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We’re running late – again!

Hello Hello!

I was having a chat with a friend the other day and we got onto the topic of school runs – you know the story, three kids and yourself to get ready and out of the door and no matter how early you get up you feel like you are always trying to beat the clock; well we got onto discussing make up routines.

I used to always go one way or the other, either full coverage, what I would wear on say, a weekend, or absolutely nothing. But I started feeling like I looked terrible when I wore nothing, but often didn’t have time to do a full face – I needed to find a compromise and so this is what I’m using at the moment as a mum-on-the-go, my go-to essentials for days when I don’t have time but don’t want to look like the walking dead either!

My skincare routine really isn’t up to scratch at all, I just quickly wipe round with a 3-in-1 facial wipe (usually whichever is on offer or at the supermarket I’m shopping in) and I don’t moisturise – I know, I know smack my hands!

I’ve started going for a BB cream as it’s getting into Spring and decided to go for the Garnier one – yes it’s anti-age, this was a complete accident although maybe the universe is trying to tell me something!!!

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I sometimes apply a concealer but usually don’t bother (who has time for another product!) I add some blusher, currently I use L’oreal Le Blush and its shade is Rose Sandalwood,

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I don’t bother with eyeshadow all the time, and at the moment when I’m running late I really don’t have time, so I just go straight to mascara and I’ve been using the same brand for about 10 years. I am using the Maybelline Great Lash in ‘Blackest Black’

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I have been finding my lips are getting dry and so have started popping on some balm, I have never really worn gloss or lipstck so this is great for just popping on in a rush as there isn’t much of a colour so if you get it everywhere it’s not that bad – haha! I got this one for Christmas off my parents, it’s M&S Blackberry balm and it smells amazing!

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This is it for my make up but just to add I also use Palmer’s hand cream (on orders of my mum!) as my hands are soooo dry all the time, and if I remember I’ll have a spritz of perfume, which at the moment is one I got for Christmas as well – Nina (the pink apple).

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And this is the finished look – excuse the flat hair and awful eyebrows!

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It’s simple and subtle, but it makes me feel a bit more human. Let me know if there are any hacks you rely on or products you recommend – especially for eyebrows!

Speak soon!

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A belated Easter roundup!

Hello hello!

Aren’t you just loving this weather at the moment? For those of you not living in the U.K.- this week we have had snow! A day where I left at 14°c and by the time I came home two hours later it was 2°c! And next week it’s hitting 18°c – wtf!

So the kids are back to school this week after the Easter holidays and we managed to have a really nice time. Personally I think I totally over did things as I’m now totally exhausted but I felt so guilty for not taking them anywhere last holiday when Jax was born – yes he is 2 months old! 😱 I need to figure out how to slow down time…

 

 

As you can see he is now smiling and I’m loving the little coos he has started, we have a right little chat some times.

The Easter holidays bought bowling and Power Rangers, plenty of time in soft play and seeing friends and family. We didn’t really do any crafts though this year, although Rabbit would probably have a go, I’ve completely lost Roo to the Xbox and the dreaded Minecraft. Don’t get me wrong he is strictly limited to time on it but once he’s on, the sky could turn green and he wouldn’t notice! We also bought the hilarious game where you have to wear mouth retractors to say funny phrases (there is a name but it escapes me at the side of the pool during swimming lessons!)

We have had a busy few weeks and I am a little glad for the rest now they’re back in the swing of it. I just need to get my end of year assignment written and then I can have a bit of ‘time off’ (what ever that is). I’m secretly dreading the six weeks holidays though this year, as I will be off on maternity leave with all three kids at home, I used to enjoy escaping to work a couple of days a week, but hopefully we can have more family days now I’m not sharing the week with hubby. Fun times to come!

 



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Where am I going wrong?!

As I sit here I feel like I could burst into a pool of tears. The calm has finally just descended on an enormous tantrum from my 7 year old to which he was that mad he was shaking. This happens on a regular basis and while he seems to be able to clear the mist and move on, I often find myself left with nerves of jelly. I don’t know where I’m going wrong with my children, specifically the 7 year old. I feel like I do nothing but love and care for him, he is not spoilt and I thought I set clear boundaries, yet he is constantly ignoring me and pushing his limits. My 5 year old has her moments but she very rarely acts out like he does. He has anger inside him, he has for a few years and when it rears its head it often rips mine straight off. He shouts, screams, slams the doors, throws anything within reach, has several times attacked me physically, and nothing can get through to him. The only thing I haven’t faced (thank goodness) is him swearing to my face.

Tonight it all kicked off because we said they could go to the park after school, it was sunny but not too warm and we thought it would be a nice treat. We had to stop off home, and instead of getting changed like I asked him he decided to kick off and was then physical with his sister so inevitably the park got put on hold. In his rage he then started demanding to watch the TV on or to go on the computer. Now we have a ‘strict’ rota in place so there are no arguments over the telly but one thing we say is nothing on a Wednesday, and they are encouraged to play instead, but tonight he wasn’t having it. So I found myself saying the classic “If you don’t play with your toys they are going in the bin, and you won’t be getting anymore next Christmas”. But it suddenly hit me, why should I get rid of the things I want him to play with, when I should be confiscating the technology instead!

I had a friend at school who didn’t own a TV. I used to think it was really odd that she didn’t but now I’m a mum it totally makes sense. She was well read, had a wicked imagination and was never bored. She had been bought up to entertain herself not rely on technology to do it and I can’t help but feel that it’s ruining my children’s childhood. I wish it was just my decision but I can’t imagine my husband agreeing to such cave man ideas.

As for the anger I am seriously considering seeking help. I know it is probably ‘just his age’, but I don’t know how long I can continue to accept this behaviour. He is rude, ignorant and down-right nasty for no reason sometimes. He can be the sweetest boy in the world but I feel like this demon is just taking over all the time. I worry for his future, especially at school. He is going to have such a shock when he gets to secondary school. He walks all over me and clashes with his dad. I just hope if I could get him to see a counsellor of some sort that he would have someone to talk to because he won’t talk to us. I tried to talk to him earlier about how he could play making an assault course in the garden for his Lego car and all I got was the response “it’s a pull-back car, d’ya think its remote control huh? do ya? NO!” …Who am I bringing up…

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It’s scary!

…how quickly time goes by! 

One month ago today I was sat cuddling my 3 day old son. How on earth is he one month old already. No seriously how? I feel like I blinked and it’s just happened. I just hope the rest of the time slows down!

So having three kids – not as bad as I thought it would be – yet… but I’ve found it hardest trying to split my time. I want to be able to play with the other two but it’s tricky with a newborn to look after. Housework is a military operation and uni work? Everytime I turn on my laptop he starts to cry.

He’s currently feeding every three hours on and off, although of that three hours he feeds for half an hour and then spends about an hour and a half being winded or not settling because of wind leaving me with about an hour to fit in three hours worth of work. 

He is being awake for longer now which is lovely and I’m sure I’ve seen some ‘real’ smiles! He enjoys his swing most of the time and the other day we went to our first baby massage class. Never tried them before but he slept all the way through it so whether he enjoyed it or not – the verdict is still out. 

I had forgotten how much I love my sleep, having to get up for school runs when you have been up in the night is so hard. But I wouldn’t change a thing he has made us a complete family and we love him to bits. 

I hope the future is bright for our little man 🙂 our adventures are just starting!


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Baby Bargains!

I have a confession to make – I love buying baby things, who doesn’t? With our first child we couldn’t wait, in fact I think we bought most of the big things in one trip to BabiesRus on the same day as our 12 week scan! We were very keen and in hindsight really silly as it cost a lot of money buying everything brand new from a store.7 years later, 3rd child and I’ve learnt to be a bit more thrifty when it comes to purchasing those baby must haves. This time round I made a list and a few things were classed more in the luxury department, they weren’t essential to raising a baby and brand new were a bit out of our budget, but then I harnessed my best bargain hunting talents and with the aid of sites like eBay, Gumtree and the new Facebook Marketplace I managed to make some great little finds for more than half the price! 

So here is a rundown of my favourite baby bargains
Buggies, prams, whatever you call them, have always been a big love of mine when buying baby things. When we had our first child I bought a really ugly one brand new and thought it was a good deal. Looking back it wasn’t, it just fit our budget and the ‘pretty’ ones were way too expensive. But these days there are so many people selling really stylish buggies in great condition for just a fraction of the price. This is the Mothercare Roam and it came with the Aqua colour pack. This in the shops was retailing around £295 plus £50 for the colour pack. This was for sale on eBay for £100 and it had been used for only 12 weeks. It was in excellent condition and even with the petrol money involved in collecting it, it still gave us a saving of £225!
This is the ISOfix base for the Roam car seat. We never had ISOfix points in our cars 7 years ago so these have always seemed a bit of a treat. They make it so easy, just click and go. This is technically a cheat purchase as it was brand new however when I originally looked at them they were full price on the Mothercare website at £80. But as luck had it when I was ready to buy it had gone down to half price in the January sale giving us a saving of £40!
The Chicco Next2Me has been a big hit with parents this year. They are a fairly new concept and they certainly didn’t have them 5 years ago when I had my daughter. But as with all new things they come with a price and sadly for us this was not in our budget when retailing at around £169. We had bypassed the idea completely and bought a Moses basket, even looking on eBay they were selling second hand at around £80. So it was a great surprise to be offered one by a friend for £50. I jumped at the chance to accept and we managed to resell the Moses basket for the same price we bought it. So we saved £119!

Now this is a Cosatto changing table (this is the design we have but not my actual) it’s nothing special, it’s probably quite an old model as well but this has made my list because it wasn’t something we were going to get, i was just going to settle for a good old changing mat on the floor. But I left it to the last few weeks and in the end put a shout out on a local Facebook sale site. I kindly asked if anyone was selling a changing table and that I didn’t want to spend more than £15. We got a reply from someone local and they only wanted £5, saving £10 on our budget price and probably at least £50 on a brand new one!

A glider is a buy I would definitely recommend I never had one with my eldest but I had one (stupidly bought brand new) with my daughter and we sold it when we’d finished with it so of course third time around I needed to get another one. Now the one we had last time was around £130 new from Kiddicare. The one we bought this time is a Dutailier (similar to the one in the picture), I can’t see how much they retail for as it must be a couple of years old but we managed to find it on Gumtree for just £50. Some come with a footstool, this one didn’t, but I found I didn’t use it last time anyway. So even compared with the price of the Kiddicare chair we saved £80 on last time! 


A swing was another item I could never afford the luxury of with my first two, but I always wish I had. When looking brand new though they were not coming up cheap, in fact this particular swing is retailing full price at £85 in Mothercare and this is why I love the new Marketplace on Facebook, we managed to bag this fabulous swing for just £30 and it was in excellent condition, saving £55! 


The Perfect Prep is the last item on my list and I saved the best until last this is another new item to the parenting world since my daughter was born but oh my gosh why has it taken so long?! It is basically a Tassimo for baby bottles. Now we didn’t buy this until after he was born because I was hoping to be able to breast feed but when we went to bottles I knew we had to get one of these without a doubt and again, Facebook to the rescue. These machines are retailing at Asda for £120! Now I would definitely suggest watching the marketplace and not necessarily jumping for the first one you see. Some people are still trying to sell them second hand for £40, and sometimes they also need a new filter if the original owner hasn’t got one and these retail at around £10. We managed to keep an eye out and picked this up at an amazing £20! The filter was also put in in December so it has a good few months left, meaning we saved an incredible £100 on this baby buy!

So this completes my list of baby bargains which hopefully shows that you can have a budget and still get some of the top products in the market. If we had paid full price for these items we would have spent over £1000! But with just a bit of effort we managed to get them all for just £295! Now that’s what I call being able to have your cake and eat it 😊

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So I’ve been a bit busy…

Hi all!

If you have wondered where I’ve been, well, we had a baby!!!

Jaxon was finally born on Thursday 23rd February at 41 weeks and… I had a spontaneous labour! For those who don’t know this is a major win for me. After Rabbit and Roo both having to be induced, I had literally booked in just so I could focus on an end date. I didn’t actually expect to go into labour on my own and so when my waters broke it was quite a shock! (luckily I was in the lounge not the supermarket!)

The other headline is I got my home water birth YAY! I think hubby was starting to panic that we wouldn’t get to use the pool we hired. I very nearly didn’t, this labour was 3.5 hours from start to finish and it took so long to fill the pool, by the time it was ready I was already starting to push. Pretty much the same with ordering the gas and air, my lovely midwife really wasn’t ready for me to progress that quickly and I think if I hadn’t put my foot down when I did it may never have turned up before our little boy did. Looking back I did most of it without anything and so although it hurt like hell at the time, I’m now quite proud at getting through it.

He ended up weighing 9lb 1oz so he wasn’t exactly a small baby to give birth to! I was very lucky and got away without any tears and I even got my wish to get rid of the placenta naturally (the less injections the better I say) – it was huge! So it totally makes sense as to why I was so big this time round. If anything caught me by surprise it was the after pains. I don’t remember having them with Roo and I think that’s because I’ve read they get worse the more children you have. I now know that’s what they were when I had Rabbit. I was suddenly in a lot of pain after she was born and I panicked because I didn’t know what they were or to expect them, but also the midwives didn’t really help. They didn’t explain that it’s normal or try and calm me down so looking back it’s no wonder I freaked out. All I can explain them as is like a second wave of contractions – which makes sense as it is your uterus contracting back down, but my gosh, third child, they hurt as much as the labour!

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He is already 10 days old and I can’t believe how easily he has fitted into our family, it’s like he has always been here. His brother and sister both adore him and although we are losing some sleep I think he is doing really well.

I am so over the moon and in love with our little Jax, I know that I won’t have anymore children and in that respect he really has made it feel like our family is complete. I am soaking up every ounce of the newborn stage because I know he will grow so fast.

xXx For all your new adventures my darling, I wish you luck, love and happiness xXx

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Due date this week!!

Sorry I didn’t realise it had been that long since I last wrote. That means I have been off work four weeks this week and it’s gone quick. I wish I could say it had been an eventful four weeks but unfortunately not. 

Excitingly this week marks our due date (on the 16th!) so currently as I write this I am 39 weeks and 6 days. Last time I wrote I said about having sweeps from 39+3 but the midwife I saw at 38 weeks (yet another one) said she wouldn’t recommend starting them until 40 weeks at the earliest. So I am still waiting and hoping it will get things going over the weekend.

I’ve read so many other mums in my February birth forum who have had their babies early or are having long periods of irregular contractions, that I am starting to feel left out. But I’m trying to stay positive, enjoy every minute I’m not in pain and just keep remembering that in another 4 weeks he will definitely be here as I can’t go far over 14 days before being induced. This is one thing we want to avoid not least because I hated it last time but also we’ve hired the pool which has to go back in two weeks if I have to be induced. 😦 

In myself at the moment I am finding it increasingly uncomfortable to walk too far and even just picking the kids up from school, having driven half way there, feels like the baby is about to fall out at any moment. His kicks are so strong sometimes they really hurt. And sometimes I feel like my waters could go at any minute but alas they don’t. 

I’m just keeping everything crossed (except my legs haha!) that the sweeps will be successful and we can have a little bundle delivered next week 🙂 

Who knows next time I write I may have someone to introduce you to!