Thursday, 24 August 2017

My Velcro Toddler

I've been guilty from time to time wishing that Blake wasn't too clingy. I love him he is my world but sometimes it would be nice to be able to sit down without a toddler climbing all over me. Then the guilt sets in as I know that not all parents get the opportunity to spend time with their child for various reasons such as working most days. 

Last week I was up with Blake at 1 am as he woke and all he wanted was me. I ended up climbing into bed with him and dropped off to sleep myself waking up at 4 am and sneaking out whilst he was in a deep slumber. 

Even though there are moments like these when I wish he would just let me sleep. I do realise it wont last forever and that one day he will stop wanting me as much and I'll miss it. 
I remember when Blake was a baby and how he would fall asleep on me and I would just take him all in knowing that it wouldn't last forever and it didn't he now no longer falls asleep on me like he use to and I do miss that. 

Each day he is getting more and more independent and for now he still needs me. So yes Blake is clingy he climbs all over me whenever I sit down, he wants me on the rare occasion in the night and he even during the day just wants to be held and so from now on I'm going to cherish it as I don't know how long that will last. 

So when puts his arms up I'm going to scoop him up let him swing his legs around my waist even though he is getting heavier each day as one day he wont want that anymore and even though he will always be my baby one day he will leave me and have a life of his own. 

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Summer Beauty Trends for 2017

Although it is Summer even if some days weather wise you would think otherwise its still a great time to try out different make up looks. Here are some of the 2017 summer make up trends that work for me: 

Smudged eyeliner
When it comes to eyeliner I've never been that good at it so now summer is here and smudged eyeliner seems to be a trend I can relax more about how my eyeliner looks. 

Dewy complexion 
When it comes to my foundation during the summer months I like to use one that has less coverage and one that makes me have a beautiful glow. I also opt for one that has spf 15 or above. 

Sheet Masks
I do love a good face mask and recently I've been loving sheet masks which are ever growing popular. I love them more than traditional clay or gel masks as they much more easier at applying and removing. 

Some other trends are: 

Dry Face Brushing
I've yet to try this however definitely plan on giving this a try anything that makes my skin look much better is worth trying. 

I've tried waxing, shaving, hair removal creams and even threading however I'm yet to try electrolysis which is becoming a popular hair removal method this summer. 

Gradual in shower tan lotion 
This innovative product allows you to gradually and easily build colour over time. I've never been one for tanning however can see it being a great idea for those that love to self tan. 

Bright colours are popular in summer months. I've never been one for nail polish however since I was a bridesmaid in May I love the idea of sitting at nail stations and getting my toes painted a lovely bright colour.  

You can read more about summer beauty trends and tips for 2017 in this handy e-book

Tuesday, 22 August 2017


Inspirational women are found in all areas of our lives and for me my Mum is. My Mum has always been there and she has always worked hard whether that be staying at home to be with me and my sister as we grew up to working hard at 3 jobs. 

Over the years my Mum has been there for me when I have needed her. From dealing with the dreaded terrible twos and teenage strops to walking me down the aisle and giving me away on my wedding day. 

Now she is there for me to help me with my own child. To offer advice when needed to, spending time with her grandson whether watching him for a few hours for us or popping over to see us when she is free. 

We learn from the women that inspire us and so it's important that we show gratitude towards them. So how do we say Thank you of course there are many ways to do this one being sending a bouquet of flowers from time to time Flowers Direct is a great place to get some gorgeous bouquets.  

Different flowers have different meanings and the most popular ones for gifting are roses as they mean love whether romantic or family. Freesia is also popular with meaning trust and friendship. 

We can also be inspired by women that we may not know/never met. Here is an e-book mentioning some inspiration women such as J.K. Rowling and how they have used flowers in their appearance/ideas. 

Monday, 21 August 2017

#TacticalTuesdays (Chores for Toddlers)

I'm so excited to be doing my first Tactical Tuesdays post which I am co-hosting with the lovely Vicky from The Tactical Mummy. Please head over to my Tactical Tuesdays page where you can find all the info you need to know to get involved. 

Recently Blake has started to wanting to "help" a lot around the home. This can sometimes be a good thing such as helping us put clothing in washing basket and sometimes not so good such as wanting to help with the dishwasher when sharp objects are around. 

When it comes to Blake "helping" we like to make sure we give him lots of praise and encouragement. As Blake is only just over 2 and half chores don't have to be done perfectly and Blake has a sense of pride and independence from helping us. The one thing I want from Blake doing chores is that we make it fun for him.

So here are a few age appropriate chores that Blake does: 

Putting away his toys
We are trying to get Blake into more of routine of helping us put away his toys and also encouraging him to have not all of toys out at once. We do have some toys that we have out most days and make sure that if they are kept out that they aren't just strewn across the floor. 

Dirty clothes in the wash basket
Such a simple chore to do and Blake is now getting into a routine of putting his clothes in the basket although this does sometimes lead to him putting clean clothing and random objects into the basket he is starting to slowly get better at it. 

Bringing items to us
Such as his shoes and coat when we are going out. We are also trying to get him to bring other things to us such as books and toys he wants to play with. He also sometimes get snacks out when he is hungry and brings them to us. 

Filling and emptying the washing machine
Another thing Blake loves to do is fill the washing machine, shut the door, open the draw for us to put the powder in and of course press the button to turn the machine on. Once the washing is done he also loves to help empty the machine. 

Brushing Teeth, washing hands etc
Blake loves cleaning his teeth we give his teeth a proper clean first and then let him have a go after. He also like's washing his hands although he does tend to get water all over the place. 

What chores does your little one help out with?

Tactical Tuesday at Joanna Victoria

Living Arrows - 34/52

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” by Kahlil Gibran

This weekend we made a little visit to a local country park called Rushmere. We've never been before as unfortunately its easy to get to if you don't drive. We were lucky that we were able to go with my In laws this weekend and we definitely want to go back again as it's a lovely place to explore and get close to nature. 

It's a great place to visit with children thanks to its sculpture trail where you can find fairy doors and play on wooden sculptures. The giants chair is a must and there was even a queue to be able to get photos of it. Blake was a little unsure of it however I'm sure if we are able to visit more often Blake will get use to the idea. 

Living Arrows