Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Think Before You Type.


Everyone has seen those cryptic Facebook statuses which apparently are to help raise awareness for different diseases and conditions; from telling everyone your current bra colour or stating a number linked to your relationship status. I have always wondered what these actually achieve? Surely a donation to a charity would help more than a Facebook post which actually doesn't link to the condition that it claims to be raising awareness for?
SHARE:

Monday, 21 November 2016

Is Blood Really Thicker Than Water?


"Family isn't always blood. It's the people in your life who want you in theirs; the ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile and who love you no matter what."
SHARE:

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

The Baby Blues - My Experience


We have all heard of the phrase 'the baby blues' at some point in time.

What a lot of people don't realise is just how many mothers, and even fathers, can be affected by Post Natal Depression (PND). This can range from mild, feeling low days to suffering from psychosis.
Studies have found that between ten and fifteen in every one hundred women are affected by this illness, along with one in ten fathers. When looking at these figures, it is clear that PND is just as common in men as it is in women. (nct.org.uk)
SHARE:

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Are You Ready To Escape Reality?


I was recently invited along to Escape Reality in Cardiff to test my escaping skills. Now, you can ask anyone and they will tell you how competitive I am. When I told my husband about it he looked a bit worried and questionned as to whether I should be taking part as according to him, I get "crazy". Him saying that just made me want to go even more if I'm honest.
SHARE:

Friday, 14 October 2016

Long Haul Toddler Hacks


Travelling long haul with a toddler - it's the stuff of utter nightmares. At least it was for me when I decided to take my 17 month old to Barbados.

Don't ask me why we decided on such a long trip - it had been 2 years since our last holiday and with my job the opportunity was there, so we took it.
SHARE:

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Body Image


It seems that we can no longer escape the pressures that society place upon us. More and more people are resorting to extreme dieting and plastic surgery seems to have become the norm.
SHARE:

Friday, 24 June 2016

You Met Online?!

We meet new people every day, some of which we form friendships with. We meet in many different circumstances; through other friends, through work, school and many other ways.

When someone asks you how you and friend met and you reply with "through work" or "at school" no-one bats an eyelid, so why do people find it very strange if you met a friend online?
SHARE:

Monday, 13 June 2016

A Cornish Wedding

I think it's safe to say that everyone loves a wedding! A day in which you get to be a part of the start of two people's lives together and dance like a lunatic at the reception.

Recently I was invited to a lovely friends wedding in Tintagel, Cornwall. Living in South Wales, this was a bit of trek but there was no way I could miss it, despite the long journey.
SHARE:

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

My Teenage Friendships.

When I look back on when I was a teenager, I really cringe and think of how stupid I was. Pretty much over every aspect of my life; school, friends, relationships and so forth.
SHARE:

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Spring Days.

It seems that Spring has finally sprung for the UK - for the last few weeks we have had beautiful weather for the most part.
SHARE:

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

A Letter to the Pregnant Me.

To Pregnant Me.

Firstly, let's get one thing straight. You are not fat, you are pregnant - there's a big difference. Your body is carrying and growing a human being. Don't worry about the weight you put on. I'll let you in on a secret - you will actually only gain just under a stone and a half in weight.
SHARE:

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Then there were four?

This is not a pregnancy announcement, I repeat, this is not a pregnancy announcement. I most certainly do not have a bun in the oven. But I will admit that I cannot wait for a second baby. Despite a few horrible weeks during my pregnancy; horrific back pain and heartburn so bad that I was throwing up most nights (and no, the old wives tale isn't true - my daughter was born bald and over a year later she is still waiting on hair!), I cannot wait to have a bump again. I certainly didn't appreciate being pregnant the first time round and I do regret that.
SHARE:

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Back to work I go.

The inevitable has arrived - I'm heading back to work.
I've managed to have a lovely, almost, fourteen months off work, with the odd KIT day and overtime thrown in for good measure to keep me fresh and sane. I tell a lie, I've actually been in work on training for the last five or so weeks, but have yet to do a "real" shift.
SHARE:

Friday, 8 April 2016

Nursery: My experience.

After writing about how to choose a nursery, I thought I would discuss my own personal experience, along with the stigma and worries attached to leaving your child with someone you don't know.

I always knew that my daughter would need to go to nursery eventually. Leaving my job was never an option for me, despite being able to live on my husband's then salary. I actually enjoyed my job; the perks, the people and having my own income.
SHARE:

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Choosing the right nursery.

When people think of nursery, the majority tend to imagine three or four year olds running around causing havoc. It's the first step before reception class in primary schools and years ago, children wouldn't attend before this age due to the high amount of mothers who wouldn't return to work before their child started school.
SHARE:

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

The parent I wanted to be.

I always knew that I wanted my own family. When I found out I was pregnant, I already knew what type of parent I wanted to be:

Baby wearing
No dummy
No shouting/telling off
Organic, homemade foods
No TV or electronics
No co sleeping
No sugary drinks

SHARE:

Monday, 4 April 2016

One.


The number one. Such a small number, yet in the right context is such a significant and important one.
This weekend the number one marked, for me, one whole year of parenthood. One whole year where I managed to keep my daughter alive and away from harm. I also managed a whole year of not pulling my hair out! Although I will admit it got pulled out a few times by my little cherub!
SHARE:

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Who am I?

Who exactly am I? When I think of that, the first thing I think is a mother; not a wife, friend, 26 soon to be 27 year old. It is true that you do lose yourself when you become a mum, to do so is almost like a rite of passage. You will become an expert on baby poop, temperatures and what can and can't be done. In the beginning, all you will talk about is babies. That's what it felt like to me and in all honesty, yes I bored myself.
SHARE:

Monday, 21 March 2016

Five wishes for your children.

If you had five wishes for your children, what would they be?
SHARE:

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Every Movement Matters


The first time I felt some sort of movement during my pregnancy was the day after my 12 week scan (turns out I was actually 14 weeks along). I was at a spa day about to have a massage when I felt what I can only describe as popping in my stomach. 

SHARE:

Monday, 14 March 2016

Damned if you do, damned if you don't.



Being judged is something that we all experience at one point or another - this can happen at any age;  from being judged for playing with the "wrong" gender toys when you're a child, to not going to the "cool" clubs at 18.

SHARE:

Monday, 15 February 2016

Here we go again.

Life has somewhat taken over again ... and again I apologise.

I miss writing; pouring my thoughts into written form. But, quite frankly, I don't have the time anymore. With an almost 11 month old who has mastered the art of crawling and is very close to walking unaided, blogging is the last thing on my to do list which in itself is a shame.
SHARE:
BLOGGER TEMPLATE CREATED BY pipdig