Saltrock Clothing Review

Saltrock is a North Devon based beach lifestyle clothing brand that started off in 1988. Two brothers, Angus and Ross, had a surfing lifestyle and decided to start printing t-shirts to fund their lifestyle. They are still going strong 30 years later. They have a great range of t-shirts and other c…

Me and Mine {June}

I missed last month's Me and Mine which I was a little disappointed about but it wasn't a great month, and I didn't manage to get a photo of us all together. However, I managed to get a few at the beginning of this month and have been looking forward to writing this post - for a long time! It's really strange to think this time last year it was the last month of us being a family of four and now we're a family of five. A year goes by too quickly. Freddie will be one in July, and although it's exciting, it's making me feel a little sad too. My baby boy, my last baby, is growing up so quickly.

My Family Adventures in June

We didn't do much together last month because there were a few problems but one of my goals for June was to go out more as a family and do more things together. We actually achieved this goal too. We didn't go out to a lot of places, but we went to a fair few places, even down our local cycle track and in the back garden for a barbecue when the sun was out too. The girls had their schools sports day on the 20th which they were so excited about and really enjoyed themselves too. They did so well.

Mother and Son Bracelets From KayaJewellery

Ever since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted kids. For some reason, I knew I always wanted a boy, but as I had two girls first, I never thought I'd actually be a Mam to a little boy. So finding out that our third baby was a boy, was a huge shock. But it was amazing giving my two little girls a baby brother, and they absolutely adore him. He really did fill an empty space in our little family when he arrived. I was asked recently by KayaJewellery if I would be interested in reviewing some jewellery. I took a look at their website and instantly knew what I was interested in. I went for the Mother and Son Bracelet set. I have a few sentimental items for the girls and thought these bracelets would be perfect for Freddie and me, especially that his first birthday is coming up.

Lucy Locket Luxury Cake Stand Set Review

Most of the toys that the girls and Freddie have are wooden toys. I find they last much longer and worth the extra few pounds. When we were asked if the girls would be interested in trying our Lucy Locket's Luxury Cake Stand Set, I knew the girls would absolutely love it and so I said yes. We …

Proud Mum On Sports Day and Watching Them Grow

It's been a long while since I wrote a post about 'Watching Them Grow.' I started writing about the girls and the last time I wrote a post about watching them grow was last year before Freddie was born. The year has flown by, and I couldn't imagine life without our baby boy. He's definitely taken into our crazy little family. On the last post, I was really sad seeing both girls grow so quickly and now, I'm sad that all three are growing too fast and that it's quickly coming up to Freddie's first birthday. I feel lucky that I'm able to work from home and watch all three grow and be a part of everything that they do such as parents evening, new milestones, sports day and the rest. Although it's exhausting most of the time, I do feel lucky that I'm not missing out on things. 

Super Saturdays - Brand New Linky - #1

You may remember that I used to run #justanotherlinky and I really enjoyed running it but it all got a bit too much when I fell pregnant due to being super exhausted and emotional. Then Freddie came along - the worst baby for sleeping ever, so I was even more exhausted and couldn't keep up wit…

Jake Shoes Review

Both girls are now at the age where they have their own personalities, and one thing Mia absolutely loves having new shoes. Elliw is slowly getting to the stage where she has an interest in shoes too. When we were asked by Jake Shoes if we would be interested in reviewing a pair of shoes each for the girls, I instantly said yes. There's a great range of shoes to choose from, from shoes to trainers and different brands to choose such as Converse, Uggs, Heelys and more. They also sell shoes for kids and adults, as well as accessories too. The site is really easy to search for what you want to find. I knew both girls needed new trainers and so that's what I went to find. Mia got the white Converse trainers, and Elliw received some pink sparkly, light-up Sketchers that are super cute.

#CyclingAdventures with Inntravel

We were recently asked to take part in a #CyclingAdventures campaign with Inntravel. As we love to be outdoors, we were keen to take part and read more about what Inntravel do. Inntravel are a Slow Holiday company that offers cycling holidays in Europe. They have something for all 'amateur'…

Freddie's Sleeping Update and Why We Decided To Mix Feed

It's been a while since I wrote the last sleeping update and since then Freddie did have his first full night sleep at around 8 months old. I can happily say he has had another 2 or 3 full night sleep after that. The sleep has been a big issue for me since he was a few months old and I noticed that he was just a baby that didn't like to sleep or a baby who would just sleep if I was there holding him. It was getting too much for me in the end, especially when it was coming to around six or seven months. That's when things started to change - a lot. I began to feel really down, mostly with exhaustion. He seemed to be getting worse and worse each week. He came to a habit of waking up within 10-20 minutes of me putting him down after his feed. The frustrating the thing was, it took around 45 minutes to an hour (sometimes more) to feed and settle him each evening. Then for him to wake up and only settle back again if I picked him up and feed him. Again, another hour or so on top. It was getting too much for me. To top it off that he was waking up every 1, 2 or 3 hours through the night too.

Siblings in June

I knew being a Mum of three would be more of a challenge than a Mum of two, especially that there is a four year gap between Elliw and Freddie. It felt like I was starting Motherhood all over again, as in having to do night time wake ups, pushing a pram, changing nappies and all the rest. Although I was super excited, I was really nervous too. This time last year I wrote my 'Siblings' post about two sisters, for the last time as I knew in July, Freddie was going to join our little family. It makes me sad that Freddie will be a one year old next month, but I'm also excited too. This year has flown by, and I can't imagine life without our little boy now.

Bedroom Makeover Plans and Brightening It Up

We've been living in our home for over three years now, and I'm still not happy with how our bedroom looks. I hadn't redecorated our bedroom at all, only when we moved in. The previous owner's carpets are still down and looking quite horrible now. The fitted wardrobes are also still an awful blue color from the previous owners. I think as a parent, we just concentrate more on getting the kid's rooms done and never have time to focus on our own room. Although, our bedroom should be a place we can relax in. But at the moment, I never feel relaxed as it's not how I really want it.

Top Ten Celebrities That Inspire Women's Fashion

As I grew up, I was living with my Dad and never really had that woman figure to help me out with fashion styles. Going into teenage years, I started buying magazines and I always used to look at the celebrity fashion and see what the 'on trend' at the time was. Being a Mum since I turned 17, I never really had that chance to buy all the clothes I wanted. I live in jeggings, leggings and tunic tops or long sleeved tops. Some celebrities really inspire me, with their fashion sense, style and the way they look. I love Beyonce's fashion and her hair. I've always looked up to her with her singing, career and her style.

Freddie's 11 Month Update

It just feels like yesterday that I was writing my first ever pregnancy update when I was 12 weeks pregnant. Now I'm writing Freddie's 11 month update. He'll be one years old next month, I'll still be telling people he's # months old instead of a year old, though, I'm sure! It's unbelievable how fast this year has gone. I try and think how life was before our baby boy, and I just can't remember what it was like without him, except the sleep. When I look back at old posts such as his first week update, it makes me so sad because I know I'll never experience that again and it just makes me realise how fast my baby boy has grown. He's in that inbetween stage now of a baby going into the early stages of a toddler. He's learned so many new things this past month, and I'm so incredibly proud of him. Each time he learns something new it makes me sad a little inside because I just know my baby is growing up and he's not going to be a baby for too long now. Someone even told me the other day that his baby looks in his face is going slowly. Slow down, Freddie!

Treat Your Grandfather With Something Special This Father's Day

I've grown up with having one Taid (grandfather) in my life. I've never really known my Grandfather on my Mother's side, and he sadly passed away last year. My Taid, the one who I've known all my life is one person who means a lot to me. In fact, he means the whole world to me. He's someone I really look up to. He's funny in his ways, he's hardworking, and he's just an amazing Taid to me, the rest of the grandchildren and a brilliant great-grandfather to my own kids. Growing up I didn't see him as much as I'd like, he worked a lot, but we saw him when we did. There are so many little things that he does, that is hilarious, something I can look back on and re-tell the story to my kids when they're older.

My Tips For Keeping On Top Of Housework With Kids and Celebrating Marigold's 70th Birthday!

Being a Mum and keeping on top of the housework can be challenging, whether you have 1, 3 or 5 or more kids. The day just goes by without us realising sometimes. Having to keep the kids happy, take the kids to school, feeding them, entertaining them and tidying after them too. I'm lucky that both my girls are in full-time school now and it's only Freddie at home. But still trying to find the time to do all the housework in one day when Freddie is at home can be challenging. I lose around two hours in total during the day because of school runs and a few other hours by preparing and cooking food three or four times day. Losing time again at the kids' bedtime and when Freddie needs a feed during the day too. I used to be awful at housework, but I have managed to get myself into some kind of little daily routine. I don't stick to it every single day but I try my best to most days, and the housework has improved a lot. These are my tips to help keep on top of the housework:

Get Glittery With Dragon Dust

The girls absolutely love anything colourful and glittery. They're both really showing their personalities recently. Especially, Elliw. She's changed a lot. To think this time last year she was all for the big superheroes such as Spiderman, Batman, and the rest. But as the months have gone by she has been looking up to her big sister a lot. Mia has always loved all the pink, glitter and shiny things. So, of course, Elliw now likes similar things too. When we were sent some glitter dust by Dragon Dust, the girls were overly excited to try them out. I find it an honor when friends and local businesses ask me to do a review for them. Dragon Dust is a small business owned by an old friend of mine, in fact, she was one of my best friends through secondary school. So, it was lovely that she thought of us to review her lovely products.

Their dust is vegan-friendly and cruelty-free from the welsh mountains of North Wales and suitable for children to adults. These glitters are perfect for festival lovers, fancy dress, parties and even for day to day wear if you feel like it. The girls and I are having a Mummy and daughters evening, as they call 'girly night' one evening during the half term. We're going to be doing little make overs on each other, and they're super excited to have some glitter on them too. Dragon Dust offers makeup and accessories, chunky glitter and pressed glitter/gel. All from a reasonable price, £2.50 and upwards, you can't go wrong.

The Dubatti One Stroller : My First Thoughts

We have recently collaborated with Dubatti and look forward to sharing all my honest thoughts on the pram and share all of our adventures with you. When we received the Dubatti pram, I was overly excited. Before receiving, I got to choose what colour frame, fabric, and handlebar I wanted. There wa…

5 Fantastic Family Summer Activities

We all love summer, and with good reason. The days are longer, the weather is beautiful and everything just seems a whole lot more positive. For families, summer means that you can spend time out and about with your children. Rather than being stuck indoors trying to keep them entertained. So, with…

Go Blonder With John Frieda’s Sheer Blonde Range

When I was a little girl, my hair was white blonde. Since growing up, it's gone darker and darker. My Mother dyed my hair using a box colour when I was around 12 or 13 years old. It's something I regret massively as since then I've never really had my natural colour back. A couple of years later, I had a treat from my Dad one birthday, to get my hair done professionally in hairdressers. I had it white blonde on top with black underneath, what on earth was I thinking? But I loved it at the time. Although, many people did call me 'badger hair' which is pretty hilarious to think about it now. After that, I just dyed my hair using the boxes you can buy from the shops. I can't remember how I managed to get rid of the black unless I grew it out. My hair has been all sorts; black, light/medium/dark brown, white blonde, blonde, dirty blonde, and bright red. I think my favourite has to be the bright red colour. I had a lot of compliments, but it was hard to keep, and it did kill my hair in the end. I had to visit the hairdressers and grow it back healthy again.