A Final Yawn

When a final yawn wins and she finally falls asleep.

We weren’t at home for bedtime; and it completely messed up our baby bedtime of 7pm. It’s now 8.30 and she’s finally dropped in her cot with her face in the pillow. When I say face in the pillow, I mean she’s lumped at the bottom of her bed. It has been a day of nap fighting, falling asleep on mummy and having her finally falling asleep for the night is a peaceful thought.

We barbequed at my brothers today. The afternoon spent soaking up some sun and good company. My neice running circles round each of us, taking time on french braids, skipping and games of tag. We love the sunshine. Here’s hoping we have a long happy summer.

We stuck super healthy with the food so that a huge bonus, and the rest of the day I’ve done shakes. Got 40 mins of workout in this morning, so I am winning today.

Happy happy Saturday.

Xoxo, L.

67

A post full of gratitude. This is for all the lovely people in the blogging world that hit follow on my blog.

Thank you for your support.

When I re-started blogging a few weeks ago, I never thought I’d be viewed let alone read and increase my followers as much as I have. Sometimes I don’t write in straight lines, sometimes I write on a high of life and other times I write from the depths of a low. Any which way, it’s always from the heart. So thank you, a million times for sticking with my ramblings. I hope you will keep me honest and stick with me for as long as you can.

Here are pictures from our park trip this morning. Delilah and I went to Shibden Hall Park with her big cousin Rowan and Uncle Gaz. We played on the swings and took a walk round. It was so sunny, I even caught my shoulders. Uncle Gaz saved the life of a little frog that had it’s leg stuck in a plastic ball and surprisingly there was a ton of frogs mating in the little boat lake.

To my 67 – again thank you. I hope you managed to enjoy a sunny day no matter where you are in the world.

Xoxo, L

Essentials: A Weeks Needs of an Erratic, Almost 30 Year Old

I browse blogs on the daily, and from my reading of this and that I have found that lists are an essential part of a bloggers repertoire. So here it is. A list, in all its listy goodness. A list of things that this lass can’t live without on a daily basis. Well, this week at least.

1. Tea. Tea in almost any form. Yorkshire tea, ginger tea, redbush tea, earl grey to name a few. Ultimate favourite is English Breakfast. It is undeniably the most delicious tea.

2. Moisturiser. As in face and body. I’m using Simple hydrating moisturiser. It’s currently on offer at Superdrug. I like this one, it’s light, easy to apply and not tacky to the touch. For body I’m using FM anti-cellulite lotion. I love this stuff! It’s super hydrating, the appearance of my skin (especially thighs) has improved so much. The fragrance is not too heavy and the consistency is light and great for straight out of the shower. It doesn’t take an age to sink in either. I’m currently selling FM, take a look at my catalogue. Want anything? Just find my email address on this page and let me know how I can help.

3. Baby wipes. Such a mum thing. Mommas- you just know. There are so many things I now use baby wipes for. Absolutely everything. Sticky baby hand – baby wipes. Make up mishap – baby wipes. Skirtingboard looking a bit smudged – baby wipes. Spill an entire coffee over tescos cafe – whole packet of baby wipes. Cat brings you a dead spid. – baby wipes. Sudden urge to freshen up after walking up a steep hill – baby wipes.

I don’t ever remember a time before baby wipes to be honest. They’re just so handy and always a reach away.

I love Johnson’s. They are my preferred. I’ve been lucky enough to get them on offer in a box of 12 packs for about £6. Asda has them on offer in their baby event, I always make sure I have a changing draw full.

4. Red delicious. Apples. I’m not an apple eater, but if I can buy red delicious you can bet your bottom dollar I’ll eat 4 a day. My local asda recently got them in, and they only have them occasionally. I’m on my third bag this week. I adore the dark red bitter, tough skin on the contrasting pure white, sweet flesh. Crisp and juicy; like an apple should be. You can keep the rest, they’re not worth it to me.

5. Cuticle oil. I was a Jamberry consultant. I adore their cuticle oil. Despite not selling the stock any more (I was spending more than earning), I will always use their products. Jamberry cuticle oil smells like marzipan. I have great nails, and I’d credit this to a mainly decent diet and my favourite cuticle care. A drop on each nail bed and you’re sorted.

6. Gossip Girl. Yes, I am behind the trend. Yes I know, years and years behind. You can keep the lot, I find Serena tiring and predictable. Dan is just a little too nice (so far), little J, PH-lease, I am so over her. Yet I continue to watch purely for my love of Blair. I’m hooked on the Blair and Chuck relationship. I hate that all I want is for B to end up happy…. I know we’re talking fictional characters here people, but I just relate for some reason.

7. Chocolate weetabix slice. A recipe I followed from healthy mummy. It’s relatively healthy, 170 cals a slice and divine for an afternoon snack.

8. A local news page on facebook. I’m hooked on the stories. It’s real life, and I have a keen interest in helping to make where I live a better place. What surprises me is how playground the comments become, how closed minded and ignorant some of the residents are. In my humble opinion, people should stay shtum if they have nothing constructive to stay. I have to admit, I have put in my two pennies worth recently out of anger. At least my responses are written with actual coherent words.

So here it is. The weeks list. Okay, it’s not things I can’t live without. The list could have been a bit longer but I’m coming down from a caffeine buzz and it’s later than what I would usually post. So apologies if my rambling isn’t flowing very well.

Xoxo, L

Branching Out

I’m giving myself a task next week. I’m going to make the effort to go to a baby related group every day.

I am, without a doubt an introvert. I am happy in my own little world, but that little world is mighty small sometimes. I never fall out with anyone, I simply loose contact. Although this hasn’t had a major impact on my life, I am worried that I don’t keep friends close enough to lean on if I ever need it. Maybe a selfish outlook, but I see everyone has someone. My closest friends are either miles away or just as good as I am for keeping in contact.

So the plan is to make some mum friends. I managed today perfectly well.

We always spend Tuesday with my mum, and my sweet niece. Today way no different. We walked the 3 and a half mile trip to Brighouse and tried out a little play gym called Rowley Poleys. I’ve been once before with my sister-in-law and the kiddies loved it. Tons of activities for them, different sections with different toys in as well as good facilities and a sweet little cafe. I spoke with two other mums and had no issue. I’m not shy, I’m just in my own little bubble most of the time. The other mums were truly lovely and shared their birth stories with me. I do hope to meet them again some time, they’ve almost restored my faith in other parents. After a strange encounter with a mum, who tried to sell me a pram while I put my daughter in a pram to leave a play group, I was convinced I was better off without mum friends.

Delilah had a blast in the ball pool section. Her big cousin threw raisins at her from a high chair while she sucked the life out if a tomato when they stopped for lunch(still no teeth).

Me and mum were done in by the time we had walked home up that huge hill on the way back from Brighouse. At least we hit the step count for the day. We did however get caught in the rain. Rainhoods up babies!

I know I’m bias, but she is the cutest. My little sunshine.

Xoxo, L

Family Sunday: Burnsal

Sunday’s are for lazy mornings in bed, playing peek-a-boo and planning an afternoon out. It’s for cats and babies to become friends.

Bacon butties and a coffee later we were packed up ready to trip out to our favourite spot in the Dales. It was where my Grandma grew up and I spent many childhood afternoons walking by the river Wharfe, as well as swimming in the deeper parts of the water. Burnsal has my heart and I really can’t wait for warmer weather for more visits. I even like the drive to and from. The scenery is so beautiful, I have convinced myself that when I’ve made my millions I’ll be living there. And that’s not an ‘if’ it’s a certain when.

Delilah in her sling, demon dog on his lead and we set out for our picnic by the river. It wasn’t as warm as the weather forecast had promised, but we’d packed a flask of coffee to keep us warm. Delilah threw bread on the floor while we had a sandwich and Aro whined longingly to be let off the lead to do what he does best.

Demon dog got his way. He took large stretched out leaps around the field and just like his name sake flew very quickly dead set in his chosen direction. He’s pretty good off the lead and generally comes back when called. He also stays close by and follows when you walk. So despite his nickname he’s really a gem when we’re out and about. I love to watch him stride on a good run. He’s got sighthound in him making him pretty fast. Although I once let him play with a whippet who ran circles round him, poor boy had never been out run before. He’s a good old mix of greyhound, whippet and collie and he’s at his happiest running about like the mad thing he is.

Man skimmed stones on the river. Delilah and I wobbled about on the stoney river bank; dreaming of sunnier days to come as the impending rain clouds got closer to our haven. Man took some pictures for memories, they didn’t turn out that badly. Actually love Delilah’s face in both pictures of her.

I love Sundays like today. They’re good for the soul. We’ve decided to make a list of places relatively close by to visit for the rest of the year. We figured a little adventure every other weekend would be a great escape from the mundane sometimes.

Happy Sunday lovers.

Xoxo, L