Saturday, 31 January 2015

Aldi baby & toddler event + ring shopping

Hope you've all had a good week! I feel like we've been really busy as we've been dress shopping and it seems it's all I can think about now! My car also had it's MOT which is always a scary time but it passed (well..besides 2 light bulbs!), woo! 

I popped to the Aldi baby & toddler event this week too to see what I could find and I was really impressed! I got Sienna some really good bit and it's brilliant value for money as always, highly recommend it! 

I got... 12x wipes, 2 story books, Calpol, 2 packs of tights, a non spill zippy straw cup, a grip tight bib and some kiddylicious raspberry crispy snacks. I was really happy with the tights as normally I pay £2-3 a pair but these were packs of 2 for just £1.99 and are cute patterns too! I also stocked up on the wipes as it was a box of 12 for just £5.99.. absolute bargain! These are fragrance free too and don't irritate sensitive skin, they're also great quality and I prefer them to the more expensive brands you can get. If you're in need of baby/toddler bits definitely head to your nearest Aldi!

I thought I'd also just do a mini wedding update as well! I just want to say thanks for all the feedback on my wedding dress video.. it is much appreciated! I have read every comment and taken your opinions on board. I am going to try some different styles today so I'm really excited. Also today, I think I found my wedding ring! I had no intention of looking yet but when walking past the window it caught my eye.. you can't blame me can you?! It seems I'm being drawn to anything that sparkles lately... except bathrooms taps.. they're not so appealing ;) 

 It actually looked gorgeous and it fitted really well with my engagement ring even though it wasn't made to fit. I know some people might think it's crazy to be buying it now but I think it's quite an easy decision to make.. and it doesn't matter if I get it now or later because my engagement ring will stay the same no matter what! I like being organised and getting things ticked off the list! 

It's a little bit more than we had budgeted for but you can tell it's better quality and it was a thicker band so hopefully will last longer. A lot of them were really thin and looked quite cheap next to my ring. The lady helping me was lovely and that was her advice.. get a similar band to the engagement ring. You don't want to have an expensive engagement ring such as something from George Tarratt and then pair it with a cheap looking wedding band, it just doesn't look right! Now we have to find Warren's! 

Do you love Aldi?
+ Did you get wedding rings early or leave it until the last minute?

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Friday, 30 January 2015

7 important considerations when caring for the elderly

If you take care of an elderly relative you know that it can be a tough job with lots of things to think about. With the responsibility leading to emotional as well as physical and mental strain, it can have a massive effect on people’s lives. You need to remember to get a balance between your work, responsibilities and your relaxation in order to ward off exhaustion. Whilst looking after an elderly person, it is important to keep the following factors at the forefront of your mind.
The Accessibility of their Home
Unless you live with the elderly person, you cannot be with them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Therefore, it is important to ensure their house is safe to use effectively. Lowering kitchen cupboards, fitting hand rails and keeping a torch handy are all good tips. There are several alterations you can make to bathrooms to make them easier to use. Today, ‘wet room’ set-ups are becoming increasingly popular.
Signs of Dementia
As people advance in years they become more prone to dementia-related illnesses such as alzheimer’s. The symptoms of early stage alzheimer’s can include forgetfulness (words, objects, dates and recent conversations), getting lost and being confused. If you notice any of these things you should book an appointment with a doctor.
Are they on the Right Medication?
Various complaints can stem from a person not being on the right medication. Medical complaints can change over time or develop therefore it is worth regularly checking with a doctor or a pharmacy that medicines are being effective and whether dosages need to be adjusted.
Vitamin D intake
As older people often spend much longer indoors and their skin become less able to synthesize vitamin D, they can suffer from a deficiency in it. It is worth looking into factoring in higher levels or vitamin D in their diet and perhaps taking supplement pills as lack of vitamin D can lead to weak bones.
Should you consider a care home?
This is often a tricky decision and a difficult subject to broach with a relative but if you feel they are suffering from living at home – they may be falling regularly or struggling to deal with day-to-day life – it may be better for everyone involved for them to move into a care home. Such home provides by providers like Extra Care can be warm environments with lots going on.
Signs of Depression
If your relative is experiencing sadness, fatigue, weight loss and sleep disturbances they may be starting to suffer from depression, another common condition amongst the elderly. Again, the best thing you can do if you notice these signs is to see a doctor.
Tripping and Falls Hazards
Rugs and mats are the scourge of the NHS, every year thousands of elderly people are admitted to accident and emergency after tripping on an unnecessary mat. Get rid of them!
Social Life
An active social life can be the best medicine for an older person. Encourage them to see friends, join clubs and call family members as often as possible.

Wedding dress shopping + top picks from family-nation

Today was an exciting day.. My Mum & I went wedding dress shopping! It was the first time trying on dresses and was a weird experience! I had such a clear idea of what I wanted entering the shop...I told the lady what style/material I wanted.. picked some dresses out.. tried them on and... hated them! 

Ok, I didn't hate them but I definitely didn't find 'the one'. I actually left having really, really, really liked a dress.. but now looking at the pictures I really dislike it! How can that happen?! I'm so glad we took pictures for me to look through as they seem to look different in the pictures than they did to me in the mirror. We are going again tomorrow to try even more styles on so I can hopefully get a clearer image of what I want! I have a feeling it's going to take me a loooong time to find the dress of my dreams!

We did vlog the experience so you can watch below and see if you like any of the dresses! If you do please let me know :)

Oh and note to myself... don't take a tired toddler next time.. it doesn't quite make for that relaxing experience it's supposed to be ;)

(I didn't try this one on but now I am regretting it!)

I also wanted to share with you a few of my top picks from a new e-boutique I have discovered. Family-nation is a brand I have only just come across however I'm already hooked! To give a little background of the company, it was formed in 2011 by parents Emilia and Aidan Cox who had decided they wanted to create a quality online boutique. It is a one-stop hub for parents all around with the world as it offers a vast selection from all categories.. there really is something for every occasion. 


I have chosen my top picks from the site.. I'm sure you can see from the above pictures.. they are unique, stylish and offer a whole range of items yet still keep a distinctive look. Something that really helps them stand out from the crowd is they put into offering a personal service. 

They handpick all the items on the basis of their quality, sustainability and design so you know you are choosing a brilliant product, whatever you go for. They are also always willing to help, offering the option of ringing, emailing or even skyping them if you are in need of some help. Delivery is quick and reliable, orders are sent to over 191 countries around the world by express courier within 24 hours! They really seem like a fantastic brand and company and you should definitely check the website out... especially their Winter sale which is here ;)

What style wedding dress can you see me in? 
+ what's your top pick from family-nation?

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Thursday, 29 January 2015

Loving your dad is no crime..

David Tennant was moved to tears by his father's heartfelt tribute at the 2015 National Television Awards (NTAs). The Broadchurch and Doctor Who actor received a Special Achievement award at the ceremony and dedicated it to his father, who spoke lovingly and admiringly of his son.
During a video round-up of the Scot's career, the very Rev. Dr Alexander McDonald said: "He does love people, and that's a great gift. In this day and age, to love people makes the world a better place. And I think David, in all that he does, makes the world a better place…I mean, as you must realise, I'm his dad."

Tennant, himself a father of two children and step-father to a third, seems to be a shining example of how relationships between fathers and sons can mature into enduring friendships based on mutual respect and appreciation. So, how do you make it to that point?  Tennant is notoriously private about his personal life so we can only guess at what kind of childhood he had.
One thing is for sure, his dad wasn't the type to take him down to the park for a kick around. Tennant is famous for his dislike of football - he doesn't support a team and it's unlikely that, despite his proud heritage, he's ever dabbled in any Scottish football betting. 
So, there's hope for all fathers and sons who spurn the national sport and embrace alternative bonding experiences instead. The truth is, it doesn't matter what you do together, just that you do something together. It does not have to be football. Whether you take your boy to the movies, join a laser tag league or just simply help him with his homework, shared experience is an important link if you're to form an unbreakable connection.
Doing stuff together tells your son that you're happy to make time for him because he's important to you and he's fun to be around. Listening, chatting and sharing stories with one another is a natural by-product of spending time in each other's company. And that's a valuable habit to form early on. These days there's a tendency to trivialise fatherhood and the important role that dads play in raising their children, male or female.
The character of Daddy Pig in the kid’s cartoon favourite Peppa Pig is the butt of lots of jokes and Homer Simpson is portrayed as an idiot in the iconic US series. Last year the Early Learning Centre was forced to withdraw a TV ad that suggested the only role fathers played in their children's lives was to tell them where Mum is.
Surprisingly enough, there are a number of celebrity dads who are setting a good example and proving that fatherhood is not to be laughed at. David Beckham, Gary Barlow and Jamie Oliver, for example, have all been praised for their parenting skills.
Who can guess what kind of relationship Tennant had with his dad while growing up. But judging by their touching exchange at the NTAs, chances aretThe very Rev Dr McDonald was doing something right.

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How to dress like a 'grown up'...

 Lately I have been feeling a bit stuck in terms of what to wear. I want to look 'mum appropriate  and not look like a 12 year old who has a child but at the same time I don't want to start looking old before my time.. I am only 23 after all! 

It gets to that time in your life when you have to take a serious look at your wardrobe and start to weed out some of the clothing. Sometimes, you get rid of things because they're old, while at other times it's because they go out of style. Your last wardrobe purge may have been because you just splurged on cheap sexy dresses and needed some extra space or because you physically outgrew something, but when was the last time you got rid of clothing because you outgrew it mentally?  
It can be hard to determine when you're too old for certain styles, especially when you feel sentimentally attached to them. However, eventually you may feel that your wardrobe should mature with you – but it may seem hard to make the transition when you don't even know where to start. If you're ready to start dressing your age, follow these simple tips.

Say goodbye to graphic tees and t-shirts
As you get older, you may start to feel a bit awkward heading out in a plain old t-shirt. Graphic tees and your favorite concert shirts still have a place in your life, but just not in your everyday wardrobe. Get rid of any shirt that has a boxy cut, and look for tops that actually give your body some shape. A cinched waist, draped neckline, or a classic peplum top can instantly age and class up any outfit.
Get rid of beat up shoes
There's nothing wrong with having a beat up pair of shoes for when you're running errands or doing some house work, but you should start most days with a nice looking pair of footwear. Nothing ruins an outfit more than beat up shoes, and if you want to start dressing like an adult you're going to have to say goodbye to your old pair of Vans. Despite what you may think, it is possible to wear "big girl shoes" and still be comfortable. Look for some versatile flats and boots, and (if you need to) improve your comfort levels by slipping in some gel pads. Also, be sure to have at least one pair of heels that you can comfortably walk in without wobbling.
 Stop relying on hoodies
Hoodies and warm pull-overs are great for when you're lounging around the house or running out for a quick errand, but that should be their only place in an adult wardrobe. Blazers and jackets are way more stylish than any hoodie or sweatshirt, and they can be thrown on with just as much ease. Resist the urge to throw a hoodie on when you're running out of the house, and make sure that you always reach for your jacket. If you really miss the comfort and softness of a sweatshirt, find a stylish and loose-fitting sweater you can throw on in a hurry.
Get some real pants
For the first two decades of your life you'll practically live in jeans, but once you're an adult you're going to need some actual pants to wear. Tailored dress pants will always look great on you, and if you can't stand those, you can always invest in some skirts. That's not to say that you should give up the jeans – just wear them on weekends and not on your average day. 

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