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Monday, 18 June 2018

Three Things I Want To Do This Year

I am the kind of person that always likes to do new things and try new things. I'm a very curious person and like to know all sorts of things. I think thats why Lily is such a curious baby. There are a few things I would like to do and try this year. I think there is always something new to learn.

There is a lot I want to do each year and I don't get to do it all. We are half way through the year so I have set 3 goals for the rest of the year which should be manageable and achievable.

//01 Clay Pigeon Shooting

I've wanted to do this for a while. I don't like guns in a violent sense but this is a harmless way and helps hand/eye coordination. I've seen it on Made in Chelsea before and it did look fun. The only thing that would put me off is how loud it is, you seem to need ear muffs to play so hopefully that will block out the noise. I think I might be doing this soon so fingers crossed I can get this ticked off my list.

Thursday, 7 June 2018

A Little Life Update

Surprise, surprise. I've been slacking on the blogging scene again. I've been in a slump, not feeling too good and just have been struggling so much on what to write. There are a few things that have come to light recently which have just made me feel worse but I'm going to work through them. You have to work through things and push yourself otherwise nothing will change. 

The things that have come up I'm sure I will talk about in the future but I'm just not ready yet. It will take time. However, I've set myself a few small goals I'm going to focus on and keep my mind working in a positive way. 

  • Drink more water
  • Work out 
  • Set time aside for blogging/plans
  • Bulk cook meals
  • Take each day as it comes

I really need to focus on my health and I drink far too much caffeine at the moment and I really want to reduce that down and just hydrate my body. I also am struggling with eating/missing meals/not eating right. Due to lack of time and laziness and just feeling meh about it. I am going to find some good recipes I can bulk cook with and do that on a Monday. If you have any recipes for something tasty that will last a few days let me know in the comments below!

I've been back at work the last 2 months now from my maternity leave and it is a struggle trying to balance everything. This is another reason blogging has taken a hit because my main focuses are work and my family. I am so tired and need to readjust to it all again. Any big changes in life like this normally take a hit to the routine you've set yourself up in. 

One of the biggest things is not seeing Lily all day everyday. I hate being away from her, I'm sure this is the same for every mum who returns to work. Unfortunately bills need to be paid still. She really enjoys nursery and it is good for her to socialise with other babies. When I'm coming home from work now after a draining day, eagerly put my key in the door and see my babies face light up with excitement to see me and then seeing Scott, the most amazing Dad and most supportive partner I can ask for. There is nothing better. It makes every second even more precious with her and having cuddles is the best stress release. 

I do have a few new posts in mind, so I'm hoping I can sort out a new schedule and get back into everything and improve. There is always something to work towards.

How has life been for you lately? Let me know in the comments below.


Thursday, 31 May 2018

Support For You & Them: Doing Your Best For Your Aging Parents*

As we get older, we see our parents making the transition from agile and healthy to frail and weak. We don't think about it when we're younger, and our parents are chasing after our kids in the garden, but there's a point when our parents aren't able to do this anymore, and we have to, in many ways, become a parent to our parents. Looking after our parents as they age is a difficult task, but one we need to rise to. So if you have parents who need a bit more help, or you are wondering which way to turn, here are some practical pieces of advice.
Who can help you out?
Do you have family members that can help? It's very difficult if you're the only child, and there aren't any relatives nearby. If you need extra help, it's time to think about the practical approaches. Professional help is available, but it comes at a cost. If your parents need a tiny bit of assistance, is there anybody else in the neighborhood that can help? You shouldn't feel like you have to take on all of the duties yourself, and it's physically impossible for one person to do everything. Of course, you want the best for them, but you need to think more proactively.
What do your parents want?
And if you feel like you need to take on the bulk of the duties, have you thought about what your parents want in the grand scheme of things? There are some parents who feel like they want to retain their independence for as long as possible, but others are ready to go into a private nursing home depending on the severity of the type of conditions they have, they may not be able to make the best judgement for themselves. But this doesn't mean you should ignore their wishes.
Can you cope with everything?
It's an emotional minefield, especially when you have your own children, a job, and your own life to maintain. It can feel like there is no let up. And you need to ask yourself if you are able to cope with the demands. Of course, you're going to say “yes”, but a lot of people battle on without regard for their own health. If you have any concerns about your ability to cope with everything, you need to ask for help. you need to have as much help as you can from your immediate family, from your children and your partner, but you need to know when to take a step back. It can be very difficult when we have parents who are getting to the point where they need so much help, and as much as you want to help all the time, it might not be physically possible.
Your emotions can cloud your judgment if you are trying to do your best by your aging parents, but it is one of those situations in life where you have to operate with a healthy balance of care in an emotional sense, but also operate methodically.


Sunday, 20 May 2018

The Magic Flute | Belgrade Theatre | Coventry

I was lucky enough to go the the theatre recently in Coventry. I haven't been to the theatre for years, my memories of it are Cinderella and things like Jack in the beanstalk where you sit in the audience and shout "HE'S BEHIND YOUUUU". I wanted to make my way into the adult world of theatre and where better to start than The Magic Flute? It's a modern take on opera, again I'd never seen opera before so I had no idea what to expect. 

Coventry Bloggers Mixer | Hosting The Event

For a while I've longed for something interesting to happen in Coventry. Blogger wise anyway because it's always Birmingham or London and train fare isn't cheap. Plus you always end up going for food and things add up quickly. I've been waiting and waiting hoping something will happen. There have been a few small events which bloggers have been invited to but the turnout was never that good.

I got sick of waiting so I thought 'F**k it, i'll do it myself'. I started a Coventry Bloggers Facebook group and added about 5 people who I knew that were local and blogged that I had seen at previous small events. Since then it's grew, immensely the numbers are over 60 and so many local places are interested in working with me to organise events. I also early on took on my friend Amy from Writing Into The Ether who was keen to help and she has been assisting me with organising things and admin. She also is a whizz on the computer and photo shop so with my contacts and experience and her skills we are a great team.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

A Dress For Any Occasion | Boohoo*

Whenever I think of Boohoo I always think of casual clothes because that's what I normally go for. A slouchy tee, jacket or some cute flats. I was browsing recently and discovered they have a occasion wear section. I had no idea and spent ages browsing through. The summer and sunny days are creeping up on us and those days are filled with weddings, graduations and proms. All kinds of events which require a glorious and beautiful dress.

The Body Shop Base*

I recently needed some new base make up. Of course the body shop popped into my head. I went in to town with the sole purpose of knowing that I was immediately going to pick up the Instant Blur Primer, I don't really use primer, they always seem quite greasy, but I have heard a lot of praise of this product from bloggers, so I thought I would give this a try. I have also heard a lot of good reviews on the tea tree BB cream. I was a bit reluctant at first for the fact it had tea tree oil in.
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