1 Second Everyday App

When I first had Arthur, one of my best friends Kate told me about an app I could use to capture little snapshots of him, so I'd be able to look back and see how he'd changed from day to day. It's called 1 Second Everyday and it's such a good app that I wanted to share it with you!

The concept is really simple, you basically use the app to capture a short one second clip of your life each day and then it stitches them together to create a video. You can review your progress at any time and it's so lovely getting to watch those special moments back. I think it's a wonderful app for parents wanting to snap quick clips of their baby to look back on but you could film anything you like. You also have the option to use images instead, which I've done for the days I've photographed Arthur but forgotten to video him!

The app is free to download from the iTunes App Store and is also available on Android.

Have you tried the 1SE app? What did you think of it?
Disclaimer: This post was NOT sponsored.
 I just wanted to share a post about an app I love!

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The £6 Mugs for Biscuit Lovers

If you read my Favourite Feelings post the other day, you'll know how much I love my coffee. At the moment I'm limiting myself to one cup a day as I'm breastfeeding but in my opinion, decaffeinated coffee is just as good. What makes a cup of coffee even better is a cute mug, so when I saw these biscuit mugs, I simply couldn't resist adding them to my basket!
Perfect for biscuit lovers, the mugs feature a Jammy Dodger, Bourbon, Party Ring and Custard Cream, as well as a funny little slogan. I think my favourite has to be 'I Know How To Party.' They're made from china and are dishwasher safe - pretty good if you ask me, considering they cost just £6.00 for a set of four, from Tesco Direct. I feel like other websites would charge way more than that for these mugs, so if you like them, snap them up while you can!


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Farewell Maternity Jeans

I'm pleased to announce that I have now stepped out of my trusty Next maternity jeans for good. You'd think after months of wearing maternity jeans I'd be desperate to wear anything else but I'd grown quite fond of them and they had sort of become my comfort blanket. You see, over the bump jeans are really comfortable, not like your average jeans. Obviously when you're pregnant the over the bump bit is great for support but postpartum I also felt it helped to tuck in what I liked to call my 'Kanga Pouch.' My absolutely huge bump quickly shrunk after giving birth to Arthur, however I still didn't have the confidence to let go of my maternity jeans.

That all changed last week when I decided that it was time to delve back into the world of real jeans (without bump bands). I ordered a gorgeous pair of F&F ripped skinny jeans in a size 14 (a size up from my pre-pregnancy size) and do you know what, they were actually too big! I kept them anyway, thinking they'd be okay but I've now ended up buying a pair of size 12 jeans, which fit like a dream and make me feel amazing. Don't get me wrong, I've still got weight to lose and a hell of a lot of toning up to do but I'm honestly happy with my body after baby, stretch marks and all. I'm in no rush to get back to the size 10 I was once upon a time and as a breastfeeding mum, fad diets aren't on the cards for me. I'm just going to carry on the way I have been (albeit with a few extra walks and fitness DVDs thrown in) and see how it goes. I honestly think breastfeeding has helped me massively though. It triggers contractions after you've given birth that help to shrink the womb and burns extra calories to make milk.

I guess one thing I've struggled with since giving birth is knowing what clothes to wear. I'm not just talking about leaving my maternity clothes behind but rediscovering my sense of fashion and style. Before I got pregnant I was all about pretty dresses and tights. Now I can't think of anything more uncomfortable to wear in the day time and seem to be all about jeans, stripy tees (a forever favourite) and roll neck jumpers instead. Pregnancy and child birth definitely changes you, as well as your body and there will probably come a point when you decide it's time to rediscover or re-invent yourself. I'm currently in the process of working out what is 'me' and I've got to say, it's quite fun! I'm even contemplating a hair colour change to mark the occasion! Now that is pushing the boat out...

Roll Neck Jumper // Skinny Ripped High Waisted Jeans // Toggle Handbag // Striped Top

Have any other mums struggled to ditch their maternity wear after giving birth?
How many of you felt a change of style was necessary?
Leave me a comment or tweet me to carry on the conversation!

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My Favourite Feelings

I recently read a really lovely post on More Mindful You about her fifteen favourite feelings. It was such a cute idea that I thought I'd share fifteen of my own favourite feelings and encourage you to do the same!

1. Giggles and smiles from Arthur
2. Making my family proud
3. The first sip of coffee in the morning
4. Laughing with mum
5. Hugging my best friends after weeks (often months) gone by
6. When a new outfit fits perfectly
7. Watching my dogs run free down the trail
8. Perfect eyeliner flicks
9. A tidy room
10. Milk drunk baby face
11. Christmas Eve & Christmas Morning
12. A kind tweet about a blog post
13. Seeing Arthur do something new
14. Morning cuddles with my son
15. Knowing I've made a good decision

What are your favourite feelings?
Share them below or tweet me to carry on the conversation!
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My Mum's Book Release Day!

Just a quick post to let you know that my mum's book, The Dangerous Gift, which I spoke about in this post, is now available to buy! I'm so proud of her and wanted to share the great news with you here on my blog. If you enjoy a good Romantic Suspense, then hit the buy button and give it a read!

The Dangerous Gift Blurb...

After a tragic plane crash kills Jennie Taylor’s guardians, she returns to her childhood home—and her first love, Jared Stewart.

At just eighteen years old, Jennie had left the Unicorn Ranch in Texas to seek a life in the outside world. But she wasn’t just running toward independence. Heartbroken and confused, Jennie fled her home after Jared harshly rejected her on the eve of her birthday.

Now she must choose between making a new life on the ranch she has grown to love, or returning to her simple but empty life in England. The choice seems obvious at first, but nothing in life is simple… 

Jared is forced to share control of his beloved ranch with the woman he wants but can't have.

When Jennie receives an anonymous note, she goes to Jared for support. But what she finds is more than she was prepared for, driving the two further apart than ever. When an old friend is murdered and suspicious accidents escalate, endangering Jennie’s safety, Jared becomes her reluctant protector.

Jennie knows Jared is hiding something, but does he really want her gone from the ranch? And if so, could he be the one behind the ominous threats?

Determined to prove Jared isn't involved, Jennie turns detective. Can she succeed in her courageous but reckless investigation…or is the truth a dangerous gift she won’t survive?

The Dangerous Gift is available as both an eBook and Paperback and can be purchased from one of the sites below...

Be sure to check out my mum's blog too & follow her on GoodReads!


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Radiant Skin in a Tube

Along with the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams, the Botanics Radiance Balm is a 'top product of the moment' for me but I completely forgot to include it in my January favourites! If you feel your complexion is looking a little dull and could do with an extra boost, this offers radiant skin in a nice squeezy tube.

The Botanics All Bright Radiance Balm is designed to minimise visible signs of fatigue and stress, leaving the skin radiant and full of vitality. It's made with Hibiscus, known for it's brightening properties and also contains natural AHA's (alpha hydroxyl acids) which act as a gentle exfoliator.

I tend to apply this with my fingers, over the top of my moisturiser, before my BB cream or sometimes I'll mix a little with my BB cream and apply it with a brush instead. It offers a lovely pink-toned illuminating glow, which leaves the skin looking so radiant and beautiful. Applying the Radiance Balm has become an important step in my skincare / makeup routine as I feel it makes such a difference to my overall appearance.

Reviews on the Boots website compare this balm to the Clarins Beauty Flash Balm and MAC Strobe Cream. Whilst I haven't tried the other products myself, it's great to know that a £5.99 product compares well to the likes of these much more expensive brands!

If you're interested in giving the Botanics All Bright Radiance Balm a go yourself, it's currently part of Boots' 3-for-2 skincare offer. A little goes a long way, so it's a product you'll really get your money's worth from.

What's your top beauty product for radiant skin? 
Leave a comment below or give me a tweet to carry on the conversation!
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Beautifying My Bedroom

When doing up the house last year, we concentrated on getting my living room and Arthur's nursery absolutely perfect. I'd say we did a pretty good job and by we, I mean my mum and dad. I basically said what I wanted and they were kind enough to do it all for me - I was very pregnant by that point, not lazy, I promise!

Although we gave my bedroom a lick of white paint (that I did help with as it was earlier on in my pregnancy) and put down new flooring, it kind of got pushed aside in my mind when it came to giving it style and character. But after falling back in love with Pinterest this week, I'm feeling oh-so-inspired again and ready to beautify my bedroom.

So, if you haven't guessed by the images in this post, I'm thinking of going for a monochrome and blush pink colour scheme. I want to keep it quite minimalist but at the same time, it needs to feel inviting and cosy. I think blush pink accents will achieve that perfectly!

In my head, I'm picturing a wall of prints and white bedding with blush pink and monochrome cushions. I'm dying to get my hands on a Swiss cross print throw for my bed but I can't for the life of me find one that isn't 1) A baby blanket or 2) £100+. HELP?!

H&M has some gorgeous cushion covers and accessories, like the pink wire basket, which I'm planning on having next to my bed filled with things like my Kindle, diary, notebooks etc. etc and the pretty pink candles, because let's face it, every beautiful bedroom needs candles. I also want to put up a couple of shelves (Ha! if we're being realistic - I'll ask my dad to put up a couple of shelves) and get a few trinkets and fancy photo frames to jazz things up.

I think just a few simple changes will turn my rather bland looking bedroom into something quite beautiful! What do you think? Oh and if you want to recommend any Pinterest accounts for me to follow, go ahead and do your thing. Home interiors, beauty, quotes, I want to see it all!

Image credits: VANMARIEL // H&M // They All Hate Us //
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5 Tips For A Brand New Mummy

I've only been a mama for just over three months so I'm no expert but having experienced the newborn stage I wanted to share five little tips for any mamas-to-be and new mummies out there. The tips are very simple and you might even have heard them a thousand times already but it doesn't hurt to keep them in mind!

1. Don't bother with newborn outfits | Buy sleepsuits and vests instead. You'll find it hard enough dressing and undressing your baby a million times a day, when it's all new to you, let alone if you throw complicated outfits into the mix! Make it simple for yourself. Oh and don't buy too much newborn stuff - they don't stay that tiny for long!

2. Say YES to help | You don't have to do everything yourself. It doesn't make you any less of an awesome mum! If a family member offers to cook, clean, do your washing, cuddle your baby while you shower, say "YES, YES PLEASE."

3. But don't be afraid to say no | Everyone is going to want to pay you a visit when your little one has arrived safely but if you're not ready for visitors, don't be afraid to say no. Your extended family and friends will understand if you need a few days (or longer!) just to be with your baby. I ended up switching off my phone for a couple of days just because I wanted time to adjust to my new mummy life. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that at all.

4. Talk it out | You're going to have all sorts of new worries as a new mummy, so talk them out with someone close to you. From the colour of baby poo to milk posets and sore nipples - you can talk to other mummies about all these things without them looking at you with a strange look on their face! Having people to talk to can be really reassuring when everything is so new.

5. Enjoy it | If you're anything like me and the majority of other new mummies, you won't get much done with a newborn (only baby things) and that's perfectly fine. You won't get this time back, so enjoy every moment! You'll never look back on your life and think, gah I should have put that extra load of washing in, will you? So don't stress about the small things. You're doing great.

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NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams

Dare I say it...I think I may have found my favourite ever lip product in the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams! That's a really bold statement to make I know but it's so unlike me to buy a lip product in multiple colours because I love it so much! And for it to be a matte lip product is even more surprising! I've never gotten along with matte lip products in the past as I've always found them so drying.

The NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams (£5.50 from Boots) are just on another level for me. The shade range is stunning, the formula is long lasting and the 'matte-ness' isn't drying in the slightest. They're virtually weightless on the lips and offer a gorgeous pop of colour. I can't rave about them enough!

So far I own three of the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams: Amsterdam, Istanbul and Milan. Amsterdam is a stunning blue-toned red that will suit most skin tones. It's my first choice for days when I want a bold lip to go with my simple winged eyeliner. Istanbul is a pretty pale pink shade. I wasn't sure it'd actually suit me but I was pleasantly surprised!

My favourite shade though has to be Milan, a mauve pink that I featured in my January Favourites post. I feel like it really suits my complexion and adds a special finishing touch to my everyday makeup looks.

I know I'm really late jumping on the bandwagon with these but I'm so glad I've finally discovered them! I've got my eye on so many of the other shades so I don't imagine it'll be long before I'm expanding my Soft Matte Lip Creams collection.

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