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Christmas got cancelled

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas......... Unfortunately both Dylan and I were poorly on Christmas Eve/Christmas Day and it consisted mostly of us sleeping in shifts and sitting on the sofa in our PJ's all day sipping water, we didn't eat a thing...... not exactly the picture I had painted for Fletcher's first Christmas.  To say I felt sorry for myself would be a total understatement.  The good news is Fletcher seemed to still have a great time when we finally opened his presents at 4pm! We went to bed at 8pm on Christmas Day, ROCK AND ROLL.  Next year we're making up for it BIG TIME.  I told Dylan were going to see Santa in Lapland haha.

For once in my life I am actually looking forward to New Years Eve, purely because Christmas was such a let down.  I'm planning to relax at home, have a bath, watch a movie with Dylan with a face mask on and paint my nails.  New Years Day we are all going to my mums for a family dinner/,mini Christmas take 2.

I'll be back soon with my New Years resolutions.

Keep Smiling
xxx

carols by candlelight


This time last year I went along to my local church with a wriggly baby in my belly and a bad back and had a lovely evening singing Christmas Carols by candlelight.

This year I went along with a wriggly baby (but not in my belly) and no back ache and enjoyed it even more. Fletcher really was good as gold and flirted with the ladies in the row behind us whilst I tried to hit the high notes.

There's something about a good old carol service that just gets me all excited for Christmas. This Christmas has been a bit manic, what with me going back to work, Dylan trying to finish off decorating our bathroom and just generally trying to get the Christmas shopping/wrapping done with a 10 month old baby in tow....... but I wouldn't change if for the world! I can't wait to wake up on Christmas morning with my 2 favourite boys and celebrate my first Christmas as a family.

Keep Smiling
xxx


29


I turned 29 a few weeks ago, I can't believe I'm in the last year of my 20's, I'm ok about it though!  I had a really lovely day spent with lovely people at a restaurant on the river.  We took a stroll along the waters edge and I witnessed something truly amazing.......we spotting a family walking around with a pot of salt in their hand randomly pouring it onto the ground, suddenly a razor clam emerged from the ground, I know it sounds really lame but these things were so weird and I really was quite amazed at how they just suddenly starting poking up through the sand.......easily amused huh!

Look at that face.  Happy as a clam
YES Cake and singing 

As I always love to see what others got for their birthday's I thought I would share with you all what I got.  Thanks to Dylan, Fletcher, my family and friends for all my lovely gifts.





Yankee candle Red Apple Wreath {This smells like Christmas}
Konad nail art and nail varnishes
McFly Book {I'm a massive fan, I've actually seen them in concert about 7 times and met them in the flesh}
Chanel Chance
Snood Dorothy Perkins
Pandora charm
Bourjois eyeshadow
Rocketdog Bonfire Boots
Jumper M&S
Heart necklace
CD's {The Wanted, Taylor Swift}

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xxx

sparkle


Jeans-Topshop/Vest-Primark/Jumper-Marks & Spencer/Boots-Ugg

Just a quick outfit post today.  I wanted to show off my new jumper that my friend bought me for my birthday, isn't it lovely and sparkly.  I went ice skating at the Eden Project on Sunday {more on that later} and this is what I wore.

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xxx

one huge makeover


9 1/2 months old and still no teeth
Have you ever seen the film Clueless?  Well its one of my all time favourites and there is a scene in it where Cher decides to "makeover her soul" and that's pretty much what I've been doing over the last month.

It started one Sunday a few weeks ago........I had the sudden urge to start cleaning the cupboards in the kitchen, which I did and that then spiralled into me sorting through 3 more cupboards, cleaning the kitchen from top to bottom, followed by deep cleaning the bathroom.  I suddenly just felt like I needed more organisation in my life and since then I've pretty much sorted every cupboard in my whole house and scrubbed every inch of every surface. 

I then got onto thinking about this whole juggling act with being a good mum/good wife/housewife etc and still having time to myself to just be me.  My life has changed so much since becoming a mother, definitely for the better, suddenly your world revolves around your child and you stop being so selfish.  So over the last month I've been organising things both physically and mentally.

Being the Housewife
I've made a cleaning rota of daily chores so that I can spread them out over the week rather than spending a whole day cleaning. I also want to start trying new recipes and just and get back into baking and I can't wait to include Fletcher when he's old enough. 

Being Mum
Having a structured cleaning rota means I have more "floor time" with Fletcher. I seriously don't know why I own sofa's anymore as I'm always on the floor with the little man.  I really want to give as much time as possible to interacting with Fletcher and make the most of "our time" together  

Being Me
The plan is to swap watching television with listening to the radio or reading a book and I really want to try to get outside more {weather permitting of course}.  I want to look after myself too so I plan to keep fit, eat healthy and just generally make more of an effort, so with that in mind bought some new skincare products recently, I've been dying my hair every 5 weeks and I've been making time to give myself regular manicures.  I've also been going to bed earlier and getting more sleep - I'm terrible for staying up late.  

Being the Wife
It's so easy to neglect your relationship when you have a baby as suddenly this little person is dependent on you and the tiredness in the beginning is a real test on your relationship.  Luckily my husband is a good egg, we've been together for 10 years and I don't think anyone knows me better.  We're pretty good at making time for each other but it's difficult when your husband works away from home but as luck will have it, Dylan has just recently been posted to Cornwall so that means we get a lot more time together.

Being at Work
So after 11 months off, I'm finally back at work.  This is the biggest test of all. I hope I can get the work/life balance right.  I never had a problem with it before so I'm pretty sure I can.  Also my priorities have changed now that I've had Fletcher.  I love being at home but at the same time I couldn't imagine not working and I firmly stand by the motto "work to live not live to work"

So there you have it, I don't know where this sudden urge to change things came from, {It could be something to do with going back to work} but I'm feeling pretty good about it.  You may have also noticed I changed my blog layout............ I'm on a roll.

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xxx

suited and booted




Last weekend we attended Dylan's dads wedding.  It was our 4th wedding this year as a little family of 3 and each time I got Fletcher dressed into his tiny suit I felt my heart turn to mush, I mean c'mon look at that tie.

I love a good wedding.  There's something so wonderful about bringing two families together to share such a special occasion, it's so overwhelming when you realise that everyone is there for you.  My favourite part of a wedding is always the ceremony, I love listening to the vows and taking in everything that the vicar says, singing the hymns, listening to the readings and watching the bride and grooms reactions.

Every time I attend a wedding I can't help but think back to mine, it truly was one of the best days of my life, I remember being totally overwhelmed by all the people and then looking at my husband and it felt like we were the only 2 people in the church, everyone else just faded into the background, I remember really meaning every word of my vows, I remember the car journey to the reception where we just didn't stop talking because we hadn't spoken properly since the day before, I remember feeling so ridiculously in love when we had our first dance and I remember never wanting the day to end.

Life is a journey and I feel so blessed that I get to spend the rest of mine with Dylan.

Keep Smiling
xxx     

monday musings






**Last week I bit the bullet and bought a walker for Fletcher.  I vowed that I would never buy one because they are gigantic, ugly, plastic monstrosities and I much prefer wooden toys, but this is perfect for putting him in whilst I get myself showered and ready in the mornings, and it folds down flat and isn't *shiny shiny plastic*

**We had a lovely family day out to the Blue Reef Aquarium last Tuesday.  Fletcher loved all the different sea creatures.  My favourites were the jellyfish,  I could stare at them all day they are so mesmerising.

**We've had boiler issues this week.  Our central heating hasn't been working properly for years so after 3 separate visits over 3 days from British Gas and 4 hours of labour its finally fixed and I'm going to celebrate by putting the heating on tonight

**Dylan's making really slow progress on the bathroom.  He started it when Fletcher was 2 weeks old and I joked that it wouldn't be finished by Christmas.  Turns out I may be right.  He's hit so many problems and only being home at the weekends makes it really difficult especially as he wants to spend time with his son.  We'll get there eventually though and I promise to show you all pictures when it is complete.

Keep Smiling
xxx

autumn/winter wishlist

autumn/winter wishlist





chanel chance / cornishware tea storage /  filofax metropol / lauren conrad beauty book / kitchenaid mixer / topshop bowling bag / yankee candle / topshop khaki army jacket / babyliss curling tong / rocketdog wedges 

Every year around this time I get a bit ahead of myself and start making a little list of things I'm lusting after {it's my birthday next month and hello Christmas is just around the corner} I know Christmas is all about giving but a girls allowed to dream right?

Chanel Chance - This is such a beautiful fragrance.  It's a very distinctive fragrance and I can always tell if someone is wearing it because I love it so much.   

Cornishware - Dylan and I both adore Cornishware {maybe it's because we are Cornish?} We are planning to redecorate our kitchen next and I would love to have some of this dotted around the kitchen, maybe with a bit of Emma Bridgewater thrown in for good measure

Filofax - I'm pretty sure I had one of these when I was little.  At the moment I use my iPhone to store my appointments, meetings etc but I've noticed that this information often disappears from my phone so I'm going to stick with old pen to paper in the future.

Lauren Conrad Beauty - Who doesn't love LC? I have her style book and think this would be a good addition

Kitchenaid Mixer - This is more of a pipe-dream.  I would love to own one but the £430 pricetag means that it will probably never happen.

Topshop Bag - Love love love this bag, and it's big enough to store nappies, wetwipes and biscotti    

Yankee candle - I mentioned this in my last post.  I really want a nice Christmas Candle.  I'm thinking something cinnamony or apple-fied

Topshop jacket - Because we all need a bit of khaki in our lives

Babyliss curling tong - I have been curling my hair with my GHD's for years and think these would make a nice change

Rocketdog wedge boots - I tried these on last week and fell in love.  Wedges are just so comfy and I'm a sucker for comfort.


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xxx

What are you lusting after? whats on your wish list?

whats hot/whats not

cardigan + vest -topshop/jeans-dorothy perkins/ballet pumps-newlook

what's hot

Autumn - all the leaves are brown and the sky is grey. It's time to crack out the scarves, hats, mittens, cosy socks, hot chocolate and make a pumpkin pie. There is something so magical about this time of year. That fresh crisp smell in the air, the crunchy golden leaves, the darker evenings, the eerieness of Halloween, the fireworks lighting up the sky on bonfire night, blowing out candles on my birthday and then eventually the excitement of Christmas.  I love it with a passion.

Tim Hortons Vanilla Cappucino - love this stuff.  Dylan introduced it to me when we went to Whistler back in 2009 {along with their apple fritters mmmm} luckily we have friends in Canada who bring it back for us whenever they visit.

Yankee Candles - after perusing the website for a rather long time I plan to buy my first Yankee jar for Christmas this year, do you have any recommendations?  I want a really festive scent.

Great British Bake-Off - I'm obsessed with this programme, I can't believe its nearly over, I want James to win but I think Brendan is going to.

whats not

Frizzy hair - thanks to the drizzle my hair is all a frizzle

Weaning Fletcher - I'm not talking about the food kind, I'm talking about the breastfeeding kind.  I never thought I would be so emotional about it but I actually cried a little bit when I gave Fletcher his first bottle of formula milk, I also felt really low for a couple of days following this.  I'm still breastfeeding him in the morning and before bed but will eventually stop completely over the next month or so.  I never thought it would be so hard to let go but there's no feeling like that bond with your son.

Going back to work - Bleurrrgh, I don't want to go back.  I love being at home with my boy doing mum things.  Oh well I'm sure i'll be fine and at least I'm only going back part-time.

ha ha ha ha stayin' alive

I love this dress

get your groove on

rocking all over the world 
hair bow
Last night Dylan and I went to a friends 30th birthday party.  It was 70s theme and was one of those party's that I wasn't really all that fussed about going to and thought I would probably leave early {you know when your just not really feeling it} but low and behold it turned out to be a cracking night.  It was held in a marquee and was decked out with balloons, fairy lights and hay thrown all over the floor **keeping it real Westcountry style** and everyone made such an effort with their costumes, it looked awesome and my feet didn't leave the dance floor all night.  It felt so good to get my groove on and dance with my husband {something we don't really do so much anymore}.

The weather was treacherous outside but it didn't put a dampener on our spirits and everyone had a great time {The 70s really was a great decade for music}.  We left at about midnight with a couple of pasties from the buffet and Dylan told me that I drove like a granny all the way home haha, there was a lot of water on the road so I had to be extra careful.  It always feels so good to get home, take your shoes off, put your PJ's on, take your make up off and stare at your baby for a few minutes though :-)

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xxx

my little water baby





Just look at those little pouty lips and those gorgeous blue eyes!! So proud of my little water baby, and this really was a truly amazing experience.

I'm so glad we started swimming lessons for Fletcher, he loves the water and it brings me so much joy every Saturday morning.

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xxx

monday musings

jumper-newlook/jeans + vest-topshop/shoes-primark
I hope you all had a fabulous weekend.  Mine was spent watching films/eating seasalt and cider vinegar crisps/making cups of tea whilst husband tiled the bathroom/an afternoon cuppa with friends/a family walk/doing a jigsaw and finished with a Sunday roast at my mums.

Some big changes have happened recently for Fletcher.  Over the last couple of weeks we have weaned him off his dummy completely, he has started to have some formula in the day {I'm phasing out the breastfeeding slowly} and we started sleep training last week which has resulted in him sleeping brilliantly again.

We started the sleep training because Fletcher had started waking up in the night again and couldn't settle himself.  I had always breastfed him to sleep at night and from the age of 7 weeks he would sleep right through from 8pm-7am.  But then suddenly he started waking in the middle of the night for his dummy to soothe himself as I assume he had associated sucking with sleeping, that was fine to begin with as he would fall back to sleep in seconds but then he started waking more often and the dummy wasn't enough, he wanted boob!  I ended up feeding him in the night again just to get him to sleep {rather annoying when he had slept so brilliantly in the beginning} So over the last couple of weeks we changed up the routine and started putting him to sleep in his cot awake with a soft teddy and a little night light and do you know what IT WORKED!!!!  He now sleeps from 7pm-7am and I'm as happy as a clam.  He just needs to master daytime naps now..........he's never been a fan of those.

Keep Smiling
xxx

Avène samples

The other day I was browsing the Avène website {i'm always on the hunt for a cream/cleanser that's going to do amazing things to my skin} and whilst I was there I decided to register and do a skin diagnosis to see what products they recommended for my skin type so that I could look out for the products in Boots............A couple of days later I was pleasantly surprised when I received a little package in the post from Avène with samples of the products that they recommended.


I can't wait to give these a go and if I get on with them I will be buying the full size.  So go on over to the Avène website and do a skin diagnosis for your free samples, go on.......go,go,go!

Keep Smiling
xxx

september sun

Well September has been a pretty awesome month.  We had some of the best weather at the beginning of the month which meant a few trips to the beach and a good old treasure trail {one of my favourite ways to explore local towns and villages} and we also managed to squeeze in a first family holiday to Snowdonia which was truly beautiful, I spent a lot of my time saying "oh wow look at that view".  We stayed in a lovely log cabin and did the usual touristy things, visited Portmeirion and took the Mountain Railway to Snowdon Summit, it was a lovely first holiday as a family of 3.

enjoying the sunshine at Porth Chapel Beach

father son time

Porthgwarra

Fletcher having his first taste of icecream

steps at Minack Theatre Porthcurno

enjoying a very rare glass of champagne and popcorn in our log cabin-Snowdonia

Fletcher eating his socks

Portmeirion-Snowdonia

Portmeirion-Snowdonia

gorgeous view at Portmeirion-Snowdonia

how cute is this little seat

our log cabin

at Snowdon Summit 

we took the train to the top {Fletcher kicked his socks off!}
It's officially Autumn now, which I am pleased as punch about as Autumn and Spring are my favourite seasons.  Summer is so overrated and Winter is just to blemmin cold for my liking.  I'm looking forward to plenty of walks through the crunchy leaves all wrapped up in my scarf, hat and gloves and cozy nights in by the fire with a hot chocolate and warm snuggles with my baby.

Keep Smiling
xxx

What are you looking forward to most about Autumn?

back to business

Top-Dorothy Perkins/Jeans-Topshop Baxter/Espadrilles-LoveClothing
Hair-Large Donut from Claires
Its September and it's finally hit me that my maternity leave is coming to an end.  I officially go back to work in October but I am taking another month of annual leave which takes me up to 5 November.  I really thought I would be ready to go back to work by now but I've got to be honest I'm not, I love being at home with my son doing mum things like attending mummy groups, baby yoga, swimming for babies {still need to post those underwater photo's don't I} and generally just not having that Sunday night feeling.  But if I don't work I wont be able to afford to buy lovely things for my little, sooooo hi ho hi ho it's off to work I go.  The good news is I'm only going back part time so i'll be in work for 3 days and home for 4, I think I can live with that.

On a lighter note, were going on our first family holiday next week to Snowdonia for 4 days which i'm rather excited about.  I just need to start packing, where do I even start on packing for Fletcher? HELP!

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xxx

Do you have any tips on packing for trips with a little? Are there any key items I should pack or leave at home?

two things i'm loving today.....





* Firstly my hair - I don't know how I managed to have a good hair day today as it's actually really dirty and seriously needs a good wash {its on my to do list ok}, but thanks to dry shampoo and a few bobby pins i'm pleasantly surprised with how it turned out.

* Secondly my make-up - The majority of the time my eye make up routine is literally 2 coats of mascara and that's it {I don't have so much time on my hands these days}but today I thought I would go crazy and actually throw some eyeshadow on.  Here's what I used:

Face
Garnier BB cream in Light Clair/YSL Touche Eclat/Body Shop Baked to Last Bronzer in Warm Glow/Mac Blush in Dollymix

Eyes
Naked Palette - Lid-Half Baked/Crease-Toasted/Outer V-Hustle/Highlight and inner corner-Virgin
Eyeliner on waterline - Bourjois Khol & Contour {the best eyeliner ever in my opinion}
Mascara - Maybelline The Falsies Black
Eyebrows - Natural Collection Midnight

Lips
Lipstick - Mac Angel

The sad thing is I haven't actually been anywhere at all today so it's all quite pointless really.  Oh well I'm sure Fletcher really appreciated my good hair day :-)

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xxx

Well that's just pants

Were getting all personal around here today and while I don't go around showing my pants off in public I thought these were too good to keep to myself.  I don't know about you but I immediately feel awesome if I'm wearing great underwear and I'm not just talking pants, it goes without saying that wearing a well fitted bra does wonders for your shape but the bra's will have to wait for now as i'm currently breastfeeding a 7 month old baby which means I'm permanently in nursing bra's which do absolutely nothing for your shape.

I noticed that the majority of my pants had started to lose their elasticity (that's Primark for you) and rather than buy a load more of cheap pants I took advantage of the 3 for £10 offers in Topshop and Marks & Spencer and picked up these.



As you can see I'm a full pant kinda gal, I can't stand thongs, they are the most uncomfortable, unattractive things in the world.

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xxx

What are you favourite kind of underwear, where do you like to shop for your smalls? 

awin