Saturday, 31 May 2014

Pregnancy | 28 weeks

How far along? 
28 weeks.

Size of baby?

Baby is apparently measuring just over a week ahead according this weeks midwife appointment, so 30 weeks; approx. the length of a cucumber. 

Any news this week?

I had my 28 week midwife appointment this week and as expected, I am measuring slightly bigger than 28 weeks, at about 30 weeks. I'm hoping this means he'll just come a little earlier rather than him being big!! All blood tests including GTT and antibodies [which were the ones I was most worried about] came back absolutely normal so that's fab news. He is currently breech though and laying nicely on my bladder; which I could definitely confirm! 
I've been sorting through his clothes this week, working out how much we have and still need to get. I've sorted all his Newborn & 0-3 clothes into baskets ready for washing. I need to start thinking about my hospital bags in the next few weeks too!

Unfortunately since I spent a fortune buying all those maxi dresses last week, it's done nothing but rain! And it didn't just rain this week did it? It poured and didn't stop! So I've been living in my New Look Maternity Leggings (£14.99 for 2) this week with comfy maternity vests or cami tops and jumpers.

This week I've been moisturising daily with both Phytorelax Shea Butter Ultra Rich Body Cream [as far as I'm aware you can only get this in the US, unless imported into stores such as TK Maxx which is where I picked it up from; £4.99] And of course my faithfulPalmer's Cocoa Butter Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks (£2.10*).  I ran out of my big bottle but luckily had a small sample bottle from a Mum To Be bag. God knows what James thinks when he walks into the bedroom and sees me naked, all boobs and bump, after massaging each night. 

Still a little acid reflux, but it's not causing me any discomfort. I often wake up with cramp in my legs and back ache is getting a pain too.

Not too bad this week. Still finding it hard to get comfortable, and needing my Sleep Body Pillow - Argos (£11.99) each night. Ive had a few nights where I've woken up to use the bathroom and not been able to get back to sleep. I've had to put the telly on at 5am watching reruns of Homes Under The Hammer lol. Luckily it's been half term this week so I've been able to fall back to sleep for a few hours.

Missing anything? 
Nothing too much.

Still lots of strong movements, and lots of kicks down low as he's breech. Ouch!

Any purchases?:
No new purchases this week. 

Best moment this week:
Hearing that all my tests came back with good results. We took Bradley to his first concert this week; McBusted - he loved it! This baby must wonder what's going on! :)

Worst moment this week: 
Just the backache and tiredness. 

Food cravings:
Milkshakes and ice lollies. And having Lucky Charms in the house is a bit of a nightmare; I had 3 bowls one day!!

Anything making you queasy or sick:


Belly Button in or out? 

Its almost out. The back of my belly button is pretty much at the surface now.


Relaxed. But tired.

Looking forward to:

Turning 30 weeks will be a fab milestone to reach, although he's measuring 30 weeks already! :) And can't wait for our HD Live scan in a few weeks.

Can't believe I'm now 29 weeks, 11 weeks to go!!

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Thursday, 29 May 2014

Life & Parenting | Bradley's 10th Birthday

On May 19th 2004 my whole world changed. I became a Mummy. The best day of my life to date. That was a whole 10 years ago. TEN YEARS!!!

To celebrate my little man turning 10, we decided to throw him a big party for him and all his friends and family to celebrate. Turning double figures is very exciting, and the fact that he's about to share his Mummy with a new baby brother, I wanted to make a big deal out of it.

I booked a local party venue with a big bouncy castle, a bouncy slide and lots of room for 20 children to run around in. The price included a hot food buffet, unlimited water and squash and ice lollies for afterwards.
All I needed to do was order the cake, prepare the party bags and invite everyone along.
The venue has a big lounge area with a bar for the adults, so everyones happy. :)

I love the whole party planning thing, so enjoyed all the preparation.

I ordered some personalised invitations from a shop on eBay...

Then got to work on the 20 party bags.
As there were a mixture of boys, girls and toddlers invited, I had to personalise the party bags so there was something for everyone.

From Amazon, I ordered Red Paper Party Bags (£1.45 for 12), Chocolate Footballs (£2.19 for 40), Peppa Pig Sticker Sheets (£1.50 for 6 sheets), Football Tattoos (55p for 24), a Tub of Haribo Jelly Beans (£7.99), Bouncy Balls (98p for 15), Fairy Tattoos (43p for 24), Football Party Bag favours (£5.00).

From ASDA, I purchased the Bumper Football Stationary Set (£3.00) and the Bumper Butterfly Stationary Set (£3.00).

From Gifts With A Twist, I ordered Personalised Chocolate Bars (60p each) in which I was able to design them to say exactly what I wanted.

From The Favour Factory, I ordered Personalised Party Bag Stickers (£2.50 for A4 sheet) to stick the party bags down with, and Personalised Sweet Bag Kits (£2.00 for 12) which contained cellophane bags for me to fill with the jelly beans, with matching stickers.

These were the end result...

His cake was designed and made by one of my closest friends, Donna. She should ;), but doesn't yet have a business page so I can't link you unfortunately. But take my word for it when I say her cakes are AMAZING! They taste and look fab! He decided on a Leicester City football cake and 20 football cupcakes for the kids to take home with their party bags. 

What do you think?

Everything else; including balloons (helium for the table, normal balloons for the play area), confetti, badges and candles I bought from Card Factory.

The party went really well. Everyone had lots of fun, and most importantly Bradley had a great day. When he said 'Thank you for an amazing day, Mummy!' I knew I'd done a good job and it made it all worthwhile. :)
He had all his good friends from school there, my side of the family, his dad and his side of the family and James' side of the family; which is lovely for everyone to get together for his special day. 

It's safe to say I was absolutely exhausted by the end of the day, and then followed the early morning present opening the next day for his actual birthday! :)

I'm still getting my head around the fact that I have a 10 year old! :)

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Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Tag | Lip Product Addict

I saw this tag post over on Bethany Worrall's blog and decided to give it a go myself...

1) Favourite balm or treatment
I'm a big fan of lip balm, I apply Vaseline Lip Therapy (£2.18) every single morning, and every single night. My favourite has to be Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips (£11.50) it's amazing stuff!! I did a post a while ago testing out a number of lip care products, in which it came out on top! It's HERE if you're interested.

2) Best eye catching red
I really need to wear more bright colours, I much prefer a nude lip. But when I do, my favourites are Yves Rocher Moisturising Cream Lipstick in Framboise (£7.50) which is a deep red for blood stained lips, great on a night out. Or a more subtle red for a daytime look I like Jelly Pong Pong Lip Blush Moisturising Lip Stain (£12.00) which goes on soft like a lip balm. 
3) Best Luxury and Best Drugstore
Best luxury; well my favourite lipsticks are from MAC (£15.00), I own soooo many. Those and Chanel Coco Shine (£24.00) are my fave luxury lips!
Best drugstore; this has to be Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butters (£5.99) they're gorgeous!

4) Best MAC lipstick
Either Creme d'Nude or Blankety. My daily faves!!
5) Most disappointing product
Is it just me or is Lipcote (£3.69) disappointing for anyone else? It's been going forever; and a year or so ago it had a big promotional boost to get it back out there, everyone was talking about it so I snapped some up. But it just doesn't do the job for me?!

6) Liner – yes or no?
As a rule, no, not always. If I'm going for a bold lip then I do try to, if I have a liner to match. 

7) Best gloss
I don't really have a 'fave'. I use a lot of MAC Lipglasses. And I do love Urban Decay Lip Junkie!! (£13.00). Avon's Plump Pout's were amazing too, I've no idea why they've stopped doing them!!
8) Something extra
Hmm something extra? To be honest, I don't really use anything else. I don't really use scrubs or treatments as I don't really need to. I look after my lips pretty well and the products I use do a pretty good job on my lips so nothing extra needed :)

What are your favourite lip products?
I'd love to see your Lip Product tags!

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Saturday, 24 May 2014

Pregnancy | 27 weeks

How far along? 
27 weeks.

Size of baby?

This week the baby was approx 13.6-14.8 inches, apparently the size of a rutabaga. [I don't know what it is either! ;)]

Any news this week?

I'm carrying a small hippo! I seem to have ballooned these past couple of weeks! I'm huge, feeling huge and am dying to see what I'm measuring as I'm pretty sure I'm measuring bigger than I should be. I weighed myself for the first time since the beginning and I've already put on 1.5 stone!!

I had a bit of a much needed splurge for summer clothes this week, since the weather had been so nice. I picked up 3 maxi dresses and some over the bump maternity leggings from New Look. And a couple of pairs of sandals for my swelling feet, from Primark. I'm in the middle of putting a blog post together showing what I bought, so look out for that.

This week I've been moisturising daily with both Dirty Works Supreme Cream Body Butter (£4.00*) which smells lovely. And of course, Palmer's Cocoa Butter Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks (£2.10). 

A little acid reflux, but not too bad. Back ache has been a pain this week as I'm getting so big and uncomfortable. 

I've had a few bad nights sleep, especially while the weather has been so warm. I've been sleeping on top of the covers with my sleep pillow for a better nights kip!

Missing anything? 
Whippy ice cream. I think I'm going to order 10 caramel sundaes from McDonalds when the baby is born!! :)

Still lots of strong movements & still changing position a lot.

Any purchases?:
We've bought a few things this week - a Baby Activity Gym/Mat from an eBay Baby Store (£17.99), the I Love My Bear blue bedding set from Babies R Us (£49.99) as it was half price. Bargain! Some Home Nesting Baskets in white, from Asda (£8.00 for 2) for the changing table.

Best moment this week:
Away from the pregnancy, it was Bradley's 10th birthday this week. We had a big party for him and he had a fab birthday!

Worst moment this week: 
Sleepless nights and feeling so exhausted following the busy weekend!

Food cravings:
Cake. Having birthday cake in the house has been a nightmare for me. But OMG it was amazing cake!!!

Anything making you queasy or sick:


Belly Button in or out? 

Still in but stretching a lot and is def on it's way out.


Relaxed. But tired.

Looking forward to:

My 28 week midwife appointment this week, be interesting to see how big I'm measuring now! And our HD Live scan in a few weeks.

Can't believe I'm now 28 weeks, 12 weeks to go!!

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Thursday, 22 May 2014

Beauty | My Lipstick Collection - Nudes/Naturals

I love a nude lip. I'd say the majority of my lipstick collection are nude and natural based shades. For an every day make up look, I choose a nude / natural lipstick every day. 
I pretty much always reach for a nude lip, for most occasions, unless I'm feeling a little more daring or want a pop of colour to match my outfit.
I'm actually guilty of owning numerous lipsticks in almost exactly the same shade. My 2 favourite and most used lip shades are MAC's Creme d'Nude & Myth; which are actually pretty much the same, but different finishes. I have tried to purchase one at a time though! ;)

So I thought I'd share my recent collection with you.

1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8

I'm a huge fan of MAC lipsticks, for me there is no better in terms of finishes, lasting power and formula. This is a soft pinky beige shade, in MAC's Amplified Creme finish, which is highly pigmented and creamy on application. I've repurchased this a couple of times.

I love this lip butter. It's really creamy on application and leaves my lips feeling soft. This is a glossy, light beige shade that looks gorgeous on the lips.

W7 is a low end brand but this lipstick is gorgeous! Really creamy on application and good lasting power. This is a dark pinky beige for a natural every day look.

This is naked beige-pink shade in MAC's Lustre finish, so has a slight shimmer to it. It looks lovely and sheer on the lips.

5. MAC Lipstick - Cherish (£15.00) 
A soft-muted peachy-beige shade in MAC's Satin finish. This is quite pigmented, a lovely colour for an every day look.

This shade is almost identical to MAC's Cherish, although maybe slightly darker. It has a more waxy, pigmented feel on the lips but feels really soft and applies nicely.

My favourite lipstick ever. I've used Creme d'Nude for years and years and always repurchase. This shade is a pale-muted peach beige in MAC's Cremesheen finish, which is a gorgeous creamy lip. Cremesheen is my most favourite lip finish. It is build able to look almost like a gloss. It's probably the most nude shade I have. I love it! Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!!

This lipstick gives quite a sheer, dewy glaze on the lips. The shade has actually been discontinued but is very similar, if not the exact same as their latest shade Copper Mine. The formula is quite drying and smells quite cosmetic-ey. It's not my favourite lipstick especially when some of the low end lipsticks that only cost a few pound are much better. That said, it's a nice sheer colour and looks nice on the lip particularly accompanied with a gloss. 

Are you a nude lip fan? What shades can you recommend me??

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Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Beauty | Spot Cleaning my Makeup Brushes with MAC Brush Cleanser

Cleaning makeup brushes is massively important to rid them of product build up, dirt, bacteria and skin cells. Dirty, bacteria ridden brushes will bring your skin out in nasty breakouts, as you can imagine. And build up of heavy products such as foundation caked into your brushes will make application more difficult and stop them working properly. Cleaning your brushes will make them last longer and make application easier.
I wear a full face of makeup daily, using my brushes, so it's important to clean them regularly.

My brush cleaning regime:
Twice a week [on a Wednesday and a Sunday] I spot clean my brushes using MAC Brush Cleanser (£10.00) , I then deep clean my brushes fortnightly using Johnsons Baby Shampoo (£1.67) and warm water.

Today I'm focussing on Spot Cleaning.

I have to admit, cleaning my brushes is often one of those chores I used to hate. With a busy lifestyle it's hard to find the time and effort! I have 2 tubs of brushes that need cleaning and it's often the last thing on my mind! But lately, now I've got more time on my hands, it's not so bad. Cleaning my brushes whilst watching a bit of trashy telly is becoming part of my new routine. :)
I use numerous brushes daily, the brushes I use are mainly Real Techniques [which are AMAZING makeup brushes in my opinion!!] and a few cheaper different sized eyeshadow brushes that I need to replace. 

Spot Cleaning is a super quick way to clean your brushes in between deep cleaning them, and also a great way to clean brushes as you go if needed.

I've been using MAC Brush Cleanser for a couple of years now. For me, nothing beats it. I've tried a few cheaper brush cleaners, but nothing cleans my brushes like this! I repurchase as soon as the bottle becomes empty.
This cleanser has been specifically designed to extend the life of high quality brushes. It will clean, disinfect and condition the brush fibres to make them last longer. My brushes always feel and smell like new after every spot clean. I love feeling how soft the fibres on my RT brushes feel afterwards, and they smell lovely, fresh and clean! Drying time is super speedy, meaning you can use the brushes as soon as you've cleaned them. 

How I Spot Clean with MAC Brush Cleanser:

What I need...
My cleanser
My brushes
An old flannel
 [I have a few old baby flannels that I have and use just for brush cleaning]

What I do...
Pour a little cleanser onto flannel
Circle brushes into the product, until fibres appear clean
Circle brushes in a clean, dry area of flannel to check they're clean

Are you a fan of MAC Brush Cleanser?
What is your brush cleaning regime?

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Sunday, 18 May 2014

Pregnancy | 26 weeks

How far along? 
26 weeks.

Size of baby?

This week the baby was approx 13.6-14.8 inches, apparently the size of a lettuce.

Any news this week?

I've had a lovely few days resting, and a few busier days. I'm finding that if I have a busy day where I'm doing a lot of walking; I'm getting very tired and uncomfortable and I'm needing to rest up a lot afterwards. I'm starting to 'stretch' a lot which is really uncomfortable, think I'm destined to get stretch marks on top of stretch marks!! 
As I'm 27 weeks today, I have just reached the 3rd trimester!! :)

As the weather has been so lovely this week I've been in my BooHoo maxi skirt [which I wear over my bump], a pair of stretchy leggings or my maternity jeans with a simple cami top from Primark or maternity vest stop from Beebies Baby Store, with a coloured blazer or my River Island sleeveless denim jacket. Everything, even my maternity jeans, are starting to get quite tight though now so I'm going to have to purchase some new maternity leggings and such. I'd also like some flowy maxi dresses, mine are all quite tight which show my massive hips and bum quite a bit! 

This week I've been moisturising daily with both Vaseline Essential Moisture Lotion* (£1.49) which I think smells lovely and fresh and sinks into my skin nicely, leaving it feeling soft and moisturised. And of course, Palmer's Cocoa Butter Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks (£2.10). 

I've started to get some cramps in my legs, and also I've been waking up with a sore throat, from stomach acid and heartburn. I've been getting quite uncomfortable and getting back ache a lot, that I had to get a sleep pillow for night time and a gym ball, which was a god send in my last pregnancy, for hip pain, getting baby in position and also during labour too.

I've been getting quite hot at night lately, and also struggling to get comfy, so as I mentioned, I got a sleep pillow to help.

Missing anything? 
Cheesecake - real, homemade cheesecake! Ahhh!!

Still lots of strong movements!! :) He moves around quite a bit at the moment, changing position lots. Some days I feel movements quite low down, showing me he's breech, then he'll turn sideways on and kick and punch my sides all day long, and sometimes I've felt him on one side kicking my ribs a bit! Little fidget!! :)

Any purchases?:
The Sleep Body Pillow (£11.99) and Pro Fitness Gym Ball (£6.99) from Argos have helped lots this week. I also went a little crazy in Aldi when I realised how cheap, but gorgeous, the baby blankets were! I picked up some cellulars, some soft fluffy blankets, moses basket sheets and a couple of bath towels. I also picked up some little bits from the pound shop such as wash cloths, hats and bath products, and I had some funds in my PayPal account so have ordered a musical play gym from a baby store on eBay.

Best moment this week:
It was James' birthday this week, and his face when he opened a card from 'bump' was lovely! :)

Worst moment this week: 
Last weekend I suffered an anxiety attack which wasnt nice. I wrote a blogpost highlighting Anxiety in Pregnancy, as part of Mental Health Awareness week. 

Food cravings:
haven't really craved too much this week, but I have ate a lot of sugary foods lately!! :/

Anything making you queasy or sick:


Belly Button in or out? 

Still in but stretching a lot and is def on it's way out.



Looking forward to:

We're currently looking into getting our HD Live scan booked for a few weeks time!!

Can't believe I'm now 27 weeks, 13 weeks to go!!

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Friday, 16 May 2014

Pregnancy & Baby | Changing Bag Wishlist

Although the bottom half of our lounge already looks like Babies R Us, we still have a lot to get before baby arrives. 

One thing we do still need is a changing bag.

I really love quirky, colourful ones such as the Pink Lining range but our pushchair is black, so I'd like the changing bag to preferably be black or black based, rather than multi-coloured, to keep in with the colouring.

I've been having a look online at some changing bags available...

Large Soft Messenger Changing Bag - Babies R Us (£29.99)

This bag is simple, black, cheap and has the functional necessities needed in a changing bag such as handy pockets, bottle carrier and an easy-clean, leak proof liner.

Summer Infant City Tote Changing Bag - Mothercare (£19.49)

This bag has more of a contemporary look, yet is still super cheap and has all the features needed; good size, good amount of handy pockets and travel changing mat.

I love that this bag is quirky and stylish and contains an insulated bottle holder, stroller clips and an antibacterial changing mat. It is a little pricey though.

JJ Cole Caprice Bag - Mothercare (£69.99)

I love the abstract black and white style of this bag. It has 10 pockets inside and out, a matching changing bag and stroller clips. And not a bad price! One of my favourites I think.

Il Tutto Nico Patent Changing Bag - Mamas & Papas (£149.00)

How cute is this one? A glossy patent bag accentuated with an adorable silver teddy bear and comes complete with an insulated bottle holder, waterproof changing mat, a clear plastic pocket for wet items, roomy pockets and a zip out lining for washing. Shame about the price tag, it's a beauty! 

I really like this one. It has a cute quilted heart design, a cream lining, insulated bottle holders, both elasticated and zipped pockets, a changing mat and stroller clips and all at a pretty good price. Another favourite!

Hamilton Turnberry Kensington Changing Bag - Hamilton Turnberry (£79.00)

This bag is stylish and spacious. With a subtle shimmery black faux croc style exterior and a coated red silk lining, this bag includes 2 bottle warmer pockets, a clip for keys, lots of pockets and a full accessory pack including a changing mat, bottle warmer, stroller clips and a wet pouch. There is also the option to remove the inside to turn it into a handbag. Love it!! Want want want!

Now this is gorgeous, but at £250 it's never going to happen. But a Mummy can dream!! Luxurious, REAL soft leather, it doubles up as your every day bag with 2 outer pockets, 10 interior pockets, an insulated bottle holder and padded changing mat its pretty much perfect! Oh, and not forgetting the vanity case! Yummy mummy indeed!

And that's just a few! There are soooo many bags I have my eye on, it's going to be a tough choice!! 

Which changing bag is your favourite?

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