My trials and tribulations of breastfeeding

I’ve been putting off writing this blog post for a little while now. Breastfeeding is still a touchy subject for me and my bad experience of it still feels very raw.

A couple of nights ago I was up in the small hours of the morning, unable to get back to sleep after feeding Jasmine. I was browsing the usual social network sites on my phone and up popped a Facebook message from an ex-work colleague. She’d given birth to a sweet baby girl just two days before. The message simply said “please tell me that breastfeeding gets easier”. Read more...

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Review: Almondella Subscription Box

I recently discovered the Finnish-based company Almondella and their monthly subscription boxes whilst browsing online for baby gift ideas (a friend of ours is expecting her baby any day now).

You can subscribe for 3 months, 6 months or a year and each month you will receive a box tailored to your child’s age (up to 3 years old). The folks at Almondella say that they have a good eye for design and aim to select products that they believe are great quality and long lasting. The idea being that the items can be passed on to other babies once your child has out-grown them. Read more...

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Four years

Four years ago today I met the love of my life. Never could I have imagined the journey we were just beginning that day. We’ve crammed quite a lot in over these last few years, in the last 12 months alone we have bought a house, become owners of a gorgeous puppy, got engaged and brought an amazing little girl into the world. I feel so incredibly privileged to be with Stephen and share this life together. I’m a very lucky lady indeed.

Here’s just a few reasons why my fella is definitely ‘a keeper’… Read more...

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What’s in my make-up bag

I certainly don’t intend for this to be a beauty blog (I’ll leave that to the beautiful people) but I know that you don’t have to be an expert in make-up to appreciate a good nosey in somebody else’s stuff! I love reading ‘What’s in my make-up bag’ posts as it’s always fun to read about new products to try so here’s mine… I was pretty late to the ‘wearing make-up’ party as I grew up as a bit of a tomboy. Whilst most girls my age were practising the art of applying eye liner I was in the woods with my brother and our friends making dens. I even remember my mum once asking me when I would like to start wearing bras. “Never!” I snapped back at her. In my late teens I allowed myself to become a little more girly and thankfully I now recognise the benefits of a good bra! I also started wearing make-up, usually electric blue mascara and some garish coloured eye shadow because I thought it was cool. It was cool, right? I adore watching my friends put on their make-up before a night out, something about it just fascinates me – the faces they make as they put on their mascara or as they circulate their blusher brushes around the apples of their cheeks whilst making a fish face. However, whilst it’s OK for me to gawp at my mates beautifying themselves, I can’t stand to put make up on in front of people. It’s always seemed like a really private thing for me. I’m not too sure why? I feel nervous when I see girls apply make-up whilst sat on the train because one jolt of the carriage whilst applying lipstick could end in them looking like an Adam and the Ants tribute act and also I could never put make-up on in a public place like that! These days I like to keep to a relatively natural look so I have just a few key products that I use: First up is =&0=& =&1=&. You know the old ‘If you were stuck on a desert island what items would you take with you’ question? Well, this would be on my list of items. I’ve bought this same cream for the last few years and refuse to use anything else to moisturise my face. I’ll use it after having a shower and/or before putting on make-up. It’s so refreshing and that little tub will last me ages. =&2=& Then we have my foundation which is=&3=&. It’s nice and light and doesn’t make me feel like I’m putting on war paint also I think this shade suits my skin tone. =&4=& After putting on my foundation I like to use =&5=& – as I am prone to looking like Captain Shiny Head without it and trust me, it’s not a good look. =&6=& Next up, =&7=& – I will never, ever use powder blush again. This stuff is amazing and has lasted me ages, as you can probably just about see from the photo the plastic case is shattered and falling apart but I will use this blusher till death do us part. I love it. =&8=& I’ll then move onto my eyes by curling my lashes (never understood why people did this until I tried it for myself!) and applying =&9=& (In Black – oh how things change!) This mascara is good value and I’ve never really gotten on that well with more expensive brands of mascara. I don’t really want my eyelashes to look like spider’s legs. *shudders* =&6=& Finally, and this is something I’ve only started using recently –=&11=&. I’m quite fair haired and in the summer months my eyebrows get lighter and lighter until they just look bizarre. I googled my problem and saw that lots of other ladies had the same issue and there were quite a few recommending this range of pencils so I ordered one for a few quid and it has now made its way into my little bag of make-up essentials. =&12=& For the finishing touch I use =&13=&. Even if I’m not wearing anything else on my face, I will normally always stick this in my bag as it makes my lips look the same colour as strawberry milkshake and it tastes nice. =&6=& =&15=& And that’s it! I tend to only wear make-up a few times a week max – probably less now I have a baby. I’ve never wanted to be one of those women that rely on it and can’t leave the house without being plastered in foundation. I just wear it when I’m in the mood and when I’m not, I don’t – simple as that. Have you written a make-up bag blog post? Please leave a comment with the link so I have a gander!
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