Friday, 23 December 2016

Baby update: 3 (and a bit) months

It's so crazy Aria has already hit the three month mark; as every parent on the planet says.. time goes 
so quickly when you're raising kids! I thought I'd do a little update on how things are going in general, partly to share with you all but also as something I can look back on in the months to come and remind me of how things are at this point in time.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Thanks I Love It- Curated Gift Sets

Friends galore but time poor? Well Tili could be the answer to all your gifting needs! Thanks I Love It or Tili for short have recently launched a new gifting concept; a hand selected bundle of products, beautifully packaged and locally sourced from around the UK.

Tili was founded by best gal pals, Danielle and Sarah, after they both became tired of the repetitive, endless hunt for meaningful and unique gifts for their friends. As well as wanting individual, interesting gifts the ladies also wanted to support UK busineses, so they made it their mission to gather together the best of local goods and package them up in carefully thought out gift packages. 
If you're anything like me and have little time to go on the hunt for gifts these boxes will be just the thing for you! Till kindly sent me over 'The Glam' box to review.
 Each box comes with a brand information card; explaining the concept of supporting UK small sellers and also mentioning that 10% of their profit goes to charities around the UK. Alongside this it also comes with a 'menu card providing more information on each of the products found in the box. 

Thursday, 1 December 2016

My 2016 xmas wishes



Merry December everyone! 

As I have a newborn baby there is no way I'm committing to complete Blogmas this year but I've been inspired when scrolling through my twitter feed this morning to write down something christmassy. So, I thought it might be nice to start with talking about my xmas wishes for this year.. not presents, just things I hope to come true during the festive time this year.

1. Minimal stress- I can't honestly remember the last time we had a stress-free xmas and although we have a newborn this year we are doing everything we can to make it as calm and relaxed as possible. My family don't live in Sheffield and rather than us travelling to them or them squeezing into our baby paraphernalia filled house we thought it best we rent somewhere over the festive period. We found a rather Home Alone-esque house on Air BnB that will accommodate (sing in the style of 'On the first day of Christmas')...6 adults...1 baby...2 crazy dogs... 2 cars full of presents.. 1 M&S shopping order anndd a whole load of crappy christmas TV!

2. Nice food- Over the years my family have done alternative xmas dinners, one of the most memorable was an Indian themed meal which, of course, consisted of turkey tikka. This year, we've decided to steer clear of the traditional roast and just opt for a christmas style buffet. Less cooking, more time for drinking and we can pick bits to suit everyone. The girls in the family (bar the baby) have all had access to an M&S and Tesco account over the past few weeks and we've been adding bits and pieces day by day. We've so far covered xmas eve; my brothers girlfriend is from an Italian family and their tradition is to have fish on xmas eve so we've adopted this idea and ordered some rather delicious salmon dishes from M&S to go with mussels and chips! On xmas day we are having cold meats, bread, cheeses, crisps, pigs in blankets and a huge amount of chocolate! Some of you will be quivering at the thought of no traditional turkey and all the trimmings I know.. but think of all the washing up we're dodging!


3. An alcoholic drink- The last time I had a proper drink was at the beginning of December last year.. I found out I was with child the day before xmas eve so I missed out on the obligatory Snowballs and my xmas tradition of cherry Amaretto sours. Although I'm breastfeeding I'm planning on literally expressing my tits off so I can have a few glasses of bubbly over the xmas weekend.  Although.. the thought of being up half the night, slightly sloshed with a crying baby sends shivers through me so I'll see how I get on...hmm maybe granny and grandad might want to do night duties?!

4. Cosy PJ's- Christmas wouldn't be christmas without a new pair of xmas jammies would it?! I've got some cosy ones on the way to me at the moment.. once they arrive of course I'll do the obligatory PJ's, xmas tree and sparkly lights photo over on my Instagram.

5. A happy baby- I know this xmas wish will come true already; I can tell that Aria adores spending time with my parents.. she's so chilled out and relaxed when they are around so 4 days of having their attention will make her very happy. She gets loads of cuddles, plenty of what my mum likes to call botty air time (no nappy on and legs all over the place) and hours of made up songs sung to her! As she's only just about to hit the 3 month mark I think its pretty pointless spending loads of money on presents for her so I've just bought a cute tree decoration with her name and the year on. However, I know Johno thinks I'm being a scrooge so I'm sure she'll get a few gifts from her doting daddy.

Of course, I do love giving and receiving presents at christmas but this year feels different due to having a new addition to the family..all the focus for me is about spending time with the people I love and having a few more pairs of hands to help out with the babe!

What are your wishes for your xmas this year?
XOXOX


ChloBo Gemstone Jewellery


Why gemstone jewellery is back in

There are plenty of jewellery trends emerging at the moment, but the one I am particularly excited about is the fact that gemstones are back with a vengeance, and they have some serious attitude! You can still get the delicate necklaces and pretty charms that make gemstones such a timeless classic, but in terms of changing fashions, this season is all about rough-cut, brightly coloured statement pieces that scream vibrancy whilst delivering some serious impact.

These new gemstone pieces, known as raw stones, can be bold as well as beautiful, instantly giving a lift to all those office party and Christmas outfits you’ll be keeping a look out for. With so colours ranging from bright blue Lapis Lazuli, to subtle tones of Grey Agate, you should be able to find something to suit you. I have always liked gemstones, but for those of you who haven’t really come across this kind of jewellery before, here are just a few reasons why I’m so glad they’re back on fashions radar.

They can fit with tonnes of different outfits

The diversity of gemstones is what makes them so unique and versatile. They can be set into any metal, but also be cut and tailored to complement vastly different looks. For example, you can buy one simple gemstone necklace, and either pair it with an elegant evening dress and some killer heels, or layer up the piece with some more necklaces of different lengths, pendants and a cosy jumper for a day outfit, to create something a little more bohemian.

This is the motto of the beautiful handmade jewellery from ChloBo, who specialise in luxury pieces that convey different moods and personalities. Layering is a huge fashion trend right now, so even if the colour of the stone you love is quite a contrast to your normal style, you can mix it up with different textures and coloured metals to make something that’s completely unique.

They can be totally individual to you

Seen as we’re talking about being unique, the other thing I’ve always enjoyed about gemstone jewellery is they’re the only pieces to truly convey different meanings. Each stone represents a different personality trait or spiritual power, and I think this whole idea makes the process of selecting your own piece all the more fun. For example, you could choose a bracelet that’s made of Labradorite, which is regarded as a calming and healing stone, known for its reputation as the stone of spiritual awakening.

Or instead, you could get a piece that incorporates pink Aventurine, a calming stone helping to bring universal love, or how about adding a touch of Smoky Quartz to your outfit, said to be a protective stone that shields against negative energies. All of this makes gemstone jewellery the perfect Christmas present idea too, as you can pick a bracelet or necklace that says something about your relationship with the recipient.

Have you bought any gemstone jewellery recently or added any to your christmas wishlist? 

What style did you go for? 

Let me know in the comments section!

XOXO

*This post is in association with ChloBo*


Monday, 28 November 2016

Our most used baby items (November 2016)

Now that we are 11 weeks deep into parenting I thought I'd share with you some of the items we've found most useful so far. Of course, as Aria gets older these items will change and I plan on doing one of these posts every few months.. maybe our insight might help other parents out there when thinking about things to purchase for their babe!
Medela Swing essential pack- Before I had Aria I knew very little about breastfeeding; I thought it would be a walk in the park and there'd be no need for any of the gadgets I'd seen in Mothercare. How wrong I was... Aria lost about 12% of her weight in the first few days so I needed to ensure that when she wasn't feeding I wasn't losing any of my liquid gold milk to a breastpad. I'd already got a manual hand pump but after using the Medela pump in the hospital I knew going back to using a clunky low tech pump would be painfully time consuming. Four days after Aria's birth we nipped into Mothercare in town to buy the Medela Swing pump pack (£139)- I've used this near enough every day since and cannot recommend it enough. Personally, I wouldn't want to exclusively express but for times when I fancy an evening out having this gadget has meant I've been able to leave some milk for the babe.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

CrossEyes Sheffield


Bored of your visits to standard high street opticians? Uninspired by their selection in specs?
If you answer yes to either of these questions then carry on reading!

A few months back CrossEyes opened a brand spanking new branch here in Sheffield on Divison Street. 

Printed on a focus wall in store is what CrossEyes have to say about their concept and service...

"CrossEyes is a Danish chain of opticians where the core values are Danish lifeblood and hard work. We value intimacy and trust and our ambition is to create an eyewear concept filled with attractive products and the best possible service. 

CrossEyes work in an environment where design and creative people flourish.

Hundreds of custom made designs in every store make CrossEyes appealing to everyone of all ages.

A cornerstone of the concept is that you always get your money's worth. There are no extra costs or fees, and our glasses are always the same high quality- this is CrossEyes."


CrossEyes offers an alternative to your standard high street opticians; focusing of fashionable lenses  at affordable prices.  There are currently 11 stores across the UK- find out locations here.
The pricing structure CrossEyes offers is simple and transparent; no hidden extras, eye test included and all the frames you see in store are all the same price, the prices just differ depending on the strength of lenses required.  For me, this was an instant selling point; in the past I've been put off getting new specs from usual highs street opticians as they seem to add on extra costs for lens coatings and try to up sell on unnecessary extras. 

Monday, 31 October 2016

Brunching with Craft and Dough

I'm always on the hunt for a good place to brunch here in Sheffield; although we have some great eateries around the city very few have hit the spot for me when it comes to a good mid morning treat.
So, when I received an invite to go and sample the new brunch menu at Craft and Dough on Ecclesall Road I was excited to see what they had to offer.
 Craft and Dough is just down the road from us so we popped in last Monday morning for a nice treat on Johno's day off.  
The new brunch menu is served between 10am-1pm Monday- Friday at the Ecclesall Road branch and only at weekends at the Kelham Island branch. 
Once settled at our table we ordered some drinks to start with; Johno went for the ever so healthy pint of coke and I opted for a decaffeinated latte and an orange juice.

Monday, 24 October 2016

Nobody told me....


If you are a follower of my blog you'll know that I recently had a baby. My personal journey over the past 6 weeks since having her has been the most challenging thing I've ever been through. Of course its been bloody fantastic too but my god, theres so much that people didn't tell me about having babies!

Around a week after having Aria my friend Sally dropped off a surprise parcel for me; a book called 'Nobody told me' by Hollie McNish.  I'd seen one of Hollies poetry videos go viral a few months back about breastfeeding (watch it here) and loved her honesty about societies views on breastfeeding and how it made her feel as a mother.  I had no idea Hollie had a book out and couldn't wait to get stuck into it as I thought I might be able to relate to it.

Our Birth Story

6 weeks ago we welcomed our little baby girl into the world; as a way of remembering the experience I wanted to share our birth story on my blog.

Throughout the whole of my pregnancy I was extremely lucky; I hardly suffered with any morning sickness and my only complaint was swollen feet in the last trimester. I really did think that because I'd been so lucky throughout that I was destined to have a frustratingly long and painful birth.. but oh how wrong I was!

My due date of the 2nd September came and went with no signs of labour beginning and for the next week I patiently sat and caught up on Bake off, Netflix documentaries, cheesy rom-coms and daytime tv. I'd nested my heart out already so everything was ready in the nursery so I just took the time to relax.

On the 6th September I went to see my midwife for a sweep; something I'd been petrified about in the days running up to it.. but I kept telling myself that the quick slightly uncomfortable feeling I was likely to experience should be the least of my worries with the birth due to happen in the very near future.

As a result of the sweep my midwife found that I was in fact 2cms dilated and 100% effaced; she was  pretty shocked that I'd not felt any contractions already. She confidently said to expect labour to start in the next 24 hours and that I was likely to experience my waters breaking- something that not all women actually experience contrary to what you see in the movies. I waddled out of the doctors surgery with a huge smile on my face and feeling rather pleased that my body had managed to get me to this point without putting me through any pain!

For the next 2 days I again rested up on the sofa, conscious of every twinge/ movement and hoping everything would begin before having to go in for another sweep the following week.

By Friday morning I'd given up hope of anything happening off the back of the sweep so decided to get myself showered and dressed in preparation to head off into town to do some shopping. As I stepped out of the shower I felt a gushing sensation... but, being over 9 months pregnant I couldn't work out whether it was just a bit of an accidental wee or whether my waters had actually just gone!

Just as a precaution we decided to head up to the hospital to be checked over; at this point I was convinced that I'd just pee'd myself to be honest so hadn't got my hopes up.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Nutri-Fill It review and giveaway

In an attempt to up my fruit and milk intake over the past few months I've been trying to get more smoothies into my day to day routine. However, I find that I always seem to make way too much, leave the left overs in the fridge for too long and then end up binning it! Anyone else do this??

 I was recently contacted by Eat Well UK and offered the opportunity to review their new Nutri-Fill it smoothie pouches; the pouches are a really simple container for you to decant you smoothies into for fruity goodness whilst on the go.


Saturday, 3 September 2016

Why I started blogging

This morning whilst trying to avoid getting out of bed I scrolled through Twitter and came across Jasmine's tweet about a blog post she published recently on why she started blogging. It got me thinking about my blogging journey and I wanted to share a few thoughts with you all on this rainy Saturday afternoon. 

Why did I start?

I started my blog back in April 2013; not long after I moved into a studio flat by myself. Living alone for the first time was a scary jump into the unknown but one I needed so much. It's partly made me who I am today if I really think about it (check out this very old post I wrote on lone living) and having a blog to focus on kept me company in the evenings. 

Issues with friends, boys and generally just not being very successful at the whole grown-up life thing made me seek out a hobby that I could be in control of, one that wouldn't cost me too much money and most importantly for me, something I could look back on with a feeling of achievement.

 I started off slowly over the first few years and it's only in the past year or so that I've really started to get into a flow of when to publish posts, interacting more on social media and getting my photos up to a better standard- they aren't perfect but I'm getting there slowly. 

How do I feel about blogging now?

Right now, I'm enjoying blogging massively; it's opened so many doors for me over the past year or so as well as being a lovely way to keep my friends and family filled in on how I've been getting on throughout my pregnancy.  

  I call all the shots when it comes to Tea and Blush and this gives me a feeling of satisfaction and purpose.. I couldn't imagine how I'd be spending my spare time if I didn't have my blog to be honest. I imagine I'd be a very bored person.  I've never been particularly skilled at stuff like baking, crafting, drawing and cooking so for me, my thing to do to relax and destress is blogging. 

By day I work as a communications consultant and I'm 99% sure that having a blog played a huge part in me getting the job at the beginning of 2016. Parts of my job intertwines with the experience I've gained via Tea and Blush- stuff like events planning, writing articles and website design- how amazing is that?

Where do I see it going in the future?

Do I want to be a full time blogger? No, I don't think so... I enjoy having it as a hobby; something I  can dip in and out of as and when I have the time.  To put the pressure on my blog to bring in enough money to pay the bills would take away the fun for me. 

As I'm about to embark on the next stage of my life (I'm having a baby if you didn't know already!) I do expect my blog to change- it wouldn't be honest and part of me if it didn't so expect there to be a few more family posts on here, maybe some insights into how we are doing at the whole parenting thing and of course some baby clothing hauls.  I'm not going completely into mummy blogging though...

If you're a blogger -why did you start?
If you aren't a blogger- is it something you'd like to get into?

XOXOXO

Friday, 2 September 2016

Inky Gorilla Posters and Prints (Print Giveaway included!)

Looking for prints to pretty up your home? Well, look no further, Inky Gorilla has something for everyone; from Scandi nursery prints, gamer inspired creations, feel good quotes to witty greetings cards. 
We've added two Inky Gorilla prints to the babes nursery and ohhhh I love them. We went for the Scandi inspired mountain scene picture shown in the photo above; along one of the mountain ranges it says "Home is wherever I'm with you." How cute!!
We were also gifted this cloud and rainbow print to add into the nursery; we seem to have unintentionally adopted a cloud theme for her nursery and I adore how it's all turned out. Again, I promise the nursery tour is coming soon. 

You may be aware if you follow me on Twitter that the owner of Inky Gorilla is actually my brother, Lewis- how handy ehhhh?  I'm totally envious of his ability to create these lovely pieces but of course very thankful that I get to add them to our home decor whenever he has the time to make us a custom order. 
Here are some of my favourite prints he's currently got for sale on his Etsy shop- check out the full range here.

Lewis has also just branched out to do custom designed blog headers, the details of which can be found here. Lewis designed my blog header for me by the way :)

Fancy getting your hands on a pre-designed print from the Etsy store or custom blog header of your choice? All you need to do is follow both @Inkygorilla and @teaandblush on Twitter AND retweet the competition tweet put out on my twitter page. 

Competition is open until 8pm on 9th September and will be announced at 9pm the same evening.

Good luck!

XOXOX

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Top 10 tips




1.Corporate discounts

Check whether the company you work for has any corporate discounts already set up- I work for a large insurance company and thankfully we have a rather fantastic cash back/ discount site on which I can search out retailers and get the best deals on the high street.

For example, we knew which pram we wanted to buy and it was just a case of finding which store we could get the biggest discount on through my work website- we ended up getting 12% off at Boots.com.

If you don't work for a large company like I do you might still be surprised at the local discounts your employer has negotiated- it really is always worth asking.

2.Spend time shopping around

I love finding a good bargain and if that takes me 3 hours on a Wednesday evening thats fine with me.   Rather than falling into the trap of allowing shops to make decisions for you about the things you need/want, take your time and consider your purchases as you might be able to find the item cheaper elsewhere or a more suitable option by another brand.

For example, we could have easily been drawn into buying the matching changing bag to go with our pram but we decided not to as in reality the matching one is so tiny that it wouldn't have been practical.

When it comes to the daily needs (stuff to change baby's butt) there's a brilliant website called Bum Deal which helps you seek out the cheapest way to buy nappies, wipes and car seats- for example, we're  going to be using Naty nappies to begin with and Bum Deal has just told me that at the moment I could buy 2 packs of newborn size from Ocado for £6 whereas at Boots I'd pay £8.58 for 2 packs at the moment.

Also, although I'm going to try and use cotton wool and water for the first few weeks/months I've kept an eye on baby wipe deals; Bum Deal came up with a Waterwipes deal which looks pretty good; 720 wipes for £19.99 from Ocado compared to 540 for £19.99 from Boots.

Monday, 29 August 2016

The Body Shop #HighStreetDaresToMask blogger event

Last weekend I had the pleasure of helping to pull together an event at The Body Shop High Street store in Meadowhall, Sheffield. With my experience of events and links to local bloggers we were able to pull off a really interactive event which I thoroughly enjoyed! 

The focus of the event was primarily around the new luxury face mask range The Body Shop launched earlier this week but we also got to have a play with some of the other products and we were even treated to a mini pamper session.

Expert face masks

The Body Shop's new range of luxurious face masks are a rather delicious addition to their huge product range, each mask smelling completely different and retailing at high street prices. 

The Bodyshop ladies really went to town on their masking station at the event; they set up a beauty bed for bloggers to relax on whilst they each had a face mask applied. 

Bloggers could choose which of the five face masks they wanted to try out; each with a different set of ingredients and effect on the skin:

Amazonian Acai- An energising mask to help brighten up dull and dry skin. This mask contains Acai berry, Guarana seed extract to exfoliate and Fair Trade organic babbassu oil. 

Ethiopian Honey- A nourishing facial mask for dry skin or skin showing the signs of ageing. This mask contains Fair Trade everything- honey, marula oil and organic olive oil. 
British Rose- A plumping facial mask for normal to dry skin. This mask contains real rose petals, rose-hip oil and Fair Trade organic aloe vera. 

Himalayan Charcoal- A purifying detox mask for oily and blemished skin. This mask contains bamboo charcoal, Fair Trade organic tea tree oil and green tea leaves to help exfoliate the skin. 

Chinese Ginseng & Rice-  A clarifying mask to help brighten dull skin and repair unevenness. This mask contains Ginseng, sesame seed oil and rice extracts to exfoliate the skin.

All of the masks are 100% vegetarian, luxuriously thick on application and cost £15 each for a 75ml pot. Along with the mask pots The Body Shop ladies also showcased the new mask application brush; this is something I would recommend as it adds that feeling of luxury when applying the masks and means you don't waste product by spreading it all over your hands too.  Each of the masks can be used around 2-3 times a week.. although I'd probably save it for sunday pamper nights.
The lovely Carolanne from A literary Cocktail getting her face masks applied.. she's got the Chinese Ginseng on her cheeks, Amazonian Acai on her chin and then Himalayan Charcoal on her nose. 

During the event I didn't get a chance to have a face mask applied but we were each given some sample pots of the masks to take home and try out- so far I've tried out the Chinese Ginseng mask and the British rose; my fave so far is the ginseng mask; it left my skin feeling throughly soft and fresh. 


Foot spa treatments

The Body Shop ladies set up a foot spa station for the event too- I'm sure if you've read my pregnancy updates (most recent ones are here, here and here) you'll be aware that my feet are, at times, the size of elephants due to pregnancy swelling so the foot spa section was a pregnancy dream come true for me!! 


The products used on my feet alongside the foot spa were-

A shower gel (cant remember which one!)

Although the swelling on my feet didn't go down it was some what a luxury to have my feet feeling pampered and soft.. I haven't been able to reach them for a long time! 

Makeup masterclasses

At the beginning of the event I asked each of the bloggers which eye look they wanted to learn how to create; cut crease, smokey or natural. During the evening The Body Shop babes ran tutorials on how to create these looks using the new Down To Earth shadows. 

Bev from Bevebeee blog and Becki from Prime and Dine both having a master class on the smokey eye look using the Down To Earth Shadow Glow Palette. 
I tried my hand at the cut crease look using the Smoky Gold Palette  and the new double ended eyeshadow brush.
I was quite happy with the finished effect- I never really had the knowledge when it comes to shadow looks so it was great to get some expert tips from The Body Shop ladies. I found the new eyeshadow brush really easy to use and something that I plan on buying next time I visit the store. 

 Although I didn't purchase the palette this time, the skills I picked up from the master class have meant that I've used some products I already have gathering dust in my makeup collection... once I've finished them I'm going to treat myself to an item from the Down To Earth range. 

For helping out to plan the event and getting the bloggers together The Body Shop ladies kindly gifted me a very generous hamper of lovely products to try out.


I'm yet to try out all of the products yet but I am already loving the Japanese Camellia cream- I've been slathering this on after having a shower and..ohhh it smells divine- also this came strongly recommended by Leanne from LEM Blog.

Have you tried out any of the Expert Face Masks yet? 
Remember to take a selfie of you face masked up and use the #Daretomask

XOXOX

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Pregnancy update: 39 weeks



Baby status: 

We saw the midwife again this week; she measured my tummy and we were coming up a little small so she referred us for a growth scan.. all good though; baby is a good size,still a girl, in position still and we even got to see a really clear ultrasound picture of her face!

Craving: 
Breakfast biscuits and cake- GBBO did not help this craving one bit!!

Eating: 
Lots of chocolate again this week- I had a craving for Toblerone actually and that had to be quickly given in to!

Buying:
Some last minute bits for when baby is here; a Widgey pillow from Babybundle and I also got to pick out some treats from Mamas and Papas to review on the blog once they arrive. We went for 2 pieces of clothing and then 2 practical items.. keep an eye out for this post soon.

Preparing: 
The house; I've finally gone into full nesting mode these past few days. I've washed nearly every piece of bedding in the house, cleaned the floors and got rid of clutter from around the dining room and lounge. The Mr has been very helpful too; doing the jobs that my mind is telling me to do but my body isn't allowing me to.

Sleeping: 
 
A bit better than last week but still waking up to use the bathroom every few hours. 

Emotionally feeling: 
Pretty good generally but the waiting game is getting to me a little bit now- its like going to bed on xmas eve as a kid and waking up wayyyy to early and not being allowed to see the presents.

Laughing at:

My friends checking in on a daily basis to see whether baby has arrived- its very sweet of them.. if i go overdue though i might turn my phone off..haha!

Grateful for:

My organised self- I spent a good few hours this week spreadsheeting our finances and I now feel a lot clearer about how we are going to afford me being off for 12 months. It's completely do-able i've just got to be careful not to overspend on stuff like going out for too many coffees,impulse buying baby stuff, and wasting food. I hope that once I've got into the swing of motherhood and the Mr is back at work I can be a bit more organised with our dinners; we need to get back into doing a weekly meal planner. 

Dreaming of:

The first moments of meeting her very soon- the relief, overwhelming emotions and the excitement for the journey ahead. 

Loving:

Having a bit of time to spend on my blog before she arrives- I've still got a fair few posts to finish off and schedule but I'm feeling optimistic that I will be able to continue to maintain my blog even during the early weeks. Not going to stress myself out about it though..

Looking forward to:

The first week of her being with us my mum and dad are going to be staying at ours to help out. I'm looking forward to having them around to help out and keep me motivated even if i'm exhausted. 

Exercising:

I've managed to do a bit more walking this week; my feet haven't been quite as puffy and I've just given in and now wear flip-flops with every outfit.  I've also been thinking about how I'd like to get active again after having her.. I think i'm going to begin with just lots of walks around the park. 

Savouring:

Feeling her move around in my tummy; its such a lovely feeling and I'm so used to it now I think it will be rather odd not to feel that anymore... but of course it will be even more amazing to look at her little face. 

Hope you've enjoyed my little update- we've decided that we are going to announce her birth via Instagram so if you don't follow me already then you should- @hollylucyhp


XOXOX