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AMELIAS FIRST HOLIDAY



We've just got back from our first family holiday with Amelia. We spent a few days in Great Yarmouth at the Haven Caravan site in Hopton on Sea.

We went with my mom and dad and my sister, her boyfriend and their baby!

We had a lovely few days we went to the beach, took the kiddies swimming, played a few games of bowling, watched the football, went to the Pleasure Beach and went on loads of rides.

It was hard work having the two babies with us and it was very different to holidays i've taken before having a baby!

We didn't have the best weather either which made it difficult as we had packed quite summery outfits for the babies but it was very nippy.

We had a lovely first holiday and I thought i'd share a few holiday snaps

















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Some of the cards are personalisable so they are really unique! They have rude cards, cards for every occasion. They have a categories section so if your looking for a cat card or a gin card they are super easy to find. They also have a search bar which makes finding the perfect card super super easy.

They have a huge selection of Thank you cards, which are perfect for the end of the school term. Head on over to the site now to browse some lovely Thank you teacher cards. I've included a few of my faves below!

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LIFESTYLE: WHY I LOVE E BOOKS






I've had my Kindle for years and years and it's one of the best things i've ever bought. I love reading and can read a book really fast. I'm a lover of a good thriller, I love abit romance and a happy ending. Some of my favourite books include The Girl on the Train, The Fifty Shades series, I like Sophie Kinsella books and Cecelia Ahearn.

What I love most about my Kindle is that I can keep downloading books and they are all there waiting to be read. I don't have to worry about bringing a particular book out with me or worry about how i'm going to fit those books in my bag/suitcase. I find E Books easier to read than books especially on my Kindle, it's just so easy to use. I have read E Books on my iPad too but prefer my Kindle.

Although I do love a good paperback I tend to buy Ebooks as i'm more likely to read it as i'll often have my kindle in my bag but popping a book in my bag isn't something i'll think about. I've got a new job so will be commuting, i'm so excited to read some books on my journey. I think that all authors should create Ebooks as I think i'm not alone and that people love how easy it is to download a book and read it right away. I think E Books are great for lots of other businesses too not just Authors, you can easily make an Ebook on Designrr.io They have a huge range of templates to help you create the perfect book.

I haven't read any books in a while as I don't really find the time to read now i've had Amelia but as I mentioned above i've got a new job and will be commuting so i'm going to try and read more on the train and on my break at work as reading is something I really love to do but just don't really have time to do. Send over any book recommendations, I tend to look on Amazon and WHSmith in the Ebook charts to get some ideas of books to buy or sometimes i'll ask over on twitter for recommendations.





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LIFESTYLE: TRAVEL WITH A ROMANTIC PARTNER - YOUR LOVING GUIDE


Travelling with a romantic partner abroad can be a very personal and intimate experience, one that can sweep you off your feet if you’re not careful (perhaps you might consider this a good thing!) However, traveling with a romantic partner can often be somewhat of a different experience than traveling with friends and family members - and not just in the obvious ways. There are some wonderful opportunities for the both of you here, and also some good advice you should follow in order to stay safe despite keeping a stomach filled with butterflies.

Consider the following:

Speak Your Truth

When headed abroad with someone you love, especially if there relationship is in its infancy, you can sometimes be so interested in giving everything to the other person that you forget to speak your truth. It might be you’re happy to accommodate your boyfriend throughout all of the activities they want to visit, at a cost of visiting the places you would like to see. This isn’t fair. Remember that you are also paying for this vacation, or at least surrendering your time to it. You should be able to suggest locations that you visit, and if the relationship is strong this will be no problem.

This isn’t to say you should fight about going places, but that both opinions should be considered. It might be that your partner is very interested in experiencing a sporting activity that scares you, such as deep scuba diving. There is always a benefit in challenging yourself and heading outside of your comfort zone, but sometimes you can feel forced into doing things you might not have enjoyed doing because of this feeling of obligation.

Travelling abroad with someone this close can make you behave in ways you might not have originally. Never be afraid to speak your truth and always consider your safety first. If they are worth their salt, they will be more than happy for this to be the case.

Look Out For One Another

Romantic vacations can be quite dizzying. They might make you do silly things, such as climb up a cliff face for the adventure of it, or head to dangerous ground in order to see the most beautiful views. It might just be that in your fascination with the other person you forget to properly understand your location and where you are, or to keep an incredibly close eye over your currency and documentation. Be sure to come to an arrangement to help the other person manage their belongings and to stay safe at all times. No matter how much you might want to impress the other person, allowing young love to be reckless, overly energetic and dangerous can cause you both to experience an unnecessarily negative circumstance.

Practice, Care & Prolonged Experiences

Heading on one vacation can be a beautiful experience between you and a partner, but sometimes a more prolonged experience could be called for. It might be that contributing to an apartment in a beautiful country such as Indonesia https://www.rumah.com/rumah-dijual/di-area-palembang-idss14/dibawah-400juta-rupiah could help you come together and practice living together before you make your proposal. It might be that this truly helps you understand the other person past a week of nice experiences, and instead helps you bond a form of continual alliance with one another, absorbing a culture together and thus creating an experience that no one can take from you both.

Surprises

Surprises are the core of a positive vacation experience. It might be your surprise your boyfriend with tickets to a show nearby, or he books a table at one of the most prized restaurants in the area. Surprises are fun, and despite the safety requirements we have previously espoused, can come from all angles. It might be you search for a souvenir that only the two of you can remember, or in extreme circumstances that you get matching tiny tattoos on your ankle. Be wise about your surprises, but understand they can make the core of the experience shine, and help you both feel wonderful in one another’s company.

Contact

Despite travelling with one person and wanting them to be your world for a matter of weeks or even months, it will not do to drop off the face of the Earth, no matter how romantic that might seem. Always keep in contact with your family at home with regular updates, and with your friends too. Always keep a contact line open, even if you have to put forth further effort to use it in the case of small villages with limited communication networks.

Always understand the location of your nearest embassy and how to get there, as well as keeping more than one phone on you at all times in case you lose one or have it taken from you. Also, remind your partner and have them remind you of the necessity to stay on the grid, and to be reached when necessary.

Peace & Reflection

Romantic vacations can be quite an intense time. While you and your partner are likely head over heels for one another, that does not guarantee that you will not argue or come to some form of conflict. Travel can be hard on people, despite the wonder and beauty it promises. A good way of getting around this is to look for peace and reflection where you can. You needn’t spend every waking moment with the other person. It might be finding escapism on a beach with an incredible book about local history or just a good novel, or it might be attending a local pottery crafting class on your own while your partner explores.

These efforts conducted now and then can help your vacation stay fresh, and for you to unwind from one another now and again. Even great and well intentioned people can clash if tired or drained, so allowing for a little ‘me-time,’ now and then can help the vacation stay a positive experience for all.

With these efforts, travel with a romantic partner is sure to be the most romantic, safe and wise trip you have been on thus far.





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LIFESTYLE: PINTEREST WORTHY: CREATE A SWOON -WORTHY ROOM IN FIVE STEPS

If you have an interest in home decor, chances are at one time or another you’ll have scrolled through the beautiful images on Pinterest, and wondered what you can do to make your home look just as lovely. One thing that these rooms have in common is that they look light, bright and pretty with some unique touches- and this is something you can bear in mind when you’re styling your own home. The bedroom is a great place to start, each and every one of use deserves a nice room where we can relax and clear our head from the daily pressures and stresses of life. Here are some ideas for creating your perfect, Pinterest- worthy room.

Clear it out and declutter
The first thing to do would be to completely empty your room. Take out all of the furniture, curtains, anything hung on walls, rugs and whatever else is is there. Use this as an opportunity to declutter your possessions and get rid of what you no longer need. Save space in your home and your life only for things you love and actually use. Go through your wardrobe, all of your drawers, your makeup, accessories and everything else that’s currently in your bedroom.


Consider adding an ensuite or walk in wardrobe
Are you lucky enough to have a large bedroom? This can be fantastic, but it can be difficult to fill the space and can end up looking a little bare. One option to make the most of the room would be to add a small en suite or walk in wardrobe. A stud wall with a simple door or just an archway would work well. If you’re going to add a bathroom, choose your suite- a shower cubicle is often the best in a smaller space and you can get slimline sinks too which allow you to keep everything compact. Check out a range of taps and choose ones that add a little style and personality. Think about the tiles and flooring, your best bet would be to go with colours and designs that match the rest of your bedroom to create a nice flow.

Decorate in neutral tones
Once the room is clear it makes decorating easy. If you look at most Pinterest bedrooms, they’ve gone with plain white on the walls and for good reason. This makes the most of any space regardless of the size and helps it to feel bigger and more spacious. Avoid bold colours and busy wallpaper on all walls instead create a blank canvas. If your walls aren’t in the best condition then have them skimmed by a plasterer. If you want to add some colour to the walls then go with a colour on one feature wall- but research this carefully. Find the right tone, and make sure it’s not going to draw in the space too much if you’re in a smaller room. For flooring, wooden floors look elegant but if you’d rather carpet then go with something that’s again plain and neutral.

Choose the right furniture
Once you’ve got the decor right, you can start thinking about furniture. White or mirrored furniture works well as it doesn’t look too bold or heavy in the room. The key is to find pieces that properly fit the size of bedroom that you have, so be sure to measure everything before you buy. Be sure you have enough storage in your room, when everything is neatly stored away you’re not left with clutter. If your dressing table is kept in your bedroom then this is one area to make a nice feature of, go with a big mirror and a gorgeous chair or stool. Add things like decorative makeup brush holders and acrylic storage on top.

Find pretty yet interesting accessories
Finally, it's your accessories and finishing touches that will bring the room to life. A good starting point is choosing a theme, you can then pick items that match this and everything will work well together. It could be an accent metal like gold, or a theme like shabby chic. Think curtains and blinds, cushions, bedding, rugs, plants and flowers, lamps and lighting, frames, ornaments and more. There are lots of ways you can add style to the place with items that are functional as well as pretty. Go with quality over quantity, you need to get the balance right to avoid it looking like it’s crammed full. Spend time researching online the perfect pieces to add personality to your bedroom.




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OUTFIT POST: THE REAL FLOWER PETAL CONFETTI CO



JUMPSUIT: FOREVER 21 // SUNGLASSES: RAYBANS C/O WATCHSHOP.COM //  SANDALS: F&F TESCO // NECKLACE C/O PERSONALIZED CART // WATCH: OLIVIA BURTON

Yesterday we went along to The Real Flower Petal Confetti Co in Wick, Pershore.  It was a beautiful sunny day and the flowers were beautifully bright and pretty. We had a lovely stroll around and took lots of photos. We got some nice ones of Amelia too which i've shared on my insta. I thought i'd take some of myself as I haven't uploaded an outfit post for ages. I love this jumpsuit, it's an oldie from Forever 21 but it's so comfy for the hot weather. I was wearing culottes and a blouse but thought I was going to pass out from the heat.

We're off to Sing and Sign today and then to St Nicholas Park in Warwick as they have a little outdoor pool for babies and young children so we thought it would be nice to take Amelia there.
We're going on holiday on Monday so really looking forward to a few days away from reality.
















LIFESTYLE: WHAT I EAT WHEN I'M BEING HEALTHY



I've jumped back on that healthy eating bandwagon, it's probably abit late to get that fit summer body but I want to loose abit of weight and just eat abit healthier. I feel abit rubbish right now and I find that my diet can sometimes affect how i'm feeling. I have done slimming world in the past and lost over 2 stone so I know this works for me. Since being pregnant with Amelia I have just eaten whatever I want but really want to start making healthier choices and eating better. I thought i'd share a few ideas of the types of foods that I eat when i'm being healthy as I feel this can really help people.  I do have a Slimming World instagram which I share most of my meals on. I like using Instagram to get ideas for healthy meal ideas and I follow loads of Slimming World accounts again to get lots of new ideas.

For breakfast I like having Oaty Pancakes, you can see a recipe on my blog here, they are so tasty! I love having them with banana and nutella.
If i'm not having pancakes then I might do a fry up using FryLight and lean bacon, a low fat sausages.
Another breakfast favourite is a fruity smoothie, i'll pop some Banana, Strawberry, Oats and sometimes Yoghurt and honey in a blender like one from My Juicer UK for a yummy tasty refreshing smoothie in the morning.

For lunch my fave is Jacket Potato, beans and salad. I really like the Sweet Potato Jackets, they are really tasty! I tend to cook them in the morning and then just pop them in the microwave at lunch time for a few minutes.

I also like just having a nice tasty salad especially in the summer. I like to have some low fat coleslaw. On slimming world you can have pasta so sometimes i'll add a little pasta to my salad.

You can find loads of low syn snacks, you can buy packets of chicken or a fruit bag which would be syn free. I find that finding the syns for things and writing it on a sticky note onto the product helps when your watching what you eat. This can stop you from eating that extra mini roll in the office at lunch.

I find dinner really easy some of my favourites are hunters chicken with Slimming World Chips, if you chop potatos into chips and pop them in the oven using FryLight you can get some yummy low fat chips.
Another fave is bolognaise, I tend to make extra and have the left-overs the next day on a Jacket Potato for lunch.

I find sweet treats the hardest as I have a sweet tooth, I think the main thing for me is if I want something i'll eat it, rather than getting depressed about being on a diet on not being able to eat what I want. I think by making good food choices most of the time you can loose weight and feel better. I want to get back into my exercise too but right now it's just a brisk walk with Amelia, especially in this heat!








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