Saturday, 31 December 2016

10 Things That People Don't Tell You About Being Pregnant

The most life changing event that will ever happen to you, has happend. You're probably feeling all sorts of emotions and feelings. Now, you have to make some tough decisions and get your head around it all. Here are Ten things that people don't tell you about.



1 You don't need to go to your GP! This was my first mistake. Like all new mums-to-be I didn't have a clue what to do after I pee'd on a stick and waited for the positive to show up. For once google was useless. I headed to my GP, who congratulated me and asked if I was happy. He seemed a little bewildered that myself and my husband had rocked up to announce my pregnancy. It seemd logical to go to your doctor, but you don't need to do that any more. 

You can in fact just ask the GP's receptionist for a midwife appointment. Case closed.

2 You will hate your underwired bras I read that you need to stop wearing under wired bras during pregnancy. Something to do with your developing milk ducts and the such. Yea right I thought. I will not abandon my wired bras, mostly in fear of nothing feeling supported. 

How wrong was I? They became so uncomfortable, that I went out and brought my first non-wired bra.  Why don't people tell you that they are so comfortable and they will support you. I now own two more pairs and have never looked back. 

3 You will burp and fart...A LOT I feel as if I don't need to go into too much detail here. But, yeah. You will fart when you least expect it. I was at work when it accidently slipped out, luckly it was soundless and didn't smell. So, be warned you will pass gas and burp a lot.

4 Your hair will be gorgeous While you're gassing around. Your locks will start to grow and look glossy. Sadly, not all women experience this. However, my hair has grown very quickly (I'm a slow grower) and is more shiny than normal.

5 Everyone has an opinion on weather you're having a boy or a girl For weeks I've had friends, family and colleagues give their pennies worth on why I'm having a girl or a boy. I haven't been sick, therefore it's a boy. I've been eating alot of sweet foods, I'm having a girl! It's non-stop and more than likely get on your nerves. So, beware. 

6 You will become protective of your bump I never understood why mums-to-be were like this. I've worked with pregnant colleagues who would go out of their way to protect their growing bumps. Now, I understand. I've become a ninja in fending off sudden on coming collisions. Such as, jumpy dogs (like my own), commuters and the general public. I'm not afraid to use my elbows, you've been warned. 

7 You will have a needle stuck in you almost constantly If you told me this as a child. I would vow never to have children. I've had so many blood tests and vaccines it's ridiculous and I have more to come. Luckily, I'm no longer afraid of injections, so it doesn't bother me.

8 Cold callers and junk mail You may have alot of this already. But now that you're pregnant it's non stop. I've had scammers phone me asking if I would like to purchase all four Emma's diary magazines. (You get these free at your midwife appointments). You will get unnessary mail and email's with discount codes etc. You will be amazed at how much phone blocking and email spamming you will do.

9 Everyone will comment on your growing bump It's lovely to start with as people are now noticing you're preganat and not fat. However, it's constant and may get annoying. I have one colleague who thinks it's okay to say 'Look how big you are' everytime I see her. 

10 You will become an expert in a field you previously thought was boring as hell It's true. I never thought there were that many types of buggies, prams, bottles, cot, monitors, car seats etc. Its a mind spinner and you may find yourself on Which? Website more often than not.

That concludes this post and I hoped you have enjoyed it, if you're a parent-to-be.

Have you had any other things tht no one has told you about being pregnant? I would love to hear them in the comments.

Love Jenni x
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Tuesday, 27 December 2016

My 2016 Round-up

Now that 2017 is literally just days away. I like to look back over the year and see what i've acomplished, if I've completed any goals I set last year. What has happend in my life and in the world.

           


2016 has been generally a tough year for me. The start of the year was a struggle with work. It has become a lot heavier (I work as a care assistant in a nursing home) and the increase of hours has made me feel tired (being on call every week tops my 36hrs upto 60hrs). I started to look for another. Job, but was unsuccessful and now that the living wage has been introduced it's hard to find a higher paid job without any suitable qualifications, unless I want to go to another care home, which I don't.

My first goal is to think about what I want out of life, what kind of job I want.

The first few months have been upsetting. The death of a few legends have left us. I hope it's not a sign of things to come. 

It's now June and the worst possible news has been announced. Britain has voted to leave the EU. I feel really apprehensive about the fututre, even though it won't happen for another two years. 

Nevertheless, it's a daunting feeling when you are in a low paid job and just been given a living wage, which is slightly higher. Now, could be deemed usless when the cost of living will now rise. Scary times ahead. 

My second goal is to dicover how will I go about making my 'dream' job a reality. 

July has been a very exciting month for my husband and I. It is our first wedding Anniversary (4th July). We celebrated by visiting the church we got married in, followed by a lunch in a local tea garden. In the evening we went out for a drink and a meal. 

By the end of July I found out I was pregnant with our first child. I was happy, nervous and terrified at the same time. I announced the preganacy to my husband the day after I found out, with a small box filled with baby things and the test. He was very happy. 

Now, follows two months of keeping it a secret, which is the hardest thing I've ever done. And my goals have slightly changed. I've negleccted my blog and social media, as all I can think about is this pregnancy. 

I am no longer looking for another job, it wouldn't make any sense. My main focus is growing this baby.

The next four months have been exciting, with midwife appoitments, scans, a family wedding and announcing our pregnacy to family and close friends. Not to mention my boss, who is equally excited as I am and has developed a mother role towards me, which is nice. 

America has a new president, which in my opinion is a total disaster. 

As I type this post it is coming towards the end of November. I am just over halfway in my second trimester and the whole pregnancy. My 'small' bump has grown into an established bump and there is no hiding the fact I am pregnant. I am feeling the baby more and I can see he/she kicking and moving. Work has stopped my 'on calls' so I'm technically back to 36hrs. I have been feeling tired throughout the pregnancy. Though I am very lucky to not have been extremely ill, fingers crossed. 

I hope the next month is much better for the world than it has been. Also I hope my pregnancy continues to be smooth going. 

Thanks for reading my yearly roundup and keep your eyes out for my 2017 goals!

See you soon,

Love Jenni x



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Saturday, 24 December 2016

How I Spend Christmas Eve

I love Christmas eve. It's time to pre celebrate Christmas, whether i'm going out or spending time at home. Here's how I celebrate Christmas Eve.

Christmas eve for me, generally starts around 3pm. I don't know why but for me it feels more christmasy. First off I finish any present wrapping. This is normally gifts i've brought the previous day or that morning. I do this while watching a Christmas film and munching on the snacks I have just put out in the lounge.

Once the gifts are nicly wrapped and placed under the tree, I will begin to make dinner. If i'm having Christmas at my house, then my worktops will be filled with prepped Christmas dinner. So, I would make a quick and easy dinner. A take away or those fresh. Tortallini pasta with a sauce. If i'm round my parents house then it would be gamon for dinner. 

After dinner is finished and i've washed up everything. My husband and I will will watch a film or play a game. We do this all evening until around 10:45pm when we will go to the local pub to have a drink (I will have to have a soft drink this year).

After our festive drink we will head across the road to the church. I've always gone to the midnight mass as a child and teen. Nowadays, I work during Christmas and as I'm at work at 7am on Christmas day, I will have to miss it this year. The Midnight mass makes everything tie in and makes me feel festive. I'm not religious, but I do like carol singing with the locals. This normal ends around 1am Christmas day and we head home.



How do you spend your Christmas Eve?

Thanks for reading 

Love Jenni x 
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Thursday, 22 December 2016

The Christmas Tag 2016

Christmas is four days away! I thought it would get me in the festive mood if I did The Christmas Tag.



Q1. What's your favourite holiday movie?
Home Alone (first one) has ALWAYS been my favourite to watch. I'm old school haha! 

Q2. What's your favourite Christmas colour? 
Can I have two? Red and green are my favourite at this time of the year. Always gets me in the festive mood.

Q3. Do you like to stay in your pjs or Dress up for Christmas?
I like to make an effort, but also stay cosy. So I wear warm and comfy clothes as we have a tradition to go on a Christmas Day walk with the dogs every year.

Q4. Candy cane or gingerbread men?
Gingerbread men! I always make my own.

Q5. Have you ever made a snowman?
I have only made one snowman at Christmas, ever! That was when I was 5yrs old. It hardly ever snows in England this time of year or it does but disappears at Christmas.  But I have made plenty of snowmen in my time, just not at Christmas.

Q6. Favourite Christmas smell?
Warm gingerbread.

Q7. What's your favourite holiday drink?
I love homemade mulled wine that we make every year. I also like sloe gin ALOT... BUT, I can not drink these this year :( I will have to find an non-alcholic version of the mulled wine. Any Recipes?

Q8. Any Christmas Wishes?
My only wish is for good health and wellbeing for everyone I know. And that the birth of my baby in March will be alright. 

Q9. What's the weirdest gift you have ever received? 
I appreciate all gifts I receive. However, the weirdest was a pack of old draw liners. I still used it though x 

Q10. What is most important to you about Christmas?
Spending time with family. Eating, watching tv and playing games!

That's it for the Christmas tag! I'm going to tag you. I hope you enjoyed reading and don't forget I will be blogging throughout December for blogmas. 

Love Jenni x

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Wednesday, 21 December 2016

My Favourite Coffee Table Christmas Treats

This is the time of year I have an excuse to stuff my face. Not just with the main Christmas dinner, but with the treats that sit on the coffee table. The snacks you munch on while watching a Christmas film.

I want to share with you my favourite Christmas treats that I love to snack on throughout the holiday.




Gingerbread - I love gingerbread at Christmas time. I don't know what it is that makes it so christmasy. Every year, I bake my own gingerbread cookies and use Christmasy cutters. I use quite a bit of spice and ginger, than normal to add warmth into the cookies. Look out for a gingerbread post coming soon. 

Original Ferrero Rocher - This is a staple on my treats table, especially when you have guests round. I don't know what it is that makes you seem posh when you pass this around the table. If you haven't tried a Ferraro Roche, it's basically a round ball. Made up of layers of wafer and hazelnut, covered in milk chocolate and dressed in sparkling gold foil. 

Twiglets - Now this is quite a controversal snack. Not everyone likes a twiglet, as it's pretty much a maze crisp, covered in marmite. I hate marmite, but I do like twiglets and my little table wouldn't be the same without them.

Nuts - Did anyone remember their parents sticking a bowl of nuts in the middle of the coffee table? Usually in a decorative bowl with a nut cracker, that only came out at christmas. Yea? this was my mum and since leaving home ten years ago, I have stuck with the tradition. This is really to accommodate my mum who loves walnuts, hazelnuts, and chestnuts. I'm such a good daughter.

Pringles - I ALWAYS buy Pringles for christmas. They're easy to share and can stay in the tube, which saves space and who doesn't love a pringle?

Mince Pies - The ultimate snack or pudding. If I can be bothered, or if I'm not working christmas then I would make my own. Usually my mum bakes them like they're going out of fashion and I will take a box full of them. But, who can miss this off their table?

Chocolate - Last but not least. Whether you like Quality Street, Roses, Heros, or Celebrations? This is another staple. I will buy at least three tubs as they always seem to go quickly. 

That concludes my post for today. What snacks do you like to munch at Christmas?

Love Jenni x 
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Sunday, 11 December 2016

23 Weeks Pregnant - Pregnancy Update

This week I have returned to work and I feel the stress already. I hate it, lucky for me I only worked two days before having two days off, which was nice. But, now I'm on a six day stretch and already counting down the days until my next days off.

This week I learned that I have 15 weeks to go until baby is due, fingers crossed and I only have 12. Weeks until I start my maternity leave, whoop! 

What happened this week?

How far along? 23 weeks

How big is baby? Baby is about 30.5cm from head to toe And weighs 1 1/4 Ibs

Stretch marks? Yes an they are long and on my lower stomach.

Sleep: Slept really well this week

Best moment this week: I attened my first yoga class and a pregnancy one, I really enjoyed it and felt so relaxed afterwards.

Worst Moment This Week: Going back to work

Food Cravings: Cheese, especially dairylea triangles

Miss anything? My week off

Movement: Baby is getting stronger and actually kicked me real hard that made me jump.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope

Gender: Don’t know

Symptoms: Tiredness! Runny nose and sneezing.

Belly button in or out? In

Happy or moody most of the time? Happy and sad this week, because of the end of my annual leave lol

Looking forward to: My next days off.


  
                                      



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Friday, 9 December 2016

My Maternity Wardrobe: Autumn/Winter 2016


For the past couple of months, I have had to shop in a completely different department, than what I am use to. I had no idea how to style myself. There are hardly any shops out there, that have a maternity section and I struggled to find what I needed. That was until I discovered New Look and ASOS online. 

Such a god send. Now, i've never done a lookbook before, so this is my first time. All pictures are my own, taken by myself with my trusty iPhone and tripod.  

Initially I went a little over board, but I needed a whole new wardrobe, as all my clothes are now too tight to wear and with winter on its way, I might as well stock up on maternity wear. 

Here's what I've brought so far... 


This coat is perfect for the coming cold months. The colour is a gorgeous light grey with a slightly darker shade of lining inside. It's long, coming down past your knees. It has a collared neck, making it look smart. Two pockets at the front, these come stitched so you would have to carefully unstitch them. The design of the coat is suitable to wear at all stages of pregnancy, with it being accommodating for your bump.

                                           

I have worn this for a month. I am so pleased I purchased it, as it has kept me warm.

These tops are awesome and so comfy to wear, with extra space for your bump. They come in  black and a white colour. It's a casual fit and is true to size.

                                       

These tops have a ribbed texture making it flattering against your shape and can be worn with anything!

These jumpers are so pretty and look great with a pair of black dungarees!. They are so warm and comfy to wear. There are two colours, one black and white. The other a navy, light blue and white block stripe. They are smart and casual looking. You can wear these with jeans, leggings and as I mentioned above, dungarees.



                                                  

The jumper comes they down, just past the bum, so it's not too long or short which some jumpers are at the moment. 

An autumnal essential, this turtle neck is a must and is so warm and soft to wear. I love mine to bits. It also comes in a bottle green colour.

                                              


You can team these with Maternity ripped jeans and boots for a casual look. Again the jumper is long, going past the bum area. Long sleeves for warmth and has extra room for bump.

I wanted something smart, yet casual looking and up popped this dress. It feels so smooth and silky to touch and feels great on. It's thin and will go with a pair of tights and boots. The collard neck makes it look lovely, when done all the way up. The sleeves are long and has an option to roll them up and attached them with the tab and button.

                                           
 
It has a tie waist to flatter your shape and bump. 

This is such a lovely shirt. With the collared neck, you can have it buttoned all the way up or slightly open, depending on your look. It has a slit in both shoulders and the sleeves come down to the elbow.
                                               


I would team this shirt with a pair of navy or washed out jeans for a casual day time look.
For evening, a pair of black leggings or jeggings with heels, pumps or boots.

This is the only shop I found on the high street, that sold maternity clothes in the shop. It's expensive, for what I need (considering it's for a short amount of time). And not a shop I would regullary shop in. Though, it sells some fab pieces. 

I fell in love with these black dungarees. Made from cotton and rich denim, with a hint of stretch. They are mega comfy to wear and so soft. There are pockets to the front and back to flatter.

                                               

Perfect for a day look with a jumper or a top underneath with trainers or with heels and a sparkly top for a laid back evening look. 




That concludes my maternity wardrobe for now. No doubt I will probably buy more in the coming months. I hope you enjoyed this read and if you are expecting and stuck on what to buy. I hope I helped. 

Have you had trouble buying maternity clothes?

Until next time.

Love Jenni x


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Thursday, 8 December 2016

My Top Ten Christmas Films

There's no doubt that watching Christmas films gets me into the christmas mood. There's are a lot of films based around this time of year, and sometimes it's hard to choose which ones to watch. Here is my top ten Christmas films to watch this Christmas.


10. The Muppet Christmas Carol
I have watched this so many times that I can play the whole film in my head. This is normally my background film when wrapping presents. But nontheless, it's a great film and has a fun spin on the classic Dickens tale. Michael Kane is Scrooge, aongst the frogs, rats, and pigs. Packed with songs, jokes and general silliness. 

9. The Holiday
Two women, one from America and the other from Britain. After both experience bad breakups, they swap homes for christmas. This is a warm, easy to watch film and is great if you want a romantic christmas film to watch. 



8. Love Actually
If you haven't seen this film, then it can be quite confusing to follow. Richard Curtis, the king of Rom-Coms has nailed this Christmas favourite. The film follows nine stories, each with complexities of one emotion that connects us all: love. 

7. A Christmas Story
I enjoyed this as a child and sometimes I will get it out and watch it. It's 1940 America and Ralphie Parker dreams of owning a 'Red Ryder air rifle' and dreams of defeating a bully. Always at odds with his scrooge like dad, he is comforted by his doting mother. It's a comedy with a slight twist and an awsome family feel to it.    

6. Trading Places
This film is awsome and kind of tells a modern version of the christmas carol. Eddie Murphy is the streetwise hustler who switches lives with Dan Aykroyd's Mr wall street moneybags character, only to find himself the victim of a cruel joke played by a pair of nasty aristocrats. It's a classic and a must watch. 

5. A Nightmare Before Christmas
Another classic. I've been watching this film since I was eight years old. It never gets old. Tim Burton does a fantastic job on giving Christmas a dark edge. However, it does hold a christmas cheer and is bound to warm hearts. Jack Skellington has had enough of Halloween and wants to stand in for Santa.




4. Elf
This is a festive comedy, that will make you wet yourself with laughter. Will-Ferrell plays a naive human raised by elves and thrown into a cynical modern day New York.

3. How The Grinch Stole Christmas
This is a fun packed film, that is a take on the Dr Seuss books. Jim Carrey makes a fantastic Grinch, a hermit who lives on a rubbish dump near whoville. He hates Christmas, and sets out to destroy it all. But can anyone save Christmas in whoville?

2. Bridget Jone's Diary 
Bridget thinks she may have met Mr right, Mark Darcy when she spots him in a hideious christmas jumper at a family do. Okay, you can watch Bridget all year round. However, I paritcuarly enjoy it this time of year as it has a christmasy vibe about it.

1. Home Alone
This has always been my favourite christmas film. I was six when my parents took me and my cousins to the cinema to watch it. To me it's a classic.  

What parents forget a kid when going on holiday? A kids dream right? Kevin is about to have the ultimate adventure when his family go to Florida for Christmas, leaving him behind. He gets to eat ice cream, go into his older brothers room, order pizza and all before he gets to make the ultimate booby traps for the local thieves in his neighbourhood. 



What's your favourite Christmas film? Thank you for reading.

Love Jenni x
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Friday, 2 December 2016

22 Weeks Pregnant - Pregnancy Update



This week was time for me to relax and not stress about work, and that's what I have done. No charging around for me. Lets see what happened this week 


How far along? 22 weeks

How big is baby? Baby is 27cm from head to toe And weighs almost 1Ibs

Stretch marks? Yes, the tiny ones on my stomach are getting bigger and I have noticed new ones.

Sleep: Slept so good this week. This week is my annual leave so I have been getting 8+ hrs and a few naps in the afternoon

Best moment this week: No work for me this week and it's my birthday.

Worst Moment This Week: The night of my birthday was the worst. I was very bloated and bump woke me up for the first time at 2:30am. They wouldn't stop moving until around 6pm Friday when my bloating stopped. I

Food Cravings: Pix 'n' Mix sweets

Miss anything? Nope

Movement: Baby is moving a lot now and I can see it when I look at my bump.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope

Gender: Don’t know

Symptoms: Tiredness! Feeling bloated 

Belly button in or out? In

Happy or moody most of the time? Happy this week.

Looking forward to: Christmas 


                                        




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Thursday, 1 December 2016

My Top Four Christmas Candles


Happy first day of blogmas! If you aren't aware, this month I will be posting everyday up until Christmas. Yay!

To kick off the Christmas season, I thought I would begin with 'My Top Four Christmas Candles'. From the first day of December, I always buy a candle. Whether it's a christmassy one or just a winter warmer which ever, I love candles this time of year. They make me feel warm, cosy and festive in the lead up to Christmas. And I want to share with you my favourite from last year, and a couple I've picked up last month which I love and that are affordable. Lets begin...

   


This has been my go to winter/christmas candle. As soon as you open the lid, the scent hits you (in a nice way). The scent is just beautiful and reminds me of cold winter days, snuggled up. Warm Welcome has a wonderful notes of pralines. This one is still going after two years. It will burn for 30 - 35 hours. Visitors have commented on it as a lovely welcoming smell, that hugs you as you enter the home. 

I noticed this candle when I was Christmas Shopping, and would make a really nice gift for candle lovers. I have to mention how stunning the packaging is. I love how gold/copper the tumbler is. It's quite a hefty weight and it looks very stylish and homey in the lounge. The fragance is what it says on the lid. However, there are notes of cinnamon, maple, and nutmeg. There is also a very nice woody scent and burnt sugar to it. It is just so nice. This burns for 55 hours.

I love Yankee candles. There are so many to choose from, especially for this time of year. I spent a while choosing which Christmas candles to get this year, and I have to say I really love Christmas Memories. The scent is basically Christmas in a jar. Every time I smell it, it makes me feel warm and festive. It has notes of Cinnamon spice, Sugar Cookies and a suttle hint of vaniliia. I believe you can get this is all the Yankee Candle sizes. I purchased the small jar and believe will burn for 25 - 40 hours. 

Last but not least, I picked this one up in boots! I hadno idea they did their own Christmas candle range. My favourite is the Christmas Pudding. Which actually smells like the real deal. It is well presented and smells gorgeous. I would put this one in my kitchen. As you can imagine what a Christmas pudding smells like, there are spiced fruit notes, cinnamon and vanilla. They mention a note of orange, but I can't smell it. Nevertheless, I still really like this one. 





What's your favourite candle or scent for Christmas? If you are participating in blogmas this year, then leave your links in the comments below. I would love to read everyone's daily posts. 

Thanks for reading.

Love Jenni x 





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