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March favourites – domestic goddess essentials & more!

Ella, baby and me

Here is a list of my March favourites, it’s a bit of a random list but these are the products that have brought me actual happiness this month….. let’s crack on with the list

YSL Mon Paris

I bought this perfume as I was recommended it by one of my besties. She always has a good nose for perfume and I’ve bought a few in the past just from smelling it on her! So wanted to treat myself in duty free and it was certainly a winner. Those that know me, will know how ridiculous my collection is and will know that hardly any of my perfumes look like they have been used. Reason being I buy it and after a few sprays I’m quite quickly sickened by the smell and move on. This is the very reason why no one buys me perfume anymore as it’s a “waste of…

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Living with two under two… the crazy life I have created for myself!!

Ella, baby and me

Life isn’t exactly going to plan for me right now…to help me feel better; I say to myself that I have hit a small bump in the road and things won’t be this way forever. If I could go back and tell the 22 year old me, that in five years I will be a stay at home mummy to two babies, there is no way I would have ever believed it, no way I would stay at home and no way would I have two children so close together…. how stupid?! Why would I do that?! Anyway younger me, you did it and now you are facing the consequences, I am the mummy of a 21 month old little Madame and a 6 month old little man, and my god it’s hard. It’s not as hard as I imagined it to be when I was pregnant with my second, and…

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Peppa Pig obsessed birthday party on a budget. 

Ella, baby and me

It was my daughters 2nd birthday a few months ago, but I haven’t written a blog about it just yet. I’ve decided to as I’m really pleased with what we achieved in such a short space of time, and on such a tight budget. Now her party wasn’t pininterest worthy. But I did my very best to be as creative as I could and I must admit some of my inspiration was from pin interest.

Everyone seemed very impressed with the effort me and my partner put in. I come from a family where not much effort is usually put into birthday party’s apart from some balloons, a couple of sausage rolls and an Asda birthday cake; so to some of them, I’d gone OTT but i really do enjoy being creative and love to make my Ella happy.

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Expectation v’s reality of being a mummy!

Ella, baby and me

When I was pregnant with my first child Ella; I had so many thoughts swimming around my head, about the kind of mum I wanted to be, and the types


of activities we would do, to fill our days and make the most of my maternity leave. Of course at the time, I had no idea that i was harvesting the most frustrated, impatient, short fused baby on this earth. 
Soon after my first was born, it was only five months later that I fell pregnant again with my son Preston.

I think that time around my expectations were a lot more realistic, in what I was going to be able to achieve, having two babies under two.
Here is a small list of my expectations for my first baby, and the reality of what actually happened, and how I failed miserably.
1. Expectation:
 Having a summer baby meant I…

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March favourites – domestic goddess essentials & more!

Here is a list of my March favourites, it’s a bit of a random list but these are the products that have brought me actual happiness this month….. let’s crack on with the list

YSL Mon Paris

I bought this perfume as I was recommended it by one of my besties. She always has a good nose for perfume and I’ve bought a few in the past just from smelling it on her! So wanted to treat myself in duty free and it was certainly a winner. Those that know me, will know how ridiculous my collection is and will know that hardly any of my perfumes look like they have been used. Reason being I buy it and after a few sprays I’m quite quickly sickened by the smell and move on. This is the very reason why no one buys me perfume anymore as it’s a “waste of money” because I don’t wear it. Anyhoo this perfume was bought in October 2017 and I’m nearly finished the bottle! So yes if you want a gorgeous floral perfume that’s also very sweet, perfect for the spring this is a gorgeous scent, a little on the pricey side but worth it. I don’t usually go for very sweet perfumes but this calms down quite a bit once it has settled in and it’s a very fresh and sensual scent.

Trilogy Rosehip oil

I recently heard about the many benefits of rosehip oil from one of my fav vloggers and thought I’d give it a try. She had recently purchased it as she was recommended it by her friend (celeb) ferne McCann, who swore by the product. I thought I would give it a try as my skin has been lacking a bit of life recently, central heating and not drinking enough has certainly dried it out. Now your meant to put it on everyday, but hands up who actually remembers to do it once a day? So I’ve applied it when I actually remember and I have certainly seen such a difference in my skin, I have a nice glow back. It’s a little pricey but worth it if you want beautiful skin like ferne McCann!!

Zoflora – bouquet

There seems to be a lot of hype surfacing the internet about this stuff! Who knew a cleaning product would get so much attention, so I thought I’d give it a go, I’m the typical YouTube/Instagram made me buy it type of girl. So i was instantly impressed with the price, you can grab this in Poundland for £1 so I stocked up on a couple of different scents and bouquet was certainly my fav. This stuff really does smell lovely. You dilute it with water, only need a small cap of it in water and you’re good to go. I used it in my spray mop, clean my bathroom and kitchen and my whole house smells fabulous. If you wash ur radiators with it and whack on the central heating your whole house smells gorgeous. A little tip for you if you want your house smelling nice when having guests over.

The white company Seychelles set

Well my lovely partner treated me to this lovely set on Mother’s Day. I have tried the hand cream previously and absolutely loved the smell, so when he asked me what I wanted for Mother’s Day I suggested he could buy me the hand cream, not expecting he would buy me the entire set. The set includes a candle, body cream, shower gel, hand wash and hand cream for £75 I believe. I absolutely love it and I never treat myself to luxury products especially hand creams and hand wash so was very thankful to receive such a lovely gift. The Seychelles range is lovely and smells divine. I’m using hand cream much more then I normally would, more because I’m addicted to smell and they come in lovely bottles that look very aesthetically pleasing in the kitchen by the sink.

Method all purpose cleaner – wild rhubarb

Right I’m going to try and shorten down the length of this description! I mean how much can you ramble on about a cleaning spray right?! If like me you buy a cleaning product based on how amazing it smells rather than it’s actual cleaning capabilities then buy this, it smells like rhubarb and custard sweets, which brings back such a sense of nostalgia. It’s also a very good all purpose cleaner that seems much gentler then some of the harsh chemicals you can buy, for this reason I use it a lot on the kids high chairs etc.

Pukka – three mint tea

So I’ve been suffering a lot with my hormones lately and read that spearmint tea is very good for hormonal balancing. So I couldn’t actually find a spearmint herbal tea but I did find the pukka three mint tea, which has spearmint, peppermint and fieldmint. I initially didn’t expect to like it, as it obviously smells just like a chewing gum, but was pleasantly surprised by its very smooth texture and refreshing taste and the health benefits also appealed to me. So I try and have one cup a day and it’s a nice substitute for regular tea and I’m trying to cut out dairy so win win I say!

I hope you liked reading my monthly favourites and I’m sorry they aren’t more exciting, but they are exciting to me! Since becoming a Mum these last few year, I must admit cleaning products excite me far more then they should!

Emma x

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Top tips to feel human being a busy full time mummy!!

Ella, baby and me

Sometimes I find it hard not to feel like I’ve let myself go since having the little ones. I’ve only been a mummy for two years and 4 months, and in that time I have managed to create two humans, go me right?
But since having the children I just don’t feel like me anymore, I don’t feel as pretty as I used to feel, i don’t feel as sexy as I sometimes used to feel, I used to feel quite proud of myself and what I’d accomplished in life. Now I feel like everything I do isn’t enough, does anybody else feel that way?
Now I know my face hasn’t completely changed since having children, but I look back at photos of myself when my eldest was only a few months old, and my skin looks more vibrant, I look a lot younger, even know it’s only been two…

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Mummy friends v’s non mummy friends!…. how my behaviour differs!

Are there things you do with your mummy friends that you wouldn’t necessarily do with ur non mummy friends, if So what are they…

Ella, baby and me

Here is a list of things, I probably wouldn’t do with my non mummy friends out of fear of judgement, and just the fact that they probably wouldn’t understand…..

Talking about poo!

Unfortunately the stereotype that all new mums talk about is poo, is actually true. I have a 19month old and two year old, both still in nappies so I change a lot of poo on a day to day basis. Sending pictures of your children’s poo to ur mummy friends to ask “does this look normal?” Is a regular occurrence and receiving poo pics from others becomes the norm. Not half hour ago my little boy leaked poo from his nappy onto my jeans…. poo is life!

Admitting to still being in my pjs early afternoon and not showering that day….

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Mummy friends v’s non mummy friends!…. how my behaviour differs!

Here is a list of things, I probably wouldn’t do with my non mummy friends out of fear of judgement, and just the fact that they probably wouldn’t understand…..

Talking about poo!

Unfortunately the stereotype that all new mums talk about is poo, is actually true. I have a 19month old and two year old, both still in nappies so I change a lot of poo on a day to day basis. Sending pictures of your children’s poo to ur mummy friends to ask “does this look normal?” Is a regular occurrence and receiving poo pics from others becomes the norm. Not half hour ago my little boy leaked poo from his nappy onto my jeans…. poo is life!

Admitting to still being in my pjs early afternoon and not showering that day….

So some days getting my ass in gear, especially when I have two poorly children, can be quite hard when I have two toddlers attaching themselves to my legs! So on the odd occasion I do have pj days where I don’t decide to get dressed until early afternoon. I would never admit these things to my non mummy friends out of fear of being judged. There is always that stereotype that stay at home mums just sit on their bums all day!! I’d happily send a pj selfie to my mummy friends though!

Early morning texting….

Before having kids I would never text my friends before 10am on a weekend, and I would mentally swear at anyone who text me early in the morning; but it’s pretty much guaranteed if you both have kids your going to be awake at 7am on a Saturday morning. If you both have young babies, texting during the night feeds also becomes acceptable behaviour to keep each other company and motivate each other to suck it up and push through the tiredness. Tired face selfie competitions are also amusing at 2am!

Food stained clothes is just the norm...

It could be snot, dribble, food or maybe something else?! In the early days as soon as my baby would spit up on me I would instantly go and change, I’m not entirely sure when this stopped. But somewhere between my son and daughter being born, that behaviour stopped. I’m currently sitting here writing this wearing several youghurt stains, do I care? Yes can I be bothered to change?……. NO!

Organising play dates that just never happen….

We must meet up soon, I haven’t seen you for ages! Bet the little ones would love to see each other”…. this is pretty much as far as it goes in terms of organising a play date, we will constantly moan about the fact we haven’t seen each other in ages but never actually do anything about it, which is completely fine as we both know we have only good intentions to see each other but are incredibly busy. With my non mummy friends, I don’t quite get away with it, I usually get an exact date for meeting, a location….. this shit is really happening , no getting out of it now….which brings me to my next point!

Blowing them out!

To my non mummy friends, I am probably known as emma the let down, as I always cancel plans, before children I would always be the most reliable one but it becomes so hard making plans with two toddlers. This is the exact reason why I’m no longer invited to anything, which used to make me sad but I’ve accepted it now. Whether you have been up all night with a teething toddler, you have very sick little ones or maybe they have passed a bug onto you, being a mummy there are always a thousand different reasons for bailing out, but mummy friends don’t judge and completely understand. Instead of bitching and moaning behind your back, we are capable of rescheduling for another date! I’ve also found since becoming a mum any plans with other mummy friends are normally made weeks in advance!

I hope you enjoyed reading my list, I would be interested to hear what other things you think are only acceptable to other Mum friends.

Emma x

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New year….. same me….. same life

So it’s new year, happy new year everybody!

Soooo….. what new resolutions has everybody put in place for the start of the new year?! …. For some, it may be to lose weight, or eat healthier, or maybe its to exercise more, save more, eat out less, read more, learn something new, take on a new hobby, the list goes on.

Well this year, I have made the decision to be “the grinch” of new year resolutions . None of this new year, new me bs! I mean was there anything wrong with the 2017 version of myself. Just because a new date in the calendar has emerged, why are people deciding to give themselves a new identity “new me”

Surely we have hundreds of other days of the year to try and better ourselves, but we purposely wait for this one date to better ourselves and set ourselves goals; that by mid February we may as well wave goodbye to. We binge eat throughout the month of December, but feel better knowing January is just around the corner, so it’s going to be ok. Now don’t get me wrong, i know there is the small minority of motivated individuals with the will power of a saint who are able to stick to their resolutions and completely change their lifestyles but they really are a minority of amazing people. And the rest of us, well our will power might last, a day or two, a couple of weeks. Maybe months, but it’s not going to stick…. (am I being too mean here?)

So this year I’m not going to set goals to eat better, lose weight, exercise more, take my toddlers out more, have more patience with my children, have a better routine, meal plan better. I would love to have the motivation to do these things but at this point in my life with a one and two year old. I’m just setting myself up for failure.

Instead there are two words I’m going to try and live by this year, and that is to “try harder” I will try harder at life, beating my anxiety not only for me but for my children. This isn’t a goal I am putting in place for myself, it’s a new mind set I have. What’s the point in promising yourself all these things, when your mind set is saying the complete opposite. I feel if your mind isn’t 100% into it, your not likely to achieve it. 2018 is the year I am going to try harder for myself and for my children!

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Peppa Pig obsessed birthday party on a budget. 

It was my daughters 2nd birthday a few months ago, but I haven’t written a blog about it just yet. I’ve decided to as I’m really pleased with what we achieved in such a short space of time, and on such a tight budget. Now her party wasn’t pininterest worthy. But I did my very best to be as creative as I could and I must admit some of my inspiration was from pin interest. 

Everyone seemed very impressed with the effort me and my partner put in. I come from a family where not much effort is usually put into birthday party’s apart from some balloons, a couple of sausage rolls and an Asda birthday cake; so to some of them, I’d gone OTT but i really do enjoy being creative and love to make my Ella happy. 

Here are some useful tips if you are looking to create a Peppa Pig themed birthday on a budget and don’t have an awful amount of time on your hands. 

1. eBay is the only shop you need – All of the decorations, which include, the buntings, plates, napkins, spotty pink cups, cupcake holders, party bags and balloons were from eBay. Honestly do not spend a ridiculous amount of money buying balloons from stores and spending even more for them to be blown up. You can buy big helium balloons for a fraction of the price on eBay. I even bought the pink spotty tablecloth off eBay. 

2. Be Peppa minded – Now I’m no Peppa expert, but the word “Dinosaur” springs to mind. So when it came to food ideas for the party, turkey dinosaurs were essential. Another word that comes to mind when I think of Peppa Pig, I think “muddy puddles” I don’t think I’m ever going to look at another puddle, without muddy puddles popping into my head. Even in years to come when Peppa Pig will be a distant memory to my son and daughter. So we decided to create muddy puddle deserts out of chocolate mousse, and they were a major hit. The cupcakes made by my lovely talented friend, featured M&S Percy pigs, and guess what?! No one had a clue. 


3. Be creative – I’ve always wanted to make a sweety tree, and what better reason to make one, then my daughters 2nd birthday. I bought the kit off eBay, which had everything you need, and then I bought a box of 100 lollies off eBay for about five pounds, and after I created the tree I even had enough lollies left for the party bags. I really wanted to make the table the main feature for the party as many people do. As it going to hold the birthday cake, food, sweety tree, muddy puddles and dinosaurs, I wanted it to look really aesthetically pleasing. 

I see a photo on pininterest of a table that had a Peppa Pig backdrop on the wall behind, as soon as i see it I wanted one. I did so much looking about online on eBay, and not on the high street and etsy, but they was so so expensive. We had already hit our budget for the party, so buying a personalised backdrop with my daughters name and age on it wasn’t going to be cost effective. So we decided to make our own, and it was as simple as google images and Microsoft paint, and a little editing. We was lucky enough that one of my partners clients at work, were happy to print it for us free of charge, otherwise that would have been another expense. 


I really hope my blog has been useful and may have given a little inspiration for party ideas. Now if I had more of a budget, I think it would have been a little crazy! If you have any questions, please message me. 
Em x