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Friday, 20 May 2016

Bottle-fed shaming

This is an extremely deep and opinionated topic and i don't right this post to cause any offence to either parties however it's one i wanted to discuss as I'm soon coming into that world again and i wanted to share how i felt the first time round compared to now. I have no issue with how a baby is fed by it being via breast or by formula, nor do i have an issue with it being in public or in the comfort of your own home. I suppose you could say I'm quite easy and laid back and believe it's entirely a mothers choice how they feed their baby. 

However what i do find is the shaming mothers are faced with if they choose not to breast feed their babies and the fact it seems to come from medical professionals and other breast-feeding mums, not saying I'm taring you all with the same brush but this is my personal observance. When having my son i had no idea what to expect from breast feeding but wanted to give it a try, he had the colostrum and i attempted to breast feed on our first night in hospital however the pain was greater than i expected and he just wasn't latching on which was causing more pain and distress for both of us. At that stage the mid-wife suggested (in a not so supportive tone) about formula, tiered and concerned about him being hungry i said it might be for the best but asked if i could try breast feeding again on his next feed to which i was told simply no. This upset me greatly, i was young, tiered and on my own as it was the middle of the night, I felt pressured into making a decision and was made to feel ashamed by the midwife cause i chose the formula. At the time this really upset me and i felt like i had already made my first mistake at being a mother.

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Wednesday, 18 May 2016

OOTD H&M tie dye maxi dress

H&M tie dye maxi dress - £15 ( Shop here )

Despite dropping any day now with the weather warming up i gave in and went shopping for a nice maxi dress. Trying on clothes at this stage in pregnancy wasn't exactly the most excitable or enjoyable thing I've done but nor was the sun being out and me not having anything nice to wear. 

I instantly fell in love with the 90's tie dye vibe of this dress, perfect for festivals and bbq's i think. This isn't actually from H&M's maternity section, as it's jersey material i just went for a larger size so it fits nicely round bump and I'm hoping it will still fall nicely after baby too. I teamed this with my vintage wrangler denim jacket and navy vans for a chilled casual look but will also girly it up with some nice sandals and long floaty kimono. 
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Monday, 16 May 2016

Pregnancy update weeks 38 - 39

Not going to lie i am in complete shock that I'm righting this update as i was convinced i was going to be early. Despite already having a child this is also uncharted territory for me now as i had Aiden at 38 weeks, i know I'm only a few days over yet my mind is still running off with the idea of being late and what happens with being induced etc. 

Maternity clothes: Clothes wise i am getting a little thin on outfits i can actually wear, especially seem as my Adidas trainers are the only shoes that will fit my swollen feet. I have however caved and bought a nice maxi dress from H&M as the weather is warming up and i pray to find some flip-flops that i can wear. You may have also seen my post earlier in the week ( read here ) on the stunning maxi nightdress from ASOS which i have been loving lounging around the house in. 
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Sunday, 15 May 2016

May goals & dreams

Lately i have been feeling somewhat deflated and not entirely happy with certain areas of my life, not in a dramatic sense more that I'm sitting back and letting time and life pass by. To help shake this off and not be so much of a procrastinate kind of person i thought i would start a new monthly goals and dreams post to help push me in the right direction. 

1. Take steps to become a morning person. For awhile now i have envied those who not just wake up super early but actually get loads of things done by time it's 10am and there's me only half ready for the day and just had my breakfast despite doing the school run. The waking up early shouldn't be to much of an issue considering I'm about to have my baby any day now but i hope to have myself up looking fresh, kids ready to rock and roll and a bit of house work done. 

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Thursday, 12 May 2016

ASOS Maternity nursing nightdress

ASOS Maternity nursing maxi nightdress - £22  shop here

Comfort is always important but during pregnancy it is incredibly important, it may sound silly but clothes easily irritate and can make a pregnant lady pretty fed up and annoyed. Being 38 weeks i wasn't going to bother buying anymore clothes until baby was here but i saw this on ASOS and instantly fell in love. It's actually a night dress but to be quite honest it's so beautiful i would happily wear this as a dress if the sun decides to shine. 

The discreet nursing top section is very easy and practical to use with no clips or fastenings involved so both you and baby have the comfort of just the soft jersey material. The beautiful floral pattern down the bottom also has a small slit up the side which makes it feel feminine and not frumpy. It's so relieving having nothing restricting around bump and i can comfortably lounge around the house in style.
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Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Review Revlon colorstay combination/oily skin foundation

Revlon colorstay combination/oily skin foundation - £9.99

Foundation is pretty much the be all and end all of makeup, we stress about how it looks, feels, wears and matches. Naturally because of that i own several different types from different brands and am always on the hunt for something that little bit better.

The info: Simple sleek glass bottle packaging with a screw lid and no pump, not much else can be said. The colorstay comes for two skin types normal/dry and combination/oily I'm discussing the combination/oily as that's the only one I've used as that's my skin type. The formula is specially designed to help control shine with a build-able medium to full coverage, with a natural velvet-matte finish. With 13 true to skin shades it covers a wide range to perfectly match your skin tone.

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Monday, 9 May 2016

Pregnancy update weeks 37 - 38

Maternity clothes: This has been practically the same as the last update however i am basically just living in sweats and pyjamas in between doing the school runs. Comfort is literally all i care about right now.

Sleep: It would seem i jinxed myself as just after my last post went up i haven't been sleeping quite so well. I've been getting up several times to go to the loo, turning over in bed is agony because of my SPD and i seem to get heartburn conveniently just as I'm about to go to sleep. Not only that on a few nights i have woken in the early hours wondering if I'm about to go into labour and having some pretty realistic false alarms. 

Miss anything: Being able to get around a lot easier and it feel like every movement takes an absolute life time!
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Sunday, 8 May 2016

Review Smash box be legendary punked matte lipstick

 Smash box Be legendary matte lipstick shade Punked - £17

For awhile i have swooned over alternative lipstick shades and a matte grey was top of my list, however i was finding i was being extremely picky over the shade and finish i was after so didn't own one. Then Smashbox released their Be legendary matte range *heavenly trumpet noise*.

The info: Extremely sleek and simple matte black packaging with a box style lipstick case, not exactly ground breaking however I'm so used to seeing round lipsticks i actually like this and find it still different. Stay true intense pigmented lipstick with feather-light and comfort wear despite being matte, with stay put ability.
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Saturday, 7 May 2016

Review Estee Lauder sumptuous waterproof mascara

Estee Lauder Sumptuous waterproof mascara - £21

Since i started wearing makeup mascara has been the one product i have never gone without and i dread to think how many i've gone through in my makeup wearing life. The search for a waterproof mascara that truly works is on every womans mind and ladies call the search off as i have discovered it.

The info: A lash multiplying and volumising mascara giving a false lash effect with minimal effort. It has a oversized brushcombe wand and sleek blue packaging. The formula of the mascara is fragrance free so very kind to the eye area, lasts for 10 hours and is smudge and flake free. 

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Monday, 2 May 2016

Pregnancy update weeks 32 - 37

Maternity clothes: I have been in the limbo of not wanting to buy any bigger clothes as i see it pointless for the few short weeks i have left yet really running out of things to wear, a very really pregnancy problem. So instead i settled on buying some Primark pyjamas to lounge around the house in as that's pretty much what i plan on doing until labour comes and a few weeks after baby. 

Sleep: Surprisingly despite how far gone and how big i am, I'm still on average only getting up once a night for a pee and thanks to my pregnancy pillow am very comfortable throughout the night so sleep has been rather good. I am very pleased about this obviously however i know it's not going to continue once baby arrives so appreciating every night from now on. 

Miss anything: Over the past two weeks with the nicer weather i have really missed being able to wear nicer clothes and do more pampering. When simple things like washing your hair and shaving your shines are a massive chore other beauty treatments such as tanning and nicely painted toe nails aren't really happening. And if I'm being completely honest i am now at the stage where i miss intimacy not going to go to much TMI but it has been awhile now and the thought that i still have to wait for some time after labour makes me a little sad ha.
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