The time has come to start thinking about getting back into work. A much more daunting thought when for the past 2 and half years all I have been is Mama, Mummy and a nappy disposal, now I have to be me. I am sure many of you know how it feels to slip into the comfort zone of just being a mummy and not really thinking about yourself and just worrying about the upbringing of your mini me, so when I think about interviews, emails and uniforms it sends shivers down my spine. I think you do lose a lot of confidence in yourself and your abilities when you become a mother because everything you were used to changes and you are thrown into the unknown, but at least most of it can be done in your pyjamas!

After applying for the first job I did it with excitement thinking this will be great, it will give me a bit of my independence back and I will earn some money and generally it will be good for family life, but the minute I hit submit I suddenly thought, hang on this means I might have to do an interview, I don’t remember how to do that! Then I find myself worrying about things that have not even happened yet…oh hi anxiety, it’s been a minute!

We send Emma to nursery already twice a week and I work to cover the cost of that but I am looking for something now with a bit more money so we can save for holidays and other luxuries we don’t have the money for at the moment. So Emma is already settled there so sending her a few more days should work out well, I just find I am overloaded with mum guilt and always continue to go over the same points and constantly change my mind. Even as I begin to type them I know they are stupid, but things like, surely I am just effectively paying for someone else to bring her up, or, what happens if she starts to prefer being at nursery and wont want to play with me, or will she feel sad!? So silly, but I live in hope that all mums feel the same!? haha

That was definitely more of a venting/what I’m feeling right now sort of post but I hope this gives another mama reading his some hope that all mums go through these times and if we can be a mother to giggling, pooing, eating, messy babies then we can do anything!!

Amy xx

 

I used to be such a tom-boy when I was younger and don’t think I wore make up until I was around 17! I remember I was working in a pub and my sister put some bronzer on me before I went to work that evening and I had a few compliments saying how nice I looked and what have I done differently, so from that day on I started to wear make up, ah the wonders of a compliment haha! I am certainly not an expert in no way but I do love make up and like to take care of my skin, try to anyway!

I think the most important thing is removing your make up properly to make sure your skin is clean to avoid blemishes. I used to just use a face wash and then moisturize but my skin was getting so bad and I couldn’t understand why. My sister, who is much more of an expert on these things than me, suggested I use a toner after washing my face as well, so I tried this and I was amazed how much make up was still left on my face! I now incorporate this into my daily routine and have noticed a massive difference, it also leaves your face feeling much softer as well. I tend to use mostly No.7 products because my skin is so sensitive and I have tried so many different products, and theirs’ seem to suit my skin the best. I used to use Liz Earle which I loved but it just broke the bank every time I ran out. No.7 is just much more affordable.

I use No7 Radiant Results Revitalising Foaming Cleanser and No7 Radiant Results Revitalising Toning Water 200ml

It has also come to my attention I am getting older, so I suddenly thought, I need anti wrinkle cream immediately!! So I use No.7 again, as I don’t really know what else is good, I use the early defence eye cream  I don’t really know how these things work, but I like to think its helping. For moisturiser I use No7 Beautiful Skin Day Cream for Normal / Dry Skin  I like this because it has spf 15 in and that’s the first thing to protect your skin on a daily basis. For night time moisturiser I use Rosehip oil, which is meant to be amazing for your skin, and you only need a tiny bit! I couldn’t find the one I use but I think any 100% Rosehip oil works the same whichever one you buy, apparently its great for anti aging! I also sometimes use the No7 Beautiful Skin Night Cream Normal/Dry if I want a break from the oil.

Make up wise, I tend to use whatever I like the look of. When I used to live in the Cayman Islands there were so many great options and I used to love buying myself some good make up, but now its a case of what’s the most affordable I can get, but still good quality. I only tend to use a Rimmel concealer number 200 (to hide the mum bags and spots) a Mac Studio Fix powder (which is my absolute favourite) a Mac blusher or No.7 bronzer, sometimes both depending on how I feel/look haha and then some mascara, although lately my eye lids have been swelling which Is weird as they haven’t done that for ages so don’t know what’s going on there!? Also does anyone else’s eyelashes snap off? Mine grow and then just snap off so I am left with massive gaps all over my eyes which is so annoying! I never know whether to get lash extensions or use a lash moisturiser/conditioner. I always get worried the lash extensions will damage my eyelashes further. I did use this conditioner called RapidLash enhancing serum which was amazing! My eye lashes grew really long and healthy and the minute I ran out they all snapped off!! Maybe I am just destined not to have long lashes…

Like I said I really don’t have much idea what I am talking about, but I do like to take care of my skin and I love Make up, so hopefully it was informative or just fun to read!

Amy xxx

 

 

 

 

When I say thank goodness for dry shampoo I mean thank goodness for all the mummy life savers I have discovered along the way that have saved me from sticky situations, quite literally!

If I hear a friend is pregnant I can’t wait to share all the helpful tips I learnt when Emma was little, does anyone else feel this? I think back to what I did when Emma had colic or what white noise app I used to get her off to sleep etc, and I just love sharing this with new mamas to be, and you do genuinely feel you can solve their problems or worries with this advice! Not always true but nice to think it, haha! I bought a sleepyhead when Emma was little and although it was expensive it really was amazing, I would definitely recommend that to any new mums. It reduces the space in the cot so babies don’t feel overwhelmed by such a large area, and I found this really helped Emma to sleep as well. It was also great just for lounging around the house, I would just pop her in that whilst I got on with other boring things, like cleaning! I also love all NUK products, they are meant to be the best teats to replicate mamas boobie, so if you do combined feeding like I did they were great, the dummies are also amazing too.

Now Emma is 2 the things that save me are more like hairdryers, wipes and dry shampoo – the dry shampoo is for me! What would we do when you’re on the 3rd outfit change of the morning as they have basically tipped the entire contents of your kitchen over their outfits, or you almost lose the plot as you are about to leave the house and you hear, “mummy, uh oh!” Or you look down at your jeans to see a wipe or flannel has been squeezed onto your newly washed jeans… out comes the hairdryer! I don’t think there is anything I haven’t hair dried actually!? Why is it that toddlers find the only wet patch in the house and sit in it, just as you’re leaving the house?!

Dry Shampoo is the ultimate saviour, and I am sure most mums will agree! I remember I used to wash my hair every other day, hairdry it, and style it nicely, but since the world revolves around our babies there is little, to no time for self maintenance, and so dry shampoo comes in really handy. I use Batiste and I don’t think it is too bad for your hair either, which is a bonus.

I am always looking for tips and new mummy hacks that will help everyday living with a toddler, so any helpful tips other mamas have please send them my way!

Thanks for reading,

Amy xxx

 

I absolutely love everything about Lavender, I’m completely obsessed with it’s smell! It’s not only beautiful, but it also has some great health benefits too, which I learnt about when we went to the Lavender Fields in the Cotswolds.

They use a ancient traditional process called steam distillation to obtain the oil, and use rainwater they collect to turn into the steam, so no chemicals are added in their distillation process, making sure their oil is a pure essential oil.

I don’t claim to be an expert in this at all but a few health benefits we learnt about whilst we were there are;

Induces Sleep

I think this might be my favourite one! I recently purchased a Neal’s Yard Lavender pillow spray and use it every night, I think it is the best thing ever and it really has made a big difference to my sleep. You can also put a few drops of lavender essential oil onto your pillow at night and that also works. I often spray it around Emma’s room to help her sleep, It doesn’t always work on her though!

Relieves Anxiety and Stress

Lavender has a natural calming scent, so because of this, people who are struggling with anxiety or stress benefit from smelling the essential oil to allieviate their symptoms. It is said to improve brain activity whilst reducing mental exhaustion, great for exams and other stressful situations! Lavender oil is one of the best essential oils to reduce stress.

Improves Skin

Lavender also has a calming affect on your skin counteracting all the pollutants your skin is exposed too on a daily basis. Adding Lavender oil to your daily routine will help to cleanse your skin and protect it. It is also great for spots, it has anti-inflammatory properties so can reduce the swelling of the infected areas. The oil is also antibacterial.

Pain Reliever

Lavender essential oil can be used as a massage oil and has been found to reduce pain to swollen muscles and painful joints. Using this oil on its own or even combined with another oil would be extremely beneficial to relieve pain.

Eating Lavender

Lavender can also be edible, something I didn’t know until visiting the Lavender farm in the Cotswolds. Lavender contains Vitamin A which has many benefits, some of which include; maintaining healthy skin, eye health and preventing eye dryness, It also contains Iron. Lavender also reduces fatigue and nausea and is a great source of calcium. I’m sure we have all heard our parents say, “eat this, it’ll give you strong bones!” Well Lavender will certainly contribute to it.

So not only does Lavender smell and look amazing, its also very good for you!

I have included a few pictures from our first visit to the lavender fields when Emma was younger because our visit this time with a 2 and a bit year old was nowhere near as easy! She wouldn’t go near the lavender because she was petrified of the bees! She also screamed the majority of the time (lots of stares and judging faces) if you are a mum you know exactly what I mean! The only time she was quiet was when we were in the café and she was eating an ice cream…standard Emma behaviour haha.

I hope you enjoy reading

Amy xxx