Five Favourite Friday | Children in Need Official Singles

Happy Children in Need Day!

In case your weren't aware, today (Friday 17th November 2017) is Children in Need.

"BBC Children in Need is the BBC's UK corporate charity. Thanks to the support of the public, we're able to make a real difference to the lives of children all across the UK. How do we do this? Read all about our vision and how we operate below." 

Every year for Children in Need there is an Official Single released to mark the occasion. And, today, myself and Tim will be looking at our favourite songs from the last 32 Years of BBC Children in Need.

5.Katie Melua, Fields of Gold (2017). I am really loving this years song. Fields of Gold is just one of those easy listening songs that I can't turn off. And this is such a beautiful version of it.

4. S Club 7, Never Had a Dream Come True (2000). A bit of a guilty pleasure as I love S Club 7. They (along with the Spice Girls) where one of my favourite bands and I love that this song was a Children in Need single.

3. Emma Bunton, Downtown (2006). Another guilty pleasure! I'm not even 100% sure why I love this song but I do!

2. Shane Richie, I'm Your Man (2003). A fantastic upbeat song, it's just too catchy not to love!

1. Peter Kay's Animated All Star Band, The Official BBC Children in Need Medley (2009). Just listen to it if you haven't already. 'Nuff said.

An that's my top 5! Check out Tim's page and let me know which is your favourite?

The Halloween Movies I Love

Happy Halloween!

I do quite enjoy Halloween, even if I’m not a fan of anything scary. If it makes me jump or gets in my head at bedtime meaning I can’t sleep then count me out. There are some movies I really enjoy watching around Halloween time though, I thought I’d share them with you!

  • The Nightmare Before Christmas - My favourite film to watch all year round really! But I tend to whip this one out at Halloween and Christmas
  • Scary Movie - A horror film made into a comedy. It does haste jumpy bits and bits I would consider to be gory but they are few and far between and I do find the whole series of films rather humorous
  • Sixth Sense - What. A. Film. Bruce Willis at his finest. If you haven’t seen this then what are you waiting for? Grab yourself a copy and make sure you watch this tonight!
  • Hocus Pocus - Another disney one! A firm family favourite. Another must watch if you haven’t seen it. And if you don’t like scary films but love Halloween then this is definitely one for you
  • Hotel Transylvania - Loved the first and need to see the second. A Halloween romance film, who knew that combination could work so well?!
What are your top Halloween movie picks?

We're Having a....

As I write this it's just 5 days until we find out whether Alex is having a baby brother or sister! I'm so excited! Of course I don't mind which I have as long as baby is happy and healthy.... But I have to admit that I would love a little girl. I already have my little boy so a little girl would complete my family perfectly! On the other hand, a boy would give Alex a best friend and I would be able to use all those cute little outfits that Alex was only in for what felt like 2 seconds!

Post-Scan - after a long (and I mean looooooong) day, we finally made our way across to Babyvision for the scan. They were running late as they weren't able to scan someone and had to get them to have a walk around to try and get baby moving into a better position. So our 4pm appointment was more like 4:30 in the end. The lady was lovely and immediately made us all feel more at ease. She found baby's heartbeat straight away (which really helped with my anxiety) and then moved onto things like baby's spine and head and legs before finding baby's bottom! The moment of truth... she turned to us and pointed at 3 lines by baby's bum and said "these three lines here tell me that baby...."
Yes that's right! We are having a little baby girl! Alex will have a sister and we will have a daughter! I'm so excited, having an older brother and a younger sister has always been the picture of a perfect family to me (not to say anything else isn't perfect, it's just what is perfect for me) so I feel incredibly lucky to be having exactly this. On the sheet of paper we took away saying that they had told us baby is female, it does state that gender scans are only 97% accurate, so I do plan on 'double checking' at our 20 week scan in 3 weeks just to be sure...

I did run a poll on twitter and 71% of you said it was going to be a girl! I'm impressed! I was convinced it was a boy!

I'll be back again over the next week or so with another pregnancy update (yes, another one. Just because I can't seem to talk about anything else at the moment!) and then I promise I'll post something non-pregnancy related! 

So much to look forward to!

It’s been about a week since my last post and since it’s going to be a few days before my next one, which coincidentally is going to be an exciting one, I thought I give you a little update. 

The last week I’ve been rather exhausted and have had frequent headaches (which fortunately haven’t turned into a migraine this week) - I only really had nausea and sickness with Alex up until 24 weeks and then fatigue from there til the end. This time I’ve had everything so far! 

Not much else has happened over the past week, it’s been pretty mundane. But the next week and onwards have some really exciting things in store! It’s mums birthday on Sunday so I imagine we will be round there celebrating with the rest of the family. And then, on Monday afternoon myself and Alex will be headin back round to mums again. Only this time, my dad and my sister are finishing work early and we are all bundling into the car and heading out to Babyvision for a gender scan! I am so excited to find out what we are having! Both me and Tim have preferences but of course we will both be over the moon as long as baby is happy and healthy. 

I also have a few more appointments next week including my 16 week midwife appointment. I’m sure this isn’t as exciting as it is in my head but I’m really looking forward to it!

I’ll be posting on Tuesday with a gender reveal and scan picture! Exciting!

Baby Names I Love.. But Won't Be Using

I've seen numerous YouTubers doing this now, and thought I'd follow suit and do a post about the names I love but will not be using when baby #2 makes an appearance! I’m only choosing 5 boys names and 5 girls names or we’d be here all day!

Boys -
Leo ~ I love this name but I fear people might start questioning whether I just have an obsession with a certain Mr DiCaprio...
Jeremiah ~ this was my late Grandad Aston’s middle name and I always thought if I had a boy he would be called James Jeremiah (or JJ for short) but I came to my senses and realised that actually it wouldn’t be right for my little boy.  
Marley ~ not so much that I won’t be using it, and more that I can’t use it. My sister has banned me from using it... so, yeah...
Jasper ~ our old neighbours cat was called Jasper. ‘Nuff said. 
William ~ because William Williams is just cruel. 

Girls -
Poppy ~ if Alex had been a girl, we had picked out Poppy as a name. Now we know far too many Poppy’s so I feel like we couldn’t use that one. 
Florence ~ I do really like this name but I don’t feel it’s something that my child would be called, you know what I mean?
Aria ~ no, I don’t have a Pretty Little Liars obsession, you do...
Lexi ~ just a little bit too close to Alex. That and it’s short for Alexandra. I couldn’t have an Alexander and an Alexandra Now could I?
Luna ~ just a little too out there for me. As much as I love the name and I feel like it’s a name either I would regret choosing or she would hate me for giving her

What names do you love? Would you use them or not?

Five Favourite Friday | Halloween Costumes

Quite a while ago now, Tim and I decided Five Favourite Friday was going to be more of a casual thing rather than a weekly thing. We were basically running out of ideas for topics and it was becoming a bit of a strain trying to ensure that a post went up every week.

So, with Halloween just around the corner, we thought we'd post our top 5 Halloween costumes!

5. Billy the Puppet (Saw) ~ I had to put this one in! I did this for the first time 3 years ago and then again at the #BloggersHalloweenParty last year. It was super fun to create and so effective!

4. Wednesday Addams ~ I might try and give this one a go this year (or possibly next year - I don't recall Wednesday ever sporting a baby bump...). She's one of my favourite characters and I'd love to be able to pull this one off!

3. Zombie ~ You could literally turn any costume into a zombie costume. If you wanted to be a nurse, just put some small tears in the outfit, drip some fake blood, add a touch of gory looking makeup and voila! Zombie nurse! You're welcome.

2. Skeleton ~ purely because you just can't go wrong. If you have young children, this isn't too scary as you can avoid the mask or makeup and just opt for the outfit and then have your kids matching too, or you can make it super spooky and scare the living daylights out of everyone! And for all you other pregnant ladies out there, you can get a skeleton costume with a baby skeleton on the tummy! How cute!

1. Pennywise (IT) ~ This has got to be the most popular and by far the most scary for this year. With the new IT film out, people are going to be opting for this a lot I reckon. Be warned. If you don't like clowns at the best of times then I suggest this Halloween, stay inside, close your curtains and lock your doors!

And there's my top 5. Don't forget to head over to Tim's blog and check out his selection.

What are you dressing up as this Halloween?

~ Pregnancy Update ~ 1st Trimester

As I enter my second trimester (14 weeks - 26 weeks) I have written about my first trimester. Basically from when we found out we were pregnant (again!) through to 13 weeks. It’s not been as smooth a ride as I had with Alex. Although last time suffered with morning sickness until 24 weeks its all I had. This time, I’ve had everything. So here are the big and important things I’ve been through in my first trimester! There’s a fair bit to get through so please bear with me throughout this post as I feel it’s important to get the information across. 

4 weeks
Oh. My. God. I’m pregnant. Again. I’m going to have not one, but two, yes TWO, children. Not sure whether to be happy or not. Big me and Tim are currently in a state of panic. I do however remember being like this with Alex too and within a couple of days it had sunk in and we both felt like as long as we stuck together we could do this - it will be the same this time around. 

6 weeks
I'm starting to realise that although I really suffered with morning sickness when I was pregnant with Alex, it was actually plain sailing. After suffering with period like cramps over a couple of days, I decided to call the community midwives for some advice. I was told that I needed to speak to the early pregnancy assessment unit and promptly put me through. I spoke to a lovely nurse on the team who advised that I needed to contact the MLU once again and tell them that the EPAU had said that they needed to call Telford and get them to book me in for an early scan just in case we were dealing with an ectopic pregnancy. So I called the midwives back and told her exactly what I had been told. I was met with a response of "we can't do that for you. As you are experiencing pain you need to call your GP and get them to see you as soon as possible in case the pregnancy isn't continuing". I am now at this point feeling a bit pushed about. So I call my GP knowing exactly what they're going to say ("anything related to pregnancy needs to go direct to the midwives") and it's exactly what I got. However, once I explained to the receptionist exactly what had been said so far, she said she would get a GP to call me back within half an hour. Within 5 minutes I got a phone call! The GP said she would call Telford hospital and get me booked in for a scan. She got me booked in within 24 hours.

I have never been so nervous in all my life. Sat in that waiting room, waiting to be called in by the sonographer. She was a lovely lady, who remained calm through the entire scan. She eventually turned the screen to us explaining where the baby was and where it's heartbeat was. But not just that. She also explained that there was a second sack that showed sign of bleeding. She thought that it was likely to have been a second pregnancy that did not continue. Basically, we could have been having twins. I'm just so pleased that we saw a heartbeat and that all is ok! We have another scan booked for 8 weeks just to make sure everything is progressing well, and I can't wait to see our little squiggle once again!

8 Weeks
Second scan all done. The second sac they saw in the first scan has shrunk as they were expecting which is good. Baby was measuring just over 8 weeks so right where we thought we were! My next appointment is my booking appointment and then our 12 week scan! (This post will be coming out after my announcement post)

Booking Appointment
Ugh, the worst appointment ever. The only really good thing about it was having the same midwife who did my booking appointment with Alex and I love her! I actually got to thank her for all her help while I was pregnant last time and suffering with severe nausea. She actually made me feel so much better about myself and I have always wanted to thank her and now I have! She managed to take my bloods easily and my appointment was super speedy as all my info was already there on the system.

12 Weeks
Pre-scan - Scan day! So so so excited for this, luckily it's a 10:30 appointment so I don't have to wait too long for the scan but I can't wait! I'm also super nervous. My anxiety has been trying to make a comeback and has been trying convince me that at my scan I'll be getting the worst possible news. But we are off to the appointment now - wish us luck!
Post-scan - Everything went fine! Baby had grown exactly as they expected and his or her little heart was beating away! Baby was also extremely active and wriggly - something we didn't experience with Alex until our gender scan.
We've also used the positive outcome from this scan as an excuse to finally tell people! We first posted on the family Facebook group and told a few friends. But there are still a few family members we haven't reached out to as yet, so we're not announcing it to everyone until all our family members are aware.
As for symptoms, my morning sickness is slowly dying off. I still feel sick especially if I don’t eat but compared to how I was with Alex this is sooo much better! However, cramps are still there, I feel incredibly stretched already, I ache from head to toe and the fatigue is real! I’m looking forward to feeling more like myself as the second trimester goes on. 

And that's it for the first trimester! My next appointments and milestones will all be during the second trimester. I haven't yet decided whether I will do one big summary post at the end of each trimester or keep posting regular updates - I'll make that decision as time goes on!

See you all in Tri 2!

I Took A Break... But for a good reason!

I've been working on a lot of this over the last few months. The main things being finishing my NVQ - which is now complete (woo hoo!) and working on a whole list of post ideas that I can not wait to share with you!

This post is one of them. I've been really anxious about this post and yet also really excited! You know the feeling when you have something to say but you're not quite sure how to say it? That's exactly how I'm feeling. Over the last few weeks or so, I decided to take a bit of a blogging break. And here's why -


That's right ladies and gents, our little family of 3 is becoming a family of 4! The thought terrifies me and it's not helped by the extremely bad morning sickness I seem to be enduring. But I am loving being pregnant again even if I'm not exactly feeling 100% at the moment, and we have so much to look forward to - scans, feeling movements, telling Alex. The list goes on!

So I'm now back to blogging as I can officially talk about it! It definitely came as a surprise to me and Tim but we couldn't be happier. And, of course, be rest assured that there will be a whole host of pregnancy posts going up over the coming months, starting with a post all about my first trimester!

Five Favourite Friday | Dinosaurs!

So, our little boy is obsessed with dinosaurs at the minute. He loves them. And because of this, our top 5 this week is our favourite dinosaurs!

Here goes!

5. Stegosaurus. This beast of a dinosaur intrigues me. Like, what on earth did they use the plates on their backs for??

4. Velociraptor. In the words of Shakespear - She be but little, she is fierce. Little and feisty, what's not to love?

3. Carnotaurus. A strange looking beast. It kinda looks like something straight outta hell if I'm honest! It must be something about those horns...

2. Diplodocus. Good ol' Dippy! Who doesn't love Dippy? If you don't love Dippy, leave. Now.

1. Tyrannosaurus Rex. The King of them all. I realise this will be a lot of peoples favourites but I do love the T-Rex. If you don't, then simply imagine this humongous dinosaur with the tiniest of arms trying to make a bed..... See, love him now don't you?!

And there's my top 5. If you have a favourite dinosaur, let me know in the comments. Otherwise, pop on over to Tim's blog to find out his top 5 and find out what next weeks topic is!

*Images taken from Ark: Survival Evolved

Update | August So Far...

How are we already into the second week of August? Time is going far too quickly!

July seemed to disappear too, although I'm not quite sure where to! I had a lovely birthday (which turned into a birthday week!) which started quietly with my Tim and Alex, then lunch with my parents and then various other celebrations including birthday cocktails with my sister! Brilliant!

And now it's August.... I've not done a great deal although I have been working on various posts to come over the next month or two, including some exciting announcements! I am certainly loving how exciting life as a blogger can be!

One thing I have decided upon is that these updates seem to be coming along very frequently so I have decided to make them a frequent thing. I'm unsure as to how frequent at this moment but I'm thinking one every couple of weeks or one a month... We shall see!

So that's pretty much it for this particular update! But I'll be back on Friday with Five Favourite Friday, and this week we're looking at our top 5 dinosaurs (purely because Alex is obsessed with dinosaurs at the moment!)

Five Favourite Friday | MCU Characters

Once again my top is coming to you on a Monday! Don't you just love it when life gets in the way? Luckily, my NVQ is now complete (woohoo!) and I can focus on other things - like writing more content!

So let's kick off our top 5 MCU characters shall we? Tim has said to leave out villains as he plans to do that one another time.

5. Iron Man. Whether you love him or hate him, you've got to admire his confidence! Although I'm not actually a big fan of Iron Man, I do love Robert Downey Jr's portrayal of him. He's cocky and quick witted and I love that!

4. Ant-Man. I've not yet watched this film from start to finish without interruptions, but Ant-Man is such a funny character. I think it really helps that I love Paul Rudd and think he's absolutely hilarious!

3. Drax the Destroyer. For the sake of full disclosure, I will not be including Groot in my top 5. Although I love Groot, I feel he overshadows a lot of the other characters so I'm giving someone else a chance to shine! And that is Drax. I wasn't keen on him at first but soon grew to love how literally he takes the things other say.

2. Doctor Strange. Benedict Cumberbatch really did this character justice, I really enjoyed the film (even if it was a bit trippy)

1. Jessica Jones. Because who doesn't love a dark, mysterious female heroine vigilante posing as a PI?

And that's my top 5. Tim is choosing this Friday's topic again, in the meantime you can read his top 5 and find out what the topic is here - see you Friday!

School Holiday Activities | Baking Flatbread & Tzatziki

Ok, so I might have to come up with a catchier title than that! But as you may have gathered, I'm starting a new series for things you can do with your children during the school holidays - these will be things that do cost money but I am going to try and keep them as low cost as possible.

Now, my son is only 2 years old and doesn't actually attend school yet but I still have time off during the holidays where I am going to have to entertain him!

He's already getting bored and so we have kicked things off by doing a spot of baking! Alex's daddy is, in my opinion, the best at baking bread. And we always said, even when I was pregnant, that when he was old enough that Father and Son would be baking bread together - so that's what we have done!

The recipe we used was one from the blender recipes* page from the ideas kitchen. We opted for their Flatbread with Homemade Tzatziki recipe.

As we don't have a breadmaker we did have to improvise but the recipe still worked just as well and the bread tastes amazing! We used warmer water to add to the dry ingredients to help the yeast work and made sure that we left the dough for 10 minutes to prove. Once the dough had proved, I chopped the dough into 16 smaller pieces (the recipe says 10 but I wanted slightly smaller pieces of flatbread) and rolled them into little balls before squashing them flat. I have to admit, I was a little confused when it came to cooking them at the recipes says to dry fry the dough. I have never cooked bread this way before - but it works! Just try not to heat the pan too hot as I did...

While the dough was proving, I put my hands to good use and made the Tzatziki. I have never tried this before so I wasn't sure what to expect but the recipe is so quick and easy that I don't think I will ever buy it when I can make my own! It tasted incredible and the bets bit is even my little boy liked it (even if he wouldn't let me take a picture!). I think the recipe could have used a touch more garlic but I love my garlic flavours to be strong, so I'll definitely be adding more garlic next time I make it (and I will be making it again).

We took our homemade goodies along to a picnic with a few friends for them to try - especially as one of my friends loves tzatziki - and it didn't take long for our bread and dip to disappear and a couple of friends even asked me for the recipe!

I was so please that everyone enjoyed our food and even more so because it was so easy to make and we will definitely be making more throughout the school holidays!

*This is a sponsored post but all views are my own

10 Happy Things Tag

The beautiful Chelsey from Cece Lauren to take part in the 10 Happy Things Tag. I love doing these tags and when they come from fellow Mummies who are totally rocking it, I'm all on board!

With my PND and attending CBT sessions lately, I could really do with noticing the things in life that make me happy, rather than get me down. And so, here I am, doing this tag!

The rules are simple - write about 10 things that make you happy, no matter how big or small. And that's it! I'll tag 3 bloggers at the end of this post to take part too!

10 | Death in Paradise.

A strange one I am fully aware, but the show makes me laugh and I love the cast. It makes me happy every time I watch it. In fact, it's on in the background as I type this now!

9 | My Picture Wall

It's a complete work in progress but that's what I love about it. I can change it however and whenever I like. I constantly adding to it and then when something doesn't quite work on the wall anymore I remove it, frame it and put it somewhere else in my house! It's not perfect, but it makes me smile.

8 | Music

I love music. There's always something to fit whatever mood I am in. For example, when I'm feeling really happy I tend to opt for pop songs, things I can really belt out and have a dance to! I'm loving Despacito at the moment! Not the Justin Bieber version I might add.

7 | Reading

I haven't sat down with a book since I had my son, but recently I've been sorting through all my old books - ones I have read and ones I never got around to reading, and I've found myself itching to read them all! My friend Hazel, decided to start up a Twitter Book Club, Tea & Tales, and I can't wait to get cracking on the first book!

6 | Certain Smells

Freshly baked bread, freshly cut grass, newborn babies, CK IN2U for Her, and my partner (he always smells so good!) to name a few!

5 | Just Around The Riverbend

My blog really does make me happy, and it has made me a little sad of late that I haven't been able to blog as much as I would like. But once my NVQ is finished I will be back to normal and blogging much more frequently - and that makes me very happy indeed!

4 | The Blogging Community

Number 5 ties nice and neatly in with Number 4. The blogging community, for the most part, is a tight knit community and we help each other and stick up for each other. There are, obviously, a few who don't seem to understand the concept of treat others how you wish to be treated yourself. But, when the community comes together, it really comes together. And that's what I love most.

3 | Autumn

The cooler days, but not freezing, when you can get out the jumpers and the hot chocolate and sit snuggled on the sofa in front of a film. I can't wait!

2 | Disney

I can not express how much I love Disney! It's like another family that's full of Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust! It's probably the one thing other than my family that makes me happiest most of all.

1 | My Family

My partner and my little boy. This is my family. When you have children of your own, family becomes a different thing. Of course you'l always have a family (Mum, Dad, Siblings, Grandparents etc.) but once you have children, they are your family. And mine makes me happiest of all.

I think everyone should take some time every now and again to list the things that make them happy. And I am tagging Tim (my partner) from Broken Thoughts, the gorgeous Alice from Alice Tilly, and fellow Disney addict Hazel from Fleur Charms.

I'm looking forward to reading your lists guys!