Motherhood . Life . Style

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Back To A Brunette..

I defiantly made the right decision..! 

A few weeks ago I decided enough was enough and I decided to ring the hair salon and book an appointment to get rid of the blonde hair.  For months I had been complaining about the colour and the extortionate price I was paying to maintain it.

I was paying £100 every 5-6 weeks to have the blonde redone, toned, cut and blow dried. I was never really happy with it and thought to myself why am I wasting the money. Even though I was using decent hair products, and trust me.. I have tried several over the years. My blonde just kept turning orangey! 

A few days before Mr B's party I decided thats it..! I'm going back to the salon and going back to my natural colour. I was nervous I had been blonde for so long.. Six months after having Freddie I wanted a drastic change.

I don't know what it is with me but both times after having my boys I decide to change my hair. Let me know if you did this.. If it wasn't your hair was it something else? 

This meant I had been blonde or partly blonde for nearly 4 years..! I was worried.. after having it blonde for so long would I hate being back to one solid colour?!

Honestly.. I couldn't be happier, I defiantly made the right decision. My hair feels amazing, the best its felt in a long time. It's finally smooth and looks shiny and healthy again. No more of the orangery dry frizzy ends. 

Do you colour your hair.. how often? Do you go to a salon or do it yourself at home? Have you never coloured your hair.. have you always been your natural colour? Couldn't you see yourself as another colour?

Thanks For Reading 
With Love

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Taylor's New Bed

Its more age appropriate now..

As I said a few weeks back when I shared my recent iMac purchase... We were doing a bit of a re-jig upstairs with all the bedrooms and my office/filming/dressing room.

One of the major changes has definitely got to be Taylor's room.. I wanted to make his bedroom a little more grown up but also try and gain back some space. The bed he had was a high bed with a pull out double bed underneath but was mostly used as a sofa. He had a desk which he didn't have enough room to do his homework at as it had his Xbox on. His wardrobe was packed with clothes, due to not having any draws to spread it all out...basically the room was a mess!

The bed he had really in closed the room, It took up more room them a normal bed and the dark metal frame didn't help either. This was the main reason I wanted to get rid of it and hopefully change the room completely.

I searched well know shops such as Dreams and Benson beds and didn't find anything I liked or for a reasonable price. I then thought i'll look on eBay and Amazon.. Straight away I found a bed that I thought was perfect. It wouldn't just take up less room, it would also brighten the room back up and we could also get rid of other furniture items.

I was right... Its the best decision I could have made. The bed pushes right up to the wall giving him a foot back in space. It also has a desk underneath and a shelving unit that we managed to get all his games, DVDs and books on. We managed to get rid of the old desk and put white chest of draws there instead, what also made the room gain another foot. This then helped with the mayhem in the wardrobe and also gave us a place to put his new keyboard.

Taylor is really happy with his new room, its more relaxing and he has space..! It surprising what a little re-jig can do.. the room looks completely different.

He now has somewhere to sit and do his homework, My old filming chair is also under the bed what pulls out to a single bed for guests but also gives him a place to sit and read, watch a film or play games. His clothes are nicely organised in the draws and some still hanging. He now has an area for him to keep his brush and smellies with a mirror to help him get ready in the mornings. Its perfect..

I'm hoping this room he can grow into and we won't need to change it all around now for a good few years. 

Do you love re organising rooms trying to get the best out of them? how often do you do it?

Thanks for Reading 
With Love

Monday, 29 May 2017

1st BBQ Of The Year

Finally A Sunny Bank Holiday Weekend

With it being A bank holiday weekend and the weatherman saying it was going to be nice we decided on Friday night to get a few bits in for a barbie.

Normally when we decide to do a BBQ's its either for a special occasion or invite friends and family to join us. However yesterday it was just the four of us... It was perfect.

Unfortunately its a rear occasion that we just sit and chill in the sun as a family, so I'm glad this weekend we made the most of it.

We didn't do anything fancy or exciting food wise just a few burgers, sausages and BBQ ribs. However it all tasted amazing thanks to the BBQ king Mr B. It also meant he got to cook it all in one go and we could sit together eating in the lovely sunshine.

What did you get up to over this bank holiday weekend? Did you have nice weather? 

Thanks for Reading 
With Love 

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

The Controversial Parenting Tag

Before I begin I just want to say everyone parents differently... I would never judge anyone on their ways so please don't on mine... After all it is called the CONTROVERSIAL tag!

I have seen quite a few mothers doing this tag recently more so on Youtube then blog posts but my video schedule is full until September.. So I'm doing it here instead.

1. Pro-life or Pro-choice?
pro-choice... every women should have the choice what they put there body though. Even though abortion isn't something I would personally do, I wouldn't judge someone if they had or wanted to.

2. Baby wearing?
I never did baby wearing with either of my boys.. So I don't know if I was to have another if I would try it or not. Both of my boys were great sleepers, I had no problems with them during the day or at night, moving them from Moses baskets to cots to their beds. Therefore I wonder if I did do baby wearing it would be completely different.. would the baby get to used to being carried around by me all day instead of in their pram for naps? Also when the boys napped that was my time to do jobs around the house have a bath etc... how could I do all that if I was baby wearing? I applauded people that do but I would just be worried when it comes to the time that I could no longer do it the baby would end up being clingy. Let me know if you did baby wearing and how did you and baby cope when you no longer done it?

3. Circumcision?
No for me.. just hearing the word makes me shiver. I know some people do it for religious reasons and others for health reasons and I understand that. Its just something I wouldn't do to my children.

4. Adoption?
Hell Yes...! Unfortunately there is so many children in the world that need loving homes and families to live with. I have spoke quite openly about adoption and fostering before and its something I would love to educate myself more in and maybe look into it for the future.

5. Baby piercing?
Not being a mum to a girl I tend not to think about this to much. However I know a lot of people talk about it. I had my ears pierced when I was 3 years old and even though my mum said I kept asking to have them done I don't remember.. What I do remember is having one ear done and running out the shop crying... I don't know how she got me to stop crying and to have the other ear done, but I do have both ears pierced :) I think if I was to have a little girl I don't think it would be something I would do.. It wouldn't be something I would talk to her about unless she asked and I think I would set a age where I would say it would be appropriate from. That way she will know she made the discussion and not me.

6. Breast VS Formula?
Either... surly this breast is best nonsense has got to stop... surely the baby being feed and happy is best. I have done both so its not that I'm against or that I find breast feeding offencive... Its just something my body wasn't able to do, well not for longer then a few weeks anyway.

7. CIO (cry it out) VS other?
Leaving a baby to cry for a few minutes to see if they will settle their self isn't going to hurt them but leaving them for more then that is just something yet again I wouldn't do. Crying is the only way a baby can tell you something is wrong, So surly if the crying carries on there is something that they're  trying to tell you.

8. Smacking?
Taps on the hands or bottom yes... but no harder. Its not something I do now it was more when the boys first started getting around. This was when they became nosey and wanting to touch, eat and play with everything in sight. Sometimes saying no isn't enough especially if something they were doing was dangerous. Now they're both older and they understand the meaning of No and why we're counting to 3 its just something that no longer happens in our house, I don't feel the need for it. My boys know the rules and boundaries and if the don't behave they know they get sent to their room, no treats and items are taken away. (The last one is more for Taylor then Freddie, his still a bit to young to understand that one.)

9. Co-Sleeping?
As I said back in my baby wearing answer I was lucky both of my boys were great sleepers, so I honestly didn't find the need to co-sleep. I understand why people do it, being a mum is tiring and having a baby/child that doesn't sleep makes it more difficult. Occasionally Freddie has got in bed with us during the night or when his ill and he wants a cuddle. However when his asleep I move him back to his bed. I do this for many reasons 1. I don't want him to get into the habit of sleeping in bed with us 2. I worry about squishing him during the night as I'm a fidget and 3. There just isn't enough room. I don't know how people do co-sleeping unless they have a king size bed.

10. Home VS Public VS Private schooling?
As long as a child is educated then yet again what does it matter.. My boys are Privately educated because the schools where we live are unfortunately below average. This maybe down to the number of children they are having to take in because there just isn't enough schools in my area. Home schooling would have been something I would have looked into further if the independent school wasn't near us. However I'm not the brightest of people so they would have been better attending a public school then staying home with me. Public schools are brilliant as long as you have good ones to choose from.. As a country we are lucky enough to have free education not like others.

11. Vaccinations?
Yes.. Yet again like schooling we are lucky enough to have the NHS to provide us with free medical care including vaccinations to protects us form horrible illnesses. I do however like to check and read up on all the information before hand. It just puts my mind at rest and I then know what each jab is for and why its necessary.

12. Medicating children?
Yes, as long as its not over medicated. I myself don't take a lot of medicines I try everything I can before taking something.. EG - Headache, drink a glass of water, close my eyes for 5 minutes, pressure on my temples.. if none of these work I will then take a paracetamol. However with the children I am a bit more willing to medicate. Its very rare my children are ill so normally if they are I can tell and straight away give them something or take them to the doctors.

13. Cloth VS Disposable nappies?
With both of the boys I used disposable nappies. My mum used Terry's (I think that's what they were called) with my brother and I and they were HUGE.. I'm surprised she could find clothing our bums would fit in. However Cloth nappies have come along way since then.. they actually look more like a nappies now. To be honest the thing that puts me off them is the washing side.. I wouldn't really want to put pooie nappies in a place where I wash clothes to be clean.

These are my answers to all the controversial subjects... I would love it if you would leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts on the options.

Thanks For Reading 
With Love  


Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Freddie's First Bike

Once he got it, He was off.!

A few weeks ago Freddie was playing happily in the garden going up and down the paving on his  three wheeled little red trike when i noticed it was getting a bit to small for him. I mentioned it to Mr B who agreed and said it was about time we got him a proper bike.. Sometimes i forget Freddie is four, I still think of him as my baby...

That weekend we decided to pop into Halfords to see what bikes they had in for Freddie's age, height and not forgetting the right price.. 

At first we went for the smallest bikes with the stabilisers that was for ages 3-5 years.. However we thought it wouldn't last him long, he already looked to big on it and his knees where hitting the handle bars.

We then looked at the range for 4-6 years... We took one of the shelf what was a decent price and let him have ago.. He was off! There was myself, Mr B and Taylor  running around the top floor of Halfords after him. 

I was surprised by how many bikes Halfords had at lots of different age ranges and at a range of budget too. We were also lucky to get the last one in a box of the one he liked and we were willing to buy.

Freddie loves his new bike, I think he feels like a big boy.. He enjoys riding around the garden on it alongside Taylor on his bike. We didn't get the same coloured bikes intentionally but they do match which makes Freddie even more happy. 

I have taken Freddie down the beach a few times since purchasing his bike, which he also enjoys. Im hoping that the weather will soon improve so I can take him more often. Not only is it better for him to get a decent ride then in the garden but its also good exercise for me running after him. 

Do your little ones have a bike? are they older or younger then Freddie? What age will you or did you take the stabilisers off?

Thanks For Reading 
With Love 


Friday, 12 May 2017

Helping To Beat Cancer..!

Im Running 5K

This is something I have wanted to do for a few years now but unfortunately I've never got around to applying to take part... So this year as soon as i saw the TV advert it was on my to do list.

My mum is going to be joining me on the 5K Race For Life On Saturday the 8th July, in remembrance of family members and my childhood friend Vicky who we have sadly lost to cancer.

Cancer is a horrible illness and its sad to hear and see other families are still being affected by it. Cancer research is the charity that is first on my list for any donations I can make. Weather thats a £1 in a box in supermarkets, donating clothes and now running can be added to the list. 

I have an online fundraising page where I have set myself a target of £200 to raise for Cancer Research before I run on the 8th of July. If you would like to sponsor me I would really appreciate it, even if its £1 every £ helps - My Fundraising Page

Im really looking forward to it and Im glad my mum decided to keep me company around the track. Mr B, My nan and boys will be there to support us and enjoy the day too. Lets just hope its not going to rain...

Thanks for Reading
With Love

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

My New Gadget

After months of saving.. I finally had enough to by myself an iMac

Last Sunday my dream become reality... I know its sad but I never thought the day was ever going to come. Since starting my Youtube and Blogging journey I have always wanted to get myself an iMac. I  actually started saving for one around two years ago now... I almost had the correct amount but I ended up changing my mind and bought a MacBook Pro instead. 

I know, I know... but honestly I wouldn't say I made a mistake.. Many perks came from it actually. I was able to edit on iMovie instead of movie maker, It was lighter to take around with me then my old laptop, it was much quicker and it also got me used to how Apple computers works... its completely different to windows. 

After a year and hour I decided to start saving again and this time I was going to get myself the iMac. I suffer with back problems and sitting on the sofa with a laptop on my lap wasn't helping. I wanted to change my filming room/ Dressing room into more of an office and an iMac would make the perfect feature.

I wanted a desk where I could sit and work on a comfy chair and help my aching back... Over the past few weeks we have basically been taking part in changing rooms... Literally! We been moving furniture from one room to another.. building a new bed.. re-organising.. skip and charity shop runs.. you name we've probably done it! 

My office is finally taking shape and as I said Sunday was the day where my eight months of solid saving had paid off, I had enough to get my iMac! 

So far so good... I love it. It works exactly the same as my MacBook Pro.. it was quick and easy to set up, its automatically uploaded iMovie and other programs I have on my MacBook and most of all my back isn't aching while I writing this :) 

I hate to make ups excuses but this maybe part of the reason I have not really written here much lately... by the time I have edited my videos I'm not comfortable enough to write a blog post too. I hope now that I have this new work space with my new computer, my Blog won't take such a back seat.  

*I don't want this post to come across bragging in anyway, I just wanted to share my recent purchase*
*iMac 21.5 inch with Retina 4K display 

Thanks For Reading
With Love 

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Turning Four....

His no longer my baby!

Last week Freddie Turned Four... Where has the time gone......Before i know it, it will be September and he will be starting school.

Over the past six month everything has just seemed to click for him. His understanding and Speech has come on leaps and bounds. He is showing more interest in activities for his age group.  His mental and physical ability has also shocked us.

Upping his days at the school nursery was defiantly the right decision, His development has been incredible.

His birthday this year was on a Thursday, which is one of the days he attends nursery. I decided to keep him home for the day knowing from next year i don't have the choice as he will be attending school. Mr B also took the day off to spend it with him. We didn't do to much as we decided Sunday we would go out and celebrate as a family. So the morning we spent indoors where he opened all his cards and presents and then went out for a lunch before returning home to watch Cars 2 and Thomas.

When Taylor returned form school i cooked a KFC inspired dinner and we all sat together in the living room having a carpet picnic. Of course to finish the boys had Jelly and ice cream and before bed we sang happy birthday and Freddie blew out his candles on his Blaze cake.

Sunday we took a trip to our local Frankie & Bennies and Hollywood bowl to have some lunch before playing two games of bowling. Both we really enjoyable yet extremely busy. However we were luckily enough to have been designated to a VIP lane that made bowling more enjoyable.

I know Freddie enjoyed not only his birthday but Sunday also. Next month my first son will be turning 10....he will be in DOUBLE DIGITS.... shocking....

how old are your little ones, what age are you dreading them to reach?  

Thanks for reading 
With Love 

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

BBC CBeebies Magazine

Perfect For Pre-Schoolers

When I was younger I remember every Saturday my Nan buying me a magazine. I loved going down to the corner shop and picking one out and spending my weekends reading it. I wanted to carry on this tradition when i had my own children, however I never found a magazine that i thought was really worth the money and had enough learning activities within it.

Last month I was contacted and asked if i would like to receive and review the BBC CBeebies magazine. I thought to myself why not... To be perfectly honest i wasn't expecting anything different to the other magazines i had flicked though on my many shopping trips to Asda. 

However when it arrived i was presently surprised. I received the Big Colouring Issue and it came with a selection of crayons, pencils and pens. I flicked though to see there was so many learning activities, stories, stickers and colouring pages. This magazine had it all. 

Finally I found a magazine that was perfect for pre school age and actually had activities that would help for when he started school.

Now the magazine had to go to the real critic... Freddie.

Its OK for us parents to want to find something fun and educational for our children, But is it really worth it if they don't like or have fun using it. 

I didn't need to worry... Freddie loved it, even all the learning activities. He loved seeing so many different characters from the programs he enjoys watching.

The CBeebies magazine is such a great idea to get if you have a child the same age as Freddie. Most of the activities within the magazine are for hand and eye co-ordination (colouring, Letter writing, placing stickers) however there is also lots of thing to challenge them, (questions for them to answer and Games) Then to end all the fun there is a few stories to read as well.

CBeebies magazine is out every fortnight and ranges in price... This week i bought Freddie the next issue which was £2.99 and was an Art special.

Do you buy your children Magazines.. if so which one? Now you have read my review on the CBeebies one would you purchase it?

Thanks For Reading 
With Love

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

First Month Of 2017

Where has January gone....

I can't believe we are already at the end of the first month of 2017...  It feels like I've blinked and its gone!

My year has started with good and bad points, if you follow me on my social media and/or youtube you will know all about them. Im hoping February is going to be a lot kinder to us.... especially with illnesses. 

This year I really wanted to up my A game and get back into writing. So far I haven't succeeded and i can only apologise. I feel like I have disowned my own blog. Creating content for youtube is very time consuming and every minute of my spear time I have either been thinking of new content, filming or editing. 

I can finally say a month into the year I finally feel great! 

I've decluttered and re-organised the house. I have worked out a work schedule (that includes blog writing) I have set a weekly routine and set days for cleaning and food shopping. I have been making meal plans and only buying food we need to save wastage and money. The money we are saving are going towards days out and our holidays...

2017 has started off OK but im hoping with all the above its going to make my year run more smoothly. 

Even though I'm lucky enough to stay at home and be able to do what i love it doesn't come without it challenges. My blog and Youtube is my escape... But my priority is always the boys. Last year i struggled to find a balance with work and family time. Thats why this year I'm being strict with myself and only spending four days working from 9am to mid- day or mid-day to 3pm. The rest of the time is for my mum/wife duties. 

Routine is key for my 2017.... 

Are you a stay at home mum? Do you struggle to find a balance with work and family life? Id love to hear how you manage your time...

So hears 2017 and much more content here on my blog...!

Thanks For Reading 
With Love 
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