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 
Tuesday 20 February 2018

PARENTING: Autumn turns 5

Turning 5 is no joke I have been made fully aware by my current 4yo who is desperate for her birthday to hurry up. 

She is a typical 4 year old in her first year of big school and I’m so proud of her. This year she is having a party with her new school friends and everyone has been invited. 

The party is 2 days before her actual birthday so we said she can open presents from her party in the day of the party big family presents are for her actual birthday. 

She is into all the fad toys availabe at the moment (eye roll) but she does have some  favourites, these include 

Paw patrol (we have so much at home). 
LOL Surprise dolls (still working out if these are worth the small fortune they cost)
Barbie ( I too still love Barbie)
Trolls ( can’t stop watching the movie)
Our generation ( I love these even more than Barbie)

So that’s kinda the scoop on her current favourite toys. 

I’m in love with the Our Generation collection, the dolls are amazing quality and they have the best accessories as well. Downside Is they cost a pretty penny however they hold a good resell value ( thank the toy gods my daughter looks after her toys as if they are made of glass). 

We were introduced to our generation when we took a post Christmas trip too Smyths to spend some vouchers Autumn had received at Christmas. We searched high and low for those pesky LOl dolls (they were out of stock YAY) avoided the paw patrol section and stumbled upon a wall filled with gorgeous dolls of a decent size (sorry Barbie). They were amazing and came in so many different skin tones and hair colours not to mention the diverse and inclusive fashion. They had every style imaginable and both autumn and I fell in love. She (we) settled on Holly a gorgeous blond with a cute fur Gullet, stripped top and skirt with tights. We then of course got her a change of clothes (super cute Skater outfit complete with skate board) and a mode of transportation (pink Scooter with helmet). 

Honestly it took ages to pick as there was so much choice. 

Our generation offers a huge selection from Jeep to Ice Cream Truck so you can find something that your child relates too. 

She also loves fingerlings and got a cute unicorn and pink monkey. The monkey is her favourite

Autumn had a party for her birthday celebration and invited her class friends to celebrate with her. 
She had a blast, we had a cheeky pix photo booth and glitter tattoos. 

Honestly i wouldn’t have been able to pull it off if it wasn’t for my close friends Lisa and Kim, they kept me calm, helped me set up, pack away, cook and do the tattoos. We did the Party on a major budget and pulled some strings with friends to give her the best day.

Autumn was super spoilt by all her friends and family. And most important of all the adults survived another birthday. Next year will definitely be a more intimate shin dig for our little princess, but for now I’m having a well earned break from party planning.

How have you celebrated your little ones special day? And what are their chosen presents?

Love Aimee 

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Wednesday 14 February 2018

LIFESTYLE: Valentines Day Facts

So Valentine’s Day has arrived so let’s look at what that means for us all. What really happens on Valentine’s.... here is a look at some facts and figures. 

I think these facts are really interesting, honestly I saw the sex ones coming.... condom sales for instance, and increased sec on the big day. I'm classed as a millennial and honestly now I'm a mum I do not get half as much sex as I should be getting as I have a 5 year old cock blocker. And home pregnancy tests being sold in march as a result of Valentines day sex ...... I always wondered why there were so many end of November beginning of December babies. 

Love Aimee 

This Lovely little infographic is from the independent Pharmacy

*This is a sponsored post, All thoughts and feelings are my own.

Sunday 11 February 2018

HEALTH: Living With Migrains

Migraines are something that we have revolved our lives around since I meet my husband, he suffers with debilitating migraines that can put him out of action for days at a time. 

I personally have only had one migraine in the last 4 years and I can tell you first hand it was no walk in the park, I was on. Trip home in a coach, I saw flashing lights my vision was blurry and I began to feel so so sick, it took everyone for me to not be sick on that coach. I went home and straight to bed in a dark room. I honestly felt like I was having my head crushed in a vice. I consider myself lucky as I get them so rarely, unlike my husband who suffers with them at least 15 times a month. 

It’s really hard to watch him suffer knowing I can’t do anything to help, he has been told to take sumatriptan, they are a quick and effective way to treat migraines and since he has been taking them they have significantly reduced. They can be brought online here at the independent pharmacy, who will give you a free consultation before you buy them to ensure they are safe and suitable for you to take. 

Always seek medical advice before starting any medication. 

How do you treat migraines?

Are you lucky enough to not have them ? 

**This is a sponsored post, however all thoughts, views and experiences are my own. 

Saturday 10 February 2018

FASHION: Shopping Haul Primark, Lush & Gosh

These days rarely treat myself, but it has gotten a little dire in my underwear draw I finally had to bite the bullet. 

I was down to a single sock, 2 bras (which really fitted badly) and about 5 pairs of pants. 

I harbour this guilt when shopping for myself because I feel money can be better spent than trying to holster up my sad boobs and ensuring my lady parts are breeze free ...... I can neither confirm nor deny if my underwear is full of holes.

So after spending my morning in the Apple store (that is a whole different blog post) I thought let’s treat myself. 

I ended up in primark, Superdrug and Lush. 

I did so well and only got things I actually needed (Ok not entirely true). 

I treated my self to 5 bras, yes they are in the same style and colours but when I find something that works I stick too it. Iv tried primark bras unsuccessfully in the past mainly down to the lack of support. But money is tight so I thought what the hell and threw my cares to the wind. 

I found two styles ( I did try on about 13 types) that were not only really cute but super supportive and comfortable! And the best part was the price. Two green ones were in the same for £3 each from £6, they have a super sexy front chain style detail. I rummage though the sale racks looking for as many as I could in my size. Second was the all back with gorgeous band detailing, this comes in black and pink so naturally I brought all available in my size (Pink not pictured it’s currently working as scaffolding for the boobs).  There were full price at £6 each and still a total steel. 

Grand total £24 for 5 bras! 

I also grabbed some socks as it is far to cold to keep going out the house without any. I spent more time picking out socks than I did choosing my daughters name. 

They are £2.50 for a pack of 5. 

After wrapping my daughters birthday presents up in Christmas wrap last week I seriously needed to up my parenting game (the Mum shame is real) so I grabbed 3 rolls of wrap in a print that would work for all occasions. I love the asymmetric print, but my favourite has to be the Pegasus print it’s just absolutely gorgeous. 

They are £1.50 a roll and you get 5 m per roll. There were loads of other choices available but these were my favourite.

At Superdrug I treat myself to a new gosh foundation it’s second Conceal foundation, I’ve been dying to try this for ages so I’m really excited to talk about this in an up-and-coming post. It’s priced at £9.99 and the size is really deceiving you get a lot more than you realise.

Finally I ended up in Lush I’ve not brought from Lush in a number of years,Just because I don’t really live near a shop so when the opportunity arises I do treat myself to a few things. I decided I really wanted to try this sleepy lotion it’s had a really great reviews and I suffer really badly with insomnia, so this was on my most wanted to try list am I opted for the smaller tub to try it first before buying the larger one and that is priced at £7.95. I also asked a really lovely assistant at Lush hair recommendations for bath bombs for people who suffer with body pains like I do, she was super helpful and recommended 3 to me and I decided to opt for Blue skies and fluffy white clouds, you can brake parts off so it last longer. She then surprised me with an act of kindness (something lush does) and gifted  me a twilight bath bomb, it’s was beyond kind and made me speechless. 

The customer service at Lush is one of the best I’v ever come across and I cannot recommend them enough. 

I’m super excited to get some time to try them and tell you all about it.

Love Aimee