How I’m always ‘High on life!’

As human beings we’re all programmed naturally to talk about what’s going on in our lives.. whether that’s moaning about our partners, talk about family illnesses, money troubles, childcare worries etc and sometimes everything can get a little negative!!

If we talk about all the good things going on in our lives we seem to be ‘bragging’ or ‘boasting’ so we avoid certain conversations just to stay on the safe side…

Well I want to break this cycle.. we should talk about all the great things going on in our lives because that’s what makes us happy and that’s what reminds us that our lives are pretty darn good after all. I’ve been through some pretty terrible times in my life and I’ve also experience the highest of moments, like buying our first home, finding my soul mate, having my rainbow baby come into this world and having two successful self made businesses! So when you have so many exciting things in the pipe line it’s super exciting and we should be so so proud of what we achieve and not feel like we have to burry our heads in the sand!

What do you love about your life?

I love that I can do what I want every day.. my job is super flexible, I can plan fun things to do with Gabriel all day or I can knuckle down and get more events and clients planned. I love my little family and know I have found someone special to have my babies with, I am proud of our home that we have built but I’m also excited to buy a bigger house soon and build what we have, watch our businesses grow and perhaps some more businesses will be appearing very soon… (but that’s top secret)

Be high on life because you only get one chance!

Haters are cute little reminders that you’re the bomb!

Well I have never experienced the world of cyber bullying until very recently and normally when you think of cyber bully’s you think of old creepy men behind a keyboard with nothing better to do other than send girls nasty message to make them feel insecure about themselves because they are sad and lonely.. but for me this was different.

These bullies were actually two girls who had a similar business to my own who were accusing me of copying their blog posts, stealing their followers and replicating their brand.. Firstly can someone tell me how I steal followers when I am blocked?.. blog posts??? Say what!!?? And if I open a sushi bar would all the other sushi bars be mad? Or if I started a blog about cars would all the other car bloggers hate me?? I think not!!

When you see a business and want to be part of it because you’re inspired and know you could make money from it and earn a living for your family and put your own stamp on it and make it even better.. because let’s face it they weren’t the ones who created the idea.

So then instead of empowering one another and focusing on their own goals and ambitions they start to attempt to bring you down.. messaging your contacts and writing public posts with lies and accusations which are untrue. Women shouldn’t ever do this to one another and I can honestly say I’ve never experienced this in my life… the world is so big, competition is good and healthy but only when we are inspiring one another.. not using each other as punching bags and trying to bring people down because let’s face it.. they’re only bringing themselves down. What do they say ‘Haters are cute little reminders that you’re the bomb! ain’t that they truth!

Empower one another girls, all of my businesses are all about collaborations and helping women succeed at whatever they’re doing, if a brand approaches me wanting to collaborate or needs my help I’m going to help them, I’m not going to say ‘Sorry I can’t work with you because you’ve worked with them’ and I’m also not going to purposely poach someone else’s clients.

Be kind girls.

Life with a toddler

So Gabriel is now well and truly in the toddler phase.. what is the toddler phase you say? I’d say once they are properly walking/toddling around.. Gabriel didn’t start walking until he was between 16/17 months old but he’s loving it now and is also climbing up everything. He’s also talking so much more, making animal noises, telling me when he wants a bath and if he wants food.

I can’t believe how quickly they learn all these things and how in another few months he will be two.. it makes me definitely think about when we should try and give him another sibling, I think now he is also sleeping through the night I don’t feel like I have a baby anymore.. whereas before it was a massive NO GO because he was waking every 1-2 hours up until a few weeks ago. But at the same time I have some time to myself back again which is so so nice and I’m getting around 6/7 solid hours of sleep at night which I never imagined would be possible (if you would have asked me 3 weeks ago).

Day to day life is definitely a little more crazy as now he is developing so much and wanting to learn I feel like every day I need to be planning something for him to enjoy along with my work and all the other general life errands and jobs, it’s all fun though and I wouldn’t have it any other way, every day brings new adventures and I’m obsessed with watching him grow and develop.

I do feel like there is always that pressure when you have a baby/toddler with you at home 24/7 that you should be sending them to nursery because it seems like most mums send their kids to nursery… but the truth is children thrive by being with their mama’s and also going to a nursery, every child is different and every family is different… no way is right and as long as us stay at home mama’s are doing plenty of activities for our little ones and getting them to socialise and interact with other children we are all doing amazing jobs.. no one should be telling one mother how to do something and vise versa.

What a mama really wants for Mother’s Day

Ok so most of us mama’s just want to have family time, a little rest and a cup of coffee brought up to us in the morning and perhaps just to be able to get ready in peace..

But you men know that us women hold the fort together day-to-day, cook, clean, work, keep their small human/s alive whilst also looking after themselves… So I think we deserve a little more when it comes to Mothers Day *I’m going to be tagging Ainslee in this post so he gets my SUBTLE hint* Mama’s feel free to tag your other halves too!!

So let’s start with some little treats and work our way up to the big £££ *its worth a shot hey?*

LUSH pamper products, whether it’s a bath bomb, face masque, body cream or bubble bath.. The staff are also super helpful in Lush so if you just tell them your wife/girlfriend needs pampering they’ll tell you exactly what we want!!

SWEATY BETTY workout gear.. who doesn’t love working out and looking great! Their leggings are a dream and Daddy’s if you want to go all out we’ll take a sports bra and jacket/top too! 🙋🏼‍♀️

MERCIMAMAN GIFTS are next up and I’m truly obsessed with these… If Ainslee got Gabriel’s name personalised into something from their website I would be stunned! Their jewellery is beautiful and lasts a lift time.

BOSE NOISE CANCELLING EAR BUDS … blessed with a baby that doesn’t sleep?… need I say anymore?

GHD CREATIVE CURLING WAND for any Mama who wants to feel good day-to-day but doesn’t have time to have a blow dry, I’m obsessed with this wand… Ainslee I hope you’re taking note!!

DYSON HAIR DRYER or DYSON AIR WRAP does your wife/girlfriend love hair?.. then make sure you pick up one of these for her.. you’ll be getting lucky for the rest of the week! Thank me later 💁🏼‍♀️😂

And finally now that #mumlife has taken over and you rarely get to wear heels because you’re always running around after a toddler.. a pair of designer trainers wouldn’t go a miss… Golden Goose Delux Brand are my favs at the minute but Gucci, balenciaga, Valentino or Fendi would also go down a dream.

DISCLAIMER: Guys if you buy your wifey any of these gifts expect unusual behaviour from the women in your life.. Increase in libido, public displays of affection, holding hands… need I say anymore!

(This blog posts just for fun guys)

My favourite baby essentials (and beyond) after one year of being a Mama.

A year has been and gone and I feel like Gabriel will be going to school next time I blink.. I’m trying to really enjoy every moment, phase and ‘leap’ as I know nothing lasts forever and even though I still call him my baby, I know he is definitely, almost a toddler now and it’s just a little bit scary!

I have been so lucky that I have been able to spend this year at home with him and have only very recently been leaving him with my mum or Ainslee for a few hours hear and there so that he can start getting used to others as we are still exclusively breastfeeding he still wants to be near ‘Mummy’s Milk’ ALL the time.

But I wanted to share with you all some of my baby essentials that have got us through this magical year and these are things that have lasted us from birth until now.. so really are great value for money and quality as I feel when you’re a first time Mama you just get what you think you need and then end up having to get different things when they either arrive or when they move onto the next stage.

So here goes:

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BABY MONITOR: Invest in a good quality baby monitor, one with a camera and sound. This will be your life line when you finally get your baby into a routine and can eventually get some alone time with your other half. Some monitors now have movement sensors attached to them and in my opinion this would only make you a paranoid Mama.. if you can see and hear them this is all you need. Ours is the Angelcare Baby Video Monitor and we picked it up from Mothercare whilst it was on offer (always look out for the offers).

CHANGING BAG: I will admit that I went a little crazy on the changing bag front whilst I was pregnant with Gabriel.. I am a bag lover and I knew this was going to be my new *side kick* so I wanted it to be gorgeous.. I ended up getting two bags, a Gucci one and a Tiba and Marl backpack and I wasted my money big time on the Gucci one.. it’s so small and impractical and when you have a baby to get in and out of the car (and now toddler) it’s just so much easier to have a backpack. My backpack is the Tiba + Marl X Selfridges Elwood Backpack with gold zips and it’s a serious game changer!!

COTBED: I have met so many Mama’s who ask me which cotbed I have.. Some say they went for a crib or smaller cot for when they transition their babies from your room into their own room and then they say that their babies are waking themselves up because they are hitting the bars from moving around at 9 months onwards and need more space. GO FOR A COT BED!! It’s normally only a little bit more expensive but SOOOO worth it as it will last them until around 4-5 years instead of having to get a new one at each stage.. also DON’T go for a sleigh bed as when they have the sides taken off (around 2-3 years) then can rock the bed and damage it (or hurt themselves) so opt for one that you can adjust the headboard.. ours is the Obaby White Cotbed

TRAVEL SYSTEM: When I think about how much I walk with Gabriel now I wish I had of known when purchasing Gabriel’s pram and done a little bit more research! You definitely get what you pay for when it comes to a travel system and if you’re planning on getting in the car more than you use your pram then I would say which ever pram you go for you will be fine… whereas if you are going to be doing some serious MILEAGE you need to go for one with BIG wheels, ours is the Urbo2 in Dark Grey from Mama’s and Papa’s (it’s no longer available as I got it when pregnant with Sebastian) but I wish I had got one like the Ocorro Explorer from Mamas and Papas as the wheels are so more sturdy and better for off road and long walks.

TOYS: Look for toys that have adaptations to them.. such as a baby swing that changes into a high chair, or we also have a baby walker that turns into a push along zebra and then turns into a scooter when he is older.. otherwise you end up spending your days buying the next stage up! (You will save a lot of money in the long term).

IPAD: This can be a little controversial I know.. but we actually bought Gabriel an iPad when he was 3 weeks old (not for him to use then obviously) but we keep it in his room to play ‘white noise’ during the night and also link it up to our BOSE speakers so he has his own Spotify with all his music on and just to keep everything in one place for him (all my devices are rammed with things for my work). This has been amazing as he now watches educational programmes on the CBBC app when we are in the car as he isn’t a very good traveller and as he gets older I’m sure he will use it more and more as we allow him to have allocated ‘screen time’

I hope this has helped you if you have a little baba or in the early stages of purchasing things for your new addition! My thought process when buying anything now is.. ‘How long will it last’ because even if it does cost a little more than the ‘right now’ option.. that little bit of extra £££ will save you a lot more £££££ in the long run!

The Reason Behind My 10 Minute Workouts

Hi guys!… so I’ve had a lot of questions about my workouts so thought I would pop it all into one place for you and answer as many questions as possible.

– So for me I have a baby this doesn’t sleep for more than 3 hour stretches at night so I find that in the day time I struggle to get motivated to get my butt off the sofa and workout.. So as well as walking everywhere to burn all the extra calories I just feel like on the days where I’m doing less exercise I just need a quick workout to get everything moving, feel the happy endorphins and feel like I’ve actually done something. I always feel so much happier when I’ve done exercise (so for me exercising every day is important).

– So for me doing these workouts for 10 days straight has definitely kept me motivated and each evening I sit with Ainslee and we talk about the next days workout which really helps me look forward to the next day and what I have planned… And it also puts into perspective that if you want to get something done you really can if you just plan ahead.

– Also this is the only way that Ainslee will help me workout 😂 He has no time for me around all his other clients and I’m always asking him to train me so normally he just tells me what I need to do and I have to remember but actually doing it and working out on my own isn’t always that fun.

– October for me is a tough month mentally (as it’s the anniversary of our angel baby) and it brings back a lot of memories so I have to keep focused and positive and I find exercise is the best way for me to keep happy so doing this everyday is just what I need!

If you are struggling to get moving post baby or if you just want to start to feel more active, 10 minutes is such a great way to keep fit! If you really work hard for those 10 minutes everyday that is all you need!!

What I eat in a week

Okay so I have had so many requests for this blog post… I’m not sure why?.. I’m not in great shape or anything post baby.. but I am trying my best to loose the 5 stone I gained through my 2 pregnancies by exercising daily and eating the best I can whilst also fuelling my body with the right things for breastfeeding and also enjoying life… because everyone deserves a treat every once in a while!

I have to say for the first few months post pregnancy I wasn’t eating very well at all, I would skip breakfast because I was busy with the baby and then I’d want sugar by lunch time (chocolate) but then I would always have a healthy filling tea such as rice, veggies and protein etc. I know this was probably the worst way to eat but because I wasn’t eating much I was still loosing weight!

Now that summer is approaching and I have my brothers wedding and holiday to look forward to I have had to change my eating habits and start loosing the weight and exercising more so that I feel confident in a bikini.

This is where Protein World Slender Blend comes in… when I was in AMAZING shape pre baby I used to have 2 shakes a day and eat a healthy lunch, so this is what I am currently doing for the next month. I can’t do the same amount of exercise that I used to but I can eat better, so no more naughty lunch time chocolate fixes for me, I now have a treat every Friday so I can look forward to it and the rest of the week I eat the best I can.

Whilst being away though I have enjoyed myself buy just chosen the healthier options and only had 1 treat the entire trip.. so it’s all in moderation and I’d say it’s all about control. I still have a way to go but loosing weight slowly is definitely more maintainable once you’ve lost the weight rather than going on a crash diet.

Message me if you have any questions as I will be asking my boyfriend Ainslee (who is a qualified nutritionist) to answer all your questions. Also the Slender Blend is safe to use whilst breastfeeding but listen to your body.. if you don’t get enough cals in your diet your milk supply can decrease.

Lots of love guys 💋

Being a Mum and a Girl Boss

Okay so I know I’ve only been a mum for almost 5 months.. but I guess these are probably the toughest 5 months when it comes to being a new mum and also running your own business!

When I was in labour with Gabriel on the way to the hospital I was doing work for my clients in the car, because he was early I was panicking and thought I might not get chance to do all of this once baby is here. Well I was so wrong, whilst in hospital and as soon as I got home I was back on my laptop making sure everything was ticking over whilst I was just getting used to motherhood.

I guess for me in the early days it was just making sure I was maintaining everything and also figuring out how I would adjust my work patterns to fit in with baby… this meant making sure my laptop and phone were always on hand for when I was feeding Gabriel… because let’s face it I worked out at the very beginning I was breastfeeding for 50 hours a week, which is a full time job for most so it was all about being time efficient.

How to expand your business with a baby:

For me I want my business to grow organically and I haven’t forced anything… and to be honest I think that is key, in regards to blogging I have been asked by so many girls ‘How can I make my blog successful?’ And I know I’m no Lydia Elise Millen but I believe that I have created an amazing platform for like minded girls and you are all incredible, but it has literally only happened because I am passionate about what I do and I a consistent. Passion and Consistency are all you need in my opinion, without those it just wont come naturally.

So currently I have adjusted my brand Cheshire Gossip Girl just like my life has adjusted, so now you’ll see lots more baby things along with lifestyle, beauty and fashion and I have been taking Gabriel to meeting with me as I have a few exciting new plans in the pipe line which I am excited to tell you all about but again it’s things that I am passionate about. I only do projects that I love and I believe doing what you love is the key to success!!

My Breastfeeding Journey

I know breastfeeding can be a touchy/ controversial for some subject but I wanted to write my story to either help others or give people the extra confidence that it’s okay to breastfeed and not to feel embarrassed or ashamed to feed in public!

I was always brought up thinking that breastfeeding was ‘The thing to do’ when feeding your baby. I was always surrounded by mums and also my Mum who breast fed me… so when I went to the hospital to have Gabriel I was all set for this amazing breastfeeding journey and thought it would come really naturally to me but had heard about how sore your nipples get in the early day.

After having Gabriel by emergency c section 4 weeks early I was told by the midwives at the hospital that I should start by squeezing my boobs and using the syringes to feed him so that my boobs start to produce more ready for the milk to come in…. I remember sitting with the curtains closed in our ward me squeezing my boobs whilst Ainslee squeezed it up in the syringe… I was thinking ‘God Ainslee’s seen it all now’. As we were in hospital for 4 days due to Gabriel having Jaundice the midwives told me that I needed to give him a bottle of formula as it would flush out the jaundice quicker… I have to say I was gutted about this and truly felt like the midwives just wanted me out of the hospital so that I could free up my bed (looking back now) for someone else, but I thought that they were right at the time so gave him a couple of bottles and carried on giving him my colostrum too!

Whilst in the hospital I was so shocked that all the other girls were choosing to formula feed from the get-go.. it didn’t make sense to me, it’s the best thing for baby, great for weight loss and it’s free!!! This is what we have boobs for right?… it didn’t make sense to me… I know women have trouble with feeding and can end up having to formula feed but the fact so many people choose to formula feed from the get-go didn’t make sense to me. Is it because people don’t want to get their boobs out in public? Is it because you want to share the feeding with others? I was so excited about having this amazing bond with my baby so when I left the hospital that evening I couldn’t help but feel gutted about having to give my baby formula milk.

That night before bed I gave Gabriel his final bottle of formula and told myself I WAS GOING TO DO THIS, throughout the night I kept getting him to latch in the hope we could change this around… but it was too late, Gabriel had got used to the bottle teet already and would no long latch… so I carried on squeezing the colostrum out and syringing it into his mouth until the morning when the ‘feeding team’ came round to our house to check on us. By this point I was using the breast pump and giving him my milk from the bottle which I was finding so hard and tiring.

The feeding team midwives told me that he had a bad tongue tie and that could be why he’s struggling to feed, so they gave me a pack of nipple shield that mimicked the bottle teet and he latched straight away! I was so happy! I couldn’t go through with him having his tongue cut so we persevered with the nipple shields for a good few months, I bought every style and even found some shorter nipple shields which he would have to work harder to feed from as he got older. I’ve slowly weaned him off them now so he’s now feeding straight from my nipple as he’s got older and stronger, he’s now 4 months old and we are feeding really well. This just goes to show that if your baby does have a bad tongue tie there’s no reason not to carry on and persevere with breastfeeding… if you really want to do it I truly believe its possible. After talking to a midwife I also found out myself and Ainslee both have tongue ties and both of our mums breast fed us… I think only recently people have been making it an issue and Im sure babies have had tongue ties for generations but they have only recently started cutting them… So because of our journey I’ve had no problems with sore or cracked nipples like most breastfeeding mums.. but I’ve also heard that so many mums have had to give up breastfeeding due to a tongue tie but I truly believe that with the right support (my breast feeding team were amazing) and your own dedication you will be able to breastfeed even with a tongue tied baby! DON’T GIVE UP!

Also when it comes to feeding in public, I’ve been for meals out with friends, shopping on my own in Manchester and even at the hairdressers and I’ve felt comfortable enough to feed Gabriel… with all the nursing friendly clothes out there these days or even just wear some high waisted pants and pulling your jumper/tshirt up you’ll find you’re not showing anything off. So far I haven’t had anyone stare or make me feel uncomfortable, let’s face it you’re doing the most natural thing in the world!

I absolutely love breastfeeding and find it comes super naturally to me.. but I guess sometimes it’s not you who can have the problems with feeding and it can be the baby that struggles, which I was never really made aware of pre baby! I’d love to hear all about your breastfeeding journeys, Im planning on breastfeeding for as long as possible with Gabriel but no older than 2 as this is what I feel is the best thing for my baby! Please comment on my picture on Instagram and share your journey! ❤

Kiehls Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate Review

As you all probably know by know, I am a huge fan of Kiehls skincare… for myself, boyfriend and baby! As a household we adore their products and also how natural and gentle on the skin they are..

It’s literally all I use so when I went to the Bloggers Brunch for the relaunch of the Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate at Kiehls on King Street, Manchester I was so excited to hear about this product as I had never come across the old one… When I heard the words Hyaluronic Acid I couldn’t wait to try this product, Ive heard lots of other beauty bloggers talking about products with hyaluronic acid in but had always been too scared to invest and try them as I have super sensitive skin so had always been worried about reacting or my skin going really red. So when I heard about this relaunch I knew that this would be the product for me as I have never had any problems with Kiehls products and always get amazing results from every product.

Whats different to the old Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate?

Kiehl’s original anti-ageing Vitamin C serum, Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate, now with 12.5% Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid.

Now formulated with even more Vitamin C, Dermatologist Solutions™ Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate incorporates 10.5% L-Ascorbic Acid and 2% Ascorbyl Glucoside. In addition to Vitamin C, this anti-ageing serum now includes Hyaluronic Acid. The formula helps reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles while helping to improve the feel of skins texture. Skin looks radiant and feels smoother. This Vitamin C serum is carefully-formulated to provide clinically-proven results in a concentration gentle enough for sensitive skin.

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Also as I new mum this serum couldn’t have come out at a better time! I have been using this product now for a couple of weeks and my skin feels incredible.. It feels so smoother, even and hydrated. It’s been my go-to product to give my skin so much more life now that I’m sleep deprived with a newborn. My skin looks much more glowy before I even have to put my make-up on and Ive even caught my boyfriend using it a couple of times….