Monday, 24 November 2014

26 week pregnancy update

Today i turn 26 weeks, time really is flying by. We had a midwife appointment last week and everything was fine and healthy. I also had to have my bloods taken which i wasnt thrilled about but i knew i needed them doing so it had to be done.

How far along? 26 weeks!

Pregnancy symptoms: These past few weeks this pregnancy seems to be getting harder. I have had braxton hicks, sometimes quite painful and also pains in my lower abdomen. Baby boy is still sitting low and this makes it really uncomfortable.

Stretch marks: No new one, just the old ones on my hips.

Sleep: Im sleeping ok this week, i only seem comfortable on my right side. I just wish i had more sleep i really struggle to get up with Lilly in the mornings.

Best moment this week: Hearing baby boy's heartbeat at the midwife appointment. Its actually the first time we have heard his.

Worst moment of the week: Having my bloods taken, Ech i hate them and my arms are all bruised but i survived!!

Movement: He is moving around alot more lately and can actually see the movement in my stomach, which i actually find a little weird.

Food cravings: Still chewing gum!

Anything making you queasy or sick? No

Gender: BOY

Labour signs: Apart from braxton hicks no.

Belly button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? Off.

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy.

Looking forward to: Taking Lilly to see santa this week. 

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

The nine - a pregnancy countdown journal review

 I have been keeping notes in a little note pad this pregnancy as i want to be able to look back and see how i was feeling week to week. As well as my blog and my youtube i also wanted to keep a diary and my little note pad does the job but i really wanted to get a pregnancy journal with cute pages and illustrations. I had searched for reviews on a few pregnancy journals as i wanted to see inside and see what the pages were like but i couldn't find very many. I did however come across the nine pregnancy diary and although its very colorful and not to my taste i liked the content.

It has tabs down the side from month 1-9 which i really like as its easy to flick through and each month has a page where you can stick photos from your pregnancy in. It also has 3 questions for you to fill out each week and a space for all your ultra sound pictures. There is also a section at the end for when you go into labour and a page for your new little bundle of joy. I have filmed a flick through and a full review over on my youtube where you can view most of the pages. I think this is such a cute little book and would make a great gift for friends who are expecting or even for yourself. I really hated my first pregnancy and at the time it was a time in my life i thought i wanted to erase and now i look back i completely regret not keeping a diary and photos of what i now realise is the most amazing experience in my life so i would highly recommend a pregnancy journal.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

George Maternity Dress Wishlist

George Maternity Dress Wishlist

1, Ponte maternity dress - £10
2, Jacquard maternity dress - £16
3, Maternity maxi - £12
4,  Sequin dress -£25
5, G21 patterned dress - £10
6, Jacquard maternity dress red - £16
7, Embellished maternity dress - £16
8,  Maternity maxi black - £12

As my pregnancy progresses and i am getting bigger i am now living in maternity wear. Although I'm pregnant i still want to look nice especially during the party season however finding nice maternity dresses is really hard especially at affordable prices as they all seem to be not very nice or extremely high priced. I was surprised to discover that George at Asda do maternity wear, and not only maternity wear its actually a style  i would wear and they have an amazing range of party perfect dresses.

I remember when i was pregnant with Lilly, trying to find a dress for my works Christmas party was a nightmare, i still wanted to look nice and this party season i again want to wear nice dresses. I have made a wish list on a selection of some of my favorite dresses from George. First i found this lovely Ponte maternity dress for £10, this would be perfect for work or even for family parties it has a nice length with cropped sleeves. The Jacquard maternity dress in grey would be great for dinner out or even new years eve, i also choose it in red which would be perfect for Christmas day, it has a beautiful pattern and lovely neck detail which makes it look more expensive than its £16 price tag. The two maxi dresses from George come in a range of colours, i choose coral and black. I love maxi dresses even when I'm not pregnant but they look so beautiful with a bump and also are extremely comfortable. The coral would be perfect in summer and the black jazzed up with some lovely accessorises will look great for Christmas parties.

The all over sequin dress from George isn't a maternity dress however if your in the early stages of pregnancy its the perfect new years eve dress. I really like a sparkly dress at new year and i could get this in a size up (or two) to cover my bump. I also found this G21 patterned dress in the sale at £10 which again isn't maternity but its the sort of floaty style you can wear over your bump. I lived in this type of dress when i was first pregnant as they are so comfortable and would be great paired with tights for winter. The last dress in the beautiful embellished black maternity dress for £16, great for Christmas parties or new years eve. Black is always a great colour to wear as it looks classy and slimming.

That is just a small selection of dresses from George at Asda, and if your pregnant this party season and looking for the perfect party dress i would go and take a peek at the great range George have to offer HERE even if your not pregnant they have some lovely dresses on offer.

*Written in collaboration with George

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Foxy locks extensions review // Superior set #90 platinum blonde

Its no lie i am a lover of hair extensions, i have worn hair extensions since i was about 17, all types and lots of mistakes later i came across clip in hair extensions. From having to sew my own clips on and paying high prices for bad quality hair extensions in 2009 i found foxy locks on youtube and i have never looked back.

Foxy locks are by far the best clip in hair extensions on the market. My most read post is my review of foxy locks which you an read here I have seen company's see the success of foxy locks and try to start their own business copying her work and i have never felt like anyone quiet gets its right. I have bought so many SETS of foxy locks over the years and i always go through a faze of wanting my hair super long, then cutting my extensions to my hair length for volume, then long and so on.

A few months ago Foxy locks changed the superior set from one quad weft and the rest normal to thicker set including 230g grams of hair. I knew when i saw this i had to get the set to see how i like them but hair extensions these hair extensions are £132 which when i had no responsibility i would buy every couple of months but now its very rare i spend money on myself and would rather spend money on Lilly so they are definitely more of a treat . I have midlength thin hair with layers and i always feel like the thicker the hair the better it blends and i used to wear a set and a half as i felt it blended better so i was interested to see how these blended on their own.

The first thing i noticed about the new superior set is that they have new packaging. With a little side section so you can colour match. I think this is a great idea as finding a perfect match is really hard with extensions. I always get #90 platinum blonde, its one of the main reason i love foxy locks so much because its the only hair extension brand out there that offer a colour lighter than #60 that isn't synthetic, and us white blonde's know the struggle of finding a match. Although these are platinum and very light they do still have a yellow tone to them and where as i would have to use a purple toner on my #60 (which can dry out the hair quicker and make them not last as long) a quick purple rinse with these get the yellow tone out.

Secondly is the thickness, so these babies are 230g hair which is now a 8 piece set and all wefts are triple wefted. Anyone who wears alot of wefts knows the annoyance after a day of wearing them so less wefts but thicker hair is something i really like. One downside to this set though is that they don't include the one inch clips. I like the 1 clip wefts to blend the shorter layers at the front and hide the hair, so i do miss those and if you do have sorter hair you could cut one of the two piece wefts into a one clip but i feel like i have a place for all the wefts.

All of foxy locks sets are 20", i personally cut off around 2" and the superior set includes a 8" weft, three 6" wefts, two 5"wefts and two 4.5" wefts. This is enough for me and the thickness is amazing and i only need one set! If you have longer hair obviously it will look thicker but for my thin mid length hair it still gives me the big volume hair i have always wanted. I wear these most days and style really well both curly and straight but the curls do tend to drop quicker and i think this could be because the hair is so thick. When i first got the extensions they did shed a little, not a major amount and i always expect hair extensions to shed when i first buy them its just the loose hairs that aren't sewn in as tight but it wasn't excessive and after a few brushes it did stop.

If your new to extensions i would highly recommend foxy locks, if you have any questions their customer service is great and always seem happy to help. You can purchase this set HERE

Monday, 3 November 2014

23 Week Pregnancy Update

Hello everyone! Today i turned 23 weeks! Baby boy is still nameless as we cant agree on a name. Im still feeling ok and have alot of energy and not much has changed from my last pregnancy update but i want to keep up with these.Bump is growing rapidly and he is still low down which gives me a weird pointy bump although im pretty sure he has turned head down now as his kicks are higher up.

 How far along? 23 weeks!

Pregnancy symptoms: Tiredness, I am getting more tired at night and i don't want to get up in the morning and also around 3pm i feel like i could have a nap which isnt possible with Lilly. I have also been having a few braxton hicks which i didn't experience the first time but i have had them 3 times now.
Stretch marks: None yet, but i noticed today my stomach started to ich which is a sign of stretch marks so im going to have to buy some cream.
Sleep: I am sleeping better this week, i still have to sleep on my front which isnt best but its what i feel most comfertable doing.
Best moment this week: Halloween! We had lots of fun and it was lovely dressing Lilly up and having fun.
Worst moment of the week: The fireworks upsetting our dogs. They hate them.
Movement: Movement has been a little bit quieter this week, i still feel him moving enough not to be alarmed.
Food cravings: Chewing gum, i went off gum the beginning of the pregnancy but i have the craving again, same as when i was pregnant with Lilly
Anything making you queasy or sick? No

Gender: BOY
Labour signs: No
Belly button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? Off. The heating can make my hands swell so i have just kept my ring off save keep putting it on and off
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy
Looking forward to: Deciding on a name! We still cant agree on a name, i have one i really wants which mike hates, and he has one i really dont like so its still a work in progress..

Our Halloween 2014

I cannot believe we are in November already! Before we know it Christmas will be here! I Like to use my blog as a little diary so we can always look back and i thought i would share our Halloween 2014.

I love Halloween so much and have been excited for the last month! In the week leading to Halloween we made spooky ghost cupcakes and i also let Lilly paint her own little pumpkin. She had so much fun and we also covered it with little pom pom balls and glitter then on Thursday we calved it with a cute little heart.

On Halloween we went to a local toddler Halloween event which is like a Easter egg hunt but for Halloween and fancy dress. Lilly had so much fun looking for sweets and i dressed up in a huge pumpkin outfit, completely out of my comfort zone to do something like that but i thought it was funny and i did get alot of the parents giving me funny looks but Lilly loved it and that's all i cared about.

Then we came home and i did contemplate taking Lilly trick or treating but i wasn't sure if she would completely under stand and would probably ending going in everyone's house so we took her around some of the houses which were decorated, and let me tell you alot of people went all out which was great to see. 

We then waited for trick or treaters, i wasn't sure how many we would get as this is our fist Halloween in this house and we live in a quiet road with not many kids but we did get a few and Lilly was answering the door saying Happy Halloween. The next morning when the post came, Lilly said 'oh no its another happy halloween' haha!
I hope you all had a great Halloween!

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Baby boy haul #1

Hello everyone! As soon as we found out we were having a boy we went straight from the hospital to the nearest reatil park to buy some boy things. I had been looking at next online at both boy and girl things and wanted to go in as soon as we found out and pick up some bits. I must admit next had a tiny section that was newborn to 3-6 and alot of the stuff was christmas themed or very colourful. As you can see theres alot of blue as i seem to go more towards blues and greys especially for newborn clothes. My taste is quite plain and boring im not too into wrighting, bright colours and lots going on but i know that alot of people dont like seeing boys in typical blue.

I will be buying alot of sleepsuits for newborn and then more outfit type clothes from 3-6 + as it just seems easier whilst they are teeny tiny and more cosy but that might change.

 Above is what i bought from next. I have seen alot more online and i guess there will be another next haul soon. I love little boys in dungarees i just think they look so sweet.

 Set of 2 hooded towels/ 7 vest set / Sleepsuit / Blanket

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