 10

One of my favourite photos of all time! 2008


Anniversary night out 2012

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Mothers Day?


We’ve had another typically busy few days in the B household and there is no such thing as a quiet weekend!

Friday night we went to see Madagascar Live at the SECC which was Miss Bs Christmas present from us. Us girls loved it but Mr B wasn’t too impressed.  Saturday saw us getting our hair done in the morning and then off to help my littlest sister move house in the afternoon then home just in time for bed!

Today was Mothers Day and as usual we were out and about. First we went to the cinema to see The Princess Bride which is one of Mr Bs all time favourite films. He’s never seen it in the cinema though and I have to admit to never having watched it. All 3 of us loved it though and Mr B was happy that Miss B loved it too 🙂 Next, we grabbed a quick bite to eat and then headed back home to gymnastics as Miss B had a competition, then we went on a quick visit to the mothertypes to hand in cards and flowers.  By the time we got home, it was time for dinner then getting organised for the week and I stood ironing from 6 until 9 and although I would rather be doing something else with my time at least it took a big chunk out of the pile.

This week I don’t need to be away anywhere which is nice as I am loaded with the cold and my glands are still swollen and sore but hopefully I will start to feel a bit more human in a few days.

I have attached a photograph of Miss B and I taken a few weekends ago very early in the morning so please excuse the crazy face and hair 🙂

I hope you have all had a lovely Sunday whether you have been celebrating it or not