Wednesday, 30 September 2015

5 Essentials For The Perfect Movie Night

Before I had Sorsha I was a big time movie-goer. I'd go at least once a week, often more and catch up on all the new releases. Now that she's here I don't have the freedom to do that anymore so it's important for me to get the best movie-watching experience that I can at home. So when Panasonic asked me to share my movie night essentials, I was more than happy to!

1 - The best screen you can get

There's no way of getting that same big screen experience at home, but you can get pretty close! We have a great projector thanks to Allan and his ability to spend wisely on quality items, unlike me who spends on Lego Minifigures, funky socks and sweeties! But the quality of televisions just gets better and better. I was pretty blown away by the Panasonic Viera in adverts before, but their 4k TV looks amazing.

2 - A movie you agree on

Don't get the night off to a bad start, choose a film that everyone wants to see, or at least doesn't mind watching. We often look at what's available to us, narrow it down to a few, then check them out on IMDB. I don't read professional reviews but when thousands of regular joes rate something, it's usually pretty accurate!

3 - Snacks to share

My top snacks include sweet popcorn, pizza and ice cream washed down with some Pepsi Max. I've tried a few other popcorn flavours in the past, but sweet wins every time. Alternatively make your own flavour with these popcorn making beauties from Amazon (budget dependent!).


Or what about a game of Revel roulette? Take it in turns to pick a Revel out of the bag whilst the lighting is low and see who gets their least favourite. FYI it's toffee for me, coffee is my favourite!

4 - Comfort

One thing you can't change about the cinema is the seats. Sure, I try to get comfy by taking my shoes off and curling up in my seat (but NEVER putting my feet on the seat in front - see my post on A Cinemagoers Guide To Cinema Etiquette) but at home get comfy!

First things first, get those comfies ON! I'm talking joggers, hoodies, definitely pyjamas with some fluffy socks, whatever you feel relaxed in.

Next up, seating arrangements. I'm all about comfort, so this is my sofa...


...lounging to the max! Drag all the cushions, blankets, beanbags, remote controls, children and pets together and get snuggled in!

5 - No distractions (almost!)

Whilst I hate distractions in the cinema (again, see Etiquette) at home you can have toilet breaks, tea breaks, crying baby breaks. But please, shove the phones, tablets and laptops in a corner somewhere and just enjoy two hours of adventure, romance, sci-fi, horror or whatever, together.


Are you all set now? Or have I missed something off my list? Let me know your essentials for a movie night at home!

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Thursday, 24 September 2015

My "Getting Back To My Normal Weight" Wardrobe - Part 2

I'm still totally in love with my "Part 1" look, but this here is my go-to pre, during and after-pregnancy look! Can't beat a dress and cardi combo!


This dress was another F&F at Tesco bargain at £4! It flows out from the waist so covers my mummy tummy and has pretty details like matching tiny buttons and these gorgeous tulip sleeves.

I teamed it with leggings (yes, those are still maternity leggings, I'm not quite ready to give those up yet!) and a cardigan I bought years ago in *goes to check label* oh, it's F&F too! I love this cardi so much, I bought a lemon one too.

I think I've done quite well to focus on my best bits and cover my worst bits! And my posing is getting a bit better...maybe? Seems the head tilt is my "Blue Steel"! What do you think?


Tuesday, 22 September 2015

11 Things You Didn't Know About Me

I've been tagged by Natasha Kendall to take part in an 11 Things You Didn't Know About Me tag so here goes!


1. What inspired you to start a blog?

Honestly, I have no idea! I think it was because I was very active online (I was working as a web developer) and I've always known the value of that presence, so it was kinda inevitable! I was reading blogs and found a collection that I liked reading and it went from there.

2. If you could go for dinner with one celebrity who would it be?

Probably someone with a lot to say and a passion, someone like Brian Cox or Stephen Fry. I could pick their brains about things I don't understand and be hugely entertained at the same time!

3. What are your top 5 beauty picks?

I'm not great when it comes to beauty so I'll pick the best things that I currently use: Any Rimmel 60 seconds nail polish is a winner, I don't have time to wait! Real Techniques brushes, Rimmel Scandaleyes mascara (almost as good as Diorshow Backstage mascara but way cheaper!), Inglot eyeshadows and Clinique's Stay Matte oil-free foundation.

4. What do you find hardest about blogging?

Finding time to do it just now! Sorsha is a big distraction and we're moving house soon so there's plenty to do! I'm trying to get a routine sorted but with a baby you can't be too strict!

5. What are your current obsessions?

Pokemini. It's a game on my phone that has me hooked! I downloaded it as something to do when I'm breastfeeding Sorsha but now I play it all through the day!

6. What can't you live without?

My family and friends, without a doubt. No matter what happens I know they're there for me.

7. How big is your make-up collection?

Not very! I've refined my collection over the years after a lot of wasted money! I'm not hugely adventurous with cosmetics and I tend to stick to what I know technique wise, although hopefully that'll change soon!

8. Who is your favourite blogger?

I'd probably have to say Kaelah from This Charming Life. She's the only blogger that I still follow from years ago, I think because her life is changing in the same direction as mine, she's cool and friendly!

9. What is your favourite film?

I was asked this the other day and it's impossible for me to answer! There are thousands of films out there, how can you pick just one? I would rather watch a movie than TV, I hold a Cineworld Unlimited card which has been well used over the years and I love all kinds of movies so I can't even give you a favourite genre!

10. Bold eyes or bold lips?

Bold eyes, because I'm pretty confident that my lips can hold their own, but I like long lashes and eyeliner too much!

11. Kylie or Kendall?

I think Kendall seems more focused and sensible (not that I know a huge amount about either of them) but Kylie seems a bit more rebellious and unpredictable, and I always have a soft spot for the non-conformists!


If you're tagged, the rules are simple: Tag the blogger that challenged you to the tag and answer the questions at the bottom, tag some more bloggers and write your own 11 questions. You can change all of the original 11 questions, or none of them, up to you.

I tag my #abzmeet girls Sarah of Sarah Rooftops, Hannah of Granite City Girl, Sam of Hello From Rose Bud Annie, Amey of Teacups and Buttondrops, Anastasia of Natbee's Fashion, Amy of Bead Bash, Christy of Dinner Stories and Laura of Laura Whispering. I want to know:

1. Your favourite blog
2. Your favourite holiday destination so far
3. The last film you watched
4. Your favourite teddy or soft toy growing up
5. Your favourite decade
6. The last person you retweeted and what it said
7. Your middle name(s)
8. Who was your favourite Spice Girl?
9. What are you currently reading?
10. Do you play any instruments?
11. Can you curl your tongue?!

Can't wait to read your answers!




Monday, 21 September 2015

Sorsha At 4 Months Old

Wow! Sorsha is 4 months old already! I had planned to write a post at 3 months but that came and went before I had a chance!

So here she is then (just a few days old) and now:


She's an absolute delight (most of the time!) and watching her learn and grow has been fascinating!

She loves eating, much like her parents, and has been sleeping through the night for a couple of months now with the exception of a few growth spurts.  She has gone from 8lb 10oz at birth to a stone in weight, has been able to stand from only a few weeks old and had a strong neck from the word go. She has started rolling and there are some signs of teething which I'm not looking forward to!

She slobbers everywhere and sucks her hands which makes it ten times worse! No-one escapes with a dry shoulder after "Sorsha cuddles"!

Her favourite things are Pocoyo, her lion and seeing Daddy when he comes home from work! She's fascinated by the world around her, especially light and trees, and has started chatting and laughing in the most adorable squeaky way! Seeing her cheeky grin and hearing her chuckle are the best things ever!

But it's not all sunshine and roses, Sorsha started fighting sleep about a month ago and so gets very teary sometimes when she's tired. The only way to remedy it is to put her in her bouncer and rock her to sleep. She has also had three colds which are so sad to see, poor baby! Things weren't great after her injections either, she's had three sets now and cried when they were done but the following day is worse, she becomes very agitated and sad. Thank goodness for Calpol!

The best things we've bought or been given are her bouncer, her Jumperoo and her sleeping bag. She sits in her bouncer to watch CBeebies after breakfast, to drink her milk and when she's sleepy. Her Jumperoo is a new purchase and she would sit in there all day if we let her! Sometimes she gets tired and whines but she'll still bounce at the same time! We bought a sleeping bag because we recently started using her cotbed and she kept waking in the middle of the night. She would kick off all the covers and wake up every few hours, so the sleeping bag has saved Allan and I from becoming demented!


Sorsha is still combination feeding, with me breastfeeding mostly in the evenings, if she wakes during the night, and in the morning. Side-by-side feeding is the bomb! She has started to hold her own bottle and we've started weaning. She loves porridge for breakfast, usually fruity or banana, and we're trying out a few other packets and jars. We had hoped to puree meals for her, but our blender left small chunks so we'll stick to packets just now.


We use reusable nappies which are so much less work than they used to be when I was a baby! I prefer Bambooty Basics with microfibre snap-on liners because they are one size fits all with poppers to adjust the size, they're absorbent, colourful and fluffy! We also have Little Lamb one size pocket nappies and use their ultra soft fleecy liners in all our nappies and add one of their boosters to the Bambooty nappy at night time. I find the Bambooty ones easier to take apart for washing and they dry quicker but they're bulkier.


Sorsha has a full week of classes and activities. We do a buggy walk in our local area, a singing and dancing group, baby massage and Turtle Tots swimming classes. Some classes can be expensive, so we try to mix them with free or cheaper groups in our local community centre. I'm so proud of her when she's learning to swim, she's already going underwater without crying!

She's growing up so quickly and it's great to see her change every day!


Sunday, 20 September 2015

Out With The Old...

I'm sure I'm not the only one, but as a blogger I'm always looking for ways to improve. I've been thinking about the design of my blog from a while now, but have no idea what I want it to look like, I just want it to be nicer! Anytime I try to think of improvements, my mind goes blank!

The other day Maira Gallardo liked an Instagram image of mine so I had a look at her profile and found a free responsive design template that I really liked which would allow me to update my blog quickly and give it a fresh look.

I'm still thinking about a unique design which feels more 'me', but this is definitely an improvement for the moment!

What do you think?

Before:


After:




Saturday, 12 September 2015

My "Getting Back To My Normal Weight" Wardrobe - Part 1


I mentioned on Instagram recently that I've been struggling with my body image since having Sorsha and although I am losing weight it takes time and I'm very impatient! Allan reminds me that it took 9 months to put all that weight on, so I shouldn't expect it to disappear overnight!

And I haven't bought a lot of new clothes lately because I feel it's a waste of money if I'm going to lose more weight, but now I've grown tired of wearing the same things all the time. What's a girl to do? Go sale shopping!


So I did just that! This whole outfit cost £16! I already had the shoes, one of my rare purchases because my other black flats had actually worn out from my massive pregnant flat feet! I never wear out shoes! I get bored of them way before I have a chance to wear them out! They were full price at a whopping £3 from Primark!

The jumper and trousers are both from F&F at Tesco. The sweater has a beaded neckline and was £7 and the trousers are super comfy smart joggers with cuffed ankles, an elastic waist, and a funky origami fold at the front.

I'm so happy with this outfit! It's not something I'd usually wear, but I have to get to grips with this new body shape where I'm mostly slim apart from this big belly and boobs!

Inspired by my new outfit I also tried to master the messy bun, which isn't that messy but is a nice change from my boring ponytail!

What do you think? Did I get it right?! If you have any tips for styling a post-baby body, then let me know!


Things That Go Blog In The Night! An Update

Good morning! Here I am, sat drinking a cup of tea and rocking a giggly, hyper 4 month old to sleep. The house is still and I've been awake since 4am because Sorsha is having one of those random nights where she won't sleep through. So now that I finally have some time, and inspired by a good catchup with my bestie Leanne from Broke In The Big Smoke yesterday, I figured it's time to post about recent events!


I haven't blogged for a month and for good reason, we're on the move! Well, actually, let's start at the beginning...

The posts that I wrote about Sorsha's birth took more out of me than expected. I'm a pragmatist and I hadn't realised the emotional impact that her arrival had had. Something in me didn't want to relive it all but was desperate to get it down so I could share the experience and have a reminder of what we'd all been through. I felt relieved but drained after writing them and it made me want a break.

But hey, line drawn, moving on! At the moment we stay in the flat that I bought as a single girl two years ago, but obviously within those two years I met Allan, he moved in, we got two cats and two more guinea pigs, got engaged and had a baby so it's time to move! Unfortunately we live in the oil capital of Europe and although the industry has been badly affected recently, property here is not cheap.

We decided to view a few places to get an idea of what we're looking for and found a property we love but aren't able to put in an offer until our home is sold, so for the last month we have been working our butts off to get our place "market ready". Things were looking bleak for a while as it seemed everything was going wrong around us, our plumbing blocked, a big chunk of harling came off the wall, it seemed everything we touched was a problem waiting to happen.

Motivation was at a low until the last few days. We've sold a flat I had in Dundee, which was a nightmare in itself when the first viewers went round and the roof had leaked and collapsed a little! But we got there in the end after months of insurance claims and paying for an empty flat! Our home is now almost finished and *fingers crossed* should be on the market within 2-3 weeks and, for the moment at least, our dream home is still available.

So now that most of the hard work is done *crossing those fingers again* moving house is within reach and hopefully we'll spend Sorsha's first Christmas in our new home! Oh, and I can blog a bit more!


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