Seven

Who would have thought that seven years ago, when I first started this blog, that it would still be going all these years later. It is older than both my children, it has brought with it so many amazing opportunities and so many challenges along the way.

We’ve gone from Blogger to our own domain on Blogger to self hosted WordPress. We’ve gone from a primarily beauty blog to a parenting blog to the happy medium I am now – which is a little bit of everything but if I had to give it a niche, I’d say parenting and lifestyle.

This blog has enabled me to forge a career doing something I love. I always wanted to be a freelance writer and was even heading to uni to get my degree and then hopefully break into the writing business. It might have taken me a bit longer but I am finally doing a job I love – no matter how stressful it can be -and that wouldn’t be possible at all with this blog. I freelance around the blog and I have had so many opportunities because of it.

The best thing that has come from my blog? The friends I’ve made. The majority of the friends in my life now are through blogging. I even managed to reconnect with two old friends via blogging – how amazing is that?

These past seven years have been incredible and I can’t wait to see what the future brings.

To thank my readers for being there for so long, I’ve got a giveaway for you all today for a Ferrero Golden Gallery. It’s UK only and ends at 23.59pm on the 31st of January 2018. Good luck!

 

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What Type Of Mum Are You?

Have you ever wondered what type of mum you are? No two mums are the same but plenty of us mums share some distinct features. I believe me and my friends have very different parenting styles but sometimes our ideas do align – they are subtle but visible.

There’s a great tool out there by Sunlife; a quiz where each question is designed to seek out your mum features and find out which mum group you most relate to. I took the ‘What type of mum are you?’ quiz myself and found out that I was apparently ‘The Sharp Mum.’

A sharp mum is described as an idealistic mum who is always looking for opportunities to help your kids learn and achieve their goals. I would say this is true – I’m not pushy but I will encourage Jack to do the things he is good at. He loves golf and is okay at it for his age so we got him some junior golf clubs for his birthday; he loves writing and we recently went into school to see his learning journals – he had written a poem which, even though I suppose I am biased, was brilliant for a six year old – so I have encouraged him to enter some writing competitions. However, if he doesn’t want to do them, I won’t force him – only if he really wants to do them himself.

They say that a sharp mum is charming, persistent and familiar with the benefits of Google – I’d also agree with this. Jack is only allowed on our devices when we give permission and we do have parental controls but I do often help him with his homework, looking through Google together for information.

When it comes to having to make decisions or sort things out you make a great mediator and your choices are smart and intuitive. The kids know you rule the roost and your explanations never give them any reason to doubt you; they trust you implicitly. Now I would say that Jack does trust me but does test the boundaries a lot – but I suppose that is to do with his age as well. He is getting more independent so he is bound to act out a little more.

I would say this is also true of my own mother from when I was little. She would encourage me – but never force me – and always supported my decisions, even if my father sometimes did not. As I have grown older, I have realised that we are more alike than I used to want to admit and whilst she does drive me up the wall, if I turn out to be half the mother my mum is to me, then I will be happy.

What type of mother are you – have you taken the quiz to find out? Were you surprised by the answers? I wouldn’t have called myself a sharp mum per se but the description given does fit me almost 100%. I’d love to know what type of mum it says you are…let me know in the comments below.

Will 2018 Be The Year?

We have now been engaged for 5+ years and seem no closer to saying ‘I Do’. The funds just don’t seem to be there. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve talked about booking the registry office for a cheap price and just taking the kids and our parents and get it done – with a party for our other family and friends afterwards to celebrate- but we are actually still no closer to arranging anything.

Could 2018 be the year? Well, finances don’t allow it right now but who is to know what 2018 could bring. I keep looking at venues – whether they be small registry offices locally or more larger venues such as Botleys Mansion (a place that completely epitomises everything we want from a wedding venue!). We’ve looked locally and we’ve looked further afield. We’ve looked at the lower price points and the higher price points – determined to work out what we would possibly be able to afford and what we want from our wedding.

There is nothing wrong with a long engagement but this was never our intention. We originally planned for 2014/2015 but we just couldn’t get a start on wedding savings then we planned to possibly get married soon after but we had two pregnancies in quick succession (one unsuccessful, the other resulting in Olivia) so the idea got pushed to the sidelines again.

Now Olivia has just turned one, it is something we are probably going to consider again. She’s starting to take little guided steps and she is now standing on her own two feet for a few seconds by herself. I don’t want to get married until she can walk down the aisle as my flower girl but I don’t see that being too long now and I am certain she will be walking by summer so this would be the perfect time for us to finally get married, don’t you think?

Obviously I would need to feel confident in myself – no one wants to look back on their big day with regrets – so hopefully by the time we get married, I will have achieved one of my 2018 goals by hitting my target weight. I want to feel good about myself so getting married before I have lost this extra weight is a total no-no.

There are so many things to consider when it comes to wedding – but sometimes I do feel ready to just jack in all the planning and head down to get a marriage certificate before getting wed at the local registry office. But I am not sure if that is what Steve and I truly want. We don’t want to be over the top, that isn’t our style – but I am pretty sure we both want the whole shebang that a wedding brings. A gorgeous venue such as a mansion or country house, the right dress, the right food, the right people. Our priorities have changed over the years – our families have changed, some friends have disappeared off of the scene – those people that were important in our lives back in 2012 may not be anymore.

Will 2018 be the year? I don’t know – perhaps. But that doesn’t stop me looking at venues and dresses and dreaming, does it? Where did you or will you get married?

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Healthy Snacking For Children With Googly Fruit

Googly Fruit healthy snacking for children

We were sent the Googly Fruit snacks for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

As a parent I am always looking for healthy snacks for my kids. It can be so easy to give in and give them those sweets and chocolate they are demanding but why not try to give them something a little healthier?

Googly Fruit healthy snacking for children

I am quite lucky in that both my children quite like fruit but sometimes just don’t want a whole piece of fruit. When offered the chance to review Googly Fruit, I knew that these had the potential to go down really well with my children. So who are Googly Fruit and what did we think?

The brand was founded by Natacha and Alex, parents and aunt and uncle to children. Their mission is to help kids make a lifelong friendship with fruit and vegetables.They have given all their fruit and veg googly eyes and cheeky names and personalities. Googly Fruit is made from 100% organic fruit and veg with no organic nonsense.

We were sent a variety of different products for the children to try. So what did we think?

Googly FruitWe were sent five of the Squeezy pouches – apple, blueberry and purple carrot; apple, mango and peach; apple, pear, carrot and pumpkin; apple, sweet potato and clementine & apple, strawberry, blueberry and raspberry. Both kids love a pouch – they are so convenient and usually quite tasty and the Googly Fruit pouches are no different. I even tasted a couple – they are so fruity and delicious and you can tell there are no additives in them. They taste just as they’re meant to taste and Olivia and Jack are loving them.

We were sent three packets of their crisps: 100% strawberry, 100% banana and raspberry and 100% apple and blueberry. Olivia has tried little bits of these but I still feel as if she is a little too small for these so Jack has been the one mainly snacking away on them – and loving them! He loves fruit and veg crisps – he loves a tasty snack with crunch!

We were also sent three packs of their crunchy puffs. Now my children LOVE puffed crisps so I was sure these were going to go down well – and I wasn’t wrong. I’ve had to split the packets into two equal halves when giving them as the kids love them so much and don’t really want to share with their sibling! So far the carrot ones seem to be most popular – but the others are well liked by Jack and Olivia too.

As well as this lovely selection of tasty treats that my children have enjoyed, they sent this lovely lot to the kids too: an activity book, googly eyes, stickers and a book that tells you the names of all their fruit and veg! Jack was disappointed not to see his name under J until he realised there was a jackfruit and now he is chuffed! Olivia is quite happy that her name is an Orange, she giggled when we kept pointing to it saying it was her, haha!#

All in all, I have been very impressed by what Googly Fruit has to offer. They are spreading a very popular message – that we should introduce our children to fruit and veg whilst they’re young even if that means making them fun. Their products also taste great and I can be assured that when I am giving my children one of their snacks, I’m not giving them any chemical nasties.

I’ll definitely be picking up some more of these for the kids – I can let the kids snack without worrying about what they are consuming.

Have you ever tried the brand?

Changing Up My Wardrobe For 2018

There is so much I want to change in 2018, not least my appearance. As a result, I’ve been changing up my wardrobe – decluttering as such. I’ve been getting rid of clothes that are either way too small or way too big, colours or shapes that don’t suit me, anything that is looking a little threadbare, anything I no longer like. Anything that is of good enough quality is going to the charity shop, anything that isn’t is being taken to the clothes bank to be made into rags.

But this leaves me with a little bit of a dilemma. You see, those items above account for most of my clothes and I am left with the bare essentials – some leggings, one pair of jeans, a couple of tops…you get my drift. I’ve got a few dresses but nowhere near what I used to have – I used to have more dresses than anything else in my wardrobe.

I’ve been wanting to update my clothes for a while and am going to be hitting up the stores and websites to buy some items for myself. With the plan to lose weight, I am only going to buy a few items in the size I am currently and the same as I go down in size until I hit my target weight – then I can go a bit crazy with clothes buying!

When it comes to clothes buying, I have finally come to the realisation at 27 years of age that I need to focus on pieces that stand the test of time and that will suit most occasions. I can occasionally indulge in ‘fast fashion’ but ultimately I need to ensure that the items I am buying are of decent quality, are suitable for various events and will stand the test of time, not falling to pieces within days or weeks.

With my dresses thoroughly depleted, I’ve been considering some jersey or silk dresses from David Nieper. There are super stylish options in a variety of colours and sizes which would suit the majority of occasions. The prices are a little more than your cheap high street store but that is only testament to their good quality and your knowledge that they will stand the test of time. With a few dresses, a new pair of jeans and some new knitwear, my wardrobe will soon be full to bursting again – and I will have the luxury of choice once more, without having to look through a load of clothes that are no good for me.

Not only that, people will benefit from the clothes I am getting rid of – whether they buy them from the charity shop or are utilising the ones given to the clothing bank at my local supermarket. When it comes to fashion, it is important to pick a few affordable, good quality pieces instead of relying on the cheap poor quality items, don’t you think?

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