Okay, so I have wanted to do this blog post for sometime now and haven’t really known what to say…. Some of you may have known that I was recently pregnant and others may not… But yes I had a stillbirth.
A lot of my friends have been telling me to write my experience down on paper.. whether it’s just to help me process things, or to eventually tell my story to you all to raise awareness. So I started writing and ended up writing around 8 A4 pages and thought to myself I can’t put all of this into one post, so I have decided to dedicate part of my blog to ‘Stillbirth Awareness’ and tell you in small blog posts my story and how I am recovering from what I can only explain as the worst experience to happen to a woman and also try and give women advice and to create a community where you don’t need to be afraid to talk about it.
I’m not really very open about my personal life on social media but thought that because this is such a taboo subject and there doesn’t seem to be a lot out there to help people like myself, my aim is to open peoples eyes that this does happen, make people feel okay to talk about it and most of all to help other’s who have gone through the same experience and for women who are going through it… or women who it hasn’t even happened to yet.
Whether it’s yourself, a friend or a family member who has been through the tragedy of a still birth I would love for you to tell them about my new awareness program. Because no one should feel alone about this subject.
If you would like to talk to me personally about this subject please don’t hesitate to email me firstname.lastname@example.org
I will be posting weekly posts sharing my story, talking about depression, body changes, trying again and how it’s really important to have family and friends around you.
This month I have been so lucky in receiving some amazing products and of course I have tried and tested all of these products and have my absolute favourites of course. Along with all the amazing Kiehls products that I received.. I feel like I need a bit more time with those, so that I can get a real feel for which are my favourites and how Im getting on with them etc.
So lets start with OLAPLEX… I have been looking for a long time now, for that hair product that really makes me go ‘WOW’ I am growing my hair and even though my hair is very thick. I feel that because I get highlights a lot and it gets damaged through everyday styling and heating.. It was starting to feel really brittle and VERY tangled. Every time I washed my hair brushing it would be so painful… I would almost end up in tears because it was so knotted. So I was introduced to this product by Ben at HOB SALON in Hale Village and he gave me this product to try at home, along with going in for regular ‘OLAPLEX in-salon treatments’ and doing my weekly treatment at home, my hair is feeling so much healthier. It is now completely tangle free and I feel like my hair is so much stronger and also looks a lot healthier.
5* for this product
RRP £32 NOW £19.99 at JUSTMYLOOK or purchase from HOB SALON Hale
I have been on a mission to get my hair just how I like it this month and I felt that my hair was a very warm tone of blonde.. almost a little gingery… which I hated! So I was doing some research on how to get rid of those warm tones and try to get it a little more ashy… I also have a friend who has recommended using a silver shampoo, so whilst at the hairdressers I asked which one to go for and luckily for me System Professional were able to give me a bottle of their Silver Shampoo… Now I warn you all, this shampoo is PURPLE and I mean bright purple!!!! I was a little bit scared to use it for the first time.
HOW I APPLIED IT:
I jumped in the shower and wet my hair through.
I used a 50p size blob and massaged it into my hair (make sure you rub it in all the way to the ends of your hair.)
I left it on my hair whilst I showered, washed my face etc.
Then I rinsed it off, squeezed out excess water and applied a good conditioner.
Left that on whilst I shaved my legs and then I rinsed it off.
My hair instantly looked a lot cleaner, whiter and fresher. I highly recommend using the System Professional Silver shampoo. Not only does the product do exactly what it says on the bottle.. you also get a huge bottle and it is amazing value for money.
Now finally this has to be my FAVOURITE product this month… it’s my new Olympus Pen e-pl7.. I was debating for a long time on which camera to go for and had heard some amazing reviews on this camera. I wanted this camera so that I could start vlogging and I think I made the right decision. From its stylish outer case to its flip down selfie screen, It has to be up there with some of the best cameras. And at only £399 It is definitely an investment for any other keen bloggers/vloggers. It has wifi so that you can quickly upload any photos and also a wide range of onscreen filters and editing tools. I think I have officially found my new best friend.
I purchased mine from Jessops for £399 and if you go onto the Olympus website they also have some amazing accessories to go with it. such as stylish bags and leather straps. I think they will have to be my next treat.
If you follow me on Instagram, these last few weeks I have been loving juicing and all things health. So I thought I would let you all know what I have been doing.
First of all I contacted Elitepro (Elite personal trainer Ainslee) and told him I was feeling sluggish, not only about my body but my skin was dry and I was having a bit of a breakout at the time. So straight away he told me that doing a 5 day juice/smoothie cleanse would help me to drop a few pounds and also because of all the nutrition in his recipes, it will make my skin amazing. I was up for anything so I gave it a go.
The diet consisted of a berry smoothie first thing in the morning followed by a green juice at lunch time and then I would have a protein smoothie at tea time. Along with this I did light exercise, such as walking, light weights and a little bit of cardio. Nothing too strenuous as Ainslee told me that I may get light headed if I exert myself too much.
It was all going really well until day 3 where all I wanted was to eat some chocolate haha.. going to the supermarket was probably a bad idea when you haven’t had any food for 3 days!!! But anyway I stocked up on my fruit and veg and told myself I only had 2 more days to go! Once the 5 days were over Ainslee told me to introduce food slowly, for example eat things like chicken salads, fish and have lots of protein rich foods along with carrying on my my juices and shakes. Also upping my exercise for example go for a couple of runs a week (I like to run my regular 10k route) and lots of weights to tone up and get strong. I have to admit I was getting quite lazy before this so it gave me a complete restart!
After the 5 days were up I lost a total of 9lbs and my skin was feeling so much better. I went for an Oxygenating Facial at YOURBEAUTYPOD to give my skin a super blitz on not only the inside but also the outside… I have had so many facials at so many beauty salons but I have to say that I have found THE BEST! Rebecca does a range of different facials in her salon from the LED light facials, Oxygenation facial and also a lighter facial if you want something nice and gentle on the skin, along with her lash treatments and nails. You have to check her out…. Anyway the Oxygenation Facial always makes my skin look super clear and seems to last for ages. Perfect for the winter!
So here are 3 of my favourite JUICE/SMOOTHIE recipes that I loved whilst of the cleanse so you can do them at home:
Berry Smoothie (breakfast time for 1 person):
1 Small cup of Cranberry juice.
A hand full of frozen berries (you must have something frozen in a smoothie, otherwise it will be warm *Yuck*)
A hand full of Blueberries
1 Kiwi fruit
1 teaspoon of honey
1 teaspoon of coconut oil
Blend to a smooth consistency
You will need a juicer for this recipe, these can be quite expensive but they are 100% worth the money.
2 Sticks of celery
A hand full of Mint leaves
Half a Lime
A hand full of Spinach
A hand full of Kale
1 small cup of Almond Milk
2 scoops of protein
1 teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon Organic peanut butter
A hand full of frozen melon/or ice to make sure its cold.
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If you try out this cleanse we would love to know how you get on… And also if you feel like you need a fitness revamp or a complete lifestyle change, we can not recommend Ainslee at Elitepro enough. Not only does he have years of experience under his belt, he is also super qualified with everything from fitness, weight loss, nutrition and so much more…. Check him out on social media @elitepro.fitness
We were so excited to visit 900 degrees when they invited us to try out their menu and see what this place had to offer! We had already heard about 900 degrees as we knew it had been brought over from LA so when we met Alex one of the founders of the restaurant chain he WOW’d us with excitement of how big the brand is in America and now that it is coming over to the UK, Wilmslow is the first one to open up with plans for a Manchester location and many more…
For starters who doesn’t love pizza? Then to be told that it is all healthy fresh produce and made form the lightest dough, so that you don’t feel ‘stuffed’ after your pizza…. no wonder it fits so well into the no carb LA lifestyle. Whilst we are all panicking about how many calories we eat each day and making sure we don’t gain a few pounds….. we love how we can visit 900 degrees and not feel guilty for having a pizza with as many toppings as we like!!
The reason for the restaurant being called 900 degrees is that your pizza is cooked at 900 degrees, so it only takes 90 seconds to cook… meaning you don’t have to wait for your food, its literally as quick as having a sandwich made!!!
We also love how you can choose as many toppings as you like and no that the price will always be £8.99. From a quick bite to eat on your lunch break to dining in the evenings with your family or friends, this place is definitely the coolest new hangout in Cheshire.
They also have a large soda machine where you can pick any flavour you like.. we had the Fanta Raspberry and Sprite Vanilla…. with so many more flavours to choose from, along with the Oreo and Nutella shakes and their mouth drooling deserts.
Oreo and Nutella Waffle
With a wine and alcohol list that is only otherwise available in Mayfair London, the perfect date night location or to enjoy a catch up with your girls. We cant wait to go again.
Check them out of social media @900degrees and find them at 46 Parsonage Green
Red Door Manchester launched back in April after undergoing a massive £350,000 refit… and WOW when we visited this underground cocktail bar in the centre of Manchester last week we did not expect to see this cool ‘New York Chic’ bar….
Leaving Manchester Deansgate and walking into this New York style venue (by Living Ventures), before walking underground the amazing writing in lights really makes you want to stop and take a picture and gives you a feeling of entering a really ‘cool’ bar.
We were invited along to try out all their top cocktails on this occasion and we were certainly looked after by all of their staff. As I can’t drink alcohol myself (only mocktails because I’m pregnant) I thought it would be a good idea to take along a couple of friends who would be able to try all the cocktails out. From cocktails with caramel in that are set on fire, to tangy sugary grapefruit cocktails – They are obviously way above the rest when it comes to cocktails in Manchester and Cheshire.
The making of ‘Caramelised Rum Punch’
As well as all of these cool cocktails Red Door also smashes the older more traditional cocktails such as the Porn Star Martini or Pina Colada. And their cocktail menu is pages long so if you are unsure of which cocktail you will like then you have plenty of choice at RED DOOR.
We found that Manchester was really lacking a cool place to go in Manchester that wasn’t a restaurant where you have to go out to eat or on the other end you have the night clubs in Manchester where you can’t hear your friends talk or can’t find somewhere to sit. RED DOOR is purely just for drinks and surrounding the bar are american style booths where you can sit with your friends, you can have a good conversation with your friends without having to shout over the music.
The perfect place to hang out with friends or start a big night out here and see where the night takes you. A popular place for hen parties also as they are renowned for their HUGE sharing cocktails.
Check out their cocktail menu and opening times online at reddoor.uk.com
OK.. so we are officially obsessed with Australasia in Manchester.
They seem to do EVERYTHING from evening meals, high tea and even light lunches.
After an afternoon of shopping last week we went along for a bite to eat (there was even so much choice for my pregnant self.) My favourite dish was the Vegetable Tempura – which is fried vegetables in the picture above, I could of had 2 of these dishes!!
We love how at Australasia you can either sit downstairs in their beautiful restaurant or you can relax upstairs in their Grand Pacific terrace, we can’t decide where we prefer to sit… But on this particularly raining day in Manchester we just wanted to be cosy inside.
These are a selection of the dishes we shared… the fish curry was absolutely so delicious.
I couldn’t eat the mussels but wish I was allowed to eat them because they looked so good… My boyfriend was able to polish off the entire dish all to himself.
We love how fresh all the food is at Australasia, it all tastes so clean and healthy…. Even the deserts!!!!
I was sooo looking forward to having a pregnancy massage with Your Beauty Pod, as I’m sure you’ll know if you have been pregnant before or if you are currently pregnant your body goes through so many changes.
As I am just coming up to 19 weeks I haven’t reached the point where I get back ache or struggle with water retention yet…. but as the first trimester wasn’t too kind on me with bad morning sickness, being constantly tired and having the worst breakout of spots from the sudden surge of hormones, I was so ready for Rebecca at Your Beauty Pod to work her magic on me.
I LOVE visiting the city centre beauty room – As I often have meetings or have to visit clients in Manchester so when I know I can finish my day off with a visit to see Rebecca – It makes any day 100x better, she also does home visits so if you can’t get into Manchester or if you would just prefer to have your treatments done in your own home she can come to you.
When I arrived at Your Beauty Pod, Rebecca explained to me that because I am not very big yet, she was going to focus on my legs – exfoliating and massaging them.. which will prevent water retention as it boosts circulation and blood flow, then I can either have a head and neck massage or a facial… I decided to go for the facial as she always does an amazing job at clearing my skin up when I have a break out so I knew it would be amazing.
All of the products that are used at Your Beauty Pod are all organic, natural products, perfect for mums-to-be and they all smell absolutely beautiful. From getting onto the heated beauty bed, having my legs and feet massaged to finishing the facial with a relaxing neck and shoulder massage… the whole treatment experience was bliss! I will be returning to Your Beauty Pod in a few months time when I am much bigger and can’t wait to tell you all about my experience.
Visit Your Beauty Pod on social media @YourBeautyPod on Instagram and Facebook, @BeccaBeautyPod on Twitter.
If you aren’t pregnant but want to visit Your Beauty Pod here are some more treatments you could have done.
When it comes to interiors you all know that I love gorgeous textures and styles for my home so when I was introduced to Fluffy Floorings in Cheshire I was very excited to see what they had to offer.
With their showrooms located on Stanley Green’s Industrial estate and Chelford Road, Knutsford they are both so central to most surrounding areas of Cheshire, so if it’s a new rug you need to revamp your lounge or you want to re-carpet your entire house ‘Fluffy Flooring’ has everything you will need.
Fluffy Flooring’s specialise in a ray of different floorings and carpets, if you have always wanted a certain style rug then they can design that rug for you! Or if you are wanting to have ‘Luxury Timber Flooring’ downstairs and beautiful carpet upstairs they can also do this for you! There is no excuse to leave a room unloved.
Visit their showroom and chat to one of their team for all the knowledge and advice you will need on floorings, whether you need something durable because you have pets or you want to know your options for your budget.
Fluffy Flooring’s also offer a FREE measuring and estimates service.
How to contact Fluffy Flooring
Call Direct on 01625 250 965 to book a measure or Order samples
Fluffy Carpets Apex House Stanley Green Trading estate Duke Avenue Cheadle SK8 6RX
We were invited along to the brand new Caffe Grande in Manchester City Centre last week to try out their menu. After hearing about their £1.3 million makeover, we couldn’t wait to visit. The sun was shining on arrival which got us in the mood for cocktails and beautiful food… We knew we were going to the right place! Heading into the restaurant it was literally like walking into a really big cafe.. Caffe Grande exactly! deserts and patisseries all on show and as we walked through the restaurant the meat and fish was also on display, as well as watching the chefs make all the food. The atmosphere was so friendly and all the staff were saying ‘hello’ to us.
Piccolino Caffe Grande serve everything from Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch to Dinner – You can always get your Piccolino fix from morning to night!
The menu has it’s standard delicious Piccolino dishes but also has some extra treats which you have to check out… We had Calamari for starters, (our fav starter) followed by Seafood Risotto and Lasagne with Courgette Fries as a side dish, and then for desert we could not resist having the Berry Tart and the Pistachio and Praline cake. All the food is handmade on the premises by their super talented Italian Chefs which we think you would have a tough time beating their Italian flavours in any other restaurant.
Whenever we visit a NEW Piccolino restaurant we always say it’s our new favourite but its true, their restaurants just get better and better.
We ended our evening with cocktails around the bar, we had the most perfect evening and as summer arrives I’m sure we will be visiting again and again..
To add to the Mediterranean feel of the restaurant DJ Julienne Jeanne – who has worked in some of the coolest ski and beach resorts throughout the Mediterranean – and his team, will play music in the bar, every week from Thursday until Sunday, midday until late.