Proper Grown Up

When I turned 21 my best friend bought me a card with the words Proper Grown Up on the front. Turning 21 felt so much older than being 18, so yes,  for a while I did feel quite the adult.

In reality, I wasn’t even close. At 21 I was still at uni which meant afternoons watching Diagnosis Murder and Thursday nights spent partying away at LA’s nightclub (if you have ever been to Hull back in the day you’ll know what I’m talking about).

I remember laughing at the idea of an over 25’s night because lets be honest who would ever want to go out once you got that old? Oh, how I would love to be 25 again.

Today I drown my sorrows celebrate turning 35 and it is dawning on me that I am actually a fully fledged adult, the signs are all there.  I know I’m now a mum, a wife with my own house and a mortgage but it’s the little things that make me feel like a real grown up:

I get excited by Tupperware. Sadly this is true, I am a sucker for the latest bit of Tupperware to solve a problem I never knew I had.  Breakfast Tupperware, Tupperware for your pitta and humous, but possibly the best invention ever (and I am being serious) is the Microwavable soup Tupperware.


Actually, I get excited over most kitchen gadgets.  The boiled egg timer thingy is the best £4 I ever spent. Perfect eggs every time!

When my mum starts to ask me what I want for my birthday, her first suggestion is a good moisturiser (what are you trying to say mum!) or maybe a nice eye cream!

I own a sewing kit.  Not one of those freebie ones you get from a hotel. A proper sewing kit, in a basket and everything.


Whenever I go to the hairdressers she keeps trying to steer me towards lighter tones, because it’ll be more flattering as you get older.  I’m stubbornly sticking with my dark brown but I’m convinced one day she’ll have me as a blonde without even telling me!

I listen to Smooth FM on the way to work.

I own a very sensible mummy cost, bought for warmth and the fact it has a hood and big pockets.


And I really start to show my age when I occasionally still refer to Ant and Dec as PJ and Duncan!

I am a little bit traumatised at realising I am now closer to 40 than I am to 30, but the past 5 years have been pretty good so let’s hoping the run up to the big 4-0 is just as great.

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  1. Beth Twinderelmo
    November 14, 2014 / 6:50 am

    Mine was when I had wellies and a waterproof coat that I’d migrated towards an adulthood. Getting a dishwasher this week and feeling absolute glee also sealed the deal!!
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  2. Emily G
    November 14, 2014 / 7:38 am

    Happy birthday! I too recently bought a soup mug for work, and was quite guff end about it. I keep tutting when I hear the music on radio one. It’s madness that spice girls wannabe is 18 years old! It can blow your mind if you think about it too much. Great post, have a lovely day! #pocolo
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  3. Emily G
    November 14, 2014 / 7:39 am

    Guff end should be chuffed. Stupid technology. X
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  4. November 14, 2014 / 7:56 am

    Loved this post and there’s nothing wrong with loving Tupperware. I get excited by Alan Titchmarsh these days. Cor. 😀
    At 35, I was still in my prime. It was downhill after that but being in my 40’s is OK so don’t fear it too much. Enjoy your 30’s while you still can. 😀 X
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  5. November 14, 2014 / 1:46 pm

    Hehe what a great post.
    I felt really grown up when we just got a car (I dont even drive but hubby does) never mind that we have a house, baby and are married with was getting a car that made me feel like a proper grown up, that and the fact that I celebrated my 29th birthday this week…This is the first birthday I was like ‘oh my god I am old’ about!
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  6. Potty Mouthed Mummy
    November 14, 2014 / 3:24 pm

    I agree with all these points, I think I have been 40 for a long time xx
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  7. November 14, 2014 / 4:10 pm

    Oh, I have a sewing box too. And a sensible parka, all war with a hood and big pockets. But this may be more about being a mum than about being older. Oh, and I have this thing that you put in the pain when you boil eggs so it tells you how cooked your egg is. Sad but wonderful! haha
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  8. November 14, 2014 / 6:33 pm

    Ah, this made me smile 🙂 I think I’m still 25 in my head… still can’t quite accept that I’m in my 40’s 🙂 Love a good gadget, and storage… you can never have too much storage! Thanks so much for linking to #ThePrompt x
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  9. November 14, 2014 / 7:39 pm

    I wish I was only 35 (happy birthday!). I’m sadly on the wrong side of 40. I own a sewing kit and my mum always buys me moisturiser at Christmas. Even worse (but she meant well), she gave me some shoes of hers the other day as they didn’t fit her. So now I’ve got some shoes of an almost 70 year old…..

  10. November 14, 2014 / 8:26 pm

    Oh my work colleagues rave about those blooming soup tupperware thingies! 🙂 I don’t think there is one thing that you can do that makes you a grown up – and I don’t like the fact that society suggests that certain behaviours suit certain ages – I am 43 and I prefer Radio 1 to Radio 2 or, god forbid, Radio 3 😉 I don’t do sudoku or knitting. That’s just my personality – some things will just never be ‘me’! On the other hand I think you do grow out of some things like, when I was a student I used to love daytime TV but now I avoid daytime TV at all costs! I think you maybe just put a greater value on time as you get older? Or maybe that’s just to do with having kids 😉 I’m not quite sure what your hairdresser is on about either unless she means that lighter hair disguises greys more easily 🙂 Hope you’ve had a great birthday my love Xx #theprompt
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  11. November 15, 2014 / 9:59 am

    Happy birthday 🙂 I’m not sure I’m ever going to feel like a proper grown up. Like you a lot of the signs are there… But I reckon 40 is the new 21. I’m definitely a lot happier with my lot nowadays than I ever was back then! x
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  12. Loving life with little ones
    November 15, 2014 / 9:52 pm

    I turned 31 this week and it struck me too one evening that I was a proper grown up and over 30 now!! I have a mortgage, two children with the eldest just started school and one on the way too, it wasn’t until my birthday that I began to panic and think I am a really grown up now too. had I just been too busy to notice it before??? #pocolo

  13. November 16, 2014 / 4:55 pm

    Happy belated Birthday!! I loved PJ and Duncan – Just Dec actually and had posters of them all over my walls. I also have a thing for tupperware 🙂 x
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  14. November 17, 2014 / 11:53 am

    Don’t worry! I am 33, have all of the above and I’m definitely NOT a proper grown up. You can stilll be a kid at heart until you’re 99+, I think. x
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  15. November 19, 2014 / 10:22 pm

    You NEED to check out the Lakeland catalogue, full of too expensive but very impressive quirky homeware/cookery gadgets. Also your coat is sensible but not Mumsy as it’s orange which is pretty funky in a good way :0)
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  16. lifeatthelittlewood
    November 25, 2014 / 9:48 am

    Oh, how funny Jo! I’m totally with you on the microwaveable soup Tupperware thing – how amazing is that?!! And all my coat choices are in the ‘mum-style’ now. It’s just no good without a hood! Loved this chicky. And you are still only a spring chicken! 🙂 xx

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