When Life Gives You Lemons...

Last Friday everything went wrong. They say it comes in threes and that day it certainly did. But also, everything went right. As they say "all is well that ends well' and that day the saying truly was apt, despite several (large) bumps throughout the day, it ended on a high.

when life gives you lemons - blog post they say it comes in three but all is well that ends well


My Sunday Photo #2

Since Aria has come along I've found that my poor cats, Kitty and Bob, have taken a bit of a backseat, so this week I am going to share some photos of them. We had a lovely sunny day yesterday so I took the opportunity to go out in the garden and take some photos of my two little fur babies.

long haired tabby cat lying on back stretching out paws


Updates : New Hair, New Job & New Profile Picture

I don't tend to write 'chatty' posts very much anymore, as a result I feel as though my readers know where we've been and what we've eaten but they don't actually know anything about as a family. There have been quite a few changes lately so I thought I really should write a little update. This coincides nicely with our new profile photo that you may have already noticed.

you are my cup of tea mug with tea cup cacti and kit kat blog updates post header photo


Review : Gousto Food Subscription Boxes

I love food (hence my weight!) and I love trying new recipes, but I absolutely hate meal planning and rarely find the time to sit down and think up/google new menus, as a result I end up making the same meals over and over again. This is where food subscription boxes, such as Gousto*, really come in handy. You pick your meals from a selection on their website, they deliver the ingredients and the recipes - simple.

blog review of gousto food subscription box header image


Disney Themed Photos at Jenny Healey Photography Studio

A little while back Aria and I went along to Jenny Healey Photography studio for a Disney themed photo shoot. Jenny, a family photographer based in Pontypool, had been in her shop for one year, what better way to celebrate her anniversary than with a trip to Disneyland Paris and a Disney themed photography pop up event?

Baby girl at Disney themed photoshoot with Cinderella style background dress and props


Guest Post : Three Tips for Helping a Man Shop for Clothes

Whether it's your husband or boyfriend, brother, friend or even your dad, if you're a fashion conscious woman then at some point, you'll probably find yourself being asked for your opinion on a man's clothing. Sometimes, a man might even want you to help him shop, whether it's for a specific occasion like a wedding where he's got to dress differently from normal, or he just wants an extra eye to help him pick out some new stuff.

If you love to shop, then acting as a personal shopper to someone else can be a lot of fun, but when it's a man, it can be harder as you have to think about different things to when you are shopping for things you might wear yourself with other women, and dealing with dressing a body shape you are more used to working with! In many cases, guys like women they consider to have good taste to shop with them because they want to dress in a way women find appealing, though, so really what he wants is your opinion as a woman rather than as a stylist!

Here are three tips to make your shopping trip with a man a success!


I'm A Blogger And I Don't Get Freebies

People are constantly telling me how lucky I am because I get so many 'freebies'. I get free holidays, free clothes, free food, free toys, all the free stuff! This may come as a surprise to some, but I am a blogger and I don't get freebies. I am a blogger not a blagger.

I'm a blogger and I don't get freebies header image for blog post keyboard floral quote sign and plant


Improving Confidence and Getting Your Relationship Back On Track - Top Tips

A recent survey found that over half of women say that they want to feel more connected to their partner. Relationships can can be difficult at the best of times, even more so when you add a baby to the equation, you want to go to bed to sleep and not a lot else!

Improving Confidence and Getting Your Relationship Back On Track - couple holding hands in grassy field both wearing red


Am I Spoiling My One Year Old?

Since Aria was a newborn we've given into her. She cried, we gave her something, that is what you do with babies, their cry means that they want something. Aria has pretty much always been a good baby, only ever crying for a reason. We know that if she cries she needs food, drink or sleep. Until recently...

am I spoiling my one year old - blog header photo baby girl crying


Our decision to take our house off the market and why

Regular readers may remember that, a little while ago, we put our house up for sale. Those of you who don't follow me on social media may be wondering whether or not we sold our house as I've written absolutely no updates since that initial post. The reason being is that we have taken our house off the market.

our decision to take our house off the market and why - blog header photo with flowers in background and text over


'Dear Mommy Blogger' - My Response To The Mummy Blogger Hate Campaign

Fellow bloggers have likely seen the letter to mommy bloggers, delightfully telling us that our blogs f**king suck. If you haven't seen it and you are intrigued click here. If instead you would prefer to read about why mommy bloggers don't suck carry on reading this.

The lovely letter is written by an ex mommy blogger, a very successful one from what I can see. This particular blogger made thousands of dollars a month, she also spent a lot of money on attending conferences and buying prizes, such as KitchenAids, to grow her audience. She has since realised the error of her ways and is now telling the rest of us that we need to quit NOW.

'Dear Mommy Blogger' - My Response To The Mummy Blogger Hate Campaign

My Sunday Photo #1

Inspired by Teddy Bears and Cardigans blog I have decided to join in with the popular #MySundayPhoto linky. Back in the day when I had time on my hands I would publish a week in photos post every Sunday, this post was always very popular and to this day I still miss compiling my photos and writing about the week that was.

The Folly Tower, Pontypool, Torfaen, South Wales

Review : John Fowler Platinum Lodge with Hot Tub - Sandy Meadows Lodge Park, Brean

We have recently come back from a week's holiday in Brean, we stayed in a lodge with a hot tub at the John Fowler Sandy Meadows park, the sister park of Sandy Glade. We booked this holiday last year after visiting my sister and her family when they were staying there, we liked the park and the price so much that we booked it there and then, taking advantage of the offer to book for 2016 and pay 2015 prices.

Review of the John Fowler Platinum Lodge with Hot Tub - Sandy Meadows Lodge Park, Brean


A Magical Food Tour at The Celtic Manor

I recently went along to The Celtic Manor to attend a foodie event, I'm referring to it as a 'magical food tour' as we got to trial three of the resorts restaurants in one evening and, of course, the food was magical. I've had Afternoon Tea at The Celtic Manor several times now but had yet to experience any of the resorts restaurants, until now. I went along with friend and fellow blogger Kerry, we couldn't wait to get stuck in!

A magical food tour at the celtic manor blog post about evening at the manor

Guest Post : The Do’s and Don'ts of Fashion in Thirty-Something Mums

This is a collaborative guest post bought to you by Bill Clark,s a freelance journalist who specialises in writing about culture and the arts, however will write about anything that piques his interest including business, travel and lifestyle.

Everywhere you look the tabloids are full of pictures of celebs wearing styles that some would say are better suited to their teenage daughters. Women are living longer, looking younger longer and living a fast paced life like never before, so is there really anything wrong with dressing in fashions designed for models often half their age and sometimes half their size? Actually, maybe not! It all depends on the lady wearing the dress and how she feels in it. That’s the important thing and if you feel comfortable in your attire, it’s a time of anything goes. However, that being said, here are some do’s and don’ts of fashion for the thirty-something mum. 

A Look at What’s Trending
If you look at this year’s styles, the midi-length skirt has made a dramatic resurgence on the fashion scene. Sites like Axparis.com have a wide offering of the latest trends in dresses and skirts that come just below the knees and women in their thirties look absolutely stunning in this particular length. It’s short enough to show some leg but suitably long enough to be ‘classy’ for the lady who cares about her image.

Is Multi-Coloured Hair Acceptable?
Today you can see women (and men!) in multi-coloured hair and it has, to some extent, become acceptable. However, if you are a thirty-something professional woman as so many mums of today are, you may want to think twice about the image this portrays. Whilst being in your thirties could lend itself very well to bleaching out sections of your hair to be done in brilliant colours of the rainbow, this may not be a style that lends itself well to working in an office or as a sales rep for a large corporation where image is everything to their brand. The bottom line is that while it is totally acceptable for women and men of all ages to wear outlandish hairstyles, those styles need to be in keeping with their lifestyles.

Full-Figured Women Are Beautiful
One of the most recent trends in beauty has been a bent towards full-figured women. Look at all the most prized statues throughout the ages and you will see that the concept of a womanly figure was a curvaceous body in all the right places. Whether you are slim or thickset, there are clothes that can flatter your figure so you shouldn’t be afraid to highlight your body as it is. Today slim and heavier women are both seen as beautiful which makes it easier on thirty-something mums to find clothes they can wear to their advantage.
So in the end, it’s all about how you feel comfortable when leaving the house. It’s a day of ‘anything goes’ and some of the fashions of today are totally outlandish. Are you comfortable wearing those styles? Then by all means go for it. However, remember that as a working professional you have an image to uphold so dress accordingly. The fashion ‘do’s’ involve wearing what suits you and your comfort level. The ‘don’ts’ would be to remember that you will be judged by your cover, as any good book is, and you probably have a boss to answer to. If you are willing to face the music, by all means go wild. If not, dress a bit more conservatively. Simply put, those are the do’s and don’ts of fashion in the 21st Century.

*Collaborative Guest Post*


Choosing A Care Home For People Living With Dementia

I can only imagine how difficult it must be to watch a loved one struggle with dementia. While you may not be in a position to care for them yourself your number one priority is going to be choosing a care home that can cater to their specific needs. If this is your first time selecting a care home the choices can be overwhelming and you may not know what to look for. Thankfully Barchester Healthcare have compiled a handy guide to choosing a dementia care home.

Blogging Income & Stats April 2016

I've seen several income reports flying around in the blogging world and I find them very inspiring. They always seem to be published by big bloggers who make a pretty big income from their blog, I have always thought that it would be nice to see them from an average blogger, a blogger like me, which is why I have decided to start publishing my own on a monthly basis.

blogging income and stats April 2016 header photo mac computer bloggers office


Early Evening Paddling At Brean Beach

I have fond memories of paddling as a child, if you gave me water I would kick my trainers off, roll my trousers up and dip my toes in, whether it be at the beach or just a river, there was no stopping me. During our recent holiday to Brean I decided to take Aria paddling for the first time. High tide comes either ridiculously early morning or early evening in Brean so we kept Aria up late one night for a trip to the beach, I had hoped to get some amazing sunset photos but unfortunately it was cloudy. I'm still very happy with the photos that we managed to get.

early evening paddling at brean beach - mummy holding daughter in air with waves crashing in the background


Baby Wearing In The Welsh Mountains : Pao Papoose Review

Both Aria and I are huge fans of baby wearing, I often carried Aria in her KangaWrap when she was younger, it was great for when she was a newborn but now that she is bigger and more active we need something a little sturdier, in step the Pao Papoose by We Made Me*, it is sturdy without being too structured, can be used three ways and is easy to take on and off on your own.

baby wearing in the Welsh mountains - a review of Pao Papoose baby carrier by We Made Me


Guest Post : A Trip To The Beach With Arthur - A Story About Sharing

I don't know about you but I'm going to miss these guest posts! I've been lucky enough to have some fantastic pieces by fabulous bloggers and am finishing the posts off perfectly with this beautiful story from Tamsin. Tamsin blogs over at Chasing Esme, I love reading her blog because Esme is only a few weeks older than Aria and I enjoy watching her progress! 

A Trip To The Beach With Arthur - A Story About Sharing - blog post about a trip to the beach with two young children one year old


Guest Post : Attachment Parenting or Routine Led

Today's guest post comes from Kate at My Family Fever, Kate lives in Devon with her husband and three children. She is a qualified nursery nurse whose blog is more of an on-line journal that also features fabulous reviews, competitions and guest posts.

In this fabulous post Kate is discussing parenting, attachment or routine led, which is for you?


Guest Post : Tips For Travelling With A Baby - The Flight

Hi Baby is a parenting blog written by Hannah (25) and her lovely assistant Luisa (11 months) They live in Belfast with Dada, otherwise known as Matt. Hannah loves to write about family life, weaning, fashion and breastfeeding. Luisa’s favourite things are pandas, ice-cream and baths. 

blog header photo - Tips For Travelling With A Baby - The Flight by Hi Baby Blog


Guest Post : Finding My Place As A Mum

I'm probably enjoying myself in the hot tub outside of my lodge right now, which means that you lucky people get another guest post!

Today's post is by Nat from Handful of Halfpennys. Nat is from North Wales and has four children under five, two of which are twins. She can usually be found blogging about Food, fashion, days out, bedtimes, tantrums, guilt, schooling and shopping.

Today she is talking about parenting styles, from gentle parenting to just being an honest mum.


Guest Post : Finding Your Friend Soulmate

As you probably know I'm off enjoying myself on holiday this week, but fear not, I have some amazing guest posts lined up for you, in fact my blog will probably be a lot more interesting this week without me around!

The first of my guest posts is by Beth from Twinderlmo, Beth is a married mother of identical twin daughters who blogs about life at a SAHM, home, interiors, Slimming World and more.

friend soulmates have you found yours? Bride and childhood friend as bridesmaid


The Diana Instant Camera From Uncommon Goods

Photography is something that I have always loved, back when I was a teenager before the days of smart phones, and even digital cameras, I would always have a disposable camera. I miss the days of just snapping away with no idea how the photo would turn out. Waiting to collect the photos seemed to take forever. When I stumbled across the Diana Instant Camera* on the Uncommon Goods website I couldn't resist it. All the joy of not knowing what the photo would turn out like but the relief of finding within seconds, I was sold!

Blog header photo diana instant camera from Uncommon goods flat lay of retro camera with polaroid photos and plant


Travel : Butlin's Just For Tots Break

As part of our role as Butlin's Ambassadors we went along to Minehead for a Just For Tots break* in April. The Just For Tots breaks take place Monday - Friday during term time, the idea being that the older children are in school making this the perfect time to take your tot away with entertainment tailored to them and no worrying about them being pushed around or trodden on by older children. I've already reviewed our accommodation in the stunning West Lakes Chalet Village, in this post I am going to be talking about the entertainment and the food.

Blog review of Butlin's Just For Tots break at Minehead - baby sat in giant green and white striped butlins deck chair