Sunday, 21 January 2018

Surrogacy Sunday: Expenses

As mentioned previously, here in the UK it is illegal for a surrogate to be paid to carry a child for someone else. However, the surrogates expenses legally do have to be covered, provided that no profit is being made by the surrogate.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Statutory Maternity Pay Survival

At some point during your pregnancy you will leave your workplace to start preparing for your new arrival. Being pregnant can be stressful enough as it is, but adding in the worry of managing your finances whilst on maternity leave doesn't help.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

To My Friends Without Children.

Dear friends without children.
We haven't spoken or seen each other for a while; it's probably been months actually. The last time we saw each other or had a proper conversation may have even been when I was pregnant with Florrie.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Surrogacy Sunday: How Do I Match?

Unlike the US, here in the UK it is illegal to advertise for a surrogate. So, if you require a surrogate, how on earth do you locate one? Also, if you are a surrogate, how do you find the couple that you wish to help?

Thursday, 11 January 2018

I See Me Review and Giveaway

When I was younger I was a proper little book worm and you would always find me with my head in a book. This lasted up until I had Aoife; after that I just never found the time.

I See Me recently contacted me in regards to their personalised children's books. Whilst checking out their website it took me a while to choose which ones for Aoife as they all looked amazing. In the end we decided on "Dinosaur Egg Hunt", "The Super, Incredible Big Sister" and "Fairy Tale". When ordering, you are required to add your child's full name along with a message that you wish to have added to the book. In some instances you will need to upload a photograph of your child too.
When the books arrived I couldn't believe how good the quality of them was; we went for the hardback options as I figured these would be more durable. 
With other personalised books, I tend to see the child's name in just the text, but I See Me include your child's name in the illustrations too which is amazing and very unique.
Aoife's personal favourite is currently "Aoife's Dinosaur Egg Hunt" as her photograph appears on every page!
The lovely team at I See Me have given me the opportunity to provide my readers with the chance to win a hardback book of the winners choice from their website.
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- The closing date is the 31st of January 2018.
- The winner will be notified within seven days of the giveaway ending
- The winner must respond within 30 days to claim their prize
- No cash alternative will be offered
- The giveaway is open to UK entrants only
- The winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter
- All entries shall be verified
- The prize will be fulfilled by I See Me Books
*Disclaimer* I received these items from I See Me Books in exchange for a review and giveaway. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

My Last Baby?

After having my two girls I am constantly asked if I'm "done" and if I'll "go again" for a boy.
Firstly, I think it's quite rude to even ask someone about their future pregnancy intentions. For all anyone knows, something could have happened at Florrie's birth which resulted in me not being able to have anymore children (it didn't but it sure gets you thinking doesn't it?).

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Surrogacy Sunday: What is Surrogacy?

Surrogacy, on paper is pretty simple; it is where a woman carries a child for a couple who will become the child's parents once they are born. 
Whilst this may seem straight forward, there is a lot more to it than this. Finding a surrogate, the type of surrogacy used, treatments, medications, expenses; not to mention the legal aspects depending on where you live. Surrogacy is actually pretty complicated at times but the end result is always the most amazing thing.

Friday, 5 January 2018

Naipo Shiatsu Shoulder and Neck Massager - Review

I don't know of many people who don't enjoy a good massage, especially when stressed or tense. Massage can be used for many different things, including physiotherapy after an accident or injury, to help de-stress or even to help your muscles after a tough work out at the gym.

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Hopefully a Boy Next Time?

Long before having my own children was on the agenda, I always saw myself as a mum of girls. When I was told that Aoife was a girl I was over the moon; I never had a great mother-daughter relationship with my own mother so I couldn't wait for what was in store for myself and my little girl.