Monday, 26 June 2017

June Life Chat ☯

Can you believe it's 4 days away from being the end of June?! Where has this year gone?? Yesterday was the 6 month mark until Christmas, like woah, it feels like I've slept half of 2017 away and I can't wrap my head around what I've actually accomplished this year apart from being pregnant :')

Not gonna lie, it's been a bumpy first half of the year for so many different reasons that I won't bore you with so I'm looking forward to the latter half hopefully working out better and helping me feel a bit more positive! For one, I'll have a little baby bear in a month's time - that's right, there's just one month left until he's due, exciting times  - which will fingers crossed take away a lot of anxieties I'm having about my body and give me the chance to prove to myself that I'm not gonna fail miserably at this whole mumma bear thing.

I think another thing that's made me a bit sad these past few weeks is that me and Dane haven't had the opportunity to have a 'baby moon' like a lot of other expectant parents get the luxury of having; it's just been baby this, baby that, prepare the house, one date night every 3 months or so, blah blah blah, and I'm definitely feeling the pressures of our changing relationship as we slowly begin to transition into responsible parents. I've read basically everywhere and I'm not naive to the fact that things are going to be different when we have our baby boy here but I'm 1000% determined not to let this new chapter stop us from enjoying our relationship the way we always have and making time for one another. 

This Great British Heatwave has been ruining my life recently too which is awesome ☀
As if I don't already suffer enough by being milk bottle pale and burning like a crisp if I'm not sun lotion-ed up like a baby, I've now got the added pain of waddling around like a fat penguin and having to constantly stay hydrated which leads to me peeing 200000 times a day. I just cant win really... XD 
I love a bit of sun, especially being able to take the dogs out and have cute little picnics at the park and relaxing, but I'm feeling a lot like Olaf from Frozen at the moment so it's a love/hate thing for sure.

On a more positive note (not always this depressing, I promise, haha). it's been two of my family members birthdays in June so being able to get together will them and celebrate with good food and company has been really nice :) If you know me, you'll know I have a pretty big family with about a million cousins, and despite not always seeing eye to eye with some of them at times, it's always fun when we have our barbecues and catch up. Especially seeing my baby second cousins Noah & Zara, they've unknowingly helped me not feel quite so freaked out about becoming a mum soon as I know our son is going to be surrounded by such love and support from everyone.

I'm also getting quite excited about the prospect of going away for a long weekend for either mine or Dane's birthday towards the end of the year. We haven't been traveling since September when we went to Prague with his family & it'll be our first couples get away so give me some inspiration on where to go and what to do guys, I wanna explore somewhere pretty and enjoy my man for a few days without life getting in the way!

With just under a week until my baby shower, yay, I'm hoping my hormones will begin to ease up again and I can attempt to enjoy the last weeks of pregnancy instead of praying for the little guy to get out of me! 👅 

How has your June been so far? Have you been on holiday anywhere nice? Tried something new? Got any advice? Comment below and let me know 💋


Wednesday, 21 June 2017

The Highs & Lows Of Being A Dog Sitter

I've been a dog sitter for just over 2 years now and it's been such a crazy yet fun experience; it even led to me and my family getting our own dog as we just couldn't handle the sound of an empty house once our guests had left. They bring such liveliness and love to a home and you're guaranteed a busy ride, no matter what the breed!
But it's not all play time and smooches, there are some situations when things don't work out how you expect and you have to adapt, which can be stressful for both dog sitter and the dog. Here are a few of the highs & lows I've encountered along the way and how I've attempted to overcome them to become a better doggie mumma and deliver a great home away from home for people's beloved pooches 💕🐕

As you all know, dogs come in all shapes and sizes and their personalities are quite the same, no dog is an exact copy of another. Over the years I've had the pleasure to look after some gorgeous dogs, from pugs and frenchies to labradors and dalmatians, and I can honestly say, it's always a little bit painful when you have to give back a great dog. You get to know them during their time with you and they adapt to your lifestyle; snuggling in bed, greeting you with a smile and kiss every morning, playing happily alongside your own dog and much more that really melts my heart and makes the job so much easier than your typical 9-5 office job.

I'm no expert when it comes to dogs, I've just always had an insane love for them ever since I was a child so having an opportunity to care for a variety of different breeds has been a blast! You'd be surprised how quickly you have to learn when you're given a breed you know next to nothing about and have to find out how to care for their individual needs compared to the last dog you had. Some owners are kind enough to give you instructions or an insight into their pooches behaviours, routine, allergies, etc...but others just kind of expect you to be a doggie genius so you're left on your own to google the crap out of things at the last minute. Luckily the internet is a god send during these times so you can find out literally anything you need to and it's safe to say, I've spent my fair share of time googling British Bulldogs and how to keep them cool in the hot weather! 🤣

Having adopted my 2 year old Japanese Chin Nobu only a year ago (see picture below), there was a lot for me to learn in a short space when it came to socialising him, especially with dogs that basically took over the house for a few days/weeks at a time. Like any other male with small dog syndrome, he's very territorial and thinks he's the boss of the house. But what he forgets is we regularly dog sit dogs that are twice, maybe three times the size of him and we've got to be careful he doesn't get too big for his boots and get accidentally knocked down by a client's pet. We've had no trouble as of yet, he's pretty chill, apart from with British Bulldogs - for some reason he seems to find them threatening which I found out was a common problem for little dogs due to the bulldogs loud breathing and squished face, bless them - but it's always super duper cute to see him running around the field with a massive grin on his face with breeds you'd never expect him to get along with so that's a massive bonus!

Now for the first of the lows of this occupation. Three or four times now I've had clients come and meet me before their holiday so we can have a chat about their dog and his/her needs, etc, but they've failed to mention crucial information that has led to a stressful time later on down the line. Just one example: if your dog has a severe ear infection and spends almost every waking moment of his days crying in pain whilst he's scratching it and doesn't want to eat, play or go on walks because he's suffering then you NEED to tell your dog sitter before you drop them off and give them the required medicine/instructions. I cannot stress how unbelievably sad it was discovering this situation with one of my doggie guests and it made me very anxious for the rest of the week as I had no information about the dog to take him to the local vets to get any treatment, nor could I get hold of the owners to find out if they were aware of it and what I should do.
Like I said earlier, I'm not a dog expert, so when situations like this arise, it freaks me out just as much as any other person and I had to spend every day caring for this poor dog that looked like he wanted to bite his ear off rather than go on another day. 😢 Not cool. 

You'll probably see the title to this one and think it sounds bitchy but my god, you would be surprised at some dog owners that genuinely believe their dog is the King/Queen of England. I'm all about giving extra love and care to dogs that are accustomed to certain ways of living but when it comes to letting your dog walk all over you and own your house with no regard to you or your belongings, that's where I draw the line. At the end of the day, dogs are animals, not humans. Yes they're incredible creatures and the majority of them have a heart of gold, but if you actively bring up your pooch to be as stuck up as you, then you have a serious problem. I'm sure I speak for all dog sitters out there when I say it is not okay to let someone look after your dog only for them to bark and growl at them every time they walk into their own house, aggressively approach any new dog for no reason, go to the toilet anywhere and everywhere in the house even when the doors are constantly open for them and they are walked 2 times a day and many more ridiculous issues I've had to deal with in my time.

That's all I can think of for the lows to be honest, I've not had any other major issues so far that I can think of right now so I guess that's the end of my huge rant! 😋 Most dogs I have end up becoming an addition to the family so despite the ups and downs, I couldn't recommend dog sitting more if you're an animal lover and would prefer to work from home. It's so rewarding in so many ways and you'll make some hilarious memories with some of the loopy pooches you come across. 🐶

If you work with dogs or any other kind of animals and have some stories/experiences you'd like to share, leave a comment, I'd love to hear them!


Monday, 19 June 2017

My Pregnancy Essentials

Pregnancy is different for every woman; with certain things happening to some bodies yet not to others, emotions running all over the place and food cravings taking over your life, but all in all, it's a pretty wonderful (but stressful) time.

I'm no professional, I've just tried out a few different things that I've googled and/or been recommended since being pregnant so I wanted to write about my 'Holy Grail' list of the products I've discovered along the way that have helped me tackle some of the bumps in the road & I would definitely recommend to other mumma's to be ✌

Pregnacare Vitamins:
Pre-natal vitamins were the first important product that I went out to buy with my mum when I found out I was pregnant. They've got all the vitamins and minerals that your baby needs to help them grow and if you're like me and have suffered from anemia regularly in the past, they're great at keeping your body up to speed with the intense changes to come throughout your 9 month journey.

Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil:

I've heard so many different opinions when it comes to stretch mark creams and oils - some people swear by them, some people believe it's all to do with your genes and they're inevitable either way - but I can honestly say, this oil has helped put my mind at ease when it comes to those scary marks. I've been applying it twice a day on my belly, waist and legs and have yet to see any pop up so far! It's even helped smooth out my varicose veins that run in my family so I can't really fault it and it smells AMAZING so that's always a bonus.

Maternity Clothes:
I've been super lucky I feel as I've not had to go out and spend a fortune on maternity clothes to cover up bump during this summer heat. Having a cousin who had a baby a year ago has been a huge help as she has literally saved my life so many times by passing down clothes and other useful things to save me the hassle of unnecessary shopping, bless her heart, I can't thank her enough ❤ And with my mum being 1-2 sizes bigger than me, I've managed to get away with wearing a lot of her bras and leggings which are the 2 clothing items I feared having to spunk money on the most. So if you do have anyone in your family that can help in this way, I'd highly recommend it as it'll save you a crap tonne of money, especially if you don't know if/when you'll get pregnant again & don't wanna have to invest in the pricey products.

Heartburn and acid reflux is one of those things that not everyone suffers from in pregnancy but unfortunately I've not been lucky enough to escape it 😢 I didn't have it much in my first trimester, but throughout my second and third, it's basically been ruling my life. Even if I don't eat foods that typically flare it up, I still seem to suffer - more so at night time when I'm trying to sleep and it feels like my whole throat is on fire - so Rennie has been my best friend in my time of need. My family, being superstitious Romanian's and all, believe that if you suffer from it then it means the baby has a lot of hair so I guess we'll just have to wait and see if their old wives tales prove to be right or not 😉

Breathable Sports Bras and Nipple Pads:
Oh my god, I never thought I'd say this as I've always craved having bigger boobs since mine are like pancakes normally, but I wish they'd stop bloody growing now! >.<
It's been so uncomfortable finding bras that don't squish them and give me back ache, especially since they're constantly leaking milk at the moment (sorry if that's TMI 😇) so I've literally been wearing loose sports bras or my mum's bras which are 2 cup sizes bigger than my usual. Don't get me wrong, I am loving the cleavage, especially since it's Summer so I get to wear pretty dresses and show them off a bit, but my biggest peeve this pregnancy has definitely been keeping them comfortable and dry throughout the day and night. 

If any of you know me, then you'll know how much I struggle when it comes to my eating habits. I don't have an eating disorder at all, nor do I deliberately stop myself from getting what I need, but for years now I've gone through this roller coaster journey of keeping my weight up and ensuring I eat enough to stay healthy. Add a growing baby into that mix and my food dilemma has become 10x more stressful! There's days when I just don't feel like I can force myself to eat more than maybe 1 or 2 small meals and as much as it pains me that I'm not necessarily giving my baby the best chance to grow, there's not much I can do other than constantly snack and do my best to keep up with everything else, you know? I've noticed that cereal, crackers with cheese, fruit and milk have helped boost my appetite quite well lately, especially considering how hot it is in Britain at the moment, who wants to eat a roast when it's 30 degrees?!

Vitamin E Rosewater Hydrating Face Mist:
This isn't really a pregnancy related product as such, it's just something I've been loving for a while now, but I've also found it super refreshing and useful during this unbearable heat so I thought I'd add it on. This face mist from The Body Shop smells amazing, feels amazing and keeps my face constantly hydrated, even when I can feel my make up running down my face after a hot and sweaty day. It's an instant pick me up and I can't recommend it enough, especially if you are prone to dry skin like me or just want something to help fix your make up and to achieve a natural dewy look.

Mindful Hypnobirthing:
I was recommended to read this book by a friend of mine who is due just a few weeks before me and I can honestly say it's helped calm a lot of my anxieties about labour which is something I never thought could happen. I have THE WORST pain threshold and was beyond terrified of giving birth before giving this book a chance and despite a lot of the controversy surrounding hypnosis, I'm actually feeling a lot more confident about the whole thing now and am hoping it'll pay off when the time comes. If you're worried it's gonna be all that mystical and hypnotic bullshit that you see in movies and stuff, it's not; it's literally all about mind over matter and having an empowering birth experience which I think is incredibly important to first time mums who are as clueless as I was!

Baby Bump App:

Lastly this app has been a cute daily update of what's going on with my body and baby which puts a little smile on my face every morning. It's not necessarily an essential but it's a great way to connect with other mum's on the forums, record your baby's kicks, check out popular baby names and much more. There are plenty of other apps out there like this that do the same thing but seeing as I have an Android phone, Baby Bump has been the best choice for  me so far.

And that's it! My unique list of items that have helped me during pregnancy. They may not work for everyone but they've sure worked for me :) What are some of your recommendations? I'm always on the lookout for more goodies!


Friday, 16 June 2017

June Treatbox Review ☼

So I'm a little bit late as it's halfway through June now but I just loved this month's Treatbox so much that I knew I had to include it in my blog! For any of you that don't know, Treatbox is a monthly subscription box of goodies; anything from inspirational quotes, stationary, home accessories, jewellery, edible treats, beauty products, exclusive products designed by TreatBox and much're always guaranteed a smile when the postman pops it through the letterbox 😍

As you can see above, this month's theme was all things Summer related and it did not disappoint with the mermaid and nautical items! 🐬🌊🐚 

Let's start with the 'take me to the beach' bag. It's a perfect size to take all your summer essentials like sun cream, beach towels, etc out with you and it's water resistant so it's easy to clean, what more can you ask for? I'm not a huge beach goer if I'm honest as I'm far too pale and don't drive so I'm not sure how much I'm gonna use this for it's actual purpose, but I'll definitely be using it for other things :)

Next is the adorable 'mermaids have more fun' bracelet which came on a purple string and is simple and lovely. I love the jewellery that Treatbox gives you, it's always so cute & I was happy to give this goodie to my baby cousin who turned 1 earlier this month 💗

The large wooden hanging sign from Sass & Belle that says 'By the sea, by the beautiful sea. You and me, you and me, oh how happy we will be' is one of my favourite items from this selection. The design is on point, it's full of colour and it reminds me of Cornwall so I was quick to hang it up in our bathroom for people to enjoy!

I've only been subscribed for 2 months so far but I've noticed there's always a print included and this month's mermaid themed watercolour one is absolutely gorgeous. Saying 'Mermaid Kisses and Starfish Wishes', this is another thing I displayed in my bathroom as it's just too pretty not too.

The next item put a smile on my face as soon as I saw it as I think it's safe to say, anyone who lives in Britain gets nostalgic when they see Rock Candy. It's an essential treat when you go to the seaside and this one was no different - it was strawberry flavoured and bursting with colour - made by The Rock Sweet Company. 

Another one of my favourite things from the box is the 'merboss' note pad which is such a simple yet cute addition. I'm always scribbling down thoughts or to do lists around the house so this is perfect as it's a good size and you can never have too many pads ✎

Lastly, is the 'life's a beach' boat hanging decoration which is so summery and fun, it's yet again been displayed in my bathroom - definitely gonna be redecorating it to a beach theme soon I sense. There are two other designs you could have received including 'ahoy!' and 'sail away with me' which are equally as adorable to finish off the nautical theme. ⛵

And there we have it! I think these boxes are so beautifully designed for each theme and the thought put into them are inspirational, with there being something for everyone. For just £12 a month if you subscribe or £12.95 for a one off box and free delivery, I can't recommend Treatbox enough. If you would love having a lucky dip box of girly treats delivered to your door to start off your month then this is definitely for you! 💟


Wednesday, 14 June 2017

5 baby boy names that I love but won't be using ❤

Picking our little boy's name has been quite the challenge for me & Dane so far and with me being 34 weeks tomorrow, we've not got long left to decide 🙈 I've been through countless baby name lists online and we've got a couple of solid contenders that only our family know about, but for now here are some of the names either I, Dane or both of us liked but we aren't going to be using!

Raphael was actually suggested by Dane's family if I remember correctly and we have both agreed it's a gorgeous name for a little boy, with it being shorted to 'Raph', it sounds so romantic and adorable. To be fair, it was high on our list for a long time until we got a bit conscious that it was maybe a bit too Spanish? What do you think?

Theodore is a name I've always really loved, it rolls off the tongue and baby Theo just sounds really cute to me 😍 but unfortunately a lot of people we know have called their kids Theo and we wanted something a bit different so not to copy, with us living in such a small town and all, haha!

It's gonna sound really lame but I actually heard the name Tristan in the CW program 'The Originals' and it always came across so majestic that I had to suggest it when I found out we were having a boy. It's not too unusual but also not too common so it's the perfect balance but for some reason, Dane just wasn't feeling it. 😅

I heard of the name Caden from watching some Mummy Youtubers and their top 5 baby names and it was surprisingly popular that it began sticking with me after a while. It's quite olde style and strong, plus I've not heard anyone in the town I live in called Caden (obviously I don't know everyone), but sadly it's another one that fell short.

And lastly, the name Noah was always Dane's #1 baby boy name even before we even knew we were pregnant and I can see why, it's a lovely name - it's even apparently been the top baby boy name for the past few years which is cool - but alas, we already have a gorgeous little monkey called Noah in the family so that was a guaranteed no from the start 😋 

With just over a month and a half left, we're open to any suggestions on our quest for the perfect name for our little bundle of joy! What was your inspiration for your child's name? I'd love to know 💙


Tuesday, 13 June 2017

June Book Wishlist ✩

Anyone who knows me will know I've always been a book worm and love indulging into different worlds and characters to distract myself from the challenges of every day life. Whether it's an actual book or a manga, I've always got something on the go. Now that I'm heavily pregnant and pretty much have the attention span of a goldfish thanks to multiple different things, I've unfortunately not managed to get through many books other than my Mindful Hynobirthing - but am hopeful that once the baby comes & I have some time to myself in between feeds and naps, that I'll get back into my cosy routine of settling down with a good old cuppa and catching up on some me time.

So here are a few of the books that are currently on my wishlist & I'm excited to get into when my head is back in the reading game!

Embarrassingly, having only been introduced to Star Wars a few years ago by my boyfriend (I know, don't judge me 😅), I've since become quite addicted and when I heard that the late Carrie Fisher released a funny memoir of what happened behind the scenes and how her life changed as well as reading how great the reviews were, I knew I had to give it a read! 

I read the first book from this trilogy 'The Queen of the Tearling' last year in literally a week or two and was so gripped by the intensity of the story and how strong the main character Kelsea had to become in such a short time after finding out she was heir to the throne and being torn away from her low-key life, that it's quickly become one of my favourite books. If you're a fan of anything like Reign, then this is definitely for you! A lot of book critics are describing it as Game of Thrones meets The Hunger Games and I've even heard they're making a movie with Emma Watson as the lead so I'm looking forward to that too! 👑

In all honesty, I don't know much about this book but I've heard great things about the HBO show and have been recommended to read it by a few people so I figured I'd add it on the list so I don't forget to purchase it at some point. From what I've read up about it online, it's about three different women who are at a crossroads in their lives and how they overcome challenging situations. Having been told it's like a sinister version of Desperate Housewives, I just can't resist! 

Kevin Hart's new biography is a must read for me, for sure. My boyfriend introduced me to Kevin Hart back in 2013 via Netflix and I've been a huge fan ever since. He's such a genuine, hard working and hilarious guy that I feel people can relate too as he's brutally honest about the ups and downs of his life and doesn't feel the need to make ridiculous shit up just to make people laugh like some comedians out there. The reviews are great and even if they weren't I know I'd read it anyway, just for the giggles 😜

And last but not least - the first book in Cassandra Clare's new Shadowhunters trilogy. Being a huge fan of The Mortal Instruments and having The Infernal Devices on Audible that I have yet to read, I am beyond excited to get my hands on this. The Shadowhunter world is a world that I can't get enough of and having heard great things from people on instagram, I absolutely must read this!

What are your favourite books at the moment? Do you have any on your wishlist? Or have you read any of these and have any comments about them? Let me know below 


Saturday, 10 June 2017

33 weeks pregnant!

So we're finally just 7 weeks away from meeting our little baby bear and I can't even begin to describe how exhausted but excited I am to meet him and finally have a cuddle! It feels like the time is dragging now, but also flying by in a weird way and it's definitely given me some mixed feelings but ultimately I feel like we're ready and patiently waiting. Despite having quite a small bump for how far along I am, I'm still finding it super uncomfortable to walk too much, can't sleep for long thanks to acid reflux and can physically feel the little guy pushing my ribs out of my chest which is awesome. I'm not known for my pain tolerance so here's hoping labour will be kind to me, eh? 😅

I think I've had a pretty easy run so far in hindsight, especially compared to some women who suffer an array of side effects throughout their pregnancy. I've had little to no morning sickness, no swollen ankles/feet, no crazy cravings (other than all things cake) and my hormones have been good to me so far so I'm feeling quite fortunate for the time being ✌ Stretch marks also haven't popped up to say hello just yet but I'm cautious as ever, using all the Bio Oil that I can to keep my skin in good condition and touch wood it's working! The only real thing I've struggled with is gaining enough weight, which has been a rollercoaster of emotions and trials, but since I've always had a slim frame I've come to accept that he's naturally going to be pretty small too, bless him.

On the emotional side of pregnancy, something that has been a massive change for me is how lonely the journey can be. Even though I have my incredible boyfriend, his family and my family supporting me, I've basically lost contact with all of my friends which has been a huge hit on my confidence; but I guess everyone's lives move at different speeds and unfortunately mine has put me in a position where I don't have the same priorities and interests that I used too when I spent time with them. I've never been a part of a clique as such, I've always just had a handful of close friends and despite us having drifted apart now, I'll forever cherish the times I did have with each and every one of them as they all helped shape me into the person I am today. Just because I'm moving onto another chapter of my life, doesn't mean they won't pop up again in the future anyway so it's not all doom and gloom! 🙈

So, so far so good 💙 With summer finally upon us and my baby shower coming up at the beginning of July, I'm excited to see how the oncoming weeks unfold and finalising the last preparations with my boyfriend and our families. 👶


Friday, 9 June 2017

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Welcome ❀

For my first post, I wanted to kind of elaborate on my About section and give you an insight of what kind of content you’ll be seeing 🙂

Disney ☆ Motherhood ☆ Beauty ☆ Dogs ☆ Books

I’ve always been a creative person and having used Tumblr for many years since I was a teenager, I finally decided it was time to upgrade if you will and have a proper blog. It’ll be a nice place for me to express my thoughts, favourites of the month and document my journey into motherhood; by me, for me…and anyone else that fancies reading of course ;D

❣ Disney
has always been a huge part of my life and I’m a huge sucker for all their cute products so expect a lot of gushing, especially now my baby boy is coming!

❣ Motherhood
is gonna be a tough journey to say the least, but I’m excited to give it my best shot with my boyfriend and document it for my little boy to have a giggle to one day.

❣ Beauty
products are a necessity these days and although I’m no professional, I do love a good subscription box which gives me the chance to sample some gorgeous make up and skin care that I’ll be sharing my thoughts on.

❣ Dogs
are my whole life. My 2 year old Japanese Chin Nobu is my reason for waking up in the morning and I’m always meeting great new personalities through work.

❣ Books
are everything. I mean, who doesn’t love settling down in a bath and divulging into a completely different world for a little while? I’ll be sharing my faves.

I’m sure there will be a few personal rants along the way, as there are with every blogger, but here’s hoping I can stick to this & put a smile on at least someone’s face along the way ツ

All views are my own and I don’t expect everyone to agree with me. Please no hate!
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