Follow Friday

Happy Friday lovely people!

I thought I’d share something a bit different today. I’ve been loving discovering new blogs as of late and have found myself reading them into the wee hours of the morning. So I thought I’d share some of my favourites from the past week:

These are just a few, and they are all wonderful in their own right. They cover a whole range of topics from makeup to mental health, life changing health conditions to creative short stories!

Have a little read, and feel free to leave any blogs you think I would enjoy reading in the comments… including your own posts! 😁

Advertisements

Words Of The Week – #3

So call me an old romantic but this past week I’ve been feeling so much love for my hubby.

He’s the best person in my life (including my beautiful little boy) and sometimes it just hits me that I am bloody lucky to have him!

On that basis, this weeks theme is LOVE 💕…

Are you feeling all warm and fuzzy in your heart??? Bet you are! 💞


Thoughts Of The Day

So it’s Friday and this has been the most hellish week ever.

We had a flood about 2 months ago and we only just had our new flooring fitted yesterday. Our house has been a pigsty for weeks and it’s only now getting back to looking semi-presentable.

It got me thinking about why we obsess over our homes.

I have a genuine interest in Interior Design and I love nothing more than scrolling through the pages of beautiful homes on my Instagram feed, but having the capacity to keep my home looking like the ones in these photos is just out of the question.

I have 1 child… just 1… and 99.9% of the time my livingroom resembles a dumping ground, filled with toys, half eaten food squashed into the floor, water spilled and an array of other delightful bits and bobs lying haphazardly all over the room.

So… My question is this…

Are these simply show-homes, where nobody lives there but the owners just visit from time to time to take beautiful photographs?

Or are they the homes of childless people who are wonderfully neat and tidy, who choose to eat all of their food over the kitchen sink, and can wear white for longer than an hour?

OR (and I believe this is the most likely scenario)… is my child just the spawn of Satan, purposefully sent to cause absolute destruction and mayhem in our home???

Answers on a postcard please!


My Favourite Instagram Accounts

Initially I thought I would share my Top 5 accounts with you all, but when I tried to narrow it down to just 5 I failed… Miserably.

My Instagram feed is a lot like my taste in music… Very eclectic… Or crazily varied if you prefer.

I have so many different interests and Instagram is just amazing for showcasing the very best examples of people with similar interests to mine.

As well as that, it is primarily about photographs and with me being a photographer it obviously pushes this particular “social media platform” into the Number 1 position!

So without further ado… here are my favourite accounts to follow, from least fave to absolute fave, and the wonderful things you can expect from them.

10.

Facts – Facts By Guff

16122557_1226255417466178_6701154949000069120_a

This is a wonderfully weird page filled to the brim with the most interesting Facts. That’s all. But if your a strange one like me, who enjoys the most random information, some conversation starters or just an excuse to one up the people around you with your obscure knowledge, then this page is a winner!!! 

An example of the kind of information you can expect:

“Google was originally called Backrub”!

9.

StaceyMarieMUA – Stacey McDonald

15623612_274728022964503_8273969284145741824_a

Stacey is a Doncaster based Makeup Artist whos work is just incredible. Her artistry has attracted almost 100k followers and quite rightly so. She regularly posts videos showing her work in process and has an array of colourful photos on her page to admire. If you love makeup, this is definitely one to follow!

8.

CorbyCraigNewBuild – Craig Johnson

20184061_1983633811662629_3108127751756840960_a

Craigs page is jam-packed full of beautiful images of his newly bought & decorated home. His style is classic and clean, and if you’re a lover of home decor then you will really enjoy what he has to offer. I often flick through his images when I’m feeling stressed and it just calms me… It really does. Also, his InstaStories are pretty funny too. 

7.

WonderfulU – Megan Gilbride

22639124_1516990175062019_8822256425376940032_n

I first discovered Megans page through another Instagram account. She often models for a photographer I follow and there was just something about her style and presence that lured me in.  Her fashion sense is so wide and varied that she goes from Boho Chic, to High Fashion, to Simple Elegance all in one flawless stride. If I were at all capable of holding down any style at all, it would be hers!

6.

Actual Insta Homes

20589808_582516872137876_1252582157671464960_a

This page is every home interiors lovers dream. It is a collection of the best of actual instagrammers homes. It is unbelievable and wonderful all at once. It both inspires me, and makes me feel bad about my totally un-insta-ready home! But well worth a follow. 

5.

MilkBubbleTea – Becky Hendry

928618_261072767413852_1738194209_a

So the only way I can describe this page is Cosy Cosy Cosy! 

Becky lives in what can only be described as a white & pastel wonderland. Her home is filled with fluffy blankets, Disney inspired EVERYTHING, cakes & flowers galore. It is where I’d image Alice In Wonderland would live Happily Ever After, which is funny because Becky is not unlike Alice. If you’re looking for cozy vibes… get following.

4.

The Motherload HQ

20969139_165568347336118_8521593626436829184_a

The tagline for this page is as follows:

“Celebrating the carnage of Motherhood” – this is absolutely the best way to describe this wonderful page. It’s not your typical polished Instagram page, instead it’s full of real life mummy moments and off the cuff humour. Its sole purpose I believe is to make us mummies feel less guilty about our sometimes less than adequate parenting. As well as bringing us mummies all together to celebrate those moments of victory (i.e getting the kids to bed unscathed, or getting them to eat all of their dinner). I love this page… It seems to pop up on my feed just when I really need it. 

3.

Mother Of Daughters – Clemmie Hooper

22580584_1435877119794572_3751180541760634880_n

Clemmie is my idol. I honestly don’t know how she does everything she does. She’s a midwife, an InstaMum, an author and a mother to 4 daughters (2 of whom are toddling twins)!!! She is my hero. Shes beautiful and funny and straight speaking. I love her InstaStories so much because shes just so normal. I can relate to her, as can most other women and mothers. She is truly brilliant. 

2.

The Mother Hen – Kathryn Hendry

22069669_142815409666213_2744065132379242496_n

Ok so I’m not entirely sure where I first discovered this wonderful lady. But I’m so glad i did. She is from Belfast and has the best InstaStories. Shes a mum to 3 gorgeous boys, Adam, Finley & Hugo, as well as being married to the ever-so-lovely Daniel. She’s just so open and honest about parenting. She lets you into her life and shares in all the good and not-so-good aspects of motherhood. From celebrating Finley going to sleep at a reasonable hour to wondering how shes going to cook dinner whilst holding Hugo at the same time. She is just great. In fact, I feel like I know her, so much so that I’ve actually had dreams recently where Kathryn and her family have featured. Lol. A bit stalkery??? Maybe… but you should definitely give her a follow. Even if it’s just to hear her amazing Northern Irish accent. 

1.

Stacey Leigh From The Soul – Stacey Leigh

22277773_523617124643838_4999046120966455296_n

Where do I begin with this amazing lady?!?! Stacey has been my saving Grace these last few months. She is a former Social Worker and mummy to Reika and Jacob. Jacob has Autism and she has shared in all aspects of his condition and diagnosis process. She has been invaluable for me and my hubby as our boy has recently been diagnosed with Autism too. She is just such a wonderful and caring person. She reaches out to her followers and makes an effort to connect with them one on one. I am sooo sad that she lives so far from me, because if we were closer I would make a point of connecting with her face-to-face. She is so positive and spiritual, and sees things in such a different way to other people. It’s uplifting to listen to her speak. Even if you don’t have any connecting to Autism, follow her anyway. She will give you a new way to look at your life. You will not be sorry I sent you. 

So there you go lovelies. A very small selection of the best my Instagram Feed has to offer. These really are great pages so get yourselves along to them and have a look for yourself… And feel free to let me know if there are any pages you follow that you love and want to share with me.


Christmas Gift Ideas for a Sensory Challenged Child

Ok so I know it’s only October, but having kids means you have to step up your organisation skills, and despite previously being a last-minute-shopper, I thought I would get a head start this year, saving myself the annual festive stress.

This is where it gets tricky.

My boy has a bedroom, full of lovely, thoughtful and often expensive toys… that he has NEVER played with. They are quite literally still in their boxes.

He just doesn’t have any desire or understanding of why or how he should play with them, and he’s not the only child out there like this.

After reading up on other sensory-parents blogs, it would appear this is merely a characteristic of his condition. He likes what he likes, and generally this is something that stimulates his senses.

Thankfully there are a lot of things to choose from due to the rise in Autism and Sensory awareness. I’ve picked ones that I will most likely be purchasing myself for my little boy,  but have a good look around all the websites I’m listing as there are some great ideas.

Sensory Direct – Online Store

Stocking Fillers

Blue ChewBuddy – £7.80

cbredsmall_3

Tangle Texture – £17.94

ac005040l

Dual Colour Liquid Set – £17.40

sensoryliquid2

Soft Sensory Balls – £10.74

soft_balls_3__84842.1469095391.490.588_2

Bigger Gifts

Latches Board Puzzle – £19.96

latches_board

Kaleidoscope Lamp – £11.40

kaleidescope_ligght_1

Therasensory Ball – £29.94

therasensoryball_1_1

Cheap Disability Aids – Online Store

Elephant Manipulative Wall Panel – £59.95

elephant-manipulative-wall-panel-85390-p[ekm]120x120[ekm]

Kidz Noise Defenders – £12.99

810db8l05FL._SY355_

Beanbag Sensory Cushion – £27.99

122cm-beanbag-sensory-cushion-[4]-304-p

Toys’R’us

Tomy Super Colour Deluxe Aquadoodle – £25.99

TRUP1934100001_CF0001

So there are a few good ideas for those of you with sensory-seeking children like my boy. I’m sure there will be toys amongst this list that Matthew loves as well as loathes entirely, but I definitely believe these are the best kind of items able to offer him the most satisfaction.

Let me know if you have any other suggestions that I haven’t listed here.


What If…

Do you ever drift off in a daydream and wonder how different your life might be if, say you had taken that job all those years ago… not met your partner… studied a different subject at uni… or even won the lottery???

I have found that since having my little boy (and being a hell of a lot more tired because of it) there have been many occasions where I have tiredly dozed off into a semi-conscious daydream where my life is completely different to the one I’m living. A sort of ‘Sliding Doors’ scenario if you will!

Not that I’m unhappy with my lot in life, but I’m definitely curious enough to wonder what might have been had I chose another path!

Before I met my hubby I was 110% sure I wanted to study languages at University and become an Interpreter. But when I did eventually go, I was faced with the conundrum of studying abroad for a year, something that I really didn’t want to do because of my relationship.

Evidently I dropped out after a year and as they say, the rest is history. But I do wonder, would I still be married to Michael? And if so, would our life still be what it is now? Would we still have our son???

It’s a strange one isn’t it?

Do you ever wonder what if???


BritMums #EcoverLaundry Challenge

As with most mums I’d imagine, doing the laundry is definitely NOTamongst my favourite pastimes. In fact, I find it completely tedious.

I love the after effect and the beautifully fresh clothes, but the process of getting them there is one that I would happily give up.

As well as the monotony of doing the laundry, in this household we are also tasked with the rather serious job of ensuring our toddlers clothes are washed using Non-Bio, sensitive detergent, as he suffers from quite severe Eczema. Even the slightest whiff of ordinary perfumed detergent and he breaks out in the ugliest of rashes and is scratching for weeks.

As you can imagine, we’ve tried several different detergents and have luckily found a couple that don’t irritate his delicate skin, but we are yet to find one that is efficient in getting rid of stains at a lower temperature.

This is why I wanted to try out Ecover. Not only is it “dermatologically tested” but it promises to deliver “spotless clean results, even on a cold wash”. And as if that wasn’t appealing enough, it also comes with my all time favourite scent – Lavender!!! What’s not to love?

But does it deliver real results???

The answer is a great big YES!

It worked wonders for my boys Chocolate and milk stained clothes… even delivering at the aforementioned low temperature!

As well as this, the gentle scent was mild enough that my boys skin was left protected and unscathed.

I am delighted.

Not only has it converted me to liquid detergents, which I never gave the time of day until now, but I know, beyond doubt, that it is both effective and gentle enough for my beautiful… grubby boy!