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Life Changes

 It has been a very long time since I have posted on here and there is a good reason why. The main reason has been the overwhelming amount of work that I do, working 11 days on and only having 3 days off doesn't give me enough time to do everything. Although, I love my job it can be a lot and I do find that the evenings don't give me enough time to relax and catch up with things and weekends are always full of seeing family, the food shop and any thing else we need to get done. But I guess the other reason for me being so distant from my blog is the life changes which we are now facing.


This year has been a bit of a whirlwind and to be honest the days, weeks and months seem to have flown by and I cannot believe it. As I am writing this post, I am closing in on my third trimester, yep we are expecting our first child and I couldn't be more happy. A lot has changed in our lives the past 2 years, with a global pandemic where we spent months without family, we realised just how much family means to us. We had a discussion about a family before but the pandemic (although still going on) was a huge part of us waiting a bit before we would start. When we found out we were expecting we decided to keep it a secret until we had our first scan, we didn't want to get ahead of ourselves until we knew that it was actually happening. The first scan was scary to say the least, not knowing if everything was ok, not even sure if anything was actually in there and having to go by myself was very nerve racking. But, the moment the ultrasound started, I was told congratulations. It was happening and there was a human being inside me, heart beating and growing. Coming home with the scan picture was amazing and getting to tell our families was overwhelming, everyone was incredibly happy for us both and it just made the experience even more exciting.

But then the anxiety started. The part they don't really tell you about, the time between having your scan and visiting the midwife. This time was one of the stressful, anxious times of my pregnancy so far. It's hard to explain, but not being able to feel, see or hear your baby makes you panic that something was wrong. During this time I did contact the maternity mental health service and honestly one of the best things I did. It was so helpful and gave me tips and advice to tackle the anxiety of different stages of pregnancy. But, getting to hear our baby's heart beat again just made me anxiety relax and prepare for the second scan at 20 weeks.


The second scan, my partner was allowed to come with me and that made the experience all that more amazing. Our little baby on the screen, both of us seeing the head, spin, fingers, toes and finally getting to find out the sex. We didn't mind what we were having but I can't lie we did have a preference so when we found out we were having a boy we were beyond happy. I could also start to feel him kick which was and is an amazing experience. Although, we have a happy and healthy baby I do have some issues which are monitored closely. Unfortunately, I have placenta previa, which is where the placenta is at the bottom of the uterus and sometimes can cover the cervix (I know TMI) and after a secondary scan it was found that it is covering the cervix. This has not really bothered me as much as I thought it might, I think this is because I do not have any birth plan expectations, so it has not spoilt my plans at all. This was a big thing that was discussed by the mental health midwives, as it can be difficult to come to terms with changes in your plan. 


Now I am a week away from the third trimester and he is kicking like crazy and we cannot wait for him to be here, but we are definitely not completely ready for his arrival. There is still so much to do but we are getting there. Though, I have developed PGP (Pelvic Grindle Pain) which has meant I haven't been able to do as much as I normally can do. But, we are beavering on and I cannot wait to finally see the nursery finished and finally fold up all his clothes we have so far. Being due on the 11th December, Christmas this year is going to be unlike any other and hopefully for the best reason of all. After all the turmoil and bad news for last year this is the best news and best change in our lives we could ask for.


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Huda Beauty || Review

One of my favourite brands over the last few years has been Huda Beauty. The palettes have always been the thing that I gravitate towards, though I love her foundation, concealer and well everything that she makes. They are such good quality and well worth the price tag. Recently, I am obsessed with her new palette Mercury Retrograde. Her palettes go from strength to strength, who knew that when she produced her first palette that she would keep knocking them out the park. 


Firstly this palette looks incredible, with its holographic packaging and beautiful art work. It is a must have in the makeup collection. The packaging is plastic but it really shows where the money is put, being a clear plastic in the inside you can see the individual pans. With its large mirror, it is the prefect palette to travel with. I feel that being plastic and yet people still rave about it proves that the shadows are well worth the price.




The shadows consist of matte, shimmer and pressed pigment shades, all unique and beautiful. The matte shades are a variety of nudes and bold pop shades such as the blue shade in Haze and the orange shade in Utopia. The shimmer shades and beautiful and creamy and blend really nicely into the skin. My favourites by far are the pressed pigment shades, which were first brought to our attention when she bought out the New Nude palette. They are creamy, blend into the skin beautifully and are pigmented with a beautiful shine. My favourite is Nebula a shade that looks greyish but is in fact a beautiful purple blue shade. It looks beautiful in a smoky eye and even a nude eye just adding that pop of shine and colour. All the shades in this palette are super blendable and can look great on their own or together. You can create so many looks with this palette from everyday looks, day office looks and dramatic night looks.



I create so many beautiful looks with this palette and it is just beautiful. It is hard to describe just how beautiful this palette is, but if you get the chance, take a look at it in person. It is well worth the money and literally will get used every single time. I couldn't live without it and it is a firm favourite and ride or die in my draw.

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Things I Have Learnt in Lockdown

The world is a funny place at the moment. It is weird to think that I came into 2020 thinking what the year held for me. The last 4 years have been a real roller coaster and like nothing I could have imagined. Last year saw some of my biggest milestones, I got a job which I love in a place I wanted to work in for years. I got a car and have been driving ever since, I celebrated my 10 year anniversary with my partner and we finally bought our own home and moved out. Basically 2019 I became a total adult. So who knew what 2020 was going to hold, well certainly not what eventually happened. In the mess that has eventually taken over, I decided to try new things in this lock-down.

Drying your hair with a tee

Yes this actually works way better than an towel. Like what! So I took an old tee and just used it to squeeze the hair and pull out all the water. Now I thought it was a gimmick so I did the same with a towel and my hair was way more damp then using a tee. Seems like such a random hack but it has changed my hair game for good and my hair dries way quicker.

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Baby oil to shave those legs

So I saw this hack and thought, smoother legs definitely for me. Now this hack takes time, your legs won't be smooth straight away. In fact mine were lumpy and not loving it. I mean it could be that I used a new shaver head or the fact I never moisturise. But after the third or fourth time my legs became smooth and soft. My legs don't feel dry and its basically moisturising your legs while your in the shower. The best part of all is that the oil does seem to keep the razor going for a little longer. Don't think it only works on legs either, I use facial oil when shaving my face. Literally the best change in shower routine.


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Shampoo the scalp and condition the ends

OK so this is probably the most used hack and it supposed to be really good for your hair. Everyone and their mother does this it seems, but not me. Until now, and it seriously saves me product and has actually been really beneficial to my hair. I suffer with oily skin, its no surprises that my scalp is oily as well. Adding more moisture to it isn't be best but that's what I was doing stripping moisture from my ends with the shampoo and adding more to my scalp with the conditioner. I didn't realise you don't need to do your whole head for everything. Just shampooing my scalp has done wonders for the oil build up. I don't get greasy as quick and can last a few more days with out washing it. Focusing more conditioner on the ends of my hair has really improved its quality as well. My hair is servery damaged from colouring it all the time and moisture is a must for the Bush on my head. Since concentrating the conditioner on the ends it has improved the look and doesn't seem to be as dry as it was before. So always shampoo the scalp and condition the ends (unless you have been rolling around outside then maybe wash it just incase haha)

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Horticultural is not my strong suit

I love flowers and I love the fact I have them in my garden. I have bought so many, I love the smell and the look just a healthy garden. Its great for the wildlife, but they are demanding and need attention. I forget the water them and protect them from frost. Luckily my partner is happy to do the gardening so hopefully he knows more what he's doing than me.


A lick of paint makes all the difference

I decided to take on the task of painting my kitchen cabinets. Originally my cabinets were a warm dark wood and just made the kitchen look a little dated and worn. The metal work was antique and the kitchen just looks stuffy and small. So painting the cabinets, cleaning the tiles and putting on new metal work, it has transformed the kitchen. It looks bright and new the only thing left to do now is eventually paint the walls but it's looking good. But my god it wore me out and was rather back braking, but well worth it.


Productivity from the start

I am definitely more likely to get things done in the morning than any other time in the day. I can clean the house, work from home and do a bit of painting all before 12. I have so much energy and motivation it has to be utilised. The same cannot be said for the afternoon. Turns out if I don't get stuff done in the morning I won't get anything done. It sounds bad but knowing when you are more productive has been key for this lock-down, as you can get work done without it being a struggle. 

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With things starting to change in the world, and a new way of life starting. These new things are definitely things I will be sticking with and trying to do more. For me it's back to work, but this break has changed me. It has given me a spark back, like I've restarted again. My values have changed and I want to keep doing things that make me happy and active.

Stay Safe!

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Buying a House: Put in an Offer What Comes Next??

So you have put in your offer, now it's just a waiting game. The estate agent will call you back whether or not the owner accept or reject your offer. Don't be too hard done by if they reject your offer, as a rule of thumb always offer your lowest price and go up. You may find that the owners will meet you half way, between your starting offer and highest. For me and Bruce our first offer was rejected but we agreed a middle offer.

By now you should have your offer accepted. But don't feel pressured into it, if they are not willing to go down don't agree if it is out of your price range. Remember if its not in your price range then it will be more of a struggle to get a mortgage and have money left over for furniture. Offer accepted it's time to talk to your mortgage adviser again and apply for a mortgage. The application for a mortgage can be a long one. For us it was two weeks with an additional week added on top due to changing mortgage providers. The mortgage process is a little confusing and I would definitely consider an adviser as it takes the pressure off, also they provide you with other companies which may be able to offer you more. For us we applied to Nationwide which two weeks later turned us down, this was due to a few reasons including credit score and lack of bills. We then applied to Halifax which accepted us. This process is a little long winded but if you are turned down by one provider there are always others that may take you on.

Mortgage sorted no the legal stuff. This part is very expensive and take a lot of thinking. You first need to get a solicitor to help correspond to the sellers solicitors the legal turn over of the property. When working with a mortgage adviser, they will provide you with trusted solicitors which makes the whole hunting for a good one less daunting. Depending on the mortgage providers you may have to have a survey done to the property. These reports will help point out issues with the property such as damp and structural issues. These are a really good idea to do as you can find out these issues yourself even if your provider doesn't need it.


Leaving all the legal stuff to the solicitors is a load off your plate and gives you time to go furniture hunting and start buying all those little bits that make a house a home. One of the very useful things that get done is a Home Buyers Report. This report is an in depth look into the property as well as the local area. It looks at historical flooding and even does risk assessments to the property itself such as banisters and windows. These assessments help you gauge what you might need to improve, replace or consider. Though some for me and Bruce were a little redundant as the banisters were a risk to life due to if a baby fell through. We don't have kids yet so it wasn't a big deal for us. But it does help you out if the find damp as if it is bad enough you could try to get your offer reduced as you will have to foot the bill.


This legal part takes a lot of time but don't fret, this is the time when you can start planning your furniture and buy the little bits. As well as sorting out and working out your finances when you have made the move.

Stay Tuned for the next instalment all about the exchange and keys!!

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