Mummy Mondays – The Mummy Behind the Makeup 

I have never been very self confident. Back when I was a teenager I had to have braces on my teeth and it has left me unable to smile easily, something which I think I’ve already managed to pass on to my eldest son Cameron much to my dismay.  As I grew older, the braces were gone but the lack of self esteem they had brought lingered on and I...

How it Really Feels to be ‘Cut Out’ by a Close Friend 

So if you’re a friends fan (like me), you might recall the episode (The One with Ross’ Tan) where Phoebe and Monica are trying to avoid seeing an old friend of theirs and the phrase ‘cut out’ was used to describe the act of blocking a former friend out of your life.  With the age of social media, this act has become even easier to achieve, all you need to...

Food & Fitness Friday – Getting Back into Exercise Post Baby 

I’ll be the first to admit that despite good intentions, my fitness plummeted to nothing during my pregnancy. I carried on going to Piyo for the first few months and felt really positive and yes, a little smug.  I planned a home birth and I knew that keeping my fitness up would be key to a positive labour. Unfortunately, my body had other ideas and slowly but surely I ended...

Beauty – Strong Feminine Perfumes 

I am a huge fan of perfumes. A good perfume can help affect my mood, it can bring back memories and it can make me feel sexy or sophisticated with one quick spritz.  This Christmas I received three perfumes, which I love. They are all fairly strong scents which linger, so if you prefer something subtle they might not be for you. Also, I know nothing technical about perfume so...

Wedding Wednesday – Sit Down with a Supplier – Pretty Little Parties 

With the end of January finally in sight, and wedding season coming ever closer, this week I’m chatting to Jen from Pretty Little Parties.  Hi Jen, can you please explain what your company does?  Pretty little parties is a venue dressing and styling service specialising in vintage and rustic themes – basically we come and make your day look pretty before you arrive, you have a wonderfully pretty day and...

An Open Letter to my Best Friend… 

When I saw you this morning on the school run I felt sad. Sad that some of the closeness between us seems to have gone.  After we fell out before I vowed to try harder, to be a better friend and to never fall out again… But this time is different, we haven’t fallen out, neither of us have done anything wrong.  Depression is a horrible illness and now it’s...

Why I Welcome Smear Tests (and so Should You) 

Back when I was pregnant I received a letter through the post to tell me I was due a smear test. Obviously I couldn’t have it done whilst pregnant but, three months after having Benjamin, I was able to. So, last week whilst having my coil fitted (we do not want a fourth baby anytime soon and I have zero trust in the pill), I also had my second smear...

Mummy Mondays – Getting our Bottle on with Tommee Tippee

Just before Christmas the lovely people at Tommee Tippee sent us some things from their range for baby Benjamin. As he’s now 3 months old, although I’m still breastfeeding, I am wanting to be out and about a little more, and this means I’ve been expressing more often.  Benjamin hasn’t taken very well to bottles in the past, as he much prefers the skin to skin contact that comes with...

Ten Things That Happen During a House Move 

Last weekend we moved house from a maisonette above a busy road to a proper 3 bedroom house on a cul-de-sac. It was a move that was a long time coming and totally necessary but my word was it stressful! Moving house with children is not fun. Moving with a 3 month old baby is a nightmare!  So whether you’re planning a house move yourself soon or you just fancy...

Food & Fitness Friday – What’s on my Shopping List This Week

If you’ve read my food and fitness goals for 2017 you may already know that one of the things I want to do is to cook freshly prepared nutritious meals more during my maternity leave.  This means having to be a little savvy when it comes to the food shop as we are on a tight budget with only one income currently.  Around 2/3 of our shop is fresh and...