Every couple of months or so I like to take a little break from my blog. I find disconnecting for a while and removing myself from the blogosphere does me the world of good. By taking a step back from blogging I am able to give more of my time and attention to my family and also indulge in my other hobbies, as well as enjoying some much needed ‘me time’.
Do you have bad eye sight? Are you like me and really struggle when it comes to buying new frames? I have been wearing glasses ever since I was a baby so glasses shopping has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. When I was growing up glasses were not cool, you got picked on for being s ‘four eyes’. These days though there are so many beautiful frames to choose from, people with perfectly good vision are choosing to wear glasses just as a fashion accessory. Glasses shopping has changed a lot since I was little too, gone are the days of spending hours in an opticians hunting through frame after frame trying to find the perfect pair, now you can do it all from the comfort of your home on your laptop. I was recently contacted by GlassesShop to see if I would like to review their service and some frames, always on the hunt for gorgeous glasses, I obviously said yes.
Who doesn’t love Instagram? Thousands of tiny squares full of gorgeous images, providing you with inspiration, motivation and a sneak peak into the lives of others. The whole world from every perspective is there for us to see, all we have to do is pick up our smart phone and look. I am no exception of course, I love Instagram., being a blogger as well I find it a really useful tool for connecting with other bloggers.
Recently, my sister bought Oli and I a National Trust membership as a belated birthday present, this is my idea of a perfect gift. There are so many National Trust properties in the Hampshire area, so many places to explore and thanks to my sister, lots of free family days out for us to enjoy. I am going to make it my mission for us to visit as many as we can before our membership runs out next March. On Saturday we decided to see what this National Trust thing was all about and headed off to The Vyne in Basingstoke for an adventure.
Ever since I have been able to use a camera, I have loved taking photos. I love capturing photographs of people, places and whatever pretty thing catches my eye. It wouldn’t be difficult to describe me as snap happy and I am more often found behind the camera than posing in front of one. Since becoming a Mum I have got literally thousands of photographs stored on my phone and laptop, I am sure lots of you parents out there can relate. When the lovely team at Wall Snaps contacted me asking if I wanted to review some of their products obviously I said yes, what a perfect excuse to finally get some of my photos off my phone and out on display.
Wall Snaps are an online photo printing service that help you create beautiful personalised wall art. You can get all your beautiful shots in canvas form or you can choose a customisable frame option or have a large poster-like print out to frame yourself at a later date.
The brand new seires of Game of Thrones starts on Monday and it is safe to say that I am more than a bit excited. Although I am still reeling from the end of series 5, #forthewatch #heartbroken, I can’t wait to see what this series has in store. My favourite thing about Game of Thrones is not the violence, the sex or the creepy White Walkers, it is following all the different characters and their messed up little lives. Most of my favourites have now fallen victim to the cruel writing of George R R Martin and been brutally killed off (sob) but one person who is still going strong is the woman of too many names to list, Daenerys Targaryen.
As I watch Daenerys conquer city after city I can’t help but think motherhood would be a lot easier if I was the Mother of Dragons. Confused? Let me explain.. View Post
I found out I was pregnant this time around when I was already 5 weeks gone, I probably knew I was pregnant from about 3 weeks though. I don’t know if it is because this is my second pregnancy or because Oli and I were very much trying to make a baby but I knew I was pregnant at least a week before ever reliable Aunt Flo decided not to show up. When I sat on the loo and took a test on that Wednesday afternoon in February, I was positive it was going to be..well..positive!
At one point or another, we have all had a secret we have kept from everyone else. A little bit of information we have held on to tightly and guarded as if it were gold. If and when we decide to disclose this precious truth, great thought is given to who can be trusted with it. View Post
I have been vlogging for a couple of months now and I would hardly describe my YouTube account as buzzing with activity. Actually, I am surprised that I don’t see a tumble weed rolling across the screen every time I log in to check my channel. This month I have decided to take part in the Vlog Stars linky hosted by the lovely Aby (You Baby Me Mummy) and Amy (Mr and Mrs T plus three), it seemed like a good excuse to get another vlog uploaded and I have been following the linky for a while now. I have been wanting to get involved myself but confidence has held me back, until now!
Very rarely do I get excited by something I have received via my home’s letterbox. Bills? Yay, another thing to worry about. Junk mail? I don’t care that you have the best double glazed windows for sale in town, please leave me alone. An appointment for a lady check up at the doctors? Important, yes. Exciting? Not so much.
Don’t get me wrong, sometimes I get nice packages through the post when I have been on an online shopping spree but more often than not I end up missing the delivery and having to reschedule or take a trip to the post office to pick it up. So, when Baker Days, the personalised celebration cake specialists, asked if I wanted to receive a cake through my letterbox I couldn’t write back and say yes quick enough. Who wouldn’t want a cake sat waiting for them when they went to grab the post in the morning?
Baker Days letterbox cake review View Post
I have some exciting news.
Today, Oli and I celebrate our 3rd wedding anniversary.
3 years since my Dad walked me down the aisle.
3 years since we said “I do”.
3 years since I became a wife to the man of my dreams.
I know it is a cheesy thing to say but I really do believe Oli is The One. My perfect match and my soul mate. I was 18 when Oli and I got together and 21 when we got married, with a tiny baby Leo squirming around in my belly, hidden away under my wedding dress. Some may think I was too young, I settled down too soon but to those people I will simply say this, you’re wrong.
So what if I was still a teenager when I met my future husband? All this means is I get to have him in my life for longer, I get to be his wife for longer. I don’t regret for a second settling down and getting married in my early twenties, I feel lucky to have met the love of my life so young. The complicated world of online dating, Tinder, that terrifying ticking of my metaphorical biological clock will always be a mystery to me. Instead of spending years searching for Mr Right, I already have him, curled up with me on the sofa perfectly happy in each others company. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that, do you?
Don’t get me wrong, we argue sometimes. I highly doubt there is a marred couple out there who can swear, hand on heart, that they never disagree with each other, We argue about big things and small things and everything in between but we always make up eventually, we always know we love each other even when we are fighting.
You might be wondering, how do I know Oli is definitely the one? What makes me so sure I have chosen the right person to spend the rest of my life with? Well, here is how I know…
* I can’t think about a future where he isn’t around without nearly crying.
* I don’t care that I spent my university years cuddled up in a little flat with him instead of going out partying every night and living in a student house like everyone else.
* I suck at talking about feelings but he persevered and helped me open up. Now I can tell him anything,
* If I am being a bit dull he will tell me and I like that he’s not scared to correct me when I’m wrong.
* Even when he has been a bit of a crappy guy I can’t stay mad at him for long. I hate it when we’re not friends,
* Although he’s not that great on the compliments front, I know he still fancies me.
* 7 years on and we still say “I love you” every single day.
* I love to listen to him talk, he knows loads of stuff and I feel like he teaches me so much..
* He makes me laugh a lot. Even when I’m mad at him, which is so annoying.
* I can’t stand arguing with him, Not just because arguing is horrible but because I just want us to be happy,
* He knows when I’m not fine, even when I say I am.
* We kick ass at board games, full marks on Mr&Mrs every time.
* We are a great team.
* I still can’t help peeking at him when he’s getting changed, even though that body is not new to my eyes,
* No one has ever made me feel as special as he does.
* He gives me the push I need to be more confident and will always support me in the decisions I make,
* If I am down he always cheers me up, he never wants to see me sad.
* He works hard every day so I can stay home and look after our boy,
* All those years where we were really skint we always said it was OK as long as we were together. I would rather be living in a box with him than be a millionaire and alone,
* There is no other man in the whole world I would want as the father of my child,
* I’m pretty sure I have always known.
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My boy is such a bookworm. It may seem a strange way to describe someone who can’t read a single word but it is true, Leo absolutely loves books. Toys are great and everything but, when it comes to entertainment, nothing can compete with a good book in my toddler’s eyes.
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The Old Bear story by Jane Hissey is a firm bedtime favourite in this house. Lots of talking cuddly toys go on adventure to save their friend Old Bear from the loft. Think Toy Story, but with cuter, cuddlier toys.
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The tale of a not so scary dragon, witch and giant. This book is both exciting and funny and Leo just can’t get enough of it.
3. Room on the broom
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Julia Donaldson is a fantastic children’s author, if you haven’t heard of her then you must have been hiding under a rock in the deep dark wood. This story of a friendly witch, lots of animals and a rickety old broom is sure to ignite the imagination of any toddler.
4. Dear Zoo
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The classic lift the flap book full of animal fun. This interactive book is great fun, your toddler will love discovering what animal the zoo have sent next.
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Something strange is going on in Edward’s house at night, a mystery only his alter ego Detective Ted can solve. An exciting, rhyming tale of a crime fighting teddy and his hamster sidekick.
There are so many A B C books on Leo’s bookshelf but his favourite has to be this Pepa Pig one, of course! Each page has a letter, picture and the corresponding word (A is for apple etc), Leo can recognise nearly all the pctures/letters now.
How could I write a list about books and not include this one? The well known story of a little mouse and his adventure through The Deep Dark Word is a must for every toddler’s bookshelf.
Spot books are the original lift the flap books and this one is definitely one of Leo’s favourites. Join Spot on his first ever trip to the beach, build sandcastles, go swimming and maybe even make some new friends too.
A book full of sleepy monsters all in for a big surprise when they are woken up by a mysterious noise. This book is bright, fun and perfect for any monster fanatics out there.
Yet another Julia Donaldson book here, she is just brilliant. Meet Zog, a young dragon who desperately wants to get a golden star from his teacher at dragon school. Can he do it? You’ll have to read it to find out.
This is another story from the Old Bear collection. Little Beat has lost his favourite red trousers, help him and the other toys find them before they are lost forever.
I am pretty sure we have the whole collection of Peppa Pig books but this is the one Leo always asks for. Peppa and her family are off to spend the day at the fun fair, expect disasters for Daddy Pig on the helter skelter, lots of prizes for Peppa and lots of snorting from your toddler.
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A colourfully illustrated book of the popular children’s nursery rhyme. Leo loves singing along and it is a book that requires very little concentration from me, win win!
14. Not now Bernard
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This story is about the day Bernard finds a monster in his garden. His parent’s ignore his fears of being eaten, with disastrous consequences. It sounds horrible, but Leo loves monsters so he finds this story very entertaining.
15. Peppa Pig: Stomp and roar!
This is a noisy book all about Peppa and her friends trip to Grampy Rabbit’s Dinosaur Park. There are buttons to press to make snorts, roars and even a song at the end. Your toddler will love this book but it might give you a headache after a while.
Just one of the many Mr Men books available. Mr Daydream takes Jack away from his boring history lesson and they travel all over the world, having adventures and getting into trouble.
Jane Hissey’s Old Bear collection really is perfect bedtime reading material. Ruff is the story of a little dog who has never had a birthday, that is until he comes bounding into Old Bears house and the toys decide to give him a whole week of birthday parties. A lovely story full of just as lovely illustrations.
Dulcie finds a shark in the bath but her parent’s don’t believe her when she tells them. The story sees Dulcie try and out smart the shark before he and his family eat her up for breakfast,
A simple little book about a boy Ben and his new penguin. Your toddler will find Ben’s efforts to get his penguin to talk really funny, will they ever be best friends? You will have to wait until the very last page to find that one out.
This is one of four books all about different family members (Mum, Dad, Grandpa and Granny). Leo loves My Grandpa is amazing best because, well, they are aren’t they? To a child, grandparents are just the best thing ever.
I know, it’s another Julia Donaldson book but she is definitely Leo’s favourite author. This story has a fun little song, a friendly giant and lots of talking animals as well. Brightly illustrated by Axel Scheffler, Donaldson’s tales are easily recognisable in any book shop.
This may have a seasonal theme but if your child loves dinosaurs then this book can be enjoyed all year round. When a little boy gets too greedy, Father Christmas decides to send him a dinosaur to teach him what Christmas is really about, a lesson with very smelly consequences!
Does your toddler love a good book too? Have you got any of these books? I would love to know what your little ones favourite book is.
It has been a whole year since I sat down with my tablet, on yet another lonely afternoon while Leo was sleeping away the hours, and set up this very blog. Little did I know back then where I would be in a years time. I had no idea that something that was just meant to fill the hour or two in the afternoon while Leo had his nap would become such a big part of my life.