Thursday, 23 August 2018

Turn That Frown Upside Down!

Last night I felt abit down, I went to bed feeling abit fedup & I woke up feeling rather negative... why? 

I honestly couldn’t tell you, I can’t seem to put my finger on it. 

We’ve all had those days, haven’t we? 

Maybe you didn’t get enough sleep or a vivid nightmare shook you awake. Perhaps you woke up with the bitter taste of last night’s argument still lingering. 

Sometimes you don’t even know why; you just wake up unhappy. (This is definitely my case today!)

Whatever the reason, we all occasionally wake up on the wrong side of the bed.

When this happens, the best thing you can do is shake the shitty mood as quickly as possible. 

Consider it an act of kindness to yourself & those around you to take the time to cheer yourself up. After all, a bad mood is contagious to everyone we interact with...

I know if I’m in a bad mood it most definitely rubs off on the children & they end up acting  like little rat bags, which in turn puts me in an even WORSE mood!! Add MR.B to the mix when he walks through the door from work- he may have also had a hard, stressful day to then come home to see me at my wits end, all three children acting like feral hooligans & he’s left wondering why he even bothered coming home- haha! You get the drift!

So when I woke up this morning feeling rather crappy, I knew I had to do something about it. 

Instead of focusing on all the negatives I put pen to paper & focused all on the positives & things that make me happy & puts a big fat grin on my face. 

And do you know what it truly works! Once you shift your attention from bad luck to good- you’ll feel happier & suddenly your perceptions of life will seem more optimistic.

Here’s just a few of what I had written down- 

  1. My family. I know it’s an obvious one, but MR.B & our three children really do make me happier than I ever thought possible. I could probably fill this whole list with things about them but that would be boring, so I’ll just do one or two.
  2. The sound of the sea. I live in the beautiful County of sunny Dorset so I always have the sea on my doorstep. I love the sound of the waves, the salty smell, the freshness of the air. No matter what is going on in my life, seeing the sea reminds me I’m just a small part of this big old world & somehow things will always work out in the end.
  3. Walking bare-foot in the sand. I love the freedom of bare feet, the feeling of sand between my toes, the little exfoliation they’re getting courtesy of Mother Nature. Just as long as the sand is not too hot!
  4. A hot shower in the morning. No matter how little sleep I’ve had, as long as I get a hot shower in the morning, I’m good to go. I’m even happier if it’s an uninterrupted shower without any of my three children in the bathroom at the same time. Which happens quite a lot! 
  5. Holding hands with MR.B. We have three kids aged 10, 8 & 2 Years. If we’re all out together, we’re pushing a buggy, holding children’s hands, carrying change bags, bikes & scooters. Recently on the beach, he held my hand & it was so lovely.

What are you thankful for which puts a big smile on your face & leaves you with a warm fuzzy feeling inside? Let me know in the comments below!


Thursday, 26 July 2018

Let’s Talk About Parent Sex!

Let’s talk about Sex, (after) Baby.

Let’s talk about you & me. Let’s talk about all the good things & the bad things that may be... okay, okay totally stole these lyrics from Salt ‘N’ Pepa- but ya get my drift!

Making time together as a couple, after children is bloody hard work- go figure!

When you are new post partum, everything hurts, aches, leaks, you get the picture right?! And the thought of getting down & dirty with your partner actually wants to make your vagina shut up shop for good! The bed is strictly for sleeping in! Am I right?!

You get the all clear & go head at your 6 week check ‘Yep, you are free to resume sexual intercourse’ & you are left feeling horrified, like no way, you are definitely NOT ready to hop back into the saddle but you have your husband/partner with you & hearing those magical words from your GP has left him grinning ear to ear, with that ‘I’ve been waiting for this moment’ glint in his eye- No, just No!

The first time after baby- I found was TERRIBLE (sorry MR.B!) but I feel it’s important to be honest! It feels like having sex for the first time ever! It’s awkward, it’s emotional & it’s bloody PAINFUL!!

You eventually get over that hurdle together & you slowly but surely gain your sex life back- it’s definitely not the same to begin with, but it’s back! Hurrah!

Then as your child starts to grow & be more aware, you have to be more cautious. You feel limited to when & where you can get a lil frisky.  Gone are the days when you had to be in the mood. If the opportunity presents itself, you take it. No questions asked.

Also, why is it that as soon as either of you even think about starting up a little game of dancing in the sheets, is the exact moment the children are so very desperate for your attention?!

They just know, it’s like they have some kind of sixth sense going on! 

Sometimes, it seems like they always know, knocking on the door at the absolute worst moments. It is a special skill they don’t even know they have- haha!

I have accumulated in my 10 years of parenting a few lil parent sex tips, that may be of help...

Quickies are your friend! It’s exciting, it makes you laugh & it’s QUICK!

Lower your expectations- no parent has the energy to go all out every time, especially after a long day of assisting their little people with their endless needs. 

Location- have a little person invading your bed again? No problem. Bathrooms have a lock, most cupboards even have a lock- Bingo!

Flirt- don’t let Mummyhood take up your whole identity! During the day, even if you’re with your kids, flirt! Send him texts. Let him know what you are thinking, it’ll be sure to have him counting down the seconds to see you! (Wink, wink!)

You are welcome💛


Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Celebrating 25 Years With Clark’s Village

Clark’s Village Outlet in Street, Somerset is celebrating its 25th year this year & to celebrate, I was given the opportunity to take on the £25.00 bargain hunt shopping challenge. 

This is honestly one of my favourite ever places to shop & is just under 35 minutes away from where I live, so we do visit here quite a lot. With up to 60% RRP at more than 90 high street & designer brand shops- what’s not to love?! 

I’ve always thought myself to be quite a savvy shopper, I love to forage out the bargains- with 5 of us to clothe, I obviously like to save the pennies where I can! 

I was super excited to see what I could buy for £25.00, so like any good bargain hunter, I spent a little bit of time looking over my store guide picking out the shops where I knew I should be able to find some serious discounts & made sure I visited those first. 

Clark’s Village has a large car park, with plenty of parking available. Parking is pay & display, so remember your change if you are planning a visit & is just £3.00 for 5 hours, so it’s super affordable! 

Straight on arrival MR.B wanted to have a look around Superdry where he managed to pick up a winter coat (Yes, we are well aware we are in summer, but MR.B likes to be efficient- haha!)£125.00 reduced to £75.00, saving £50- bargain!

I then wanted to have a look around Marks & Spencer’s where I found some gorgeous sleepwear pieces & the skirt of DREAMS! It was £28.00 reduced to £12.00 & it was honestly so beautiful, but they didn’t have any left in my size! Gutted didn’t even cut it!

We went into GAP where I managed to spend a small fortune kitting the children out with some summer pieces. I found the cutest pair of dungerees for Gracie-Mae & they were only £9.00!! 

At this point I still hadn’t made a start on my £25.00 bargain hunt, I’d given myself a little theme to follow, I choose nautical, so was on the lookout for anything blue, white, red, striped etc... I will admit this was quite hard but I was absolutely adamant to stick to the theme i had set myself.

So I popped into Next & as it was like fate, a group of blue & white striped skirts were hanging on the front shop rail- £28.00 down to £13.00, that beauty went straight into my basket!

Whilst picking the children up a few more pieces (I absolutely adore the children’s section in Next!) I came across the Instagram famous beach hat £7.00 down from £20.00, £7.00!! So I just had to pick it up & it went with my nautical theme perfectly!

We then took a break from shopping as Isaac was getting a tad hangrey, a hungry & grumpy toddler is definitely not a good mix!!

There are plenty of restaurants on site, like PrezzoPizza Express & Frankie & Benny’s plus more, so you are definitely spoilt for choice! After a bit of lunch & refuelling, we headed to Clark’s Village’s very own park- King Arthur’s Forest Play Park.

We hoped Isaac would run off some steam & tire himself out enough to drift off in his pram for the remainder of our shopping trip. (This did not happen- ha!)

We’ve now been fed, watered & had a play so it was time to crack on & spend the last bit of my voucher, so I headed to The Beauty Outlet & picked up a red nail varnish for £2.00 & a red lip balm from The Body Shop for £3.00. 

Before we headed home we just had to stop at The Cadbury Store to pick up a few bags of Misshapes! You can’t finish a Clark’s Village trip without coming here!! 

MR.B & I were super chuffed with our bargain finds & had a brilliant day too! If you’re not too far from Street we’d definitely recommend a visit to Clarks Village – just make sure you have a fair bit of money to take with you as there are so many great shops! 

Have you visited Clarks Village before? What bargains did you pick up? Let me know in the comments.


Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Celebrating Father’s Day! My 2018 Gift Guide

Father’s Day is less than two weeks away! I can’t even believe it, how is it that we are in June already, that’s just a little bit cray, cray don’t ya think?! 

I just love celebrating Father's Day! Not only is MR.B the best partner in the world, but he is also the most incredible father to our 3 children. He was made to be a dad & he deserves more than just one day of recognition each year. I'm also fortunate to have an incredible dad of my own, Papa H. He sacrificed so much for our family & continues to work hard every single day, this man has always & will always be my very own superhero. 

It's so important to tell the fathers in our life how much we love & appreciate them, & it's also nice to spoil them with a little something too! BUT- Dads. The hardest people to buy gifts for. Am I right?!

Have no fear! I rounded up (with some help from Jamie & Gracie-Mae as they love to get involved with present buying now!) a couple of gift ideas for all the men in your life that you want to celebrate on this special day! 

What man doesn’t dream of their own man cave? A small area that can be called their own to hold & hide all their ‘manly, man’ things? MR.B’s is our shed- haha! No girls allowed apparently, with the exception of Gracie-Mae of course! So when she spotted this Personalised Retro Style Dads Sign from Give A Gift she giggled with glee & claimed it would make the perfect gift for her Daddy! 

I absolutely love the rustic look design, made from a 3mm plywood & a twine hanging. You can choose what you’d like the sign to say along with a variety of different images- as you can see we went for the spanner, me being me laughed & said that’s very appt as he can be abit of a tool- Well Gracie-Mae didn’t understand the joke, but I’m sure there will be a few eye rolls from MR.B, haha! 

This cushion I picked out myself, Now.... you may find this strange, but I’m abit of a cushion hoarder, I’m not even slightly exaggerating when I say I have a cupboard upstairs dedicated for just my cushions- is that weird? My other weird thing is that I don’t like my cushions being squished, they go all out of shape & just look deflated- maybe that is weird, but I don’t care, ha! 

 MR.B is terrible with my cushions, he has ruined so many them from squashing them with his big bum! so when I saw this Personalised Father’s Day Cushion from NOTHS I knew it would be the perfect gift, & he will definitely see the funny side of it too! 

You can tell on opening that this cushion is made from such high quality material, it’s thick, durable & sturdy! I don’t think any amount of big bums will squish this cushion out of shape, haha! And I love that it’s personalised, it just makes it that little bit more thoughtful in my eyes. 

A cake that can fit through your letterbox? Say Whaaat?! 

Jamie picked out this wonderful Father’s Day Cake Message from Cake Nesthe is all about the food that boy, like Father, like son ay!

This 15 piece handmade cake comes beautifully presented in a 15cmx10cm box that slots right through your door- how handy is that?! as you can see from the picture above you can even have a small message typed out onto the front to make it personalised, again I thought this was a great touch. You can choose from a vanilla sponge, zingy lemon or chocolate, which are all available in a wheat free option too- this I thought was extremely useful! 

There you have it, we each picked one gift that we thought would make great alternatives to the usual suspects of socks or ties! 

What are you planning on buying this Father’s Day? I’ve still got to buy one more gift for MR.B from Isaac, any suggestions would be ace! 

*Disclaimer- I was very kindly gifted all items within this post in purpose for this Gift Guide, however all thoughts and opinions are that of my own and as always 100% honest. 

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