Hello February!

Goodbye January, Hello February!

It doesn’t seem two minutes since we were bringing in the New Year, but yet Christmas seems like a distant memory!

Review of January…

I for one am glad that January has gone so quick, for me January consisted of not really making goals for the month, a hella lotta packing, on going harassment, removing my boy from school, getting hardly any content onto my blog, and not being Upto date with social media and others blog post!

The bonus about January is that I’m finally out of the hell hole the landlord and agents called a house… another downside to that is that I’m technically homeless with 5 kids… swings and roundabouts I guess haha.

The house I wanted and hoping to move into was due to be available the second week of January, except the previous tenants still to date, have moved out but haven’t handed the keys back in so unfortunately that is on hold until the keys are available so we are currently staying in the living room at my mother’s, sofa & floors for our beds and I’m pretty much just stressing about… what’s next!

I was supposed to be at the local housing office in town on Wednesday to see if they could help us out with some temporary housing until either that house I want is available or until we find something else more suitable.

I had the girls booked in at nursery for the full day so I could get there early, except they had different plans – SICKNESS – urgh! Which means, 48hrs off nursery, no travelling into town as I now have two poorly children so those plans got put on hold.

Luckily February isn’t looking so bad as I have some great plans for life, I will be homeschooling my boy until I can get him into a suitable school, if any of you reading this do homeschooling feel free to leave some advice in the comments for what to do with a 6yr old boy.

I’m hoping to get that 5 bed house I’ve been waiting on, if not I’m sure it won’t be long before I find something I like! I’m not picky, just dubious of landlords and agents due to the recent experience… over 2yrs in the house and to get any work done I had to report them to the council. I went from the October moving in until March the following year without any heating, that was horribly cold over that winter, especially for the kids!

I reported them to the council when the front door broke (the back door never worked anyway) and we had to use the “French Doors” to get out of the house, except the back garden wasn’t worthy of any awards with its cracked and broken slabs, a falling down fence and a slanted gate that never closed correctly (i was told the garden would be done before moving in) and unable to get the pram in and out without a fight and my eldest daughter flying over said slabs and grazing her legs and arms.

I could go on for hours about the nightmares of that house but I’ll crack on…


My blog is going to get alot more content onto it, including some of the nominations I’ve had from fellow bloggers – Thank you to each, i am very much grateful for those and look forward to getting these written, I am also looking forward to getting into it all properly and I want to get my blog self-hosted towards the end of the month or at the latest mid March.

Due to January being the hectic month I’ve slacked off on pretty much all my social media and the last two weeks I’ve missed alot of everyone else’s blog posts so I’ve been spending the past couple of “sick days” catching up.

Health & Wellbeing…

My podgy belly is still here so my exercise regime and yoga need to begin as soon as possible along with some healthier eating habits too!

My health has suffered alot since having my 5th child in June last year so it will be a good goal to me back to normal… whatever normal is!

Reading Challenge…

I’m still in the process of my reading challenge and quite surprised that I’m halfway into my second book considering the crazy January but I’m also proud to have got through them so quick and really enjoyed the time I’ve spent reading.

January Blog Goals update

I have hit some of my January goals, managed a following on my blog of 124, Twitter I exceeded my goal of 500 following with a fab 647, Instagram and Facebook I’d set goal of 100 followers and I hit those too!

I’m really happy with the support I’ve had over the past couple of months within the blogging community and especially with those that take the time to read my content – limited as it is at the moment – I would not still be hitting my goals without any of you and I believe if the support wasn’t here now while it’s all up in the air that I would have probably have given up on this little journey I’ve set out on!


Much Love

Laura xx



  1. Cooking with kids · 19 Days Ago

    Wow Laura, I hope life gets easier for you soon! And well done on hitting some of your goals despite the chaos

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    • directlylaura · 19 Days Ago

      Thank you, I’m sure everything will fall into place soon enough 😊 … at least being at the mother’s it gives me chance to save some extra pennies haha!


      • Cooking with kids · 19 Days Ago

        And hopefully some help with the kids

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      • directlylaura · 19 Days Ago

        Haha yes there’s abit of help with the kids. The girls are back at nursery after their sickness bug so just the boys home through the day now 🌹

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  2. Elizabeth O · 18 Days Ago

    Sorry to hear about your home issues, but it seems like the silver lining is that you got out of a sticky landlord situation. I hope you find a lovely home soon 🙂

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    • directlylaura · 12 Days Ago

      Thank you 🌹 yes and I’m happy to be out of there. Still house hunting but I’m sure we will be sorted soon enough 😊


  3. Anna · 17 Days Ago

    I am happy for you! You deserve something nice after achieving all those goals. don’t forget to reward yourself laura 🙂

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  4. Karen · 15 Days Ago

    I truly wish for you a happier, healthier and wealthier February. January sounded like a nightmare. Unscrupulous landlords seem to be the norm these days. I have been through a few sticky situations myself over the years.
    Wishing you every success.

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  5. travelingpari · 15 Days Ago

    Sorry to hear your january was awful . I hope this month on, this year will go better for you. Hang in there.

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  6. I am so sorry to know that you had so many troubles with your landlords and your kids suffered too and I hope you have a wonderful year ahead 🙂

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    • directlylaura · 12 Days Ago

      Thank you, it’s been the worst house we’ve had so far… it looked alright when I viewed it but was just once we were in everything went wrong and they wouldn’t put it right! Goes to show that looks can be deceiving! 💖


  7. Leighann · 15 Days Ago

    Way to be resilient, Laura! You’ve got a lot going on, but the good news is you’ve got it going on too—from the sounds of it, you’re not a quitter and you’ll do whatever it takes for your loved ones. That’s an amazing trait, and your kids will see that and be proud! Thanks for sharing these updates with us, and I sincerely wish you the best for February! Take care 😊

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    • directlylaura · 12 Days Ago

      Aww thank you, February is going slow so far but were hoping to visit a few houses this week to see what’s any good. The other I actually want STILL don’t have the keys back so best to keep things moving 😊


  8. Tiffany · 14 Days Ago

    Oh no so sorry to hear about January! I really hope February is a much better month for you x
    Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

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  9. Vicky · 14 Days Ago

    January seems like it was a very tough month for you. I hope your housing situation gets sorted soon, as it’ll definitely be great weight lifted off of your shoulders. I hope February is much more peaceful! Thanks for sharing x

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    • directlylaura · 14 Days Ago

      Thank you! Hoping to be sorted by end of February and yes will be a huge weight lifted 🌹


  10. Gladys Parker · 12 Days Ago

    I’m sorry to hear you are having so many problems with housing. Landlords and realty people can be very overwhelming. I finally bought low end, although, now I have repair after repair that I am responsible for. I hope everything gets better!


  11. Lena Dee · 9 Days Ago

    Boy has your January & Feb been super busy. I’m glad you got away from your crappy landlord. My mom & I had one recently that was awful & we had to move too so I understand your struggle & hope you get into the other place soon & can make a comfy home. I’m glad you have a lot of wonderful content planned for your blog. & girl your beautiful, nothing wrong with getting in shape but remember that. You’re body only got stronger after 5 beautiful kids, enjoy your yoga! Lovely read 😊
    xx Lena | https://lenadeexo.com

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    • directlylaura · 9 Days Ago

      Thank you Lena. It’s giving me chance to save some money up to get something’s together when we do get a new house so it’s ok for now 😄 I am however looking forward to me and the kids having our own space again, even if it has only been a couple of weeks it’s still feeling longer! Haha 🌹


  12. jennyinneverland · 9 Days Ago

    Blimey sounds like you’ve had a tough start to the year. Here’s to a happier and healthier February and rest of 2018 for you xxx


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