Monday, 29 January 2018

Five & Six Month Update

So much has changed in the last two months it is unreal. My little baby has gone and she is getting bigger and bigger by the second. Well, thats how it feels. It's been a bit of a rollercoaster as well. Lily caught Bronchiolitis. It's a horrible chest infection, she was coughing, wheezy and snotty. She didn't really let it affect her mood much though, she still wanted to play and be involved with everything. We ended up at A&E, worrying about her feeding and things like that. But better to be safe than sorry. Her skin has been a real issue as well, her eczema has spread nearly all over her body and flared up for about a week. It's finally started to settle but we have a few scratches on the head where she was trying to itch, poor little madam.

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Thirty Before Thirty

My early twenties are behind me now. Which to be honest is so scary for me. I'm 26 and have four years before I'm 30. I don't want to go crazy with my goals but I want to set 30 goals before I turn 30 and hopefully meet them all. I will add this post on the sidebar on my blog and tick them off as I complete them, so you will be able to keep up with my progress. Some of them will be simple and some of them will be more challenging. Lets hope I can get them all done!

Five Tips For A Car Purchase As A Mum

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Now, one of my aims for my 30 before 30 list is to learn to drive and buy a car (post for that coming soon). Buying a car I always wanted a tiny little fiat or mini. Now, that seems very unrealistic. Having 3 doors getting the buggy and shopping in. Fitting the car seat in for Lily. So much has now effected how I will purchase a car. Below are a few tips on how I'm going to be looking for a car as a Mum.

Friday, 19 January 2018

Beauty On A Budget*

Here are my top three tips to keep yourself looking and feeling beautiful while saving the pennies! Being a new mum and on maternity leave, money is tight. So I am in the middle of saving money and making it go further.

//01 Affordable Make up

I love my Mac and Chanel make up but it's just not feasible to buy a £20 mascara at the moment. There are some affordable brands that still have really quality make up. My favourite are:
  • Make up revolution
  • MUA
  • Primark
There are so many youtube videos of reviews of affordable make up like this from the glamorous Lucy Jessica Carter.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Blogging Busybodys & Why They Need To Stop

Blogging is a newish an amazing part of the media. It's taken the world by storm and introduced a more personal and effective way of marketing. I've been blogging for about four years. I would say I have some expertise in it, but I've had so many breaks from mental health and illness my numbers and stats aren't what they could be. I'm okay with that.

One thing that really gets on my nerves is how nosy people are about bloggers and Youtubers or any online creators. Prime example is on Good Morning Britain (you can search it on YouTube), Richard the host asked Louise Pentland outright 'are you rich?' and asking how much she makes essentially. People wouldn't dream of asking that to anyone else and he seemed a bit taken back when she asked him the same question back. I mean, what do you expect?

This new media is almost like a battle for tv and magazines to keep up but some take it too far. They will write about them in any way to get more hits. They are so interested in how much they earn and how they earn their money. IT IS THEIR JOB. Everyone has a job and everyone earns money from it. It is so rude to ask people these types of questions. Period.

I have this all the time. When people find out I'm a blogger I get the same three questions nearly all the time.

  1. So what is blogging?
  2. Do you make money from it then?
  3. How much do you make?

If I was to turn around and ask them how much they make, I'm sure I would be met with a uncomfortable glare. It is the same for anyone. I appreciate it's new and people are interested, but why not ask about what they do, bloggers are so proud of what they do and want to share it with the world. Please don't just ask us personal and frankly uncomfortable questions.

This is 2018, blogging and YouTube has been around long enough now for people to be aware of it. It is also time to learn the etiquette for this matter, although to me it just seems like common sense. If you are a blogger or creator in any sense and get asked this, just ask them it back. It will surely stop them in this busybody-ness. 

Have you experienced this? Let me know in the comments below!


Thursday, 11 January 2018

Ten Things I Wish I Knew Before Becoming A Parent

I'm 5 months into this parenthood thing, you pick up so much on the way and adjust to the lifestyle. Some things that I've learnt would of been so helpful if I knew them beforehand. Having a baby is hard work. Yes, they are cute, cuddly and the most amazing thing that you can bring into the world. But it is still hard when you start out. You feel like you've just be thrown into this new life once you leave the hospital and over think everything.

I really wish someone sat me down and told me the real stuff. Most of the stuff I was told was, say goodbye to sleep, which is irrelevant because Lily has slept through the night from 2 weeks and is now on 10 or 11 hours sleep each night plus 2 or 3 naps in the day. The only other thing was how much they cost. Which I very much expected. Below is a few things that would of really helped me beforehand and hopefully will help any mums to be or new mums.

1. Food

One of the main issues I had was forgetting to eat. I would be so focused on feeding Lily, making sure her bottles were ready and timing when I would need to feed her. I would often forget to feed myself in the day. Now I've gotten into the swing of things I prepare lunches and maybe overnight oats for breakfast, something easy to grab and eat. I wish I got some microwave meals or cooked some lunches in bulk when she was first born.

2. Don't over do on the clothes

I didn't buy that many clothes but I did buy a few dresses and things for her to wear if we went out. Now I went to primark but a lot of other people will buy branded and expensive clothes. Majority of the time you are in the house and they are constantly spitting up, or pooing/weeing all over themselves. If you dress them up everyday they you will have a never ending laundry pile. Most days lily is in a long sleeve vest and leggings now, it's comfortable and if we aren't going out it's easy to change her. Also, there are a lot of things she has never worn but grown out of the size!

3. You know best

I was sitting at the bus stop, minding my own business and Lily was upset so I gave her a dummy. She likes them, they settle her. No problem. However, as most people find you get a lot of 'advice'. The old man sitting next to me went on a rant about how he didn't have dummies in his day and it was just big business trying to make money. I listened, nodded my head and just forgot what he said. Always trust your own mummy instincts. You are with your baby 24/7. You know them best.

4. Babies cry

Yes, babies cry, they can't interact any other way. I don't know if I'm different but with Lily, she will only cry for a reason. She's five months old and there hasn't been one time she has cried without an underlying cause. When your out and about, or on a bus and your baby cries, you will get looks. Those people need to get over it. Don't worry about what other people think, just focus on working out what is wrong and cheer your baby up.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

First post Of 2018 | Hello!

I know we are 10 days into 2018, I would of expected to have about 2 or 3 posts out by now. This year so far has been difficult and tiring. I was full of motivation and it's still there to improve myself and things about myself this year. It has just been a bit side lined. Money is tight after Christmas, Lily has been poorly with Bronchiolitis which is worrying for any new parent. Not only that but I've caught some sort of bug, been really poorly and just got a bad cough now that I'm getting over. I am currently waiting on toe nail surgery which is booked in finally for the 30th January.

I feel like my body just got bombarded with everything. I had the bug, I have a sore toe and I came on. Which obviously meant, cramps, headaches and feeling hormonal. It is just so overwhelming when your body feels exhausted and constantly aching in some way. I'm finally starting to feel a bit like myself although I woke up this morning with no voice but I feel like I'm getting over all of the illnesses and issues.

I think today I will plan some posts, relax with Lily, she loves watching Peppa pig and ben and holly's little kingdom. I also am going to start being 100% healthy and on it, I'm thinking of documenting and starting the youtube videos, but as I said before I need to give myself time for it. Being a full time mummy and adjusting to blogging and filming/editing can be hard.

It is a bit annoying I couldn't be on it from day one of the new year but I guess thats life. Just because theres a different number at the end of the year doesn't mean you need to completely change yourself and then beat yourself up when you fail. I'm not going to get upset about it, I'm just going to recover and then be on it when I am well enough to start.

I hope you have all had a better start to the new year! Bring on the rest of 2018, hopefully it will be a lot better!

Let me know how your start to the new year has gone in the comments below!

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