Bump having a party at 29 weeks pregnant. *video


Bump's been kicking & moving for weeks now. Proper kicks at around 17 weeks now at 29 weeks I've finally been able to capture on video what she's like 50% of the time. 
It may be my third baby but It still amazes me how much the wiggle. 
I'm growing a teeny tiny human. You can't get much better than that. 




Romance isn’t ruined by discounts - Valentines day


Picture the moment – you’re in a classy restaurant on a first date with your new potential life partner. It’s Valentine’s Day - you’ve had a great time, drinks have been flowing, the food was brilliant and you both agree to settle the bill. However, your date, who had ticked all the boxes up until now, pulls out a voucher for 50% off the bill. Do your opinions of this person then change significantly?
Absolutely not, according to research conducted by Busy Bees Benefits.
The company, which provides an employer dependent retail discount scheme, lists the top things worse than wanting to save money on a first date:
  1. Having a little too much to drink
It’s OK to have a drink, but if you need carrying home, you may as well write off any hopes of speaking to your date again.
  1. Assuming that you will pay the entire bill
This is one for the ladies – however, some men should also take note. Never assume that your date is going to pay for your meal. It might be a date but this is 2016, it’s time we rule out the age of sexism.
  1. Meeting someone who looks totally different to what you expected
We all love MTV’s Catfish, but we don’t love when the same thing happens to us. If your first date is with someone you met online, keep your profile picture realistic.
  1. Flirting with the waiter/waitress
If you’re looking for a sure-fire way to put your date off, try flirting with the server. Not only will you annoy your date, but you may also end up eating alone!
  1. Being rude to the restaurant staff
On the other hand, there’s nothing worse than sitting next to someone who gets a kick out of being unpleasant towards restaurant staff. If there’s ever a time to be swallowed up by the ground below you, this is probably it.
So there we have it! If you’re one of the few put off by a money-savvy date, take another look at this list and remind yourself – it could be a lot worse! Restaurants, hotels and other attractions are known to hike up their prices on Valentine’s Day, so a voucher or discount code isn’t anything to be ashamed of!
Romance isn’t ruined by discounts, so if you need a way to save money this Valentine’s Day, ask your employer about retail discount schemes. They’re a great way to cut costs, whether it’s for a gift, activity, hotel stay or restaurant visit.
Besides, if you’re romantic enough, your date isn’t likely to care about how you pay your half of the bill anyway! 

29 week Midwife appointment - Good News!

I went to see my local Midwife today, honestly the support I am receiving from everybody this pregnancy is amazing. All three of my main midwives are really listening to me & are always there when I need them. 
I love that my local midwife is so caring she also remembers me being pregnant with H & remembers doing his horrific heel prick she said to this day she hasn't experienced anything like it... it was horrific as H has talipes he had no blood in his heel & it took over four agonising attempts. 
This week I had my blood results - GOOD news! - My platelets are much higher & my iron levels are great. All my other blood results came back good too! 
This is amazing news as I was super scared my platelets would of gone lower than they had been. 
Also in my past two pregnancies I've been severely anaemic. 
I mean I am eating well. Also I'm taking Pregnacare plus *I've never bothered with pregnancy vitamins before. So they must be helping. 

Bump is measuring 30 weeks so not much over really.... 

I don't need to see my midwife now until 34 weeks & we will then discuss my birthing plan...
I won't see my local midwife until 37 weeks now. Eeeekkk. That's pretty close to my due date. 


H & I then spent the afternoon having sleepy cuddles on the sofa, my SPD is still bad so it's best I try to rest when I can. 





oh hi Mum guilt here... A letter to my eldest daughter. Talipes*

Well hello there Mum guilt. Long time no see. I'm going to talk about my eldest child. The child who seemingly so every evening gets ignored. The child who I end up shouting at to hurry to bed. I have focussed so much on getting child two comfy in his boots and bar or I've spent two hours fighting him to keep them on... That child one gets; I am so ashamed to say pushed to the side. 

She has a younger brother who needs extra care, not just a little bit of extra care but whilst wearing his boots and bar more than 14+ hours he needs extra care a day.
The mum guilt doesn't get better. I'm exhausted from the lack of sleep, from being awake with her younger brother all of last night. 
I don't mean to snap, I don't mean to shout, I don't mean to lose my cool.
The boots and bar fight is tiring me down. I feel so horrendously guilty. I don't have time to sit & read to her I miss that one on one time with her.
However she is very understanding. I just wanted to say I'm sorry.

Things will get better I promise. We do now & again have good days. I try my very hardest to make precious us time to take the pain away. 
So hello little one.
I know your only little once & you deal with more than any child should. I know we spend a lot of time away from you. I didn't plan for any of this to happen, of course he needs to go to the hospital more than other children. Weekly from just 5 days old. At least you get lots of 'Nanna time' whilst we are away. You know we are taking care of your brother. I know just how much you love and adore him. I know how much patience you have, after seeing me rocking him to sleep whilst he's kicking & screaming at me to take his boots and bar off. I stay calm & collected. Not wanting him to be scared nor shout at him. As really he is doing nothing wrong. He can't help the way he is hurting. He can't help that the boots and bar put him through pain. But I see you staring & I see you taking everything in. I see you caring & wanting to take his pain away. I've heard you make that one wish "I wish I could take the pain away from my little brother. I wish I could wear his boots and bar for him." With that two sentences I knew then; that I was somehow doing something correct. I was somehow bringing you up to be the very best daughter I could of ever imagined. 
I know you can see we are totally exhausted just because we are trying to give your brother the very best care and I know you're learning from this. 
You may not know it, but everything you see all the little things well these are teaching you traits on how to be the amazing person you're growing into. 

I'm more than certain at times that being the big sister to a child with different needs is a huge struggle. I know you have those small moments that inside your heart pangs with jealousy.
I know you hate seeing him in pain, you hate hearing him cry. I know all you want is to take the pain away.
I totally understand that you get jealous over all the 'extra' attention we give your brother.
Think back to the days we didn't even know if your little brothers legs would be strong enough for him to walk. The huge proudness that overcame your body to see him reach that whopping great big milestone. 
I could see on your face & hear in your voice just how proud you were. We all were. It brought tears to my eyes seeing him walk. Even if it was a few steps. 
Your brother completely utterly loves and trusts you. He looks up to you like nothing I've ever seen. 
You both get to experience an unbreakable friendship like no other. 
The bond you two have is indescribable. You're his sister, his friend, his protector. I see you playing in soft play together. I see you explaining to people about your brothers special boots. 
I want to burst with pride overtime I see you two together or 'helping to put his boots on'.
We feel instantly proud when you've been at school all day but the first thing you ask is "How did his hospital appointment go?"  You do such a crazy amazing job helping us. It surely takes a wonderful little girl to do what you do on a daily basis. I just wanted to say thank you and I'm sorry...

*This blog post was written last year - It's taken me a while to get the courage to post it & admit to myself how hard things can get. Although things have greatly improved... *H's boots have recently broken before this we were still having the battling nights. 




Top 5 New Year Garage Organisation Tips


Clearing out the clutter, bringing organisation to your family home and putting things in their ‘designated’ place can set the scene for the New Year.   With all the fun of the festive season still fresh in our minds, getting our heads in gear for 2016 (without wanting to weep) can prove challenging. Somewhere between forgetting what day it is, the horrific hangovers and NYE, it’s now time to get back to reality.   So if you’re looking to start the New Year as you mean to go on with a squeaky clean house, more room for the kids and productivity on the rise, do read on…  Today on the blog we share with you the ‘Top 5 New Year Garage Organisation Tips’ for you consider as you set about sorting out the old and making way for the new.   
1) Fun for all the family  For many, the idea of cleaning out the garage may seem like a mundane task that is dreaded so it never gets done. It’s that job assigned to you (mother) and before long you find yourself lost in last years Christmas decorations, decorative portraits, dusty bikes and dated videos that have not seen the light of day for the best part of a decade!   Turn the process of sorting your garage out, into a fabulous, family clear out with help from everyone including, dad! You will be surprised by all the items you re-discover, locked away and buried under various blankets, bags and boxes of all sorts. It may take you some time and effort but will leave your family with memories that are sure to last a lifetime   

2) Safety first  When it comes to your garage there can be hordes of rubbish collected over time, but there’s also some items that have both sentimental and quality value. These items should be protected from unwanted visitors in the form of necessary security accessories for your garage door.   Style shouldn’t be sacrificed through security, so visit Select Garage Doors for only the best quality, reliable products with a collection of satin chrome and antique brass handles and hinges available to safety-proof your home today.   

3) Organisation  for the busy family  For busy families with a multitude of clutter to clear, you need something to keep everything in check as you look to arrange various items across a smaller garage space. You can find storage units, hooks and shelves at your local hardware store. Just hang your possessions up on the walls and store all sorts of things on your walls to free up floor space and give the illusion of a clutter free garage - you’re welcome!   

4) Pretty up your garage steps  There’s nothing like adding a splash of colour to your home to brighten up your mood as you set about clearing out. You can transform your garage into a spectacle to be admired with just a touch of paint and a little imagination.   For example, your stairs lead the way to better things (apparently) and so you can put a spring in your step with a brighter colour and a little message to lift your spirits. The Only Way Is Up, Welcome HomeHappy Home etc. This is a great way to brighten up an otherwise dull, boring expanse of space.   

5) Easy storage and organisation  solutions  Don’t waste hours of your time looking for an expensive shelving unit, complete with all the bells and whistles! You can purchase plastic totes for next to nothing and with a carefully placed label, you will always know what goes in them and will be able to find things much easier.   This article was provided by Geoff Gibson, Director, at Select Garage Doors. If you are looking for a new side hinged garage door, or perhaps you just want to protect your family with security accessories, give their expert team a call on 01942 311 110 and they will be happy to help!

VALENTINE'S CHOCOLATES - A HEALTHIER ALTERNATIVE‏

Here's a delicious and healthier alternative to make Valentine's Day extra special, from acclaimed author and health food advocate Jennifer Irvine..


A healthier alternative for Valentine's Day. 


Chocolate-covered Nut-Stuffed California Prunes
Valentine’s Day is synonymous with chocolate, and with small offerings of luxury – this is a great recipe for bringing the two together. The Brazil nuts are packed with good oils, and are one of the best natural sources of selenium – a mineral which helps normal thyroid function. It’s also a good source of non-animal protein, so vegetarians and vegans should incorporate them into their diet.  Chocolate doesn’t always have to be unhealthy, especially if you use one high in cocoa solids.  And of course the prunes, as well as giving a fabulous textural contrast to the nuts, are rich in fibre, potassium, vitamin K and a source of vitamin B6, copper and manganese. 
For Valentine’s Day, Jennifer recommends a few of these to accompany a chilled glass of delicious champagne.

Prep Time: 15 mins + 20 mins drying time.
You will need:  (makes six)
·       6 ready-to-eat California Prunes
·       6 whole Brazil nuts
·       50g high quality dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa)
·       1 tbsp dehydrated strawberry powder (or you can use gold flakes if you have some)
First, prepare the stuffed prunes.  Into the cavity of prune place one of the Brazil nuts, as far as it will go, taking care not to pierce through the prune. About half of the nut will be sticking out.
Sprinkle the strawberry powder onto a plate, and put to one side.
Half-fill a small pan with boiling water and place over a medium heat, so that the water is simmering. Break the chocolate up into small chunks, and place in a small bowl which fits over the pan – taking care not to have the bowl touching the boiling water. Stir gently once it starts to melt, and remove from the pan (turning off the heat) once it has completely melted.
Holding the stuffed prunes by the Brazil nut end, gently dip and roll the prune in the melted chocolate, covering the entire prune.  Then lightly roll the tip of the chocolate-covered prune in the dehydrated strawberry.  Repeat for each stuffed prune.
Place the prunes on a baking tray covered with baking parchment, and leave to dry for at least 20 mins.
Arrange on a plate, and sprinkle with any remaining strawberry powder.  

Bump Monday | 29 weeks Pregnant |


|| 29 Weeks today ||

How am I feeling?
First week of the third trimester done. 
11 weeks till D day. Eeeeek.
Time is flying by. 
Today I most definitely have that Monday morning feeling... ZZZZZzzzzzz
I'd forgotten just how exhausting the last trimester actually is. 
I could do with having a mid morning nap but no luck today. 
Braxton hicks are coming & going a lot. 
Lack of sleep & toilet trips are making the most of my evenings & nights. 
Baby bump gets hiccups at least 5 times a day too. 


Living in Mr.H's jumpers still. 


Baby is about the size as a butternut squash 

Craving:
Macaroni cheese 
BBQ super noodles. 
Cake & chocolate 
Oh so healthy..... 

I'm going to be the size of a house by the end of this pregnancy.


On a positive :
My two smalls are really starting to bond with bump - its so lovely having them saying "good morning baby & night night baby " It's so sweet. 
Also my hair isn't getting greasy as quickly as it was a few weeks ago. Yay! 


WALKING MILES BETTER FOR MUMS *Infacol



It’s a well-known fact that walking is good for your health, with benefits ranging from reducing your risk of heart disease to inducing deep and restful slumber. But could walking also be good for new mums, in both body and soul? According to most mums a bit more exercise makes them better able to cope with the stress and strain of having a new baby. Infacol (contains simeticone), Britain’s Number One Infant Colic remedy, asked 142 mums1 how they rethink their lifestyle choices after they have a baby. It showed that 3 out of 4 mums agree that walking with your baby is the best way to get back into exercise and fitness post baby. Getting out and about can also benefit your baby, according to Expert Midwife Nikki Khan, especially during a stressful bout of colic. “Some mums find movement helps soothe their colicky baby so I would suggest going for a walk with your baby preferably in a carrier, rather than a pram, to help aid digestion.” she explains. “It’s about what works for you and your little one.”

Mum of two Lucy can relate to this: “With my first son, Joe, I tried everything I could think of to soothe his colic as it was such a stressful time. By the time I had my youngest, Eli, I knew that the best thing I could do for both of us was stay calm and be patient. I took him out in his carrier a lot – the movement helped him settle and he didn’t go in a push chair until about six months because he loved his carrier so much!”
With an astounding 90% of mums describing colic as one of their top concerns as a parent, and a further 50% saying it caused them to feel ‘very stressed’2, Expert Midwife Nikki Khan emphasizes the importance of taking time for yourself: “Remember that colic doesn’t mean either mum or dad are doing anything wrong, and that colic will pass by the time the baby is six months old latest. And don’t forget to look after yourself properly as well - a happy mum will often mean a happy baby.”

Visit www.infacol.co.uk for more information.

Trash into Treasure ... Upcycling



It’s no secret that I love to upcycle. You simply can’t beat the feeling of creating beautiful items with your own owo hands. 
I’m always on the lookout for inspiration about what to create next and sometimes it can be found in the most unlikely of places, even in a skip! 
If you’re willing to get your hands a little dirty, skips can be a treasure trove of unwanted items which, with a little bit of elbow grease and TLC, can be transformed from trash into treasure. 
Wooden pallets are fantastic examples. They can be used to create a whole variety of furniture, including simple coffee tables like the one below. 



Even a humble brick can be transformed into a great little ornament for your garden or balcony. Just take a look at these wonderful planter and tea light holders! These would also make a great gift. 

Finding everyday household items like old cutlery can lead to moments of inspiration, resulting in unique talking points for your home, like these fantastic coat hooks. 
Source
You’ll be amazed at some of the fantastic pieces of furniture people throw away, just because they think it’s gone out of fashion. Keep an eye out for dressers, chairs, cupboards or any other items that take your fancy and would fit perfectly in your home after a good makeover! 


If you want to start looking for items to upcycle, look out for buildings with scaffolding. This can mean there might also be a skip at the site! 
Always remember to ask permission before taking anything from a skip. You don’t want to be accused of stealing! 
Another good option is to simply contact a skip provider such as CJ Metals (http://www.cjmetals.co.uk/) and see if it has any gems that you can salvage before it’s recycled! 
Happy hunting!

January Blues Blossoming Gifts Bouquet | Review | Plus Discount |


I was recently sent this beautiful bouquet of flowers from 'Blossoming Gifts'.
They are a new and exciting flower delivery company based in the UK. They specialise in gorgeous florist designs at a low cost.

With the beginning of the year always being a bit dreary & Monday was supposedly the 'most depressing day of the year' these flowers most certainly cheered me up.

I was sent these beautiful flowers from their 'January Blues' range. 
They definitely do the job they're supposed to be doing, thats for sure. Instantly made my day that extra bit brighter. 

My thoughts :

Obviously it wouldn't be a review without my honest input. 
Easy to order
Very competitive prices compared to other flower companies
I picked the day I wanted delivery - they delivered that day. 
I also got sent a tracking number
Couldn't of been any simpler. 
The flowers are just beautiful.


I also have the discount code as mentioned above, have a discount code for you guys to use. 
This entitles you all to a whopping 33% off a bouquet just use the code : BGIFTS33
The only bouquets exempt from the discount would be the 'Flowers By Post' range. However, this is a very small range.


I've had the flowers over a week now & still look as good as they did on the first day. 
They last so well & I've had so many compliments on them. 
It's the little things that make life Beautiful. Just like these flowers...

Would I recommend the company?
Of course I would. I send flowers to friends & family so much, these are such a good price & the quality is most definitely there too.
The colours in the flowers are gorgeous & the different textures are lovely.

A lot of the flowers have 'free chocolates' with the bouquets too. Worth looking around the website.


They also have very reasonably priced flowers too, we all love to save money & buy Cheap flowers that actually look nice!...
The bouquets start from just £11.99


Disclaimer - I was sent this product for the review. However all thought & opinions are my own.

My 28 week Midwife appointment


Today I had my 28 week midwife appointment. 
Baby bump is measuring 28 weeks exactly. So perfect. 
Heard baby's heart beat again 150bpm so lovely! 
Took my bloods & await to hear the results on Thursday *Fingers crossed my platelets have risen & I'm not anaemic. 
Then we spoke about my birth plan & worries about my birth & thankfully she reassured me. 
Next time I see them at the hospital I will be 34 weeks & we will sit down together to get my birth plan done. 
I honestly can't believe just how fast this pregnancy is going. I can't wait to be able to get the crib up & sort through everything. 


Bump Monday | 28 weeks Pregnant |

|| 28 Weeks today ||


W E E K 28 ! H E L L O Third Trimester. 
Eeekkkk! 

How am I feeling?
Today I'm feeling good. Amazingly after the weekend I went out Saturday night with the girls; it was our Christmas get together as we were all super busy before xmas mid January fitted us all perfectly. 
I must of got to bed about 11:30pm & so Sunday was a struggle for my very pregnant self, It was however a fabulous night of crude jokes & lots of laughter. Luckily I had another pregnant mummy friend out with us too so I didn't feel too ridiculous once we hit the local bar. 
This week is mega busy & I definitely can't wait for it to be over & I can regain some chill out time. 
It's amazing how different weeks I can feel so shocking compared to the next... like last week was a horrible week. I must remember to take things slowly & not get so stressed. 
All I felt yesterday was sick & yucky. Bedtime couldn't come quick enough. 

Baby Buzz *Nicknamed by H* - is the biggest fidget It's actually getting uncomfortable & hurts occasionally. 
Braxton Hicks are still in full swing. 


SPD is a bitch. I could barely walk yesterday... probably didn't help I slipped on the ice on Friday....



Baby is about the size as a large cabbage 

Craving:
Oranges 
Hot cross buns




On a positive :
Seeing my midwife tomorrow at the hospital so will talk about Birth plan & get to hear baby heartbeat. 



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