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Hello! I'm Kat, overseas-dwelling shoe, handbag and wine lover; editor and grammar pedant; mamma to O and E; wife to Husband; and blogger:

  • englishmamma

    December 3rd at 5:09pm

    I am the most terrible procrastinator. Just awful. If there is something that I can do instead of starting a task, I will. Make a cup of tea or coffee. Yes. Pick up a magazine. Yes. Write up a to do list (cleverly avoiding actually doing the things on said list). Yes.

    And the worst thing is that once I start, it's never as bad as I fear beforehand. But getting started is the hardest part. Standing at the bottom of that flight of stairs, taking that deep breath and starting.

    How about you? Are you a procrastinator? What things to do you do to avoid having to start a task?

    #procrastinationatitsfinest #rainbowstairs

    begoodtopeople

    40 minutes ago
    We know this pain all too well unfortunately. We are just getting acquainted with The #mommyblogger community and holy moly is it easy to get distracted and spend all day wandering around in beautiful and insightful feeds like yours @englishmamma YIKES. Thank you for following us. Any help getting introduced is greatly appreciated and we will continue to stay in touch. Now both of us need to go do something at the top of our MUST DO TODAY list right this moment. It will feel SO GOOD to check it off. Go! This is our last comment for the morning...here we go! 😊

    fiandtylerlee

    4 hours ago
    Loving the rainbow colours!

    pharmakidsapp

    7 hours ago
    bella

    brendakbird

    9 hours ago
    Yes πŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆ it's terrible.

    sparklersmagazine

    10 hours ago
    I am a procrastinator, with work lately!

    bitsofbri

    18 hours ago
    Oh yes it is

    petalandpineessentials

    21 hours ago
    The dishes!!!! Lately I've been trying to finish all my unfinished crafts! πŸ˜‚ it feels good!! Work in progress! ❀️

    life.by.sylvie

    24 hours ago
    I'm an epic procrastinator!! But once I get focused, I'm super efficient. πŸ˜‚

    livingincolorblog

    1 day ago
    Love this quote!!

    gingercasa

    1 day ago
    I'm getting better! It feels better when it's done.
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  • englishmamma

    November 29th at 7:04pm

    Every November, the preschools in our area set out glass jars decorated by the children and light little candles in them.

    They usually arrange them in a pattern in the drained pool in one of the local parks, so you stand above and see the pattern. This year, it poured (and I mean poured...) with rain on the designated day, and the park is also being renovated. So our preschool decided to do their own little display on a better weather day.

    I love this tradition. The children have so much fun decorating the jars and the lights look lovely in the afternoon gloom.

    Most of the winter traditions we have in Sweden are about getting as much light as possible. Can you believe I took this photo at 3.45pm and it was already pitch black!

    Do you have any special winter traditions?

    #wintertraditions #lettherebelight

    petalandpineessentials

    21 hours ago
    This is amazing and so beautiful! πŸ’ž

    shopsfm

    2 days ago
    πŸ˜πŸ’•πŸ”₯

    brendakbird

    2 days ago
    What a beautiful tradition! And I feel ya about it getting dark so early 😭😭

    little.and.wild

    3 days ago
    🌺🌸😍

    luxitality

    4 days ago
    @englishmammaπŸ‘ Beautiful. Love the photos! πŸ‘Œ
    cute πŸ‘

    familienart

    4 days ago
    Wonderfull 😍

    connycol.de

    4 days ago
    It's a really nice tradition 😍

    phoebskids

    4 days ago
    Very pretty

    thriftychicgeek

    4 days ago
    What a beautiful tradition
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  • englishmamma

    November 28th at 5:26pm

    It probably hasn't escaped your notice that it's Cyber Monday today. The stores here in Stockholm have really gone in for Black Friday in a big way. The problem is that it is cold here (and icy early in the day) and I don't really fancy traipsing between shops to grab a bargain. Cyber Monday seems a little more civilised to me.

    To celebrate Cyber Monday, @teamiblends have offered me a code to share with you: buy one 30 Day Detox pack and get another one free.

    Sit in comfort in the warmth and shop and enjoy - just use MAMMABOGO at the checkout to activate the deal, which lasts until 30 November.

    #thankyouteami #sponsored #ad

    brendakbird

    2 days ago
    Oh man cyber Monday is the way to go!

    a____22567

    4 days ago
    Ω‚Ω„Ψ¨

    a____22567

    4 days ago
    Ω†Ωˆ

    a____22567

    4 days ago
    Ω‹ΩˆΨ±Ψ―Ψ¨ΨΉΨ§Ω„ Ψ§Ω„Ω„

    seevanessacraft

    5 days ago
    Yum ❀️

    happyconfetti

    5 days ago
    I do Friday and Monday. Got to find those deals!

    listen2lena

    6 days ago
    It's a great deal!

    livingincolorblog

    6 days ago
    Hooray cyber Monday! I got lots of good stuff!

    bitsofbri

    6 days ago
    Cyber Monday deals rock!

    lipglossandcrayons

    6 days ago
    What a deal!!
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  • englishmamma

    November 25th at 7:37pm

    The challenge? To get back into a good training habit. But there is a slight drawback to this. My hands are rough and calloused just below my fingers from lifting weights. No matter how much hand cream I use, I cannot get them soft.

    On the other hand (ha ha!), I am the strongest I've ever been. And that feels like a good compromise.

    In the meantime, do you have any hand cream tips? Maybe there is a cream out there that can help me.

    #momswholift #momswithmuscle #handcream

    annatidmarsh

    2 hours ago
    L'occitane Shea Butter hand cream is a saviour to my eczema prone, cracked, dry Mummy hands! A little goes a long way. use the original version but there are various different scents. I've just bought a stash to keep me going 😍

    petalandpineessentials

    21 hours ago
    I love Shea butter!!!! The brand I love is sun potion!!! So so yummy! You can blend it up with some coconut oil and it makes it like butta !!! I also love to put some essential oils in there too! Frankincense is amazing for skin! I'm going to try making more body butter soon! I'll tag you when I do!! 😊

    eddstargram

    7 days ago
    As a man who loves DIY (*particulary outdoors), I would recommend cocoa butter, the solid version! I use it from head to toe!

    tammyb1996

    7 days ago
    I get very dry hands from working outside, definitely cotton gloves over night with really intensive hand cream, I would recommend Weleda Skin Food-its amazing!! If you get cracked/split hands another quick fix, is a little bit of super glue in the cracks to seal them closed-that's a tip from my horses farrier!

    jaslinpure

    7 days ago
    Coconut oil!! Have you tried it?

    30everafter

    7 days ago
    πŸ˜„

    seevanessacraft

    7 days ago
    Have you tried coconut oil?

    takakotantan

    7 days ago
    Thank you for follow upβ˜ΊοΈβœ¨βœ¨βœ¨πŸ‘‘

    natures.element

    8 days ago
    Very nice

    happyconfetti

    9 days ago
    What a good pain to be in though! I get callouses too and I can't do gloves at the gym, they drive me bonkers.
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  • englishmamma

    November 21st at 5:10pm

    This is what happens when you let two OCD adults near a big old box of Lego... Foolishly, we've set ourselves the task of putting all the Lego sets back together.

    I am sure I'll be happy once we've finished (and for the 15 minutes before the boys mix them all up again...) but it feels like something of a Sisyphean task. I much preferred sorting out the Hama beads into shades.

    Do you like to see all the Lego (or other toys and games for that matter) tidied neatly away or don't you mind?
    #legogram #legomania #legomess

    petalandpineessentials

    21 hours ago
    πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    englishmamma

    4 days ago
    @stephyod It's taken a while but we're nearly done. Ready for them to scatter them far and wide all over again πŸ˜‚

    englishmamma

    4 days ago
    @bexjenkins Everywhere! Yes... And they hurt 😳

    stephyod

    4 days ago
    This is hilarious. I do this too πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    ghirlandiamo

    6 days ago
    ahahah

    bexjenkins

    7 days ago
    Oh wow! My three year old is just getting into proper Lego. The pieces! Already everywhere!

    lizzycharlesbooks

    7 days ago
    You are a brave soul!

    theweekendist

    9 days ago
    Great!

    andrea.phototravel

    11 days ago
    Thanks☺☺

    dan.raynham

    11 days ago
    πŸ˜‚
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  • englishmamma

    November 18th at 9:11pm

    So, my friend has written a book. Yes, a real book that has been published and is on sale and for which there was a book launch yesterday.

    I am so excited to start reading it, especially after hearing Johan read the Prologue last night. The launch party was held in the perfect venue for a book partly set in the finance world: Medelhavsmuseet, a museum housed in a former bank. Also, Johan told me that one scene in the book is set in the museum's cafe (although with the name changed). And with a book called Fursten - named after Machiavelli's The Prince - a glass of Italian wine is required and power red nails.

    Have you been to a book launch? I'd not been before, didn't know what to expect and had such fun. (Also, isn't that cover illustration amazing?) #fursten #booklaunch #bokrelease

    kidcandoodle

    7 days ago
    Arresting Illustration! Have been to one for a friend before and it was nice to support her. Congrats to Johan

    theweekendist

    9 days ago
    Great!

    tom.condos

    10 days ago
    So nice!

    the_wormcatcher

    11 days ago
    I am about to launch an @indiegogo campaign with co writer @emmavestrheim169 for our Odense Series of crime books...Nordicnoir meets Britcrime with a bit of Hans Christian Andersen, grief & Norse Mythology thrown in. .... exciting times ahead going from a writer to an Author! So, hopefully can answer your question this time next year 😊

    kevel_flyties

    12 days ago
    Love your page!

    sparklersmagazine

    14 days ago
    How exciting!

    rubyredslippers8

    14 days ago
    That is amazing! Congrats to your friend, the cover look great. Love the illustration. Never been to a book launch but I would love to go to one.

    kirszenstein

    14 days ago
    πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
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  • englishmamma

    November 15th at 8:57pm

    There was a treat waiting for me when I went to get my coffee fix this afternoon: @espressohouse have started their festive lattes.

    I chose the Gingerbread Cookie Latte. Oh my! A gingerbread-flavoured latte with cream, chocolate sauce and crumbled gingerbread cookies. It was the best.

    And not only that but they are also selling these cute reusable latte mugs. Of course, I couldn't resist getting one.

    Are you a coffee fan? Do you like flavoured lattes, or you do take your coffee pure?

    #iloveespressohouse #gingerbreadlatte

    naeemshahiya

    2 days ago
    Nice

    pawsbuzzgo

    8 days ago
    Hello new follower! πŸ˜ƒ may I ask how u found me?

    lifewithapineapple

    9 days ago
    β˜•οΈgreat!

    ina_and_i

    16 days ago
    πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ™‚β€οΈπŸ’šπŸ™‚πŸ‘πŸ»

    englishmamma

    16 days ago
    @joyfulpix It was dangerously delicious!

    englishmamma

    16 days ago
    @ina_and_i I know - it made me instantly feel all Christmassy πŸŽ„

    joyfulpix

    16 days ago
    Are you kidding? LOVE lattes they're my favorite β€οΈβ€οΈπŸ˜‹

    ina_and_i

    16 days ago
    βœ¨β˜•οΈBliss‼️ And holidayπŸŽ„flavors are the bestπŸ†πŸ˜„ Particularly gingerbreadπŸ˜‹ Love a cute reusable cup❕❕❕

    michaeljohnston2017

    17 days ago
    Magnificent πŸ˜ƒ

    englishmamma

    17 days ago
    @shopgirldaily That crumbled biscuit on the top just perfect!
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  • englishmamma

    November 13th at 9:25pm

    Just hanging out in the snow, as you do... The boys have had a blast this weekend with all this snow. The weather was beautiful on Saturday - the perfect crisp, sunny winter's day.

    We took advantage of the remaining snow and went sledging in the park and just had the most fun.

    And today was Father's Day, so we made cards to go with the presents we'd bought.

    What have you been up to this weekend?

    #howweweekend #darlingweekend

    smrelarini

    2 days ago
    Lovly

    sarahguerlain55

    10 days ago
    Cool😍😍

    melissa_spears01

    14 days ago
    How fun!

    kirszenstein

    14 days ago
    πŸ’žπŸ’ž

    ina_and_i

    16 days ago
    βœ¨β˜ƒοΈExtreme cutenessβ•β•β•βœ¨

    inistagram_2016

    17 days ago
    Very nice and sweet

    theweekendist

    18 days ago
    Beautiful ✨
    Pretty!

    annakrymova

    19 days ago
    Cute😊☺

    skitipsforkids

    20 days ago
    πŸ’œ
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  • englishmamma

    November 10th at 9:39pm
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    So after my last snow picture, we had some more snow. In fact, we had more than 30cm in one day - the most snow in any November since snow records began 111 years ago.

    It was crazy. Public transport ground to a halt. Schools closed. People struggled to get around. And still the snow came down.

    But some people are happy about it. And O is definitely one of them.

    #snowmaggedon #snowstorm

    ✨

    aritomo5200

    20 days ago
    CuteπŸ‘πŸ€—

    getlytt

    20 days ago
    I like your page!

    marianavega.co

    23 days ago
    Handsome

    gingercasa

    24 days ago
    Wow! That's so much snow!

    sparklersmagazine

    24 days ago
    My kids love the snow, me not so much!

    englishmamma

    24 days ago
    @northsouthblonde Glad you said that as I was feeling guilty that he'd insisted on not wearing snow trousers and I'd let him. Luckily he put them back on before he threw himself into the snow!

    englishmamma

    24 days ago
    @my.twins.closet @brewedtogether It was so much and pretty much all in the one day 😳

    englishmamma

    24 days ago
    @lilalivblog Hope you get some soon!

    northsouthblonde

    24 days ago
    Aw he's all geared up πŸ’™
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  • englishmamma

    November 8th at 8:11pm

    So, this happened. One week into November and along came the snow ❄️ (Funny story: I hopped off the bus this morning and planned to take this pic where the snow was untrodden. So I walked a bit away from the bus stop, forgetting that the pavements are heated in the city centre (yes, you read that right!). So there was no snow at all until I got right up to my office door. The heated pavements are brilliant in keeping the snow and ice off the main streets but they do ruin Instagram photo plans!) The best thing about the snow is how much lighter the days seem because of it. And the city looks so pretty.

    Do you get snow where you live?

    #hellosnow #snowyweather #winterwonderland

    petalandpineessentials

    21 hours ago
    I hope we get snow!!

    martaplayita

    12 days ago
    pavement are heated!!!!!!!!!!!!! what! I don't see snow very often, living in Barcelona, and I have never seen heated pavements :) I must to go Sweden!

    mgarlikov

    14 days ago
    Heated walkways wow thst is incredible.i love snow and went to college where I would be sure and see it in the mountains.

    jacquelinesarahh

    14 days ago
    What!!! Ahhhh 😍

    ina_and_i

    16 days ago
    πŸŒŸπŸ“·β•πŸŒŸ Love SN❄️WπŸ˜„

    englishmamma

    17 days ago
    @shopgirldaily It's pretty great, really, but we had so much snow the day after I took this (30cm in one day!) that the heating could not melt it 😊

    shopgirldaily

    17 days ago
    Wow! Heated sidewalks? That's amazing. It's supposed to snow in Chicago this weekend and I am so bummed. I could live with fall year-round!

    lorenafrith

    18 days ago
    So jealous!!! Sincerely, Texas gal in 80Β° weather. πŸ˜’

    posaapparel

    18 days ago
    ❄️Looks cold! #gotposa 😊

    themummycim

    18 days ago
    I miss the snow! ❄️❄️
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