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 welcomeđź’›


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.

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