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In the Summer I will be turning 26, which means officially closer to 30 than 20!!! (A little terrifying!)

So I thought I would share with you some snippets of wisdom I have learnt in my 25 years on this planet, that I would love to go back and tell my younger self!

  1. Never take your health for granted.
  2. Don’t go to bed on an argument.
  3. DO NOT bleach your hair by yourself ( Unless you want awful bright yellow roots!)
  4. You don’t have to be the ‘perfect’ parent, as long as your babies are happy and healthy – then you’re doing a great job!
  5. Don’t judge others, you never know what goes on behind closed doors.
  6. Try not to regret, you learn from those experiences and they make you who you are today.
  7. Your true friends will always make themselves known.
  8. Don’t eat all your easter eggs at once, you will hallucinate for 12 hours! (8 year old Liz definitely learnt the hard way!oops!)
  9. Rid toxic people from your life – The negativity is not worth it!
  10. Smile more – you will develop a frown line that will NEVER leave you!
  11. Don’t cut a chunk out of your hair and then pretend you have no idea how it happened!
  12. Don’t declare wine never gives you a hangover… you are wrong!
  13. If someone tries to tell you labour horror stories when you’re pregnant, ignore them.
  14. Its ok to cry!
  15. Put yourself out there more, you may surprise yourself and even make some new friends!
  16. If you want to own house plants you MUST water them!
  17. Start a skin care routine, your skin will thank you!
  18. Always take your makeup off before going to sleep.
  19. Don’t put your clothes back on before your spray tan has fully dried.
  20. Tequila is never and will never be your friend.
  21. Sambucca will also join that list shortly after the above.
  22. Don’t text whilst drunk – it never ends well.
  23. Its ok to not know what you want to do with your life straight after school – not many do.
  24. Turkey Twizzlers will one day disappear from the face of the earth, enjoy them whilst you can.
  25. NEVER forget how lucky you are with the love and support you have around you. Life will be hard, but your loved one will make you stronger.

 

 

 


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Brunch is definitely my favourite meal to go out and eat, especially when I find a gem of a place. I discovered the Paddle last January when we moved literally two minutes down the road, and my god it is AMAZING! Now, you can go there for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner but somehow we’ve only been for brunch, but have been multiple times! Its located in Highcliffe, which is fairly tucked away – but definitely worth trying!

   

Everything is presented beautifully, and they bring your menu’s out on paddles to match the name. I found it hard to pick a drink as there was so much choice, from juices, smoothies, coffees, tons of different teas and milkshakes! My personal favourite being the paddle-colada. Their take on a virgin pina colada smoothie! So yum!

I am a HUGE fan of pancakes, especially bacon pancakes so I was thrilled to find them on the menu, they are some of the fluffiest pancakes I have ever tasted. They also offer smaller bites, like poached eggs on toast, toasted bloomer bread & avocado on toast! Or if you like the whole sha-bang, I would highly recommend the ultimate paddle. Which is a full English breakfast – including their delicious homemade baked beans.

Not only is the food heavenly, the decor of the paddle is beautiful, and very instagrammable. 😉

As you can tell i’m a big fan, and its very handy that it takes me two minutes to walk here.

As a big brunch lover, I’ve also decided to do a bit of a brunch series of places we have discovered and love!

Hope you enjoyed the first, and definitely take the time to visit!

 

 


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My heart breaks to say I’ve miscarried.  Last year started amazingly we bought our first house, got Jacob into the school we wanted and were just enjoying life. We always had plans to give J a sibling, but it had never been a good time until we moved house. In March 2017 I found out I was pregnant and within a day I miscarried. It felt like a huge blow, before I could even get excited, it was taken away from me. I was 6 weeks and it happened ‘naturally’ at home.

It took me a really long time to move on, when it came to the end of the year, I felt devastated that I was not holding my new born baby in my arms like I should have been. So many people I knew were having babies around that time or announcing their pregnancies, & as happy I felt for them, I felt equally as heartbroken that I couldn’t share that same joy.

Fast forward to just under a year ahead.

February 2018 – my pregnancy test was positive, and we felt so excited. It had taken what felt like forever to hold that positive test in my hands. I had my first midwife appointment at 7 weeks, and shared with her my anxiety that this was my third pregnancy, yet had one child. She made me feel at ease, but said they wouldn’t do an early scan for reassurance unless I was feeling any pains or bleeding.

I was SO excited, I could barely hold it in, for my mum’s birthday we all went to London, & decided to tell my family then. Everyone was excited as we were, and life literally couldn’t have been better.

The weekend after that I turned 9 weeks, we were starting to plan ways to tell the rest of our family & friends. I’d bought a pregnancy journal to record how everything was going. Then the weekend went into a blur, J got really sick and was off school, Pete and I were starting to go down with it too, and on the Sunday morning I woke at 5 am from feeling unwell, to find I was spotting. I immediately panicked and rushed to tell Pete. Being a weekend, I called the out of hours doctors who advised me to go to the hospital and take a pregnancy test there, if it was positive they would arrange a scan for the following day.

The test was positive, and the Dr put me at ease saying how light bleeding is very common in early pregnancy, and there could be many reasons for it and not just a miscarriage.

I was booked in for a scan the day after, & the bleeding was getting heavier – I felt sick to my stomach that this was happening again. I was scanned, baby was showing 6 weeks with no heartbeat, and should have been minimum 8-9 weeks. I looked at the scan and saw my baby. They took me to a private room and explained how it looks like baby had stopped growing, and they should have been able to see a heartbeat. They were pretty sure that I was miscarrying and told me what to do, however they booked me in for 10 days time to be re-scanned to see if the dates were off, and I was just early.

I knew the dates were correct, but that didn’t stop me hoping this was all wrong and baby was fine. I felt like my whole world had just turned upside down. How could this be happening again. It all felt so much more real than the first time as I was in hospital being scanned, and I could see baby right there in front of me!

I went home and crumpled, we all did.

The day after I started bleeding even more heavily and endured cramps that lasted for days. I knew what was happening, but still felt in denial. I sobbed and sobbed and sobbed.

Yesterday I went back to be re-scanned, knowing fully well that there would be no good news. Just because I knew it, that didn’t stop the crippling pain I felt in my heart when the nurse announced the sac and baby had gone.

I keep thinking why me? why us? why again? The statistics of miscarriage are really scary. It’s incredibly common,and you are highly likely to know someone who has experienced it whether you know or not, but we just don’t talk about it. Whether its too painful to talk about, or we’re ashamed or the fact people don’t know what to say in response, but it’s not something that many talk about. I wanted to write down how I felt to make sense of it, & to show other women its ok & perfectly normal to feel like this. To grieve for the little ones that didn’t make it & to cry uncontrollably until there are no tears left.

I am incredibly grateful to my ever supportive husband, my family & friends who have shown so much compassion over the past 2 weeks, to my gorgeous Jacob who if he sees mummy crying will come and give a big cuddle without asking any questions, and to the nurses and dr’s at the early pregnancy unit who helped me throughout and guided me through.

Its been really tough, especially with Jacob. How an earth do you tell your five year old. We’ve decided not to tell him, as I don’t think it would be helpful, and hopefully one day we can give him a healthy brother or sister.

I feel crushed that our little babies were taken from us too soon, that I’ll never be able to hold them or kiss them goodnight, but It does give me comfort in knowing I’m speaking about them and sharing their existence – however painfully short lived it was, and baby, regardless of how tiny you were, we had plans for you and loved you.

October will be the due date, as well as it being miscarriage awareness month. So I thought it was only right to share my story for anyone else who is going through or know someone enduring similar heartbreak.

I hope one day we can grow our family again and have a healthy baby, but I will never forget the little ones that slipped away from us, I don’t know how long it will take to make peace with this loss, but hoping this can be the start to gaining some closure.

 

 

 


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Valentines day is now one week away, and although we don’t particularly celebrate it (other than getting some nice food in for dinner.) I thought I would try creating a Valentines look. Basically lots of pink!

I barely ever wear pink or much colour on my eyes, however I own such a beautiful palette from Makeup Revolution, I thought why not.

I used my trusty favourite foundation Rimmel match perfect in the lightest shade and some collection concealer. When i use colour on my eyes i tend to not use blush, so instead just went in with an old mac mineralise skin finish bronzer to warm up my skin tone.

I then used two makeup revolution palettes. The first being Midnight unicorn. This is such a gorgeous eye palette, full of bright and sparkly colours, I actually bought this for halloween  and I’ll be honest haven’t used it a whole lot since, but will definitely reach for it more and experiment!

For every makeup look I do, I ALWAYS reach for my other revolution palette called golden sugar 2 rose gold. This is quite literally the most beautiful highlighter palette I have ever owned, and as you can see it is incredibly well loved, as I’ve hit pan on quite a few of them. Plus it has two beautiful matte bronzers too.

To finish my look off, I did some winged liner and mascara, and finished off with my favourite Mac lipstick ‘hue’.

I hope you’ve enjoyed a little insight into my makeup collection, and a few of my favourite products that I’m loving.


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Happy 2018! I know I’m a little late to the party and its nearly February, but I’ve rather enjoyed having some time getting back into the swing of things.

We had a good new year, with a few close friends & some drinks. I have started doing weekly vlogs again on my YouTube, and juggling my time with work & J, his school & family life. I think I’ve adjusted to normality again, hense my first blog post of the year.

I’ve decided instead of resolutions to have goals for the year, (that way there’s a lot less pressure, but still a goal in mind.) I thought I would share a few of them with you, and would love to know if you’ve made any goals for yourself this year?

 

  1. Getting rid of toxicity.  This is a fairly big personal goal, and one that I found towards the end of last year was desperately needed. Having Toxic people in your life can cause such negativity, & I found it was weighing me down, and I was getting upset and stressed over things that shouldn’t have come into my life. I’m trying and would like to continue to surround my self with positive people, and stay a little further away from those that I know bring negativity into anything & everything.
  2. Being more in the now. I’m very aware that I always have my phone on me, not necessarily to call or chat to people, but to scroll through every social, take pictures, upload them straight away. Today, I went out and took photos on my phone, but then popped it away and edited/uploaded when I got home. Such a simple thing, but you can end up living through your screen instead.
  3. Be more social & make more effort. I think especially with the fact its winter, it gets dark early, and the only thing I fancy doing is popping my pjs on and binging friends episodes on netflix, its very easy to get caught up in your own little bubble, and days/weeks go by without making an effort with friends/going out. I know I am so guilty of this, it doesn’t mean I don’t love them, and still whatsapp them. But to send a text and see if they fancy a drink after work, or arrange a cinema date. In fact I’m going for drinks with my bestest on Tuesday & I can’t wait!
  4. Grow my hobby. I absolutely love blogging, I love filming and editing videos, and I absolutely love social media. I would love to see my platforms grow this year, even by a little. To do that, I want to be more on it with planning, writing schedules for posts, so I don’t feel out of inspiration.
  5. Fight the mum tum – Now this is the fairly obvious one, most people find January a inspiring month to diet and get fit, I don’t want to say I want to lose this much and put pressure on myself, Instead I just want to be healthier, add in some exercise when I have the time, and not beat myself up if I want a creme egg (& lets be honest who doesn’t want a creme egg!?)

I have a positive outlook on this year, last year was quite a sad year (If you’ve read my look back on 2017 you’ll understand why!) but I feel more in control, and I’m ready to make this a year of being happy, laughing with my family, and making some incredible memories.

 

Here’s to 2018 x


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