Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A Mothercare Christmas - Making MUM feel special!

I've spent four Christmases pregnant. Finding nice, flattering, glamorous outfits for the Christmas season is just NOT easy when you're pregnant and probably feel more like a Beach Ball than The Bell of the Ball...

Needing to feel comfortable in your clothes is so much more important when you're pregnant too. If I was to do it all again (and I'm really not planning to!) knowing everything I do now that I've been there, done it, and got the t-shirt (4 t-shirts) this is what I would buy!

The Office Party:

No wardrobe is complete without the "Little Black Dress" and the Mamalicious Sequin Top Dress is especially nice. The sequins give it that sparkle that I simply love at this time of year. The cowl neckline is very flattering, and the skirt is classic black which is slimming without hiding the bump.

Equally the Mamalicious Black Sparkle Dress is just as stunning, you can dazzle your co-workers with bling all while flattering your figure and your bump.

I would wear some cute heels with either of these dresses, and look fabulous sat at the bar with a virgin cocktail. And when it was time to go home and there was a chill in the air I would just LOVE to slip into this Envie de Fraises Maternity Coat Cape!

Comfort is especially important if it's going to be a long day & night so I would make sure I had a good maternity bra on, but for me it needs to be pretty, like this Black Mini Spot Support Bra by Blooming Marvellous. I get a confidence buzz form knowing I have nice undies on, even thought it's just me - and maybe the Hubby if he's lucky - who gets to see them.

And I cannot stress enough the importance of good maternity tights! Too many times I struggled with regular tights that would start to roll under my bump half way through the day. Proper maternity tights! Trust me on this one!

Christmas Morning:

If your family is anything like mine, and especially if you have kids already, then you can be pretty sure the cameras and phones will be out on Christmas morning snapping photos while you're still in your PJs opening presents with the kids. I have a couple of grim looking photos of me, pregnant on Christmas morning, looking like I had already swallowed the Christmas Turkey whole!

If I was doing it again I would be wearing this! Adorable Tatty Teddy Pyjamas by Blooming Marvellous! Cute, comfortable, cuddly... perfect for playing with the kids and their new toys. It keeps the bump (and other bits) covered and cosy while you get on with being a mum-with-a-bump at Christmas, without looking frumpy or over stuffed!



Although if I was on my first pregnancy and still had the opportunity to laze in bed on Christmas morning with the baby-daddy I would probably be more likely to be wearing one of these pretty Cami Nighties by Blooming Marvellous!

On a not-so-Christmasy note have also found cami nighties to be perfect for my stay on the maternity ward - which is a seriously warm place at my hospital. Because they are small and lightweight they take up very little room in your hospital bag, allow freedom of movement if you wear one during labour, and I personally find the thin straps ideal for slipping off when I was getting used to breastfeeding a new baby. And it's nice to have something pretty to wear on the ward too!

Visiting The Family:

We do a lot of visiting of family over Christmas! We have a lot of family to visit! And I love to have a few nice smart-casual things to wear, a few glitzy items to dress up jeans, something nice and pretty, and make an effort to look good. Even through the heart burn and sciatica!

These are some of the things I would be wearing this Christmas if I was pregnant again:


  1. Gold Studded Maternity / Nursing Top (coz it pays to have something you can carry on using once baby is here!)
  2. Envie de Fraises Maternity Winter Box Style Kit- 3 Piece Set
  3. Maternity Yoga Pants by Blooming Marvellous
  4. Dark Wash Over The Bump Maternity Bootleg Jeans by Blooming Marvellous
  5. Navy Polka Dot Maternity Top by Blooming Marvellous
  6. Christmas Sparkle Maternity Top by Blooming Marvellous
  7. Burgundy Fabric Mix Maternity Dress by Blooming Marvellous
  8. Spotted Mesh Maternity Top by Blooming Marvellous
  9. Blooming Marvellous Knitted Spot Dress
  10. Mamalicious Red Beaded Top

It's almost enough to make me broody again

Almost......

Visit Mothercare for these outfits and more


Disclaimer: I am not being paid for this review, although I may win a prize draw for taking part in this promotion. I have written this post based on my own taste in clothes and from the perspective of someone who has actually been pregnant at Christmas four times. I have previously bought and worn maternity clothes from Mothercare and am a great fan of Blooming Marvellous in particular.



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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

This time last year!

Did you know that I had been working on losing some weight? I have been writing my other blog over here: I Wanna Be A Yummy Mummy for the last few months, but the journey actually started a year ago tomorrow when I was told I wouldn't be able to get any benefit from the fertility drugs I had asked for (to help me through my secondary infertility) on account of my weight.

At that point I had no idea what my weight was. I was weighed at the fertility clinic and told I was 15 stone and 8 pounds, which but me at severely obese with a BMI of over 36. It was a real shock. I had never been so heavy before. As soon as I got home I signed up for Weight Watchers - which had worked for me in the past but I had never stuck with for long.

I lost a lot of weight in the first couple of weeks - as you tend to - and fell pregnant quickly and naturally (how your weight can affect your fertility) resulting in our gorgeous son Freddie. All through my pregnancy I tried to follow the basic principles of Weight Watchers. I still tracked my points based on my pre-pregnancy weight, set to maintain weight and with points for breastfeeding on the basis that it would give me enough to be healthy and provide for baby while making sure I didn't gain a load of body fat. I wasn't trying to lose weight or avoid a baby-bump.

It's worth saying that Weight Watchers don't endorse using their program while pregnant but I had spoken with my doctors and they were happy with what I was doing and why. Because of my weight and my history of heavy babies (heavy, not fat, none of them were fat) I am looked after by the Gestational Diabetes Clinic when I'm pregnant. They need me to eat a healthy, low fat, low sugar, low carb diet in order to manage my blood sugars so keeping with Weight Watchers fit in well with that. I needed to avoid gaining fat on myself and avoid making my baby obese before he was even born.

And it worked! Freddie was 3 weeks early (nothing to do with what I was eating, everything to do with heat stroke) and weighed 9lb 6oz. He was not a fat baby. He was just big and well made, haha! No doubt a result of all the fresh fruit and veg I ate instead of chocolate and junk.

He was born at the end of July and it was the beginning of September before I dared to get on the scales. But when I did I was delighted! I was 2lb lighter than the day I found out I was pregnant. And my BMI was 32 which made me Obese not Seriously Obese. It felt REALLY GOOD!

So I've carried on. Hubby is trying to lose weight too. I've swapped driving locally for walking while baby wearing, I'm using the Wii Fit weekly, and I'm making sure I use my extra points while I'm breastfeeding. My first weigh in this month saw me drop from Obese to just OVERWEIGHT.... My eldest asked if I wanted to have a party to celebrate! But I said we'd wait until I reached "ideal" before I did that.

What's the point of this story? It's to say that a year can make a huge difference. I have lost over 3 stone in a year - and got pregnant and had a baby in that time too. I was a size 20/22 this time last year. I'm rocking a size 14 in jeans now! I'm lighter, happier, healthier, and still motivated to shift these last 2 stone which will put me at "normal" or "ideal" weight (based on BMI).

What can you achieve in a year? What could you start TODAY?

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Greenlands Farm Village - Bush Trial!

My Mum came to visit today so we took the kids out (apart from Jack who stayed home with Daddy). We let them choose. Georgie shouted "Animal Farm!" and Tom followed that with "Can we go to the one with the Boo Barn?!" - That was the Halloween event at Greenlands Farm Village! So off we went.

We arrived in time for Tom & Georgie to get on the donkeys for another ride about. This time they went a different way round the farm this time too so that worked out brilliantly for them. Georgie loved getting to ride on George The Donkey again - it really tickles him that they share the same name!

Tom remembered his way round really well and lead the way so he could show Nana all the animals. He couldn't wait to show her the ducks! Then we watched the lads play in the hay barn while I fed Freddie. We took a look at the collie pups and watched as some escapee piglets got rounded up and put back in their pen with mummy pig - squealing piglets! What a noise! We made time for the petting zoo too, and one guinea pig seemed to want to climb into George's pocket and come home with us!

Tom was still chattering about the Boo Barn and I was trying to explain that Halloween was over now, we'd have to come back and see if they were doing anything for Christmas next month... when the door opened and the young lady who had been in the Boo Barn with them came out. She remembered us! And there WAS a new event... an "I'm a Celebrity" themed one! So in we went (but not Nana who is phobic about snakes!)

Inside were a row of tanks with hissing cockroaches, mealworms, snakes, "mystery items" and fake blood, all there for dipping your hands in if you dare! And at the end... the very last challenge.... EAT A MEALWORM! The lass handed out a tub of mealworms (dead ones!) and offered them to Tom & George, who both accepted and ate one! Tom pulled a face like you wouldn't believe - but it didn't come back out. Georgie took a second one!!!


They got a packet of chocolate button each for their bravery (or to take the taste away) and a great story to tell back at school & nursery on Monday!

Visit Greenlands Farm Village
Greenlands Farm Village, Tewitfield, Carnforth, Lancashire, LA6 1JH 

This isn't a paid or compensated review.


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