Friday, 5 October 2018

Trying a New Brand - My Glossier Picks

Okay so it’s not exactly a new brand, but it’s definitely new to me! I discovered Glossier through Instagram a couple of months ago, and decided to order some of their cult products to see what all the fuss was about. I wanted to use them for a few weeks before writing about them, just to make sure I liked them. 

I picked up the Glossier Milky Jelly cleanser because I’d heard so many people rave about it, and I’d recently ran out of my Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish. This hasn’t disappointed at all, it’s lovely! I’ve never used a cleansing ‘milk’ before, only creams, but the texture was lovely. It feels like more of a gel than a cream which was a nice change because it’s quite cooling on the skin. It says to apply on damp or dry skin and then rinse. I’ve tried to get into the habit of using it in the morning as well as in the evening because it’s really refreshing. I think it was only £8 for the bottle as well which is amazing!

I also picked up the Glossier Boy Brow, mainly because I just can’t be bothered to use a pomade anymore and find it so much easier to just comb a bit of this through my brows and leave them more natural. Medium is the perfect shade for me and it keeps my brows in place all day. It’s so much quicker to use a product like this, which is a bonus when you’ve got a toddler/ aspiring makeup artist sat beside you. 

My favourite product from this mini Glossier haul has to be the Priming Moisturiser. I’ve been using this one product every morning religiously before applying my makeup rather than using a moisturiser and then a primer. Obviously they named it very well because it actually is the perfect balance between a moisturiser and a primer. The texture is creamy but light and sinks in really quickly, leaving the perfect base for my makeup. I’d recommend this to anyone who usually wears a day moisturiser and then a primer because I just use this now and I’ll definitely be repurchasing. 

I actually also got the Glossier Rose Balm which is beautiful but I wish I’d got the birthday cake scent because I feel as though I’d wear that one more. The balm itself is lovely and I’ve been using it before bed and leaving it on overnight to let it soak in because it’s quite thick. I always feel like I’ve pampered if I put lip balm on at bed time ha! 

That’s everything I got from Glossier, definitely a new favourite brand and one I’m keen to try more of in future!  I'm thinking of making this into a little series alongside my Wedding Diaries, and trying out new brands every so often and seeing what products from them I like the most. Let me know if you think this is a good idea!

Thanks for reading x

Friday, 21 September 2018

Spending Quality Time as a Family..

A few people who follow my blog have asked about Connor's job and how long he goes away to work for, so I thought I'd write a little post to give some insight. In our house, the set up is pretty unique compared to most households. Connor's job takes him to various different countries around the world, currently he's based in Singapore. He works away for four weeks, then comes home for four weeks. It’s always been like this since we met 7 years ago, but it has become more difficult since we had Rosie. When Connor is due to go back to work, I find myself checking my watch constantly, hoping that time will slow down and we will have more time to spend together as a family. Having this kind of set up helps us appreciate every minute of family time we get. 

We try to make the most out of Connor's time at home by taking Rosie to different activities, and doing a lot of things she hasn’t done before, so that Connor can be home for the first experiences. We recently took Rosie to the cinema for the ‘Movies for Juniors’ to watch Aladdin. She loved it! She enjoyed sitting on the steps more than the booster seat but by the time we got comfortable , she had fallen asleep. We’ve also been to CBeebies Land this summer, along with Mallorca, and Ribby Hall. We are lucky to have been able to pack lots into our summer this year, we just try to use our time together wisely. It’s great in the summer, but come Christmas time when Connor will most likely be away, that’s when it gets difficult for us. 

We also love to have cosy days in the house, especially now that the weather is cooling down, and stay in our pyjamas all day. We bake cakes, make dens in the living room, and snuggle up to watch a Disney film. These are the best days! You don’t always have to spend a fortune to have an amazing day, and Rosie doesn't know the difference anyway as long as we're having fun. We’re really enjoying this time with Rosie at the moment, she’s at a perfect age of just starting to talk, but being really funny too. We want her to stay this age forever!

If you watch my Instagram stories, you’ll notice I use it to document a lot of our days in and out, and put it all in to one Rosie highlight. This is so that when Connor’s at work he can look back at everything we did the last time he was home and have lots of memories to hand. 

Thanks for reading x

This is a collaborative post. 

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Rosie's 18 Month Update..

I think this is the first update post I’ve ever written on Rosie, unless you include the emotional wreck of a post I wrote when she turned one ha! I love reading other peoples’ update posts and I think it’s nice to look back on when she’s older too. 

I can’t even believe I’m saying she’s 18 months old. I honestly feel as though this year has gone quicker than last year and all of a sudden people are asking when we’re having another. I tried to keep hold of the newborn baby stage for as long as I could, because the old ladies that stop you in Tesco aren’t joking when they say it flies by. 

When did she start to walk?

Well Rosie was a little late to the party in terms of walking, she started walking independently at around 15 months. We got asked the question a lot of ‘is she walking yet??’ but I’m so glad we didn’t rush her. Every baby is different, there are babies in my family that were walking at 9 months which is amazing, but they go when they’re ready and if it takes a little longer then that’s okay too. She now insists on running everywhere so she’s definitely caught up!

Rosie was in a hip brace for six weeks when she was only four months old, and had to have several check ups because one of her hip sockets was more shallow and needed to catch up. She had her latest check up a couple of months ago and we were told her hips are now perfect and she just has to have routine check ups once a year until she’s five. 


Rosie was a really good sleeper at the beginning and then around Christmas time she would wake in the night for milk and that lasted about three months. I think it was around March I left her one night to cry for ten minutes (pls don't judge) and she started sleeping through again after that. She only really wakes in the night now if she has a tooth coming through or a blocked nose etc.


We are actually amazed by Rosie’s speech if I’m honest. Her speaking in the last couple of months has come on amazingly, she can say her family names clearly (Mama, Daddy, Nanny, Nonna, Heather, Matt, Chez, Nancy) and has now even started saying my friends and their kids names; Jade, Laura, Pen, Emma, Katie, Dottie, Freddie. 

She also says more general words that help us to have a conversation with her, such as drink, more, shoes, all gone, night night, hello, bye, please and thanks. We are always laughing at her because if anyone asks her what she has had to eat she says every time without fail, ‘eggs, beans, sausage’ even if she hasn’t had that ha! 

I’m not sure where she’s up to in terms of being advanced with her speech or if she is just at the right level for her age but she continues to amaze me everyday. If I point to anywhere on her body she will happily tell me what part that is, whether it’s legs, knees, head, toes, hands or anywhere on her face. We do sing heads, shoulders, knees and toes so I think that has helped her a lot with that. More recently she has started to string words together like 'shut door' and 'Daddy up now!' when we're waking Connor up! No idea where she gets the bossiness from..


As you’ve probably seen if you follow my Instagram, Rosie has a great appetite at the moment. A lot of people have told me if she eats well now, she will be fussy in the next couple of years so I’m making the most of her enjoying her food in case she does start turning it away! I try to give her a balanced diet whilst also keeping it as varied as possible. She loves her veggies and fruit, but also loves chips cheese and pasta. One thing I do struggle to get her to eat a lot of is meat, particularly red meat. She will eat ham, but any sort of minced meat and she usually chews it and spits it back out so I’m still working on that. She loves olives and peanut butter which are two things I really don't like, but I love that she will try anything and usually likes it.


Rosie’s personality just gets better everyday. She’s already turning into her own person rather than just a baby. She loves dancing, playing shop, and bossing the dog around. She’s always telling him to sit down and tickling him under his chin.  It’s so funny because she loves tickling people, if you’re in our house with no shoes on, your feet are getting tickled whether you like it or not! Rosie’s still enjoying her swimming lessons and we started Chapter 6 last week which is the start of the toddler classes, very exciting! Over the last month or so, Rosie has become so independent, she doesn't want help with anything and sometimes gets a little frustrated when she does need help.

The tantrums have already started which I don't think I was prepared for, and it's usually because we have to leave somewhere or if she has to go in her pram. I'm usually bad cop whilst Connor either gives in and throws chocolate at her (not literally) or laughs at her.  

This post has accidentally ended up longer than I planned because let’s face it who can’t talk about their baby all day long? One thing I have learnt in these 18 months is that every baby is different, and it is important not to compare one from another. Some people may read this and think wow she was late with her walking, and others may read it and think she is way ahead with her speech. They will all catch each other up eventually and as long as they are happy that’s all that matters. 

Thank for reading! 

Friday, 14 September 2018

Makeup Masterclass with Laura Hitchen..

I did mean to get this post up about a week ago but to be really honest my family had a tough couple of weeks and I just didn’t really feel like writing. Today is a new day though and I’m excited to share the details from this masterclass! 

Most people will know that Laura is one of my close friends anyway, but as much as I went to her masterclass as moral support, I also went to review it. We both agreed it would be interesting if I wrote an impartial review on the class to see what feedback I could give to her. Although Laura has done my makeup countless times, I’ve never actually seen her in full swing when she’s teaching so I was really excited to see her doing what she loves. 

Laura’s studio was set up for the class and everyone was given a drink and a cupcake on arrival which was so cute! On every seat was a goody bag and a face sheet to write down products and tips. Considering Laura said she was nervous for the class, it didn’t show at all and she was her usual chatty self as she spoke to the girls as they were arriving. 
So the masterclass was two hours long, and the focus was on Laura’s signature glam looks. The model’s face was split in two whilst each look was created on either side. I loved this idea for the class because at the end we got to see both looks up close and could compare the differences in the soft glam and the more dramatic look. 

The more dramatic look 

Laura's signature soft glam

Laura is clearly a natural when it comes to teaching makeup, everything was explained in so much depth that people were struggling to ask questions because she had already answered them. Every product she added to the model’s face she explained why she liked it, how to apply it, what to apply it with and in most cases an alternative dupe. There was so much information packed in to the two hours yet it was all broken down and made really easy to understand. 

I left with a face sheet full of notes that I had made on both looks, including a list of products used and of course my goody bag! I was really impressed with this because I didn’t expect it to be so full. In the goody bag was a pair of Doll Beauty lashes, a Doll Beauty mirror, a pink glitter and two pigments. On top of the products there was Laura’s own merchandise (proud friend) and some discount codes for every member of the class from brands Laura had used such as Peggy Sage. 

At the end of the class, Laura asked if anyone wanted to ask questions within the group or privately and spent some time with the students discussing the best angles to take photos of makeup, where to buy ring lights and choices of base products depending on skin type etc. 

Even if I didn’t know Laura I would without a doubt recommend her masterclass to anyone because it was so in depth considering it was only two hours. I came away with so many tips and tricks for application and I really felt like she covered every base for whether the students were aspiring make up artists or just wanted to learn their own face. If I'm honest I knew the class would be good, but I didn't expect to learn so much in such a short space of time.

Laura offers one to one lessons as well as running group courses that are Guild Accredited (meaning you are a qualified MUA upon successful completion) so if you missed this masterclass there are other options available. I’ll leave her links below to contact her. 

This was a slightly different post from me but I thought it could be handy for anyone who wants to learn more about makeup.

Thanks for reading x 

Laura's Instagram
Laura's Facebook 

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Changing Up My Makeup Bag..

Does anyone else feel like they stick to the same makeup all the time because you’re just used to it and comfortable with it? Because same.

I like a medium to full coverage base, little bit of highlight and some sort of nude lip. Lately though I’ve been getting a little bored of it and decided to mix up my makeup bag and force myself to use some of the gorgeous makeup I had gathering dust. 

One thing I’m starting to love more as the weather cools down is blusher, which is so different for me. I’d said in previous posts that blusher just isn’t something I’ve ever been in to, but my lovely Mum got me this gorgeous Pretty Youth Glow Filter set for my birthday and I absolutely love it. There’s two shades, a pale pink highlight shade and a deep pink. I actually prefer the deeper colour because I only use the tiniest little bit to keep it really subtle. The brush that comes with this is so unique! It’s angled to fit the shape of your cheekbone which isn’t something I’ve ever seen before. It makes it easy to apply it though if you’re not the most confident when it comes to blusher like me. 

I’ve also been loving this lipgloss from Pixi Beauty in the shade Sheer Rose. I was kindly sent a couple of months ago a package full of their staple products along with some new releases and this gloss really stood out to me. I just need to find a liner that goes well with it because I hate applying any lip product without lining my lips first. Any recommendations are appreciated ha! I’ve been using a nude one just to shape them for now but a pink would be better. I love wearing a bright colour like this with a flawless, highlighted base and nothing major on my eyes. I’m very much one or the other, If I have a bright lip I’ll wear minimal eyeshadow and vice versa. 

I changed my base up slightly when I want a higher coverage and more perfected look. I still use the It Cosmetics CC Cream but using the Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter as a primer when I want it to look really polished. I’ve also been loving the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer under my eyes and on my chin to add a little bit of definition. To finish I’m loving the perfecting powders in this Becca Be a Light palette which is just insane, I might do a full post dedicated to this palette because I love it so much ha. 

I think that’s everything I’ve changed in my usual makeup routine recently, mainly new products or the ones I got for my birthday. 

Have you switched up your makeup bag lately? Let me know in the comments any new products you’ve come across. 

Thanks for reading x

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

The Wedding Diaries #3 Choosing The Finer Details..

When we first started wedding planning I had no idea how much thought would have to go in to the more intricate details. I just thought ok dress, bridesmaids, venue, cake, flowers done. Wrong! There’s so much more to it that I’m discovering and each decision seems to be a big deal because I love it when the finer details are well thought out. 

I was kindly sent these cute alcoholic lollipops from Holly’s Lollies to celebrate their relaunch and also to give me some inspiration when it comes to wedding favours and treats. 

These are the Gin & Elderflower lollies in the mini and giant size, I had Connor helping me with the taste test and we both agreed they are delish! 

I think it’s really cute how you can add personal touches to them, like your new surname and the date of your wedding. You could even have them as place settings with individual guest names that would be so cute! They can also do them as save the dates or thank you’s to send out before and after the wedding which is a really fun way to do it. 

They are made with actual alcohol so they aren’t suitable for children, but they do have a non alcohol range full of novelty flavours. I’ll leave a full list of flavours below to give you an idea. 

Holly’s Lollies also do sweet alcoholic treats such as Gin humbugs and Raspberry Prosecco humbugs which I’ve never seen done before so I think it’s a fab idea!  

The different flavours are; 
Alcoholic: Gin & Elderflower, Strawberry Daiquiri, Raspberry Prosecco, Passion Fruit Mojito, Whiskey Cola, Cherry Amaretto, Pina Colada. Non Alcoholic: Raspberry Vanilla, Salted Caramel, Strawberries & Cream.

I haven’t fully decided on my wedding favours and place settings yet but this is definitely something I’m looking at because the Gin lollies were gorgeous! 

What do you think of this idea? If you have any other cute ideas please let me know as I’m all Pinterested out ha! 

Thanks for reading x

This post contains items that were gifted to me however as always I have given my honest opinion.

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Finding the balance between being Mama and Hayley..

Even writing the title of this post made me feel so guilty! When I first had Rosie, I made the choice to throw myself in to being her Mummy, by pretty much forgetting anything else I did previous to giving birth. I barely got my nails done, my hair done etc. I didn’t nap anymore, I didn’t blog anymore, I didn’t go out on my own anymore. Everything I did was with Rosie, or for Rosie.

At the time it didn’t bother me in the slightest, this was my new role and I was embracing it and loving it, even though I was very sleep deprived and there were tough days. My days suddenly consisted of feeding, changing and playing with Rosie, and when I wasn’t doing that I was trying to clean the house and put the washer on. I felt like I was this new person who didn’t really have a choice in the matter and because I had chose to have a baby I should now start baking pies and doing my ironing in bulk. Two things that just aren't me.

Yes I absolutely love being a Mother and I don’t think any job can give you the gratification or satisfaction that being a Mum can. But sometimes you do need to take some time to be yourself and not Mum. It’s all about balance. In Rosie’s eyes I am Mama and only Mama. In my eyes, I am Hayley. A friend, girlfriend, bride to be, makeup enthusiast, professional cocktail sipper, occasional writer, over eater, and gym freak (lol ok jokes). All of these things I enjoy outside of being a Mum that I don’t get to do as much of anymore. Which is fine, but some days we do need a day off. 

A few weeks ago, Francesca booked me a spa day for my birthday and oh my god was I ready for it. I can’t remember the last time I’d had a day were I literally just took a step back and relaxed, without thinking of Rosie’s next meal or activity. We went on the ‘Aqua Thermal Journey’ at Ribby Hall and it was so gorgeous. There were 4 steam rooms in total that heightened in temperature as you moved along them, and you ended up outside in the ‘Zen Garden’ which includes a hot tub, sauna and a bar. We took our time through the steam rooms, which apparently help to stimulate your muscles with the different temperatures, before getting a cocktail and sitting on the garden swings in our robes. 

We spent the day laughing, gossiping, wedding planning and everything in between. Of course I was home in time to bath and put Rosie in bed, but having those few hours of me time and knowing Rosie was in safe hands with her Nonna was much needed, and left me feeling recharged and excited to see her. 

I would never randomly just book myself a spa day so to be gifted one for my birthday was the loveliest thought and was very much appreciated. 

I feel like every new Mum finds their balance at different stages, some right away and some later on. I don’t even know if I’m classed as a new Mum anymore because Rosie is almost 18 months old, but I’m still going through every phase for the first time so I suppose in some ways I am. I have found my balance a little later than I would have liked but now that I know it’s okay to take help that’s offered I do and I’m always so excited to see Rosie after a few hours without her. 

Thanks for reading x


Sunday, 29 July 2018

Packing a toddler’s plane bag..

This will be the third time we have taken Rosie abroad and I always pack her bag pretty much the same way. When it comes to Rosie’s bag, I live by the saying, ‘fail to plan, plan to fail’. I like having enough things with me to keep her occupied and busy throughout the flight.

I always plan Rosie’s bag in 3 sections; things she needs, things to eat and things to do. 

The obvious things are nappies and wipes, it’s only a 2 hour flight but I take 5 nappies so it’s pretty much a nappy per hour from leaving the house to landing. I know that it’s very unlikely I’ll need all of them but at least I’m covered if for some reason we are delayed or she has an accident. Her wipes go without saying because I can’t go anywhere without them now! I often wonder how I got by without carrying wet wipes before I became a Mum because I use them for everything. Nappy sacks for obvious reasons but also the less obvious things such as clearing the plane table before the air hostess comes around, putting wet clothes in if Rosie spills something etc. They always come in handy. The Anadin pictured are of course mine because I’ve always got a headache. I always pack a sunhat for when we land in Mallorca to avoid any first day mishaps. 

I have hand gel and mini anti bac wipes just to wipe down the plane table and chair arms just because I like knowing I’ve done it before Rosie starts touching everything. I’m not a clean freak it’s just certain things like that I’d rather know I’ve cleaned myself. I also have a blanket and a spare outfit because you just never know what spillages might happen or if it’s going to be cold on the plane. 

Snacks - if you follow me on Instagram you’ll know Rosie doesn’t stop eating, she snacks through the day as well as her three main meals, and is always looking for what she can eat next. I’ve packed some of her favourite Kiddylicious snacks (we were chosen to be brand ambassadors for them last month which is very exciting!) and also an Ella’s Kitchen squeeze yoghurt because she doesn’t even use a spoon with these anymore she just holds them like a drink. I’ve also packed a small Tupperware box with some other snacks in, she has Heinz chocolate biscotti’s, Organix cherry rice cakes, an Ella’s Kitchen Oat bar and some Kiddylicious Coconut rolls. I love giving her options and it kills some time on the plane if we have more for her to choose from. We always pick up a pack of white chocolate buttons when we get to the airport and we call these the ‘Code Red’ for if she’s getting really agitated on the plane. We call them this because her ears prick up at the mention of chocolate or buttons ha! 

I then have her toys which are the main thing that keep her occupied whilst on the plane. I always buy a couple of new things such as the TY teddy because she’s obsessed with these so gets excited on the plane because she knows it’s new. We took these little animals last time and they worked a treat at keeping her entertained because she played with them on the plane table, so I bought a few new ones this time. She absolutely adores animals at the moment and knows lots of sounds so I know she’ll be loving these. 

This time I also got her a Peppa Pig craft bag with no mess pens and some pictures to colour in. She loves using pens at the minute so I thought this would be something new and exciting to pass some time. She has this tiny doll (rather weird looking I know) but we got one last time for the plane and she loved it so I got another one because they are tiny so they don’t take up much space in her bag. Rosie absolutely loves books and the little puppet ones are perfect for travelling with. We picked up 'Hey Diddle Diddle' because we don't think she knows that one and she loves us singing new songs.

Of course we have brought the iPad with us, we only actually get this out when we’re going abroad because she’s never usually too fussed with it but we’ve put some Mr Tumble on and Peppa Pig so it should come in handy at some point. 

Other things that will go in the bag that aren’t here are her water bottle, 2x dummies for if she falls asleep, and her favourite Jellycat bunny that she sleeps with. 

Hopefully this post was useful for anyone going abroad with little ones or anyone wondering what else they could do with packing for their toddler. 

Thanks for reading x 


Friday, 27 July 2018

A base for when it’s too hot to wear makeup..

I think at the moment I must spend a good 3/4 out of 7 days makeup free because it’s just too bloody humid for a full face! If I even attempt to do my usual moisturise, prime, foundation, concealer and setting powder I have actual beads of sweat dripping down my face before I’ve even got Rosie’s shoes on to leave the house. I've also been suffering quite badly with hay fever, so I’m constantly touching my nose and sneezing (so glam). 

I decided enough was enough a couple of weeks ago and decided I was going to change up my makeup routine and go for a lighter coverage with a refreshing base. 

I’ve been starting with the Too Faced Hangover Primer, which is a product I used to absolutely swear by and then when I ran out I somehow forgot it existed. My sister got me the limited addition Too Faced Beauty Blender set for my birthday (pale pink beauty blenders v v cute) and I have rekindled my love for it once again. The primer contains ‘pro biotic ingredients’ which I feel like is something you’d see on a yoghurt advert, and if it’s good enough for Activia it’s good enough for my face ha. 

I’ve said it before but one of my favourite parts of applying makeup is prepping my skin before hand, and creating a layer of goodness whether that be with replenishing primers or hydrating moisturisers before applying my base. 

I’ve then been using a quick spritz of the Hangover 3in1 face spray which acts as a primer and a setting spray. I don’t use much of this maybe 2-3 sprays and pat my skin to help it soak it all up. I find the more prepped my skin is, the less likely I am to break out after wearing makeup all day. 

I received the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Flawless Filter for my birthday and I was so happy because 1) it’s my favourite brand as we all know and 2) because it seemed like exactly what I needed given my current ‘high coverage not coping well in the humidity’ situation. 

I have the shade light and it’s perfect for my paler complexion, but if I’m fake tanning (which I do most days) I just warm my face up around the edges with a bit of bronzer. The Flawless Filter can be used on it’s own or as a primer under the foundation, but my skin has been fairly good recently so I’ve been using it on its own for minimal coverage and to keep things looking really natural. It seems to just even out my skin tone but also perfects everything at the same time. 

My skin wasn’t great for a couple of days so I mixed it with the It Cosmetics CC Cream and that worked wonders too for more coverage but still kept that glowy look. 

I use a Mac setting powder to set my under eyes and T zone but apart from that I’m kind of just letting the rest of my skin breathe a little and trying to keep it natural. I love the fact that you can see some of my little summer freckles through the Flawless Filter sometimes depending on the lighting. 

Have you changed your makeup routine to suit the weather?? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading x


Monday, 16 July 2018

An impulse getaway to CBeebies Land..

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a funfilled 24 hours recently where we took a trip to CBeebies Land. We only booked it two days before out of complete impulse as Rosie was watching CBeebies one morning but we had the best time.

 Smelling flowers in Mr Tumble's sensory garden (I love this picture)

We stayed in the CBeebies Land Hotel, which (I think) is fairly new, and is completely tailored to babies, toddlers and young children. We were greeted by very friendly staff in the most bright and child friendly hotel reception I’ve ever seen. There are activity walls, steps for them to climb so they can see over the counter at the reception desk, and a big collection of balloons for each child to take as they check in. 

The bedroom continued the CBeebies theme of primary colours and ‘bugs’ all over the walls (not actual bugs, the CBeebies yellow bugs). It had a separate sleeping area for Rosie, which had wall activities and it’s own television. I thought it was a nice touch that both televisions automatically jumped back to CBeebies when turned off so that it was always on first when you put it on again. 

The children’s facilities were amazing, with Tommee Tippee nappy bins in the bathroom and rubber binding door safety strips so it was near impossible to trap any fingers. 

As a child I could only have dreamt of going somewhere this magical, so to be able to take Rosie and see her face constantly light up with excitement was something I’ll never forget. 

It was an adventure that opened our eyes to so many different things. I think a big thing we realised on this little getaway was that chances are, Rosie isn’t going to remember the trip. She’ll see photos and videos but she won’t actually remember it when she’s five or six. What I realised was that the whole trip was planned for Rosie, but the memories were for us. We will never forget the way she toddled off onto the dance floor by herself and started dancing with the other children. We’ll never forget how proud and shocked we were when she started doing some of the actions to heads, shoulders, knees and toes, and got a sticker for being such a good dancer. We’ll never forget her face every time she heard the Justin’s House theme song in reception and suddenly stopped to dance. 

These are the things that make my heart feel so full and special memories I will keep with me forever. I’m well aware that a lot of the trips and days out that we do with Rosie now aren’t going to be remembered by her, but I also think life is too short to wait until she can remember them. So I suppose booking a little adventure to CBeebies Land wasn’t just for Rosie, it was for our memories and our joy in seeing her there that we booked it too. 

I think I’m becoming obsessed with finding fun things to do with Rosie, whether that be to stimulate her, educate her or just things that prompt her to dance and sing. I never realised when I was pregnant just how content I would feel seeing Rosie excited and happy, whether that be on an impulse night away or just on the swings at the park. 

I try to take as many videos and photos of her as I can so that I can show her all the fun we’ve had when she’s older. It’s also lovely for when connor goes back to work because I send him all the videos of things we’ve done as a family so he can watch them when he’s missing home. 

If anyone knows of any fun places/ideas to do with a toddler please let me know as I’m constantly looking for new things to do with her. 

Thanks for reading x

Monday, 25 June 2018

The Wedding Diaries #2 The Bridesmaids

I feel like your bridesmaids are a really important part of your wedding day. For me, they are the people I will rely on to help choose my dress, help me in to my dress, and of course help me to pee in my dress ha! 

The girls I’ve chosen to be bridesmaids have been close friends of mine for years, some eleven years, some just three. I think it’s true what they say that as you get older, your circle gets smaller and you can be closer to someone you’ve only met in the last few years than someone you thought you were close to a few years ago. I’m lucky to have lots of gorgeous girls I class as friends, but these girls have all been there for me in some way, shape or form over the past few years. 

I chose my sister Heather to be my Maid of Honour,  for obvious reasons but also because as we’ve gotten older, we’ve become closer than we have ever been and I couldn’t imagine asking anyone else. She is my soul mate (sorry Connor) and my best friend. 

My Chief Bridesmaid is Jade, my best friend for over eleven years and my most honest and logical friend. She tells me when I’m exaggerating or being a bit dramatic, which I think is definitely something I need at times. She tells me we need to meet 15 minutes earlier than we actually do because she knows I'm usually running late ha. Two years ago we took different directions in life, she went to travel the world, and I got engaged and had a baby. When I saw her for the first time after 18 months it was like she’d never been away (apart from the huge amount of gossip we had to catch up on). 

I have different reasons for asking each one of my bridesmaids, and I thought I’d quickly summarise a few of them here. 

Francesca and I have clicked ever since I first met Connor. I think it’s always scary when your boyfriend has a sister in case you don’t get on but luckily we are similar in a lot of ways and can happily talk and laugh for hours. I can’t wait to call her my Sister-in-Law ahh!

I couldn’t imagine not having Katie as my bridesmaid because not only is she gorgeous but she has one of the best personalities and is such a good friend. Probably my most career focused friend, but always makes time to see us. I think it’s easy when you have a baby for your friends who don’t have babies to kind of drift away, so I feel lucky to have someone like Katie who will double text me when I’ve forgot to text back to make sure we meet up. 

I’ve known Emma and Penny for about 9 years now and we always laugh when we’re together. They both helped to guide me through my pregnancy and they are the first people I turn to for advice with Rosie. They make me feel better about any Mum Guilt I have, and reassure me that I'm not when I feel like a bad Mum. I’ll always be forever grateful for the support I get from them whether it's through break ups, planning my baby shower, and telling me I look gorge just after giving birth (I definitely didn’t look gorge!). 

Laura is the bridesmaid I’ve known for the least amount of time, around 3 years. Its strange how you can feel like you can click with someone immediately and be friends forever yet you can know someone years and then drift apart. We’ve helped each other through some of the most stressful parts of our adult life in the short time we’ve known each other and still managed to laugh along the way. I think being a Mum you come to realise who has time for you and I’m grateful to my busy friends with no babies because they still go out of their way to see us. 

I know I have a lot of bridesmaids but I honestly couldn’t have imagined my wedding day without all of these girls there with me to keep me calm (and my drink topped up). I also have four younger bridesmaids from the family, I just love the idea of a hectic morning on the day (I'm sure I'll regret this ha!) but I also don't like being centre of attention so I'm hoping they will all take some of the pressure off of me. 

I always say I’m lucky to have such low maintenance friends who don’t need to speak everyday to know that we are there for each other. I wanted to ask them in a special way but also a way that reflects our friendship, so I invited them round for a takeaway and drinks and set the table up to surprise them. It was a lovely chilled evening and I’m so happy they all said yes!

Thanks for reading x
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