Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Happy 1st Birthday To My Blog!!




Well, what can I say. One year ago today, I sat down at my laptop & decided to start this blog. My little corner of the internet has turned 1 years old! 1 year ago I published my first ever post

I can't quite believe I've stuck at blogging for a whole year, to be honest. I'm the type of person who has loads of hobbies, but never sticks at them for longer than a few months. So to have been blogging for a whole year is a little surreal to me. But I'm proud. So proud!

I originally started this blog as abit of fun & something positive to focus on, sharing my parenting rants & rambles in hope that others can resonate with me, laugh along at my parenting fails & nod along knowing that us Mother’s are all in the same boat, just on a different journey. 

I never started this blog as a way to make millions – which is good as I’m a LONG LONG LONG way away from that! But I did start it out of love. And 1 year later, the love is still there.  I can’t imagine not having this blog in my life & I wouldn’t want a life without it.

I want to say a massive thank you to some amazing bloggers who have helped me on my blogging journey. From helping me with the layout of my blog, to supporting me with content ideas, to just being a friend, these ladies have been great!





I also want to say a big THANK YOU! Thank you to each & every one of you who reads my blog, who comments on my blog, who likes & comments on my Instagram snaps, who likes/comments & shares my Facebook postsThey matter, so much to me. And you guys are the reason I've stuck at it! So really, thank you.

I’m excited to see what this next year brings! 





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Friday, 26 January 2018

5 Tips For Finding The Perfect Family Car


“Disclaimer- This is a sponsored post, however all thoughts & opinions are that of my own.”

The decision to purchase a family car is a big one & with the amount of time you’ll be spending in it & all the memories you’ll no doubt be creating. Like bringing your newborn baby home to long road trips for a family break away, multiple trips to & from the supermarket, school runs, children’s activities, the list is never ending. 

All of these memorable events have one thing in common- Your Family Car. So it’s too risky to make this decision lightly. 

Don’t worry, while it is a big commitment, it isn’t as hard as it seems. Here are my 5 tips to help you find the perfect family car:


Budget

This is the not so nice step but it is important in finding the perfect car for your family. Before you even begin searching for a car, I would always recommend setting a budget to know what you can & can’t afford. 


Research 

The most important tip I can give you for finding a car is doing the right research. You can’t make the right purchase without knowing the facts about the make, model, & price of your car. I have found that Cars.com is a great resource for learning about your potential purchase. Their website has a huge selection of information that will provide you with everything you need to make an informed choice. 



Safety 

After you have found the car that you like, it is essential to check up on its reviews regarding safety. Make sure to research about its crash & child protection scores. What I love about Cars.com is that they have a videos & review feature. They provide thorough reviews & essential information about a wide variety of cars & most importantly, they tell you straight. There’s no hiding away from the bad reviews of certain cars. Because of this, I recommend you begin your car research here. 


Car Seats

If you have small children & require car seats, Isofix fixings are the best option. Most cars these days do have Isofix fixings built into them, so it shouldn't be too difficult to find one that you like. Isofix allows you to plug the car seat into the car making it safer than using a seatbelt for your child’s car seat.



Space

For practical purposes, you will want your new family car to have plenty of room. If you're still lugging pushchairs around with you on family outings, you'll want to pick a vehicle with a good size boot space. If you are anything like our family & take lots of trips away, you will want to think about space to not only accommodate your pushchair, but also all the luggage that you will all need. 


And there you have it, my 5 tips to helping you find the perfect family car, did these tips help you? Have you got any other tips for shopping for a new family car? Let me know in the comments below! :) 







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Thursday, 25 January 2018

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

100 Questions, 100 Answers





The lovely Maisie from lovemaisie nominated me to take part in this 100 Questions, 100 Answers questionnaire. 

Us bloggers like to tag each other occasionally in posts to find out a little bit more about each other, & let’s be honest we all love a good nosey into other people’s lives, don’t we?! 

Right, so let’s crack on shall we, I hope you enjoy! 


THE BASICS

1. What’s your name? 

Gemma Leanne Horlock.

2. Any nicknames or aliases?

Gem, Riise- don’t ask. A name that MR.B picked out for me years ago, something to do with a footballer I believe. But the name seems to have stuck. 

3. Your gender?

Female.

4. Your star sign?

Aries, & I’m very much an Aries. 

5. How old are you?

27 years old, soon to be 28 years in 2 months. Edging ever so closer to 3 0!!!  

6. Your relationship status?

We are technically not married, but MR.B always calls me his wife. I’ve said he’s not aloud the privilege until he has put a ring on me & signed the papers, haha! 

7. Any children?

Yes, 3. But of course you knew that. 

8. Any pets?

The children have a pet rabbit called Ralph, named after a character in Horrid Henry. He’s cute, but stinks to high heavens! 

9. Any tattoos or piercings?

Gosh I have quite a few. I have my ears, nose, tounge & belly button pierced. But currently haven’t got any bars in any of them, & I have 11 tattoos. I would love more. 

10. What do you like about yourself?

Bit of a strange one, but I like my back & have always been told that I have a nice back, haha.

11. What do you dislike about yourself?

My arms, hello bingo wings.  

12. Righty or lefty?

Righty. 

LASTS

13. The last thing you drank?

Sugar Free Ribena.

14. The last thing you ate?

Slimzone Indian Chicken Sizzler, it was disgusting! 

15. Your last phone call?

A company calling to say I’d won a competition that I had entered (I’d not entered any), to turning the conversation around to try & convince me to change my internet provider. I hate those kind of pesky calls. 

16. Your last text message?

NHS- NoReply to remind me of Isaac’s next doctors appointment.

17. Your last email?

Pampers Club. 

18. The last song you listened to?

Skinny Lister- What Can I Say? - great band!

19. The last book you read? 

I’m currently reading The Hobbit. But before that I had read the last of The Maze Trilogy. 

20. The last time you cried? 

Last night watching Hollyoaks, you can totally judge me, haha!

21. The last blog you read? 

Brummy Mummy Of 2 

 22. The last person you spoke to? 

MR.B he has literally just phoned me from work to see if the children had gone up to bed okay. 

23. The last place you visited? 

Does our GP Surgery count? 

24. Your last holiday abroad? 

I can’t actually remember!! 

HAVE I EVER?

25. Have you ever gotten back with an ex?

If you count breaking up & getting back together at primary school age then yeah, if not, no. 

26. Have you ever been cheated on?

No. Well MR.B better hoped he hasn’t. Haha just kidding! 

27. Have you ever cheated on someone?

No.  

28. Have you ever lost someone special to you?

Quite a few family members. 

29. Have you ever been so drunk you threw up?

Errrr yeah, like who hasn’t?! Thankfully I haven’t done this for years though. 

30. Have you ever fallen out of love with someone?

MR.B has been my only true love. So no. 

31. Have you ever met someone who changed you?

Yes, when I saw my first born Jamie for the first time. I knew instantly I had changed. 

32. Have you ever been in a situation where you found out who your real friends are?

Sadly Yes! My circle is very small. 

33. Have you ever kissed someone you probably shouldn’t have?

I could name a couple. But I won’t. 

34. Have you ever found out people were talking about you behind your back?

Oh more than likely, but I can’t think of anything off the top of my head. 

35. Have you ever broken someone’s heart?

No.

36. Have you ever kissed a stranger?

No.

37 Have you ever had your own heart broken?

No. 

38 Have you ever had sex on the first date?

Now that would be telling, wouldn’t it? No, no I haven’t. 

39 Have you ever been arrested?

No.

40 Have you ever been attracted to someone that isn’t the gender you usually find attractive?

No, not in a sexual way. I obviously can tell when a woman is extremely attractive. 

41. Have you ever done something you regret?

I could name a few. But I’m a huge believer in, everything happens for a reason. So even though I may have regretted them at that time, I wouldn’t change it, or I wouldn’t be where I am today. 

42. Have you ever had a threesome?

No.

43. Have you ever embarrassed yourself in public?

Like all the time!

44. Have you ever misjudged someone?

Sadly yes, hence my small circle. 

MY BELIEFS AND OPINIONS

45. Do you believe in God?

No.

46. Do you believe in yourself?

Most of the time I do, but there are times I doubt myself, but that’s normal right? 

47. Do you believe in Santa Claus?

Of Course!! How is this even a question?!

48. Do you believe in ghosts?

I don’t actually know on this one. I believe there may be some kind of afterlife, paranormal type thing, but I wouldn’t say I 100% believe. 

49. Do you believe in aliens?

No.

50. Do you believe in miracles?

Yes. 

51. Do you believe in the power of positive thinking?

Absolutely!

52. Do you believe in love at first sight?

Yes! When I 1st met MR.B I knew he was the one.

53. Can money make you happy?

I’ve always said, money can’t buy you happiness. It can make your life abit easier yes, less stressed yes. But ultimately, I believe no it doesn’t. 

54. Would you describe yourself as a feminist?

Yes.

55. Are you pro-life or pro-choice?

Pro-choice. Without a doubt!

56. Do you have strong political beliefs?

Yes, but I won’t get into that. 

57. Do you have strong religious beliefs?

No. 

58. What do you think the most important thing you can give a child is?

Love, Time & Security. 

RIGHT NOW

59. Are you eating anything right now?

Yes, a Kellogg’s Special Chocolate & Rasberry Cereal Bar. 

60. Are you drinking anything right now?

No, I finished my drink 10 questions ago. 

61. What are you listening to right now?

Absolutely nothing. The children are all sound asleep, MR.B is at work so I’m taking 10 to sit in silence. It’s pure bliss let me tell you! 

62. What are you thinking about right now?

I didn’t think this post would take me as long as it is, haha! 

63. What are you waiting for right now?

February Half Term, MR.B has the week off work. Quality family time is much needed. 

64. What are you most excited about right now?

Re-decorating the two elder children’s bedrooms, getting Isaac into his own room, decorating & getting our room back. Abit sad I know, but I’m excited about having my own space again. 

65. What’s your pet hate right now?

Topsy & Tim. If you know, you know. 

66. What’s your favourite thing right now?

My Apple Watch that MR.B recently brought me as a surprise gift. 

67. If you weren’t answering these questions, what would you be doing right now?

Probably binge watching a series on Netflix. 

FIRSTS

68. Your first best friend? 

Is it bad that I can’t actually remember? 

69. Your first kiss? 

I wouldn’t want to embarrass anyone. 

70. Your first celebrity crush? 

Brad Pitt. 

71. Your first holiday? 

The 1st Family Holiday I remember from when I was younger, was at a Haven Resort in Hastings. 

72. Your first pet? 

Simba & Nala the kittens. 

73. Your first regret? 

Whatever it may have been, I wouldn’t have changed it. 

74. Your first job? 

I worked as a Sales Assistant in Dorothy Perkins.

75. Your first childhood memory? 

Was out with my Mum in our local town at the time, I was running one way but looking the other, Mum yelling for me to watch where I was going, I of course didn’t listen, & ended up in a trough full of water.

WHICH WOULD I CHOOSE?

76. Love or money?

Love. 

77. Twitter or Facebook?

Neither. I much prefer Instagram. 

78. Hook up or relationship?

Relationship! 

79. Dogs or cats?

Dogs.

80. Coffee or tea?

Coffee! 

81. Beer or wine?

Wine! 

82. Sweet or savoury?

Savoury. 

83. Introvert or extrovert?

Introvert. 

84. Vampires or werewolves?

Vampires.

85. Seaside or countryside?

Seaside. 

86. Summer or winter?

Summer without a doubt!

87. Books or movies? 

Books.

88. Horror or comedy?

Comedy. I’m a huge wuss when it comes to a horror. 

A FEW RANDOM QUESTIONS TO FINISH

89. Do you wish you could change your past?

No, like I said above, everything happens for a reason. 

90. What’s your dream job?

I would love to be a Midwife. 

91. What’s your guilty pleasure?

Rylan Clark- most find him irritating, but I actually find him quite funny. 

92. What are you afraid of?

Spiders & Clowns!  

93. What was the first thing you wanted to be when you grew up?

A nurse like my Mum. 

94. If you could have any super power, what would it be?

Invisibility, then the children will be forced to go & pester MR.B for a while. 

95. If you could change anything about your life what would it be?

Nothing, it’s perfect how it is. 

96. Would you want immortality?

No. 

97. If you could interview anyone alive or dead who would you choose?

Micheal Jackson. 

98. Would you say you are happy?

Yes. I suffer with bouts of depression. But other than that, most definitely. 

99. What one piece of advice would you give to yourself at age eighteen?

Believe in yourself, you’ve got this. 

100. Where would you like to be in five years’ time?

Married, MR.B I hope you are reading this!! 


Phew! That took a while, I hope you didn’t get bored, now you know all my dark secrets, haha! Thankyou for reading! :) 



Want to join in? Just follow the rules below.

RULES
  1. Thank the person who nominated you & link back to their site.
  2. Answer the questions honestly (skip any you don’t feel comfortable answering)
  3. Tag 10-20 bloggers to take part (let them know on social media).
  4. Post the questions without your answers at the bottom of your post so that they are easy to copy and paste for the people you tag.

It appears the majority of the blogging community has already taken part, so I nominate these lovely bloggers to take part;

Rachael Blakey-  fromrachaelclaire

Eliana CoTu- thefamilytreasures


THE BASICS

1. What’s your name? 

2. Any nicknames or aliases?

3. Your gender?

4. Your star sign?

5. How old are you?

6. Your relationship status?

7. Any children?

8. Any pets?

9. Any tattoos or piercings?

10. What do you like about yourself?

11. What do you dislike about yourself?

12. Righty or lefty?

LASTS

13. The last thing you drank?

14. The last thing you ate?

15. Your last phone call?

16. Your last text message?

17. Your last email?

18. The last song you listened to?

19. The last book you read? 

20. The last time you cried? 

21. The last blog you read? 

22. The last person you spoke to?

23. The last place you visited? 

24. Your last holiday abroad? 

HAVE I EVER?

25. Have you ever gotten back with an ex?

26. Have you ever been cheated on?

27. Have you ever cheated on someone?

28. Have you ever lost someone special to you?

29. Have you ever been so drunk you threw up?

30. Have you ever fallen out of love with someone?

31. Have you ever met someone who changed you?

32. Have you ever been in a situation where you found out who your real friends are?

33. Have you ever kissed someone you probably shouldn’t have?

34. Have you ever found out people were talking about you behind your back?

35. Have you ever broken someone’s heart?

36. Have you ever kissed a stranger?

37 Have you ever had your own heart broken?

38 Have you ever had sex on the first date?

39 Have you ever been arrested?

40 Have you ever been attracted to someone that isn’t the gender you usually find attractive?

41. Have you ever done something you regret?

42. Have you ever had a threesome?

43. Have you ever embarrassed yourself in public?

44. Have you ever misjudged someone?

MY BELIEFS AND OPINIONS

45. Do you believe in God?

46. Do you believe in yourself?

47. Do you believe in Santa Claus?

48. Do you believe in ghosts?

49. Do you believe in aliens?

50. Do you believe in miracles?

51. Do you believe in the power of positive thinking?

52. Do you believe in love at first sight?

53. Can money make you happy?

54. Would you describe yourself as a feminist?

55. Are you pro-life or pro-choice?

56. Do you have strong political beliefs?

57. Do you have strong religious beliefs?

58. What do you think the most important thing you can give a child is?

RIGHT NOW

59. Are you eating anything right now?

60. Are you drinking anything right now?

61. What are you listening to right now?

62. What are you thinking about right now?

63. What are you waiting for right now?

64. What are you most excited about right now? 

65. What’s your pet hate right now?

66. What’s your favourite thing right now?

67. If you weren’t answering these questions, what would you be doing right now?

FIRSTS

68. Your first best friend? 

69. Your first kiss? 

70. Your first celebrity crush? 

71. Your first holiday? 

72. Your first pet? 

73. Your first regret? 

74. Your first job? 

75. Your first childhood memory? 

WHICH WOULD I CHOOSE?

76. Love or money?

77. Twitter or Facebook?

78. Hook up or relationship?

79. Dogs or cats?

80. Coffee or tea?

81. Beer or wine?

82. Sweet or savoury?

83. Introvert or extrovert?

84. Vampires or werewolves?

85. Seaside or countryside?

86. Summer or winter?

87. Books or movies? 

88. Horror or comedy?

A FEW RANDOM QUESTIONS TO FINISH

89. Do you wish you could change your past?

90. What’s your dream job?

91. What’s your guilty pleasure?

92. What are you afraid of?

93. What was the first thing you wanted to be when you grew up?

94. If you could have any super power, what would it be?

95. If you could change anything about your life what would it be?

96. Would you want immortality?

97. If you could interview anyone alive or dead who would you choose?

98. Would you say you are happy?

99. What one piece of advice would you give to yourself at age eighteen?

100. Where would you like to be in five years’ time?




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