Monday, 21 May 2018

Considering CoolSculpting? Here’s What You Need To Know!

I’m guessing that I’m not the only one that has heard of CoolSculpting on the radio or seen it on Pinterest. Freeze your fat away? My first thought was that this was another fad beauty treatment that was too good to be true. It sounded like something along the lines of a teatox cleanse, or one of those ridiculously uncomfortable waist-trainers.

As someone who has struggled with “trouble spots” for 10 years (since my eldest was born), I’ve kind of come to realize that the only real solution is to eat right, exercise, & just know that even then you’re still going to have those stubborn areas that just refuse to budge. 

That being said, when I learned about the amazing benefits of CoolSculpting, I was definitely intrigued. Freeze away your fat?! Once it’s gone, it’s gone forever?! Where do I sign??

So what exactly is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is a non-surgical body contouring treatment that freezes the fat in the treated areas & eliminates it for good. You typically do an initial treatment & then have a second treatment 30 days later. It’s actually FDA approved for fat reduction, & once that fat is gone, it’s gone for good. Most patients typically start to see results around 3 weeks after their first treatment, though that can vary from person to person depending on your body’s natural metabolic cycle. The optimal results, you know…the kind that make you want to just show your BEFORE & AFTER pictures to everyone you meet, are typically seen around 3-4 months after your first treatment. It is worth mentioning that CoolSculpting is NOT a weight loss procedure. Most patients do see some weight loss, as is to be expected with fat reduction, but it is not for those who are looking to come in & freeze away 50lbs. The best way to find out if you are a candidate for CoolSculpting is to schedule a FREE consultation appointment at Pulse Light Clinic Bank in London. You can contact to make an appointment via their website or just a short phone call to 0207 523 5158.

I’ve attached below a short YouTube video so you can see a few Before & After examples. 

*Disclaimer- This Is A Sponsored Post. 

Friday, 18 May 2018

Celebrating Double Digits! Happy 10th Birthday My Darling Boy!

Wait a minute, how in the world? 

I’m trying not to completely freak out about my first born turning 10 today, but it’s HARD! 

We are throwing him a sports party next weekend which Jamie is super psyched about, & today he’s officially a decade old! That’s insane to me!! The first time hitting the double digits is a HUGE milestone!!

I feel like 10 years has really passed in the blink of an eye.  I know that sounds quite cliché. But I remember the first moment I held him. When they laid him on my chest. I remember the ride home from the hospital. 

His first steps, his first word, his constant chattiness as a toddler. Watching him learn, grow & turn into the amazing young man that he is today. 

So I’ve written him a little letter in honour of his double digit birthday...

Jamie’s Birthday through the years, the day he was born to his 9th birthday. 

To my Darling Jamie, 

10 years ago, you came into my world.  You changed me completely, you made me a mother.  You are my first baby.  You always will be.  Someday when you have children of your own you will comprehend all that that means. Because you are my 1st, that will always mean unchartered territory for me.  Sometimes I get it right, often I do not.  You & your needs are always at the top of my list.

Jamie, I am so, so proud of the young man you are becoming. I don’t know what your future holds but I want you to always be yourself- who ever you feel that is. Don’t let anyone bring you down or make you feel like you are not important. Don’t stop asking questions, don’t stop caring for others, don’t stop making silly noises & jokes, & please try & continue to be nice to your little sister & brother. They may pester you more than you deserve but they love you & you are stuck with each other so ya may as well make the best of it. I want you to continue being the gentleman you are. Hold doors for other people, continue to give (you often give more than is expected of you at times I know), use your manners that your Dad & I have driven deep in you. Keep passing out the hugs, high fives, & being the ginger ninja that you are. 

Above all I just want you to know how very proud we are of you. We are always going to be here for you to provide you with advice, encouragement, or just a shoulder to lean on. As you continue to grow & experience the pains that come along the way, I just want you to know I will always feel your pain & I will always try to help the best I can. Thank you for being so great & for having such a good heart. I have loved watching you grow & I love the little man you are becoming. You are brilliant & you are so loved! I love you my sweet boy. 

Happy 10th birthday! Such a big milestone!

Lots & lots of love




Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Greater Skies Custom Star Map Review

Hey guys, how are we all doing? Long time, no see- hey! 

Before you say, I know I haven’t been around much recently, I’m sorry! It’s just, well... Life!

 It’s been a little cray cray recently & I haven’t had many a chance to sit down & write. The children have been taking up so much of my time recently, & due to lack of sleep- courtesy of our little Sleep Thief, my brain has pretty much turned into a zombified, mashed up mess!

BUT I promise I haven’t forgotten about my little blog & of course you lot reading!! Hopefully these sleepless nights will slowly fade away to be a distant memory & I’ll be slightly more refreshed, clear headed & ready to go! 

ANYWAY (sorry for the ramble!) the reason for this post- 

I was recently contacted by a company called Greater Skies asking if I would like to be sent a custom made map of the stars in exchange for review. I had a little nosy on their site & I fell in love with their products from the get go. 

They create personalised star maps, which shows the alignment of the stars above you at a moment in time special to you. All you have to do is visit their website & start creating, & I challenge you to try & narrow your special moments down to just one! Or, you can do what I did, & get lost in stargazing for well over a hour! 

I decided to pick the place, time & date that MR.B & I officially become a couple. Nawwwww, aren’t I cute?! You can also add a custom caption & message, which I think makes the most perfect, heartfelt gift. 

The maps are beautifully printed on high-quality 260 gsm photographic paper sized 50x70cm so you can be assured your print will look great,
& you can also decide whether to have it framed or unframed. 

What’s even better, is that there is also an option (if you are an impatient wotsit, like myself) to get an immediate high-resolution printable download, which you can then print off yourself- how great is that?! 

If you’re looking for something meaningful to hang on your wall or to give as a gift- such as an anniversary/wedding/christening/birthday then you must check out Greater Skies, I honestly couldn’t recommend them enough!! 

*Disclaimer- I was very kindly gifted a framed custom made Star Map in exchange for a review, however all thoughts & opinions are that of my own. 

Saturday, 21 April 2018

So, We Co-Sleep Now?

It appears I am a co-sleeper... Again!

I slowly stopped co-sleeping with Isaac when we stopped our breastfeeding journey when he was about 4 months old. Co-sleeping at that time worked for us, I could feed him laying down & we all as a family had a decent nights sleep. Anything to catch a few hours shut eye with a newborn baby, was a winning in my books, but once we switched to formula, I made the decision that I wanted Isaac to sleep in his own bed- & surprisingly to MR.B & I, he took to it straight away & by the time he was 9 months old he was starting to sleep through! 

Don’t get me wrong, we still had a few rough nights now & again where MR.B & I tagged teamed to settle Isaac back down, BUT he was settled back down into his OWN bed, & slowly but surely it appeared we had a baby that slept 12 hours+ before he was 12 months old! We couldn’t believe it! We thought our luck was in! (Jamie & Gracie-Mae were pretty poor sleepers, Gracie-Mae had only started to sleep through properly when she was 5 years old, whilst I was pregnant with Isaac!!!) 

Fastward to now, at Isaac being 20 months old, & we have had to resort back to co-sleeping. I for one did not see this coming one bit! 

Here’s my dilemma- Isaac will (the majority of the time) settle down just fine when he goes up to bed at 7pm, then half midnight-1am he will wake up crying, calling out for either Mummy or Daddy. One of us will go on in & console him, will give him a cuddle & try to soothe him whilst he is in the cot. When we are under the impression that he is asleep/settled, we turn to leave & a bloody banshee has taken Isaac’s place!! 

He ends up doing this cry which is a truly heart in throat cry! He ends up not being able to catch his breath, goes blue/purple in the face & you can see the panic in his eyes because he can not breathe. We have to slowly blow in his face & eventually he catches his breath, goes slightly limp & cry’s some more. It’s honestly one of the worst things. 

Sooo what do we do? we bring him into our bed & he settles down as quick as switching off a light, some people will say we are making a rod of our own backs by doing this, but I honestly do not know what else we can do?

I absolutely love the IDEA of co sleeping. I love to offer my children love & security. I want them to know that if they are scared they can count on me. That’s why I let them come into my bed at night. I don’t have the heart or the energy to force them back to their beds at three in the morning, but I just can’t help being unhappy about it... this Mama wants her bed back & SLEEP!!!

So what’s a wannabe lone sleeper to do? Wait it out I guess. I love my children & they really are only little for a short period of time, I’m thinking that if this is what they need right now, they can have it. It makes me a little crazy, but I know it will be over soon enough.

One thing is for sure: I will be reunited with sound sleep one day. Until then pass the Smashbox Photo Finish Eyelid Primer & a shit ton of caffeine! Haha!

Have you co-slept with your children? Have you any advice for a sleep deprived Mama?

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