Sunday, 30 September 2012

Married :)

 Well we did it! I'm a married woman now. 
We had a fab day and i'm eagerly awaiting some pictures(our official ones will take around 3 weeks).

Thanks to everyone who left their best wishes on here and on twitter. 
Normal blogging will resume tomorrow. 
xxx

Thursday, 27 September 2012

I'm getting married in the morning

Well not until 3pm actually but tomorrow is the big day.
When we set the date it seemed an age away but it seems to have flown past.

I'm feeling excited and nervous at the same time and hoping that the rain stays away, typically we chose the week when many parts of Yorkshire have flooded!

Tonight Phil and Seb are staying at home while i am at my parents house, we're going to have some food and drinks with my sister and her family who are currently on their way up from London. 

Next time i blog, i shall be a Mrs!!!

See you on the other side xxx



Monday, 24 September 2012

Meal Planning Monday

Well our slow cooker came out of hibernation this weekend and i made a scrummy beef casserole in it which left the house smelling amazing. I love cooking hearty meals at this time of year.
This week we're eating


Monday Toad in the hole, mash and veg

Tuesday Pasta carbonara

Wednesday Pizza and garlic bread as Phil will be going out to play football

Thursday I'll be at my parents, and we're going out for a meal

Friday Is wedding day, so i shall be eating food from our hot buffet, cake and sweets from our pick and mix. if i can't drink, i'm going to eat!!

Saturday Me and Phil are either going for a meal or cosying up at home with a takeaway depending how tired we are

Sunday Not sure yet, either something with our family or a cosy meal at home



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Sunday, 23 September 2012

Been shopping

I seem to have been buying loads for myself this week, some practical, some pretty. I thought i'd show off some of the pretty bits :) 

First up this red spotty maternity dress. Now i wasn't planning on buying anymore maternity bits but i needed something to wear out for a pre wedding meal and this is so pretty. To be honest, i'll probably wear it after with the ribbon worn around my waist.
At the same time i ordered this bird print chiffon scarf,  and its so pretty.
 
I bagged myself one of the new Chanel nail polishes in Frenzy, this is to wear on our wedding day. I love nudes and think it's a more modern look then traditional pale pink wedding nails. I love Chanel polishes, they are always super shiny.
 Matalan has been my shop of the week this week, i picked up this 2 pairs of PJ's 
and these leopard print slipper shoes along with various other bits and bobs. I won a £10 voucher on twitter so put that towards this mini haul :)
Have you been treating yourself this week?
xxx

Friday, 21 September 2012

34 week update and appointment

Today i am 34+1!
I had an extra midwife appointment this morning to check my blood pressure which i'm pleased to report has gone right down. I popped onto the couch to be measured and bump is measuring a whopping 40 weeks, the whole time its been 2 weeks ahead so its a big jump. My midwife didn't seen overly worried, i am seeing a consultant in 2 weeks anyway so she said if they are concerned they may scan me then. I'm trying not to worry over it as theres not much i can do really!

I will admit that this week has been pretty hard. Seb has been sick and teething and yesterday he screamed from when he got up til he had his nap at lunch and then in the evening too.  I'm exhausted as my heartburn has really stepped up and so i'm sleeping terribly which leads to be being a bit snappy which i hate. My bump has been really itchy this week and i've noticed a few new stretchmarks appearing. 
I had my hair cut this week for the first time in ages, its gone from nearly waist length to a couple of inches below my shoulders and having that done made me feel so much better, i'm going to dye it this weekend too. 
Things are pretty much sorted for the wedding which means as each day goes by i can feel stress lifting off of me. This time next week i'll be getting ready for our wedding!

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Hospital bag. Done!

I am so happy that my hospital bag is finally packed, it shouldn't be needed for a while yet but i wanted it done and ticked off my list. Last time even though i ended up staying in hospital from Tuesday morning until Thursday night, i had lots of bits that i never used so i'm leaving those out this time.
I'm also taking 2 seperate bags this time, one with my bits in and one with bumps things.

 The bag is an overnight bag from Primark, lots of room inside for my bits.
 
Inside the bag we have
  • Nightie for labour/section- This is a cheap black one from Primark with buttons at the top so baby can go straight onto my chest. Dark is good to hide stains! 
  • PJ bottoms, nursing top and bra- The bottoms are dark to again hide any leaks/stains, a cheap nursing top from Matalan for ease in hospital and a nursing bra from good old M&S.
  • Pack of massive pants- I got some cheap black full briefs from Matalan that can be chucked away after use. 
  • Maternity pads- I'm taking in a pack of 10, i have loads more at home that Phil can bring if i need them. 
  • Breast pads- self explanitory!
  • Slippers- Cheapy Primark ones to keep my tootsies warm. 
  • Black bath sheet and flannel- Black again so not to show blood stains. Someone advised me to do this with Seb and it was great advice for me as even though i had a section i bled quite heavily after. 
  • Toiletries-Shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, toothpaste and brush, deodrant, face wipes and moisturiser, Lansinoh, hairbrush and bands.
  • Book- an odd one maybe, but Seb slept alot while we were in hospital and when visitors are gone, its pretty boring in there.
I still need to add make up(i'm going to do a seperate post on this), going home clothes, my notes and birth plan, phone charger, camera and some snacks both for labour and incase i need to stay in.
 
  Bumps bag is the Pink Lining changing bag that i won not long ago.

 
Inside the bag we have...
  • Nappies- i'm taking 10, as last time we didn't end up using any of our own. Again i have loads at home, so Phil can bring some up.I'm using Huggies at first as they have the cord cut out.
  • Huggies cotton soft wipes- these are easier then cotton wool without the harshness of baby wipes.
  • Baby wipes-i'm bringing a pack along for any spills or leaks. 
  • White sleepsuits x 2
  • White short sleeved vests x 3
  • Coming home outfit-vest,sleepsuit, socks and hat
  • Muslins-useful for everything!
  • Blanket- supersoft and lovely for the ward and the journey home
  • Snowsuit- we are reusing Seb's i can't wait to see it on another baby! 
Don't forget the carseat :)

Please tell me if i have forgotton anything? It's quite likely that i have!

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Trendy Toddler Tuesday

Here is my little monkey modelling one of the jumpers from last weeks post on a trip to the park to feed the ducks. I do love this jumper, its so funky and bright. 
Weirdly he is wearing 2 things from Primark, i don't tend to buy much in there for Seb(mainly socks, pj's etc) but these jeans are surprisingly nice quality and the pumps are ideal for the park and for £2.50 who cares if they get ruined though i am now coveting some orange Converse that i've seen for him. 

 Striped Jumper-H&M, Blue jeans-Primark, Orange Pumps-Primark
 I love this picture of Seb and Phil, Seb is just like a mini me of Phil when you see them together. 
 
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Sunday, 16 September 2012

I'm the king of the castle

 Just a nice Sunday night post about the bargain toys we've managed to get this weekend as i was probably more excited by them then Seb was. 

Yesterday in a local charity shop we picked up this Happyland Knights Castle complete with figures for £3.99, such a bargain when they are selling pretty much the same castle for £30 on their website.
We have so much Happyland in this house, i love the different areas of development that it promotes and how little ones can use it in different ways as they get older.
I think i might buy the little queen set to go with this as there is a king but no queen.
 
 We also ordered this London puzzle for £3 from Mothercare. Seb is really into puzzles at the moment, and i'm originally from London so we needed this in our home.




And Phil picked up this puzzle for a bargainous £1.50 when he popped into Asda.
Have you picked up any toy bargains recently?
xxx

Friday, 14 September 2012

Foodie Friday: Caulflower Cheese

Cauliflower cheese is one of those super cheap and easy foods that you can have as a main or a side. It was one of the first 'meals' Seb ate and he still loves it now. I've posted a basic recipe but you can make it more exciting by adding more veggies(brocolli is good) or bacon bits or whatever you like really! 
This isn't from a book so i've just done rough measurements as i've said before i don't tend to measure things exactly.
  • 1 cauliflower
  • 25g butter
  • 25g plain flour
  • 400ml milk(i use semi skimmed for us but whole if making it for Seb too, both work fine)
  • 200g cheese(i just used a mix of what was in the fridge)
  • Breadcrumbs
 Preheat your oven to 200C.
 Chop the cauliflower and pop florets into a pan of boiling water for 6-8 minutes to simmer. 
 Meanwhile pop the flour and butter into a pan on a medium heat, and as the butter melts mix into a paste, then add the milk a little at a time and keep stirring! Once all the milk is in add just under 3/4 of the cheese, stir it in and turn the heat up so the sauce begins to simmer around the edges, still stirring, as soon as it starts to simmer turn the heat right down low or even totally off and it will start to thicken, you can stop stirring now! I remove it from the heat and leave to stand for a few minutes giving it the chance to thicken up.
 Drain the cauliflower and pop into a pyrex dish and then cover with the cheese sauce. Sprinkle over the remaining sauce and then some breadcrumbs for a bit of crunch.
Pop into the oven for a 20 minutes until the cheese is melted and you're done.
Do you add any extras into Cauliflower Cheese? Inspire me!

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

New shoes for mama

 I'm no longer buying pregnant clothes as i'm so near the end so instead i'm satisying my shopping urge by buying accessories. 
Technically i needed some shoes to wear on my wedding day once my Lady Dragon's hurt my feet and i think these sparkly beauties from Office fit the bill nicely. I have a love affair with glitter shoes and i love the slipper style that is everywhere at the moment. 
The only annoying thing is i saw some pretty much identical in Primark afterwards(1/4 of the price!) but they were far more gold whereas these are neither gold or silver and will last far longer. They'll be so cute over Christmas with opaques and a dress.
I also picked up these nude and black flats from H&M as i was in desperate need for some. 


Now all i need is some new leopard pumps, my current ones are dying :)

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Trendy Toddler Tuesday: Getting set for Autumn

 Well September has arrived(where did August go?) and so my mind has recently turned to Seb's Autumn clothes and i've picked up various bits over the last few weeks and i'm still waiting on more bits that i've ordered. As we've not needed to buy any baby clothes(apart from things we want) its meant i've been able to spoil my little monkey.

It seems his wardrobe is going to consist of coloured skinnies, funky tees and bright knitwear. There seems to be an awful lot of stripey items making an appearance!
  

What will your little one be rocking this Autumn?

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Sunday, 9 September 2012

32 week midwife appointment

On Friday i had a 32 week appointment with the midwife. 
I've been waiting on this appointment a little anxiously after having high blood pressure and protein in my urine at my last appointment.
This time my urine was clear but my blood pressure is up even higher!
He is feeling quite big and still measuring 2 weeks ahead, the midwife was asking if Seb was big when he was born and while he wasn't huge at 8lb 4, he was long. 
We briefly discussed a birth plan and feeding though not in much detail as really it wasn't that long ago that i had Seb and she seemed happy that i'm aiming to breastfeed. 

She also confirmed unofficially(as they aren't meant to really check just yet) that he is breech which is what i already suspected. He has plenty of time to move obviously but i can't help thinking at least if he did stay that way then the decision of ELCS or VBAC would be taken out of my hands.

She's asked me to go back in 2 weeks to check on my blood pressure, so hopefully it will have gone down a little by then.

It feels like i'm on the home straight now.

Friday, 7 September 2012

Foodie Friday: Cream of Chicken Soup

One of my cravings for the last couple of months has been chicken soup with crusty bread, i literally cannot get enough of the stuff. Usually it'll be a tin of Heinz(it has to be Heinz!), but i decided last week to have a go at making it myself.  The pictures aren't amazing as the camera battery died and i had to use my phone. Boo!
I love making soups especially veg ones where you can just chuck anything in but have never tried doing a chicken one before so i was a little apprehensive. I based it on a recipe i found in an M&S cookery book but tweaked it a little by taking out leeks(Phil wont eat them) and i didn't add any salt as Seb was having it with us.
This makes enough for 4 people.

‎3 tbsp butter, 
2 onions chopped, 
450g skinless&boneless chicken breasts chopped, 
1 pint chicken stock, 
1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley, 
1tbsp chopped fresh thyme, 
175ml double cream 
pepper

Melt the butter in a large saucepan over a medium heat. All the onions and cook, stirring for 3 mins until slightly soft. Add the chicken, stock and herbs and season to taste. Bring to the boil then lower the heat and simmer for 25 mins until the chicken is tender and cooked through. Remove from heat and leave to cool for 10 mins.
Transfer the soup to a blender(may need to be done in batches) and process until smooth. Return the soup to the rinsed out pan and warm over a low heat for 5 mins.
 Stir in the cream and cook for a further 2 mins then remove from the heat and lable into bowls. Serve.
 So not as simple as opening a tin but very tasty and no nasties in it.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Activity: Rainbow Rice

This is possibly my favourite sensory activity i've ever done with Seb. Though it does require a little bit of prep, its well worth it. It's not a new idea but fun all the same!!
 Rice is fab for sensory play but lets be honest plain white rice is a bit dull, so why not make it rainbow rice instead :)
 All you need is a bag of white rice(i used 1kg), various food colourings, zip lock food bags and some napkins. 
Add some uncooked rice to each zip lock bag, then add a few drops of  food colouring to each one. Shake the bag and give the rice a massage until the food colouring has dyed the rice and then empty onto a napkin and leave to dry. I left mine overnight which worked really well. You can also dry it in the oven on greaseproof paper on a low heat though be careful not to leave it for too long!

 I popped this into one side of Seb's sand and water table and filled the other side with spades and containers and he spent ages digging, filling up and pouring. It also feels lovely running through your hands.  We did this inside as it wasn't very nice but its the perfect outside activity really.
 Once you've done, the rice can be kept in an airtight container to be used another day which is always handy for those days where boredom sets in. We actually spent another hour playing with ours today when we came home from a walk.
You can even use the leftover rice to make pictures with glue!

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Trendy Toddler Tuesday

Playing in grandma and grandads garden with bubbles and Minnie is so much fun. I'm not sure who enjoyed it most to be honest.

Blue and red striped tee and red trousers from H&M, Pumps are from Primark
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