Monday, 5 June 2017

Sleep

Mylo is 5 weeks old now, how time flies! But saying that, it means we’ve now had 5 weeks of that lovely broken sleep - waking every 3-4 hours and having to see the following day through whilst feeling like your eyes aren’t even open! For the first week, we slept downstairs with him so that we could nap whenever we could without disturbing each other and doing this meant we at least got a block of around 4 hours each per night. 


When it comes to having a newborn, people are quick to comment on the ‘no-sleep’ aspect of it all but the truth is, it’s such a small part of whats happening and you forget about it when you experience all of the other things... First smile, giggles, cuddles, even the first time they sleep through! I’m not saying that it’s easy because it isn’t and that’s coming from someone who loves to sleep but if I can power through then anyone can! 

We still work on a shift basis now, for example, one of us will do the 10:30pm feed whilst the other one goes to bed and then the other will wake up for the 3/4am feed allowing each other a good 4-5 hours sleep if not more. It’s all about communication and teamwork, I think, and I hold my hands up and praise those Mums who do it alone! One thing that definitely helps me to wake up feeling relatively human though, is having a good nights sleep! When I was pregnant, I was propped up with so many pillows, pillows under my side, in between my knees, everywhere! But it meant that I was supporting my body and was comfy too - even on the sofa now, I prop myself up especially when I’m feeding Mylo and it helps so much! 


Even Mylo has his own little pillow to help him sleep, especially if I’m just getting ready - I pop him on his Babymoov Cosydream and he’s supported really well. 

If you’re struggling to sleep or even get comfortable in bed, take a look at this little adjustable beds video and see if there’s something you can change to your sleeping arrangements to help you become more comfortable! Take it from the #SleepExperts and grab a good nights sleep whilst you can! 

Thursday, 25 May 2017

A Parents Guide to being Summer Ready

I think it may be safe to say that summer has finally arrived! We’ve had some lovely weather this week and it’s set to see us through the bank holiday weekend too which is fabulous, however, I’m struggling to enjoy the sun as much as I’d like as of course, we now have Mylo to think about and we need to ensure that he’s protected and doesn’t get too hot. 


Millie loves being outside and doesn’t let any sort of weather bother her! She will play outside come rain or shine but it’s how we protect her when she is playing outside that matters most. We’ll ensure she has a water bottle full of cool water or juice, a sun hat on and sun tan lotion to prevent her getting burnt and to protect her skin. She has a Wendy house too which provides much needed shade when she needs it and also a little pop-up tent that she can chill in if the sun does get too much. With Mylo, we have kept him shaded in his pushchair with a mesh cover over him which protects from sun rays and also stops bugs getting to him. In the summer months, we’ll probably be spending a lot of time in the garden so we’ll make sure that he’s also covered in lotion and has hats on to protect his head from the heat if and when it’s needed. 


It’s hard to enjoy the sun sometimes when you have little people to worry about and if you end up spending most of your time shaded rather than topping up your tan, you may want to go ahead and look at getting yourself a tan elsewhere! There’s just nothing better than having a lovely tanned completion and I feel that a tan can sometimes replace makeup! I love having a tan and often get spray tans now I’m a Spray Tan technician and it just makes me feel so much better about myself - it also means that being a busy Mum, I don’t have to worry about spending time applying fake tan or going on sun beds etc. 

If you’re more about the gradual tan and want it to look natural (as if you have been out in the sun rather than getting a spray tan), Ellisons have some fab offers on St Tropez lotions and you can read their summer E-Book here which gives some great tips about getting summer ready whether you’re a Mum, Mum to Be or just a regular singleton enjoying the sunshine! Whoever you are, don’t miss the chance to enjoy the sunshine and get your skin set for summer #ReadySetGlow

What’s your favourite way to get yourself Summer ready?! 
(*Collaborative post)

Saturday, 13 May 2017

I had a Baby!

I’d like to introduce you all to our newest edition and our beautiful Baby Boy, Mylo Robert Bailey.


Mylo was born via Elective Section on May 3rd at 9:54am. He was healthy and well and we came home the day after. I’m recovering really well too but have taken a step back from blogging for a while to get used to having a baby around again. 

Stay tuned for regular updates or follow me on Twitter or Instagram for daily photos and to see what I’m getting up to! 






Monday, 1 May 2017

Hospital Bag: Elective C-Section

The time has come and I’m due to go into hospital for my elective section on Wednesday 3rd May. I’ll be 39 weeks + 5 day so very close to due date but I’m happy that baby has stayed putt as being in my tummy is the best place for him! When I had Millie, I took so much into hospital with me but didn't actually end up using most of it and also didn’t have things to hand that I wish I did so I’d like to think that second time round, I’m a lot more prepared and organised as I know what’s to come! 

If you’re having a section or simply going into hospital to give birth, take a look at what I’m packing in my hospital bag/suitcase (as it’s easier to carry/wheel with me before and after baby is born)...


For me:
- Slippers as I didn’t take any last time and I was wondering around bare footed! 
- Nighty x 2, easily accessible and loose fitting so they’ll be comfortable to sleep and move in.
- 5 x Black high waisted knickers so they don’t rub on my scar and will hold the giant pads in place.
- Loose dress to come home in so I’m comfortable. 
- Baggy t-shirt + leggings (as a spare outfit just incase)
- Flip flops (however, I’ll probably wear these to the hospital as my feet have swollen already.
- Nursing bra: I have a super comfy one from Bravissimo that un-hooks but has no wiring in so I can wear this for when I’m coming home. 
- Maternity pads x 15 and disposable pants for as soon as I come out of surgery. 
- Breast pads
- Nipple cream as I plan on breastfeeding for the first few weeks (if I can)

- Toiletries including:
Moisturiser
Lip Balm
Shower gel
Toothbrush + paste
Feminine wipes
Face wipes 

- Other items including:
Camera
Phone charger
iPad
Headphones 
Can of Lucozade for after surgery 
Breakfast bars 
Chocolate bar 
Hospital notes
Purse with change in

For Baby: 
- 3 x Small baby sleep suits as we only took ‘Newborn’ for Millie and they were huge on her! These are up to 7.5lbs so hopefully should fit if he comes out the size we’re expecting.
- 3 x Small baby vests
- 3 x Newborn sleep suits incase he is a little bigger and we have another size option. 
- 3 x Small baby vests
- Hat 
- Mittens
- Warm cardigan to come home in
- Newborn nappies 
- Cotton balls 
- Water wipes 
- Bath towel
- Muslin cloth 
- Large muslin swaddle cloth 
- 8 x Aptamil bottles incase he doesn’t take to breastfeeding 
- Blanket  

It seems like quite an extensive list when I look at it like this but I know that I have everything we’ll need without worrying about forgetting anything. I’ve prepared for the poo explosions, blood stained clothes, comfortable fitting things and even both types of feeding options. Adam also has his own bag sorted with camera stuff in, some protein shakes and snacks for himself, a spare t-shirt incase he gets baby goo/poo on him and his iPad etc to watch whilst we’re waiting to go to theatre. 

I just can’t believe how fast this pregnancy has gone and I am so ready to meet my little boy. Let me know if you think I’ve missed anything out! 

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Slimming World Eats: Overnight Breakfast Oats

Another great recipe idea to have tabbed, especially if you’re getting fed up with your usual meals. I love making these overnight oats and changing it up with a different flavour yoghurt or different combinations of fruit but take a look at the standard that I usually make... Perfect if you’re on Slimming World as you’re getting some speed fruits in there and also using one of your HEx B’s too! 

overnight oats

Ingredients:
40g Oats
1 x Muller Light (or equivalent fat free yoghurt)

Fruit of your choice - I have used 
Grapes
Blueberries
Strawberries
Raspberries 

Add your oats and yoghurt into a portable pot/tub (any will do but these are perfect little jars from IKEA) and swirl it around so that the yoghurt coats most of the oats. Then simply add the fruit on top. You can leave like this or stir up before you refrigerate and eat in the morning. 

It’s a quick way to get your breakfast done and dusted and will also fill you up for a good few hours too! I often find that I can eat these at 7am and not have anything else until around 11:30/12pm! They’re super filling and really healthy too - try adding some different combinations of yoghurt and fruit for a change! 





overnight oats

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Preparing for Baby: 35 Weeks Pregnant

Wow, 35 weeks pregnant. Can you believe it!? I’m struggling to get my head around the fact that in just a few short weeks, we’ll have our baby boy here! Of course, I’m super excited and secretly can’t wait to meet him but there’s just a few things we need to get out of the way first! 

Millie’s birthday is at the end of the month (around the time my section will be done believe it or not...) and she’s having her birthday party in 2 weeks time just to make sure we don’t end up having him early and she misses out completely. I have 5 more days left at work too which I’m hoping will absolutely fly by - then I’ll be off for a whole year (I hope!) But other than that, we are pretty much prepared for his arrival. Clothes are washed, just a few items that we’ve been given over the last week or so that need to go in, Snuzpod is up and in our bedroom, Moses basket it up and sitting in the nursery and his room is ready for when he’s big enough to go in there alone. Until then, all of his stuff is in there so the house doesn’t get too cluttered but we do need to sort a changing basket out to have downstairs just for ease. 


I wanted to share some bits with you that have either helped me through this pregnancy so far or that I’m looking forward to using once baby is here. From around 17 weeks, I’ve been relatively ’normal’ with all nausea going. I had a rough patch about 4 weeks ago when I was so tired that my body just wasn’t functioning and I was having terrible Braxton Hicks but other than that, it’s been pretty smooth sailing. I’ve been drinking Gaviscon like it’s water though for about 3 months now and munching the tablets everytime I eat but I guess there are worse symptoms to be experiencing! 

My stretch marks seem to be fading too as I’ve been using the Secret Saviours band and lotions religiously since around 21 weeks but I know that with Millie, my stretch marks actually only appeared around about this time so we’ll see if it helps to minimise them up until I give birth...

My hospital bag is all packed now too! It was a bit of a struggle trying to remember the sort of things I needed to pack so I googled ‘Hospital Checklist’ and just took off the main things that I felt like I’d need and trying to remember what I used/didn’t use when I had Millie. I think because I’m having a section this time round, I’m more prepared and know what to have so I’ve made sure I’ve got lots of maternity pads, newborn nappies and a range of baby grows too as the ones we had for Millie were huge! I’m also not ‘over packing’ so I took my iPad etc last time that I just didn’t use as there was no wifi and I took a book but I’d rather lie and watch my baby. I am packing some extra bits for baby boy though including some swaddles. I didn’t think about it last time and Millie ended up loving being swaddled so these Aden and Anais swaddles are perfect as they’ll double up as covers for breastfeeding too! 



I’ve also been buying some cute little bits for the nursery and some keep sake items too. This super cute Elephant is actually from Scentsy! My friend and ex-fellow blogger Gemma has her own Scentsy business and I saw this and just couldn’t not get it! Millie absolutely loved her Euan the Dream Sheep and it turned into more of a comforter for her than it did a sleep aid so I’m hoping that this little guy with its gorgeously smelling tummy, can do the same for our little man. There’s 3 other characters to choose too so make sure you go and have a look!

We’ve also had a ‘Meelight’ for in the nursery but will be using it in our bedroom until he moves into the nursery. It’s a little egg shaped light that is detachable from its base and is perfect for night feeds and changes as the light is dim enough to not disturb baby (or your partner!) and can remain on charge or at a socket point like a normal light would! I love that it can clip onto your clothes too, perfect when you’re trying to make and clean bottles at 3am! 

The last things I’ve been loving are these Bellybuds headphones. They’re a way for you and baby to listen to music together but without worrying that the loudness is going to disturb him too much! You simply plug your iPod/music into the headphone jack (link with yours too if you want to!) and then place the buds on your stomach with using the provided gel pads or just resting them on your stomach. It’s such a nice way to relax and feel your baby move to the music. It’s a different way to connect and you can also play recordings of storybooks or singing too! 

I think with all the other bits and bobs we are finally ready to welcome this little man into the world. Only 4 weeks to go and we’ll finally be able to announce his arrival to you all! 




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Thursday, 9 March 2017

31 Weeks Pregnant: Baby number 2

Oh, boy. 31 weeks pregnant (32 weeks tomorrow!) which means less than 8 weeks to go! I can't believe how fast this pregnancy has gone, even with the dodgy few weeks right at the start... it literally has flown by! Most of baby's things are sorted now, I sorted his room out last weekend, built the cot and stocked his wardrobe all I need to do now is sort out my hospital bag, which I keep putting off!
 

The last few weeks have been lovely too, I've been feeling really good and excited for his arrival, preparing myself and our home for his arrival and also had my baby shower on Saturday which my best friend organised and had such an amazing afternoon seeing some friends who I haven't seen for months! I'm just starting to lag a little in the afternoons now and by the time Friday comes, I'm definitely ready for a rest! Working a full time job during this pregnancy has taken it out of me a lot more than it did when I was pregnant with Millie as I wasn't working at all through the majority of the 2nd and 3rd Trimester!
 
So, as for all of the symptoms... He's been moving A LOT, like proper rolls and turns and he's started to stick his bum out now too! Adam and Millie can see my tummy moving most evenings and Adam feels him every day now which is cute (he still thinks its super weird!). I'm kind of trying to embrace it all now as I know this is definitely going to be our last baby and I won't be pregnant again so I'm taking time to feel every move, kick and roll even if it's uncomfortable as hell at times or when I'm juuuuust dropping off to sleep! Heartburn is back with a  vengeance. Nothing triggers it, it literally comes on sporadically and hurts like a mofo. Gaviscon is definitely my best friend.
 
 
Stretchmarks are getting a little more obvious now too even though I'm keeping up with my Secret Saviours Bump Band and lotions, I had some from Millie so I just think those ones are growing as my bump does! But the lotions are so nice as they aren't sticky and dry pretty much instantly unlike some of the other oils and lotions I've been using. I stick a load on in the morning and then again when I'm home and then before bed - even if they're not preventing them, it makes my belly feel so much better!
 
I'm slowly developing a waddle. My hips are starting to hurt towards the end of the day and my ankles are starting to swell if I've been on my feet a lot too! But, other than this, I really do feel great. I wore a lovely dress from Boohoo Maternity to my baby shower which I felt fab in and my hair and skin has never been better! I'm definitely embracing the pregnancy glow at the moment but I'm not too sure how long it's going to last...
 
4 weeks left at work and hopefully baby should be here within 7 weeks! The countdown is ON!
 

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Saving Money whilst on Maternity Leave

Maternity leave is fast approaching, with only 6 weeks of work left for me before my maternity leave starts officially, but along with the excitement of having no work for 9/10 months, comes the financial worry of not having a steady income that we’ve been used to for the last 2 years. Since before we started trying for a baby, I’ve been saving what I can out of my monthly wage to help buy bits and bobs for the baby and also, to support me whilst I’m off on maternity leave but we’ve had to dip in and out of those savings and they’re not going to last forever so I’m trying to think of some other ways that will help us save money whilst I’m off on Maternity leave and hopefully will give you some ideas too if you’re also planning on going on maternity anytime soon.

Some people may be able to see Maternity leave through on just the basic SMP or Tax credits they have, others may need to take out a small loan from places like Swiftmoney.com to help them through the month but, hopefully, using some of these nifty tricks may avoid these worries and you’ll be sailing through maternity leave like there’s no tomorrow... 


1. Loyalty cards and Store cards/Vouchers
I did a whole blog post about using store cards and vouchers such as Nectar, Clubcard, Boots card and all the other ones which you can read here but over the last year, I’ve really utilised store cards and voucher schemes like the Myvouchers.com from Nectar - you can load this up before you go shopping and it will give you extra Nectar points on certain items (like the receipts you get from the till) but also, our Nectar points are saved all year and I use them to buy Christmas eve dinner or Christmas dinner which can save us around £50-£60. We also try and buy nappies from Sainsburys as we like them anyway but it means that we’re also getting Nectar points too unlike if we were to buy them from Aldi or elsewhere. Boots is the same, you’ll be getting 10 points per £1 if you join their Babyclub! 

2. Shop around in bargain stores
It might mean an extra hour of shopping but you’re on maternity, you have all the time in the world... right!? Not quite... but it’s definitely worth it! We do our food shop in Aldi most of the time as we prefer a lot of their foods including meats and vegetables - we find they last a lot longer than other supermarkets’ do! But, we head to places like B&M and Home Bargains for everything else such as Toilet roll, Cleaning products, Cat food and litter and other little necessities just because we’ve found that it works out so much cheaper! 

3. Cut down on spending in general
I know it sounds daft but think about things you buy unnecessarily... Coffee? Chocolate when you pop to the shops? That top that’s on sale? Unnecessary spending is definitely one thing I’ll be cutting back on massively and to help me, I’ve worked out a budget for myself each week after all the outgoings have left my account and I’ll draw that money out every Monday morning and it will be my ‘pocket money’ for the week. Anything that I want will be a case of waiting and seeing if I still want it 2 or 3 days later... 

4. Bills and Credit cards
It sounds daft but, try and work out where you can cut down on your bills. If you split your household bills with your partner like I do with Adam, it might be harder to do but, we have downgraded our Sky box and saved £5 a month on that and then there’s things like credit cards and phone bills that can also be cut down by just making sure they’re paid on time! 

5. Monthy clear-outs
The one thing that comes with having a new baby is stuff. Yep, you’ll get through so many clothes, toys, accessories, baby items etc etc etc, but, you arent going to need them forever! So, at the end of each month, why not have a good clear out and have an eBay selling spree! Stick all the unwanted, unused items on eBay and make some money back from the things you either barely used or had double of! If you’re anything like us, you’ll be given loads of things anyway so you’re bound to be able to sell some things once baby is a few months old! This can also be your items too - shoes, clothes, makeup, the list is endless! 

6. Start a Hobby or Business! 
Now, this isn’t for everyone and there are obvious ties that come with starting your own business or hobby, but, if you do it properly, it may really be able to help you out when you’re on maternity leave, especially in the later months! I make my own earrings, I am also a Younique rep and I have just started my own Spray Tanning business. I don’t do them all full-time but they each bring in their own little wage each month that goes towards paying bills, the food shop or even a treat at the end of the week! You must register yourself as self-employed though if you’re selling items or starting a business but in the long run, it might really benefit you! 

Hopefully, we’ll be able to see ourselves through the (almost) full year of me being off work as I hope to return just before Easter next year but, money will be the main decider of that and if we can’t pull in enough to pay the bills then I’ll need to go back to work earlier than expected! 

The countdown is well and truly on now though... less than 10 weeks to go until I meet our little man! 
(*In collaboration with Swiftmoney)

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Guest Posting on Secret Saviours

For the last few weeks and until April, I have been guest posting over on Secret Saviours Blog. Secret Saviours is a company that is inspired by Mums and have put together products to help minimise stretch marks. Secret Saviours' Anti Stretchmark Band is their key item which is said to help reduce stretch marks by up to 70%!
 
I have been using the band and gels for the last few weeks and will be posting a review once baby is here of the effects it has had on me and my stretch marks and whether it has worked for me or not so stay tuned...
 
 
 
 
For the time being, go and have a read of my Guest Posts:
 

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Getting your Garden Summer Ready

When we moved house back in October, the only downside to the whole thing was that the garden was a complete mess. I’m talking, completely overgrown, broken greenhouse, battered soil shed and a completely bodged fence. The deal was that we cleared the garden and the landlord sorted the house and thats how it went. Now we’ve been settled here for a few months, the garden is a blank slate and we’re waiting for the warmer weather to come so we can make a start on getting it to how we want it. 
We have such a big space to play with and we need to make it as child friendly as we can as Millie loves to be outside in the summer and of course, we’ll have another little one wondering around soon so everything needs to be evened out. We want half to be grass and half to be paved so we can get some furniture to sit on it. I love the look of the rattan garden sets, they’re so comfortable and perfect for entertaining too! We love having BBQ’s during the summer, Adam loves to get his grill on and Millie loves to play in her paddling pool too! I’d love a Hot Tub in the garden too but I just don’t think we’d use it as much as I’d like to once baby is here... Maybe that’s something for next year? 

Millie’s Wendy house needs to be put back up too when the weather improves, we dismantled it when we moved house and because of it being close to winter, thought we would leave it until the spring to set up again. I’d love to redecorate that for her and paint it inside to make it more homely but I’d like to get our space settled first. Fishpools have some lovely pieces of furniture and accessories for the garden so we may be buying a few bits to help us get started from their sale section as we need some storage for toys and bikes! Just look at the progress we’ve made from moving in back in October... The garden was honestly such a state that we wondered if we’d ever be able to sort it! 

Adam wants to get a little vegetable patch set up in the top corner of the garden too and I love the look of the raised beds - we’d need to get a cover because of the cats and birds we get in the garden but I think Millie would love to plant some vegetables and grow them. It’s so easy to do and we definitely have the space it’s just getting it done in time for summer! 

If money wasn’t an issue, I’d love to do so much to our garden, just look at pinterest and you can see how beautiful some people make their gardens and of course, I’d definitely have my hot tub and one of these gorgeous day beds too! Imagine lying in the summer, drink in hand and BBQ on in that! Absolute BLISS! 

Take a look at the work we’ve done so far and some of the ideas I’ve come across to get our garden looking exactly how I want it to and hopefully we can start looking at the garden furniture we really want... 
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Sunday, 5 February 2017

Slimming World Eats: Easy Chilli Con Carne

It’s not getting any warmer is it?! So I thought what better way to warm our tummies than to whip up a Slimming World Friendly, Chilli Con Carne and share the recipe with you all! 

You can serve this just like I did with a portion of rice and salad or skip the rice and make it SP with a massive helping of salad and vegetables. You can also bulk out the recipe with more speed foods like mushrooms, peppers and a variety of beans. For this though, I’ve stuck to the basic recipe I use whenever I make a Chilli and it tastes pretty damn good too! 

Slimming world Chilli con carne

Ingredients:
500g 5% Fat Mince
Fry light (if you’re using a pan)
1 Large Onion chopped
1 Garlic clove chopped into small pieces
400g tin Kidney beans drained
1/2 tsp Paprika
1/2 tsp Cumin
1tsp Chilli Powder
1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
800g Chopped Tomatoes
1 tbsp Tomato Puree 
1 Beef stock cube 
200ml Boiling water

Method:
Step 1: Spray your pan with fry light and add your chopped Onions, Garlic and Mince and fry lightly until Mince is browned. 

Step 2: Add your spices and Kidney beans and mix well (don’t throw your tin away!). 

Step 3: Add the tomatoes and puree and mix well.

Step 4: Add 200ml boiling water and your stock cube to the kidney beans tin and fill approx. half way. Stir and then add the stock into the pan. Stir well and leave to simmer for 15minutes. 








One of the good things I love about this recipe too is that you can bash all the ingredients together into a slow cooker or use a saucepan/hob and let it simmer for a while. Our oven/hob at the new house is brilliant, it heats up super quick and even though it’s electric, the temperature alters really quickly too so you don’t have to worry about burning anything. Belling range cookers UK have a gorgeous range of cookers if you’re looking to update your kitchen to fit in with your new Slimming World-I’m going to cook everything from scratch- lifestyle so go take a look! 

Leaving the mixture to simmer will help soften the kidney beans and will thicken the mixture. If you like your Chilli to be quite runny, add another 100ml of water or alternatively, leave to simmer for less time. I like to have mine quite thick and juicy as the tomatoes help to give it a lovely juicy texture anyway but if you find it’s too thick, just do this. 

As I said above, serve with whatever you fancy but I tend to go with a bit of salad and some boiled rice, sometimes with a lashing of sour cream or guacamole... Enjoy all of this completely free of syns (although I can’t control what you eat after this...)

Slimming world Chilli con carne

Slimming world Chilli con carne

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Thursday, 2 February 2017

Getting Organised for Baby Number 2

I'm creeping up to the 30 week mark, over half way through and things are starting to get real! As for everything that comes with having a baby (the money saving/spending, buying of clothes, research of symptoms, more buying of clothes, desperation of wanting everything to be perfect etc. etc.) I like to think that I'm quite on top of things - we moved house back in October out of a tiny 2 bed into a massive 3 bed which means that Baby Boy will have his own room and it's given us space to stash everything we've bought up until now too! Whereas, with Millie, there were boxes everywhere! We only had room for a chest of drawers for her clothes and they were stashed in every nook and cranny we could find in the flat but... we made it work.

Although I'm super happy that he will have his own space and own room, I do wish that we had that extra bit of space for ourselves to either turn into an office space or even just as a place to organise our lives and jobs! Adam works as a Personal Trainer and I have my Earring making alongside my blog work - it'd be a great space to work and get a snazzy computer. There is some fabulous Office furniture from Furniture at Work that would work so well for us both in there as it's quite a small room, we'd need to be clever with the space and how we'd use it. But for now, until (if we ever) we move out into a bigger house that has an office space, it will be little mans' den and I'm looking forward to sprucing it up for him! We've gone for a Lime Green and Grey theme with lots of Clouds and Stars plastered over blankets, beddings and pictures!

An interesting infographic that states how, apparently, our Star signs have something to say about just how organised we can be... Like I said, I'd like to think that I'm pretty on top of things - we have his furniture bought and just need to make it, all of this clothes are bought (probably for the next 6 months!!) we have his Moses basket and bedding and even his bottles for if I decide to bottle feed, but lets have a look to see what it says...

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I'm a Capricorn - so according to this then yes it's right and no it's not... I'm "Ahead of the game" but not because that's how I want to be, because someone else has done it! If only!
What did your star sign say about you?! You can view the complete infographic here!
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Sunday, 29 January 2017

Clothing Wishlist

Whoever says that when you’re pregnant you have to buy Maternity clothes is a big fat liar. During both of my pregnancies (yes, I know I’m only half way through this one...), I only ever bought maternity leggings and tights for the simple reason that the waistband got ridiculously tight on my normal ones due to the bump growing and growing. When it came to everything else, I just upped a size and stuck to what I’d usually wear. Look at this blog post for example, this was the day before I went into labour!! No one ever knew the difference and it meant that I weren’t getting rid of maternity clothes a couple of weeks after baby was born! 

I’m on the hunt for some new bits for work at the moment as I’m getting bored of what I currently own and fit in! I live in leggings and loose fitted shirts anyway so wearing these whilst being pregnant just happens naturally and up until about 2 weeks ago, you couldn’t even tell I was pregnant! I’ve found these super cute bits over on Quiz, a few of which are in the sale too which is a bonus! All of which are perfect to dress up or down!

Along with clothes for now, I’m also trying to hunt down a perfect ‘post-baby wedding outfit’ as I have a wedding to go to just 4 weeks after I will have had our little boy. I’m thinking loose fitting (to show none of my lumps and bumps), cap sleeves (for ease if I choose to breastfeed) and definitely long (because no woman can last that long in heels after she’s had a baby!). I popped into Quiz just before Christmas to find a New Years Eve dress and it was one of just two places that I managed to find a beautiful occasion dress so I know that if I keep looking, something will pop up!

Flower design Blue Shirt - £26.99
Striped cold shoulder shirt - £9.99
Nude Long shift top - 14.99
Rose Embroidery Jumper - £14.99
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Thursday, 26 January 2017

Pregnancy Update: Week 25 Baby #2

I can’t believe I’m over half way through this pregnancy, there’s less time left than what I’ve already done and I can’t wait to meet my baby boy! I’ve started to prepare the little things and we need to go and get his wardrobe and some storage from IKEA next week to make a start on the nursery. It’s a massive mess of boxes and baby stuff at the moment but once the wardrobe is in, there’ll be a bit more order to everything (I hope). Have a read to see how I’ve been getting on this week...

 
Due date?
5th May 2017 (although he’s due to come a week early via elective section - you can read more about that here)
 
How far along? 
I’m now 25 Weeks and 2 days
Gender?
It’s a Boy!! 

 
Maternity clothes?
Just tights at the moment as they have support for my bump. Everything else is just a size bigger than what I normally am and I’m simply living in leggings and baggy tops/jumpers! I may have to go and buy some maternity leggings soon though as these ones are starting to become a little uncomfortable. I have been using my Secret Saviours bump support and day/night gel this week as my bump has been really itchy and it’ll be featuring on my blog soon so stay tuned! 
 
Sleep?
Waking up at least once a night to go for a wee but still getting a pretty decent nights’ sleep. Apart from having a hacking cough this week, baby seems to wake up just as I get into bed and then first thing in the morning so we have similar sleeping patterns it seems...

Movement?
Lots! He’s a very active baby and I’ve been feeling movements and kicks from around 17 weeks. They’re full on now though and you can see my tummy jolt for some of them! Adam has also felt quite a few now with the first ‘kick’ being on Christmas Eve! 
Cravings?
Not really had any cravings at all during this pregnancy, more so wanting things at random points in the day and not being able to forget about them. Currently on my second Mars Bar Ice cream of the night... 
 
Symptoms?
Other than Heartburn and the obvious bump, not many symptoms. My hair seems to have grown a lot though and has stopped falling out - when I was pregnant with Millie, I lost lots of hair and I did with this pregnancy up until 12/13 weeks.
 
Best moment this week?
Not a fat lot, I’ve been quite poorly with a bad case of Conjunctivitis that Millie passed onto me and because I’m pregnant, I can’t take antibiotics or even eye-drops so I’ve had to battle that out along with Bronchitis coming back and being back on my inhaler! 

Miss anything?
Sleeping on my front. I try, I sleep with a long pillow at the side of me and cock my leg over it but it’s just not the same! 
 
 Anything making you queasy or sick? 
Nope, thank god. 
Labour signs?
No! Too early! 
Belly button in or out?
Half & Half. Kind of in, kind of out. It’s sort of flat now along my stomach rather than going in or popping out but I think it will pop. 
 
Wedding rings on or off?
I'm not married (yet) but my ring I normally wear is still on and still has lots of room behind it too!
 
Happy or moody most of the time?
Happy although work gets me down at times as its a pretty stressful job! 

Looking forward to?
36 week appointment to schedule in my C-section date! 

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Mens Fashion

I like to think that I know my stuff when it comes to Fashion, whether it’s women or children but when it comes to men, it’s a slight stumbling block and I don’t really tend to take charge. Adam has got a pretty good taste in Fashion too with numerous items in my wardrobe being gifts from Adam and he loves dressing Millie too! But when it does come down to Mens Fashion, do you know what you’re talking about? 
If I was a male, I think i’d end up living in joggers and trainers, I pretty much do that now anyway so it’s not much different, is it?! Well, lets take a look... I’ve delved into Adam’s wardrobe and let him take charge to put together 2 Smart-Casual outfits to help give us ladies a little more knowledge into the realm that is Mens Fashion. 


One of Adams’ favourite pieces in his wardrobe is this Vito Camo Blazer that he got from ASOS a few years ago. It is so easy to dress up or down and he often wears it with just a T-shirt underneath like this Dripping Lips Wasted Heroes T-Shirt or a simple White Shirt goes well too. It also has cute detailing all on the inside and on the cuffs, take a peek at the picture below...

 A styling tip to remember when it comes to Blazers is Get it fitted! A fitted jacket or blazer like this should fit perfectly, leaving you able to button it up if you need to without pulling across your stomach (too many beers?) or along your shoulders - make sure the sleeves are long enough too being around 1/2 an inch down from your wrists. This way, you won’t look like you’ve borrowed it from a friend or, like I said, have had one too many beers... 

Trousers are also another thing to ensure you have fitted properly. Whether it’s suit trousers, casual chinos or jeans, they need to be fitted and comfortable. Make sure that when getting measured for mens trousers, your inner and outer leg are both measured correctly and make sure that they’re sitting below your ankles and not above. Jeans are a little easier to suit as you can turn up jeans if they’re too long but still, make sure that they fit right around the waste, the whole ‘baggy trousers’ thing was so 1990. 
 










If you’re looking to dress a little more formal smart-casual then jeans can also pull a look together nicely and who doesn’t love a man who can pull off not only a good blazer but a bow-tie too!? Back at New Year, we had a house party with a few friends and set a ‘Black Tie’ theme which soon went out the window and got knocked down to Smart wear. All the blokes wore bow-ties and us girls got our sparkly dresses and heels out! Adam wore his tweed style Blazer from Burtons Menswear, A simple White shirt and his Bow-Tie (that he can’t actually tie himself, I had to do it!) with his Jeans and a pair of Brogues from Matalan. The whole look was perfect, it’s the right balance of Smart and Casual all in one and it can easily be dressed up; adding a pair of Mens trousers or dressed down; removing the bow-tie, unbuttoning the shirt and swapping the brogues for trainers. 

Again, the whole get it fitted motto comes into play here, more-so than before. Make sure your blazer is comfortable, not pulling or stretching and the detailing is in the bow-tie. There are 100’s of How-To videos on Youtube so don’t be put off. Make sure your jeans are ironed, ripped jeans are obviously a no-no and clean up your shoes. I guess a skinny tie could be worn too, whatever floats your boat I suppose... 








I do have to admit that he looks pretty good in either, a little more facial hair and he’d be 10/10 for me... until then, I’ll settle at a 9 and will take the bow-tie any day. Adam loves his smart-casual style as it’s different from what he wears in the day; as he’s a Personal Trainer, he basically lives in active wear - joggers, hoodies, trainers, you know the drill. When it’s chance to look half decent, he takes it! If you're looking to stand out a little more though, you may want to ditch the denim. Styled trousers are less common on younger men, so it will make an extra strong fashion statement. They're also an easy way of taking a look a step beyond 'casual'. If you're older, tailored trousers will no doubt be familiar territory, but make sure you're going for a more modern, slimmer fit to hit the right note.

What do you think of mens fashion in general? Do you think you know what you’re talking about when it comes to suit fittings or bow-ties?! I think I’m getting there and I guess when baby boy comes, I’ll have to get used to dressing another male! 
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