31.7.15

Aria's Five Month Update

Aria turned five months on 26 July, there haven't been any major milestones this past month but there have definitely been a few developmental changes.

baby holding five month old milestone card

29.7.15

Slimming World : Weekly Weigh In Results & Food Diary #1

Last week I took the plunge and joined a local Slimming World group. I've previously followed the Slimming World weight loss plan online, but this time I felt that I needed the extra support and motivation that you get from joining a group. I was quite nervous about going alone but the group are warm and welcoming which is always good! Today I had my first weigh in...

slimming world weekly weigh in photo with scattered magazines and text

28.7.15

The Perfect Entrance to your Entertaining Space: Bi-fold Room Dividers

If your home is large enough to house separate rooms for dining, cooking and lounging then dividing up the rooms is likely not an issue.  However, if you have an older style home with massive rooms which get cold, draughty and uncomfortable when it comes to entertaining, room dividers may be on your wish list. Similarly, maybe you live in a beautiful open plan apartment or house that is great for day to day living with the family, but what about when you want to impress your diners?

This is when bi-fold room dividers can come into their own. They have been on interior designers and architect’s plans for a long time and are now becoming increasingly popular with homeowners looking to divide up their space in a clever and design-led way.

external-bifold-doors-vufold.jpg

Image courtesy of Vufold

27.7.15

My Breastfeeding Essentials

If you've read my breastfeeding first impressions post you will know that I tried breastfeeding for a little while and struggled with it. In that short period of time I stumbled across a few items that made my life a lot easier. While everyone's essentials are sure to be different I'm hoping that my list may help a few soon to be feeding mother's prepare.

my breastfeeding essentials. Pictured black nursing bra, medela swing, chocolate digestives and a cup of coffee

26.7.15

What I Wore : Wedding Day Guest

Yesterday I attended the Wedding of one of my best friend's, as we were there for the day and night I wanted something that looked nice but was also comfortable and hid my post-pregnancy tummy.

outfit post Hell Bunny Turquoise Lacey 1950’s Vintage Dress and pastel flower hairband

24.7.15

An Open Letter to Pregnant Women Everywhere

Expecting a baby? Congratulations! Your life is about to change forever, in a very good way.

open letter to pregnant women - pregnant woman at Cardiff Bay photo edited to resemble a postcard

22.7.15

M&S Inventors Wanted

Looking for something to entertain your children during the Summer Holidays? Are they creative thinkers? If so the M&S Inventors Wanted competition could be just the thing to occupy them, for a little while at least.

Giveaway : Breastvest

While breastfeeding isn't something to be ashamed of some mothers (myself included when I was doing it!) are very paranoid about feeding in public. One of the many worries is that you may expose your postnatal tummy when breastfeeding, this is where breastvest comes in, they literally have you covered!

Breastvest promotional picture woman sitting on stool breastfeeding her baby with a stripy top and a breastvest underneath

21.7.15

Review : Character.com

Minions, Peppa Pig, Minecraft, Frozen and many more, kids love them and love anything to do with them. Character.com is home to clothes, PJs, bags, everything really, in pretty much every character possible.   

Boy & girl wearing matching minions pyjamas with thumbs up

20.7.15

Hello Fresh Box #6 - July 2016

You may remember seeing my final Hello Fresh post a little while back, we could no longer afford the boxes so cancelled our subscription. A few weeks ago they contacted me with an offer for £15 off a box, it would have been rude not to take them up on it! 

Hello Fresh Pan-Fried Salmon with Dill Creme Fraiche and New Potatoes
Pan-Fried Salmon with Dill Creme Fraiche and New Potatoes. 578 Kcal, 21g fat.

18.7.15

Home : Updated Nursery Tour

Not finding out the sex of our baby meant that we had to decorate the Nursery in gender neutral colours, we opted for grey & yellow, which you can see here. Now that Aria has arrived I have gone a little crazy adding A LOT of pink into the room, we now have a beautiful yellow, grey & pink nursery.

updated nursery tour a grey yellow and pink themed nursery with grey and yellow pom poms and number bunting

17.7.15

1940s Weekend at Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway

Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway, home to traditional steam trains, is fast becoming a popular tourist attraction. With free parking, train rides and a cafe it makes for a great family day out, especially when they hold one of their popular events.

16.7.15

Afternoon Tea Masterclass at The Celtic Manor

The Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, is fast becoming a foodies heaven. As well as serving delicious food across all of their restaurants they also give you the option to go along and learn how to make the meals at their live cookery demonstrations.

Afternoon tea masterclass at the Celtic Manor resort Newport

15.7.15

Hen Party Planning On A Budget

I recently organised a Hen night for one of my best friend's. As pretty much everyone was on a super tight budget it was agreed that we wouldn't do anything too expensive, we booked into a hotel in Swansea and planned to have a night out. I wanted to make a real effort as we weren't really doing a lot. With a budget of £80 to spend on nine people it was tough, but I managed to get decorations, personalised t-shirts for the entire party, goody bags for the entire party and loads more without going too much over budget. 

hen party planning on a budget black and pink hen party goody bags personalised badges and cava

14.7.15

What Aria Wore #3

I took these photos back in May and have only just got around to sharing them. As you may have noticed by now I love putting baby headbands on Aria, I think they look so cute and save people asking if she is a boy or girl! 

baby girl outfit post hot pink bow headband and grey dress set from M&S

13.7.15

Zeek : The Unwanted Voucher Selling & Buying App

Have you ever received gift vouchers when you would really rather just have the cash? Mobile app Zeek has finally come up with a solution. You can easily sell unwanted vouchers for cash. Great news for both those wanting to get rid of vouchers and those wanting a bargain, the vouchers can be purchased with huge discounts, some over 20% cheaper.

Carry on reading for more information and a £5 voucher towards your first purchase.
Zeek the mobile app to buy and sell unwanted gift vouchers

10.7.15

The Love/Hate Tag

I was tagged by Wrong Century Right Life to take part in the love/hate tag. I've really been getting into tags lately, there are some interesting tags floating around and they can be a lot of fun to write. 

ten things I love ten things I hate tag red dangling hearts and thumbs down

9.7.15

Chocolate & Salted Caramel Cupcakes with Marks & Spencer

Marks & Spencer recently contacted me asking if I would like to bake some chocolate & salted caramel cupcakes using their fine ingredients*, including a Welsh product from the Tastes of the British Isles range, I of course jumped at the chance. 

Recipe for Chocolate & Salted Caramel Cupcakes with Marks & Spencer

8.7.15

Aria's Four Month Update

I'm quite behind with this update, Aria turned four months on 26 June, in those four months she has come along so much. She is such a pleasant little baby and is growing & learning everyday. 

baby girl's four month update rolled over for the first time milestone cards

7.7.15

Review & Giveaway : Bean Bag Planet, Baby Bean Bag

Bean Bag Planet are a relatively new firm specialising in bean bags for babies. The bean bags, suitable from birth up to about eight years old, come in a wide range of designs and come with two covers, one for newborns and one for when they are a little bigger.

review bean bag planet pink and white polka dot baby bean bag

6.7.15

Aria's Summer Clothing Wishlist

Now that Aria is four months old she is finally fitting into 0-3 months clothing! The problem with her being so small is that the majority of 0-3 month clothing that we have for her is suited for colder weather than what we are currently experiencing, which means that I will have to go on a Summer clothing shopping spree for her.

Esprit baby girl summer clothing wishlist

CaseApp Giveaway Winner & Discount Code

You may recall my CaseApp giveaway a little while ago. It is now time to announce the winner! Don't fear if you weren't the lucky one, I also have a discount code for everyone else!

Personalised photo iPhone case from CaseApp


5.7.15

Weekly Meals #3

Another week, another set of meals. We did our food shop just before Spencer's payday which meant that we didn't have much money so went shopping with no list, just the intention of buying all the food that was cheap or reduced. So here we have a week's worth of unplanned budget food.

Fish fingers in batter, chips and mushy peas

Fish Fingers in Batter, Chips and Mushy Peas

3.7.15

Giveaway : Travalo Refillable Fragrance Portable Sprays

Have you ever heard of a Travalo perfume atomisers*? I love them so much that I have two. They are a very nifty little perfume atomiser that come in a wide range of colours. The perfect little accessory for upcoming Summer holidays, festivals and nights out.

Three Travalo classic atomisers silver, gold and purple

2.7.15

Restaurant Review : Slug and Lettuce, Cardiff

1985 was a great year, I was born and so was restaurant and bar chain Slug and Lettuce who celebrated their 30th birthday last month. As part of their celebrations we were invited along to the Cardiff branch last week for a delicious two course meal.

Slug and Lettuce Cardiff interior grey and pink glamorous

1.7.15

14 Tips On How To Keep Your Baby Cool During The Heatwave

I'm sure I'm not alone in worrying about my baby overheating during this heatwave that we are currently experiencing. There are massive risks associated with babies overheating so us parents can't help but worry. Read on for 14 great tips on keeping your baby cool.
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