Tuesday, 25 September 2018

PARENTING: Hospital Bag list

At nearly 36 weeks I need to think seriously about my hospital bag. So here is my list. 

Do let me know if you think I need to have anything else you deem as a must have for labour. 



Hospital bag check list 

For Mum
Comfortable clothes
Nightwear
Slippers
Dressing gown
Comfortable underwear (disposable pants)
Maternity sanity towels
Nursing bra
Breast pads
Toiletries 
Hair brush 
Lip balm
Towel 
Facecloth
Support pillow
Music player (speaker) 
TENS machine
Phone 
Phone charger
Snacks and drinks 
Hand held fan


For baby

Nappies
Vests
Baby grows
Hats
Scratch mits
Muslin squares
Baby wipes (cotton wool)

Going home

Babies going home outfit 
Comfortable clothes for Mum
Baby blanket
Hat and mittens 

Car seat 

Monday, 17 September 2018

FASHION: Autumn Maternity Fashion From Boohoo


With the morning getting cooler Iv been looking online for some lovely pieces to add to your wardrobe if your expecting a baby. 

Boohoo have a fantastic selection of clothing and here are a few of my favourites. 

Denim Shirt
Available in sizes 8-16 for £20.00




Mid Blue wash dungarees 
Available in sizes 8-18 for £28.00




Beauty and the Bump nightie 
Available in sizes 8-20 for £10.00



Striped long sleeve midi dress
Available in sizes 8-16 for £12.00



2 in 1 raw edge top
Available in sizes 8-16 for £14.00



Pocket duster jacket 
Available in sizes 8-16 for £20.00




Tie side jumper
Available in sizes S/M & M/L for £18.00





Stripe two layer nursing dress
Available in sizes 8-16 for £15.00



Tie waist tapered tailored trouser 

Available in sizes 8-16 for £16.00



Maternity fashion can be a battle ground, often high prices and limited styles. I hope you like some of my picks. 

Friday, 31 August 2018

PARENTING - Second Babies Are Naughty Babies

Second babies are naughty babies

I have come to the conclusion at 32 weeks pregnant that second babies are naughty babies. 

Why? Well you see my first pregnancy was pretty much in eventful in every way possible including the labour. 


This pregnancy however has had a multitude of twists and turns that I’m happy to be doing it for the last time. 

From severe morning sickness which lasted nearly 20 weeks, resulting in weight loss (not that I’m unhappy about that side effect) followed by my cervix being incompetent. The incompetent cervix resulted in it shortening and an emergency cervical cerlage being placed at 21 weeks. This was very uncomfortable and required a hospital stay and general anaesthetic, no baby Bradley your not making an appearance just yet. 

Admittedly at this point I had a good few weeks where I had some energy, motivation and I wasn’t being sick. 

Just as I was getting comfortable feeling semi human again I had to have my GTT at 28 weeks, my celebration ended at this point when I hit the third trimester and found it I had Gestational Diabetes. 

Ah the joys! No more sugar, limited carbs I feel like I entered hell. No longer could I stuff my face with cake when the hormones hit, this teamed with excessive heartburn, constant peeing and not having to check my blood sugar 6 times a day was truly crap. 

And let me tell you GD is no joke, diet is completely changed to keep baby safe and sugar levels regulated. Sadly my fasting levels are not stabilising so I’m now on insulin 4 times a day. 


Fingers crossed the last 8 weeks are a breeze. 

Sunday, 22 July 2018

PARENTING REVIEW: Summer days out with Kids Embrace

 

This summer we’re all about making lots of memories, it’s Autumns first proper summer break (she has just finished Year R) so we’re ensuring we make as many memories as possible. 

We started off our Summer with a trip to Staunton Farm in Hampshire, there are lots of fun things to do from donkey rides, feeding the animals, soft play and lots more. 
 
kids embrace car seat paw patrol chase
 
 
It’s a lovely, affordable day out. We chose to travel by car which is very convenient for us, Autumn was super excited as she got to ride in her Kids Embrace Paw Patrol car seat. It is part of the Friendship series and is a combination booster seat, it’s a stage 1-2-3 seat with integral 5 point harness to ensure children are safely secured on any journey from approximately 9 months (9kg) to 4 years (18kg) and can be used with a standard 3 point seat belt as a high back booster up to around 12 years. 
 
kids embrace car seat paw patrol chase
kids embrace car seat paw patrol chase
 
 
Autumn is 5 now and just hit the 18kg mark so she went straight into stage two, which is secured via the 3 point seatbelt. 
 
Autumn loves this car seat and so do I. It gives her good support for in the car, especially for when she nods off after a long day of exploring, she especially loves her very own cup holders. 

Autumn makes sure she says hello and good bye to Chase (our chosen design) which I think is very very cute and helpfully encouraged her into the car quickly before our journey.

They have a number of designs in the Friendship series including 

Cinderella in Pink and Blue 

It retails at £89.99 and in my honest opinion is worth every penny as it will last your child for a long time, making is extremely great value for money.

Presuming you used it for 11 years ( 9 month old to 12 year old) this car seat would cost £8.18 a year, or 68p a month, bargain!

 


You can find out more about Kids Embrace Here, and they can be purchased online at Amazon.


Aimee

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

PARENTING: Gender Disappointment

Growing up I always thought I would be a Mum of girls, I grew up mainly amongst women and girls is all Iv ever know. 

I can say hand on heart when we were choosing to add a second addition to our family did I ever think I would have a boy, it just never crossed my mind. 



So I hit 16 weeks excited and so glad to be going to baby bond and ultrasound direct in Cosham (read all about our early gender scan here). This was a great experience for us but whilst I was lying on the Doctors bed with gel on my tummy seeing our little baby on the big TV and up comes the “potty shot”, there it was in full TV glory a massive scrotum...... there was no mistaking that at all. 

My daughters face dropped as the sonographer said “congratulations it’s a boy” tears started to fall down her cheeks, she so desperately wanted a little sister and in that moment my feelings were pushed to the side. I had to be strong for my little girl, she was devastated. 

One she was settled and pictures printed and I got home and had 5 minutes to process the thought of having a son, my heart sank. I felt guilty for how I felt, tears filled my eyes and I disappointed myself with how I felt. How could I feel this way? Shouldn’t I be happy I’m having another baby, a much wanted baby. 

Some googling later and I realised ok to feel this way, many mothers and mothers to be have felt this way. It’s called gender disappointment and man it sucks and not everyone will be ok with someone having these very real feelings. 

There are groups of like minded parents to be who are going through or have gone through the same feelings and it’s ok to cry! 


I cried and cried for 24 hours straight, my friend Kim kept me sane during this time and let me vent. 

Sunday, 27 May 2018

PARENTING: Gender scan at Ultrasound Direct / Baby bond Portsmouth

Times really have changed since having Autumn nearly 6 years ago, when I was expecting her you only got your two NHS scans and hoped they got the gender (if you wanted to know it) right. 

Now with baby number two on the way there are so many options available for expecting mothers, you can now have a gender scan as early as 16 weeks. This to me is amazing, waiting that extra 4 weeks may not seam a big deal however when your growing a human it can feel like an age to wait. 

Everyone has their own reasons to find out or not when it comes to the babies gender, we decided to find out for a second time but why?

Well we have a very excited 5 yo girl called Autumn who had her heart set on a little sister and I felt that she needed as much time as possible to get used to it being a boy if that was the case. 



I think it’s wonderful how I had the chance to find this out so early in my pregnancy and I was super excited to work with Ultrasound direct and baby bond in Portsmouth. 

I was 16+3 at my gender scan, I went with Autumn and my husband Davin. On entering I was immediately impressed as they had ample space (and locks) for pushchairs (how handy), in the waiting room we were greeted with a friendly face and offerings of refreshments. For the little people there where ample toys to entertain whilst paperwork was filled in. 

It was a lovely relaxed environment when you entered the room, plenty of space for friends and family to sit and stand, clearly able to see the image from the ultrasound on a big screen TV. 

Images and video isn’t allowed to be taken inside the ultrasound room, but we were too excited to see baby number two. 

It was wonderful to see autumns face as she saw the baby on the Tv, it really was magical. 

We are pleased (Autumn took some getting used too) to announce we’re having a little boy. 



We treated Autumn to a heartbeat bear in blue which has her little brothers heartbeat for her to listen too. This out a big smile on her face and I’m sure she is coming round to the idea of having a little brother. 



It was a lovely experience and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to find out their babies gender. 

Please check out their website here

Love Aimee 


Thursday, 10 May 2018

PARENTING: Our Big News

Hello lovelies, I had to take a little break as Iv been super sick as We are super excited to announce we’re expecting our second child. I get extremely sick in pregnancy so the first 8 or so weeks have been a challenge. 
Autumn is super excited to be a big sister and the new arrival is due this October. 

I cannot wait to share with you my journey into motherhood a second time. 

Here are some gorgeous pictures of Autumn and one announcement. 

Love Aimee 



Wednesday, 18 April 2018

BEAUTY: Skin Chemists Rose Quartz Lip Plump Review

So skin chemists has to be one of my favourite brands the only down side is the price... it tends to be pretty pricey.  

It may be expensive but I have never been disappointed with their products and I have quite a few. I tend to buy them direct from skin chemists or if I’m lucky they have the odd one or two at TK Maxx at a seriously reduced price. 

Iv treated myself to a few new things from the collection recently and I’m so excited to share. 

Rose Quartz youth defence lip plump 



What skin chemists have to say about their product ...
The point of this plump is to hydrate lips whilst giving them a fuller pout with a glossy soft finish. It’s designed to look and have the benefits of a lip balm and gloss. 



It includes a key ingredient called volulip (never heard of it? Me either) which comes from the “kiss me quick” plant, aiming to stimulate the production of Hyaluronic Acid, producing an active plumping effect. Circulation of blood to the surface of the lip is further enhanced by Peppermint Oil producing a fuller pout.



Ok so we know what they say... but how does it measure up?

The packing is really simple and slightly clinical (like their entire product range), I really like this look for me it jeans they have put their money into the product rather than the packaging. The tube is clear showing a light pink lip gloss, on opening the tube you smell a Pleasant and fresh peppermint. 
It’s really lovely to apply, it’s a soft feeling gloss which isn’t sticky. The lips feel fresh after application, I love the way it feels in my lips as well as smells. 



I have a really think upper lip and honestly I hate it (would totally have fillers) I noticed a slight increase in its size, it was a natural increase so nothing to OTT. 

It costs £94.90 and you can get it here 

Honestly is it worth the price?

I’m on the fence as much as I love the brand I don’t feel this is worth nearly £100 I feel it should be more the £40 mark, as it does work. 

I’m glad Iv got it and I would use it as a daily plumper as it doesn’t tingle or hurt and it does make a difference to my lip size. 

Have you tried the brand before? 

Look out for reviews of these coming up soon 
Anti-Ageing Caviar Day Moisturiser
24-Hour Aqua Repair Facial Serum
Pro-5 Collagen Bee Venom Day Moisturiser


Love aimee 

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

BEAUTY: Contour Cosmetics The Ultimate Illuminating Set Review

Who doesn’t love a highlighter.. I brought myself this contour cosmetics spotlight highlighter pallet quite a while ago. Iv not really had the opportunity to wear it till recently, I was super excited about it to be honest. 



It consists of 3 highlighters 

Verve - shimmery white pearl
Mink - champagne with golden flecks 
Clique - shimmering rose



The pallet gives you a diverse selection of colours for all occasions. They are well pigmented and easy to apply and blend. 



They work well to build up the highlight also so you can have a subtle or dramatic look depending on what you fancy. 

It’s is £24 and it’s vegan and cruelty free, I really like this pallet and it’s one I will be using more often. 


To checkout the pallet click here 

Have you tries contour cosmetics before? 
And what’s your favourite highlighter?

Love Aimee 

Saturday, 24 February 2018

PARENTING: Halftime Term At The Bradley’s

Our half term in a nutshell has been packed with fun and adventure so here is a breakdown of what we got up too this February half term. 

Saturday we had a very chilled day spending time playing with toys and counting up all Autumns to pennies ready to take them to the bank. 



Sunday we went to church then to a childhood friends birthday tea party. It was lovely to catch up with old friends and I pay pass the parcel and eat wonderful food. 



Monday we decided to have a chilled mummy daughter pamper day, we spent the day curling reading books, watching Disney and taking some time for us. We had face masks, a lovely lush bubble bath and painted our toes. 
It was so nice to spent some quality time talking and laughing. 






Tuesday (pancake day) we meet Autumns grandad Colin at the Church coffee morning and had a pancake and a natter with all of my mums old friends, Autumn had a great time running around with them. This was followed buy a fish and chip lunch, a trip to hobby craft and then followed by cake baking. 



Wednesday was Valentine’s Day and daddy supposed Autumn and I with some lovely gift. He brought Autumn a lovely teddy, a single pink (plastic) rose and a bag of sweets, I got a lovely bottle of rosé cava, a gorgeous bunch of flowers and a beautiful card. We spent the afternoon playing and decorated the cupcakes we made on Tuesday. 





Thursday Autumn went to my churches holiday club for 2.5 hours in the morning, the entire church was transformed into a fishing village and they had an action packed time, Autumn had a blast. As the weather was beautiful we took a trip to lee on the Solent and went to Alver Country Park, Iv wanted to take Autumn there for a while and it didn’t disappoint at all there was lots to do but next time I’m bringing my Wellington boots. 






Friday Autumn was back at church for the last day of holiday club, and spent the afternoon at home taking a breather. 

Saturday my friend came over with her daughter so the girls could have a play date and expel some energy whilst the mums drunk lots of tea and enjoyed adult conversation. The we spent some time as a family and walked Around chichester window shopping and taking photos. We enjoyed a hotdog from a street vendor followed by a relaxing evening together. 



Sunday was a day of rest (much needed). 

Monday we ventured back to chichester to flip out, this included Autumn and her BFF Iris and my friend (iris’s Mum) Kim and the beautiful pink blob maisy. I enjoyed lots of Maisy cuddles whilst kim ran or jumped around the huge trampoline park after the girls. They had a blast and then a cheeky McDonald’s to finish the day. 







This has been one of our most filled half terms to date, I am usually to fatigued and in pain from my Fibro to manage much but I decided to take full advantage of my health as I never know how long a good spell will last. 

What was your half term like? Did you have lots of fun?

And I would LOVE any suggestions for the next one xxx


Love Aimee