Wednesday, 21 February 2018

The Mummy Tag

I've seen this tag floating around for a while now and have been wanting to do it, despite not being personally tagged, but hey, I'm a mumma so I'm gonna do it anyway! I'm a bit sleep deprived after a long day so will skip the in depth post intro and just get straight to it :)

HOW OLD WERE YOU WHEN YOU HAD YOUR FIRST CHILD?
I was 24 when I had Cassius which I like to think is a pretty good age.

WHAT WAS THE HARDEST THING ABOUT BEING PREGNANT FOR 9 MONTHS?
Not being able to eat certain cheeses. I love cheese....like really love it. And every time we went out to eat somewhere, everyone around me would be indulging in Brie and teasing me which was torture.

CAN YOU THINK OF ANY GOOD THINGS YOU ENJOYED DURING THOSE 9 MONTHS?
I didn't make it the full 9 months as Cass came early but the best part was definitely feeling him kick. It's such a precious connection and it was lovely when he responded to mine and Dane's voices. Best feeling ever.

IN YOUR OPINION, WERE ALL THE THINGS YOU HEARD ABOUT CHILDBIRTH ACCURATE OR WAY OFF?
I don't really know because I'd heard all about hospital births and mentally prepared for that but since I ended up having a surprise home birth, I didn't get to experience the things people had been preaching. One thing that was accurate though was how much it bloody hurts. Everyone's childbirth is different obviously but having the low pain tolerance that I have, I knew it was gonna be awful and it was.

WOULD YOU HAVE HANDLED CHILDBIRTH DIFFERENTLY IF YOU COULD RE-DO IT?
Well I'd try not to squeeze him out on my sofa whilst screaming half my neighbourhood down, that's for sure!

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR ADVICE FOR SOMEONE WHO IS ABOUT TO HAVE A BABY?
Don't be afraid to voice your needs. There are so many different guidelines that get thrown at you from midwives and doctors about what labour is supposedly meant to be like but at the end of the day, it's your body and you need to ensure you speak up if you need anything that isn't automatically offered at the time.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE HARDEST THING ABOUT BEING A MUM?
It sounds really silly but probably the hormone roller coaster, I can't even watch programmes like This Is Us without bawling my eyes out every episode; anything with children in it and I'm an emotional mess, it's ridiculous. Although Cassius' colic stage is a close second. It felt like it would never end...but it did, thankfully. Oh and the sleep deprivation. 

WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST REWARDING THING ABOUT BEING A MUM?
Everything to be honest. Waking up to his smiley face every morning, hearing his sweet little giggles when I pick him up, watching his personality grow and how curious he is about the world. It's all rewarding, even on the hard days.

WHAT WAS THE MOST SURPRISING THING YOU DISCOVERED ABOUT BEING A MUM?
How quickly my maternal instincts kicked in. How I can hear my baby crying from anywhere in the house, even if nobody else can and how weirdly lonely I get when he goes to bed after spending the whole day with me. 

WHAT IS THE BEST MEMORY YOU HAVE INVOLVING YOUR CHILD?
His first Christmas. He was so excited to be surrounded by all the family and had a ball playing with the wrapping paper, it was really adorable to watch, I don't think I've ever seen him so happy.

WHAT WAS THE MOST EXCITING MILESTONE?
He's not hit a huge amount of milestones just yet, but so far the most exciting one would probably be him laughing for the first time. They're all pretty amazing but watching your baby giggle and light up when he sees your face is one of the best feelings.

WHAT IS THE WORST THING YOUR CHILD HAS EVER DONE?
He hasn't done anything that bad yet to be fair, he's a really good baby, but if I had to choose something that wasn't a great moment for me would probably be being shat on whilst holding him without realising and having it smear all over my clothes before I noticed...

WHAT HABIT DID YOU WISH YOUR CHILD DIDN'T HAVE?
Scratching himself all the time. I cut his nails every other day and yet he still manages to cut his face and legs up and make it look like I abuse him, which I don't, obviously :P

WHAT HABIT OF THEIRS MAKE YOU MOST PROUD?
How hard he tries to do something when he puts his mind to it. He's trying to tackle standing up at the moment and it makes my heart swell watching how determined he is to get there, with or without our help.

DO YOU SHARE ANY SIMILARITIES WITH YOUR CHILD? (BOTH PHYSICAL & PERSONALITY)
Other than him having my eyes, he's a total daddy's boy. He's cheeky, playful and a born entertainer, just like Dane.

WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR CHILD TO BE IN 10 YEARS?
Hopefully in school so I can have some much needed me time during the day, haha.

IS THERE SOMETHING THAT HAVING A CHILD HAS TAUGHT YOU?
Being a mum is hard, but rewarding, work. You don't get sick days, you don't get to be hungover or have a lazy bed day because your baby wants to do what he wants and he comes first.

DID YOU IMAGINE YOU'D BE A MUM AT THE AGE YOU BECAME A MUM?
Not really, I'd never made any plans on if or when I wanted to have children so having him at all was a surprise, let alone at 24 years old. But I don't regret it one bit.

DESCRIBE YOUR CHILD IN ONE SENTENCE?
A happy, bouncy, bundle of joy.

HOW HAVE YOU CHANGED AS A PERSON SINCE BECOMING A MUM?
I've grown up tremendously and learnt to let go of all negativity from my past and not care about what people think of me as much. 

It was a bit long winded but there we go! 
If you're a mummy and you're reading this then I tag you, I'd love to read your answers so make sure you comment the links to your posts :) 

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Saturday, 17 February 2018

Mindfulness: Adult Colouring


I've been meaning to write this post for a while now as I first began indulging in colouring whilst I was pregnant last summer. It was a great way to get out of my own head and wind down during those stressful third trimester days when you feel like you're going to explode - mentally and physically! Though even now that I'm 7 and a half months post pregnancy, I still find myself reaching for my pencils when I've had a hard day. It's proven to be quite therapeutic, despite the agonising hand ache after an hour of solid colouring! And the best thing is, if you get a book that you can tear the pages out without ruining the picture, you can frame your coloured piece of art around the house and proudly show off your creative skills ;) 

Me being me, when I first discovered adult colouring books whilst mindlessly browsing through Amazon, I knew I had to get a Disney one. There were so many other every day options; from birds to scenery to plants and many more...but after a swift search for an option that was more suited to me, I came across this gorgeous Disney Animals book and have been addicted to it ever since. The pictures are incredibly detailed, with intricate designs within each character so it's definitely not child friendly, but if you have the patience and dedication, it is totally worth it, trust me.


I won't lie, it can feel like it's an endless endeavour sometimes when you pick a page that's full of tiny little decorations within a larger picture (kind of like the images of Beast & Ursula at the top of this post!) so if you're more into simple colouring that won't take you more than an hour or so, then this book probably isn't for you. It's definitely designed to last you a LONG time! On the other end of that though, once you finally complete a design, it feels like such a big accomplishment that it'll have you feeling like you don't waste your entire life colouring and you've actually just created something beautiful. The only downside I've found is that because of the type of book - it's a gorgeous hardcover edition - you can't take out the pages to display your artwork which is a huge shame as I would have loved to frame some, even the uncoloured pages as some of them are simply stunning.

I've got quite a few other adult colouring books in my collection so I can pick and choose what I'm in the mood to colour which I've found handy over the months of being a mum as I don't have quite as much spare time to dedicate to my Disney one anymore, booo. However, this one will forever be my favourite as it has almost every disney animal included from Bambi to Timon and Pumba to Mushu to The White Rabbit, you name it, it'll be there. Perfect for any Disney fan out there! ♥ 

The actual point of this post, believe it or not, was not so much to preach about how amazing my Disney book is, but more to state how much colouring has helped me these last few months. Life is hard sometimes and we all need some way to escape our troubles and adult colouring has definitely been one of my ways. Having your brain shut out all thoughts other than what you're colouring gives you that much needed break from yourself and is a much healthier option than browsing through social media to distract yourself. I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone. There are a million and one different types of colouring books so you're bound to find one based on a topic you like so why not give it a go? What's the worst that could happen? 

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Sunday, 11 February 2018

Netflix Rom-Coms To Watch This Valentine's Day


I've never been one to celebrate Valentine's Day as such. Me and my boyfriend have always either been busy working, completely forgotten or just couldn't be bothered to go all out for this one commercial day of the year when you're meant to show your significant other how much you love them. As much of a hopeless romantic that I am, I find Valentine's Day rather pressuring when you can show that special someone how much you love them any day of the year. With that being said though, now that we have a baby, Dane and I are going against our usual selves and are going to attempt to celebrate it this year, just on a smaller scale than most.

We're huge tv and movie buffs so Netflix and Chill (the non-naughty term thanks to our loving child that screams any time we are remotely intimate with each other) is pretty much our agenda for 'The Big Day'. I'm going to stock up on snacks to indulge in and cuddle up in cosy throws and we're not gonna move from the sofa all day, this is my idea of perfection these days. So I thought I'd share some of my recommendations from Netflix for any of you that aren't going out and just want a cosy night in watching some good TV with your loved one. 

I couldn't not mention Friends, I mean c'mon, it's a classic. I don't even think I need to explain myself here, just watch it, you know you want too.


I've only just discovered Lovesick this weekend but it's so quirky and funny, I've been addicted and am on the third season already. It's your typical British sitcom about three friends sharing a house and their complicated love lives. If you were a fan of the show Skins then check this out, you'll love it.


Despite the whole premise of this show being controversial AF, I adored how raw and real it was. You Me Her is about a suburban married couple who enter a polyamorous relationship with a female escort and their ups and downs along the way. It's the first show of it's kind and I can't rave about it more; it's funny, adorable, dramatic and heartbreaking all in one and definitely worth a watch.

Oh my god, Jane The Virgin is one of my all time favourite tv shows. It's the perfect telenovela parody and is hilariously heart warming, every episode makes you feel good. Jane Villanueva is a religious Latina woman who has vowed not to lose her virginity until marriage, however ends up getting accidentally artificially inseminated during a check up. This one is for all you hopeless romantics out there!


Now onto movies - this one is a little controversial and is in French so you have to be willing to read subtitles but it's so worth a watch if you give it a chance. Blue Is The Warmest Color is a coming of age story about Adele, a french teenager who meets and falls in love with a blue haired aspiring painter. It is a movie based on two gay females and is very sexualised so it won't be to everyone's taste but if you're open to it, I'm sure you'll love it, we did. It's so emotional and raw and has one of the best songs in it - I Follow Rivers by Lykke Li.


I love Sam Claflin in pretty much everything that he's in so when I saw this on Netflix, I had to watch it. Love, Rosie is about two life long best friends who despite years of harbouring feelings for one another, continuously end up with the wrong people and never each other. Their stories are funny, charming and sincere and despite it being terribly cliche at points, like most rom-coms, it still had me rooting for them till the very end.


If you haven't heard of La La Land then where have you been? This is by far my favourite movie of 2016 and probably one of my favourite movies ever to be honest. I'm not particularly interested in musicals but La La Land is on another level, every song is incredible and adds to the story line in ways other musicals don't, if you know what I mean. Emma Stone is an aspiring actress who meets Ryan Gosling, a struggling jazz pianist in Los Angeles and they fall in love whilst pursuing their dreams. It's honestly such a great movie for so many reasons, but I don't wanna spoil it so please just watch it. You'll thank me, trust me.


And lastly, Me Before You, another Sam Claflin movie. I'd heard of the book way before this movie came out but never got around to reading it - however the movie impressed me enough to go out and buy the book afterwards and the ones that followed. Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin are amazing in this and it had me in tears from the moment I realised they were in love. Me Before You is about a girl from a small town who forms an unlikely bond with a recently paralysed man that she's taking care of. It's a breath taking love story that reminds you to live boldly and enjoy every minute. Another one for you hopeless romantics out there, although be prepared for the ending, that's all I'm saying! 

There we have it. I had to cut it short at 8 suggestions or I would have been here all night but these are my top recommendations for Valentine's Day. Let me know if you have any suggestions for me or if you've seen any of these, I'd love to hear your thoughts :)

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