Sunday, 6 August 2017

It's been a long time...

It's been months since I've sat down and written anything, 7 months to be exact. I've missed blogging so much, a lot of things have happened over the last few months which i may or may not tell you step at a time.

The main reason I haven't been around is because I've been working full time and i just don't have time to fully commit to the blog anymore. The shifts i work mean that i either finish at 5 and then have a toddler to tend to, or finish at 8pm and just want to go to bed as soon as i get in. I've even not had much time to keep up-to-date with my fave bloggers/youtubers which is sad.

One of the biggest hurdles in life at the moment is Joey and him being assessed for ASD. We now know it's going to be a long process to even get to a diagnosis and things have been stressful with him. Joey is now 3 years old, and still doesn't speak and because of his lack of speech he gets extremely frustrated. His behaviour has been at breaking point recently, biting is a new thing (why did nobody give me a heads up about it), injuring people at nursery is his fave aswell.

Everything has got a bit too much recently but I'm starting to see light at the end of the tunnel. I really do want to start blogging again even if it is just now and again.

So watch this space....

Thanks for reading

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Pray for Manchester

In the early hours of this morning my husband came upstairs while i was asleep to tell me the news of the explosion that had happened at the MEN arena in Manchester. At that time of the morning the news of what happened was still sketchy but now news has been confirmed, the city, the north west, the UK and the world are all praying for Manchester.
Britney Femme Fatale 2011 MEN Arena 
Over the years i have been to some amazing concerts at the MEN arena, and i even worked inside the arena for a short time aswell. The excitement of seeing your favourite singer or band in the flesh is amazing, i have been lucky enough to see Beyonce, Britney, Rihanna, kelly Clarkson and more at this arena. Each time I've been to the arena, I've had such a great time and running off the adrenalin hours later and even the next day.
Lady Gaga Born This Way Ball 2012

So when I heard the news, it hit home pretty hard. Manchester is only 30 minutes away and I have been a regular visitor to that same arena over the years. The hardest thing is knowing that the majority of that crowd were young kids, some of whom lost their lives. These kids should be going into school this morning telling friends how amazing Ariana Grande was. For some kids this would have been their first time at a concert. 

I'm sat at home on my day off watching the coverage on the news, kids still not been reunited with family and a whole city being thrown into chaos. It is being treated as a terrorist attack, yet another to add to the list of attacks happening in the UK. But out of such horrific events the region has come together, hotels in Manchester taking people in, members of the public offering beds and even taxi drivers from Liverpool going into Manchester to take people from Liverpool back home.

Over the next few days more details will emerge about this terrible incident. But my heart goes out to everyone involved and families missing loved ones. 

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Mothers Day Gift Guide

This month is Mother's Day, a day where every mum should be spoiled rotten and feel like our efforts of being a supermum haven't gone unnoticed. I've put together a gift guide of some things that would make lovelt Mother's day gifts...
Joules caryall bright tote bag*
One thing I love more than anything is my music, I love a good compilation CD and this has some great songs for mum to sing and dance like nobody's watching. Next, we have a gorgeous bracelet from Joma Jewellery which have a great selection of jewellery for every occasion. No mum can go without a medicinal glass bottle of wine, this wine glass is so pretty and makes wine drinking even more prettier. Then we have a handbag by Joules from Amara Living, just a general handbag but a bag that can be used in any season and more importantly fits all the kids stuff inside too. 

'Supermum' Boyfriend Sweatshirt
Mother's day wouldn't be Mother's day without a new pair of pj's, let's face it, most mums spend 99.9% of our time in a our comfy pj's while the little one watches Peppa Pig. Next, this cute heart shaped keyring from Katie Loxton is a gorgeous addition to any set of keys. Perfume is always a good gift idea, my favourite perfume is Jimmy Choo and always a sent that makes me feel good. And finally, this supermum sweatshirt from The DRM Project which are great brand for mummy merch AND all profits go to charity. 

Do you have any favourites out of my gift guide? 

*Disclaimer: Product sent to me for the purpose of this post. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Does my son have autism?

For a while now, we've known that Joey has a few development and behavioural issues. We've been quite lucky that the ball started rolling fairly quickly and Joey is now being assessed to see if he's on the autistic spectrum.

On a daily basis we struggle with Joey and over the past month, things have become increasingly difficult. His tantrums never seem to end and the smallest thing turns into a meltdown. About 2 months ago, Joey and my husband attended a session with other kids like Joey to discuss the issues that he has. After nearly a month, we finally recieved a letter outlining where we go from here.

Next month, Joey will be visited at nursery to begin the support and start of assessment for autism. Joey hasn't had a speech therapy session since November and has been having issues at nursery with other kids so I'm happy that things are starting to come togetherto help him. 

Part of me feels relieved that we may have a reason for Joey being the way that he is. He isn't like a normal toddler and it's clear to see when we try and get out and amongst the public. Joey's endless tantrums stop us from doing normal family things and it's heartbreaking.

Even though the assessment process has started, it's still going to be a very lengthy process. Aslong as we're given the right tools to support Joey that's all that matters.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Review: Busy B Busyife Diary 2017

I like to think of myself as an organised person but one thing I've been without for a few years is a diary to keep track of our busy lives. This year has definitely called for a diary as I've recently started work, the husband works and Joey is in nursery. So being given the chance to review a diary from Busy B was just what I needed.
This diary is everything you need to keep the whole family organised. It features monthly calendar, weekly view, reminder pockets, notes and other important info. The monthly calendar is great for jotting down those important dates and seeing what's going on each month. The weekly view is so handy for planning things as they happen week by week and there is plenty of room. I really like how each page has it's own reminders tab and a mini monthly calendar at the bottom of each page. 
One of the main features about this diary that i love is that it is a hardback diary and feels more like a book, it's pretty thin and easy to pop into a small handbag. The other great features include an elastic strap to keep everything inside the diary contained and a handy pen loop so you always have a pen to hand. 
After using the diary now for well over a month, I have really enjoyed using it. Everything is planned out and i'm able to easily add to our busy life while on the go. If you have a busy life and in need of a great diary then this is the one for you.

Busy B have a great selection diaries and organizers, I went for the floral Busy Life diary. Priced at only £10 this a great quality diary to use throughout the year for all those busy moments.

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for the purpose of a review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Review: Charlotte's Web Rajput precious stone spinning ring

I'm not the type of person who wears lots of jewellery or has a big collection. So when I do buy jewellery, it's usually something quite unique. I've been given the opportunity to review a gorgeous ring from Charlotte's Web.
Charlotte's Web, founded by Charlotte Howarth is a bespoke jewellery collection like no other. Charlotte's signature collection includes spinning jewellery such as spinning rings, to bracelets and pendants.

I am the proud new wearer of the Rajput Precious Stone spinning ring and it is absolutely gorgeous. This stunning ring consists of "Turquoise and Pearl mixed metal spinner ring  featuring two rings of copper and brass and one central silver ring adorned with delicate gemstones, which revolve gently around chunky polished bands of solid silver." I chose this Charlotte's Web ring as i loved the copper and brass rings in the middle of the rings.
I have had so many lovely compliments when wearing this ring, the craftsmanship is brilliant allong with the design of the actual ring. Charlotte's Web jewellery is available from Mummy & Little Me website aswell as Charlotte's Web. The Rajput Precious Stone spinning ring is priced at £60. Other style rings are available.

*Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Budget Meals with Aldi: Chicken Stirfry

Stirfry is one of those meals that you can chuck anything into and it will taste good. It's also a great dish for both meat eaters and vegetarians by taking out the meat and maybe adding a vegetarian meat substitute. This is my super simple stir fry recipe that I've been making on a regular basis.

340g Oakhurst frozen ready cooked chicken pieces-  £1.69
Ready to work noodles - 49p
Let's Cook Mixed Pepper Stirfry - 89p
Soy sauce - 42p

Sear meat in frying pan or wok until fully cooked for 3-4 minutes.
Add mixed pepper stirfry contents and cook for a further 2 minutes.
Add ready to wok noodles to pan and cook for 1-2 minutes.
Add a splash of soy sauce
Serve with some prawn crackers

I usually always add chicken to my stirfrys   but adding slices of beef would make a nice change. Aldi prawn crackers are better in my opinion to those you get at the Chinese takeaway.

What do you like to add to your stirfry's?

*Disclaimer: I was given Aldi vouchers in order to buy ingredients to prepare these meals. As always all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.