Is it a sign of my age that whenever I start listing days of the week, Craig David inevitably pops in to my head? It's almost like an involuntary reaction. I can't suppress it no matter how hard I try. When Luxury Flooring asked me to document seven days in my life with a series of floor selfies (based on the incredibly popular Instagram hashtag #ihavethisthingwithfloors), I was already humming, 'I met this girl on Monday, took her for a drink on Tuesday' before I'd even replied saying that I'd love to. What is it with that song?! You just can't escape the hold it has over you!
Anyway, back to my floor selfies. At first, I was tempted to make my life seem as interesting as Craig's but then thought, who am I kidding? I don't think anyone would believe for a single second that I hang round bars on Tuesdays and have time to chill on Sundays.
So this is how Mr D's seven days would go if he were a forty year old married mum of two. I think you'll agree that it's possibly not song worthy unless the youth of today want to dance along to tales of crafting and garden centre visits. Do they? What do you think? Probably not, right?
On Saturday, we headed to Llandudno for the day. Do you know, we had the best day. The boys loved it and the sun shone brighter than in the middle of summer. There were a few tears over melting ice cream, and a mega tantrum when we ran out of change in the arcades, but on the whole it was brilliant. This shot was taken on the pebbles on the beach. I love the cool blues and pale greys of the stones, with the odd autumnal red and orange one making an appearance. I think that this vinyl flooring design takes a little bit of inspiration from the seaside. It's so pretty.
Paul flew to the U.S. for work on Sunday, so after swimming lessons, the boys and I headed to my mum and dad's house for the day. They have a really big garden so it's ideal for running, races and just generally tiring the boys out. Plus, there are few floors which can compare to the green, green grass of home, right?!
On Monday, I had a couple of craft projects to tackle while the boys were at school. Summer might be over but my love for neon is continuing in to autumn. I'm standing on painted tongue and groove. If you're looking for a good photo backdrop, it's ideal. It's so cheap to buy and you can quickly paint it any colour you want with a tester pot.
This is our garden centre day. Before children, if anyone had asked me if I fancied committing to a weekly trip to a plant-themed location, I would have been stumped for a polite way to decline. Now? Now, I'm really quite happy to spend so much time there. Not for the plants, but for the plentiful coffee and cake and the play area and toys to entertain my children while I consume all the coffee and cake. We do give the flowers a cursory glance, though ... mainly because, like feet and fancy flooring, they're Instagram gold!
We had a quiet day at home on Wednesday, so I spent some time sorting out the boys' bedrooms and trying to remove a few old toys without them seeing me. How hard is that to do? No matter how occupied and uninterested they are in what you're doing, they almost have sixth sense when it comes to a broken, chewed, five year old toys being removed from their toy box, and then come bounding in to save it and proclaiming it their 'favouritest toy EVER!'. I know, I know, I should just do it when they're both at school, or asleep, shouldn't I?
On Thursday, we headed to one of my favourites places, the local woods. I wanted to take a few photographs and my littlest NEEDED to collect more sticks and pine cones to add to his already rather sizeable collection. I'm surprised there are actually any left on the forest floor, to be honest, as most seem to be in my house.
It was all about dinosaurs in on Friday. Nicky Dee kindly sent the boys two of her books to read - What's so special about Tyrannosaurus Rex? and What's so special about Leaellynasaura? - so my littlest and I decided to bake dinosaur biscuits to munch on while we flicked through them. When it comes to my boys and biscuits though, they're merely the supporting act to layers of icing and an obscene sprinkling of hundreds and thousands. Who can blame them? They were delicious!
So that was my week through the medium of floor selfies ... and the middle-aged, Insta-mum version of Craig David's 7 Days. A huge thanks to Luxury Flooring for asking me to collaborate on such a fun post.