Sunday, 5 July 2015

Preparing Daisie for a CT scan


On Wednesday Daisie had her second CT scan to check on her CCAM but it was the first one she was old enough to understand what was going on.
To prepare her I told her about the shape of the machine being like a BIG doughnut which from what I gather from the 'can i go in the doughnut yet' 'whats the time' 'can we go yet' 'Is it time for me to go in the doughnut' she seemed really excited about what her appointment had in store for her.
I also showed her a youtube video of a little girl having a CT scan done on her chest by the royal childrens hospital melbourne to help her get to grips with the procedure and to see the machine before going along to her appointment. You can watch the video 'here'  
The only thing I didn't totally prepare her for was the cannula as I wasn't sure if she would be needing one so rather than drum the whole needle thing into her I mentioned it briefly, When we found out she needed one my stomach felt like an orca done a flip inside it and Daisies little eyes went like the cats eyes from shrek. After a 30 minute wait for a nurse it was time for Daisie to have the cannula inserted the nurse doing it for her was brilliant. Telling Daisie she needed to get the blue worms in her hand to come up and not be shy because she needed to give them a drink through a teeny tiny straw which would go in her hand, Other than a brief complaint of it hurting she took the whole cannula part in her stride and was really pleased the blue worms were getting a drink on such a hot day.
She even wondered why the blue worms in her other hand weren't getting a drink and suggested she went back and got them one too! 
I expected her to be a little cautious and have her hand held flat and awkwardly but as you can see from the photo above she was using it like normal and even gave me a thumbs up with it.
Whenever I asked what she had to do while she was in the doughnut she could happily and easily tell me that she had to stay really really still, The nurses and doctors were really impressed with how well she did through out the scan (I had to wait outside) leaving me a very proud mumma bear so proud I could have easily cried, Just when I didn't think it was even possibler to be anymore prouder after how well she handled everything else.
She really enjoyed going inside the doughnut! Now we have to wait for her results and see what steps are to be taken next.


Have your little ones ever needed a CT scan? How did you prepare them?

Monday, 22 June 2015

Spotted Poundland


It's no secret how much I LOVE poundland!
I find myself in there everyday just having a look at whats new even when I have no money on me just so I can make a mental note of what to buy when I next have the money if they still have any left, there's so many hidden gems in that wonderful little store.
Not only just with big brand cleaning items (one of my fave isles) But beauty items too.
Recently there's been a lot of big brand beauty items like Rimmel, Calvin Klein, Barry M, Garnier and much more!
I've even seen people mention MAC products popping up in their local store too.

Recently I've managed to get my hands on
2x Rimmel london 6O seconds nail polishes in 835 Bright back at you & 450 Sunny days, Rimmel london Exaggerate lip liner in 005 Pure, Miss sporty So Clear perfect skin in 01 light, Garnier dark spot corrector, Love hearts 3oz candle, Drumstick 3oz candle and a Refreshers 3oz candle.
I also got myself another skin corrector by a different brand and another Rimmel london colour rush balm in a different shade seen in my previous post which you can read here but I can't seem to find them anywhere.


I'm a big yankee candle fan and never says much when I have one burning but I had the love hearts candle before and had it lit, He made a comment on how he could actually smell it and how nice it smelt unlike others I've had that didn't have much kick once lit. So it was a must repurchase and how could I leave the other two after such good feedback from a man?


Have you found any hidden gems in your local poundland/99p store recently? 

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Anxiety & Me | Baby Steps



A little while ago I promised myself to do something out of my comfort zone as much as I possibly could after watching a video on facebook and the ending quote was  
"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone" 
So with that in mind I set myself the challenge of going to one of my favourite shopping places alone and refused any offers of someone coming with me, with it being a train ride away is something that the thought of going alone would send me into total melt down.
I woke up that morning to rain and said I may not go but Andy gave me that extra nudge winding me up saying it was excuses so with that in mind I got Issy into school and off  I headed to the train station, I felt my knees go weak as I sat down to wait for my train it felt like my heart was beating in the bottom of my throat and my mouth felt really dry despite drinking water.
I text Andy and let him know how I felt he told me I really didn't have to do it if I didn't feel up to it but I was determined to do it and got on my train when it arrived minutes later, Before I knew it I was getting stuck in with a bit of shopping so stuck in that I didn't even have time to think about a panic attack let alone have one.
I was back to the old me of shopping style where it's only okay to sit down if you was finished!
I did sign up to talk talk which I don't even want nor am I remotely interested in as I have my internet provider already but they were so nice I couldn't bring myself to say no.
Then after I hit primark it was time to head home my arms really couldn't handle anymore bags so I started heading to the train station I didn't expect to be in Bromley for anymore than an hour or so but I landed back in my home town at 2pm!
I left at around 9:45 time really does fly when your having fun.

Monday, 15 June 2015

GLOSSYBOX | JUNE



In the box

MONU Spa Rosewood reviving mist £11.95
Evie, Editorial director says:
This skin pick me up never leaves my desk, It's perfect for dull, stressed or flushed skin thanks to the zesty bled of essential oils including lemon, rosewood and geranium. Mist over the face to refresh and set make-up or spray all over to hydrate skin after a bath, shower or swim.
Shop www.monushop.co.uk


Glossybox Flash Tattoos £6.50
Glossy says:
We're always working to ensure our Glossies are a step ahead when it comes to trends, so we've designed these exclusive faux tattoos. Make like the A-listers and wear the stacked around your wrists with a few bangles, or apply them somewhere different such as above the ankle.

I'm really not sure on what to make of these as I have tattoos myself I doubt I'll ever use them, the girls will have a lot of fun with them tho. Maybe if I ever attend festivals I'd possibly chuck one on.

Halo Fragrance Free Facial Wipes £1.50
Perfectly proportioned to tuck anywhere, these facial wipes are fragrance free sp they're suitable for anyone with sensitive or sunned out skin.
Shop www.halowipes.co.uk

This little babies will be coming with me everywhere in my handbag, as I've found you just never know when you need a face wipe be it mine or the girls.

Kusehi Anticellulite Booster £14.55
This lightweight cream combines a hard hitting mix of natural ingredients and antioxidiants to stimulate blood circulation, in turn toning your skin and fighting off any dimples. Massage into your legs twice a day for summer ready pins.
Shop www.kueshi.com

Now that my legs resemble something you'd expect to see hanging in a kebab shop window I'm really intrigued to see if this makes any difference, I've used it once so far and it's really nice to apply.

Essence Gel Nail Polish £1.71
This innovative nail polish has a long lasting gel formula, for an amazingly shiny manicure that endures all week. Apply it as you would any normal nail polish and invest in Essence's gel nail polish top coat for a pro finish!
Shop www.essence.eu/uk

I used this the day it arrived and it's pretty much perfect in every way, the colour pay off, application,quick drying time I'm dying to get my hands on some other colours

Over all box cost - £35.91


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Monday, 8 June 2015

Making party planning that little bit easier



1. Pick a theme
I always find party planning a hundred times easier once I have a theme to work with, it makes party ware buying so much easier to do. Even when it's as simple as a coloured theme rather than a character or specific activity like a crafty party.  Having the specific theme in mind will help you stick to what it is you have in mind rather than straying onto things you won't end up using and just picked up because.

2. Buy in advance
Grabbing things as you go even if it's months ahead of your planned party date. I usually start at least 3 months early but even tho I start that early I usually end up forgetting all sorts but it's usually only the little things like blu tac, sellotape etc all things I can run out and get the day before.

3. Numbers
I love writing lists! So with a birthday party it's the perfect excuse to write another list of children invited so I can work out numbers for party bags, party game prizes etc. I usually have some spares as you just never know how a party pans out you could have siblings turn up too or you could have one or two not turn up. This is also handy for food planning there's nothing worse than being short of food or even over prepared with food and having to bin so much.

4. Book in advance
Again I'm usually a good few months ahead when it comes to booking halls, bouncy castles etc if I plan to have any of those. This year will be Daisie's first hall party and although her birthday isn't until July a hall I planned to book was fully booked other than one slot on a date after her birthday even than it was only free for 2 hours before someone else would be arriving for their booking time. Which didn't leave us a lot of time to get in set up and cleared up and out. Which has ended up being the same turn out for a different hall that I've booked with, It's always best to book well ahead to save any disappointment which will also help you work out final costs for the day.

Saturday, 30 May 2015

intu BROMLEY Peppa Steppa


Last weekend the girls, myself, our neighbour and her little boy went along to some half term peppa pig fun at intu bromley shopping centre.
We set off nice and early and made a pit stop at mc'donalds for lunch as a treat for the kids before we headed off to the peppa pig fun, We booked both the peppa stepp dance with peppa and a meet and greet in advance on the intu website both of which were totally FREE!
We expected nothing but a little dance and quick photo there was half an hour between each thing we booked after all it was free you really can't expect to much BUT each of the little ones also got some cardboard glasses just like the ones peppa wears, a little book with activities in to have during the peppa steppa dance where we learnt a special dance instructed by peppa.
When our time was up and we were on our way out of the little arena the kids also got a sticker and a sticker activity book with an RRP of £3.99!
All for free both me and my friend were really impressed we would have happily paid for the dance and meet and greet alone without receiving either of the books.
I'll be keeping a close eye on my inbox for emails from intu alerting me of anymore activities going on during the half terms.

Be sure to check your local intu shopping centres website to see what activities they have going on this half term.


Thursday, 28 May 2015

I've been to IKEA!!


If you have me on facebook you would have no doubt seen my 'If I don't get to IKEA soon' outbursts that I had pretty often, If you also have me on instagram you'd have seen I FINALLY got to go yesterday!!
I have a fair amount of IKEA furniture (mainly in the girls room) for someone who has never been to IKEA but at last I got my hands on lots of cute little bits.
I've heard so much about IKEA meatballs and oh my! I have to agree how perfect are they I'm kicking myself for not buying a bag of frozen ones like I had planned to.
As a candle addict it would be totally wrong for me to have left IKEA without buying any candles or candle accesories so I just had to have one of each scent from the SINNLIG range. 
Once again I'm gutted I didn't buy some of the others I spotted! 
I planned to grab some bedroom furniture while there for our new room but money wasn't on my side and I decided to do the adult thing and get measurements of my room to be sure they actually fit before just jumping in and buying something I may end up having to sell because I don't have the space.


I'm a little gutted I didn't grab more than I did but that means there will be a next time and I can save lots before I go if I ask my aunty Shell very nicely to take me again! 
If there is anything you see that you'd like a price of please don't hesitate to ask.