Wobbles and all: Me in my mum-kini

Body image. It’s something that’s ruled the past two years of my life.

Feeling too fat. Too stretch-marky. Too invisible.

While other mums celebrated their #mumbods last year, I was left looking downward in shame at my wibbly wobbly telletubby tummy. I even wrote a blog post about it called becoming unashamed of my new mumbod. The best thing I could ever hope for was coming to terms with my new body and braving a swimsuit – not even a bikini.

I know I’ll never reclaim my pre-birth body. That’s fine. I’ve got something much better in return and I don’t begrudge her for it.Wibble and wobble, my not so yummy tummy

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World of Spa review: Aqua Sana Center Parcs Woburn

Robe and towelFor my birthday, I was treated to 3 hours in the World of Spa and a treatment at Aqua Sana at Woburn Center Parcs.

I knew that the World of Spa included over 20 different treatment rooms including saunas, steam rooms and relaxation rooms all with a different theme… but I didn’t really know what that would feel like. Surely it’d be like sitting in the same room just with a different decor?

It’s all well and good reading a description, but until you’re there it’s hard to realise just how much there is to do.

I thought that 3 hours would be enough time to spend lots of time dozing away in each room, meandering from one experience to the next. But I was wrong.

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It’s my birthday and I don’t care

Kelly wearing a crownI don’t really celebrate my birthday anymore.

Call me a party pooper or boring, but I just don’t feel like celebrating.

Sure, I enjoy my birthdays, but I don’t want the big song and dance about them anymore. I don’t want a party and I wouldn’t really mind if they went unmarked.

In my mind, it just feels like another day.

But the odd thing is, I love celebrating other people’s birthdays. I love buying people presents and going to parties. I love seeing them open their gifts and spending time with them.

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GlassesShop.com Review

I was recently sent a pair of glasses to review from GlassesShop.

Now, you may already know that I wear glasses – you can see in my pic to the right that I do! I think I have an odd shaped face, so not many styles of glasses suit me. In a shop full of glasses at Specsavers, I’ll usually only find one or two that I want to buy… that is, until a time when I don’t need glasses then the whole shop seems full of them.

Ironic isn’t it. But that seems to be my life.

Anyway, they contacted me and wanted to send me a pair of glasses to see what I thought of them. I’ll confess that I’ve never used an online shop to buy eyewear before.

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Wicked Wednesdays: Surfing gollum

It’s that time of week again where I share the reality of parenting for the week. This week, we’ve been learning how to walk. She’s been cruising for a while but it’s only been the last few days that she’s really found her feet.

So much so that she now adopts a pose that I can only describe as a surfing gollum when she’s standing up on her own.

Yes, my precioussss…

As an additional note for the image… we’d just got back from nursery which is why she’s only wearing one sock. That mark that looks a bit painful on her head? Yeah that’s not a bruise. That’s chalk from a fun day. The hair however, is unexplainable and untameable madness.

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How we’re not dealing with tantrums

The terrible twos are meant to start at two. The clue really is in the name.

But unfortunately, Georgia has. not. received. that. memo.

She’s started ten second tantrums at less than 14 months old. I’m not impressed, I honestly don’t know how to cope with them other than to ignore her or try and shift her focus with a half arsed attempt at “ooh look a raisin”. At the minute we have about a 50% success rate with that strategy… which to be honest could just mean that the 10 seconds are up and I’m kidding myself.

They’re a vision of my what’s to come and to be honest, I don’t like what I see.Tantrum over a pen

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Review of The Baby Aim Toddler Hamper

I’ve recently hooked up with The Baby Aim to review a toddler hamper*.

I’m always keen to support independent businesses, as they can go the extra mile to really give you a special and unique gift. So, I was excited to see what Candice – from The Baby Aim – would create for a toddler.

We’ve all seen baby baskets before – I in fact received one from a friend jam packed with bits and bobs when Georgia was born. But a toddler hamper? Never seen one before! Have I been living under a rock? Probably, but that’s parenting for you.

Toddler hamper

Delivery

When we received our delivery, it came very well packaged in a large box, with air pocket bags to make sure the hamper wasn’t damaged during transport. It was also delivered by courier to make sure it arrived in one piece.

The wooden hamper was wrapped in plastic with a lovely bow, which made it look very professional!

Inside the hamper was a LOT of paper to keep everything safe inside (we’ll swing back to that later…).

It also made it feel like a lucky dip to pull out each hidden item with Georgia – she definitely enjoyed that part, so there was a lot of “ooohs” going on from both of us as we rummaged our way through.

What was inside the toddler hamper?

Now for the good part… what did it include?

  • Organix Goodies carrot cake bars
  • Drinks bottle
  • Pampers baby wipes (always useful)
  • Vest top from John Lewis
  • Headband (ridiculously cute!!)
  • Little Miss helpful book
  • Peppa pig board book
  • Burts bees shampoo & wash

Toddler Hamper

We’re already putting everything to good use – we actually hadn’t tried the carrot cake bars before and she LOVED them. I loved the fact that this hamper could be tailored to Georgia’s likes and dislikes rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach. Often with hampers, you get exactly what’s on the tin – which granted is nice to know on some occassions, but I loved the surprise and anticipation of waiting for my hamper and not knowing what was inside.

Each gift was so thoughtful it made it extra special.

I’m sure it’d make a fantastic surprise gift for anyone so pop on over to her Facebook page and show her some love and to see other hampers she’s made.

As well as Toddler hampers, she also makes newborn hampers and older baby hampers of a variety of sizes.

My particular hamper is worth £26 with £3.50 P&P. Worth it? I think so. I’d definitely consider using her for any friends to give a more unique gift.

Visit the Baby Aim on Facebook.

More than one use…

As well as making great packaging, the paper was also great fun to play with… (I told you we’d swing back to this).

But as a warning, if you attempt to play with shredded paper, thinking it’ll be fun – it is… but it will be in your house FOREVER. I’ve cleaned and cleaned and cleaned my floors, but it just keeps popping up.

I can see a piece now on my floor and it’s been a week now post-play.

messy paper

*In exchange for an honest review, I was gifted the hamper, minus a few costs. My review above is my own opinion, but you can see for yourself how special they are.

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#WickedWednesdays: Nose

Picking nose

As it’s that time of week again, here is my Wicked Wednesday photo, summing up real life as a mum.
This week, she has discovered her nose and finds it delightful to stick her finger right up there…
And yes… ‘that’ hair. Nobody does bedhead better than Georgia in my opinion (other than me, but she does have my crazy hair).
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Wicked Wednesday: Ballet

Georgia doing ballet

Another week, another Wicked Wednesday where I post an image of Georgia doing her thing.

This week Georgia has been practicing her ballet.

Learning how to walk this week clearly wasn’t enough. She wanted to balance on one leg, while watching the Teletubbies.

That’s not dangerous at all right? At least she’s not standing in the drawer but she’s still in search for danger.

Note the pointy toe and bar technique that perfects this picture.

“And pliet”…

 

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I’m going to BML16!

On 25 June, I am going to BritMums Live 2016 – known as BML16. It’s a blogging conference organised by Britmums and I’m really looking forward to meeting so many new people and learning lots!

So, in anticipation… here’s my introductory post to wave to other bloggers that are going…

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