My Swimwear Wishlist

With a plan to lose weight in the New Year, we’ve also got plans to go on a lovely family beach holiday. All too often I cover up as I have lost almost all confidence in myself and my body. If I can get back to my pre pregnancy weight I am hoping that I will be a lot more positive about myself or more open to wearing different clothing. I have been looking at a variety of beachwear, creating a wishlist of items that I would love to wear down at the beach if I manage to lose the weight.

I am unsure whether I would ever have the confidence to wear this but a girl can hope, right? I love a sarong and would happily wear one of them now. I would like to think that I would be able to wear the bikini top with confidence but that remains to be seen.This mini dress is absolutely gorgeous – the colours and pattern are perfect for the beach. Length wise, it is quite a bit shorter than I would normally go for but I used to wear things like this all of the time so I’m hoping to get enough confidence in myself back to be able to wear a mini dress with pride.
I love a maxi dress even now – and these are absolutely perfect for the beach. This one has such a pretty design and great detailing and would be perfect for just chilling out on the beach whilst Steve and the kids are playing in the sea. I have a multitude of maxi dresses in my wardrobe and this one would make a great addition to my collection.Beach pants are a great idea for when you want to chill out on the beach. The pattern on these ones is super bright and colourful and they look super comfy. It is so important to be comfortable when you are on the beach, comfortable in your own skin and confident in yourself. I could definitely see myself wearing these whilst playing on the sand with the kids.

Finally, who doesn’t love a playsuit? I am a big fan of the colour black when it comes to clothes – I really should inject some more colour into my wardrobe – but I also believe black is a staple colour and everybody should have a few classic black pieces. Beachwear is no different. I’d definitely wear this down at the beach whilst chilling out, sunbathing and reading a book or building sandcastles with the kids. It looks super flowing, light, airy and comfortable which is exactly what you want from beachwear!

What do you like to wear at the beach?

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Do’s And Don’ts For Homecoming Night

There are several dos and don’ts when it comes to a woman preparing for homecoming night. Here are some of them:

Do’s

  • Make sure that you only wear your dress once. This means that you do not need to break the bank when you are buying your homecoming dress. Some of the best places to look are bargain stores, online deals, thrift shops, or visit a trusted Chicago dress retail store.
  • Choose a dress that is not very long. It is the fashion code that homecoming dresses should be short because of the time of the year when homecoming is held.
  • Make sure that all of the dancing that you are doing at homecoming is classy. It is important to remember that you are not at a night club so you want to dance like a lady and not a wild woman who is drunk.
  • Get your hair done. Even though you want a professional to do your hair, it is important not to spend too much money on the hairdo. A professional can make sure that your hair looks just as good as the other girls at homecoming.
  • Make sure that everyone is able to split the price of the limo. If someone tries to back out, then tell them that they are not allowed to ride in the limo.
  • Take all of your homecoming pictures with a real camera instead of just the camera on your phone. You are probably going to want to print out these pictures as memories of your high school days.

 

Don’ts:

  • Wearing a strapless dress even if you have a larger chest – This should not be done because the dress will fall down so you just need something that you can put your arms through.
  • Carry a purse that is very huge – This is because you are going to be doing a lot of dancing and walking around with your friends. It is a good idea to carry a small purse to the homecoming dance with you.
  • Wear shoes with very high heels – This goes back to all of the dancing that you are going to be doing. Wearing very high heels are going to be painful and they are not worth the pain. Flats are a lot easier to dance in.
  • Wait until the last minute to buy your homecoming dress – This is because all of the good dresses might be sold out and you will probably end up paying a lot more money for your homecoming dress.
  • Wear a dress that has spaghetti straps – This is because they can cause a lot of problems. Plus, there is a chance of the straps breaking while you are dancing. You definitely do not want to be the girl at the dance with a broken dress.
  • Acting like a wallflower – If you do not have a date for homecoming, it does not mean that you can’t dance. All you have to do is to grab some friends and bust a move on the dance floor.

 

Remember these do’s and don’ts and have a memorable homecoming.

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Clothes Shopping And My Confidence After Pregnancy

I found it incredibly difficult after having Jack to go back to buying non maternity clothes. I found myself drawn towards the designs of the maternity clothes and feeling more comfortable with the fact that they weren’t as tight fitting as non maternity wear. It took me almost two years to finally ditch my maternity jeans and tunic tops and actually go proper clothes shopping for other clothes instead. I don’t want to wait that long this time.

Back when Jack was little, however, I wasn’t actively trying to lose weight. As I now am, I’m going to be in need of new clothes anyway so will be heading into town to buy some new items. My wardrobe is in desperate need of a revamp – I don’t remember the last time I actually had a proper shopping spree – so it is well overdue.

But what do I need? I’m in desperate need of some new jeans – I’m thinking of grabbing a pair from Trilogy as I know they’re good quality. I want to head to places like New Look and H&M to grab some nice tops and Primark to grab some strappy tees and vests to celebrate the summer – and hopefully my weight loss too!

Clothes shopping after pregnancy can be so difficult though – I find myself to be most lacking in confidence when I’ve just had a baby. Although I know I’ve just done something amazing, giving birth to a baby, the flabby tummy can get you down a little bit so I am determined to tone up and lose weight quicker this time and get to where I want to be. By summer I hope to have lost at least the 1.5 stone I lost before pregnancy – and maybe even more. I want to be able to run after my children without running out of breath; I want to be able to push the pushchair up the hills on the school run without having to stop for a break – and most of all, I want a new wardrobe too so I can start feeling confident in myself again. That isn’t too much to ask, is it?

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Muck Boot Kids Hasbro Hale Outdoor Boot | Optimus Prime

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If you have a child in full time school like me, you know that you’re often having to provide things for school – an all in one, wellington boots, various recyclable items for arts and crafts. I often opt for cheap wellies when providing for school as they can so easily get lost so they’re also easier to replace – but I find that I keep forgetting to actually get Jack some outdoor boots for use at home (and have actually occasionally borrowed his ones back from school, whoops!).

Having heard of the Muck Boot company, I was interested to hear about their brand new kids Hasbro range. I’m pretty sure we’ve all heard of Hasbro and it was interesting to see what new outdoor boots they had in the range. With both My Little Pony and Transformers boots to choose from, I gave Jack the choice and he opted for the Optimus Prime transformers boots, priced at £49.

The boots came in this fabulous box which can even be coloured in – Jack was very excited when they arrived and spending time colouring this in has really kept him quiet recently! Now onto the boots..

The boots are very bright in colour and the print is really clear. The wrap around sole is designed to give stability, especially for kids who are fast on their feet – which describes Jack to a tee. They are very easy to slip on and off which is so helpful with Jack – I struggle to bend down right now due to my massive baby bump and Jack can sometimes be incredibly lazy when it comes to putting his shoes or boots on!

Jack has been using these a lot recently – we’ve visited the zoo, gone for walks and just generally gone out in them – and they are his first choice of footwear no matter what the weather. Trying to persuade him that he didn’t need to wear them to Nanny and Grandad’s for Christmas dinner was quite a fun experience in itself!

The boots have 4mm CR Flex-Foam, a breathable PK Mesh lining, a self cleaning ribbed outsole (so very handy when your kids can get as mucky as mine) and the wide opening ensures the boots slip on easily.

Would I recommend Muck Boot? Definitely. Whilst the price tag isn’t something I would usually pay for boots, these are definitely worth the money and more. The quality of both the material and the printed design are great – the colours are vibrant and not blurred or rushed. The boots are very durable and the easy slip on is a great feature, especially with children like mine.

I’m already thinking about picking up a pair of the My Little Pony boots for baby girl for the future. If you’d like to take a look at the new Hasbro range, you can see them here. Do you agree that we all need a good pair of boots in our lives?

Trying Out The New Boohoo Kids Range

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I’ve always been a fan of Boohoo’s clothing so when I found out they were launching a kids range, I knew I’d have to see what items they had to offer. I took a look at the kids clothes and fell in love with quite a few pieces. When offered the chance to review some for Jack, we were hard pushed to choose just a couple of items but we finally found some items that we thought would work best, especially at this time of year.

boohooKids is all about fun and stylish age appropriate fashion for children from ages 5-6 to 11-12, across both girls and boys clothing. Their line includes ‘mini-me’ versions of key adult trends and you will find cheeky slogan sweatshirts, parkers and party dresses for girls, and smart shirts and chinos for the boys. So what did we pick?

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With Jack just turning five, we were aware that the 5-6 items may be slightly too big for him but were pleasantly surprised with how well they fit him. This Boys Fully Padded Faux Fur Hooded Parka (£25) was just what we were looking for. All of Jack’s coats were either getting too small or were looking a little worse for wear so we opted for this as his brand new winter coat. At 5-6, the arms are a little long for his tiny arms but this can easily be adjusted by rolling them back. The coat itself is super soft and super warm and he’s already had so many compliments from friends and parents who’ve asked where they can get it from.

The other item we opted for was slightly more festive and perfect for Christmas Jumper Day at school next week – 20161207_144702 20161207_144716 20161207_144730-1 20161207_144746

As you can see, someone was super chuffed with their reindeer jumper! It is super warm, soft and snuggly and great quality too – and at just £10, you can’t argue with its affordability as well! I’ve already told my friends where to get their children’s Christmas jumpers from as they’re perfect and Jack will be wearing his a lot this festive season!

I’m super impressed with the quality and range available within the new Boohoo Kids line – I’ll definitely be picking Jack up some more clothes from there! Have you ever tried any of the range?