10 Signs I’m Getting Old

Okay so I’ve been thinking about this for a while and it’s made me stop and think about all the things that happen in my life that show me I am actually a fully fledged adult now and I’m getting old…

  1. I find myself saying things like: ‘How has her mother allowed her to leave the house dressed like that’ and ‘Put some clothes on woman!’
  2. I get excited for things such as: Fresh Fairy Liquid, new washing-up sponge, funky new tea towels.giphy-4.gif
  3. I have a separate file for bills and appointment letters and I get excited to buy the files, plastic wallets, coloured pens and coloured page tabs!
  4. I’d much rather spend and evening having a bubble bath, watching netflix, wearing my slippers drinking a cup of tea than getting all dolled up and going out to dance like a sardine on a sweaty dance floor. (Even my description of a night out makes me sound old)giphy-7.gif
  5. I make noises when I stand up… AND when I sit down!
  6. I say things my mum says such as; ‘I haven’t sat down all day’ when really, I did, to watch 2 episodes of Eastenders on Catch Up ‘Do you live in a barn?’ ‘Are we lighting Fawley Power Station?’ (Big up the New Forest Kids)
  7. I need naps now… Morning, Mid Morning and afternoon too.giphy-2
  8. I have more pyjamas and lounge wear than going out clothes, I actually don’t think any of my dresses fit!
  9. I sit in my home and moan to my partner about the ‘kids’ having a loud party next door at half 10 at night when those neighbours are actually about my age.giphy-8.gif
  10. And finally- I read this one somewhere recently but now when my friends announce their pregnant it’s cause for celebration not ‘OH SHIT DUDE!!!’

 

Do you agree with any of these? What has made you realise you’re getting old??

 

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The Mummy Tag

The lovely Lauren over at Trainee Blogger and Mother has tagged me in ‘The Mummy Tag’ I actually did this tag many months ago- The Mummy Tag but I’m excited to do it again to see how my answers have changed, I haven’t gone back and read my last post as I didn’t want to get wrapped up in those old answers but the first thing I’m going to do is go back AFTER I’ve answered it this time.

Are you a stay at home or working Mum?

I am kind of both, I work from home running our business but I am also a Supervisor at Mamas and Papas- that’s part time so I still get to spend plenty of time with Oscar, the baby.

Would you have it any other way?

Absolutely not, I love my job and I love Oscar, I feel like I get the best of both worlds. As a new parent I felt it was really important for me to have something for me and that’s my work.

Do you co-sleep?

We don’t, we did, but the only time Oscar is in our bed now is in the morning for a while before we all get up for breakfast. We love this, especially when we’re both working and I for one hopes Oscar does this for many years. There’s nothing quite like cuddles in the morning.

My Newborn Must-Have?

A nice blanket or comforter that will stay with them at all times, Oscar has a Mickey Mouse  that he goes to bed with every night. Also, something with a familiar noise for them, Oscar had a musical seahorse, they’re really popular or they were a year ago when I purchased this one.

How many kids do you plan on having?

I’m not sure, I think I’ll play it by ear. I’m not quite ready for another one yet although when Oscar was first born I wanted to be pregnant again immediately. I want us to spend more time with Oscar first, holidays and birthdays and making memories.

Date Night? How often?

We used to go out every week, we don’t now! I’m hoping that once we both settle in to these new roles at work we will start going out more often together because it is so important.

What’s your childs favourite show?

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

What’s one thing you bought for your newborn and never used?

Changing unit- we ended up just putting the changing mat on the floor or our bed!

Child’s favourite food?

Sweet potato

How many cars does your family have?

1 at the moment, we may get a second car when we move

Weight gain before pregnancy, during, after and now?

Oh wow, before pregnancy I put on a lot of weight then had really bad sickness and lost about 4 stone, then put weight on in pregnancy but not too much, then lost a few stones during labour (!!) then since Oscar was born (nearly a year ago) I have just kept putting more and more weight on.

What’s your dream family holiday?

DISNEY!!!!

Dream holiday without kids?

Ummm, Disney still haha. I want to go to New York too.

How has life changed since having children?

I am more tired, I am happier, I feel like there’s a reason for my existence, DEEP I know!

Finish the sentence- it makes me melt when…

I watch Ciaran and Oscar playing or Oscar reaching up to me for cuddles.

Where do I shop for my kids?

Zara, Mamas and Papas, H&M and Next.

Favourite make-up and skincare?

MAC Lipstick and Lip liner, Chanel and Charlotte Tilbury skincare- OH and Bioré and Clinique Night Cream.

Huggies or Pampers?

Pampers

Have you always wanted children?

YES! For as long as I can remember.

Best part of being a Mum?

I have a family, MY family.

I tag all the Mummy’s who read my blog!

 

I Have Too Much To Do…

Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 20.57.16I realise the irony of this blog post, believe me, I do. That I don’t have time to post but I’m posting about not having time to post, I just feel like my followers deserve a bit of an explanation.

Now, when I started this blog I never expected it to be read by anyone but my Facebook friends. Then my following built up, I heard from a lot of readers then brands followed and I’m now an affiliate for a lot of brands and I’m working with some pretty big names behind the scene preparing for some giveaways and exciting adventures in the future. That’s all fantastic, don’t get me wrong I absolutely love working with them and feeling like the content I put out is good enough for them makes me feel amazing. HOWEVER, I’m very aware that without the support of my readers none of that is possible so in the interest of keeping you in the loop as I promised to do last year here it is.

Firstly, I own a big company which a lot of you already know, my office manager is not able to work at the moment due to family commitments, my graphic designer has recently left and that’s a big chunk of publishing, needing an office manager to keep everything moving smoothly and a graphic designer to illustrate and create all our covers etc. I don’t need to go too much into that but you just need to know my work load for the business has increased massively, which is followed by stress because I have very large bookstores from all over the globe breathing down my neck for deadlines, agents pestering for their clients to be noticed and up and coming authors without representation that have brilliant stories to tell that I unfortunately now don’t have the time to listen to. That’s the main part of what I personally do for the company, I am CEO but I like to take a personal interest in those that are jotting down notes in a notebook and need some assistance to get to where they need to be.

Secondly, most of you know I started working at Mamas and Papas doing 12 hours a week and I was absolutely loving it, recently, I received a promotion which I was, and still am, so so happy about it also involved an increase in my hours and location change and although my old store and new store are the same distance from my house it’s still a big adjustment and I just want to make sure I do my best so I’m trying to put lots of my energy into making sure I’m doing everything I can to maximise the potential of moving up within the company. Just quickly to address one of the most frequently asked questions “why do you bother working if you own a company” simple. In my company there’s no where for me to go, I can’t get any higher, I have 14 13 employees who collective run the company with each of their individual roles so I just run the employees really and unless it’s a time like this where we’re in a pickle I don’t reeeeeally do a lot there. So, I needed a bit of me time, some adult time away from the baba, a reason to get dressed etc and a chance to work towards something. Which has been excellently reflected in my promotion.

Next, a rather trivial reason for stress is that Oscar’s nanny (actually relation nanny not au pair) has been on holiday for 2 weeks and with my shifts changing and Ciaran working too we have hugely struggled to find childcare, My mum and Ciarans Mum have been so helpful and today my sister had him but my goodness I didn’t realise how difficult it was to find weekend childcare outside of your family!

Lastly, My health, my stupid health, it always comes down to this doesn’t it? Although, not the ‘usual’ cancer this time I’ve been suffering with migraines that’ve been so bad I’ve been wearing sunglasses- in the rain! I didn’t know a migraine could exhaust your whole body, but they can! I’ve spoken to a doctor and I’m going back on Monday, unfortunately, they do run in my family but I’m hoping I can get something to ease them- any suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated.

So, that’s it really. Now I’ve written it I feel much better, I’m going to make my nightly list now and try and get some sleep. My stats tell me 9pm on a Tuesday is when the majority of you click on my blog but I’m hoping 9:30 on a Thursday will suffice.

Lots of love to you all, thank you for being so patient, I promise a nice big giveaway really soon!

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Value VIP

I’m bringing it back to the reason this blog was started- motherhood and the INCREDIBLY beautiful Chrissy Teigen! This is a very sexy look, especially for someone who just had a baby. All black errrrthang is super stylish and bang on trend.

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As always click each image for product link.

BooHoo saved me with this skirt as always-

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I know it’s not exactly the same, they do have one with a similar pattern but it’s a flow maxi skirt and it didn’t seem appropriate! You’re very brave if you are planning to go out in this skirt so make sure you show me!

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I chose to go with a body suit instead of some big high waisted pants and a tight long sleeved top and not because there’s anything wrong with Bridget Jones pants but because bodysuits are in right now and you’ll get loads of wear out of it, with jeans, with shorts, at festivals, on a night out, the list is endless!

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SHOES SHOES SHOES!

There you go my lovelies, I’ve kept it short and sweet because at the end of the day you don’t come to Value VIP to hear me battering on about each item you come here for the items and I hope I’ve delivered!

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Make sure you follow the link below and use the code FRIDAY_13 to get your discount and get all the swimwear you’re going to need for this lovely summer!

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Value VIP

This week we are getting some Kardashian looks for less! This was literally so much fun looking for different looks etc- I’ve tried to keep each look to one website as far as I can for the sake of saving in delivery costs I hope that works out for you!

I’m so happy that some of you bought the bags from last week- Shantelle the fringe looked amazing on you!!! (shout out as promised)

As always click all images for links to products.

First up- My favourite Kardashian: KHLOE!

CASUAL CHILL

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This look is so fresh and casual absolutely perfect for England at the moment whilst summer is apparently on it’s way but it’s still pretty chilly. Khloe looks incredible much different to her usual body con numbers which is why it’s a lovely starting point.

Screen Shot 2016-05-10 at 18.46.17 This body is really flattering but in-keeping with the casual vibe, if you wanted to change your look up for more of a dressy look this one might be a better option:

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Of course if you already have a nice pair of high waisted jeans whack them on with this look but if you don’t they are a staple wardrobe piece these days! These ones from Miss Pap are fantastic, they’ve got a lovely bit of give to them and wash so well, they don’t fade (beyond the initial fading you buy them with).

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I looked for AGES to find this cardigan, because it seems any I found were all elasticated at the back and a really unflattering shape, I was starting to give up and THEN I found this one! I’m purchasing one for myself especially for my holiday because it seems like the perfect material to throw on when it’s warm just to cover your arms, also I’m a sucker for anything white at the moment as long as it’s kept in pristine white condition which is why I bought some whitener for my washing machine today too, I digress, this is fantastic! It’s only £15 swell which is an absolute bargain!

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Okay, I’m sorry but the slides I didn’t want to skimp on so I’ve gone for the actual Adidas Slides but they’re not expensive they’re still only £25 and I think the hype around them speaks for itself, I can’t go crazy over them as I’m not a massive fan but I’m sure in true Charlie style I’ll start loving these when everyone else is over them.

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Next up Kourtney Kardashian she is killing it since her split from Scott, this look is absolutely perfect for the festival season!

FESTIVAL CHIC

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Last but certainly not least Kim Kardashian West!

BALMAIN BEAUTY

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I have been searching for ages for a top even slightly similar to this one however I’ve come up with a cunning plan- ACCESSORIES! You can always count on accessories. I hope it’s sufficient.

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So there’s a little post, including all 3 sisters!

Hope you’re all keeping well,

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Value VIP

I am starting a new weekly post on this here blog choosing 1 or more VIP looks from the week and re creating it on a budget.

I am loving this idea which I originally got from BooHoo who have asked me to re-create a look of a female who inspires me.

For the first week I’m not re-creating anyones look I’m going to be choosing some designer handbags and finding some affordable alternatives, I hope you like it.

First up this beautiful Chloe Cross Body Bag which retails for £1,105 from their runway collection.

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In keeping with the black/tassels look, this pure suede cross body bag from Oasis is perfect for festival season and a great price at £14.99

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Next up, YSL! I am in love with this clutch and have had my eyeball on it for ages but I think I would get more use out of the purse so I’m still deliberating. However, this croc embossed clutch bag is £795 and I’ve found the perfect croc dupe for only £29.99.

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The great thing about this is if you want to treat yourself to a designer item you can purchase this gold YSL keychain and attach it to a bag and instantly give it a make-over, the one below is from net-a-porter and is £160.

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Following on with the croc theme is this Mulberry Tote, as beautiful as it is it’s painfully priced at £1,200, however, you can stick with a relatively ‘designer’ name tag with this Paul Costelloe Tote which usually retails for about £250 but I have a link below for you to buy at just £69.99, I meeeeeean a saving of £180 is reason enough to buy this one isn’t it? It’s real leather too!

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So, that was just 3 bags that I thought I’d start off with, is this the kind of thing you’d like to see more of? Also, if there’s a certain designer item you’d like a cheaper alternative for just drop me an email, I know you lot aren’t shy, which i love of course.

Hope you’re all well, I’ll do an update on my ‘healthier living’ soon just a teaser for you I tweeted this-

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Be sure to give me a follow!

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