Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Busy Times

My life is currently in the fast lane. My car is full of work, kids, being pregnant, running a PTA and just being a human, and I CANNOT wait for these next two weeks to be over and for a rest. The kids are off for a holiday with their mum, and Mike and I are heading down to Devon in my parents caravan for 10 days with Lulu. We haven't had a holiday to ourselves since summer 2010 and this is going to be our last chance to have one before the baby arrives and we have 3 kids with us! 

We have been up to North Yorkshire for the last two years to the same campsite, but this year we fancied a change and to head down south instead. Mike used to go to Dartmoor with his family every year when he was younger, so he wanted to take me down there and show me the sites. We have a list of places that we want to visit and things we want to do whilst down there, all dog friendly luckily! We spent Sunday with my parents and making sure the caravan is ok, gas working, changing water filter and giving it a bit of a clean, and just stepping into it made me excited. We used the caravan for our summer holiday last year and we really enjoyed ourselves and couldn't wait to book up this years trip. The campsite we have picked is just off an A road, so no little track roads to try and get through, and then only a 10 minute journey to the nearest town and supermarkets. As the caravan only has a small fridge, it's handy to have somewhere close to top up on supplies when we need to.

I have also made another order from the maternity range from Yours to top up my clothing supply for the holiday, including a couple more of the vest tops and some more of the crop leggings. Everyone in the house (apart from Lulu!) has been shopping for new clothes, especially as the kids are off to Malta and needed new summer bits for the nice weather they will have. So, after this weekend, I'll be focusing on packing all of their bits up and getting the last few bits they need before Friday evening when they go off to their mums. Then I have Saturday and Sunday morning to get all of our bits and bobs ready to head down to my parents on Sunday afternoon. Then we plan to head off by 5:30am on Monday for our time away. It will take about 4 1/2 hours to get to the campsite, but we have planned a stop for breakfast on the way down at a truck stop :) 

Right, I need to go and ice some cupcakes for the Sports Day at school tomorrow!

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Maternity Must Haves

Since finding out I was pregnant, I started looking at maternity clothing. My usual daily outfits consist of skinny jeans and a top, but even at the start (6-8 weeks) of my pregnancy, I was finding the skinny jeans uncomfortable as they would push on the middle of my stomach.
I was pleasantly surprised one day on Instagram to see a fellow pregnant blogger who was wearing leggings from Yours Clothing. So, I popped over to their website and had a look through their Bump It Up Maternity range (visit here)

So my first thing to look at was some black leggings, as these would be useful for day to day use, including for work. I came across a few lengths of leggings, but for work, I needed the standard full length ones.

Being just over 6 feet, I was a little concerned these wouldn't be long enough for me, but actually they are pretty perfect. The comfort panel is a great size and they stay up really well, even after 5 hours on my feet at work. I have now bought 3 of these in black and one in the Charcoal Grey colour, just to mix it up a bit. They also have leggings in shorter lengths which I will be buying ready for the summer, just in case we actually get some nice weather! I like that they do each style in a few different colours, including black, navy blue, charcoal grey and a light grey.

Next up, I liked the look of their vest tops, which include secret support and are lovely and long. At the moment they only do them in black and white. Again, I knew that the black would come in handy the most, so bought that one first. I wear one under my work polo shirt just to keep my ever expanding tummy covered! I have now bought 2 more black and a white one too.

The Bump It Up Range seems to be growing each week, and I am sure I will be making more purchases soon!

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Catch Up

Well hello! It's been a while..... quite a while infact. This year has started out busily and very excitingly for me and my family, so blogging and other things I enjoy seem to have taken a back seat unfortunately. So I have found myself at home, on a Saturday, children away and hubby doing some work in the garden, so I thought this is a time to get on the blog!

So as I mentioned in my new year post, I have been on Slimming World since January, and in total now, I have lost 2 Stone 4lbs :) I am so happy with how I've done so far, I was a little sceptical about how much it was actually going to work after doing diets in the past, but I was pleasantly surprised. For me, it has taught me how to eat more fresh food, and also cooking meals from scratch, such as Spaghetti Bolognase. In the past, I would just cook some mince and through in a jar of pasta sauce. I've learnt about cooking with fresh ingredients and simple dinners that take not too much longer than my old ways.

Then, on the 1st March, we found out I was pregnant! My goal all along was to lose weight so that hubby and I could try for a baby. We had been trying for a few years without any luck, so I thought a change in lifestyle, and health may play a part in us conceiving. And it looks like it worked! I am now 13 weeks pregnant. Still feels weird saying it! We have been trying for so long, I kind of gave up hoping, which I guess could have also helped us, Not worrying or stressing about getting pregnant.

So, I am now in the process of buying maternity clothes and bits and pieces, so I want to share my views and experiences when I do :) When I did start looking a potential clothes, I couldn't find many stores that did plus size, but I will be bringing some information and hopefully reviews when I get some bits.

So now I am going to get writing some posts and sorting pictures, maybe once I'm looking a little less tired - I am suffering from fatigue during this part of the pregnancy - but hopefully that will be ending soon!

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Happy 2016!

I am currently sitting on my sofa with my laptop, listening to Craig David's Live Lounge cover of Justin Bieber's 'Love Yourself' whilst my husband plays GTA 5 with his brother, and I'm loving life. It has been ages since I have blogged, as life has been really hectic over the last few months, not a good excuse I know, but it's the only one I have!

2016 so far has consisted of me starting Slimming World, having a new nephew born and planning my life better! I have gone from being a stay at home, with not much going on, being able to blog more often, even vlog, to now working 3 days a week, being Chair of the PTA at my little one's school, running an after school craft club and still being a mum and wife! It's been a massive change I don't think I dealt with the change very well at the end of last year. So my - get ready for it - New Year's Resolution - is to just be more organised in my day to day life. I also want to make the most of my family and the time we have together.

So after all that resolution making, I want to make sure I make time to blog. I enjoy it and it's something that I can use to relax and talk about whatever I want. I just hope I can keep up with it!

So, on the topic of Slimming World.... A friend of mine from Jack's school had been on Slimming World for about 9 months and had lost over 5 stone, and was starting her own group not too far from where I live. So, I decided to join, stupidly on the 30th December.... but I didn't start the plan until Monday as it was too hard to start before the New Year celebrations! So I had my first weigh in today, 3 days in, and I've lost 3.5lbs! So pleased it's working so far and I plan to keep it up for as long as I need to. I've always been overweight, but I want to be healthier, fitter and one day have a baby, and I don't feel like that is something I want to do in my current health.

So there we go, my plan for this year! Happy New Year to you all :)

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Birthday meal

As a treat for my birthday, my friend took me out for dinner at a lovely pub in my village. I have to admit that I had never stepped foot in there before.... it looked a little too fancy for me! But we decided to give it a go. A few weeks before, I had picked up a skirt from George at Asda, I think in the sale - bad blogger - as it was nice and long. It's not a skirt that I would usually go for, but I felt like giving it a go! So for my evening out, I just teamed it with a black vest top and my nude wedges.

Saturday, 24 October 2015

H&M Scarf

Whilst out browsing for a new purse the other week, I popped into H&M to see what I could find. To be honest, it's not a shop I usually go in due to their size range, but have been in there with my daughter and cousin (skinny girls lol) before. So I had a quick look and they didn't really have anything I liked in regards to purses, but then a certain scarf bought my eye. I had planned on getting myself a nice infinity scarf this autumn to keep warm, and I really liked the look of this one.

 It's a knitted scarf with black and white wool, which gives it an overall grey look. I thought this would go with most outfits, which I am please to say it does! It is a great length, even for me, as I have found infinity scarves in the past to not be long enough for my large neck. This is a great length as standard, and I can wrap it round twice for that snuggly cold day.

I have been wearing this scarf most days of late as the weather has turned nasty and cold, but I don't mind as I love it. So soft and warm, and I think a great buy at £12.99. I think I'll definitely be popping into H&M more often to see what other accessories I can get hold of.

Thursday, 8 October 2015

DP Curve

I was flicking through a magazine at work earlier this week and saw a big spread on the new Dorothy Perkins line.... and to my shock is was a plus size range! I used to shop in DP when I was younger, and a bit smaller, but haven't been in there, let alone bought anything in maybe 10 years. So I decided to have a peek, and I was pleasantly surprised. There is a nice range of bottom, tops and dresses, from size 18 to 28, and I have chosen my favourite few pieces to share with you.
First up is this grey and white 2 in 1 top. I have always liked this look, with a long shirt underneath a jumper, and I love the grey jumper. I would love to team this with some black skinny jeans and comfy shoes, and maybe a good colourful statement necklace as a focal point.
Next thing that caught my eye was this dip backed top in a light grey. I have been looking for some oversized tops to wear this autumn and this looks like it would be really comfortable. I like the 3/4 length sleeves and the scooped neckline and think it would go well with some leggings for a casual look.
Now i'm not sure if these would suit me, but I love the look of these treggings with a wet look. I think they are a lot more dressy than 'matt' leggings and could jazz up any top. Hopefully they have a bit of stretch to them!
Last but not least, there is this cute little black dress. I love the cure lace trim detail around the arms and bottom of the dress. This is a really sweet dress that you could dress up for a Christmas party, or make it more casual for an evening out with friends.
There is currently an offer for 25% off on orders made before midnight tonight, so hurry and take a look..... I think I'll be making a cheeky order this evening!