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LIFESTYLE: AMELIA'S 5 MONTH UPDATE





 Amelia is 5 months old today! So I thought i'd share some of her developments and whats been going on! I planned on doing regular updates but time is seriously flying by!

I thought it would be a good time to update you as it's just got hard!!


This month Amelia stopped sleeping through, she had started sleeping through and the health visitor said it was ok for me to leave her to sleep as we were originally waking her to feed. It was lovely getting a little extra sleep and suddenly she started waking up. She's having a bottle and going back to sleep so shes just needing a little extra milk, It's normal. Alot of my friends had talked about 4 month sleep regression and I didn't believe it but it's real! She slept till 6:30 this morning so i'm hoping thats it and shes going to start sleeping through again.

Shes been teething for over a month, her cheeks get red and she gets grumpy. So far we've used dentinox and bonjela. I'm finding these help a little but have just bought the Ashton and Parsons powder after lots of recommendations. She has loads of teething toys but she prefers to much on her hands or her clothes.

Shes got much much bigger shes doing some serious growing now, she's finally in her 0-3 clothing.
I think the extra bottles in the night are helping. She's become quite fussy with her bottles in the day but I think theres just too much going on sometimes and she gets distracted.

Shes trying to roll, she's not quite there just yet but very close. She gets on  to her side easily, her arms just in the way and she hasn't worked out how to move it yet.

Food, we've actually started weaning early. She's been eyeing up our food for a while so we've been giving her some puree's i've been making them myself and shes only had Avocado or Broccoli. I've been spoon feeding her and we're hoping to try some baby led weaning once I feel she can eat more than just a puree but because we've started early i'm happy for her to just have puree for now. She loves her food!!

Amelias been quite difficult over the last two days and i'm hoping its just her teeth bugging her, i've bought the teething powder to see if that soothes her. I will try and do another update next month and i'll share how we're getting on with weaning and her teeth.

Thats everything so far, Thanks for reading!





LIFESTYLE: TRAVEL SAFE THIS HALF TERM


Going away this half term?  Is your car ready for a long journey? Here's a few things to keep you safe whilst travelling this week. 

When going on long journeys you should always check your car over and make sure that everything is in working order before you get on your way. I thought i'd put together a list of things to check before going on those long journeys. 

*Have your car serviced? Have you got an MOT coming up? If your due to get your car serviced or MOT get this done before you head away for the weekend. There could be a serious problem with your car that you know nothing about. Having your car checked out before you go away could prevent you braking down so it's worth doing. For quick car servicing check out Ossett Tyre House in WakefieldWe went to wales a couple of years ago and Clint's car was due a MOT and we found out he needed 4 new tyres and this could have caused a serious problem if we had left it until we got home and could have cost us a lot more money to have the car fixed if we were in an accident or recovered if we broke down.

*Checking you have enough water in your car. Even if the weather is lovely and you wont be using your windscreen wipers the water in your car the water also keeps the car cool and your engine temperature maintained. Your car could overheat or you could break your engine if you don't have enough water in your car. 

 * Are your lights working? This can be a real hazard whether your driving during the day or night. If your brake light is out or an indicator isn't working you can cause an accident as the driver behind won't know what you are doing. Light bulbs are very inexpensive so replace any broken ones before you go. In the dark a lack of lights can be so so dangerous, especially on little country roads that have no street lights.

* Engine Oil, again this can cause all kinds of problems including your engine could completely seize up and stop working which would leave you pretty much stranded. So make sure this is topped up before you go on your journey. You check the oil using the dipstick. 

*Windscreen Wipers, This is such a simple thing to check but can cause real issues if they are broken. Just test them before you get on your way. In case it starts to rain and you cannot see because they are broken or you could get dust or something else blow onto your windscreen and you cannot clear it because the wipers are broken or just smearing it across the screen. 


* Plan your journey, do you have enough petrol? Do you know where your going? The nearest service station? Do you have tools in the boot should you need 
them. Have you got water and food should you break down. It doesn't hurt to be prepared. 


Enjoy the rest of the week and stay safe on the roads if you are travelling this week! 









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BEAUTY: CLOUD CLOTH REVIEW



Cloud Cloth - £8 for pack of 3 *

I have been using the Cloud Cloths for a couple of weeks now and wanted to give them a mention on my blog.

I have always used the Liz Earle Muslin Cloths as I use the Hot Cloth Cleanser most of the time and i've never really had any issues with them or any need to try something new.

When I heard about Cloud Cloth they sounded dreamy but I wasn't sure that I would be that impressed with them, I mean they are just a face cloth right?

WRONG! they are amazing. One side is like a muslin cloth, it exfoliates and scrubs away dead cells, the other side is super soft and gentle. It's perfect for sensitive skin, and sensitive areas like around the eyes.

I've been using the DHC cleansing oil to melt away my make up and following up with the Kiehls Centella Skin-Calming facial cleanser. I use the soft side first to remove my eye make-up and then use the other side to remove my cleanser and this scrubs away any dead cells and exfoliates the skin.
It leaves the skin feeling beautifully clean and soft.

I'm using the Kiehls Midnight Recovery concentrate and Vichy night moisturiser  for my nighttime routine right now. My skins feeling really good right now, very hydrated and smooth.

I'm really happy with the Cloud Cloths, you can chuck them in the wash so they last really well. You get a pack of 3 for £8 which I think is very reasonable and I will be buying more once mine give up. 










LIFESTYLE: TALKING ABOUT BODY CONFIDENCE.



Today i'm talking about body confidence, well really my lack of body confidence. Since having Amelia my body has changed alot and honestly I don't feel very confident in myself anymore. I have never really been happy with my body, like everyone I have those bits that i'm not happy with. I lost a lot of weight a couple of years ago! I did Slimming World and lost about 2 stone! I was the happiest i've ever been with my body. I felt slim and toned and felt proud of myself. I found out I was pregnant this time last year and during my pregnancy I did put on a lot of weight. I had a lot of morning sickness and a lot of food aversions. I just felt like I was going to get big anyway so I stopped doing Slimming World and just ate what I wanted too.

After I had Amelia I felt like the weight would just drop off me and I'd start going back down to my pre-pregnancy weight but that hasn't happened. I want to start eating well again and doing some exercise but I need to ease myself in as I haven't done much for about a year. I am very active, I walk a lot as I don't drive so I walk into town. We go to Gymboree on a Monday and we get a lift with my friend but we can't fit my pram in her car so I carry Amelia in her car seat from the car to Gymboree and back to the car which is a good walk, my arms are always killing. We also live on the fourth floor with no lift so i'm always carrying the pram, car seat, Amelia, changing bag, shopping etc up all of those stairs. I would consider myself quiet active but I just eat too much chocolate and cake.

It's not just my weight that is now an issue. There's a couple of other things that have affected my confidence. My periods have been very sporadic since having Amelia so I always feel on edge and unprepared in case I come on. This underwear from Knixteen has a built in pantyliner, so I wouldn't have to worry about leaking. It also has odour-crushing technology, it's designed to soak up moisture and dry fast and is seamless so no VPL. I really think something like this would stop me from stressing out. 

I also have really bad stretchmarks! I used so much moisturer and oils to prevent stretchmarks. I didn't have any at all for most of my pregnancy and then in the last month or so they just came out of nowhere. I'm going on a spa day this week and I will be wearing a costume, I have always wore bikini's and even when I was bigger, before I lost weight I would still happily wear a bikini but now I'm not sure if i'll ever be able to wear a bikini as I feel like everyone will be looking at my stretchmarks. I know most women have them from childbirth and even some women have scars from c-sections and I should be proud that I carried Amelia but it's hard. I was fairly confident before but now i'm really struggling to be proud of my body.

Have any of you struggled with body confidence, do you still struggle or did you find coping mechanisms? Is there any way that I can over come this issue with the way I look? I know I can diet and loose weight but can I be happy with the way I look without always being on a diet? My weight and my appearance really stresses me out and upsets me and I feel good talking about it. I know i'm not alone and that I'm not the only woman who's lost weight and had a baby.















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FASHION: TIMELESS TRENDS


Today's post is all about my favourite trends from the past and what trends i'd love to make a comeback. I've picked out some of my top timeless trends and picked out some products that you can buy right now that fit well with the trends. Chums have put together this lovely infographic below all about the trends from the last few decades.

I've picked a few of my favourite trends from the list, first up is Flares from the 80's. When I think of Flares I picture the Beegee's and Abba in their platforms. Flares are actually on trend again right now, these cute Cropped Flare Jeans look lovely paired with a nice floaty blouse.

This little tea dress is lovely and screams 50's. I love that it's polka dot, and the colour makes it look vintage. It has soft shoulders and the front is floaty and fun.

How cute are these culottes from Chums, I love culottes and they are a trend i'm so happy made a comeback! They look so cute with a little t-shirt tucked in, you can wear them with a pair of pumps or some sandals in the summer. I'm quite short and I think they suit me really well. I have so many different pairs. I have been on the look out for a nice polka dot pair like these!

I think everyone loves the Little Black Dress trend! I always wear black, it's probably the colour I wear most. I love a little black dress and think they are a must have in every wardrobe. A LBD is the perfect going out outfit and will always be on trend. This little black dress is gorgeous, I love the a-Line shape and the lace detailing looks smart but feminine.

Double Denim! I think denim is one of those materials that will never go off trend and abit of double denim never hurt anyone. I love a classic shirt like this one and a darker denim jean. I usually wear a really dark blue denim jean or even a black jean which I think works really well.

What are you favourite trends from the infographic? Do you buy classic pieces and timeless trends that will never go out of season. 






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BEAUTY: LUSH MOTHERS DAY 2018



I know Mothers Day has been and gone but I thought i'd share a few of the Mothers Day products that I was kindly sent over, they unfortunately didn't arrive until after Mothers Day but a few of the items are still available on the Lush website but they will be gone very soon.

The first product is Mum in a Spin, OMG i'm super excited to try this. It has a lavender and Ylang Ylang scent so is perfect to help you drift off. It makes the water pink. I love the reusable bubble bars and think this is very similar.

The Antiope Naked Shower Gel is a orange scented product, which refreshed and rejuvenates the skin.

The Honey Bear massage bar has alot of really good reviews over on the lush website. It has a gorgeous caramel/vanilla scent. With cocoa butter and shea butter to leave the skin feeling super soft.

The Purple Loosestrife soap looks beautiful and would make a wonderful gift. It has a floral scent, a trio of Rose, Hibiscus and Lavender to create a lovely parma-violet scent. It's such a pretty soap that I almost don't want to use it.

The Madame President is a bath bomb, it has a grapefruit scent and antiseptic properties. It turns the water a gorgeous purple colour and the stars seperate and fizz too!

Citrus are doing it for themselves!  is a new marbled bubbleroon. It has a citrus scent of grapefruit and lemon oil.

As I metioned above the Mothers Day products won't be around for much longer, so if anything takes your fancy then check them out now! They also have some of the Mothers Day gift sets too so check them out.




















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BEAUTY: LUSH EASTER 2018


With Easter coming up next week I thought i'd share a few products from the Easter collection at LUSH, I haven't used any of these products yet as I've only just had chance to photograph them but i'm super excited to try them out and thought i'd share a few bits from the collection.


First up is the Which Came First? bath bomb. It's a really big bath bomb and a gorgeous pink and yellow colour. It has a citrus scent from the lemon and grapefruit. This smells gorgeous and i'm a big fan of citrussy scents so i'm sure i'll love this one.

Next is the Here comes the sun Naked Shower Cream. I'm a big fan of the Naked shower gels, I got my first one for Christmas and I love it. They lather up really well and are just lovely and creamy. This sounds amazing, I'm a big fan of bergamont and orange scents so this sounds right up my street. Avocado oil moisturises and tangerine and sicillian oils lift the mood.

The cream egg Bubbleroon is another new product for Easter. It has a mint chocolate scent!!! I imagine the mint scent will be so refreshing.

The Golden Egg Bath Bomb Melt is SUPER GLITTERY so don't buy it if you're not a fan of glitter. It has an orange and honey scent and cocoa butter and almond oils moisturise and soften the skin.

The Bunch of Carrots is one of my favourites from the Easter collection. I'm a big fan of the reusable bubble bars,I just keep them on the side of my bath and use them time after time, i'm still using a snow fairy wand from Christmas. They last ages and just a little goes a long way, you get loads of bubbles. The carrots have a citrussy scent perfect for spring.

The Carrot soap looks lovely. it has an orange scent and the fresh carrot and carrot powder refresh and brighten the skin.

I love the whole Lush Easter range, it's the perfect gift for somebody who doesn't eat Chocolate or why not treat yourself to some new refreshing and fruity products perfect for spring. I have some of the Mothers Day range to feature, It didn't arrive in time for Mothers Day but is still avaliable over on the Lush website so this will be live over the next few days.



















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