Saturday, 28 April 2018

5 Pieces Of Advice For My Teenage Self

Your teenage years always feel like the most dramatic during the growing up process as it's when you really begin to learn things about yourself and decide who you wanna be and what you wanna do with your life. With that comes a lot of stress and responsibility that, at the time, seemed like it was the end of the world. Now that I'm nearing on 25 and I'm an entirely different person, it's interesting to look back at my younger self and laugh at all the times I genuinely thought my life was over because of something menial that happened.
So here are 5 pieces of advice for my teenage self that would have made life that little bit easier had I known that life goes on outside of school!

School is just a stepping stone in life and as important as making friends is during your teenage years, you don't need to go all out to impress absolutely everyone as chances are 80% of your school mates won't remember you or even care what you're doing 5 years down the line. So give yourself a break and stop doing ridiculous things to get people to like you, the people you're meant to be friends with won't need impressing.

I remember whenever I was involved in drama or someone spread a rumor about me or I skipped a class, I would have anxiety for days, maybe even weeks, until things calmed down. Looking back on it now, I realize they were silly little worries that shouldn't have taken up so much of my time when I should have been enjoying my time as a carefree teen - being an adult is much harder!

At school it's easy to get caught up in what people think about you, what reputation you have and the things that are said about you by people that do and do not know you. But honestly, what people think about you is none of your concern. It doesn't define who you are and you sure as hell don't need to answer to anyone. Everyone is learning who they are along the way so just do you and be kind to yourself and others.

You're young, naive and easily influenced as a teenager so you're bound to make mistakes...a lot of them. God knows I made my fair share and I'll forever be ashamed of most of them. The trick is to learn from them so as you get older, you know what to steer clear from and how to treat people the way you want to be treated. It's not an excuse for bad behavior, but don't beat yourself up too much, you're only human.

I wish I'd done more of this. I was so wrapped up in my boy drama as a teenager that I didn't take chances and do things I wouldn't be able to do so easily as an adult. I spent most of my time drinking myself to tears and driving my best friends crazy with my petty issues that ultimately meant nothing and took up what should have been the best years of my life. If I could go back, I definitely would have focused more on just having fun and not taking everything so seriously.

Life isn't easy, whether you're a teenager or an adult - but one things for sure, you live and you learn and you find ways to better yourself along the way. With that being said, what advice would you give to your teenage self? 


Monday, 23 April 2018

[*] Baker Days Letterbox Cake Review

Cake has always been one of my guilty pleasure foods, I could literally eat it all day until the nausea starts to kick in and I regret my life when Baker Days offered me the chance to review one of their Letterbox cakes, I squealed and spent the following few hours scrolling through their extensive range of designs only to settle for one from a classic movie that I love. It's not my birthday until November or anyone I know for a while yet so the design wasn't directly aimed at anyone but I just couldn't help myself. I mean, it's Princess Leia, come on. Who doesn't want that badass babe on a cake? They have SO many designs to choose from for all occasions as well as the option to personalize your own cake by adding your own photos and a special message. How cool is that? In theory I probably could have gone a bit more out there and tried out the personalisation but my inner geek got too excited at Star Wars, don't judge me! :P

The first pro of these letterbox cakes is that they are literally what they claim to be: letterbox sized cakes. They come securely sealed in an air tight bag to maintain freshness inside a sturdy tin, inside a slim cardboard box so when they come through your letterbox, they won't get damaged. I think this is such a great idea as you don't even have to be at home to receive it, it'll be waiting for you when you return. You also get this lovely little Just For You card along with it which is a cute extra, especially if you're buying the cake for a friend/family member as you can write a little message inside for them. 

The cake itself isn't very thick - as to be expected for something that has to fit through a letterbox - it measures 5" in diameter and serves approx. 4 people, depending on how big you want your slice to be! There are a variety of flavours for everyone: traditional sponge, rich chocolate chip, gluten wheat free sponge, lovely lemon drizzle, dairy free sponge and fabulous fruit. I chose chocolate chip because, well, it's chocolate and I'm shamelessly addicted! 

With a buttercream layer at the bottom to keep it moist, the cake was scrumptious to say the least. It wasn't too sweet or sickening, had just the right amount of chocolate and went down a treat. For £14.99, I think it's a great deal for the quality of the product, especially if you take the time to personalize it how you want. They put so much effort into every design, you won't be disappointed. Baker Days offer next day delivery when you order before 2pm and you can have the sweet treat delivered straight to the recipients house to save any fuss. Or if you want to be really organised, you can even order up to 1 year ahead of your delivery date! They also do personalized cupcakes, candles and balloons if you want to add a little extra touch.

So if you're looking for a personalized gift for someone special who has a sweet tooth, then Baker Days is the place to go! Check out their website at

*This product was sent to me complimentary from Baker Days for review purposes. 
All opinions are my own and are 100% honest.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Never Would I Ever: Mum Edition

As an expectant parent, there are always a bunch of things you swear you won't ever do whilst your child is growing up, only for them to undoubtedly happen whether you like it or not. Being 9 and a half months in, I've already broken several of my golden rules since becoming a mum and have pretty much given up with the rest of them as alas, you can't control everything! So I thought as a returning post after 3 weeks off from blogging thanks to not having a laptop and my boyfriend being stingy with his computer, I'd start with a little game - just like Never Have I Ever, if you're a mumma bear then get your drink on if you've done any of these, no matter how against your own will it may have been! Don't worry, no judgement here, just a bit of shameless fun ;)

Sniff my baby's bum in public 

Pick my baby's nose 

Swear in front of my baby

Let my baby pull on the dog's fur when the dog refuses to move (I warned you, Nobu)

Use my hands/sleeve to clean sick/snot from my baby's face

Put my baby in front of the TV/phone to keep him busy for a while

Let my baby eat snacks instead of real food for a day to keep him from ruining my life

Breastfeed/pump in front of family members other than my partner

Spend an obscene amount of money on a toy he doesn't need

Cry and/or scream along with my baby when I don't know what he wants

Find myself singing the theme tune to Timmy Time spontaneously

Put my baby to bed early on the nights that I desperately need a glass (or bottle) of wine

Forget my baby's birthday momentarily (don't judge me, I'm like a goldfish)

Compare my baby's progress to other babies

Hug my baby against his will because he's so damn cute

Call my mum to change his nappy when it's just too gross to deal with

There are countless other things I'm sure will be added to this list as my time as a mummy goes on but I'm reluctantly, yet hilariously, coming around to the fact that you really can't control everything; babies surprise you, your maternal instincts surprise you and your ability to deal with gross bodily fluids definitely surprise you! 

Are you a mum and have any funny things you swore you'd not do before you had a child?
 Let me know in the comments so we can giggle about it together :)

Sunday, 1 April 2018

[*] Venosure Changing Mat Review

In the months leading up to my son's birth I was frantically trying to find the perfect changing mat that would last and keep him safely entertained during changes. Me being me went for a relatively cheap 101 Dalmatians one from Amazon as it's always been my favorite Disney movie and looked adorable; little did I know that it would be falling apart merely 9 months in...the material unfortunately was just too cheap and when Cass fiddled around the older he got, the bottom of it ripped open and has been getting worse and worse ever since. Putting off browsing for a new one, I was pretty much going to live with it, until Venosure came to the rescue and sent me this gorgeous design to review for them.

Venosure is a British brand founded in 2014 making a range of contemporary baby changing mats, nursery items and maternity accessories. Their products are made in the UK, and feature fun, contemporary designs. There were so many cute designs to choose from but when I saw this, I knew I had to get it. It's perfect for a little boy and always puts a smile on my face when I get it out, the quote is just so precious. A few of my other favorites from their collection are the The Snuggle Is Real design and the Rawr Dinosaur design!

One of the first things I liked about this changing mat was the material. It immediately felt sturdier and softer than our previous mat and I'm hoping it'll be more durable for my little man as he's quite the wriggler when he's being changed. It's a non-allergenic wipe clean PVC surface with soft foam padding to ensure maximum comfort. It's a great size at 70cm x 45cm and is so light and easy to store away, we're loving it, as our other mat was quite flimsy and bent all sorts of ways when stored away. Unfortunately my Cassius' room is too small to have a changing table in so we tend to just store the mat in the corner of the room with all his nappies, wipes and creams so it's easily accessible when needed.

I've noticed that since using this mat, Cass is a lot more at ease when being changed and doesn't try to roll off it and pull away as much as he used too so that says a lot about the padded support. Babies spend a huge chunk of their time on a changing mat so comfort was a big must for us. He's always captivated by the design and tries to touch the stars and moon so I think it's safe to say he likes the design as much as I do! 

I don't change Cass in his cot but he refused to have pictures taken anywhere else so here we are :P 

When it comes to keeping it clean, thanks to its PVC material it's super easy and you can just wipe it down with anti-bacterial wipes and voila, germs are banished. Having been using this for just over a week now, I can firmly say I am impressed so far and will definitely be recommending Venosure to all my mummy friends. At just £14.99, they are a great affordable addition to your baby's changing set up and offer a variety of stylish products for mother and baby from maternity through to nursery.

To buy this particular design, click I Love You To The Moon And Back, otherwise check out their other products at! Their range is also available on Ebay and Amazon.

*This product was sent to me complimentary from Venosure for review purposes. 
All opinions are my own and are 100% honest.
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