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

 

Our family are huge animal lovers and recently we have rescued a greyhound from the Retired Greyhound Trust she is a lovely little Brindle girl and we named her Maddie.

She actually lives at my dads house, he has been wanting to rescue a greyhound since our last one passed away. He initially was quite apprehensive as rehoming any dog with a young child around is a risk, especially when this particular dog has never been in a home before and has only know kennels and race tracks! So you have to be cautious and make sure the dog is right for you and your family. After many years of searching we found Maddie and she has been perfect so far! She epitomises the “Lap Dog” stereotype retired greyhounds have and wants little exercise and only to be fussed all day long! She is the biggest softie ever, and so far absolutely perfect with Emma!

Asleep again here!!

Initially you visit the Retired Greyhound Trusts website which I have linked and you can see what dogs they have available for adoption. We saw Sherry (that was her initial name) and immediately contacted the trust, where I spoke to a lovely lady called Tracey Parbery who is the chair of the Greyhound Trust Hall Green and we paid £25 to reserve her. The reserve then lasts for 2 weeks after which the dog becomes available again. We were told Maddie had already been reserved but it had fallen through so we were eager to get there to arrange to adoption! The initial £25 goes to the trust and helps the kennels looks after the dogs amongst many other things. Tracey was so friendly and helpful which made the process easy and enjoyable. So we arranged to visit Maddie early the next morning at Watford Gap Kennels to meet her and take her for a little walk. We were greeted by a really lovely lady called Lauren from Boston, she got Maddie out for us and we instantly fell in love! She was great on the lead and that’s where we discovered her name would be Maddie. In the next field another family were playing with another greyhound with a squeaky toy, as soon as Maddie heard the squeak she propelled all four legs off the floor in a bid to escape and chase the squeaky toy! Dad turned around and said, “She’s Mad! This is Mad Maddie!” And the name stuck!

After meeting her we knew she was the one and began the adoption process. Lauren helped us to arrange a home visit where a representative comes over and checks your home is suitable for a greyhound, for example, if the fencing is high enough in the garden as they can jump very high! A friendly lady called Jane came over with her beautiful brindle boy, Ben. I think he was the home tester actually! That went really well and soon we were on our way to bringing Maddie home! We arranged a day to go and pick Maddie up where we were again greeted by Lauren who was again so lovely even though the kennels were crazy busy with potential greyhound owners! We took Maddie out again for a little walk and Emma had lots of cuddles with her whilst dad went through the small amount of paperwork with Lauren. Lauren provides lots of information about caring for a greyhound including a months free pet insurance which you can continue if you wish too, definitely something we will be doing. They also give you a collar and a lead to take with you which is great. We also chose a pretty red martingale collar from the selection the had there. We also bought some food that they sell there as we thought it would be a good idea to continue with the same feed Maddie was having at the kennels so as not to disrupt her too much, with is working out great, she is having a few treats as well, because she is just too cute! Then we were on our way with our beautiful new baby!

I cannot recommend The Retired Greyhound Trust more! The whole process was so quick and easy and everyone was so friendly! If you are thinking about rehoming a greyhound I think it is the best thing ever! They are not what you think, yes they are ex racers but they are basically big lap dogs! They just want fuss all the time and are so soft and loving it would be a great addition to any family. As with all dogs there are some more problematic than others, but with a bit of TLC they can become another fluffy addition to your family. Maddie is definitely a Cavalier King Charles inside a Greyhounds body!!

Hope you enjoyed reading,

Amy xxx

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Who doesn’t love Autumn? All the colours, the country walks, but most of all the new season in fashion!

I have decided I need to win the lottery, and quickly! There are far too many cute clothes around for Autumn/Winter this year, and its starting to feel cooler already. I usually like to get a few great staple things like coats and boots and then I just tend to layer up with basics, but this year its difficult because I still have lovely boots and coats from last year that would be absolutely fine to use this year, but I need new things!! Places like Zara, Topshop and new Instagram brands make it extremely difficult to resist!

I have started to pick up a few things for Emma from Zara and I bought her some basic long sleeve tops from Sainsburys which are great for nursery as they always spill things on themselves, so I tend to by cheaper things in bulk from places like Sainsburys or Asda, that way I don’t feel awful putting her in her “nice” things from Zara or Marksies.

A few things I got for Emma from Zara, and I have added the links too;

Image 1 of SLIM FIT JEANS WITH BOWS from Zara

Image 1 of POMPOM TOP from Zara

Image 1 of POLKA DOT DENIM SHIRT from Zara

 

Image 2 of SWISS EMBROIDERY SHIRT from Zara

Image 3 of TEXT T-SHIRT from Zara

I also got her a few pairs of leggings from Next, just the basic Greys and Navy that will go with everything. There is so much more from Zara as well, lucky for Emma she grows out of things so she almost always has to get a new wardrobe…me on the other hand does not technically need a new wardrobe, I just want it haha.

I am not usually one to follow trends, I tend to just wear what I love, and what I think looks nice. I think the new AW collection in Zara is quite bold and you have to be brave to wear those things, I generally wouldn’t go as far as to wear matching or clashing prints but if it looks nice I will give it a go…probably with persuasion from my younger, more stylish, sisters! I am really loving the check trousers right now from Zara, again!

CHECK TROUSERS
Image 5 of CHECK TROUSERS from Zara
I love both of these, they are quite out of my comfort zone but paired with a plan T shirt and some trainers I think would look cool.
I am definitely a trousers/jeans and shoes kind of girl, I always struggle with the upper half! I tend to wear boots in the winter so I would love to get a nice pair of flats, I love these right now;
Image 3 of TWEED FLAT SHOES from Zara
I also actually really like these, but not sure about the colour;
Image 5 of FLAT SLINGBACK SHOES from Zara
There is a girl I follow on Instagram called SomethingNavy and I have followed her for ages and love her style. She is now in the process of launching her new clothing brand SomethingNavyBrand, with Nordstrom and all of her things I have seen so far are sooo nice! The only thing is, it is from America so I am sure the taxes and duties will be loads on the delivery!
Zara have some great jumpsuits right now too! I have never been able to pull them off, they never seem to fit me properly, so instead here is my sister, Rachel, wearing one, of course she looks amazing in it!
Told you she was more stylish!
I mention Zara a lot but it is because the clothes are so stylish and practical but also such a good price, if I did win the lottery then I would still shop at Zara but also Whistles, Jigsaw, & other stories, Sandro, and many more, but until then its Zara, Topshop, Mango and other great high street shops, eBay is also great for bargains!
I am not the most stylish but I do love fashion, so I hope your have enjoyed reading!
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