So here I am aged 43yrs feeling quite frankly like an old version of my teenage self complete with horrible hormones, mood swings and everything in between.
I am embarking on a new journey which is apparently called ‘the menopause’ thats the medical term for it, I could offer my own name for it but it probably wouldn’t be very polite!
Yes it’s finally happening my body is basically going full circle in its stages of life and after having a hysterectomy (5 years ago now) it has decided to grace me with the following joys
*hot sweats *increased insomnia~who knew that was even possible! *a full range of extensive hormones which could hands down rival my teenage daughters any day of the week!
I could go on but I won’t spoil it for you hehe.
Something that has definitely got worse (and yes I admit this has never been my strong point ) Is the ability to concentrate and indeed remember~well hardly anything at all.
For example~Thursday evening whilst I thought the gammon joint I was preparing for dinner was cooking nicely in the oven, you can imagine my surprise when I opened the oven to find myself looking at an empty roasting tin!
I kid you not my first response was ‘where on earth has the meat disappeared to’.
Realising that it couldn’t of simply vanished from the oven~I scanned the kitchen to find it sitting on top of the oven waiting to be cooked.
I wish I could say these things didn’t happen to me on a daily basis but sadly that would be lying.
Anyhow I’m off to try and get some adulting done~and if you haven’t already seen my top tip of trying to mend your ripped top 2 mins before you are meant to be leaving the house then do be aware that strong glue isn’t the answer!
The SMASH lunch bag has full insulation with antibacterial lining and has been certified fully food safe. It’s the perfect size for school lunches or day trips and can be easily wiped clean. The lunch bag also includes an insulated bottle compartment with a 500ml drink bottle, which is 100% BPA, lead and phthalate free.
Personalised Sports Bag from Treat Republic
This stylish canvas bag that doubles as a gym kit bag or a handy carry-on for the little ones, has a roomy main compartment in which their football kits and shoes can be stored into. There’s a small outside pocket that can store keys to lockers, their phones or pocket change.
Personalise it with their name and surname to make it their very own – and potentially to stop some friendly sibling rivalry too. A variety of colours are available.
The Sock Shop have a range of school socks and tights. With colours available in the staple black, white and grey, you can ensure that your kids look smart and stick to the dress code! All the items in the Sock Shop school socks range have been made to ensure that your children’s feet stay comfortable from registration to when the last bell rings.
Win 5 x School Socks from the Sock Shop including Bamboo Socks with comfort cuff and smooth toe seams (2 pairs), kids school plain cotton socks (2 pairs) and kids casual cotton socks (1 pair).
Keep it on the desk and apply to wrists, palms or pulse points as needed, gently inhaling the aromatics. Once it’s finished, the violet glass bottle also makes a pretty stem vase!
Blended from 100% British grown botanicals you can win a gift boxed and packaged in its own drawstring pouch (with a poetry quote), Londe’s Stillness Pulse Point Oil. Perfect for students starting the academic year in an uncertain and challenging time.
Colour and Learn Space Explorer Pencil Case from eatsleepdoodle
Get learning the order of the planets ready for school and enjoy colouring the historic moon landing scene too, plus astronauts, rockets and meteors. Especially good news right now: you can wash it as often as you like and have fun recolouring with the enclosed set of 10 pens!
eatsleepdoodle space pencil case is a fun, educational and super practical back to school gift for young space explorers.
Usborne Books Periodic Table Jigsaw and Book
Everything in the Universe is made up of just 118 chemical elements which are displayed in the Periodic Table. Meet each element in Usborne Books entertaining book and 300-piece jigsaw set, and discover which are crucial to life, which are smelly, explosive or radioactive and lots more. With links to websites with videos and activities to find out more.
Rocket Bottle from Smash
This 450ml bottle from Smash features a cool Astronaut design. It’s perfect for little ones to take to school with them to keep rehydrated throughout the day. Made from high quality Tritan material, like all Smash products the bottle is 100% BPA Free and certified food safe.
Bamboo Tumbler from Tru Bamboo
This lovely bamboo tumbler from Tru Bamboo is made from Moso bamboo and the interior is made from 100% recyclable pure stainless steel. It’s also BPA free.
The tumbler is triple insulated so it not only retains heat for up to 12 hours it also keeps drinks cold for a whole day. Perfect for students going back to school.
2021 Dairy Diary to help parents stay organised!
The 2021 Dairy Diary is the perfect solution for busy parents to help keep the family organised. The Dairy Diary features stunning photography with two beautiful British Butterflies on the front cover. But what the Dairy Diary is really famous for is its recipes. There’s a new one every week.
In addition to the recipes, there is all sorts of interesting information on topics such as the Art of Calm, Quirky Museums and Gardening for Wildlife. Of course, there’s everything needed to keep organised – a useful notes pocket, dates stickers, reminders, addresses and even gift lists. All of this, and plenty of space to write appointments, thoughts and plans each day.
Quick After-Work Cookbook from Dairy Diary
Perfect for families on the go, these delicious midweek meals are easy to fit into your busy family life.
You can enter by completing as many options below as you like. The more you complete the more entries you will have and the greater chance of winning the prize! All entries will be collected and one winner will be randomly chosen. Good luck!
UK entries only The giveaway will run from 12am 16th August 2020 to 12pm 31st of August 2020. The winners will be notified by email from email@example.com The winner and runners up will have 7 days to respond after which time we reserve the right to select an alternative winner. This prize draw is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube or Pinterest. Prize open to over 18s only. If any prizes are out of stock than a suitable replacement will be found. Anyone who unfollows before the giveaway ends or doesn’t complete the required entry action will be disqualified. The prize is non-transferable, non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for monetary value. We may be using a parcel service for some of the prizes and their standard compensation will apply in the event of loss or damage. Some items may be sent directly by the supplier and we do not have responsibility if these go missing. In the unlikely event one of the companies withdraws a prize we cannot offer an alternative. The winner’s name will be stated on some or all of our blogger’s websites and announced on twitter and other social media channels. By entering this prize draw you give your permission for this.
One thing that is certain in these ever changing times is that I am most definitely not a morning person. It takes a strong coffee (or 2)and a hot shower to wake me up.
However with life as busy as ever, juggling kids,work and home is always a delicate balance.
Whilst keeping on top of those things its also important for me to keep on top of my skincare routine.
Living with 2 teenagers means a constant queue for the bathroomwhich is why we love Palmolive naturals coconut shower cream,it keeps our skin,soft,smooth and smelling amazing in one go. No matter what the day has in store be it work or play, after showering with palmolive naturals coconut shower cream we can all feel beach ready and prepared for anything come rain or shine.
It is dermatologically tested and contains moisturising milk for super smooth feeling skin,a definite win with the teenagers~so I will be keeping our bathroom shelves well stocked,aswell as keeping a cheeky supply just for me!
Palmolive naturals coconut shower cream leaves skin feeling invigorated soft and smooth whilst smelling amazing,the delicate coconut scent is reminiscent of dreamy summer days,speaking of which with the summer holidays approaching I am dreaming of beach days, fun in the garden,swimming be it in the pool or the sea and lots of outdoor fun.
All of these things can take their toll on our skin and as I am aware I’m not getting any younger with each birthday~eek, I am ever conscious of looking after myself in many different ways including keeping my skin soft and subtle.
Somehow the days and weeks are flying by and we find ourselves in June already!
With fathers day fast approaching I am thrilled to have teamed up with some fabulous bloggers to participate in a wonderful fathers day prize giveaway.
The prizes are sure to make anyone’s day with gifts including a £50 art voucher,a choice of silk tie, socks, host your own virtual murder mystery game,nautical tea lamp, bamboo cheese board, rc bumper cars,socks and a choice of gift set.
Also up grabs is the runner up prize~a cheese and snacks cool bag~with an assortment of cheeses to enjoy.
So don’t delay enter today and you could be treating your loved ones to some special prizes.
Good Luck everyone.❤x
The Father’s Day Prize Bundle Giveaway
This Father’s Day some of the top UK bloggers have united to offer one lucky winner a fabulous bundle of goodies for Father’s Day worth over £200. What’s more we also have a Cheese and Snacks Cool Bag from Bunches for a runners up prize.
The Prize Bundle
One lucky winner will win a fabulous Father’s Day Prize Bundle which includes:
Win £50 to spend on an amazing art print or canvas at Ink&Drop. Ink&Drop create high quality, beautiful art prints for your home or office. Styles ranging from street art, botanical art, customisable prints, to Scandinavian style minimal prints, they have something for every style of interior design.
Their posters are all designed in-house by their own designers and artists, with backgrounds in graphic design and fine art, so you can be sure the artwork on your walls will be as unique as the rest of your home.
Your choice of silk tie from Fox and Chave up to the value of £35. There are so many wonderful designs available, inspired by the arts, history and nature. It’s the perfect gift for any deserving dad and with such a wide selection available there is something for all tastes and occasions.
Fox and Chave also have other wonderful gifts for Fathers Day. Use the discount code FATHERSDAY2020 at checkout to get 3 for 2 on their mens collection.
This stunning cheeseboard from Tru Bamboo is made out of Moso bamboo and is the perfect centre piece for your table. Made from Eco-friendly bamboo with a completely removable drawer, which incorporates beautifully bamboo lacquered handled cheese knives and cheese fork. The set includes:
Take your road rage to the (mini) streets with these RC Bumper Cars. Play head to head and battle it out with your dad. The set comes with two cars and two remotes for exciting 2-player action! Give your rival’s racer a bump and send him flying! The character ejects from the car with awesome sound effects. Your dad will love it!
Worry Less Design have the perfect selection of Gift Sets for any sports loving Dad or Grandad in your life. Choose from Gift Sets for bike, rugby, golf or cricket fans. The gift sets include a mug and secret message socks, the perfect gift for any impossible to buy for sports fans!
This triple pack of men’s Gentle Grip Patterned Bamboo Socks from Sock Shop will help to put a little pep in your dad’s step and style in his shoes. Of course, the main reason for wearing Gentle Grip is their kindness and comfort. The famous HoneyComb Tops hold without restriction or pressure hotspots, using the trademark weave to hold to the contours of your legs in an almost-custom fit, and then stay in place.
Bamboo is naturally hypoallergenic and antibacterial, so odour is also trampled down, and able to maintain its own steady temperature too.
Get the family together and host a virtual Murder Mystery Game for Father’s Day. We have a voucher for you to choose any one of over twenty games over on www.crime-time.co.uk. Simply choose the murder mystery game of your choice and the number of players. Arrange a time and invite your family and friends and let the game commence!
Runners Up Prize: Cheese and Snacks Cool Bag
A cool bag filled with an assortment of cheeses, including a tasty cheddar with mustard and ale, a classic Wensleydale with cranberries and a cheddar with caramelised onion.
These are perfectly paired with biscuits and chutney, the perfect gift for a loved one.
Meet the bloggers
The UK bloggers teaming up to bring this fabulous giveaway are all listed below. Make sure you check out their blogs for amazing advice and inspiration, covering all kinds of topics including parenting tips and advice, family travel, slimming tips, humour, money saving ideas, competitions, self-love, healthy living, well-being, fashion, beauty and recipes.
UK entries only The giveaway will run from 12am 2nd June 2020 to 12am 17th of June 2020. The winners will be notified by email from firstname.lastname@example.org The winner and runners up will have 7 days to respond after which time we reserve the right to select an alternative winner. This prize draw is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube or Pinterest. Prize open to over 18s only. If any prizes are out of stock than a suitable replacement will be found. If the runners up prize is out of stock then a suitable replacement will be found. Anyone who unfollows before the giveaway ends or doesn’t complete the required entry action will be disqualified. The prize is non-transferable, non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for monetary value. We will be using a parcel service, such as ParcelForce, to send some of the Fathers’s Day Prizes, and their standard compensation will apply in the event of loss or damage. Some items may be sent directly by the supplier and we do not have responsibility if these go missing. In the unlikely event one of the companies withdraws a prize we cannot offer an alternative. Although we will do our best, we cannot guarantee the prizes will arrive before 21st June 2020. The Ink & Drop Voucher is for art prints or canvas only, frames are excluded, up to the value of £50. The Fox and Chave Tie is up to the value of £35. The winner’s name will be stated on some or all of our blogger’s websites and announced on twitter and other social media channels. By entering this prize draw you give your permission for this.
I was standing in the kitchen washing up, thinking about the day ahead, what food we will eat, what to wear etc, wondering if I would wear shorts as its hot but you know I hate my legs~the list could go on.
When perspective slapped me in the face ~hard!
Tomorrow we have to face a huge challenge saying farewell to our super nan~together but apart from eachother.
With that in mind~what does it matter how I look in shorts? What does it matter if I haven’t got it all together today, if the house is a mess or the ironing is piling up?
It doesn’t but those small things play on my mind and I wish they wouldn’t.
I want to see the bigger picture~appreciate the here and now. Appreciate everyone who is in my life and cherish those who are no longer here but have shaped my life and filled my heart with love and memories that time can never steal.
I have no words to describe how I feel about tomorrow being so close but so far away from my loving family.
One thing is for sure though we will get through this together.
I found myself quoting Dads words to my boy the other day ‘there is nothing that can’t be sorted together’.
So now as I get my 2nd or is it 3rd coffee of the morning~I am planning to make the most of that ‘prospective slap’, get out in the fresh air, have a picnic with my the kids and make more memories. Seize the day and yes wear the damn shorts!!
Hey Guys and Girls Let’s talk about dating~or more to the point dating sites as lets face it there’s enough of them to choose from.
My friend and I are doing some research (more to be revealed soon) and would love some input from you all.
We would like to know your do’s and don’ts when it comes to a dating profile What makes them stand out in your opinion? What grabs your attention and makes you want to send a message and get to know someone? ❤x
With Mothers day just around the corner,what better time to treat yourself or a special Mum/ Nan/Aunty in your life.
I am pleased to be involved in this fabulous giveaway which has some wonderful prizes. The days go by so fast and sometimes it would be nice to pause, slow down and have much needed time to relax and recharge.
With that in mind who can resist a lovely bundle of treats which can help you relax, organise your life, enjoy and share your favourite tipple with loved ones,all whilst being effortlessly stylish and enjoying some yummy chocolates too.
Also up for grabs is a beautiful mothers day tea and treats hamper as a runner up prize~so what are you waiting for?
Enter today and you could be the proud winner of this gorgeous giveaway, to share or treat yourself~the choice is yours.
The Mother’s Day Prize Bundle Giveaway
This Mother’s Day some of the top UK parent bloggers have united to offer one lucky winner a fabulous bundle of goodies for Mother’s Day worth in total £200. What’s more we also have a Mother’s Day hamper for a runners up prize.
The Prize Bundle
One lucky winner will win a fabulous Mother’s Day Prize Bundle which includes:
The Gift Set from Evolve Beauty is made up of their organic skincare bestsellers. It will leave your skin feeling deeply moisturised, plump and smooth. Contains 10ml Hyaluronic Serum 200, 30ml Daily Renew Facial Cream and 30ml Radiant Glow Mask.
Stay organised with this elegant weekly desk planner and A5 Notebook. The planner is perfect for busy mums to keep track of their schedules. The notebook has 192 pages of quality lined paper and is the perfect size to fit in your handbag.
The perfect gift for any busy tired mum – a relaxing nights sleep! Sleep Master is an all-in-one sleep mask that combines light elimination and sound reduction. The soft and cool breathable fabric creates a relaxing effect inducing a refreshing deep sleep.
The AIRDRY™ Wine Glass Drying Rack holds up to 4 wine glasses. The rack suspends each piece of stemware well above the counter to give them plenty of air circulation, meaning glasses dry naturally with a crystal clear surface, spot and streak free finish.
A box of Chocolates!
Because who doesn’t love a box of chocolates!
The Runners Up Prize
There’s also a Runners Up prize of a Mother’s Day Tea and Treats Hamper from hamper.com.
Meet the bloggers
The parent bloggers teaming up to bring this fabulous giveaway are all listed below. Make sure you check out their blogs for amazing advice and inspiration, covering all kinds of topics including parenting tips and advice, family travel, slimming tips, humour, money saving ideas, competitions, self-love, healthy living, well-being, fashion, beauty and recipes.