Friday, 19 September 2014

Scottish Independence - Democracy Has Spoken...

It felt wrong to not write something today, on the day that Scotland (my home country) voted against Scottish Independence and to stay as part of the United Kingdom.

As I am currently a resident of England, I did not get a vote on Scottish Independence and therefore had to wait with baited breath to see what the country had decided for me and my family. We are planning to move back in the next couple years and it seemed pretty unfair that I wasn't allowed a say in a country I am fully from and plan to live in very soon.

The turnout was incredible and it was so inspiring to see people, young and old, heading to the polling station to vote. Here's hoping this has ignited a new passion for politics and inspired all generations to take a bit more interest in what is going on in their local area and beyond.

I stayed up till about 2.30am, which is MADNESS for anyone with a 5 month old, watching the votes come in. And then as soon as I woke up to feed Isla at 6am turned the news back on. It was so nerve-wracking and you really got swept away with what was going on, even from down here on the South Coast.

I've listened to so many debates through friends and family recently and have to say I am glad this will now be over. I have had to bite my tongue on quite a few occasions - ESPECIALLY on Facebook. Hello all you overnight-politicians clogging up my newsfeed with your, sometimes rather aggressive, opinions. I'm definitely a believer that politics should be debated and it can create an almost electric atmosphere but the load of rubbish that kept getting said on Facebook was just getting out of hand.

Oh the social media age we live in - no escape...(says the girl who blogs, vlogs and instagrams the shiz out of everything haha)

Heyho it's all over now!...or is it...

We will all wait to see what comes out of Westminster. I, for one, hope we all, Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland, benefit from this remarkable show of democracy and the way we are governed changes for the better, for all of us.

I am very proud to call myself Scottish (and British) today regardless of what the outcome was.

Entering the World of Vlogging!

So here it is!!! My first ever vlog. Hope you like it. We have lots of plans in the pipeline for new videos and are going to post as many as we can for a few weeks then decide on 2 days a week when we upload new videos once we're in a routine with it.

We've also worked on a little introduction video too...

Please let me know what you think. Would mean so much if you took a peek. It took a lot to build up to doing this! I've had some lovely comments on YouTube, which have meant the world, and always welcome tips and opinions!

Thank you so much for reading and hope you enjoy my bizarre accent haha.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Klout Blog Badge

I was reading one of my favourite blogs, Bump to Baby, when I realised that I didn't have a Klout badge on my site.

In case you're not sure what Klout is:
'Klout is a website and mobile app that uses social media analytics to rank its users according to online social influence via the "Klout Score", which is a numerical value between 1 and 100'

It's basically just a little widget that shows your Klout score on your blog. Sounds like a simple thing to do but I couldn't, for the life of me, for ages find the code needed on their website! So I though I'd put it up here so anyone having the same problem can save themselves some time.

So if you just click add widget on your layout page, select the HTML widget and paste in this code:

<center><iframe src="" style="border:0" scrolling="no" allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" width="200px" height="98px">< /iframe ></iframe></center>

Replace YOURUSERNAME with, funnily enough, your Klout username and there you go. it should look like this :)


Wednesday, 17 September 2014

What I Wore Wednesday: Mummy OOTD #9

Dress, Primark
Shoes, old Kurt Keiger
Necklace, New Look

I know I've said this 100 times but it's still hot down here on the South Coast! Apparently this is the last weekend of good weather before autumn hits big time so we're planning a last BBQ - yum yum yum...

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Mumkind Review and Giveaway!

I'm super happy to be able to tell you all about Mumkind, a pregnancy nutrition brand that aims to keep us mummies in tip top condition throughout pregnancy and beyond.

Mumkind are a new pregnancy nutrition brand aimed at mums-to-be and busy new super mums (like ourselves!). Pregnancy is often a time when the focus is mainly on the baby and not on the mother and her needs. This is where Mumkind can make a difference, they have designed products that make sure that pregnant women get the nutrition from food rather than tablets. The products have been developed with experts in the nutrition field and midwives so you know you're in safe hands!

Here's an overview of their products:

Ginger Me Baby lozenges

Soothing Ginger and Chamomile lozenges. Ginger is renowned for it's anti nausea properties and can help stop the nasty symptoms of morning sickness. I suffered really badly from morning sickness till about 20 weeks pregnant so could have really done with a box of these. Next time (haha!). The Chamomile provides a soothing sensation. I love a cup of Chamomile tea to de-stress. An added bonus is that the tub is microwavable and freezer proof so can be re-used!

Water Our Way water enhancers

These little pocket sized bottles make 10 drinks of water much more exciting! You just add a squeeze of water to transform your boring glass of water into a berry tasting sensation. The special blend of B vitamins help reduce tiredness and fatigue. It tastes fab and comes with no guilt as it has 0 calories and 0 carbs. Even better and perfect if you're breastfeeding and need some extra hydration.

Bump to Baby nutrition bars

These come in two flavours - Red Berry & Yoghurt and Gorgeous Chocolate. They provide 25% of the RDA of all essential nutrients to top up your levels for the day. The bars have half the calories of chocolate so again no guilt!

Ginger Me Baby lozenges are available at Sainsburys now and other products will be on a big online retailer very soon so keep your eyes peeled.

The lovelies at Mumkind have given me a little package to give away one of you mummies-to-be!

To be in with your chance to win:

2 packs of Ginger Me Baby lozenges
2 bottles of Water Our Way water enhancers

Enter here...

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, 15 September 2014

Mummy Monday: Broodiness Soon After Having A Baby

I feel ridiculous even writing this post because the thought of getting pregnant anytime in the very near future is laughable and ludicrous! Nevertheless I feel compelled to write it after some things I've been experiencing lately.

Isla was never a teeny tiny baby. She was 8lbs 11ozs when born and although I do remember saying 'oh she's so small' in the hospital, I don't actually remember her being that small. On 2 occasions last week I was confronted with gorgeous teeny tiny babies.

 One was at the baby weigh in clinic I go to and was 3 weeks old. I got to hold her and something inside me suddenly went 'ooh I can't wait to have another'...say what!! Isla is only 21 weeks old. How has my brain forgotten the trials and tribulations of pregnancy?!

The other one was at a baby group I go to and was such a cute little 7 week old boy. Again my mind went 'eeeek I'm so excited to have another!'. Apparently I have also forgotten how horrendous labour is too...

Sunday, 14 September 2014

#SilentSunday #3

Silent Sunday